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Make a short film explaining why you became a filmmakers and you could walk off with a raft of top prizes including a Zacuto base plate and $600 gift certificate, Adobe Creative Cloud subscription, $700 worth of Kessler kit, $500 of Rode equipment, a Portabrace case and lots more.

The Zacuto My Story film competition runs all through March and all you have to do is make a film of 60 seconds or less explaining how you became a filmmaker. Zacuto’s information says:

The BVE Show at London's Excel exhibition centre saw the UK filmmaking industry come together to meet, learn, network and check out lots of top-quality gear from virtually all of the major manufacturers. And of course, Pro Moviemaker magazine was there meeting readers and distributing the latest issue of the magazine a few days before it hits the news shelves.

We had a good look round the show, and amid lots of super-expensive TV and broadcast equipment was also lots of new kit of interest to the smaller, independent filmmaker. Here are the top 12 things that grabbed our attention at the show this week - in no particular order:

Fujifilm's new cinema lenses in Sony E mount

There's been lots of hype about these brand new optics and this was the first publish showing of them - the E-mount MK 18-55 and 50-135mm T/2.0 lenses. They're small, compact and pulled a big crowd right through the three days of the show!


Gitzo's carbon fibre boom poles

It may seem pretty difficult to get excited by boom poles for mics, but Gitzo's brand new carbon fibre offerings are a bit special! It was the world first look at these new carbon fibre beauties that are light and dampen down vibration really well. Prices and spec haven't been announced yet!


Mr Libec shows off his new HFMP!

We test the new Libec Hands Free Mono Pod in this month's magazine, and love it. The BVE show was the UK public's first chance to get hands-on with the new freeststanding monopod. And there to show it off was Libec's Sales Manager Koichi Yamaguchi, the grandson of the original founder of the company 62 years ago!

 


Panasonic's UX180 camcorder

Panasonic had two new cameras that were crowd favourites - the GH5 and also the UX180 camcorder. This is the professional version of the HC-X1 Panasonic we test in this month's issue with the same basic, and very impressive, spec. But with the addition of things like live streaming via SDI output and a better warranty.


XEEN's fast and wide full frame prime lens

Samyang's XEEN range of full frame prime lenses grows once more with the 20mm T/1.9 optic shown to the public for the first time at BVE. With it being the same size and price as its other prime siblings, they all work well together as a set so there's no fiddling about when changing rigs.


Sigma's stunning lens range!

They might be giants in the stills photography world, but Sigma looks set to take on the best of the moving-image world too, with its range of impressively fast prime and zoom cine lenses. The Japanese optics firm had a full range on show, but the biggest interest was for the zooms like this 24-35mm T/2.2 fitted to a fully rigged-up Sony FS7.


Doctor Tenba will see you now sir!

A doctor's bag-style opening was the big news on the stunning Tenba cinema bag range, giving easy access to your kit. With lots of sizes for all types of camera, and styles from shoulder back to backpack to wheelie case that's airline-friendly, the Tenba range looked good and well designed.


Schneider's Tilt lens primes

German lens maker Schneider-Kreuznach showed its full range of cine prime lenses but the real show-stopper was the first of the new range that features a tilt facility. Visitors were wowed at how the focusing plane could be changed by simply tilting the lens on the camera body. We can't wait to test one properly!


Zeiss goes light!

The quality of Zeiss lenses is legendary, and now filmmakers who are looking for Zeiss quality in a lighter package have a new lens to lust after. It's the 21-100mm T/2.9 Lightweight Zoom that visitors were getting their hands on. As well as Zeiss huge range of lenses for lots of different cameras.


It's a kind of Magic!

SLR Magic showed a whole range of prime lenses including a set of anamorphic optics for true cinematic widescreen applications. The firm also had PL primes, lenses for full-frame Sony E mount and Micro Four Thirds. All at prices many other manufacturers can't come close to.


Canon's work of art!

As well as the whole range of cinema cameras like the C300 Mark II and C700 and lots of lenses, Canon gave you something to have a go filming with an artist painting a mural with an EOS C as it centre piece. 


The ultimate camera dolly?

It might look like the best ever remote-controlled toy, but Mantis 360 remote dolly system is a whole system of motorised dollies for serious camera work. This one can go at 35mph off-road and there are studio versions and lots of accessories like GPS modules so they can follow a pre-set course. Looks like fun to rent for a one-off job for sure! 

Los Angeles-based cinematographer Jay Holben attended the Hollywood launch of Fujifilm’s ground breaking new MK lens family and he sent Pro Moviemaker back this exclusive report from the event.

Fujifilm is targeting independent filmmakers with a pair of high-tech E-mount cine lenses that are smaller, lighter and promise to be more affordable than their premium broadcast cine lens range.

Best known for its stills-based cameras and very high-end Fujinon cine lenses, the Japanese firm has come up with a pair of manual focus zooms that retain the optical quality of their bigger brothers but are smaller and more affordable. The US price of the first lens to be launched, the MK18-55mm, is $3799. No UK price has yet been set.

The lenses are the MK18-55mm and MK50-135mm, both with a maximum speed of T/2.9 right through the whole zoom range. They will be available in the Sony E mount but a Fuji X-mount version will follow in the future. Initially the 18-55mm will hit the shops first with the 50-135mm out in the summer.

Both lenses are for Super 35 rather than full-frame cameras, so are ideal for cameras like the Sony FS7 and FS5. The official press release reads:

Sigma’s popular ART lens range has now increased to seven with the launch of an ultra-wide 14mm f/1.8 and 135mm f/1.8 primes and a 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom for full-frame Canon, Nikon and Sigma bodies.

Sigma claims the 14mm optic is the world's first and only F1.8 ultra-wide-angle lens amd has nine rounded aperture blades for smooth out-of-focus rendering. The weather-sealed 24-70mm also has nine rounded aperture blades and image stabilisation. And the 135mm f/1.8 uses an accelerometer to detects the orientation of the lens so the AF system can respond to varying loads on the focusing group due to gravity.

No pricing or availability details have yet been released. Sigma’s official information says:

Get your hands on the brand new Zeiss Lightweight Zoom LWZ.3 on the Sony FS7 camera on the Zeiss stand at the BVE show at Excel in London on February 28-March 2. The official Zeiss information says:

Samyang has revealed a new full-frame 20mm T1.9 XEEN Cinema prime lens - its eighth cine lens. It's made to match its siblings with the focus and aperture rings in the same place. It has 11 iris blades for pleasing bokeh and resolves higher resolution than 4K. It comes in PL, EF, F, E, and Micro Four Thirds mounts with metric or imperial scales. It should be available next month in the UK for £1799.99/ $2250. The official press release says:

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