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New Zeiss CP.3 XD Cine lens line stores metadata, is aimed at budget filmmakers

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com) April 26, 2017

Zeiss announced a new family of cinema primes geared toward ‘low budget’ productions at the NAB 2017 show in Las Vegas. The CP.3 XD Cine line includes a total of ten lenses that cover full frame. Meant to replace the CP.2 line, these new lenses are more compact than their predecessors.

The ‘XD’ in the name stands for ‘eXtended Data’, which refers to the lenses’ ability to store metadata like distortion and shading info when shooting – info that can greatly aide a visual effects artist in post. You can read more about it here. According to Zeiss production manager Christophe Casenave:

“Cine lenses that provide metadata are relatively expensive and, up until now, distortion and shading had to be manually measured – a time-consuming and expensive process. With ZEISS eXtended Data, we are offering Hollywood technology for everyone, providing small film teams with new creative opportunities.”

While this lens line is aimed toward the cost-conscience filmmaker, to the average consumer, prices will likely still seem expensive – each XD lens will likely cost between $5000 and $8000. However Zeiss is also offering non-XD versions of the CP.3 line for slightly less cash.

Several of the non-XD lenses will be available as soon as June and July, while the eXtended Data versions will ship in the fall.

Press release:

New ZEISS CP.3 XD Cine Lens Family: “Hollywood Technology for Everyone”

The ten compact prime lenses provide metadata and enable the correction of distortion and shading. For the first time, even low-budget productions can employ visual effects.

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 24/04/2017.

No matter if it is Star Wars, Harry Potter or Avatar: these days, just about every film features special effects. For many small film productions, having visual effects in their movie would be a dream come true. Unfortunately, making the image fit the look of the footage has required expensive tools – until now. At the NAB Show in Las Vegas, ZEISS presented new metadata technology that makes this possible: the company has equipped its new ZEISS CP.3 XD compact lens family with ZEISS eXtended Data.

ZEISS eXtended Data supports and enhances /i-Technology

What exactly is this? “ZEISS eXtended Data is the first metadata technology which stores the lens distortion and shading – for every single frame,” explains Christophe Casenave, Product Manager at ZEISS. “Moreover, all /i-Technology metadata are recorded, including the focus distance, aperture value and depth of field, which is supported by most cameras.” This makes the technology ideal for working with visual effects: by using the metadata, it just takes a few clicks to modify the image generated on the computer to fit the lens characteristics, and to then splice it together with the footage to create a realistic image. Distortion and shading can be corrected or even amplified in post-production.

“It used to be that only big blockbusters could take this approach,” says Casenave. “Cine lenses that provide metadata are relatively expensive and, up until now, distortion and shading had to be manually measured – a time-consuming and expensive process.” However, since ZEISS has incorporated the technology into its compact CP.3 XD cine lens family, low-budget productions can now take the same approach to creating their own special effects. “With ZEISS eXtended Data, we are offering Hollywood technology for everyone, providing small film teams with new creative opportunities.”

An end-to-end solution: cooperation with Ambient and Pomfort

With the ZEISS CP.3 XD, ZEISS not only offers the lenses with metadata, but has also given thought to storage and processing. It has teamed up with partners in the industry: the company Ambient has developed the MasterLockit Plus system together with ZEISS. It records all metadata along with a time code in case the technology is not supported by the camera. “This way truly everyone can work with ZEISS eXtended Data, no matter what equipment they use,” says Casenave.

Thanks to the cooperation with the software developer Pomfort, distortion and shading can be modified on the set in real-time using the Pomfort tool LiveGrade Pro. The film crew already gets a sense of what the final look will be during the shoot. The film clips and lens data can be consolidated and organized with Silverstack, Pomfort’s file manager.

ZEISS plans to further expand the new metadata technology in the future. “Our customers will then be able to upgrade to the new version, making the CP.3 XD a long-term investment,” says Casenave.

Compact and light-weight

In addition to the metadata, filmmakers have even more reasons to get excited about the new lens family: the ten prime lenses between 15 and 135 millimeters cover full-frame. As is typical for ZEISS, the image has a clean, crisp look, and ZEISS says the image quality is excellent. “These lenses deliver outstanding results, even in light situations with a large dynamic range, i.e. highlights and shadows within the same scene,” says Casenave. The maximum speed of the seven focal lengths between 25 and 135 millimeters is T2.1, the 15, 18 and 21 millimeter lenses have a speed of T2.9. With a front diameter of 95 millimeters, the lenses are light-weight and compact. They are particularly well-suited for hand-held filming or shooting with gimbals, Steadicam or drones. ZEISS has also improved focusing: the manual focus is now noticeably smoother. According to ZEISS, it is comparable with the ZEISS Master Primes and can also be operated with a small motor. The focus rotation angle is 300°. The lenses are equipped with an interchangeable mount so that they can be used on almost any camera. In addition to the ZEISS CP.3 XD, there is also a version available without metadata: the ZEISS CP.3.

Price and availability

Initially, a limited number of ZEISS CP.3 XD and CP.3 lenses will be available at dealers.

ZEISS CP.3 XD

Focal length Recommended retail price (EUR/USD) Available from
15mm/T2.9 XD 6,400 Euro / 7,490 USD September
18mm/T2.9 XD 5,800 Euro / 6,690 USD September
21mm/T2.9 XD 5,000 Euro / 5,790 USD September
25mm/T2.1 XD 5,000 Euro / 5,790 USD September
28mm/T2.1 XD 5,000 Euro / 5,790 USD October
35mm/T2.1 XD 5,000 Euro / 5,790 USD September
50mm/T2.1 XD 5,000 Euro / 5,790 USD September
85mm/T2.1 XD 5,000 Euro / 5,790 USD September
100mm/T2.1 XD 5,800 Euro / 6,690 USD September
135mm/T2.1 XD 6,400 Euro / 7,490 USD September

ZEISS CP.3

Focal length Recommended retail price (EUR/USD) Available from
15mm/T2.9 4,900 Euro / 6,090 USD September
18mm/T2.9 4,300 Euro / 5,290 USD July
21mm/T2.9 3,500 Euro / 4,390 USD June
25mm/T2,1 3,500 Euro / 4,390 USD June
28mm/T2.1 3,500 Euro / 4,390 USD October
35mm/T2.1 3,500 Euro / 4,390 USD June
50mm/T2.1 3,500 Euro / 4,390 USD June
85mm/T2.1 3.500 Euro / 4.390 USD June
100mm/T2.1 4,300 Euro / 5,290 USD September
135mm/T2.1 4,900 Euro / 6,090 USD September
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Canon boosts 2017 profit forecast following strong Q1 financial results

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com) April 26, 2017

Canon’s recent acquisition of Toshiba’s medical equipment unit has helped spur strong first fiscal quarterly financial results for the camera company, and as a result it has increased its full 2017 operating profit forecast. In January, Can…

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Google software engineer shows what’s possible with smartphone cameras in low light

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com) April 26, 2017

Image: Florian Kainz/Google

On a full moon night last year, Google software engineer Florian Kainz took a photo of the Golden Gate bridge and the City of San Francisco in the background with professional camera equipment: a Canon EOS…

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World’s first 100-million-pixel drone launched by DJI and Hasselblad

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com) April 26, 2017

Chinese drone manufacturer DJI has announced that it is to launch a new drone later this year that will be fitted with a 100-million-pixel Hasselblad H6D-100c camera. The DJI M600 Pro will be aimed at those who need precise and detailed aerial pictures, as it will not only produce extremely high resolution images but users will be able to position the drone with what the company describes as ‘centimeter-level’ accuracy using the D-RTK GNSS navigation system.

The H6D-100c will be attached to DJI’s Ronin-MX gimbal and will be carried by the M600 drone’s six-rotors, with images streaming back to Earth via the Lightbridge 2 system. The drone is set for release in the third quarter of the year, with a price no doubt as spectacular as the promised image quality.

For more information see the DJI website.

Press release:

DJI And Hasselblad Introduce World’s First 100-Megapixel Integrated Aerial Photography Platform

DJI M600 Pro Drone, Ronin-MX Gimbal And Hasselblad H6D-100c Camera Combine For Unparalleled Aerial Imaging Package

DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, and Hasselblad, the leader in high-quality professional medium format cameras, Tuesday marked the start of the next era of aerial photography by introducing the first 100-megapixel integrated drone imaging platform.

The DJI M600 Pro drone, the Ronin-MX gimbal and the Hasselblad H6D-100c camera combine each company’s unparalleled technological expertise to create an unprecedented tool for precise, detailed and accurate aerial imaging. Professional drone users can continuously control camera operations in flight using the DJI GO app, in order to provide rich imagery for landscape and fine-art photography, robust data for surveying and mapmaking, and endless possibilities for future professional endeavors.

The flight platform for the combination is the DJI M600 Pro drone, an advanced and adaptable six-rotor flight platform equipped with the powerful Lightbridge 2 transmission system, a dustproof propulsion system and six Intelligent Flight Batteries. The M600 Pro can be guided by the D-RTK GNSS navigation system, which can withstand strong magnetic interference to provide highly precise centimeter-level 3D positioning. This enhanced accuracy over typical barometer, compass and GPS systems makes it ideal for exacting commercial, industrial and scientific applications.

The Hasselblad H6D-100c camera is a triumph of camera technology, with a large 53.4 mm x 40.0 mm sensor that offers outstanding detail, color reproduction and tonal range even in poor lighting conditions using the HC and HCD lens family. The camera mounts on the drone through the Ronin-MX three-axis stabilized gimbal, which uses powerful motors and inertial measurement units to resist high G-forces, maintain stability and hold the horizon.

The M600/Ronin-MX/H6D-100c platform is the latest product collaboration since DJI assumed a stake in Hasselblad in late 2015, allowing the companies to explore fruitful collaborations on their advanced technology. Their first joint product, released in July 2016, combined the M600 drone platform with the A5D medium format camera. Hasselblad remains the only medium format camera company collaborating with DJI to bring unprecedented quality to drone photography.

The M600/Ronin-MX/H6D-100c platform is on display through April 27 at the NAB Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, in DJI booth #C2807 in the Central Hall of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The combination will be released in the third quarter of 2017 at a price to be announced later.

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Fujifilm launches professional support program for GFX system in the US

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com) April 26, 2017

Starting in May Fujifilm will provide a professional support program for its GFX medium format system. Photographers who want to take advantage of the Fujifilm Professional Services (GFX FPS) program have to own the GFX camera and at least one GFX lens. You also have to sign up within 30 days of purchase of a GFX product and be based in the continental United States.

The cost of the program is $499 per year which buys you the following goods and services:

  • Welcome kit
  • Personalized FPS Card confirming exclusive access to dedicated hotline technician telephone and email support
  • 30% discount on non-warranty repairs for Covered GFX System products
  • Expedited two business day turnaround time for repairs with free 2-day express shipping to and from the repair facility
  • 4 Check & Clean program service vouchers
  • 50% discount on additional Check & Clean program services and 2 business day turnaround for check and clean services with complimentary 2-day express return shipping for all service
  • GFX system product loaners for covered equipment in repair may also be available upon request if repair is expected to exceed two business days

If you are Fujifilm GFX owner and thinking the program might be useful to you, you can find more information and register to become a member on the Fujifilm website. 

Press Release:

FUJIFILM PROVIDES EXCLUSIVE SUPPORT FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS WITH NEW GFX PROFESSIONAL SERVICES IN THE U.S.

Valhalla, N.Y., April 24, 2017 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation, as the leader in innovation for photographers, announced the new Fujifilm Professional Services (FPS) in the U.S. beginning in May 2017. This service is designed to provide exceptional support for photographers currently using the newFUJIFILM GFX system, Fujifilm’s first medium format mirrorless digital camera. The innovative GFX system utilizes a Fujifilm exclusive 43.8 x 32.9mm (FUJIFILM G Format) 51.4MP CMOS sensor that delivers ultra-high image quality. The GFX 50S combines the heritage of over 80 years of imaging and theaward-winning functional design for a relentless pursuit of perfect image quality.

GFX FPS Program Puts Photographers First

Members of the new GFX FPS Program will receive extensive benefits to ensure the utmost support for photographers utilizing the new FUJIFILM GFX System, including:

  • Welcome kit
  • Personalized FPS Card confirming exclusive access to dedicated hotline technician telephone and email support
  • 30% discount on non-warranty repairs for Covered GFX System products
  • Expedited two business day turnaround time for repairs with free 2-day express shipping to and from the repair facility
  • 4 Check & Clean program service vouchers (voucher limitations, terms & conditions apply, terms here)
  • 50% discount on additional Check & Clean program services and 2 business day turnaround for check and clean services with complimentary 2-day express return shipping for all service
  • GFX system product loaners for covered equipment in repair may also be available upon request if repair is expected to exceed two business days

GFX FPS Program benefits are intended to put photographers first by providing service and convenience for an optimal photographic experience.

Program Requirements, Availability and Pricing

The GFX Professional Services begins on May 1, 2017 for an annual membership fee of USD $499.Photographers can become a member of the GFX FPS Program by registering online. For full details on the GFX Professional Services program requirements, please see the GFX digital camera and GF lens purchase requirements and other eligibility requirements here.

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Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com) April 26, 2017

Sony a9 versus a7R II

The Sony a9 is a masterpiece of technology. Even if you have no intention of ever dropping $4500 to buy one, you have to admit that its key specifications are impressive. Aimed squarely at action photographers, it’s much fa…

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Alpha-better: Sony a9 versus a7R II

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com) April 26, 2017

Sony a9 versus a7R II

The Sony a9 is a masterpiece of technology. Even if you have no intention of ever dropping $4500 to buy one, you have to admit that its key specifications are impressive. Aimed squarely at action photographers, it’s much fa…

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More videos added to product overviews and getting started guides

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com) April 26, 2017

Are you shopping for a new camera? Or just looking for some advice about how to use your current favorite model? We’ve just added several new informational videos to our range of product overviews and getting started guides, including guides to …

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Speedmaster 65mm and 85mm fast primes for Fujifilm GFX on the way

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com) April 25, 2017

Chinese manufacturer Zhong Yi Optics has shown of a pair of manual focus prime lenses for Fujifilm’s medium format GFX 50S at a tradeshow at Beijing. The lenses are currently the fastest yet announced for GF mount.

The new lens is a Speedmaster 65mm F1.4, which is exclusively designed for the GFX system. Details are scarce, other than what can be seen from photos of the lens. It has manual aperture and focus rings and supports 77mm filters. Mounted on the Fujifilm it will be equivalent to a 51mm F1.1 lens on a full frame body.

The second lens already exists and is being made available for the G-mount. The Speedmaster 85mm F1.2 is equivalent to 67mm F0.95 and features ED, HRI and low-dispersion elements. The lens has a minimum focus distance is 1 meter and 11 aperture blades. It too accepts 77mm filters.

This pair of lenses will ship sometime in 2017 at prices to be announced later.

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Novoflex ClassicBall ball heads can be mounted upside-down for level panoramas

Articles: Digital Photography Review (dpreview.com) April 25, 2017

Novoflex has launched a trio of new Classicball tripod ball heads that can be mounted upside-down for producing level panoramas. The new lineup is comprised of the CB 2, CB 3 II and CB 5 II models, each able to accommodate cameras and gear …