I will doing as many posts during NAB as I can…fun permitting. Here is number one!
So here I am in Vegas. In a much healthier state than I was in last year. Great to be here with so many friends, that’s what NAB is all about for me. The people, seeing old friends, making new friends and meeting people in real life that I only know from twitter/ facebook/ my blog…that’s what NAB is all about it. I always preach it’s now about the gear, but I am here at a HUGE event which on the surface is all about the gear but it truly is the networking that makes NAB special.
Last night I had dinner with Jon Connor, Cristina Valdivieso, Tyler Ginter and Steve Weiss. I then met Mike Seymour and Mickey Jones for drinks in the abomination that is the Paris hotel. As a frenchman it’s cringe inducing being in there!! THAT is not Paris, like the Venetian is NOT venice, although Excalibur is exactly what medieval England was like ;)
Steve Weiss brought a near production Zacuto EVF with him for me to play with. I am biased, Zacuto are site sponsors and Steve is like my brother but I hand on heart was amazed by it. Smaller than I thought and MUCH lighter. The screen is incredible, the dot pitch is so tiny I simply cannot see the pixels and the options are endless, the auto-scaling on record with the 5DmkII is as sharp as the original signal. I also jumped up and down on it and it had no problems. This is one TOUGH little bugger! I will be doing some more tests with it today and tomorrow so stay tuned. I love the Cineroid that I have but this is much much better made and better quality with better features. Check out my very silly strength test below and the fantastic video that Karen Abad made for them…the drop test at the end is brilliant….12 foot!!!
Steve & Jens elaborate on the Z-Finder EVF’s menu features, shooting styles & quality. Features include scalability, frame line generators, anamorphic ratios & more.
Helpful timestamps to help you navigate through the video:
0:25 What you get when you buy the Z-Finder EVF Snap
1:43 Upgradable Firmware updates via USB
4:31 Anamorphic Correction
5:02 Frame line generators
5:49 Color Bars
6:07 Exposure Assist
6:54 Focus Assist
7:36 Assigning features to function buttons
7:57 Retaining customizable settings even after powering down
8:23 Monitor comparison
8:58 Color comparison and Chroma adjustments
9:49 Switching between 480P and 1080i
11:59 Dot Pitch
12:18 Upcoming Firmware upgrades
12:33 Battery Power
14:05 Different ways to use the Z-Finder EVF
15:51 Assembled and manufactured in the USA
16:32 The look of the EVF – inside and out
18:12 The Drop Test
This was awesome, but the most exciting thing was Mike Seymour from FXPHD brought his RED EPIC with him. Stunning. Well, I haven’t shot anything with it but holding it, operating it, the menus…everything about is was just super sweet. The touch screen LCD with simple access to all the major settings is a world away from the Red One. I held this and changed the ISO is 10 seconds without going into any menus. It’s small but quite heavy due to it’s metal casing and heavy duty PL mount. This is one robust camera. Mike was telling us about the dynamic range on it being incredible.
I say again and again and again, it’s not about the camera but in this case, screw that. I want this camera more than anything. it’s incredible. Now I just need to shoot on it….lucky old Jason Wingrove, my good friend from Australia already has and has shot this lovely piece below. Read what he has to say and watch his film. Stunning. I am sold. I just need to find some money, a lot of it…maybe I need to go to one of the tables downstairs and put all my kit on erm…red at the roulette table???
Switch ‘HD ON’ for best results
Shot in a couple of early morning hours at Curl Curl sea pool on Sydney’s northern beaches.
Epic M #123, 120fps, 10, 40, 65 & 180mm master prime. Nikkor 8mm fisheye. All non HDRx.
Thanks as always to Mike Seymour for bringing #123
Oh and that song you now cant get out of your head is “The Swimming Song” by Loudon Wainwright III
Freelance TVC /Film Director,DP
Oh…one last silly video…S95 in miniature video mode x20 with the Delkin Suction Mount on my rental bonnet on way to Walmart. All straight out of camera!