The folks at Zacuto, are constantly outdoing themselves. Not only in upping the products they make, but also in producing short films about their love of films.
Their long running series, “Filmfellas,” interviews today’s influential filmakers – while being shot like a feature film. This is where most people were introduced to charismatic, British DSLR auteur, Philip Bloom.
Today they release part one of a three part series that tries to answer the question: Are DSLRs able to compete with 35mm film? Have we hit the digital motion picture tipping point?
The folks at Zacutohave released a ZGrip for the iPhone 3Gs. Initially this is priced at $295, but this is the Pro model. A consumer grade version is in the works. Considering the iPhone 3Gs goes for $299 – the ZGrip iPhone PRO is quite an investment.
I can’t wait to see the next feature film shot with an iPhone…
The folks at Zacuto must be like Q‘s lab from 007. They come up with cool innovative products and put their own style and flair on it.
They latest “spy” equipment is the DSLR Gunstock. Basically it allows you to take a motion picture capable still-camera (like the Canon EOS 5D Mark II) and shoot off your shoulder like a betacam. They’ve even developed a loupe-based viewfinder.
Check out their introduction video for all the details. We’ll definitely have to take a look at this at NAB.
The mounts cost about as much as the camera itself, but James Bond-type innovation doesn’t come cheap.
When DP Joe Stunzi came to Chicago to test all of the new HD cameras on the market against each other, he initially had hopes of making a short video using the new Canon 5D Mark II. However,Zacuto’s Steve Weiss, Jens Bogehegn & Scott Lynch decided that another 5D MKII fluff piece is not what was needed.
“We needed to see the 5DMKII in relation to other cameras”, says Steve Weiss. So the “Great Camera Shootout of ’08” was born.
In this video you will hear Joe, Steve, Jens & Scott discuss what they liked and disliked about each of the HD cameras and DOF adapters.
“This test is really for independent filmmakers and web cinematographers who are creating content with the look and feel of a 35mm motion picture.”
In this video you will see a same shot comparison of: 35mm motion picture, RED, EX3, HVX200, HPX170, HPX3000, Sony EX3, Nikon D90, Canon 5D Mark II, Letus35 Ultimate and Elite DOF adapters, RedRock Micro and more. Follow a discussion by four filmmakers ranging in age from 18-46. They discuss what’s best. You won’t believe the conclusions.