Panasonic announces the new VariCam LT Lightweight Highend 4K cinema camera and shows first footage

February 11, 2016

Today Panasonic announced the new Panasonic VariCam LT. It’s the small brother of the highend 4K cinema camera VariCam 35 and shares the same sensor in a smaller body. I was lucky enough to be here in Barcelona at the European launch event and had the possibility to get my hands on the camera for a few minutes. The camera itself is half the weight of the VariCam 35 (2,7 kg) and should fit in any gimbal or drone so far. It comes with an EF-Mount with iris control and you can also change the mount and add a PL-Mount on the camera. The camera also has the same viewfinder like the VariCam 35, but with one small, but big difference for you: It comes w/ an SDI-Out, which means you can use all the “cheaper” third party viewfinder like the Zacuto one…

I tested the VariCam a couple of month ago and was impressed by the image quality of the sensor. As a regular Alexa user I know that this sensor is by far the best sensor on the market right now. There is only one sensor I would use next to the Alexa for a feature film: The Red Dragon sensor.  […]

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New Cinematography Reel online!

July 9, 2015


Feature Film, ZDF, 90 Minutes, Sweden

Director of Photography: Sebastian Wiegärtner
B-Cam Operator: Christian Knöpfle
A-Cam 1st AC: Max Brinkschulte
B-Cam 1st AC: Julian Hanschke
2nd AC: Lukas Wanderer
Gaffer: Kai Giegerich
Camera System: ARRI Alexa, Sony A7s
Lenses: Carl Zeiss Standard Primes
Filtration: Schneider Hollywood Blackmagic
Director: Marco Serafini
Production: Bavaria Film


Alexander Desplat – The Immitation Game

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NAB 2015: Wescott Flexible Lights

April 13, 2015

My friend Rodney Charters did a great interview with Jem Scofield from theC47 just before the beginning of NAB Show 2105 in Las Vegas. They actually created some very flexible LED lights, which you can easily mount everywhere, because they are so lightweight. We recently used F&V LED Litepanels for two feature films I was Director of Photography for and it’s lovely to have a battery powered light which you can easily place anywhere you want. With the flexible lights you even have more possibilities and I’m thinking about using one of those (especially the bigger ones – perfectly for portrais) on an upcoming feature film gig.

For more info visit the Wescott Website.

I’m very sorry that I wasn’t a “blogger” the last year. Trying to be a better blogger the following months. Fingers crossed! 😉

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Blackmagic URSA UHD (4K) Digital Film Camera announced

April 7, 2014

This looks promising and it seems Blackmagic listened to the users, as the form factor of the Blackmagic Cinema and Production Camera isn’t perfect. Now they announced the new Blackmagic URSA Digital Cinema Camera, which really looks promising.

It has a Super 35mm Ultra HD sensor (3840×2160) and can shoot up to 30 frames per second at this resolution. 60p is only possible at 1080p. However the body has the high speed processing and high capacity cooling to run beyond 100 fps, so when faster sensors are available you could upgrade and then get higher frame rates. Compared to the new Red Dragon the Dynamic Range of 12 stops isn’t an highlight, but the price tag of this camera is really explaining why it can’t have the same DR like the Dragon. You can get the EF model for $5,995, a PL-Version is available for $6,495 and there will be also a version with a B4 mount. It shoots ProRes HQ 422 and 12-bit CinemaDNG Raw on CFast 2.0 cards.

You can also buy the camera without a sensor. Then you have the possibility to use the body as an HDMI recorder and put your DSLR in front of the body. Sounds strange,  […]

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NAB: Sony announces F5 hardware upgrade and Sony A7s

April 6, 2014

Sony F5 to F55 hardware upgrade

Sony F5 users have the choice of upgrading their F5 to an F55. Same Imager, Color Filter array and 4K on board recording. Great move from Sony. This was an unique service from RED in the past. Sony listened.

Sony A7s announced

They also announced the new Sony A7s. This is one of the best news of the day. The S stands for sensitivity. The full frame sensor has a ultra-high sensitivity up to ISO 409600. It’s also the world first full frame camera without line skipping or pixel binning, which means it has improved aliasing and rolling shutter. The camera can shoot up to 120fps at 720p, S-Log 2, XAVC S 50Mbps and optional XLR audio input. Sadly no 4K internal recording function. You need a third party external recorder!

I’ll update this blog post the next few days. As soon as I have more info about the A7s, you can read it here.

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Panasonic announces 4K Varicam 35 Camera

February 28, 2014

Great news from Panasonic. They have just announced a new 4K Varicam with a Super 35mm sensor, which can shoot 4K internally with up to 120 frames per second. This camera really looks interesting. It seems to be a mix of an ARRI Alexa, Sony F5/55 and has a modular design like the Red Epic. The camera also features a 3G HD SDI, to support an uncompressed output (RAW) and also  a single HD SDI for monitoring. There is no pricing yet, but I think it will be in a price range of a Sony F5.

  • 4096 x 2160 Super 35mm CMOS sensor
  • 14+ Stops of Dynamic Range
  • PL Mount
  • Internal 4K up to 120fps
  • Records 4K & UHD in AVC-ULTRA 4K
  • Records 2K & HD in AVC-Intra 100/200
  • Capable of 4K RAW
  • 1.5 to 6 Mbps Proxies
  • Two expressP2 card slots (Record 130 minutes of 4K/24p with these cards)
  • Two microP2 card slots (for HD and 2K)
  • Four 3G-HD-SDI Outputs for 4K QUAD
  • Two 3G-HD-SDI Outputs for RAW
  • HD-SDI out for monitoring (down-converting from 4K)
  • Two XLR inputs can record four channels of 24-bit, 48KHz audio
  • Removable Control Panel
  • OLED Viewfinder with Optical Zoom
  • Availability: Fall 2014
  • Price: TBA

They also announced a 2/3″ VariCam, which is part of their new VariCam modular design. My colleague Matt Allard did  […]

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