Category Archives: Cameras

We are hoping that we won't be talking much about how many electrons in the full well capacity, but we might…never know. There is just so much new coming out, that cameras and their accessories need a whole category by themselves…and here it is.

Test Bloom – AF100/F3/FS100/5DMkII

Phillip Bloom has done a quick and dirty set of tests between the Panasonic Panasonic AG-AF100 Micro 4/3 Pro HD Camcorder, and the Sony F3 and FS100…along side a Canon 5D MkII. You can see them on his blog or watch them with these links.


AF100 vs F3 vs FS100 Part 1: The Real World from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.


AF100 vs F3 vs FS100 Part 2: In depth and conclusions. from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.


The Bloom Danube: Sony FS100 Smooth slow motion test from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

Pearls of 3D–Audio Interview, Steve Schklair

Broadcast Engineering has an exclusive interview with 3D entrepreneur Steve Schklair, founder and CEO of 3Ality Digital. The conversation weaves broadcast 3D concerns with feature information. 20 minutes of Must Hear.


Mandatory listening for anyone who has read the Walter Murch/Roger Ebert article.


100 Great Resources for Cinematographers

The excellent blog for camera assistants “The Black and Blue” provides a great resource up to the minute interesting news and features about cameras and writing, an excellent spot for insightful reviews of movies from a technical view, and a complete distraction to my day…in a good way. Continue reading 100 Great Resources for Cinematographers

Jackson, Hobbit, 3D & 30 RED EPIC Cameras

Hobbits on Red Epics. It was announced over the weekend (via Engadget) that Peter Jackson will shoot the two-part adaptation of The Hobbit in 3D next year using state-of-the-art RED EPIC cameras which have an “epic” 5K resolution. The RED EPIC was announced this year and can shoot up to 120 frames per second and has a new HDRx mode for the highest dynamic range of any digital cinema camera ever made. Remember, Jackson and his cast/crew will be shooting for around 380 days next year, so they really need the best equipment, and they’ll be working with “at least thirty cameras.” This is going to look amazing!

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H. Potter kills 3D; RED kills Low Dynamic Range

One rule in 3D production or post is to take off the glasses. There’s a lot to see in the overlap of images.

On the other hand, if you have a 2D movie in front of you, close one eye and a lot of the 3D detail comes out. You get back some of those 3D cues/clues that the eye/brain complex merge when two eyes are open and staring at a flat screen (and realize “Hey–dis be flat!) – clues like occlusion, size of familiar objects, size of comparative objects, texture detail, distance color shift, haziness, all get un-merged. 

Un-Merged is how Harry Potter will be delivered on November 19th.

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ASC Digital Assistant–The iPhone App

toland fov viewAn iteration of the American Cinematographer Manual has been introduced by the iPhone developers, Chemical Wedding. Bringing the venerated 70 year old set of tools into a modern structure, the American Society of Cinematographers partnered with Chemical Wedding to deliver the Toland ASC Digital Assistant for the iPhone or iPod Touch. Continue reading ASC Digital Assistant–The iPhone App

Bloom Compares DSLRs [Updated]

Details of the damned, but for just this one moment, these are those details for a handful of cameras that make the cut, manual control being the main hurdle. Take away point: There will be something better soon, so concentrate on lenses and skills.

Which… “Video DSLR” to buy? | Philip Bloom

The comments section is just as important…

[Update – 26 August] There is now an announcement for a Canon 60D, in between the Ti2 and the 7D. As one of the commenters says: “The camera you have always takes a better picture than the one you are waiting to be released.”

Bloom’s Guide To Lenses

The friendly DSLR shooting community just got the ultimate favor from Phillip Bloom – Which…lenses to buy? | Philip Bloom

What follows is not the definitive list of lenses to buy. It’s my opinion. Please treat it like that. Many will disagree and may well be quite right too! All I can do is base this post on my own experience, with the plethora of lenses I own and have used.

I want to cover other makes of cameras with this evolving blog post but for now it will be purely for Canon lenses. I will cover the GH1, Nikon, Sony at some point later. My most experience is with Canon Lenses.

There is no more to this post; go straight to the Bloom post. And, as he says, check back often as he plans to update it with different company’s products.