Just posted a review of the Hexolux D7 light, which is a versatile LED light that creates a nice-looking beam with good color accuracy, power and control. The D7 isn't cheap at $2400, but no next-gen LED is these days. The good news is that lights don't get outdated nearly as quickly as cameras do. You can take the financial hit upfront, and then get good use out of the light for a decade or more.
See the full reivew right here.
I just finished my review of Zacuto's Z-Drive and Tornado Grip over at Pro Video Coalition. This is an out-of-the-box product that cleverly blends a follow focus and hand-grip together. Together, the Z-Drive and Tornado let an operator pull focus while keeping a shoulder-mounted camera rock-steady.
I had a chance to work with the Z-Drive/Tornado Grip on a few projects, and added it to my own kit because it genuinely gave me better results in shoulder-mounted camera work, and also kept things more comfortable. You can read the review right here.
For the last week, I've been working with a cool new LED light from Hexolux, with a max 150W draw. A few things that stand out: beautiful fresnel lens, photometrics similar to 650-750 watt conventional light, DC power off of a V-mount or Anton Bauer battery (125watt draw), precise dimming on an LED display (0-100%), alternative dimming via f-stop, and the ability to combine multiple light heads together.
I'll be working on a review in the next week or two.
Just finished a review of the new Areca 8-drive RAID with Thunderbolt 2 over at Pro Video Coalition. I've been reviewing a lot of RAIDs lately due to my own transition over from a 2009 Mac Pro to the new Mac Pro with Thunderbolt. This is probably the last I'll be looking at for a while, but what makes the Areca unique is that it's 1) very, very fast when used with a Thunderbolt 2 connection, and 2) it's the only 8-bay Thunderbolt RAID I know that you can buy empty, and add your own drives to it. That let's you save considerably money if you have a bit of a do-it-yourself spirit.
You can read the full review right here.
Yes, this is actually a follow-focus.
It's called the Z-Drive and is brand new from Zacuto. It's designed to combine a small, lightweight follow-focus with a handgrip — that way a one-man-band operator can shoulder-mount the camera and keep it steady, all while pulling focus.
I just got this last night, and am pretty impressed with Zacuto's out-of-the-box solution to a common problem for shoulder-mounted cine cameras. I'll have more in the next couple of weeks.
By the way, the Z-Drive itself is actually pretty small, but you see it here combined with Zacuto's Tornado grip. Otherwise, you can use the Z-Drive with a conventional focus whip, or just by hand. But then you lose benefit of combining focus and grip into one unit in your hand.
Combined, the Z-Drive and Tornado grip cost about $783.