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A WORD ON GEARED HEADS

by George Leon. Originally published October 2009


There are three types of heads and many brands of heads available to camera operators and directors of photography for use in studio or on location. The types of heads are fluid, friction and geared heads. Mostly, all new heads are made of aluminum alloy, some older heads and accessories were made of magnesium and much older heads were made of cast steel.

The fluid head employs the principle of fluid resistance. The restricted flow of a high viscosity liquid forced through grooves machined inside a metal drum creates drag on the lateral and vertical movements of the head. The friction head employs the the principle of surface resistance. The friction of fiber discs against metal washers creates drag on the lateral and vertical movements of the head. The geared head employs the principle of mechanical advantage. The ratio of the angular speed of driving members to driven members of a gear train, linkage, or cable creates force on the lateral and vertical movements of the head.

The Cartoni c 40 is hand-crafted from the latest hi-tech metal alloys, C40 S is a Heavy Duty fluid action head specifically designed to support Studio/EFP configurations or 35mm film cameras. The Counterbalancing system, activated by an 8 - position easy-grip selector, works with three reinforced groups of helicoidal high section springs. This mechanism combined with a 60mm. sliding base, allows the camera person to fine tune an extremely wide range of cameras weighing from 10 to 45 Kg (22 lbs to 100 lbs) throughout a tilt range of -/+ 65 degrees.


Technovision MKII geared head with 3 speed settings, built-in tilt plate. Optional gear reducers for this geared head are available, providing more control with gear ratios.

Today, most friction heads-tripod combos are manufactured for low cost consumer still and video photography with the exception of Gitzo, that makes consumer and hi-end tripods and friction and fluid heads for the still photography market. Fluid heads are the most popular and are marketed for the consumer, pro-sumer, and professional market and mostly are offered as an option to a tripod according to your needs, type and weight of camera. Friction heads were in use for all types of still photographic and consumer motion picture cameras around world, until Chadwell O'Connor invented the fluid damped camera head in 1952.

Worrall Geared Head
Geared heads were manufactured to cater the need of fluid camera movement using the heavy weight or cumbersome motion picture cameras of the past. The use of gears predates to the early days of cranking cameras, friction heads and poorly designed geared heads that were the norm for camera panning and tilting for several decades in Hollywood and the world over until George Worral created the Worral Geared Head in 1952. "The first stable, smooth and balanced triple-mode geared head." "It took very little force to move it." Worrall said. Epics such as "Lawrence of Arabia" and "Dr. Zhivago" were filmed using the Worrall Geared Head.

The Mitchell Geared Head was a predecessor of the Worral head. Shown above with 3 speeds and built-in tilt plate.


The Mitchell Vitesse Geared Head allows 360 degrees movement on two axis; pan and tilt.

Now days, the making of better, lighter and studier fluid heads with more features than ever, along with resistant lighter graphite tripods have become the equipment of choice for the broadcast news gathering industry, the documentary and the independent filmmaker. Sachtler, Bogen, Manfrotto, O'Connor and Vinten to name a few, have revolutionized the portability of fluid camera movement.



Sachtler’s fluid head Cine 30 HD features a side-load mechanism for the camera plate. A key advantage of this technology is that the fluid head can be side-loaded together with its camera set-up – quickly and easily. The mechanism is compatible with camera plates from OConnor and ARRI. The operating elements, manufactured according to 2K processes, are especially convenient. If you need a front box for all sorts of utensils or tools, it is simple to mount an adapter which is exceptionally practical for film and HD shooting.


The GearNex geared head is a precision, lightweight and compact pan and tilt gear head designed for independent and professional filmmakers. Perfect for all professional cameras such as: RED ONE • Panasonic Varicam • Panasonic HDX900 • Sony F900 • Panasonic DVX100 • Panasonic HVX200 • Sony FX1 • Sony EX1/EX3 • Other lightweight 35mm and 16mm film cameras. Nothing beats the smoothness of a geared head for certain moves, and some moves are actually much easier with a geared head than a fluid head as on dolly.

©George Leon 2009
Geared heads have been the preferred choice of motion picture cameramen for decades. The gear head provides precision control over your shots. Make small detailed corrections to compositions. Rock solid control on long lenses. Minimizes fishtailing on dollies and cranes. Repeatable moves without overshooting your mark. (Panahead Geared Head, shown above)

Besides of the geared heads shown here, we should mention other important heads that allow the director of photography or the camera operator get the job done like, the Cartoni Dutch Head, the Van Diemen Swing Head or Tango Head, the Lambda Head or Nodal Swing Head and the Weaver Steadman 2 and 3 Axis Head to name a few.

Among the remote and motion controlled heads I would like to mention , the Scorpio Head, the Hot Shot, Super Shot and Star Cam by Egripment, the Technovision Super Crane with 3 xis Z Head, the Louma 2 Camera System, the Talon by Ravens Claw and the Mark Roberts MOCO Milo . Check The Talon and Mark Robert's MOCO Milo at Camera Control in Santa Monica, USA in the video window above- click ON DEMAND- search for Talon or Milo on playlist.

All these choices of camera movement lead us to the next question: Which set-up is better, a fluid head or a geared head for your next project as camera operator? To answer this question, I would like to refer to the commentaries made by Roger Deakins, BSC/ASC in his oddly interrupted internet forum. (I spoke with Roger about the subject and about other camera and lighting setups he did during the production of the Big Lebowsky and Revolution Road while vising the ASC Open House in 2009).

Roger explains
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A geared head allows for a very accurate pan or tilt and a clean hard stop. I know it might seem like an old fashioned tool and I sometimes don't even carry one on some shoots but it is a surprisingly accurate and easy tool to use. I especially like it on a stage. Try it out! If you operate and want to use a remote head you might then have to use wheels in just the same way.

There are some cinematographers whom I admire a great deal and who never use a geared head. Even when they operate a remote head they might use a joystick instead of wheels. And, of course, many Cinematographers don't operate the camera themselves anyway. Maybe it is just a personal preference but I do find I have a lot of control on a geared head. I don't always use one and there have been films where I haven't had one on the shoot at all, but I would say that more often than not I have one in my camera package. It really does depend on the look I am going for and the nature of the work. It seems to me that a geared head gives me a more solid feel, a kind of forced formality to my shots and I will use one for those films or scenes where I want to have a more 'controlled' look. I will also tend to use one in a studio situation, for long dialogue scenes and for many specific dolly moves that require speed and a firm stop.

The first time I used one on a professional production was on '1984'. I didn't have a geared head in my camera package but the Line Producer ordered one for me to use on a particular long lens shot. He was playing a trick on me really. As had no confidence in me as a cinematographer he thought that hiring the geared head would show up my failings. He had no way of knowing that I had practiced with a geared head whilst at Film School and could sign my name with one. He never found out though. Whilst he was looking over my shoulder, I completed the shot, which was purely static, and then suggested he send the head back as it was an expensive rental item.

The compact geared head smaller, lighter in weight and equally efficient is the formula of the future. The ARRIHEAD 2 is it is successful product. With an equal equipment range and operating convenience, it is 8 cm shorter and approximately 4 kg‘s lighter than the large ARRIHEAD. With this design, the ARRIHEAD 2 is an ideal production tripod head not only for 35 mm cameras, but also for 16 mm filming. (Arrihead shown above)

The head I prefer is the Arri Lightweight head and I use a set of large wheels instead of the smaller ones that come with this particular model. Much of the work I do is with a remote Power Pod head mounted on an Aerocrane jib arm and,in much the same way, this requires the use of a set of wheels to control the head. One way or another it is important, for me at least, to be able to use the wheels.

Practice? Just get a geared head and practice signing your name - or you might start with a figure of eight and build up to it. By the time you can achieve your signature you will find that operating by the wheels has become second nature to you and that is what it's about. You need to be able to get behind the camera and, without a rehearsal, operate the shot you want. It is no use having to practice with the stand ins or the actors. If you plan to be a cinematographer who operates the camera, you need to be able to concentrate on the WHY of the shot and not the HOW.

The gear head does take some practice and I wouldn't recommend using one without being very confident in your ability with it. I was taught to use a stick with a felt tip at the end of it, instead of a camera, and practice until I could sign my name with it! Roger concludes.

So, I say that the choice and the use of a fluid head versus a geared head is one of the decisions a director of photography or camera operator have to resolve early in pre-production. Any of the two choices are O.K. Both choices represent only another tool in the cinematographer's bag.

Here is a list of geared heads. Some are new models in active use by many cinematographers and other are older models but still found at different rentals houses or found for sale at different used motion picture equipment companies.
• Arrihead
• Arrihead 2
• Arri/Mitchell Geared Head
• Ceco Blimp Type 2-Speed Geared Head (TH-7)
• Ceco Pro-Jr. Geared Head
• GearNex Gearhead
• Houston Fearless Cradle Head
• MGM Geared Head
• Mitchell Geared Head
• Mitchell Mini (Lightweight) Geared Head
• Mitchell Vitesse Geared Head
• Mitchell Vista-Vision Geared Head
• Moy 16” Classic
• Moy 16” Standard
• Samcine Moy Geared Head
• Samcine Moy MkIII Geared Head
• Moy 16” Neptune Underwater Head
• Moy 22” Legend
• Moy 12” Mini
• NCE Geared Head
• NCE Cradle Geared Head & Model CGH
• NCE Jr. Geared Head
• NCE/Ultrascope MkI
• NCE/Ultrascope MkII
• NCE/Ultrascope MkIII
• Panahead
• Panahead, Super
• Panahead, Compact
• Sea Head
• Technovision Technohead MkI
• Technovision Technohead MkII (H)
• Technovision Technohead MkIII
• Worrall
• Worrall Mini
(List compiled by Ryan Patrick O'Hara)
Roger Deakins photo © George Leon 2009

SONY LAUNCHES NEW 8.6K VENICE 2


Venice 2 is a full-frame digital cinema camera with internal X-OCN recording and choice of 8K and 6K sensors. đŸŽ„đŸŽŹ It is a cinema camera created by and for the cinematographer. The camera comes with one of two full-frame image sensors, each offering exceptional picture quality. Thanks to new internal recording capabilities, users can capture even more colors and detail within the compact body they already know.

36 x 24-mm Full-Frame Sensor. VENICE 2 features one of two 36 x 24‑mm full-frame image sensors, designed speciïŹcally for the demands and performance of high-end cinematography. Each offers remarkable sensitivity, latitude and color rendition, and because the sensor blocks are interchangeable, users can easily switch between sensors—without any extra firmware—and can even use the sensor from their original VENICE. The new 8K sensor can capture images up to a maximum resolution of 8640 x 5760, while the established 6K sensor offers up to 6048 x 4032. Both offer powerful oversampling for incredible 4K images.


Full-Frame full-width 36‑mm 8K and​ 6K. In full-frame, you can use the full width of the sensors (6048 or 8640 pixels) for widescreen spherical 2.39:1 or Large Format Scope. Full-Frame can be used creatively in a number of ways—for example, to allow for extra shallow depth of ïŹeld or super-wide shooting.​

Super35 full height 2.0x squeeze Anamorphic. For anamorphic shooting and production, Super35 full height 2x squeeze anamorphic is supported.

Super35 17:9 and 16:9. These popular image sizes have native support in VENICE 2, and the 8K sensor makes it possible to capture 5.8K footage in these modes. Current Super35 mm PL mount lenses can be used as well.​


Phenomenal Latitude. VENICE 2’s 8K sensor has an exceptional 16 stops of latitude, while the 6K sensor boasts 15+ stops of latitude. This means that both imagers can deliver phenomenal images with very little noise, in conditions that range from searing sunlight to almost no light. VENICE 2 also excels at High Dynamic Range imaging, allowing for unprecedented creative freedom in grading.

More Colors for More Expression​. VENICE 2 can exceed the BT.2020 color space, with a color range wider than DCI-P3. This means it can beautifully reproduce the true color of the scene in front of your lens. The camera also provides a broad palette in the grading suite, using the established workïŹ‚ow of Sony’s S-Log3 and Ultra-wide Color space, S-Gamut3. Plus, VENICE 2’s 6K and 8K sensors match colors almost perfectly, making your grading experience even better.

High Frame Rate. VENICE 2 can shoot at speeds of up to 120fps at 4K and 90fps at 6K, when using the 6K sensor. In combination with an anamorphic license, it also allows shooting at speeds of up to 75fps at 4K 4:3 and 72fps at 4K 6:5. With the 8K sensor, VENICE 2 can achieve up to 60fps at 8.2K and 90fps at 5.8K.


Fast Shutter. Jello effect is something we don’t need when filming. VENICE 2 has high-speed readout sensors, which minimizes the Jello effect that is typical with CMOS sensors.

Interchangeable Image Sensors. VENICE 2 allows you to easily remove and replace the image sensor, swapping between the 8.6K and original 6K image sensor as required. This also means a 6K sensor can be swapped between VENICE and original VENICE 2.

Dual Base ISO. VENICE 2 features dual base ISO, meaning that the 8K sensor offers Base ISO3200 in addition to Base ISO800, while the 6K sensor has Base ISO500 and Base ISO2500. High Base ISO3200 excels in low-light High Dynamic Range capture, with an exposure latitude from 6 stops over to 10 stops under 18% Middle Gray, for a total of 16 stops. High Base ISO 2500 offers an exposure latitude from 6 stops over to 9 stops under 18% Middle Gray, for a total of 15+ stops.

Internal 16-bit X-OCN and 4K ProRes Recording in a Compact Body. New for VENICE 2, cinematographers and colorists can unlock the incredible creative possibilities of 16-bit X-OCN recording, without an external recorder. Users can enjoy the full dynamic range and color reproduction of the image sensor, capturing in 4K ProRes 4444 and 422 HQ. With such a compact design, and no external recorder, set-up is faster, simpler, and easier, particularly for gimbals, Steadicams, and drones.

Anamorphic Look. VENICE 2’s support for anamorphic lenses allows for the capture of breathtakingly beautiful images. When combined with the ability to shoot 4:3 and 6:5 aspect ratio at high horizontal resolutions, this can give users stunning lens flare, bokeh, and emotional impact. The 8K sensor can shoot 5.8K with an aspect ratio of 6:5, while the 6K sensor can shoot both 6:5 and 4:3 at 4K.

PL Lens Mount. VENICE 2 comes with the industry-standard PL lens mount and is compatible with all Super35 and full-frame PL lenses—spherical and anamorphic. The lens mount includes contacts that support Cooke /i Technology, and lens information is recorded as metadata, frame by frame. We have also added support for ZEISS eXtended Data.

Lever Lock Type E-mount​. E-mount offers unsurpassed compatibility with Sony lenses. E-mount (lever lock type) gives users the ability to change lenses by rotating the locking collar rather than the lens itself, which means that in most cases lens support rigs don’t need to be removed, saving time during a production.

VENICE 2 6K Extension System. VENICE 2 users can expect the same image quality and integrity when using the robust CBK-3610XS Extension System, which makes VENICE 2 more mobile and discreet. The system is fully compatible with VENICE and VENICE 2 camera systems that use the 6K image sensor block* and is ideal for countless mounting set-ups and filming scenarios. These could include use with gimbals, handheld stabilizers, underwater and helicopter housings, and 3D/VR rigs, as well as in tight and unconventional spaces, such as in vehicles, on cranes, or Russian arms. *Extension System for VENICE 2 8K is planned to be released by early 2023

8-step Mechanical ND Filters. VENICE 2 follows the world-first of VENICE, with a servo-controlled 8-step Mechanical ND filter mechanism built into the camera chassis. It offers a massive ND of 0.3 (1/2 = 1 stop) to 2.4 (1/256 = 8 stops) range that reduces time lost on set changing external filters. The ND filters also greatly increase VENICE’s flexibility when being controlled remotely on drones and cranes, or in an underwater housing.​

High performance, proven recording formats. VENICE 2 offers complete production flexibility. The camera supports internal recording of X-OCN or 4K ProRes recording onto AXS memory cards, removing the need to attach additional recording hardware.

X-OCN – 16-bit eXtended tonal range Original Camera Negative​. Full 4K, 6K or 8K resolution, with extraordinary color reproduction, nicely suits Sony’s third-generation color development, S-Gamut 3. In particular, 16-bit scene linear tonal gradation retains the camera’s full dynamic range, with far greater capacity for visual expression than 10-bit or 12-bit digital formats.

16-bit X-OCN offers significant file size reduction, which makes working with full-resolution content from VENICE 2’s 8.6K or 6K sensor far more practical in terms of file transfer times and storage requirements.

Apple ProRes 4K. Apple 🍎 ProRes, including ProRes 4444 and Apple 4K ProRes 422 HQ, are popular in post-production, and VENICE 2 supports Apple ProRes 4K. This means there’s no need for transcoding; you can simply handle these 4K ProRes formats directly from the camera.

Technicolor 🌈Look Collection. The Look Collection for VENICE allows anyone to add the artistry and experience of Technicolor colorists to their VENICE productions. Free downloads of LUT (Look Up Table) files can be used for on-set monitoring, as well as be applied in post-production. Also included are .ART files, Sony’s new proprietary file format, which offers enhanced performance compared to 3D LUTs.

For more info about Sony Venice 2 visit, https://pro.sony/ue_US/products/digital-cinema-cameras/venice2

NEW STELLA PRO REFLEX: FLASH AND CONTINUOS LIGHTING

Light & Motion StellaPro Reflex Marries Flash and Continuous Lighting.

Making a name for itself with powerful, compact, and durable LED lights for video and action sports applications, Light & Motion is taking things up a notch with the Reflex and Reflex S—a new breed of LED fixture that supports ultra-fast flash as well as a highly capable continuous light. It also maintains a lot of StellaPro’s DNA with its ability to run on a battery, a tiny size, and beautiful quality of light. Hybrid video/stills shooters desiring a single light for all their needs will definitely be pleased.

You’ll find the Reflex to be a light that answers a lot of questions all in a single package. It’s a strobe and a continuous light. It’s lightweight and rugged. It’s battery or AC powered. It’s ultra-fast and able to offer accurate color. Whether you’re shooting weddings, events, action, adventure, editorial, or portraiture, the StellaPro Reflex can do the trick.

Being dual purpose does require a unique take on the light. It features a single, large flicker-free LED to perform both the continuous lighting and flash functions. This is a solid LED, much like earlier offerings from Light & Motion, which offers TLCI/CRI of 93/92, daylight color balance, and maximum output of 9,000 lumens on AC power or 6,000 lumens on the included battery handle. Plus, in the burst (strobe) mode it will double that output and hit 18,000 lumens. It’s a reliable fixture that balances power and size, delivering similar output to similar-size LEDs and on-camera speedlights.

StellaPro Reflex S. One of the best aspects is the speed of this system compared to more traditional strobes, like a monolight. The Reflex S can hit speeds of up to 20 fps at full power without overheating. There is also no real recycle time, meaning that every time you hit the shutter you will have the Reflex ready and waiting. If you are looking to freeze action with the flash, then you are in luck because it does have a flash duration as short as 1 ms (1/1,000 second).

It is with speed where we can identify the differences between the Reflex and the upgraded Reflex S. The base Reflex offers continuous shooting of 10 fps and a minimum flash duration of 5 ms (1/200 second) while the Reflex S will offer the full 20 fps and minimum duration of 1 ms (1/1,000 second). You’ll have to choose based on your own need, but both are good.


Flexible power options are the same for both, and many will likely opt for the included battery handle for on-the-go shoots. This battery will support continuous lighting up to 6,000 lumens for 30 minutes at full power or for up to 15,000 full-power flashes at 18,000 lumens. It connects using a standard USB-C port, and with 100W USB-C AC adapters you can achieve a maximum output of 9,000 lumens. Being standard USB-C PD, you can power the Reflex with a number of accessories, including large battery packs with D-tap to USB adapters.

For flash firing to sync properly with your camera, you will need to ensure a good connection. The Reflex offers built-in radio receivers to handle this, and StellaPro offers support for Profoto, Elinchrom, and Godox standards to make it easy to add a Reflex to your current kit. Alternatively, there is a standard 3.5mm input for a wired connection to other triggers or directly to a camera.

Physically, the Reflex and Reflex S are tiny lights, perfectly suitable for on-camera or handheld use. They are also very durable, with IP65 weatherproofing that will let them hold up to a little bit of inclement weather when working outdoors. They are rated to survive drops from 3.3' high. With the battery grip, they are light, weighing around 1.5 lb.

Plenty of accessories and modifiers will be available to work with the Reflex and Reflex S. Included is a medium optic, although a wide 50-degree and spot optics are also available. A Chimera speedring and 24" and 30" octaboxes are available for softer lighting, as well. Or you can use the Profoto C-stand adapter for using Profoto light shaping tools. Users should have no problem getting the light to look just the way they need.

A cool accessory would be the bar attachment, which lets you mount up to five Reflex lights on a single stand. This will give you power equivalent to a typical battery-powered monolight if you were looking for maximum output. When using a trigger, all with sync perfectly.

The Reflex is opening the door to a new type of light, one that appeals directly to the ever-growing hybrid market where stills and video are of equal importance. Having a single light for every shot is a hugely appealing idea, and the Reflex just might be the perfect light for many shooters.

Stella ProReflex: $849.99 /// ReflexS: $1.096.00

NIKON Z9 FIRST MIRROLESS FLAGSHIP

Nikon’s first mirrorless flagship, the Z9, delivers speed, resolution, and connectivity in a professional-grade body. Fast, intelligent AF and subject tacking use deep-learning technology to ensure sharpness when photographing at up to 30 fps or recording 8K video. Fast processing speeds and a new 45.7MP stacked sensor design also enable a blackout-free viewfinder experience and the body features an integrated vertical grip, four-axis tilting touchscreen LCD, and reliable weather sealing.

Nikon Z 9 Top Features

45.7MP FX-Format Stacked BSI CMOS Sensor. EXPEED 7 Image Processor. 493-Point Phase-Detection AF with Intelligent Subject Detection. 20 fps Shooting in Raw, 30 fps Shooting in JPEG, 120 fps Shooting at 11MP. Up to 8K30p and 4K120p Video Recording Internal 10-Bit Recording, ProRes 422 HQ and H.265 Support. New High-Efficiency Raw File Format. Blackout-Free EVF and Four-Axis Tilting LCD Touchscreen. Integrated Vertical Grip, Dual CFexpress Type B Card Slots. Built-In 5 GHz Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GNSS 45.7MP Stacked CMOS Sensor and EXPEED 7 Processing. Newly developed 45.7MP FX-format sensor features a stacked structure that promotes fast readout speeds and helps greatly to reduce rolling shutter distortion. The high-resolution sensor is also back-illuminated, which helps to reduce noise and contributes to smooth, rich tones for photo and video applications.

Complementing the sensor is a new EXPEED 7 processor that provides the speedy foundation of the Z 9. Quick processing ensures fast top continuous shooting speeds of 20 fps for raw images, 30 fps for JPEGs, and an impressive 120 fps for 11MP stills, with full-time AF and AE. EXPEED 7 processing also enables dual-stream technology, which provides true blackout-free viewfinder performance for more accurate capture of fast-moving action.



Advanced Autofocus System Backed by Deep Learning. The on-chip phase-detection autofocus system employs 493 points for full-frame coverage and subject tracking. Using the power of deep-learning AI, intelligent automatic subject detection and tracking is possible, helping to keep up with the fastest-moving subjects, including nine distinct subject types ranging from people to animals to vehicles in still and video modes.

Class-Leading 8K30p and 4K120p Video. More  just top stills performance, the Z 9’s video performance is similarly class leading with support for recording UHD 8K at 30p video with full pixel readout and continuous recording times more than two hours. 4K 30p recording is possible using an oversampled 8K area for improved sharpness and full frame 4K up to 120p can also be used for slow-motion playback. Additionally, the Z 9 supports 10-bit internal recording as ProRes 422 HQ or H.265 files.

Professional Body Construction. A flagship requires top-tier design, and the Z 9 delivers with professional-grade durable and weather-sealed construction with numerous high-end details.

Real Live Viewfinder benefits from dual-stream technology for blackout-free viewing when shooting at top continuous shooting rates.

Nikon’s first four-axis tilting touchscreen LCD means you can easily work from high and low shooting angles in horizontal and vertical orientations.

Magnesium-alloy chassis and fully weather sealed, just like the D6 and former flagship DSLRs, for assured use in inclement conditions.

Dual CFexpress Type B memory card slots offer fast, flexible saving for photo and video applications. Integrated sensor shield protects the sensor during lens changes and there is also a VR lock to secure the in-body Vibration Reduction system in place during travel.


Nikon’s Most Connected Camera. Professional image makers rely on the ability to deliver photos and videos quickly and easily, and the Z 9 is Nikon’s most connected camera to date. Physical connectivity is possible via full-size HDMI, USB Type-C. Ethernet ports and wireless connectivity are available using Bluetooth and 5 GHz Wi-Fi. The Z 9 features the classic 10-pin port for wide accessory compatibility as well as PC sync for flash triggering. GNSS is also integrated for in-camera geotagging.

New Nikon Software: NX Mobile Air and NX Tether. Expanding the Z System ecosystem even further, Nikon is also launching a pair of software solutions to benefit capture and workflow ends of the shooting process.

NX Mobile Air is an app for mobile devices that helps manage and transfer images when working on location. This app supports a wired connection between the camera and mobile device and enables transferring of imagery, IPTC data, voice memos, and more.

NX Tether is a free application that enables tethering with Nikon cameras, and supports displaying captured images on a computer monitor when connected via USB or wireless.


New Lenses: NIKKOR Z 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR S Lens. Super-telephoto reach in a compact, portable form factor, this S-Line lens delivers a versatile focal length range perfect for sports, wildlife, and travel. Vibration Reduction limits camera shake while a new Inner Balance technology keeps the lens stable when shooting fast-paced action using a gimbal head.

NIKKOR Z 24-120mm f/4 S Lens. The advanced 24-120mm everyday zoom range covers wide angle to short telephoto to act as a one-lens solution for everything, from landscapes to portraiture. As an S-Line lens, it features advanced optics and sophisticated stepping AF motors for speedy and smooth performance

FTZ II Mount Adapter. Featuring a revised and streamlined form factor that’s better suited for cameras with a battery grip, the FTZ II is the bridge between hundreds of legendary F-mount lenses and the mirrorless Z system. This adapter maintains full optical quality, AF performance, and weather sealing for a seamless shooting experience.

Development Announcement: NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 Lens with Built-In Teleconverter. Nikon is announcing the development of a future super-telephoto prime—the first for the Z system—with the upcoming NIKKOR Z 400mm f/2.8 lens, which will feature a built-in teleconverter for even greater reach and flexibility. Stay tuned for more information in the coming months

Z9 Firmware Update Coming 2022A huge firmware update is already scheduled for the Z 9, in 2022, bringing a wealth of improved capabilities to the video system of the camera. This free update will allow the Z 9 to record at resolutions greater than 8K and greater than 4K and will add 12-bit raw recording in Nikon’s own N-RAW format, as well as ProRes RAW HQ. N-RAW will support recording at up to 8K 60p using full pixel readout and ProRes RAW will support recording at up to 4K 60p.

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NEW DJI RONIN 4D 6K AND 8K CINEMA GIMBAL CAMERAS

Introducing the DJI Ronin 4D 6K and 8K Cinema Gimbal Cameras

DJI has just announced the Ronin 4D, the brand’s newest line of professional cameras for the next generation of cinema production, featuring two all-in-one 4-axis gimbal cameras: the Ronin 4D 8K Cinema Camera and the Ronin 4D 6K Cinema Camera. The Ronin 4D’s modular system is made up of a core processing unit and a gimbal camera featuring DJI’s flagship Zenmuse X9 sensor and the new DJI CineCore 3.0 image processing system with DCCS (DJI Cinema Color System). The core cameras can be built out with a variety of mix-and-match accessories, depending on your production needs in the studio or on location.

DJI Ronin 4D
The compact camera features a built-in gimbal that installs on the arm of the main unit, and it adds a fourth Z-axis to the traditional 3-axis configuration for additional stability in motion, particularly during dolly movement, to prevent vertical shake. The gimbal provides multiple visual sensors, an IMU (inertia/force sensor), and a barometer to keep the camera rock steady. Its AMF (Automated Manual Focus) technology provides accurate autofocus while also allowing the camera operator to control focus at any time during the automated process.

Ronin 4D 8K Cinema CameraRonin 4D 8K Cinema Camera

On the inside, the Ronin 4D provides either the Zenmuse X9 8K sensor that can capture up to 8K75 video with 800/4000 dual native ISOs or the Zenmuse X9 6K sensor that can capture up to 6K60 or 4K120 video with 800/5000 dual native ISO. The CineCore 3.0 image processing system allows the camera to record ProRes RAW, 422 HQ, and H.264 formats internally; it utilizes ActiveTrack Pro for tracking shots, and both sensors feature an advertised 14+ stops of dynamic range. The full 8192 x 4320 resolution features crisp detail that can be cropped to 4K, re-centered, and stabilized in post, retaining the same high-quality imagery.

Other features of the camera include built-in 9-stop ND filters, HDMI and SDI outputs, and a DL lens mount to support a variety of full-frame, carbon-fiber lenses, which will be available in the near future. The DL mount also allows for interchangeable lens mounts such as Leica M and Sony E-mount that provide zoom, macro, and anamorphic options for your production. The camera can record internally using a built-in CFexpress Type-B slot on the main body, and it also features a USB 3.1 Type-C port to record externally to a 1TB PROSSD. It records on-board audio using the 3.5mm and XLR input connectors on the main body.

Since the design is modular, there are numerous accessory options available to add to the camera to complete your rig, including a top handle, X9 focus motor, high-bright monitor, and focus/pan/tilt handgrips. An expansion plate can be added to provide an SDI port, XLR input, and timecode. An optional wireless transmitter uses DJI’s O3 wireless video technology, allowing you to monitor up to 1080p60 video from the camera up to 20,000' away over 2.4 and 5.8 GHz DFS frequencies using secure AES-256 encryption.


Optional, 1TB PROSSD 1TB and a High-Bright Monitor and LiDAR Range Finder.
With the optional LiDAR Range Finder, you can focus accurately using an intuitive waveform, which can detect up to 43,200 points within a 33' range with varying surface textures and subtle light changes to provide autofocus and ActiveTrack Pro, working with an enormous amount of data. The camera is powered either from a DC power input or from a high-capacity TB50 battery, which can provide up to 2 hours of shoot time.

DJI Ronin 4D 4-Axis Cinema Camera 8K Combo Kit $11,499.00
DJI Ronin 4D 4-Axis Cinema Camera 6K Combo Kit $7,199.00
DJI PROSSD 1TB $799.00

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NEW CANON 3D VR RF 5.2 F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE LENS

This ground-breaking new EOS VR SYSTEM includes the new Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE lens for digital interchangeable lens cameras, enabling 180° VR shooting with one camera to a single sensor.


The Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE dual forward-facing fisheye lenses have an ultra-wide 190-degree field of view which form the basis of its stereoscopic VR capture capability. Canon’s advanced lens design then enables projection of two images onto the camera’s single sensor for perfect alignment and synchronisation straight out of the camera. By utilising the lens in this way, VR setup is simpler than a two-camera system.

Pushing optical boundaries with the stereoscopic Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE lens features the famous red ring, denoting it as a professional L-series lens that utilises two UD elements per lens, helping to produce sharp clear images, from edge-to-edge.

The Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE lens SWC coating is ideal for shooting with the sun in the frame, as it suppresses ghosting and flare of sunlight – a commonly encountered shooting condition in VR capture.

The brand-new EOS VR SYSTEM uses the Canon RF 5.2mm F2.8L DUAL FISHEYE lens on a single sensor camera where no lens alignment is required – meaning only one file is produced for both the left and right images which is already perfectly synchronised.

This allows the Canon software or plug-in to accurately convert the captured dual circular fisheye format to a standard 180° VR format, ready for further editing in Adobe Premiere Pro or viewing on a VR headset.

Learn more about Canon VR Systems: https://canon.sm/2YiQlNn

NEW ANGÉNIEUX OPTIMO ULTRA COMPACT LENSES

After an announcement at the Cannes Film Festival last July, Angénieux is pleased to present the first 37-102mm Full Frame Optimo Ultra Compact Zoom of a series of two. These compact lenses, also including a 21-56mm lens, will be the perfect companions to the Optimo Ultra 12X and the Optimo Prime series to create a complete Angénieux high-end Full Frame solution.

The 37-102mm lens was just presented for the first time in the world by Band Pro Film & Digital Inc, the exclusive partner for AngĂ©nieux lenses in the Americas, during a special event at New York’s Peninsula Hotel. A second presentation event will take place in Los Angeles on September 29, 2021.

The new Full Frame series of Optimo high-end compact zoom lenses is the result of decades of proven expertise in high precision optics and mechanics dedicated to cinema. The 37-102 & the 21-56 are the direct descendants of the iconic and Academy awarded Optimo 15-40 and 28-76 lenses, which have been the faithful companions of Directors of Photography for more than 15 years. Step by step, they will replace them on movie sets.

This new generation of high-end lenses is fully designed for the FF/VV format. Lightweight and compact, these lenses are among the lightest on the market. Thought for cinema users, the Optimo Ultra Compact lenses are the perfect addition to the AngĂ©nieux high-end Full Frame collection which already included the Optimo Ultra 12X and the Optimo Prime Series. 

They will seduce by their ergonomics, their superb optical quality from T2.9 (in FF/VV), including the famous Angénieux look and their high-precision mechanics. Image quality is consistent from T2.9 to T22 and at every focal length and focus distance.

The iris is also capable of closing completely. The balance of contrast, color and resolution offers an appealing cinematic look.

The new compact lenses will coexist with the extremely popular Type-EZ lenses - which were among the first Full Frame zooms and have been a huge commercial success - on two different segments of the market. The Optimo Ultra Compact lenses will join the Optimo Ultra 12X and the Optimo Primeseries on high profile productions while the Type-EZ lenses will continue to be the preferred lens for a huge variety of projects and applications in Full Frame.

About Angénieux

Angénieux is world-renowned for its camera lenses. Awarded four times in Hollywood by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and sciences in 1964, 1989 and 2009, and by the Society of Camera Operators in 2012, as well as in 2014 by the British Society of Cinematographers in London, Angénieux lenses are a benchmark for image professionals. They are used worldwide for cinema, TV dramas, music videos or commercials.

The history of the brand started in 1935, more than 80 years ago, with the creation of the Pierre Angénieux Company. Since1993, Angénieux has become a Thales Group brand.

Cinema enthusiast and genius inventor, Pierre Angénieux laid the foundations of the modern zoom lenses and ensured the continued success of his company which experienced an incredible destiny. Pierre Angénieux was not only interested in cinema: he also turned to photography, television, optronics, medical. Angénieux lenses went all the way to the moon!

Chosen by NASA in the 1960’s, they have participated to different missions of the prestigious American organization. They were aboard Apollo 11 and participated to the extraordinary success of the mission, that, 50 years ago, showed the images of man’s first step on the Moon.

Currently available, the book « AngĂ©nieux and Cinema: From Light to Image” retraces through 270 pages widely illustrated,the incredible adventure of the AngĂ©nieux brand up to its most current challenges. The book is also available in English.


CANON EOS R3. NEW TOP FLIGHT MIRRORLESS

Canon has unveiled its topflight mirrorless camera, the EOS R3. Combining assets from the EOS R5 and the flagship EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR, the R3 is a high-performance body built for speedy shooting, featuring fast and precise focusing, and sporting a robust, professional-grade body.

It's the first 3-Series camera since the film era and introduces a wealth of new tech to Canon's mirrorless system, including an all-new stacked sensor, Eye Control AF, and a built-in vertical grip.

Announced alongside the new EOS R3 camera body, Canon is also expanding its lens lineup with the introduction of the RF 100-400mm f/5.6-8 IS USM and RF 16mm f/2.8 STM lenses. Relatively sleek and lightweight, these two lenses open up the RF lineup with more accessible choices at the wide and telephoto ends of the spectrum.


The EOS R3 is Canon's top-tier mirrorless body and currently is positioned between the high-resolution EOS R5 mirrorless body and the professional-grade EOS-1D X Mark III. The R3 combines the best of these two models, taking the speed, reliability, and physical characteristics of the flagship 1D X Mark III along with the technological advancements, mirrorless design, and multimedia prowess of the R5.

Sensor and Processor

While looking like a mixture of these two cameras, the EOS R3 does stand on its own with a variety of unique technologies, including a brand-new 24.1MP back-illuminated stacked CMOS sensor and an updated DIGIC X image processor. The stacked configuration of the sensor promotes faster readout speeds and reduces rolling shutter distortion to cater better to working with fast-moving subjects, and the BSI design is more efficient when gathering light, leading to cleaner image quality with reduced noise at higher sensitivities.

Another key element of this new sensor is its optimization for use with an electronic shutter function; top shooting speeds of 30 fps are possible with a 150-frame buffer, a top shutter speed of 1/64,000 second is available, and flash sync at 1/180 second is even possible. If working with a mechanical shutter, continuous shooting at 12 fps is available with a buffer of more than 1,000 frames, and flash sync is possible up to 1/250 second. In most cases, the electronic shutter will be the go-to function, and can remain a silent shooting option, or you can program an audible noise to accompany each shutter click to make it easier for subjects to recognize when a photo has been taken.

Complementing the updated sensor is a revised DIGIC X image processor, which helps to orchestrate many of the performance-oriented processes of the sensor, ranging from the fast continuous shooting to the AF, image stabilization, and video-recording capabilities. The sensor's capabilities also go on to boost the sensitivity range to ISO 100-102400 for working in a wide variety of lighting conditions.

In terms of video, the EOS R3 holds its own in the mirrorless realm with 6K 60p raw 12-bit recording and uncropped 4K 120p recording. The 6K and 5.6K recording areas can also be used for oversampled DCI and UHD 4K shooting with improved sharpness, reduced moiré, and lower noise. All 4K recording modes can be used with 60p, 30p, and 24p frame rates, and there is also a choice of HDR PQ and Canon Log 3 settings, depending on post-production workflow needs. Unlimited recording times are possible, too, and the R3 features mic and headphone ports, as well as a micro-HDMI Type-D port for clean output to an external recorder.

Autofocus

In addition to continuous shooting and readout speed improvements, the new sensor also lends itself to an improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF II system, which now features 1,053 selectable phase-detection points along with automatic AF zones and enhanced subject detection and tracking. The AF system can now intelligently recognize eyes, faces, heads (including helmets), animals, and vehicles, and tracking will automatically lock onto these subjects and maintain sharp focus throughout burst captures.

Something new to EOS digital cameras in general, Canon is also reintroducing Eye Control AF with the R3. This feature was a popular one dating back to the EOS-3 film camera days and has now been refined and tuned to work in conjunction with modern-day AF systems. This feature essentially allows you to use your eye to control where the initial focus point is, and then the camera will take control using subject tracking to keep the subject in focus. This feature will require you to "register" your eyes, and is activated simply by looking through the EVF, but will give shooters an even more intuitive means than a joystick for finding the perfect focus point prior to burst shooting.

One final point of the AF system worth noting is that it is sensitive down to -7.5 EV, meaning accurate and responsive AF performance is possible even in nighttime conditions. Coupled with a silent electronic shutter, quick burst shooting, and IBIS, this makes this camera stand out in terms of photographing live music performances and other low-light activities.


In-Body Image Stabilization

Not a new feature to Canon, but still one worth pointing out, is the In-Body Image Stabilizer (IBIS) that helps correct camera shake when shooting handheld in difficult lighting conditions or with longer lenses. This 5-axis system in the R3 is the same one used in the EOS R5 and R6 and can be used in conjunction with lenses featuring optical image stabilization to compensate for up to 8 stops of camera shake, depending on the specific lens in use.

Body Design

The new sensor and improved AF are great, of course, but among the most dramatic changes the R3 brings is a wholly new body to Canon's mirrorless lineup. It's the first Canon mirrorless body to sport an integrated vertical grip, which means it has duplicate physical controls for easier shooting in vertical orientation, greater handling comfort all around, and it takes the same large-capacity LP-E19 battery as the EOS-1D X Mark III. Some other similarities to the 1D X Mark III: The R3 has the same dust and drip resistance, with fully sealed buttons, dials, and terminals; it features wired LAN connectivity via an Ethernet port along with standard Wi-Fi and Bluetooth wireless connectivity; and there is an integrated GPS module for seamless location tagging.

The revised body also houses the impressive 5.76m-dot OLED electronic viewfinder and vari-angle touchscreen LCD. The EVF is the same high-res model found in the R5 and is a bright, clear means for eye-level viewing. This viewfinder is aided by the fast readout speeds of the stacked sensor, too, offers blackout-free viewing when shooting with an electronic shutter, and supports a 120-fps refresh rate for realistic motion portrayal. Conversely, the 3.2" 4.15m-dot vari-angle LCD is perfect for working from high, low, and front-facing angles and sports a touchscreen interface for intuitive settings control.

Complementing the updated sensor is a revised DIGIC X image processor, which helps to orchestrate many of the performance-oriented processes of the sensor, ranging from the fast continuous shooting to the AF, image stabilization, and video-recording capabilities. The sensor's capabilities also go on to boost the sensitivity range to ISO 100-102400 for working in a wide variety of lighting conditions.

In terms of video, the EOS R3 holds its own in the mirrorless realm with 6K 60p raw 12-bit recording and uncropped 4K 120p recording. The 6K and 5.6K recording areas can also be used for oversampled DCI and UHD 4K shooting with improved sharpness, reduced moiré, and lower noise. All 4K recording modes can be used with 60p, 30p, and 24p frame rates, and there is also a choice of HDR PQ and Canon Log 3 settings, depending on post-production workflow needs. Unlimited recording times are possible, too, and the R3 features mic and headphone ports, as well as a micro-HDMI Type-D port for clean output to an external recorder.

Autofocus

In addition to continuous shooting and readout speed improvements, the new sensor also lends itself to an improved Dual Pixel CMOS AF II system, which now features 1,053 selectable phase-detection points along with automatic AF zones and enhanced subject detection and tracking. The AF system can now intelligently recognize eyes, faces, heads (including helmets), animals, and vehicles, and tracking will automatically lock onto these subjects and maintain sharp focus throughout burst captures.

Something new to EOS digital cameras in general, Canon is also reintroducing Eye Control AF with the R3. This feature was a popular one dating back to the EOS-3 film camera days and has now been refined and tuned to work in conjunction with modern-day AF systems.

This feature essentially allows you to use your eye to control where the initial focus point is, and then the camera will take control using subject tracking to keep the subject in focus. This feature will require you to "register" your eyes, and is activated simply by looking through the EVF, but will give shooters an even more intuitive means than a joystick for finding the perfect focus point prior to burst shooting.

One final point of the AF system worth noting is that it is sensitive down to -7.5 EV, meaning accurate and responsive AF performance is possible even in nighttime conditions. Coupled with a silent electronic shutter, quick burst shooting, and IBIS, this makes this camera stand out in terms of photographing live music performances and other low-light activities.

In-Body Image Stabilization

Not a new feature to Canon, but still one worth pointing out, is the In-Body Image Stabilizer (IBIS) that helps correct camera shake when shooting handheld in difficult lighting conditions or with longer lenses. This 5-axis system in the R3 is the same one used in the EOS R5 and R6 and can be used in conjunction with lenses featuring optical image stabilization to compensate for up to 8 stops of camera shake, depending on the specific lens in use.

As you'd expect from a professional-grade camera, the R3 has dual memory card slots—one CFexpress Type B slot and one SD UHS-II slot—for file-saving flexibility. The CFexpress slot should be prioritized for 6K recordings and fast continuous shooting, but the SD slot is a convenient alternative for backups or less speed-critical shooting.

Finally, one final new bit of the tech the R3 is bringing to light is the Multi-Function Shoe. This next-gen take on a hot shoe essentially adds a row of pins at the front of the shoe for more intelligent accessory performance and functionality. To go along with the Multi-Function Shoe, Canon is also launching four additional accessories that take advantage of this new design.

The ST-E10 Speedlite Transmitter is a compact, lightweight transmitter that controls all five independent groups across up to 15 Speedlites simply by pressing the menu button on the transmitter and then adjusting settings on the camera's LCD. This transmitter is 30% smaller and 50% lighter than the ST-E3-RT II and, since it is digital and is compatible with the Multi-Function Shoe, it is battery-free and uses the camera's own power.

The DM-E1D Stereo Microphone is a shoe-mounted external mic that uses the Multi-Function interface for power and for digitally connecting to the camera, requiring no cabling for sync. It has three directional modes depending on recording needs, including a Shotgun mode for focused recording and 90° and 120° Stereo modes for wide-area recording.

The AD-E1 Multi-Function Shoe Adapter helps you transition from existing hot shoe accessories to the new Multi-Function Shoe; this adapter maintains the weather-sealed features of the camera when using accessories like the Speedlite EL1, Speedlite 600EX II-RT, OC-E3, or other shoe-mounted accessories.

The AD-P1 Smartphone Link Adapter is compatible with Android smartphones and uses the mobile device's data connection and a Mobile File transfer app for seamless and wireless photo, video, and voice memo transferring to FTP/FTPS/SFTP servers directly from the camera.


CANON EOS R3. Price: $5.999 (body only)

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RED V-RAPTOR 8K VV CINEMA CAMERA

RED Announces the First of the DSMC3 Line: The V-RAPTOR 8K Cinema Camera.

The new RED V-RAPTOR 8K VV cinema camera with a new 8K VV sensor that moves the RED family of cameras into a new, advanced DSMC3 line.

As the first of the DSMC3 platform, the V-RAPTOR features a compact form factor only slightly larger than the KOMODO, and it features a new multi-format V-RAPTOR 8K VV sensor that can natively capture in full frame as well as in 6K S35, 3K S16, VistaVision, and Anamorphic formats.

This multi-format design allows you to utilize non-full-frame lenses in S35 mode, and the camera has built-in features to make internal adjustments to accommodate a wide range of lenses.

The camera will be released initially in a V-RAPTOR 8K ST model in a limited edition white finish, and it will be released in a black finish at a later time. The camera fits easily into your production as an A/B camera in film production, for owner operators, or for content creators because of its versatility.


The new 35.4 MP V-RAPTOR VV CMOS sensor features phase-detection autofocus, a massive 17 stops of dynamic range, and high-speed frame rates over the GEMINI for even better low-light performance. The 40.96 x 21.60 CMOS sensor offers 8192 x 4320 resolution, 16-bit raw capture, reduced CMOS smear, and a new, fixed OLPF stack. Its high frame rate capability also allows for reduced rolling shutter artifacts with an extremely fast sensor read speed.

The V-RAPTOR can capture up to 8K 17:9 aspect at 120 fps, 4K up to 240 fps, and 2K in 2:40:1 aspect at up to a whopping 600 fps.


CF Card Reader

The camera comes with a rugged, locking RF mount, which is similar to the mount on the KOMODO, allowing you to utilize fast RF lenses. It is also compatible with third-party lens mount adapters from KipperTie, Wooden Camera, or Canon, so you can use PL and EF-mount lenses with electronic control support. The camera records to a CFexpress 2.0 Type B card, which can record raw R3D and ProRes files to up to 800 MB/s. 

There are three main recording modes, including REDCODE HQ with up to 360 MB/s at high frame rates for high-end VFX usage, MQ for standard cinematic shooting up to 300 MB/s, and LQ mode that shoots up to 180 MB/s for standard web streaming applications and long takes.


Creative Solutions

One of the handy new features of the V-RAPTOR is the dedicated user display on the side of the camera with an intuitive interface designed for camera assistants who need to adjust settings such as LUTs, controls, presets, formats, and general configuration (not for video preview). It features user pages to save custom presets, and there are quick buttons beside the display so it’s easy to use in the dark. The camera also features improved heat management with two intake ports on the bottom, a top vent, and a super-quiet 60mm fan that utilizes a thermoelectric heat exchanger that helps you change environments quickly without the need to recalibrate blackshade.


Small HD Monitor

The V-RAPTOR has multiple built-in interfaces, including two 12G-SDI outputs, a 9-pin EXT port for a breakout box, a USB Type-C port, a top Pogo pin for monitor, and a 4-pin power input. A 5-pin ODU output on the side can be broken out to an XLR input adapter or with a third-party 3.5mm adapter cable for audio input. The camera is powered using either the included power adapter or its built-in V-mount battery plate that accepts Micro V-mount batteries, such as the REDVOLT MICRO-V battery.

The camera also features wireless connectivity that provides live 1080p streaming, updated from 720p on the KOMODO, and it also allows wireless configuration from the RED smartphone app.

Multiple camera interfaces enable a wide range of accessories that are only compatible with the DSMC3 line (the RED Outrigger Handle is the only exception). RED partnered with SmallHD to create the DSMC3 RED TOUCH 7" LCD screen, which will utilize the Pogo interface and allow camera control functions using custom monitor software. 


The V-RAPTOR Wing Grips are custom-designed for the V-RAPTOR, as is the high-speed RED/Angelbird 660GB CFexpress 2.0 Type-B card. The partnership between RED and Creative Solutions will be releasing a start/stop top handle, extension handle, baseplate, breakout box with genlock/TC/Control/run/stop, tactical top plate, production plate, quick-release platform, production grips, and a DSMC3 5-pin ODU connector to add 3-pin XLR inputs. CoreSWX and RED also teamed up to create the REDVOLT MICRO-V 98Wh V-mount battery pack, in a compact form factor that provides 12A output for the V-RAPTOR.

Special Edition Starter Kit

RED will also be releasing a Special Edition Starter Kit, which will include the white V-RAPTOR ST Camera, an AC power adapter, two REDVOLT MICRO-V batteries, a dual V-mount charger, a 660GB CFexpress 2.0 card, a CFexpress card reader, a 3' EXT to timecode cable, the RED TOUCH 7" LCD, and two V-RAPTOR wing grips.


Priced at $24,500, a white ST version of the camera is available today for purchase via RED.com or from any one of RED’s authorized premium dealers while supplies last. The black version will be available in larger quantities before the end of 2021. RED also announced a forthcoming XL camera body will be released in the first half of 2022. The XL will be ideally suited for studio configurations and high-end productions, based on feedback to the RED RANGER body style.