Cine Gear Expo LA 2022: New Laowa probe lenses, Arri’s Alexa 35 and more

ARRI booth at Cine Gear Expo LA 2022

Cine Gear Expo Los Angeles caught its breath over the weekend as the multi-day show saw a number of key exhibitors return to its new home at the LA Convention Center. Attendees flocked in their thousands eager to get their hands on the latest technology, soak up knowledge at a seminar, or hone their skills at a master class.

While cloud-based technology emerged as a theme at the 2022 NAB Show, Cine Gear had its share of companies showcasing turnkey virtual production solutions. Among them is NoitomVPS, which combines a 5×7 capture space and hybrid tracking markers with optical cameras. Motion capture data is routed through Perception Neuron Studio, which provides the body sensors, gloves, transceiver and software (Axis Studio) you’ll need to get up and running.

NoitomVPS presents its turnkey virtual production solution

The setup fully integrates with the Unreal Engine pipeline and supports timecode synchronization and genlock. Best of all, the camera tracking is ridiculously accurate and has zero drift. The demo included an LED wall (it’s also ARWALL compatible) that instantly transformed the talent clad in a mocap costume into a ninja running through a video game environment.

NoitomVPS is great for previews, visual effects, and even broadcast work. The turnkey solution starts at $50,000, which may seem expensive, but, in a virtual production pipeline, quite profitable.

ARRI also made its presence known with its LF family available for demonstration, including the Alexa LF and Mini LF. But the buzz was definitely around the new Alexa 35: a 4.6K sensor in Super 35 format that touts Alexa’s new Reveal color science that delivers better skin tone reproduction, better overall color and sharper edges thanks to a new processor. If you’re looking for a deep dive into the Alexa 35, the “Alexa 35 Report” from Time of cinema and digital provides everything you need to know.

ARRI Rental’s AFLA lenses also caught our attention at the ARRI booth. 2x Anamorphic Glass renders a smoother, more textured feel than Master Anamorphics, with no focused breathing. The eight lens array covers large format sensors and is available in focus lengths from 40mm to 190mm. The lenses feature a fast T2.5 aperture, with the exception of the 190mm at T3. Alongside them were ARRI Rental’s spherical Moviecam lenses, a set that re-houses 1970s glass with modern technology.

ARRI's New Fresnel Orbiter

ARRI’s New Fresnel Orbiter

ARRI also had its new Orbiter Fresnel device on hand. The Fresnel box is compact, with a wide zoom range of 15-65°, and can be controlled via the control panel or remotely. The fixture is quite impressive and will find its way onto production sets for years to come.

The Prolycht Orion 675 FS luminaire

The Prolycht Orion 675 FS luminaire

Lighting was a dominant focus area on the showroom. Aputure had a number of new accessories for its P600c series, including a softbox, barndoors, yokes, and diffusers. Godox showcased its floodlights and light panels, including the KNOWLED M600D, a punchy daylight LED fixture that produces 740W when paired with a Fresnel. Fiilex had its Q10 Color to light up its stand. Prolycht showed off its Orion 675 FS and 300 FS, both of which have been turning heads since their release – filmmaker Philip Bloom exam of the 300 FS illustrates how well the luminaire illuminates a room. Others are available including Bepop, Creamsource, Chimera, FilmGear, K5600, Litepanels Nanilite-Nanlux and Sumolight.

Arri Alexa 35

The ARRI Alexa 35 on display

No new cameras debuted during the show as far as we could find out. Blackmagic Design had its URSA Mini Pro 12K available. Canon had its Cinema EOS cameras on hand, like the EOS C70, as well as mirrorless offerings, including the EOS R5 C. Canon’s Cine Zoom lenses were also available for testing. Sony had VENICE 2, the FX6, FX9 and its flagship a7S III available. Panasonic was there to show off its Lumix S1H, GH6 and BS1H. The latter is a full-frame body-style camera that impressed us greatly; its small footprint and modularity provide plenty of shooting options, including drone rig.

Laos 24mm T14 2x FF macro periprobe

Laowa’s New Probe Lens

On the lens front, Laowa had their new full-frame “probe” lens on hand, the FF 24mm T14 2x Macro Periprobe. If you are unfamiliar with probe lenses, they can create some very interesting shots due to their long, snorkel-like tube. The FF 24mm 2x Macro Periprobe has an interchangeable tube that allows you to shoot at 0° or 90°. look at this video to see it in action.

Laowa’s new full-frame Nanomorph anamorphic lenses have been crowdfunded as the world’s smallest anamorphic lens – and when they say the smallest, they really mean it. These tiny lenses are available in three focal lengths: 27mm, 35mm and 50mm, with 1.5x compression. Each lens will have nine different mounting options and will cover the Super 35. Even better, Laowa offers two different lens colors, blue or amber. Panasonic had an orange 50mm flare fitted to a GH6 and it created a very nice image in such a small footprint. The amber highlights were warm and pronounced, reminding us of a look similar to SIRUI 1.8x anamorphics.

25mm Anamorphic Orion from Atlas Lens Co.

25mm Anamorphic Orion from Atlas Lens Co.

Atlas Lens Co. The company is located in Glendale, California, and designs anamorphic lenses. One of its founders, cinematographer Dan Kanes, fell in love with the anamorphic look and wanted to create a set of affordable professional lenses – enter the Orion series. The set has focal lengths from 32mm to 100mm, but the company was showcasing two new options: a 25mm and 21mm anamorphic, both offering 2x compression, flares and cascading bokeh with nice depth. of shallow field.

Tokina's Custom Lens Colors

Tokina’s Custom Lens Colors

Tokina now offers a custom color case for its Vista Prime lenses and had a 50mm green lens with orange accents on the screen. There are a number of color options to choose from, but they come at a steep price – around $2,000 for each lens.

Flanders Scientific XM312U HDR Monitor

Flanders Scientific XM312U HDR Monitor

Complementing the show were a number of companies offering product support and workflow solutions for production pipelines. Flanders Scientific introduced its new XM312U HDR mastering monitor. The professional-grade monitor boasts 5,000 nits of luminance and a massive 5,000,000:1 contrast ratio while supporting 12 Gbps SDI. Also on the display front, Canon had the DP-V1830 18.4-inch HDR reference monitor, which supports Rec.709, Rec.2020 and DCI-P3 as well as ACESproxy.

Teradek introduced the Serv Micro, an HDMI-only wireless video streaming and production solution. Vaxis was on hand, showcasing its range of wireless video systems, including the ATOM 500, a dual HDMI 1080p60 system that offers a range of 150 meters.

ShotDeck is a great stock footage resource for filmmakers

ShotDeck, the startup of cinematographer Larry Sher (black adam, Joker), was also present. It’s now out of beta and is a fantastic resource for filmmakers looking for inspiration. The library is home to thousands of high definition images to use as reference, storyboards or pitch decks. Starting July 1, the company is once again offering its beloved hobby competition, where creators who recreate the best picture from a movie win great prizes. You can learn more about shotdeck.com.

Frame.io offers new C2C integrations

Frame.io caused a stir at the NAB Show 2022, introducing a number of new contributors to its Camera to Cloud (C2C), including Atomos and FilMiC Pro. The technology allows recorded camera files (or audio) to be uploaded directly to a cloud-based environment for daily review or early editing. They also introduced new integrations with Baselight, the color grading platform. At Cine Gear Expo, the company said that all the latest integrations are now available. Additionally, they have included ARRI’s new Alexa 35 as part of its approved C2C cameras.

The next stop for Cine Gear Expo is Atlanta on October 7, 2022. You can find all the latest information about the show here. Who knows, by then we might see a jolt of new cameras and gear being introduced if the rumors turn out to be true.

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