A Prokit Special Offer. Buy the outstanding Nagra SD Recorder, together with the Nagra High Quality Stereo Microphone, for a “bundle” price of £779.00 + vat.
The Nagra SD is a high quality solid-state audio recorder. It is designed to be used in any ultra-portable recording situation, and Prokit highly recommends it.
Its recording media is a removable SD memory card; there is no limit to the card size allowed. (Standard SD cards have a maximum size of 2GB, but from 2 GB to 32 GB they must be of the SDHC type). The unit is powered by two “AA” batteries, offering in excess of 10 hours operation. Perfect for DSLR users looking for professional sound recording.
Morpheus is a coveted stills lens, re-engineered for digital film and video use. The useful 80mm. to 200mm. range is packed into a short body just 205mm. long, and weighing only 2.3Kg. Engineering is by True Lens Service (TLS) who first converted this lens for use on Casino Royale and The Bourne Ultimatum. Focus direction has been reversed to match that of all other leading PL mount lenses.
Morpheus is well suited to all kinds of production, including drama, documentary and commercials. It especially suits fast action hand-held or Steadicam applications, as well as small camera set-ups or remotely operated rigs. The low 2.3Kg weight yet long focal range makes this lens a class leader.
The optical design of this lens exhibits superb performance, rendering great images in either a digital or film environment. AR coatings reduce flares and veiling glare for deep, rich blacks and a wide contrast range. Extra Low Dispersion (ELD) glass reduces chromatic aberration, critical for digital camera sensors. The 9 leaf iris generates round out of focus highlights, and a pleasing organic bokeh.
The ergonomics of the lens demonstrates TLS’s experience and engineering skills. Construction is more than robust enough for field applications. The large scales are easy to read. The 110mm. front diameter is the same as the TLS Speed Panchro range and Cooke S4 and S5 series, facilitating fast set up and lens change.
Focal Range: 80 – 200mm.
Aperture Range: T2.8 – 32 / 9 Bladed Aperture
Close Focus: 1.5 metres.
Front Diameter: 110mm.
Angle of View: 30.2 – 12.3, 35mm film / sensor.
Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 1:5.9 at 200mm, 1:14 at 80mm.
Coverage: 35mm Academy
Mount: PL, in stainless steel.
Optical Design: 16 elements* in 11 Groups, 3 with Extra Low Dispersion glass (ELD)**
* Multicoated Anti Reflective Optical Elements
** ELD reduces secondary lateral colour fringes
Sound Devices say their “633 is designed for audio professionals requiring go-anywhere portability, without compromising recording or mixing capability”. We think that is a modest understatement. It is so packed full of features and versatility it is difficult to see many circumstances when it wouldn’t be perfect for any job. The 633 is a compact, six-input mixer with integrated 10-track recorder featuring PowerSafe technology. It offers six analog inputs and records to SD and CompactFlash memory cards.
All six inputs plus output buses left/right and Aux 1/2 can be recorded to individual tracks. The 633 offers 10-track 24-bit, 48 kHz uncompressed WAV recording (96 kHz and 192 kHz sampling up to six tracks) to SD and CompactFlash memory cards. The two cards can be set independently, recording either identical material for a real-time backup, or combinations of WAV and time code stamped MP3 files.
It’s not often we are able to offer you a new as well as “better” product from a world leader, but here’s one - Sennheiser SKP 300 G3 XLR plug-in Transmitter.
Flexibility is the outstanding feature of this plug-on transmitter that turns every wired microphone into a freely mobile wireless one. Thanks to its phantom powering the SKP 300 G3 can be used with both condenser and dynamic microphones. With up to 24 parallel frequency banks, switchable transmission power, wireless synchronization via infrared and, last but not least, its sturdy metal housing the SKP 300 G3 is fit for the demanding professional routine. And a crystal-clear sound is provided by the HDX compander. Compatible with Sennheiser EK G3 series receivers.
It’s well priced too at £295 + vat.
Canon has unveiled an entirely new product group – Reference Displays – and its first product – the DP-V3010.
It is a 30-inch, 4K professional reference display for 4K production workflows, offering superb image quality and excellent operability. Intended for use in a grading suite, for editing, or on location.
Guide Price is £29,000 + vat. The product will be available from March 2014. Please let us know if you are interested.
Canon have announced an optional upgrade for the EOS C100 which will support their Dual Pixel CMOS AF autofocus technology, enabling continuous autofocusing with Canon’s entire EF lens range. This optional upgrade is expected to be available in Spring 2014 for a cost of £339 + vat and will require you to send your C100 body to a Canon service centre.
The Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology was first used in the EOS 70D DSLR camera launched in August 2013. The new AF technology helps facilitate greater shooting efficiency across a variety of shooting situations. You should end up with a smoother, more natural autofocus that can be particularly useful for sports, event and wildlife video shooting.
Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF makes use of the Company’s proprietary CMOS sensor technology with a new structure that both captures light and performs phase-difference detection autofocus. Also, the inclusion of an AF Lock function contributes to expanded shooting flexibility through focus preset, which allows users to set a desired focus distance in advance, and the ability to alter the photographing range or composition after establishing focus.
The Canon Legria Mini is not really the sort of camera you might think of Prokit supplying. We didn’t … until we thought about it.
For professional use, it has so many interesting applications. For a start, it is a stand-alone, unobtrusive, POV style pocket camera recording high quality video and audio . It has a 12.8MP CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 processing, with built-in stereo mic.
Practical applications include: Press, Education, Police, Military, Government departments, on-line blogging and shareable content, ‘B’ camera use, Universities, Film schools, etc.
Then there are ideas for your personal use:
A camera with a unique combination of ultra-wide angle lens, vari-angle LCD and built-in stand, the Canon LEGRIA mini with Wi-Fi lets you showcase your passions and interests from a new perspective. An Ultra-Wide angle lens ensures you will capture the entire moment every time. Frame yourself effortlessly and enjoy a variety of shooting angles with the Vari-angle LCD and built-in stand. Switch between ultra-wide and close-up. Depending on the scene you’re shooting, change the field of view by touching the screen. Share content with built-in Wi-Fi and operate your LEGRIA mini with live streaming remote control from a smartphone or tablet. Capture stunning Full-HD movies and still photos with a high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC DV4 processing power.
So … we decided to recommend it. Canon Legria Mini. £224.00 + vat.
Youknow that you only get one chance to shoot a wedding day well. With the myriad of skills needed to get it right, it is understandable that sometimes your skills as a modern day artist are challenged and compromised. So a little extra help from a new “light painting” tool might be welcome – The GL-1 from Lowel.
TheLowel GL-1 Power LED is a powerful, handheld, focusable & dimmable, photo-quality tungsten colour light. It was designed as an innovative tool for the Wedding/Event and location portrait still photographer. With high ISO cameras allowing you to shoot in lower light locations, the GL-1 puts just the right amount of light exactly where you need it. From up close, or at a distance. http://www.prokit.co.uk/products/lowel-gl-1.html
What is “better” about the GoPro Hero 3+? Well, “better” images for a start. GoPro have introduced a wider view in video mode, making the viewing experience “more immersive”. It also offers high-resolution, high-frame rates of 1440 48P, 1080 60P, 960 100P and 720 120P, and of course 4K but still just at 15P and 2.7K 30P. It also captures 12MP still images at up to 30 frames per second. A new “auto light mode” will change frame rates to suit lighting conditions. Sharper images are promised with a crisper lens and 2X reduction in imaging artifacts. You can also expect improved audio and significantly improved battery performance. http://www.prokit.co.uk/products/gopro-hero3-plus-black-edition.html