Integral to our comprehensive coverage of conventions and trade shows is our signature Product Showcase. In this special show issue, Digital Imaging Reporter presents the 2019 NAB Show Product Showcase. We’ve included a selection of notable equipment for multimedia content creators and filmmakers.
Think Tank Photo Stand Manager 52
Recognizing that lighting stands are cumbersome to transport, Think Tank Photo’s solution is the Stand Manager 52 rolling case, which features internal tiedowns and exterior compression straps to secure stands. With four padded handles, oversized shock-absorbing wheels and rear skid rails, the case is easy to load while transporting to and from shoots.
The rolling case employs crush-resistant ABS twin-wall with end-to-end reinforcement; #10 YKK RC Fuse zippers and 1680D ballistic nylon; a fabric exterior treated with DWR; and a fabric underside coated with PU for water resistance. It provides 52 inches of internal height for extra-large modifiers or gel rolls, and it expands to fit gear. Other features: a large interior pocket for umbrellas or small modifiers; interior room for sandbags; tall wheel housings; a reinforced bottom panel; a clam shell opening for unencumbered access; lockable zippers; and replaceable wheels and hardware. Exterior dimensions: 12.5x54x4.5–8 inches. Interior dimensions: 12x52x4–7.5 inches. Weight: approximately 12 pounds. $279.75. Central Hall Booth C3634.
Sigma Cine 28mm T1.5 FF Lens
The Sigma Cine 28mm T1.5 FF is a fast, sharp T1.5 lens compatible with full-frame camera sensors. Optimized for ultrahigh-resolution 6K–8K productions, it features a 180º focus rotation and is available in EF, E and PL mounts. A lens support foot and cap are included.
A key focal length to achieve a true cinematic look, the wide-angle perspective of a 28mm lens is an industry standard in shooting motion pictures. “DPs and filmmakers of all genres will now have the opportunity to add this gem to their Sigma Cine lens collection to further enable their creative vision and enhance their workflow,” the company announced. Other features include: dust/splashproof; 100% metal body; luminous paint for visibility; and laser engraving. $3,499 for the regular version; $4,499 for the fully luminous (FL) version.
Sigma also is offering a hard case that holds the 14mm, 28mm, 40mm, 105mm and 135mm cine lenses. $750. Central Hall Booth C10308.
Delkin 128GB VPG-130 CFast 2.0 Memory Card
Delkin Devices’ Video Performance Guarantee 130 (VPG-130) version of their 128GB CFast 2.0 memory card delivers performance at speeds suitable for professional photographers and videographers. The card is specifically engineered for cinema-quality video recording to meet the extensive demands of today’s broadcast, cinema and photography industries.
Boasting recording speeds up to 495MB/s, with a minimum sustained write speed of 130MB/s, Delkin’s 128GB VPG-130 CFast 2.0 card captures smooth DCI 4K and Full HD video at high frame rates. It also captures 170 RAW images and unlimited JPEGs at 16 fps in the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. Each of Delkin’s CFast cards undergo an extensive series of tests to ensure full functionality and performance in today’s high-end cinematic hosts. While not compatible with ARRI cameras at this time, it does support those from Canon, Blackmagic and Atomos. $219.99.
Pelican Air 1745 Long Case
The Pelican Air 1745 Long Case protects long equipment in a line that is up to 40% lighter than other polymer cases. The 1745 Pelican Air Case has interior dimensions of 44×6.77×8 inches. Boasting more than 5,900 square inches, it is the deepest Pelican Products long case yet. Its form factor protects all manner of long equipment in harsh environments. It is also the first Pelican Air case to employ tough press-and-pull latches that lock automatically but open with a light touch.
The 1745 Air features an automatic purge valve; superlight proprietary HPX2TM polymer; quiet rolling stainless steel bearing wheels; and a watertight O-ring gasket. In addition, the case passes the same performance tests (impact, drop, submersion, high and low temperature) endured by other Pelican lines. Furthermore, it is backed by a lifetime guarantee of excellence. It comes in two configurations—Pelican’s classic Pick N’ Pluck foam or with no foam—starting at $323.95. Central Hall Booth C3627.
Matthews Studio Trio C+ Traveler Kit
Matthews Studio Equipment rolled out the Trio C+ Traveler kit, a new way to address the needs of crews who are constantly on the road. MSE initially developed the C-Stand Rolling KitBag to meet the needs of everyone from seasoned grips to new content creators, as well as film and TV content makers who said they need a way to get bulky gear from the vehicle to the set, including C-stands.
The C-Stand Rolling KitBag is customizable with padded Velcro dividers that hold C-stands and accessories. With high density silicon skate wheels, it’s engineered to roll easily to and from sets. The KitBag evolved into the Trio C+ Traveler kit. This bundle takes the Rolling KitBag and fills it with three 40-inch C+Stand kits: three removable string-loaded turtle base C-stands; three gobo arms; and three grip heads. The Trio C+ Traveler kit retails for $1,049. Central Hall Booth C6040.
Tiffen Steadicam Steadimate-S
Tiffen introduced the Steadimate-S camera stabilizer. It offers camera operators increased freedom and endurance when working with single-handed motorized stabilizers like DJI’s Ronin-S. By pairing the Ronin-S with a body-worn video stabilizer, Tiffen claims the Ronin-S can be operated for hours with minimal fatigue. It also maintains a range of vertical movement and adds panning ability as well as “low-mode” operation.
Users can minimize the bouncing image effect that often occurs when using single-handled stabilizers because the Steadimate-S provides X-axis and Y-axis stabilization, while the Steadicam arm provides Z-axis stabilization. The device comes with a post block and balance pin that fits arms with ½-inch posts. The Steadimate-S adapter can be purchased on its own or in two kits. The Steadimate-S 15 system comes with the A-15 arm and a Scout vest; it has a 15 pound capacity. The Steadimate-S 30 is bundled with the A-30 arm and a Zephyr vest; it holds 30 pounds. Central Hall Booth C6821.
Sony 128GB CFexpress Type B Memory Card
Sony’s ultrafast, next-gen CFexpress Type B memory card (CEB-G128) ships this summer. With read speeds up to 1700MB/s and “reliable toughness,” the card will support future digital devices. The CFexpress Type B is based on a new specification that adopts the latest interface PCIe 3 Gen3 standard from the CompactFlash Association.
The Sony CFexpress Type B card comes in a 128GB capacity, with 256GB and 512GB cards planned. It is 3x faster than Sony’s fastest CFast card, and its write speed of 1480MB/s meets the needs of professionals capturing high-res images or high-bitrate video. With a read speed of 1700MB/s, large-size data files are transferred quickly, compared to existing cards. Engineered for strength, it surpasses the CFexpress standard by a factor of three.
Specs state it withstands 70N of force in bend and has 5x greater reliability for enduring 16-foot falls. It’s also temperature proof, X-ray proof, antistatic and has a UV guard. It comes with free downloads of Media Scan Utility and Memory Card File Rescue software. Sony also announced the CFexpress card reader, MRW-G1. Central Hall Booth C11001.
Sirui USA VHD-2004 Photo/Video Tripod
Sirui’s Multi-Purpose series VHD-2004 combines the advantages of photographic tripods and traditional video tripods to provide multi-angle adjustment and stability. The aluminum photo/video tripod employs a VH-10 fluid ball head. With four-section padded
legs, a rotating ball head and a fluid head, it weighs 5.5 pounds in total.
The legs tighten with twist locks that adjust with a turn to extend the legs to a 68.9-inch max height. A short center column is included to drop the tripod to 9.1 inches. Moreover, one of the tripod legs disconnects for use as a monopod. Other features include removable rubber feet that swap out for optional spikes and a 1/4″-20 accessory mount.
The ball head supports 33.1 pounds. A separate pan lock disengages and allows it to rotate 360°. The ball also moves freely after unlocking the head’s lever lock. Additionally, a cut notch on the side permits camera to be positioned at a set angle. The fluid head features two bubble levels, a telescoping pan handle and a quick-release plate with 1/4″-20 and 3/8″-16 threaded mounting screws. $449. Central Hall Booth C12646.
Panasonic AG-CX350 4K Camcorder
Panasonic’s AG-CX350 is a 4K 1.0-type handheld camcorder that offers connectivity for live events, IP production, sports and news gathering. The CX350 provides 4K 10-bit 60p capture and HDR recording. A 1.0-type MOS sensor (15MP) provides depth of field and offers a balance between image quality and sensitivity.
The CX350 captures UHD, Full HD, HD and SD video. Moreover, it offers 10-bit 4:2:2 color sampling with ALL-Intra and Long GOP. It also supports the 10-bit HEVC codec at UHD up to 59.97p/50p with a 200Mbps low bit rate. All of these formats can be recorded internally to lower cost SD cards. In addition, the 4.2-pound CX350 offers multiple forms of IP connectivity. In-camera NDI/HX compatibility allows for high-quality IP video connectivity with live production switchers. The camcorder also contains the RTMP (Real Time Messaging Protocol) function, enabling video streaming to social platforms like YouTube Live. Internal HD recording (MOV) while streaming content is also available.
An integrated lens provides a 24.5mm wide angle with minimal distortion. The 20x optical zoom covers a 24.5–490mm-equivalent (4K/HD). Notably, in 4K and HD modes, the CX350 uses 5-axis shake correction. Other features: Hybrid Log Gamma for wider dynamic range; 120-fps slow motion recording; variable frame rate recording (1–60 fps) for sports; simultaneous SDI/HDMI output; and two audio channels. $3,995. Central Hall Booth C3607.
Fujinon Cabrio 20–120mm Zoom without Servo
Fujifilm is showcasing a version of its popular Fujinon XK6x20 zoom without the servo drive motor. The Cabrio 20–120mm without drive can be operated as a fully manual, parfocal, cinema zoom lens. Moreover, the servo drive on other Cabrio lenses is interchangeable on the 20–120mm if the lens is purchased without a drive unit. Convertible between the video production and cinema markets, the lens features a flat T3.5 from end to end, with no ramping. It covers an S35-size sensor (Super 35 format), and without the servo drive, it accepts industry-standard cine motors and matte boxes.
The lens is fit with a 9-blade iris to capture natural-looking bokeh. Also, the zoom’s barrel markings are luminous for visibility in dark shooting situations, and distances are listed in feet or meters. In addition, third-party accessory manufacturers offer solutions to benefit users of the Cabrio 20–120mm without a servo, including lighter weight servo zoom motors and multi-mount kits. $12,000. Central Hall Booth C7225.