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November is the month to grow a moustache to raise awareness in fighting prostate cancer. Last year Philip Bloom’s team raised $60,000 out of donations, but there’s more!

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Anyone who donates 25 dollars or more will be entered into a huge prize draw, sponsored by camera centric manufacturers. Philip’s motivation with his Movember action is ‘to raise as much as possible to help fight prostate cancer for men everywhere and of course their families’, a motivation that can only be encouraged by Alphatron & camRade.

camRade is happy to donate five packages for winners of Philip Bloom’s Movember action,
including a camRade travelMate outBag, the ideal backpack to comfortable and safely transport and protect your camera equipment and a camRade wetSuit: a waterproof raincover for a camera of the winner’s choice.

Donate by clicking on the logo below and donate $25 or more and you are in with a chance of winning some pretty damn fine gear!

To donate just go to my Movember page here and then forward your receipt to Movember@PhilipBloom.net so Philip can put you in the draw which takes place early December! The money goes straight to the charity and not through Philip. He just need the receipt as it’s your entrance ticket.

Read more about Philip Bloom's Movember action!

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November is the month to grow a moustache to raise awareness in fighting prostate cancer. Last year Philip Bloom’s team raised $60,000 out of donations, but there’s more!

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Before the camera could even start rolling, the camRade wetSuit and desertSuit for the PMW-300 are already shipping!

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camRade launches the first possibility to protect the new Sony camera from dust, sun, water and rain. The camRade wetsuit PMW 300 is a waterproof raincover that has noiseless cotton interior fabric, making sure that no unwanted sounds occur while shooting.

The raincover has zippered closures on the underside, enabling the cameraman to quickly remove the camera from or put the camera on a tripod or rig. But that’s not the only thing this smart designed wetsuit offers; a zippered closure on the back offers access to the camera’s integrated shoulder pad and velcro closures on top offer access to the handgrip. Operating the camera is made easy by the vinyl windows on the raincover.

The desertSuit is made of a white, noiseless, reflecting material that helps prevent overheating of the camera in scorching heat and keeps out dust and sand.

For optimal protection while transporting your PMW-300, camRade offers the camBag Combo. This bag, made of 100% Cordura fabric, enables the cameraman to transport the camera and its accessories with optimum protection.

Find all camRade products related to the PMW-300 on camRade's website.

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TVLogic and Alphatron are proud to announce that one of the largest news channels in the world (Al Jazeera Media Networks) decided to go for the TVLogic LVM-074W field monitor.

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“Al Jazeera chose to purchase TVLogic monitors for its newsgathering teams in over 70 countries worldwide working across three news channels. The TVLogic product has proved consistently reliable in the field and provides our crews a lightweight yet robust monitor which delivers high quality images whether it be in hostile news environments or on our long-form documentary assignments” (Paul Quinn -Manager, News Operations, Al Jazeera English).

“I am very proud that we can prove our technology to one of the and biggest broadcasters. With this decision from Al Jazeera, TVLogic is now providing monitors to all major broadcasters worldwide. This result was from good team work between TVLogic and Alphatron, our official distributor for Middle East Area” (Andrew SunWoo Kim, International Sales Director TVLogic).

 

TVLogic LVM-074W -  The Most Comprehensive 7” HD LCD Display Available

The LVM-074W features a high-resolution (1024x600) 7” LED backlit LCD panel housed in lightweight (600 grams) yet durable magnesium alloy case.

An ideal monitor for the latest compact cinema cameras and can be used as a viewfinder monitor. For news the LVM-074W offers a wide range of professional features including: Waveform/Vectorscope, built-in HDMI to HD-SDI conversion output, Horizontal and Vertical Image Flip, Focus Assist, Audio Level Meter and more. A feature unique to the LVM-074W is TVLogic’s new user selectable Temperature Adaptive Color function that measures LCD panel temperature and automatically compensate the white balance drift caused by a cold or hot weather.

Learn more about the TVLogic LVM-74W!

 

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TVLogic and Alphatron are proud to announce that one of the largest news channels in the world (Al Jazeera Media Networks) decided to go for the TVLogic LVM-074W field monitor.

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This is your chance to finally get your Blackmagic Cinema Camera with Alphatron Electronic Viewfinder and save $1000.

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Blackmagic Design have announced a $1,000.00 price reduction on their Blackmagic Cinema Camera. Let’s get to business: If you use your saving to purchase the Alphatron EVF at the current price of $1,395.00, you will get yourself the most wanted EVF on the professional market for virtually $395.00

This price drop gives you the opportunity to get a complete production set for a rock bottom price! The Blackmagic Cinema Camera has earned worldwide recognition for its incredible 13 stops of wide dynamic range and 2.5K sensor for true digital film quality shooting.

This little piece of magic has a super-fast SSD recorder and works perfectly with Alphatron’s HD-SDI View Finder. The lightweight, magnesium EVF with 3,54” Retina LCD Display has Luma Zone Check, Focus Assist, Waveform and Vectorscope and many more features. The Alphatron EVF has HDMI In- and Output, but also a HDMI to HD-SDI converter, making this EVF a perfect match for the 2K & 4K Blackmagic Cinema Cameras.

 

Related products for Blackmagic cameras

alphatron evf 035w 3g bracketAlphatron EVF Bracket

Complete your production set with the Alphatron EVF bracket. This articulating bracket is specially designed to mount the EVF-035W-3G Electronic Viewfinder to camera rigs using standard 15 mm support rods. It fits the EVF like a glove, enabling you to adjust the EVF to your preferred position.

 

camRade wetSuit for Blackmagic

Use a rain cover to protect your production set from getting wet!

Read this extensive review of the wetSuit Blackmagic

For more product information visit the camRade website!

 

camRade camBag Single 1

 camRade camBag Single 1

To protect your production set while travelling from set to set, camRade’s camBag Single 1 gives you optimum protection. It is the solution for keeping your equipment organized and safe.

Find out more on the camRade website.

 

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This is your chance to finally get your Blackmagic Cinema Camera with Alphatron Electronic Viewfinder and save $1000.

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Tom’s skills have been sought after by a range of different companies, from small independent promotional groups to larger international organisations. Tom has previously worked on car commercials and fashion photography but his real passion is film. 

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Tom aspires to one day be in a position to create big budget films that do not compromise on originality or creativity but that also reflect high technical standards.

Review by Tom Majerski

I was sent the cover for review purposes by Alphatron/camRade, I have not been paid for this review.

The cover comes in a compact and convenient storage bag which can easily fit in camera bags or rucksacks. When folded away it is small and lightweight. Bringing it along with you on a shoot regardless of whether you suspect it may rain or not would be a good idea, as it doesn't really take up much room at all.

The overall build quality is quite good, not over-engineered and all the seams and straps feel quite robust.

 

What is included

The complete kit comprises of:

x1 Carry bag
x1 wetSuit cover
x1 Lens extension attachment.

The extension attachment is not seen in the photographs above, but you can see it in the review video. It attaches to the main cover via Velcro and has a drawstring at the lens end to ensure a tight fit.

 

Ease of use

Putting the cover onto the camera is quick and simple. With or without the extension attachment, it should cover a wide range of lenses with ease. I expect that it would be too large for very small pancake style lenses, but I have none to test it with.
On either side of the rain cover, it has Velcro flaps which give access to all of the connectors on the BMCC and the SSD slot. The Velcro is of a high quality and when sealed, provides a more than adequate protective seal.

On the underside of the rain cover, from the body of the camera to the front lens element, there is a Velcro seal which can be closed for maximum shielding, or opened slightly to allow you hand to reach in and focus or zoom the lens. I tried out the rain cover in very heavy North English rain and it performed very well. The camera stayed dry as a bone and the functionality was not impeded by the rain cover. The top of the rain cover has a access hole for the top 3 mounting threads of the BMCC camera. The extra slack given for this snood like opening would allow accessories such as handles to have the Velcro seal around them, maintaining the weatherproof nature of the cover.

 

Performance

As any BMCC user will know, in normal filming conditions, the external aluminium of the camera can grow substantially warm during operation. This is due to it being a heat sink for the cameras cooling system. The camera fan outlet is not impeded by the rain cover, however I was curious to see how the cover would affect the overall temperature change within the camera.

Using a standard and unscientific digital probe thermometer, I recorded the following results:

Ambient room temperature: 18°C

Without Rain Cover:

  • Camera on standby for 10 mins: 1°C increase
  • Camera Recording ProRes for 10 Mins: 2.5°C increase

With Rain Cover:

  • Camera on standby for 10 mins: 3°C increase
  • Camera Recording ProRes for 10 Mins: 6°C increase
  • The temperature changes here will vary depending on the filming conditions and the chances are that when using the cover, you will be filming in external locations, with perhaps cooler ambient temperatures.
  • Overall we can see that the camera does operate slightly warmer with the cover on, but not to extent which would likely cause any issues.
  • The rain cover worked well at keeping my camera dry in very wet weather. I got the odd drop of rain on the rear LCD screen when the wind changed or when I panned the camera to look down.

 

Value for money

There are many more expensive rain covers on the market, some also designed specifically for this camera. Some of those do provide additional protection for other accessories and also better designed access holes for camera operating, but the relatively low price for this rain cover helps to make it an attractive option for BMCC users. The build quality and functionality of this cover make it quite good value for money.

PROS

  • Light weight and compact
  • Protects camera and lens very well in wet weather
  • Does not impede camera functionality
  • Minimal change to camera cooling functionality* Good Value for money

 CONS

  • Not ideally suited for heavily rigged cameras, no protection for external batteries or EVF's
  • When holding the camera by hand, dslr style, the rear plastic lcd shield can get in the way - in the same way as the snap on lcd hood does which comes with the BMCC.

 

Conclusion

This rain cover is designed for casual or stripped down filming. It will only protect the camera body and lens - other accessories such as external batteries will need their own protection. This does help however, to keep the rain cover as simple and functional as possible. Because it packs away so small and so quickly, it means one can bring it with them on every shoot - just in case it starts to rain. The construction and build quality feels good and it does a great job at keeping your precious BMCC nice and dry.

If I could change one detail, it would be to have an additional Velcro Strip towards the rear of the cover - so that the lens extension could be used as a larger sun shield. As every BMCC user knows, the rear screen is painfully reflective and being able to use this rain cover to help screen visibility would be an easy way to add value and functionality to this product.

Overall I would recommend this to other BMCC users who want a light weight, quality and good value for money rain cover. I expect the more pro film makers will require an additional level of protection for fully kitted out cameras - but such a cover would no doubt be also larger and too cumbersome for other styles of filming.

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Las Vegas, Nevada - TVLogic will debut a new 30" 4K DCI monitor specifically designed for demanding 4096 x 2160 DCI 4K digital cinema monitoring − featuring the widest viewing angle, contrast ratio, and color gamut of any 4K display in its size and class.

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The new 30" 4K DCI monitor will be on display alongside the LUM-560W − a 56” 10 bit 3840x2160 display designed for UHDTV broadcast and industrial monitoring applications.

In addition to the 4K DCI model, TVLogic will unveil two new value-added broadcast displays − the LVM-182W and LVM-232W − offering the most competitive combination of TVLogic’s features and performance in our line.

Also new for 2013 is the SRM-074W, a high luminance version of our popular 7” viewfinder/field production monitor as well as the LVM-091W-3G 9” production monitor.

Stop by SL1605 in the South Lower Hall and take a closer look at our full line of feature-rich, high performance, and color-accurate monitor systems and see why TVLogic is Always ON-AIR.

Learn more about TVLogic!

 

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Las Vegas, Nevada - TVLogic will debut a new 30" 4K DCI monitor specifically designed for demanding 4096 x 2160 DCI 4K digital cinema monitoring − featuring the widest viewing angle, contrast ratio, and color gamut of any 4K display in its size and class.

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A raincover, as we call it wetSuit, gives your camera gear the ultimate protection against water and dust.

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It maintains quick and easy access to all control parts of the camera including the LCD screen. The noiseless cotton interior fabric, unique to the camRade wetSuit, reduces unwanted sound effects caused by wind and rain. The cover has vinyl windows to view the controls.

The first batch of wetSuits for the popular Sony PMW-200 and JVC GY-HM600/650 cameras have arrived in Alphatron’s warehouse and are now available.

Product Highlights

  • Tailor-made of waterproof near silent fabric
  • Protection against bad weather conditions
  • Full access to the controls, ports, memory cards, display, zoom and battery compartment
  • Strong Easy-on-Easy-off construction with hook and loop fasteners and YKK® zippers
  • Handmade in France, Europe
  • 5 Year warranty

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A raincover, as we call it wetSuit, gives your camera gear the ultimate protection against water and dust.

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The wetSuit PMW F5/F55 is the newest custom-fit raincover from camRade. Designed specifically for the Sony PMW-F5 and F55 camera, constructed using noise, rustle free and waterproof material.

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The camRade wetSuit PMW-F5/F55 is a tailor-made rain cover that fits both the Sony PMW-F5 and the PMW-F55 camera. Made of a special fabric with soft lining it protects your camera against bad weather conditions.

The near silent fabric minimalizes unwanted sound effects caused by wind and rain. The cover also reduces the chance of the camera overheating by allowing hot air to escape via the breathing material over the vents, while protected against rain from seeping in.

The wetSuit has clear vinyl windows for visibility when adjusting the menu, audio input select level or other controls. The top handle and viewfinder are also covered. The bottom of the suit is open and the back of the cover can be opened for access to the battery section.

This item will be delivered to you in a waterproof pouch with zipper, which you can use for storage and transportation of the cover when not in active use.

Key features

  • Form-fitted for the Sony PMW-F5 and PMW-F55 camera
  • Tailor-made of water-resistant near silent fabric
  • Protection against bad weather conditions
  • Full access to the controls, ports, memory cards, display, zoom and battery compartment
  • Strong Easy-on-Easy-off construction with hook and loop fasteners and YKK® zippers
  • Handmade in France, Europe
  • 5 Year warranty

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The wetSuit PMW F5/F55 is the newest custom-fit raincover from camRade. Designed specifically for the Sony PMW-F5 and F55 camera, constructed using noise, rustle free and waterproof material.

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This week Alphatron Broadcast distributed the first 400 units of Electronic Viewfinders to their network of world-wide distributors.

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After three weeks of field-testing and technical evaluation, TVLogic got the green light to start with the production. The reactions so far have been phenomenal. None of the DoP’s that carried out the tests, wanted to return their test/preproduction unit.

With a small delay on schedule “The Alphatron” will find its way to the end-users in the coming days. Next deliveries can be expected beginning of August 2012. Because of the high demand, deliveries are scheduled on a “first come, first served” basis.

On the 5th of July, the first day of the ‘Digitale Cinematographie’ exhibition in Munich (Germany) the official hand-over of the first viewfinders took place.

Eric Petit, account manager international sales, delivers first units to our German distributors.

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This week Alphatron Broadcast distributed the first 400 units of Electronic Viewfinders to their network of world-wide distributors.

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