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CAMERAS & LENSES 22 POST MAR/APR 2021 T his time of year, manufacturers often introduce new cameras and lenses at the annual NAB show in Las Vegas. While the show has been pushed back several months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, there's still a lot of news to share on the acquisition front. Here, we highlight some of the latest product releases, as well as projects that span commercials and features, with a number of cinematographers shar- ing their experiences using different kits. Blackmagic debuts Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro Blackmagic Design ( recently an- nounced the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro, a powerful camera that includes features for high-end digital filmmaking. The new model includes a bright, 1,500- nit adjustable HDR touchscreen screen, built in ND filters, larger battery and support for an optional electronic viewfinder. It also includes latest generation five color science, Super 35 HDR image sensor with 13 stops of dynamic range, dual native ISO of 25,600 and a popular EF lens mount. Priced at $2,495 and now available, the Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro comes in a miniaturized, handheld design and is made from lightweight carbon fiber polycarbonate composite. The multifunction handgrip puts all controls for recording, ISO, WB and shutter angle right at the user's fingertips. The sensor is designed to reduce thermal noise, allowing cleaner shadows and higher ISO. And the large five-inch LCD makes it possible to get clear focus at 4K and 6K resolutions. A 6144x3456 Super 35 sensor and EF lens mount allows users to employ larger EF photographic lenses to create cinematic images with shallow depth of field. Additional pro features include built in 2, 4 and 6 stop ND filters, two mini XLR audio inputs and a NP-F570 style battery. Users can shoot up to 60fps in full resolution or 120fps windowed. Shooting spots with Panavision's DXL2 Cinematographer Alexis Zabé, ASC, AMC, began 2021 with a string of three commercials, all shot back-to-back, and all shot with Panavision's Millennium DXL2. Klarna's The Four Quarter-Sized Cowboys (pictured above), directed by Andreas Nilsson, and McDonald's Thank You for Driving Thru, by director Mark Romanek, both premiered during this year's Super Bowl, while an Evian shoot Cameras & Lenses A look at the latest releases for capturing 4K, 6K and 8K BY MARC LOFTUS

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