Vitec Group has helped produce the upcoming film from filmmaker Paul Cook, ‘Magpie’, with a range of production equipment. The equipment used from Vitec Group brands included Litepanels LED lights; mobile power solutions from Anton/Bauer; Sachtler and Vinten tripods, including the new flowtech 75; and OConnor grips.’Magpie’ is a crowd-funded film about a British soldier…

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Three axis gimbals are now as ubiquitous as large sensor cameras. However, we only started shooting with a gimbal three years ago. Our first port of call was the DJI Ronin M. It took us quite a while to fine tune the Ronin M to get the desired results, but we slowly got the hang…

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The Sony FS-7 and now FS-7 Mk II are amongst the most popular mid-range 4K cameras around today and whilst they are compatible with either EF mount or PL mount lenses with suitable adapters, the FS7 series cameras are fitted with a native lens mount E mount or APS-C format and it is not commonly known that…

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Within recent years, the popularity of aerial photography and videography has seen an increase in the use of drones within many sectors. The benefits of using an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) are often that you can capture images from inaccessible areas and from a different perspective. The versatility of drones allows this and with only…

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When shooting with strict deadlines, it is vital that your equipment is dependable and efficient; simplifying your workflow without compromising on performance. In the build-up to the release of EA Sports’ newest game, Need for Speed Payback, award-winning director Kevin Chapman utilisedRotolight’s award-winning LED lighting to deliver a thrilling teaser trailer starring British rapper, Lethal…

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When you think about a state of the art 24 hour news and current affairs studio you might not expect to hear it can be done without the big budget price tag. Excellent performance is something which is crafted with knowledge and expertise, not just bought off the shelf. We at Photon Beard are more…

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There are times where you may need equipment that isn’t in your kit bag. Luckily, the UK has a flourishing equipment hire industry, stocking the latest gear from well-known brands. Before you hire • Ask the hire company for the cost to replace the equipment as new. DON’T GUESS THIS YOURSELF, as you could end…

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Behind the Lens talks exclusively to Marina Selega. She tells us about why she moved to London and how she is striving to become an excellent Focus Puller. How long have you been interested filming and wanting to work with cameras?As much as I would have liked to say something grand, like ‘all long as…

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Our Leica IWF (Inverted Wireform™) conversions are now in production with the first one completed and with its new owner. A very lightweight and compact lens with a revolutionised design of the focus movement which has enabled us to improve the close focus and provide enhanced macro capabilities better than other Leica conversions available in the current market place.…

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As the Sony PXW-FS5 continues to be extremely popular between cameramen due to its lightweight, sleek body, 4K shooting properties and since the further release of the PXW-FS5 MKII, Hawk-Woods have had numerous requests to design a V-Lok adaptor plate for the rear body of the Sony FS5 camera. Like Sony’s PXW-FS7 the PXW-FS5 also…

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