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COMMENT REVIEW CONTINUED NAB they’re using just one of these sensors in the camcorder, making it a 4K, single sensor 2/3” camcorder. The set up on the stand, and my poor cameraman skills, couldn’t really show me if the camera was going to have the same depth of field issues as other single sensor cameras. As it’s a “traditional” 2/3” sensor, it may not, as physics dictates that it’s the sensor size which affects the depth of field rather than the number of sensors. There are also 3 viewfinder options - the L10, L20 and L30 - to give the beleaguered cameraman a fighting chance of getting the shot in focus. Canon were show-casing an amazing technology display, with a C300 style camera with an 8K sensor, outputting raw on to 4 Odyssey recorders. The images were extraordinary. It could not be used on set in this configuration, but was interesting to see what we might see in years to come. They also had their low cost CN7 replacement, the CN18-80 4K lens which was very popular on the stand. Interestingly, there is an argument that what the Broadcast industry really doesn’t need are more high-resolution, HFR, HDR cameras. We can now record far more detail than we can hope to transmit. 15+ stops of dynamic range, ever increasing frame rates, 4K and beyond capture, and yet the vast majority of TV is still being delivered in either HD or even SD, and more likely than not in Rec709. Is everything that is shot really worth archiving for future broadcast? Fujinon had a number of new lenses, including the longest lens in its class, the 107x box lens. They also had their 80x lens which had a feature I really liked. Sports generally like a 95x zoom as this covers most football stadia. Fujinon made the 80x lens that covers most other sporting arenas, and as with any box lenses it has a 2x extender which doubles the magnification but significantly reduces the light passing through the lens. Uniquely, the 80x lens has a 1.2x extender in addition to the 2x extender, which gives the magnification required, and loses significantly less light than the 2x extender. There were also a couple of ENG style 4K barrel lenses launched, and I doubt we will see another HD lens launched now, such is the move to 4K. 36 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 113 MAY 2016 Newtek are never backward in coming forward with new technological advancements, and they are leading the way with an open-platform NDI technology which allows for easier sharing of files. All of their products are compatible with this protocol, and I gather that over 200 companies have announced products embracing this technology. One specific development I particularly liked is their Skype Talkshow, which now allows for 4 channels of Skype to be managed through a single 1ru box. I really don’t understand why these boxes have not been adopted more widely. Skype is used universally, and these boxes significantly improve the image quality and workflow of Skype in a broadcast environment. The amazing Cooke anamorphic zoom lens. Whilst walking the halls, it’s possible to become a little immune to the incredible equipment on show. Mind-blowing technology and resolution that a non-industry person would find dazzling has become the workplace norm for us. I confess I felt this sense of ‘tech fatigue’ until I saw the Cooke Anamorphic zoom lens. It gave me that real “Wow” factor from the moment I saw what it produced. It’s a front anamorphic lens, not a rear anamorphic lens, meaning the “squeezing” lens is in front of the iris. And it’s a consistent T3.1 throughout its 35- 140mm range. But that’s just detail. Immediately, as I sat in front of the lens I was suddenly in a feature film, such was the effect that the lens gave on screen. And with a standard set of Cooke prime lenses covering the same range as this one lens costing over twice as much, I see this lens being in huge demand, despite the c18 month lead time. Great, innovative work Cooke. As for a general show theme, some standardisation would be helpful. David Ross in his Ross Video opening statement spoke about there never having been a more confusing time