Nab Show is a yearly event, this year it was held in Las Vegas, USA from 22nd Apr, 2017. This Trade Show was a 6 day event that ended on the 27th April, 2017. This trade show was organised by National association of broadcasters. Here, almost all leading companies like Arri, Red, Sony,Canon, Blackmagic, Pananvision, Zeiss exhibited and introduced their new products during the show, where there was a record attendance of nearly one lakh people.
Some of interesting updates from NAB 2017:
Panavision DXL 8K Camera
The Panavision DXL large format 8K is the world’s most advanced cinema camera, a joint venture where it uses Red 8k dragon sensor and color by Light Iron.
This camera boasts of 16 stop exposure latitude with huge RED 16-bit 35.5 megapixel CMOS sensor resolution of 8192×4320; the diagonal is 46.31mm. Native ISO is 800 ASA and can be set up to 12000 ISO.
The camera records 8K RAW and if needed, it will simultaneously record a 4K proxy or 4K file in Apple ProRes or Avid DNx.
Panavision joins the trend towards offering higher resolution digital cinematography cameras, including ARRI’s Alexa 65 and Red 8K vistavision keeping 65mm format alive.
Camera weighs 10 lbs.
Angenieux Optimo Style 48-130mm T3 lightweight zoom
Its light weight and compactness provide a perfect balance for shoulder works while mounted on newest S35 digital cameras.
• Compact and very light (1.95kg / 4.3lbs). Ideal for handheld, Steadicam, compact gimbals, remote heads, drones.
• Superb image quality with minimal aberration
• Color reproduction matches the highly acclaimed Optimo lens series
• Extremely well controlled distortion
• Internal focus, minimal breathing
• Precise and ergonomic focus ring with scale rotation of 320 degrees with over 20 precise focus witness marks
• Compatible Angénieux Servo Unit (integrated motors for FTZ remote control through industry standard control systems)
• Compatible with Optimo 1.4x and 2x extenders (67-182mm at T4.2 with 1.4x, 96-260mm at T6 with 2x).
The New cooke S7i lenses cover an image circle up to 46.31 mm diameter. That’s every format from RED 8K VV 21.60×40.96 mm (46.31 diagonal) to Full Frame 24×36 mm (43.3 mm diagonal) and even lesser format.
The new Cooke S7i lenses are extremely fast and go incredibly close. Maximum aperture is T2. Minimum object distance is around 4 to 6 inches in front of the wider ones. Front diameters are nicely compact at 110 mm
Available focal lengths are 18, 25, 32, 40, 50, 75, 100 and 135 mm.
ARRI ALEXA SXT –W
This new ARRI ALEXA SXT W CAMERA is an upgrade of wireless function into Arri alexa SXT model.
The ALEXA SXT W forms part of a new and complete ARRI Wireless Video System (WVS), along with a stand-alone video transmitter for use with arri or other cinema cameras.
It has a High performance video transmission: Long range (600 m, 2,000 feet).
Arri SkyPanel firmware 3.0
Arri skypanel light system which is a future proof model like cameras, we can upgrade to new features by installing firmware into the motherboard of the light panel.
SkyPanel firmware 3.0 can produce any color, it brings 46 pre-programmed matches to common light sources found around the world. The sources include tungsten, high-pressure sodium vapour, cool white fluorescent, candle, and glow sticks.
Major advantage is, it allows shoot at high frame rate up to 25000fps flicker free.
New Leica Thalia Prime Lenses for large format cameras
CW Sonderoptic has unveiled a set of nine spherical lenses to cover the large-format optics of ARRI ALEXA 65, VistaVision, and Super 35 film.
The Leica Thalia offer a consistently cinematic look and feel throughout the range of 9 lenses from 24mm to 180mm – 24, 30, 35, 45, 55, 70, 100, 120, and 180mm – with an image circle of 60mm diagonal, which covers ARRI Alexa 65, VistaVision, and Super 35 film and digital formats while maintaining a consistent look and feel through all focal lengths.
The lenses are available in PL mount and offer i Technology metadata contacts in the mount. They maintain a 95mm front diameter and matched focus and iris ring locations for consistent accessory use.
Cartoni Total Dutch head.
Cartoni has a long and rich history of developing innovative camera support systems. Total Dutch is a revolutionary head design for creating the ultimate in Dutch angle compositions. After setting the standard in 2000 with its famed Cartoni Dutch head, Cartoni has expanded the canted angle capability with total 360 degree rotation. The Total Dutch head can be mounted on any existing heavy duty pan and tilt head and provides interchangeable settings to any camera setup weighing to 25 kg.
BLACKMAGIC URSA MINI PRO
Blackmagic Design with their URSA MINI PRO 4.6K has earned the Best Camera of NAB 2017 award.
Manufacturers claim that this camera is “The world’s first digital film camera with professional broadcast camera” loaded with exciting features.
URSA Mini 4.6K with the features and controls of a traditional broadcast camera! Users get ergonomically designed controls on the side of the camera so that they can adjust most settings by feel of finger touch and without ever having to take eyes off the action.
URSA Mini Pro also features built in ND filters (2, 4 and 6 stops) a status display and a revolutionary new interchangeable lens mount that lets to change between EF photographic lenses or PL and B4 lenses. URSA Mini Pro records up to 60fps and features dual C-Fast 2.0 recorders as well as dual UHS-II SD Card recorders. URSA Mini Pro is a lightweight cinema camera.
• Super 35 CMOS Sensor
• 15 Stops Dynamic Range
• Resolutions support up to 4608 x 2592
• Built in ND Filters
• CinemaDNG and ProRes 444 & 422 Recording
• 12 Pin Hirose Lens Connector
• Optional PL and B4 mount
• DaVinci Resolve Studio Software Included
Price of this camera is around 6 lakhs.