Oh 2018, you brought us some lovely new toys ( a few of which landed on our Top Gear of 2018 list). The Sony A7S II, the GoPro Hero 7 Black, and of course, the rise of the Quasar LED. Some of you may have these cameras or related gear on your holiday wish lists. But what about next year? Today, we take stock of all the rumors and give you our predictions on the most anticipated camera gear that (might) be coming in 2019.
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Fully Announced: New Camera Gear in 2019
There aren’t exact dates and prices for some of this gear, but we have found confirmation that that it is all going to be shipping in 2019:
Zeiss ZX1 – A New All-In-One Camera From Zeiss
“Shoot. Edit. Share.” is the new mantra Zeiss is touting for their upcoming ZX1 camera. Utilize its integrated Distagon T* 35mm f/2 lens to capture images on its impressive 37.4MP CMOS sensor. It comes ready to capture UHD 4K at up to 30fps. Then use the 4.34” touchscreen LCD to edit the RAW shots you’ve taken using the entirety of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC on the camera itself! Right there on the touchscreen. The images and video are stored on the internal 512GB SSD. After you’ve edited your shots, you can upload them immediately to whatever platform you desire via bluetooth, wi-fi, or USB-C.
For shooters on the go who are looking to create content and share it fast, this offering from Zeiss gives them a tool they haven’t had before. Having a quality program like Lightroom at your fingertips (actually on the camera!) means you can be posting fully edited and color corrected content online moments after you’ve taken the shot. All without having to use a computer. Zeiss promises it’ll be shipping in early 2019 and they will reveal the pricing once they have a final date for release.
Canon EOS RF Mirrorless Lenses – Canon’s Full Frame Line Expands
Canon made its foray into the mirrorless world this year with its Canon EOS R Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera, and it is releasing a host of lenses to go along with it. They’re aiming to create a new standard with these full frame RF zoom lenses. The Canon RF 28-70mm F2L USM is being touted early for it’s 2.0 aperture. Though at 3.15lbs it is going to be a bit beefier than it’s EF counterpart, the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L USM (1.77lbs).
Both the 28-70mm and the new Canon RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM are being constructed with a new Control Ring Mount Adapter that can be customized to adjust ISO, aperture, shutter speed. We can expect the Canon RF 24-105mm F4L IS USM and the Canon RF 28-70mm F2L USM to begin shipping in early December, so get your pre-orders in now for $1,099 and $2,099, respectively.
Sigma FF High Speed Primes – 3 New Lenses Join the Family
They already have an impressive series of seven FF High Speed Prime Cine lenses. Now there are three more being added in 2019 to bring Sigma’s total to ten! The Sigma 28mm T1.5 FF High Speed Prime, the Sigma 40mm T1.5 FF High Speed Prime, and the Sigma 105mm T1.5 FF High Speed Prime are eagerly anticipated because of their speed across the board as well as their full frame coverage for most 6K and 8K sensors.
The colors across the previous seven lenses have been matched quite well. These new additions to the line are expected to fit right in giving filmmakers an affordable option for quality cine lenses at a reasonable price point. Most of the lenses retail for around 3,500 in either E, EF, or PL mount and they are available to rent in a set of 5 from $215 to $350.
Teradek RT CTRL.1 Single Axis Wireless Controller – Lens Mapping with SmallHD
This is one that focus pullers should take note of. The new lens mapping technology will allow them to store detailed lens profiles for multiple lenses. Thus making it simpler when changing between setups with different lenses.
Even more exciting is the way they have integrated with SmallHD monitors to offer lens data readouts on the monitor…live as you’re pulling! The data even mirrors its placement on the wheel for ease in hand-eye coordination. And Teradek is keeping it compatible with all previous RT products. When it starts shipping, the CTRL.1 will retail for $1,499. The mapping tech upgrade will run for an additional $999.
Cross Your Fingers
The rumor-mill thinks the below items will be out in 2019…plus our Father’s brother’s nephew’s cousin’s former roommate confirmed it, and she’s an authority on the subject.
Canon C300 Mark III – 8K Coming Your Way?
It’s been almost 4 years since the release of the Canon C300 mkII…and so there must be something coming to replace it soon. Back in 2015, Canon released a post saying they were working on a follow up to their popular flagship models that would allow for up to 8K resolution.
It is rumored that the initial launch version of this new C300-esque camera will be DCI 4K (like the C300 mkII) but will have the option to upgrade to 8K at a later date. We can only speculate, but certainly Canon can’t be ignoring the ever increasing resolution arms race that companies like RED and ARRI have been engaged in (we’ll see your 6K and raise you 8K!). We expect to hear more rumblings about the Canon 8K camera in 2019.
Sony A7S III – Rumors Abound!
There have been whispers all year about a possible Sony A7S III in late 2018. But those hopes were dashed in a recent interview with Kenji Tanaka, the VP and Senior Manager of Sony’s Business Unit. He said that they were working on it but not to expect it any time soon.
He did mention that he aims to satisfy lovers of the A7S line saying that he believes customers, “…want 4K/60p, 4:2:2 10-bit, and of course more battery power, increased AF accuracy – many things!” All of these would be welcomed in the A7S line.
But what would you say about an 8K sensor?! There’s been a recent leak of some specs online that seem to suggest the new A7S III could have a full frame 8K sensor and be capable of shooting in 4K video at 480 fps. Holy High Frame Rate Batman! This is just a rumor, and at this point, we don’t have much to go on except the timing. It has been 3 years since the A7S II debuted to wide acclaim. An upgrade in 2019 is not impossible to imagine (and one with 8K is worth hoping for!).
Kino Flo Freestyle LED – Kino’s Answer to the Quasar
Kino Flo is looking to start 2019 off right with a (rumored) first quarter release of its new LED tubes. The Kino Flo Freestyle LED lights are 4FT tubes that will give off 310 degrees of soft light. You can dial in color temperature from 2500K-9900K and it gives you RGB control as well either manually, via an app on your phone, or through DMX. The tubes will be customizable, and fit into Kino Flo’s tried and true 4 bank T44 housing where with 4 tubes you will have the equivalent of a1000w tungsten light.
They’re Available Now…If You Can Get Your Mitts On Them
This is for the gear that’s technically available for sale now, but due to overwhelming demand and a lack of supply, they’re tough to get:
Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema 4K Camera – BMPCC Gets a Big Upgrade
This puppy is officially on the shelves. The successor to the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC) is offering a full 4/3” HDR sensor and the capability to record 4K DCI 4096×2160 at up to 60fps. The size of the camera increases a bit and may not actually fit in your pocket, but for that caveat you get a good sized handgrip and a 5” touchscreen monitor built into the back. If you’ve been shooting with a Panasonic GH5 or one of Sony’s A7S series, the 5” monitor and its sharpness will make a huge difference.
Devotees to the Blackmagic post workflow will be happy to note it comes with a DaVinci license included. All this in a package the size of a DSLR and the price of one at just $1,295! They have started shipping so we have a few available at KitSplit from $85 here to $99 here.
Q-LED Rainbow RGBX – Quasar’s Popular Line Continues
Quasar’s LED lamp revolution continues as they work to manufacture enough of their Q-LED Rainbow RBGX lights to fit the demand. Everybody wants these and it’s easy to understand why: 25W-100W of even light anywhere from 2000K to 6000K! And they’re programmable via their LCD display to feature any color of the rainbow, or a variety of other presets like ‘cop car’ or ‘firelight’.
Possibilities are endless because they are so easily customized into rigs similar to kinos, or fitted into tight spaces like a car, or even in the studio where they can have DMX control via ethernet. You can rent them on KitSplit for anywhere from $45/day to $97/day or if you are looking to own in 2019, you can put in for a backorder.
Hive Lighting Bee 50-C LED – The Future is LED
The days of changing out fresnel bulbs in burning-hot Mole-Richardson Inky lights are over. Meet the Hive Lighting Bee 50-C LED. It’s got the same power output as a 300W Inky and can spread out anywhere from 1650-8000K. And gels? Who needs em? This one’s got red, amber, lime, cyan and sapphire LEDs that work together to give you every color under the sun.
And it’s all controllable via the Hive Shot app on your phone. Just download the app to be able to control saturation, hue, and color temperature all via bluetooth (or DMX or even manually if you prefer). They start shipping in December, so we don’t have them for rent yet, but we do have their bigger-sister light the 100-C available for anywhere from $40 to $150/day. And if you want to back order them, they run for $1,149.
Orion Atlas Anamorphic Lenses – A New Player in the Anamorphic Game
These anamorphic prime lenses debuted to wide acclaim at NAB in 2017, and have shipped at intervals ever since. They’ve been tough to find because not many of them have shipped, but there are more expected in early 2019. Thankfully, they’re worth the wait.
Coming in either a 40mm, 65mm, or 100mm, these anamorphic offerings operate at a T2 and a 2x anamorphic squeeze ratio that is compatible with 4:3 enabled cameras. The wide bokeh introduced by these lenses give that classic cinematic feeling that cinematographers crave when working with anamorphic, but with modern construction.
In addition to PL mounts, an optional EF mount is available, adding to the versatility of this set and making anamorphic seem attainable for a variety of projects and budgets. To help democratize anamorphic even more, these are available at the attractive price point of just $8,000 per lens.They are available to rent as a set on KitSplit for $500. And come 2019, Orion Atlas will be shipping their next set of primes at the lengths of 32mm, 50mm, and 80mm. Keep ‘em coming!
What Does 2019 Hold?
There’s no guarantees in camera tech (anybody still waiting on that Hydrogen One Titanium phone from Red?). But we’ve looked into our crystal ball and hopefully helped you sort through some of the rumors regarding release dates for next year’s most exciting tech!
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