Friday, February 24, 2017

Toronto Auto Show 2017 - Coolest Car at the Show

DV Dude ventured down to the Metro Convention Centre this week to check out the annual Auto Show, and as usual, there were many nice vehicles on display.

But this one stood out - a 1951 GM LeSabre concept car, on loan from the General Motors Heritage Collection. It was GM's first post-WWII concept car, and was inspired by the F-86 Sabre jet fighter. Very cool.

Friday, January 27, 2017

Zeiss LWZ.3 Visits The DV Shop

We had a chance to test out the new Zeiss LWZ.3 21-100 Light Weight Zoom!

Overall first impressions were very positive! The T2.9-3.9 ramp is linear and is very hard to detect while zooming. The focus throw is well dampened and the markings are precision calibrated. We conducted our in house tests using a C300 Mark II with an EF mount.

The LWZ.3 uses Zeiss’ IMS system, meaning the end user can change the lens mount between EF, PL, MFT and E. Weighing in at 4.4lbs this lens doesn’t upset the balance of the camera package on a strong video head. We used the Cam Gear DV6P kit for this setup.

Corners are sharp and there didn’t appear to be any barrel distortion. Has the traditional cold Zeiss look and is coloured to match closely to Master and Ultra Primes.

Aiming for a summer 2017 release date.

Zeiss enters the affordable zoom market with this nicely ranged standard zoom lens for Super 35 sensors. While the picture above makes the lens look big, it is only 8.9" long. Manual focus and manual zoom. Parfocal lens design (so focus doesn't shift as you zoom like they do on photo zoom lenses). Splash proof. Features the interchangeable lens mount system (first seen on the CP.2 lenses), so that regardless which mount you buy today, you can always change it down the road. 11 Aperture blades for nice bokeh.

Sensor Coverage: Super 35 (not full frame)
Close Focus: 2'8"/80cm
Front Diameter: 114mm
Length: 8.9"/23cm

Check out this video shot using this lens:  


Thursday, January 19, 2017


The DV Shop is now an authorized Fujinon Cabrio dealer! And we have a demo Cabrio 20-120 T3.5 in the store to play with on your PL-mount camera.

The Cabrio line has become famous for their high quality optics combined with servo zoom. Above is the launch movie for the new 20-120.

Check out the entire Cabrio line here.

Friday, January 6, 2017

Panasonic GH5: Set, Game and Match?

Panasonic just announced the replacement for the highly-regarded GH4 camera. A detailed 15 minute video from The Camera Project runs though the features of the new camera.

Panasonic is certainly not resting on their laurels on this camera. Can't wait to get them in at the end of March!