As any videographer will tell you, with the rate of technological advancement a new camera can become outdated within a year or two of its initial release, but good glass is a lifetime investment. One other long-term investment that gets its due much less frequently are batteries.
A career’s worth of batteries can represent thousands of dollars. Thousands of dollars that can become valueless if you decide to switch to a different camera system. Because of this, many shooters turn to V-mount or Gold Mount batteries for a truly brand agnostic power solution. However powering off these batteries can sometimes entail kludge-y rigs with wires hanging every which way and nothing but Velcro and hope holding 3lbs battery bricks in place.
Our story begins with the founder of UK based Full Frame Camera Corporation: Alex Stone. Upon receiving his Canon C500 Mark II and realizing that the OEM solution to power the camera from V-Mounts, the EU-V2 Expansion Unit, was on back order he simply decided to make his own instead of waiting around.
The V-mount plate is manufactured in small batches and is compatible with Canon C500 Mark II and C300 Mark III cameras. A Gold-mount option has been introduced as well, if that’s more your flavor.
The Compact V-Mount plate is machined from aluminium (Ah-loo-mini-um if wish to pronounce it in the manufacture’s native tongue), attaches to the camera via two captive M4 bolts and powers the camera via a low profile right angle xlr connector.
The plate features one D-tap port for supplying 10A to any other accessories on your rig. The port is located on the side of the plate at an angle so that all the rear buttons and SDI outputs are still accessible.
An additional feature of the plate is that in its default mounting position the Canon A60 battery slot is unobstructed, which allows you to hot swap batteries.
The plate is compatible with any V-mount battery and can be mounted in a lower position for a more streamlined setup (if you are using taller V-mount batteries). One drawback of this though is that in this position, the plate blocks the A60 slot making the aforementioned hot swapping impossible.
Some SanDisk CFexpress card readers bundled with C500 MarkII kits have been experiencing issues properly seating cards, making transferring data impossible. Canon and SanDisk are aware of this problem and are working towards a solution.
The 2019 Academy Awards have officially wrapped up and all the winners have been announced. “Free Solo” took the award for Best Documentary Feature. Want to shoot like an Oscar-nominated film? Well, all five of the Oscar-nominated Documentary features were shot using Canon cameras and lenses.
We’ve listed the Canon equipment that the films were shot with and where you can watch these Oscar-nominated documentaries.
Renowned free solo climber Alex Honnold has long desired to attempt El Capitan, the 3,000-foot granite rock in Yosemite National Park. Although he wants to begin, Honnold is suddenly plagued by injuries and his friends and family worry for his safety. Nothing can stop him, however, and Honnold becomes the only athlete to make the treacherous ascent without ropes.
Where to watch: “Free Solo” will be having its Network Premiere on National Geographic on March 3 at 8/7c. You can find it in select theatres here.
The dreams and everyday experiences of friends Daniel and Quincy, and also those of Boosie, the mother of Quincy’s children, are depicted as they go about their lives in Hale County, Alabama. Also explored is the idea of how the Southern African-American experience can be depicted on film.
Where to watch: You can rent or buy on YouTube, Google Play, Vudu and Apple.
As he films his fellow skateboarders over the years, Bing Liu wonders why so many of them have experienced contentious relationships with their fathers. As he focuses on friends Zack, who is about to become a father himself, and Keire, who is grappling with his racial identity, Liu realizes that he must resolve his feelings about his own abusive childhood.
Where to watch: You can watch with a Hulu Subscription or on PBS. of f
Documentarian Talal Derki returns to his native Syria and gains the trust of Abu Osama, a founder of the Al Qaeda-affiliated Al Nusra Front. Believing in an Islamic caliphate, Abu Osama indoctrinates his sons in his beliefs, sending the oldest two, Osama and Ayman, to a military training camp. The brothers have differing reactions to their training, however, with Ayman longing to return to school.
Where to watch: You can stream on Kanopy and rent or buy on Amazon, Apple, Fandango Now and Vudu.
Octogenarian Ruth Bader Ginsburg, who was sworn in as a Supreme Court justice in 1993, had spent her prior legal career battling laws that allowed gender discrimination. Supported by her devoted husband, a fellow lawyer, and their two children, Ginsburg becomes renowned for her tireless work ethic, liberal outlook and keen intellect.
Where to watch: You can stream with a Hulu or Hoopla subscription. You can rent or buy on Amazon, Fandango Now, Vudu, YouTube, Google Play and Apple.
You can shoot like an Academy Award-nominated film with the right Canon gear. Give us a call at 512-440-1400 or shop all Canon here. 0% Lease financing is available on select Canon products.
The new Canon C300 Mark II Touch Focus Kit enables touchscreen auto focus using the 4″ Touchscreen LCD Monitor (LM-V1) that has been shipping with the C200. Also included is the MA-400 XLR accessory, which is a separate XLR unit. Canon spent a lot of time rethinking how the C300 Mark II could be rigged using the LM-V1 Touch Screen LCD and the MA-400 XLR accessory. Using these two accessories instead of the traditional “clamshell” Monitor/XLR unit allows for a more flexible and arguable more streamlined set-up. Additionally, if a user doesn’t need XLR, they can now rig the C300 Mark II with the LCD only for an incredibly small set-up. This also allows easier rigging with Gimbal Stabilizers. And the Top Handle is still included! The LCD and XLR accessory can be configured in many ways with or without the top handle.
New items included in the Canon C300 Mark II Touch Focus Kit 0635C032 includes:
In the box: EOS C300 MK II Body (EF Mount), Grip, Camera Cover, Handle Unit, Handle Bracket, Battery Pack BP-A30, Battery Charger CG-A10, Compact Power Adapter CA-A10, Eye Cup, Hexagon Socket, Allen key, Viewfinder Cap, Thumb rest, Tripod base TB-1, WFT Attachment, Measuring Hook, AC Cable x2, DC Cable(for CA-940), Shoulder Strap SS-1200, LM-V1, MA-400, Mount To Shoe Adapter, 492LCD Micro Ball Head, Instruction Manual
Canon USA has just released the Canon C200 and C200Bfirmware version 126.96.36.199 update that is available now. If you’re an owner of one of the two cameras we highly recommend to update and keep your equipment up to date. Here are a few things on what’s been updated and fixed with this new update.
Firmware Version 188.8.131.52.00 incorporates the following fixes and enhancements
Fixes image quality degradation, such as color misalignment or edge distortion, may occur in the recorded footage when using the following combination of settings:
– recording format XF-AVC
– frame rate 59.94i / 50.00i
– 1920×1080 resolution
Optimizes the Black Gamma compensation when Normal 1 to Normal 4 is set for Gamma in the Custom Picture settings.
Optimizes color accuracy in areas of high brightness when Normal 1 to Normal 4 is set for Gamma in the Custom Picture settings.
You cannot perform the firmware update using CFast 2.0 cards. Please use a commercially available SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card that is 128MB or more for the firmware update.
Firmware version 184.108.40.206.00 is for updating Cinema EOS C200 cameras running firmware version 220.127.116.11.00 – 18.104.22.168.00. If your camera’s firmware is already version 22.214.171.124.00, it is not necessary to update the firmware. Once the camera is updated to the latest version, it cannot be restored to a previous version.
Steps for the Firmware Update
After the firmware update has been performed, the camera’s menu and custom picture settings will be reset. It is recommended that users save their menu and custom picture settings as settings data to an SD card, separate from the one that will be used to carry out the update, before starting update operations. This saved data can be loaded into the camera and the settings can be changed after the update has been completed. You can download the firmware update here. The downloaded folder will contain the firmware (file name: VNC4.FIM / file size: 39,287,424 bytes), and instructions on the firmware update procedures.
Before starting the firmware update operations, please be sure to carefully confirm your understanding of these instructions.
The following things are required to perform this firmware update:
1. An EOS C200 or EOS C200B camera body
2. A computer (OS Requirements: Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 SP1)
3. A 128 MB or higher-capacity SD/SDHC/SDXC memory card (both commercially available)
4. An SD card reader/writer (commercially available) or an SD card slot built into the computer
5. A fully charged battery pack for the camera
6. Compact power adapter bundled with the camera
7. The firmware (the downloaded file)
Once you have everything ready it’s just a matter of uploading to your camera. For a complete detailed version of how to update the firmware on your camera click here.
If you have any questions give us a call at 512-440-1400 to speak with a sales rep today or shop Texas Media Systems online here.
At Texas Media Systems our goal is to help you get the equipment you need, when you need it. Chris Brank is the founder and CEO of Let People See, a video production agency based in South Carolina. His business has utilized the leasing options we have to get the gear he needs or to simply add another tool to his kit. Let People See just won a Gold American Advertising Federation award for a mini-doc that was shot in the Congo that you can watch here. We took the time to chat with Chris about how he got started, his business and more.
What’s your earliest memory of filmmaking or the moment you knew you wanted to pursue this as a career?
Chris: It might not be the earliest moment, but back in 2012 I was planning a trip to Lima, Peru. I had been shooting fun little promos and corporate work, some of them profitable, but I decided it was time to shoot for the moon. Canon announced the Canon C100 and one of the first stores in the U.S. to get one was this place called Texas Media Systems. I struck up a conversation with Leroy and we worked for weeks to get one of the very first Canon C100’s shipped to me before my Peru trip. The giant box was delivered the night before the flight, and the whole week in Lima I only brought it out of the case twice! I said I was terrified to get it dirty, but secretly I didn’t even know how to use the thing. Three Canon C100’s later (along with two Canon 5D Mark IV’s, a Canon 1DX Mark II, two Canon C300 Mark II’s, and four Canon C200’s), I still don’t know how to use them to their full potential. But along the way, I’ve found team members who are way better than I am.
Your company Chris Brank Films started in 2011 and you recently transitioned to a new banner, “Let People See.” Can you talk about some of the projects you started working on and what’s the story behind “Let People See.”
Chris: I never liked working alone! And so even as “Chris Brank Films” it would always be “Hi, I’m Chris, and this is Taylor, David, John, Lauren….” And because of the team approach, nothing was ever just a “Chris Brank” film. I was thrilled to change the name! After many nights on godaddy.com, we finally found something that resonated with what we do. We “let people see” the awesome things our clients are doing! And Let People See was born. Or…registered.
As an independent filmmaker with a small team, expenses must be very important. You’ve leased quite a bit of equipment with us, can you talk about how that’s been a benefit to your company and being able to grow?
Chris: Absolutely! Payroll is tough – cash flow is of utmost importance. We’ve often got 2-4 shoots happening at the same time. And as we’ve continued to grow, I can’t tell you how many emails I’ve sent to Leroy along the lines of: “We’ve got 20 shoots over the next 3 months and we need another camera and another set of lenses. Can you get it here by next Tuesday?” The leasing options are fantastic because we usually don’t have the money until after shoots are wrapped, but we need the gear to accomplish the shoots. Leasing gives us no hesitation to grab gear at 0% or incredibly low interest rates. We know we can get the gear and get the job done!
What would you tell people who may be hesitant about the lease to own program?
Chris: Cash flow is what can make or break a business. There’s so many 0% options or incredibly low interest rate options through Texas Media Systems (we’ve found the 36 month with 1.9% interest to be a sweet spot), it’s a no-brainer for us to split up the cost of equipment. “Spend it all now” or “split it up over time”… seriously, it’s a no-brainer when interest rates are ridiculously low.
What’s in your arsenal right now? Do you have any must-have lenses or cameras you can’t live without now? Any favorites to shoot with or your team’s favorites?
Chris: Right now, each of our kits has two Canon C200’s, a Canon 5D Mark IV on a DJI Ronin-M, and a full set of Canon L primes and zooms (24mm 1.4L, 35mm 1.4L, 50mm 1.2L, 85mm 1.4IS, 100mm L Macro, 24-105mm 4.0L II, 70-200mm 4.0L IS, 16-35mm 4.0L IS, 100-400mm II). We’ve got two of those kits, and also two C300 Mark II’s. For stills, we’ve got a 1DX Mark II and we’re working on building another Canon L lens set. We’re also traveling with Quasar Science bulbs that we bought through Texas Media Systems…those have been game-changers!
Can you talk about the approach to a project “Let People See” takes and how having the varied equipment helps you make the best product for a customer.
Chris: We really serve as a video factory for agencies and brands. They tell us what they want, we make it happen. We’re incredibly involved on the execution side, so takes plenty of crew and plenty of gear. With equipment like DSLRS, Canon C200’s, and Canon C300 Mark II’s, we’re able to work on a wide range of production levels. The Canon C200’s are used on 95% of the work (with the .mp4 codec on beautifully inexpensive SD cards), but they have the ability to step up to RAW if the project calls for it.
What are you working on now that you can share with us?
Chris: At any given time we’ve got 10-20 projects in the works, the juggle is half the fun! Some of the most exciting projects right now are an upcoming conference in Minneapolis, some tourism work in the mountains of North Carolina, and a trip to Toronto for an awesome scrap metal company.
Why do you keep coming back to Texas Media Systems?
Chris: The customer service is exceptional. We’ve been able to get everything we need exactly when we need it for seven years straight. The access to a real person on the phone in under 30 seconds is getting harder and harder to find! There are plenty of suppliers closer to us in South Carolina, but when you find someone you trust, it doesn’t matter where they are. I trust Texas Media Systems, and they go above and beyond to retain that trust. That’s what matters!
Take a look at Let People See’s demo reel that was shot on Canon.
You can see more of Let People See’s work by visiting their website www.letpeoplesee.com. If you’re looking for equipment for your company, give us a call at 512-440-1400 to speak with a sales rep today!
Canon has introduced two new telephoto zoom lenses, the Canon EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II USM and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM.
The new lenses serve advanced amateur and professional photographers in a variety of applications and solutions including wildlife, landscapes, portrait and sports photography. Canon EF 70-200mm focal-length lenses are a popular option for photographers in need of a long zoom range that maintains a relatively compact design. In addition, these updated lenses inherit the same overall build-quality and ruggedness photographers have come to expect from the Canon EF L-series line of lenses.
“At the core of image capturing, Canon believes the lens is just as important as the camera. A seamless relationship between the two allows photographers to produce emotion-evoking and timeless images,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Canon is excited to offer photographers two distinct options in the 70-200mm focal-length, continuing to further expand our optics heritage.”
The new Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM is an ideal lens for professional photographers who shoot with the Canon 1D and 5D series of DSLR cameras. The inclusion of Air Sphere Coating (ASC) technology helps to reduce flaring and ghosting, and suppresses the reflection of light.
Additional noteworthy features of the Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM include:
Optical Image Stabilizer up to 3.5 shutter speed stops of correction
Fluorine coating on front and rear elements helps to reduce smears and fingerprints
Inner focusing system with Ring Ultrasonic Motor
One fluorite lens and five UD lenses helps to provide high-image quality
Minimum focusing distance of 1.2m (3.9ft)
Lens features 23 elements in 19 groups
Circular eight blade aperture
The Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III is scheduled to begin shipping in August 2018 for an estimated retail price of $2,099.00.
If you own a Canon C200 or C200B camera, you’ll want to read the following announcement from Canon. They have determined that a recording error may occur with the EOS C200 / C200B. The details of the phenomenon and support plan are described below.
Image quality degradation, such as color misalignment or edge distortion, may occur in the recorded footage when using the following combination of settings:
recording format XF-AVC
frame rate 59.94i / 50.00i
Users should use a configuration that does not include the settings listed above, although we acknowledge that this may not be possible for all users. Note: This Phenomenon only affects internally recorded footage. Output signals from the output terminals are not affected.
EOS C200 / C200B Digital Cinema Cameras equipped with Firmware Version 126.96.36.199.00 are affected.
Firmware Version 188.8.131.52.00 has been removed from Canon’s Web site.
The new Firmware is scheduled to be released mid-June 2018.
This information is for residents of the United States and its five territories only. If you do not reside in the USA or its five territories, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-855-CINE-EOS (toll free)
For additional support options: usa.canon.com/support
If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call at 512-440-1400 to speak with a sales rep today! Looking to buy the Canon C200 or C200B, financing options are available!
Canon has announced a free firmware update for the 1DC which must be performed by Canon Cinema EOS Support.
Firmware Version 1.4.1 incorporates the following improvements and fixes:
Changes the maximum number of “Release cycles” displayed from 1,000,000 cycles to 9,999,000 cycles. This value can be checked under the “Camera system information” menu.
Fixes a phenomenon in which a synchronization failure may occur during multiple flash shooting.
Fixes a phenomenon in which Error 80 occurs depending on the shutter release timing.
Firmware Version 1.4.1 includes all improvements and fixes provided in previous firmware versions.
Canon USA will perform this Firmware Update on the EOS-1D C Cinema EOS Camera free of charge. Shipping and handling charges may apply. Please contact the Canon Customer Support Center for details.
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
Please register the EOS-1D C. By registering, we will be able to notify you via email when future Firmware Updates become available for download. If you already registered, please ensure you are opted-in to receive the notification.