Cine Gear Expo LA 2012 - Assorted Photos

Various interesting sights seen at Cine Gear Expo in Los Angeles.
Adam Wilt
By Adam Wilt 06.24.12

Cinoflex power-distro baseplate for the Canon C300, plus accessories. Yes, you can bulk up a C300 to the size of a CineAlta HDCAM!

I attended Cine Gear Expo on the Paramount lot in L.A. earlier this month. When I wasn't busy discussing the FS700, I had a chance to walk around and look at a few of the unusual things on offer...

PRG Best Boy automated spot luminaire.

Calling PRG's Best Boy "a light" is like calling 007's Aston-Martin "a car". It's full of unexpected tricks and surprises; something common in the concert and event lighting world, less so in filmmaking. Yes, it throws light (using an HMI source); it also colors it, zooms it, and animates it with moir©s, gobos, patterns, and shutters, all under remote control.

Best Boy guts; this open-frame demo unit is pointing straight up.

"Two rotating gobo wheels, six gobos per wheel."

"CMY color mixing plus designer color wheel."

A Sony VCL-ECU1 wide-angle adapter reflecting the LED lighting of its display case and surroundings.

Some background for the following photos: I gave NYC doc filmmaker David Leitner a lift Saturday morning; we stopped for breakfast at Astro Burger and David said we should look at the two Luma Tech Illumina Mk II Super35mm primes he was carrying.

Extracting the outer shipping box from its bubble-wrap padding.

The shipping box cannot withstand the application of breakfast cutlery.

The inner box revealed: is fine Russian lens from St. Petersburg.

David Leitner: "it's a nice looking lens".

Checking out the optics on the 50mm T1.3.

The Illumina MK-II 50mm T1/3.

Illumina Mk-II 50mm T1/3, demo version.

The Illumina MK-II 35mm T1.3's closed iris petals form an elegant flower.

These demo lenses appeared to be well built, and their focus and iris rings turned very smoothly. However we were a bit distressed by the amount of dust present in lenses; there was some unevenness in the antireflection paint, as you can see in the image above; and one of the lenses was missing one of the four screws securing the rear ring (the one with "Luma Tech Demo" inscribed on it). Hmmm.

Next: more lamps, bent lenses, gearheads, local sights, high-speed digital and film cameras, and more...

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