We kick off the week with news from Laowa, Sony, PolarPro, Duclos, Ikan Corp, and ZEAPON.
Laowa 24mm T8 2X Macro Pro2be lens kit released
The new Laowa 24mm T8 2X Pro2be Lens Kit comes in three distinct lenses including the unique 35-degree tilt view. The Pro2be offers a maximum T8 aperture, 2X magnification and a waterproof distance of 36.6cm. This is designed to handle high-speed cameras and motion-control systems. Its twisted lens barrels offer flexibility to explore different perspectives and new heights from extreme close-ups to cinematic top and high-angle shots.
Pricing starts from $2849 here.
Sony updates FX6 firmware to V4.0
Sony has rolled out a new system update for the Sony FX6, which is now on Version 4.0. The new improvements include a de-squeeze function for anamorphic lenses and autofocus in S&Q mode. While the de-squeeze functionality is only available in 1.3x and 2.0x ratios, this feature grants its users the ability to choose the desired de-squeeze ratio for both the HDMI output image and the image displayed within the View Finder. The autofocus support in S&Q (Slow & Quick) mode is available for 7 fps or higher in S&Q mode. It also adds support for Flexible ISO and Cine EI Quick in shooting mode, which means you can work the same production workflows as other Cinema Line cameras.
Find out more here.
PolarPro launches filters for DJI's Air 3
The Shutter Collection 4-pack of neutral density filters for the DJI Air 3 allows pilots to reduce shutter speeds to cinematic levels. The set includes four essential filters; an ND8, ND16, ND32, and ND64— providing enough stopping power for any lighting situation. Custom-engineered with a lightweight aerospace aluminum frame to ensure easy installation and correct gimbal compatibility, each is hallmarked with the company's CinemaSeries glass and backed by its AdventureAssurance guarantee.
The set includes a storage case and is yours for $99. Shipping is September 30. A new Vivid Collection 4-pack of ND/PL filters for the Air 3 is also available, combining two effects (ND + Polarization) together into one single glass element. Same price and shipping info applies.
Duclos introduces ID Rings for TRIBE7 Blackwing lenses
Duclos' Blackwing ID Rings are a simple solution to help in identifying the unique tuning of various TRIBE7 Blackwing primes. The rings come in three different styles: T-tune (silver finish), S-Tune(gold finish), and B-Tune (red finish) and provide an easy-to-identify color system, as well as an engraving on the smart and dumb side of the lens. The Blackwing ID Rings can be easily installed with no disassembly required, and are held in place with just a couple of screws. Each Blackwing ID Ring costs $65.00. More info here.
Ikan's new White Star 6" Daylight Fresnel
Ikan Corp has released its new White Star 6″ Daylight Fresnel 150 Watt LED Light which combines a 6″ Fresnel lens for a wide range of applications. Its daylight 5600K color temperature with 97 CRI ensures accurate color rendering, while the rotating focus knob allows you to adjust the beam angle from 25 to 65 degrees. The active cooling system maintains optimal temperature while still being quiet enough for studio use. The White Star is constructed with aluminium for durability.
White Star 6" Fresnel 150 Watt LED Light is priced at $949.99.
Photo credit Ikan Corp
ZEAPON AXIS Series sliders announced
ZEAPON just announced a new family of multi-axis motorized sliders called AXIS. All 6 different models feature a carbon fiber track with a maximum travel distance of 1 meter with an expandable pan-tilt motorized module that can withstand a maximum payload of 12kg.
The ZEAPON AXIS Series has three different models: AXIS 80, 100, and 120 weighing 4.2kg, 4.6kg, and 4.7kg respectively. Each model has a Pro that features an optional PONS motorized pan-tilt head. The slider can hold a maximum payload of 12kg when traveling horizontally, but placed vertically the payload drops to about 3.5kg. The slider has a built-in control module with both LCD panel and physical buttons and uses Sony NP-F style batteries, but also has a USB-C port to power it directly using an external 5-12V 3A source.
We are still waiting to confirm the pricing for these.