NewTek TalkShow VS 4000 now shipping

NewTek TalkShow VS 4000 now shipping

NewTek began shipping NewTek TalkShow VS 4000, the professional, multi-channel video calling production system for both SDI and IP workflows, on 22nd August.

NewTek VS 4000 is designed exclusively for conducting multiple live, production-ready Skype video calls simultaneously. It integrates multi-channel video calling to enable instant connection and live interaction online via Skype between multiple remote guests in real time regardless of location.

Skype TX 4

TalkShow VS 4000 takes advantage of Skype TX 4 from Microsoft, making it more flexible and scalable than its predecessor. Skype TX 4 offers broadcasters and media partners the ability to integrate multiple studio-grade Skype video calls into a broadcast workflow.

“NewTek TalkShow VS 4000 can handle up to four remote video guests simultaneously or in sequence using SDI or IP workflows,” said Dr. Andrew Cross, president and CTO for NewTek. “This allows broadcasters and media organisations to integrate Skype video calls with any combination of contacts they can reach online, for live conversation, expert analysis, and real time commentary in distraction-free, broadcast-quality HD.”

The spec

TalkShow VS 4000 is a facility-class, 1RU rack mountable hardware unit with four-in, four-out industry-standard I/O for integration into SDI workflows and IP video workflows via NDITM, NewTek’s groundbreaking Network Device Interface technology. It features standalone call control and production control interfaces for independent call management and technical configuration. Comprehensive, behind-the-scenes video, audio, communication and monitoring capabilities are included.

Skype TX 4 is optimised to minimise distractions so producers can focus on great interviews with clean, full-resolution HD video and TalkShow VS 4000 adds functionality comparable to what professional broadcasters are familiar and comfortable with. This includes cool additions like proc amp, white balance, advanced colour configuration, automatic colour correction, gain, graphic equaliser, compressor/limiter and noise gate controls.

You can find TalkShow VS 4000 in our online store here.

Want to know more about NewTek? Give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

Sony announce HXR-NX5R camcorder and more

Sony announce HXR-NX5R camcorder and more

Sony have confirmed three brand new products, including the HXR-NX5R Full HD camcorder, the much anticipated successor to the acclaimed HXR-NX5 and NX3, the MCX-500 mixer and the RM-30BP Multi-Function Remote. 

The latest generation of Sony production tech debuts at IBC in September starting with the HXR-NX5R, with the rest following soon after. In the meantime, take a look at the new releases below…

Sony HXR-NX5R

f_Sony HXR-NX5R

Adding a ton of new features, Sony’s latest Full HD handheld offering looks to provide an even smoother workflow experience, stunning image quality and has been built with live streaming in mind. Remote control functionality makes the NX5R perfect for multi-camera shoots too. Mount it to a tripod, then use your smart phone or tablet to monitor and control focus, zoom, iris, record start/stop and more. Check out the spec:

– Three-chip 1/2.8-type Full HD Exmor CMOS sensor.

– 20x Optical Zoom and 40x Clear Image Zoom.

– Top-quality Full HD images with 50Mbps XAVC S recording and 3G-SDI output.

– Live internet stream from any event using hassle-free Ustream service.

– Generic streaming mode for a local area network.

– Shoot, stream and share with advanced networking on board.

– Direct menu for fast, positive adjustments.

– FTP allows you to click and send Full HD content to your editor for fast breaking news stories for example.

– OLED viewfinder, multi-interface shoe and the industries first built-in adjustable brightness LED video light.

MCX-500 mixer

The new MCX-500 launches in January 2017, and is ideal for a wide range of live settings from pop concerts to weddings, educational seminars to corporate presentations. Compact and easy to use, this fully-featured four-channel one M/E switcher makes it easy to create polished-looking results for live streaming, webcasts or recording.

– Eight inputs (4x 3G-SDI, 2x HDMI, 2x CVBS) plus dedicated RGB channel for title overlays.

– Basic overlay functions (PinP/Keyer).

– CUT/MIX/WIPE transition effects.

– Five-channel audio mixer includes stereo XLR input.

– Recording on SD card and direct streaming on USTREAM.

RM-30BP Multi-Function Remote

Giving freelancers and solo camera operators more options for capturing great looking footage in any situation, the RM-30BP is the perfect partner for many of Sony’s popular camcorders, including the brand new HXR-NX5R. It’s great for crane shooting and multi-camera setups in hard-to-reach places. It hits the shelves in October, so keep your eyes peeled.

For more information or to pre-order new kit, give us a call on 03332 409 306, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or pop your details in the form below. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Everything you need to know about atomOS 5.2

Everything you need to know about atomOS 5.2

Atomos have dropped their latest software update, atomOS 5.2, and it’s one of their biggest feature updates to date.

HDR is one of the biggest steps forward in video production for a generation, with Atomos bringing AtomHDR and Log-to-Rec709 monitoring features to the award-winning Ninja Blade and Samurai Blade with atomOS 5.2. HDR means better quality pixels, pushing the boundaries of conventional capture and display capability, and bridging the gap between what we see on a screen and reality as we see it with our own eyes.

Any Log-capable camera is suitable for HDR production, and with the release of AtomOS 5.2, users of HD cameras can now unleash the true potential of their kit while benefiting from advanced waveform tools to assist in the accurate exposure of Log images for HDR content. Users also have built-in camera Log-to-Rec709 LUTs, ideal for when not shooting for HDR.

Here’s a quick rundown of the new features included in AtomOS 5.2:

– Addition of AtomHDR monitoring including HDR waveform functions.

– HDR, Log to Rec.709 and Native Video Source monitor modes (touch the new yellow “Monitor” button on screen).

– HDR mode contains a slider to adjust the number of stops over SDR (Standard Dynamic Range, or Rec709) being displayed on the monitor. Stops beyond +3.0 (800% Rec709) above SDR are possible but a warning will be displayed due to the darkening image on screen. This is a limitation of the 400nit brightness capability of the Blade screen.

– While in AtomHDR mode, a simplified HDR waveform line has been added to easily set the correct slider position for the dynamic range of the scene.

– HDR monitoring and Log-to-Rec709 monitoring is supported for the Log output from the following cameras: Sony, Canon, Panasonic, Arri, JVC and RED.

AtomOS 5.2 is free to all existing Ninja Blade and Samurai Blade users and can be downloaded from www.atomos.com/support by clicking on the respective Ninja Blade or Samurai Blade product link.

For more information on atomOS 5.2 and HDR, email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com or call 03332 409 306. For everything else, ‘like’ us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24.

Why iPhone is an essential business tool

Why iPhone is an essential business tool

iPhone makes a great business companion. It’s an all-in-one device that’s packed with a whole range of key features that boost productivity, improve communication and increase security.

If you’re after the best handset for business use, you don’t have to look any further than iPhone. And because we’re helpful, we’ve put together this rundown of everything awesome about Apple’s signature handset.

Faster technology

iPhone keeps you on your toes, thanks to some of the fastest mobile tech around. The latest iPhone models (6S, 6S Plus, SE) pack the speedy dual-core Apple A9 processor, and boast greater LTE 4G coverage, fast WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity. This is ideal when you’re connecting to the internet, file sharing via AirDrop, streaming content to Apple TV, video conferencing over FaceTime, or running a personal 4G hotspot for WiFi on the go. iPhone fits right into any business workflow, whether you’re in the office or out in the field.

Larger screens

Starting with iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, iPhone have packed bigger screens than ever, with iPhone 6S measuring in at 4.7” and 6S Plus boasting a larger 5.5” display. Bigger is always better when it comes to multi-tasking, allowing you to navigate between apps with ease, organise emails, messages and pictures, and browse the web with minimal clutter and maximum clarity.

Work smarter 

iPhone comes preloaded with 40 Apple apps designed to boost your productivity, over 1.5 million apps on the App Store, and support for specialist apps that link to the back office and fit right into your day-to-day workflow, whether it’s a stock check app for retail or a company-based social networking app.

Continuity

It’s now easier than ever to seamlessly transition between iPhone, iPad and Mac. If you’re on the move, you can start work on iPhone or iPad before moving over to your Mac back in the office. The Apple trio are perfect for a continuous workflow no matter where you are.

Work longer

Over the years, smartphones have gained a bit of a bad rep for battery life. iPhone 6S and 6S Plus have this sorted, boasting impressive battery life and a low power mode that keeps your handset going for up to three hours longer.

Excellent support

iPhone receives unparalleled support from Apple, with regular software updates that provide new features, functionality and security enhancements. You won’t need to worry about upgrading your iPhone each and every year either –continuous iOS updates pretty much guarantee your handset will stay up-to-date. iOS 10 is up next and promises another round of features and innovation.

Hi-res camera

The latest iPhone models feature a 12-megapixel camera, complete with 4K video. With the 12MP camera, you can take high-quality shots of important presentations, as well as brainstorming and idea sessions, ideal if you’ve covered a whiteboard and don’t have time to jot it all down. 4K video is a handy, cost-effective tool for internal communication and production – perfect if you want to create case study videos quickly, for example.

Touch ID

Starting with iPhone 5S, Apple added a neat fingerprint scanner to the home button named ‘Touch ID’. Once you’ve registered your print, only that print (or others you’ve saved) can be used to access the device. It provides faster, more comprehensive security for all your data, including important documents and emails, so even if you lose the handset, all your stuff is secure.

Siri

Siri was first introduced in 2011 and has received a whole range of updates and features since then. Siri is now your best friend when it comes to dictation, hands-free calls, web searches, maps and much more.

Enterprise support

iPhone is perfectly suited for business and offers complete enterprise support. Whether it’s Exchange and VPN integration, app purchasing, distribution, deployment or ongoing management, iPhone makes things nice and easy so you can get on with the job.

For more information about iPhone in business, give us a call on 03332 409 308 or drop us an email at sales@Jigsaw24.com. Alternatively, ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24.

Apple School Manager event roundup

Apple School Manager event roundup

Last week, we took iOS 9.3 and Apple School Manager to the DoubleTree Hilton Nottingham Gateway hotel to give education professionals from up and down the UK a hands-on look at Apple’s latest software update, as well as all the educational benefits it provides. 

Just in case you missed it, we thought we’d put together a quick roundup of all the days’ events – that way you’ll feel like you were there, even though you weren’t.

First off, thanks for coming along! It was a great day, and we saw a strong turnout, with places filling up within 48 hours! 97% of those that attended rated the event either ‘very good’ or ‘excellent’, with 72% asking us to pop into their school to discuss their future with iOS 9.3.

Paul Ford, Ryan Slater and Jason Taylor from Jigsaw24 kicked things off – they discussed supporting an iOS 9.3 environment and told the audience about our infrastructure offerings, including WiFi design (click here for more info on free infrastructure reviews). The trio talked about the importance of Apple’s Caching Server, which supports new Shared iPad users, and how mobile device management ties the new features together.

The guys also covered device deployment within schools, 1:1, classrooms using Shared iPad and student owned devices. Shared iPad requires:

– iPad Air 2

– iPad mini 4

– iPad Pro

– 32GB or higher

Click here to take a look at devices compatible with Shared iPad.

The day was split into two workshops, one looking at Apple School Manager, and the other focusing on Classroom app and Shared iPad. They gave attendees the chance to get up close and personal with the new education apps, and to get some expert advice while they were at it.

The Classroom app workshop:

– How Classroom App can be set up with your chosen MDM system.

– How to launch an app on each student’s iPad at the same time.

– How to lock students into a specific app.

– How to view pupil screens remotely with Screen View.

– How to connect students to an Apple TV.

The School Manager workshop:

– Transitioning from VPP and DEP to Apple School Manager.

– Importing staff and students and giving them roles.

– The importance of MDM for School Manager.

– Managed Apple ID creation.

– Content delivery – apps, books and iTunes U.

Just before lunch, Dave Hornby from JAMF Software took to the stage to talk about mobile device management and Classroom integration. Dave discussed and demonstrated how iOS 9.3 supports new MDM features, including:

– Locating and recovering lost or stolen Apple devices without compromising student privacy through ongoing location tracking. When Lost Mode is activated, the iOS device receives a customised lock screen message, is disabled from use, and sends its location to IT.

– How schools can now deliver a simplified device experience with the ability to customise which apps appear on the home screen and where.

– How institutions will be able to deliver a personalised learning experience with Shared iPad for each student (supported by JAMF Software’s Casper Suite).

Following the event, we asked guests for a few comments. Here’s what they thought:

“Informative, mind blowing, so much to learn.”

“Very knowledgeable, thought provoking, exciting & excellent!”

“The event has been really enlightening and very useful.”

“Very impressed with the technical weighting. Best CPD yet.” (You can find more information about training here).

“All the staff are extremely friendly and knowledgeable.”

95% said they’d attend one of our events again, so make sure you don’t miss out on the next one!

If you’d like to discuss iOS 9.3 further and schedule a meeting, please fill out the form below or call 03332 409 290. For all your other iOS in education needs, follow @Jigsaw24Edu on Twitter, or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

Why buy an unlocked iPhone?

Why buy an unlocked iPhone?

An unlocked iPhone is a handy bit of kit to have. With a SIM-free iPhone, you’re not tied to one network, and you’re free to find you’re own monthly plan with all the minutes, texts and data you could want – but that’s not all.  

No matter what you’re using it for, there’s a whole load of reasons to buy your iPhone SIM-free. While it’s tempting to opt for a pay monthly deal with one of the popular networks, going SIM-free gives you freedom with your phone, which you won’t have if you’re tied down to a provider.

Saves money

Smart phones aren’t cheap, and dropping a hefty sum on a handset might not be all that appealing at first, but buying a separate SIM-only deal can save up to £300 over a standard 24 month network contract. Combine your unlocked phone with a SIM-only contract, and you’re looking at a significantly cheaper deal than you’d find on almost any pay-monthly contract.

Upgrade when you want

Ever seen a new phone you’d like, but despair at the prospect of waiting for your contract to expire? With a SIM-only deal, you’re free to upgrade to the latest and greatest whenever you want – just take your SIM out of your old phone, and stick it in the new one.

Be a customer, not a hostage

When you’re searching for a SIM-only deal, you can go to any network you want and find a deal that suits you best. If you’re being used and abused, you can switch mid-term and find a more loving, caring network to spend your days with. Plus, you’ll own your phone, and you won’t be tied into confusingly complex T&C’s.

Save time

If you’re buying for business, SIM-free is your best bet. When you’ve got staff coming and going, you don’t want to be wasting time getting handsets reallocated or unlocked. With SIM-free, you can just hand your staff an iPhone and away they go.

Avoid multi-year contract commitments

Your standard network contracts are often complex and expensive. Going SIM-free means you can avoid all the hassle; buy your phone, sort out a monthly deal and forget about it.

Comparisons and benchmarking

Pricing gets complicated when it comes to pay-monthly contracts. For all you bargain hunters out there, SIM-free deals give you the freedom to shop around. You know what you’re getting, cost is clear and you can benefit from truly competitive pricing without going back and forth between similarly priced contracts from leading networks.

Cashflow

While SIM-free iPhone’s often mean a sizeable one-off payment, this can be offset by competitive leasing options. That way, you can get your mitts on an unlocked iPhone, then pay for it in chunks. It should help with cashflow, and allow for larger bulk purchases if that’s what you’re after.

Higher residual values

Unlocked iPhone’s retain their value up to 25% after two years. That’s way higher than your standard locked iPhone that’s tied to a pesky network, and it’s perfect if you’re looking to sell it on once you’re bored of it.

If you’re looking to purchase a SIM-free iPhone, we’re your guys. We’ve got great prices, lots of stock and can provide all the services and solutions you could need.

For more information on SIM-free iPhone and everything else Apple, give us a call on 03332 400 888 or drop us an email at sales@Jigsaw24.com. Alternatively, ‘like’ us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24.

All the news from WWDC 2016

All the news from WWDC 2016

This was a big one. With four, that’s right, four whole OS updates being unveiled at Apple’s June keynote, it’s fair to say there’s a lot to talk about and a lot to get excited about.

If you love Apple (and emojis) like we do, you’ll have been itching with anticipation for this year’s keynote. So, without further ado, here’s our rundown of all the big announcements from WWDC 2016.

iOS 10 

Release: Public Beta in July, coming this Autumn (free upgrade)

It’s being called the ‘biggest iOS release ever’, and it’s hard to disagree. Designed with user experience in mind, and with substantial improvements to some of iOS’ most popular features, the wait for number 10 will feel like waiting for Christmas. It’ll be available on iPhone 5 and later, and will include:

– Redesigned lock and home screens, incorporating 3D touch, raise to wake and widgets.

– Siri will be opened up to developers for 3rd party messaging apps, allowing users to book Uber rides, pay friends, make VoIP calls and much more. If that’s not convenient enough for you, never fear, Apple already has it figured out with QuickType. QuickType provides intelligent suggestions with deep learning (LSTMs), through factors like current locations, contact information, recent addresses and availability – it even offers intelligent scheduling for the calendar app.

– Photos is getting some cool additions too, with facial recognition, object and scene recognition, and memories (clusters of photos sorted by date, people and topics).

– Maps will receive an all-new design, complete with improved traffic information, faster route suggestions, and quick controls to find food or petrol. The app will also be opened up for developers, allowing users to book a table and the like.

– Music (now with 15 million paid subscribers) will get a shiny new redesign too. Apple have simplified the app, improved audio clarity, and added a lyrics feature.

– Following suit, News has received a redesign inline with Music, and will feature breaking news notifications to boot. Apple said the app will now include over 2000 publications.

– Home is a brand-new app that’s designed to simplify home automation. It works in conjunction with HomeKit-compatible accessories, which now include controls for cameras, door locks and air conditioning. Home app can see and control all accessories from one place, and provides remote access to home automation.

– Thanks to new Phone updates, you’ll now be alerted to possible spam calls or suspicious numbers (which is great if you’re sick of hearing about PPI!). VoIP apps will also be integrated, and Contacts has received an upgrade.

– Last, but certainly not least, Messages has been gifted some impressive new features that have had Apple fans everywhere talking. The app will now include rich links, tap-to-replace emojis (perfect if you want to let pictures do all the talking) and emoji prediction (emojis are now three times bigger!). Not only that, iOS 10 will introduce a range of bubble effects (including invisible ink for more secretive messages), as well as quick tap back, handwritten messages, digital touch and exciting full screen effects.

tvOS

Release: Coming this Autumn (free upgrade)

tvOS will receive a substantial update this fall with new features, including:

– 1300 video channels, up from 80.

– 6000 native apps.

– An AppleTV remote app for your iPhone, allowing you to control AppleTV through your handset. It mimics the hardware remote, with Siri voice and typing support, dictation for usernames and passwords, a Now Playing screen, accelerometer and gyroscope support for games, touch navigation and more.

– Siri can now search for movies by topic, and browse YouTube.

– Live Tune In – Siri can take you straight to the action, available on AppleTV and iPad.

– Single Sign-on – Also available on iOS, you can now sign in once to access all apps on the network.

– Dark Mode, perfect for nighttime viewing.

– For developers: ReplayKit, PhotoKit and HomeKit.

watchOS 3

Release: Coming this Autumn (free upgrade)

Apple announced some exciting new updates for its wearable hardware:

– In-app launch time is now seven times faster.

– Background updates.

– Dock – Push the side button, and swipe through live apps.

– iOS Control Center – Accessible by swiping from the bottom of the screen.

– Improved smart reply options.

– Scribble – Write your own message replies one letter at a time (available in English and Chinese).

– New, swappable watch faces, including the Activity face which lets you quick start Workout, Minnie Mouse with customisable dress colours (if that’s what you’re into), a numeral face available in a variety of fonts, and analogue, digital and chronograph, the three new Activity ring faces.

– SOS calling – Holding down the side button initiates a three second countdown to call emergency services, and then sends a notification with your location data to all emergency contacts and brings up your medical ID. It works in conjunction with your iPhone or over WiFi.

– Activity Sharing – Swipe right on your Activity rings to check out your family and friends’ rings (a cool feature if you love getting competitive). You’ll even be placed on a leaderboard, so you can see how much better you’re doing than everyone else.

– Breathe – Designed to help combat stress, Breathe is a neat deep breathing/meditation app. It relies on haptic feedback and visuals, and takes a heart reading towards the end of a session.

macOS Sierra

Release: Public Beta in July, coming this Autumn (free upgrade)

Apple’s latest macOS is called Sierra and it’s all about continuity. Along with a whole range of new features, Apple will incorporate Siri, Apple watch and Apple Pay into its flagship operating system when it drops this Autumn. Here’s a rundown of everything we know:

– Auto Unlock – You can now use your Watch to automatically unlock your Mac, very handy if you’re a fan of Apple’s wearable.

– Universal Clipboard – One of the new continuity features, Universal Clipboard allows users to copy content on one device and paste it onto another.

– Hot off the announcement that 10 billion user documents are stored in iCloud, Apple confirmed that all files stored on the Desktop or in the Documents folder of a Mac will be available across multiple devices including other Macs, iPhone and iPad.

– Optimised Storage makes room for new files by keeping older ones in the cloud, and getting rid of files you’ll never use again through a simple user interface . You’ll receive notifications that remind you to delete useless app installers, caches, logs and duplicate downloads.

– Apple Pay on the web works in conjunction with iPhone, and prompts for touch ID payment authentication.

– Tabs will now be available outside of Safari in a variety of Apple apps like Maps, Pages, Mail and more, and will be incorporated into third-party apps too.

– Picture in Picture will allow users to watch videos while performing other tasks; it’s great for multitasking and ideal for continuing your Netflix binge while taking care of other, more important, things.

– Siri is making its Mac debut under Sierra – it’s accessible in the dock and menu bar. Siri will be able to send messages, search the web, open documents, look through photos and videos, make phone and FaceTime calls, set reminders and more.

If you want to know more about all the latest releases from Apple, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email sales@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news and reviews, follow us on Twitter @WeAreJigsaw24 and ‘like’ us on Facebook.

Introducing EIZO ColorEdge CG2420 and CS2420

Introducing EIZO ColorEdge CG2420 and CS2420

EIZO has added two new 24” monitors to its professional ColorEdge range – the CG2420 and CS2420. Both units have resolutions of 1920×1200, an IPS non-glare panel, and ensure smooth gradations with 10-bit display from a 16-bit look up table.

EIZO ColorEdge is great for photographers, allowing users to accurately simulate their finished product, cutting out the need for later revisions and confusion down the line. In the long run, this saves both time and money.

The CG2420 and CS2420 feature new, sleek cabinet designs with slim bezels, making them 39% smaller than their predecessors. A carrying handle is built in for improved manoeuvrability, and electrostatic switches replace traditional buttons for seamless access to monitor settings.

CG2420

– The CG2420 is a professional grade display ideal for use in photography, design, print, and post production.

– For anyone who knows the ColorEdge range this essentially replaces the CX241, but offers enhanced features such as high contrast panel, slimmer design and self-calibration sensor.

– It sits just under the CG247, which offers the best subtle tone due to its 3D LUT and self-calibration sensor which measures full tone as well as chroma.

– Key features include 99% coverage Adobe RGB, 98% coverage DCI-P3, self-calibration sensor, high contrast ratio of 1500:1, delta-E difference of 3 or less across the screen, stable colour in just three minutes, and bundled ColorNavigator software and shading hood.

The CG2420 is available now from Jigsaw24 for £958 exVAT.

CS2420 

– The CS2420 is the entry level display in the ColorEdge range; ideal for hobbyists and prosumers working in photography and illustration.

– For anyone who knows the ColorEdge range this essentially replaces the CS240 and comes with a new sleeker cabinet design.

– It lacks the brightness stabilization and self-correction sensor of the CS230 but has a wide colour gamut.

– Key features include 99% coverage Adobe RGB, high contrast ratio of 1000:1, uniformity controls and bundled ColorNavigator software.

The CS2420 is shipping soon.

Want to know more about the EIZO lineup? Get in touch with the team on 03332 409 306 or email displays@Jigsaw24.comFor all the latest news and tips follow us on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

Zeiss talk new Batis lenses from NAB 2016

Zeiss talk new Batis lenses from NAB 2016

If you’re after the lowdown on all new Zeiss’s lenses, then look no further. We caught up with Zeiss’ Luke Tait who talked all about the shiny new Batis range and NAB 2016.

Jigsaw24: It’s an exciting time for Zeiss!

Luke: It is, there’s a lot to talk about.

So let’s get right to it, how does the Batis 2.8/18 fit in with the rest of the Zeiss Batis range?

Well, the 18mm Batis is the widest full frame prime lens currently available. With its extremely wide 99 degree field of view, it is well suited for astrophotography, interior and architectural photography.

Batis is a bit of an odd name, where did that come from?

Just like the other families of Zeiss lenses, Batis is the latin name for a species of bird. Batis (pronounced BAT-iss) is a genus of passerine in the wattle-eye family – it’s found south of the Sahara. 

So just how important is the OLED display to show the focus distance and depth of field?

The OLED display is very useful as it gives information on the distance to the subject and depth of field. Once you’ve used it, you won’t want to go back.

How do you think the lens was received at NAB?

The lenses were received very well. There was a lot of buzz surrounding the lenses when we were in Vegas, from both photographers and videographers. We were very pleased with the warm reception we got at NAB.  

What do you think sets the Batis range apart from other, similar lenses?

First off, the Batis 2/25 and 1.8/85 are the very first full-frame autofocus lenses with an OLED display. Not only that, but the new Batis lenses are built for professional use, with extremely durable construction and excellent sharpness. It’s everything you could want, and it’s pioneering a new era.

So, tell us, when can we get our hands on one?

The lenses have already started to ship!

You can find Zeiss Batis 2.8/18 lenses over at our store. If you want to know more on the biggest and best NAB Show releases, give us a call on 03332 409 306 or email broadcast@Jigsaw24.com. For all the latest news, follow @WeAreJigsaw24 on Twitter or ‘Like’ us on Facebook.

 

Review roundup: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Review roundup: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

Canon is looking to hit another home run as it comes back for round two with the EOS-1D X Mark II. It looks impressive on paper, but how do the camera buffs think it holds up? 

When it comes down to numbers, 1D X Mark II is a winner. Offering 14 fps shooting, and breakneck 16 fps when shooting in live view mode, it’s definitely up there as one of the highest resolution DSLRs available. Numbers aren’t everything, but this camera certainly isn’t lacking substance.

Design

We’re big fans of the 1D X Mark II, even down to the way it looks. It’s a fairly hefty bit of tech, and while its size may deter those after something smaller, the 1D X Mark II delivers in almost every way, more than making up for its size.

Pocket-lint.com said: “if you’re looking for something small then, well, this isn’t going to fit the brief. Having just reviewed the mid-range Canon 80D, the 1D X II is a whole different beast… despite the size everything falls to place in the hand well, catering for both portrait and landscape orientation thanks to dual controls.”

Tech Radar said: “the EOS-1D X [Mark II] feels almost identical to the 1D X. Both cameras are heavy and solid-feeling, with the characteristic ‘battery bulge’ in the base doubling up as a vertical grip for portrait format shooting. This has been revised for the Mark II with a deeper grip for a more secure hold.”

Autofocus

When it comes to autofocus, the 1D X Mark II packs a punch. Although it may initially appear similar to the autofocus system found in the previous model, Mark II delivers on a variety of upgrades and tweaks that set it apart from the last generation. While still operating on a 61-point system, the new Ai Servo III+ tracking system allows the camera to more accurately predict tracking movement.

Pocket Lint said: “all 61-points are sensitive to f/8 – which will be handy if you’re using a 2x converter and are forced to use a smaller aperture (21 of these AF points are cross-type to said sensitivity). You can choose to utilise all points or cross-type only in selection, with 1-point, 5-point group, 9-point group, centre/left/right areas and full 61-point arrays being available using the dedicated focus type button and M-fn button.”

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Resolution

This camera is fast, that’s for sure. When 16 frames per second isn’t enough for you, the Mark II’s 4K Frame Grab feature means you can capture 8.8 megapixel JPEG images at a whopping 60fps.  

ephotozine said: “The 1D X Mark II offers a wide range of 4K video recording options, as well as high-speed FullHD video, and the video capabilities of this Digital SLR are the best you will find in a consumer level interchangeable lens camera, better than most other cameras, with the ability to record full CINE resolution 4K video at 60/50fps, whilst others only offer 4K video at 30/25/24fps.” They called it the fastest shooting full-frame camera available.

Backwards compatibility

Canon’s latest offering may come at a price, but don’t worry, your kit and accessories from the last iteration will still work with the Mark II.

Digital Photography review said: “As well as offering familiar ergonomics, the camera offers a good degree of backwards compatibility. For example, the Mark II uses a new battery, the LP-E19 but is still able to make use of the LP-E4 batteries used by its predecessor.”

4K video

Making the big jump to one of the latest video standards, the EOS-1D X Mark II also introduces 4K video, which was lacking in the previous model. As mentioned above, the Mark II is capable of shooting beautiful 4K video at 60fps.

Tech Radar said: “the 1D X Mark II doesn’t just shoot 4K at 30fps, it can shoot it at 60fps too. That requires serious processing power and it means you can record smooth 2x slow motion footage at 4K resolution. Interestingly, the Mark II shoots ‘real’ 4 at 4,096 x 2,160 pixels, rather than the slightly smaller UHD format most other cameras refer to generically as ‘4K’.”

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