New Gear: RED WEAPON DRAGON 6K Available for Rent

RED_WEAPON_3GR_5 RED WEAPON WOVEN CARBON FIBER 6K packages are now available for rental at 3GR. RED WEAPON CF Tech Spec Highlights: — Shoot 6K 2.4:1 at up to 100 Frames Per Second. — RED DRAGON Sensor w/ 16.5+ Stops of Dynamic Range. — 3.3 lbs Lightweight Carbon Fiber Body — Record Apple ProRes or Avid DNxHR/HD simultaneously with REDRAW — 3D LUT Support Build a package and rent RED WEAPON now.

DP Shane Hurlbut, ASC interview w/ RedShark

Hurlbut Wide Cinematographer Shane Hurlbut, ASC shared his thoughts on RED WEAPON and resolutions higher than 4K. From RedShark:
On Resolution: The quality of these digital sensors provide much more than a technical advantage, but an artistic advantage as well.  From a technical side, sure, we can "future proof" the quality by mastering in 4K UHD and releasing in 1080p today only to re-release our films in 4K UHD years later without having to scale the resolution where we lose quality over the image.  I point out the artistic advantage because I'm able to light scenes with less light, using more natural sources if I need to, but at the same time, with the RED Weapon, I am able to light as if I am shooting film.  There are very similar ratios to my lighting style and being able to bring that to life allows me to paint the picture in more ways than every before. Most of the time, I'm shooting in 5K to stay within the Super 35 sensor, which is what is most common these days.  Having the ability to go to 6K if we need to quickly get a little wider or if we want to stabilize in post-production has become a huge advantage.  In some projects, we're starting to bring in a lot more VFX, so having the added resolution makes a big difference with our VFX team, giving them a larger canvas to work with. On RED: The color space is what I love.  The RED sensor has such a soft and beautiful feel.  The skin tones are just incredible. RED really knocked it out of the park with this camera.  My images come alive, bringing the characters to life. It lets me feel like the camera is a character, which I feel was missing for a long time in the digital world.
Read the entire interview here on RedShark.

Shot on RED WEAPON: a dragon on fire.

For your entertainment on this fine Saturday: a Red DRAGON on fire at 72fps in 6K
Aside from being generally awesome, the video shows the durability of a newly developed rehoused Canon 24mm F/2.8. The lens comes with your choice of aluminum or titanium back, and happens to be bulletproof - and, as it turns out, flame retardant! You know, for the next time you're shooting in a war zone and/or volcano.* 11053213_10153288922700415_2868151419895703975_o This rugged bad boy is a creation of Global Dynamics United, RED President Jarred Land's side project for making bulletproof lenses and these (strangely NSFW) shirts and hats? They're available to reserve here.lauten-lens1-600x600 (1) Additionally - if you'd like to flaunt one of these (purportedly very soft) shirts for pretty ladies, I'm pretty sure they're on Amazon Prime too.
* Please DO NOT use 3GR's cameras in war zones and/or volcanoes. Or really in any situation that carries a high risk of being shot at/lit on fire in general.
dragon on fire

New Gear: Leica Summicron-C Lenses


Announcing our new Leica Summicron-C series lenses

  leica_lei_sumc_set_cs_summicron_t2_0_lens_set_1029162 Yet another addition to our light-weight, high-quality gear, our the Leica Summicron-C series, our newest set of primes, boasts the fantastic optical qualities you expect from Leica glass, along with some useful new attributes.

The Specs

3GR now offiers the 18mm, 25mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm and 100mm lenses for rental. The Summicron-C series has a maximum aperture of T2, an 8-blade iris and a PL mount. The optical elements in this series are exclusively spherical. For additional tech specs, see the chart at the bottom of this post.

Large Image Circle for 6K Dragon and Beyond

For us at 3GR, one of the most exciting characteristics of Leica's Summicron-C series is their large image circle of 34mm or more, easily covering the 6K sensor of our Epic DRAGON cameras. Our forthcoming Epic WEAPON will look great with these Leicas as well.  
Summicron-C 100mm on a Red Epic DRAGON. Photo by Curt Schaller.

Summicron-C 100mm on a Red Epic DRAGON

Lightweight, Compact and Consistent

We also love the Summicron C's efficiency and ease of use on set. At 20% lighter and 30% shorter than Leica's Summilux-C lenses, the Summicron-C set is ideal for handheld, documentary-style, travel as well as setup-heavy studio shoots. The entire set shares a barrel diameter and physical size, making lens changes faster and minimizing the need for additional accessories to allow for variable barrel sizes. The gear rings line up on each lens, so you never have to reposition follow focus or motors or readjust your mattebox position. Whether these quick swaps let you snag that one additional shot you'd like to try, shoot more of the action in real time, or simply keep your day running smoothly, the consistent size and shape are a welcome characteristic.  
Leica Summicron-C's soft round Bokeh vs. Cooke's Hexagonal Shape

Leica Summicron-C's soft round Bokeh vs. Cooke's Hexagonal Shape

In addition to all of these practical attributes, it goes without saying that the Summicron C's don't skimp on look. They can create the beautiful images, skintones, and smooth, classic bokehs we expect from Leica, but in a tight, light package with a generous image circle.   Check out this gorgeous video of the Vienna State Ballet, which served as a test for the Summicron-Cs. Because Leica is classy like that.     Along with our new Easyrig Vario 5, OConnor 2560 and 60L, our new set of Leica Summicron-C lenses are light, intuitive, high-quality equipment that can optimize your workday as well as the look of your final product.   Let us know if you're interested in a quote or check out all of our current gear on our rate sheet. Have you used the Leica's Summicron-C series? Have any questions? Post a comment below!   Summicron-C-Lens-chart-v2

Shot on EPIC DRAGON: Steven Soderbergh’s “The Knick”

"The Knick" shot and directed by Steven Soderbergh on RED Epic Dragon. Airing on Cinemax. The pilot is available on HBO GO.