Italian-Australian Cinematographer/Director Dante Cecchin Creates Bolidism-Inspired LockCircle HiPock Cage System for Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

One camera cage and accessories maker that appears not to receive the press coverage it deserves is LockCircle, a brand of the Brain Emo company based in Lombardy near Lake Como

LockCircle is the only video accessories maker with its origins in Australia, specifically Broken Hill, thanks to Italian-Australian cinematographer/director Dante Cecchin, but the brand is sadly not represented in this country through an importer/distributor or resellers

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LockCircle HiPock, “The Pocket 4K Camera Cage”, designed by Dante Cecchin for the Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 4K.

Meanwhile LockCircle’s products are clearly well regarded enough to be represented in other countries by respected resellers including AbelCine, B&H, mtf, P+S Technik, The Flash Centre and Vocas.

Mr Cecchin’s product design inspirations include the Bolidist Movement pioneered by Italian designer Massimo Iosa Ghini, who characterizes Boldism as “a way of narrating the transition from materialety to drawing things in which the visual and media aspect prevails with respect to the object’s functional purpose”.

Mr Ghini was involved with the Memphis Group of architects and designers during the 1980s, and perhaps the many highly coloured products Memphis members designed may have influenced LockCircle’s product materials and coatings such as the bronze, grey and black anodized surfaces of the three HiPock elements and cages and the rarer, more wildly coloured limited editions and new product colour-ways sometimes seen on LockCircle’s Facebook page.

Special anodization colours and surface finishes

Mr Cecchin’s LockCircle has been one of the first camera cage makers off the mark to come up with accessories for the soon-to-be-released Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and has come up with three different cages or cage-like devices – Minimal Plate, Essential Plate and System Cage, all under the product name of HiPock.

As with his other camera cages, HiPock integrates intimately with LockCircle’s and camera accessories including MicroMega rigging, RodRocket titanium rods and rails, NoLux “photon trap” technology matte box system, MatBox professional matter box system, LockCircle ultra-secure camera body caps, LockPort camera cable savers, Prime Circle cinema lenses and filters and the Pro M.35 System of accessories for adapting stills photography lenses to use in cinematography.

The breadth and depth of LockCircle’s product system appears to obviate the need to ever go outside it in fully equipping many popular hybrid mirrorless cameras for professional video production.

LockCircle HiPock 4K camera cage for Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K

Due to LockCircle being unrepresented in Australia I have not had the pleasure of seeing and trying any of its products in real life and neither do I know anyone here who owns and uses them, but I certainly hope to remedy that lack some day.

Perhaps Mr Cecchin may be persuaded to pay his birth country a visit to show off his products and share his clearly not inconsiderable achievements.

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Blackmagic Design’s Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K aka BMPCC 4K.

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Lumix G | Experience: Panasonic Lumix LX100 II – a look at the new features

https://www.lumixgexperience.panasonic.co.uk/news/panasonic-lumix-lx100-ii-a-look-at-whats-new/

“… It isn’t like Panasonic to have Mk II versions of its cameras in Europe but it is easy to see why this particular model is being presented as a ‘version’ rather than as a LX200 might have been. The LX100 II is clearly an update of the LX100, bringing the feature-set of the four-year-old compact into line with that of the company’s current G series cameras. At first, second and third glance, the new model is very much like the original in look and feel as almost all the changes have happened inside not outside the body….

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Panasonic Lumix DC-LX100 II

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Fujifilm X10 with fixed collapsible zoom lens fully extended, a terrific complement to the Fujifilm X100 fixed prime lens camera. Brilliant for stills photography, not so much for video.

Although Panasonic classes its Lumix DC-LX100 II as a camera for enthusiasts, this stratification of camera models into professional, enthusiast and beginner is just a little off the mark especially given the varying needs of independent documentary moviemakers and photographers.

Few professionals rely on just the top-end flagship cameras and lenses in any product range.

When I felt the need to supplement the revolutionary Fujifilm X100 “enthusiasts” camera with something similar I chose Fujifilm’s X10 and relied on both for professional-level photography assignments for my voluntary work for a health and human rights charity.

I could have used my Canon EOS 5D Mark II for the job but it would have been the most inappropriate choice given the circumstances and sensitivities of my subjects and the places and events where they were to be found.

My X100 has been honourably retired though it sometimes comes out for documentary projects where discretion is demanded, and my X10 has found a home with a friend needing a great little travel camera.

The only downside to both cameras was Fujifilm’s then lack of commitment to top quality video, so I switched over to Panasonic’s groundbreaking Lumix DMC-GH4 as my prime stills and video camera with a Lumix DMC-GX8 as a backup which rived so capable in its own right that I often carry it every day equipped with the sadly underestimated Lumix G Vario 12-32mm f/3.5-5.6 Aspheric Mega OIS zoom that I bought secondhand via eBay.

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SmallRig Cage for Panasonic Lumix LX100 2198, enabling easy attachment of handles, monitors and other accessories to the camera.

The only downside to both cameras is that neither is as compact as Fujifilm’s two offerings and had I known about the Lumix DMC-LX100 chances are that I would have added one of those to my kit.

I still miss the ability to carry a small, lightweight camera with me each and every day either stowed in a larger bag or in its own dedicated detachable belt pouch such as Think Tank Photo’s Stuff It! or better yet Little Stuff It!

Panasonic’s Lumix LX100 was unique in its day for mating a top-quality wide aperture Leica, no less, zoom lens with a variable Micro Four Thirds sensor and still has no equivalent in other brands other than Leica’s D-LUX (Typ 109), an outcome of the Panasonic-Leica camera and lens joint production exercise.

The announcement of the Lumix LX100’s successor as a newer version rather than a complete new replacement in the form of the long-expected Lumix LX200 has come as a surprise and casts doubt on whether and when the hoped-for vamped-up LX200 may ever appear.

Meanwhile I will be keeping an eye out for hands-on reviews of the Lumix LX100 II, adding them to this page, and am hoping that the camera will provide a worthy supplement to its predecessor which clearly still has some life left in it yet albeit with a slightly reduced feature set compared to the Lumix LX100 II.

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Dedo Weigert Presents His Amazing Dedolight and Tecpro LED Lights and Accessories Ranges at AFTRS in Sydney

German cinematographer turned entrepreneur Dedo Weigert gave a public presentation on his dedolight and Tecpro lighting systems at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School at Moore Park next to the Fox Studios complex on Friday, March 16 2018. 

I was lucky enough to attend and learned a great deal about the many lighting products and innovations of this amazing cinematographer and his company. 

Dedolight LED lights are available as separate items or as well-organized kits like this one.

Dedo Weigert presentation at AFTRS in Sydney on Friday 16 March 2018

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Dedolight DLOBML2D-SH Ledzilla Mini LED Daylight On-Camera Light

I am not entirely a stranger to Dedo Weigert’s products.

When I was getting back into video with the advent of the then groundbreaking Canon EOS 5D Mark II, I went looking for suitable lights to use with it.

I had owned and used a range of movie lights during my analog days, including those made by Lowel and Ianiro.

I even owned several old fresnel lights whose brand name escapes me.

The original version of the Dedolight Ledzilla caught my eye on a visit to a movie industry supplier in Artarmon as a possible on-camera LED light, but they could only sell me the light itself minus AC adapter or battery pack.

Instead I picked up a couple of Tecpro Fillini AA-battery-powered LED mini panel lights for more general use and they still come in handy for less demanding uses.

Later I invested in circular LED lights made by Rotolight for stills and video but still miss focusable lights with barndoors for their ability to shape light with more versatility and fine control than panel lights permit, whether square or circular.

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Dedolight DLED7 Turbo Bi-Color Focusing LED Light Head. Now add barndoors, ballast, gels and other optional light shapers as well as a stand and nice little hard case.

The Dedolight 3-light kits look excellent but even one focussing, dimmable LED light with accessories such as barndoors, mains power supply, battery and battery shoe, would be a terrific supplement to my Rotolight kit.

The problem now is to work out just which Dedolight is the right one for me.

Is there a showroom where I can see and try before I buy, and an online reference to help work out which will be the most powerful yet most portable and affordable Dedolight that will fulfil my needs?

While the Dedo Weigert GmbH company website looks like it contains most of the information I need, buried somewhere in there, it has a look and usability that dates back to before 1997 and badly needs a complete rebuild for the modern age.

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Photographs of Dedo Weigert’s presentation made by Karin Gottschalk with Fujifilm X-E3 camera and Fujinon XF 50mm f/2.0 R WR lens. Photograph of Dedo Weigert with award courtesy of Dedo Weigert GmbH.

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Fujifilm X-E3 with Fujinon XF 23mm f/2.0 R WR prime lens, often playfully referred to as a “Fujicron” lens in reference to the Leica M-System’s Summicron-M f/2.0 lenses.

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Blind Spot Gear: The Scorpion Light v2 – Revolutionising your Films – Kickstarter campaign

“It was four years ago to the day Blind Spot Gear launched the Kickstarter for the original scorpion light. Frustrated by the expensive and unintuitive professional-quality lighting rigs the market offered we set off to take the lighting industry by storm.

In aiming to bring accessible professional lighting within the budget of your average film maker Blind Spot Gear brought a unique company ethos to an industry where affordable lighting was largely dominated by a few big players and mass produced low quality options.

The Scorpion Light did not disappoint, proving dependable in the world’s most extreme locations. Its rugged portability, dependability, and flexible nature has made it the light of choice for professional photographers and filmmakers working with productions across the world in the most demanding environments.

Since introducing the Scorpion to the market we have been working and learning from our customers and we’ve drawn on this experience and knowledge to redesign the Scorpion Light for the mobile professional….”

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Blind Spot Gear Scorpion Light v2 (apologies for the low resolution product shot)

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I follow just three makers of LED lights for use in moviemaking and stills photography, Blind Spot Gear, Dedo Weigert GmbH and Rotolight, due to their innovation, manufacturing quality, affordability and especially for their ability to “Think Different”.

Blind Spot Gear is the only one of the three whose lights I have yet to see and try but all indications are that their products are on par with the other two in my LED lights list.

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Blind Spot Gear Scorpion Daylight 2-Light Set 2D

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LockCircle Robot GH5, the Key to All-Round Top End Feature Film Camera Cages and Rigging for the Panasonic Lumix GH5?

Italian movie production hardware maker LockCircle produces the Robot Skin GH5 cinematic system, perhaps the ultimate answer to high-end, ultra-light, handheld hybrid movie camera caging and rigging aimed at users working in feature film and television series productions. 

Substantially composed of deep anodized CNC-machined billet aircraft grade aluminium with selected grade 5 titanium parts, integrated into the IMS Professional and Positive-Lock lens mounting systems for PL-Mount, Panavision, Leica-R, Canon EF and Nikon optics, with provision for Camera Assistant focal plane measuring, available in Noir Black, Blumix or Purple Rain for design-conscious Camera Operators and Directors of Photography, and a myriad of accessory options.

Designed by cinematographers for cinematographers, LockCircle’s Robot Skin GH5 has clearly been created to impress and to perform in the most demanding conditions.

Its attention to detail is astounding, the design effort apparently aided and abetted by Sydney-based Director of Photography/Producer Clinton Harn ACS, and clearly aimed at those whose needs and budgets ensure that only the best will do.

I came across LockCircle’s Robot Skin GH5 while comparing and contrasting GH5 camera cages I have seen and tried in real life with the many available online, and no others came close to it in terms of design, functionality and manufacturing quality.

LockCircle’s International Resellers page, alas, does not list any Australian importers or retailers but the Robot Skin GH5 may eventually appear at B&H Photo in which case I will add links to the affiliate links list at the base of this page.

For those of us for whom LockCircle’s cage might be financial and mission overkill, it may be wise to compare these three Robot Skin GH5 bundles to other manufacturers’ versions.

So far the other GH5 cages that have impressed are those made by Movcam, Seercam and SmallRig, with 8Sinn’s GH5 cage showing promise that may be fulfilled if the Polish company issues a revision that allows access to the GH5’s remote port.

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Jiří Růžek: Fujifilm X-E3 – EASE – EMOTION – EXPERIENCE – Jiri Ruzek

“A brand new Fujifilm X-E3 camera has been introduced by Fujifilm today….”

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RYMovieMachine: Shooting with the Panasonic GH5

“On location in Perth, Australia testing out the Panasonic GH5. This entire report was filmed using 2 GH5 cameras. The Panasonic GH5 has earned a reputation of being a serious filming tool for those who need to be portable without compromise on quality….”

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DPReview: New TSA procedure requires cameras to be placed in a separate bin

https://www.dpreview.com/news/3718283787/new-tsa-rules-require-separate-screening-for-cameras

“Photographers who fly frequently in the US may want to finally pay for TSA Pre-check status. New rules state that in standard security lines, cameras will need to be placed in a separate bin for screening. According to new procedures announced by the TSA today, any electronic device larger than a cell phone will need to be removed from its case or bag and placed in a bin with nothing above or below it.

Now, not only will your laptop need its own bin, but potentially every camera body, lens, flashgun and tablet in your carry-on bags will need to be placed in bins for X-ray screening. A photographer traveling with a full complement of gear for a shoot is going to need to budget a little extra time for all of the un-packing and packing at the airport.”