Focus Check

Focus Check

What’s new in filmmaking technology this week? News, reviews, education, insights, opinions and ideas - from the CineD newsroom, mostly with Nino Leitner and Johnnie Behiri. This is Focus Check - the weekly cine tech podcast. New episodes every Thursday.


June 13, 2024 48 mins

This week we have a special announcement! Our first CineD-branded product is out with a discounted offer for our readers - the CineD Special Edition CFexpress Type B 1TB card for only $/€179.99! Use code "CineD1TB" at checkout for the 50% discount.


Nino and Johnnie also talk about lots of news coming out of Cine Gear Expo in LA this week. Newly announced cameras and lenses especially designed for VR, SIGMA lenses,and a SmallRig e...

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Two huge camera announcements to talk about this week: the Canon EOS C400 and the Panasonic LUMIX GH7. This week, Nino and Johnnie are joined by CineD contributor Graham E. Sheldon - live from Hollywood - to talk about all these new releases, including the new lenses from Canon and SIGMA. They top it off by talking about what’s new in AI: Sony Pictures announced that they will use AI in films to cut costs and the Tribeca Film Festi...

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How does CineD make sure that camera reviews are unbiased and well-balanced? In this episode Nino and Johnnie talk about our angle when it comes to review ethics. The recent LUMIX S9 and Insta360 controversies have caused quite a stir in the industry. Hear our take on relations with camera manufacturers and press events. Johnnie and Nino also talk about touchscreen editing and whether they have already tried it. At the end they int...

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World premiere of the new CineD song! …Which Nino spent an entire five minutes on (AI ....). The review of the FUJIFILM X100VI is out now, and the next one on the  FUJIFILM X-T50 is coming up next. Nino and Johnnie also talk about the Panasonic LUMIX S9, Alex gives his first impression of the Blackmagic Design Micro Color Panel and together we take a look at the MovMax Blade Arm for mounting smaller cameras to cars. Listen to the e...

In this week’s episode Johnnie and Nino dive into all the FUJIFILM cameras and FUJINON lenses announced this week. They also talk about the update of Nino’s favorite lens, the Sigma Art 24-70mm and Google’s new Veo generative video AI. The take a look at’s version 2.0 and finally talk about the importance of sound design in film.


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This week, Nino shares his experience attending the Apple launch event for the new iPad Pros, Final Cut Pro 2 for iPad and Final Cut Camera app for iPhone and iPad at Battersea Power Station in London, Apple's new UK headquarters. He shares his experience what it is like to be at such an event for the first time, and of course what he thinks the new products mean for filmmakers and content creators. 


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This week Nino and Johnnie talk about reviewing tech products and whether these reviews can potentially hurt companies. They reveal CineD’s philosophy when it comes to reviews and Lab Tests. Johnnie and Nino also discuss whether consumers are lately seen as mere Beta testers by companies. They delve into virtual production on a budget and reveal some of the most memorable products they saw at this year’s NAB. Don’t miss the end whe...

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What are Nino’s and Johnnie’s back stories? In this week’s episode learn about their journeys of becoming filmmakers, and how they met each other and ended up running together. Johnnie also raises an interesting question: Why is everyone a DP nowadays? Nino and Johnnie further discuss whether it is worth going to film school or not, and what pieces and projects of their own body of work they are most proud of.



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What an exciting NAB it was this year! Lots of great new gear to wrap our heads around. Nino, Johnnie and Graham talk about all the latest and greatest that they discovered at the show and their favorite interviews that they conducted. They also discuss the winners of this year’s “CineD Best of Show'' awards, so tune in to find out who won!


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Lots of exciting news just before we head off to NAB 2024! In CineD Focus Check this week, Nino is joined by long-time writers and contributors Jakub and Jeff as well as Johnnie to talk about all the fantastic gear that is coming out. DJI just announced some great new products like the DJI Avata 2, the 4th generation of its Ronin stabilizers and the DJI Focus Pro.

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We welcome our first guest on the podcast! Markus Förderer, ASC, is a German-born DP currently working in L.A. on exciting shows such as “Constellation” for Apple+ and big movies such as “Red Notice”. We talk to him about his path to Hollywood, his love for anamorphic lenses and his very own platform which lets you compare the flare characteristics of different lenses. 


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This week brings major firmware updates from Sony and Blackmagic Design for some of their most popular cameras! BLAZAR announced a new Super 35 Anamorphic Lense while SYNCO enters the wireless microphone market. Nino and Johnnie also react to your comments on last week's AI centric episode, and take a look at our poll in which we asked you about your next move regarding generative video AI. Logitech has announced a micro-four-third...

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Is AI taking over? What jobs in our industry are at risk? Nino and Johnnie tackle one of the biggest topics that is on the minds of everyone at the moment. Get their takes in this week’s podcast.


Other topics this week include: The iPhone 15 Pro as a filmmaking device. Our podcast producer Alex has made a video on the differences between the free and paid versions of DaVinci Resolve. Our Lab Test results of the Red Raptor X 8K VV...

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Our third episode of weekly tech news is here!


This week Nino and Johnnie take a closer look at Nikon’s acquisition of RED and take a deep dive into RED’s history. They also analyze this week’s poll, in which readers were asked what their wishes are once Nikon takes over. After some major happenings this week, they also discuss the state of the industry as a whole. Johnnie and Nino also have more information on how you can  join ...

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This week, we talk about Nikon acquiring RED! Johnnie talks about this with our writer and RED owner Francesco. Also this week on “Focus Check” Johnnie and Nino answer the first audience questions that have come in since our first episode last week, and also share exciting news about this year’s NAB show in Las Vegas, where audience members can join the CineD team in the show coverage. We talk about the surprising results of the So...

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Welcome to the new CineD Podcast! 


“Focus Check” will bring you not only the latest cinema tech news but also our insights and opinions on a weekly basis. In our first episode Co-CEOs Johnnie and Nino talk about the history of CineD and how the idea of a podcast came to life. They will also discuss the latest trade shows they have been to and of course update you on all the new ´gear. Stay tuned until the end when Nino and Johnni...

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