The Leica T: A 100 Year-Old Company’s Answer to a New Age

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Leica is a company that sets some high standards on the quality of their products. Maybe that’s one of the reasons they’re celebrating their 100th anniversary today. And maybe that’s one of the reasons I shouldn’t be so surprised by the Leica T; but I am. With a brand new mount of lens and a completely new direction in physical design, the camera Leica announced today in celebration of 100 years of age gave an entirely different statement: that they’re only just reaching their prime.

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Incredible 3 Minutes One Shot Switching Between Hand Held, Cable Rig And A Truck Crane

Sometimes product ads pull some of the more impressive footage just to show you how cool their product is. This is indeed the case with the latest sub $5,000 DJI Ronin 3-Axis Gimbal system.

This short flick designed to demonstrate the performance of the Ronin under various conditions shows some impressive transitions between operating modes. See if you can watch the flick and understand how they pulled it off before hitting the jump and watching the BTS. (be warned, your cheesyness radar may explode, yet the shots are completely awesome) [Read more...]

Lytro’s New 40-Megaray Camera Is Nothing Like Their Previous Toy

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Post-production focusing is something that’s gotten a good amount of attention in the past two months, thanks to the new HTC One and Google’s latest Camera update. But those guys weren’t the first to mess with the technology. Two years ago, a company named Lytro introduced the world’s first light-field camera, which allowed the refocusing of pictures after they’ve been shot already. Their first camera, however, was nothing more that a nice gadget with no real use. Today, the company announced their second entry into the game, and it’s absolutely nothing like what they released back in 2012.

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GoPro 4 Specs Leaked By SOC Maker? Shows 4K And 120FPS @ 1080 System

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Ambarella, the company that makes the image processor SOC (system on Chip) for GoPro have just released their up coming camera SOC specs – the A9. Considering that Ambarella have been exclusively making the imaging SOC for GoPro, it is not unreasonable to assume that this new SOC outlines the features of the Next GoPro.

Here is how the A9 is described:

The Ambarella A9 Camera SOC enables development of the next generation of HD and Ultra-HD video cameras with leading-edge video features and exceptional still-image quality.
In addition to 4K Ultra HD video resolution at 30 frames per second, the A9 supports high frame-rate video for capturing fast-action sports with 1080p video at 120 frames per second or 720p video at 240 frames per second.
The A9 includes dual-core ARM® Cortex™-A9 CPUs providing the performance required for advanced applications including wireless connectivity to smartphones for video-streaming or image sharing.

Looking at the spec sheet, this new SOC will include quite an interesting set of features. [Read more...]

DIYP Reviews The Actobotics DIY Slider for Cell Phone and GoPro Time Lapse

We received a nifty little Actobotics slider kit from ServoCity and over the winter I had the opportunity to shoot a mix of live action and cell phone time lapse video and also a little bit of GoPro video with the slider.

In this post I am going to review the Actobotics slider as a tool for creating movement in both live action video and GoPro or cell phone time lapse video.

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Sigma’s 50mm f/1.4 Art Lens Comes in Second Only to Zeiss in DxOMark Tests

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Back in February, we posted about Xitek’s testing of the highly anticipated Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens. Against the $4000 55mm Zeiss Otus, Sigma came out on top in comparisons and shocked almost every photography blog out there. Today, however, DxO mark put both lenses up against each other and it seems from their end that the Zeiss Otus hasn’t been ousted just yet.

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Win 1 of 5 Fabulous Konstruktor DIY Camera Kits

UPDATE: This giveaway has now ended, jump o the bottom to see if you won.

Our Friends at Lomography are giving away 5 fabulous Konstruktor DIY camera kits. If you have not seen one yet, they are basically wonderful cameras that you build with your own two hands. Go ahead and read our Review. They are just the perfect thing for anyone who loves photography in general and good old film in particular.

Even better! Two lucky winners (our of the random 5) will receive the full Konstruktor super kit, which also includes a close-up lens, a macro lens and a magnifying chimney hood for quick & easy focusing. Raffle is on Sunday, the 20th.

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This contest is open to our facebook fans. Here is how to enter: Entering the giveaway is pretty easy. Make you you are a fan of DIYP on facebook, add your email, and click enter below.
Want to better your odds? Follow us on G+ for 3 extra entries. Even more? Share the giveaway with your buddies (there are enough Konstruktors to go around) for even 3 more entries for anyone who comes through your link.

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13 Things Your Camera Wishes You Knew

Your sad, old camera will start to treat you better if you learn to take care of it.Every time I go to my nephews’ soccer games and see all the parents with their cameras on “green mode”, or attend a sporting event and see spectators using their flash from a quarter mile away, it makes me grit my teeth.  It’s all I can do to stop from walking up to them and fixing their camera for them.

13 Things Your Camera Wishes You Knew

This morning, I got to thinking.  If it is painful for ME to see these cameras being mistreated, imagine how the camera feels!  Canons have feelings too, ya know?  (Nikons happen to have more, but let’s not get into that).

The readers of this site tend to be a bit more knowledgeable about photography than your average shutter snapper, so I wrote this one with the more advanced photographer in mind. [Read more...]

The Wing Is A Clever No-Rails Slider

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Just when you thought that Slider+ was as awesome as it can get with regards to sliders, comes the Wing.

The wind is a slider, that does not actually look like a slider, it looks more like an articulated robotic arm. The smooth sliding motion is not achieved via moving on rails like traditional slider, but rather via a set of gears that keep the “palm” of the robot leveled while the joint moves up and down. [Read more...]