Litepanels has announced their new Gemini 1×1 Hard RGBWW LED panel. Litepanels says it’s “the brightest and most accurate 1×1 light ever”, which is a pretty bold claim, but boasting a bright 3,000 lux at 3 metres (10ft) with a 46° beam angle there might be something to it. It has 0.1-100% flicker-free dimming at any frame rate or shutter angle, wired or wireless DMX and Bluetooth remote control and can be powered by either 100-240VAC or a DC input from 13-33 volts.
There are undoubtedly differences in posing when photographing male subjects vs female subjects. Both can be tricky, but guys tend to be particularly difficult to photograph for many photographers. Most male subjects don’t have that innate grace that tells them how to hold themselves to look good for the camera.
In this video, COOPH brings us seven tips and techniques for photographing male subjects and how we can deal with some of the awkwardness that often arises when photographing men.
Tamron has today announced their new 150-500mm f/5-6.7 Di III VC VXD lens for full-frame Sony E mount mirrorless cameras. This is the company’s first ultra-telephoto zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras that reaches a 500mm focal length.
As the name suggests, it features Tamron’s Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive (VXD) linear motor for “excellent quietness and agile performance” as well as Tamron’s Vibration Compensation (VC) for “high-level image stabilisation” when shooting handheld.
It’s been a sad tale over the last few years for Photokina. After their last great show in 2016, it was announced in 2017 that Photokina would be shrinking in size and duration and shifting over to an annual schedule from 2018 and a new month from 2019. Well, they still had their show in 2018, but then 2019’s show didn’t happen, and neither did 2020’s (for obvious reasons), ultimately resulting in Photokina calling it quits and deciding to end the show for good.
Now it seems that there’s a newcomer to Europe’s photography show circuit, also taking place in Germany, in the form of Phototopia. Unlike Photokina, which was in Cologne, this new show is happening in Hamburg, according to their website, and the first event is planned for September 23-26th, 2021.
Making things work in a way they’re not supposed to (or at least, a way they’re not designed to) is always fascinating to me. And this one is particularly ingenious. Payload delivery systems are widely available for drones, although they typically require separate radio transmission systems. That’s a pain on a tiny drone like the DJI Mini 2.
You wouldn’t think the Mini 2 could handle carrying much extra weight, but it’s thrust to weight ratio makes it pretty strong. Everett Bradford, realised that with a little modification and tinkering, he could take advantage of the Mini 2’s remotely controlled multicoloured LEDs to tie a payload delivery system directly into DJI’s own software natively. Sort of.
Sony’s been teasing us with their new Airpeak drone system for almost six months now. Initially announced in November, Airpeak is designed specifically as an aerial platform for creators. These aren’t the hobby drones we might be used to, as Sony demonstrated in January of this year with the first full view of the drone with a Sony mirrorless camera mounted below.
Now, they’ve released a new teaser video showing some of the testing that they’re putting the drone through. In this case, that means flying it in a wind tunnel and ramping up the breeze to see how well it handles. And, well, it’s mighty impressive, showing some pretty stable holding power even in 43.62mph (19.5m/s) winds.
Normally I don’t pay much attention from leaks from OsitaLV because he seems to be wrong at least as much as he’s right. But this one is too interesting to ignore. In a recent tweet, OsitaLV showed off what he claims to be “The future of OSMO”, with a series of images that appear to be a more professional looking DJI video camera.
It’s a very interesting and definitely unique design that has a built-in gimbal. Which is a smart move, when you think about it. Why stabilise the whole system if you only really need to stabilise the lens and sensor? There are no specs or details about the system yet, and I suspect it might have issues with longer lenses, but it’s a very intriguing concept.
Sometimes, you need to stick a big heavy load on your tripod. Perhaps you’re out shooting sports or wildlife with that big 500mm f/4 lens, or maybe you just want to be really sure that it can handle pretty much anything you might ever want to throw on it. Well, Gitzo has responded to this need with their new Ball Head Series 4, capable of handling payloads up to a whopping 30kg.
Designed primarily to work with Gitzo’s Systematic Series 3, 4 and 5 tripods, and despite its hefty load capacity, Gitzo’s new heavy-duty ball head weighs in at just 0.9kg and takes a standard Arca Swiss compatible tripod plate. It offers friction control for precise movement and operates in extreme conditions as low as -30°C or as high as 70°C.
Iceland’s Fagradalsfjall volcano erupted on March 19th following a flurry of earthquakes that split the ground open. But unlike most volcanoes, this one has provided something of a viewing platform due to the surrounding geography. Filmmaker Donal Boyd lives in Iceland and along with fellow filmmaker Frank Nieuwenhuis, he created the short film above – Volcano For the People.
It’s an absolutely fascinating look at a very unique volcano that allows people to get much closer to it (safely) than just any other eruption in living memory. It’s such a unique event that it’s attracted thousands of people per day since it first erupted who want to come and see it for themselves with their own eyes. And those people became the focus of Boyd’s film.
Sony has now officially announced its hotly anticipated ultra-wide, large aperture 14mm f/1.8 G Master lens. This compact little lump of plastic, glass and electronics weighs a mere 460g and measures only 83mm x 99.8mm. Sony says it “sets the standard for 14mm primes, by delivering extraordinary corner-to-corner resolution”.
They also boast its autofocus capabilities and a compact design “that has never before been realized in this focal length”. Sony does like to be dramatic, huh? Well, it seems they may have a right to in this case. On paper, the Sony 14mm f/1.8 GM is an impressive looking lens.