This is something that I really wish more manufacturers would do. Pentax has released Software Development Kits (SDKs) for their range of DSLRs allowing programmers write apps to communicate with them for the desktop, iOS and Android devices. This would allow anybody to be able to make software to talk with Pentax DSLRs, and without any kind of hacks or reverse engineering.
It seems that Canon is looking to refresh their 70-200mm lenses of both f/2.8 and f/4 flavours. Canon Rumors says they can “100% confirm” that one of the new lenses will be the EF 70-200mm f/4L IS II. And they’re 95% sure that a second lens will also be on the way, the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III. They say that the clues all point to this being the lens, but that they’ve not seen the name in writing.
Under the pre-dawn skies of Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on May 5th, 2018, NASA launched InSight. Destined for Mars, InSight launched on the back of an Atlas V-401 rocket, one of the biggest rockets available for interplanetary flight. It’s the first mission to leave Vandenberg Air Force Base that is destined for another planet and it gave Tested’s Norman Chan an opportunity to document it.
The video goes over Norman’s process for shooting the event. And he wasn’t entirely sure what gear he’d used to photograph the launch, so he took a variety of kit to the launch, to make the decision on-site. Ultimately he chose a Canon 5D Mark IV, Sigma 50mm lens, Manfrotto 290 tripod, MIOPS trigger, sandbags and trash bags.[Read More…]
Camera monitors seem to be popping up a lot for me lately. Perhaps it’s just that I’ve been thinking about getting a couple lately. Or it could be the increase in photographers adding video to their repertoire that’s causing them to simply be more popular. Regardless, there are a few names that keep popping up. Aputure, Atomos, and SmallHD amongst them.
Today, I noticed that B&H are running a huge sale on the SmallHD 702 Bright on-camera monitor. It’s a 7″ 1080p display, with 1000 nits brightness, LUT support, HDMI passthrough, waveform, vectorscope, false colour, focus peaking and a whole bunch of other features. And it’s currently seeing a $700 discount. But if you want one, you’ll need to make a decision quick. The sale ends in just 15 hours.
Regardless of whether you call them lav, lavalier or lapel mics, they are wonderful things. Often used for interviews, spoken pieces to camera, and for when you can’t get a shotgun boomed overhead. What makes them great is that they can be so easily hidden from the camera’s view. You can hide them in clothes, under hair, on set pieces, and all kinds of places to keep them off camera but pick up quality audio.
This video from Creative North shares a handful of great tips on how to do exactly that. Mount and hide them to create great quality audio. It also covers some of the things you can do to cut down noise as your subject moves around – which can be a big problem for beginners to lav mics.
Well, this is quite the interesting turn of events. Nikon seems to have been struggling the last few years since Sony’s mirrorless domination began. Their latest annual financial report, however, paints a different story. Although overall income was down 4.3%, it shows a whopping 776% increase in profits over the previous 12 month period.
The hähnel Modus 600RT speedlight for Canon, Nikon, Sony and Fuji has proven to be fairly popular. Not quite as popular as Godox, perhaps, but popular enough that hähnel have seen fit to release one for Olympus and Panasonic Micro Four Thirds systems, too.
As is the trend these days, the Modus 600RT is a lithium-ion battery powered flash. And as such, it boasts longer life and faster recycle times than traditional AA powered speedlights. It supports TTL, High Speed Sync, repeat flash and full manual control. But is it worth $250?
Timelapses have become so common now that they’re almost cliché. Like every other type of photography or filmmaking, they’ve gotten to the point where creating something, anything is quite easy. But making ones that really stand out is the challenge. Hyperlapse is like Timelapse on steroids. Not only are you speeding up time, but you’re moving your camera through space, too.
Doing them well is even more difficult to pull off than a great timelapse. But they’re not that difficult to get started with. In this video, professional hyperlapse photographer (yes, that’s a real thing!) Matthew Vandeputte shows us the easy way to shoot hyperlapses. Handheld without any kind of tripod, gimbal or any other support system.
With more DSLR and mirrorless owners turning to video, the topic of camera monitors comes up fairly frequently. As a result, there’s a lot of choice out there now when it comes to camera monitors. They come with a whole host of different features, too. Some of those features are more beneficial to certain types of filmmaker while they may be overkill for others.
But which is the best? In this video, Caleb Pike at DSLR Video Shooter takes a look at four popular 5″ monitors ranging from $179 to $499 to see how they stack up against each other.
It was only February when it was announced that Fujifilm would be acquiring American-owned Xerox in a $6.1 billion deal. It seems that now, though, that deal is not going to happen, thanks to a couple of “activist investors”, reports the BBC. Carl Icahn and Darwin Deason own, between them, 15% of Xerox and had opposed the deal. They say it undervalued the company and trouble has been brewing ever since/
Six Xerox board members and CEO, Jeff Jacobson agreed to step down in a settlement deal reached just a couple of weeks ago. This caused a 3% drop in Xerox shares, following a court decision to temporarily halt the deal. Now, the BBC report that Xerox has officially ended the sale.