Twenty years ago, Nikon released a very special camera; The Nikon F3H (“H” for “High Speed”). Designed specifically for super fast burst shooting, it keeps up well with many of today’s modern DSLRs.
Amongst the fanfare of abilities like 10fps shooting, and ISO performance never before seen in a crop body, one little mentioned feature of both the Nikon D500 and D5 is the Automatic AF Fine Tune feature.
Stalking garage sales, flea markets and estate auctions looking for long forgotten rolls of film seems to have become a very popular hobby in the past few years. It brought us the work of Vivian Maier, led to the discovery of previously unknown Ansel Adams glass plates, and showed us some amazing photographs shot during World War II.
Most recently, thanks to photographers Matthew Salacuse, Henry Leutwyler and Stephane Sednaoui, lost negatives from a shoot with a young Leonardo DiCaprio were returned to very grateful filmmaker Alexi Tan after going missing for over five years.
Today marks the 90th birthday of Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and to record the occasion, celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz was chosen to create portraits of the Queen and her family.
While Annie is no stranger to photographing The Queen, their last professional interaction didn’t seem to go too well at all, and given their attitude towards some photographers, even if they might deserve it, it seems slightly surprising that Annie would be invited back for such a major event.
As visual creators, if and when we begin on that journey from stills to motion, one of the first things we learn is the power of a moving camera. Once confined to the likes of big production companies, camera dollies and tracks have now become an almost essential piece of kit for many filmmakers and timelapse shooters.
Rollocam have now entered into this market with The Hercules, a pocket sized, but pretty powerful motorised camera dolly system for both video and motion controlled timelapse sequences.
In anticipation of their impending release, Nikon have now released the other half of this equation in the form of an Android app, with an iOS version expected to arrive during the summer.
Strip lights have become quite popular over the last couple of years, and we’ve seen numerous options released compatible with both speedlights, as well for continuous light.
The StrobiStrip from Strobius presents something unique, not seen in these types of light modifiers before. As well as being extremely thin, and usable with pretty much every speedlight ever made, the StrobiStrip is also collapsible, with the StrobiStrip 50 breaking down into a small pouch not much bigger than your average 105mm lens.
Russian manufacturer KMZ has a long history in the photographic world, having produced cameras, lenses and enlargers under the Zenit brand since 1952.
Having been relatively quiet for a number of years, they’re now making a big comeback with the announcement of three very interesting new manual focus lenses; 85mm f/1.2, 50mm f/1.2 and 50mm f/0.95.
Well, this sure is a surprise announcement, at least for me. Blackmagic Design have today announced their 3G-SDI Arduino Shield, allowing you to control your Blackmagic cameras from your own Arduino based DIY projects.
For those who’ve never come across the Arduino before, see here, here, here, here and here. I’ll wait, but there’s plenty more about it here on DIYP if you require some further reading. Basically, they’re a bit like a Raspberry Pi, but simpler and geared more towards hardware connectivity and rapid prototyping, than software development.
Atomos have announced at NAB2016 that they are allowing owners of Atomos recorders to update their firmware to all of their devices except the Ninja 2, giving everybody the ability to record HDR video absolutely free.
Now, I know what you’re thinking. HDR. It’s usually pretty hideous, overdone, ugly, etc., but when it comes to video, the look and purpose of HDR isn’t what we typically see in the world of stills photography.