GoPro cameras are best known for shooting action videos, but they can be surprisingly good for taking still photos as well. The trick is to work with their quirks and limitations, rather than fighting against them. It is obvious that results will be quite different from images taken from smartphones or cameras, but that´s the hidden beauty.
It seems that retro-looking music videos and even short clips on Instagram have been all the rage lately. Sure, you can add a filter to make them look as if they were taken with a VHS camcorder, but as Caleb Pike puts it: “we ALL know it’s not really the same thing.” If you want the real deal, you can still shoot with a 1980s camcorder in 2020. In this video, Caleb will show you how to do it. He will even show you how to pimp it to add a few modern features while keeping the vintage feel in the footage itself.
After some leaked images and specs, Canon’s 600mm and 800 mm f/11 lenses are now officially up for preorders. All specs and photos are now available, and so is the price: the lenses cost $699 and $899. They have been released along with two new teleconverters which give you even longer focal lengths. So let’s dive in and see what the new gear has to offer.
After successfully launching a 50mm f/1.8 1.33x anamorphic lens, Sirui is back with another treat for filmmakers. The Sirui 35mm f/1.8 1.33x anamorphic is another lens from the company that’s just been announced. Like its 50mm companion, it’s pretty affordable with the $599 price – but it’s only for a limited time.
Sony has today officially unveiled its new 12-24mm f/2.8 G Master lens, and it’s not quite as expensive as originally thought. Yes, it will be $4,000, but only if you’re in Canada. For folks in the USA, it will be $3,000. That’s better than expected but still significantly more than the $1,400 Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art. But this is the world’s widest f/2.8 constant aperture full-frame zoom.
While Sony does also have a 12-24mm f/4 G lens, the new lens offers that wide 12mm focal length with a stop more light and a slightly shallower depth of field. And it has a mere 28cm minimum focus distance to help you make the most of it – when you’re not shooting landscapes. Nateinthewild has had the chance to take one out for a spin.
It’s been a minute since we heard about Pixii, huh? It’s been right around 18 months, actually, but now the Leica M mount rangefinder that sounds suspiciously like the Leica M10-D (but without a memory card) has finally given us an update. It’s now for sale with either 4GB or 8GB internal memory, and it starts at around $3,000.
It features an 11.1-megapixel APS-C electronic global shutter CMOS sensor and yes, 4GB and even 8GB don’t sound like a lot of storage, but the whole point of this thing is not to store pictures on your camera but to send them straight to your phone where you can edit and share them instantly. And at 11.1-megapixels, how quickly are you even going to fill 4GB, really?
When Smartta announced the original SliderMini camera slider in 2018, we were all quite excited. It was launched on Indiegogo and for what they were selling for, it offered some fantastic features. We eventually got our hands on one and you can read our review of the original here. It’s a product I still receive questions about on social media and still use regularly.
Well, Smartta has announced the SliderMini 2, which offers some significant upgrades over the original, including a more powerful motor for vertical slides, up to 52 hours of battery life and a new “curve” mode which lets you tweak the speed profiles of your slides, timelapses and stop motion. And this time, it’s just straight up for pre-order. No crowd funding.
Fujifilm has just expanded its line-up of medium format lenses. The Fujinon GF 30mm f/3.5 R WR is a wide-angle prime designed for the G-mount GFX medium format camera system, and it’s a pretty compact and versatile lens.