New company, Xencelabs (pronounced “sense labs”) has launched with a new product that has a somewhat unique twist on the world of traditional graphics tablets. Gone is the array of buttons found on most tablets today – those have been moved over to a second (optional) device with a big dial and built-in OLED display. It also comes with two completely separate, differently sized pens, which offer 8,192 levels of pressure sensitivity, tilt recognition and what they claim to be virtually zero lag.
Pentax has just announced three new lenses for its K-mount cameras. 77mm f/1.8, 31mm f/1.8, and 43mm f/1.9 are now available for preorders, they’re fast and pretty compact, so let’s jump straight in and see what they have to offer.
In a photography forum, I’ve recently come across an interesting comment made by a participant.
You should only upgrade your camera only if it’s limiting you, not just because you have the money to.
Rode has announced a follow up to their popular Rode Wireless GO microphone system. Not surprisingly, it’s called the Rode Wireless GO II and it offers a number of significant improvements over the original, including over 24 hours of on-board recording, improved range and a new USB audio interface that lets you plug it into computers, tablets and smartphones
It comes in the same pocket-sized form factor but comes with an extra transmitter in the pack, as the new Wireless GO II supports dual channels for transmitting a pair of microphones to a single receiver. Very handy for interviews, or any situation where you need two people to be able to speak in front of the camera at the same time.
Sony has now officially announced the new full-frame Sony FX3 cinema camera. As expected, it’s pretty much an A7S III in a new body, but there are some notable differences, geared towards dedicated video creators and filmmakers rather than hybrid shooters. It loses the EVF but gains a (removable) top handle to improve its audio options.
With most drones that have built-in cameras with stabilisation, we typically see fully motorised 3-axis gimbals that can compensate for just about any movement of the gimbal and keep the camera locked onto the subject. For those that don’t have built-in cameras and gimbals, most people typically attach something like an Insta360 ONE R, GoPro or DJI Osmo Action and rely on electronic image stabilisation and horizon levelling.
But horizon levelling has one big issue. It has to zoom in and crop when it’s off-axis. Can a single-axis gimbal solve this issue and always allow your camera to see the full, wide field of view of which it’s capable? According to Nurk FPV, yes, it absolutely can. And in this video, he shows us why with the Quark single-axis gimbal.
Benro has launched Polaris, a quite remarkable tripod head. It’s electronic and smart, allowing you to shoot timelapse, track stars, focus stack, and much, much more. It seems so awesome that the backers have already pledged nearly $2 million, and the campaign isn’t even over yet. So, let’s see what’s so special about this revolutionary product.
One of the great things about photography is the wide range of available equipment. Particularly with lenses. But this can also leave people wondering what might be right for them, particularly as they can often overlap in many ways.
To help, we take a closer at three lenses that can all shoot at 105mm: a fast prime, macro, and a zoom.
Venus Optics keeps expanding its family of lenses. A week after launching the L-mount version of its four lenses, the company is adding Canon RF and Nikon Z option to two more. The 65mm f/2.8 2x Ultra Macro APO is now available for Nikon Z, whereas Canon R shooters will be able to get the 11mm f/4.5 FF RL lens.