Filters are magic, and I am not talking about those buttons that punch on Instaram, I am talking real glass circles that you mount on top of a lens. The folks at zippi, came up with a fun cheat sheet that explains what each one does and when is the best time to use it. See the full stack after the jump.
Just one month after announcing the entry-level HERO+ LCD, the undisputed king of action cameras has just announced another new model. This one sports an entirely new, and drastically smaller, design.
The Session looks like a lens block that was cut out of a regular GoPro making it 50% smaller.
Including its integrated waterproof housing the camera weighs just 74 grams, which is approximately half the weight of its bigger brothers in their own underwater housings.
Of course the huge cut in size and weight come at a cost; both feature and money wise.
More specs and photos have leaked and the official release seems imminent. Adding on to the previously reported specs, we now know the weight, price and minimum focusing distance for Nikon’s beasty lenses.
The good news is that both lens enjoy a 20-25% decrease in weight and can now focus 10% closer.
The bad news is that you will pay an extra 15-20% for the pleasure of owning one of these lenses.
If you are using hotshoe strobe, you are probably familiar with the Rosco Swatchbook. At roughly 7 US Dollars this wonderful swatch book let you gel your strobe to any possible color. If you are lucky, you can get one from your local cine or photography store, but even if not, it is still a good purchase. (Way, way back, giving it away for free almost collapsed Rosco samples plan when thousands of photographers asked for a free sample. They solved this huge demand with the Strobist Gel Pack, which got an update about a year ago).
Finally, after being envious of the Japanese market for several months, what is perhaps one of the best innovations in mobile phone photography has arrived in the US.
The Olympus Air is a powerful, interchangeable-lens camera that is controlled by your smartphone. It is a standalone camera that should not be confused with simple adapters for your smartphone’s existing camera. The Air itself, which just looks like an extension of the lens, boasts “SLR quality” images from its 16MP sensor and is compatible with all micro 4/3 lenses.
Making sure there’s something for those on tighter budgets as well, there are also specs for a 16-80mm f/2.8-4 DX lens. It is said to be replacing the 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6, but with all its fancy new features I doubt the price will be anywhere near its predecessor.
When the Nikon COOLPIX P900 was released earlier this year, it brought with is a number of convenient and exciting features, including built-in WiFi, GPS…and a lens the equivalent of 24-2000mm. No, that is not a typo. The 83x optical zoom lens can really reach out and touch.
YouTube user Naturbeobachtungen von Lothar Lenz decided to put the lens to the test and shoot for the moon. Literally. (Kinda.)
The Canon 35mm f/1.4L expected to be replaced in the near future, and after previous reports claimed the Mark II was being tested in the field by a select group of photographers, we’re now hearing that the lens is ‘done’.
A release date is unknown at the moment and is said to be dependent on the production rate of existing lenses, but will it not be too late?
The Sony a7S is well known for the quality of its groundbreaking high-ISO video, with an endless amount of test videos posted online.
Back in September of last year one video rose above the rest when Carbon Studios released a short film lit entirely by moonlight, aptly named ‘Moonlight’.
Blown away by the video, a director by the name of Sam Shapson said he “felt compelled to apply what they’d accomplished to narrative”, and the result is the first narrative film ever to be exclusively lit by moonlight. Of course this film was also recorded with the a7S.
Unlike ‘Moonlight’, however, which was mostly recorded using ISO 12,800 and just two scenes used settings of up to 32,000, ‘Refuge’ was shot at ISO 51,200.
The resulting video is, unsurprisingly, far from perfect, but the camera’s low light capabilities are absolutely incredible.