Many of us have our little rituals and must-haves we must buy when we get a new camera. For me, it’s usually some form a cage these days that I can bolt all my other doohickies to, but for Justin “Dunna” McDonough, it’s the humble L bracket. After recently picking up the new Sony A6600, he put together this little video to explain why.
Back in August 2019, Venus Optics launched Laowa 4mm f/2.8 fisheye lens, priced at only $199. It was originally created for MFT mount only, but Venus Optics will soon give you more options. The Laowa 4mm f/2.8 fisheye lens is coming soon in three new mounts: Sony E, Fuji X, and Canon EF-M.
Way back in 2016 at Photokina we saw one of the craziest looking drones we’ve ever seen. It looked like a giant egg – hence the name PowerEgg. Created by PowerVision, it offered a very unique design, but it didn’t seem to really take off (pun unintended). It looked like a great performer, but it was beaten out on convenience by the then-tiny Mavic Pro.
Now, PowerVision is back, with the PowerEggX. It’s a follow-up to the original, and comes in two different models. There’s the Explorer and the Wizard, with the latter designed to film in the rain, thanks to a waterproof housing, and with the included floats, you can even take off from or land the drone on water. Both shoot 4K 60fps video with a 3-axis gimbal, with a heavy emphasis on AI tracking.
Well, this one’s come just in time for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, huh? While Canon seems to be dumping EF, Nikon isn’t abandoning the F mount.
Nikon has now announced their new AF-S 120-300mm f/2.8E FL ED SR VR lens, costing a whopping $9,496.95. It looks like an absolute monster of a lens, but ideally suited to shooting the kinds of sports they’re going to be having in Tokyo this year, as well as all the usual sporting events.
Techart seems to be driven by letting photographers put as many different types of lenses on their cameras as possible, and right now they’re focusing on Z mount. After releasing the Sony E lens to Nikon Z mount adapter a few months ago, they’ve taken aim towards the Canon EF lenses, and have just announced their new TZC-01 adapter, which allows you to mount those Canon EF lenses onto the Nikon Z cameras.
LED flash has had a bit of a bumpy start the last couple of years. A number of products have come out, but they’ve not been very good. At IBC in September, Godox showed off their new FV150 LED light which features a built-in LED flash function. Rob Hall has had his hands on one and while this isn’t really a review, it’s an interesting discussion on the topic of LED flash and how they compare to more traditional strobes or speedlights.
Insta360 has released a teaser for its upcoming camera. And even though we still don’t know much, the company reveals that the camera blends “an action cam, a 360 camera, a ‘1-inch cam’ and a drone.” So, in the teaser video, Insta360 relies on a word game and literally blends these four gadgets into the most expensive smoothie you’ve ever seen.
Speaking to a camera is rarely an easy thing. Even for seasoned professionals, it can take several takes to get all the words out without screwing something up. Most YouTubers understand this problem intimately. But there is an easy tool to help you stop flubbing your lines, shoot in fewer takes and ultimately take less time to shoot your videos.
In this behind the scenes look at how he shoots his videos, YouTuber Manny Ortiz walks us through the gear he uses to create his videos, including his favourite tool to stop him messing up his lines, the Parrot Teleprompter 2.