Well, this is one all the Z mount shooters have been waiting for. Nikon has now finally announced the Nikon Nikkor Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S for Nikon Z mount mirrorless cameras. And, surprisingly, it’s $200 cheaper than the F mount version for Nikon DSLRs.
Action cameras seem to come out with alarming regularity, and more players are jumping into the field every year. But there’s been very little real innovation in action cameras beyond improving on what already exists. Insta360, though has taken a very different approach with their entry into the world of action cameras.
Announced today, the Insta360 ONE R sees Insta360 team up with Leica to develop a modular action camera that offers three different ways to shoot. A dual-lens “Super 5.7K” 360° module, a 4K wide-angle module, and a 1″ 5.3K wide-angle module developed in partnership with Leica. And there’s even an Aerial Edition which lets you mount it to a drone.
It’s the first day of CES 2020 so there are a few new gear announcements today. This time it’s Canon’s turn, with the official announcement and complete specs for the new Canon 1DX Mark III DSLR. The rumours have been coming thick and fast on this one ever since the development announcement in October. A spec sheet was leaked a few days ago, and today we discover if it was accurate.
It’s been a long time coming, but the Nikon D750 has finally been replaced. Nikon has today announced the new Nikon D780 DSLR. It offers a very slightly higher resolution 24.5-megapixel sensor, and 4K video at 30-fps with N-Log and 10-Bit output over HDMI. It also sees significantly improved high ISO performance capping out at ISO 51200 over its predecessor’s 12800.
It’s a nice refresh from its predecessor, with the full speed 1/8000th of a second fastest shutter speed, fixing one of the biggest complaints of the D750. It also gains Eye AF when shooting with live view enabled for a more mirrorless-like experience. Liveview also provides silent shooting at up to 12 frames per second.
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.
AA batteries are becoming less common amongst photographers as they once were as more flash systems switch to lithium-ion power solutions, but they haven’t disappeared altogether. Many devices do still require them, though, and so photographers and filmmakers still use them.
Some photographers opt for something like regular Duracell Alkalines because they’re just less hassle, but a lot go for rechargeables. How good are rechargeables over the long term, though? YouTube channel Project Farm has been abusing a bunch of different brands of AA battery over the last year, and now they’re taking a look to see which ones have withstood the test of time.