The prices of pretty much everything have skyrocketed over the past few months, at least here in Europe. So, it’s no surprise that electronics are about to get a price increase as well. This time, it’s Leica – and it’s the company’s third price increase over the last year.
According to some reports, the famous camera company is about to increase prices by up to $400. While this price increase applies to Europe, it’s expected that Leica will adjust the prices in other parts of the world, too.
Teleconverters have been a part of photography for decades. They’re a great way to effectively double the number of lenses you own by effectively turning each lens you own into two lenses. The native lens and one at double that focal length (or focal length range, in the case of zooms). But are they really worth it? And can you tell the difference between images shot with a teleconverter vs simply cropping the image?
In this video, Kevin Raposo analysed over 3,000 photos using a blur detection algorithm to see if there’s really any technical or visual difference in sharpness between cropping or using a teleconverter. And according to his tests, no, there really isn’t. Well, at least, not under all circumstances. In fact, the teleconverter shots actually proved to be a little sharper in some conditions.
The Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) has announced the winners of the 2022 TIPA World Awards. Just like every year, there are plenty of cameras and lenses awarded, covering a wide range of categories. But there are also imaging software, video, lighting, monitors, camera phones, and inkjet papers and printers. In a word, everything that makes up the photo industry and that you need in life as a professional or amateur photographer.
As I mentioned in the title, mirrorless cameras have shown absolute dominance in their category this year. So, let’s see what are the best cameras according to TIPA, and of course, we’ll go through other gear as well.
For quite a long time if you wanted a drawing tablet, Wacom was pretty much the only show in town. I’ve owned an Intuos Pro for several years now, and at first, I was thrilled with it. However, driver issues and constant lack of connectivity made me fall out of love very quickly.
These days there are a lot more choices of brands and types of tablets. Do you want one with a screen that you draw on directly? Do you want to use an Ipad? Or do you want something pretty simple that just does what it’s meant to do? The Xencelabs medium tablet and pen have been tipped as a direct, yet more affordable rival to the Wacom Intuos Pro. I was keen to find out if this was true, and whether it could actually be better.
This was a curious video to see pop up on my feed last night from Mike Smith. In it, he talks about the marketing hype surrounding most new camera releases and what the camera companies aren’t telling you – basically, that the gear you already own is probably already more than good enough or at least 90% of you. And, well, I think he’s right. I’ve thought it for a while.
Every time a new camera is announced, there’s a massive marketing campaign, with countless YouTubers and yes, websites like this one extolling its virtues and talking about how awesome this or that new feature is (or potentially is). But the truth is, you have to consider context and you can’t rely on just one source of information for whether or not you should buy that shiny new piece of kit.
Camera gear, whether it’s for photography or filmmaking can be quite the pain to store, especially if it’s your career and you’re constantly adding new gear to your kit. And I’m not talking about buying more gear for the sake of buying more gear, I mean you actually need all this stuff to offer more services and a better quality of service to your clients. It’s just the nature of the beast when you work in a creative industry that requires a camera.
The folks at Syrp Lab faced this issue, with gear strewn around all over the place (a common problem for many of us) and the boss instructed his team to tidy up the gear room and make it more efficient. While this setup might be a little overkill for some of us, it offers some great tips and advice on how we might be able to better store some of our own kit.
It looks like Leica cameras are seeing another price increase. After already raising the prices earlier this year, some Leica gear has now become even more expensive.
For filmmaking and photography there are a lot of expensive pieces of kit out there that we either need to do our jobs or will make our lives easier and save us time in our workflow. But there are also a lot of very inexpensive items out there, too, which can make our quality of life much easier when shooting and working. There are also a bunch of cheap alternatives to expensive gear, too, if you get a little creative.
In this video, Caleb Pike at DSLR Video Shooter walks us through 20 of his favourite filmmaking accessories that each cost less than $20. It includes a variety of tools covering lighting, grip, power and various other aspects. Some of these are things that Caleb’s been using in his workflow for over a decade and still prove useful.
When I first watched this video, I thought “well, I’ve got like five of those things on his list and I find them quite useful”. And you’ll probably feel the same way. But you have to remember who this video from Raphael Ludwig is aimed towards. Mostly beginners.
Every time a new piece of gear is announced, there’s a lot of hype and people new to photography and filmmaking get sucked in by it. Every new filmmaker thinks they have to have a gimbal, a motorised slider, a drone and a bunch of other stuff simply because they don’t know any better. And, well, the video’s right. Most of the time they don’t need it.