With all the talk of potential 8K Sony cameras recently, there have been a lot of cries of “Overkill!”, “Way too much”, “We’ll never need that!”. On the other hand, Japanese broadcaster NHK just launched the world’s first 8K TV channel. And it kicked off with Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey.
Although the Canon EOS R has received some criticism since its initial announcement, especially from the “Pro” users, Japan’s not listening. They’re going to buy it anyway. And they’re going go buy it to the tune of 22% full-frame mirrorless market share in only a month.
This instant boom in sales, combined with the Nikon Z7 release has seen Sony’s market share drop from 99.5% in July down to 67% as of October. BCN Retail has released their latest full-frame mirrorless sales report, including a breakdown of full-frame mirrorless sales between April and October 2018.
Japan’s space agency (JAXA) recently successfully landed its MINERVA-II rovers on the surface of an asteroid. After sending the first photos back to Earth, now there’s also a video that shows the rocky surface of the asteroid Ryugu. It’s a short, but awe-inspiring clip that will spark your imagination.
Japan’s space agency (JAXA) has successfully landed its MINERVA-II1 rovers on the surface of an asteroid. And now, the first photos have been sent back to Earth. They let us take a peek at the surface of an asteroid and at its surroundings, and it’s something really awe-inspiring to see.
There is little doubt that mirrorless is the big thing currently happening in photography. Even Nikon and Canon are finally starting to seriously (we hope) make the switch. One of the main names in mirrorless, Fujifilm, seems to be struggling to cope with the demand. So, they’re expanding their Taiwa factory in Japan to increase production.
I don’t know about you, but I find factory tours fascinating, especially when so much equipment is still being assembled by hand. Sure, the individual components manufacture may be automated, but to see them all come together to create the final by hand product is a wonderful sight. It’s also interesting to see how each company differs in their approach & working environment, too.
I used to think all this stuff was 99% automated until I started seeing tours of factories like Leica and Sony. This time we get to look inside Fujifilm’s Japanese Sendai factory, thanks to the folks at Cinema5D. The Sendai factory is where they make Fujinon MK lenses, the Fujifilm X-T2, Fujifilm GFX and a few other cool toys.
I’m not a really massive planes or military person, but I was a kid once. And as a kid I used to build a lot of Airfix kits. My parents used to feed me an endless supply, so I figured why not? It was fun, and my folks were happy because it kept me quiet. One plane I built several of, and was my favourite at the time, was the McDonnell Douglas F-15 Eagle.
First brought into service in 1976, it’s just a beautiful plane. Even those plastic model kits just had something special about them over the other aircraft I was building back then. I’ve never seen them look as good as they do in video from Vimeo use 1-300, though. The planes in this video are the Hiko Kyodotai, the Japanese Air Self Defense Force’s Agressor Squadron.
The advances in drone automation over the last few years have opened up all sorts of doors. Pre-planned flight paths, GPS locks, and waypoints offer the closest thing to aerial motion control we’ve seen. We can run near identical flights over and over. It’s provided a host of new opportunities for filmmakers. Especially those who want to show the passage of time.
This isn’t a timelapse in the traditional sense. That is to say, it’s not simply showing the time sped up. It’s a blending from one time to another. This short from Bristol, England based drone filmmaker Jack Johnston highlights the technique perfectly. Filmed as part of a sequence for the BBC’s Springwatch Special, it shows cherry blossom trees in Japan bursting into colour.
The very thought of Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster can bring tears to your eyes. It’s been more than six years since this event, and consequences still remain visible.
Many photographers have tried to explore this place and document the aftermath of the terrible accident. Very few of them have succeeded, and one of them is Rebecca Lilith Bathory. She managed to get the necessary licenses, and she was granted access to the site of one of the worst nuclear disasters in history. In her series of images and a recently published book, she tells the moving story of Fukushima, where time stopped on March 11, 2011.
The atomic bombs dropped on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6th & 9th in 1945 remain the only use of nuclear weapons for warfare in mankind’s history. Six days later, Japan announced its surrender to the allies, effectively ending World War II. This event has seen much debate over the years, and likely will continue to do so throughout the future.
One of the people involved with the bombings was 2nd Lt. aircraft navigator Russel Gackenbach. Now 93, he flew into the heart of Japan on August 6th, as “Little Boy“, the 9,700lb (4,400kg) uranium-235 atomic bomb was dropped onto Hiroshima. While chaos ensued all around, Gackenbach managed to fire off some photographs of the detonation on his personal camera, which he’d taken on the flight with him.