It’s not often that you get your hands on a Hasselblad, so when we received the Hasselblad X1D II 50C in the office, to say we were excited would be an understatement. According to Hasselblad, the medium format camera is described as compact, powerful, and enhanced, and we can attest to it.
On October 14, 2023, the moon will pass in front of the sun, and an annular eclipse will be visible over much of the United States and Central and South America (learn more here). Unlike a total solar eclipse, the moon will not completely block the sun and make day appear like night. It will, however, make the sun appear like a thin ring of fire and has opportunities to be equally exciting to photograph.
The difference between an annular and a total eclipse is that the moon’s orbit varies slightly in its distance from Earth. If an eclipse occurs when the moon is at a farther point during its orbit, it will appear slightly smaller and not large enough to cover the sun completely.
When it comes to teardowns, there are two names that spring to mind. One is Roger Cicala at LensRentals, and the other is the team at Kolari Vision. If you’ve not heard of Kolari before, they’re filter manufacturers specialising in the unusual.
Their work often involves teardowns, as they place filters directly onto the sensors of some cameras. We’ve featured Kolari’s written teardowns on DIYP in the past, but now Kolari’s gone video. And it’s time for the Panasonic S5 IIX Teardown (buy here).
April’s 1st (aka April’s fools) is upon us, and it is important to remember that you should be specific of anything funny, suspicious, or generally too weird to be true. It’s also worth remembering that We are now living in a global world, and while your date may be March 31st, in other places, it can already be April 1st (hello, Australia). Likewise, While your clock may already say April 2nd, in some parts of the world, it’s still April 1st. So Take anything you hear today with a grain of salt.
Now, without further ado, here are the best photographers April’s fools pranks readers and brands sent us. If we missed any post-worthy jokes, let us know in the comments.
Kolari Vision – yes, those folks who make camera filters and love tearing apart cameras – have released Atlas. They’re calling it “the lightest matte box system in the industry”, and well, yeah, it certainly seems to be. But it’s more than just a matte box. It’s a whole modular filter mounting system that can be utilised for both photography and filmmaking, adapting to each as you need it to.
Kolari Atlas is essentially a filter holder system that allows you to stack filters and effects using magnets. You can also attach one or multiple flags to the sides of the system, allowing you to block light from just about any angle. Weighing in at only 179g at its minimum configuration with a single filter, it will have minimal impact on the balance of your rig or how heavy your camera bag is.
We’ve got some big news: The Nikon Z9 is here and ready to take on the Sony A1 and Canon R3 for the title of ‘Mirrorless Flagship.’ We can argue all day about which camera is the best, but there’s no question that this one is the biggest. Mirrorless cameras have all been lighter and more compact than their DSLR counterparts, but with Z9 and the R3, Nikon and Canon have changed that.
While there were a few notable updates with the Z7 II, it was overall a very similar camera to its predecessor. The Z9, however, is a whole new animal. Nikon has been making a lot of solid well-handling cameras across their various tiers, but this is the first one I’ve personally been excited about.
The folks at Kolari Vision have been working hard on trying to solve the Canon EOS R5 overheating issues for a while now. They were the first to tear open the EOS R6 and publish what they saw. They also identified the timer that was causing the camera to shut down at the predetermined times with the original firmware.
When Canon updated the EOS R5 firmware, though, it now seemed to be looking at the actual temperature rather than using a timer – which opened up the possibilities for cooling. Matt Perks had a go at it quite successfully, but now Kolari Vision has also solved it, with a passive cooling mod. But, it costs $399 to them implement it and it will almost certainly void your warranty.
Kolari Vision has announced a new set of clip-in magnetic filters for the Canon EOS R5. They mount inside the camera body in front of the sensor but behind the lens. It’s compatible with native RF mount lenses or when using the EF to RF adapter. Kolari initially announced the clip-in filter system for the EOS R system last September.
Now, though, it’s finally here. There are two types of filters available. One fits the EOS R, R5 and R6. The other is for the EOS RP. Both are available in various flavours, designed to work with cameras converted to full-spectrum (seeing both IR and UV, as well as visible light). The filters allow you to cut the range back down to see just the wavelengths you want.
Since making is debut in July of 2019, the Sigma fp has gained notoriety as a very capable camera among its mixed reviews. The decidedly lowercase ‘fp’ is Sigma’s first full-frame sensor. The fp was released the same year that all other major camera manufacturers that aren’t Sony were releasing their first or second full-frame mirrorless cameras, and in typical Sigma fashion, the fp stood out from the crowd.
It’s certainly doing its part now to popularize the sensor-in-box style form factor that makes so much sense for video shooters. This design also makes it a great candidate for conversion to Infrared!