Create Powerful Films with Hurlbut Visuals Course on Cinematography

PAY ATTENTION: When you decide to buy (and you will), make sure you use the code “plnt5d10” – it is NOT applied for you, you must copy and paste it.

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If you've read planet5D in the past, you KNOW how much I love Shane Hurlbut. I have been blessed to be on set with Shane. I've seen him work. I've been in his classes. I know how much he teaches. If you want to learn
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NEW! Lensbaby Sol 45 and Sol 22: Easy As Tilt. Focus. Shoot.

Everyone is always looking for new lenses – especially ones that give special looks. We've featured several planet5D articles on Lensbaby lenses in the past and even interviewed the owner once way back when I was doing regular podcasts. And way back when Barry Andersson and I created one of the first shorts shot on the Canon EOS 5D Mark III called “Incident on Marmont Avenue” we used a LensBaby for the intro titles.

Lensbaby Just Announced!

Sol 45 & Sol 22 f/3.5 Selective Focus Lens | $199.95
Featuring 8.5º of tilt & 2 Bokeh
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Rycote Lyre Inventor Chris Woolf Joins RØDE Microphones

Rycote Lyre Inventor Chris Woolf Joins RØDE Microphones
Revolutionary New Shockmounts and Windshields Now in Development

Via RØDE Press:
Friday August 3, 2018: Australian pro audio giant The Freedman Group – home to the world’s number one audio capture brand RØDE Microphones – is proud to announce the appointment of legendary audio innovator Chris Woolf as a Senior Innovation Engineer, exclusive to RØDE.
Formerly a Senior Engineer for the windshield and microphone accessories company Rycote®, Chris Woolf is the inventor of, amongst many other patented noise-reduction solutions, the ‘Rycote Lyre®’ shock-mount and the ‘Rycote Cyclone®’ Windshield system. Mr. Woolf is Continue reading "Rycote Lyre Inventor Chris Woolf Joins RØDE Microphones"

How Do You Earn Trust? A Photojournalist Tells His Story

A few weeks ago, in a recent planetMitch newsletter I talked about trust and how difficult it is to gain and maintain. Bill Sparks was one of the many who wrote back and commented about my concerns. His reply was so poignant and hits right to the core of what we often have to do as photographers/ filmmakers and story tellers. I asked if I could republish his words and gratefully he said yes. There's also a link to the published article. Thanks Bill! ===
Hi Mitch First of all, I think you have earned the trust of the many Continue reading "How Do You Earn Trust? A Photojournalist Tells His Story"

Save 40% on Gear Rental Insurance with KitSplit Instant Insurance

I've told you about Kitsplit before because it is great idea. The problem of course is getting the word out and getting more people to know about it. Mainly, they're very active in New York and Los Angeles. But since I live in St. Louis, I'm still trying to get people to use it. In fact, I had my first rental of my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV just a few weeks ago. And it was seamless and easy. Cash in my pocket. Of course, one of the concerns is insurance and KitSplit just announced a 40% discount! Introducing KitSplit Instant Insurance
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Introducing the All-New RØDE SC6-L Mobile Interview Kit

This is a big wow for me. When I do my own video recording (say a product review or something), I've either been using the RØDE smartLav or the RØDE Videomic ME – both attach easily to my iPhone! So this is a great addition to the toolkit!

Attn: Journalists and Podcasters
Introducing the All-New RØDE SC6-L Mobile Interview Kit
It's an iOS POcket Podcast Studio!

Via RØDE Microphones: August 2nd, 2018 Australian pro audio giant RØDE Microphones launches the brand new SC6-L Mobile Interview Kit, the latest Lightning connected recording solution for Apple iOS Devices. The SC6-L is a compact
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Winner Announcement! Tokina GIVEAWAY

Another super giveaway winner! Big thanks to Tokina for this fantastic offer. Via Tokina: We are thrilled to announce the winners of the Tokina FiRIN GIVEAWAY CAMPAIGN. The Grand prize which is two brand new Tokina FíRIN 20mm F2 FE MF and Tokina FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF lenses goes to Mr. Adam from California (USA). Our warmest congratulations to Adam. Adam said: “Thank you Tokina and thank you planetMitch/planet5D for the work you all do!”   The Second prize which is two brand new Tokina FíRIN 20mm F2 FE AF goes to Mr. Kevin L. from Houston TX,
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Light Receives Massive $121 Million Investment from Softbank and Leica

Light, maker of the computational imaging camera that is shaking up the world (be it ever so slowly) called the Light L16, has just announced they've received $121 million additional financing from Softbank and camera maker Leica. If you recall, I've been a big fan of the Light L16 since it was announced. I even met with them in their HQ in San Francisco last fall. The technology is astounding, tho they're still working out bugs and improving their algorithms for taking 10 photos taken simultaneously from 10 different camera modules and merging them into one very large 52mb image.
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Introducing Clar Lighting Brand, Adorama Deals: Zhiyun Crane 2 Gimbal Sale and Nikon Rebates

Introducing Clar: Adorama’s New Line of Lighting Equipment

Via Adorama: Whether you’re shooting photo or video, it’s tough to capture high-quality shots without a good source of light — that’s why most industry professionals rely on top-quality lighting equipment. Yes, sometimes you’re lucky enough to have natural light (a photographer’s — and videographer’s — dream!) but if you’re filming commercial work or weddings, you’ll undoubtedly be faced with poor lighting situations like dim reception halls or office buildings. To help photographers and videographers light their shots effectively, Adorama is unveiling a new line of affordable and diverse lighting
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Adorama DEALS: Dell S2718D 27″ Ultrathin Monitor + Canon EOS 6D Mark II Bundle

Dell S2718D 27″ Ultrathin 16:9 2560×1440 HDR InfinityEdge IPS Monitor

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Regular Price: $399.00 – Instant Rebate: $70.00 = $329.00 Exp. 07/07/18 More Exclusive Bundles from Adorama!

Canon EOS 6D Mark II Bundle with Free Battery Grip, Printer and Mic Starting at $1949

All kits include free after $350 Mail In rebate:
  • Canon BG-E21 Battery Grip for EOS 6D Mark II DSLR Camera
  • Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Inkjet Printer
  • Canon Plus Luster Semi-Gloss Photo Paper (13×19)
  • Shure VP83F LensHopper Camera-Mount Shotgun Microphone
Canon EOS 6D Mark II
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planetOids – 2018-07-04 – Shooting Fireworks, Sigma, and more

planetMitch note: We're starting a new series… hopefully every couple of days… things we've found around the web that are cool. Curated by Matthew Hauser Get the latest Deals on Camera Gear HERE. Here’s a timely article that will be really good for everyone who plans to capture the July 4th fireworks.
  • How to photograph the July 4th fireworks on your smartphone (USA Today)
Here’s an article talking about some upcoming workshops held by Sigma. Fujifilm recently announced a new entry-level oriented camera that targets people just getting into Continue reading "planetOids – 2018-07-04 – Shooting Fireworks, Sigma, and more"

30 Days Left to Enter My RØDE Reel: Get Shooting! PLUS: win a VideoMic Pro+

There’s only 30 days left to enter My RØDE Reel 2018 with your kickin' short film. You still have plenty of time, so grab a camera and a RØDE mic, get creative and enter now. My RØDE Reel: The World’s Largest Short Film Competition
Now in its 5th year, My RØDE Reel has even more categories celebrating every aspect of filmmaking excellence, with a combined prize pool of over $1 Million! Anyone can enter. Want to win a VideoMic Pro+? The world's most popular on-camera microphone! Enter My RØDE Reel and get 100 votes for your film by Continue reading "30 Days Left to Enter My RØDE Reel: Get Shooting! PLUS: win a VideoMic Pro+"

Need a New Tokina Lens? Join Our $3,000 Lens Giveaway!

Another super giveaway! Our thanks to Tokina for this fantastic offer. Enter now and share with your friends to gain potentially unlimited entries!

Win Tokina FíRIN 20mm F2 FE Lenses!

It is HERE! $3,000 Lens Giveaway! We're giving away 3 Tokina FíRIN 20 F2 FE Lenses to celebrate the launch of the Autofocus version! Grand prize winner will get both the Manual AND Autofocus versions. You'll also have the opportunity to do a review and share your thoughts on the new lenses. (Value $1,898)

Frame.io Debuts All New Image Review Tools and Raises the Bar for Video Collaboration Products

Frame.ioFrame.io just continues to knock it out of the park. If you haven't looked into these guys, please do so. Not a promoted post or anything, I just love what they're doing and I've talked to them multiple times at NAB over the years.

Frame.io Debuts All New Image Review Tools and Raises the Bar for Video Collaboration Products

From Frame.io Press:
Frame.io’s new Image review & collaboration tools for high resolution images and graphical assets is the first of many new features coming to the All-New Frame.io this summer; manage all your team's video project Continue reading "Frame.io Debuts All New Image Review Tools and Raises the Bar for Video Collaboration Products"

RØDE Launches the BRAND NEW VideoMic Me-L for Apple iOS Devices

Damn I want one of these new VideoMic Me-L mics! I have the previous version and this is such an improvement! The previous version plugged into the headphone jack and by putting this into the lightning slot, you don't have to worry about it flopping around any more… plus the sample video below sounds so much better. And the freaking thing has a headphone plugin! BRILLIANT! Of course, if you're using the iPhone and want to charge at the same time, you've got an issue, but for most people I suspect that won't be a problem. Only thing I don't
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Great Adorama Deals! Promo for Sony, Lowepro and Pelican

Sony a7R III Mirrorless Digital Camera Body With Tripod Bundle

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  • Manfrotto Befree Advanced 4-Section Tripod with Ballhead for Sony Alpha Cameras
  • Joby GorillaPod 5K Stand, Black
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Lowepro Fastpack BP 250 AW II Travel-Ready Backpack for DSLR Camera, 2-3 Extra Lenses/Flashes and 15″ Laptop Plus Tablet

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Pelican 1510 Case, Watertight Hard Case with Yellow and Black Padded Dividers and Wheels, Black

Regular Price: $215.44
Kit savings: $207.95
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Pelican 1510 Watertight Carry On Hard Case with
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Adorama Instant Rebates for Sigma, Sony and Canon! Including Exclusive Trade-In Offer on Canon Cinema and Pro Video Cameras!

Get $200 Instant Rebate on Canon Cinema and Pro Video Cameras!

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Or Trade in any used equipment and get up to 70% credit of the resale value that can be applied to the purchase of any new gear. Contact Adorama Today and TRADE UP.

Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG OS
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Sony RX100 VI Review by Hugh Brownstone – The TWO Things You Need to Know

Good friend Hugh Brownstone lays it all out about the Sony RX100 VI. You can always trust Hugh to give you the real skinny. As I've worked with him over the years, I've grown very confident in his camera/lens analysis. Tho we don't always agree LOL! He's become a mirrorless man and loves Sony (and you'll hear what he has to say about the Sony RX100 VI below), but at the same time, he's keeping very up to date on all the different cameras and is an incredible resource when it comes to figuring out what works and what doesn't. Note,
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Video Capabilities Will Be at the Heart of All Future Canon Prosumer Camera Bodies

Are video capabilities going to be a much bigger segment of the DSLRs coming from Canon? Holy cow don't we all hope so? That would be huge. When I've talked with Canon in the past, I've always been told that they believed they had a strong video component to their DSLRs – which is true really – but the overwhelming sentiment is that folks like Sony are crushing the video from Canon with their mirrorless line. So if this is true, it will certainly be a welcome addition. I mean, what could it hurt?

Video Capabilities Will Be at the Heart of All Future
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New Arrival! Canon EF 70-200mm Lenses Now Availble for Pre-Order

Do you have your wallet out? If you're on a tight budget, maybe you should skip this post. Now, if you're already an owner of the f2.8L, you might not immediately jump out of your skin running to Adorama to buy the III because many of the changes are subtle and incremental, but if you hate lens flare, you're now a happy camper. The upgrades to the f4L are more significant and tempting. Personally, I've never tried the f4, but the improvements seem pretty exciting and would tempt me if I were an owner. PREORDER NOW: Canon EF 70-200mm
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