AXRTEC AXR-A-1040BV Bi-Color LED Light Panel V-Mount Battery Plate & DMX Deal

AXRTEC is one of the latest line of LED lighting offered by Dracast, and right now the new 1040BV Bi-Color Panel is available at a nice 45% OFF SALE through B&H for the next 24 hours. The product video below gives you a little more information about the new AXRTEC AXR-A-1040BV LED Panels. At just 13 x 8 inches and just 2″ thick, the AXRTEC AXR-A-1040BV panel is small but packs a lot of desired features. V-Mount plate for hours of run time (no small sony NPF batteries), DMX controls, Bi-Color temp adjustable, Yoke mount, and wireless controls. Deal started at 9pm (1/26/17) and the 45% OFF SALE runs for the next 24 hours (or while supplies last). You can find the new Dracast AXRTEC LED Light Panels on sale (here). axrtec dracast led light panel
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History Repeating: Olympus PEN-F First Impressions Review

The original Olympus PEN-F first hit the streets in 1963. Built around the half-frame film format, it quickly gained a following thanks to its beautiful, yet simple design and small size. Getting 70 images to a roll of film probably didn't hurt, either. Now, 53 years later the PEN-F is back. The digital reincarnation of the 35mm film Olympus PEN-F does not replace the current digital PEN flagship E-P5, rather it slides in next to it as the 'premium' option in the PEN family. The reason being that unlike digital PENs before it, the F has something much more OM-D-like: a built-in 2.36 million dot OLED electronic viewfinder. The F also boasts the highest output resolution of any Olympus body to date, boasting a 20MP Four Thirds sensor (probably the same one we've seen in the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX8). Released specifically to appeal to street shooters and the design conscious looking
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Olympus PEN-F revives 1960s rangefinder-style design with 20MP sensor, built-in EVF

Olympus has announced the revival of its classic 1960s half-frame film camera in digital form – the 20MP PEN-F. The first digital PEN to feature a built-in viewfinder, it offers an impressive 2.36 Million-dot OLED panel. The PEN-F also boasts a fully articulating 1.04 Million-dot 3" LCD. The E-M5 II's 5-axis image stabilization is also included with a claimed benefit of 5 stops, and full 1080 HD video is offered at 60p. Taking its design cues straight from the middle of the 20th Century, the PEN-F includes plenty of manual control points including a locking mode dial, exposure compensation dial and a front-mounted Creative mode dial housing direct access to color and Art Filter modes. A hotshoe flash is included in the box, and a number of stylish accessories will be available for separate purchase. The Olympus PEN-F will be available in March for Continue reading "Olympus PEN-F revives 1960s rangefinder-style design with 20MP sensor, built-in EVF"

The mighty PEN: Hands-on with Olympus PEN-F

The mighty PEN: Hands-on with Olympus PEN-F

Olympus's PEN series of digital interchangeable lens cameras has a long heritage, stretching right back to the mid-20th Century, long before digital imaging transformed photography. The company's latest PEN shows off its early influences in a classically-styled body and enthusiast-friendly handling experience, but in terms of its specifications the PEN-F is very much of its time. 

The mighty PEN: Hands-on with Olympus PEN-F

The PEN-F is available in two finishes, black (shown here, obviously) and silver. We really like the sleek-looking black finish but it's all a matter of taste. We also quite like how the black version pairs with the silver finish of our 17mm F2.8. And how a camera looks is the most important thing, right?

The mighty PEN: Hands-on with Olympus PEN-F

Well, looking at this camera you could certainly be forgiven
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Olympus reveals faux-leather-wrapped limited edition E-M10 II

Along with the launch of the new PEN-F, Olympus has announced a limited edition OM-D E-M10 II. Wrapped in a tan faux leather, it comes with a matching leather neck strap and a collapsible 14-42mm EZ electronic zoom. In the inside, the limited edition E-M10 II is still offers the 16MP sensor, 5-axis image stabilization and 2.36 Million-dot OLED EVF that earned it a silver award when we reviewed it in August 2015. The limited edition Olympus OM-D E-M10 II will cost $899.99 when it arrives in February.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 II Specifications

Body type
Body typeSLR-style mirrorless
Max resolution4608 x 3456
Image ratio w:h1:1, 4:3, 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels16 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors17 megapixels
Sensor sizeFour Thirds (17.3 x 13 mm)
Sensor typeCMOS
ProcessorTruePic VII
Color spacesRGB, AdobeRGB
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RED WEAPON, SCARLET-W, & RAVEN Cameras Will Get Avid DNxHD/DNxHR Support

RED announced earlier today that all of their DSMC2 cameras will be getting Avid DNxHD and DNxHR codec support. Their new body type, DSMC2, includes the WEAPON, SCARLET-W, and RAVEN cameras, all of which share similarities in construction and accessories, and already have support for recording RED RAW and Apple ProRes at the same time. This new firmware update will mirror that support, allowing you to shoot both RAW and one of these compressed Avid codecs simultaneously. Here's more from the press release: < p class="indent1"> Avid DNxHR and Avid DNxHD are renowned for their ability to reduce storage and bandwidth requirements, and Avid DNxHD has been accepted by the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SMPTE) as the foundation format for the VC-3 standard. Additionally, they offer seamless direct-to-edit experiences for professionals looking to keep the highest image quality Continue reading "RED WEAPON, SCARLET-W, & RAVEN Cameras Will Get Avid DNxHD/DNxHR Support"

Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+ & Apollo Get Dual 4K, Quad 1080p60, 4K 60p, & 6G-SDI Support

Convergent Design's 7Q+ is on sale for a limited time, and now they've got a new firmware update that doubles down on all sorts of features for the 7Q, 7Q+, and Apollo monitor/recorders. Dual 4K and Quad 1080p 60fps require the Apollo option on the 7Q and 7Q+, but other features like 60fps at 4K and 6G-SDI will work without the Apollo license (6G-SDI will not work on the standard 7Q, however). Here's more from Convergent Design on the 2016.1 firmware update:

The dual and quad recording options are pretty simple, and 4K at 60fps is self-explanatory, but here's more on what 6G-SDI means for the recorders: Read More

Filmmaking’s No Cake Walk. Here Are 5 Ways to Keep Yourself Creatively Motivated

There are tons of reasons to make a film, but there are even more reasons to abandon it all, sell your camera, and accept that job as an accountant. Okay, there's nothing wrong with being an accountant -- they do important work -- but if your passion is to make films, you should probably stick with your gut, heart, or whatever it is that drives you, and make those films. The rub here, though, is that there are a bunch of things that can bring you down and take away your motivation to do it: no money, no skills, no audience, no blah, blah, blah. But Darious Britt has once again provided you with some excellent advice on how to get (re)motivated and reignite your passion to make those movin' pictures. Check out his video below: Continue reading "Filmmaking’s No Cake Walk. Here Are 5 Ways to Keep Yourself Creatively Motivated"

Yongnuo announces YN360 LED light wand

Chinese lighting manufacturer ShenZhen Yongnuo Photographic Equipment Co has announced a variable temperature LED wand for still and video photographers. The Yongnuo YN360 features a 39.5cm/15.5in light board that is equipped with 160 LEDs designed to match daylight, 160 LEDs to match tungsten lighting and 40 further LEDs that are RGB SMD lamps. The wand can be used to produce light that blends in with ambient lighting in a wide range of conditions by varying the mix of 3200K and 5500K LEDs, and also be used to create a spectrum of colors by mixing the red, green and blue LED sources.  The company says that the color of the wand and the brightness of its illumination will be controllable via a smartphone app and physical dials on the wand’s handle, and claims that its technology and encoders allow the light to be dimmed without altering its color.
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The 411 on 333 Exemption

the-411-on-333-exemptionThe potential for filming with drones is nearly limitless. What’s more is the potential economic impact drones have. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) projects the integration of drones into national airspace will be in the neighborhood of $13.6 billion the first three years while creating more than 70,000 new jobs. There’s no doubt the possibilities of drones are endless, but there’s just one problem. They’re not permitted, or more precisely, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) limits their commercial use in the national airspace. While many industry pros criticize how drone regulations differ for hobbyists and those operating for commercial applications, it’s important to understand that the FAA is holding true to its mission of protecting the safety of the American people in the air and on the ground.

Adobe’s Lightroom Coffee Break Gives Quick, One-Minute Tutorials for Some Tips You Might Not Know

Adobe launched a new YouTube series through their Lightroom channel to give Lightroom users some extra tips on features they may not have come across yet. While some highlighted features such as viewing masking for the sharpening tool are a little better known, others are more tucked away and might come as a surprise, like this feature that allows you to update the overall effect of a local adjustment with multiple sliders in effect. [ Read More ]

Mizzou Professor Melissa Click Charged with Assault for Handling of Photojournalist

melissaclickfiring Remember Melissa Click? She’s the University of Missouri professor who sparked an outcry after being filmed confronting photojournalists and calling for “muscle” to remove them from a public area during an on-campus protest in November 2015. Well, Click was charged with assault yesterday for her actions. After the initial controversy subsided, the story took a curious turn and became a public battle between state lawmakers and the faculty of the university. Over 100 Missouri lawmakers signed an open letter earlier this month that called for Click’s immediate firing. “[Click] displayed such a complete disregard for the First Amendment rights of reporters should be enough to question her competency and aptitude for her job,” the lawmakers wrote. In response, over 100 faculty members at Mizzou signed and published an open letter in support of click. “We believe that Click has been wronged in the media by those who have attacked her
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Layoffs Put the Hurt on Canadian Photojournalism

photojournalismhead Photojournalism is having a bad year in Canada. There have been a number of major layoffs and murmurings of layoffs that has some people calling photojournalists “an endangered species.” Photographer Jimmy Jeong, the chair of freelance photography for the News Photographers Association of Canada, reported last week that there were at least 13 photographers laid off across the country in just that day: There has also been a major labor dispute going on at The Chronicle Herald, the largest independently owned newspaper company in Canada, which has been saying that it plans to lay off its staff photographers. The Halifax Typographical Union, which represents the paper’s newsroom, posted a “21,000-word response” to the paper on Twitter (“a
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Why DxOMark Doesn’t Test Fujifilm Cameras

glowingsensor If you reference camera sensor ratings published by DxOMark, you may have noticed that the France-based company doesn’t test Fujifilm cameras. It’s surprising, given that Fujifilm sensors have been praised by many reviewers in recent years. No, DxOMark doesn’t have anything against Fujifilm, and no, it’s not something fishy going on behind the scenes. The reason is simple: DxOMark isn’t currently able to properly test X-Trans sensors. If you look at the DxOMark database, you’ll see that the last Fujifilm camera they reviewed was the Fujifilm XF1 in 2012. That’s the year Fujifilm launched its new X-Trans sensor technology in the X-Pro1, and X-Trans sensors have appeared in Fuji X-Series cameras ever since. Fuji X-Trans CMOS sensors differ from traditional Bayer sensors in the way that the red, green, and blue color pixels are arranged on the sensor. Instead of the standard Bayer layout, Fujifilm X-Trans uses “a
A conventional Bayer array (left) and an X-Trans array (right)
An optical low pass filter (2) in front of a traditional Bayer sensor (left), and a X-Trans setup that leaves out the filter (right).
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Fostex AR501 XLR Phantom Power Mic Preamplifier BIG Savings Just $79

fostex ar501 mic preamp xlr 48vfostex AR501 Mic Preamp DSLR Audio XLR Phantom I know a lot of people have switched to smaller camera bodies like the Sony A7 series or Panasonic GH4. But what those cameras lack is a simple XLR audio input with Phantom Power to support high quality mics. If you’re looking to add this feature to your camera without a big price tag or bulky accessory the Fostex AR501 Mic Preamplifier is currently on sale – cheapest price you’ll find anywhere. Normally listed for over $349 dollars, you can now get it for Just $79 (very limited supply and only for a limited time at this price). It’s not quite as full featured as other preamps (no headphone out, etc) but at this price it should do the job quite well adding the much needed XLR and 48V Phantom Power to your tiny camera setup. That’s seriously even cheaper than trying to use a Zoom H1 as a
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Adobe Portfolio brings customizable personal websites to Creative Cloud

Adobe has introduced Adobe Portfolio, a website creation platform similar to Squarespace. Part of Creative Cloud, Adobe Portfolio is offered under three subscription tiers and aims to provide creatives and professionals with a simple way to showcase their work online. The Adobe Portfolio service offers pre-made layouts, as well as customization options for website elements like the header, logo, navigation, background and footer. The designs are responsive, able to scale for various screen sizes and there's an option for a personalized website URL. Features include galleries for showcasing content, password-protected pages and website analytics. Subscribers can also integrate a Behance account with Portfolio for seamless content syncing. Adobe Portfolio is available to individuals under three Creative Cloud pricing tiers: $9.99 USD/month with included access to Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC, $19.99 USD/month with access to 20GB of cloud storage and one desktop app and $49.99 USD/month with access to all Adobe creative apps. Via: Adobe Blog