This Basketball Demo Shows the Sony a9’s Blazing Fast Autofocus

Sony is touting its new a9 camera as a sports camera with blazing fast autofocus and shooting speeds. If you weren’t impressed with the camera tracking a pole vaulter at 20fps, check out the demo in the video above: the camera accurately keeps its focus locked on a basketball being tossed back and forth near it. The video is by the Mandarin-speaking camera review channel NTimage. At 5:13, the hosts test the a9 by having it track two basketball players tossing a ball near the camera.
Despite the relatively small ball moving pretty quickly across the frame at an
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Rolleidoscop: The First Camera Rollei Made and the Stereoscopic Process

The Rolleidoscop was made from 1926 to 1939 in Germany alongside the Heidoscop, the same camera but with a sheet film or glass plate back. It was actually the very first camera that renowned manufacturer Rollei made. Rumor has it that many photographers used these as a regular camera because the quality of lenses were so good for the era. They would cover one of the lenses and take a photo and cover the other lens for the next photo without advancing the film, making two different images as opposed to one stereograph. This became so prevalent that Rollei decided
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Blackmagic Design Announces NAB 2017 Roadshow

Blackmagic is coming to a town near you this summer with their newly announced roadshow. Think of this as Blackmagic Design’s NAB 2017 show booth hitting the road for all of those who could not make the trip to Las Vegas for the April broadcasting convention. The extension of NAB tour will hit up eight major North American cities in nine weeks. Roadshow

NAB 2017 Roadshow

At these events, you will be able to stop by and get your grubby hands all over Blackmagic’s new gear they showed off at NAB 2017. But, hands-on is only part of the tour. Blackmagic Design
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A Spine Injury Left Me Immobile… So I Built a Giant 20×24 Camera

I recently found myself with a spine injury, which proved to kinda be a big road block to my photography. My photo projects usually involved lots of driving and walking, two things that proved to be extremely painful due to my crappy health. One day, sitting around bored, I decided to create a camera that was as immobile as I was. Armed with a rough sketch, and a misguided sense of self-confidence, I built a 20×24 camera over a weekend. I first built the film/paper/glass etc holder. A laminate of Masonite roughly cut with a jig saw created a fairly
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Sony Shows Off The UMC-S3CA: NAB 2017 Video

At NAB 2017, Sony showed off the UMC-S3CA. This is a camera with the same extreme low-light sensor as Sony’s popular A7S II. So what is the difference? Leading off the UMC-S3CA has no record limit. Card size is all that dictates how long the UMC-S3CA can record. There are zero operating buttons or a screen on the outside of the camera body. About now, someone may be wondering what is the upside to the UMC-S3CA over the A7S II? Believe it or not, the UMC-S3CA might be a much more production-friendly camera with its Genlock support which enables multiple
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Defining “The Cinematic Look”

Many of us talk about “the cinematic look” without defining what it is. Here’s my take. For a Mother’s Day outing, my spouse, in-laws and I went to Filoli, one of the last country estates of the early 20th century and now a private park. The main attraction is the gardens, which are particularly lovely, but the old manor house is open for self-guided tours. I’m not terribly interested in flowers, or manor houses, or self-guided tours, but I love creating images, so I use such trips as an opportunity to transform the sights into images that appeal to
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Dear Camera Makers, Please Bring Back the Compact Film Camera

Over the past several years, I have watched as the prices for compact film cameras have steadily increased into the sort of price ranges usually reserved for collectible cameras. This was inevitable. These cameras are getting expensive not just because they are more popular, but also because there are fewer and fewer or them available now. Even the younger compact cameras (apart from the Fuji Klasse) are over 10 years old now and they are reaching their performance limits. Basically, the cameras are dying and there is nobody that can rescue them. When I started my website, Japan Camera Hunter
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Filmmaker Friday featuring Filmmaker Johannes Nannestad

With hundreds of careers and opportunities, the filmmaking industry can be a unique experience for a filmmaker. Options include pitching an idea, or a commission through screenwriting, casting, shooting, editing, and screening your project. Filmtools decided to take a deeper look into the world of a Filmmaker. This week, we had the opportunity to speak to Filmmaker Johannes Nannestad about his work. This is what he said:

Where are you from originally, and how did you get started?

Johannes Nannestad: I am from a small town on the south coast of Norway, called Arendal. But I first lived in Oslo, the

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Lenses: My Likes, Dislikes, and the Return of the Cooke Speed Panchro

Every lens has a feel and a purpose. Some reproduce the world perfectly, some imperfectly. They all have their place, but I have come to appreciate “imperfect” over “perfect.” There is a sense in cinematography circles that digital cameras are too “clean.” Common complaints center around the fact that film’s analog nature introduces certain characteristics to an image that sensors don’t. The most obvious is that randomized grain, visible in film, is replaced in the electronic world by noise, which is less random and has a different “feel” altogether. Less obvious is the quirky way the three color
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Panasonic Talks New XPD3 Card Reader: NAB 2017 Video

Seven minutes to download a 512GB Express P2 Card with Panasonic’s new XPD3 card reader! Eight minutes to download two 512 Express P2 Cards with twoXPD3 card readers! Those are some incredible offload speeds.

XPD3 Card Reader

Utilizing Thunderbolt 3 and it’s 40 Gbps data transfer speed Panasonic delivers a blazing fast card reader allowing for a super fast offload of Express P2 Cards. The news XPD3 card reader was specifically designed to work with high-quality, high frame rate recording of 4K. Think 4K 120fps and 4K 240fps. At those speeds, a 512Gb P2 card can be full in a matter

XPD3 Card Reader
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Panasonic Talks VariCam LT Firmware Updates: NAB 2017 Video

At NAB 2017, Panasonic continued to update and add features to the VariCam LT. This is such a great camera to use and I am interested to see what else the add to the software in the years to come.

VariCam LT 240fps Windowed 2K RAW

Panasonic announced its plans to add 2K RAW output up to 240fps in a free firmware update to the VariCam LT 4K cinema camcorder. The 2K RAW signal will be supported by Convergent Design and Atomos. Both companies plan to release free firmware updates in June 2017. The 2K RAW frame is windowed from
Panasonic VariCam LT
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Canon Announces 70-200mm T4.4 Compact-Servo Zoom: NAB 2017 Video

At NAB 2017, Canon showed off the newest member of their Compact-Servo the 70–200mm. The new compact-servo 70–200mm T4.4 EF lens combines 4K optical performance with a small size. The 70-200mm T4.4 only measures 7.2 in. in length and has a weight of only 2.76 lbs. While not too big or too small of a lens Canon appears to have hit a sweet spot for lens size. Many shooters come from an ENG or Broadcast world where B4 lenses come with the ability to control focus, iris, and zoom (FIZ). Since the DSLR age came along
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Canon Shows Off EOS C700 Camera: NAB 2017 Video

At NAB 2017, Canon showed off their new EOS Flagship camera the C700. Canon’s EOS C700 Super35 format camera is designed to be a flexible “A” camera for various types of shooting scenarios. The EOS C700 features both internal 4K ProRes and XF-AVC recording. With the optional 4K Codex CDX-3150 recorder, the EOS C700 is capable of recording uncompressed RAW up to 120 frames per second.

Canon C700

As Canon’s flagship cinema camera, the EOS C700 features the choice of one of two new Super 35mm CMOS sensors. With three models to choose from, users can choose the best tool
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CROZ is a Tiny Digital Camera Stripped Down to the Bare Essentials

Want an unusual digital camera that you can put together yourself? Check out CROZ, a do-it-yourself camera that features a transparent case that allows you to see all the internal components.
CROZ was created as a collaboration between Hyle Design of Macao, which developed the design and look, and Paper Shoot of Taiwan, which developed the internal hardware for its own paper-encased cameras. “Because life is not complicated. CROZ is designed to be simple and straight forward – it is a digital camera, period,” the companies write. “There are no mind buzzing functions to mess around with so that you
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Adding C-Log to Canon 5D MkIV: NAB 2017 Video

At NAB 2017, Canon showed off C-Log for their 5D Mark IV DSLR. Now, this is a paid update to the Canon 5D Mark IV with a cost of $99.00. Owners will also need to send in their Canon 5D Mark IV to the manufacturer to install the update. For my dynamic range, around 12 stops, this seems like not a huge ordeal. In my opinion, it’s cool to see Canon put a feature in the 5D Mark IV that was originally in a much more expensive video camera. In the video below, Canon takes the time to show
Canon 5D
Canon 5D
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Bold Bags Introduces A New Bag: NAB 2017 Video

The BOLD Bag is a lighter than a Pelican 1510 soft camera case with an extremely rigid exoskeleton made from military grade materials. Think lighter and nearly as tough as any other case out there. Inside the bag, it’s open format. All the dividers have velcro on their ends and can move into different positions. On the outside of the bag, you can find places to expand the bag by adding an extension to fit the custom set-up you need.

Who Are Bold Bags

Their mission is to craft the strongest and most practical gear transport and protection products possible to serve
Bold Bags
Bold Bags
Bold Bags
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Amazon’s Echo Look is Your Personal Fashion Photographer

Amazon has announced a new camera. Called the Echo Look, it’s a hands-free camera that you can use to shoot self-portraits that are triggered by your voice. The product is a combination of having a voice assistant, personal photographer, and fashion consultant. After putting together your outfit for the day, users can stand in front of the Echo Look and say, “Alexa, take a picture.” You’ll be able to see the resulting full-length portrait using the companion app on your smartphone. These photos can then form a personal lookbook, which is then used to suggest new clothing items
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Panasonic’s Secret Surprise Camera: NAB 2017 Video

This is not an official announcement. At least this is the feeling Panasonic is projecting at NAB 2017 with their new mystery camera hiding under a veil. So much drama! Is it too much drama? Maybe melodramatic? Who knows. See what Panasonic is saying… er not saying about their new camera.

Panasonic’s Missing Link

Panasonic has the VariCam LT which is a wonderful camera if not a little expensive for some owner/operators. Then Panasonic has the GH5 a mirrorless Micro 4/3 camera which is becoming very popular and is very affordable. Now, Panasonic has no camera in the mid-range.  Nothing.
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Bluetooth For Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro: NAB 2017 Video

AT NAB 2017, Blackmagic announced all URSA Mini Pro cameras feature built-in Bluetooth, but it hasn’t been enabled until now. The built-in Bluetooth allows shooters to send/receive commands from up to 30 feet away. To make the new Bluetooth support even more flexible, Blackmagic Design has developed a new open protocol and is publishing a developer API, along with sample code, for customers that wish to build their own camera control solutions. With a fully open API and developer support for URSA Mini Pro Bluetooth, owner/operators can go beyond the basic idea of the app. They can also build an iPad
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