Will the Sony A7III Be A Lower Cost Version of the Sony A9?

SonyAlphaRumors has shared what they think are the specs for the next version of the Sony A7 which basically makes it appear to be a lower cost clone of the Sony A9 (with a few features missing or lower spec of course). This just shows how aggressive Sony is being (ok, we knew that already but man, if this is true, it would be a very attractive offering for many shooters! Yesterday I posted a rumor about Canon possibly creating a new DSLR line for more video functionality – but Sony's A7iii isn't really going to be a competitor to that
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DIY Wireless ON OFF Remote for LED Video Lights

If you have a set of led lights (or other battery powered device) that you want to turn on and off from a distance, here's a simple idea using an inexpensive set of Wireless Remote Control 12V DC Relays. To keep things fairly universal I decided to make an 'inline' cable that has a male and female D-Tap connection to work with my V-Mount batteries. (This way I don't need to modify any of my accessories). But while i'm using this with my v-mount batteries, you can actually use any 12V-14V battery and any cable connector to fit the connector
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Sony Announced New RX10 Mark IV

Speed and versatility are the calling cards of Sony’s latest, the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV Digital Camera. Using an updated 20.1MP 1" Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor, shooters can enjoy 24 fps continuous shooting, as well as UHD 4K and High Frame Rate HD video. Further boosting speed is the Fast Hybrid AF with 315 phase-detect points that can lock on in just 0.03 of a second. Also, operation is intuitive, with the implementation of a touchscreen LCD alongside the OLED EVF. And, of course, it stars a 24-600mm equivalent 25x Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens Continue reading "Sony Announced New RX10 Mark IV"

Sony Announced New RX10 Mark IV

Speed and versatility are the calling cards of Sony’s latest, the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV Digital Camera. Using an updated 20.1MP 1" Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor, shooters can enjoy 24 fps continuous shooting, as well as UHD 4K and High Frame Rate HD video. Further boosting speed is the Fast Hybrid AF with 315 phase-detect points that can lock on in just 0.03 of a second. Also, operation is intuitive, with the implementation of a touchscreen LCD alongside the OLED EVF. And, of course, it stars a 24-600mm equivalent 25x Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens Continue reading "Sony Announced New RX10 Mark IV"

Would You Risk Taking Your Camera Underwater (Much Less a RED)? Devin Graham Shows Us How

Taking your camera underwater seems like a very big risk to me – and maybe I'm just a very conservative guy (but then again, I've taken my DSLR on water rides at Six Flags and ruined a lens so maybe I should learn!), but our friend Devin Graham shows us the extreme risk by taking his expensive RED underwater. Especially if you watch the video and hear how Devin ruined TWO DSLRs within 2 days with bad underwater housings. But as with many things in life, he's learned by experience and found gear that he trusts – and that's the
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Would You Risk Taking Your Camera Underwater (Much Less a RED)? Devin Graham Shows Us How

Taking your camera underwater seems like a very big risk to me – and maybe I'm just a very conservative guy (but then again, I've taken my DSLR on water rides at Six Flags and ruined a lens so maybe I should learn!), but our friend Devin Graham shows us the extreme risk by taking his expensive RED underwater. Especially if you watch the video and hear how Devin ruined TWO DSLRs within 2 days with bad underwater housings. But as with many things in life, he's learned by experience and found gear that he trusts – and that's the
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$6 Dollar Mini Tripod for Single Hand Gimbals

Here's an inexpensive little tripod (on sale right now for under $6) that you can use to set your single hand grip gimbal stabilizer down without powering it off. Keep in mind this particular tripod is pretty small, so it's best for those GoPro to Smartphone sized Gimbals. And obviously it will also work as a small pistol grip placed directly under your camera body when you're just casually shooting hand-held. cheap mini tripod single hand gimbalmini tripod gimbal
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Panasonic GH5 48fps VFR ISO 1600 Demo Tour

I like the look of slow motion with the GH5, so I wanted to try shooting an entire real estate demo in 50% speed. For this I used the 4K / 48fps VFR setting (conformed to 24p) on the Panasonic GH5.
Now because of the 48fps setting, I needed to set my shutter speed to around 1/100th to reduce too much motion blur. Finally when working with an F/4 Lens (Panasonic 7-14mm), this also cuts down on the amount of incoming light, so I needed to work with a minimum of ISO 1600. To control noise, I shot the
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Venus Optics Laowa 7.5mm F/2.0 MFT Lens Panasonic GH5

So, I did a quick test with my new wide angle lens. While there are certainly better ultra wide angle lenses out there for MFT cameras, the Venus Optics Laowa 7.5mm MFT Lens is a great start if you don't already have one. At under $500 dollars, with an F/2.0 aperture, and the ability to accept threaded filters, there's a lot of value. Otherwise I'm also a big fan of the 7-14mm lens (seen here).
Although it's more than twice the price of the SLRMagic 8mm, I find this lens is far better in every way, and
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Insta360 ONE – 4K 360 Videos, Photos, and Live Streaming Camera under $299

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

  • Wire-Tethered 240 fps Bullet Time Effect
  • 360 Videos, Photos, and Live Streaming
  • 4K Video Recording at up to 30 fps
  • 24MP Still Image Capture
  • Built-In 6-Axis Gyroscopic Stabilization
  • Time Lapse Recording
  • Remote iOS App Included
  • 8GB SD Card Included
  • Lightning Connector for Fast Transfers

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Novelty – FotoDiox Lens Replica Table Coasters

What camera geek doesn't enjoy a fun novelty item? These little Fake Lens Table Drink Coasters protect the finish of your furniture, but stack together to replicate a Canon lens. Available in 3 different colors. Could be a fun gift idea for photographers. fake lens drink coastercanon fake lens drinksphotographer drink coaster gift
This seemingly innocuous replica of an 85mm lens is composed of five coasters held together by magnets. The coasters can be easily split apart for use, and them brought back together to rebuild the disguise. Silicone pads on the top and bottom of each piece help absorb moisture and keep your drink from sliding.

Quick Look – Gen Energy Shock Proof V-Mount Batteries

Most people have heard about Gen Energy V-Mount batteries earlier this year at NAB or the Cinegear Expo touting their 'Shock Proof (drop proof)' design, but here's a quick video talking about other clever features you'll find in these V-Mount batteries. Outside of feeling confident you won't break your battery throwing it around in your gear bag, I like the Gen Energy's ability to reset the protection without a charger, and how you're able to leave the Battery Meter LED Lights on. This can be handy if you have it working on an LED Light and you need to glance
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Venus Optics Laowa 7.5mm F/2.0 MFT Wide Angle Lens Ultra Light Version

If you're looking to get wide shots on your Panasonic GH4 / GH5 cameras, consider the Venus Optics Laowa 7.5mm F/2.0 UWA Lens for MFT Micro Four Thirds cameras. This is a great sharp, fast, wide angle lens that renders straight vertical lines and minimal distortion. The Ultra Light Version has a reduced weight for drones, but that also makes it a perfect lens when working with those smaller hand held gimbals. The F/2 will get you more light in dim lit interiors, and the fact that it can accept a filter is great when you need to
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Sony A6500 Improve Image Stabilization Firmware Update

For the most part, the Sony A6500 Image Stabilization works pretty well. But there have been rare occasions where I catch a quick stutter in my video footage. I don't really feel like it's been a big problem, but in any case Sony's latest firmware update improves (or fixes) image stabilization during movie mode (found here). sony a6500 slow motion camerasony a6500
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Quick Look at Falcon Eyes DVR-160TVC LED Ring Light

The Falcon Eyes DVR-160TVC LED Ring light is good for closeup type work that needs broad diffusion. Color temp adjustments and quad section controls allows for more creativity, while the option to power from Sony L-Series batteries are a plus. One issue I have with the Falcon Eyes DVR-160TVC is the camera bracket always needs to be attached in order to mount the light to a stand. When putting it back in it's case, you'll have to go through the hassle of dismantling the bracket. I personally think it would have been better if there were an optional mount placed
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Huge discount on Anton Bauer Sony L-Series NP-976 Batteries

So many of today's digital accessories run off of Sony L-Series batteries there's no reason why you shouldn't have them available as part of your gear. And for the next 7 hours you can get in on this huge discount for Anton Bauer's NP-976 6600mah batteries (that's a huge capacity). Seriously though, you'll be missing out on this deal if you don't pick up a few of these. Save -$40 OFF, now just $39.95 each.
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It Is All About Story – Pursuit – the Story of a Storm Chaser

It is all about story. I've said it a million times. But we often forget and get wrapped up in technical details, cameras, gear etc. I watched this film without reading the story. Then when prepping this post, I read Mike Olbinski's story and then I had to re-watch. It made the film even better. Of course, the film stands on its own (which is emphasized by the great soundtrack) but knowing the story makes it just all that much better for me. So here's the story. Please read it first.
On June 12th, I broke down into tears. Minutes earlier, I
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dailyPlanet5D for 2017-08-02 Avid is FREE! RED Sold In Apple Store! New Canon Stabilized Binocs (and more)

so here's our list of the dailyPlanet5D news for 2017-08-02

Video News:

Photography news:



Gear:

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Giveaway – ProAm USA COMPLETE KIT – SLIDEWAYS PRO 48″ SLIDER, TANDEM LEG TRIPOD & FLUID HEAD

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