A Warning about Kickstarter campaign’s

I was taken in by the Lilly Kickstarter campaign where you got a drone for about £300 and to this day nothing ever appeared. Luckily I got a heads up from the campaign that things were badly delayed and would I like a refund. I got my refund but was very lucky and this gave […]

TinyMOS NANO1: The World’s Smallest Astrophotography Camera

TinyMOS is trying to become the GoPro of astrophotography, and its next camera will be another big step in that direction. Called the NANO1, the camera will take the crown as the world’s smallest astronomy camera. If you thought the original TinyMOS TINY1 camera of 2015 was small, get this: the NANO1 is 3 times smaller, weighing less than 3.5 ounces (100g).
The NANO1 (left) and the TINY1 (right).
The size and portability would make the NANO1 a nearly weightless camera option for taking on long hikes into the mountains or wilderness. But what it gives up in
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Drone simulated hitting an aircraft wing at 238

University of Dayton Research Institute impact tests prove large aircraft won’t always win in collision with small drones. When a large military helicopter collided midair with a small quadcopter last year, the helicopter sustained only minor damage and returned safely home; the drone was destroyed. But tests performed at the University of Dayton Research Institute […]

GoPro Hero 7 Black “The honest opinion…MAJOR PROBLEMS”

My first impressions of the Hero 7 are as follows… To get the firmware into the Hero 7 you firstly need to charge the battery in the camera, not something I recommend. I never charge any batteries in any cameras and the Hero 7 is no exception, it gets physically hot as does the battery […]

Scrolling Slideshow from $39 introductory offer (Till October 12th)

There’s always a question on blogs, Facebook or Twitter on how to make a series of stills look good. This new FCPX set of plugins from Idustrial Revolution enables the building of a stylish scrolling display of stills or video. Ken Burns style moves on images look good, but what about making a slideshow look […]

Meike Unveils a 6-11mm f/3.5 Fisheye for Canon and Nikon APS-C

The Hong Kong brand Meike has announced the new MK 6-11mm f/3.5 fisheye lens for Canon EF and Nikon F cameras with APS-C sensors. The manual focus lens provides a 180-degree field of view when used on crop sensors, the same as what the $1,250 Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye lens gives on a full-frame camera. Features and specs include a minimum focusing distance of 0.49 feet (0.15m) at 6mm and 0.82 feet (0.25m) at 11mm, a lens design featuring 11 elements in 8 groups, a length of 3.7 inches (94mm), and a weight
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BT or Virgin…Who do you choose for your fast fibre broadband ?

Just passing on my findings after giving up BT Superfast Fibre 2 and was horrified to discover all is not so rosey at Virgin Media. Virgin Fibre…Great download speed of 200 Mbps but a poor upload of 12 Mbps, its only when you get the 350Mbps fast fibre that you get 20Mbps upload speed, but […]

New firmware for the GH5, GH5S and G9 (October 2018)

Panasonic has announced that they will release a major firmware update for its GH5, GH5s and G9 Micro Four Thirds cameras. The release date of the firmware updates scheduled  for October 2018. All three cameras will benefit from the first improvement which is about the AF performance. This is about the cameras tracking performance in […]

NEW…Panasonic S1R Full Frame mirrorless camera

There are 2 models to choose from the S1R and the S1. Each camera has an XQD and SD dual memory card slot, a 3-axis tiltable LCD touchscreen, a perfectly sized grip, optimum button layout, and a market leading electronic viewfinder (EVF). They will have an extremely durable shutter, 100% weather sealing, and low temperature […]

Part Three…Using a SmallRig L-Bracket

  In the last part of how to mount your accessories we take a look at the neatest L-Bracket from SmallRig. Firstly I am not into cages nor lots of metalwork hindering the usability of a great small camera system. Adding the cold shoe to the slide out (28mm) arm (Only useful for LED lights […]

Card manufacturers need to be more consistent !

Just had a call from one on my site sponsors asking me to highlight Sonys recording media chart for the Sony PXW-Z190 as customers are finding problems with certain media not filming 4K footage. The main problem with this is the card manufacturer themselves giving customers inconsistency in their card information.   Here are a […]

NEW …Sony HXR-NX200

The Sony HXR-NX200 is a 20MP 1.0 Exmor R CMOS camcorder, capable of shooting 100Mbps 4k in XAVC S at 25p, or 1080p at 50p onto SD cards. The stabilised lens is 29mm to 348mm equivalent 12x optical servo zoom, opening up from F2.8 to F11. The lens has three rings to control focus, aperture […]

Mounting a cold shoe onto your tripod without screws

Having spent the best part of a day producing my RODE filmmaker upgrade it finally occurred to me there might be a better way of producing the same thing with less weight on the GH5 hot shoe, hence the Sugru option. It works out at about £1.62 a pack. If you have not come across […]

Manfrotto tripod not suitable for sports work

I produced a review of this tripod back in December 2016 not knowing how appalling this tripod was in a sports environment. The culprit lies in the ball joint (055LC) as seen above if you put the least amount of pressure on the camera for example following a game of football this ball joint slides […]

How to UPGRADE your RODE filmmaker kit

My son was recently filming an interview and soon became aware that the RODE receiver is far from accessory friendly. I decided to re-engineer the receiver with a cold shoe I bought on Amazon for a fiver. Unfortunately the M2.5 screws that come with the cold shoe ar too short for this process by luck […]

NEW…JVC GY-HC500 and HC550

Newly announced at IBC 2018 are two new models in the CONNECTED CAM range – the GY-HC500 and the GY-HC550 – which offer unparalleled IP connectivity in a handheld camcorder form factor.  Both models feature a 1” 4K CMOS sensor which is combined with a newly-developed 20x lens with 3-ring control, resulting in excellent imaging […]

NEW…Canon XF-705 4K 50p camcorder £7,000

Finally we get a 4K 50p camcorder with 10bit 422 from Canon and with the added bonus of a 15x servo zoom lens. At a hefty £7,000 including vat it won’t be flying off the shelves. Canon XF705 (XF-705) HD Camcorder – MPEG-4, 160Mbps, H.265/HEVC Codec, 15x Optical Zoom Lens and 4K UHD CMOS Sensors […]

$80 f/1.2 Lens vs $1,500 f/1.2 Lens

How does a vintage $80 f/1.2 prime lens stack up against a modern $1,500 f/1.2 lens? Photographer Mathieu Stern recently decided to do a shootout to find out, and he shares his results in this 2.5-minute video. Stern got his hands on a Porst Color Reflex 50mm f/1.2 manual lens, a rebranded version of the Fuji EBC X-Fujinon 50mm f/1.2 lens, for just $80 on eBay. He pitted that vintage lens against the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L autofocus prime lens, which is ordinarily priced at around $1,500. Stern (with the vintage lens) and photographer
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