NAB 2017: Sigma Unveils Two New Cine Prime Lenses; Adds New Product Options

NAB 2017: Sigma Unveils Two New Cine Prime Lenses; Adds New Product Options

Via Press Release: Sigma expands its Cine Prime line to include two brand new lenses: the Sigma Cine FF High Speed 14mm T2 and the Sigma Cine FF High Speed 135mm T2. The high-performance Sigma Cine Prime product line, which now includes the following focal lengths and apertures – 14mm T2, 20mm T1.5, 24mm T1.5, 35mm T1.5, 50mm T1.5, 85mm T1.5 and 135mm T2 – is compatible with the latest full-frame camera sensor technology. Compact in design, the Cine Prime line offers
Continue reading "NAB 2017: Sigma Unveils Two New Cine Prime Lenses; Adds New Product Options"

ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 and CP.3 XD Lenses Announced

ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 and CP.3 XD lenses

New ZEISS CP.3 XD Cine Lens Family: “Hollywood Technology for Everyone”

Via ZEISS Press: The ten compact prime lenses provide metadata and enable the correction of distortion and shading. For the first time, even low-budget productions can employ visual effects. OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 24/04/201: No matter if it is Star Wars, Harry Potter or Avatar: these days, just about every film features special effects. For many small film productions, having visual effects in their movie would be a dream come true. Unfortunately, making the image fit the look of the
Continue reading "ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 and CP.3 XD Lenses Announced"

Movcam Announces Its Camera Support Cages for Canon C700, Panasonic Varicam LT & Panasonic GH5

Movcam Debuts New Camera Support Cages for Canon C700, Panasonic Varicam LT & Panasonic GH5 at the NAB Show

Via Press Release:
Monday April 24th 2017, Las Vegas NV, USA–Professional camera accessory manufacturer Movcam is excited to announce it has extended its popular range of camera cages to support recently released cameras from Canon and Panasonic.
Movcam’s camera cage for the Panasonic Lumix GH5 offers protection for the camera body while adding multiple points for mounting both shoe-mount and threaded accessories. The main cage element is comprised of a single piece of magnesium to provide the ultimate in strength
Continue reading "Movcam Announces Its Camera Support Cages for Canon C700, Panasonic Varicam LT & Panasonic GH5"

Canon Log Feature Upgrade for the EOS 5D Mark IV – Not What The Rumors Said – But Still Valuable!

Well, sometimes when we post rumors, they don't turn out quite like we'd hoped… and when we posted the rumor from my friend at CanonRumors about the firmware update for the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV having a better crop factor in 4k, well it turned out to be wrong and I apologize for contributing to the hopes and excitement. Canon yesterday announced the firmware upgrade and it includes Canon Log (or C-Log), but that's it. And it not only is a paid upgrade ($99) but it requires your camera to make a trip to Canon for the installation (it
Continue reading "Canon Log Feature Upgrade for the EOS 5D Mark IV – Not What The Rumors Said – But Still Valuable!"

The New Sony A9 Announced Today – Phenomenal Sensor And 20fps Silent Shooting For Sports/Nature/Fun Shooting!

Sony's just announced a new phenomenal Sony Alpha a9 Mirrorless Digital Camera and this is the planet5D Wrap-up of all the news we could find… one big post! Pre-order @ B&H: Sony Alpha a9 Mirrorless Digital Camera Main features:

Bridal Shoot (with behind-the-scenes shots and camera settings)

Hey, it’s Photoshop World week, and to celebrate, today I thought I’d share some shots from a recent bridal shoot I did for a project I’m working on. The shoot took place at Casa Bella – a beautiful 9,000 sq ft. luxury home/venue for weddings and events in our area. I teamed up with my awesome wife Kalebra who did all the styling and art direction for the shoot (she’s just a blast to be on a shoot with — she brings an energy, and fun to the shoot that’s contagious. Also, seeing how she sees things, and how she works with our
Continue reading "Bridal Shoot (with behind-the-scenes shots and camera settings)"

New Light L16 Sample Images Show Dynamic Range of Computational Imaging

Last Friday I published a post about the new Light L16 – and then later that afternoon, Light released more information about shipping as well as about 10 new images from the camera. And they look astounding with quite a bit of dynamic range. I don't have details from the company about the range of the DR, but I'm trying to get their measurements. My new sister site lightRumors.co has several new posts about the status, but I also posted this about the images:
Today, Light published a lot of news from the Light L16 and added a new blog
Continue reading "New Light L16 Sample Images Show Dynamic Range of Computational Imaging"

Stuff to Watch This Weekend

Hi gang – sorry for the late post today – with the Photoshop World Conference coming next week, it’s hard to work on anything else (really exciting, but busy as heck!). Anyway, I thought I’d share a few courses for you to watch this weekend that are just getting tons of love from our members — these are classes that people are just raving about, so if you’re looking for some learning this Holiday Weekend, I hope you’ll give these a look: Larry nailed it in this class, and people are writing in that even though they thought they really knew Continue reading "Stuff to Watch This Weekend"

Remember the Light L16 – The Camera With 16 Lenses/Sensors? We Have Final Production Images of the Body

Do you remember the Light L16? Sure you do. It was all the chatter back when it was first announced back in 2015. And the often delayed project appears to be nearing shipping. planet5D has a new sister planet (tho sadly I didn't give it a planet name) – lightRumors.co was put into orbit last week in anticipation of the announcement of updates from Light.co about the project. Last night, lightrumors received the first images of the production Light L16. Related: The Light L16 Could Crush DSLRs There aren't a whole lot of major differences, but the major thing is
Continue reading "Remember the Light L16 – The Camera With 16 Lenses/Sensors? We Have Final Production Images of the Body"

ShotKit Just Created an Interactive Keyboard Shortcuts Tool for Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC

Over at ShotKit, they've put together an interesting keyboard simulator for LightRoom and Photoshop that shows you dynamically which keys perform actions within those applications. Now, we've seen keyboards that do this, but my question to you is would this functionality help you be more adept at using your keyboard? Granted it would require having a browser open, but maybe it would be a good training product. As a keyboard affectionate, I can attest that learning keyboard shortcuts not only saves time, but makes you much more comfortable with what you're doing. Plus it saves you from repetitive stress
Continue reading "ShotKit Just Created an Interactive Keyboard Shortcuts Tool for Adobe Photoshop CC and Lightroom CC"

Panasonic Lumix GH5 Review – A Closer Look at Panasonic’s Flagship Camera

Ok, the Panasonic GH5 has been out for a good few weeks (tho some in the USA still haven't gotten theirs)… so what kind of reviews are coming in? What's the consensus? I plan to post a few articles this week outlining some of the results and opinions. There's plenty of good and bad to get thru. For my needs, I'm sticking with the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV – I'm mainly shooting photos and some videos for planet5D etc. I'm not making movies full time nor am I shooting a ton of 4k. So I'm happy where I am for now –
Continue reading "Panasonic Lumix GH5 Review – A Closer Look at Panasonic’s Flagship Camera"

Introducing “Give a Shot”, a Website That Helps Photographers and Videographers Donate Their Talent to Environmental Nonprofits

Our friends over at Peak Design are not only creating great products, but they're supporting the community that helped put them on the map – by connecting photographers and filmmakers with environmental non-profits that need help. And of course that means you! So if you're looking to help our environment, this is a great idea to get started with… sign up and jump in.

Give A Shot Website Connects Photographers and Environmental Non-Profits

Via Peak Design: Peak Design Leads Effort to Enable Creative Community to Give Back San Francisco, CA (March 30, 2017) — Peak Design, makers of
Continue reading "Introducing “Give a Shot”, a Website That Helps Photographers and Videographers Donate Their Talent to Environmental Nonprofits"

Pros and Cons of Using Teleconverters

Everybody wants to get closer when shooting wildlife, and one of the most affordable ways of doing this is to buy a teleconverter. These little gadgets will instantly add to your lens magnification without making your wallet thousands of dollars lighter… but are they worth it? Let’s find out. J.P. Morgan of The Slanted Lens recently found himself at a swamp in Houston with a 150-600mm Tamron lens and a 1.4X and 2X teleconverter. For those of you who are not familiar, a teleconverter is a small 2-4″ lens adapter that goes between your camera body and the
Continue reading "Pros and Cons of Using Teleconverters"

My Current Setup For Shooting Tethered Into Lightroom

Happy Monday everybody! I’m out doing my Lightroom seminar tour this year (I’ll be in Chicago and the Detroit area with my seminar next Monday and Tuesday respectively), and I get lots of questions about the tethering rig I use, so I thought I’d share a few Behind-the-Scenes shots from a studio shoot I did a few weeks ago (shots for an upcoming book), where I can break down the set-up (and the lighting while we’re there, right?). Here’s the basic set-up: The Cable:
The long orange cable is the essential thing you need to connect your DSLR to
Continue reading "My Current Setup For Shooting Tethered Into Lightroom"

Taking Drones to the Next Level – Rufus Blackwell Shows Off Motion Control in the Sky

Rufus Blackwell (timelapsevxf website) is blowing us away with his work – and he just sent this beautiful DJI drone video – and we've got a special behind-the-scenes “how to” post coming up next week with more info on how Rufus put this together. What Rufus is doing here is “motion control in the sky” – let that sink in a little. Repetitive motion with a quadcopter so you can repeat the same moves over and over if need be. That really opens up some possibilities. Miss a shot? Shoot the same thing again. Want to plan your shot
Continue reading "Taking Drones to the Next Level – Rufus Blackwell Shows Off Motion Control in the Sky"