Intrepid 8×10: an affordable large format camera

Intrepid 8x10: an accessible large format camera Digital may be king, but there is a nostalgia about film and a nostalgia about large format cameras. One British company, producer of 4×5 models, is now ready to deliver a 8×10 model. If you’ve a passion for large format photography, if the names of photographers as Ansel Adams, John Paul Edwards, Sonya Noskowiak or Edward Weston make you dream of taking your own large format camera – anything from 4×5 up – to the field, but you don’t want to break the bank, then the Intrepid 8×10 camera is for you.  For £480 (somewhere around $620) you can
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I want to help new photographers have a real breakthrough…

If you have a friend, co-worker, or family member that is new to photography, and you want to see them make a real leap to where they’re making much better images right away, have them watch this one minute video below – I think I can help (and it’s 100% free). I’m going to share some things I believe can really make a difference in their photography right away. It’s free and open to everyone, so I encourage you to invite your friends (just send them a link to this post). Here’s the link to register for the Webinar. Thanks Continue reading "I want to help new photographers have a real breakthrough…"

HOT! Just Announced – DJI Spark – Small, Light, Launches from your Hand – Heck Even I Can Operate This!

Yep, I just preordered the DJI Spark! It looks like something even I can operate as you can launch it from your hand, use hand motions to tell it what to do, and land it in your hand when you're done. Of course, it has more sophisticated controls as well. Downside? Only 16 minutes of flight time (but that’s probably enough for my needs). PRE-ORDER: DJI site or Amazon And the ability to have the videos/photos sent to your phone so you can edit instead of having to remove the card and edit on your desktop.

Videos:

This one is pretty
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Sony a9 Hands-On Review And Problems With Dynamic Range – So It Isn’t The Perfect Camera After All?

So what's up with the Sony a9? What are people saying about it? Is it the killer DSLR for sports that everyone's been hoping for? (Ok not everyone, but many LOL). We've got a hands-on report from our good friend Hugh Brownstone as well as a troubling report from DPreview about the unfortunate results in their testing of Dynamic Range with ISOs below 640. So what are your thoughts? Are you jumping on the Sony a9 bandwagon?

Sony a9 Hands-On: Best Sony Ever Demands Best from YOU

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Well, it didn't turn me into a Pulitzer prize-winning sports photographer in
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Behind-the-scenes: Dramatic One-flash Portrait

Happy Monday everybody. I’m sharing one of my favorite portrait lighting set-ups – one that creates lots of drama and shadows yet it’s super easy to set-up. Above: We’re using just one light — an Elinchrom ELC 500 strobe (but this technique will also work, or course, with a Canon, Nikon, Phottix, etc. flash as well), with an  Elinchrom Rotalux “Deep Octa” softbox here (but you can do this technique with whichever softbox you have). It’s not so much the type of softbox — it’s how you position it. The key to this technique is putting your softbox way up
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Nikon’s Future Isn’t Looking That Good Based on Financial Results

It isn't looking so good for our friends at Nikon!

Nikon's Year (Financial Results)

Via DSLR Bodies: Here's the crazy corner Nikon is in: they can claim a modest 7% increase in operating income for the fiscal year that they just finished, but had far lower net sales and with restructuring costs had a significant loss. Nikon predicts that they'll recover to profitability next fiscal year, but with lower sales. They predict the imaging market will shrink, but they'll strengthen the profit of that group. The see saw is bouncing up and down. One end up, the other
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The Struggle and Danger of Reporting: The Real Work Behind the Words and Photos You See in the News

I saw this a few weeks ago and held on to it – I still think about it now and then and wanted to share it with you – maybe it will impact you as well. I think about how comfortable I am in my home and neighborhood and how there are photographers out there capturing the danger people are in around the planet and put themselves in danger as well. Just think about the image captured by the photographer as she was killed by a mortar explosion just really grabs and holds your mind about how suddenly life can
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Photographer Shoots 10,000 Plastic Bottles and a Mermaid

I've been thinking a lot about plastic lately (and I know this has very little to do with photography/filmmaking, but it will tie in you'll see)… and I hate that we're using so much plastic and our environment is suffering so much because of it. When I was at NAB, I had breakfast at the fast food chain store in the hotel and the amount of plastic/styrofoam waste that came out of my meal made me sick. Crazy waste! So when I found this amazing set of photographs from Von Wong I just felt that I had to share it with
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Shane Hurlbut Presents A Light Study on the Cineo HS2 Remote Phosphor Light

Following up on yesterday's massive post on LED lighting, I wanted to share this because it comes from some of my favorites – Cineo and Shane Hurlbut. When you watched the LED videos by Timur Civan yesterday, you heard him mention remote phosphor several times and he commented about the quality of light they produce. I'll never forget the day I first heard of remote phosphor – it was when I bumped into Vincen Laforet at NAB at the Cineo booth and he was so excited about how bright they were and the quality of the light. I ended
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The Most Comprehensive LED Test You’ve Ever Seen

If you haven't seen this, you should! Timur Civan was the guy who created one of our most popular posts ever – “What do you get when you put a 102 year old lens on a Canon EOS 5D Mark II?” This was put together by Timur for NoFilmSchool “28-Light Shootout: The Most Comprehensive LED Test You've Ever Seen” There's a lot to be learned by watching all of the videos! Even just watching the first one will show you the amount of variance of light produced by these lights.

LED Shootout 2017: The Main Test

LED Shootout
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Tony Northrup’s Panasonic GH5 Review – “Favorite Video Camera Of All Time” (with a few “buts”)

Of course, the Panasonic GH5 has been getting a lot of well deserved attention and I've been keeping an eye out for some of the good reviews – and I can always trust Tony & Chelsea Northrup to give you their complete and personal opinion. They take their time and really test out the camera. Note: this is Tony's affiliate link – please reward them with your purchase: http://sdp.io/gh5 Tony starts this review by saying “The Panasonic GH5 is my favorite video camera of all time” and sets the expectation for the rest of the review. The next phrase
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Did You Win in The Sekonic L-858D-U Speedmaster Light Meter Giveaway Contest?

Sekonic L-858D-U Speedmaster Light Meters Giveaway:

Our first (of hopefully many) giveaway for Sekonic. With several industry firsts, sophisticated features, and 2.7′ color touch screen, the all-new L-858D-U provides content creators with the critical exposure data they need to create stunning and beautiful imagery for still or motion. Check their site! Winner: The first winner hasn't responded yet – looks like we're going to be selecting someone else soon – good for you all! Ben from the USA said this:
I absolutely love planet5D! It's got all the hottest gear and great writeups about new products, it's my go to site for
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Unified DSLR Cage Adds Compatibility for Sony A7 and Panasonic GH5

New DSLR Cage for Sony A7 and Panasonic GH5

Via Wooden Camera Press: Unified DSLR Cage takes the best features from our original DSLR system and adds compatibility for the new Sony and Panasonic XLR interfaces on top of the camera. The open shoe mount area allows for the XLR adapter to be installed without obstruction. Cage includes a folding and reversible top handle which can be repositioned over the lens area, an HDMI lock, integrated lens adapter support, Manfrotto video dovetail quick release, dovetail receiver plate, and an anti-twist design holds the camera firmly in place.
The optional 15mm
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Harper’s Projected 150 Iconic Fashion Photos Onto the Empire State Building

Last month saw one of the coolest photo-themed light shows in New York City’s history. In celebration of their 150th anniversary, Harper’s Bazaar projected 150 iconic fashion photos directly onto the Empire State Building… and photographers were there to capture the scene. One such shooter was Kenny Rodriguez, who shot a collection of images from atop the Rockefeller Center. Empire State Building lit up in the foreground, One World Trade Center glittering in the background, his images are some of the best we’ve seen from the event: Of course, Rodriguez wasn’t alone. Harper’s Bazaar itself also captured photos
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Rotolight AEOS Ultra-portable LED Light Provides Unrivalled Versatility and is Crazy Light(weight)

The new Rotolight AEOS is one impressive light – I saw it at NAB last week and can't wait to get my hands on one for testing/review! With the different options and the ability to even hand hold this (imagine situations where you're out and need a quick setup but no c-stand or tripod and have someone with hands LOL) – I held it and it is crazy light (bad pun). And the ability to FLASH with NO RECYCLE TIME! No other LED can do that! Photographers will love this. Filmmakers will too with the ability to pretend to be
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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
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