A $50 Camera vs. a $50,000 Camera

Ever wondered why the expensive cinema cameras cost what they do? In this featherweight vs. heavyweight comparison, Sam and Niko put a $50 Sony HDR-CX405 camcorder to the test against a RED Epic Dragon 6K cinema camera worth about $50,000. It’s no surprise: the RED wins. But this 15-minute video is interesting because it shows exactly what you’re paying for when you opt for an expensive film camera like the RED units. The differences are really obvious when comparing the resolution of the two cameras. Take a look at this wide scene of some building rooftops: Just zoom in on that
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Review: The Sony a9 is the Camera of a Wedding Photographer’s Dreams

Until 2016, I had photographed weddings using nothing but Nikon cameras. First the D90, then D700, D3s, D4 and then the D4s (while dabbling with the D800, D810, and D750 in-between). I love/loved my Nikons and never regretted avoiding Canon at any stage.

From Nikon to Fuji to Sony

Then Fuji came on the scene with their X-T1. I liked the idea of a quiet, mirrorless camera, that was small. Having borrowed one for a trip to Romania, I discovered it wasn’t quite there for me in terms of performance. The Fuji X-T2 followed a while later. I bought it
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“Production House Cinema” by Kurt Lancaster – a planet5D book review

Production House Cinema - Starting and Running your own cinematic storytelling businessSo, you want to be a commercial filmmaker? Something you may not know is that it is a LOT of work. But much of it is the “not fun” part of running a business to be able to be a commercial filmmaker. Kurt Lancaster has written a couple of books (Like the popular “DSLR Cinema: Crafting the Film Look with Large Sensor Video Cameras [Paperback] by Kurt Lancaster”) and Kurt does a phenomenal job in his new book “Production House Cinema – Starting and Running Your Own Cinematic Storytelling Business” (official CRC publishing pagein
Production House Cinema - Starting and Running your own cinematic storytelling business
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Loupedeck vs PFixer: Editing Wedding Photos in Lightroom

As a professional documentary wedding photographer, actually taking photographs is a small (but essential!) part of my job. Much of what a wedding photographer does is in the editing and processing of the images. And that’s where tools like the Loupedeck photo editing console for Lightroom comes in handy. It’s the kind of tool that can save a photographer a substantial amount of time processing each image, and when there are hundreds of images to deliver from each wedding, that time saving soon mounts up. My 27-minute Loupedeck review above will give you an idea of how this
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Canon 6D Mark II Dynamic Range is a Big Disappointment

The first dynamic range tests of the new Canon 6D Mark II DSLR are trickling onto the Web, and one thing seems to be clear: the results are very disappointing for Canon fans. In fact, Canon appears to have taken a step backwards. Camera tester William J. Claff of Photons to Photos published its Dynamic Range vs ISO chart for the 6D Mark II. Here’s the camera compared to other Canon DSLRs: As you can see, the 6D Mark II has a dynamic range that’s similar to the original 6D, slightly better at higher ISOs but worse at lower ISOs.
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Canon 6D Mark II Dynamic Range is a Big Disappointment

The first dynamic range tests of the new Canon 6D Mark II DSLR are trickling onto the Web, and one thing seems to be clear: the results are very disappointing for Canon fans. In fact, Canon appears to have taken a step backwards. Camera tester William J. Claff of Photons to Photos published its Dynamic Range vs ISO chart for the 6D Mark II. Here’s the camera compared to other Canon DSLRs: As you can see, the 6D Mark II has a dynamic range that’s similar to the original 6D, slightly better at higher ISOs but worse at lower ISOs.
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5 Reasons to Pick a PC Over a MacBook in 2017 for Photo and Video Editing

Photographer and Sony Imaging Ambassador Manny Ortiz made this 6.5-minute video sharing the top 5 reasons he chose a Dell XPS 15 laptop over a MacBook Pro in 2017 for his photo and video editing needs. Ortiz says he was looking for something powerful enough to edit 4K video yet small enough to be ultra portable, since Ortiz often edits away from home. After narrowing his search down to the Dell XPS 15 and the new Apple MacBook Pro, here’s what swayed Ortiz toward the Dell:

#1. Price

The Dell had equivalent specs to the MacBook Pro yet cost
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Nikon D750 vs Fujifilm X-T2: Shooting Motorsport

My name is Chris Harrison, and I’m a photographer based in Hilperton, Wiltshire, England. In this post, I’ll share a head to head comparison of the Nikon D750 DSLR and Fujifilm X-T2 mirrorless camera in shooting motorsport. Due to being a creature of habit more than any master plan to compare these two cameras, I ended up shooting the hill climb at the 2017 Festival of Speed with the Fuji kit from near enough the exact same spot as the 2016 event with the Nikon. I also realized that (again being a creature of habit) the gear used for each
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Taking the Blackmagic Design DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel For A Spin

The Olympics motto is Citius, Atlius, Fortius, when translated from Latin the motto means Faster, Higher, Stronger. The motto does not imply the competition between athletes but the competition within an athlete. After using Blackmagic Design’s DaVinci Resolve Micro Panel I feel like this old world motto can be applied again without losing its meaning. The track balls and knobs of the Micro Panel help a colorist or DIT be faster, reach a higher quality of color, and end up a stronger colorist in the end. Micro Panel

Faster

I counted myself as pretty quick when color correcting on my MacBook Pro by using the trackpad or by using a mouse on the dedicated DaVinci Resolve
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Torture Test: See the Moment a Canon DSLR Shutter Dies

DSLRs generally have life expectancies based on how many “actuations” (i.e. openings and closings) their shutters can handle before they die and need to be replaced. To see what happens when a DSLR “dies” in this way, ContinueCrushingTech decided to torture test a Canon 7D Mark II with non-stop shooting until the shutter fails. Warning: Spoilers of the test are below. ContinueCrushingTech had a broken 7D Mark II that needed to be sent to Canon for part replacements anyway, so the camera was a perfect guinea pig for seeing the results of shutter failure.
The Canon 7D Mark
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Want to Sell Stock Photos? Here’s a Comparison of the Major Services

Up until just recently I always scoffed at selling my work as stock photography. Let’s call it youthful arrogance. I always felt my work was worth more and should be used for more important purposes. The problem was I wasn’t good at selling my work independently either. After doing some growing up, humility and logic began to play their role and I realized, “Well, I can let the work sit there on my website and do nothing, or I can let it sit there and earn me money… Hmm…”. With that, I finally decided to start selling my work through
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Want to Sell Stock Photos? Here’s a Comparison of the Major Services

Up until just recently I always scoffed at selling my work as stock photography. Let’s call it youthful arrogance. I always felt my work was worth more and should be used for more important purposes. The problem was I wasn’t good at selling my work independently either. After doing some growing up, humility and logic began to play their role and I realized, “Well, I can let the work sit there on my website and do nothing, or I can let it sit there and earn me money… Hmm…”. With that, I finally decided to start selling my work through
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