So is the 18-Core iMac Pro Worth It?

So is Apple’s 18-Core iMacPro worth it? In short: YES – if your software can take advantage of it. That’s the KEY. But just as key: the 10-core iMac is really at the sweet spot of what the vast majority of users will likely ever need. It’s a little beast!
Final Cut Pro X is clearly designed to take FULL advantage of the 18 cores, whereas DaVinci Resolve is several times slower on similar exports (as much as 5 times slower) and unfortunately Adobe Premiere is currently not even on the same racetrack…
The results continue to be seriously
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The Sony 6K VENICE Menu Simulator Online Now

Camera Assistants, Owner – Operators, and DPs the Sony VENICE Menu Simulator is online and waiting for you and your curiosity. Well, maybe I’m overhyping this a touch. It is a menu simulator for the VENICE and it is online, but I doubt it is waiting for you. Now future users can be learn the new camera’s menu system so they are ready to take the VENICE out for a shoot once it arrives at your doorstep sometime in February. I have taken the VENICE simulator for a spin and one big take away is the new Menu is cleaner
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4K Coming to Canon’s Mirrorless Line: Report

Canon is set to unveil its first mirrorless camera capable of 4K video recording, according to a new report. The capability will be appearing in the soon-to-be-announced EOS M50. Canon Rumors reports that the EOS M50 will be Canon’s first APS-C crop sensor camera to shoot 4K video. Canon has been lagging behind when it comes to offering 4K video across its digital camera lines, so it looks like Canon is finally making a push in that direction starting with the M50. Canon Rumors also reports that the M50 will feature an EF-M mount and will be announced sometime this
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‘Stupid’ Photography Terms and Ideas for ‘Fixing’ Them

Photographers Tony & Chelsea Northrup made this educational and tongue-in-cheek 5-minute video in which they rant about how many of the most common terms in photography are “stupid” because they’re often inherited from history (and therefore may not make sense immediately without digging deeper into each concept). Here are the terms the Northrups’ run through in this video (which then turns into something of an infomercial):

1. Stops

The word “stops” dates back to 1858 and is based on a logarithmic scale, which can be difficult for people to understand.

2. Fast

Lenses can be fast and let in more
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AIR in MOTION Proof of Concept by Vincent Laforet

Vincent laforet ‘Air In Motion' is a fantastic proof of concept based on his very popular and beautiful “air” photography series Y'all remember this guy Vincent Laforet right? Of course you do! Ok, I know many of you may not have heard of him, but in some ways, he's the father of the DSLR Video revolution when he shared the first video short shot with the Canon EOS 5D Mark II called “Reverie” His first passion was photography and he worked for years for the New York Times and won a Pulitzer for his work. Then he ventured into Continue reading "AIR in MOTION Proof of Concept by Vincent Laforet"

Top 10 Things to Know About Magic Lantern Hack for Canon DSLRs

We all love ‘em: top 10 lists. Herewith, my completely biased list of the 10 most important things you need to know about Magic Lantern (though not necessarily in order).

1. Audio monitoring

This was the primary reason I first tried Magic Lantern with my Canon EOS 5D Mark II. No newsflash: it’s critical for filmmakers to be able to monitor audio in real time. How else are you going to know that the wireless lav mics you worked so hard to set right have just gotten a burst of static from a passing truck and you need to reshoot? Magic Lantern
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The Blackmagic Design URSA Broadcast Camera

In their new camera announcement, Blackmagic Design dropped the “Mini” in the URSA Broadcast camera name. Read into it if you want. The URSA Broadcast, and the URSA Mini camera body design, are hardly Mini cameras. The features found in these cameras offer up big help to creatives and broadcasters who use them. Now, Blackmagic has squarely turned its attention to the specific needs of Broadcasters.

The new URSA Broadcast is a professional broadcast camera designed for both studio programming and live production. URSA Broadcast will work with existing B4 broadcast HD lenses, can be used for both HD and

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This Video Shows How Everyone Snaps the Same Instagram Travel Photos

While traveling in Rome, photographer Oliver KMIA discovered how popular tourist spots were crowded with tourists fighting to shoot their own precious personal photo. He later scoured Instagram and created this 2-minute video, titled “Instravel,” which shows a “photogenic mass tourism experience” and how so many of our travel photos look exactly like other people’s. “I was shocked by the mass of people walking all around the city, yet I was one of them, not better or worst,” KMIA writes. “Like all these tourists, I burned hundred of gallons of fuel to get there, rushed to visit the city in
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Blackmagic Feb 1st Broadcast New Products Announcements

Today, Blackmagic Design took the opportunity to live stream their new 2018 broadcast product updates. On-screen Blackmagic CEO, Grant Petty, showed off a number of new broadcast products. Most notably the URSA Mini Broadcast camera as well an SMPTE Fiber solution for broadcasters. Blackmagic also updated their ATEM Broadcast Switcher and a free update for ATEM 2 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K users to the new ATEM 4 M/E Broadcast Studio 4K


Updating to help broadcasters embrace 4K a little bit easier and the new model looks very much like the DaVinci Resolve Mini and Micro panels. The new modern
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The large format look, continued: shallow focus and stressing old lenses

I’ve been getting some play time with RED’s new Monstro camera at Videofax in San Francisco. Jim Rolin, one of Videofax’s owners and a top video engineer, said something during my previous visit that got me to thinking. He said he’d put some older glass on Monstro to see what happened, and the results were fascinating. I’m a big fan of TLS-rehoused Cooke Speed Panchros and the new Cooke Classics, so I decided to take a look and see what strangeness I could squeeze out of otherwise normal lenses by using as much of their image circle as possible. I
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Don’t Miss It! B&H Live Panel Discussion On The New Panasonic Lumix GH5s

Lumix GH5sWatch the B&H Live Panel Discussion On The New Panasonic Lumix GH5s on January 31st, 2018 @1:00PM EST

Gold Medal Video Quality for Lumix

Designed solely for professional video shooters, the GH5S delivers the best video quality ever from a Lumix Micro Four Thirds camera. The 10.28MP Multi-Aspect Live MOS Sensor features Dual Native ISO Technology, something originally found only on broadcast and cinema cameras, which provides exceptionally clean footage at both ISO 400 and ISO 2500 for added versatility and an extended ISO range of up to ISO 204800. Also, the lower resolution allows for an improvement to
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This Timelapse of Canada’s Landscapes Spans 3,400 Miles and 54,000 Photos

Here’s a new timelapse video that captures the epic beauty of Canada’s vast landscapes. Photographer and filmmaker Florian Nick of Stuttgart, Germany, spent 6 weeks traveling 5,500km (~3,400mi) across British Columbia and Alberta, hunting for beautiful scenery. After shooting 54,000 photos, he turned them into this 3.5-minute video titled “ALIVE.” It’s “a timelapse film which takes you on a vivid journey through wild forests, along the shores of crystal lakes and up the hills of massive mountains,” Nick writes. “By making this project, I want to raise awareness of our wonderful planet earth which we have the privilege
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DJI Officially Launches All New Mavic Air

DJI Mavic AirPost by guest planet5D writer Kevin McCarthy. Today, DJI officially launched their all new Mavic Air drone. It is essentially a perfect cross between the existing Mavic Pro and the Spark, which was exactly what their customer base have been requesting. The Mavic Air comes with a 3 axis camera using a 1:2.3 CMOS sensor allowing for 4k video at 30 FPS (recorded using h.264 at 100mbs!) and 12 megapixel photos, a first for a drone is small and compact as the Mavic Air. There is even an automated panorama capture mode resulting in a 32
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New Mavic Air Leaked Ahead of Tuesday’s Launch Event

Post by guest planet5D writer Kevin McCarthy. If you’re wondering what the much discussed new Mavic Air is, you don’t have to wait a moment longer! Meet the Mavic Air, a smaller overall version of the existing Mavic Pro packing way better imaging credentials if the leak is accurate. The Mavic Air is alleged to be capable of 4k video and 24 megapixel photos, big improvements over the existing Mavic Pro. That is the extent of the leaked info. Missing is the size of the sensor used as well as the flight range. We will get the full spec list
DJI Mavic Air
DJI Mavic Air
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GoPro In the News for All the Wrong Reasons

GoPro KarmaPost by guest planet5D writer Kevin McCarthy. 2018 has not started off well for GoPro. After two years of trying to gain a toehold in the ultra competitive drone market, GoPro has exited the competition by discontinuing their Karma drone. With that, they are rumored to have let go of nearly 300 employees. If that mews weren’t bad enough, their stock has taken a nosedive this week as news of a possible sale weakens investor confidence. While GoPro is not the camera of choice outside of the action sports crowd, it has become a very reliable choice for those who
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Panasonic Releases LUMIX GH5s – Extended Coverage!

Panasonic Lumix GH5sPost by guest planet5D writer Kevin McCarthy. As if the GH5 were not good enough, Panasonic has decided to make it better with the release of the GH5s. Here are the significant changes, via
  • 10.2MP high-sensitivity MOS sensor with multi-aspect and dual native ISO (400 & 2,500) with a range from 160 – 51,200; extendable to 80 – 204,800.
  • Unlimited in-camera recording of C4K: 60p50p 8-bit, 30p25p/24p 4:2:2 10-bit, 4K: 60p50p 4:2:0 8-bit, 30p/25p/24p 4:2:2 10-bit. 1080p up to 240fps and C4K 60p VFR.
  • 4K Anamorphic professional video production interchangeable lens camera system with high performance,
    Panasonic Lumix GH5S
    Panasonic Lumix GH5S
    Panasonic Lumix GH5S
    Panasonic Lumix GH5S
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DJI Introduces Single Hand Gimbal, Ronin S

Post by guest planet5D writer Kevin McCarthy It was only a matter of time before DJI decided to make their amazing Ronin line available to photography and video hobbyists. What am I talking about? Well, ahead of the official start of CES this year, DJI has announced two new products. The first is a new version of their Osmo Mobile. The improvements include significant battery life improvement, now at a claimed 15 hours on a built-in, non-replaceable battery and a new portrait mode. These are fantastic improvements over the existing Osmo Mobile. The original featured a replaceable battery with a
DJI Osmo 2
DJI Osmo 2
DJI Osmo 2
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This is What Camera Bag Marketing Hype is Like

It seems like every month there’s an earth-shattering new camera bag that can hold ridiculous amounts of gear in an absurd number of compartments. Fstoppers decided to poke fun at this niche in the photo industry and created this humorous 3-minute sketch showing what camera bag marketing hype is like when you buy into it. The sketch opens with photographer Patrick Hall packing his camera bag for a gala shoot later in the day. When photographer Lee Morris walks in, he can’t believe Hall is still using his same old camera bag. “There are so many new bags out there,”
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Creating a Wet Plate Collodion Photo in a Portable Darkroom

Adrian Cook is a wet plate collodion photographer based in Sydney, Australia. The Guardian made this 7-minute video in which Cook talks about his background and walks through the wet plate collodion process by shooting a photo of Sydney Harbor. “I find [with] digital, there’s no surprises,” Cook says. “I spend more time in front of a computer, and that’s not why I started photography. I still love that kind of… not quite sure what you’re going to get.” Here’s a collection of plates Cook has made over the course of his career: You can find more of Cook’s
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