It wouldn’t be the Sunday night before NAB if there weren’t leaked pictures of insane new Blackmagic cinema cameras floating about.
In a few tweets from Matthew Allard, we get a sneak peak of what’s going to be officially announced by Blackmagic tomorrow. And as seems to be a recurring trend, it looks like they’re going to steal the show again.
In 2013, Freefly Systems changed the game with the MoVI, the worlds most advanced handheld camera stabilization system.
Now they’re looking to do the same thing again with MIMIC, a completely new motion tracker for the MoVI Remote Operator. For those who may not be familiar, the Remote Op is the person who remotely controls the camera movement independently of where the MoVI Operator is pointing it.
As you can see from the video below, they’ve gone all out to make MIMIC completely intuitive for the operator, regardless of experience – “child’s play” indeed!
Doing away with a control joystick on the MoVI controller, Freefly have opted for a remote system with sensors that track your positioning and movement, translating these into silky smooth camera movement. This essentially allows for a totally organic, intuitive and completely immersive independent camera operation experience. I can see myself as a Director wanting to pick the control
Freefly quite literally revolutionized the way we move our cameras two years ago with the MōVI. This year, they’re making gimbal operating easier than it’s ever been before.
In a massive announcement today, the popular camera movement technology company revealed a plethora of professional products. The announcement includes MIMIC, a kinetic controller for operating the MōVi gimbal, ALTA, a high-end drone, WEDGE, a tiny 3-channel lens control system, and MōVI XL, a beefed-up version of the MōVI that can handle the weight of cameras like the Alexa and Phantom Flex 4K.
By contributing editor Chuck Fadely: Sony’s big gear announcement at NAB this year wasn’t a large sensor camera or compact system camera. Instead it was a 4K 2/3″ broadcast sports camera, the HDC-4300. It’s capable of high frame rates up to 8x slow motion in HD. It will ship in May around $80K. Sony seems […]
Veydra revealed earlier today at NAB that they’re developing wide angle and anamorphic 2x lenses to round out their already stellar line of true cinema lenses made for Micro 4/3 cameras.
This announcement will most likely get budget filmmakers, namely BMPCC and GH4 users, pretty excited. Veydra didn’t disappoint when they came out with their line of affordable cinema quality glass for Micro 4/3 cameras, and now with the promise of an even more complete line of mini cinema primes, things are really starting to get exciting.
Wide Angle Mini Prime
Veydra was bound to make a move toward wide angle lenses, since the widest one in their line right now is a 12mm, and the company explained in their press release that it wouldn’t be the optimal option in some shooting conditions.
This photographer was spotted taking pictures at an anime street festival in Osaka, Japan, with a crazy DIY camera rig that covered his upper body. The kit included three DSLRs, three off camera flashes, multiple action cameras, a smartphone, an external hard drive, and more.
You can see the guy in action in this short video shared by the Osaka travel channel:
Outdoor and travel photographer John Greengo has spent years behind the counter of a camera store, helping people with their camera purchases. In this 8-minute talk, Greengo shares 10 of the biggest and most common mistakes he sees people making when shopping for a new camera.
Here’s a brief overview of the 10 mistakes he mentions:
1. Bad advice: Following the decisions of someone who doesn’t really know photography.
2. Underestimating what their money would buy: Temper your expectations.
3. Reality didn’t match ambitions: Know where your life is going.
4. Distracted by “special deals”: Having your purchased be influenced too much by sales.
5. Overthought the little items: Getting lost in insignificant details.
6. Thought more money would solve the problem: Is the most expensive gear really what you need?
7. Didn’t budget for the accessories: It’s not just about the camera.
If you’re in the photography game, either professionally or passionately, you’ve undoubtedly been overcome by the tingly, musing desire to buy some new gear that maybe you didn’t need. You know, the stuff that clicks and shines and makes you dream of meandering the streets of New Delhi or the Highlands of Scotland on a golden, breezy morning. Michigan-based wedding and portrait photographer Rachel Schomsky is a self-professed “glass addict” who never thought her constant tinkering with vintage and adapted lenses would lead her on path of rediscovery with Lensbaby’s new Velvet 56 manual focus lens.
What do Pablo Picasso, Andy Warhol, and Frida Kahlo have in common? All three artists were cat lovers.
For her new book Artists and Their Cats, artist Alison Nastasi has put together a collection of portraits showing some of history’s most famous artists and their beloved cat companions.
“In this clever compilation, art aficionados will discover a softer side of their favorite artists, and cat lovers will enjoy a whole new way to celebrate their favorite furry friends,” the book’s description says.
Jack was walking backwards and taking pictures of the couple from just a few feet away when he tripped and hit his head on a gravestone while falling. The 47-year-old photographer was knocked unconscious, and an ambulance was called in to rush him to a nearby hospital, where he passed away the following afternoon.
In September 2014, Zeiss announced their new Loxia line of manual-focus lenses for Sony’s full-frame E-mount cameras. Ever since covering the announcement, I’ve wanted to try out these stylish lenses, namely the Zeiss Loxia 2/35 because of its extended usefulness in landscape photography. I was very much interested in seeing how a modern Zeiss manual-focus lens designed for a technologically-advanced mirrorless camera would fare, and in the end I was left blown away by the results.
When exactly did a "sale" start to become known as a "price drop"? Seems to me a price drop should mean a permanent decrease in price, whereas a sale is a temporary decrease. I don't know which of these this actually is, though I suspect it's a sale. I'll see if I can find out.
[UPDATE: B&H confirmed that these are indeed a permanent reductions in prices, not a temporary sale. So they were using the term "price drop" precisely. —Ed.]
Whatever you call it, the news is that Canon lenses are reduced in price at B&H Photo—most about $100 off, some of the teles $500 off. And 33 lenses and extenders are on sale, a comprehensive selection. Worth checking out if you've been vulching for one of 'em. ("Vulching"—hovering in watchful waiting like a vulture—is a recent term too, but
Want to see what it’s like to “walk” around in space outside the International Space Station? NASA wants to show you. The agency recently strapped GoPro cameras onto two astronauts to capture the wonder of spacewalks from their perspective.
It was a month ago that a Texas lawmaker sparked a hoopla by proposing a bill that would limit the photography and filming of officers. If passed, anyone caught pointing a camera at an officer from within 25 feet could be charged with breaking the law.
Public outcry was swift and loud, and people even began sending death threats to the representative’s office. Good news today: the bill is now dead.
Representative Jason Villalba tells the Dallas Morning News that he has dropped the bill and will not be seeking a public hearing for it. The bill was originally proposed to him by a couple of notable police officer associations, he says, and it was intended to ensure the safety of officers and the public by creating a safe buffer zone between the two.
Texas representative Jason Villalba
Unfortunately for the lawmaker, the public did not take kindly to the
[UPDATE Monday: The deal—or mistake?—has ended; the book is back to £35 in the U.K. —Ed.]
Remember Nathan Benn? We featured his bookKodachrome Memory: American Pictures 1972–1990 here some time ago, and people loved the example picture we posted (here's the followup, in which we heard from Nathan himself). Just thought our U.K. readers might want to know that the book is on sale there for only £11.56.
It's still available new in the U.S. but isn't on sale. Used copies, however, are already selling for more than twice what the book costs new. (Don't ask me to explain these things; they're inscrutable.)
Mike (Thanks to Andy Munro)
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Despite several powerful competitors, Avid Media Composer is still a dominant force in high-end editing. Pretty soon, you’ll be able to get your hands on it for free, kind of.
Avid today announced a brand new software called Media Composer | First and it’s said to be a free and trimmed down version of the incredibly powerful full version Media Composer. The idea is to make Media Composer | First simple to learn and simple to use so that aspiring editors can get a feel for Avid’s editorial process (keyboard-driven three point editing and trimming and such) without the overwhelming interface and array of options in the full software. Then, when they’re ready for bigger, more complex projects, Media Composer | First users will have no problem moving up to the full version.
As if you didn’t already have enough competition as a photographer it now seems the animal kingdom is trying to get a piece of our pie. In New Zealand there is an Octopus named Rambo, trained and equipped by Sony, to do your job. World, meet the first Octographer.
With nearly thirty years of photography as well as almost ninety countries under his belt, travel, editorial and reportage photographer Mark Edward Harris has dedicated his eye to capturing life. His career in photography began as a still shooter for the Merv Griffin Show, but it was a four month trek through Asia when the show ended that first ignited his true love; travel photography. Read more about Harris’ photography as well as his tips on traveling light in our Q+A. See gallery