Aug 252016
 

 

Aug 252016
 

The Cinemartin VENUS is a recently announced high-brightness slimline monitor that provides a professional solution at a competitive price. For a limited time only, it is available with a very attractive rebate offer.

Rated at 1000 NIT, the VENUS‘s high brightness makes monitoring and focusing easier when shooting in sunlight, or in situations that present a wide dynamic range. 10-Bit processing allows for more colour information to be displayed too, with up to 1.07 billion colours. This is achieved by FRC (8+2 Bit) ‘that produces an effect to see cleaner, natural, and a greater range of colours’.

The monitor is slimline, with an average depth of only 11mm that makes it thinner and lighter than the Atomos Ninja Flame and the SmallHD 702 Bright. Its aluminium chassis makes for a small and light monitoring package that can be used with many cameras via HDMI.

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Aug 252016
 

So this is it; it’s finally here to clear up the speculation and put to bed the inaccuracies. I say that because this impending release has been grabbing blog copy and forum fodder for weeks, like a ghost that hangs around but never reveals itself. But here it is. Finally.

It’s hard to imagine a single Canon camera more anticipated than a new 5D, and this one maybe more so than the last because of Nikon’s comparatively big releases with the D500 and D5, and the leak about the 5D Mark IV with that one particular sticking point and marketing magic-soundbite: that Dual Pixel Raw (more on that further on). There’s much to say about the camera that’s in many ways a re-structuring from top to bottom, inside and out, but perhaps we’ll get into all of that in later discussion, and more when we get our hands on one to review in the very near future. So for now here’s the Cliff Notes…

The Canon 5D Mark IV is, though familiar in look and controls, a new animal. It has a new sensor, improved AF and metering sensors like the 150,000 pixel RGB+IR sensor that allows for better subject recognition and tracking; new processor; a built in GPS receiver for latitude, longitude and elevation; built-in WiFi and NFC connectivity, and all enclosed in a familiar but better sealed body. It’s an all ‘round update. Oh, and it also does 4k at 30FPS, has a 7FPS max shooting mode, touch screen, Dual Pixel CMOS AF, and the brand new party trick, Dual Pixel Raw. That is, the 5D Mark IV on the half shell.

PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

30.4MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
DIGIC 6+ Image Processor
3.2″ 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
DCI 4K Video at 30 fps; 8.8MP Still Grab
61-Point High Density Reticular AF
Native ISO 32000, Expanded to ISO 102400
Dual Pixel RAW; AF Area Select Button
Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
7 fps Shooting; CF & SD Card Slots
Built-In GPS and Wi-Fi with NFC

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Aug 212016
 

You’d be hard pressed to find a single photographer who doesn’t have a soft spot for Leica; who doesn’t want a Leica body with a few lenses, even if not for their day-to-day work. The inhibiting factor is, of course, price. The ‘golden’ glove feel of a Leica with all its history behind it doesn’t come cheap, but the Red Dot company is offering a hand to help out in this way at the moment, with their trade-in and M upgrade program.

The M, even amidst the release of the SL, is the quintessential Leica and benchmark rangefinder, and through September 30th, you can trade up from any camera at a Leica Store, boutique, or dealer and receive a $750 cheque after your new M is registered. That means you get your camera’s trade-in value and the $750, with the only exclusions being the Leica M-D (Typ 262) and Leica M (Typ 262).

The process is quite simple, as you bring/send in the camera you’re looking to trade in, it’s appraised and given a valuation which is then put towards the purchase of the new M, and once the new M is registered your cheque is in the mail. You can call any Leica Store for more details and they’ll walk you through the process. It’s extremely rare that Leica offers any kind of financial incentive for their current line-up of cameras, so if you were thinking about Leica ownership, this would seem a great time.

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Aug 212016
 

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It finally happened: after countless months of wandering around, going to places where people say they’ve spawned, after using lures, and being patient, I managed to add a… Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus) to my collection!

Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus)

Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus)

Now, I don’t really play Pokemon GO (as the above was making reference to) though I did install the app to see what the fuss was about, and can see why it appeals to people. Like some aspects of wildlife or bird photography, you’re out trying to collect them all, there’s friendly competition in trying to find a ‘better’ one than your peers, and it’s an excuse to get out.

Like most things, it also happens to be something you can get better at as experience works out the solutions to the many little hurdles that present themselves to you while you are learning the art, and that sense of progress can get addictive.

An Eastern Whipbird (Psophodes olivaceus) isn’t particularly rare in Australia — their beautiful long calls followed by a sharp, distinct ‘whip’ are heard on many a forest walk, but they aren’t seen as often as they are heard. On this occasion while out on a walk, I heard one, and used the Morcombe’s Birds of Australia app (available for Android and Apple) on my phone to play one a call in response. Around mating season, this often entices some birds out to investigate.

It never before worked on a Whipbird for me, but this time I saw a particularly inquisitive Whipbird scuttling through the undergrowth near me, hopping on branches in the surrounding scrub, practically doing circles around me and very curiously trying to investigate where this potential mate (unfortunately for him this time, just my Sony Xperia Z5) might be, and I managed a snap before driving the little guy too crazy with expectation.

Prior to this, my most memorable find was a Wompoo Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus magnificus), and as its Latin name alludes to, it is quite magnificent, bearing a grey head, a red beak, green body, purple throat and yellow wing accents.

Wompoo Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus magnificus)
Wompoo Fruit-dove (Ptilinopus magnificus)
It also sounds like a person sitting up in a tree saying ‘wom-pooooo’ (not kidding). Given the aforementioned, I just had to make it a personal mission one Christmas break to try to find one. I worked out it took 1000kms of driving over three separate trips before I managed to. On each of the outings on location, I walked around for hours on end fruitlessly — and funny enough, when I finally found it after concluding the third trip, exhausted, there it was in a tree just by the parking lot, wompooing away somewhat mockingly while obliging me a few snaps.

For what it’s worth, I don’t consider myself a wildlife photographer. I don’t think I have photographs of raptors nearly as good as someone I know who goes on even longer trips than me, builds scaffolded hides and plants himself there for who-knows-how-long.

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Aug 212016
 

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Some photos of and a user manual for the upcoming GoPro Hero 5 have allegedly leaked online, showing a camera that looks like a hybrid between the Hero 4 and Hero Session cameras, will focus heavily on GoPro’s upcoming cloud service ‘GoPro Plus,’ and may feature voice commands.

The images first appeared on (and were subsequently pulled from) the Japanese blog Nokishita, but before they could be removed the folks at Mirrorless Rumors snagged some screenshots. That’s how we come to share these real life photos and an alleged schematic for the unreleased action cam.

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The photos show more of what we reported in the past.

The camera will probably be waterproof out of the box (although an external casing will, we assume, still be required to take the camera to serious depths) given the rounded edges and rubberized look, it will feature a touch screen display, and otherwise looks very similar to the aging Hero 4.

Here’s another look at the leaked video from a couple of weeks ago, showing GoPro’s touchscreen interface at work:

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Aug 212016
 

It’s easy to forgot how easy we have it shooting digital in 2016, because when digital cameras first started picking up steam they were not easy to use. How difficult were they? Watch as Jared Polin of Fro Knows Photo takes the 15-year-old Nikon D1X out for a modern day on-location portrait shoot.


Warning: The video above contains some strong language, user discretion advised.


This particular video, part of Fro’s “5 Min Portrait” series, is different than most of the challenges like it we’ve seen because he takes you along for the entire (sometimes painful) process. From unboxing, to finding era-appropriate lenses, to struggling for focus, to the finished prints on his studio floor.

The full video is over an hour long. It’s not short, but it’s a great weekend watch if you want to (1) be reminded of how good you have it with your fancy new D5 or whatever you’re shooting, and/or (2) refocus on some of the photography basics that you maybe started letting your new camera take care of automatically.

Fro certainly had to change his mindset and adjust to shooting “vintage,” but some of the shots he captured—candids as well as more traditional on-location portraits—turned out really well. Here are a few of our favorites:

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