StabiLens – Counterweight System for Lens “Hot-Swapping” on Gimbals

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Feb 212020
 

The StabiLens is a lens counterweight system for gimbals. It allows filmmakers to match the center of gravity of each lens in a kit, and allows for faster lens swapping when on a gimbal. It consists of a gimbal ring and a set of tungsten and steel weights. The StabiLens is already available for pre-order.

StabiLens counterweight system. Source: StabiLens

Last year in September, I wrote an article about Quickdraw by Reflex Cinema – lens counterweight system for gimbals, which lets users add weights to all lenses in your kit to match the heaviest lens. The purpose of Quickdraw was to make switching lenses on a gimbal easier as well as faster.

Recently, I came across the StabiLens counterweight system, created by US-based filmmaker Zac Miller. It basically does the same thing, but features a slightly different design. Let’s take a closer look at it.

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Rokinon XEEN CF Lens Line Expanded By 16mm T2.6 and 35mm T1.5

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Feb 212020
 

The ‘compact and flexible’ Rokinon XEEN CF line has been expanded by another two lenses. The new 16mm and 35mm now make up a family of 5 of these smaller and lighter lenses. 

In September last year, Rokinon made the initial announcement of the XEEN CF Lens line.

With that announcement, the 24mm, 50mm and 85mm arrived – with promise of a 16mm and 35mm in Q1 of 2020, and here we are!

The new 16mm (T2.6) and 35mm (T1.5) slot straight into the line up, and are available in 3 mounts (PL, EF and Sony E).

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Sony Axes Mirrorless Camera Features Due to Parts Shortage: Report

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Feb 202020
 

Sony has reportedly canceled features that were set to be released in an upcoming mirrorless camera due to a scarcity of parts that its other businesses are competing for.

In an article titled “Sony Is Struggling With PlayStation 5 Price Due to Costly Parts,” Bloomberg reports that there isn’t enough flash memory to go around between Sony’s video game, smartphone, and camera products.

“The company’s biggest headache is ensuring a reliable supply of DRAM and NAND flash memory, with both in high demand as smartphone makers gear up for fifth-generation devices, according to people familiar with Sony’s operations,” Bloomberg states.

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Yongnuo and Venus Optics Officially Join the Micro Four Thirds Standard

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Feb 202020
 

The 12-year-old Micro Four Thirds standard just got a nice third-party boost today. In a joint release, Olympus and Panasonic announced that three new companies were officially joining the group: Yongnuo, Venus Optics, and a B2B company called Mediaedge.

Mediaedge isn’t terribly relevant for photographers, but both Yongnuo and Venus Optics have released Micro Four Thirds compatible products before.

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The Affordable 21mm f/1.5 for Leica M and Mirrorless: A Quick Review

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Feb 182020
 

Cheap lenses are getting better, faster, and more interesting these days. So, how’s this wide angle for Leica M mounts?

The TTArtisan (not 7artisan though as Burling says in the video, they share a factory…) 21mm f/1.5 is for Leica M mounts and can be adapted for other mirrorless bodies. It’s only a few hundred dollars brand new, it’s wide, it’s fast, and it’s just another entry in to the recent spate of affordable manual focus lenses. But are they any good?

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Canon Announces the RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM Lens for Mirrorless

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Feb 132020
 
Canon Announces the RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM Lens for Mirrorless

Canon full-frame mirrorless lenses have reached a new low price with the introduction of the RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM.

Today, Canon has announced the new RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM lens which is priced at $399. Previously, the least expensive lens options for R-mount cameras were the Canon RF 35mm f/1.8 IS Macro STM at $499, then ballooning to $899 for the RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM as the second cheapest.

In an interesting move for such a limited lineup of RF lenses, this is also the second 24-105mm lens now available for Canon full-frame mirrorless after the $1,099 RF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM.

The RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM weighs in at 0.87 pounds and measures 3.5 inches long by 3.02 inches in diameter. Inside, the lens is constructed of 13 elements in 11 groups, 1 of which is aspherical. The elements also utilize multi-layered Super Spectra coating to minimize flare and ghosting effects. The image stabilization is capable of up to 5 stops of compensation. There are 7 circular aperture blades and the front threading will fit 67mm filters.

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Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III Announced – Impressive Stabilization and Photo Features

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Feb 132020
 

The Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III is a new 20.4MP Micro Four Thirds camera with an impressive image stabilization system that compensates up to 7.5 shutter speed stops when paired with a compatible stabilized lens. There are many professional photographic features such as 50MP handheld High Res shot and Live ND. The improved autofocus works for video as well. The camera records only H.264 8-bit 4:2:0 video internally up at to DCI 4K 24fps.

Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark III. Source: Olympus

Along with Panasonic, Olympus has been a proud propagator of the Micro Four Thirds system for years. Panasonic, who lately invested a lot into their full-frame L-mount LUMIX ecosystem, has been known for a more video-centric approach to their cameras. Olympus, on the other hand, mostly offered better features for photographers. With the recent announcement of the new Olympus camera from their OM-D line, it seems to continue this trend, although there are some minor improvements in the video capabilities as well.