Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 G Master Lens Announced – First Look and Sample Footage

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Jul 092020
 

Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 G Master zoom lens has just been announced. It offers an ultra-wide focal length with constant aperture while covering full-frame sensors. Weighing 847 grams (29.88 oz), the lens features minimum focusing distance of 28cm (11″), 9-blade aperture, and rear filter holder system for sheet-type NDs. The lens is available for around €3,300. Take a look at our short video with test footage.

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A Review of the Leica S3, the New, Medium Format, $19,000 Camera

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Jul 092020
 

If you need a rugged workhorse to take with you on your next trip to the mountains of Patagonia, you may want to consider the new Leica S3, a beast of a camera that, on reflection, is nowhere near as expensive as you might expect.

Photographer David Farkas from RedDotForum runs you through the new features of the S3 and explains how Leica has included some significant upgrades over its predecessor, the S-Typ 007 that was released back in 2014. For anyone confused, this is the fourth (or fifth?) iteration of Leica’s medium format SLR, which began with the S1 but more accurately with the S2, succeeded by the Typ 006 and then the Typ 007. Now, we’re back to the original naming convention with the arrival of the S3. Confused much? Me too.

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8 Things About the New Canon EOS R5 and EOS R6 That You May Have Missed

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Jul 092020
 

Today’s Canon announcements came fast and furious, with two full-frame camerasfour RF mount lenses, two teleconverters, and a printer all being announced at the same time. Fortunately, our friends at DPReview TV have put together a helpful video that goes over 8 things you might have missed about the new EOS R5 and EOS R6 while you were trying to process all the news.

In a rush to share all of the most headline-grabbing specs baked into its new full-frame mirrorless cameras, Canon glossed over some important features and quirks that you should know about. That’s why Chris and Jordan put together this video based on a deeper dive into the spec sheet, and their own experience with a pre-production EOS R5 and full production EOS R6.

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Hands-On First Impression of the Fujinon GF 30mm f/3.5

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Jul 022020
 

Fujifilm’s newest lens for the G mount is coming soon and it offers a mid-range prime between its two current options.

The go-to wider primes for Fuji’s G mount are the Fujifilm GF 23mm f/4 R LM WR and the Fujifilm GF 45mm f/2.8 R WR. This left a reasonably sized gap between the two which could be filled by the Fujifilm GF 32-64mm f/4 R LM WR, but that would be giving up a prime for a zoom. If you’re like me and you gravitate towards primes wherever possible, that wouldn’t be an option.

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Atomos and Z CAM Release 5.8K and 4K ProRes RAW Recording for Z CAM E2 Series of Cameras

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Jul 022020
 

Atomos and Z CAM just released an update that enabling 12-bit 5.8K Apple ProRes RAW over HDMI recording on the Atomos Ninja V HDR monitor-recorder for the Z CAM E2-F6E2-F8, and E2-S6. For the Z CAM E2, E2-M4 and E2 C Micro 4/3 cameras, you can record in 4K ProRes RAW to the Ninja V. Also part of the update, Atomos released new camera control functions for all Z CAM models that allow crucial features to be set from the Ninja V via the monitor’s touchscreen. Let’s take a closer look at it.

Atomos Unleashes ProRes RAW Recording to All Z CAM E2 Cameras

Atomos is on fire recently! In less than a week, the company announced Apple ProRes RAW support for the SIGMA fp, the FUJIFILM GFX100, and all Z CAM E2 cameras today. However, during our cinema5D Virtual Show, we already had a conversation with Dan Chung from Atomos to talk about the upcoming ProRes RAW recording capabilities of the “regular” Z CAM E2 camera.

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Sony 200-600mm Lens Settings for Bird Photography

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Jun 232020
 

In this video I will go through each setting of the Sony FE 200-600mm super-telephoto zoom lens and show you how I use them for bird photography.

The Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS lens features a full settings panel on the left side plus three customizable focus hold buttons midway down the barrel. The settings from top to bottom include an AF/MF switch, a focus limiter switch, an Optical SteadyShot on-off switch, and lastly a mode switch to choose how the image stabilization will operate.

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Makayama Flat Color Camera App for iPhone now Available for Purchase

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Jun 152020
 

The app Makayama Flat Color Camera was released last month. This software is a new iPhone app to shoot flat color profiles to prevent over-exposure in highlights, create options for color correction, reduce blow-out in highlights, extend the dynamic range, and deliver better control over color tones and subtle details. The “Flat Color Camera” App is available for $5,49 in the App Store now. Let’s take a closer look at this new app.

Makayama Flat Color Camera - From Grading to Post-Production (Credits: Makayama, Amsterdam, Netherlands)

Makayama Flat Color Camera – From Grading to Post-Production (Credits: Makayama, Amsterdam, Netherlands)

While all the post-processing of the frames from the sensor usually takes place inside the iPhone – when using the Camera App – and the user can only alter the result within stringent limits of the consumer-grade H.264/HEVC coded footage from the iPhone, Makayama presents users with an attractive new solution.

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Why Should You Buy the DJI Mavic Air 2?

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Jun 142020
 

The Mavic Air 2, DJI’s latest drone, sits squarely between its other drones, the Mavic Mini and the Mavic 2 Pro, but what does it offer that its siblings don’t? Gena Nagata, a.k.a Potato Jet, takes all three for a spin to find out.

The size and convenience of the Mavic Mini made the world of drones suddenly incredibly accessible, and the Mavic Pro 2 offers some higher-end features that make it suitable for slightly bigger projects. As you’d expect, the Mavic Air 2 brings a little of both, and for Nagata, it’s enough that this is his day-to-day drone of choice.

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The Best APS-C Camera Ever Made? A Review of the Fujifilm X-T4

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Jun 102020
 

Fujifilm’s X-T4 has been seen by some as an incremental progression over its predecessor, the X-T3, and if you’re a stills shooter that doesn’t need advanced autofocus performance, that might well be true. This excellent review runs through the features and explains why it might be a worthy upgrade.

Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake of DPReview bring a wealth of experience to their review of the X-T4 and, suffice to say, they’re impressed. As the video makes clear, this is definitely not a turkey.

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Ocean Video GlareGuard 5.0 for BMPCC 4K and 6K – Foldable Sunshade

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Jun 072020
 

GlareGuard 5.0 is a foldable plastic sunshade for Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 4K and 6K from Ocean Video. It attaches to the camera via magnets and a metal frame (the same one used for Kinotehnik LCDVF BM5).

GlareGuard 5.0 – Sunshade for BMPCC 4K and 6K. Source: Ocean Video

The 5″ screen of Blackmagic Design’s Pocket 4K and Pocket 6K cameras is fairly large, but not quite bright enough to be usable in sunny environments. On a side note, a brighter screen would drain the battery quicker and shorten the already very short battery life of the camera, so maybe this is a good compromise.

There are, however, some third-party solutions to improve the screen’s usability in harsh light. Some companies, like Tilta and Smallrig, are making a sun hood that can be screwed on the camera’s cage. Others, like for example Kinotehnik (watch our video interview here), make magnetic viewfinder loupe to attach to the screen and help with precise manual focusing and usability in bright conditions. Ocean Video recently presented another solution called GlareGuard 5.0.

Ocean Video was founded in 1994 by Richard Goodman and Jeb Johenning. The company specialized in an on-set all digital video record-playback systems (video assist solutions). More recently, Ocean Video created a custom sunshade for RED camera monitors (both 4.7″ and 7″ versions) called the GlareGuard. Now, the GlareGuard sunshade got adapted for the BMPCC 4K and 6K cameras.

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Canon 1D X Mark III Review and Sample Footage

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Jun 072020
 

The Canon 1D X Mark III has been shipping for quite some time and with its capability to record up to 5.5k RAW video internally, it promises to be a leader in its class. Together with the upcoming EOS R5, Canon is showing muscle flexing and an explosion of technical generosity. To me, it looks like a true come back for the creator of the VDSLR segment and a former leader of that field.  

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SANDMARC Motion Variable ND Filter for iPhone Launched

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Jun 012020
 

Smartphone accessories specialized company SANDMARC has just introduced a new variable ND filter for iPhone and smartphone shooters: the SANDMARC Motion Variable Filter. This filter is compatible with SANDMARC lenses, but you can also simply clip it directly onto your phone, without the need for a dedicated case. With a range from ND8 to ND64, let’s take a closer look at how this SANDMARC Motion Variable Filter can help you capture better footage with your smartphone.

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In Praise of the Mamiya 645, the Perfect Compact Medium Format SLR Camera

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May 202020
 

When it comes to shooting on medium format, you’d be forgiven for thinking that starting out involves a heavy investment. The Mamiya 645 Pro, by contrast, is refreshingly affordable and the modular design means you can tweak your setup to your heart’s content.

Shane Taylor of Framelines has put together this short video explaining why he chose the Mamiya 645 Pro for his latest street photography project,t which resulted in a printed zine. As Fstoppers’ own James Madison will testify, the Mamiya 645 Pro offers medium format quality in a very compact body and, as Taylor mentions, it even shoots 35mm film. And if that’s not enough to get you tempted, be sure to check out the thoughts of photographer Nick Carver, who was looking for something smaller than his Mamiya RB67 but that wasn’t a rangefinder.

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DJI Mavic Air 2 Review & First Look – 4K 60p, 1080p 240fps

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May 192020
 

DJI just announced the Mavic Air 2, its new generation of the popular consumer drone, which boasts 4K 60p video at 120Mbps and 1080p at up to 240fps slow motion, 48 Megapixel photos, 8K Hyperlapse function, a fly time of up to 34 minutes and enhanced autonomy features, and more. Let’s check it out!

Mavic Air … Two Years Ago

The original Mavic Air was launched over two years ago, and at the time, I flew it in Monaco at DJI’s launch event, and it offered video images with less compression than the more expensive Mavic Pro (Mark 1), in a much cheaper package. 

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CAME-TV Boltzen Q-55S Mini Bi-Color Fresnel LED Introduced

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May 192020
 

There are numerous choices to be made when it comes to proper lighting. Budget, space, available manpower, the list goes on. If you’re a solo shooter you’re likely giving the nod to flexible, lightweight, budget-friendly solutions. In that case, the new CAME-TV Boltzen Q-55S might be worth a close look. It is a focusable, bi-color 55W LED unit with numerous power options in one compact unit.

Boltzen Q-55S

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Lindsey Optics Large Format Director’s Viewfinder – Interview with Dwight Lindsey

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May 142020
 

During our cinema5D Virtual Show, we had a conversation with Dwight Lindsey – CEO and founder of Lindsey Optics – about their latest Lindsey Optics Large Format Director’s Viewfinder. This lens finder is used to preview shots without any electronics inside, and it covers formats from Super-35 up to Alexa 65. Let’s take a closer look at it!

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Lindsey Optics Large Format Director’s Viewfinder

The cinema5D Virtual Show is an excellent occasion to learn more about new high-end products. The Lindsey Optics Large Format Director’s Viewfinder that was announced last month is no different.

The main advantage of a “mechanical” lens finder compared to a smartphone, for example, is that it is 100% reliable. There are no electronics, so no battery, no glitch, no reboot, no digital contrast enhancement. What you see through it is the view the lens is going to give to the camera. Also, by looking directly into the viewfinder, you get a much more “immersive” feel to what the shot will look like, and you can adjust the eyepiece diopter to your vision from -4 to +4.

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QooCam 8K Review – The Best Consumer 360 Camera Yet?

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Apr 082020
 

The QooCam 8K is the world’s first consumer 8K 360 camera. After using it for a few weeks, I can now tell you and show you how it holds up.

We’ve previously covered the specs and promised features of the QooCam 8K a while before it started shipping. There can often be a gap between what is promised, and what is delivered. This is especially true for early adopters of almost any complex, high tech device. It can also be very exciting. The first recipients of the QooCam 8K have been able to follow regular updates to add features and capabilities. That doesn’t stop people being very vocal about things that aren’t working yet of course. Kandao are still rolling out the updates for this camera, and it gets better, and more refined with each one.

A Solid Step Forward for Consumer 360 Video

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Arma Orbital Non-Rotating Front For Lomo And Hawk C-Series Anamorphics

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Mar 112020
 

It’s fairly common for vintage lenses to have their quirks.

Aesthetic quirks are usually embraced, it’s often why a particular lens is a selection in the first place, but mechanical quirks can be a whole different beast.

Some older lens sets require little modification to get up to spec – conforming all front diameters to the same size for ease, or using a thicker focus gear because one of the lenses telescopes a little.

But there are some popular lenses out there that are particularly tricky. Take the Lomo Round Fronts, for example, they telescope (substantially) as you focus and the front of the lenses rotates.

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Z CAM Electronic ND Filter for Z CAM E2 S6, F6, and F8 Cameras Now Available

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Mar 042020
 

Z CAM eND (electronic ND) Filter is a new product compatible with Z CAM E2 S6, F6 and F8 cinema cameras (EF or PL Mount versions). First introduced during the IBC 2019, the eND filter offers ND range from 1.7 to 6.7 stops in 1/3 stop increments. It is now available for pre-order.

Z CAM eND Filter Unit. Source: Z CAM

Last year during the IBC Show in Amsterdam, we stopped by at the Z CAM booth to talk about their new flagship cameras and we were happy to see the planned optional Electronic ND Filter unit. Make sure to check the video and the article itself.

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Sony a7III vs Fuji X-T4 vs Nikon Z6: IBIS and Video Comparison

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Mar 042020
 

YouTuber Max Yuryev recently went out on the streets of New York with the Sony a7 IIINikon Z6, and the brand new Fuji X-T4 to compare the video quality and—of particular interest to stills shooters—the IBIS performance of all three cameras side-by-side.

It’s really worth watching the comparison in its entirety above, especially if you have a 4K display and can crank the video’s resolution for the video comparison, but even without that it’s immediately obvious that Fujifilm did a lot of things right with this new flagship.

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