Otus 1.4/55 From Carl Zeiss

by JamesNYCNovember 19. 2013 01:00

The point of the Otus was to make the very best lens Zeiss could possibly make, and they believe they’ve done it. Why is this important news for those of us shooting video with DSLR? In the interview below, Rich Schleuning explains although this is a still lens, it represents the future of video lenses from Zeiss.

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A conversation with Canon Cinema EOS global product manager Yoshinari Onda

by JamesNYCNovember 17. 2013 06:27

At Inter BEE 2013, Japan’s domestic broadcast convention, Dan Chung of News Shooter sat down with the man responsible for Canon’s popular Cinema EOS line of video cameras – Global Product Manager Yoshinari Onda.

 

Inter BEE 2013: Newsshooter talks C100 Dual Pixel CMOS AF with Canon's Mr Onda from Teradek on Vimeo.

Here are a few key points from the interview:

Canon’s Yoshinari Onda is the man responsible for producing the successful Cinema EOS line.

the wild success of the 5D Mark II. “…totally took us by surprise,”

new feature in the C100 – a firmware upgrade and sensor adjustment that adds what Canon calls “Dual Pixel CMOS Autofocus.” Onda revealed that the C100 sensor already had the dual pixel structure built in; so all it takes to activate it is a firmware upgrade and sensor adjustment.

live demonstration of how the camera performs smooth automatic focus adjustments while filming was impressive.

 

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Capture One Pro 7.1.5 released today

by JamesNYCNovember 16. 2013 22:27

This is a service release providing additional OS support and few bug fixes. Mac Mavericks users now have a supported version. The important thing to remember is to disable App Nap for Capture One Pro 7.1.5 on the mac by clicking on the Application, choose File > Get Info then checking "Prevent App Nap". As always, understand that this is a new release - so there is a possibility of bugs and kinks. Also keep in mind that Mavericks is yet another variable to throw in to the mix. Our tech team will test this release more extensively and relay our technical support. Stay tuned to our blog as we have further developments. 
 
OS Support
  • Mac OS X 10.9 (App Nap must be disabled)
  • Windows 8.1
Bug Fixes
  • Fixed an issue with Chinese folder names on Mac
  • Fixed a Windows stability issue on certain hardware/software configurations
  • Fixed a "few additional issues"

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Eight camera megatest – eight top cameras pitted against each other

by JamesNYCNovember 16. 2013 09:05

COMPARATIVE TEST 8 CAMERAS on Vimeo

Mega camera comparison: Nikon D5200, Blackmagic Cinema Camera, Nikon D600, Canon 5D mk III, Canon C500, Sony F55, Red Epic, ARRI Alexa

 

Ever wondered what would happen if you pitch cameras at opposite ends of the price spectrum against each other?

 

Most of us wouldn't know where to begin with a comparison like this. It's very hard to be objective about the performance of modern cameras. Specifications don't tell the whole story, and, ultimately, it's up to the viewer. You pick the tool that suits you.

 

That's if you can afford it!

 

And the good news is that if you can't afford the top end ones, there doesn't seem to be a bad choice amongst the cheaper ones, either.

 

This comparison was created by Ludovico Bettarello. He's an independent colourist, editor and general-purpose expert in all things in post production and finishing.

 

Whatever your budget, there are some truly capable options for you.

 

 

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Flying a Drone around The NY Public Library

by JamesNYCOctober 31. 2013 01:01

Originally posted on http://boltron.com/nypl

Shot with the full cooperation of nypl.org and their rad labs team. Seems like most likely the first drone ever flown inside the NY Public Library. If you haven’t been there, go.

Everyone in the video was involved in the shoot and lots of safety precautions were taken and no books were harmed in the making of this video. Shot with a DJI Phantom and both a Hero3 Black and an iPhone 5S. Slowed down with Twixtor in After Effects to make up for the glaring lack of a Gimbal.

Thanks to @msh for coming up with the idea, @riordan for touring us, and @meikd, @ryanchris, and @gab for helping out. So much semi-autonomous quadcopter technology happening right now. Pretty sweet that they are small enough to take into a place like this and open up a new way of capturing images. And this is just the beginning. Music was purchased with rights to distribute from the Vimeo music store.

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LEICA D-LUX 6 Silver Edition

by JamesNYCOctober 24. 2013 22:27

Solms, Germany  (October 24, 2013) - Leica Camera AG, presents a new design twist on the Leica D-Lux 6 digital compact camera. With an existing version in elegant, matte-black, the camera is now available in a high-gloss, two-color finish. The new high-gloss black camera body paired with the silver-colored lens creates a tasteful contrast that results in a sophisticated, stylish appearance.

 

The silver lens of the Leica D-Lux 6 is a Leica DC-Vario-Summilux lens. The varied range of focal lengths makes the camera particularly versatile, ideal for everything from wide-angle architectural and landscape photography to photojournalism and portraits. Combined with a powerful 1/1.7” CMOS image sensor, this camera guarantees a high dynamic range and brilliant images that capture life’s greatest moments.  

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DxO Optics Pro 9 introduces revolutionary PRIME denoising technology and pushes the limits of high ISO photography even further

by JamesNYCOctober 23. 2013 02:16

DxO Optics Pro 9 introduces revolutionary PRIME denoising technology and pushes the limits of high ISO photography even further

With its award-winning and unrivaled image processing quality, DxO Optics Pro definitively emerges as the software of reference for the most demanding photographers

Special introductory offer through November 20, 2013

October 23, 2013 - DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro 9, the major new version of its image-processing software. DxO Optics Pro 9 introduces PRIME, a revolutionary noise reduction technology whose spectacular performance produces detailed and vividly-colored images even under the most extreme shooting conditions.

Based on DxO Labs' exclusive approach of prior calibration of equipment in its laboratories, DxO Optics Pro integrates many powerful tools for automatically processing RAW and JPEG images: precise optical and geometric corrections, intelligent optimization of exposure and contrast, preservation of colors and details. Its numerous presets can be adapted to photographers' personal tastes and will help them bring out the best in their photos in just a few clicks.

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Fotodiox Announces New Additions to Signature Line of High-Intensity LED Lights

by JamesNYCOctober 17. 2013 22:04

Fotodiox Announces New Additions to Signature Line of High-Intensity LED Lights

Next Generation Upgrades to Best-Selling LED Lighting Panels Offer More Portability, Control, and Ease of Use for Amateur and Professional Photographers

Fotodiox, the leading manufacturer and distributor of high-quality photography and videography accessories, has announced the availability of its next generation LED light panels; the Fotodiox LED-312D, LED-312DS, and LED-1024AL. The new LED lights are compact and powerful, while remaining lightweight – perfect for both studio and location shooting. Fotodiox's LED panels generate little heat, use little power, and now the reduced bulk of these newest lights maximize portability and mounting possibilities to capture the perfect shot.

 

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LEICA ANNOUNCES NEW BINOCULARS WITH A SPLASH OF COLOR

by JamesNYCOctober 9. 2013 02:03

Leica announces its new Leica Ultravid Colorline (http://en.leica-camera.com/sport_optics/special%20editions_new/Colorline/) collection of compact, high quality binoculars. In addition to the classic models with black leather trim, the Leica Ultravid 8 x 20 and Leica Ultravid 10 x 25 are now also available in vibrantly colored leather trim: apple green, Aztec beige, dove blue, Capri blue, cherry red and lemon yellow.

Elegantly styled with superior optical performance, the compact binoculars of the Leica Ultravid Colorline collection are ideal accessories for all viewing opportunities; from exploring ancient monuments and museums to theatres and concerts, their compact size allows them to fit comfortably in any jacket pocket.  Their ability to suppress light reflections, the trademark of all Leica products, makes the binoculars particularly valuable when viewing under unfavorable lighting conditions: in the twilight hours as well as under stage lighting or floodlights.

With a close focusing limit of only 5.9 feet, the Leica Ultravid 8 x 20 Colorline allows users to see the finest details at relatively short distances. With 10x magnification, the Leica Ultravid 10 x 25 Colorline is also suitable for viewing subjects at greater distances. On safari or at sporting events, these power-packed, compact binoculars bring every subject almost close enough to touch.

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New H5D firmware is now available

by JamesNYCOctober 9. 2013 01:54

Hasselblad will be releasing a new sensor unit firmware version 2.4.3R for all H5D Cameras. At the same time we will also release new firmware for all H5D Camera bodies: H5D131008.hbf.

H5D-40, H5D-50, H5D-50MS and H5D-200MS updating from 1.5.3R:

  • Faster start-up time
  • Technical camera mode (Flash sync and pinhole)
  • Low battery warning on sensor unit display
  • High temperature warning
  • Double click on release button enters menu on sensor unit display
  • Support for GPS module (GIL)
  • Folder view
  • Improved histogram
  • Improved 9-view
  • Language support: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese

    H5D-60 updating from 2.3.3R:

  • Technical camera mode (Flash sync and pinhole)
  • Language support: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese

    H5D131008.hbf new features since H5D130506.hbf:

  • Added True Focus functionality when using the H1.7x Converter
  • When using extension tubes or the Macro Converter with True Focus, no focus correction is added and the IFC cursor is always placed in the centre.
  • Added support for the H5D-60
  • Stability improvements
  • Minor GUI corrections
  • Now possible to set ISO on camera grip when tethered.
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