From cookbooks in bookstore windows to magazine covers you pass in the grocery store check outline, it is hard not to notice the overhead camera view’s popularity in food photography. If you are going to shoot your food overhead, there is one piece of equipment that will make your job a lot easier: The Tripod Arm.
Sweden native Vincent Säll has created something truly magnificent. No, you can’t get it. But if Leica actually were to make this, it would be one beautiful and simple piece of recording equipment. Once you get through this concept, check out Vincent’s other work that’ll keep you intrigued if nothing else at VincentSäll.com. [more]
Lowel makes a lot of lighting products, some of which like the Tota have been used in mobile pro video for what seems like ages. Lowel has completed a line of LED light panels that are designed to bring studio quality to productions of all types and sizes. They recently announced the Lowel Prime LED Model 800 to go along with the Model 200 and 400. [more]
Spider Holster camera holsters have become really popular among event and wedding photographers because they free up their hands and keeps straps from encumbering movement. Their latest offering unveiled at WPPI Las Vegas is the Spider Monkey, which will hold your accessories like a speedlight in the same handy fashion. [more]
Even before the cameras ship, Best Buy looks like they’re discounting the D7100 DSLR and Coolpix A models, the latter of which has been the center of recent criticism for its high price in addition to that of compatible accessories. Save $200 on the Coolpix A and $100 on the D7100, officially beginning Thursday. [more]
Announced over a year ago at CES 2012, Phottix has priced and released their Mitros TTL Speedlight for Canon cameras today, with the Nikon and Sony versions coming in May. It’s priced at $349 MSRP, but I expect to see it from dealers for around $300. [more]
I know the title of this article is a bit wordy, but I didn’t know how to describe this beast of a lighting system in fewer words. 1/25,000th of a second! As you can see in the video, the new Profoto Pro-b4 1000 Air turns water into glass. It negates gravity. There is nothing you can’t shoot with this rig. Plus it’s field-ready, running off of a fast-recharging battery pack. It’s almost enough to get this speedlite-only shooter to convert completely. If I could only scrape up the $10k that I would need.
Since I reviewed the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 last year, I have been hit with a barrage of inquiries as to if it was better to grab the Sigma 35mm f/1.4, the Canon 35mm f/2 IS or spend some real cash and spring for the Canon 35mm f/1.4 L. After using all three lenses for the past couple months, I’m finally ready to name my favorite. And you know what? This one was closer than you might think. [more]
In late January we announced three new lenses to be released by Sigma. Sigma just released the pricing and availability of those lenses. The updated 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM lens will be available in late March for $499 and the 30mm f/2.8 DN and 19mm f/2.8 DN lenses, which are available for both Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-Mount camera systems, will be also be available in late March for $199. [more]
Leica is known as a kind of Mercedez when it comes to cameras. It captures images like any camera will, but it’s the name and reputation (and the quality that comes with it) you get a Leica for. That and the optics. Leica fans can rejoice over the opening of a store in Miami that showcases the full Leica photography and sport optics product portfolio, and it’s got a pretty slick interior to boot. [more]
Canon has given us a look at their recent prototype that makes progress on low light performance. To say it’s sensitive in low light is an understatement. Take a look at the couple of sample images they’ve released along with their sample video, showing how great it captures the night sky. It’s quite remarkable to say the least. [more]
I love Nikon, but for its professional line of cameras (anyone can make the little guys). But I’ve never been a fan of the Coolpix name. Maybe it reminds me of an era during which plastic boxes that could barely make a file for a 4×6 print were actually cool. So when I first saw the Coolpix A, I didn’t think anything of it. But when I really read about it, I realized it’s time for me to drop the silly baggage I have with the Coolpix name. This isn’t just cool. It’s red hot — for a number of reasons. [more]
This is a pretty crazy concept, but Fotodiox has just announced an adapter that puts the power of a full-size 645 medium format back into the hands of virtually any photographer utilizing the Sony NEX camera sensor. Called the RhinoCam, it enables photographers at any level to capture the dramatic detail and sharpness only available with a sensor three times larger than even a high-end full-frame 35mm sensor. [more]
The 35mm focal length is one of the most popular primes made, probably only second to the 50mm if second to anyone. It’s popular because it is good for so many things, making us feel like we have to own fewer lenses to capture more amazing images. Most of you know that I’m very attached to my Sigma 35mm f/1.4, but when shooting with Canon’s new 35mm f/2 IS, I did my best to remain objective. [more]