These days, it’s all too easy to get caught up in the advertising hype surrounding a new cinema product. All it takes is a slick promo video and clever marketing for companies to set the Internet ablaze. As the hype and expectations build, words like “game-changer” and “revolutionary” are thrown into the mix.
Did you catch the big news coming out of Apple this week? I’m not talking about the new phone announcements. I’m talking about Phil Schiller, Senior VP Marketing for Apple claiming that you no longer need to learn about photography to take better pictures, you just have to buy the new iPhone because (apparently) it does it all for us.
ExpoImaging, makers of the well-loved Rogue Flashbenders, has announced a new product that those of you who like on-camera flash might enjoy: the Rogue Safari DSLR Pop-up Flash Booster. It purportedly enhances a flash’s power by eight times. So if you’ve wanted to get that flash bulb that comes included with your DSLR to expanded distances, you could give this a shot. [more]
Many of you probably love the Vagabond/Einstein combination, and for good reason: it rocks. That said, constant lighting for video can still be a pain when you want to take the show on the road. LitePanels, who make some pretty great LED fixtures, has attempted to address this by combining one of their lights with Anton/Bauer’s portable power solutions to go beyond normal limitations. [more]
It is insanely difficult to bring an idea for a product to market. One of the biggest impediments is, of course, cost. That’s why I have the utmost respect for folks who put it all on the line to follow their dream, folks like Chris Field. Chris has invented the Lens Apparatus, a universally compatible lens controller for timelapse and DSLR videography follow focus control that looks like something all of us DSLR videographers will love. [more]
Well first off, I am not positive anyone actually retained what the specs on the new iPhone 5S are going to be. Mostly because I’m sure the only thing running through their minds was ‘I love goldddddd’ from Austin Powers Goldmember. But lets push aside the fact that you can rock a phone that will glisten in the sunlight like a shiny olympic medal and talk about some of the much needed upgrades on the new 5S.
When you ask most filmmakers what their next purchase is, you’ll like hear an answer like “A new camera body, some lenses and better audio gear”. It’s always easy (and fun) to lust over new and expensive gear, but often we forget to buy the little things that make our life on set much less stressful. Although these tools are extremely affordable, they will often be the ones that make you a hero on set. Here are some tools that every filmmaker should have in their gear bag:
Remember the Olympus E-5? If you don’t, I can’t say I blame you. It was Olympus’s last attempt at a “professional” DSLR that was anything but. Everything about the E-5 felt outdated as soon as it was released. It’s been years since the E-5, and Olympus is finally ready with its successor, the micro four thirds OM-D E-M1. [more]
Think Tank announced a new bag and accessory case today that focus specifically on jiving with your favorite Apple products. The “My 2nd Brain” bag comes in three sizes for iPads and the different sized laptops, while the PowerHouse is an accessory bag to keep cords and whatnot in place. It’s an interesting direction for the camera bag maker, to say the least. [more]
The D7000 is an amazing camera. I shot weddings with it exclusively for 2 years and during that time we also filmed every Fstoppers video with them as well. Today only Adorama is selling refurbished versions of them on eBay for just $580! If you need a mid level DSLR, don’t let this deal pass you by.
Ever taken a photo only to find dust and small hair particles on your sensor. It can be quite aggravating. Here is a quick and easy way to clean up your sensor and only spend $8 doing it. [more]
Canon rather quietly snuck a new lens onto the market today, announcing the CN-E35mm T1.5 L F single-focal-length Cinema prime lens designed for large-format single-sensor digital cinematography cameras employing Super 35mm or full-frame 35mm imagers. This brings Canon’s cinema lens family up to six. [more]
Advertised as the “first consumer 4K camera by Sony,” the FDR-AX1 is now available for pre-order at a (consumer friendly?) price of $4,499. It shoots 3840 x 2160p video at 60 fps on a 1/2.3″ Exmor R 8.3MP CMOS Image Sensor through a Sony G Lens with 20x optical zoom. Sony says it has packed technology developed for their professional video cameras to create a compact, easy-to-operate 4K consumer model that’s designed to make 4K video and professional-quality audio available to the masses. [more]
Sony’s highly discussed and hotly debated cell phone cameras (accessories?), the DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 are now available for pre order. These camera/lens combo devices attach to Android and iOS devices using WiFi, but can also store images on a microSD card of up to 64 GB capacity. The products have been the subject of a lot of speculation and rumor over the past few weeks and they are finally available to order. [more]
Beginning now until September 7, B&H Photo is offering $200 off of the Canon 35mm f/2.0 IS lens. Normally it goes for almost $800 but right now it’s $599.00. In our review of the 35mm, we found it to be pretty on par with the L glass in terms of performance. It’s tack sharp, has image stabilization and is equipped with a quiet, fast and reliable autofocus motor. Also on sale for a limited time are the Canon 24mm f2.8 and the Canon 28mm f/2.8 lenses. [more]