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Looking for a Video Crane? Pro Am Has a New Light Weight Option

Cranes can add that extra bit of “oomph” to a video, giving it that one extra piece to make for compelling and dynamic footage. If you saw Patrick Hall’s review of the Rhino Slider, you probably noticed some footage from a crane in there too. Pro Am just announced a new $300, 12-pound, 3-foot crane that can support a camera rigs up to 20 pounds and manually tilts cameras up to 10 pounds. [more]

Leica Celebrates A Centenary of Camera Craftsmanship

This year, Leica turns 100. The “Leitz”, the first camera for 35mm film, was brought to market back in 1914 by Oskar Barnack. Just what is it it that makes Leicas so special in the eyes of so many great photographers, and does this justify the often insane costs of ownership? [more]

Hasselblad Strikes New Ground, Announces 50MP CMOS Medium Format Camera Back

Hasselblad, who hasn’t done a heck of a lot of innovating in the past few months, might finally have something worth talking about. They announced that they are working on the world’s first 50 megapixel CMOS sensor back for their medium format cameras, rather than the CCD format previously used. This means faster capture rate, longer shutter speed capability and much greater ISO performance. [more]

Breaking News – New Fuji X-T1 Images Leaked

The first ad for the new Fuji X-Series camera, the X-T1, greeted Japanese commuters today. As they were picking over the detail, a host of leaked images showed up online simultaneously, which provided unequivocal proof that this was the much discussed and touted X-T1. If all these specs stack up, this camera looks set to cause quite a stir. [more]

Kansas City Under Fire After Requiring Photo Permits in Public Parks

The internet is up in arms about a recent law enacted in Overland Park, KS. Professional photographers are now required to obtain a permit to photograph clients in any of the 83 parks under the jurisdiction of Overland Park Parks and Recreation. For some reason photographers worldwide are upset about this. Given that this author is actually a resident of the area, I’m going to ride the line between news and opinion a bit. [more]

Simple Props + Childlike Wonder = Stunning High Impact Photography Project

Some years back, we featured the beautiful Lego Star Wars world that Finnish illustrator, designer and photographer Vesa Lehtimäki created with simple but ingenious lighting and table top model work. His latest project again features iconic Star Wars models, shot and then composited back into scenes, rendering the spacecraft to epic proportions. Vesa proves again that some solid technical know-how coupled with a vivid imagination delivers fantastic results. [more]

Norman Reedus & Al Wertheimer on “Capture”

Viewers of “The Walking Dead” are no strangers to Norman Reedus, but few may be aware that Reedus is an accomplished photographer. In this episode of Mark Seliger’s “Capture,” Reedus joins Al Wertheimer – who you may or may not know as Elvis’s personal photographer. It’s a great combination of guests – Reedus, known for his dark and almost morbid style (more pictures here) and Wertheimer, known for taking probably the most intimate shots of The King. As always, it’s a pretty fascinating episode. [more]

Behind the Scenes Images from Live Action Short Film “Me+Her”

Blackmagic Design let loose today that “Me+Her,” a live action short film premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, was shot on the Blackmagic Cinema Camera (MFT) and Pocket Cinema Camera. This is good news, as it shows that there are those in the industry who are embracing the relatively new bodies. Take a look at some stills from the movie, as well as behind-the-scenes images from the set. [more]

Adobe Updates Photoshop With Three New Features, Most Notably “Perspective Warp”

The Adobe product manages and developers that I have spoken to praise the new Creative Cloud process mostly for the ability to instantly update users with new features and stability enhancements. While we have seen a plethora of updates that mostly contain “bug fixes” over the past few months, Adobe has finally given us three new features for Photoshop to get excited about: 3D printing integration, linked Smart Objects, and what is most interesting to photographers, Perspective Warp. [more]

Polaroid’s Socialmatic Will Be Here This Fall

If you haven’t heard about the Socialmatic already, let’s get you up to speed. A while back there was this crazy idea to make an actual Instagram camera. Something that would not only share your images on the popular service but, allow you to print that same image with the device (like a Polaroid camera). Originally it was just a what-if concept from ADR Studios. Then it got such an incredible following that Polaroid decided to run with it and started talking with Instagram about making this [more]

Nikon Announces New 35mm F/1.8G ED Lens & D3300 DSLR

Lot of announcements coming to us from CES this week, and in addition to the news surrounding a D4s, Nikon let loose a new 35mm f/1.8G ED lens and the D3300 DSLR. The 35mm f/1.8G should be exciting for all Nikon users that are fans of prime lenses, and the D3300 sports a 24.2 Mp DX-Format CMOS Sensor 11-Point Multi-CAM 1000 AF Sensor. [more]

Sony Announce A New Mirrorless Camera and 4k Camcorder

Sony announced a few new products to the photo and video world at CES 2014 earlier today.  There were the expected offerings of new action cams, point and shoots and 4K TVs, and a few unexpected stand-out products: The first being an extremely affordable and lightweight 20 megapixel mirrorless camera and the second being an unexpectedly beautiful 4K prosumer camcorder. [more]

UPDATED: Sigma Announces Two New Lenses: Redesigned 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 & 50mm F1.4

(Updated with more images to whet your appetite until we see some test shots!) Sigma has just announced two new lenses, a redesigned 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM and 50mm F1.4 DG HSM. The pricing and availability has not yet been made public, so for now these two images of the lenses will have to do. The 50 f/1.4 has been highly anticipated, and I’m sure there are many of you who are ready to add this lens to your collection. [more]

Selfie Olympics: Let The Games Begin!

The “Selfie”, love it or hate it, had a pretty great year. Within a decade the term has gone from drunk forum ramblings to being accepted into the Oxford English Dictionary as of November 2013. Scrabble players rejoice! This meteoric rise to fame for the simple word has garnered the attention of celebrities and it has even spawned customized cappuccino machines that turn your morning cup of joe into a literal cup of Joe…or Frank…or Bobby. [more]

FujiFilm Announces the Beloved X100S in Black

One of the previous year’s best and most sought after cameras is getting a makeover, and now coming to you in a stylish black design. Announced today at CES in Vegas, the FujiFilm X100S is getting a visual upgrade, showing off an all black design from it’s previous silver/black vintage look. Aside from that nothing has changed, it still sports all the same specs that we’ve loved from the past year’s model.

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