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From WPPI: Fstoppers Previews the Comodo Orbit Mechanical Gimbal

There were few new products on the show floor that garnered as much attention as the Comodo Orbit. It’s eye catching, but mostly because people are just fascinated with the design. We spoke to Comodo regarding the new product, and show you a little more about how it works. We even show you how quickly you can adjust the gimbal to accept any new camera. [more]

RED Epic Dragon Bests Nikon D800E on DxOMark

This just in: the DxOMark scores have been published, the new 6K RED Epic Dragon camera beats out the old king-of-the-hill, the Nikon D800E. The first video sample for the Dragon surfaced in August, 2013 and we’ve been excited to see how it would perform ever since. The RED press release surprised many with the camera being advertised for both video and stills. At around 19MP this camera system might just give high-end Nikon and Canon DSLRs a run for their money. [more]

Hasselblad Officially Announces Availability of H5D-50c CMOS Camera Back

Hasselblad has made the camera they said existed back in January official: the H5D-50C CMOS medium format back will retail for €20,900. Ian Rawcliffe, Hasselblad CEO, stated: “There is no price premium at all for customers who wish to acquire this groundbreaking technology. The H5D-50c will ship with the same price tag that applies to our H5D-50 model.” [more]

Follow Zach Sutton and Jaron Schneider on the WPPI Floor on Instagram

This week Zach and I will be roaming the WPPI Las Vegas show floor, talking to some cool people and showing you some new products. While there, we’ll be Instagramming our shenanigans, and you can follow us! Couldn’t make it this year? Let us be your eyes and ears! [more]

Woman Sues For Commercial Use of Her “Hot” Police Mugshot

Perhaps police stations should consider issuing model release forms along with standard booking procedure, as it appears a mother of four who was arrested for a DUI back in 2010 is now suing a background check website for illegally using her mugshot. The woman claims countless websites have branded her a “hot convict” and have destroyed her peace of mind. [more]

Hunger Games Series Elects To Use Film

In recent news, the production team of the Hunger Games series tells all on their decision to use film over digital film-making. This news has been well received by creatives who still trust and love the quality of film. There have been several favorable comments that the look of “Catching Fire”was drastically improved from the 1st movie in the series “Hunger Games.” For the second film, the production team brought in a new director, Francis Lawrence. [more]

Steve McCurry Shoots the Last Roll of Kodachrome Film

“All good things must come to an end.” It’s a common theme throughout this special by National Geographic in which we follow Steve McCurry on his quest of shooting the last roll of Kodak Kodachrome film ever made. It’s a pretty daunting and heavy assignment to be sure – one McCurry is no stranger to. That fact is even more apparent when we learn that it was McCurry who asked for the final roll. [more]

Hardware Hacks: The Future of Camera Customization?

First reported at The Phoblographer, Canon Rumors published an article about possible hardware based hacks being just on the horizon for Canon shooters. CR received an email that stated that an unnamed company is gearing up to produce a hacked motherboard for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III. Modification of cameras is nothing new to many Canon users, some of whom opt to install a modified firmware (like Magic Lantern as perviously covered here). [more]

Bowens, PocketWizard and Sekonic Team Up with Combined Products

In the wake of rumors regarding the health of the PocketWizard parent LPA Designs, the MAC Group distributed company is teaming up with the lighting brand Bowens and light meter company Sekonic to produce cohesive products together, in the hopes this will improve sales on all fronts. This includes a new PocketWizard in the Bowens signature yellow. [more]

Orlando Sentinel Cuts Photo Staff, Shifts to “Videocentric” Approach

Conjuring memories of the now arguably-infamous decision by The Chicago Sun-Times to lay off its entire photography staff, The Orlando Sentinel has informed its staff photographers that, soon, their jobs will no longer exist. As part of a restructuring plan to attract increased readership, the paper is shifting to a more “videocentric” approach. [more]

New Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens Test

Images have been posted of the first tests with the soon to be released Sigma 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens. Photos Rumors recently posted the following info about a release they found from Xitek. The images look VERY nice and if the price is right, I might be ditching my Canon 50mm 1.4 for this. [more]

The Dalai Lama is now on Instagram

Earlier today the Dali Lama announced via Twitter that he and his staff would be joining Instagram. So far His Holiness has already gained 18,000 followers and has posted 16 images. The Dali Lama certainly isn’t the first religious figure to be on Instagram, Pope Francis has been posting since March, 2013 and has 30,000 followers. Instagram has brought with it a dramatic increase in the number of images we consume, and a revolution in the way we take and share them. [more]

Comodo Introduces New Hand-Held Mechanical Gimbal for Video

Comodo, a new member of the MAC Group and manufacturer of advanced camera stabilization systems, has announced the release of their newest camera stabilization device: Orbit. Utilizing advanced engineering in mechanical gimbal technology combined with application of basic physics, Orbit is the first mechanically driven, twin grip gimbal stabilization device of its kind to be introduced to the HDSLR and small camcorder segment of the filmmaking community. [more]

BlackRapid Works with Nikon to Release Quick-Draw Straps

“Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Quick-Draw Strap and the Quick-Draw Strap S, two new products developed in cooperation with world-renowned American camera accessory manufacturer, BlackRapid.” That’s right!  Nikon is going to be pushing a new strap into the photography market. This is pretty exciting, minus the fact that I finally just bought my BlackRapid. [more]

iStock Photo Overpaid Photographers, Wants Money Back

According to PetaPixel, some iStock Photo photographers were notified recently that they were paid too much in September and October of 2013. Not surprisingly, Getty wants their money back. Apparently this was discovered in December, 2013 by the iStock Photo accounting department, prompting them to notify a reported 9,000 of the 25,000 contributors, seeking reimbursement.

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