1. Fuji Unveils Teleconverter for X100 and X100s


    Fuji has announced the TCL-X100 teleconverter for the fixed lens X100 and X100s cameras. The cameras have a 23mm lens, which is equivalent to a 35mm field of view on a full frame camera. The new TC…

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  2. Tokyo Reverse – Simple Technique – Can You Stop Watching?

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    This is a simple concept, but probably difficult to create but it is also very cool. Maybe I spent too much time watching thinking about how the characters are managing to walk backwards and not kill themsleves, but I really enjoyed this and wanted to share with you.

    An interesting choice of music as well… the applause threw me at first, then I realized it was a live music track. Does it work for your or was it more distracting?

    Tokyo Reverse




    WATCH THE TRAILER

    WATCH EXTRACTS #02 ▶

    Note from their facebook page, a behind-the-scenes photo:

    SANDL behind-the-scenes for Tokyo Reverse

    SANDL behind-the-scenes for Tokyo Reverse

    Description

    TOKYO REVERSE : 9 HOURS OF SLOW TV FOR FRANCE 4 (FRENCH TV)

    LIKE SÅNDL ▶ ow.ly/vq48L

    DISCOVER SÅNDL ▶ sandl.fr

    Written and directed by : SÅNDL : Simon Bouisson et Ludovic Zuili
    Original soundtrack director : Francesco Tristano
    Produced by : Grégoire Olivereau
    A coproduction : France Télévisions and EDEN

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  3. Jim Knowlton’s Blue Ocean Blog | Sharing diving, video production and ocean conservation


    I have been experimenting with shooting RAW video using ML software. ML RAW records video at 1080p 14bit color without any processing from the camera. My tests show that the RAW video is sharper than the H.264 video recorded by my 5DMlll (5DM3) and there is more dynamic range – meaning, I can get more details out of the shadow areas than with H.264. The 14 bit color information means that more color information is stored compared to the normal H.264 8 bits of color info.


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  4. Video-shootout: Panasonic GH4, Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K and Sony AX100


    With three brand new cameras capable of 4K in our hands, we were curious to see how they compare. Of course, these are completely different types of cameras — the attractive pricing and the ability to shoot 4K is almost all they have in common — so a real comparison between them is almost impossible. All depends on the situation and/or individual preferences. Is a quick postproduction workflow needed or is 10 bit color sampling more important? Not to mention the future RAW-option on the Blackmagic 4K. Are interchangeable lenses a must or is a fixed wide angle zoom-lens with integrated ND filters as on the Sony AX100 more attractive? Photography is second nature only to the GH4, so if versatility is the key, it beats the others hands down.


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  5. Redrock microRemote Rigged Up on the Movi


    Redrock Micro showed off how to rig up its microRemote follow focus for the Movi and other handheld electric gimbals at its NAB 2014 booth. The rig has a finger wheel that allows a single operator …

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  6. F&V Spectra HD4 4.3″ Pro EVF LCD w/ HDMI SDI Loop Through and Conversion » CheesyCam


    Known primarily for their affordable quality lighting solutions, F&V extends their product line with a new high resolution 4.3″ inch EVF LCD monitor.


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  7. Circular Fisheye lens from Lensbaby Now Available

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    I’ve always been fascinated by what LensBaby is doing (I even interviewed them several years ago on the podcast) and this entry into the ‘fisheye’ world looks interesting.

    Lensbaby Launches a 5.8mm 185° Circular Fisheye Lens for Creative Photography

    Lensbaby, makers of creative effects camera lenses, announces the release of a 5.8mm Circular Fisheye lens in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts. With this Circular Fisheye lens, Lensbaby now offers photographers with crop sensor cameras a fun and affordable way to create circular images that transform the world around them.
    The Circular Fisheye is great for capturing the scale of endless landscapes and big events, fun self-portraits, quirky shots of pets or friends, creating extreme perspective, and experimenting with unique lens flare.

    This manual lens has built-in aperture control ranging from f/3.5-22 and features an ultra-wide 5.8mm focal length. It is capable of capturing a 185 degree angle of view and focusing from 1/4 inch in front of the lens to infinity. That extreme close-focus paired with the incredibly wide 5.8mm focal length produces other-worldly distortion with exceptional sharpness throughout.

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    Circular fisheye lenses produce an image that is circular, surrounded by black.

    Lensbaby deliberately designed the internal lens barrel of the Circular Fisheye to be reflective allowing bright sources of light to form a halo of colorful flare around the image, as seen in the image below left. In flatter light, parts of a scene can also be reflected into the area surrounding the image, as seen in the image below right.

    “Our Circular Fisheye lens, from a hardware perspective, functions just like any other manual lens,” said Craig Strong, Lensbaby Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer. “Simply attach it to your camera, and start shooting – no additional parts needed. Of course – it wouldn’t be a Lensbaby lens without something fun, different, and wacky. That’s why Circular Fisheye lets you focus on objects nearly touching the lens, while getting a 185 degree view of your surroundings. Plus, the flare this lens can produce adds a creative element to the border around the sharp circular image.”

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    The images below were shot with the Circular Fisheye lens on an APS-C sensor camera: this lens was optimized to produce a full-circle fisheye image on these cameras.

    Specs and Features

    * Circular Fisheye lens
    * 5.8mm focal length
    * 185º angle of view
    * f/3.5-22
    * Focus type: Manual
    * Polished internal barrel for creative flare & reflection
    * Focus distance scale & hyperfocal scale to aid in focusing
    * Available for Canon EF & Nikon F camera mounts
    * Size/Weight: 2.75” (7cm) high x 3” (7.6cm) wide / 10.5oz (298g)

    Circular Fisheye will retail for $299.95. The lens is currently available for pre-order from B&H, Adorama and Amazon, and will be available mid-May from select specialty photo stores worldwide and from www.lensbaby.com or by calling 877-536-7222 / 971-223-5662. For more information, visit www.lensbaby.com.

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    About Lensbaby
    Lensbaby, Inc. is a Portland, Oregon based manufacturer of award-winning Creative Effects SLR, mirrorless, and movie camera lenses. Lensbaby was launched in February 2004 by Craig Strong, a professional photographer and the inventor of the patented Lensbaby Creative Effects SLR lens system. Lensbaby sells to photographers all over the world through its website, www.lensbaby.com, by calling 877-536-7222 / 971-223-5662, at tradeshows, in leading photo retailers and through a growing global network of international distributors.

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  8. Introducing Datacolor SpyderHD – Premiere Color Calibration Suite

    Datacolor SpyderHD

    We worked with the guys from DataColor last fall on our training tour and I was very impressed with their ability to color calibrate just about anything. They’ve been focussing on the photography industry for a long time and have tons of experience there and are now moving into motion – you should give this a look!

    Datacolor Introduces SpyderHD™, the Top-of-the-Line Calibration Suite for Photographers and Videographers

    From datacolor Press:

    Datacolor®, a global leader in color management solutions, today announced SpyderHD™, the premiere color calibration suite for advanced and professional photographers and videographers. SpyderHD is designed to color manage photo and video workflows, from scene, camera and editing, to final output.

    Datacolor SpyderHD



    SpyderHD includes the new Spyder®4ELITE HD integrated display calibration application; the first of its kind, with calibration functions for computer displays, video reference displays, and TVs, all within a single application. SpyderHD also includes the innovative SpyderWEB, a universal mounting system that securely mounts the Spyder for calibration of most screens up to 70”.

    “As a photographer who has been calibrating for a long time, I understand the value of color calibration. SpyderHD is my preferred solution for tonal linearity in computer display calibration, and beats my personal calibration technique for video reference display calibration,” says Lee Varis, renowned Hollywood photographer.

    Datacolor SpyderHD

    In addition to display calibration offerings, SpyderHD includes two important camera solutions: the SpyderCHECKR, a powerful color reference and gray card system, and the portable SpyderCUBE, which provides white balance, exposure, black level and highlight references in any lighting condition. Combined, these tools enable photographers and videographers to capture consistent color day-to-day and camera-to-camera, enhancing their entire digital workflow.

    “There is nothing else like the SpyderCUBE; the value of it is hard to over-emphasize for defining the light sources in a shot,” continued Varis. “Also, I find the SpyderCHECKR to provide all the camera color correction I need, for both photo and video.”

    Datacolor SpyderHD

    SpyderHD is available immediately for $349.00 USD at photo and video retailers or online at http://ift.tt/1hYmRBa. For more information, visit http://ift.tt/1ijGiW2.

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  9. Kitting Out Your MoVI for Cinematic Capture | Hurlbut Visuals


    How we’re kitting out the MōVI on Fathers and Daughters.

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  10. HP revitalizes DreamColor universe with 2 new models


    At NAB 2014 in Las Vegas, HP showed two new DreamColor monitors with plenty to write home about! The new “pro” Z27X model has a larger 27“ diagonal panel, accepts up to a 4K signal, and costs substantially less than the original DreamColor monitor. Ahead I’ll explain many of its other improvements, together with some details on the new Z24X 24” “little brother” model, which is now the entry-level DreamColor monitor.

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