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Benjamin Von Wong sheds light on child hunger

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 2:32pm
Dax Slate drops in 'Mission Impossible' style to grab some bacon from right under the noses of the cooks. Shot on the Sony a7R II, 16-35mm | ISO 80, 16mm, F4, 1/50sec with lighting by Broncolor

Prolific photographer Benjamin Von Wong is focusing his camera on an issue facing many children in America: food insecurity. He was surprised to learn that 1 in 3 children in the San Jose area – home to Silicon Valley – suffers from hunger. So he did what he does best: collaborate and create.

Von Wong partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Jose Counties, gathered a team of talented and dedicated artists, designers, and volunteers, and put together a shoot to highlight the children's struggle for fresh and healthy food. Using his signature hyper-realistic creative approach, he portrayed children as heroes embarked on a quest for food.

Check out the video below for some behind-the-scenes footage and to learn more about Second Harvest's mission.

Read Von Wong's post for more photos and behind-the-scenes details

Categories: Equipment

Apple updates iMac and MacBook lines, launches MacOS High Sierra

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 2:27pm

At its WWDC 2017 developer conference in San José, California Apple has just announced a number of upgrades to its iMac line of desktop computers. All new models will come with new displays. The current resolutions are retained but at 500 nits the new screens are 43% brighter than the previous generation and come with 10-bit dithering, offering one billion colors for even more realistic color rendering.

Faster processors are on board as well, and all iMacs come with Intel's 7th generation Kaby Lake CPUs. The 21.5" models will allow you to install up to 32GB of RAM, on the 27" models up to 64GB which is twice as much as before. New SSDs will be available in sizes up to 2TB and will be 50% faster than current models. In terms of interfaces all new iMacs will feature two USB-C connectors with Thunderbolt 3 support.

Improvements in the graphics department include Intel Iris 640 Graphics on the 21.5" base model, AMD Radeon Pro 555 & 560 GPUs with up to 4GB VRAM on the iMac Retina 4k 21.5" and Radeon Pro 570, 575, 580 with up to 8GB of VRAM on the 5K 27" model. That's up to 3x faster graphics than before. Prices will start at $1099 for the base model and $1299 for the 21.5" 4K model.

In line with the iMac models, Apple has also upgraded its MacBook line. Like its desktop cousins, the Apple laptops will from now on come with Intel Kaby Lake CPUs and faster graphics cards. Something not added: an SD card slot. In addition Apple has given a sneak peek of the iMac Pro that will become available towards the end of the year and deliver work station class performance in an 27" iMac form factor. According to Apple the iMac Pro will be the most powerful Mac ever and be available with up to 18 core Xeon processors and AMD's brand new AMD Radeon Vega GPUs.

Apple's new MacOS version is called High Sierra and comes with a faster version of the Safari browser among other improvements. The Photos app offers new new organization and editing tools, including curves and selective color. There is also a new persistent tool side bar, filtering by keywords or favorites, and improved face recognition that is powered by neural networks. If you make the effort to name the people in your photos, those names can now be synchronized across devices.

On the video side of things, Apple has launched a new HEVC video codec that offers up to 40% better compression than H.264. High Sierra is available today as a developer beta and will come as a free upgrade to all Mac users this fall.

Categories: Equipment

Samyang targets Sony E mount users with new 35mm F2.8 AF lens

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 1:27pm

Korean optical manufacturer Samyang has released details of its third AF lens – a full frame 35mm F2.8 lens designed for Sony E mount cameras. The company says the lens is tiny and lightweight to suit these smaller compact system cameras, and that these characteristics make it ideal for travel and street photography.

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The Samyang 35mm F2.8 FE weighs 85g/3oz, measures 33mm/1.3in in length and uses seven elements in six groups. It has a seven-bladed iris, a filter thread of 49mm and a closest focus distance of 0.35m/1.14ft. It will be available from July and will cost £279.99 (approx $350). For more information see the Samyang website.

Press release

Samyang Introduces third autofocus lens – AF 35mm F2.8 FE

June 5th, 2017, Seoul, Korea – Global optics brand Samyang Optics, is pleased to announce the release of Samyang’s third autofocus lens: the AF 35mm F2.8 FE. A tiny lens with a mighty performance, it is ideal for daily photography as well as travel photography. This new compact and lightweight lens, together with the existing AF 14mm F2.8 FE and AF 50mm F1.4 FE lenses, now expands Samyang’s autofocus lens line-up to three.

Tiny and Mighty
The AF 35mm F2.8 FE weighs just 85g and measures 3.3cm in length, without the hood and rear cap, it is roughly the equivalent in weight of a bar of soap and smaller than a name card in size. Thanks to Samyang’s exceptional optical technology, its compact size is packed with features for outstanding image quality. Featuring seven elements in six groups, two aspherical lenses and one high refractive lens plus Ultra Multi Coating to minimise aberration and unnecessary light dispersion, the lens delivers high resolution from the centre to the corners of the image.

Perfect Partner for Everyday Photographers
This new lens is specifically designed to work in harmony with full frame mirrorless cameras in Sony E mount. For full frame sensors, the focal length resembles the human eye the most. For APS-C types for Sony alpha 6000 and 5000 series users the lens is equivalent to approximately 52mm, which is also one of the most popular focal lengths among photographers.

Portability with mighty performance and a 35mm focal length makes this lens the best choice for daily photographers who want to capture every memory as a high quality image. The autofocus is fast and accurate and is ideal for the capture of outdoor events such as hiking, sports events and landscape photography. It also has a minimum focusing distance of 0.35m and is ideal for street, portrait and close focus photography.

Available from July 2017
This tiny and mighty Samyang 35mm F2.8 FE lens will be available from July, and will carry a suggested retail price of £279.99 inc VAT.

Categories: Equipment

Light-painting technique with the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V

Mon, 06/05/2017 - 8:00am

The Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V is a powerful compact camera which packs a lot of technology into its pocketable body. For this video, we take the RX100 V out into the night, to shoot light-painting with LA-based photography duo 'Nightcrawlers'.

We'll show you how to prepare for a light-painting shoot, and sharing some tips for getting great shots using a variety of techniques.

Read our full Sony RX100 V review

See more videos at our YouTube Channel

This is sponsored content, created in partnership with Sony. What does this mean?

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LG G6 camera review

Sun, 06/04/2017 - 6:00am
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The G6 is LG's latest flagship smartphone. For the new model, LG has abandoned the G5's modular concept and has instead designed a device that offers a water- and dust-proof body and a 5.7" QHD+ display with an unusual 18:9 aspect ratio.

In the camera department, LG sticks with the G5's dual-camera concept but both sensors now offer the same 13MP resolution. The wide-angle lens comes with a 71 degree angle of view and F1.8 aperture while the super-wide-angle offers 125 degrees and a slower F2.4 aperture. OIS is available on the wide-angle. 4K video capture with stereo sound recording and a laser-assisted AF system are on board as well.

Other specs are flagship-worthy too. Android 7.0 is powered by last year's top-end chipset Snapdragon 821 and 4GB of RAM. 32 or 64GB of internal storage are expandable via a microSD slot. And unlike some of its competitors the G6 still offers a 3.5mm headphone jack.

With improved camera specs, the interesting new display format and the waterproof body, the LG G6 looks like an appealing option for mobile photographers. Read the full article to find out how it performed in our test.

Key Photographic / Video Specifications

  • Dual-camera with two 1/3" 13MP sensors
  • Wide-angle, 71 degree angle of view, F1.8, 3-axis OIS
  • Super-wide-angle, 125 degree angle of view, F2.4
  • Laser-assisted autofocus
  • 4K video with stereo sound recording
  • 5MP front camera with 100 degree angle of view, F2.2
  • Dual-LED flash

Other Specifications

  • Android 7.0
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 821 chipset
  • 4GB RAM, 32/64GB storage
  • microSD support up to 256GB
  • 5.7" 18:9 QHD+ IPS display, 2880 x 1440 resolution, 564 ppi
  • IP68 certified, water and dust resistant
  • Fingerprint reader
  • Google Assistant
  • 3300 battery with Quick Charge 3.0

DPReview smartphone reviews are written with the needs of photographers in mind. We focus on camera features, performance, and image quality.

Categories: Equipment

Video: Nikon D7500 first look

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 6:00am

Nikon's brand new midrange D7500 just arrived in our office. Announced back in April, the camera uses the same image sensor, metering sensor and processor as the APS-C flagship Nikon D500. It also gains 4K video capture and features a lighter design, with improved weather sealing and a deeper grip. Other improvements come in the form of a tilting touch LCD. Check out the video above for more on the Nikon D7500.

Categories: Equipment

Want your sports photos to stand out from the crowd? Use a strobe

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 5:00am

How to get these shots

A post shared by Garrett Ellwood (@gwephoto) on Jun 2, 2017 at 6:53am PDT

Garrett Ellwood's body of work speaks for itself. He's a seasoned sports photographer and, according to his website, has been the official team photographer for the Charlotte Hornets, Carolina Panthers, Denver Nuggets and Colorado Rapids. Since 1995, he's photographed 19 NBA Finals. So he's got some experience.

While Ellwood's more 'standard' action shots are well executed, images like the one above spark a lot of interest and attention because they're different. Ellwood is still capturing a moment, a play in the game, but the result is evidence of greater pre-visualization and planning. Oh, and triggers, and very powerful strobes.

For those who aren't sports shooters or who aren't well-versed in using flash, here's a quick breakdown of his (likely) setup.

A post shared by Garrett Ellwood (@gwephoto) on Jun 1, 2017 at 7:38pm PDT

The first thing you'd need for this sort of stuff is permission, and given Ellwood's experience, he's sure to have it. Next, you'll need radio triggers; PocketWizard's are the industry standard, and cost a pretty penny, but they're reliable and have great range. You'll then need to mount your strobe pretty high up in the rafters, and because of the distance from your subjects, it'd better be powerful.

We can also tell from these images that it's likely a bare bulb (evident in the first image from the very hard shadows, the second image appears to have players more 'filled in' from light reflecting off the court). It looks to be in a cone-shaped reflector of some sort, or behind a grid - we can see this from the pronounced falloff midway up the court. Ellwood could have underexposed the background in two ways; first, he could have used a very narrow aperture, or he could have used high-speed sync, or a combination of the two. From there, just pump up the flash power to your desired level, and fire away.

The result is a decidedly different and dramatic look. The moral of the story? You don't have to keep the strobes relegated to staged portraiture or studio shots - experiment with how your particular setup allows you to balance with ambient lighting scenarios, and have fun!

For more: Garrett Ellwood's Instagram, portfolio, and a slideshow of additional images from NBA.com.

Categories: Equipment

So much for that idea: Swiss village lifts photography ban after story goes viral

Sat, 06/03/2017 - 4:00am

Just days after 'banning' photography, the Swiss village of Bergüm has, not surprisingly, reversed course. In a bizarre video, the mayor of Bergüm states that 'until the ban on photography is officially lifted, everyone with a camera will be given a friendly special permit.'

The video leaves little doubt that the whole thing was a PR stunt, with Mayor Peter Nicolay proclaiming 'the beauty of our village has become world-famous thanks to our friendly photography ban.' Judging by how quickly the story spread, the stunt worked exactly as planned.

Categories: Equipment

Panasonic AU-EVA1 offers EF-mount Super 35 5.7K capture to SD with Raw promised

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 8:40pm
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Panasonic has announced a 5.7K Super 35 format cinema camera that sits between the GH5 and the VariCam LT 4K. The camera is built around a Canon EF mount and can capture 4K video at up to 10-bit 4:2:2 quality to SD cards.

The camera has XLR audio inputs and both HDMI and SDI video outputs. Initially it will output 4K over these connectors but Panasonic promises 5.7K Raw output to external recorders with a firmware update. The camera will ship in 'the autumn' at a cost of around €8000.

Press Release:

Panasonic has previewed the AU-EVA1, at Cine Gear Expo 2017 in Los Angeles, USA, a new 5.7K cinema camera positioned between the Panasonic Lumix GH5 4K mirrorless camera and the VariCam LT 4K cinema camera. Compact and lightweight, the AU-EVA1 is tailor-made for handheld shooting, but also well suited for documentaries, commercials, and music videos.

“For cinema-style acquisition, we realised there was a space between the GH5 and the VariCam LT,” said EMEA Marketing Manager Nela Pertl. “With its compact size and new 5.7K sensor, the EVA1 fills that gap for a variety of filmmaking applications.”

The EVA1 contains a newly designed 5.7K Super 35mm-sized sensor for capturing true cinematic images. By starting at a higher native resolution, the 5.7K sensor yields a higher resolving image when down sampled to 4K, UHD, 2K, and even 720p. The increased colour information results in a finer, more accurate finished image.

One of the key features of the VariCam 35, VariCam LT, and VariCam Pure is dual native ISO. Utilising a process that allows the sensor to be read in a fundamentally different way, dual native ISO extracts more information from the sensor without degrading the image. This results in a camera that can switch from a standard sensitivity to a high sensitivity without an increase in noise, or other artifacts.

“On the VariCams, dual native ISO has allowed cinematographers to use less light on set, saving time and money, as well as allowing for a great variety of artistic choices. The EVA1 will include dual native ISO, but the camera is currently being tested to determine final ISO specifications,” added Nela Pertl.

The ability to capture accurate colours and rich skin tones is a must for any filmmaker. Like the VariCam lineup of cinema cameras, the EVA1 contains V-Log/V-Gamut capture to deliver high dynamic range and broad colours. V-Log has log curve characteristics that are somewhat reminiscent of negative film and V-Gamut delivers a colour space even larger than film. The EVA1 will also import the celebrated colourimetry of the VariCam line.

Weighing only 1.2Kg (body-only) with a compact form factor (17cm x 13.5cm x 13.3cm) and a removable handgrip, EVA1 can be used for efficient handheld shooting applications and can also be mounted on a drone, gimbal rig, or jib arm for complex yet smooth camera moves. There will also be numerous mounting points and Panasonic is currently working with top accessory makers to allow further customisation with the EVA1.

Ideal for indie filmmakers, the EVA1 records to readily-available, lower-cost SD cards. The camera can record in several formats and compression rates, and offers up to 10-bit 422, even in 4K. A complete breakdown of recording formats will be available at the time of the EVA1’s release.

The camera utilises a native EF-mount, giving shooters access to the broad EF lens ecosystem, including dozens of cinema-style prime and zoom lenses from numerous manufacturers. Electronic Image Stabilisation (EIS) is employed to compensate for camera shake and blurring, which will help smooth out handheld or shoulder-mount shots on documentary or run-and-gun projects. Behind the lens mount, an integrated ND filter wheel in 2, 4, and 6 stops allows for precise exposure control. The EVA1 also allows the IR Cut filter to be swung out of the path to the sensor at the push of a button. Unique photographic effects and night vision imagery are possible with this control over infrared.

As a professional video production tool, the EVA1 offers dual balanced XLR audio inputs and 4K-capable video outputs in both HDMI and SDI. In a future firmware upgrade, EVA1 will offer 5.7K RAW output to 3rd party recorders.

The EVA1 will ship this autumn for under €8,000 (body only).

For more information on Panasonic Broadcast & ProAV, please visit http://business.panasonic.eu/broadcast-and-proav

Categories: Equipment

AI-guided camera assistant Arsenal blows past Kickstarter funding goals

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 3:29pm

Last week we wrote about Arsenal, an intelligent camera assistant currently looking for crowdfunding. Since then, the Kickstarter campaign has enjoyed huge success, with over $700,000 pledged and still plenty of time left to raise more funds. Arsenal's creator has issued an update announcing that as stretch goals have been met, additional camera support will be added for launch, along with live histogram and night focus features.

A new stretch goal for $1,000,000 has also been set. If that funding level is met, Arsenal's creators promise it will ship with remote video control and remote video playback.

Below are the cameras added for launch. The video above, posted recently, showcases Arsenal's time-lapse capabilities.

  • Sony a77
  • Sony a77ii
  • Sony a99
  • Sony a99ii
  • Nikon d500
  • Nikon D3000
  • Canon 760D
Categories: Equipment

SkyPixel and DJI now accepting entries to 2017 Aerial Video Contest

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 2:40pm

DJI and SkyPixel have opened up their latest competition for entries. The 2017 SkyPixel Video Contest accepts video clips from 30 seconds up to 5 minutes in length. Videos can be created by any aerial platform, so if you don't own a DJI drone, fear not – you're still in the running. Prize packages include DJI drones, Nikon DSLRs and some slick-looking (?) Oakley sunglasses.

Entries must be submitted to one of three categories: City, Nature and Sports. The deadline for submissions in August 2nd, 2017. Find out more at the contest website.

Categories: Equipment

Video: How to shoot white products on a white background

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 2:30pm

Shooting products on a white background is a common setup for anyone selling online. But how do you handle shooting a white product on a white background? The trick is to completely separate one's foreground lighting from the background lighting. Pro photographer David Patino breaks down how to do it in this short, but useful PDN video.

Categories: Equipment

NASA spacecraft struck by meteoroid while photographing the Moon

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 2:19pm
The collision of a meteoroid with the Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter’s Narrow Angle Camera resulted in this wavy image.

NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center/Arizona State University

A camera on NASA’s Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter survived a direct hit from a meteoroid no larger than the pin of a head that was traveling at incredibly high speeds. Despite its small size, tiny meteoroids can inflict significant damage on space equipment, especially instruments as delicate as a camera.

According to NASA project scientist Mark Robinson, 'In this case, (the camera) did not dodge a speeding, but rather survived a speeding bullet.'

The incident actually occurred in late 2014, but was not made public until recently. The Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter has been mapping the moon’s poles ever since its launch in 2009. And its cameras – manufactured by a small company called Malin – are known for being particularly tough. In fact, Malin cameras are also used on the Mars Curiosity rover.

Categories: Equipment

VENQUE Transformer A modular backpack has an expandable camera bag

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 2:11pm

Newly launched on crowdfunding website Kickstarter is a modular, 'transformable' backpack called VENQUE Transformer A. The team behind the product describes Transformer A as an 'advanced backpack' that can be transformed into various types of bags, including a camera backpack, a messenger bag, and a 'travel pro' bag. Among the backpack's many features is an expandable camera bag that is separate from the main component.

VENQUE designed the Transformer A to meet a variety of needs in different situations and environments, and the end result is a bag with built-in USB charging, a hidden compartment for expensive electronics like laptops, a dedicated compartment for a tripod or water bottle, straps to hold a yoga mat, as well as anti-theft features, a secure buckle, YKK zippers, and an RFID security pocket.

The expandable camera bag can be used as part of the main backpack or separately as a smaller, lighter day pack. Transformer A measures 47 x 34 x 16.5cm (18.5 x 13.4 x 6.5in) and weighs 0.7kg (1.5lbs), while the camera bag measures 25 x 23 x 7.6cm (10 x 9 x 3in) and weighs 0.3kg (0.7lbs). VENQUE doesn't estimate how much camera gear the expandable bag can accommodate, though one image shows it with a Sony a7 body, one lens, and a couple camera accessories.

The company is currently offering the Transformer A backpack as a reward to backers who pledge at least $239 CAD / $177 USD for the campaign. Shipping to backers is estimated to start this August.

Via: Kickstarter

Categories: Equipment

Fujifilm's MK 50-135mm cine lens will arrive in July for $4000

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 1:39pm

Fujifilm has officially launched the MK 50-135mm T2.9 cinema lens aimed at emerging filmmakers, giving it a mid-July release and $4000/£3300 price tag. It will be available initially in the Sony E-mount, but the company says it is working on a version for its own X-mount cameras that will go on sale before the end of the year. It was first announced back in February alongside an 18-55mm T2.9.

The DSLR and CSC stills lenses that many videographers use suffer from shifting focus and centring during zooming, according to Fujifilm, and ‘breathing’ often alters the magnification of the view as focus distances change. If the background changes size in the frame as focus is being pulled, or the subject goes out of focus during a zoom, the fluidity of the sequence can be destroyed. This new lens is intended to replace these still lenses, with their unsuitable characteristics, so that photographers using small cameras can make professional-looking films.

The Fujinon 18-55mm T2.9

The new lens matches the three-ring layout and 82mm filter thread size of the existing Fujinon 18-55mm T2.9 so it should be easy to switch between the two, and with both lenses videographers will have most popular focal lengths covered. The lenses are designed to work with APS-C and Super 35mm sized sensors, so will provide similar angles of view to a 75-200mm on a full frame system.

For more information see the Fujifilm website.

Sample footage

Press release

Fujifilm launches the FUJINON MK50-135mm T2.9 telephoto zoom cinema lens with advanced optical performance, ultra-compact and lightweight design, and excellent affordability

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Kenji Sukeno) will release the FUJINON MK50-135mm T2.9 (MK50-135mm) telephoto zoom cinema lens in July 2017. The MK50-135mm has a focal length of 50-135mm and can be combined with the FUJINON MK18-55mm T2.9 (MK18-55mm) standard zoom lens, that was released in March 2017, to form a kit that covers the most frequently-used focal lengths of 18mm to 135mm, accommodating a broader variety of conditions.

The rapid growth in popularity of movies made by emerging cinematographers in recent years, including corporate and commercial movies on the internet and other venues, has increased the opportunities for shooting movies using cinema and regular digital cameras, and it boosts demand for high-performance cinema lenses that deliver high resolution and advanced scene-depicting capability. For filming such materials, interchangeable lenses for digital cameras are often used instead of cinema camera lenses as they are more affordable and mobile. However, these lenses are designed primarily for shooting still images, and therefore prone to problems such as focus shift and optical axis shift while zooming, and so on.

In response, Fujifilm has developed the MK series of cinema lenses that resolve these issues while still offering advanced optical performance and an ultra-compact and lightweight design - all at an affordable price. The MK18-55mm that was launched in March this year has been popular among emerging cinematographers who praise it for its edge-to-edge sharpness and ease of handling thanks to its compact and lightweight design.

The new MK50-135mm is a telephoto zoom lens that covers the focal length from 50mm to 135mm. It has the maximum T-stop value of 2.9*1 across the entire zoom range, enabling to shoot with a shallow depth-of-field with beautiful bokeh. The lens is compatible with E-mount*2 cameras with the Super 35mm*3 / APS-C sensor. It incorporates the benefits of short flange focal distance*4 into optical design to the maximum extent to achieve advanced optical performance while maintaining a compact and lightweight design. The lens design is optimized for shooting movies, minimizing focal and optical axis shift while zooming and lens breathing (change of angle of view during focusing) – negative traits that are typically observed in still lenses for digital cameras. The lens also features three rings to enable manual and independent adjustment of focus, zoom and iris (aperture), all with the gear pitch*5 of 0.8M (module). The focus ring can rotate fully up to 200 degrees to facilitate precise one-handed focusing. These features make the lenses comfortable to operate.

The MK50-135mm can be combined with the MK18-55mm to form a compact and light weight kit that covers the most frequently-used focal lengths between 18mm and 135mm, accommodating a variety of subject matters including landscape, architecture and portraiture. They share the common front element diameter, filter thread and three-ring gear positions, allowing users to share the use of the same accessories such as matte box and filters. This eliminates the need to re-adjust accessory positions when changing between lenses, streamlining operations in frontline video production.

The X Mount versions of MK lenses (with the focal lengths of 18-55mm and 50-135mm) for Fujifilm’s X Series of digital cameras (APS-C sensor) are currently under development, and due to be released by the end of this year.

FUJINON lenses offered by Fujifilm have been used at movie / CM / TV production sites around the world for their advanced scene-depicting capability. Tapping into its optical design, high-precision processing and assembly technologies that have been nurtured over the years in the cutting-edge field of video production, Fujifilm will continue to expand its lens line-up to meet the diverse needs at the video production industry.

*1 T-stop value is an index that indicates brightness of a lens based on its F-stop value and transmission rate. The smaller the value, the greater amount of light the lens transmits.
*2 Lens mount format developed by SONY Corporation
*3 Super 35mm is a standard format for motion film cameras using 35mm film stock, and refers to a sensor size used in many cinema cameras.
*4 Distance from lens mounting reference plane to sensor
*5 Distance between gear teeth

1. Product name, release date, pricing
Product name: FUJINON MK50-135mm T2.9
Release date: Mid July 2017
Expected user price: GBP £3,300* (ex VAT)
*At today's GBP/EURO exchange rate

2. Main product features
Advanced optical performance, packed into a compact and lightweight lens barrel
The MK50-135mm covers the focal length of 50mm to 135mm and when combined with the MK18-55mm standard zoom lens, they form a kit that covers 18mm to 135mm, the most frequently-used focal length in video production.

The MK50-135mm supports E-mount cameras with Super 35mm / APS-C sensor. It achieves advanced optical performance despite its compact and lightweight body, weighing just 980g, by incorporating the benefits of short flange focal distance into optical design.

The MK50-135mm has T2.9 speed across the entire zoom range which allows shooting with a shallow depth-of-field and eliminates the need to re-adjust lighting.

The MK50-135mm offers advanced edge-to-edge optical performance and low distortion*6 and is designed to match the color temperature of FUJINON HK Premier, ZK Cabrio and XK Cabrio lenses to simplify color grading*7 when using a combination of lenses.

*6 Distortion refers to a phenomenon in which an image formed through a lens becomes partially contracted or extended at the edges.
*7 Processes of correcting colors during video editing

Resolving issues associated with using interchangeable lenses for still digital cameras in video production

The front focusing group of lens elements and the zooming group of lens elements are driven independently from one another to suppress focus shift while zooming, eliminating the need to re-focus after zooming in or out. The optical and mechanical approach means there is no time lag as seen in an electrical control system.

The use of the front inner-focusing system controls lens breathing (change of angle of view during focusing) to achieve smooth focusing.

By using design and manufacturing technologies developed for FUJINON HK, ZK and XK Cine lenses, optical axis shift is minimized while zooming, eliminating the need to re-compose the shot when the angle of view is changed.

Comfortable operation as expected of a dedicated video lens
The focus ring features a rotation of a full 200 degrees to allow precise focusing even when shooting with a shallow depth-of-field.

The lens features three rings to enable independent adjustment of focus, zoom and iris. The fully manual mechanism of all three rings enable intuitive operation that often cannot be attained with electrical mechanism which typically causes time lag.

All the operation rings have a gear pitch of 0.8M, the same as all other FUJINON cine lenses, which allows the use of any standard third party accessories for video production such as Follow Focus.

The iris operation ring has a click-free seamless adjustment which enables smooth, precise exposure adjustment while also preventing noise and camera shake caused by clicking.

Standardized MK series design

The MK50-135mm shares the same front diameter of 85mm and filter thread of 82mm with the MK18-55mm,allowing users to use the same matte boxes and filters on both lenses.

The two lenses also share the same dimensions and three-ring gear positions, eliminating the need to re-adjust accessory positions when changing between them.

The MK50-135mm offers a macro mechanism with the minimum object distance*8 of 0.85m (wide angle-end), broadening the types of scenes that can be covered with a single lens.

The MK50-135mm features a Flange Focal Distance adjustment function*9 to achieve optimum camera and lens matching, bringing out the full optical performance of the lens.

*8 Distance from the image-forming plane to a subject
*9 The position of lens's image-forming plane can be adjusted according to each camera's flange focal distance (distance from lens mounting reference plane to sensor).

Categories: Equipment

Nikon launches Arcrest protection filter line

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 1:37pm

In addition to the AF-S Nikkor 28mm F1.4E ED, 8-15mm F3.5-4.5E ED fisheye and AF-P 10-20mm F4.5-5.6G VR lenses Nikon also announced the new Arcrest line of 'professional-grade' protection filters. The Arcrest filters are available in 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, 82mm and 95mm diameters and, according to Nikon, can survive heavy impacts while only having a minimal impact on image quality.

The filters are 2mm thick and come with special coatings that minimize color balance disturbance, reduce ghosting and flares and repel water/oil/dirt. Nikon says they are also less prone to ghosting when shooting night scenes.

It appears that at least for now the Arcrest line will only be released in the Japanese market. Prices range from ¥9,680 ($88) for the 67mm filter to ¥25,799 ($234) for the largest diameter version. The product page on the Nikon Japan website offers a good selection of sample images and comparison shots against filters from competing brands.

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Mathematician turns Juno images into stunning Jupiter flyby video

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 12:51pm

Since NASA's Juno probe entered Jupiter's orbit a year ago, it's been sending back high-resolution images of the solar system's biggest planet.

When NASA released the latest batch of images, last month, German mathematician Gerald Eichstaedt got to work, turning them into into a video. Using software that he wrote, Eichstaedt used Juno's trajectory data to determine the probe's exact position when it captured an image, and then placed that image on a spherical model of the planet. The resulting video combines 36 images from the probe to simulate a Jovian flyby.

London-based filmmaker Seán Doran saw the video when Eichstaedt uploaded it to unmannedspaceflight.com and spent another 12 hours smoothing the thousands of frames, before adding a soundtrack.

It's almost like being there. Almost...

Watch Gerald Eichstaedt's original video

Read more about NASA's Juno mission

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Swimming with giants: Black and white whale portraiture by Jem Cresswell

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 5:00am

Creativity showcase site My Modern Met recently interviewed Jem Cresswell, an Australian photographer who has just completed a project he calls Giants. The project is a series of portraits of humpback whales presented in black and white and offers an intimate look into the personalities and emotions of these 'gentle giants.'

In the interview, Cresswell describes his process (much of which you can see from the behind-the-scenes video above), as well as some interesting details concerning his interactions with the whales. In addition to only swimming with 'certain whales,' Cresswell says they never use scuba gear and he always enters the water 'as calmly as possible, keeping my heart rate low and wait to see the behaviour.'

The interview also addresses the presence of 'spindle cells' in humpback whales, which are cells that are thought to be responsible for social organization and empathy. 'It is obvious though, that humpback whales exhibit complex emotional behaviors, have intricate social networks and complex song structures,' says Cresswell.

Head on over to My Modern Met or Cresswell's website to view these stunning portraits for yourself - all of which, Cresswell says, were captured on a Canon 5DS R, 24-70mm F2.8L II and 16-35mm F4L in an Aquatech underwater housing.

Via: My Modern Met

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2017 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $900-1200

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 3:19am

Last updated: June 2, 2017

These days, many (if not most) consumers are likely to shop based on price and capability, rather than according to whether a certain model contains a mirror, or not. We think this is a good thing; With all the increased competition, cameras are improving more and at a faster rate than ever before. From the gear perspective, it's certainly an exciting time to be a photographer.

In this category, you'll find both mirrorless and DSLR cameras that are highly capable under a variety of shooting situations, offer built-in high-spec viewfinders - either optical and electronic - and an extensive array of external controls. The biggest differences in performance tend to come down to autofocus sophistication and video capability, but neither of those is dictated by the presence or lack of mirror.

The contenders are:

Most of the cameras in this roundup are built around either Four Thirds or APS-C sensors. Sensor size plays a large part in determining the image quality a camera is ultimately capable of and, in general, the larger a camera's sensor, the better the image quality and the more control you have over depth-of-field. APS-C sensors are larger than Four Thirds chips, but the differences are rarely huge.

Of course, the sensor sizes and image quality of these cameras are not the only thing that varies; the feature sets and performance of each camera are also quite different across the board. Within this category you'll find weather-sealed cameras, cameras that can capture 4K video, cameras that can shoot bursts at incredibly high speeds with autofocus, and cameras that are simply well-balanced all-rounders. Which one should you buy? Read on to find out...

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Sony World Photography Awards 2018 opens with new categories and grants

Fri, 06/02/2017 - 3:01am

The twins' gymnastics dream

Yuan Peng - Winner of the Professional Sport Category 2017
Copyright: © Yuan Peng, China, 1st Place, Professional, Sport, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

The 11th Sony World Photography Awards has opened for entries for the 2018 contest and brings two new categories for professionals that organizers hope will bring out ‘originality, experimentation and imagination’. The $30,000 prize pot has been augmented this year with a new series of grants that aim to allow winning photographers to undertake projects during the next year. Grants of $7000 will be given to an unspecified number of category winners from the professional competition, while all the shortlisted entrants from the Student Focus category will receive $3500 for a project.

In the professional competition the Conceptual and Daily Life categories from 2017 are replaced with the new Creative and Discovery themes, while the Youth section takes the theme ‘Your Environment.’

The Open competition maintains the ten categories from last year, and is the place for those entering single images rather than series and projects.

All category and many shortlisted photographers win Sony digital camera equipment, while the professional winner also takes home a cash prize of $25,000 and the Open winner gets $5000.

Students need to get their entries in before 4th December 2017, while the Open and Youth competitions close for entries on 4th January 2018. The Professional contest closes on the 11th January 2018, with the awards ceremony being held in April 2018. The free-to-enter competition culminates in an exhibition in London and a book of winning and shortlisted images.For more information see the Sony World Photography Awards website.

New Categories:

Professional - Creative
Judges are looking to reward originality, experimentation and imagination. This category actively encourages the creative use of the medium of photography in all its forms - from photograms, to cutting-edge photographic techniques. Subject matter can be varied and may include abstract and conceptual ideas, but a creative concept and thematic link between the images is key.

Professional - Discovery
Purposely not defined by subject matter or photography type, the judges are looking for stunning bodies of work that clearly show the artist's passion for photography. They want to uncover work that would otherwise be unseen. The category embraces all uses of photography and a narrative may or may not be present in the work. However, it is vital that the vision of the photographer is clearly understood by the judges.

Youth - Your environment
The judges want to view the world as seen through the eyes of young photographers. In one single image show the judges your environment. The brief should be understood in its widest sense. “Your environment” could be a photograph sharing your culture or religious celebration, highlighting of an issue close to home, a special family moment or a beautiful landscape of your surroundings.

Press release

Sony World Photography Awards launches 2018 edition with new categories and grant opportunity

  • A global platform giving visibility to photographers worldwide
  • 'Creative’ and ‘Discovery’ categories introduced to challenge photographers
  • New grant opportunity available to winning photographers

“Being named Photographer of the Year has given me more exposure than I could ever have imagined.” Frederik Buyckx, Sony World Photography Awards winner 2017

June 1, 2017: The 2018 Sony World Photography Awards, one of the world’s leading photography competitions, are now open for entries. Submissions are free at www.worldphoto.org

The 11th edition of the Awards is marked by the introduction of two challenging new categories in the Professional competition, ‘Creative’ and ‘Discovery’, and an important new opportunity for award-winners to secure a grant to fund future photographic projects.

Created by the World Photography Organisation, the Sony World Photography Awards are an authoritative voice in the industry and the world’s biggest photography competition. Celebrating the finest contemporary photography from the past year, the Awards give vast exposure, visibility and opportunity to photographers worldwide on an annual basis.

Commenting on the Awards’ impact, 2017 Sony World Photography Awards winner Frederik Buyckx said: “Being named Photographer of the Year has given me more exposure than I could ever have imagined. It has opened lots of new doors but, just as an importantly, the award has also encouraged me to keep on working on my personal projects.”

Changing medium of photography prompts new Professional categories

In recognition of the changing use of photography, two new categories have been added to the 2018 Awards’ Professional competition.

The new ‘Creative’ and ‘Discovery’ categories are both designed to embrace photographers working at the cutting-edge of the medium. Judges will specifically look to reward originality, experimentation and imagination in these categories and hope to discover what that would otherwise be unseen by the Awards. Artistic interpretation, integrity and technical ability are the key factors for judges across all categories of the Awards.

The Sony World Photography Awards comprise of four competitions:
* Professional – 10 categories judged upon a body of work (5-10 images)
* Open – best single images across 10 categories
* Youth - young photographers aged 12-19 responding to a brief with a single image
* Student Focus – for those studying photography

For the full list of competition categories and descriptions please go to www.worldphoto.org/sony-world-photography-awards

New Sony Grant to fund photographic projects

In demonstration of the Awards’ commitment to create opportunities for its photographers, a new grant programme those participating in the Professional and Student Focus competitions has been introduced this year.

From the winners of the 2018 Professional categories, Sony will award multiple grants of $7,000 to selected photographers to pursue photographic projects of their choice.

In addition, shortlisted photographers from the Student Focus competition will each be given $3,500 (USD) to work together on a new photographic commission set by Sony and the World Photography Organisation.

The Sony Grant programme has been formalised for the 2018 Awards following a successful pilot with three 2016 Sony World Photography Awards Professional category winners: Amélie Labourdette, Maroesjka Lavigne and Nikola Linares. The inaugural Sony grants supported diverse projects including the documentation of young bullfighters in Spain (Linares), landscapes of Iceland and Namibia (Lavigne) and the impact of man on the Tunisian desert (Labourdette).

For more details about the recipients of the 2017 Sony Grant recipients please see Notes to Editors below. Images from the series are available at press.worldphoto.org

Prizes: Worldwide exposure, exhibitions and digital imaging equipment

All category winners of the Professional, Open, Youth and Student Focus competitions will receive digital imaging equipment from Sony.

In addition, cash prizes of $25,000 (USD) will be presented to the Photographer of the Year and $5,000 (USD) to the overall Open competition winner.

All category winners plus many of the shortlisted Awards photographers will be exhibited at the annual Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London and then toured internationally. The images will also be published in the annual Awards winners’ book and all shortlisted and winning photographers are given global exposure via dedicated marketing and press campaigns.

2018 Key dates
December 4, 2017 – Student Focus closes
January 4, 2018 – Open & Youth competitions close
January 1, 2018 – Professional competitions close
February 27, 2018 –Shortlist announced
March 27, 2018 – Open and National Awards winners revealed
April 19, 2018 – Photographer of the Year & Professional category winners announced

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