|The Sony FE 100mm f/2.8i STF GM OSS Telephoto Prime Lens|
Wednesday, February 8, 2017
Wednesday, October 19, 2016
|The new GoPro Hero5 Black and Hero5 Session cameras|
GoPro has announced their latest addition to their camera lineup: the GoPro Hero5 Black and GoPro Hero5 Session. The Hero5 Black will cost $399 and the smaller Session camera will be $299 and both will become available on October 2. A very interesting new feature on the Hero5 Black is that it is waterproof to 10 meters (33 feet) without needing a housing. It also has three on-board microphones for better sound with less wind noise and for newly added voice control. You can start and stop recordings, take pictures and tag highlights in your clips with your voice. GoPro didn't stop there and improved usability by adding a 2-inch touchscreen for easy setup instead of the sometimes painful to use three-button control setup. Further more, the new Hero5 Black can capture 12-megapixel photos in RAW format, records video in 4K-resolution and has a wide dynamic range mode. There's also a new linear-view setting that automatically corrects wide-angle distortions. The new GoPro Session also has this option, but can only capture pictures in 10-megapixels and lacks RAW capture and wide dynamic range mode. The price gap between the Black and the Session is only $100 dollars, but it's a big leap in terms of included features which will make the Hero5 greatly favorable unless you're on a really strict budget.
Wednesday, August 10, 2016
|The iFootage M1-III (3) mini crane ready to use,|
with a Vinten Blue 3 tripod & Radian Pro wireless video set.
iFootage, the creator of the very popular Shark slider, recently added a new product to their impressive lineup: the M1-III (3) mini crane. When you see the bag that holds the mini crane, it is hard to believe that the crane can actually fit inside it. It's similar to the size and weight of a Vinten Vision Blue tripod when stored in its bag, but it is housing a complete camera jib system that can hold 15 kg (33 lbs) of weight and has a maximum boom range of 210 cm (83 inch). Incredible if you think about it! When I opened the padded bag I noticed the great amount of accessories you get included by the mini crane, all neatly tugged away in custom pouches. The mini crane comes with everything you could ever wish for and you can start booming your camera in no time. While taking out the crane I was surprised by how light it felt. It's rather difficult to imagine that it can hold so much weight while staying so light. That's probably because of having a square tube design as main support beam instead of a round one. I've been working with a camera jib in the past that is known for its portability, while still weighing about 13 kg (29 lbs)! It also has less boom range then this iFootage M1-III mini crane, and it was quite a pain to set up. This is the first time that a compact and lightweight mini crane (or pocket jib), originally designed for smaller cameras, manages to come this close to the specifications and performance of a camera jib costing 5 times as much, while weighing only 3,8 kg (8.3 lbs). The iFootage M1-III mini crane beats the older jib I've worked with in the past in almost every way and it's a lot more fun to work with as well! I don't want to spoil the conclusion of this review, but I do have a new favorite camera jib...
|iFootage M1-III (3) mini crane unboxed, showing all of its included accessories|
|The iFootage M1-III neatly stored in its nicely padded bag|
Thursday, April 21, 2016
If you've been following the latest updates about all the cool new camera gear at the NAB show, you might also have heard about this very exiting news from Edelkrone. They have come up with something incredible that will turn every DSLR / mini jib into a million dollar production tool. They have surprised the market before with their innovative products, but this one really caught my eye. They call it the JibPLUS. It's an add-on that works with every small jib and DSLR and the components look like this:
Thursday, February 4, 2016
Sunday, January 3, 2016
Normally I wouldn't post about stats, but I couldn't let this milestone pass by unnoticed. This site just reached 100,000 visitors, something I never held possible when I started writing my first post.
Below you will find all the reviews I've posted so far and there's still lots more to come! So thanks for visiting, commenting and sharing my posts and reviews. It's what keeps this site going. Thank you!!
Click on any of the images to read the full review.
Friday, September 25, 2015
|Nebula 4200 5-axis digital gyroscope stabilizer|
Recently Filmpower Inc. announced the Nebula 4200 stabilizer that will become available soon in three different versions. A pro, a lite and a 5 -axis Nebula 4200. Just a few weeks ago, I wrote a review about its predecessor, the Nebula 4000 3-axis stabilizer and included a few pointers on how to use the software to try and get the most out of this already great product. I've been more then pleased with the performance of the Nebula 4000 and was able to capture some incredible smooth footage with it.
The Lite version will be somewhat similar to the Nebula 4000 but this time it will have a more stable platform to stand on and you can balance your camera on it without the need of tools in just three minutes. That's a major upgrade since it can be kind of a hassle with the Nebula 4000 sometimes. And I'm not sure, but it looks like it would be possible to upgrade the lite version to a pro or a 5-axis version through a quick-release system below the yaw motor. Unfortunately I haven't been able to confirm this yet. The pro version requires two handed operation, which will make it possible to work with heavier cameras. The maximum payload will be 1.6 kg / 3.4 lbs for all versions. Now, the 5-axis version seems to be a real special one:
Friday, September 11, 2015
|The new Sony a7SII with 4K internal recording|
No word yet on availability, but pre-order starts Sep 17 at a price of $2,999.00.
Quick overview of all the new features:
- Internal 4K recording to XAVC S (up to 30fps)
- Internal 120fps to 1080p
- clean 8-bit HDMI output in 4:2:2
- 5-axis optical in-camera stabilization for expanded shooting possibilities
- Ultra-high sensitivity up to 409600 ISO with low noise across the whole range
- Wide range of professional movie functionality including S-Gamut3.Cine/S-Log3, new Gamma Assist Display, enhanced Zebra Function, Full HD 120fps recording and 4x/5x slow motion recording and full pixel readout without pixel binning in full-frame format
- High-speed AF with enhanced accuracy in wide-ranging scenes and advanced shooting functions
And here are the full specs of the Sony a7SII:
Tuesday, July 14, 2015
I took the Sony FE 24-240mm lens (review here!) with me during the Grand Départ of the Tour de France, to try it out in the field. While taking lots of pictures, I also tried to shoot some footage whenever I had the chance to see how the lens would perform. Everything was shot without a tripod using OSS. The resulting footage can be seen here:
Pictures that I took at the Tour de France with the Sony FE 24-240mm can be found here.
Wednesday, July 1, 2015
|Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 OSS Zoom Lens (SEL24240)|
About three months ago Sony announced 4 new full-frame FE lenses and one of them really caught my eyes. The Sony Fe 24-240mm f3.5-6.3 OSS lens. For APS-C type cameras there are plenty of zoom lenses available to choose from, but there aren't many full frame zoom lenses on the market which are able to cover such a broad focal range. In fact, they are quite rare. The Sony FE 24-240mm is able to capture very nice wide-angle shots at 24mm and has 10x zoom capabilities to capture images up to 240mm! I've been eagerly waiting for such a versatile lens to hit the market and I'm very exited to be able to share my thoughts and comments on this new Sony lens with you.
Like I've said before in my other reviews, I'm not going to spend too much time about the technical aspects of things, nor will I share sample pictures taken with it at my secret camera laboratory underneath my house (which doesn't exists BTW). I'm going to look at it from an user point of view with real life picture samples and footage, so you know exactly what to expect from this lens. There are plenty of great sites out there that can show you diagrams, graphs and lab-results if you search for them and they can certainly be very interesting to have a look at. So grab your favourite cup o' joe and start reading!