News entries for May, 2012

Noise begone! New tech banishes camera noise from video soundtracks

Silicon Valley Enterprises' logo. Click here to visit the Silicon Valley Enterprises website!You heard it here first: Zoom and AF-motor noise in video soundtracks could soon become a thing of the past.

A real limitation of movie recording with digital cameras is that motor noise from zoom and autofocus systems is glaringly obvious in video soundtracks. Dedicated camcorders use special motors and sound-deadening in the camera body to eliminate this problem, but...

The Camera Bag: Lens/Focus Shifter Designed to Help You “Pull Focus” When Shooting Video with Your DSLR

Lens-focus-shifter-logo"High Ice" was the first of many movies I shot stills for and on my first day on the set I met Marvin Greenberg, the focus puller. Focus pullers are the unsung heroes of movie making. Their job is to sit next to the big 35mm Panavision movie camera and hold onto the lens focusing ring. Then, in a pre-rehearsed dance, they slowly shift the lens' focus as the cameraman keeps...

The Camera Bag: OctoDome + Backpack = Handsfree Lighting Solution

Octobank-backpack-logoThough it may look strange and unwieldy, we found this lighting solution created by photographer Ian Spanier to be oddly charming and, potentially, quite effective. Spanier made it by combining a Photoflex OctoDome NXT "extra small" softbox kit ($184) with a Lowepro Scope Porter 200 AW Backpack ($159) designed for birding enthusiasts.

The reason behind this awkward...

Pentax K-30: The weather-sealed SLR for the rest of us? (previewed)

Pentax's K-30 digital SLR. Photo provided by Pentax Ricoh Imaging Americas Corp. Click here for our Pentax K-30 preview!The last few months have been a bit lonely for Pentax's flagship K-5 digital SLR. As the company has focused on its second mirrorless product line with the launch of the designer K-01, the K-5 has had to hold fort by itself as the only currently-produced Pentax digital SLR. The entry-level K-x has been discontinued for quite a while now, and although the K-r is still...

Pentax preps promised portrait prime for purchase

The made-for-digital smc PENTAX-DA 50mm f/1.8 lens offers an affordable, lightweight alternative to the company's existing full-frame 50mm lenses. Photo provided by Pentax Ricoh Imaging Americas Corp.Earlier this year, Pentax Ricoh Imaging revealed new lens roadmaps for its K, Q, and 645 lens mounts. On the map for the K-mount--which is used by the company's DSLR models and its mirrorless K-01 compact system camera--was a new portrait prime lens, tentatively named the smc PENTAX-DA 50mm f/1.8.

Today, the name and the lens itself are tentative no more, as Pentax...

The Camera Bag: Backer Capper Device Helps You Swap DSLR Lenses More Quickly

Backercapper-logoI may never drop another camera lens again thanks to a new invention called the Backer Capper Lens Swapping System from the folks at camarush. The device, which is shown in prototype in the image to the right, looks remarkably like a lens cap mounted on a belt but it solves the problem of the “third hand.”

You know what the "third hand" is, right? It's the thing you wish...

Panasonic launches constant-aperture f/2.8 wide zoom for mirrorless

The Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm/F2.8 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. lens. Photo provided by Panasonic Corp. Click for SLRgear's Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm/F2.8 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. lens review!Panasonic Corp. has today announced its third Lumix G X branded Micro Four Thirds-mount lens, the Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm/F2.8 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. With the addition of this new model, the premium X-series lens lineup now covers focal lengths from a very generous 24mm-equivalent wide angle to a powerful 350mm-equivalent telephoto, with only a very small gap in...

The Damage Waiver Bearly Covered This One

Courtesy Andrew Kane, www.moosephoto.smugmug.com.A lot of photographers are glad they took out LensRentals' damage waiver on equipment when accidents happen. While we hate losing equipment, I have to admit we sometimes enjoy reading about exactly how this lens or that camera returned in the shape it did. This weekend, though, we not only got one of the best stories of “how I broke your stuff”, but the photographer, Andrew...

Lens Review: Panasonic 12-35mm f/2.8 ASPH POWER OIS LUMIX G X VARIO

The Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm/F2.8 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. lens. Photo provided by Panasonic Corp. Click for SLRgear's Panasonic LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm/F2.8 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. lens review!Panasonic announced its new 12-35mm f/2.8 zoom lens for micro four-thirds bodies today, and we just happened to get our hands on a pre-production version. On paper, there is a lot to like - image stabilization, dust- and splash-proof design, and a constant f/2.8 aperture; we've put this version through its paces in our test lab to see if the reality matches up. Click here...

Video Review of the Leica Monochrom M (Parody)

Leica m-monochromOur own Steve Meltzer offered his provocative take on the Leica Monochrom M last week and now here's a video "review" of this $8K black-and-white shooting digital rangefinder.

But before you take this "first YouTube review of the new Leica Monochrom" too seriously, be advised that it's clearly meant as a joke.

And it does have some funny moments including the strange...

SLR image quality? Read our Canon G1x Review to find out!

Canon's PowerShot G1 X digital camera. Click here for our Canon G1X review!Every once in a while, a camera comes along that offers a genuinely different approach to its rivals. Some--like the first mirrorless models--go on to fundamentally change the market. Others aren't quite so successful. Either way, we welcome designs that think outside the box. The Canon PowerShot G1 X is the first large-sensor compact with a zoom lens. Its announcement last...

Canon SX150 review posted!

Canon PowerShot SX150 IS digital camera. Copyright © 2012, The Imaging Resource. All rights reserved.Having spent a little time with it, we're impressed with how much capability the engineers managed to pack into the Canon SX150, at such an affordable price. As you'd expect given the bargain-basement ~$179 street, it's not without its limitations, but considering what you get, it's pretty amazing: A capable, well-built 14-megapixel digital camera with an optically...

The Camera Bag: A Brand New LED Ring Light for Just $30

Neewer-ring-flash-2-logoWho says photography gear has to be expensive? Photographer Derrick Story found this NEEWER 48 LED Ring Light on Amazon for around $30 and he loves the results he's getting with it for macro photography.

Story had this to say about the inexpensive ring light on his blog The Digital Story:

"Sound too good to be true? It isn't. You don't have to worry about flash sync...

With Facebook IPO Underway, One Man Pitches a Polaroid-Style Instagram Camera

Instagram-camera-logoThey say the easiest way to get rich is to hang around billionaires because they leak money. Antonio De Rosa is an Italian designer who is clearly looking to find one of those leaky rich guys to stand as close to as possible. De Rosa of ADR Studio has developed a prototype Polaroid-style Instagram camera, or at least a mock-up of one. He introduced his Instagram camera...

Geotagging, without the privacy issues: Canon offers a solution

Canon's logo. Click here to visit the Canon website!Geolocation can be great for keeping track of where you've been, and what photos you've shot on your travels, but it also has a dark side. Location-aware cameras are increasingly common, especially in smartphones. If you don't know that your specific device is capable of geotagging (or perhaps, incorrectly believe that the function is disabled), that can lead to you giving...

The Camera Bag: Optrix Wide-Angle iPhone Case for Shooting HD Video of Extreme Sports

Optrix-screen-black-logoHere's another Kickstarter project that was born out of necessity. Called the Optrix Wide-Angle, it's a water-resistant, bump-, spill-, splash-, and drop-proof case with a built-in wide-angle lens for the iPhone 4, 4S and iPod Touch.

Optrix creator John Willenborg says he got the idea for the product when he couldn't find a decent, protective solution to shoot...

Here’s a Funny Photo of Bill Murray Shooting with a Teeny Tiny Minox Camera

Minox-logoSomeone posted this hilarious photo (below) of Bill Murray shooting with a Minox camera in one of the forums on Reddit and we just had to share it.

If you're interested in the camera Murray's using -- a miniature replica of a Leica M3 -- you can buy one for $179 at Photojojo.

Not a bad deal considering it's no toy. The 3.8-ounce Minox M3 replica records 5.1-megapixel...

Samsung confirms NX1000 pricing, availability

Samsung's NX1000 compact system camera. Click for our Samsung NX1000 preview!Last month, Samsung demonstrated its commitment to the mirrorless camera market with no less than three new models: the Samsung NX20 being its new flagship, the Samsung NX210 sitting mid-range, and the Samsung NX1000 marking the entry point for the trio.

At the time, the company revealed pricing and availability for the NX20 and NX210, but only provided a ship date for...

The Answers to the “Cameras in the Movies Quiz”

Quiz1It's been over a week since our "Cameras in the Movies" quiz was posted and now here are the answers. How did you do?
 
1. In Roman Polanski’s Chinatown, what camera did Jack Nicholson’s Jake Gittes use in his surveillance activities? A Leica IIIa with Vidom finder and Telyt lens.

2. What old magical camera is used by one of the students in Harry Potter and the Chamber...

Sony NEX-F3: New entry-level mirrorless previewed (with samples)

Sony's Alpha NEX-F3 compact system camera. Photo provided by Sony. Click for our Sony NEX-F3 preview!Sony's NEX-series of compact system cameras today gains an affordable new model, with the debut of the Sony Alpha NEX-F3, and we've just posted our preview.

The Sony NEX-F3 sits between the entry-level NEX-C3 and the NEX-5N in terms of specification. At the heart is a 16 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS image sensor, with the same dimensions and pixel count as that in the...