Using Canon Speedlights with Sony Cameras
Having invested in some Rotolight and Elinchrom gear I already have a Rotolight EL-Skyport Transmitter Plus which allows me to work wirelessly with both the Elinchrom and Rotolight gear. To go out and buy another Sony transmitter and speedlight is not something that I want to do at the moment, so I purchased the Elinchrom EL-Skyport Receiver Plus. For the money, this is a simple solution that allows me to use almost any speedlight with my Sony cameras and also incorporate them into my other lighting setups with Elinchrom or Rotolight.
Backfocus Issues with Lens Adaptors
ENG lenses have the ability to adjust backfocus utilizing a focusing chart, however the Metabones/Canon combo does not. My only solution to this problem at the moment is first to be aware that it exists, and second to use focus magnification and readjust focus after a focal length change. It is not the end of the world, but for those of us coming from older camera types using techniques like crash focus this is an issue we will have to workaround for the time being.
EVO Rage-S Gimbal Review
The EVO Rage-S is a 3-axis gimbal designed for compact mirrorless cameras. This would include the likes of the Sony a6500 series, Canon EOS-M series, GoPro, and Nikon Key Mission.
Sony FS5 RAW Output and Continuous 120fps Paid Upgrades
The Sony PXW-FS5 continues to get better as they release core updates that allow for additional features. Unfortunately these are paid upgrades, but for those seeking better high frame rate recording, or RAW output this should help extend the usable life of the camera.
The RAW output in particular when paired with a Atomos Shogun Inferno or Ninja Inferno allows for 4K Raw up to 60fps. Internally the camera can record 4 seconds of 4K 120fps which isn't a lot, but for those shooting 4K projects will still be a big plus.
What Happened to the 3DR Solo Drone?
Problems with the Solo became evident early in the game. With no gimbal yet, the video shot by the attached GoPro camera was pretty much useless. The illusive gimbal would take months to arrive in stores which more or less meant I had a $1300 CAD piece of crap sitting on my shelf.
DJI Mavic: Game Changing Drone
As digital technology has advanced, cameras have gotten smaller and lighting requirements less. I think for the first time ever you could film a serious production value film using only what you can pack in a small suitcase. The one caveat up until now has been the drone.
Panasonic AG-UX180 UX 4K Camcorder
Panasonic announced the new UX series of 4K video cameras at NAB this week. The AG-UX180 is strangely reminiscent of the game changing SD camera the DVX-100 in terms of body form.
These new UX cameras will feature a single 1" chip, and 4K recording up to 60fps. Variable frame rate recording in 1080P is planned. Slated release is Fall 2016.
Behind the Photo No. 1 — Fukuoka Waterpark
I started thinking about telling the stories behind some of my favourite photos, and while a photo may be worth 1000 words, they aren't always my words. Don't get me wrong, that is one of my favourite things about photography — the freedom to interpret an image in a personal way — but there are some photos that have personal meaning behind them, and I'd like to share some of those stories.
Why You Shouldn’t Rely on 4k for Resizing in Post
Maybe it’s because I am an old-school, classically trained film curmudgeon, who made his first short films on lower resolution formats like 16mm film (cough), but I personally believe that the words “fix it in post” should be banned from the filmmaking lexicon. This goes for you too still photographers.