Friday, April 11, 2014

The News

Lensbaby started out with odd little lenses in flexible-plastic housings, but they seem to be moving towards lenses that look like lenses...
Unveiled: Lensbaby 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye Lens | B & H Photovideo
Create full-circle images using your cropped-sensor DSLR, with the new Lensbaby 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye Lens, available in Canon EF and Nikon F mounts. Featuring an ultra-wide 5.8mm focal length and a 185˚ angle of view, this lens provides you with an expansive, sweeping perspective, even in tight spots. With an aperture range of f/3.5 to f/22 and a close minimum focusing distance of a 1/4", you can practically touch your subject and still have sharp images with expansive depth of field.

Amazing Sony A7s Low Light test video! | SonyAlphaRumors
Den Lennie just updated his A7s post by including an amazing A7s High ISO test (Click here and scroll down to see the video). The screenshot on top shows you the noise at crazy 409,600 ISO. This is really a complete DARK(!) room with no light. And the video you will see that actually up to 102,400 ISO noise is acceptable!

Blackmagic confirms that they aren't yet abandoning their original camera models.
Update about firmware updates | Blackmagic Forum
The original 2.5K camera had fundamental architectural differences in firmware compared to the other cameras which doubled the effort when trying to do any bug fixes or add new features to the cameras. As such, we knew we had to re-architect the firmware so as to bring it up to speed with the current cameras. This is not simple and taking longer than we thought. However, we are close now, close enough that beta versions have been seeded to some users for the past few months.

Resolve 10 added several editing tools which made it at least a good basic editor. It seems that release 11 expands upon that capability:
DaVinci Resolve 11 – New Editor on the Block? | Filmmaker Magazine
While the newest version boasts over 100 new features, the vast majority of them are improvements to the editing capabilities. In previous versions the editing area of Resolve was more for making tweaks to an ingested timeline to correct any errors or drop in footage that didn’t import properly. Now it’s aiming to be a full fledged editor.

The Sony Ecosystem | The Week in Photo
Sony Marketing Manager Peter Crithery and Mark Weir, Senior Technical Manager join me to discuss the Sony professional line of video cameras as well as the consumer line-up. We talk about who these cameras are for, what the main benefits of going smaller or larger can afford the creative professional. We also dive into costs and a deep dive into the brand new Alpha 7s (A7S).

Is DSLR dead? That was the question debated by our illustrious panellists at NAB 2014 today. To debate this with our technical editor Matt Allard were Andy Shipsides of Abel Cine, Hotrod Cameras owner Illya Friedman, Director and shooter Jason Wingrove, educator and shooter Jem Schofield and Newshooter’s Clinton Harn.

Leica S medium format camera to feature 4K video | EOSHD
Because full frame is just too small, Sony are supplying a 4K video capable sensor to Leica and Pentax in the region of 40 to 50MP. According to a Leica rep at NAB the company is planning 4K video for their implementation of the sensor in the Leica S. Indeed Pentax have already announced that their 645Z will record 4K video.

The Axiom Beta 4K Camera and How You Can Get ItCinescopophilia
Apertus have release details about the latest Beta development on their Axiom open source 4K camera. Crowdfunding is on the cards for the Axiom Beta and it means you could be the owner of one of the cheapest 4K cameras on the market.

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