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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Review: Camtrol Sniper 1080 KS POV Camera Rig



Overview : The Camtrol Sniper 1080 KS is the “go-to” POV rig for shooting action-sports, athletes, documentary film makers and video professionals alike. When you want to capture moving first-person shots, a POV rig is essential, and when it comes to POV rigs, the Sniper 1080 KS is in a class of its own.

Features :
  • Net Weight : 1lb 11oz
  • Collapsed size : 10 1/4″L x 4 3/4″ w x 2 1/4″ T
  • 19 3/4″ full extended L
  • Anatomical hollow handle for concealing wired accessories
  • 1080 degrees of angles
  • Universal 1/4″20 mount
  • 3.5lb weight capacity for camera, lenses, and accessories
  • Remote mounting post for lights, mics, and monitors.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Metabones Smart Adapter IV for Sony A7/A7R/A7S & Canon Lenses



Metabones has announced an updated version of the Canon to Sony Smart Adapter. It is available for preorder and will begin shipping around July 17, 2014. It retails for $399.00.

The Canon EF Lens to Sony NEX Camera Lens Mount Adapter Mark IV from Metabones attaches a Canon EF lens to a Sony NEX camera. It is referred to as a "Smart Adapter" because it retains electronic communication between the camera and lens and therefore provides automatic aperture control, EXIF data, image stabilization and autofocus. The adapter is powered by the camera body, so no external power source is required. The Mark IV provides the same functions as the Mark III but provides optimized performance and an improved internal structure.

The Smart Adapter IV offers two distinct operation modes: Green and Advanced modes. Each mode supports a different set of features and is selected when you mount the lens. Green mode is the default mode and it is designed to conserve battery power by limiting aperture diaphragm movements and image stabilization. Certain other functions are not available in Green Mode including Auto-Magnify MF Assist and DOF preview.

The adapter's tripod foot is detachable and compatible with Arca Swiss, Markins, Photo Clam ball heads.

Only Canon-branded lenses introduced in or after 2006 are officially supported. Autofocus speed is very slow and inadequate for most moving subjects. Autofocus may be disabled for older Canon lenses and most third-party lenses, including most Sigma, Tamron and Tokina lenses and all Contax N lenses modified by Conurus. This Smart Adapter is also compatible with fully manual lenses which have no electrical contacts. For a list of reported compatibility with specific lenses please see the Metabones website.

Features & Specifications
  • True electronic integration of aperture diaphragm; lets camera automatically choose aperture in Program or Shutter Priority exposure modes, or set it manually on the camera body in Aperture Priority or Manual modes. The adapter is powered by the camera body, so no external power source is required.
  • Two distinct operational modes are supported by the Smart Adapter IV: Green mode and Advanced mode. Green mode limits certain features and disables others in order to conserve the camera’s battery power.
  • Wide-Open button enables aperture to remain open for clear manual focusing.
  • Auto-Magnify/AF Assist enlarges the image in the viewfinder for easier manual focusing. This feature requires the AF/MF switch of the Canon EF mount lens to be set to the MF position and also requires a Canon EF mount lens that supports distance information. Auto-Magnify/AF Assist is disabled in Green mode.
  • High performance 32-bit processor and efficient switched-mode power supply.
  • Compatible with Sony E-mount full frame cameras such as the Sony A7, A7R and A7S. The Mark IV adapter supports auto “APS-C Size Capture” with EF-S lenses as well.
  • Supports distance and zoom display on VG and FS series camcorders and auto magnify on lenses that support distance information
  • Compatible with select fully manual lenses which have no electrical contacts.
  • Both camera-side and lens-side of the adapter are made of brass, precision-machined and plated with chromium.
  • Precise fit and solid connection – lens has no play, gap or wiggling when mounted on adapter and no adjustments are required to fit your lens.
  • Designed to reach infinity focus while maintaining the correct registration distance required to maintain optical quality of CRC lenses or lenses with floating elements.
  • Metabones uses matte-black treatment to keep internal reflection to a minimum in order to maintain the maximum optical quality possible with the lens.
  • Satin surface finish matches lens and camera mounts.
  • A third party zoom lens may need to be registered with the Smart Adapter first in order to detect its maximum aperture. Autofocus is disabled for most third-party lenses.
  • Only Canon-branded lenses introduced in or after 2006 are officially supported. Autofocus may be disabled for older Canon lenses and most third-party lenses, including most Sigma, Tamron and Tokina lenses and all Contax N lenses modified by Conurus.
  • The adapter’s tripod foot is detachable and compatible with Arca Swiss-style Quick-release heads.

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Kickstarter: Camvertible Video Camera Stabilizer



A new photography accessory has popped up on Kickstarter. It's called the Camvertible Video Camera Stabilizer. We liked the GlideCam for that nice fluid motion but it was bulky and required a lot of adjustment. The Camvertible is half the size, looks to be less hassle and much more affordable.



It's small enough to fit in your camera bag, it's much more affordable and you don't have to worry about trying to balance your camera gear for an hour. I also love the fact that it can be attached to a monopod or slider.

Continue reading for more information about Camvertible and how it works.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Review: Camtrol Prime 22 Camera Stabilizer Platform



Overview : The Camtrol Prime 22 is a camera rig that stabilizes your camcorder or DSLR camera as you capture moving, overhead, ground-level and hand-held shots. It supports combined camera/lenses weighing up to 7 lbs (3.17 kg). It consists of an ergonomic grip, an adjustable stabilizing platform and a 5.25" (13.3 cm) vertical stabilizing bar.

Features :
  • Weighs 2 lbs 2oz
  • Collapsed size 11 1/2" L x 6 1/2" W x 2 1/2" T
  • 3 center of gravity balancing channels for quick setup
  • Quad pod legs for safely placing rig and camera on ground
  • 7.5 lbs capacity for camera, lenses, and accessories
  • 6 1/2" clearance between balancing plate and handle
  • Anatomical hollow handle for concealing wired accessories
  • 1080 degrees of angles
  • Anatomical hollow handle for concealing wired accessories
  • Protects camera and lenses from damaging bumps and scratches

Monday, July 7, 2014

Review: SpinLight 360 EXTREME Modular Flash System


Review: SpinLight 360 EXTREME Modular Flash System

Overview : The SpinLight 360 EXTREME Modular System is a wonderful light control system for speed lights. With just a twist of the SpinLight Ring one can quickly and easily control the direction of light emanating from a speed light. The innovative Ring System allows for bounce cards and domes to be attached to the ring and with just one hand, the whole ring can be turned up to 360º to direct light to or away from your subject. No more harsh lighting or heavy side shadows! Included in the EXTREME Modular System are 2 black and 2 white bounce cards for varied uses and with the included domes, half-dome and gels, the light strength and quality can be adjusted to your needs.

Using the included Velcro strap, the SpinLight Ring secures easily to almost any standard size shoe-mount flash. And with the SpinLight Ring in place, any one or a combination of light modifiers and gels can be attached to control light as your shooting situation demands. Two circular gels are included, but any gel can be customized to work with this unique gel system.

The SpinLight Ring System is compatible with Nikon SB-600, Nikon SB-700, Nikon SB-800, Nikon SB-900, Nikon SB-910, Canon 580EX II, Canon 580EX, Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT, Canon 480EX II, Sony HVL-F58AM flashes, and all flashes of similar size.

Features :
  • Attaches Easily to Speed Light Flashes
  • Modifies the Direction of Light
  • Easily Rotates 360º
  • Includes 4 Distinct Bounce Cards
  • Includes Snoot, Light Domes and Gels
  • Unique Gel System Works with Any Gel
  • Fits Most On-Camera Mount Flash Units
  • Made in the U.S.A.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

New Nikon AR11 Soft Button for $30



The new Nikon AR11 soft release button for the Df camera is priced at $27.95 at Adorama, $29.95 at B&H and Amazon. Shipping will start on July 17th.

Sunday, June 29, 2014

Apple's Aperture is Dead



According to The Loop, Apple will no longer continue development on its professional photography application, Aperture. Instead, the company is working on the Photos app for Mac that was introduced during the Worldwide Developer's Conference.

"With the introduction of the new Photos app and iCloud Photo Library, enabling you to safely store all of your photos in iCloud and access them from anywhere, there will be no new development of Aperture," said Apple in a statement provided to The Loop. "When Photos for OS X ships next year, users will be able to migrate their existing Aperture libraries to Photos for OS."

The Photos app, which was shown off only briefly during WWDC, will combine with iCloud Photo Library, replacing both Aperture and iPhoto. While Photos will allow users to store, search, and edit photos via the cloud on Apple devices, it is unlikely to include the more robust, professional-oriented tools found in Aperture.

One of the biggest complaints users had about Aperture was the lack of updates. Aperture saw its last major version update to 3.5 on October 22, 2013, and since then, the software has seen just one last minor update. With no plans to continue development, professional photographers will want to find another solution, such as Adobe Lightroom (Amazon | B&H Photo | Adorama).

According to TechCrunch, Apple will continue to provide compatibility updates to allow Aperture to run on OS X Yosemite, but development will stop.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Kickstarter: Luxi For All Light Meter for Mobile Devices



For those who take photography seriously or does/will be doing it for a living knows that light meters can be very useful. Some photographers say that one gear that should be in every photographer’s bag is a light meter.

A light meter can be very useful and effective especially in a studio. This allows you to shoot with the correct settings and gain perfect exposure every time. The only issue with light meters is that they can be expensive that was until Extrasensory Devices, launched Luxi, an affordable light meter for the iPhone on Kickstarter in 2013. The Luxi raised over $120,000 from over 5,000 backers. It received a lot of positive feedback from users.

One thing about the Luxi was that it only worked for the iPhone. It left tablet and Android users begging for a Luxi that would work on their electronic devices. Extrasensory Devices new Luxi Kickstarter campaign is a new and improved "Luxi For All.” Like it’s predecessor, it is an extremely affordable device to be used in conjunction with mobile devices. Only now it is compatible with all iOS and Android devices.

How affordable? At $20USD (+$6 shipping if you're outside the US). Retail price will be $29.95. Another great thing about Luxi For All is that it is small enough to be placed in your camera bag or your pocket.



Continue reading for more information about the Luxi For All Light Meter for Mobile Devices.
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