Photography

Unveiled: Lensbaby 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye Lens

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.

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Hands-On Review: the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 records 4K video internally, as well as 1080p up to 96 fps. The Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera has a short flange distance, so it's easy to adapt a wide variety of older and current lenses for the GH4. Here, the camera is seated on the YAGH interface that takes advantage of the Lumix GH4's 10-bit HDMI output to pass through 4x SDI (to send out uncompressed 4K) and input XLR audio.

Unveiled: Zylight's Upgraded F8 LED Fresnel

Zylight announced the addition of a new and improved F8 LED Fresnel, at NAB, on 4/7/14. Not content with last year's awards, the company hunkered down to outdo themselves by squeezing even better performance out of an already great design.

First Look: Sony Alpha a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera

B&H interviews Sony's Mark Weir about the new Sony a7S, a 4K mirrorless camera that shares a body (and full-frame E mount) with the a7/a7R, but introduces a new 12.2 MP sensor with large photosites that enable shooting in extremely low light. The camera records HD internally and full 4K externally via HDMI.

Unveiled: ARRI L5 LED Fresnels

ARRI has just announced the L5 Fresnel as the lightweight, compact addition to its L-series LED Fresnels. Half the weight and half the size of the L7, the L5 adds direct battery input to make it an ideal choice for on-location productions. Considering its smaller form factor, the output is still 45% brighter than a traditional 300W tungsten Fresnel, yet it consumes only 115W of power.

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Unveiled: Sony a7S Mirrorless Digital Camera

Released on the heels of the a7 and a7R mirrorless cameras, at the end of 2013, Sony has just announced the third model in this series: the a7S. Unlike the previous two models, the a7S, which stands for “Sensitivity,” is built with an entirely different kind of image-maker in mind.

B&H Gear News Update for April 4, 2014

This week in the news:

  • Ahead of NAB 2014, Canon announced the XF200 and XF205 camcorders, a 17-120mm CINE-SERVO lens, and added Dual Pixel CMOS AF to the C100.
  • Olympus unveiled the retro-styled Stylus SH-1 compact digital camera, and the new Stylus TG-3 “tough” camera.

DX vs. FX: It's Not a Debate, It's a Choice

A friend of mine recently took a step into a brave new world of digital SLR photography when she shelved her point-and-shoot camera and purchased a Nikon D5300 and kit lens. The purchase was not without an amount of trepidation: confusing controls, buttons everywhere, multi-function interfaces, knobs, an interchangeable lens, and increased size.

Wedding Photography Tips: Lighting with Moshe Zusman

In this quick tutorial, wedding photographer Moshe Zusman talks about how he handles lighting with different tools and light shapers. He suggests using off-camera flash for more creativity; you can start with speed lights, and then advance to studio systems with light-shaping tools such as softboxes, grid diffusers, and umbrellas. For more flexibility, you can use wireless triggering systems to fire your camera and flash.

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From Film Cameras to Glowing LCDs: Night Photography, with Lance Keimig

Next weekend, in Tarrytown, New York, the Headless Horseman will ride again through the storied Sleepy Hollow Cemetery. This time, however, the equestrian rider will not slip through the area unnoticed, as a small band of night photographers, led by Lance Keimig, will be on scene to capture the excitement through the dark of night.

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