“The best wide-angle lens? Take two steps backward, look for the ‘ah-ha’.” —Ernst Haas
Notwithstanding Mr. Haas’ very astute comment, I have always loved wide-angle lenses. Well, more accurately, I love the inclusive, often distorted, sometimes messy perspectives they create; those of the street photographer, the documentarian, the artist. It is often noted that a 50mm lens is closest to the... READ MORE
Summer is the time of the year when kids are off from school, the sun is shining and outdoor activities abound. It is the perfect time to stimulate a child’s interest in photography as an aside to their already active schedules. Additionally, it is the perfect time to capture images of your children out and having fun in the warm weather.
Alternative Process Printing
For a physical activity that... READ MORE
When it comes to 4K TV, bigger is always better. More specifically, big TVs are always better if they’re 4K. Even though very little native 4K content is currently available, 4K TVs can up-convert standard HD content to near-4K quality. You see, once you get beyond 60 inches or so in size, full-HD TVs don’t look all that sharp, especially when viewed from a short distance. But with four times the... READ MORE
Panasonic has announced a new wearable point-of-view camera, the Panasonic HX-A500, another contender in the rapidly growing field of action camcorders such as the GoPro and Sony Action Cam. The HX-A500 brings to the table (or river or mountain) features such as high quality 4K recording using the Crystal Engine Pro+ engine, so that your memories are not plagued by low resolution or missing... READ MORE
This Week in the News:
The new Panasonic 4K VariCam 35
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- Panasonic announced the new Super 35mm 4K VariCam 35 Cinema Camera
- Roku is releasing the compact and affordable Roku Streaming Stick
- Apple unveiled their CarPlay technology, which integrates the iPhone with automobiles
- K-Tek has a new audio bag that's ideal for the Sound Devices 633
Panasonic has entered the realm of 4K digital cinema production with the announcement of their new 4K VariCam camera/recorder—the VariCam 35. First seen in mockups at NAB 2012, the VariCam 35 boasts an all-new super 35mm MOS image sensor and utilizes Panasonic’s AVC-ULTRA codecs for internal 4K, UHD, 2K, and HD recording. The camera is also capable of external 4K raw recording, provides 14 stops... READ MORE
Panasonic has announced a new addition to the company’s Lumix GH series, the Lumix DMC-GH4, a hybrid DSLM camera that adds substantial features to an already competent platform. Although still photography has not taken a back seat to the video functionality, it is in the... READ MORE
Panasonic is kicking off 2014 by announcing five new HD camcorders. The new models are the HC-W850, HC-V750,... READ MORE
Panasonic has jumped out of the gates at CES and announced several new point-and-shoot digital cameras as well as a very fast portrait-length Leica lens for Lumix Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras. The point-and-shoots include advanced compacts, long zooms, and entry-level models.
Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH Lens
With a maximum aperture of f/1.2 and POWER Optical Image Stabilization,... READ MORE
Filmmakers once had a simple choice when it came to what format they shot on. The two professional formats were 35mm and 16mm film. 35mm was, and still is, the gold standard, used on big-budget feature films. 16mm was thought of as the more accessible and affordable alternative, used on documentaries and independent films. Deciding to shoot on 16mm rather than 35mm meant using smaller, lighter... READ MORE
Over the course of 2013, the photographic-technology landscape has certainly held its fair share of innovations, updates, new releases, and refinements, with manufacturers pushing to meet certain contemporary image-making goals as well as working to draft the blueprint of what to expect in subsequent years.
Beyond the expected updates to camera and lens lines, new features and imaging assets... READ MORE
The emergence of long zoom cameras as a legitimate multi-purpose digital camera option continued in 2013. Bridging the divide between conventional point-and-shoot and DSLR cameras, these compact cameras offer portability similar to their mirrorless cousins with more novice-friendly interfaces than advanced interchangeable-lens cameras.
A defining characteristic of long zoom cameras is their... READ MORE
I love tough cameras. Nowadays so much sophisticated, high-tech finery is protected by a thin plastic casing and when that casing breaks—and it will—the whole system risks collapse. “Tough" cameras fly in the face of adversity and have earned a category unto themselves with a simple and befitting name to match. Sure, these cameras share core features—underwater capability, shock and cold... READ MORE