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I appreciate a camera that allows its restrictions to become benefits, a camera that optimizes its best qualities over the addition of secondary and often unnecessary features.... READ MORE
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One of the unsung heroes of the film industry is the focus puller. It doesn't matter how great the camera movement, lighting, or acting is if the image on the screen is out of focus. Traditionally, the focus puller, or 1st Assistant Camera (AC), operates on the side of the camera, using a follow focus to mark... READ MORE
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When your grandparents were in their prime, tuning guitars with the tuning fork and the pitch pipe, the advent of transistors, solid-state circuit boards, and chips allowed manufacturers to develop and design revolutionary new guitar tuners that did most of the work for you—their onboard microphones picked up and processed the plucked notes, and displayed flat, sharp, or in-tune notes on a small... READ MORE
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I love tablets. You should know that before we proceed. If I could, I would own multiple tablets. I love how the iPad Air feels, I like how the Dell Venue 11 Pro is productive yet fun and I love the way the Transformer series from ASUS is presented as hybrids, complete... READ MORE
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Explore the world beneath the water’s surface without getting wet, using ROVs and viewing systems from Aquabotix. The HydroView motorized remote-operated vehicles and... READ MORE
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In the following video, Mia McCormick gives an overview of the Blackmagic Design Production Camera 4K to help you determine if the camera is right for you. The video explores the camera’s Super35-sized sensor with 12 stops of dynamic range, active Canon EF mount, and recording options, including Ultra HD 3840 x 2160 recording at 24 or 30fps using Apple’s ProRes HQ format. McCormick disusses the... READ MORE

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Dave Smith is a pioneering circuit designer and founder of Dave Smith Instruments. Responsible for developing the first polyphonic and microprocessor-controlled synthesizer, the Prophet 5, he has once again delighted synthesizer enthusiasts around the world with the... READ MORE
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I can hear you saying it. “Seriously? How do you reinvent something as utilitarian as a mic stand? It only needs to be sturdy and hold your mic in place. Why fix what’s not broken?” True―the mic stand, while incredibly important in the studio, on stage, and at rehearsals, is usually far from exciting. Even the most reliable stands found in world-class recording studios and on tour with platinum-... READ MORE
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Once upon a time, the choices for portable video tripod legs were limited to one design: two-stage, dual-aluminum tube construction, with a ground or mid-level spreader, and that was it. Single-tube legs for still photo shoots have a few nice features, but just aren't designed to handle the situations that confront video shooters. This makes them unsuitable for most video work, and relegates... READ MORE
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In the following video, Mia McCormick introduces us to JVC's new ENG-style, shoulder-mount professional video cameras, the GY-HM850U and studio-configurable GY-HM890U. The video opens... READ MORE

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When the Canon 16-35mm f/4L lens was first announced, many photographers were disappointed that it wasn’t a new version of the already existing 16-35mm f... READ MORE
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You put a lot more work into customizing your computer workstation than consumers did in the past. Fast fading are the days of one-box solutions―unless we’re talking about All-in-One computers, most desktops are sold sans monitors. The underlying notion is that consumers want to make their own... READ MORE
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Vanguard’s new flagship binoculars boast high-end extra-low-dispersion glass, plus a host of significant upgrades. We put them to the test to see how well they perform. Vanguard, based in Whitmore Lake, Michigan, near Detroit, has been designing binoculars, spotting scopes, and... READ MORE
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Are you creating your own adventure, scouring the stores for a camera bag that has both outdoor functionality and stealth style? According to Vanguard's Director of Sales and Marketing, Doug Feldner, "supporting the 'real' photographer" is the commitment of Vanguard. "Real" refers to those who, whether they be professional or amateur, love utilizing their camera to create fantastic images.... READ MORE
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The Mobi is a standard Class 10 SDHC card that enables wireless connectivity in cameras that don’t already have it. The cards create their own secure hotspot, even in remote outdoor locations, to transfer media to smart devices, PCs, and Macs. With the Mobi card, you can share and transfer images instantly over Wi-Fi to your smartphone, tablet, or computer with the ... READ MORE
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