Back in the mid-70s Nikon made a 6/2.8 fisheye lens that captured a 220° circular image, which is 40° wider than the standard-issue 180° fisheyes manufactured today. Weighing in at 11 lbs, it had a front element the shape and size of a small goldfish bowl (9.3") and all-but-dwarfed the Nikon F hanging off the back of it. You could actually see behind the camera. And it could be had for about $13,500 in 1975 Yankee dollars.
Fast forward 35 years and I find myself palming a Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX1, a sub-compact bridge camera with a 9.1Mp Super Exmor CMOS sensor (1/2.4"), full-res burst-rates of up to 10 fps, a 20x Sony G-series optically-stabilized zoom lens, and a long list of features you'd expect to find nowadays on bridge-style digicams.
As I prepare for another dive off the Island of Roca Partida, everything is perfect, as it has been the past five days. It is a beautiful day, sea conditions are ideal, and I am thinking about the wonders I will photograph as this amazing trip is coming to an end. I check all my life support equipment and camera gear before boarding the Zodiac (rubber raft type boat).
The days of schlepping a hefty notebook and so-called "portable" projector are dwindling. Presentation equipment is becoming so miniaturized that you can now slide the computer into an inside jacket pocket and the projector into a shirt pocket. Such hands-free carriage is predicated on connecting two types of emerging devices: mini-notebook PCs (or "netbooks") and palm-size projectors. But do featherweight presentation devices perform well enough for you to consider leaving their larger siblings behind?
Until recently, options for multi-monitor support were limited. You could accept the fact that your computer didn't support it – or replace the computer entirely. Or, assuming your machine had an open expansion slot, you could take on a DIY video-card upgrade, a project fraught with the joys of research, installation, troubleshooting, and without any guarantee of success.
There are many special moments that we would love to share with friends and family, from sonny's first baseball game, to that cute thing the baby does when she eats her sweet potatoes. But unless you live in the same neighborhood, grandma may not be able to witness Mary toddle unsteadily across the living room floor to retrieve her favorite teething toy.
If you're from my generation and have ever explained the concept of the vinyl record to anyone under the age of 18, then you too have experienced the looks of bewildered amusement and the distinct realization that you're probably just getting old. Well before you put yourself out to pasture, or consider putting your beloved record collection up for auction on eBay, there are a few things you should know. A recent resurgence in vinyl records fueled by collectors, vinyl DJs and music enthusiasts who can't seem to find their favorite oldies on iTunes has paved the way for new products that merge one of the oldest audio achievements of the 20th century with the digital advancements of today – the turntable and the USB port.
When I was a younger lad I shot a movie for which I elected to pursue using a Steadicam instead of tracks and dollies. In an effort to reduce setup times from location to location, the production team felt it was the right way to go. Upon doing some research I soon discovered that Steadicams were slightly out of my price range. So, I turned my attention to the Glide cam V-16 and eventually was able to get my hands on one.
Even those who have never worked with film sometimes long for the shooting techniques & aesthetic effects lost in the transition to digital video. Thankfully, some of that lost magic is being returned to our craft with devices like 35mm adapters, which allow you to marry a 35mm SLR camera lens to a video camera.
Chandler Griffin's feet have always been itchy. From Africa, Latin America, and the Middle East, he's walked around the globe as a documentary filmmaker. His optimistic eyes peer pensively through a thoughtful camera lens. With human issues at the heart of his unique brand of filmmaking and teaching, he's partnered with UNESCO in Burundi, the Desmond Tutu HIV foundation in South Africa, and FXB in Rwanda.
Today's competitive market has proven to be a boon for the consumer, since companies like Canon, have been outdoing themselves in improving their products and offering innovations and advanced options in their professional and prosumer line. Today we will talk about the Canon XH-A1s, a compact high definition camera with professional quality, sleek design and important additions from the successful XH-A1.
Each year, millions of iPods and other MP3 players are sold around the globe. Most of them include a basic set of earbuds so you can listen to your favorite tunes right away. A lot of people keep those earbuds for years, but there are plenty of good reasons to ditch the bundled buds and step up to something better.
Many of the more interesting announcements and product rollouts found at this year's PMA show were consumer-oriented. New DSLRs making real-world debuts included the 4/3-format Olympus E-620, which makes claim of being the world's smallest and lightest image-stabilized DSLR. The new camera contains a 12.3Mp Live MOS sensor, a TruPic III+ image processor, a 7-point AF system, in-camera IS, and can capture images as JPEG, RAW, or a combination of the two. As part of the celebration Olympus also introduced a new Zuiko Digital ED 7-14/4 ASPH (14-28mm equivalent) zoom lens, which should take care of all of your wide-angle needs.
When it comes to creative control, it's handy to be able to tinker with the laws of optics when the need arises, and that's what tilt-shift lenses enable you to do. By rotating, tilting, and/or shifting the forward section of the lens, tilt-shift optics enable you to selectively expand or reduce the plane-of-focus as well as reposition the subject within the frame from a fixed camera position.
There was no shortage of lenses at PMA 2009 or teasers behind smudged Plexiglas.Starting with a mock-up of a wide-angle tilt-shift lens for a camera that's still in the prototype stage, Leica is moving forward with lens designs for its medium-format S2. The Leitz Elmar-S 30/3.5 ultra-wide angle tilt-shift lens is a strong indication Leica is serious about bringing out its 39Mp interpretation of the old Pentax 6x7.
If you're looking to purchase a compact – and reliable – lighting system that's easy pack up and ideal for travel and location shooting, we currently have a nice selection of factory refurbished Profoto CPS ComPact Monolights. Rated at 300WS, Profoto CPS ComPacts can be used to build a compact lighting system that's ideal for portraits or still-life photography, or as an economical way to 'beef-up' your existing lighting system.
If you shoot on 'both sides of the pond' you'll appreciate the ability to tap into an AC power range of 90- 260VAC. Other features include a recycle time of under 0.8-seconds, a proportional modeling light, centralized umbrella socket for even illumination, and a built-in optical slave.
New, Profoto CPS ComPacts sell for $589.50 without a
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