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Watch Doug Guerra as he focuses his attention on the Canon 70-200mm T4.4 Compact-Servo zoom lens. The video will include footage shot through the 70-200mm compact -servo lens, as well as footage shot through a similar Canon lens that is not designed for the demands of cinema and ENG production....
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If you’re a photo or video editor who has ever had to work on a location shoot or traveling on the road, you’ve probably experienced the limitations and issues of setting up a portable editing suite. Even if you’re not a pro editor, but are out camping, skiing, or snowboarding for the weekend and want to create some cool videos, do you really want to have to carry a laptop, drives, and other...
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According to Tokina, “FíRIN” is a variation of an old Irish word Fírinne, which means “truth,” “what is real,”or “being true to someone or something.” Unlike the consumer-targeted offerings previously marketed by Tokina, FíRIN-series lenses are designed, manufactured, and marketed as premium-quality lenses that equal or surpass their name-brand counterparts in terms of build and image quality. (...
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The Meyer Optik Gӧrlitz Trioplan 100 f/2.8 is a new lens with a long history. Dating back more than a hundred years, the Trioplan 100 is a triplet design which, as the name implies, only contains three lens elements. Why people would be interested in an optical dinosaur a century down the pike has to do with the...
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If you’d like to start taking professional-quality close-ups of the world around you without having to upgrade your existing camera and lens system or purchase a macro lens, you’re going to find this post quite agreeable. Without pooh-poohing the imaging abilities of the flagship cameras from any of the major camera manufacturers, there’s little doubt the picture-taking abilities of entry-level...
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The Olympus Stylus Tough TG-5 has arrived and it is very, very good! The good news is that if you never picked up the very good Stylus Tough TG-4, you can now grab this feature-packed, rugged Tough TG-5 camera and go out shooting. The bad news is that if you have a Tough TG-4, there is now something even better on the market and you will probably want to upgrade. Photographs © Todd Vorenkamp...
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Question: Is there a “best” format for shooting macro close-ups? If you tell me “full-frame,” I won’t argue with you. I’ve taken many fine macro close-ups with 4 x 5" studio cameras, medium-format cameras, APS-C, Micro Four Thirds, and even point-and-shoot cameras. And you know what? They’re all perfect in their own way. Above image: Detail, old railroad tie (Olympus M.ZUIKO Digital 30 f/3.5...
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While the “professional” 1D series may get the title of flagship DSLR, it is Canon’s 5D series that gets all the attention. With the release of the EOS 5D Mark IV a few months ago, we received a variety of highly anticipated new features, including a higher-resolution sensor, improved low-light performance...
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If you’ve ever dreamed of having a television station of your own to produce live video content, perhaps to go along with your YouTube channel, you might have figured out that high-quality solutions that expand beyond a simple webcam are costly in that they require some seriously expensive equipment and advanced setup skills to match. Sling Media (already well known for its other streaming...
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Despite my inability to operate a Steadicam well, compounded by the motor shake I induce with every one-handed, cell-phone-type motorized gimbal I've tried so far, once built and set up, the Freefly MōVI Pro Handheld Bundle allowed me to make smooth and cinematic camera moves in a...

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Speaking from the B&H Podium at NAB, James Neilhouse, ASC, discusses the deciding factors behind the choice to go with the Canon C700 for a project he’s involved with called BiFrost: Into the Aurora. Neilhouse covers details pertaining to the entire pre- through post-production workflow...
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The Manfrotto Nitrotech N8 Tripod Head features a continuously variable counterbalance system built on a nitrogen piston mechanism. Unlike heads with stepped levels of counterbalance, the Nitrotech N8 is precisely adjustable to the weight of your camera rig. With a 17.6-pound capacity, this head can support a pro-style video camera or a tricked-out DSLR / Micro Four Thirds rig. For this review,...
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For starters, how good is your job when you’re given an incredible lens—not yet available for purchase—and told to go play with it for the weekend? Answer: it’s pretty good. Even better is when that weekend coincides with a photo shoot aligned with that lens’s capabilities, in this case a concert in a small, dark club. Photographs © John Harris At the concert, the lens, the new...

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In the following video, Doug Guerra demonstrates real-world uses for the Mylo LED light fixtures, which can be used in studio, on location, and for ENG situations. Guerra highlights the speed and portability of the fixtures, which can be powered by small camcorder-style batteries or an AC power adapter. So,...
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I’ll be the first to admit that I was a bit late to the smart-home party. Having purchased my first Echo just a few months ago, I purposely watched this technology develop from the sidelines. Not because I didn’t have faith in its long-term viability, but because I knew that once I dipped my toe in the...

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