The Boltzen Snap Kit is a quick magnetic mount for adding light modifiers or colored filters (gels). It's a simple way to change your small CAME-TV Daylight Boltzen Fresnels to Tungsten or use it to add a splash of color from the dozens of choices in the kit.
Aputure has finally announced it is officially shipping the new Light Storm LS-C300D LED Video Light. So expect them to be available at retailers soon (if not already). This light was shown at NAB 2017, and has been one of the most anticipated lights in their lineup. Larger and more powerful than their LS-COB120D, some of the benefits to this design is the Single Point Source Light which is easier to shape, and does not display multiple shadows (like many light panels will). It also uses a popular bowens mount to attach a variety of accessories and light modfiers.
Aputure claims to have close to a 2K output, and when you compare this to other popular brands, the new Aputure 300D is less than 1/3rd the price. With a 97+ high CRI rating, remote control, and the ability to power off dual V-Mount batteries without being tethered to a wall outlet, this seems like a great light to have for any type of video shooter. The new Aputure 300D is available now on the Aputure website (found here).
If you have a set of led lights (or other battery powered device) that you want to turn on and off from a distance, here's a simple idea using an inexpensive set of Wireless Remote Control 12V DC Relays. To keep things fairly universal I decided to make an 'inline' cable that has a male and female D-Tap connection to work with my V-Mount batteries. (This way I don't need to modify any of my accessories). But while i'm using this with my v-mount batteries, you can actually use any 12V-14V battery and any cable connector to fit the connector on your device.
These specific mini wireless remote DC relays can handle up to 10A sustained which is the same max rating most V-Mount batteries are spec'd for. Which basically means if you can power your accessory from a D-tap, these relays should work fine. My setup here is simple, and it's merely just cutting the battery current, so this hack won't let you dim or change color temp, but it's universal enough to be used for powering anything on or off including motors, LCD screens, Wireless Video Transmitters, etc.
Speed and versatility are the calling cards of Sony’s latest, the Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV Digital Camera. Using an updated 20.1MP 1" Exmor RS BSI CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor, shooters can enjoy 24 fps continuous shooting, as well as UHD 4K and High Frame Rate HD video. Further boosting speed is the Fast Hybrid AF with 315 phase-detect points that can lock on in just 0.03 of a second. Also, operation is intuitive, with the implementation of a touchscreen LCD alongside the OLED EVF. And, of course, it stars a 24-600mm equivalent 25x Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens that covers a vast range of subject matter. Read more >>
I like the look of slow motion with the GH5, so I wanted to try shooting an entire real estate demo in 50% speed. For this I used the 4K / 48fps VFR setting (conformed to 24p) on the Panasonic GH5.
Now because of the 48fps setting, I needed to set my shutter speed to around 1/100th to reduce too much motion blur. Finally when working with an F/4 Lens (Panasonic 7-14mm), this also cuts down on the amount of incoming light, so I needed to work with a minimum of ISO 1600.
To control noise, I shot the entire video in 4K and exported to 1080. By downscaling you can mask noise. Also I shot in CinelikeD and exposed to the right (slightly over exposed), which means bringing the exposure down in post and that helps to clean up any noise in the shadows.
So, I did a quick test with my new wide angle lens. While there are certainly better ultra wide angle lenses out there for MFT cameras, the Venus Optics Laowa 7.5mm MFT Lens is a great start if you don't already have one. At under $500 dollars, with an F/2.0 aperture, and the ability to accept threaded filters, there's a lot of value. Otherwise I'm also a big fan of the 7-14mm lens (seen here).
Although it's more than twice the price of the SLRMagic 8mm, I find this lens is far better in every way, and worth saving up for. With it's tiny size and weight, it's a perfect lens to use on the new Pansonic GH5 when flying a single handed gimbal.
While the Laowa 7.5mm lens performs ok at F/2.0 which will help you in dim lighting, you'll achieve better results as you begin to stop down. My video example was shot outdoors on a bright day and this allowed me to stop down past F/8. And by shooting 60p, I was able to increase my shutter to 1/125th and shoot without an ND Filter. Just in case you're wondering I was experimenting with the GH5 CinelikeD Profile and then added color in FCPX.
What camera geek doesn't enjoy a fun novelty item? These little Fake Lens Table Drink Coasters protect the finish of your furniture, but stack together to replicate a Canon lens. Available in 3 different colors. Could be a fun gift idea for photographers.
This seemingly innocuous replica of an 85mm lens is composed of five coasters held together by magnets. The coasters can be easily split apart for use, and them brought back together to rebuild the disguise. Silicone pads on the top and bottom of each piece help absorb moisture and keep your drink from sliding.
Replica lens separates into five drink coasters
Hidden magnets hold the pieces together when not in use
Silicone top and bottom prevent drink and coaster from sliding