Leica Camera Announces New, Premium Accessories from COOPH and Gitzo

by JamesNYCMarch 3. 2017 13:52

March 3, 2017 - Leica Camera presents new accessories for cameras and binoculars.The product portfolio now features Leica Rope Straps, a selection of stylish carrying straps designed by COOPH, as well as an extensive range of high-quality tripods made by Gitzo, the camera equipment specialist from Italy.

In collaboration with COOPH, a manufacturer well known for stylish and practical accessories, Leica now offers a collection of carrying straps for use with selected Leica cameras and binoculars. The Leica Rope Straps are manufactured from the same robust material used in climbing ropes, and feature trim elements made from Italian leather. These straps are durably strong yet elegant accessories that ensure safe and comfortable carrying of cameras or binoculars. They are available in four colors – Fire, Glowing Red, Night and Oasis, in two different lengths (100 and 126 centimeters) and with a choice of metal split ring or nylon connectors.

Also new to the Leica product portfolio is a range of tripods manufactured by Gitzo. These include the GK1545T-82TQD Traveler Kit, comprising a lightweight tripod and ball head. Thanks to its light weight, this travel tripod, which expands to a versatile maximum height, is light enough to carry almost anywhere and features a ball head designed for smooth and precise motion.

 

The range of tripods also includes the Gitzo Mountaineer GT2542 and GT3542L carbon tripods, both of which are distinguished by their versatility and extremely light weight. These two tripod models also include the GH3382QD Precision Ball Head for perfectly accurate movements, and the GC3101 Tripod Bag as a comfortable carrying solution.

 

The GT4543LS Systematic Tripod is also included in the new range of Gitzo products. This particularly stable and extremely versatile tripod is the perfect choice for the demands of professional photographers who shoot with longer focal length lenses.

 

Thanks to their quick, easy and efficient locking systems, the Gitzo GH2720QR and GH1720QR Two-Way Fluid Heads are ideal for the needs of birdwatchers and wildlife photographers alike. Both of these compact, robustly constructed heads offer outstanding stability and maximum precision.

Consumers can visit us.leica-camera.com for more information or visit their local Leica Store, Boutique, or Dealer to purchase any of the new COOPH and Gitzo designed accessories.

 

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Cineo Lighting Introduces the Cineo HS2

by JamesNYCSeptember 2. 2015 10:50

New features added in second generation of Cineo’s legacy HS fixture HALF MOON BAY, California – July 20, 2015 – Cineo Lighting today announced HS2, the second generation of their legacy HS fixture. HS2 is identical in size, weight, and output to the legacy HS fixture and is 100% cross-compatible with all HS phosphor panels and accessories.

The new power supply, RDM450, is smaller and lighter weight than the legacy power supply and features completely re-designed electronics for improved reliability. Other new features include digital display and control, remote programming via RDM, as well as fine dimming, smooth dimming and strobe capabilities. The RDM450 can be attached directly to the HS2 head for one-piece operation or operated remotely up to 300 feet from the fixture.

The HS2 lamphead features an improved safety switch for better reliability as well as new 80/20 mounting slots on both the sides and back of the fixture to allow for easy attachment of yoke and accessories. Two distinct mixing chambers allow custom CCT mixing via DMX. New hinged top access panel provides easier phosphor panel and accessory changes.

Chuck Edwards, CTO of Cineo Lighting, discussing the development of HS2: “Our goal for the new HS2 was to build upon the already successful HS platform. The enhanced HS2 fixtures maintain ‘plug and play’ compatibility with the thousands of HS systems already being used in the field. This includes support of the same Cineo Remote Phosphor panels so there is no change or compromise to the exceptional light quality expected from a Cineo fixture.”

“The HS fixture has set a new standard for production lighting quality in the three years since its introduction,” said Rich Pierceall, CEO of Cineo Lighting. “With HS2, we have invested all of our experience and user feedback into a next-generation system that will carry the product platform well into the next decade.”

HS2 will begin shipping August 3rd and is available for purchase from Cineo Lighting resellers worldwide. More information is available at www.cineolighting.com/hs2..

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Sony introduces two updated zoom lenses for its A-mount camera systems

by JamesNYCApril 23. 2015 14:29

Today, Sony lifted the veil on two new Zeiss zoom lenses to add to its lineup of A-mount glass. The two new lenses are the standard zoom 24–70mm F2.8 ZA SSM II and the wide-angle zoom 16–35mm F2.8 ZA SSM II.

Both the 24–70mm F2.8 ZA SSM II and 16–35mm F2.8 ZA SSM II rely on the same optical formula as their predecessors. However, as similar as they are in build, a number of improvements have been made across the board, making them more than worthy enough of their ‘Mark II’ nomenclature.

The first difference is an improved subject tracking function, which is said to be 4x better than their predecessors thanks to changes made to the quiet, SSM (Super Sonic wave Motor) autofocus drives and associated electronics used inside the two lenses.

New coatings have also been applied to the Zeiss optics, which are said to further reduce ghosting and flaring in images.

Lastly, both lenses are now dust and moisture resistant, which should give you a little more piece of mind when taking your gear out in more challenging environments.

The two new models are designed to be used with Sony’s A-mount cameras, including their popular α99 and α77 II models. However, they can also be used with any E-mount Sony cameras with Sony’s LA-EA4 Adaptor.

The new 24–70mm F2.8 ZA SSM II standard zoom and 16–35mm F2.8 ZA SSM II wide-angle zoom lenses will be available June 15th for $2100 and $2250, respectively. You can pre-order yours now at B&H through the above links.

 

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Let There Be Light – Four Common Types of Film Lights

by JamesNYCApril 7. 2015 12:42

A nice little article on lighting over at Cenema5D.com

Beyond the camera and lens, the most important technical and creative skill you can have is learning to use and shape light. A good place to start is knowing the tools you have at your disposal.

Read more Here

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Drone lighting - MIT Researchers Develop a Drone that Can Automatically Light Your Subjects for You

by JamesNYCJuly 11. 2014 03:32

Autonomous vehicles could automatically assume the right positions for photographic lighting. - Video Below -

In yet another way of feeding on the insecurities of amateure photographers in order to separate them from their money,...
a group of researchers from MIT and Cornell University want your next lighting rig to be autonomous and airborne. On display this August at the Symposium on Computational Aesthetics in Graphics, Visualization and Imaging, they've actually developed a drone that automatically and dynamically lights a subject (living or otherwise) for a photographer while he or she focuses on getting the shot.

Announced earlier today through the MIT News website, the prototype the researchers have ready for demonstration focuses on providing perfect rim lighting and a proof of concept using a difficult to produce effect.

Using a continuous light source, a flash and a laser rangefinder, the flying assistant sets itself up based on the position of the subject as well as what the photographer is seeing through the camera, making sure the lighting is always "picture perfect", if you will.

Using the system is extremely straight-forward. First, the photographer tells the drone what side they want the rim light to come from. Then, once the little helicopter is in position, the photographer indicates in the desired rim width they want by typing in a percentage of the current width.

From that moment on, the drone will handle everything else automatically. If the subject moves and the rim width changes, the drone will move. If the photographer moves, the drone uses a 20-images-per-second feed from the photographers camera to adjust its position accordingly.

No moving lights back and forth, the lights move for you.

The long term goal here is to allow photographers to use a whole fleet of drones in their work, never having to set up another light again. Just indicate the desired effect, and your little Sky Net lighting system gets to work creating that effect and then maintaining it automatically until you move on to the next setup.

And while that autonomous lighting future is still a ways away, Ravi Ramamoorthi, a professor of computer science and engineering at the University of California, San Diego, tells MIT that he believes the system is definitely doable given the rapid advance of the necessary technologies.

 

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Bentley Commercial Shot and Edited with iPhone and iPad

by JamesNYCMay 22. 2014 10:27

Intelligent Details, a short documentary film commissioned by Bentley Motors, introduces Luc Donckerwolke, Director of Design, and SangYup Lee, Head of Exterior Design. Filmed in the Bentley Mulsanne in New York, Intelligent Details focuses on what inspires Luc and SangYup in their roles as design leaders for Bentley Motors. The film highlights the fusion of luxury, performance and technology within the Bentley Mulsanne and reveals the manner in which Intelligent Details was filmed, assembled and edited using the in-car connectivity and entertainment platform.

The new luxury Bentley Mulsane comes with two iPad Airs installed behind the front seats. Further solidifying the link between Apple and Bentley, the car company filmed a 5-minute commercial with the iPhone 5s, and edited it with iMovie on the iPads that are in the back of the car.
"I think it is all about mixing the best products and the best designs together," says the head of design for Bentley.
Watch below (and stay tuned for behind-the-scenes footage starting at the 3:15 mark).

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When video production skills count: Sia - Chandelier (Official Video)

by JamesNYCMay 21. 2014 14:23

Sia - Chandelier (Official Video)

It's pretty hard to tell which is better: the productions value and DP skills for this video, and the room and mood specific lighting, or the young women dancing. The "Official video" is really well done; and then the recreation live at the ELLEN show the dancer changes things up really nicely. Start your weekend early and wacth both videos.

In a little more than two weeks online the music video for "Chandelier" by Sia, featuring 11-year-old dancer Maddie Ziegler, has become a minor pop-culture phenomenon, generating more than 12 million views on YouTube and being recreated live on-stage for Ellen 9See below). Sia co-directed with Daniel Askill; the DP was Sebastian Wintero and the choreographer was Ryan Heffington.

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HENSEL TEST DRIVE EVENTS

by JamesNYCMay 18. 2014 11:21

Hensel and Chimera

Hensel will be touring around the country bringing the "Hensel Experience" to all attendees of the Hensel Test Drive Events.
Playboy / Fashion photographer Jarmo Pohjaniemi will highlight some of his lighting methods during a dedicated session. Come by to get a hands-on experience with Germany's quality, yet affordable lighting tools.  It will change the way you think about lighting!

At Fotocare, New York
Tuesday, June 3rd: Assistants and Dealer Sales People Training on Hensel / Chimera Products
9am - 12 Noon:   - Session 1
1pm - 4pm:    - Session 2
Hands on training to be conducted for Hensel by Guido Puttkammer the Managing Director of Hensel Germany and Peter Levitt.
Hands on training to be conducted for Chimera by Lynn Bryson from Chimera.

Wednesday, June 4th from 5-8pm  Evening Open House Event
5pm-6pm:  Social Meet and Greet with Hensel and Chimera representatives and photographers, assistants, companies, etc.  Light refreshments will be served.
6pm-7pm:  Keynote Speaker Photographer  Jarmo Pohjaniemi.  Long time Playboy Photographer and owner of "Shoot the Centerfold" seminar and workshops.
7pm-8pm:  Overview of the Hensel and Chimera Products with company representatives.

For more information and registration for both of these events, please visit the events pages below.

Please RSVP so that we know how many snacks to provide for each event!
Open house: http://www.fotocare.com/HENSEL_AND_CHIMERA_OPEN_HOUSE_p/14651.htm
Assistants training: http://www.fotocare.com/ASSISTANT_TRAINING_WITH_HENSEL_AND_CHIMERA_MORNIN_p/14644.htm
Assistants training (session 2): http://www.fotocare.com/ASSISTANT_TRAINING_WITH_HENSEL_AND_CHIMERA_AFTERN_p/14938.htm

 

At Unique Photo, Fairfield, NJ
Thursday, June 5th: 5pm-8pm  Evening Open House Event
5pm-6pm:  Social Meet and Greet with Hensel and Chimera representatives and photographers, assistants, companies, etc.  Light refreshments will be served.
6pm-7pm:  Keynote Speaker Photographer  Jarmo Pohjaniemi.  Long time Playboy Photographer and owner of "Shoot the Centerfold" seminar and workshops.
7pm-8pm:  Overview of the Hensel and Chimera Products with company representatives.  

Friday, June 6th: Assistants and Dealer Sales People Training on Hensel / Chimera Products
9am-12 Noon:   - Session 1
1pm-4pm:   - Session 2
Hands on training to be conducted for Hensel by Guido Puttkammer the Managing Director of Hensel Germany and Peter Levitt.
Hands on training to be conducted for Chimera by Lynn Bryson from Chimera.
 
For more information and registration for both of these events, please visit the events pages below. Please RSVP so that we know how many snacks to provide for each event!
Open house: http://www.uniquephoto.com/event/350
Assistants training: http://www.uniquephoto.com/event/351

 

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Walmart Files Suit Against Photographer's Widow

by JamesNYCMay 15. 2014 15:48

Your typical copyright infringement involves one photographer stealing another photographer's images, or reproducing copyrighted images without permission. But in this case, it's the largest retailer in the world bullying a small Arkansas studio.

Walmart and its founding family, the Waltons, have filed suit against Helen Huff, the widow of Arkansas photographer David A. Huff. David Huff's studio, Bob's Studio of Photography, was founded by his late father, Robert A. Huff, in 1946, and created portraits of the Walton family before the expansion of Walmart grew them into one of the wealthiest families in the world. But now Walmart and the Walton family are demanding that Helen Huff hand over those works.

Read the full story here. Walmart.jpg

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Lighting - You can see it in their eyes

by JamesNYCDecember 1. 2013 02:48

As if sitting back and enjoying a decent TV or web series wasn't enough I have developed a habit of looking for lighting setups or production mistakes like boom mics showing up in shots, cables cutting through the frame or on set. But for the most part I'm interested in trying to figure out how a lighting of a shot was done.

Sometimes it's as easy as looking in the eyes or reflections in a scene. Below are two examples from the TV show 'Blacklist'. These are screen captures of: season 1 episode 8.

A large silk on a frame, looks like 1/2 stop, and probably a 2K or 4K HMI

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