March 7. 2014 04:46
Manfrotto introduces the X PRO 3 Way Head, a brand new head designed for photographers who want maximum precision from a compact size.
Three-way heads are ideal for making fine and precise adjustments – in macro photography, for example.
The friction controls on the new X PRO 3-Way Head’s tilt and portrait movements allow delicate framing adjustments to be made with the locking knob open.
March 4. 2014 09:09
You know your brand is in trouble when there is a petition against you on Change.org and another page on Face Book.
The link to this Change.org petition found it's way into my inbox this afternoon. It appears to have been started late last year which begs the question why have so few people participated thus far.
Those of us working in the commercial photo industry have all heard the stories about Terry R. over the years. We have had tales of excess described over lunch during photo shoots, or in some cases had first hand experiences that reveal in graphic detail his exploits.
March 2. 2014 01:32
Just like Nikon did with the D4s, Hasselblad announced their CMOS sensor-toting H5D-50C before they… well… announced it. Revealing little in way of details, the company said that the camera would become official in March — and today, they fulfilled that promise.
Usually we end with the price, but it’s worth mentioning right off the bat that the 50c won’t cost users any more than the regular H5D-50: $27,500. Not that this is cheap, but the fact that they’re not charging you more for what was supposed to be the ‘world’s first CMOS sensor medium format camera’ is notable.
March 1. 2014 03:59
Once again we must mourn the loss of two more analog films. Despite talk that certain segments of the analog market are doing well, specific types of film that are having a hard time selling continue to kick the bucket.
The most recent of these are Fujifilm’s Neopan 400 PRESTO 35mm black-and-white and Fujicolor PRO 400 120 color film.
You can find the official announcement on Fujifilm Japan’s website. The translation may be difficult to read, but the standard discontinuation announcement format is followed: demand has decreased significantly enough that it doesn’t make fiscal sense to keep producing it.
In keeping with their standard discontinuation procedures, Fuji is also recommending replacements for people fond of these particular films. Instead of the Neopan 400 PRESTO, Fuji suggests you use their Neopan 100 ACROS, while the PRO 400 can be replaced by the PRO 400H.
Currently you’ll still be able to pick up these emulsions for some time to come, as they’ll continue to ship to retailers until mid-2014, but by this time next year we don’t expect you’ll be able to find any outside of eBay.
Sadly, this is starting to seem like a pattern for Fuji, who discontinued its Neopan 400 B&W film and Provia 400X slide film last July. If you have any photos in the archives taken on any of these films, feel free to drop them in the comments in honor of our discontinued friends.
February 28. 2014 03:13
Manfrotto Spectra 1X1 FT is an extremely versatile LED panel; it provides a beautiful soft light, to match the requirements of demanding filmmakers, videograpers and photographers. The illuminance is greater than 1400 LUX at a distance of 1m and the color temperature can be regulated from 3200°K to 5600°K.
Part Number: MLS1X1FT USD$ 1,989.99
Find out more on the Manfrotto site.
February 28. 2014 01:02
We've seen this scenario several times over the last few years, and based upon our photographers experience in dealing with magazines in transition such as this; word to the wise: Make sure you get paid as soon as possible and get the money up front when ever possible.
Biglari Holdings Bought the Troubled Men's Title
Alpha Media Group has sold Maxim magazine to a subsidiary of Bilgari Holdings, a holding company that specializes in owning restaurants such as Steak 'n Shake, the companies said Thursday.
Maxim's current management team will continue to run the magazine and it will remain headquartered in New York.
Read the full post on Advertising Age.
February 25. 2014 04:21
Allendale, NJ (February 25, 2014) - Leica Camera presents a sleek, silver version of the Leica X Vario as an alternative finish to the understated black of the standard model.
In classic black or stylish silver, the Leica X Vario is a product that epitomizes the Leica’s trademark quality and offers even greater versatility and creative freedom as well as brilliant image quality.
The Leica X-System is defined by its high-performance, APS-C format, CMOS image sensor with over 16.5 megapixels (effective 16.2 MP), remarkably large compared to other cameras in its class. The Leica X Vario is the first compact camera to combine this professional sensor with a high-performance zoom lens – the Leica Vario Elmar 18–46 mm f/3.5–6.4 ASPH. – and, as a result, delivers particularly brilliant exposures in all photographic situations.
February 24. 2014 23:20
New $2,999 RX-V100 Remote Will Control Cinema EOS and XF Camcorders
Canon announced new updates to its Cinema EOS cameras and XF series of camcorders, including a $500 upgrade for the EOS C300 that will support continuous autofocus via Canon's Dual Pixel CMOS AF system on EF lenses. That upgrade, ideal for run-and-gun and ENG shooters, is scheduled to be available in May, and will require that shooters pack up their camera bodies and send them to a Canon service center for installation.
Other new features will be enabled in firmware downloads, including a continous recording function on the EOS C100 that's available now, as well as new additions to the in-camera peripheral illumination correction system for specific lens models, which is designed to dramatically reduce vignetting on the C500, C300, and C100. A June 2014 firmware upgrade is slated to add the CN-E35mm T1.5 L F Cinema prime lens and the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM telephoto zoom lens to the seven other CN-E Cinema Lenses and 14 EF-S lenses that are already included in the system.
Also enabled in June will be support for Canon's just-announced RC-V100 Remote Control, which allows users to control main camera functions and adjust settings including exposure and white balance. It's scheduled to ship in June for a suggested retail price of $2,999.
Canon USA: usa.canon.com/cusa/professional/standard_display/cinema-firmware
February 14. 2014 20:03
Long before Facebook & Twitter & LinkedIn & NetFlix & HULU back when life were more social, people on photo shoots used to talk to one another rather than interfacing with their mobile devices. And during that time all the way back in 2001 we used to talk about the series of short form videos being presented by BMW Films.
The first iteration of BMW Films was "The Hire:" a series of eight online films starring Clive Owen as a mysterious-driver-for-hire that were produced for the Internet from 2001-2002.
Running 8-10 minutes apiece, the mini-movies featured Mr. Owen driving BMW models such as the Z4 roadster. The flicks were directed by some of the biggest names in Hollywood, including Ang Lee, John Woo, Guy Ritchie and the late John Frankenheimer.
BMW of North America is planning to bring back BMW Films, the pioneering online movie series produced by A-List Hollywood directors/actors that popularized branded content on Madison Avenue more than a decade ago
Mr. Owen's performance helped turn him into an international movie star. Besides the BMW cars, Mr. Owen's co-stars included Gary Oldman, Don Cheadle, Mickey Rourke and Madonna (who was directed by her former husband, Mr. Ritchie).
A team led by David Lubars and Bruce Bildsten at BMW's former agency, Fallon, Minneapolis, created the idea for "The Hire" and wrote the scripts with input from directors such as Mr. Ritchie. Anonymous Content produced the films. David Fincher executive-produced.
Until the new series of web videos appear we can enjoy a little history here.
BMW Films - The Hire - Beat the Devil
February 13. 2014 02:52
On first impression the Sigma dp2 Quattro is not a typical compact camera. It has a slender body, with a prominant fixed lens and an unusual diagonal grip. It's design is not the only thing that makes this camera unique. it also features the latest incarnation of Sigma's Foveon X3 direct image sensor, which uses vertical color separation technology.
The dp2 Quattro is the first in Sigma's new line of fixed focal length cameras which prioritize image quality. A trio of dp Quattro compacts will feature either a wide-angle, standard, or medium telephoto lens. The dp2 will be the first to be released and is the standard focal length offering, with its 30-mm lens giving a 35-mm-format equivalent of 45-mm.