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Video: Capture Slo-Mo Footage on the Cheap with the Casio EX-F1

Who said you have to drop big bucks to have some high-speed fun? Well, it definitely wasn’t Joey Shanks, who recently decided to show the Phantom users out there that they’re not the only ones who can do it.

To do this, Shanks rented a Casio EX-F1 high speed camera for a week. Costing him only $100, he combined its high frame-rate with a healthy dose of water and gunpowder to create some interesting high-speed footage with minimal investment. Read more…

external Will Light Field Photography Replace DSLRs? —The Next Web

At this point in the evolution of the technology there are still things that traditional cameras are great for and we think that people will keep using them. Over time we believe that in the same way that digital replaced film we feel that light field will replace digital because you’ll be able to get better pictures at a lower cost more easily.

 
Jul 22, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · 2 Comments »

Bullet Time BTS: Using Nearly Half a Million Dollars of Canon Gear to Freeze Time

Bullet time isn’t anything new, but where most of the recent examples show how you can use relatively inexpensive phones or GoPros to create the effect, this BTS video shows how Canon helped put together a crazy bullet time photo shoots that went radically in the other direction.

By linking together 50 Canon 1D X cameras and 24-70mm F/2.8L II Lenses, Swiss Radio and TV broadcaster SRF put nearly half a million dollars of gear to work freezing time in the highest quality possible. Read more…

Canon Patents Impressive 45x Zoom Lens for an Underwater Camera

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The consumer end of underwater photography is tricky. The pros have expensive underwater housings for their expensive DSLRs, but consumers are stuck with semi-affordable compacts that suffer from some glaring limitations, among them the ability to zoom.

Canon, it seems, is keen to fix this limitation with a newly-patented zoom lens for an underwater camera that will offer an impressive 45x optical zoom. Read more…

Specs for Sony’s 2/3-inch Curved Sensor and Super-Thin Accompanying f/1.2 Lens Leaked

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We’ve heard a lot about Sony’s ready-for-production curved sensors — which will supposedly come in 2/3-inch and full-frame variants — but no concrete specs had made their way online… until now.

Reported initially by CNbeta, the site has obtained a copy of specs for the 2/3-inch variant of the exciting sensor and the accompanying lens, which is itself an impressive piece of hardware by the looks of it. Read more…

This is What You Get When You Put a High-End Canon DSLR Kit in an X-Ray Machine

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This image shows what you get when you put a high-end Canon DSLR kit under a medical X-Ray machine.
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external How to Build a Laser Camera Trigger for Under $2 —Vela

Pretty technical, but this could be a fun weekend project if you have the know-how.

 
Jul 18, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »

MIOPS: A New High Speed Camera Trigger You Can Control with Your Phone

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MIOPS is a new smartphone-controlled camera trigger created by the minds behind the Nero Trigger. Looking to get financed through Kickstarter, the team behind it hopes to combine all of the features users want in a high-speed camera trigger into one convenient device.
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Your Kit Lens is An Excellent Lens

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As the saying goes, quality lenses are a lot more important than good bodies when it comes to investing in camera gear. They last longer, retain their value more, and have more utility overall than, say, buying the latest DSLR that will become obsolete in 3 to 5 years. But if you are into photography for the first time, you’ll likely buy an entry level camera that comes bundled with an inferior, even crappy, kit lens. Or is it?

Do you really need quality gear to take good pictures? Spend thousands of dollars on red/golden rings lenses?
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external B&H Huge Markdown On Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera —B&H

black magic$500 savings also includes a free Wooden Camera WC-142000 1/4-20 Shoe Mount.

 
Jul 17, 2014 · ∞ Permalink · No Comments »