New firmware update 4.0 for the 70-200mm fixes a major issue

By SonyAlpha Admin

Sony issued a new 70-200mm GM firmware update at Sony support and Sony Australia. This update (version 04) resolves an issue where some products may not operate properly after updating to version 03.

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From:: Sony Alpha Rumors

Band Pro Open House 2017

By Jon Fauer Band Pro’s annual One World Open House event will take place on Thursday 12/7/2017. The theme will be “Venetian Carnival” — as in Venice the city and maybe VENICE the camera. Claudio Miranda, ASC will be honored for his contributions to the art of cinematography. Claudio’s credits include Only the Brave, Life of Pi, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,… read more… → continue…

From:: FD Times

Panasonic GH5 v2.1 Firmware Review

By Sareesh

Here’s my full review of the new firmware update (v2.1):

Free Videos and Cheat Sheets: Watch the Videos and Download my free cheatsheets on exposing V-Log for the Panasonic GH5, grading V-log, reducing noise and banding, and my favorite photo styles and camera settings.

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From:: Wolfcrow

The 10 Best Casting Decisions in Superhero Movies

By Tommy Messina

We’ve already explored what can happen when casting goes wrong in super hero films. The results can be disastrous. The wrong person in a key role can not only lead to a bad film, but can seriously damage an actor’s career, scuttle a studio’s plans for an extended franchise and put a property on the shelf for years.

But when a studio gets a casting decision right, it can have the opposite effect. Being put in the right role can elevate an actor to stardom, increase the popularity of the character exponentially and have the executives thinking sequels and franchises galore. If you need proof of what the right cast can do, look no further than the Guardians of the Galaxy.

Before Marvel gave them their own film, they were C-listers in the comic books, Chris Pratt was a pudgy comedic sidekick and Dave Batista was an ex-wrestler that everybody thought was crazy for trying to pursue a film career. But after they struck gold with the film, the Guardians are now a top selling comic, an integral and beloved part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe, Pratt is now a bonafide Hollywood action star and Batista is on the fast track to having the most successful transition from the WWE to films since Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson.

Since super hero films have become box-office dominating juggernauts in the past decade or so, studios have hit on their casting choices far more often than they have missed. But, even in this golden age of super hero movies, there are still a few casting choices that rise above all the rest. So, without further adieu, I present the 10 best casting decisions in super hero movies.

10. Christopher Reeve: Clark Kent/Superman, Original Superman Series


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From:: Taste Of Cinema

K-Tek Stingray MixPro MixPre-3 & MixPre-6 bags

By Matthew Allard ACS

The K-Tek Stingray MixPro MixPre-3 & MixPre-6 bags look like a good solution for turning your Sound Devices mixer/recorder into a portable workstation. The Stingray bags have been designed specifically…

The post K-Tek Stingray MixPro MixPre-3 & MixPre-6 bags appeared first on Newsshooter.

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From:: News Shooter

Shooting 8K in the Himalayas

By (Rakesh Malik)

Shooting remotely throws up all sorts of issues with power

Keeping the power going for a location shoot can be trying even when you have ready access to chargers. But what do you do when you are thousands of feet up in the Himalayan mountain ranges and need to power everything from RED cameras to drones? Here’s how Rakesh Malik took on the challenge.

  • batteries
  • RED EpicW
  • Blueshape
  • JuiceBox
  • Hypercore
  • GoPro
  • GoPro Karma
  • Razer Blade
  • Macbook Pro

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    From:: RedShark News

    All the Times ‘Stranger Things’ Referenced Movies and TV Shows

    By V Renée

    From “E.T.” to “Commando,” these are the movie and TV references from “Stranger Things.”

    For as much as Stranger Things is a show about alternate dimensions and the terrifying Demogorgon, it’s also a show about nostalgia. To give it that realistic, wistful feel, the show is packed with popular music, food, and video games from the 1980s, effectively transporting you back to a time when a BMX bike and a backpack full of bologna sandwiches could take you anywhere. However, Stranger Things also reminds us of the iconic films of the 80s as well through stylized shots and sequences that match the originals almost perfectly. In this video by Fandor, we get to see all of show’s movie and TV references that pay homage to a bygone time in cinema.

    Okay, calling some of these shots references might be a bit of a stretch, but it’s definitely clear that Stranger Things is not shy about paying homage to films like The Goonies, A Nightmare on Elm Street, Alien, and of course, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.

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    From:: No Film School

    Positano, Italy will start charging $1,150 fee for commercial photography, $2,300 for video

    Photo by JeCCo (CC-BY-4.0)

    The picturesque seaside Italian city of Positano will soon begin charging photographers a substantial €1,000 (~$1,150 USD) fee if they plan to shoot photos for commercial purposes. Videographers, meanwhile, will have to pay €2,000 (~$2,300 USD) for commercial work, and Positano authorities are also banning drone use in the city, eliminating aerial projects altogether.

    Due to its unique position, Positano attracts a large number of photographers, some working for brands or otherwise capturing content for commercial reasons. According to city mayor Michele De Lucia, per the Italian publication Repubblica, Positano isn’t enacting this fee as a way to make money, but instead to deter the photography sets that can disrupt pedestrians and result in “discomforts and bickering.”

    It also lends the city an element of control over who gets to shoot there—”not everyone must be able to tie their own brand to Positano,” explains De Lucia.

    Anyone taking photos or recording video for non-commercial purposes is exempt from the fee. The city will also allow photographers and videographers to work in certain circumstances without paying the fee, including for documentaries, TV shows, newspapers, and magazines.

    The regulation states that anyone planning to photograph or record will need to submit a request at least 30 days ahead of time to get permission. Requests submitted late will require a 50% surcharge. As far as photography goes, the regulation uses the phrase ‘advertising shooting,’ indicating the fee in primarily targeted at brands and advertising agencies.

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    From:: DPreview

    ‘A Gray State’: How Erik Nelson Unraveled a Triple Murder Conspiracy in His Herzog-Produced True Crime Doc

    By Liz Nord

    Director Erik Nelson calls his film ‘The Shining’ meets ‘Grizzly Man.’

    In a sea of recent true-crime docs, Erik Nelson’s A Gray State stands apart as a truly riveting psychological drama, complete with widespread conspiracy theories, political currents, and penultimate tragedy.

    The story revolves around an Iraq War vet and aspiring filmmaker named David Crowley, who went from patriot to skeptic during his two tours in Iraq, and made a DIY trailer for an ambitious dystopian feature film about a not-that-far-from-reality future where the government has trampled all over civil rights and the people are in armed revolt. Unsurprisingly, this trailer spread wildly via internet conspiracy theorists and tea party activists. Suddenly, Crowley was becoming the voice of a movement and his film was poised to receive real Hollywood funding.

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    From:: No Film School

    Refurbished EOS 77D & EOS Rebel T7i Appear for First Time at Canon Store

    By Canon Rumors The Canon Store has restocked some popular items and added some new items to their refurbished section. New DSLRs Canon EOS 77D Body $719 Canon EOS 77D w/18-55 $839 Canon EOS Rebel T7i $599 Lenses Restocked: Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III $1759 There are currently no sales running at the Canon Store on refurbished items. … → continue…

    From:: Canon Rumors

    You get a $119 SD card for free with the A7rIII preorder at BHphoto

    By SonyAlpha Admin

    Always nice to get something for free. BHphoto is giving you the Sandisk 64GB cars ($119) on every Sony A7rIII preorder (Click here). If you already have preordered the A7rIII at BH ask them to give you that card for free. Sony savings: FF cameras: The Sony A7rII now sells for $2,398 with lot free […]

    The post You get a $119 SD card for free with the A7rIII preorder at BHphoto appeared first on sonyalpharumors.

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    From:: Sony Alpha Rumors

    Outex launches clear, universal underwater camera housing

    Outex has launched a clear version of its rubber underwater camera ‘housing’ via Kickstarter, where it is seeking $35k in funding to bring the product to market and help even more people get into underwater photography without breaking the bank.

    This clear version joins the company’s original rubber sleeve, which features a solid blueish color with the exception of the lens cover. The clear design, according to Outex, makes it easier to adjust camera settings after putting the camera in the sleeve. And while the Kickstarter doesn’t mention it explicitly, we assume this version features the same IP08 rated waterproof design as the blue version, which can withstand depths up to 10 meters or about 33 feet.

    Unlike most camera housings, which are made of rigid materials and designed to fit a specific camera, Outex’s rubber sleeve stretches to accommodate a variety of camera and lens shapes and sizes. Additionally, Outex says its new model has an “improved material composition” that makes both installation and removal easier by offering increased malleability and elasticity.

    Finally, Outex says the housing covers also have better longevity thanks to a reformulated compound design and better manufacturing process.

    As of this writing, Outex is about $10,000 of the way to its $35K goal with 31 days to go, but if the Kickstarter campaign brings in enough funds to meet certain stretch goals, Outex will also launch covers for mirrorless and compact cameras ($75k goal), large-body cameras ($150k goal), and even covers that can accommodate pistol grips and tripods ($175k goal).

    The Kickstarter campaign is offering backers one clear cover for pledges of at least $100. Assuming the funding goal is met and everything goes according to plan (NEVER a guarantee), backers will → continue…

    From:: DPreview

    Watch: The Cartoon That Started Internet Animation

    By Max Winter

    Sometimes, a simple idea can start an entire movement.

    Why do certain things have staying power, while others do not? In some cases, it’s because of their simplicity. If an idea is smart enough, it doesn’t have to be super-complicated or have lots of bells and whistles to gain popularity. Internet animation, by now an entertainment staple, is a good example. Its beginnings were modest indeed, but clever.

    If you don’t like the rules, make your own game.

    This new video essay by Alex Myers tells the story of the roots of phenomena like Bojack Horseman—which lie with a simple cartoon called Homestar Runner. Check out the video, and our takeaways about the keys to the cartoon’s success, below.

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    From:: No Film School

    Detu F4 Plus – 8K 360 Camera With Live Streaming Capabilities

    By Adam Plowden

    The Detu F4 Plus is a 360° camera capable of shooting 8K video and photos, and also offers live streaming capabilities.

    Detu F4 Plus 8K VR camera

    With a maximum resolution of 8K (7680 x 3840) and shooting video at 30fps, the Detu F4 Plus is aimed at professional photographers and 360/VR content creators who want to capture the highest quality and detail across a range of applications, from interiors to live events and vast outdoor landscapes.

    The four 200° fisheye lenses create a seamless 360° degree image using the DetuStitch software, which features an optical flow algorithm to reduce motion blur. It has two built-in microphones for atmospheric sound, and a battery life of up to 120 minutes. Below is a sample image captured from the F4 Plus – over on the Detu website there is a range of sample photos that you can orientate around in a number of 360° views.

    Sample 8K image from the Detu F4 Plus

    The Detu F4 Plus is also capable of live streaming when connected to a computer via Ethernet or Wi-Fi (dual-band for security), to platforms that support 360 degree/VR content such as YouTube and Facebook, ideal for immersive live events like concerts or news events.

    Detu F4 Plus – Tech Specs

    • 8K Resolution (7680 x 3840) at 30fps.
    • Live streaming capability over Ethernet or dual-band Wi-Fi.
    • Video file format in H.264, MP4.
    • Image file format in JPEG.
    • Sony IMX117 sensor.
    • 2mm fisheye lens at F/2.2.
    • Single lens field of view – 200 degrees.
    • Two internal microphones.
    • Up to 120 minutes of battery life.
    • Records onto a single Micro SD card, maximum capacity of 128Gb.
    • Weighing in at 1.17kg
    • Dimensions – 185 x 105 x 105mm.

    From the sample images, it appears the camera handles mixed exposure and white balances well, with a small amount of chromatic aberration. The sharpest area of the image → continue…

    From:: Cinema 5d

    Halide 1.5 camera app is designed specifically for the iPhone X

    Lucky owners of the new iPhone X have a tempting new camera app option. The newest update to Halide (v1.5) features a new interface designed from scratch for the iPhone X—one that positions all of the controls near the bottom where they’re within thumb’s reach. Additionally, Halide leverages the iPhone X display’s ‘ears’ on either side of the top notch, using that space to display a histogram and exposure values.

    Halide 1.5 is designed to optimally use the phone’s long OLED display, as well as its rear cameras, offering support for depth capture as well as a clean interface that provides an unobstructed viewfinder. The new interface is designed to be used with one hand on the iPhone X, though the update does bring ‘a more ergonomic experience’ to older iPhones as well.

    Existing Halide users can download the 1.5 update for free, while new users can buy the app for a discounted $3 rate through the iPhone X launch weekend, after which the price will revert to the usual $5.

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    From:: DPreview