This week SAR readers photos selection

By Andreapazzo

‎Alan Griffiths‎ Sony a6300 – iso 100 , f11, 61″, zomei 10 stop filter. Location – Dovercourt lower light house. 1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: or on the SonyAlphaForum image section. 2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: and on SonyAlphaForum. 3) A selection of […]

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The 10 Most Overrated Movies of 2017

By Tom Lorenzo

2017 was a hell of a year for cinema. Despite the nutsacks that trot out the same old “cinema is dead” articles the week a new superhero movie comes out, cinema was alive and vibrant and varied as hell. There was some true all-timers that came out and some serious misses. Thankfully not enough to weigh down the batting average of the year.

But as usual, there’s gonna be some flicks that get a bit more love than they genuinely deserve. Again, that usually just means giving a slightly above average movie the credit of an all-timer. However, there is one in here that has gotten way too much praise for something as amateurish as it is. The New Year is here, gang. Let’s get back to it.

10. The Big Sick

The Big Sick

When this came out, everyone was treating it like the next coming of the rom-com. People loved that Kumail Nanjiani had taken the true story of his marriage and wrung some cinematic magic out of it. The movie is cute and heartfelt and pretty damn funny, but it’s not some transcendent piece of game-changing cinema. It’s a really good example of the rom-com that has, like many comedies today, some fat on it that could use some trimming.

In a weird way, it reminds one of “Funny People” in that it’s a comedy that is set in the world of stand up comedy, dealing with a love story. But this feels like the inverse of that movie, where this one’s weakness is the stand up. There’s gold in here, including the best 9/11 joke ever. But let’s not get too crazy here.

9. Lady Bird

This was a very solid coming-of-age movie about a white girl dealing with life as → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema


By (Tony Costa)


IMAGO signs agreement with the catalán foundation AULA DE CINE COLECCIÓN JOSEP M. QUERALTÓ to pursue in the future mutual interest initiatives in the field of culture and educational activities related to film and audiovisual sector.

THE FOUNDATION CINE COLECCIÓN JOSEP M. QUERALTÓ was created by Josep M. Queraltó, from the exhibition industry, in
Barcelona, the 6th of July 2010, after more than 35 years of collecting and preserving cinematographic and audiovisual material. The institution has two main objectives: the defense of the cinematographic technique and creating an interactive and educational museum space for all audiences in Europe formed by Josep M. Queraltó’s Collection, composed by over 20.000 pieces, being currently one of the most important private collections in Europe.

a directora de la Fundación, María Luisa Pujol

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From:: Imago News

Contender: Cinematographer Sam Levy – Lady Bird

By Denise Brassard

Sam Levy’s naturalistic cinematography, in Greta Gerwig’s directorial debut of Lady Bird, is meticulously crafted. The story follows the contentious relationship between Christine ‘Lady Bird,’ a high school senior played by Saoirse Ronan, and Marion, her mother, played by Laurie Metcalf. Levy and Gerwig had already worked together on Frances Ha, Maggie’s Plan and Mistress […]

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Newly announced: Flashpoint XPLOR 600PRO TTL With R2 Pro Transmitter for Sony

By SonyAlpha Admin

The new Flashpoint XPLOR 600PRO TTL With R2 Pro Transmitter for Sony has been announced and is available for preorder at Adorama (Click here). New A7rIII accessories: First2savvv Grip Vertical Shoot Hand Grip QR Quick Release L Plate at Amazon. MegaGear leather case at Amazon. Gariz leather case at Amazon. David Busch A7rIII book on […]

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From:: Sony Alpha Rumors

Hey YouTube and Facebook – time to stop burying the good stuff with wall-to-wall bullshit

By Andrew Reid (EOSHD)

Comment on this article at the EOSHD Forum

Comment on the forum Where Netflix has invested billions in content, YouTube is happy to leave it up to Logan Paul. YouTube’s executives are a real bunch of geniuses. Whereas HBO, Sky, Netflix and Amazon have to pay filmmakers billions for quality shows, YouTube gets content for free. Alas, a warning. There’s that famous saying “you get what you pay for”. Game of Thrones and Stranger things… or Jake Paul and Logan Paul? At the BBC’s peak of creative output, I can tell you for sure it helped put the right values in the individuals who watched it by the …

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From:: EosHD

Canon Inc. Boss Wants to See More Innovation

By Canon Rumors The Nikkei Asian Review sat down with Canon Chairman & CEO Fujio Mitarai for a brief interview about Canon’s plans over the medium term. Canon Inc. is definitely looking to acquire more businesses and continue to diversify their portfolio of industries. Canon wants new businesses to generate nearly one-third of sales. Q: What is the biggest … → continue…

From:: Canon Rumors

Shooting Kīlauea Volcano, Part 3: At Sea

In the first part of this series, I talked about shooting Kilauea’s lava surface-flows using a drone. In the second part I talked about shooting the lava with a DSLR from the ground. This time, I’d like to take you on the mini-adventure of sailing on the Pacific’s rough waters and shooting the lava entering the water at the Kamokuna Ocean Entry from a dedicated lava-viewing boat.

Please note that lava flow is never guaranteed. As I’m writing this, the ocean entry is inactive, so it’s always good to check the situation before traveling.

I was a bit anxious before heading out to the ocean. I suffer from severe motion sickness, and while pills help, they won’t keep my food in my belly if the water is rough. I was overwhelmingly relieved to hear that the ocean was supposed to be quiet the morning of our sail. I still gulped down 4 pills just in case!

Several providers offer dedicated lava-viewing trips, and they can easily be found online. Most offer the excursion at several fixed times each day. It was an easy choice to go at morning twilight, since I’d get nighttime, twilight and sunrise images in one sail. I chose a large boat with room for 50 people, give or take. When we were allowed on, I did my best to find a spot at the front of the seating area, since this would give me a larger field of view and more time doing actual shooting. The sail wasn’t cheap—I paid $250—but it was very much worth it.

What a hectic, delightful sight!

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From:: DPreview

After 4,5 years Sony launches a new APS-C E-mount lens. More to come in 2018…

By SonyAlpha Admin

It took Sony 4.5 years to launch a new APS-C E-mount lens. Back in August 27 of the year 2013 Sony announced the 16-70mm Zeiss and the 18-105mm. Note: We had a Sony Cine lens for APS-C but this is not a mainstream APS-C lens for photographers. Today Sony announced the new Sony E 18-135mm […]

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Do You Need a Theatrical Release for Your Film? – The Ask Alex Show 006 – Indie Film Hustle

By Alex Ferrari

Do You Need a Theatrical Release for Your Film?  Today’s Guest Abdullah Abu-Mahfouz: WATCH MORE IFH TV Watch the IFH Film School Breakdown Film’s Most Important Directors: The Directors Series IFH Podcast on YouTube IFH TV Micro-Budget Case Study: This is Meg Sundance Film Festival Interviews Online Filmmaking & Screenwriting Courses SPONSORS BlackBox –…

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The 15 Most Underrated Movies of 2017

By Raphael Costa

Logan Lucky

The year 2017 was extremely difficult in many ways, across the entire world. More than ever, the idea of impending doom and the unshakable divisiveness and darkness of our times felt present, and it was a constant struggle not to fall prey to despair. Thank the cinematic gods, then, for the movies that were exceptional this year.

Every year, of course, has masterpieces, but this one in particular saw the release of many, many great movies that sparked debate, passion, discomfort and joy; movies that challenged, made you think, or laugh, or both at the same time.

So rich was this year in films that, no matter how many were celebrated for some reason or another, there were plenty that didn’t get enough love and deserve some recognition.

To be clear, an underrated movie is not simply an obscure one; it can be that too, of course, but for the purposes of this list, it is considered a movie that deserved more attention than it received. So if a movie may have had some good reviews, but not enough to qualify it as a success, you’ll most likely find it here.

15. Hounds of Love

Hounds of Love

Cinema doesn’t necessarily have to be a pleasant experience to be great. That is a distinction a lot of audience members seem incapable of doing, as demonstrated this year by the polarizing reaction to movies like “mother!” and “The Killing of a Sacred Deer,” which were accused of being bad simply because they challenged the viewer and demanded they step out of their comfort zone.

The Australian thriller “Hounds of Love” is one such movie. Following the story of a teenage girl who gets kidnapped, and of the psychotic and complex couple that kidnaps her, the film runs for an almost unbearable one hour → continue…

From:: Taste Of Cinema

Contender: Visual Effects Supervisor Dennis Berardi The Shape of Water

By Mary Ann Skweres

In a dream-like state, the viewer floats through a blue underwater apartment filled with furniture and photographs, settling on the waking face of Eliza (Sally Hawkins). This magical setting opens director Guillermo del Toro’s The Shape of Water. The VFX team, lead by visual effects supervisor Dennis Berardi, helped create […]

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From:: BLT News

Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN for Micro Four Thirds sample gallery

We’ve already taken the Sony E-mount version of Sigma’s super fast 16mm lens for a spin, and we were eager to see how the Micro Four Thirds version stacks up. Announced in fall of 2017, the 32mm equivalent prime includes weather-sealing a nine-blade aperture – all for $450.

See our Sigma 16mm F1.4 DC DN for
Micro Four Thirds sample gallery

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From:: DPreview

VESA establishes world’s first open standard for HDR displays

HDR is a term increasingly causing confusion amongst both photographers and the masses. ‘Isn’t it that thing that makes my images look flat and less contrasty by including all the shadows and highlights in my final image?’ many of our friends and forum members ask?

Well, yes, if it’s not done right. But when it comes to displays, the ironic thing is that ‘HDR’ is meant to make imagery look less flat, by taking the wide dynamic range encompassed in HDR images and stretching it back out on the display to no longer look flat but, instead, encompass nearly as much punch as the scene had in the real world.

Whenever a new display technology comes along, and particularly when it falls into that gap before it’s well defined or understood, monitor manufacturers LOVE to throw the spec all over their products. That, in a nutshell, is what has happened with the ‘HDR’ moniker and computer displays, making it very difficult for someone to know what is and isn’t a “real” HDR monitor.

What kind of brightness and contrast ratio should you be looking for? What’s the actual static contrast ratio, not the stupidly high (and irrelevant) dynamic contrast ratio often quoted? What kind of color output should you expect out of an HDR monitor? And what the heck is local dimming?

These are the questions that manufacturers tend to not answer, at least for now, and it’s why VESA has created the world’s first open standard for HDR displays: DisplayHDR.

Targeted largely at LCD-based computer monitors (not OLED), the purpose of DisplayHDR is to establish an open standard with fully transparent testing methodology, so you can “rate” your display and see where it falls on the HDR scales. Is it really just an SDR monitor, or does it → continue…

From:: DPreview

The rambling video review of the Panasonic EVA1

By wpadmin

Panasonic have been out of the sub $10k large sensor camcorder market since they stopped making their one and only model in that bracket, the AF100/AF101 a few years ago. I bought that and used it for a bit but never really fell in love with it. What interested me about that camera was […]

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