CES 2018 – Sony Camera Control Box for the RX0

By Matthew Allard ACS

At CES 2018 Sony announced a Camera Control Box for the RX0, designed to increase the cameras usability and flexibility by enabling users to control and sync up to 100…

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CES 2018 – VIVE PRO: the most immersive VR headset yet

By Matthew Allard ACS

At CES 2018, HTC VIVE unveiled the VIVE Pro, which they are claiming is the new standard for high-end immersive VR viewing. Vive Pro is an upgrade from Vive HMD,…

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CES 2018 – Nikon Announces the AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR

By Matthew Allard ACS

At CES 2018 in Las Vegas Nikon announced the new AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR super-telephoto zoom lens. The tele photo zoom looks to be suitable for…

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Is GoPro scuttling the ship?

By Matthew Allard ACS

Is GoPro scuttling the ship? The once mighty GoPro has fallen on hard times and it’s a very real prospect that the company is going to get sold. Although it…

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Nikon’s 180-400mm F4E TC1.4 FL ED VR lens features built-in teleconverter

Nikon has announced a new full-frame lens with one of the longest names we’ve ever seen: the AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm F4E TC1.4 FL ED VR.

Besides its impressive range, the highlight of this hulking lens is its built-in 1.4x teleconverter. Taking a leaf out of Canon’s book, the built-in converter boosts the focal range to 252-560mm with a corresponding 1-stop reduction in maximum aperture. If you’re using this $12,000+ lens on an APS-C body, the equivalent focal range becomes 270-600mm without the TC and 378-840mm with it.

The lens features 1 fluorite and 8 extra-low-dispersion elements plus fluorine, Nano Crystal and Super Integrated coatings. It has 9 rounded aperture blades, a Vibration Reduction system that reduces shake by up to 4 stops and a minimum focus distance of 2 meters. As you’d expect, this magnesium alloy lens (that weighs almost 8 pounds / 3500 grams) is weather-sealed. Drop-in 40.5mm filters are supported.

As an added bonus, if you’re using a camera with a 153-point AF system (D5, D500, D850) the outer row of AF points become cross-type sensors for improved coverage. A firmware update will be required in order for cameras to take advantage of this feature.

The AF-S Nikkor 180-400mm F4E TC1.4 FL ED VR will be available in March for a whopping (but unsurprising) MSRP of $12,399.

Press Release


LAS VEGAS — CES BOOTH #14018 (January 8, 2018) – Today at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES), Nikon Inc. announced the new AF-S NIKKOR 180-400mm f/4E TC1.4 FL ED VR super-telephoto zoom lens, which is ideally suited for photographing sports and wildlife with astounding speed and clarity. This professional level FX-format lens is more versatile than ever, and has been updated with the newest NIKKOR lens → continue…

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Sony announces Camera Control Box CCB-WD1 for wired RX0 control

The wired control accessory that Sony promised for the RX0 has arrived, as well as PlayMemories Mobile app update to enable more wireless control options. The CCB-WD1 Camera Control Box allows for more precise synchronization of multi-camera setups ideal for VR capture, and can be used to create effects like ‘bullet time.’

The Camera Control Box offers Video Sync for frame-by-frame synchronization between cameras, as well as Time Code sync. Computers running Windows 7/8.1/10 and Macs running OS X 10.11/10.12-10.13 can connect to the Control Box via a web browser where cameras can be named and monitored, and settings can be adjusted. Filenames can be modified to include the camera name which should help streamline post-processing workflow and avoid overwritten files. Multiple pairs of RX0 cameras and Camera Control Boxes allow for up to 100 units in total.

The PlayMemories Mobile v6.2 update allows ‘up to 50’ RX0 units to be controlled wirelessly by way of a router. The new app version also provides a list view of all connected cameras, the ability to simultaneously turn all cameras on and off via Bluetooth, and the ability to control cameras by group.

PlayMemories Mobile 6.2 will be released on January 30th. Camera Control Box pre-sales start January 9th at 11am PT, and it will sell for $700.

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Sony Announces New Expanded Multi-View Shooting Capabilities for the Compact RX0 Camera

New Wired and Wireless Multi-Camera Solutions Enable More Flexibility and Creativity

LAS VEGAS, Jan 8, 2018 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today announced new wired and wireless multi-camera solutions for the versatile RX0 that enable more flexibility, creativity and operability for today’s creators.

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The 10 Best Action Movies of 2017

By Pedro Morata

In general, 2017 has been a great year, cinematically speaking, with lots of great blockbuster and artistic films. For us action movie fans, this year has been a satisfactory one when we watch at the catalogue of the entire action spectacle.

Sometimes it’s difficult to tag a film with the action seal, due to its content and style. Nearly all of the blockbusters may be action films, because they are all filed with action and a whole lot of spectacle and pyrotechnics; but sometimes those films are more a Science Fiction film or a Fantasy one for example. Or even they are tagged as a “superhero” film on his whole, as it seems that superhero films have become a genre in and of itself.

On this list, we are going to focus mainly on pure action cinema, where action is the most important thing (or one of the most important aspects of it) and the conductive thread of the movie. Whereas “Wonder Woman,” “Thor: Ragnarok” or any other blockbuster may be a great action film, there are many other things apart from the action that make those films special, though they are not catalogued as pure action films in general. There is only one good example on this list that enters in that blockbuster category, but we may talk about it later.

Having said that, let’s go with the 10 best pure action films from the year 2017.

10. Wolf Warrior 2

Wu Jing’s “Wolf Warrior 2” has been a true box office smash hit in China, grossing more than $800 million domestic only, making it the highest grossing film ever in China with those outstanding numbers.

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Watch the Sony CES live stream event now

By SonyAlpha Admin

At 5pm Las Vegas time (2am in Berlin) Sony will live stream the press conference. If you have issues watching the stream please click over to Sony UK. What to expect? Nothing Alpha related a part of a new module for the RX0. All I got from anonymous sources is probably wrong. Like for example […]

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GoPro Inc. For Sale Per Report

By Canon Rumors Things haven’t been going well for GoPro for quite some time. They failed miserably at drones and their recent Q4 2017 financials weren’t good. According to CNBC, GoPro Inc. hired JP Morgan Chase to broker a deal for the company. GoPro has a market capitalization of about $1bil, but any potential buyer is likely to … → continue…

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The Cost of Being a Sheep

By philcooke

I was talking to our creative team at Cooke Pictures recently about the number of churches and ministries who take the easy way out by copying more successful organizations. Our Lead Strategist, Dawn Nicole Baldwin spoke up on the issue, and I thought her take was worth sharing: I watched a herd of sheep recently, […] → continue…

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CES 2018: DJI Releases New Gear Lineup, Including a $99 Drone

By Robbie Janney With the huge tech conference CES 2018 starting today, DJI has just rolled out some new products that are sure to turn heads. → continue…

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Weather Sealing Torture Test: Canon, Olympus, Nikon Pass.. Sony?

By Canon Rumors The folks at Imaging Resource decided to do a weather sealing torture test to help them decide on their favourite camera of 2017. It came down to the Nikon D850 and the Sony A7R III. For some added fun, they also included two cameras from 2016, the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and the Olympus … → continue…

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“ARRI is a Woman…”: Christopher Doyle on Finding a Film and the Gender of Cameras

By Scott Macaulay

Cinematographer Christopher Doyle’s interview with Kaleem Aftab was one of our most highly-read pieces of last year, and in this concise interview posted at the ARRI channel, he discusses specific aspects of his methodology, including adapting his approach to his physical surroundings and the importance of camera ergonomics. → continue…

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Insta360 unveils new, 4K capable Nano S 360-degree camera for iPhone

Insta360 is a company known for its affordable, consumer 360-degree camera dongles. The Insta360 One and Air are its current models for iPhone and Android, respectively, but the camera started out with the iPhone-only Nano in 2016. For CES, Insta360 has now launched an upgraded Nano S that keeps the original model’s form factor, so accessories can still be used, but comes with upgraded interior components.

Compared to the original Nano, video capture has been bumped from 3K to 4K resolution and stills are now captured at a whopping 20MP, a nice step up from the previous 4.6MP stills. In addition, you can now choose between a matte black and silver version.

The Nano S doesn’t just provide higher resolution recording, though, it also comes with a couple of new features. MultiView Shooting allows you to output conventional video footage with two or three camera angles, and 360-degree Video Chat gives any recipient a live 360-degree spherical view of the caller’s location, even without using the Insta360 app, the caller simply needs to share a link.

A foldable stand for easy video calls or 360-degree selfies comes included in the package.

The Insta 360 Nano S is available order now for $240. To learn more, head over to the Insta360 website or check out the intro video above.

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‘Lady Bird’: Why Greta Gerwig Deserves a Nomination, and Our Masculine Conception of Good Directing

By Chris O’Falt “Lady Bird” traditionally is not the type of film recognized for its direction, but it should be. → continue…

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