New Gravity G2 & G2X Compact Handheld Gimbals from Tilta

By Newsshooter

Tilta has released two new handheld gimbals, the G2 & the G2X which are updated models of the G1. The G2X features an angled roll motor arm which can be calibrated…

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CP+ 2018: Hands-on with Sigma 105mm F1.4 Art ‘bokeh master’ & 70mm macro

CP+ 2018: Hands-on with Sigma 105mm F1.4 Art ‘bokeh master’

Sigma’s new 105mm F1.4 DG HSM is a beast, weighing in at 1.6 kilos. We’re at the CP+ tradeshow in Yokohama, Japan, where we just got our hands on what Sigma is calling the ‘bokeh master’.

CP+ 2018: Hands-on with Sigma 105mm F1.4 Art ‘bokeh master’

Even without the hood, the new 105mm is a large lens, with a front filter diameter of 105mm. It’s not particularly long, but as you can see from this shot, which shows the lens mounted on a Canon EOS 6D, it has a very wide diameter of 116mm (4.6 inches). The large tripod ring is included, and can be removed for hand-held shooting.

CP+ 2018: Hands-on with Sigma 105mm F1.4 Art ‘bokeh master’

With the hood attached, the 105mm gets even larger.

CP+ 2018: Hands-on with Sigma 105mm F1.4 Art ‘bokeh master’

The new 105mm is unstabilized, which means that the only controls on the lens are an AF/MF switch and a very broad, wide-diameter focus ring. Manual focus is a luxurious experience on all of Sigma’s ‘Art’ series and this lens is no different. Judging purely from our brief experience on the show floor, autofocus speed is similar to the 85mm F1.4: smooth and positive without being as quick and snappy as lenses with fewer pieces of glass to move around.

CP+ 2018: Hands-on with Sigma 105mm F1.4 Art ‘bokeh master’

And there is a lot of glass inside the 105mm. The new lens comprises 17 elements in 12 groups, including three FLD glass elements, two SLD glass elements, and one aspherical element.

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Top 10 Movie Directors of 2017

By Kevin Ding

The filmmaking process is chaotic, and the director acts as a guiding hand in this process. His or her vision should be clearly translated onto the screen, from pre-production to post-production.

This list explores the best achievements in direction from last year; a varied list of directors from around the world and from disparate genres. The list will no doubt be divisive and not cater to everyone’s opinions (Oscar nominees like Greta Gerwig and Jordan Peele are not on here, nor is Christopher Nolan). That said, here we go…

10. Andrey Zvyagintsev – Loveless

Andrey Zvyagintsev

Zvyagintsev is known for his grim social realist dramas, often critiquing the power structure and institutions of modern day Russia. That’s exactly what we got with his latest film Loveless, which is also an intimate tale about the end of a marriage.

Influenced by the style of Bergman and Tarkovsky, the film moves slowly, exploring the damaged psyche of its main characters: Zhenya and Boris, the central married couple in question. They are composed for most of the film, until at one point, they just explode.

The erosion of Russian society seeps into every man, woman and children. It’s a portrait of a grand civilisation in struggle. Inner turmoil becomes barriers for the characters, unable to truly live happily. Loveless is a depressing, dark masterpiece.

9. Julia Ducournau – Raw

Julia Ducournau

Raw is a story about a teenage girl’s sexual awakening. It’s also about the strong bond of sisterhood. And the traits we inherit from our family. It’s also a Cronenbergian tale of body horror and cannibalism. First time director Julia Ducournau stated that she wanted to “humanize cannibals”, as cannibals actually exist in the world – unlike vampires, werewolves and → continue…

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The 10 Best Movies About Mind Control

By Shane Scott-Travis

Psychological manipulation is a complex, creepy, yet fascinating subject for a rewarding night out at the cinema, and one that can manifest itself in various ways. Sometimes the most exciting premise for a genre film can be deceptively simple and still very sinister, and also be incredibly effective.

It’s with this idea at the fore that Taste of Cinema presents a list of the best movies about mind control. Admittedly we at first imagined it would be a list strictly limited to the sci-fi genre, but we found horror films, comedies, and arthouse favorites have lots to interpret and imagine when it comes to mind control and mass manipulation.

Enjoy and please add other films of this nature in the comments section below.

10. THX 1138 (1971)


Set in a dystopian future somewhere in the 21st century where the world’s populace is brainwashed via the mandatory use of emotion-suppressing drugs and an oft-times brutal android police force. THX 1138 is the feature length directorial debut from George Lucas––developed from his student film.

A bleak future for man, set in a police state, THX 1138 is an inauspicious debut but an interesting one. Produced on a small scale by Lucas’s good friend, Francis Ford Coppola, the film takes a minimalist approach to set design, and once combined with an eerie lowkey sound design, the bleak and sparse setting becomes all the more palpable, and the state’s cruel forms of mind control, all the more unsettling and plausible.

Stars Robert Duvall and Donald Pleasence helped cement the film’s cult status, and fans of Lucas will be intrigued and may find the downbeat matter-of-course, poles apart from his later Star Wars films, rather surprising. It’s a minor classic from a major player.

9. Village of the Damned (1960)


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Camera Angles and Movement: Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri

By Sareesh

An analysis of the “Before you croak” scene from Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri – probably the best movie this year.

For exclusive notes, insights, bonus videos and list of movies in the final edit, please support wolfcrow on Patreon: Click here to know more.

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8K really is better than 4K, here’s the proof

By (David Shapton)

DP Phil Holland claims he can see a visible difference between 8K and 4K

8K viewing in the home is now a thing. DP and 8K aficionado Phil Holland says you really can see the difference.

  • 8K
  • Upscaling
  • 4K
  • Resolution

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    From:: RedShark News

    Nikon releases new firmware for nine cameras, mostly AF-P lens support

    Nine Nikon DSLR models are getting new firmware to fix a few issues users have been encountering, particularly when using AF-P lenses. Updated models include the D4, D4s, Df, D800, D800E, D810, D810A, D7100, and D7200.

    The whole lot of them received these fixes:

    Added the following supports for AF-P lenses:

    • If the standby timer expires after focusing, the focus position will no longer change when the timer is reactivated.
    • When focus is adjusted by rotating the lens focus ring, the focus indicator in the viewfinder (and in live view, the focus point in the monitor) now flash to indicate when infinity or the minimum focus distance is reached.

    The D4, D4s, Df, D800 and D800E received the following fixes:

    Added support for AF-P DX lenses.

    And the D4, Df, D800 and D800E also benefit from:

    When photos were taken using Camera Control Pro 2 after Custom Setting d10 (Exposure delay mode) was enabled in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU, the software would sometimes mistakenly display a message stating that no photo could be taken.

    Finally, the Nikon D810 and D810A received fixes to their microphone operation and multiple exposure modes, while the D7100 and D7200 get updates that fix an issue of incorrect exposures when E-type lenses are used in live view mode.

    For more information on all of these updates, or if you want to get your Nikon DSLR up to the latest firmware version, visit the Nikon firmware download web page.

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    From:: DPreview

    Second City and Illinois Are Breaking Records in Hiring

    By Paul Tenebrini

    Second City and Illinois now ranks among the top five destinations for film and TV production. In 2017, film and television productions in Illinois generated $423 million for the local economy and close to 14,000 jobs. Of those jobs, a record 53 percent went to women and minorities. Read more:

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    Production News Weekly Feb. 28, 2018: A Banner Year For The U.K.

    By Paul Tenebrini

    The last couple of weeks, I have noticed an increase in film and tv production in the U.K. 2017 was a banner year for film and TV production in the United Kingdom, with spending hitting a record £2.84 billion ($4 billion) – an 11% increase from the previous year. With the quality of world-class […]

    The post Production News Weekly Feb. 28, 2018: A Banner Year For The U.K. appeared first on Below the Line.

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    Portugal Launches New Bid To Lure Hollywood

    By Paul Tenebrini

    The government of Portugal is launching a new incentive program that is designed to lure more film, TV and streaming shoots from around the world. The new system is set to launch in March. Portugal’s incentive differs from other European programs in that it is a cash rebate, as opposed to a tax credit, and […]

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    Nikon’s ES-2 film digitizing adapter for the D850 will finally ship in March

    The ES-2 film digitizing adapter that Nikon introduced alongside the D850 DSLR back in August will finally ship at the end of March. The ES-2 has been available for pre-order since it was first announced, but the product is marked as ‘backordered’ on the Nikon USA website, and the official ship date has been slipping backwards.

    The Film Digitize Adapter ES-2 is designed to be used by those wanting to digitize their 35mm negatives and transparencies using their digital SLR, and works by holding your film the correct distance away from a macro lens.

    Nikon recommends using the ES-2 with the NIKKOR AF-S Micro 60mm F2.8, having designed the adapter to work easily with the minimum focusing distance of that lens. And while the ES-2 is compatible with a range of Nikon DSLRs, the company suggests pairing it with the D850 because of the camera’s high resolution and the built-in film digitizing mode, which automatically inverts the image and saves a digitial positive as a JPEG.

    The Nikon Film Digitize Adapter ES-2 kit—which includes a film strip holder for negatives and transparencies, a slide holder for mounted slides, and a pair of 62mm adapter rings for use with different macro lenses—is due to cost $150. However, if you’re looking for a cheaper option, the old ES-1 is still available for $60, and designed to be used with the 55mm F2.8 Micro-Nikkor and the PK-13 tube.

    For more information, visit the Nikon website.

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    Cheap IKEA LADDA batteries outperform expensive Eneloop Pro batteries in speedlight test

    Good batteries aren’t cheap… or maybe they are. Putting that notion to the test is Martin Cheung, who recently published a video in which he tests the recycle speeds of inexpensive rechargeable IKEA LADDA batteries against more expensive Panasonic Eneloop Pro batteries using Godox TT685 flashes. The results are surprising: the LADDA batteries actually demonstrated a noticeably faster recycle speed versus the Eneloop Pros.

    The test was performed using both flashes, meaning the batteries were swapped to the opposite unit for retesting to ensure the difference wasn’t due to the hardware rather than the energy cells. The one caveat is that this is a test of recycle speed only—as Cheung explains in the video, he did not test the number of flashes the batteries are capable of powering.

    Looking at each battery model’s specs, the Eneloop Pros ($21 per AA 4-pack) boast a 2550mAh rating, while the Ikea LADDA ($7 per AA 4-pack) have a slightly lower 2450mAh capacity. Assuming the two sets are capable of powering a similar number of flashes, however, the faster recycling speed and one-third cost of IKEA’s batteries make them the clear winner in this comparison.

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    This SkyPixel 2017 photo contest winner wasn’t shot from a drone… or in 2017

    “Sun’s Up, Nets Out” by Zay Yar Lin

    Drone maker DJI announced the winners of the 2017 SkyPixel aerial photography competition earlier this month, but already there’s a controversy. As it turns out, the winner of the Landscapes category wasn’t actually taken with a drone or captured in 2017.

    The contest rules required entries to have been taken in 2017 using “any aerial platform,” but a recent report from PetaPixel reveals that the winning image in the Landscape category, “Sun’s Up, Nets Out” by Zay Yar Lin, was actually taken in 2014 using a Nikon D750 from an elevated bamboo stage… probably not what they meant by ‘aerial platform.’

    In fact, the photograph—which has since been disqualified—was previously submitted to the NatGeo 2015 Traveler Photo Contest as well as the 2016 Sony World Photography Awards, and was a ‘top entry’ in the Amateur Photographer of the Year 2016 contest. Zay’s award bundle for the SkyPixel 2017 contest included a Nikon D850 and DJI Phantom 4 Pro Obsidian drone.

    In a statement to PetaPixel, Zay Yar Lin explained that his D750 was attached to a hexacopter on said bamboo stage when this photo was shot, but that he didn’t realize the photo had to be taken in 2017. His statement reads:

    I regret that I had shot with my DSLR with hexacopter on the bamboo stage to get the best angle. But to be honest, I wasn’t aware of the Photo Contest rules that all photos should have been shot in 2017. I’m a freelance and ethical photographer in the contests. Please look up my profile in any site. I really regret misunderstanding had occurred between us.

    Zay didn’t mention the attached hexacopter when he spoke with Amateur Photographer about this image in 2016.

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    Phottix announces Odin II TTL flash trigger for Pentax shooters

    Flash manufacturer Phottix has announced it will introduce an Odin ll transmitter for Pentax users in April. Designed with ‘direct cooperation’ from Pentax engineers, Odin claims the trigger has been extensively tested on the 645Z medium format camera and the company’s flagship K-1 DSLR. It also said to be compatible with the K-5 and K-7 models.

    The Odin ll transmitter will allow users to control the Phottix Indra studio heads as well as the Juno manual hotshoe flash unit. The press release doesn’t mention the Mitros + TTL flash unit, though it should be able to control that off-camera via the Odin system—if not via the hotshoe. Users will also be able to use Strato ll, Atlas ll and the Ares ll receivers to control and trigger third party flash units.

    As with other Odin ll transmitters, the Pentax model will offer 32 channels and five groups with which to control off-camera heads via a wireless 2.4GHz radio system, and high speed sync will be supported with shutter speeds of up to 1/8000sec.

    The Odin ll for Pentax will cost $140, and orders are being accepted now for April delivery. For more information, visit the Phottix website.

    Press Release

    Phottix Introduces the Odin II for Pentax

    Bringing the power and control of the Phottix ecosystem to Pentax users

    Phottix’s flagship Odin II TTL Flash Triggering system has expanded to include a new transmitter control unit (TCU) compatible with Pentax cameras. Developed with direct cooperation from Pentax engineers at Ricoh Imaging in Japan, the Phottix Odin II for Pentax brings the power, control, and ease of use of the Phottix TTL lighting ecosystem to Pentax users. Tested extensively with the Pentax 645Z Medium Format DSLR Camera and the ground-breaking Pentax K-1 DSLR, the Phottix → continue…

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    Art Directors Guild Launches 6th Annual Production Apprentice Program

    By Admin

    The Art Directors Guild (ADG, IATSE Local 800) is launching its sixth annual Production Apprentice (PA) Trainee Program with a wide call for…

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