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Canon EF 35mm F2 IS USM gallery

The Canon 35mm F2 IS USM is Canon’s ‘affordable’ full-frame 35mm lens option slotting below the 35mm F1.4L II. It’s smaller and lighter in size, and unlike its higher-end sibling, comes with image stabilization that can somewhat mitigate its aperture disadvantage, as long as your subjects aren’t moving too much. The image stabilization arguably makes it a better option for DSLR video shooters as well.

This is a lens we DPReview staffers like an awful lot, and is one of our ‘go-to’ lenses whenever we get new Canon cameras into the office. This admittedly makes it all the more strange that until now, as we approach this lens’ fifth birthday, we’ve never had a dedicated sample gallery for it.

So in addition to rounding up some samples from the past few years, we’ve taken some extended time with the 35mm F2 IS USM more recently to give you an idea of what this lens can do.

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From:: DPreview

Review: Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / 200D / Kiss X9 by TDP

By Canon Rumors The-Digital-Picture has completed their review of the brand new Canon EOS Rebel SL2/200D/Kiss X9, Canon’s smallest DSLR. The original SL1 was slow to gain acceptance, but once it did, it became a favourite among professional, prosumer and consumer DSLR buyers. From TDP: I know, you’ve been wanting to ask the question since hearing the model … → continue…

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Sony Will Give You $500 to Trade in Your DSLR for a New a9

By Jon Fusco

The promotion also applies to the Sony a7 II, Sony a7S II or Sony a7R II.

We’ve made quite a fuss about Canon’s latest DSLR not fulfilling the needs of an independent filmmaker and there’s one company that is poised to swoop up all those ready to make a change. In a press release earlier today, Sony Electronics announced a new nationwide “α Trade Up” retail event with an up to $500 bonus offer on top of the trade-in value of a working DSLR or mirrorless camera.

The bonus offer can be applied to the purchase of several full-frame Sony cameras, including the flagship α9 as well as the α7R II, α7S II and α7 II models. A variety of α full-frame lenses and α accessories are also eligible.

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From:: No Film School

Shootools Slider One 40 — a Teeny-Weeny Portable Slider!

By Fabian Chaundy

Shootools Slider One 40

The Shootools Slider One 40 is a petite 40cm slider ideal for travelling light and with a payload heavy enough for professional use.

Image: Shootools

As you’ve learned in our latest episode of our YouTube series “Essentials” about sliders, it’s not always the length that matters for the best result! And here’s a new product to prove just that.

Italian manufacturer Shootools has recently released the latest addition to its catalogue of camera-movement accessories: the Slider One 40, a small and portable slider of only 40cm in length and 84mm in width. This makes it an ideal size for shooters who want to keep their kit light, those shooting fast-paced environments like weddings, or those in need to keep a small kit footprint when travelling.

The Shootools Slider One 40 features a carriage made out of a single block of CNC-machined aluminium, and sports a set of knobs that allow you to adjust the friction along the track, as well as locking the carriage in position.

Image: Shootools

Shootools seem to have really put extra care on the quality of their materials, with each piece going through treatment processes such as shot peening and anodising to guarantee extra rigidity. In addition, the wheels are made with “an innovative ST-66 technopolymer studied by ShooTools” which, along with a double steel ball bearing system, allows for maximum smoothness of movement.

All this together results in a small and unobtrusive product with a claimed payload of up to 20kg, allowing for an ample variety of uses with cameras in the DSLR/mirrorless form factor and beyond. Although the Shootools Slider One 40 doesn’t feature feet for ground-level use, its reduced size means you could probably use a single tripod to support it, further adding to its portability by doing away with the need to → continue…

From:: Cinema 5d

Sony ‘trade up’ program gets you $500 plus trade-in value towards a new a9

Switching brands is a painful and expensive process, but a new “trade up” promotion from Sony is trying to take a little bit of the sting away. For a limited time, people interested in stepping up to a Sony a7 II, Sony a7S II, Sony a7R II, or Sony a9 can get several hundreds of dollars in credit + trade-in value when they hand over their working DSLR or mirrorless camera.

These kinds of trade-in programs are not uncommon in the photo world, but we’re more accustomed to seeing them from brands like Hasselblad and Leica, where the price tag for upgrading from one model to the next is so high that a significant discount for trading in your older camera is a serious boon.

Sony’s promotion isn’t quite as intense, but trading in an eligible DSLR or mirrorless will snag you $500 + trade-in value towards a new a9, $300 + trade-in value towards an a7R II and a7S II, and $100 + trade-in value towards a new a7 II. What’s more, these discounts are being offered in parallel with instant-rebates of up to $200 on the same cameras.

If you’re looking for an a9, there is a (long) list of eligible cameras that will earn you that $500 bonus; however, if you’re interested in an a7 II, a7S II, or a7R II, “any working digital interchangeable lens camera” is acceptable. To learn more or take advantage of the program, read the press release below or head over to the trade up website at this link.

Press Release

Sony Rolls Out Exciting New Nationwide “α TRADE UP” Retail Event

Program offers up to $500 bonus offer on trade-in DSLR or mirrorless cameras toward purchase of Sony full-frame cameras, lenses and accessories

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From:: DPreview

Eddie – a Short Shady Retro Science Fiction Film by John Lynch

By John Lynch

My name is John Lynch, and I live and work mostly in London. By day I’m a professional filmmaker for various brands and charities, but by night I’m trying to get a retro science fiction film universe off the ground. Same as most people, I guess?

The first big step towards that goal was taking time out from work to go out into the Scottish wilderness to shoot Eddie. It’s a short introduction to the world of a shady, ubiquitous mega-corporation called Overhead created by my good friend Jon Williams-Nobbs. At this point you really should watch the film… because later I’m going to quiz you on how you think it was made.

Name and age: John Lynch, 33 years old.

Currently based in: London, UK.

Language (s) spoken: English, very very basic Spanish, hmmm… does the language of cinema count?

Occupation: Professional Corporate & Commercial Filmmaker.

How did you get started in our industry? I’ve always been a film nut, even from a young age. When I was 16 I started making video sketches for a theatre and comedy sketch group I was part of. From there I went on to study film at University. I moved to London after Uni and I lost my way slightly. Struggling to get a job, I somehow ended up as a video technician for a corporate events company. I did that for a few years, then went freelance and slowly but surely moved away from the live events back to filmmaking just as the DSLR revolution and the birth of the ‘social media video’ happened. Since then, I’ve been directed and produced for all kinds of clients and agencies. I’ve directed cinema ads, worked as a specialist camera supervisor at the Olympics and even helped out on a → continue…

From:: Cinema 5d

Five useful photo apps for travelers

Photo apps for travelers

Photographers take great care in choosing the right gear for a trip. Why not make sure your smartphone is well equipped for photography too? After all, it’s probably the camera you’ll have with you in the event that your DSLR battery comes up short, or your shoulders need a break from the weight of your photo bag.

While the stock camera app will serve most people just fine, there are a huge number of photo apps that go a step further – offering unique shooting features and clever editing options. Whether it’s a late summer getaway or just a trip to the park, these five iPhone apps (a couple of which are available for Android, too) can help you get a better shot to remember the journey by.

SKRWT
iOS/Android | $1.99

Travels often take photographers to new cities, but accurately rendering tall buildings and structures with the iPhone’s wide-angle lens alone can be problematic. SKRWT (pronounced Screw It — seriously) is handy for correcting perspective and lens distortion.

When you compose a shot that is angled upwards at a building, for example, the resulting picture often shows lines that converge at the top. SKRWT focuses exclusively on straightening horizontal or vertical lines so the picture depicts more of what the eye perceives. With SKRWT, applying corrections takes a bit of user input, including prepping the image for the vertical correction filter and moving the slider to align the image with the grid. The app provides full auto cropping, vignette correction, ratio adjustments, and an EXIF reader alongside Mobile, Wide, Fisheye, and GoPro modes.

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From:: DPreview

When It’s Time to Look Beyond the DSLR

By John P. Hess

I started my career before you could capture video on DSLRs. Right out of business school, I started shooting local cable commercials first on a 1/3rd inch chip Sony PD150 at the tail end of the “DV revolution” before graduated to an HDV Sony Z100 and then making my way to full HD 1/2 inch […]

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ND filters for the Solar Eclipse.

By alisterchapman

I know many of my readers are planning on travelling to the US and the path of totality to shoot the solar eclipse on the 21st of August.

A couple of words of caution.

First, make sure you never view the sun directly or through an optical viewing device such as a DSLR camera, telescope or lens without covering the lens with a dedicated solar viewing filter.

DON’T try to use sun glasses, welding goggles or conventional ND filters.

Most regular photo ND filters only cut the visible spectrum. Many will pass IR (Infra Red) without much attenuation. When shooting or looking at the sun it’s not just the brightness but also the IR that can damage your eyes or the sensor as this is where most of the heat energy is. So a 10 or 16 stop ND might well reduce the brightness of the sun to a useable level for a video camera but may not reduce the damaging IR and heat. This could lead to damage to the cameras own ND filters or the sensor itself.

To look at the sun with your eye’s you MUST use a proper solar filter or solar viewing glasses. This will normally be a silvered reflective filter or film. The silver reflective coating reflects away the harmful and damaging infra red as well as reducing the brightness. If the filters you are using are of the film type, check for pin holes in the film before using them.

On a video camera it is much safer to use IRND filters rather than conventional ND filters if you can or add a good quality IR cut filter in front of the ND filters. Don’t skimp on the filters you use.

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The Demise of DSLR & Soderbergh’s Plan to Save Movies [PODCAST]

By Liz Nord

This episode of Indie Film Weekly wonders if DSLR filmmaking is finally dead, and whether Soderbergh’s new production model can revive indies.

Jon Fusco, Emily Buder, and yours truly, Liz Nord bring these stories and more, including a former Google Android exec who extols iPhone filmmaking, Netflix’s $20.5 billion in debt, and a sad goodbye to Pulitzer-Winning writer, director, and actor Sam Shepard. We also hear from video essay guru Kogonada about his debut feature Columbus, which hits theaters this week.

In gear news, Fusion gets a VR toolset and big price break, the TSA adds filmmaker-unfriendly travel rules, and lens mount options grow for the Fujfilm MK zooms. Ask No Film School fields a question about what extent you should involve an author in your film when it’s based on their book.

As always, the show also brings news you can use about gear, upcoming grant and festival deadlines, this week’s indie film releases, weekly words of industry wisdom, and other notable things you might have missed while you were busy making films.

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From:: No Film School

Avid Media Composer First offers pro-level video editing for free

Most serious DSLR or MSC video shooters use either Adobe Premiere Pro CC or Apple’s Final Cut Pro X to edit their footage. Avid’s Media Composer has long been the editing suite of choice for TV and movie professionals though. Now the company has made a slightly scaled-down version of its pro tool, called Media Composer First, available to download and use for free.

The free version works in most respects in pretty much the same way as it pro cousin and only comes with a few limitations in terms of image resolution and available editing tracks. There are four video and eight audio tracks and exports are limited to Quicktime H.264 or DNxHD file formats at 1080p resolution and a frame rate of 59.94 fps. So if you’re looking to output 4K video Media Composer First is not for you but you can input 4K files if some of your raw footage was recorded at high resolution.

Avid Media Composer First has derived from a pro tool, so might not be as intuitive as more consumer-oriented solutions and could be overkill for your average Youtube clip or home video. However, it offers a very comprehensive feature set and not cost and should be ideal for students or enthusiast who are thinking about making a move into professional film making. More information is available on the Avid website.

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From:: DPreview

Watch: Get Up Close and Personal with a DSLR Shutter to Find Out How It Works

By V Renée

Oh, so that’s how DSLR shutters work.

Unless you’re a camera expert, professional camera repairman, gear head, or some kind of wizard or magician, the mechanics of a DSLR body may be a bit of a mystery to you. But in this short video, photographer and videographer Chris Marquardt takes a close look at the shutter mechanism of a DSLR camera to show us how it and all of its components work together to help you expose images. Check it out below:

I know exactly nothing about the inner workings of DSLR cameras (which is why this video was so mesmerizing to me), so since I’m completely incapable of explaining how shutters work, I’ll let Marquardt do the honors:

Here’s how a DSLR shutter works. The first and second curtain are both cocked against spring tension and held back by electro magnets. When it’s time to fire the shutter, the electronics release the first curtain, then after the exposure time is up, the second curtain. This is one of the reasons why cameras use up battery during long exposures: the second curtain is still held by an electro magnet.

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From:: No Film School

Video: See exactly how a mechanical DSLR shutter works

Have you ever wondered what exactly happens when you press your DSLR’s shutter button? Many of us know the theory, we may have even seen (or made) diagrams and GIFs showing how the standard mechanical shutter works. But for this video, YouTuber Chris Marquardt actually yanked the shutter out of a Nikon D500 to show you the mechanism IRL.

The demonstration is pretty simple, showing you how the two spring-loaded curtains move across the frame, and revealing the electromagnets that keep them in place when the curtains are cocked.

“The first and second curtain are both cocked against spring tension and held back by electro magnets,” explains Marquardt. “When it’s time to fire the shutter, the electronics release the first curtain, then after the exposure time is up, the second curtain. This is one of the reasons why cameras use up battery during long exposures: the second curtain is still held by an electro magnet.”

It’s definitely an interesting demo if you enjoy these kind of tear downs, although you might want to turn the volume down… or off. As our own Richard Butler put it, the music “makes me want to rip my sound card out of my computer and destroy it.” Okay then…

Once you’ve watched the video (sound card intact, we hope), click the button below to read Richard’s more comprehensive dive into all things shutter related.

Electronic shutter, rolling shutter and flash: what you need to know.

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From:: DPreview

Former Google SVP prefers iPhone over Android for mobile photography

Vic Gundotra was an SVP of engineering at Google for almost eight years before leaving the company in 2014 and heavily involved in running Google’s mobile initiatives. However, despite being one of the main drivers behind Android from 2007 to 2010 Gundotra appears to prefer Apple’s iPhones over Android devices, at least for photography.

In a Facebook post, Gundotra called the results of the background-blurring iPhone 7 Plus portrait mode “stunning” and “the end of the DSLR for most people”. When replying to comments on the post he went on the say that, in terms of imaging, Android phones were years behind the iPhone:

“Here is the problem: It’s Android. Android is an open source (mostly) operating system that has to be neutral to all parties. This sounds good until you get into the details. Ever wonder why a Samsung phone has a confused and bewildering array of photo options? Should I use the Samsung Camera? Or the Android Camera? Samsung gallery or Google Photos?

It’s because when Samsung innovates with the underlying hardware (like a better camera) they have to convince Google to allow that innovation to be surfaced to other applications via the appropriate API. That can take YEARS.

Also the greatest innovation isn’t even happening at the hardware level – it’s happening at the computational photography level. (Google was crushing this 5 years ago – they had had “auto awesome” that used AI techniques to automatically remove wrinkles, whiten teeth, add vignetting, etc… but recently Google has fallen back).

Apple doesn’t have all these constraints. They innovate in the underlying hardware, and just simply update the software with their latest innovations (like portrait mode) and ship it.

Bottom line: If you truly care about great photography, you own an iPhone. If you don’t mind being a few years behind, buy → continue…

From:: DPreview

How to Break into Modern Hollywood & The Latest DSLR Fail [PODCAST]

By Liz Nord

In this episode of Indie Film Weekly, the “reverse engineering” of today’s Hollywood and yet another DSLR disappointment.

Jon Fusco, Emily Buder, and yours truly, Liz Nord discuss the new rules for breaking into Hollywood and why “constantly reminding people you exist is now part of the job.” We also share what we learned from last week’s Comic-Con and the 38th News and Docs Emmy nominations, which were announced this week. We bid farewell to both Adobe Flash and the YouTube editing tool. Our rundown of this week’s indie film releases is particularly robust, with no less than six festival favorites hitting theaters.

Charles Haine joins us for gear news, including Canon’s latest camera fail, and answers an Ask No Film School inquiry about the differences between online and offline editing.

As always, the show also brings news you can use about gear, upcoming grant and festival deadlines, industry words of wisdom, and other notable things you might have missed while you were busy making films.

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From:: No Film School