Leica SL2 Full-Frame 47MP mirrorless announced with 5K video

Leica has announced the SL2 mirrorless camera, the successor to the SL1 with full-frame, 47MP CMOS sensor. Just like any Leica camera, the SL2 features the same simple design language they are known for. With clean lines and simple aesthetics, designed and crafted in Germany with an all-metal construction. That does make it heavy, at … Continued

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How ‘Doctor Sleep’ Recreated Kubrick’s Sound Design

Doctor Sleep producer Trevor Macy reveals how he and director Mike Flanagan made their Stephen King sequel sound like The Shining.

Doctor Sleep reaches back into the past of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining to tell a surprisingly tear-jerking story about addiction, family, and grief — it just happens to be told within the confines of a horror movie. Not just any horror movie, however, but rather the sequel to one of the greatest horror movies ever made — a classic whose fanbase has obsessed over it like it was the Zepruder film.

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LensRentals Tested Some Cheap Glass to See if ‘All Lenses are the Same at f/8’

Our friend Roger Cicala over at LensRentals recently decided to take on a few optical “platitudes” that he’s always hearing, and see if the data can back them up. So, are “all lenses the same at f/8”? And is it true that you “don’t need primes because I shoot everything stopped down”? Let’s find out.

These tests were broken down into two parts, with part one testing some expensive 35mm f/1.4 prime lenses, and part two testing two “bargain” primes against two expensive zooms—specifically: the Canon 35mm f/2 IS USM and Tamron 35mm f/1.8 SP Di VC USD against the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II and Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM Art.

To test the lenses and compare them to one another, Roger created field curvature plots for each lens as he stopped it down. The charts show how sharpness improves across the frame and into the corners the closer you get to the “peak” sharpness around f/5.6 or f/8.

The data for the Canon f/2, for example, looks like this as you stop down:

You’ll want to check out Part 1 of this series on LensRentals to learn how to read these charts, but the most over-simplified version I can possibly come up with (and which will no doubt earn me Roger’s wrath in the process) is that yellow equals sharp, the X-axis represents the distance from the center, and the Y-axis represents focus position. So the very center point of the graph represents the center of the lens with ideal center focus. If you go right or left from there, you’re moving further away from center; if you go up or down you’re front or back-focusing the lens, respectively.

There are two charts per aperture value because one chart shows the tangential and one shows the sagittal plane, which are typically sharpest at different focus positions, leading to astigmatism.

When you average out the sagittal and tangential field curvature plots into an overall graph, you get something that roughly “mimic[s] how sharp the lens is overall when you take a picture.” The average of the Canon 35mm f/2 lens at f/8 looks like this:

This is how Roger was able to test various zoom and prime lenses, all tested at 35mm, as he stopped them down to see how they sharpened up across the frame. It’s also how he’s able to show, pretty definitively, that those platitudes he’s tackling lack the real-world subtlety that platitudes always lack.

If you need a TL;DR of all the results, this excerpt from Roger’s conclusion should do the trick:

If you plan on shooting stopped down, a good f/1.8 or f/2 prime is nearly, but not absolutely, as good as the more expensive f/1.4 primes. A good zoom lens, even stopped down, is not as good as the inexpensive prime, at least at the edges of the image, but it will be close enough for most people most of the time. Depending on their copy. The zoom is going to be less predictable and have more variation, so that answer is a bit more copy specific.


A zoom is often the best choice of lens. But it’s never the best lens.

If, on the other hand, you’re an optics nerd and you want to dive into the details, head over to LensRentals and see all of the test results for yourself. Even if you’re not nerdy, this info can save you money, and help you avoid repeating platitudes like “all lenses are the same at f/8” or “this zoom is as good as a prime.”

Image credits: Photos and test results by LensRentals and used with permission.

Proxy Assumption

Previously, I talked about creating proxies to use for remote editing. The original footage remains in one location—not linked to the project—and only the proxies are used. I emphasized that you should make sure that the proxy files are created in such a way that they easily and faultlessly link up with the original footage. You can’t just assume that you did it right because if you didn’t, it may not be an easy fix.

Before you start any editing, it’s important to test to ensure everything will link. In addition, it might prevent you from having to take some of the drastic steps I mentioned last time, like changing filenames or timecode.

Testing is simply following the steps you’ll use to finish the project. Ingest your proxies into the edit software that will be used for the offline cut. Put all your proxy clips onto a timeline and then export that timeline via whatever method your finishing software requires: XML, project, etc.

Next, using another edit machine, import the sequence into your finishing software and relink to the original footage. Did the software find all the clips? And did it find the right clips?

Using another machine should accurately simulate what will happen when you finally relink the footage to the sequences. Moving to another machine ensures that all the links are “broken” to start with. But if you don’t have a second machine to simulate the workflow, try things like removing your original footage drive or renaming proxy folders and original footage folders and originals and then see if you can relink.

When you point to different folders, it might take a few steps to relink. Usually, the software finds all the clips in the selected folder and also in subfolders. I don’t consider a few steps like that a failure.

A failure is if you have to manually relink lots of files, one by one. A failure is if files link to the wrong clips. And a failure is if some clips can’t be linked at all. While doing this testing might seem tedious, it’s not as tedious as relinking files one at a time. Believe me.

If you’re using a specific application and have found a proxy workflow that tests well, don’t assume other applications will work just as well with that workflow. In my experience, two applications perform better than others in relinking footage:

  1. Blackmagic DaVinci Resolve does a good job. With its core focus originally on color correction, Resolve, at its inception, had to deal with relinking footage that didn’t originate in the application.
  2. I’ve often heard that one of Avid’s advantages is that it has “a strong and reliable database.” With Avid’s Media Composer being used in features and television series—think lots of footage—the software needs to have a database that’s reliable so that relinking is robust.

But even with those applications, testing is still important.

I’m not through with proxies. Next time, I’ll talk about using them to reduce the performance requirements on your edit machine.

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Adobe Shows Off Some of the Craziest AI-Powered Tricks They’re Working On

Adobe MAX 2019 ended last night with, perhaps, the most anticipated event of the whole show. No, it wasn’t the reveal of Photoshop for iPad; we’re talking about the “Adobe Sneaks” showcase, where the company demos some of the craziest early-stage technology being developed by Adobe employees.

This year’s R&D showcase was hosted by Adobe “evangelist” Paul Trani and comedian John Mulaney, and included AI-powered editing tech for automatically adding the photographer back into group photos, animating still images using just a talk track, and even relighting a photograph after the fact. Scroll down to watch all of our favorite demos from the showcase.

Project All In

Project All In is for adding the photographer back into the group shot they’re taking. Simply input two images (one with, and one without the photographer) and All In will use face recognition to automatically identify the missing person and add them back into the shot.

Of course, this is already possible manually, but All In does it auto-magically.

Project About Face

As shown on stage, this tech can identify if a portrait has been modified, draw a heat-map of the modified areas, and then even undo the modifications with a relatively high degree of accuracy.

Project Sweet Talk

Using just a still image and an audio file, Project Sweet Talk can animate the portrait so that it “speaks” the words in the recording.

Project Image Tango

Project Image Tango takes the texture from one image and the shape from another, and blends them together seamlessly. On stage, it’s used in the Adobe Fresco app to paste the texture and colors from a real-life nature photograph of a bird into the shape of a basic sketch.

Project Light Right

We’ve saved the best for last. Project Light Right is a Sensei-powered tool that allows you to “relight” a photograph after it was taken. We’ve seen something like this from Google and UC San Diego back in July, but that was specific to portraits. As shown on stage, Project Light Right can change the time of day in a landscape photograph and even relight video footage.

It’s important to note that none of what was shown here is “guaranteed” to show up in a future build of Photoshop or Lightroom or Premiere Pro. But the more enthusiastic the public is about any particular piece of technology, the better the chances that Adobe will dedicate the funds and hours required to make it a reality.

Let us know which you liked best, and then head over to YouTube to see all of the Sneaks that Adobe showed off at MAX last night.

Canon EOS Ra: the first astro mirrorless camera with a 4K movie function

Canon EOS Ra: the first astro camera with a 4K movie function

The EOS Ra is Canon’s first full frame mirrorless camera for astronomical photography, a camera based on the EOS R but adapted to capture the unique colour of deep space and constellations.

In the words of poet Quintus Ennius, “No one regards what is before his or her feet; we all gaze at the stars.” Helping to gaze and capture the beauty of the stars and beyond, Canon announced the company’s first full-frame mirrorless camera for astrophotography, the EOS Ra. Built off the EOS R system the new camera combines new features, such as four times greater transmittance of hydrogen-alpha (Hα) light of 656.3 nm compared to the original EOS R, launched in September 2018. For astrophotographers and hobbyists who enjoy capturing the detailed splendor of the night sky, the new EOS Ra will be an ideal camera to shoot with.

Canon’s passion for astro photography has led the company to create other models, within their DSLR family, now it is the time for mirrorless to get a camera designed to shoot the stars. “As a group of photographers who are passionate about capturing what we can’t see with our naked eyes, the new EOS Ra is designed for astrophotographers looking to capture vivid imagery of the night sky.” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc.

The EOS Ra inherits the EOS R’s fastest autofocus in the world , the ability to focus in light conditions as low as -6EV , a 35mm full frame CMOS sensor with approximately 30.3 million effective pixels  and a DIGIC 8 image processor. While boasting this advanced and cutting-edge optical technology, EOS Ra is a modified EOS model developed in direct response to the specific needs of astrophotographers looking to capture the unique colour of deep space and constellations.

DSLRs do not vibrate, just move the mirror up

Featuring a new infrared blocking filter (IR filter) allowing even higher hydrogen alpha (Hα) light to reach the imaging sensor, the EOS Ra allows photographers to effortlessly capture, crisply and clearly, the distinct red colour of nebula – an interstellar cloud of dust made up mostly of hydrogen and helium – impossible to capture on a traditional camera where the UV/IR cut filters block the IR light that gives these nebulae their red colour.

With its mirrorless design and full frame sensor, EOS Ra is an ideal camera choice for photographers looking to capture stunning images of deep space. With no mechanical mirror system, vibrations are minimized making sure images are sharp, says Canon, forgetting that with DSLRs and SLRs one would always move the mirror up before the exposure, and most modern models allowed for the camera to settle for a few seconds before exposing the film or sensor. So, no vibration too…

Canon EOS Ra: the first astro camera with a 4K movie function

Cropping to APS-C

Still, there is no doubt the EOS Ra promises good results. Its high performing Canon-developed sensor offers a mix of high ISO performance, high resolution, fast readout and exposure latitude, ensuring interstellar images are of unprecedented quality. As with all its products, Canon’s heritage in optical excellence runs true in the EOS Ra – unlike some cameras with non-Canon-developed sensors – all 30.3 million of the camera’s pixels are used – meaning no pixels are missed which could result in areas not being captured and stars lost. However, should a connected telescope eyepiece not cover the full image area of the sensor, the EOS Ra also allows the image area to be cropped to an APS-C area of approx. 11,6 MP (4176×2784) or several other crop ratios.

With Dual Pixel CMOS Auto Focus (AF), the EOS Ra features a range of AF and MF focus functions ensuring images are of unparalleled optical excellence – including when captured in low light conditions. Retaining the -6EV AF from the EOS R, low light performance with RF lenses and existing EF lenses is possible. When used with a telescope, focus assist functions like focus peaking and magnification up to 30x – that’s three times more than the EOS R – astrophotographers can be sure that focusing with any optical device is simple and quick.

4K movie and time-lapse

With its 4K movie and 4K time-lapse capabilities the EOS Ra is also the first astro camera on the market with a 4K movie function, so it will be interesting to see what users will be able to create with this new model, made to “shoot for the stars”.

Sharing the same mount as the EOS R, the EOS Ra has been designed to maximise lens design possibilities. The RF lens mount enables a radical new optical design – the 20mm flange back and wide 54mm mount diameter has made it possible for Canon engineers to design new lenses that weren’t achievable before. With lenses remaining at the foundation of the EOS System the camera, and system, is also compatible with three lens mount adapters, photographers have a wide choice of lenses and telescopes  to use with EOS Ra.  More than 70 EF and EF-S lenses  can be used with Canon’s innovative EOS R System, adding new functionality to existing optics, while maintaining the excellent levels of performance and functionality previously seen with EOS DSLRs . As when attached to an EOS R, the Canon mount adapter enable users to maintain their setup whether using RF or EF and EF-S mount lenses.

Available in December 2019

EOS Ra’s compact and lightweight design makes the camera easier to attach to a telescope – perfect for photographers shooting for long periods of time. Combining existing EOS ergonomics with new controls the camera provides maximum control with familiarity. Such features include a Vari-Angle touch screen, which also makes the camera comfortable for photographers shooting in any position with the benefit of having up to 30x magnification to check focus. The EOS Ra’s Electronic Viewfinder means photographers can really shoot what they see with the ability to view their subjects clearly in the dark.

EOS Ra, like the EOS R, supports connection via EOS Utility and the Canon Camera Connect application. This allows remote camera control for still and video via USB or via wireless. The software can be downloaded free of charge from the Canon support website. Such feature enables remote shooting, for example indoors on a cold evening, and time lapse operation.

The camera’s Bluetooth and Wi-Fi capabilities make connection to a smartphone and transferring of images and video simple. This connection also allows for remote control of the camera from a smartphone or tablet. In addition to this, accurate GPS data from your smartphone can be added to images for extra clarity of their capture location.

The Canon EOS Ra full-frame mirrorless camera is scheduled to be available in mid-December 2019 for an estimated retail price of $2,499.00 for the body only.

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Canon EOS Ra Released – An Astrophotographer’s Dream?

Canon has just released their latest addition to the EOS R lineup of mirrorless full-frame cameras: The Canon EOS Ra. As the name suggests, this camera is a close relative to the EOS R but the little ‘a’ hints to its real purpose: Astrophotography! 

Canon EOS Ra

The new Canon EOS Ra (as in astrophotography). Background image credit: Brian McMahon via unsplash.com

This new, special version of the original EOS R is not a whole new camera, however it does come with a bunch of features dedicated to astrophotography. If you are into this rather complicated field of photography, you’ll know how difficult it is to capture a decent shot of the milky way. There are a lot of details to take into account and a light setup can quickly grow big and cumbersome. The new Canon EOS Ra is here to help.

Canon EOS Ra – Focused on Astrophotography

One of the major hurdles you will run into, when specializing on astrophotography is a matter of physics: There may not be as much visible light in outer space, but there is so much more invisible infrared radiation that pollutes other wavelengths, such as so-called H-alpha rays! And these hydrogen alpha rays (Ha, 656.28nm) are exactly the ones you want to capture in order to create an accurately colored shot of distant galaxies. So the IR blocking filter of the original EOS R has been modified, in order to let these wavelengths saturate the sensor – without being polluted by infrared light. With this modification, the Canon EOS Ra is able to capture about four times the amount of these rays in comparison to the EOR R camera. Distant nebulas and other celestial objects can be captured without the need of dedicated accessories or further modifications.

In order to aid with focussing, which is tricky when shooting (very) far away objects in combination with wide angle lenses, the Canon EOS Ra offers a 30x magnification within the EVF and in live view. The original EOS R offers a mere 10x magnification.

This camera is a special kind of tool for special tasks. So don’t go buying one of these if you just want to capture normal worldly images: Due to the tweaked IR filter the colors will be off! You can, however, add another filter in front of your lens to counteract the modification. While that somehow defeats the purpose of the camera a bit, it still offers you the possibility to use the EOS Ra as a normal camera, which is good.


As stated above, the Canon EOS Ra is pretty much an EOS R with some modifications, so the specs are pretty much the same, as well:

  • 30.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • Max resolution (stills): 6720 x 4480
  • Internal video recording: mp4/h.264
  • UHD 4K (3840 x 2160) @ 23.976p / 24p / 25p / 29.97p
  • FullHD (1920 x 1080) @ 23.967p / 24p / 25p / 29.97p / 59.94p
  • External recording 4:2:2 10-bit UHD
  • Digital 5-axis image stabilization (video only)

The absence of image stabilization in stills mode might sound strange, but in reality you will use a tripod for capturing galaxies. Always.

Is it Worth it?

If this camera is a worthy addition to the R lineup? Well, it’s a special camera for a special purpose. If you’re an astrophotographer this might be big news: A fully self-contained full-frame mirrorless camera dedicated for capturing stars? Sounds great! However, if you’re a regular normal stills shooter or an indie filmmaker, this camera might not be for you. Personally, I would be more content seeing a “pro” version of the EOS R more suited for filmmakers, of course, but who am I to judge…

Canon EOS Ra

The Canon EOS Ra is currently available for pre-order and it should ship pretty soon.

Link: Canon Website

What do you think? Are you into astrophotography? Share your experiences in the comments below!

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Panasonic LUMIX Firmware Update – G9 10-Bit Video, S1/S1R CFexpress Support, GH5/S Improved AF

Panasonic has just announced a new, free firmware update for selected LUMIX cameras. The S1 and S1R gain the previously promised CFexpress support, the G9 gets a huge boost to video recording with 10-bit 4:2:2 modes, and the GH5 and GH5S both gain enhanced functionality, including AF. All of these updates will be available on November 19th 2019, on the LUMIX Global Customer Support Site.

Free firmware update for Panasonic LUMIX cameras.

We already got used to regular firmware updates from Panasonic. The Japanese camera manufacturer constantly updates and enhances their cameras, and keeps bringing very useful new features – which is definitely a good approach. Some updates are to be paid, some are free. Today, Panasonic has announced a major firmware update for multiple popular LUMIX cameras, which is free of charge. The update will be available on November 19th 2019.

Panasonic LUMIX S1 and S1R – CFexpress Support

Although Panasonic’s main pro-video-oriented full-frame mirrorless LUMIX camera is now the S1H (our review is available here), the LUMIX S1 still remains a great, affordable full-frame choice for many filmmakers. You can read more about the LUMIX S1 in our first hands-on review, V-Log test, and Rolling shutter test articles.

Panasonic’s LUMIX S1 and S1R will now be getting an update to firmware version 1.3. This update brings CFexpress support to the XQD camera slot. This new media format can reach speeds that are up to 300% faster than the current XQD cards, featuring the same form factor and interface.

LUMIX S1 and S1R. Image source: Panasonic

The cameras also gain compatibility with the Profoto Air Remote TTL-O/P and Connect-O/P for wireless flash setups. Other compatibility-related changes include an expanded support for Sigma L-mount lenses. Users can now assign functions to the Fn buttons of selected lenses and take advantage of the optimized performance of Body I.S. with lenses adapted, using the MC-21 Mount Converter.

Improved AF performance signifies that AF+MF can now be used in AFC mode, and it is possible to set continuous AF on the live view screen in Creative Video or other video recording modes. Additionally, users can now set exposure manually in High-Speed Video. The update also contains other smaller improvements.

Panasonic LUMIX G9 – 10-Bit 4:2:2 Video Recording Added

Panasonic’s LUMIX G9 was designed as a stills-first camera, but it seems like many users wanted to have pro video features in the G9 as well. With the new firmware update version 2.0, this camera gets in line with its GH-line siblings, when it comes to video features.

LUMIX G9. Image source: Panasonic

This includes 10-bit 4:2:2 in 4K both internally and externally. For internal recording, this maxes out at 4K 30 fps, but externally via HDMI, it improves the max frame rate to 60 fps. Variable Frame Rate settings are added, too – Full HD from 2-180 fps and 4K from 2-60 fps. Users can now pick up the optional DMW-SFU1 Software Upgrade Key to unlock V-Log L and Waveform Monitor. HDR gets available too. This is a huge boost for the G9’s video functionality.

There are other changes coming with the G9 firmware version 2.0, which are included in the updates for the GH5 and GH5S, as well.

Panasonic LUMIX GH5 and GH5S – AF Performance Further Improved

As stated above, following updates (GH5 firmware version 2.6 and GH5S firmware version 1.4) are shared with the G9 firmware version 2.0. The top new feature here is the compatibility with the Profoto Air Remote TTL-O/P and Connect-O/P, much like the S Series.

Panasonic has also further improved AF performance, including Animal Detect for the GH5S and G9. Other smaller changes are the addition of AWBw, highlight-weighted exposures, for instance.

LUMIX GH5 and GH5S. Image source: Panasonic

All of these updates will be made available on November 19th 2019 on the LUMIX Global Customer Support Site.

Source: B&H Explora

What do you think of the new LUMIX firmware updates? Do you use the Panasonic G9? Let us know in the comments underneath the article.

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Profoto Connect and Air Remote TTL transmitters now compatible with Panasonic cameras

Profoto has announced it’s collaborated with Panasonic to bring Profoto Connect and Profoto Air Remote TTL support to the manufacturer’s cameras. As Panasonic said in its own press release today, owners of the LUMIX S1R, S1, GH5, GH5S and G9 models can update their firmware in order to use the two Profoto wireless transmitters.

The newly supported Profoto Air Remote TTL-O/P and Connect-O/P wireless transmitters can be attached to a supported Panasonic camera’s hot shoe for full TTL/HSS capability with the maker’s AirTTL flashes. This is one aspect of the overall Panasonic firmware updates, which also bring things like support for CFexpress Type B cards, better support with Sigma L-mount lenses and the MC-21 mount converter, and more.

The Profoto Connect is available for $299 and the Profoto Air Remote TTL is available for $429. The Panasonic firmware updates, meanwhile, can be found on the company’s support website.

Leica announces the HG-SCL6 ‘Multi Function Handgrip’ for its SL2 full-frame camera

To coincide with the release of its SL2 camera system, Leica has also released the Multi Function Handgrip HG-SCL6, a longwinded name for the optional SL2 battery grip.

The HG-SCL6 adds a vertical shutter button, dial controls and a second BP-SCL4 battery that should effectively double the battery life of the camera. The grip on the HG-SCL6 matches the profile of the grip onboard the SL2, which should be a dramatic improvement over the grip found on the SL and its battery grip (HG-SCL4).

The grip is currently available to pre-order (Adorama, B&H) for $995.

Match Cuts Part 2: How to Create Compelling Transitions

Filmmaker Daniel DeArco is back with the promised Part 2 of his tutorial on creating cool and compelling “match cuts” to up your transition game. In Part 1, he showed you how he captured the three shots that he would be using to create the match cut; in Part 2, he takes us the rest of the way there in post.

The clip that DeArco is creating in this video is this short transition made up of three different shots:

As he was putting together this two-part tutorial, DeArco realized that the key shot he’s using isn’t exactly “beginner-friendly” given the amount of work it takes to capture and splice together these three shots. So in this video, he starts out by putting together a very simple, easy-to-shoot and easy-to-edit match cut using a roll of tape and a bowl of fruit.

Then, once he’s done creating that clip, he dives back into the original three-clip sequence and brings you along as he edits that one together into the more complex final product.

If you want to follow along with any of this—be it the beginner-friendly “warmup” or the more complex key shot—check out the video’s description on YouTube where you can download all of the clips involved and follow along in Premiere Pro for yourself.

And if you want to see more from DeArco, “smash that subscribe button” while you’re there.

James Dean to Star in New Movie Because Hubris

James Dean, the beloved actor who died in 1955, is being recreated using CGI so he can star in a Vietnam war movie. Yeah, you read that right.

An action drama called Finding Jack, about 10,000 war dogs abandoned by the US Military after Vietnam, has found its new star.

Directors Anton Ernst and Tati Golykh have announced that they reached an agreement with the Dean family and estate. They will create “a realistic version of James Dean” to star in the film.

The project comes from the filmmakers’ own production house Magic City Films. Imagine Engine will work alongside MOI Worldwide to re-create the filmmakers’ dream casting scenario.

So yeah, James Dean is going to be in a movie.

They’ll try to accomplish something between Gemini Man and Rogue One, two films that use complete CGI-created full-body characters.

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Life-Saving Safety Tips and Equipment for Wildlife and Nature Photographers

Most outdoor photography tutorials are focused on getting the shot: what equipment to use, how to set up your camera, and how to edit your shots. But in his latest video, Danish photographer and former special forces soldier Morten Hilmer takes some time to address an even more important topic: how to stay alive.

If you’re a landscape, wildlife or nature photographer who wants to wander off the beaten path to capture your images, this video should be required watching (in addition to reading some outdoor survival guides and taking at least an introductory first aid course). In it, Hilmer—who was a member of the elite Danish special forces unit known as the “Sirius Dog Sled Patrol“—demonstrates some of the equipment he finds most useful when he’s on his “photo adventures and expeditions.”

If you want to skip straight to the survival portion of the program, that starts around the 6:25 mark. From there, Morten shares some tips and talks about some of the most critical equipment he caries on trips—equipment that can legitimately save your life if something were to go wrong in the wild. The items he demos include:

  • GPS
  • Satellite communicator
  • Rescue beacon
  • Smoke grenade
  • Hand-held flare
  • Signal gun
  • Light sticks
  • A small mirror
  • Rifle

Note: Hilmer demonstrated all of this gear at a shooting range where he was cleared to test all of this equipment.

Check out the full video for a breakdown of all of this gear, demos on how to use it, and safety tips born out of real outdoor experience and survival training. As Morten explains in the video, this might be more “boring” than talking about the latest lenses, but this information and gear could save your life… and you can’t say that about a lens.

To see some of the incredible nature photography that Morten captures on his adventures, read this guest post he published on PetaPixel, visit his website, give him a follow on Instagram, or subscribe to his channel on YouTube.

(via Fstoppers)

Meet the SL2, Leica’s New 10-Bit 5K Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera

Leica builds upon the SL mirrorless camera in some major ways with the SL2, but is it a good option for filmmakers?

This morning, Leica announced its brand new full-frame mirrorless camera, the $5995 SL2, which seems to have a lot to offer both photographers and filmmakers alike.

Built with an impressive 47MP full-frame mirrorless CMOS sensor with Maestro III processor, the SL2 shoots 5K at up to 30fps, Cine4K at up to 60fps, and 1080p at up to 180 fps. It offers 8/10-bit recording through an SD card (10-bit through HDMI output), autofocus with face and body tracking, built-in body image stabilization, and Cine Mode for cinematographers, which, according to Leica, “transforms the SL2 into a manually controlled cine camera,” changing “aperture” to “shutter angle”, “ISO” to “ASA”, and “f-stops” to “T-stops” when you attach a cine lens.

It also comes with a variety of other features that will satisfy some of the needs of filmmakers, including focus peaking, zebra, safe overlays, a mic and 3.5mm headphone jack, a new OLED EVF with 5.76 million dots of resolution.

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Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X support for Canon XF705 and EOS C500 Mark II

Premiere Pro and Final Cut Pro X support for the Canon XF705 and EOS C500 Mark II

Canon announced that Premiere Pro and FCPX will now support H.265/XF-HEVC recording for the XF705 4K camcorder. Premiere is also compatible with the Canon EOS C500 Mark II RAW Light files.

The new version of Adobe’s Premiere Pro includes support for the H.265/XF-HEVC recording format of Canon’s award-winning XF705 4K professional camcorder. Similar support is also available on the current version of Final Cut Pro (version 10.4.7). This is something users had asked for, as the new new format brings improvements over the previous H.264 standard, such as improved file compression and bit-rate reduction.

“Software updates like these from Apple and Adobe for the Canon XF705 are critical for working professionals who come to expect and require the very best from their Canon equipment,” said Kazuto Ogawa, president and chief operating officer, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Canon is excited to continue working with companies like Apple and Adobe to ensure that the updates needed to meet the needs of our end-users are available.”

Canon Cinema RAW Light

XF-HEVC, sometimes referred to as MPEG-H Part 2 or ITU-T H.265 is the latest video coding standard presented by the ITU-T Coding Experts Group and the ISO/IEC Moving Picture Experts Group organizations. The new format incorporates many improvements over H.264/MPEG-4 AVC including the ability to allow for significantly improved file compression performance relative to the existing standards. Users can experience up to a 50 percent bit-rate reduction over the prior format with equivalent image quality.

The new release of Premiere Pro also provides support for Canon’s newly announced EOS C500 Mark II cinema camera. The new camera can record in Canon’s proprietary Cinema RAW Light format, which provides the benefits of RAW recording in a more compact file size. The Canon RAW Plugin for Final Cut Pro will be updated in December to enable support for Canon Cinema RAW Light files from the EOS C500 Mark II cinema camera.

Final Cut Pro version 10.4.7 is currently available from the Mac App Store and the latest Adobe Premiere Pro release will be available in early November 2019. For more information, visit Canon’s professional website.

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Google’s Pixel 4 Astrophotography mode is now available on Pixel 2, 3 and 3a devices

The Google Pixel 4 offers a range of new and innovative camera features. Some of them are, mainly due to hardware requirements, exclusive to the latest Pixel device but Google has promised to make some others available for older Pixel models.

This has now happened in the case of the Pixel 4 Astrophotography mode. The function had previously been made available for older Pixels via a community-driven development effort but it’s now officially supported with older devices in the latest version 7.2 of the Google Camera app. Below are a few sample photos captured with the Astrophotography mode on the Pixel 4:

Users of the Pixel 2 and Pixel 3 series, including the Pixel 3a, are now able to use the feature after updating to the latest version of the app. The Astrophotography option builds on Google’s Night Sight technology and captures and combines several frames to achieve a clean exposure and great detail as well as limited noise levels when photographing the night sky.

‘Doctor Sleep’ Producer Trevor Macy Reveals the Scariest Thing About Making ‘The Shining’ Sequel

Doctor Sleep producer and long-time Mike Flanagan collaborator Trevor Macy reveals the hardest part about making the movie wasn’t being in Kubrick’s shadow, but watching it with Stephen King.

[SPOILER ALERT: Do not read until you have seen the movie, as its ending is discussed below.]

Doctor Sleep joins Mad Max: Fury Road and Blade Runner 2049 (all released by Warner Bros., interestingly) as sequels to ’80s movies that took forever to get made. But not for lack of trying.

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How the ‘Doctor Sleep’ Crew Rebuilt Kubrick’s Overlook Hotel

The director and production crew of Doctor Sleep were already working in Kubrick’s shadow, but they also had to build his hotel, too. Find out how.

Stanley Kubrick was a meticulous genius who put so much attention and detail into his films, that we’re still uncovering cool things he’s done. They’ve had entire museum displays showcasing his notes and his legend grows more and more each year.

All this is to say when you tread in Kubrick’s tracks, the pressure is on and people will notice. Director Mike Flanagan was nervous when it came time to film Doctor Sleep, the sequel to The Shining. But lucky for him, he had a very dedicated production crew that was willing to help him pull off the impossible.

How the Doctor Sleep Crew Rebuilt Kubrick’s Overlook Hotel

When it came to iconic hotels, the Overlook was right up there with the one owned by Norman Bates. Flanagan knew there were a lot of people ready to whip out the microscopes to examine what he would do with Doctor Sleep.

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