ARRI ALEXA 65 Showreel for 2020

ARRI has released a 2020 showreel for its flagship ALEXA 65 camera. The showreel highlights a few of the recent projects that utilized the ALEXA 65. These include “Joker”, “Parasite”, “Mulan”, “MIB: International”, “Dumbo”, “Cats”, “Captain Marvel”, “Avengers ENDGAME”, “Dark”, “Doctor Sleep”, and “After the Wedding”. If you want to listen to a great podcast … Continued

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“Documenting the Scene on Camera is Sort of Like a Dance With the Subjects”: DP Kristoffer Kumar on The Painter and the Thief

The Painter and the Thief is a documentary that investigates the legitimacy of conventional labels: criminal and victim, vagrant and artist, unstable and rational. It follows Czech painter Barbora Kysilkova, who had a naturalistic work of hers heisted from an Oslo art gallery, as well as Karl-Bertil Nordland, the man convicted for stealing it. Mysteriously, the painting was never recovered, but Kysilkova had a proposition for the man who made her work vanish—could she paint his portrait? What follows is a story about human connection and its infinite possibilities. DP Kristoffer Kumar, who has collaborated with Ree extensively, talks about […]

Directors Series: The Coen Brother’s The Big Lebowski

Directors Series: The Coen Brother’s The Big Lebowski When the Coens made their debut with ., they managed to develop a personal friendship with their sales rep, Jeff Dowd. The brothers were fascinated by Dowd’s eccentric character, known throughout LA as a good-­natured stoner/slacker nicknamed “The Dude”. Around the time of Barton Fink, they started…

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In-Depth Canon 1D X Mark III Review from an NFL Photographer

Fancy Live View and Video features aside, the Canon 1D X Mark III is primarily a camera for sports photographers. So who better to review it than Peter Read Miller, a seasoned pro with decades of experience taking pictures for Sports Illustrated, AP Images, and the NFL?

Miller has been shooting with the 1D X Mark III for a couple of weeks, so he was able to use it to shoot a couple of NFL playoff games, including last weekend’s NFC championship between the Green Bay Packers and the San Francisco 49ers.

After using the camera extensively in the field, he put together the full “Real World Sports Photography Review” above, which walks you through all of the specs one last time before diving into some real-world images.

Throughout the video, Miller takes you through several long bursts of images and describes his experience using the 1D X Mark III to capture them, paying particular attention to the camera’s exceptional autofocus performance in some pretty difficult situations.

“I’ve gone through every generation of Canon camera since the film EOS, and I’ve seen the autofocus improve bit-by-bit,” says Miller. “This is a big improvement. This is a game-changer […] You’re using big zones and the camera is deciding what is the most important thing, and you know what, it’s usually right.”

Then he actually takes it a step further and explains how he had the camera set and why, diving into the menus so you can see how to dial in the subject tracking so that the camera sticks to your (in this case) football player without getting distracted by other people or objects as they move through the foreground.

By the end of the review, Miller’s feelings on the camera are pretty clear. While he’s not entirely thrilled that they switched to the CFExpress memory card format, he has precious little to complain about.

“If you wanna have the best camera for sports photography, I think this is totally it,” he concludes. “Far and away.”

Watch the full review above to go through many many many more images and hear all of Miller’s thoughts on the Canon 1D X Mark III and how it performs in a professional setting. And if you want to see more of his best work from over 30 years as a sports photographer, head over to his website or give him a follow on Instagram.

Image credits: Photos by Peter Read Miller, used with permission.

New Fujifilm X-T200 4K Camera Improves Rolling Shutter and AF Performance

Latest Fujifilm mirrorless camera packs decent punch.

The Fujifilm X Series adds a new camera model. The X-T200 has solid features to match its sub-$1,000 price point. It replaces the X-T100 with an updated sensor, improved autofocus, an articulating touchscreen and 4K UHD recording via 6K downsampling. Let’s take a dive to see what we’re getting.

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Spider Holster launches updated Hand Strap and Lens Collar Plate, as well as two new products

Spider Holster, the company best known for its camera-carrying accessories, has launched four new products, including updated versions of its SpiderPro Hand Strap and its Lens Collar Plate. All four products are available from the company’s website now, making it easier to carry around a camera, attach it to tripods and tote around all of your photography accessories.

Most notable among the new products is the company’s new SpiderPro Hand Strap v2, a new version of the camera-carrying strap already offered by Spider Holster. This strap can be used with mirrorless and DSLR cameras, this time featuring Nylon cores for slowly conforming to the shape of the user’s hand.

As well, the updated version can be installed more quickly using a three-snap attachment feature, plus there’s a new Graphite version of the strap made from synthetic Hypalon fiber with a carbon fiber finish. This, Spider Holster explains, is an alternative for customers who don’t want to purchase the leather version. The model is available now for $70.

Joining the updated Hand Strap is the new Lens Collar Plate v2, an updated model that can be used to holster a telephoto lens with a tripod collar to the company’s SpiderPro Single and Dual camera-carrying products. The updated version of this product is Arca-Swiss compatible for use with tripods, features a built-in 1/4″-20 thread, built-in hex wrench, as well as a pair of Spider pins and a Spider Tether Bail. The model is available now for $55.

Spider Holster has also launched the new Spider Light Z Plate specifically for the Nikon Z6 and Z7 cameras, a model that can be used or without the FTZ Mount Adapter. The Z Plate can be used with any Arca-Swiss tripod in addition to the holster, plus it allows access to the camera’s battery door. The Spider Light Z Plate is currently available to preorder for $32.

Finally, Spider Holster has also launched its new SpiderMonkey Ultimate Kit, a bundle that features the entire SpiderMonkey product line, including the SMv2 Tab, Studio Assistant, Rain Cover, rotating and non-rotating Action Grip, Utility Pouch, Backpack Adapter, Bag Strap Clamp and more. With these accessories, users can easily clip a variety of camera gear to belts, backpack straps and bags.

The SpiderMonkey Ultimate Kit is available now in Essentials and Ultimate bundle options for $55 and $75, respectively.

Canadian Internet Authority Launches Free Stock Photo Library Full of Funny Stereotypes

The Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) has released their very own stock photo library packed full of hilarious images of Canadian stereotypes. Hockey, maple syrup, poutine, moose (mooses?), they’re all there and they’re totally free to use as long as you give proper credit.

The point of the stock photo library, explains the CIRA, is to enable people to “add a little Canada to your website,” with some “maple syrup-infused visual masterpieces.”

“While having original, custom images is always best (and a .CA domain to go with them), we understand that sometimes you just need a picture of someone staring at an iPad (or a moose skateboarding),” writes CIRA on the stock library’s landing page. “Good news! We’re here to help, and we’re keeping it Canadian!”

The library isn’t huge; it’s comprised of 73 photos in all, each of which is available in Small, Medium, Large and Extra-Large sizes that range from 726 x 491px on up to 5359 x 3623px. If you want the Extra Large size, you’ll have to pony up your email (yay marketing), but otherwise it’s completely free, the CIRA just asks that you credit the registration authority like we have at the bottom of this post.

The full Terms and Conditions can be read here, but they’re pretty standard: you have to credit the CIRA, they maintain ownership of the images, and they’re not legally liable in case you get sued for how you used the images.

Now, how about we take a look at a few of our favorites from the gallery, eh?

If you want to take advantage of this free resource, just head over to the CIRA gallery and get browsing. Whether you’re looking for a moose on skateboard, a moose stalking an unsuspecting couple, a moose playing basketball, or a lumberjack drinking maple syrup straight from the bottle, CIRA has you covered.

Pro tip: if you’re looking for a laugh, take the time to read the descriptions.

(via DPReview)

Image credits: All photos by CIRA/.CA.

You Are 10x More Likely to Get Into Sundance with a Feature than a Short

Wondering how many filmmakers are first-timers or how many countries are repping at the festival? Let’s break down Sundance 2020’s films by the numbers.

The 2020 Sundance Film Festival is now officially in full swing and this year is already shaping up to be an exciting and interesting one.

Out of the record-breaking 15,100 submissions, 128 feature films will grace the screens in Park City, and for 91% of them, it will be their world premiere. Not to mention, there are a total of 44 first-time directors at Sundance.

And every year, we hope to see parity (or at least near-parity) in the representation of directors who are women, people of color, and part of the LGBTQ+ community. In 2020, out of the 65 directors in all four competition categories, 46% are women, 38% are people of color, and 12% are LGBTQ+.

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