Month: February 2013

Behind the Shot: The Tip of a Snowflake

This image was shot using the very special Canon MP-E 65mm Macro lens which can magnify objects up to 5X size relative to the cameras sensor.  It was mounted to a Canon 5D Mark III which in turn was mounted onto a Really Right Stuff B150-B Macro rail , the whole setup was atop a Really Right Stuff BH-40 on my trusty carbon fibre Really Right Stuff TVC-24L tripod legs. Now, I also own the Canon 100mm IS macro but that only goes to 1x magnification which would have shown the whole crystal.  I wanted to get in even closer,...

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RODE Lanuches Lav Mic for iOS Devices

I’m a pretty big fan of RODE mics, I have a lav and a shotgun myself and they have been very nice to work with.  I like a company that innovates and we’ve already seen things like the upcoming Videomic HD and just last month the brand new iXY mic for the iPhone 4/4s.  This week the innovation continues with the introduction of the dedicated lavalier microphone for iOS devices.  The RODE SmartLav will retail for just $60 and operate with their own iOS app for recording purposes.  Such a simple idea, a wonderful backup device for larger productions or a great , budget solution for photographers who might suddenly need to capture some decent audio in the field.  You’ll need to sync the audio to to your video separately of course, but Final Cut Pro X can do it decently and of course there is Pluraleyes as well for more complex things.  I’m going to be getting one of these to keep in my camera bag for sure! Press Release 1st February 2013, Sydney Australia – RØDE Microphones today announced the release of the smartLav, a new lapel microphone that connects directly to the headset jack of Apple iOS devices. Compatible with the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch, smartLav delivers premium quality audio capture in a compact and accessible form factor. The smartLav is a professional-grade wearable microphone...

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Nikon’s New 800mm Monster Gets Official

This week at the Japanese CP+ show Nikon made their new 800mm lens official and set a whopping $17,899 price tag !  The 800mm has been a lens missing from the Nikon arsenal but one that has been popular with Canon shooters, predominantly wildlife professionals. The lens will be available , presumably in limited quantities due to the price, in April and you can pre-order it from B&H or Amazon right now. Note that the press release below also covers the dull sounding 18-35mm replacement…… Press Release MELVILLE, N.Y. (January 28, 2013) – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR super-telephoto lens and AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, designed to assist FX-format photographers in capturing their subjects with clarity and precision. Specifically engineered for sports, wildlife and photojournalists, the 800mm f/5.6 offers the longest focal length of any NIKKOR autofocus (AF) lens, affording photographers the opportunity to get closer to their subject with extreme telephoto capability. Additionally, the compact and lightweight 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 is an ultra-wide-angle lens option with a 1.9x zoom range is an  ideal focal length for landscape photography and other wide-angle applications. “The addition of the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR super-telephoto lens and AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED wide-angle zoom lens to the FX-format NIKKOR lens lineup reaffirms Nikon’s commitment to the optical excellence and...

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