Month: September 2011

My First Video Surpassed A Quarter Of A Million Views

Whilst uploading a new video to my Vimeo channel last week I noticed that the very first video I ever created has now been viewed more than 285,000 times!  I can’t believe it !  The bulk of my creative work continues to be photographic but this video is a good reminder to me that I need to get out there and shoot more videos from time to time.  No special equipment was used to shoot the video, I simply used the things I already had for my photography business and shot it with a Canon 5dMKII.  Apart from being the first video, it was also my first experiment with video editing as well and creating personal projects like this is a great way to immerse yourself in a new experience.  I learned so much in the couple of days we took to produce...

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RED Prepares To Sue ARRI ?

Unlike the continual patent infringement bickering between the major player in the mobile industry, the digital cinema and even photographic industry is a lot quieter on the legal front.  This week though a story of Hollywood proportions is beginning to unfold when it was revealed that ARRI’s ex VP of Market Development Michael Bravin has pleaded guilty to hacking into the e-mail account of a rival camera company called Band Pro Film and Digital, a company with close ties to RED Digital Cinema.  Mr Bravin is an ex employee of Band Pro and in his plea agreement filed last week with a US District Court, Mr Bravin admitted to intentionally accessing the account belonging to Band Pro’s CEO, Amnon Band and has been sentenced to 2 weeks in jail. USA Vs. Michael Bravin Michael Bravin’s LinkedIn profile RED’s CEO Jim Jannard has always been a participant in RED’s online community at and as this news broke he commented on the site: Unfortunately, this will get messy. Not what anyone would vote for. Certainly not me…. The more I know… the more sad I get. “Significant” does not begin to describe the facts. I am heartbroken.  One of the companies I held in the highest esteem now has left me shattered.  The magnitude of the betrayal is really hard to comprehend.  The situation forces a reaction that I never...

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Getty Photographer Checking Out New Canon Technology ?

I thought this was kind of interesting.  Getty sports photographer Clive Rose tweeted yesterday that he was : “Waiting outside #Canon to get a preview of some new tech.” Hmmm, I wander what it could be ?  If I had to guess I’d say that it was to take a look at one of Canon’s yet to be released super telephoto lenses like the 500mm MKII or 600mm MKII, perhaps the 200-400 f4 L.  Possible that it was a camera, but there haven’t been any recent solid indications of a new camera this year whereas the super telephoto lenses are scheduled to be released before the end of the year.  The 200-400 still hasn’t had it’s formal announcement though, only an announcement of it’s development so I’d expect to see that sometime fairly soon....

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Datacolor SpyderLensCal Review

Over on ProPhotoCoalition I’ve just posted a quick review and how-to-use for the Datacolor SpyderLensCal which is a pretty neat little tool for helping you quickly calibrate all your lenses using the AF micro adjust feature in today’s DSLRs. Calibrating Your Lenses With Spyder LensCal From...

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First Four 1 Nikkor Lenses For New Nikon System

Nikon unveiled their new mirrorless system at the end of Summer 2011.  Alongside the V1 and J1 camera they also launched the first four lenses in the new 1 Nikkor range.   UPDATE: Amazon taking pre-orders ! Sample pictures J1 samples from Nikon Full sized V1 samples 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 Primary Features 1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 A 3x standard zoom lens that covers the 10–30-mm range of focal lengths (angle of view equivalent to 27–81-mm in 35-mm [135] format) and is easy to use Compact and lightweight enough to be taken anywhere A standard zoom lens with a retractable lens mechanism Equipped with a vibration reduction (VR) mechanism A minimum focus distance of just 0.2 m for extremely close-up shooting   1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 Primary Features 1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 A 3.7x telephoto zoom lens that covers the 30–110-mm range of focal lengths (angle of view equivalent to 81–297-mm in 35-mm [135] format) A compact, lightweight telephoto zoom lens that offers superior portability with a retractable lens mechanism Equipped with vibration reduction (VR) mechanism Support for a wide variety of scenes, from portraits to sports scenes 1 NIKKOR 10mm f/2.8 Primary Features 1 NIKKOR 10mm f/2.8 A slim, wide-angle fixed focal length (prime) lens with a focal length of 10 mm (angle of view equivalent to 27 mm in 35-mm [135] format) Superior...

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