With the advent of cameras such as the Panasonic Lumix GH3 and Olympus’ OM-D E-M5 and the new OM-D E-M1, we have finally witnessed the realization of professional level mirrorless camera systems, complete with weather sealing.  But as MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett (HybridPhoto.PRO) will tell you, “weather resistant” does not mean “weather proof.”  In the video above, Coach Crockett explains some easy and inexpensive ways to protect your camera gear, even in the harshest of Polar Vortexes. Will Writes… The Lumix GH3 is promoted as a “weather sealed” camera and includes a few of the lenses [More]
The Metabones Speedbooster Adapter has been all the buzz for the last several months, and that’s no surprise considering the lofty promises of this particular piece of equipment. Unlike a standard lens adapter, which would allow you to mount say, your canon EF lenses on a Sony NEX or Micro 4/3 camera, the Metabones Speedbooster also includes a built in focal reductor – a peice of glass that takes the incoming light from the full frame lens and re-focuses it to fit onto the sensor of the host camera.  This is purported to have the effect of making the lens [More]
ThinkTank are one of the premier manufacturers of Camera Bags and Cases on the planet today, and they have just released a new line of camera bags designed specifically for mirrorless cameras called “Mirrorless Movers.” In the video above, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) introduces the new line. Win a ThinkTank Mirrorless Mover Camera Bag! Will Crockett is giving away several ThinkTank Mirrorless Mover bags to people who buy his new streaming video, “The ABCs of LEDs.”  We highly recommend the video.  It’s only $9.99 to watch and it’s absolutely chock full of info you’ll need [More]
If you’ve ever been shooting on the fly and wanted to quickly switch over to video mode from photo, then you know that activating (or even finding) the video button can sometimes be somewhat of a challenge. One guy who has TONS of experience shooting photos and videos is MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Pioneer Will Crockett, and he may have just the solution you’re looking for. Will writes… Some cameras have their video record buttons recessed a bit into the camera body to prevent you from accidentally hitting it.  That also makes it hard to find sometimes when you [More]
Have you ever wanted a quick and easy way to store and transfer files between your MAC, PC and iOS Devices?  The folks over at PhotoFast may just have the answer you’re looking for. The i-FlashDrive is a thumb drive that plays nice with both computers and iOS devices.  It can store either 8GB or 16GB and will allow you to keep any photos or other data easily accessible and in your pocket without taking up space on your phone. The i-FlashDrive is a dongle that has a 30-pin or lightning iOS connector on one side and a USB connector [More]
By now, you’ve surely heard all about the Metabones Speedbooster Lens adapter for NEX cameras (and soon, micro 4/3 cameras as well).  Not only is it designed to adapt your full frame Canon EF lenses to E-Mount, but it’s also purported to make your lenses wider, thus effectively making your camera “full-frame” while also increasing the speed of a lens by a full stop. Although this sounds too good to be true, it apparently works by concentrating the extra light-gathering area of a full-frame lens down to the smaller E-mount sensor area, for example turning an f/2.0 lens into an [More]
Hey Gang… Stop by the Hybrid Photography Facebook page and enter to win a MeFOTO Tripod (the blue one that Will Crockett uses in his Real Life Audition). We’ve been loving these new tripods.  They’re not just sturdy and versatile, the funky colors are absolute conversation starters. Click on over now and enter to win! …and if you want to see the review again, watch below:
The amazing video above, shot by pro photographer/director Vincent Laforet and Team, is all the more amazing when you consider that it was shot entirely using one piece of equipment – the new MōVI – a digital 3-axis gyro-stabilized handheld camera gimbal that Laforet was testing.  Vincent and his crew were so impressed with the unit that he calls it a “game changer,” going so far as to say that “it’s going to be difficult not to have one of these tools on your productions going forward.” When you watch the video above, you can understand why as it’s chock full [More]
Are you looking to capture some cool aerial photos for your indie movie?  Then this might be just what you’re looking for. The instructional video above showcases the Rotor Concept Quadcopter HPQ1, which is an ideal choice to capture aerial footage with a GoPro or small mirrorless camera. About the Quadcopter… Rotor Concept’s HPQ1 Quadcopter is the perfect solution to capture aerial video with your GoPro Hero or other digital cameras.  The quadcopter can carry a maximum payload of up to 12 ounces with standard blades, or up to 1.2 pound using optional high performance blades.  It’s controlled by a [More]
In another report from the SXSW Trade Show in Austin, TX, Griffin Hammond of Indy Mogul stops by the Cinetics booth to talk with founder Justin Jensen. Cinetics is a Kickstarter-launched company that makes several camera dolly/support systems, many of which work hand in hand with Joby Gorilla-Pod Tripods, including CineSkates Roller Attachments, CineSquid Suction Cup Attachments, and the CineSkates Pro Tripod.
Here’s another cool device that we found kicking around on Kickstarter.  Meet the Genie Motion Control Timelapse device, which can be used for either live motion in video shooting or for perfect motion control in timelapse photography.  It’s highly versatile and it’s made to work with just about any camera that you may already have, which is probably why the Genie is proving to be so popular among Kickstarter Backers (the makers of the Genie have shattered their pledge goal of $150,000 and have racked up nearly $700k). Here’s the skinny on the Genie… “The Genie is a simple, affordable [More]
Here’s a great (and cheap) DIY project that you can easily make at home and knock out in no time.  In the video above, Photographer Tiffany Angeles demonstrates how to make a dual purpose backdrop/reflector that you can use in your own home studio, or even when you’re on location.  The materials are inexpensive and you can find them at any Home Supplies Store.  These can also be used as backdrops for entertaining, such as behind cake tables, or make a great background for photo booths due their light weight and ability to easily pin various materials to the background. [More]
Metabones created quite a buzz in the industry a few months ago when they announced their new Speedbooster adapters, which are purported to adapt legacy lenses to your Sony NEX and (soon) micro 4/3 cameras…  and to make those lenses faster and brighter in the process.  So it’s no small wonder that photographers are licking their chops at the prospect of getting their hands on one of these little beauties. Also of little surprise is the latest rumor posted on SonyAlphaRumors that a copy may be in the works. SAR Report… “Metabones created an amazing adapter called the Speed Booster [which [More]
As we move away from traditional still photography and into the era of hybrid, the need for always on lighting solutions is becoming more and more important, and it’s looking more and more like LED lighting may be the best long term solution.  Small and Portable LED Light Panels can attach directly to your camera’s hot shoe adapter, they throw out brilliant light, they don’t run hot and they don’t eat up a lot of power.  But although their light is brilliant, it can also be a little harsh and it tends to focus in a small area. Innovation to [More]
Blunty takes the Glide Gear DNA 1000 Video Stabilizer out for a spin.  The DNA 1000 is Glide Gear’s medium sized stabilizer offering and is a perfect fit for smaller DSLRs and Mirrorless Camera Systems like a Panasonic Lumix GH3 or Lumix G5, Olympus OM-D E-M5, Fuji X-Series Camera or Sony NEX Series Camera. DNA-1000 Features: The most advanced stabilisation system on the market for its camera weight range Super lightweight, only 1.6lbs without counterweights Easy adjustment controls with easy release camera plate Three-axis gimbal joint with 360° rotation and adjustable convergence Quick adjust sliding telescoping center post Dynamic balance [More]
In the video above, the gang from SLR Lounge demonstrate the new MeFOTO Roadtrip and MeFOTO Globetrotter Travel Tripods. The MeFOTO Travel Tripods are Benro’s new lightweight and highly portable and highly customizable camera support systems, which are also available in numerous colors that are proving to be favorites among our contributors and are sure to attract loads of attention. MeFOTO Travel Tripods Features 360-degree Panning – Accurate panoramas can be easily orchestrated using the graduated panning scale for accurate image alignment. 2 Leg Angle Positions – For an extra measure of flexibility, tripod legs can be independently locked into [More]
Griffin Hammond of Indy Mogul is packing his bags and headin’ off to Texas for the South by Southwest Film Festival, and he discusses which camera bags he likes to take along for Run and Gun Filming. As a videographer, he’ll typically pack his Panasonic Lumix GH3 and/or Panasonic Lumix GH2, Lenses, Audio Recorders like the Zoom H4n, Microphones, a GoPro Hero3 Action Cam, SDHC Memory Cards and more – so he needs bags with a lot of room and versatility (Don’t we all). Griffin does an excellent job discussing the options, from the cheap-o Kmart camcorder and DSLR bags [More]
Jay from OpenAirLife takes a look at the Hitcase Pro for iPhone. The Hitcase Pro is a waterproof, shockproof case with it’s own built-in wide-angle conversion lens that allows your phone to capture a 170° angle of view.  It’s also equipped with a patent-pending ShockSeal design that protects the phone from the elements while also shielding it from shocks and drops. The Hitcase Pro’s Railslide system makes it easy to mount to just about anything by utilizing its auto-locking functionality and one-button trigger release – and it’s even compatible with GoPro mounts. The sample footage above looks great, just as we [More]
In the video above, Matt Granger from PhotoNewsReviews shows you the basic concept behind the Rogue Flashbender, a great attachment that will help you add versatility to and enhance the performance of your flash units. Now ExpoImaging (the makers of the Rogue Flashbender) are upping their game by offering the all new Rogue Flashbender XL Pro Lighting Kit. What’s in the Kit? (via thePhoblographer)  This kit includes the new XL Pro FlashBender–which is larger than the previous large version. As it stands, we believe that the large reflector is one of the best upgrades for modern wedding photographers, but the [More]
Our good friend, Photo-Phenom and fellow Hybrid Hero on DiscoverMirrorless.com Suzette Allen demonstrates the dougmon handheld camera stabilizer. The dougmon was invented by a guy named Doug Monroe – hence the name – DOUG MON(roe)…  Get it? – Doung touts the dougmon as the swiss army knife of hand held camera support systems. My 2 Cents Anytime someone comes up with a solution to make life easier for us video shooters, I’m all for it. Thanks Suzette for a great demo!  I’ll try mine with a slingmon sling system. What do YOU think?  Leave your comments below… If you’re interested [More]
The Gang from theSlantedLens put together this cool DIY Green Screen for about $14 bucks (not including the mic stands) by using a piece of PVC Pipe, a couple of Microphone Stands and some fabric from your favorite fabric store. By using a Green Screen and Chroma Key, you can easily create eye popping effects in your videos (>>Click Here<< to learn more about chroma key). Materials Used… Green gabardine fabric (determine the size that you want your screen to be and buy accordingly.  It’s best to go to the fabric store to pick this out in person so that [More]
If you’re a photographer who likes to move around alot, then the new JOBY UltraFit Sling Strap may be just the fit you’re looking for (no pun intended ~_^.  It has a quick-draw style strap that’s designed to conform to your body while offering hands-free stability, without feeling like you’ve got a bowling ball hanging off your neck. There are currently two versions of the Ultrafit Slingstrap, one that’s ergonomically designed for men and one that’s ergonomically designed for women, and they’re touted to provide “long-wearing comfort with soft to the touch materials.” The integrated SpeedCinch system provides hands-free stability [More]
Ever want one of those cool Thermal Imaging Devices like the guys from Finding Bigfoot use when they’re out Squatchin’?  Well, you’re in luck… It looks like the gang from Mu Optics are developing an affordable solution that’ll hook right up to your smart device.  What keeps those thermal units out of the hands of every day folk is that they’re super expensive, but the Mu Crew figured that, if you got rid of the most costly components of a typical thermal device – i.e. the onboard processor, user interface, the screen and the complicated optics – and instead used [More]
Ever wonder how the Avengers can fight all those epic battles in the heart of New York City without completely trashing the city?  In the video above, the crew from ILM (That’s George Lucas’ Special FX Super Company, Industrial Light and Magic) peel back the curtain to give us some insight as to how they were able to pull off some of the dazzling effects from last summer’s eye candy blockbuster. ILM Tells Us… Although roughly a third of “The Avengers” is set in New York City precious little was actually filmed there. ILM crew members photographed 7-miles of city [More]