A couple of days ago, we published an article about a new lens adapter from Metabones that promises to not only boost the speed the legacy lenses that you use on your mirrorless camera systems, but it will also make the images appear clearer and sharper.  This is an exciting proposition, especially for users of systems like Sony’s NEX series cameras, which don’t have a lot of native lenses from which to choose as of yet, or for those who already have a large collection of legacy glass.  Now, the first hands on evaluations are starting to come in, this [More]
DPReview is reporting that specialty accessory manufacturer Metabones is teaming up with optics company Caldwell Photographics to manufacture ‘Speed Booster’ lens adapters for for mounting SLR lenses to APS-C and Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras.  The new adapters will reduce focal length by a factor of 0.71x while increasing maximum aperture by 1 stop (Translation – brighter, faster adapted lenses). The Speed Booster Adapters should also produce sharper images compared to using the same lens with a regular adapter. The first release will allow use of Canon EF lenses on Sony NEX bodies, which will be great news for fans [More]
I often find myself musing that when I went to college, we used a huge mainframe computer that occupied most of the space in a large building, and today…  the “smart phone” that I carry around in my pocket is hundreds (if not thousands) of times more powerful than that mainframe ever could have hoped to have been.  Heck, it’s even more powerful than the computers that NASA used to put a man in the moon. Smart Innovations Today, smart companies are figuring out new and innovative ways to adapt those powerful mini computers for their own uses. Witness the [More]
We love all those cool, extreme shots that you can get with a GoPro Hero2 or GoPro Hero3 action cam, and now a new way to to get those stunning, one of a kind shots has just flown into the picture. Meet the DJI Phantom Quadcopter.  This all in one solution comes pre-assembled and is ready to fly right out of the box, complete with a remote control unit and a camera mount that;s perfect for your GoPro Camera. Here’s the company schpeil >> The DJI Phantom not only has an attractive appearance, but also has a built-in Naza-M + [More]
SLRLounge posted a great head to head test of their  ASUS G75VW-DS73 and their Apple MacBook Pro Retina for overall real-time video editing and output performance between our two machines within Adobe Premiere CS6.  Popular perception says that the Mac will be superior to the PC in virtually every way.  In an earlier test, SLRLounge tested the MacBook Pro and ASUS performance using Lightroom 4, where the MacBook Pro edged out the ASUS by a margin of around 10-15% due to the MBP’s faster CPU.  But will the tricked out ASUS, with it’s top of the line graphics card and [More]
Our good friend Chuck Jones over at theCameraForum posted this excellent video from Chad Johnson on Vimeo featuring a shootout of 4 of the top Shotgun Microphones of the past couple of years. The Sennheiser MKE400 The Rode VideoMic The Rode VideoMic Pro The Que Audio Micro Shotgun As the new era of Hybrid Photography emerges and video becomes more integrated with the work that every day photographers do, great audio quality will become more and more important.  After all, when shooting video, audio is half of the game. What kinds of mics can I use? There have been great [More]
Can you really light an interview for $26 USD?  DIYPhotography posted a great video about how to set up 3 point interview lighting on the cheap (above).  While it’s not something you’d want to do for a professional job, it is a great option for someone who’s just starting out and working on a tight budget.  It will also give you the opportunity to learn how to stage your lighting for different circumstances. Here’s another video from SRLounge for even more inspiration. For a more Professional Option Check a great and inexpensive studio lighting kit from ePhoto Here
LearningDSLRVideo.com posted a shootout conducted by video guy Dave Dugdale between 2 Manfrotto Video Fluid Heads and a less expensive offering from Fancier. It’s an excellent comparison of some great fluid heads. Now, if only we can get Dave to put a mirrorless camera on top of one of those fluid heads… 😉 Note: Dave states that he only had a day to evaluate the new fluid heads while he had been shooting with the Fancier for three years. So when making your own evaluation of the results that Dave gets from the different fluid heads, be sure to factor [More]
MC Contributor and Pro Photo/Video/Hybrid “Coach” Will Crockett peels back the curtain to show you some of the tools and techniques that he uses to create Hybrid eProducts for his commercial clients. Will Writes:  Product photography is moving hybrid too.  We are making a cool hybrid eProduct for a commercial client to use in their trade show booth and for their website to grab some attention for their new product. To create the video and still images, we’ve chosen the Fuji X Pro because of it’s luxurious blacks at high ISO and it’s wicked sharp lenses for product photography.  Here’s [More]
So you just picked up a shiny new digital camera and you’re wondering what memory card to get for it.  Should you go with the super high speed ultra expensive card or will a cheaper card do? MindPower009 posted a nice side-by-side comparison between two of the leading prosumer SD Cards, the Sandisk Extreme Pro 95mb/sec 32GB SDHC card and the Transcend Class 10 32GB SDHC card.  In the video above, you’ll see footage recorded at the same location on both cards, to see if it’s worth it to spring for the more expensive Extreme Pro, or if the cheaper [More]
In this Real Life Review, “Coach” Will Crockett, MC Contributor and Hybrid Photography Ninja takes a look at rechargeable batteries.  Is there finally a solution that will actually work?! Here’s what Coach Crockett has to say:  Save REAL money, save the planet, and get more performance out of your battery-powered photo tools using better batteries. I have completed a long test on loads of different rechargeable batteries, and I’ve finally found a simple system that WORKS for the smarter photographer…  Hallelujah!!! SEE CURRENT MODELS AND PRICING FROM A TRUSTED RESOURCE HERE.
If you ever want to record yourself, or broadcast live to your web audience, but you can’t afford a cameraman to follow your motions as you move around your office or set, then we just might have the solutions you’ve been looking for. Meet the new Swivl, a multipurpose motion and tracking platform for imaging, teleconferencing and more. The new Swivl works iPads, iPhones, DSLRs, Mirrorless Camera Systems and Android devices.  It has a smooth, highly adjustable 360 degree pan and 20 degree tilt motion system in one sleek form.  It will automatically follow you around your office or set [More]
Video slider dollys are great for creating cinematic camera moves with everything from your iPhone to your DSLR… and their table-top roller clad cousins make it easy and affordable to improve the production value of of your videos by introducing movement; use side tracking, push or pull dolly shots, and 360 degree rotating shots using this table skater camera dolly. Nate “Blunty” Burr (aka Blunty 3000) puts one of these Skater Style Dollys to the test(with an iPhone, Canon 60D DLSR, Nikon 1, Pentax Q & Olympus PEN E-P3). Here’s Blunty’s Take:  From your Smart Phone, to Compact Point and [More]
Marlene Hielema (ImageMaven.com and one of our Hybrid Hero Colleagues on DiscoverMirrorless.com) reviews the SevenOak 47″ Video Slider. Sliders can add a highly professional look to your videos, and the best news is, they’re fairly easy to use. In this video, Marlene will show you: sideways panning slides a push in slide (you can also do a pull out slide) a slide from ground level and a portrait slide Tip – Attach a Ball Head to the Slider and you can add the follwing shots to your repertoire: vertical slides diagonal slides …all while keeping the camera in alignment with [More]
Stabilization is crucial when shooting video, and even though the Optical and In Body Stabilization systems on today’s mirrorless cameras has come a long way, it’s still not perfect.  Enter the video shoulder rig stabilizer.  There are many to choose from, but they can get pretty expensive.  But if you have a little time and a little money to spend on some PVC Pipe, here are two solutions for you. The video above is from TheSlantedLens is is a very simple solution for about $10.00. Below is a video from Vu Le that’s a little more complex, and a little [More]
Four professional photographers and a regional rep from X-Rite engage in a conversation about getting the color right from your digital camera. Everyone wants the color in their images to be “spot on” and eliminate things like purple Star Trek looking grass or orange Ooompa Loompa skin tones on the people (apologies to Snooki from Jersey Shore ~_^).  But can we rely on the vastly improved Auto White Balance features on today’s Camera Systems or should we “auto” know better than to use AWB. What are the best practices for getting color right, whether it’s for print or for a [More]
(Via The Camera Forum) –  When Panasonic asked Austin, Texas based wedding filmmaker Joe Simon to take a pre-production Lumix GH3 into the field to put it through it’s paces, the timing happened to coincide with a planned trip to Italy.  So Joe took the opportunity to shoot a wedding, Italian Style…  and the resulting video is called  Amore Mio (above – which is Italian for “My Love”).  Judging by this excellent wedding production done by Simon, that love certainly shines too. Joe’s thoughts?  Well, the quality of the production above speaks for itself.  In the Behind the Scenes:The Making [More]
Can you really put together a workable video slider dolly for less than $6.00 USD? In this short video, our good friend and MC Contributor Rob Domaschuk (ShootHybrid.com), who we sometimes call “The McGyver of the Photography World”,  shows you exactly how he put together a great tabletop video slider dolly in about 10 minutes with $6 worth of PVC and a few items that that he had lying around the house (and that you probably lying around your house too). By using a dolly like this, you can smooth movement in your videos with your mirrorless camera. These sequences [More]
The Phoblographer just posted a review of the iPad Mini and it’s applications (no pun intended ~_^) for use by a Photo-Videographer.  While I haven’t yet splurged on a Mini (or a 3 for that matter), I LOVE my iPad 2 and have found it to be tremendously useful for so many things, from productivity, to time management, to photo-video portfolio, to entertainment (I’ve passed many hours in airport terminals reading or watching something on Netflix).  But can they pack all that goodness into a Mini Package? Here’s some highlights from the Phoblographer:  The Apple iPad Mini turned lots of [More]
MC Contributor Will Crockett answers a reader question from DiscoverMirrorless.com – “I am very interested in what is available (and coming down the pike) in LED lights. Question: I’ve got a set of Westcott softboxes with fluorescent lights–nice light quality but not very bright. Do think I could put LED lights in there OR do you think the new LED lights will replace softboxes?” LED lighting is the perfect solution when it comes to Hybrid Photography – and the ability of these new LED lights to work both as a continuous light source OR flash will allow you to quickly [More]
Tascam has upped their game with firmware updates to their DR40 Portable Audio Recorder, but is it a serious contender to the Audio King of the Hill, the Zoom H4N? DSLRNoob posted a great video that compares the features of each. DSLRNoob writes: I’ve had the Tascam Dr-40 for quit some time, but until Tascam added the firmware update that gives you independent control of the input volume, I hadn’t really considered it a true competitor to the Zoom h4n. Now that this feature is available, the Tascam is a very affordable alternative to the Zoom h4n. Take a close [More]
Gizmon has come out with some cool and affordable clip on lenses that are perfect for vloggers and enthusiasts who want to get the most out of their iPhone/iPad photo-videography. From BitRebels: iPhone Clip-On Lens Filters For Micro Creative Mobile Photography – As you probably know by now, I never get tired of creative and innovative accessories for the iPhone. Sometimes I feel we feature Android way too little here on Bit Rebels (note to self – change that), but the fact is that there are so many things being launched for the iPhone that it’s hard not to write [More]
(Video above shot with the Rode Videomic Pro. No music, just the ambient sound from the pictured set up, which does work hand-held) From SoundImagePlus –  If a camera has any pretensions to shoot serious video, then an external microphone socket with the ability to accept the standard stereo mini jack is essential.  Olympus have a “solution” in the shape of the SEMA-1 adapter set, which consists of a module which fits onto the accessory port hotshoe of the OM-D with the socket in it. It also comes bundled with a clip on stereo mic and a connecting lead. The [More]
MC Contributor Will Crockett (DiscoverMirrorless.com) shares two of his favorite hybrid LED lights that work just as good for still as they do for video. Will writes:  Did you know that you can flash some LED lights for still photography?  Yep, you sure can AND the flash pulse is 4 to 6 times brighter than the LED can glow continuously. These are hybrid LED lights and are made to help us make the transition from shooting “still only” into shooting hybrid any time and anyplace we want to. They are easy to use, light, silent, easy on battery consumption and [More]