Third party lens makers have pretty much caught up with the original equipment manufcaturers, if not even surpassed them in many cases. Samyang, otherwise known as Rokinon or Bower, is a relatively young player on the DSLR lens market, but the company has already made a couple of respectable lenses that can easily hold their own against the OEMs’ offerings. One of these is the 24mm f1.4, a super fast wide-angle lens that is available for various DSLR mounts. DxOMark has tested it in EF mount, so it’s only logical that it be compared to the company’s own 24mm f1.4L offering.
Here’s a video you probably won’t see everyday – a street performance from the performer’s point of view!
The performer is busker Luís Reis of Lisbon, Portugal. He has a knack for juggling, and by knack we mean he’s pretty incredible at it. He honed that skill and then took to the streets of Lisbon to show people what exactly he’s made of while making a bit of loose change on the side.
Recently, he was chosen among hundreds of street talents in Europe as one of the finalists for Hello Europe, a cultural initiative to seek and promote the continent’s best street artists and performers. To show off his talent for the project, he filmed one of his performances with a GoPro camera strapped to him, giving us a glimpse of how they look from his point of view. The resulting video is an 8-minute first-person POV short that showcased Reis’ best routines, complete with cool (albeit cheap) toys to assist him, including the popular Fushigi Magic Gravity Ball that only added to his mesmerizing performance by mirroring the mosaic on the sidewalk and the obviously entertained spectators.
We think the video is pretty incredible so we had to share with you. Check it out after the jump. And do remember to check out the other Hello Europe finalists on the project’s official site.
There aren’t any breaks on the Canon Patent train. Egami spotted a new slew of patents suggesting the Japanese camera company is looking into image stabilized macro lenses. If the patents ring true, image stabilization could come to the 100mm f2.8 L (a new version), 180mm f3.5, 200mm f3.5, and 300 f 3.5 macro lenses. On top of adding a set of motion sensors to detect vibrations during exposures the 180mm f3.5 could get a lot heftier with 18 elements in 14 groups.
In another set of patents spotted by Egami, Canon could have plans to produce new f2.8 versions of the popular 16-35mm and 17-40mm wide-angle zoom lenses. Canon already has a Canon EF 16-35mm f2.8L II USM Lens, but for the 17-40mm f4 L it could be a serious aperture upgrade letting it bring in a one full stop of light. Of course both lenses, wide open speaking, still won’t be able to hold a candle to the Sigma 18-35mm f1.8.
Via Photo Rumors
With its new educational video series, “Nikon Behind the Scenes,” Nikon wants you to learn from professional photographers, and take your personal technique to the next level. To that goal, the company has teamed up with its ambassadors Joe McNally and Corey Rich, as well as professional photographer Tamara Lackey, to create a series of videos where these photographer share some of their secrets with you. Want to know how to effectively light a subject? Keen on learning how to shoot action video? Wondering how to get your nephew to smile for a portrait? All of this and more will be revealed in the new series, which is hosted on YouTube and Google+.
The first video of the series features Joe McNally talking about the use of ambient light, how to combine it with flash, and how to achieve a dramatic effect with your speedlight. How does all that fit into three minutes? By showing Joe McNally using the technique live in front of the camera, including the results. For example, McNally shows how to bounce your flash off a wall for a more ambient quality to the light–a technique that we here at The Phoblographer have been propagating time and again.
New videos in the series will be posted to YouTube and Google+ every couple of weeks. Next up is Corey Rich, who throughout the series will be talking about portraits, time lapse, action stills and video while in the Sierra Nevada mountains. His video will go live on March 20, after which Tamara Lackey will be featured in her first video on family photography, which is scheduled to appear on April 1st. For more, check out Nikon’s Google+ page and YouTube channel.
ONA is one of the original modern manufacturers of beautiful camera bags and accessories–and if you aren’t familiar with who they are you might be after looking at their latest camera bag. It’s called the Berlin–and is a collaboration with Leica. It was created in celebration of the company’s 100th year anniversary. It’s designed to hold an M system camera and a couple of lenses in the main compartment. But you can also tote along an iPad, and other personal items inside.
The bag is made of full grain leather, antique brass buckles, and is handcrafted.
Want one? You’ll need to shell out $369 for this beauty.
More photos are after the jump.
If you like to shoot with telephoto lenses there will come a time where you want to work with a gimbal tripod head. There are a lot of options , some expensive, some even more expensive. Then there is the Manfrotto 393 . It is not brand new, it is not fancy. It is a Heavy Duty Gimbal, the answer to a few of my new needs. As seen in some of my reviews, I have been working with big telephoto lenses. I have also begun to like shooting with my camera low to the ground . I needed a tool to attack both these task and after much searching , this was it.