The larger the format is that you’re working with, the more time it will surely take you to get a single image due to all the work that goes into it. And while large format cameras can be expensive, a duo from Europe are Kickstarting a more affordable camera. It’s called the Intrepid 4×5 camera, and it promises to be a light weight camera made from birch ply wood.
The Intrepid will take 75-300mm lens boards, has ground glass for focusing, comes with a choice of bellows colors, and folds down into a very compact size. With it being made from plywood though, I’d personally want it to be finished with a sealant of some sort to prevent moisture from affecting it too much in the long run. For the 125 Euro that they’re apparently charging for the camera though, we can’t really expect much.
It will take standard film cases for the image loading: which means that you can enjoy many of the offerings from Fujifilm, Kodak and Ilford still available for the format.
The intro video is after the jump, but be sure to head over to their Kickstarter page too to see the different rewards offered.
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After Sony introduces 4K video recording in the A7s (with external recorder), Sony Alpha Rumors claims that the company is working on an 8K camera. Sony purportedly brought an 8K camera prototype to the BBC headquarters. A source at the event claimed the unit looked similar to the Sony A99 full frame DSLR with a vertical grip. Sony also supposedly said this 8K camera could come to market as soon as 2016.
Despite the both the Sony A6000 and Sony A7s featuring great video options along with Sony’s AVCHD format, the Japanese company still isn’t as popular in the video world as Panasonic or Canon.
Sony might be interested in starting a resolution war with Panasonic, as the electronics firm already has two cameras that record in 4K including the GH4 and LX100. There are also other mirrorless cameras that can be hacked to take quad-HD footage. However if Sony is in talks with the BBC, and potentially NHK, it could be one of the first big providers of 8K equipment for the television world.
Sometimes a product hits the market that makes us literally say “WTF!?” Today, that award goes to Lomography with their brand new Lomochrome Turquoise film. Based off of Lomochrome Purple (which was based off of Kodak Aerochrome) the company describes the film as taking warm colors and rendering them in shades of blue. But that’s not all. According to the company it is responsible for: “turning warm colors into varying shades of blues from aqua to cobalt, transforming greens into deep emerald shades, blue skies into a sunset and a crystal clear sea into a golden hue”
Essentially, it looks like a permanent cross process–which unless done correctly makes us want to cry and rub our eyes with fixer fluid.
The film is a brand new offering, and they’re expecting the first shipments of Lomography Lomochrome Turquoise to come in in April 2015. The film comes in packs of 5, 10, 15 and 20. They also have it available in 120 format and requires C-41 processing.But in our opinion, they’re a bit overpriced.
More images samples are after the jump.
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With the announcement of OS X Yosemite yesterday, Aperture has officially fallen off to the wayside as Apple focuses all its energies on improving iPhoto. While it’s been confirmed Apple was officially killing off Aperture since late June, Adobe just put out a new, free plugin allowing you to easily import your photo library to Lightroom.
The recently released Aperture importer tool can import both your Aperture and iPhoto library. The importer will transfer your images while keeping the metadata intact along with your star rating, GPS data, and even keywords. The only thing the free tool can’t transfer is edits made to photos, so the plugin will simply import copies of both the original and adjusted images.
Adobe explains you’ll find the importer in the Lighroom menus under “File -> Plug-In Extras -> Import from Aperture Library (or iPhoto Library).” Once selected, the tool will prompt you to point it to the folder holding your old image library. After that you can customize what data the plugin transfers including: Flags, Star Ratings, Keywords, GPS Data, Rejects, Hidden Files, Color Labels, Stacks, and Face Tags.
The plugin requires the latest version of Lightroom 5.6 to work. You can download the Aperture importer tool here.
It’s been a while since we saw something extremely unconventional from Canon, but both Photo Rumors and Canon Rumors are saying that we should be hearing about new L series lenses. According to both sites, we should be hearing about both an 11-24mm f4 L and a 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 L IS USM II lens. The former is an interesting addition seeing as the company already has a very good 8-15m f4 L lens and a 16-35mm f2.8 L offering. An 11-24mm f4 L lens will most likely be targeted at landscape, architecture, and cityscape photographers that need something that wide. To boot, f4 is more than wide enough of an aperture for work like that.
What lots of photographers will be talking about though will be the 100-400mm f4.5-5.6 L IS USM II–which many agencies, news wires and sports shooters will most likely be interested in. We heard about the patent for this lens being submitted before, but the patents filed are in addition to some other very interesting patents. The photo world should be hearing about a new 17-5mm lens along with a 70-400mm lens.
Still though, we’re just going to have to wait and see what Canon comes out with.
Have you ever wondered how those cinematic car commercials are made? Well now Toyota has revealed all its camera tricks in the new “Corolla Like You’ve Never Seen Before!” ad. In the video there’s camera quite literally everywhere from being on a simple dolly, to a crane, motorized track, flying drones, RC cars, parachutes, and a motorcycle. Oddly enough it seems like the only camera trick not in this video was a cameraman shooting from the back of an SUV with the trunk open.
The video also shows plenty of techniques from attaching a camera to the seat belt for a dynamic perspective switch. A crane cam zooms into the driver face to catch the classic “it’s on” look we’ve seen too many times in Fast and Furious movies. There are also video cameras speeding along with the vehicle to catch the car moving in frame from the side to overhead angles. We even get to see two RC cars hit a ramp to catch a shot of the car as it they jump over it.
When the car hits a channel of water there’s a series of cameras catch the Corolla as it drives by to create the Matrix “bullet-time” effect. Just after that the car passes a turtle with a Go-Pro attached to its shell. Lastly the car rolls into the studio, where there’s a massive soft box all lit up for a photo shoot.
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