Peak Design, the guys behind the Capture Clip which we reviewed here at The Phoblographer (both the original and the new pro version), have recently been funding a new product via Kickstarter, called the POV Kit. Basically, it’s an attachment for your Capture Clip, and it lets you use pretty much any camera like a GoPro. At Photo Plus Expo 2013, we got a short demonstration of the device, and we have to say that Peak Design seems to have done it again.
Lorenz Holder, Red Bull Illume 2013 Overall Winner, with winning photograph in background
At a ceremony held in Hong Kong today, Red Bull announced the winners of the 2013 Red Bull Illume action & adventure sport photography contest. Among the finalists were photographers from all over the world–the overall winner, however, was Lorenz Holder from Germany. For his picture of a snowboarder riding a giant satellite dish, Holder was awarded, among other things, a brand new Leica S medium format DSLR camera. The ten category winners were each awarded a Leica X2 camera. After the ceremony, the top 50 images were unveiled along Hong Kong’s Avenue of Stars, each on its own 6 ft by 6 ft light box.
The top ten finalist images can be found after the break.
MeFOTO’s Walkabout Monopod is targeted at the adventure photography crowd, but also has lots of practical applications for city dwellers and sports shooters. As with everything else from MeFOTO, they come in a multitude of colors to fit your own needs and wants. But they also include lots of subtle design features that make it an item that you’ll actually want to bring with you instead of thinking about it as just something extra.
The monopods are a five section aluminum alloy product that is also meant to function as a walking stick. And it may just be something worth looking into for the adventure photographer.
The world of photography is getting crazier. In what could be considered a D*#@ move, Reuters has decided to use USA Today Sports Images instead of using its freelance pool of sports photographers. Those who were contracted have been contacted with Reuters by way of phone calls or having to call and ask. As of September 15 2013, 30-50 photographers are being reassigned off the sports beat into other areas. In their original contract National Football League, Major League Baseball, National Hockey League, and National Basketball Association games were covered by these freelance photographers. They will still be able to shoots sports internationally. This is a developing situation as clients of Reuters as well as photographers are still being notified.
Sometimes we don’t realize just how much editing goes into an image for it to become a cover. There is a wonderful theory in photojournalism that cropping an image can totally change the way that a story flows and is presented. And in the case of the image above shot by former Phoblographer Technical Editor Thomas Campbell (who did an excellent job helping us on the 5D Mk III review) the image made the cover of ESPN Magazine, but is a totally different image from the original. There is a heavy crop, stylized colors and a silhouette to make it appeal more to the magazine’s readers and current art trends.
Telephoto zooms have often been compared unfavorably to their fixed focal lengths equivalents. They are usually slower lenses not only in terms of their maximum aperture, but also their focusing speed. Though they are often more affordable and weigh less than a fast fixed telephoto, the compromise in image quality is something many assume that they sacrifice if they can’t afford investing in a more expensive, faster aperture lens. That’s not always the case, but it nevertheless leaves many pining for a fast-aperture fixed lens.
The Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 DG OS HSM IS intends to eliminate such stigma by providing a fast telephoto zoom with an f2.8 maximum aperture, that promises exceptional image quality and all for an affordable price. Let’s see how it delivers.