When Fujifilm first announced their Mini 90 camera, folks everywhere either gawked at the expensive price or looked at it alluringly with lust and heart palpitations. Then we tried it, and actually kind of liked it. It’s totally a hipster camera, but that doesn’t mean that you should sit there and turn your nose away from it. In fact, the Mini 90 has a couple of cool features that will force you to think within a box and put an huge emphasis on unleashing your creative side by getting rid of the technical stuff.
And more than anything, it will be a pricey learning tool.
While the above title obviously has a case of Inception going on, a recent product called the Lollipod is looking to fill the void in your life by basically trying to nudge itself into many different situations. At its core, the Lollipod is basically a light stand/monopod. But the company is pitching it for, “selfies, travel, cinemagraphs, video blogging, low light photography, film making, time-lapse, strobists, landscape and stop motion photography, even video monitoring your baby or dog!” They’re stating that it can hold your phone, GoPro, etc.
Coming in at320 grams (inc. bag) and measuring 32 cm, they’re also really trying to push the portability factor. And if you don’t want to sit there holding it still during the windy seasons (like this year’s Fall in NYC) then you can use the little basket system that is placed near the bottom. This system essentially is a small hammock that lets you put stuff like rocks in there to act like a sandbag; sort of.
We’ve just recently covered some of Manfrotto’s new bag line. Over the last few weeks I had the chance to test Manfrotto’s new Backpack 30. Now, Manfrotto set out to reinvigorate its bag line with a much-needed new look and design. I must say I really warmed up to the charms of the design of what it has to offer.
Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog post by Matthew D’Alessio
If ordinary suspenders won’t cut it for you because honestly, they were only just a hipster fad, here’s a new style to try: why not carry your tripod on suspenders? No, really. That’s what MindShift Gear want you to do. Because it’s the new hip thing. Or rather, because they assume that it will be more comfortable than carrying it by hand, which apparently a lot of MindShift Gear customers do. So they made the Tripod Suspension Kit, for those who think it’s fun having a tripod hanging from your neck, dangling just above your waistline and poking you in the side with every step you make.
On the other hand, you’ll have your tripod easily accessible. Which might not be such a bad idea after all, if you’re roaming the countryside taking pictures all the time. Still, we believe a tripod is best stored in a backpack. But who are we to tell you what to do with your tripod … Head over to MindShift Gear’s website for more info. And if you’re into that neck-hanging-waistline-dangling-side-poking thing, the MindShift Gear Tripod Suspension Kit can be yours for US-$ 47.50.
Sometimes manufacturers come out with random announcements–and this one from Leica is no different. The company that has traditionally made lenses, cameras, and binocs is today announcing a carbon tripod and two ball heads. According to the press release, the tripod is, “2.64 pounds and compact…the mounted ball head actually disappears inside the collapsed tripod…an outdoor carrying case made of Cordura with a strap and shoulder pad is available as an optional accessory.”
Then there are two ball heads: the 24 and the 38. The differences are that is sports, “a range of additional functions, including a tilt button. When the tilt function is activated, the ball is locked for motion only in the vertical plane and is prevented from moving in any other plane. The 360° panorama function (15° STOP button) allows the capture of multiple precisely aligned landscape, architecture and object shots from different positions that can be merged in post-processing to create impressive panoramic images. This function is aided by a selectable click-detent option that locks the rotation of the ball in 15° steps. The click informs the user each time the ball head has been rotated by a further 15°.”
The items will be available in November of this year.
There are few things more frustrating than thinking you have produced a great photograph and then finding something very wrong with it. You depress the shutter button, look at the camera’s LCD and you feel a flush of pride at capturing an amazing moment. But such a wonderful feeling is short-lived when you enlarge that image on the computer screen only to discover that the image isn’t sharp.
It’s an experience that can happen even to the most experienced photographers who are using advanced and expensive camera equipment. The reason for this lack of sharpness often has little to do with the quality of the lens or the features of the body. Instead, it’s often about technique and how you are handling the camera.
With that in mind, we offer 7 tips that will help you to achieve consistently sharp photographs.