Do You Know How a Lens Bellows Works?

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Many modern camera lenses focus by moving the elements inside of the lens. But not all lenses focused like that. Modern large format and some medium format cameras focus with the use of a lens bellows. Part of this is because otherwise the lens itself would be huge. In today’s tutorial video, we show you all about focusing a camera with a lens bellows, the problems around them, etc. We don’t get into everything, but for the person looking to go big with medium format or large format, all this is great information to know.

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Panasonic Announces Development of the Panasonic GH5

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At Photokina 2016, Panasonic announced the development of the successor to their GH4: they’re calling it the Panasonic GH5. This camera is being targeted at the highest end of professionals that need to shoot stills and video. It makes sense as they also believe that 8k video will be a bigger standard in the year 2020–when the next Olympics are. 8K video is around 33MP according to Panasonic.

They’re claiming that it will have the best image quality of an GH product plus there will be improvements in 4K photo and the video. It will boast an 18MP sensor, 4k 60p video, 10-bit 4:2:2 video, and 6k 30p video.  The new sensor is said to be very good at high dynamic range.

It will enter the market in the first half of 2017. Plus they’re coming out with 8-18mm f2.8-4, 12-60mm f2.8-4 and 50-200mm f2.8-4 lenses. We’ve got no other details so far. But more images from the press conference are after the jump.

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Sigma Announces New Line of Cinema Lenses

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Sigma is getting into the cinema lens business; it was announced today that the Japanese lens manufacturer will be introducing a new line of cinema lenses designed specifically for high-resolution capture on today’s modern high res digital sensors, with Sigma boasting the lenses ready for high quality 6K and 8K video capture.

In total the Sigma Cine Lens line is launching with 8 lenses total; two Super 35 T/2 zooms, a full frame compatible 24-35mm, and 5 FF compatible T/1.5 primes. Sigma is launching these lenses initially for Canon’s EF mount, as well as Sony’s E-Mount, with PL mount compatible versions coming at a later – as of now unannounced – time.

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The Fujifilm X-T2 has 325 Autofocus Points, Shoots 4K Video

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For some odd reason, it always seems that someone can’t keep their mouth shut–as the rumors we all heard about the Fujifilm X-T2 all seem to be true. The camera is the follow up to the award winning Fujifilm X-T1 and brings with it a number of new changes that were only to be expected.

The Fujifilm X-T2 boasts the same 24.3MP X-Trans CMOS III sensor inside the Fujifilm X Pro 2. However, the camera will come standard with 4K video recording along with the ability to use each film simulation–including Acros. As such, it lives besides the X Pro 2 as a flagship camera.

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Chris Burkard Shares His Ideas on Creating Interesting Photos

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All images by Chris Burkard. Used with permission in both of our interviews.

“I think good lighting is in the eye of the beholder” says Photographer Chris Burkard about how he shoots. “I love looking at the workof the old masters and they would find ways to manipulate light…” Indeed, he’s one of the more popular photographers to pop in the past couple of years. For Chris, he tells Silber Studios in a video (after the jump) that he stresses about angles.

“Sometimes it can be the difference between standing up and shooting and squatting down and shooting.”

Chris thinks that images don’t come easy to him and instead it’s all about studying a scene. He also states that he doesn’t like replicating things. Instead he wants to create his own mark.

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Nick Collingwood: Instant Film Wedding Photography

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All images by Nick Collingwood. Used with permission.

“People loved the nostalgic quality and texture that the instant film had plus the couples loved that it was a photo memento they could hold almost immediately.” says Photographer Nick Collingwood, who describes himself as a motion designer by day and film addict roughly 24/7. “…With the slower process for the Polaroids, it puts the importance on creating interesting situations to photograph on film vs capturing candid shots made easy with modern autofocus cameras.”

Based in Brooklyn, he has an affinity for Super 8 and Instant film. This love of the analogue world and culture was recently turned into a business of his: he second shoots as a wedding photographer and focuses on weddings.

Oh yeah, and he loves talking about gear.

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Survey: Concert Attendees Basically Take Too Many Photos

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Western Digital recently finished a really interesting study about the way that people take pictures at concerts and festivals. Most people opt for smartphones (which isn’t surprising), and they often end up running out of storage. On top of that, they hate deleting images on their phone because it’s like deleting a memory. They want everything recorded.

Sad in some ways because it means that you can be spending so much time trying to document the moment vs experiencing it…yes, I know. But it gets even more interesting when you consider how much they actually really value these photos.

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