The idea of digital film, i.e. a film cartridge that sports a digital sensor, is as old as digital photography. Many attempts have been made at it, none were successful. Still, it seems there’s no giving up it seems, as there’s just been a new attempt at converting old film-based cameras to digital image recording machines. The latest one, dubbed ‘Nolab’, aims at converting Super 8 movie cameras to digital by creating a Super 8 cartridge that sports a digital camera. Sounds crazy, right? But this one actually looks like it could work.
So, why would a digital film cartridge work with Super 8? That’s easy. For one, the Super 8 format is much smaller than 35mm, which means that we don’t need to get a 35mm sensor to work within the confines of an old film camera. Then, Super 8 works with cartridges much bigger than 35mm, so there’s much more space to put all the components in. Finally, this particular concept makes use of a gound glass, from which a small digital camera records the images as a 720p H.264 video stream.
So far, the product is still in development. But that means something–it’s already more that just a concept. For a full breakdown of specs and development status, head over to the project’s website.
CMOSIS, Belgian imaging sensor manufacturer and creator of the 24 megapixel sensor inside the Leica M Typ 240, has come up with a new 4k sensor that is capable of recording 300 fps video at full resolution, according to Red Shark News. The sensor, which is labelled CMV-12000, outputs 4k video at a resolution of 4,096 x 3,072, and is said to be capable of even higher framerates at reduced resolutions, such as 1080 or 720.
As a comparison, the Red One camera is currently capable of 120 fps at 2k resolution, and if you want much more than that you’ll have to go for the almost unaffordable Phantom Flex. In that regard, this new sensor is definitely a huge step up, if not a game changer. There’s no word on availability yet, so we have no idea whether it’ll be implemented in actual cameras anytime soon.
Apparently, taking selfies might be something instinctual instead of a learned behavior. At least that’s what this video footage from a Sea Eagle implies (don’t for a second take that statement seriously.) Park rangers in Australia set up a camera to document the behavior of crocodiles and they soon found out that the camera had disappeared. Eventually, the camera turned up and some footage was extracted that shows who the thief was: a juvenile sea eagle.
The best part: the bird even tries pecking at the lens.
Every now and then, a timelapse comes around that completely blows our minds. This morning we were delighted to wake up to an email from Matt Maniego who linked us to his timelapse that took an entire year to create. Think about that for a second: most photographers barely stick to their 365 projects–and this is a timelapse.
Matt shot areas all over San Francisco for this video and called it “Paradise” because he feels that the city is very much a paradise to him. The video indeed takes you all around the city during the night and day. And overall, its beauty and execution is alluring.
Since first seeing the trailers over a year ago, I have been eagerly anticipating the release of Everybody Street, a documentary film which features conversations and the work of several great New York street photographers. Featuring interviews with photographers including Mary Ellen Mark, Joel Meyerowitz, Bruce Davidson, Jamel Shabazz, Martha Cooper and others, it provides a fascinating glimpse into the world of the New York street photographer.
Though street photography has been and continues to be practiced throughout the world, the Big Apple holds a special allure. The mashup of culture, class and race within a relatively small area has created a unique creative well from which these photographers have drawn. Everybody Street hopes to provide a glimpse into how an ever-changing and unpredictable city has been embraced and interpreted by a diverse group of photographic artists.
Once you become serious about capturing video with a DSLR, you realize that just hand-holding the camera isn’t always going to deliver the quality you need. Without the benefit of a tripod, a camera rig and access to focus controls becomes critical to make the most of the DSLRs video capability.
Though such rigs offer a practical solution for improving the performance of the camera when it’s hand-held, such rigs and their various accessories can be prohibitively expensive. The Flashpoint DSLR/DV Cinema Bundle ($599.95)promises an affordable, but ruggedly built rig which offers the videographer on a budget a viable choice.