Not to be outdone by the strong Zeiss support for the native Sony FF E mount, Schneider Optics announces additional support for the Sony E mount in their new family of prime lenses specially designed and built for digital cinematography with full-frame sensor HDSLR, Mirrorless, and other professional cameras. Built in Germany by Schneider-Kreuznach, the new […]

Everyone by now has heard the sage old advice told to every young photographer without a zoom lens.  Use your feet.  Or Sneaker Zoom, as most of us old timers call it.  Sneaker Zoom means getting closer or farther away from your subject to effectively change your angle of view without having to change the lens itself. […]

I should call this video “Digital Blindz” or something, that horizontal banding is so bad. As an environmentalist, I applaud the conversion from incandescent light bulbs to fluorescent and the new LED digital bulbs.  The energy efficiency is so much better it can save a great deal on a monthly electric bill, and give even […]

FS5 vs a7S II I’m shooting so much low light video these days that I was very interested to see what the new Sony FS5 was capable of, verses the new Sony a7S II.  It is possible I will be using one or the other of these cameras in 2016, and I need to make […]

What does it mean to tell a “Story With Soul?”  I see photographs posted online that often make me stop and shake my head.  Perfectly executed technically, but with little soul.  These photographs show solid understanding of  equipment operation, but nothing of the human condition or emotion that gives a photo soul.  These photos are wooden, lifeless, though […]

When the a7S was released just over a year ago, it completely shook up the photo-video industry. I was there at NAB 2014 for the surprise announcement.  Artists like myself and my friends were now going to be able to record still photographs and video footage in almost complete darkness – even with kit lenses!  The hype at the […]

A number of the media industry’s biggest associations and organizations have published an open letter to performers on behalf of thousands of photographers and journalists in the United States. The letter is titled “An Open Letter to Performers Regarding Standard Terms and Conditions for Photographer and Reporter Credentials,” and it has been signed by 11 […]

Did you see yesterday’s article on the Exposure Triangle for still photography?  It’s here: http://thecameraforum.com/exposure-triangle/ For video cameras, the same rules apply.  There are 3 ways to control exposure internally on a camera, ISO, Aperture, and Shutter Speed or “Angle” as it is called on moving film cameras. For video, where movement is the rule vs the exception, the meanings […]

  Understanding the three pillars of The Exposure Triangle, and how to use each of them to your advantage in concert, is one of the highest arts in photography.  Up there with color and composition.   Understanding the exposure triangle of shutter speed, aperture, and ISO is the first step in mastering photography. They are three of […]

Gone are the days of the low image quality but highly portable palm size camera.  Those models have almost all be absorbed by the ever growing tidal wave of smartphone cams.  Every smartphone made now comes with a decent built in camera.  Some, like the latest iPhone 6S+, with state of the art features and […]

I looked it up, the United States has faced 178 weather and climate disasters since 1980 according to the National Centers for Environmental Information.  These 178 severe enough weather events to be classified as climate disasters have inflicted more than $1 trillion in directly measurable economic costs, and have been accompanied by incalculable costs in human suffering. […]

UPDATE: Sony to Release α7R II Firmware Adding Uncompressed 14-Bit RAW on Monday, October 19th  NEW YORK, Oct. 14, 2015 – Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, will release a firmware update on October 19th that adds uncompressed  14-Bit RAW image capture to the acclaimed α7R II full frame interchangeable […]

Press Release: DOWNLOAD YOUR NEXT CAMERA: OLYMPUS UNVEILS TWO POWERFUL FIRMWARE UPDATES WITH ADVANCED MACRO SHOOTING AND VIDEO CAPABILITIES FOR THE OM-D New Performance Updates for the OM-D E-M1, E-M5 Mark II and Lenses Demonstrate Olympus’ Ongoing Commitment to Enhance the Existing Lineup CENTER VALLEY, Pa., September 15, 2015 — Today, Olympus announces a series of […]

  Was there ever any doubt that sooner or later Sony Electronics would release the replacement for the A7S? Or that it would be called the A7S II?  Last month they replaced the venerable A7R with the A7R II, a major upgrade in almost every way.  Everything about the A7R II improved over the previous camera, admittedly […]

In an explosion of activity, Carl Zeiss introduced their new lineup of Professional quality manual focus DSLR prime lenses they are calling Milvus.  The Milvus lens line will be sold in two full frame 35mm mounts, the Canon EOS and Nikon.  Zeiss were quick to point out that both of these can easily be used on […]

Out of the box, I am amazed.  Plug it in, mount and format a new SSD cartridge, connect the cable.  Fiddle a bit searching the nasty Sony Menu system to finally figure out the A7S will only output 4k UHD over the HDMI port if you have it set to MOVIE mode on the top dial.  Manual doesn’t […]