On January 6, 2016 Olympus announced officially their new High-performance, super-telephoto lens, and it sure looks like a winner from the specifications.  I can’t wait to get my hands on this baby for a test!  For now, here’s their full press release. M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 300mm f4.0 IS PRO (35mm equivalent focal length: 600mm) The […]

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 […]

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 […]

The long wait is over at last!  The A7R II has been announced. Eleven Features of the New Sony A7R II Camera.  This A7R II Packs Some Real Surprises! 42.4 megapixel photos at up to ISO 102400 the world’s first back-illuminated full frame CMOS sensor 399 focal plane phase detection AF points 5-axis image stabilization system […]

My original article, written when the DJI Inspire 1 was announced in November, 2014 is here:http://thecameraforum.com/dji-inspire-1/  If you haven’t read it already, you may want to go back and do so, as in it I cover the features, options and functions the new Inspire 1 brought to market. But like every camera made, the DJI Inspire 1 […]

Phillip Bloom is certainly a known brand in photography circles, and for good reason.  Phillip is one of the hardest working professionals I follow regularly.  I find his information always spot on, with great reasoning behind his choices.  Much like the rest of us, Phillip is a picky perfectionist in selecting his personal gear.  Phillip […]

Black Friday was for much more than just shopping at Venice Beach November 29th, 2014. It was a crazy stoner kind of Friday late afternoon, so typical of Venice and its Endless Summer… and just perfect for a stroll with the Sony A7S fitted with the FE 50mm f/1.8.  The more I use this combination, […]

Contax Zeiss Distagon 28mm F2 Sony A7S Test from TheCameraForum on Vimeo. I find it hard to believe, but it has already been over a month ago that I received the Sony A7S.  As I anticipated, hoped, and expected, it has been a very interesting camera to work with.  The better I get to know the […]

Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS USM test from Jon Roemer on Vimeo. From my good friend Jon Roemer; some interesting video samples shot with the new Canon 16-35mm F4L zoom lens. Commenting on the canon 16-35mm f4l, Jon had this to say,  “Testing the sharpness and image stabilization (IS) of the new Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS USM. All clips […]

It is hard to believe, but the July 4th holiday is upon us here in the United States. Officially a celebration of America’s independence from Great Britain’s monarchy, today this holiday has come to represent hot dogs barbecued on an outdoor girl, kids screaming in the swimming pool, and the traditional evening fireworks display. For […]

There have been a few times in history when Leica introduced products I was very interested in.  To be honest, the introduction of the Leica T intrigued me, but just from reading about it didn’t really ring my chimes.  It looked nice, had nice specs, but wasn’t something I would have ordinarily considered for my […]

Dr. Andreas Kaufmann: About the Essence from Leica Camera on Vimeo. Dr. Andreas Kaufmann, Chairman of the Supervisory Board of Leica Camera AG, introduces the Leica T System and speaks on its design, real craftsmanship and ease of use – a symbiosis of the best. Leica – “das Wesentliche.”  I have a few observations. So […]

The Art Of A Focus Puller One of the least expensive and most versatile lenses in any filmmaker’s bag of tricks is the 50mm lens. Check around, almost every manufacturer sells a “nifty fifty.”  Considered by many to be the default “normal” human vision equivalent, there are more 50mm lenses in existence than the next two focal lengths combined.  If […]

The Fujifilm X-T1 combined with the  XF 23mm 1.4R prime lens is an amazing combination. This is the sharpest Fuji lens we have seen so far,  even beating the very good XF 35mm 1.4. The widest opening of f/1.4 allows lovely background blur. In some cases the maximum shutter speed of the X-T1 (1/4000) is […]

It seems so long ago, but it has only been about eighteen months since Panasonic announced the GH3.  The GH3 has proved to be an able follow-on to the GH2, and an improvement in every regard.  Panasonic saw the light with the wide acceptance of the original “hacked” GH2 and realized there was a market […]