Nikon come out strong….

September 2010.

Nikon have released their latest venture into the DSLR market with the D7000, featuring a high res DX CMOS 16.2 MP sensor, 6 frames per second, 39 cross type AF points and finally they have included 1080p HD video housed in this magnesium alloy body.

Fresh from Nikon is also the SB-700, a revised SB-800, which sits comfortably between the flagship SB-900 and simple effective Sb-600. Featuring a clear bright LCD, three illumination modes, auto detect FX or DX formats, and 100% compatible with the Nikon CLS system.

Leica M9 Workshop, San Francisco 10/19/10

Leica M9 Workshop – San Francisco – 10/19/2010
LEICA M9 Workshop
An Exclusive Invitation To Excellence
For Leica M Camera Enthusiasts

Here’s your chance to experience the acclaimed Leica M9, the world’s smallest full-frame, interchangeable lens digital camera. Utilizing a full frame 18 megapixel sensor and the full range of Leica M lens, the Leica M9 delivers a spectacular performance in any light.

Staffed by Leica Product Specialists, the M9 workshop will include an introduction to the M9, an over view of the entire range of Leica M lenses, and 2-hour on-location field trial, and techniques for getting the most out of your M9 image files.

Who should attend the M9 Workshop?

Any photographer looking for a fun filled hands-on experience with the Leica M9 will have a great time and learn an incredible amount in a short time. Professional photographers will present their work and Leica representatives will be on hand to provide you with a memorable test-drive.

Cost is only $149 and includes a $149 voucher that can be used toward the purchase of a Leica Serial numbered M products.

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Prime Time TV Show Shot Entirely on a DSLR

Sorry for the late notice, but I just found out about this docu-drama shot entirely on a Canon EOS Mark IV and 5D Mark II by filmmaker Khalid Mohtaseb.  It airs tonight, Tuesday, September 14 on ABC at 10pm Pacific Time. Check out some behind the scenes photos and screen grabs here :
At just 25 years old, Khalid Mohtaseb is a young, extremely talented filmmaker as you’ll see in the clip below that he shot of the Haiti earthquake aftermath with a 5D.
“A week after the devastating earthquake hit Haiti, I was hired to shoot ENG footage for two international networks. This is a montage of personal footage I shot of the aftermath during my spare time, in and around Port au Prince.” 
“Almost all the images and videos coming out of Haiti had become all too familiar and I knew that was not how I wanted to capture a story of this significance. The idea that life goes on even in the most horrific state of despair was fascinating to me and getting that concept across was my main goal in shooting this montage. I wanted to focus on the Haitian people and the lives that had been affected by this devastating earthquake as well as showcase how modern technology can revolutionize journalism and the way news coverage is shot.”

Haiti Earthquake Aftermath Montage from Khalid Mohtaseb on Vimeo.

If you missed the airing of Final Witness, you can view it here.

Book ‘em Danno

What began as a serene night dive off the coast of Kailua-Kona, Hawaii last month, quickly turned into a mugging.

Cameraman Travis Matteson was capturing footage with his Canon EOS 5D Mark II of manta rays for the scuba diving travel television show “Into the Drink” when suddenly, one of them hooked it’s giant wings with the light system, and darted off with over $5000 worth of photo gear. With the camera still running, the manta ray made a 8 minute run, and finally dropped the gear off completely undamaged just yards from the dive boat. 

Even manta rays like shooting video with the new DSLRs.
Underwater videographer Johnny Reidt caught the entire theft on camera making it an easy case for Hawaii Five-0.

HDR…Now in Video!

A San Francisco production company has come up with a unique way to shoot video using 2 Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLRs.

Soviet Montage Productions is using the High Dynamic Range (HDR) process with the 2 cameras, capturing video of the same subject with a beam splitter. The cameras are configured to record two different exposure values, one over exposed, the other under exposed. After the footage has been recorded, they combine the two clips into one, resulting in an unique and interesting video. 

HDR imaging is an effect achieved by taking variable exposures of a single subject and combining them to create an image with a higher exposure range. It is an increasingly popular technique for still photography, so much so that it is now a native application on Apple’s iPhone. Until now, however, the technique was too intensive and complex for motion. Soviet Montage Productions believes they have solved the issue with a method that produces stunning and affordable HDR for film and video.
“I believe HDR will give filmmakers greater flexibility not only in the effects they can create but also in the environments they can shoot in” said Alaric Cole, one of the members of the production team, “undoubtedly, it will become a commonplace technique in the near future. ”
Check out their video and see for yourself.