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Weekly Recap – October 31, 2011

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Welcome to the Weekly Recap. Today’s post recaps new and newsworthy items related to photography from around the web for the week ending on October 30.

  1. It’s not news, but it is newsworthy – The folks over at The Photoletariat have posted an awesome video about vendor-client relationships. Many of our customers here at BorrowLenses.com will connect with this right away.
  2. Burn, a riveting documentary about firefighters in Detroit was filmed using helmet-mounted Contour HD cameras (much like the GoPro cameras we rent). The documentary needs funding, however, so go over to the project’s Kickstarter page and help out if you can.
    BURN – Footage shot with Contour HD helmet cameras from Tom Putnam on Vimeo.
  3. Here’s your slo-mo video of the week: Waves, shot at thousands of frames per second..
  4. Adobe Photoshop 6 might just go with a Lightroom/Aperture-like theme. AppleInsider has a sneak peek into the next version of the popular image editing software.
  5. Google+, which is getting a LOT of love from photographers, is now giving some love back. Google has introduced the Creative Kit, which allows you to add filters to your uploaded images.
  6. The folks over at Phaidon press have released the third in a series of one-minute tips from National Geographic photographer Steve McCurry. McCurry took one of the most iconic photographs in the world, the June 1985 cover of National Geographic, called “Afghan Girl”.
  7. File this under the “What? Why?” department. Nikon is reportedly looking at acquiring the WebOS operating system from HP.
  8. Look! Up in the sky! It’s… a ball? No, it’s the future of aerial camera systems, says Petapixel. The Japanese ministry of defense has apparently gone off and invented a spherical flying device. Amazing.
  9. APhotoEditor.com has an interesting read on shooting with your conscience. It’s not the first time that a photographer has turned down a client on principle, but it’s always interesting to hear about it anyway.
  10. And, because it’s Halloween and we can’t very well leave this recap without a costume-related piece, here it is: A working Nikon camera costume.

Weekly Recap – October 24, 2011

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Welcome to the Weekly Recap. Today’s post recaps new and newsworthy items related to photography from around the web for the week ending on October 23.

  1. Petapixel is reporting that “A couple of scenes in “The Avengers” were shot with the iPhone 4. We’re pissed. We’ve been training on our RED, for heaven’s sake! Now we have to do iPhone training?
  2. From the “I want it now” department, the Canon 1Dx replaces the 1D Mark IV and 1Ds Mark III.
  3. Sony halts production of the NEX-7 and Reflex Alpha 65 due to the floods in Thailand. Looks like the D800 announcement might be called off because of that too.
  4. Got motion blur in your images? The next version of Photoshop might be able to fix that for you. Adobe releases more details on a deblurring tool demoed at Adobe Max 2011.
  5. Need more megapixels? How’s 200? Go behind the scenes of a vintage Ferrari shoot with the Hasselblad H4D-200MS.
  6. Canon makes changes to its Canon Professional Services program. It’s now easier to become a member.
  7. Getty images is getting sued for using the pine-tree-shaped car air fresheners in some of their stock images. Looks like a judge agreed with the air freshener company, because Getty just lost a round in that case.
  8. There’s a new fund to honor the memory of fallen photojournalist Chris Hondros, who was killed in Libya this year. Donate to the fund at Democracy in Action.
  9. A couple of weeks ago, Olympus’ CEO was fired. Now, it looks like the scandal goes deeper. Corruption! Fraud! Embezzlement! All the makings of a TV movie.
  10. New Hero! Everyone’s favorite action sports camera, the GoPro Hero, is now available in a new iteration, the HD Hero 2. Now Jeb Corliss has to do his wingsuit thing all over again with the new cameras.

Tip of the week: Offloading your images quickly

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The iPad 2

The iPad 2

Every Thursday, we post a photography-related tip. These tips are inspired by questions we get from our customers. Sometimes we might feature a technique tip, and sometimes a gear recommendation. If there’s something specific you’d like to see in this section, let us know. Email us at [email protected]

This week’s tip is inspired by something that we’ve heard asked many times; with today’s high resolution cameras, a 4GB, 8GB or even 16GB memory card may not be enough to hold all your images from a shoot, so you’ll need a safe way to offload the images and resume shooting.  (more…)

Weekly Recap – October 17, 2011

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The FaceBook App for iPad.

The FaceBook App for iPad. Image courtesy FaceBook.com

Welcome to the Weekly Recap. Today’s post recaps new and newsworthy items related to photography from around the web for the week ending on October 16.

  1. Facebook releases iPad app: Why should photographers care? Well, apparently, it makes your photos bigger. And bigger, as they say, is better.
    http://www.photoweeklyonline.com/facebook-ipad-app/
  2. Thailand floods, Nikon affected: The floods in Thailand have reached Nikon’s factories there, the company says. Price hikes on Nikon products to follow, rumors say.
    http://nikonrumors.com/2011/10/10/thailand-flooding-reaches-nikons-factories.aspx/
  3. Everyone – including 500px – has an app: Just a few days ago, a third-party company released an iPhone app for 500px.com, the popular photo sharing site. Now, the company has its own app for the iPad.
    http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/500px/id471965292?mt=8
  4. Ouch: This is why everyone needs to wear a GoPro. Yes, we know. It’s textbook schadenfreude.
    http://www.photoweeklyonline.com/cyclists-collision-with-hartebeest-filmed-with-gopro-helmet-camera/ 
  5. New Canon and Nikon cameras soon: From the “We’ll believe it when we see it,” category.
    http://www.petapixel.com/2011/10/12/canon-and-nikon-may-both-announce-new-dslrs-by-months-end
  6. And we ask again: Fuji, will it focus? Fuji announces pricing and availability of the “Baby X100″.
    http://www.dpreview.com/news/1110/11100710fujifilmx10price.asp
  7. More from the “Want it!” category: One camera plate to rule them all.
    http://www.petapixel.com/2011/10/13/the-m-plate-one-camera-tripod-plate-to-rule-them-all
  8. Film is going away. Again. Really, this time: Chalk this under the “Haven’t we heard this before?” department? For the record, I still shoot some film.
    http://magazine.creativecow.net/article/film-fading-to-black 
  9. Kickstarter, part 1: Not just for cool iPhone and iPod accessories, Kickstarter can also fund some awesome photographic projects. National Geographic photographer Gerd Ludwig goes to Chernobyl on a crowdfunded budget.
    http://blog.photoshelter.com/2011/10/success-in-crowdfunding-the-long-shadow-chernobyl/
  10. Kickstarter, part 2: They asked for $20,000. They got just under half a million. Here come the Cineskates.
    http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/jj1/cineskates-camera-sliders?ref=live 

New gear: Sony F3L

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Sony F3L body

Sony F3L body

Well, it’s here! We’ve been waiting for Sony’s newest CineAlta series product to come in for some time now and we’re pleased to have it in our inventory. The F3L sits somewhere between the RED and the EX3 in the lineup of pro video bodies we offer, and it’s a perfect addition to our growing list of video products. Take a look at the specs on it:

  • Super 35mm Exmor CMOS sensor
  • PL mount
  • 35mm Cine lens compatibility
  • Dual SxS card memory slots
  • 1920 x 1080 HD, Native 23.98p
  • Variable frame rates
  • Slow –mo (over-crank)/High-speed (under-crank) dial on body of camera
  • Internal ND filters
  • 5600K CC (electric color compensation) filter
  • Focus-assistance functions
  • HD/SD-SDI BNC outputs, Dual XLR inputs
  • 10-bit 4:2:2 HD-SDI Output
  • Genlock, Timecode
  • Optional S-Log/LUT workflow
  • Output to an external recorder in 10-bit 4:2:2 or 10-bit RGB (with upgrade option)

The F3L is targeted at professional, higher-end filmmakers and cinematographers. It matches up with the series of PL mount lenses we carry (more to come soon). If you have any questions about it, please call us at (650) 508-3370 and ask to speak with a video specialist.

Tip of the week: An adaptable camera system

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A Zeiss CP.2 lens on an Olympus E-P2

A Zeiss CP.2 lens on an Olympus E-P2

Every Thursday, we will post a photography-related tip here. These tips are typically inspired by questions we get from our customers. Sometimes we might feature a technique tip, and sometimes a gear recommendation. If there’s something specific you’d like to see in this section, let us know. Email us at [email protected]

Today we’re going to talk about a video camera called the Panasonic AG AF100. The AF100 is from a family of products that adhere to the Micro Four-Thirds standard. So far, Olympus and Panasonic are the two manufacturers making cameras for this standard, but a number of other manufacturers have also signed on to produce add-ons for it. Sigma, Carl Zeiss, Lensbaby and Voigtlander, all venerable manufacturers, have signed on to make lenses for it. (more…)

Weekly Recap – October 10, 2011

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Welcome to the Weekly Recap. Today’s post recaps new and newsworthy items related to photography from around the web for the week ending on October 9.

  1. Apple.com, in tribute to Steve Jobs

    Apple.com, in tribute to Steve Jobs

    Steve Jobs, 1955-2011: The greatest visionary of our time passed away last week. You’ve already read this all over the web, seen it on TV, but no news recap would be complete without mention of the passing of this icon.
    http://www.apple.com/stevejobs/

  2. Staged Photojournalism: How much of the photojournalism you look at is staged? Photographer Ruben Salvadori takes a hard, critical look at that question in this provocative and very disturbing video.
    http://iso1200.blogspot.com/2011/10/is-really-photojournalism-real-behind.html
  3. California photographers, pay up – quick! Didn’t pay your model as soon as the shoot was done? Tsk tsk. You might just get sued, thanks to an obscure labor law in California.
    http://www.petapixel.com/2011/10/05/photographer-looking-for-people-to-do-their-job-without-pay/
  4. Adobe announces stuff. Everyone’s happy. Everyone’s mad. Just another Monday? Adobe announced a slew of new products at the MAX 2011 conference. Some things made people happy (Adobe Photoshop for tablets! Yay!).  Other things made people mad (Adobe Photoshop for tablets! Boo!). Adobe’s own Terry White has a nice roundup here:
    http://terrywhite.com/techblog/archives/8848
  5. Google+ for photographers: A really good set of videos, courtesy of Scott Kelby. Definitely worth a view.
    http://www.scottkelby.com/blog/2011/archives/22120
  6. Yes, but will it focus? The guys at Fuji are planning a competitor to the Micro 4/3 format. Because we don’t have enough competing small-factor interchangeable lens formats.
    https://twitter.com/#!/fujiguys/status/121950934426337280
  7. It’s real! No it’s not! One of the best demos we’ve ever seen of inserting 3D items into an image. Bad Photoshop jobs might be a thing of the past. PR departments at BP and in Iran rejoice.
    http://www.photoweeklyonline.com/rendering-3d-objects-into-photographs/
  8. Is that a microscope in your pocket? More cool stuff from the “must have now even though I have no earthly use for it” department. The geeks at UC Davis have turned the iPhone’s camera into a microscope. No, you don’t need to upgrade to the 4S – unless you want Siri to tell you what horrible disease she sees in the magnified images.
    http://www.digitaltrends.com/mobile/uc-davis-iphone-tweak-turns-camera-into-disease-spotting-microscope/
  9. Cancer is cruel and unforgiving, and now it looks to take Photojojo founder Amit Gupta too. Minorities are underrepresented in bone marrow donation banks. Please help.
    http://tumblr.amitgupta.com/post/11102689089/two-weeks-ago-i-got-a-call-from-my-doctor-who-id