Campaign for Canon built-in iPad DSLR Follow Focus!


Above: who needs this rig when you have all the manual controls on your iPad?

At some point in the midst of the early DSLR revolution I had an idea about a wireless follow focus which controlled the AF servo motors of a lens in a slow and steady way. Since then a couple of iPad / iPhone apps have been developed which do just this, but they require the purchase of an expensive and bulky mechanical follow focus device anyway – and wireless receiver hardware – instead of communicating directly with the camera and lens.

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Sony releases raw footage from NEX-VG10 on Vimeo

You can download the 1920×1080 video on this page, it is over 1GB so grab it quick before it hits Vimeo’s limits

Shot in Bali. All present and correct apart from 24p isn’t it? Do Sony think cinema is dead? Arghhh…

The good news however is that to my eye there is a complete lack of the same kind of moire and aliasing which plagues the Sony NEX 5, and other video DSLRs like the Canon 5D Mark II. So it does seem Sony are throwing in a decent image processing engine designed around a video core instead of a photo core, and some proper encoding (60i nonsense aside). That’s more like it!

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Why Thom Hogan and Barry Green are wrong about DSLR video


Above: do new dedicated video cameras like the Sony VG10 mark the end of the DSLR video revolution?

Thom Hogan is a great photographer who writes regularly on his blog at ByThom.com – a lot of what he writes, I agree with. However he has a regular stance on video in DSLR cameras – Thom doesn’t want DSLR video hybrids to spoil stills cameras. He says that video on DSLRs is for casual shooting and just a passing craze.

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Sony change the camcorder game with NEX VG10

Sony have announced the specs, release date and price of their first interchangable lens consumer camcorder. Retailing in September at $2000 (including 18-200mm kit lens worth $800), the Sony VG10 is an interchangeable lens mount camcorder, available to pre-order today.

“Targeting video enthusiasts and photographers, the NEX-VG10E opens up unprecedented artistic possibilities not achievable with conventional consumer video cameras.”

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Nikon ultra small mirrorless specs revealed in patent, YouTube goes 4K

Nikon patents in Japan have been decoded at NikonRumors.com and relate to (you guessed it) a mirrorless camera system.

The system is not APS-C based like the Sony NEX or Samsung NX10 and Nikon are not joining Micro 4/3rd’s. Instead they are set to produce the smallest possible interchangeable lens camera, with 49mm lens barrels (think filter thread size of the Olympus EP1 kit lens).

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Nikon finally ‘doing a GH1’

Nikon’s president has announced that the company are working on a ‘new concept camera’ which will feature improved video capabilities.

Makoto Kimura told Bloomberg in an interview yet to be fully published, that the company will introduce a Panasonic GH1 competitor with “enhanced function for video recording” (Makoto’s own words)

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