My guide to buying a cheap Hasselblad medium format camera

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Did you hear of the man who tried to clean every last spec of dust from his Hasselblad?

He’s dead now.

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Why 8K will not eliminate the boundary between stills and video when it comes to technique

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The quality of 1080p had barely been made film-like before being cast aside for 4K and now manufacturers are racing to make 8K a reality, which is in the region of 36MP, before 2018.

It seems the megapixel race has truly come to filmmaking.

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Panasonic GH4 array of 120 cameras make 3D sculptures from stills

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Image Sensors World spotted an interesting development from Panasonic in Japan which features 120 GH4 bodies assembled in an array to capture a person from all angles before software is used to develop a photo-realistic 3D sculpture of the subject.

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Battle of the mirrorless monsters – Sony A7R vs Olympus OM-D E-M1

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Can Olympus survive? The scandal is over, but sales are faltering. Their prized position in the mirrorless market is threatened by a revitalised Sony and their Alpha range. This supersedes the high end of the NEX line (and dispenses with the NEX brand altogether); bringing full frame sensors to the table and in the case of the A7R – 36MP and nearly 14 stops dynamic range.

My full review of the Sony A7R is coming soon, ditto for the E-M1.

Until then let’s take a look at how the top of the range mirrorless cameras perform head to head – not just at video but stills too.

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What the Canon 1D X 14 fps burst mode looks like as a 5K video

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This from Michael Hession at Gizmodo. It really is a great idea – he has used the stills burst mode (the fastest ever on a DSLR) of the Canon 1D X to piece together a short video at 14 fps. The video has the dynamic range, resolution and overall quality of photographs. It is a massive step up from the video mode but of course 14 fps is shall we say – a retro frame rate.

However I actually think it is a valid style. It has a certain appeal, a certain old Super 8 magic to the motion – but from a far larger sensor.

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 first impressions

Olympus OM-D E-M5

For me the OM-D is a superb stills camera with question marks for video. So satisfied I am with it as my main stills camera I’ve replaced both my Fuji X Pro 1 and NEX 7 with it for stills. Much better AF and the lens range were certainly a factor in that, but this camera also combines the retro good looks of the Fuji with the operational fluency and advanced featureset of the NEX 7, as well as offering superb 5 axis image stabilisation inside the body.

But how does it do for video?

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Can’t open 5D Mark III raw photos? Hate bundled software? Try this

Lightroom 4.1 RC

It is a pretty disgraceful state of affairs around raw support and new camera releases at the moment and heads need banging together in my opinion. However help is at hand from Adobe who have released the pre-release version of the new Lightroom 4.1 – and it is free.

Adobe Lightroom 4.1 Release Candidate (RC) can be downloaded at Adobe Labs here

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