Jan15th

FREE Cine Summit for Cinematographers coming up – plus bonus webinar replay!

Posted By planetMitch
If you're not on the planet5D daily email list, you missed out on a huge chance to talk directly with a Hollywood DP and ask questions about lighting! We ended up having a TON of questions and [adrotate group="6"]the webinar went on for almost an…
Jan15th

Samsung to Release Huge Video-Oriented Firmware Update for Exciting NX1 Camera Mid-January

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
Samsung is poised to do a Fujifilm and is due to release a massive update to the firmware for the incredible Samsung NX1 hybrid APS-C camera, adding plenty of professional-level features to this device in the sights of so many professionals and enthusiasts. The update…
Jan14th

“I Want That One:” DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Earns PC Mag Editor’s Choice

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
There are so many ways to create incredible footage these days that sometimes it’s overwhelming. The folks over at PC Magazine make it a little less overwhelming with their thumbs-up review of this incarnation of the DJI Phantom 2 drone.[adrotate group="6"] Do you ever remind…
Jan14th

Planet Iceland: One Man’s Take on Optimal Travel Gear

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
What do you bring when traveling to Iceland for spontaneous stills and video shooting? planet5D reader Alex Cornell shows and tells all for his short PLANET ICELAND. Sometimes it’s easy to tell when the person who made the film you’re watching really enjoyed himself.[adrotate group="6"]…
Jan13th

CineBootCamps Films Premiered at Canon

Posted By fletch murray
Just as Canon opened the door to filmmakers with the introduction of the 5D Mark II five short years ago, and Amy Kawadler of Canon helped us start the CineBootCamps, Amy again graciously opened the doors to Canon's[adrotate group="6"] Hollywood Professional Technology and Support Center to…
Jan13th

Flickr: Forget Canon vs. Nikon. Now It’s Canon vs. Apple

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
And maybe coming soon: Apple vs. Samsung? 2014 stats from photo sharing site Flickr confirm what we already knew: the photo world is changing BIG TIME.  Told you so. Top Brands Overall[adrotate group="6"] It’s not just that Apple supplanted Nikon as the #2 camera brand…
Jan13th

Titleshop: Online, Real Time, 3D Title Generator

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
New website Titleshop offers the promise of fill-in-the-blank motion graphics. It’s the next logical step after crowdsourcing motion graphics from the likes of elance-odesk, and I’ll call it “no-sourcing:” the full-blown replacement of human creatives with software.[adrotate group="6"] OK, don’t freak: Skynet Creative Cloud isn’t…
Jan12th

SpeedLooks 4 Studio Log LUT Set, A Closer Look

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
When LookLabs released version 4 of its two SpeedLooks 3D Look Up Tables (LUTs) sets for editors and colorists, I wrote a news item and overview. Since then I have begun putting LUTs from SpeedLooks into action on a series of short movies currently in…
Jan12th

Motionnine Releases Camera Cage for Canon EOS 5D Mark III, Form-Fitting, New Quick Release NATO Handle & Cable Clamp

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
Korean accessories specialist Motionnine has just released its Cube 5D3 Kit for the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR, their first camera cage to include a quick release NATO handle and quick release cable clamp. There is a 15% off launch sale right now so…
Jan12th

New Sony 4K Camera: XAVC S; Ports Galore; WiFi and LiveStreaming…

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
...in a $1,000 Handycam. Gotcha! OK, you have to look past the oy vey, “So I’m not gonna need a tripod now... Exactly” moment in the video. And the 4K is UHD only. Still, the convergence of smartphone and video camera coupled with feature trickle…
Jan10th

Sphincter-Clenching Drone Footage of Climber Ascending 1,500′ TV Tower

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
While current FAA drone regulations are still evolving, Prairie Aerial makes a case for preparation, artistry – and not waiting. OK, maybe that title was TMI. And we here at planet5D are gearheads: not lawyers, legislators or enforcers of the law. [adrotate group="6"] But none…
Jan9th

Support World’s First Camera Backpack Made for Women with f-stop’s Indiegogo Campaign for The Kashmir

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
After a successful Kickstarter campaign where they achieved funding above their goal, innovative camera bag maker f-stop has launched a short Indiegogo funding campaign for those who missed out on its predecessor. The f-stop Kashmir - Female Focused Camera Pack campaign closes January 13 at 11:59pm PT with…
Jan9th

Lenspen Revamped, Recolored, Now Even More Essential

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
Canadian laptop and camera cleaning products company LensPen has updated its LensPen and DSLR Pro Kit camera lens cleaning products (Get LensPen at B&HPhoto Video), improving their looks and functionality and making them cleaner to use with the company’s new Invisible Carbon cleaning compound. I recently…
Jan9th

Simple Sunday Survey #3 – Canon EOS C100?

Posted By planetMitch
Well, I am behind schedule as usual. We did do the Simple Sunday Survey on Sunday but it was late because my hard drive crashed on my iMac Saturday. I spent most of the day Sunday trying to backup things just in case.[adrotate group="6"] I…
Jan8th

Venus Optics Unveils World First 60mm f/2.8 Ultra-Macro Lens, Focusing from 18.5mm to Infinity

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
It looks like China is shaping up to be a major player in the stills and movie optics design and manufacturing industry. Anhui-based company Venus Optics is the latest to throw its hat into the ring, announcing the first 60mm macro lens with 2x magnification…
Jan8th

The Hobbit’s vision for the future of cinema looks awful, but it just might work

Posted By planetMitch
I just had to post this article from TheVerge - ever since I saw the High Frame Rate (HFR) version of the Hobbit, I've hated the idea of 48fps or higher on the big screen... yet I know many absolutely loved it and want to…