Feb25th

The Shoot Strap: A Magnetic Camera Strap Strong Enough to Suspend a Sofa?

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
Before there were garage-based startups in the U.S., there were cottage industries in the UK (yeah, OK, and in a bunch of other places, too). In this  installment of our occasional series on Kickstarter projects, we interview Nathan Hughes of Restrap, a small family business…
Feb25th

Free Affinity Photo Beta Updated to Include Raw Photo Processing — Try it Out Now!

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
The latest free beta of fully-featured professional photo editing application Affinity Photo adds raw file processing and is now available for download. I am trying it out right now and I like what I see. And you can’t argue with free! [adrotate group="6"] Serif (Europe)…
Feb24th

Canon? Sony? Feh. Apple’s the One to Watch. Proof #1: Their Oscar Ad

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
Samsung is pulling out all the stops to take on Apple (and increasingly, everybody else), but as the ads shown by both companies during the Oscars prove, it’s hard -- to mix metaphors – to hit a moving target. Let’s place the Apple ad in…
Feb24th

Canon 5D3 Firmware Downgrade IS Possible

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
Thanks to eagle-eyed planet5D reader Hallur for pointing us to the Magic Lantern forum post – and accompanying video – showing how a Canon 5D Mk III firmware downgrade can be done so that ML will still work. As we posted a couple of weeks ago,…
Feb24th

This is Sick (in a Good Way): Create a Render Farm with Apple’s Compressor

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
Compressor now offers Terminator/SkyNet-level computing in the form of a render farm: the ability to harness the power of multiple networked computers – not just drives – to parallelize CPU-intensive tasks. Yeah, OK: maybe not exactly SkyNet. Yet.[adrotate group="6"] Hawaii filmmaker and planet5D reader Jeff…
Feb23rd

What Goes into a Kickstarter Campaign: BTS with Photo Factory 360

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In this installment of our occasional series on Kickstarter projects, we interview Russ Yoskowitz, CEO, founder and lead developer of Photo Factory 360, to learn what’s involved in bringing a product from ideation through manufacturing, marketing -- and funding. [adrotate group="6"] It began as a…
Feb23rd

Olympus Air, Gopro lenses, Audio gear and more: DSLR FILM NOOB podcast with planetMitch

Posted By planetMitch
Via Deejay Scharton @DSLR Film Noob: Episode 10 of the DFN podcast, Mitch from planet5D joins me to discuss the Olympus Air, Gopro Ribcage, 4K system on a chip from Qualcomm, Audio adapters, camera straps, and more.[adrotate group="6"] You can find the show notes here.…
Feb23rd

Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM is More — and Less — Than You Think It Is

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
Credit where credit’s due: Canon’s STM lenses focus quickly and silently at incredibly reasonable price points, and their EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM does that while also being exceptionally compact and having a very close focusing distance. Down-under planet5D reader Chris Winter gives us a quick…
Feb21st

Speedlight on a Rope: Modern Twist on An Old Story

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
Start with a dynamic subject, great setting, and solid gear. Add a dollop of different, and voilà: a new take on Ben Franklin discovering electricity with a key and a kite. Call it Speedlight on a rope.  This time,[adrotate group="6"] it’s not Philadelphia, but Cape…
Feb20th

Rocket Rooster Debuts Great Cinematic Presets for Processing Raw Footage

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
Hot on the heels of their second movie looks set, Rocket Rooster Cinema Colour, Rocket Rooster has released a great set of cinematic color presets for grading your raw movie footage in Adobe Camera Raw. The Rocket Rooster Raw Presets collection is effective, affordable and…
Feb20th

Another Jewel from edelkrone: PocketRIG²

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In another installment in our occasional series entitled “The 80/20 Rule” we’re impressed by edelkrone’s petite PocketRIG² for run and gun support. You can pay three or four times the price of edelkrone’s new $289.99 PocketRIG² for a run and gun style rig, [adrotate group="6"]or…
Feb20th

More on the new RØDE NTG4 and RØDELink

Posted By planetMitch
A few weeks ago, RØDE made some awesome announcements and I was at their RØDEShow 2015 and it as so much fun seeing the products and catching up with old friends and making new ones.[adrotate group="6"] RØDE has released a video of the event which…
Feb19th

Cinec 4.0 is a High-End H.265 Video Converter – And More

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
For most planet5D readers, what makes Cinec 4.0 interesting is its support for H.265, introduced with great fanfare on the Samsung NX-1. That fact that it’s also 8K capable? Not so much. And if you’re a Mac user, never mind: it’s Windows only. [adrotate group="6"]…
Feb19th

U.S. Gimbal Maker DEFY Shakes Things Up (Hah!) with G2X

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
This Phoenix, AZ-based firm has all of the ingredients – hip team, awesome web site, great tag line (“Built by Cinematographers, For Cinematographers"), growing track record and reputation – and now, a 3-axis gimbal for $1995, their new G2X. [adrotate group="6"] Just under a month ago…
Feb18th

Alex Cornell’s 5D Mark II Back-Up Proves Itself in ‘Flipped Iceberg: Shooting in Antarctica’

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
Multitalented creative Alex Cornell of San Francisco agency Moonbase shares how he did it in his video about shooting flipped icebergs at the disappearing Antarctic ice shelf. An old back-up camera, Adobe Lightroom, a couple of great lenses and “an incredible bag” by Lowepro helped him pull…
Feb18th

Stereo Audio Off Center? Impossible to fix until now! + Huge discount

Posted By Karin Gottschalk
Final Cut Pro X plug-in specialist CrumplePop continues its push into audio with a whole new type of plug-in – Magnetic Stereo, designed to automatically fix unbalanced stereo recordings. High quality stereo audio continues to come to the fore as more dedicated stereo mikes appear…