Jun1st

Credit Where Credit’s Due: The Canon EOS 5D Really DID Change the Industry

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
Introduced 10 years ago, the Canon EOS 5D – and most especially the Canon EOS 5D Mark II that succeeded it – can rightfully take its place among other iconic machines ranging from the Leica M to the Porsche 911 and the Apple Mac. The…
May31st

Pixar Co-Founder & Disney Creative Chief John Lasseter: “GoPro and iPhone are Here”

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
The guy who gave us TOY STORY (and so many other INCREDIBLE films, geddit?) says  of the iPhone and GoPro “[They] give a vibrancy you have never been able to have before … I think a new film grammar is going to come with these…
May29th

Digital Juice Launches Lifetime Membership

Posted By planetMitch
Our friends over at Digital Juice would like to tell you about their new plans and content (we’ve sent a couple of emails to our daily subscribers but also wanted our non-subscribers to have a chance to see this offer). [adrotate group="6"] With their new…
May29th

Hear It Straight from Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1958

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
It never occurred to me that we could actually hear legendary photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson speak. The very concept smacks of synesthesia. It isn't, of course. No matter. There is something deeply inspiring about hearing the actual man, recorded on vinyl during an interview back in ’58, sharing his…
May29th

Sci-Fi Gone Wild: Twerking Imperial Stormtroopers & Federation Officers, 4K

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
And now for something completely different: while it may have been the 4K that caught our attention (OK, it was, and that makes it just a little bit sad), it’s the humor that got us.[adrotate group="6"] Hey – when was the last time you saw (let…
May28th

The Gimbal Wars: The Latest Gimbal from CAME-TV is $898

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In this installment of our just-named series “The Gimbal Wars” we bring you news of the latest CAME-TV gimbals. Our heads our spinning. I visited China in 2011, where I was both stunned and impressed by what I saw. [adrotate group="6"] Call it the wild,…
May28th

Film School is Changing. Or is It?

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
USC, UCLA and NYU remain at the top of the film school food chain, but even they are changing as other schools like the New York Film Academy or Full Sail have arrived and gained traction. What’s happening? [adrotate group="6"] We wrote a while back…
May27th

Sony Owns a Whopping 40.2% of the Global Image Sensor Market

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
And shows a 40% year-over-year increase in image sensor sales, likely driven by Sony’s deal with Apple to supply the sensor in the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.[adrotate group="6"] If you don’t already know it, Sony not only powers its own cameras and Apple’s…
May26th

Ever want to go Snowboarding in the Clouds? This is AWESOME!

Posted By planetMitch
A guest post! We just got this submission from Kyle Coats about this incredible "Snowboarding in the clouds" video he and his team shot for Happy Socks: Hey Mitch, Love your site. We decided to shoot with the RED epic and the RED dragon so…
May26th

Under the Covers of Apple’s iOS 8 Time-Lapse

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In this installment of our new series “Rise of the Planet of the Apps” we go under the covers of Apple’s iOS 8 time-lapse feature to learn why it’s so darned good.[adrotate group="6"] As the balance between hardware and software in photography and filmmaking continues to…
May26th

That Didn’t Take Long: Sony A7R II, Maybe A8 Coming with 59MP Sensor?

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In this week’s installment of our newly minted series “The King is Dead, Long Live the King,” we bring you accelerating rumors of the imminent arrival of the next Sony A7R which may take the form of an update (Sony A7r II) or addition (Sony A8).…
May25th

Tales of the Illuminati (not the guys you think): F&V

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
F&V Lighting is a well-regarded, value lighting and accessories company with a presence in the U.S. and Europe. Unfortunately, they were one of the guys we missed at NAB 2015. Fortunately, there were over 100,000 other attendees there, so we can now update you on…
May25th

Freefly WEDGE Adds No-Compromise Lens Control via MōVI Controller

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
With WEDGE, Freefly continues to move the bar it first set with the MōVI 3-axis gimbal [B&H | Amazon]:  it extends the capability of single operators. Novices need not apply. In filmmaking and photography, the value of a system – especially an ecosystem (which goes beyond…
May23rd

Shit People Say to Women Directors

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In this first post of our new, just made up series entitled “Light is the Strongest Disinfectant,” we bring you a blog that has been on line less than a month, yet is already changing behavior. We’re writing, of course, of Shit People Say to…
May22nd

Dealing With Rogue Drones

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
In this installment of “Skynet is Coming, Skynet is Coming!” we see the future hurtling toward us: armed drones (“rogue drones”) and the counter-measures being developed by government and private enterprise to defeat them. Joy.[adrotate group="6"] A drone lands on the roof of the Japanese…
May22nd

When Kickstarter Projects Go Awry

Posted By Hugh Brownstone
Do a search for “Kickstarter” on planet5D and you’ll get 14 pages of results -- we like entrepreneurs. But we recently received a letter from a planet5D reader who was upset about a Kickstarter campaign that went south, and he asked us to investigate.[adrotate group="6"]…