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USB Follow Focus – Take control of your Canon EOS Digital SLR

This is a great idea. May get one.   The new Okii Systems USB Follow Focus gives the photo and video enthusiast a compact yet powerful device that enhances the capabilities of HD video enabled Canon EOS Digital SLR cameras, including: EOS 5D Mark II EOS 1D Mark IV EOS 7D EOS 60D EOS 550D/Rebel T2i/Kiss X4 EOS 500D/Rebel T1i/Kiss X3 Like Canon’s EOS Utility, the USB Follow Focus uses Canon’s USB protocol to allow control of a wide range of functions, but without the limitations and bulk of being tethered to a computer. The device is handheld, weighing under … Continue reading

Canon EOS 600DRebel T3i

My Canon 60D has a swivel LCD little brother. Canon UK Press Release Capture every moment of your adventure with the new EOS 600D United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 7th February 2011 – Canon today announces the launch of the EOS 600D – a compact, lightweight Digital SLR (DSLR) that makes capturing exciting, fun and creative images easier than ever. The perfect choice for aspiring photographers looking for a combination of outstanding image quality and ease-of-use, the EOS 600D sits at the top of Canon’s entry-level EOS line-up, above the existing EOS 550D and the new EOS 1100D. Capturing stunning … Continue reading

Carl Zeiss & Schneider-Kreuznach Joins Micro Four Thirds

You Panasonic AF-100 & GH series owners can now directly mount Carl Zeiss and Schneider-Kreuznach lenses. Olympus Press Release Carl Zeiss AG joins the Micro Four Thirds System Standard Group Announced jointly by Olympus Imaging Corp. (President : Masaharu Okubo) and Panasonic Corporation in 2008, the Micro Four Thirds System standard has rapidly grown in popularity. Now, support for the standard is expanding with the decision of Carl Zeiss AG to join the Micro Four Thirds System standard, and the company is releasing lenses compliant with the standard. For more than 160 years, the lenses of Carl Zeiss AG have been … Continue reading

Why the future of video is the DSLR form factor

I just posted this to an article on EOS HD. It was about the form factors of HDSLR’s vs Video cameras.  I agree for the most part. This is what I wrote: Long Live The HDSLR. I don’t use all that extra rigs and gear on my Canon 60D. Just did a professional shoot with my 60D with a JuicedLink 454 on the bottom for audio. I mount my Hoodman Hoodloupe on the swivel LCD. (http://halfmac.wordpress.com/2…/) I am ready to go. I have headphone monitoring, XLR’s and a video style viewfinder for $500. I Then mount a wireless receiver on … Continue reading

Inexpensive Laptop Plug Travel Adapter

On a recent trip to England a friend forgot his adapter to plug his USA Mac Book power supply into an outlet in the U.K. The solution? He removed the sliding unit with the USA prongs on it and then inserted a standard two hole power connector into the space on the Apple charger. Like the two hole units on many TVs and other electronic units in the USA the U.K. [and many European] power supplies use the same hole configuration, connected at the other end to their particular power plug ins. I can’t say for sure but I think … Continue reading

Can glasses free 3D viewing increase consumer appeal for 3D and take up of 3DTV sets.

About 10 percent of the population don’t see 3D including me. I wish 3D would go away like many gimmicks that it is as it did before. The nice thing about not seeing 3D is that I don’t have to spend more money at the Cinema or for other devices that include it including TV’s. The bad part is that some cinemas are only showing movies in 3D so I won’t see them until the 2D version is available. I did not see “Shrek 4” because it was only in 3D, so I went and saw “How to Train Your … Continue reading

1000fps for free – using Motion Optical Flow instead of Twixtor

This is from our friends a Crumple Pop: “We were inspired by Oton Bačar’s incredible bmx videos on Vimeo to experiment with retiming 60fps video shot on the Canon 60d. Specifically, we were interested in whether an obscure feature of Apple Motion called “Optical Flow” could achieve results that were comparable with Twixtor.” “After a lot of experimentation, we came up with a workflow that yields pretty solid results. As is the case with Twixtor, Apple Motion handles some shots beautifully while other shots get turned to ripply mush. Which is better, Motion Optical Flow or Twixtor? It seems to … Continue reading

Kodachrome T-Shirt

Dwaynes Photo in Parson, KS has accepted the last order of Kodachrome processing. They are offering a T-Shirt to “To commemorate the best slide and movie film ever made, show off the Kodachrome colors with this 100% cotton T-shirt.” I ordered one.