Blackmagic URSA Mini Pro Real World Video Samples and First Impressions

A good first look review of the new Blackagic URSA Mini Pro from my favourite video gear reviewer, Johnie Behiri at Cinema 5D. What I love about his reviews, is he always shoots an actual short project as the test, and not just some random footage. So what does he think. This quote sums it up:

The new model is literally better in every aspect. In fact, in my opinion, it is the most robust and mature camera that Blackmagic Design has ever made.

That pretty much says it all really. (But read the full article anyway)

Canon 5D Mark III gets 4K Raw Video thanks to Magic Lantern

No, you didn't read that wrong. With all the rumours about the 5D Mark IV getting updated video features, the impressive gurus at Magic Lantern have figured out how to get 4K off the 5D Mark III. What's more is they're doing it at a full frame crop. Oh, and it's RAW. 

It's still at the experimental stage, and not ready for use yet, but it's impressive that they've been able to do this. It's also kind of embarrassing for Canon that you can get full frame 4K off the older camera and the newer model is limited by a large crop factor (for now). It will be interesting to see how good this looks when it's a bit more stabilised.

Via SLR Lounge

More Rumours about a Possible Upcoming Canon 5D Mark IV Firmware

Canon Rumors has more information on the possible firmware update that has been rumoured for the Canon 5D Mark IV. As well as getting C-Log, the firmware is also now rumoured to bring a revised crop factor, a 3K mode and a new codec.

It's worth pointing out that, despite several websites reporting on this like it's a done deal, it's still just a rumour, but having said that if this is true, the 5D Mark IV just went to a whole other level for video, and will certainly be more level competition for Sony. 

Ming Thein joins Hasselblad as Chief of Strategy

Hasselblad has announced that commercial photographer and blogger Ming Thein has been appointed its Chief of Strategy. Thein is known for his popular blog, and is no stranger to Hasselblad as a former ambassador for the company. In addition to his photography chops, Thein brings a degree in Physics from Oxford and years of experience working in finance and private equity firms to Hasselblad. Plus, we think he's got some good ideas about how cameras should function.

Kudos to him for getting this role. I've been following Ming Then for many years, and he has been a great source of inspiration. I wish him all the best in this new venture.

via Digital Photography Review


New Website to Offer Free RAW photos to practice editing

A new site, due to launch soon, called Wesaturate, plans to offer RAW files for people to download, so that one can practice raw editing if you don't have access to a camera that shoots RAW, or alternatively, I presume it will be useful for trying raw files from specific cameras (if it will let you search for specific cameras).

According to Dp Review:

Wesaturate is tentatively scheduled for a full launch on April 17, though at the moment it is only accepting email addresses from those who want to be notified about the launch. A single image is currently offered on the site in both Raw and JPEG formats; it, and others uploaded later on, are offered with a Creative Commons Zero license. Once the site fully launches, users will be able to share their own photos with the Wesaturate community.

Vinyl listening booths from 1955

At HMV, customers could buy records and record players, but also listen to the latest songs.
In the 1950s, HMV introduced special sound-isolating booths where customers could sample new sounds without having to wear headphones. (They also had enough room to squeeze in a close friend or two.)

An amazing collection of images on Mashable from "His Masters Voice" which later became known as HMV, circa 1955. 

The Three Features that I’m most looking forward to in the next Fuji Firmware Updates

Fuji made a high profile announcement yesterday about upcoming firmware releases for the X-Pro 2 and XT-2. The full set of improved features has been listed in many places, so I won’t re-type the full set here. Instead I wanted to briefly talk about the three features that I’m most looking forward to, which are (numbers are from the list on Fuji's site):

9. Addition of a smaller Focus Point size in Single Point AF
The update adds a smaller Focus Point size in Single Point AF, bringing the total number of available sizes to six. The new smallest size facilitates pin-point focusing.

This has been my biggest point of frustration with the X-Pro 2. I have repeatedly found it difficult to focus on small objects, especially if there are other things nearby in the frame. Hopefully this will address that.


23. Name Custom Settings
The update allows you to assign a specific name to Custom Settings 1 - 7.

I think this is a great idea. It gets a bit confusing just having them named 1-7. 


19. Addition of "Eye Sensor + LCD Image Display" in the View Mode
The update gives the "Eye Sensor + LCD Image Display" option in the View Mode that allows you to shoot through the viewfinder and check images on the LCD, just as you would with an SLR.

It’s great that this is finally being added. I also find it frustrating that you can’t do this out of the box, so kudos to Fuji for recognising that this is a need.

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