Video production requires so many tools for different set-ups. Many of those tools are super sexy cameras, drones, lenses, and accessories. However, there are some tools that fly under the radar but are critical to a fully functional system. One of these very boring tools is the Decimator MD-HX HDMI/SDI Cross Converter, which allows you to take virtually any HDMI or SDI signal and output it to a standard video signal that works with your system into either HDMI or SDI. [Read more…]
The Canon EOS R is a camera we’ve all been waiting to see for several years now. It’s a full frame mirrorless camera with a 30.3MP sensor, 4K video capture, and an all-new lens mount. So how does this new camera and system handle the hype and anticipation that’s been building for so long?
In short, it’s promising. [Read more…]
The Canon EOS R is a pretty great camera but it’s missing a couple of amenities. The built-in time-lapse movie mode is great if you want to have a finished 4K timelapse out of the camera as a video file. If you want to capture still images for later editing and assembly, however, you are out of luck with the in-camera options. [Read more…]
I was so pumped when the Canon 6D Mark II rumors were pouring out and when it was announced. Then, early reports concerned me about the image quality; however, I was also a little hopeful that the numbers and charts wouldn’t necessarily reflect real world experience. After using the 6D Mark II for a few weeks, I’m disappointed to say that the images produced by the Canon 6D Mark II are as bad as the number and charts suggest. [Read more…]
DP Review has published its in-depth review of the new Canon 6D Mark II. It praises the camera for its high image quality capability; however, it finds that the 6D Mark II falls well short of the competition:
The only thing that makes the EOS 6D II stand out is Dual Pixel AF, which turns out is only of real value in this camera when shooting single shots of slow-moving subjects or HD video.
I still want to give the camera a go myself but the dynamic range results are incredibly dissapointing to me. I just expected more out of this camera, which seems to echo DP Review’s sentiments in its review. You can read the full review here at DP Review.
If there’s one thing I hate, it’s sitting at a desk for hours on end. As a photographer, video editor and blogger, I’m tied to a desk quite a bit. Fortunately, standing desks are a thing now and their popularity has led to significant competition that has really driven prices down over the past couple years. Last summer, I got an Uplift Desk and have loved every minute of it.
The Uplift Desk is great – but it was not cheap at around $800 for my configuration. Autonomous contacted me a couple months ago and offered to send me a desk to review. While their new SmartDesk 2 starts at $299, the option I configured ended up being $524 for the dual motor version, walnut surface and accessory kit. As such, it was more feature-rich on paper than the Uplift Desk I already have. [Read more…]
I’ve been flying Yuneec’s Q500 Typhoon 4K quadcopter for several months. It is the total package from what you want and expect from a drone for the serious consumer. I’m a huge fan and all-aboard the Yuneec train.
I was introduced to Yuneec in April 2015 at NAB and got the chance to try out the Q500 series last fall. This review is long overdue but the recent price drops across the Typhoon line make them more attractive than ever and have nudged me to spread the word about this great little drone.
The flight and image capture experience is very similar to what you get from a DJI Phantom series drone. The biggest and most important difference for me is the included ST10+ transmitter from Yuneec. [Read more…]
The Canon EOS M10 is the latest in the company’s efforts to become relevant in the mirrorless space. Fortunately, Canon is starting to figure this space out with some solid tech and really good overall user experience. While the EOS M10 may not be the camera the pros are waiting on, it is worth paying attention to because I think it signals what is to come.
The EOS M10 ships only as a kit option at the moment with a EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens. While retail is $599 for the kit, it was only that price for the first few days that it hit the market and has been floating in the sub-$500 range ever since. [Read more…]