REVIEW : Aputure V-Control UFC-1s USB Focus Controller

REVIEW : Aputure V-Control UFC-1s USB Focus Controller

As more photographers look to leverage the power of video in the delivery of content and services, we start to encounter areas of challenge that we might face when it comes to working with manual focus, particularly on lenses designed to be used with autofocus systems.  There are tools out there that are designed to help resolve those problems, this Aputure unit may be one of them.

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Controlling the C300 via your smartphone, tablet or computer

Controlling the C300 via your smartphone, tablet or computer

These days, many videographers are one person shops, meaning you are the talent, the camera operator, the director, the producer, the editor and the person who has to clean up at the end of the day.  If you are working under time constraints or if your camera is in a difficult to get to location (say up high on a jib), you can end up with a lot of useless footage of you going back and forth to start and stop filming, or even for adjusting focus.  Canon has elegantly addressed this.  Let's see how.

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VIDEO : Options in Choosing a Zoom Lens

VIDEO : Options in Choosing a Zoom Lens

There are lots of choices in zoom lenses.  There is also a lot of misinformation and confusion that makes a purchase decision more difficult.  In this video, I try to make things simpler by touching on the points that will matter and breaking zoom lens selection into three major categories, the all-around zoom, the wide angle zoom and the telephoto zoom.  Enjoy!

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REVIEW : Phottix Mitros

REVIEW : Phottix Mitros

As part of my ongoing review of the Nikon D4s, I wanted to go a bit deep on Nikon's CLS flash management system.  With the support of Chris Atkinson at Henry's Newmarket, I was able to use a Nikon SB-910 and a Phottix Mitros for a 48 hour period.  Nikon's flash is great, but pricey and while I have had excellent experience with the Phottix Mitros+ flashes that have radio transceivers built in, this is the first time I have tried the regular Mitros.

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Welcome to the new site

Regular visitors will notice a change here at ThePhotoVideoGuy.ca  I have moved away from Wordpress and Netfirms to Squarespace.  Despite a lengthy presence using Wordpress, I had too many issues and my site was hacked one too many times.  So, while the move was non-trivial and more expensive, I have made the transition.  It's possible some content in older posts didn't make it.  If you see a missing element, let me know and I will try to fix things.  I am afraid that Wordpress just became too much of a target to keep using it and while the people at Netfirms were always pleasant, getting help was becoming a lot of work just to get folks to listen.

So thanks for coming by and I promise to continue to produce information of interest to you.

Special Offer from Think Tank

Regular readers know that I am big fan of the bags from the folks at Think Tank. My friends at Think Tank Photo, who are celebrating their 10 Year Anniversary, just announced a special offer.  Whenever you order one of their Urban Disguise Shoulder bags between now and May 15th you will receive a Shoulder Harness V2.0 backpack harness by mail for free.  This harness is pretty amazing for it easily converts your shoulder bag into a backpack.  It’s great for freeing up your hands to sprint through airports for flights, for example.  To partake of this special offer, simply order the Urban Disguise bag of your choice and download and submit the online form.  Think Tank will ship your new harness right out.  And, don’t forget that by using my special URL you will receive a free gift from Think Tank with your order as well as free shipping.

http://www.thinktankphoto.com/categories/shoulder-bags/urban-disguise.aspx?code=AP-743

REVIEW : Nikon swings for the fence with the D7200

REVIEW : Nikon swings for the fence with the D7200

Nikon has been busy.  Not only have they been building a string of successful full frame cameras, they've been pushing hard in the crop sensor space with the new D7200.  While there has yet to be a successor to the D300S, Nikon has not dropped the ball at all.  How can I say this?  Read on... Let's start with the core specs.

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Canon Punches at 4K

Canon Punches at 4K

Canon's EOS Cinema lineup has up to now had one 4K solution, the C500.  Brilliant but pricey piece of kit, where other video camera manufacturers have been pushing harder sooner.  Blackmagic Design has the URSA and Sony has the killer PSW-FS7 but both came in at a lower cost than the C500.  Canon has announced two new cameras, and a new recording format to try to establish a leg up in 4K.

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