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You never know what these things do - you never know that you want them. Till you see them. I can't tell you what the little metal spider is called - it was sitting in the Edelkrone rack at the Stirling Street store all folded up like a dead arachnid. The fact that it had a 3/8 in. treaded stud on the top sort of gave away that it might be to support a ball head or other camera device, but that was all. Then I tried unfolding it and it refused to open - until I figured out that the legs only open one way -and once they are out, the structure can spread like an " X ". At this point the rubber feet that form the ends of the legs set onto a flat surface and the whole device starts to make sense. It also starts to be a very sturdy support. A little more experimentation shows that the stiffness of the joints in the arms is deliberate - you can set them at intermediate points and they will...

And not the rude ones, either. You can get in a lot of trouble making those sort of signs, but you won't have any problems if you use the Manfrotto Mini and Micro arm systems. Who needs them? Video shooters who are using a tripod ( preferably a Manfrotto ) and want to mount monitors, lights, controllers, or other accessories onto their rig. if they need real flexibility as to where the goods will go and at what angle they will see them, these are the arms that will do it. The construction is all-metal. The machining on the joints and struts is exquisite and the sturdiness reminds you of good motorcycle parts. The double joints men a very wide range of movement and the attachment screws at the end mate perfectly with Manfrotto tripods. Away from video work, these would also be perfect for still operations with light cameras that needed to be positioned close to a shooting surface. The locking control freezes whatever you are pointing at a precise point and then doesn't creep. Note also that Manfrotto make great big versions of...

I like to go to the camera events at CE when there is something new in the offing and the local representatives have a worked up a slide show and sample to introduce it. There is nearly always something to eat and drink and equally, there is nearly always something new to learn. Wednesday night was no exception. Sheryl Maugher is now working for the Sony people and she brought along the full-frame Sony Alpha 7s III camera*. As well as the factory slide show she was able to list all the new features of the camera. The surprising thing was that, though it is certainly suitable for still photography, the Sony concept is much broader and envisages this camera being used for some high-end video work. The first clue to this was when she said it has 12.1 megapixels on the sensor. 12.1? In a day when other cameras are being pressed upon us with 45+ megapixels? And this on a full-frame 24 x 36 sensor? By the people who make sensors for everyone else?  With a new Bionz XR processor? What...

No, you cannot. But I suspect there are a number of the more technically intelligent people in the readership who will welcome the chance. Ricky Packham pointed out the new Blackmagic equipment in the shop and I set about photographing it. Most of the new equipment is still in the boxes - and there's plenty of supply for all the different devices. My problem presenting them to you is that I, Captain Ludd, know little of the subject. But I can observe, and if you are a videographer, your knowledge will sell the goods far better to yourself. One bit was available outside the box for inspection - and I was impressed by the quality of construction. See? I didn't even get the back of it right-side up. But the printed chart allows the user to program a switch panel on the top of the box to convert a bewildering number of signal options to output in other forms. A lot of the other boxes promised other conversions and activities: Now that is more black boxes than the airlines keep in their Boeings and as...

A. If you do YouTube right, no-one is looking at your camera. They are looking through it. That doesn't mean you have license to use a dusty video relic that you found in the back of the potato and onion bin - you need to have a certain level of technical ability in your camera. But you don't need to have every rig, monitor, microphone, and mixer in the shop to do it. B. If you have a camera and lens that shows a clear image in good light, do your filming in good light. No-one who saw the Ektachrome Horrors of 1970's grunge movies will ever forget them, despite drink. They were greeny-grainy blue, dark and horrible. And that was the comedies. The docos were worse. We have gotten past that. We can now show clear colour and sharp focus. Most of the digital cameras will do it despite your attempts to help out. In most cases stand back and let the hooks do their work. Your chief task will be to give the automatic eye something to see and the...

And wasn't it good to find them in the Fujifilm cabinet this month? Other parts of the world may still be waiting for stocks but other parts of the world aren't Camera Electronic. And other cameras are not the Fujifilm X-T4. Even if they are ancestors - like my X-T2 - they are missing out on some of the features that have just arrived; IBIS, bigger battery and longer life, improved 4K video shooting, and a better grip and control wheels. I would be jealous but Fujifilm cameras always do perform well. I was particularly impressed with the simplicity with which they let you shift to video work in the field. That's really why they went from the tilt-only form of LCD screen suspension to the side-swing style. You can do self-videoing with ease while sighting from the front. But don't take my word for it - read what Duncan Dodd, a very longtime professional photography man - has to say. Fujifilm X-T4 review by Duncan Dodd  Fuji recently launched the Fujifilm X-T4, with a 26 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans sensor, featuring a full metal...

Lumix and Ninja are two names that people all know when they come into our shop for video recording, Hardware, software, and firmware all combining to do more with 4K video than ever before. Panasonic and Atomos are the firms behind the model names and a recent announcement of firmware updates for the Panasonic Lumix S1H camera and Atomos Ninja V Pro Res RAW capture mean that the end of May will be an exciting time for the videographers. They're planning to write 5.9K RAW data over HDMI - that'll be 1 to 1 pixel readout of the 24 MP sensor in a 16:9 ratio. They also will offer C4K from a Super 35 section of the sensor for higher frame rates. The one I really want to see in operation is the Super 35 4:3 anamorphic option. I cannot see wide things in real life, but then they are represented on a screen it is new vision of the world. There will be a press release closer to the date and the Free firmware will be available on the LUMIX Global Customer Support...

It’s on our television right now. The Lockdown Girls are bingeing themselves on demons, gods, empresses, and subtitled love stories. I’m off in the corner typing this. The cat is quiet and asleep - a pleasant contrast to its normal noise. I always wondered about the Siamese cats in Walt Disney’s “Lady And The Tramp “ and now I know...

Okay, you've gathered up your courage to make a video selfie.Now you have to figure out why, and then what to do. WHY This is a big deal in your life - this time. You weren't alive for the Spanish Flu in 1919 but you are for this pandemic. And if you are taking the advice of the government and medical authorities, you are staying home and away from other people. Hopefully you'll never have to do another of these things, so it makes sense if you remember this one. You have thoughts - some of which may be sensible and some of them reprehensible. If you express them to others in person or over social media you may live to regret it - opinions are always potential weapons against us. But you still want to express them. Well, express them to yourself in the video. Tell yourself the story of what you are experiencing, and be as honest with yourself as you can be. Just saying it out loud can relieve a great deal of the anxiety of what you're going through. You...