You might have heard of a company called “FLM” before – it is based out of Germany and it is in the business of making pretty solid tripods and tripod heads, competing against such recognizable brand names as Manfrotto, Really Right Stuff, Kirk and Arca-Swiss. While at Photo Plus, we saw a few FLM ballheads on display and we decided to ask Markus Burklin, Director of Production at FLM to showcase their top ballheads for our readers.
FotodioX is the company behind the WonderPana Filter system for wide-angle lenses, which we had a chance to review a few years back. Since then, the company has been rolling out all kinds of products, from pretty impressive LED lights to different lens adapters for DSLR and mirrorless cameras. While visiting their booth at Photo Plus, we asked Bohus Blahut, marketing director of FotodioX Inc to demonstrate their latest products to our readers, specifically, their latest “ND Throttle Fusion” smart adapter that can be used to adapt Canon EF lenses on Sony mirrorless cameras.
As you have seen from some of the posted interviews from Photo Plus in New York, recording audio during interviews was a real challenge, thanks to all the ambient noise present in the area. With so many exhibits and people present everywhere, it was nearly impossible to keep our audio microphones pointed at one specific area – audio gear was picking up noise from all over the place. We did not want to mess with big microphones and lavaliers either, since we wanted to film quickly on the spot. Gladly, we found a booth that had the exact product we needed – Sound Shark Audio!
At Photo Plus NY, we also had a brief conversation with Mr Makoto Oishi of Fujifilm Corporation, who has been involved in the design and planning of the new Fuji GFX 50S medium format mirrorless camera. As you may already know, Fuji was the second to introduce the medium format mirrorless camera, after Hasselblad made the headlines a few months ago by introducing the Hasselblad X1D-50c. Both feature similar 50 MP medium format CMOS sensors and compete directly with each other in this new market segment. Previously, Pentax was the only company to offer a medium format camera in a similar price range of under $10K (see our Pentax 645Z review), but it cannot be really considered a competitor, since it is a medium format DSLR, which differs vastly in terms of size, weight and ergonomics. The new Hasselblad and Fuji mirrorless cameras are certainly game-changers in that regard, being so compact and lightweight. While full-frame mirrorless cameras can be comparable in size and weight to smaller full-frame DSLRs, the same cannot be said about what Hasselblad and Fuji have done with their mirrorless offerings – the difference between them and something like the Pentax 645Z is just too drastic.
While John and I were attending the Photo Plus show in New York, we had an opportunity to interview Lindsay Silverman, Senior Product Manager at Nikon USA. The highlight of the show were obviously the newly announced Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL VR, along with the 19mm f/4E PC-E lenses. Both are premium offerings specifically targeted towards working professionals, so we could definitely see quite a bit of people approaching the Nikon booth to see pre-production samples of these lenses. Although we have already provided our initial report on the handling concerns when using the new 70-200mm f/2.8E FL VR, in this particular interview, Lindsay explains the reasoning behind the swapping of the zoom and focus rings. According to him, the new change is actually better for handling, as detailed below:
Big thanks to everyone who had a chance to come and join us at the Fstoppers + PL event last night – it is always great to meet our friends and readers! Now it is time to meet for another event, which will take place tomorrow at the Central Park in New York. John and I we will be hosting a photo walk, which everyone is welcome to join! The weather is supposed to be really nice and we thought it would be a good opportunity to do some photography, talk about photography and finally sit down at a dinner table and share some meals. It will also be a good opportunity to review your photos and provide some feedback, because we are here to help our fellow photographers. It will be a great event and we would like to invite everyone to participate!
With Nikon announcing the new 70-200mm f/2.8E FL VR just two days ago, it was a bit surprising for us to see a pre-production sample circulating at the Nikon booth at the PhotoPlus Expo today. We had a chance to check out the lens and while we were not allowed to take any pictures with it, Nikon allowed us to do a quick video about the handling aspect of the lens. I was certainly concerned about the reversal of the zoom and focus rings on the new 70-200mm f/2.8E FL VR and today John and I were able to see whether it presents a potential problem with handling. Unfortunately, both us were in agreement, that it was not a good decision on behalf of Nikon to make this design change.
John Bosley and I are attending the PhotoPlus Expo in New York this week and after meeting our friends Lee and Patrick from Fstoppers at the show, we decided to organize a little joint get together tomorrow evening (10/21/2016). If you are in the area, please join us at 8 PM at the Cromton Ale House located at the following address: 159 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001 (map details below). It is a pretty big building, so we should be able to accommodate a large crowd of fellow photographers. John and I are also planning to organize a photo walk on the weekend (a free event), if the weather permits – so join us tomorrow to help us plan the photo walk!
Every seven to ten years, Nikon updates its top-of-the-line, flagship lenses with the most current technology and tries to push the performance envelope of new lenses to their new technical limits. We have been waiting for this update for a long time and Nikon finally delivered the new AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR. As expected, this lens looks absolutely stunning in every way. Nikon completely redesigned the lens from the ground up and delivered a true stunner – the new 70-200mm f/2.8 now features a fluorite element to make it roughly 100 grams lighter (which is a huge achievement for this type of a lens). The lens is now of “E” type with an electronic diaphragm, instead of the traditional mechanical lever to change aperture. Vibration Reduction / Image Stabilization has been reworked and vastly improved over its predecessor, with up to 4 stops of compensation. The lens is now comprised of a total of 22 elements, with all the latest coating technologies, including Nano and fluorine coating applied to lens elements, with lens optimized for incredible sharpness across the frame. And based on improvements towards maximum reproduction ratio, it looks like Nikon took efforts to significantly reduce the focus breathing issue that was present on the VR II version of the lens. All this does not come cheap though – the new Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR will retail for $2,799.95 MSRP, which is $400 higher than what its predecessor sold at when it was announced.
Camera shake can be a real hassle and pain when shooing off a tripod. Sometimes camera shake can be completely eliminated with a couple of simple steps and other times, it can be quite painful and sometimes even impossible to deal with. How does one reduce camera shake? Are remote shutter releases helpful in reducing camera shake? Is it possible to eliminate it completely? Since I see this issue so often in the field, I decided to write a detailed article that deals specifically with the challenges of dealing with camera shake when shooting from a tripod.