The Great Camera Shootout 2010, by Zacuto Photo

The Great Camera Shootout 2010, by Zacuto

The folks over at Zacuto have put together the ultimate DSLR vs film shootout. Three 35-min webisodes compare the Canon 5D Mark II, 7D, Rebel T2i, and 1D Mark IV with the Nikon D3s and Fuji/Kodak film. They show examples of exposure latitude differences, sensitivity, color tests, resolution, and green screen tests. It’s definitely worth a look, if you’re using DSLRs for video (via Howard Hall).

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Howard Hall’s Ocean Requiem Photo

Howard Hall’s Ocean Requiem

Filmmaker Howard Hall has posted a short video called Ocean Requiem, which he says he created several years ago as a “subtle indictment of over-fishing and gill nets.” The footage is incredible, and is the sort of thing that will either inspire budding cameramen or make them want to quit!

The video footage was captured exclusively on HDCAM with a Sony 900 camera.

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Inon X-2 housing system for LUMIX GF1 available Photo

Inon X-2 housing system for LUMIX GF1 available

Inon has announced the release of an aluminum housing system for the popular Panasonic LUMIX GF1 micro four thirds camera. The system consists of the X-2 housing, dome and flat ports that support the following lenses: 8mm/F3.5 Fisheye, 20mm/F1.7 Pancake, 45mm/F2.8 Macro, 14-45mm/F3.5–F5.6 Zoom and 7–14mm/F4 Zoom and the M1 grip base tray. The housing will support S-TTL and all the ports use optical coated lenses.

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Adobe Lightroom 3.2 and Camera RAW 6.2 release candidates available Photo

Adobe Lightroom 3.2 and Camera RAW 6.2 release candidates available

Adobe has announced release candidates for Lightroom (version 3.2) and Camera RAW (version 6.2) on Adobe Labs. The release candidate status means that they are almost ready for release, but will benefit from additional beta testing. Adobe has never released a “.1” version of Lightroom, although there is a Camera RAW 6.1 release.

The new versions will extend RAW support to other camera models, add additional lens profiles, and fix some bugs in the earlier releases. Lightroom 3.2 now allows publishing directly to Facebook from the library module.

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Video tribute to Wes Skiles Photo

Video tribute to Wes Skiles

Axel Sproul has posted a powerful tribute to the late Wes Skiles on Vimeo. It includes film shot of Wes during cave diving projects, as well as interviews with him. Wes Skiles died on July 21, 2010 while diving off Boynton Beach, FL. His career included many credits in broadcast television and film for PBS and National Geographic.

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Out now: X-Ray magazine issue 37 Photo

Out now: X-Ray magazine issue 37

X-Ray magazine issue 37 is now available as a free download. This issue focuses on polar diving, with articles about the Antarctic Peninsula, Greenland, the Russian Arctic and diving the Central Arctic. Polar explorer and photographer Göran Ehlmé is profiled by Peter Symes, and Lawson Wood asks “Why Digital?” in the underwater photography section.

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