New Swedish company CRDBAG has set out to create better storage solutions for photographers and videographers. Its system is based on a set of durable bags that can eventually be laid out on a studio wall for easy access.
The company has started with two products available in multiple sizes: the CRDPOUCH and CRDWALL.
The CRDBAG lineup seems to combine tactical features with the world of high-end outdoor equipment and the company says it set out to create the ultimate tool for sub-packing and storing camera equipment for filmmakers and photographers. Taking a page from the cable management bags from Think Tank and ramping it up a notch, the CRDPOUCH system is designed to be tagged and labeled for easy identification of all the items and grip in a photographer’s kit.
The system is quite the departure from either open-shelf storage when at home or velcro dividers inside of bags when taking equipment on the road.
The CRDPOUCH bags are closed by a weather-resistant YKK zipper and are made with Cordura — which is a very durable material — and integrate a semi-transparent panel in the front to make visual identification of what is inside in the bags easy (if the label isn’t enough).
The system is currently available in four sizes ranging from the 10x23x0.5 centimeter small pouches capable of storing a portable hard drive or some batteries, to the 25x43x0.5 centimeter extra-large pouches that are capable of storing a gaff kit and or smaller drones and accessories. The entire lineup of pouches is only 0.5 centimeters (0.2 inches) thick making them ideal for storing in a pelican case, rolling bags, or even backpacks.
The inside of the bags features small zipped organizer pockets that the company sees as useful for smaller loose items like batteries and memory cards, while the exterior features small pockets made especially for Apple AirTags or similar tracking products such as a Tile, and a “tactical hook” designed for hanging the pouches in a variety of ways, including connecting them to the upcoming CRDWALL which the company plans to launch towards the end of 2021.
The CRDWALL is a wall-mounted modular system meant to hang the CRDPOUCH bags for easy access. The setup is made up of two bars and eight hooks on each that have a crisscrossed cord that runs between them to attach the pouches and other gear too. The design of the system is certainly unique, and while aesthetically it won’t be everyone’s cup of tea, there is definitely something intriguing about a studio setup that allows easy access to the various items a photographer might need, all at arms length.
The CRDPOUCH from CRDBAG is available in four different kits ranging from $108 for a four-pack of Small bags to $149 for a four-pack of Extra Large bags. The CRDWALL will be available near the end of the year and is expected to cost around $200. Full details on the CRDBAG system cam be found on the company’s website.
The PGYTECH Snaplock System offers a varied and useful collection of accessories that are compatible with a wide range of photography kit. Thanks to features such as ‘push to install’, the accessories are really easy and quick to use. Plus, the anti-loosening design of the plate accessories brings peace of mind that your camera is safe and secure in use. There’s definitely a quick-release accessory for every type of photographer in this collection.
Easy to use
Quick to install
Good build quality
MultipleSnapLock Plate Adapters/Plates needed to make the most of the system (if you have multiple cameras)
Some cameras/lenses feel heavy on the Beetle Camera Clip
PGYTECH has introduced a line-up of accessories for photographers, vloggers and smartphoneographers who are looking for quicker and more efficient ways to carry and use their cameras. The PGYTECH Snaplock Quick-Release System features a SnapLock Plate Adapter, SnapLock Beetle Came Clip, Action Camera SnapLock Plate, SnapLock NANO Sviwil and Tilt Mount so it seems there’s an accessory for everyone but are they any good? We’ve been putting them to the test to find out.
PGYTECH Snaplock System Features
As mentioned above, the PGYTECH Snaplock Quick-Release System features four main accessories and if you take a look at the PGYTECH website, you’ll notice there’s also a Snaplock Plate Nano and a Snaplock Reverse Ball Head, however, we’re not reviewing these two accessories today.
We’ll take a look at each of the products individually as they’re all slightly different even though they’re part of the same collection.
Beetle Camera Clip
The Beetle Camera Clip removes the need for you to hold your camera or have it around your neck on a strap when it’s not in use. The Beetle Camera Clip enables you to quickly mount and lock your camera securely onto a bag strap or belt and to remove it ready for action, all you have to do is press a button. There’s even a lock so it won’t accidentally come undone when walking and the back features anti-slip rubber so it holds onto a strap more securely.
An Arca-Swiss compatible SnapLock plate is used in conjunction with the Bettle Camera Clip which means it’s compatible with various devices and the plate features a patented tight-fitting screw to prevent it from coming loose. You can also fasten your camera to the SnapLock plate in any direction so when you’re using a heavier lens, you can mount it horizontally to distribute weight better.
The main body of the clip is made from an aluminium alloy so it’s strong but lightweight and its size means it easily fits in a pocket.
Arca-Swiss compatible SnapLock quick release camera plate
Attaches to most backpack straps or belts
Easy to clamp design
Installation in any direction
Patented tight-fitting screw
Pocket size, easy to carry
Aluminium alloy construction
Snaplock Plate Adapter
The Snaplock Plate Adapter makes mounting cameras to tripods and other accessories as easy as one click. The SnapLock Plate Adapter’s mounting base uses a clamp that locks by itself rather than a knob you have to tighten manually which means you can mount the SnapLock Plate, used throughout this collection, in one simple step. There’s also a button you can press to ensure the system won’t unlock itself.
An Arca-Swiss interface on the side as well as 1/4” and 3/8” threaded holes found on the bottom, make the Snaplock Plate Adapter compatible with a wide range of gimbals, plates, tripods and sliders.
Multifunctional interfaces for wide compatibility
Patented SnapLock System
The square SnapLock Plate allows you to quickly mount it in any direction
Pocket size, easy to carry
Aluminium alloy construction
Snaplock Nano Swivel & Tilt Mount
For those who need a mount that offers more fluidity, the Snaplock Nano Swivel & Tilt Mount can swivel 360-degrees and tilts through 180-degrees with adjustable damping so operation is smooth. As with all of the products in this range, this accessory features patented technology (PGYTECH SnapLock Nanosystem) that allows the user to quickly and easily mount/dismount gear. There’s an extra lock to ensure your camera is securely attached and a square cold shoe mount can be quickly attached in any direction. The patented 1/4” screw lets you securely fix the plate or cold shoe mount in place and the cold shoe mount’s rotate-to-lock knob contains a patented screw, which prevents it from loosening.
The Snaplock Nano Swivel & Tilt Mount can be used with monitors and it also functions as a mini tripod head so you can connect a smartphone or camera to the device (tripod not included).
360° swivelling and 180° tilting
PGYTECH SnapLock Nanosystem allows you to easily (dis)mount your gear
The extra lock ensures your gear is securely fastened to the mount
A square cold shoe mount can be quickly snapped on in any direction
The patented 1/4” screw lets you securely fix the plate or cold shoe mount in place
The cold shoe mount’s rotate-to-lock knob contains a patented screw, which prevents it from undoing
Multifunctional interface for wide compatibility
Action Camera Snaplock Plate Arca-Swiss
The Action Camera Snaplock Plate, as the name suggests, is for Action Cameras and it features a ball head structure for swivelling (360-degrees) and tilting (32-degrees). It features PGYTECH’s quick-release pin so mounting/dismounting an action camera is easy – simply unlock the pin then rotate it 90-degrees to lock/unlock the pin.
The square shape is Arca-Swiss compatible so you can use it with tripods or PGYTECH’s Beatle Camera Clip and the universal interface as well as the 1/4”-20 conversion adapter makes the Action Camera Snaplock Plate widely compatible with many popular action cameras from brands such as GoPro and DJI.
The base of the plate and the ball head are made from aluminium which means it’s light and the size makes it easy to carry around.
Ball head structure
A Quick-release pin allows you to instantly (dis)mount your gear
The universal interface and the 1/4”-20 conversion adapter for wide compatibility
The square shape is Arca-Swiss compatible
Aluminium alloy construction
PGYTECH Snaplock System Handling & Performance
All of the accessories on review that are found in the PGYTECH Snaplock System are compact in size and lightweight which means they easily fit in a camera bag or even a pocket for easy transportation. They’re also made really well with the aluminium alloy feeling reassuringly strong and all components fitting well. Lock buttons are easy to push and give peace of mind that your camera isn’t going to fall off the mount it’s attached to. We also like the rubberised textures that give the accessories extra grip when attached to a camera and/or strap.
The anti-loosening design of the plate brings reassurance that your kit is safe (PGY even provide Alun keys so you can tighten the bolt easily) and the simple ‘push-to-install’ system the plate and adapter offers makes the mounting/dismounting of gear quick.
You don’t have to worry about the direction you fit the SnapLock Plate in either as the square shape means you can quickly mount it in any direction. It also uses the Arca-Swiss standardized size, which is compatible with most Arca-Swiss plates. Also Arca-Swiss compatible is the SnapLock Mounting Base with 1/4” and 3/8” threaded holes so you can use the device with a wide variety of gimbals, plates, tripods and sliders.
If you own multiple cameras and supports, one slight snag is that you would need to purchase multiple SnapLock Plate Adapters or Plates so you can switch from sliders to tripods or swap cameras easily. If, however, you have one camera and one tripod, you’ll find the SnapLock Plate Adapter system so easy to use and it really does save time. It’s one of the easiest quick release plate systems we’ve used with a simple press of a button releasing the camera from the support. The plate also easily slides/clicks into place and feels incredibly secure. If you use the Alun key to tighten the plate to your camera there’s no movement once it’s in the SnapLcok Mounting Base and the extra lock gives double reassurance that your camera is safe.
The SnapLock Nano Swivel and Tilt Mount is an ideal accessory for vloggers as it can be attached to a handheld tripod as the 1/4”-20 screw hole on the bottom and the 1/4”-20 screw on the top enable it to function as a mini tripod head. It also features the square mount design so you can quickly mount it in any direction and use the built-in push button to make sure it’s secure. For further peace of mind, the SnapLock Nano plate’s 1/4”-20 screw and the cold shoe mount’s rotate-to-lock knob contain a patented screw with a mini thrust needle roller bearing so you can fix the plate or cold shoe mount securely in place.
Once your camera is secure, you can swivel and tilt the mount and the damping means you can adjust the swivel up to 360-degrees and the tilt up to 180-degrees smoothly.
Also designed for action cameras is the Action Camera SnapLock Plate which features a ball head that enables 360°swiveling and 32° tilting so you can lock it in various positions. The handy quick-release pin features so you can quickly and easily mount/dismount gear to it and it’s also compatible with multiple action cameras so a wider variety of customers will be able to purchase and use the adapter. The square shape is, again, Arca-Swiss compatible and it can be used with Arca-type tripod heads or the PGYTECH Beetle Camera Clip so you can capture footage on the move hands-free.
The Beetle Camera Clip is the final device in our collection of Snaplock System accessories and it’s a device you can fasten to your backpack strap or belt to secure your camera to when it’s not in use. It’s designed to relieve pressure on your neck as you don’t need a camera strap and it keeps your hands free for the setting up of tripods etc. Basically, this device provides a quick-access solution to your camera when you don’t want to stow it away.
Mounting and locking the camera in place is really easy as there are no knobs to twist/secure, instead, you just press one button to slide the plate in/out which moves smoothly. The same button doubles up as a lock to keep the plate in place when mounted to the clip.
To secure the clip to a strap or belt, you need to lift the small handle which is reassuringly stiff and lifts with a ‘click’. You’ll then see there are 3 steps (PGYTECH call them gears) that allow different strap thicknesses to be secured. A strap up to 75mm wide with a maximum thickness of 15mm and a minimum thickness of 1mm thick can be used with the Beetle Camera Clip. Once over your strap/belt, you resecure the lock you lifted up to hold the device in place.
The Bettle Camera Clip does hold a camera/lens well but it did take us a while to trust it simply because we’re so used to using a camera strap. You can feel the weight when using longer lenses and we did find ourselves reaching to hold the camera at first but after a while, we did stop doing this. After getting used to the system, we soon found ourselves comfortably walking around, hands-free and with no camera banging around on a strap. Plus, it’s really easy to get the camera off the clip when needed as all you have to do is switch the lock, press it in and pull your camera off the clip. We found it equally secure when using either a backpack strap or belt to fasten it to but sitting the camera horizontally rather than vertically when on a bag strap does help distribute weight better.
The SnapLock plate the clip is compatible with does grip a camera well, with the patented tight-fitting screw doing exactly what it’s designed to do, too.
Value For Money
The accessories in the PGYTECH Snaplock System have the following prices:
You’ll also need a Snaplock Plate if not purchasing it in a set with the Beetle Camera Clip or Snaplock Plate Adapter which is priced at $14.90.
All of the products are rather reasonably priced but if you did want to purchase multiple plates or adapters, the cost could soon start adding up. These prices also don’t take custom fees, VAT, duty and tax you may have to pay into consideration – please check before purchasing.
For more opinions on photography accessories, have a look at our reviews.
PGYTECH Snaplock System Verdict
All of the accessories are really easy to use, are well made and will securely hold your camera but to get the most out of the Snaplock Plate Adapter functionality, you’ll need to purchase multiple adapters if you have different supports or buy multiple Snaplock Plates if you have more than one camera so you can quickly swap them in and out of use. However, those who own just one camera and support don’t have to worry about this so will find the system does speed up workflow and makes connecting/disconnecting a camera to a support really easy.
The action camera accessories offer smooth panning and tilting while the Beetle Clip is a useful way to keep your hands free and your neck more comfortable when not taking photos.
Thanks to features such as ‘push to install’, the accessories are really easy and quick to use. Plus, the anti-loosening design of the plate accessories brings peace of mind that your camera is safe and secure in use.
Overall, the PGYTECH Snaplock System offers a varied and useful collection of accessories that are compatible with a wide range of photography kit which means there’s definitely a quick-release accessory for every type of photographer in this collection.
PGYTECH Snaplock System Pros
Easy to use
Quick to install
Good build quality
PGYTECH Snaplock System Cons
MultipleSnapLock Plate Adapters/Plates needed to make the most of the system (if you have multiple cameras)
Some cameras/lenses feel heavy on the Beetle Camera Clip
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PGYTECH has a new line-up of accessories which includes a SnapLock Plate Adapter, SnapLock Beetle Came Clip, Action Camera SnapLock Plate, SnapLock NANO Sviwil and Tilt Mount.
The accessories are part of the PGYTECH SnapLock system designed for photographers, vloggers and smartphoneographers who are looking for quicker and more efficient ways to carry and use their cameras.
PGYTECH Beetle Camera Clip
You don’t need to hold your camera all the time, just attach it to your straps to free your hands and enjoy your trip. The Beetle Camera Clip also helps to relieve pressure on your neck and to increase your comfort.
The Beetle Camera Clip enables you to quickly mount and lock your camera without having to push any buttons. Taking out your camera is as easy as pushing one button. It even locks extra securely to avoid it accidentally unlocking itself.
We got rid of the tedious traditional knob and use a clip that you can attach to your strap instantly and very securely. The adjustable buckle enables you to attach your camera to most straps.
The Beetle Camera Clip uses the Arca-Swiss compatible SnapLock plate. You can use the plate to mount different Arca-type equipment to meet all your creative needs.
The SnapLock plate lets you install your camera in any direction instantly. The camera mount direction can be adjusted according to the camera lens size.
The SnapLock Plate uses a patented tight-fitting screw containing a thrust needle roller bearing, which ensures the plate doesn’t get undone. It mounts the camera very securely.
Fits PGYTECH’s Action Camera SnapLock Plate perfectly.
Support most DSLRs, action cameras, card machines, mirrorless cameras.
The use of anti-slip rubber material in the inner part offers a snug and secure hold for your strap, eliminating the worry of clip movement.
Be more efficient by using multiple SnapLock Plate Adapters simultaneously to quickly (dis)mount your gear. Switch from sliders to tripods or even swap cameras in one easy step.
The SnapLock Plate Adapter includes the SnapLock System. The SnapLock mounting base uses a clamp that locks by itself rather than a traditional knob. It lets you instantly mount the SnapLock Plate in just one step. You can easily connect cameras and other gear to your gimbal, Arca-Swiss plate, sliders or tripods. The square SnapLock Plate allows you to quickly mount it in any direction.
The SnapLock Mounting Base is designed with an Arca-Swiss interface on the side and the bottom contains 1/4” and 3/8” threaded holes, which is widely compatible with gimbals, plates, tripods and sliders.
The SnapLock Plate uses the Arca-Swiss standardized size, which is compatible with most Arca-Swiss plates.
Compatible with PGYTECH’s Action Camera SnapLock Plate
Push the button to lock it extra securely to avoid it accidentally unlocking itself.
The SnapLock plate uses a patented tight-fitting screw containing a thrust needle roller bearing, which ensures the plate doesn’t get undone. It mounts your camera very securely.
The patented PGYTECH SnapLock Nanosystem allows you to easily mount the monitor on your camera after attaching it to the SnapLock Nano plate. The SnapLock Nano plate has a square cold shoe mount, which can be quickly assembled no matter the direction. Push the secure button to avoid it accidentally unlocking itself.
The mount is capable of 360° swivelling and 180° tilting for perfect views and optimal audio recording. The adjustable damping allows it to operate smoothly and conveniently, no matter the weight of the mounted devices.
The SnapLock Nano plate’s 1/4”-20 screw and the cold shoe mount’s rotate-to-lock knob contain a patented screw, which contains a mini thrust needle roller bearing, to prevent it from getting undone. The patented screw lets you securely fix the plate or cold shoe mount in place.
The SnapLock Nano Mount is light, versatile and is widely compatible. The dovetail cold shoe mount ensures it’s working as a monitor mount. The 1/4”-20 screw hole on the bottom and the 1/4”-20 screw on the top enable it to function as a mini tripod head, which allows you to connect a smartphone or camera to a mini tripod.
The new NIKKOR Z-mount lens is sharp, fast, small in size and perfect for portraits as the 9-blad aperture produces soft, natural-looking bokeh that makes the subject stand out.
NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 features:
Bright f/2 standard prime lens: 40 mm angle of view on Z series full-frame cameras. 60 mm angle of view on a Z series DX-format camera.
True to life: the lens renders stills and movies with beautiful detail, depth, and colour.
Artful bokeh: putting subjects in sharp focus against beautiful, softly blurred backgrounds has never been easier.
Great up close: minimum focus distance of just 0.29 m. Sharpness is superb, even up close.
Fast, silent autofocus: powered by an ultra-quiet stepping motor and enhanced by the additional light gathered by the Z mount, focusing is fast, accurate and silent.
Made for video: videos won’t be ruined by focusing sounds. Focus breathing is dramatically reduced so you can adjust focus without affecting the shot’s angle of view.
Pocketable: small enough to keep on the camera or slip into a coat pocket.
Adaptable: the silent control ring can be set to control focus, aperture, exposure compensation, or ISO.
Protected: sealed to protect from dust and water droplets
Pricing & Availability: The NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 will be available from 30 September 2021 with an RRP of £249.
From Nikon UK:
Today, Nikon is pleased to announce the release of the NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2, a compact and lightweight prime lens compatible with full-frame (Nikon FX-format) mirrorless cameras for which the Nikon Z mount has been adopted. The beautifully lyrical NIKKOR Z 40mm f/2 is an everyday superhero: sharp, fast, and small enough to wield discreetly, it’s great for everything from vlogs to vibrant snapshots.
This bright, standard prime lens offers a natural angle of view that is ideal for candid portraits, interviews, and how-to videos. Without a big lens in their face, subjects will feel more comfortable, and the lens is so small and light that it’s ideal for filming engaging first-person perspectives too.
The wide Z mount combines with the lens’ wide f/2 maximum aperture to deliver great low-light performance, ideal for capturing the mood of dimly lit situations. The rounded 9-blade aperture enables soft, natural-looking bokeh: photographers and movie shooters can capture images with softly blurred, super-creamy backgrounds that really make their subject stand out.
Rob Harmon, Senior Commercial Lead, Nikon Northern Europe, says: “We are thrilled to welcome this versatile prime lens into the ever-growing Nikon Z system. This lens is a great value-for-money entry point into the world of Nikon Z. It’s so compact and lightweight that it’s ideal as a main walk-around lens or a lightweight second lens.”
Canon has designed a system that makes it easier and more reliable to capture high-dynamic-range (HDR) photos by better pairing an in-body image stabilization (IBIS) with shake detection algorithms that actively correct for changes in a scene at the point of capture.
As spotted by Canon Watch, Canon’s patent describes a process where IBIS during automatic exposure bracketing is improved to compensate for differences between single images of a sequence because of movement.
Canon explains the problem and briefly describes the solution in its patent:
In the dynamic range expansion processing of an image signal, for example, a plurality of signals having different output conditions are combined to generate a high dynamic range (hereinafter, also referred to as HDR) image signal. In an imaging apparatus, a photographing for synthesizing a plurality of images having different still image exposure periods is known, and is referred to as HDR photographing hereinafter. Since a plurality of photographing operations are performed in HDR photographing, a time required for completing all photographing operations becomes longer than a time required for photographing 1 images.
When HDR photographing is performed by an imaging device having an image blur correction function for correcting image blur of a captured image due to camera shake or the like, HDR photographing is possible while performing image blur correction. In this case, since it is necessary to perform image blur correction for a long time, a limit of a correction range related to an image blur correction lens (hereinafter, also referred to as a correction lens) becomes a problem. In other words, when the drive control of the correction lens in the imaging optical system is performed on the basis of a detection signal such as camera shake, it is impossible to perform the image blur correction beyond the movable range of the correction lens. Thus, when the image blur correction amount reaches the limit of the movable range (correction stroke limit), no further image blur correction effect is obtained.
In short, Canon understands that in order to take an HDR image, multiple frames must be captured in succession with different exposure values and then combine those in post to create an image with a wider dynamic range than a single frame would be able to capture. However, when photos are taken, sometimes there is a bit of shift either due to shake, optics, or the IBIS system that interrupts the ability to make a clean HDR composite.
While it’s not exactly clear how Canon intends to implement the patent, the company describes a way for it to detect when there is shake as well as the pattern of that shake and actively correct for it.
Adobe has implemented a similar system into Photoshop back in 2013 that grants mixed results. Shake Reduction, as it was eventually named, was deployed in the main software but doesn’t quite work as well in real-world cases as Adobe demonstrated. Hopefully, Canon does a better job at solving this problem since it will be attempting to correct for the shake at the time of capture, where it has more ability to tweak its IBIS system in real-time to perhaps prevent a blur from happening in the first place.
Apple has acknowledged that the way it announced its plans to automatically scan iPhone photo libraries to protect children from abusive content may have introduced “confusion” and explains how it is designed to prevent abuse by authoritarian governments.
After some heated feedback from the community at large, it appears that Apple has acknowledged it had introduced “confusion” with its initial announcement and released an updated paper on its plan to scan photos for child sexual abuse material (CSAM) on users’ iPhones, iPads, and other Apple devices.
According to the updated document, Apple hopes to put any privacy and security concerns about the rollout to rest by stating it will not rely on a single government-affiliated database to identify CSAM. Instead, it will only match pictures from at least two groups with different national affiliations.
This plan is meant to prevent a single government from having the ability to secretly insert unrelated content for censorship purposes since the hashes would not match any others in the combined databases. Apple executive Craig Federighi has outlined some of the key information of this plan this morning in an interview with The Wall Street Journal
While the concept, in theory, is a good one that should be able to protect children from predators, privacy and cryptography experts have shared some sharp criticism of Apple’s plan.
The company had stated earlier that the system would use multiple child safety databases, but until this morning, how those systems would work and overlap was not explained. According to the comments from Federighi, they are still finalizing agreements with other child protection groups with only the U.S.-based National Center for Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC) being officially named and part of the program.
The document further explains that once something has been flagged by the database, the second “protection” is a human review where all positive matches of the programs hashes need to be visually confirmed by Apple as containing CSAM material before Apple will disable the account and file a report with the child safety organization.
The paper includes additional details on how Apple will only flag an iCloud account if it has identified 30 or more images as CSAM (a threshold set to provide a “drastic safety margin” (Page 10) to avoid any chance of false positives. As the system goes into place and starts to get used in the real world, Federighi has said this threshold may be changed and adapted. Apple will also provide a full list of hashes that the auditors use to check against child safety databases as an additional step towards full transparency, to ensure it is not “secretly” matching — read: censoring — more images.
Apple additionally noted that it does not intend to change its plans to roll out the photo scanning system this fall.
There’s no doubt about it, even if you have the best camera and lens, the correct settings, a good location, and a great model, a poorly thought out pose can ruin the image. Here is a tip for ensuring you pose your subject in a way that has you taking great images.
If you’re new to portraiture and are looking at getting into it, posing is unlikely to have been at the top of your list of things to think about; it wasn’t with many photographers, myself included. When you want to take portraits, you think of which camera — or moreover, which lens — and how you want the shot to look. You might scout out a location or perhaps you want to do something in the studio. This then leads to how you want to light your subject, and so on, and so forth. You bog yourself down in details so much that other than the selection process, the model isn’t considered. But, something happens and this happens to most beginners: you’ll run out of posing ideas mid-shoot and freeze.
This is a horrible feeling and you will likely begin to panic that you’re looking amateurish. If you’re lucky, an experienced model can dig you out of this situation — or even avoid it altogether for you. To avoid this having to happen, however, you need some posing basics. I have always used a Pinterest board full of hundreds of portraits and poses that I browse before shoots and that acts as a safety. That said, a good move is to have a system in place as Manny Ortiz shows in this video, breaking the model down into three sections. With this, he is able to not only create better poses, but better direct the model too.
Lee Filters has announced a new LEE100 holder designed specifically for the Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S ultra-wide zoom lens.
The new LEE100 for the Nikon mirrorless 14-24mm lens is larger than the standard holders for the 100mm filters and is made from aluminum alloy and features what it describes as a bespoke compression system that allows for safe and secure placement on the lens barrel. The mount will lock securely on the lens without risking any damage to the barrel or hood mount. The company claims it has an optimized vignette performance by leveraging a set of visual “smart alignment” markings that will help users correctly position the LEE100 Mount on the lens as well as an integrated gasket and anti-reflective coating to protect against any light leaks.
While this is a new filter holder design, it will use the same interchangeable and modular guide blocks as the standard LEE100 system, allowing photographers to continue using any existing LEE 100x100mm or 100x150mm graduated filters they have in their kits. The company claims the system has integrated handling tabs on the filter frames that allow for easy positioning without having to directly touch the filter surface, helping eliminate fingerprints and smudges, while increasing the filter’s usable visible area. The mount also contains a physical stop built into the filter frame to optimize the filter’s position relative to the lens. This will ensure the edge of the filter never accidentally drops into the shot.
The company claims that the new LEE100 system for the Nikon 14-24mm S lens is as strong and lightweight as the rest of the LEE100 line-up, can be attached or removed with just one hand using the spring release, and maintains the twin-slot filter guides that will give users a full 360-degree filter holder rotation. To make the most of this new mount, Lee has also launched a new line of foamless 100mm “Big” and “Little” stoppers. These new versions omit the foam light seal that the standard stoppers have, as it would cause vignetting when used on the Nikon Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S Lens. It is worth noting though, that this system will not be compatible with the LEE100 clip-on circular polarizer.
The new LEE100 filter holder kit for Nikon’s NIKKOR Z 14-24mm f2.8 S is available now for about $208 USD (£149.99), and the new foamless stopper filters are about $168 USD (£121.20) each.
An international team of scientists has developed an experimental camera system that can simultaneously capture five dimensions of information from a single snapshot. The concept works by combining two types of sensors together to gather a wealth of information all at the same time.
The researchers say that in order to better observe and understand unrepeatable or irreversible dynamic scenes, it is critical for ultra-fast optical imaging to be able to capture the structure of an object, its temporal evolution, and its spectral composition. Those who developed the new system came up against a wall though, as prior to their development no camera was able to simultaneously capture spatial, temporal, and spectral five-dimensional information of dynamic scenes.
“To break the limitation of the existing techniques in imaging dimensions, we develop a spectral-volumetric compressed ultrafast photography (SV-CUP) technique,” the researchers say in the abstract of their research paper.
Boiling down the team’s research into easily understandable language is not particularly easy. But, basically, the researchers paired a super fast time-of-flight “streak” camera (referred to as a CUP or Compressed UltraFast Photography) with a CUP camera that captures wavelength (the color being emitted by an object) rather than the z dimension. By combining these things, the team was able to capture three dimensions in space (x, y, z) plus the time dimension (t) plus wavelength/color of light dimension (lambda) all in a single snapshot.
The 3D (x,y,z) information in ToF-CUP is coupled to the 4D (x,y,t,λ) information in HCUP and forms 5D (x,y,z,t,λ) information by image processing.
The SV-CUP camera appears to be an evolution of the one PetaPixel’s DL Cade covered in May of 2020 which is able to shoot 70 trillion frames per second. In this case, the researchers combine two CUP cameras, working in unison, to capture space, time, and wavelength information and merge the two outputs into a final 5D output.
“Our SV-CUP brings unprecedented detection capabilities to dynamic scenes, which has important application prospects in fundamental research and applied science,” the team writes.
As noted by Spie, systems like this one with the ability to record dynamic scenes on a picosecond (one trillionth of a second) — or even a femtosecond (a quadrillionth of a second) — timescales gives physicists, chemists, and biologists a way to get ultrafast multidimensional optical images that can be used to detect ultrafast phenomena. While this particular system can’t record quite that fast — it appears to be working at around two picoseconds — the number of dimensions it can capture at the same time at that speed is likely to be hugely helpful to certain scientists.
The full paper titled “Single-shot spectral-volumetric compressed ultrafast photography” can be read at Spied Digital Library.
Image credits: Header image depicts a snapshot of five-dimensional imaging with temporal-spatial-spectral resolutions. | Credit: S. Zhang, East China Normal University.
Nikon is doing its best to keep its promise of a rapidly expanding Z-mount lens family and has announced three small FX and DX-format lenses: the Nikkor Z DC 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR, Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 (SE), and Nikkor Z DX 18-140mm f/3.5-6.3 VR.
With the launch of the new Z fc system today, Nikon has also unveiled two new DX lenses meant to pair with this system, along with a third lens that will be available later this year.
Nikkor Z DC 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR
This is a stylized version of Nikon’s smallest lens, created with a satin silver finish to match the Z fc. The DC 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR an ultra-thin DX-format lens with a convenient wide-to-standard zoom range (24-75mm equivalent). Nikon says it will serve as a great walk-around lens for a wide variety of scenes ranging from landscapes and portraits to tabletop photos. The lens weighs approximately 136g (4.8oz), has a 46mm filter thread, and a minimum focusing distance of 0.2m (0.66 feet) on the wide end and 0.3m (0.99 feet) at max zoom.
Nikkor Z 28mm f/2.8 (SE)
Nikon’s first ultra-compact and lightweight NIKKOR Z prime checks all the right boxes as it will be fast and affordable. The NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 (SE) will be first released as a special edition lens for the Z fc, with a design inspired by classic NIKKOR glass to match the Z fc’s unique finish. The lens offers a standard angle of view (42mm-equivalent when attached to a DX body) that is ideal for shooting portraits or still photography. A standard edition of this lens is planned to be available within the year, along with the 40mm f/2.0 compact prime that is currently in development.
The lens weighs 160g (5.7oz), a 52mm filter thread, and has a minimum focusing distance of 0.19m (0.63 feet).
Development of NIKKOR Z DX 18-140mm f/3.5-6.3 VR
Along with the above lenses and the new Z fc mirrorless camera, Nikon has also announced the development of the Nikkor Z DX 18-140mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens. A high-power 7.8x zoom lens for APS-C format (Nikon DX-format) mirrorless cameras. The lens is scheduled for release later in 2021 and should be a versatile lens for users looking for an “all-around” walk-about lens.
Pricing and Availability
The silver NIKKOR Z DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR lens will be available separately starting in late July for $300 or paired with the Z fc Camera for $1,100 immediately. The NIKKOR Z 28mm f/2.8 (SE) special edition lens will be available in a kit with the Z fc camera for $1,200 starting in late July and sold separately starting in fall 2021 for $300 SRP. No expectation of pricing or an exact timing of availability was provided for the NIKKOR Z DX 18-140mm f/3.5-6.3 VR.
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