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Get up, Get out and Celebrate Photography this Spring! Longer days and shorter nights. Rising temperatures and a refreshing whiff of spring in the air. These are just some of the reasons we look forward to May here in Canada, but for many of us, it’s the annual CONTACT photography festival that has us chomping at the bit. Hundreds of artists showing at 200 venues. Images too many to count. But there’s another reason to get fired up this time of year. At Vistek, we like to celebrate Photography Month our own special way, and we invite you to come…

Canon’s much-loved Rebel DSLR has been with us for more than a decade now, and every addition to the lineup is something to celebrate. Canon extended that tradition with its recent launch of the EOS Rebel SL3 at this year’s NAB Show in Las Vegas. This uncomplicated but competent camera has always been targeted to hobbyists and enthusiasts, and Canon continues to keep it comfortably simple with this new model. They’ve also added some new features and functions that are sure to please Rebel diehards and convert reluctant wannabes. In a competitive market that’s currently crowded with slim, lightweight mirrorless…

Our team is at NAB 2019 scouring the show floor for the latest exciting products that are coming to market this year. Here’s our recap of some of what we’ve seen so far. Sony HXR-MC88 Compact 1” (1.0-type) HD Camcorder w/ Fast Hybrid AF & 24x zoom The HXR-MC88 is a new fully featured, lightweight, compact camcorder that features a 14.2-megapixel (effective) 1.0-type stacked CMOS sensor, BIONZ X image processor that captures full pixel readout without pixel binning, Fast Hybrid AF and built-in wide-angle 12x optical zoom lens. Other features include, built-in ND filter that adds up to 6 stops,…

If you plan on purchasing the new Panasonic S1 for shooting video, you’ll be happy to hear that Panasonic will be releasing a (paid) firmware upgrade in July that adds 10-Bit and full V-Log recording capabilities to the camera. The update will add support for: 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 24p/30p internal video recording 4:2:2 10-bit 4K 60p HDMI output Full V-Log recording Currently, V-Log is only available on Panasonic’s professional video cameras such as the AU-EVA1 (the GH5/GH5S offer the V-Log L variant) so it will be kind of a big deal for filmmakers who prefer the flexibility of working with smaller camera…

The Sigma MC-21 Mount Converter/Adapter gives shooters using L-Mount [1] cameras such as the Panasonic S1 [2],  a wider range of lens options by allowing Sigma EF-Mount and SA-Mount lenses to be used. Attaching the MC-21 to an existing Sigma SA or EF mount compatible lens will allow them to be used as L-Mount system lenses. The MC-21 features a small LED light on the outer part of the ring that changes colour depending on the compatibility of the attached lens. A green light indicates full compatibility, orange indicates compatibility, but that the lens requires a firmware update and no light at…

Canon’s professional level XA Series camcorder lineup has expanded by three with the announcement of the first cameras in the series with 4K 30p recording capabilities, the Canon XA55, XA50 and XA40. Each of the new cameras features Canon’s 5-Axis Intelligent Optical Image Stabilization, detachable XLR handle, three-inch LCD touch panel screen, tilting high-resolution EVF and in the case of the XA55 alone, a 3G-SDI terminal that supports “camcorder integration into professional workflows”. Canon describes the XA55 as “an excellent option for news reporting and documentary shooting”, while the XA50 & XA40 are more geared towards “broadcasting schools, government agencies…

The new, easy to use, Profoto Connect is a small, lightweight, button-free trigger that seamlessly integrates your camera with Profoto AirTTL lights leaving you free to focus on what’s important, creating beautiful images. Profoto Connect is the button free trigger that integrates your camera and Profoto light making light shaping easier than ever before. Profoto Connect Profoto recognizes that for some photographers, capturing images with natural-looking light using flash can be a daunting, complicated task. With the Connect, Profoto has introduced a trigger system designed to help take the guesswork out of lighting, ultimately making it easier for photographers of…

The versatile Fujifilm X-T30 will appeal to photographers of all skill levels and with it’s compact size, and improved video features, including 4K, it will be a viable option for vloggers and video content creators as well. X-T30 Main Features The X-T30 might be the successor to the popular X-T20 mirrorless camera, but it also shares some common features and specs with it’s more expensive cousin, the X-T3. Under the hood, the X-T30 features a 4th generation, 26.1 megapixel X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor offering a slight increase over the 24.3 megapixel sensor found on the X-T20. It also takes full advantage…

The new Datacolor Spyder X Pro and Spyder X Elite monitor calibration tools are designed to make it as easy as possible to make sure that the colours on your monitor match the colours in your final output. Spending time colour correcting your images only to find that your final output doesn’t match what you see on your monitor can be a frustrating experience. Why does this happen? Well, it’s more than likely because you’ve never colour calibrated your monitor. Related Post: When was the last time you calibrated your monitor? Monitor colour calibration is probably one of the most overlooked…

Sennheiser has announced a new entry level plug & play wireless system called the XS Wireless Digital (XSW-D). Designed with “ease of use in mind”, the XS Wireless Digital system is essentially a cable replacement that consists of lightweight, compact plug-on transmitters and receivers featuring either XLR (6.3mm, 1/4″) or mini jack (3.5mm, 1/8″) connections that transmit in the 2.4 GHz range to create a wireless peer-to-peer connection. Each device will feature a single-button interface and status indicator to handle both power and linking functions and will be powered by a USB re-chargeable lithium-ion battery that will provide up to…

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