Things We Love: Flip-Out (Articulating) LCD Screens on Digital Cameras

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It’s a bit of a stretch, but for the sake of the Hallmark set, I can say that I love flip-out LCD screens on cameras. What I really love is the effect they have had on my photography and the creative possibilities they enable when photographing, especially for street photography. My first camera with a flip-out (and swivel) articulating LCD was the 4MP Canon PowerShot G3, which I purchased in 2003. Since it was my first digital camera, I didn’t take full advantage of all its capabilities, tending to stick with my Nikon SLR for most work but, by the time I bought a used PowerShot G5, in 2005, I was well into experimenting with the LCD and it began to transform my shooting style. Not having to bring a camera to my eye to compose allowed a more surreptitious style of shooting that suited the street photography in which I was indulging.

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Yes, I had been shooting street photography with SLRs for years, but raising a camera to your eye can upset the rhythm and reactions around you and, having the LCD open and “on,” waiting for my glance to confirm a composition, was transcending. Photos that I never would have captured—on buses, while walking, from my bike—I could take, and I achieved the results I wanted. What came to pass was that the angle from which I shot descended, from eye level to waist level (navel level), and this became a style in which I flourished. This would not have been possible with an LCD that did not flip out and swivel. A monitor fixed to the back of the camera would still require raising the camera to compose accurately, and one that did not flip out and swivel up would diminish the opportunity to compose with just a downward glance. Yes, I realize that cameras with waist-level finders have been common for years, but the convenience of the digital format combined with a waist-level approach was the perfect blend for me.

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Things We Love: Ring Video Doorbell

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There must be a way to avoid those pesky notes left by delivery drivers claiming an attempt was made to deliver your long-awaited, highly anticipated package—even if it is just a bar of soap or applesauce. While I haven’t found a flawless solution, I am getting close. I live in a New York City apartment and don’t have the luxury of a doorman who receives all incoming packages for safekeeping until I arrive home. I have what you would consider your standard, typical apartment door. No frills, only a place to put a small box in the hopes that no one takes it before I have a chance to grab it.

Unfortunately, some couriers refuse to leave packages unattended or unsigned for, resulting in redelivery or special delivery phone calls. Well, no more! I picked what would soon be the love of my tech life, the Ring Video Doorbell. With this simple device, gone are the days of coming home to a delivery-less front door, and hello to the refreshing feeling of having my textbooks waiting for me when I arrive home after a long day’s work. What a feeling!

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Ring Video Doorbell

Now let’s get into the features of this convenient device. First, the installation really couldn’t be easier. Deciding exactly where to put it will probably take the longest time—in my case, my apartment door was my only option—as opposed to perhaps the outside wall next to a front door of a house. Instead of mounting it directly onto my metal door using the included mounting hardware and relinquishing all hope of getting my security deposit back, I decided to use heavy-duty mounting tape. It’s secure alright, you’d need pliers and a whole lot of force to rip this thing off my door. But don’t even try, because I have you on camera!

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Cinema Lenses: What Are You Paying For?

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As someone prone to discussing video gear with just about anyone willing to engage in related conversation, one topic that is frequently brought up to me is the price and purpose of professional video gear and the seeming price disparity, in contrast to consumer or prosumer gear. In this installment of pro gear discussions, I will delve into what separates professional cinema lenses from their prosumer and consumer ilk.

Questions that I used to get while I worked in equipment rentals would commonly include, “Why do these cinema lenses cost so much more than photography lenses? Are they so optically superior?” and, “Will I see an appreciable difference using cinema lens “x” as opposed to a similar photography lens?” The combination of the seeming democratization of resources that can realize cinematic results and the appearance of “budget” cinema-lens offerings on the market has only intensified this discussion. Further muddling the field, inexpensive optics once relegated to DLSR and mirrorless cameras have found their way into cinema-grade housings; starting with the Zeiss Compact Primes (based on Zeiss Classic optics for DSLRs), introduced circa 2009, followed by Canon, with its CN-E primes, in 2011, all the way to Rokinon’s XEEN range and Tokina’s Cinema ATX zoom offerings, which came to market in 2015.

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Zeiss Compact Prime CP.2 50mm/T1.5 Super Speed EF Mount Lens

To those who are unfamiliar with what constitutes a cinema lens, differentiation beyond the superficial appearance is not enough to warrant paying a significant premium. Although, if the price were truly unreasonable, no one would pay it, right? So, what would you be getting for your dough?

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MWC 2017: Lenovo Debuts Moto G5 Plus

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Lenovo debuted the Moto G5 Plus at Mobile World Congress this weekend, and in doing so reemphasized the G-series as one of the best budget phones on the planet. The G5 Plus sports a new, sleek-looking aluminum body and features an all-around spec boost, including an upgraded Snapdragon 625 processor and Galaxy-S7-worthy camera setup. The display on the G5 Plus is a 5.2″ 1080p screen with Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Multiple RAM and memory configurations are available, along with microSD card and micro-USB support. As with previous generations, this year’s Moto G offers a near-stock Android experience, which is crucial to purists and to those of us that wanting the least lag possible. 

Lenovo also announced the Moto G5 at MWC, but so far it looks like only the G5 Plus will be available in the U.S. and European markets. But that’s OK. Plus is more, and more is better as far as we’re concerned.

The new Moto G5 Plus is coming soon to B&H.

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Logic and the Touch Bar: Time to Upgrade?

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After sighing a deep sigh and promising myself I would not work in any puns about Apple incorporating the Touch Bar into their flagship DAW being “Logical,” I opened the Late 2016 MacBook Pro and downloaded Apple’s Logic Pro (version 10.3 is required). The two main DAWs I use are Pro Tools and Logic (where I prefer to do my programming and MIDI work), so having a familiarity with the software meant I could really dive right in and see what, if anything, the Touch Bar adds to my admittedly established process of working within the software. Could it replace muscle-memory key commands and mouse clicks?

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Upon launching a new session, as usual, Logic prompts you to create tracks. I opted to create an audio track first, which brought up a somewhat Spartan display on the Touch Bar: a button with a rotary pot icon, and a Level button. Touching the rotary pot icon brings up a selection of controls that are essentially universal, plus one that is track-specific.

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From here, you can select a visual scroll-through of your entire session, very handy transport control, and in the case of audio tracks, input gain and level control, along with an input monitor button. Admittedly, the Touch Bar is a little sparse for audio tracks, but it does allow you to write volume automation, a great feature to get your hands off the trackpad or mouse. Pressing Shift, Control, or Command while the transport is up brings up a variety of different options, ranging from changing your mouse tool type to gluing, cutting, or repeating regions. I’m very used to my key commands, so I’m unsure if this will be faster for a seasoned Logic vet, but those just starting out might find themselves not having to learn key commands for common functions.

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Quick Look: Memento Smart Frame

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In this B&H Quick Look video, photographer David Flores introduces Memento Smart Frames, a unique, state-of-the art 4K smart frame that enables you to display photographs digitally in a cutting-edge frame that emulates the look of traditional print photographs. Memento Smart Frames, which support Android, iOS, and Windows Wi-Fi communication, are available in two sizes: 25 and 35″, in a choice of designer colors.

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MWC 2017: Samsung Announces Galaxy Book, Windows 10 Tablet Hybrid

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Announced at Mobile World Congress 2017, Samsung’s new Galaxy Book is a Windows 10 tablet hybrid that’s designed to deliver productivity on the go. It’s lightweight and can be used as a tablet or laptop, allowing users to do more than if they had just one type of device. Available in two versions, a 10.6 or 12″ model, the Galaxy Book can be equipped with up to a 7th-Gen Intel® Core™ i5 processor, 8GB of RAM, and a 256GB solid-state drive with additional room, thanks to its microSD card slot.

More importantly, the Galaxy Book comes with a detachable keyboard and an S Pen, which adds to its value and accessibility, right out of the box. Much in the way Apple’s iMessage syncs across Apple devices, Samsung is also including its Flow Software, which does the same thing for Samsung Galaxy Devices to help users who own multiples. Currently, there are no pricing and availability details available; however, we do have a list of their projected specs.

Samsung Galaxy Book 10.6″

Samsung Galaxy Book 12″

Display

10.6″ TFT FHD (1920×1280)         

12″ Super AMOLED FHD (2160×1440)

Chipset

7th Gen Intel® Core™ m3 processor, Dual Core 2.6 GHz

7th Gen Intel® Core™ i5 processor, Dual Core 3.1 GHz

LTE Support

LTE Cat.6 (300Mbps)

LTE Cat.6 (300Mbps)

Memory

4GB + 64GB/128GB eMMC

microSD up to 256GB

4GB+128GB SSD/ 8GB+256GB SSD

microSD up to 256GB

Camera

5MP FF

13MP AF + 5MP

Port

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#1: Canon EOS Rebel SL1 18.0 MP CMOS Digital SLR Full HD 1080 Video Body with EF-S 18-55mm Complete Deluxe Accessory Bundle

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Canon EOS Rebel SL1 18.0 MP CMOS Digital SLR Full HD 1080 Video Body with EF-S 18-55mm Complete Deluxe Accessory Bundle
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MWC 2017: DJI Unveils Matrice 200, New Industrial-Strength UAV

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Sunday, at Mobile World Congress, DJI officially unveiled the Matrice 200 UAV, an indomitable follow-up to its impressive Matrice 100 quadcopter. This time around, the Matrice is a hyper-ruggedized, extremely weather resistant, dual-battery aerial beast built for industrial applications, such as power line inspection, firefighting applications, search and rescue missions, and more.

With a 38-minute flight time, 4-pound payload capacity, and 4-mile operational range, the Matrice 200 looks capable of handling whatever job is thrown its way. Multiple gimbal configurations are available, including an upward-facing mount that opens the door for all kinds of building and structural inspections. To ensure your flight goes smoothly, the Matrice 200 is also equipped with 17-inch propellers that will hold it steady in strong winds. Best, and most practical of all, is the collapsible design that allows the Matrice 200 to be folded down in a snap, so you can pack and unpack it as quickly as the job demands.

Matrice 200 series quadcopters are coming soon to B&H.

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MWC 2017: Samsung Gear VR in Control

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Samsung has announced a new edition of its Gear VR headset, which comes with a wireless controller for easy, intuitive control over your virtual-reality experience. Designed with ergonomic curves for long-lasting comfort, the Controller has a touchpad that lets you point, drag and drop, tilt, and more, as well as having a trigger button. Volume, home, and back keys complete the experience.

The headset itself sports 42mm lenses with a 101° field of view, with distortion-correction technology to reduce the risk of motion sickness. It charges via USB Type-C or Micro-USB, with an adapter included so you can switch between the two. The Controller lasts for up to 80 hours of use on a pair of AAA batteries and stows in a strap on the headset. The Gear VR with Controller is compatible with the Note 5, S6, S6 edge and edge+, S7, and S7 edge, and is expected to work with Samsung’s upcoming handset, which will be announced on the March 29.

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