Video interview with Mark Seliger courtesy of Phase One
In February I picked up a Nikon S2 Rangefinder – For those that do not know the history of this camera let me shed some light on it for you.
The Nikon S2 released in 1955 was one of the Japanese camera makers best-selling cameras selling over 56,000 pieces. Built like a tank the body is sturdy and works well in any weather conditions. This camera is completely mechanical so no batteries required – that also means no meter so there is definitely that learning curve to those that haven’t shot with older vintage cameras or film.
So enough about the camera and back to the fun stuff – shooting film. So last time I shot film was probably in the early 2000s, probably over 15 years ago, damn its been that long crazy. Well, let’s just say it wasn’t like riding a bike. I had to re-educate myself in regards to Hyper-focusing, Zone Focusing and Sunny 16 rule to get the right exposure. After a 2 weeks and 2 rolls of expired film, I finally dropped off my film to be developed. For those that live in Toronto – Toronto Image Works was amazing for both developing and providing digital scans of my shots.
I was surprised by the images that came – good to know I still got it few shots were underexposed but 80% or was spot on. There’s something about shooting film that digital definitely lacks, and that’s the surprise of seeing the shots you captured when you get it back from the lab.
With the release of its 10 limited edition ALPA 12 XY, Alpa closes a chapter on yet another amazing camera. Created in 2006 the camera has become a favorite to architectural, automotive and landscape photographers.
“We had to develop a stable camera, being also able to rise and fall the front at the same time”, ALPA-Co-Owner André Oldani remembers. “All the manipulations, including stitching and shifting, had to be possible without taking the camera off the tripod.”… “It was probably the first camera with this wide but still highly precise range of settings”, Oldani says. “And weight was no real issue back then. But now we have to follow the general trends toward smaller and lighter cameras.”
Exciting news from Switzerland…
Weighing only 4.3 kg and equipped with a bright dimmable LED modelling lamp, Elinchrom is promising these new flash heads will provide exceptional capabilities for both still photography and video.
As of now, no price has been announced the new ELB 1200 are promised to hit the stores early June 2017.
A Powerful Unit
- 1200 Ws, for only 3,2 kg (without battery)
- Compact: 18 cm x 13 cm x 28 cm
- Weather resistant design
- Fast recycling times: 1.7s in FAST mode, 3s in DEFAULT mode
3 Flash Heads
- Action, Pro and Hi-Sync heads
- Aluminum housing and tilt head
- Flash and/or continuous LED light (dimmable)
- For both still photography and video
- Battery Air (included): 1.1 kg
- 215 flashes / 80 min continuous LED light
- Battery HD (optional): 1.5 kg
- 400 flashes / 120 min continuous LED light
- USB output to charge mobile devices
- A and B outlets
- 2:1 (66%:33%) asymmetry
- 1:1 (50%:50%) option
- 1.7s recycling time in FAST mode
- 3.0s recycling time in DEFAULT mode
- Large OLED control display
- Head recognition
- LED illuminated outlets, show which head is active
- Each head can be activated or deactivated separately
- Flash duration display
- Strobe, delay and sequence features
- Precise colour consistency
- Reliable flash duration consistency
- USB input for firmware updates
Battery Air – 90 Wh
Designed to travel safe and light.
The battery Air offers 215 flashes at full power, or 80 min of continuous light at full LED power. An ELB 1200 unit with a battery Air is allowed as carry-on baggage for travelling by Air with one spare battery.
The battery Air is included with the ELB 1200.
Battery HD – 144 Wh
A power-house for studio and on-location use.
The battery HD offers 400 flashes at full power, or 120 min of continuous light at full LED power.
This item is not included in the set and has to be purchased separately.
- Battery Air – 1.1 kg
- Battery HD – 1.5 kg
- Weather resistant
- Humidity and dust protected
- Battery box cover for safe transportation
- 5V USB power output
- Shipping mode for traveling
- Battery charge level indicator
- 92 CRI dimmable daylight LED
- Equivalent to 250w Halogen lamp
- For both still photography and video
- Aluminum housing
- 22.5 cm x 14 cm x 23 cm
- 2.2 kg
- Aluminum tilt head
- 7 mm and/or 8 mm umbrella tube
- Silent video mode
- Compatible with all full sized Elinchrom accessories
All specs and images/video provided by Vistek/ Elinchrom LTD.
So 2017, has started with a bang. Got some exciting news for you, Kodak yes Kodak is bringing back Ektachrome 35mm Slide Film from the dead.
Ektachrome which has been a favorite of National Geographic photographers since its inception was discontinued back in 2012. The new film is promised to hit shelves by end of 4th quarter 2017.
Kodak Press Release:
Las Vegas, NV, Thursday, January 05, 2017 —
To the delight of film enthusiasts across the globe, Eastman Kodak Company today announced plans to bring back one of its most iconic film stocks. Over the next 12 months, Kodak will be working to reformulate and manufacture KODAK EKTACHROME Film for both motion picture and still photography applications. Initial availability is expected in the fourth quarter of 2017.
KODAK EKTACHROME Film has a distinctive look that was the choice for generations of cinematographers before it was discontinued in 2012. The film is known for its extremely fine grain, clean colors, great tones and contrasts.
“It is such a privilege to reintroduce KODAK EKTRACHROME Film to the cinematography community,” said Steven Overman, Kodak’s chief marketing officer and president of the Consumer and Film Division. “We are seeing a broad resurgence of excitement about capturing images on film. Kodak is committed to continuing to manufacture film as an irreplaceable medium for image creators to capture their artistic vision. We are proud to help bring back this classic.”
Kodak will produce EKTACHROME at its film factory in Rochester, N.Y., and will market and distribute the Super 8 motion picture film version of EKTACHROME Film directly.
Kodak Alaris, an independent company since 2013, also plans to offer a still format KODAK PROFESSIONAL EKTACHROME Film for photographers in 135-36x format. KODAK PROFESSIONAL EKTACHROME Film is a color positive film, also known as “reversal,” “slide,” or “transparency” film. Unlike all of the other KODAK PROFESSIONAL Films available today, which are color negative films, EKTACHROME generates a positive image that can be viewed or projected once it is exposed and processed. This makes it ideal for high-resolution projection or presentations. It is also well suited for scanning and printing onto a range of professional-grade photographic media. Availability is expected in the fourth quarter of 2017.
In addition to the bringing back of Ektachrome, Kodak is working hard to launch, The Kodak Ektra Smartphone which is geared towards photographers and creatives alike. No date of when the The Kodak Ektra is slated to hit shelves but something to look forward to in the months to come.
KODAK EKTRA Smartphone Key Features:
- ANDROID 6.0 (Marshmallow)
- 21mp fast focus camera sensor with f/2.0 lens, PDAF, OIS, Dual LED Flash
- 13mp phase detection auto focus front-facing camera with f/2.2 PDAF
- Helio X20 2.3GHz Decacore processor with 3GB RAM
- 32GB memory, expandable with MicroSD cards
- Advanced Manual Mode – adjustable on Exposure, ISO, Focal Length (Manual/Auto), White Balance, Shutter Speed
- Familiar scene selection dial experience – includes scene modes Smart Auto, Portrait, Manual, Sports, Bokeh, Night-time, HDR, Panorama, Macro, Landscape, Film / Video
- Integrated high quality printing app
- Super 8 Video Recorder
- Integrated social media sharing
- 3000mAh, with USB 3.0 Type C fast charger
Chase’s advice is aimed towards photographers but can be applied to any industry.
Repost from Chase Jarvis ( facebook )