‘Act of Valor’ Steps Up the HDSLR Game

Act of Valor

I waited patiently for a couple of years or so since I first heard about a Navy Seal movie Shane Hurlbut ASC was shooting on the Canon 5D Mark II.  I’ve read about how Shane lit night scenes with practicals, numerous mentions of his man-cam and helmet cam rigs, and how Zeiss lenses worked in tandem with the 5D Mark II for a big screen blockbuster.

It hit theaters yesterday.  And, I set out last night with a few friends to watch it.  I was not disappointed. [Read more…]

Canon 5D Mark III Specs Confirmed? Official on Feb. 27?

Canon 5D Mark III Rumors

Canon Rumors is predicting next week as a for sure thing for the Canon 5D Mark II replacement. Presumably, it will be called the 5D Mark III; however, there have been rumblings that Canon will go with the 5D X name and apparently play off the recent release of the 1D X.

Semantics about naming schemes aside, below is what’s supposed to be the actual specs for the 5D III/X. [Read more…]

Sony A99 at 24MP and A57 at 16MP Inbound?

Sony A850 and A900

It’s been a little too quiet on the Sony front since the introduction of the uber-popular Sony A77.  So, it’s not really much of a surprise to hear rumors of a refresh to the full-frame Sony A900 and (even more so) the consumer-ish Sony A55. Both are very solid cameras in their respective categories; however, their age is starting to show. [Read more…]