Posts From April, 2017


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Canon C700 test and Review in Roma; some hours with the "BEAST" 

Posted by paolo.castellano Saturday, April 22, 2017 5:16:00 AM
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At last IBC, when Canon announced the C700, I was pleased by its specs. Very interesting camera with amazing features, available in three versions, 4.5K EF, 4.5K PL and 4K GS PL. The third one was the more interesting for me because GS stays for "GLOBAL SHUTTER"! As soon as CMOS sensors came out again (the first time in the seventies, at the beginning of the PC era), I always thinked that it was too early. There were some advantages vs. CCDs, including the lack of the "smear effect", but the rolling shutter provided several unwanted effects, like flash banding and skew. In all of my camera/camcorder tests, I always dedicated some shots to these matters, and Canon model were always provided nice results on this side, but I was still waiting for a Global Shutter model. Few days ago I got the chance of testing for some hours on of the first C700 4.5K EF available in Europe. I was not lucky because weather conditions were prohibitive for most of time, but the great camera ergonomics make me possible to make some interesting shots in Roma, both in the day and both in the night. 4K Video and Review coming soon... 

Sony just announced the new Alpha 9 

Alpha 9 is a new digital, 35mm full-frame stacked 24.2MP CMOS sensor
Posted by Admin Wednesday, April 19, 2017 5:13:00 AM
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Two years after A7 R II, Sony announced the new Alpha 9 digital camera and a new G Master telephoto lens. The Alpha 9 is based on a new digital 35mm full-frame stacked 24.2MP CMOS sensor with 20fps continuous shooting capability. It will be available in May 2017 for approx $4.500 USD.
Alpha9 with fe 24-70mm
The Alpha 9 represents the all-in-one camera dream for vloggers and professional photographers.
The main specifications are : 20 fps continuous shooting , 1/32,000 sec. shutter speed, 693 AF points with 93% coverage of the frame, 14-bit RAW support, full-frame 4K video capture and 60 fps AF/AE calculation, all with no breaks and silent, vibration free shots for silent shooting.
Alpha 9 offers dual UHS-II SD card slots, an Ethernet port  and 5-Axis in-body image stabilization with a 5.0 step shutter speed advantage. Many users will be happy to know that the new battery has 2.2x the capacity of the past generation A7 II flagship cameras.

A new G Master telephoto lens will debut in July, after the A9’s launch in May. It's a zoom with a focal lenght of 100-400mm with f/4.5-5.6 aperture . Its price will be $2,499 USD.

Other details coming soon. Stay tuned!

Paolo Castellano

Igor Mitoraj masterpieces in Pompei, 2016-2017 

Posted by paolo.castellano Tuesday, April 11, 2017 7:26:00 PM Categories: Archeology
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Since their discovery in the 1748, Pompei Excavations are one of the most important attractions of the whole world. Last year more than 3.2 millions of visitors enjoied this unique trip into our past. Until the next 1st of May, there is one more reason to visit this UNESCO wonder, the Igor Mitoraj exhibition. 30 huge sculptures  of the French-Polish artist are placed all across the archeological site. Mitoraj, a contemporary "classic" sculptor, who spent many time of his life in Italy, in Pietrasanta, to stay close to "marble birth", wished to show his work in Pompei for many, many years. He was successful to get it possible, but he died in the 2014 before his dream came to reality. I feel very happy and lucky to have visited the Pompei excavation during the Mitoraj exhibition, and I strongly suggest, to all of you to go there before the 1st of May, your souls will thank you! While in the area, don't miss the other archeological wonders of Naples and its surroundings. With the same ticket, valid for three days, you can visit Pompei, Ercolano, Oplonti, Stabiae and Boscoreale. I told it several times, and I will tell it one more, if the most notable persons of all ages choose the area around Naples to build their luxury houses, there is a real reason!








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