Manfrotto says it’s “the first dedicated range of solutions supporting virtual reality creation”. The range includes bases, accessories and extension booms and it’s designed to capitalise on the growing interest in 360-degree video and immersive content: “Photographers and videographers can effortlessly capture entire scenes around their camera, enabling anyone viewing the content to look around and feel like they are experiencing the scenery in real life”.
The VR bases come in several sizes and are designed to offer proper support even several metres off the ground but still be small enough not to show up in 360-degree shots
Manfrotto’s VR accessories are designed to make 360-degree shooting quicker and easier and the boom extensions can help maximise the shooting height when needed.
There will be a selection of kits and the Manfrotto 360° VR range prices range from £29.95 to £634.95.
A three way tripod head has separate adjustments for horizontal movement (pan), fore and aft movement (tilt) and camera orientation (vertical or horizontal). This makes a three way head heavier and more bulky than a ball head, but it’s easier to make precise, fine adjustments in one direction only. Continue reading “Three way head”
The Sirui NT-1005X is a compact and versatile travel tripod with a folded length of 36cm and a maximum working height of 148.3cm. It has a removable centre column with two sections which can be reversed for low-angle shooting. The NT-1005X also comes with a Surui E-10 ball head, which has a maximum load capacity of 8kg. Continue reading “Sirui NT-1005X travel tripod”
A brolly is a lighting modifier for professional flash systems. It’s designed to provide a much larger, softer light source than a naked flash head, and it’s one of the most popular lighting accessories. Continue reading “Brolly”
A softbox fits around the head of a flash to provide a larger and more diffuse rectangular light source. It’s very popular amongst professional photographers for product shots, where it produces even lighting and nice reflections off glossy surfaces, and for portrait photographers who want to achieve a softer, more flattering effect. Continue reading “Softbox”
The Interfit Honey Badger is a compact, low-cost flash head with a 320W output and a 7-stop power range adjustable in 1-stop increments. It can be used on its own, with other Honey Badger flash units or as part of a larger Interfit flash setup. It’s compatible with Interfit’s wireless flash control system. Continue reading “Honey Badger (Interfit)”
RØDE has announced a new and improved shotgun-style microphone designed to be mounted directly on DSLR and mirrorless cameras when shooting videos. It’s designed to raise the bar for on-camera sound recording for prosumer filmmakers. Continue reading “RØDE VideoMic Pro+”
Vanguard has launched its second-generation VEO 2 travel tripod. Travel tripods are designed to fold down as small as possible and be light and convenient to carry, while still offering good camera support and versatility. Continue reading “Vanguard VEO 2”
An extra-fast memory card format currently used only in the Nikon pro DSLRs. It’s about half the size of Compact Flash but has the potential for extremely high speeds – though it’s yet to be seen whether many other camera makers will adopt it.
A feature on some microphones that attempts to cut out loud roaring, whistling noise that you might not notice when shooting but which spoils the sound quality. It can be effective, but it’s even better to use a muffler on an external microphone.
A device for measuring light levels. Digital cameras come with their own sophisticated internal light meters, but it is possible to get external light meters where the settings have to be transferred to the camera manually. This is slower, but has advantages in some circumstances.