Gadgets & Gizmos

THE NISI FILTER holder is already one of the best designed we’ve seen and one of the most compact as well, which is incredibly important when it comes to packing your camera bag. So it’s with interest we’re looking at the new V6 100mm NiSi filter holder.

Rather than buying separate circular filters for lenses with different screw threads, NiSi offers square filters which fit into a filter holder, and the filter holder is attached to lenses with different screw threads by means of adaptor rings. So one filter for all your lenses!

The V6 holder is made from aviation-grade aluminium, features superb build quality and supports three 100mm filters as well as a circular polarising filter in any combination. Even with all the filters on board, the V6 has no vignetting at 16mm on a full-frame DSLR, yet it remains svelte and compact with a streamlined design. The matte black frosted finish on the surface minimises reflection and the special rotation wheel design means the CPL (circular polarising) filter can be rotated independently via a cog on the back of the filter holder.

Naturally, you can purchase the filters, holders and adaptor rings separately, but NiSi offers a number of different kits at a better price. For instance, the NiSi 100mm Professional Kit Third Generation III with V6 and Landscape CPL, is aimed at landscape and seascape photographers with everything you need to get started. NiSi suggests it’s perfect for anyone who wants to create long exposure images and use ND filters, GND (graduated) and Natural Night filters, and fitting multiple lenses with a standard filter thread. The kit includes eight filters and the most popular adaptor rings (67mm, 72mm, 77mm and 82mm) with others sold separately. The NiSi 100mm Professional Kit Third Generation III with V6 and Landscape CPL represents a great saving compared to buying all the included items separately. Purchased individually, the filters would cost $2340, but the kit is priced at just $1899.

For more information, visit www.nisifilter.com.au

WITH THE RELEASE of serious mirrorless cameras by Canon, Lumix and Nikon, it’s not surprising to see lots of new lenses being developed as the manufacturers make the most of the optical advantages offered by a camera without a reflex mirror box!

Nikon, for instance, has released a 24-70mm f2.8 constant aperture zoom which, by all reports, is remarkably crisp and sharp. However, so was the 24-70mm f4 lens that was released at the same time as the Z6 and Z7 cameras, so do you need the f2.8 lens?

For photographers looking for a lightweight camera outfit, the f2.8 lens will add 300 grams of generally unnecessary weight. Sure, there will be times when f2.8 will look better than f4 in terms of shallow depth-of-field, but in terms of light gathering, we don’t need the extra speed given the high ISO performance we have these days.

On the other hand, it looks like a great lens! Nikon says it employs a newly incorporated multi-focusing system; drastically reduced aberrations even when shooting in close distances, and as a result, delivers extremely accurate and high-speed AF control. Additionally, a smooth and natural bokeh effect allows you to better isolate your subject against a blurred background.

For both photographers and video producers, stills and movies alike can be taken in silence. By assigning settings on the control ring, unnecessary noise from changing the settings can be reduced. A dedicated focus ring that is separate from the control ring also allows for manual focus operation to achieve smooth focus transitions. Additionally, ‘focus-breathing’ reduction ensures a significant reduction of angle-of-view shifts when adjusting focus. This comes together with an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism, allowing the photographer to be able to exert accurate and consistent aperture control, even during high-speed continuous shooting or movie recording.

For more information, visit www.nikon.com.au

PANASONIC HAS JUST announced an addition to its Lumix S series of cameras, the S1H. The S1 and S1R made a big splash and are no slouches when it comes to video performance, but many pundits wondered how long it would be before Panasonic brought out an ‘H’ derivative, just as it has done for the Lumix G-series.

The S1H is expected to be the world’s first camera capable of video recording at 6K/24p (3:2 aspect ratio), 5.9K/30p (16:9 aspect ratio) and 10-bit 60p 4K/C4K.

Panasonic has been a favourite of location video producers due to the Lumix camera’s small size and weight. The new S1H with its fullframe sensor will be larger and heavier than the G-Series cameras, but no doubt there will be plenty of interest from existing Lumix users. By maximising the use of the pixels in the full-frame image sensor, the Lumix S1H will accommodate a variety of recording formats, including 4:3 Anamorphic mode, to meet professional needs. Shooting in 6K enables higher quality 4K output and the ability to crop, pan or further stabilise in post-production while maintaining 4K resolution.

The new camera will also offer V-Log/V-Gamut with a wide dynamic range of 14+ stops, in line with the dynamic range of the Panasonic Cinema VariCam. This means detail is retained in shadows and highlights while subtle gradation areas, such as skin tones, are faithfully reproduced. Designed with consistent colour management in mind, the S1H’s recorded footage is compatible with V-Log footage recorded by VariCam or V-Log L footage recorded by the Lumix GH5/ GH5S, enabling an easier post-production workflow.

Panasonic says it has also focused on heat management to deliver non-stop video in every recording mode. This makes the S1H capable of shooting all types of long form video, including documentaries, interviews and events.

For more information, visit www.panasonic.com.au

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