Posts by: Jordan Drake

Fujifilm X-T20 and X100F Hands-On First Look

 By Jordan Drake

It’s always exciting when we get an opportunity to get an early look at cameras for TCSTV, but especially so when the cameras in question are exciting additions to Fuji’s outstanding X-Series.  I recently commented on a TCSTV Live episode that I hoped Fuji would start bringing some of the technology from their excellent X-T2 and X-Pro 2 into some of their more compact models, and that’s exactly what we see with the release of the X-T20 and X100F. While the cameras we received were still unfinished, I had a great time shooting with both of them, and fully expect Fuji to have a couple more winners on their hands.

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It’s Time for Some Heat 3 Smart Gloves

 By Jordan Drake

Living in Calgary, there is only one thing I can count on every year, and that is a number of bitterly cold, uncomfortable shooting days. While I can bundle up my feet, body and head, it’s more difficult with gloves. Cameras require a good amount of precision to operate properly, especially if you use a smaller model, like a mirrorless camera or point and shoot. I’ve gone through a huge variety of styles and brands of gloves, but I’ve never found any that worked well for actually keeping my hands warm and allowing me to operate all of my camera’s controls until I tried The Heat Company’s Heat 3 Smart Gloves.These gloves were originally designed for the Austrian Special Forces, but The Heat Company saw a hugely underserved market in photographers and videographers so they started recommending the gloves for our particular niche. It goes without saying that the gloves are very warm and well-made given their original audience, but there are many types of warm gloves out there. So what makes the Smart Gloves so special?

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Nikon KeyMission 360 Field Test

 By Jordan Drake

The Ricoh Theta was the first 360-degree camera I ever dabbled with, and I distinctly remember both having a great time manipulating the still photos and being hugely disappointed with the poor video quality.  Since that time, I’ve seen endless announcements of new 360 cameras, but haven’t gotten my hands on one until I received the new Nikon KeyMission 360. Not only does this camera boast hugely improved specs over the Ricoh Theta S, but it comes in a shorter, waterproof, ruggedized housing!

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Photographer Feature: Tyler Forest-Hauser

 By Jordan Drake

Tyler Forest-Hauser has always been a creative person, jumping between composing music, filmmaking and video editing in his early 20s. While I never saw him with a still camera during that period, I could see how important strong composition was to him in the early short films he directed. He had a photographer’s eye, but a photo camera was never on his radar.

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Beholder DS1 Gimbal – Revolutionary Electronic Stabilizers for Video

 By Jordan Drake

Even if you haven’t been staying on top of the latest tech for shooting video, it’s been hard to miss all the excitement over electronic gimbals like the DJI Ronin and Freefly MoVi. These revolutionary electronic stabilizers work like the image stabilizers in your camera or lens, but they’re large enough to stabilize for much larger movements like walking with the camera or controlling vibrations from a vehicle.

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