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07.11.20         movie reviews  

Black Book


I found this one on Amazon Prime. Never heard of it before, no recognizable actors. It was surprisingly good! The one thing I didn't like was that most of it is subtitled. There is a surprising amount of violence and also more nudity than I am usually comfortable recommending in a movie, but being that there isn't anything to see in theaters, it was pretty entertaining.

07.10.20         movie reviews  

Greyhound - Tom Hanks


Good news - we are starting to get some new decent movies coming to video on demand, in this case Apple+ My understanding is it was supposed to release into theaters and thanks to Covid, was purchased by Apple for a cool 70 million.

Greyhound stars Tom Hanks about a Mahan Destroyer class Captain who's responsible... wait a second, just watch the trailer! :)

I enjoyed it and being that I already subscribe to Apple TV it was great!


07.09.20         photography  

Canon Admits the R5 has heating problems


I must have read at least a dozen articles stating the Canon R5 had no heating problems for video recording. This was amazing to me. I thought they had figured something out like Panasonic did when they came out with the GH4. The first I heard of it was last night during Peter McKinnons review, then this morning Andrew Reid published the over heating specs straight from Canon. This is disappointing.

I get pretty upset when I feel like a manufacturer has played their customers. Transparency about a product truly matters, People deserve to know the limits and weaknesses before purchasing any camera,

I do a lot of video, so this could be a deal breaker for me, but as always, I will test it out and let you all know.

Thank you Andrew!

You can read Andrew's original post here: Canon R5 Overheating Specs

07.09.20         photography  

Canon R5 and R6 Officially Announced!


Purchase The Canon R5 and R6 Here!

I have already pre-ordered both! The R5 should be ship near the end of the month, with the R6 coming in late August.

High Lights of the R5:

- 45 MP
- 8K Video, RAW, CLOG, 10-422 (Just Wow!!!)
- 4K 60 & 4k 120 fps (!!!)
- 5 Axis IBIS
- 12 FPS Mechanical, 20 FPS Electronic
- Dual Card Slots, CF Express and SD




07.04.20         movie reviews  

The Outpost


Im not sure about you all, but boy do I miss going to movie theaters! I really can't wait for them to be open here again. There are so many good ones that have been postponed, but we will have to be patient.

In the mean time, I caught "The Outpost" last night as a rental from Apple+.
This film deals with a battle that occurred in 2009 in the Nuristan provenance in Afghanistan. So many valuable strategic lessons learned. I wont ruin them for you, but it was a pretty well done movie that depicted what happened in this battle, of about 30-40 Allied forces against 300-400 Taliban. Definitely worth the rental!

06.19.20         photography  

Canon T8i Crash Course Coming Soon!


We are in production planning for the full Canon T8i Crash Course, but it has happened in the past that there was not enough interest in certain cameras, so something you can do to help is just let me know if you would be interested in being notified once it is ready in the comments below.

These productions take about 6-8 weeks, so the sooner I know I have a base of interested customers the sooner and faster Ill get to work!

We wont share your information, we will just send you an email once it is ready. Thank you in advance, here is a close up of the cover!

05.28.20         photography  

Fuji X-T3 vs X-T4


Wondering why you should get the Fuji XT3 or the Fuji XT4? Here are the major differences I am seeing:


05.18.20         netflix  

Den of Thieves


This one is for you DK. Thank you for continuing to check in. Yes, I am very sad about not being able to attend movies as per my usual friday afternoon, but something else wonderful happened. I started reading again, and I am enjoying it very much. There is something about a real paper book in your hands. Maybe Ill share some of those soon.

Netflix has a good action thriller that I hadn't seen or heard of before, called Den of Thieves. Its basically a Point Break + Heat type of film. It was solid! If you like either of those two movies you will enjoy this!

Im alive and will have more coming soon. Lots of VERY exciting things happening

05.18.20         photography  

Fuji X-T4 Tutorial Crash Course Now Available!


The Fuji XT3 / XT4 Tutorial Crash Course is now available and can be purchased here: FUJI XT3 / XT4 Tutorial Crash Course


The Fuji X-T3 / X-T4 Crash Course is now available for purchase!

03.22.20         photography  

Flippy vs Tilty Camera Monitors - The Great Debate


#CameraLCD #TiltyVsFlippyLCD #LCDvsFlippyScreen

I hope every one is being safe! I recently watched with awe at the announcement of the XT4 how many said it having a flippy monitor was a "dealbreaker". I couldn't wrap my mind around this. Who wouldnt love a flippy monitor? Well one group in particular: mostly photographers. In a poll with over 400 respondents, 18% said tilty was more usable than flippy, which to me sounds CRAZY. My guess is most of them are not videographers, so...with this in mind, Im asking for your help with a new poll:

Flippy Vs Tilty Monitors Poll

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