A digest of last week’s photo and video news – Week 18

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A digest of last week’s news is a selection of some of the news from week 17 from 2016 related to the worlds of photography and video, covering multiple topics, always rounded up with a reading suggestion.

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Leica digital without LCD

The new Leica M-D (Typ 262) is the first digital camera from Leica without a monitor screen. On the place where LCDs are usually present these days, you’ll find the ISO sensitivity dial on the M-D (Typ 262). Leica says that removing the monitor promotes concentration on what is essential: the picture. The camera, which is based on Leica M (Typ 262) – which has a LCD – may not give you the chance to see your pictures right away, but still has all the parameters essential for photography – shutter speed, aperture, distance and ISO sensitivity. No video, though, as video usually requires a monitor.

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Phottix Cerberus has three heads

The new Phottix Cerberus Multi Mount is, says the company, your all-in-one mounting solution for hot shoe flashes. Use your hot shoe flashes with Bowens-compatible accessories, Elinchrom-compatible accessories, and the Phottix Transfolder Softbox range. There is a good reason why Phottix called the system Cerberus: it has three heads, like the mythical Cerberus. The standard round mount works with the range of Phottix Transfolder Softboxes. Add the Bowen-compatible mount – and traditional S-Mount compatible accessories can be used with your hot shoe flash. Swap that out for the Elinchrom-compatible mount and use Elinchrom’s vast array of accessories with your hot shoe flash.

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Hacked Sony records longer

All Sony cameras supporting the PlayMemories Camera Apps, including the a7R and a7S I and II, the a6300, the RX10 II can go beyond the 29 minutes 59 seconds video recording limit through a hack created by a Sony Alpha user named “malco”. The hack also allows to unlock the language selection menu. The time limit, though, is not an arbitrary number as some think or a Sony decision. It was/is in place to abide by legislation in Europe, where any camera recording above the said limit is taxed higher… as a video recorder.

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Powershot G9 X gets Red Dot Award

The Powershot G9 X camera from Canon, a compact model with a lightweight design, 28-84 mm (35 mm film equivalent) 3x optical zoom lens and a 1.0 inch image sensor, won the Red Dot Design Award: Product Design 2016. This premium compact camera, featuring a touch-panel LCD and a control ring for intuitive operability that makes possible the effortless capture of high-quality images and video, was honoured for its design excellence. The internationally recognized “Red Dot” is organized by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein, a design institution based in Essen, Germany.

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From Studio to Architecture

Rocky Nook’s reading suggestions for the week are two: the hardcover version of Masterclass: Professional Studio Photography, which you can have for $20 (that’s $39.95 off) using the coupon MASTERCLASS and the eBook Architectural Photography, now on third edition, which has a price of $9.99 (save $26) if you use the coupon ARCHITECT. Both deals run until May 8.

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