At the end of the day, a teleprompter is a pellicle mirror reflecting scrolling text from one side, allowing you to shoot through it from the other to give the illusion that the on-camera talent isn't reading. It works well, and you can even build one yourself for a few dollars. But the first high-quality, well-designed prompter and inexpensive prompter I've seen (for use with tablets and smartphones) is called the PRomptBox. At $139 (B&H), it's not only inexpensive -- it's brilliant.
It's a much smaller and more tightly focused set of winners this year, along with what I hope will become the annual Elephant Award. I began with a quick recap of 2016, and then go on to each of our winners. Camera of the year? Panasonic GX85 [B&H|Amazon]. Lens of the Year? Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 G-Master [B&H|Amazon]. Trend of the Year, Peeve of the Year, and then the Elephant Award to...the Native American Drone Pilots of Standing Rock, ND. Let me know what you think!
The Sony a6500 [B&H|Amazon] is a great camera, as it is essentially an a6300 with in-body image stabilization, a few ergonomic tweaks, a much bigger buffer, and an imperfect touch auto focus system. Here's my freaking half-hour review, with plenty of footage. I tell you which of the two -- along with the original a6000 -- you should buy.
We sit down with Juan to go over the whats and whys of the FS7 II, an update to the incredibly successful original, including a new E PZ 18-110mm f/4.0 lens that looks to be a much better match to the camera's capabilities than either the E PZ 18-105 or the FE PZ 28-135.
It was only a matter of time before Sigma went up-market to take on Canon and Zeiss in the cine lens space. With pricing just announced on their 18-35mm and 50-100mm zooms of around $4,000 a pop -- and a meaty, solid and precise 85mm T/1.5 in my hands for all of 90 seconds -- it seems clear to me that Canon and Zeiss should be worried.