The SliderMini Is A Ultra Portable And Smooth Camera Slider


SliderMini at a glance:

  • Controlled either by smart APP or by hardware button
  • Smooth & steady sliding, silent mode available
  • 3 shooting modes: video, timelapse, stop motion
  • Preset timelapse modes & customizable library
  • Excellent load capacity up to 33 LBS
  • Quality material & real unibody design
  • Super thin & ultra lightweight

We try to find cool and useful Kickstarter projects that may be of interested for you. Here is another one, and we hope we are not annoying you.

The SliderMini is a easy to use pocket-sized motorised slider, and you can back this project on Kickstarter and become an early adopter. Learn more watching the videos below.

Dual Control

You may design and control shoots remotely with our intuitive user-friendly app, or simply use a hardware button on the unit to manually control how the camera slides.

Smooth & Silent

The macro-precise motor and cutting-edge control technology enables precise and quiet motion control over the balance among strength, duration and smoothness.

Great Load Capacity

Powerful motor and torque enables 33.33lb(15kg) carrying capacity (horizontally), let you work efficiently with any phone, camera and DSLR.

Ultra Portable

0.79 inch (2cm) in thickness, 1.26 lb (0.569kg) in weight, SliderMini easily fits into any backpacks, ready to meet your shooting needs anytime, anywhere.

Unibody Design

Small but compact, everything is self-contained, nothing to assemble and no external battery to deal with. All that remains outside is an ultra sleek, streamlined, beautiful shape.

Long Path

The slider features a travel length of 8 inches(20.32cm), which provides enough motion capture to meet 95% of shooting needs.

Built-in Timelapses

Select from 10 preset timelapse modes so you can be up and running very quickly. You can also customize the mode including title, picture, interval, play time, record time, FPS.

Time-lapse Library

You can add unlimited number of timelapse modes to build your own time-lapse library for future use. Simply design your own shots, save and reload the same to shot again.

Bluetooth Connection

SliderMini automatically connects with your Android/iOS phone over bluetooth as soon as you open our app Smartta Go, seamless integrated in the most convenient way.

Here Are 12 Common Photography Myths, Debunked


Tony & Chelsea Northrup try to debunk 12 common photography myths in the 30 minutes video below.

The discussed photography myths are:

  1. Should you fully discharge your battery to avoid a memory effect?
  2. Will deleting pictures in-camera corrupt your SD card?
  3. Do UV filters really improve image quality?
  4. Do higher megapixels really equal more noise?
  5. Do medium format cameras really have better “compression”?
  6. Is raw processing really better on your PC than in your camera?
  7. Can you edit JPGs?
  8. Do you really need to turn off image stabilization on a tripod?
  9. Are lenses really sharpest at the f/8 “sweet spot”?
  10. Is manual focus more accurate?
  11. Does Canon really have the best color science?
  12. Are memory card failures caused by bad brands or user error?

Canon having the best color science isn’t a myth, btw :-)

The Digital Camera Market Is Plummeting Quickly, Statistics Suggest

Digital Camera

CIPA published some statistics about the digital camera market.

Things aren’t looking good at all. Some findings:

  • Shipment of digital camera dropped by 74.8% in June 2019 compared to June 2018
  • There are no signs the situation might get better
  • DSLR shipments have dropped by 56.8% compared to 2018
  • Mirrorless camera shipments have dropped by 79.8% compared to 2018
  • Lens shipment has dropped by 67.1% compared to last year
  • Compact camera shipments have dropped by 88.2% compared to last year

Well, these are worrying figures. The original PDF files with all statistics can be downloaded (and are in Japanese): digital camera statistics | interchangeable lenses statistics

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Meyer Optik Görlitz Back On Track With New And Improved Lenses

Meyer Optik Görlitz

Most of you likely know what happened to lens manufacturer Meyer Optik Görlitz. If not, the link below delivers all information.

However, times are getting better for the long standing German lens manufacturer. Meyer Optik Görlitz states that they will optimise existing lenses and release new ones. The first lenses are

  • Primagon 50 f/2
  • New Trioplan 100 II
  • Trioplan 50 / 35+
  • Lydith 30
  • Primoplan 58 / 75
  • New lenses are also on the radar

Press release:

Renewal of the Meyer Optik Görlitz portfolio on schedule

  • Optimization of the first lens completed
  • Further new versions of previous lenses in progress
  • First completely new development finalized / more to follow
  • Cooperation with Fotomuseum Görlitz & the City of Görlitz

Bad Kreuznach – 30th July 2019 – Meyer Optik is pushing the revision and optimization of its existing portfolio and has already completed its first projects. The developments are thus on schedule and the first Meyer Optik lenses developed and produced by OPC will be available in late summer 2019.

“We have analyzed the entire existing portfolio, identified optimization potential and categorized it according to effort. This approach now enables us to efficiently optimize lens by lens and to publish in a timely manner,” explains Timo Heinze, Managing Director of OPC Optics. “We are currently in the prototype phase of the first optimized lens and are confident that we will achieve an increase in the mechanical quality and imaging performance of this and all other lenses. Depending on the individual lens, the scope of these improvements and changes will of course vary. The unique image language of every individual lens will be retained of course.”

Optimization of the first new version finalized 

During the analysis process it turned out that the first new edition will be the Trioplan 100. This new Trioplan 100 II is currently in the prototype phase and will be the first revised lens to be released.

“The previous Trioplan 100 is a good lens and its success proves it right. We have received an unbelievable number of enquiries about the availability of the Trioplan 100 and see many posts in the social media from satisfied photographers who proudly present their Trioplan pictures. Our technical analysis also showed that the previous Trioplan 100 is simply a good lens, and yet we were able to introduce and implement improvements here and there. This applies on the one hand to the mechanics and on the other hand to the optics itself in terms of contrast behavior and resolution. We are confident that our current prototype tests will confirm this and that we will be able to start serial production immediately after completion of the test series,” explains Heinze.

Further improved, new editions in progress

Also, under development are the Trioplan 50 / 35+, Lydith 30 and Primoplan 58 / 75, which will receive a complete redesign of the mechanics and outer geometry. In addition, the optical calculations and the glass itself will of course also be put to the test and examined for optimization potential.

Of these lenses, the Trioplan 50 will now be completed next, followed by the Lydith 30 and the Primoplan 75. The optimization work will then be completed with the Primoplan 58 and the Trioplan 35+.

With the Trioplan 50, the mechanics and outer geometry as well as the optical calculation were completely revised so that a better haptic and a considerably improved imaging performance are to be achieved. These theoretical optimizations must now be verified in real use. The necessary prototypes are currently in production and will then be extensively tested.

The selling prices of the new versions are not yet fixed. However, we are working hard to optimize production and internal processes so that the new lenses can be offered at realistic and attractive prices without compromising quality and precision.

First completely new development finalized / more to follow 

As already announced, Meyer Optik will also launch completely new lenses on the market. Under the venerable name “Primagon”, a completely new lens will probably be launched this year. The elaborately constructed design consists of 8 lenses in 6 assemblies and will appear as Primagon 50 f2.0. Further details such as an exact publication date, prices, available mounts, technical details, etc. will be published in due course.

Cooperation with Fotomuseum Görlitz and the city of Görlitz 

Meyer Optik will work closely with the Fotomuseum Görlitz and the city of Görlitz in the future. Among other things, the 5th Photo Festival in Görlitz (30.08. – 22.09.2019), which is organized by Fotomuseum Görlitz e.V., will be supported by Meyer Optik. As a part of this event, employees of Meyer Optik / OPC Optics will be on site during the opening weekend and will be happy to talk to anyone interested.

About Meyer Optik Görlitz

Meyer Optik Görlitz has a long history as a German manufacturer of high-quality lenses. Founded in 1896, Meyer Optik Görlitz has been in almost continuous existence for around 120 years. Thanks to the creativity which makes the Meyer Optik Görlitz lenses possible, the brand enjoys huge popularity worldwide – today as much as always. 

About OPC Optics

OPC Optics was founded as a company in 2016 and is based in Bad Kreuznach. In addition to providing technical advice for projects and contract measuring of optical components, OPC Optics is primarily known as a specialist in high-precision aspheric and spherical lenses, as well as double aspheric lenses, achromatic lenses and assembly units. Its customers include companies involved in photography, medical technology, automotive and laser technology. With state-of-the-art machines, OPC Optics focuses on providing the highest possible quality and precision in the manufacture of glass lenses. As a result of comprehensive documentation of the entire process, from molten glass to raw glass processing, right through to the finished lens, OPC Optics is trusted by customers all around the world.

Which DSLR Or MILC Has The Coolest Shutter Sound? Find Out Here

Shutter Sound

The folks at Lens Rentals for once decided not to tear down a camera or lens. Instead, they tested the shutter sounds of a bunch of cameras in order to find out which one has the best sound.

They say:

As a leading authority on optical testing and product reviews, it occurred to the Lensrentals staff recently that we owed it to The Internet to explore the final frontier of camera comparisons, a comprehensive examination of shutter sounds. Our thorough and scientific testing covered multiple models from nearly every major camera manufacturer. After weeks of debate and analysis, we believe we’ve finally reached a consensus on which camera shutters are the best and which camera shutters are the worst. But first, let’s take a look at some of our most popular cameras, and how each of their shutters sound.

The video below let you listen to all shutter sounds.

According to Lens Rentals the worst shutter sound comes from the Leica SL 601, Sony Alpha a77 II, and Panasonic Lumix DC-S1R. The best sounds come from Nikon D850, Olympus PEN E-PL7, and Pentax 645Z. And Canon?