This experimental timelapse was shot using two EOS 5D Mark III side by side to get extra wide angle and no distortion

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From time to time I like to feature timelapse videos that in my opinion stand out from the pack. Pano LA is a time-lapse by Joe Capra that has it all: it’s a well working and interesting experimental setup and it’s visually beautiful.

What makes this timelapse of Los Angeles different from others is the setup. By using two Canon EOS 5D Mark III cameras side-by-side on a custom rig, Joe gets a very wide angle of view without the distortion that usually comes as side effect when using wide angle lenses. He used longer lenses to shoot the time-lapse, i.e. two Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L, two EF 24-105mm f/4L IS and two EF 70-200mm f/2.8. If you watch the video below, you’ll see how well the compression effect of the longer lenses works for the panoramic rendering.

In joe Capra’s words:

Shooting Pano LA has been the most ambitious, challenging, demanding, and rewarding project I have worked on to date. It was shot over a period of two years entirely in true panoramic form using two synced DSLR cameras side by side. The resulting panoramic timelapse footage comes in at a whopping 10K x 4K resolution when stitched. I did not shoot this film to achieve the extreme resolution. I shot it for the panoramic look, especially the compressed look you get when using long lenses.

Shooting panoramic timelapse was something I had always wanted to do. I love panoramic images and wanted to bring that look to timelapse, and I wanted to do it proper, not by faking it by just cropping the top and bottom of regular timelapse shots. I gave it a try many years ago but was never able to get the images from the two cameras to sync properly and get the images to stitched together correctly.

Along with the custom rig, Joe used RamperPro to control flickering and day to night transitions. For motion control he used a custom motion controller with Kessler Crane TLS with Second Shooter.

Kudos!

[via DIY Photography]

Canon ready to launch own satellite in space, equipped with EOS 5D series cameras

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Canon is going to explore new frontiers. Nikkei Asian Review reports that Canon is preparing the launch of a miniature satellite the company developed.

The launch is expected for March 2017 and it will be a trial mission. Such small satellites are employed for commercial applications, such as agriculture, container tracking at ports or disaster prevention. Without much fanfare, Canon developed a first prototype of the satellite, and will sent it into orbit with the help of  the Indian Space Research Organization. The satellite weighs 65kg (around 143 pounds) and measures 85cm x 50cm x 50cm (2.8×1.6×1.6 feet). It will mount a telescope with a Canon EOS 5D camera mounted on. There is no precise indication of which camera it is exactly. However, the camera can capture images with around 1 meter resolution. That means it can determine the size of vehicles, buildings and farms, or to collect data about landslides or earthquakes.

The satellite will be operated for two years. Canon will examine the photographic performance of the system, and they will look out for other companies needing such services. Canon expects sales of about 50 billion yen ($482 million) by around 2020, and 100 billion yen in 2030. Canon will equip their miniature satellite with their own optical technology, and face overall production costs of under 1 billion yen, which is not much for this kind of industry.

The satellite’s orbit is at about 500km (310 miles), and it will turn around our planet 15 times every day.

Back to the used camera, which is “based on EOS 5D technology”. I guess it could be the Canon EOS 5D Mark III or EOS 5D Mark IV. More likely it is the EOS 5Ds or EOS 5Ds R, since they have 50MP resolution.

[via Nikkei]

“Monsoon III” is a jaw-dropping time-lapse of the North American monsoon

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I featured works by Mike Olbinski in the past (1 and 2), and here is another stunning video by him. Monsoon III is a 7 minutes time-lapse of the North American Monsoon.

Olbinski spent 35 days and shot over 85,000 frames to produce the video. He used a Canon EOS 5Ds R, two EOS 5D Mark III, EF 11-24mm f/4L, EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM, 35mm, 50mm and 135mm lenses. Processed using Lightroom, LR Timelapse, After Effects and Premiere Pro.

You can follow Mike Olbinski on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, or check his website.

Still Live: Canon EOS 5D Mark III deal – $1,899 (reg. $2,599)

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III at a glance:

  • 22.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
  • 3.2″ 1.04m-Dot ClearView II LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF
  • Native ISO 25600, Extended to ISO 102400
  • 6 fps Shooting in RAW+JPEG
  • 63-Zone Dual Layer Metering Sensor
  • 14-Bit RAW Files and S-RAW Format
  • Magnesium Alloy Body, SD/CF Card Slots

Top Rated Plus seller ElectronicsValley on eBay (99.7% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale at $1,899. Compare at $2,599. Free shipping. Please note: this is an import model, 1 year seller warranty applies.

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Canon EOS 5D Mark III deal – $1,899 (reg. $2,599)

Eos 5d Mark Iii

Canon EOS 5D Mark III at a glance:

  • 22.3MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 5+ Image Processor
  • 3.2″ 1.04m-Dot ClearView II LCD Monitor
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 30 fps
  • 61-Point High Density Reticular AF
  • Native ISO 25600, Extended to ISO 102400
  • 6 fps Shooting in RAW+JPEG
  • 63-Zone Dual Layer Metering Sensor
  • 14-Bit RAW Files and S-RAW Format
  • Magnesium Alloy Body, SD/CF Card Slots

Top Rated Plus seller ElectronicsValley on eBay (99.7% positive ratings) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III on sale at $1,899. Compare at $2,599. Free shipping. Please note: this is an import model, 1 year seller warranty applies.