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Nov 10, 2015 08:25 |  #1

I saw this on TV today.

What is this? What is it used for?


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Nov 10, 2015 08:28 |  #2

Looks like a smartphone to capture video while taking stills with the DSLR. Other photographers have put a GoPro on the hot shoe to accomplish the same thing. I'm guessing this guy would've done the same if he didn't need a flash.




  
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Nov 10, 2015 08:40 |  #3

If it is a smartphone it looks like it has a very large lens opening. Does anyone recognize which smart phone it is?

It seems strange to me that a Pro would use a smartphone for video. Would the quality be good enough for commercial purposes?


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Nov 10, 2015 08:47 as a reply to  @ msowsun's post |  #4

It looks like an iPhone in one of those Otterbox cases where you can see the Apple logo, which would be the large opening you're seeing.




  
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Nov 10, 2015 09:56 |  #5

Think this is the one. Why do so many people take video in portrait format? Drives me nuts...


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Nov 10, 2015 10:04 |  #6

My wife had the very same case for her. I phone. The opening is just to show off the Apple logo.You can rotate the image on screen so it's standing in portrait mode but shooting in landscape mode.


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Nov 10, 2015 10:18 |  #7

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Think this is the one. Why do so many people take video in portrait format? Drives me nuts...
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My wife is exasperated at me for yelling at the tv everytime some moron has captured breaking news video in vertical format and the tv station has to come up with some marginally creative way of nlocking out the screen. Apparently my yelling turn the fu#$ ing camera is getting old.




  
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Nov 10, 2015 11:10 |  #8

If not actually shooting video, is it possible that there some connection to the camera and he's using it as a viewfinder?


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Nov 10, 2015 11:16 |  #9

runninmann wrote in post #17778688 (external link)
If not actually shooting video, is it possible that there some connection to the camera and he's using it as a viewfinder?

How could a vertical oriented framed phone serve as a horizontal oriented viewfinder?




  
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Nov 10, 2015 11:23 as a reply to  @ gonzogolf's post |  #10

I don't know that it could unless it is cropped to fit a portion of the phone screen. That's part of the reason I started my post with , "Is it possible...."


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Nov 10, 2015 13:16 as a reply to  @ runninmann's post |  #11

I would think the rear LCD in Liveview is much better for that than a phone oriented in the opposite direction sitting behind a flash, attached to an accessory arm.


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Nov 10, 2015 13:37 |  #12

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What that is there, is one very confused photographer.


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Nov 10, 2015 13:49 |  #13

It's not April 1st is it?


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Nov 10, 2015 15:23 |  #14

Maybe he's just expecting a really important call and wants the phone right in front of him where he can keep an eye on it.

Or, he was playing Candy Crush while waiting for something to happen.

Or, if there is WiFi connectivity between the camera and phone, it might be he's using it to transmit photos quickly to an editor. Though, to do that, might as well keep the phone in a pocket... no need to have it hanging off the front of one's lens.

Or, it could be that he's using the phone for vertical stills and shooting horizontal video with the DSLR. I suspect that's not the case, though... Because of the big flash in the camera's hot shoe with the "Gary Fong Tupperware" strapped onto it.

Or, whenever he turns the DSLR to portrait orientation for stills, the cell phone will then be properly landscape oriented for video. But, again, that's questionable because he appears to have a monopod screwed securely into the bottom of the camera, in which case re-orienting it to portrait/vertical is pretty much out of the question.

Or maybe that's a selfie-stick and he's just some bozo amateur who's trying to look the part, but really doesn't have a clue what he's doing, steppin' in front of the "real" photographers in desperate search of his 15 seconds of fame. That happens an awful lot these days. (Case in point: Note the woman over Rubio's right shoulder, who doesn't know how to hold a DSLR properly and appears to be happily photographing the back of everyones' heads.)

Another thing that happens a lot is reporters being told to take their own damn pics and vids, with no real education or practice or even the least hint of talent to do so. Yeah, I can see where they might end up taking vertical videos, too. Mark that up to publishers (whether actual print, or virtual, or some mix of both) who are just too cheap to hire real staff photogs and/or send two people to cover a story, no matter how important it might be.

p.s. In the top screen grab, the guy with the questionable rigging does look a bit baffled.... "Now what was I supposed to do with all this stuff? Well, at least if I end up Naked and Afraid in a survival situation on some remote island I can use the batteries and the lens elements to start fire... the camera to hammer stakes into the ground... the monopod to fend off wild critters when they attack me.... and that Gary Fong thingie to catch rainwater or boil snail stew in. And, if there's cell service, at least I'll have my iPhone to call someone to come rescue me. Shucks, I almost forgot that you can still make phone calls with those things! But maybe I'll send a text instead... it takes so much longer to type, but no one will care about my typos."


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Nov 10, 2015 16:03 |  #15

We missed the most important question. Why does he have a salad bowl on his flash?


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