Why an iPad is like a 4x5 view camera, and why you’ll need a black “focusing cloth”
By Allan Tépper | March 12, 2012
In case you hadn’t heard yet: Apple has just established the iPad (2012) as a viable HD video camera (among many other things). Back in the days when still photography was done with 4x5 view cameras, photographers used something called a “focusing cloth”… defined by Merriam-Webster as: “an opaque dark cloth used to cover the rear of the camera and the head and shoulders of the photographer in order to exclude most of the light except that coming through the lens”. In the case of still photography with a 4x5 view camera, it was primarily to help the photographer focus. In the case of the ultra-glossy iPad screen when used outdoors to shoot HD video, you’ll need it even to see the screen properly, in order to compose and assign the subject for autofocus and exposure… and even to start and stop the recording. In this article, I’ll cover what an iPad has in common with a 4x5 view camera, show a iPad tripod mount, a “focusing cloth”… and make a request to FiLMIC PRO, Hoodman USA and Zacuto.
Why an iPad is like a 4x5 view camera?
A 4x5 view camera and an iPad (2012) have a very similar form factor, at least when you are standing behind the ground glass (or iPad screen) looking at it mounted on a tripod. However, when you shoot with the iPad mounted on a tripod, you won’t have to reach so far to focus.
Where can I get a “focusing cloth”?
Whether you’re actually going to use it to focus, via Amazon, Adorama offers this “focusing cloth” (at publication time) for US$19.95. It measures 36x43 (inches) or approximately 91.4x109.2 centimeters.
What about a tripod mount for my iPad?
Via Amazon, Abesco & Co. offers this tripod mount specifically for the iPad (2012) (at publication time) for US$69.95.
FiLMIC PRO: When we will see a version of your software for the iPad (2012)? Please, make it record the audio at 48KHz! That should not be optional, but the only way to record audio for video! Don’t make it a menu option: Make it standard! Thank you!
Hoodman USA and Zacuto
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freshdv - Sun, May 19 2013 - 5:24 pm
RT @jasondiamond: @OFFHOLLYWOOD yeah except that video says literally nothing except we're gonna make a cool gimball that will look great & a good price.
freshdv - Sun, May 19 2013 - 5:21 pm
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