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Nikon Camera and Lens Rebates

Nikon Camera and Lens Rebates Although we have had pretty good discounts on Nikon Z camera bodies, other than the FTZ adapter, we have not yet seen any instant rebates on Z-mount lenses. It looks like Nikon is starting this fall sales season with a few Z lens rebates, as well as more Nikon Z cameras. Let’s take a look at what lenses are going on sale. Nikon Z Lens Rebates The first Nikon Z instant lens rebates are fairly limited, and include the following lenses: If you have been waiting for a good discount on Z-mount lenses, these are excellent deals on some of the finest mirrorless lenses on the market today. Check out...

Ilford Photo Darkroom Guide video series reveals printing techniques and more for beginners

Ilford Photo Darkroom Guide video series reveals printing techniques and more for beginners Black and white film and paper manufacturer Ilford Photo has produced a series of videos to help beginners get to grips with essential darkroom techniques. Hosted by Rachel Brewster-Wright from Little Vintage Photography the collection of videos tackles some of the basics of common darkroom questions in a simple to follow format. So far, subjects covered in the 16-video playlist include dodging and burning, selenium toning, using multi-grade paper and more. The series sits alongside a mass of other educational content from the film-maker that covers issues such as how an enlarger works,...

Adobe Lightroom Classic 10.0 released, includes Color Grading and more

Adobe Lightroom Classic 10.0 released, includes Color Grading and more Editor’s note (October 19, 9:15pm ET): The Lightroom Classic 10.0 update goes live on October 20th—the documentation on Adobe’s site we used as a source for this article went live ahead of the release and Adobe requested we clarify this discrepancy. Adobe has released Lightroom Classic version 10.0, ushering in a variety of performance improvements and new features, including new controlled color grading adjustments for shadows, midtones and highlights. With Lightroom Classic’s new color grading tool, users can control the color separately in midtones, shadows and...

7artisans releases $255 35mm F0.95 manual prime for APS-C mirrorless camera systems

7artisans releases $255 35mm F0.95 manual prime for APS-C mirrorless camera systems [embedded content] 7artisans has announced yet another affordable ultra-fast manual prime lens, the 35mm F0.95 APS-C lens for Canon M, Fuji X, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon Z and Sony E mount camera systems. The lens, which retails for just $255, is constructed of 11 elements in 8 groups, has an aperture range of F0.95–16, offers a minimum focusing distance of 37cm (14.5”) and has a 12-blade aperture diaphragm. It offers a 43º angle of view, has a declicked aperture dial and weighs just 369g (13oz). Photo Rumors, who is an authorized 7artisans retailer, has shared a gallery of sample images taken...

Mobile by Peak Design is a new line of smartphone cases and accessories with unique ‘SlimLock’ design

Mobile by Peak Design is a new line of smartphone cases and accessories with unique ‘SlimLock’ design [embedded content] Peak Design is back with its latest crowdfunding campaign. This time, the San Francisco-based accessory manufacturer has found a way to put a unique spin on a new line of cases and accessories for smartphones. The legs of the tripod accessory fold out wide to create a sturdy base. If you’re using larger, heavier devices, the case even has a built-in hex tool for tightening the joints of the ball mount and legs. The new Mobile by Peak Design lineup consists of smartphone cases and universal mounts that use Peak Design’s ‘SlimLink’ hardware to easily connect an...

Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II: Should you buy one?

Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II: Should you buy one? My much-used Nikon Z7, purchased used from a friend (this guy) in late 2018. Please note that the following article is very much a personal take, written from the perspective of someone who has been using an original Z7 for some time. Your needs (and your experience) may well vary greatly from mine, and I’d encourage you to read our launch content to get a feel for how well (or not) the Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II meet your requirements. And with that out of the way… Here at DPReview we get to use a lot of cameras and lenses in the course of our work (lucky us) but despite the...

DPReview TV: The quality of light, and how different types of lights affect your photos

DPReview TV: The quality of light, and how different types of lights affect your photos Published Oct 19, 2020 | dpreview staff [embedded content] Having light is critical for photography, but what about the quality of light? Our resident mad scientist, Don Komarechka, explains how different light sources can impact your photos. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week Fujifilm’s latest entry-level Instax Mini model offers improved auto exposure over its predecessor and a simple-to-use interface. However, fun features and creative controls are mostly absent. Fujifilm’s latest X-S10 is a likeable, easy-to-control mirrorless...

Video: How to create ‘mind-bending’ drone photos with a little creative thinking

Video: How to create ‘mind-bending’ drone photos with a little creative thinking [embedded content] The Cooperative of Photography, better known as COOPH, has shared ‘Droneception,’ a quick tutorial video that breaks down how to create ‘mind-bending’ drone images using two-shot, three-shot and more advanced multi-shot methods. The video is three-and-a-half minutes long with only visuals and text overlays for instructions, but it’s succinct and manages to effectively convey the steps required to get the shots and make the final compositions. These methods should work with nearly any drone, so whether you’re using the newest DJI or a few year old no-name brand, the magic...

TourBox Controller Review

TourBox Controller Review TourBox (by TourBox Tech) is a plugin controller that lets you speed up your creative workflow when using editing programs such as Lightroom, Photoshop, Affinity Photos, Capture One, Premiere, Final Cut Pro X, and other design-based applications. It allows you to assign keyboard shortcuts to wheels, dials and buttons, all of which are easily accessible with one hand. In this article, I will give you my thoughts on this innovative tool. Table of Contents Disclaimer I had heard about this small controller on a couple of podcasts and a YouTube video several months before TourBox Tech reached...

‘Who am I and what am I doing here?’ Introducing Roger Cicala

‘Who am I and what am I doing here?’ Introducing Roger Cicala I like big optics. A fair number of you probably know me as the Roger who started Lensrentals.com, and some may know I used to be a physician before that. A few know I sold most of my share in Lensrentals.com years ago and since then I’ve hung out as their director of Quality Assurance, Lovely and Talented Spokesmodel, and a major contributor to the blog. Other than QA, I haven’t actually managed anything for years. When I started Lensrentals I had a lot of conversations with service centers that went like this. Me: “That lens you repaired still sucks”. Person at service...

Slideshow: Winners of the 2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition

Slideshow: Winners of the 2020 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition Over 49,000 images were submitted to the 56th annual Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, put on by the Natural History Museum in London. The Duchess of Cambridge and Patron of the museum, Kate Middleton, announced the Grand Title Winner during the live-streamed ceremony which aired on October 13th. Sergey Gorshkov spent over 11 months on his overall winning image, ‘The Embrace,’ depicting the rare sighting of an Amur tigress hugging a Manchurian fir. ‘Hunted to the verge of extinction in the past century, the Amur population is still threatened by poaching and logging...

Nikon Z6 II vs Z7 II

Nikon Z6 II vs Z7 II With Nikon releasing its second-generation Z6 II and Z7 II mirrorless cameras, our readers might be wondering about how these cameras compare in terms of features and image quality. While these cameras are quite similar in many ways (even having identical control layouts and the exact weight), there are plenty of differences under the hood. If you are thinking of buying either the Z6 II or Z7 II, this article will help you understand the pros and cons of each. Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II Specifications Comparison Before I talk about image quality, let’s first discuss what these cameras are used...

Reply to Remote Motion Trigger?

Reply to Remote Motion Trigger? runningcrow: Don’t worry, I’ve got thicker skin than that. It’s David’s loss anyway, Magic Lantern is the best thing to have happened to my camera. It’ll do everything he wants and more. I definitely recommend it for anyone who wants to do any timelapse or long exposure photography that would normally require some kind of external controller. The camera can do it all, Canon just couldn’t be bothered to do it (or rather they want to sell you some ridiculously expensive gadget to do it). It’s third party and backward engineered. Whether you think that...

Fujifilm X-S10 pre-production sample gallery (DPReview TV)

Fujifilm X-S10 pre-production sample gallery (DPReview TV) Published Oct 17, 2020 | dpreview staff Our team at DPReview TV just finished their review of the Fujifilm X-S10, capturing a lot of images along the way. Take a look at their sample photos from the Canadian Rockies. View the Fujifilm X-S10 pre-production sample gallery Gear in this story The Fujifilm X-S10 is perhaps best described as a modern hybrid of several Fujifilm cameras. You get a deep grip in a compact body, in-body stabilization and a mode dial instead of a shutter speed dial. Follow along with us on our guided tour of the X-S10 right here. The newly unveiled X-S10 puts imaging...

Video: This is what happens when you make a bullet-time rig out of 15 Raspberry Pi cameras

Video: This is what happens when you make a bullet-time rig out of 15 Raspberry Pi cameras [embedded content] Canadian photographer Eric Paré has built a bullet-time rig using 15 Raspberry Pi cameras synchronised to record pictures at exactly the same moment from different angles. The cameras then create a series of images that show the subject, usually someone jumping in the air it seems, from multiple viewpoints. These images can then be put together as a video to show the person frozen in mid-air as the camera appears to pan around them. The technique, made popular by the fight scenes in the movie The Matrix, requires that the cameras used are all pointing at exactly the same...

Skylum shows off new water reflections in Luminar AI’s Sky AI feature

Skylum shows off new water reflections in Luminar AI’s Sky AI feature Image credit: Iurie Belegurschi Last year, Skylum Software added a new feature to Luminar, AI Sky Replacement. The fully automatic feature, powered by artificial intelligence, can almost instantly replace the sky in an image and relight the overall scene. Next year in Luminar AI, Skylum is taking the feature even further with its new Sky AI tool. Sky AI will add a much-requested feature, water reflections. Skylum has published a new blog post and video, seen further below, showing off how water reflection will work in 2021 when it is added to Luminar AI, which is scheduled to release this...

Atomos is working on a Ninja V update to bring 12-bit 4K/30p ProRes RAW to Nikon Z6 II, Z7 II cameras

Atomos is working on a Ninja V update to bring 12-bit 4K/30p ProRes RAW to Nikon Z6 II, Z7 II cameras The cameras haven’t even his the shelves of retailers yet and already Atomos has announced its Ninja V monitor/recorder will support ProRes RAW recording over HDMI on Nikon’s forthcoming Z6 II and Z7 II camera systems. While both the Z6 II and Z7 II have respectable internal recording capabilities in their own right — 4K/60p for the Z7 II out of the box and with the Z6 II via a future firmware update — the addition of ProRes RAW recording further adds to the creative capabilities of Nikon’s latest mirrorless cameras. Atomos says both the Z6 II and Z7 II will be able to output up to 4K/30p...

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 review: the best easy-to-use Instax Mini model

Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 review: the best easy-to-use Instax Mini model Fujifilm Instax Mini 11$60-70 | Instaxus.com The Fujifilm Instax Mini 11 is a fresh entry-level instant camera from Fujifilm and a refinement of the Instax Mini 9 (there is no Mini 10). As the name suggests the camera makes use of the Instax Mini film format. Improvements include a new ‘Selfie Mode’ and better auto exposure compared to its predecessor. But unlike its higher-end siblings, the Mini 25/26, Mini 70 and Mini 90, there are no additional creative exposure modes or special features to speak of. That said, the camera is simple to operate and capable of producing lovely...

Sony brings its Imaging Edge Webcam utility to macOS, updates Windows version

Sony brings its Imaging Edge Webcam utility to macOS, updates Windows version Sony has announced the release of a macOS version of its Imaging Edge Webcam utility as well as an update for the Windows version. Back in August, Sony followed in the footsteps of other manufacturers with the announcement of Imaging Edge Webcam, a utility that turned three dozen Sony cameras into webcams without the need of a capture card. At the time, the utility was Windows-only, but it’s now available for macOS. Much like the Windows version, the macOS version (1.0) makes it easy to turn one of the following Sony camera systems into a dedicated webcam by simply connecting it over USB: α:...

Fujifilm to improve X-T3 AF performance with new firmware, bringing it more in line with X-T4

Fujifilm to improve X-T3 AF performance with new firmware, bringing it more in line with X-T4 In addition to announcing a camera, lens and more, Fujifilm has also revealed it will soon release a free firmware update for its X-T3 that will improve autofocus performance and more. The firmware update will go live on October 28, according to Fujifilm’s press release. The improvements should see autofocus speeds more than double, taking focus times drop from 0.06 seconds to 0.02 seconds, bringing the X-T3’s autofocus performance more in line with the X-T4. Fujifilm says it’s also improved the algorithm for predicting subject movements, which should result in a >90% ‘hit rate.’ The Face...

Microsoft’s latest computer vision technology beats humans at captioning images

Microsoft’s latest computer vision technology beats humans at captioning images Seeing AI. Photo by Microsoft Microsoft has expanded its existing efforts to improve life for the visually impaired by developing an AI system capable of automatically generating high-quality image captions — and, in ‘many cases,’ the company says its AI outperforms humans. This type of technology may one day be used to, among other things, automatically caption images shared online to aid those who are dependent on computer vision and text readers. Computer vision plays an increasingly important role in modern systems; at its core, this technology enables a machine to...

Canon R5 vs Nikon Z7 II vs Panasonic S1R vs Sony A7R IV

Canon R5 vs Nikon Z7 II vs Panasonic S1R vs Sony A7R IV With so many great full-frame mirrorless camera options on the market today, it is becoming harder and harder to understand their differences. Almost every major camera brand now offers a wide variety of cameras and lenses at similar price points. In this article, we will compare high-resolution mirrorless cameras in the $3-$4K range, namely the Canon EOS R5, Nikon Z7 II, Panasonic S1R, and Sony A7R IV. We will take a look at three key factors. First, we will take a look at the ergonomics of these cameras. Next, we will look at their specifications side-by-side. And lastly, we will take a...

Canon R6 vs Nikon Z6 II vs Panasonic S1 vs Sony A7 III

Canon R6 vs Nikon Z6 II vs Panasonic S1 vs Sony A7 III Now that almost all major camera brands offer great mirrorless options, it is a good time to look at their offerings and compare their differences. In this article, we will compare mirrorless cameras in the $2K range, namely the Canon EOS R6, Nikon Z6 II, Panasonic S1, and Sony A7 III. We will explore different factors such as camera ergonomics, menu system, specifications, and lens selection. Ergonomics Comparison Please keep in mind that all discussions around camera ergonomics are highly subjective. Everything I point out below is based on my personal observations and experience, so if...

Fujifilm X-S10 initial review

Fujifilm X-S10 initial review Introduction When you first catch a glimpse of the Fujifilm X-S10, your first thought might be ‘this is a Fujifilm?’ With a deep grip, more pronounced viewfinder ‘hump’ and a big dial that adjusts your shooting mode rather than the shutter speed, the X-S10 is something of a departure in design from previous midrange and high-end X-series cameras. The company describes the X-S10 as a cross between the X-T30 and the X-H1: You get the guts from the former and the design and in-body image stabilization feature (in a new miniaturized form) from the latter. The camera is...

Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-S10: Small camera, great grip

Hands-on with the Fujifilm X-S10: Small camera, great grip Meet the Fujifilm X-S10 – a camera the company is calling a cross between an X-T30 and its older X-H1. That basically means that here we have a compact camera with the best APS-C size sensor Fujifilm has to offer (from the X-T30 / X-T4) but with a really nice, sizable grip and in-body stabilization inspired by the X-H1. In the time we’ve had the X-S10, we have to admit we’re impressed. We think it offers a lot of bang for the buck, and its simplified control scheme will appeal to a lot of users, including those upgrading from older DSLR cameras in...

Fujfilm X-S10 pre-production sample gallery

Fujfilm X-S10 pre-production sample gallery Published Oct 15, 2020 | dpreview staff The Fujifilm X-S10 is the latest addition to the X-mount family of cameras. It sports a stabilized 26MP X-Trans BSI-CMOS sensor and is capable of producing those lovely JPEG colors we so enjoy. It also features a notably beefy grip and DSLR-esque stylings. Note: Images are pre-production and Fujifilm has requested we provide JPEGs only at this time. We’ll publish a full-production gallery as soon as we can! See our pre-production Fujifilm X-S10 sample gallery Gear in this story The Fujifilm X-S10 is the latest addition to the X-mount family of...

DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-S10 first impressions review

DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-S10 first impressions review Published Oct 15, 2020 | dpreview staff [embedded content] The Fujifilm X-S10 may have a less retro design than some of its siblings, but it’s a very capable camera for both stills and video. Watch our review to find out why Chris and Jordan think this camera hits the sweet spot. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Sample images from this episode Gear in this story The Fujifilm X-S10 is the latest addition to the X-mount family of cameras. It sports a stabilized 26MP X-Trans BSI-CMOS sensor and is capable of producing those lovely JPEG colors...

Fujifilm debuts mid-price X-S10 with six stops of in-body stabilization

Fujifilm debuts mid-price X-S10 with six stops of in-body stabilization Fujifilm has just introduced its newest APS-C mirrorless camera, the X-S10. It brings the X-T4’s still image capabilities into a smaller, more affordable package, with nearly the same in-body stabilization rating. The Fujifilm X-S10 features a 26.1MP X-Trans sensor and X-Processor 4, both borrowed from the X-T4. What isn’t lifted from the higher-end model is an all-new in-body image stabilization system, re-designed for the X-S10’s more compact form and 30% smaller than the X-T4’s IBIS unit. It’s rated up to 6 stops of shake reduction (compared to the...

Fujifilm announces redesigned Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR

Fujifilm announces redesigned Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR Fujifilm has announced the Fujinon XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR. Updating the older XF 10-24mm, the new lens keeps the optics unchanged, but adds weather-resistance, improved optical image stabilization and a physical aperture ring. Covering an equivalent focal length range of 15-36mm in full-frame terms, the XF 10-24mm F4 R OIS WR is a high-quality wide-angle option for Fujifilm X-series shooters. Now featuring weather-resistance, the new lens should be a better companion for the similarly tough X-T4 and X-T3. Despite the sealing, the new lens is very slightly lighter than its predecessor (by 25g...

Fujifilm adds 18mm F1.4 and 70-300mm to X-mount roadmap

Fujifilm adds 18mm F1.4 and 70-300mm to X-mount roadmap Fujifilm has updated its roadmap of lenses for the APS-C X-mount system. The latest version adds the XF18mm F1.4 wide-angle prime, along with a fairly long, moderately fast 70-300mm F4-5.6 OIS telezoom. Both lenses are shown as being due for launch in 2021. The 18mm will be equivalent to a 27mm lens, in full-frame terms, while the 70-300mm will offer a focal length range equivalent to that of a 105-450mm lens on a full-frame camera. The lineup of current lenses now extends to 18 prime lenses and 12 photographic zooms, along with three teleconverters and two high-end video zooms. The...

Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II: what you need to know

Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II: what you need to know The Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II are the first time the company has used ‘Mark II’ branding and it makes sense: these are relatively subtle refreshes of already established cameras. However, while the overall specs of the cameras don’t change dramatically, the updates and improvements address a number of key criticisms of the original models and will start to add up for some users. Both the Z6 and Z7 have benefited from fairly substantial firmware updates since their release, but the biggest changes in the Z6/7 II come courtesy of different...

DJI releases RS 2, RSC 2 3-axis gimbals with higher payloads, new shooting modes and more

DJI releases RS 2, RSC 2 3-axis gimbals with higher payloads, new shooting modes and more DJI has revealed a new pair of gimbals that are successors to the company’s popular Ronin-S and Ronin-SC stabilization systems. The new DJI RS 2 and RSC 2 are ‘redesigned and reimagined’ three-axis handheld gimbals for filmmakers of all types. DJI RS 2 The DJI RS 2 is the successor to the Ronin-S and is made to be used with DSLR and compact cinema camera setups up to 4.5kg (10lbs). Despite the heavy payload, DJI claims the new RS 2 features up to 12 hours of battery life, as well as a new quick-charge function built into the handle for quickly adding two hours of use with just 15 minutes of...

DJI updates Ronin line: RS 2, RSC 2 3-axis gimbals with higher payloads, new shooting modes and more

DJI updates Ronin line: RS 2, RSC 2 3-axis gimbals with higher payloads, new shooting modes and more DJI has revealed a new pair of gimbals that are successors to the company’s popular Ronin-S and Ronin-SC stabilization systems. The new DJI RS 2 and RSC 2 are ‘redesigned and reimagined’ three-axis handheld gimbals for filmmakers of all types. DJI RS 2 The DJI RS 2 is the successor to the Ronin-S and is made to be used with DSLR and compact cinema camera setups up to 4.5kg (10lbs). Despite the heavy payload, DJI claims the new RS 2 features up to 12 hours of battery life, as well as a new quick-charge function built into the handle for quickly adding two hours of use with just 15 minutes of...

Reply to “NO CARD” Canon 450D

Reply to “NO CARD” Canon 450D @Thomas Couto. To answer your last question, Yes, I have an SD micro with adapter and it works in the XSi. Are the contacts on your SD card dirty? No idea if this will help at all but if you’re desperate for ideas:Maybe try resetting your camera to factory defaults? I wouldn’t be brave enough to try this when I know there is already a problem, but perhaps updating your firmware to the latest...

Deals: Sony USA is offering steep discounts—including all-time lows—for select cameras, lenses and more

Deals: Sony USA is offering steep discounts—including all-time lows—for select cameras, lenses and more Sony has announced that throughout the remainder of this week, it is offering a series of discounts across a number of its popular Sony Alpha cameras and lenses, as well as bundles, the RX lineup and accessories. The deals, some of which have dropped certain gear to their lowest non-grey-market price, are taking place in the United States across all official Sony retailers, including Adorama, Amazon, B&H, Best Buy, Samy’s Camera and others. While Sony has posted a full rundown of all the sales currently available, we’ve rounded up a few of the best deals from the bunch (links go to their...

Vivo shows off award-winning concept smartphone with removable pop-up camera

Vivo shows off award-winning concept smartphone with removable pop-up camera As the comments under yesterday’s iPhone 12 articles can attest to, there are still consumers who don’t appreciate seeing a notch at the top of their mobile devices. To rid the world of large notches, some companies have shrunk the front-facing to the size of a ‘hole punch’ design; others have managed to hide it almost entirely beneath the display. But electronics manufacturer Vivo is determined to take an entirely different approach, if its new Red Dot Award-winning IFEA concept smartphone is anything to go by. Based on the renderings provided by Vivo, this concept smartphone would feature...

Nikon Z7 vs Z7 II

Nikon Z7 vs Z7 II Nikon has updated its high-resolution Z7 mirrorless camera with a second-generation body, and it looks like there are quite a few changes under the hood. If you are wondering about these differences and you are trying to decide which one to get, this article is for you. In the below comparison, we will be taking a closer look at the specifications of both cameras and see what improvements Nikon has delivered with the Z7 II. Nikon Z7 and Z7 II Specifications Comparison Compared to the general-purpose and video-centric Nikon Z6 II, the Z7 II is primarily aimed at landscape, architecture, and...

Nikon Z6 vs Z6 II

Nikon Z6 vs Z6 II With Nikon introducing its second-generation Z6 II camera, our readers might be wondering about what has changed between these two cameras. In this article, we will take a closer look at both generations of Z6 and see what has changed in terms of specifications. More in-depth information about the Z6 II will be provided in our future review of the camera. Nikon Z6 and Z6 II Specifications Comparison Both Z6 and Z6 II are targeted as general-purpose mirrorless stills cameras, thanks to their 24 MP sensor, fast continuous shooting speeds, and a robust hybrid autofocus system. However, when it...

Nikon Z Lens Roadmap

Nikon Z Lens Roadmap Nikon once again updated its Z lens roadmap, and we now know of a total of ten Z mount lenses that will be released in the coming years. The most exciting part is that we will soon be seeing top-of-the-line 400mm and 600mm super-telephoto primes in the line-up! Here’s a first look at the new lenses you can expect to see. Table of Contents The Updated Nikon Z Lens Roadmap Here is the latest version of the Nikon Z lens roadmap, updated as of October 14, 2020: And here is the roadmap it replaces: As you can see, Nikon added another 85mm prime to the roadmap (most likely an 85mm f/1.2 S lens),...

Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II Announcement

Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II Announcement Today Nikon announced its second-generation full-frame mirrorless camera bodies, the Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II. These are modest, but important updates that address many of the concerns from the first generation bodies. First of all, Nikon added a second memory card slot to both cameras, so you can now use an SD UHS-II memory card in addition to the existing CFexpress / XQD card. Second, both cameras now feature dual EXPEED 6 processors, which opens up a number of improvements that could not have been delivered via firmware updates on existing Z6 and Z7 cameras bodies. For example, both cameras...

Nikon Z7 II initial review

Nikon Z7 II initial review Introduction Nikon has just announced the Z7 II, the second iteration of its high-resolution full-frame mirrorless camera. As the name implies, this is a refinement rather than a reimagining; so while the updates may not knock your socks off, we really enjoyed the original Z7 and this new model builds on an already successful formula. The Z7 II still has a 45.7MP full-frame BSI sensor, but it’s now backed up by dual processors compared to the single processor in its predecessor. The exterior of the camera is largely unchanged, which is fine by us – Nikon’s Z-series cameras have...

Nikon Z6 II initial review

Nikon Z6 II initial review The Nikon Z6 II is an updated version of the company’s 24MP multimedia full frame mirrorless camera. It gains more processing power to add improved autofocus and a few other tweaks to an already well-rounded feature set. Key specifications 24MP full frame BSI CMOS sensor Continuous shooting at up to 14 fps (in 12-bit Raw with single AF point) Full-sensor UHD 4K video at up to 30p UHD 60p from an APS-C crop promised in future firmware update Two card slots (1x CFexpress/XQD, 1x UHS-II SD) 3.69M-dot EVF with improved blackout times Tilting 2.1M dot read touchscreen USB-C socket for...

Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II boast dual processors and gain a second card slot

Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II boast dual processors and gain a second card slot Nikon has updated its full-frame mirrorless Z series with two second-gen camera bodies: the Z6 II and Z7 II. Both will offer dual Expeed 6 processors to boost buffer performance and top continuous shooting speeds, and each camera gains a second UHS-II SD card slot to complement the existing CFexpress/XQD slot. They’re scheduled to arrive at the end of this year. With the additional processing power, the Z7 II can shoot at up to 10 fps (compared to 9 fps in the Z7) and the Z6 II shoots at up to 14 fps (up from 12 fps in the Z6). Each camera’s buffer capacity is improved...

Hands-on with the the Canon PowerShot Zoom

Hands-on with the the Canon PowerShot Zoom From clunky concept mockup to final shipping product, the Canon PowerShot Zoom has been a long time coming. We first saw an early working sample at the CP+ show in Japan, last February. Back then it was a boxy, colorful camera with a simple button-driven interface, which evolved over the course of a year into a slimmer, subtler and much more rounded design, last seen at CES 2020. The final product looks a lot like that last concept, but with some subtle changes. Read on to learn more about this unusual...

The Canon PowerShot Zoom fits in your pocket and zooms to 400mm

The Canon PowerShot Zoom fits in your pocket and zooms to 400mm Canon has just released the details on the PowerShot Zoom, an extremely compact digital monocular. Users can view scenes through an electronic viewfinder at switchable 100mm or 400mm focal lengths, and then digitally zoom to 800mm (all 35mm-equivalent). Of course, a modest sensor and aperture make it possible to cram all that reach into your pocket, and the Zoom has a 1/3″ sensor capable of taking 12MP JPEG images (no Raw capture is supported) or 1080/30p video through the F5.6-6.3 lens. The ISO ranges from 100 to 3200, and we’d expect the Zoom to be best-suited for daytime use...

The new Canon EOS M50 Mark II brings autofocus and video refinements

The new Canon EOS M50 Mark II brings autofocus and video refinements Canon has just announced the EOS M50 Mark II, a relatively minor update to one of its most popular mirrorless models. The M50 Mark II shares the same 24MP APS-C sensor with its predecessor, and the same Digic 8 image processor. The Dual Pixel autofocus system has been updated to allow for eye tracking in both stills and video, and users can now capture vertical video and stream to YouTube Live over a smartphone internet connection. The rest of the camera’s specs are largely unchanged. Video tops out at 4K/24p with a heavy 1.5x crop, and autofocus in 4K is contrast-detect only. Full HD...

Canon’s new flagship EL-1 Speedlite flash comes with updated interface and new creative options

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Samsung introduces new rugged SD cards aimed at content creators and photographers

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Apple unveils 5G iPhone 12 Pro, 12 Pro Max devices with larger screens, better cameras and more

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Many things to many people: Panasonic launches DC-BGH1 modular ‘box’ camera

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Panasonic releases beta utility for turning select LUMIX cameras into webcams

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Canon Japan launches range of EOS-inspired traditional cut-glass tumblers

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Video: From its origins to a harrowing kidnapping, the story of Adobe

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Leica M10 Monochrom sample gallery

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Report: Nikon firmware for using CFexpress Type B cards with D5, D850 and D500 will arrive ‘before the end of 2020’

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Video: The history of cameras in space and how iconic space photos were captured

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Negative Lab Pro 2.2 update brings rebuilt engine, new tools, LUT-based emulations and more to Lightroom

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Film Fridays: Dreams come true – discovering a stash of untouched Soviet-era cameras

Film Fridays: Dreams come true – discovering a stash of untouched Soviet-era cameras Published Oct 9, 2020 | dpreview staff To any collector/enjoyer of old cameras, the idea of stumbling upon on enormous stash of mint-condition gear, from a long-gone era, is the ultimate dream. And that dream recently became a reality for one lucky gentlemen in Kazakhstan, who discovered hundreds of “brand-new” Soviet-era cameras – all Smena 8M’s (shown above) – packed inside wooden crates and stored in a warehouse, untouched likely since the early 1990’s. Read on… Read: A secret stash of hundreds of Soviet cameras found in a Kazakh warehouse About Film Fridays:...

Tether Tools Smart Shooter 4 adds Sony tethering to Lightroom Classic

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NASA translates Milky Way images into sound using sonification

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Camera Bits releases Photo Mechanic Plus, a new DAM with an emphasis on speed, efficiency

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Recommended Canon EOS R6 Settings

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Adobe announces Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2021

Adobe announces Photoshop and Premiere Elements 2021 Adobe has announced Photoshop Elements 2021 and Premiere Elements 2021. The applications are designed to provide powerful tools in a simple, easy-to-use interface. Adobe’s Sensei AI technology is also prevalent throughout both apps, delivering features such as adding motion to static images, fine-tuning the position of a person’s face, improving low-light video quality and more. Looking first at Photoshop Elements 2021, there are quite a few new features. In addition to being able to transform a static image into moving photos with 2D and 3D motion using only a single click,...

Interview: Keiji Oishi of Nikon – “It’s time to get excited”

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Reply to What does your ‘crystal ball’ say?

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Photo software Exposure X6 brings 3x faster processing and a host of new auto adjustments

Photo software Exposure X6 brings 3x faster processing and a host of new auto adjustments The Exposure photo editing software application, that was formerly Alien Skin, has been updated with enhanced GPU optimization that allows some oft-used functions to run at three times the speed. Exposure X6 also introduces a collection of new automated adjustments that aim to make image processing simpler and to save photographers time. Available as a standalone application or a plug-in for Adobe’s Photoshop and Lightroom, Exposure X6 introduces Auto White Balance, Auto Exposure, Auto Haze Level, Auto Dynamic Contrast and Auto Tone for creating one-click fixes for common problems. Tonal and...

What does your ‘crystal ball’ say?

What does your ‘crystal ball’ say? Photos Members Group Since What does your ‘crystal ball’ say? My Photo-stream says: I have enjoyed shooting with the Olympus MFT line of cameras for many years, but by my reading MFT has no future. I am considering buying a Canon SL DSLR. I particularly like its small foot print. But, I’ve heard rumors that the APS-C sensor camera may soon go extinct, too. Do you think Canon will continue its SL APS-C camera much beyond the SL3? I haven’t read anywhere about this so I thought you guys may have heard something. Thanks. 2:49PM, 7 October 2020 PDT (permalink) Robin VdB...

Disk Drill 4 makes it easier to recover Raw image, video files from damaged drives and memory cards

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Lime One is a compact, easy to use light meter you attach to your camera’s shoe mount

Lime One is a compact, easy to use light meter you attach to your camera’s shoe mount German mechatronics engineer Johannes Heberlein has launched a new photo accessory on Kickstarter, the Lime One compact hot shoe light meter. The meter has been designed to be very easy to use, and even updates its readings in real-time. In 2018, Heberlein started using film cameras, and he immediately found his light meter options somewhat lacking. He started using a smartphone-based solution but became frustrated with needing to constantly take his phone out of his pocket, get an exposure value and then put his phone away. In late 2018, Heberlein started sketching out ideas for a compact,...

Samsung details new 65/14nm stacked sensor design for improving power efficiency, density of mobile image sensors

Samsung details new 65/14nm stacked sensor design for improving power efficiency, density of mobile image sensors Stacked Architecture of the chipset Samsung details in its new paper. Samsung has published a paper detailing a new stacked CMOS mobile image sensor that uses a 14nm processing layer to deliver high-resolution images while reducing power consumption. The stacked sensor consists of two chips: a 12MP backside-illuminated (BSI) pixel chip on the top that uses 65nm process and a bottom chip for analog and logic circuits that uses 14nm process. By using the super-fine 14nm process on the processing layer, Samsung says it could achieve a 29% drop in power consumption compared to current...

DPReview TV: Sony LA-EA5 A-mount to E-mount adapter review

DPReview TV: Sony LA-EA5 A-mount to E-mount adapter review Published Oct 7, 2020 | dpreview staff [embedded content] Sony just breathed new life into older A-mount lenses thanks to its LA-EA5 adapter for E-mount. Watch our review to find out why it could be a great option for those who still own A-mount glass. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Sample photos from this episode For still photographers, we feel the Nikon Z5 represents the best value for the money when it comes to full-frame mirrorless cameras. Which is why it receives our top award. The Sony ZV-1 was designed specifically for vloggers, but...

Video: The impact of hand-colorized photos on photography in 19th century Japan

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Dell announces $5K 31.5-inch UltraSharp HDR display with 2K mini-LED dimming zones, two other monitors

Dell announces $5K 31.5-inch UltraSharp HDR display with 2K mini-LED dimming zones, two other monitors Dell has announced three new monitors, including a new 4K (3840 x 2160, 16:9) 31.5″ UltraSharp HDR PremierColor display with a 2,000-zone mini-LED array and built-in color calibrator. The Dell UP3221Q is the first display with 2,000 mini-LED direct backlit dimming zones, beating out both the Asus ProArt PA32UCX (1,152 zones) and Apple’s Pro XDR Display (576 zones). The IPS display is VESA certified for DisplayHDR 1000, has a maximum brightness of 1,000 cd/m2, a 60Hz refresh rate, a claimed HDR contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 and has a 178-degree viewing angle. As for color, the display...

NVIDIA Research develops a neural network to replace traditional video compression

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Freefly Systems announces Astro quadcopter, hints at new 4K camera

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Nikon Z 70-200mm F2.8 VR S sample gallery

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Hubble captures supernova 70M light-years away as it briefly outshines its host galaxy

Hubble captures supernova 70M light-years away as it briefly outshines its host galaxy The Hubble Space Telescope recently captured images of an exploding star 70 million light-years away. The event was recorded as part of an ongoing program to measure the expansion rate of the universe in order to better understand its age. For a moment, the explosion outshined its entire host galaxy and the resulting energy was ‘equal to the radiance of 5 billion Suns.’ NASA has assembled its images from the Hubble Space Telescope to create a new time-lapse sequence, seen below. The supernova explosion took place in the spiral galaxy NGC 2525. In February 2018, Hubble began its...

The inspiration behind Canon’s RF 600mm F11 and 800mm F11 super-tele lenses

The inspiration behind Canon’s RF 600mm F11 and 800mm F11 super-tele lenses In July, Canon announced a pair of super-telephoto fixed-aperture lenses for its RF lens mount. The new RF 600mm F11 IS STM and RF 800mm F11 IS STM lenses are distinct among Canon’s modern offerings but are reminiscent in design and philosophy to some of Canon’s R lenses from 1960. Six decades ago, Canon released the R300mm F4, R400mm F5.6, R600mm F5.6, R800mm F8 and R1000mm F11 super-telephoto lenses. While not fixed aperture lenses like the new RF lenses, the vintage bellows-driven lenses were nonetheless the inspiration for this year’s modern interpretations. In a...

Cosina announces new Voigtlander Nokton Vintage 50mm F1.5 Aspherical II VM lens

Cosina announces new Voigtlander Nokton Vintage 50mm F1.5 Aspherical II VM lens Cosina has announced (translated) the release of its new Voigtlander Nokton Vintage Line 50mm F1.5 Aspherical II VM lens, an updated version of its predecessor, which was released back in June 2013. The second-generation lens features an entirely redesigned optics system and a more compact body to match. It’s constructed of eight elements in seven groups, has an aperture range of F1.5-F16, uses a 12-blade aperture diaphragm and has a minimum focusing distance of 70cm (27.5”). The lens measures in at just 55mm (2.17”) diameter and 37mm (1.5”) in length. The left and center lenses are the...

Exploring Monte Cristo ghost town with Sam Horine and the Canon EOS R5

Exploring Monte Cristo ghost town with Sam Horine and the Canon EOS R5 Published Oct 5, 2020 | This is sponsored content, created with the support of Amazon and Canon [embedded content] The Canon EOS R5 is a powerful stills and video camera, designed for enthusiast and professional users. With a high-resolution full-frame sensor and advanced human and animal face and eye-detection, the EOS R5 is a versatile option for travel and portraiture. As well as stills, the R5 can also capture HD, 4K and 8K video. Join Seattle-based photographer Sam Horine as he uses the EOS R5 to explore the ghost town of Monte Cristo, in Washington State. Wildflowers, campfires and the...

Here’s our wish list for the Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II

Here’s our wish list for the Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II Thanks to a process of continued improvement, the Z6 and Z7 are going to be hard acts to follow. Nikon has already started teasing its forthcoming Z6 and Z7 Mark II cameras, so the question is: just what are they going to bring? We’ve collectively put together a list of what we’d like to see on these updated models. It’s not necessarily what we think Nikon will provide, more a list of what we think would be nice. Fixing the things complained about On the hardware side, there are a couple of obvious changes that would immediately justify the incremental implications of that...

It’s alive: Zeiss’ Android-powered ZX1 camera is available to pre-order on B&H for $6K

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This iOS 14 widget adds NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day to your homescreen

This iOS 14 widget adds NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day to your homescreen With the release of Apple’s iOS 14, users can finally add widgets to their homescreen and subsequent pages, paving the way for unique ways to customize your iOS device. Inspired by a widget from iOS Reddit client Apollo, developer Mark Hambly decided to make his own to show off the beautiful astrophotography of NASA’s Astronomy Picture of the Day (APOD) project. A collection of various layouts you can achieve using the new widgets in iOS 14. The aptly named APOD app, which is free to download (and ad-free), will refresh every day with the latest image(s) from NASA’s APOD feed. You can...

Recommended Nikon Z5 Settings

Recommended Nikon Z5 Settings With the release of the budget-friendly Nikon Z5 full-frame camera, we now have a number of different options to choose from in the Nikon mirrorless line-up. Although the Nikon Z5 is aimed to be a lower-tier camera than the Z6, its image sensor, ergonomics, and the menu system are very similar to those of its bigger brother. This also means that the complexity of the controls and the menu system is fairly similar between the two cameras. In this article, I will provide detailed information on what settings I use on the Nikon Z5 and shortly explain what some of the camera buttons and controls...

Nikon Z5 sample gallery: new samples from DPReview TV

Nikon Z5 sample gallery: new samples from DPReview TV Published Oct 4, 2020 | dpreview staff The Nikon Z5 continues to impress us. Check out this brand new Z5 sample gallery from our team at DPReview TV. If you missed our first Nikon Z5 sample gallery you can find it below. View the new Nikon Z5 sample gallery View the original Nikon Z5 sample gallery Original Nikon Z5 sample gallery Gear in this story While our full Nikon Z5 review is underway, you can now see how the camera stacks up against its peers in our studio test scene, as well as some Raw conversions. Nikon’s entry-level Z-mount full-framer is proving to be a fun and capable...

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Earth from 100,000 feet: Sigma sent the fp mirrorless camera into near space

Earth from 100,000 feet: Sigma sent the fp mirrorless camera into near space Sigma UK recently collaborated with the company Sent Into Space to send a pair of Sigma fp full frame mirrorless cameras into the upper atmosphere. Sigma 14mm F1.8 lenses were used on each camera. It’s a notable kit because it combines the world’s smallest and lightest full frame mirrorless camera with the brightest full frame 14mm prime lens available. The Sigma fp cameras and 14mm F1.8 lenses were attached to weather balloons and sent up to an altitude of roughly 19 mi. (about 30.5km). At altitude, the cameras captured high-resolution photos and 4K RAW video of Earth. No good...

Funleader’s 18mm F8 ‘cap lens’ gets more lens mount options and is now available to the public

Funleader’s 18mm F8 ‘cap lens’ gets more lens mount options and is now available to the public Last October, Funleader started a Kickstarter campaign to help raise funds to produce its ridiculously small 18mm F8 pancake lens for Sony E mount and Leica L mount camera systems. As promised in its campaign, it started shipping to global backers in December 2019 and now, nine months later, the lens is available to purchase by the general public in three additional lens mounts. The pancake lens is constructed of six multi-coated elements in four groups, has a 100º field of view on a full-frame camera and is made of aluminum. The lens measures just 15mm (.59in) and weighs only 80g (2.8oz),...

Why We Can’t Have Nice Things

Why We Can’t Have Nice Things I have been in the Southwest part of Colorado for about a week now, waiting for the haze to clear up, and the weather to change a little. While here, I wanted to see how the San Juan mountains look this year, with all the drought and COVID-19 restrictions. Although the drought has surely done its damage to the environment (and temps are still hovering around 80F every day), it seems like all air travel has switched to cars and RVs, as the whole Ridgway / Ouray / Telluride area has been overrun by tourists this year. I have never seen this many cars on the roads – it is absolutely insane! A...

Slideshow: The hilarious finalists for the Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020

Slideshow: The hilarious finalists for the Comedy Pet Photo Awards 2020 Finalists for the annual Comedy Pet Photo Awards were recently announced. Founded by the creators of the Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards, Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, the competition is now in its second year. Over 2,000 images of pets were submitted from 81 countries. The aim is to showcase the impact pets have on our lives and to raise awareness around animal homelessness in the United Kingdom. 10% of all entry fees were donated to national pet charity Blue Cross. ‘The entries this year have been completely and utterly what we needed to raise our spirits in 2020. It has been...

Film Fridays: Asahi Pentax Spotmatic F Review – a class act

Film Fridays: Asahi Pentax Spotmatic F Review – a class act Published Oct 2, 2020 | dpreview staff About 10 years ago, Bob Janes decided it was high time to track down some of the dream cameras of his youth. One of the cameras in particular, the Pentax Spotmatic F, had left an important impression on him, early in his photographic journey. So when one popped up locally on Ebay for a mere £16, he grabbed it, no questions asked. It turned to be in pristine mechanical condition. Now, 41 years after first laying eyes, Bob has finally had the chance to put the Spotmatic F properly through its paces. Read his long waited review (courtesy of our friends at...

Photographer Brendan Barry creates a giant camera obscura using a customs house

Photographer Brendan Barry creates a giant camera obscura using a customs house [embedded content] Photographer Brendan Barry was commissioned by the Exeter Canal and Quay Trust to turn a room in the Custom House in Exeter, U.K. into a large camera obscura. Barry had a residency at the Custom House in Exeter and during his time, he used a variety of analog cameras to capture images of Exeter Quay. Of his work, Barry says, ‘My work aims to challenge our understanding of what a camera is, what it can do and how one can be constructed, taking the whole notion of what a camera might be, unpicking these preconceptions and creating new ways of inviting an audience into...

Google Photos Android app gets update with Portrait Light mode, one-tap editing and UI overhaul

Google Photos Android app gets update with Portrait Light mode, one-tap editing and UI overhaul Google has released an updated version of the Google Photos app for Android, bringing with it a few new features, including an after-capture Portrait Light mode, a one-tap editing feature and a slightly revamped editing interface. As Google briefly demonstrated during yesterday’s Pixel 5 event, the new Portrait Light mode will edit the image to appear as though there’s light coming from a light source not actually in the image. While limited to Google’s new Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 devices for the time being, this feature lets you apply ‘lighting’ in post-production by editing the image to...

Skylum shows how new Templates feature in upcoming Luminar AI update can save you time

Skylum shows how new Templates feature in upcoming Luminar AI update can save you time Ahead of Luminar AI’s release this holiday season, Skylum Software has shared additional information about how Templates will work in the upcoming all-in-one photo editing software and how Templates can be used to save photographers a lot of time and energy when processing many images. In many traditional photo editors, users must adjust different sliders to get the desired results when processing images. There are often available presets, which will speed up the editing process, but presets have limitations, and photographers are often left feeling like their creativity has been...

DPReview TV: Six techniques to help you nail manual focus

DPReview TV: Six techniques to help you nail manual focus Published Oct 1, 2020 | dpreview staff [embedded content] Autofocus has gotten very good. Scarily good, even. But some situations call for good old fashioned manual focus, whether you’re shooting macro, video or channeling your inner Cartier-Bresson on the street. For these occasions, Chris and Jordan have a few quick tips that will help you nail your manually focused shot every time. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. For still photographers, we feel the Nikon Z5 represents the best value for the money when it comes to full-frame mirrorless...

Astropad announces Luna Display for Windows, turning your iPad into a wireless display for your PC

Astropad announces Luna Display for Windows, turning your iPad into a wireless display for your PC Astropad successfully funded Luna Display for Mac on Kickstarter in late 2019. The company is back with another project, Luna Display for Windows. The new project was fully funded in its first hour on Kickstarter. Luna Display for Windows allows iPad owners to turn their Apple device into a wireless PC display. Astropad states that Luna Display for Windows is the only hardware solution available to turn any modern iPad into a wireless second display for a PC or Mac. You can connect your iPad via Wi-Fi or with a wired connection. For a physical connection, you can select between USB-C or HDMI...

Google unveils its budget-friendly Pixel 4a 5G and flagship Pixel 5 smartphones

Google unveils its budget-friendly Pixel 4a 5G and flagship Pixel 5 smartphones Today, at its ‘Launch Night In’ event, Google unveiled the details of its new Pixel 4a 5G and Pixel 5 devices. Pixel 4a 5G The Pixel 4a 5G is, as its name suggests, a 5G variant of the budget-friendly phone released last autumn. But it’s not just an improved cellular modem that’s been added to the 5G variant. The Pixel 4A now has a larger OLED screen — 6.2” over the 5.8” on the 4a — as well as a slightly faster Qualcomm Snapdragon 765G processor (compared to the 730g found in the 4a). All of these upgrades together have increased the starting price of the 5G variant to $499, $150 more...

Olympus finalizes deal with JIP to sell its Imaging business

Olympus finalizes deal with JIP to sell its Imaging business In a press release shared today, Olympus has confirmed it’s come to a finalized agreement with Japan Industrial Partners Inc. [JIP] to transfer the Olympus Imaging business at the beginning of 2021. In the announcement, Olympus says it’s transferring its Imaging business to a new wholly-owned subsidiary called the ‘New Imaging Company.’ On January 2, 2021, 95% of this company will be transferred to OJ Holdings, Ltd., a company created by JIP specifically for this transfer. The acquisition includes all of Olympus’ global Imaging business, including all research and development, as well as...

Nikon Z5 review: the best value stills-oriented full-framer

Nikon Z5 review: the best value stills-oriented full-framer Previous 1 Introduction 2 Next Introduction The Nikon Z5 is an entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera that looks and handles almost exactly like its higher-end Z-mount siblings, the Z6 and Z7. It’s built around a stabilized non-BSI 24MP CMOS sensor, which is likely more closely related to the generation of chip found in Nikon’s D750 DSLR, rather than the newer BSI sensor in the Z6. Slightly stripped down and more stills-focused, the Z5 shares the same 273-point hybrid AF system, Expeed 6 processor and 3.69M-dot OLED viewfinder as the Z6. But niceties like a top plate display...

TTartisan releases an $80 35mm F1.4 lens for APS-C mirrorless camera systems

TTartisan releases an $80 35mm F1.4 lens for APS-C mirrorless camera systems TTartisan is back with its latest lens, an ultra-affordable 35mm F1.4 lens for APS-C mirrorless camera systems. The fully-manual TTartisan 35mm F1.4 lens retails for just $80 and is available for Canon EOS M, Fuji X, Micro Four Thirds and Sony E mount camera systems. It’s constructed of seven elements in six groups, has an aperture range of F1.4-F16, uses a ten-blade aperture diaphragm and has a minimum focusing distance of 28cm (11”). The front filter thread is 39mm and the lens measures in at 44mm (1.73”) long, 56mm (2.2”) diameter and weighs just 180g. Below is a sample gallery of images...

Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG DN Macro sample gallery

Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG DN Macro sample gallery Published Sep 30, 2020 | dpreview staff Sigma’s all-new 105mm F2.8 macro offers 1:1 reproduction and has been designed from scratch for L-mount and full-frame E-mount mirrorless cameras. Fall weather brings out plenty of detailed subjects for a lens of this kind, and coupled with the 60MP Sony a7R IV, well, let’s just say we’ve seen things we can’t unsee. For still photographers, we feel the Nikon Z5 represents the best value for the money when it comes to full-frame mirrorless cameras. Which is why it receives our top award. The Sony ZV-1 was designed specifically...

Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG DN Macro for E- and L-mount arrives in October

Sigma 105mm F2.8 DG DN Macro for E- and L-mount arrives in October Published Sep 30, 2020 | dpreview staff Sigma has unveiled an all-new 105mm F2.8 macro lens, which will provide 1:1 reproduction and will be offered for E-mount and L-mount mirrorless cameras. It features a new optical formula comprising 17 elements in 12 groups, including one SLD (Special Low Dispersion) element. The 105mm F2.8 DG DN Macro features a 14cm (5.5″) working distance, an aperture ring that functions either clicked or de-clicked, and a three-zone focus limiting switch. The lens is dust- and splash-proof, and the L-mount version is compatible with Sigma’s 1.4x and 2x...

Reply to Nifty Fifty

Reply to Nifty Fifty Hi I am experimenting with the nifty fifty lens but I am wondering what I did wrong with this photo people in a park , i realize I am not using a zoom lens but is there a way of sharpening the image background or was I am out of focus in the first place second photo was taken with same lens horses in a field,the photo was more in focus Thanks flic.kr/p/2jMf3GV...

Meyer Optik Görlitz releases Trioplan 50mm F2.8 lens for multiple camera mounts

Meyer Optik Görlitz releases Trioplan 50mm F2.8 lens for multiple camera mounts Meyer Optik Görlitz has released the Trioplan 50mm F2.8 II, its third lens of the year, following the Lydith 30mm F3.5 II and Trioplan 100mm F2.8 II. Like both of the previous lenses, the 50mm F2.8 II isn’t just an incremental update—it’s entirely new, designed from the ground up. The lens has a slightly faster maximum aperture of F2.8 compared to its predecessor, which maxed out at F2.9. The lens also features the signature ‘soap bubble bokeh,’ has a 52mm front filter thread and a minimum focusing distance of 40cm (15.75”). Below are a number of sample photos captured with the Trioplan 50mm...

Researchers teach an AI to generate logical images based on text captions

Researchers teach an AI to generate logical images based on text captions The Allen Institute for AI (AI2) created by Paul Allen, best known as co-founder of Microsoft, has published new research on a type of artificial intelligence that is able to generate basic (though obviously nonsensical) images based on a concept presented to the machine as a caption. The technology hints at an evolution in machine learning that may pave the way for smarter, more capable AI. The research institute’s newly published study, which was recent highlighted by MIT, builds upon the technology demonstrated by OpenAI with its GPT-3 system. With GPT-3, the machine learning...

Slideshow: Winners of the 2020 Drone Photo Awards from Siena Awards

Slideshow: Winners of the 2020 Drone Photo Awards from Siena Awards Winners for the 6th edition of the Drone Photo Awards competition, affiliated with the Siena International Photo Awards competition (you can view winners of the Creative Photo Awards here), were recently announced. Entries were sent in by drone photographers from 126 countries. ‘Love Heart of Nature’ by Australian photographer Jim Picôt, which depicts a shark swimming inside a heart–shaped salmon school, was recognized as the Overall Winner. The awards are divided into 9 categories: Abstract, Empty Cities: Life during COVID-19, Nature, People, Sports, Series, Urban Architecture,...

Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II coming October 14

Nikon Z6 II and Z7 II coming October 14 Nikon has announced, via a countdown on its website, it will be launching its next-generation full-frame mirrorless cameras on October 14. Absolutely no information is given about the Z7 II and Z6 II cameras aside from their respective names, which eschew Nikon’s usual ’S’ naming scheme for the more Canon-esque ‘Mark II’ versions. We’ll be sure to keep you up to date on the latest developments from Nikon. The Sony ZV-1 was designed specifically for vloggers, but this compact camera is an excellent option for still photographers too. We got our hands on the brand new Instax SQ1: an...

Canon purchases new supercomputer system to further its ‘no-prototype’ product development ambitions

Canon purchases new supercomputer system to further its ‘no-prototype’ product development ambitions Fujitsu Limited announced last week that Canon Inc. has ordered a new supercomputer. The purchase signals that Canon is progressing with its plans to develop products without the need for prototypes, thereby reducing development costs and increasing development efficiency. The system Canon ordered includes a Fujitsu Supercomputer PRIMEHPC FX1000 unit. Canon has previously used Fujitsu PRIMEHPC FX10 and PRIMEHPC FX100 supercomputer systems. The new FX1000 unit includes class-leading technology from Fugaku, the world’s fastest supercomputer. Fugaku, a petascale supercomputer, was jointly...

Nifty Fifty

Nifty Fifty Photos Members Group Since Nifty Fifty derekdgl says: Hi I am experimenting with the nifty fifty lens but I am wondering what I did wrong with this photo people in a park , i realize I am not using a zoom lens but is there a way of sharpening the image background or was I am out of focus in the first place second photo was taken with same lens horses in a field,the photo was more in focus Thanks flic.kr/p/2jMf3GV flic.kr/p/2jMf8qC 11:53AM, 28 September 2020 PDT (permalink) Would you like to comment? Sign up for a free account, or sign in (if you’re already a...

Atomos launches Connect, a $79 capture card

Atomos launches Connect, a $79 capture card Atomos has launched a HDMI-to-USB video capture card that allows any HDMI camera or recorder to be used to live stream or record to a PC or Mac. Connect is a tiny device that plugs directly into a USB port and accepts HDMI input to provide a video feed of up to 1080p at 60fps in up to 12-bit color. The device can accept 4K at 30p, and needs no additional drivers, software or power supply to work. And best of all, it costs $79. Unlike most capture cards, the Connect doesn’t use a USB out cable, so the full weight of the HDMI cable will be borne by the USB port on your computer, making this...

Video: Adobe teases Advance Color Grading tool coming to ACR, Lightroom and Lightroom Classic

Video: Adobe teases Advance Color Grading tool coming to ACR, Lightroom and Lightroom Classic [embedded content] Adobe has announced a new Advanced Color Grading feature will soon be available inside Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom and Lightroom Classic. The new Color Grading panel is inspired by the Lumetri Color panel used in Adobe’s Premiere Pro video editing software and replaces the previous Split Toning panel. Unlike Split Toning, which only allows you to adjust the highlights and shadows, the new Color Grading panel takes it one step further, allowing you to also adjust the coloring of the midtones. In addition to adding midtones, the panel is also redesigned. It now uses a...

Venus Optics brings its Laowa 9mm T2.9, 12mm T2.9 and 15mm T2.1 cine primes to Canon RF mount

Venus Optics brings its Laowa 9mm T2.9, 12mm T2.9 and 15mm T2.1 cine primes to Canon RF mount Venus Optics has announced it’s now adding a Canon RF lens mount option for three of its ultra-wide cinema primes: the 9mm T2.9 ‘Zero-D’ lens, 12mm T2.9 ‘Zero-D’ lens and 15mm T2.1 ‘Zero-D.’ The 12mm T2.9 ‘Zero-D’ lens was released back in January of this year, while the 9mm T2.9 and 15mm T2.1 ‘Zero-D’ lenses were announced back in June of this year. At the time, the lenses were only available for Sony E, Canon EF and PL mount, but owners of Canon’s EOS R series mirrorless cameras can now get native versions of the lenses, negating the need to use the EF version with the EF-RF adapter. Photo...

Home on the range: Exploring Sony’s AF technologies on people and animals

Home on the range: Exploring Sony’s AF technologies on people and animals Published Sep 28, 2020 | This is sponsored content, created with the support of Amazon and Sony [embedded content] Sony’s current range of Alpha and RX-series cameras are packed with the company’s latest autofocus technologies. These include highly advanced face and eye-detection for both human and animal subjects. Photographer and Rancher Alyssa Henry lives with her family on her ranch in Montana. A perfect location – and perfect subject-matter – to put Sony’s latest autofocus technologies to the test. Home on the range: Sample images Gear in this story There are now seven...

Reply to How to find the megapixel usability of a lens.

Reply to How to find the megapixel usability of a lens. Lens reviews are a good way to find the resolution of you optics,in terms of so many lines per inch it can resolves.Normally the L lenses do a good job. A good lens requires a good sensor to work together,the size and spacing of the pixels are important in capturing the information delivered by the lens. So the prices may indicate the quality of the gears.

How to find the megapixel usability of a lens.

How to find the megapixel usability of a lens. ecka84 says: There’s this “p-mp” concept of the “Perceptual MegaPixels”. Which means that the image contains a lesser amount of the actual data, visually useful real world information. Perfect lenses do not exist. Therefore it is pretty much impossible to get 24p-mp out of any 24mp camera-lens combo.9p-mp sounds about right for a cheap kit lens in perfect lighting conditions or a lab test bench. However, it doesn’t mean that a higher resolution camera cannot produce more than 9p-mp with the same lens. Lens resolution isn’t a capped number. For...

Sample gallery: macro photos with a motorized slider

Sample gallery: macro photos with a motorized slider Published Sep 27, 2020 | dpreview staff Macro photography has captured the imagination of many-a photographer looking to get out of a creative slump. It’s an eye-opening experience to see otherwise uninteresting subjects revealed in an entirely new way. Even better, it’s pretty cheap to experiment with macro by picking up some inexpensive macro tubes that will work with your existing gear. DPR contributor Chris Foreman recently shared his experience getting back into macro photography, and detailed his unique approach using focus stacking and a motorized slider. Take a look at...

Reply to Canon RF lenses

Reply to Canon RF lenses David Illig: Fair questions. The adaptability of the EF mount lenses to R mount cameras is a good strategy for now. It invites current EF mount camera users to move over to R mount cameras fairly easily. However, what is the long term strategy? If EF mount lenses equal R mount lenses in capability then what is the point of expanding the R mount lens line? No one buys an expensive R mount lens, in that case. Short term Canon remains viable as a camera maker. But, what of its long term strategy? There just isn’t one. That’s dangerous to any company in any business. As for what...

Video: How Kodak became yet another victim of the juggernaut of changing technology

Video: How Kodak became yet another victim of the juggernaut of changing technology [embedded content] The Eastman Kodak Company, better known as Kodak, was co-founded by George Eastman and Henry A. Strong way back in 1888. In the more than 130 years since, the company has been through a lot. It once was a dominant force in the photography industry, at times being almost as synonymous with photography as the Apple iPod once was with respect to music. For all but the youngest in society, we have all heard the phrase, ‘Kodak moment.’ However, with the advent of digital photography, Kodak began to lose its place at the forefront of photography. Interestingly, Kodak...

Nikon 600mm f/4E FL ED VR Review

Nikon 600mm f/4E FL ED VR Review Nikon updated its 600mm super-telephoto lens in July of 2015, replacing its “G” version with a completely brand new design and optical formula. The Nikkor 600mm f/4E FL ED VR was released with the best optical technology Nikon had at the time, including a faster autofocus motor, a magnesium alloy construction, and two fluorite elements for significant weight reduction. In fact, compared to its predecessor, Nikon was able to reduce the weight of the lens by a whopping 1250 grams (over 3 pounds), while making the lens sharper and more responsive. In this review, we will take a look at this...

Fujifilm 50mm F1.0 sample gallery (DPReview TV)

Fujifilm 50mm F1.0 sample gallery (DPReview TV) Published Sep 26, 2020 | dpreview staff Fujifilm’s new 50mm F1.0 lens practically begs to be used for portraits, so we shot lots of them, including many wide open at F1.0. Check out our sample gallery to see how it performs. View the Fujifilm 50mm F1.0 sample gallery Gear in this story Fujifilm’s fastest lens is here – the new XF 50mm F1.0 R WR is a versatile low-light lens aimed at portrait photographers. Read on for all the details. Fujifilm has formally launched its XF 50mm F1.0 R WR portrait prime lens, making it the world’s first F1.0 lens with autofocus that’s...

DPReview TV: Fujifilm 50mm F1.0 review

DPReview TV: Fujifilm 50mm F1.0 review Published Sep 26, 2020 | dpreview staff [embedded content] The Fujifilm XF 50mm F1.0 R WR promises to be great for portraiture. Does it live up to the hype? And how does it compare to Fujifilm’s own 56mm F1.2? Watch our review to find out. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Sample images from this episode Gear in this story Fujifilm’s fastest lens is here – the new XF 50mm F1.0 R WR is a versatile low-light lens aimed at portrait photographers. Read on for all the details. Fujifilm has formally launched its XF 50mm F1.0 R WR portrait...

Library of Congress launches AI-powered, image-based Newspaper Navigator tool

Library of Congress launches AI-powered, image-based Newspaper Navigator tool The Library of Congress has launched a new AI-powered image-based tool for searching through old newspapers, enabling anyone to find historic images from more than 16 million scanned newspaper pages. Newspaper Navigator builds upon the LOC’s existing Chronicling America project, the result being a visual content recognition model capable of finding a variety of images in digitized newspapers, including maps, comics, photographs, illustrations, advertisements and more. The Chronicling America project is the LOC’s historic newspaper archive. With this tool, anyone can use optical...

Tamron announces a compact $549 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 for Sony E mount cameras

Tamron announces a compact $549 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 for Sony E mount cameras Tamron has announced the release of the 70–300mm F4.5–6.3 Di III RXD, a lens deemed as ‘the world’s smallest and lightest telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras.’ The lens is constructed of 15 elements in 10 groups, including a low dispersion element for minimizing aberrations. Autofocus is driven by Tamron’s Rapid Extra-Silent Stepping Drive (RXD) motor technology. Other specifications include an aperture range of F4.5 (at 70mm) to F32 (at 300mm), a seven-blade aperture diaphragm and a minimum focusing distance of 80cm (31.5”) on the wide end and 150cm (59.1”) on...

Film Fridays: Photographing Machu Picchu on a panorama film camera

Film Fridays: Photographing Machu Picchu on a panorama film camera Published Sep 25, 2020 | Dan Cuny Visiting Peru, specifically Manchu Picchu, was something I wanted to experience ever since I wrote a school report on it in the fourth grade. The idea that there was a civilization of Incans living in the mountains hundreds of years ago, having such a thriving existence was extremely mind-boggling for a young boy growing up in the suburbs of Chicago. A different civilization from mine, living not only in the jungle but the mountain jungle made me want to visit and see what it was all about. For such a special trip I decided to pack not only my regular travel...

Canon EOS Rebel T8i (850D) sample gallery

Canon EOS Rebel T8i (850D) sample gallery Published Sep 25, 2020 | dpreview staff The Canon Rebel T8i (known as the EOS 850D outside of the U.S.) represents the latest iteration of the company’s high-end entry-level DSLR. And it’s a well-rounded package, with a fully articulated touchscreen, 4K/24p video and 7 fps continuous burst shooting. It’s well equipped to provide ambitious beginners with everything they need to get started in photography: Take a look at the kind of images this camera is capable of. Gear in this story The Sony ZV-1 was designed specifically for vloggers, but this compact camera is an...

RGKit Play is a modular motion control kit that’s already funded on Kickstarter

RGKit Play is a modular motion control kit that’s already funded on Kickstarter Argineering has launched a Kickstarter campaign for RGKit Play, ‘the first-ever modular wireless motion control kit that allows creatives to add movement to their design and camera.’ The campaign has already eclipsed its $50,000 funding goal by more than $25,000 at the time of writing. RGKit includes motors, accessories, light controllers, sensors and a phone application and aims to simplify the process of creating mechanical motion. Argineering states that RGKit Play can be used for tasks such as videography and stop motion. Using the accompanying application, you can use RGKit...

Profoto’s new A10 speedlight works with smartphones via AirX Bluetooth technology

Profoto’s new A10 speedlight works with smartphones via AirX Bluetooth technology [embedded content] Profoto has unveiled the A10, its third and latest round-head speedlight in its A1 lineup. Much like the A1X was nearly identical to the A1, the A10 is effectively an A1X with built-in Bluetooth and AirX technology for making the most of the speedlight, even with a smartphone. Profoto showed off its AirX technology back in July with its B10 and B10 Plus monolights, and more recently, its C1 and C1 Plus LED lights, but until now, it wasn’t available for its speedlights. The A10 changes that, making it easier to get pro-level lighting with your smartphone when using the...

You can now use select Nikon DSLRs, mirrorless cameras as webcams on macOS

You can now use select Nikon DSLRs, mirrorless cameras as webcams on macOS Yesterday, Nikon released a beta version of its Webcam Utility software for macOS. Like the Windows version, released back on August 6, the macOS utility will allow owners of Nikon Z series and DSLR camera owners to use their compatible cameras as webcams with popular livestreaming and video conferencing software via USB. The macOS version of the Webcam Utility appears to function identically as the Windows version, complete with support for the following cameras: Z7, Z6, Z5, Z50, D6, D850, D780, D500, D7500 and D5600. The process is as simple as installing the utility, plugging in your...

How to: Shoot better macro photos using a slider and focus stacking

How to: Shoot better macro photos using a slider and focus stacking A Sony a6300 and an Edelkrone motorized slider: interesting marriage of technique and technology? Like a lot of people, I’ve always had an interest in macro photography, which unfortunately never really developed into anything more than the odd shot of a flower or two. Then a couple of years ago I sold my seldom used 100mm F2.8 Sony macro lens when I moved from Sony A- to Sony E-mount. At the time I thought my macro shooting days were behind me. But then I became interested in focus stacking, which is a technique used to blend several images focused at different points so that the depth of...

Canon announces the EOS C70, a Cinema EOS camera in a mirrorless body

Canon announces the EOS C70, a Cinema EOS camera in a mirrorless body Published Sep 24, 2020 | dpreview staff Canon has announced the EOS C70, a digital cinema camera with a body that resembles a mirrorless stills camera. Notably, the C70 uses Canon’s RF lens mount, making it the first Cinema EOS camera to adopt the company’s newest lens system. The EOS C70 features a Super35 sensor using Canon’s next-generation Dual Gain Output (DGO) technology. The DGO sensor reads each pixel at two different gain levels, with one prioritizing saturation and highlight protection and the other suppressing noise in the shadows. When combined, Canon claims the...

ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2021 announced, promising faster performance and new features

ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2021 announced, promising faster performance and new features ACD Systems International has launched ACDSee Photo Studio Ultimate 2021. This is the newest version of the company’s flagship photo editing software. The new version is focused on providing improved performance. ACD Systems International states that Photo Studio Ultimate 2021’s performance enhancements are up to 100 percent faster and RAW decoding is up to 20 percent faster. Frank Lin, CTO & COO of ACD Systems International, says, ‘This product is everything you need to optimize your digital asset management, your photography workflow, your editing process and your...

Moment unveils CineBloom, its new line of cinematic diffusion filters

Moment unveils CineBloom, its new line of cinematic diffusion filters [embedded content] Photography accessory company Moment has released CineBloom, its new lineup of diffusion filters meant to ‘take the edge’ off your digital photos. Inspired by cinema, the new CineBloom filters can be used with both stills and video, and ‘capture dreamy, film-like vibes straight out of a camera,’ not unlike the ‘Pro-Mist’ diffusion filters Tiffen produces. The filters are constructed of ‘aerospace grade aluminum’ and ‘Japanese optical glass’ and come in seven sizes: 37mm, 58mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm and 82mm. They’re available in two densities — 10% and 20% — so you...

MFT ‘Alice’ concept camera promises smartphone AI with interchangeable lenses

MFT ‘Alice’ concept camera promises smartphone AI with interchangeable lenses [embedded content] A team of engineers, data scientists and content creators have come together to produce a camera that it says marries the quality of Micro Four Thirds with the artificial intelligence of a smartphone to ‘change and challenge the concept of the digital camera for the next decade’. Alice is a camera that uses a MFT sensor and lens mount, and which is controlled by a smartphone app. Similar to Sony’s QX10 camera announced back in 2013, Alice has no screen of its own, but uses a clamp on the rear to allow users to attach their phone for adjusting settings, previewing and...

Sony ZV-1 review

Sony ZV-1 review Introduction Product photos by Dan Bracaglia The Sony ZV-1 is a 20MP compact camera geared towards vlogging. It has a new and novel directional microphone next to the flash hotshoe and there’s a fully articulating touchscreen display. The ZV-1 shoots in 4K up to 30p and Full HD up to 120p and features a 24-70mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 lens. Although the Sony ZV-1 is designed specifically with vloggers in mind, it’s quite capable as a conventional compact stills camera too. If you’re a hybrid shooter who is interested in capturing both video and stills, but doesn’t want to carry...

DPReview TV: How to start a YouTube channel Part III – should you shoot in a studio or in the field?

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ON1 unveils ON1 Portrait AI, new ON1 Photo Mobile features and ON1 Photo RAW 2021

ON1 unveils ON1 Portrait AI, new ON1 Photo Mobile features and ON1 Photo RAW 2021 ON1 has unveiled new updates for its suite of software, including major upgrades to ON1 Photo RAW and new features in ON1 Photo Mobile. ON1 has also announced the all-new ON1 Portrait AI, which is available as a standalone application and as a plug-in for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, Affinity Photo, Corel Paintshop Pro, Apple Photos and Capture One (at a later date). ON1 Portrait AI uses machine learning to locate and evaluate each face in portrait photos to retouch and process them without the need for manual adjustments. Dan Harlacher, VP of Product for ON1, describes ON1 Portrait AI as...

Facebook Rights Manager updated to give photographers more control over their images

Facebook Rights Manager updated to give photographers more control over their images Facebook has announced a new rights management feature designed to give creators more control over their images. On Monday, Facebook product manager of the creator and publisher experience Dave Axelgard said, ‘We want to ensure Facebook is a safe and valuable place for creators to share their content.’ Key to that goal is the newly announced Rights Manager for Images. Instagram is the dominant image-based social network at the moment, making it a valuable platform for creators…but it’s not without its controversy in the industry. Parent company Facebook is taking...

Samsung’s new 980 Pro PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD offers read speeds up to 7,000MB/s

Samsung’s new 980 Pro PCIe 4.0 M.2 SSD offers read speeds up to 7,000MB/s Samsung has unveiled the 980 Pro, its newest high-end NVMe M.2 2280 PCIe 4.0 drive, which pushes read and write speeds to ridiculous speeds. The drive will come in 250GB, 500GB and 1TB capacities at launch and features a PCIe 4.0 interface that, with a compatible motherboard, will offer maximum sequential read and write speeds of up to 7,000MB/s and 5,000MB/s, respectively. Even if you don’t have a PCIe 4.0 motherboard on hand (there aren’t a lot available at this time, as the interface is relatively new), the new 980 Pros can still reach maximum sequential read and write speeds of 3,500MB/s...

Curated film subscription service launched by Analogue Wonderland

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Sony a7C sample gallery updated, with more shots from compact 28-60mm kit lens

Sony a7C sample gallery updated, with more shots from compact 28-60mm kit lens Sony’s a7C is a really compact full-frame camera – especially when paired with the new FE 28-60mm F3.5-5.6 kit lens. We’ve been doing plenty of shooting with the combo and have updated our gallery to show you just what you can expect. Check out our gallery of sample images Gear in this story Sony’s a7C is among the smallest full-frame mirrorless cameras you can buy, and in terms of core capability, not much has been sacrificed for the sake of compactness. But are you ready to make it your next go-to travel camera? Find out how it stacks up in our initial review. Chris and...

Pixelmator Photo update adds AI-powered image upscaling tool, ML Super Resolution

Pixelmator Photo update adds AI-powered image upscaling tool, ML Super Resolution Pixelmator, makers of the photo editing application Pixelmator Photo, has released Pixelmator Photo version 1.4. The new update includes ML Super Resolution, a new tool designed to enlarge low-resolution photos with a single tap. ML Super Resolution utilizes machine learning (hence the ‘ML’ in the name) and the processing power available in Apple iPad devices to enlarge photos, illustrations, paintings and designs while preserving and enhancing details, edges and textures. ML Super Resolution was designed for the newly released iPad Air and was presented during Apple’s...

MIT and UMass researchers develop world’s first flat ultra-wide-angle fisheye lens

MIT and UMass researchers develop world’s first flat ultra-wide-angle fisheye lens Researchers with the University of Massachusetts at Lowell and MIT have developed a new type of fisheye lens that is flat and crafted from a single piece of glass. The lens is round, according to the researchers, and it is capable of capturing sharp 180-degree panoramas. This is the first flat fisheye lens made from a single piece of glass, which measures 1mm thick. Ordinary spherical fisheye lenses are made from multiple pieces of glass designed to bend the light in such a way that it produces circular wide-angle images. The newly developed flat lens instead captures wide-angle panoramas by...

Adobe’s teases a new Sensei-powered Sky Replacement tool coming soon to Photoshop

Adobe’s teases a new Sensei-powered Sky Replacement tool coming soon to Photoshop [embedded content] Today, Adobe published a sneak peek video of its latest Sensei-powered feature coming soon to Photoshop, Sky Replacement. Similar to the AI-powered sky replacement feature found in Skylum’s Luminar 4 editing program, Adobe’s new feature uses its Sensei AI to determine the foreground from the sky in an image and automatically masks the sky overlay to blend in seamlessly. While Photoshop will offer its own selection of presets, it’s also possible to import your own image of the sky. Note how even the small details at the top of the structure are preserved and properly...

Tamron is extending the closure of two factories through the end of 2020 due to ‘decreased demand’

Tamron is extending the closure of two factories through the end of 2020 due to ‘decreased demand’ Tamron Japan has published a statement [machine-translated] on its website noting that two of its three main factories will remain closed through the end of 2020 due to the ‘decrease in global demand due to the worldwide spread of the [novel] coronavirus.’\ This closure extension affects Tamron’s Hirosaki and Namioka factories, which were originally set to open back up on October 1. These facilities, located in Japan’s Aomori prefecture, are two of Tamron’s ‘mother plants.’ Each of these three plants play a role in the lens development process: the Hirosaki plant handles metal processing,...

The Olympus M.Zuiko 100-400mm F5-6.3 IS goes to the track

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Reply to “Err 01 Communications between the camera and lens is faulty. Clean the lens contacts.”

Reply to “Err 01 Communications between the camera and lens is faulty. Clean the lens contacts.” Hello, I’ve been having some issues with one of my lenses for a bit now. Very often, not every time, an error message comes out on my camera: “Err 01 Communications between the camera and lens is faulty. Clean the lens contacts.” when I use my EF-S 17-85mm. It doesn’t appear when I use my EF-S 60mm lens. What’s more interesting, the lens works perfectly well in Live View Mode! Any suggestions? Anyone had a similiar issue? I did call Canon, but they only offered fixing it without any information on what it could be and they quoted...

Samyang has released its own lens simulator web app

Samyang has released its own lens simulator web app Optics manufacturer Samyang has released a new lens simulator web app that allows you to see how certain lenses will affect the look of a scene based on sensor size and lens settings. The web app creates a simulated scene using a cutout portrait of a woman as well as three backgrounds. By changing the sensor size, focal length, aperture and distance, the scene will adjust to show a simulated representation of what the image would like like when the shutter is pressed. The web app is somewhat rudimentary, but its simulated representations do a good job of showing photography newcomers how...

Turboant X7 Pro Electric Scooter Review

Turboant X7 Pro Electric Scooter Review What does a review of an electric scooter have to do with a photography site? With the world still in chaos from the Coronavirus pandemic, I figured it would be fun to do something completely different for a change. While I have been posting quite a few “catch-up” reviews recently (and more on the way), some of our readers might want to take a short break along with me from all the camera industry noise. Every once in a while, it is nice to enjoy something different, wouldn’t you agree? Anyway, I recently got ahold of an electric scooter that I have been enjoying tremendously, so I decided...

Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8 R Review

Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8 R Review This is an in-depth review of the Fujifilm XF 14mm f/2.8 R, a 21mm full-frame equivalent wide-angle lens that was introduced in September of 2012. Although the lens has not been updated for many years now, it has been considered to be one of the best in the Fuji X lineup, thanks to its superb optics and excellent build quality. Let’s take a look at the XF 14mm f/2.8 R in more detail, and compare it to other options such as the Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 and Fuji XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS. Fuji XF 14mm f/2.8 R: Introduction Featuring a total of 10 elements in 7 groups, including 2 aspherical and 3...

Olympus 100-400mm F5-6.3 IS gallery updated with Raws

Olympus 100-400mm F5-6.3 IS gallery updated with Raws Published Sep 20, 2020 | dpreview staff The Olympus 100-400mm F5-6.3 offers Micro Four Thirds shooters a whole lot of reach in a hand-holdable lens. We’ve been putting its versatile zoom range to use ever since it was announced last month, and have updated our initial sample gallery with even more images – including Raw conversions. Take a peek at what it can do. Gear in this story In stock on September 28, 2020. Order it now. We got our hands on the brand new Instax SQ1: an easy-to-use instant camera that shoots square format film. Despite a couple of quirks, we think it’s a...

Sony a7C sample gallery (DPReview TV)

Sony a7C sample gallery (DPReview TV) Published Sep 19, 2020 | dpreview staff Our team at DPReview TV spent the week shooting with the new Sony a7C. Check out the photos from their review of the camera, including many taken with the new 28-60mm F4-5.6 kit lens. Did you miss the review? Watch it below. View the Sony a7C sample gallery Sony a7C review (DPReview TV) [embedded content] Gear in this story Despite the challenges presented by a pandemic and a lingering cloud of smoke, we found plenty of subjects to point the Sony a7C at. Sony has announced the a7C, a compact 24MP full-frame mirrorless camera. The company calls it the...

Do we add animal photos to group?

Do we add animal photos to group? Photos Members Group Since Do we add animal photos to group? tikitiger_lily07 says: We have a lot of animals photos uploaded but one of the group rules is no animal photos. Should we change this rule? I welcome the feedback. 4:40PM, 18 September 2020 PDT (permalink) Would you like to comment? Sign up for a free account, or sign in (if you’re already a...

Sony announces plans to end camera sales and manufacturing in Brazil next year

Sony announces plans to end camera sales and manufacturing in Brazil next year Sony has announced plans to end its camera manufacturing and sales operations in Brazil by the middle of next year. Per Gizmodo Brazil, Sony will continue to sell its consumer electronics, including cameras, in Brazil until mid-2021. However, next March, its production plant in Manaus, Brazil will shut down. The plant has been in business for nearly 50 years. In a statement to Brazilian employees, partners, retailers and suppliers, Sony said that its exit from Brazil is due to changing market conditions and expected business trends. Clóvis Letie, Sony senior operations manager in Brazil, has...

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Review

Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 Review Zeiss introduced its Touit 32mm f/1.8 lens together with the 12mm f/2.8 for Fuji X and Sony E camera mounts in April of 2013. With its 48mm full-frame equivalent field of view, the lens fits the definition of a “standard” lens – a popular focal length for everyday photography needs. In this review, we will take a closer look at the Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 and see how it stacks up against its competitors, the Fuji XF 35mm f/1.4 R, and XF 35mm f/2 R WR. I only had a chance to use the Fujifilm X mount version of the lens for this review, but its Sony E-mount version is very similar in terms of...

Gallery: 100 best lockdown portraits revealed from Duchess of Cambridge’s Hold Still project

Gallery: 100 best lockdown portraits revealed from Duchess of Cambridge’s Hold Still project Kate Middleton, the Duchess of Cambridge, and the UK’s National Portrait Gallery have put together a digital exhibition of the 100 best portraits taken during the lockdown and submitted to the Hold Still photographic contest. The images, centered around the themes of Helpers and Heroes, Your New Normal and Acts of Kindness, will become a print exhibition later in the year and will tour the UK. [embedded content] Set up to document aspects of life in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland during the global coronavirus pandemic, the Hold Still project was launched by the Duchess, a keen...

Venus Optics unveils Laowa 14mm F4 ‘Zero-D’ lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras

Venus Optics unveils Laowa 14mm F4 ‘Zero-D’ lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras Venus Optics has announced the release of its latest lens, the Laowa 14mm F4 FF RL ‘Zero-D’ lens for full-frame mirrorless camera systems. The compact ultra-wide-angle lens is constructed of 13 elements in 9 groups, including two aspherical elements and three extra-low dispersion elements. The lens features a 114º angle of view on a full-frame sensor while maintaining near-zero distortion as the ‘Zero-D’ moniker alludes to. The lens features an aperture range of F4-F22, uses a five-blade aperture diaphragm, has a minimum focusing distance of 27cm (10.6″) and uses a 52mm front filter...

The $20 film camera challenge part 2: Saved by the Minolta Maxxum 5 – Aaron Gold

The $20 film camera challenge part 2: Saved by the Minolta Maxxum 5 – Aaron Gold Aaron ended up picking up a Minolta Maxxum 5 and 28-80mm kit lens for under $20. Read: The $20 film camera challenge part 1: the hunt A quick recap: In part one (see link above), I proposed a $20 film camera challenge, the goal being to find a working film camera for less than twenty bucks, shipping included. The search was fascinating: I found lots of point-and-shoot compacts, several intriguing vintage cameras and a surprising number of autofocus SLRs. I had been trolling the waters of low-end Minoltas and was just about to make an offer on a Maxxum 3xi and a zoom lens, when I saw… the...

Breakthrough announces first third-party EF to RF Drop-In Filter Adapter

Breakthrough announces first third-party EF to RF Drop-In Filter Adapter San Francisco-based Breakthrough Filters has announced an all-new EF to RF filter adapter. This is the first EF to RF drop-in filter adapter released not made by Canon. Breakthrough’s EF to RF Drop-In Filter Adapter is loaded with a variety of hardware improvements. The adapter has an all-metal aluminum alloy construction and includes dust and water resistance. The weather-sealed adapter has rubber gaskets around both the filter and rear mounts. The adapter includes a detachable tripod food and accepts mounting plates for ballheads, arca plates and more. Further, the interior has been...

DPReview TV: Sony a7C review

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Fujifilm releases version 2.0 update for its X Webcam utility, brings on-screen settings control

Fujifilm releases version 2.0 update for its X Webcam utility, brings on-screen settings control Fujifilm has announced a version 2.0 release of its X Webcam utility, which makes it possible to use your compatible Fujifilm X and GFX camera as a webcam with popular livestreaming and video conferencing programs. The version 2.0 update is available for both macOS and Windows users. The small update adds a new settings control window making it possible to change settings on-the-fly. In addition to basic exposure compensation and white balance changes, the settings control window can also be used to change film simulations and more while the camera is connected to your computer. As with the...

Reply to photo duplicates on your pc

Reply to photo duplicates on your pc I dont know, but to get a good answer, you might want to include the platform you are on, where you store the images and how… Maybe even why you are trying to acchieve what you want to do… I dont know, but to get a good answer, you might want to include the platform you are on, where you store the images and how… Maybe even why you are trying to acchieve what you want to do… Post Reply...

Canon announces next generation IVY CLIQ cameras with built-in printers

Canon announces next generation IVY CLIQ cameras with built-in printers Canon has announced a pair of new cameras with built-in printers in its IVY CLIQ range. The new models, the IVY CLIQ +2 and IVY CLIQ2, both produce 3x2in prints that double as stickers and which can be decorated with borders before printing, and both have a selfie mirror around the lens. The IVY CLIQ2 model features a 5MP sensor and have built-in filters that users access in-camera. The IVY CLIQ +2 has a 8MP sensor and comes with a smartphone app that allows users to preview their images, to decorate them, add text and share them before printing. The cameras have built-in Zink printers that...

Canon’s EOS Webcam Utility out of beta on Windows, now supports more programs, cameras

Canon’s EOS Webcam Utility out of beta on Windows, now supports more programs, cameras [embedded content] Canon has announced its EOS Webcam Utility is now out of beta for Windows, bringing improved support and additional compatibility with more Canon cameras. Originally released in beta for Windows, Canon’s EOS Webcam Utility is now an official release. In addition to supporting more livestreaming, messaging and video conferencing programs, the official release also adds support for more cameras, ensuring more than 40 Canon camera models can be used as webcams over USB and Wi-Fi (with compatible cameras). Below is a list of the programs that will now work with EOS Webcam...

Datacolor launches lower cost ColorReader EZ for color measurement and matching

Datacolor launches lower cost ColorReader EZ for color measurement and matching Color calibration and measurement specialist Datacolor has introduced a low cost portable color measuring device to its ColorReader range that allows users to take samples and record the exact color of reflective surfaces. ColorReader EZ is said to be 85% accurate and can describe colors in CIE Lab, RGB or HEX languages. The ColorReader devices are designed to make matching paint colors easier, and the ColorReader EZ can give you the three closest matches from most paint brands, but also is able to give users a match for studio backdrops from Savage Universal. Photographers shooting products...

Historic chemicals producer, Tetenal, has roared back to life with new online shop

Historic chemicals producer, Tetenal, has roared back to life with new online shop After facing imminent closure, Tetenal is back with a vengeance and has relaunched their online shop. This is fantastic news for analog photographers, as Tetenal has been producing critical photochemicals since 1847, making Tetenal the oldest active company in the photo industry. In January 2019, we reported that Tetenal Europe faced closure. After going into voluntary insolvency protection in 2018, Tetenal Europe GmbH failed to find new investors and was preparing to close its doors. In February 2019, an employee-led management buyout was accepted and Tetenal lived on. In an announcement at...

What you need to know about Nikon’s new 14-24mm F2.8 S and 50mm F1.2 S Z-mount lenses

What you need to know about Nikon’s new 14-24mm F2.8 S and 50mm F1.2 S Z-mount lenses Most modern cameras will shoot video to one degree or another, but these are the ones we’d look at if you plan to shoot some video alongside your photos. We’ve chosen cameras that can take great photos and make it easy to get great looking video, rather than being the ones you’d choose as a committed videographer.

photo duplicates on your pc

photo duplicates on your pc Photos Members Group Since photo duplicates on your pc derekdgl says: Hi all is there a program/utility that can select duplicate photos for deletion which is not too expensive and works 4:59AM, 17 September 2020 PDT (permalink) foTobias. says: I dont know, but to get a good answer, you might want to include the platform you are on, where you store the images and how… Maybe even why you are trying to acchieve what you want to do… 14 hours ago (permalink) Would you like to comment? Sign up for a free account, or sign in (if you’re already a...

Sony Xperia 5 II is a smaller, slightly cheaper Xperia 1 II with 4K/120p recording

Sony Xperia 5 II is a smaller, slightly cheaper Xperia 1 II with 4K/120p recording Sony has unveiled the Xperia 5 II, successor to the Xperia 5 and a notch below the flagship Xperia 1 II in the lineup. It includes many camera features of the Xperia 1 II, but in a smaller form-factor and at a slightly lower price point. Headline features include 4K/120p recording for high resolution slow motion video, 20 fps continuous shooting with autofocus and auto exposure and a 6.1″ OLED screen with 120Hz refresh rate. The Xperia 5 II will cost $950 when it ships in December – less pricey than the $1200 Xperia 1 II, but a notable increase over the Xperia 5’s $800...

Reply to Vignetting effect

Reply to Vignetting effect Thanks for the advice, I tried it with High settings, same result.I also tested it with another lens 50mm 1.8G, no vignette effect appears.If I can’t make any solution for this problem, which lens you had proposed to me to get for the weddings, which has a similar price as 24-120mm f/4 because for 24-70 f/2.8 I have no budget.

CAMERADACTYL Mongoose Automated 35mm film scanner goes live on Kickstarter

CAMERADACTYL Mongoose Automated 35mm film scanner goes live on Kickstarter Product designer Ethan Moses of CAMERADACTYL has launched a new film scanning product on Kickstarter called Mongoose. This device can be used with ‘just about any camera’ that has cable release support, according to Moses; it has three scanning modes, including a Fast Mode that can scan a roll of standard-sized exposures in less than one minute. Mongoose is an automated 35mm film carrier that can be used with most cameras to digitize black & white and color negatives, as well as slide film. The Mongoose features a 27mm x 68mm film gate, enabling it to scan anywhere from...

Nikon Z 50mm f/1.2 S Announcement

Nikon Z 50mm f/1.2 S Announcement Along with the Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S, Nikon also introduced its first modern professional-grade f/1.2 lens, the Nikon Z 50mm f/1.2 S. Nikon has not been able to make f/1.2 lenses with autofocus capability on the F-Mount due to a small throat size and long flange distance (see my article on lens mounts), so aside from lenses like the Nikon 50mm f/1.2 Ai-S and the classic Noct-Nikkor 58mm f/1.2, we have not seen an f/1.2 lens for many years. Thanks to the advantages of the Z-mount, we are now able to get much faster lenses. While the previously-released Nikon Z 58mm f/0.95 S is a much faster lens,...

Adobe releases Premiere Pro update, including scene detection and improved HDR

Adobe releases Premiere Pro update, including scene detection and improved HDR Adobe has announced an update for Adobe Premiere Pro and released a new beta for After Effects. In Premiere Pro, which is now at version 14.4, Adobe has added Scene Edit Detection, HDR for broadcasters, exporting with proxies and more. The beta update for After Effects includes a new 3D Gizmo and new camera navigation tools. Both the new Premiere Pro release and the beta update for After Effects include improved performance. The new Scene Edit Detection feature, powered by Adobe Sensei artificial intelligence, allows you to add edit points in any footage as you import it into Premiere Pro....

GoPro announces new HERO9 Black action cam with 5K30p video, Hypersmooth 3.0 and more

GoPro announces new HERO9 Black action cam with 5K30p video, Hypersmooth 3.0 and more [embedded content] The GoPro HERO9 Black is here, with a tweaked design and improved specifications for getting more out of your action photos and video. The new device retains an overall design similar to its HERO8 predecessor, but has a few new tricks up its sleeve. First off, the HERO9 Black is slightly wider — 4.7mm to be precise — than its HERO8 Black predecessor, likely due to the new front-facing live-view screen on the front of the action cam. The HERO9 Black also features a removable wider-angle lens that can be swapped out for the new ‘Max Lens Mod’ that makes the field-of-view...

ZY Optics unveils $399 17mm F0.95 ‘Speedmaster’ lens for MFT cameras

ZY Optics unveils $399 17mm F0.95 ‘Speedmaster’ lens for MFT cameras ZY Optics has announced the release of its latest lens, the Mitakon Speedmaster 17mm F0.95 for Micro Four Thirds (MFT) camera systems. The 17mm manual focus lens is constructed of 12 elements in 9 groups and offers a 34mm full-frame equivalent focal length when attached to a MFT camera (63º angle of view). It features an aperture range of F0.95-F16, uses a nine-blade aperture diaphragm, has a 58mm front filter thread and has a minimum focusing distance of 30cm (11.8”). The aperture ring is stepless for quiet adjustment during video shooting. Below are a selection of sample photos provided by...

Nikon Z5 added to studio scene comparison tool, gallery updated with Raw conversions

Nikon Z5 added to studio scene comparison tool, gallery updated with Raw conversions Published Sep 16, 2020 | dpreview staff Updated sample gallery The Nikon Z5 is a compelling entry-level full-frame mirrorless camera sporting a 24MP non-BSI CMOS sensor. We recently got our hands on Adobe Camera Raw support and have updated our sample gallery with a variety Raw conversions adjacent to their out-of-camera JPEG counterparts, for your viewing pleasure. In addition, we’ve run the Z5 through our studio test scene and added it to our comparison widget. Take a look below and see how it stacks up against its 24MP peers. And keep your eyes peeled for our full review, coming...

Fujifilm Instax Square SQ1 review: simple square-format fun

Fujifilm Instax Square SQ1 review: simple square-format fun Fujifilm Instax SQ1$120 | Instaxus.com With the launch of the SQ1, Fujifilm now has three models that use their square format Instax film. This is the most stripped-down of the three, in terms of operation. The Fujifilm Instax SQ1 is a stylish and easy-to-operate instant camera that makes use of the brand’s Instax Square format film. This new camera is a lot like shooting with a bulkier version of the Instax Mini 9/10/11, since it lacks many of the advanced features found on earlier Instax square cameras like the SQ6 or the SQ10. But it still manages to produce appealing Instax images,...

Nikon Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S Announcement

Nikon Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S Announcement As previously indicated on the Nikon Z lens roadmap, the ultra-wide angle Nikon Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S zoom lens has finally been unveiled today, and it looks pretty incredible. At just 650 grams of weight, it looks like Nikon has been able to make a lens that is both lighter and smaller than its Nikon F counterpart, the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8G. On top of that, the MTF charts look absolutely stunning, which is an indication that this lens will surpass its predecessor in every way. The lens will be priced at $2,399 MSRP, and will be available at the end of the year. Interestingly, the front element...

Nikon 14-24mm F2.8 S and 50mm F1.2 S for Z-mount unveiled

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Apple announces updated iPad and redesigned iPad Air, saves new iPhones for later date

Apple announces updated iPad and redesigned iPad Air, saves new iPhones for later date The new iPad Air, seen attached to Apple’s Magic Keyboard. Today, Apple announced the details of its latest iPad and iPad Air devices. While many had hoped Apple would also announce its next-generation iPhones at today’s virtual event, the Cupertino company didn’t have ‘one more thing’ in store. Starting with the new 8th-generation iPad, Apple kept the update fairly straightforward. The new entry-level iPad, which starts at $329, now uses the A12 chip, a step up from the A10 found in its predecessor. In addition to improved performance and battery life, this new chipset also means the...

Vaonis teases upcoming feature for its Stellina smart telescope with 546MP panorama

Vaonis teases upcoming feature for its Stellina smart telescope with 546MP panorama French company Vaonis unveiled a fully automated camera telescope, Stellina. The product is designed to allow amateur astrophotographers to easily capture beautiful images of the night sky without the need for regular manual control or extensive astrophotography knowledge. Vaonis is preparing to launch a new feature via software update in 2021 and it recently tested the feature by capturing a massive 546MP panorama of a group of nebulae. The new feature is ‘Automatic Mosaic-ing’ and it will take advantage of Stellina’s image stacking and image stitching technologies. This...

Atomos, Olympus working to bring ProRes RAW to E-M1X, E-M1 Mark III by end of year

Atomos, Olympus working to bring ProRes RAW to E-M1X, E-M1 Mark III by end of year Atomos and Olympus have teamed up to announce the duo is co-developing firmware updates that will enable ProRes RAW footage to be captured on the OM-D E-M1X and OM-D E-M1 Mark III mirrorless cameras when paired with the Atomos Ninja V over HDMI. This partnership is the latest in many that have seen numerous cameras gain ProRes RAW output over HDMI when recording to an Atomos Ninja V recorder, including the Sigma fp, Fujifilm GFX100 and many others. The announcement doesn’t lay out the video specifications that will be able to be captured, nor a date we can expect the firmware updates to go...

Vignetting effect

Vignetting effect Photos Members Group Since Vignetting effect valon11 says: I used this lens with Nikon D750, but how can I eliminate the vignette effect even though in the settings it is OFF. It’s very annoying because I used this lens for weddings. Is there any easy way to fix it for JPG file because I used it most of the time. For RAW file I know it fixes in Lightroom. Thank you 7:00AM, 15 September 2020 PDT (permalink) Would you like to comment? Sign up for a free account, or sign in (if you’re already a...

Hands-on with the new Sony a7C

Hands-on with the new Sony a7C Sony’s just released all the details on its new super compact a7C full-frame mirrorless camera. The a7C is barely bigger than the company’s a6600 APS-C mirrorless camera, and considering how much larger the a7C’s sensor is, that’s quite a feat. This is also the first Sony full-frame mirrorless camera to come in two color schemes – all black, and the silver-accented version you see here. We’ve had our hands on the a7C for a little while, so follow along with us as we take a look at how it handles and what its controls are...

Sony A7C Announcement

Today Sony announced its smallest and lightest full-frame mirrorless camera, the Sony A7C. Sporting a 24 MP BSI-CMOS sensor, a BIONZ X image processor, 5-axis image stabilization, 10 FPS continuous shooting speed and 4K video recording capability, the Sony A7C is a very capable camera with an incredibly small footprint. At a mere 509 grams of weight (including the battery), it is noticeably lighter than the Sony A7 III, and even the Nikon Z5.

DPReview TV: Sony a7C hands-on preview

DPReview TV: Sony a7C hands-on preview Published Sep 15, 2020 | dpreview staff [embedded content] Chris and Jordan chat about Sony’s newest full-frame camera, despite not being able to get their hands on one just yet. Find out what they like and don’t like about the a7C so far in this hands-on, er, hands-off preview. Gear in this story Chris and Jordan chat about Sony’s newest full-frame camera, despite not being able to get their hands on one just yet. Find out their take on the a7C in this hands-on, er, hands-off preview. Despite the challenges presented by a pandemic and a lingering cloud of smoke, we found...

Sony a7C sample gallery

Sony a7C sample gallery Published Sep 15, 2020 | dpreview staff The a7C crams a lot of advanced features like Sony’s excellent Real-time AF tracking into a compact form-factor never before seen in this full-frame a7-series. Despite the challenges presented by a pandemic and a massive, lingering cloud of forest fire smoke, we found plenty of subjects to help us test out the new camera. Gear in this story Despite the challenges presented by a pandemic and a lingering cloud of smoke, we found plenty of subjects to point the Sony a7C at. We got our hands on the brand new Instax SQ1: an easy-to-use instant camera...

Sony a7C initial review: Compact size, big sensor image quality

Sony a7C initial review: Compact size, big sensor image quality The Sony a7C is the company’s latest and smallest full-frame interchangeable lens camera. It fits a 24MP full-frame sensor and image stabilization into a body more closely resembling the APS-C sensor a6600. A lot of work has clearly gone into making this one of the smallest full frame cameras available, whereas a lot of the features and capabilities are familiar. A new retractable kit zoom is being launched along with the a7C to help maintain those size savings. Out of camera JPEG.ISO 500 | 1/40 sec | F9 | Sony FE 35mm F1.8Photo by Carey Rose Key specifications 24MP BSI CMOS full-frame...

Sony announces compact, travel-friendly a7C 24MP full-frame mirrorless camera

Sony announces compact, travel-friendly a7C 24MP full-frame mirrorless camera Sony has announced the a7C, a compact 24MP full-frame mirrorless camera. The company heralds it as the world’s smallest full-frame camera with image stabilization. The a7C camera crams in most of the a7 III’s specifications, including 5-axis image stabilization, 10 fps shooting with autofocus, and oversampled 4K video into a body that’s smaller in every dimension than the existing camera. A one-piece magnesium alloy structure helps keep the weight down (22% less than the a7 III, at 509g / ~18oz). Despite the size reduction, Sony has made room for a large NP-FZ100 battery,...

Best video cameras for photographers

Best video cameras for photographers Most modern cameras will shoot video to one degree or another, but these are the ones we’d look at if you plan to shoot some video alongside your photos. We’ve chosen cameras that can take great photos and make it easy to get great looking video, rather than being the ones you’d choose as a committed videographer. Focused on photos: Nikon Z6 The Nikon Z6 is an excellent stills camera that also does a good job of shooting video. The Sony a7 III is also a credible contender and has a bigger battery, but we tend to find the Nikon’s autofocus performs slightly better in video mode and that it...

Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Review

Zeiss announced its Touit line of lenses in April of 2013 for Fujifilm X and Sony E APS-C mounts. The Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 was released together with the 32mm f/1.8 lens, while the third 50mm f/2.8 Macro came out a bit later in January of 2014. Sadly, Zeiss has not announced any new Touit lenses for either mount since then, and it is hard to say whether it was the high price tags or the unpopularity of these lenses that led to the demise of the whole line-up. In this review, we will take a closer look at the Zeiss Touit 2.8/12 and see how it compares to other Fujifilm X lenses.

Slideshow: Finalists for the 2020 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Slideshow: Finalists for the 2020 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards Finalists for the 2020 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards The Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards recently announced its 44 top images for 2020. Finalists include a smiley fish, a fox in negotiations with a mouse, and a photobombing giraffe. Founded by photographers and conservationists Paul Joynson-Hicks and Tom Sullam, the global competition is free to enter and aims to showcase the funniest takes on animals in the wild. The top prize includes a week-long safari in Kenya. There is also a People’s Choice Award that anyone can vote for by clicking on their favorite image. Category and...

Reply to Is it worth to upgrade 5d with 5d mark II ?

Reply to Is it worth to upgrade 5d with 5d mark II ? Hi, I have an old Canon 5d. Is it even worth upgrading to mark II? Or should I rather consider a 6d? I have no intention on spending too much money on something like 5d mark III. 5d mk II or 6d? I know 6d has better ISO performance, but I like the build quality of 5d series. Does the 6d feel like a toy compared to 5d? I have never held one in my hands. What about autofocus system, which one is better? How their outer af points perform? Can you shoot f1.4 lens without focus and recompose...

Fuji XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS II Review

Fujifilm updated its XC 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS with the OIS II version in January of 2015. Sporting an all-plastic design, this compact and lightweight kit zoom lens was designed to be used with Fuji’s entry-level X-series cameras for everyday photography needs. It came in two different colors (silver and black) to fit different camera styles. Despite its decent performance as an all-around kit lens, Fuji decided to discontinue it in favor of the newer lenses like the XC 15-45mm f/3.5-5.6 OIS PZ and XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 R LM OIS. In this review, we will take a look at the XC 16-50mm...

Fuji XF 8-16mm f/2.8 R LM WR Review

Announced in July of 2019, the Fujifilm XF 8-16mm f/2.8 R LM WR is a professional-grade ultra-wide angle zoom lens designed for landscape, architecture and environmental portrait photographers. Sporting a fast f/2.8 aperture, a metal weather-sealed body, complex optics and modern coatings, the Fuji XF 8-16mm f/2.8 R LM WR is an exceptionally well-made lens with very consistent performance characteristics. In this review, I will be taking a closer look at this lens and compare it to other Fujifilm lenses, such as the XF 14mm f/2.8 R and XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS.

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