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June 2021 CIPA data: Steady shipments despite chip shortages and COVID-19 resurgences

June 2021 CIPA data: Steady shipments despite chip shortages and COVID-19 resurgences The Camera & Imaging Products Association (CIPA) has released the production and shipment data of digital cameras and lenses for June 2021. So far, in 2021, global camera shipments peaked in March, with 830,006 units. Since then, it’s been a steady decline, with June continuing that trend. That said, global camera shipments are still higher than last year for both volume and value. In June 2021 676,803 units valued at 39 billion yen shipped compared to 511,517 units worth 24.5 billion yen in June 2020, increases of 32.3 percent and 60.1 percent, respectively. If we ignore compact camera...

Video: How to photograph and retouch a beer product shot worthy of a pub wall

Video: How to photograph and retouch a beer product shot worthy of a pub wall [embedded content] Canadian photographer Dustin Dolby has published a new video on his YouTube channel Workphlo that shows how to capture a poster-style beer photograph, from beginning to end. Throughout the 17-minute video, Dolby takes a step-by-step approach to show how each change he makes to the scene has an effect on the image captured. This, in combination with his articulate narration, makes for an easy-to-follow tutorial. A behind-the-scenes shot showing the setup used to capture the final image. If you think an expensive setup was required to capture these images, you might be in...

Hands-on with the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Sport

Hands-on with the Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS Sport The new Sony ZV-E10 is seemingly a vlogger’s dream. It shoots uncropped 4K/24p video, offers headphone and microphone ports, a touch-sensitive selfie screen, class-leading AF and a darn good onboard mic. Unfortunately, jiggly 4K and subpar Full HD footage detract from its appeal.

DPReview TV: Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DC DN OS review

DPReview TV: Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DC DN OS review Published Aug 4, 2021 | dpreview staff [embedded content] Despite continuing issues with wildfire smoke, Chris was able to put the new Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS ‘Sport’ through its paces in a variety of situations. Find out how it performed – and how it compares to its peers – in the latest review from DPReview TV. And don’t forget to check out the sample gallery below. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN sample gallery from this episode Gear in this story The Sigma 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS...

Sigma announces 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS ‘Sports’ lens for E and L mounts

Sigma announces 150-600mm F5-6.3 DG DN OS ‘Sports’ lens for E and L mounts Sigma has announced its 150-600 F5-6.3 DG DN OS ‘Sports’ lens for full-frame Sony E and Panasonic/Sigma/Leica L-mount bodies. This superzoom lens is comprised of 25 elements in 15 groups, including 4 ‘FLD’ (low dispersion glass similar to fluorite) and 2 ‘SLD’ (special low dispersion) elements, as well as a ‘Super Multi-Layer coating’ that reduces flare and ghosting. The focus elements are driven by a stepping motor. The built-in optical image stabilizer can reduce shake by up to a claimed four stops. The 150-600 is splash and dust resistant,...

Apple is testing out new flare removal feature in iOS 15 beta

Apple is testing out new flare removal feature in iOS 15 beta In its latest iOS 15 developer beta, Apple has added a new feature that automatically removes the signature ‘green orb’ lens flare sometimes seen in photographs captured on iPhone camera systems. As reported by Reddit user Doubleluckstur in the iOSBeta subreddit, iOS 15 Beta 4 will remove lens flares using some kind of software trickery. ‘Whilst out and about I took this photo and thought it was ruined / needing to be edited later due to the lens flare,’ said Doubleluckstur. ‘However, I got home and noticed the lens flare has automatically gone in the original photo despite it being...

Video: Watch moths mesmerizingly take flight at 6,000 frames per second

Video: Watch moths mesmerizingly take flight at 6,000 frames per second [embedded content] Dr. Adrian Smith, head of the Evolutionary Biology and Behavior Research Lab at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences and North Carolina State University, is back again with another incredible slow-motion video showcasing the movement of insects at incredibly slow speeds. Dr. Smith has already shown off springtails jumping at 73,000 frames per second (fps), but this time his subject matter is moths. For his latest video, Dr. Smith captured seven different species of moth taking flight at 6,000 fps, making it the only video of its kind, according to Dr. Smith. The...

Apple expands GPU options for the Mac Pro, offering up to 128GB of GDDR6 memory

Apple expands GPU options for the Mac Pro, offering up to 128GB of GDDR6 memory Apple has added a trio of new AMD graphics cards to configurable options for its flagship desktop computer, the Mac Pro. The new modules are based on AMD’s next-generation GPU, the Radeon Pro W6000-series. The new chips are the Radeon Pro W6800X MPX, Radeon Pro W6800X Duo MPX and Radeon Pro W6900X MPX. The Radeon Pro W6800X has 32GB of GDDR6 memory, as does the more powerful W6900X. The Radeon Pro W6800X Duo has 64GB of GDDR6 memory, which makes sense given that it’s a pair of W6800X cards. As is the case with the Mac Pro itself, power doesn’t come cheap. The single Radeon...

Sample gallery: The Tamron 35mm F2.8 Di III M1:2 goes to the fair and rodeo

Sample gallery: The Tamron 35mm F2.8 Di III M1:2 goes to the fair and rodeo We took the Tamron 35mm F2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 to the Deschutes County Fair and Rodeo. Take a trip to Oregon’s high desert country to see everything from rodeo clowns to roller coasters. View the Tamron 35mm F2.8 DI III sample gallery Gear in this story The new Tamron 35mm F2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 lens has an attractive price, but how does it stack up against Sony’s own 35mm F2.8? According to Chris and Jordan, pretty darn well. 2019 was a banner year for lenses, as Canon, Nikon and Panasonic grow their respective full-frame mirrorless systems and Sony continued to add optics to its...

Slideshow: Winners of the 2021 Minimalist Photography Awards

Slideshow: Winners of the 2021 Minimalist Photography Awards Winners for the third edition of the annual Minimalist Photography Awards (MPA) were recently announced. More than 3,700 images were submitted by photographers from 39 countries across 12 categories including Architecture, Fine Art, Conceptual, Photomanipulation, Long Exposure, and Landscape. ‘The Minimalist Photography Award is the only foundation that deals extensively and professionally with minimalist photography as a branch of photography in which the photographic artistic vision takes the lead, and tries to introduce the best works of minimalist photography to enthusiasts every...

Drone flies into a skyscraper in New York City’s World Trade Center complex, pilot in custody

Drone flies into a skyscraper in New York City’s World Trade Center complex, pilot in custody A DJI Air 2S drone flew into a skyscraper, located in New York City’s World Trade Center complex, on Monday evening around 5:00 pm. The unmanned aerial vehicle became wedged between window panels located outside the third floor of the 52-story building, located at 7 World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan. The pilot, Adam Ismail, a 22-year-old from Dallas, Texas, was arrested by Port Authority Police Department and taken into custody. No injuries were reported for this particular incident. Ismail told the New York Daily News he didn’t know the building was part of the World Trade...

My New Favorite Method to Capture More Dynamic Range

My New Favorite Method to Capture More Dynamic Range A technique I recently learned allows you to capture lots of dynamic range in photography with better results and fewer downsides than traditional HDRs. I call it “AHDR” for “Averaged High Dynamic Range” photography. AHDR isn’t a popular technique at the moment, but I’ll make a case in this article for why I think should be. Compared to traditional HDR methods, it gives similarly good results but works much better when anything in your photo is moving. It’s also just as easy and fast to capture as a normal HDR (actually a lot faster under some circumstances). Also, feel free to call it...

H&Y Filters announces Revoring Black Mist filter that fits almost any lens without step-up rings

H&Y Filters announces Revoring Black Mist filter that fits almost any lens without step-up rings H&Y Filters has announced the launch of a new series of Black Mist filters that aim to solve the issue of step-up rings and adapters. The H&Y Revoring series launched last year with a VND + CPL combination filter and has now been expanded with the Black Mist filter. What separates H&Y’s filters from traditional filters is that the Revoring offers a variable diameter with self-retracting blades, allowing you to use it on lenses with different filter sizes without needing to use step-up rings. The Revoring has an aperture-like design that can fit different filter diameters....

Gallery: Photos of Sony’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics service center — a1 bodies, GM glass and more

Gallery: Photos of Sony’s 2020 Tokyo Olympics service center — a1 bodies, GM glass and more We’ve already had an inside look at Canon and Nikon’s service centers inside the Main Press Centre the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, but they’re not alone. Sony also has a service center, which repairs and loans out equipment to photographers capturing the Olympics. Thanks to Canadien photographer Dave Holland, who managed to capture some images inside Sony’s service center, we now know what it looks like. As Holland explains in his blog post detailing the service center, nearly all of the gear seen on the shelves is available to use on a first-come-first-serve basis. Holland says the volume and...

Choose your own adventure with Techart’s E-mount to Z-mount adapter

Choose your own adventure with Techart’s E-mount to Z-mount adapter Thanks to Techart, everything you see here plays pretty well together. Back in the summer of 2019, Techart released the TZE-01 adapter – an impressively thin metal ring that makes possible some previously unseen lens-camera combinations. It does this by way of an integrated circuit board that, with the aid of some reverse-engineering on Techart’s part, allows for a vast number of Sony lenses to function fully on compatible Nikon Z-mount camera bodies. Jump to: Design and handling| How well does it work? | Things to be aware of | Final thoughts | Sample images The adapter itself...

Exclusive: Olympics photo editor confirms Canon’s EOS R3 has a 24MP sensor

Exclusive: Olympics photo editor confirms Canon’s EOS R3 has a 24MP sensor After speaking with with a photo editor who manages images captured by photographers at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games, DPReview can confirm the maximum resolution of files coming straight out of Canon EOS R3 cameras being used at the Olympics is 6000 x 4000 pixels, meaning the sensor inside is 24MP. File sizes come in between 14MB and 16MB. Embed from Getty Images Earlier this week, we published metadata information from a set of images captured by photographer Jeff Cable, who’s confirmed he’s been shooting Canon’s forthcoming full-frame mirrorless camera at the Olympics. That metadata showed...

Razer Blade 15 Advanced Review: Powerhouse performance, premium design

Razer Blade 15 Advanced Review: Powerhouse performance, premium design The Razer Blade 15 Advanced is a powerful photo and video editing machine with a premium design and a premium price tag to match. All product photography by DL Cade. Razer products – with their glowing green snake logo and RGB accents – are synonymous with gaming, but unlike many gaming-focused companies, Razer puts just as much emphasis on the build quality and design of their products as the gamer-y tweaks and high-end hardware. That makes their Blade laptops particularly compelling for creatives who want top-of-the-line performance and premium design. The thin aluminum chassis, clean...

In-depth tripod review: FLM CP34-L4 II

In-depth tripod review: FLM CP34-L4 II FLM’s CP34-L4 II tripod at full height, almost towering over your 1.83 meter (6 foot) tall reviewer. FLM is well-known for German ingenuity and superb construction in the tripod and ball head realm, starting with their incredibly stable CB-58FTR ball head which was this reviewer’s introduction to the brand. Since that review, the company was bought by MK Messtechnik, who continue to design and build the FLM heads and plates at their factory in Stuttgart, Germany. In 2019, their tripods were redesigned (hence the ‘II’ suffix) and production of these new models was...

DPReview TV: Tamron 11-20mm F2.8 Di III-A RXD

DPReview TV: Tamron 11-20mm F2.8 Di III-A RXD Published Jul 31, 2021 | dpreview staff [embedded content] With smoke from nearby wildfires preventing them from taking the Tamron 11-20mm F2.8 into nature, Chris and Jordan stay in Calgary to test the lens. See how this ultra-wide optic performs for both stills and video on Sony APS-C E-mount bodies. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Tamron 11-20mm F2.8 sample gallery from this episode Gear in this story The new APS-C 11-20mm F2.8 offers a fast ultra-wide-angle zoom lens in a compact package, while the full-frame 150-500mm F5–6.7 offers a lot of...

Tamron 11-20mm F2.8 sample gallery (DPReview TV)

Tamron 11-20mm F2.8 sample gallery (DPReview TV) Published Jul 31, 2021 | dpreview staff Chris and Jordan from DPReview TV just wrapped up their review of the Tamron 11-20mm F2.8 Di III-A RXD for Sony E-mount. Check out their sample gallery and judge image quality for yourself. View the Tamron 11-20mm F2.8 sample gallery from DPReview TV Gear in this story The new APS-C 11-20mm F2.8 offers a fast ultra-wide-angle zoom lens in a compact package, while the full-frame 150-500mm F5–6.7 offers a lot of range in a relatively compact package. The The SIrui SR-3204 is an affordable ‘Systematic’ tripod that offers attractive features....

50 years later: A look back at NASA’s incredible first Lunar Rover

50 years later: A look back at NASA’s incredible first Lunar Rover 50 years ago this week, the Apollo 15 spacecraft launched from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Apollo 15 mission is significant for numerous reasons. It was the ninth crewed Apollo mission, the fourth to land on the Moon, and perhaps most importantly, the first to use the lunar roving vehicle (LRV). While rovers seem commonplace today, it was a stunning achievement for NASA in 1971. To celebrate Apollo’s first LRV, we wanted to share a collection of images highlighting the development, deployment and use of NASA’s famous ‘moon buggy.’ The LRV was manufactured by...

Update: Images appear to confirm Nikon’s Z9 is being tested at the Olympics, gives us the first look at its back side

Update: Images appear to confirm Nikon’s Z9 is being tested at the Olympics, gives us the first look at its back side Update (July 30th, 2021 at 1:30pm EDT): We have added a new tweet from the Photolari Twitter account that shows new images of what appears to be the same Nikon camera shown off in the two images from yesterday. Today, Twitter account Photolari shared a tweet with a pair of photos showing what appears to be Nikon Z9 mirrorless cameras in the wild at the Olympics. The original tweet has been deleted, but digicame-info managed to save the above images before their removal. Nikon has confirmed some details of its forthcoming flagship mirrorless camera, but only shown renderings of the front of...

The Absolute beginner’s guide to film photography: Parts 1 – 10 – start your analog awakening here

The Absolute beginner’s guide to film photography: Parts 1 – 10 – start your analog awakening here Published Jul 30, 2021 | dpreview staff Curious about film photography? Don’t know where to begin? We’ve got you covered! Parts 1-10 of our absolute beginner’s guide to film photography address all the basics of the medium, from film and camera types to advice on choosing the absolute best camera for your needs. We also cover the nuts and bolts of exposure, including the Sunny 16 Rule, as well as logistical questions, like, ‘Where do I get film developed?’ We cover all the basics of the medium, from film and camera types to advice on choosing the absolute best...

Recommended Equipment for Milky Way Photography

Recommended Equipment for Milky Way Photography Simply seeing the Milky Way is already an awe-inspiring experience, and photographing it is one of my favorite things in the world. Although I’ve already written several articles about photographing the stars, today I wanted to specifically cover the gear needed to get great night sky photos. This article is a continuation of my recent article on the best equipment for landscape photography. As such, I’ll be using the same rating scale to judge the usefulness of each type of astrophotography gear: 1/4: Rarely worth getting 2/4: Can be useful 3/4: Very useful 4/4: Must buy! However, this time...

Canon EOS R3 shows off its 30fps continuous shooting during Tokyo 2020 Olympics

Canon EOS R3 shows off its 30fps continuous shooting during Tokyo 2020 Olympics The Canon EOS R3 is on its way. We know quite a bit about it already, but very few individuals have gone hands-on with Canon’s upcoming pro-grade mirrorless camera. However, several photographers are testing the unreleased camera at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. One such photographer is Atiba Jefferson, a photographer and skateboarder with an impressive list of publications on his résumé, including Slap, Thrasher, Juxtapos and Transworld. Jefferson works and lives in Los Angeles and is a Canon Explorer of Light. Jefferson is covering the games in Tokyo, focusing primarily on skateboarding,...

Leica’s first smartphone, the Leitz Phone 1, hits the Japanese market

Leica’s first smartphone, the Leitz Phone 1, hits the Japanese market Leica has introduced its Leitz Phone 1 to the Japanese market. Leica writes it’s ‘the first smartphone to combine uncompromising quality, peerless optical engineering, and imaging software mastery with iconic Leica design.’ The Leitz Phone 1 is the first smartphone designed by Leica. Leica’s new phone is named in tribute to its founder, Ernst Leitz (II). The Leitz Phone 1 promises to deliver the ‘world-famous’ Leica experience to smartphone users. Part of the Leica experience is camera design and usability. The Leitz Phone 1 was designed by Leica’s...

Boxfish Luna is an 8K underwater drone housing for Sony’s a1, a7S III cameras

Boxfish Luna is an 8K underwater drone housing for Sony’s a1, a7S III cameras Two engineer friends from New Zealand shared a passion for underwater photography but were disappointed in the ROV (remotely operated vehicles) technology available at the time. The felt it had stagnated since the early 1990s. When one was forced to give up diving in 2016, the duo set out to create a solution for capturing high-quality imagery. The Boxfish Luna ROV houses both Sony’s a1 and a7S III cameras, making it capable of capturing up to 8K footage. The ROV’s dimensions are 71 x 44 x 35 cm (28 x 17 x 14 in) and it weighs 24 kg (53 lbs.) with a salt water ballast installed....

In-depth tripod review: Sirui SR-3204

In-depth tripod review: Sirui SR-3204 The Sirui SR-3204 out in the cold, with the Sirui PH-30 Carbon Fiber Gimbal on top, loaded with a 150-450mm zoom on a full-frame Pentax. Sirui SR-3204Sirui.com | $550 Back in a 2014 roundup of ball heads, Sirui was mentioned as a ‘relative newcomer,’ but today they are an established and well-respected brand, not only for tripods but also for such unusual items as humidity-control cabinets and anamorphic lenses. The full Sirui support catalog includes a very wide range of tripods and monopods, as well as a variety of those highly regarded tripod heads, including video and full...

Canon’s Q2 financial results credit its EOS R5, R6 mirrorless cameras for 101% YoY net sales increase

Canon’s Q2 financial results credit its EOS R5, R6 mirrorless cameras for 101% YoY net sales increase Canon has released its financial results for the second quarter of its 2021 fiscal year (Q2 FY2021), revealing better-than-expected performance, particularly within its imaging division. The data In its investor relations presentation shows Canon’s consumer camera division pulled in 112.1B yen ($1B) in net camera sales—more than double its 55.7B yen ($500M) in sales in the same quarter last year. Granted, Q2 FY2020 was when COVID-19 was hitting much of the world the hardest, this recovery is even better than Canon expected. This increase is also visible in Canon’s operating profit. In Q2...

Tamron 11-20mm F2.8 Di III-A RXD sample gallery

Tamron 11-20mm F2.8 Di III-A RXD sample gallery Published Jul 29, 2021 | dpreview staff The Tamron 11-20mm F2.8 Di III-A RXD is a compact ultra-wide zoom (with a very long name) for Sony APS-C E-mount bodies. While not the most solid-feeling lens, it impressed us with its corner-to-corner sharpness and minimal aberrations. And, it’s priced a bit cheaper than Sony’s slower (but stabilized) 10-18mm F4 lens. See how it performed in a variety of situations in our sample gallery. View our Tamron 11-20mmF2.8 Di III-A RXD sample gallery Gear in this story The The SIrui SR-3204 is an affordable ‘Systematic’ tripod that...

Nikon preparing to launch the first camera with GNSS instead of GPS, according to government filing

Nikon preparing to launch the first camera with GNSS instead of GPS, according to government filing Reports out of Japan are suggesting future Nikon digital cameras may include GNSS instead of GPS. Nokishita tweeted an unreleased Nikon camera, registered as N2014, is poised to include GNSS in addition to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. If the reports come true, it’d be the first consumer camera with GNSS. ニコンの未発表デジタルカメラ「N2014」には、Wi-FiとBluetoothの他にGNSS(GPS等の衛星測位システム)も搭載されるらしい。#認証情報 pic.twitter.com/qWM8DBpNu8 — 軒下デジカメ情報局 (@nokishita_c) July 23, 2021 So what is GNSS? It’s Global Navigation Satellite System, and it’s an alternative to the well-known Global Positioning System (GPS)...

Metadata from Olympic photographer’s photos suggests the EOS R3 will have a 24MP sensor

Metadata from Olympic photographer’s photos suggests the EOS R3 will have a 24MP sensor Jeff Cable, a photographer covering the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, appears to have accidentally shared the sensor resolution of Canon’s forthcoming EOS R3 mirrorless camera To date, Canon has announced the EOS R3 is in development and even shown off the body of the camera, but it hasn’t yet revealed what specifications we’ll find from the hardware inside the camera. However, we might have at least one piece of the puzzle thanks to Cable, who has been testing out Canon’s unreleased EOS R3 camera at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. Note the ‘Image Width’ and ‘Image Height’ sections on the left screenshot...

Hands-on with the Sony ZV-E10

Hands-on with the Sony ZV-E10 The Sony ZV-E10 is an APS-C, E-mount interchangeable lens camera designed primarily for vlogging. It’s largely based on the company’s entry-level a6100, with a three-capsule microphone and fully articulating LCD display (and no electronic viewfinder) being the main cosmetic differences compared to the older model. It offers the same excellent autofocus system, image quality and performance as the a6100. It inherits most of the software features from the ZV-1 compact vlogging camera, including the background blur and Product Showcase features, livestreaming capability and soft...

Sony ZV-E10 sample gallery (DPReview TV)

Sony ZV-E10 sample gallery (DPReview TV) Published Jul 28, 2021 | dpreview staff The Sony ZV-E10 may be aimed at vloggers, but it’s a capable stills camera too. Check out this gallery from our team at DPReview TV that includes everything from landscapes to portraits. View the Sony ZV-E10 sample gallery from DPReview TV Gear in this story The new Sony ZV-E10 is seemingly a vlogger’s dream. It shoots uncropped 4K/24p video, offers headphone and microphone ports, a touch-sensitive selfie screen, class-leading AF and a darn good onboard mic. Unfortunately, jiggly 4K and subpar Full HD footage detract from its appeal. The...

Sigma to release new products on August 4

Sigma to release new products on August 4 [embedded content] Mark your calendars, people. Sigma has published a YouTube Premiere placeholder video teasing the launch of new products on August 4, 2021. No additional information is shared in the placeholder image, nor in the video’s description, but the plural ‘products’ suggests it will be more than one accessory, camera or lens. According to L-Rumors, at least one product it expects to be announced is a new 150–600mm F5–6.3 DG DN lens. While the rumored lens remains under wrap, officially, Sony Alpha Rumors (a sister site of L-Rumors) managed to get its hands on a leaked product...

Shooting an elopement with Carl Zoch and the Zeiss Batis 40mm F2 CF

Shooting an elopement with Carl Zoch and the Zeiss Batis 40mm F2 CF Published Jul 28, 2021 | Sponsored content, created with the support of Zeiss [embedded content] The Zeiss Batis 40mm F2 CF is a high-quality prime lens designed for Sony’s E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. Offering excellent sharpness and high-grade weather-sealed construction, the 40mm F2 is an excellent lens for portraiture and everyday shooting. In this video, photographer Carl Zoch takes the Zeiss Batis 40mm F2 CF to the Utah desert to shoot an elopement wedding. Join him as he captures a day in the life of a very happy couple, against the backdrop of beautiful southern Utah....

Kodak faces backlash for removing Instagram post from photographer who called China’s Xinjiang region an ‘Orwellian dystopia’

Kodak faces backlash for removing Instagram post from photographer who called China’s Xinjiang region an ‘Orwellian dystopia’ Eastman Kodak has come under fire recently after Instagram users noticed the company had removed a post from its profile that featured photographs depicting the Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region (Xinjiang) of the People’s Republic of China: an area where the current Chinese administration is accused of numerous human rights violations against the Turkic ethnic group. Kodak, whose Instagram account features the work of photographers from around the globe, shared a gallery of images from French photographer Patrick Wack. The post showcased ten images Wack had captured on recent trips to...

Best Camera Equipment for Landscape Photography

Best Camera Equipment for Landscape Photography You can easily fill a backpack (or even the trunk of a car) with a landscape photography kit. Cameras and lenses only scratch the surface – there’s an overwhelming number of other accessories out there. This article breaks down what’s available and explains exactly what a landscape photographer really needs. This article isn’t meant to be a review of any specific product or company. Instead, it covers all the camera gear and accessories that are commonly used for landscape photography, along with my thoughts on whether or not they’re necessary in the first place. Here’s how I’ll be ranking...

Recommended Equipment for Landscape Photography

Recommended Equipment for Landscape Photography You can easily fill a backpack (or even the trunk of a car) with a landscape photography kit. Cameras and lenses only scratch the surface – there’s an overwhelming number of other accessories out there. This article breaks down what’s available and explains exactly what a landscape photographer really needs. This article isn’t meant to be a review of any specific product or company. Instead, it covers all the camera gear and accessories that are commonly used for landscape photography, along with my thoughts on whether or not they’re necessary in the first place. Here’s how I’ll be ranking...

Necessary Camera Equipment for Landscape Photography

Necessary Camera Equipment for Landscape Photography You can easily fill a backpack (or even the trunk of a car) with a landscape photography kit. Cameras and lenses only scratch the surface – there’s an overwhelming number of other accessories out there. This article breaks down what’s available and explains exactly what a landscape photographer really needs. This article isn’t meant to be a review of any specific product or company. Instead, it covers all the camera gear and accessories that are commonly used for landscape photography, along with my thoughts on whether or not they’re necessary in the first place. Here’s how I’ll be ranking...

The new ‘entry-level’ Phantom TMX 5010 video camera can shoot at up to 1.16M FPS

The new ‘entry-level’ Phantom TMX 5010 video camera can shoot at up to 1.16M FPS Vision Research has announced a new model in its Phantom TMX ultrahigh-speed camera lineup, the TMX 5010. The new camera is an ‘entry-level’ slow-motion camera. By ‘entry-level,’ we mean less expensive than the TMX 7510 and TMX 6410 cameras, but estimates still put the TMX 5010 at costing between $60,000 and $80,000. [embedded content] The Phantom TMX 5010 features a backside-illuminated image sensor capable of shooting up to 1.16 million frames per second in standard mode. At these blazing-fast speeds, the camera’s resolution is 1280 x 32 pixels. By slowing the...

Canon patent application shows shutter-like barrier mechanism for protecting mirrorless image sensors

Canon patent application shows shutter-like barrier mechanism for protecting mirrorless image sensors Left: The barrier mechanism when it’s closed; Right: The barrier mechanism when it’s open. Canon has filed a new patent application for an in-camera mechanism designed to protect the shutter and image sensor of its mirrorless cameras from dust and debris when no lens is attached. Japanese patent application number 2019–234718 describes (machine-translated) an ‘invention related to interchangeable lens imaging equipment with a barrier mechanism to protect the imaging element.’ What’s interesting about the mechanism described in the patent text is that it’s entirely passive....

Sony ZV-E10 review

Sony ZV-E10 review Introduction Product photos by Dan Bracaglia The Sony ZV-E10 is a 24MP APS-C mirrorless interchangeable lens camera aimed at vloggers. It features an articulating selfie screen with touch capability, 4K video capture, headphone and microphone ports and a variety of add-on accessories to assist in video capture, including the handgrip seen in the photo above (sold separately) and a range of sophisticated microphones. Specification-wise, the ZV-E10 is familiar: everything from its sensor to its AF system to its video capability is the same as Sony’s entry-level a6100. But design and...

DPReview TV: Sony ZV-E10 vlogging camera review

DPReview TV: Sony ZV-E10 vlogging camera review Published Jul 27, 2021 | dpreview staff [embedded content] Chris and Jordan review the ZV-E10, Sony’s new E-mount vlogging camera. Does it raise the bar for vloggers? Also, how does it compare to Sony’s compact vlogging camera, the ZV-1? We try to answer both questions. Most important, can Chris be bribed with Swedish fish gummies? Tune in to find out. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Sony ZV-E10 sample gallery from this episode Gear in this story The Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50mm F1.0 R WR is a premium fast aperture portrait prime for...

Sony ZV-E10 sample gallery

Sony ZV-E10 sample gallery Published Jul 27, 2021 | dpreview staff The new Sony ZV-E10 may be aimed primarily at vloggers, but it’s still a highly capable stills camera thanks to its 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor, the same found in the likes of the a6100, a6400 and a6600. We put it through its paces with the kit 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 lens attached to give you a sense of its real-world image quality. Click the gallery above or link below to view, and just a heads-up, there’s no shortage of cute pups pics in this one! View our Sony ZV-E10 sample gallery Gear in this story The Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50mm F1.0 R WR is a...

Sony announces the ZV-E10, an Alpha series APS-C mirrorless camera aimed at vloggers

Sony announces the ZV-E10, an Alpha series APS-C mirrorless camera aimed at vloggers Sony has announced the ZV-E10, the first Alpha-series camera aimed at vloggers. It’s based largely on Sony’s entry-level APS-C camera, the a6100, and includes many of that camera’s standout features, such as Sony’s Real-time autofocus. However, it adds several modifications designed specifically for vlogging. The ZV-E10 includes a fully articulating screen, making it easy for vloggers to monitor video while shooting. A zoom lever around the shutter button can operate power zoom lenses, with eight user-selectable speed settings, and digital zoom on other lenses using...

Luminar AI gets new Portrait Bokeh AI mode and more with free update

Luminar AI gets new Portrait Bokeh AI mode and more with free update Skylum has released Luminar AI Update 4, delivering numerous new features, including Portrait Bokeh AI. Portrait Bokeh AI builds upon Luminar AI’s depth mapping tools to isolate a portrait subject from the background. The tool recognizes people in groups or even in unusual poses. Once the subject, or subjects, are separated from the background, Portrait Bokeh AI blurs the background to ’emulate the rich, hazy bokeh of a high-end lens at a wide open aperture.’ Image credit: Maryna Yurlovkskaya The software creates intelligent masks automatically, although the user can add or...

This is the gear Nikon has at its 2020 Tokyo Olympics service center

This is the gear Nikon has at its 2020 Tokyo Olympics service center Image credit: Vincent Kalut / PhotoNews, used with permission. Update (Tuesday July 27, 2021 at 11:26am EDT): We have added new information from Nikon regarding the presence of its mirrorless camera and lens lineup (last paragraph). Last week, Canon shared the details of its on-site service center at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. And while Nikon hasn’t officially shown off its efforts for keeping photographers geared up in Tokyo, we now have an inside look at the Nikon Professional Services center at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, thanks to photographer Vincent Kalut. Image credit: Vincent Kalut /...

Retro Review: Gordon Laing tests out Canon’s 21-year-old PowerShot G1 camera

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Sony to announce a new camera in the next 24 hours

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Engineering student created an impressive DIY cable cam with AI-powered tracking

Engineering student created an impressive DIY cable cam with AI-powered tracking The Cablecam is built around a single brushless motor and Raspberry Pi 4 with an Arducam attached to a two-axis gimbal. Uruguayan engineering student, Maximiliano Palay, has shared a detailed breakdown showing how he built Cablecam, a DIY cable camera. While this isn’t exactly your weekend Raspberry Pi project, if you have the engineering chops (as well as time and money), it is something you can piece together yourself. Max created the design for the Cablecam using Autodesk Fusion 360 (via an Education License). The Cablecam, as Max calls it, was the first project of his to integrate all of...

Hobbyist astronomer discovers new Jupiter moon 18 years after the photos were taken

Hobbyist astronomer discovers new Jupiter moon 18 years after the photos were taken In 1974, NASA’s Pioneer 11 spacecraft viewed Jupiter from above its north pole. Image credit: NASA Ames One might believe something as monumental as discovering a new moon would be the result of efforts from professional astronomers. However, an amateur by the name of Kai Ly discovered a new moon for the planet Jupiter on June 30th. Ly was scanning old datasets from 2003 when it was identified. ‘I’m proud to say that this is the first planetary moon discovered by an amateur astronomer,’ Ly tells Sky and Telescope. This follows Ly’s identification and recovery of 5...

Fujifilm XF 50mm F1.0 R WR field review

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Updated: DPReview 2021 drone buying guide

Updated: DPReview 2021 drone buying guide Published Jul 24, 2021 | DPReview Staff Previous 1 Introduction 2 Next Until recently, aerial photography (and videography) was a costly proposition requiring helicopters, airplanes, or build-it-yourself rigs. Thanks to inexpensive drones this is no longer true. It’s not surprising that so many people have discovered drones and the unique perspectives they can provide. All of the products in this guide fall into the ‘buy and fly’ category, meaning they require no extra components or customizations. Options range from personal ‘selfie’ drones to advanced models...

In-depth tripod review: Gitzo Systematic Series 3 (GT3543LS)

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How to Tell If You Have a Good or Bad Copy of a Lens

How to Tell If You Have a Good or Bad Copy of a Lens After buying an expensive lens, it’s normal to wonder if you got a good or bad sample. However, if you don’t have multiple copies of the lens to test, answering that question may seem difficult. That’s what I hope to change with the process outlined in today’s article. The biggest issue that differentiates a good vs bad copy of a lens is decentering. In other words, one or more elements in the lens are tilted or off-center, which can lead to blurriness in certain regions of the frame. The process in this article is designed to figure out whether your lens is decentered, without requiring a...

DPReview TV: Nikon Z7 II versus Sony a7R IV for landscapes

DPReview TV: Nikon Z7 II versus Sony a7R IV for landscapes Published Jul 24, 2021 | dpreview staff [embedded content] In this week’s episode of DPReview TV, Chris compares the Nikon Z7 II and Sony a7R IV for landscape photography, with a close look at their displays, image quality, lens lineups and more. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Gear in this story The firmware updates are relatively minor based on the update notes, but no camera is left behind. With dual processors, dual card slots and more, Nikon’s Z7 Mark II is a more capable camera than its predecessor in every way. But we have a...

Redditor ‘unwraps’ iconic Apollo 11 image, showing Buzz Aldrin’s perspective for first time

Redditor ‘unwraps’ iconic Apollo 11 image, showing Buzz Aldrin’s perspective for first time Michael Ranger, known as rg1213 on Reddit, used this famous image of Buzz Aldrin on the Moon from the Apollo 11 mission as captured by Neil Armstrong, to essentially ‘see’ what Armstrong saw. Credit: NASA Since Buzz Aldrin’s visor is basically a mirror ball, Ranger was able to ‘unwrap it’ to a 2D image and then open the photo in Google Street View to ‘see’ what Aldrin saw as Armstrong captured the iconic photo. Panorama created by Michael Ranger from the reflection in Aldrin’s visor Ranger downloaded a high-resolution film scan in RAW format,...

Slideshow: Winners of the 2021 iPhone Photography Awards

Slideshow: Winners of the 2021 iPhone Photography Awards Recently, winners and finalists for the 14th annual iPhone Photography Awards (IPPA) were announced. The competition received thousands of submissions from 140 countries. Winning entries represent 17 countries in a variety of categories including Abstract, Architecture, City Life, Landscape, People, Panorama, and Nature. All winning photographs can be viewed on IPPA’s...

Pelican releases new ‘Rugged Camera Lens Cover’ for keeping your lenses protected on the go

Pelican releases new ‘Rugged Camera Lens Cover’ for keeping your lenses protected on the go Pelican, who’s most known in the photography world for its protective carrying solutions for camera equipment, has teamed up with CM Brands to release a new Pelican Outdoor series, which includes a new silicone lens cover, not unlike the KUVRD lens cap from a few years back. The universal silicone lens caps are constructed of ‘Premium 25A Grade Silicone’ and come in both Black and Coyote (tan) color options. Pelican says it’s tested for lenses with front filter threads ranging from 67mm to 120mm. The covers feature a dozen columns on the side of the cap that are designed to provide...

Film Fridays: Loving and hating the Kiev 60 TTL – a quirky Soviet medium format knockoff

Film Fridays: Loving and hating the Kiev 60 TTL – a quirky Soviet medium format knockoff Photos: Michael Elliott / 35mmc In this week’s Film Friday, photographer Michael Elliot describes his love/hate relationship with the mechanically quirky Kiev 60 TTL, a Soviet-era medium format evolution/knockoff of the East German Pentacon Six. Manufactured in Ukraine from 1984 to 1999, it shoots 6x6cm images and features swappable viewfinders, an unpredictable film advance mechanism, a mirror box prone to heavy flare and one of the loudest SLR mirrors known to humankind. This clunker of an SLR is as unwieldy to handle as it looks; Michael aptly describes it as a ‘Soviet tank of...

We’re Nearing the End of the Nikon Z Lens Roadmap

We’re Nearing the End of the Nikon Z Lens Roadmap It’s been almost three years since Nikon announced the Z mirrorless system in August of 2018. The initial Z6 and Z7 were accompanied by three lenses (24-70mm f/4, 35mm f/1.8, and 50mm f/1.8) as well as a roadmap which promised 20 more by the end of 2021. That’s about where we are today. To put things into perspective, here’s the first roadmap announced alongside the early Z-series cameras, with a total of 23 lenses (eleven of which had no identifying information other than a placeholder): This plan shuffled around a bit (the 70-200mm f/2.8 and 20mm f/1.8 shipping later than planned; the 24mm...

After a month of being offline, Hubble captures images showing off two ‘oddball’ galaxies

After a month of being offline, Hubble captures images showing off two ‘oddball’ galaxies Following a computer anomaly aboard Hubble, which took a month to fix, NASA has released a pair of new images to demonstrate the spacecraft’s return to full scientific operations. Hubble’s scientific operations restarted on July 17 at 1:18 pm EDT. Following its operational return, Hubble’s early targets included globular star clusters in other galaxies and aurorae on Jupiter, plus a closer look at some bizarre galaxies. The two released images focus on peculiar galaxies and are part of a program led by Julianne Dalcanton of the University of Washington in Seattle. The...

Video: Drone operator helps rescue fisherman he saw being attacked by a shark

Video: Drone operator helps rescue fisherman he saw being attacked by a shark [embedded content] Matt Woods was relaxing on his balcony in Bondi Beach, Australia, when he decided to launch his DJI Mavic 2 Zoom drone and capture some footage. To his horror, he discovered a lone spear fisherman in the water using a speargun to ward off an aggressive mako shark. The ordeal lasted 30 minutes, until help arrived. Woods, 36, took off from his beachside balcony around 4:00 pm. He expected to capture some scenic footage of the swimmers and surfers that frequent the beach on a daily basis. Occasionally he would spot whales but up until that moment, he hadn’t witnessed a...

Capture One 21 update released, adds new Magic Brush, improved Exporter and more

Capture One 21 update released, adds new Magic Brush, improved Exporter and more Capture One has released the latest update to Capture One 21, bringing the photo editing software to version 14.3.0. The new update adds new and improved features, expanded capabilities, bug fixes and new camera and lens support. Key new features added to Capture One 21 (14.3.0) include a new Magic Brush, designed to quickly create complex masks, a redesigned Exporter, improved organization tools, and improvements to tethering, particularly for Fujifilm and Leica cameras. Concerning tethering, it’s now possible to trigger an exposure from within Capture One tethering LiveView when...

Slideshow: 2021 World Landscape Photographer competition winners

Slideshow: 2021 World Landscape Photographer competition winners Over 1,400 photographers entered the 2021 World Landscape Photographer competition, with 6,512 total images being submitted for judging. When all was said and done, only six images were award prizes, including the overall winning image titled ‘Atlantic Winter Storm meets Ireland,’ captured by photographer Felix Sproll. The World Landscape Photographer competition was founded in 2020 by landscape photographer Nigel Danson. ‘The aim of the competition is to raise as much money for charity as possible whilst bringing together the best nature photographers from around the world in a...

DJI Air 2S vs. Mavic Air 2: which one is right for you?

DJI Air 2S vs. Mavic Air 2: which one is right for you? It’s a great time to be a drone buyer. Just over a year ago, DJI launched the Mavic Air 2, a model released with several significant milestones. In particular, it was the first Mavic drone to offer 4K/60p video, 48MP still images, and a 1/2″-type camera sensor – bigger than the smartphone-sized sensors found on most consumer models to that point. Less than a year after the Mavic Air 2 hit the market, DJI released its successor, the Air 2S. Its build is almost identical, but includes some notable differences: primarily the addition of a larger 1″-type sensor that many users...

Corning’s new DX and DX+ glass composite materials plan to improve smartphone cameras, starting with Samsung

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Nikon Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 Review

Nikon Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3 Review By Spencer Cox 18 CommentsPublished On July 21, 2021 « » A relatively basic and sometimes overlooked lens in Nikon’s venerable Z-series lens lineup is the Nikon Z 24-50mm f/4-6.3. Selling for $400 on its own but $300 as a kit with any full-frame Nikon Z camera, this is a budget optic with a narrow zoom range and a slow maximum aperture of f/4 to f/6.3. But despite its underwhelming specifications, some photographers may be considering it as a lightweight kit lens, especially if it lives up to the reputation of the other (almost entirely excellent) Nikon Z lenses so far. This review covers...

Negative Supply’s LM1 is a stylish, compact all-metal digital light meter

Negative Supply’s LM1 is a stylish, compact all-metal digital light meter Negative Supply has launched a pocket-sized digital light meter on Kickstarter, the LM1. The LM1 is designed to measure ambient light, aiding in accurate exposures, and it also measures color temperature, aiding in determining which filters or film stocks to use in a given situation. The LM1 supports 1/3 stop adjustments for ISO, aperture and shutter speed via its 4-button design. The LM1 has a dedicated sync port for flash metering, complete with flash mode and remote triggering options. With an integrated rechargeable battery, the LM1 promises up to several weeks of standby. The battery...

Video: Hasselblad shows how it produces, tests its X System medium format cameras

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Zeiss ZX1 review

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DPReview TV: Great episodes you may have missed!

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Pergear announces $229 60mm F2.8 2x macro lens for APS-C camera systems

Pergear announces $229 60mm F2.8 2x macro lens for APS-C camera systems Pergear has announced the release of a new APS-C 60mm F2.8 Ultra-Macro lens for Fujifilm X, Micro Four Thirds, Nikon Z and Sony E mount camera systems. The lens is constructed of 11 elements in eight groups, has a 2x magnification ratio, uses a 10-blade aperture diaphragm and has a minimum focusing distance of 19.1cm. The aperture ring on the lens is declicked and on APS-C camera systems, the lens offers roughly a 90mm full-frame equivalent angle of view. While this can technically be used on full-frame cameras, Pergear does note it will have a vignette if the camera isn’t set to crop...

Tamron announces 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A2 VC VXD for Sony E mount and Fujifilm X mount

Tamron announces 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A2 VC VXD for Sony E mount and Fujifilm X mount Tamron has just announced the 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di III-A2 VC VXD for APS-C. This superzoom lens will be available for both Sony E mount and (for the first time) Fujifilm X mount, raising the tantalizing possibility of even more third-party X-mount lenses in the future. Covering a zoom range equivalent to 27-450mm in full-frame terms, the optically stabilized 18-300mm uses a VXD (Voice-coil eXtreme-torque Drive) linear focus motor, and “special lens elements arranged precisely to maintain high resolution performance from edge-to-edge”. With a minimum focus distance of 6 inches,...

Adobe brings native Apple silicon support, automated Speech to Text transcription to Premiere Pro

Adobe brings native Apple silicon support, automated Speech to Text transcription to Premiere Pro Adobe has announced the July release for Premiere Pro, bringing with it a new Speech to Text captioning tool, native Apple silicon support and more. Before diving into the new Speech to Text feature, it’s worth noting Premiere Pro 15.4 now runs natively on Apple silicon, meaning Apple’s M1-powered computers can make the most of their respective processing power. Adobe claims Premiere Pro on M1 Mac computers are ‘nearly 80 percent faster than comparable Intel-based Macs,’ which falls roughly in line with the comparison test we recently conducted. Adobe also confirmed After Effects with native...

Canon announces ambitious plans for equipment and support for pros at Tokyo 2020

Canon announces ambitious plans for equipment and support for pros at Tokyo 2020 Canon Inc. and Canon Marketing Japan Inc. have announced their plans for the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympic and Paralympic games. Canon will set up a photo service center for professional photographers at the Main Press Center (MPC). The MPC is where international press gathers during Tokyo 2020. Canon’s photo service center will ensure professional photographers are well-equipped to capture iconic imagery during the games. In addition to providing Canon’s best cameras and lenses, the photo service center will offer photographers a network of service and support. ’Thus far, Canon has provided...

Canon revises 2021 financial forecast, suggests camera, lens and printer sales are recovering faster than expected

Canon revises 2021 financial forecast, suggests camera, lens and printer sales are recovering faster than expected A Canon assembly line Meister (her badge tells us she’s been a Meister for 17 years) works on the front assembly of a telephoto prime lens. Taken by DPReview in 2017. Canon Global has revised its financial forecast for its 2021 fiscal year to account for, amongst other things, an increase in demand for inkjet printers and full-frame mirrorless cameras and lenses. According to the note, posted on Canon’s investor relations website, Canon increased its full-year net sales forecast by 2.9% and its full-year operating profit by 42.9% to 3,600B yen ($32.7B) and 283B yen ($2.5B),...

Whitewater kayaking: Shooting with DJI drones and gimbals at the North Fork Championship

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Nikon Japan: Some Z fc camera shipments delayed, 28mm F2.8 orders delayed indefinitely

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Video: 3D printed film canister and Raspberry Pi camera can turn an old film camera into a digital camera

Video: 3D printed film canister and Raspberry Pi camera can turn an old film camera into a digital camera If you have an old analog camera that you don’t mind modifying, you can turn it into a digital camera for less than $50. YouTuber befinitiv converted an old Cosina Hi-Lite film camera into a digital camera using a 3D printed film cartridge equipped with a Raspberry Pi Zero camera module (with the lens removed since befinitiv used a lens attached to the Cosina). Befinitiv writes that the converted camera not only captures digital images, it can also record video and even live stream over Wi-Fi. The camera can broadcast to a phone or computer. [embedded content] However, there are some...

This one of a kind Leica prototype 17mm F2 lens can be yours—if you have $50,000 on hand

This one of a kind Leica prototype 17mm F2 lens can be yours—if you have $50,000 on hand The Leica Store Lisse in the Netherlands has added a one-of-a-kind Leica lens to its impressive collection, a Leica/Hughes Leitz 17mm F2 fisheye lens. It’s the only known example of this lens, which was made in Canada – more on that in a bit. The lens can be yours for $47,200. So why does the lens include Hughes in its name? Near the end of 1990, US-based Hughes Aircraft purchased Erntz Leitz Canada (ELCAN) and changed the name to Hughes Leitz Optical Technologies. In late 1997, Hughes Aircraft sold Hughes Leitz Optical Technologies to fellow American company Raytheon, resulting in...

TTArtisan releases $150 7.5mm F2 fisheye APS-C lens for 7 camera mounts

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Pulitzer Prize-winning Reuters photojournalist, Danish Siddiqui, killed in Afghanistan

Pulitzer Prize-winning Reuters photojournalist, Danish Siddiqui, killed in Afghanistan Danish Siddiqui, a Pulitzer Prize-winning Indian photojournalist for Reuters, was killed on assignment in Afghanistan last week. Siddiqui was traveling with a convoy of Afghan forces, near a border post in Pakistan, when an ambush by Taliban militants killed him and an undisclosed number of people. He was 38 years old. ‘We are urgently seeking more information, working with authorities in the region,’ Reuters President Michael Friedenberg and Editor-in-Chief Alessandra Galloni said in a statement. ‘Danish was an outstanding journalist, a devoted husband and father, and a much-loved...

Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 sample gallery

Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 sample gallery We’ve been out shooting with a production copy of the Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR. It delivers impressive optical performance and a great hands-on experience. Check out our sample gallery to judge image quality for yourself. View our gallery of samples from the Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR Gear in this story The new Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR provides a 27mm-equivalent focal length for Fujifilm’s X-mount cameras. Find out why Chris and Jordan like this fast, sharp 18mm lens. We’ve been shooting with a pre-production copy of Fujifilm’s new XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR...

Nikon Z fc vs Fujifilm X-T30: which is the better retro APS-C camera?

Nikon Z fc vs Fujifilm X-T30: which is the better retro APS-C camera? Fujifilm has built its X-series brand around cameras that offer classic looks and traditional controls but have the latest camera technologies at their hearts. Nikon’s new Z fc looks to do something similar, but takes a slight different approach and has a famed historic range of classic SLRs to look back to, in terms of styling. We’re going to take a closer look at how the Nikon Z fc compares with Fujifilm’s X-T30. The Fujifilm has a slightly lower list price, but both cameras are SLR-shaped APS-C mirrorless cameras with control systems based on dedicated control dials,...

My Favorite Sunset Photography Tips and Tricks

My Favorite Sunset Photography Tips and Tricks Sunset photography is wildly popular, and for good reason. The unique quality of light at the end of the day can give landscape photos an emotional impact that’s difficult to capture any other way. Below, I’ll dive into my favorite tips for sunset photography for both beginners and advanced photographers. Table of Contents 1. Expose to Keep Details in the Highlights The first tip I’ll emphasize is how important it is to preserve highlight detail when photographing sunsets. Often, there’s a huge range of tones between the highlights and shadows at sunset, particularly if the sun is in your...

DPReview TV: Apple M1 iMac vs. Intel PC for photo/video

DPReview TV: Apple M1 iMac vs. Intel PC for photo/video Published Jul 17, 2021 | dpreview staff [embedded content] Mac and Windows users have been fighting since the beginning of the computer age. In this episode of DPReview TV, Jordan and his iMac battle Chris and his Windows laptop to see which is best for photo and video editing. And games, for good matter. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Don’t be fooled by its colorful, family-friendly design – the new 24-inch iMac is capable of serious photo and video editing performance. The EOS M50 Mark II is a compact, likable interchangeable lens...

Laowa unveils $499 14mm F4 Zero-D lens for Canon EF, Nikon F mount camera systems

Laowa unveils $499 14mm F4 Zero-D lens for Canon EF, Nikon F mount camera systems Venus Optics has announced the release of the Laowa 14mm F4 Zero-D lens for Canon and Nikon DSLR camera systems. The lens is constructed of 13 elements in 10 elements, including two extra-low dispersion elements and two aspherical elements. Like other Laowa ‘Zero-D’ lenses, the lens features near-zero distortion, despite its wide angle of view. It’s also the first lens to get what Venus Optics calls a focusing scale adjustment system, which allows you to calibrate the infinity point of the lens. Venus Optics has shared the below tutorial showing owners what the calibration process looks...

Laowa unveils $499 14mm F4 Zero-D lens for EF, F mount camera systems

Laowa unveils $499 14mm F4 Zero-D lens for EF, F mount camera systems Venus Optics has announced the release of the Laowa 14mm F4 Zero-D lens for Canon and Nikon DSLR camera systems. The lens is constructed of 13 elements in 10 elements, including two extra-low dispersion ale nets and two aspherical elements. Like other Laowa ‘Zero-D’ lenses, the lens features near-zero distortion, despite its wide angle of view. It’s also the first lens to get what Venus Optics called a focusing scale adjustment system, which allows you to calibrate the infinity point of the lens to ensure it’s exactly at the infinity mark based on the specific camera model you’re using it...

Updated: Nikon Z fc pre-production sample gallery

Updated: Nikon Z fc pre-production sample gallery Published Jul 16, 2021 | dpreview staff The Nikon Z fc is due to start shipping soon, and while we wait for a final production sample to review, we’ve been adding images to our previously published gallery of JPEG samples. In addition to a variety of images taken around the Pacific Northwest, we’ve also included in-camera Raw conversions to show off every one of the Z fc’s twenty Picture Controls. Please note that images in this gallery were shot on a pre-production camera. While final image quality may not exactly represent the output of final shipping cameras it is likely...

Kickstarter: Fjorden grip for iPhone adds physical camera controls to your smartphone

Kickstarter: Fjorden grip for iPhone adds physical camera controls to your smartphone Norwegian company Fjorden has launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Fjorden, the ‘world’s first pocketable, professional iPhone camera grip.’ Mobile photography is a big deal. iPhone photos have been featured on the covers of major publications, including Vogue, National Geographic and Time Magazine. Fjorden enhances iPhone’s impressive photographic capabilities by adding ‘professional-quality camera controls.’ The Fjorden grip has a two-stage shutter button. Like the shutter release on a dedicated camera, you half-press to focus and full-press to shoot....

Film Fridays: Unsung heroes of the modern film era – Michael Butkus Jr. and his camera manual library

Film Fridays: Unsung heroes of the modern film era – Michael Butkus Jr. and his camera manual library The cover of one of the thousands of film camera user manuals available on Butkus.org, free of charge. In this week’s Fim Friday, I want to call out one of the unsung heroes of the modern film photography era – Michael Butkus Jr., the owner and operator of Butkus.org / OrphanCamera.com, the Internet’s most complete library of film camera user manuals (as far as we know). Michael has been operating the archive since 1997. And though the site’s design looks as if it is unchanged since that era (there’s even a spinning camera .gif at the top), it does the job....

Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S Review

Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S Review The sharpest zoom lens we’ve ever tested, period. By Spencer Cox 12 CommentsLast Updated On July 16, 2021 « » The Nikon Z NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S is a pro-grade telephoto lens designed specifically for Nikon’s mirrorless system. Although the lens was initially launched in January of 2020, shipping was delayed several times and it only became generally available in late 2020. We’ve now tested two samples of the lens at Photography Life, both in the field and in the lab. In this in-depth review, I’ll cover everything we’ve learned about the Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S, including...

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Reply to Is a link available? I have a granddaughter, for whom I just purchased a d5600, and I would like to send her a link to this page so she can join. Is there a URL link that I can send her in a text or email that will bring her straight to the group? I have a granddaughter, for whom I just purchased a d5600, and I would like to send her a link to this page so she can join. Is there a URL link that I can send her in a text or email that will bring her straight to the group? Publish...

RØDE’s new $25 Thread Adapter ensures you’re never without the right mounting screw

RØDE’s new $25 Thread Adapter ensures you’re never without the right mounting screw [embedded content] Every once in a while a company will come out with something that makes you ask yourself ‘How has no one thought of that before?’ Well, today, that company is RØDE and the product is the Thread Adapter. Although a minor piece of kit in the realm of things, this clever little contraption is a set of tripod adapter screws and a driver, all conveniently nested together and attached to a carabiner—perfect for attaching to your camera bag or belt loop. The set includes one carabiner, one 1/4″ adapter, one 3/8″ adapter, one 5/8″ adapter and a driver so you can...

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Is a link available? Photos Members Group Since Is a link available? doug.knoerr says: I have a granddaughter, for whom I just purchased a d5600, and I would like to send her a link to this page so she can join. Is there a URL link that I can send her in a text or email that will bring her straight to the group? 9:48AM, 15 July 2021 PDT (permalink) Would you like to comment? Sign up for a free account, or sign in (if you’re already a...

Updated: Sigma fp L review – Raw video comes with trade-offs

Updated: Sigma fp L review – Raw video comes with trade-offs Product shots by Dan Bracaglia Updated July 15, 2021 with video quality analysis The Sigma fp L is a high-resolution development of the company’s compact full-frame interchangeable lens camera. It gains a 61MP BSI CMOS sensor, providing a more stills-focused platform than the original fp 24MP L-mount mirrorless camera. Rather than looking at existing categories of cameras, Sigma says it’s aimed to make a user-oriented camera that’s designed to be flexible, adaptable and fun to use. The fp L certainly isn’t readily comparable to other existing models, but it is the...

Cosina unveils $700 Voigtlander Nokton 35mm F1.2 for Fujifilm X system cameras

Cosina unveils $700 Voigtlander Nokton 35mm F1.2 for Fujifilm X system cameras Cosina has announced its new Voigtlander Nokton 35mm F1.2 lens for Fujifilm X series camera systems. While this lens features the same focal length and aperture as its M-mount equivalent, it features a different optical design and construction specifically for Fujifilm’s X mount cameras. The fully-manual lens features an electronic chip for transferring EXIF data to the camera body from the lens, which should enable focus verification, parallax correction and in-body image stabilization for compatible cameras. Below is a pair of charts showing which X system cameras are and aren’t able to...

DPReview TV behind the scenes: The gear we use to make DPReview TV

DPReview TV behind the scenes: The gear we use to make DPReview TV Published Jul 15, 2021 | dpreview staff [embedded content] Want to know what it takes to film a typical DPReview TV episode? Jordan walks through his complete kit – at least until the camera they’re shooting this week’s episode with overheats. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Don’t be fooled by its colorful, family-friendly design – the new 24-inch iMac is capable of serious photo and video editing performance. The EOS M50 Mark II is a compact, likable interchangeable lens camera with a 24MP APS-C sensor and direct-to-Youtube...

A photographer’s guide to buying a smartphone

A photographer’s guide to buying a smartphone For many of us, smartphones have arguably become just as much cameras as they communication devices. While some companies put more emphasis on photography features than others, there are dozens of options out there and a lot of jargon, making picking the right one a challenge. In this guide, we’ll be explaining the key technologies of smartphone photography to help you make the right buying decision. Whether you’re new to the world of photography and want to start your artistic endeavors with your smartphone or you’re a full-time professional who wants the best photo-capable...

Ricoh announces HD Pentax-DA* 16-50mm F2.8 lens, set to go on sale in August for $1,400

Ricoh announces HD Pentax-DA* 16-50mm F2.8 lens, set to go on sale in August for $1,400 Ricoh Imaging has announced the HD Pentax-DA* 16–50mm F2.8 ED PLM AW lens, the latest lens in its Pentax Star (*) lineup that’s designed for APS-C Pentax K-mount DSLRs. The all-weather (AW) lens offers a 24.5-76.5mm full-frame equiv. focal length and is constructed of 16 elements in 10 groups, including one extra-low dispersion (ED) element, one anomalous dispersion optical element, two ED aspherical elements and Ricoh Imaging’s HD Coating, designed to reduce ghosting and flaring. Ricoh Imaging says the lens is ‘dustproof’ and ‘weather-resistant’ when paired with an accompanying weatherproof...

Razer announces new Blade 15 and 17 with most powerful Intel processor ever in a Razer laptop

Razer announces new Blade 15 and 17 with most powerful Intel processor ever in a Razer laptop Razer has announced a refresh to its Razer Blade 15 and Blade 17 laptop line. The new notebooks include Intel’s latest processor family, the 11th-generation Core H. The new Blade models also have improved GPUs, with an optional upgrade to the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3080. With enhanced CPU and GPU performance, Razer states that the new laptops offer more speed, plus more storage and Thunderbolt 4. Razer’s Blade 15 and 17 may be aimed primarily at gamers, but the same performance gains that serve gamers also appeal to creators. The faster the CPU and GPU, the better the performance...

JPEG XL image format promises smaller files, backwards compatibility and more

JPEG XL image format promises smaller files, backwards compatibility and more JPEG, the lossy compression standard for images used on the Internet and digital cameras, might receive a much-needed upgrade by year’s end. The creators of JPEG XL claim their free open-source format offers up improvements that will result in a significant reduction in global bandwidth and storage costs. The JPEG image format was first developed by researchers at the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) in the 1980s. Over the years, due to its many advantages over other formats of the time, it became the go-to format for photos on digital cameras and the World Wide...

2021 Apple M1 iMac (24-inch) Review: The best ‘starter’ Mac for creators

2021 Apple M1 iMac (24-inch) Review: The best ‘starter’ Mac for creators Introduction The new M1 iMac is a sleek, stylish and surprisingly affordable photo and video editing machine.Photo by DL Cade First, the elephant in the room: the redesigned 24-inch iMac was not created for photographers and video editors. It’s a family-friendly Mac that’s much more concerned with aesthetic sensibility than Adobe Premiere Pro performance. Despite this, it’s arguably the best starter Mac for anybody who is interested in exploring their creative side. In terms of photo and video editing performance, the new iMac is on par with every other M1 Mac, meaning:...

How to Change Colors in Photoshop

How to Change Colors in Photoshop Today we’re going to look at three ways to change colors in Adobe Photoshop. These tools are used to change the color of an object in a photograph or recolor a portion of an image. Although Photoshop offers countless tools for correcting color or subtly toning an image, the techniques in this article are designed for the more specific and dramatic artistic effect of completely changing the color of an object. These three methods are fairly distinct and which technique is best is going to be completely dependent on the image you are working with. Below, I do my best to offer suggestions of...

Sony Semiconductor reveals 21MP stacked CMOS Four Thirds sensor capable of 120 fps full-width readout

Sony Semiconductor reveals 21MP stacked CMOS Four Thirds sensor capable of 120 fps full-width readout Sony Semiconductor Solutions has published a product information sheet detailing the specifications for the IMX472-AAJK, a 21.46MP Four Thirds stacked CMOS image sensor. As it stands, this is the first known instance of a stacked CMOS sensor for Four Thirds-sized cameras and the accompanying readout speeds makes for some impressive imaging capabilities. However, despite speed that could underpin impressive video (and AF) capabilities, the pixel count appears to be too low to deliver the ‘5.7K’ output promised of the forthcoming Panasonic GH6. The IMX472-AAJK measures 21.77mm...

Apple granted patent for periscope camera module that would give future iPhones 3x optical ‘zoom’

Apple granted patent for periscope camera module that would give future iPhones 3x optical ‘zoom’ The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) has granted Apple a patent relating to a periscope camera system that we could one day see inside an iPhone. UPSTO patent number 11,061,213 lays out the framework for a folded camera system that uses a pair of prisms, a lens array and an image sensor to create a telephoto-style camera system, complete with autofocus and/or optical image stabilization. This kind of ‘periscope’ camera module is nothing new in the smartphone world as Samsumg, Xiaomi, Vivo and others have developed similar mechanisms. But we believe this to be the first...

SmugMug Source is a new, AI-powered RAW file management service from SmugMug

SmugMug Source is a new, AI-powered RAW file management service from SmugMug SmugMug has announced a new addition to its platform, SmugMug Source. The new add-on is a RAW file management service, allowing photographers to store and access their entire photo library from any device anywhere in the world. With the addition of Source, SmugMug now promises a full shot-to-sale, end-to-end photography platform. ‘This is much more than simple cloud storage,’ says Scott Kinzie, VP of Marketing and Business Development for SmugMug. ‘This is AI-driven photo management. It’s more than never losing an image, it’s image recognition technology that...

Video: What it’s like shooting Sigma’s $26K 200-500mm F2.8 ‘bazooka’ lens on a Sony a7 III

Video: What it’s like shooting Sigma’s $26K 200-500mm F2.8 ‘bazooka’ lens on a Sony a7 III [embedded content] Editor’s note: There may be a few sections of the video that are considered NSFW, but there is no nudity or swearing. Keep this in mind before watching the video (you can skip to the 42-second mark to bypass the questionable segment). One of the most unique (and expensive) lenses in existence is Sigma’s 200–500mm F2.8 APO EX DG ‘Bazooka’ lens. While few have had the opportunity to shoot with this lens, photographer and YouTuber Tom Calton was able to get one on loan from Sigma and has shared a video showing what it’s like to use the $26K lens when attached to a Sony a7 III...

Canon EOS M50 Mark II Review

Canon EOS M50 Mark II Review Introduction The EOS M50 Mark II is a compact and easy to use mirrorless camera with a 24MP APS-C sensor. It features only modest upgrades compared to its predecessor, but it comes in at an attractive price point with pleasing ergonomics and solid image quality. Upgrades include autofocus refinements, vertical video shooting and the ability to livestream to YouTube directly from the camera, given a strong-enough Wi-Fi signal. Key Specifications 24 megapixel APS-C sensor Digic 8 image processor Dual pixel autofocus with eye tracking Fully articulated touchscreen LCD 2.36M-dot electronic...

Photo agency refuses to return copyright to photographer, claims journalists don’t have copyright protection

Photo agency refuses to return copyright to photographer, claims journalists don’t have copyright protection Do photographers own the rights to their images? This is the question at the center of a legal battle between photographer Francisco Leong and his former employer, Agence France-Press (AFP). Leong, a Lisbon, Portugal-based photojournalist, had worked under contract for AFP. He first joined AFP in 2005 as a stringer and became a staff photographer in 2010 before leaving the agency in 2019. The agency in France claims that it owns Leong’s images. However, Portugal’s Journalist Statute and Code of Copyright appear to give ultimate rights to journalistic work created during...

New FTC rule will penalize companies making false ‘Made in USA’ claims on their products

New FTC rule will penalize companies making false ‘Made in USA’ claims on their products On July 1st, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a new rule that will penalize companies making false or misleading claims about where their products are manufactured. As a result, marketing departments slapping the ‘Made in USA’ label on their products, and advertising them as so, will need to prove that they are ‘all or virtually all’ made in the United States. This change could affect certain brands in the photography world, including drone manufacturer Autel, who proudly claims certain drones of theirs are ‘Made in the USA, with foreign and domestic...

Apple still hasn’t made a truly ‘Pro’ M1 Mac – so what’s the holdup?

Apple still hasn’t made a truly ‘Pro’ M1 Mac – so what’s the holdup? The in-house developed M1 architecture that powers Apple’s latest machines allows them to be sleek and power-efficient, but there are still some things it can’t offer professional users.Photo by DL Cade Ever since Apple unveiled the M1 System on a Chip (SOC)—the CPU/GPU/RAM combo pack that powers the latest 13-inch MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac mini, and the redesigned 24-inch iMac – the creative world has been buzzing. It’s fast, it’s power efficient, it barely needs to be cooled, and since it was designed by Apple for an Apple operating system, the M1 system is...

Nikon NIKKOR Z MC 50mm F2.8 sample gallery

Nikon NIKKOR Z MC 50mm F2.8 sample gallery The Nikon NIKKOR Z MC 50mm F2.8 is a standard prime lens for Nikon’s Z-system, offering true macro reproduction of 1:1 at its shortest focus distance. As well as being a capable macro tool, given its focal length and light weight (260g or 9.2oz), the Z 50mm F2.8 also lends itself well to being a standard ‘walk-around’ lens on a full-frame Z-mount body. Despite not belonging to Nikon’s premium ‘S’ line, it’s well-built, and offers dust and drip resistance. We’ve been shooting with a sample of the Z MC 50mm F2.8 for a few days, and we’ve...

Yongnuo’s new Android 10-powered MFT camera features 20MP sensor, 5” touchscreen display

Yongnuo’s new Android 10-powered MFT camera features 20MP sensor, 5” touchscreen display Yongnuo has announced yet another intriguing mirrorless camera option, the YN455. This Android-based, Snapdragon-powered Micro Four Thirds (MFT) camera is currently only available in the Chinese market, but it’s possible we could begin to see it elsewhere, as was the case with the company’s YN450 Android camera. The device features a rather compact form factor, measuring only 16.2cm (6.4″) wide by 8.5cm (3.4″) tall by 5.6cm (2.2″) deep and weighing just 670g (1.48lbs). At the heart of the device is a 20MP MFT image sensor that can capture both 20MP stills and 4K video at up...

Slideshow: Winners of All About Photo’s AAP Magazine #18 B&W competition

Slideshow: Winners of All About Photo’s AAP Magazine #18 B&W competition Winners of All About Photo’s AAP Magazine #18 B&W competition All About Photo’s AAP Magazine recently announced the winners for their #18 – B&W competition. The 25 winners come from 13 countries. Amongst the winners and merited images are portraits, landscapes, and visual narratives. ‘When you photograph people in color, you photograph their clothes. But when you photograph people in black and white, you photograph their souls,’ famous Canadian photojournalist, who is not affiliated with the competition, famously stated. The top three winners received cash...

What Are Your Favorite Photography Moments?

What Are Your Favorite Photography Moments? Every once in a while, conditions and circumstances align perfectly and some unexpected, amazing sight happens while I’m taking pictures. It rarely happens more than once a year, but it’s always memorable. Below, I’ll share some of my favorites and invite you to do the same. Table of Contents Deer in Yosemite I just got back from my second ever trip to Yosemite National Park in California, and although I’m still processing my photos, I wanted to write about the amazing moment that I saw during my first morning there. As I took some pictures of El Capitan at sunrise with a friend of mine, a...

Panasonic Leica DG 25-50mm F1.7 sample gallery (DPReview TV)

Panasonic Leica DG 25-50mm F1.7 sample gallery (DPReview TV) Published Jul 11, 2021 | dpreview staff Chris and Jordan have spent a few days with a pre-production sample of the new Panasonic Leica DG 25-50mm F1.7 up in Canada. They’ve taken it out and about everywhere from the streets of downtown Calgary to more intimate social gatherings. Jordan loves this lens for video, but take a look at their collection of still images to find out why Chris recommends it for photography, too. Check out Chris and Jordan’s sample images from the Panasonic Leica 25-50mm F1.7 Gear in this story The Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 25-50mm F1.7 ASPH is a...

DPReview TV: Choosing the right large tripod – Gitzo, Manfrotto, Leofoto and Sirui tripods compared

DPReview TV: Choosing the right large tripod – Gitzo, Manfrotto, Leofoto and Sirui tripods compared Published Jul 10, 2021 | dpreview staff [embedded content] Chris and Jordan review four large tripods: the Gitzo GT2532, Sirui W2204, Leofoto LQ-284C, and Chris’ battle-worn Manfrotto 055MF4. What if you don’t want one of the models in this review? In addition to detailed overviews of the models mentioned above, Chris and Jordan also explain what to look for in a good tripod, to help you choose the best one for your needs – even if it’s not included in our roundup. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. The Vivo X60 Pro+ claims to be...

HD Pentax-FA 43mm F1.9 Limited sample gallery

HD Pentax-FA 43mm F1.9 Limited sample gallery Published Jul 10, 2021 | dpreview staff Back in February, Ricoh released three HD Pentax-FA Limited lenses for K-mount DSLR cameras: the HD Pentax-FA 31mm F1.8 Limited, HD Pentax-FA 43mm F1.9 Limited and HD Pentax-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited. These three lenses feature the same optical construction as their respective non-HD predecessors, but have been updated with a new aperture diaphragm and Ricoh’s High-Definition (HD) coating. Ricoh says the HD coating ‘assures higher light transmittance and lower reflectance to deliver sharp, clear images free of flare and ghost images, even under such...

Norway passes law requiring influencers to label retouched photos on social media

Norway passes law requiring influencers to label retouched photos on social media Legislators in Norway’s Parliament have passed a new law, by a 72-15 vote, that will require content creators to disclose when they have retouched or added a filter to a photo. Yahoo News reports that the law will apply to influencers and advertisers alike, to address ‘body pressure in society.’ After garnering overwhelming support in parliament, the law will go into effect when directed by Harald V, the current King of Norway. Youth advocacy groups and Norway’s Ministry of Children and Family Affairs have called for stricter measures on image editing for years, amid...

Jeremy Cowart unveils the ‘Lightograph,’ calls it ‘the next evolution of the photograph’

Jeremy Cowart unveils the ‘Lightograph,’ calls it ‘the next evolution of the photograph’ [embedded content] Photographer Jeremy Cowart has created the ‘Lightograph.’ Cowart calls his patent-pending creation ‘the next evolution of the photograph’ and states that the Lightograph is ‘the evolution of light through a still photograph.’ Cowart points out that a Lightograph is not a motion picture because the subject is not moving. However, it’s not quite a still photograph because the light evolves in the Lightograph. ‘With this breakthrough, light can now tell more than one story. It forever changes what’s possible in...

Warning: Report suggests Apple’s 5th Gen Time Capsules susceptible to HDD failure

Warning: Report suggests Apple’s 5th Gen Time Capsules susceptible to HDD failure If you use one of Apple’s Time Capsule devices to backup your computer and data, you might want to switch to another backup solution. German data recovery company Datenrettung has published a report detailing a potential issue that could cause users of Apple’s 5th generation Time Capsule devices to lose their data. In the report, Datenrettung says the Seagate Grenada hard drives Apple used inside it’s 5th-generation Time Capsule models (made between 2014–2018) are susceptible to failure as a result of the specific material used in the ‘parking ramp’ (where the reader heads sit when not in...

Opinion: Ode to the ‘happy accident’ or why film photographers have more fun

Opinion: Ode to the ‘happy accident’ or why film photographers have more fun An issue with my camera’s film advance is likely what lead to this partial double exposure – a small gift from the universe. There are a lot of reasons to love shooting film: the look of the medium, the organic nature of the process, the preciousness of each frame, the plethora of cool cameras to choose from and outright nostalgia, just to name a handful. But for me, the prevalence of ‘the happy accident’ might be my favorite. Double exposed frames, weird light leaks, color shifts from aging, misaligned frame advances, these all can be happy accidents Double exposures,...

ACDSee releases free beta of Gemstone, its brand-new Photoshop competitor

ACDSee releases free beta of Gemstone, its brand-new Photoshop competitor ACD Systems, the maker of image software like Photo Studio and Photo Editor, has launched a free beta version of its all-new photo editing software, Gemstone. [embedded content] Gemstone is a new standalone multi-document interface, similar to Adobe Photoshop. Gemstone features a layered image editor and up-to-date RAW image support. Gemstone will include a combination of all-new features and familiar features from ACDSee’s Photo Studio and Editor products, including: Light EQ Frequenty Separation Path text Pixel Targeting Color Wheels Tone Wheels Liquify Tool Beyond these features,...

Slideshow: Winners of the 2021 Audubon Photography awards

Slideshow: Winners of the 2021 Audubon Photography awards The winners and runners up have been announced for the 2021 Audubon Photography Awards, now in its twelfth year. 2,416 photographers from all 50 United States, Washington D.C., and 10 Canadian provinces and territories submitted 8,770 photos and 261 videos. The video category is new, this year, as is the Female Bird Prize. The latter was added as the National Audubon Society felt that female birds have been overlooked and under appreciated in the past. Over $15,000 in cash prizes were awarded to category winners while the Student Prize winner will attend Hog Island Audubon Camp for 6 days in...

Canon brings C-Log 3, dual-card recording to R6 and 1D X Mark III cameras via firmware updates

Canon brings C-Log 3, dual-card recording to R6 and 1D X Mark III cameras via firmware updates Canon has released new firmware updates for its EOS 1D X Mark III DSLR and EOS R6 mirrorless camera systems. The substantial updates bring, amongst other bug fixes and improvements, the ability to record video in Canon Log 3 and record to two memory cards simultaneously. Canon EOS R6 First up is firmware update 1.4.0 for the Canon EOS R6. This updates adds Canon Log 3 as a new setting in the camera’s Canon Log settings, as well as the ability to record on both ‘card 1’ and ‘card 2’ when shooting video. The update also improves stability when using the new RF 400mm F2.8 L IS USM and RF 600mm...

Best Nikon Z Lens Combinations

Best Nikon Z Lens Combinations If you are a Nikon mirrorless shooter, you might be wondering about which Z mount lenses are the best, and which combinations of zoom and prime lenses are ideal for your camera bag. While Spencer has already done a great job making a list of recommended Nikon Z lenses for high-resolution cameras like the Z7 / Z7 II, I thought I would expand on his article and provide a few lens kit options for everyday photography. A few months ago, I wrote a post describing the optical qualities of the “Nikon Z Lens Trinity“, where I praised Nikon’s three pro-grade Z mount lenses for their remarkable...

Hands-on with the new Panasonic Leica 25-50mm F1.7 ASPH

Hands-on with the new Panasonic Leica 25-50mm F1.7 ASPH The Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 25-50mm F1.7 ASPH is Panasonic’s latest lens for the Micro Four Thirds system. It covers a slightly unusual 50-100mm equivalent range and maintains an F1.7 maximum aperture throughout. But it makes immediate sense once set alongside Panasonic’s video-optimized 10-25mm F1.7, to which it makes a natural companion. If the 10-25mm could be seen as a set of wide to normal primes, slotted into a single lens barrel, the 25-50mm lets you extend this set to include 50mm, 85mm and 100mm...

DPReview TV: Panasonic Leica 25-50mm F1.7 review

DPReview TV: Panasonic Leica 25-50mm F1.7 review Published Jul 8, 2021 | dpreview staff [embedded content] The Panasonic Leica DG 25-50mm F1.7 is a perfect companion for one of Jordan’s favorite video lenses, the Panasonic 10-25mm F1.7. Find out why he likes it so much, and why Chris thinks it’s nifty for photos as well. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Panasonic 25-50mm F1.7 sample gallery from this episode Gear in this story The Vivo X60 Pro+ claims to be a smartphone for ‘pro photography.’ While that’s up for debate, there’s no question this $1,200 device...

Panasonic Leica 25-50mm F1.7 ASPH sample gallery (pre-production)

Panasonic Leica 25-50mm F1.7 ASPH sample gallery (pre-production) Published Jul 8, 2021 | dpreview staff The Panasonic Leica 25-50mm F1.7 ASPH is a high-quality zoom lens for Micro Four Thirds, aimed as much at videographers as stills photography shooters. Offering a bright maximum aperture and a 50-100mm (equivalent) zoom range, the 25-50mm F1.7 is a useful companion to the older 10-25mm F1.7, and offers similar handling. We’ve been shooting with a preproduction sample of the Panasonic Leica 25-50mm F1.7 ASPH for a few days and we’ve put together a gallery of sample images. View our Panasonic Leica 25-50mm F1.7 ASPH sample gallery Gear in this...

Panasonic launches Leica DG Vario-Summilux 25-50mm F1.7 ASPH

Panasonic launches Leica DG Vario-Summilux 25-50mm F1.7 ASPH Panasonic has announced the Leica DG Vario-Summilux 25-50mm F1.7 ASPH, a fast short-telephoto zoom for the Micro Four Thirds system. The 25-50mm is designed to work alongside the existing 10-25mm F1.7 zoom, adding fast-aperture coverage to a 50-100mm equivalent range. The dimensions of the lens and the position of its control rings match those of the 10-25mm. As with the 10-25mm, Panasonic appears to have devoted a lot of attention to the lens’ video capabilities, with a clickless aperture ring and a snap-back manual focus ring that provides a linear focus response. Focus breathing is...

Video: Timelapse series shows astronauts installing solar array on International Space Station

Video: Timelapse series shows astronauts installing solar array on International Space Station [embedded content] The European Space Agency (ESA) has shared a timelapse video showing a spacewalk to install a new solar array on the International Space Station using images captured by Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) astronaut and Space Station commander Akihiko Hoshide. In the 87-second video, we see ESA astronaut Thomas Pesquet and National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) astronaut Shane Kimbrough start the installation process of an ISS Roll-Out Solar Array (IROSA) on June 16, 2021. The ESA says the array ‘had to be taken from their storage area outside the Space...

Fujifilm discontinues Velvia 100 in US after new EPA regulations

Fujifilm discontinues Velvia 100 in US after new EPA regulations Fujifilm has announced it will no longer sell Fujichrome Velvia 100 in the United States due to regulations put in place by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The announcement, posted to Fujifilm’s website, cites a new regulation under the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), which prohibits the processing and distribution phenol, isopropylated phosphate (3:1) (PIP (3:1)) (CASRN 68937–41–7, a chemical that is found in very trace amounts in the layers of Fujichrome Velvia 100 (Fujifilm claims less than 0.0003% is found in the emulsion). A screenshot of Fujifilm’s announcement....

Darktable 3.6 released, adds significant usability and performance improvements

Darktable 3.6 released, adds significant usability and performance improvements The darktable team has announced its second summer feature release, bringing darktable to version 3.6. The latest update is the first of two planned feature releases, with the second intended to come out this winter. Darktable hopes to release a pair of major updates each year. Back to today’s update. Version 3.6 adds numerous new features to darktable. First up is the new ‘quick access panel,’ a replacement for the old basic adjustments module and more. The quick access panel includes a new interface that combines existing processing modules into a unified layout. Users...

Nikon NIKKOR Z 28mm F2.8 (SE) sample gallery

Nikon NIKKOR Z 28mm F2.8 (SE) sample gallery The NIKKOR Z 28mm F2.8 (SE) is a compact wideangle prime lens for Nikon’s Z-system, styled to recall classic Nikkor designs of the manual focus era and weighing in at only 160g (5.7 oz). Billed by Nikon as ‘fast, fun and affordable’, the new 28mm is a full-frame FX lens which we’ve placed on high-resolution Nikon Z7 and Z7 II bodies to see how it performs. It also provides a field of view equivalent to 42mm on the new APS-C format Z fc (you’ll find some samples from that combination here). Optically, the new lens comprises 8 elements in 7 groups, and focus is...

Video: Photographer captures a spacewalk as the ISS transits the Sun

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DPReview TV: Is the Canon RF 600mm F11 the perfect beginner’s wildlife lens?

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Researchers use iPhone 5 camera and LEGO to create affordable high-resolution microscope

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No need to ‘Refresh’ for new info, Mini SE drone details published the DJI Brasil website

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Pentax 77mm F1.8 Limited sample gallery

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Want to know more about the Nikon Z fc? Come and ask us (almost) anything on Reddit

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Reply to NIKON Z fc

Reply to NIKON Z fc My first thought was ‘Fuji X-T’ copy more than anything else. Seems like they are following the Fuji way, repackage the same camera in different wrappers. They are also following the Nikon way, not having many APS-C lenses available, a la DX dSLR’s. My first thought was ‘Fuji X-T’ copy more than anything else. Seems like they are following the Fuji way, repackage the same camera in different wrappers. They are also following the Nikon way, not having many APS-C lenses available, a la DX dSLR’s. Post Reply...

New Sony a1 firmware update (version 1.10) addresses EVF and IBIS issues some users were experiencing

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NIKON Z fc

NIKON Z fc Photos Members Group Since NIKON Z fc Keith Walsh Photo says: My first thought was ‘Fuji X-T’ copy more than anything else. Seems like they are following the Fuji way, repackage the same camera in different wrappers. They are also following the Nikon way, not having many APS-C lenses available, a la DX dSLR’s. 23 hours ago (permalink) Would you like to comment? Sign up for a free account, or sign in (if you’re already a...

Hands-on with Nikon’s NIKKOR Z 28mm F2.8 Special Edition

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Nikon Zfc Camera and Related Lenses Announcement

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Canon launches RF 14-35mm F4 L IS USM wide-angle zoom lens

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Nikon Z fc Initial Review

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Hands-on with the Nikon Z fc

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Nikon announces NIKKOR Z 28mm F2.8 (SE) and development of Z DX 18-140mm F3.5-6.3 VR

Nikon announces NIKKOR Z 28mm F2.8 (SE) and development of Z DX 18-140mm F3.5-6.3 VR Published Jun 29, 2021 | dpreview staff Alongside the new retro-styled Z fc and its vintage-inspired (but optically identical to the existing version) 16-50mm kit zoom, Nikon has released a compact 28mm prime for full-frame and has also announced the development of a long-awaited 18-140mm zoom for DX format. The NIKKOR Z 28mm F2.8 (SE) is one of the pair of compact prime lenses that have been on Nikon’s roadmap for a while (and were recently confirmed as coming this year). It’s unusual to see a ‘special edition’ of something released before the standard edition, but...

Nikon announces Z fc style-focused APS-C mirrorless camera

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DPReview TV: Nikon Z fc hands-on preview

DPReview TV: Nikon Z fc hands-on preview Published Jun 29, 2021 | dpreview staff [embedded content] In this hands-on preview, Chris and Jordan compare the new Nikon Z fc to the classic Nikon film SLRs that inspired it. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Gear in this story Nikon has formally revealed the Z fc, a 21MP APS-C mirrorless camera that recalls the style of its classic FE and FM SLRs but uses its latest ‘Z’ lens mount. Sigma’s 35mm F1.4 DG DN Art is a designed-for-mirrorless reimagining of the company’s very first ‘Art’ lens that was released...

Nikon Z fc pre-production sample gallery

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How did NASA’s Perseverance rover capture its first selfie on Mars with Ingenuity? This is how.

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Video: ‘Sh*t Leica Photographers Say’ is a playful parody on the Leica-owner stereotype

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Blackmagic RAW version 2.1 brings native Apple M1 support, improved Premiere Pro plugin

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What you need to know before buying your first lens

What you need to know before buying your first lens Updated June 2021 A camera is nothing without a lens, and while the bundled ‘kit’ lenses sold with many interchangeable lens cameras (ILCs) are good enough to get started, they’re quite limiting. If you want to explore the full potential of your camera – and your own creativity – you should consider adding another lens or two to your collection. But with a bewildering variety of lenses out there, how do you know which ones are right for you? In this guide we’ll lead you step-by-step through the process of understanding the different kinds of lenses available, and...

DPReview TV: F1.4 or F2.0? Which are the best Fujifilm primes?

DPReview TV: F1.4 or F2.0? Which are the best Fujifilm primes? Published Jun 26, 2021 | dpreview staff [embedded content] The guys at DPReview TV always go above and beyond to produce their videos. This video comparison of Fujifilm’s F1.4 and F2 primes show just how dedicated they are, with Chris powering through the pain after suffering a nasty injury. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Gear in this story The Fujifilm Fujinon XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR is a bright, fast walkaround prime lens that’s particularly well-suited to landscape and street photography. If you’re a Fujifilm X-mount shooter,...

Nikon Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S Review

Nikon Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S Review An ultra-wide lens with a large maximum aperture – and also one of Nikon’s best lenses ever. By Spencer Cox 21 CommentsLast Updated On June 26, 2021 « » Nikon makes some some seriously good ultra-wide lenses. The F-mount 14-24mm f/2.8 is often considered one of the best wide zooms ever, and the wide-angle Z lenses we’ve seen so far have also been fantastic. But how does the Nikon Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S compare? The short answer is that it’s one of the best lenses we’ve ever tested. Nikon has managed class-leading performance in almost every measure, while also bringing the lens’s...

PSA: If you use a Western Digital My Book Live HDD, disconnect it now

PSA: If you use a Western Digital My Book Live HDD, disconnect it now If you use a Western Digital My Book Live, you want to disconnect it from the internet immediately. WD has advised customers to unplug My Book external hard drives from the web until further notice, as customers are reporting that their data has been completely deleted. Ars Technica reports that WD’s support forum shows that numerous users have lost their data with no obvious hope for recovery. One user, sunpeak, wrote, ‘I have just found that somehow all the data on it is gone today, while the directories seems there but empty. Previously the 2T volume was almost full, but now...

EarthCam collaborates with Sony on two new high-resolution timelapse cameras

EarthCam collaborates with Sony on two new high-resolution timelapse cameras EarthCam, a provider of webcam technology and services used by the likes of NASA, CNN and Walt Disney Pictures, recently released two new high-resolution timelapse cameras. The company that famously created ‘The World’s Largest Photo of New York City‘ to commemorate the release of its GigapixelCam X80 webcam this past May, has continued to leverage its relationship with Sony Electronics for their two latest releases—the 61 MegapixelCam and the 61 MegapixelCam Robotic, which offers up a 360° pan/tilt base. Both cameras use Sony’s full-frame 61 megapixel sensor found in...

See how the Sony FE 14mm F1.8 GM performs on a real estate photo shoot

See how the Sony FE 14mm F1.8 GM performs on a real estate photo shoot Published Jun 25, 2021 | dpreview staff We know from our own experience that Sony’s FE 14mm F1.8 GM lens, with its fast aperture, is great for available light architectural and nightscape photography. But as it turns out, it’s an excellent choice for professional real estate photography, too. Take a tour through a home in Sherwood, Oregon, captured by professional photographer and DPReview contributor Wasim Muklashy. Using a Sony a7R III, Wasim captured the exterior images in this gallery conventionally in Raw mode, and edited them in Skylum Luminar AI 1.2 before exporting them...

Film Fridays: Review & samples: a rehoused Lomo 40mm F4 for Leica M-mount

Film Fridays: Review & samples: a rehoused Lomo 40mm F4 for Leica M-mount Published Jun 25, 2021 | dpreview staff Why would you mount a seemingly ‘low quality’ Lomo lens on a fancy/high-end camera like a Leica rangefinder? Why not! There are quite a few affordable third-party Leica M-mount lenses out there, but few with as strange a story/pedigree as the PPP Cosmic 40mm F4. This rehoused Lomo T-43 lens is priced at ~$350 (USD) and available in super-limited quantities. Its unique ‘character’ may not be for everyone or every occasion, but the samples we’ve seen from our friends at 35mmc look pretty darn cool/dreamy (especially if you...

Lexar developing SD Express & microSD Express cards, a format not yet supported by any camera

Lexar developing SD Express & microSD Express cards, a format not yet supported by any camera Lexar has announced it’s currently developing a new line of SD Express and microSD Express cards, despite no camera currently supporting the standard. The cards, which use the SD 7.0 specification (PCIe 3.1 x 1 lane), will offer read and write speeds of 824MB/s and 410MB/s, respectively. The maximum bandwidth for the cards is 985MB/s, nearly triple that of the current UHS-II SD and microSD cards. This development also suggests Lexar (and, perhaps, the whole industry) is skipping the entirety of the UHS-III interface and going straight to PCIe/NVMe: the same interface CFexpress cards use.*...

NVIDIA Canvas is an AI-powered tool that turns your sketches into photorealistic scenes

NVIDIA Canvas is an AI-powered tool that turns your sketches into photorealistic scenes In March 2019, NVIDIA Research showed an AI-driven project, GauGAN, that used a deep learning model to convert simple doodles into photorealistic images. Over two years later, the technology is ready for showtime as NVIDIA Canvas. NVIDIA writes, ‘Use AI to turn simple brushstrokes into realistic landscape images. Create backgrounds quickly, or speed up your concept exploration so you can spend more time visualizing ideas.’ [embedded content] There is a slight caveat, though. Not anyone can download and use the NVIDIA Canvas beta. You must be running Windows 10 and use an NVIDIA...

Video: Smarter Every Day shows the science behind film development

Video: Smarter Every Day shows the science behind film development Alongside educational titles such as ‘Where Does NASA Keep Its Moon Rocks?’, ‘My Sister Got Malaria’ and ‘How To Poop On A Nuclear Submarine’, YouTube channel Smarter Every Day has released a new video that explains how film is constructed, exposed and developed. In ‘How Does Film ACTUALLY Work? (It’s MAGIC)’, presenter Destin Sandlin talks about the chemical structure of film, shoots some film and then takes us to a lab to see how it gets developed and scanned. [embedded content] Destin is pretty enthusiastic and explains the process like it’s some new discovery, and it’s clear from...

Super-tele sweet spot: Tamron 150-500mm F5-6.7 sample gallery

Super-tele sweet spot: Tamron 150-500mm F5-6.7 sample gallery The Tamron 150-500mm F5-6.7 Di III VC VXD is a well-built super-telephoto zoom that sits alongside Sigma’s 100-400mm F5-6.3 lens as well as Sony’s own 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 and 200-600mm F5.6-6.3 options. We took it out and about in Seattle in search of wildlife and textures – take a look at how it performs on Sony’s high-res a7R IV. Gear in this story Sigma’s 35mm F1.4 DG DN Art is a designed-for-mirrorless reimagining of the company’s very first ‘Art’ lens that was released all the way back in 2012 for DSLR cameras. It’s got some big shoes to...

Lensbaby announces new Obscura system, a modern take on pinhole photography

Lensbaby announces new Obscura system, a modern take on pinhole photography Lensbaby is well known for its unusual lenses. However, as the company says, its latest product ‘isn’t a lens,’ but rather is an ‘extraordinary experience crafted in the origins of photography.’ Lensbaby’s latest product is Obscura. Lensbaby Obscura is a modern twist on pinhole photography that allows photographers to use digital cameras to capture images like what you might get from an actual pinhole camera. Lensbaby Obscura Optic As a quick refresher, an actual pinhole camera is a light-proof box with a small hole in one side. Through this hole, or...

Beginner’s Guide to Night Photography of Landscapes

Beginner’s Guide to Night Photography of Landscapes What makes night sky photography so appealing? Is it the hues? Is it the sheer number of stars? Part of it is surely because a long exposure of the night sky is something the naked eye does not see. The possibility of photographing something like that is, in itself, a reason strong enough to woo a lot of photographers. A lot of photographers consider “night photography” to be synonymous with astrophotography. But in reality, there are countless photography opportunities when the sun sinks. In this article, I will cover nighttime landscape photography in general, not just photographing stars....

FAA releases TRUST, free online training required for pilots to legally fly drones recreationally

FAA releases TRUST, free online training required for pilots to legally fly drones recreationally The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) may have struggled with LAANC authorization, but they moved ahead with releasing TRUST (The Recreational UAS Safety Test) – a free online training program that pilots flying a drone recreationally are required to take and pass. Even if someone possesses Part 107 certification, they must complete this training and show proof of it, if asked by the FAA or law enforcement, in order to legally operate a drone, if they’re flying recreationally, in the United States. Mandated by the FAA Reauthorization Act of 2018, drone industry stakeholders helped...

Slideshow: Winners of the International Portrait Photographer of the Year awards

Slideshow: Winners of the International Portrait Photographer of the Year awards Recently, winners and finalists were announced for the inaugural International Portrait Photographer of the Year (IPPOTY) competition. Brought to you by the same organizers that put on the International Landscape Photographer of the Year competition, IPPOTY received 948 submissions from portrait photographers around the world. ‘Who are the world’s leading contemporary portrait photographers? The aim of the International Portrait Photographer of the Year awards is to invite photographers from around the world to present their best work. In turn, we engage six acclaimed portrait...

Apple updates iMovie and Final Cut Pro, improving stability and workflow

Apple updates iMovie and Final Cut Pro, improving stability and workflow It’s a good week for video editors. Adobe released a new beta for Premiere Pro, including a massive facelift to the app. Apple is in on the action, too, with updates to its video editing applications, including iMovie, Compressor, Motion and Final Cut Pro. The latest version of iMovie lets users import projects created with iMovie for iOS version 2.3. Plus, there are sixteen new solid and textured backgrounds with adjustable colors. Finally, the software has received numerous stability improvements. Apple iMovie Compressor, now version 4.5.3, also includes stability improvements. The...

Sabrent unveils a 16TB Thunderbolt 3 SSD that offers speeds up to 2,500MB/s and costs $2,900

Sabrent unveils a 16TB Thunderbolt 3 SSD that offers speeds up to 2,500MB/s and costs $2,900 Computer accessory manufacturer Sabrent has revealed the Rocket XTRM-Q, a 16 terabyte (TB) external Thunderbolt 3 SSD that offers read speeds up to 2,500MB/s and retails for $2,900. The Rocket XTRM-Q consists of two 8TB M.2 NVMe SSDs that can be run in multiple RAID configurations, including RAID 0, RAID 1 and JBOD (Just a Bunch Of Disks) to fit your specific needs. Based on the below demonstration video shared by Sabrent, the XTRM-Q can hit read/write speeds of 2,178MB/s and 2,752MB/s, respectively, in RAID 0. If configured for RAID 1, read/write speeds drop to 2,203MB/s and 1,359MB/s,...

DPReview TV: Tamron 150-500mm F5-6.7 Di III VC VXD Review

DPReview TV: Tamron 150-500mm F5-6.7 Di III VC VXD Review Published Jun 23, 2021 | dpreview staff [embedded content] The Tamron 150-500mm F4-6.7 Di III VC VXD is a super-zoom lens for full-frame Sony E-mount bodies. It’s well-built, sharp and quick-to-focus. Learn what else Chris and Jordan thought about it in the DPReview TV review of the Tamron 150-500. Gear in this story Sigma’s 35mm F1.4 DG DN Art is a designed-for-mirrorless reimagining of the company’s very first ‘Art’ lens that was released all the way back in 2012 for DSLR cameras. It’s got some big shoes to fill, so check out how it fares in our review....

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