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Nikon releases firmware updates for all six of its Z series mirrorless cameras

Posted by on Apr 20th, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

Nikon releases firmware updates for all six of its Z series mirrorless cameras

Nikon has announced it will release firmware updates for its entire line of Z series mirrorless cameras on April 26, including updates the Z50, Z5, Z6, Z7, Z6 II and Z7 II. Although not major, the respective firmware updates should do add new and improve upon existing features. Firmware version 2.10 for the Nikon Z50 and firmware version 3.30 for the Z6 and Z7 adds the ‘Save Focus Position’ option ‘that allows the current focus position to be saved when the camera is turned off and restored when next turned on.’ The Z6 — and only the Z6 —...

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Volcano for the People: Stunning visuals from Iceland’s spectacular volcanic eruption

Posted by on Apr 19th, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

Volcano for the People: Stunning visuals from Iceland’s spectacular volcanic eruption

Following thousands of earthquakes beginning in February, the Fagradalsfjall volcano on Iceland’s Reykjanes Peninsula erupted on March 19. Since then, the volcano has been erupting with new fissure vents opening, including a new one over this past weekend. Given the volcano’s accessible location, thousands of people have visited the site and seen the eruption for themselves. Photographer and wildlife conservationist Donal Boyd and director and filmmaker Frank Nieuwenhuis created a short human interest film, ‘Volcano for the...

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Nikon Z April Camera Sale: Which Deals Are Worth It?

Posted by on Apr 19th, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

Nikon Z April Camera Sale: Which Deals Are Worth It?

Nikon just announced temporary rebates on many of its mirrorless cameras, up to $600 off. As always, we’ll list the deals below and then analyze which ones we think are worthwhile for photographers considering a Nikon Z camera. Here are the Nikon Z5 deals: The Nikon Z6 deals: And the Nikon Z7 deals: If you buy any of the above cameras, you can bundle an FTZ adapter to your order for $100, when it ordinarily costs $250. If you don’t have an FTZ adapter already, and you have Nikon F lenses in your collection, we highly recommend getting...

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Charles ‘Chuck’ Geschke, co-founder of Adobe and inventor of the PDF, dies at 81

Posted by on Apr 19th, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

Charles ‘Chuck’ Geschke, co-founder of Adobe and inventor of the PDF, dies at 81

Charles ‘Chuck’ Geschke, who co-founded Adobe, a graphics and software publishing company, with John Warnock in 1982, died this past Friday at age 81 of cancer. Notably he was instrumental in developing the Portable Document Format technology, better known as PDFs. “This is a huge loss for the entire Adobe community and the technology industry, for whom he has been a guide and hero for decades,” Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen wrote in an email to the company’s employees. Geschke was born on September 11, 1939. He grew up in...

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Video: Shooting and vlogging with the Panasonic Lumix DC-G100

Posted by on Apr 19th, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

Video: Shooting and vlogging with the Panasonic Lumix DC-G100

Published Apr 19, 2021 | This is sponsored content, created with the support of Amazon and Panasonic [embedded content] The Panasonic Lumix DC-G100 is a 20MP Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera designed specifically for vloggers and multimedia content creators. The G100 features a tracking audio system that works in conjunction with the camera’s face detection system and a flip-out screen that, by default, engages several easy-to-use modes. In this video, editorial photographer and vlogger Robert Silver takes the Panasonic Lumix DC-G100...

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NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter transmits back the first image of its historic inaugural flight on Mars

Posted by on Apr 19th, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter transmits back the first image of its historic inaugural flight on Mars

NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter captured this shot as it hovered over the Martian surface on April 19, 2021, during the first instance of powered, controlled flight on another planet. It used its navigation camera, which autonomously tracks the ground during flight. Credits: NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s Ingenuity Mars Helicopter, which hitched a ride on the bottom side of the Perserverance rover, has transmitted back the first image of its inaugural flight from April 19. The monochrome image was captured with its navigation camera, which is used...

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Timing and Direction in Landscape Photography

Posted by on Apr 19th, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

Timing and Direction in Landscape Photography

Landscape photographers would have a much easier time if only we could move the sun to suit our whims. (We’d make sure to put it back afterward.) Alas, unless you’re an unapologetic Photoshopper – or maybe a Luminary these days – you can’t do much to change the natural light. That’s both good and bad. On one hand, natural light can be some of the most beautiful, inspiring, and emotive light you’ll ever capture as a photographer. On the other hand, if it doesn’t look good at the moment, it almost feels like you’re stuck. Portrait photographers...

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Cosina announces new 28mm F2 Ultron ‘Vintage Line’ lenses

Posted by on Apr 18th, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

Cosina announces new 28mm F2 Ultron ‘Vintage Line’ lenses

Cosina has announced the release of the Voigtlander 28mm F2 Ultron Vintage Line lenses for Leica M mount camera systems. As with the other lenses in the growing Voigtlander Vintage Line series, the 28mm F2 Ultron lens seeks to combine modern optical performance in a vintage-looking package. The lens comes in two models: Type I and Type II. The only notable difference between the two is the design of the focus ring, which is a single lever on the Type I and a more thumb grip style notch on the Type II model. As a result, the Type I weighs 190g...

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Hands-on with the Sony FX3 cinema camera

Posted by on Apr 18th, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

Hands-on with the Sony FX3 cinema camera

Sony’s FX3 is the company’s smallest entry for its cinema lineup of cameras, slotting in between the existing a7S III and larger FX6. We’ve already covered a lot of the deeper technical aspects of the camera, but that was before we’d had a chance to handle one ourselves. Now that we’ve got one, let’s take a little tour of the camera and see how it handles: as expected, it’s quite a bit different than your standard a7-series camera. After all, that’s an AF joystick on the top of the...

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Review: DJI’s Air 2S is the ultimate consumer drone

Posted by on Apr 17th, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

Review: DJI’s Air 2S is the ultimate consumer drone

Introduction Arriving just one year after its predecessor, the Mavic Air 2, the Air 2S is DJI’s newest mid-range consumer drone. The new model sheds the familiar Mavic branding in favor of a shorter naming scheme, following the lead of DJI’s Mini 2 model, but receives some significant upgrades in return. Most notably, the Air 2S features a camera with a 1″-type sensor – something that was previously exclusive to DJI models costing over $1,500. Whereas the Mavic Air 2 emphasized resolution over sensor size, with features like...

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Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR sample gallery (DPReview TV)

Posted by on Apr 17th, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR sample gallery (DPReview TV)

Published Apr 17, 2021 | dpreview staff You’ve watched the video, now see the stills that Chris and Jordan took while reviewing a pre-production version of Fujifilm’s brand new XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR wide-angle lens. This lightweight lens, which is equivalent to 27mm on X-mount bodies, impressed our DPReview TV friends. Check out their photos to find out why. View DPReview TV’s Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 gallery Gear in this story Pre-order now Released on Apr 30, 2021 The DJI Air 2S is exactly what many drone enthusiasts have been...

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Missing hiker rescued after Twitter user tracks him down using his last-sent photo

Posted by on Apr 16th, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

Missing hiker rescued after Twitter user tracks him down using his last-sent photo

A photo may very well have saved a missing hiker’s life this week. 46-year-old hiker Rene Compean was reported missing near Mount Waterman in southern California on Monday evening. After disseminating a photo online that Compean had sent to a friend earlier on Monday, authorities located Compean on Tuesday. While hiking in the San Gabriel Mountains, located about 50 miles northeast of Los Angeles, Rene Compean realized he was lost. His cellphone battery was dying, so he snapped a photo of his feet hanging over rocks and sent the image...

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Gudsen updates Moza Slypod Pro electric monopod arm with longer reach, better battery

Posted by on Apr 16th, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

Gudsen updates Moza Slypod Pro electric monopod arm with longer reach, better battery

Gimbal manufacturer Gudsen has updated its Moza Slypod electronic monopod, adding a longer extension, faster motion and better battery life. The Moza Slypod Pro is essentially a motor-driven monopod that allows videographers to create smooth slider and jib-style camera movements using automatically extending telescopic tubes. [embedded content] The Slypod Pro can be controlled via the Moza App to extend the telescopic tubes at a given pace to allow mounted cameras to slide across the scene, towards or away from the subject, or to raise or...

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Slideshow: Large format film portrait series wins Sony World Photography Awards

Posted by on Apr 16th, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

Slideshow: Large format film portrait series wins Sony World Photography Awards

Sony World Photography Awards A British photographer shooting on an 8x10in film camera has scooped the $25,000 top prize in the Sony World Photography Awards. Craig Easton won the professional section of the contest with a series of pictures that sets out to challenge the simplistic way in which places that have a diverse population are represented in the media. The black and white series shows a wide range of people from, and views of, a district called Top Bank on the outskirts of Blackburn, Lancashire in the UK, and forms a part of...

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Taking a closer look at the new Canon RF 400mm F2.8 and 600mm F4L I.S.

Posted by on Apr 16th, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

Taking a closer look at the new Canon RF 400mm F2.8 and 600mm F4L I.S.

Canon has announced two new telephoto prime lenses for the RF mount. The RF 400mm F2.8L IS USM and 600mm F4L IS USM have the same optical makeup as their EF-mount equivalents, which were released relatively recently, in late 2018. Click through for a closer look at these two new telephoto options for RF.

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The absolute beginner’s guide to film photography: Less common camera types

Posted by on Apr 16th, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

The absolute beginner’s guide to film photography: Less common camera types

Published Apr 16, 2021 | Aaron Gold Rolleiflex twin-lens reflex cameras – along with Yashica and Mamiya TLRs – can still be found in working order on the used market for a fair price. They offer an excellent gateway to medium-format shooting. Image: Chia Ying Yang The number of different types of film cameras can be confusing to a newbie film photographer. In an earlier installment of our Absolute beginner’s guide to film photography, we explored the most common types of film cameras, and in this article, we’ll cover some of the less common...

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Slideshow: 2021 World Press Photo Contest winners

Posted by on Apr 15th, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

Slideshow: 2021 World Press Photo Contest winners

Today, category winners of the 2021 World Press Photo of the Year competition were announced. 45 photographers from 28 countries were selected by an independent jury including representatives from National Geographic and Reuters. World Press Photo seeks to highlight the best visual journalism from the following categories: Contemporary Issues, Environment, General News, Long-Term Projects, Nature, Portraits, Sports and Spot News. ‘For the past 66 years, we have been supporting, celebrating and putting the spotlight on the important...

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Mitakon Speedmaster 35mm F0.95 Mark II lens now available for Micro Four Thirds camera systems

Posted by on Apr 15th, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

Mitakon Speedmaster 35mm F0.95 Mark II lens now available for Micro Four Thirds camera systems

Chinese optics manufacturer Mitakon Zhongyi has announced its Speedmaster 35mm F0.95 Mark II manual lens is now available for Micro Four Thirds (MFT) camera systems. Until now, the ultra-fast prime was only available in Canon EF-M, Fujifilm X and Sony E mount. Now, MFT users can join in on the fun with what will be a 70mm full-frame equivalent focal length. The MFT variety features the same optical construction as its other crop-sensor counterparts, consisting of 11 elements in 8 groups, including one extra-low dispersion element, two...

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DJI’s new Air 2S has a 1” sensor, 5.4K/30p recording, improved optical avoidance and more

Posted by on Apr 15th, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

DJI’s new Air 2S has a 1” sensor, 5.4K/30p recording, improved optical avoidance and more

DJI has unveiled the Air 2S, a follow up to the compact Mavic Air 2. Most notably, the drone features a camera with a 1″ sensor, capable of capturing 20MP photos and up to 5.4K/30p or 4K/60p video. Improvements in its Spotlight 2.0 tracking capabilities, plus an upgraded APAS 4.0 obstacle avoidance and detection system, have also been added. The Air 2S is 180×97×80 mm folded down, not much different in size from the Mavic Air 2. It’s the most compact drone to feature a camera with a 1″ sensor and a pixel size of 2.4μm....

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Hasselblad offers 12 medium format cameras as prizes for its 2021 Masters competition

Posted by on Apr 15th, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

Hasselblad offers 12 medium format cameras as prizes for its 2021 Masters competition

Hasselblad Masters Fashion/Beauty winner 2016 Roy Rossovich Medium format manufacturer Hasselblad has opened its bi-annual Masters competition for entries, using 12 of its mirrorless cameras to tempt photographers to enter their best images. The main part of the contest is open only to professional photographers with three years under their belt in the industry, but the Project//21 category allows any photographer of 21 years or under to enter whether amateur or professional. Entry is free, and pictures don’t need to be shot on a Hasselblad...

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Hands-on with the Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR

Posted by on Apr 15th, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

Hands-on with the Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR

Fujifilm’s latest lens, the XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR, is a weather-sealed fast-aperture prime lens for the company’s X-mount interchangeable lens cameras. Offering a field-of-view equivalent to 27mm on a full-frame camera, the XF 18mm F1.4 makes for a great walkaround lens for all types of photography, from landscape to street. Follow along with us for a quick tour of how the lens handles and...

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DPReview TV: Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR review

Posted by on Apr 15th, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

DPReview TV: Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR review

Published Apr 15, 2021 | dpreview staff [embedded content] 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 and lightweight 18mm lens. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Sample images from this episode Gear in this story DxO has just released PureRaw, a simple, standalone program that can automatically apply its high-quality lens corrections and impressive noise-reduction...

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Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R WR pre-production sample gallery

Posted by on Apr 15th, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

Fujifilm XF 18mm F1.4 R WR pre-production sample gallery

Published Apr 15, 2021 | dpreview staff We’ve been shooting for a few days with a pre-production copy of Fujifilm’s new XF 18mm F1.4 R WR lens, which offers a 27mm full-frame equivalent field of view, and optically, we’re impressed. It offers excellent sharpness wide open, minimal distortion, and good control of flaring and aberrations; The sunstars at F16 are quite nice, too. Additionally, this 18mm is fast-to-focus (it uses linear AF motor), weather-sealed, and reasonably compact and lightweight. In short, for $1,000,...

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Fujifilm announces XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR prime lens

Posted by on Apr 15th, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

Fujifilm announces XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR prime lens

Published Apr 15, 2021 | dpreview staff Fujifilm has introduced the XF 18mm F1.4 R LM WR wide-angle prime lens, which is equivalent to 27mm when mounted on an X-mount body. This compact lens is surprisingly light given its fast maximum aperture, weighing in at 370 grams (13.1 ounces). The lens has a total of 15 elements (in 9 groups) and includes both aspherical and extra-low dispersion glass. The six-element focus group is driven by a ‘near-silent’ linear motor. The minimum focus distance of the 18mm F1.4 is 11cm (4.3″),...

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Canon’s Series of Mirrorless Announcements

Posted by on Apr 14th, 2021 in Blog | 0 comments

Canon’s Series of Mirrorless Announcements

Canon has announced three new mirrorless lenses – a 400mm f/2.8, 600mm f/4, and 100mm f/2.8 macro – as well as the development of the EOS R3, a pro-grade mirrorless camera with a built-in battery grip and 30 FPS shooting. The macro lens and the R3 in particular have some unusual, promising features that we at Photography Life cannot wait to test! 400mm f/2.8 and 600mm f/4 The upcoming Canon RF 400mm f/2.8L The first two lenses in Canon’s set of announcements are supertelephoto beasts: a 400mm f/2.8L costing $12,000, and a 600mm f/4L costing...

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