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

Retro Review: Gordon Laing tests out Canon’s 21-year-old PowerShot G1 camera [embedded content] Gordon Laing, Editor of CameraLabs, has shared his latest Retro Review, this time putting the 3.3MP Canon PowerShot G1 to the test 21 years after its release. The PowerShot G1 was released towards the end of 2000 and retailed for roughly $1,100 (roughly $1,735 in today’s money). It was the first camera in a series that lives on to this day and was similar in size and features to its contemporaries, the Epson 3000Z and Sony S70, but also had a few additional benefits. At the heart of the G1 was a 3.3MP 1/1.8-inch CCD sensor with a 3x optical zoom in front of it (roughly a...

Sony to announce a new camera in the next 24 hours

Sony to announce a new camera in the next 24 hours [embedded content] Earlier this month, Sony was set to release a new camera. However, the July 7th announcement was postponed for unspecified reasons. At the time, no information was provided as to when we could expect the new camera, but Sony has updated its website to announce the product will be released via a YouTube Premiere at 23:00 JST on July 27, 2021 (10am EDT, 7am PDT July 27). The initial announcement graphic, which shows the original expected announcement date of July 7, 2021. The updated announcement graphic, which shows the new announcement date of July 27, 2021. The updated...

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

Fujifilm XF 50mm F1.0 R WR field review Introduction The Fujifilm Fujinon XF 50mm F1.0 R WR is an especially bright portrait prime for the company’s X-mount cameras. As its super-fast maximum aperture (and corresponding premium pricing) might suggest, it’s something of a niche product. With a roughly 75mm-equivalent focal length after accounting for the APS-C sensor size used by X-mount bodies, it’s aimed at both photographers and videographers seeking shallow depth of field for an aesthetic reminiscent of that from a full-frame camera. Available since Fall 2020, it carries list pricing of $1,499.95. All images...

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)

In-depth tripod review: Gitzo Systematic Series 3 (GT3543LS) The Gitzo GT3543LS at the beach, with the Gitzo GFHG1 Fluid Gimbal Head on top, holding a 500mm lens and full-frame camera. Gitzo Systematic Series 3 (GT3543LS)Gitzo.com | $1000 Gitzo was founded in France as a tripod and camera company by Arsène Gitzhoven in 1917 and has been producing advanced tripods with interchangeable platforms, columns and leveling devices for more than 40 years. Their naming convention of designating sizes by numbered ‘series,’ and modular platforms as ‘systematic’ tripods, has been around so long that many other manufacturers use these as a...

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

Corning’s new DX and DX+ glass composite materials plan to improve smartphone cameras, starting with Samsung [embedded content] Corning has developed a new glass composite material that it claims will both reduce scratching and improve light transmission for smartphone camera systems. Corning Gorilla Glass with DX and Corning Gorilla Glass with DX+ use multi-layer coatings on the front of the optical elements of the camera module to increase light transmission from roughly 95% of non-treated camera systems to 98%, ultimately giving the sensor behind the lens array more light to work with. Both the DX and DX+ composites are claimed to let through the same 98% of light, but the DX+ composite is more...

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

Video: Hasselblad shows how it produces, tests its X System medium format cameras [embedded content] Hasselblad has released the third video in its ongoing ‘Hasselblad Home’ series, showcasing how the Swedish company produces and tests its X System medium format cameras inside its Gothenburg headquarters. Throguhout the four-minute video, Hasselblad shows the five-step production and testing process it uses to ensure all X System cameras are properly constructed and programmed to get the best image quality possible. The first step in the process is a cosmetic check to ensure the camera body itself is undamaged from the manufacturing process. If it clears the cosmetic...

Zeiss ZX1 review

Zeiss ZX1 review Introduction Studio product photography by Dan Bracaglia The Zeiss ZX1 is the first-ever digital camera to come with Adobe Lightroom Mobile built-in, encouraging you to shoot, edit and upload images from a single device. It has a 37.4MP full-frame sensor, a fixed 35mm F2 lens and the largest screen we’ve ever seen on a modern digital camera at 4.34″ (11cm) diagonal. It’s also a camera that I wondered if I’d ever see; it was announced way back in 2018, and there was a stretch of more than a year and a half where we heard no news and published no developments on it....

DPReview TV: Great episodes you may have missed!

DPReview TV: Great episodes you may have missed! Published Jul 21, 2021 | dpreview staff 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 live streaming capability – but it comes with one big caveat. Find out how the M50 II performs in our full review. 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 offers a lot of...

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

Whitewater kayaking: Shooting with DJI drones and gimbals at the North Fork Championship Published Jul 20, 2021 | This is sponsored content, made possible with the support of Amazon and DJI [embedded content] Every year, elite kayakers from around the world race down the whitewater rapids of the Payette river in Idaho, competing at the North Fork Championship. We’re here with drone pilot and gimbal specialist Alex Emberlin and production company A-Cam Aerials, along with the DJI FPV drone and a fleet of other DJI products to capture this exhilarating event from every angle. This is sponsored content, created with the support of DJI. What does this mean? Don’t be...

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

Nikon Japan: Some Z fc camera shipments delayed, 28mm F2.8 orders delayed indefinitely Nikon Japan has announced its Nikkor Z 28mm F2.8 Special Edition lens is being delayed indefinitely, due to supply constraints. It’s also confirmed the release date for the first batch of its Z fc mirrorless camera, but notes it too will be delayed following the shipment of the initial batch of pre-orders. In its announcement (translated) regarding the Nikkor Z 28mm F2.8 Special Edition lens, which was set to be released before the end of the month, Nikon Japan says the following (machine-translated): ‘[We have] received a larger-than-expected number of reservations, and due to delays in the...

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

TTArtisan releases $150 7.5mm F2 fisheye APS-C lens for 7 camera mounts [embedded content] TTartisans has released a new 7.5mm F2 fisheye lens for a long list of mirrorless camera systems. The lens is constructed of 11 elements in eight groups, including two low-dispersion elements and three high-refractive index elements. It features a minimum focusing distance of 12.5cm (5”), uses a seven-blade aperture diaphragm and has an aperture range of F2 through F11. Due to the front element extending beyond the front of the lens, no filters can be used without third-party adapters. The lens is available for Canon EOS-M, Canon RF, Fujifilm X, Leica L, Micro Four Thirds,...

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...

Reply to Is a link available?

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

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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

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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

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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)

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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

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

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

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Slideshow: Winners of the 2021 Audubon Photography awards

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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

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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)

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

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

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Fujifilm discontinues Velvia 100 in US after new EPA regulations

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Darktable 3.6 released, adds significant usability and performance improvements

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

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

Video: Photographer captures a spacewalk as the ISS transits the Sun Photographer Joel Kowsky captured an amazing sight on June 25. Kowsky photographed the International Space Station (ISS) crossing the Sun’s face while a pair of astronauts, Thomas Pesquet and Shane Kimbrough, were spacewalking outside the ISS. You may find Pesquet’s name familiar. Last month, we wrote about one of Pesquet’s images which illustrated how quickly the ISS orbits Earth. Pesquet is an active photographer, and you can stay up to date with his experience in space by following him on Twitter. As the ISS performed a solar transit, Pesquet and Kimbrough worked outside...

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Video: A ‘Retro Review’ of Nikon’s first consumer digital camera, the Coolpix 100

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PSA: Western Digital security issues go beyond the My Book Live series

PSA: Western Digital security issues go beyond the My Book Live series You may recall that a couple of weeks ago, we wrote about a security risk associated with Western Digital My Book Live NAS hard drive units. Users reported their web-connected hard drives were completely wiped with no means of recovering their data. This issue is ongoing and due to a security vulnerability. However, as PetaPixel reports, the vulnerability goes beyond the My Book Live product and affects other WD NAS drives running the company’s OS 3 software. Security journalist Brian Krebs has published a report outlining the My Book Live issue, plus another security flaw present in a...

May 2021 CIPA data: the COVID-19 recovery continues with stabilization on the horizon

May 2021 CIPA data: the COVID-19 recovery continues with stabilization on the horizon The Camera and Imaging Products Association (CIPA) has released its data for May 2021. While the global economy is still feeling the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic (and the numerous variants now spreading), a recovery of the photography market is well underway, even if it’s still well below the numbers we were seeing back in 2019. Starting first with overall digital stills camera (DSC) market, May 2021 saw 711,362 units shipped at a value of 42.2B yen, up 192.4% and 231.8%, respectively, compared to May 2020. Compared to May 2019, units shipped are down 47.3% while the value of those units...

Rafting the Grand Canyon with Joey Schusler and the Tamron 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 Di III RXD

Rafting the Grand Canyon with Joey Schusler and the Tamron 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 Di III RXD Published Jul 6, 2021 | Sponsored content, created with the support of Amazon and Tamron [embedded content] The Tamron 70-300 F4.5-6.3 Di RXD III is a high-performance telephoto zoom lens for Sony’s E-mount. Its compact design measures in at just 147mm (5.8”) long, 77mm (3”) in diameter and weighs only 545g (19.2oz), making it ideal for travel and everyday photography. The lens is constructed of 15 elements in 10 groups, including a low-dispersion element for minimizing aberrations. Autofocus is driven by Tamron’s Rapid Extra-Silent Stepping Drive (RXD) motor technology. Other...

Updated: Nikon Z MC 105mm F2.8 VR S sample gallery

Updated: Nikon Z MC 105mm F2.8 VR S sample gallery Published Jul 6, 2021 | dpreview staff The Nikon Nikkor Z MC 105mm F2.8 VR S is a short telephoto macro prime lens for the company’s full-frame mirrorless Z mount. Offering several upgrades over previous generations, the new Z 105mm is being pitched as a versatile prime lens for everything from macro shooting to available light portraiture. The new lens comes with 16 elements in 11 groups, including 1 aspherical element, and 3 ED (extra-low dispersion) elements to suppress chromatic aberrations. Special ARNEO coatings, in addition to the more traditional Nano Crystal coatings, are...

Yongnuo releases $398 YN 85mm F1.8R DF DSM autofocus lens for Canon EOS R cameras

Yongnuo releases $398 YN 85mm F1.8R DF DSM autofocus lens for Canon EOS R cameras Yongnuo has unveiled its new YN 85mm F1.8R DF DSM lens for Canon RF mount mirrorless camera systems. The lens appears to be all but identical to the company’s YN85mm F1.8S DF DSM lens for Sony E mount camera systems. The lens is constructed of nine elements in eight groups, features a seven-blade aperture diaphragm, has a minimum focusing distance is 80cm (31.5″) and, much like Canon’s own RF lenses, features a programmable control ring that can be used to control aperture, ISO and shutter speed. This click ring also appears to have a ‘click/declick’ button for controlling whether or...

Roger Cicala: Imaging before photography – a history lesson (Part 1)

Roger Cicala: Imaging before photography – a history lesson (Part 1) I love talking about historical times because they’re weird, chaotic, and often make no sense. But they were fun. Today we efficiently build amazing buildings 160 stories high. But nobody puts gargoyles on them anymore. Nobody puts secret codes in the ceilings, either. Gargoyle, Chichester Cathedral, Martinvl, CC BY-SA 4.0, via Wikimedia Commons Ceiling at Rosslyn Chapel, Roger Cicala, 1998. The early days, back when photographic advances were made by individuals rather than corporations, are much more fun to write about. People do brilliant things and stupid things, are petty and...

Beginner’s guide to buying a camera for video

Beginner’s guide to buying a camera for video With the development of mirrorless camera technology, the distinction between photo-taking devices and video cameras has become further blurred. Today, there are plenty of mirrorless stills/video cameras available that can shoot footage comparable to the standard of professional video tools, but at a fraction of the cost. In this guide we’ll be explaining the key technologies and features of today’s hybrid stills/video cameras, to help you make the right buying decision. To help you navigate the jargon-heavy world of video, we’ve created a glossary of terms which...

Lightroom’s Profile Issue with Nikon Z Has Gotten Weirder

Lightroom’s Profile Issue with Nikon Z Has Gotten Weirder I’ve consistently been annoyed by the non-removable lens profiles in Lightroom when using Nikon Z cameras. But with some of the newer Z cameras and certain lenses, the issue (mostly) no longer applies. Here’s what I know at the moment. The short version of the story is that with the Nikon Z6 II and Nikon Z7 II specifically, the distortion profiles can now be turned on and off for at least the following lenses: Nikon Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S Nikon Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S Nikon Z 70-200mm f/2.8 S Nikon Z 20mm f/1.8 S Nikon Z 50mm f/1.8 S Nikon Z 85mm f/1.8 S Whereas with at least the following lenses, it...

Evolving my camera system for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Galapagos

Evolving my camera system for a once-in-a-lifetime trip to the Galapagos My last bucket list trip, taken right before joining DPReview in 2013, was a cruise around the bottom of South America, with several days spent in Antarctica, pictured here. Photos taken with the Canon EOS 7D. Fourteen months ago I was supposed to be cruising around the Galapagos Islands onboard the National Geographic Endeavour II, seeing barren landscapes and animals you won’t find anywhere else (blue-footed boobies!). It was a trip high on my bucket list, and one that I’d been saving up for nearly two years; cruises to the Galapagos don’t come cheap. But months before my...

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

DPReview TV: Is the Canon RF 600mm F11 the perfect beginner’s wildlife lens? Published Jul 3, 2021 | dpreview staff [embedded content] Chris turns a trip to Calgary Zoo into something of a safari, as he reviews the Canon RF 600mm F11 USM as a wildlife lens. Its long focal length and relatively modest price make it an attractive option for birding and nature photography but, as Chris discovers, it’s not without limitations. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Sample images from this episode Gear in this story Birds, spiders, cats, squirrels, planes, boats, distant mountains and (naturally) the moon. These are just a...

Canon RF 600mm F11 IS STM sample gallery (DPReview TV)

Canon RF 600mm F11 IS STM sample gallery (DPReview TV) Published Jul 3, 2021 | dpreview staff Chris and Jordan spent time at the beautiful Calgary Zoo while shooting their video review of the Canon RF 600mm F11 IS STM. Check out the gallery above to see how the lens performed in the real world. Gear in this story Birds, spiders, cats, squirrels, planes, boats, distant mountains and (naturally) the moon. These are just a few of the things that we pointed the Canon RF 600mm F11 IS STM at this weekend. Check out our gallery of real-world samples to take a closer look. Alongside the EOS R5 and R6, Canon has announced a brace of lenses, all in the...

Transitions and Extremes in Landscape Photography

Transitions and Extremes in Landscape Photography If you show up at a promising location for landscape photography, how do you choose which direction to start walking and exploring? It’s not always obvious, especially if the landscape in front of you is something like sand dunes or salt flats where you can go any direction. Of course, the answer depends on the landscape. But I’ve found that it can help to aim for two particular types of subject: transitions from one terrain to another, and extreme points within the terrain. Transitions Every landscape comes to an end. The shore meets the ocean; the field meets the mountain; the horizon...

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

Researchers use iPhone 5 camera and LEGO to create affordable high-resolution microscope There are millions of old and outdated iPhones collecting dust. Researchers in Germany have found a way to turn some of those old iPhones, specifically an iPhone 5 camera module, into affordable microscopes for young students. Using LEGO, an iPhone 5 camera, LED lighting and a modern smartphone, students can build their own microscope. Researchers Bart E. Vos, Emil Betz Blesa and Timo Betz from Georg August University Göttingen and Munster University in Germany set out to build a high-resolution microscope that wasn’t prohibitively expensive. Toy microscopes aren’t very...

Film Fridays: Pentax ES II – the simple camera used to capture one of rock and roll’s most iconic photos

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

No need to ‘Refresh’ for new info, Mini SE drone details published the DJI Brasil website DJI’s Mini SE drone, which first appeared on Walmart’s website and store shelves last month, was touted as the Chinese manufacturer’s most affordable drone to date with a $299 price tag. While details available at the time revealed it was packed with the same features as the original Mavic Mini, one question remained: would it use the same remote controller as the original or the newer and much-improved version that powers the Mini 2? According to specs first published on DJI’s Brasil website, followed by DJI’s Singaporean and Hong Kong websites, the original...

Sekonic celebrates 70th anniversary with a limited-edition, retro-inspired light meter

Sekonic celebrates 70th anniversary with a limited-edition, retro-inspired light meter Light and color measuring company Sekonic is to release a limited edition burgundy and gold light meter to celebrate its 70th year in business. Only 700 of the L-398A Studio Deluxe lll 70th Anniversary edition meters will be made and each will arrive resting on a cushion in a Japanese lacquer box. [embedded content] The meter will be a remake of the company’s very cool L-28 analogue model from 1956, which the modern L-398A is based on. The anniversary edition will come with a leather case and strap as well as a lumisphere, lumidisc, lumigrid and a High Slide. Sekonic fans are suggested to...

New VSCO filters digitally recreate the signature look of infrared photography

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Google’s Wing launches a free app in the United States to help drone pilots legally fly

Google’s Wing launches a free app in the United States to help drone pilots legally fly Wing, owned by Google’s parent company Alphabet, recently launched a free app to help remote pilots legally fly their drones. OpenSky first appeared in 2019 when Wing was running drone delivery trials in Canberra, Australia’s capital city, and suburban areas. As of this past Tuesday, it has become available in the United States for both recreational and commercial remote pilots on iOS and Android. The free app is built on Google Maps’ platform and is color-coded to give remote pilots of all experience levels clear guidance on where they can and cannot legally operate a...

The vivo X60 Pro+ might be the best smartphone out there for photographers – if you can find one

The vivo X60 Pro+ might be the best smartphone out there for photographers – if you can find one Have you ever wondered what would happen if a smartphone manufacturer put nearly all of its research and development funds into developing the ultimate camera system for its flagship device? The resulting phone might look a lot like the vivo X60 Pro+. This device, which was made in partnership with Zeiss, features a four-camera array, including ultrawide, 1x, 2x and 5x periscope camera modules, as well as LIDAR focusing and top-of-the-line optical image stabilization technology. The vivo X60 Pro+ is a flagship smartphone and while it does lack some features you might expect from a...

Canon RF 14-35mm f/4 IS Announced

Canon RF 14-35mm f/4 IS Announced Canon recently announced an addition to its mirrorless lens system in the form of the full-frame, ultra-wide RF 14-35mm f/4 IS. With a price of $1700, it’s not a cheap optic, but it’s packed with features. It ships in August. Here are the lens’s specifications: Focal Length: 14-35mm Maximum Aperture: f/4 Minimum Aperture: f/22 Angle of View: 114° to 63° Design: 16 elements, 12 groups Special Elements: 3 aspherical Maximum Magnification: 1:2.6 (0.38x magnification)  Aperture Blades: 9, rounded Focus Motor: Nano USM Image Stabilization: Yes Filter Size: 77mm Dimensions (Length x...

Nikon will no longer include USB-C charger with its Z7, Z7 II mirrorless camera systems

Nikon will no longer include USB-C charger with its Z7, Z7 II mirrorless camera systems Nikon EH-7P charger Nikon Japan has announced, via a product notice, that its Z7 and Z7 II camera systems will no longer come with the previously-included EH-7P AC power adapter, due to issues with sourcing components as a result of the global semiconductor shortage. The omission of the EH-7P charger, which enables in-camera battery charging via the cameras’ USB-C ports, will go in effect tomorrow, July 1. This change will not affect the MH-25A charger, which will still be included with Z7 and Z7 II purchases. Nikon MH-25A power adapter Nikon says this decision was made due to ‘the...

Parrot’s new Anafi AI drone features 4G connectivity and an insect-inspired design

Parrot’s new Anafi AI drone features 4G connectivity and an insect-inspired design European drone company Parrot is releasing a new drone, the Anafi AI, in the second half of 2021. Notably, it’s the first to use 4G as a main data link between the drone and remote—effectively doing away with transmission limitations. It can also use a Wi-Fi connection. Parrot claims remote pilots can operate the drone Beyond Visual Line of Sight (if permission is obtained) and it won’t lose connection behind obstacles such as trees or buildings. A camera with a 48MP 1/2″ Quad Bayer sensor, 24mm lens, a fixed F2.0 aperture and 73º FOV is affixed to a 6-axis (3-axis...

China shares video of its Zhurong Rover landing on Mars, marking country’s first time on Martian surface

China shares video of its Zhurong Rover landing on Mars, marking country’s first time on Martian surface There’s a new space race, and it’s taking place on Mars. NASA’s Perseverance rover isn’t the only new rover on the Red Planet in 2021. China has its own rover exploring the surface, Zhurong, and China has published new photos, video and audio from its Zhurong rover. As seen on Space News, the China National Space Administration (CNSA) published new footage of Zhurong’s descent to Mars. Onboard Zhurong are microphones designed to listen to the sounds of wind on Mars. Beyond capturing wind, the mics also recorded audio of Zhurong’s descent and landing....

Pentax 77mm F1.8 Limited sample gallery

Pentax 77mm F1.8 Limited sample gallery Published Jun 30, 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...

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

Want to know more about the Nikon Z fc? Come and ask us (almost) anything on Reddit We’ve still a pre-production Nikon Z fc, so let us know if there are any details you’d like to check out. Are you curious to know more about the new Nikon Z fc? Are there any obscure details or inquiries you have that no one has thought to ask about? If so, you’re in luck. In addition to responding to forum posts and comments on our launch content on DPReview, we’re conducting an ad hoc AMA (Ask Me Anything) over on Reddit. So if there’s something you want to know, head on over and get your questions submitted! DPReview’s Nikon Z fc AMA on r/photography...

Nikon Zfc vs Nikon Z50

Nikon Zfc vs Nikon Z50 Now that Nikon has announced the retro-themed Zfc mirrorless camera, a number of photographers may be wondering how it compares to Nikon’s other DX mirrorless camera, the Z50. The two have very different designs but many similar specifications. This article covers what you need to know. Let’s start by taking a look at both cameras side by side. Here’s the front view, to scale: Top view, to scale: And rear view, to scale: As you can see, the designs are very different overall. The Zfc has many more dials along the top of the camera, while the Z50 has Nikon’s usual Z-series control layout...

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

New Sony a1 firmware update (version 1.10) addresses EVF and IBIS issues some users were experiencing Sony has released a firmware update for its a1 camera that addresses, amongst other things, in-body image stabilization (IBIS) and electronic viewfinder (EVF) blackout issues some users have been experiencing. Before getting to the new details of the version 1.10 firmware update for the Sony a1, let’s look at what led to the EVF and IBIS issue being discovered. Last month, photographer and DPReview forum member Jamieson Dean (f1point4andbethere) shared in a post on our Sony E-mount forum that he was having issues with the IBIS in his then-new Sony a1. In the video demonstration (embedded...

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

Hands-on with Nikon’s NIKKOR Z 28mm F2.8 Special Edition Nikon has just announced the NIKKOR Z 28mm F2.8 (SE) lens. The ‘SE’ in the name stands for Special Edition, as this is a re-styled version of the 28mm lens that’s already been announced, though not yet released, and has been on Nikon’s roadmap for a while now. This Special Edition 28mm F2.8 is styled primarily to match the new Nikon Z fc mirrorless camera (check out our hand-on article dedicated to the camera), and although that camera comes with an APS-C sized sensor, the 28mm F2.8 lens is actually designed to cover full-frame sensors image circle. This means that...

Nikon Zfc Camera and Related Lenses Announcement

Nikon Zfc Camera and Related Lenses Announcement Nikon just announced the Zfc, a 21-megapixel Nikon Z mirrorless camera with an aps-c (DX) sized sensor and a retro stylized body. The Zfc was announced alongside a few lenses, including the development announcement of the DX 18-140mm f/3.5-6.3 VR from the roadmap. Here’s the full list of announcements: Nikon Zfc retro-themed DX camera for $960, body only (pre-order here) Nikon DX 16-50mm f/3.5-6.3 VR Special Edition (adds retro styling compared to the existing 16-50mm) for $1100 as a kit with the Zfc or $300 on its own (pre-order the kit here) Nikon 28mm f/2.8 Special Edition...

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

Canon launches RF 14-35mm F4 L IS USM wide-angle zoom lens The new wide-angle lens is designed for use within the expanding family of EOS R full-frame mirrorless cameras, including the upcoming EOS R3, currently in development. Whether you capture stills, video, or like many creatives today – both – this new wide-angle lens from Canon can help elevate users’ content game when capturing images or video in a wide variety of situations, such as landscape, architecture, and travel. A compact overall design, and extremely modest overall weight of just 1.2 lbs. — along with excellent balance, during hand-held or even gimbal-mounted operation — add to...

Nikon Z fc Initial Review

Nikon Z fc Initial Review Nikon’s Z fc is an APS-C mirrorless camera that combines Nikon’s new Z lens mount with looks and controls that recall the company’s classic FM and FE-series film SLRs. The Z fc is the second crop-sensor Nikon camera to use the company’s new Z-mount, built around the same 20.9MP sensor as the Nikon Z50, but it gains dedicated dials for ISO, shutter speed and exposure compensation to go with its throwback styling. Nikon says it’s aiming the camera at a younger, style-conscious audience. Key specifications 20.9MP CMOS sensor Burst shooting up to 11 fps with full AF...

Hands-on with the Nikon Z fc

Hands-on with the Nikon Z fc Nikon has just announced its newest Z-mount mirrorless camera, the retro-styled Z fc, and a silver edition of its 16-50mm F3.5-6.3 ‘pancake’ kit zoom to match. We’ve been fortunate enough to get our hands on pre-production copies of both, so let’s take a tour and take in all the details of Nikon’s latest release. Nikon tells us that the Z fc was designed to be as compact and lightweight as possible, with the performance you would expect from a modern camera but with controls and ergonomics that might encourage you to slow down a bit. We’ll see if that...

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

Nikon announces Z fc style-focused APS-C mirrorless camera Published Jun 29, 2021 | dpreview staff Nikon has officially launched the Z fc, a 21MP APS-C format mirrorless camera than recalls the styling of its classic FM and FE film SLRs, but uses the company’s current Z lens mount. The Z fc shares many components with the existing Z50 model, including the CMOS sensor and Expeed 6 processor, but adds a fully articulating display, a USB-C socket that allows both charging and direct power, and a traditional user interface based on the use of dedicated dials for key exposure settings. It also gains full-time eye autofocus when shooting video,...

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

Nikon Z fc pre-production sample gallery Published Jun 29, 2021 | dpreview staff We were fortunate enough to get our hands on the new Nikon Z fc mirrorless camera – as well as its 16-50mm F3.5-6.3 VR and 28mm F2.8 SE lenses – a few days prior to launch. We braved the 100°F weather to bring you the first batch of samples from Nikon’s latest creation. Gear in this story Alongside the new retro-styled Z fc and its vintage-inspired 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. Nikon has formally revealed the Z fc, a...

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

How did NASA’s Perseverance rover capture its first selfie on Mars with Ingenuity? This is how. NASA’s Perseverance rover has been touring the Red Planet since it landed on Mars earlier this year. In late March, Perseverance sent back a selfie. The rover captured another selfie with the Ingenuity helicopter on April 6, the 46th sol of Perseverance’s mission. Over two months later, NASA has released a new video showing how the selfie was created. If you thought it was as simple as the rover taking a single image, think again. The rover’s robotic arm twisted and maneuvered to capture 62 images, which were then composited into a single selfie. [embedded content] NASA...

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

Video: ‘Sh*t Leica Photographers Say’ is a playful parody on the Leica-owner stereotype [embedded content] Editor’s note: Leica owners, consider this a trigger warning (the headline should tell you everything you need to know). Also, there is some language that may be considered inappropriate in this video. We certainly take our photography serious here at DPReview, but there’s always room for a little fun (and self-deprecation). Photographer Samuel Lintaro Hopf has provided just that with his latest video, aptly titled ‘Sh*t Leica Photographers Say.’ The eight-and-a-half-minute video is a tongue-and-cheek play on things one might find a Leica photographer saying—ironically, or...

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

Blackmagic RAW version 2.1 brings native Apple M1 support, improved Premiere Pro plugin Blackmagic Design has released version 2.1 of Blackmagic RAW, bringing with it native support for use on Apple’s M1 computers as well as expanded compatibility and improved performance. While BlackMagic Design updated DaVinci Resolve with native support for Apple’s M1 computers back in March, not all codecs were updated alongside the non-linear video editing (NLE) app to make the most of Apple’s custom silicon—including Blackmagic RAW. This version 2.1 update fixes that, adding native support for Apple silicon on macOS. [embedded content] In addition to Apple silicon support, Blackmagic RAW...

Canon interview: ‘Development of compact devices supporting 8K is a very high priority’

Canon interview: ‘Development of compact devices supporting 8K is a very high priority’ Go Tokura, Chief Executive, Image Communication Business Operations at Canon. Pictured here at the CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan, in 2016. As part of our ongoing series of executive interviews at major camera and lens companies, we talked recently with several Go Tokura, Chief Executive of the Image Communication Business Operations at Canon. In this interview we discussed new developments in optics, how new concepts of ‘reality’ will inform the evolution of computational photography technologies, and what to expect from the forthcoming EOS R3. This interview was conducted over...

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

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Kosmo Foto launches Kickstarter for a noir-inspired 35mm 400 ISO black-and-white film stock

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CIPA’s April 2021 data: Shipments are down, but the average price of camera units is steadily increasing The Camera and Imaging Products Association, better known as CIPA, has released its data for April 2021, detailing the current state of worldwide camera production and shipments. Usually, we compare CIPA’s statistics to the previous year as a year-over-year (YoY) percentage, but considering 2020 was anything but average (at least from April 2020 onwards) due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’ve decided to look back at CIPA’s data from 2019 to get a better baseline for how the camera market is doing as the world begins the early stages of recovery—financially and otherwise—from the ongoing...

Interview: Olympus Educators Lisa and Tom Cuchara on how Olympus has transformed their outdoor photography

Interview: Olympus Educators Lisa and Tom Cuchara on how Olympus has transformed their outdoor photography Lisa and Tom Cuchera are photographers and Olympus Educators, based in Connecticut. Their work covers everything from weddings and infant portraiture, to bird and macro photography. Over the course of long careers, they’ve used various types and brands of camera equipment, but these days their core kit is based around Olympus OM-D series cameras and M.Zuiko lenses. In this interview, they explain their background, the various kinds of photography that keep them creatively inspired, and why they chose to make the switch to Olympus’s Micro Four Thirds system for their bird and...

China’s Zhurong rover sends back its first images from the Martian surface, including an adorable selfie

China’s Zhurong rover sends back its first images from the Martian surface, including an adorable selfie A ‘selfie’ of the Zhurong rover and Tianwen-1 lander taken by a remote camera. The China National Space Administration (CNSA) has released its first batch of images captured by its Zhurong rover, which was sent to the martian surface as part of its Tianwen-1 mission. Included in the series of images is a panoramic view of the landing site as well as a ‘selfie’ captured by a remote camera. Launched on July 23, 2020, the Tianwen-1 lander, which was carrying the Zhurong rover, entered Martian orbit on February 10, 2021. It made a soft landing on May 14, 2020 and eight days later the...

Head to Head: Apple Final Cut Pro vs Adobe Premiere Pro

Head to Head: Apple Final Cut Pro vs Adobe Premiere Pro There are some debates that stand the test of time. Chocolate or vanilla? (Both). Crunchy peanut butter or smooth? (Smooth). Nikon or Canon? (Pentax). But among video editors, especially the ones on YouTube, one scuffle comes up more than any other: Apple Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro? They both have ‘Pro’ in the name, so according to Apple nomenclature rules they should both be excellent. But for all the head-to-head editing shootouts and ‘why I switched’ anecdotes from disgruntled Adobe and/or Apple users, what matters in the end is raw performance. Jump to:...

Video: A ‘Retro Review’ of the 20-year-old Canon Pro90 IS, Canon’s first digital camera with optical image stabilization

Video: A ‘Retro Review’ of the 20-year-old Canon Pro90 IS, Canon’s first digital camera with optical image stabilization [embedded content] Gordon Laing, Editor of Camera Labs, is back again with another episode of ‘Retro Review.’ In this video, he puts the Canon Pro90 to the test to see how well it holds up two decades after it was released. At the time of its release, the Canon Pro90 IS was Canon’s flagship PowerShot camera. It retailed for $1,300, used a 3.3MP sensor and had a design similar to its Pro70 predecessor, but featured a 10x zoom lens compared to the 2.5x zoom lens on the Pro70. It was also Canon’s first camera with optical image stabilization. As impressive as the optics were though, the camera...

Reply to Windows 10 file explorer and CR2 files

Reply to Windows 10 file explorer and CR2 files Since the last Windows 10 update (around 7 June 2021) file explorer has been very slow generating thumbnails in folders containing CR2 files and the ‘Photos’ app no longer has the ‘right’ and ‘left’ arrows to step through images. Folders only containing .JPGs seem fine. Anyone else seeing this? MTIA

DPReview TV: High-end APS-C mirrorless camera comparison

DPReview TV: High-end APS-C mirrorless camera comparison Published Jun 12, 2021 | dpreview staff [embedded content] This week, Chris and Jordan compare four flagship APS-C mirrorless cameras: the Sony a6600, Fujifilm X-T4, Canon M6 Mark II and Nikon Z50. See how these great models stack up against each other. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Gear in this story This week we sat down (virtually) with senior executives of Fujifilm to learn more about the development of the new GFX 100S, plans for future lenses and what kind of a company they want Fujifilm to be. The inclusion of in-body stabilization in...

Venus Optics’ new $549 7.5mm F2 MFT lens now has electronic aperture control

Venus Optics’ new $549 7.5mm F2 MFT lens now has electronic aperture control Venus Optics has announced an updated version of its Laowa 7.5mm F2 Micro Four Thirds (MFT) lens that has electronic aperture control and an onboard chip for transferring metadata from the lens to the camera. The new lens features the same optical construction as its fully-manual predecessor (13 elements in nine groups), but adds an electronically-controlled aperture at the cost of reducing the number of aperture blades to five (there are seven in the manual version). As for dimensions, the lens comes in at 3mm (.12”) larger in diameter and 7mm shorter (.28”) than the manual version. Also,...

What we know about the new Sony Airpeak drone

What we know about the new Sony Airpeak drone Sony teased its plans to enter the drone market for months, but we had few specifics until recently. Finally, this week, the company revealed several important details about its first model, the Airpeak S1, which gives us a look at the features and design philosophy Sony has prioritized. The S1’s expected price tag of $8999 (before adding a camera or gimbal) tells us a lot upfront: notably, that it’s not aimed at consumers or even prosumers. However, it’s interesting to look at what Sony has in the works as it can give us hints about its intentions in the drone...

Zhong Yi brings its Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm F0.95 III lens to Leica L mount camera systems

Zhong Yi brings its Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm F0.95 III lens to Leica L mount camera systems Zhong Yi Optics has announced it’s released its Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 III lens for Leica L mount camera systems, making it the first-ever F0.95 L mount lens. The L mount version of the lens joins the previously-released Canon RF, Leica M, Nikon Z and Sony E mount versions of the lens. The Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm F0.95 III lens mounted on a Sigma fp camera system. The lens is constructed of 11 elements in eight groups, including five high-refractive index elements, two extra-low dispersion elements and a single ‘Ultra High Refraction’ element. It features an aperture range of F0.95...

Film Fridays: How to shoot, developing and scan 110 film in 2021

Film Fridays: How to shoot, developing and scan 110 film in 2021 Lomography still makes 110 film cartridges. A single color cartridge sells for about $9 (24 exposures). 110 film was first introduced in 1972 as an alternative to 35mm/135 format. A cartridge-based system, 110 film offers a more user-friendly experience than 35mm: The cartridges can only be inserted one way, so they’re easier to load. And the design consists of two light-proof containers, one for the unexposed bit of the roll, the other for the exposed portion. This means there’s no need to rewind the roll at the end. And if you do make a beginner’s mistake and pop open the...

Video: iFixit shows off the tech (literally) behind the XDR Display inside Apple’s 12.9″ M1 iPad Pro

Video: iFixit shows off the tech (literally) behind the XDR Display inside Apple’s 12.9″ M1 iPad Pro [embedded content] The repair gurus at iFixit haven’t completed their entire teardown of Apple’s new M1-powered 12.9” iPad Pro, but they’ve already shared an inside look at Apple’s most powerful tablet to date. While the four-minute video touches on both the new ultra-wide front-facing camera, as well as the 40.33Wh battery inside the 12.9” M1 iPad Pro, the majority of the video focuses on the XDR Display. Specifically, the iFixit team shows off the mini LED technology used to power the display and provides a helpful illustration to show how Mini LED is different from standard LED...

Video: Relaxing shutter sounds from 18 cameras is ASMR for photographers

Video: Relaxing shutter sounds from 18 cameras is ASMR for photographers In the mirrorless age of photography and with the proliferation of electronic shutters, some photographers never get to hear the satisfying sound of a large mechanical shutter opening and closing. It may sound silly, but for those of us who grew up with film cameras or older DSLRs, something can feel like it’s missing when you capture an image with today’s quiet cameras. Even mechanical shutters are much quieter. While shutter advancement pays big dividends in terms of overall performance and durability, it’s hard not to miss the loud ‘click’ of some older...

Samsung announces 50MP ISOCELL JN1 smartphone camera sensor with 0.64μm pixels

Samsung announces 50MP ISOCELL JN1 smartphone camera sensor with 0.64μm pixels [embedded content] After teasing it earlier this week, Samsung has revealed the details of the ISOCELL JN1, a 1/2.76-inch (6.5mm) 50MP smartphone camera sensor that appears to have the smallest pixels in the industry, at least as far as mass-produced image sensors are concerned, at just 0.64μm. Samsung says it opted for smaller pixels to shrink the size of the sensor to make it more versatile for device manufacturers. Specifically, Samsung says the sensor should reduce the size of camera modules by up to 10% and will work for front-facing, telephoto, ultra-wide and other camera modules...

Hands-on with new Nikon Z 105mm and 50mm macro lenses

Hands-on with new Nikon Z 105mm and 50mm macro lenses Nikon recently announced its first native macro lenses for its Z mount cameras: the Nikkor Z MC 105mm F2.8 VR S and the Z MC 50mm F2.8. Going forward, ‘MC’ is going to be Nikon’s designation for lenses that are macro-capable. Nikon is, as expected, touting both primes as excellent for close-ups at 1:1 magnification, but the 105mm is sure to find a home in many a portrait shooter’s bag and the 50mm could make for an excellent walk-about lens – in other words, they’re not just for macro shooters. We’ll be working on a sample gallery from the 105mm F2.8 in...

Olympus 8-25mm F4 Pro sample gallery (DPReview TV)

Olympus 8-25mm F4 Pro sample gallery (DPReview TV) Published Jun 10, 2021 | dpreview staff You’ve watched the video, now see the stills that Chris and Jordan shot while reviewing the new Olympus 8-25mm F4 Pro zoom. Find out why this lens will appeal to photographers and videographers who use the Micro Four Thirds system. View DPReview TV’s Olympus 18-25mm F4 Pro sample gallery Gear in this story Pre-order now Released on Jul 9, 2021 There are so many Thunderbolt Docks on the market at the moment that it can be overwhelming to find the right one for you. We took a look at five different options to see how they might fit into your...

Reply to At which point did you stop being gear obsessed?

Reply to At which point did you stop being gear obsessed? It’s a nice feeling, knowing I have everything I need. After one year of saving money and chasing gear, now I have a peace of mind. My old second hand camera and four consumer class lenses are more capable than my photography skills. Now I can really learn and enjoy my hobby without worrying about technical limitations.

At which point did you stop being gear obsessed?

At which point did you stop being gear obsessed? Photos Members Group Since At which point did you stop being gear obsessed? Igor_Paić says: It’s a nice feeling, knowing I have everything I need. After one year of saving money and chasing gear, now I have a peace of mind. My old second hand camera and four consumer class lenses are more capable than my photography skills. Now I can really learn and enjoy my hobby without worrying about technical limitations. 2:38AM, 10 June 2021 PDT (permalink) Roger Blackwell says: Also it can take a while to get to know all the equipment and accessories to make the most of it. 4 hours ago...

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