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Double exposure Canon 3000D

Double exposure Canon 3000D Photos Members Group Since Double exposure Canon 3000D publisher0761 says: Hi Does anyone now if the canon 3000d or 1500d can do double exposure shots? If not what is a cheaper model dslr which gives me this option? any help appreciated Charles 11:08PM, 10 May 2022 PDT (permalink) Would you like to comment? Sign up for a free account, or sign in (if you’re already a...

Western Digital announces SanDisk Pro-Blade modular SSD system

Western Digital announces SanDisk Pro-Blade modular SSD system At its ‘What’s Next Western Digital Event,’ Western Digital announced new products under its SanDisk Professional brand, including a modular SSD ecosystem and faster memory cards. Looking first at the modular SSD product, the SanDisk Pro-Blade. The system utilizes PCI Express 3.0 NVMe SSD technology to provide users, like photographers and videographers, a fast, flexible way to handle their files. The SanDisk Pro-Blade modular SSD system. From left to right, Pro-Blade Station, Transport and SSD Mag. The Pro-Blade system incorporates three main components, and it all starts...

Video: Watch this camera get launched by SpinLaunch’s Suborbital Accelerator at nearly 2,000kph

Video: Watch this camera get launched by SpinLaunch’s Suborbital Accelerator at nearly 2,000kph SpinLaunch is a space technology company that created a catapult-like approach to sending payloads into space with minimal rocket propellant. SpinLaunch created the world’s first kinetic space launch system. Its Suborbital Accelerator has been underdoing testing, and SpinLaunch attached a camera to its test vehicle during its most recent test flight, resulting in incredible footage. The first test flight was on October 22, 2021, and it launched a test vehicle at supersonic speeds. The reusable test vehicle was safely recovered upon its descent. Additional test flights, such as the...

DJI Launches Mini 3 Pro: 4K 60p Video, 48MP Photos, 249g

DJI Launches Mini 3 Pro: 4K 60p Video, 48MP Photos, 249g DJI has officially launched the Mini 3 Pro, a drone that features high-end and novel capabilities, like 4K60 video, up to 47 minutes of flight time, and APAS 4.0 obstacle detection and avoidance. Importantly, the Mini 3 Pro with the Intelligent Flight Battery still comes in at under 250g. For my use of drones, however, image quality is the biggest factor – does the Mini 3 Pro deliver? In this first look, I’ll share the full details of the Mini 3 Pro, as well as some real-world sample photos from my hands-on time with DJI’s newest drone. Mini 3 Pro Specs The Mini 3 Pro compares really...

DJI Mini 3 Pro review: DJI’s most compact model finally goes ‘pro’

DJI Mini 3 Pro review: DJI’s most compact model finally goes ‘pro’ Introduction The Mini 3 Pro is the newest model in DJI’s series of lightweight, sub-250g drones and the most exciting in the series so far. DJI seems poised to reset expectations for what consumers can expect in such a compact model. DJI introduced the original Mavic Mini, with a small, 1/2.3″ sensor and basic features, back in October 2019. A bit over a year later, it ditched the ‘Mavic’ moniker with the Mini 2. The Mini 2 added important features, such as Raw photo capture, but still had the same small sensor and lacked important features like obstacle avoidance. In...

DJI unveils its new Mini 3 Pro drone with 4K/60 video, 48MP stills, obstacle avoidance sensors and more

DJI unveils its new Mini 3 Pro drone with 4K/60 video, 48MP stills, obstacle avoidance sensors and more DJI has announced the Mini 3 Pro, the company’s next sub-250g drone, which brings an updated design, an improved camera, obstacle sensors and so much more. You can read our full DJI Mini 3 Pro review here Starting first with the camera system, the Mini 3 Pro brings an entirely new 48MP 1/1.3-inch CMOS sensor (2.4μm pixels) with dual native ISO. In front of the sensor is a 24mm full-frame equivalent F1.7 lens, meaning both the sensor and aperture are larger than that found in its predecessor, the Mini 2. In addition to an array of 48MP still capture modes, the Mini 3 Pro can also record 4K...

DJI Mavic 3: Have firmware updates improved DJI’s flagship prosumer model?

DJI Mavic 3: Have firmware updates improved DJI’s flagship prosumer model? In November, DJI released its long-awaited Mavic 3 and Mavic 3 Cine drones. Although they arrived before the holiday shopping season, both models were missing several advertised features at launch, which we called out in our review. These included APAS 5.0 (Advanced Piloting Assistance System), ActiveTrack 5.0, the ability to capture slow-motion and hyperlapse clips, panoramic capture and autonomous Intelligent Flight Modes. Since December, DJI has released several significant firmware updates that gradually added these features, updated the DJI Fly app’s interface, and fixed bugs. But...

$6K worth of stolen camera gear was recovered thanks to Apple AirTags

$6K worth of stolen camera gear was recovered thanks to Apple AirTags Unfortunately, stolen camera gear stories don’t always include a happy ending. However, thanks to well-placed Apple AirTags and good fortune, Australian Graham Tait was reunited with all roughly $10,000 worth of stolen property, including his camera. Tait, a Sydney resident, was vacationing in southern Australia when a thief broke into Tait’s car while parked at a hotel. The offender made off with Tait’s laptop bag and camera, among other possessions like Tait’s wallet. Alongside his Sony RX10 all-in-one superzoom camera, Tait’s GoPro was also stolen. In many...

Venus Optics teases Laowa Nanomorph, a lineup of the ‘world’s smallest’ 1.5x anamorphic cine lenses for Super 35mm

Venus Optics teases Laowa Nanomorph, a lineup of the ‘world’s smallest’ 1.5x anamorphic cine lenses for Super 35mm [embedded content] Venus Optics has shared a teaser for an upcoming Kickstarter campaign that will see the company raise funds for its new Laowa Nanomorph lenses, a new lineup of 1.5x anamorphic cine lenses that Venus Optics says will be the ‘world’s smallest’ for Super 35 video capture. The Nanomorph lens lineup will consist of three lenses with patented anamorphic designs: a 27mm T2.8, a 35mm T2.4 and a 50mm T2.4. Each of the lenses will offer a constant 1.5x anamorphic squeeze and be available in both blue and amber flare options so those signature horizontal streaks can match your...

Leaked video reveals the low-light capabilities of DJI’s ‘Mini 3 Pro’ drone

Leaked video reveals the low-light capabilities of DJI’s ‘Mini 3 Pro’ drone [embedded content] DJI’s next-generation sub-250g drone, which is expected to be called the Mini 3 Pro according to past leaks, hasn’t even been announced yet and already a YouTuber has managed to get their hands on one to test out the low-light video performance. In the eight-minute video, first spotted by New Camera, Darren, of DM Productions, takes a DJI Mini 3 Pro on a nighttime shoot to test the low-light performance. At the beginning of the video, Darren says this is a second test shoot performed with what he alleges to be DJI’s ‘Mini 3 Pro’ drone, suggesting...

Leica adds 12-bit Cinema 4K Raw video output, improved AF features and more to its SL2-S

Leica adds 12-bit Cinema 4K Raw video output, improved AF features and more to its SL2-S Leica has released significant firmware updates for its Leica SL2 and SL2-S full frame mirrorless camera systems. Firmware version 3.0 for the Leica SL2-S sees the camera gain the ability to output Cinema 4K Raw video at up to 60 frames per second (fps) to compatible external recorders over HDMI. This means you will now be able to capture 12-bit Raw video with Atomos’ Ninja V and Ninja V+, as well as Blackmagic’s Video Assist 12G HDR recorders. Aside from the Raw video capture, firmware version 3.0 for the Leica SL2–2 and firmware version 4.0 for the Leica SL2 are effectively...

Weekly News: Nikon Sales, Canon Mirrorless Rumors & More

Weekly News: Nikon Sales, Canon Mirrorless Rumors & More Happy Mother’s Day Sunday to our Photography Life readers! Starting this week, instead of a roundup of just the sales and deals in the photography world, I’ll share the biggest photography news with you as well. Interesting things are happening this week with Capture One, Nikon, Canon, and more. Recent Announcements The Rumor Mill Canon EOS 7D Mark II’s mirrorless successor has a name: the Canon R7. It’s said to feature a 32.5MP aps-c sensor, 20 FPS shooting, 4K video at 60p, and other (thus far secret) features. And so, another dream of wildlife and sports photographers will come true in...

TTartisan releases its $218 50mm F0.95 APS-C ultrafast prime for Fujifilm X, Sony E mount cameras

TTartisan releases its $218 50mm F0.95 APS-C ultrafast prime for Fujifilm X, Sony E mount cameras TTartisan has announced it’s adding two new mount options to its 50mm F0.95 APS-C lens. Now, in addition to Canon EOS-M, Canon RF, L-mount, Micro Four Thirds and Nikon Z-mount camera systems, Fujifilm X-mount and Sony E-mount users can get their hands on this affordable ultrafast prime. The fully manual lens offers a roughly 75mm full-frame equivalent focal length and is constructed of eight elements in six groups. It uses a 10-blade aperture diaphragm, features multi-layer coatings on the individual elements, has a 50cm (19.7.”) minimum focusing distance and and uses a 58mm front filter...

DPReview TV: Canon cameras – The good and the bad

DPReview TV: Canon cameras – The good and the bad [embedded content] The recent Canon RF mount camera releases have done a lot to re-inspire confidence in the brand, there’s still plenty that could be improved. Chris (the optimist) and Jordan (the human bummer) offer their thoughts on what Canon is getting right, and where they’re still missing the mark. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Sony has just announced its updated 24-70mm F2.8 GM II and there are a host of impressive upgrades. We took this new lens around a very soggy downtown Calgary to see how it performs. The Nikon Z9 is...

Nikon VR 105mm f/2.8G Macro Lens Review

Nikon VR 105mm f/2.8G Macro Lens Review By Spencer Cox 1 CommentLast Updated On May 7, 2022 « » The lens that I’ve been using the longest as a photographer is the Nikon 105mm f/2.8G Macro – the F-mount lens, that is. Nikon has been selling it since 2006, and in that time it’s gained a lofty reputation (not just among macro photographers, either). Today, I’m reviewing it in full. About the Nikon AF-S VR 105mm f/2.8G ED Macro There’s a long history of 105mm f/2.8 macro lenses in Nikon’s lineup, starting with the Micro Nikkor 105mm f/2.8 AI-S in the 1980s. The lens I’m covering today is Nikon’s fourth 105mm f/2.8, and it’s...

Retro Review: 24 years after its release, is the iconic Nintendo Game Boy Camera still fun?

Retro Review: 24 years after its release, is the iconic Nintendo Game Boy Camera still fun? Released in 1998, the Nintendo Game Boy Camera was many people’s first foray into digital photography. While it couldn’t offer the resolving power of contemporaneous cameras like the Nikon Coolpix 900 and the Canon PowerShot Pro70, both of which offered optical zoom and roughly 1MP resolution, the 0.014MP Game Boy Camera offered Game Boy owners a new, fun way to interact with their handheld gaming machine and, for many, their first experience with digital photography. Given the camera’s important history and continued popularity, Gordon Laing of Camera Labs recently...

Samsung announces UFS 4.0 flash storage for smartphones, promising better performance and battery life

Samsung announces UFS 4.0 flash storage for smartphones, promising better performance and battery life Considering all the technology packed into modern smartphones, it’s incredible that they achieve the battery life they do. Your phone’s battery must power an awful lot, including the display, computing, graphics, cameras, and even your phone’s storage. Users normally worry about storage insofar as how much storage there is and how fast you can read and write files to the storage. However, a phone’s storage technology can be more – or less – power efficient. Samsung has unveiled its latest UFS 4.0 flash storage for smartphones, and it promises improved performance with...

Film Friday: Reviewing the iS-300, one of Olympus’ last ZLR 35mm bridge cameras

Film Friday: Reviewing the iS-300, one of Olympus’ last ZLR 35mm bridge cameras Photograph of the Olympus iS-300 by Matthew Bigwood When we think of bridge cameras nowadays, we typically think of DSLR-style compact cameras with massive zoom ranges and heavily cropped image sensors. But bridge cameras were around before the days of digital and Matthew Bigwood, writing for 35mmc, has shared his thoughts on using the Olympus iS-300 with a roll of Kodak Ektar 100 spooled up inside. Bigwood came across the fixed-lens 35mm single lens reflex camera during one of his usual trips to the local charity shops. This particular model, the Olympus iS-300, was seventh-generation...

Video: Building a DIY wet plate camera and photographing ‘ghosts’

Video: Building a DIY wet plate camera and photographing ‘ghosts’ Photographer Markus Hofstaetter specializes in large format photography, including the wet plate photographic process. Hofstaetter also offers workshops, including ones where fellow photographers can try their hand at wet plate photography. Just before the pandemic started, Corrine West booked a workshop with Hofstaetter, and two years later, it happened. West wanted to learn how the wet collodion process worked and eventually be able to shoot double exposure portraits, much like those captured by 19th-century American spirit photographer William H. Mumler. The term ‘spirit...

Qualcomm shows off world’s first 8K HDR footage shot on a smartphone

Qualcomm shows off world’s first 8K HDR footage shot on a smartphone [embedded content] Over the years, Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chipsets have pushed the boundaries of mobile imaging with a number of world-first features. Now, the company is showing off its next world-first with 8K HDR footage captured on a Xiaomi 12 smartphone with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 8 Gen 1 chipset inside. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 was the first mobile platform with 4K video capture. It followed that up with its Snapdragon 845 platform, which was the first capable of capturing 4K HDR (10-bit color depth) video. The next step was 8K video, which Qualcomm was the first to do with its...

6 Leica cameras made for the Swedish military in the 1950s are up for auction

6 Leica cameras made for the Swedish military in the 1950s are up for auction Swedish auction house Auctionet, has listed a half dozen Leica cameras for auction later this week. Four of the listed cameras are Leica IIIf rangefinders. Leica produced the camera from 1950 to 1957. The other two are Leica IIIg rangefinder cameras, which Leica began making in 1956. The IIIg was the last screw mount Leica camera, and production ended in 1960. Nearly all the approximately 40,000 Leica IIIg were made with a chrome finish. However, the 125 units produced for the Swedish military were finished in black and include engraved Swedish crowns. Leica IIIf with Elmar 3.5/5cm lens The...

Laowa 85mm F5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO sample gallery

Laowa 85mm F5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO sample gallery Last November, Venus Optics announced its Laowa 85mm F5.6 2x Ultra Macro APO lens. It took some time to get our hands on one, but we managed to do so and over the past few weeks, DPReview news editor Gannon Burgett took it around town to see how it performed on his Canon EOS R. Despite its 85mm focal length, the lens is quite compact, measuring in as the smallest 2x macro lens for full-frame mirrorless camera systems. It’s available for Canon RF, Leica M, Nikon Z and Sony E mount. The Canon RF, Nikon Z and Sony E mount versions are priced at $449 while the Leica M mount version retails for...

7artisans announces $299 28mm F5.6 rangefinder-coupled lens for Leica M-mount

7artisans announces $299 28mm F5.6 rangefinder-coupled lens for Leica M-mount Optics manufacturer 7artisans has announced its latest lens, a 28mm F5.6 manual prime for Leica M-mount camera system. 7artisans says this lens was ‘born for street photography’ with the intention of ‘captur[ing] the decisive moment with hyperfocal focusing.’ the lens is constructed of just six elements in four groups, including one high-refractive element and two extra-low dispersion elements. The lens is rangefinder-coupled and features a unique infinity lock for securing the focus to infinity. It features both a clicked aperture ring and a focus ring with knurled grips. Other features...

Razer announces new Blade 15 notebook with 240Hz OLED display, 12th-gen Intel CPUs

Razer announces new Blade 15 notebook with 240Hz OLED display, 12th-gen Intel CPUs At CES 2022, Razer announced new Blade 14, 15 and 17 notebooks with an improved design, faster performance, upgraded displays and much more. Now, Razer has announced a new version of its Blade 15 laptop that includes a further-updated OLED display. The upgraded model has a new OLED QHD 240Hz display that promises to be among the best laptop displays on the market. It’s the world’s first 240Hz OLED laptop. The display can reach up to 600 nits of brightness and offers 400 nits of sustained brightness, so it should perform well regarding HDR content. The screen supports 100% of the...

DPReview TV: Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L IS macro review

DPReview TV: Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L IS macro review [embedded content] Over a year after it was announced, Chris and Jordan had the chance to play with the Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L IS Macro! Alongside the expected improvements in autofocus speed and optical performance, this lens features Spherical Aberration Correction, which allows you to change the look of out-of-focus areas. Is this new lens worth the premium price? You’ll have to watch the latest episode to find out. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Canon 100mm F2.8 L IS Macro sample images from this episode Gear in this story Canon has...

Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L IS Macro sample gallery

Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L IS Macro sample gallery We’ve been waiting a long time for a chance to try out Canon’s latest macro lens, and it was worth it! Take a look at the impressive sharpness and absolutely lovely bokeh. Is the Spherical Aberration Correction feature a useful creative tool or a gimmick? Check out the sample gallery and judge for yourself. Want to learn more about this lens? Watch our hands-on review from DPReview TV. View our Canon RF 100mm F2.8 L IS sample gallery Gear in this story Canon has just announced a native RF-mount contemporary to its popular EF 100mm F2.8L Macro lens. The RF 100mm F2.8L Macro IS USM...

Video: Sigma’s new HQ features a ‘lens cellar,’ a rooftop garden and more

Video: Sigma’s new HQ features a ‘lens cellar,’ a rooftop garden and more [embedded content] Last month, Sigma opened the doors on its new headquarters in Japan’s Kanagawa prefecture. The facility isn’t available to the public, but YouTube channel Gizmomo Freaks managed to get an inside look at the four-story building to show off the company’s new home. The 14-minute highlights all of the major components of the new facility, from the built-in photo book library surrounding the central staircase to the rooftop garden and open-concept workspaces, many of which overlook the beautiful landscaping surrounding the building. One of the most interesting features,...

Samsung says its new 256GB Pro Endurance microSD cards can write for 16 years straight

Samsung says its new 256GB Pro Endurance microSD cards can write for 16 years straight Samsung has announced the Samsung Pro Endurance, a new microSD card that puts durability and reliability above all else. Unlike most other memory cards, microSD or otherwise, the Samsung Pro Endurance doesn’t focus on speed. Instead, it focuses on reliability for use-cases when you need to be constantly writing to or reading from the card. It’s target market is certainly for more commercial purposes, such as in security cameras, body cameras and dashcams, which are constantly recording video, but its long lifespan also makes it a reasonable option for photo and video use cases where you...

What You Leave Out of the Photo

What You Leave Out of the Photo Composition, as it’s usually explained, is the way you arrange the visual elements within a photo. But that definition misses something. A large portion of what’s important when composing a photo isn’t within the photo at all. Instead, it’s the bits outside the frame that are completely excluded from the image. I believe that what you leave out of a photo is as important as what you put in it. In the same way that every element of your composition has emotion and visual weight, so do the elements that you exclude. Is there something near the edge of your frame that would attract attention?...

Newly-developed lensless camera uses neural network and transformer to produce sharper images faster

Newly-developed lensless camera uses neural network and transformer to produce sharper images faster Digital cameras typically require lenses to focus incoming light on an image sensor. While technology has continually improved, allowing for more compact camera systems, they are nonetheless limited by physics. A lens can only be so small, and the distance between the lens and a sensor so short. This is where ‘lensless’ cameras come in. Unburdened by the physical limitations of optical design, lensless cameras can be much smaller. Professor Masahiro Yamaguchi of the Tokyo Institute of Technology, a co-author of a research paper about a new approach to lensless camera design,...

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final battle of Madagascar game Photos Members Group Since final battle of Madagascar game Would you like to comment? Sign up for a free account, or sign in (if you’re already a...

Did Leica leak its plans to release a medium format mirrorless camera? It sure looks like it

Did Leica leak its plans to release a medium format mirrorless camera? It sure looks like it [embedded content] Could Leica be working on a new medium format mirrorless camera? We don’t know for sure, but a recent video from the company does suggest the company has, at the very least, been prototyping such a camera. Earlier this year, when Leica showed off its new M11 camera in its launch video, embedded above, a few eagle-eyed viewers noticed that there were three spots in the company’s camera roadmap that suggest the company will be releasing an additional three cameras by years end. Specifically, the teaser comes at roughly 2:17 into the video as Leica’s head designer, Mark...

Incredible composite image shows nearly a million of Hubble’s observations in a single photo

Incredible composite image shows nearly a million of Hubble’s observations in a single photo It’s estimated that the Hubble Space Telescope has performed about 1.4 million observations since launching into space in 1990. Those are a lot of opportunities to look at different parts of the sky. As Dr. Casey Handmer points out, given Hubble’s 202 arc-second field of view, about 3.5 million exposures would cover the entire sky. Dr. Handmer then wondered, how much of the sky has Hubble seen? In the pursuit of answering this question, Dr. Handmer, who earned a Ph.D. in the Theoretical AstroPhysics Including Relativity and Cosmology (TAPIR) group at Caltech, created a fantastic...

What Is the Highest Megapixel Camera?

What Is the Highest Megapixel Camera? I remember when I was starting out in photography how I looked upon the Nikon D3X in wonder. I could never afford it, but 24 megapixels! Can you imagine? Of course, some medium format cameras at the time had more, but they were as far away from me as the moon. Now 24 megapixels is the baseline instead of an expensive maximum. 45, 60, and even 100 megapixels are within reach at lower prices than ever, and the trend isn’t really slowing down.  Even so, for 99% of photographers, pixel counts are high enough at this point. Maybe they have been for a while. As Jason recently wrote, a 50...

Xingyao Optical Shows off its new Brightin Star 16mm F2.8 lens for full frame mirrorless cameras

Xingyao Optical Shows off its new Brightin Star 16mm F2.8 lens for full frame mirrorless cameras Xingyao Optical has announced the details of its latest lens, the Brightin Star 16mm F2.8 lens for full-frame mirrorless camera systems. Little information has been shared about the lens, but what is known is that the fully manual lens is constructed of 12 elements in 11 groups. It also features an aperture range of F2.8 through F22 and has a minimum focusing distance of 30cm (1′). The lens will be available for Canon RF, Leica L, Nikon Z and Sony E mount camera systems. Both the aperture and focus rings feature a knurled pattern and offer distance markings. It’s unclear at this time...

Dell’s reveals its new XPS 13 Plus notebook with 12th-gen Intel chips, 4K+ resolution and more

Dell’s reveals its new XPS 13 Plus notebook with 12th-gen Intel chips, 4K+ resolution and more Dell first announced the XPS 13 Plus notebook back at CES in January. Dell’s new notebook is now available to order, starting at a palatable price of $1,299. The XPS 13 Plus is a sleek, powerful notebook that promises to combine style and performance. The redesigned notebook is the first XPS 13 notebook to use Intel’s 12th Gen Intel Core, using a 28W processor, up from 15W in the prior generation. The redesigned notebook has larger fans to match the increased power, supporting 55% better airflow. The XPS 13 Plus is ‘minimalist and modern’ with a sleek zero-lattice...

ProGrade Digital announces $460 512GB V90 UHS-II SDXC Cobalt series memory card

ProGrade Digital announces $460 512GB V90 UHS-II SDXC Cobalt series memory card ProGrade Digital has announced a 512GB version of its Cobalt UHS-II SDXC memory card, which offers maximum read and write speeds up to 300MB/s and 250MB/s, respectively. This new 512GB Cobalt SD card offers V90 performance, guaranteeing the minimum write speeds never drop below 90MB/s, an important specification for times when you’re recording high bit-rate video directly onto the card. ProGrade Digital, which was founded by industry veterans from Lexar and SanDisk, says each component of the card is tested ‘down to individual memory chips’ to ensure the best performance and reliability...

News round-up: The biggest announcements and updates from NAB 2022

News round-up: The biggest announcements and updates from NAB 2022 Photo via NAB. After a two-year hiatus, due to COVID-19, the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show returned in 2022 to once again serve as a hub for manufacturers and creatives to come together to see the latest gear from manufacturers around the globe. While many of the heavy hitters opted not to have a physical presence at this year’s event, plenty of equipment manufacturers and software companies showed up to show off their latest developments. We’ve covered a number of these launches over the past two weeks and have rounded them up into a single feed so you can take a peek at...

A closer look at the Ricoh GR IIIx ‘Urban Edition’

A closer look at the Ricoh GR IIIx ‘Urban Edition’ Ricoh recently announced the GR IIIx ‘Urban Edition’, a limited-edition version of its enthusiast-oriented GR IIIx compact camera. It features some eye-catching style enhancements, a collection of matching accessories, and some useful new features, which have also made their way to the standard GR III and GR IIIx via a firmware update. Let us know what you think of the Urban Edition’s looks in the comments! Gear in this story The arrival of the 40mm equiv. Ricoh GR IIIx means the Fujifilm X100V has more direct competition than it’s had in some time. So which is the...

Weekly Sales: Godox Flashes, Sony a7R III, Sigma Lenses

Weekly Sales: Godox Flashes, Sony a7R III, Sigma Lenses It’s May Day, the celebration of spring! The snow has remained here only on the highest mountain peaks and where it managed to hide from the sun’s rays. For the last time today, the children and I threw snowballs at each other. Today I saw some beautiful butterflies flying among the trees in the forest. However, I didn’t go butterfly hunting today. My target was a bird that resembles a larger hummingbird in size. Europe’s second smallest bird, the Firecrest. And when the sun was too harsh to photograph, I sat down on a moss cushion and looked for weekly sales for you. The second smallest...

Today’s Sales: Godox Flashes, Sony a7R III, Sigma Lenses

Today’s Sales: Godox Flashes, Sony a7R III, Sigma Lenses It’s May Day, the celebration of spring! The snow has remained here only on the highest mountain peaks and where it managed to hide from the sun’s rays. For the last time today, the children and I threw snowballs at each other. Today I saw some beautiful butterflies flying among the trees in the forest. However, I didn’t go butterfly hunting today. My target was a bird that resembles a larger hummingbird in size. Europe’s second smallest bird, the Firecrest. And when the sun was too harsh to photograph, I sat down on a moss cushion and looked for weekly sales for you. The second smallest...

Viltrox releases limited-edition matte white 23mm, 33mm and 56mm F1.4 X-mount lenses

Viltrox releases limited-edition matte white 23mm, 33mm and 56mm F1.4 X-mount lenses If you’re a Fujifilm user sick of the usual black and silver lenses Fujifilm and other optics manufacturers offer offer, you’re going to love the latest glass from Viltrox: a limited-edition set of matte white versions of its 23mm, 33mm and 56mm F1.4 primes for Fujifilm X-mount cameras. These limited-edition lenses are identical to their more noire counterparts, aside from the paint job, which is entirely white, aside from dark grey markings for the aperture ring, lens markings and Viltrox branding. While the white paint job is quite novel, it is a strange choice considering nearly all...

How to Buy the Best Camera for Your Needs

How to Buy the Best Camera for Your Needs Quick question: what’s more complicated, buying a house or getting married? Answer: neither, it’s buying a camera! That’s right, and I wrote this guide because if you don’t go about it right, then one day you’ll realize you’ve made a horrible mistake and you’ll give up photography. Okay, that could be an exaggeration. The truth is, buying a camera is quite easy once you know a few essential details. Table of Contents What to Look for in a Camera People say all cameras are good these days, and that’s definitely more true than it’s ever been. Pretty much any camera made in the last few years...

DPReview TV: The right and wrong way to clean your camera’s sensor

DPReview TV: The right and wrong way to clean your camera’s sensor [embedded content] A lot of photographers are nervous about cleaning their camera’s sensors, but it doesn’t have to be scary! Chris may border on overconfident with some of these methods, but by the end of this week’s episode you’ll have some tips and techniques for sensor maintenance (and witnessed the destruction of some previously lovely cameras). Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. The Nikon Z9 is one of the best cameras we’ve ever tested. But is it the best of the best? Chris and Jordan have been testing the Z9...

Snap to release its own handheld mini drone called Pixy for $230

Snap to release its own handheld mini drone called Pixy for $230 [embedded content] Snap, the parent company of photo sharing app Snapchat, recently announced that it will release a handheld mini drone called Pixy. The company made its foray into hardware products with Spectacles, a pair of augmented reality-powered glasses that didn’t quite catch on with a mainstream audience, over five years ago. The Pixy, a compact and submarine yellow drone, is expected to perform better with Snap’s primarily 13 – 34-year-old audience. Available for purchase this coming Thursday, in both the United States and France, the palm-sized and 101g mini drone is a...

James Webb Space Telescope is fully aligned, focused and ready for instrument commissioning

James Webb Space Telescope is fully aligned, focused and ready for instrument commissioning The James Webb Space Telescope is fully aligned. After a full review, NASA has announced that the JWST team has completed the seventh and final stage of telescope alignment. Following completion, the team held a series of key decision meetings and unanimously agreed that Webb’s ready to enter the final series of preparations, science instrument commissioning, ahead of full scientific operations. The image below shows the alignment of the JWST across all of Webb’s instruments, including NIRSPEC, NIRCAM, MIRI, the Fine Guidance Sensor and NIRISS. The images show a marked change...

Film Friday: German film brand ORWO launches Wolfen NP100, a new ISO 100 black and white film

Film Friday: German film brand ORWO launches Wolfen NP100, a new ISO 100 black and white film German film brand ORWO has announced Wolfen NP100, its latest ISO 100 black and white film stock. As reported by KosmoFoto, this is the company’s first new film since its parent company, Filmotech, merged with fellow German film producer InovisCoat back in 2020. ORWO describes Wolfen as ‘an exceptionally fine grain 100 ASA, 36 exposure, black and white photographic film’ whose name is a nod back to ORWO’s beginnings in 1960s when the company was formed after the split of AGFA following World War II. The film stock is produced in Bitterfeld-Wolfen, at the site of the company originally...

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter photographs Perseverance rover’s landing wreckage

NASA’s Ingenuity helicopter photographs Perseverance rover’s landing wreckage NASA’s Ingenuity Mars helicopter has seen a lot on the Red Planet since it sent its first image back to Earth just over a year ago. Ingenuity has now set its sights on wreckage and debris from the Perseverance rover’s successful landing on Mars. Ingenuity’s new photos could still help inform future missions to Mars. When the Perseverance rover landed on Mars, it was parachuted to the surface while protected by a backshell. This shell helped ensure a safe landing but was destroyed in the process. Ingenuity has captured detailed images of Perseverance’s backshell,...

OWC’s Copy That for macOS promises quick, verified file transfers for photos and video

OWC’s Copy That for macOS promises quick, verified file transfers for photos and video Other World Computing, better known as OWC, has announced its Copy That software is now available as a beta program for macOS computers. The iOS and iPadOS versions of Copy That were presented as a quick and effective way to transfer media from your mobile device to external storage. OWC’s new macOS version of Copy That does the same thing, but offers even more features for ingesting content with checksum and file size verifications to ensure no data is corrupted or left behind throughout the transfer process. Specifically, OWC says it uses ‘XXHash-64, MD5, SHA-1, SHA-2 256 [and] SHA-2 512’...

Hands-on with the Sony 24-70mm F2.8 GM II

Hands-on with the Sony 24-70mm F2.8 GM II The 24-70mm F2.8 GM II is the second generation standard zoom in Sony’s ‘G Master’ lens series and part of what many photographers consider to be the ‘holy trinity’ of zoom lenses. It’s also the 67th lens in the company’s mirrorless E-mount series. Sony says it designed this lens for both photo and video applications, particularly with hybrid content creators in mind, and we’ll see evidence of that as we take a closer look. In addition to improved optical performance, what’s most notable about the new lens may be its size. Sony claims...

Aputure announces 3 new full-color LED lights for filmmakers at NAB 2022

Aputure announces 3 new full-color LED lights for filmmakers at NAB 2022 At NAB 2022, Aputure announced new video production LED lighting products. Aputure announced the LS 600c Pro full-color lamp, the MT Pro tube light and the MC Pro. Each new product offers full RGB lighting options, perfect for a wide range of video applications. Starting with the Aputure LS 600c Pro, it’s the latest model in the Light Storm (LS) 600 series, Aputure’s second-most powerful point-source LED lights. Aputure’s previous two LS 600 models came in daylight (5600K) and bi-color (2700K-6500K) flavors. The new LS 600c Pro delivers full-color output thanks to an RGBWW...

What Is Dynamic Range in Photography?

What Is Dynamic Range in Photography? Dynamic range is the ratio between the strongest and weakest signal measured in a given context. For example, the dynamic range of a camera sensor is the ratio between the brightest and darkest signal that can be captured in a single image. Like most other things in photography, dynamic range is often measured in stops, with one stop brighter meaning twice as much light. Although dynamic range can be used in any context where there is a signal to be measured – such as sound – I’ll be talking about dynamic range in photography. Table of Contents Dynamic Range of the Scene The dynamic range of...

Samsung reveals its ruggedized T7 Shield USB-C SSDs with drop, dust and water resistance

Samsung reveals its ruggedized T7 Shield USB-C SSDs with drop, dust and water resistance Samsung’s T-series SSDs are popular storage solutions for photographers and cinematographers alike, due to their compact form factor and relatively fast speeds. Now, creatives have another option to choose from in the lineup with Samsung’s announcement of the T7 Shield, a ruggedized version of its original T7 drive that’s IP65 certified for water and duster resistance. The Samsung T7 Shield offers the same specifications as the original T7, with sequential read and write speeds up to 1,050MB/s and 1,000MB/s, respectively. It uses a USB 3.2 Gen 2 USB-C connection and features a silicone cover...

Vazen announces 135mm T2.8 1.8x Anamorphic lens, completing its full-frame trio

Vazen announces 135mm T2.8 1.8x Anamorphic lens, completing its full-frame trio Vazen has announced the 135mm T2.8 1.8x Anamorphic lens for full-frame EF/PL cameras. The 135mm lens completes a three-lens set, including 50mm T2.1 and 85mm T2.8 anamorphic lenses. The Vazen 135mm T2.8 fully covers large-format cinema cameras like the Red Monstro, Red V-Raptor, Alexa LF, Kinefinity Mavo LF and Z-CAM E2-F8. Vazen promises ‘outstanding sharpness,’ even when shooting wide open, a feat it says isn’t matched by competing PL/EF anamorphic lenses with a similar squeeze ratio. [embedded content] Despite its relatively long focal length, the new 135mm lens has the...

DPReview TV: Sony 24-70mm F2.8 GM II Review

DPReview TV: Sony 24-70mm F2.8 GM II Review [embedded content] Sony has packed a bunch of improvements into the new 24-70mm F2.8 GM II lens, while reducing the size and weight! Is this the standard zoom to get if you’re a Sony shooter? Let Chris Niccolls help you out. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Sony 24-70mm F2.8 GM II sample images from this episode Gear in this story The Nikon Z9 is one of the best cameras we’ve ever tested. But is it the best of the best? Chris and Jordan have been testing the Z9 with the new 2.0 firmware for a while, and they have the answers. One of...

Sony 24-70mm F2.8 GM II Sample Gallery

Sony 24-70mm F2.8 GM II Sample Gallery A few months ago we were impressed by the much-improved Sony 70-200mm F2.8 GM II, and now we have an update to their premium standard zoom. Sure, the lens is smaller and has several new features, but how do the optics hold up? Pixel peep our sample images for yourself! Want to learn more about this lens? Watch our hands-on review from DPReview TV. View our Sony 24-70mm F2.8 GM II sample gallery Gear in this story The Nikon Z9 is one of the best cameras we’ve ever tested. But is it the best of the best? Chris and Jordan have been testing the Z9 with the new 2.0 firmware for a while, and...

Sony announces new FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II lens for E-mount cameras

Sony announces new FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II lens for E-mount cameras SAN DIEGO, CA – April 27, 2022 – Sony Electronics Inc. announced today the 67th lens in its mirrorless E-mount lineup – the highly-anticipated, FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II (model – SEL2470GM2). Sony developed the world’s lightest F2.8 standard zoom lensi using its leading lens technology to deliver stunning resolution and beautiful bokeh known to Sony’s “G Master” series. The FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM II is one of the most versatile lenses in the line-up and was created for photographers, videographers, and hybrid content creators. “Six years have passed since Sony released the first 24-70 mm F2.8 G...

Apple’s Self Service Repair website is now live in the US, lets you purchase genuine iPhone parts for DIY repairs

Apple’s Self Service Repair website is now live in the US, lets you purchase genuine iPhone parts for DIY repairs Last November, Apple announced it was working to open up a self repair program that allows consumers to purchase parts and tools to fix their own devices, along with manuals to help walk users through the steps. Now, the program is live and ready for consumers who would like to save some money by fixing their own iPhones instead of going into an Apple Store or third-party repair shop. At launch, Apple’s Self Service Repair is limited to the United States, but APple says it will expand to additional countries, beginning in Europe, ‘later this year.’ Through the Self Service Repair Store,...

Dell announces powerful new workstation notebooks featuring up to 128GB of RAM

Dell announces powerful new workstation notebooks featuring up to 128GB of RAM Dell’s upcoming workstation-level notebooks look to pack a punch. The Dell Precision 7670 and Precision 7770 promise a lot of power without sacrificing mobility. Backed by Intel’s 12th Gen Intel Core i9 CPUs and Intel vPro graphics, the laptops should be well-suited to numerous demanding tasks, including video editing. The display size is the primary difference between the 7670 and 7770 models. The 7670 is the smaller of the two, with a 16:10 ratio 16-inch display. The 7770 is slightly larger, offering a 16:9 17.3-inch display. They both offer a few different display options,...

Edelkrone’s $999 JibONE v2 is small enough to fit in a backpack and more capable than ever

Edelkrone’s $999 JibONE v2 is small enough to fit in a backpack and more capable than ever Edelkrone has announced the JibONE v2, an updated version of its original JibONE that is more compact than its predecessor while offering a collection of new and improved features. As its name suggests, the JibONE is a motorized rigging tool that offers jib movements for attached cameras. Through an accompanying app, the rig can be pre-programmed to make smooth, custom movements that can be further accentuated with other motorized tools from Edelkrone. This second-generation version keeps all of the features found in the original JibONE, but now offers improved wireless connectivity, an...

You can now shoot 10-bit ProRes LOG on your iPhone with FiLMiC Pro’s new LogV3+ gamma curve

You can now shoot 10-bit ProRes LOG on your iPhone with FiLMiC Pro’s new LogV3+ gamma curve The new LOG capture modes in FiLMiC Pro provide additional post-production flexibility. FiLMiC Pro, an iOS video capture app, has released an update that now enables additional LOG capture modes with an in-app purchase, as well as support for Frame.io’s new Camera to Cloud (C2C) technology. FiLMiC Pro version 6.19.0 now supports Flat+ and Log V3+ gamma curves when shooting ProRes 709 video on compatible iPhone models after being unlocked as part of FiLMiC Pro’s CineKit in-app purchase ($13.99). These additional gamma curve options give creators yet another option to choose from when shooting...

Omnar and Skyllaney convert non-rangefinder lenses to M-mount bayonet

Omnar and Skyllaney convert non-rangefinder lenses to M-mount bayonet Omnar Lenses has announced a partnership with Skyllaney Optomechanics to offer customers a lens conversion service. The conversion allows users to convert non-rangefinder lenses to M bayonet with full RF coupling from 0.67m (2.2′) to infinity. The service uses the Omnar lens platform previously used for batch conversion lenses, like the Canon 26mm F6 to produce the Omnar CN26-6. However, rather than a batch conversion, the new service is a one-off for customers with a working lens they’d like converted to work on an M-mount camera. The service is also available for a...

Weekly Sales: DSLRs, FujiFilm Gear, Various Lenses

Weekly Sales: DSLRs, FujiFilm Gear, Various Lenses It’s early morning and I’m sitting in the shelter to photograph the love story of… but why to reveal it now? Can you tell from the attached photo at the end of this article what bird I’m targeting? But as it is with wildlife photography, most of the time you just sit and stare into space. To fill the time in the shelter fruitfully, I have prepared another set of interesting sales for the last week of April. NIKON D300 @ 300mm, ISO 320, 1/1250, f/7.1 Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD for $499.00 (was $799.00) This 70-210mm lens covers the classic range of the most commonly used short telephoto...

Today’s Sales: DSLRs, FujiFilm Gear, Various Lenses

Today’s Sales: DSLRs, FujiFilm Gear, Various Lenses It’s early morning and I’m sitting in the shelter to photograph the love story of… but why reveal it now? Can you tell from the attached photo at the end of this article what bird I’m targeting? But as it is with wildlife photography, most of the time you just sit and stare into space. To fill the time in the shelter fruitfully, I have prepared another set of interesting sales for the last week of April. NIKON D300 @ 300mm, ISO 320, 1/1250, f/7.1 Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD for $499.00 (was $799.00) This 70-210mm lens covers the classic range of the most commonly used short telephoto focal...

Lexar announces new Diamond Series CFexpress Type B cards with 1,900MB/s read speeds

Lexar announces new Diamond Series CFexpress Type B cards with 1,900MB/s read speeds Lexar’s has announced its Diamond CFexpress Type B cards, which should be the fastest CFexpress Type B cards on the market once they start shipping. Also announced is a new set of Gold Series CFexpress Type A cards. Longsys, the owner of the Lexar brand, says the new Diamond Series cards offer read speeds up to 1,900MB/s and write speeds up to 1,700MB/s. The cards are VPG 400 certified, ensuring write speeds never drop below 400MB/s, making them ideal candidates for recording up to 8K Raw video internally on cameras that offer it. The cards are shock and vibration proof, and suited to work...

Powerbase Edge Link, Edge Lite give your camera up to 12 additional hours of battery life

Powerbase Edge Link, Edge Lite give your camera up to 12 additional hours of battery life At NAB 2022, Core SWX announced two new members of its Powerbase Edge power solution family, the Powerbase Edge Link and the Powerbase Edge Lite. The new battery packs offer 70wh and 49wh, respectively, and are designed to power smaller-sized cameras for extended periods. The pack is attached directly to the bottom of your camera. The Edge Link model allows you to connect multiple packs using an integrated mounting system, offering double your battery capacity in the field. With a 14.8v 70wh battery, the Powerbase Edge Link can power a camera and its accessories for more than 12 hours in the...

ArduCam releases 64MP autofocus camera for Raspberry Pi projects

ArduCam releases 64MP autofocus camera for Raspberry Pi projects Update (April 25, 2022 at 11:30am ET): The pricing section of this article has been updated for clarity regarding a limited-edition pricing discount being applied to pre-orders. Arducam, a company that designs open-source hardware and software for Arduino and Raspberry Pi devices, has announced its latest camera module, a 64MP autofocus camera for Raspberry Pi computers. Based on the specifications provided by ArduCam, this camera module appears to be based off Sony’s IMX686 image sensor, which has been used in smartphones such as the Asus Zenfone 8Z, Realme X7 Pro, Vivo X30 Pro and others....

These JetDrive Lite 330 SD cards give your new Apple M1 MacBook Pro models ‘hidden’ storage

These JetDrive Lite 330 SD cards give your new Apple M1 MacBook Pro models ‘hidden’ storage After Apple first introduced its first MacBook Pro with an integrated SD card reader back in 2012, memory manufacturer Transcend released half-sized SD cards that were designed to sit flush with the side of your device to add storage without adding any additional bulk. These devices became less relevant when Apple removed its SD card readers from its ‘Pro’ laptop lineup in 2015, but now that the SD card readers are back with Apple’s new M1 Pro and M1 Max MacBook Pro models, so is Transcend with its new JetDrive Lite 330 SD cards. Just like the original JetDrive cards, these pint-sized cards...

DPReview TV: Nikon Z9 Production Sample Gallery

DPReview TV: Nikon Z9 Production Sample Gallery Chris and Jordan finally got their hands on a production Nikon Z9 loaded with the new 2.0 firmware, so a road trip was definitely in order. Take a look at the image quality from Nikon’s flagship camera, and be sure to download some Raw images to play with the files yourself! Want to learn more about the Nikon Z9? Watch our final review from DPReview TV. View our Production Nikon Z9 sample gallery Gear in this story The Nikon Z9 is about to get a massive firmware updated, and we got our hands on it early! Nikon has announced a major firmware update for its flagship Z9 full-frame...

Dutch retailer leaks product page for ‘DJI Mini 3 Pro’ sub-250g drone with 4K/60p video, 48MP Raw stills

Dutch retailer leaks product page for ‘DJI Mini 3 Pro’ sub-250g drone with 4K/60p video, 48MP Raw stills A Dutch retailer appears to have accidentally leaked the specs of an upcoming drone from DJI called the Mini 3 Pro. According to the product page, which was posted to TopRC and first spotted by a Dronewatch NL reader, the DJI Mini 3 Pro will feature a 1/1.3″ CMOS sensor with 4K/60p HDR video capture and 48-megapixel Raw photo capture. Other shooting features include a vertical mode that rotates the camera 90-degrees to capture TikTok and Instagram Reels-ready video, 120fps capture at 1080p and the ability to shoot a flat color profile for more editing flexibility in post-production. As...

SmallRig 220 Series LED Lights Review

SmallRig 220 Series LED Lights Review I’ve loved SmallRig’s camera support gear for years. While I most associated their brand with the high quality cages and L-plates that I’ve put on each of my last few cameras, I was surprised to see that they have branched out into lighting. Do these new light products continue the brand’s reputation of great performance at a very competitive price point? In this review, I’ll put the new 220D and 220B COB LED lights to the test. Table of Contents Light Basics [embedded content] In this review, I’ll be taking a look at both models, the 220D and 220B. Both lights are rated for 220 watts of...

DPReview TV: Nikon Z9 Review

DPReview TV: Nikon Z9 Review [embedded content] The Nikon Z9 is one of the best cameras we’ve ever tested, but is there any reason not to jump on a wait list if you’re looking for the best hybrid mirrorless camera? We’ve been testing the Z9 with the new 2.0 firmware for a while, and we have the answers. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Nikon Z9 sample images from this episode Gear in this story The Nikon Z9 uses a stacked CMOS sensor to power its first pro-level mirrorless camera. With firmware 2.0 now available, we’ve reviewed the fast-shooting...

Meet the Rota-Strap and Rota-Lock, a new camera strap system made of aluminum and Dyneema

Meet the Rota-Strap and Rota-Lock, a new camera strap system made of aluminum and Dyneema [embedded content] There are no shortage of camera straps on the market, but ever once in a while a novel design comes to light that provides a refreshing take on what is a seemingly simple accessory. The newest company to do this is viiu, who’s launched its first products, the Rota-Strap and Rota-Lock, on Kickstarter. The Rota-Strap looks like your standard cable-style camera strap at a glance, but its material and and method for connecting it to the camera is a bit different than other options on the market. The strap is made of Dyneema, a Ultra High Molecular weight Polyethylene (UHMwPE)...

NASA’s Perseverance rover captures impressive video of a solar eclipse from the Martian surface

NASA’s Perseverance rover captures impressive video of a solar eclipse from the Martian surface Eclipses viewed from Earth are mesmerizing, but how about an eclipse as viewed from Mars? NASA’s Perseverance rover captured dramatic footage of one of Mars’s two moons, Phobos, crossing the face of the sun. Phobos is the larger of Mars’s two natural satellites – the other is Deimos – and Phobos has an irregular, somewhat potato-like shape. Phobos completes an orbit of Mars in slightly under 8 hours. The new footage captured by the Mastcam-Z camera is the most zoomed-in, highest-frame-rate footage of a Phobos solar eclipse ever recorded from Mars. The footage was recorded...

Film Friday: The Ricoh Mycrystal is a wild see-through 35mm film camera

Film Friday: The Ricoh Mycrystal is a wild see-through 35mm film camera Do you have $650 burning a hole in your pocket and a desire to have one of the more unique 35mm point-and-shoot cameras we’ve ever seen? If so, this Ricoh Mycrystal being sold by Japan Camera Hunter is just the camera you’ve been looking for. As its name suggests, this unique camera features a clear body that showcases the various gears and mechanisms inside this 35mm film camera, all without exposing the film thanks to an enclosed storage and advance area. It was made by Ricoh in collaboration with Japanese toy manufacturer Bandai back in 1993 and aside from a few listing on eBay, it...

Frame.io announces new partnerships, apps & major improvements to its cloud-based collaboration platform

Frame.io announces new partnerships, apps & major improvements to its cloud-based collaboration platform Frame.io, a cloud-based video collaboration platform, has announced a collection of new integrations, partnerships, apps and features at NAB 2022 in Las Vegas. As the company says, ‘There’s something here for everyone.’ Starting with Apple TV support and new enterprise features, Frame.io has announced Digital Rights Management (DRM) and Two-Factor Authentication (2FA). DRM goes beyond Frame.io’s existing Watermark ID feature to encrypt all video uploaded to an ‘Enterprise’ account. Decryption only occurs for authorized viewing within the Frame.io web...

Photographer builds world’s first 4×5 film camera with AF, hybrid finder and universal lens mount

Photographer builds world’s first 4×5 film camera with AF, hybrid finder and universal lens mount Aleksi Koski has designed and built the Conflict AF45 camera, which is currently in a functional prototype stage, and he believes it’s the world’s first autofocus-enabled 4×5 film camera. It uses a laser-based focusing system that’s accurate to around 1-2mm. The camera’s focus pull is 62mm, enabling close focus to about 50cm with a 150mm lens and 10-20cm on a wide-angle lens. The lens range is 65-150mm. Koski has been shooting large format film cameras for nearly two decades and has designed the Conflict AF45 to be his ideal camera. It allows you to easily...

Leica Japan announces price increases for nearly all of its current cameras and lenses

Leica Japan announces price increases for nearly all of its current cameras and lenses Photographer Shunpei Osugi holding a Leica inside Leica Store Kyoto, where his exhibition for ‘I see this world with Leica‘ is currently being held. If you thought Leica were expensive already, you might want to pad your camera savings account a little more if you live in Japan. Leica Japan has announced (translated) it will raise the prices of select Leica products starting May 10th. Leica Japan has provided a very comprehensive list of the price increases, embedded below, but the general increase is between 3% and 15% depending on the product. Unlike recent price increase...

Nikon 100–400mm F4.5–5.6 VR S sample gallery

Nikon 100–400mm F4.5–5.6 VR S sample gallery From birds on the beach, marmots in the mountains, and ships leaving port, this sample gallery features it all. For this adventure, we took the Nikkor Z 100–400mm F4.5–5.6 VR S for a spin around locations in Oregon and Washington to see what it’s capable of across an array of lighting conditions and at a variety of focal lengths. View our Nikon 100–400mm F4.5–5.6 VR S Sample Gallery Gear in this story The four firmware updates bring improved autofocus performance in a number of different shooting modes, as well as support for Nikon’s new FTZ II mount adapter and Nikkor Z 24-120mm F4 S...

Sirui reveals its new Jupiter FF cine lens line with 3 primes and a 3x zoom

Sirui reveals its new Jupiter FF cine lens line with 3 primes and a 3x zoom Chinese lens manufacturer Sirui has introduced a series of cinema lenses for full frame sensors, starting with three fast primes and a 3x fixed aperture zoom lens. The new Jupiter series will comprise a 24mm T2 lens, a 35mm T2 and a 50mm T2 as well as a 28-85mm T3.2 zoom. The set of primes are designed with matching focus and iris ring positions for easy switching in a rig, and each will have a 92mm filter thread. Sirui claims these primes are all macro lenses with a closest focus distance of 24mm/0.79ft, and that focus breathing has been kept to a minimum. [embedded content] The 28-85mm...

What Are Megapixels and How Many Do You Need?

What Are Megapixels and How Many Do You Need? It’s impossible to read about cameras and not encounter the terms “pixels” and “megapixels.” Nowadays most cameras have 20 megapixels (MP) or more, and there are some monstrosities with 100MP. I still have memories of walking into camera shops as a teenager and seeing the higher end models having 2 megapixels, and probably in fifty years everyone will have 600MP. So what is a pixel, and how many do you need? Table of Contents What are Pixels (and Megapixels)? A pixel is simply the smallest visual unit making up a digital image. In other words, a digital image is made up of millions of tiny...

Over 100 members of the TV and film industry ask Apple to improve Final Cut Pro

Over 100 members of the TV and film industry ask Apple to improve Final Cut Pro A group of more than 100 people involved in worldwide television and movie production has sent an open letter to Apple CEO Tim Cook concerning Apple’s Final Cut Pro video editing software. The letter asks Apple to ‘publicly stand by the use of Final Cut Pro’ in professional television and film production. The letter is aimed at the executives ‘who set the priorities of the Final Cut Pro development team and the Apple managers whose policies limit the public marketing of Final Cut Pro to a couple of website updates a year and some mentions in Apple keynotes about how...

Apple updates Final Cut Pro to improve performance with its new Mac Studio desktops

Apple updates Final Cut Pro to improve performance with its new Mac Studio desktops Apple has released an update for Final Cut Pro (FCP) that dramatically improves performance on its new Mac Studio computers, particularly when working with ProRes video files. In addition to improved performance in FPC, Apple has also added a few other quality-of-life features to its professional-level video editor and updated both Motion and Compressor to boot. Apple doesn’t go into too much detail regarding the performance improvements for its M1 Max and M1 Ultra Mac Studios, other than to say it has ‘optimized playback and graphics performance.’ Apple has also added a new duplication...

Exascend announces new 512GB VPG400-certified CFexpress Type B memory card

Exascend announces new 512GB VPG400-certified CFexpress Type B memory card Memory manufacturer Exascend has announced the Nitro CFexpress, a new 512GB VPG400-certified CFexpress Type B card that appears as though it will be the first to market. In May 2021, Western Digital announced its plans to release what would’ve then been the world’s first VPG400 CFexpress Type B card. However, it doesn’t appear as though Western Digital’s offering ever made it to market. So, as long as Exascend gets its new card to market, its Nitro CFexpress card should be the first VPG400-certified CFexpress Type B card available to purchase. The Video Performance Guarantee Profile 4...

Nikon announces $730 660GB CFexpress Type B memory card

Nikon announces $730 660GB CFexpress Type B memory card Buried within the press release for its firmware updates for the Z6 II, Z7 II and Z9, Nikon also announced it’s releasing its first CFexpress Type B memory card. The 660GB Nikon MC-CF660G CFexpress Type B memory card tops out with read and write speeds of 1,700MBps and 1,500MBps, respectively. Nikon says this card ‘is optimized for the intensive video and still shooting requirements of high performance cameras like the Z9 flagship mirrorless camera.’ The new Nikon MC-CF660G CFexpress Type B memory card will be available in June with an MSRP of $729.95. Pre-orders can be placed through...

X-Driver is a CFexpress Type B card with a built-in USB-C connector

X-Driver is a CFexpress Type B card with a built-in USB-C connector Uniport Solutions has launched an Indiegogo campaign for X-Driver, a CFexpress Type B card that features an integrated USB-C port, eliminating the need for a special CFexpress card reader. Simply put the card into your camera, record photos and video, and then remove the card and plug it directly into the USB-C port on your computer. The Indiegogo campaign reads, ‘Introducing X-Driver, the CFexpress type B memory card with a USB-C port built-in. The X-Driver is the ultimate all-in-one device for storing your media files and then transferring the files to your computer, tablet, or...

Stolen Drone Info is a one-stop shop to search for lost or stolen drones

Stolen Drone Info is a one-stop shop to search for lost or stolen drones Drones go missing every single day. Whether they’re stolen or end up lost as the result of a crash or flyaway, a tool to help track them down was needed. Enter Stolen Drone Info (SDI). Powered by DroneSec’s internal intelligence platform, SDI scans popular open marketplaces, where drones are likely to turn up, including Facebook Marketplace, Craigslist and eBay. The drone industry is not exactly known for having central repositories of information for users to access. Case in point? Local ordinances. It’s tough to know if you are actually conducting a legal flight in an...

TTartisan reveals Leica M-mount to Sony E-mount lens adapter with pre-encoded focal length selector

TTartisan reveals Leica M-mount to Sony E-mount lens adapter with pre-encoded focal length selector Chinese accessories and optics manufacturer TTartisan has revealed its new Leica M-mount to Sony E-mount adapter. What’s unique about this adapter is the inclusion of a little rotary dial on the barrel of the adapter that lets you select the focal length of the attached M-mount lens so that information can then be transferred to the Sony E-mount camera for improved in-body image stabilization support and EXIF data. Many M-mount lenses lack contacts for transmitting any kind of metadata to the camera bodies they’re attached to—be it an M-mount camera or adapted camera— so TTartisan has taken...

Tests show Thunderbolt ports on M1 Macs don’t fully support USB 3.1 Gen 2 speeds

Tests show Thunderbolt ports on M1 Macs don’t fully support USB 3.1 Gen 2 speeds Howard Oakley of The Eclectic Light Company has been doing some testing of the Thunderbolt ports on M1 Macs, and it seems that real-world performance doesn’t match Apple’s claims. When using USB 3.1 Gen 2 devices with M1 Mac Thunderbolt ports, performance doesn’t meet the expected connection speeds of up to 10Gb/s, meaning real-world read/write speeds will also fall short of expectations. Before diving into Oakley’s test results, it’s important to understand the USB 3.x standards. As outlined by Oakley, USB 3.0 supports SuperSpeed USB at 5Gb/s. USB 3.1 Gen 2...

Hitting the slopes with Angie Smith and the Tamron 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD

Hitting the slopes with Angie Smith and the Tamron 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD [embedded content] The Tamron 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 Di III-A VC VXD is an all-around zoom lens for Sony and Fujifilm APS-C cameras. Impressively, it provides a full-frame equivalent range of 27-450mm – all in a compact package you can shoot without a tripod. In this video, we go behind the scenes with professional ski photographer, Angie Smith, for a photo shoot with this versatile zoom lens in Sun Valley, Idaho, home to some of the best skiing in the world. This is sponsored content, created with the support of Tamron. What does this mean? Gear in this story One of our favourite things about...

Pictures in pitch black: The Duovox Mate Pro is a Sony-powered full-color night vision camera

Pictures in pitch black: The Duovox Mate Pro is a Sony-powered full-color night vision camera Duovox has launched its new Duovox Mate Pro night vision camera on Kickstarter. It promises to be ‘the most advanced true-color night vision camera’ and comes equipped with a next-gen Sony STARVIS 2 CMOS image sensor. The backside-illuminated STARVIS 2 CMOS sensor promises sensitivity down to 0.00001 lux. This illuminance (lux) corresponds to a moonless, overcast night sky. As a reference, a clear night with a full moon is between 0.05 and 0.3 lux. Unlike many night vision cameras, the Mate Pro is a full-color camera. We recently wrote about how researchers are working on using...

Video: Experimental macro film showcases the magic of household materials

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Nitecore reveals 3rd-party Sony FP-Z100 battery with built-in USB-C port for charging

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OM System 40-150mm F4 Pro Sample Gallery

OM System 40-150mm F4 Pro Sample Gallery What stands out most about the OM System 40-150mm F4 Pro is the impressively small size, but when it comes to optical performance, does it live up to the ‘Pro’ designation? Take a look at our shots from downtown Calgary and judge for yourself. Want to learn more about this lens? Watch our hands-on review from DPReview TV. View our OM System 40-150mm F4 Pro sample gallery Gear in this story We are retrieving offers for your location, please refresh the page to see the prices. The new OM System 40-150mm F4 Pro is one of the smallest constant aperture telephoto lenses we’ve...

Weekly Sales: CFexpress Card Deal; Sony, Canon, & Olympus Lenses

Weekly Sales: CFexpress Card Deal; Sony, Canon, & Olympus Lenses Happy Easter Sunday, everyone. It’s early in the morning and I’m sitting in my “field office” in the middle of the woods to see what interesting deals our partners at B&H Photo Video, Adorama, Amazon or elsewhere on the web have prepared. I wish I could share the soundscape with you, during which I prepare these Weekly Sales. I hope you find some of the deals this week as interesting as I do. NIKON D300 @ 90mm, ISO 200, 10/6400, f/9.0 SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO CFexpress Card Type B for $139.99 (was $249.99) After a quarter of a year of waiting, my own Nikon Z9 finally arrived home on...

Today’s Sales: CFexpress Card Deal; Sony, Canon, & Olympus Lenses

Today’s Sales: CFexpress Card Deal; Sony, Canon, & Olympus Lenses Happy Easter Sunday, everyone. It’s early in the morning and I’m sitting in my “field office” in the middle of the woods to see what interesting deals our partners at B&H Photo Video, Adorama, Amazon or elsewhere on the web have prepared. I wish I could share the soundscape with you, during which I prepare these Weekly Sales. I hope you find some of the deals this week as interesting as I do. NIKON D300 @ 90mm, ISO 200, 10/6400, f/9.0 SanDisk 128GB Extreme PRO CFexpress Card Type B for $139.99 (was $249.99) After a quarter of a year of waiting, my own Nikon Z9 finally arrived home on...

Hubble confirms a comet the size of Rhode Island, the largest comet nucleus ever seen

Hubble confirms a comet the size of Rhode Island, the largest comet nucleus ever seen NASA’s Hubble Space Telescope has set its sights on the largest icy comet nucleus ever observed. The telescope has determined that the comet is approximately 128 km (80 mi) in diameter and its nucleus is about 50 times larger than most known comets, although the nucleus could be as large as 137 km (85 mi). The comet is larger than the state of Rhode Island. The comet’s mass is a ‘staggering’ 500 trillion tons, per NASA, which is ‘a hundred thousand times greater than the mass of a typical comet found much closer to the Sun.’ The giant comet, officially...

DPReview TV: OM System 40-150mm F4 Pro Review

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Cosina announces $990 Voigtlander APO-LANTHAR 50mm F2 Aspherical lens for Z-mount cameras

Cosina announces $990 Voigtlander APO-LANTHAR 50mm F2 Aspherical lens for Z-mount cameras Cosina has announced the details of its new Voigtländer APO-LANTHAR 50mm F2 Aspherical lens. While its name and basic specifications match that of the Voigtländer APO-LANTHAR 50mm f/2 Aspherical lens for Sony E-mount, Cosina says the Nikon Z-mount version is all new while retaining the same ‘high-performance’ thanks to its apochromat design. The manual lens is constructed of ten elements in eight groups, including two low-dispersion elements, two double-sided aspherical elements and a floating element. It features a 12-blade aperture diaphragm, has an aperture range of F2 through F16 that’s...

Film Friday: This rare Leica 16mm prototype camera is expected to fetch over $3M at auction

Film Friday: This rare Leica 16mm prototype camera is expected to fetch over $3M at auction Later this year, the 40th Leitz Photographica Auction is set to take in Leitz Park in Wetzlar, Germany. While we’ve already seen the incredibly rare 0-series Leica once owned by Oskar Barnack, there’s another one-of-a-kind prototype camera that’s expected to sell—a 16mm miniature camera known as the Leica 16. As detailed by Kosmo Foto, this camera was just one of a number of research and development projects from the 1950s that never left the prototype stage. Leica says in a summary of the listing that the Leica 16 was designed to be ‘a high quality ultra-compact camera for 16mm film.’ Leica...

Continuous vs Strobe Lighting for Photography

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Nikon Z9 review: a DSLR-like stills/video monster

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Meike releases $160 EF to EF-M adapter with drop-in variable neutral density filter

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How to Photograph Birds in Flight with Sharp Results

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Real Estate Drone Photography: A Complete Beginner’s Guide

Real Estate Drone Photography: A Complete Beginner’s Guide Drone photography has grown to become an essential offering for real estate photography, but between a complex regulatory environment, a whole new set of gear considerations for both photo and video, and the challenges of shooting from a new angle, it can be tricky to start. Fortunately, in this introductory guide to real estate drone photography, I’ll be breaking down everything you need to know to get started, including why drone photography is so necessary for your business and how to tick all the FAA boxes. Table of Contents Why Use a Drone for Real Estate Photography? Real estate...

Venus Optics releases updated Laowa 15mm F4.5R Zero-D Shift Lens for $1,199

Venus Optics releases updated Laowa 15mm F4.5R Zero-D Shift Lens for $1,199 Venus Optics has announced a slightly updated version of its Laowa 15mm F4.5R Zero-D Shift lens. In addition to minor specification changes, Venus Optics has also added Fujifilm GFX-mount support for both the old (blue ring) and new (red ring) models. The new red ring Laowa 15mm F4.5R Zero-D Shift lens is almost identical to its blue ring predecessor. The only difference, aside from the addition of ‘R’ in the name, is the aperture blade count. Now, instead of the five-blade aperture diaphragm used in the original version, the new model features a 14-blade aperture diaphragm. This upgrade...

Fujifilm warns its 120 format Provia, Velvia film stocks could be in short supply

Fujifilm warns its 120 format Provia, Velvia film stocks could be in short supply Fujifilm Japan has published a notice on its website informing consumers that there could be forthcoming shortages of its three remaining 120 format color reversal slide film stocks. According to the notice, first spotted by Kosmo Foto and embedded below, FujiChrome Velvia 50, Velvia 100 and Provia 100F in 120 format could see shortages as a result of issues procuring sufficient amounts of raw materials used to create the film. It isn’t clear what materials in particular are becoming difficult to procure, but considering this is, at least for now, limited to the company’s slide film, it...

Try and try again: how the Nikon Z9 supports the sports photographer

Try and try again: how the Nikon Z9 supports the sports photographer Shooting rugby is hard, but nothing like as hard as the people who play it. Nikon Z9 | Nikkor Z 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 S @ 400mm | 1/1000 sec | F5.6 | ISO 1400Photo: Richard Butler There’s a vast difference between going to a sports events with the intention of getting some photos, and going there to try to capture the key moments in the game. Armed with a Nikon Z9, the Nikkor Z 400mm F2.8 TC and the Nikkor Z 100-400mm F4.5-5.6, and having spent the previous couple of home games building up some experience of shooting a match, that was the challenge I set myself. In the process I hoped to...

Research shows how AI may help create full-color night vision cameras

Research shows how AI may help create full-color night vision cameras Night vision camera technology has come a long way in the digital age. As sensors continue to improve, so does low-light image quality. However, as good as infrared night vision cameras are, they are monochromatic. Researchers from the University of California Irvine hope to change that by combining infrared camera technology with artificial intelligence to develop a night vision camera that produces full-color images, even in what amounts total darkness for human eyes. Our eyes see in the visible light spectrum. The wavelength of visible light ranges from 400 to 700 nm. Specialized night...

Weekly Sales: Topaz DeNoise; Z5 & Z6; Micro 4/3 Gear

Weekly Sales: Topaz DeNoise; Z5 & Z6; Micro 4/3 Gear Outside my window, snow turns to rain. Occasionally the sun breaks through the clouds, bathes the landscape in a bright light, then ten seconds later goes behind clouds so dark that you feel as if it will never rise again. Perfect weather to get outside and capture these spring weather mood swings. Lacking the right equipment to do so? Then you might like one of the deals we have prepared for you this week. NIKON D90 + 11-16mm f/2.8 @ 11mm, ISO 200, 1/50, f/8.0 Topaz Labs DeNoise AI for $59.99 (was $79.99) DeNoise AI from Topaz labs is one of the most respected de-noisers on the software...

Weekly Sales: Software Deals; Micro 4/3 Gear; 1 TB Card

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DPReview TV: The ten weirdest digital cameras of all time (with Gordon Laing!)

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Lunar astronomy: A dual-camera system is headed to the Moon later this year

Lunar astronomy: A dual-camera system is headed to the Moon later this year Correction (Friday, April 8, 2022 at 8pm ET): The original version of this article stated the ILO-X mission was meant to send the dual imaging system to the Moon’s South Pole. That is incorrect, as it is the follow-up mission, ILO-1, whose launch date is currently not set, which will see a dual camera system land at the Moon’s South Pole. All of this information has been corrected in the article. Astronomy from the lunar surface is just around the corner. In June, the International Lunar Observatory Association (ILOA) in Hawai’i intends to launch a dual-camera system...

Slideshow: 2022 World Press Photo Contest Global winners

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Film Friday: Japan Camera Hunter goes hands-on with the Fujifilm’s medium format point-and-shoot, the GA645ZI

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Photographing Something Before It’s Gone

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Sony releases new two-channel audio receiver with Multi Interface hotshoe support

Sony releases new two-channel audio receiver with Multi Interface hotshoe support Sony has announced the release of the URX-P41D, a new two-channel portable audio receiver that works with Sony’s Multi Interface (MI) hotshoe found on select Alpha, Cinema Line and XDCAM cameras. The receiver can be paired with two wireless microphones and even has an extra on-board 3.5mm jack for connecting an additional microphone that’s stored on a third channel (four if it’s a stereo microphone being used for the external microphone port). All audio is processed using Sony’s Digital Audio Processing, which Sony says ‘improves sound quality by optimizing a time-constant range between the...

Video: Modifying a Game Boy Camera to capture 0.014MP photos of the moon

Video: Modifying a Game Boy Camera to capture 0.014MP photos of the moon There are plenty of old digital cameras that still take high-quality, sharp photos. Admittedly, 1998’s Nintendo Game Boy Camera is not one of them. The camera captures low-resolution, 2-bit monochromatic images with 128 x 112-pixel resolution. Despite the low fidelity of the image files, the Game Boy Camera was the first introduction to digital photography for many. It was – actually, still is – a lot of fun to use. Over at Hack Make Mod, fun is the name of the game. The team has modified a Game Boy Camera...

Leica unveils $4,495 limited-edition matte black Summicron-M 28mm F2 ASPH lens

Leica unveils $4,495 limited-edition matte black Summicron-M 28mm F2 ASPH lens Leica has unveiled the details of its new limited-edition matte black version of its Summicron-M 28mm F2 ASPH M-mount lens. Aside from the matte black paint job, the new lens remains mostly unchanged from the original version, which was released back in 2016 and available in both black and silver colorways. The only physical difference is the lens hood, which is now integrated and can be pulled out when needed. The original Summicron-M 28mm F2 ASPH used a screw-on lens hood. Internally, the lens is still constructed of nine elements in six groups, including an aspherical element. Other...

Apple M1 Ultra vs M1 Max: Head-to-head shootout with photo and video editing apps

Apple M1 Ultra vs M1 Max: Head-to-head shootout with photo and video editing apps These two Mac Studio computers look identical from the outside, but one of them has twice the CPU cores, twice the GPU cores, and twice the RAM… All product photography by DL Cade The release of Apple’s new Mac Studio wasn’t just exciting because of the form factor, or the fact that creatives have been asking Apple for a mid-range desktop tower for years. It was also exciting because it came hand-in-hand with the release of the M1 Ultra: the most powerful Apple Silicon system on a chip (SOC) yet. The M1 Ultra is essentially two M1 Max chips fused together using a new...

Video: Steve Perry goes hands-on with the new Nikkor Z 800mm F6.3 VR S lens in Florida

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Introduction to Manual Focus on a Camera Lens

Introduction to Manual Focus on a Camera Lens Manually focusing your camera lens can seem tricky. Compared to the ease of autofocus, you may wonder why you even still have manual focus as an option. It still has a number of important uses, however, and it’s a great skill to learn. In this introduction to manual focusing a lens, I’ll explain what sets manual focus apart, as well as how and when to set focus manually. Table of Contents What Is Manual Focus? Almost all camera lenses have the ability to adjust focus. Focusing is when the elements of the lens move back and forth within the lens – or the whole lens moves forward and backward...

Platypod announces its new ‘eXtreme’ tripod plate with hinged spikes and more attachment points

Platypod announces its new ‘eXtreme’ tripod plate with hinged spikes and more attachment points Platypod has announced its latest compact tripod base, the Platypod eXtreme. This new version takes plenty if inspiration from its past models, but adds a few new unique features designed to improve usability and versatility. The most notable upgrade is the addition of hinges spikes, which fold away when not in use and fold out when you need to secure the Platypod eXtreme to whatever terrain or platform you’re using it on. Previous versions included spikes, but they needed to be manually screwed into place every time you wanted to use them and they could only be positioned perpendicular to...

Ricoh brings updated shooting modes to its GR III and GR IIIx cameras via firmware update

Ricoh brings updated shooting modes to its GR III and GR IIIx cameras via firmware update Ricoh’s GR III compact camera. Photo via Ricoh. Ricoh has announced a pair of firmware updates for its GR III and GR IIIx comp;act cameras that brings a number of improvements and features, including those Ricoh promised when it released it’s limited-edition ‘Urban’ GR IIIx camera earlier this year. The GR III and GR IIIx updates, versions 1.60 and 1.10, respectively, consist of the exact same improvements for both cameras. Specifically, both cameras get a ‘Snap Distance Priority’ option in the ‘Shooting Settings’ menu as well as a dedicated ‘3.5m’ Snap Focus Distance setting. Both...

Epic Games releases RealityScan app, putting photogrammetry in the palm of your hand

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DPReview TV: Nikkor Z 800mm F6.3 VR S First Impressions

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Nikon reveals its new $6,500 800mm F6.3 VR S super telephoto lens for Z-mount cameras

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Nikon Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Lens Announcement

Nikon Z 800mm f/6.3 VR S Lens Announcement Today, Nikon announced its longest and perhaps most exciting Z-series lens to date with the 800mm f/6.3 VR S. Two things make this lens especially stand out: the unusually low weight of 2.4 kilos / 5.2 pounds, and the shocking price of $6500. It ships in April. We’ve already put the Nikon 800mm f/6.3’s low price into context here, but the summary is that this lens has Nikon’s lowest-ever launch price for an exotic supertelephoto lens taking the focal length and maximum aperture into account. By historical trends, we would have expected around a $10,000 launch price for the 800mm f/6.3 VR S...

Tesla releases incredible FPV drone footage showcasing its Giga Berlin Model Y factory

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Capture One 22 (15.2.0) released: Improved Keystone Tool, performance gains and more

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Block-NeRF AI recreates a virtual San Francisco neighborhood using 2.8 million photos

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Slideshow: Winning photographs of the 2021 Storm Photographer of the Year competition

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DJI ‘Mini 3 Pro’ drone appears to get revealed in leaked video

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Hubble captures a galaxy with an active black hole

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Venus Optics shows off footage captured with its upcoming Laowa anamorphic lenses

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Slideshow: Winners and Shortlist for the 2022 Sony World Photography Awards Open Competition The annual Sony World Photography Awards has announced the winners and shortlisted entries for its 2022 Open Competition. The Open Competition recognizes the best single images submitted in 2021. Over 170,000 images were submitted from around the globe. 100 photographers were shortlisted while 10 overall category winners were selected. The Open Competition was judged by Newsweek Japan’s Director of Photography, Hideko Kataoka. ‘I enjoyed judging this wide variety of categories from Object to Street Photography….The photographs in this competition each make a coherent visual...

Insta360 ONE RS modular action camera announced with more powerful Core and 48MP 4K Boost Lens

Insta360 ONE RS modular action camera announced with more powerful Core and 48MP 4K Boost Lens Insta360 has announced the Insta360 ONE RS interchangeable lens action camera. Like the Insta360 One R, the new ONE RS utilizes a modular design. The action camera comprises three main parts, the battery, the processor and three quick-swapping lenses. The camera can swap between being a traditional action camera and a 360-degree camera. The Insta360 ONE RS features a new high-performance 4K Boost Lens that features a 1/2″-type 48MP image sensor, promising highly detailed wide-angle photos and videos. An improved ‘Core’ delivers better in-camera stabilization, crisper audio...

Canon Australia recalling ‘very small number’ of EOS R5C units due to autofocus issues

Canon Australia recalling ‘very small number’ of EOS R5C units due to autofocus issues Canon Australia has posted a notice on its website issuing a recall for some early EOS R5C units, which are said to contain a manufacturing defect that causes the camera to go in and out of focus when using autofocus for video shooting. Canon Australia says its ‘aware that a very small number of units have been delivered to customers prior to this issue being identified’ and are asking consumers who received their EOS R5C units ‘on or before March 21, 2022 and are experiencing this issue to organize a return of the unit from the retailer from which it was purchased from. It doesn’t appear as...

Canon Australia says ‘very small number’ of EOS R5C units affected by autofocus issues

Canon Australia says ‘very small number’ of EOS R5C units affected by autofocus issues Update (Wednesday March 23, 2022 at 8am ET): Regarding units affected in other areas, a Canon representative said ‘Canon Americas EOS R5 C units were updated and corrected before distribution within the territory.’ Update (Friday March 25, 2022 at 12pm ET): The original version of this article stated this was a recall of Canon EOS R5C units. While Canon is seeking out affected units, Canon has clarified that this issue has not met the threshold for a full recall and as such we have updated our article and headline accordingly. Canon Australia has posted a notice on its website...

Sony unveils new $1,200 16-35mm F4 Power Zoom lens for E-mount camera systems

Sony unveils new $1,200 16-35mm F4 Power Zoom lens for E-mount camera systems Sony has announced the PZ 16–35mm F4 lens, a power zoom lens designed for ‘hybrid creators who capture both stills and video,’ but with a heavy emphasis on video usability. It’s the company’s sixth consumer power zoom lens, its second for full-frame cameras and the first to drive both autofocus and zoom using linear motors. Its small, light design with internal zoom and focus mean it can be used on a range of gimbals without the need to re-balance. There are six of what Sony calls ‘Extreme Dynamic (XD) linear motors,’ two driving focus, four powering the...

DPReview TV: Sony 16-35mm F4 PZ Review – Photographers should care too!

DPReview TV: Sony 16-35mm F4 PZ Review – Photographers should care too! [embedded content] Sony already has the well regarded Sony/Zeiss ZA 16-35mm F4 in their lineup so we were surprised when they announced a new 16-35mm F4 G PZ. Sure, the power zoom feature is great for video shooters, but we think there’s a lot here photographers will like as well. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Sony 16-35mm F4 G PZ sample images from this episode Gear in this story The Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED is one of the most versatile creator laptops we’ve tested. This laptop combines top-tier performance and portability...

Sony 16-35mm F4 G PZ Sample Gallery

Sony 16-35mm F4 G PZ Sample Gallery With its compact size and video functionality, you might expect the Sony 16-35mm F4 G PZ would have to make sacrifices in optical performance. However, we were very impressed by the photos captured by this new hybrid optic. Take a look at our sample gallery and judge for yourself! Want to learn more about this lens? Watch our hands-on review from DPReview TV. View our Sony 16-35mm F4 G PZ sample gallery Gear in this story The Asus ProArt Studiobook 16 OLED is one of the most versatile creator laptops we’ve tested. This laptop combines top-tier performance and portability with an...

Video: Mac Studio teardown gives us a close look at M1 Ultra

Video: Mac Studio teardown gives us a close look at M1 Ultra Update (Monday, March 21, 2022 at 6:30pm ET): The original version of this article stated the Mac Studio had upgradeable SSD storage. While there is an extra port that — at least in theory — should allow for users to add additional storage, Apple has a software block disabling third-party storage at this time. We have updated the headline and a few details in the article to reflect this clarification. The new Mac Studio is a great computer. In our review, we called Apple’s new M1-powered desktop ‘The Apple desktop we’ve been waiting for.’ The new desktop computer...

Video: Tour the Kodak factory and see how it makes its photographic film support base

Video: Tour the Kodak factory and see how it makes its photographic film support base Engineer and educator Destin Sandlin, from the YouTube channel ‘Smarter Every Day,‘ loves analog film photography. ‘There’s something to me about being able to capture a memory in a physical object with light and physics and chemistry. It’s just beautiful.’ In a video last summer, Sandlin investigated how film photography works and visited Indie Film Lab in Montgomery, Alabama. Understandably, Sandlin hasn’t had his fill of film and has kicked off a new three-part series featuring a Kodak factory tour. Just how does Kodak make its film? It’s a...

Nikon Z9 studio scene shows great speed comes at little cost

Nikon Z9 studio scene shows great speed comes at little cost The Nikon Z9 uses a Stacked CMOS sensor but with a pixel count and base ISO shared with the single layer BSI chip used by the Z7 and Z7 II. That was already one of the best-performing sensors we’ve ever encountered, so our look at the Z9 is more likely to be a question of ‘what’s the cost of the stacked chip’s added speed,’ rather than ‘how much better is the IQ.’ Studio scene Our test scene is designed to simulate a variety of textures, colors and detail types you’ll encounter in the real world. It also has two illumination modes to see the...

Kodak is reviving Kodak Gold 200 for medium format cameras

Kodak is reviving Kodak Gold 200 for medium format cameras Get your wallets ready, film shooters! Kodak Moments, a division of Kodak Alaris, has announced it’s bringing its popular Gold 200 color negative film stock back to 120 format. While Kodak Gold 200 has been available in 120 rolls in the past, it hasn’t been available in rolls of 120 since 1997 when it was called Kodacolor Gold 200. Based on the tech sheet and information provided in the FAQ accompanying the film stock’s release, it appears as though this ‘new’ film stock is indeed a new formula compared to the 120 format Kodak Gold 200 seen in the past. Kodak says Kodak Gold 200 for...

OM System OM-1 Indoor Hockey Sample Gallery

OM System OM-1 Indoor Hockey Sample Gallery DPReview TV’s Chris Niccolls took the OM System OM-1 to shoot the local Calgary Canucks hockey team. See the results from the OM-1’s stacked Micro Four Thirds sensor in this challenging environment. Note: These images were all shot through thick plexiglass, which will impact the sharpness. Want to see how the OM-1 fared against the Canon EOS R3? Watch the full episode from DPReview TV. View our OM System OM-1 indoor sample gallery Gear in this story We are retrieving offers for your location, please refresh the page to see the prices. Chris and Jordan are impressed with the new...

DPReview TV: OM System OM-1 vs. Canon EOS R3 Indoor Sports Shootout

DPReview TV: OM System OM-1 vs. Canon EOS R3 Indoor Sports Shootout [embedded content] The OM System OM-1 brings a stacked sensor, interchangeable lens camera to an affordable price for the first time. How does it hold up next to the Canon EOS R3, a premium flagship sports camera? Chris Niccolls and The Camera Store TV’s Evelyn Drake went to shoot some indoor hockey and find out. Special thanks to Evelyn Drake, the Calgary Canucks and Max Bell Center Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. OM-1 sample gallery from this episode Please note that these images were shot through plexiglass, resulting in some softness...

Acer Storage announces new line of 128GB, 256GB and 512GB CFexpress B memory cards

Acer Storage announces new line of 128GB, 256GB and 512GB CFexpress B memory cards Acer Storage has announced a new line of CFexpress Type B memory cards that will see the company release three capacities with read and write speeds up to 1,600 and 1,200MB/s, respectively. While the Acer brand is most known in the computer market, these cards are designed and manufactured by BIWIN Storage Technology, which produces its own line of solid state storage and DRAM memory modules, as well as HP-branded hardware through a license, which is what it’s doing with the Acer Storage brand and these new CFexpress Type B cards. The Acer Storage CFexpress Type B memory cards are available...

DxO PureRAW 2 announced: Faster and more versatile, plus Fujifilm X-Trans support

DxO PureRAW 2 announced: Faster and more versatile, plus Fujifilm X-Trans support This week, DxO released DxO PureRAW 2, the latest version of its RAW processing app and plugin. If you’re not familiar with PureRAW, it takes the same great DxO DeepPRIME RAW demosaicing and noise reduction technology as DxO’s all-in-one editor, PhotoLab, and lets you use it without changing your existing workflow. For example, if you use Adobe Lightroom, you can use DxO PureRAW 2 inside Lightroom to get the most quality out of your RAW files while still using Lightroom to perform all your edits. You can also use PureRAW 2 as a standalone app to prepare files before importing...

Film Friday: Foma Bohemia releases retro-inspired packaging for its 35mm Fomapan films to celebrate 100 year anniversary

Film Friday: Foma Bohemia releases retro-inspired packaging for its 35mm Fomapan films to celebrate 100 year anniversary Image: Fomo Bohemia Black and white film manufacturer Foma Bohemia has announced it will be wrapping up its 35mm film in retro-inspired packaging for the company’s 100th anniversary, according to a report from Kosmo Foto. While Foma Bohemia showed off its similarly-designed retro packaging for its 120 film stocks back in 2019, since the company technically celebrated its centennial birthday last year, the release of the nostalgic 35mm film stocks were delayed due to complications from the COVID-19 pandemic. They’re finally here though and looking retro as ever. The Fomapan 100, 200 and 400...

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope reaches another alignment milestone, and its optics are working correctly

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope reaches another alignment milestone, and its optics are working correctly NASA has announced that its James Webb Space Telescope has reached another alignment milestone. On March 11, the Webb team completed the critical alignment stage known as ‘fine phasing.’ Fine phasing is the fifth of seven major alignment steps. It is conducted three times, directly after each round of coarse phasing, and measures and corrects remaining alignment areas. NASA writes, ‘These operations measure and correct the remaining alignment errors using the same defocusing method applied during Segment Alignment. However, instead of using the secondary mirror, we use...

Venus Optics unveils $399 25mm F0.95 Argus APO lens for Micro Four Thirds

Venus Optics unveils $399 25mm F0.95 Argus APO lens for Micro Four Thirds Venus Optics has announced its new Laowa Argus 25mm F0.95 MFT APO lens for Micro Four Thirds camera systems. The apochromatic lens, which offers a 50mm full-frame equivalent field of view on Micro Four Thirds camera systems, is constructed of 14 elements in eight groups, including one aspherical element, one extra-low dispersion element and three ultra-high-refractive index elements. It uses a nine-blade aperture diaphragm, offers an aperture range of F0.95 throguh F11, has a minimum focusing distance of 25cm (9.8”) and uses a 62mm front filter thread. The fully-manual lens is constructed...

Wayback Machine: The evolution of Panasonic’s GH-series cameras

Wayback Machine: The evolution of Panasonic’s GH-series cameras Above: When the Panasonic GH5 was introduced in 2017, we got all the GH siblings together for a family reunion. It’s hard to believe Panasonic’s video-centric GH camera series is 13 years old. For those of us who used or covered the series from the start, it’s also a stark reminder that we’re a bit older than we used to be. Oh, how time flies! Fortunately, the GH series has aged well, evolving from a scrappy upstart video camera into a mature product with some of the most advanced video features on the market, short of a pro cinema camera. Ironically, it may have been...

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