iZugar launches 220-degree super fisheye lens for Micro Four Thirds  [LINK]
Hong Kong-based company iZugar has just launched a pretty quirky, intense little lens.Called the MKX22, it's a 3.25mm F2.5 super fisheye lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras that offers a whopping 220-degree angle of view. This fisheye lens is said to offer "edge-to-edge sharpness" with suitability for 4K video recording, a 0.6m minimum focusing distance, fully circular 10mm design, and extra-slim b... [Read More]
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Apple's auto-generated Memories videos are still kind of weird in iOS 11  [LINK]
Starting with iOS 10, Apple has been scanning iPhone users' photo libraries and automatically creating nostalgic videos it calls Memories. They're basically slideshows of what it deems to be meaningful photos and videos from your collection, set to music, and arranged around a theme. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and sometimes you'll remember that time you took a picture of the frozen pizza baking dir... [Read More]
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Hands-On Review: Sony RX10 Mark IV  [LINK]
It was just about a year ago that I reviewed the Sony RX10 Mark III for another publication. I was impressed then and even more impressed now. That’s because this update adds the a9 image processing to a compact body already chock full of Sony’s tech. If you consider the camera for more than the specs and where it sits in the marketplace, it’s another marvel of miniaturization. ... [Read More]
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Craigslist poster raises the bar on terrible car photography  [LINK]
A Craigslist post offering a 1990 Mazda RX-7 for sale is going viral today thanks to the photos of the car... and it's not because they're good. For whatever reason, the ad's author decided the best way to photograph his or her car for this ad was to take pictures of the car with their cell phone, and then take pictures of the pictures displayed on their cracked, hazy smartphone screen. The origin... [Read More]
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The iPhone 8 Plus is the best smartphone camera DxOMark has ever tested  [LINK]
Photo: Apple Apple fans who were hopeful the iPhone 8/Plus would represent a big step up in camera quality over the already-respectable iPhone 7/Plus have something to celebrate. DxOMark just released the results of its iPhone 8 and 8 Plus tests, and the new Apple smartphones represents a significant improvement over the previous versions. In fact, the iPhone 8 Plus is now the best smartphone came... [Read More]
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Pareidolia  [LINK]
Pareidolia Do you see faces in the clouds or in rock formations? This is known as pareidolia and, as Ian Plant argues, it can be a great strength to a landscape photographer [Read More]
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Mastering Midday Light  [LINK]
To create this portrait in Cuba, the subject was placed in covered shade and photographed using one SB-5000 shot through a small softbox. Nikon D810, AF-S NIKKOR 50mm F1.8G, 1/800 sec., ƒ/1.8, ISO 32. Photo by Tom Bol Photographers have one thing in common. We’ve all gotten up early, really early, to photograph the sweet rays of warm sunshine at dawn. Countless mornings are spent in the... [Read More]
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This Kodak Moments chatbot digs through your old photos and tries to sell you prints  [LINK]
Kodak has created a new Facebook Messenger chatbot called 'Kodak Moments' that tries to get users to buy physical products by digging through and resurfacing their old photos. The AI algorithm works by searching through the mass of images a user has uploaded to Facebook and suggesting ones that may have been forgotten in hopes the user, when suddenly presented with this fond old memory (or Kodak m... [Read More]
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Affinity Photo for iPad adds extremely useful drag-and-drop feature with iOS 11 update  [LINK]
One of the useful features added to the iPad with the update to iOS 11 this week was drag-and-drop between the operating system's "Files" app and other applications on the tablet. And popular photo editor Affinity Photo has already updated its iPad app to take advantage of this really handy feature. Now, if you want to edit a photograph in the Affinity Photo app, all you have to do is drag it from... [Read More]
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Yashica teases 'Unprecedented Camera': Coming to Kickstarter in October  [LINK]
Last week's Yashica teaser was met with a lot of excitement. But it didn't take long for people to claim that teaser had nothing to do with a camera. In fact, they said, Yashica was just teasing a clip-on smartphone lens they had already released. Womp womp... But not so fast! Another teaser video released yesterday seems to hint at the big return to the camera market we were all actually hoping f... [Read More]
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Synology launches its first 6-bay NAS tower, updates more affordable options  [LINK]
Storage solution company Synology has introduced its first six-bay NAS device: the DS3018xs. The new model holds six drives of its own, but if that's still not enough storage for your epic photo library, it can combine with the company’s DX1215 expansion units to control up to thirty. The company has used the Pentium D1208 dual-core 2.2GHz processor that can boost to 2.6GHz, and provides a P... [Read More]
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New product overview videos: Canon EOS 6D II and more  [LINK]
We're always expanding our collection of product overview content, and we've just added videos for the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, the EOS Rebel SL2 and EOS M6. Take a look at some of the key features these cameras offer – demonstrated in the shooting scenarios they were built to handle. For more overviews and gear tests, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel. Canon EOS Rebel SL2 overview Ca... [Read More]
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Phase One Announces Capture One Pro 10.2, SPECTRUM Styles Pack  [LINK]
The core benefits of working with Phase One’s Capture One Pro RAW imaging software center around image quality and organization, as we noted in our recent hands-on review. With the release of Capture One Pro 10.2 and the new SPECTRUM Styles Pack, which builds on the Capture One Styles Packs introduced earlier this year, Phase One continues to refine this excellent imaging solution for photog... [Read More]
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Throwback Thursday: the Canon PowerShot G1  [LINK]
It wasn't the first 'prosumer' compact on the market, but it did check off a lot of the items on enthusiasts' wish lists at the time. The Canon G1, announced to the world on September 18, 2000, offered a great deal of manual control options, a hot shoe, Raw capture and a fully articulated 1.8" screen. That line would eventually evolve into the present-day PowerShot Gx X series – but it all s... [Read More]
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Mountain Photography • 7 Powerful Tips by James Lorentson  [LINK]
Mountain Photography • 7 Powerful Tips by James Lorentson Tips and techniques on photographing mountain landscapes at any time of year and any season by James Lorentson. [Read More]
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Lensbaby Debuts Sweet 80 And Creative Bokeh Optics  [LINK]
Lensbaby continues to expand its offerings for photographers, debuting two new optics—the Sweet 80 and Creative Bokeh—for shooting portraits, landscapes and other compositions using the lens maker’s creative bokeh effects. Available on its own ($199.95) or as a kit with the Composer Pro II ($379.95), the Sweet 80 is designed to create razor-sharp focus on a subject with Lensbaby&... [Read More]
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Incredible microscopic close-ups of a peacock feather  [LINK]
Turkish macro photographer Can Tuncer takes his macro work far beyond most macro shooters. Forget 1:1 or even 2:1, when Tuncer decides on a project his super macro work requires complex focus stacking rigs, microscope lenses, and 40-images per photo to get everything in focus. This was the case with his most recent project, Peacock Feather, in which he used three different microscope lenses and a ... [Read More]
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Oprema Jena revives Biotar 58mm F2 lens with record-setting 17 aperture blades  [LINK]
After successfully funding the 'legendary' Biotar 78mm F1.5 lens through Kickstarter, newly-minted company Oprema Jena is trying to pull off yet another resurrection. This time the crowdfunding platform is Indiegogo, and the lens they're bringing back is the Biotar 58mm F2: the world's only lens with a 'historic' 17-blade aperture. Oprema isn't holding back when it comes to describing this lens in... [Read More]
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Adobe announces record-breaking $1.84 billion in revenue for Q3  [LINK]
Adobe has once again posted record quarterly revenue, this time for the fiscal quarter that ended on September 1, 2017. The software company experienced a 26% year-on-year revenue growth with $1.84 billion in its third fiscal quarter this year. Of that, $1.27 billion came from the company's Digital Media segment, including Creative Cloud. On a GAAP basis, Adobe saw its year-on-year net income grow... [Read More]
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Report: Blackstone working with Morgan Stanley to sell 45% Leica stake  [LINK]
Photo by Alexander Andrews In early August, Reuters reported that Blackstone was engaging in talks with potential buyers to acquire its 45% stake in Leica. Sources had said at the time that Blackstone was working with an investment bank, though that bank wasn't named, and that it had already discussed the potential business deal with several possible buyers. Reuters is back with more info about th... [Read More]
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Tenba Air Case Attaché Series Introduced  [LINK]
We’re believers in the idea that there’s no single perfect bag or case, just different bags for different assignments. Tenba adds to the mix with the new Air Case Attaché series, part of its rugged Transport collection, featuring hard case protection in a lightweight design. There are six cases in the series—the Attaché 3220W, Attaché 2520W, Attaché 25... [Read More]
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Thinking Outside the Box  [LINK]
Thinking Outside the Box As soon as we start making images based on conventions, rules, guidelines or to conform to some societal standard, we are in a ‘box’. Is it time to break free from the ‘box’ mentality? Alister Benn offers some advice [Read More]
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Snapseed app updated with new interface and presets, adds perspective tool to iOS  [LINK]
Google has just pushed out an update to Snapseed, the popular mobile image editing app for iOS and Android. The update (version 2.18) is for both versions of the app, and offers users on both mobile platforms a new interface and 11 new image presets. Additionally, the iOS update has brought the app's Perspective Tool to Apple's mobile devices, enabling users to adjust the horizon and "skewed lines... [Read More]
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Photo Experiment: Shooting macro photos of boiling water  [LINK]
Recently I've become interested in photographing boiling water in a glass tea kettle. It may sound boring and uninteresting, but with the right lighting you can get some truly interesting images. It began when I was boiling my tea water one day in January this year, and I happened to have my camera with a macro lens and a speedlight mounted, laying nearby. I decided to try what would happen if I p... [Read More]
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