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If you are so inclined to shoot the Everyone Around the Thanksgiving Table photo this Thanksgiving, here are a few tips you may find helpful: Turn off your flash. This is mandatory. If you don't, the folks close to you will be overexposed, and everyone at the far end of the table will be in relative darkness. Turn off the flash. Turn up your ISO. The room is probably going to be dimly lit, and turning up your ISO sensitivity will help you use a faster shutter speed. But faster is a relative term here. You... [...]
Thu, Nov 27, 2014
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Kazuto Yamaki Chief Executive Officer, Sigma Corp. Finally, another of my interviews from Photokina sees the light of day! Profuse apologies to all our readers that we're only just now getting another of my interviews published from the Photokina trade show in Cologne, Germany, back in mid-September. Things are always hectic here at IR, especially in the Fall when new models are announced and become available for testing, but this year has been particularly so, for myself especially. Between the flood of new models... (read more) [...]
Thu, Nov 27, 2014
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A week ago, Sony Japan gave us a surprise announcement with the unveiling of the Sony A7 II, a full-frame compact system camera that improved upon its earlier A7 mirrorless with a groundbreaking five-axis sensor shift stabilization system, an improved, more durable design and plenty more besides. What we didn't know at the time was what the company planned for the US market: Although some other markets provided pricing and availability info, there was no comment on either topic for the camera here in the States. Until now, that... (read more) [...]
Wed, Nov 26, 2014
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Last July, you may remember, we told you about a new entry in the 360-degree video market, Florida-based VSN.Mobil. The company's first imaging product is the V.360, an unusual camera that uses contoured mirrors to capture a 360-degree view of the world around it. Now, that product has officially hit the market with an even lower pricetag than was first predicted, and immediately availability from IR affiliate Amazon.com. Since no stitching is required, every still image or frame of video shot by the VSN V.360 is captured in one... (read more) [...]
Wed, Nov 26, 2014
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Nepal, the "Roof of the World", is home to 27 million people, eight of the world's ten tallest mountains, and a distinct and rich culture. Gathered here are scenes from around Nepal, of its landscape, its residents, and multiple Hindu festivals and traditions, gathered over the past few years. [32 photos] Mount Ama Dablam, which stands approximately 6,800 meters above sea level, behind Khumjung Village in Solukhumbu District, Nepal, on April 30, 2014. More than 4,000 climbers have reached the summit of Everest, the world's highest peak, since it was first scaled by Sir Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay [...]
Wed, Nov 26, 2014
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Some things are so painfully obvious they need to be said out loud. That's another way of saying "here's how my brain doesn't work when I get excited". When you shoot a group shot, you're the star of the show. You're in charge. And as silly as it sounds, even when I'm arranging the crowd at the family reunion, I get some butterflies in my stomach. That's a little pathetic, but I've come to deal with it. The problem is that my thinking goes a little cloudy, and I often don't take complete advantage of all of those people... [...]
Tue, Nov 25, 2014
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As Thanksgiving fast approaches, Black Friday is once again the talk of the town among bargain-hunters -- but at the other end of the spectrum is a very different kind of shopper. Today, on what we're informally dubbing Titanium Tuesday, Swedish camera maker Hasselblad has something that may tempt collectors to reach for their wallets and pay more than the regular price for an existing camera. Hasselblad's earlier Stellar and Lunar cameras took existing Sony designs and reskinned them at a much, much higher pricetag for... (read more) [...]
Tue, Nov 25, 2014
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If you've been looking forward to the time when you can fly what the media loves to call a drone -- most likely, a quadcopter or some other form of multicopter -- legally, shoot aerial photos and videos, and then sell your works... Well, the time may be here to dial back those expectations. In fact, you might want to just drop them altogether, if a report from the Wall Street Journal is to be believed. (The piece can still be read free as of this writing, but will likely be disappearing behind the WSJ paywall shortly. If it does,... [...]
Tue, Nov 25, 2014
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Last night, the decision of a St. Louis County grand jury to not indict Ferguson Police Officer Darren Wilson was announced, leading to protests in many cities across the U.S. In Ferguson, Missouri, where Officer Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown last August, demonstrations quickly turned violent, despite calls for peaceful protest from the Brown family and members of the community. Cars were smashed, stores looted, and at least a dozen buildings were set on fire, as a heavy police presence tried to establish order. Due to safety concerns including sporadic gunfire, firefighters were unable to respond quickly, and a [...]
Tue, Nov 25, 2014
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In all our years of covering the camera market (16+ and counting now), there's never been a time like this! Competition between manufacturers and ever-advancing technology have brought combinations of price, quality and capability never before seen in the history of photography. It's a great time to be a photographer! But what to buy? Not everything is universally wonderful; sometimes the pressure of competition leads to products pushed out the door a bit too quickly, or where just a few too many corners have... (read more) [...]
Tue, Nov 25, 2014
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We've searched the web for the best camera deals for Black Friday and distilled them to this one page. We'll keep this page live throughout the week with continuous updates as new camera deals, lens sales and photo specials become available. Bookmark this link and check back often for the best Black Friday deals! (Please note that some deals listed below may not yet be active) UPDATES, Nov. 27, 10:00am: Now Live: PRICE DROP - Sony A7 / A7R body-only and kits! Sony A7 body-only: $1299 (compare to $1699) Amazon, Adorama,... (read more) [...]
Mon, Nov 24, 2014
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The Samsung 18-55mm III f/3.5-5.6 OIS NX is the third iteration of Samsung's 18-55mm series kit lens. Looking at the technical specifications, it's hard to see any discernible difference between the version II and III lenses (though the version III lens appears to have packed on an additional six grams in weight, despite not having changed size). It offers a focal length range equivalent of around 28-85mm (in 35mm film terms). The Samsung 18-55mm III f/3.5-5.6 OIS NX is a light and compact zoom lens, weighing in at just 204 grams... (read [...]
Mon, Nov 24, 2014
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Is this "the year of mirrorless"? It might well be, with a literally unprecedented array of capable, affordable models available. While DSLRs still command the bulk of sales, mirrorless cameras' svelte size and excellent image quality are drawing more and more fans as time goes on. As we wrote in an article earlier this year, all of us at IR actually own and shoot with at least one of each type, and feel both have their place, but there's no denying that there are some really superb mirrorless cameras on... (read [...]
Mon, Nov 24, 2014
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The competition has really been heating up for high-end compact cameras lately. (We're defining "compact" cameras here as ones with fixed, non-interchangeable lenses.) Nowadays, larger and larger sensors are getting squeezed into surprisingly compact camera bodies. This type of camera offers photographers the higher image quality of larger cameras, while still maintaining much smaller body sizes compared to most interchangeable lens models. If want a camera that you can literally drop in a jacket pocket,... (read more) [...]
Mon, Nov 24, 2014
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Now here's a fun story to perk up the end of your Monday! It was about a year ago when we told you about Luke Aker, an Orlando-based filmmaker who smartly promoted himself with a hilarious parody commercial featuring his very own 1996 Nissan Maxima GLE sedan, for sale at the time on Craigslist. We don't know if the video, which quickly went viral, scored Aker any extra work, but it certainly caught the attention of Nissan's marketing department, who quickly snapped up the car for US$1,400 plus a US$1,000 charitable... [...]
Mon, Nov 24, 2014
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