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At long last, 300mm zoom reach is now available for Sony FE shooters around the world in the form of the Sony FE 70-300mm G OSS f/4.5-5.6 lens. We're in the middle of our full technical review of this lens for you now, but I couldn't resist sneaking it out for a weekend excursion and posting some initial gallery images and first impressions. Given that this offering isn't a high-powered, constant aperture sports zoom, it seemed most fitting to pair it with the all-purpose Sony A7 II body, a model that took home the impressive... [...]
Sat, Apr 30, 2016
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The weekend is here once more, and Firmware Friday just squeaks in under the wire with news of new updates from Leica, Nikon and Sony. In all, seven cameras receive new features or bug fixes this week, all of them interchangeable-lens models. Sony A7R II and A7S II We'll start with Sony this time around, as its new firmware for the Sony A7R II and A7S II cameras provides the most interesting new feature this time around. In both cases, the same single change is made: It is now possible to capture XAVC S video on SDHC... [...]
Sat, Apr 30, 2016
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Some months back, I kicked off my review of the Pentax K-3 II with a daytime shoot in historic Jonesborough, Tennessee, including an in-depth look at its clever detail-boosting Pixel Shift Resolution function. At the time, I'd intended to follow up with the second part of my field test in fairly short order, but unfortunately a confluence of technical, editorial and personal issues meant that it spent rather longer than I'd have liked on the back burner. This week, though, I wrapped my second field test with a look at autofocus... (read [...]
Fri, Apr 29, 2016
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Debuting ahead of 2014's photokina tradeshow, the diminutive Panasonic 35-100mm f/4-5.6 is the perfect companion to the appropriately tony GM1 and GM5 mirrorless cameras and their similarly compact 12-32mm retractable kit lens. Recently making its way through our testing lab, this tiny 70-200mm-eq. telephoto zoom offers a lot of zoom versatility yet takes up barely any space in your camera bag -- heck, mounting to a GM5 or GM1, this combo would easily slip into a jacket pocket. While Panasonic has offered a 70-200mm-eq. lens for... (read more) [...]
Fri, Apr 29, 2016
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Mathieu Stern recently received an E-mount version of Meyer Optik Görlitz's new 100mm f/2.8 Trioplan lens to review. This lens was successfully backed on Kickstarter and will be available to backers in June 2016 for just under $1,600 USD (around 1,400 Euros). After the lens is released, the price will increase by just over $100 (100 Euros). The original Trioplan lens was released in 1916 and this new version is actually based on the original design plans for the 1916 lens. Stern recalls what made the original lens famous: Its "soap bubble bokeh." His review... [...]
Fri, Apr 29, 2016
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Following recording artist, producer and actor Prince's untimely death on April 21st, there was an outpouring of emotions in the media and across the internet. Not surprisingly, a lot of fans and media outlets shared images and videos, many of these perhaps without permission of the rights holders. Photographer Lynn Goldsmith is claiming that the Smithsonian Institution was one of these offenders regarding her 1993 portrait of Prince, which is displayed in the museum. The portrait was originally sold to record producer... (read more) [...]
Fri, Apr 29, 2016
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Mark Silber's "Advancing Your Photography" YouTube channel recently had National Geographic photographer Bob Holmes on to discuss lighting and capturing images in the National Geographic style. "Knowing light is absolutely critical," says Holmes, "I'm always looking at light. Always." You have to be consciously thinking about light all of the time, and to understand how your camera reacts to a particular kind of light. Like with many skills, photography must be practiced. By shooting in different lighting conditions, you will become a more capable and... (read more) [...]
Fri, Apr 29, 2016
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If you're keenly waiting the arrival of your preordered Pentax K-1 or Sony RX10 III -- or you're just hoping to be able to process raw files from our reviews so you can decide whether to buy one -- then there's good news for you from Adobe this week. It's just released updates to both Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Camera Raw / DNG Converter adding support for both camera models and fixing a variety of bugs. For Mac users, Camera Raw 9.5.1 is also of interest because it will be the last version to support the 10.7 (Lion) and... [...]
Fri, Apr 29, 2016
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A shepherd pulls a lamb into the sea in Gaza City, President Obama meets Prince George in London, the aftermath of Ecuador's earthquake, rescue operations in Aleppo, Syria, after increased airstrikes, NASA's space shuttle external tank hauled through the Panama Canal, the "Solar Impulse 2" flies over San Francisco, and much more. [...]
Fri, Apr 29, 2016
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If you thought Google Glass was frightening, you may want to don your peril-sensitive sunglasses for this story: The Thought Police may soon get to take another step along the road from the pages of George Orwell's classic dystopian novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four" to becoming reality, should a just-published patent application from Sony come to fruition. In the benignly-named application "Contact Lens and Storage Medium", which was filed in February 2014 and eventually published for comment a few weeks ago, Sony describes a... (read more) [...]
Thu, Apr 28, 2016
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New digital Leica rangefinder focuses on the absolute essentials of photography, and excludes an LCD screen Leica has extended its iconic rangefinder camera series with a new model: the Leica M-D (Typ 262). The fifth product in the Leica M range,... [...]
Thu, Apr 28, 2016
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More than 1,700 photographers entered the seventh annual Audubon Photography Awards competition, submitting images in several categories, including Amateur, Professional, Fine Art, and Youth. Nearly 7,000 images depicting birdlife from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and six Canadian provinces, were judged and the winners were recently announced. The National Audubon Society was kind enough to share some of this year's winners and runners-up with us below. To view even more great bird photography, you can also see the top 100 entries at the Audubon website. [...]
Thu, Apr 28, 2016
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You've been looking forward to receiving your brand-new filter and it's finally arrived. You open up the package and start to screw it on to your lens. But then the unthinkable happens, you drop it and it cracks. Or perhaps you screw it on fine, but a few weeks later it is shattered when your camera gets an accidental knock. Normally you would be out of luck and your money would be gone, but Heliopan recently announced that it is implementing a filter replacement warranty program, which it says is the first of its kind. Now, there are some caveats. The... [...]
Thu, Apr 28, 2016
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Wake up with IR! Here's today's cup of Caffeine Prioirity... Unsurprisingly, Nikon's new flagship D5 DSLR has a wealth of new features. One that might have flown under the radar during the announcement event in January is the new Automatic AF fine-tune feature. Seasoned DSLR users have probably experienced issues with front or backfocus on one of their lenses at one time or another and were forced to head into the AF fine-tune (or equivalent menu option on your camera of choice) option to deal with it manually. If you haven't had to do this, consider... [...]
Thu, Apr 28, 2016
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Hot on the heels of our recent Field Test comes our in-depth image quality comparison and print quality analysis for the new mid-grade, enthusiast-class Canon 80D. Sporting an all-new 24-megapixel APS-C sensor and faster DIGIC 6 image processor, the 80D's imaging pipeline is a nice step up from the 20MP Canon 70D from 2013. Further, with the upgrade in image resolution, the 80D finally joins the ranks, at least in terms of resolution, against a number of competing enthusiast and prosumer cameras like the Nikon D7200 and new Sony... (read more) [...]
Wed, Apr 27, 2016
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