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Published: 2016-10-23T12:51:17+00:00


For under $25, you can make your own infrared timelapse remote for Canon cameras


    If you have an infrared-equipped Canon camera and some do-it-yourself electrical and software development skills, you can build a fully-functional infrared timelapse remote for around US$25. Ilya Titov took an Attiny Arcade Kit and turned it into a small, wireless remote trigger, complete with an OLED display. The device relies on an Arduino, the Atmel Attiny85 chip. If you aren’t familiar with Arduino, it is basically an open-source electronics platform. The idea is to provide developers the ability to easily make interactive...
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This Nikon D300S just earned an extra $300 with an interesting tern! (Our Sept POTD winners unveiled)


    Our longtime photography contest contributor Morris Bennett Altman is no stranger to bird photography, but it seems his images of birds on a sandy beach are the ones that most captivate the judges here at IR. We're proud to introduce his latest winner, as well as a host of terrific images from some of our top photographers this month. It was only a few years ago that Mr. Altman captured another first prize victory with his captivating photograph of a gorgeous snowy owl on a beach, that time with a Nikon D200. He then took a...
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A new smartphone aimed at photographers: The Kodak Ektra


    Eastman Kodak Company and Bullitt Group have announced the Kodak Ektra smartphone. The device follows in the footsteps of other camera-centric smartphones such as the Nokia Lumia 1020, which might be considered a camera first and a smartphone second. Named after older Kodak models, the Ektra features a rear-facing 21-megapixel sensor with a fixed f/2.0 lens, and a front-facing 13-megapixel sensor with a fixed f/2.2 lens. The smartphone component of the device uses the Android 6.0 (Marshmallow) operating system, with a 2.3GHz...
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Canon 5D Mark IV Field Test Part I: A wealth of useful upgrades in a familiar shell


    Canon's long-running 5D family turned four earlier this year! The aptly-named Canon 5D Mark IV sports a raft of technological upgrades, including an all-new 30-megapixel CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a fully functional touchscreen, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, and 4K video recording. However, it's not all brand new; the body design is practically identical to its Mark III predecessor, which I think is a great thing. In my just-published Field Test Part I, I take a look at the new Mark IV and discuss the camera's not-so-new...
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Canon unveils a new service and support center in Lyndhurst, New Jersey


    Canon U.S.A. has moved its service location in New Jersey from Ridgefield Park to Lyndhurst. In the new location, Canon will not only conduct its service operations, but showcase its latest imaging products with experts on-hand to demonstrate features and answer questions. Service for Canon products is available Monday through Friday from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM on a walk-in basis, with no appointments required. “The new facility in Lyndhurst will provide an inviting location for Canon’s existing customers as well as new customers...
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Canon EOS M10 Review: Entry-level mirrorless ILC offers simplified user experience, good image quality


    Last fall, the Canon EOS M10 joined the company's interchangeable lens camera lineup as its first entry-level mirrorless camera. Since then we have thoroughly tested the M10 in the lab and the field, and now we've delivered a final verdict. Compared to the simultaneously-launched EOS M3, the M10 opts for a much simpler, more streamlined design. In particular, there are relatively few buttons on the camera. This doesn't mean that it feels cheap, though, as the three-inch tilting touchscreen mechanism appears particularly...
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Share your Joy: First-ever interactive photo album announced by Joy, 13.3-inch touchscreen tablet


    The world's first interactive photo album has been unveiled by Joy. Thanks to US$2.5 million in seed funding from Ev Williams' Obvious Ventures and others, Joy hopes to change how families and friends share their photographic memories with one another. The team, comprised of individuals from companies such as Apple, Sonos and Yahoo, has created a premium electronic photo album that is designed to be as comfortable on the coffee table as in your hands when the Joy Album launches in summer 2017. The touchscreen sharing device can...
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Painting with light: Brian Hart’s photography turns his camera into paper and light into a pen


    Brian Hart's photography is a fascinating melding of photography and drawing. His light painting work has been widely featured on a number of occasions, including international exhibitions. Maria Bartholdi recently produced a video about Brian and his work, which you can see below. "Light is a really unique medium to work with. It's this non-physical thing. You can't see where you've drawn, it's not tangible, it's kind of like you projected out there and hopefully you end up with something good," Hart says in the video's opening....
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Panasonic GX85 Conclusion: Packing a wealth of features and performance into a compact body


    The Micro Four Thirds market continues to produce cameras packing more and more features into compact form factors, and the Panasonic GX85 follows suit in this trend with aplomb. We've just dotted the i's and crossed the t's on our final verdict for this capable camera, so for all the details, head to our Panasonic GX85 Conclusion. And for anyone interested in ths camera's capabilities who've not yet been following along with our testing results and real world shooting experiences, feel free to dive in at any number of train...
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Tim Laman, National Geographic photographer, wins Wildlife Photographer of the Year award


        American wildlife photographer and field biologist Tim Laman has been chosen as the Grand title winner of the 52nd Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, held annually by the British Natural History Museum. Mr. Laman's photograph, "Entwined Lives", was created by a GoPro camera hidden in the canopy of the forest.   Entwined Lives - GoPro HERO4 Black; 1/30 sec at f2.8; ISO 231. (c) Tim Laman Mr. Laman, a past...
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Someone stole your image, what next? Three steps you can take to bring a digital thief to justice


    Image theft is a serious problem that affects many photographers. I've personally been the victim as the index image to the right was being used on someone's Flickr page, with the user claiming to have taken the image using an app that they created. In my case it was a moral issue, but in more serious instances, people or businesses are making considerable money using someone else's work. If you find that your work has been stolen online, what can you do about it? Image theft victim and the founder of Photography Life, Nasim...
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The memory card backup device you’ve been waiting for? Meet the Flash Porter


    DFi Gear thinks you need a device to keep your images backed-up in the field, and over 200 backers on Kickstarter think so as well, giving the company over $50,000 towards a goal of $15,000 to produce their first units of the Flash Porter. Portable memory backup devices became quite popular in the 2000's, given the inherent limitations of the technology of the time: your average-size memory card was in the range of 64-128 Megabytes, and the prospect of lugging around a laptop to keep your images backed-up was the only practical...
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Dedicated to professional printing, Canon announces trio of new Premium Fine Art papers


    As Canon continues to expand their premium printer lineup, their paper lineup continues to grow as well. Canon has announced three new fine art papers, well-suited for printing on their imagePROGRAF line using their LUCIA PRO inks. The trio of papers are: Premium Fine Art Smooth, Premium Fine Art Bright White and Premium Polished Rag. Of the new paper products, Canon USA's President and COO Yuichi Ishizuka said, "Canon continues to be committed to our professional printing audience and these new papers are a great example of...
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Luminar: Macphun announces new all-in-one photo editor for MacOS, aims to simplify and streamline editing


    MacOS software developer Macphun, makers of the Aurora HDR 2017 software I recently reviewed, has announced a new all-in-one photo editing app, Luminar. Key features of Luminar include: An adaptive, customizable user interface More than 50 one-click presets More than 35 image enhancement filters  Batch processing Layers with blend modes Brushes and selective masking Texture overlays RAW file conversion Noise reduction Object and spot removal tools Can be operated as standalone or...
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Nikon unveils ultra-wide 19mm PC tilt-shift and revamped, durable 70-200mm f/2.8E lenses


    There are two new additions to Nikon's Nikkor lens lineup, which recently surpassed 100 million lenses produced. The perspective control (PC) line is being expanded with the wide PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED tilt-shift lens. Further, a staple of the professional's kit, comes a refreshed Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom lens, complete with an electromagnetic diaphragm and fluorite element. Nikon PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED tilt-shift lens: Widest PC lens in Nikon's lineup The widest lens in Nikon's perspective control line (which includes 24mm,...
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Sleek and durable: MindShift Gear launches two new backpacks for outdoor photographers


    MindShift Gear has two new backpacks aimed at outdoor photographers: The SidePath and TrailScape. The new backpacks, although quite different in terms of overall size and design, emphasize a balance between carrying capacity and compactness and include numerous features aimed at those who travel well off the beaten path with their photographic gear. SidePath: Compact backpack with a rear-panel opening With the increased reliance on smaller camera systems by enthusiasts and professionals, such as Sony's popular mirrorless...
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When tripod threads go screwy: Fix your damaged tripod thread with this DIY repair kit


    Filmmaker Tom Antos knows how frustrating damaged tripod threads can be, but fixing them doesn't have to be a complicated task nor require sending your camera gear away for repair. To repair a damaged tripod thread (in the video below we are looking at 1/4-20" threads), you need a helical threaded insert kit, such as this one from E-Z Lok which can be purchased on Amazon for under US$25. The kit includes a drill bit, a hole tapper, thread inserts and a tang break tool. You can see how to use the components in the video below....
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Review: Brevitē Rolltop backpack provides durable, attractive and versatile carrying solution


    Brevitē is a relatively new company in the photo backpack world, releasing their first product following a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015. The original campaign was backed by nearly 250 people and raised upwards of US$40,000. The company was started by a trio of brothers in Boston and their lineup includes the original Backpack and two new bags, the Rolltop and Rucksack.  I had the chance to try out one of their new Rolltop backpacks and came away very impressed. The Rolltop incorporates a unique design where the top of...
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Pentax K-70 Field Test: Mid-range features, entry-level price. Should you buy this value-packed DSLR?


    Early last year, Ricoh launched the Pentax K-S2, an entry-level DSLR that was nonetheless packed to bursting with features, many of them typically found only in more expensive cameras or appearing for the first time in a Pentax-branded body. While it had much to offer, the K-S2's attention-grabbing color scheme and top-deck material choices, as well as its optional go-faster racing stripe, caused some to take it less than seriously. Now, the Pentax K-70 is here, and brings with it most of the same features plus some new...
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Nikon 105mm f/1.4E review: Big, fast, and expensive – but simply amazing


    When you're talking about lenses, a focal length between 85mm and 135mm is a go-to range for portraits -- and 105mm is the sweet spot used by many portrait photographers. Historically, Nikon has invested a significant amount of time and effort into lenses designed for portraiture, so it's no suprise that the latest offering from Nikon -- the AF-S NIKKOR 105mm f/1.4E ED -- represents a milestone of the company's technical innovation. At the time this article hits the web, the Nikon 105mm f/1.4E is the fastest lens in its class --...
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