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Published: 2018-02-22T16:00:50+00:00


Firmware Friday: Better AF for Sigma 30mm f/1.4, feature-packed updates for Panasonic video cams


Our Firmware Friday roundup this week is short and to the point, with only two new updates landing in the past seven days, and one more announced but not slated to arrive for a few more weeks. Unless you're shooting with a Panasonic video camera or the SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary lens in Sony E-mount form, you can continue along to another story. (We'd suggest our Panasonic G9 field test, Olympus PL9 first shots or Fuji X-H1 hands-on as being particularly interesting!) Still with us for the firmware news? Great,...
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Sony Artisan uses Sony RX0 to create stunning underwater film, Ether


We've discussed the Sony RX0 before and gone hands-on with it at various Sony events. The RX0 essentially takes the guts from a Sony RX100 and puts them an in an ultra-compact waterproof/shockproof cube. The camera is designed to be used as part of an array to create incredible video footage. An example of the camera's prowess for video is shown off below in a new video, "ETHER," for Sony Alpha Universe and shot by Sony Artisan of Imagery Jeff Berlin. You can also scroll down further to see a behind-the-scenes video of...
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From the kitchen to the great outdoors: Adorama releases a pair of new “Through the Lens” episodes


As the Canada-centric fifth season of Adorama's "Through the Lens" continues, Adorama and Sal D'Alia have released a pair of new episodes this week. The fifth episode features food photographer Maria Koutsogiannis, who not only captures excellent images of food, but makes the recipes and prepares the food herself. Maria shoots with a Nikon DSLR she received from her father and she uses photography primarily for her own benefit. She enjoys the process of shooting and editing images, but at the end of the day, she does it for...
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Panasonic G9 Field Test Part III: High-res composite, HDR and time-lapse modes put to the test


Click here to read the Panasonic G9 Field Test Part III In my first two Panasonic G9 Field Tests, I tested the camera's primary imaging and video performance. The G9 performed very well in both respects. However, a camera is more than its biggest features. In the case of the G9, it has many interesting features that may not stand out at first glance. For example, the camera has an in-camera time-lapse mode. It also has great wireless functionality and a bevy of interesting shooting modes, including a high-resolution composite...
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Olympus E-PL9 First Shots: Pitting the latest PEN against the A6300, GX850, RX100 V and T7i


We've just received a sample of the svelte Olympus PEN E-PL9 and didn't want to waste any time bringing you our trademark laboratory First Shots series of Still Life test target images. You seasoned readers know all about these, but for anyone new to our website, these allow you to not only investigate the camera's image quality across the available ISO range, but to also compare the images to any other camera we've tested in our renown Comparometer. Availability for the E-PL9 has not yet been officially announced for North...
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Sony releases new radio-equipped flagship flash, the HVL-F60M, with a guide number of 60 & new features


Sony has launched a new powerful flagship flash with a guide number of 60, the HVL-F60RM Flash. The connected flash has a built-in 2.4 GHz radio transceiver to allow photographers to quickly and easily create portable, wireless flash setups. There is full support for P-TTL and Advanced Distance Integration (ADI) metering as well, even when used in a wireless flash setup. The HVL-F60RM can be used as a commander or a remote and you can establish a connected set of up to 15 flashes across 5 groups. Compared to its predecessor, the...
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Thrifty Thursday: Need cheap insurance for data? Stock up on these high-capacity drives


I am widely known in my friend/work circles as a complainer when it comes to storage: I never, ever have enough. I'm running two huge RAID arrays on my desk right now, and I'm almost filled (that's 40+ TB of total storage). As a video guy, constantly living in fear of running out of storage on my working drives is extremely stressful and is always on my mind. So why when I see a raging deal on long-term storage options, I jump on them. Today that's at Amazon with a very good deal on Seagate USB 3.0 hard drives. You can nab a 3TB...
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Tamron announces new 70-210mm f/4 telephoto zoom lens and development of a standard zoom for Sony FE


Tamron is spreading the wealth today with a pair of announcements. For Canon and Nikon shooters, there's a new telephoto zoom lens designed for full-frame DSLR cameras. The Tamron 70-210mm f/4 Di VC USD lens is designed to be compact while delivering good optical performance throughout its range and delivering impressive macro performance. In fact, among 70-200mm f/4 lenses for full-frame DSLRs, the new Tamron focuses the closest, down to 37.4 inches. This results in a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:3.1 The internal zoom lens is...
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Fast, sleek and manual focus: Rokinon announces SP 50mm f/1.2 full-frame standard prime for Canon


Last year, Rokinon launched their SP series for Canon full-frame cameras with the SP 14mm f/2.4 and SP 85mm f/1.2, two distinctly fast prime lenses. This year, they kicked things off with the autofocus 14mm f/2.8 and now they're following with the SP 50mm f/1.2 standard prime. While not equipped with autofocus, the SP 50mm f/1.2 employs numerous advanced optical technologies including aspherical and high refractive lens elements. In total, the lens has one of each special element among its 11 elements spread across 8 groups. The...
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Fujifilm X-H1 Hands-On: We learn more about the X-H1 from the man who helmed the project


Click here to read new details on the Fujifilm X-H1 Last week, Fujifilm announced the new X-H1 flagship X Series camera. The new camera may share many features with the X-T2, such as the image sensor and processor, but the X-H1 has a lot of new features, big and small, including in-body image stabilization, a more rugged construction and snazzy video specifications. Fujifilm invited us to attend a special X-H1 event in Los Angeles where I had the chance to sit down with Jun Watanabe, who was the product manager for the...
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Pentax K-1 II gets two-stop ISO boost, hand-holdable Pixel Shift mode; K-1 becomes first upgradeable DSLR


At the start of 2016, Ricoh finally answered the calls from Pentaxians for a full-frame DSLR with the arrival of the Pentax K-1. We were seriously impressed by this weatherproof, 36-megapixel shooter, which paired great ergonomics with a lengthy laundry list of features, some of them completely unique. Now, the Japanese company follows up with the 36.4-megapixel Pentax K-1 II, which boosts sensitivity by two stops at the top end, courtesy of the same accelerator unit which sits alongside the PRIME IV image processor, just as in...
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Sony A7R III Teardown! Lensrentals finds improved weather sealing, but discovers one major flaw


To kick off 2018, we performed a variety of water torture tests on some of the most popular cameras available from numerous manufacturers, including the new Sony A7R III. Our Best Overall Camera of the Year ended up being decided in part due to the results of that very test. The Nikon D850 performed admirably while the A7R III, an otherwise excellent camera, came up short due to water ingress in the battery compartment. The somewhat surprising results are explained by a new teardown of the Sony A7R III performed by the team at...
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Sigma launches its own web magazine, SEIN Online, highlighting the art of photography


In 2014, Sigma launched a print magazine, SEIN, which was distributed quarterly for free in Japan. The magazine is named for the German word, "sein," which essentially translates to something like "to exist" or "to be." For readers familiar with German philosophers such as Hegel or Heidegger, you may recall that a similar word, "dasein," is prevalent in their work and often left untranslated due to its unique meaning. Sigma chose the word "sein" because of the company's belief that photography allows individuals to not only share...
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Lensbaby announces Burnside 35mm f/2.8 lens featuring dual apertures and swirling bokeh


Announced last week and releasing next week, the new Lensbaby Burnside 35mm f/2.8 lens continues the company's tradition of creating distinct and unusual optics. The full-frame lens employs a double-aperture design, which allows for extensive control over focus and bokeh quality. The lens is designed to deliver high central sharpness but a lot of swirling bokeh and pronounced vignette around the edges of the frame. The amount of swirl can be controlled via one of the diaphragm controls and the other diaphragm lets you dial in...
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“Through the Lens” turns its focus toward pair who found inspiration behind the camera


In the latest season of Adorama's "Through the Lens," Sal D'Alia has taken his show to Canada. We saw the first two episodes last week (click here for the first episode and here for the second). In the third and fourth episodes, seen below, we go behind the scenes with an adventure photographer and a portrait and landscape photographer. First up is Taylor Michael Burk. Burk is from Edmonton, Alberta but has since headed west to Vancouver, British Columbia. Growing up as a self-described "city boy," it was quite a shift for him to...
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15 tips for better sunrise photography: Gear, weather, settings and much more


Last month, we shared photographer Anton Gorlin's excellent guide for seascape photography. Gorlin has a new guide focused on sunrise photography. Among his 15 tips for better sunrise images, he opens by discussing the difference between sunrise and sunset. Besides the obvious difference in the direction of light, sunrise has some distinct advantages. There are often less people around at sunrise. After all, not many people are willing to get up very early. On that note, Gorlin's first tip is to arrive early. You want to start...
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Rainy day in Death Valley creates stunning conditions for large-format film photographer Ben Horne


Death Valley is known for its very dry, hot conditions. However, rain is not unheard of there and when storms roll through, the conditions are often stunning. Photographer Ben Horne, who we have featured on numerous occasions for his excellent behind the scenes videos and distinct use of large-format film equipment, visited Death Valley and on his second day there, a storm rolled through. The conditions, while beautiful, proved very challenging as well. It can be hard to work in rain no matter what, but it can be made...
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Editing landscapes in Lightroom: How to create drama and depth in your photos


Australian photographer Andrew Marr visited Scotland last year and captured many beautiful images. Viewers of his video about the trip asked him about his editing process so he has created a new tutorial video showing his editing process in Lightroom. Marr's photography often features a lot of dynamism and drama, so he wants to share his tips and tricks for creating dramatic images via post-processing. The video highlights a very important point and one which emphasizes practice. Marr remarks that he knew when he was out in the...
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Why this photographer always uses lens hoods: Two Minute Tips with David Bergman


Professional photographer and educator David Bergman has an ongoing video series for Adorama TV, "Two Minute Tips," in which he shares great tips and tricks for many photography-related topics in roughly two minutes - the title doesn't pull any punches. In the latest episode, seen below, Bergman discusses lens hoods. Lens hoods are something we often take for granted. Most lenses come with one, they usually work fine and aren't very noticeable, but when a lens hood is bad or improperly used, they become very evident. Bergman...
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Firmware Friday: Leica SL (Typ 601), Panasonic EVA1, Sony AXS-R7 updated


For the second week in a row, our Firmware Friday roundup is short and sweet, with few new updates arriving and relatively little to discuss over the last seven days. In all, we have news of updates for the Leica SL (Typ 601), Panasonic AU-EVA1 and the Sony AXS-R7 (this last being an accessory for the Sony F5 and F55 CineAlta video cameras). Let's cut short any further preamble, and get right down to the meat of what's new! Leica SL (Typ 601) With firmware version 3.1 for the Leica SL (Typ 601), the German company has...
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