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Published: 2017-02-21T17:00:18+00:00


Ultra variety in the ultra-wide angle lens market: Irix announces 11mm f/4.0 full-frame lens


    It has been a big week so far for ultra-wide lenses. Early this morning, Sigma announced their new 14mm f/1.8 lens. Irix, a newcomer to the lens industry, has replied with an even wider 11mm lens of their own, the Irix 11mm f/4.0. This is the second lens from Irix, as they announced a 15mm f/2.4 lens last year. The Irix 11mm f/4.0 offers a 126° angle of view on full-frame cameras and has a focus range of 0.9 feet (0.275 meters) to infinity. The lens has four high refractive lenses, two ED lenses and three aspherical lenses as...
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Sigma announces four new lenses, including groundbreaking ultra-wide 14mm f/1.8


    Sigma will be expanding its lineup of Global Vision Art and Contemporary lenses at the 2017 CP+ Camera + Photo Imaging Show in Tokyo, Japan. To get photographers ready for the massive show, Sigma has taken the wraps off four new lenses. Before we look in detail at each of the lenses, there are a few features which are common among all four. All of the lenses will be available in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts. Further, they can all be adapted for Sony E-mount cameras through the use of Sigma's MC-11 mount converter and are also...
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Ricoh @ CES 2017: Tech demos aplenty and insights on the Ricoh R Dev Kit from the Theta’s creator


    When we toured Ricoh's booth back at the Consumer Electronics Show early last month, we came away thoroughly impressed by the company's various technology demonstrations. Ever since then, we've been meaning to put together an article giving you a rundown of what was on offer. And now, we've found a spare moment to do just that! In terms of products, the big push on Ricoh's booth was clearly around its popular (and extremely impressive) Pentax K-1, the company's first 35mm full-frame DSLR offering, as well as its Ricoh Theta...
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Not only for landscapes: How to use Lightroom’s graduated filter to make selective adjustments


    Photography Life writer and photographer John Bosley made a workflow and post-processing tutorial with Photography Life founder Nasim Mansurov, but wanted to share a free tutorial on how to use the graduated filter tool in Lightroom. The tool is very powerful, but that doesn't mean that it is overly complicated to utilize when editing your own photos in Adobe Lightroom. The tool is most often used by landscape photographers, either to accent a physical filter or to digitally replicate the effects of a graduated neutral density...
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Monochrome Fuji: Want a dedicated monochrome digital camera but don’t want an expensive Leica?


    Started in 1996, MaxMax modifies a wide variety of cameras for specialized photography such as ultraviolet-visible-IR, IR, monochrome, UV monochrome and more. For the first time ever, they are offering modified monochrome Fujifilm cameras. Their first two offerings are the Fuji X-Pro1 and X100S. While the modified cameras cost more than their retail counterparts, of course, they are still much lower cost than the Leica M Monochrom (Typ 246), which sells for nearly US$7,500. MaxMax sells the Fuji X-Pro1 Monochrome camera for...
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Humans aren’t the only primate with a use for facial recognition software: Saving lemurs with technology


    You have surely heard of facial recognition technology, it is becoming more prevalent in a variety of photography software, but have you heard of facial recognition for lemurs? Biologists and computer scientists have teamed up to create LemurFaceID, a facial recognition system that allows identification of individual lemurs, which may ultimately help the conservation efforts for the adorable mammals from Madagascar. Biometrics expert Anil Jain worked on the software and spoke with about LemurFaceID, “"Like humans, lemurs...
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A snowy, cold adventure in Swedish Lapland with landscape and travel photographer Thomas Heaton


    Landscape and travel photographer Thomas Heaton not only captures excellent photographs, but he also maintains a very active YouTube channel which blends education and entertainment. His videos often take the form of going out in the field and capturing photos while offering tips and tricks along the way. We have covered his work on numerous occasions (see here, here and here). In a recent video, the U.K.-based Heaton is in Swedish Lapland. He was invited there by Discover the World and Heaton was able to travel around to great...
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What are the advantages of Canon’s Dual Pixel CMOS AF system?


    On the heels of the trio of camera announcements from Canon this week, the company has released a new video showing off its Dual Pixel CMOS AF technology. The video, while not highly technical, does a good job of providing an overview of the technology. At the heart of the Dual Pixel CMOS AF system is phase-difference autofocus pixels covering 80 percent of the height and 80 percent of the width of the image sensor. The pixels handle both imaging and phase-difference autofocus, hence the “dual.” Canon’s old Hybrid CMOS AF III...
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Firmware Friday: New features for Leica M10, Canon Connect Station CS100; bug-fixes for Canon 1DX II


    It's Firmware Friday time once again, folks: Your weekly roundup of all the latest camera and imaging gear updates is here, and this week brings news for owners of three products from Canon and Leica. Specifically, it's the Canon 1DX II and Connect Station CS100 being showered with love this week, along with the Leica M10. We'll start off with Canon's news... Canon EOS 1D X Mark II and Connect Station CS100 Firmware version 1.1.3 for the Canon 1DX Mark II is a bug-fix release, aimed at squashing a few problems in the...
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Sony 100mm f/2.8 STF Field Test: It’s actually f/5.6, shoots like an f/4, yet delivers the smoothest bokeh


    A taste for the finer things in life comes through experience, and the desire to move beyond the traditional mass-market standards. This can apply to fine wines, aged cheeses, fabulous french sauces, works of art and fine automobiles. It also applies to high-end camera lenses, which can offer a variety of subtle refinements perceptible only to those who know what to look for. The Sony FE 100mm f/2.8 STF is just such a lens, and our friends at Sony were kind enough to send us a pre-production sample for Field Testing. It has an...
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Analog matchmaker: Find the perfect film for you with this fun quiz


    For whatever reason – or perhaps a variety of reasons – film is not only still alive, but seemingly gaining popularity. This somewhat surprising reversal of fate for analog photography means that many photographers who either used to shoot film or have never tried it before, are interested in giving it a go. One of these people is French photographer Vincent Moschetti who sold his digital photography equipment to purchase a full suite of film photography gear. Vincent has started a website, One Year With Film Only (OYWFO), to offer...
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Canon 5D Mark IV Review Conclusion: Familiar yet refreshed 5D IV is a top-notch professional DSLR


    Canon's 5D-series has been one of its most popular lineup, a true line of workhorse cameras for professionals and experienced enthusiasts covering a variety of multimedia pursuits. With the refreshed Canon 5D Mark IV, some four long years after the Mark III's debut, the pro-level full-frame DSLR's gains a host of upgrades, though mainly to its internals -- thankfully, Canon's left its tried-and-true exterior design more or less unchanged. We've just now published our full Canon 5D Mark IV review, complete with our review...
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Floppy disk camera: Revisiting the Sony FD85, how does it hold up nearly 20 years later?


    In 2000, Sony released the MVC-FD85 digital camera. What made this camera interesting is that, like other Mavica models, it utilized a floppy disk for image storage. There was an optional adapter which accepted Memory Stick cards inside of a dummy floppy disk as well. The FD85 used a 1.3-megapixel CCD image sensor and had a built-in lens which provided a 35mm equivalent 39-117mm focal length range with an f/2.8-2.9 aperture. YouTube user LitZippo recently revisited the FD85 and made an entertaining review of the camera, complete...
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Take a trip back in time with The Met Museum’s digital collection, nearly 400,000 free images available


    The Met Museum in New York City recently digitized its collection, releasing nearly 400,000 images for free under a Creative Commons Zero (CC0) license. A CC0 license means that all of the images are available for unrestricted use. You can search through the collection of digitized work here and utilize several filters to narrow your search. You could easily lose hours and hours while exploring photographs and artworks from a wide array of cultures over different periods time. I’ve selected a few of my favorite photographs, which...
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World Press Photo 2017 winners announced, see which cameras took the most award-winning photos


    World Press Photo recently announced its 2017 Photo Contest winners. Spanish site Photolari broke down which cameras were used to capture the award-winning images and the information is quite interesting. Granted, there are nine images for which data is not available, but otherwise we can see the breakdown of the other 36 winning photographs. Overall, DSLR cameras dominate the charts, with the Canon 5D Mark III leading the way with nine award-winning photos having been snapped with the venerable full-frame Canon. Canon also holds...
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Can’t beat free: X-Trans and Foveon-sensor friendly raw editor RawTherapee updated to version 5


    The free raw developer, RawTherapee, has been updated to version 5. For users of Foveon and X-Trans cameras, RawTherapee has often been an excellent alternative to other raw editors, which either don't support or poorly support raw files from these distinct camera sensors, but it is well-regarded by many users of other cameras as well. Version five introduces many new features. Two of the big new features are wavelets and retinex (page in French) tools. Additional features include monitor profile and rendering intent support,...
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Star Wars fans, do you know the photographic origins of Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber?


    Whether you are a Star Wars fan or not, you are almost certainly familiar with the lightsaber. The iconic weapon from the Star Wars universe has found itself enshrined in popular culture for decades. Did you know that the basis for some of the lightsabers in the original Star Wars trilogy were repurposed camera flashes? DigitalRev In-Focus looks at the origins of the lightsaber design and its interesting connection to photography. When collecting props for the filming of "Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope," set director Roger...
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Exposing the hidden secrets in skin with ultraviolet light and a UV-sensitive camera


    Mathieu Stern teamed up with fellow French photographer Pierre-Louis Ferrer to showcase how a modified DSLR camera can show many details hidden in your skin. Ferrer is well-regarded for his ultraviolet and infrared photography and Stern wanted to work with Ferrer to see what they could do together in the studio. Using ultraviolet lightbulbs, a large UV ring flash and a UV-sensitive DSLR, the duo showed how different we look when exposed to UV light using specialized camera gear. It's always fun to see familiar subjects in a new...
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Photography trends in 2017: Smartphone photography on the rise, UltraHD printing and more


    WhiteWall Product Manager Jan-Ole Schmidt has shared some thoughts on the trends he believes will take off during 2017 and beyond. Smartphone photography is on the rise, says Schmidt, “It is not just the camera in the smartphones that are getting better - accessories and add-ons are being introduced at an incredible pace and with amazing quality. Supplementary gadgets can vastly improve the performance of consumer mobile devices. Modern light gauges and high-end, detachable lenses can create professional quality pictures.” At...
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Canon announces EOS M6, an enthusiast-oriented, yet compact 24MP mirrorless camera


    Canon made waves with its EOS M5 mirrorless camera last fall, introducing their first mirrorless camera which felt like a true enthusiast model. The Canon EOS M6 continues in the same vein while ditching the built-in electronic viewfinder of the M5 and reducing the pricepoint while keeping much of what has thus far impressed us about the M5. The Canon EOS M6 pairs the same 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor found in the M5 with the same DIGIC 7 image processor to offer what Canon promises is a speedy camera. Also shared between the...
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