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Published: 2016-09-27T19:35:41+00:00


Tough Karma? DJI dishes it to GoPro with smaller, faster, smarter Mavic Pro drone


    A week ago, we told you about GoPro's brand-new Karma drone, an unmanned aerial platform aimed at photographers with which the company hoped to breathe new life into its stagnating action camera business. Today, that plan looks somewhat less bulletproof after the launch of the rival DJI Mavic Pro, a drone which looks to demolish its upstart rival in pretty much every way. Of course, DJI has long known that Karma was coming -- and not just because GoPro has been touting its plans to enter the drone market for the last year...
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Sony executive interview: The strategy and technology behind the Sony A99 II


    Recently, I had a chance to sit down with Kimio Maki, Senior General Manager, Division 1, Digital imaging Business Group, Sony Corporation and Takashi Kondo, Chief Marketing Manager, Marketing Division, Digital Imaging Business Group, Sony Corporation at the recent Photokina 2016 show in Cologne, Germany. Our meeting was the day after they had announced the Sony A99 II, their new flagship A-mount model. We of course had a lot of questions, but in the limited time I had with Maki-san, I focused mostly on higher level questions...
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Sony full-frame fans rejoice - Sigma president says company is going to support FE-mount!


    As we recover from the flurry of news and announcements during Photokina 2016, an interesting tidbit of information for Sony E-mount users has come out of an interview that Sigma's president Kazuto Yamaki conducted with Focus Numerique. In the above interview, which has been published in French, Yamaki said very plainly that Sigma will come out with FE mount photo lenses in the future. Until now, the company has only released cine lenses in FE mount and required users to mount Sigma lenses to their E-mount cameras via an adapter,...
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If you want one, pre-order it now! Sony advises that the G Master 70-200mm f/2.8 lens will be hard to find


    2016 has been the year of shortages and delays, primarily due to the Kumamoto earthquake in Japan back in April heavily affecting sensor production. Unfortunately, we can add another shortage to the list, but unlike most delays which have been related to camera bodies, this announced shortage is for a lens. Per Sony Japan, customers should expect the highly-anticipated Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS lens to be very difficult to find in the coming months. The lens was announced back in February and was expected to be released much...
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Less photo storage, more prints: Amazon kills Unlimited Photos plan, starts Amazon Prints service


    In March 2015, Amazon announced a plan costing a mere US$12 a year that let subscribers store as many photos as they wanted on their cloud-based storage system, Cloud Drive. The Unlimited Photos Plan also included five gigabytes of storage for videos, documents or other files. Indeed, this plan marked an unprecedented value for photographers looking to store their images online. Unfortunately, after roughly a year and a half, Amazon has started informing customers that the plan will no longer be available. At least not to people...
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Think Tank Shape Shifter V2.0 Backpack Review: Flexible design makes for an excellent travel pack


    Photo backpacks are typically quite rigid in their design, often to provide extra protection for your equipment. However, Think Tank's new Shape Shifter V2.0 series of backpacks contracts and expands with your gear, allowing it to get as thin as three inches in depth when it is compressed. All of this while still ensuring that your gear is secure, safe and protected in the backpack. Design: Plentiful pockets and storage yet compact when necessary The Shape Shifter V2.0 is available in three configurations. Two of them, the 15...
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A stylish, easy-to-use Instax camera: Lomography Lomo’Instant Automat camera hits Kickstarter


    Lomography has a rich history of creating stylish, analog cameras. They have successfully capitalized on a market and continued to create new, often aesthetically distinct, products. Their latest product, which is on Kickstarter now, is no different. The Lomo'Instant Automat is being billed as "the ultimate instant camera for beginners and experts alike" and is fully automatic, always ready to capture your vision. The camera retains the same Lomography styling you've come to know - and perhaps love. Focusing is handled via a...
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Brevite introduces two new bags, Rucksack and Rolltop, which offer discreet carrying solution


    Motivated by the desire to create a photo backpack that blended in and flew under the radar - one that didn't obviously scream that you were carrying valuable equipment - three New England brothers started their company and got to work on a backpack that could hold everything photographers needed, while being comfortable, practical and aesthetically-pleasing. Boston-based Brevitē released their original backpack after a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015 and are now back with two new designs, the Rucksack and the Rolltop...
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High fashion meets the lo-fi (but super-popular!) Fuji instant camera world with the Michael Kors Mini 70


    Fuji Instax cameras are all the rage these days, and are selling like hotcakes as the old familiar saying goes. They're selling so well in fact that Fuji has partnered with famous fashion designer Michael Kors to introduce a sleek and sexy model known as the Michael Kors x Fujifilm Instax Mini 70. As you may have noted in an article we posted last year, the popularity trend of this instant camera line has taken on an exponential sales growth pace over the past few years, thus allowing this simple instant film camera to out-sell...
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KOHIKO Kickstarter hopes to bring modular, sling camera backpack to adventurous photographers


    From the New Zealand-based company Kiwidition comes a new Kickstarter campaign aimed at bringing their sling camera backpack, KOHIKO, to market. The bag is designed to be compact, lightweight and user-friendly, allowing photographers to quickly access their gear. When walking, you keep the bag on your back, but its unique design and small size allows you to quickly swing it around to your side to access its numerous internal and external pockets. When empty, the KOHIKO weighs a mere two pounds and has a 400 cubic inch volume. You...
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From Japan’s historic Echizen region, Ilford’s new textured matte fine art paper is a distinct offering


    Since its formation in 1879, Ilford has long been associated with photography. Its name carries a lot of weight in the industry and is synonymous with high-quality and innovation. Its latest product - announced at Photokina - aims to combine both of those characteristics. Indeed, the new Galerie Washi Torinoko paper looks to combine a rich history of the Japanese paper with modern printing techniques. The Washi Torinoko paper has a weight of 110gsm and features a traditional Japanese base and fine textured matte surface. The...
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A medium format camera for pros and mere mortals alike? Hands On with the Fuji GFX!


    Who needs full-frame? That's certainly the attitude from the folks over at Fujifilm as they unveiled their brand new medium format mirrorless system camera, the Fuji GFX. The X-T2 and X-Pro2 serve as the dual flagship models for the X-Series, with the X-T2, in particular, expanding Fuji's capabilities into the world of sports, wildlife and bird photography as well as cinema production. However, there's another group of high-end pros -- portrait, commercial and architectural, to name a few -- who haven't yet been fully catered to by...
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Olympus E-M1 Mark II Hands-on First Impressions: A quick look at Olympus’ beefed-up flagship OM-D


    Yes, Micro Four Thirds fans, the flagship OM-D camera finally gets a follow-up model. Breaking onto the scene and putting DSLRs on notice back in 2013, the Olympus E-M1 made a big splash, and by a look at the specs, the upcoming Olympus E-M1 Mark II is aiming to make an even bigger one. At a launch event ahead of this year's Photokina trade show, the E-M1 Mark II made its long-awaited debut. Sporting a tweaked exterior design, the appearance is more or less familiar territory compared to the original model, though we do get a...
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Alien Skin introduces Exposure X2, the latest version of its non-destructive RAW editor


    Alien Skin Software announced today the latest version of its flagship non-destructive RAW editor, Exposure X2. Exposure X2 includes a variety of new features such as a new "spot heal" tool, metadata searching in the "organizer" and faded presets. The spot heal tool enables portrait photographers to quickly perform detailed retouching, all without leaving the application. When searching for images by metadata, you can retrieve images captured with certain camera models, at particular shutter speeds or ISO sensitivities and more....
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Leica expands SL lens range with 50mm f/1.4, releases roadmap for four other future lenses


    As of now, there are only two lenses in Leica's SL-system lineup. But that is soon to change. The German company announced that a new Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH. lens is available for preorder now and will be released before the end of the year. The first prime lens for the Leica SL range will be followed by three additional primes and an ultra-wide zoom by the beginning of 2018. The 50mm f/1.4 lens is said to offer photographers not only a fast maximum aperture, but speedy and accurate autofocus performance as well. The...
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From 12mm all the way to 500mm: Sigma announces trio of Global Vision lenses at Photokina


    Sigma has used Photokina as a platform for expanding exposure for its Global Vision Line of optics by announcing not one, not two, but three new lenses! Not only are they highly varied, as you'll see below, but they are also compatible with full-frame sensors. Speaking on behalf of the announcement, Sigma Corporation of America's president Mark Amir-Hamzeh says, "We are thrilled to announce three state-of-the-art additions to the Global Vision line." Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art First up is the new Sigma 85mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art...
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Taking SD to the extreme: SanDisk and Western Digital announce world’s first 1 terabyte SDXC card


    Photokina isn't just about big camera and lens announcements, it also brings with it a wide variety of general technology and photo gear reveals. Western Digital Corporation (owner of SanDisk as of earlier this year) has just announced a prototype SanDisk SDXC card with a massive 1 terabyte (TB) of storage. (You heard correctly... 1TB!) The card has been designed to "meet the increasing demand for high quality content, for example, 4K and 8K resolutions and the exponential growth of data-intensive production requirements, the...
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Adobe Stock adds contributor site and integration, updates Lightroom


    After adding further integration of Adobe Stock in their suite of Creative Cloud software in June, including Photoshop CC 2015.5, Adobe has just announced at Photokina the public beta of their new Adobe Stock Contributor Site. This newly-launched platform allows content creators to sell their photos, illustrations, videos and vectors to Adobe Stock users. What was before the "premier destination to buy high-quality, royalty-free content" is now also the place to sell your content. Of their new contributor platform, Adobe says...
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Sony A99 II Hands-On First Impressions: Time with Sony’s new professional speed demon


    During an hour-long media briefing and hands-on session at Photokina following the Sony A99 II’s surprise unveiling on Monday, I was able to get some hands-on time, albeit just briefly, with the new flagship A-mount SLT camera. The primary topic of discussion in the meeting was the A99 II’s impressively-spec’d autofocus system. In a way, blending a traditional DSLR/SLT’s dedicated autofocusing sensor with the A7R II’s on-chip phase detect technology, the Sony A99 II appears to offer extremely fast AF performance as well as...
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GoPro Karma drone: A smaller, lighter, cheaper, less capable DJI Phantom with free Osmo-like gimbal grip


    It's been promised for what feels like an eternity, and now it's finally here: Action camera maker GoPro has taken the wraps off its long-awaited Karma aerial camera platform! Final judgement on the company's first drone will have to wait until the Karma reaches market, but with the specs finally known, it's time for a comparison of the GoPro Karma vs. the DJI Phantom 4. On paper at least, it would appear to offer a fair bit of the well-entrenched DJI Phantom 4's capabilities, but in a somewhat smaller, folding package and at...
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