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Published: 2017-04-24T01:00:37+00:00


The Seagate/DJI strategic partnership yields first product: a portable 2TB drive with microSD port


Seagate and DJI had previously announced a strategic partnership, and that arrangement has yielded its first product: the Fly Drive. With 2TB of storage and a built-in microSD card reader, the Fly Drive is designed to give drone pilots an in-the-field backup option. Seagate says the drive should appeal to drone users due to its small size, durability, built-in reader and fast transfer speeds, but did not provide any actual transfer speed numbers to expect at this time....
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Firmware Friday: Almost 20 updates from Canon, Fuji, JVC, Metabones, Panasonic, Pentax, Sigma, Sony & YI


With the NAB Show slated to kick off tomorrow in Las Vegas, Nevada, this week's Firmware Friday roundup has epic proportions. In total, we have news of almost 20 updates for cameras, lenses and imaging gear from nine different manufacturers, and a fair bit of it adds new features, rather than being limited just to bug fixes. Without any further ado, let's get right down to it! Canon 5D Mark IV It seems like only days ago that we were telling you about firmware version 1.0.4, a bugfixing release for the Canon 5D Mark IV DSLR....
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Laws of Light: Creating separation using background and key lights plus color as a separator


In Jay P. Morgan’s continuing video series, “Laws of Light,” his latest video focuses on creating separation between your subject and the background. Having control over light is critical for capturing portraits with dimension and depth, as we saw in a previous “Laws of Light” video focused on dimension and texture. A simple way to create separation is to use a single light on your subject and the background. When the light is angled from the side, the lit side of the subject’s face is bright against a dark background, whereas...
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SwellPro’s waterproof drones look to offer drone users the best of air and sea


Why should your drone be limited to the air, how about a submergible drone? Naturally a standard drone can’t be dipped in a lake or ocean, but specialist drone maker SwellPro makes a variety of waterproof drones. Dustin Dunnill tried a SwellPro Splash Drone for his YouTube channel and in the video below, you can see it flying in the air and moving through the water. While you may not need the fisherman-friendly features of the $1,400 Splash Drone Fisherman, the $1,600 Splash Drone Auto comes with remote fishing line and bait...
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GoPro launches pilot program for ‘Fusion’ 5.2K spherical camera


GoPro has announced a pilot program for a new product called the GoPro Fusion, a 5.2K spherical camera that GoPro says is "designed to be the ultimate capture device for both fully immersive virtual reality content as well as conventional non-VR video and photo formats." It is a high-performance portable spherical camera that works as if you strapped six GoPros to yourself at once, similar to the GoPro Omni. At this point, it looks like GoPro is moving beyond that extremely expensive and somewhat awkwardly-sized product and pushing...
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Sigma adds 14mm T2 & 135mm T2 Cinema Lenses to its lineup


Sigma has announced the 14mm T2 and the 135mm T2, bringing their cinema lens lineup to seven total optics covering the range from 14mm to 135mm. Sigma indicates that both new lenses are capable of resolving up to 8K footage. The new lenses are available in Canon, Sony E and PL mounts, and Sigma is now offering the option to order their cinema lens in metric or imperial measurements as well as standard or full luminous paint on markings. Anyone who currently owns a Sigma cinema lens can swap from one measurement system to the other for a...
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Canon adds C-LOG to 5D Mark IV & introduces compact-servo 70-200mm lens


To add to the video capabilities of their latest professional camera, Canon has announced that they are making their log profile, Canon LOG (C-LOG), available on the 5D Mark IV DSLR. Current EOS 5D Mark IV owners can have the C-LOG feature upgrade installed for $99 at any of the Canon service centers across the U.S. starting in July. You read that right: getting C-LOG installed is more than just a firmware update you can do at home. Due to software architecture in the camera, Canon needs to connect and use their service tools in...
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Using your feet instead of your zoom to change the perspective in portraiture


When working in the field, there can be a lot of things to consider and it isn’t always easy to keep everything in mind. Suppose you’re shooting portraits with a zoom lens and there is a distracting element in the background you want to get rid of. You can just zoom in, right? Sure, that’s an option, but don’t forget about the powerful photographic tool you always have at your disposal, your feet! Jay P. Morgan says in his newest video for The Slanted Lens that you should be moving your feet to change your portrait perspective...
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A time-lapse view of the world: Nikon celebrates its 100th anniversary by travelling to space


As Nikon celebrates its 100th anniversary, the Japanese giant is marking the occasion in a number of ways. We have seen their special edition products, including gunmetal gray Nikon D5 and D500 cameras, but they also want to call attention to how their products have been used over the last century. Nikon’s relationship with space exploration is well-known. A modified Nikon F camera made its way into the great beyond aboard Apollo 15 in 1971. Since then, Nikon cameras, up to their latest digital technologies, have been aboard...
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Adobe updates Premiere, After Effects and others in massive NAB reveal


Adobe has announced updates to Premiere Pro, After Effects, Character Animator, Audition and Media Encoder bringing new features for graphics and titling, polishing audio, refining color and sharing assets to the connected programs. Most notable is the addition of what Adobe is calling the Essential Graphics Panel in Premiere Pro, which brings tools you would find in Illustrator and Photoshop into Premiere with the power to create and edit motion graphics like in After Effects. That same panel has been added to After Effects,...
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Premium drones are driving the market, but NPD data shows that the holidays were kind to cheaper drones


The drone industry is soaring to great heights. A new report from market research company NPD shows that U.S. consumers spent more than twice as much on drones, 117 percent more to be exact, from February 2016 to February 2017 compared to the same time period the prior year. The first two months of 2017 saw consumers spending a lot on premium drones costing more than $1,000 - this segment saw the highest rate of sales. What features of the more expensive drones are attracting buyers? NPD has observed that drones with autopilot...
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Sony A9, FE 100-400mm GM lens announced today in New York!


Sony hosted a press conference in New York this morning at which the company announced two new imaging-related products: The Sony A9 full-frame mirrorless camera and a new FE 100-400mm GM lens. We've blogged live from the company's press conference, so for all the details click here for our Sony A9 preview, including initial thoughts on the camera's performance from William Brawley who was given hands-on time at the event. • Sony A9Sony FE 100-400mm GM
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LaCie’s new 2big Dock sports up to 20TB via Thunderbolt 3 and three front-facing docks for USB 3.0, CF and SD


LaCie, a Seagate company, has announced a nifty little desktop do-it-all hard drive, featuring two magnetic disks that can be connected via Thunderbolt 3 or USB 3.0 and includes both CF and SD card slots, as well. The new drive called the 2Big Dock is both a hard drive and a docking station that provides ports for connecting to other devices, something new MacBook Pro fans have been lamenting about the latest design. Through a single cable, the LaCie 2big Dock simplifies and centralizes the desktop by directly connecting to a...
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Fujifilm goes square format with new digital hybrid Instax SQ10 camera


Fujifilm's Instax line of cameras, film and printers have proven very popular with photographers looking to either shoot film for the first time or relive the nostalgic experience of analog photography. To capitalize on this popularity, Fujifilm has announced the Instax Square SQ10, a square format hybrid instant film camera which combines digital technology with square analog prints. The SQ10 is the first camera in the Instax series to include the new hybrid Instax system. This digital technology allows the Instax to take...
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Fuji announces two new GFX lenses: An ultra-wide and a fast portrait prime


With the release of the Fuji GFX 50S in late February, the Japanese company officially entered the digital medium format mirrorless market. The high-resolution camera has impressed us so far, but the launch lineup of lenses was sparse with only three lenses being available to early adopters. Fujifilm had previously announced that three additional lenses would be coming in 2017 and two of them have now been given an official release date, specifications and pricing information. Fujinon GF 110mm f/2 R LM WR: Fast portrait...
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Panasonic introduces a new wide-angle zoom lens: the Leica 8-18mm f/2.8-4 ASPH


Panasonic continues its partnership with Leica in the creation of the new DG VARIO-ELMARIT 8-18mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH lens, offering an equivalent field of view of 16-36mm in 35mm terms. The lens is small and lightweight, tipping the scales at just over 11 ounces, while offering advanced features and all the technology that Panasonic can cram into the lens' tiny frame. The LEICA DG VARIO-ELMARIT 8-18mm / F2.8-4.0 ASPH, mounted on a Panasonic Lumix The 8-18mm lens is comprised...
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Pocket-friendly Panasonic ZS70 long-zoom debuts new selfie-friendly design, in-cam retouching tools


Some 15 months after the debut of the Lumix ZS60, Panasonic has today taken the wraps off a followup model, in the form of the pocket-friendly Panasonic ZS70 long zoom. If you're familiar with the earlier model then a lot will prove equally recognizable here, as the ZS70 retains its predecessor's 30x optical zoom lens, electronic viewfinder, LCD panel and connectivity options. The Lumix ZS70 also retains much the same layout as in the earlier model, although its body is a brand-new design. The reason for the restyling will...
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The pursuit of truth in portraiture: An interview with the photographer Platon


"A portrait to me is about closeness. It's about truth," Platon says in the opening of a new video interview (seen below) from PBS News Hour. The famous portrait photographer Platon has captured portraits of many famous and powerful figures over the course of his career. It can be challenging to capture genuine, honest portraits of famous figures with already-established images to live up to. "My job is not to be disrespectful, but to be authentic, to say, 'who are you really?'" Platon continues. One of Platon's more famous...
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Nine Chinese photographers sharing fascinating stories and images from the other side of the world


Photography is hugely popular in China, especially among the younger generation who were born during and after the 1980s economic explosion in the massive Asian nation. The country remains an interesting society with respect to freedom of expression and how photographers share their work and stories. TIME has identified nine Chinese photographers – all under 35 years old – you should be following. One of the photographers, Yuyang Liu, has been spending the past two years photographing the results of the Chinese government’s...
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Panasonic GH5 Field Test Part III: Dynamic range, 6K photo and timelapse and the final wrap-up


Click here to read our Panasonic GH5 Field Test Part III We are just about finished with all our testing of the GH5, and with my Field Test Part III, I look at some of the additional photo modes available on the new flagship Panasonic camera. In this final field test, I examine the dynamic range performance, 6K/4K photo mode, and timelapse mode to give you a good idea of what to expect out of the camera in different shooting situations. Dynamic range, specifically in stills, is likely an important piece for many of you,...
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