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  • Sigma has announced a 50mm F1.4 DG DN Art lens for mirrorless cameras
    by Isabella Ruffatti on 7th February 2023 at 12:39 pm

    Building on the existing 50mm F1.4 DG GN Art, this new lens will be available for L-Mount and Sony E-Mount mirrorless cameras. The post Sigma has announced a 50mm F1.4 DG DN Art lens for mirrorless cameras appeared first on Amateur Photographer.

  • DPReview TV: Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG DN Art Review
    on 7th February 2023 at 12:30 pm

    A new Sigma Art lens has arrived! The Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG DN Art promises to be a big improvement over its DSLR precursor, but how does it hold up to the latest options designed for mirrorless cameras? Chris Niccolls takes a look. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Introduction Design and handling Autofocus Flare Video performance Chromatic aberrations Bokeh Sharpness How it compares Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG DN Art sample gallery from this episode

  • Sigma announces 50mm F1.4 DG DN Art lens for E and L mounts
    on 7th February 2023 at 12:30 pm

    Sigma has a new addition for its DG DN 'Art F1.4' series lineup with the 50mm F1.4 DG DN Art lens for E and L mounts. It's the fifth in Sigma's DG DN Art series lineup, joining existing 20mm, 24mm, 35mm and 85mm prime offerings. Autofocus on the 50mm F1.4 DG DN Art is driven by a high-response linear actuator system (HLA), the first use of a linear motor in the Art line, following their use in the recent 60-600mm DG DN Sport. Sigma says the use of HLA makes the AF faster, quieter and Sigma says […]

  • SIGMA updates firmware for fp & fp L Cameras
    on 7th February 2023 at 12:30 pm

    New firmware updates for Sigma fp and fp L cameras will be available starting February 8, 2023. Users of the 24MP Sigma fp will have access to Version 5.0 and those with the 61MP fp L will be able to download Version 3.0, files can be downloaded directly from Sigma once they become public. Several new cine-centric updates and features are included in the updates, from access to new color mode to 4TB SSD compatibility, Atomos cloud support and more. The most interesting item is perhaps a new […]

  • Nikon announces Nikkor Z 85mm F1.2 S and Nikkor Z 26mm F2.8
    by Isabella Ruffatti on 7th February 2023 at 10:43 am

    The Nikkor Z 85mm F1.2 S is a professional portrait lens while the Nikkor Z 26mm F2.8 is a compact wide-angle pancake lens. The post Nikon announces Nikkor Z 85mm F1.2 S and Nikkor Z 26mm F2.8 appeared first on Amateur Photographer.

  • Guide to black and white smartphone photography
    by Amy Davies on 7th February 2023 at 10:31 am

    Your smartphone is a great tool to experiment with mono shooting, four photographers share their advice with Amy Davies. Plus, the best smartphones for black and white photography The post Guide to black and white smartphone photography appeared first on Amateur Photographer.

  • DPReview TV: Portrait battle with the Nikkor Z 85mm F1.2 S
    on 7th February 2023 at 4:01 am

    In the midst of swirling blizzard, Chris and Jordan took the new Nikkor Z 85mm F1.2 out to see who could take the better portrait of their co-host. Learn more about this impressive lens, and let us know in the comments who took the better photos! Special thanks to Levi Holwell for shooting this episode! Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Introduction Available light portraits Size and design Autofocus Bokeh Breathing Lit portraits Who is it for?

  • Nikon announces pair of Z-mount prime lenses: 85mm F1.2 S and 26mm F2.8 pancake lens
    on 7th February 2023 at 4:01 am

    Nikon has released the promised pair of new lenses for its Z-mount system: the Nikkor Z 85mm F1.2 S, which the company says is a professional-level ultra-fast prime lens, and the Nikkor Z 26mm F2.8 pancake lens which is Nikon's slimmest and lightest full-frame AF lens ever. The Nikkor Z 85mm F1.2 S is a portrait prime in the company's premium 'S-line' of lenses. It features magnesium alloy construction and is claimed to be weather sealed. It sits next to the 85mm F1.8 S in Nikon's lineup. […]

  • Beginners guide to Street Photography
    by Joshua Waller on 6th February 2023 at 6:00 pm

    Beginners guide to Street Photography - If you love people watching, then street photography could be perfect for you - get inspired here The post Beginners guide to Street Photography appeared first on Amateur Photographer.

  • Go Wide! A look at four top ultra-wide primes for Micro Four Thirds
    on 6th February 2023 at 2:00 pm

    One of the great things about the Micro Four Thirds system is that it's easy to find a good long lens – including the ones you used to use on your DSLR (remember those?). With its quarter-size sensor the system gives us the reach of a 400mm lens when we’ve only mounted a 200mm. The downside of course comes when we want a wide angle view, as the 2x crop factor means we need a 10mm lens to get the same view we’d achieve with a 20mm on a full-frame camera. Fortunately though, we now have a […]

  • 12 Best Second-hand Classic Compact Cameras
    by Joshua Waller on 6th February 2023 at 9:20 am

    If you’re looking for a compact camera, these second-hand classic compact cameras offer advanced controls, raw shooting and bargain prices The post 12 Best Second-hand Classic Compact Cameras appeared first on Amateur Photographer.

  • Are Leicas worth it?
    by Geoff Harris on 5th February 2023 at 10:40 am

    You'd never consider a Leica camera or lens a budget choice. Geoff Harris considers why so many will pay a premium for that little red dot The post Are Leicas worth it? appeared first on Amateur Photographer.

  • DPReview TV classics: the Canon EOS R review
    on 4th February 2023 at 3:00 pm

    Chris and Jordan are enjoying some well deserved time off this week, so we're taking a trip in the wayback machine to revisit the launch of Canon's original full-frame mirrorless camera, the EOS R. Give it a watch to see how far Canon's mirrorless line has come. Get new episodes of DPReview TV every week by subscribing to our YouTube channel!

  • Getting more from the Zoner Photo Studio X software
    by Geoff Harris on 4th February 2023 at 9:00 am

    Zoner Photo Studio X is one of the best image editing for Windows - landscape and commercial shooter Kevin Bruseby shows he uses it The post Getting more from the Zoner Photo Studio X software appeared first on Amateur Photographer.

  • Samsung S20 Plus – Smartphone Picture of the Week
    by Jessica Miller on 4th February 2023 at 8:42 am

    We share the latest image selected for AP Smartphone Picture of the Week taken by Ray Tickle, using a Samsung S20 Plus The post Samsung S20 Plus – Smartphone Picture of the Week appeared first on Amateur Photographer.

  • Using smartphones for street photography
    by Amy Davies on 3rd February 2023 at 4:25 pm

    The discreet smartphone is perfect for street photography – as Amy Davies finds out. The post Using smartphones for street photography appeared first on Amateur Photographer.

  • Film Friday: How this pinhole photog made his mouth the camera
    on 3rd February 2023 at 2:00 pm

    Louis (Getting to know Dad). Photo: Justin Quinnell Pinhole photography uses the most basic concepts of photography – a lightproof box and a pin-sized hole that can slowly create an image. Creating and shooting with a pinhole camera is a fairly standard assignment for photo students, and is actually how Justin Quinnell first became interested in the art form. 'It was the early 90s when I was teaching kids at a college who couldn’t afford cameras,' he says. 'They could afford several cans […]

  • IGPOTY 16: International Garden Photographer of the Year winner revealed!
    by Jessica Miller on 3rd February 2023 at 12:00 pm

    The winner of the 16th International Garden Photographer of the Year competition has been announced! We share the winning images, and take a look at the finalists. The post IGPOTY 16: International Garden Photographer of the Year winner revealed! appeared first on Amateur Photographer.

  • Orion and the Aurora: how to photograph these wonders of the winter night sky
    on 2nd February 2023 at 2:00 pm

    Roi Levi managed to capture both the Aurora Borealis and the constellation Orion (on the right) in one panoramic shot that was recognized by the European Space Agency. Levi used PhotoPills to track Orion. Shot on a Canon EOS H-Alpha astro-modified camera, F1.8, 13 frames ISO 6400, 1 frame ISO 800. Photographing the night sky is a wonderful, rewarding experience for those brave enough to seek out remote areas free of light pollution, and expose themselves to conditions outside their comfort […]

  • Nikon 17-28mm F2.8 sample gallery
    on 1st February 2023 at 2:00 pm

    A few weeks ago, I received Nikon’s new Nikkor Z 17–28mm F2.8 lens to capture some sample photos. While I was willing and able to do so, mother nature had other plans, giving me dreary day after dreary day for two weeks. Thankfully, my brother had a wedding coming up, so I held off until this past weekend to throw the lens on a Nikon Z7 II (also provided by Nikon for testing with this lens) and snapped some shots throughout the event. The above gallery showcases an array of lighting […]

  • Slideshow: the worldly winners and finalists of the 2022 Travel Photographer of the Year competition
    on 31st January 2023 at 8:14 pm

    2022 Travel Photographer of the Year competition The winners and finalists for the annual Travel Photographer of the Year (TPOTY) awards have been announced. Nearly 20,000 images were entered by both professional and amateur photographers representing 154 countries. Slovenian photographer Matjaz Krivic won the title of Travel Photographer of the Year for his images of one of two of the very last Northern White rhinos on this planet. The TPOTY awards also recognize up-and-coming talent as […]

  • Sigma teases product launch for February 7
    on 31st January 2023 at 3:20 pm

    Sigma has posted a new placeholder video on its YouTube channel teasing the launch of a new product on Tuesday, February 7, 2023. As is typically the case, Sigma doesn’t reveal any additional details about what’s being announced. However, alleged specifications and images have leaked across rumor sites suggesting this is a new 50mm F1.4 DG DN | Art lens. Should these rumors hold true, we’re looking at a 50mm F1.4 lens made of 14 elements in 11 groups with a minimum focusing distance of […]

  • Sony a7RV in-depth review
    on 31st January 2023 at 12:14 pm

    92%Overall scoreJump to conclusion Product images by Richard Butler The Sony a7R V is the fifth generation of the company's high-resolution full-frame mirrorless series, offering a series of improvements and refinements over its predecessor. Key specifications 60MP BSI CMOS sensor Improved AF with subject recognition In-body stabilization rated at up to 8.0EV Continuous shooting at up to 10fps with flash (JPEG or Lossy compressed Raw) 8K/24p or 4K/60p video (both with 1.24x crop) Full-width 4K […]

  • Kickstarter: Use Sony NP-F batteries to power your camera, no matter the brand
    on 30th January 2023 at 7:50 pm

    USB power delivery is a great feature in many modern mirrorless cameras. However, taking advantage of USB PD when out in the field is not always convenient. The Power Junkie v2, available now on Kickstarter, aims to make on-the-fly power delivery much easier and enable longer shooting times. The Power Junkie v2 can power up to three devices, including a camera and monitor, using 12V or 8.4V DC output or USB-C. The device can output from 5V at 3A to 20V at 1.1A, with additional outputs in […]

  • Report: Sony has moved over 90% of its camera production out of China
    on 30th January 2023 at 3:02 pm

    Image credit: Sony Due to political pressure and the need for supply chain diversification, more and more companies are moving production out of China and into other countries. Apple is reportedly planning to move some of its production out of China to India and Vietnam, Canon moved production away from China last year, Dell has announced it's phasing out China-made computer chips by 2024 and dozens of other Fortune 500 companies are following suit. Now it’s being reported Sony Group has […]

  • Canon EOS R7 - Five Tweaks You Need to Know
    on 30th January 2023 at 3:00 pm

    The Canon EOS R7, like most modern cameras, has a menu filled with page after page of features. With so many settings (in fact more than 450) it’s easy to gloss over things that you don’t immediately need to adjust. In this article I’d like to take a closer look at a few items that may improve the experience you have with your new camera. I’ll be calling out some new, overlooked or under-appreciated options and explaining what they do and who they are for. Though I’m using the menu of […]

  • DJI Mavic 3 long-term use report
    on 29th January 2023 at 2:00 pm

    Flying the DJI Mavic 3 Cine in Cornwall, England to shoot the landscape at low and later at high tide. I am using the DJI RC Remote to control the drone. Photo credit: Lee Pullen I have been using the DJI Mavic 3 Cine for one year now. I rely on drones to capture video and stills of natural landscapes for my Science & Symphony Films that are presented in concert halls around the world. Having used this drone for professional work for some time, I've rounded up a number of features I […]

  • DPReview TV: The best camera for landscape photography (at 3 budgets)
    on 28th January 2023 at 3:00 pm

    Landscape photography has unique requirements, and Chris Niccolls has strong opinions about what most compelling options are. He'll walks you through his picks for the best landscape photography cameras at three different budgets. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Intro $1000 pick $3000 pick Money's no object pick The wrap

  • AI-powered watermark removal poses uncomfortable implications for content use
    on 27th January 2023 at 8:34 pm

    Image credit: WatermarkRemover.io Artificial intelligence being used to create photorealistic artwork is already causing significant unrest within the photography industry, but a new tool, WatermarkRemover.io, is among the most concerning. WatermarkRemover.io, which is available for free, uses AI to remove watermarks from images – as implied by its name. While there are some benign reasons to want to remove watermarks from an image, for example, if you own the rights to an image but can't […]

  • Film Friday: This DIY device lets you capture metadata information for your film photography
    on 27th January 2023 at 2:26 pm

    Image credit: Allesandro Genova Metadata in the days of film photography mostly consisted of whatever notebook and pen you had on hand. While there are a few cameras that stand out as exceptions, film photography typically didn’t encode any kind of capture information, such as shutter speed, aperture and ISO, alongside the captured image. To remedy this problem, research and development software engineer Alessandro Genova created a DIY solution to not only capture the metadata of each […]