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  • Stellina: imaging the sky with a smart telescope
    on 26th January 2020 at 2:00 pm

    Stellina Telescope Camera$3,999 | Stellina is a self-contained, portable telescope designed to easily take photographs of celestial objects. All you need is the Stellina itself and a smartphone. It is not a traditional telescope that lets you explore the universe through an eyepiece. Instead, it captures images with its built-in camera which then you can view on your phone (or tablet). During my latest trip to Yellowknife, Canada I was able to put the Stellina to the test and […]

  • DPReview TV: Fujifilm 35mm XC vs XF. Same performance for half the price?
    on 25th January 2020 at 8:00 am

    The Fujifilm XC 35mm F2 prime lens has the same optical formula as the company's XF 35mm F2 WR prime but costs half as much. How can this be? Chris and Jordan explain the differences. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Introduction Fujifilm 35mm lens options Sharpness Image quality Build quality Weather sealing Which one should you buy? Want to make your own side-by-side comparisons between the two lenses? All the photos from this episode (and more) […]

  • Fujifilm XC 35mm F2 vs XF 35mm F2 sample gallery (DPReview TV)
    on 25th January 2020 at 8:00 am

    In their latest video, Chris and Jordan from DPReview TV compared Fujifilm's inexpensive XC 35mm F2 lens with the more durable XF 35mm F2 R WR that costs twice as much. In this gallery above you'll see some of the comparison photos they took with each lens, with the XC version coming first. View sample gallery Watch DPReview TV's Fujifilm 35mm F2 lens comparison video

  • Photo Gallery: Winners of the 2019 Travel Photographer of the Year Awards
    on 24th January 2020 at 7:48 pm

    Winners of 2019's Travel Photographer of the Year Awards During an awards evening at the Fujifilm House of Photography in Covent Garden, London, the winners and runners up were announced for Travel Photography of the Year's (TPOTY) 2019 competition. Over 20,000 images were submitted from 144 countries. Amateur photographer Katy Gomez Catalina is the first-ever Spanish overall winner and the second-ever female overall winner in the 17-year history of the awards. TPOTY co-founder Chris Coe said: […]

  • PBS showcases MIT's 'The Polaroid Project' on the history of instant photography
    on 24th January 2020 at 7:41 pm

    PBS affiliate WGBH recently took viewers into The Polaroid Project, a new exhibition at the MIT Museum. Described as 'being at the intersection of art and technology,' Polaroid revolutionized photography with the launch of its first instant camera in 1947. The exhibit showcases notable Polaroid photography from past decades, as well as a number of Polaroid instant cameras and instant film packs. Curator Willian Ewing in talking about the technology told WGBH correspondent Jared Bowen: It was a […]

  • GANPaint Studio uses neural network to 'paint' new elements into images
    on 24th January 2020 at 5:42 pm

    A team of researchers with IBM Research, MIT CSAIL and MIT-IBM Watson AI Lab has launched a new online tool called GANPaint Studio that utilizes a GAN neural network and semantic brushes to 'draw' entirely new elements into existing images. In the case of this particular tool, the elements include grass, clouds, brick, doors, trees, sky and domes. Unedited before image. As demonstrated in the images above and below, GANPaint Studio is more of a fun demonstration rather than a serious tool for […]

  • Laowa launches new 65mm F2.8 2x Macro APO lens for Fuji X, Canon M and Sony E-mount
    on 24th January 2020 at 5:26 pm

    Venus Optics has unveiled its latest lens, the Laowa 65mm F2.8 2x Macro APO lens for Fuji X, Canon M and Sony E-mount camera systems. This marks the first macro lens Venus Optics has designed specifically for APS-C mirrorless cameras. The lens offers a 2:1 magnification ratio and a 100mm full-frame equivalent focal length. It’s constructed of 14 elements in 10 groups, including three extra-low dispersion elements. Venus Optics says the lens was ‘carefully designed to remove both […]

  • Sigma releases slew of minor firmware updates for its lenses, mount adapters
    on 24th January 2020 at 4:03 pm

    Sigma has unveiled a number of firmware updates for its lenses and adapters to improve features and address various issues. Specifically, Sigma has published firmware updates for its 45mm F2.8 DG DN for Sony E-mount, 100–400mm F5–6.3 DG OS HSM for Canon EF-mount, some of its Sigma SA-mount lenses and its MC-11 SA-E/EF-E mount converter. The Sigma 45mm F2.8 DG DN for Sony E-mount has received firmware version ’02,’ that Sigma says corrects an issue wherein blur can occur […]

  • Spider Holster launches updated Hand Strap and Lens Collar Plate, as well as two new products
    on 23rd January 2020 at 9:23 pm

    Spider Holster, the company best known for its camera-carrying accessories, has launched four new products, including updated versions of its SpiderPro Hand Strap and its Lens Collar Plate. All four products are available from the company's website now, making it easier to carry around a camera, attach it to tripods and tote around all of your photography accessories. Most notable among the new products is the company's new SpiderPro Hand Strap v2, a new version of the camera-carrying strap […]

  • Tokina issues compatibility notice for Nikon Z owners using its F-mount lenses via adapter
    on 23rd January 2020 at 6:02 pm

    Tokina has published a compatibility noticed for Nikon Z-series owners, regarding a few issues the company came across while ‘thoroughly’ testing the functionality of its F-mount lenses when used on Z-series cameras with Nikon’s FTZ adapter. The notice highlights four lenses that can’t use autofocus with Nikon’s FTZ adapter and one lens that has slightly slower autofocus when used with the adapter. The four lenses without autofocus functionality are the Tokina AT-X […]

  • Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-T200
    on 23rd January 2020 at 5:14 pm

    Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-T200 Pitched to us by Fujifilm representatives as 'an X-A7 with an EVF' (hey, we'll take it), the X-T200 is arguably the company's most compelling entry-level option yet. Offering updates across the board, the X-T200 appears to improve on an already well-featured camera - especially when it comes to autofocus and video. Click through for a closer look at the new Fujifilm X-T200. Body and Design While the X-T200 looks a lot like its predecessor, it's actually […]

  • DJI expected to release at least 3 new drones in 2020, starting February
    on 23rd January 2020 at 4:59 pm

    The Mavic 2 is suspected to be succeeded by the next-generation Mavic drone. Last May, DJI made an important announcement: starting January 1, 2020, every drone model weighing over 250 grams will have AirSense Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast (ADS-B) receivers installed. By identifying helicopters and airplanes nearby, drones equipped with ADS-B sensors will be able to detect obstacles and avoid collisions. It would only make sense that DJI plans on rolling out new models soon, […]

  • How to digitise photos and slides
    by Amateur Photographer on 23rd January 2020 at 12:25 pm

    John Wade's expert tips and advice on how to digitise your archive of old prints or photo negativesFamily pictures faded and discoloured by time take on a new life in the digital worldThought about digitising your archive of old prints or negs? Follow John Wade's expert tips and advice on how best to go about it

  • Fujifilm To Add 30mm f/3.5 & 80mm f/1.7 Lenses To The GF Lens Line-Up Plan
    on 23rd January 2020 at 10:33 am

    Fujifilm unveils latest lens roadmap with plans to introduce 2 more G-Mount lenses that are compatible with GFX System Cameras.

  • Fujifilm USA Introduces The Fujinon GF 45-100mm f/4 R LM OIS WR Lens
    on 23rd January 2020 at 10:03 am

    Fujifilm's new zoom lens joins the current family of interchangeable GF Lenses, designed for the GFX large-format camera system.

  • Fujifilm Release Update For Fujifilm X-A7 - Coming Soon
    on 23rd January 2020 at 10:02 am

    Fujifilm have announced a free firmware update for the X-A7, adding the My Menu function and enabling a touchscreen operation to control bokeh in the P Mode.

  • HD Pentax-D FA 70-210mm f/4 ED SDM WR Announced Along With Sample Photos & UK Price
    on 23rd January 2020 at 7:20 am

    Pentax has announced a new telephoto zoom lens, the FA 70-210mm f/4, for Pentax K-Mount cameras, suitable for both full-frame and APS-C cameras.

  • Fujifilm X-T200 Announced With HDR Video - UK Price
    on 23rd January 2020 at 6:28 am

    Fujifilm has announced the new Fujifilm X-T200, with 24mp sensor, 4K video, plus HDR video recording, as well as a new 3.5inch touch-screen. Also announced is a new, affordable, XC 35mm f/2.0 lens.

  • Fujifilm GF 45-100mm F4 R LM OIS WR will ship in February for $2300
    on 23rd January 2020 at 5:00 am

    The Fujifilm GF 45-100mm F4 first appeared on the company's medium format lens roadmap in September 2018 for release in 2020, and it's now slated to ship in February with a $2300 price tag. This weather-sealed zoom covers an equivalent range of 36-79mm and includes image stabilization rated at 5 stops. The GF 45-100mm is sealed at 11 points to promote dust- and moisture-resistance, and will continue operating in temperatures as low as -10°C (14°F). It weighs 1005g (2.2lb). You can add […]

  • Fujifilm X-T200 is lighter, faster, offers 4K/30p and costs $800
    on 23rd January 2020 at 5:00 am

    Fujifilm has announced the X-T200, boasting a wide range of improvements over its X-T100 predecessor. The X-T200 uses a 24MP Bayer sensor like the T100 did, but uses copper rather than aluminum wiring, which provides 3.5x faster readout and had allowed Fujifilm to extend the high ISO by one stop, to 25600. The X-T200 is an altogether lighter camera than the X-T100, weighing in at 370g / 0.8lb. Where the T100 offered very little in the way of a grip, the X-T200 provides a prominent, protruding […]

  • DPReview TV: Fujifilm X-T200 hands-on preview
    on 23rd January 2020 at 5:00 am

    Fujifilm just announced its newest camera, the X-T200. In this hands-on preview, Chris and Jordan explain how it fits into Fujifilm's lineup and why they like it. Subscribe to our YouTube channel to get new episodes of DPReview TV every week. Introduction Sample photos Compared to the X-T100 Design and ergonomics Interface Displays Light trails Autofocus and buffer Film simulations Video features Conclusion

  • New GF roadmap highlights upcoming 30mm F3.5 and 80mm F1.7 lenses
    on 23rd January 2020 at 5:00 am

    Two new lenses have been added to Fujifilm's medium-format lens roadmap: the Fujinon GF 30mm F3.5 R WR and GF 80mm F1.7 R WR. The 30mm F3.5 provides a 24mm equivalent focal length and will slot in comfortably between the existing GF 23mm F4 and 45mm F2.8. The 80mm F1.7 will provide a 63mm equiv. focal length and, at F1.34 equivalent, becomes the brightest lens that Fujifilm has developed for its GFX system. Fujifilm promises it will match the optical performance of its excellent 110mm F2. Both […]

  • Fujifilm X-T200 review in progress
    on 23rd January 2020 at 5:00 am

    The Fujifilm X-T200 is an inexpensive mirrorless camera that uses the company's X-mount. It replaces the X-T100, a camera that seemed promising when it was announced, but whose sluggish performance was a big letdown. Thankfully, Fujifilm has put a lot of work into making the X-T200 both more responsive and full-featured. Key specifications: 24MP APS-C sensor with Bayer color filter and faster readout speeds Updated hybrid autofocus system with 425 phase-detect points Refined ergonomics, lighter […]

  • Fujifilm announces affordable XC 35mm F2 prime lens
    on 23rd January 2020 at 5:00 am

    Alongside the X-T200, Fujifilm has announced the Fujinon XC 35mm F2 lens. For those of you not familiar with Fujifilm's lens names, the 'XC' denotes the company's more affordable optics. The XC 35mm F2 should pair nicely with Fujifilm's lower-cost models, such as the X-T200 and X-T30 The XC 35mm F2 is essentially a rehoused version of the XF 35mm F2 R WR. It has a plastic mount and less-solid-feeling construction, and features neither an aperture ring nor weather sealing (the 'R' and 'WR' in […]

  • Ricoh unveils HD Pentax-D FA 70–210mm F4 ED SDM WR telephoto zoom lens
    on 22nd January 2020 at 10:00 pm

    Ricoh has announced the HD Pentax-D FA 70–210mm F4 ED SDM WR, a new telephoto zoom lens for its full-frame K-mount DSLR camera systems. The lens, which strongly resembles the Tamron 70-210mm F4 Di VC USD, is constructed of 20 elements in 14 groups, including three extra-low dispersion (ED) elements and two anomalous dispersion elements. It features a minimum focusing distance of 95cm (3.1ft), a nine-blade aperture diaphragm, uses Pentax’s high-definition (HD) multi-layer coating on […]

  • DynaLite Lighting company shuttered after 50 years over struggle to remain competitive
    on 22nd January 2020 at 8:05 pm

    DynaLite Lighting, the New Jersey-based company founded in 1970, has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy and will shut down operations. The company's CEO Peter Poremba revealed in the news in a statement on the DynaLite website, saying, 'It is with sincere regret and heavy heart that I announce that DynaLite...has closed its doors.' Poremba cites the 'decline in the photography market' as the reason for shuttering the company. His full statement reads: It is with sincere regret and a heavy heart […]

  • Flickr increases Pro subscription price after warning the company is losing money
    on 22nd January 2020 at 6:17 pm

    Flickr has notified its Pro subscribers about a price increase that brings the current annual rate to $60, a ten dollar increase over the previous $50 annual fee. Customers are also offered other plan options, such as a monthly subscription for $7, a three-month subscription for $19 and a two-year subscription for $118. The price increase is not surprising in light of CEO Don MacAskill's impassioned plea for more Flickr Pro subscribers published in mid-December. In it, MacAskill explained that […]

  • Blair Bunting on photographing Aaron Hernandez on the same day he shot someone
    on 22nd January 2020 at 5:15 pm

    A behind-the-scenes photograph of Blair Bunting capturing a shot of the late New England Patriots tight end Aaron Hernandez. Editor's note: Blair Bunting is an award-winning advertising photographer who’s no stranger to being in front of high-profile cars, characters and celebrities. From eight-figure cars to professional athletes at the top of their game, Blair has done it all, but one shoot, in particular, stands out for all the wrong reasons. In the following post, Blair details his […]

  • Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H 4K sample reel
    on 22nd January 2020 at 2:00 pm

    As part of our upcoming review, here's our 4K sample reel, shot using the Panasonic Lumix DC-S1H at Seattle's Emerald City Soul Club. All footage is DCI 4K, 23.98p in the 400Mbps mode, with the exception of a short 60p clip, marked in the video. The camera's Cinelike D2 color profile was used throughout, with minimal color grading subsequently applied. Interview footage was all shot from a tripod, using the Panasonic 24-70mm F2.8 lens. The bulk of the in-club footage was shot using an L-mount […]

  • Paris Musées launches online portal with thousands of historic photographs
    on 21st January 2020 at 8:21 pm

    Eugène Atget (Jean Eugène Auguste Atget, dit) (Libourne, 12–02–1857 - Paris, 04–08–1927), photographer Paris Musées, the public institution that manages all of the museums in Paris, has launched a new Collections portal that offers the public access to more than 100,000 high-resolution digital reproductions of classic artwork and photography. All of the content offered in the Collections portal is available under a CC0 license. In addition to […]