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1 $300 Adorama Gift Certificate

2 $200 Adorama Gift Certificate

3 $100 Adorama Gift Certificate

Of battleships, Korean war and a man from Missouri: How Japan grew to dominate the camera market


 
 

Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Ricoh, Sigma, Sony: You can't help but notice that Japanese brands dominate the global camera business. (At least, so long as you ignore the now-omnipresent...

Firmware Friday: 13 Panasonic cameras and 2 Sony lenses get updates


 
 

After last week's massive roundup, Firmware Friday returns to a more manageable size this week with news of updates to 13 cameras from Panasonic, and two lenses from Sony. We'll start off this week with the...

Sony RX10 III Image Quality Comparison: How does it stack up against large-sensor, long-zoom rivals?


 
 

Last March, Sony surprised us all with the launch of the RX10 III, a camera which shared much with the RX10 II that had launched just eight months earlier, but with a whole heck of a lot more telephoto reach....

Of battleships, Korean war and a man from Missouri: How Japan grew to dominate the camera market


 
 

Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Ricoh, Sigma, Sony: You can't help but notice that Japanese brands dominate the global camera business. (At least, so long as you ignore the now-omnipresent smartphone camera, that is.)

But why is it that tiny Japan, which ranks 10th worldwide in terms of...

Firmware Friday: 13 Panasonic cameras and 2 Sony lenses get updates


 
 

After last week's massive roundup, Firmware Friday returns to a more manageable size this week with news of updates to 13 cameras from Panasonic, and two lenses from Sony. We'll start off this week with the camera updates.

Without any further ado, here's Panasonic's news:

Panasonic FZ300, FZ330, G7, G70,...

A piece of American history: Own a Leica SLR camera used by Jackie Kennedy

 
 

From 1964 through 1968, Leica produced its Leicaflex single lens reflex camera. In total, there were approximately 37,500 of these cameras produced, 9,500 of which were Mark II models. One of these Mark II models is reported to have been owned and used by the late Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis. The particular camera...

The universe’s natural zoom lens: Taking a look back to a billion years after the Big Bang

 
 

The Hubble Space Telescope's latest target in its exploration of new frontiers is the galaxy cluster Abell S1063. This cluster is possibly the "home to billions of strange new worlds," according to the Hubble team. Due to its great distance from the telescope, viewing the center of the first image below gives us a...

My Travel Exhibit: Win the Tamron lens of your choice by entering your best travel photos

 
 

Tamron USA has announced their fifth "My Travel Exhibit" photo contest. This contest allows Tamron lens users in the USA to submit their best 8-14 images which fit the "travel" theme of the contest. After entering, contestants will be able to view entries in Tamron's unique photo-sharing website, My Photo Exhibits....

Sony RX10 III Image Quality Comparison: How does it stack up against large-sensor, long-zoom rivals?


 
 

Last March, Sony surprised us all with the launch of the RX10 III, a camera which shared much with the RX10 II that had launched just eight months earlier, but with a whole heck of a lot more telephoto reach. Equipped with an extremely powerful 24-600mm zoom lens with an f/2.4-4 maximum aperture across the...

No-fuss alignment: Perfectly align anything in Photoshop with this neat blend mode trick

 
 

Photoshop includes built-in automatic alignment tools for combining multiple images, but they don't always work perfectly. In these instances, you have to know how to do it manually, which can be a tricky task. Photoshop expert Scott Kelby has an excellent tip using an oft-ignored blend mode to perfectly align...

Winners of Dronestagram photography contest lift drone photography to beautiful new heights

 
 

Drones have been allowing photographers -- amateur and professional alike -- to capture brilliant, distinct images for years now and naturally there are drone-centric competitions that have been started. Dronestragram just recently announced the winners for their third annual International Drone Photography Contest...

Olympus patents a 300-500mm f/2.8-4.0 lens: Another supertelephoto zoom for MFT shooters?

 
 

Thanks to the generous two times crop factor of Micro Four Thirds cameras, you can achieve a lot of telephoto reach in a relatively small form factor. Take the Olympus 300mm f/4 IS Pro ED M.Zuiko lens, for example, which is just under 9 inches long despite offering a 600mm-equivalent focal length.

4/3 Rumors has...

Affinity Photo coming to Windows, introducing new HDR merging, focus stacking and more in version 1.5

 
 

Affinity Photo is preparing for a large update. The version 1.5 update, expected to arrive in early autumn, includes numerous new features. The popular OS X photo editor received Apple's "App of the Year" award in 2015 but with version 1.5 it will finally be coming to Windows as well.

Among the new features is...

Patents published for a monster zoom: Could a Canon 40-800mm f/4.5-5.6 lens be on the way?

 
 

Both Canon Rumors and Canon Watch are reporting on a patent that appeared on Egami for a potentially very interesting lens: A full frame EF 40-800mm f/4.5-5.6 supertelephoto zoom.

The patent for the 19x zoom optic was filed in 2015 and published last week, and the lens length is listed at just over 19 inches....

Lawful lighting:  Understanding light falloff using the inverse square law of light

 
 

As your light source moves further and further away from your subject, it is obvious that the light becomes dimmer. However, the light does not decrease in a linear way, but rather falls off to the square of the distance. This is the inverse square law of light.

This is an important concept for photographers who...

Our June Photo of the Day contest winners showcase a wealth of talent and five different camera makers!

 
 

It was bound to happen eventually, that five different camera companies would be represented atop the podium in our esteemed Photo of the Day contest for our monthly prize winners. And yet, for anyone who follows our contest on a regular basis, you're likely well aware that most months are a battle between Canon...

Caffeine Priority: Simple, elegant LensPacks creates a must-have solution to hassle of changing lenses

 
 

Wake up with IR! Here's today's cup of Caffeine Prioirity...

Sometimes a product comes along that is so simple and useful that you can't help but wonder what took so long for it to exist. LensPacks are one of those products.

They're basically small plastic devices with Velcro on one side that stick to the...

Canon G7X II Image Quality Comparison: Going up against the G7X, RX100 IV, LX100 and more

 
 

Back in May we posted our production-grade First Shots for the immensely popular Canon G7X Mark II compact with its 1-inch type sensor and 24-100mm eq. zoom range. Now, as we're working hard to bring you our final conclusion for this well-received camera, we wanted to go ahead and roll out our G7X II Image Quality...

Bringing the scene into focus: Tips for how to capture sharper landscape photos

 
 

Photographer Jim Hamel has six tips for landscape photographers looking to nail focus in their shots. Supposing that you are utilizing foreground in your landscape photos -- which is often a great idea -- it is not always obvious where you are meant to set your focus. As Hamel mentions, portrait photographers know...

Panasonic 12mm f/1.4 Lens Review: Panasonic’s new luxurious Leica lens is wide, fast and sharp

 
 

Last month, Panasonic unveiled their latest lens created in partnership with venerable optics company Leica, the Panasonic 12mm f/1.4 Leica Summilux. What's now the widest and brightest rectilinear autofocus prime lens for Micro Four Thirds, it offers MFT shooters a big 24mm eq. field of view as well as excellent...

Fishing for a camera: A muddy, water-logged reunion for assaulted photographer and his DSLR

 
 

For many reasons, being a photojournalist is a tough gig. One of the challenges is that you often take photos of people who might not be in the mood. While photographing a woman feeding ducks at a public park in May in Hesperia, California, Daily Press photographer David Pardo became embroiled in a heated dispute.

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Are you America’s next Top Photographer? $50k in gear and exposure up for grabs

 
 

Photographer Nigel Barker is partnering with Adorama to host a new reality competition series on AdoramaTV, Top Photographer.

Top Photographer will consist of five episodes and include five finalists who are all competing for a grand prize package worth US$50,000. The Canon-sponsored prize package includes a...

Pentax K-1 Review: Hands down, this full-frame beauty is the most impressive Pentax DSLR ever!


 
 

Early this spring, Pentax finally tooks the wraps off a camera that had long been rumored, speculated about, and eventually shown in prototype form and under glass at tradeshows around the globe. Today, we complete our review of that self-same camera with the publication of the conclusion to our extremely...