News entries for April, 2012

The Camera Bag: Classic Sony Mavica Camera from Early 2000s on Sale at Wal-Mart

We thought we were being cheeky when we referenced now-ancient Sony Mavica cameras in this piece on cocktail coasters shaped like floppy disks. It turns out you can get one of those classic Mavica cameras in what looks like an unopened box right now at Wal-Mart for a cool $269.

The camera model is the Sony MVC-FD200 FD Mavica from 2002 -- it debuted at CES! -- and it...

The Camera Bag: Blackmagic Cinema Camera Shoots 2.5K Raw Video for Under $3,000

Blackmagic Design made one of the surprise announcements at NAB 2012 by unveiling its small but powerful new Cinema Camera, which can record 2.5K raw video but costs just $2,995.

According to Blackmagic, the Cinema Camera's 2.5K sensor offers 13 stops of dynamic range which, if true, should make it extremely versatile, especially since it's capturing uncompressed raw...

The perfect pint and the photodiode: What do they have in common?

'Heineken Glass', by Manuel Garcia. This image is Attribution 2.0 Generic (CC BY 2.0), from Flickr at http://www.flickr.com/photos/23520875@N02/4875874995/ and its use does not constitute an endorsement by Manuel Garcia.A blog post from Image Sensors World brings our attention to an interesting slideshow from Dr. Joachim Linkemann, Senior Product Manager at Basler AG. Basler produces industrial and network cameras for everything from food inspection to casino video surveillance, and so Dr. Linkemann has more than a passing acquaintance with image sensor technology. The slideshow was...

PhotoKey: new release imminent for green screening app

FXhome's logo. Click here to visit the FXhome website!As it prepares for the launch of a significant update to its flagship PhotoKey green screening application in just a few days, Norwich, UK-based FXhome Ltd. is teasing the new release with a number of videos showing off its new features.

PhotoKey v5 ships from April 19th, and customers purchasing version 4 now will receive free updates once version 5 is available. Among...

Canon preps response to 5D III light leak

Canon's EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR. Copyright © 2012, Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Click for our Canon 5D Mark III hands-on preview!Canon USA Inc. has acknowledged a problem experienced by some photographers shooting with its EOS 5D Mk III digital SLR, we hear from the folks over at PDN Pulse. The company confirms that it has replicated an issue whereby light leaking from the top-panel LCD info display's backlight is picked up by the camera's metering system, affecting the displayed exposure value. The...

Lens Review: Sigma 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro

Img 9705a 1000Sigma's new 105mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM macro lens is a redesign of an older design, with a few extra features. HSM focusing replaces an older (and slightly confusing) focusing system, and optical stabilization has been added in case you didn't want to lug a tripod into the field. We've put this lens through its paces in our test lab - click here to see our full review of this...

5D III strip tease: Is beauty more than skin deep?

Canon's EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR. Copyright © 2012, Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Click for our Canon 5D Mark III hands-on preview!The best worst thing happened today: a nearly new Canon 5D Mk III came back from rental with a loose screw rattling around inside. We had to decide if it went back to Canon or if we should go looking for the screw ourselves. That’s a tough decision. So we thought about it for a while. Until Tyler and Drew went to lunch. Then we decided it had to be handled in-house. Since...

Photographs Not Taken: Photographers Talk About the Images They Never Made

The recently published “Photographs Not Taken: A Collection of Photographers' Essays” (Daylight, 2012) is a remarkable collection of words about photography that contains not a single photograph. In their own words, the sixty photographers who contributed the essays in this book tell the stories of the images they never took. The overall effect is powerful and thought...

Taming the GoPro’s a snap, for Photoshop CS6

GoPro camera with Floaty Backdoor attached. Photo courtesy of GoPro.GoPro's Hero-series cameras have proven very popular with fans of the great outdoors, and for good reason. They're simple to operate, relatively compact and light, and pretty rugged. GoPros have shot video of everything from wingflying to wakeboarding, and they've even been up to the stratosphere. Wherever they go, though, it's usually pretty easy to recognize the footage...

The Camera Bag: Turn Your DSLR Into an ENG-Style Video Camera with HandiZoom

Now that just about every digital SLR on the market shoots HD video -- and some even 4K video such as the recently announced Canon EOS-1D C -- is there any way to make zooming with these cameras any smoother? VizTools thinks its new HandiZoom handgrip and control unit is just the answer.

HandiZoom is designed to turn your DSLR into an ENG (Electronic News Gathering)-style...

The Camera Bag: Clik Classic Turns Back the Clock on Photo Bags with a Cool Retro Style

Clik Elite camera bags are known for their modern take on rugged cameras bags for the adventurous outdoor photographer. But with Clik Elite's new Classic Line, the company is going for a more stylish, retro approach with these photo backpacks and bags.

The Clik Classic photo line is made up of three new photography bags designed for outdoor landscape photographers or...

Canon announces EOS-1D C 4K camera and Cinema EOS C500

Canon's EOS-1D C digital SLR. Photo provided by Canon USA Inc.Canon USA today made quite a range of announcements revolving around the National Association of Broadcasters tradeshow, which is about to kick off next week in Las Vegas. The list includes a new video-oriented EOS-series professional DSLR and a Cinema EOS-series video camera, both with 4K resolution. There are also four new EF Cinema zoom lenses, a 30-inch 4K industrial...

X-Rite: new color management solutions, merger agreement

X-Rite's i1Pro 2 products. Photo provided by X-Rite Inc.Color science company X-Rite Inc. has interesting news on a couple of fronts today, launching several new products and announcing its acquisition by Danaher Corp.

Of the four new products, three are based around an updated spectrophotometer, the i1Pro 2. Compared to the earlier i1Pro, the new version has a dual-illuminant design that allows tungsten, D50 and UV cut...

The Exquisite Illusionist: The Impossible Photographs of Erik Johansson

Erik Johansson is a Swedish photographer and master image retoucher who lives and works in Berlin. A few years ago, he began to create a portfolio of personal photography to demonstrate his Photoshop skills. This collection of “impossible images” both tricks the eye and fools the mind because of Johansson’s attention to detail.

Starting out as a professional photographer...

Facebook cynics seeking emergency exits at Instagram?

Instagram's app icon. Click here to visit the Instagram website!A couple of days ago, we reported on news that Facebook has agreed to purchase photo sharing app-maker Instagram for the staggering sum of one billion dollars. While the news has been welcomed by many--not least of them being Instagram's dozen-or-so employees, we'd imagine--a not-insignificant section of the community has reacted with alarm. With Facebook having become so...

DxO Optics Pro passes landmark, as D4 support added

DxO Labs' logo. Click here to visit the DxO Labs website!DxO Labs has today announced an update to its flagship image processing application, DxO Optics Pro. The latest release marks a milestone for the company, taking the total number of optics modules for the program to an impressive six thousand, less than four months after it past the five thousand point. According to the company, it has shipped no less than 500 new camera...

The Camera Bag: Carry Your DSLR Like a Gunslinger with Capture Camera Clip

There seems to be no end to the number of smart products to give you fast yet secure access to your camera. The latest one to catch our eye is Capture Camera Clip ($80), which fastens to any belt or strap and lets you attach your camera so it's always close at hand.

Created by Peak Design and begun as a Kickstarter project -- the company raised a whopping $364,698! --...

D7000 dissection: What lurks beneath the skin of a modern DSLR?

The Nikon D7000 digital SLR. Copyright © 2011, Imaging Resource. All rights reserved. Click to read our Nikon D7000 review!Everyone seemed to enjoy my destruction of an NEX camera a couple of weeks ago. I made the statement in that post that it was amazing how simple and clean the camera was compared to even a small SLR. So, of course, a number of people then wanted me to open up an SLR so they could see the difference. Having matured only marginally since 3rd grade, I had no choice except to...

The Most Bizarre Cameras on Earth (So Far)

Pasting a 100-year-old folding camera on a 24-megapixel Digital SLR may seem the height of strangeness. Don’t bet on it. You'll find it's just the tiniest tip of an iceberg of photographic oddity if you check out this photo gallery of "The World's Strangest Cameras."

Here are a few from the list we found interesting (to say the least). 

There's the artist Wafaa Bilal,...

Tumblr Blog Features Photos of Celebrities and Their Cameras

Arriving at the Celebrity Camera Club Tumblr blog full of anticipation of seeing Flavor Flav or the Octomom with a Canon 5D Mark II, I was badly let down. The celebrities in this gallery of the would-be and the almost famous and their cameras are for the most part folks from the past. The talented and not so talented, holding film cameras, all supposedly caught in the act...