News entries for May, 2012

Announced, previewed: Sony SLT-A37, the newest Translucent Mirror camera (with samples)

Sony's Alpha SLT-A37 Translucent Mirror camera. Photo provided by Sony. Click for our Sony SLT-A37 preview!The unique lineup of Translucent Mirror cameras from Sony just got a little bigger, as the company unveiled a brand new model: the Sony Alpha SLT-A37 (and we've just posted our hands-on preview!)

Closely-related to the existing SLT-A35 model, the Sony A37 has a subtly restyled body that's exactly the same size, but just a little heavier. Behind the Translucent Mirror,...

The Camera Bag: The Best and Coolest Camera Bags on the Planet

Think-tank-retro7ps gearshot-logoCamera bags are pretty much our stock and trade and it's nice to see we're not the only ones who obsess over these lovingly designed gear vessels.

Photographer Scott Bourne just posted an updated list of his favorite camera bags over at Photofocus and they include a number of bags that would probably make our own list. For instance, there's the stylish Tenba ProDigital...

The Leica M Monochrom: Is Leica Pricing Out Its Loyal Customers with an $8,000 Black-and-White Camera?

Leica m-monochromLeica has gotten a lot of press in the last few days between the record-breaking auction of a 1923 Series-0 camera for nearly $3 million, to the announcement of a digital rangefinder that shoots only in black and white: the 18-megapixel Leica M Monochrom ($7,950).
 
Reading these reports including what we’ve written here on Imaging Resource, I must admit my initial...

New firmware ships for Leica S2 DSLR

Leica's logo. Click here to visit the Leica Camera website!Germany's Leica Camera AG has released updated firmware for its Leica S2 digital SLR, bringing improved flash performance and adding support for a recently-announced mount adapter.

Leica S2 firmware version 1.0.3.3 includes the following changes, according to the official release notes:

  • Support of the new Hasselblad lens adapter Leica S-Adapter H –full...

Photoshop Touch 1.2 relaxes image size limits, but with a catch

Adobe's logo. Click here to visit the Adobe website!Adobe has recently issued updates for its Photoshop Touch app on both the Android and iOS platforms, bringing a number of updates and new features, and taking the version number up to v1.2.

Key among these is a change that answers criticisms that the app could previously handle images only at resolutions below 1,600 x 1,600 pixels (2.6 megapixels in a square aspect ratio;...

Fuji unveils wide conversion lens, new firmware for X100 (with samples!)

Fujifilm's WCL-X100 Wide Conversion Lens. Photo provided by Fujifilm. Click for our Fuji X100 review!Fujifilm has today announced a new conversion lens specific to its FinePix X100 digital camera, offering X100 shooters an alternative to the 23mm fixed focal length of their camera. The company has also simultaneously announced updated firmware for the X100 body.

The Fuji WCL-X100 Wide Conversion Lens has 0.8x magnification, and mounts directly on the camera body, without...

Lens Review: Pentax 40mm f/2.8 XS SMC DA

Pentax40f28xsPentax released its new 40mm f/2.8 XS SMC DA "pancake" lens with the K-01 mirrorless camera, making for a very small and portable camera-lens combination. With its K-mount, the lens is compatible with other Pentax cameras, so we took the opportunity to put it through its paces in our test lab. Does smaller become better? Check out the results for yourself in our full review...

The Camera Bag: A Tilt-Shift Lens You Can Print Out and Make Yourself

Printable-tilt-shift-01Tilt-shift lenses are great for giving your images that miniaturized or shallow depth-of-field look but they can be expensive, very expensive. If you're a photographer on a low budget -- and who isn't short of cash these days? -- you might be interested in this cool step-by-step tutorial from Instructables on how to make a printable tilt-shift lens adapter.

The materials...

Robot takeover imminent: Canon aims for human-free production by 2015

Canon's logo. Click here to visit the Canon website!Imaging giant Canon is working to fully automate its camera production, according to an article from Associated Press journalist Yuri Kageyama, published today on Yahoo News. The move could see humans completely removed from Canon's assembly lines, perhaps as soon as the next three years or so.

Canon spokesman Jun Misumi, whose official title isn't stated, is quoted as...

Sigma updates SD1 firmware

Sigma's SD1 digital SLR. Photo provided by Sigma. Click for our Sigma SD1 preview!At the end of last week, Sigma Corp. of America announced firmware updates for both variants of its flagship digital SLR, the Sigma SD1.

Based around a Foveon X3 CMOS image sensor that outputs 15.4 megapixel images with full color information at every pixel location, the SD1 and SD1 Merrill are the company's first high-end, weather-sealed DSLR models. (They differ from...

GoPro’s new dive housing lets you focus on your underwater imagery

GoPro Hero-series camera in the AFLTH-001 Dive Housing. Photo courtesy of Woodman Labs, Inc.A few months ago, the first rumors appeared of a new underwater housing for the iconic GoPro HD Hero action camera line, with availability expected from winter 2012. Today, GoPro creator Woodman Labs Inc. has made the AFLTH-001 Dive Housing official, and reconfirmed the previously-expected price of around US$50. Availability is well ahead of the earlier schedule, though:...

Portable event photo kit promises to reinvent the guestbook

One for the Book's logo. Click here to visit the One for the Book website!A New York-based startup will soon unveil an open air, portable event studio setup that it claims will couple "the fun of a photobooth with the quality of a professional studio". Detailed information isn't available yet, but the mobile studio looks to be based around a Nikon D800 digital SLR, plus a variety of other hardware and software, including both a printer and...

The World’s Most Expensive Camera? Vintage Leica Sells for Nearly $3M

Leica-auction-logoAnd the winner for the title of "world's most expensive camera" goes to…Leica. A 1923 Leica Series-0 camera was sold for a record 2,160,000 euros (nearly $2.79 million dollars) at an auction in Vienna, Austria this past Saturday, turning the heads of photo gear collectors around the world.

The 1923 Leica Series-0 camera is one of only 25 prototypes produced to test the...

The Nearly Forgotten Mother of Modern American Photography, Gertrude Käsebier.

American photography has many fathers, like Mathew Brady and Alfred Stieglitz, but there was just one woman who was its mother, Gertrude Käsebier. Not only was she one of the first American women to have a successful career as a photographer, but she was one of the first photographers anywhere to focus on the family. In her timeless images of mothers and children, she...

Photoshop Touch 1.2 Released

We've just updated our review of Photoshop Touchwith new screen shots 
and sample images to reflect the changes introduced yesterday.

Pst.187x188Adobe released Photoshop Touch version 1.2 yesterday afternoon with the following enhancements:

  • Maximum resolution is 2,048 x 2,048 pixels restricted to 10 layers. The default remains 1,600 x 1,600 pixels with up to 16 layers....

The “Instant” Wooden Box Cameras from the Cuban Polaroid to the Afghan “Kamra-E-Faoree”

Lukas Birk's design for the Box Camera 4.0. Rendering provided by Lukas Birk. Click to visit his website!One day while taking pictures in Florence’s Piazza della Signoria, I came upon a strange sight. There was an old man standing beside a huge wooden box camera on an old wooden tripod. I watched with curiosity as an elderly woman come up to the man and asked to have her picture taken.

Carefully sitting her in a sunny spot near the copy of Michelangelo’s statue of David, he...

Big day for Leica: Three new cameras, six lenses, and more…

Leica's X2 digital camera. Photo provided by Leica Camera AG. Click for our Leica X2 preview!Germany's Leica Camera AG is making quite the splash today, with a surprisingly large collection of new announcements. (Well, surprising unless you've been paying attention to all the rumors and leaks in the run-up to today's 'Das Wesentliche' press event in Berlin, that is.)

Probably the most significant of the announcements is the Leica M Monochrom, the world's first...

Mirrorless is the future, suggests Samsung imaging head

Samsung's logo. Click to visit the Samsung website!An article published today by the Wall Street Journal offers an interesting insight into the future of the camera market, as Samsung sees it. WSJ correspondent Jung-Ah Lee interviewed Myoung Sup Han, Senior Vice President and Head of the Digital Imaging Business at Samsung Electronics, and uncovered an interesting fact: the company is in the process of converting production...

Lightroom for Mac: Buying it just got easier

Photoshop Lightroom 4 product packaging. Click to purchase Lightroom 4 on the Mac App Store!If you're a Mac owner running OS X 10.6.6 (Snow Leopard) or later, chances are pretty good that you've used the Mac App Store, Apple's one-stop-shop for app downloads. It's a pretty convenient way to find and purchase new applications, and now you'll be able to find another big name on its virtual shelves.

Effective immediately, Adobe's photographer-centric Lightroom app...

Apple iPhone 4S review posted!

Apple's iPhone 4S. Image courtesy of Apple Inc.Apple's iPhone 4S is an impressive computing and communication tool, and one of its strengths is a better camera than you can find in most dumb phones, to be sure. Enhanced by downloadable apps, Apple also souped up the iPhone 4S camera in its latest hardware rev, with a higher-resolution sensor, a faster lens, support for Full HD video, and access to the smartphone's more...