News entries for October, 2012

Format madness: Why the size mismatch of digital images, paper and frames hurts photographers

 
 

Digital cameras allow me to choose among four image formats: 4:3, 3:2, 16:9 and 1:1. This could be a great asset, but I think that having so many choices actually makes things more difficult for photographers. Simply put, when camera format, screen shapes and photo print paper and frames are all in different...

Catchy song and video spoofs Instagram users

 
 

There have been a fair share of Instagram parodies these days including this one, which compares female Instagrammers with male Instagrammers; and this one, which satirizes a "professional" Instagram photographer.

So add to the satirical mix this catchy little tune and video entitled "The Instagram Song (Put A...

The Camera Bag: Wearable Autographer imaging device automatically snaps and shares images of your life (for better or worse)

 
 

Here's one of those multimedia devices that's either the perfect tool for our self-obsessed, social-media sharing, Facebook-driven lives or a scary example of how digitally solipsistic we have all become.

Called the Autographer and designed to be worn around your neck, the device is a hands-free, 5-megapixel...

Adobe Elements 11 gets a makeover and we preview it

 
 

Adobe has given Elements 11 a makeover and taught it a few new tricks. Both Photoshop Elements for photo editing and Premiere Elements for video editing enjoy an easier to read interface with icons that blush with color and buttons big enough to see without reading glasses.

Underneath it all in Photoshop Elements...

Nikon 1-series, Sony RX100 face more competition as Aptina sensor goes mainstream


 
 

An announcement from sensor provider Aptina last week suggests that there could be competition on the horizon for Nikon's 1-series cameras, as well as Sony's Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 fixed-lens compact. Aptina has revealed that it is now shipping samples of its new AR1011HS image sensor, which would appear to be...

Behind-the-scenes video of Annie Leibovitz’s Tim Tebow shoot for Vogue magazine

 
 

I'm a fan of the New York Jets, which means a lot of heartbreak. So when controversial quarterback Tim Tebow arrived in the off-season, I was not optimistic (which is still the case three games into the season).

The media, however, has gone haywire over the Tebow signing in New York and one photographer who has...

Samsung’s bright-lensed beauty goes on sale in the USA

Samsung's EX2F digital camera. Click for our Samsung EX2F preview!Back at the start of July, the Samsung EX2F digital camera was unveiled, claimed by its manufacturer to have the brightest lens of any compact camera model. Admittedly, that record didn't last long: just two weeks later the Panasonic LX7 was revealed with an even brighter zoom. Still, there's no denying that with a maximum aperture varying from f/1.4 to f/2.7 across the...

Photos of dead Osama Bin Laden were captured with Olympus digital camera, according to book

 
 

Remember those infamous death photos of Osama Bin Laden that were never released to the public? They were more than likely captured with an Olympus digital camera. That's what we learned while reading "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden," written by a former Navy SEAL.
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Q&A with Leica’s Justin Stailey: How the new Leica M and S may be the Porsches of enthusiast digital cameras

 
Justin Stailey, Product Specialist, M-System at Leica Camera Inc.

Leica made a splash as Photokina 2012 by introducing five new cameras, headlined by the Leica M, M-E and S. But it wasn't merely alphabet soup -- a lot of thought and technological innovation went into these new releases. Our founder and publisher Dave...

The Camera Bag: This candy-coated, sprinkle-covered Canon 7D looks scrumptious

 
 
 
 

We don't know what to do with this candy-covered Canon EOS 7D designed by artist PJ Linden: eat it or take pictures with it.

Linden, who specializes in transforming digital products into playful "tech toys" with 3D paint, created this one-of-a-kind 7D using...

Q&A with Pentax’s John Carlson and Genichiro Takaoka: Is full-frame coming, and what’s next for medium format?

 
John Carlson, Senior Manager of Sales and Marketing, Pentax Ricoh Imaging Americas Corp.

During the Photokina show, Dave Etchells sat down with Pentax representatives from both the American and European continents to talk about future directions for the company's cameras. Topics for discussion included the...

Q&A with Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki: Geeking out over industry firsts in camera lens tech and testing

 
Kazuto Yamaki, Chief Executive Officer, Sigma Corp.

IR's Dave Etchells totally geeked out over Sigma's announcements at Photokina 2012, calling many of them firsts for the camera industry. And we're not only talking about their new products, but also their ground-breaking approach to quality control and lens...

Q&A with Sony’s Mark Weir: Will full-frame go mirrorless, and what’s the deal with Dual AF?

 
Mark Weir, Senior Manager of Technology and Marketing at Sony Electronics Inc.

Imaging Resource Founder and Publisher Dave Etchells talked with Mark Weir, Senior Manager of Technology and Marketing for Sony Electronics Inc., at Photokina 2012. Weir discussed the attention-grabbing RX1 full-frame compact camera, as...

Q&A with Canon’s Mike Owen: A behind-the-scenes look at developing the 6D and what’s next

 

Mike Owen, Professional Image Marketing Manager at Canon Europe Ltd.

Imaging Resource Founder and Publisher Dave Etchells caught up with Mike Owen, Professional Image Marketing Manager for Canon Europe Ltd., at Photokina 2012. Owen discussed the technical tradeoffs Canon had to make in developing the 6D, the...

Not your Daddy’s rangefinder: Leica M offers live view, high-def video


 
 

Ladies and gentlemen, the Leica M digital camera is here, and it is not your Daddy's rangefinder! After the first significant overhaul in three years, Leica's latest M-system camera sports a number of significant new features that are quite a departure from the Leicas of days gone by. The Leica M (Typ 240)...

Leica M-E rangefinder: Almost an M9, for a whole lot less?


 
 

Think quickly! How much would you pay to have a USB port and an extra switch on your Leica digital camera? Did you say US$1,500 or more? If so, then you can stop reading this preview: the German camera legend would rather you looked at our review of their M9 and M9-P instead.

If, though, you're the kind of...

Stop wasting light! Leica V-LUX 4 megazoom has constant f/2.8 aperture


 
 

For quite a few years now, Germany's Leica Camera AG and Japan's Panasonic have had a partnership in the consumer camera market. Leica supplies its know-how regarding the lenses, while Panasonic provides the brains of the camera behind the lens. The cameras appear first under Panasonic's Lumix compact camera...

Leica D-LUX 6 announced: It’s all about the aperture


 
 

Earlier this year, we previewed the Panasonic LX7, one of a number of products vying for the title of top pocket digital camera. Although we've yet to complete a full review we're rather optimistic about its prospects. Our initial testing suggested a fairly significant step forward from the earlier LX5 model,...

Can’t wait to get a Nikon D600? You could have one in your hands tomorrow.

 
 

Though Nikon just last week announced the much-awaited "bargain" full-frame D600, you can buy one right now and have it in your hands as early as tomorrow.

Amazon lists the new DSLR as in stock, in both  body-only  or kit version with the Nikkor AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR kit lens for a few dollars under list...

Lensbaby ‘Sparks’ creativity with new optic

 
 

Over the years, Lensbaby has evolved its selective focusing system from a one-piece optic into the modular Optic Swap system. But today at photokina the company introduced a new design that folds both concepts into an affordable new option.

The new Spark updates the old bellows design of the Lensbaby 2.0 with the...