News entries for October, 2012

New firmware for Pentax Q mirrorless, K-30 DSLR

Pentax's K-30 digital SLR. Photo provided by Pentax. Click for our Pentax K-30 preview!New firmware today from Pentax Ricoh Imaging improves two of the company's camera models--the Pentax K-30 digital SLR, and the Pentax Q compact system camera.

The Pentax K-30 v1.01 firmware update, says the company, brings improved performance for contrast detection autofocus in live view shooting. It also improves overall stability and performance of the camera, although...

Samsung prices new NX-mount lenses

 
 

Last September, Samsung announced two new lenses for its NX-mount mirrorless cameras at the Photokina tradeshow in Cologne, Germany. Today, the company has taken advantage of another tradeshow to provide more information. At the just-launched PDN PhotoPlus Expo in New York, Samsung has provided US-market pricing...

Samsung EX2F + World Series = Play Ball!

 
 

We rolled down the hill with a Samsung EX2F digicam before tonight's opening game of the 2012 World Series between the Detroit Tigers and San Francisco Giants. Thought we'd get you in the mood.

We tried some digital zoom images (it isn't a long lens) because our test shots on Twin Peaks had come out so well.

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Nikon expands its 1-mount lens lineup by half


 
 

Since its launch a year ago with the V1 and J1 compact system cameras, Nikon's nascent 1-mount has faced a challenge shared by several of its mirrrorless competitors: a rather limited selection of glass. The Japanese camera manufacturer has today indicated an awareness of the problem, though, and shown itself...

New Bob Dylan video spoofs “Subterranean Homesick Blues” with Instagram photos from fans

 
 

Even Bob Dylan isn't immune to the lure of Instagram, it seems. His latest video (below) is comprised of Instagram shots of fans holding up signs bearing lyrics from the song "Duquesne Whistle," off his new album Tempest.

The video is an obvious spoof on Dylan's famous "Subterranean Homesick Blues" video from...

Italian artist Photoshops his thumb to create portraits of famous people

 
Dito Avatar

There's lots of strange art on the Internet but one of the stranger things we've run across lately are these whimsical creations by an Italian artist who goes by the name Dito Von Tease.

The 33-year-old resident of Bologna takes a photo of his index finger and then runs it through Photoshop to create...

Early holiday shopping?: Major price drops for Canon 5D Mark III, 5D Mark II & Fuji X100 cameras

 
 

The early holiday camera deals start now!

Three significant camera price drops for high-end Canon and Fujifilm cameras started making the rounds today so get 'em while they're hot (and still available).

Here they are:

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III camera body is now being offered at B&H Photo & Video for $3,199...

FocusTune automates autofocus adjustment, we review it

 
 

You know the trouble with autofocus. It can be, well, off a bit. That's why there's an autofocus adjustment option buried deep in your camera's menu system.

And you know Michael Tapes Design invented the LensAlign as the optimal target for evaluating just how your camera/body combo autofocuses (because you've...

For DxO Optics Pro, Eight Is Easy

 
 

DxO Labs has announced a major new release of its Optics Pro image editing package that optimizes your image based on what the company knows about your camera and lens combination. And it knows a lot.

Version 8 adds a printing module for the first time, so you don't have to leave Optics Pro to print, although...

Nikon 1 V2 gets more megapixels, an upgraded sensor and a radical new design

 
 

Departing radically from the Nikon 1 V1's original design, the new Nikon V2 goes all out to leave the rather bland looks of the V1 behind while maintaining the family resemblance, with broad curves and a bulky industrial look. The end result is rather odd at first glance, with a big grip and a rectangular EVF and...

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G: Was this telephoto zoom lens worth the wait?

 
 

Nikon DSLR owners have been longing for an affordable, pro-quality, lightweight 70-200mm telephoto zoom lens -- although affordable is, of course, a relative term. The FX-format AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/4G ED VR telephoto zoom lens, priced at US$1,400, sells for US$1,000 less than the much-beloved AF-S Nikkor...

Love those underwater dogs photos? This video shows how they were shot

 
Photo by Seth Casteel

What is it about these underwater dogs photos that the Internet just can't seem to get enough of? A few weeks ago we posted this super slow motion video of dogs catching balls underwater and got a great response from Imaging Resource readers.

Now here's a behind-the-scenes video from ABC News...

Samsung NX20 review: Small camera size, big camera performance

 
 

The Samsung NX20 may look and feel like a digital SLR, but it's a compact system camera through and through. This small camera with a big 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor is capable of taking winning photos with lots of gorgeous detail along with top-notch full HD videos. Even better, if you like sharing your...

Epson unveils OBA-free, bright new canvas

 
 

Epson introduced three new canvases today, which it will show at PhotoPlus Expo. The Signature Worthy canvases are available in three finishes, like the company's previous offerings, but are much lighter weight, do not use optical brighteners and yet are still quite bright.

The big news is that the Exhibition...

Alan Sailer’s spectacular high-speed photos of exploding cameras

 
 

(Editor's note: Photographer Alan Sailer captured the spectacular images of exploding cameras on this page with a Nikon D90, using high-speed photography techniques. The following is text he sent us explaining the process behind these mind-blowing shots. To see more of Sailer's images, check out his Flickr page.)

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Memoto asks: Why carry a camera when you can just wear one?

 
 

The Swedish company Memoto has ingeniously come up with a way to avoid those nasty fingerprints on LCDs, the need for pupil-shrinking covers and skins and -- most importantly of all -- anticipating the right moment to snap the shutter.

The no-hands Memoto wearable camera automatically "captures every moment of...

Canon 5D Mark III gets uncompressed HDMI, improved AF performance

 
 

The movie and TV guys convinced Canon they need uncompressed HMDI output so Canon released a firmware update to the 5D Mark III that does just that. Canon said it makes for "more efficient video editing and monitoring procedures."

But the firmware update has a benefit for still photographers, too, with improved...

Hilarious photos of people freaking out with fear at a Halloween haunted house

 
 

What do you get when you place a Nikon D80 and a flash in a haunted house and have it automatically shoot a photo at one of the most frightening moments? Some hilarious photos of some very, very scared people.

That's what they've done once again at the Nightmares Fear Factory in Niagra Falls, Canada and some of...

Lens Review: Pentax 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC SMC DA WR

 
 

Pentax released the 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED AL [IF] DC SMC DA WR in November of 2010 as a companion lens for the then K-5 and now K-5 II body: offering water resistance (the new "WR" monicker), a new DC ("direct current") motor and a longer reach than its previous kit lens, we've put this lens through its paces in...

Does the Nikon D600 have a sensor dust problem?

 
 

We tend not to get too excited about sensor dust problems here; we clean sensors on every camera after every rental, so it’s just routine. When we started carrying the Nikon D600 they all arrived with a fair amount of dust, but that’s pretty routine too.

Manufacturing and shipping can be a dusty experience.
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