News entries for May, 2013

Pelican Imaging demos Lytro-like refocusing in an inexpensive, slim smartphone-friendly module


Are you thrilled by the possibilities of the Lytro light field camera, but less so by its extremely low resolution, bulky chassis, and relatively expensive pricetag? If so, a new tech from Pelican Imaging -- recently previewed by the folks at Extreme Tech -- might prove more attractive.

The Pelican array camera provides much the same...

BANG! Panasonic debuts ten eyecatching designs for the Lumix XS1 compact camera


Do you like your camera to boldly proclaim your identity? Should it serve not just as a tool for recording your memories, but also as a conversation piece? (Or perhaps you're just worried that if it doesn't look radically different, you'll pick up the wrong dull-as-dishwater silver box and leave your own camera behind at a party or...

How many photographers does it take to unbox a Nikon 800mm?


Now here's something few of us will get the chance to see in person: The folks at Outdoor Photo Gear have just received Nikon's lustworthy AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR lens, which boasts an eyewatering pricetag of roughly US$18,000.

It's Internet tradition that when you receive the latest cool new toy, you record yourself taking...

NEC launches 24-inch AH-IPS monitor with optional color management solution


NEC Display Solutions has introduced a new monitor covering close to 100% of the sRGB color space, and optionally available bundled with a color calibration system. The NEC MultiSync P242W-BK monitor is based around a 24-inch Advanced High-Performance In-Plane Switching LCD panel with a white LED backlight, and a resolution of 1,920 x...

Vincent Laforet video offers helpful tips on time lapse photography

 
 

Ever wonder how to create one of the many stunning time-lapse videos we've featured on Imaging Resource? Well, if you have about six minutes to spare, this video tutorial shot on location in Bryce Canyon, Utah by Canon Explorer of Light Vincent Laforet should help get you started.

Called "The Basics of Time...

Camera Deals of the Day: Olympus E-PL5 kit ($549), refurbished Canon 60D kit ($739) and more!

 
 

Welcome to a new feature of Imaging Resource: A daily roundup of deals for digital cameras, lenses and other photographic gizmos, gadgets and gear. We've found bargains for all levels of photographers, focusing on cameras and accessories we've reviewed (or at least previewed) and heartily recommend.

Below are a...

Wacom wants you to get hands-on with the new Cintiq 22HD Touch pen display—for a $500 premium

 
 

In July of 2012, Wacom added multi-touch controls to the Cintiq 24HD pen display tablet, and announced the slightly smaller, more affordable, 22HD. Now Wacom has pulled off a similar feat, bringing touch controls to the newly unveiled Cintiq 22HD Touch. For a $500 premium over the non-touch version, the Cintiq 22HD...

Incident vs. reflective: Cinematographer Mark Vargo explains the difference between light meters, and when to use each (VIDEO)

Mark Vargo is a successful feature film cinematographer with more than 30 years of Hollywood experience under his belt, and he's now set his sights on sharing some of his knowledge with the rest of us. Vargo, who has worked on films such as Poseidon, The Patriot, The Green Mile and Rise of the Planet of the Apes, has started a new series of educational videos, with his...

LensRentals compares old vs. new: Sigma’s 30mm f/1.4 lenses


When Sigma announced its new 30mm F1.4 DC HSM | A prime lens at the CP+ show in Japan earlier this year, the company superceded its existing 30mm F1.4 EX DC HSM lens. While the two might seem similar at first blush, the newer model is a completely different optic, with a new focusing system and a more complex optical formula featuring...

The waiting’s over: Canon ships EOS 5D Mark III update with uncompressed HDMI and more


EOS 5D Mark III owners, your long wait is over! It seems a very long time ago that Canon promised a firmware update for the 5D III which would provide uncompressed HDMI output and improved autofocus at the center AF point, all the way back in mid-October of last year. In fairness to Canon, they were clear at the time that the update...

Sony gives its Action Cam series a boost with new features, vastly expanded accessory lineup


Late last year, Sony launched a new digital camera directly aimed at Woodman Labs' ubiquitous action camera line, the rugged little GoPro. Today, Sony gives its rival Action Cam series an extra push, thanks to a firmware update adding several new features, plus a generous selection of additional accessories.

With the new firmware...

Kodak pulls U-turn on reorganization, now plans spin-offs to its own pension plan


To say the situation at Eastman Kodak Co. is in a state of flux would be putting it mildly. Just two weeks after the company announced plans to sell its document imaging business to printer manufacturer Brother Industries, it's pulled an abrupt U-turn, cancelling that deal and announcing another in its stead. The new owner of both the...

Stunning NASA image shows massive hurricane on Saturn

NASA continues to share stunning images captured with its Cassini space probe, which has been in orbit around Saturn for the last nine years. The latest mind-blowing shot from Cassini is of a massive, color-enhanced hurricane that has been swirling around the North Pole of Saturn for several years.

The Saturn hurricane is approximately 20 times larger than super storm...

Not your ordinary pinhole camera: James Guerin’s 25-lens DIY creation makes stunning mosaic images

 
 

Yesterday was Worldwide Pinhole Day, and people around the globe celebrated by taking photographs with a range of the most intriguing, improved and simple of cameras. But one photographer has taken a very different approach to a pinhole camera, making something unlike anything we've seen before. He created a...

Photographer captures one-of-a-kind moonrise, thanks to patience and absurdly long focal length (VIDEO)

 
 

Photographer Mark Gee has captured something remarkable with his DSLR in Wellington, New Zealand -- a moonrise that directly out of camera looks as magical as just about any F/X you'll see out of Hollywood. The trick to the almost surreally big moon in the sky? An absurdly long focal length and distance.

Mark Gee...

End of an era: Hasselblad V-system takes its final bow


There's sad news today for camera historians and fans of film photography alike: Hasselblad has officially discontinued the medium-format 503CW camera, and with it the Hasselblad V System. First launched in the mid to late 1950s with the Hasselblad 500C and SWC, the V System has been with us for more than half a century -- an incredible...

Lens Review: Fujinon XF 14mm f/2.8 R

 
 

Fuji released its XF 14mm f/2.8 R lens in February of 2013, and we've been looking forward to having it in our test lab. It's Fujifilm's beefiest prime lens to date for the X-mount system, and offers a 21mm-equivalent field of view for the X-E1 and X-Pro1 cameras. Click here to read our full review of the Fujinon...

JVC’s new Procision camcorder helps Ryan Vogelsong hone his pitching skills


Sports fans, pay attention: no matter whether you're a behind-the-camera type or you prefer to be in the action yourself, JVC has a new video camera aimed squarely at you. The JVC Procision GC-PX100 camcorder combines a high-resolution image sensor, bright zoom lens, and extremely swift capture to create a package that, according to its...

Alien Skin prepares to ship Exposure 5, previews new features


The folks at Alien Skin Software announced a new release of Exposure, their film photography simulation app that also functions as a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Photoshop Lightroom. Briefly previewed on the Alien Skin Software blog, Exposure 5 is set to arrive this June, and brings with it a significant user interface overhaul.

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Tokina ships new 12-28mm constant-aperture wide zoom, full-res samples available


Last January, Tokina revealed that it was developing the AT-X 12-28 PRO DX wide-angle zoom lens, a replacement for the now rather long-in-the-tooth AT-X 124 PRO DX II.

The existing lens, which first shipped in 2009 as a tweaked variant of a 2004 design, has proven popular for its f/4 constant aperture, as well as an optical design that...