News entries for July, 2013

Fuji XF1 review: Slick, retro-styled pocket camera offers more than just good looks


The Fuji XF1 is the James Bond of enthusiast pocket cameras -- sleek, retro-styled (but somehow still eminently modern) and even a little dangerous looking. Like the classic Walther PPK, it's not a bad little shooter either, providing a bright f/1.8 max aperture at wide angle, overall speedy performance, tons of advanced features and...

Zeiss rethinks its branding, removes Carl from the picture


At the sprightly age of 196 years, the founder of famed optics manufacturer Carl Zeiss AG has today hung up his hat and stepped into retirement. Not literally, of course -- Mr. Zeiss left this mortal coil almost 125 years ago -- but metaphorically speaking, because the company he brought into being has today announced a change in the way...

No ticket needed: Google Street View takes you on a tour of post-apocalyptic Battleship Island

You've seen it from the air, and now your chance to tour the legendary, post-apocalyptic Battleship Island on foot has arrived. But wait! Put your suitcase down, because you'll be visiting from the comfort of your own living room, courtesy of the ever-inquisitive folks at Google.

Battleship Island -- also known by the Japanese nickname...

Hasselblad still looking to launch new DSLR this year

 
 

Now that Hasselblad has launched its controversial (and pricey) Lunar compact system camera, the venerable medium-format camera manufacturer appears to be going ahead with plans to release a digital SLR and, possibly, two compact models this year.

At the Photokina show last year in Germany, Hasselblad Chairman...

Surreal street photos capture human patterns: Photographer Pelle Cass shuffles time in Selected People

 
 

At first glance, the world in Pelle Cass' mesmerizing photo series called "Selected People" seems so familiar. Linger on his street photography-style images for a few seconds more though, and you'll see something a bit more surreal. The apparently random movements of people in the photographer's images reveal what...

Camera Deals of the Day: Instant Rebates ENDING June 29th, Refurb Nikon D7000 for $619, Canon EOS M + 22mm lens for $444, and more!


 
 

Ahhh, happy Friday folks! After a business trip yesterday (hence no Deals post), I'm back at full steam with a big selection of deals on cameras, lenses and accessories. Also, there's a slew in instant rebates from Nikon, Fujifilm and Sony are set to expire tomorrow, June 29th so see below for all the deals...

Sports car photographer Nigel Harniman shows how he uses his ‘portable’ rig (VIDEO)

 
 

Calling this a tutorial is a bit disingenuous -- most of us aren't probably aren't going to get the chance to photograph exotic, high-powered sports cars on a closed track, with very, very high-end gear. But if you're ever in a situation where you are, this tutorial by car photographer Nigel Harniman might be...

Chicago newspaper front page comparison shows what happens when you fire photographers

 
 

Earlier this year, the Chicago Sun-Times moved to lay off its entire photography staff, instead aiming to arm journalists with iPhones, and pay freelancers a miserly rate. This naturally earned them a widespread drubbing from the rest of the media. But a comparison of today's front page from the Chicago Sun-Times...

Everpix cloud-based image storage launches version 2.0 with more ways to clean up “the photo mess”

 
 

There are many ways for photographers to back up and organize the boatload of images they have sitting on their hard drives -- and in other locations -- but Everpix thinks it has a better solution. The company, which specializes in cloud-based image storage, has just launched Everpix 2.0 with several design changes...

Sony RX100 II review first look: Best gets better with groundbreaking sensor, viewfinder support and more (HANDS-ON VIDEO)


Last summer, the debut of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 answered the prayers of enthusiast shooters looking for a capable yet compact second camera, and those who wanted large-sensor iimage quality, but who found interchangeable-lens cameras simply too large. Unlike almost all its large-sensor compact camera competitors, the RX100 sports...

Sony RX1R review: Special edition of RX1 full-frame compact camera ditches low-pass filter, delivers even sharper images

 
 

We didn't think it would be possible to improve upon the Sony RX1, the full-frame compact camera we named our overall 2012 Camera of the Year -- at least not so soon. But that's exactly what Sony has accomplished with the Sony RX1R, a special edition of the award-winning model that removes its almost-identical...

Deer attacks photographer (VIDEO)

 
 

Photographer Dan Milner learned the hard way that it's best to keep a safe distance from the wild animals you intend to photograph. In the below video from Live Leak, Milner stops by the side of the road to photograph a stag -- which is an adult male deer without a mate -- while crouching just a few feet away from...

The movie that broke YouTube: Mammoth 4K video brings the stars to your living room


Now that high-definition cameras are commonplace, ultra-high def 4K video is the next big thing, and early adopters are already doing great things with it. Over the last few months, we've reported on videographer Ben Silberfarb's EOS-1D C test video, and director Jacob Schwarz' delightful 4K ink drops shot on a Red Epic. Last week,...

This lovely film celebrating the “Soul” of the Leica M Monochrom won five awards at Cannes

 
 

This captivating little film (embedded below) is not an official Leica advertisement for the M Monochrom camera but that didn't stop it from winning five awards at the recent Cannes Lions Festival. Titled Alma ("Soul"), the Brazilian movie was made independently by Sentimental Filme in conjunction with the...

Stylish Flytecam action camera is attractive in more ways than one


With more manufacturers than ever making action cameras, it's a great time for point-of-view photography. There's one thing uniting the overwhelming majority of action cams on the market, though: by and large, they're clunky and unattractive-looking, especially when wrapped in their waterproof housings. A new entry to the action camera...

Powerful, long exposure photos show the intensity of the Vietnam War

 
 

In 1970, James Speed Hensinger was part of the 173rd Airborne Brigade, stationed in Vietnam, and under nightly attacks by a Viet Cong gunman. The gunman would visit the camp at night, and shoot at the soldiers with an AK-47. One night, the Brigade opted to respond with all its military might, and Hensinger took to...

Nikon D7100 review: The best APS-C DSLR for shooters wanting to get more serious about their photography?


As the Nikon's new flagship APS-C DSLR, the Nikon D7100 occupies a sweet spot in the company's lineup. The D7100 provides a ton of advanced photographic capabilities at a reasonably affordable price point. And it's a perfect model for photographers who are becoming more serious about their craft and want to step up from their...

The Chinese Space Station looks like a TIE fighter in front of the Death Star in this sun photo

 
 

Last week, we shared a photo of the International Space Station looking like the Starship Enterprise as it cruised past the moon. Now, here's a shot of the Chinese Space Station (CSS) moving past the sun and it brings to mind another famous science fiction series. Yes, Star Wars nerds, the CSS looks a lot like a...

Just how well do you really know color? Take this test!

 
 

We've all done it. Spending hours in Photoshop or Lightroom, making tiny tweaks to the coloring and lighting of our photos. But with all of our playing with sliders, and twiddling the hue and saturation, how well do you actually know color? The color experts at X-Rite have something to test just that, with their ...

Camera Deals of the Day: Canon 5D Mark III for $2,925, Canon 24-105 f/4L IS lens for $780, Woot Camera Sale and more!


 
 

Happy Hump Day to all our readers! We've gathered together a nice handful of savings on great digital cameras and lenses, as well as a nice discount on photo prints. Be sure to check back on IR regularly for new bargains on cameras and photographic equipment.

  • Canon 5D Mark III body-only - $2,925 (compare...