News entries for July, 2013

Canon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM review: Updated APS-C kit lens “steps” up to provide quick, quiet, quality AF performance

 
 

Canon once again updates its primary kit lens for APS-C cameras: the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM is sold with the T5i, SL1 and 70D cameras, so it makes sense that they've put some thought into refining it. The result is a completely redesigned lens, with a new STM ("Stepping") motor which provides quick and...

Camera Deals of the Day: Canon 6D prime bundle $1,590, Nikon D3200 two-lens bundle $579, Canon 5D Mark III printer-and-flash bundle $3,549, and much more!


 
 

Bundles, bundles and more bundles! Looking at the deals today, we seem to have found bundles for everyone, including bargain bundles on the Canon 6D and 5D Mark III, as well as the Nikon D3200 and Canon S110. We've also found a selection of other discounts on a variety of lenses and flashes. Be sure to check...

Samsung NX2000 first shots: Can the NX300’s more affordable, more connected sibling match its image quality?


We've just posted First Shots -- our still life test images shot under controlled conditions in the IR Lab -- for Samsung's newest and most-connected mirrorless camera, the Samsung NX2000. Announced last May, the NX2000 takes an imaging pipeline much like that of the more expensive Samsung NX300, and combines it with cutting-edge...

Firmware Friday: Fuji X-Pro1 update returns, plus more updates for Fuji, Panasonic cameras


With news editor Mike Tomkins moving house, there's been a brief hiatus in our Firmware Friday roundup lately. We return with good news for Fuji X-Pro1 owners: the firmware update which, yesterday, we reported had been pulled for a bug fix has now returned.

Fuji X-Pro1 firmware v3.01 includes the same features added in v3.00 -- that is...

Blackmagic Production Camera 4K delayed until August; “Pocket” camera ships next week

 
 

In April, Blackmagic announced two new cameras, including an extremely portable and affordable model dubbed the Blackmagic Production Camera 4K. With a $4,000 asking price, and the promise of high quality video for a reasonable pricetag, many were looking forward to the original July ship date. Unfortunately, it...

Alex Trochut’s unique binary prints reveal different photos in light and darkness

 
 

The difference between designer Alex Trochut's photo prints when viewed in light or darkness is like night and day. Called binary prints, two separate images are shown on the surface depending on whether the lights are on or off.

Trochut, who splits his time between Brooklyn and Barcelona, invented and patented...

Android color management is finally possible, thanks to new Datacolor app


There's plenty to recommend the humble tablet as a device for reviewing your photos in the field: A large, high-res screen, great battery life, and a take-anywhere form factor that's much lighter and smaller than the typical laptop computer. And even your smartphone likely has a bigger and better screen than does your camera.

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Canon releases intriguing white paper on radical Dual Pixel CMOS autofocus system

 
 

Perhaps the biggest new feature in the Canon 70D is its radical new autofocus system, which promises to dramatically improve AF speeds, especially while in Live View and for shooting video. Our initial impression of the system is that it's a significant step above other systems currently available in SLRs. But if...

Waltz around Saturn with this retro Sci-Fi-style video made from Cassini photos

 
 

Based on imagery alone, the Cassini-Huygens space probe is the gift that keeps on giving. Launched in 1997, Cassini-Huygens has been capturing hundreds of thousands of mind-blowing photos of Saturn and the surrounding solar system, including massive hurricanes on the planet and stunning cyclones.

On Tuesday, we...

Camera Deals of the Day: Sony NEX-5R Bundle $598, Olympus E-PL3 Kit $240, free $300 AMEX card with Canon Pro-100 printer, and much more!


 
 

Ah, it's a wonderful Friday morning here at IR HQ, and we've rounded up an eclectic mix of camera gear deals, including a bundle on a great Sony NEX camera and an Olympus PEN kit. We also found some bargains on Canon gear, Rokinon lenses, and big savings on Gitzo, Manfrotto and Induro tripods. Plus a nice big...

Pentax Ricoh helps make your camera match your personality


Ever wish your camera better matched your personality? Perhaps the answer to that is no: lots of us like the anonymity of our black or silver camera bodies. Plenty of people these days have grown up to expect their consumer electronics gadgets to match their personality and fit their lifestyle, though. More and more, camera makers are...

Updating your Fuji X-Pro1 firmware? Stop! Here’s why, and what to do if it’s too late


A couple of days ago, we told readers about updated firmware for the Fuji X-E1 and X-Pro1 digital cameras, promised to bring faster autofocus and a focus peaking function to both models. If you eagerly downloaded the firmware version 3.00 update, but haven't had time to put it on your X-Pro1, then you'll want to stop right there and...

Filmmaker documents hilarious “Awkward Flight” after woman falls asleep on him

 
 

It's happened to all of us: a tired fellow passenger on a cramped flight nods off onto your shoulder. But what do you do? Wait for the person to wake up? Gently nudge them until they wake up? Or just let them go on sleeping as you guzzle rum and cokes until you pass out on them?

When someone conked out on Steve...

Google Chromecast gadget puts your pictures on TV without the cables and fuss


Tired of hunting down cables or fumbling with flash cards every time you want to show off your photos on the biggest picture frame in the house -- your TV? Newer models come with built-in Wi-Fi, but even then getting your pictures on screen can be a lot more awkward than it should be. A new gadget from search giant Google promises to...

Google Doodle honors Rosalind Franklin, the unsung scientist who snapped the first photo of DNA

 
 

What happened to Rosalind Franklin is one of the great crimes of modern science. Franklin was a British biophysicist and X-ray crystallographer who was instrumental in discovering the double helix shape of DNA — but was never given the credit she deserved during her life. Today's Google Doodle marks what would have...

Watch an old photo get painstakingly repaired and colorized in minutes in this timelapse video

 
 
 
 

Despite all the useful software tools available these days, photo restoration and colorization is still a painstaking process that can take countless hours to do right. Thankfully, there are services like THS Photo Restoration & Colorization, which not only...

Camera Deals of the Day: Canon 6D $1,589, Fujifilm X100 $900, Sony NEX-3N bundle $390 and much more! UPDATED


 
 

Need a DSLR, mirrorless camera, or how about a large-sensor compact camera? Well, you're in luck as we've found sweet deals on all these types of cameras, plus great DSLR lens savings from Canon, Nikon and Tamron. Be sure to check back every weekday for new deals, rebates and bargains on all sorts of camera...

Lomography announces Kickstarter campaign to resurrect legendary Petzval lens

 
 

The Petzval lens is one of the oldest and most storied photographic lenses ever developed. Invented in 1840, it sparked a revolution in portraiture thanks to its ability to handle wide apertures and short exposure. The lens is now difficult to find and expensive, but the folks at Lomography have just announced they...

Leave your tripod at home: Unified Color’s updated HDR tools support handheld shooting


Want to take your photos beyond the dynamic range limits of your digital camera's sensor? Software company Unified Color Technologies has two products aimed at fans of high dynamic range photography, and today, both received significant updates.

The changes in HDR Expose 3 make themselves known almost immediately that you open the...

Check out these wonderful, early color photos of circus performers from the 1940s and 50s

 
 

We've shared some amazing, early color photography here before but these shots of circus performers from the 1940s and 50s might be the most vivid and gripping images yet. The photos are from "The Circus Book: 1870-1950" by Dominique Jando, which includes approximately 180 of the earliest color images ever captured...