News entries for October, 2013

Sakar working on Kodak-branded Micro Four Thirds lenses?

 
 

Last week's PhotoPlus Expo in New York saw a lot of new gear announced and previewed — but one of the things no one expected was a set of Kodak lenses for Micro Four Thirds. Spotted by the Phoblographer, this trio of glass featured prominant Kodak branding, and is manufactured by Sakar.

There's nothing official...

The Camera Bag: GoldBug tastefully plates cameras in 18 carat gold

 
 

Usually when you hear the the term "gold plated camera", your mind instantly turns to some sort of gaudy monstrosity like the Pentax LX Gold. That's not the case with GoldBug, a new site that offers gold plated classic cameras, but manage to retain the feeling and beauty of the originals.

A collaboration between...

Kodak wins in patent dispute with Ricoh, and Nikon goes after Polaroid

 
 

The world of legal battles between camera companies is a murky one. Between technology patents, similar looking and sounding cameras, and all sorts of licensing, it can be difficult to keep track of who owns what, and who owes what to whom. But recently, a number of companies have become involved in courtroom...

“The Lion City” is a stunning combination of both time lapse and tilt shift (VIDEO)

 
 

Photographer Keith Loutit has combined two popular videography methods into one incredible video of Singapore, and it's an absolutely stunning look at his home city in a rather unconventional way.

For The Lion City, he shot a series of time lapse videos, and developed his own methods for the tilt shift component...

Camera Deals of the Day: Refurb Olympus E-M5 kit $915; refurb Canon 6D body $1,215; Canon 70D printer bundle $1,038 and much more!

 
 

Good morning everyone! It's the start of a brand new week, and that means brand new deals! We've found a lot of cool bargains on cameras and photo gear this morning, starting with a big discount on a refurb Olympus E-M5 kit. We've also uncovered a huge discount on a Canon 70D printer bundle, as well as several...

Unified Color to add HDR pano processing in HDR Expose 3.1


 
 

With the PhotoPlus Expo in New York now underway, software company Unified Color is demonstrating an upcoming tweak to its flagship HDR Expose high-dynamic range imaging app on the show floor. The new Pano Prep Batch Processing feature resolves problems with inconsistent tone mapping across multiple frames of...

Ricoh Theta 360° pano camera goes on sale, samples appear


 
 

Ricoh Japan has today announced a preorder program for its unusual, dual-lensed Theta 360° panoramic camera in the Japanese market, with orders being accepted immediately for delivery from November 8th. Announced early this month, the Theta includes two cameras of unspecified resolution, and captures a full...

UPDATED: Panasonic GM1 First Shots posted: Pixel peep test images from this ‘micro’ Micro Four Thirds camera

 
 

Introduced recently, the Panasonic GM1 took us by surprise -- a very pleasant surprise. Not only is it the smallest Micro Four Thirds camera we've ever seen, but it also boasts a tremendous pedigree and looks to be a terrific value at about US$750 (with its super-compact 12-32mm kit lens).

The GM1 features many...

Firmware Friday: New features for Canon EOS-1D X, 1D C; Fuji X100 interchangeable-lens cameras


 
 

Things have been rather quiet on the firmware front of late, but after a brief hiatus, Firmware Friday makes its return with several announcements from Canon and Fujifilm.

We'll start with Fujifilm, whose new firmware is already available for download. (Canon's firmware has been announced, but not yet...

Who owns that photo anyway? Five photographers and the French Minister of Culture learn the hard way to read the fine print

 
 

Many of us enjoy selling framed prints of our own photographs, but what do you do when one of them turns up for sale at an auction? Is it right that the original buyer can sell it, or is it still your property? It's a thorny question at the heart of an imbroglio over the recent sale of a collection of photographs...

Carli Davidson’s “Shake” dog photos now in book form

 
 

In 2011, photographer Carli Davidson started taking photos of dogs shaking water off their faces — and found herself with an instant viral hit. Now, two years later, Davidson has put together a book of some of these wonderful images, a collection of 130 different photos of dogs swinging their faces at high...

Ringo Starr’s “Photograph” reveals his incredible photography archives

 
 

It turns out that Beatles drummer Ringo Starr was more than just a member of one of the greatest music acts of all time — but was also a passionate photographer. And now Starr has opened his archives for a new limited edition book called Photograph. Tracing Starr's life both in and out of the Beatles, it's...

Watch a whale slap the camera out of a photographer’s hand (VIDEO)

 
 

Humpback whales are enormous. Just truly, astonishingly big. Most of us won't ever be lucky enough to get close to one in the wild, but for cameraman Chris Coates, a recent encounter ended with a very close call.

Coates was diving off the eastern coast of Africa at his favorite speardiving spot. As reported by...

Shutterfly acquires BorrowLens gear rental service

 
 

Popular gear rental service BorrowLens has been bought out by internet printing giant Shutterfly, the companies announced today. It's not clear what, if anything, this will mean for BorrowLens customers, but for now it seems that it's business as usual.

In a blog post about the acquisition, BorrowLens stated...

Camera Deals of the Day: Panasonic GX7 kit price drop $1,226; Canon 6D body $1,500; Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS lens $1,359 and more!

 
 

TGIF! Let's get the ball rolling with some great camera and lens deals. To start things off, we found a big price drop on pre-orders for the new Panasonic GX7 kits, plus some hefty savings on a couple Canon and Nikon DSLRs. We've also discovered good bargains on a Canon PowerShot compact, as well as a couple Canon...

Pentax MX-1 review: This retro-styled premium compact camera gets by on much more than just good looks

 
 

Quite a unique camera in more ways than one, the retro-styled Pentax MX-1 pays homage to the compact Pentax MX film SLRs from the 1970s and 80s. The premium enthusiast-geared MX-1 features all-brass top and bottom plates and a soft, rubberized coating around the middle, making it a joy to hold. But at the same time...

Sigma prices 24-105mm f/4 lens, slated to ship next month


 
 

Last week, we reported on Sigma's upcoming full frame 24-105mm zoom lens, which offers a constant f/4 maximum aperture across its entire zoom range. A few days later, we learned that it was slated to ship in November, but we still didn't know one crucial detail: its list price. Today, that changes, with...

When silver isn’t: Leica launches confusingly-named D-LUX 6 Silver Edition


 
 

Fancy picking up a Leica D-LUX 6 digital camera, the famed German photographic icon's variation on the Panasonic LX7? If so, you've now a new body color to choose from, in the form of the Leica D-LUX 6 Silver Edition.

Somewhat bewilderingly, though, the D-LUX 6 Silver Edition isn't... silver, that is. It's...

Love photography and hiking? The rotation180° Panorama backpack was made for you


 
 

Most of us have more than one hobby: Sure, photography may be our big passion, but it takes more than one pursuit to make a balanced life. Camera bag company MindShift Gear has just announced a new backpack for those of you who couple your love of cameras with an urge to get outdoors and hike. The...

Q&A with Olympus President Haruo Ogawa and Planning Manager Eiji Shirota: After the E-M1, what’s next for mirrorless?

 
Mr. Haruo Ogawa
President
Olympus Imaging Corp.

Last month, Olympus launched a new flagship for its OM-D mirrorless camera line. The pro-friendly Olympus E-M1 is the company's first mirrorless model with on-chip phase detection autofocus, and it serves as a stepping stone to mirrorless for photographers...