News entries for November, 2013

Can the tiny Panasonic GM1 hold its own with the big boys?

 
 

Wow -- we're huge camera geeks here at IR, and few models this year have excited us as much as the soon-to-be-released Panasonic GM1, a truly "micro" Micro Four Thirds camera. Now that it's been put through its paces in the IR lab, we're even more excited.

Can a camera this tiny really deliver the goods when it...

Watch as a curious pride of lions tries to eat a buggy-mounted Nikon D800

 
 

Chris McLennan, wildlife photographer and Nikon New Zealand ambassador, recently decided to have a little fun on one of his trips to Africa. So he mounted a Nikon D800 to a remote-controlled buggy and drove it right into a pride of sunbathing lions. We'll give away only this much: the lions first tried to eat it,...

Photographer captures the insides of lenses and cameras — via X-ray

 
Image by Guy Viner, used with permission

Normally, to get a good look at the insides of a lens, you either have to be willing to take the thing apart (not recommended), or be able to track down one of those impressive lens cross sections that companies occasionally make. But one Israeli photographer is giving us a...

Hyperlapse graffiti video shows street art at its best (VIDEO)

 
 

A warehouse in Brisbane, Australia was scheduled for demolition. But rather than let it go to waste while waiting to be knocked down, graffiti artists Sofles teamed up with spraypaint company Ironlak and videographer Selina Miles to spraypaint the entire building. Captured over an incredible timelapse,...

Jury rules against AFP/Getty, awards photographer $1.22M for Haiti photos

 
 

When the devastating earthquake hit Haiti in 2010, photographer Daniel Morel was one of the first on the scene, uploading his images to Twitter of the destruction. However, the images were picked up by Agence France-Presse (AFP) and Getty Images, and then distributed and licensed without his permission. Morel's...

Chicago Sun-Times may re-hire some photography staff

 
 

The Chicago Sun-Times looks like it may be partly reversing its actions from earlier this year, re-hiring some photographers. But it'll only be four of the once large photojournalism staff, with the remaining members receiving a one-time $2,000 payout.

According to the NPPA, a tentative contract settlement has...

The Jony Ive-Marc Newson-designed Leica M for (RED) fetches $1.8 million at Sotheby’s

 
 
 
 

The one-off Leica M Typ 240 designed by Apple's Jony Ive and designer Marc Newson was auctioned off at Sotheby's this past weekend for an eye-watering final price of US$1.8 million, making it one of the world's most expensive cameras. Coincidentally, it is also...

Ricoh preps Android app for Theta spherical pano camera


 
 

When Ricoh started shipping its unusual, dual-lensed Theta 360° panoramic camera in mid-October, there was both good and bad news, depending on which smart device platform you use.

The good news was that iOS users could Wi-Fi pair their Theta camera with their iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch from day one,...

Watch this short, stop-motion-like film that’s cleverly made of 852 different Instagram pictures

 
 

With 150 million monthly active users, and 55 million new pictures added each day, one might say that Instagram is one of the Internet's biggest resources of randomness. One might just as well say, though, that Instagram is the epitome of modern expressionism. Whichever way you'd like to see it, one thing is for...

Shoot ultra-wide with new Kickstarter anamorphic iPhone lens

 
 

If you want to capture a truly cinematic vision of video, there's something about shooting widescreen video that is intensely cinematic. The widescreen format is so intimately associated with the heights of 20th century film making that it's a look a great number of people want to replicate. But anamorphic lenses...

How one photographer turned himself into an action figure

 
 

If you're a photographer trying to get your name out there, it can be hard to differentiate yourself from the crowd. But in the arms race of photographer advertising, one man may have developed the equivalent of a nuclear bomb. Photographer Jens Lennartsson got a series of 400 action figures modeled after himself...

Sony’s A7 and A7r team interviewed: faster lenses in the works, but no more NEX?

 
 

The Sony A7 and A7r are continuing to amaze us (and everyone else) with their incredible image quality. But we can't help but wonder what's in the future for full frame on Sony mirrorless cameras? DC.Watch managed to score an interview with the team behind the A7 and A7r — and while we're relying on a machine...

Firmware Friday: Panasonic GX7, Sigma SD1 updated; fix for Sigma lenses on Nikon D5300


 
 

It's Firmware Friday time once more, and that means a quick wrapup of all that's new in the world of photo firmware. This week, we have updates to report on from both Panasonic and Sigma.

Sigma's updates include firmware both for cameras and lenses. We'll touch on the lens firmware first, as we'd reported...

Tobias Guttman’s “Face-o-mat” is not your classic portrait booth (VIDEO)

 
 

Imagine this. You sit in front of a small booth, and feed your money through a slot. Then, you adjust sliders for if you want your image to be black and white or color, facelift or natural, classic or avant-garde. And three minutes later, out comes your picture. But with the Face-o-mat, it's no photobooth. It's...

Camera Deals of the Day: Canon 70D 2-lens bundle $1,800; Olympus E-M5 $768; Refurb Nikon D5200 kit for $520 and much more!

 
 

Oh yeah! Happy Friday everyone! Time for a final camera deals of the day roundup for this week. Today we've a very cool 2-lens bundle with the Canon 70D and an awesomely low price on a new Olympus E-M5. There's also a nice discount on a Refurb Nikon D5200 kit. We've also found a few lens deals on Canon and Pentax...

Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 Zeiss lens review: Superbly sharp lens for Sony’s new, full-frame A7R and A7 mirrorless cameras

 
 
 
 
 
 

We've just posted our Sony FE 55mm f/1.8 Zeiss lens review, and boy, this is one heck of a lens! It's designed to serve Sony's hot new Alpha A7R and A7 full-frame mirrorless cameras, and bears the ZA Zeiss...

Angel or Devil? Meet Duane Michals, the photographer who invented himself

 
 

Photographer and artist Duane Michals is the comedy star of a recent biographical documentary film titled "Duane Michals: The Man Who Invented Himself." At 81, Duane performs for the camera like a mischievous kid, full of energy and tomfoolery.

Like many masters, Duane was self-taught, and as such he was (and is...

Extend your GoPro Hero3/3+ battery life to five hours with this cool camera cage


 
 

Ever find yourself wishing your GoPro Hero3 or Hero3+ camera had better battery life? You're not alone -- GoPro creator Woodman Labs recognizes this with its Battery BacPac accessory. But there's a problem: You have to take the LCD Touch BacPac off your camera, meaning that you can't see what you're framing.

...

Photo-narrative website Exposure helps your photos tell a story in style


 
 

News of a new photo-sharing website crossed our desk today, and while that in itself isn't so out-of-the-ordinary, the site certainly looks to be.

Created by Elepath Inc., it's dubbed Exposure, and not only is it much more stylish than most, but it also seems to be very simple indeed to use, with gallery...

Nikon D5300 First Shots: Can Nikon’s new mid-level DSLR not only beat the D5200, but compete with the D7100?

 
 

In less than a year's time, the recently introduced Nikon D5300 has replaced the mid-level consumer D5200 DSLR. And while its upgrades may not be revolutionary, the new model stands as a compelling, affordable option for advanced amateurs who may be eyeing the higher-end, prosumer D7100 -- as well as an enticement...