News entries for May, 2014

Samsung 85mm f/1.4 Lens Review: a great pro-level portrait prime for NX photographers

 
 

Are you a Samsung NX camera owner in need of a fast, well-built, professional-level portrait prime? We've just published our review on the Samsung 85mm ƒ/1.4 ED SSA lens, which is part of Samsung's premium, professional line of lenses and is the "crème de la crème" of portrait lenses for NX users. Regardless of its...

Adobe demos touch-friendly Photoshop CC update at Microsoft Surface Pro 3 launch event

 
 

Earlier this week, Microsoft unveiled its latest attempt at gaining traction in the competitive tablet market. Like its predecessor, Surface Pro 3 aims to bridge the divide between Android and iOS tablets and notebook PCs. It runs a Windows 8 operating system and your desktop apps -- including the full-fledged...

Photography by the numbers: MIT algorithm analyzes photos, predicts their popularity


 
 

Ever wondered what it is that makes some of your photos popular? You're not alone: MIT student Aditya Khosla wondered the same thing, as did his fellow researchers, Atish Das Sarma of eBay, and Raffay Hamid of DigitalGlobe. Where you likely differ from these three gentlemen, though, is that you probably only...

Popular ‘Instagrammer’ Dan Rubin gives you the rundown on how to be a mobile photography pro

 
 

One of the best ways to improve your smartphone photos is to introduce some apps to your workflow that expand your phone's photographic capabilities. In a recent video for The Guardian, Dan Rubin, Instagram early adopter and editor-at-large for The Photographic Journal, showed off some of his favorite mobile...

Camera Deals of the Day: B&H Memorial Day Sales; Sony A7 $1,498; White Canon SL1 $599; Sigma 18-250mm Lens $349 and more!

 
 

Ah, Memorial Day weekend! The official start of the summer season, at least to us folks here in the States. As such, B&H has started running a series of Memorial Day specials on a wide variety of cameras, from compact, waterproof digicams to DSLRs. We also have a variety of individual camera and lens deals,...

Friends at last: DxO Optics Pro becomes Lightroom’s bestie thanks to new raw-sharing capability (updated)


 
 

For the last seven years, there's been a battle underway for the hearts and minds of photographers. Two of the best-known photography-centric desktop apps in the business -- Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and DxO Optics Pro -- have waged war. Today, DxO Labs makes friends with its long-time rival, announcing a new...

360cam: The go-anywhere, mount-everywhere, see-everything life-capturing camera hits Kickstarter


 
 

Here's a riddle to while away a little of your Tuesday afternoon: What talks to your smartphone or tablet, knows precisely where it is at all times, and is just as at home underwater or in a light-bulb socket as it is in the palm of your hand?

Need another hint? It also shoots 360-degree spherical video and...

Panasonic GH4 gallery images: the flagship ILC and 4K-shooting monster hits the streets of New Orleans

 
 

Out of the lab and onto the streets! The streets of News Orleans, that is. The Panasonic GH4 review process continues with our first big set of real-world sample photos, as well as some sample 4K videos, one of which is embedded below, with the rest on our YouTube channel. (If you want to see the videos in all...

OTTO: this retro-styled, hackable camera lets you crank out GIFs. Literally.

 
 

Here's to "OTTO" – the world's first Raspberry Pi-based photo-video hybrid GIF camera that is fully hackable, customizable, and connectible!

Using an intuitive shutter-control hand crank, a respectable 35mm f/2.0 lens, and a wifi-connected smartphone app, OTTO meets all of your GIF-recording desires… and more....

The battle for 1” sensor supremacy heats up! We post Samsung NX Mini First Shots

 
 

To call the Samsung NX Mini "small" isn't really doing it justice. Plenty of cameras are small these days, even some ILC's like the amazingly compact Panasonic GM1. A more appropriate description for the NX Mini is "svelte" - sporting clean lines and showcasing rather astonishing engineering to achieve this level...

Patently obvious: Stephen Colbert ridicules Amazon patent for using photography gear as designed

 
 

Last week, we told you about a patent from online shopping behemoth Amazon.com, which has photographers up in arms -- and understandably so.

What Amazon has patented is, essentially, the idea of using photography gear just as it was designed to be used. Sure, a very specific camera and gear setup is described,...

Tokina’s long-awaited 70-200mm f/4 finally arrives, debuts newly-developed stabilization system


 
 

It's been a long time coming, but the wait is finally just about over for Tokina's constant-aperture 70-200mm f/4 zoom lens, a model first shown under glass at the CP+ tradeshow, way back in February 2012. (Yes, really!) After more than two years in development limbo, the lens is set to start shipping later...

Olympus TG-3: A remarkably interesting and fun waterproof point-and-shoot (UPDATED)

 
 

UPDATE (5/20): We've uploaded a full set of gallery images for the TG-3. Click over to the Olympus TG-3 sample gallery page for a look at this larger set of photos, including full-resolution files.

It's safe to say Olympus is on a roll lately as cameras in their OM-D and PEN lineup are winning rave reviews. But...

Diet drones desirable: FAA considers fast-track approval of lightweight commercial UAVs


 
 

If you're a commercial photographer or videographer intrigued by the possibilities of aerial photography from a radio-controlled multicopter or other unmanned aerial vehicle, but you're worried that the FAA could choose you as its next legal target, there's potentially some good news on the way. According to...

Conrad Heyer, earliest-born person ever to be photographed

 
 

Born in 1749, New Englander Conrad Heyer was a veteran of the American Revolution. He was there in Trenton during the terrible winter of 1776 and crossed the Delaware River with General George Washington and his rag-tag Continental Army. In fact, the Maine Historical Society believes him to be the earliest born...

Long-lost photos from Game Boy Camera show New York in 2000

 
 

Professional photographer David Friedman recently uncovered some remarkable photos of New York City he took back in 2000. The intriguing digital photos were not taken with an early DSLR as you might expect, but rather his Game Boy Camera.

Charmingly low-res (we're guessing there are app developers already hard at...

Firmware Friday: It’s huge! 16 cameras and more updated by Canon, Nikon, Ricoh and Olympus


 
 

We've had some big Firmware Friday posts in the last couple of years, but this week takes the cake. We have no less than 19 updates to report on today from Canon, Nikon, Ricoh and Olympus, including 16 cameras -- the majority of them interchangeable-lens -- plus two camcorders and an accessory. With so much...

Impressive timelapse brings you the futuristic Emirates from every angle


 
 

Winding down and getting ready for the weekend? If so, you might enjoy a few minutes with this cool time-lapse video shot in the ultra-modern cities of the United Arab Emirates. We know we did!

It's been a couple of weeks since we last watched a time-lapse, figuring that Martin Heck's 4K film shot in the...

Sony RX100 III boasts brighter zoom, popup viewfinder, and still fits in a pocket


 
 

The most exciting series of pocket-friendly cameras on the market just got even more exciting! Sony has taken its past RX100-series models and overhauled them to produce the 20-megapixel Sony RX100 III. And boy, is this ever one cool camera, with major updates throughout.

Changes include a brand-new lens...

Sony A7S arriving this July for *much* less than the rumor mill predicted


 
 

Alongside the announcement of the RX100 III compact, Sony has today revealed a nugget of information that's going to have pro video and high ISO fans alike overcome with joy. The company has announced pricing and availability for the full-frame Sony A7S mirrorless camera, which it first unveiled back at...