News entries for July, 2014

Own a piece of photographic history: Ansel Adams’ 4x5” view camera to be auctioned off

Ansel Adams was without doubt one of the most influential America landscape photographers of all time. Besides being regarded as one of the inventors of the Zone System that allows to determine proper exposure all the way from capturing a photograph to its print, his meticulous eye for tonal nuances helped shape the face of black-and-white...

Canon patents a Foveon-like five layer sensor with UV and IR sensitivity

News from the world of imaging sensors, and these couldn't get much stranger. Apparently, Canon is working on a multi-layered sensor not unlike the three layer Foveon sensor inside Sigma cameras, but Canon's version includes two additional layers that are sensitive for ultraviolet and infrared light respectively.

It's not the first time that...

Samsung Galaxy NX Review: Smartphone + ILC. Is it the connected photographer’s dream camera?

 
 

The popularity of the smartphone being used as the camera-of-choice for many people continues to skyrocket. As a result, many camera manufacturers are feeling the squeeze as sales decline in favor of these multi-purpose, pocketable devices. Camera companies have started adding Wi-Fi and NFC features to their...

Android camera to get a major boost including raw shooting, manual control and more

 
 

Last week, Google previewed an upcoming release of the Android operating system at the Google I/O conference in San Francisco. Tentatively named Android L, and scheduled to arrive at retail in late 2014, the new mobile OS is already available as a developer preview for the Google Nexus 5 and 2013-variant of the...

Firmware Friday: Fuji updates all X-series ILCs and more; Blackmagic, Nikon, Sigma also ship upgrades


 
 

This week's Firmware Friday roundup comes a little later than usual, thanks to some thunderstorms rolling through East Tennessee which took us offline briefly. It's a doozie, though, with no less than 15 camera models and one lens receiving patches this week.

Fujifilm takes the prize for the most...

Hours of setup for just one shot: Phobia-inducing video shows the difficult life of a cave photographer


 
 

If you suffer from claustrophobia, you may want to look away from this video. (Or perhaps just take a peek through your trembling fingers.) The folks at Joby recently took a journey to Knoxville, Tennessee, literally just down the road from your humble news editor. They were here to take part in a spelunking...

Looking for the right EF lens for your Canon DSLR? A new microsite guides you through your options.

Only recently Canon celebrated the milestone of 100 million EF lenses, which it honored by asking its ambassadors to talk about their respective favorite EF lenses and favorite photographs taken with each lens. The party still isn't over it seems, as Canon has just launched a new microsite educating photographers about its lens lineup.

The...

The Aperture closes: Apple ends development of its Lightroom competitor


 
 

There's big news today out of Cupertino, CA as Apple pulls the plug on two of its longest-running imaging apps. Just shy of its tenth birthday, Apple's flagship product aimed at enthusiasts and pros -- Apple Aperture -- will be developed no more. Nor will iPhoto, its consumer app included on every Mac OS...

It’s Snapseed Desktop in all but name—Google Plus gets selective, non-destructive editing


 
 

A year ago, tech giant Google took flag for discontinuing Nik Software's Snapseed Desktop app on the Mac and Windows platforms, just six months after it acquired the company. Now, Snapseed Desktop is back -- in a manner of speaking.

An update to Google+ Photos sees Snapseed-like selective editing appearing...

Canon T5 Shooter’s Report: This refreshed entry-level DSLR is a lot of camera for the money

 
 

The 2011 Canon T3 was decidedly getting long in the tooth compared to today's camera standards. With the refreshed Canon Rebel T5, the Big C's entry-level DSLR gained some much-welcomed improvements, including an 18-megapixel sensor -- up from 12.2 -- though it's still paired to the older DIGIC 4 image processor....

Second time’s the charm? Nikon prepares to release a more refined Capture NX-D—and it’s free!


 
 

A little more than a fortnight from now, Nikon will finally release Capture NX-D, it's Silkypix-based replacement for Capture NX 2. The app provoked an uproar when it was launched in beta form last February, mostly because it failed to retain the unique U-Point control system of its predecessor.

In fairness...

Camera Deals of the Day: Canon T5i Printer Bundle $760; $100 off Panasonic lenses; Pentax K-50 2-Lens Bundle $597 and more!

 
 

Time to save some cash on your next camera or lens upgrade! We've put together a nice selection of photo gear deals today, including a big discount on a Canon DSLR and printer bundle, some nice saving on select Panasonic Micro Four Thirds lenses, and Pentax's recent promo over at Adorama on lenses and camers has...

Nikon D810 unites D800, D800E in one model, takes the HDSLR to the next level

 
 

Two years ago, Nikon started a trend with the launch of the D800E, a full-frame digital SLR which did without a resolution-robbing optical low-pass filter in the quest for maximum resolution. Today, the company follows up with the Nikon D810, a camera which shares much with its predecessor -- but with some very...

Sony A6000 Shooter’s Report Part III: Completing the picture - Video, WiFi, and final thoughts from the field

 
 

Our intrepid reviewer Eamon Hickey has put the finishing touches on his Sony A6000 Shooter's Report with his final Part III installment. In this segment, he discusses other performance aspects of the camera (besides autofocus, which he thoroughly tackled in Part II) and physical characteristics of the camera such...

Sony A3000 Review: More camera than you’d dare dream of for just $350—with lens!


 
 

Some cameras are all about cramming in as many features as possible, even if you'll seldom use them. The Sony A3000 doesn't play that game. This is a camera that's been pared down to the basics -- you get precisely what you need, and little more. But boy, does its thrifty approach ever pay dividends when it...

Happy 20th birthday Apple QuickTake 100, the first consumer digital camera

 
 

When you think of Apple, your mind probably conjures images of svelte laptops, perhaps funky, white desktop computers, iPods, and now recently, iPhones and iPads. Apple is known for helping launch or popularize some major categories of consumer electronics: the personal computer with the Mac, MP3 players with the...

Getting started in underwater photography: Go close and wide

 
 

In my first piece on underwater photography, I offered some quick tips to improve your underwater photos. Here I go into greater depth on a particular style of photography: “Close-focus wide angle” (CFWA). I find this style to be an especially appealing and straightforward form of photography that serves as a great...

Forget the cloud! WD My Book Duo backs up your photos for less than six cents per gigabyte


 
 

Are your photos and videos securely backed up? For too many of us, the answer is no -- and in a world where cloud storage options abound, many of them with free offers to entice you to their particular platform, that can seem a little crazy. But when you look at them closely, cloud storage prices quickly add...

The iris improved: German research promises better bokeh


 
 

If you've made the leap to a compact system camera, you've already done away with one outdated piece of technology -- the reflex mirror. But is there another dinosaur lurking within your lenses, ripe for a modern replacement? It's possible, if research at Germany's University of Kaiserslautern pans out.

A...

Zenfolio launches service connecting photographers with potential customers


 
 

Among the problems faced by professional photographers -- especially those who're new to the game -- connecting with potential customers is probably one of the most important. For most people, hiring a photographer isn't a regular occurrence. That's a problem for both customer and photographer: The customer...