News entries for June, 2014

Canon ambassadors reveal their favorite lenses to celebrate the 100 millionth EF lens

Recently, Canon announced that it had produced its 100 millionth EF lens since the introduction of its EOS SLR camera system back in 1987 – only about a year after hitting the 90 million EF lenses milestone in May 2013. To celebrate that event, the company interviewed a handful of its ambassadors about their respective EF lenses of choice. In...

Samsung 45mm f/1.8 2D/3D Lens Review: a compact, high-quality, fast prime with a nice 3D bonus

 
 

At CES 2013, Samsung revealed a unique lens for its NX camera series - the 45mm f/1.8 2D/3D lens. The lens incorporates a built-in LCD splitter/shutter system for use in shooting 3D images which can also be deactivated for regular 2D shooting. Need a fast, lightweight medium-telephoto prime lens for some low-light...

Why wait? Get Canon’s Digital Photo Professional upgrade ahead of schedule!

 
 

Late last week, we told readers about a forthcoming update to Canon's flagship imaging utility, Digital Photo Professional. At the time, we said that the update -- which brings a raft of new features including native 64-bit support -- wouldn't be available until this Thursday in Japan, with a European release...

No drones allowed: NPS preps countrywide ban on unmanned aerial vehicle flight in national parks

 
 

Last month, we reported on news that the National Park Service had banned drones from Yosemite National Park, citing an existing regulation it felt made unmanned aerial vehicle operations illegal. While we questioned the legal basis for the statement at the time, banning multicopters and other radio-controlled...

Canon reinvents Digital Photo Professional, promises free download by month’s end


 
 

Last February, Nikon began beta-testing an update to Capture NX, the raw-processing application it bundles with some of its cameras, and sells for others. Four months later, we hear of a similarly-major overhaul coming from long-time rival Canon, whose Digital Photo Professional app is about to have a...

Adobe Lightroom, Camera Raw, DNG Converter support more cameras including Sony A7S, RX100 III


 
 

Two weeks after introducing release candidate versions of updates to Photoshop Camera Raw and DNG Converter, Adobe has swiftly taken both to final release status -- and there's also a new Lightroom update for good measure. In the process, Adobe has added support for even more new camera models in the earlier...

Firmware Friday: Fujifilm to enable Wi-Fi printing from X-series cameras


 
 

Friday's here once more, but for the first time in a while, we find ourselves without any newly-released firmware to report on in our Firmware Friday roundup. It's Fujifilm to the rescue, though, because while the company hasn't released any new firmware, it's promised to do so soon! Upcoming firmware updates...

Long-zoom bonanza: Tamron launches powerful new zooms for mirrorless and full-frame DSLR


 
 

No matter what type of interchangeable-lens camera you own, there's a pretty good chance that Tamron has a new lens for you today. The company has just launched three new long-zoom optics that, together, will be available for five lens mounts, both mirrorless and DSLR.

Perhaps the most interesting of the...

Fujifilm WCL-X100 review: We test the 0.8x wide angle conversion lens for the X100 / X100S

 
 

The Fujifilm WCL-X100 wide angle converter, designed to give a wider angle of view to the fixed lens X100 and X100S model cameras, has been available for a few years now. But for whatever reason we were never able to procure a sample model for review when it was first released.

We finally got one into our lab,...

Hip style, enhanced ergonomics and ingenious features elevate these 10 camera bags to a new level

 
 

Camera bags have undergone a notable transformation over the past five years or so. The best ones are now precision engineered products designed with extensive hands-on input from end-users, and precisely targeted at specific user niches. The profusion of new large, medium, and compact-sized DSLRs and compact...

Lightroom for the iPhone! Adobe updates CC, locks in photographer pricing, launches new mobile apps

 
 

It's a big news day today for the folks at Adobe. Alongside a new release of its Creative Cloud software suite, the company has also (finally!) brought Lightroom to the iPhone, announced two new mobile photography apps, and locked in pricing for photographers in the longer term at similar levels to those set with...

Identity of mystery man in series of photobooth portraits revealed as “Uncle Franklyn”

Back in April, we reported on a series of mysterious photobooth portraits that were taken between the 1930s and 1960s, all showing the same unknown man. The portraits, which number in the hundreds, had been acquired by photography historian Donald Lokuta, who found them at an estate sale. Eager to reveal the identity of the man in each photo,...

Sony RX100 III Shooter’s Report I: Up, up and away with the bright-lensed beauty

 
 

Late last week, the Sony RX100 III landed on my desk, fresh out of the lab and already generating quite some excitement with our first shots and a real-world gallery from production editor Dave Pardue. The timing couldn't have been more fortuitous: The hot little Sony with its impressively-bright lens had arrived...

Forget 4K video, 400K ISO’s the big news! Find out if the Sony A7S is the camera 4 you in our First Shots

 
 

Early this April, Sony set pulses racing with the launch of the Sony A7S mirrorless camera, a full-frame model whose name hinted at its forte: sensitivity. Thanks to much lower resolution than is typical these days -- especially for a full-frame camera -- Sony has been able to crank up the ISO sensitivity to almost...

The Camera Bag: iOgrapher video rig makes you look even sillier wielding around your iPad

 
 

When it comes to mobile photography, there is little that looks sillier than holding an iPad at arms length in order to take a picture or a video. Especially when you're accustomed to holding your DSLR or mirrorless camera up to your eye, seeing someone using an iPad for photography appears extremely weird. On the...

Canon announces new 55-200mm lens for EOS M, gets same fate as 11-22mm: not coming to the US

Canon's EOS M mirrorless system never really sold in significant numbers outside of Asia, which may be attributed both to the fact that Canon was rather late to the mirrorless game, and also didn't offer significant advantages over its competitors. Furthermore, its much-beleaguered AF performance didn't help win over consumers. As a result,...

Panasonic executive interview, Part II: GH4 details, 4K isn’t just for video, and lots of reader questions

 
 

While I was in Japan for the annual CP+ show last February (yes, I'm that behind on my postings), I had an opportunity to sit down for an extensive discussion with two Panasonic representatives, Mr. Yoshiyuki Inoue and Mr. Michiharu Uematsu. Inoue-san is a very senior product planner for Panasonic, and Uematsu-san...

Camera Deals of the Day: Canon G1 X Underwater Housing Bundle $649; Pentax Instant Rebates; $6,500 off Leaf Credo 60 medium format backs and more!

 
 

It's time for another camera deals roundup. We've found a number of interesting deals, from a cool underwater housing kit with a Canon G-series PowerShot camera and a nice Nikon DSLR kit to new Pentax instant savings and a sizable chunk of change off Mamiya Leaf medium format digital backs. Be sure to check back on...

Fuji X-T1 review: Deliciously-retro mirrorless trims the fat from the DSLR, delivers impressive results


 
 

Take a look at our camera reviews from the last couple of years, and one thing is clear: Retro is in. The Fuji X-T1 is a great example of the genre, with a handsome, vintage camera body wrapped around some cutting-edge technology, including an impressively-fast electronic viewfinder and Fuji's exclusive...

Battle of the RX100s: Sony’s RX100 vs RX100 II vs RX100 III


 
 

The RX100 and RX100 II are possibly two of the most decorated cameras in digital cameradom. Don't believe us? Well, the original RX100 is still the most popular point-and-shoot on flickr, and it won our award for pocket camera of the year in 2012. Steve Huff named it the "Best pocket digital compact of the...