News entries for June, 2015

Sony HX90V Initial Gallery Impressions: To boldly go where no smartphone has gone before

 
 

As a digital camera reviewer I cut my teeth a few years ago on the Shooter's Report for the Sony HX30V, a 20x zoom offering that was several incarnations before the HX90V. That camera greatly surprised me in terms of just how much an affordable digicam could achieve, so I was excited when we finally received our...

Tokina launches its first 24-70mm full frame lens, the AT-X 24-70mm F/2.8

Tokina has officially released the AT-X 24–70mm F/2.8 lens, the first full-frame 24–70mm lens from the Japanese manufacturer.

Announced at CP+ earlier this year, the AT-X 24–70mm F/2.8 features a new optical design that uses three ‘precision molded’ aspherical lens elements and three ‘SD’ super-low dispersion elements. This proprietary...

SEO for photographers: How to make sure your work stands out in search results

For a number of years, Photoshelter has been releasing annual guides to help amateur and professional photographers find they’re footing in an industry that dramatically changes from year to year. Photoshelter’s latest is their 2015 ‘SEO Guide for Photographers’.

In it, Photoshelter speaks to the important of Search Engine Optimization for...

Instagram announces new Search and Explore features in 7.0 update

Moments ago, Instagram announced it’s releasing Instagram 7.0, an update that will further help users connect with and explore the world around them. Both the Explore section and the Search section of Instagram’s apps have received a major overhaul the includes a new list of trending Tags and Places, and a more robust search that better finds...

Canon 5DS R & 5DS First Shots: Production sample lab shots are now available!

 
 

At long last, we've finally gotten our hands on production-level review units of the brand new, 50MP-packing Canon 5DS R and Canon 5DS full-frame DSLRs. Earlier this year, we had an opportunity to post images and crops from both a pre-production 5DS R model as well as a later-but-still-beta sample of this camera....

Watch this tiger shark take off with diver’s camera rig

Apparently, tiger sharks aren’t fond of having their photo taken.

As seen in the below video, two divers were capturing underwater images of tiger sharks in the Bahamas when one of the sharks decided it was time for the photography to stop. It grabbed the diver’s unknown camera setup and started taking off with it. The diver held on for an...

This cheat sheet shows you everything you need to know about photography filters

To use a lens filter or not, that is the question.

Lens filters have long been a debated subject in the photography world. While they provide protection and benefits in the form of altering the light before it ever hits your sensor, many argue that lens filters have become all but useless in the digital age, pointing out that all you’re...

Nikon D7200 Gallery: Old meets new in Lexington, KY

 
 

Earlier this year, the Nikon D7200 DSLR arrived on the scene, refreshing the company's enthusiast-grade DSLR with a deeper buffer, uprated autofocus and in-camera Wi-Fi. It's been through our lab, and now preparations for our first Nikon D7200 Shooter's Report are underway!

For our first real-world gallery with...

Could this 20mm f/2.8 lens patent be Canon’s next pancake lens?

A new patent from Canon details the schematics for an EF-S 20mm f/2.8 STM, a lens that could very likely be Canon’s next pancake lens for APS-C DSLRs.

Originally filed back in December of 2013, Patent Publication No. 2015–111192 (translated) shows a 20mm lens made up of six elements in five groups. Focusing for the lens is done through...

Best practices for storing and archiving photos while traveling

Last week, we shared with you a collection of ‘Ultimate Travel Photography Tips.’ Today, we’ll further assist you with streamlining your travel photography workflow with this helpful video from Steve Perry.

Just shy of seven minutes long, the video walks through a number of tips and methods for properly storing, backing up and archiving your...

Ask Sony: Questions about the latest models? Here’s how to get them answered!

 
 

Sony really took the photography world by storm when they unveiled the ultra-high res A7R II and a pair of speed-demons with the RX100 IV and RX10 II last week in New York. All three cameras pack a ton of ground-breaking, interesting new technology, from the new stacked 1-inch Exmor RS sensor with built-in DRAM in...

Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7 Lens Review: a top-notch, ultra-portable and affordable Nocticron alternative

 
 

Hot on the heels of our recent review of the Panasonic 30mm f/2.8 Macro lens, the other newest member to the Lumix lens family is the Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7 OIS lens. Like the earlier 42.5mm f/1.2 Nocticron lens from Panasonic, this f/1.7 version provides an 85mm-equivalent focal length, making it a perfect...

Learn how to feather the light from your soft box

Softboxes are a staple of studio photography. You can pick one up in almost every size imaginable and, with the right knowledge, can tweak its light output to do almost anything you want.

One method of adjusting a softbox to change its aesthetic is feathering, the process of angling your softbox at different degrees across your subject’s...

Patent shows Canon might be entering into the drone market

A new patent from Canon shows off the schematics for what could be its first endeavor into drone territory.

Filed back in November of 2013, the patent lays out the basic premise of how the drone would move and operate. Specifically, the patent points out how the drone would position itself using GPS coordinates and altimeter, and adjust the...

A quick look at the incredible capabilities of Adobe’s new ‘Dehaze’ tool

Last month, we shared with you a video from Adobe teasing their upcoming ‘dehaze’ feature. Now, the dehaze feature is live and ready to save some shots in the latest Creative Cloud update, which went live earlier this week.

Grant Friedman, a NYC-based photographer and editor, shared a little video showing just how well the new dehaze feature...

New Sigma 24-35mm f/2 Art: Get three primes in one with the world’s first f/2 zoom for full frame cameras

 
 

EDIT, 07/13: We've now posted our full review of the Sigma 24-35mm over at SLRgear!

Back in 2013, Sigma stunned the photography world with their impressive 18-35mm f/1.8 zoom lens, the world's first f/1.8 constant-aperture zoom lens. While this lens thoroughly impressed us with excellent image quality...

Is this the answer for fast, painless printer calibration?

Printer calibration not only solves the problem of colors looking different on your prints than they do on your screen, it also opens up a nearly unlimited range of paper types, vs. the often limited selections supported by printer manufacturers.

Fast and painless aren’t terms you’d normally associate with printer calibration, but LaserSoft...

Sony RX10 II, RX100 IV and A7R II now available for pre-order!


 
 

A week ago, Sony announced a trifecta of new cameras, the Sony RX10 II, Sony RX100 IV and Sony A7R II. We were there to liveblog the press conference and already have up our previews for all three cameras (RX10 II, RX100 IV and A7R II), sharing insights into what new tech and features they bring to the table....

This is what happens when you ‘Content-Aware’ an image ten times over

Adobe’s ‘Content-Aware’ feature is one of the most incredible technologies to ever enter photographers’ post-production workflow. Using algorithms, Adobe Content-Aware fill is able to automatically remove distracting elements within an image using astounding blending and cloning techniques, all with minimal input by the user.

Late last...

DxO promises DSLR quality in tiny iPhone-connected One camera. Find out how.

 
 

When one thinks of DxO Labs, it probably conjures notions of image editing, in-depth sensor scores and camera ratings. Well, now it's time add another characteristic: camera manufacturer.

Yes, DxO Labs has created their very own camera, and quite a unique one at that! Rather than your typical standalone pocket...