News entries for September, 2015

Now’s your chance! Win a $10K Leica camera set in X-Rite Photo’s latest giveaway

If you’ve dreamt about owning a Leica camera system, but lack the funds to do so, today might be your lucky day. X-Rite Photo, in collaboration with Foto Promos, is hosting a camera giveaway, wherein the prize is a Leica MP Digital Rangefinder Camera Safari Set.

Going on now through October 22nd, the contest offers up a Leica camera set...

Massive Instagram growth: 100MM new users in just 9 months

Almost five years after Instagram launched and just nine months after announcing it had reached 300 million users, Instagram has announced it has officially hit the 400 million user mark.

This landmark achievement comes on the heels of the announcement that the Facebook-owned photo sharing site was opening up its ad platform to all, further...

Rumor busted: Samsung is *not* exiting the camera business! (At least, not the one you care about.)


 
 

Good news, Samsung fans: Echoing Mark Twain's famous line, rumors of the demise of the company's camera division have been greatly exaggerated!

We first saw this story doing the rounds of English-language blogs a few days ago, after previously cropping up on the rather bizarrely-named Korean website...

Simple, yet sophisticated: Our Lowepro Photo Sport 300 AW II review

Lowepro is one of the most recognized and ubiquitous names in the world of camera bags. The reasons for this are aplenty, but in the simplest terms, it’s because Lowepro consistently puts out affordable, hard-working bags year after year.

One of Lowepro’s newest bags is the Photo Sport 300 AW II, a second-generation camera bag that improves...

Selfies have caused more deaths than shark attacks this year

They say 83.2% of statistics are made up on the spot, but I regrettably assure you the following one isn’t. So far this year, more people have died from selfie-related incidents than have been killed by sharks.

According to publicly available information, eight people have died from shark attacks this year, while a whopping twelve people...

2D printing is so 2015: Canon shows R&D tech that prints real-looking textures (and great sci-fi/horror props ;-)

I still have some things I'd like to write up from my visit to Canon's Expo 2015 in New York the week before last, and one of the most interesting things I saw there was what Canon had been billing before the show as "Textural Printing." At the show itself, it was called Super Creative Printing, but I think the Textural moniker is a bit more...

This Fujin lens sucks…and that’s precisely what makes it so great

When it comes to cleaning off your camera sensor, a hands-off approach is the best way to go about it. After all, an image sensor is a very delicate piece of technology.

To help simplify a hands-off approach, Fujin has announced the second edition of its camera cleaners, two lens-shaped vacuums that will suck up any dust or dirt from your...

Knocked cold: Florida photojournalist learns sports photography can be a contact sport

Sports photography isn’t usually considered a contact sport. But, freak accidents do occur, and when you’re a photographer on the sidelines looking through a telephoto lens as a fully-padded 180 lb linebacker is barreling down on you, things can sometimes take a turn for the worst.

Monica Herndon, Staff Photographer for the Tampa Bay Times,...

We have a winner! Announcing the prize-winning photographer in the IR / Olympus / Jay Dickman photo contest

Ladies and gentlemen, we have a winner! IR reader Kay Brewer's captivating image of a Cardinal in flight won our Olympus By The Bay (#olympusbythebay) contest and the Grand Prize - a $2500 photography workshop on Smith Island with Olympus visionary Jay Dickman.

We were thrilled to get the chance to work with Olympus on this contest, and to have the honor of selecting the...

You can now tether and remotely control your GX8 and GH4 camera with the Promote Control System

Panasonic's GX8 and GH4 cameras are two of the most popular cameras to hit shelves recently, and with good reason; they pack quite the punch in considerably small packages. Now, thanks to an update to its flagship Promote Control and USB Tether software, Promote Systems now lets you tether GH4 and GX8 cameras to your computer via USB.

The...

How to NOT win a photo contest

Our Photo of the Day contest is a great way to hone your photography skills, get your hard work noticed and even win real prizes. We currently offer a combined $600 in gift certificates from Adorama at the end of every month - including one valued at $300 for the winning image - money you can spend on that cool new tripod or camera bag you've been wanting, or to put towards...

Firmware Friday: Update news aplenty from Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Ricoh and Sony


 
 

When it comes to firmware, good things come in pairs this week, it seems!

We've already told you about a pair of upcoming updates from Olympus and Sony earlier in the week. Firstly, Olympus will be updating both the E-M1 and E-M5 II mirrorless cameras in a couple of months, adding a raft of new features to...

Airnef, a free, open-source utility for wirelessly transferring media from your Wifi-equipped Nikon camera

It’s become all but a standard for manufacturers to include WiFi capabilities in their latest cameras. Companies like Canon and Sony both have their own utilities for using these capabilities to transfer images to computers, but Nikon has been left behind in regards to wireless image transfers. Until now.

Meet Airnef, a free, open-source...

Facebook wants to be able to ‘fingerprint’ a single image to any one of its 1.5B users

In the age of the internet and always-connected devices true privacy (and anonymity) is becoming harder and harder to come by. Thankfully, more often than not, there are means by which we can protect our privacy and adhere to anonymity through the removal of data; particularly geolocation and other information integrated into the metadata of...

Tamron 45mm f/1.8 VC Lens Review: Sharp, stabilized and easy on the wallet

 
 

Best-known as a producer of affordable zoom lenses, Tamron is bringing a new face to their "SP" line of higher-end lenses, starting with two premium, full-frame, f/1.8 primes. Since unveiling both the 35mm f/1.8 VC and 45mm f/1.8 VC lenses a few weeks back, we've had a chance now to test both of these sweet new...

Wow - Sony’s *killing it* in cameras and elsewhere! (Plus, a really cool headset-trainer-thingie.)

Sony Electronics has been through some pretty heavy changes in recent years, but they’ve seemed to be doing pretty well with imaging and cameras, despite problems elsewhere in the corporation. I had no idea just how well until this past Tuesday, when I got to hear a presentation on their year-to-date progress. It's pretty amazing. (I also got...

VSCO decides to open-source VSCO Keys rather than kill it entirely

Earlier this month Visual Supply Co. (VSCO) announced it was killing off its Lightroom shortcut plugin VSCO Keys and removing support for its accompanying online key-mapping service on December 2nd.

No specific reason was given for the decision, but it’s likely due to the time and costs of development for the ever-changing landscape of...

Ilford manufacturer bought out by investment company, promises it’s ‘totally committed to analogue photography’

In 1879, the photography company we now know as Ilford was created. Since then, it’s gone through a number of owners and taken many strides to keep film photography going forward and alive. Today, yet another change is happening behind the scenes at Ilford.

Pemberstone Ventures Ltd. recently announced it has successfully acquired Harman...

Going underwater with the Sony A7R II and the FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro

 
 

Our friend Jim Decker at Backscatter.com recently returned from combing the ocean depths off Lembeh, Indonesia, with the new 42mp Sony A7R II as well as their new macro offering, the FE 90mm f/2.8, which we reviewed on SLRGear earlier this year. Jim's images and video are really amazing, and he was kind enough to...

Circular puts a twist on your images with its ‘Tiny Planet’ photo app

If you’ve ever attempted to create a ‘Tiny Planet’ photo, you know it’s not always an easy task. Certain elements can often get warped and rarely are there multiple styles in which you can work with. Circular, an app from Brain Fever Media, is here to change that though.

Deemed ‘a new twist on photo editing’, Circular is an iOS app designed...