News entries for November, 2015

Canon USA suing to stop gray-market camera sales in US, seeks damages (And why gray-market exists)

 
 

 
 

So-called gray-market cameras can often be found at discounted prices, but Canon USA is bringing legal action against various retailers in the US to force them to stop selling gray market Canon products.

Gray market products are ones imported into a...

American history preserved as photographer captured the railroad expansion in the 1860s

 
 

Born in 1829, Andrew J. Russell worked a variety of jobs throughout his life. He was first a portrait and landscape painter. In 1862, he helped to organize a militia for the Union Army. While serving for the Union, Russell learned wet-plate collodion photography from photographer Egbert Guy Fowx for a fee of $300...

MythBuster Adam Savage meets tintype photographer onstage for live portrait session

 
 

Adam Savage of MythBusters fame had a tintype portrait done live on Tested. Tested is an online science and technology publication from Jamie Hyneman (also from MythBusters), Norman Chan, Will Smith (not the Fresh Prince, in case you're wondering), and Adam.

During Tested: The Show, which was a live show version...

Why stick a $1000 lens on a $500 body? Well… lots of reasons!

 
 

Wake up with IR...Here's today's dose of Caffeine Priority!

Let's say you've decided to get "serious" about photography,
but absolutely can't spend more than roughly $1500 right now. Should you spend the majority on a camera body or a really capable lens? Most people think body-first, and that's of course...

World famous selfies: Oscar-winning actor Jeff Bridges is a great photographer too!

 
 

Through November 15th, Oscar-winning actor (also painter, musician, and photographer) Jeff Bridges held an exhibit in Bologna, Italy at ONO Arte Contemporanea. The exhibit, titled Jeff Bridges Photographs: BIG LEBOWSKI and Other Shots, was his first solo exhibition in Europe.

On all of his film sets, Bridges...

Canon 35mm f/1.4L II Lens Review: The best 35mm prime for your Canon DSLR?

 
 

While most of Canon's L-series primes underwent a "Mark II" update in years past, the popular 35mm f/1.4L was a notable holdout, still going strong with its original design some 17 years later. However, Canon finally announced a "Mark II" refresh of their 35mm L lens back in August 2015, to the delight of Canon...

Brooklyn-based music and portrait photographer gives good tips for aspiring photographers

 
 

Brooklyn-based music and portrait photographer Ebru Yildiz recently did a video interview with Feature Shoot in which she discusses what it takes to become a successful music photographer.

Yildiz has been published in a wide variety of magazines and websites, including Pitchfork, NPR, The New York Times, and Spin...

Leica announces streamlined M Typ 262 digital rangefinder, an “entry-level” Leica M

 
 

Leica has announced today the Leica M (Typ 262) digital rangefinder camera, which they're calling 'M in its purest form.'

The Typ 262 is either a streamlined and focused version of the Leica Typ 240 or a lesser version depending on who you ask. The Typ 262 does not have the video, live view, or full menu system...

Trusting in the Canon 5D Mk III: How Kay Brewer captured the wreck of the Peter Iredale

 
 

By IR Reader Kay Brewer

The Peter Iredale sailing vessel ran ashore October 1906, on the Oregon coast. It was abandoned near Fort Stevens. It had sailed from Santa Cruz, Mexico, bound for Portland, Oregon with 1,000 tons of ballast and a crew of 27, including two stowaways.

The voyage was pretty routine until...

Absolutely everything you need to know about retouching portraits

 
 

Photographer, retoucher, and staff writer Dani Diamond at Fstoppers has written a complete guide to retouching portraits in Photoshop for free. You can't beat free! 

The article includes five years of Dani's research for tutorials. He has waded through the vast ocean of articles, guides, and tutorials to bring us...

Panasonic GF7 Review: Tiny, capable GF7 offers a lot of camera for the money

 
 

Panasonic practically created the ultra-compact interchangeable lens camera segment, a pocket ILC in other words, with the GM1 back in 2013. They followed it up with a more enthusiast-friendly GM5. Now they take many of the design aesthetics and compact size down to their entry-level mirrroless camera with the...

Taking a journey that has no destination with Joe McNally

 
 

"Win, lose, or draw, right or wrong, the decision belongs to you…at the shutter, when I click that shutter…there's finality there. If I'm one second late or five seconds late, that's on me," says Joe McNally in an excellent talk he gave at PIX2015 sponsored by Nikon.

During the talk, the professional photographer...

80-millionth Canon EOS camera produced (yes, you read that number correctly)

 
 

Canon announced today that they have produced their 80 millionth Electro Optical System (EOS) interchangeable-lens camera. Beyond being an acronym, EOS is also the name of the Greek goddess of the dawn. A new dawn was upon the camera industry when in March of 1987, Canon introduced their first EOS-series camera. 

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Pack your bags! Preparing for your photo adventure with Chris Burkard

 
 

Chris Burkard has released a two-part gear review video series. The first part has Chris doing a very thorough discussion of all the essential gear you will need for your standard outdoor photography trip. The second part is more focused on miscellaneous gear that isn't necessarily related to photography, such as...

Sony RX1R II First Shots: If you like tack-sharp images you may want to hide your wallet

 
 

Do you crave high resolution in a compact yet full frame camera? How about one that can actually vary the low-pass filter electronically? The full frame, fixed lens Sony RX1R II and its 42.4mp resolution has just touched down in our test lab, and our senior lab technician has barely spoken a word since.

Indeed,...

Life after loss: Fernando Krasovitzky finds a second chance at happiness through photography

 
 

For many of us, photography is simply something that we enjoy doing, but for Fernando Krasovitzky, photography saved his life

During the December of 2009, Fernando's wife was diagnosed with cancer. After a difficult four-year fight, she passed away in April of 2013. After 10 years together, she was gone and...

Take your outdoor captures from snapshots to photographs with these tips

 
 

Adapt Network has 7 tips for great outdoor photography that will help take your outdoor photography to the next level and ensure that you take images that capture nature the way you remember seeing it.

Firstly, composition is key. Neville Elder, a guest writer at Adapt, says to not "point and shoot." Although you...

The Bokeh Monster: French photographer Mathieu Stern is back with another “weird” lens

 
 

You may recall seeing this video on our site a couple of weeks ago. Mathieu Stern, the French photographer behind that cool video, is back with the next installment in his Weird Lens Challenge series.

This new episode has Stern taking the Russian-made Jupiter-9 85mm f/2 lens attached to Stern's Sony A7 II via an...

Nikon announces “development” of D5 DSLR (No, we don’t have any idea what that means, either)


 
 

In what has to qualify as one of the most cryptic press announcements we've seen in recent memory, Nikon just announced the "development" of the D5 DSLR, along with a new SB-5000 flagship Speedlight, and a new Wireless Transmitter, the WT-6.

Here's the whole text of the release, apart from an introductory...

Attention Lightroom users: Adobe solves your import woes with new update

 
 

For those of you who were upset with Adobe for simplifying their import interface in Lightroom 6.2, Adobe has released a new update today that brings back the old import interface.

While the new import dialog looked really nice and had a simple, clean appearance, users had been reporting many performance issues...