News entries for January, 2016

Experimental Optics lives up to their name and puts 50mm f/0.75 M-mount lens on Kickstarter

 
 

Experimental Optics has put the “fastest photographic lens in the world” up on Kickstarter.

Their project is to convert 50mm f/0.75 lenses that are manufactured by Dutch company De Oude Delft to M-mount lenses. Once affixed with an M-mount bayonet, the lens can be mounted to Leica M cameras (of course), but also...

Showcasing the Nikon D5’s 4K video chops with “My Nebraska”

 
 

Professional photographer and Nikon Ambassador Bill Frakes has just created a short film in 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) resolution with Nikon's new D5 DSLR camera.

The film, My Nebraska, showcases many of the D5's video features while providing Frakes the opportunity to share what it is that makes Nebraska,...

60-second Adobe Lightroom tips from Benjamin Warde

 
 

If you’re an Adobe Lightroom user and have a minute to spare every couple of weeks, then you should check out Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde’s new bi-monthly Lightroom Coffee Break video series.

In this series, Warde will cover various Lightroom tips and tricks in videos that are under sixty seconds,...

See the first 4K resolution video from the Nikon D500

 
 

The Nikon D500 is one of Nikon's first DSLR cameras that can record 4K UHD video (along with the Nikon D5) and Nikon Europe has just released the first 4K sample video from the D500 on YouTube.

The D500 can record 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) video at 24, 25, and 30 frames-per-second for up to 29 minutes 59 seconds. With...

Serenity, shadows and snow - Our December contest-winning images do winter proud

 
 

Our prize-winning images for December from our Photo of the Day contest reflect the grace and serenity of winter, and are a perfect compliment to your coffee on a Sunday morning!

The three prize-winning photographers this month are all old-school IR regulars, and have all won multiple prizes before, so are no...

What happens when you drop a metal ball on Sigma’s new WR Ceramic protective filter? Take a look!

 
 

In December, Sigma introduced a new line of protective filters. These filters utilize Sigma's new Clear Glass Ceramics technology and Sigma states that they are the first of their kind and the strongest in the industry.

Sigma recently shared a video on their YouTube channel that shows their new WR Ceramic...

Interested in high-quality, archival fine art paper? Read our Hahnemühle paper review!

 
 

German paper-maker Hahnemühle has been making paper since 1584. Yes, you read that date correctly, Germany's oldest paper maker has been making paper since the late 16th century. I was sent various sample packs of paper to test by Hahnemühle, eventually settling on six paper products to test using 11 x 17" sheets....

Reviewed: Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 SP lens combines supertelephoto reach with reasonable price

 
 

Released in early 2014, the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD SP lens is the longest lens that Tamron offers. The lens is available in Canon EF-, Nikon F-, and Sony A-mounts. We have now published our review of this super-telephoto zoom lens and we found that it offers decent performance across its impressive...

Canon’s latest “The Lab” video aims to show that “creativity needs nothing but you”

 
 

Canon Australia has published another installment of "The Lab" series, this time forcing photographers to get their creative juices flowing.

In a previous Lab video that we covered, Canon tasked six portrait photographers with creating a portrait of a man that expressed his life story. He told each of them a...

Lomography brings Jupiter 3 lens back from the dead, new 50mm f/1.5 Jupiter 3+ Art available now

 
 

The Soviet-era Jupiter 3 lens is being resurrected after its nearly fifty-year production run stopped in 1988. Lomography is bringing the Jupiter 3 back to life in the form of the Jupiter 3+ Art lens.

Like the original, the Jupiter 3+ Art lens is a 50mm f/1.5 normal lens with an aperture range of f/1.5 - f/22. It...

Relive Nikon and NASA’s storied past with this space program F3 camera

 
 

Are you planning a trip to outer space soon? Then you need to head on over to eBay and shell out $13,500 for a space-ready Nikon F3 camera.

In the 1980s, NASA ordered 50 space-ready Nikon F3 cameras. It is not clear if this particular F3 ever travelled to space as it does not have accompanying flight data. It...

4K resolution time-lapse of Soyuz spacecraft launch

 
 

On December 15th, 2015, European Space Agency's Tim Peake, NASA astronaut Tim Kopra, and commander-cosmonaut Yuri Malenchenko launched from the Baikonur cosmodrome in Kazakhstan aboard a Soyuz TMA-19M spacecraft.

The launch marked the beginning of the trio's six-month Principia mission aboard the International...

Want to win a $300 prize with one of your photos? Now is a great time of year to do it!

 
 

When the weather turns nice in the spring, and extending through the gorgeous autumn months, many of you get out there to enjoy Mother Nature and to document her endless beauty through your photographs. Some of the best will make it into our Photo of the Day contest, potentially gleaning a daily winner and possibly...

Enter Panasonic’s “Winter Fun” contest to win a Panasonic GX8 and more

 
 

Panasonic has announced a new contest to highlight their LUMIX cameras and 4K Photo technology. The Winter Fun challenge at the Lumix Lounge is open to legal residents of the United States that are at least 18 years old at the time of entry, and there are some really cool prizes!

The "Winter Fun" theme is calling...

DJI drones and a Canon 6D capture the majestic migration of 3500 reindeer in scenic Norway

 
 

Photographer Jan Helmer Olsen used a drone to film an annual southward migration of 3500 reindeer in Norway. This annual migration takes the reindeer about two months to complete. Enduring temperatures as low as 5 degrees F during their journey, it is easy to understand why the reindeer move south.

Olsen's aerial...

Panasonic announces Lumix CM10, a CM1 without the smartphone capabilities

 
 

Panasonic announced the Lumix CM1 in 2014 before releasing it in the US market in 2015. The smartphone camera combination proved in William Brawley's Field Test to be too big to recommend as a smartphone and too expensive at $1000 to recommend as a casual camera.

Well, Panasonic has solved one of those issues...

Sony releases advisory notice for the RX1R II amid shipping delays

 
 

Sony has issued an advisory notice for their Sony DSC-RX1RM2 camera due to an apparent light leak through a specific range of serial numbers.

According to Sony's advisory, for the affected serial number range it has been found that "in rare bright conditions, some of our DSC-RX1RM2 cameras may produce image files...

Nikon J5 Review: A vastly improved Nikon 1-series camera

 
 

Slightly less than a year after releasing the Nikon J4, Nikon followed it up with the much-improved Nikon J5. Although the J4 itself featured a new design, Nikon redesigned their Nikon 1 J-series camera yet again with the J5 by placing a PASM mode dial on the top of the camera and improving the ergonomics.

The...

Water, shock, and dust proof, Leica’s new X-U camera is ready for anything

 
 

If you've ever thought that either your Leica was too valuable to shoot near water or that you would want to purchase a Leica, but would be too nervous to really expose it to the elements, Leica's new X-U (Typ 113) camera is something you'll want to hear about!

The new X-U is rugged and ready for whatever you...

Resolution adrenaline: Flying the 100MP Phase One XF over a waterfall in Iceland

 
 

We recently covered Phase One's announcement of the 100-megapixel XF 100MP camera system, but now we have some more hands-on information about the new medium-format camera from professional photographer Tim Kemple.

Mike Wilkinson over at Fstoppers had the chance to speak with Kemple and hear his thoughts on the...