News entries for March, 2016

Caffeine Priority: Compact and stylish Fujifilm X70 makes a good first impression

 
 

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

Fujifilm’s new APS-C fixed-focal length X70 combines a lot of aspects that I’ve liked with previous Fujifilm cameras and brings them to a new moderately compact camera body. The Fuji X70 is a small but highly capable camera that I’ve thoroughly enjoyed...

Sony’s powerful, portable enthusiast mirrorless camera hits the lab. See our Sony A6300 First Shots

 
 

The Sony A6300 sports the same resolution and processor as the immensely popular Sony A6000 from 2014, but it's important to note that it's not the same sensor, as this newly configured chip has been designed for speed and performance in both burst shooting and 4K video arenas. And while still dubbed a Bionz X...

Tamron’s stabilized 85mm f/1.8 full-frame lens arrives early, gets a pricetag


 
 

A month ago, Tamron announced two new full-frame lenses for Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras, along with an accessory to be used when updating lens firmware, a device akin to Sigma's firmware-updating, setting-tweaking USB dock. At the time, Tamron told us plenty about all three new products, but one key detail...

Panasonic’s global shutter technology uses organic film to increase sensitivity and reduce distortion

[Editor's Note: We meant to publish this article back in February, but just realized it never went live until we looked back for it while editing our CP+ Fujifilm executive interview, which also touches on this interesting technology. Apologies for the delay!]

Back in February, Panasonic announced that they had developed global shutter...

Fujifilm Q&A @ CP+ 2016: Inside the X-Pro2, a leap forward in on-chip phase-detect, and why no 4K?

Imaging Resource founder and Publisher Dave Etchells had the opportunity to sit down with Toshihisa Iida and Makoto Oishi of Fujifilm Corporation's Optical Devices & Electronic Imaging Products Division (the division responsible for producing their cameras and lenses) at the CP+ 2016 show in Yokohama, Japan last month. Mr. Iida is the General...

The best creative filters and why I love them (even though my colleagues frown on them)

 
 

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

Creative filters? Some love them, some hate them. Enthusiast photographers tend to loathe them, while Instagram has certainly increased the usage of them in general. I never paid much attention to them one way or the other.

Until I fell in love with...

Caffeine Priority: Can a Sony A7R II and a Metabones adapter really handle sports shooting?

 
 

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

When mirrorless cameras burst onto the scene, many photographers praised their lightweight, compact design. It's still a defining characteristic of these types of cameras, and for most folks, it's one of the major advantages over the often larger and...

Firmware Friday: New lens support for Sony Alpha-series; Phase One XF gets new features aplenty

The weekend is here, and it's Firmware Friday time once more! This week, we have news to report from Panasonic, Phase One, Sigma and Sony, with the latter in particular providing a whole raft of updates.

Phase One XF Camera System

We'll start with Phase One, whose second feature update for its XF Camera System is packed with new features. There's a refreshed look for...

Reader Stories: The danger of alcohol on the imaging process

 
 

By IR Reader René Theuillon

One often says that still life is a boring part of art, the following story tends to prove the absolute contrary.

One day, or may be one night (I don’t actually remember) I intended to shoot an original but nevertheless classical composition of a bottle, glass and apple, using...

Canon 80D First Shots: How does it stack up to the 70D and the D7200? [UPDATED]

 
 

[Update 3/21/16: Thanks to our reader Levent Hasanreisoğlu for catching an error on my part in the crop comparisons below. I inadvertantly pulled the Canon 7D ISO 6400 sample, as opposed to the Canon 70D sample, for the comparison. It's now been corrected, my apologies for the error, and a big thanks to Levent for...

Adobe Lightroom / Camera Raw now support Canon 80D, Nikon D500, Sony A6300 and more new cams

 

 

If you're in the market for a new camera -- or you've just bought one -- and you want to be able to process raw files on your computer, then Adobe has good news for you. It's just released updates to both Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and Camera Raw / DNG Converter adding support for a raft of recently launched...

Behind the Veil: London-based photographer Michal Huniewicz smuggles you inside secretive North Korea

 
 

There are some places on our planet with which we're all very familiar: The Pyramids of Giza, the Grand Canyon, Stonehenge, the Eiffel Tower, the Great Wall of China, the Taj Mahal -- the list goes on, and every one is instantly recognizable. Other places, though, are rather more secretive, and it's much less...

The smallest, most powerful portrait combination under $1000 = the Panasonic GM5 + 42.5mm f/1.7

 
 

Wake up with IR! Here's today's cup of Caffiene Priority.

We had good reason to give the Panasonic 42.5mm f/1.7 a "Lens of Distinction" in our 2015 Camera of the Year awards. It's sharp, it's fast, and it's lightweight! And since this lens and its 85mm eq. focal length is made for portrait work, I snuggled it up...

Canon G9X Review: Our final verdict on the smallest 1”-sensor compact yet!

 
 

Late last year, the Canon G9X launched, adding yet another option to the company's fast-growing line of premium compact cameras based around 1-inch sensors. In the process, it took these popular cameras back to the heart of their original concept, when all around they were gradually shifting in another direction.

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Panasonic 25mm f/1.7 Lens Review: A frugal ‘nifty-fifty’ that packs quality at a budget-friendly price

 
 

Back in September of last year, Panasonic surprised us with a few product announcements, including the debut of the new Panasonic 25mm f/1.7 prime lens. Joining the ranks of Panasonic's other compact, budget-friendly f/1.7 primes -- the wider 20mm f/1.7 and longer 42.5mm f/1.7 -- this latest addition is a nice,...

Sony RX1R II Review: Taking Sony’s ultra-premium compact to a whole new level

 
 

Before the Sony A7, there was the RX1 (and the anti-aliasing filter-less RX1R version), Sony's first foray into the combination of a full-frame sensor and a small, highly portable camera body. The RX1 and RX1R were stunning but expensive cameras, yet the images they produced were excellent. Now, with the updated...

Affordable AdobeRGB: EPI launches Philips’ quantum dot monitor in the USA


 
 

Do you want to base your photo editing workflow around the Adobe RGB color space, but find it difficult to stretch to the cost of the necessary monitor? You're probably not alone. Even at the 24-inch screen diagonal, Adobe RGB-capable monitors typically cost somewhere in the region of US$400, and larger sizes...

Coming to Windows: Serif’s Affinity Photo beta to end the Mac exclusive

 
 

A year ago, British software developer Serif -- then best known to photographers for its consumer-oriented Windows app PhotoPlus -- took its first step onto Apple's Mac platform with the launch of Affinity Photo. Initially released as a beta, Affinity Photo offered a potential lifeline to Mac users who'd found...

Lens Care 101: Everything you need to know to diagnose and clean your precious optics


 
 

Snap question: When is the last time you cleaned your lens? If you had to stop to think about the answer, chances are that it has been a while, and although that's probably not having much of an effect on your photos yet, it could still be subtly degrading image quality and shortening the life of your lens.

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Will Sony’s next lens-style camera focus on selfie-shooters?

 
 

For the last few years, pretty much everyone in the camera industry has been searching for an answer to the rise of the smartphone. With tiny -- but arguably just about satisfactory -- cameras built into our phones, the average person on the street just doesn't see the need to buy a separate, standalone camera any...