News entries for April, 2016

City folk: Here’s how you can join in the astrophotography fun!


 
 

Ever wanted to try your hand at astrophotography? It can be a lot of fun, but if you're in or near a big city (or even a not so big one), light pollution can be a major problem, obscuring your subjects and tinting your photos with an ugly skyglow. But it doesn't have to be that way!

Specialist Light...

Same Tree, Different Day project proves there’s always a new photo hidden even in familiar subjects


 
 

Some of the coolest photos can come from the simplest of ideas. The same is just as true of photo series, as is nicely demonstrated by Same Tree, Different Day, a photo project with the simplest of beginnings.

In the first days of last year, Colorado Springs, Colorado-based professional photographer Mike...

Mac vs. PC: Which will win the Lightroom speed test?


 
 

Mac or PC: It's a debate that has been raging for more years than we care to remember, and one that will likely never truly be settled. That doesn't stop the occasional brave soul from trying, however, and the latest to do just that is photographer Pye Jirsa of SLR Lounge. A self-professed Apple fan, Jirsa...

Retro styling combines with modern features in the excellent Think Tank Retrospective shoulder bag

If you're looking for a camera bag that is relatively small and light, but can still hold plenty of essential gear, Think Tank's Retrospective series might be for you. Not only do these bags comfortably hold lots of gear, but they're very well-designed and comfortable to wear.

Think Tank sent me the Retrospective 20 to try out, which has...

$450,000 for a lens? Zeiss optic used on the moon fetches astronomical price at auction

If you thought that paying $13,500 for a space-ready Nikon F3 was a bit out there, then a recent auction sale will blow your mind. A Zeiss lens used to capture nearly 300 photos in outer space has sold at auction for just over $450,000 USD.

The 500mm f/8 Zeiss Tele-Tessar comes in at 12 inches long and includes engraved NASA part numbers. To...

A Herculean effort: World’s smallest programmable camera dolly coming in July

Camera dollies are an indispensable tool for many videographers and time-lapse photographers, but they can often be large and expensive. Rollocam want to change that with The Hercules, a small and affordable camera slider. Rollocam states that The Hercules is the world's smallest programmable dolly.

Considering its small size, it is...

40 of the very best photos: Sony World Photography Awards’ 2016 winners are a must-see


 
 

A couple of months back, we told you about the shortlist for the 2016 World Photography Awards, sponsored by Sony and now in its ninth year. Today, we can now reveal the winners, and they make for some powerful, thought-provoking viewing!

The Sony World Photography Awards are said to be the world's largest...

Nanowire battery breakthrough could bring an end to replacing dead packs

 
 

Are you fed up with replacing dead rechargeable batteries for your camera gear? How about the battery in your smartphone or tablet? Odds are good that these weren't even designed to be replaceable, making the swap to a new battery an even more painful and expensive experience. But now, those days could soon be at...

Soviet-era 1,100mm f/10.5 mirror lens provides a lot of reach without breaking the bank (or your back)

We've covered reviews of some pretty weird lenses in the past, but this latest one from Christopher Frost really takes the cake. Frost reviews a Soviet era MTO 1000A 1,100mm f/10.5 mirror lens, which he has attached to his Canon 6D and 60D cameras.

It can be difficult to wrap your head around just how long 1,100mm is in practice; we're...

Firmware Friday: Ricoh GR II bug squashed; new features for pro video cameras from Arri and Sony


 
 

With the NAB Show now behind us, Firmware Friday revisits pro video for a second week running with news of more new firmware on the way (or just arrived) for professional video cameras from Arri and Sony. We'll start off this week with quick news of another update for the Ricoh GR II, following in the...

The drone that wasn’t: British Airways flight may actually have collided with a discarded plastic bag

 
 

Earlier this week, we told you about the case of British Airways Flight 727, which at the time was widely reported as potentially the first case of an errant drone striking a commercial airliner in flight. The story, not surprisingly, has been greeted with widespread alarm from a public increasingly wary of the...

Miggo’s Pictar grip gives your iPhone standalone camera handling at a bargain basement price


 
 

As an Imaging Resource reader, you're probably pretty knowledgeable and discerning when it comes to your cameras. Be that as it may, you probably won't be too surprised to learn that the most popular camera in the world -- at least according to photo-sharing site Flickr -- is Apple's iPhone, however. In fact,...

Pixelstick allows you to create sophisticated light painting images with ease

For just $350, you can take your photography to the next level with the Pixelstick, a six-foot long stick covered in LEDs. PetaPixel calls this interesting photo gadget "an absolute must-buy for any serious photographer." That's quite a claim, so what's all the buzz about?

The Pixelstick isn't simply a stick with lights on it -- it's...

A modern take on vintage cameras: Dora Goodman makes beautifully crafted custom film cameras

 
 

Older film cameras might lack the technical wizardry of their modern equivalents, but their attractive styling and ergonomics still exude charm all these decades later, something modern retro-styled gear like the Nikon Df or Fuji X-T1 attempts to replicate. But that's not to say that the vintage gear can't itself...

Canon 80D Field Test: An evolution to the 70D revolution

 
 

The debut of the Canon 70D in 2013 brought with it a big technological development: Dual Pixel CMOS AF. With this on-sensor phase detect autofocus technology, there was finally a Canon DSLR that had truly fast live view autofocusing for still photography as well as smooth, cinematic-looking and overall very capable...

Earthquakes, technical issues delay Nikon products: no release date known for new DL-series cameras

 
 

The recent devastating Kumamoto earthquakes have had far-reaching effects on various industries, including the photo industry. In addition to temporarily closing a pair of Sony image sensor plants, the earthquakes have now affected Nikon's release targets for a variety of upcoming cameras. In addition to the...

A mighty big promise: Craft Camera to launch modular, interchangeable-mount video cam this year


 
 

Ever since the advent of digital imaging, there's been an oft-repeated refrain from a significant number of photographers and videographers: "We want a modular camera system!". It's an idea with great appeal, but would it work in the real world? After a few efforts at such a system over the years, none of...

Amazing aurorae: NASA films scintillating light show in 4K from the International Space Station

Seeing the Aurora Borealis (or the Aurora Australis) from Earth is already spectacular enough, but seeing it from space? That's a very different experience, and one which NASA provides us with in a new ultra-high definition time-lapse video.

The images used to create the video below were shot from the International Space Station and show...

A quiet shift in AF: LensRentals investigates the linear autofocus trend

Roger Cicala, Aaron Closz, and Erick Marquez of LensRentals have put together an in-depth look at electromagnetic focusing, discussing how it's used in modern lenses, what some of its weaknesses might be, and what it might allow lens designers to do in the future.

Autofocus systems come in a variety of forms, including early geared direct...

Canon T6 First Shots: The latest entry-level Rebel touches down in our lab

 
 

You could scour the far corners of the globe and not find a more popular line of digital cameras from the last decade or so than the Canon Rebel series. We're not privy to exact numbers of camera sales for a given line, but the Canon Rebel line has been to the digital camera world what Elvis Presley has been to...