News entries for October, 2016

Canon 5D Mark IV Field Test Part I: A wealth of useful upgrades in a familiar shell

 
 

Canon's long-running 5D family turned four earlier this year! The aptly-named Canon 5D Mark IV sports a raft of technological upgrades, including an all-new 30-megapixel CMOS sensor with Dual Pixel CMOS AF, a fully functional touchscreen, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, and 4K video recording. However, it's not all...

Canon unveils a new service and support center in Lyndhurst, New Jersey

 
 

Canon U.S.A. has moved its service location in New Jersey from Ridgefield Park to Lyndhurst. In the new location, Canon will not only conduct its service operations, but showcase its latest imaging products with experts on-hand to demonstrate features and answer questions. Service for Canon products is available...

Canon EOS M10 Review: Entry-level mirrorless ILC offers simplified user experience, good image quality

 
 

Last fall, the Canon EOS M10 joined the company's interchangeable lens camera lineup as its first entry-level mirrorless camera. Since then we have thoroughly tested the M10 in the lab and the field, and now we've delivered a final verdict.

Compared to the simultaneously-launched EOS M3, the M10 opts for a much...

Share your Joy: First-ever interactive photo album announced by Joy, 13.3-inch touchscreen tablet

 
 

The world's first interactive photo album has been unveiled by Joy. Thanks to US$2.5 million in seed funding from Ev Williams' Obvious Ventures and others, Joy hopes to change how families and friends share their photographic memories with one another. The team, comprised of individuals from companies such as...

Painting with light: Brian Hart’s photography turns his camera into paper and light into a pen

 
 

Brian Hart's photography is a fascinating melding of photography and drawing. His light painting work has been widely featured on a number of occasions, including international exhibitions. Maria Bartholdi recently produced a video about Brian and his work, which you can see below.

"Light is a really unique...

Panasonic GX85 Conclusion: Packing a wealth of features and performance into a compact body

 
 

The Micro Four Thirds market continues to produce cameras packing more and more features into compact form factors, and the Panasonic GX85 follows suit in this trend with aplomb. We've just dotted the i's and crossed the t's on our final verdict for this capable camera, so for all the details, head to our Panasonic...

Tim Laman, National Geographic photographer, wins Wildlife Photographer of the Year award

 
 
 
 

American wildlife photographer and field biologist Tim Laman has been chosen as the Grand title winner of the 52nd Wildlife Photographer of the Year Competition, held annually by the British Natural History Museum. Mr. Laman's photograph, "Entwined Lives", was...

Someone stole your image, what next? Three steps you can take to bring a digital thief to justice

 
 

Image theft is a serious problem that affects many photographers. I've personally been the victim as the index image to the right was being used on someone's Flickr page, with the user claiming to have taken the image using an app that they created. In my case it was a moral issue, but in more serious instances,...

The memory card backup device you’ve been waiting for? Meet the Flash Porter

 
 

DFi Gear thinks you need a device to keep your images backed-up in the field, and over 200 backers on Kickstarter think so as well, giving the company over $50,000 towards a goal of $15,000 to produce their first units of the Flash Porter.

Portable memory backup devices became quite popular in the 2000's, given...

Dedicated to professional printing, Canon announces trio of new Premium Fine Art papers

 
 

As Canon continues to expand their premium printer lineup, their paper lineup continues to grow as well. Canon has announced three new fine art papers, well-suited for printing on their imagePROGRAF line using their LUCIA PRO inks. The trio of papers are: Premium Fine Art Smooth, Premium Fine Art Bright White and...

Luminar: Macphun announces new all-in-one photo editor for MacOS, aims to simplify and streamline editing

 
 

MacOS software developer Macphun, makers of the Aurora HDR 2017 software I recently reviewed, has announced a new all-in-one photo editing app, Luminar.

Key features of Luminar include:

  • An adaptive, customizable user interface
  • More than 50 one-click presets
  • More than 35 image enhancement filters 
  • ...

Nikon unveils ultra-wide 19mm PC tilt-shift and revamped, durable 70-200mm f/2.8E lenses

 
 

There are two new additions to Nikon's Nikkor lens lineup, which recently surpassed 100 million lenses produced. The perspective control (PC) line is being expanded with the wide PC Nikkor 19mm f/4E ED tilt-shift lens. Further, a staple of the professional's kit, comes a refreshed Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom lens,...

Sleek and durable: MindShift Gear launches two new backpacks for outdoor photographers

 
 

MindShift Gear has two new backpacks aimed at outdoor photographers: The SidePath and TrailScape. The new backpacks, although quite different in terms of overall size and design, emphasize a balance between carrying capacity and compactness and include numerous features aimed at those who travel well off the beaten...

When tripod threads go screwy: Fix your damaged tripod thread with this DIY repair kit

 
 

Filmmaker Tom Antos knows how frustrating damaged tripod threads can be, but fixing them doesn't have to be a complicated task nor require sending your camera gear away for repair.

To repair a damaged tripod thread (in the video below we are looking at 1/4-20" threads), you need a helical threaded insert kit,...

Review: Brevitē Rolltop backpack provides durable, attractive and versatile carrying solution

 
 

Brevitē is a relatively new company in the photo backpack world, releasing their first product following a successful Kickstarter campaign in 2015. The original campaign was backed by nearly 250 people and raised upwards of US$40,000. The company was started by a trio of brothers in Boston and their lineup includes...

Pentax K-70 Field Test: Mid-range features, entry-level price. Should you buy this value-packed DSLR?


 
 

Early last year, Ricoh launched the Pentax K-S2, an entry-level DSLR that was nonetheless packed to bursting with features, many of them typically found only in more expensive cameras or appearing for the first time in a Pentax-branded body. While it had much to offer, the K-S2's attention-grabbing color...

Nikon 105mm f/1.4E review: Big, fast, and expensive – but simply amazing

 
 

When you're talking about lenses, a focal length between 85mm and 135mm is a go-to range for portraits -- and 105mm is the sweet spot used by many portrait photographers. Historically, Nikon has invested a significant amount of time and effort into lenses designed for portraiture, so it's no suprise that the...

Gray market blues: Fuji sues more than 50 sellers for lost profits and damages

 
 

Nearly a year ago, Canon USA sued various retailers who were selling gray-market Canon cameras in the United States. As of October 11, Fujifilm is following suit and suing over 50 sellers who are participating in the gray market. The lawsuit was recently filed in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of...

Lightroom Coffee Break: Dealing with difficult-to-remove spots with one simple trick

 
 

Lightroom has an excellent spot removal tool which works very well for dealing with small objects in the frame, such as dust spots, but larger distractions can be difficult to remove. Adobe Lightroom team member Benjamin Warde has created a new "Lightroom Coffee Break" video to show us how to use Lightroom to deal...

Caffeine Priority: Quick tip! Focus stacking landscapes in Photoshop is easy and creates tack-sharp shots

 
 

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

I regularly try to utilize an interesting foreground in my landscape images. However, this means that a single capture is rarely sharp from foreground all the way to the background, even at a wide focal length and small aperture. You can stop down...