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Medium format, thy name is Ricoh; Pentax 645Z has no competition (Update: Now with full tech info)

 
 

Back in early 2010, Pentax launched the 645D, a medium-format digital SLR that leap-frogged full-frame rivals in terms of sensor area, and simultaneously set a new benchmark in terms of affordability compared to...

Sony A6000 Image Quality Analysis—our take on how this hot camera stands up to the competition

 
 

You've been beating our doors down for information and images on the wildly popular Sony A6000, and we love it! Bringing you timely analysis and information is our raison d'etre, and all the more so for these more...

Sigma announces price for 50mm f/1.4 Art lens. It’s official: Sigma owns the 50mm space.

 
 

We've never seen an SLRgear lens review get the kind of response that our recent one for the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens did, not even Sigma's own wildly popular 18-35mm f/1.8 zoom. With the competition from camera...

Already exhausted your holiday budget? Come travel to Doha, Qatar in this amazing hyperlapse video!

Travelling the world is a dream many of us share, but only few ever see come true. What keeps most of us from simply dropping everything and setting out on a journey across the globe, besides job and family commitments, is the sheer lack of financial resources to do so. But even if our holiday budgets are already exhausted, there's still an...

Cast your votes for winners in 11th annual Smithsonian Photo Contest

 
 
 
Photo: Eko Adiyanto. Natural World category.

What’s not to love about a photo contest where the people get to vote for their favorites? The finalists in the 11th annual Smithsonian Photo Contest were announced last week, and voting is open through May 6, 2014.

A...

Flash-photography guru Joe McNally shares lighting tips in Nikon video series

 
 

We’re in an era where cameras can almost see in the dark, and as a result, the art of adding light to a scene is under-appreciated. But when the student is ready to turn down that ISO dial, the teacher will appear.

Nikon just posted the second in a series of lighting tutorials with brand ambassador and...

Photographs of the ‘Oldest Living Things in the World’ collected in new book

 
 

Looking at a photograph is a bit like traveling back in time. The time-travel might be to the moment when the photo was taken—or might be even further back, to some unspecified instant in the course of the subject’s time on earth.

Artist Rachel Sussman takes us back at least 2,000 years with her new book, The...

Medium format, thy name is Ricoh; Pentax 645Z has no competition (Update: Now with full tech info)

 
 

Back in early 2010, Pentax launched the 645D, a medium-format digital SLR that leap-frogged full-frame rivals in terms of sensor area, and simultaneously set a new benchmark in terms of affordability compared to existing medium-format options. Today, the Pentax 645Z follows in its footsteps and aims even higher,...

Is Canon feeling the heat? For the first time, Sony sells more system cameras in South Korea

Sony has been working hard to establish itself as a major camera manufacturer, and now it seems the work is finally paying off. For the first time in the company's relatively young history as a camera maker it has sold more interchangeable lens cameras in South Korea than its rival, the photography behemoth Canon. Though only by a very slight...

Redditor shares his process for making stunning starscapes

 
Photo: Andrew Tallon

While we’re on the topic of space today, have you ever wondered what it takes to make one of those surreal star-scape photos? You know, the kind of thing that shows up on the front page of Reddit every now and then?

Well, here’s a quick lesson from somebody with first-hand experience. Last...

Moon photo 101: Get prepared for tonight’s total lunar eclipse!

 
 

Want to add a great lunar eclipse photo or two to your portfolio? Tonight's blood moon presents the best opportunity in the next few years in the Americas, at least if the weather plays ball and you're willing to forego some sleep. But shooting an eclipse isn't something we do every day, so it merits a little...

Battery charger promises full power after 30 seconds

 
 

A dead smartphone is a hassle, but a dead camera battery is a catastrophe if you’re in the middle of a shoot—that is, only as long as batteries still charge at a glacial pace.

Startup firm StoreDot is working on a way to almost eliminate charge times. Last week, they unveiled a prototype that can fully charge a...

Pentax, Sony variants of Sigma USB dock on the way; full-time MF coming for 50mm f/1.4 lens


 
 

Alongside its headline-grabbing announcement of the pricetag for its 50mm f/1.4 Art lens, Sigma also revealed a couple of other tidbits today. One actually relates to that lens, and a new feature which will be available soon if you own the company's clever USB dock accessory. (We highly recommend putting some...

Tamron prices impressively-compact 16-300mm superzoom lens


 
 

Last February, we told readers about the brand-new 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Macro lens. At the time, we knew quite a bit -- that it had a far-reaching 18.8x optical zoom range, was only 3.9 inches long when retracted, and offered a way to turn your SLR into a large-sensor alternative to a superzoom...

Sony A6000 Image Quality Analysis—our take on how this hot camera stands up to the competition

 
 

You've been beating our doors down for information and images on the wildly popular Sony A6000, and we love it! Bringing you timely analysis and information is our raison d'etre, and all the more so for these more popular models.

We therefore present to you the next in our series of posts for the A6000: our Image...

Firmware Friday: Nokia talks you into taking more selfies

 
 

After a brief hiatus last week because we'd already covered the sole firmware news -- Olympus' shutter-slap fix for the E-M1 -- Firmware Friday returns this week, but with a twist. Technically, neither of the updates this week are for dedicated cameras, but we found them interesting nonetheless. Let's take a look...

As Windows XP fades away, photographer talks origin of famed ‘Bliss’ wallpaper

 
 

Earlier this week, Microsoft ended its support for the legendary Windows XP operating system. As part of the farewell tour, the company released a video interview with photographer Chuck O’Rear, the man behind the default background image on XP, known as “Bliss.”

In the clip, O’Rear tells the story of how he...

You won’t believe the spirits hidden in these photos

 
Courtesy Swann Auction Galleries

For as long as photos have existed, photographers have been altering their shots, and viewers believing what they want to believe. But it’s hard to understand how anybody could be convinced by the "ghostly presences” in these particular photos.

A post over at the Slate Vault...

Sony A6000, Panasonic GH4 earn top ratings at DxOMark

 
 

DxOMark is really cranking out the ratings this week. They’ve just added the sensor scores for the Sony A6000 and Panasonic GH4 to their database, and it’s good news for fans of both cameras.

The mid-range A6000 earned an overall score of 82 points, right in the pack with the top-rated APS-C cameras. DxO calls it...

Early Sony A7S footage shows incredible dynamic range and high-ISO capabilities

It's only been a couple of days since the Sony A7S has been announced at NAB, but there's already a first batch of Full HD and 4K footage taken with the camera available. Den Lennie from fstopacademy was lucky enough to be asked by Sony whether he wanted to test-drive the new 4K shooter, and so he took it to some beautiful places in Scotland...

Micro Four Thirds consortium grows, roster starts to look like a baseball team

 
 

With JVC Kenwood joining the crew earlier this week, the consortium of Micro Four Thirds companies now stands at 23—that’s like the size of a whole baseball team, and pretty solid for an expansion franchise that debuted less than 6 years ago. Let’s take a look at how deep this roster goes.

There are the staff...

Sigma announces price for 50mm f/1.4 Art lens. It’s official: Sigma owns the 50mm space.

 
 

We've never seen an SLRgear lens review get the kind of response that our recent one for the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art lens did, not even Sigma's own wildly popular 18-35mm f/1.8 zoom. With the competition from camera makers and Zeiss ranging from $1,300 to $4,000, there's been a lot of speculation about what price...

Nikon goes for the big numbers, launches lightweight tele zoom, deep-diving housing and flash


 
 

Alongside the launch of the Nikon S810c and Nikon J4 cameras last night, the Japanese company also launched several other photography products -- and just like the cameras, not all were announced for the US market. A new, lightweight 18-300mm telephoto zoom lens will, it seems, definitely be making it to US...