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Canon 7D Mark II First Shots: Let the image quality comparisons begin!

 
 

The Canon 7D Mark II, announced earlier this week at the start of the Photokina trade show in Cologne, Germany, has been turning our servers into liquid hot magma ever since Monday's big announcement. It seems there...

Canon G7 X Sample Gallery: Get a first look at Canon’s Sony RX100-series challenger

 
 

Canon's big press event at this year's Photokina also highlighted the release of the new PowerShot G7 X alongside the 7D Mark II. (Not seen the announcement? Read it here.) In similar fashion, shootable...

Fuji XF56mm portrait prime promises super-creamy bokeh; weather-sealed XF50-140mm also imminent


 
 

Alongside the launch of the new Fuji X-T1 Graphite Silver kit, the company has also announced imminent availability of two new lenses that will have X-mount shooters doubly excited. Of the two optics, one has been on the roadmap for a while, and the other is a new addition that tweaks an existing model for...

Fuji X-T1 to ship in new color, kit bundle; feature-enhancing firmware update coming soon


 
 

When we published our Fuji X-T1 review a few months ago, we found plenty to love in the deliciously retro-styled camera, calling it "an enthusiast's dream, and a clear Dave's Pick!" Now, there's even more to love, as the X-T1 hits our radar again thanks to the announcement of a new body color option, a new...

Apple’s iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are bigger, promise improved cameras including on-chip phase-detect autofocus

Apple has just unveiled the latest generation of the iPhone, and the devices now comes in two sizes, just as the rumors predicted. The new iPhone 6 sports a 4.7-inch display, while its bigger sibling, the aptly named iPhone 6 Plus, reaches out into phablet territory with a 5.5-inch screen -- both of which are now called Retina HD.

As was to...

Finding Vivian Maier’s heir: could a copyright claim put the distribution of her work on hold?

 
 
 

Vivian Maier is probably the most famous street photographer who saw no publicity during her lifetime. Working as a nanny for about forty years, Maier is said to have taken more than 150,000 photographs, mostly in Chicago and New York. But it was only after her death in 2009 that her...

SteadXP employs gyroscopes and clever processing for smooth video footage

In cinematography, smooth stabilized footage is an absolute must... unless you're going all "Jason Bourne" with a shaky-cam look. While professional productions often employ camera cranes, dollies or wearable gimbal stabilizers, these things are often too expensive for independent productions and simply not feasible for the hobbyist...

Entry-level 24-inch Adobe RGB display from Eizo targets photographers


 
 

Update 2014/09/14: It turns out that we misread the PR materials provided by Eizo. This monitor, in the interests of saving costs, forgoes the built-in correction sensor we mistakenly believed it to have. You can, of course, correct color using a third-party device and Eizo's bundled software. Sincere...

Leaf Credo 50 camera back lands with 50mpix Sony CMOS sensor, near-IR / UV-sensitive option

 
 

In the runup to the biennial Photokina tradeshow, Mamiya Leaf has unveiled a new camera back based around the same 51.4-megapixel, Sony CMOS image sensor used in Ricoh's Pentax 645Z DSLR. Although the Leaf Credo 50 camera back trails the standalone Pentax camera in terms of performance and (on paper, at least)...

The new king of portrait lenses? Zeiss announces the Otus 85mm f/1.4

Back in October 2013, when Zeiss announced its Otus 55mm f/1.4 lens, it was touted as the world's best standard lens. And it turned out that that claim wasn't exaggerated. Zeiss had put all of its expertise into that lens and had created a masterpiece that would deliver outstanding performance under all circumstances. (Check out our review of...

Western Digital announces a wireless hard drive that photographers will love

Western Digital's My Passport hard drives have always been a convenient means of dumping masses of information such as photos from a digital camera, whether as a backup device at home or for safe storage on the go. With the new My Passport Wireless, things get even more convenient for photographers.

The drive, which comes in sizes of 500 GB,...

Getty Images is suing Microsoft over alleged Bing Image Widget copyright violations

Software giant Microsoft is notorious for taking heat from all sides over controversial aspects of its products, and has often had to pay hefty penalties in the past. The company's latest quarrel is with Getty Images, who is suing Microsoft over alleged copyright violations by its Bing Image Widget tool.

The Bing Image Widget is a software...

The fix is in: We test Sigma’s dp2 Quattro firmware and Photo Pro software updates


 
 

As we noted in our recent Firmware Friday roundup, Sigma has updated the firmware for their dp2 Quattro camera, as well as the associated Sigma Photo Pro software, addressing among other things a couple of image quality issues that surfaced in our testing. All Sigma dp2 Quattro owners will want to download...

Olympus E-PL7 gallery: Pairing with primes, zooms and dabbling in the partial color palette

The Olympus E-PL7 Shooter's Report part I is now in progress, but we didn't want to make you wait on the initial batch of real world gallery images. We've just posted the first 24 shots to the gallery, straight from the camera including both JPEGS and RAW files for your inspection and downloads as well.

In the gallery are examples with the popular Olympus 14-42mm II R kit...

Flying taxis made possible thanks to new 3D photo manipulation software

Photo manipulation software, while becoming ever more powerful, have always been limited to two-dimensional edits. While it is possible, for example, to move individual objects in a photo and have their backgrounds intelligently restored from the surrounding information, it is not possible to interact with these objects in a three-dimensional...

Firmware Friday: Blackmagic, Canon, Pentax, Sigma and Sony updates add features, fix bugs


 
 

It's a mammoth week for camera updates this Firmware Friday, with no less than four cameras receive new firmware releases, four more have new updates forecast, and various related software and accessories also receive updates.

We'll start off this week with the Sony RX10, for which firmware version 2.00 has...

SLR Magic announces a new 10mm T2.1 Cine lens for Micro Four Thids

SLR Magic, the lens manufacturer from Hong Kong that specializes in cine lenses for mirrorless cameras, has announced the HyperPrime Cine 10mm T2.1 for Micro Four Thirds. With an equivalent focal length of 20mm, the lens provides a fast super-wide angle option for videographers that use Micro Four Thirds cameras such as the Panasonic GH4.

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ISO 512,000 is so 2014—photography in almost total darkness could soon be possible

A little while ago, a new king of low light photography was born when the Sony A7S was announced. Thanks to its 35mm full-frame sensor with a reduced resolution of only 12 megapixels, the Sony A7S is able to make the dark of the night look like broad daylight. We're not kidding you -- take a look at the sample video in this article.

But...

Canon 70D vs. Nikon D7100: The ‘game-changing’ AF camera against the FX-rivaling prosumer DSLR

 
 

Two of the hottest APS-C DSLRs on the market are arguably the Canon 70D and the Nikon D7100, and if you're looking to upgrade your camera, you may be wondering which one of these cameras should you choose. If you've already accumulated a big collection of lenses from either brand, the decision becomes much easier,...

Let’s go places: travel the world with these Vimeo Staff Pick videos

Let's go places! And as we mentioned in a recent article, what better way to travel the world than from the comfort of your home? The staff of Vimeo has been busy hand-picking some of the most awesome videos uploaded to their servers, and thanks to their efforts we can now enjoy some great videography from around the world.

Let's start with...

Sony QX1, QX30 debut: Transform your smartphone into an APS-C ILC or 30x superzoom

 
Note: The Sony 16-50mm lens is not included.

A year ago almost to the day, Sony revealed two new cameras unlike anything that had gone before. Both were completely reliant on a smartphone for framing, image review, and all control other than image capture and zoom. Now, it follows up with the Sony QX1 (the first...

Pentax 645Z sample gallery: The monumental medium-format meets captivating Colorado


 
 

Some cameras are anonymous, but others provoke comment literally everywhere you go. This week, I've been shooting Ricoh's awesome Pentax 645Z medium-format DSLR on a working vacation in Denver, Colorado -- coincidentally the home of Ricoh Imaging Americas --  and I can now confirm that it falls firmly into...