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Olympus E-M5 II Shooter’s Report Part I: Exploring Bermuda with the just-launched enthusiast mirrorless


 
 

A few weeks ago, the Olympus E-M5 II compact system camera made its debut as a followup to the extremely popular E-M5 (E-M5 vs E-M5 II). With a raft of significant changes throughout, including a...

Resolution Wars, part II: Comparing RAW files - Micro Four Thirds vs Medium Format, Really?

 
 

The Olympus E-M5 II really stunned us with its new High Res Shot mode that offers a whopping 40-megapixel JPEG file through some unique sensor-shifting multi-shot processing. The resulting image competes handily...

Affinity Photo: a Mac-based Photoshop competitor that focuses on speed and precision

 
 

For Apple users, the choices for editing photos has long been Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Lightroom and Apple’s own Aperture. Aperture is no longer with us though, leaving only Adobe products as the most viable means to edit images. Software company Serif is looking to change that though, with their impending photo...

Fujifilm interview: Secrets of apodization, 5-stop IS, OLED EVFs with 5-millisecond lag (really?) and more!

All of our core readers will attest to the fact that we at IR love the various technologies lurking inside all those metal and carbon fiber shells that make up the cameras and lenses we use. And since that technology tends to get ever more complex with each passing year, we never grow tired of digging deeper in order to fulfill our (ahem, your) desire for more answers on...

Back to basics: understanding the fundamental techniques of portrait lighting

 
 

As enticing as it may be to dive head-first into portraiture, it’s important to know the basics of lighting a subject. Without these basics it's difficult to build a fundamental understanding of lighting for your own style to develop off of.

As part of their ‘Back to Basics’ video series, Brian Wilson of 500px...

Adobe Lightroom Mobile for iOS improves editing, presentation capabilities

 
 

Adobe has pushed out an impressive update to its Lightroom Mobile app for iPhone and iPad. Released under the 1.3 version number, the new and improved application provides a handful of features in addition to squishing a number of bugs from previous versions of Adobe Lightroom Mobile.

Feature-wise, Adobe...

Canon announces PowerShot SX 410 IS, ELPH 350 HS, teases G3 X

 
 

Canon has officially released their PowerShot SX 410 IS and ELPH 350 HS cameras, both of which make incremental improvements over their predecessors. In addition to the two new cameras, Canon is also hinting at development on the PowerShot G3 X, an upcoming point-and-shoot featuring a 1-inch sensor, similar to the...

Go big or go home: 50MP, full-frame Canon 5DS and 5DS R unveiled, world’s highest-res full-frame DSLRs

For those photographers yearning for oodles and oodles of resolution -- landscape, fine art, and magazine photographers come to mind -- Canon has come up with a solution -- two, in fact. The new Canon 5DS and Canon 5DS R sport an in-house designed and built 50.6-megapixel full-frame image sensor. The "R" model provides even more critical sharpness and detail by cancelling...

Canon Rebel T6s, T6i unveiled, offering advanced enthusiast-level features at affordable prices

 
 

Despite the Rebel family constituting Canon's consumer-line of DSLRs, the just-announced Canon Rebel T6s starts to cross the border into definite enthusiast-level territory. Superseding the "Txi" model name as the flagship Rebel camera, the new T6s introduces and incorporates some technology and features from the...

Canon debuts EF 11-24mm f/4L lens, the widest rectilinear full-frame lens on earth

 
 

Alongside their recently announced 50MP 5DS and 5DS R cameras, Canon has debuted a brand new ultra-wide angle L-series lens. The new EF 11-24mm f/4L lens is the latest member of Canon's 'f/4' family of L-series glass and is now the widest-angle rectilinear lens ever produced for full-frame DSLRs.

This premium,...

Apple releases developer preview of Photos, their iPhoto/Aperture replacement app

 
 

Today, Apple released the developer preview of Photos, their upcoming replacement app for iPhoto and Aperture. Not yet available to the public, this developer beta has been tested by a handful of publications, including The Verge, whose video we've shared below.

The developer preview release of Photos comes just...

Olympus OM-D E-M1 set to receive framerate-boosting 3.0 firmware update later this month

 
 

Alongside Olympus’s barrage of new products, they’ve also announced upgraded support for their older products as well. In particular, they’ve announced firmware version 3.0 for their OM-D E-M1 camera.

Set to be released later this month, the focal point of this firmware update is to boost the framerate of the...

Resolution Wars: Can a 16mp Four Thirds camera out-resolve a 36mp full frame?

 
 

The recently announced Olympus E-M5 Mark II makes a remarkable claim pertaining to high resolution imaging: the ability to capture a 40-megapixel "High-Resolution Shot" while in that mode. (We think it's safe to predict Mr. Spock's reaction to this.... "Indeed.")

We'll go ahead and caveat this news by saying that...

Olympus intros improved 14-150mm lens with weather-sealing, 8mm f/1.8 Fisheye Zuiko PRO lens in development

 
 

Alongside the newly announced E-M5 II, Olympus also announced a new and improved, highly versatile 14-150mm lens, as well as a development announcement of a new Zuiko PRO optic -- an 8mm f/1.8 fisheye lens.

The big feature with the new M.Zuiko ED 14-150mm f/4.0-5.6 II is the addition of full dust- and...

Samsung NX500 announced, basically crams an NX1 inside the NX300 and all for $800

 
 

For those tempted by the power and performance of the recently released Samsung NX1, but don't want or need a beefy, weather-sealed, DSLR-like camera body, Samsung now has the solution to your conundrum. 

Along comes the new Samsung NX500, which is essentially an NX1 crammed in the body of an NX300. Yes, even in...

Olympus E-M5 II debuts with record-setting stabilization system, improvements throughout

Three years after it launched the popular E-M5 mirrorless camera, Olympus is back with a followup -- the Olympus E-M5 II (E-M5 II vs E-M5). Sporting generous upgrades throughout, the new model incorporates many of the features of the subsequent flagship OM-D model, the E-M1, as well as some interesting firsts (E-M5 II vs E-M1).

Key among the...

Olympus TG-860 makes subtle, substantial improvements, now features WiFI/GPS connectivity

 
 

Olympus has officially announced the TG–860. A successor to the company’s ruggedized TG–850, the TG–860 keeps an almost identical design alongside similar specs, but adds a fair share of incremental improvements over its predecessor.

The Olympus TG–860 features the same design of the TG–850, including the...

Pentax announces and teases development of a full-frame, K-mount DSLR

 
 

Pentax is finally answering the dreams of K-mount consumers who have been anxiously awaiting a larger sensor than their current offerings. The company has officially released a broad overview of an upcoming full-frame, K-mount camera, which comes shortly after announcing two high-end lenses with full-frame image...

Pentax goes big and bright with new 70-200mm f/2.8 and 150-450mm zoom lenses

 
 

Bearing a striking resemblance to the two lenses we spotted on display under glass at Ricoh's booth at this year's CES in Las Vegas, Pentax has now unveiled the precise focal lengths for the two new additions to Pentax's K-mount lens lineup: a fast, bright 70-200mm f/2.8 lens and a super-telephoto 150-450mm...

An introduction to shooting and mounting remote cameras at sporting events

 
 

At any sporting event where photographers are present, it’s safe to assume that somewhere behind the backboard or mounted in the rafters, there’s a remote camera securely tethered down ready to fire at a moments notice. Remote cameras offer unique opportunities for photographers, allowing them to place cameras in...

A vital piece of photo gear you didn’t know you need – especially in winter

 
 

I want to make an addition to my master list of things to carry in your camera bag—or at least in the trunk of your car. First a couple of anecdotes.

A couple of winters ago I went for a walk in the woods alone after a fresh snowfall. It was a bit icy and everything was covered with that gorgeous layer of shiny...

Fujifilm 55-200mm Lens Review: Fuji’s higher grade tele-zoom is a solid addition to your X-mount kit

 
 

Released in May of 2014, the Fujinon XF 55-200mm f/3.5-4.8 R LM OIS is a telephoto zoom lens providing an effective focal length equivalence of 83-300mm. Part of Fuji's XF-line of lenses, the XF 55-200 f/3.5-4.8 lens features slightly higher-end specs compared to the the more consumer-oriented XC 50-230mm f/4.5-6.7...