News entries for February, 2019

Leica has announced an L-Mount 35mm f/2 that will cost $4600

 
 

 

There certainly will not be a lack of lens options available for the L-mount when Panasonic enters the game in the next month, but a good chunk of those optics are going to cost a pretty penny. Adding to that, Leica has just announced the  APO-Summicron-SL 35 mm f/2 ASPH, which will be available mid-April 2019...

Ricoh Round-Up from CP+: Hands-on with the GR III, new Custom KP DSLRs & 2.5D printing concept

 
 

Here at the CP+ expo in Japan Ricoh has a lot of interesting goodies to show off, one of which being the very popular Ricoh GR III compact camera. As one of the first booths I came across in my show floor wanderings this morning, I not only jumped in line to get some hands-on time with the updated GR camera, but I...

The coolest new camera? Meet Zeiss ZX1: All the swipes, slides & taps for using this wild new model

 
 

Back at Photokina 2018, Zeiss, the brand renowned for their lenses, actually unveiled a new camera, and a rather unique one at that. The Zeiss ZX1 sports an all-new 37MP full-frame sensor and a fixed 35mm f/2.0 lens. However, what's really unconventional about the camera is its design -- the shape, the lack of...

Using brightness and color in Photoshop to enhance your subject

 
 

When capturing a portrait, there are numerous ways to help your subject stand out at the time of capture. You can use a longer lens with a faster aperture to help separate your subject from the background. There are ways you can light a portrait which helps create separation and draw attention to your subject....

OnSet with Daniel Norton: In his 200th episode, Daniel Norton creates a compelling group photo

 
 

In the 200th episode of his educational video series, OnSet, photographer Daniel Norton is tackling one of the trickiest composition scenarios in portrait photography, a group photo.

Creating a compelling group photo is no easy feat. Starting with the lighting, Norton is opting for a very large, soft light. He is...

Choosing the right focal length & how your lens choice influences the feel of your photography

 
 

Choosing a focal length is not always a simple matter of practically, for example when a subject is far away so you need a long lens. Rather, your selection of a focal length – and relatedly, your distance from the subject – can have wide-ranging implications on the feeling and overall story of a photograph. In a...

SanDisk has crammed 1TB into a microSD card

 
 

SanDisk has found a way to cram not only 1TB into a microSD card, they did it while also giving it some speed chops too. Announced at Mobile World Congress, SanDisk is showcasing the world's fastest 1TB UHS-I microSD flash memory card, the 1TB SanDisk Extreme UHS-I microSDXC card. UHS-I usually isn't seen as having...

The Sony 135mm f/1.8 GM is a modern blend of masterful design and high-end results

 
 

Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM Field TestOverview

By the end of 2018, Sony had pretty much covered the basic needs of photographers with their 30 full-frame FE lenses. It could even be argued that they had done this much earlier, but the 24mm f/1.4 really did put a nice cap on their work over the last several...

Nikon announces new superzoom and new travel zoom ahead of CP+ trade show in Japan

 
 

Long zoom fans will be happy to hear that Nikon is continuing to stock the pond with new superzoom and travel zoom offerings debuting today ahead of the CP+ trade show in Yokohama. The Coolpix A1000 is a 35x compact travel zoom, while the Coolpix B600 packs a whopping 60x into a rather sleek new superzoom package.

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Sigma announces 11 Art prime lenses for L-Mount, offering focal length ranges from 14mm to 135mm

 
 

And just like that, the number of confirmed L-Mount lenses has greatly increased. Sigma has announced that they will release 11 L-Mount versions of their current Art series of prime lenses. These full-frame lenses are fully compatible with AF-C, in-camera image stabilization and in-camera aberration correction and...

You did WHAT to our camera? IR weather testing version 1.0


 
 

(日本語版はこちら)

A little background

Our regular readers will be familiar with the basic weather-sealing test we did a bit over a year ago, in the run-up to our 2017 Camera of the Year awards. That test was indeed pretty basic, but it still aimed to reproduce conditions cameras might encounter during real-world...

カメラ・レンズ耐候性試験の課題 〜IR耐候性試験【バージョン1.0】〜


 
 

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簡単な背景の紹介

当社サイト読者の皆さんに、2017年「Camera of the Year(COTY)」アワードに先立ち、今から1年ちょっと前に実施した基本的な耐候性試験をご紹介したいと思います。この試験は実際、かなり基本的なものですが、それでも、カメラが悪天候の中での撮影中に遭遇するであろう条件を再現することを目的としています。雨と霧の両方を再現するために、試験に使用した4台のカメラすべてを同じ条件下にさらしました。

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Ricoh Theta Z1 wows 360 pano fans with large, high-res sensors, variable-aperture lenses and raw capture


 
 

A little over five years ago, Ricoh first took its camera line in a new direction with the launch of the original, VR-friendly Ricoh Theta. At a push of a button (or the prompting of your smartphone) this interesting twin-lensed camera could capture the world around you in its full, 360-degree panoramic...

How to realistically change eye color in Photoshop

 
 

Have you ever wanted to change someone's eye color in Photoshop? Well, now you can do so easily with the help of Nathaniel Dodson of tutvid. Through the use adjustment layers and masking, you can change eye color while achieving natural-looking, realistic results.

The first step is to paint a simple selection of...

How much photo editing is too much in landscape photography?

 
 

When it comes to photography and landscape photography in particular, how much editing is too much? Is there such a thing as processing an image too much? This is the topic in photographer Attilio Ruffo's latest video.

For landscape photographers, it's not unusual to receive a question that goes something like...

Firmware Friday: New lens support for Pentax K-1, K-1 II; EF-mount lenses from Sigma updated too


 
 

After last week's mondo roundup, things have returned to normalcy on the Firmware Friday desk, and we have news of just nine products -- two cameras and seven lenses -- having received new firmware in the past week. The cameras are both DSLRs from Ricoh's Pentax brand, which has also updated its Digital...

Getting started with deep space astrophotography: The gear & techniques you need

 
 

I've always been drawn to night sky photography, in large part because of the inherent challenge of the genre. There are many technical issues to overcome and it can feel like photographic problem solving. When the hard work and perseverance pays off, it feels amazing and you can be rewarded with beautiful images....

Sigma 60-600mm Sport Field Test: Return of the “Bigma” telephoto zoom lens


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Sigma 60-600mm f/4.5-6.3 Sports Field Test

 
 

Sports and especially wildlife photography oftentimes require massive, heavy telephoto lenses, particularly telephoto prime lenses. These big prime lenses fantastic optically, but they are also usually extremely expensive, very heavy and not all...

Panasonic S1R & S1 Gallery Images: Updated selection of real-world photos from Austin, Texas


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Panasonic S1R Gallery Images (beta)Panasonic S1 Gallery Images (beta)

 
 

While we're here at IRHQ continuing to lab-test the all-new Panasonic S1R and Panasonic S1 full-frame mirrorless cameras, photographer and reviews editor Jeremy Gray spent some hands-on time with both of...

Ricoh announces rugged WG-6 and business-oriented G900 compacts; gets ready to ship long-awaited GR III


 
 

With the CP+ tradeshow in Japan just around the corner, Ricoh has today made news on several fronts. Firstly, the company has revealed two closely-related new point-and-shoot models, one aimed at consumers and the other at industrial usage. Secondly, it has finally announced pricing and availability -- not to...