News entries for April, 2019

Photoshop and Fake News: Kazakhstan’s interim President is lookin’ (too) good

 
 

Photojournalist Amos Chapple of Radio Free Europe / Radio Liberty has discovered that photo manipulation is running rampant in the office of Kazakhstan's interim president, Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev (sometimes spelled as Kassym-Jomart Tokayev). The evidence suggests that someone is attempting to make the 65-year-old...

Fuji X-T3 Review Conclusion: This souped-up hybrid camera is one of Fuji’s most versatile cameras yet


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Named as our top choice for Best Camera of 2018 in our annual Camera of the Year awards, the Fuji X-T3 is, unsurprisingly, one fantastic camera. The third iteration of Fujifilm's flagship SLR-styled mirrorless camera, the X-T3 sports improvements all around,...

Canon M50 Conclusion: The most affordable EOS mirrorless with a built-in viewfinder has plenty to offer


 
 

Are you ready for the step up from your smartphone to the versatility of an interchangeable-lens camera? If so, Canon would love for you to consider its EOS M50, and after reviewing the camera ourselves, we think it's well worth a look. With an affordable pricetag that puts it just a couple of hundred dollars...

Designed for demanding outdoor photographers, Think Tank Photo releases BackLight Elite 45L

 
 

Think Tank Photo/Mindshift Gear has announced a new BackLight backpack, offering the largest capacity in the BackLight series. The new BackLight Elite 45L backpack offers an eponymous 45 liters of internal volume, allowing for ample carrying capacity for your cameras, lenses, laptops and other gear. There are also...

Ben Horne reveals the film from his winter trip to Death Valley and Zion

 
 

Ben Horne recently went on a week-long winter trip to Death Valley and Zion National Park, which means it's time for another film reveal video. In the video below, Horne views the large-format film images from his trip for the first time, discusses how he made the images and shares how he feels about them.

Of...

Sigma Q&A: Lots of L-mount lenses coming, as CEO Yamaki-san predicts mirrorless will take over soon


 
 

Recently, I had the chance to speak with Sigma's CEO, Kazuto Yamaki, alongside the CP+ tradeshow in Tokyo. Yamaki-san is always a favorite interview subject of mine, because as the head of a family-owned company, its his hand on the tiller, and so his decisions that dictate the company's future products and...

Photographing trees in the Gobi desert with Adam Gibbs and his Nikon D850

 
 

Adam Gibbs has shared another video from his recent trip to China, including to the Gobi desert. After a lengthy trip, which included planes, trains and automobiles, Gibbs and his travelling companions explored some of the vast expanse of the Gobi. Gibbs even found some living trees on the shore of a lakebed, which...

7 easy photography tips Mads Peter Iversen which he had learned earlier

 
 

One of the common traits among all photographers at every skill level is that they all started as beginners. This means that there is always some type of learning curve as we hone our skills and work to improve. With learning comes mistakes, and oftentimes, these mistakes are just more opportunities to figure...

Sigma 56mm f/1.4 DC + Sony A6000 in the field: A terrific portrait combination under $1000

 
 

Do you like quality images at value pricing? I certainly do, and the Sigma Contemporary line has generally excelled in this area. So when we heard we'd be getting a 56mm f/1.4 DC Contemporary sample I grabbed it before anyone else had the chance!

Our sample was fitted for Sony E-mount (they also make an MFT mount...

Firmware Friday: SnapBridge support for Nikon D500; imaging tweaks for Panasonic S1 / S1R, Ricoh GR III


 
 

Our Firmware Friday roundup this week brings with it news of updates for four large-sensor cameras, of which three are interchangeable-lens models. On the full-frame front, Panasonic has updated its recently-launched S1 and S1R cameras. Turning to APS-C sub-frame cameras, meanwhile, Nikon's D500 has also...

Canon EOS RP Field Test: The compact, well-priced RP is a great entry-level full frame camera


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When the Canon EOS RP launched, the public reception was a bit mixed. For those hoping for a great full frame vlogging camera from Canon, the RP was not and is not that. For those looking for a solid, affordable, compact and reliable full frame mirrorless camera...

Luminar 3.1 released: Free update brings Accent AI 2.0 and other new features to popular photo editor

 
 

After teasing their new Accent AI 2.0 filter, Skylum Software has announced the availability of Luminar 3.1. The update includes numerous enhancements and improvements in addition to the new and improved Accent AI 2.0 filter.

As we discussed last week, Accent AI 2.0 results in more natural results, especially...

Tamron reveals pricing and availability for the new 35-150mm f/2.8-4 full-frame compact portrait zoom lens

 
 

In February, Tamron announced the development of three new lenses, including the 35-150mm f/2.8-4 Di VC OSD (Model A043) compact portrait zoom for DSLRs. We now have full details on the upcoming zoom lens, including pricing and release information.

The full-frame zoom lens offers a bright f/2.8 aperture at the...

Zeiss announces Otus 100mm f/1.4 prime lens for Canon and Nikon full-frame DSLRs

 
 

Zeiss has announced the fourth lens in their set of Otus manual focus prime lenses, the 1.4/100. The 100mm prime lens has been developed for full-frame Canon and Nikon DSLR camera systems and promises "low sample variation, outstanding imaging performance and superior build quality."

The lens featured a Sonnar...

Studying your own work and the work of others can allow you a better stylistic progression

 
 

Photographer Sean Tucker is asked many different questions by aspiring photographers, but one of the most common ones is "how do I define a style for my photography?" While he doesn't have a quick, succinct answer to this question, it is a topic Tucker has thought a lot about.

Tucker makes a point to not delete...

Canon SL3 First Shots: The smallest and lightest DSLR from Canon struts its stuff in our lab

 
 

The Canon Rebel SL line has been popular for good reason, stemming from high quality features at a budget size and a budget price point. The new Canon SL3 comes in as the trimmest among them, and at a very reasonable starting price, yet sporting a new sensor and a new processor.

And the results for image quality?...

Patagonia panorama with Thomas Heaton: The gear and settings you need for a good pano

 
 

Just outside of El Chalten in Patagonia, photographer Thomas Heaton wanted to capture a panorama of a beautiful mountain range. In the video below, we go behind the scenes with Heaton as he sets up his shot and captures the necessary images for a stitched panorama.

The first step is ensuring that your tripod is...

Join Thomas Heaton as he photographs dead forests in Patagonia

 
 

In 2011, a visitor to Torres del Paine National Park in Patagonia triggered a fire. This forest fire forever changed the park. Some affected species of trees have begun to regrow, but it takes them over a century to reach maturity, so the effects of the fire will be very long lasting. Photographer Thomas Heaton...

Long lenses in landscape photography: How to use a telephoto lens to shoot better landscape images

 
 

When considering essential landscape lenses, it's reasonable to first think about wide-angle lenses, such as a 12-24mm or 24-70mm lens. In addition to a wide lens, a telephoto zoom is also a must-have lens for landscape photographers. Landscape and nature photographer Mads Peter Iversen believes that a 70-200mm...

Firmware Friday: Canon EOS R, Fuji T3 and T30 get new features; Ricoh and Sigma improve existing ones


 
 

After a bit of a breather with last week's smaller-than-average roundup, our regular Firmware Friday roundup returns this time around with a whole lot more to discuss. There are three mirrorless cameras from Canon and Fujifilm receiving a raft of new features and tweaks between them, plus ten Sigma lenses and...