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Nikon Asia accused of sexism over D850 promotion that featured 32 men and 0 women

Digital Photography Review - Do, 14/09/2017 - 16:33
32 photographers featured... all of the men.

Nikon Asia is taking some serious heat today after a Nikon D850 promotion featuring 32 photographers caught the eye of the blog Fstoppers. The issue with this so-called "awe-inspiring" promotion? It featured 32 men, and 0 women, a realization that has led to wide-spread criticism of the promotion and of Nikon as a whole.

The original article didn't hold back, claiming that "Nikon thinks [the D850] is too much for women to handle," since the company didn't select a single woman photographer for this particular promotion. Responses online were equally harsh, with some users asking Nikon when the female version of the D850 would come out... and if it would be pink:

"Or is the D850 in fact for men only and @Nikon plans to release a pink and sparkly D850w for women to use?" @vinson83 @fstoppers #diversity https://t.co/u7xy2cIaBe

— Cindy Gallop (@cindygallop) September 14, 2017

Others implied they would be taking their business elsewhere:

Hey @CanonUKandIE let's talk. Clearly women aren't good enough for Nikon ??????? https://t.co/La1tE734PT

— Jennifer McCord (@jrcmccord) September 13, 2017

The controversy has gotten so much attention online, in fact, that CNN Money picked up the story.

For its part Nikon Asia did respond on Twitter, thanking users for "challenging us to do more" to support its female photographers. According to that statement, Nikon Asia did invite women to be part of the promotion (no word on how many) but none were able to participate. Here is the full statement:

Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us. We really appreciate the support from our photography community. pic.twitter.com/e78qp4Q08a

— Nikon Asia (@NikonAsia) September 13, 2017

All in all, it's been a very bad 24 hours for Nikon. But inflammatory as the original story is and obviously unacceptable as this all-male promotion was, it's worth pointing out that this doesn't seem to reflect Nikon's philosophy as a brand, and particularly not Nikon USA.

The D850 has been promoted like mad, and one of the main photographers spreading the word around the United States is Dixie Dixon. When we reached out to Nikon for comment on this story, the company was adamant about its support for all photographers, sending us the following statement just a few minutes ago:

At Nikon, we champion all passionate photographers. Women are an integral part of the photography community and we are dedicated to celebrating any talented storyteller and their work. We appreciate you raising this concern and we will continue to support the immense creative talent of female photographers in the US and globally.

Nikon—and more specifically Nikon Asia—certainly made a big mistake with this promotion. And given the attention this story has gotten (and will continue to get) it's safe to say they'll never host an all-male event or promotion again, nor should they. But to say "Nikon thinks [the D850] is too much for women to handle" is a stomach-churning extrapolation to make... albeit a very click-y one.

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A blast from the past: Polaroid relaunches its instant camera business with the new OneStep 2

Imaging Resource - Do, 14/09/2017 - 16:00
Polaroid is back with a vengeance. The reemergence of the instant camera is an interesting one spearheaded by Fujifilm and their Instax cameras, but you can trace its origins back to the 70s when Polaroid released the foldable SX70 and then a few years later, the simpler OneStep camera. The simple camera had a fixed focus lens and it produced a film that developed in minutes. "Shake it like a Polaroid picture" said OutKast in the popular song "Hey Ya!" It wasn't shake it like an Instax. The original OneStep had a single button...
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Polaroid is back! Unveils OneStep 2 instant camera and i-Type film

Digital Photography Review - Do, 14/09/2017 - 15:42

Remember those intriguing teasers Polaroid was scrolling through on its main website last week. Well, yesterday night was when that countdown ended, and it ended with a huge announcement that has the photo industry buzzing. In short: the old Polaroid you knew and loved is back from the dead with a new analog instant camera and a new type of instant film!

Announced on the 80th anniversary of the Polaroid brand, both products are being unveiled as part of a new brand called Polaroid Originals, which merges the Polaroid of old with years worth of work done by Impossible Project to keep that old Polaroid alive. In fact, the Impossible brand is being replaced altogether.

In addition to the new film and camera, you'll now be able to purchase restored vintage Polaroid cameras and traditional Polaroid instant film in a variety of formats straight from the Polaroid Originals website. But first, let's dive into that sweet new camera!

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The Polaroid OneStep 2 is exactly what it sounds like: the spiritual (and in some ways literal) successor to the famous Polaroid OneStep—you know, the camera Instagram stole its original logo from.

Inspired by the original OneStep, Polaroid says they've updated the OneStep 2 "to create a simple, easy-to-use instant camera that works straight out of the box." It sports a 'high quality lens' that can focus from 2ft to infinity, a 'powerful' flash, a rechargeable battery that allegedly lasts 60 days on a charge, a self-timer function, and it's compatible with both the new i-Type instant film and the old 600 series film.

The camera is available in white and graphite, and you can already pre-order yours through the Polaroid Originals website for $100.

Polaroid i-Type Instant Film

Speaking of film, Polaroid Originals also debuted a new film format that will look familiar but is actually a bit different. It's called i-Type, and it joins Polaroid's vintage films (SX-70, 600, 8x10, etc.) as the newest kid on the block.

The "i" stands for "Incredible" ... which is really irrelevant. The important bits is that this film is optimized for the OneStep 2—and, we hope, future Polaroid Originals cameras—is battery-free, and comes in Black and White and Color varieties for $16 per 8-pack or $45 for two 8-packs of color film and one 8-pack of black and white.

Keep in mind, because this is a battery-free film, it will not work in 600 cameras. That film has its own battery in the film, while the new i-Type OneStep 2 boasts a rechargeable battery of its own.

To learn more about this film or purchase a pack or two of your own, click here.

Vintage Polaroid Cameras and Film

Finally, since the Impossible Project brand is now a thing of the past, the Polaroid Originals website won't just be a place to buy the new OneStep 2 and i-Type film. You'll also be able to pick up all of the restored vintage Polaroid cameras and older film formats that Impossible kept going all of these years.

The old Polaroid 600 cameras start at $120, the famed SX-70 foldable model starts at $380, and Spectra camera models can be had for $120 and up. All of them are available on this product page.

And if you need film for those old cameras, you can pick up SX-70 film, 600 film, Spectra film, and even 8x10 sheet film here.

To say this is an exciting announcement for the analog photography world is to undersell this by far. The merging of Polaroid and Impossible project as Polaroid Originals would be big news itself, but add to that a new analog instant film camera and a new type of instant film and you've got hipsters, instant photography buffs, and nostalgic shutterbugs like tripping over themselves to support this resurrection.

To learn more about Polaroid Originals or any of the products mentioned above, head over to the brand's new website here.

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HP reveals insane Z8 workstation: Can handle 3TB of RAM and 48TB of storage

Digital Photography Review - Mi, 13/09/2017 - 20:16

The rise of 4K (and 6K... and 8K) video, not to mention virtual reality and 360° content, means the computers of today need to grow up and they need to do it fast. 16GB of RAM, a decent video card, and 1TB of hard drive space just won't cut it for many professionals any longer... but even those professionals who need boatloads of power will probably go wide-eyed when they hear the specs of HP's new top-of-the-line desktop workstations.

HP revealed its new Z8, Z6, and Z4 workstations today, and the company is not joking when it says the new desktops are equipped with "extreme power." In fact, the Z8 is being touted as "the most powerful desktop workstation on the planet." Here's why...

Inside this mammoth of a PC you will find dual Intel Xeon CPUs with up to 56 processing cores, which are running your real-time 8K video editing session off of up to 3 terabytes of RAM. That is not a typo. You also have access to 9 PCIe slots (7 full size, 2 'personality' slots), dual 1GbE Ports, Thunderbolt 3 (optional), and USB 3.1 G2 Type C ports as well.

The fully spec-d out Z8 is probably out of reach for many creatives, which is why there's also a Z6 and Z4. These workstations can't handle quite as much in way of raw processing power, speed, and storage, but they're still extremely capable machines.

The Z6 also sports dual CPUs, can handle up to 384 GB of system memory, and features dual M.2 slots for HP's own Z Turbo Drive PCIe SSDs.

The Z4 is a bit weaker still, housing only a single Intel Xeon W CPU, 256GB of RAM, as well as dual 1GbE ports and dual M.2 slots.

The Z8 and Z6 will both be available in October, with the Z4 following shortly after in November. You can get the base model Z8 for just $2,440 but don't expect that to be a fully upgraded version... for that you'll likely need to shell out many thousands more. In contrast, the Z6 will run you $1,920 for the base model and the Z4 will cost $1,240.

To learn more, head over to HP's website and have your bib ready... something drooling this way comes.

Press Release

Virtual Reality, Machine Learning and Design Needs Spark Reinvention of HP Z Workstations Most Powerful Workstation on the Planet Part of HP’s Next Generation Workstation Portfolio

AMSTERDAM (IBC 2017) – September 13, 2017 — HP today announced the HP Z8 G4, the most powerful workstation on the planet1 and security features that denote HP as having the world’s most secure and manageable desktop workstations2.

The reinvention of HP’s most powerful desktop PCs meets the compute power needs demanded by the world’s inventors of change, including product designers, architects, digital creators, scientists, educators, healthcare workers, financial traders and others. The HP Z8, Z6 and Z4 Desktop Workstations are equipped with extreme power, unprecedented security2and innovative design, future-proofed to support the fast growing fields of virtual reality, machine learning and advanced design.

IT managers in today’s world must make security a top priority. HP’s new powerhouse portfolio includes the industry’s most comprehensive set of security features2 including HP SureStart (the industry's first self-healing BIOS with intrusion detection), the HP Client Security Suite and more. With the highest security levels in the history of the HP Z Workstations business, this generation performs with extreme power and protects intellectual assets.

“The stakes for world-class security have never been higher or more important for workstations,” said Xavier Garcia, vice president and general manager, HP Z Workstations, HP Inc. “Workstation users create the most valuable IP for a company and HP is meeting the security needs with the world’s most secure and manageable desktop and mobile workstations. As the most powerful desktop workstation in the world, the HP Z8 Workstation can deliver the extreme power and the security demanded by our customers.”

HP’s New Desktop Workstations

Every inch of the new tower workstations was intentionally and thoughtfully re-designed to deliver superb power, style and the inspiration desired by the inventors of change. The ID was completely updated to incorporate advanced manufacturing techniques and materials, and represent the power of the machines, their users and the work that’s completed by creatives.

The new workstations incorporate Thunderbolt™ 3 (optional) and Dual 1GbE Ports (standard) to support the high bandwidth data transfer demanded by current and future users, as well as Microsoft Windows 76 support for legacy workflows. Each of them offers modular front IO with USB 3.1 G2 Type C™ ports. The Z8 and Z6 models each support up to dual CPUs, and an optional dual 10 GbE network module for high speed networking at half the cost of current HP Workstations, and without consuming a precious PCIe expansion slot.

HP Z8 G4 Workstation delivers top-of-the-line power to fuel those who reimagine the design of everything from race cars to rockets. As the most powerful desktop workstation on the planet1, the HP Z8 Workstation has the capability to run the most complex simulations and process massive amounts of data. Users can run 3D simulations and edit 8K video in real time with up to 56 processing cores and up to 3 TB of main memory, 3x the capacity of its predecessor4. Certified for serious software, such as ANSYS or After Effects5, users can deliver creative work in less time.

HP’s flagship workstation has an all new ID with inventive ducting that routes fresh air to the second CPU, rather than recycling warm air expelled from the ducting on the first CPU and state-of-the-art design from world-class computer architecture experts.

A split chassis architecture enables rear access to the hefty 1700 W power supply with a locking mechanism, 24 DIMMs, and a total of 9 PCIe slots (7 full length, full height PCIe slots and two internal PCIe “personality” slots) to bring this coveted machine to life for specialized workflows. The HP Z8 Tower has 67 percent more memory bandwidth, 27 percent greater processor core count capacity, 40 percent greater PCIe I/O bandwidth and 29 percent greater power supply capability – as compared to the Z840 – for customers running the most demanding workloads.

The HP Z6 G4 Workstation is designed with the ever-changing needs of VFX artists in mind. Supporting the latest professional graphics, 384 GB of system memory, and dual M.2 slots for HP Z Turbo Drive PCIe SSDs users can experience seamless performance in visual effects and design visualization workloads.

A future-proof powerhouse, the HP Z6 Workstation also delivers a highly-modular design experience with options like a second processor and memory riser solution so users can quickly and simply double their compute capabilities. The HP Z6 Workstation has up to 1.5x the amount of total system memory, 67 percent more memory bandwidth, 27 percent greater processor core count capacity and 22 percent greater PCIe I/O bandwidth for customers refreshing from the Z640.

The HP Z4 G4 Workstation is the next generation of HP’s best-selling workstation and redesigned from top to bottom. The system is ahead of its time with more standard features and delivering performance upgrade options never before available in an HP single-processor workstation. Users across a broad range of markets can choose the ideal configuration to meet performance requirements. With the impressive new Intel® Xeon® processor W family, users from CAD to simulation will see extraordinary application performance scaling, giving them the ability to visualize ideas anytime during the design process. The HP Z4 Workstation also features major design improvements for tomorrow’s office environment with a sleek and modern industrial design including ergonomic front and rear handles, a dramatically smaller chassis for cramped workspaces and a new dust filter option for industrial environments.

The HP Z4 Workstation, a great solution for embedded applications, unleashes new levels of IO bandwidth with dual 1GbE networking and dual M.2 slots for HP Z Turbo Drive PCIe SSDs standard, and the ability to easily upgrade the front USB to include two USB 3.1 G2 Type C™ ports. The HP Z4 Workstation has 11 percent more memory bandwidth, 25 percent greater processor core count capacity and 13 percent greater PCIe I/O bandwidth for customers refreshing from the Z440.

HP Z Portfolio Pricing and Availability

HP Z8 Workstation is scheduled for availability in October starting at $2,439. The datasheet is available here.

HP Z6 Workstation is scheduled for availability in October starting at $1,919. The datasheet is available here.

HP Z4 Workstation is scheduled for availability in November starting at $1,239. The datasheet is available here.

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Alien Skin unveils Exposure X3 raw editor and organizer, available this fall

Digital Photography Review - Mi, 13/09/2017 - 19:37

Alien Skin is gearing up to launch Exposure X3, the next installment in its Exposure software line. Exposure X3 is a non-destructive raw image organizer and editor, and it will bring multiple improvements and new features over the previous version. Among the changes will be new "toning enhancements" for B&W and color images, as well as a side-by-side view that allows you to compare two images.

Though the product hasn't yet been fully fleshed out for the public, Alien Skin has revealed that X3 users will have the option of creating virtual copies of images so that the same photo can be edited in different ways without using up extra hard drive space. The company also shared that X3 will bring radial and linear brush shapes, plus adjustable borders.

Alien Skin plans to launch Exposure X3 on both macOS and Windows this fall for $150, though existing Exposure users will have access to a $100 upgrade option. Alien Skin will also offer a $200 bundle that includes X3, Snap Art and Blow Up, and anyone who owns at least one of these apps can get the bundle for $120.

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PETA and David Slater settle copyright lawsuit over monkey selfie

Digital Photography Review - Mi, 13/09/2017 - 18:28
Photo: David Slater

PETA has announced that it has settled its copyright lawsuit against photographer David Slater over his iconic "monkey selfie," a self-portrait allegedly taken by a macaque named Naruto. The image went viral a few years ago, ultimately catching the attention of PETA, who argued that Naruto—not Slater—was the image's legal copyright holder. This spurred a lawsuit that has dragged on for about two years.

The legal issues began shortly after the monkey selfie went viral. Various sites used the image without Slater's permission and refused to cease use on the claim that Slater didn't own the copyright. The U.S. Copyright Office didn't prove helpful in the matter, having issued an official guidance stating that copyright could only be granted to a work that was created by a human.

PETA swooped in soon after, hitting Slater with a lawsuit in 2015 on behalf of Naruto, the macaque it claimed captured the photo (there's some debate on this topic). The resulting legal spat drained Slater financially, but things began looking up this past summer when courts questioned whether PETA even had the legal standing to bring a lawsuit on Naruto's behalf, among other things. As anticipated, the courts' push against the lawsuit has seemingly spurred a settlement.

According to an announcement posted to PETA's blog on Tuesday, Slater has agreed to settlement terms that require him to donate 25% of future revenue from the image to charities that protect macaques like Naruto. PETA still maintains that Naruto and other macaques like him are, "worthy of having legal ownership of their own intellectual property and holding other rights as members of the legal community."

The settlement was not a victory for the photography community, however. NPR reports that both Slater's legal team and PETA have jointly requested that the 9th Circuit Court throw out a ruling made by a lower court that found animals incapable of owning copyrights.

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Kodak will bring back Ektachrome film this year, start selling it in 2018

Digital Photography Review - Mi, 13/09/2017 - 17:55

Kodak first announced its plans to bring Ektachrome 35mm film back from the dead in January at CES. But if you were worried that the announcement was just a lot of marketing hype, you have nothing to fear: it seems the resurrection of Ektachrome is proceeding apace, with full production scheduled for 2018.

This news broke over Twitter, of all places, thanks to an inquisitive Kodak fan named Karen Wink. She asked Kodak what the ETA on the Ektachrome comeback was, to which Kodak replied:

We're working towards having limited supply of Ektachrome film available for market testing by year end with availability in 2018

— Kodak (@Kodak) August 21, 2017

If you're a fan of the old film, it won't be long before you can get your hands on a fresh roll of 36 exposures in the 35mm format.

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DIY: How I built my own super macro rig for less than $250

Digital Photography Review - Mi, 13/09/2017 - 17:21

Last year I bought a macro lens for the summer—just a normal one with 1x magnification—and I immediately found myself in a beautiful and mesmerizing world of minuscule flowers and bugs. I found that in macro photography, you don't have to travel to beautiful places to take beautiful photos—you can just walk around in your backyard, and discover a whole new world. Also, you don't have to wake up at 4 AM to catch the golden hour...

This year, however, I decided I wanted to take things to the next level. I wanted a super macro lens with 2x or more in magnification, so that I could take closeup portraits of ants and bees. I started Googling around for the right lenses and soon discovered that there are only a couple of them out there. The best known is the Canon MP-E 65, but it costs north of $1,000. There is also a 2x macro lens from Venus Optics, but it's still $400 for the lens alone... and then you need to add some kind of flash setup.

I thought this was way too much money to just try super macro photography, so I decided to look around for cheaper solutions.

That was when I discovered this excellent article on a Swedish site. It describes how you can build your own super macro rig with cheap parts off Amazon or eBay. This build works with any Canon EF compatible camera, meaning most Canon cameras and also mirrorless cameras with adapters. After some browsing, I was able to find all the parts on Amazon and I ordered them.

The rig is based around the Canon 40mm f2.8 STM lens. This lens is excellent for this purpose as it is very cheap, small, light, sharp and has beautiful bokeh (possibly more beautiful than the Canon MP-E 65). For this particular setup, the lens is mounted reversed to get more magnification using a Meike reverse adapter. The adapter, in turn, has a cable that allows you to keep control over aperture despite having the lens reversed.

You will need a 52-58 mm step-up ring to fit the Canon 40mm with the Meike reverse adapter. Then, if you put an extension tube before the Meike adapter, you have a super macro lens! Just add more extension tubes for more magnification.

I have found that 36mm of extension tube is my sweet spot—it gives me 2.3x magnification, meaning that the subject will be 2.3x bigger on the sensor than it is in real life. So a bug that is 10mm tall will cover all 24mm of a full frame sensor.

The rest of the parts are the flash and parts needed to mount it in a way that puts it as close to the subject as possible. You should also try to make some kind of diffuser, as shown in the video.

All essential parts:

In total (if you buy the Canon lens used): $230 USD

See the video up top for detailed instructions, and scroll down to see some sample photos. The parts can be put together in a few minutes, as shown in the video.

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Lastly, a small tip for shooting super macro insect shots with this rig: use a slow shutter speed, such as 1/40s. That way you will get a lot of color and light in your photo, making it more interesting and beautiful. Don't worry about sharpness, the flash is a lot faster than 1/40, and it will make sure to freeze your subject in most situations.

Micael Widell is a photography enthusiast based in Stockholm, Sweden. He loves macro and nature photography, and runs a YouTube channel around these subjects. You can also find him on Instagram and 500px.

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Not your typical superzoom: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV gallery and impressions

Digital Photography Review - Mi, 13/09/2017 - 17:12
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Immediately after its announcement in New York, we got a chance to shoot with the latest addition to Sony's RX series, the long zoom, fast shooting, 4K-capable RX10 IV.

The first thing that becomes apparent is that the addition of phase detection immediately sets right the biggest limitation we experienced with its predecessor. Even across a range of shooting subjects, the autofocus was fast and exhibited vey little in the way of hunting.

Shooting at 24 frames per second you get used to going a little easy on the shutter button

Shooting at 24 frames per second you get used to going a little easy on the shutter button: hold it down for too long and, especially if you're shooting Raw, you can expect to be locked out of the menu for a considerable period of time. Like recent Sony models, you can now enter playback mode while waiting for the buffer to clear, and the camera will show you the images it's had time to process.

Intelligently, the camera groups all the shots from a burst together, meaning your card doesn't become impossible to navigate, even if it's full of groups of >30 image bursts. As you scroll through, you can hit the center button to expand the group and see the individual images.

Shooting sports

Overall, the camera is extremely responsive. The viewfinder doesn't give you updates quite as immediately as looking through an optical viewfinder but it's fast enough that, with a bit of practice, I was able to follow the relatively unpredictable action of a football (soccer) game, even when fairly zoomed-in.

The touchscreen isn't the most responsive we've encountered but felt quicker than the one on the a6500. Tap quickly around the screen and you'll notice the AF point will sometimes noticeably lag behind your current location, but this lag is much less apparent in touchpad mode. Touching the active region of the rear screen causes the AF point to light up and it follows your finger's movement around the scene quickly enough.

We totally forgot we weren't shooting with a high-end sports camera

Focus tracking also seemed pretty effective and, between the ability to easily register a default AF point (with a different one selected for each camera orientation) and use the touchpad to move it, it proved to be pretty quick and easy to get the AF point where it was needed before hammering on a button assigned to be AF-On.

There wasn't time to completely familiarize ourselves with the full capability of the autofocus system but we'll be testing it more thoroughly as soon as we get a camera into the office. We'll also try to post some video samples in the coming days.

First impressions

Our first impressions, though, were that anyone getting outraged by the camera's not inconsiderable price should try shooting with the camera for a while. Even in an initial phase of getting to know the camera, we'd find we totally forgot we weren't shooting with a sports-capable camera, only to occasionally be surprised when we took it away from our eye and realized it doesn't have high-end DSLR levels of direct settings control. This isn't something that tends to happen with a typical superzoom.

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Adobe updates their video suite to enhance capabilities with virtual reality, animation and motion graphics

Imaging Resource - Mi, 13/09/2017 - 17:00
Adobe is adding a ton of new features to their video platforms (Premiere, After Effects, Character Animator and Audition) and the sheer number of improvements might outpace what many of us have seen in years. With a focus on virtual reality and better and easier animations and motion graphics, there is a ton to go over. Adobe Premiere Pro CC Make visually stunning videos with the industry-leading video editing software that offers powerful and efficient workflows for color, audio and graphics. The Fall 2017 update to Premiere...
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SLR Magic announces CINE 18mm F2.8 lens for Sony E-Mount

Digital Photography Review - Mi, 13/09/2017 - 16:44

SLR Magic has released a new model in its series of manual-focus lenses for full-frame Sony E-Mount cameras: the SLR Magic CINE 18mm F2.8 wide angle. The optical design of the lens incorporates 10 elements in 8 groups and allows for a minimum focus distance of just 20cm (~7.9 inches).

The new lens features a black anodized body, a low weight of only 445 grams and compact dimensions, making it an interesting option for use on gimbals and other video-centric camera supports. It also comes with a 62mm filter thread. The aperture features a manually controlled diaphragm and 9 blades, and allows you to stop down from F2.8 to F16.

The SLR Magic line-up now covers a range from 18 to 75mm, with the latest addition looking like a good option for landscape and architectural photographers, in addition to video-shooters.

The SLR Magic CINE 18mm F2.8 will be available through authorized retailers starting in October, and will set you back $500.

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Phase One unveils IQ3 100MP Trichromatic digital back, promises unmatched color quality

Digital Photography Review - Mi, 13/09/2017 - 15:44

Phase One unveiled its newest IQ3 model today. A 100MP digital back designed in partnership with Sony, it's called the Trichromatic because of its focus on exceptional color reproduction that supposedly matches the capacity of the human eye. In many ways the photographic foil of the Achromatic digital back, the Trichromatic is the "brain child" of Phase One's long standing collaboration with Sony.

Not to put too fine a point on it, Phase One promises the Trichromatic will bring "unsurpassed color quality to the hands of the finest photographers across the globe." No big deal... just unsurpassed color quality.

Here's a quick video introduction to the new camera, and a hands-on look/ad by fine art photographer Tony Hewitt:

The Trichromatic achieves these color feats thanks to new Bayer color filter technology that has been implemented on the ultra-high res 100MP CMOS sensor. This technology is allegedly "exclusive" to Phase One, and "transforms digital color capabilities to render color more authentically than ever."

Phase One also claims that the Trichromatic's sensor design offers the "absolute lowest digital noise" of any medium format CMOS camera on the market thanks to a new base ISO level of just ISO 35.

Here are a few high res sample photos courtesy of Phase One:

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The IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back is available today at a wallet-shrinking suggested retail price of $44,990. Or, if you have an extra five grand and want to get a slightly better deal, you can pick up the Trichromatic alongside an XF camera body, a prime lens of your choice from the Schneider Kreuznach Blue Ring lineup, and a 5-year warranty for $49,990.

To learn more, head over to the Phase One website or read the full press release below.

Press Release

Introducing the Phase One IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back

The art of expression. The science of color.

COPENHAGEN, September 13, 2017 – Phase One today announced the Phase One IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back, based on a new CMOS sensor designed to capture color as perceived by the human eye. The new sensor technology in the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back is the brainchild of a longstanding collaboration between Sony and Phase One. The result is astonishing color definition – with which champions of photography are able to create and express their artistic visions more accurately than ever before.

In this way, Phase One’s latest product brings unsurpassed color quality to the hands of the finest photographers across the globe.

The 100MP CMOS sensor in the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back incorporates new Bayer Filter color technology, the result of Phase One’s close working relationship with Sony. Available exclusively through Phase One, this new technology transforms digital color capabilities to render color more authentically than ever - giving the world’s foremost photographers 101-megapixels of unprecedented creativity.

Click on the following link to learn more about the Phase One IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back: www.phaseone.com/trichromatic

As a photographer, one of the things that excites me the most is having the opportunity to use color to evoke emotion. The Trichromatic Camera System itself becomes a true extension of my vision, and what my eye sees and what my eye wants to express - the camera delivers. – Tony Hewitt, Fine Art Photographer

This pioneering sensor design has also established the lowest and therefore cleanest base ISO of any medium format CMOS sensor. At an impressive ISO 35, the results of the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic are crisp and clean, providing the absolute lowest digital noise for any CMOS system of its size.

“The ability to capture an image that reflects exactly what you see the moment you press the shutter button, with little interpretation or conjecture, is a fantastic leap for photography and more importantly, for the integrity of image quality,” said Niels Knudsen, Phase One Image Quality Professor.

Availability and Pricing:

The IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back is available now through Phase One Partners: www.phaseone.com/partners. Contact your local Phase One Partner to arrange a demo.

The Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price for the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back is $44,990 USD.

The Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price for the XF IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Camera System, including XF Camera Body, free Prime Lens choice and a 5-year warranty is $49,990 USD.

All Phase One XF IQ3 Camera Systems are supplied with a free lens of choice from the Schneider Kreuznach Blue Ring Prime Lens range, valued up to $6,990 USD.

Phase One also announced their Feature Update #4 today, which is available immediately for downloaded free of charge for all XF Camera System owners at www.phaseone.com/Feature-Update-4

For more details, please go to: http://www.phaseone.com or book a demo on: www.phaseone.com/DemoSignup

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Shutter Release: Shaping light, dos and don’ts of photographing models and travel photography

Imaging Resource - Mi, 13/09/2017 - 15:30
Yesterday was a big day of announcements, so we held off on a roundup article, but Shutter Release is back today. Our regular roundup feature at Imaging Resource features four very different topics today. We have a look at shaping light with photographer Albert Watson, the five dos and don'ts of photographing models, travel in Iceland with photographer Andrew Marr and finally a look at whether or not tourism and photographers are "ruining photography." Shaping light with Albert Watson - SLR Lounge In conjunction with Profoto,...
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Alien Skin announces Exposure X3 software, coming soon with new creative and organizational features

Imaging Resource - Mi, 13/09/2017 - 14:30
Alien Skin Software has announced the latest version of their Lightroom competitor, Exposure X3. The all-in-one photo editor and organizer offers non-destructive raw editing and the upcoming X3 update will include creative enhancements and workflow improvements. Exposure X3 includes color and black and white toning enhancements, including greater user control. The new "blacks" and "whites" sliders are also available within the new five-section histogram. There's a new side-by-side view that allows you to compare similar images or...
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A List Apart volunteer update

A List Apart - Mi, 13/09/2017 - 14:08

A note from the editors: A few days ago, we announced a reimagined A List Apart, with you, our faithful readers of nearly 20 years, contributing your talents. The response from this community was humbling, thrilling, and, frankly, a bit overwhelming. If you volunteered to help A List Apart and haven’t heard back from us yet, here’s what’s up.

To the many wonderful souls who have so far volunteered to help A List Apart, thank you very, very much for your emails! And if you haven’t heard back from us yet,  please excuse the delay. We’ve been inundated with messages from hundreds of potential volunteers across a wide spectrum of disciplines and potential task groups, and we are going through your messages slowly and carefully, responding personally to each one.

Some of you have written asking if we might be interested in having you write for us. Gosh, A List Apart has always welcomed articles from our community. Guidelines (plus how to submit your first draft, proposal, or outline) are available at alistapart.com/about/contribute. Please check them out—we’d love to look at any topically appropriate article you care to submit. ?

But writing articles is far from the only way to support and make your mark at the new (19-year-old) ALA.

Meet the groups!

If you’ve expressed an interested in organizing or hosting an ALA-themed monthly meet-up, or have other ideas that can help grow community, we’ll invite you to join our newly forming COMMUNITY group. If EDUCATION AND OUTREACH is more your thing, we are starting a group for that, as well. There are other groups to come, as well—a list of our ideas appears in the original post on the topic, and there may be more groups to come.

How these groups will work, and what they will do, is largely going to be determined by the volunteers themselves. (That’s you folks.)

As we’re starting the work of supporting and organizing these groups on Basecamp, you can’t just add yourself to a group, as you could on, say, Slack. But that’s okay, because we want to approach this somewhat methodically, adding people a few at a time, and having little written conversations with you beforehand.

Our fear was that if we launched a bunch of Slack channels all at once, without speaking with each of you first, hundreds of people might add themselves the first day, but then nobody would have any direction as to what might be expected—and we might not have the resources ready to provide guidance and support.

By adding you to Basecamps a few at a time, and hopefully identifying leaders in each new group as it begins forming, we hope to provide a lightly structured environment where you can design your own adventures. It takes a little longer this way, but that’s by design. (A List Apart started in 1997 as a 16,000-member message board. Big open channels are great for letting everyone speak, but not necessarily the best way to organize fragile new projects.)

If you are interested in contributing to those projects, or curious about a particular area, and told us so in your initial email, we will eventually get to you and assign you to the right slot. If you haven’t yet volunteered, of course, you can still do so. (See the original post for details.)

Editors, developers, and designers

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But wait, there’s more. Developers: if you have standards-oriented front-end development experience and would like to help out on day-to-day site maintenance, occasional minor upgrades, and an eventual redesign, just add yourself to A List Apart’s Github front-end repo: github.com/alistapart/AListApart.

Those with backend experience (particularly in ExpressionEngine and WordPress), you will hear from us as we work our way through your emails.

Editor-in-chief Aaron Gustafson and I have also been going slowly through your mails looking for additional editorial help. We’ve already found and added a few very promising people to our volunteer editorial staff, and will introduce them to you soon. If you’re an editor and we haven’t added you yet, not to worry! It likely means we haven’t gotten to your email yet. (So. Much. Email!)

As might be expected, a majority of those who volunteered offered their services as designers, developers, or both. The number of emails we’ve received from folks with these skills is humbling, touching, and a bit overwhelming. We have not yet begun to dig through this particular pile of mail. So if you haven’t heard from us, that’s why. (But, as I just mentioned, if you’re a developer, you can add yourself to our front-end repo. So do that, if you wish, and say hi!)

We love you

Hope this helps clarify what’s up. We are grateful for every single email we’ve gotten. We will eventually speak with you all. Thank you all again.




Jeffrey

 

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iPhone X: What you need to know

Digital Photography Review - Mi, 13/09/2017 - 14:00
iPhone X: What you need to know

If you watched Apple's two-hour presentation yesterday, you saw a lot. Personally, we're trying to forget the talking poop emoji. But in classic Apple tradition, CEO Tim Cook played to an enthusiastic crowd as he unveiled new versions of the Apple Watch, Apple TV, and eventually, three new iPhones: the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus and the iPhone X.

And while we weren't entirely surprised when he made the iPhone X official – the edge-to-edge display was the subject of plenty-a rumor article – there's still a lot there to unpack. If you didn't make it all the way through the presentation, here are the iPhone X's new and notable photography features.

That display

First things first: that screen, though. It's a 5.8" OLED and Apple's first edge-to-edge display in an iPhone. The home button is gone, as is the Touch ID sensor it houses in the previous generation of iPhone. Instead, to unlock the device the iPhone X relies on a bevy of cameras and sensors at the top of the front plate.

This array is also responsible for a photo feature no other iPhone supports: Portrait Mode via the front-facing camera. That's right, when this feature finds its way into more iPhones, the internet will be awash with fake bokeh selfies. Get ready for it.

Dual-stabilized dual camera

The iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X all use new 12MP sensors and an "Apple-designed" ISP, which claims to boost autofocus in low light and improve noise reduction. In keeping with the relationship between the 7 and 7 Plus, the 8 Plus offers dual camera modules while the 8 does not.

The iPhone X does the 8 Plus slightly better with a marginally faster telephoto lens; the wide-angle lens is F1.8 and the telephoto F2.4. Even better, both rear cameras have optical image stabilization, where the 7 Plus only had stabilization in the wide-angle lens.

Lighting effect simulation

Apple's Portrait Mode is now joined by Portrait Lighting, a feature in beta that allows users to apply different lighting styles on top of simulated-bokeh-portraits. In the X it's available for both front and rear cameras; the 8 Plus offers it for the rear dual cam. The feature is powered by AI and includes effects such as Studio Light, Contour Light and Stage Light (the latter two are pictured above). The effect is applied in real-time, but can be adjusted after capture.

Slow sync flash

The iPhone 8, 8 Plus and X all use a Quad-LED True Tone flash with an interesting new option: Slow Sync mode. It should at least open up some new options for low light portraits.

Video

The iPhone 7/7 Plus offered 4K 30p video, but the 8/8 Plus and X turn it up a notch with 4K 60p video capture. They'll also capture 1080p/240fps slow-motion footage in addition to the 1080p/120p that the 7/7 Plus are capable of.

Apple's presentation also made claims of improved video quality and compression. Each scene is divided into 2 million tiles, that are analyzed in real time to identify subjects and movement, and optimize compression based on what it sees.

Augmented Reality

Not a photography feature per se, but one that leans heavily on the device's cameras, better support for augmented reality came up a few times during Apple's iPhone presentation. The iPhone X and 8 use a new A11 Bionic chip with a neural engine and helps drive faster real-time processing in AR applications.

One of the app demos given during the presentation shows a phone camera pointed at the night sky and a map of constellations appearing over the image thanks to the SkyGuide app. With better hardware support, AR may start gaining more traction in the mainstream.

Kategorien: Fotografie

Phase One announces IQ3 100MP Trichromatic, a new digital back they say sees color like the human eye

Imaging Resource - Mi, 13/09/2017 - 12:00
Phase One has announced the latest addition to its IQ3 digital back family, the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic. This digital back is built around a new CMOS sensor which is the result of a close collaboration between Phase One and Sony. What makes the 100MP Trichromatic digital back special is that it has been designed to capture color as the human eye perceives it. Phase One states that the result is "astonishing color definition - with which champions of photography are able to create and express their artistic visions more accurately...
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Sony RX10 IV preview: Hands-on with the mind-blowingly fast, eye-wateringly pricey superzoom

Imaging Resource - Mi, 13/09/2017 - 00:55
Click here to read our Sony RX10 IV Hands-on Preview We've all been expecting it since the launch of last year's RX100 V pocket cam, and today it arrived. The Sony RX10 IV superzoom has made its debut at a press event in New York earlier today, and we've been hands-on with what has to be one of our most eagerly-anticipated cameras in recent memory! We've referred to the RX100 V as a pocket powerhouse before now. Well if that's the case, then the Sony RX10 IV has to be considered a palmtop power station with a nuclear...
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Apple iPhone X offers dual stabilized dual-cam, goes edge-to-edge with HDR OLED

Digital Photography Review - Di, 12/09/2017 - 20:45

At its event in the brand new Steve Jobs Theater, Apple has today unveiled its latest iPhone models, the iPhone 8 and 8 Plus. Despite the direct step from the iPhone 7 to the 8 model number, rather than 7s, the new models look at first sight like fairly incremental upgrades.

The design is very similar to the iPhone 7 series but the phones now come with glass at front and back. The Retina displays still offer 4.7" and 5.5" diagonals and a wide color gamut. True Tone technology, which adjusts the temperature of the display in different surroundings, is also on board.

Both phones are powered by the new A11 Bionic six-core CPU which includes two high-performance cores, which are 25 percent faster than the current A10. The chip also comes with a new image signal processor (ISP) which, Apple says, helps improve low-light performance of the camera using multi-band noise reduction.

Other camera specs looks similar to the previous models. The iPhone 8 camera comes with a 12MP sensor that, according to Apple, captures 83 percent more light and is more power efficient than the predecessors. As before, there are a F1.8 aperture and optical image stabilization.

The 8 Plus main cameras is the same as on the iPhone 8 but there's a secondary 12MP cameras for zooming and depth effects that comes with a F2.8 aperture. In video mode both devices can now record slow-motion footage at 1080p and 240 frames per second. Portrait mode gets an upgrade too, with a new beta Portrait Lighting mode to imitate various lighting effects.

The iPhone 8 models are also the first iPhones to come with the Qi wireless charging standard. Storage options range from 64 to 256GB and pre-order for both models starts on September 15th. Shipping is envisaged for September 22nd. The iPhone 8 will start at $699, for the Plus model you'll have to invest at least $100 more.

The iPhone 8 models were not the only new smartphone at Apple's event, though. The company also had a "one more thing" announcement in the shape of the much rumored iPhone X. The X comes with a new design that incorporates a 5.8" edge-to-edge 2436 x 1125 pixel HDR OLED display, a first for Apple.

Like on the 8 models there is glass on front and back of the water and dust proof body which also does away with Apple's characteristic home button.

Instead there is now Face ID: the device uses a range of sensors at the front, including the 7MP front cam, in combination with neural networking algorithms for face recognition and unlocking the phone. In dark surroundings your face will be illuminated by a front LED for this purpose.

The rear camera is an improvement over the iPhone 8 Plus. The 12MP dual-cam comes with "larger and faster sensors", F1.8 and F2.4 apertures and optical image stabilization on both lenses which should particularly improve image quality of the tele lens in low light.

The iPhone X will be available in 64 and 256GB versions and set you back at least $999. It will be available on November 3rd. As usual, we'll have to wait a few days until the full device specs trickle through but let us know in the comments what you think about the latest iPhone camera configurations so far.

Kategorien: Fotografie

Hands-on with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV

Digital Photography Review - Di, 12/09/2017 - 20:36
Introduction

The RX10 IV, as the name suggests, is the fourth in Sony's series of 1"-type sensor, long zoom compacts. The Mark IV is the first to offer phase detection autofocus alongside a series of changes designed to boost the speed and capability of the camera, for both stills and video shooting.

Sony is adamant that the camera is much more than an RX10 III with an RX100 V sensor in it. Let's take a look at what the latest version brings.

Autofocus

One of the biggest changes in the Mark IV is the addition of on-sensor phase detection autofocus. There are a total of 315 phase-detect points, which cover 65% of the total sensor area. This is a significant update as it should eliminate the RX10 III's need to hunt for focus, which was a particular problem at the long end of the zoom.

In addition, we're told the camera has "exactly the same" processor as used in the company's flagship sports camera: the a9. This means the RX10 IV has the same autofocus algorithms for subject tracking and the improved Eye AF mode we saw on the a9.

Touchscreen

The RX10 IV also becomes the first camera in the RX series to gain a touchscreen. This can be used for tap-to-focus in both stills and video mode. In video mode it is designed to offer a smooth focus transition between subjects which, combined with on-sensor PDAF, should make it relatively easy to shoot good-looking video without having to worry about manual focus.

The screen can also act as an AF touchpad when the camera is held to your eye, with the option of limiting the active area of the screen to one of nine regions of the rear panel, including the top (or bottom) right or left quadrants. There's also a choice as to whether the AF movement is 'absolute' (pressing the left of the screen places the AF point on the left of the image) or 'relative' (swiping left anywhere on the screen moves the AF point left from its current position), as different photographers prefer different methods. These are all welcome improvements over previous touchscreen implementations from Sony.

Continuous shooting

Continuous shooting speeds have been dramatically improved since the RX10 III, with the max frame rate increase from 14 to 24 fps, with continuous AF. The buffer is substantial, to say the least, topping out at 112 Raw and 249 Fine JPEGs.

If that's too fast for you, middle (10 fps) and low (3.5 fps) options are also available.

Speaking of (very) quick, the camera's electronic shutter allows for bullet-stopping 1/32,000 sec shutter speeds. The RX10 IV uses the e-shutter in order to shoot at 24 fps, by the way.

4K and proxy shooting

The RX10 IV can shoot 4K video from the full width of its sensor, which is rendered and downscaled to give very detailed, "oversampled" footage. This can be shot at 30, 25 or 24p in either 100Mbps or 60Mbps using the XAVC S codec. Dropping down to Full HD (1920 x 1080) you'll find 120p, 60p, 30p and 24p frame rates. If you're so inclined, a 60i option is available if you switch to AVCHD. (The PAL equivalents for these are also available, of course.)

As mentioned earlier, the new touchscreen display allows for tap focusing. You can use this to "rack focus" with zero effort, and there are three transition speeds to choose from. Unfortunately, 'Spot Focus' continues to confuse, and there's still no easy way to 'tap to track' a subject, as all Lock-on AF options are greyed out in 4K video mode. It is available in 1080p video, but only via the rather clunky (and old) 'Center Lock-on AF' method.

The Mark IV also gains a 'Proxy' shooting mode, where it captures a 720p stream of video alongside the main 4K stream, meaning you can edit using the proxies and then apply the edits to the full-res footage at the end of the process. This greatly speeds up the workflow, especially when using slower computers.

High frame rate shooting

In addition to 4K capture, the RX10 IV is able to shoot 1080 at up to 120p, which can either be saved as 100Mbps or 60Mbps clips or slowed down, in-camera, to 60, 30 or 24p.

The camera has the ability to capture at 240, 480 or 960 fps, with footage taken from increasingly low-res crops from the sensor (250, 500 or 1000 fps in PAL modes), which can then be output as 60, 30 or 24p super slow-mo footage (50 or 25p in PAL).

Other improvements

The RX10's focus peaking has also been improved, with three intensity settings designed to make the peaking easier to see and distinguish between, as you shoot.

A new focus limiter button, found on the left side of the camera, lets you choose between the whole focus range or 3m to infinity. Sony has also added an "AF-A" mode, which will choose between AF-S and AF-C based on its assessment of subject movement.

Fans of back-button focus will be pleased to hear that you can now activate autofocus with any of the custom buttons (we figure most folks will use the AE-lock button).

Another new feature is Bluetooth connectivity, which can be used to share location data with the camera. We'll see what else it can do when we spend more time with the camera.

Something that's a slight step backward is battery life, which drops from 420 to 400 shots per charge (CIPA standard).

Lens

The Mark IV uses the same 24-600mm equivalent, F2.4-4 zoom lens as its predecessor. As, no doubt, people will be highlighting in the comments, this is an equivalent aperture range of F6.5-10.9. This is not significantly less light than the F6.8-9.5 equivalent you'd get from an F4.5-6.3 tele zoom on an APS-C camera. On top of this, we've always been impressed with the quality of this lens, especially considering its long reach.

As one would expect, the lens is stabilized, and Sony claims 4.5 stops of shake reduction using CIPA's testing methods. The company says that it has improved the IS system at the long end of the focal range, which should framing subjects and keeping your AF point on them easier.

Those who were hoping for the return of an ND filter (found on the RX10 II) will be sorely disappointed, as the RX10 IV lacks one as well. The lens is threaded for 72mm filters, however.

Wrap-up

$1700 is a lot of money, but Sony believes the combination of capabilities: high speed shooting, autofocus performance and 4K video capture, together with a 24-600mm equiv. zoom, is what makes the Mark IV a compelling offering.

What do you think? Share your thoughts in the comments below.

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