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The Online Photographer - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 21:15
Big day today—today's the day! Later on today (or at least by tomorrow) I should have some pics up of the new house. I had appointments Thursday all the way until 9 p.m., and closing is today at 10 a.m.... Michael Johnston
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Monkey photo copyright in question as Wikipedia denies photographer's takedown request

DPReview News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 16:21

Update: A report issued by the US Copyright Office takes Wikimedia's side in a debate between a nature photographer and the organization. According to the report, the 'selfie' captured by a black crested macaque on David Slater's camera cannot by copyrighted since it was created by an animal. On a trip to Indonesia in 2011, Slater, a nature photographer was photographing the monkey when it grabbed his camera and proceeded to take hundreds of pictures of itself. Wikimedia defended a decision to keep the image in its database when Slater cried foul. Read more

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Where's the red dot? Leica releases new M-P Digital rangefinder

DPReview News - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 09:22

Under the slogan 'Perfect understatement' Leica has quietly released a new M-series rangefinder, the M-P Digital (240). Featuring a full-frame 24MP CMOS sensor and 2GB of built-in RAM, Leica claims that the new M-P digital is 'twice as fast' as the standard M (Typ 240). The original Leica MP (no hypen) announced in 2003, took the film M-series back to its 1950s roots by featuring unflashy ergonomics inspired by the M3. The new model updates the same approach, omitting the iconic Leica red dot. Click through for more details.

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8/21/14 The Morning Coffee: Star Turns

The Online Photographer - Thu, 08/21/2014 - 00:30
A Good Morning to you— Before we get to today's topic, a few updates from previous mornings: first, reader richardplondon (that would be Richard P. from London) restored balance and elegant symmetry to the Downton Abbey promo shot: Well struck,... Michael Johnston
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Sony a7S used to shoot Chevrolet commercial

DPReview News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 23:01

Film industry accessory manufacturer Cinoflex was recently tasked with rigging up a new Sony a7S mirrorless camera for use on a Chevrolet commercial. After some testing, the Cinoflex Type SA7S Camera System was created to allow the filmmakers to attach the necessary range of auxiliary equipment needed on a high budget commercial shoot. Read more

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'Cities at Night' project puts citizens to work identifying images of Earth

DPReview News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 20:00

Got a few minutes to spare? You've got enough time on your hands to help a group of researchers tackle a massive problem. Cities at Night is a project aiming to recruit help from ordinary citizens in classifying images of Earth at night taken by astronauts aboard the International Space Station. An effort of Universidad Complutense de Madrid staff and students, their main goal is to better understand and reduce light pollution. See how you can help

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Lensbaby announces availability of LM-10 Sweet Spot lens for mobile and Sweet 50 optic

DPReview News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:45

Lensbaby has announced that its LM-10 Sweet Spot lens for mobile devices is available immediately through its online store and retailers worldwide. The LM-10 concept was unveiled back in April with a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than twice the amount needed to see the lens go into production. Alongside the LM-10, Lensbaby has also announced the Sweet 50 optic. The Sweet 50, a selective-focus 50mm lens, works with Lensbaby's Optic Swap System and is also available now. Read more

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Google Photo Sphere now available for iOS

DPReview News - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 10:40

Google's Photo Sphere feature for capturing 360° spheric panoramas was launched in 2012 with the camera app in Android 4.2. Since then it has only been available for devices running Google's mobile OS - until now. The Photo Sphere team at Google has just launched a version for Apple's iOS devices, dramatically increasing the potential user base of its app. Read more

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8/20/14 The Morning Coffee: Music on the Radio

The Online Photographer - Wed, 08/20/2014 - 00:30
A Daisy BB gun. It fires tiny metal balls so weakly that you can see their flight through the air and watch the arc of their trajectory as gravity pulls them quickly to earth. A Good Morning to you— XM... Michael Johnston
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Samsung NX3000 real-world samples

DPReview News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 23:01

The Samsung NX3000 is a rangefinder-style mirrorless interchangeable lens camera that sports a 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor, a 3" flip-up LCD, 5 fps continuous shooting, and Wi-Fi with NFC. We took delivery of an NX3000 recently and we've been out shooting with it and the 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 power zoom lens to see how it performs in the real world. Click through for a link to our gallery

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Metz Mecablitz 64 AF-1 flagship flash unit gets US announcement and pricing

DPReview News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 21:00

Previously introduced on its European website, Metz has announced its new flagship model the Mecablitz 64 AF-1 in the US market. It's the most powerful flash in that manufacturer's lineup with a guide number of 64 at ISO 100 and a zoom range covering 24-200mm focal lengths, and will be available for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus, Panasonic and Pentax cameras. Read more

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HTC introduces One M8 for Windows Phone

DPReview News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 16:01

Two years after HTC launched its Windows Phone flagship model 8X, the Taiwanese manufacturer now offers another high-end model with the Microsoft OS. Today HTC has revealed a Windows Phone version of the HTC One M8, originally launched with Google's Android OS in March this year. This means the One M8's unique Duo Cam features are now available in a Windows phone environment. Read more

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Canon offers three new wireless Pixma inkjet photo printers

DPReview News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 10:52

Canon has announced three new Pixma All-in-One inkjet printers, the Canon Pixma MG7520, MG6620 and MG5620 (MG7550, MG6650 and MG5650 in Europe). They all offer wireless support with Apple AirPrint connectivity, as well as compatibility with Canon's Easy-PhotoPrint+ web application and Pixma Printing Solutions. Read more

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Nikon announces service advisory for D810 'bright spots'

DPReview News - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 08:52

Nikon has announced a service advisory for the Nikon D810, in response to reports of 'bright spots' in images taken at long shutter speeds and in 1.2X crop mode. According to an announcement on Nikon's website, affected cameras will be serviced free of charge. Apparently, the issue only affects cameras within a certain serial number range, and if you're lucky enough to have got hold of a D810 already, you can check the serial number of your camera against Nikon's database via the company's service and support pages. Click through for a link

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8/19/14 The Morning Coffee: Stylist's in Trubba!

The Online Photographer - Tue, 08/19/2014 - 00:30
John Camp sent me this. It's a promo shot for the popular show "Downton Abbey," which is set in the 1920s. At least a couple of people got into trouble for this photograph, though—the person whose job it is to... Michael Johnston
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Sony Xperia Z2 camera review

DPReview News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 23:01

The Xperia Z2 is Sony's latest flagship Android smartphone and a solid upgrade to its predecessor, the Xperia Z1. Though the Z2 offers nearly identical camera specs to its predecessor, its 20.7MP 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor is capable of recording 4K video, unlike the Z1. We've put the Sony Xperia Z2 through our usual testing routine to find how image quality compares to the preceding model, and how the new features perform in real-life shooting. Read more

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Profoto confirms Nikon compatible B1 update for September

DPReview News - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 17:00

Profoto, the Swedish flash manufacturer, has confirmed that a Nikon compatible TTL remote will be available for its popular B1 off-camera flash on September 15th - just in time for Photokina. The Air Remote TTL-N will give Nikon photographers the same TTL functionality enjoyed by Canon shooters with its Air Remote TTL-C since the November 2013 launch of the B1 flash. Read more

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8/18/14 Morning Coffee

The Online Photographer - Mon, 08/18/2014 - 00:44
Untitled (doglegs) A good morning to you— Quite an interesting day yesterday and not for any reason I could have foreseen, but having to do with whether people could see my shoe in the JPEG of the picture above where... Michael Johnston
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What's NEX? Sony Alpha a5100 first impressions review

DPReview News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 20:00

As Sony introduces the Alpha a5100 interchangeable lens camera, it officially leaves behind the NEX moniker its mirrorless line originated with. The a5100 picks up where the NEX-5 series leaves off, combining the 24.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor of the a6000 and the more compact footprint of the NEX-5T. The a5100 also inherits many of the a6000's good qualities, including its impressive autofocus system. The a5100 also one-ups its big brother by offering 1080/60p video at 50Mbps. We took a hands-on, preliminary look at the a5100. Read more

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Hands-on with the Sony Alpha a5100

DPReview News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 20:00

The Sony Alpha a5100 is a petite, compact mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with a lot to offer. We've had access to a pre-production sample for a few days, and as well as a full first impressions review we also got hands-on with Sony's latest Alpha. Click through for a tour of the a5100's major features.

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