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Readers' Showcase: Black and White photography

DPReview News - Sun, 08/31/2014 - 01:00

While it's easy to get swept up in the stream of product announcements at this time of year, it's also a good idea to remember why we buy that gear - to make great photos. What better way to do it than to showcase the excellent work of our own community? This week we asked users of our Black and White Photography forum to submit their favorite shots for inclusion in our Readers' Showcase. As usual, the photos submitted were of a very high quality. See gallery

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BIG News Coming Up

The Online Photographer - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 07:32
I will have a very nice announcement coming up whenever the site gets up to full speed again, in early or mid September. Right around the corner now. It concerns my friend Ailsa, in Brighton, UK. I guess this post... Michael Johnston
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Nikon releases D4S firmware C:1.10

DPReview News - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 01:00

Nikon has issued a firmware update for the D4S. The long list of improvements included in this firmware version are mostly minor bug fixes and tweaks to menus and camera operation. See the full details and get a link to download the latest D4S firmware version. Read more

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8/30/14 The Morning Coffee: The Rembrandt of Chicken Photographers

The Online Photographer - Sat, 08/30/2014 - 00:30
I have many favorite photographers whose work I try to keep up with. One from Britain, Kate Kirkwood, is, in my soberest judgment, the greatest photographer of chickens ever to have lived. Number 33 from her series “Light, Landscape, Lives”... Michael Johnston
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Sony adds XAVC S support to Cyber-shot DSC-RX10

DPReview News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:53

The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 is a video powerhouse, and Sony is now giving it the same XAVC S codec found on its RX100 III and a5100 models via firmware update v.2. This allows for 1080p/60/30/24 and 720p/120 resolutions at a bit rate of 50Mbps. Aside from the new firmware, a SDXC card is the only other thing you'll need to get started. Update: the firmware is now available in the US, as is a Mac versionFind out how to get it.

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Week in review: 8 things we learned

DPReview News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 14:01

It's been a busy week and as we head into a long weekend here in the US, it seemed like a good time to take a look back at everything that's happened in the past seven(ish) days. With new products from Fujifilm, Olympus and Ricoh, Photokina fever is definitely taking hold. And the week wasn't without an oddball moment or two, including the emergence of Sony's Asia-only 'perfume bottle selfie camera.' Relive the highs, the lows, the weird and the wonderful with us, in this slideshow.

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Metabones launches Canon EF to Micro Four Thirds Smart Adapter and Speed Booster

DPReview News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 10:29

Lens adapter manufacturer Metabones has launched a pair of long-awaited Canon EF to Micro Four Thirds lens adapters. The first adapter is the Smart Mount version which allows electronic control of the aperture in a Canon lens from a Micro Four Thirds camera, as well as correct recording of EXIF information and activation of Image Stabilization where present. Also debuting is an EF to Micro Four Thirds Speed Booster. Read more

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A new Mix: Adobe updates Photoshop Mix for iOS

DPReview News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 07:29

In June Adobe announced Photoshop Mix, an image organization and manipulation app for the Apple iPad which can sync with Photoshop CC for desktop computers and Lightroom Mobile via Adobe's Creative Cloud.Today the software maker has released Photoshop Mix 1.1, the first major upgrade to the new app. Improvements include support for large panoramic images and PNG fields as well as the option to open files directly from Dropbox. Read more at connect.dpreview.com.

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Leica launches 100mm F2 Summicron for medium format S system

DPReview News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 06:51

German camera brand Leica is set to launch a new portrait lens for its professional S system that features a super-fast maximum aperture of F2. The Summicron-S 100mm F2 ASPH will sit between the company’s existing Summarit-S 70mm F2.5 ASPH and the APO-Macro-Summarit-S 120mm F2.5, both of which are also popular choices for portrait photographers using the S cameras. Click through for more details.

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8/29/14 The Morning Coffee: The Paris Meetup (Thanks Franck!)

The Online Photographer - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 05:52
Ctein at a Parisian café. Photo by Franck D. Your late Morning Coffee this morning (Ed. apologizes for falling down on the job*): Franck D., who organized a TOP gathering in Paris with Ctein, sent us the following short report.... Michael Johnston
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GoPro launches new Field Guide tutorial series

DPReview News - Fri, 08/29/2014 - 00:01

GoPro's in-house production team travel the globe with some of the world's best athletes and produce videos like the Hero 3+ launch, with over 16 million views on YouTube. This week GoPro and its production team released a new tutorial series called the GoPro Field Guide, a set of videos designed to delve a little deeper into some of the more complex functions of their action camera lineup. Read more

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All Prints Have Shipped!

The Online Photographer - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 23:00
Unfortunately we'll have to have afternoon coffee today...I'm bushed. (Sorry.) Ctein reports that all prints have shipped for all the recent print sales: my "Help TOP Move," Phil Rosenberg's "Keck Observatory," and David Dyer-Bennet's "Lincoln Memorial." If you have not... Michael Johnston
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Corel unveils PaintShop Pro X7 with new tools and a fresh design

DPReview News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 16:30

This week Corel has unveiled PaintShop Pro X7 and PaintShop Pro X7 Ultimate, two new versions of its image editing software for Windows. This update features extensive changes to the user interface as well as a claimed 30 percent improvement in brush performance, including the Paint Brush, Airbrush and various retouching tools. Speed improvements have allowed for new instant previews of effects before they are applied to images and the 64-bit architecture allows fast performance with larger or multiple images. Read more

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Casio develops Exilim EX-FR10 two-part action cam with wireless monitor

DPReview News - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 14:09

Casio is set to launch a new action cam in September, featuring a wireless camera unit that is detatchable from the main body. The Casio Exilim EX-FR10, which will initially be only available in the Japanese market, uses a Bluetooth connection with a range of up to 10m between the body and the camera so images can be recorded remotely and monitored on the 2-inch 230,400-dot touch screen. Read more

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8/28/14 The Morning Coffee: Hanging Pictures

The Online Photographer - Thu, 08/28/2014 - 00:30
A Good Morning to you as you begin your day— I moved the very first possession of ours into the new house last night—a framed photograph. I hung it on the wall in the kitchen. At least two more will... Michael Johnston
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Self portrait: Olympus PEN E-PL7 First Impressions Review

DPReview News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:00

At first glance the Olympus PEN E-PL7 looks like yet another compact, selfie-friendly mirrorless camera -- but looks can be deceiving. The innards of the camera come largely from the excellent OM-D E-M10, and Olympus touts the E-PL7's autofocus system as its best yet. For all the details on the latest PEN, check out our First Impressions Review.

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Olympus PEN E-PL7 compact mirrorless camera announced

DPReview News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 21:00

Olympus has announced the PEN E-PL7, refreshing its entry-level mirrorless line. It offers a 16MP CMOS sensor, 3-axis image stabilization system borrowed from the OM-D E-M10, 8 fps continuous shooting and built-in Wi-Fi. Not forgetting the self-portrait-obsessed masses, the E-PL7 provides an articulated 3" touch LCD capable of flipping downward by 180°. Along with the E-PL7, Olympus has also announced an update to its OI.Share app as well as a black version of its 12mm F2.0 prime. Read more

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Watch Nature photographer Ian Shive, live, with CreativeLIVE

DPReview News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 17:02

CreativeLIVE is hosting a three-day course on wildlife photography presented by Ian Shive. The course is free to watch live, and runs through August 29th. Shive will demonstrate techniques and give advice during three days of shooting, live from the Mt Rainier and Olympic National Parks in Washington State. Click through for a link to the course at creativeLIVE.

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Hands-on with the Pentax K-S1

DPReview News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 14:00

The Pentax K-S1 is a unique-looking DSLR, with pulsing LED lights on the front and a backlit mode dial on the back. There's more to the K-S1 than just its looks, including a new sensor, image processor, and even a new font in the menus. As always, all of the features one would expect to see on a Pentax DSLR are here too. Learn more in our slideshow.

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Very flashy: Ricoh unveils Pentax K-S1 DSLR

DPReview News - Wed, 08/27/2014 - 14:00

Ricoh and its Pentax brand have never been afraid of a little color, and the introduction of the K-S1 DSLR reaffirms that. The K-S1 offers a 20.1MP APS-C sensor, an AA filter simulator (as seen on the Pentax K-3) and burst shooting at 5.4 fps, but none of that is quite as attention-grabbing as its headline body specification - a set of green LEDs on the front of the camera's grip and around the power switch. Read more

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