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Yale acquires Meserve-Kunhardt Collection with iconic Abraham Lincoln portraits

DPReview News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 14:01

Yale has announced the acquisition of the Meserve-Kunhardt Collection, which is comprised of more than 73,000 items including portraits of Abraham Lincoln. The collection was assembled by Frederick Hill Meserve and his daughter Dorothy Meserve, and serves to document American history spanning from the Civil War up to the 19th century. Read more

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Mint introduces Instantflex TL70 instant film TLR camera

DPReview News - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 10:00

Polaroid camera repair and maintenance company Mint has introduced its own instant camera called the Mint Instantflex TL70. Fitted with a 65.4mm lens the camera offers aperture settings of f/5.6, f/8, f/16 and f/32 with an additional setting called f/bokeh – which creates a 5-pointed star shaped aperture. The Instantflex also features a flip-up flash unit housed above the viewing lens. Read more

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Photoshop Breaks

The Online Photographer - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 07:04
S. and I discovered a beautiful historic building yesterday—the Rockingham Meeting House, originally a Congregationalist Church and now the earliest public building in the State of Vermont in nearly original condition (one earlier building still exists, but it's been extensively... Michael Johnston
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Arkansas Senate Bill 79

The Online Photographer - Mon, 03/30/2015 - 05:28
Your freedoms are under direct assault in Arkansas. "SB-79 would require still and motion photographers to get explicit written consent to include any individual’s likeness—not just celebrities but anyone—in a photograph that is used for virtually any purpose within the... Michael Johnston
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DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras

DPReview News - Sun, 03/29/2015 - 23:01

In many users' pockets consumer-level digital compact cameras have been replaced by smartphones. The cameras of the latter don't usually have zoom lenses or xenon flashes but image sensor technology has been rapidly improving, making smartphones important photographic tools for many. We've made a list in no particular order our current favorite smartphone cameras for those who are looking to buy their first smartphone or upgrade their current device. Read more

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Readers' Showcase: Raymond Pang

DPReview News - Sat, 03/28/2015 - 04:30

'Whales made me do it' isn't exactly what we expected to hear when we asked DPR reader Raymond Pang how he got started in photography. Then again, he's not really your typical photographer. When he couldn't find an app to help him plan out shoots in advance, he learned iOS app development and created one. Take a look at some of his images and read more in our Q&A. See gallery

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Lee Filters introduces updates to super-wide SW system to fit more lenses and reduce flare

DPReview News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 15:37

A new version of the Lee Filters SW150 system holder has been introduced that allows compatibility with a broader range of extreme wide angle lenses, and which has been designed to reduce the impact of reflections from the rear surface of fitted filters. The Lee Filter SW150 Mark ll now allows the existing 150mm-wide filters that were developed for the original SW150 to be fitted to four lenses using model-specific adapter rings - with more on the way. Read more

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Adaptalux introduces portable lighting studio for macro photography

DPReview News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 10:35

Adaptalux has introduced a new portable lighting studio, likewise called Adaptalux, which is designed specifically for macro photography. The design is modular in nature, allowing photographers to 'rebuild' it in different ways to meet different needs. This is achieved using a core Control Pod into which Lighting Arms are plugged, with each Lighting Arm being customizable in regards to color, beam angle, brightness and diffusion. Read more

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Portraits

The Online Photographer - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 07:42
All this talk of lighting makes me eager to do portraits again. Portrait photography was my only professional specialty. My breakthrough there came when a friend who owned a frame shop in Georgetown (a fashionable neighborhood of Washington D.C.) gave... Michael Johnston
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X-Transformed? Fujifilm X30 Review

DPReview News - Fri, 03/27/2015 - 04:30

The X30 is the latest iteration of Fujifilm's line of premium compact cameras. Featuring a 12MP X-Trans sensor coupled with a 28-112mm equivalent fast zoom, the X30 is a capable camera, made more enjoyable compared to its predecessors by the addition of a high-resolution electronic viewfinder. Our man in England, Damien Demolder has been shooting with one and shares his take. Read review

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Manfrotto launches miniature Lumie LED lights

DPReview News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 12:41

Accessories manufacturer Manfrotto has announced a new series of consumer LED lights that offer portable continuous output for stills and video photographers. The Lumie Art, Play and Muse lights are powered by a USB rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that is said to deliver over an hour’s worth of continuous lighting. While the Art and Play models come with a hotshoe adapter and a tripod mount, the Muse additionally has a ball and socket head that makes angling the light easy. Read more

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Are the Days of "Studio Strobes" for Amateurs Done?

The Online Photographer - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 10:34
The recent demise of Paul Buff has made me wonder...who's using high-powered flash any more, I mean outside of the professional world? The reason to use flash as opposed to the "hot lights" common throughout the 1920s, '30s and '40s... Michael Johnston
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Paul C. Buff 1936-2015

The Online Photographer - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:51
Paul "Buggy" Buff, of Nashville, Tennessee, passed away on March 14th at his farm in Alabama, at the age of 78. A friend of Frank Zappa's who ran a West Coast recording studio in the 1960s and one of the... Michael Johnston
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Island life: Samsung NX500 Shooting Experience

DPReview News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 09:25

The Samsung NX500 takes some of the best bits of the NX1, including the same 28MP APS-C format sensor and still imaging pipeline, and wraps them up in a smaller, less expensive body. We recently had the opportunity to shoot with an NX500 on the beautiful island of Hawaii. We've already published a couple of samples galleries, but click through to read about how we got on with Samsung's newest mirrorless interchangeable lens camera

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Amazon launches unlimited cloud photo storage for $11.99 per year

DPReview News - Thu, 03/26/2015 - 08:16

Amazon has announced two new 'unlimited' storage plans as part of its Cloud Drive service. The Unlimited Photos plan costs $11.99 per year and an 'Unlimited Everything' plan allows users to store an infinite number of photos, videos, documents and music for $59.99 per year. Both services can be tried out for free for three months, starting now. Click through for more information 

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Reikan announces major update to FoCal AF tuning software

DPReview News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:52

Reikan has announced a major update to its AF tuning software, FoCal. FoCal automates the process of calibrating your lens to your DSLR camera body, important - if not absolutely necessary - for critical focus when using fast lenses that yield shallow depth-of-field. Version 2 introduces the ability to check your copy of a lens against other users' test results. Read more

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Impossible launches B&W 2.0 quick-process instant film for 600 series cameras

DPReview News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 13:05

Instant film manufacturer Impossible has launched what it calls a Generation 2.0 film called B&W 2.0. The company claims it's not only sharper and clearer than previous Impossible products, but also develops much quicker. The new film is the result of a new chemical formula for Impossible that has been developed by former Polaroid research chemist Stephen Herchen. Read more

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University of Texas crowdfunding project will release macro images into public domain

DPReview News - Wed, 03/25/2015 - 12:23

The University of Texas has initiated a new crowdfunding campaign that, if successful, will result in macro photos of insects being released into the public domain. The funding for the project will be used to support the students learning to use the imaging system, to improve the photography hardware, and to help pay for the Web hosting. Read more

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Retro, refined: Fujifilm X100T reviewed

DPReview News - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 23:05

The Fujifilm X100T offers seemingly small improvements on its predecessors, the cult classic X100 and X100S. Its 16MP X-Trans CMOS II sensor and fixed 35mm equiv. f/2 lens are now accompanied by an all electronic shutter mode with increased 1/32000sec maximum speed, redesigned hybrid viewfinder and an upgraded 1.04m dot rear LCD. Find out how much of an impact these incremental updates make. Read review

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Blog Note

The Online Photographer - Tue, 03/24/2015 - 18:29
TOP has been publishing online for 3,375 days and counting, and along the way I've written, by rough but conservative estimate, approximately the word count of 12 100,000-word novels. It's a hard job, but somebody's gotta be lucky enough to... Michael Johnston
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