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Winds of Change: Shooting changing landscapes

DPReview News - Sun, 04/26/2015 - 04:00

There are more people taking pictures now than ever before, and as a consequence, some of the world's most beautiful views have been photographed to death. In this article, nature and landscape photographer Erez Marom explains the value of shooting 'changing' landscapes, which offer different perspectives every time you visit - or even from day to day, or minute to minute. Click through to read his article

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Random Snap: A Farewell

The Online Photographer - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 11:43
One thing photographs do to comfort us in a small way is to remind us of lost loved ones in happier and healthier times. This is myself and my cousin Liz at her wedding in 1987—a picture I'd never seen... Michael Johnston
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Eli the Mysterious

The Online Photographer - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 11:06
Coming back from my cousin Liz's funeral yesterday I flew from Indianapolis to Detroit in the company of a Delta Captain and a man named Eli. The three of us had an animated conversation from takeoff to landing, one I... Michael Johnston
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Readers' Showcase: Janne Voutilainen

DPReview News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 04:00

Janne Voutilainen is a man of relatively few words. In that context, the minimalism of some of his photos makes perfect sense. He's based in Finland and finds himself drawn to landscape photography, as well as astrophotography, which is how we discovered his work. He offered a few insights into his images in our Q&A. His otherworldly images speak volumes too - take a look. See gallery

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Sony introduces touchless shutter app and we go hands-on (off?)

DPReview News - Sat, 04/25/2015 - 03:00

Sony has released a beta version of its Touchless Shutter app, immediately available for download through the PlayMemories app store. The app makes use of the eyepiece sensor as a shutter release mechanism and brings all the advantages of a traditional cable release without needing any extra camera gear. All that is needed is a hand wave near the eyepiece and the shutter will release. Read more

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Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1 real-world sample gallery posted

DPReview News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 13:16

Panasonic's Lumix CM1 has the potential to break new ground in the territory between smartphones and cameras. It offers a 1-inch 20MP sensor, much larger than the typical smartphone camera chip. It also provides an F2.8 Leica-branded lens encircled by a control ring that can be used to adjust various exposure settings. We got out and about with it to see what its images look like. See gallery 

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Manfrotto adds compact and lightweight 190Go! to the 190 tripod series

DPReview News - Fri, 04/24/2015 - 04:00

Italian accessories brand Manfrotto has announced a new model in the 190 range of tripods that is lighter and more compact than others in the series. The Manfrotto 190Go! is designed for traveling photographers and those working on location who require an eye-height tripod that packs away to take up as little space as possible. Read more

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Free Download: VSCO Film Pack 00 includes Tri-X and Kodak Gold Film presets

DPReview News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:55

Who doesn't love free stuff? Visual Supply Co has been churning out Photoshop and Lightroom-compatible film presets for some time now. To date, they've released seven different 'Film Packs' each containing presets that mimic both classic and contemporary film stocks. Now, they're offering one for free. Read more

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Yongnuo creates near-clone of Canon 35mm f/2

DPReview News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 12:39

China-based manufacturer Yongnuo has produced what looks like a near-clone of Canon's well-liked EF 35mm f/2, a lens that dates back to 1990. With a couple of minor exceptions (one of which being the brand name on the front of the lens) the Yongnuo lens looks very similar to Canon's 25-year-old prime, but at an attractive price of ~$115. Read more

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Interview: Canon's Chuck Westfall on the new XC10

DPReview News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 11:26

DPReview attended the NAB 2015 show in Las Vegas recently, where we had an opportunity to sit down with Chuck Westfall, Technical Advisor for Canon U.S.A.'s Professional Engineering and Solutions Division. The main topic of conversation was Canon's new XC10 hybrid video/stills camera, which made its first public appearance at the show. Read more

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Apple patent hints at super resolution camera mode

DPReview News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 09:00

Olympus and Pentax have introduced cameras with sensor-shift-driven resolution modes designed to maximize the amount of information collected by their sensors. Apple has also patented a similar system, using an optical image stabilization system to create and combine multiple exposures into a higher resolution image. Read more

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Sony updates 24-70 and 16-35mm A-mount Zeiss lenses with improved AF and image quality

DPReview News - Thu, 04/23/2015 - 07:00

As promised last November, Sony has announced two new full-frame A-mount lenses. Compared to their 2008-vintage predecessors the Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM II and 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM II feature improved image quality, less ghosting and flare, and a four-fold improvement in subject tracking speed, according to Sony. Another addition are seals that should make these lenses dust and water resistant. More details

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Hands-on with the Pentax K-3 II

DPReview News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 14:00

The Pentax K-3 II is a modest update to its predecessor, but that doesn't mean that its new features are insignificant. While faster autofocus and more shake reduction is great, we're most excited about the Pixel Shift Resolution feature. While we can't share any samples photographs yet, we can give you an overview of what's new with the K-3 II. Read more

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Ricoh unveils Pentax K-3 II with Pixel Shift Resolution mode

DPReview News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 14:00

Ricoh has just launched the Pentax K-3 II semi-pro DSLR with an improved image stabilization system that drives a new Pixel Shift Resolution feature. Retaining its predecessor's 24MP sensor, 27-point AF system, and durable construction, the K-3 II now offers sensor-shift IS with a claimed 4.5 stops of shake reduction. Read more

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Kipon adapter to allow AF with Canon lenses on Micro Four Thirds bodies

DPReview News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 13:54

Chinese lens adapter manufacturer Kipon has announced plans to introduce the first adapter that allows AF operation when a Canon EF or EF-S lens is attached to a Micro Four Thirds camera body. Previous adapters have either been entirely manual or, more lately, offered aperture control, but the Shanghai-based company has said that its next model will allow full frame and APS-C EOS system lenses to focus automatically too. Read more

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Sigma service notice advises of Canon 750D and 760D Live View issue

DPReview News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:39

Sigma has issued a service notice advising that some of its Canon mount interchangeable lenses cannot be used with Live Mode on the Canon EOS Rebel T6s (760D) and the Canon EOS Rebel T6i (750D). Lens owners will receive a free firmware update to fix the problem, though the company has not provided a timeframe for when the update is expected. Both current and discontinued lens models are affected by this issue. Read more

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Adobe Camera Raw 9 released with Merge to HDR and Panorama features

DPReview News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 11:15

With the launch of Lightroom 6 and Lightroom CC, Adobe has released Camera Raw 9 with some of the some added features. Merge to HDR and Panorama are now available in ACR, using Raw image data to automatically assemble HDR and panoramic images, which are output as DNG files. This eliminates the need to edit files before merging them in Photoshop. Read more

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Zeiss offers full-frame E-mount 'Batis' 25mm F2 and 85mm F1.8 lenses

DPReview News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 10:33

Zeiss has revealed two new full-frame lenses for Sony's E-mount system, the Batis 2/25 and 1.8/85. They offer autofocus, and are the first Zeiss-produced FE-style lenses to do so. Each lens barrel contains an OLED displaying focus distance and depth of field. A linear motor AF drive keeps operation quiet, and both lenses are sealed against dust and moisture. Read more

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Speed boost: Sony SLT-A77 II review posted

DPReview News - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 08:26

The Sony SLT-A77 II uses that company's translucent mirror technology in combination with an AF system that Sony claims is dramatically improved over its predecessor. It boasts 12fps continuous shooting with AF, not to mention a 24MP sensor, built-in Wi-Fi with NFC, 2.4M dot OLED viewfinder and a tiliting/swiveling LCD. We put its impressive AF claims to the test. Read review

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Earth Day

The Online Photographer - Wed, 04/22/2015 - 05:41
I think of Earth Day—founded in 1970—as the fulcrum point of the cultural Renaissance known as "the Sixties." As a functioning holiday it's become rather shabby and diffuse over the years, even as Earth's problems have continued to deepen. But... Michael Johnston
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