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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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8/27/14 The Morning Coffee: Lost and Found Quotations

The Online Photographer - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 23:50
A good morning to you— As I continue to sift and sort through vast drifts of paper with Linda the Organizer, I'm coming across thousands of things that I'd forgotten. For your delectation this morning, two quotations from among many... Michael Johnston
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Samyang announces 50mm f/1.4 UMC still and 50mm T1.5AS UMC video lenses

DPReview News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 20:00

Korean lens brand Samyang has announced that it will use the Photokina show next month to introduce a new 50mm f/1.4 lens for stills photographers and the same lens designed for videographers using DSLR and mirrorless cameras. Both the Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC and 50mm T1.5 AS UMC are designed to cover a full frame sensor and will each come in 10 mounts. Read more

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Part two: Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4 / Sony Alpha 7S Comparative Review

DPReview News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 11:05

Our comparative review of the Panasonic GH4 and Sony Alpha 7S started with a look at their designs, handling and video spec. They've set new benchmarks for the sophistication of their video capabilities, but they're both potentially very capable stills cameras as well. That brings us to part two of our review, which adds six pages including analysis of image quality and dynamic range. We've also expanded our look at the video modes on each camera. Read more

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Instagram Hyperlapse app creates smooth time-lapse video

DPReview News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 10:35

Last week Microsoft announced development of a technology that turns shaky first-person video into smooth, stabilized hyperlapse videos. Now it appears that Instagram has beaten them to market with a similar product. They've announced Hyperlapse, an app that converts videos of up to 45 minutes into smooth and stable time-lapses with a speed of up to 12x faster than the original. Read more

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Opinion: Do we really need the Fuji X30?

DPReview News - Tue, 08/26/2014 - 06:00

With the camera industry moved on somewhat since the birth of the Fuji X series compact, is there still room for a 12 million pixel compact in a less-than compact body? In this opinion piece, senior contributing writer Damien Demolder ponders the very existence of Fujifim's newest X-series camera. Read more

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8/26/14 The Morning Coffee: Secret Weapon

The Online Photographer - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 23:49
Photo by Eric Vanden, used with permission. Mamiya C330f, 80mm wide open, handheld 1/30th sec. Good Morning to you. Most photography now is in color, and most black-and-white is poorly done. The tones are wrong and out of balance, or... Michael Johnston
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X-Trans excellence? Fujifilm X30 First Impressions Review

DPReview News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 21:00

Fujifilm's new X30 premium compact is an intriguing piece of kit, with a larger-than-average sensor and reasonably fast lens. While not a revolutionary upgrade to the X20, it still provides some nice improvements. After some play time, we've put together a First Impressions Review that spells out what's new and what's not.

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The X-factor: Hands-on with Fujifilm's X30

DPReview News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 21:00

The X30, Fujifilm's latest enthusiast compact camera, offers the same 12MP sensor and 28-112mm (equivalent) lens as the X20 but improves on its predecessor with updated ergonomics. Changes include a new electronic viewfinder, a tilting screen, and Wi-Fi. We've had access to a prototype X30 for a few days - click through for a hands-on tour of the new camera. 

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Fujifilm announces X30 enthusiast compact camera

DPReview News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 21:00

Fujfilm has introduced its X30 enthusiast compact, which offers a 2/3" X-Trans II CMOS sensor and a 28-112mm equivalent F2.0-2.8 lens - both of which are retained from the X20 that precedes it. New features include a larger, tilting 3" LCD, an XGA OLED electronic viewfinder, a control wheel around the lens, and greatly improved battery life. A new 'Classic Chrome' film simulation mode has also been added, as has Wi-Fi. Read more

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DxOMark Mobile Report added to our HTC One M8 review

DPReview News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 13:01

With top-notch hardware and plenty of imaging features, the HTC One M8 presents a lot to like as a mobile photography tool. Unfortunately, its 4 megapixel camera just can't keep up with other flagship phones and we were underwhelmed by its image quality when we reviewed it. Our collaborators at DxO have put the One M8 through their usual round of mobile imaging tests. See how it scored

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Enthusiast compact camera roundup (2014)

DPReview News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:42

Which capable compact, with plenty of control, should I buy?

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Consumer SLR Camera Roundup (2014)

DPReview News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 10:38

To improve my general purpose and family photography, which camera should I choose?

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What to buy and why: Camera roundups updated

DPReview News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 09:16

We've updated two of our 2013 camera roundups, bringing the enthusiast compact and consumer DSLR categories up to date with the latest models. These guides are designed to help give a comprehensive look at each camera class. We'll be addressing the remaining four roundups in the coming weeks. Read more

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Fujifilm XF 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR samples gallery

DPReview News - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 02:00

The Fujifilm XF 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 is a weather-resistant lens designed as a companion to the weather-resistant Fujifilm X-T1. Covering a 27-200mm equivalent range, it claims to offer the world's most advanced image stabilization system, using gyro sensors for a gain of up to five stops. Is it the ideal pair for the X-T1? We took it out for a spin. See gallery

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8/25/14 The Morning Coffee: Houses as Art

The Online Photographer - Mon, 08/25/2014 - 00:33
A Good Morning to you— A friend and loyal TOP reader also recently bought himself a house. It's an architectural creation so famous it has its own website—called "Boxhead," it was designed and built by Jim Burton of Carter +... Michael Johnston
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Portfolio: Todd Bretl's captivating underwater photography

DPReview News - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 02:00

Todd Bretl says he asks himself 'Would I hang this on my wall?' when he's composing his photos of marine life. Challenging himself with this question has helped him produce some stunning works of art. Some of his images call to mind glass sculpture, while others capture the wildness that thrives below the water's surface. He answered our questions about his process and gear - take a look at some of his work and find out more about how it's created. See gallery

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Portfolio: Martin Kimbell's 'Light Paintings'

DPReview News - Sun, 08/24/2014 - 02:00

UK-based photographer Martin Kimbell doesn't put his camera down when the sun goes in. His series of 'light paintings' add a surreal twist to long-exposure night pictures. In his images, tunnels, spirals and discs of light create sculptural forms in the landscape. We spoke to him about his work, and how he creates it. Click through to view his images and read our Q&A

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