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Nikon unveils AF-S Nikkor 500mm F4 and 600mm F4 full-frame lenses

DPReview News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 20:00

Nikon has announced a pair of super telephoto FX prime lenses: the AF-S Nikkor 500mm F4E FL ED VR and 600mm F4E FL ED VR. Both are significantly lighter than the versions that preceded them and each use an electromagnetic diaphragm for more consistent exposure control during burst shooting. Read more

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Blog Note

The Online Photographer - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 17:39
Okay. Bit of a SNAFU today. My home inspection was scheduled for "Wednesday July 2." My agent read that as "July 2"; the inspector read it as "Wednesday." It was today. Not tomorrow. I was not ready. I did get... Michael Johnston
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Toshiba TransferJet 16GB SDHC card launches July 31 in Japan

DPReview News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 12:16

Following some trade show demos, Toshiba is officially introducing a new 16GB SDHC card with TransferJet technology. The card, which looks to be available in Japan only first, is able to wirelessly transfer photos and videos from a camera to a TransferJet-compatible device. Read more

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Just posted: Fujifilm X-T10 real-world samples

DPReview News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 10:12

We had been shooting around with a pre-production version of the Fujifilm X-T10 for some time and recently got in a final version of the camera. Like the flagship X-T1, it uses Fujifilm's 16MP X-Trans APS-C sensor, which is known for producing pleasing colors. As such, we included a variety of out-of-camera JPEGs as well as Raw conversions. See the gallery

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Fujifilm X-T10 shooting experience is now live

DPReview News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 09:09

Though it has much in common with the X-T1 in terms of image quality, starting with its 16MP X-Trans APS-C sensor and EXR Processor II, the X-T10 presents a very different shooting experience. We've updated our Fujifilm X-T10 first impressions with some thoughts on using the camera in the field. Read more

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DxO OpticsPro 10.4.2 released with Canon EOS 5DS/R support

DPReview News - Wed, 07/01/2015 - 05:00

DxO has introduced OpticsPro 10.4.2, adding Raw support for Canon's EOS 5DS and 5DS R. Also added are 789 new camera/lens combination correction profiles. Updates for DxO FilmPack and DxO ViewPoint also make those applications fully compatible with Photoshop CC 2015. Read more

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Atomos releases AtomOS6.4 firmware upgrade for Shogun recorder

DPReview News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 16:16

Video production tool maker Atomos has announced the release of AtomOS6.4, a significant firmware update for its Shogun video monitor and recorder. The update includes a number of useful features, including anamorphic de-squeezing that supports the Panasonic GH4's new anamorphic video mode. Read more

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DxOMark Mobile report: Sony Xperia Z3+

DPReview News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 11:15

The Xperia Z3+ is the international version of the Japan-only Xperia Z4. On paper, it's only a minor upgrade over the predecessor Xperia Z3. The 1/2.3-inch 20.7MP Sony Exmor sensor and F2.0 25mm equiv. lens are shared with the previous model. Despite having the same specs, camera performance is improved and nabs the Z3+ DxOMark's third place ranking. Read more

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Olympus brings its Air lens-style connected camera to US

DPReview News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 09:00

Olympus is bringing its connected 'Air' camera to the US. Announced in Japan earlier this year and shown off previously in concept form, the Air consists of a 16MP Four Thirds sensor and Micro Four Thirds lens mount and uses your smartphone or tablet screen as its display. It's similar in spirit to the Sony Alpha QX1 but with a smaller body, Bluetooth connectivity and several unique shooting modes. Read more

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Photo Geekery

The Online Photographer - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 08:57
My head is just exploding with ideas for a "gallery," as I remember one thing or another that I have squirreled away here or there. I use the scare quotes because it wouldn't be a gallery in the conventional sense.... Michael Johnston
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Beyond the table top: 5 mini tripods reviewed

DPReview News - Tue, 06/30/2015 - 04:00

As capable cameras get smaller, photographers and camera bags have adapted to hold these systems. Camera supports have evolved as well - enter the mini tripod, a class of legs and head that can hold up tiny cameras and flashes, but is also strong enough to support full-sized gear. In this group test we look at five such tripods. Which one should you take on your next hike? Read more

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV added to studio test scene comparison

DPReview News - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 16:11

UPDATED: We've added low light results to our studio test for the RX100 IV. Sony's latest RX100, the Cyber-shot RX100 IV, brings the manufacturer's stacked CMOS sensor design to the 1"-type sensor size for the first time. The 20MP chip, also in the Cyber-shot RX10 II, pushes all the pixel circuitry onto a separate layer, creating room for high-speed processing within the chip. See how it performs in our studio test scene. Read more

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Moon video recorded with 83x zoom Nikon Coolpix P900 shows Earth's rotation

DPReview News - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 14:22

With a 2000mm equivalent zoom range, the Nikon Coolpix P900 leads the current ultrazoom class in terms of reach. While there's no question that the camera has an impressive zoom range, a nature photographer based in Germany has made it ever-so-obvious just how powerful this little ultrazoom is. His YouTube video of the moon shows that at 83x optical zoom the magnification is so powerful, the rotation of the Earth is easily seen as the subject drifts through the frame. Read more

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Meyer Optik to bring back soap-bubble-bokeh Trioplan lens via Kickstarter

DPReview News - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 13:25

Following a successful Kickstar campaign, German optical manufacturer Meyer Optik is set to reintroduce a lens from 1916 that was famous for its unique 'soap-bubble' bokeh. The company hoped to raise $50,000 to fund production of a new Trioplan 100mm F2.8 lens, but at the time of writing pledges have reached $124,000 with the best part of a month still to go. Read more

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV real-world sample gallery posted

DPReview News - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 12:57

Announced earlier this month, the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV is the latest in that manufacturer's line of popular enthusiast compacts. It ushers into the lineup a new sensor design, offering a stacked 1" type 20MP CMOS sensor, and carries over from its predecessor a 24-70mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 lens. See what the camera's capable of in the real world. See gallery

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Apple's dual-camera technology rumored to be nearing completion

DPReview News - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 11:29

According to a report from BusinessWeekly Taiwan, Apple's rumored dual camera technology for an upcoming iPhone is getting closer to becoming a reality. The article states that Apple has been working on the dual-lens technology for three years, but until recently has been hindered by a number of issues, including image blur and supplier inadequacies. Read more

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Blog Note

The Online Photographer - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 08:01
Regular readers might find this hard to believe, but...I'm moving again. I know. Remember Keuka Lake in Upstate New York, in the Finger Lakes region? I've sold my house in Wisconsin, which as you might remember was new to me... Michael Johnston
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Fujifilm X-T1 users to get significant boost in autofocus performance and function

DPReview News - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 06:31

UPDATE: Fujifilm's new firmware for the X-T1 is now available. It promises to overhaul autofocusing performance and 'introduces a new AF system' to this X-series flagship body. Firmware 4.00 aims to take significant steps towards solving issues with moving subjects and focusing in low contrast conditions. Read more

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Otus Readings: the Zeiss 85 F1.4 Otus Comparison

DPReview News - Mon, 06/29/2015 - 04:00

When the Zeiss 85mm F1.4 Otus rolled into our office in both Canon and Nikon mounts, we knew what had to be done. We proudly present to you the 85mm F1.4 Otus, one of the nicest things we've ever held, mounted on the 5DS R and the Nikon D810 for your peeping pleasure. You can even see how it compares with an old Canon EF 85mm F1.8... Read on

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The Photography Critic

The Online Photographer - Sun, 06/28/2015 - 09:27
Lady Eastlake, traditionally considered the first photography critic I have wonderful news for your ongoing photographic education: assuming you haven't already, you can read the entire corpus of one of the earliest critics of photography in one short go. You... Michael Johnston
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