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Random Excellence: James Morgan's Bajau Laut

The Online Photographer - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 10:22
Whilst few young Bajau are now born on boats, the ocean is still very much their playground. And whilst they are getting conflicted messages from their communities, who simultaneously refrain from spitting in the ocean and continue to dynamite its... Michael Johnston
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Must...Buy...Mike Said...

The Online Photographer - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 09:09
Must...buy...exercise bike...must...buy.... As you know I never hit this very hard, but from time to time I must channel Ken Rockwell and play hardball—and force you to buy yourself a present. Yes, I know it's hard, but how I get... Michael Johnston
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Pentax 645Z added to studio comparison database

DPReview News - Mon, 11/17/2014 - 03:00

Ricoh's Pentax 645Z offers a level of consumer-friendliness previously unseen in its class. The 50MP CMOS medium format sensor is complemented by a number of features from the K-3 DSLR, including a 27-point AF system with 25 cross-type points. We've added it to our studio scene tool so you can compare its results to the likes of the Nikon D810. Read more

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Open Mike: We Hear from Judy Dater (NSFW)

The Online Photographer - Sun, 11/16/2014 - 09:45
...No less. Judy was one of the photographers I admired and wanted to emulate when I was in art school, because of my interest in (sorry about the pretentious-sounding term, but it's descriptive) art-photography portraiture. There are nudes past the... Michael Johnston
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Readers' Showcase: Submit your best portraits!

DPReview News - Sun, 11/16/2014 - 05:00

We're accepting submissions for our latest Readers' Showcase and we want to see your best portraits! Stop by the Portrait & People Photography forum and show us your best shots. Our favorite images will be included in a showcase article on the homepage. We're accepting photos through the end of the week, so dust off your hard drive and submit some of your favorites from your portfolio. Read more

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UK Landscape Photographer of the Year winners announced

DPReview News - Sat, 11/15/2014 - 05:00

The winners of the UK’s Take a View 2014 competition have been announced. Taking the title Landscape Photographer of the Year and a £10,000 prize, photographer Mark Littlejohn beat around 20,000 entries with his picture of a temporary stream created by heavy rain tumbling down the side of a Glencoe mountain, in Scotland. See gallery

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 rumored to be out of production

DPReview News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 17:00

Rumors have surfaced that the Olympus E-M5 has reached the end of its production. According to 4/3rumors, retailers in US and Europe have received notice from Olympus that it has stopped production of the camera. Olympus hasn't made an official announcement yet. Read more

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From MKE

The Online Photographer - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 16:20
I’m sitting here in the airport in Milwaukee*, off to the beautiful Southern Tier of upstate New York to visit my girlfriend. I spent all last night trying to reconfigure the computers to the new regime, in which I’ll be... Michael Johnston
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Phase One to introduce A-Series mirrorless medium format camera system

DPReview News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 12:07

American professional camera dealer Digital Transitions has announced that it will host a preview event of a new Phase One medium format digital camera system that doesn’t use a reflex mirror system. Although Phase One has yet to comment, it appears that the A-Series will comprise three configurations which use different Phase One backs. The Phase One A250 will feature the IQ250’s 50MP CMOS sensor, while the A260 and A280 systems will use the IQ260 and IQ280 CCD sensors of 60 and 80 million pixels respectively. Read more

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Prints from first photographed royal tour go on show at Buckingham Palace

DPReview News - Fri, 11/14/2014 - 10:24

A collection of photos taken in 1862 during the Prince of Wales' tour of the Middle East, showing historical figures and sites, has gone on display at Buckingham Palace in London. Taken by Francis Bedford, who was the first photographer to ever accompany a royal tour, the show comprises almost 100 original prints and documents the progress of the party as they travelled from London to Egypt, Palestine, Syria, Lebanon, Turkey and Greece. See gallery

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Who Knew Taking a Picture Could Be Such Hard Work?

The Online Photographer - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 21:06
"Funny and sad at the same time," said reader Jim H., who sent me the link. This is really cute, though. Give it some time, it gets funnier as you go on and there are some great lines near the... Michael Johnston
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Test of the System

The Online Photographer - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 20:05
This post isn't going to be here for very long so please ignore it. Just testing the new laptop. Trying to make sure I have everything I need to post from the road. Michael Johnston
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Samsung developing 360 degree panoramic 3D camera for VR headsets

DPReview News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 17:00

Samsung is showing off a prototype camera that captures 360-degree 3D images in an effort to provide content for its virtually reality headset, the Samsung Gear VR. Using cameras arranged into 8 stereoscopic pairs around the device's perimeter, the prototype (called Project Beyond) can capture 3D still panoramas, with single frames measuring 35MP. Learn more

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DJI launches Inspire 1 drone with 4K video recording

DPReview News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 12:35

DJI has launched its latest drone, the Inspire 1, equipped with a new camera unit capable of 12MP stills and 4K video recording. The latest addition to DJI’s arsenal also includes a newly developed gimbal that can be removed and potentially upgraded in the future. Read more

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JVC introduces GY-LS300 4K camcorder with MFT mount

DPReview News - Thu, 11/13/2014 - 09:37

JVC has introduced the GY-LS300 4KCAM Handheld S35mm camcorder, a relatively compact Micro Four Thirds model featuring Ultra HD-resolution 4K recording. JVC has incorporated a Super 35mm CMOS sensor alongside the MFT lens mount, with the maker promising full native angle of view via its proprietary Variable Scan Mapping tech. Read more

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Leica X (Typ 113) added to our studio comparison database

DPReview News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 21:00

The Leica X (Typ 113) is the company's latest fixed-lens APS-C camera. While the X continues to use a 16MP APS-C sensor and a 35mm equivalent lens, at F1.7 it boasts a considerably faster aperture than the F2.8 of its forebear the X-2. We've spent some time with the new X, and we've added it to our studio comparison database. Click through to see how it compares

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Possible Mike Meetup in New York

The Online Photographer - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 12:43
Last note of this hypomanic posting day—there is a pretty good possibility that I could do a TOP meetup in Ithaca, New York next week, possibly Wednesday if I can borrow a car and possibly Friday or Saturday if I... Michael Johnston
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Alas, the Sony A7 Has NOT Landed

The Online Photographer - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 12:31
I had mentioned that I would be using a Sony A7 and a Sonnar T* FE 35mm ƒ/2.8 ZA lens during my upcoming trip back to the Southern Tier (where, never fear, I shall be blogging happily, and snappily, away).... Michael Johnston
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Phottix offers Mitros and Mitros+ TTL flash units for Sony multi-interface hotshoe

DPReview News - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 12:27

Phottix has unveiled Sony versions of its Mitros and Mitros+ TTL flash units for that manufacturer's multi-interface hotshoe. The Mitros+ offers remote radio flash control, with built in Phottix Odin and Strato II receivers. Both flash units provide a guide number of 58, with 180° rotation and tilt by 97°. Learn more

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The Death of TOP Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

The Online Photographer - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:42
A reader wrote via email, privately: For some weeks/months, I had the feeling you’d taken your blog out behind the proverbial woodshed, and, with the ubiquitous/mythological/hypothetical .22, put it out of its misery. I’m glad it’s now resuscitated and more... Michael Johnston
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