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In a class of its own: Samsung NX1 review

DPReview News - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 09:36

Samsung's NX1 seemed to offer pretty much every feature possible when we were first briefed about it last year. Its 28.2MP APS-C BSI sensor, hybrid AF system, 4K video and 15 fps continuous shooting with AF have continued to impress us throughout our extensive testing. Can such an innovative on-paper feature set make it a serious competitor to well-established brands in the DSLR and mirrorless worlds? Read review

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So You Say You Want to Succeed

The Online Photographer - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 07:37
If you're young (or maybe even older) and ambitious to succeed as an artist, Phaidon has a new handbook for you. Akademie X: Lessons in Art + Life (here's the UK link) is a compendium of advice from successful artists.... Michael Johnston
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Film vs. Digital

The Online Photographer - Thu, 04/09/2015 - 06:44
This is a long video, but you really must watch at least the first two minutes of it, until it fades to black and the titles roll. The ultimate in film vs. digital! Thanks very much to Joseph Brunjes for... Michael Johnston
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DJI Phantom 3 introduced in 4K and 1080p-only variations

DPReview News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 17:24

DJI has announced the Phantom 3 in two versions: the Professional, capable of 4K video, and the Advanced, which shoots 1080p. Both capture 12MP stills thanks to a 1/2.3" Sony EXMOR sensor and offer an f/2.8 lens with a 20mm equiv. angle of view. A 3-axis gimbal keeps the camera unit steady in flight. Read more

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Venus Optics offers hotshoe Macro Twin Flash KX-800 with guide number of 190ft/58m

DPReview News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:49

Chinese flash manufacturer Venus Optics has launched a double headed macro flash unit, claiming that it has the highest guide number in the world for such a device. The Kuangren Macro Twin Flash KX-800 uses a pair of flash heads on extending flexible arms that can be positioned in front of the lens for extreme close-up work. Another arm houses an LED light to help with focusing. Read more

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LaCie updates Rugged Thunderbolt lineup with 1TB SSD option

DPReview News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 10:04

LaCie has introduced a new Rugged Thunderbolt external drive, updating its lineup with a 1TB SSD. This is double the previous Rugged drive's 500GB capacity, and is coupled with a rugged external housing able to withstand water exposure, shock, and dust. The inclusion of a Thunderbolt connection, meanwhile, enables fast transfer speeds compared to typical external hard drive speeds. Read more

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Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal

DPReview News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 08:35

Today Canon released the XC10, a camera that for all practical purposes is equal part a stills and a video camera. It promises to deliver not only both types of media, but an appropriate user experience for either type of shooting. It may be the first true 'convergence' camera. Learn more about this camera and why it's a significant milestone of technology. Read more

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The Psychology of Camera Anxiety, Part II

The Online Photographer - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 07:21
[Part I is here —Ed.] - We all recognize the signs. Snarkiness, anger, hurt feelings, reactive lashings-out. All over someone else's opinion about a camera, a format, a style, or—? As you might imagine, I have some concrete advice. I'll... Michael Johnston
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You Suck! (Me Too)

The Online Photographer - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 06:32
Seems like a good time to reprint this little oldie-but-goodie. - One thing that's been a problem among photographers since the dawn of the Daguerreotype has been what I call the "Magic Bullet Syndrome." People assign "goodness" to certain technical... Michael Johnston
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Canon XC10: What you need to know

DPReview News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 05:00

Canon's new XC10 is the first product we've seen which is neither a stills camera with a video feature or a video camera that can capture stills. In terms of both specification and ergonomics it is a true 'convergence' product with the potential to shake up more than one market segment. We've been poring over the specifications for a while now - here's what you need to know 

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Canon XC10 digital camcorder brings 4K video and stills together

DPReview News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 05:00

Canon has released its XC10 digital camcorder which combines advanced 4K video recording with capable still shooting features. The core features are a 12MP 1" CMOS sensor and a fixed F2.8-5.6 image stabilized lens equivalent to 27-270mm for videos and 24-240mm for stills. 4K UHD video is captured using the XF-AVC Intra codec (which offers bit rates up to 305MBps) and 8MP stills can be grabbed from 4K video. Other notable features include a rotating grip, tilting LCD, and built-in Wi-Fi. Read more.

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Canon C300 Mark II announced with new 8.85MP 35mm sensor and 4K recording

DPReview News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 05:00

Canon has announced the EOS C300 Mark II Cinema EOS camera, updating its predecessor with a new 8.85 megapixel 35mm sensor allowing 4K shooting. Also new are Dual DIGIC DV5 processors bringing the ability to record 10-bit 4:2:2 4K (UHD or DCI) video internally thanks using the new XF-AVC Codec. Read more

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Datacolor offers Spyder5 with redesigned calibrator

DPReview News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 16:27

Color management company Datacolor has announced a new version of its Spyder monitor calibrating tool that it claims offers up to 55% improvement in tonal response, leading to 'more accurate shadow detail and smoother gradients.' The body of the new Spyder5 calibrator has been redesigned, somewhat losing the spider legs that got the series it name. Read more

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Lensbaby introduces Velvet 56mm f/1.6

DPReview News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 12:00

Lensbaby has introduced the Velvet 56, a portrait lens with an f/1.6 aperture and 1:2 magnification, as well as a minimum focus distance of 5 inches. Lensbaby claims the lens produces 'soft, glowing' effects at brighter apertures for a 'velvety' quality the lens is named for. Read more

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What goes around: 6 mid-sized ball heads put to the test

DPReview News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 10:30

One of the most important parts of a tripod is the head that connects the camera to the legs. Continuing where our previous ball head roundup left off, we've collected six ball-type heads for review that are in the medium-to-large size class. These heads are suitable for most large cameras and lenses, with only the truly gigantic or heavy devices requiring something larger. Find out which ones earn our recommendation. Read more

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The Psychology of Camera Anxiety, Part I

The Online Photographer - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 06:55
I'm back at BLTSUWHQ (Bitterly Lonely TOP Secret Underground World Headquarters) this morning, after brief visits yesterday to Detroit and Chicago and a bus ride from O'Hare with stops in Kenosha, Racine, and several locations in downtown Milwaukee. It was... Michael Johnston
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Colorado proposes bill supporting photographers who record police

DPReview News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 13:27

Colorado, U.S. state legislatures have introduced a new bill that, if signed into law, will prevent law enforcement officers from interfering with citizens who are photographing or recording police activity. It is House Bill 15-1290, and it comes at a time when Texas has proposed its own bill on the topic, but with a draconian slant: it penalizes citizens that film or photograph police actions within 25 feet of the incident. Read more

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Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS real-world samples posted

DPReview News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 11:49

In theory, Sony's FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS all-in-one zoom is an ideal candidate for travel photography with one of the company's a7-series. The stabilized lens provides Sony's full frame mirrorless cameras with a 10x zoom range, designed with five aspherical elements and one ED glass element. We put it to the test on landscapes, portraits, and lots of things in between. See gallery

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Studio Update: Nikon D7200 and Panasonic GF7 added to comparison tool

DPReview News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 07:00

Monday got you down? We've got something to help pick you right back up - our studio scene comparison tool has just been updated. Now included are samples from the Nikon D7200, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50. Take a look at how they perform against their peers. Read more

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Singing vs. Chatting

The Online Photographer - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 03:20
Written by Ctein I'd say that Mike's experience with the iPhone closely parallels my film experience. In the '80s I got one of the compact 35mm SLRs (and later, high quality point-and-shoots) so I'd be surer of having a camera... Michael Johnston
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