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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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One of Us

The Online Photographer - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 10:21
Perhaps it just relates to what I've always done for a living, but I have this strong sense of photo-geeks of every description and stripe being a community of equals and friends. We are young and old, male and female,... Michael Johnston
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A Confession!

The Online Photographer - Wed, 11/12/2014 - 09:55
...That digital One Camera / One Lens / One Year exercise that I outlined in the previous post? That actually describes what I want to do myself. I'm dying to. I can't make the commitment right now because I still... Michael Johnston
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Samsung NX1 real-world sample images

DPReview News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 17:26

Samsung's NX1 is the first serious attempt by the Korean manufacturer to target high-end enthusiast and semi-pro photographers. Featuring a 28MP sensor, 15fps shooting capability, 4K video mode and an advanced AF system, the NX1 has features to spare. We've been shooting with a pre-production camera for a few days, in combination with the NX 16-50mm F2.0-2.8 S ED OIS and new 50-150mm F2.8 S. Click through for some sample images

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Hasselblad closes Italian design facility responsible for Sony re-badges

DPReview News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 15:14

*Updated* It appears that Hasselblad has closed its Treviso design center in northern Italy. The facility was responsible for Hasselblad's Lunar, Stellar and HV cameras, all re-badged Sony products aimed at 'amateur photo-enthusiasts who demand the ultimate in both style and performance'. Read more

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The Digital Variant: One Camera, One Lens, One Year

The Online Photographer - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 11:25
[Note: This is meant to be an exercise; it's only a suggestion; and it's intended only for those to whom it appeals. See here. —MJ] In 2009 I published here an influential essay called "The Leica as Teacher." I advocated... Michael Johnston
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creativeLIVE presents Frans Lanting 'The Art of Seeing'

DPReview News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 09:47

creativeLIVE is hosting two days of 'instruction and inspiration' from renowned nature and wildlife photographer Frans Lanting. His class includes presentations about creative ideas and technical skills, and also features landscape and wildlife photography instruction during special field workshop sessions at prime photographic destinations along the California coast. Click through for a link

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Souvenir Sunset

The Online Photographer - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 09:38
Before I get to the prescriptive post I just promised, a random snap. Last night's sunset over the soybean field out back. Why? Because this place has been really short of pictures lately—we haven't posted any pictures at all since... Michael Johnston
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You Must Do This

The Online Photographer - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 09:14
Several conversations yesterday—in the comments and privately—about "precriptiveness." Meaning, the effrontery of people telling you that you must do something a certain way. Because I'm about to put up a highly "prescriptive" post, I thought I should say a few... Michael Johnston
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It's all in the details: Canon PowerShot G7 X Review posted

DPReview News - Tue, 11/11/2014 - 08:22

One of the year's most interesting compacts comes in the form of the Canon PowerShot G7 X, which bears a 20MP 1-inch BSI CMOS sensor. It's not just the bigger, likely Sony-branded sensor that's the G7 X's attraction, it's also the 24-100mm equivalent F1.8-2.8 lens. On paper it's a serious rival to Sony's RX100 series, widely considered class leaders in terms of compact camera image quality. Does the G7 X live up to its impressive spec sheet? Read review

Categories: Photo Gear News

Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM becomes a reality

DPReview News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 20:00

The much-rumored replacement for Canon's aging EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L has officially arrived. Announced in 1998, the original trombone-style lens is replaced by a traditional rotating zoom design and boasts a number of optical enhancements. It's scheduled for December availability at a price of $2199. Read more

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Tiffen launches 10-stop ND range to prevent red-tinted long exposures

DPReview News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 17:15

Tiffen has introduced a new range of neutral density filters that aim to allow stills photographers to shoot extreme long exposures without incurring the red colour cast that is so common with ND filters. The XLE series comprises three 10-stop ND filters with differing infrared-cut characteristics, ranging from none in the XLE Axent, to moderate in the Advantix and complete IR suppression in the Apex. Learn more

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Breakthrough Photography launches ultra-slim UV and ND filters

DPReview News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 14:33

Breakthrough Photography has introduced its X-Series lineup of ultra-slim UV and ND filters, which are available for pre-order now through the company's Kickstarter campaign. The series consists of three filter models, the X3 Traction Filter, X2 Traction Filter, and the X1 Black Filter, with pre-orders set to start shipping next month. Read more

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Video: Capturing nature with the Canon EOS 7D Mark II

DPReview News - Mon, 11/10/2014 - 10:52

When we review high-end DSLRs, one of the most common requests we receive is to get them into the hands of professional photographers that work in the kinds of environments for which they were designed. That's why when we received the Canon EOS 7D Mark II we joined up with Adam Jones, a professional wildlife and nature photographer, to see what he makes of the new camera. Click through to watch our video

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Open Mike: The Zen of Shooting

The Online Photographer - Sun, 11/09/2014 - 21:55
(Or "photographing," if you object to the verb "shooting." Shooting to me means the act of handling a camera to actively take pictures, whereas photographing is a slightly broader term. But it's up to you.) Check out this comment from... Michael Johnston
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Just Out of Curiosity...

The Online Photographer - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 09:52
...What's the most you've ever shot in a day? Do you even have any idea? For me, with film, I believe it was six rolls of 35, or 210 shots; and that was a challenge. John Gossage used to assign... Michael Johnston
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Manfrotto introduces new lens filter lineup

DPReview News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 08:00

Manfrotto has introduced new lens filters, with UV, Circular Polarizer and Protective versions available. Offered in up to three flavors - Essential, Advanced and Professional - each filter offers anti-reflective and water repellent coatings. The filters are only available online with prices ranging from $24.99-169.99. Read more

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Supersense offers 66/6 Limited Edition instant pinhole camera

DPReview News - Sat, 11/08/2014 - 07:00

Supersense, a Vienna-based retailer of high-end goods designed to appeal to the five senses, has targeted analog fans with its new 66/6, a limited edition pinhole camera compatible with Polaroid's Instant film. Read more

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Weekend Exercise: The Power of Two

The Online Photographer - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 23:00
Time required: 1–5 weeks Difficulty level, on a scale of 1–5: 5 ...Forgive me for this one. In the early part of my life I wanted to be a teacher, and I'm still a frustrated one at heart. I know... Michael Johnston
Categories: Photography

Print Sale Update

The Online Photographer - Fri, 11/07/2014 - 15:19
Ctein reports that all 54 orders have been shipped for his "Bird Impression" photograph print sale. This sets a new land speed record for TOP Sale order fulfillment. If you haven't gotten a confirmation e-mail from the Post Office for... Michael Johnston
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