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High Flyer? DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ Drone Review

DPReview News - Tue, 10/14/2014 - 02:00

The DJI Phantom 2 Vision+ is the company's newest flagship consumer drone, outfitted with a 3-axis gimbal, Adobe DNG RAW capture in addition to HD video recording, and operated by the DJI Vision smartphone application. It's capable of producing 14MP JPEGs and Raw images, and could be an ideal tool for a real estate photographer or independent filmmaker looking for b-roll. Does it rise to the occasion? Read our review

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Sigma updates USB dock for new lenses

DPReview News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 16:00

Lens manufacturer Sigma has issued an update to the firmware of its USB dock to make it compatible with the new 150-600mm f/5.6-6.3 DG OS HSM S and 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3DC Macro OS HSM lenses. Although these lenses are available in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts, the update for the USB dock does not yet cover these lenses in the Nikon fit, and Sigma hasn't indicated when it will. Read more

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PhotoShelter introduces Pinterest-like photography curation service Lattice

DPReview News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 12:09

PhotoShelter has introduced a new project it has been working on called Lattice, which allows the service's users to browse images that have been aggregated into boards. The way the service works is similar to Pinterest and will be rolling out in phases, the first of which is now available to the public. Read more

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Ferrania to restart film production in still and movie formats

DPReview News - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 09:11

Italian film and camera brand Ferrania is set to come back to life after a Kickstarter fundraising project reached its target with over two weeks left to run. A company called FILM Ferrania will use the money raised to re-commission and redesign existing machinery from closed sections of the Ferrania factory to begin the manufacture of film. Initial production will be for 35mm and 120 roll formats for stills, and Super 8 and 16mm movie film. Learn more

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10/13/14 The Morning Coffee: Pine Lake

The Online Photographer - Mon, 10/13/2014 - 00:30
Good morning— Yesterday I went to watch the Packers game at the house of my friend Jack MacDonough, who you know. He lives on a lake. Halfway through the game we left for a boat ride, which was a smart... Michael Johnston
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Open Mike: Lists, and the Top Three Small Cameras

The Online Photographer - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 08:47
So a not-so-idle question: What do you think are the top three most generally recommendable small(ish) cameras, circa October 2014? I'm pretty determined to publish a list of "Small Cameras We Love," which I've had on a low boil for... Michael Johnston
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Around the world by bicycle with photographer Nicolas Marino

DPReview News - Sun, 10/12/2014 - 02:00

Nicolas Marino has been to 56 countries in his lifetime and has his sights set on the other 140. He's traveling around the world with his camera and he's not taking the easy way, crossing deserts, jungles and everything in between by bicycle. Why? In his words, 'With a bicycle and a humble attitude you can travel to the heart of a culture.' See gallery

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Wildlife Photographer of the Year releases images from winners shortlist

DPReview News - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 02:00

Britain's Natural History Museum has disclosed four of the winning images from the shortlist of the Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition. With a judging panel chaired by Jim Brandenburg, the competition attracted almost 42000 entries from 96 countries this year, and 100 of the best images will form a touring exhibition that the museum says will visit six continents. See gallery

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10/11/14 The Morning Coffee: Vacation Snaps

The Online Photographer - Sat, 10/11/2014 - 00:30
Poet and editor Jim Schley is a "FOLD" (friend of long duration)—as of this month, he and I have known each other for fifty years, since we were seven. This is the solar house designed by his wife Rebecca Bailey... Michael Johnston
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Ray K. Metzker 1931-2014

The Online Photographer - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 13:05
I am desperately sorry to report that Ray K. Metzker has died at the age of 83, following a long decline. The news struck at me deeply, because nothing makes an artist I don't know personally more alive to me... Michael Johnston
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TOP Classic: Creative Livings

The Online Photographer - Fri, 10/10/2014 - 07:39
[Originally written in 2007. Re the last paragraph, at the time I did not envision that this site would provide me with a living. —Mike] "Along with teaching creative thinking, art schools should encourage creative ways of making a living."... Michael Johnston
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10/10/14 The Morning Coffee: Home Again

The Online Photographer - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 20:43
I'm finally back home in Waukesha, having driven 2,759 miles (4,440 kilometers) since Friday September 26th. I saw five sets of friends, one twice, and had a grand and meaningful vacation. It's done me a world of good. I must... Michael Johnston
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Hipstamatic updates Cinamatic with manual video controls

DPReview News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 16:01

Cinamatic, Hipstamatic's iOS app for capturing short video clips, has been updated to implement manual control over focus, exposure, white balance, shutter speed and ISO. This has been made possible by changes to the camera API in iOS 8. After the launch of the new OS manual control had been implemented in several still photography apps very quickly but Cinamatic is now the first video app to come with the additional controls. Read more

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HTC introduces the RE digital camera

DPReview News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 09:56

Smartphone maker HTC has introduced its first stand-alone camera in the shape of the HTC RE. With no viewfinder, screen or controls other than a shutter release button, the RE is designed to be used either as an independent still and video camera, or as a connected device controlled via a smartphone. Housing a 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor that features 16 million pixels, the RE uses a fixed-focus f/2.8 lens that HTC says has a 146 degree angle of view - equivalent to a 6.5mm focal length on a full frame body. Read more

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Tiny fps1000 high-speed camera boasts 18,500fps

DPReview News - Thu, 10/09/2014 - 02:00

Graham Rowan of Hertfordshire, UK has created a small camera dubbed the "fps1000", and as its name suggests, it is designed solely to record high-frame-rate videos. The goal is to open up high-speed shooting to a wider market by offering a relatively inexpensive product that is highly portable. Learn more

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Tune in to DPReview Live this Thursday and Friday

DPReview News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 17:55

This Thursday and Friday October 9-10th, DPReview is teaming up once again with CreativeLive on a live streaming broadcast. We'll be talking with industry experts and pros about current technological advancements and what they mean to photographers. Additionally, we'll have on hand plenty of new gear announced at Photokina and DPReview editorial staff will discuss the highlights and trends seen at the show. Learn more

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Ricoh announces WG-30W and WG-30 rugged compacts

DPReview News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 14:01

Ricoh has announced the WG-30W and WG-30, expanding its rugged compact camera lineup. The WG-30W provides Wi-Fi connectivity while the WG-30 doesn't, but outside of that the two cameras are identical. Offering a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, the WG-30W is waterproof to a depth of 40ft / 12m, shockproof to 5ft / 1.5m, crushproof to 220lbf/100kgf and coldproof down to +14F/-10C. Read more

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Nikon D750 real-world samples gallery posted

DPReview News - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 12:29

Nikon's newest full frame camera, the D750, made its debut at Photokina this year. It borrows features from the D810 and combines them with a 24MP sensor, boasting a comprehensive video and still photo feature set. We've had access to a full production unit long enough to put together a gallery of real world sample images. See gallery

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On the Road Again

The Online Photographer - Wed, 10/08/2014 - 06:48
I'm on the road again today (sob!), but, to speak to John Krill's question yesterday as to what an enthusiast is, I had to think about that once for a survey. What I concluded is that if you name all... Michael Johnston
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Sensor Size

The Online Photographer - Tue, 10/07/2014 - 14:02
I saw that DPReview asked an interesting question the other day. It was a poll, and the question was: what do you think is the minimum sensor size for an enthusiast camera? I'm not even sure I quite understand the... Michael Johnston
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