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What's NEX? Sony Alpha a5100 first impressions review

DPReview News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 20:00

As Sony introduces the Alpha a5100 interchangeable lens camera, it officially leaves behind the NEX moniker its mirrorless line originated with. The a5100 picks up where the NEX-5 series leaves off, combining the 24.3 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor of the a6000 and the more compact footprint of the NEX-5T. The a5100 also inherits many of the a6000's good qualities, including its impressive autofocus system. The a5100 also one-ups its big brother by offering 1080/60p video at 50Mbps. We took a hands-on, preliminary look at the a5100. Read more

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Hands-on with the Sony Alpha a5100

DPReview News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 20:00

The Sony Alpha a5100 is a petite, compact mirrorless interchangeable lens camera with a lot to offer. We've had access to a pre-production sample for a few days, and as well as a full first impressions review we also got hands-on with Sony's latest Alpha. Click through for a tour of the a5100's major features.

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Sony announces Alpha a5100 compact mirrorless camera

DPReview News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 20:00

Sony has announce its new Alpha a5100 mirrorless camera, which takes the 'guts' from the a6000 and puts it into the compact body inherited from the NEX-5 line. The a5100 offers the same 24.3MP sensor with on-chip phase detection as the a6000, along with a 3" LCD that flips up 180 degrees for taking self-portraits. The a5100 has impressive video features for its price, including support for the XAVC S codec, which allows for 1080/60p/24p recording at 50Mbps.

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Open Mike II: Stress!

The Online Photographer - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 09:15
I don't know how far to drill down into this subject, but boy, am I under stress this week. I do not deal with stress well. Never have. When I taught high school, a field trip was enough to send... Michael Johnston
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Readers' Showcase: Astrophotography

DPReview News - Sun, 08/17/2014 - 01:00

In all the talk about new gear, it's easy to overlook the end result of our shared passion - the pursuit of stunning images. Among our large community there are some incredibly talented photographers who share their work in our forums, galleries and photo challenges, and from time to time we like to showcase some of the best work on our homepage. Recently we asked users of our astrophotography forum to submit their favorite shots and as usual, the images were excellent. See gallery

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Sunday Open Mike: Evolution of a Picture

The Online Photographer - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 21:33
We all hunt down photographs in our own inimitable ways. No one's right and no one's wrong. Walker Evans would work all day and expose six sheets of film; Pete Turner was once photographed reclining on a mountain of his... Michael Johnston
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DPR reader loses camera in fall, sustains injury and lives to tell the tale

DPReview News - Sat, 08/16/2014 - 01:00

Let's get the important thing out of the way first - Greg Theulings is fine. His Fujifilm X-T1, on the other hand, is not. Keen landscape photographer and DPR forum member, Theulings was on a trip to to Luxembourg and the German Eifel photographing the some rapids when he slipped on a rock, fell into the water and dislocated his shoulder. His camera and lens were destroyed, but his memory card survived. See his photos and read his story - and maybe take a little extra care on those rocks when you're out on your last photo trip of the summer.

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Rare Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM goes on sale in UK

DPReview News - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 07:56

A copy of one of the largest interchangeable lenses for SLRs ever produced has emerged for at a UK retailer. Canon's massive EF 1200mm f/5.6 L USM is a rare beast, and the longest lens in the world with AF. MPB Photographic describes it as being in mint condition and has priced the lens at £99,000. Read more

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The Online Photographer - Fri, 08/15/2014 - 03:39
Sorry. I blew it. I woke up at the crack of dawn this morning thinking, forgot the post! Let me just acknowledge that I'm not in the swing of this yet. It takes me a while to groove regular habits.... Michael Johnston
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ESA's ATV-5 equipped with camera to document atmospheric breakup

DPReview News - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 16:01

The European Space Agency's ATV-5 supply vessel docked a couple of days ago with the International Space Station. Not just loaded with cargo for the ISS, the ATV-5 is also carrying newly developed camera technology which will record the final moments of ATV-5's breakup on re-entering Earth's atmosphere. The Break-Up Camera was designed in only nine months and will relay images from the last 20 seconds of the vessel's life to a capsule that can survive the extreme heat of reentry. Learn more

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The Morning Coffee 8/14/14

The Online Photographer - Thu, 08/14/2014 - 00:30
- • • • I took a flier today and wrote a post about my personal life, which I almost never do. Funny thing happened, though: each time I rewrote the post, it got shorter. And shorter and shorter. The... Michael Johnston
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Accessory Review: Drobo Mini RAID

DPReview News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 19:00

The Drobo Mini is a portable RAID storage solution with four HD bays, speedy Thunderbolt connectivity, and desktop-based monitoring software. Ideal for photography and videography, the Drobo Mini has many features that might make it attractive to enthusiast and professional photographers and videographers. See how the Drobo Mini fared in our review.

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Manfrotto announces carbon fiber BeFree tripod

DPReview News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 10:40

Manfrotto has announced a carbon fiber version of its BeFree tripod, previously available only in aluminum. The lighter carbon fiber BeFree weighs 1.1 kg/2.4 lbs (as compared to the 1.4 kg/3 lb aluminum version) and features a reverse folding design that allows it shrink to 15.7 inches (~40cm) in length when collapsed and stored. Designed for travel, it can hold up to 4 kg/8.8 lbs and is available now in the US for $389. Read more

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Samsung announces Galaxy Alpha with metal body and 12MP camera

DPReview News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 08:40

Samsung has announced the Galaxy Alpha - the first Galaxy smartphone with a metal frame. With its 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED screen the Galaxy Alpha is similar in dimensions to the Galaxy S5 Mini but 6.7mm thinner. The device comes with a 12MP rear camera which is unusual in that no other current high-end Samsung offers this sort of megapixel-count but no information on sensor size and technology is currently available. 

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The Morning Coffee 8/13/14

The Online Photographer - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 03:30
Good morning! It was a gorgeous day in Waukesha yesterday, with a soft primeval green rain in the morning and later, light that looked much more like Autumn than August. Dog training class yesterday afternoon was wonderful, one of Leann's... Michael Johnston
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Weather Channel announces photo contest winners

DPReview News - Wed, 08/13/2014 - 02:00

The Weather Channel has announced the winners of its inaugural photo contest. Photographers submitted images that best capture the spirit of the Weather Channel's 'It's Amazing Out There' tagline. From over 30,000 entries, one Grand Prize Winner was selected along with three finalists from each category - Living World, Adventure and the Elements. Take a look at the winning photos. See gallery

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Nikon D810: A sport photographer's impressions

DPReview News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 12:35

UK-based sports photographer Guy Swarbrick specializes in shooting cycling events, but this summer he got the opportunity to shoot the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow Scotland. Just before the games he took delivery of Nikon's latest full-frame DSLR the D810, and in this article he shares his experiences of using the camera. Click through to read his impressions of the D810, and take a look at some of his pictures. 

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Site news: New 'Features' index page

DPReview News - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 11:12

Hey you know that article you read on a couple of months ago that you really liked? What was it called again...? do you remember who wrote it...? Yeah, we hear you. Since we made some site changes earlier this summer it's been pretty hard to find certain types of articles but we've been working on it, and we're pleased to announce a new index page for non-review content. This is where you'll find articles and news stories, arranged in categories according to theme - everything from interviews and show reports to accessory reviews. Click through to learn more.

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The Morning Coffee 8/12/14

The Online Photographer - Tue, 08/12/2014 - 03:30
Good morning from the Wilds of Waukesha! I wonder how many of you are tuning in via feed reader? A reader named Michael yesterday wrote the following: I am flummoxed by how few people—including the highly intelligent and good-looking denizens... Michael Johnston
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Microsoft introduces hyperlapse algorithm to fix shaky first-person videos

DPReview News - Mon, 08/11/2014 - 22:59

Microsoft's Research division in Redmond, Washington has published material detailing a method for turning shaky first-person camera footage into a stabilized hyperlapse video. The algorithm they've developed uses a 3-step process to produce exceptionally stable videos that play back in a single fluid camera sweep. Researchers state that they are woking on bringing this technology to a Windows app, though no release date is given. Learn more

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