Mr. Kimio Maki, Senior General Manager, Digital Imaging Business Group, Sony Corp.
A little over three years ago, there was a very visible shift in Sony's camera lineup, starting with the extremely well-received NEX-5
. It turns out that one individual has been the driving force behind most of Sony's recent string of successes. And what a string they are -- the RX1, RX1R, RX100 and RX100 II compacts, the smartphone-extending QX series (which are wildly successful, just not so much among the dedicated photo community), the full-frame...
Shopping for a photographer is hard. Glass is expensive, and you're never sure what they'd actually like. Lighting needs vary on the type of photography they do. Memory cards feel impersonal. But what about a really nice camera strap? After all, if they're going to have a hunk of metal and glass hanging from your neck for hours at a time, something stylish and safe would make an excellent purchase. And that's where the folks at A7 come in.
A7 (not to be confused with the Sony camera of the same name) are a New York company that...
The story of photographer Steve McCurry’s quest to find the "Afghan Girl"
, a decades later search to find the iconic cover subject of National Geographic, is the stuff of legend. But another National Geographic photographer has just managed to pull of a similar feat — one that's even more impressive, because the subject can't speak. She's a dolphin.
Photographer Flip Nicklin captured an image of a wild spotted dolphin in 1992, a distinctively marked female calf known as Nassau, which was emblazoned on the September 1992 cover of...
In just a few days, an incredible collection of Leica and Nikon gear will go under the auctioneer's hammer, with a December 8 sale through Tamarkin Rare Camera Auctions
. Some 317 lots are up for bid, including some extremely rare pieces, like prototype and misprinted Leicas, anniversary boxed sets, Noctilux glass, and more.
The two biggest draws in the auction are some of its most interesting. There's a Leica M4-2 Safari Prototype
, bedecked in olive green. Apparently Leica was working on safari versions of both the M4-2 and the...
Earlier this year, Metabones wowed
with its "Speed Booster" adapters, which managed to let you reduce the effective crop factor of a camera, and also increase the maximum aperture. Now the company has announced another wave of Speed Boosters
, this time for the Blackmagic Cinema Camera (BMCC) and Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (BMPCC) — and these will even let you shoot as fast as f/0.74.
The pair of Blackmagic cameras both have Micro Four Thirds mounts, but substantially smaller sensors, giving a 2.39x crop factor on the BMCC...
This video's an oldie but a goodie, and some of us here at IR hadn't see this before -- and chances are, that goes for our readers as well. Have you ever wondered what YouTube does with your videos once you've uploaded them? You didn't think they'd just leave them alone, did you. And you'd be right not to. Because apparently, once a video is uploaded to YouTube's servers, it undergoes some further processing before it is made available to the public. But what exactly happens in the time between your upload is done and the video is...
We've just posted our Nikon 58mm f/1.4G lens review
, and confess that this lens has left us stratching our heads a little. The Nikon 58mm ƒ/1.4G AF-S Nikkor lens is Nikon's latest fast prime lens and the spiritual successor to the famed Nikon 58mm ƒ/1.2 Nikkor Noct classic Ai manual focus lens. Boasting a slightly slower ƒ/1.4 aperture than its Noct "predecessor," it does keep the same focal length and lens element layout. This new 58mm lens is the latest addition to Nikon's growing collection of normal focal length prime lenses,...
It's previously been rumored, and now it's official: Canon has announced the EOS M2, successor to the EOS M mirrorless camera, in Japan. From what it looks like, though, the camera isn't quite what many have hoped for, keeping the same design philosophy and almost the same body as its predecessor. What's changed is the autofocus, which is now a phase-detection / contrast-detection hybrid and covers 80% of the sensor area using Canon's Hybrid CMOS AF II technology, as seen in the Canon SL1. In addition to that, the M2 gains built-in...
It's often said that photography is the art of painting with light, but have you ever wondered how long your photos would take to create if you had to paint them in a more literal manner?
British visual artist Kyle Lambert
recently did just that, recreating a photograph of famous Hollywood actor Morgan Freeman
entirely by hand. Lambert's portrait is based on an image by New York photographer Scott Gries, and it was made using only an Apple iPad Air tablet
, Savage Interactive's Procreate painting app
, and his fingertips. The...
One of the main advantages to the GoPro is that it's small and light enough that you can strap it to just about anything, and it won't get in the way. How small and light? Enough so that you can essentially build it an aerodynamic wing, tie in some rope, and create awesome (and vaguely vertigo inducing) footage of you spinning it around your body. At least, that's what Steven Prael
did, for the video below.
With the help of his dad's workshop, Prael built a relatively simple glider for the GoPro, and then it was just a matter of...
Rangers in Western Australia set up a motion sensitive camera to record the local fresh-water crocodiles, but when it went missing, they thought it lost to the waters. But rather than fall to the depths, the camera had actually been snatched away by a young eagle — who managed to deposit it more than 100km (60 miles away), and then take a selfie.
The camera was placed by aboriginal rangers in a gorge on the Margaret River in Kimberly, Western Australia
. The rangers were hoping to capture footage of the nearby crocodiles, but...
In July, VSCO announced that it was porting its popular VSCO Cam iPhone app to Android
, and started allowing people into the beta for the new version. Now, more than four months later, the app has finally been officially released
and is available as a free download
for folks with Android 4.0+.
While the camera app side of VSCO Cam has never been anything special, what has really distinguished it from other photo filtering and sharing apps is the combination of excellently designed filters, and a variety of editing tools. The app...
Hot off the heels of Sigma declaring compatibility problems between the Nikon D5300 and a number of the company's lenses
, the same issues have re-appeared, this time for the Nikon Df
. Explaining the problem on its website
, Sigma explicitly states that its a similar phenomena has occurred with the D5300, but now also extends to lenses with don't have their own AF motors.
There are seven lenses that won't play nicely with the Nikon Df, and as before, Sigma is offering a free fix...
Last year, Nikon announced its D600 digital SLR, a truly affordable full-frame beauty with an unanticipated Achilles heel: a shutter / mirror mechanism prone to splattering dust and oil on the sensor, early in the camera's operating life. A year later, it followed up with the Nikon D610
, a surprisingly modest update whose primary goal seems -- whether Nikon can say so or not -- to be resolving that niggling problem once and for all.
In most respects, the Nikon D610 is identical to its forebear, sporting the same 24.3-megapixel,...
Ilford Imaging Switzerland
-- one of two companies that emerged from the ashes of bankrupt British photo film maker Ilford just ten years ago -- is once more faced by financial difficulties, we hear today.
Named after the town of Ilford, Essex where it was founded in 1879, and originally traded as Britannia Works, Ilford found itself faced by bankruptcy in 2004. Post-bankruptcy, the company split in two, with Ilford Imaging
focusing on photo inkjet paper and commercial printing media, while Harman Technology
-- trading as...
Once or twice a year, an inversion layer will push a small amount of fog into the Grand Canyon, slightly obscuring it. But far less frequently, maybe once a decade or so, the conditions will be perfect for the entire canyon to fill to the brim. That's what happened last Friday, as clear skies and perfect conditions lead to a rare full inversion, and the Grand Canyon was filled with a dense layer of fog.
With such a rare occurrence in an already picturesque location, people were soon out in force to photograph the event — photos...
In October, LensRentals announced a photography contest of a very different sort
, The First Annual Photogeek Geek Photo Contest. Not so much a contest of artistic merit, but rather a competition devoted to all the things that gearheads flip out over — sharp corners, test charts, bokeh, distortion, dynamic range, and putting as many elements between the camera and the lens as possible. Now, one month and 400 entries later
, the winners have been chosen.
With a judging panel culled from some of the best in the busines (including our...
Courtesy of Centre for Biorobotics, Tallinn University of Technology
Despite our romantic dreams to the contrary, looking for sunken wrecks is not exactly the easiest thing to do in the world. Human divers are slow, need to return to the surface frequently, and can only go so deep; remote sensing techniques lack resolution; and many diving robots require long tethers and can disturb the silt on the bottom of the sea floor. But a new robot modeled after a sea turtle could defeat those problems, and allow for better, safer remote...
If you're shooting with the Nikon D610
digital SLR or Coolpix P7800
premium compact, and you want to tame the distortion and perspective issues in your photos, there's good news from French software company DxO Labs. They've just updated DxO ViewPoint
, their tool for correcting various common image defects, and it now supports both cameras.
DxO ViewPoint 2.1.1 is available immediately, and just like previous releases, it can function either standalone or as a plugin for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, or Photoshop...
For the second year in a row, Fujifilm has made it into the Thomson Reuters list of the top 100 global innovators
. Each year, Thomson Reuters recognises the world's top 100 innovators with this list, which is based on patent output, patent grant success rate, global reach of the patent portfolio and patent influence. According to the company, Fujifilm had 10,533 unique inventions between January 1, 2010 and December 31,...
From B&H Photo Below are select limited time deals on some Canon gear from B&H Photo. Canon EOS 6D Body Bundle $1507 (Reg $1899 & includes $145 in accessories) Canon EF 24-70 f/2.8L II $1699 after mail-in rebate (Reg $2299) Canon EF 85 f/1.2L II $1799 after mail-in rebate (Reg $2299) Canon EF 70-200 f/4L IS $999 after...
No previous versions required Adobe has extended their Photoshop CC/Lightroom 5 deal until December 8, 2013. I’m assuming the extension is due to the positive response to the pricing and requirements. You can get both Photoshop CC & Lightroom 5 for $9.99/mth without owning a previous version of Creative Suite or Photoshop. I have personally...
From our own Justin Van Leeuwen Our reviewer Justin spent some time with the Canon EF 200-400 f/4L IS 1.4x and did a review that didn’t include birds or bears. One of the shots was a unique model shoot using the lens as well as the PocketWizard Plus IIIs so he could trigger his light...