March 18
Canon interview: 'increased competition allows us to level-up'

At this year's CP+ show in Yokohama, we sat down with senior executives from several major manufacturers, including Canon. Topics of conversation included Canon's ambitions for high-end mirrorless cameras, and the importance of responding to the demands of the smartphone generation.

March 17
Sony a7 III dynamic range and high ISO improve over its predecessor

On paper, the Sony a7 III is a tempting option for photographers who've been considering a switch to full-frame mirrorless. But how does its image quality stack up? We compare it to the Mark II and a few of its other peers.

Photo story of the week: Flowing under a solar storm

Erez Marom shares the details behind this beautiful aurora photograph, captured on Haukland Beach in the Lofoten Islands, Arctic Norway, on a moonless evening.

March 16
AI-powered Google Lens visual search tool is now available on iOS devices

Google Lens uses artificial intelligence and 'computer vision' to identify and provide information about businesses, landmarks and other objects using your phone's camera. And now it's available for iPhone users, too.

Adobe posts record revenue yet again, earning $2.08 billion in Q1 of 2018

The company posted a record quarterly revenue of $2.08 billion for the first quarter of the 2018 fiscal year. That represents incredibly healthy year-over-year growth of 24 percent.

The New York Times is looking to hire a Photo Director

In the job posting, the Times' describes this role as "one of the most important and high-profile jobs in visual journalism." If you're looking for a high profile job in photojournalism, you could do a lot worse than being Photo Director at The Gray Lady.

Samsung wants to dethrone Sony, reach #1 in the global image sensor market

According to a recent report out of South Korea, Samsung is increasing production of its ISOCELL image sensors in a bid towards market leadership for image sensors. To reach this goal, Samsung will have to dethrone current market leader Sony... no small task.

Moar Megapixels! Pixel peeping a 709MP drum scan of 8x10 slide film

In this video, large format photographer Ben Horne shows off the incredible resolving power of 8x10 slide film by pixel peeping a massive 709.6-megapixel drum scan of one of his landscape shots. And you thought 100MP medium format was big...

The Android-only LyfieEye200 is 'the world's smallest VR/AR camera'

This tiny little plug-and-play VR/AR camera for Android phones uses a pair of greater-than-180° FOV fisheye lenses to offer both 360° video/photo capture and 360° livestreaming at 1440p resolution.

Syrp launches Magic Carpet Pro slider with 'infinitely extendable' track

Syrp has announced the Magic Carpet Pro: a slider that offers filmmakers an 'infinitely extendable' range thanks to built-in track levers that let you connect lengths of track without the use of tools.

Sony interview: 'If cameras are going to develop, manufacturers have to develop mirrorless technologies'

At CP+ we sat down with executives from several major manufacturers. Among them was Kenji Tanaka, of Sony, who talked to us about the a7 III as well as its plans to attract more pro shooters – without ignoring APS-C and entry-level customers.

March 15
Large format macro: a crazy wet plate photography experiment

How do you shoot macro photography on an 18x24cm large format wet plate camera? You 'connect' two large format cameras together! That's how wet plate photographer Markus Hofstaetter did it, and you can read about the whole process in this article.

Fujifilm X-H1 Review

The Fujifilm X-H1 is a top-of-the-range 24MP mirrorless camera with in-body stabilization and the company's most advanced array of video capabilities. We've tested the X-T2's big brother extensively to see how it performs.

Behind the scenes: Shooting Lamborghinis in the snow

Motorsports photojournalist Jamey Price recently flew to Canada with Lamborghini for the car company's Winter Accademia 2018, where clients get to drive the latest Lamborghini supercars on snow and ice. Yes... it is exactly as awesome as it sounds.

March 14
Novoflex's new TrioPod PRO75 modular tripod can handle 'immense load'

This "high-capacity advanced spider tripod" system can handle a maximum load of 65kg / 143lbs thanks to its reinforced design and 8-layered carbon fiber legs.

Video: 360° 8K timelapse of the aurora borealis during a lunar eclipse

Photographer William Briscoe captured the beautiful two-for-one timelapse just outside Fairbanks, Alaska on January 31st, braving -31°F (-35°C) temperatures to get the shot.

Vivo's AI-powered 'Super-HDR' tech takes on Google's HDR+

Chinese manufacturer Vivo has announced some AI-powered Super HDR tech to compete with Google's HDR+ system. Both systems combine multiple images to create a final shot with more dynamic range and less noise, but Super HDR claims to do so more intelligently.

Teardown video shows how the Galaxy S9 variable aperture works

The YouTube channel JerryRigEverything recently tore down (or rather, tore apart...) the new Samsung Galaxy S9, giving us the closest look at yet at the new smartphone's camera hardware.

This may be Amelia Earhart’s Leica, and you can buy it for $69,000 on eBay

The Leica l Model A, dating from between 1926 and 1927, comes with a card signed by Earhart herself. Unfortunately, this is the only 'proof' that the camera really did belong to her.

Rokinon AF 35mm F2.8 FE sample gallery and impressions

The Rokinon AF 35mm F2.8 FE is a budget-friendly option for users of Sony's a7-series that are looking to get into the 35mm focal length.

March 13
Google just made the tech behind its 'portrait mode' open source

The 'semantic image segmentation model' categorizes every pixel in an image and assigns it a label, such as “road”, “sky”, “person” or “dog.” And now, Google has released its latest version as open source, making it available to any developers whose apps could benefit from the tech.

Huawei shares P20 triple-cam teaser videos

Huawai is teasing the upcoming P20 smartphone's low-light and zoom capabilities in a couple of tongue-in-cheek teaser videos on YouTube.

Fujifilm GFX 50S firmware update adds Focus Bracketing and 35mm Format Mode

Fuji's latest firmware update for the GFX 50S adds two new features: a focus stacking mode, and a 35mm format mode that takes 30.5MP photos using the center portion of the camera's medium format sensor.

NYC photo tour helicopter crashes in the East River, claiming five lives

The crash has raised serious questions about 'startling safety gaps' in the doors-off photo tour industry. After a brief safety video, passengers are strapped in with heavy-duty harnesses and given only a knife to cut themselves loose in case of emergency.

Adobe Creative Cloud prices will increase April 16th, Photography Plan will stay the same

For the first time in five years, Adobe is raising the price of some Creative Cloud subscription packages. The good news for photographers: The $10/month CC Photography plan that includes Photoshop CC, Lightroom CC, and Lightroom Classic CC will stay the same.

Canon CEO: 'we will go on the offensive... in the mirrorless camera market'

In a statement, Canon CEO Fujio Mitarai said the company will "go on the offensive" in mirrorless cameras, aiming to clinch 50% of the entire interchangeable-lens camera market.

Sony executive predicts Nikon and Canon will go full-frame mirrorless within a year

We spoke with Sony's Senior General Manager of the Digital Imaging Business Group, Kenji Tanaka, at CP+, and he told us that in his opinion, Canon and Nikon will join Sony in the full-frame mirrorless market by next year's CP+ show.

March 12
The Broccoli Tree and the dangers of sharing photos of the places you love online

As photographers, we often share photos of our favorite locations, landscapes, and landmarks online. But what if your photos ultimately led to the destruction of those locations, landscapes, and landmarks? For one photographer in Sweden, that's exactly what happened.

Report: Agfa Vista film is no more, stock drying up world-wide

According to Japan Camera Hunter, Agfa Vista color negative film is no longer being produced. The site says the information was confirmed by ‘reliable industry sources,’ and that supplies are drying up around the world.

'I'm Back' digital back for analog SLRs successfully returns to Kickstarter

I'm Back, the digital back that promises to transform your old 35mm SLR into a digital camera, has returned from the Kickstarter graveyard... and this time it's blown past its funding goal.

UPDATED: Instagram is NOT bringing back the chronological feed

A report that Instagram was considering bringing back the chronological feed has been squashed by Instagram itself. Despite years of complaining, it seems IG has no interest in dumping the algorithmic feed.

The most expensive camera in the world: 1923 Leica sells for $2.97M at auction

This Leica 0-series—one of only 25 ever produced, and only three in 'original condition'—beat the previous record set by another Leica 0-series. It is now officially the most expensive camera ever sold at auction.

iFixit teardown finds Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus difficult to repair, shows dual-blade aperture

iFixit tore down the new Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus, giving it a repairability grade of 4 our of 10, and showing how the main camera lens uses two rotating, ring-like blades for switching between F2.4 and F1.5.

Olympus E-PL9 sample gallery

Olympus' latest update to its light-and-compact Pen series comes in the form of the E-PL9. The camera offers some hardware and design improvements like a more substantial grip and a newer sensor capable of 4K.

March 11
Why brand market share shouldn't matter to you

We've seen a spate of press releases trumpeting market share and ranking position in recent months. But, argues office curmudgeon Richard Butler, you should ignore them since they tell you very little – and less still that's useful.

March 10
Photo story of the week: Locomotion

Photographer Drew Hopper share the story behind this photo, which was captured on the streets of Hoi An, Vietnam. For Drew, the best way to capture the bustle of Hoi An's streets was to lean into it, pulling movement into his street photography.

Pro Services: Are they worth it?

Canon, Nikon and now Sony offer programs to support pro photographers. What's the value of joining up? And should you?

March 9
Photojournalist faces death penalty in Egypt for covering anti-government protests

Mahmoud Abou Zeid, a 31-year-old photojournalist also known by the alias Shawkan, is currently facing a death sentence in Cairo. Zeid was arrested while covering anti-government protests for a British photo agency in August 2013.

This Samsung infographic tracks the evolution of the camera phone

The full infographic covers 18 years: starting with the manufacturer's first camera phone, the 0.11MP SCH-V200, and ending with the company's flagship Galaxy S9 smartphones.

SonyPixelShift2DNG combines a7R III Pixel Shift shots into DNG files

One of the limitations of Sony a7R III's Pixel Shift mode is that you have to use Sony's Imaging Edge software to process the resulting 'quartets.' That's where SonyPixelShift2DNG comes in, converting those unwieldy ARW files into DNGs you can edit in your favorite Raw converter.

Panasonic Lumix ZS200 sample gallery

Spending time in Japan for CP+ also means that we've been able to get out and take some photos on the vibrant streets of Yokohama. With a 20MP 1" sensor and 24-360mm equiv. zoom, the Panasonic ZS200 / TZ200 was up to the task.

March 8
Canon got it right on International Women's Day

Forget upside-down logos. The best move a brand can make to recognize women is to amplify their causes.

Leaked images confirm Huawei P20 will have a Leica-branded triple-camera

Leaked product images show the Huawei P20 with three cameras vertically aligned on the device's back plate, confirming a rumor we shared last month that the upcoming Huawei phone will be the first to feature a 'triple-cam.'

New Novoflex adapters let you use full-frame lenses with the Hasselblad X1D

Owners of the medium format Hasselblad X1D can now mount a series of full-frame lenses to their medium format body, in some cases with minimal vignetting, thanks to a new range of adapters launched by Novoflex.

Leica reveals matte black M Monochrom 'Stealth Edition' with glow-in-the-dark markings

For its latest special edition camera, Leica collaborated with the founder and CEO of the fashion brand rag & bone to create a matte black 'Stealth Edition' of the Leica M Monochrom, complete with glow-in-the-dark accents.

Sony a7 III sample gallery updated

We've just updated our Sony a7 III sample gallery with a new batch of photos, including downloadable Raw files. There are no new photos of hipsters with beards and banding. We promise.

March 7
Google 'LIFE Tags' uses AI to organize LIFE magazine's 4 million-photo archive

Google's new 'LIFE Tags' project used AI to automatically tag LIFE magazine's 4-million-photo archive by recognizing objects in each photo—a treasure trove of photo history, packed with hidden gems that are now just a keyword search away.

Venus Optics officially launches the Laowa 25mm F2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro

The Laowa 25mm F2.8 2.5-5x Ultra Macro lens offers professional and amateur macro photographers alike a compact, lightweight option that can get you extremely close to your subject.

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