Giottos has announced a range of tripods that use a unique 'Y'-shaped centre column profile to offer a more compact folded package. The 'Silk Road YTL series' replaces the existing MTL range in its entirety, and according to Giottos offers a 30% space saving without any sacifice in stability or weight capacity. The range includes 12 models offering 3- or 4-section legs, conventional 2-way or tilting centre columns, and weight capacities from 5 to 10 kg. They'll be on sale from mid-January, with at prices starting from £100 for aluminium, or £220 for carbon fibre models.
We've just posted an extra six pages to our Canon EOS 6D coverage including data and analysis from all our key tests. We're working towards completing our review and wanted to publish this information as we know a lot of readers are interested in this camera. We've had the camera in the office for a couple of weeks and have used this time to expand our impressions of the camera. This will be the last update before the full review is published very soon.
The Commons, Flickr's collection of public domain images, is five years old. To celebrate, Flickr has created galleries of the most viewed, 'favorited' and commented-upon images. The Commons was launched in 2008 with 1500 photos, in partnership with the US Library of Congress. Five years later, the collection boasts more than 250,000 images. Click through for more information, and links to the galleries of most popular images in the growing collection.
Pentax has released the first firmware updates to its K-5 II and K-5 IIs digital SLRs, which were released in September of last year. Firmware version 1.01 offers contrast adjustment option for the cameras' LCD displays as well as 'stability improvements'. The updates are available for immediate download from the company's website - click through for download links.
DxO Labs has released the latest version of its DxO Optics Pro software, with more than 10,000 camera and lens correction combinations now supported. The latest version, v8.1.2 or the more expensive Elite edition adds support for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1 full-frame, fixed-lens camera as well as Canon's EOS 6D. Meanwhile both the Elite and Standard versions gain support for the Nikon 1 V2. With this release DxO has achieved its stated target of offering 10,000 optics modules. Both editions are available with a 33% discount until the end of January 2013.
An Austrian website has leaked a video walk-through of the Blackberry Z10 smartphone (via Wired).
Just Posted: Our review of the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS. Canon's latest superzoom, the SX50, features a 24-1200mm (equivalent) lens and a feature set that compares well to its competition, in what is now one of the most competitive segments of the compact camera market. Specifications include a 12MP CMOS sensor, 2.8" fully-articulated LCD screen, Raw capture and full manual control. Is this the travel camera enthusiasts have been waiting for? Read our review - created in collaboration with Jeff Keller of The Digital Camera Resource Page - to find out.
Mobile artist shares her favorite apps and tricks for newbies.
Guido van Helten uses his smartphone to create and document his work.
Android photographers can now share photos with non-Dropbox users.
Phase One has announced that it has updated its Capture One Pro raw conversion software to version 7.0.2. This includes support for several additional cameras, including the Fujifilm X-Pro1, X-E1 and XF1, Canon EOS 6D and EOS M, Sony SLT-A57 and NEX-5R, and Olympus XZ-2 iHS. The update is available immediately from the company's website, as a free download for users of Capture One 7.
The latest version of Capture One brings support for Fujifilm's X-Trans sensors - something we noted other software struggled with, when we reviewed the X-Pro 1. Beta versions of the software have caused a lot of excitement for X-Pro1 and X-E1 users finally looking to get the most from their photos. Do the results live up to the expectation? We had a look.
Specialist accessory manufacturer Metabones and optics company Caldwell Photographics have jointly announced the 'Speed Booster', a lens adapter for mounting SLR lenses on APS-C and Micro Four Thirds mirrorless cameras that reduces the focal length by a factor of 0.71x and increases the maximum aperture by 1 stop. The Speed Booster also promises sharper images compared to using the lens with a simple adapter. The first version will allow use of Canon EF lenses on Sony NEX bodies, and will be available this month from Metabones' web site for US$599. Support for additional lens mounts (including Nikon F) and camera systems (including Fujifilm X and Micro Four Thirds) is also planned.
This year's Consumer Electronic Show is packed with exhibitors, industry analysts and press, all eager to see, touch and talk about this years' hottest electronics. As well as countless televisions, tablet computers and portable electronics, a lot of cameras get announced at CES, too. Here's a quick rundown of some of the most interesting new models on show at this year's event.
CES 2013: VelocityClip lets you wear your smartphone or point-and-shoot hands free.
CES 2013: New Phillips TVs allow for direct wifi photo transfer from smartphones
CES 2013: Manufacturer stands out from a sea of smartphone and tablet covers at CES.
CES 2013: Sharp shows 8K TV prototype at CES
CES 2013: The Smoothee rig keeps capture steady during video shoots.
CES 2013: We got a chance to get our hands on a near-to-production example of Fujifilm's X100S, to fill-in the details we couldn't cover in our preview. The button layout of the camera is now finalized and the camera's focus and manual focus systems are fully working (and rather impressive), so read our hands-on article to find out how big a difference that little 'S' makes.
Perhaps the most interesting camera at this year's Consumer Electronics Show is the Fujifilm X100S - a hugely impressive upgrade to the X100, which was one of our favorite cameras of the past couple of years. Read our short hands-on look more details.
The Fujifilm X100S is the latest in a recent rush of cameras to include phase-detection elements on its imaging sensor, giving an AF system that is a hybrid of contrast and phase-detection methods. However, Fujifilm also uses this system to provide a unique and incredibly clever manual focus aid - which could finally allow digital cameras to offer the speed and convenience enjoyed by manual-focus SLR and rangefinder users. Fujifilm UK has posted a video showing 'Digital Split Image' focusing and Japanese camera site DCWatch has published details that allow us to show how it works.
CES 2013: Samsung shows Galaxy Note 10.1 and Ativ Odyssey Windows 8 smartphone for Verizon at CES.
CES 2013: New case allows fans of the smartphone lens to protect their phone during use.
Canon has announced two additions to its range of Cinema EOS prime lenses, a 14mm T3.1 and 135mm T2.2. The CN-E14mm T3.1 L F and CN-E135mm T2.2 L F are both designed to be used on movie cameras with image sensors up to 35mm full frame in size, and include a range of features optimized for movie shooting. These include geared focus and aperture rings with markings designed to be read from the side of the camera, 11-bladed circular aperture diaphragms, and all-metal weather-resistant construction. The 14mm T3.1 will be available from April 2013 at an estimated retail price of $5,500, while the 135mm T2.2 will appear in May for $5,200.
CES 2013: We've got a feeling that foto.sosho won't be the only iPhone camera adapter case for long.
CES 2013: New smartphone cover has a wide and macro lens option and is waterproof for up to 15 feet.
CES 2013: As promised we've used the CES show as an opportunity to get our hands on the Samsung NX300. The latest model shares its looks with the NX210 but has been substantially re-worked under the skin. We had a chance to play with the NX300 and Samsung's innovative 3D variant of its 45mm F1.8 lens that has been developed alongside it. Click here to see what we found.
CES 2013: Panasonic shows 20-inch 4k tablet prototype aimed at photographers.
The UK's biggest high-street camera retailer, Jessops, has gone into administration, putting 192 stores and 2,000 jobs at risk. The company's website is not accepting orders and administrator PricewaterhouseCoopers has said vouchers and returns would not be honoured at present. The company, that has been slow to respond to competition from internet retailers, was rescued in 2009 by HSBC, which bought into the company in return for writing off some of its debts. However, increasingly stringent credit terms imposed by suppliers (a common move when there is doubt surrounding the future of a company), and predictions of further falls in camera sales led to the administrators being called.
If you're shooting the solar eclipse here's a hint: don't fry your camera's sensor. Use a proper solar filter that offers at least 16 stops of light filtration, along with UV and IR filtering. More important? Don't look at it unless you've got solar filters. Sensors can be replaced, your retinas can't.
French President Emmanuel Macron has lodged a legal complaint against a paparazzo who snuck onto the president's private vacation property to take pictures.
Ever wonder what the difference is between compressed, uncompressed and lossless compressed Raw files? Photography Life's Nasim Mansurov breaks it down for you in this informative article.
If you're using the popular Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 Art lens with Sigma's MC-11 converter, listen up: you'll want to update your lens and converter firmware ASAP.
Lensrentals just did its first Cine lens comparison, pitting five top-notch 35mm primes against each other: the Zeiss CP.2 35mm T2.1, Canon CN-E 35mm T1.5, Sigma 35mm T1.5 FF, Rokinon Xeen 35mm T1.5 and Schneider Xenon 35mm T2.1.
The latest flagship phone from Asus combines a 12MP 1/2.55" Sony IMX362 main sensor with a smaller Sony IMX351 chip for 2x zoom and a background-blurring portrait mode.
Instagram just released a small update that will make a huge difference if you're active on the photo sharing app: threaded comment replies.
When a prospective client approaches you, don't just say "yes" right away. Here's a useful list of questions you should be asking before you decide to take the job and name your price.
Photographer Ryan Kelly captured one of the most viral and graphic images of the horrifying events in Charlottesville, VA this weekend. This is the harrowing story behind that photograph.
Arlene Gottfried, the New York street photographer whose strange and beautiful portraits made her a household name, passed away this week at 66. Her work is perhaps best described in this obituary: "superb, simple, intimate and funny."
Citi Research predicts that Snapchat and Instagram are going to bring in huge revenues by 2019. They believe Instagram will hit the $10 billion mark, with smaller Snapchat earning a not-insignificant $3 billion.
The overhauled Cascable app features support for Fujifilm and Panasonic cameras, new or improved features, and switches to a new pricing model.
PBS sat down with photographer Shealah Craighead to talk about what it's like as the Official White House Photographer for the 45th President of the United States.
Thanks to Sharp's display know-how, the Aquos S2 smartphone fits a 5.5" display into the dimensions of a conventional 5" device.
Renowned self-portrait photographer and MacArthur Fellow Cindy Sherman has just gone public on Instagram—an occasion so momentous it earned a feature in the New York Times.
Photography icon W Eugene Smith didn't just capture the world in photos. A new book explores Smith's penchant for recording his interactions in audio, including conversations with Henri Cartier-Bresson, Diane Arbus and Robert Frank.
PhotoShelter's Allen Murabayashi responds to Mikael Cho's controversial defense of his company Unsplash in an unflinching look at why Unsplash is [still] bad for photography and photographers.
Version 1.02 of the firmware fixes problems with the optical image stabilization when the lens is attached to Sigma's Sony E-mount converter MC-11 EF-E.
Renowned photo editor John G. Morris, whose incredible career saw him at LIFE, The New York Times, The Washington Post, National Geographic and Magnum, passed away last week at age 100.
At the age of 22, a still-unknown Elliott Erwitt was asked to go document Pittsburg's transformation from industrial center to cultural hub. Looking back, he calls it "he most important thing that happened to me with regard to starting my career."
Photographer Scott Miller shares the story behind his photo of a woman handing a police officer a flower on the border of West Germany in 1989, as the country (and the Berlin wall) crumbled.
Samsung Electro-Mechanics, the Samsung division that develops smartphone camera modules, has posted a document that might hint at what we will see in the upcoming Galaxy Note 8.
Photographer Jesus Emmanuel returned to his deserted high school in Puerto Rico earlier this year, 4x5 view camera in tow, to pay tribute to the vandalized, abandoned, and destroyed school.
The National Press Photographers Association (NPPA) has added an anti-harassment standard to its Code of Ethics, and decided to balance the number of video and stills representatives on its board of directors.
EyeEm has revealed the finalists for its fourth annual photography contest, the largest competition of its kind.
Via its strategic partnership with Huawei Leica is already in the smartphone camera development game, but chairman Andreas Kaufmann can imagine the German manufacturer taking things one step further.
In a blog post the imaging engineers behind the dual-camera in Andy Rubin's Essential Phone explain how the imaging components were developed and calibrated for best performance.
It started with a great idea and a slick promotional video, and ended with the company headquarters being raided by the San Francisco District Attorney’s office. Wired reports on Lily, the selfie-drone maker that never got off the ground.
With card readers disappearing from MacBooks, USB-C card readers are now a necessity. Macworld's helpful guide compares five models and decodes the current mess of card speeds and certifications.
Sony has teased its customers with news of an upcoming announcement: it will soon take the wraps off a new CineAlta motion picture camera, one sporting a 36x24mm sensor.
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