March 21
NEA report reveals photography industry's contribution to US economy

A report from the National Endowment for the Arts shows that photography and photo-finishing services contributed $10.2 billion to the US economy in 2015.

Google reportedly to acquire Lytro for $40 million

According to unnamed sources, Google will acquire Lytro's technology and patents, with Lytro employees already having left the company.

Sony a7 III studio scene published

Our review of the Sony a7 III is well underway and, as part of this, we're publishing our studio test scene. We'll be building out the review in the coming weeks as we test and shoot the camera in a series of situations.

March 20
Nimbus Data ExaDrive pushes SSD capacity record to 100TB

The new ExaDrive offers a three times higher capacity than the previous largest SSD, a 30TB model by Samsung.

DJI Phantom 5 leak hints at interchangeable lens camera system

A pair of images show what may be the upcoming DJI Phantom 5 drone featuring an interchangeable lens camera. Update: Comparing this image to the size of previous DJI lens mounts, and noting the 3:2 aspect ratio of the sensor, we're confident the leaked image shows a 1"-type sensor

RIP Canon's Chuck Westfall, 1952-2018

We were saddened to hear of the death last week of Chuck Westfall, a 35-year veteran of Canon USA, and a legend in the photography industry.

Nikon D850 Filmmaker's Kit includes Atomos Ninja Flame, three lenses and two microphones

Nikon looks to be positioning its D850 as a serious video rig with today's announcement of its D850 Filmmaker's Kit. The kit includes the body, 20/35/85mm F1.8G lenses, an Atomos Ninja Flame external recorder, two microphones and an extra battery.

Alien Skin Exposure X3 review

Photographers shopping around for Lightroom alternatives have likely encountered Alien Skin's Exposure X3. Here's an overview of its organization and editing controls, and how they differ from the competition.

Alien Skin offers Exposure X3 update

Alien Skin has released a significant update for its Exposure X3 image editor, adding greater precision to adjustment tools and more printing capabilities, among other improvements.

March 19
East River helicopter tragedy prompts FAA to halt some doors-off flights

The FAA has ordered helicopter pilots and operators to halt certain doors-off flights in the wake of a tragedy that killed five passengers.

The Galaxy S9 Plus' camera is its third most expensive component

Analysts TechInsights have torn down a Samsung Galaxy S9 Plus to have a closer look at the device's internal components and their cost.

New Oppo flagship R15 comes with iPhone X-style design and portrait lighting

Oppo's new high-end phones bear an uncanny resemblance to the iPhone X, with features like face unlock to a portrait lighting mode.

Sigma interview: 'This is just the beginning'

Recently we visited the 2018 CP+ show in Yokohama, Japan and as usual, we booked interviews with senior executives from several major manufacturers, including Sigma.

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.

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