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October 2011 news and reviews

October 31
Dpreview is hiring - mobile developer

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Ichikawa Soft Laboratory updates Silkypix Developer Studio
Ichikawa Soft Laboratory has released updated versions of its Silkypix raw conversion software, for both Windows and Mac users. The latest versions, Silkypix Developer Studio Pro Ver and Silkypix Developer Studio Ver, add raw support for the Sony Alpha SLT-A77 and the Sony Alpha NEX-5N.
October 29
Report: Around The Show, PPE 2011
The interviews are done, the pictures have been taken, the video footage is awaiting editing, and the dry sandwiches and warm coke have been consumed. We're heading home from PPE 2011 now, but here's a taste of some of the things that didn't quite make it into our other coverage.
Report: Sigma at PPE 2011
Sigma is at PPE, showing off its huge range of lenses and (smaller) range of cameras, including the innovative SD1 DSLR. We got our hands on some of the latest products and met up with Rudy Guttosch of Foveon.
Report: Panasonic at PPE 2011
Panasonic has a small stand at this year's PPE but there's plenty to see. We got our hands on the latest G-series Micro Four Thirds Models, including the featherlight GF3.
Report: Sony at PPE 2011
Sony has had a busy year, and its stand is thronged with photographers who want to get their hands on the latest equipment.
Interview: Leica at PPE 2011
Interview: We caught up with three Leica executives at the German company's stand and asked them about the past, present and future of the iconic camera manufacturer.
Just posted: Fujifilm X10 hands-on preview and video
Just Posted: Our Fujiflm X10 Hands on preview and video. We've been using Fujifilm's enthusiast level compact camera for a couple of days and have prepared a hands-on preview article and video. The X10 combines a bright 4x stabilized zoom lens with extensive direct control and the attractive rangefinder-esque styling of its big brother, the X100. We take a closer look at the camera and what it offers and we'll supplement the article with a samples gallery next week.
October 28
CMOS sensor inventor Eric Fossum discusses digital image sensors
Image sensor engineer and primary inventor of the CMOS sensor, Eric Fossum, has given the second annual Victor M. Tyler Distinguished Lectureship in Engineering at Yale University. Fossum's talk: 'Photons to Bits and Beyond: The Science & Technology of Digital Image Sensors' covers a wide range of subjects, from the basis of the way sensors work to the potential risks to society of the ways technology can be used. He touches on noise, demosaicing and how 'the force of marketing is greater than the force of engineering.' Yale has put a video of the presentation on YouTube and it's well worth watching if you have any interest at all in the physics and engineering that make your camera work. (via Image Sensors World)
Report: Canon at PPE 2011
We visited the Canon stand and got hands-on time with its new EOS-1D X and Powershot S100, and spoke to Technical Advisor Chuck Westfall.
PPE 2011: Fujifilm interview
The Fujifilm stand is very busy this year, and all the buzz is around the X-series compact cameras, the APS-C format X100 and the recently announced X10. We grabbed ten minutes with Kayce Baker, Director of Marketing at Fujifilm US, and here's what she had to say.
October 27
Report: Nikon at PPE 2011
Nikon is one of the biggest exhibitors at this year's show, and here's what we found when we visited the stand.
Carl Zeiss announces Distagon T* 2/25 for Canon and Nikon
Carl Zeiss has announces the Distagon T* 2/25 fast wide-angle lens in ZE (Canon) and ZF.2 (Nikon) versions. The manual focus lens will cost around €1217 excluding VAT and is the first Zeiss 25mm for the Canon EF format. The ZF.2 version for Nikon includes a CPU to provide aperture information to the camera, allowing the use of automatic exposure modes and the recording of EXIF data. The company says the existing Distagon 2.8/25 ZF.2 for Nikon will continue to be available. The lens design, featuring 11 elements in 10 groups is more complex than the 9 element, 7 group design of the Sony/Zeiss 24mm F2 announced in July 2010.
Leica launches Elmarit-S 30mm f/2.8 ASPH fast wide-angle lens for S system
Leica has announced the Elmarit-S 30mm f/2.8 ASPH fast wide-angle lens for its S-system medium format DSLR. The lens, which offers a 24mm equivalent field of view, can focus down to 0.5m. The company suggests the lens is likely to find use for interior, architectural and landscape photography and that its fast maximum aperture also enables 'available light' shooting.
Interview with Canon Printer Executives
We caught up with senior Canon executives for an exclusive interview at the launch of the company's Pixma Pro-1 inkjet printer.
October 26
Canon USA announces Pixma Pro-1 12-ink A3+ printer
Canon USA has announced the Pixma Pro-1 printer, first unveiled by Canon Europe earlier this week. The 12-ink A3+ printer can produce a 13" x 19" standard quality print in 4 minutes, 20 seconds. The Pixma Pro-1 will sell for around the company's estimated selling price of $999.99. (Canon Europe's MSRP is £799/€899)
Book review: The Photofile series

Adam Koplan takes a closer look at Thames & Hudson’s Photofile series - a sort of Reader’s Digest of coffee table books. The volumes in this series are well-produced paperbacks containing approximately 60 decent reproductions each and provide a strong sense of an artist's vision. Currently the series comprises 22 books.

Mirrorless suffers first UK sales drop but market researchers still positive

The market for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras in the UK fell for the first time in September according to research from GfK Retail and Technology. The number of units sold fell 1% while price competition saw the value of those sales reduced by 17%, compared to the same time in 2010. DSLR sales, by comparison, rose 6%, though value fell 1%. The picture across Europe was mixed, though. Click here to read more.

Nokia launches Lumia 800 with F2.2 Carl Zeiss-branded lens
Phone maker Nokia has launched a range of Windows Phone-based models, including the Lumia 800 with Carl Zeiss-branded lens. The range-topping Lumia 800 includes an 8MP sensor that sits behind a 28mm equivalent lens with F2.2 maximum aperture. The phone's camera features include manual exposure and white balance control as well as continuous AF and dual LED flash. Video recording is only 720p30, however.
October 25
Just Posted: In-depth Sony SLT-A77 review
Just Posted: our in-depth review of the Sony SLT-A77. Sony's latest flagship APS-C camera is the long-awaited replacement for the well-respected A700 DSLR and the most sophisticated camera to use the company's SLT design. We've paid particular attention to the benefits offered by its two key features: its 24MP CMOS sensor and its autofocus system that continues to operate at the camera's maximum 12fps shooting speed. We also had a look around for signs of the infamous 'ghosting' glitch that put some people off previous SLT models. Click here to see what we found.
Photographer turns himself into living, fully-functional DSLR
Michigan photographer Tyler Card has turned himself into a DSLR for Halloween. Not content with building a wearable DSLR costume, Card proceeded to install his real Nikon DSLR, a Speedlight and a laptop into the design to allow himself to shoot the event. He had the foresight to shoot a video of the process, which we thought was too good to not share. (via PopPhoto)
Olympus issues firmware v1.1 for PEN E-P3, fixing minor bugs
Olympus has updated the firmware for its range-topping PEN E-P3 mirrorless camera. Firmware v1.1 corrects a bug that stopped the buttons working if the touch screen was contacted when an optional electronic viewfinder is used. It also corrects the fault by which the AF points were not shown when the camera is used with an Eye-Fi card. Users must download the Olympus Digital Camera Updater software to apply the update.
October 24
GoPro launches HD Hero2 and WiFi accessory allowing video streaming
GoPro has launched the HD Hero2, an updated version of its sports video camera. The latest version features an 11MP sensor (up from 5MP) and can now shoot 1080p30 video at a choice of 170deg, 127deg or 90deg angles-of-view (the original Hero could only shoot 1080 at 127deg or lower resolutions at 170deg). The redesigned lens is claimed to be twice as sharp as its predecessor. It also gains an external mic port and Mini HDMI socket. The company has also launched the WiFi BacPac accessory allowing live streaming from the camera from the Hero2. It can also be used to control either HD Hero via the included remote or using an App on a smartphone or tablet.
Fujifilm offers X100 firmware v1.11 and Japanese company offers custom covers
Fujifilm has released updated firmware for its X100 premium large-sensor compact camera. Firmware v1.11 improves autofocus performance at close range and corrects a couple of bugs with the camera's operation. Meanwhile, Japanese company Aki-Asahi has begun offering custom coverings for the camera, including wood and leather covers in a variety of colors and textures. (Via PetaPixel)
Canon announces Pixma Pro-1: 12-ink A3+ printer
Canon has announced the Pixma Pro-1, the first A3+ (13") printer to use 12 separate inks. The Pro-1 uses remote, tube-fed ink tanks to provide 12 inks plus a 'Chroma Optimizer' that coats the print to give an even finish and improved black density. The printer features a new, 12,288 nozzle print head (up from the 7,680 used on the 5200 II), and can produce an A3+ print (11x14") in 2 minutes, 55 seconds at standard quality. The 'Pro' designation indicates it is the first Canon printer whose purchase counts towards Canon Professional Service (CPS) membership. The MSRP is £799/€899.
October 23
First Impressions: Using the Nikon V1
The Nikon V1 is the more enthusiast-oriented of two cameras in Nikon's brand new 1-system. Reviews Editor Barnaby Britton has been using the Nikon V1 since it arrived in the dpreview office and shares some initial impressions ahead of a full review.
Just Posted: Preview and first impressions of using the Nikon V1
Just Posted: Hands-on preview and real-world shooting experience with the Nikon 1 system. Launched last month, the Nikon J1 and V1 small-sensor mirrorless cameras have created a lot of discussion among our readers. We've been using both the Nikon J1 and V1 for some time, and ahead of our usual full review treatment we have prepared a brief hands-on preview, preview video and a 3-page article about using the higher-end V1 model.
October 22
Book Review: Figures and Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography

Adam Koplan reviews 'Figures and Fictions: Contemporary South African Photography.' Edited by curator and art historian Tamar Garb to accompany an exhibition at London's Victoria and Albert Museum, the book looks at the work of 17 photographers who have been pushing forward the country's burgeoning post-apartheid photographic scene.

October 21
Just Posted: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V review
We've just posted our review of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX100V. This Sony superzoom features a 16MP 'Exmor' back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 10fps burst capability, a 30x (27-810mm equiv.) optical zoom and the ability to output 1080p60 HD video. This latest model also includes some very useful scenes modes including Backlight Correction HDR for capturing scenes with a wide dynamic range, and Hand-held Twilight mode for cleaner low-light images. How does this camera stack up against the competition? To find out, we've taken this opportunity to publish studio comparison samples for both the Nikon Coolpix P500 and the Olympus SP810 UZ.
Adobe Carousel - Senior Product Marketing Manager Chris Quek explains
Adobe Senior Product Marketing Manager Chris Quek explains the company's cloud-based Carousel image sharing and editing service. When Adobe Carousel was announced, back in September 2011, the initial responses were that it looked like an expensive cloud storage service. But it's a little more ambitious than that. Quek talked us through what Adobe Carousel offers and where it might go next.
Rihanna settles copyright case with photographer LaChapelle
Pop singer Rihanna has settled the copyright dispute with photographer David LaChapelle. LaChapelle had claimed the music video for the singer's single 'S&M' contained elements similar enough to his photos for it to infringe his copyright. In July a New York judge rejected Rihanna's lawyer's attempts to have the case dismissed on the basis of 'fair use.' Terms of the settlement were not made public.
October 20
Sony USA: too soon to know impact of Thai flooding on SLT-A65 and NEX-7
Sony USA says it is too soon to know what effect the floods in Thailand will have on A65 and NEX-7 shipments. In response to reports from Japan that the launches will be delayed, a spokesman said: 'In Japan, a press announcement was made on October 20th regarding launch delays to the Japanese market. This does not apply to the US market, as the impact of the flood on US product shipping is still under investigation.' He also said that, as a: '"temporary emergency operation", Sony is planning to move production of Alpha / NEX to another factory facility in Thailand that was unaffected by the flood.' Nikon, meanwhile, has made no further comment, beyond confirming that its sole factory making APS-C DSLRs is currently out of action. So far the company's Chinese-made 1 Series mirrorless models and lenses appear unaffected. Updated: Nikon issues revised statement.
Article: It's all about the details
Photography/software author Ellen Anon takes a look at some of the best software techniques for getting the excellent detail out of your shots. From Adobe Camera Raw and Lightroom to Topaz Labs and Nik, there is no shortage of software tools that can be used to enhance detail in an image, so Ellen walks us through the most efficient ways to use these applications, and where they each excel.
October 19
Article: Macro shooting - point-of-view and capturing the moment
In Part Four of his series on creating compelling macro photographs, Erez Marom talks about composition and timing. Taking photographs from a similar point-of-view to that of the subject gives a more natural image, he argues. He also considers the importance of capturing not just an interesting subject, but an interesting moment, to create a captivating image.
Lytro camera overview and discussion with CEO Ren Ng
Lytro Founder and CEO Ren Ng showed us the Light Field Camera and talked us through some of what it can do. Having played with the camera, we've written an overview in which he discusses the shooting and sharing experience, gives some more details about using Light Field images and tells us about 'Camera 3.0.'
Lytro announces Light Field Camera
Plenoptic camera maker Lytro has unveiled its first product - the Lytro Light Field Camera. Available in early 2012, the camera will come in 8Gb and 16Gb versions, costing $399 and $499, and capable of storing 350 and 750 images respectively in their internal memory. The cameras feature a 35-280mm equivalent, constant F2 lens with what the company is calling an 11 megaray sensor, that captures photos that can be refocused after shooting. Company Founder and CEO Ren Ng showed us the camera and talked us through the shooting experience.
Samsung and Google unveil Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0

Google and Samsung have announced the Galaxy Nexus smartphone - the first to use the latest version of the Android operating system. Android 4.0 (also known as Ice Cream Sandwich) features a series of enhancements for photographers, including support for what the companies are claiming is a 'zero shutter lag exposure.' The camera app included in the software also supports digitally stabilized zoom, single-motion panorama shooting and the ability to take HD snapshots as video is being shot. Ice Cream Sandwich also features a redesigned album layout and a photo editor, allowing cropping, rotation and simple image corrections. The Galaxy Nexus handset has a 1280x720 screen and 5MP camera capable of using Android 4.0's 'zero shutter lag' feature.

October 18
Adobe admits using 'synthetic blur' image in deblur demo
Adobe has admitted an image used in its 'image deblur' presentation was artificially blurred for the purposes of the demonstration. The company said the blur on the image was 'more complicated than anything we can simulate using Photoshop's blur capabilities.' It described the move as 'common practice in research' and defended the use of the image because 'we wanted it to be entertaining and relevant to the audience.' The other images shown were the result of camera shake, it said.
Olympus shares suffer as former CEO goes on the attack

Former Olympus CEO Michael Woodford has launched a scathing attack on the company, following his removal from his post. Olympus had said Woodford was removed from his post over a difference in strategic direction between him and the rest of the Board of Directors. In a frank interview with the Financial Times, Woodford calls this 'utter nonsense' and states his belief that his removal relates to an investigation he had commissioned, into unusual payments and his suggestion that the board's Chairman and Vice Chairman should stand down over the issue. In response to suggestions that Olympus may try to prosecute him for disclosing this information, Woodford says: 'Bring it on.'

Canon launches Pixma MG4120, MG3120 and MG2120 all-in-one printers
Canon has unveiled the Pixma MG4120, MG3120 and MG2120 photo printers. The wireless MG4120 and MG3120 printers offer 4800 x 1200dpi 4-ink printing at rates of up to 9ipm for black and white text documents, and 6 and 5ipm for color documents respectively. Both can be operated wirelessly with the latest version of the company's Easy-PhotoPrint App for iOS or Android smartphones and feature Auto Duplex (double-sided) printing capabilities. The MG2120 leaves out Wi-Fi and prints documents at 4ipm color (8ipm mono). All three printers will be available at an estimated retail price of $129.99, $79.99 and $69.99 respectively.
Canon EOS-1D X professional DSLR announcement and overview
Canon has announced the launch of the EOS-1D X, its latest flagship professional DSLR. The 18MP camera is built around a full-frame sensor capable of shooting at up to 14 frames per second (12fps with AF), allowing it to replace both the 1D Mark IV and 1DS Mark III in Canon's lineup. Despite looking like previous 1D cameras, it's been extensively reworked (it includes more professional video features than any other Canon DSLR), so we took the opportunity to talk to Canon USA's Technical Advisor, Chuck Westfall about the camera and its features.
Canon EOS-1D X overview

The EOS-1D X is the latest in Canon's professional DSLR range, and replaces both the EOS-1D Mark IV and EOS-1DS Mark III. We talked to Canon USA's Chuck Westfall to help guide you through the latest features.

October 17
Just Posted: Nikon V1 + 1 Nikkor 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 VR Preview Samples
Just Posted: Still and video samples from the Nikon V1 with 1 Nikkor 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 VR lens. We've had a Nikon V1 in the office for a few days now, and we've spent that time shooting with, and getting to know the camera. To whet your appetite ahead of a detailed preview and full review, we've published a 30-image samples gallery from the V1 with the unusual 10-100mm power zoom lens, as well as three video samples shot using the same combination.
Adobe publishes video of proposed image deblur function
Adobe has released videos from its AdobeMAX event, including coverage of the image deblur feature for removing camera shake that has generated so much excitement. The company's video shows feature in much better detail than the audience-shot version currently on the web. Shown as a prototype of a technology that is being considered for future versions of Photoshop, the function analyses the movement of the camera during an exposure and then corrects for it. Videos are also available for the other projects demonstrated at the show, but it's the image deblur clip that is likely to really interest photographers.
October 16
Small Add-On Flash Diffuser Roundup
I compare three light diffusers (STO-FEN, Impact, and Fotodiox) designed to attach directly to add-on flash units. Just how well do they soften the light? Let's find out...
October 15
Nikon V1 comparison shots added to dpreview database

We've just posted studio test samples from the Nikon V1 - the Japanese manufacturer's enthusiast-targeted small sensor mirrorless camera which is built around what the company is calling a 'CX' format 10MP CMOS sensor. In the process of working on the forthcoming in-depth review of the V1, we have shot our standard studio test scene. To allow easy comparison with its peers, we have now added these shots - both out of camera JPEGs and processed RAW files (with Adobe ACR 6.6 Beta) - to our comparison tool, found in our existing reviews. The V1 can now be selected from the pull-down list within any review or in our standalone comparison tool.

October 14
Site updates: Gear List, forum articles and more
We've recently introduced a few small but, we hope, welcome improvements for dpreview members. You may have stumbled across them whilst browsing, but we thought it would make sense to bring them to everyone's attention. In brief: you can now edit comments you've made on news stories, articles and previews, we've introduced a 'Gear List' to your profile, and you can now feature your articles in your chosen forum(s). To find out more check out the full story after the link.
Just Posted: Sony NEX-7 Hands-on Video Preview
Just Posted: Our hands-on video preview of the Sony NEX-7. The NEX-7 is Sony's enthusiast mirrorless camera, combining a 24MP CMOS sensor with a 2.4M dot OLED electronic viewfinder and more physical controls than on any of the previous NEX cameras. There's been a lot of interest in camera, so we've prepared a hands-on preview video to show what it can do. There will be a more extensive written preview published next week, as part of the process of writing a full review but, in the meantime, we hope this video helps give you an idea of what to expect.
Just Posted: Our Epson Stylus Photo R3000 review
We've just published our review of the Epson Stylus Photo R3000. The R3000 is the top of Epson's non-Pro photo inkjet lineup. It's a 13" / A3+ format printer with nine pigment-based inks that can handle a variety of media, including roll-fed paper and CD/DVDs as well as board up to 1.3mm thick. As with our multi-function printer group test, this review was produced in collaboration with Vincent Oliver of Photo-i.co.uk.
Busted! The Myth of Open-loop Phase-detection Autofocus
The myth that focus-locking phase-detection autofocus is an open-loop control system is "Busted!" This article provides tests you can use to prove it is not only a closed-loop control system, but that it's fundamentally the same process as continuous-focus and always has been.
October 13
Apple releases Aperture v3.2
Apple has released an updated version of its Aperture Raw-conversion and photo management software. Version 3.2 adds compatibility with the company's iCloud online storage functionality and the latest iOS 5 operating system. The update also resolves minor bugs and adds miscellaneous improvements. It is available for immediate download from Apple's website.
Panasonic updates firmware for DMC-G3 and DMC-GF3
A week after posting a firmware update for its G-system cameras, Panasonic has announced firmware updates for its DMC-G3 and GF3 Micro Four Thirds cameras. Version 1.2 improves compatibility of both cameras with Four Thirds lenses when mounted via the DMW-MA1 adapter. The updates are available for immediate download from Panasonic's website.
Sony posts firmware updates for SLT-A77 and SLT-A65
Sony has released firmware v1.03 for its SLT-A77 and A65 cameras. Currently only available via the company's Asia site (the first region in which the cameras are widely available), the upgrade promises to improve the responsiveness of the control dials and function buttons, along with the speed of switching between EVF and LCD modes. It also adds support for the HVL-MT24AM macro flash accessory.
Lightning Photography with Magic Lantern
Basic technique for taking Lightning shots using Magic Lantern's Motion Detect feature.
October 12
Article: Auroral photography - A guide to capturing the Northern Lights
Wilderness photographer Ben Hattenbach advises on how to capture images of the Northern Lights. In this article he explains how to find an aurora and how to equip yourself to photograph it. He also gives advice on camera settings and composition.
Sigma Germany announces SD1 Wood Edition with burl veneer
Sigma Germany has announced a wood-veneered version of its SD1 high-end DSLR. The 'Wood Edition' emphasizes the camera's premium appeal by adding a casing made from Amboyna Burl, an expensive and decorative veneer taken from complex growths on a Southeast Asian tree. The case takes around 60 hours to cut, mill and polish. Ten examples of the special edition will be available, body-only, for a recommended selling price of €9,999. (From PhotoScala)
October 11
Leica M9 comparison shots added to dpreview database

We've just added Leica M9 studio shots to our comparison tool. As part of our forthcoming review of the Sigma SD1, we'll be comparing it to a range of large-sensor, high-resolution cameras, which meant including the Leica M9. The shots, actually taken with an M9-P, should not be seen as a signal of a full review of the camera but do help put its image quality in context against its peers.

"Golden Hour" Photography
The golden hour, when the sun is just over the horizon, is an excellent time for taking photographs.
October 10
Article: Stranger on the Port Townsend Ferry
While searching through his archive for some pictures to print, dpreview.com Reviews Editor Barnaby Britton uncovered a twilight portrait from 2008 that stirred a few memories. In this article he explains how he approached creating and editing this photograph, of a lone nighttime traveller in the Pacific Northwest. 
October 9
Leica Noctilux: Overkill or Necessity

Leica is famous for its high-speed optics. This article is about my experience with different versions of the fastest of them all: Noctilux. Hopefully, it will be helpful for those who is planning on buying one.

How a prime lens changed me
Even though I had a zoom I noticed that most photos were taken around "normal". I wanted to explore that observation, and I changed to a prime lens. The effect on me and my photography was profound.
Article: Editorial Lighting - The Minimalist Way
Thomas Park is a fashion and fine art photographer based in Seattle, Washington. In this article he demonstrates how you can turn a spot in a grungy alley into a photo studio, using only minimal lighting and post processing.
The Commando Photographer Guide to Travel
When you don't have all the time you want to dedicate to travel photography, your objective is to get in, get the pictures you want, and get out. The Commando Photographer travels light, gets in quick, takes the shot and gets out fast.
October 8
The Fog in Landscape Photography

Photos taken in fog often appear dull and unattractive. This is because the fog decrease the contrast and color saturation. The purpose of this article is to demonstrate that with the appropriate adjustments we can turn the problem into an advantage and obtain surprisingly satisfying results.

October 7
Fujifilm announces pricing and availability of the X10 enthusiast compact
Fujifilm has announced its X10 enthusiast compact will start shipping from November 2011 at a recommended retail price of $599.95. Announced last month, the retro-styled camera features a bright F2.0-2.8, 28-112mm-equivalent lens and is built around the company's 12MP 2/3" (6.6 x 8.8mm) EXR CMOS sensor.
Book review: 500 Poses for Photographing Women

How well your subjects are posed can make the difference between a photoshoot that looks professional, and one that looks amateurish. Richly illustrated, Michelle Perkins' book '500 Poses for Photographing Women: A Visual Sourcebook for Portrait Photographers' provides hundreds of examples of female portraits. Click through to read Adam Koplan's review.

Sigma reveals 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM with 'FLD' glass
Sigma has released version II of its 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM superzoom lens. The latest version adds Sigma's FLD glass, the 'fluorite-like' glass co-developed with Hoya and features a revised design (it now features a narrower body and 18 elements in 14 groups, rather than the 13 groups of its predecessor). The lens will be available for Canon, Nikon, Sigma, Pentax and Sony systems (without optical stabilization on the last two mounts). MSRP will be $720.
October 6
JVC launches GC-PX10 hybrid 12MP stills/1080p video camera in US
JVC has announced the GC-PX10, a 12 megapixel/1080p60 hybrid stills/video camera with 10x optical zoom. The model, which combines a 1/2.3" back-illuminated CMOS sensor can shoot 1080p60 video at bitrates of up to 36Mbps, full-resolution images at 30fps or 8.3MB images at 60fps. The camera, which appears to be a US version of the previously-announced, Japan-only GC-PX1, can also capture slow-motion video at 300fps. It includes 32GB of built-in memory, as well as accepting SDXC, SDHC and SD cards.
Article: Digital split ND filters versus HDR
Ellen Anon looks at the various techniques used to overcome dynamic range limitations.The dynamic range of a scene often exceeds the capturing capabilities of our cameras. Ellen explains how we we can use digital graduated neutral density filters and single image HDR Toning, as well as multi image HDR processing, to effectively even out the exposure within images.

A roundup of UV filter discussions.

An In-depth Discussion of M + Auto-ISO for Canon SLRs

An in-depth discussion about Auto-ISO, we explore the way Auto-ISO functions, the rationale behind its use, and its advantages.

October 5
Roger Cicala looks at lens, camera and autofocus variation

Roger Cicala of LensRentals has written an article about lens and camera sample variation. The latest article builds on the several excellent pieces he's already written by subjecting a series of lenses to studio testing. As one of the few independent people in a position to test and assess sample variation with a reasonable sample size, it's well worth a read. As with all his posts, it does a good job of explaining and demonstrating the inherent variability and inconsistencies in lens behavior. It also addresses the reasonable desire (and sometimes unreasonable behavior) of photographers to get a 'good copy' of a lens.

Article: How Smartphones are Changing Digital Photography
What does the rise of the smartphones mean for the camera market? Smartphones are becoming increasingly popular and, in combination with processing apps, this is encouranging more people to turn to their phones to take and share photographs. Joanne Carter of TheAppWhisperer.com takes a look at what this means for 'conventional' photography.
Fujifilm unveils X-S1 high-end superzoom and confirms Mirrorless intentions
Fujifilm has announced the X-S1 high-end superzoom and confirmed its intention to build a mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. The X-S1 is an addition to the company’s X-series and is built around the same 2/3” EXR CMOS sensor as the recently announced X10. Meanwhile, company president and CEO Shigetaka Komori said it will create a mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera built around a larger sensor with ‘resolution and low noise [that] will surpass the 35mm full size sensor.’ We’re not taking this to mean it will be a full-frame camera. More details will be announced nearer the Spring 2012 launch. The X-S1 features a 26x, 24-624mm equivalent F2.8-5.3 zoom and will be available from early 2012. (via DCWatch) Updated
October 4
Instagram v2.0.1 adds features and corrects changed filters
Instagram has updated its image effects/sharing app, adding features and adjusting two filters to look more like their version 1 equivalents. Instagram 2.0.1 offers the chance to add geotags images taken from your photo library or on your phone camera. This information is only kept on on your high-res files, not the shared version. The Earlybird and Brannan filters have also been tweaked to look more like the original versions, in response to user feedback. The update is available for download immediately.
Just posted: Olympus E-PM1 (PEN Mini) preview and video
Just Posted: Olympus PEN Mini preview and video. Behind the bluster of the latest announcements, the Olympus E-PM1 has started hitting the shelves. In many respects it's pretty similar to the E-PL3 (and it features most of that camera's enhancements over the previous PEN models). It's built around the familiar 12MP sensor, shoots 1080i60 HD video and features an array of Olympus' Art Filters. It stands out in one respect though - it's the least expensive mirrorless interchangeable lens camera we've yet seen (in terms of list price). We're working on a review but, in the meantime, have put together a preview article and video.
Apple announces iPhone 4S with 8MP camera and 1080p video
Apple has announced its latest iPhone model, featuring an 8MP back-illuminated CMOS sensor. The iPhone 4S features faster image capture (down to 0.5s shot-to-shot time and 1.1 second 'time to first photo'), and captures more light as a result of the new sensor. It also gains 1080p video, is said to have better auto white balance performance and adds face detection for the first time. The 4S will first be available in the US, UK and five other countries on October 14th, with 22 more countries following two weeks later.
Adobe launches Photoshop Touch Android app as part of cloud strategy
Adobe has expanded its range of photographic apps - including the launch of Photoshop Touch for the Android platform. The latest app offers a range of selection and editing tools, along with processing effects for images up to 1600 x 1600 pixels. It also supports layers that are retained if you move to the desktop version of Photoshop. There is also close integration with Facebook and Google (including a color and copyright-aware search option) for finding images to edit. An iOS version for the iPad 2 will follow. The app is part of a series of mobile releases that can use the company's 'Creative Cloud' internet-based sharing and storage service that will also integrate with its desktop software.
Shoot Close Up For Impact!
Shooting close up for impact (SCUFI) is a great technique for separating a subject from its surroundings to create compositions with greater stopping power. This is not a macro technique, but actually getting closer to your subject.
Reviewed: Sony NEX-5N 16MP mirrorless camera
Just Posted: Our review of the Sony NEX-5N. The 5N is the second generation of Sony's more enthusiast-focused mirrorless models. It offers the well-respected 16MP APS-C sensor and the option to fit an external electronic viewfinder. Although the bodywork is near indistinguishable from the original NEX-5, the latest model gains a touch-screen interface and in-camera lens correction processing as two of the most obvious of its many changes. We've spent some time getting familiar with the 5N, to see if it delivers on the NEX concept's considerable promise.
October 3
Tamron offers 17-50mm F2.8 VC prize for dpreview challenge
Tamron is offering an F2.8 zoom to the winner of a Travel and Nature challenge on dpreview.com. The competition, open to any registered dpreview member, runs until October 24th. The winner will be decided by public vote over the following seven days. The winning photographer will receive a Tamron SP 17-50mm F/2.8 Di II XR VC LD Aspherical (IF) in Canon or Nikon mount (Full-frame shooters can request an unstabilized 28-75mm F2.8 instead), making this the first dpreview challenge with a competition prize.
Article: How the iPhone changed my photography
Dpreview's Barnaby Britton takes look back at how the iPhone has transformed his photography. And, with the iPhone now the most popular camera on photo-sharing site Flickr, and a multitude of photography apps available, how the device has transformed cellphone photography as a whole.
The Rule of Thirds: A Simple Way to Improve Your Images
The rule of thirds is an easy way for beginning photographers to improve the composition of their photographs. This article explains how to break away from a center-oriented composition and create a more dynamic image.
October 2
Article: How to shoot creative canine photographs
Professional animal photographer Andy Sheng tells us how to shoot creative canine photography. In this first part of his series he demonstrates how to capture the natural beauty and personality of a dog and shows us some of his favorite images.

A collection of short answers to the questions that are often asked on the Canon Rebel (EOS 1200D-300D) Talk forum.

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