Kenko Tokina has launched the Tokina AT-X 14-20mm F2 Pro DX lens for Canon and Nikon DSLRs with APS-C sensors. This ultra-wide zoom has a pair of super low dispersion elements, nine aperture blades, a one-touch focus clutch mechanism and internal focusing. Read more.
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December 2015 news and reviews
Professional photojournalist Josh Trujillo spoke at PIX 2015 about the power of photography. Join him for an insightful look at the world through the eyes of a photojournalist. Read more
Wenmei's Gear of the Year is a lens that forces her to step outside of her comfort zone and focus (softly or not) on the creative aspect of her photography. When she's capturing a quiet moment or special connection, she finds herself reaching for the Lensbaby 56mm f/1.6 portrait lens. Read more
Peter Hurley wasn't always a noted portrait photographer with a great head of hair - before he ever picked up a camera he was a bartender, actor and model. With encouragement from Bruce Weber he purchased a camera and lens and the rest is history. Ever the engaging storyteller, Hurley takes us through the beginnings of his career and how he learned to stand out in a crowded field. Read more
Photographer Colby Brown has traveled the world to create iconic images. In this interview from PIX 2015 he talks about his career in photography as well as The Giving Lens, a humanitarian project he founded to blend photo education with sustainable development. Read more
Allison's Gear of the Year is a camera that's been able to accompany her almost everywhere she's travelled this year, whether floating down rivers or just putting up with the rough-and-tumble of Florida's theme parks. Whether or not it's 'the best,' the Olympus Tough TG-4 ended up being the camera she had with her. Read more
With the ever-growing popularity of using mirrorless cameras with lens adapters, we are pleased to announce the opening of a new forum: Adapted Lens Talk. Thanks to the proposal and volunteer work of its moderator, Tom Caldwell, the forum has taken off dramatically and is full of vintage lens deliciousness. Here are some standouts, along with commentary from each photographer. Read more
The entire team at DPReview would like to wish all our readers Happy Holidays, Season's Greetings, Merry Christmas or whatever you say in your part of the world. We've had another busy year, and have some exciting plans for 2016, including our bi-annual visit to the camera and wurst-fest that is Photokina. Wherever you are, and whatever you're doing today, enjoy yourselves and thank you for being a part of dpreview.com!
Joe McNally took a photography course as a requirement for his journalism program at Syracuse University. Though his intent at the time was to become a writer, when he picked up a camera he knew immediately things were about to change for him. Read more
Richard Butler's choice of Gear of the Year isn't a product launched this year (our choices of best products of the year were recognized in the DPReview.com Awards), instead it's the one that's prompted him to work on his photography. So what's so special about the Fujifilm 56mm F1.2 APD?
DxO is bringing its OpticsPro software to Apple's consumer-friendly Photos software for OSX. This $10 extension for Photos gives users full access to all of DxO's Optics Modules, which can correct optical distortion and aberrations as well as improving dynamic range and removing haze from landscapes. Also introduced is a free plug-in for users of DxO's ONE camera, which offers the same features mentioned above and supports the camera's SuperRAW files. Read more.
In our most recent Field Test, we took Fujifilm's X-T10 out onto the streets of Seattle with local photographer Brad Puet. After capturing our street portraits we took the images to a local print shop, to get them turned into exhibition-quality prints. Read more
Hasselblad has introduced a seasonal offer that sees the price of its flagship H5D-50c and H5D-50c Wi-Fi cameras reduced by over 40% for what it describes as a ‘limited time only’. The offer means the camera is available for €12,500/£11,750 for the standard model, and €12,900/$14,500/£12,100 for the Wi-Fi model. The Hasselblad H5D 50c Wi-Fi is usually €$28,500/£18,350. Read more
A sucker for 35mm, DPR Editor Barney Britton found himself drawn to 2013's Sony RX1 and R for all of the obvious reasons, but shooting with them left him cold. But just when he was about to give up hope on seeing an improved replacement, the RX1R II arrived. Find out why it's pick for Gear of the Year. Read more
Writer and photographer C.C. Chapman is a savvy businessman and creative thinker, but his real passion is helping others use their creative abilities to drive change in the world. C.C. joined us at PIX 2015 to share his vision. Read more
Recently, the streets of Seattle were filled with revelers dressed as Santa Claus drunk on (at the very least) plenty of holiday cheer. We took the opportunity to give Sony's Cyber-shot RX1R II a merry shooting session, with the aim of stress testing its 399-point PDAF system. Read more
The Lively app for iOS allows you to view and edit Apple's new Live Photos.
Sony has released Sky HDR, a new PlayMemories app for capturing landscape scenes that have wide ranging levels of brightness. Sky HDR aims to replace a graduated ND filter, with various adjustment 'themes' along with control over exposure and white balance of sky and landscape areas separately. Read more
Historically an SLR shooter who has used his fair share of mirrorless cameras, DPR editor Dale Baskin found the NX1 to be most impressive when he reviewed it. The camera may have looked like a moon at first, but over the course of his time with it the NX1 proved to indeed be a space station. Find out why it's his Gear of the Year pick, despite a recent disturbance in The Force. Read more
Whether you're traveling the world or the next town over, having the right camera at your side makes all the difference. We've picked out our best bets for the photographer who wants to keep things simple by carrying a compact camera rather than one with interchangeable lenses. Read more
Chinese lens manufacturer Kipon has announced that next year it will make available a reducing adapter designed to allow medium format lenses to fit on full frame cameras. The adapter will have a magnification factor of 0.7x which it says will widen both the effective focal length of the lens in use and its effective aperture. Read more
Canon has added to its EOS 5D range with the launch of two 50MP cameras, the 5DS and the 5DS R. Both cameras are high-resolution full frame models, primarily aimed at stills photographers. The only difference between the models is that the 'S' has an optical low-pass filter, while the 'S R' has a self-cancelling filter (the same relationship as Nikon's D800 and D800E models shared). We've put both cameras through exhaustive tests. Read our full review to see what we think
Sony is bringing its Alpha SLT-A68 DSLR camera - announced in Europe back on November 5th - to the US and Canada this spring. The a68 uses the company's Translucent Mirror Technology, which allows for 8 fps continuous shooting with full-time autofocus. It sports a 24MP CMOS sensor, 79-point AF system (borrowed from the a77 II), a tilting LCD display, and Full HD video recording using the XAVC S codec. Read more
It was a quiet year for some manufacturers, and a year of milestones for others. We've tested loads of equipment, both in our studio and out, and have voiced our opinions on many of the year's notable cameras and lenses. Now it's your turn! Vote for your favorite gear of the past year in four categories. Read more
The Federal Aviation Administration has officially launched the drone registration program first reported in October. Drone operators are required to register their UAVs with the Unmanned Aircraft System registry starting December 21, and failure to register could result in criminal and civil penalties. Read more
Adobe's Photoshop Lightroom for iOS devices has been updated with new features.
Sigma has created an all-new protective filter, the Sigma Water Repellent (WR) Ceramic Protector, using Clear Glass Ceramic with water and oil repellent coating. This is the first filter to use such a material in its construction. It promises both lighter weight and higher strength than normal protective filters with minimal effects on transmittance and sharpness.
Casio's TR series of Exilim compacts has propelled the Japanese company to record profitability this year after the cameras caught ahold of the massive Chinese selfie market. According to a report on Nikkei Asian Review, Casio is on track to make a $403 million profit this year, a good part of which has come from sales of its unusually shaped EX-TR compact cameras designed to appeal to female selfie shooters. Read more
DPReview Editor Barney Britton has put some miles on the Sony Cyber-shot RX1R II, shooting it all over Western Washington and even bringing it to the Arctic Circle and back. Find out what's new and what isn't in this video overview. Read more
Panasonic has released firmware updates for five Lumix G lenses, adding support for the maker's Dual IS technology. The feature was introduced in the Lumix DMC-GX8 camera; with this update, a total of eleven lenses are compatible with that model’s Dual IS system, including the Leica DG Macro-Elmarit 24mm F2.8 Macro and collapsible Lumix G Vario 12-32mm F3.5-5.6. Read more
The Canon PowerShot G5 X is a higher-end version of last year's G7 X and inherits its predecessor's 24-100mm lens and 20.2MP 1"-type BSI CMOS sensor and puts it into an SLR-style body with a built-in EVF, fully articulating LCD, three control dials and a hot shoe. Read our in-depth review to find out if this is the enthusiast compact you've been looking for.
Japanese glass manufacturer Hoya says it has created a new coating that prevents dust, water and fingerprints from sticking to the surface of its filters. The company claims the coating acts like a 'force field' around its new Fusion series of filters, protecting them from stains as well as scratches. The idea behind the coating is to make the filters easy to clean and to reduce the chance of damage while in use or storage. Read more
Italian accessory manufacturer Manfrotto has released a new app for its Digital Director iPad cradle that allows users to wirelessly control Manfrotto Lykos and Litepanels Astra LED lights. The 2.0 app is capable of handling up to 13 panels via a Bluetooth connection, so brightness levels can be controlled from the camera position. Read more
Leica has announced a firmware update for its SL (Typ 601) full-frame mirrorless camera. Firmware version 1.2 improves low ISO image quality, improvements to the EVF and changes to the L-Log gamma mode. There are other changes related to M and R lenses and Wi-Fi connectivity. More details
Continuing our 2015 series of articles highlighting staff favorites of the past year, DPR studio manager Samuel Spencer takes a look back, yet simultaneously forward, at instant photography and the Fujifilm Instax Share SP-1 instant printer, and the experiences he had with it while shooting his sister's wedding last March. Read more
When he was just 19, Rob Kearney had developed an encyclopedic knowledge of cameras and a position at a local camera shop (for which he was the only applicant). With his Leica M6, he fancied himself the Cartier-Bresson of New Haven, Connecticut. He's now a professional re-toucher and a keen street photographer. Learn more about his photographic history and see his work. Read more
video newsDec 11, 2015
RED has introduced its new Scarlet-W and Scarlet-W Monochrome pro-grade cameras. Both models feature RED's Dragon sensor with recording options that include 5K/60fps, 4K/150fps, and 2K/300fps. Read more
Street photographer Rinzi Ruiz and photojournalist Jonathan Alcorn are both based in the Los Angeles area, but their personal photography takes them to very different places. Take a look at what zen means to these photographers. Read more
Epson has announced its latest electronic viewfinder panel: a 4.41m dot SXGA+ display, a spec that may sound familiar to anyone who's been reading about Leica's SL full-frame mirrorless camera. Epson had shown a mockup of the panel at CP+ back in February 2015, and says the unit is now in mass production. Read more
The new version of Pixelmator of iOS makes use of Apple's new iPad and iPhone hardware features.
Alien Skin has launched Exposure X, its non-destructive photo editor for Mac OS X and Windows. Exposure X is the successor to Exposure 7, and functions as both a plug-in for Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop as well as a standalone editor. Features include a revamped user interface, RAW image editing, and an import system that doesn't use a catalog file. Read more
Action camera manufacturer GoPro has officially named its forthcoming camera drone and announced that it will be available in 2016. Footage from the GoPro Karma is demonstrated in a video on the GoPro website, which is also the same movie the company showed when it first teased the drone. Read more
DPReview's newest staff member finds surprise and delight in the Fujifilm X-A2, the least expensive model in Fuji's interchangeable-lens camera lineup. While its build quality can't compete with his X100's, the X-A2 proves itself with a large sensor, sharp kit lens and features that elevate it beyond its entry-level class. Read more
Roger Cicala at LensRentals has a great job - he gets to take things apart whenever he wants, and get paid to do it. And even better, he gets to pay himself to do it. Roger just got his hands on Canon's new EF 35mm F1.4 L II, and just like us, he's been very impressed. But, it must be said, for very different reasons. Click through for a quick look at what he found behind the red ring. Read more
Flickr says more virtual reality features will be introduced soon.
If your dream job hasn't come along yet and you fancy yourself as a bit of an Ansel Adams, you could do worse than to pay a visit to the US Government's employment website. The National Parks Service is looking for a full-time photographer to record the glory of the country's natural treasures, much as Ansel Adams did on contract to the Department of the Interior in the 1940s. Read more
Ricoh has announced a software plug-in for Adobe Lightroom supporting tethered shooting with the Pentax 645Z medium-format camera. Read more
mobileDec 9, 2015
Apple's iOS 9.2 makes it possible to transfer images to an iPhone directly from your camera.
lens newsDec 9, 2015
German/Chinese optics brand HandeVision is set to introduce five new lenses next year that are designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras. Each with a maximum aperture of F2.4, the focal lengths the company is planning to release in its Iberit series will be 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 75mm and 90mm. Read more
sample galleryDec 9, 2015
Back in October we reported on the Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm F1.4 - a massive, heavy but beautiful lens, which will be available soon in a very limited manufacturing run of only 100 samples. We were lucky enough to be able to use a prototype recently, and we've spent some time take shots with this weird and quite wonderful lens in our studio and out in the real world. Read more
As virtual reality grows in popularity, an increasing number of consumer-grade 360° cameras are hitting the market. Latest among them is Luna, a spherical camera that records 360° footage for viewing on desktop or through a cardboard VR headset. The team behind Luna is seeking funding on Indiegogo to cover design and production costs. Read more
Kicking off our 2015 series of articles highlighting some staff favorites of the past year, DPR editor Dan Bracaglia writes about his experience with the Nikon D750. But this is less a story about his favorite piece of gear from the last 365 days, and more about a photographer and system owner holding out several years for the perfect camera. Read more
In this field test video we follow photographer Kiliii Fish to the Arctic - specifically, the tiny fishing village of Barrow, Alaska. Using the Canon EOS Rebel T6i - Canon's 24MP entry-level DSLR - Kiliii aims to document how the indigenous population is adapting to the changing environment in the far North. Read more
According to a report from the Nikkei Asian Review, Panasonic has decided to resume image sensor development in order to speed up the drive for 8K video. The company suspended its development program a few years ago, the report says, but now Panasonic is preparing to invest ¥10bn/$80.8m to get its R&D back up to speed. Read more
It seems like just yesterday that we were trying to come up with a sensible name for mirrorless cameras but 2016 will mark the eighth anniversary of the first Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera. In that time they've gone from being an interesting new development to being a credible alternative to APS-C and full-frame DSLRs. In this primer we explain what mirrorless cameras are, how they differ from traditional DSLRs, and what this means to a potential first-time buyer. Read more
Canon's new EF 35mm F1.4L II lens has caused quite a stir around the DPReview office. DPReview staffer and photographer Jordan Stead has years of experience with the original 35mm F1.4L, as well as the newer EF 35mm F2 IS USM. In this article he talks about why he enjoys the 35mm focal length, how it affects his photography and his feelings on the Mark II after using it around the office, Seattle, and most recently, on assignment. Read more
Giuseppe Milo credits his interest in landscape and architectural photography with helping to shape a series of street photos he calls 'Faceless.' His fascination with the interaction between humans and the built environment are a common thread through the series, a project he calls 'endless' with new additions every week. Take a look at a selection of his photos and learn more about his history with photography. Read more
Lindsay Adler started her career as a portrait photographer very early. As a teenager, she took her classmates' senior portraits, and later found that shooting portraits through each summer during college would help offset the costs of the school year. She's now an author, educator and a leading fashion and studio photographer based in New York. We sat down with her recently to find out more about her early career, success and her evolving views on her own so-called 'failures.' Read more
Back in October, Sony announced its intention to buy out Toshiba's sensor business, and today they've sealed the deal. Sony is spending ¥19 billion ($154 million) on the acquisition, which includes technology and a factory in Oita, Japan. Toshiba's 1,100 workers will be offered positions at Sony Semiconductor after the merger closes by the end of the first quarter 2016. Read more
As a followup to its Cardboard headset and Cardboard app, Google has launched a new VR content creation tool for Android called Cardboard Camera.
Italian accessories manufacturer Manfrotto has announced it is to introduce a new range of LED light panels under the Lykos brand name. The Lykos Daylight and Lykos BiColor panels are small enough to hold in one hand but can also be mounted on a lighting stand, and can be powered by an L-type video-camera battery or via the included AC adapter. Read more
In his first year learning photography, Benjamin Von Wong created over 50,000 photographs, but none of them struck him as extraordinary. It wasn't until he tried out a flash gun that he began to see new possibilities that could make his work stand out. Read more
Update: The Yi Action Camera is now being sold in the US. Chinese company Xiaomi, perhaps best known for its smartphones, has introduced a new GoPro competitor called the Yi Action Camera. This new action camera will only be sold inside of China for the equivalent of approximately $64 USD (399 CNY); the company doesn't, as of now, have plans to sell it elsewhere. This still poses a problem for GoPro, however, which has recently been looking to expand into the Chinese market. Read more
Pulse, a project currently seeking funding on Kickstarter, aims to bring wireless control to many Nikon and Canon DSLRs.
Most of us think of image compression as a necessary evil. It makes our files more manageable, but reduces the quality of our images and can undo the incremental benefits of buying more pixels and better lenses. But can better compression make file sizes even smaller without any extra image quality cost? Beamr, the company behind the JPEGmini application, thinks it's possible. Read more
The Asus Zenfone Zoom uses a number of mirrors and lenses to offer a 3x optical zoom in a thin body.
Vallerret, a Norway-based startup, is looking for funding on Kickstarter for some cold weather photography gloves. Currently in prototype form, the Vallerret Photography Gloves are designed for adventurous photographers who shoot outside in cold temperatures, aiming to eliminate the hassle that comes with bulky, cumbersome gloves while protecting hands from snow and ice. Read more
Fall in Seattle means two things - the return of cold drizzle and University of Washington Husky football. Veteran sports shooter and DPR staffer Jordan Stead recently took advantage of a sunny afternoon game to do a little more testing of the Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM. Read more
The new Samsung A-series models come with very solid camera specifications.
Digital medium format brand Phase One has bought the whole of the Mamiya Digital Imaging Company and has taken over Mamiya's Saku factory for its Japanese HQ. The Danish company has had a long-standing relationship with the Japanese camera and lens manufacturer, and since 2009 has owned 45% of the company's shares. Read more
Adobe has updated Photoshop CC 2015 with the new features it detailed a few weeks ago as its MAX conference. Among the new, mostly designer-oriented features is a high-contrast touch-enabled interface, the ability to customize your Photoshop CC toolbar, direct SVG importing, Artboard improvements and support for Fuse CC, a 3D design application. Read more
Nikon has released firmware updates for its D750 and D4S DSLRs, providing both with a new external recording control option for use with external recorders using Atomos Open Protocol. At the end of a list of bug fixes, Nikon also mentions that the D750's firmware version 1.10 introduces 'optimal vibration reduction' with vibration reduction lenses. Read more
camera newsDec 1, 2015
Ricoh has announced it is to offer an infrared-sensitive version of its 645Z medium format camera, the 645Z IR. Sadly, the new model is not intended for public consumption, but will be aimed at museums and scientific establishments who will have to sign a usage agreement before they can make a purchase. Read more
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