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September 2017 news and reviews

September 30
Photo story of the week: Colors of the Arctic

Landscape photographer Erez Marom tells the story behind this beautiful, surreal looking photograph of a perfectly-reflected iceberg surrounded by sunset colors.

Fujifilm X-A10 sample gallery

We brought Fujifilm's least expensive X-series camera on a trip to Jackson Hole, Wyoming. See how it measured up.

September 29
Japan Camera Hunter is designing a 35mm 'premium compact' camera

Great news for film photography fans: Bellamy Hunt of Japan Camera Hunter has announced that he's developing a 'premium compact' film camera of his own.

Video: The difference between Saturation and Vibrance explained

In this quick, very informative video, retoucher Jesus Ramirez explains the key differences between Vibrance and Saturation, and demonstrates how both can be used to enhance an image in different ways.

New FAA drone rules restrict flying near 10 major US landmarks

The FAA just made it illegal to fly within 400ft of several well known US landmarks, including the Statue of Liberty and the Hoover Dam. Pilots who want to get around these new regulations will have to submit a plan with the FAA first.

Face ID sensor slowdown could lead to iPhone X shortages and shipment delays

If you're holding out buying the iPhone 8/Plus in favor of the iPhone X, you might be waiting a while. According to several trusted reports, manufacturing issues could lead to severe shortages on launch day, November 3rd.

How I almost lost a Nikon D850 to an eBay scam

If you're selling high-priced camera gear on eBay, watch out for this incredibly sneaky scam that's being used to fool people into parting with their equipment for free.

GoPro's 5.2K 360-degree Fusion camera officially launched, costs $700

The GoPro Hero6 isn't the only camera officially launched at yesterday's event. GoPro also finally revealed full details and pricing for the long-awaited 360° 5.2K GoPro Fusion.

Leica M10 added to the studio comparison tool

Leica's latest digital rangefinder, the M10, comes with a slimmer body, refined controls and a newly developed 24MP full frame sensor. We've put it to the test in our studio to see how it stacks up.

Not quite as good? Nikon D850 versus Nikon D5 subject tracking

Photographer Matt Granger recently pitted the Nikon D850 up against the flagship D5 in a subject tracking battle royal, proclaiming the D5 comes out on top. Is he right? Here's our take

September 28
Nikon D850 added to studio scene comparison

We've tested dynamic range and shot a variety of scenarios as part of our initial D850 testing. Now you can compare the camera's impressive 46 megapixel output side-by-side with that of its peers.

GoPro Hero6 arrives today with 4K/60p recording, improved image quality, better stabilization

A custom-built GP1 processor enables GoPro's latest action cam to shoot 4K at 60p, and claims to improve the camera's dynamic range and low light performance compared to previous Hero models.

Manfrotto is teaming up with Sony to make accessories for Alpha series cameras

Sony and Manfrotto are teaming up to create a line of accessories specifically for Sony cameras and lenses. First up, a tripod that will be on display at PhotoPlus in NYC.

Inspiration: How the Lofoten Islands changed Chris Burkard's life

Three years ago, Resource Travel editor Michael Bonocore visited the Lofoten Islands with master adventure photographer Chris Burkard. As it turns out, Lofoten holds a very special place in Burkard's life story.

Voigtlander reveals pricing for 40mm F2 Ultron and 40mm F1.2 Nokton lenses

Voigtlander's updated 40mm F2 Ultron for Nikon and brand new 40mm F1.2 Nokton for Sony E-Mount will cost $515 and $1,000, respectively. They're ready to ship next week.

Throwback Thursday: Sigma SD1

The Sigma SD1, announced in 2010, was the company's first DSLR to feature the 15 megapixel (times three) Foveon X3 sensor. It also had an available burl wood veneer that looked great in a Bentley.

September 27
Sony a9 firmware update 1.10 'improves image quality and overall stability'

Sony has released a new firmware version for the popular Sony a9 that addresses some memory card bugs and "improves the image quality and overall stability of the camera."

Flexible Tenikle 'tripod' uses suction cups to stick almost anywhere

Like a GorillaPod, the Tenikle 'tripod' has three flexible arms that can be shaped to fit a variety of surfaces. Unlike a GorillaPod, the Tenikle's arms are covered in strong suction cups.

Video: 4K cinematic footage captured with Apple's new iPhone 8 Plus

Filmmaker Matteo Bertoli recently put the iPhone 8 Plus through its paces on a cinematic 4K shoot in Los Angeles, and the resulting footage really impressed him.

Check out the winners of Scuba Diving Magazine's 2017 underwater photo contest

Scuba Diving Magazine has unveiled the winners of its 2017 underwater photo competition, and this year's best entries are just plain stunning.

Feature-boosting Panasonic GH5 Firmware 2.0 is officially live

The long-awaited feature-boosting Firmware Update Version 2.0 for the Panasonic GH5 is officially live! If you own a GH5, you'll want to update ASAP.

Polaroid unveils flexible LED panel you can bend into different shapes

The Polaroid brand continues to release interesting little lighting products. Their latest: a flexible LED lighting panel that outputs 4500 lumens and can be bent into different shapes.

In her own words, photographing the Vietnam War

Photographer Catherine Leroy was only 21 when she arrived in Vietnam in 1966 with her Leica M2 in tow. But over the next three years, she built an incredible body of work covering the war.

Instagram celebrates 800M users with update that takes on comment trolls

To celebrate hitting 800 million users (500 million active daily) Instagram just launched its most powerful commenting controls yet, allowing you to block individual users or specific groups from commenting on your photos.

The clockwork lens: Lensrentals tears down famed Minolta 40-80mm F2.8 Gearbox Zoom

The Minolta MC Rokkor X 40-80mm F2.8 zoom is a unique lens, which uses a gearbox for controlling focus and zoom. Roger Cicala has been fascinated with its design for ages, and he recently got the chance to take one apart.

September 26
Getty Images bans Photoshopping models to look thinner thanks to French law

Starting October 1st, Getty Images will no longer accept images in which the models have been Photoshopped to "look thinner or larger." The change was made due to a French law that requires disclosure of such images.

K-Pan is a 3D-printed panoramic film camera that shoots 6 x 14cm photos

The 3D printed panoramic film camera known formerly as the "Cycloptic Mustard Monster" is officially available as a DIY kit through Kickstarter.

Snapchat 'sky filters' use augmented reality to replace the sky with stars, sunsets and more

Snapchat is using its augmented reality tech to replace the sky in your photos. The so-called 'sky filters' can swap out a boring sky for a colorful sunset, rainbows, a starry night, and more.

Judge determines FAA drone rules take precedence over local regulations

A court ruling our of Newton, Massachusetts has set an important legal precedent for drone pilots: federal drone laws will now trump local drone regulations in situations where the two are in conflict.

Video: Photographer shoots one model with three different vintage lenses

Photographer Mathieu Stern has put together another interesting vintage lens shootout. One model, three lenses, three locations.

The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need

From landscapes to motocross and white water kayaking to a wedding, exactly what can't the D850 do?

September 25
Calumet UK and Wex Photographic will officially merge tomorrow

Calumet UK and Wex Photographic, two of the biggest photography retailers in the United Kingdom, are going to officially merge tomorrow.

Your Wacom tablet won't work with macOS High Sierra until 'late October'

macOS High Sierra came out today, but if you use a Wacom tablet you need to wait a few weeks before you upgrade. According to Wacom, they won't have a compatible driver ready for you until "late October."

$80,000 vs $3,000: Arri Alexa vs Canon 80D video shootout

Do you think a $3,000 Canon 80D video rig can compete with an $80,000+ Arri Alexa setup? Well it can't, but check out this video anyway to see how the rigs compare.

The 7 Commandments of Great Photo Walks

Seven simple rules to make sure you get the most out of your next photography outing.

Manfrotto owner Vitec has acquired Lowepro and JOBY for $10.3 million in cash

Vitec, the company that owns popular accessory maker Manfrotto, has just acquired JOBY and Lowepro for a cool $10.3 million in cash. The acquisition adds JOBY and Lowepro to Vitec's already sizable collection of camera gear brands.

Master drone pilot captures video while flying around, inside, and under a moving train

A master drone pilot has captured one of the most incredible (and highly illegal) drone videos we've ever seen by flying around, inside, onto, and under a moving train.

Intel's 8th generation desktop CPUs can edit 4K 360-degree video 32% faster

Intel just debuted their 8th generation desktop CPUs, and the lineup packs a performance boost for 'content creators' that photo and video editors might be intrigued by.

Canon's 'virtual camera' system will turn sports games into 3D videos you can explore

Canon is developing a 'Free Viewpoint Video System' that will turn real life sports games and events into immersive 3D interactive experiences. It's video game-like camera control IRL.

How a photojournalist shot the eclipse photo of a lifetime with the Sony a9

A veteran photojournalist, Rick Wilking secured a spot in the path of totality for the August solar eclipse. While things didn't quite pan out as predicted, an unexpected subject in the sky and a quick reaction made for a once-in-a-lifetime shot.

September 23
iZugar launches 220-degree super fisheye lens for Micro Four Thirds

The new iZugar 3.25mm F2.5 super fisheye lens offers an insane 220-degree angle of view. That means it can basically see behind itself... good luck keeping your feet out of the shot.

Apple's auto-generated Memories videos are still kind of weird in iOS 11

You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll remember that time you took a picture of the frozen pizza baking directions.

September 22
Craigslist poster raises the bar on terrible car photography

A Craigslist poster has discovered the worst possible way to photograph a car: taking pictures of pictures displayed on a cracked and scratched up smartphone screen.

The iPhone 8 Plus is the best smartphone camera DxOMark has ever tested

With the iPhone X coming out soon, the title probably won't last, but the iPhone 8 Plus is officially the best smartphone camera DxOMark has ever tested, and the iPhone 8 is second.

This Kodak Moments chatbot digs through your old photos and tries to sell you prints

Kodak's new Facebook Messenger chatbot is trying to bring back the 'Kodak Moment' by digging up your old social media photos and trying to sell you prints and custom coffee mugs.

Affinity Photo for iPad adds extremely useful drag-and-drop feature with iOS 11 update

Affinity Photo for iPad was touted as "the first full blown, truly professional photo editing tool to make its way onto the Apple tablet." This update makes it that much more convenient.

Yashica teases 'Unprecedented Camera': Coming to Kickstarter in October

Yashica has released a new teaser video, and this one claims they'll be releasing an "unprecedented camera" in October on Kickstarter. Ready... set... speculate!

Synology launches its first 6-bay NAS tower, updates more affordable options

Storage solutions company Synology has just released its very first 6-bay NAS tower. Combined with the DX1215 expansion units, it can hold and control up to thirty drives.

New product overview videos: Canon EOS 6D II and more

We're always expanding our collection of product overview content, and we've just added videos for the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, the EOS Rebel SL2 and EOS M6.

September 21
Throwback Thursday: the Canon PowerShot G1

The venerable Canon PowerShot G1 was announced seventeen years ago this week, marking the start of a line of enthusiast-focused compacts that's still alive and kicking.

September 20
Incredible microscopic close-ups of a peacock feather

Super macro photographer Can Tuncer captured these incredible close-ups of a single peacock feather using a special setup and three different microscope lenses.

Oprema Jena revives Biotar 58mm F2 lens with record-setting 17 aperture blades

After successfully crowdfunding the Biotar 75mm F1.5, Oprema Jena is at it again. This time they're bringing back the Biotar 58mm F2: the world's only lens with a 17-blade aperture.

Adobe announces record-breaking $1.84 billion in revenue for Q3

Adobe's move to a subscription model is treating it very well indeed. The company has posted record revenue for the second quarter in a row, hauling in a mind-boggling $1.84 billion.

Report: Blackstone working with Morgan Stanley to sell 45% Leica stake

More details have emerged about the potential sale of Blackstone's 45% stake in iconic camera brand Leica.

Snapseed app updated with new interface and presets, adds perspective tool to iOS

Popular mobile editing app Snapseed just got a major update that includes a new interface and 11 new presets for both Android and iOS, as well as adding the Perspective tool to the iOS version.

Photo Experiment: Shooting macro photos of boiling water

It might sound like a strange idea, but taking macro photos of boiling water can actually result in some really cool photographs. A good photo experiment for a rainy day.

Diversify Photo launches database of photographers of color to promote diversity

The database was created to "break with the narrow lens through which history… has been recorded" by equipping those who commission photography with "the resources to discover photographers of color available for assignments.

Lensbaby unveils Creative Bokeh and Sweet 80 optics

Lensbaby has released two new optics for their special "optic swap system." The Lensbaby Sweet 80 Optic gives you that trademark sweet spot of focus, while the Creative Bokeh optic gives you 9 different drop in aperture plate options to play with.

iPhone 8 Review: Pushing the limits of photography

TechCrunch has already posted their review of the upcoming iPhone 8 (not yet the iPhone X), and they're calling it "a look into the augmented future of photography."

Review: Affinity Photo 1.5.2 for desktop

Affinity Photo is a $50 photo editing software with no subscriptions. That's it – pay for it once and you're done. And we think it's actually pretty darn good.

September 19
Instagram is testing a four-photo grid, and some users are freaking out

Instagram is currently testing a major change to the app's profile layout: replacing the 3-photo across grid with a 4-photo grid... and some users are NOT taking the news well.

Zenit's full-frame mirrorless camera will use components made by Leica

A report by USSRPhoto is shedding some light on the return of the famed Zenit camera brand. It seems the full-frame mirrorless camera they're working on will be made in part by Leica using components from the Leica SL.

Report: Samsung is developing a 1,000fps mobile image sensor

According to a reliable Korean report, Samsung is developing a smartphone sensor that's capable of super slow motion. Translation: Samsung's next batch of Galaxy smartphones may be able to shoot 1,000fps.

This is the story behind that tragic, viral photo of a seahorse holding a Q-tip

This simple photograph of a seahorse and Q-tip has taken the internet by storm. We spoke to photographer Justin Hofman about how it was captured, and what it means to him.

The Profoto A1 is the 'world’s smallest studio flash' and Profoto's first on-camera flash

After a massive leak last week, Profoto has officially debuted the Profoto A1: the company's first on-camera flash system that they're calling "the world's smallest studio flash."

Why hyperfocal distance charts are inaccurate

"When the first hyperfocal distance charts were designed, someone decided that an acceptably sharp background contained some blur — enough to notice in a medium-sized print [...] After that point, nearly every other hyperfocal chart followed suit."

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 / EOS 200D Review

The Canon EOS Rebel SL2 (also known as the EOS 200D) is the company's impressively compact entry-level DSLR. Packing a 24MP APS-C sensor, DIGIC 7 processor and Dual Pixel AF, it promises a lot of bang for the buck. And while not mind-blowing, it handles most tasks very well.

September 18
Video: Four common composition mistakes and what to do instead

Correct these four common composition mistakes and your photos will be more balanced, tell a better story, and lead your viewer's eye where you want it to go.

Kodak PixPro Orbit360 4K VR camera now on sale in the US

The rugged, compact 360° action camera Kodak unveiled at Photokina in 2016, the Kodak PixPro Orbit 360, is finally available in the United States.

Bookmark this HEIC to JPEG converter if you're upgrading to iOS 11 tomorrow

iOS 11 launches tomorrow, and it'll save all of your pictures in a new high efficiency image format called HEIC. Fortunately, there's now a converter that will let you turn those photos back into JPEGs.

ImageRights expands copyright registration, adds new blockchain protections

Photo protection company ImageRights recently released a new service that lets non-subscribers take advantage of their streamlined copyright registration system that checks for errors and fills out all the required forms for you.

Lens Rentals test shows all circular polarizing filters work great, price doesn't matter

What's the difference between a $200 circular polarizing filter and a $100 circular polarizing filter? Roger Cicala at Lens Rentals put six different filters through a few tests to find out.

GoPro Hero6 leaked again: Shoots 4K at 60fps, 1080p at 240fps, and costs $500

A flurry of leaks reveal that GoPro's upcoming Hero6 will shoot 4K at 60fps, 1080p at 240fps, will cost $500, and is scheduled for announcement/release on September 28th.

The photography of Stanley Kubrick as a teenager

Before he became the iconic director whose name we've all heard, a teenage Stanley Kubrick struck up a business relationship with New York’s Look magazine. No surprise: he was an incredibly talented photographer.

WD G-Technology unveils portable, rugged SSD for photographers

WD's new G-Technology G-Drive mobile SSD R-Series is a portable solid state option for photographers who want the reliability of an SSD in a rugged water and dust-resistant package.

Tamron SP 24-70mm F2.8 G2 sample gallery

Fast, stabilized and affordable is an appealing combination when it comes to lenses. With its latest 24-70mm F2.8, Tamron aims to upgrade autofocus speed and stabilization. We've got a full gallery from this updated full-frame zoom.

September 17
Photographing Jennifer Lawrence: A photographer's dream come true

Photographer Clay Cook tells the story of his most ambitious photographic dream and career goal coming true: photographing A-list actress Jennifer Lawrence.

Nikon Director of Development: 'If Nikon will go mirrorless, it must be full-frame'

In an interview with a Chinese website, Nikon Japan's Director of Development dropped a bombshell, saying that a Nikon mirrorless camera "must be full-frame."

iPhone X vs. Samsung Note 8
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Here's a side-by-side spec comparison of two flagship devices with particular attention to the things that really matter – at least to people who prioritize photography features.

September 16
These are the winners of the 2017 EyeEm Awards, the world's largest photo competition

A month and a half after revealing the finalists of the 2017 EyeEm Awards, the photo sharing community and licensing marketplace has finally revealed the winners.

Photo story of the week: Swimming with Humpback whales in Tonga

Photographer Josselin Cornou tells the breathtaking story behind two beautiful photos captured while snorkeling with humpback whales in Tonga.

Why should you care about the Sony RX10 IV? Phase detection autofocus, that's why

The Sony RX10 IV is a fixed lens camera with a 1"-type sensor and 24-600mm equivalent lens that can shoot 4K video or stills at 24 fps, but that's not what we think is interesting about it. The addition of phase detection autofocus is pivotal to all those features.

September 15
Google teases Pixel smartphone launch, takes on iPhone X on October 4th

The announcement date is set! Google will reveal their next generation Pixel phones—their response to Apple's shiny new iPhone X—on October 4th. Let the smartphone camera wars begin.

Sony packed serious phase detect AF into these new 4K palm-style camcorders

Sony just debuted three palm-style 4K camcorders that steal a bit of speedy phase detect autofocus technology from the company's RX10 IV. In fact, they kind of improve on it.

21 spectacular photos from Saturn: A photographic ode to Cassini

Earlier today, NASA's Cassini spacecraft plunged into Saturn's atmosphere, ending a 20 year long mission. Here are 21 of our favorite photographs captured by this incredible machine and its makers.

Netflix acquires rights to Kodachrome: a movie about the final days of the iconic film

Fans of film photography should keep an eye out for the widespread theatrical release of Kodachrome, a movie staring Jason Sudeikis about the final days of the iconic film stock.

Video: The pros and cons of natural light vs off-camera flash

Photographer Manny Ortiz breaks down the pros and cons of shooting natural light vs off-camera flash, and explains why he chooses to shoot one, the other, or both in any given situation.

Leak: Profoto is preparing to release its first ever speedlight, the Profoto A1

A leaked product page and a bunch of leaked photos shows Profoto is preparing to release its first ever speedlight: the Profoto A1 Air TTL

Yashica is teasing a comeback to the camera market

The Yashica camera brand disappeared in 2003, but a new teaser video and website hint at a comeback. Excited?

Western Digital's new 12TB hard drive offers lots of storage and class-leading reliability

Western Digital just debuted a new, higher capacity WD Gold internal hard drive. The new drive offers 12TB of storage and class-leading reliability to the tune of a 550TB/year workload rating.

Godox announces affordable XPRO-C wireless flash trigger for Canon users

The new Godox XPRO-C is an affordable, highly capable flash trigger for Canon users that boasts a lot of useful features at a very reasonable price.

Tamron developing lightweight, compact 100-400mm F4.5-6.3 lens

Tamron is working on a lightweight, durable and compact 100-400mm tele-zoom lens that will be available for Canon and Nikon cameras by the end of the year.

Updated: Nikon D850 sample gallery

The Nikon D850 promises equal parts resolution and speed. On a trip to Bend, Oregon, we had the chance to try it out with fashion, sports, landscapes, and more. Check out our updated sample gallery to see how it fared.

September 14
Photo of GoPro Hero6 leaked, will be able to shoot 4K at 60 fps

A leaked photo of the upcoming GoPro Hero6 in its final retail packaging shows a powerful little camera that will be able to shoot 4K video at 60 frames per second.

I shot a viral Hurricane Irma photo, and I didn't make a dime

Photography enthusiast Michael Sechler recently shot a Hurricane Irma photo that went viral and was used by media all over the world… so why didn't he make dime for his work?

Nissin announces Super Light Stand LC-50c: The world’s lightest light stand

Nissin claims the new Super Light Stand LS-50C is the lightest light stand in the world. Weighing in at just 575g/1.2lbs, it can still hold up to 1.5kg/3.3lb.

Lastolite unveils two new 'stone effect' panoramic backgrounds for portrait photographers

The new seamless Granite and Limestone backgrounds join Lastolite's nascent panoramic background range, measuring in at 4m wide.

Nikon Asia accused of sexism over D850 promotion that featured 32 men and 0 women

Nikon Asia is being criticized from all sides today after a huge Nikon D850 promotion it hosted featured 32 male photographers... and exactly 0 women.

Polaroid is back! Unveils OneStep 2 instant camera and i-Type film

Goodbye Impossible Project, hello Polaroid Originals! The new Polaroid Originals brand brings the Polaroid of old back from the dead with new i-Type instant film and the OneStep 2 analog instant camera.

September 13
HP reveals insane Z8 workstation: Can handle 3TB of RAM and 48TB of storage

If you need insane, mind-blowing, holy crap power out of your PC, check out HP's new Z8 workstation. This beast can handle up to 56 processing cores, 3TB of RAM and 48TB of hard drive space.

Alien Skin unveils Exposure X3 raw editor and organizer, available this fall

Alien Skin Exposure X3 will pack a bunch of new features including "toning enhancements" for B&W and color images, a side-by-side comparison view, radial and linear brush shapes, and more.

PETA and David Slater settle copyright lawsuit over monkey selfie

It's finally over. After years of legal back-and-forth, PETA and photographer David Slater have settled their lawsuit over the famous (and infamous) monkey selfie.

Kodak will bring back Ektachrome film this year, start selling it in 2018

Film photography lovers have something to celebrate. It seems Kodak will be resurrecting its famous Ektachrome film this year, with full production slated for 2018.

DIY: How I built my own super macro rig for less than $250

Trying out super macro photography can be a really expensive endeavor, but it doesn't have to be. In fact, photographer Micael Widell built his own homebrew rig for less than $250.

Not your typical superzoom: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV gallery and impressions

Sure, the price tag is outrageous. But Sony has made some real leaps forward with its RX10 series in this latest iteration. We've been able to shoot some fast-moving action and get some initial impressions of this souped-up superzoom.

SLR Magic announces CINE 18mm F2.8 lens for Sony E-Mount

SLR Magic's latest lens for Sony E-Mount cameras looks like a good option for landscape and architectural photographers, as well as video-shooters.

An open letter to Canon: What happened to your innovation?

"Dear Canon [...] since the launch of the Canon 5DMK2 way back in March 2008 it has been extremely hard to be genuinely excited about any new cameras you have released."

Phase One unveils IQ3 100MP Trichromatic digital back, promises unmatched color quality

Phase One has released a new 100MP digital back called the Trichromatic. Designed with Sony, the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic promises "unsurpassed color quality."

iPhone X: What you need to know

A new Portrait Lighting simulator mode, 4K 60p video and simulated-bokeh selfies: here are the camera updates that Apple has included in its milestone iPhone X.

September 12
Apple iPhone X offers dual stabilized dual-cam, goes edge-to-edge with HDR OLED

While the iPhone 8 models look like straightforward upgrades to the 7 series, the iPhone X comes with an edge-to-edge display, Face ID and a dual-cam with dual OIS.

Hands-on with the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV

Sony's new Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 IV is here, and it's all about speed and autofocus. We got our hands on the camera in New York City today so you can take a look at what's new.

DxOMark Mobile testing protocol now considers bokeh simulation, low-light, motion and zoom

The company has re-tested some top-tier phone models under the new protocol, finding that in some cases scores increased when looking at features like low-light performance, bokeh, and zoom.

Aurora HDR 2018 pre-orders go live ahead of September 28 launch

The pre-order period will run from September 12-27 and includes a special lower price of $89 for new customers versus the regular $249 rate.

Sony announces new Cyber-shot RX10 IV with phase-detect AF and 24 fps bursts

Sony has announced its new Cyber-shot RX10 Mark IV, featuring a 315-point phase detect system, 24 fps burst shooting and the same 24-600mm lens as its predecessor.

Kenko Tokina updates 400mm mirror lens with better coatings

A new version of Kenko’s 400mm mirror lens is to be released this month that is said to feature better anti-reflective coatings for improved flare performance.

September 11
Sigma can install a rear-mounted filter holder on your Canon 14mm F1.8 Art lens

Sigma users who want a rear filter holder on their Canon mount 14mm f/1.8 Art lens can now pay the company to fit one on there for them.

The Last Portrait: A moving tribute to a friend and neighbor

When photographer Jared Polin's friend Arty was diagnosed with terminal cancer, Jared asked if he could tell his story in pictures. This is Arty's photo story.

UN seeks worldwide drone registry to pave way for global standards

The UN's International Civil Aviation Organization agency wants to establish a unified database where all of the world's drone pilots would be required to register their UAVs.

Hasselblad drops H6D-50c price again, now $11,000 off original price

Hasselblad just dropped the price of the medium format H6D-50c AGAIN. At just $14,995, the camera is now selling for a whopping $11,000 less than the original retail price.

Kodak unveils the Printomatic: A point-and-shoot 'instant print' camera

Kodak today revealed their newest instant camera: the Printomatic. It's a 10-megapixel 'instant print' camera that prints your snapshots on Kodak's own ZINK photo paper.

Video: Man slammed by Hurricane Irma wave while trying to take photos

Taking pictures in a hurricane can be extremely dangerous. If you're not prepared and careful, you could end up like the guy in this video.

Nikon D850 retains class-leading low ISO dynamic range, improves on high ISO

The D810 offered excellent DR combined with a low base ISO that allowed it to tolerate lots of light. A look at the D850 suggests it's been able to repeat this trick, while also seeing an improvement at high ISO settings.

Sony: 'Our company has a vision which is more important than profit alone'

Recently, DPReview was invited to Japan to visit both the Sony headquarters in Tokyo and Sony’s image sensor factory in Kumamoto. The trip was an opportunity to gain some insight into both the philosophy and the technology that underpins the company.

Nikon D850 sample gallery

A full-production Nikon D850 loaner unit landed in our office late last week. While there's much more shooting to be done, here are a few of our first images from Nikon's latest DSLR.

September 10
This simple web tool helps you find the lenses you like best

If you're looking for a simple, kind of silly way to pick your next lens purchase, the What the Lens web tool is a fun way to determine what glass you like best.

September 9
Video: 3 simple Lightroom tricks you should definitely know

There are a ton of useful little features baked into Lightroom that most of us never actually use. Here are three simple tricks you should probably know about.

September 8
RED Hydrogen One smartphone will feature Leia lightfield holographic display technology

Red has provided more detail on the origin of 'holographic' technology used by its upcoming Hydrogen One smartphone: Leia Inc., not to be confused with Leica, is partnering with the company.

DJI will let you rent a Mavic Pro for free so you can enter Nat Geo's aerial photography contest

'Hundreds' of loaner drones are available to photographers who want to enter National Geographic's #MyMavicContest, an aerial photography contest.

Google Drive and Photos desktop app support to end in December

Users of Mac and PC Google Drive and Photos apps will soon have to migrate to the new Backup and Sync app for continued service.

Fujifilm XF 50mm F2 R WR sample gallery

Compact, robust and comparatively affordable: the Fujifilm XF 50mm F2 WR is an appealing mid-telephoto prime for X-series shooters. Take a look at some samples.

September 7
Fujifilm Japan announces X Raw Studio conversion software

Fujifilm has announced a new Raw converter that uses the camera's own image processor while connected to a Mac or PC over USB. It arrives in November 2017 for Mac, and January 2018 for PC.

Polaroid teasers suggest company has a big film announcement planned

Is Polaroid's classic instant film coming back from the dead? Teasers popping up on the Polaroid.com website hint at something big coming from the iconic instant photography brand very soon.

Sneak peek: Adobe is developing a 'curvature pen tool' for Photoshop CC

Get a sneak peek at a new feature coming to Photoshop CC later this year: The Curvature Pen Tool.

Profoto is bringing TTL and HSS to Fujifilm cameras with new Air Remote TTL-F

The newly announced Air Remote TTL-F was created in collaboration with Fujifilm, and allowing Fuji shooters to take full advantage of Profoto's Pro-10, D2, B1, B1X, and B2 flashes.

Adobe update brings Nikon D850 support to Camera RAW and DNG Converter

Adobe has updated two of its Raw processing modules for use with the Nikon D850 and a range of new Nikon lenses.

North Carolina has designated October 2017 'Photography Month'

Hear ye, hear ye. By official decree of Governor Roy Cooper of the great state of North Carolina, October 2017 has hereby been designated 'Photography Month.'

Nikon patents two full-frame mirrorless lenses: 52mm F0.9 and 36mm F1.2

Nikon has filed two new full-frame mirrorless lens patents in Japan, leaving many of us hoping that the company will make good on its promise to deliver a 'superior' mirrorless camera.

The evolution of zoom on smartphone cameras

Corephotonics has published a white paper on "The Evolution of Zoom Camera Technologies in Smartphones", covering early telescopic zooms up to the latest dual-cam systems.

Video: Fujifilm X-E3 First Look

Fujifilm'x X-E3 comes with a whole host of refinements and upgrades both inside and out; quickly catch up on what's new in the latest model with our First Look video.

Throwback Thursday: Alpha A700, Sony's first high-end DSLR

Turning ten years old this week is the A700, Sony's first high-end DSLR after fully taking over Konica Minolta's camera business. With plenty of Minolta DNA, it debuted in September 2007 to take on the likes of Canon's 40D and Nikon's D300.

Fujifilm X-E3 offers 24MP sensor and extensive touch control

Fujifilm has announced the X-E3, sporting a 24.3MP X-Trans sensor and 4K video capture. It updates the X-E2S, which was itself a fairly minor update to the X-E2, so brings a number of welcome upgrades like touch control.

Hands-on with new Fujifilm X-E3

Fujifilm has just taken the wraps off a brand new camera: the X-E3. They kindly loaned us a prototype for a few days, and we've given it the hands-on treatment.

Fujifilm XF 80mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR Macro offers 1:1 reproduction

Fujifilm is officially announcing the XF 80mm F2.8 Macro, a lens that previously appeared on the company's X-mount roadmap. The 80mm F2.8 is equivalent to 122mm on Fuji's X-series bodies, and gives full 1:1 macro reproduction.

Fujifilm adds GF 45mm F2.8 R WR, expands medium-format lens roadmap

In addition to announcing a weather-resistant 36mm equivalent prime, Fujifilm has updated its medium-format GF system lens roadmap and detailed an upcoming GFX 50S firmware update.

Fujifilm announces new X-series firmware and updated lens roadmap

Alongside the new X-E3 and XF 80mm F2.8 prime, Fujifilm also announced firmware updates for several of its current X-series models, and an updated lens roadmap.

September 6
Sony unveils the Venice, its first full-frame cinema camera system

Sony just took the cover off an exciting (and probably very expensive) new cinema camera called the Venice. It's the company's first full-frame digital motion picture camera system.

Behind the scenes with Albert Watson: Watch a photographic legend shape light

Watch legendary photographer Albert Watson at work, shaping the light as he sets about capturing three unique portraits of ballet dancer Sergei Polunin.

Pixelmator Pro will use artificial intelligence to power photo editing features

The folks behind popular Mac photo editor Pixelmator have announced plans to release Pixelmator Pro, a more robust version of their software that features AI-powered photo editing features.

Faker exposed after convincing top news media he was a war photographer for two years

You may have seen Eduardo Martins' brilliant war photography in some of the biggest publications from around the world. There's just one problem... he doesn't exist.

Broncolor unveils the Litepipe P: A versatile wand-style light shaper

Broncolor has introduced a new wand-style light shaper called the Litepipe P, a "powerful, versatile and dismountable" flash accessory that's basically a more portable, long, thin softbox.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark III Review

The Olympus OM-D E-M10 III is a gentle refresh of its predecessor. It's still a 16MP Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera, still keenly priced and still devastatingly pretty. A revision of the user interface to make it more beginner friendly and the addition of 4K video sound good, but how much difference does that make?

The new Hasselblad X1D Field Kit gets you an X1D and three lenses for cheap(er)

Hasselblad has released a new discounted 'Field Kit' that gets you the X1D-50c mirrorless medium format camera alongside three XCD lenses and a collection of accessories. Total savings: $1,700.

The Quickshot app adjusts your photography in real time

The app, created by the makers of Facetune, features a 'quickshot' mode that adjusts your image preview in real-life, rather than optimizing it post-capture.

September 5
Rotolight unveils the Neo 2: A portable LED HSS flash that doubles as a modeling light

The new Rotolight Neo 2 is being touted as an "industry first." An all-in-one High Speed Sync (HSS) Flash and continuous on-camera LED lighting innovation that aims to "revolutionize how people use light."

Ohio photographer shot by police officer who mistook camera for gun

The most troubling part of this story is that the officer allegedly offered no warning whatsoever before opening fire on the photojournalist.

This interactive fall foliage prediction map helps photographers plan for the season

If you want to capture the perfect fall colors this autumn, you definitely want to check out SmokyMountains.com's interactive fall foliage prediction map.

Photographer caught using someone else's public domain photo to win awards

Consider this an example of what NOT to do. A Swiss photographer has been stripped of two awards after it was discovered she submitted someone else's public domain photo as her own.

How one photojournalist covered hurricane Harvey

How do cover a tragedy as wide-ranging as the Hurricane Harvey flooding in Houston? Chicago-based photojournalist Alyssa Schukar shares her experience preparing for and shooting Harvey for the NY Times.

Watch a real-time 4K close-up video of the solar eclipse at totality

Photographer JunHo Oh captured this spectacular 4K close-up of the total solar eclipse during totality from Warm Springs, OR using a Panasonic GX85, 2160mm f/12 telescope, and robotic mount.

Logitech's new Craft keyboard includes a dial for photo and video editors

Logitech is has introduced a new keyboard designed specifically for ‘creators’ that features a dial on top intended to make life easier for stills and video editors.

ShareGrid publishes the 'Ultimate Anamorphic Lens Test'

What do you get when you mix 42 anamorphic lenses with a volunteer crew of professional filmmakers? The Ultimate Anamorphic Lens Test. You don't need to be a filmmaker to appreciate these tests, and as we discover, anamorphics are for still photographers too.

September 4
Capturing the same sunset, 2 years apart

An interesting example of how time, taste, and technique can lead to two photos of the exact same location that look totally different from one another.

Video: Olympus OM-D E-M10 III 4K sample reel

The E-M10 III's decent video spec looks even better when you consider that both digital IS and 5-axis mechanical stabilization can be used while shooting 4K. Take a look at our sample reel to see what handheld 4K footage looks like.

September 3
Tutorial: How to shoot a martini splash photo using only speedlights

In this video, photographer Dustin Dolby offers you a simple, affordable way to capture that classic splash photography look using only cheap speedlights.

Behind the scenes: Mountain bike self-portrait under the Milky Way

As his time in New Zealand winds down, photographer Sarnim Dean wanted to capture something special: a mountain biking self-portrait under the Milky Way. Here's how he did it.

Venus Optics Laowa 15mm F2 FE Zero-D gallery and user impressions

This lens, for Sony E-mount cameras, strikes a unique balance of small size, wide field of view (110 degrees) and fast aperture. Even more impressive is its promise of almost zero distortion.

September 2
Photographer transforms disabled kids into Justice League heroes for touching photo project

Photographer Josh Rossi recently embarked on an incredibly touching portrait project: turn a group of disabled and sick children into the Justice League superheroes, and surprise them with the results.

Photo story of the week: Hyena at Night

Wildlife photographer Will Burrard-Lucas tells the story behind this night portrait of a lone hyena in front of a backdrop of stars in a remote National Park in the west of Zambia.

Gallery: photographing parkour with the Sony a9

Seattle's Freeway Park is a labyrinth of trees, towers of concrete and tourists. Turns out, it's also a great place to practice parkour. With several Sony a9's in hand, we turned our lenses to the skies to capture some flying humans in our latest sample gallery.

September 1
These drink coasters look like a camera lens when stacked

Here's a silly-but-kind-of-awesome little product for the photo nerds among us (read: everyone reading this). Drink coasters that, when you stack them together, look like a camera lens.

Lensrentals shares photos of destroyed camera gear they got back after the eclipse

Despite plenty of warnings, a few renters still managed to destroy some of Lensrentals gear during the August total solar eclipse. In case you're curious, LR shared pictures of the damage.

The Lily Drone is back: Gets a makeover, better features and a new parent company

The ill-fated Lily Drone has been resurrected by a company called Mota Group, and re-released with better looks, additional features and a new name: Lily Next-Gen.

A website is selling Instagram users' private contact information

A website is selling Instagram users' private contact information for $10 per search. Worse yet, security experts who analyzed a sample of 10,000 allegedly stolen records say the data is legitimate.

Canon to launch new, partially-automated camera plant in Japan in 2019

The new plant, which will be more than 70% automated, will mark the first time Canon has built a camera production facility in Japan since 2010.

Photographer behind the popular 'distracted boyfriend' meme speaks out

What's it like having your photo go viral, become a meme, and take on a life of its own? Photographer Antonio Guillem, the man who took the 'distracted boyfriend' photo, shares his experience.

Instagram Stories arrive on desktop, will soon support mobile web uploads

Instagram's latest update lets you view its popular Snapchat clone "Stories" on desktop or mobile browsers. And soon you'll be able to upload to Stories from mobile web, too.

VSCO releases Mobile Presets 02 pack for desktop users

VSCO's Mobile Presets 02 pack is designed for photographers who'd rather edit their photos on desktop, but want to get the same looks offered by the company's popular mobile app.

Lexar acquired by Chinese flash storage maker Longsys

Longsys, one of China's foremost manufacturers of consumer flash storage, has officially acquired the Lexar trademark and branding rights from Micron Technology, Inc.

Raw bit depth is about dynamic range, not the number of colors you get to capture

Raw bit depth is often discussed as if it improves image quality and that more is better, but that's not really the case. And it doesn't have much to do with colors or gradation. Here's why 12-bit is enough most of the time.