« October 2017

November 2017 news and reviews

November 20
Treat yourself 2017: the ultimate holiday gift guide for that special person (you)

The holidays are coming, but your gear ain't fly? You gotta hit us up and read our treat yo' self guide.

Top 10 sample galleries of the year #5: the Fujifilm X-T20

We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017, and sitting pretty at #5 is the Fujifilm X-T20.

November 19
Retrographic: The world's most iconic black & white images brought to life in color

See some of the most iconic black-and-white photographs throughout history brought to life by a community of colorization enthusiasts and professional retouchers in the new book Retrographic.

Photography gifts for every budget

Shopping for a photographer? Whether you are one yourself or not, chances are you could use some ideas. From stocking stuffers on up, we've got some photography gift suggestions for every budget.

Top 10 sample galleries of the year #6: the Sigma 85mm F1.4 Art

We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017. Drum roll please... the #6 spot belongs to none other than the Sigma 85mm F1.4 DH HSM Art.

November 18
Photo story of the week: A spectacular wedding shoot in Norway

Read the story behind this gorgeous wedding photo captured at Trolltunga in Norway by husband and wife duo Priscila Valentina Photography. The 14 hour hike in the rain that preceded this shot was TOTALLY worth it.

Behind the scenes: Shooting a cinematic short film with the iPhone X

Go behind the scenes with filmmaker Nick Arcivos, who recently created a beautiful cinematic short film in Paris using only the iPhone X, a couple of gimbals, and a few lights. The results are very impressive.

Is the future of beginner photography a bright orange camera with no buttons?

A Bay Area startup offering a pay-by-the-photo camera service cleverly addresses the pain points photographers experience when they pick up their first DSLR. But can it survive the smartphone?

These are the best smartphone cameras you can buy now

It's been a big year for software innovations, dual cameras and huge displays. Take a look at our picks for the top smartphone cameras and why we think they stand out.

Top 10 sample galleries of the year #7: the Olympus Tough TG-5

We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017. At the #7 spot is the ready-for-any-weather Olympus Tough TG-5.

November 17
Ultra-creative NYC 'layer-lapse' plays with night and day... and your mind

By combining his skills as a time-lapse filmmaker and an engineer, Julian Tryba created this out-of-this-world creative 'layer-lapse' of New York City that alternates between night and day in time with the music.

Canon Japan unveils a few silly gear-themed gifts for Canon lovers

Canon Japan's new lineup of novelty camera-themed gifts was just revealed online, including a lens mug and lens thermos, two retro camera-themed USB drives, and a picnic mat.

Profoto A1: Is this the future of mobile flash?

The Profoto A1 most certainly isn’t for everyone [...] But for those who are used to using the Profoto systems, and want something that pairs seamlessly with the strobes you already have, there is no better companion.

Polaroid wants Fujifilm to pay millions in royalties for Instax Square format

Fujifilm has asked a US district court to clear it of any wrongdoing, after allegedly being threatened with trademark litigation by Polaroid.

Sony a7R III added to studio scene comparison

While a couple of our reviewers are out testing the Sony a7R III in Arizona, back in Seattle we slapped the camera in front of our studio scene to get a close look at its image quality. See how it stacks up against the competition.

Top 10 sample galleries of the year #8: Nikon D7500

We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017, and the #8 ranking belongs to the Nikon D7500.

November 16
B+W releases 3-slot filter holder for 100mm filter system

B+W has announced a new aluminum filter holder that offers three slots so users can use multiple filters at the same time. The holder goes with the 2mm thick 100mm square filters it launched earlier this year.

Blackmagic unveils DeckLink 8K Pro capture card for 'real time 8K workflows'

8K video is coming a lot faster than you think, and Blackmagic is ready for it. Meet the DeckLink 8K Pro, a new high performance PCI-E capture and playback card built to handle 'real time high resolution 8K workflows.'

The history of photography is a history of shattered glass

"Glass is everywhere in photography. From Eugène Atget’s reflective vitrines to Lee Friedlander’s sly self-portraiture, photographers have long been in thrall to the visual complications glass can inject into a composition."

RAW Power: An iOS raw editor designed by the former Apple Aperture lead

Former Apple Aperture lead developer Nik Bhatt has designed an iOS app called RAW Power that lets you edit raw photos from your professional camera using your phone and tablet.... color us intrigued.

Surface Beast: A photographer's review of the Microsoft Surface Book 2

Advertising photographer Blair Bunting got his hands on the new Microsoft Surface Book 2, and it blew him away. Bye bye MacBook Pro...

OnePlus 5T unveiled: edge-to-edge display and a dual-camera optimized for low light

The OnePlus 5T retains many of the 5's features and specs, but comes with an edge-to-edge display and a dual-camera that is optimized for low light.

Expect twice the resolution and speed from the next Fuji GFX and Hasselblad X1D

Sony's recently announced IMX461 backside illuminated medium format sensor will bring 100MP resolution and almost 2x the speed to the next-gen Fuji GFX and Hasselblad X1D.

Hasselblad launches 'Rent a Hasselblad' service

With the ‘Rent a Hasselblad’ camera equipment renting program, the camera makers is aiming to give enthusiast and professional photographers easier access to its medium-format photography products.

Gear of the Year 2017 - Allison's choice: Google's HDR+ mode

They say seeing is believing, and that's exactly what happened when one DPR staffer took the Google Pixel 2 out for an afternoon shooting under challenging conditions.

Top 10 sample galleries of the year #9: Fujifilm GFX 50S

We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017. At the #9 spot we have the Fujifilm GFX 50S, a medium-format camera that took CP+ 2017 by storm.

November 15
Instagram testing feature the lets you follow hashtags

Instagram is testing a new feature that lets you follow hashtags in addition to people, making it possible to keep track of your favorite #landscapes or #portraits without leaving your home feed.

This Kickstarter wants to revive the Ihagee Elbaflex film camera in Nikon F-mount

Despite the gigantic volume of second hand film bodies in existence, it seems there is still a demand for new 35mm SLRs with a retro feel. The latest is a remake of the Ihagee Elbaflex from the 1960s, but with a Nikon F mount.

Polaroid Insta-Share Moto Mod attaches a printer to your smartphone

The Polaroid Insta-Share Moto Mod straps an instant printer directly to your Moto Z smartphone, so you can print your photos as soon as you've captured them.

Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm F1.4 lens relaunched with 7 mount options

The Mitakon Speedmaster 135mm F1.4 lens is being relaunched in 7 different mounts, including: Sony A, Sony E, Canon EF, Nikon F, Fujifilm G, Pentax K, and Leica L. Got an extra three grand lying around?

Kodak reveals how and when it's bringing back 35mm Ektachrome film

In January, Kodak announced it would bring back the beloved slide film Ektachrome. The timeline has been pushed back a bit, but Kodak says you can expect to purchase Ektachrome again in 2018.

Instagram is 'liking' natural wonders to death

Instagram popularity is threatening some of the most beautiful landscapes in the US, as hordes of 'nature lovers' trample over the same spots over and over again in search of the same exact shot.

Gates unveils underwater housing for RED cinema cameras, will probably cost around $15K

You’d have to be pretty brave to immerse your $50K RED cinema camera underwater. But if you've got the guts, Gates just released a new housing you can be pretty sure won't wreck your unbelievably expensive toy.

Adobe's Lightroom Downloader lets you rescue your image library from the cloud

Adobe has released a 'Lightroom Downloader' app for Windows 10 and macOS High Sierra that allows you to download all of your images from the Adobe Cloud, all at once.

YI 360 VR camera can livestream in 4K, supports Vive and Rift headsets

After releasing a popular 4K action cam and an affordable mirrorless M43 camera, Chinese camera maker YI is diving into yet another market: 360° VR. Meet the YI 360 VR: a powerful little two-lens camera that can shoot and stream in 4K.

DJI Spark Review: Small but mighty

The DJI Spark has received a lot of attention thanks to its diminutive size, but how does it stack up? In our review, we take a look at what it's like to fly this pint-sized drone, as well as what's in it for photographers.

Top 10 sample galleries of the year #10: Sigma 14mm F1.8 Art

Between now and the end of the year we'll be counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017. Coming in at #10 is a fast wide prime and part of the highly-acclaimed Sigma Art series.

November 14
DxOMark republishes Pentax 645Z results and it's as good as we always suspected

DxOMark has awarded the Pentax 645Z 101 points, making it the second-highest scoring medium format camera it's tested (or the highest scoring from 2015 to now, based on the originally published results).

Camera battery explosion causes chaos at Orlando International Airport

A small explosion that sounded like a gunshot caused a panic and 24 flight cancellations at Orlando International Airport last Friday. As it turns out, it was a camera battery that exploded inside a traveler's bag.

Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV review

At last, a premium superzoom bridge camera with phase detect autofocus. Is this the best all-in-one camera ever made? Read on.

Google explains the Pixel 2's impressive hybrid video stabilization

Unlike most smartphone cameras, the new Google Pixel 2 devices combine optical and electronic image stabilization for a smooth video experience. Here's how it works.

The risk of 'crowdsourcing' your wedding photos

It might be tempting to skimp on a wedding photographer and 'crowdsource' your wedding photos instead. But as this couple found out, you could end up with no photos and a big headache.

November 13
Ten Nikon D5 DSLRs will arrive at the International Space Station tomorrow

NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station will get some new camera gear to play with this week. The first ten Nikon D5 DSLRs to go to space launched yesterday, and are due to arrive at the ISS on Tuesday.

Kodak will lay off 425 employees after reporting millions in losses

After a rough quarter due to a "print market slowdown," Kodak is laying off 425 employees company wide in an attempt to cut costs.

How to predict when your camera is going to die

Using a combination of tools freely available online, you can predict when your beloved camera is likely to kick the can. No need to let your camera's demise catch you unawares.

Stunning 'orbital drone-lapse' captured by flying a drone in huge circles

Hong Kong production company Visual Suspect got creative with their latest time-lapse by flying a drone in massive circles around the gorgeous landscapes of Folegandros Island, Greece.

Affinity Photo for iPad Review

Affinity Photo for iPad succeeds where previous iOS software has failed: it provides non-destructive editing but doesn't feel like a watered down version of the desktop app.

November 12
Sony a7R III Pixel Shift lifts a veil off your landscapes

The Sony a7R III improves upon the high-performance, high-resolving 42.4 MP sensor in the a7R II. Improved dynamic range and a new Pixel Shift mode promises noise-free, sharp shots. But how well does Pixel Shift perform in the real world and in our studio? Color us impressed.

Shooting an Olympic sailor in action using remote high speed sync

Photographer Terry McDonagh takes us behind the scenes for a wet and windy photo shoot with Olympic sailor Annalise Murphy.

November 11
Photo story of the week: Sunrise in Burren National Park

This week's photo story features a gorgeous sunrise shot captured in Burren National Park in Ireland. Cliché? Maybe, says photographer Nicolas Alexander Otto, but it was totally worth it.

Real-world test: Long exposures with Panasonic G9's high-res mode

Panasonic's new flagship G9 comes with a new high-resolution mode that blends eight exposures into an 80MP image. It's supposedly not meant for use with any moving subjects, but we thought we'd see if we could make it work.

November 10
Bokeh Market site tracks used camera market value, offers alerts on price changes

A new website called Bokeh Market aims to take some of the work out of buying and selling used camera gear by providing users with real-time market value info.

VNTG8 turns old 8mm film canisters into SD card holders

A new project seeking funding on Kickstarter repurposes old 8mm film canisters as SD card holders by fitting them with a foam insert.

Sharp's new 8K camera is $77,000

The Sharp 8C-B60A 8K camcorder is aimed at broadcasters and likely to be deployed at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Gear of the Year 2017 - Barney's choice (part 1): Leica M10

As 2017 winds down (yeah, we're shocked too) it's a great time to reflect on the past year. Over the coming week's we'll revisit some personal favorite cameras and lenses that we encountered this year, and what made them stand out.

Taro uses infrared technology and AI for improved subject tracking

Thanks to an AI-based infrared tracking algorithm that performs 30 calculations per second, Taro can track objects that are moving as fast as 50 MPH – and point your camera in the right direction.

November 9
Cinematic 4K footage shot with the Apple iPhone X

No tripods, sliders, or funny business – new handheld 4K footage shot by cinematographer Matteo Bertoli using the iPhone X's native camera app looks impressively detailed.

Google rolls out 'Saturated' mode to address Pixel 2 XL display issues

Google has released a Saturated mode to 'fix' the dull colors issue on the Pixel 2 XL smartphone. Find out why we think this was a step in the wrong direction, but likely only an intermediate solution before a more proper fix.

ON1 Photo RAW 2018 takes on Lightroom with more features and improved Raw processing

ON1's updated image organization and editing software comes with HDR stacking, pano-stitching, lots of masking options and a range of other new features to tempt potential Adobe deserters.

DxOMark: DJI Zenmuse X7 outperforms GH5, on par with top-notch APS-C DSLRs

DxOMark just finished testing DJI's latest camera, the Zenmuse X7, and what they found is impressive. It turns out the camera's Super 35 chip can keep up with the best APS-C sensors on the market.

Sigma's new 16mm F1.4 will cost $450, ships this month

Sigma has officially announced pricing and availability for its 'world's first' 16mm F1.4 DC DN | Contemporary lens for crop-sensor Sony E-Mount and Micro Four Thirds cameras.

Vixari is the world's most portable tripod, but it can still handle DSLRs

The strange looking ultra-compact Vixari is being billed as the "world's most portable tripod", but it can still handle DSLRs and mirrorless cameras up to 2kg (4.4 lbs).

Panasonic Lumix DC-G9 first impressions

Even though we've had only a few days with the G9, we've already seen some improvements to the JPEG engine, and been able to play around with new features like high-res mode. Here are our first impressions of the camera.

November 8
This is what happens when a 'weather sealed' camera encounters salt water

Roger Cicala of Lens Rentals shows us what happens when your camera (regardless of brand) takes a swim in salt water... and why 'weather sealed' does NOT mean 'waterproof.'

VSCO adds 'Recipes' feature that lets you create 10 custom presets

VSCO has released a new custom presets feature called Recipes to its VSCO X subscribers, allowing them to save up to 10 custom edits under a new menu item.

Corephotonics sues Apple over dual-camera zoom patents

The Israel-based company has filed a patent infringement case claiming Apple has made unauthorized use of its dual-camera zoom technology in the iPhone 7 Plus and 8 Plus.

Panasonic G9 offers pro-level features, 20 fps bursts, huge EVF and class-leading image stabilization

Panasonic's new Lumix DC-G9 is a flagship mirrorless camera with pro-level performance for stills shooters, featuring a 20MP Four Thirds sensor, 20 fps bursts with continuous AF and 6.5 stops of shake reduction.

Panasonic Lumix G9: What you need to know

The G9 is designed for speed, durability, and versatility. Between using one for a few days and digging into its lengthy spec sheet, here's what we think you need to know about it.

Panasonic Lumix G9 sample gallery

The Lumix G9 is Panasonic's most serious stills-focused camera to date. We're eager to fully test the camera's revamped JPEG engine, but in the meantime we've been able to get it out and about for some initial sample shooting. Take a look at what it can do.

Video: Meet the Panasonic Lumix G9

What happens when a company known for its video-centric hybrid cameras turns its attention to professional stills shooters? The Panasonic G9. Check out our overview video to catch up on everything that's new.

Panasonic announces Leica DG Elmarit 200mm F2.8 Power OIS telephoto prime

Panasonic has announced its Leica DG Elmarit 200mm F2.8 Power OIS tele-prime. This hefty, weather-sealed lens has 15 elements, 2 of which are 'ultra extra-low dispersion,' along with a triple linear motor system and support for Panasonic's Dual I.S. system. A 1.4x teleconverter is bundled for even more range.

November 7
Olympus EyeTrek smart glasses pack a tiny 2.4MP camera into an AR wearable

Olympus has launched a little augmented reality system, complete with camera, that you attache to a pair of glasses. For now, it's only for industrial use, but the potential for consumer applications is definitely there.

Reflex modular SLR unveiled: The first new manual 35mm SLR design in decades

Meet the Reflex I. The first 35mm film SLR to be designed in over 25 years, this neat ode to the past includes several futuristic features, like the ability to swap out different film backs and lens mounts.

Phase One introduces Capture One ambassador program

Phase One just launched a brand ambassador program for its photo processing software Capture One, bringing in 13 photographers and retouchers who can "share their talent and skills to inspire the photographic community."

Godox to introduce Elinchrom mount version of AD600 TTL studio flash

According to a manual posted to the Godox website, the Chinese flash manufacturer is preparing an Elinchrom mount version of its popular Witstro AD600 TTL battery-powered studio flash head.

iPhone X is the world's best smartphone for photos, second best overall on DxOMark

DxOMark has released its iPhone X test scores, and while the phone fell short of the Google Pixel 2 overall, it earned the highest ever Photo category score of 101.

Leica Thambar-M 90mm F2.2 sample gallery

The Leica Thambar 90mm F2.2 is an M-mount version of a classic portrait lens known for its unique soft rendering. See what this modern take on a vintage design can do.

November 6
Nikon will shut down all sales operations in Brazil at the end of 2017

The restructuring continues. Starting January 1st, 2018, Nikon will no longer sell cameras, lenses and accessories in Brazil.

A retoucher reviews the Touchbar MacBook Pro

"I was highly skeptical of this laptop before buying it because on paper, it looked dumb [...] I have to say that it did beat my expectations and I don’t regret my purchase. It actually keeps up with me and I work like a maniac!"

Video: Shooting with a $63,000 100MP monochrome medium format camera

Ted Forbes thinks the monochrome medium format 100MP Phase One IQ3 Achromatic is a 'gamechanger'... and he's got the sample photos to prove it.

Market report provides interesting insights into camera module industry

Yole Développement's "Camera Module Industry Market and Technology Trends 2017" report finds the industry is still mostly driven by mobile.

Peak Design unveils redesigned 'Greatest Hits': All new Clip, Slide and Slide Lite

Peak Design has redesigned three of their most popular products—the Capture clip and the Slide and Slide Lite camera straps—and they're funding them in a special 5-day 'Greatest Hits' Kickstarter campaign.

Canon EOS M100 review
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The Canon EOS M100 is a likeable little camera that comes with Canon's latest APS-C image quality in an entry-level offering. But is that enough to make it stand out to beginning photographers in a crowded market? Find out in our full review.

November 5
Canon EF-M 22mm F2 STM sample gallery

It's not new, but it's small and pretty darn useful. We've collected some of our favorite images shot with Canon's compact EF-M 22mm F2 into a single gallery – take a look.

November 4
Photo story of the week: Fire and Ice

Landscape photographer Erez Marom shares the short story behind this gorgeous 2AM sunrise shot, captured on Disco Bay in Greenland.

November 3
Positano, Italy will start charging $1,150 fee for commercial photography, $2,300 for video

In addition to banning drones entirely, the picturesque seaside city of Positano, Italy will soon begin charging photographers and videographers hefty fees to shoot commercial work.

Outex launches clear, universal underwater camera housing

Outex has launched a clear version of its popular rubberized underwater camera 'housing' on Kickstarter, hoping to raise $35K to bring this latest version to market.

Halide 1.5 camera app is designed specifically for the iPhone X

Popular iOS camera app Halide has released a new version with a fully-redesigned user interface made specifically for the iPhone X.

GoPro Q3 2017 financial results reveal return to profitability

GoPro announced Q3 revenues this week, and for the first time in a very long time, the company is profitable! Between restructuring efforts and Hero6 sales, it seems the company is turning itself around.

Hasselblad unveils 135mm F2.8 for X1D, promises 80mm with fastest aperture yet

Hasselbald has released its lens roadmap for 2018, announcing a new 135mm F2.8 and promising to deliver an 80mm that will be "the highest aperture lens that Hasselblad has ever introduced."

Affinity Photo 1.6 released: faster processing, new features, and free stuff

Serif has updated its image editing software package Affinity Photo with a new 'light' interface option, and a ‘huge performance boost’ to make it faster to use and more capable with large files.

iFixit tears down the iPhone X, gives it 6 out of 10 on 'repairability'

The brand new Apple iPhone X got a complete teardown from iFixit.com, ranking it on par with the iPhone 8 Plus and Google Pixel 2 XL in terms of 'repairability' and giving us a closer look at the dual camera modules on the front and back.

Sony FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM sample gallery updated

Recently we spent a little time in Jackson, Wyoming with Sony's full-frame E-mount staple. Have a peek at the results.

November 2
HTC U11+ combines U11 camera specs with large 6-inch display

The U11+ comes with the same camera specs as the excellent U11, and is HTC's first device to feature an almost bezel-less display.

This animation shows the chaos a drone caused at a London airport

The simple animation shows the chaos caused by a single drone seen flying illegally near London's Gatwick airport.

Shooting the Presidents Cup with the Sony a9

Believe it or not, sports and live music photography have a lot in common – your reaction time as a photographer is crucial. Veteran music photographer Jeanette D. Moses gave the Sony a9 a try at a pro golf tournament recently – and was very impressed with the results.

November 1
YI releases much-needed firmware update for Yi-M1 mirrorless camera

Chinese camera manufacturer YI just released a firmware update for its mirrorless YI-M1 that promises to boost the camera's performance in a significant way. Time to give this ultra-affordable ILC another shot?

The new BenQ SW271 27" 4K monitor gives photographers full color control

The new BenQ SW271 27-inch 4K monitor was designed for professional photographers who need both high resolution and extremely accurate colors.

CBS sues photographer for sharing TV show screenshots on social media

In what has been called a 'retaliatory strike,' CBS is suing photographer Jon Tannen for sharing screenshots of a 59-year-old TV show on social media, seeking $150,000 in damages for willful infringement.

AI-based upsampling tech creates high-res versions of low-res images

An AI-based system developed at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems is capable of creating high-definition versions of low-resolution images, using a texture-based approach.

The free Focos app brings more professional looking bokeh to your dual-cam iPhone

The free Focos app turns Apple's fake-bokeh 'Portrait Mode' up a notch, allowing you to choose the type of bokeh you're adding, customize diaphragm shapes, and focus your photos after the fact.

These are the winners of the UK’s Landscape Photographer of the Year contest

The UK's 'Landscape Photographer of the Year' competition has crowned its 2017 winners. From simple and expansive landscapes to dramatic skies, see them for yourself.

Macphun unveils Luminar 2018, takes on Adobe Lightroom CC

Macphun just officially unveiled Luminar 2018: the newest version of its full-featured photo editing program, and the latest contender trying to steal away a bit of Adobe Lightroom's market share.

Canon 85mm F1.4L IS USM sample gallery

The Canon 85mm F1.4L updates the company's series of 85mm primes with a useful new feature: image stabilization. We've been testing it out on portrait subjects, foliage, and most importantly, dog Halloween costumes.