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November 2019 news and reviews

November 18
Sony issues service advisory for its 16-35mm F2.8 GM lens

Sony Japan has issued a service advisory noting that select units are causing full-frame Sony cameras to stop working when the lens is attached to them.

November 17
LG's G8X ThinQ Dual Screen might just be a killer feature ahead of its time

It offers a few benefits for photographers, but ultimately LG's Dual Screen accessory is a multi-tasker's dream come true. It just remains to be seen whether or not it will catch on.

Photographer knocked unconscious after hard collision on the sideline of a football game

A University of Georgia student photographer was knocked unconscious on the sideline after a wide receiver collided with her after going out of bounds.

November 16
The Sony a7R IV is the best camera for landscape photographers

We've updated our guide to the best cameras for landscape photographers with a new overall winner: the Sony a7R IV. Take a look at the full shortlist for all of our picks.

DPReview TV: Sony a6100 review

The a6100 is Sony's newest entry-level APS-C mirrorless camera. As Chris and Jordan highlight in their review, it features some useful upgrades over to the [apparently immortal] a6000.

Sony a6100 review sample gallery (DPReview TV)

Check out our gallery of Sony a6100 sample photos captured during this week’s production of DPReview TV.

November 15
B&H Photo accused of dodging millions in taxes in newly filed lawsuit

A lawsuit filed by the State of New York accuses electronics retailer B&H Foto & Electronics Corp of alleged tax fraud to the tune of more than $7M.

Sigma announces its 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN lens will ship 'early December' for $1,099

Sigma says the lens will ship 'early December' for $1,099, just in time for a late holiday stocking stuffer.

Photographer David Burnett on shooting his third impeachment: 'I felt that historic pang'

As diplomat William Taylor and State Department official George Kent took their seats in day 1 of the house impeachment hearings this week, our eye was caught by David Burnett, and his custom-made 4 x 5 film camera.

Olympus issues statement disputing rumors its imaging division will shut down within a year

Olympus has issued a statement to Chinese financial publication Sina Finance News claiming it will continue 'to work on the improvement of profitability and efficiency in these two business areas,' a direct response to a rumor that stated its imaging division would be shut down within a year.

Instagram hidden-likes trial goes global after months of regional testing

Instagram has been hiding like counts for some users across several regions since earlier this year. Now the trial is expanded to a global scale.

Best gifts for photographers 2019: $60 and under

From helpful travel accessories to really nice wool socks, we've got some ideas for those who are shopping for a photographer this season.

Canon EOS M200 tops our shortlist of best easy-to-use cameras

We recently named the Canon EOS M200 our top choice for cameras under $500, and we're recognizing it again – this time as the best easy-to-use camera on the market.

Tokina announces redesigned ATX-i 100mm F2.8 1:1 Macro lens for Canon EF, Nikon F mounts

The lens features a 1:1 magnification ratio, Tokina's One-Touch Focus Clutch Mechanism and will retail for $429 when it hits shelves on December 6.

November 14
Leica CL 'Edition Paul Smith' brings a unique colorful style to 900 limited-edition sets

If you've been anxiously awaiting to find out what Leica's next special-edition camera, is, the wait is over.

A closer look into the latest financial reports from Canon, Nikon and Sony

We've pored over financial reports from Canon, Nikon and Sony, as well as sales figures from CIPA, to see how the three manufacturers stack up against each other and the industry as a whole.

Sony adds Real-Time Animal Eye AF to the RX10 IV via firmware update

Firmware version 2.00 brings Sony's AI-powered Real-Time Animal Eye AF to its flagship bridge camera, the RX10 IV.

Facebook fixes iOS bug that triggered the camera app on iPhone

Facebook has fixed a bug that caused iPhone users' Camera app to open alongside the Facebook app, causing concern that Facebook might be recording users.

DJI developing app that will allow anyone to identify a drone with their smartphone

The world's leading drone manufacturer, DJI, is developing technology that will allow the public to access basic information on drones flying nearby.

These hilarious photos are the winners of the 2019 Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

This year’s overall winner is a humorous image of an adorable lioness getting a little too playful for her own good.

Treat yourself 2019: 10 gifts for the most important photographer in your life: you

Here are 10 photography gifts you'll actually want this year, picked out by photographers for photographers. And yes, it's OK to buy them all.

Opinion: I love what the a6x00 series can do but I'm not convinced by the ergonomics

Sony's a6x00 series (especially the most recent ones) are very good cameras. Yet our in-house contrarian, Richard, isn't convinced their design is well matched to any one type of user.

The Canon EOS M200 is our favorite camera for around $500

The previous winner of our 'Best cameras under $500' buying guide was the Canon EOS M100, and the recently announced M200 - which offers an improved AF system and 4K video capture - is the obvious choice to take over first place.

November 13
Photographer David Burnett with his large-format, wooden camera was the real hero of today's impeachment hearings

Today saw the opening of the public phase of impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump. But even before the questions had started, something else caught our eye.

Fujifilm announces upcoming firmware updates for X-T3, X-T30 and other models

The first of the two updates will add 'controls for video recording from Gimbal / Drone via USB communications,' according to Fujifilm.

You will soon be able to import into Lightroom on iOS directly from external storage

Adobe has posted a video showing a new feature in a forthcoming update to Lightroom for iOS that makes it possible to import photos directly from external storage, such as SD cards and SSDs.

Fujifilm confirms release date for Neopan 100 ACROS II emulsion for 35mm, 120 formats

The new film stock will be available starting November 22, 2019 in both 35mm and 120 formats.

Apple's new 16-inch MacBook Pro offers options for 8-core processor, 64GB of RAM, 8TB of storage and more

The 16-inch MacBook Pro replaces the previous 15-inch version and can be configured with up to an 8-core Intel i9 processor, maxes out at 64GB of RAM and can be ordered with up to 8TB of internal SSD storage.

The Pixel 4 can't beat a compact camera, but that doesn't matter

With its newly improved Super Resolution Zoom, the Pixel 4 makes a case for itself as a replacement for a compact camera with a 4-6x zoom range. And for the most part it succeeds – compacts still have their advantages, but they're pretty much history for most users.

DPReview TV: Did Panasonic just turn the G9 into a GH5?

Last week Panasonic announced a major firmware update for the G9, adding video features once exclusive to the GH5 series. Does Chris love the autofocus? Can Jordan replace his beloved GH5s? Tune in to find out.

Gifts for the smartphone photographer 2019

We've rounded up a few accessories and gadgets that will help the smartphone photographer in your life open up new creative possibilities and get the most out of their device.

November 12
Apple loses patent lawsuit, will have to pay RED royalties for ProRes RAW format

RED maintains its hold on the compression of Raw video after the latest challenge, by Apple this time, fails to get support from the courts.

PolarPro introduces ultra-lightweight filter systems with active creators in mind

The two new kits from PolarPro include a mattebox for PolarPro filters, as well as a dedicated landscape filter kit.

Volta packs an 8,000mAh power bank into the handle of a camera rig

Volta might not be conventional or the most aesthetically appealing device, but it’s hard to argue with an extra 8,000mAh battery power on the go.

Fujifilm X-Pro3 review: living in the moment, not a screen in sight

The Fujifilm X-Pro3's new viewfinder, new screen and titanium construction all make for an appealing camera, but perhaps only for a certain type of photographer.

Plugable's new 1TB, 2TB Thunderbolt 3 NVMe SSDs offer read speeds up to 2800MB/s

Our tests using Blackmagic Design's Disk Speed Test program confirmed the 1TB version of the Plugable NVMe SSD can reach sustained write speeds of 1915MB per second and sustained read speeds of 2331MB per second.

Hands-on: The Sigma fp is shaping up to be an impressive camera for video pros

The Sigma fp has clearly been designed with filmmakers in mind, and after using one for a few days, we suspect that they'll love it.

The best cameras for portraits in 2019

Whether you make a living out of taking professional portraits, or are the weekend warrior who knows their way around flashes and reflectors, you'll want a camera with high resolution, exceptional autofocus and a good selection of portrait prime lenses. Click through to see our picks.

Kodak's film business saw a revenue increase of 21% last quarter, but overall profit is down

Kodak film is making progress, in revenue figures at least, while the rest of the company posts a loss for the last quarter.

November 11
AMD teases huge Adobe performance boost with new 3rd-gen Ryzen 'Threadripper' CPUs

The 3rd-gen lineup includes the 24-core 3960X and 32-core 3970x CPUs made with a 7nm 'Zen 2' core architecture, 140/144MB cache and up 88 PCIe 4.0 lanes. AMD says the new CPUs will offer a 47% performance boost in Adobe Premiere.

Canon reveals its first two 8K broadcast lenses, the UHD-DIGISUPER 51 and 7x10.7 KAS S

The two lenses are the first designed specifically for 8K-capable broadcast cameras from Canon, which it claims are becoming more popular in documentary production and sports coverage.

Voigtlander's 75mm F1.5 Vintage Line Nokton lens is now available for $999

The lens was teased earlier this year and effectively replaces the 75mm F1.8 Heliar Classic lens Voigtlander previously offered.

Canon EOS-1D X III interview: We speak to the 'father of the EOS-1'

It's not every day you get to speak to the man who's had a hand in the design of every professional Canon SLR since the T90.

The best cameras for family and friends photos in 2019

Family moments are precious and sometimes you want to capture that time spent with friends or loved-ones in better quality than your phone can manage. We've selected a group of cameras that are easy to keep with you, and that can adapt to take photos wherever and whenever something memorable happens.

November 10
Nikon Z50 vs Canon EOS M6 Mark II: midrange mirrorless comparison

Nikon and Canon have both launched a new APS-C mirrorless camera each, and now that we've had a chance to use both of them, here's how we think they compare against each other.

What is it like to come back to a DSLR after shooting mirrorless?

When her work began to include more and more video, pro photographer Suzi Pratt gradually drifted from her DSLRs to mirrorless hybrid cameras. So what's it like switching back to a DSLR for a vacation?

November 9
Instagram CEO says it will start testing hidden 'likes' in the US starting this week

The confirmation comes from Instagram's CEO Adam Mosseri from an interview earlier this week.

Review: The DJI Mavic Mini is the tiny drone you want in your Xmas stocking

Weighing in at just 249g, the Mavic Mini fits in the palm of your hand. You give up a few features in exchange for that tiny size, but we still found it to be a solid performer.

DPReview TV: Hands-on with anamorphic lenses

Jordan reviews the Vazen 40mm T2, the first anamorphic lens designed for Micro Four Thirds cameras. In the process, he gives us a great primer on using anamorphic optics for both video and stills.

November 8
Wikiview photo browser makes it easy to search through Wikimedia Commons images

Wikiview makes it easy to search through the vast archive of Wikimedia Commons images in a fun and unique way.

Adobe is testing a live-streaming feature for its Creative Cloud apps

It appears Adobe is interested in expanding the possibilities of live-streaming with direct integration into its collection of Creative Cloud apps.

Zeiss announces Radiance Prime lenses with controlled flare effects for cinematographers

Flares are back in fashion according to Zeiss, as it launches collection of seven prime movie lenses with new T*Blue coating for controlled flare but no loss of contrast

Sony teases its next-generation Quad-Bayer smartphone sensor

According to rumors, the new sensor should provide a resolution between 60 and 64MP.

Updated: Sony a6600 sample gallery

The Sony a6600 made its debut in late August, and in the months since then we've been testing it out in a wide range of situations. Our initial sample image gallery has been updated with images from our latest testing.

November 7
Adobe's #ProjectAboutFace can detect when portraits are altered and undo the edits

One of Adobe's 'Sneaks' it showcased at Adobe MAX is #ProjectAboutFace, a prototype tool that uses AI to detect when edits have been made to a face with Photoshop's Face-Aware Liquify tool and undo the changes.

The Kandao QooCam 8K is an affordable pocket-sized 8K 360-degree camera

The camera features a built-in 2.4-inch touchscreen, 1/1.7" image sensors and multi-frame stacking.

Xiaomi patent hints at future smartphone with pop-up selfie camera and 8K recording

Xiaomi just released the Mi Note 10, but a new patent and code inside a beta software update hint that there could be an 8K-capable Xiaomi phone in the near future.

Getty Images is phasing out rights-managed 'creative images' in favor of royalty free content

Getty has announced it's phasing out rights-managed licensing for creative images in favor of royalty-free licensing due to 'the changing needs of our [image buyers].'

Drone registration and pilot testing will be mandatory in the UK

By November 30th, the United Kingdom will require all drone operators to pass a pilot test and register their drone with the Civil Aviation Authority.

Sigma fp gallery: photos from the world's smallest full-frame camera

Take a look at our first sample shots from Sigma's surprisingly small full-framer.

Leica SL2 pre-production sample gallery (DPReview TV)

Leica invited our team from DPReview TV to Germany to test drive the new Leica SL2 – and test drive they did. Check out these samples captured with a pre-production SL2 body.

November 6
Profoto Connect and Air Remote TTL transmitters now compatible with Panasonic cameras

As of the latest firmware updates for Panasonic's LUMIX S1R, S1, GH5, GH5S and G9 cameras, Profoto Connect and Profoto Air Remote TTL devices can now be used to remotely trigger various Profoto flash units.

Leica announces the HG-SCL6 'Multi Function Handgrip' for its SL2 full-frame camera

The HG-SCL6 battery grip adds a vertical shutter, dial controls and a second battery slot for doubling the battery life of the SL2.

Google's Pixel 4 Astrophotography mode is now available on Pixel 2, 3 and 3a devices

The latest version of the Google Camera app now includes astrophotography support for Google Pixel 2 and series devices.

Xiaomi Mi Note 10 Pro with dual-tele and 108MP primary camera is official

Xiaomi's latest flagship smartphone comes with impressive camera hardware specifications.

VueScan reverse-engineered over 6,000 scanner drivers to add macOS Catalina compatibility

By reverse-engineering drivers for more than 6,000 older devices, VueScan has ensured scanners around the world will continue to work despite macOS Catalina killing off 32-bit support.

Hands-on: What you need to know about the new Leica SL2

It's been four years since the launch of Leica's first full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera, and the new SL2 updates its predecessor in every important way.

Leica SL2: First sample images from this new 47MP camera

We got our hands on Leica's new full frame SL2 prior to launch and we've been out and about in downtown Seattle, to bring you some first sample images.

DPReview TV: Leica SL2 first impressions

Chris and Jordan are off to Germany to try the new Leica SL2 at Leica headquarters. Will Chris get to keep a camera for his birthday? Will Jordan declare it the best Leica ever for video? Tune in to to get the answers to this and more.

The Leica SL2 is a refined full-frame camera with in-body stabilization, fast burst shooting and capable video features

Leica's SL2 full-frame mirrorless camera is a big leap over the original SL, now offering a 47MP sensor, in-body image stabilization, 20 fps burst shooting and 4K video capture.

All-new Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN Art coming to E and L-mount

Sigma has created an all-new 24-70mm F2.8 'Art' lens for owners of full-frame Sony and Panasonic/Leica/Sigma bodies. The lens has numerous special elements, an 18cm (7.1") minimum focus distance and weather-sealing.

Panasonic's new Lumix S Pro 70-200mm F2.8 offers up to 7 stops of shake reduction

Panasonic's L-mount 70-200mm F2.8 pro-level zoom lens includes built-in stabilization for up to 7 stops of shake reduction. It will be available early next year for $2600.

Panasonic Lumix S Pro 16-35mm F4 debuts in January for $1500

Panasonic is adding a constant-aperture wide-angle zoom to its L-mount lineup, touting the lens' lightweight build and compact size.

Panasonic firmware adds to GH5, GH5S, G9, S1 and S1R, including G9 video boost

Panasonic has announced a series of firmware updates for its S1, S1R, GH5, GH5S and G9. Perhaps the most significant being that the G9 gains most of the GH5's video capabilities.

Canon unveils the EOS Ra, a full-frame mirrorless astrophotography camera

Updated: In a somewhat confusing turn of events, Canon has officially announced the EOS Ra, a version of its full-frame EOS R fine-tuned specifically for astrophotography.

November 5
Darktable 3.0 release candidate arrives with new features, improvements and bug fixes

This first release candidate is the first time the public can play around with the latest version of Darktable, which brings with it new and improved features, as well as new camera support and plenty of bug fixes.

Irix announces new 45mm T1.5 Cine lens for Canon EF, Sony E, MFT and Arri PL mounts

The lens is the latest in Irix's growing lineup of Cine lenses. No pricing or availability information is given, but considering the price of other lenses in the Irix Cine lineup, it's likely to retail for $1,300 or so.

Dropbox Transfer file-sharing service with up to 100GB limit is now out of beta

Dropbox Transfer enables anyone to share files up to 100GB in size with optional password protection and expiration dates.

The Sony a6600 is (almost) a great camera for event photographers

Sony's a6600, its high-end APS-C mirrorless camera, has a lot going for it: fast burst speeds, in-body stabilization and a huge battery. But there's one big reason we wouldn't use it for events, and it's something you just won't find in the spec sheet.

November 4
Dell's new UltraSharp 27" 4K Thunderbolt 3 monitor has 100% Adobe RGB coverage, built-in colorimeter

The UltraSharp 27 4K PremierColor Monitor has dual Thunderbolt 3 ports, a built-in colorimeter, 100-percent Adobe RGB coverage and enough USB ports for all of your peripherals.

Hoya introduces Starscape light pollution filter for astrophotography

Hoya's new Starscape filter helps to reduce the glare produced by the mercury and sodium vapor lights commonly found in cities.

Adobe updates Lightroom Classic, Mobile and its ChromeOS app at MAX 2019

In addition to a new mobile app and the release of Photoshop on iPad, Adobe also announced a number of new and improved features coming to Lightroom Classic CC Lightroom CC and Lightroom Mobile.

Adobe fulfills its promise: Photoshop on iPad is officially here

Adobe said Photoshop on iPad would be here by the end of the year and it is. Yes, there are a few details missing that will be added in the future, but by and large, this is the desktop version of Photoshop made for the touch- and gesture-based interface of iPads.

Adobe announces Sensei-powered Photoshop Camera app for Android, iOS devices

The app uses Adobe's Sensei AI technology to detect the subject matter in an image and intelligently select various filters (called lenses) that will apply artist-made edits to the photograph.

Sample gallery and impressions: We shot a test roll of Lomography's new Metropolis film

Lomography's forthcoming Metropolis film stock may not have been the right choice for a dog costume contest, but it works well for cityscapes.

November 3
Canon patent application details hybrid speedlight with active cooling via internal fan

The patent application shows how active cooling would keep the flash head and LED lights inside a hybrid speedlight cool during intense operation.

The Fujifilm 200mm F2 shoots planes, cranes and hydroplanes

The 200mm F2 is a fast telephoto lens for Fujifilm's APS-C cameras. We took it out to photograph the US Navy's Blue Angels and hydroplanes screaming across the water at over 300 km/h.

November 2
DPReview TV: Sony a7R IV Review

Can the Sony a7R IV persuade a staunch DSLR shooter to switch to mirrorless? Chris and Jordan pay a visit to friend and studio photographer Rene Michaud to test the camera out on some portraiture.

November 1
Lens Rentals celebrated Halloween by testing its rental gear for ghosts and good vibes

Roger and Aaron of Lens Rentals decided to test some of their gear for paranormal activity. Spoiler alert: Sennheiser gear is haunted, coffee machines are full of good vibes and Aaron is possessed. Oh, and the detection equipment is far from conclusive.

Leaked EXIF information suggests Leica is working on a 41MP Monochrom M10 camera

A leaked image of EXIF data appears to show the Leica M10 might soon come in a new Monochrom variation.

Xiaomi teases Mi Note 10 penta-camera smartphone with Samsung's new 108MP sensor

The Mi Note 10 will likely be the first penta-camera smartphone to market. It's expected to be officially introduced on November 14, 2019.

These are the Red Bull Illume Image Quest 2019 semi-finalists

With close to 60,000 images submitted from around the globe, Red Bull Illume is the world's largest adventure and action sports imagery contest. Here are a few semi-finalist highlights.

Review: What it's like to scan film on the Epson Perfection V600

The Epson V600 is a reasonably priced scanner aimed at analog film shooters. It's fairly easy to operate and capable of decent image quality, but still easily bested by scans from our local photo lab.