« February 2020

March 2020 news and reviews

March 30
Canon will livestream product announcements on April 20th

Canon says the announcements will focus on 'broadcast and cinema' products with an emphasis on 4K and HDR capture.

Apple's latest beta suggests ProRes RAW support for Adobe apps is coming to Windows

ProRes RAW for Windows version 1.0 adds beta ProRes RAW and ProRes RAW HQ support to Adobe After Effects, Adobe Media Encoder, Adobe Premiere and Adobe Premiere Rush.

Phase One Industrial launches 280MP dual-lens aerial system with four-band capture

The 280MP system can be rigged to simultaneously capture both RGB and near-infrared (NIR) images to yield a four-band image.

Sigma interview: Smaller, high-quality lenses coming 'in the near future'

Last week we spoke to Kazuto Yamaki of Sigma to get his take on the ongoing situation worldwide, and on Sigma's strategy and prospects for the coming year.

March 29
Lomography launches new high-contrast, ISO 8 panchromatic 35mm film stock

Lomography says the Fantôme Kino B&W ISO 8 35mm film stock is cut from a larger roll of German cinema production film.

Why the Fujifilm X100V is one photographer's perfect camera for the streets

Photographer James Maher has been using the X100 series for street photography since the original version, but he's found the updates in the latest X100V make it the best street photography camera yet.

March 28
DPReview TV: Mirrorless and DSLR microphone pre-amp shootout

We invited a professional audio engineer to test the microphone pre-amps in cameras from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Fujifilm and Olympus. Find out which ones deliver the best sound.

The gear that changed my (photographic) life: Nikon's 35mm F2 AF-D

It was a humble 35mm F2 lens that helped DPR Reviews Editor Carey Rose become a better photographer.

March 27
Slideshow: Inaugural Nature TTL Photographer of the Year 2020 winners

Over 7,000 wildlife, landscape, and macro photographers submitted images to the inaugural Nature TTL Photographer of the Year 2020 competition. Here are the winners and finalists.

Rogue releases new FlashBender v3 with better compatibility and improved usability

Rogue Photographic Design has released a new and improved version of its popular FlashBender shapeable reflectors for speedlights and strobes. The FlashBender v3 has improved usability and can fit a wider range of flashes.

Loupedeck's latest software update adds new Profile Creator tool for custom profiles

The software update also adds native Streamlabs integration for the Loupedeck CT console.

Photography deals, discounts and freebies for making the most of being stuck inside

As stay-at-home orders continue to increase, we've rounded up a few deals on gear, courses, webinars and more from around the photography community.

Panasonic Lumix G 25mm F1.7 sample gallery

Think of the Panasonic 25mm F1.7 as the brand's nifty fifty. At about $150 this 50mm equiv. is fast to focus, lightweight, compact and fairly sharp across the frame. See for yourself in our sample gallery.

Film Fridays: 20 film cameras worth buying right now

Happy Film Friday! In the market for a new/old analog pal? Here are the 20 film camera models we think are worthy of your hard-earned cash.

March 26
Metabones' new EF-RF Speed Booster reduces Canon EOS R 4K crop factor

The new EF to RF Speed Booster adapter is available for the Canon EOS R and EOS RP camera systems.

Huawei launches P40 series with Leica-badged cameras and up to 10x optical zoom

The P series usually showcases Huawei's latest camera technologies and the P40 models are no different, featuring a wide array of innovative imaging technologies.

Fujifilm releases major firmware update for X-T30, minor updates for X-T3, 16-80mm F4 lens

The updates for the X-T3 and 16-80mm F/4 lens only address bug fixes, but the 1.20 update for the X-T30 adds improved autofocus, drone/gimbal support and more.

Sony to transform its Electronics Products & Solutions segment into new holding company

Sony has announced that on April 1, 2020 it will be spinning off its Electronics Products & Solutions (EP&S) segment into Sony Electronics Corporation, an intermediate holding company.

Fujifilm X-T200 sample gallery

While we're home-bound at the moment, we were able to sneak outside long enough to put together an initial sample gallery from our production Fujifilm X-T200.

March 25
Canon says firmware fix for lockup issue is coming in 'early April,' offers workaround in the meantime

It appears Canon has diagnosed the cause of the lockups a number of Canon EOS-1D X Mark III owners have reported over the past few weeks.

Slideshow: Nikon Australia Announces 2020 Surf Photo of the Year finalists

Finalists were recently announced for Nikon Australia's 2020 Surf Photo and Video of the Year Awards.

Video: How to turn any room in your house into a giant camera

Stuck at home with not very much to do due to stay-at-home directives or quarantines? Here's how to use some old and odd lenses to turn your room into a camera.

TTArtisan to release a limited-run 50mm F0.95 lens for Sony E and Fujifilm X mounts

Only 20 units will be made for each of the two lens mounts. The lens is expected to retail for ¥42,800 (~$410) when it's released.

DPReview TV: We re-created bad product photography

Like many photographers stuck at home due to the coronavirus, Chris and Jordan need a creative outlet. Let's see what happens when they try to re-create bad product photography from a kids' toy.

Frozen soap bubbles create scenes from a fantasy world

In a recent episode of DPReview TV, new host Don Komarechka introduced us to the magical world of frozen soap bubbles. Take a look at some of the fantastical images he captured – and give the video a watch if you missed it the first time around.

March 24
Pentax announces forthcoming 85mm F1.4 lens for its premium FA* full-frame lens lineup

The new all-weather portrait lens is to join the company's premium line for K-1 series cameras, and will be the first 85mm designed for the Pentax digital full frame system

Canon USA closes its service centers in California, Illinois and New Jersey

Canon USA has announced that due to 'stay at home' directives by authorities in various states, it will be shutting down repair facilities in California, Illinois and New Jersey.

Get something out of staying in: Ideas for isolation

The world has suddenly become a little smaller for many of us, but there are still plenty of photographic things you can do, while waiting for things to get a little better. Here are some suggestions.

March 23
Nikon temporarily suspends repairs to help reduce the transmission of COVID-19

In addition to an announcement on its service page, Nikon Inc. President and CEO Bo Kajiwara also shared a letter with Nikon customers and partners.

Photos: SkyPixel 5th anniversary aerial imagery contest winners

Stuck inside? Feast your eyes on some spectacular images from the great outdoors. Winning images feature subjects ranging from active volcanoes to dramatic views of manmade structures, all captured from the air.

Canon EOS R5: Here's why you probably don't need 8K right now (and a few reasons why you might)

The EOS R5 will be the first mirrorless camera to shoot 8K video, but is it just a lot of hype? We look at several reasons why you probably don't need 8K technology today, as well as a few reasons you might really want it after all.

The EOS-1D X Mark III shoots Canon's best-ever JPEGs

There's a lot that's new in Canon's flagship EOS-1D X Mark III, including a sensor that offers best-in-class dynamic range. It also happens to produce the best JPEGs we've seen from a Canon camera – take a look at our test scene to see for yourself.

March 22
Interview: how a box of negatives offered a very personal glimpse into the past

When Joan Ruppert started looking through a box of film negatives shot by her father in the 1930s, she didn't know what to expect. As she told DPReview, what she found was a treasure trove.

March 21
Professional Photographers of America is offering free access to its 1,100+ classes amidst COVID-19 quarantines

For photographers who are stuck at home due to global quarantines, Professional Photographers of America (PPA) is opening up its more than 1,100 online classes and tutorials for free for the next two weeks.

DPReview TV: New show premiere! Host Don Komarechka combines photography and simple science projects

We're adding a new show to the DPReview TV lineup! Host Don Komarechka will share simple science projects that can be replicated at home to create stunning images. Sit back, relax and watch a mad scientist at work.

March 20
CMOS inventor, Dr. Eric Fossum, named 2020 Edwin H. Land Medal Recipient

Dr. Eric Fossum, who invented the CMOS sensor and is a regular here in the DPReview forums, was named the recipient of the prestigious Edwin Land Medal award.

Roger Cicala breaks down the do's (and don'ts) of cleaning your camera gear and workspace

Lensrentals founder and owner, Roger Cicala, has shared a post explaining what you should (and shouldn't) be doing to keep yourself and your gear as clean as possible amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 Pro sample gallery

The Olympus 12-40mm F2.8 has joined us on a lot of journeys over the years, mounted to many different OM-D camera bodies. Take a look at our collection of images taken with the lens – some new and some from the archives.

Film Fridays: Pentax MX – a nuts and bolts review

The Pentax MX is a gem of a film SLR: compact, well-built and fully-mechanical in operation. Our pals over at 35mmc.com dive deep into the nuts and bolts of this classic camera.

March 19
LEE Filters' new LEE85 Filter System is designed specifically for compact mirrorless camera systems

The new filter system is effectively a downsized version of the popular LEE100 model, which is designed for larger camera systems.

ON1 Photo RAW 2020.1 released, delivering improved user interface and better performance

ON1 Photo RAW 2020.1 is now available. This free update for existing ON1 Photo RAW 2020 owners includes numerous user interface and performance improvements.

Skylum releases Luminar 4.2, includes AI Augmented Sky and new portrait enhancements

Skylum has released Luminar version 4.2. The free update adds new features to the all-in-one photo editor, including the AI Augmented Sky tool and new portrait tools.

Fujifilm X-T4 vs X-T3: Which should I buy – and is it worth upgrading?

The recently-announced X-T4 shares a lot with its nominal predecessor, the X-T3. So which is best for you? And if you already own the X-T3, should you upgrade?

March 18
Photokina 2020 is cancelled due to COVID-19, but is set for a May 2022 return

The organizers of the international trade show cite ongoing concerns surrounding COVID-19 and other factors as the reason for cancelling the event.

Apple reveals new iPad Pro and Magic Keyboard with trackpad, hinge

The company has also refreshed the MacBook Air and Mac mini with faster performance and more storage.

DxO PhotoLab 3.2 introduces improved local adjustment tools, new camera support and more

The update includes improved functionality and new camera support. DxO has also announced promotional pricing until the end of the month for new PhotoLab 3 customers.

DPReview TV: Tamron 20mm F2.8 review

The Tamron 20mm F2.8 DI III OSD M1:2 lens for Sony E-mount boasts close-focusing capability and a 1:2 magnification ratio. It's also incredibly affordable. Could this be a great wide angle macro lens for Sony shooters?

Tamron 20mm F2.8 sample gallery from DPReview TV

This week our crew from DPReview TV tested the Tamron 20mm F2.8 DI III OSD M1:2. Check out their sample photos from this affordable lens, including portraits, macro shots, sunstars, lens correction comparisons and more!

Olympus TG-6 review: the best waterproof camera on the market

With a fast lens, GPS and useful tracking features, and Raw support, Olympus's flagship rugged compact continues to be the best waterproof camera on the market.

March 17
Virtual trade show from Cinema5D in the works to replace canceled NAB 2020 April event

The Cinema5D team details their plans to offer a virtual trade show aimed at aspiring and professional filmmakers.

Imaging Resource announces it's been acquired by Madavor Media

After announcing last October that it would be shutting down, Imaging Resource has confirmed it's been acquired by publisher Madavor Media.

Slideshow: Sony World Photography announces 2020 National Awards Winners

Winners across 63 countries were recently announced for Sony World Photography's National Awards 2020. Here are some of the winning images.

Five reasons why Fujifilm probably won't make a full-frame X100

Some photographers have been asking for years for a full-frame version of Fujifilm's popular X100 line. We get it – we want one too. But here's why we think it's unlikely to happen.

Fujifilm GF 50mm F3.5 impressions: an easy lens to love

Fujifilm's GF 50mm F3.5 lens promises stellar performance in a very compact package. In some ways, this lens mounted to a GFX 50R is a lot like the Lumix 20mm F1.7 mounted to the Olympus PEN-F, at least in spirit. Read on for one pro photographer's opinion of this 'little' 50mm prime lens.

Editorial: 'The world is ending, why are you still writing about cameras?'

Because it isn't. And quite frankly, we need to do something to keep our minds (and yours) off the news.

March 16
Video: a BTS look at what goes into making a camera weather-resistant

Have you ever wondered what goes into making a camera system water-resistant? Dave Etchells of Imaging Resource has the answers for you, as well as a BTS look at a bespoke testing rig.

Sigma CEO confirms ‘most new products’ will be ‘exclusively for mirrorless cameras’

Sigma's CEO Kazuto Yamaki revealed in a tweet that most new Sigma lenses will be for mirrorless camera systems and independently confirmed to DPReview that full-frame mirrorless is the priority.

GoPro Hero8 Black review: Have action cameras finally hit a wall?

While improvements like HyperSmooth 2.0 stabilization are truly impressive, the latest GoPro generation really only offers incremental upgrades – and that's looking like a trend we can count on in the foreseeable future.

March 15
Lume Cube 2.0 review: rugged, portable lights for stills and video

The Lume Cube 2.0 is much improved on its predecessor, but we do have concerns about its smartphone app. It's also pretty pricey among its competitors, but its feature set and quality of light may win you over. Find out more in our full review.

March 14
Adobe announces free at-home Creative Cloud service for students and educators impacted by COVID-19 outbreak

Students and educators who typically only have access to Adobe Creative Cloud applications at school will now be able to access the CC applications at home, free of charge, through May 31, 2020.

DPReview TV: Best budget lenses for Canon APS-C DSLRs

New lenses are getting better than ever, but sometimes it feels like prices are rising to stratospheric levels. Chris and Jordan share their picks for the best budget lenses for Canon APS-C DSLRs.

March 13
Video: Fotodiox tutorial transforms portable scanner into a 4x5 digital camera back

The tutorial is based off a similar project from Instructables.

New firmware brings improved AF usability: Read our updated Nikon Z6 and Z7 reviews

With the release of firmware 3.0 and all of the improvements it brings, we went back and revisited our Z6 and Z7 camera reviews. Check out a summary of what the firmware changes, and how we updated our reviews, right here.

Canon confirms the EOS R5 will capture internal 8K/30p video, offer 'advanced animal AF'

Canon Australia has published a press release confirming its upcoming EOS R5 mirrorless camera will capture internal 8K video at up to 30 frames per second and feature 'advanced animal AF.'

Film Fridays: Thinking about spending a stack of cash on a film camera? Read this first!

Curious about film photography? Ready to pull the trigger on a new analog friend? Read this article by our friends over at 35mmc first.

March 12
C-4 Precision Optics releases $39,000 4.9mm F3.5 Hyper Fisheye lens for Sony E mount

From prank to production, an April Fools' Day lens has come to life. The new C-4 Precision Optics 4.9mm F3.5 Hyper Fisheye lens is real, it's expensive and it can see behind itself.

World Press Photo cancels 2020 Photo Contest award show, festival due to COVID-19 concerns

The winners will still be announced on April 16, 2020, but the in-person awards show and festival have been canceled due to concerns surrounding COVID-19.

Opinion: Stop worrying about new cameras and love the one(s) you've got

Worried about your camera being refreshed by an updated body? Don't be. There are plenty of reasons to appreciate last generation's model.

March 11
NAB Show cancelled due to COVID-19, but alternative options are being considered

Another day, another conference down. NAB president Gordon Smith shared an update confirming the NAB Show, due to take place in Las Vegas in April, has been canceled.

Video: Ferrari sports cars, Formula 1 cars captured on-track with a Super 8 cameras from the 1960s

Motorsport filmmaker Nick Shirrell was recently invited to Italy by Ferrari to capture Ferrari cars, both modern and old, with his trusty Super 8 camera. We had a chance to talk with him about the experience.

UPDATE: UK's 'The Photography Show' has been postponed due to COVID-19, is still on course for a 2020 show

The organizers are still working on coming up with new dates, but for the time being, the show has been postponed.

DPReview TV: With new firmware, Nikon Z6 and Z7 autofocus gets closer to 3D AF tracking

Nikon's firmware 3.0 update for the Z6 and Z7 includes AF improvements designed to replicate its class-leading 3D-tracking mode for DSLRs. We put it to the test to see how well it works.

March 10
Several Canon 1D X Mark III users are reporting issues with the OVF freezing in burst mode

If you've recently picked up Canon's latest flagship DSLR, you might want to stay vigilant Some Canon 1D X Mark III owners are reporting problems with the viewfinder shutting off in the middle of capturing a series of images in burst mode.

Nikon releases N-Log 3D LUT for its D780 DSLR

Previously only available for Nikon's Z6 and Z7 camera, the new N-Log 3D LUT offers a great starting point for color grading N-Log footage captured on Nikon's D780 DSLR.

Ricoh creates startup for specialty cameras, starts with new ultra-compact selfie camera

Ricoh's has spun off Vecnos, a new specialized camera startup venture funded by Ricoh. Its first product? An ultra-compact 360-degree camera designed to ‘reinvent the selfie.’

The Fujifilm X-T4 is a portable, powerful 4K video rig

The provision of in-body stabilization makes the X-T4 a capable self-contained video platform. The quality of its 4K sets high expectations but, while it's no GH series, it's an effective travel companion. See some sample footage and find out what it's like to use.

March 9
NASA Curiosity rover breaks its own record with new 1.8-billion-pixel Mars panorama

The space agency used a different lens to capture this new 650-million-pixel Mars panorama.

Adobe joins Nikon in withdrawing from this year's NAB Show in Las Vegas due to COVID-19

Adobe has announced that it is withdrawing from this April's NAB show due to COVID-19.

Irix announces its long-awaited 45mm F1.4 still lens for Canon EF, Nikon F and Pentax K mounts

First teased as a prototype back in 2017, Irix has confirmed the 45mm F1.4 manual lens is on the horizon for multiple full-frame camera systems.

Nikon delays its D6 DSLR until May 2020, due to supplier issues caused by COVID-19

Nikon says the delay is being caused by issues with acquiring various components used to make its flagship DSLR.

March 8
What does the EOS R5 tell us about Canon's mirrorless plans?

Canon has finally given us a few details about its forthcoming EOS R5, but we can read between the lines a bit to get a clearer picture of where the RF lineup is heading.

Let's talk about Dorothea Lange

You know her famous 'Migrant Mother', but do you really know Dorothea Lange? In honor of International Women's Day, we're celebrating one of the most influential photographers of all time.

March 7
Fashion photographer Lindsay Adler named Rangefinder's 'Icon of the Year'

Adler, who has worked with major brands and publications, is the first woman to win the prestigious award.

DPReview TV: Battle of the entry-level APS-C mirrorless cameras

A lot has changed since we last compared entry-level APS-C mirrorless cameras. In this 2020 update, Chris and Jordan compare the Fujifilm X-T200, Sony a6100, and Canon EOS M50. Which one is right for you?

March 6
Leica's 64MP S3 medium-format camera is now available to pre-order for $18,995

It's been a year since the Leica S3 was slated to arrive, but it's finally here and available to pre-order for a wallet-busting $18,995.

Nikon ES-2 film adapter sample gallery

We used Nikon's ES-2 film adapter to digitize a variety of old films, including Kodak Tri-X and T400 CN, Fujifilm Neopan, Superia and Acros, and even Agfa Ultra. How well did it work? See the full resolution images in our sample gallery.

Tokina reveals updated 2020 lens roadmap with new lenses for DSLR, mirrorless cameras

Initially set for a reveal at the now-canceled CP+, Tokina has published its 2020 lens roadmap, showing off a number of new lenses for DSLR and mirrorless cameras.

Oppo launches Find X2 Pro with  periscope tele and calibrated 120Hz display

The Find X2 Pro is Oppo's latest flagship smartphone, offering top-end technologies all around.

March 5
Video: Olympus shows off incredible photos from its 150-400mm F4.5 lens, hints at further lens developments

The incredible images were captured with the Olympus 150-400mm F4.5 lens using the built-in 1.25x extender and an external 2x extender, giving it a 2000mm (35mm equivalent) focal length.

Analysis predicts drone Remote ID will cost 9X more than expected, DJI urges FAA to reconsider ruling

Public commenting for the FAA's Remote ID NPRM closed on Monday. DJI cited analysis in their 89-page comment suggesting it could cost 9 times as much as predicted.

NASA is asking the public to use their smartphones to help track light pollution caused by satellites

NASA's Satellite Streak Watcher project is a new crowdsourced effort to help keep track of night sky light pollution caused by satellites, such as those launched by SpaceX's Starlink project.

Fujifilm X100V full-production sample gallery – with Raws

We recently took delivery of a production X100V, and we've been busy shooting with it for a few days, around and about the Pacific Northwest. Check out our sample gallery, which includes Raw files for download.

March 4
iFixit tears down a Galaxy S20 Ultra to show off the ridiculous camera array

Samsung went all-in on the camera array inside its flagship smartphone and iFixit has shared its teardown to show just how much tech Samsung managed to pack inside the Galaxy S20 Ultra.

Slideshow: Apple reveals the winners of the Shot on iPhone Night mode challenge

Apple kicked off the new year by inviting iPhone 11 users to share their best Night mode photos. Here are the some of the winning entries.

Update (3/4/20): Canon is temporarily shutting down three of its factories due to supply shortages caused by COVID-19

The five camera-producing factories are set to close from March 2 to March 13, with the missed days set to be rescheduled later this year when supplies are no longer scarce.

DPReview TV: Scan film negatives with the Nikon ES-2

Nikon's ES-2 film digitizing adapter promises to be an easy way of scanning slides and negatives. We tested it with a bunch of different film stocks and discovered that it works pretty well!

Sample gallery: Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN for Sony E-mount

Sigma's 24-70mm F2.8 DG DN is a versatile zoom for Sony full-frame E-mount cameras. It's well-constructed, with extensive weather sealing, and reasonably fast to focus. Output appears nice and sharp and aberrations are well-controlled.

March 3
Tiffen is now shipping their DJI Mavic Mini ND filter kits

At the end of last year, Tiffen announced ND filter kits for the DJI Mavic Mini. They're now shipping.

The Sigma fp will get new features, functionality in major 2.0 firmware update due out 'Summer 2020'

Sigma says it's bringing a major 2.0 firmware update to its full-frame fp camera in 'Summer 2020.' In the meantime, a smaller 1.02 update will address a few minor bugs

Capture One Pro 20 update adds support for 7 new camera bodies, 6 new lenses

Capture One Pro version 20.0.3 gains support for seven new camera bodies and six new lenses from a variety of manufacturers.

Opinion: Film photography has found its feet again

More than a century after its invention, film photography is finding a new life alongside digital imaging, argues Hamish Gill of 35mmc.

March 2
Video: Lensrentals announces it’s hit the 1,000,000 order milestone, shares the history of the company

In the 13 years since Roger Cicala started LensRentals, he and his team have managed to ship over one million orders. To celebrate the occasion, they've shared a video and podcast on the history of the company.

JOBY launches new lineup of accessories for mobile content creators

The products include portable LED lights, microphones and more, as well as a bundle with three of the new products.

Coronavirus: Whatever happens next, COVID-19 is already having an effect on the photo industry

Manufacturing capacity in China is reduced, economic output is down, and some factories have closed in Japan due to a shortage of parts. But the photo industry is resilient.

Moment Pro Camera for Android discontinued over platform difficulties

Moment is no longer supporting its Pro Camera Android app, but it'll remain available to download.

Slideshow: International Landscape Photographer of the Year winners and finalists

Earlier this month, the winners and finalists of the 6th annual International Landscape Photographer of the Year were announced.

March 1
Some Galaxy S20 Ultra smartphone reviewers report multiple camera issues

Samsung says it is working on a fix for its advanced 108MP mobile camera system, but it's unclear when it will arrive.

Is the Nikon D780 right for you?

Now that we've completed our final review of the D780, we're going to take a look at how it stacks up for some common types of photography. From street shooting to sports shooting and everything in-between, is the D780 right for you?

Find great cameras for less money in our updated 'best bargains' buying guide

We've updated our 'best bargains' buying guide, which features both newer cameras that we think are great values, as well a few older models that are inexpensive yet still very capable.