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October 2021 news and reviews

October 16
Some of the oldest American photographs were found in a workshop in New York

Henry Fitz Jr., Alexander Wolcott and John Johnson were among the first to capture daguerreotypes in the United States. Their early images are believed to be some of the oldest in American history.

DPReview TV classics: The Sony a7 III review

Chris and Jordan are taking a well deserved break, so we're bringing you a classic rerun: DPReview TV episode #1. Take a trip in the wayback machine and watch our review of the Sony a7 III.

October 15
You can now control the RØDE Wireless Go II system with your Android, iOS device

RØDE has released a pair of updates for its Wireless Go II dual-channel microphone system, adding on-the-go setting changes and the ability to use the system to livestream and podcast.

Analogue WonderLab is a new women-led film processing and scanning lab based in the UK

United Kingdom-based film photography retailer Analogue Wonderland has launched its female-led film processing and scanning lab, WonderLab.

Slideshow: 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year winners and finalists

The winners and finalists for the 2021 Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition, put on by the Natural History Museum, were recently announced.

October 14
A retrospective of the AP's 175-year history showcases the progress in photography

To celebrate its 175th anniversary, the Associated Press (AP) has published an eight-part series discussing various key moments in its history. One such moment was the introduction of the AP Portable Picture Transmitter in 1981, a device that could scan photos and send them around the world via a telephone line.

Samyang's new 24-70mm F2.8 AF parfocal lens is available to purchase for ~$900, but only in Thailand (for now)

The lens isn't yet on Samyang's website, but Thai retailer Shopee reveals the details of the lens, which is currently available to order for what amounts to roughly $900.

A closer look at Sony's FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II, the first 'Mark II' G Master lens

The FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II is Sony's first attempt to update its 'G Master' lineup. The inside has been completely reworked. Follow along as we hit the highlights of this latest high-end telezoom, with a full-on analysis of its optics.

Sony 70-200mm F2.8 GM II sample gallery (DPReview TV)

Chris and Jordan from DPReview TV just reviewed the new Sony 70-200mm F2.8 GM II zoom lens. Check out some of the sample photos they shot for their review and judge image quality for yourself.

October 13
Luna Display now lets you use your iPad as a wireless second screen on Windows

Astropad has announced Luna Display 5.0, allowing people to use an iPad as a second display on Windows. Luna Display is now the only hardware solution letting people use an iPad as a second display on both Windows and Mac.

Sony 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II sample gallery

We've had a chance to see how Sony's latest 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II performs in a variety of situations with some sunny Fall weather around Seattle. Take a look and find out for yourself how it performs.

DPReview TV: Sony 70-200mm F2.8 GM II review

The Sony 70-200mm F2.8 GM II promises to deliver pro-level performance that competes with the best zooms in its class. Can it deliver? Chris and Jordan tell us what we need to know in their hands-on review.

Sony releases totally redesigned FE 70-200mm F2.8 GM OSS II

Sony has announced a completely redesigned 70-200mm F2.8 GM with a different optical design, linear motors for the autofocus system and a higher price tag.

Nikon publishes second Z9 teaser, showing off the 8K video capabilities of its forthcoming mirrorless camera

Nikon Japan has released the second teaser for its forthcoming Z9 mirrorless camera system, showing off its video capabilities on a safari.

Fujifilm announces $150 Instax Link Wide Smartphone Printer for larger instant prints on-the-go

The printer is expected to be available later this month with an MSRP of $150. It can make 'around' 100 prints on a single charge and each print takes about 12 seconds to complete.

Nikon announces DX 18-140mm F3.5-6.3 VR for APS-C Z-mount

Nikon has officially released the DX 18-140mm F3.5-6.3 zoom for APS-C Z-mount cameras as listed on its lens roadmap.

October 12
Sneak peek: Adobe Camera Raw is coming to Photoshop on the iPad

Adobe has unveiled Adobe Camera Raw in Photoshop on the iPad. This much-requested feature will be arriving in an update later this month, bringing full raw import tools to Photoshop on iPad.

Apple confirms ‘Unleashed’ special event for October 18

According to reports, Apple is expected to announce new 14" and 16" MacBook Pros with the company's latest in-house silicon.

DJI teases 3 new products launches for October 20, October 27 and November 5, 2021

DJI is going to have a busy month from the look of it. The Chinese drone manufacturer has teased three new product announcements for October 20, October 27 and November 5, 2021.

Sony teases a new Xperia product announcement set for October 26 livestream

The teaser graphic for the event suggests the announcement will focus on the photographic capabilities of whatever product announcement Sony has in store.

Sigma set to release new products via livestream event on October 19, 2021

The event takes place a week from today. Based on Sigma's wording, it's likely we'll see multiple products unveiled.

Ricoh GR IIIx vs Fujifilm X100V: which is the photographers' compact king?

The arrival of the 40mm equiv. Ricoh GR IIIx means the Fujifilm X100V has more direct competition than it's had in some time. So which is the better photographers' compact? We think there's an obvious answer, but we can't say which.

October 11
Pergear announces $89 10mm F5.6 fisheye lens for APS-C camera systems

The ‘pancake’ (more akin to a muffin than a pancake, in our opinion) fisheye lens is available for Fujifilm X mount, Micro Four Thirds mount and Sony E mount APS-C camera systems.

Astronaut Thomas Pesquet photographed rare blue 'transient luminous event' from the ISS

Astronaut Thomas Pesquet observed a rare blue 'transient luminous event' while photographing images for a timelapse. He is currently aboard the ISS and is no stranger to observing fascinating phenomena from space.

Video: First-ever look at crystals forming in real-time at atomic resolution

Researchers at the University of Tokyo have observed salt crystals forming in real-time at the atomic level for the first time.

Nikon Z 14-24mm F2.8 S field review

The Nikon Z 14-24mm F2.8 S is a worthy addition to the company's lineup of high-end F2.8 zooms, offering great image quality in most every respect. Get all the details in our full review.

October 10
Hands-on with the Ricoh GR IIIx

Ricoh's GR IIIx is a pocketable compact camera with an APS-C sensor and image stabilization built-in. Actually, it shares all of that with the older GR III – the 'x' model gets a new, 40mm-equivalent lens. Come along for a tour of this svelte street shooter.

October 9
DPReview TV: iPhone 13 Pro review - shot on the iPhone 13 Pro!

We shot this entire review on the iPhone 13 Pro. See real world examples of Cinematic Mode, Portrait Mode, Night Mode and more. Also, find out the one thing that made Jordan declare, 'It's like having a fork dragged across my eyeballs.'

October 8
Fujifilm's GFX 100, GFX 100S can now capture 12-bit Blackmagic RAW via HDMI with Blackmagic recorders

A month after the initial announcement, Fujifilm has released updated firmware to enable Blackmagic RAW recording for its GFX 100 and GFX 100S cameras when paired with compatible Blackmagic recorders.

Apple iPhone 13 Pro sample gallery

We've just wrapped a ton of shooting with the Apple iPhone 13 Pro in Seattle and in Michigan – check out our gallery, which gives you a look at what larger sensors and faster apertures allow in terms of image quality over previous iPhones and indeed, many other phones on the market.

Film Friday: This was the first picture taken on a Leica Camera

In 1914, in Wetzlar, Germany, inventor and visionary Oskar Barnack captured the first photograph taken with a Leica camera, the Ur-Leica.

October 7
Leaked images suggest Google's Pixel 6 Pro will have 50MP wide, 12MP ultrawide and 48MP 4x tele camera modules

Google's Pixel launch event is nearly two weeks away, but images and APK files suggest Google is going to three cameras on its Pixel 6 Pro.

Adobe Photoshop Elements and Premiere Elements 2022 announced with new Sensei-powered technology

Adobe Photoshop Elements 2022 and Premiere Elements 2022 are now available. The user-friendly software makes it easy for users to creatively edit their photos and videos with various editing tools, including new ones powered by Adobe Sensei AI technology.

Hands-on with the Panasonic BS1H

The DC-BS1H is Panasonic's second box camera, packing the essential pieces of its full-frame mirrorless video flagship, the S1H, into a modular body designed for video shooters. We go hands-on to see what's the same and where the models differ.

DPReview TV: Panasonic BS1H review - Is boxy better?

This week Jordan reviews the Panasonic BS1H, the company's first full-frame box camera. How does it compare to the S1H and Panasonic's first box camera, the BGH1? Tune in to find out if boxy is better.

Panasonic Lumix DC-BS1H brings S1H full-frame performance to box-format camera

Panasonic has announced the Lumix BS1H, a modular box-format camera offering comparable capabilities to its S1H full-frame mirrorless camera.

October 6
GorillaPod creators introduce new flexible PodZilla tripod

JOBY, makers of the GorillaPod, has announced PodZilla. The PodZilla is a new line of flexible tripods that is easy to use and aimed at on-the-go creators.

Manfrotto introduces 'Move' system, promises speed and versatility in hybrid workflows

Manfrotto has announced the Move lineup of modular support products. Including a fast Quick Release System, modular gimbal, Gimboom attachment, the Move system offers new ways to speed up an existing workflow.

Canon announces $1,999 5.2mm F2.8 Fisheye Lens for virtual reality applications

The 5.2mm F2.8 lens is the world’s fist digital interchangeable lens that captures stereoscopic 3D 180º images onto a single sensor.

Sports shooters compared: the Canon EOS R3 versus the Sony a9 II

Now that Canon's released its own high-end, sports-shooting mirrorless camera in the EOS R3, it's time to take a look at how it compares with the Sony a9 II. They share similar sensor technology, resolution and speed, but there's more to it than that.

October 5
August 2021 CIPA data: Demand is (mostly) steady, but production appears affected by global chip shortage

While DSLR cameras continue to trend down and mirrorless cameras continue to trend up, the real issue going into the holiday season appears to be not the lack of demand, but supply, likely due to global chip shortages.

These incredible images of Earth were captured with an iPhone 12 by an Inspiration4 commander

Last week, we saw photos from the SpaceX Inspiration 4 mission captured by a Nikon DSLR. Now we have a photo and video as shot by an iPhone 12. While not as capable as a high-end interchangeable lens camera, the photo and video quality are impressive.

Roundup: Six Large Tripods For Heavy Duty Use

What tripod can support a 600mm lens and still go on a long hike into the wilderness? We test out six higher-end, thick-legged, modular tripods that are comfortably tall and capable of supporting tremendous amounts of gear. This group review compares all six models, examining their features, functions and ergonomics in use, both in the studio and out in the field.

Video: Nikon confirms its Z9 mirrorless camera will have a dual-pivoting display

The 30-second video doesn't reveal much, but one clear detail we're shown is a dual-pivoting display that will be on the back of Nikon's upcoming camera system.

October 4
Video: An angry raven nearly takes down delivery drone

Wing, which is owned by Google's parent company Alphabet, almost lost a delivery drone when a raven attempted to take it down.

39th Leitz Photographica Auction will include rare Leica MP, prototype prime & much more

The 39th edition of the Leitz Photographica Auction will take place next month in Austria. The auction includes many rare cameras and lenses, including a stunning Leica MP, a very rare prototype lens and much more interesting equipment from photography's storied past.

Video: a Retro Review of Sony's 24-year-old Mavica FD5 camera, which used floppy discs for storage

Gordon Laing looks back at Sony's Mavica FD5, its first digital Mavica camera that used 3.5" floppy discs to record between 20-40 images per 1.4MB floppy.

Canon EOS R3's OVF Simulation: What it is and why it matters

Canon is the first company we've seen to take advantage of the greater dynamic range of OLED viewfinders. The EOS R3's OVF Simulation mode combines linear processing of scene light with the high dynamic range of its OLED EVF to create a more lifelike viewing experience similar to an optical finder.

October 3
Full-frame mirrorless lens guide 2021

Lens availability is a critical part of choosing a camera system. We've updated our guide to Nikon, Canon, Sony and Panasonic/Sigma/Leica mirrorless mounts to see how their lineups and technologies currently compare.

October 2
DPReview TV: Ricoh GR IIIx review

The Ricoh GR IIIx brings a 40mm equiv. focal length to Ricoh's legendary GR series of cameras. Find out why Chris describes the GR IIIx as a camera '...that's easy to covet and love.'

Ricoh GR IIIx sample gallery from DPReview TV

This week our dynamic duo from DPReview TV reviewed the Ricoh GR IIIx. Check out their sample photos from this pocketable APS-C camera including portraits, landscapes, sunstars and more.

October 1
Omnar Lenses reveals its first lens, a 26mm F6 M-mount lens made from Canon P&S optical elements

Omnar Lenses is a collaboration between photography publication 35mmc and manual lens specialist Skyllaney Opto-Mechanics.

CineStill launches RedRum, an ISO 200 redscale 120 film stock with 'spooky' autumn tones

Just in time to capture the warm tones of autumn, CineStill has released a new redscale film stock based on its 800T emulsion.

Inspiration4 crew photographed Earth from 575km, more than 150km higher up than the ISS

Last month, the Inspiration4 mission, the first all-civilian space mission, launched. The four-person crew orbited Earth for three days from 575km above Earth's surface and came back with stunning photos.

Film Friday: 5 shots with 'the worst lens Minolta ever made'

Iain Paterson, writing for 35mmc, shares his experience shooting with a kit that includes a lens sometimes referred to as one of the worst lenses ever made.