Monthly Archives: September 2018

Gear, Hurricane Florence, And A Book Recommendation Are All In This Week’s Epic Edits Round Up

HARDWARE AND GEAR

Fujifilm’s 100MP Medium Format Mirrorless Camera

Fujifilm is wicked, and it seems that their roadmap has carefully been released to specific people who “leak” their information out. Just last week Fujirumors published a story about a 100 Megapixel medium format camera right after the leak of some information about their affordable medium format camera. We don’t expect that it will be cheap, but it will definitely be cheaper than the current 100 MP camera on the market from the exclusive Phase One.

Panasonic Lumix G9

This is a great example of what happens when a brand listens to its users. The Panasonic G9 is aimed at “still” photographers rather than video shooters. Based on the specs it seems that the G9 is possibly the best camera for still photography they have ever built. It keeps with Panasonic’s tradition of Micro 4/3rds sensors with 20.3 Megapixels and it uses the same batteries as other cameras from their lineup – like the GH3, GH4, GH5, and GH5S. This shows that they are very interested in their users’ needs.

Photo Studio by Konseen

One of the best things that technology has given to photography is portability. Just recently Konseen launched a pretty interesting tool, a pop-up tent that is a portable full-size photo studio. This takes the minimalist lighting approach to the extreme. This micro-studio could make professional portrait photography a more accessible discipline.

What About a Water-Resistant Lens Case?

Lenses need to be kept safe always, they are an essential part of your camera, and arguably the piece of kit you should invest in the most. Just recently, ThinkTank announced “Enhanced Camera Lens Protection”. These are called “Lens Case Duo“, and they promise to be great for storage or travel. Oh, and they say they are water resistant of course.

 

SOME STORIES

Artist Alters a Photographer’s Picture, Calls It Art, and He is Getting Away With It

Appropriation strikes back, this time Hank Willis Thomas is on the spot thanks to an altered photograph from Graeme Williams. Read the story here and make your own conclusions. Is it theft or art?

Raising Goosebumps

From Elina Brotherus project Annonciation to Sally Mann with her famous Intimate Family work, Motherhood has been an intriguing theme in contemporary photography. Here LensCulture interviews contemporary photographer Cate Wnek about her work titled Raising Goosebumps. Here she uses photography to cope with the fears and vulnerabilities of motherhood.

IN THE CROWDSOURCING WORLD

Lumapod, The Super Lightweight Tripod

What about an ultra-light tripod solution? Well, yeah, we are basically describing a lot of tripods by saying that, but what about a REALLY portable solution? Something the size of a flashlamp or even smaller? That is exactly what these guys have designed, and they got their crowdsource pledged in less than 90 minutes… And with lighter and more compact Mirrorless cameras, its maximum payload of 2kg in the larger size tripod is not a big problem.

THE WEEK IN IMAGES

Hurricane Florence

Hurricanes are never good news, and Hurricane Florence dumped high winds and rain on much of the American Carolinas. More than one million people where under evacuation orders, and here is a brief collection of images by The Atlantic. These photos are from the preparation, and these others are from the hurricane’s aftermath.

Behind the Image: A Moment of Quiet in the Madding Crowd

This is a really fascinating image by Nikos Economopoulos. He is a photographer from Magnum so you can expect some really interesting amazing images. Here he talks about his iconic image.

THE BOOKSHELF

William Eggleston, From Black and White to Color

William Eggleston is the king of the mundane, he captures seemingly banal elements that surround him with such a careful eye, that even the most ordinary things gain meaning.

Here in this book, you can delight in not only with his color work (which is his most famous) but also some really pleasant black and white images as well. Eggleston’s well crafted and consistent sense of aesthetic, which can take some time to appreciate, is really a wonder to view.

Grab A Coffee And Chill With This Week In The World of Photography

Image via Fujifilm.

Image via Fujifilm.

With Photokina getting closer, it is no surprise that we got a lot to talk last week in terms of equipment. This week we have a pretty techy digest for you folks, so sit back and prepare yourselves!

HARDWARE AND GEAR

Canon EOS-R

So, Canon finally decided to release their contribution to the Mirrorless world with much fanfare. This week they announced a very promising system that includes a body with a new lens mount, and of course, a new lens lineup to match.

Fujifilm XT-3

Fujifilm’s posture is clear, they are not interested in full-frame formats. This week they released their third version of their mirrorless flagship, the XT-3. This camera system has some legacy already, and we can expect nothing less than extreme quality.

Fujifilm GFX 50R

Is Fuji about to change digital photography forever? Last week we talked about the positive implications for photography behind this strategy of making medium format a way more accessible format for photographers all over the globe. We are just speculating here, but this could mean big things for cinematography if they manage to integrate their Cine lenses line-up with this camera!

Phase One IQ4 I50MP

Apparently, the adequate response for the exclusive brand Phase One is to simply crank sensors up to 150 Megapixels. Honestly, they’ll need to do more on the innovation side instead of aiming to reach the gigapixel camera with Fujifilm giving the masses the medium format they deserve. This is not a critique, it is just an opinion.

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6 PF ED VR

One of the most valuable assets from Nikon is their NIKKOR lens lineup. Not this week exactly, but a couple of days ago they released a lens they announced the development of back in June – a 500mm f/5.6. If you are into action, sports and wildlife photography this could be a great solution for you.

Loupedeck+

Enabling image development in the digital age via a physical medium is an amazing experience. Fine tweaking an image with a precise graphics tablet is really satisfying. This week Loupedeck announced their new Lightroom Console, and it looks amazing!

A SAD STORY

A Photographer go Beaten Up after Publishing a Photograph

Jibon Ahmed, a Bangladesh based photographer got in some really messy trouble thanks to publishing a photo of a young couple kissing. We are not criticizing a foreign culture, but it is hard to hear that a fellow photographer was beaten for posting a photograph. Maybe what people can do when living within this hermetic cultures is to create an alias or a side account. This is very difficult and ultimately, what we don’t want to see is any more photographers getting in trouble for doing what they love the most. Our support goes out to Jibon Ahmed and we hope he continues publishing images.

THE WEEK IN IMAGES

LensCulture Art Photography Awards

For the first Art Photography Award from LensCulture, they selected 38 contemporary photographers from 18 different countries, which are making a pretty remarkable work these days.

Multi-verse

In this essay by Canadian photographer Amy Friend, you’ll find a series of particularly creative candid photographs with a very intriguing and illuminating twist.

Images of the Destruction Left by Typhoon Jebi in Japan

Watch this image selection form The Atlantic in order to reflect about how fragile we human beings are when compared to mother nature. These images are strong…

Photos of the Week: Hovercraft Racing, Mud Wallow, Balls of Fire

Another selection from The Atlantic showing some really interesting stuff going on all over the globe.

THE BOOKSHELF

California Captured

The style and mythology of Mid-Century Modern California architecture as seen through the eyes of American photographer Marvin Rand, one of the best architectural photographers ever.

This Week In The World of Photography

After a long time of being silent, we want to make Epicedits a great place again for you. Every week we get a ton of information about the world of photography, so we’ve decided to post a weekly briefing so you can stay up-to-date with the most relevant photography related news.

Photo By Gorup de Besanez - Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

Josef Koudelka photographed in Venice, Italy (1986) – Photo By Gorup de Besanez – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0

EVERYBODY MIRRORLESS

Mirrorless cameras are no longer the future, they are the present, and some big characters have finally understood it. Due to their tradition we want to wish them the best of luck (you know who you are C and N companies), and we hope to see some great results in the following days

Nikon Z7 arrived

Nikon tried to make a breakthrough in the still incipient world of mirrorless cameras with the Nikon 1 series. That camera was like an odd attempt to make Point & Shoot cameras more capable in terms of lenses. Now we have the Nikon Z7, a full frame mirrorless camera with a new lens lineup. It will require some time for Nikon to validate their new lens lineup as a wise move or not.

Canon wants to be in the game as well

Canon also made a not-that-successful attempt on the mirrorless camera world with their EOS-M system. Just this week some information was leaked about how they might present a full frame mirrorless camera as well with something they are calling the EOS-R. This was supposed to happen on Photokina we guess, but since Nikon put one foot forward, they might release it prior to the big photographic event which will take place on September 26th-29th.

Even Panasonic wants to get in

Panasonic also wants to be on the full frame mirrorless camera league, and you guessed it, we could prove that rumor on… Photokina. This comes exactly ten years after Panasonic unveiled the world’s first micro four thirds camera, the G1.

Since the Full Frame Mirrorless camera field wasn’t that crowded, it seemed logical for both Canon and Nikon to make some interesting innovations there.

Fujifilm is Democratizing the Medium Format

On the other hand, Fujifilm never considered full frame in their road-map, and the rumors on the Fuji side is that they’ll release at even more accessible Medium Format Mirrorless Camera this year.

Medium format photography was extremely exclusive just a couple of years ago, until suddenly, Fujifilm shocked the world with the GFX 50S medium format mirrorless camera. After that, the game changed, and it is expected to be pivoted again thanks to a long rumored medium format mirrorless interchangeable lens rangefinder camera that is rumored to be announced before Photokina as well.

It is supposed to be only 10% of the regular medium format cameras (like Phase One or Mamiya). This makes full frame to be the new “cropped” as Fujifilm makes medium format a financially viable option.

A GREAT STORY

Yuri Cortez is having a great time

Do you remember how AFP’s photographer Yuri Cortez got crushed by the Croatia soccer team on the 2018 World Cup? Well, he got invited to Dubrovnik thanks to his photographs, and his cheerful attitude as well. Here you can see how awesome photography can be!

THE WEEK IN IMAGES

BRINGING FILM BACK TO LIFE IS HARD

On Ektachrome

A couple of weeks ago we noticed that the long awaited Kodak Ektachrome was finally in the hands of some really privileged test photographs. We really hope they are having some fun with those roles. And if you are wondering why this moments are so slow paced, well, then watch some of the photographs of the factory itself from the very inside, and maybe you will understand how complex film making could be.

On Ferrania

Ferrania Film built a site solely for keeping us posted about their comeback, how nice is that from them.

IN THE CROWDSOURCING WORLD

The team behind the full documentary on Josef Koudelka titled “Koudelka Shooting Holy Land” wants to make this documentary accessible to all of us via a DVD edition. You can back their project here!

See you next week folks!