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Keeping it up with all the ton of photography related news is hard; but don’t worry, we have done all the hard work for you! Welcome to your latest highlights package from the fantastic world of Photography.

HARDWARE & GEAR

Filter Innovation

Some extremely wide-angle lenses like the Canon EF 11-24mm F/4 have a rear holder for gelatin filters, but this is completely new. These filters from Aurora Aperture work around the same principle of placing the filter behind the lens instead of in front. These filters seem to be extremely lightweight, which is very convenient for certain genres that require constant investments in good walking shoes. Their current plan is to develop 4 types of filters:

  • PowerUV sensor protector filter
  • PowerND neutral density filter (2, 4, 6, 8, 12, 16 stops)
  • PowerGND graduated neutral density filter (1.5, 2.5, 3.5 stops)
  • PowerDusk light pollution reduction filter

You can see more about this promising gadget here, and you can “buy” yours here.

Fujifilm Responded

After noticing that some users were experiencing a loose vertical grip control lock, Fujifilm launched a repair program for their valuable customers. These are the serial number ranges that Fujifilm has spotted that might be presenting this issue:

  • 92001001 ~ 92001975 (excluding 92001830, 92001832, 92001833)
  • 93001001 ~ 93001034, 93001038, 93001039, 93001041, 93001046
  • 92A01001 ~ 92A01525
  • 92M01001 ~ 92M01027

If you want to know more about this, then click here.

And They Said I Was Crazy…

Augmentations are actually happening, and we are about to get a whole new layer of them. A team from the University of California has started to develop a soft contact lens that can zoom in and out, just like a regular zoom lens from a camera. You can read the paper here.

NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S

Nikon has just announced a new and very much awaited lens for their mirrorless systems. This is an 85mm, a major favourite among serious portrait photographers. This new lens comes with something a bit different, the S, from the S-Line lenses. It features Eye-Detection AF and promises an extreme level of sharpness. What we find truly impressive about these new lenses is the Multi-focus system, which features two AF drive units that are highly synced to deliver fast, accurate autofocusing and drastically reduces aberrations. You can preorder it here.

And Canon Isn’t Behind

After Canon released their mirrorless system with the Canon EOS-R a very promising RF lens-lineup had everyone’s expectations high, but things haven’t happened as expected. According to Canon Rumors, it is very possible that we will get to see an RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM as well as an RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM in 2019. Unfortunately, the 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM (a highly demanded lens) is still not on the radar…

Yongnuo Is Getting More Clever

John Aldred shared with us a very intuitive lecture on how Yonguo has started to finally unify their flash systems. This comes right after the release of the YN560-TX Pro flash trigger which basically allows you to trigger almost all Yongnuo flashes. Yongnuo is a third party Chinese manufacturer that has made photography a better place for plenty of beginners. They have also announced a new high-power outdoor flashlight, the YN200 Speedlite.

New Sony RX100

This is the seventh version of this highly popular camera from Sony. And it comes with a pretty high price tag: $1,199.99, so we can’t simply expect a “point and shoot camera”. These cameras have become the go-to camera for vloggers, and it promises some “serious movie-making features”. The Sony RX100 comes with a 24-200mm f/2.8-4.5 Zeiss lens. You can read more about it and its powerful EVF here.

So, Meyer Optik Görlitz Will Try it Again

Do you remember that $3,000 50mm f/0.95 that was a total fraud? Well, they are trying to come clean this time, and they have announced that they’ll completely overhaul their lenses portfolio. This will include, of course, various optimized and redesigned lenses, as well as a brand new optic. Here you can read more about their “god intended” plans. Everyone will be watching you guys, so don’t mess it up.

Magnetic Filter Holder by H&Y Filters

Very handy and convenient, H&Y has developed two quick-release magnetic filter frames that will make your long exposures an easier task. These come in the following measures 100x100mm ($34.99) and 100x150mm ($34.99, yeah, they both have the same price), and use magnets to mount the ND and GND filters, so you can expect some time gain.

SOFTWARE & APPS

On FaceApp

Much dust has been in the air after the Old Filter from FaceApp became viral. I saw some photos and the rendering was quite amazing, but I knew something weird was going on there. It is not the fact that you are giving these folks your photo, but that they have the ability to be so very sure about how you will look in the future, which is quite scary for me. Allen Murabayashi gave a nice wrap up that you should read if you are still tempted to “play this game”. Giving privacy away is not a new thing, but giving these folks permission to distribute our future looks, that is something I don’t want to happen.

Slimming Down Those JPEGs

Maybe you don’t care that much about resizing or reducing your JPEG files, but there are some great benefits beyond simply saving space on your computer (which honestly, fewer people do nowadays). It is more about enhancing your website users’ experience by making your site a much faster place to load. Simple as that, it is all about the experience. This is a seamless plugin that fits in Lightroom, Photoshop, and now, Capture One Pro! For those folks with an image-intensive website, this is for you. Your pages will load faster, improving user experience, monetization and especially SEO. Oh, and this isn’t just for photographers of course.

5 Mistakes You Probably Make While Using Lightroom

Serge Ramelli shared a video on 5 mistakes he has spotted many photographers make while using Lightroom. If you don’t want to watch the ~13 minutes video these are the usual mistakes, and he is right:

  • Too much Clarity, contrasty and Textures
  • Too Obvious Dodge and Burn
  • Colours from another planet
  • Not using the standard crops or Horizon not straight
  • Oversaturated photo

SOME STORIES

Father/Son Photography Journey

We are always watching the world throughout the view of countless eyes, and we are somewhat aware of that. But making it a more intimate thing takes the experience to a whole different level. Here in this video by BH you can watch how Aaron Huey‘s son Hawkeye Huey has started to register the world around him at the age of 4 (he is 9 years old now) and we can actually see it here, and the kid is a natural…

Will You Risk it All in Order to Be Ephemerally Famous?

I want to emphasize ephemerality since some people seeking virality haven’t understood yet that popularity is ephemeral. Last week we noticed a bunch of people risking it all in order to take some photos at a gorgeous-yet-toxic looking lake in Spain called Mente Neme. This isn’t the only case in which people have put themselves in danger just to be InstaFamous, Novosibirsk Lake in Siberia has also been an issue. Maybe this paper could give people a different perspective on risky-selfies and might even save a life or two.

Behind The Kitchen Debate Image

Iconic photos usually serve two purposes, the first is that they allow us to pin-point history in a more precise way. And the other and more important one, they help to reroute history due to their visual power on a global scale. Sixty years ago, Elliott Erwitt took one of the most important photos of the century, the one of US Vice President Richard Nixon confronting Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev. This debate happened at a kitchen exhibit, and you can see the whole contact sheet here, so you can get a better perspective of what was going on there. They both were very heated.

Photographers and Camera Fans, Beware!

Dunja Djudjic shared a detailed story of how Liz Moughon got scammed after selling a brand-new Sony a6500 with 18-135mm lens. The buyer then claimed that she sent a Sony Nex-6 with a 20mm lens, and posted some photos. It was all a fraud in order to keep the camera and the money. So be careful folks.

Exposure vs. Money

There is no perfect or exact recipe for achieving sustainability, especially if you want to fly solo as a photographer. You need to start somewhere, and usually, exposure seems like a great deal, but, when to stop? When to start charging real money? When do you accept trade as a payment? Well, you won’t get the perfect answers, but at least you could read Jason D. Little’s article in order to get a better glimpse about balancing things out. This is a steep road, but it is fun to walk it in the end.

FILM & PHOTOCHEMICALS

What About a Nice DIY Project?

Getting digital versions of film has always been a hot topic, and recently Steven Heap shared a nice do-it-yourself project that promises to help us out when scanning slides. The principle is quite simple, macro-photos of well lit and perfectly still slides. Beautiful. I think it can work for negatives as well, but you’ll have to invert in Photoshop later.

Shooting a Video with a WWI Lens

Well, that header pretty much says it all. Mathieu Stern managed to shoot a video through a 100 years old lens after detaching it from a Kodak Vest Pocket Camera, also known as the Soldier’s Camera, and you can watch it all here! It is beautiful craftwork. Enjoy!

THE BOOKSHELF

Soraya Zaman – American Boys

Here you’ll find 140 beautiful and profoundly honest photographs depicting several trans Americans. This is an intimate work that approaches via visual intimacy the lives and stories of several men whose identities are often put up for debate, especially by those far from their daily lives. This work has been featured on MTV and The Guardian. You can get your copy here.

Marco Marzocchi – Oyster

In this photographic work, Marco Marzocchi opens himself after having a difficult childhood. This is a personal history that took 10 years of production. “Oyster” is a visual diary that helps the author in the first place to understand his absent parents. By using both archival and original imagery, Marco has been able to develop forgiveness and has started to let go. You can get your copy here.

The Best of Lensculture 3

It’s that time of year when LensCulture releases their “The Best of LensCulture” compilation. This is the third volume and it is gorgeous. These books highlight the emerging talent in photography worldwide, but also it shows you the visual trends that are becoming popular among photographers. I gotta be honest, the binding isn’t the best, just like their previous editions, but for that price, you can’t be picky about it. Print quality is pretty decent, the binding is the problem. Oh, and for some odd reason, they haven’t published the promotional video yet.

World Press Photo 2019

If you are more into Photojournalism, this is the equivalent to the aforementioned book. Although these publications have a long legacy, they have also changed to Schilt Publishing so you can expect some odd binding as well.

Here’s More From The Photography Universe

Welcome back to your highlights from the fantastic world of Photography.

HARDWARE & GEAR

New 35mm f/1.8 for Full Frame Sony

Sony has recently launched a new f/1.8 35mm lens for their full-frame mirrorless cameras. The lens itself is weather sealed so you can expect it to be dust and moisture resistant. It weighs 280 grams, and it can be bought here for $748.00. It is still on the waiting list, and it will start shipping on August 30th. It can also be used on their APS-C cameras, and the crop factor results in a 52.5mm equivalent, which is a pretty nice focal distance for portraiture and other general purposes.

Most Travel Ready and Versatile Leica ever

Or at least that is what Leica claims it to be. This bridge camera will be a perfect companion for general travelling purposes. It has a 16X Optical Zoom, which is a 25mm-400mm equivalent lens. The great thing about this camera is that it offers enormous optical power in a relatively small package. This camera is called V-Lux 5 and can be found here for $1,250.00. The lens has a maximum aperture of f/2.8 at 25mm and f/4 at 400mm and has a 20mp sensor.

V for X100V

It is official, the fifth generation of the X100 series features a V label. It was announced earlier by the well-trusted folks over at Fuji Rumors, which honestly we suspect they have some serious spies inside Fuji’s Headquarters. We are still not sure if the camera will feature a new lens of what, but we honestly wish that they keep it as pristine as usual, with its fixed 23mm and all the excellent features the new sensor could have. They don’t cite where they got the official information about the V, but we trust these sneaky fellows.

About the Fujinon GF250mm 

This lens had previously gone under our noses unnoticed, but thanks to a new firmware we finally spotted it. This is a 250mm lens for their medium format cameras. We don’t have to explain to you guys how thrilling it is to have a 250mm lens attached to a powerful medium format camera (even the nice GFX100) which can also record video. You can read more about this solid beast here. The lens itself costs around $2,799.00 and can be found here as well.

What About a Pocket Size Full-frame ILC?

That is precisely what Sigma has developed, it is simply the world’s smallest and lightest full-frame camera ever. Honestly, it looks like a sensor with some buttons and an LCD screen. Its dimensions are 112.6 × 69.9 × 45.3 mm and weighs just 370g (without the battery, but how much could that weight anyway?). It looks tough, and it is rough. The camera has been designed with a dust-& splash-proof structure and can fit any L mount lens, and they also have some converters for DSLR regular Sigma lenses, and Cine lenses too. There are no more excuses for switching over to mirrorless with this tiny yet mighty camera. You can read more about this crazy camera here.

Color Night Vision Video and Photo

The new Aurora Sport HD action camera by SiOnyx promises to deliver decent imagery in near moonless starlight conditions. The camera is very portable but not very stealthy with that white colour in the night. Some privacy concerns perhaps made SiOnyx to manufacture this camera like this. Here you can watch the promotional video (which has a piece of very hideous music) and here you can learn more about this $399 camera. It comes with a fixed 8mm lens (16mm equivalent) with a 1″ Ultra Low-Light CMOS sensor. The lens runs from f/1.4 to f/2 and then f/5.6, we think that these three steps might have something to do with the three shooting modes it comes with.

Classic Cine Lenses

Sigma has announced that they have developed a whole line of cine lenses that feature less optical artefacts to achieve a classic film look. This is not for the regular user of course but for the passionate cinematographers and film directors that want to mimic the aesthetic experience of long-time classic movies.

The lineup includes the following lenses:

  • 14mm T3.2
  • 20mm T2.5
  • 24mm T2.5
  • 28mm T2.5
  • 35mm T2.5
  • 40mm T2.5
  • 50mm T2.5
  • 85mm T2.5
  • 105mm T2.5
  • 135mm T3.2

If you are fluent in Japanese, you can watch the whole set of announcements made by Sigma last week here. And here you can read a short opinion about these lenses thanks to Morgan Dameron.

Digital Commands from Fuji

Fuji Rumors always has excellent information, and this past week they’ve shown us a new patent from Fuji. Here you can see a compact camera featuring the LCD panel for dials, just like their magnificent beast, the GFX-100. The note on Fuji Rumors is brief as always, but John Aldred from DIY has as more in-depth reading on them here.

Give your Old Bodies a New Life

I’m Back has announced a new gadget, and finally, the family is complete. This is a low-cost digital back for medium format analogue cameras. It comes with plenty of features that gives old cameras a new life. It was an instant hit on Kickstarter, so it will happen. Here you can read more about it.

Leaked: Fujinon GF50mm f/3.5 and XF 16-80mm f/4

Again, Fuji Rumors gives us more things to talk about. In this brief post, they have shown us two new lenses that will appear soon. One is for the X mount, a 16-80mm f/4, and the other one is a GF 50mm f/3.5. Remember that this last one is medium format, so f/3.5 is a decent aperture to have. The prices for both lenses should be nearly $800.00 for the 16-80mm and roughly $1,250.00 for the GF 50mm f/3.5.

SOFTWARE & APPS

We are Getting There

As technology advances, more and more twisted image solutions appear. Last week we witnessed how some researchers have started developing a way for actually relighting portraits in any way you want before the shot. This looks pretty similar to some features on iPhone that simulate optical stuff, and it might feel pretty fake right now, but it could certainly develop into something more and more precise with the years. You can read the whole paper here.

AI-Based Photo Restoration

A new website has sprouted in mother Russia, and it allows you to restore and colourise your old photos from the way-ago past. They promise to find all the image defects, from fractures to even holes, and after that, they colourise the image with marvellous precision. You can read more about the whole process from the man behind the project here. You can bring your old photos back to life, you simply upload them here, and their AI will do the rest.

SOME STORIES

Rock your Ugly

Photography is a powerful tool that can actually change some things in the world. From an individual’s life to a social phenomenon. In this project, Waleed Shah features people that have expressed feeling insecure about their bodies. The project is very compelling and has gained notice among the photography world. You can watch Shah’s whole project here.

Nadav Kander got Ripped off

Someone took a photo of a printed portrait Nadav Kander made featuring the one and only, David Lynch. The fellow “photographer” then uploads the image to one of those stock photo places run by AI, and it went through. Later The BiG Issue (a British mag) published an issue featuring the “legally bought photo” of Lynch in their cover. You can read the post by Kander himself here.

A Young Film Camera Repairman

I know a couple of fellow loons that love to repair old film cameras. And I am really thankful that they still exist in this era of disposable goods we currently live in. Today I want to share with you a video I stumble on featuring Pierro Pozella, a 22-year-old film camera repairman, and it is a fantastic story.

On Andriy Dubchak

Here Amos Chapple shared with us an interview made to Andriy Dubchak, one of the very few photojournalists that covered the conflict in eastern Ukraine since it escalated.

NYC’s 2019 Black Out in a Beautiful Time Lapse

A considerable portion of New York went black on Saturday 13th after some electric failures. Joseph DiGiovanna has a pretty peculiar goal, creating a 30 year Timelapse of New York City. Therefore, he was able to capture the whole blackout as it was going on, and is quite mesmerising and also terrifying to watch.

FILM & PHOTOCHEMICALS

LomoChrome Metropolis

Manufacturing films isn’t an easy task, and Lomography has announced a new film after releasing their last colour negative (C-41) film 5 years ago. The film itself has been designed to render a peculiar look with deep blacks for more contrast, and it has a very fine grain so you can expect a beautiful aesthetic. It will feature a generous array of formats (35mm, 120, 110 and 16mm if things go right). It is 5500K balanced and has an overall behaviour of deep blacks with curved highlights and stark tonal curve for dramatic exposures. Meet this new film here, and back it here.

Behind the Film, an Inside view to the Ilford Factory

So, if you don’t trust us that making film is a very complicated thing, then you should watch this video. And if you do believe us, still watch it, you’ll be delighted. Getting to know how this kind of thing is done is always a pleasure, and here in this short documentary film, we can get an inside look to one of the most renowned film manufacturers in history, Ilford by Harman. Here you’ll get a glimpse of how film, photographic paper and chemicals are manufactured, enjoy!

Kodak Mobile Film Scanner

Finally, Kodak has made something at a reasonable price. Scanning film is complicated and quite expensive too. Kodak has developed a cheap solution for making it easy and fun to do. This product is called “Mobile Film Scanner”, and is made out of cardboard, oh, and you control it with your phone, so the quality will rely on your device. This piece of cardboard costs $40, and you can get it here!. It really looks fun to have.

 

Grab A Coffee And Catch Up On What’s Been Happening In The World Of Photography

Keeping it up with all the ton of photography related news is hard; but don’t worry, we are doing the hard work for you! Welcome to a monthly wrap from the fantastic world of Photography.

HARDWARE & GEAR

Nikon D6 on Sight

Nikon will still give their iconic flagship DSLR one more push. This camera is expected according to Nikon Rumors to see the light officially in 2020. It will feature IBIS and more capable 4K video recording, among many other great features. It is expected to be a highly versatile camera, and you can follow more about it here in this thread.

External EVF

Wait, what? Yeah, there is an external electronic viewfinder that you can but for $2,450. This is, of course, something a professional video production could need, but it is still fun to know more about it.

Pentax 10-17mm gets Updated

You all know about the Rico-Pentax bond, and Ricoh announced that they will update the iconic Pentax fisheye zoom lens. It will be updated with some new coatings and exterior materials as well. You can pre-order it now for $499.95, and that hood looks impressive! There are some sample shots, and it seems that at 10 it is quite fishy, but in a decent way, and at 17mm, the distortion doesn’t bother at all.

G5 X II and G7 X III Announced

I know that I haven’t always been entirely subjective when it comes to Canon, but their PowerShot cameras are real jewels. It is like there are two Canon companies sometimes: the one sticking to bulky DSLR cameras that can’t fully move to mirrorless; and the magnificent Canon behind these cameras. The logic with these G cameras is that smaller the number, the more powerful the camera. Pretty much like with their DSLR cameras. And oh boy, these can cost almost that of entry-level DSLR cameras, and they totally beat them out. Here you can preorder the G5 Mk II ($899) and here you can check out the G7 MkIII ($749). If you are a Canon fan, and you like street photography and vlogging, then try any of these, you won’t regret it.

Goodbye Spherical Aberrations

This past week Rafael González-Acuña became a star in the photography world. He is a very young physicist who has solved a problem that has been haunting optical engineering for more than 2 millenniums. Thanks to Eduardo Machuca, we can get a better glimpse of the highly technical paper behind this solution. González-Acuña, along with Héctor A. Chaparro-Romo, has developed a solution for something they have called “bi-aspheric singlet lens”, and here you can read the formula for yourselves.

New 50mm Options for Leica Shooters

Artisanal manufacturer of atypical lenses for Leica or Leica M cameras MS Optics has recently unveiled not one but two 50mm lenses, one with a maximum aperture of f/1.5 and the other one of f/1.0. The prices vary between $1,200 for the f/1.5 and $1,700 for the f/1.0. This gives us a pretty good idea that these are definitely away from conventional third-party lens solutions. You can preorder them both at Japan Camera Hunter.

Holy 600mm

Ryan Mense shared an article via Fstoppers in which he talks about a magnificent beast, the Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM OSS lens. He says that this lens is “their first true bird photography lens”. You can start drawing some conclusions about it by reading that brief quote. The lens is made for professional wild-life photographers as well as professional sports photographers. However, if you are a serious hobbyist willing to invest $13K in a powerful tool, then this lens is for you.

3D Printable Edelkrone’s FlexTilt Head

You have likely stumbled into this innovative looking tripod head at least once on the web. This is a very flexible head solution that enables photographers to act extremely quickly while still keeping their cameras attached to their favourite tripod legs. The head has a retail price of $149, but if you want to save some extra bucks and have the experience of making your own, then you can get it as a 3D printable. You’ll just need to buy some CNC machined aluminium parts to get a flawless experience. Here you can download the printing files and here is the assembly guide.

Digital View Camera

Cambo cameras have quite a legacy in the exclusive world of field view cameras. After Fujifilm released the GFX medium camera system, they designed and developed the ACTUS-GFX. This is a system that allows GFS users to transform their camera into an actual digital view camera. This has a lot of pros, especially for landscape and architecture photographers. If you are curious about the difference between relying on what your camera has to offer, and the precise view camera movements, then you need to watch these two excellent videos. After the GFX-100 appeared, many people have been asking the guys from Fuji Rumors about the possibility of having a Cambo Actus-GFX for the GFX-100, and the answer is quite promising.

Hasselblad X1D II 50C

The new X1D Mark II is here, and it could be a coincidence, but it might be related to the GFX-100 in appearance. You can read more about this promising camera here at their official site, and it will cost $5,750, body-only, of course.

Canon Explains it to Us

So, I’ve been saying for quite a long time that Canon does make great lenses, and recently they shared something quite exciting for Canon shooters. Here in this video, they explain what many Canon users have been doubtful about, the main difference between their EF and RF lenses. And in this video, they talk about RF technology. If you are not a Canon user, don’t worry, it is an excellent video for understanding the math behind the image wonders of mirrorless camera systems. Basically, the relation is this, the shorter the distance between a lens’ end and the sensor, the better the resulting image.

Nikon Gets Serious about Mirrorless

Nikon has confirmed that a D5 (their current flagship working beast) equivalent will be available in mirrorless format in the near future. This is fantastic news! Finally, these folks have understood that the days of the DSLR are numbered and they won’t be left behind. There is a very brief quote available here, which I translated via the very trusty Google system (so pardon my google, but you get the gist…):

Nikon will introduce the top model of mirrorless camera. Although the time is not public, President Kazukazu Madate clarified according to coverage of the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun. Top model D5 of digital single-lens reflex camera.

Go Home LensBaby, You Are Drunk

Nah, just kidding, but this really makes me nervous. LensBaby has released a new filter system that frankly looks very odd. The system allows you to attach various artefacts so you can shoot right through them without the hassle of holding them with your hands. This is a practice that we have all done at least once in our lives, so why not? The system is called OMNI Creative Filter System and will cost you $99.95. You can add the “Crystal Expansion Pack” for an extra $49.95. The concept of this system is a simple, elegant, and innovative alternative to shooting through handheld objects. Do you want to see this quirky artefact in action? Click here!

Anamorphic Lens for iPhone

Premium iPhone gear manufacturer SandMarc has released an anamorphic lens for iPhone, pushing filmmaking even further. This looks well built, as it comes with a multi-element design, multi-coating and anti-reflective glass too. Watch this video to learn more not only about it but also about anamorphic lenses. Honestly, I had very little knowledge about them beyond the way they render light reflections. You can get the lens here, and it will cost you $159.99. This is a fair investment, considering how powerful iPhones have turn out to be in terms of filmmaking.

New Legs and Heads by Slik

Slik is a premium tripod manufacturing company and has released a whole array of new carbon fibre tripod legs and two pretty versatile yet robust tripod heads. Prices vary, and you can find them all here.

Drone Lighting Escalated

Drone lighting has become a thing, and the limits depend on the photographer’s creativity behind the scene. Lume Cube has been developing portable yet extremely powerful lighting solutions for quite a long time. Now they have introduced a new strobe made exclusively for drones. This light has a very unique purpose, working as a safety system as drones get more and more regulated by the FAA every day. You can find them at their regular drone lighting store, and they cost $49.94. If you are a serious drone user, you’ll know the importance of anti-collision lights. And if you are a newbie, then you should know the enormous responsibility that you have in your hands.

Apple Watches You

Just a funny sentence, what is true is that Apple might release a watch with a camera soon. Let’s face it, you saw this one coming, even the Jetsons used them. Although it seems that it will be kind of weird, as we can read in the patent form. It says that a camera is at a distal end of a camera watch band that attaches a watch body to a user’s wrist. You can read more about it and even watch the concept here.

Ultra Macro Lens for Canon

Venus Optics Laowa makes some wacky lenses, and they have just released a lens that can compete with a microscope. If you aren’t familiar with macro lenses, let me explain it briefly. Regular macro lenses have a 1:1 magnification ratio, which means that anything can be focused to fill the sensor with exactly the real size. This lens, however, is a 2:1, ergo it makes things appear to be double the size of how they really are. This, in theory, puts this lens within the microscopic range. This is the first 100mm 2:1 Macro lens, and it has a maximum aperture value of f/2.8 as many other 100mm macro lenses available on the market. Get yours here for $449.00 and learn more about it here.

New “cheap” Leica

Leica is always making some efforts to attract newcomers to their coveted system. They release several “low budget” cameras every year. So they have recently announced the Leica M-E Typ 240. This is an upgrade to the Typ 220 (so the 220′s price should fall down a bit, like $4.99). It is still a rangefinder camera, which honestly, is a fantastic system. The M stands for “Messucher”, which is precisely that, Rangefinder. This system has the benefit that you don’t stop observing the scene while pressing the shutter button, DSLR users will understand what I’m saying. You can get to know more about this “low budget $4K” camera here, and you can order it here too.

SOFTWARE & APPS

Enhance Light with Photoshop

Honestly, I’m not a massive fan of heavy post-processing, but there is no harm to know more than you may need. Here Adam Welch shares with us a brief yet comprehensive guide on how to really enhance weak light beams in Photoshop. This is of course intended for actual light beams, but that was rendered poorly with a camera. He shares a pretty specific scenario, so you’ll have to be creative into applying it to your image needs.

Capture One for Free

I almost fell off my chair when I read about this. You can use a less complicated version Capture One for free as long as you want. Although there is a catch, this will only work for you if you have a Sony or a Fujifilm camera. Sony and Fujifilm are making the best cameras on the market right now, and even software manufacturers are getting on board. The only thing that you have to do is to download the Capture One 12 installer, install it, and select “more options” on the welcome splash screen. After that, simply select which express version you’ll be using, and that’s it!

Get Rid of Annoying Tourists

Say hello to the Bye Bye Camera App, which automatically removes (in sometimes a not so perfect way) tourists ruining your shots. You can get it here and is currently available only for iOs. Of course, don’t ask this app to do too much. But like everything, it will get better.

IN THE CROWD-SOURCING WORLD

Canon Funding a Camera via IndieGoGo

Alright, I know that it is wise to develop products in a sustainable way. But this is just ridiculous and even lazy for such a huge company. Canon, you have a vast marketing unit, you don’t need this to know if a product will be welcomed by your audience or not. Alright, maybe I’m just old fashioned. Maybe crowd-funding could actually be something that large firms use, but it doesn’t feel right. The camera looks like a fun product, but I do have my doubts about it. And come on Canon, I bet that colossal marketing team is costing you more money than actually manufacturing this powerful key-ring.

Mini Product Photo Studio

I’ve seen those do it yourself “portable” lighting setups, but honestly, this is worth the non-effort. It will be quite pricey but it is such an elegant solution that I think is a pretty wise investment. The photon module system seems to be the only thing you’ll ever need (besides a camera of course) in terms of tabletop photography. Get more information about the project here!

SOME STORIES

Hasselblad on Space

Photography has the ability to change the world as we see it, and for one of the most amazing feats of human exploration, it was there to record it. Hasselblad was behind the massive project of making a camera suited to space. They released an enjoyable and easy to read press release back in 1969 when Apollo 13 landed on the moon. The cameras that flew aboard the mission with Aldrin and Armstrong where some Hasselblad Electric Data Cameras with Reseau Plate, Zeiss Biogon 5, 6/60 mm, Synchro-Compur shutter. You can read the whole original press release from the Mighty Swedish company here.

Apollo 4, 1967

And speaking of Apollos, you need to read this magnificent story shared by Ed Bernd Jr about how he managed to take a long exposure during the daytime with the sun rising in the background. It is tough to imagine such a photograph, but thanks to Ed, we have this beautiful shot of the rocket piercing the clouds in a straight fiery line.

Photography Saves Lives

As I always say, Photography Changes Everything (yeah, I’m still quoting this book with that idea), and can even save lives. Dan Watson was flying his drone when he spotted something no parent would want near their children, a shark… He saw the shadow and yelled at them to get out of the water. Everything ended quickly and safely for both children and the shark. You can watch the before and after shots here.

The Moon in Motion

I stumbled onto a video made by Phil Hart that will blow your mind. It features the total solar eclipse from 2017. It was recorded as “seen” on the Tetons, and it required 7 cameras and almost 2 years of post-processing. Enjoy! It is one of the most beautiful things I’ve ever seen.

How the GFX-100 is Made

I have always had a passion for knowing how products are made. In fact, it was the main reason I decided to get a Master’s degree in quality, solely for the curiosity of knowing how to make things with consistently high quality. Here in this video featuring Trevor Tan, you’ll get a concise yet satisfying glimpse of how the GFX-100 camera is made. It is like combining top-grade pharmaceutical manufacturing with fine jewellery making. It is simply mouth-watering. The GFX-100 is definitely a game-changer, and I can’t wait to get my hands around one of them.

Photojournalism is Being Shut Out of Journalism

Ok, maybe my title here is a bit exaggerated. However, after reading this story written by Wasim Ahmad I can’t help it. The lack of photojournalism classes, combined with the increasing practice among agencies to rely on more immediate photographs from the public, is removing photojournalism from journalism…the story is worth your time

National Geographic Travel Photo Contest 2019

It is that time of the year, and here you can take a look at some pretty stunning scenes from around the globe. Here you can see the photos that did well in the contest. Personally speaking, there are a couple of photographs that will stick in my memory for a long time.

Don’t Drink and Fly

At least not a drone, since it is now illegal to drink and fly a drone in Japan. I really can’t imagine how the authorities will actually enforce this, but it could get you in some serious trouble, at least in Japan.

“Need” vs “Nice”

Mattias Burling makes very comprehensive videos, and here he shared with us a video on some overrated camera features. Here you’ll find some features that people tend to call “deal-breakers”, but they won’t really stop a decent photographer from taking great photos.

Photographers and the News

A dull trial turned shocking experience for photographer Tom Fox. He was about to enter a court in downtown Dallas to cover a trial. But suddenly a heavily armed man opened fire near where he was. You can see the most shocking photograph here published by the Dallas Morning News (the agency which he works for). But what is extremely shocking to see is how close Fox was to the shooter… Photojournalism should be taken more seriously by universities and media. Watch this video to hear about Fox’s experience first hand.

Maybe You’ll Listen to Madonna

Sociologists, philosophers and thinkers have warned us about the risks of social media. But very few people have actually listened to these academics, so maybe (just maybe) people should start listening to Madonna… Here you can read more about her perspective on how Instagram is designed to make people feel bad about themselves. “You get caught up in comparing yourself to others. I think Instagram is made to make you feel bad. People are really a slave to winning people’s approval.” she said.

On Large Light Sources

Adorama has been making insightful videos for a long time, and last week they released one on dealing with large light sources. These sort of lighting sources are great. But they come with a big downside, their size makes them troublesome to carry around. If you are geeky enough, then you should read about the beautiful inverse-square law.

Canada Based Model Gets Injured During a Photoshoot

Photographers and models alike NEED to see this story, it is quite graphic (at least for Instagram and Facebook double moral standards) but anyone dealing with modelling needs to be aware of this. This is the story of Robyn Lee, a freelance model that got seriously injured with fire during a reckless photo-shoot.

About Unsplash

Many people really don’t get what Unsplash’s angle is. I even got contacted once by a guy from Adobe to hear to my personal views on Unsplash. For me, it is a tool for managing exposure for free, but for some photographers, this isn’t good for their businesses. Some say that it is even wrecking the photography industry, and there are some things that you need to know about it. If you are interested in knowing more about Unsplash, you need to read this piece from Carl Spring. As I said in the past to the Adobe folks, Unsplash could work for some photographers, but it definitely won’t for others.

Trackside With F1 Photographers

The exclusive guys from F1 have released a 4ish minute video about the experience of being an F1 photographer. This job is, as you’d expect adrenaline-packed. It is a wonderful insight to learn from these professionals doing this exclusive job.

FILM & PHOTOCHEMICALS

Beware of Fake Fujifilm Negative Film

Especially if you run a lab. A fraudulent film using Fuji’s logo has appeared in the market, and the significant risk is that it might ruin minilabs. If you use a regular development process, then you might get some wacky results, but nothing to worry about. The problem will be for labs developing this “C-41″ film, and it will, in fact, ruin the whole chemical inside the machine. So be careful folks if you run a lab. Also, shooters, if you see this, develop it through regular C-41 process rather than taking it to a lab. Read it from the guys from Fuji Rumors here.

BAGS, STRAPS & BEYOND

Wes Anderson Mode: ON

If you love Wes Anderson’s movies, then this is a must for you. Quickly backed at Indiegogo, the Spectachrome shades by Tens Sunglasses promise to give us the Wes Anderson look, in real life! They are in their words “Sunglasses with a custom filter lens inspired by the whimsical colour palette of Wes Anderson films”. You can back them here, and they have already surpassed their goal by 570%. Watch their video here, it is fantastic.

 

Here Are Your Highlights From The Photography World

Photo by  Livia Enomoto

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Livia Enomoto

Keeping it up with all the photography related news is hard; but don’t worry, we are doing the hard work for you! Welcome to your highlights from the fantastic world of Photography.

HARDWARE & GEAR

Cinema Lenses Exposed

As a person with a passion for the engineering behind the quality, a love watching videos like this one. The guys from ZY Productions have a small segment titled “why it’s expensive”, and that is just a trigger for me. I’m sure that while surfing for lenses you’ve stumbled into this odd category that is quite expensive and even has different aperture values (true aperture values as they call them).

In the short term, the three major reasons why these lenses are so expensive is because they are optimized for motion picture, they are designed and built to be totally reliable and, due to economies of scale. Now stop reading this and go watch that awesome video!

New Lens on the fifth X100?

Well, that is the rumor. The main reason why is because the current lens has problems keeping it up with the sensor, so maybe that will be a significant change. I really hope that they stick to the 35mm equivalency because that is just perfect for street photography. After all, you can always achieve 28mm and 50mm via their lens converters.

New 35mm Voigtlander Lens for Leica

These folks shared a rumor thread they found that frankly, is a bit brief and dry, so let’s stick to what they have to say. This is the second version of the current Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm F1.4 lens, and it will cost nearly $680. The main reason why I think it is essential to pinpoint this lens is that it could be a really nice solution for those dreaming about Leica or longing for a 35mm with their current setup. Voigtlander has an undoubted legacy, and having such a powerful lens for that price is intriguing, to say the least.

Another Canon DSLR folks…

Alright, that was biased, but these folks really need to detach from DSLRs. According to John Aldred, Canon is planning on releasing an n32 Megapixel DSLR camera, some say that it will be a 90D and some others a 7D Mk III, who knows.

On The Reason Behind Why Canon 200mm f/1.8 Was Expensive

Alright, I know that I’m getting a little bit too taken by these videos, but I really enjoy them. I had the chance of holding the “successor” of this monster, and it felt incredible to handle. I was really excited, and it is nice to know that I had something like this in my hands.

Omnicharge

I have always wondered why they haven’t made an AC/DC power bank, and apparently, it wasn’t that easy to develop. I recently stumbled into this brand, Omnicharge, and oh jeez… They feature some impressive solutions, especially for people that are always roaming or on the go. These products are basically the ultimate battery packs. It is essential to keep an eye on them.

Accessories You Don’t Want To Be Cheap With

Suzi Pratt wrote a pretty insightful and accurate column on 5 camera accessories that you don’t want to be cheap. These are Camera straps, a reliable tripod, batteries, cards and external hard drives. Give it a read to know why you should kick in some extra bucks when it comes to these 5 accessories.

New 50mm f/1.8 for Fuji but not from Fuji

Clearly inspired by Leica’s design, this beautifully crafted 50mm f/1.8 lens is quite a jewel, an accessible one, like those diamonds crushed down in labs. This $89 tiny fellow has been built by 7artisans and is quite a nice-to-play-with portrait lens. When attached to Fuji’s APS-C bodies, it will give you a 75mm equivalent. Of course, you get what you pay for, but it is an excellent solution for photographers out there just reaching out into the Fuji world.

The Mirrorless Endgame is Official Now!

These guys have some serious informants, as you can see in these lousy quality photos of a leak from inside Fujifilm rooms. They even managed to get this PDF file with all the technicalities from the GFX100′s sensor. Here you can see everything they know about the new camera killer.

Tired Of Hassling With Two Monitors?

What kind of question is that? Once you go to two displays, there is no way of going back! Unless of course, there appears a single ultra-wide screen that manages to keep everything elegantly crunched into one uninterrupted place. That is what this LG screen is all about. Here you can see Doug from B&H (it seems legit) playing around with it, and it does seem to be the logical setup for any photographer working hours behind a screen. This bad boy is quite pricey, so do the numbers before deciding if it actually is going to mean earnings for you rather than just a huge expense.

1TB MicroSDXC Card

This is just insane, 1TB packed in something smaller than a fingernail is just out of this world, but is true now. You can get this huge (well not really huge of course) capacity card that can stick in your phone for $449.00. Good advice here, never rely on a single card for making photos or video, especially photos. A tragedy can always happen when relying on a single source of data.

Zenfone 6 from Asus

In this smartphone overflooded world, it is quite refreshing to see other companies making phones. This isn’t, of course, the first one from Asus (techies won’t find the brand as something new, but regular customers might just be learning about it now), but it is a very innovative one. Here is the promotional video, and the easiest to spot feature is the rotating 48mp camera that gives a cleaner screen experience and considerably detailed front camera. Get more specs here.

On Why Is the Canon 16-35mm f/2.8 III So Expensive

Alright, these videos have turned into being some sort of guilty pleasure, but I just can’t avoid them. I have a background in the world of quality and manufacturing, and this dark side of the optics kind of thing is always alluring to me. Today I’m sharing with you a video on why the 16-35L is so expensive, $2,200.

What About a Monochrome Sensor Camera from Fujifilm?

It is a fact that Fuji reads Fujirumors daily. Here they have raised a poll to see if their audience actually would like a monochrome camera, just like the Leica M Monochrom or the Phase One XF IQ3. You can participate in their poll here.

GFX100 is Finally Here

After a long wait since it was announced in the last Photokina, Fuji’s GFX100 is finally here! The camera appears at B&H, and it comes with an easy to remember price tag, $10K. Just like the previous GFX 50S and GFX 50R, the GFX100 is a game changer. It is evident that Fuji has no interest in full-frame, and they are willing to make Medium Format the new standard. This is their third medium format camera, and you can get all the specs here.

Also, you can see a size comparison published earlier last week by the awesome folks over at Fuji Rumors, and as you can see, it is just like having a Canon 1D or a Nikon D5 but way better. Why better? Simple, consider that the GFX100 has a sensor that is 70% larger than the aforementioned DSLRs. They compare it with other cameras, but personally speaking, I think that the revealing size comparison is the one done with the DSLRs. You can see some first-hand shots published by Barney Britton here, and for the connoisseurs, you need to watch this video by the one and only, the highly controversial (and a personal favorite) Ken Wheeler.

What We Needed, a $24K Leica…

So, after learning that Lenny Kravitz is still a thing, I dug deeper into this camera that has all the looks that any serious street photographer would avoid at all costs. This is the opposite of being inconspicuous, and you can watch the promotional video here.

New Petzval 55 mm f/1.7 MKII

Petzval lenses from our time bring the aesthetic of Joseph Petzval optics from the late nineteenth century, and they are highly acclaimed by Lomography photographers. Recently they announced a new 55mm f/1.7 lens, and as a matter of taste, I would say that I’m glad they made some black ones. These lenses have a uniquely iconic steam-punk aesthetic, and they will start shipping them out on August 2019. The prices vary between $399.00 and $499.00, and they are designed for Sony E, Canon RF and Nikon Z mounts, sorry Fuji.

Stuff You Need To Know About EVF

After moving to “mirrorless” (dunno if the X100T counts as pure mirrorless), I noticed that the electronic viewfinder was pretty accurate. However, since it is a hybrid system I’ve always have the idea that it might be very prone to mechanical stress and wear. But after reading this article shared by Nando Harmsen, I must say, I do understand EVFs better beyond my prejudices.

More on Drone Regulations and Safety

Since DJI started buffing up, it became more and more aware of safety, maybe after being a little bit “inspired” by the FAA regulations of course. New drones will have ADS-B technology, which is just a technicality for a system that allows drone pilots to avoid conventional aircraft, the ones with people inside them. They call it DJI AirSense, and basically, they are setting up a new drone industry standard for safety and reliability by giving pilots the needed tools to understand the skies around them to make better calls for flying safely as well. You can read more about it here, and you can also watch their video about AirSafe here.

Extensive and Honest Review on Manfrotto BeFree

Jason Row shared a very transparent review on one of the most popular tripods for serious photography in our days, the Manfrotto BeFree. Read it if you are still not sure if this might be the right tripod for you. Paying for a good tripod that fits within your workflow is essential for some photographers, and it should be seen as a secure investment.

Counterfeit on Nikon EN-EL15b Batteries

Since I’ve started being more aware of power management, I’ve also started seeing third-party batteries with a little bit of concern. But since they usually cost like 1/5th of the original, I’m also drawn to them. But when odd things happen with the original product, things really get ugly. Nikon confirmed that some of their EN-EL-15b batteries have some issues and you can read more here.

12mm f/2.8 for Fujifilm

Kipon has developed a new ultra wide angle lens for Fujifilm X mount cameras. There isn’t much information about it in their official site yet but stay tuned if you are interested in this lens that will also allow you to get pretty close to your subjects (100mm).

For the Leica Cravers

If you are still into getting a Leica, you can always turn out to this little fellow.

PRINTING

Now You Can Shop Duggal Visual Solutions

Duggal Visual Solutions has expanded into an online storefront called Shop Duggal. Duggal is a well-known leader in photographic printing and they’ve been around for more than 50 years – so definitely worth a look. 

SOFTWARE & APPS

New Texture slider in Lightroom CC, Lightroom Classic and ACR

So far it is impossible to get a sharp image out of a misfocused shot, although software developers in hand with camera manufacturers and optical engineers have made some pretty noticeable efforts about solving this. The long used clarity tool and sharpening panels have a new friend to play with, and it is called “texture”. As you can read here in a post shared Britanny Hillen, Adobe have included a new texture slider to use while dealing with “presence” during the development stage of a photograph’s workflow.

Retouching Toolkit 3.1

They claim that this will be the only Photoshop Extension that you will ever need, a pretty bold statement to say if you ask me, but it really seems to be true. The retouching toolkit gets their 3.1 version, and it comes with some exciting goodies like the Panel and the Add-ons. Get a better grasp of the configurator’s interface here. The Toolkit starts at $129.00, so expect some robust solutions for fine retouching.

SOME STORIES

A Lens Hood Can Be More Protective Than You Think

Mads Peter Iversen shared with us a short story on how the hell he’s paying just 1% of his gear price to get everything back to normal. He had an accident, an accident that is quite common in the world of serious landscape photography, and he managed to keep his $4500 gear mostly intact after smashing his lens to the ground. Thankfully for him, the only thing that was wrecked was the easy-to-replace $50 hood.

Beware of Certain Contests

Dunja Djudjic shared with us a story of a recently found scam. The interesting thing about this article is the back-engineering process used to spot the said scam. I think we all should need to be aware of particular stuff that comes through our inbox beyond keeping this name in our heads.

You Should Put a Bit of Effort on LinkedIn

According to Clinton Lofthouse, you should definitely start taking LinkedIn more seriously as a photographer. As a non-Facebook user, this is quite easy for me, but some others could have a hard time detaching from the old-timer. LinkedIn is not an innovative platform, of course, but it is dedicated to professionals among professionals, so it covers a different niche entirely.

Hi There You Fake Accounts

Oh boy, please schedule 50 minutes of your valuable time and deep dive into this documentary. Here in “Follow Me” Nicolaas Veul explore the dark world behind what you think is real, all the ephemeral content you watch every day on Instagram. Here he answers questions about why Instagram is dominated by fake accounts, and even dig deep into stating that likes and followers are almost like a currency. This is just insane…

Selfie Taking Tourists Again…

Dunja Djudjic shared with us a story about a pretty annoying fact, people are seriously dumb. Rapa Nui stone heads from the Easter Island are being threatened by people climbing and even picking the noses of the stone heads for selfie-purposes.

Can You Handle the Truth?

In this documentary conducted by VPRO, Nicolaas Veul follows some leads and finds some pretty nasty things about the reality that lies behind Instagram. I think it is essential that we are at least aware of the fake reality that these ego-metric centered apps are based on. From “influencers” to scary dealers, this documentary will open your eyes for sure.

We Need More Fellows Like These Ones

Aircraft photography has been a very serious thing since quite a long time. Just browse Airliners to notice that I’m not joking about it. Many places ban photographers, but Canadians are making things better for us. As shared by Dunja Djudjic, they have started cutting of holes in their fences so photographers can work properly (and safely) while capturing aircraft with their might lenses.

Bye Bye Nikon

As explained by John Aldred, Sony has taken away Nikon’s former market ILC position. They are number 1 in DSC and number two in ILC. Here is the full report from Sony, and you can skip to the last page to watch the slide I’m talking about.

FILM & PHOTOCHEMICALS

Rising Prices on Film

It is happening, film is getting more and more expensive. Companies main goal is to make money, and they won’t keep unsustainable products alive just for the sake of romance. Here is a note on the latest (another) price rise announcement from Fujifilm.

 IN IMAGES

The Venezuelan Exodus Through Colombia’s Highlands

This series was first pinpointed by Lenscutlrue while reviewing their Portrait Awards. Here we can see a series of portraits made by Felipe Jacome featuring migrants while fleeing from Venezuela’s current regime. It is really hard not to feel moved by these photographs.

A Taste of Paris

I’ve been a little bit detached from the world of Valérie Jardin, but it is always lovely to catch up with her stuff. This last week she shared a post with photos taken in Paris from January to March.

 

Keep Up With Photography Related News Here

Keeping it up with all the ton of photography related news is hard; but don’t worry, we are doing the hard work for you! Here are some highlights from the fantastic world of Photography.

HARDWARE & GEAR

What about a 100mm f/1.4?

I remember having a combination like this one with my Pentax film cameras by using a 2x teleconverter (in those days they didn’t lose light stops) and a 50mm f/1.4. But now this lens is possible thanks to Zeiss. The new Otus 1.4/100 is precisely this, and it promises to deliver excellent image quality thanks to its low sample variation, outstanding imaging performance, and superior build quality. But there is more, the lens is designed for Full-frame cameras, but they are talking about giving its users “the quality and look of a medium-format system”, whatever that might be. You can find a lot of cool details here but don’t expect it to be cheap ($4500).

Canon’s 63MP FF Sensor

There are a lot of technicalities around the leakage of this 63MP sensor, but in simple terms, it can’t be for their latest EOS R. So why bother anyway? Who knows, we can only guess that their marketing strategy is telling them that consumers want more and more megapixels rather than dynamic range. This sensor will have a DR of 12EV.

A Good Next Step

Upgrading to your next lens beyond the mighty useful kit lens (I will always be a great defender of the 18-55 no matter its crappy quality) is always a challenge. If you have noticed that you might need something quite general, but with a little bit more zooming capabilities, then this new lens by Tamron might be a good upgrade.

This lens has a rather long name (35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD Model A043), but in simple words is a 35-150mm with a nice aperture of f/2.8-4. Compared to the kit lens, this fellow will give you lots of joy and creative capabilities as well. This is a lens designed for DSLR cameras, and it will have a decent price of $799, and it will be available for Nikon on May 23rd and for Canon on June 20th.

On CMOS Sensors

Here in this piece written by Jason Row, you’ll find perhaps the best explanation I’ve ever read about CMOS sensors. I’m nowhere near being an engineer so I really appreciate when folks can dumb down things for me so I can actually understand them. This piece is quite a treasure of digital photography.

Up to 8 New Lenses for Canon (in 2020)

So, according to the rumours from Canon Rumors, there is a loose roadmap showing up to 8 lenses for 2020. Canon has been really good at making lenses, and we hope that this time they nail it for good with their systems. Here is a list of the recently patented optical formulas from the brand with C. Their recent Canon RF 28-70mm f/2L USM Lens is a proof that they can really make some impressive optics, although the prices are so high that well, just a few can access to them.

New Action Camera from DJI

When we think about DJI, we think about drones, sorry for that but it is true. Nevertheless, they have released an action camera which looks interesting, especially for those creating content as vlogs or casual, but serious videos. This compact fellow comes with a 1/2.3″ sensor and an f/2.0 aperture lens. It has a shooting ratio of 60fps at 4k and 12 mp photos as well. The price tag on this drone-detached camera is $349, and if you want to know more about this camera visit their site.

85mm f/1.8 Stabilized Lens for Fuji

And at a low price too. There are several X mount lenses in the market since the guys from Fujifilm skyrocketed their sales. Any serious portrait photographer will acknowledge the 85mm length to be the quintessential lens for portraits, so this is a spectacular new lens for people just entering the world of portraiture. We are talking here about the Viltrox PFU RBMH 85mm f/1.8 STM Lens for FUJIFILM X, an autofocus 85mm for only $379.00. You can read more about the specs of this lens (and its brothers) here.

Powerex MH-C980 8-Cell Charger-Analyzer

Jordan Bush is probably a mad battery scientist, and he gave us an impressive review of the Powerex MH-C980 8-Cell Charger-Analyzer. We don’t need to tell you what a big deal it is to be able to recharge batteries, and not every battery is a special Lithium-ion one. Take a look at this review to see what this charger is capable of doing. Oh, and Jordan’s DIY charging station is a delight to watch too. This charging beast has a price of nearly $80.

5th Generation of the Fujifilm X100 Series

As a Fuji X100 user, it is always a big deal for me when they announce the next generation of their systems (even when I know I won’t buy it). The great thing about this fixed lens camera is that it pushes you to stop thinking about gear and just shoot, it is a fantastic feeling indeed. The trusted guys from Fuji Rumors have announced this past week that this fellow will only see the light in 2020, so there will be plenty of X100F for a while. I really can’t imagine what they are going to do to improve this beautiful camera.

The Totally Unnecessary Piece of Gear

A $138 lock that looks like a Leica everybody.

SOFTWARE & APPS

Did you say Photoshop?

Dunja Djudjic published a very complete list of 100 Photoshop plugins to need to get. Our advice is to browse them first and then make decisions based on your own needs, there is nothing more awful than going nuts with packs and then just storing them forever. This huge list is divided into resources for Photographers and Designers, which makes sense since Photoshop is really a graphics package and not photography development software.

ColorChecker Passport 2

To reproduce colours (something totally natural to our brains) cameras have to combine Red, Green and Blue to show us colours almost as precisely as we see them. The same logic applies to screens, hence the need to keep everything as calibrated as possible. The Passport ColorChecker by X-Rite has been a long trusted tool, and guess what, they have recently updated itHere Usman Dawood explains not only why we should get one but also how to use it.

300 million ready for you to use them

From academic purposes to modest business models, creative commons has been quite a salvation for the world thanks to their copy-left policies. There are several ways in which creators allow others to use their work, but the important thing is that this builds a collective consciousness. The latest update on Creative-Commons’ search engine is impressive and could be very useful for the entire world. They promise more than 300 million images ready to be used from several sources retrieved thanks to the Common Crawl dataset.

About the Photographer’s Website

There is a time in the life of a photographer in which the question about getting a website starts ticking harder and harder. A website is a powerful asset that takes you to the next step. But how much is enough? Well, the cardinal rule you have to follow is that the important thing about this sort of site is the photographs, nothing else matters, period. Tihomir Lazarov shared with us a brief yet insightful list of things that should be considered when building up a photographer’s website.

Instagram Wants Us to Focus More

At least that is what they say. Lars Rehm shared a detailed article on this new move from Instagram in which apparently they want people to focus on content rather than vanity metrics. That sounds really nice, but frankly, there is something more profound than that, there is a human behaviour thing involved, and it will be tough for Instagram to get rid of that vice they cultivated in peoples’ minds.

FILM & PHOTOCHEMICALS

New Black and White Film from CatLABS

These folks specialise in traditional photographic equipment, and they have it all from large format to film processing and darkroom gear. Last week they announced their ISO 80 120 film, and the best part (besides their gorgeous packaging) is the $5.55 price. Buy it and get the recipes here.

BAGS, STRAPS & BEYOND

13L Cube Insert

Think Tank has quite a name in the camera bag market, and these accessories are never enough for a photographer. This cube is not your regular padded insert since it is a bag too. It enables its users to transform their favourite backpacks and rollers into more powerful bags. Watch this video to get a better idea of what this $60 insert is capable of doing for you.

SOME STORIES

Investing in Photography

I remember considering this crazy option after reading the 2018 sustainability reports from Fujifilm, and honestly, it seems to be a very sane thing to do. Here Wouter du Toit shows us his very own and personal opinion on several photography-related companies in terms of stock investment. He isn’t a financial analyst or guide, but it gives a very decent clue of how to analyse this mysterious world.

Tilt-Shift Lenses Price Explained

If you are an everyday photographer, you’ve already noticed that there are some oddly designed lenses called “tilt-shift”, and you may have wondered “why are these lenses so expensive?”. Here you’ll get a fantastic explanation, thanks ZY Productions.

The Dusk of the Paparazzi Golden Era

Allison Schrager interviewed Santiago Baez, a 30-year paparazzo veteran, and we get some valuable insights into how these guys make their living. With the current social media dynamics, it is no surprise that this job is destined to eventually fade away.

Richard Kavlar on Street Photography

The art of street photography is more and more questioned as the years go by. Many people are fond of this genre, making it even more difficult to produce meaningful and outstanding work, nevertheless, there are still many photographers managing to do it. Here Richard Kavlar shares with us his own vision on street photography, and it might give you a hint or two on what needs to be done to stand out from the crowd when hitting the streets.

IN THE CROWD-SOURCING WORLD

Somebody Tell Yashica to Stop

After their digiFilm Y35 fiasco these folks are still giving it a go, and with another Kickstarter campaign. They plan on doing not one, nor two, but three cameras by the end of 2019. They also are doing something related to film, and we just hope that their C-41 film won’t end up being a black and white film (or maybe yes, we aren’t sure yet).

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HARDWARE & GEAR

Mastering Light via Filtering

Light is extremely generous but it has to be tamed to some extent in order to achieve particular desired effects – that is where filters come in. Lee Filters has a solid legacy and has recently introduced a new filter holder system that promises to help us, photographers. This new holder has been designed around the photographers’ mindset. The Lee100 is the next-step from their previously ultimately tested 100mm filter holder, and it has been improved in every way. Check out all their powerful kits here and download the product brochure here. You can also watch the next-generation filter holder promotional video here.

New APS-C from Sony tagged as “For Enthusiasts”

Sony has announced a new APS-C camera that is defined as a camera for enthusiasts, and please don’t get me wrong, personally speaking, this is actually a good thing for me. Thanks to marketing research, Sony has spotted that photography enthusiasts are still overlapping between high-end APS-C cameras and entry-level full-frames. Mirrorless camera systems are no longer the future, and this is a great opportunity for people intrigued by photography to feel what it is like to shoot images beyond the smart-phone. These cameras are usually pretty powerful so they can also work as every-day-carrying cameras for photographers as well.

What About an Affordable 85mm Fast Lens for Fuji cameras?

It sounds nice, right? Well, that is what the Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 is all about. You can check out this lens here and it has a retail price tag of US $459.99. According to Mattias Burling, the lens construction feels very high quality, which makes it a very interesting lens for people who need of a nice portrait lens but spent almost all their money on the camera body. The great thing is that this lens fits every X-Mount so you can get one of the still powerful earlier Fuji cameras and this lens for a killer low price combo.

35mm Equivalent Action Camera

Yup, that is right, calling all street photographers out there. Sony has announced a tiny but tough camera that promises to deliver premium imaging everywhere in a familiar format, the action camera one. This camera comes with a 1″ inch sensor and a low distortion Zeiss 24mm (35mm equivalent) f/4 lens, and you can control it from your smart-phone. Beyond Manual Exposure and Tiltable Screen (which are obvious innovations for an action camera) here are all the specifications and features on this still just announced camera. The price is supposed to be $699. Watch the promotional video here.

Canon’s Design Jeopardizes 30% of their potential customers

After getting rid of the joystick, they came up with something that looks like an elegant solution, however, it’s not so great for left-eye dominant shooters wanting to use their EOS RP M50 camera. The solution they have designed is to include an option in which a portion of the screen sorts of unlocks for focusing purposes via the touch screen. It does sound cool, and for right-eye dominant shooters this is not a problem at all. Watch this video by Michael The Maven to see how your nose will make it impossible to select where to focus if you are a left-eye dominant shooter. We hope that this problem gets fixed as soon as possible.

Better News from Canon

Not everything is bad news from the old and trusty Japanese camera manufacturing company. Canon Asia has recently pre-announced new firmware for their Canon EOS R system. The new firmware will be available on Canon’s website around mid-April, 2019. Some of the big enhancements are:

Eye-detection AF

  • Supports Servo AF when shooting still images.
  • Now available when shooting movies regardless of “Movie Servo AF” setting.
  • Small AF Frame Size
    • Supports Servo AF when shooting still images.
    • Now available when shooting movies regardless of “Movie Servo AF” setting.

And some of the fixes are

  • Under certain conditions, the electronic level displayed in the electronic viewfinder did not display properly.
  • Under certain conditions information displayed in the electronic viewfinder was not properly rotated.
  • Under certain conditions updating the firmware for the wireless file transmitter, WFT-E7 was not possible.

Variable Prism Filters

Many people reacted in a negative way about these variable prism filters released by prismlensfx. I find them to be quite nice, although kind of pricey. Some people say that you can use cracked UV filters, but honestly, those will shatter and they don’t have rotating capabilities. And if your workflow relies on having all these flares, light leaks and various artifacts constantly, then you should consider them. You can reduce a lot of time mimicking the effect in post-production by simply threading one of these odd looking filters on your camera.

Oh no!

This is really sad news to hear, but fortunately, Ricoh is doing something about. The long-awaited GR III camera comes with a wobbly control dial pad button, and we can only imagine that it makes it awful to use. Ricoh will start accepting applications for a free repair from 8 April 2019. And here are the affected serial numbers:

  • 0010046 to 0022290
  • 2010043 to 2012044
  • 3010045 to 3010544
  • 4010041 to 4010230

SOFTWARE & APPS

Making your Clients’ Ideas Clear for You

Alright, this isn’t quite a software or app-related news, but it could be seen as a very good tool for every photographer. Here, Anete Lusina wrote about the importance of having a brief that will help you out with the hard task of pulling valuable information from your clients. In other words, you can help your clients with defining what exactly what they want with the aid of a simple brief. She recommends reading “Briefing a photographer: how to write a photography brief” as a baseline for writing your own brief. This can, of course, be set-up to work as an elegant form on your website, but the essential thing here is to be able to pull valuable insights from your clients’ creative minds.

You Could be Making Extra Money with Your Photos

According to Copytrack’s global infringement report 2019, there is a huge amount of money being misused by people using and stealing photos without giving proper recognition or attribution. The amount seems exaggerated, however, it seems logical if we consider that a single photo could be used multiple times across the globe. But don’t panic, the same company who released the report (hmm???) offers a solution for you. They state that 3 billion images are shared online every day and 85% of them get stolen. Based on that, they do the dirty work of tracking your photos and dealing with people and getting money for you. You can read more about their financial structure here.

SOME STORIES

Gear Acquisition Syndrome has a Song

This song has become quite a thing among photographers since it makes fun in a good way of something we all have experienced at least once in our lives, the Gear Acquisition Syndrome (GAS). The song is called Gear Lust and it belongs to Taylor Jackson, and beyond its obvious silliness, it could make a lot of photographers smile at least once. This isn’t the first song about photography, Indie Rock band Alt-J has a song called Taro dedicated to the legendary war photographers Gerda Taro and Robert Capa.

Harvard is Being Sued due to some Photographs

Harvard University is in the spotlight thanks to debate related to a number of daguerreotypes commissioned by a Harvard professor in 1850. The images were taken as research tools for the now thankfully unpopular Polygenism theory which sprouted in the 18th century. The lawsuit has been raised by Tamara Lanier, a direct descendant of the man photographed under diminishing conditions while being enslaved, you can get a better context here.

It was Enough for the Auschwitz Museum

The Auschwitz-Birkenau Memorial and Museum made a respectful and very understandable request for tourists to stop using their railroads for silly social-media purposes. You can watch more here about the following request made by the Auschwitz Museum via Twitter: “When you come to @AuschwitzMuseum remember you are at the site where over 1 million people were killed. Respect their memory. There are better places to learn how to walk on a balance beam than the site which symbolizes deportation of hundreds of thousands to their deaths.

Fired for Blocking Jong-un’s Neck

This sounds like an April Fools’ joke but it isn’t really, we heard all about it on the internet. Apparently, Kim Jong-un has a policy of no intermission between his own presence and the crowds cheering him. Unfortunately for Ri (the photographer), he forgot about this rule, and even when he intruded briefly between Kim and the crowd, he got fired for blocking Kim’s neck with the flash. You can read the complete story here.

Another Great Film by SmugMug

SmugMug has been doing some really nice films about photography and photographers. Today’s turn is Alan Schaller, a mature street photographer very well known for his compelling compositions filled with complex narratives. Being able to see how a photographer works is always a delight, and SmugMug is doing an excellent job by sharing with us these amazing stories from the other side of the lenses.

And Speaking of Which

Short videos are great, they tell you really inspiring stories in easy to digest formats. Here is an amazingly well produced short video by Will Campbell dedicated to the beautiful process behind large format photography. Beyond being a true visual delight, the video is a strong statement about why well though photography matter way more than just meaningless snapshots.

THE BOOKSHELF

The Ongoing Moment

I just got in the mail an amazing gift from my friend Ben Lundsten. This book written by Geoff Dyer focuses not only on great masters of photography by on how many of them have approached the same topics in very different ways. From Kertész to Lange, or from Evans to Eggleston, the book is considered to be a kaleidoscopic work of extraordinary originality and insight.

IN IMAGES

Winners of Smithsonian Magazine’s 2018 Photo Contest

More than 48,000 entries were received last year on the 16th edition of the Smithsonian Magazine’s Photo Contest, and the winners have been announced. Take a look at the photos here.

Here’s Your Photography Highlights, So Sit Back And Enjoy

Photo by Stas Kulesh

Photo by Stas Kulesh

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HARDWARE & GEAR

Own the Moment

Or at least that is what the new Insta360 camera promises with their newest system that shoots 180 3D and 360 photographs and video. The camera comes with a full integration with Adobe Premiere Pro so you don’t have to hassle with stitching, ergo no waiting. Just start and edit on the go. This innovative camera has been meticulously designed from the inside-out to capture mouthwatering footage in a compact foldable unit. This camera could be the future not only for action videos but also for certain cinematographic appliances if people get creative enough. You can get yours at $419.99.

Lensbaby for Fuji

Since Lensbaby appeared it has gradually detached from the “cheap lens” niche they had in the beginning. Also, they have started to develop options for Fujifilm users, and their newest Composer Pro with Edge 35 is no exception. This lens will start shipping in April 2019, and it will have a price of $449.95. Back in the beginning, Lensbaby lenses came with a pretty rudimentary aperture system based on something that looks pretty much like packing rings that you had to move around. This lens has been designed to fit the X-Mount and has an aperture of f/3.5 to f/22. The lens body can tilt up to 15° which is very impressive and is made out of multi-coated glass rather than some plasticky thing.

New 85mm for Sony E Mount

The newest Samyang 85mm f/1.4 lens for Sony E Mount promises to be very sharp and a great option for Sony users. The lens has been designed to perform exceptionally well at some of its brightest apertures thanks to its Extra Low Dispersion lens. The lens comes with 9 blade circular diaphragm enabling an interesting quality bokeh. And last but not least, a fast autofocus motor and weather sealing design. Watch this video by Sonder Creative to get a better feeling of the lens.

Second Thoughts on Straps

Have you ever wondered about changing your camera strap?  Here Jason D. Little shares with us some nice ideas about why you should have a strap that isn’t the default one on your camera.

There are Never Enough 50mm f/0.95 Lenses

Zenit has announced a 50mm f/0.95 lens for Sony full-frame cameras. Gannon Burgett shares more about this new fully manual lens here.

Artificially Intelligent Flash

Canon has made a nice breakthrough here with their new Speedlite 470EX-AI. This flash will make photography easier for all those fellow photographers having troubles to find the sweetest direction for bouncing light. Watch this video shared by Abdulaziz Hmadi and see how this new flash works.

SOME STORIES

Backup is BAE

Digital archiving habits are worthy of being highly structured and even obsessive. In this column, Albert Dros shares a very personal point of view about how he deals with photography backup. Even though he talks about a specific brand, I think his workflow is pretty valuable and should be considered as a good starting point for anyone interested in backing up their images.

Cameras Made Out of Everything

From Watermelons to trailers, Brendan Barry makes cameras out of pretty much everything. Watch this short documentary film by Ilford to know more about the craft of this camera maker. As long as someone understands light, any camera will work for them. The film is about how Brendan makes cameras out of everything, and the best part is that they actually work.

The Belted Survivors

Photography changes everything, there is no doubt about it. Here in this project, various people share their survival stories thanks to being saved by seat belts. The scars are recreated based on each person’s story, but they are really shocking, so please, always use a seatbelt when driving.

Staged Photo wins $120K

Controversy has been spinning around the renowned Hamdan International Photography Award (HIPA). After the winning photograph (which was cataloged as being spontaneous) was a total stage. You can read more about what really happened here.

Contact Sheets are Great

One of my favorite assets is Magnum’s Contact Sheet book. This amazing body of work blows my mind for two reasons. First, you get to know that iconic photographs have siblings, and second, the editing process is extremely crucial in photography. And I’m talking about selecting the work, the thing that you do with a computer is post-processing. Simon King has taken it to the next level and shares his opinion about why he keeps sharing his contact sheets, even when digital.

THE WEEK IN IMAGES

Mourning in New Zealand

People all over New Zealand were united after the March 15th mass shooting. Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has imposed stricter national gun laws and is seeking answers from social-media companies about the live-streaming dissemination of the attack.

Time To Grab A Cup Of Tea And Enjoy This Update From The Photography World

Photo by Osman Rana

Photo by Osman Rana

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Hold your Horses

If you were planning on getting the extremely powerful and promisingly lightweight Nikkor 500mm Super Telephoto then perhaps you’ll have to wait a bit. At least if you like buying your stuff on Amazon. You can read more about what’s going on here at Nikon Rumors. Apparently, Amazon has been canceling their regular shipment process for the lens due to lack of availability and not because Nikon isn’t releasing this highly expected beast.

Fujinon XF33mm f/1.0

Real or not, this Czech store has made some buzz by setting up this internal page with a lens that is going to be real, but in 2020. In 2018, Fujifilm released a highly promising lens roadmap for 2019 and 2020, and it included an f/1.0 33mm lens. According to Fujirumors the price for the lens is roughly $3K after converting it from Czech crowns, which makes it a very expensive lens for Fujifilm. Time advances at a very overwhelming pace these days, so we’ll get to 2020 in no time and we’ll have more details about this magnificent proposal in the future.

Periscope Lens for Huawei P30

We can’t deny the power smartphones have given to the people in terms of photography, and this year we’ll see more innovations. We already got foldable phones earlier this year, and now Huawei is presenting a new way of zooming, by giving pure zoom with a periscope-like internal device. Although, there has been a lot of controversy around Huawei since they got caught up using photos that weren’t taken with their phones. I guess we’ll have to wait until we get some reviews to know if that periscope lens really is worthy or just a gimmick.

Larger Sensors for Leica

Getting massively powerful sensors has been a very popular strategy among camera manufacturers, and Leica is joining them now. Leica will update their Q2′s sensor and besides being huge (47.3Mp full-frame) it will be weather resistant too. The whole thing has been re-engineered to support weather sealing, and you guessed it, it will be pricey. Get yours for just $4995. Get to know more about this splendid camera here, and watch their beautiful promotional video here.

$3,000 50mm f/0.95 was a Fraud

There has been a recent rush for extremely luminous lenses, and  Meyer Optik Gorlitz did something really bad in order to glide into the “less than f/1.0″ club. According to John Aldred, they have admitted that they simply used a “cheap” Chinese lens and sold it after overpricing it.

SOFTWARE & APPS

About the Famous High Pass Filter

If you ever got the chance of talking with photographers (away from the keyboard or not) there is a high chance that you’ve heard the term “high pass filter”. This is a Photoshop tool that offers a sharpening simulation (since until this day it is technically impossible to sharpen an image in terms of focus, you can only mimic the feeling of focus sharpness) and when used slightly it can really pop up your photos. The trick is to stop applying it as soon as you start getting artifacts or funny effects. Here Jasenka Grujin explains in depth how to use this filter.

SOME STORIES

Apparently, Unfollowing People Requires Some Skills

I’m not a fan of social media platforms, and when I was finally convinced to create an Instagram account I started following people that made my feed a constant inspiration source. So far I have to recognize that I need to do some cleansing, and this article written by Michael Stuart really got my attention right away. It is funny how people simply follow others in order to gain followers (hence acceptance or some sort of vanity-guided-metrics), and if you are starting to wake up, this technique might help you out into making wise cleansing decisions.

About Getting Photos Stolen

Getting photos stolen is perhaps one of the biggest fears newcomers to photography experience while uploading their photos. That’s why we see so many hideous watermarks out there. I recently read this piece by Scott Choucino in which he explains his point of view about “getting your photos stolen”, and since he is an actual commercial photographer (specialized in food) I think his ideas are pretty valid and definitely worthy to read.

All Hipsters look Alike

As a person highly interested in social behavior, I found this article from MIT to be very interesting (not to say hilarious) about how all hipsters look alike. I know that this seems like this has nothing to do with photography, but just read the review from the article (which is highly nerdy, I’m still reading it, nice and slow) to see how photography can offer some funny stories sometimes.

What About Trying a Telephoto for Street Photography?

This is really crazy, but after watching the work of Ralph Gibson I started considering that Telephoto lenses could offer a wide range of creative possibilities when doing street photography. I stumbled into this article by Simon King and I think it is fascinating. Here you’ll find a lot of the benefits of actually using a telephoto (he picked a 90mm) for street photography.

BAGS, STRAPS & BEYOND

You can never have enough bags, and Manfrotto knows it very well. They have introduced a new trolley that seems to be able to fit a lot of gear. I’m definitely not their target, but just watching this video was extremely satisfying for me. This is the Pro Light Reloader Air-55, and it can fit two full-frame DSLRs, five lenses and even a 17″ laptop, and it is retailed at $379.99.

IN IMAGES

The End of the Winter is Here

Take a look at this brief yet fantastic set of photos from the Pancake Week, a traditional festivity from the Slavic regions of Russia, Belarus, Ukraine, and Kyrgyzstan. The ancient ceremony is also called “Maslenitsa” and is a pagan ritual aimed to farewell the winter.

Venezuela is Suffering

This has escalated into something really serious, and this has to stop now…

 

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Photograph by Daniel Höhe

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New Macro Lens for Fujifilm Cameras

Fujinon lenses are great and are built with a pretty rigorous quality standard, but there are many other brands that make the photographic experience more creative and broader.

We noticed at Fuji Rumors that a group of camera enthusiasts has built a 60mm f/2.8 Macro (1:1) lens for Fuji cameras. It is expected to be a pretty sharp lens, but you can’t order it yet (it will become available until May 2019). The price is expected to be near $225.00.

Distortion Free 10mm Lens

There are many lenses claiming to be the widest out there, but most of them have a huge distortion that ends up falling in the “fisheye” category even without stating it on the box. Samyang has been making some interesting contributions to the world of photography optics in the last few years, and this last lens, the XP 10mm f/3.5 promises to be the widest distortion-free lens ever made for DSLR cameras. I’ve seen some sample images and wow, it is really something worth considering. The applications for this lens could be various considering it’s 130° angle of view.

Zeiss ZX1 Got Finally Reviewed

Last year we defined this camera as a mad project, and we still think it is. We all are familiar with Zeiss’ prestige as a lens manufacturing company, but last year they went nuts and announced a full-frame compact camera with a fixed 35mm f/2 lens and a  37.4 megapixels sensor. Last week the awesome folks over at DPreview got the chance to review it.

New Leica Lens

It is still a coming soon, but there is a new 35mm Leica lens for their Full-frame L-mounts. This new lens (which looks massive) is called “Leica APO-Summicron-SL 35mm f/2 ASPH Prime Lens”, and can be yours for $4,595.00. The expected availability for the lens is Apr 5, 2019.

Bad News for Heavy Travelling Photographers

It was just a matter of time before the US started banning the presence of lithium-ion batteries in checked luggage. For lightweight fellows like me, this isn’t a problem, but there are many photographers traveling abroad for serious productions, and this will be extremely counterproductive for them. Here is a video from ABC News explaining the whole thing.

GFX 50R on the Streets

Despite its compact size, some people still think that having a medium format camera on the streets isn’t exactly what street photography is all about. This is a shame since street photography has proven to be more about the vision of the photographer producing it rather than the camera, but if you are still skeptical about using a medium format on the streets, you should definitely read this column by James Maher on using a Fuji GFX 50R on the streets.

14-21mm f/1.4 RF Lens

Last year Canon presented a patent application for a lens that is expected to be a 14-21 ultra-wide zoom lens with a fixed f/1.4 aperture for their mirrorless system. Here is the paperwork, but it is for the extremely well studied only. This makes a true statement for Canon as a powerful lens crafter despite their controversial performance in the last few years about their mirrorless and even some DSLR cameras.

For Geeks Only

And speaking of geekiness, behold the Fujinon GF 110mm f/2 Autofocus Motor in Action thanks to Yamakawa.

SOME STORIES

Gabriele Micalizzi Had it Close

Milanese photojournalist Gabriele Micalizzi was hit by a rocket in Syria. His Leica camera protected him. And he says: “The Kurdish fighter in front of me was taken in full, I saw him explode into a thousand pieces”. Here you can read more about the event and aftermath. Gabriele was hit by shrapnel from an RPG. He was hit in his head, left eye, ear, and different parts of his body. He required multiple surgeries but overall he is recovering.

Aquaman got some Leicas

Last week we noticed that Jason Momoa (the actor that personified Aquaman in 2018) is a huge fan of Leica cameras, and he got quite a pack of them. Just look at him going super excited about his cameras! I’m really excited to see what this project is all about, but for now, we’ll just have to wait.

THE BOOKSHELF

Michael Danner – Migration as Avant-garde

In this monograph, Danner explores and describes through photography how migrants are pursuing their hope for a better life in the last decade. It is an ongoing project that started in 2008 and is aimed at Morocco, Spain, Tunisia, Germany, Romania, Greece and Turkey. As defined by Bourdieu, “avant-garde” is the social state in which people break with a current field in order to construct a new one in which they can fit better. Migration as Avant-Garde is a fruit of the 2018 Kassel Dummy Award. Here he shares an excerpt from Hannah Arendt on refugees.

BAGS, STRAPS & BEYOND

Raven Mirrorless Bag from Hex

You can never have enough bags, and this small inconspicuous camera bag looks like quite a deal. It can hold up to 3 lenses (depending on their size of course), and it has the perfect amount of divisions for every day while traveling.

IN IMAGES

Know The Women Who Are Clearing the Minefields in Sri Lanka

Land-mines have been a serious problem in many countries, and in Sri Lanka, there is a group of extremely brave women clearing the terrain of these artifacts of war. Here are some photos of the women helping Sri Lanka become a safer place, especially for children, who are often the major land-mine victims worldwide.

More From The World Of Photography

Photo by Brandi Redd

Photo by Brandi Redd

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HARDWARE & GEAR

Tamron Just Got Serious

Last week we saw on Tamron’s website that they’ll be developing three new powerful lenses. Two of them are designed for full-frame DSLRs and the other one for mirrorless cameras. The three lenses that you could expect in the short term are (mid 2019′s):

  • 35-150mm F/2.8-4 Di VC OSD
  • 35mm F/1.4 Di USD
  • 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD

New Lomography Lens

Lomography has a high level of enthusiasts and detractors in almost equal sums. The Lomogon 2.5/32 Art Lens started as a Kickstarter project and it is expected to start delivering in November 2019. This is a handcrafted lens made with a street mindset so you can expect an excellent combination of high quality with creative freedom from this lens. Take a look at this video to listen to some of the experiences people around the world have had with the lens.

Extremely Wide Lens

Watch this post by Roger Cicala from Lensrentals in which they show us how they manage to assembly the C-4 Optics 4.9mm f3.5 Hyperfisheye Prototype. Technically speaking, this is the widest lens ever (there is a 4.5mm Sigma lens but is designed for APS-C sensors, so no Sigma, you aren’t the widest). If you’re a fan of “How (Something) is Made” videos, then you’ll love this post. This lens reminded me of the extremely wide-angle 6mm lens from Nikon.

Ricoh GR III Will Finally See the Light

This has been a longly awaited camera since they announced last year. It is expected to be shipping in March, so is just a couple of days from now. This camera won’t be cheap ($899), so we hope it is worth every dime. This camera will be combining a new 24mp sensor with an 18.3mm f/2.8 lens. You can get more specs here. But wait, there is more (jeez, I sounded like one of those infomercials), they have also announced two extremely rugged cameras, which honestly I think they could be used under various circumstances beyond “hard-working” environments. These are the wg-6 and the g900.

What about another 50mm f/0.95?

The Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 is an accessible option if you want to experience such a fast aperture. US$899 is a pretty reasonable price if you compare it with the USD $11,295.00 of the Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH Lens. This Mitakon is available for Sony E-Mount Full-frame cameras. Get a better look at the lens specs on this pdf.

Do You Wanted A Seamless Canon and Nikon Crossover?

Now you can, with the Canikon autofocus adapter from Kipon. It is expected to be presented at now CP+ 2019. We have very little information yet about this adapter, but it’s description is pretty straightforward.

f/1.8 135mm Lens

That is enough to get anyone intrigued. Sony has announced its newest beast, a 135mm f/1.8 G Master prime (of course) lens for their full-frame E-mounts. And as you could have imagined, it will be pricey (USD $1,898.00). You can watch the official product feature here.

SOFTWARE & APPS

DigiKam: an interesting Open Source Photo Management Software

This is an advanced open-source digital photo management application that runs on Linux, Windows, and MacOS. The application provides a comprehensive set of tools for importing, managing, editing, and sharing photos and raw files. The great thing about digiKam is that it can develop raw files directly from your camera without any conversion step. It manages this task (which even Lightroom has trouble with some times) thanks to this amazing library for decoding raw files.

SOME STORIES

World Press Photo 2019

The Highly Acclaimed photojournalism award announced their nominees last week for all their categories, including the photo of the year and a new category, the Digital Storytelling. The winners will be announced in April, but the nominees’ photos and selections have started making some noise. Stay tuned.

Best Cinematographers Ever

Oh, you gotta take a look at this video made by Burger Fiction, it shows us every single cinematography winner since 1929. This is a very important list that every serious photographer should look. The video is short and substantial, it shows us every single cinematography Oscar winner since 1929. You can find the list here as well.

Beware of “Kodak”

Kodakit is a subsidiary that came up with an interesting business model that was apparently on the side of photographers, but recent evidence has confirmed otherwise. It came up as the Uber for photographers, the big problem is that they are asking photographers to give away not only copyrights but also moral rights (which are in theory non-renounceable) and photographers are even at risk of not being paid if the clients “don’t like the photos”. You can have a further reading on Photo District News pulse section.

PHOTO-CHEMICALS

Film Ain’t Dead But Is Getting Expensive

Fujifilm will be rising their film and paper line due to complexities on supply and logistics, and well, it is a shame but it is necessary in order to keep film and paper alive without cannibalizing other business lines. The minimum increase is expected to 30%, and the films that will increase in price are:

  • Color Negative Film
  • Color Reversal Film
  • Quick Snap
  • Control Strips

THE BOOKSHELF

A Russian Journal

What about a chronicle lecture of Steinbeck traveling through the Soviet Union during the early years of the Cold War accompanied by Robert Capa himself? Well, that is what A Russian Journal is all about, and when I heard about this book, I had to buy it immediately. I received it on Monday (20190225) so I hope I get a good reading out of it. This literary and photographic social document under Stalin’s regime is a valuable historical record indeed.

IN THE CROWD-SOURCING WORLD

World’s Sharpest 250mm Lens

That is what James Yang promises with the Redcat 250mm f/4.9 lens. If you are a lens geek, then this kickstarter project deserves some attention. I’m no fan of the highly-conspicuous red color, but the lens does look nice, and the MTF chart can’t be lying…

Film is Alive, and Here is a Timer

Keeping track of time is perhaps one of the trickiest parts of film developing, especially if you are not used to using a stopwatch. You can use your phone while developing film on a tank, but you can’t use it while printing your shots. This one got backed really easy.