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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).

Here Are More Wonderful Links From The Photography World For Your Enjoyment

Photo by Carl Raw

Photo by Carl Raw

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

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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HARDWARE & GEAR

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…

 

Trying To Keep Up With Photography News? We Have You Covered

Photograph by Daniel Höhe

Photograph by Daniel Höhe

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HARDWARE & GEAR

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.

Here’s Your Catch Up On What’s Been Happening In Photography

Photo by Garth Manthe

Photo by Garth Manthe

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HARDWARE & GEAR

New Fujinon on the Block

Fuji is on a rampage, and the recently announced one of their most expected lenses from their previously published roadmap, a 16mm f/2.8 lens. This is an extremely compact wide-angle fixed 16mm lens that promises an extremely fast autofocus performance, and it weighs just 155g so it is nice for various applications involving carrying more stuff (like landscape of course).

As with many other Fuji lenses, this is a weather resistant lens with the capability of working at optimal conditions in low temperatures (as low as -10°C). You can read more about this fantastic prime here. This lens is only $399.00, and like all other Fujinon lenses, it comes with a hood, and it looks awesome!

Lightest and Most Accessible Full Frame Digital Camera Ever

Canon is still on the verge of making mirrorless full-frame cameras, and it has awakened our expectations after announcing their newest lenses lineup.

They officially announced their newest EOS RP full frame mirrorless camera. This is a breakthrough indeed because they are selling a full frame camera at $1,299.00, which is the price of a modest APS-C sensor camera from just a couple of years ago. You can watch more about this newest camera here, we are sure that this will definitely make more and more people interested in photography.

Fuji’s Third Medium Format Camera

Following Fuji’s spree, some days ago during the Gulf Photo Plus in Dubai, they announced that they’ll be releasing a new medium format camera (this will be their third) that will correspond to the classic modular system medium format cameras have been famous since the days of film. Here at DPreview, you can see a gallery with some concepts related to the expected camera. It is highly likely that this concept could change a lot, or not.

Sigma Ships Its 28mm T1.5 Full-Frame Cine Lens

One thing that intrigues me the most about lenses is Cine lenses actually, even though I don’t shoot cine (yet). They look so precise and massive that their whole appearance just intrigues me. Sigma has been long known as a high-quality third-party option, and in recent years they have truly started to value themselves as a high-quality company, and their prices have escalated a bit. They are also producing Cine lenses, and their newest Full Frame High-Speed Prime is a 28mm with an aperture value of T1.5. If you want to know more about the difference between f and T aperture values, you should check out this video by Wolfcrow.

SOFTWARE

Are You Interested in the Film Look?

If you started the other way around in photography (digital first and then you stumbled into film) there is a high chance that you’ve felt a slight interest for the film look when you were working on digital. It is hard to emulate a specific film look because it is like mimicking the way a sensor registers light, it can always change but there is something there that can be felt in a consistent way. Adam Welch wrote a very interesting article that I think is worth reading if you are interested in achieving film looks from scratch in Lightroom.

Just Found Out About Instagram Pods…

I’m not even near to being an acknowledged Instagram user, and I basically use it for showcasing my portfolio which consists of only 25 images. Last week we stumbled into an interesting article written by Danette Chappell on something called “pods” on Instagram. Please forgive me if this sounds extremely old-aged and even noob, but maybe there are still people out there like me that had no idea about this weird and complex maneuver Instagram pulled in order to “empower” its users into being more in “control of how they create audiences”. It is worth reading.

Tone Curves beyond Dynamic Range

For me, the tone curve responded only to the logic of dynamic range, and while it is true to a point, this video by Becki and Chris shows some really useful stuff in order to master the tone curve in Lightroom. The act of taking a photo with a camera is just “50%” of the work (if not less), the other percentage comes by developing the raw file, and Lightroom is one of the favorite pieces of software among many photographers, although, it is not the only option. But just like cameras, you can use any camera as long as you understand the logic of exposure, you just need to understand the logic of raw file development and you can work with any software.

SOME STORIES

The 2019 IAPBP Image Competition Winners Have Been Announced!

The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers (IAPBP) has just announced their winners, and these shots are really something (more close to photojournalism and documentary photography than the traditional motherhood photography). Viewing discretion is highly advised.

Johnny Depp as W. Eugene Smith

W. Eugene Smith is one of the most important photographers from the twentieth century.  He had a huge determination for showcasing reality as it unraveled in front of his eyes. Last week we saw a single photo that gave us the first look of his newest role as W. Eugene Smith in the new film called “Minamata” after the very well known photo reportage done by Smith after the Minamata disease in Japan.

15 Million 500Px Accounts Compromised

As in Kehl Bayern’s words “One of the biggest risks of any enterprise that collects information in the digital age is that that data could be hacked.” And that is exactly what happened with 500Px last week. If you have a 500Px account and haven’t received an email from them, we strongly advise that you change your password.

FILM & PHOTO-CHEMICALS

Kosmo Foto

Just the packaging of this film got my attention immediately, and, yes, I know that that is not an objective criterion, but it still looks promising. Kosmo Foto was announced in 2017 and is finally available and you can start buying it here! Kosmo Foto Mono is a 100-ISO panchromatic black-and-white film, perfect for all 120 cameras.

THE BOOKSHELF

Alex Majoli’s New Book Captures the Theater Of Life

From political demonstrations to the quiet moments of everyday life, Alex Majoli from Magnum has captured a wide spread of events during his career. His work has a common denominator, the subtle use of light, and if you are passionate about social-documentary photography, then this book is a must.

SOME COOL IMAGES

Daniel Castonguay

Daniel is defined as a “street photographer in heart and soul”. Here you can read an interview done by 1X and also you can get to see some pictures.

Super Snow Moon

This year has been very active in terms of Full Moons, here is an amazing selection made by The Atlantic showing us how this phenomenon was witnessed all over the globe.

So Let’s Take A Look At What You May Have Missed In The World Of Photography

Photo By Leica - Leica Microsystems (früher Ernst-Leitz), CC BY-SA 2.0 de, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8768607

Photo By Leica – Leica Microsystems (früher Ernst-Leitz), CC BY-SA 2.0 de, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=8768607

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HARDWARE & GEAR

Huge Momentum from Fujifilm

After Olympus’ rampage, we’ve got a Fujifilm counterattack. All eyes are at least slightly looking to what Fuji will release in 2019, and the XT-30 is one of the major things to happen from them this year. They will also release various lenses according to their roadmap, these are:

  • XF 16mm f/2.8
  • XF 16-80mm f/4
  • GF 50mm f/3.5

The major announcement is the new upcoming GFX Medium Format Camera from Fuji (this will be their third medium format camera) which apparently is being designed around a modular system logic.

Beyond the expected gear in the short-term, we are still expecting the third generation of their X-Pro system and the fifth generation of their X100 system. Oh, and apparently they need your help with their roadmap!

Good Job Canon

We’ve said it before, Canon should focus on developing high-quality lenses rather than trying to cope with the Mirrorless Bodies. According to Ryan Mense, Canon will be releasing up to 5 super telephoto lenses in the medium to long term. The lenses are:

  • 400mm f/2.8 (released)
  • 600mm f/4 (released)
  • 300mm f/2.8L IS III USM
  • 500mm f/4L IS III USM
  • 800mm f/5.6L IS II USM

If you are extremely well studied in terms of optics, or just geeky enough, or simply curious, here and here you can read the U.S. patents applications.

New Leica Lenses on the Way

Mighty revered and utterly unreachable, Leica will be delivering various lenses in the upcoming days:

And New Leica Camera As Well

Leica wants to pay tribute to the American Society of Cinematographers (ASC) in the best way they can, by releasing a special edition camera. This is the Leica M10-P “ASC 100 Edition”. It is slightly reminiscent of the iconic Ur-Leica Camera from 1914.

Spyder X by Datacolor

There are two moments in a photographer’s life, (well, I’m exaggerating, but it is true, there is a huge difference here) post-processing without and with a calibrated screen. These fantastic tools make everything look the way it is intended to be. They are amazing tools, and Datacolor with their popular Spyder tools have given a lot of satisfaction to many photographers around the world. Their newest tool promises to be even more accurate and you can read more about it here.

Last but not least, we’ve found these 8 camera hacks to be extremely useful to know!

FILM & PHOTO-CHEMICALS

Film is not Dead!

Not all film-related news is about bankruptcy and closure, there are still some new things going on. CineStill has recently released powder based presentations of their black and white Df96 and C-41 for color film development chemicals. Using powder based chemicals is pretty convenient and we hope they manage to deliver as far as they can. By the way, these guys have a lot of great stuff!

SOME STORIES

Visual Diet is a Thing

I’ve been pretty worried about the vast amount of images we are able to consume daily, and how this can affect our leisure in a counterproductive way. Images created with non-aesthetic purposes are just anesthetizing us. Here we stumbled into a really interesting concept, Visual Diet. Some images are really disturbing so viewers discretion is advised.

Visual Diet, noun. The visual content that a person willingly or unwillingly consumes per day.

From Homing Pigeons to Catastrophes

Not everything in the world of photography circles around photographers and the history of Foster Marshall is a valuable one to read. He was (beyond being a photographer as well) the photo editor for the Florida Times-Union, and here you can read a brief yet entertaining article about some interesting facts about his close relationship with photography.

Arthur Miller and Inge Morath: In The Country

A lot of what we love about Magnum is their commitment to stories. Here you can watch a compelling and intimate photo-essay depicting Inge Morath’s photographs of Connecticut.

Joel Jimenez: When the Dust Settles

Humanity has been drawn toward landscapes forever, and nowadays is extremely hard to escape from our own footprints on basically any landscape. Here Joel Jimenez (an emerging talent spotted by LensCulture in 2018) shows the human activity in an absent way.

The Hopes and Fears of Afghanistan’s Generation Z

From playing music, to modeling and adopting trendy haircuts, Afghanistan’s Generation Z can raise their voice in this brief yet solid photographic essay developed by Mohammad Ismail from Reuters.

Grab A Coffee And Relax With This Week In Photography

 

Photo by Alexander Andrews

Photo by Alexander Andrews

Here it is - a wrap up of this past week in the photography world!

HARDWARE AND GEAR

Voigtländer Revival

If you are not familiar with Voigtländer don’t worry, this company has been around since 1756, and it has evolved and even shut down in 1971. In the twentieth century it was a major player in the photography game, and now it wants to be back in the game. They announced a pair of new “vintage lenses” last week, a 21mm f/3.5 and a 35mm f/2. Both lenses are designed to be M mount, ergo Leica mounts. Check them out here.

World’s Smallest Gimbal

Beyond drones, DJI also manufactures other photography related gadgets. They just released what is being called the smallest three-Axis gimbal camera so far. It is compact and weighs only 4.1 oz and has a length of 4.8″ which makes it extremely portable.

It has a built-in camera with an impressively large 1/2.3″ CMOS sensor. You can watch the review made by B&H here.

What about a heatable photo vest?

Photo vests have been around since forever, and they are iconic. However, in the twenty-first century, it could have extra value. We are shooting lighter and we aren’t carrying film around anymore.

The COOPH Heatable Photo Vest offers not just style but also a heating function, extremely useful in the winter.

What about a house camera?

We heard about somebody trying to transform a large truck into a camera, but this is way more insane. Ian Ruhter has made the world’s largest wet collodion plate by turning an abandoned house into a huge camera. The plate measures 66″x 90″. Here is Obscura!

SOFTWARE

Capture One 12

Lightroom is a favorite when it comes to developing RAW files, but Capture One has been advancing a lot, and honestly, it is more powerful now than Lightroom.

Last week version 12 was released, and it features something we all have been really wanting for a long time, Fujifilm Film Simulation Support via styles. It features a redesigned UI, some really interesting masking tools, and A New Plug-in Ecosystem that allows third-party goodies. Here is a video explaining all the new features that it has, and it can be yours starting at $180.

SOME STORIES

Cinematography is BAE

If you want to learn about photography, there is always plenty of stuff you can do beyond practice. One of them is watching movies, a lot of them. Cinematographers have a keen eye, and if you are able to stop a movie at any moment and you get a decent photograph, then you can say that the cinematographer behind the camera is talented. Last week Fstoppers published a story of how cinematography helped modern television become what it is today.

THE BOOKSHELF

A Life in Pictures

On November 20th the biggest and most comprehensive book on Steve McCurry and his work was published, and we are thrilled to see what it has to offer to us. The book is massive, and it includes not only photographs but text and even contact sheets.

THE WEEK IN IMAGES

Slow Paced Astrophotography by the Hubble Space Telescope

Stay tuned every day to see a new photo from the Hubble telescope here. This will be a very fun thing to do, so far the available images are mind-blowing.

Top News Photos of 2018

Is that time of the year where The Atlantic starts publishing the most striking photographs from the year, and oh boy, this is huge. They’ll release them in three parts, so stay tuned. Some of them are pretty strong, so viewers discretion is advised.

 

 

Here’s What You May Have Missed This Week In Photography

Photo by Matt Howard

Photo by Matt Howard

So onto the rundown of this past week in the photography world!

HARDWARE AND GEAR

The Rarest Canon Lens Ever Just Appeared Out Of Nowhere

Yup, once again, we have stumbled onto what seems to be a pretty rare lens. This time the spotlight is on the Canon 45-200mm f/2.8. This is a prototype that was presented in a by Canon in 1959 in a press release, but that it never made it to market. The extremely rare Canon Prototype Lens appeared last week at an auction at eBay for almost $30,000. It is suggested that only 4 or 5 copies of this lens exist on earth.

Leica Went Accessible

Compact and powerful, the new D-Lux 7 is a very interesting camera released by Leica. This small camera promises to deliver a unique combination of first-class optics and high-end technology. The camera features a very large 4/3rds sensor, with an impressively fast f/1.7-2.8 10.9-34mm lens (24–75mm 35mm equivalent). The price of this bad boy is somewhat accessible if you compare it with other Leica models.

It isn’t A Vape, But It’s Smokey!

If you like to shoot commercial or conceptual photographs, then it is very likely that you have needed some smoke on your images. Cigarettes and Vapes don’t deliver smoke in a photogenic way, and regular smoke machines are bulky and expensive. Last week the guys over at Fstoppers reviewed a very interesting Pocket-Sized Smoke Machine called the Micro Fogger, check it out, it could be pretty useful and is really cheap.

What The Brown?

Fujifilm released a pretty hipster looking X100F in the colour brown. Personally, we love the inconspicuous nature of all-black Fujifilm cameras, but this could be a really elegant trigger for some people still shooting DSLR cameras to go out and buy it.

SOFTWARE

Decoding Lightroom

Lightroom is the whole package for developing a Raw file from start to finish (finish being online publishing or print). A lot of people are familiar with Photoshop, so when they get Lightroom in their hands their heads explode a little. In this brief yet smart guide, you can learn how to start decoding Lightroom easily. It is quite simple, you just need to follow its built-in workflow and you’ll be all set.

SOME STORIES

Coming Soon: The Art of Street Photography

What about taking a course given by Magnum? Sounds great doesn’t it? Well, Magnum will launch their first online photography education platform soon, with “The Art of Street Photography”. The course comprises ten engaging, in-depth, video lessons: Learn what is required to become a successful street photographer, understand framing, how to photograph people, discover alternative approaches, and how to create meaning from chaos through the editing process. You can sign-up for the course here.

Sweet Revenge

Getting your camera stolen is really awful, and we wish that it never happens to any of you. If this has ever happened to you, you’ll understand the bitter experience behind getting not only your precious gear stolen but also your photos getting ripped from your hands. Read this story about a man not only recovering his camera but also helping to get the thief arrested. Sweet revenge indeed.

Margins of Excess

Max Pinckers documented the lives of six individuals who embody the inseparability of fact and fiction. Take a look at this series of images to feel how the message and story in a photograph can really exist on its own, without a trace of the hand of its maker.

THE WEEK IN IMAGES

Escaping from Modern Life by Being Imprisoned for a Weekend

Modern societies have reached an almost full state of drowsiness and anaesthesia. For the last years, a “prison” in South Korea has been locking up paying “inmates” in order to escape from the frantic lifestyle of our modern day. Obviously, mobile devices are not allowed, but beyond that, the “inmates” aren’t allowed to talk to each other, and there aren’t even clocks around. Take a look at these photographs by Kim Hong-Ji in order to get a grasp of this new approach to freedom.

Fires in California - Not Just Human Lives Are At Stake

Around this time of the year, California always gets hit by dangerous fires – and this year has been devastating. But there are more lives at stake beyond the human ones as you can see here in this collection of photographs from various photojournalists covering these disasters.