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Catch Up On What’s Happened In The Photography World

Photo by Henry & Co

Photo by Henry & Co

Today we bring the most important highlights in the world of photography – from a 187 Megapixel camera to the official announcement from Tetenal that is closing down…

HARDWARE & GEAR

HD PENTAX-DA 11-18mm F2.8ED DC AW

It wasn’t until just a couple of years ago that seriously fast ultrawide angle lenses became an actual thing. Earlier, we had to work things out with meh apertures like f/4 or f/3.5 if you had deep pockets. Nowadays things have evolved, and Ricoh just announced a Pentax 11-18mm f/2.8 Zoom lens. They promise not only great image performance but also high resolving power and sharp contrast as well. You can read all about the freshly released lens (and more) here.

Get Rid of Flash Reflections

We rarely share tips and “how to’s”, but we’ve stumbled into something that is really worth sharing and trying as well. Here Robert Hall explains how a simple hack can help you remove flash reflections from glass in camera. Easy to digest bites of information across the web makes photography a better place!

187 Megapixels

That is what Panasonic is promising with their newest full frame mirrorless camera. The 187 Megapixels are real, but it is also a marketing thing. The camera shoots a set of eight images and then combines all of them into a single extremely high-resolution image. The wonders of the digital age. Here you can read more about the Lumix S system and their lens lineup from here to 2020.

Leica Safari Edition

Alright, we know that Leica is frankly for photography sybarites, but as photography lovers, we can’t escape the fact that we love them too. Today we bring you the Leica M10-P Edition “Safari”. Leica themselves are calling it the Safari, and it looks awesome (and unreachable) indeed. It is part of the M series, an joins the “Stealth”, the “Zagato”, and the “262″ editions.

New Lenses from Canon Around the Corner

According to Canon Rumors, Canon is just about to release a whole battery of lenses for their somewhat new mirrorless full-frame camera system, and it includes various lenses:

  • Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM
  • Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
  • Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM

So, if you have invested in the EOS-R system, then you’ll have more options for coping with their creative promise starting next week!

Make it rain!

Photography is all about being creative and making light your own asset. A couple of days ago a student shared this with me, and honestly, it really looks very interesting. In this video Raj Khepar made the impossible…weather control! Alright, it is not a weather controlling machine, but more of a low budget rain machine that you can make on your own with a rough $30 in hand.

You’ve Been Cleaning your Sensor the Wrong Way!

Oh boy, I really exaggerated on that heading. Maybe you are actually doing it right, but there is never enough valuable and well-thanked information about how to take care of our precious gear. Here in this video, Michael Andrew takes us through his very own and personal opinion on how he keeps his sensors spotless and mint. He also shares in the description a brief list with all the products that he usually uses while cleaning his camera sensors. With these products, you could even save a couple of bucks and you’ll still get high-quality results.

Get a Better Editing Experience

Or I least that is the first thing that pops into my brain when thinking about pocket-sized printers. Here the guys from Dpreview have made a brief yet, an intelligent comparison between three pocket printers. Personally, I believe that having printed images at convenient sizes without much trouble really aids the editing process, especially for photographers oriented towards documenting society. The list is:

  • Polaroid ZIP: $99.95
  • Canon IVY: $129.99
  • Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2: $139.95

Check out their winner here!

Godox for the Win

Godox is going places with their recently announced round head accessories adapter, or S-R1. They have been developing lighting solutions for quite some time now, but this little artefact has got everyone’s attention during last week. It makes any flash a limitless light source by allowing you to modify it with any of their several accessories.

Weird Periscope Camera

That is exactly how people have been referring to Huawei latest camera engineering built in the P30 Line smartphone that will be available in 2019. The periscope module built inside the camera bay will enable it to zoom further and with real optic zooming instead of mere digital enlargement.

Olympus’ Beast

It all started with an interesting leakage of the OM-D E-M1X on December 2018, now it is official, the Olympus E-M1X is here for you. Olympus has made some really interesting breakthroughs in the world of photography in recent years thanks to their powerful mirrorless camera systems. Therefore, we are more than thrilled about what could happen next. Although, they can be grouped into two major categories, the camera itself, and the huge lens lineup. Also, they have announced a 2x teleconverter. Oh, and they have announced a weather resistant flash as well. So yup, Olympus has stomped the table with a mighty lit fist. Here is a comprehensible road map showcasing all the lenses that we can expect to arrive this year from Olympus.

SOME STORIES

$150,000 Valued Contact Sheet

If you are a super wealthy Marilyn Monroe fan then this should get your attention. You can buy this unique and definitely rare piece of photography made by Bert Stern from a 120 film. This worksheet was originally created by the aforementioned photographer as a working tool to decide on which images of Monroe would be Published. You can see the intimate workings of Bert’s creative process and rare images from the original negatives. This is described as a unique peek into the world of photography and Marilyn Monroe.

DJI Statement On Employee Fraud Investigation

Last week we noticed a statement from DJI that was a little bit murky and unclear for us. During a recent investigation, DJI itself found that some employees have inflated the cost of parts and materials for certain products for personal financial gain. After some meticulous audit, DJI estimates that this could have cost the company up to RMB 1 billion.

Archiving Habits for Photographers

My peer from FujiFeed Samuel Zeller has written a highly interesting article that deserves a thoughtful read, it is about the practice behind having an archiving system for your images, and oh boy, I think you’ll enjoy it!

Street Photography on the Spot

Many people argue about whether street photography should have people or if it isn’t 100% necessary. Earlier this week we stumbled into a piece of writing made by Jason D. Little in which he tries to answer this long time question, is street photography without people still street photography?

You don’t look Native to me

Here in this interview, you’ll get to see and feel something that happens more often than you think. Looks are always a synonym for stereotypes. In a small town in North Carolina, members of the Lumbee tribe show that identity doesn’t always have to do with what you look like. I recently went to an exhibition depicting people that had experienced something similar as Latino immigrants in the US, the show was called “you don’t look Latino”.

SOFTWARE & APPS

WikiShootMe Needs All of Us

Some of the links are broken, but, apparently, WikiShootMe (which is a branch of the collaborative monster hosted by Wikimedia) has launched a call for all photographers to help with photos of places. So, if you are on board with contributing your photographic talents toward the collective knowledge base of humankind? Then you need to check out what WikiShootMe is all about.

A little help with Squarespace

As a recurrent customer from Squarespace, I must acknowledge that their product is awesome, intuitive, and provides great looking websites for everybody.  Here Robert Baggs shares what are, in his personal opinion, the top five templates for photographers using Squarespace.

IN THE CROWD-SOURCING WORLD

SwitchPod, A minimal, versatile, handheld tripod

These guys are bringing the flexible Tripod to the handheld world (the ones that can transform from a tripod to a monopod in “no-time”). SwitchPod promises to work with any camera, from a phone to a DSLR and simplifies video making. If you’re a vlogger, you’re going to love it.

FILM & PHOTOCHEMICALS

Another Film Casualty

Tetenal imaging is officially over after finding themselves to be insolvent. Tetenal has officially announced to their employees that the company will be closing down, and is expected to shut the doors completely on April 1st once the current production runs have completed. You can read the official announcement here.

Kino Film

On the other hand, Kino Film has become an actual thing as we discussed earlier in a post. But they have recently announced that they will be selling 120 (6×6) film as well, and that is great news, especially for all of us with a great passion for medium format film photography.

Ektachrome in 120 and Sheet Film

Kodak Alaris has heard us, and they will be shipping Ektachrome in 120 and sheet film by summer 2019. You can hear the revelation on Sunny 16 podcast episode 135, and you can also watch their update here.

BAGS, STRAPS & BEYOND

What does a Spare Moment Look Like To You?

Ah, what a poetic way to announce a product that will be a great solution for many photographers out there, The Skout, by Cotton Carrier. This is a high-quality harness built exclusively for carrying binoculars and cameras around. We are sure that this could be a nice solution for the outdoor photographers out there! Enjoy the things that make you happy!

THE WORLD IN IMAGES

Chinese Lunar New Year 2019

For Chinese culture, this day (20190205) marks the start of their new 2019 year, and it is the year of the pig! Here is a collection from various photojournalists who have covered the festivities.

Venezuela’s latest Turmoil

All the eyes are turned on Venezuela after dictator Maduro said that he wasn’t leaving the leadership position in the country. Protests erupted in Venezuela and other countries, thanks to a widespread diaspora, calling for Maduro to step down. Here is a collection of images from several photojournalists – and frankly they are having a hard time covering the troubling times.

Want To Know What’s Happening In The World Of Photography? Grab A Coffee And Settle In

Over the past couple of weeks, we noticed something unusual, less meaningful gear related news but a curious dynamic on the world of film photography.

Nothing to worry about, of course, just a simple notion. Obviously, there is always good stuff to talk about when it comes to the world of photography, and here is the most important photography news you shouldn’t be miss.

HARDWARE & GEAR

We Saw One Coming, But Not The Other One

It seems like 2019 will be the year of the Digital Rangefinder cameras for Fujifilm. Last year we witnessed two huge “traditional” mirrorless systems appeared, the XH-1 and the XT-3, so it feels quite logical to have something done on the other side of the mirrorless spectrum.

According to the pretty well funded Fuji Rumors, there could be a high possibility of seeing this year what could be the X-Pro 3 and the X100F successor. Here is the complete note based on other intel taken from TechRadar.

Best Cameras for Parents

As someone without kids, this hasn’t been a topic I considered at all before, but after reading this it got me thinking. A lot of people love to have their precious family memories in something more photography oriented than a smartphone. After the huge boom of smartphones, it is nice to see that the beautiful tradition of taking pictures as something special is still out there. Thanks, Fstoppers.

Fujinon XF16-80mm f/4 Expected for mid-2019

Rumors around Fujifilm have been quite dramatic and besides the camera related ones, there is also another rumor related to one of their most anticipated lenses, the 16-80mm f/4. This lens seems to be a pretty big thing as an all-in-one lens. Oh, and it is expected to be Weather Resistant as many other great Fujinon lenses.

Canon Feels Good with Mirrorless

We’ve been saying it a lot, mirrorless camera systems are no longer the future but the present. Last year Canon finally understood it and released a camera that could have been better but it is a great starting point for many Canon shooters.

Despite this, Canon does have amazing lenses, and their DSLR lineup has been pretty much complete for a considerable time now. They will focus entirely on their mirrorless lenses (RF Mount) which seems appropriate. So far they have 4 available lenses.

1.25GB/Sec Photo Transfers

Just in case your entire workflow relies on outstanding file transfer rates, then this little fellow might be the right thing for you. ProGrade digital recently released their Digital USB 3.1 Gen 2 Dual-Slot SD Card Reader which promises not only amazing transfer speed but will also be capable of handling two cards simultaneously.

Nikon 14-30mm F/4 For Their Mirrorless Cameras

See, mirrorless is the present. At CES 2019 Nikon presented their latest Nikkor lens, a 14-30mm f/4 lens for their Z mount system. The lens is on average $1300.00. It has some really nice coatings making it not only sharp but color accurate, Weather-Sealed Design, Fluorine Coating, Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm in a retractable design that is not a favorite among photographers but is nice.

New Cintiq!!!

Every photographer should have a drawing tablet, even a modest one. Even at RAW development, there are times that local adjustments are required, and it is way better to work in a more tangible way than with a mouse or trackpad. Wacom is a leader when it comes to this, and they announced their newest Cintiq Creative Pen Display, a $649.95 investment that could considerably enhance your workflow.

Double Trouble

Last year we heard from Fuji that they were developing a 100Mp medium format camera that made other manufacturers a little bit uncomfortable. Just last week, the usually accurate Fuji Rumors (which we believe is a marketing conspiracy funded by Fujifilm themselves!!) posted some information and a top-photograph from the 100Mp to-be camera, the GFX100.

What is making a lot of people chat about this one, is not the design consistency or the power that this camera will have (well, yeah, the power has been discussed), but the existence of two joysticks on the back of the camera.

This might seem cosmetic, but it actually tells us that the camera will be a little bit heavier to manipulate than the GFX50, and they have included this second joystick as an ergonomic solution. Whatever happens, we know that Fujifilm will continue to change the game of photography in the upcoming near-future.

11K Camera on the Spot

Alright, alright, this title was obviously biased. But technically this is indeed an 11K camera, simply because it has multiple lenses and sensors. Nevertheless, it is a pretty interesting photographic gadget. The Insta360 is an eight-lens cinematic VR camera that captures 360 photos and video at up to 11K resolution.

The camera looks like something designed by Rick Sánchez himself, among other features, the camera provides a ground-to-ground range of up to 300 meters and ground-to-air range of up to 1000 meters, with 30 FPS preview. It is insane, and you can read (and even reserve yours today) everything about it here.

The Simple “8K Video Camera” by Sharp

Do you remember Sharp? The Japanese electronics company that you knew from the early 2000s for anything but cameras? Well, how about this, they showed what will be the first affordable 8k camera, and guess what, it is mirrorless, and small too! You can check out this review from Kinotika which is not an official announcement but a spot on a prototype.

1TB SD Cards everybody

Wow, we knew that this moment would arrive some day, but wow… A 1 terabyte (1000GB) SD card is insane. Lexar showed up at CES 2019 with a truly tiny beast, the Lexar Professional SDXC Card 1TB Bl 633X Card. It has a price tag of $399.99 at B&H and it will be a really interesting tool for video makers.

Canon Will Keep Making DSLR Cameras…

Canon, please focus on refining your mirrorless system… And keep making great lenses, you already have a nice product in your hands, high-quality lenses, don’t distract yourselves. Well, I’m exaggerating a bit here… Canon will continue to refine their Mirrorless system as you can see here, but they will also continue to produce DSLR cameras, and that is just not healthy for them anymore. DSLR cameras are long past, and all the other manufacturers saw it years ago.

Nope, Sony a7000 Is (yet) Still a Myth

After a funny looking “a7000″ that actually looked more like an a7 with a poorly photoshopped number in front of it, we got the official successor of the Sony a6500, the Sony a6400 (yup, Sony has a weird numbering logic).

This new camera has been really expected by vloggers, but since it has a 180° tiltable screen some people have raised some questions about stuff that requires a clear hotshoe in order to function. Nevertheless, Sony has stated that this camera has been tailored for vloggers, so there should be a good solution for this speculation.

Here comes The Gatlin

Fujifilm announced their massive 100mm-200mm f/5.6 lens, and even if the “f/5.6″ aperture value doesn’t ring a bell for you, remember that this lens has been developed for the GFX system. Ergo, you now can have a medium format camera with a powerful lens. Maybe I could be wrong, but this seems to be a clear strike among the traditional full-frame camera manufacturers developing very well known 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses. This opens possibilities for photographers out there, from wedding photographers to wildlife and sports photographers.

Canon is Still the King

If you are having trouble reading or understanding Japanese, here is a post in English that tells you more about it. Canon still has the largest market share when it comes to DSLR cameras. But wait, after they launched the EOS R they amassed 22% (in almost three months) of the full-frame mirrorless camera market share, once ruled entirely by Sony. That is quite impressive, so either Canon is making things right, or people are still pretty loyal to them despite the many great advances other manufacturers have been making in the past.

Respawning Deleted Photos

If you have never experienced the micro-heart attack that happens after losing (by undesired deletion) a complete batch of photographs, then consider yourselves as lucky. This has happened only once to me, and trust me, it was extremely painful. Long story short, I recovered the work. But this post written by Dahlia Ambrose deserves a read. You never know when you’ll have to recover stuff from an accidentally formatted memory card.

X-H1 is Getting Cheaper

There is really only one reason why the price of a camera falls dramatically, and that is because it’s successor is around the corner. Apparently, that is not the case for the X-H1 since there is no hard evidence on having an X-H2 on 2019 according to Mr FujiRumors. So, if you are considering investing in an X-H1 system, then this is the moment, maybe it’s price will rise again in a couple of weeks.

Meike Lenses

There has been a very curious burst of lenses in the last months, especially for mirrorless camera systems. When it comes to optics, low budget comes at a great price…image quality. But sometimes results are nice and decent even in low-budget lenses, just remember the famous nifty fifty by Canon (which helped many photographers enter the amazing world of prime lens photography) for example. Here is a complete list of optical options.

Electronic Shutters vs Mechanical Shutters

There is a high chance that you have heard of these two shutter options, mechanical and electronic. Here we stumbled into an article that explains in a comprehensive way the pros and cons of both options. Not all cameras come with both shutter options, but as technology evolves, there is a high chance that this becomes a regular thing on every camera (or not). Nevertheless, it deserves a read.

SOME STORIES

Lacking Inspiration? Check This Out

It is normal to have a slow run with photography as with any other discipline that tends to demand devotion. If you are in an inspiration hole (alright, let not be that dramatic), you should check out this post by DPS.

Here they share 25 practical (and highly doable) projects for you to start this year. It is amazing what you can get simply by looking through your old photos or inviting other photographers to join you in a project. Besides gear, this is what really matters in photography, getting out there and doing something that will make you happy. You don’t have to pick them all, just one of them could trigger the spark of inspiration in no time.

Tales by Light Season 03

And speaking of inspiration, the third season of Netflix’s Tales by Light (a series focused on how certain Australian and American photographers see the world) is available now. It looks more powerful than ever

It is Time to Update Some Stuff

Each year thousands of creatives update their copyrights, across many platforms, and you should not forget to do it. Having a simple ©2019 could get you more clients than if you don’t have it, and here you can read why.

Cine Lenses

Have you noticed that Cine lenses have started to gain a certain and interesting degree of popularity in the past couple of years? From focus control to true aperture, there are several reasons why these lenses have gained the attention of many photographers, and here you can read more about why these lenses are becoming so popular.

Mapplethorpe, the Movie

There is nothing more to say, here is the trailer for the movie based on his frenetic life and raw style!

Blimping over Miami Beach

After reading a note written by Alex Cooke, we came to the conclusion that Miami Beach Police are done with being inconspicuous about citizen monitoring after Florida banned the use of drones or UAVs. Here you can see a couple of snapshots of the very prone to popping “surveillance device” as Paul Acosta from Miami’s Beach Police Department shared in his Twitter account.

Backpacking With a 500mm Prime

First of all, we want to thank Jono Dashper for sharing this magnificent and inspiring story. He and his girlfriend decided to pursue one of their long desired dreams, quitting their day jobs and travelling the world. Here the wild-life photographer tells us about what it is like backpacking the world with not a small and non-intrusive camera but a huge 500mm prime lens, a favorite among wildlife photographers.

He decided to use the following kit for the two-year adventure:

  • Canon 1D X
  • Canon 500mm f/4 IS II
  • Canon 5D Mark III
  • Canon 24-70mm f/2.8 II
  • Canon 100mm f/2.8 IS
  • Canon 1.4x III Teleconverter
  • Yongnuo 680RT
  • Yongnuo ST-E3-RT

SmugMug Films

Photography is a rich world, and SmugMug has been making something really awesome for quite some time now. This project is called SmugMug Films, and if you watched “Tales by Light” from Netflix, then you’ll find this quite familiar, but for free. You can find all the films here on their YouTube channel, and as we always say, what a great time to be alive.

DSLR Are Dead!!!

Nah, just kidding, but DSLR’s are definitely at their dusk. We got a newsletter with an article titled “5 Years On…The Death of the DSLR Revisited“, and it really deserves a good read. It is a simple revision made by the author after he said five years ago that DSLR cameras were dead.

Loaning Another Pair of Eyes

Critique is a highly valued act in the world of photography. Here is a brief yet enlightening post written by Mike Kreiten, one of the staff Senior Critics at 1X. The team of critics on 1X have an expression for what they do, they “loan another pair of eyes”.

THE BOOKSHELF

John Szarkowski – The Photographer’s Eye

If you don’t know who John Szarkowski is, you can read more about him here in this post listing some important figures in the history of photography. This book has two parts, the first one is a short yet eloquent essay on reading photographs. And the other a selection of 172 photographs drawn from the entire history and range of the medium. This is not an expensive book but will make you a more critical thinker about your own and other photos.

FILM & PHOTOCHEMICALS

Affordable Accessories

Film photography requires different gadgets that seem a little redundant in the digital age. We stumbled into a nice and short list of five affordable accessories every film photographer needs to have in order to have a more pleasant experience.

EZ E6 Kit

We’ve talked a lot about the revival of Kodak Ektachrome, and Edwal has made a development kit that will help you develop your slides with E-6 process in a nice and smooth way. Developing color film is more laborious than developing black and white film. And developing slides is a little bit more complex due to temperatures and having more chemicals involved in the process. The kit includes developer, color developer and a single bleach/fix solution, and will be available in 946 ml and 3.8 L sizes.

Film is Ill

Yup, film has been quite a thing in recent years, but even though it is alive, it is very much sick as you can read here in a very detailed article by James Cater. Reviving film is a huge task because it involves industrialization, which needs to be sustainable as well. Companies are not charities.

Open Source Film Labs

Emil Prakertia Raji has a very solid point on why film labs (if any) in the future should keep things open source. Things should change the physical mind-set and embrace a more holistic approach in order to work towards a very limited future in terms of films and chemicals.

Attention Film Lovers

Inspired by the German Cine from the 1960s a new Lomography BW film appears, and it is called Potsdam Kino (Potsdam is a German city and Kino is Russian for cine). You can get yours here, but deliveries will start around April or even May 2019.

Best Film Camera Ever

Adé Torrent shared his opinion on the best film camera of all the time, and he says that the OM-1 from Olympus is the One. That’s it. There is no other film camera for him. Well, at least that’s what he says at first, but then he talks about the best rangefinder, the best TLR, and other great film cameras. Check it out.

BAGS, STRAPS & BEYOND

You Can’t Simply Have Enough Camera Bags

Apparently, we photographers have a thing for camera bags, and we simply don’t know why. Nathan McMahon shares with us his own view on camera bags, and the title will trigger you a bit if you are a Dr. Strangelove fan.

THE WEEK IN IMAGES

Border Barriers Around the World

This week we want to share a very special collection made by The Atlantic on walls, but not any kind of wall. Walls meant to divide people at great scale. Barriers designed to separate the world from the world. This is photographic evidence that the human race has desired boundaries and division since, well, forever.

Largest Airport Ever

Maybe we all can’t visit the Beijing Daxing International Airport, but we can look at some really nice photos of it.Here you have a collection of images that are related to The World’s Largest Airport-Terminal Building’. It is massive indeed!

Kick Back And Relax – Here Is What’s Been Happening In The World Of Photography

Photo by Thomas Lipke

Photo by Thomas Lipke

Welcome back to Epic Edits for 2019 – here we sum up what has happened over the last month in the world of photography.

We hope you are enjoying our weekly wraps and we look forward to bringing you interesting tidbits through 2019

HARDWARE & GEAR

New Olympus Recently “Leaked”

Olympus has made some really interesting breakthroughs in the world of photography in the recent years thanks to their powerful mirrorless camera systems. Yet, they haven’t announced something new since 2016, so it is about time to have a new camera from them. Here you can see some images of what seems to be a pretty badass mirrorless camera under the title of “E-M1X”.

Palette Looks Interesting

Getting physical in photography is a real pleasure, and some companies have been developing controllers for making post-processing a better experience. We just stumbled into Palette, a modular system that looks pretty interesting and might be the right tool for your workflow.

For Sigma, Size Matters

Sigma latest ART lens is huge (really, it is massive), but is great. It is obviously not for the lightweight photographer out there, so don’t let the 40mm focal length setting trick you (especially if you have been used to shoot with the 40mm f/2.8 pancake lens from Canon). It is pretty sharp, and it might be the right lens for you if you like having context on your photos but are not a huge fan of wide angle lenses. Oh, and Sigma gives their word that this lens has a cine quality as well.

f/0.95 From Nikon

Around the release of their mirrorless full-frame camera system, Nikon also announced an extremely fast lens (58mm f/0.95) and everyone was excited about it. Thanks to Yusuf Kathawala (who got access to a prototype of the controversial lens) we can see how massive this lens could be (if they don’t slim it down).

See You Later X-T30

According to Fuji Rumors… well you can figure it out based on the heading, X-T30 on short sight for 2019.

The Most Popular Lenses of 2018

After reviewing several lists, we decided that this one by Fstoppers gives a decent amount of information about the most popular lenses of 2018. Traditional Canon lenses are still very demanded, and that is no surprise since they have had quite a huge segment of the camera market despite their bland efforts in mirrorless camera systems. It is pretty interesting to see how the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/5.6E PF ED VR Lens (an almost $4K with tax and other fees lens) is surprisingly popular among sales.

The Most Popular Cameras of 2018

Well, of course, if there is a list for popular lenses, there is also one for popular cameras. This has been quite a year for mirrorless camera systems, and we are surer than ever that they are no longer the future but the present.

Canon and Nikon finally understood this (sort of) and joined the party that started more than five years ago. Here Canon doesn’t appear at all, and it belongs ultimately to Sony and Fuji.

Panasonic GX9, Mighty and Compact

It is important to talk about good cameras that aren’t the most popular of all. That’s why we’ve decided to mention the very interesting Lumix DC-GX9 from Panasonic, a fascinating and versatile camera for both photographers and videographers that need a sleek camera by their side at all the time. This is a micro four-thirds camera with a 20.3MP Digital Live MOS Sensor and a very interesting tilting electronic viewfinder, which makes it outstanding for both video and street photography.

90mm F2.8L IS Macro lens from Canon

Well, this isn’t official yet but recently published patent from Canon suggests that this will be a real thing in the short future. Here you can see some interesting information about new lenses from Canon.

Irix lenses now fully compatible on Canon EOS R mount

Irix is a Swiss lens manufacturer announced that they have made it possible to release Irix lenses that will be absolutely compatible with Canon’s mirrorless bayonet, the EOS R mount. These are the available lenses:

  • Irix 11mm f/4
  • Irix 15mm f/2.4
  • Irix 150mm f/2.8 1:1 Macro

The More The Merrier

If Huawei made a phone with 3 cameras, then the more reasonable thing to do is to make a phone with more cameras. Nokia, is aiming that with their rumoured Nokia 9, with 5 Zeiss cameras. This is just getting insane, it even reminds me of this weird looking camera that didn’t reach popularity.

SOFTWARE & APPS

Forgotten App that Reveals Forgotten Places

Oh boy, this is going to receive some both big love and hate from urbex photographers. Forgotten is an app that shows forgotten places so you can get access to them easily. Truly not what the pure spirit of Urbex Photography preaches, but it could make it safer though. The app is pretty new and you can find it for iOs and Android.

A.I. Is Getting Closer To You

Nah, just kidding, it isn’t what you think (but yeah, it is getting closer). You don’t need to be a photographer or a graphic designer to be on the need of removing a background from a photo. Almost everybody needs this at some point, so we think that this solution is more for the masses than the pros, still, it seems interesting indeed. Try the Remove Background web app if you need to remove some background from a photograph, it is free and you don’t have to do anything at all (just upload the image of course, or paste the URL).

SOME STORIES

Learn Something from a NatGeo Photographer

Whenever we think about professional and adventurous photographers, we tend to think about certain magazines or agencies, one of them, of course, is National Geographic. We stumbled with an old documentary film published in 2011 that is still pretty valid today, and you can watch it here. The documentary photographer is about the veteran photographer Sam Abell.

Photographers Banned from A Hospital

In case you didn’t know, birth (actual birth labor) photographers are a thing, and they actually produce some truly fascinating photographs. Nevertheless, a major hospital in Australia has banned the presence of professional photographers during childbirth. So, if you are near Queensland, and you want the process to be documented by a professional photographer (or even anyone at your side) then you should consider a hospital with less strict policies.

LensCulture Did it Again

LensCulture is one of the biggest names in photography, especially for their huge emerging-talents exposure efforts. They have recently released a list of the favorite 15 “conversations” (which are basically interviews) with photographers, artists and specialists from 2018, ENJOY!

Thieves Stole $50,000 of Camera Store Equipment in Less than a Minute

And no, they didn’t take just a couple of Leicas. The robbery took place at Hunt’s Photo and Video in Manchester, New Hampshire in the United States. NBC10 Boston initially broke the story and published the CCTV video captured of the theft in order to spread the news. The broke the store with an axe, and with plastic crates, they swiped the place in no time. You can see the footage here.

It is Real, Quality is Decreasing

We knew something bad would happen by the increasing practices by news agencies and magazines of downsizing their photography crews. A lot of people have been arguing around this topic, and finally, proper research has been done. They have analyzed photos on 4 criteria:

  • Informational or images that lack aesthetic.
  • Graphically appealing, or photos that have been taken at interesting angles or perspectives
  • Emotionally appealing: Photos that capture the human element of subjects.
  • Intimate: Photos that create a private connection with the viewer.

The research reflects that 82.2% of non-professional photos were simply information and lacked visual aesthetics and emotional connection. On the other hand, more than 50% of professional photos presented that unique thing that makes them actually meaningful.

THE BOOKSHELF

Tulsa by Larry Clark

I just received a copy of Larry Clark’s most famous work, Tulsa. This book is not your typical photo book and is strong viewing. Nevertheless, it is a delight if you love photo essays and documentary photography. Here he documented the young and wild people from the youth culture of Oklahoma after the social convulsions that rocked America in the 1960s. You can find it a very decent price at Amazon. Originally the book was published in a limited paperback version and was reprinted in 1983 as a limited hardcover edition.

IN THE CROWD-SOURCING WORLD

Hey There Palitra

It is always nice to have a richer physical experience while sitting behind a screen during post-production in photography. Palitra seems to be the perfect companion for many photographers and retouchers that want to give their workflow an extra push. Their campaign is live now, and they don’t need much to make it a thing.

BAGS, STRAPS & BEYOND

Another Great Bag by Wotancraft

The Ryker bag is aimed at Leica users, but it can be used by many others too. It is pricey, but it looks amazing and it won’t fade away easily. Here you can see a detailed review made by the folks over at FStoppers.

Tenba Ridged Lens Capsules and Pouches

Keeping our lenses safe is always a must, and Tenba just released some really nice looking “capsules” that promise to keep your optics highly protected. They seem like a very clever solution for the extra bit of protection we all want for our lenses.

ROUNDING OUT 2018 IN IMAGES

Magnum’s 2018 Pictures of the Year

As we reached the end of 2018, we decided to share with you a compilation of 37 images that according to the prestigious Magnum Photo Agency, are the pictures of the year. Some of them are very powerful, and some are even fun. Enjoy them all!

Valerie’s 2018 Selection

Here you can delight yourselves with a selection of street photos made by Valerie Jardin, a great photographer that has been sharing the passion for photography since quite a long time.

Photography Memes

Nothing speaks more about 2018 than memes, and today we’ve spotted quite a hilarious post by Fstoppers in which they share with us some of their favourite photography related memes. We love them.

The Most 2018 Photos Ever

And as always, we bring you one of the various posts from our trusty source, The Atlantic. Today we’ve picked up the “The most 2018 Photos Ever“, depicting not simply iconic images, but meaningful images around the concept (if there’s any) of 2018. So, don’t expect the most emotional or heart-breaking images ever, but 2018-wise substantial.

 

 

 

Some Incredible Photography Stories, Tutorials and Awesomeness from This Week

Well it’s about time we fired up the blog again, so I thought it would be a fun experiment to share what we have found in our rounds of the Internet in the photography world. There have been some absolutely stunning things shared lately, so let’s jump in.

Photography Composition by Anton Gorlin- This has to be one of the most definitive blog posts of the year in the photography world. Anton goes into a staggering amount of detail on the topic of composition in a way that is almost worthy of a short book on the topic. He has also reset the clock somewhat for tutorial sites like this one on the quality of content that is possible, and increasingly expected, in the photographic community. Well done to him on this amazing piece.

The Best Photo Printer for Photographers by Dahlia Ambrose – While it’s a pretty dry topic, if you get seriously into photography, you will probably want to start printing your images at some point. And it is actually a good exercise it it makes you consider the details when you’re shooting and also when you’re doing post production. This very long article offers a solid reasoning as to what sort of printer photographers should be looking for and why the Canon ImagePrograf Pro-1000 came out top of her reckoning.

How to Capture Great Photos in Low Light by Craig Hull – The folks over at Expert Photography are really turning up the volume on some very useful tutorials lately and this low light photography article is part of that push. This one goes through the different types of light and how to react to them, covering gear and process as well as the best camera settings for low light photography. Very useful and worth a read.

£300 vs £5000 Camera Setup by Pablo Strong- This video goes into the core of gear envy. Can you get comparable shots on a 300 pound setup as compared to the most modern and quality 5000 pound rig? Now, experienced photographers will know that a good photographer with a poor camera will almost always outperform a poor photographer with an expensive camera, but it’s always worth watching videos like this as it really hammers home the issues. Horses for courses as they say.

The Day the Soviets Arrived to Crush the Prague Spring- If you are a history nut like me, then you are going to want to have a look at this amazing historical collection of Soviet tanks and soldiers rolling into Prague in 1968 to quell a popular uprising. These images are very powerful, but also very useful for any student of history or photography. It’s also the reason why a lot of people decide to become photojournalists.

Free Image Editor for Mac – If you are a Mac user then you might like to check this out. This guy built a totally free (no cost, no ads etc) image editor for the Mac. Just like that. Personally I love stuff like this and I think it’s always worth supporting it when it comes out. I don’t know why he did this, but it’s great. Take a look and you can even ask him a question about it over at Reddit.

Photographing an Ultra-High Contrast Landscape: Case Study by Spencer Cox- When you’re curious about technique or just starting out, then not much is more useful than a solid and practical rundown of how something was done. That is why “case studies” in photography are always hugely popular (and rightly so). This one has a lot of tips and tricks for the landscape photographers among us and is well worth reading.

Final Thoughts

That should give you a LOT of stuff to get started with. Hopefully it doesn’t overwhelm you. We will try to make this a more regular column here on Epic Edits so hit us in the comments if you come across something that should be included on our next list.

Link Roundup 09-30-2010

Don’t forget that we have ongoing themes in our Flickr pool and I’ll be selecting my favorites on the topic of “Camera Porn” sometime next week. We only have a few entries in the pool, so be sure to see here for details on participating.

Link Roundup 09-01-2010

Finally starting to clear out my feed reader and catching up on these link posts. I have about 10 or 15 more in the hopper, but I’ll save them for another day.

Link Roundup 08-23-2010

Okay… these are a little old, but I’m just getting back on the ball with my feed reading and link sharing. I have plenty more coming, but I didn’t want to push them all out at once.

On a side note, we’re also going to get the Flickr Challenge going again. The current challenge is “environmental portraits” — you can read the announcement here and see the current entries in the pool. I’ll be choosing the winners sometime this week.

Link Roundup 07-17-2010

Before we get to the links, I apologize to anybody that visited the site recently and found it to be infected with a malicious redirect exploit. I became aware of the issue this morning (thanks to an email from a reader) and I had it fixed within an hour. These things happen from time to time, and I appreciate folks letting me know when something is wrong with the site. Now for some weekend reading!

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