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Sigma 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Art sample gallery

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We've started our Sigma DG DN 14-24mm F2.8 Art sample gallery with photos from Japan taken shortly after its launch. The photos in this initial gallery were captured with the Sony version of the lens on a7R III, and we hope to have the L-mount version in our hands soon.

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Parrot exits toy drone market to focus on enterprise offerings

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 20 jul 2019 - 23:34
The Wirecutter was the first to report that retailers such as Amazon have been slowly running out of Parrot’s Mambo (pictured above) and Swing drones.

French drone manufacturer Parrot is retiring its Mambo and Swing models, effectively exiting the toy drone market. The news was first reported by The Wirecutter. ‘Parrot has stopped the production and development of any drone but the Anafi and its variations,’ a spokesperson confirmed on Friday. Though the company will still offer the Anafi on the consumer end, it has been iterating on the compact, foldable drone and shifting its focus toward commercial and enterprise businesses with the Anafi Thermal.

Parrot has been steadily scaling back on consumer drone manufacturing for over two years. 290 employees, or roughly one third of the staff at the time from the UAV division, were laid off in the beginning of 2017 after a lackluster Holiday season. Consumer interest in drones is growing but the market is dominated by DJI, which is based in Shenzhen, China, and dominates globally with a 75% share.

The Federal Aviation Administration recently released an annual Aerospace Forecast Report. The latest findings predict the commercial drone market could triple in size by 2023. It makes sense that Parrot, who also announced they would no longer compete with DJI in the consumer market back in a 2017 financial filing, continues to focus on developing B2B enterprise solutions. While revenue from its commercial sector increased by 5% in 2018, total revenues were down by 28% from 2017.

This past May, Parrot was one of six companies selected to develop unmanned aircraft for the U.S. Military’s Department of Defense program. The month before, it introduced the Anafi Thermal containing a FLIR radiometric thermal-imaging unit with a standard 4K camera. This repurposing of a consumer drone for commercial purposes is a clear indicator of their future direction. The numbers speak volumes. In the first quarter of 2019, the company’s consumer drone sales accounted for 38% of its overall revenue, down 20% from the same period in 2018.

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Sigma 45mm F2.8 DG DN Art sample gallery

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 20 jul 2019 - 15:00
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The Sigma 45mm F2.8 is neither the fastest nor the sharpest of the three full-frame mirrorless lenses recently launched for Sony E-mount and Sigma/Panasonic/Leica L-mount. But what it is is a compact, lightweight piece of glass perfect for walking around. And we did just that with it, have a look.

See our Sigma 45mm F2.8 gallery

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DPReview TV: Sony a7R IV preview

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 20 jul 2019 - 00:29

Sony just announced the a7R IV, its new high resolution flagship camera. DPReview TV was on hand for the launch and Jordan is here with a preview of the new model. Unfortunately, Chris picked this week to go on a big fishing trip, but we know a great website where he can learn more about the camera when he gets home.

Get new episodes of DPReview TV every week by subscribing to our YouTube channel!

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Slideshow: The winners of the 2019 Audubon Photography Awards

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 19 jul 2019 - 22:28
2019 Audubon Photography Awards

The National Audubon Society has announced the winners of its 2019 Audubon Photography Awards, showcasing some of the most incredible bird photography from around the world.

In its own words, ‘The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow, throughout the Americas using science, advocacy, education, and on-the-ground conservation.’ Audubon consists of 23 state programs, 41 nature centers, almost 500 chapters and partners around the world.

Audubon has posted a full collection of the winning images on its website with an accompanying blog post, but we've gathered the winning images, with permission, in each category in the following slideshow.

2019 Audubon Photography Awards Grand Prize Winner Red-winged Blackbird by Kathrin Swoboda (Vienna, VA) | Audubon Photography Awards

Category: Amateur
Species: Red-winged Blackbird
Location: Huntley Meadows Park, Alexandria, Virginia
Camera: Nikon D500 with Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR lens; 1/800 second at f/6.3; ISO 2500

Story Behind the Shot: I visit this park near my home to photograph blackbirds on cold mornings, often aiming to capture the "smoke rings" that form from their breath as they sing out. On this occasion, I arrived early on a frigid day and heard the cry of the blackbirds all around the boardwalk. This particular bird was very vociferous, singing long and hard. I looked to set it against the dark background of the forest, shooting to the east as the sun rose over the trees, backlighting the vapor.

Bird Lore: Red-winged Blackbirds are some of the most abundant and conspicuous birds in North America. Beginning in early spring, males perch above marshes, pond edges, damp fields, and roadside ditches, flaring their red shoulder patches and belting out arresting songs to announce their claims to breeding territories.

2019 Audubon Photography Awards Amateur Winner White-necked Jacobin by Mariam Kamal (New York, NY) | Audubon Photography Awards

Species: White-necked Jacobin
Location: Dave & Dave’s Nature Park, Sarapiqui, Costa Rica
Camera: Nikon D3300 with Tamron SP AF 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD lens; 1/250 second at f/6.3; ISO 200

Story Behind the Shot: On my fifth trip to Costa Rica, my favorite birding spots produced a few measly sightings. So I drove six hours to a reforestation site, which turned out to be well worth the trip. For an hour I photographed a valiant troop of White-necked Jacobins consuming nectar from heliconias that swayed and bobbed in a forceful wind. I could barely breathe as I snapped—I felt that I, too, was fighting to hang on!

Bird Lore: Of the 350-plus species of hummingbirds, most have small geographic ranges. Bucking the trend is the White-necked Jacobin, common from southern Mexico to southern Brazil. It succeeds by being adaptable, occupying a wide variety of tropical forest and edge habitats.

2019 Audubon Photography Awards Professional Winner Greater Sage-Grouse by Elizabeth Boehm (Pinedale, Wyoming) | Audubon Photography Awards

Species: Greater Sage-Grouse
Location: Pinedale, Wyoming
Camera: Canon EOS 6D with Canon 500mm EF f/4 L IS USM lens; 1/1500 second at f/5.6; ISO 800

Story Behind the Shot: I spent a number of cold spring mornings photographing the courting display of the Greater Sage-Grouse from a blind on the perimeter of the lek. Along with the strutting, I watch for the dominance fights between males. The two contestants sit side by side until, upon some invisible cue, they suddenly throw blows, hitting each other with their wings. This photo, captured on hard snowpack, shows the power they exhibit when they are fighting for mates.

Bird Lore: On a Greater Sage-Grouse dancing ground, or lek, the stakes are high. Many males may display there, but most females that visit will mate with one of the few dominant males at the center of the lek. As a result, genes passed on to the next generation will tend to be those of the strongest males.

2019 Audubon Photography Awards Youth Winner Horned Puffin by Sebastian Velasquez (Menlo Park, California) | Audubon Photography Awards

Species: Horned Puffin
Location: Alaska SeaLife Center (accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums), Seward, Alaska
Camera: Canon EOS Rebel t7i with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 lens; 1/800 second at f/11; ISO 1600

Story Behind the Shot: Traveling through Alaska I saw Horned and Tufted Puffins from afar, always hoping to get closer. I got my chance at the SeaLife Center. Amid the chaos of native birds swimming, fishing, and zipping past me, I waited for hours for the perfect shot. At last I spotted this secluded puffin in a moment of stillness, preening its feathers, providing a glimpse into a seemingly private moment.

Bird Lore: Unlike the Atlantic and Tufted Puffins, which dig tunnels in soil for their nests, the Horned Puffin usually lays its single egg deep in a crevice among rocks. Such nest sites are harder to access for study, and the habits of this North Pacific species are not as well known as those of its relatives.

2019 Audubon Photography Awards Plants For Birds Winner Hooded Oriole on a California Fan Palm by Michael Schulte (San Diego, California) | Audubon Photography Awards

Species: Hooded Oriole
Location: San Diego, California
Camera: Canon 7D Mark II with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC lens; 1/800 second at f/6.3; ISO 1600

Story Behind the Shot: Soon after moving to San Diego last year, I noticed a pair of orioles that frequented the California fan palm in my backyard. When I saw the female gathering palm fibers for a nest, I grabbed my camera. I love this shot; it shows the relationship between two native species and illustrates the natural beauty to be appreciated even in a city. And the radiating palm fronds behind the female give a sense of radiance to her diligent efforts.

Bird Lore: Orioles build hanging nests, weaving plant fibers for a lightweight but durable structure. Living in subtropical climates, the Hooded Oriole finds the perfect building material in the long, strong fibers of palms. It often fastens its nest under a leaf of California fan palm; "Palm-leaf Oriole" was an old alternative name for this bird.

2019 Audubon Photography Awards Fisher Prize Winner Black-browed Albatross by Ly Dang (Poway, California) | Audubon Photography Awards

Species: Black-browed Albatross
Location: Saunders Island, Falkland Islands
Camera: Nikon D850 with Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED AF-S VR lens; 1/4000 second at f/8.0; ISO 400

Story Behind the Shot: On a steep, windy slope of Saunders Island, several breeding colonies of Black-browed Albatrosses were tending their chicks and squawking at the neighbors to urge them to respect the territories. As I sat watching the birds conducting their daily activities, I started to notice the simple, elegant beauty of the adults’ eyes. After several positions looking for a clear view and a good light angle, I took this shot.

Bird Lore: Spending most of their lives at sea in southern oceans, Black-browed Albatrosses are masters of the air, soaring and gliding effortlessly on incredibly long wings. On the Falkland Islands they share nesting colonies with penguins—the opposite of albatrosses in flying ability, but birds also supremely adapted to a life at sea.

2019 Audubon Photography Awards Amateur Honorable Mention Great Blue Heron by Melissa Rowell (Vestal, New York) | Audubon Photography Awards

Species: Great Blue Heron
Location: Wakodahatchee Wetlands, Delray Beach, Florida
Camera: Nikon D500 with Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 ED VR lens; 1/1250 second at f/5.6; ISO 640

Story Behind the Shot: A storm was on the horizon when I arrived at one of my favorite wetlands. These herons immediately grabbed my attention: The male, obviously attempting to entice the female, was doing a stretch display. I love this mating ritual and decided to spend some time with them. When serious bill duels erupted between the pair, I was fascinated by their intense expressions as they sparred. The drama was further heightened as, thunder rumbling in the distance, the wind picked up, accentuating their long, flowing plumes.

Bird Lore: Equipped with sinewy necks and spear-like bills, Great Blue Herons can lunge with fearsome speed to strike their aquatic prey. Adults will also employ rapid stabbing motions as one aspect of their complex courtship displays; they’re seemingly dangerous moves, but fitting to the intensity of mating season.

2019 Audubon Photography Awards Professional Honorable Mention Bald Eagle by Kevin Ebi (Lynnwood, Washington) | Audubon Photography Awards

Species: Bald Eagle
Location: San Juan Island National Historical Park, Friday Harbor, Washington
Camera: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II with Canon EF 600mm f/4 IS lens; 1/320 second at f/11; ISO 1600

Story Behind the Shot: I had spent the day photographing foxes and was panning with this kit running with its prey when an unmistakable cry made me look up. I just knew the eagle racing our way was after the fox’s rabbit. I expected to have only a split second to capture the theft in one explosive frame; instead the eagle snagged the fox and rabbit, carrying both 20 feet off the ground. After eight seconds it dropped the fox, seemingly unharmed, and flew away with its stolen dinner.

Bird Lore: Bald Eagles eat pretty much anything they want to. Their penchant for dining on carrion may seem less than regal, but they are also powerful predators and pirates. They capture a wide variety of fish, mammals, and birds, and don’t hesitate to steal others’ prey.

2019 Audubon Photography Awards Youth Honorable Mention Bobolink by Garrett Sheets (St. Louis, Missouri) | Audubon Photography Awards

Species: Bobolink
Location: Dunn Ranch Prairie, Lincoln Township, Missouri
Camera: Canon EOS 60D with Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 lens; 1/1250 second at f/6.3; ISO 400

Story Behind the Shot: At sunset the Dunn Ranch Prairie becomes a field of golden grasses, which provided a perfect setting for this male as he perched briefly for a curious glance at my camera. The robotic tone of his song was echoed by dozens of other Bobolinks as they flew overhead. I was almost too excited to take the photo, but I secured a burst of photos before he took off, flying far out over the grasses.

Bird Lore: Most songbirds nesting in grasslands of the United States and Canada are short-distance migrants at most. The Bobolink is a striking exception, vacating North America entirely in fall, spending mid­winter south of the Equator in South America. Bobolinks molt before migrating, the male trading his snappy summer plumage for subtle buff-brown tones.

2019 Audubon Photography Awards Plants For Birds Honorable Mention Purple Gallinule on a fire flag by Joseph Przybyla (Lakeland, Florida) | Audubon Photography Awards

Species: Purple Gallinule
Location: Circle B Bar Reserve, Lakeland, Florida
Camera: Nikon D500 with Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VRII AF-S ED lens; 1/1000 second at f/5.6; ISO 1800

Story Behind the Shot: The normally elusive Purple Gallinule comes into the open when fire flag blooms, climbing the plant to feed on its flowers. I spotted this one making its way up the plant mid-morning on an overcast day, eating as it went. I set up with my monopod and camera, watching, waiting. When it reached the top, I captured images as it moved from stem to stem, moving quickly, side to side, up and down, choosing the best angle, and ultimately getting this photo of the bird mid-snack.

Bird Lore: The Purple Gallinule seems to combine the best traits of its rail relatives. Like true rails, it slips through dense marshes; like the coots, it swims and dives expertly on open water. When food beckons, it uses its garish yellow feet to clamber higher, even into trees.

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UK photographer transforms shipping container into camera and darkroom

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 19 jul 2019 - 20:33

Brendan Barry, the photographer who transformed New York City's iconic 101 Park Avenue skyscraper into a giant camera, has unveiled a new project: Container Camera. This is ‘basically the world's biggest, slowest, and most impractical Polaroid camera,’ according to Barry, who showcased his work in a new video created by Exploredinary, the same team behind the recently published Ilford Photo video.

Container Camera is a shipping container converted into a giant camera with a built-in darkroom that can produce large traditional analog prints. Barry describes the solar-powered camera/darkroom as a wheelchair-accessible space that can be used to accommodate large groups for photography workshops.

The container is located in Exeter, UK, where Barry spent three weeks producing images with the workspace. During various times, the camera was open to the public, and other times it hosted people from community groups, charities, and education centers. Toward the end of the project, the shipping container was then turned into a gallery where photos produced by the camera were put on display.

Below is a collection of images provided by Barry with permission showing a bit of the building process and a number of resulting images captured with the shipping container camera:

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This is one of many unique camera projects Barry has published, other examples including cameras built into a variety of unusual structures: a squash, honeydew melon, mannequin, bread, watermelon, pineapple, and larger structures like a shed and caravan. Barry's other work can be found on his website and Instagram profile.

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Small claims copyright court CASE Act bill passed by US Senate Judiciary Committee

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 19 jul 2019 - 20:06

The Senate Judiciary Committee has passed the Copyright Alternative in Small Claims Enforcement (CASE) Act legislation that was introduced in the House and Senate on May 1. Though the bill hasn't become law at this time, the majority vote on Thursday will allow the CASE Act to proceed to the floor for a full Senate vote.

Assuming the CASE Act passes into law, small creators in the US would be able to pursue copyright infringement cases in a small claims court called the Copyright Claims Board (CCB) within the Copyright Office. Claims pursued under the CCB would be limited to statutory damages up to $15,000 per infringed work and up to $30,000 in total damages per case. This would present small creators like photographers with a less expensive alternative to existing copyright claims options.

Following the favorable vote, the Copyright Alliance published a statement praising the Senate Judiciary Committee and explaining the importance of the CASE Act:

...federal court is often far too expensive and complex to navigate for most individual creators and small businesses that own copyrights. What this means is that America’s creators have rights under the law but no practical way to enforce those rights when someone steals from them. The CASE Act will help change that by providing creators with a voluntary, inexpensive, and streamlined alternative to federal court that they can use to protect their creativity and their livelihoods, and in doing so fulfill the purposes of the Constitution.

The full Senate bill can be read here.

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The Alotech ELEV 5800' is a back-contouring backpack for wildlife photographers

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 19 jul 2019 - 17:39

Alotech has launched a Kickstarter campaign for its new camera bag that the company claims is ‘designed for wildlife photographers by wildlife photographers.’

As you would expect from a bag for wildlife photographers, the ELEV 5800’ backpack is constructed to be ergonomic with a unique back panel that contours to fit the curve natural curve of your spine—and it’s not a one-size-fits-all solution. As noted in the tongue-in-cheek introduction video above, Alotech plans to offer the bag in three sizes (small, medium and large) with various strap options for maximum customizability and comfort.

The backpack measures 56cm (22in) tall, 36cm (14in) wide and 20cm (8in) deep, with an expandable secondary pocket that can increases the height another 23cm (9in). It weighs just 2kg (4.5lbs), which is at least a pound lighter than similarly-sized backpacks from other manufacturers, and Alotech notes it specifically sized the bag so it would be carry-on compatible with most airlines.

Another component that’s being launched alongside the ELEV 5800’ is Alotech’s patent-pending camera and lens holster. Alotech has created an Area-Swiss compatible holster that’s made to be mounted on the waist belt of the backpack. The campaign page says the holster is able to hold up to an 800mm lens, but it’s safe to say you probably wouldn’t want a lens that large banging into your leg every step you take.

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Alotech doesn’t specifically give different camera/lens setups that would fit inside the bag, but as seen in the images above and clips in the above video show the bag is more than capable of holding two super-telephoto lenses and multiple camera bodies, so it’s safe to say there’s plenty of internal storage for nearly any type of kit you throw its way.

Other features of the bag include a water bottle holster, a dedicated waterproof compartment for a hydration bladder, a laptop compartment (up to 15in laptops), accessory pockets on the shoulder straps and a unique tripod attachment system that lets you place the tripod in four different locations on the bag.

The backpack-only ELEV 5800’ pledge starts at $399, while the backpack and holster combo starts at $483. To secure your spot and find out more information, head over to the ELEV 5800’ kickstarter campaign.

Disclaimer: Remember to do your research with any crowdfunding project. DPReview does its best to share only the projects that look legitimate and come from reliable creators, but as with any crowdfunded campaign, there's always the risk of the product or service never coming to fruition.

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Sony FE 35mm F1.8 sample gallery updated

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 19 jul 2019 - 15:00
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We've been eager to continue shooting with the brand-new FE 35mm F1.8, a lens that's sure to become a staple for many Sony shooters. Hence, our sample gallery has been updated with a fresh batch of images. Take a look at the results of a walk through a somewhat rainy – but beautiful – Tokyo with the a7R III and 35mm F1.8.

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Video: Bald eagle takes off with a camera that was capturing its eating frenzy

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 18 jul 2019 - 21:36

Action cameras have enabled all kinds of unique point-of-view video capture. Sometimes though, the cameras can get a little too close to the action, as James Williams of Haida Gwaii, an archipelago roughly 40 miles off the Pacific coast of Canada, recently found out.

As seen in the above footage shared by CBC, Williams was attempting to capture video footage of a convocation of bald eagles eating a meal, when one of the birds of prey picked up and took his camera for a rather brutal test-drive.

CBC doesn’t specify how the camera was recovered, but the footage appears to show the bald eagle returning to the coast before letting go of the camera, where Williams was presumably able to recover it.

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Instagram changes its policy on disabling accounts, will give users a warning first

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 18 jul 2019 - 20:30

Instagram has announced changes to its policy related to disabling user accounts, stating that going forward it will remove a greater number of accounts, but will first give users a warning that they’re at risk of the action.

Until now, Instagram’s policy involved the company disabling accounts that contained ‘a certain percentage of violating content.’ Though this policy will remain in place, Instagram says it will also start disabling accounts that contain ‘a certain percentage of violating content within a window of time.’

Additionally, Instagram will start alerting users when their account is at risk of being disabled. The notification includes the content that Instagram removed for violating its guidelines, as well as a list of past violations and a warning that one more removed post may result in the account being deleted.

The same notification will offer users a way to appeal the decision, though appeals will initially be limited to violations involving bullying and harassment, hate speech, nudity and pornography, counter-terrorism policies, and drug sales. ’In coming months,’ Instagram says it will expand the appeals feature to include other issues.

The change follows Facebook’s April meeting, during which time it revealed that Instagram content considered ’inappropriate’ will be demoted on the platform. This demotion applies to content that doesn’t violate Instagram’s Community Guidelines, but that ‘might not be appropriate for our global community,’ the company said at the time.

The content demotion policy has proven controversial with users primarily based on the ambiguous nature of what is considered ’appropriate’ for inclusion on hashtag pages and in Explore. Based on Instagram’s guidelines, it doesn’t appear that this ‘inappropriate’ content will be factored into strikes that may get an account deleted.

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Special Moon-landing edition Hasselblad 907X and CFV II kit announced for $7500

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 18 jul 2019 - 17:31

Hasselblad has announced it will introduce a special edition kit that includes the recently launched 907X camera along with a CFV II 50C digital back to celebrate the company’s part in the Moon landing of 50 years ago. Finished in matte black the kit will cost $7500, € 6500/ £ 5825 plus VAT, giving us a clue to the price of the regular production models once they become available. The company hasn’t said how many units of this special edition will be made and tells us that numbers and release dates will be made public later this year.


It isn’t obvious how the price of the kit is divided between camera and back, but the combination of the two items together still costs less than half the price of the original CFV back that was launched in 2014. We might expect that the production versions of the camera and back will cost less again, though Hasselblad might be rewarding early investors with this special edition and could price the regular kit at the same level.

As well as the matte black finish these units will differ from the regular production models as the back will have the inscription “On the Moon Since 1969”. The significance of the matte finish is that it matches that of the cameras that were used in the 1969 mission, both aboard the Apollo 11 and on the surface of the Moon.


The company has also launched a collection of ‘50 Years on the Moon’ merchandise that can be bought direct from its online store. For more information see our news reports and hands-on galleries of the 907X and the CFV II 50C, as well as Hasselblad’s website.

Press release

HASSELBLAD LAUNCHES THE 907X SPECIAL EDITION TO CELEBRATE 50 YEARS ON THE MOON

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 moon landing, Hasselblad proudly celebrates its role as the cameras chosen by NASA for space photography, and even more so, the cameras that documented the historical moment of the first humans on the Moon. In honour of this momentous occasion, Hasselblad launches the limited 907X Special Edition, which includes the 907X camera body and CFV II 50C digital back, both in matte black with commemorative “On the Moon Since 1969” anniversary text.

Considered one of the most iconic moments in history is the 1969 Apollo 11 mission to the Moon – an event so extraordinary that saw the first humans step off our planet and onto another celestial body. Taken down to the lunar surface, attached to astronaut Armstrong’s chest, was a silver Hasselblad Data Camera (HDC) fitted with a Zeiss Biogon 60mm ƒ/5,6 lens and 70mm film magazine which had never actually been tested in space before. A second black Hasselblad Electric Camera (HEC) with a Zeiss Planar 80mm ƒ/2,8 lens was used to shoot from inside the Eagle lunar module. A third black HEC was used by astronaut Michael Collins aboard the Command Module Columbia in lunar orbit. Standing up against the intense temperatures and lack of gravity in space, the Hasselblad cameras captured this once in a lifetime moment flawlessly, letting the rest of Earth see what astronauts Aldrin and Armstrong experienced on the Moon. The resulting images taken with the HDC and HEC have not only provided scientific insight but have proven to be legendary marvels recognized the world over. It was the HEC used by Collins that was taken back to Earth, while the HDC and HEC used on the lunar surface and lunar module were left on the Moon to meet narrow weight margins for successful return. As far as we know, they’ve been on the Moon since 1969.

Hasselblad proudly celebrates being the camera that documented the historic Moon landing with the 907X Special Edition. The limited-edition kit includes the 907X camera body and CFV II 50C digital back, both in matte black, just as the HEC that made it back to Earth. On the digital back is the text “On the Moon Since 1969”, commemorating the HDC and HEC left behind on the lunar surface fifty years ago. Together, the 907X and CFV II 50C connect Hasselblad’s photographic history into one system.

Coupling the CFV II 50C with Hasselblad’s smallest medium format camera body ever, the 907X, creates a highly compact mirrorless digital camera. This combination offers a truly distinct photographic experience, including the classic waist-level shooting style of the V System enabled by the CFV II 50C’s tilt screen. With the 907X attached to the CFV II 50C, the photographer gains access to all the high-quality XCD Lenses, providing autofocus and electronic exposure control. Coupled with the XH Adapter, all HC/HCD Lenses can be used on the 907X, along with XPan and V System Lenses in electronic shutter mode with the XPan and XV Lens Adapters, respectively. In addition, the 907X enables compatibility with a wide range of third-party adapters and lenses in electronic shutter mode.

Reminiscent of the classic V System film magazine design, the modern CFV II 50C also works as a stand-alone digital back. Compatible with most V System cameras made from 1957 and onwards, the CFV II 50C can also be used on third party technical or view cameras.

Key features of the 907X Special Edition include:

  • Large medium format 50MP CMOS sensor
  • Up to 14 stops of dynamic range
  • Captures 16-bit RAW images and full resolution JPEGs
  • High-resolution 3.0-inch 920K dot touch and tilt screen
  • Smooth live view experience with a high frame rate of 60fps
  • Focus peaking, enabling more accurate focusing (especially advantageous on the manual-focused V System cameras)
  • Intuitive user interface with swipe and pinch touch controls
  • Internal battery slot with the option to recharge in-camera via the USB-C port (same battery used on the X System)
  • Dual UHS-II SD card slots
  • Integrated Wi-Fi and USB-C connection
  • Portable workflow with Phocus Mobile 2 support

Continuing the celebration, Hasselblad releases a limited edition 50 Years on the Moon merchandise collection, including posters, t-shirts, patches and stickers that commemorate this historical anniversary. The whole collection is available for purchasing here.

The 907X Special Edition has an MSRP of € 6500 / $ 7499 / £ 5825 excl. VAT. Ordering information and availability will be announced later in the year. See more information and technical specs here.

Get the full history about Hasselblad on the Moon, download the legendary images taken on the lunar surface with the HDC and read the original 1969 press release here.
Learn more about Hasselblad in space here.

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Instagram expands its hidden ‘likes’ experiment to additional countries

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 18 jul 2019 - 16:44

In April Instagram launched an experiment and started hiding like counts for some of its users in Canada to examine if the move could be beneficial from a user experience point of view.

There has been no word on the results but it looks as though the results have been promising as Instagram is now expanding the trial, hiding likes and video views for select users in Australia, Brazil, Ireland, Italy, Japan and New Zealand, in addition to those in Canada.

We’re currently running a test that hides the total number of likes and video views for some people in the following countries:

✅ Australia
✅ Brazil
✅ Canada
✅ Ireland
✅ Italy
✅ Japan
✅ New Zealand pic.twitter.com/2OdzpIUBka

— Instagram (@instagram) July 17, 2019

If you've been selected for the trial, you will see a notification which reads ‘We want your followers to focus on what you share, not how many likes your posts get.’ The company made a similar statement in an additional tweet:

We want your friends to focus on the photos and videos you share, not how many likes they get. You can still see your own likes by tapping on the list of people who've liked it, but your friends will not be able to see how many likes your post has received.

— Instagram (@instagram) July 17, 2019

Like the affected users in Canada, the new testers will still be able to see the like-count on their own images. However, their followers won't. Let's see if Instagram decides the implement the modification platform-wide after this expanded trial.

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What you need to know: the DJI Ronin-SC gimbal

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 18 jul 2019 - 16:00
The DJI Ronin-SC

The Ronin-SC is a single-handed 3-axis gimbal designed specifically to be used with mirrorless cameras. The gimbal is a follow-up to DJI’s popular Ronin-S gimbal, but features a simplified design that itseasier to travel with, set up and shoot with. The Ronin-SC is made of magnesium, steel, aluminum and composite plastic and has a battery that can last for up to 11 hours. We had a chance to check the Ronin-SC out prior to launch. Here’s what you need to know about it.

Compared to the Ronin-S

The Ronin-SC weighs 2.4 lbs, making it 41 percent lighter than the original Ronin S, which weighs 4 lbs. The compact Ronin-SC gimbal is intended to be used with mirrorless cameras and is suitable for supporting cameras that weigh up to 4.4 lbs (the Ronin-S can support cameras that weigh up to 7.9 lbs). The Ronin-SC gimbal is designed to work with mirrorless cameras from Sony, Panasonic, Canon, Nikon, and some Fujifilm cameras, while the original Ronin is intended to work with larger, heavier DSLRs. The reduced weight also makes for easier travel and operation for long periods of time.

Axis locks and more

Because the Ronin-SC is designed for use with mirrorless cameras, which tend to be lighter than their DSLR counterparts (albeit, with exceptions), the balancing system has been simplified. The gimbal’s roll axis balances automatically with the help of the redesigned Ronin app and the pan, tilt and roll axis all include axis locks. These locks help keep things in place while the gimbal is in transit or during rigging. The Ronin-SC’s position lock system makes it much quicker to mount a camera, balance a camera, and start shooting.

Phone mount accessory

A new smartphone mounting accessory allows users to place a smartphone on the camera’s hotshoe, facilitating easy access to settings and special shooting modes through the redesigned Ronin app.

Ronin app

The redesigned Ronin app allows user to program up to three different custom profiles, adjust motor output, and run balancing tests on the gimbal; 360-degree roll movement can now be saved as one of the custom profiles. The app also features familiar settings like Sport mode, which speeds up the gimbal's response time. The Ronin-SC has all the same modes as the Ronin-S including Virtual Joystick, Timelapse, MotionLapse, Motion Control and Panorama, but also includes two new modes – ActiveTrack and Force Mobile – that work via Bluetooth 5.0.

ActiveTrack

The Ronin-SC is the first consumer grade gimbal to support DJI's ActiveTrack 3.0. ActiveTrack allows users to select a subject on screen using the DJI app, with the app controlling gimbal movements in order to follow the subject automatically. DJI says that new algorithms include optimized calculations to identify humans. ActiveTrack technology can already be found in DJI's consumer drones, as well as inits Osmo cameras, so it's not surprising to see it here.

Force Mobile

Another new feature called Force Mobile makes it possible to synchronize the movement of an unmounted mobile device to the Ronin-SC gimbal from up to 82 feet away. The movements that you make with your hand will be mimicked by the gimbal, meaning that one person can operate the gimbal while another independently controls camera movement. The technology is similar to Force Pro, found in DJI’s cinema line, but its the first time that it has been included in DJI's consumer gimbals.

Pricing and availability:

The Ronin-SC is available immediately. DJI is selling two versions of the gimbal: the Ronin-SC Standard is $439 and includes the gimbal and phone mount, while the Ronin-SC Pro Combo is $539 and adds a focus wheel and Remote Start Stop (RSS) splitter to the package.

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Fujifilm XF 16-80mm F4 R OIS WR to arrive in September for $800

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 18 jul 2019 - 07:00
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Debuting on the company's roadmap last summer, the Fujifilm XF 16-80mm F4 R OIS WR makes its official debut today and is slated for September availability. It's a compact lens covering a 24-122mm equivalent range on the company's APS-C mirrorless cameras, and Fujifilm claims its optical stabilization is CIPA-rated to 6 stops.

As the 'WR' in its name indicates, the lens is weather-resistant. It offers a minimum focus distance of 35cm / 14 in. throughout the entire zoom range, and its optical makeup includes 16 elements in 12 groups with one aspherical element.

The Fujifilm XF 16-80mm F4 R OIS WR will ship in late September for $800.

See our hands-on with the
Fujifilm 16-80mm F4

FUJIFILM INTRODUCES ITS XF 16-80mmF4 R OIS WR LENS FOR X SERIES DIGITAL CAMERAS

Valhalla, N.Y., July 18, 2019 – The Electronic Imaging Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation is pleased to introduce its compact 5x standard zoom lens, FUJINON XF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR, as it joins the lineup of interchangeable lenses available for the X Series mirrorless digital cameras. This small, lightweight lens is highly portable and versatile for all types of photography.

Featuring a constant maximum aperture value of F4 and a focal length range from 16mm to 80mm (equivalent to 24-122mm in the 35mm film format), this lens achieves a minimum shooting distance of 13.8 inches (35 cm) over the entire zoom range, providing a maximum shooting magnification of 0.25x, and covering a wide shooting area. In addition, it is small and lightweight at 15.5 ounces(440g); about 40% lighter than a 35mm full size equivalent specification lens, achieving five times zoom in the same size and weight of full size three times zoom lenses. While the lens is naturally designed for photographers, especially those specializing in portraiture, landscape, or general photography, it’s also is a great fit for filmmakers, thanks to its versatile combination of focal lengths and Optical Image Stabilization.

Some of the XF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR’s key features:

Specially designed to get the most out of X-TransTM CMOS Sensors
X-Trans CMOS Sensors are designed to provide maximum image quality, especially when paired with the stunning design and sharpness of FUJINON lenses. Consisting of 16 elements in 12 groups, the FUJINON XF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR Lens also features one aspherical element that is specially designed to minimize field curvature and spherical aberration. This results in stunning levels of image sharpness from the center of the frame to the edges, even at the wider end of the lens’ focal range. Add in the fact that this lens has very little focus breathing, has an ability to focus up to 14in (35cm) from a subject, and features a broad range of focal lengths, it’s clearly an ideal pick for photographers and filmmakers needing versatility, but not wanting to sacrifice image quality.

A small, compact, and versatile lens for any shooting situation
Covering an effective focal range from 24mm to 122mm, the FUJINON XF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR weighs just 15.5 oz (440 g) and is only 3.5in (88.9mm) long. This makes it approximately 40% lighter than similar, 35mm system lenses, which means it won’t weigh you down when spending an entire day looking to capture that perfect moment.

Push the limits with 6.0 stops of Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
As if extending the possibilities of hand-held capture with 6.0 stops of CIPA-Rated
Optical Image Stabilization wasn’t enough, the FUJINON XF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR
lens can absorb any vibration from a mechanical shutter. The OIS can also
automatically detect when the camera is being used with a tripod and adjust its
performance to provide optimum image quality.

Be ready for unpredictable moments with quick, responsive, and near-silent autofocus
Having fast and quiet autofocus is critical when you’re roaming the streets looking for that perfect image. Our engineers went to great lengths to build the right motors to accurately, quietly and precisely drive focusing elements so you can count on it the instant you need it.

Weather resistant to keep the images coming
Weather-sealed in ten places along the barrel, this lens is capable of operating in temperatures down to 14°F (-10°C). Work fearlessly in dusty or damp conditions and keep peace of mind when in freezing or terribly hot, humid conditions.

The XF16-80mmF4 R OIS WR lens will be available September 26, 2019 in the U.S. and Canada at a price of USD $799.95 and CAD $1,049.99. For more information, visit https://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/digital_cameras/x/fujinon_lens_xf16_80mmf4_r_oi s_wr/ .

Fujifilm XF 16-80mm F4 R OIS WR specifications Principal specificationsLens typeZoom lensMax Format sizeAPS-C / DXFocal length16–80 mmImage stabilizationYesCIPA Image stabilization rating6 stop(s)Lens mountFujifilm XApertureMaximum apertureF4Minimum apertureF22Aperture ringYesNumber of diaphragm blades9OpticsElements16Groups12Special elements / coatings1 ED + 3 aspherical elementsFocusMinimum focus0.35 m (13.78″)Maximum magnification0.25×AutofocusYesFull time manualYesFocus methodInternalDistance scaleNoDoF scaleNoPhysicalWeight440 g (0.97 lb)Diameter78 mm (3.07″)Length89 mm (3.5″)MaterialsMagnesium alloySealingYesColourBlackZoom methodRotary (extending)Power zoomNoFilter thread72 mmHood suppliedYesTripod collarNo
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Fujifilm GF 50mm F3.5 R LM WR is smallest and lightest lens for GFX cameras

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 18 jul 2019 - 07:00
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Fujifilm has formally announced the Fujinon GF 50mm F3.5 R LM WR lens for its GFX medium format system – the lens first appeared on the company's roadmap late last year. When mounted on a camera like the GFX 100, the lens is equivalent to 40mm and, according to Fujifilm, can handle the resolution of that 100MP camera with ease. This compact (relatively speaking) lens is just 48mm (1.9") long and weighs in at 335g (11.8oz), making it the smallest and lightest GF-mount lens at time of launch.

It has a total of nine elements, one of which being aspherical, as well as a nine-blade aperture. A linear motor moves the focus elements quickly and accurately, according to Fujifilm. The minimum focus distance is 55cm (21.6").

The lens is sealed against dust and moisture and functions down to -10°C/+14°F.

The GF 50mm F3.5 R LM WR will be available in late September for $1000.

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Fujifilm GF 50mm F3.5

Press Release

FUJIFILM INTRODUCES GF50mm F3.5 R LM WR LENS, EXPANDING AVAILABLE LENS OPTIONS FOR GFX SERIES MIRRORLESS CAMERAS

Valhalla, N.Y., July 18, 2019 – The Electronic Imaging Division of FUJIFILM North America Corporation has announced the release of its FUJINON GF50mmF3.5 R LM WR lens, the smallest and the lightest (11.8 oz./335g) GF lens to date, featuring a maximum aperture of 3.5 and focal length of 50mm (equivalent to 40mm in the 35mm film format). When attached to a FUJIFILM GFX 50R digital camera, the combined weight is only 39.2 ounces (1,110g), making it easily portable and an ideal choice for street and landscape photography.

Lenses in the GF family deliver astonishing image resolution and rich tonal reproduction, made possible by the outstanding optical design and production technology FUJIFILM Corporation developed to process lens surfaces at sub-micron level precision. The GF lenses bring out the full potential of the FUJIFILM GFX 50S and GFX 50R mirrorless digital cameras, and they fully support the 100MP image sensor of the recently launched GFX 100. Coupled with Fujifilm’s unique color reproduction technology, these lenses deliver world-class image quality.

The GF50mmF3.5 R LM WR’s weather-sealed construction makes it dust and weather resistant and capable of operating in temperatures down to 14°F (-10°C), allowing shooting even in challenging conditions while maintaining optimum reliability.

The addition of the GF50mmF3.5 R LM WR expands the lineup of GF lenses to ten lenses. Complemented with various accessories, Fujifilm offers broad shooting coverage to deliver the joy of taking photographs with the GFX Series of cameras.

Some of the main features of the new lens:

Engineered to provide incredible image quality
GFX System Cameras produce images with incredibly high resolution. This requires lenses to be precisely engineered so that they can properly resolve any image with clarity and detail. GF50mmF3.5 R LM WR consists of 9 elements in 6 groups and includes one aspherical lens element to minimize spherical aberration and barrel distortion. Crafted to produce sharp images, rich tones, and very little focus breathing, this lens is great for either still or motion capture.

Lightweight and versatile for any shooting situation
Weighing in at just 11.82oz, GF50mmF3.5 R LM WR weighs less than a can of your favorite soft drink, making it the perfect companion to bring along with you for your next street photography expedition. You might just want to bring that beverage along with you since this lens is so portable.

Be ready for unpredictability with quick, responsive, and near-silent autofocus
Having fast and quiet autofocus is critical when you’re roaming the streets looking to capture that perfect image. With a linear motor moving the focusing element quickly and precisely into place, this lens will be your go-to tool for reliability, speed and sharpness.

Weather resistant to keep the images coming
Work fearlessly in dusty or damp conditions and keep peace of mind when in freezing or terribly hot, humid conditions. Weather sealed in ten places along the barrel, the GF50mmF3.5 R LM WR is capable of operating in temperatures down to 14°F (-10°C).

The GF50mmF3.5 R LM WR lens will be available September 26, 2019 in the U.S. and
Canada for a price of USD $999.95 and CAD $1,299.99.

Fujifilm GF 50mm F3.5 R LM WR specifications Principal specificationsLens typePrime lensMax Format sizeMedium Format (44x33mm)Focal length50 mmImage stabilizationNoLens mountFujifilm GApertureMaximum apertureF3.5Minimum apertureF22Aperture ringYesNumber of diaphragm blades9OpticsElements9Groups6Special elements / coatings1 aspherical elementFocusMinimum focus0.55 m (21.65″)Maximum magnification0.1×AutofocusYesMotor typeLinear MotorFull time manualYesFocus methodInternalDistance scaleNoDoF scaleNoPhysicalWeight335 g (0.74 lb)Diameter84 mm (3.31″)Length48 mm (1.89″)MaterialsMagnesium alloySealingYesColourBlackFilter thread62 mmHood suppliedYesTripod collarNo
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I'm Back MF is a $400 digital back for analog medium format cameras

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 18 jul 2019 - 01:03

A new Kickstarter campaign is seeking funding for I'm Back, a relatively low-cost digital back for medium format cameras. The digital back supports a number of analog cameras, including the Mamiya RB67, 645, and C330, Rolleiflex Automat, Bronica Etrsi, and others. I'm Back GmbH, the company founded by Samuel Mello Medeiros, previously introduced a digital back for 35mm analog cameras.

The I'm Back MF features a 16MP Panasonic MN34120 sensor and touchscreen display, 4200mAh Lithium-ion battery, and 128GB microSD card. The model supports capturing 16MP JPEG and black-and-white raw images and 1080/60p video, plus there's built-in WiFI for wirelessly transferring content.

In addition to running off its internal rechargeable battery, users can power the digital back using a standard micro USB charging cable or external power pack. I'm Back MF will ship with an adapter for the chosen camera, flash sync cable, and battery charger.

The resulting content, as evidenced by the following sample shots and videos captured by the I'm Back MF, is fairly low-quality, making this digital back a low-cost alternative to pricey models for photographers who just want to have fun with their old analog medium format camera. The Kickstarter campaign even states the digital back ‘may not be suitable for professional photographers who wish to maximise the number of pixels in an image ;-).’

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Assuming the Kickstarter campaign is successful, I'm Back MF will be offered for the following cameras:

  • Hasselblad 500/1000f/1600f/2000/200/SWA/SWC
  • Bronica S
  • Bronica Etrs
  • Mamiya 645
  • Mamiya C330
  • Mamiya RB 67
  • Kiev 88
  • Rolleiflex Automat

If enough orders for these models are placed, the company also plans to offer I'm Back MF for the Pentax 6X7 and Pentax 645. The Kickstarter campaign is offering the digital back for various cameras, as well as bundles with adapters, at prices ranging from 399 CHF ($404) to 1,795 CHF ($1,818); shipping to backers is estimated to start in April 2020.

Disclaimer: Remember to do your research with any crowdfunding project. DPReview does its best to share only the projects that look legitimate and come from reliable creators, but as with any crowdfunded campaign, there's always the risk of the product or service never coming to fruition.

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Nikkei reports Canon's profit projections are twice as bad as it anticipated

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 17 jul 2019 - 22:13

According to a report from Nikkei Asian Review, Canon’s operating profit is set to drop 40 percent this year; double the percentage Nikkei said Canon had anticipated its profits to drop earlier this year.

Back in April, Nikkei reported Canon was planning to lower its profit forecasts for the 2019 fiscal year by 20 percent—approximately 50 billion yen—due to ‘shrinking camera sales.’ The translate report from April reads:

Canon will lower its forecast for the fiscal year ending December 2019. Consolidated operating profit (US GAAP), which indicates the mainstay of the business, is likely to decrease by 20% over the previous fiscal year to just over 270 billion yen. About 50 billion yen lower than the previous forecast. The shrinking of the digital camera market and the deterioration of the semiconductor market due to the functional improvement of smartphones (smartphones) will hit hard.

The new report from Nikkei says the publication ‘has learned’ Canon’s fiscal year profit is set to decrease twice the amount initially reported in April, due to ‘a slowing European economy and slumping chip market.’ Nikkei writes in its report:

‘Canon‘s operating profit is on track to sink 40% this year to slightly over 200 billion yen ($1.85 billion), Nikkei has learned, amid a slowing European economy and slumping chip market.*

The Japanese company’s profit for the year ending in December is seen falling roughly 60 billion yen short of its downgraded guidance in April. Sales likely will shrink 6% to a figure above 3.7 trillion yen, off about 100 billion yen from April’s forecast. The full-year projections are expected to be lowered again when Canon presents first-half earnings next week.’

The report goes on to say Nikkei expects Canon will further drop its profit projections during its first-half earnings presentation next week and will ‘report a first-half operating profit of around 80 billion yen, down 50% from a year earlier, with sales slipping 10% to roughly 1.7 trillion yen.’

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Aurora Aperture launches Adapter Mount Format drop-in filters for mirrorless cameras

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 17 jul 2019 - 20:06

Aurora Aperture has introduced Adapter Mount Format (AMF), a filter system designed for mirrorless mount adapters. Unlike filters that are positioned over a lens, the AMF filters are small and rectangular with a design that drops into mount adapters, positioning the filter behind the lens. The AMF filter product line includes the company's PowerUV, PowerND, PowerGND, and PowerDusk filters.

Aurora Aperture presents its drop-in filters as having multiple benefits over traditional lenses, which are mounted on the front of the lens. By positioning the lens in the mount adapter, a single set of filters can be used for each adapter rather than needing the same filter in different thread sizes for each lens. As well, the AMF filters are smaller and therefore easier to carry with a lower cost.

Any lens that supports any of the four mirrorless mount adapters can be used with the AMF drop-in filters, including ultra-wide-angle lenses that don't feature a front filter thread.

With the exception of the PowerDusk filter (which is based on neodymium glass), the AMF filters are made from Schott B270 glass. The drop-in filters also feature multi-layer nano-coatings for light reductions, as well as a PFPE-based nano-coating for easily removing dust, oil, water, and dirt. Compared to the 6000 series aluminum alloy used in competing lens filters, Aurora says the 7051 aluminum alloy used on the drop-in filters is aerospace-grade and twice as strong.

Aurora Aperture is funding the AMF drop-in filters on Kickstarter, where it is offering a single filter for pledges of at least $44 USD, two filters for $86 USD, all the way up to 10 filters for $348 USD or a full kit for $372 USD.

Disclaimer: Remember to do your research with any crowdfunding project. DPReview does its best to share only the projects that look legitimate and come from reliable creators, but as with any crowdfunded campaign, there's always the risk of the product or service never coming to fruition

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Alphabet's Wing introduces OpenSky drone safety app

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 17 jul 2019 - 17:37

In late April, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) granted Alphabet’s Wing Aviation, an offshoot of Google, the first-ever Air Carrier Certificate. Allowing the commercial delivery of goods, including food, via drone was a crucial step on the FAA’s part for integrating more unmanned aircraft into the National Airspace System. Before this landmark development in the U.S., Wing had also secured authorization to sell a variety of products in Australia after conducting over 70,000 test flights, and completing 3,000+ successful drone deliveries, to residents in the suburbs of Canberra.

Yesterday, Wing quietly launched its OpenSky app in the iOS and Google Play stores. It is currently available in Australia. Aimed at both commercial and recreational drone pilots, OpenSky was developed for operators to determine the best times and places to safely fly. A Wing pilot is allowed to operate a fleet of up to five drones at a time. ‘Our experience has taught us that a collaborative, industry-provided ecosystem of tools and services will be critical to allow unmanned aircraft to reach their full potential and coexist with other aircraft while ensuring safe, efficient, and equitable access to the sky,’ Wing explains on their company blog.

The OpenSky Drone Flyer App is the first release in a series of products being developed to help remote pilots understand the sky around them and provide the tools necessary to comply with all rules and regulations.

The OpenSky Drone Flyer App is the first release in a series of products being developed to help remote pilots understand the sky around them and provide the tools necessary to comply with all rules and regulations. When a drone operator opens the app and enters a location, a checklist covering a range of critical factors including airspace restrictions, known hazards, plus proximity to both airports and heliports will appear. The Australian OpenSky app will also provide alerts to emergency response situations, nearby sporting events, and other special circumstances that warrant temporary flight restrictions.

Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) has publicly stated that it’s retiring their own ’Can I fly there?’ app and replacing it with a remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) digital platform for app developers to connect their drone safety apps. OpenSky is the first and only third-party app that was approved for, and uses, CASA’s new system. The app is also available on the web. Besides having the ability to identify rules based on what kind of flight being conducted (Recreational, Commercially Excluded, or ReOC), users can also report any unsafe or illegal flights they witness directly to CASA.

OpenSky’s web app is straightforward and easy to use. They plan to introduce voice-capabilities to make the platform more accessible in the near future.

Aside from assisting CASA with developing a range of apps that support safe flying, Wing has participated in the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management Pilot Program (UPP), is an approved Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) provider, and has participated in NASA’s Technology Capability Levels 1–3. While it is unclear if OpenSky will launch in the U.S., Wing has planned drone deliveries covering the suburbs of southwestern Virginia in the coming months. Given their relationship with Alphabet, Google’s parent company, Wing will likely have access to Google’s wealth of location data. This would give OpenSky a competitive edge over other UAS Service Suppliers including Airmap and Kittyhawk.

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