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Why the Fujifilm X100V is one photographer's perfect camera for the streets

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Introduction

Recently, Fujifilm released its fifth-generation Fujifilm X100V camera, an update that has been two years in the making. By now there are a lot of reviews out there, but my goal here is to focus on why I believe this is the best camera on the market for street photography. The X100V works really well as an everyday travel camera and even as a daily a cityscape/architecture camera, but I think that street photography is in the camera’s DNA.

I’ve been using the X100 since the first version, released in 2011, as my everyday camera and my primary street photography camera. Since then, it has transformed the way that I work as well as the quality of my work. Full disclosure: Fujifilm provided me with a loaner camera to review.

How the original X100 transformed street photography

The original X100 rocked the photography world in 2011. It embraced the design and ergonomics of old rangefinder film cameras and combined them with a cutting edge hybrid viewfinder and excellent image quality. And the cost was fairly affordable considering everything that was packed inside it.

While a few other camera companies had come close, no company had yet to put together such a small, tight, and refined (after some firmware updates, admittedly) street photography camera. Many photographers began to ditch their SLRs and prime lenses for the X100 and its later models.

And while many companies have created incredible cameras for street photography, most of them have a significant flaw or two that hold them back in some way (or they cost $10,000). I still don’t believe there is a camera company out there that has put together the entire package for street photographers in the way that Fujifilm has. It continues to lead the pack.

What’s new in the X100V?

The X100V comes with a host improvements over the previous models, including:

  • More reliable autofocusing: This may be the major reason for upgrading the camera for some of you.
  • New 26.1-megapixel sensor (shared by the X-T3): You get a modest resolution bump and much faster readout speeds.
  • Newly weather-resistant body: You will need to purchase an attachment to make the lens itself weather resistant, but I have shot significantly with older versions in the rain with an umbrella and never had an issue with it getting fairly wet. A weather-resistant body would make me even more comfortable in doing so.
  • Newly developed lens: The lens redesign is two years in the making and improves corner sharpness and close-distance focusing.
  • Slightly sleeker design: Streamlined lines and new top and bottom aluminum plates with a satin finish make the camera even more aesthetically appealing.
  • Two-way tilting screen: The screen is so thin, you hardly know it can tilt.
  • Updated hybrid viewfinder with a new OLED panel.
  • 4K Video: For any street photography videos you may want to make.

Now let's take a look at why I think the X100V is perfect for street photography.

Size and ergonomics

While the benefit of the Fujifilm X100 series is its complete package of features, the size and ergonomics of the camera are what stand out the most for me. With its very compact 23mm (35mm equivalent) lens, the camera is tiny and a pleasure to carry around all day. It is both inconspicuous for street photography and light enough that it allows you to photograph in a quicker and more spontaneous manner.

The X100V just makes you want to take it outside and walk around all day

The camera has dials for all the major camera functions, which makes it easy to change your settings on the fly without going into the menus. The viewfinder allows you to move between an optical view and an electronic view, which I do frequently depending on what I am shooting.

The X100V just makes you want to take it outside and walk around all day. And it’s tough to understate that, because that’s really the key to street photography: getting out there with a camera consistently and having as much fun as possible.

Image quality

Part of the genius of the X100-series is the restraint that they showed in building it. The choice to have a fixed lens and an APS-C sensor could have been thought to have been features that held this camera back, but instead, they were the features that defined this camera. Both choices allowed it to hit a perfect mix between size and image quality. The photos that come out of it look great and I easily feel comfortable blowing them up to giant sizes, even at remarkably high ISOs.

I find that the colors and black and white tones that come out of this camera are nothing short of remarkable, and in recent years Fujifilm has provided a wide variety of color and black and white profiles that allow you to create a variety of looks depending on your style and the particular image you're working with.

High ISO and autofocus

I've found the X100V to be a beast for night photography, whether it’s street or architectural. I tested this camera up to ISO 6400, and found the noise was fairly minimal. The photographs were sharp as well. I would certainly be comfortable printing ISO 6400 photographs and I would even be comfortable using ISO 12,800 in a pinch. The level and look of the noise in the newest version of the X100 is something that I could not have imagined even five years ago.

Mix the ISO capabilities with the size and inconspicuousness of the camera, and shooting street photography at night is so much easier. In general, street photography at night is incredibly hard to do, but this camera speeds you up enough to significantly lessen some of the primary constraints with night street shooting.

Autofocus, what was originally one of the main issues with the first X100 camera in 2011, is now one of its strengths. The X100V has incredibly reliable autofocusing and performs remarkably well for a camera of this size. It's still is not as fast as an SLR, of course, but with each new iteration, they get closer.

Lens(es)

The Fujifilm X100V comes with the option to purchase 50mm equivalent and 28mm equivalent attachment lenses. I've found that 35mm and 50mm primes are my bread-and-butter focal lengths for street photography: wide enough to get close and intimate while showing a lot of background, but not too wide. Many street photographers love to use a 28mm equivalent as well, although that is usually too wide for me unless I am on a very crowded street corner.

The act of using a prime lens like this has allowed me to capture so many more split-second moments than I would have missed otherwise. With a zoom, I feel like I am a part of the camera, but with a small prime, I feel like the camera is part of me.

Battery life

The battery life over the last few versions is remarkably improved, particularly for a camera of this size. I still find that I need three batteries for an active day of shooting, but the battery life has been turned from a detriment to a benefit over the five generations of this camera.

Street photography settings and tips

While I think that the silver version of the camera is the prettiest, people tend to notice it frequently. It still works great for street photography, but I suggest getting the black version, which is more inconspicuous and gets fewer comments.

The X100V has a leaf-shutter, so is already very quiet, but you can disable all other sounds and enable an electronic shutter for completely silent shooting. This is particularly helpful for indoor and especially quiet situations.

I also lengthen the time that it takes for the camera to go to sleep. I find this option necessary since the camera will go to sleep occasionally just as a fast-moving moment appears out of nowhere The 'Boost' option also enables even faster autofocus speeds. Both of these options will significantly reduce the battery life, but with three batteries, you should have more than enough for a full day of busy shooting.

Street photography accessories

While Lensmate has not yet released a thumb-grip for the new design of the X100V (here it is for the X100F), I’m sure one is coming soon. This type of thumb grip makes the camera much easier to hold, particularly with one hand.

I also find that a soft release button makes the camera more comfortable and sensitive to shoot with: My personal favorite is the Abrahamsson Mini Soft Release. Purchase a couple of these because they can unscrew in your bag and get lost easily. I lose one a year usually and I’m very careful.

The overall aesthetic of Gordy's camera straps goes very well with the camera and are incredibly comfortable. I typically keep the strap shorter than normal to keep the camera higher on my chest, which makes it easier to shoot quickly with and isn't bothersome since the camera is so light.

Conclusion

The X100 series has been around for almost 10 years now, and it only gets better as Fujifilm works to find smart and subtle ways to improve it and the photos that come out of it without straying from the initial spirit of the camera.

I've found that the Fujifilm X100V has helped turn me into a more spontaneous street photographer. I can react faster, am able to manipulate the camera easier, and have gotten really in-tune with the fixed focal length. If you decide to get one for yourself, I think you'll feel much less self-conscious and afraid of getting close and intimate with your photographs.

The combination of all of these factors has allowed me to capture images that I would not be able to come back with before. And to be honest, I don’t know what camera I would use for street photography if the X100V didn’t exist. I can't say I would be as happy or comfortable with any other.

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DPReview TV: Mirrorless and DSLR microphone pre-amp shootout

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 28 mar 2020 - 14:00

We invited a professional audio engineer to test the microphone pre-amps in cameras from Canon, Nikon, Sony, Panasonic, Fujifilm and Olympus. Find out which ones deliver the best sound.

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The gear that changed my (photographic) life: Nikon's 35mm F2 AF-D

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 28 mar 2020 - 13:00
My workhorse combo for many years (with a cleaner UV filter, I promise).

I finished my undergraduate degree in visual journalism using a Nikon D80 while many of my peers were using Nikon's D90, D300 and D700 cameras. I was, shall we say, a bit jealous. The change in overall image quality from the switchover of 10MP CCD sensors to 12MP CMOS sensors in all of Nikon's camera bodies (both APS-C and full-frame) wasn't lost on me, and I couldn't help but think one of those cameras was really the key to making me a better photographer.

They weren't. I got a fancy, brand-new D7000 when I graduated and got my first real job, and a very well-used full-frame D700 after that. They were great cameras (I still have that D700), but it wasn't so much the cameras that helped me grow. It was my embracing of prime lenses that pushed me photographically, and chief among them, the Nikkor 35mm F2 AF-D lens which was all but glued to my D700 for years.

ISO 200 | 1/160 sec | F2.8

Up until this point, I thought I needed a decent wide-aperture zoom to cover everything. I felt I needed the versatility of varied focal lengths, and the idea of having a zoom became a crutch I leaned on. The F2.8 constant aperture on the Promaster 17-50mm lens (I swear, all the reviews said it was just a rebadged Tamron) mounted to my D80 helped during Bellingham, WA's interminably short and dark winter days, but ultimately, it was $250 USD down the drain for my photographic journey.

Why? Because I spent so much time shooting at the wide end of the zoom range, trying to fit everything in and capture every essence of the scene in each photograph. By looking at the broader picture, I was missing some of the details.

Once I got that D700 and figured I needed some lenses made for it, I picked up a secondhand 35mm F2 on a whim and discovered that – for myself – I had been shooting photographs wrong a lot of the time.

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Framing is everything. We 'crop' just about everything in our lives, whether we want to admit it or not. This is a philosophical debate in and of itself, but pretending we've come out on the other side of that debate, I quickly found that 35mm lenses provide my eyes with a sense of 'here's the most important thing in the scene, but with just the right amount of context'. The photos coming out of this lens and camera combo just felt right.

When I twisted my 35mm F2 D lens onto my D700 and peered through the viewfinder, I found that instead of trying to fit everything in a 26-28mm equivalent frame, I needed to pick-and-choose-and-layer things into my 35mm equivalent view. My photographs improved because of that. I thought to myself, this is a great way to document the world in front of me. I can get used to figuring out how to cut out the 'fat' in the image, and focus on the most important bits.

ISO 200 | 1/1000 sec | F8

Fast forward many years, and I still tend to judge a new camera system by whether or not it has a decent and affordable 35mm equivalent prime-lens option. I know that it's not to everyone's taste (sorry, Chris, I know you hate 35mm), but with the 35mm F2, my D700 was my carry-everywhere camera for years, and I can honestly look back on my time with it and realize how it helped make me the photographer I am today.

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Slideshow: Inaugural Nature TTL Photographer of the Year 2020 winners

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 27 mar 2020 - 19:44
Inaugural Nature TTL Photographer of the Year 2020 winners

The winning entries for the inaugural Nature TTL Photographer of the Year 2020 competition were recently announced. Over 7,000 images were submitted from wildlife, landscape, and macro photographers in 117 different countries. French photographer Florian Ledoux received the £1000 grand prize and title of Overall Winner for his image 'Above the Crabeater Seals.' If it looks familiar, it's because this photo, captured in Antarctica, was also a Drone Awards 2019 winner.

'It was a quiet morning and the sun was just about to rise. When I saw all the ice drifting alongside the sailboat in the fjord where we were anchored, with lot of crabeater seals resting on the ice, I immediately knew from previous experiences that this would give me a blast and really graphic and stunning images telling the story of how they use the ice to rest after night feeding,' Overall Winner Florian Ledoux explains to DPReview about how he pre-planned his capture.

'It is important that anyone inspired by this style of drone image understands the importance of wildlife and being ethical in your approach. Ensure that your drone does not spook animals or disturb them, and always conduct yourself within accordance of local regulations,' Ledoux told Nature TTL when he learned of his win.

'It is important that anyone inspired by this style of drone image understands the importance of wildlife and being ethical in your approach. Ensure that your drone does not spook animals or disturb them.'

Wildlife cameraman, and organizer of the competition, Will Nicholls said, 'Florian’s image provides a unique angle that is not often seen in wildlife photography. The judges had a tough choice to make, but the detail and strong composition of the seals surrounded by the broken ice made it stand out from the crowd.'

The Landscape category winner, Marek Biegalski, also used a drone to show a flock of sheep resting in a tree's shade. The Macro category was won by Chinese photographer Minghui Yuan for his simple, two-tone image of a damesfly resting on a blade of grass. The Youth category winner, 15-year-old Saptarshi Guyen from India, depicts a drongo searching for insects fleeing grassland fires.

Thousands voted for the People's Choice category. Robert Ferguson's intricate image of a pelican struggling to swallow a fish received the most votes. This is the first of what Nature TTL says is many annual photography competitions to come. Nature TTL offers photographers of all skill levels free tutorials and features that can be found here.

Overall Winner (& Wildlife Category Winner): 'Above the Crabeater Seals' by Florian Ledoux

Taken in: Antarctica

About this photo: 'Aerial view of crabeater seals resting in a group on the ice after feeding at night. The aerial view allow us to better understand how the wildlife use the ice to rest and give birth.'

Equipment used: Phantom 4 Pro+

Runner-up, Wildlife Category: 'Startled Owl' by Paul Holman

Taken in: United Kingdom

About this photo: 'The little baby owl made an appearance within the window during a
burst of early morning sun. A couple of jackdaws spooked by his presence started dive bombing him. After a few passes I noticed the jackdaw's reflection in the adjacent windowpane and decided to try and capture this behavior. The startled look on the little owl's face adds a little humor to the image.'

Equipment used: Canon EOS 7D II, Canon EF100-400mm Mark II lens

Highly Commended, Wildlife Category: 'Sleeping the Fall Off' by Terje Kolaas

Taken in: Norway

About this photo: 'A Collared Dove in a garden in mid-Norway takes a break in feeding during a heavy snow fall. A remote street light in the background creates a halo around the bird. As soon as the snowfall stops, it shakes the snow off its shoulders and goes back to the daily routine with collecting wheat from the nearby fields. Tried many different shutter- speeds to vary the movement of the snow, this one is at 1/40s.'

Equipment used: Nikon D850 + 600mm f/4 lens

Highly Commended, Wildlife Category: 'Breathing' by Bence Máté

Taken in: Romania

About this photo: 'A brown bear growls a warning of his presence to an interloper, his breath vanishing slowly in the windless forest.'

Equipment used: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II; 400mm lens

Highly Commended, Wildlife Category: 'Badger Blues' by Dave Hudson

Taken in: United Kingdom

About this photo: 'I had been putting in the hours watching a number of setts in the
area but decided to focus on this particular one due to the abundance of bluebells. I set myself up close to one of the badger tracks, knowing that I would only have one shot and I would need a lot of luck. After a good couple of hours, I began to hear movement. The light was fading fast and I knew that I would not have long before it would be too dark for any pictures.

An adult badger came towards me first, sniffing the air as they often do and heading towards me. It drifted out of shot and into the bluebells, but much to my delight behind it was a cub. He seemed comfortable enough so I clicked the shutter and got a couple of shots.'

Equipment used: Nikon D3s with Nikon D3s with Sigma 120-300 f/2.8 Sport lens

Winner, Landscape Category: 'Shadow Game' by Marek Biegalski

Taken in: Italy

About this photo: 'Aerial image taken in Tuscany in autumn light. Flock of sheep was hiding in the shade from the sun under the shadow of a tree.'

Equipment used: DJI Mavic Pro 2

Runner-up, Landscape Category: 'Viking Rainbows' by Alessandro Cantarelli

Taken in: Iceland

About this photo: 'I am very attached to this photograph, both because of the technical
difficulty and because it took years to make it. Over the last few years, I have found myself dozens of times in Iceland, several of which I was lucky enough to witness incredible conditions on the Vestrahorn.

Seeing such a powerful sunrise on the right was already magical, and the very intense rain made things difficult for me but it gave me a great gift: a double rainbow on my left that perfectly compensated the strong light on the right. 88 layers in Photoshop to create a panorama; 6 shots bracketed.'

Equipment used: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Samyang 12mm f/2.8 fisheye lens

Highly Commended, Landscape Category: 'Valley of the Scheldt' by Bart Heirweg

Taken in: Belgium

About this photo: 'In early autumn the valley of the Scheldt is often filled with a thick layer of fog on clear and windless mornings. When the sun starts to rise the fog slowly disappears revealing the landscape underneath. When seen from above this atmosphere is simply magical.'

Equipment used: DJI Mavic Pro 2

Winner, Macro Category: 'Chinese Painting' by Minghui Yuan

Taken in: China

About this photo: 'I was wearing a piece of waterproof overalls in the stream of Dabie Mountain, waiting to observe this Matrona basilaris (damselfly). Matrona basilaris is the king of the stream here. There is a male Matrona basilaris every 3 meters. They were waiting for the female to fly over its territory; the male chased away a male opponent and then stopped at the tip of the grass.

Against the background of the sky, I discovered the connection between the lines of the grass and the subject. Nature itself is a simple painting.'

Equipment used: Nikon D7000, Tamron 180mm f/3.5 macro lens

Highly Commended, Macro Category: 'Nothing Here but this Tree' by Caitlin Henderson

Taken in: Australia

About this photo: 'The Lichen Huntsman (Pandercetes gracilis) is an incredible species of tree- dwelling spider from Australia's tropical north. Its astounding camouflage enables it to blend perfectly with the tree bark and lichens, and is near impossible to spot by day.

At night, I went searching for these spiders with a torch, using their reflective eye-shine to discover their hiding places in plain sight.'

Equipment used: Canon EOS 7D, Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 macro lens

Highly Commended, Macro Category: 'Trailblazer' by Christian Wappl

Taken in: Thailand

About this photo: 'It was past midnight in the forest of the Peninsular Botanic Garden (Trang, Thailand), but a light still shone in the dark. A large firefly larva (Lamprigera sp.) emitted a constant glow from its light organs.

I wanted to capture the scene in a way that celebrated its bioluminescence, and decided on a long exposure with rear-curtain flash. The shot had to be made in near-total darkness, which meant I had to estimate the position of the firefly larva in the frame.'

Equipment used: Canon EOS 5DS, Canon EF 16–35mm f/4L lens

Highly Commended, Macro Category: 'Home Sweet Home' by Jesslyn Saw

Taken in: Malaysia

About this photo: 'While on holiday at my family home in Malaysia, I set out to document as many different types of jumping spiders as possible in a fortnight.

Battling the rain and heat and humidity of the tropics, the best time to hunt these spiders was early in the morning and late afternoon. It was on one of these late afternoon jaunts that I saw this colorful jumping spider and discovered a nest nearby. Hoping that the nest belonged to this particular spider, I came back again early the next morning to photograph it in its nest. To my delight, I saw that the nest did indeed belong to this spider. However, it took me another two days of early morning visits to finally successfully photograph the spider in its nest.'

Equipment used: Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, 60mm f/2.8 macro lens

Winner, Under 16 Category: 'Phoenix' by Saptarshi Gayen

Taken in: India

About this photo: 'For the last 4-5 years I have seen that, at the end of every winter, farmers of this huge grassland generally burn the grass and reeds to clean the land for upcoming crops.

When the fire spreads across the land, small insects start coming out. Then the brave Black Drongo starts capitalizing on such a moment by eating them and flying above the live fire. The birds usually sit on a branch fearlessly and watch the movements of the insects as the fire spreads into a new area, then it flies close to the fire for the catch. This is a full frame image, and the calmness of the Drongo reminds me of the Roman Emperor Nero.'

Equipment used: Nikon D7100, Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E VR lens

Runner-up, Under 16 Category: 'The Cradle of Life' by Tamás Koncz-Bisztricz

Taken in: Hungary

About this photo: 'Late winter in February, the soda lakes are full of life in Hungary. These lakes are the sanctuary of wide variety water birds.

There is a nice, but unknown, hidden lake between the village of Tömörkény and Pálmonostora which is surrounded and covered with cane and sedge - therefore impossible to observe.

I took this aerial photograph by a remotely controlled drone. I use a special technique to slowly approach the birds from very high altitude, which is a method also used by conservation experts to count the population of the birds.

In the picture the wild ducks roil in the muddy water and leave lines in the yellowish-brownish, sometimes purple, water colored by organic materials coming from decomposition of cane. The sparkling color pallet of the image is composed by the blue sky and the white cloud reflection on the water’s surface.'

Equipment used: DJI Phantom 3 Standard

Winner, People’s Choice Award: 'I'm Not Going Easy' by Robert Ferguson

Taken in: Singapore

About photo: 'This is the Great white pelican (Pelecanus onocrotalus), struggling with a non-native fish. These wonderful birds are free to roam, but have established a large colony on one of the artificial islands in the old Jurong park in Singapore.

I had set up my camera to take some portraits and watch their behavior, and noticed one particular bird that had caught one of the big fish from the pond. I watched, intrigued, as the bird swam in circles, dipping his bill, taking water, then raising his beak to attempt to swallow his large prey. But every time the fish extended its sharp spines on its fins - you can see it hooked on the beak here - and lodged itself firmly.

This went on for over 20 minutes, with no sign of either party tiring. I was fascinated to see the intricate veins in the birds throat pouch, as the overcast day backlit the thin skin, and I had to move and crouch low to the ground to get the shot.'

Equipment used: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II, 200-400mm f/4 lens


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Rogue releases new FlashBender v3 with better compatibility and improved usability

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 27 mar 2020 - 19:43

Rogue Photographic Design has released a new version of its popular FlashBender shapeable reflectors and softboxes for speedlights. The FlashBender v3 (shown above in the large size) incorporates numerous new features and improvements when compared to the v2, including a new internal mesh structure, quick-release buckle and more.

While the FlashBender v2 was compatible with strobes and speedlights of many sizes, the new v3 has been designed for even more compatibility. With its new grippier attachment strap, the v3 can fit strobes as small as 17cm (6.7") and as large as 43cm (17"). The v2 could fit flashes and strobes from 19cm (7.5") to just under 25cm (9.75").

Rogue lists a variety of compatible flashes on its website, including speedlights from Canon, Godox, Nikon, Nissin, Olympus, Profoto and Sony. The mount is incorporated into the FlashBender v3 itself, so there's no need for additional accessories or mounts when attaching the v3 to your flash.

With its new internal mesh structure, the FlashBender v3 can be more easily shaped to your needs and is better at maintaining its position. Compared to the v2, the FlashBender v3 makes it easier to shape and direct light where you need it.

Compared to the Rogue FlashBender v2 (left), the FlashBender v3 (right) has an improved strap and quick-release buckle. The new v3 is also compatible with a wider range of flashes and strobes than its predecessor. With its new internal mesh structure, the FlashBender v3 allows for better control over the direction of light than the v2 as well.

The FlashBender v3 maintains the same compact form factor as its predecessor, ensuring that you can easily fold it in half to pack it away when transporting your gear. To make the FlashBender v3 even easier to use, it incorporates a new quick-release buckle. One minor tradeoff for the improved usability and design is that the FlashBender v3 weighs slightly more than its predecessor. For example, the FlashBender v3 Large Reflector weighs 170g (6oz), whereas the v2 weighs 135g (4.8oz).

For those unfamiliar with the Rogue FlashBender, it is available in various configurations, including a large reflector, large softbox, small reflector, small softbox and an XL pro lighting system. With the reflector kits, you can use the FlashBender v3 to reflect and soften the light from your speedlight or strobe, allowing you to easily set up main, background, accent or hair lights. You can also use the FlashBender to easily direct and bounce light off existing reflective surfaces, such as a white ceiling. Compared to a diffuser, the FlashBender allows for more control of where your light is directed, allowing the photographer to opt for lower power settings or be able to take better photos in direct outdoor sunlight.

The FlashBender v3 softbox kits come with a FlashBender v3 reflector and also includes a diffusion panel, allowing you to create even softer light and eliminate bounce flash if you are working in an area with off-color ceilings. When using FlashBender v3, either attached to an on-camera flash or when using off-camera remote flash, you can shape it to create a reflector/gobo, snoot (tube) or softbox.

The Rogue FlashBender v3 is available in an XL Pro Lighting System kit (shown here) for $119.95. This kit comes with an extra-large Pro Reflector v3, extra-large Pro Diffuser v3 and Rogue's Pro Strip Grid v3.

The Rogue FlashBender v3 is available in the following kits: Large Reflector ($44.95 USD), Large Soft Box Kit ($59.95), Small Reflector ($39.95), Small Soft Box Kit ($49.95) and XL Pro Lighting System ($119.95). The softbox kits include a reflector plus a diffusion panel. The XL Pro Lighting System includes an extra-large Pro Reflector v3, Pro Diffusion Panel v3 and Pro Strip Grid v3. For owners of the FlashBender or FlashBender v2, it is worth noting that existing versions of Rogue Diffusion Panels are not compatible with the new hook and loop modifications on the FlashBender v3.

For more information on the new Rogue FlashBender v3, visit the Rogue Photographic Design website.

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Loupedeck's latest software update adds new Profile Creator tool for custom profiles

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 27 mar 2020 - 18:58

The company known for its video and image editing consoles, Loupedeck, has announced a software update that enables users to create custom profiles for third-party applications. With the new Loupedeck Profile Creator, Loupedeck CT owners can create various custom profiles for all of the software they use, including for applications like Davinci Resolve, Logic Pro X, Capture One and more.

According to Loupedeck, creators don't need any programming skills to create custom profiles for their favorite applications. Profile Creator can be used for adjustments and actions using everything from mouse movements to shortcuts, macros, keys, run applications, links and text. The new capability is found in software version 3.2 and higher.

Users can find a series of custom profiles for popular applications available to download on the Loupedeck website here. The company's Founder and CEO Mikko Kesti explained, 'The possibility for all users to create custom profiles is an important step in delivering an increased level of functionality and flexibility the digital creator community requires with their editing tools.'

In addition to announcing the Profile Creator's Custom Profiles feature, Loupedeck has also revealed that its Creative Tool now has native integration for Streamlabs, a live streaming app that is popular with creators. Going forward, Loupedeck CT owners will be able to use the console to directly control their stream, including the ability to adjust audio, quickly mute and skip content, hide and unhide sources, and more.

Kesti calls the native integration a 'natural addition' to the company's Creative Tool, which is available to purchase for $549. Users who are new to the device can download its companion software from Loupedeck's website, where the company also offers User Guide downloads for everything from general usage to using Loupedeck CT with specific photo and video applications like Photoshop and Lightroom.

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Photography deals, discounts and freebies for making the most of being stuck inside

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 27 mar 2020 - 17:59

As the number of newly-diagnosed Coronavirus cases continues to increase, so do the strict orders to stay home. For some, this means an increase in free time along with a decline in disposable income. Across the photography community, multiple retailers, software manufacturers, teachers and more are offering discounts, extended trials or freebies to help pass the time and (hopefully) make your dollars go a little further in this time of economic downturn.

We've rounded up just a few of the offerings from around the photography world and are sharing some of our favorites below. Keep in mind not all of these specials are specifically made in response to the COVID-19 outbreak, but we've included them below, unaffiliated, to ensure as little goes unseen as possible.

This will be a living list, so as we come across more deals and freebies, we will be adding them to the collection, which is split into two categories: 'Deals and discounts' and 'Classes, courses and webinars.' If you know of any we've missed, please share them in the comments below and we'll be sure to add them to the list.

Deals and discounts Adobe

In addition to granting free access to its Creative Cloud suite for qualifying students and educators alike, Adobe is also giving everyone two months of free Creative Cloud to help creatives affected by the ongoing pandemic. PetaPixel has shared a thorough guide on how to get your two free months.

Affinity

Serif has increased the length of its free trial to 90 days (from 30 days) for its entire Affinity suite and is offering all of its apps, both desktop and mobile, for 50% off. This includes Affinity Designer, Affinity Photo and Affinity Publisher. Additionally, Serif has pledged to ‘engage more than 100 freelance creatives for work, spending the equivalent of our annual commissioning budget in the next three months.’ Serif says more details on that initiative will be announced soon and has in the meantime shared a letter regarding this news.

Adorama

As always, Adorama has a number of special offers and discounts across various photo gear, as well as a ‘Deal of the Day’ that kicks off with a new product at 10am EST everyday.

B&H

B&H too has its own ‘Deal Zone’ that features ‘unbeatable specials.’ Not everything is photo-specific, but you can count on at least two or three photography-specific deals going on every day.

DaVinci Resolve

While not exclusive to the COVID-19 pandemic, DaVinci Resolve 16, an inline video editor akin to Adobe Premiere Pro, is free to download for Linux, macOS and Windows computers. Whether you’re looking to cut your Adobe subscription to bring down your monthly bills or simply want to try something new, it’s hard to beat the price of nothing and the app itself is a treat to use, as we’ve been over before.

DxO

DxO is slashing prices by up to 30% off through March 31st, including the recently-released DxO PhotoLab 3.2 update as well as its Nik Collection. With the discount, PhotoLab 3.2 and the Nik Collection cost $99.99 each, compared to the usual $129.99. You can also try out both programs for 30-days with free trials.

ON1

ON1 is currently offering 50% off Photo RAW 2020.1, bringing the normal $99.99 price down to just $49.99. ON1 is also offering 50% off its ‘Gold Package’ version of Photo RAW 2020.1, which includes the program, 50 fine art texture overlays, the ON1 Foundations video course, a one-year SmugMug Portfolio membership (normally a $180 value), as well as a pack of presets, LUTs and ‘styles.’ You can find both the standard download and the ‘Gold Package’ download at ON1’s online store. The deals end March 31, so you only have a few days left to snag this deal.

Skylum

Skylum is currently offering Luminar 4.2 and Aurora HDR as a bundle for $149, a $39 savings over the usual price. In order to see the deal, visit the Aurora HDR product page, click ‘Buy Now’ and scroll down to see the bundle with Luminar 4.

Classes, courses and webinars Professional Photographers of America

As we covered earlier this week, Professional Photographers of America is currently offering its library of more than 1,100 courses for free. Usually these classes are limited to paying PPA members, but to help photographers and creatives affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, PPA has temporarily opened them up for all.

Advanced Aerial Photography with Vic Moss

In a webinar scheduled for this Thursday, March 26th, at 4:00 PM MST (6:00 PM EST), Drone U's Vic Moss shares important lessons learned through his 30-plus years of experience as a photographer and 6-plus years operating drones.

'Drone U has decided to offer some free courses and webinars during this time to give people an outlet. Many of us are cooped up and still need a creative outlet. Now is a good time to hone our skillsets, so Drone U thought we'd do this. We're all in this together, so let's get through it together,' Moss tells DPReview.

Here are a few concepts that will be covered:

  • The exposure triangle and how the three parts work together (ISO, f-stop, shutter speed)
  • Megapixel vs. resolution: how are they different? Or are they?
  • The basics of composition
  • How to use the histogram to enhance your images
  • HDR and some basic editing concepts

While the webinar will be available for replay after it's recorded, the live session offers attendees the opportunity to ask questions. Register here.

Introduction to Aerial Videography: Creative Direction for Drone Filming

This course is offered for free through Skillshare. All you need to do is create a free account to access a 2-month trial that can be canceled (it would be wise to set a reminder if you're not interested in becoming a full-time member). Drew Roberts and Nathan Labruzza of Los Angeles-based Wild Rabbit Aerials, have created footage for major car companies including GMC, Ford, and Toyota, a Super Bowl ad for SodaStream, and footage for numerous feature film productions.

The duo walks through the basics of aerial cinematography including how to get started from the ground up. They share some hard-learned lessons from their years of experience, how they conduct the simplest to most complex shoots and run through the post-production process. Register for this course through a free Skillshare account here.

Various Beginner + Intermediate Photography Courses

Brit + Co, a lifestyle and DIY-based site, is offering all of their courses, which usually range from $27 – $107 each, for free through March 31st. Simply use the all-caps promo code 'SELFCARE' without the quotes at checkout. Click on 'Have a Coupon?' and you'll automatically be registered without having to use your credit card or PayPal account.

Relevant courses include 'How to Become a Wedding Photographer,'Phone Photography: Capturing Your Travels,'Family Photography: Capturing Your Little Ones, and their 'Wanderlust Photography Bundle' which gives an introduction to travel photography and walks you through using photo editing apps. 'Some of us can't work and are catching a serious case of cabin fever. All of us want to stay inspired, creative, and take care of ourselves,' reads the official blog post introducing the initiative.

Adobe Premiere Pro, Lightroom, Photoshop, and After Effects Tutorials

YouTube hosts millions of free tutorials from creators around the globe. As with any major platform that goes largely unmoderated, save for removing objectionable content, the quality of information offered can vary. Justin Odisho has consistently created high-caliber content around showing creatives how to use Adobe products.

Adobe Premiere Pro is inarguably an industry standard when it comes to video editing software. In a series of 187 videos, Odisho walks you through everything from color correction to creating effects. Lightroom, Photoshop, and After Effects users will also find a wealth of information to master their respective crafts.

Kelby One

Scott Kelby’s Kelby One program is also offering free weekly webinars and memberships to some of its most popular classes. In a notification on the Kelby One website, it reads ‘We hope these resources help during this trying time as you work from home or self-quarantine for safety.’

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Panasonic Lumix G 25mm F1.7 sample gallery

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 27 mar 2020 - 14:00
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Panasonic's 25mm F1.7 is not a new lens but it does offer good optical performance for the money – it's also a lens that never received our sample gallery treatment, until now. Think of it as the brand's nifty fifty – because at about $150 this 50mm equiv. would be an excellent addition to any Micro Four Thirds kit.

It's also worth mentioning that much of this gallery was shot with Seattle in COVID-19 lockdown, so we had to get a little creative with subject matter!

See our Panasonic 25mm F1.7 lens gallery

Are there any other lenses you'd like to see us shoot sample galleries for which we haven't already? Let us know in the comments below.

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Film Fridays: 20 film cameras worth buying right now

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 27 mar 2020 - 13:00
The Canon T90 is just one of the 20 film cameras worth buying right now. Check out Analog Gems - part 1 and Analog Gems - part 2 to view them all.
Photo: Dan Bracaglia

Happy Film Friday! In the spirit of celebrating all things analog, we felt today was the perfect time to take another look at our two popular film camera buying guides. These guides are chock full of cameras that are easy to find on the secondhand market in good working order, and many of them were included as staff and reader favorites. So if you're a first-time camera buyer or simply looking to add to your collection, there's probably a camera in there for you.

Analog Gems – part 1: 10 film cameras worth buying

Analog Gems – part 2: 10 more film cameras worth buying

Do note: the price of one or two cameras has jumped a good bit since initial publication (we're looking at you Olympus Stylus Epic). That's not to say we wouldn't still recommend these cameras, just be aware of price inflation!

About Film Fridays: We recently launched an analog forum and in a continuing effort to promote the fun of the medium, we'll be sharing film-related content on Fridays.

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Metabones' new EF-RF Speed Booster reduces Canon EOS R 4K crop factor

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 26 mar 2020 - 19:47

Metabones has released a new Speed Booster that reduces the significant 4K video crop factor found on the Canon EOS R full-frame camera systems. With this adapter, photographers can use Canon EF full-frame lenses with the Canon RF mount, significantly reducing the 4K crop on the EOS R from 1.75x to 1.24x and the crop on the EOS RP from 1.63x to 1.15x.

As with the company's existing Speed Boosters, it works by condensing the main lens's field of view down into a smaller region: reducing the net focal length by 1.4x and hence lowering the F-number by one stop, compared with the adapted lens's setting. A 50mm F2.0 combined with the adapter would become a 35mm F1.4.

The Metabones EF-RF Speed Booster ULTRA 0.71x is constructed of 5 elements in 4 groups and features an ultra-high index tantalum-based optics, magnification of 0.71x and a max output aperture of F0.9. The Speed Booster supports dual-pixel autofocus, video AF, plus it has IS lens support, a built-in Control Wheel for accessing various functions like shutter speed and ISO, an LED indicator and automatic adjustment of the autofocus speed.

As far as construction is concerned, Metabones used a rubber gasket to help protect against moisture and dust, as well as flocking to cut down on internal reflections. The Speed Booster is made from brass and aluminum alloy with chromium plating and a satin finish. The tripod head is detachable and can be used with popular ball heads from Photo Clam, Arca Swiss and Markins.

The new ULTRA model wasn't designed for still photography, Metabones explains, but it can be used as such if the camera is in APS-C mode. Lens compatibility is fairly extensive and includes:

  • Canon EF lenses
  • Canon EF extender
  • Carl Zeiss EF lenses
  • Sigma EF lenses
  • Tamron EF lenses
  • Tokina EF lenses
  • Contax N lenses modified to Canon EF by Conurus

The Speed Booster can also be used with the Contax 645 NAM-1 adapter that has been modified for Canon EF, but it can't be used with Canon EF-S lenses nor with APS-C lenses. Metabones stresses that those latter lenses 'DO NOT WORK AT ALL.'

The Metabones EF-RF Speed Booster ULTRA 0.71x is available now for $479.

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Huawei launches P40 series with Leica-badged cameras and up to 10x optical zoom

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 26 mar 2020 - 19:38

Chinese manufacturer Huawei has today launched the latest generation of its camera-centric high-end P-series. The P40, P40 Pro and P40 Pro+ share the Kirin 990 5G chipset and the large 1/1.28-inch image sensor in the main camera but otherwise differ slightly in a range of areas.

The Huawei P40 Pro+ Large main camera sensor

Like for previous Huawei high-end phones, the camera assembly of the P40 series has been developed in cooperation with German camera makers Leica. The P40 offers a triple-camera setup with ultra-wide and conventional 3x tele cameras.

The P40 Pro camera cluster

The P40 Pro features the same main camera with 50MP Quad-Bayer sensor, OIS and fast F1.9 aperture lens, but adds a more powerful ultra-wide with a 1/1.54" 40MP sensor and a periscope style tele-camera that offers 5x optical magnification and, in combination with super-resolution algorithms, a maximum zoom factor of 50. A time-of-flight (ToF) sensor for depth-sensing in bokeh mode and improved autofocus performance is on board as well.

10x optical zoom on the P40 Pro+

The P40 Pro+ tops the Pro version by replacing the 5x tele with not one but two tele lenses: similar to the Xiaomi Mi 10 Pro a 3x conventional tele is used for closer distances. If you want to zoom in further a 10x optical periscope-style variant that supports up to 100x digital zoom takes over. The 10x lens reflects light five times to achieve its long focal length. AI algorithms use data from the ultra-wide camera and zoom lenses to optimize still image and video stabilization.

The main camera sensor in all three models is Huawei's largest smartphone image sensor to date and uses pixel binning for increased dynamic range and low light performance. The new Octa PD AutoFocus offers focus capability on all pixels and the HUAWEI XD Fusion Engine is combining image data form all sensors to smoothen zoom operation and achieve optimized image quality at intermediate zoom settings.

Color temperature sensor

In addition the camera features a new multi-spectrum color temperature sensor and AI-powered white balance algorithms which, according to Huawei, improve color accuracy by 45 percent. AI methods are also deployed to optimize portrait skin tones and textures.

New camera software features include a function that chooses the frames from a Moving Picture and AI Remove Passersby and AI Remove Reflection which can eliminate unwanted subjects and glare in your images respectively.

Ultra-wide video with real-time bokeh

Bu default the P40 Pro and P40 Pro+ use their ultra-wide cameras for video shooting. The 18mm focal length should be ideal for cinematic shots and the large 1/1.54-inch sensor offers a 3:2 aspect ratio. Fusion Technology supports 16-in-1 pixel binning in video mode which enables shooting at up to ISO51200 with a wide dynamic range and 7680fps ultra slow-motion video capture.

Video mode also supports real-time bokeh effects and zooming using the tele camera. In addition, the camera is capable of producing 4K timelapses and directional audio zoom lets you focus the microphones on a specific subject in a scene.

Plenty of power and apps from Huawei's AppGallery

All new models are powered by Huawei's latest top-end chipset Kirin 990 5G which features 5G band support and 160MHz Wi-Fi 6 Plus technology with 2,400Mbps peak theoretical transmission speed. The Pro+ also comes with 40W wireless charging.

Like last year's Mate 30 series, the P40 models do not come with Google apps, such as Gmail, Maps or the Play Store. Instead, apps can be downloaded from Huawei's own AppGallery. The company says the gallery is working with global developers to expand the app selection on offer but for now, many users will see the lack of Google app as a major drawback.

Premium design and 90Hz OLED display

All the high-end tech is wrapped up in glass-covered bodies on the P40 and P40 Pro. The Pro+ comes with a nano-tech ceramic back panel for an even more premium look and feel. The Pro and Pro+ models also come with a curved edge 90Hz FullHD+ OLED display that features extremely thin bezels and an in-screen fingerprint reader.

P40 colors

Pricing and availability:

Owning a P40 series model won't come at a bargain price. The basic P40 with 6GM RAM and 128GB of built-in memory will set you back 799 Euros (approximately $880). The P40 Pro with 8GB of RAM and 256GB built-in storage is 999 Euros (approximately $1100) and the top-end P40 Pro+ with 8GB/256GB is a hefty 1399 Euros (approximately $1540). Bigger-storage variants are available for each model but Huawei has not released pricing information for those yet. Currently, no further information on geographical availability has been provided either.

Press Release:

HUAWEI P40 Series Marks the Age of Visionary Photography

Housing Huawei’s largest CMOS sensor yet, the HUAWEI P40 Series delivers all-day Super Definition photography with powerful cameras, high performance 5G and cutting-edge design

26 March 2020 – Huawei Consumer Business Group (BG) today announced the HUAWEI P40 Pro+, HUAWEI P40 Pro and HUAWEI P40, the new HUAWEI P40 Series flagship smartphones featuring cutting-edge designs with ground-breaking camera innovations that radically expand mobile photography and video capture possibilities.

The HUAWEI P40 Series continues the series’ heritage of imaging excellence. The large 1/1.28-inch sensor has a binned pixel size measuring 2.44μm to massively boost light intake for enhanced low-light performance, while a new periscope design realises 10x true optical zoom. The HUAWEI P40 Series is powered by Kirin 990 5G and supports high-speed 5G and Wi-Fi 6 Plus. The advanced hardware is embedded in a beautiful and compact enclosure featuring the HUAWEI Quad-curve Overflow Display that delivers outstanding fluidity and responsiveness.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG, “The HUAWEI P Series has always been about innovative aesthetics and making premium imaging hardware accessible, representing the very best of industrial design and technology. With an outstanding sensor, camera systems that we co-engineered with Leica, powerful chipset and HUAWEI XD Fusion Engine, the HUAWEI P40 Series exemplifies our focus and offers an all-day Super Definition experience to help consumers realise their creative vision.”

Unprecedented design

The HUAWEI P40 Pro and HUAWEI P40 Pro+ are equipped with the HUAWEI Quad-curve Overflow Display. Inspired by the art of motion, the display takes on a curved edge on all four sides, creating a shape that is reminiscent of water on the cusp of overflowing from the rim of a filled cup. The super narrow bezels and streamlined round corners ensure an ergonomic hold and a near borderless look, while an enhanced in-screen fingerprint reader offers 30 percent faster biometric authentication.

Available in three glossy glass finishes – Ice White, Deep Sea Blue and Black – and two innovative refractive matte glass finishes – Blush Gold and Silver Frost, the HUAWEI P40 Pro and HUAWEI P40 exude classical elegance from every angle. HUAWEI P40 Pro+ features an exquisite nano-tech ceramic back panel that is kilned and polished to ensure it stands the test of time with incredible durability and timeless style. This unique design comes in two iconic colours: Ceramic White and Ceramic Black.

All-day Super Definition photography

Embedded in the HUAWEI P40 Series is the advanced Ultra Vision Leica camera system, available in triple-camera, quad-camera and penta-camera configurations. The HUAWEI P40 delivers outstanding photographic results with ultra wide-angle, wide-angle and telephoto lenses. The HUAWEI P40 Pro features an evolution of the Leica Quad Camera with a more powerful Ultra Wide Cine Camera and ToF Camera alongside 50x SuperSensing Zoom. The HUAWEI P40 Pro+ lets consumers see the unprecedented with the SuperZoom Array, which supports 10x true optical zoom and 100x maximum digital zoom.

The HUAWEI Ultra Vision Sensor included in the full HUAWEI P40 Series is Huawei’s largest CMOS sensor to date. Measuring 1/1.28 inches diagonally, it supports pixel binning to achieve a pixel size of 2.44μm and Full Pixel Octa PD AutoFocus for high-speed focus at any time of day, while the HUAWEI XD Fusion Engine integrates and processes data from multiple cameras to generate a comprehensive improvement in picture quality.

HUAWEI P40 Pro brings faraway subjects up close with 5x optical zoom, 10x hybrid zoom and 50x maximum digital zoom. For the first time ever, the 5x Optical Telephoto Camera in the HUAWEI P40 Pro includes a RYYB colour filter array to boost light intake and improve quality of zoomed shots. HUAWEI P40 Pro+ has a 100x SuperZoom Array with a new periscope design that reflects light five times, extending the light path by 178 percent to support 10x true optical zoom. The optically stabilised Ultra Vision Wide Camera and SuperZoom Array work in tandem with AI to realise Triple OIS+AIS for vastly improved photo and video stabilisation.

Skin tone and texture are faithfully reproduced by a new Multi-spectrum Colour Temperature Sensor and AI AWB algorithm that boost colour accuracy by 45 percent. Deep learning algorithms provide real-time portrait optimisations that enhance lighting and detail. HUAWEI P40 Pro and HUAWEI P40 Pro+ have a 32MP AF Camera and IR Depth Camera that support autofocus and Bokeh reproduction to deliver the same outstanding portrait effects that are signature to Huawei devices, as well as IR Face Unlock for device unlock even in low light conditions. HUAWEI P40 Series also introduces HUAWEI Golden Snap, which includes AI Best Moment, a new smart photography feature that chooses the best frames from a Moving Picture. AI Remove Passersby and AI Remove Reflection can do away with unwanted subjects and glare from the frame, allowing users to easily enhance their images after the fact.

A powerful pocket-sized video camera

The 40MP Ultra Wide Cine Camera in HUAWEI P40 Pro and HUAWEI P40 Pro+ has a focal length that is equivalent to 18mm and a 1/1.54-inch sensor supporting the 3:2 aspect ratio. SedecimPixel Fusion Technology is built into this camera to support 16-in-1 pixel binning, producing super pixels that measure 4.48μm to boost light sensitivity up to ISO51200 and enable 7680fps Ultra Slow-Motion video capture.

HUAWEI P40 Series supports real-time Bokeh effects for videos. Similar to the results of a wide aperture lens, this feature adds progressive Bokeh to help highlight the main subject of the footage. The telephoto camera can capture high quality zoom footage as well as 4K time-lapse videos. Directional Audio Zoom, available on HUAWEI P40 Pro and HUAWEI P40 Pro+, allows users to zoom in on an audio source and amplify its sound at the same time.

An all-connected 5G powerhouse

The HUAWEI P40 Series is powered by Kirin 990 5G to deliver integrated 5G connectivity with the most comprehensive 5G band support, robust AI performance and power efficiency. Display responsiveness and gaming experience are taken to the next level by the upgraded graphics rendering engine making the most of the 90Hz panel on the HUAWEI P40 Pro and HUAWEI P40 Pro+. The 160MHz Wi-Fi 6 Plus technology featured in the full line-up offers high-speed connectivity with support for 2,400Mbps peak theoretical transmission speed. The industry-leading 40W Wireless HUAWEI SuperCharge is available on the HUAWEI P40 Pro+ for fast and convenient charging. The chipset is given the thermal headroom to deliver exceptional performance by the advanced cooling systems, including the bespoke 4-in-1 SuperCool system in the HUAWEI P40 Pro+.

The EMUI 10.1 operating system introduces a host of new features that enable a richer, more seamless AI life. HUAWEI MeeTime[1] supports 1080p Full HD video call on Huawei smartphones, tablets and the HUAWEI Vision TV and delivers clear picture quality even in low light or weak signal conditions. Users can also share their phone screen with the other party during the video call and mark-up notes to quickly share thoughts.

Huawei Share facilitates high-speed file transfer between the smartphone and other devices such as tablets and PCs. With Huawei Share on the HUAWEI P40 Series, consumers can stream music to a smart speaker, initiate screen projection and connect to Wi-Fi by tapping the device[2] they want to connect to with their phone. New functionality added to the Multi-screen Collaboration allows users to easily answer video or voice calls hands-free directly through the PC, and open files and hyperlinks on the smartphone with native PC applications for enhanced productivity.

Working in close collaboration with global developers, Huawei offers a wide range of global and local apps on AppGallery, Huawei’s official app marketplace. Users can also enjoy a rich library of quality entertainment media on HUAWEI Video, HUAWEI Music and HUAWEI Reader, with new additions from top content providers being added on a continuous basis.

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Fujifilm releases major firmware update for X-T30, minor updates for X-T3, 16-80mm F4 lens

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 26 mar 2020 - 19:02

Fujifilm has released firmware updates for its X-T30 and X-T3 camera systems, as well as its XF 16–80mm F4 R OIS WR lens. While the updates for the X-T3 and XF 16–80mm F4 are extremely minor, the X-T30 gains a number of much-anticipated features.

Starting out with the smaller updates, firmware version 3.21 for the X-T3 and firmware version 1.03 for the XF 16–80mm F4 both address minor bugs. No specific bugs are mentioned and no other information is given about the updates.

Moving onto firmware version 1.20 for the X-T30, Fujifilm has added a list of new features and functionality. First and foremost, Fujifilm has added improved autofocus performance. According to Fujifilm, the tracking performance of the eye AF frame has been improved, the face-detection has been improved when there are different-sized faces in the same frame and autofocus on foreground subjects has been improved when there is a mix of foreground and background subjects in an image.

Fujifilm has also improved gimbal and drone support when the X-T30 is used with supported rigs over USB. Specifically, firmware version 1.20 adds functions for starting and stopping video recording, adjusting exposure settings for video and adjusting manual focus for video.

Also added is the ability to save up to 9,999 photos into a single folder on an SD card; previously the X-T30 was limited to only 999 shots per folder.

You can download the latest updates for the X-T30 (version 1.20), X-T3 (version 3.21) and the XF 16–80mm F4 lens (version 1.03) on Fujifilm’s respective support pages.

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Sony to transform its Electronics Products & Solutions segment into new holding company

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 26 mar 2020 - 15:17

Sony has announced it is transforming its Electronics Products & Solutions (EP&S) segment into an intermediate holding company. Starting April 1, 2020, Sony’s Imaging Products & Solutions, Home Entertainment & Sound and Mobile Communications divisions, which made up its EP&S segment, will be known as Sony Electronics Corporation.

In a short statement on its public relations website, Sony Corporation says the creation of this new company ‘will not only accelerate the integrated operation of the EP&S businesses, but also aim to optimize its organizational structure, talent and business portfolio, while further enhancing competitiveness and creating new business.’

Sony has done multiple restructures in the past with little to no effect on consumers. It would appear that will be the case with this transition as well.

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Fujifilm X-T200 sample gallery

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 26 mar 2020 - 14:00
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Despite being stuck at home for the last several weeks, we've been able to put together an initial gallery of sample images from the Fujifilm X-T200, taken both at home and in the great outdoors. See what the newest entry-level X-series camera can do.

For more photos, check out our extensive gallery from a pre-production X-T200.

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Canon says firmware fix for lockup issue is coming in 'early April,' offers workaround in the meantime

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 25 mar 2020 - 21:55

Canon U.S.A has announced a firmware update is being worked on to address the ‘phenomenon’ wherein its EOS-1D X Mark III DSLR camera will lock up under certain conditions.

Previously, we reported on a number of incidents wherein Canon’s latest flagship DSLR would lock up when pressing down the shutter in certain modes. While the exact cause remains unconfirmed, Canon’s changelog for the forthcoming firmware update suggests the bug is caused when the electronic level is turned on in the viewfinder display. Below is the exact text from Canon:

‘The phenomenon may occur when the camera is being used with the electronic level set to “Show” in the viewfinder display. In rare cases, the camera may not perform as it was designed to when operating the AF-ON button or shutter button.’

Note the magnified section, which appears to show a part of the interface used for the OVF level function. This would suggest Canon's diagnosis of the level feature causing the lockups is accurate for at least one of the original cases we reported on.

Below is a video provided by DPReview reader Hamilton Pytluk, who showed how the bug was affecting shooting. At the time of our initial coverage, it wasn’t known what was causing this issue, but if you look closely (it’s only visible for a few frames), it does appear as though Pytluk had the level showing in the optical viewfinder, which Canon is suggesting is the problem causing the lockups.

Canon says the firmware update will be available in ‘early April,’ but in the meantime, it’s possible to prevent the locking by hiding the ‘Electronic level’ within the ‘Viewfinder display’ sub-menu, as shown in the below menu screenshots provided by Canon. Canon has provided a guide to disabling the viewfinder on its update page.

We will cover the release when the firmware is published, but you can also keep an eye out on the Canon EOS-1D X Mark III product support page.

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Slideshow: Nikon Australia Announces 2020 Surf Photo of the Year finalists

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 25 mar 2020 - 20:11
Slideshow: Nikon Australia Announces 2020 Surf Photo of the Year finalists

Nikon Australia has announced the finalists for its 8th annual Nikon Surf Photo and Video of the Year Awards. The leading optics and imaging company partnered with Surfing Australia to invite photographers and videographers of all skill levels to enter the competition. 20 images were selected along with three videos for consideration.

‘The Awards are a hugely important event on our calendar because they give the Australian surfing community a chance to honour our best, whether it be in the water competing or behind a lens. Inducting our latest Hall of Fame member is always a massive moment we cherish,’ says Chris Mater, CEO of Surfing Australia.

Images and videos were selected from a panel of 10 judges in the surfing industry, including seven-time World Surfing Champion and Nikon Brand Ambassador, Stephanie Gilmore. Entries were judged on the following criteria:

  • Innovation and creativity
  • Dramatic effect and sensory impact
  • Uniqueness
  • Composition of the panel

All finalist images and videos can be viewed here. Winners will be announced March 25th on what Nikon deems 'an exciting new television format.'

Finalist: ‘Warrior’ by Greg Rugli

About this photo: ‘Motion blur photo of a surfer riding a large wave at sunset, Bronte Beach, Sydney, Australia.’

Finalist: ‘Portugal Sunset’ by Peter ‘JOLI’ Wilson

About this photo: ‘Post surf catch up after a late session near Peniche.’

Finalist: ‘Duck Dive’ by Matt Dunbar

About this photo: ‘This is from my first trip to Tahiti I really wanted to walk away with a shot that was different. I was swimming with a big dome port to try and shoot “over unders.” The water clarity was a dream and I got lucky to shoot back as a surfer duck dived. Easily the favourite swim of my life.’

Finalist: ‘The Right’ by Ren McGann

About this photo: ‘No matter how many trips you do, some waves always stand out amongst the rest.’

Finalist: ‘Froth Monster’ by Travis Johnson

About this photo: ‘I was shooting little Harry at a bit of a secret spot the groms love to frequent on the Gold Coast for shallow little drainers and close out barrels. As he took off I moved across the front of him and heard him yelling out as the barrel began to encase him, his eyes wide and looking up at the roof of the wave almost in awe. As I passed through the wave my only thought was “did he make it?” I surfaced on the other side I heard an ecstatic voice yell out “I made it! I made it!’

Finalist: ‘No Looking Back’ by Peter Jovic

About this photo: ‘Some heavy water during a solid Indian Ocean swell and an unnamed local charger racing the gauntlet as the sun begins to set in the west. There’s no helicopters, no fanfare. Just an individual dealing with what mother nature has put in front of him…or behind him. The prospect is (apart from drowning) a long swim in waters that are very lively with large marine creatures.’

Finalist: ‘Cascade’ by Ray Collins

About this photo: ‘Flowing with great rapidity and force.’

Finalist: ‘Jack in the Box’ by Tom Pearsall

About this photo: ‘Jack Robinson gritting his teeth and holding his line through a deadly section in remote Western Australia. Shot at f/3.2, a 16 thousand of a second and 160mm creates a frozen moment that in real time was violently fast, with an interesting depth of field. As the wave roared past it almost grabbed me and my housing and ground us into the reef.’

Finalist: ‘The Big Bang’ by Ray Collins

About this photo: ‘A violent ignition of hydrogen and oxygen.’

Finalist: ‘Danny Sunset Stern’ by Stu Gibson

About this photo: ‘Picture perfect arvo at Shippies.’

Finalist: ‘Breathing. Surfer Scott Whip Dennis’ by Simon Punch

About this photo: ‘A perspective from deep behind the surfer riding the barrel as the wave breathes back before spitting.’

Finalist: ‘Gun Barrel Highway’ by Peter Jovic

About this photo: ‘This is an image of local shredder, Kael Walsh shot in the South West of W.A. I was really lucky to have someone who’s so unflappable in challenging conditions taking aim straight into the barrel and seemingly doing it with complete disregard for their own well being. It’s always a really good feeling when shots like this come off.’

Finalist: ‘Flume’ by Paul Smith

About this photo: ‘Taken at Sunshine Beach on the Sunshine Coast while most people were still sleeping. It was one of those perfect swells, and all the elements lined-up wave size, an offshore wind, and just enough light to illuminate the sea spray.’

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Video: How to turn any room in your house into a giant camera

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 25 mar 2020 - 18:54

Photographer and DIY camera-extraordinaire Brendan Barry has shared a how-to video showing how you can turn a room in your home into a camera, and how to record the images it creates. Throughout the 30-minute video, he shows whole process from finding a suitable room and picking a lens right through to making the exposure and then creating a positive print. Although he shows the process using black and white photographic paper he also explains how pictures can be made using digital cameras.

‘It’s a bit of fun really’ Brendan explained to DPReview, ‘and a fun way to do something creative if you are confined to the house during this Coronavirus outbreak. I love the process as it playfully breaks down how pictures are made and allows us to see photography in a different way.’

In the video Brendan shows the effects of a series of lenses mounted onto a blacked out window, including a lens from a pair of glasses and a magnifying glass, but says if DPR readers want to get the best possible quality they should be picky about what lens they use. ‘In the video I quickly show a process lens. If you have one, this is what will give you the best results. They are designed to make very big prints and will allow you extra clarity and resolution. They don’t have to be expensive, and decent ones can be found on auction sites. If you measure your wall and find it is 2 metres across you’ll need a 2500mm lens, but you don’t have to make prints that big!’

‘If you are going to use a magnifying glass find a good quality one, not one with a cheap plastic lens - and the bigger the better. If it turns out to be too big you can always reduce the aperture by cutting a circular hole in a disc of card and sticking it over the lens. This will control the amount of light passing through it on a bright day. In the video I show a very roughly cut-out hole, but a smooth and even hole will produce better results. You can also buy great meniscus lenses from Amazing Camera Obscura that are ideal for making a room-sized camera.’

The projected image from the window shown from behind on a sheet of diffusing material

The tutorial shows Brendan mounting a sheet of photographic paper to make a paper negative that, once processed, is then contact printed with another sheet to create a final positive print. ‘I really like this process, and making the contact print while the original negative is still wet creates a beautiful soft look that can’t be got back once the negative has dried. However, if you’d rather shoot using a digital camera you can photograph the projected image from behind, as I show in the video, or you can project the image onto a high quality smooth white surface and photograph that from the front. Position your camera right next to the lens mounted on the window. You won’t be able to shoot it absolutely square-on, but you can fix the distortion in software afterward.’

'Blacking out the window and mounting the lens only takes about an hour, but there are days of entertainment to be had once you get going.'

Making a room into a camera is one of Brendan’s more straight-forward projects; in the past he's made a camera from a melon, another from a loaf of bread and one from a slab of cheese. He also has a shipping container that serves as camera and darkroom all-in-one.

You can see some of the other cameras Brendan has made, and how he made them, on his web site.

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TTArtisan to release a limited-run 50mm F0.95 lens for Sony E and Fujifilm X mounts

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 25 mar 2020 - 14:20

Lens manufacturer TTArtisan has released information on a new limited-edition 50mm F0.95 manual focus lens. According to Japanese photo gear distributor Shoten Kobo, TTArtisan will be making only 40 lenses: 20 with a Sony E-mount and 20 with a Fujifilm X-mount.

According to the product text, the lens is ‘designed for old lens fans.’ The manual focus lens is constructed of 12 elements in 7 groups, features a 12-blade aperture diaphragm, has a minimum focusing distance of 50cm (20in) and offers an aperture range of F0.95-F16.

The lens measures in at 69mm (2.72in) in diameter, 88mm (3.46in) in length and weighs roughly 725g (1.6lbs). Shoten Kobo says the lens will retail for ¥42,800 (~$410), but no release date is given.

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DPReview TV: We re-created bad product photography

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 25 mar 2020 - 14:00

Like many photographers stuck at home due to the coronavirus, Chris and Jordan need a creative outlet. Let's see what happens when they try to re-create bad product photography from a kids' toy.

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Photos from this episode

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Frozen soap bubbles create scenes from a fantasy world

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 25 mar 2020 - 13:00
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In a recent episode of DPReview TV, new host (and mad scientist) Don Komarechka introduced us to the magical world of frozen soap bubbles. Take a look at some of the fantastical images he captured.

View the frozen soap bubble sample gallery

This was a really fun video, so if you missed it you'll want to give it a watch. You can see it below or watch it on YouTube.

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