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Samsung unveils 256GB EVO Plus microSD card

Published on May 12, 2016 by in News

Samsung has introduced the EVO Plus 256GB UHS-1 Class 10 microSD card. According to Samsung, the new EVO Plus card has the highest capacity in its class, and is able to hold up to 12 hours of UHD video, 33 hours of Full HD video and up to 55,200 photographs.

The Samsung EVO Plus 256GB microSD card offers write speeds up to 90MB/s and read speeds up to 95MB/s, as well as the maker’s ‘4-Proof’ durability — it is magnet-proof, temperature-proof, waterproof, and x-ray-proof. A 10-year limited warranty accompanies the durability promises.

Samsung will launch its new storage card in the U.S., Europe, China and beyond (totaling 50+ countries) next month for $249.99.

Via: Samsung

 
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Sigma offers part replacement to prevent lenses scratching Pentax K-1

Published on May 12, 2016 by in News

Lens manufacturer Sigma has announced that it will replace parts on its Pentax-mount lenses that are known to scratch the new Pentax K-1 full-frame camera. The company says that certain lenses that it produces clash with the shape of the upper part of the mount on the K-1 and that using one of the listed lenses ‘could leave a small scratch on part of the camera body’.

Sigma has issued a list of current and past lenses that it knows create a problem, and advises Pentax K-1 owners not to use them until the repair is carried out. Three current lenses are included in the advisory: the 30mm F1.4 DC HSM Art, 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art and APO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM. A time scale for the repair service to begin has yet to be announced though.

The company also says that some of its lenses are not recognized automatically by the K-1, and that users will need to manually enter whether the lens is designed for full frame or APS-C sensors via the camera’s menu system. The announcement makes no mention of whether this issue will also be fixed.


Press release:

Use of Pentax mount SIGMA interchangeable lenses when attached to the Pentax K-1

Thank you for purchasing and using our products.

We have found that some SIGMA interchangeable lenses for Pentax mount could leave a small scratch on part of the camera body when they are attached to the PENTAX K-1, released by RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. on April 28th, 2016. In this circumstance, please do not use the following lenses for Pentax mount on the PENTAX K-1.

We are planning to provide a repair service to replace a part of the lens for this issue. We will make a further announcement on our website when specific details, such as the service period, are finalized.

In addition, please also refer to the usage notice related to this announcement below.

Phenomenon
When some SIGMA interchangeable lenses for Pentax mount are attached to the PENTAX K-1, the upper part of the mount can be scratched.

This phenomenon is due to the interference with the shape of the upper part of the mount on the PENTAX K-1 camera body and it does not occur to any cameras other than PENTAX K-1.

Applicable products
Current Line-Up

  • 30mm F1.4 DC HSM| Art
  • 35mm F1.4 DG HSM| Art
  • APO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM

Discontinued Lenses

  • 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
  • 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM
  • 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM
  • APO 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM
  • APO 70-200mm F2.8 II EX DG MACRO HSM
  • APO 50-150mm F2.8 II EX DC HSM
  • APO 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM
  • APO 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM


Usage Notice for customers who are using Pentax mount SIGMA lenses on a PENTAX K-1
In some cases, depending on the lenses to be attached on the camera, the angle-of-view cannot be recognized automatically. Please select an angle-of-view that is appropriate for the lenses to be attached from “Crop” in the camera’s menu.

When DG lenses are attached, please select “FF”.
When DC lenses are attached, please select “APS-C”.

We appreciate your continued support for our company and products.

 
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Benchmark performance: Nikon D810 in-depth review

Published on May 12, 2016 by in News

I'm pleased to announce that our in-depth review of the D810 is now published. A lot of you will be asking why it took so long. That's a good question. There's no single, simple answer, but believe us when we say that over the past two years there has rarely been a day when we have not been working on the D810 review in some way or other.

As we started to dig deeper and deeper into things like its class-leading dynamic range, its 3D tracking autofocus and numerous other details, we realized that not only did we have to revisit some of our existing testing methods, but that to properly test a camera like this we had a responsibility to create entire new tests.

You've seen the results of those new testing methods in our reviews of other major cameras like the Sony a7R II and Canon EOS 5DS/R. When we started looking into shutter-induced vibrations at certain shutter speeds for example, we had to devote a lot of time to tedious repeated testing of several cameras, not just the D810, to figure out what was going on. We did that because we don't like guessing. Because when we suspect that a certain camera (or class of camera) displays a behavioral quirk that photographers should know about, we like to be able to prove it.

This process of evolving old tests and developing new ones is ongoing. Ironically, none of our recent reviews of major new flagship cameras could have been written to the standard that they were without some of the tests we developed when working on the D810.  We're just very sorry that it took so long before we could show you our workings. 

And with that - we hope you enjoy the review!

 
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2016 Roundup: Consumer Long Zoom Compacts

Published on May 12, 2016 by in News

Bridge and travel zoom cameras are two of the very few categories of compact cameras to survive the smartphone. Whether it's a travel zoom, which puts a 25X-30X zoom into your pocket, or a bridge camera which offers even more zoom, phones just can't compete. 

While there are now enthusiast-level long zoom cameras with 1"-type sensors - such as Sony's Cyber-shot RX10 series - there are still plenty of more budget-friendly models, though their smaller sensors don't offer the image quality or depth-of-field control of the pricier models. The one product in the group that is a bit more competitive with the enthusiast cameras is the Olympus Stylus 1s, which has a 1/1.7" sensor, rather than the smaller, and more common (in this class) 1/2.3".

The following cameras are included in our roundup:

Of those eight cameras, three are pocket-sized and offer 30X zooms. The other five are bridge (SLR-style) cameras with focal lengths ranging from 600mm to an unbelievable 2000mm (35mm-equivalent).

And with that, let's take a look at some consumer-level travel zoom cameras!

 
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Canon announces patent infringement complaints in Brazil

 
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Care & Nickel

Published on May 11, 2016 by in Portraits

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Corel AfterShot Pro 3 launches with new touchup tool, recovery algorithm

Published on May 11, 2016 by in News

Corel has launched AfterShot Pro 3, the latest version of its photo editing software. The newest version brings several added features and updates, including a Lens Correction Development Kit for creating custom lens corrections, an in-app plugin manager, and a few new and improved tools for touching up photos.

AfterShot Pro 3 is equipped with a completely new Highlight Recovery algorithm, and as such Corel claims the Highlight Recovery Range slider can pull more tones and details from overexposed Raw photos. Joining the new algorithm is the addition of ‘comprehensive watermarking,’ including the ability to watermark in batches, rotate the watermark’s angle, adjust its size, and alter its transparency. 

Another new editing tool is Blemish Removal & Correction, which aims to eliminate the need to use a separate app like Photoshop to remove blemishes and perform other touchups and small corrections. Photo presets can also be applied via the new in-app preset library; both premium and free presets are offered.

Finally, AfterShot Pro 3 features a new modular delivery system for providing updated and new Raw profiles more quickly than the previous software version. With this, new camera profiles are available to download in-app as soon as they’re released by the company’s development team.

Corel AfterShot Pro 3 is available in English, German and Japanese through the product's website; Windows, Mac and Linux are supported. The price for new customers is $79.99 USD/CAD, while existing customers can upgrade to the newest version for $59.99 USD/CAD.

Via: MarketWired

 
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US journalist wins Anja Niedringhaus Award for Sudan conflict series

Published on May 11, 2016 by in News

The Anja Niedringhaus award for Courage in Photojournalism has gone to Kenya-based photographer Adriane Ohanesian for her ongoing coverage of the conflicts in Sudan and South Sudan and their impact on the civilian population. The award was made by the International Women’s Media Foundation and is given for the second year in memory of Anja Niedringhaus, a photographer who was killed in Afghanistan in 2014. The award is given in recognition of courage and dedication while bringing ‘vital stories from countries and communities around the world through pictures.’

This year’s winner is an American photographer who has based herself in Kenya, from where she covers the wars in neighboring South Sudan and Sudan, as well as in Somalia and Burundi. Her pictures focus on the soldiers as much as on the civilians who get caught up in the conflicts who are often displaced and injured. Honorable mentions went to Lynsey Addario and Paula Bronstein, also Americans, for their work covering crisis around the world.

There will be an awards ceremony in Washington, hosted by the German ambassador, in June. The winner will receive a $20,000 prize, to help support future work, from a fund set-up with a $1M donation from the Howard G Buffett Foundation.

For more information on the awards and the winners, and to see more of the winning photographs, visit the IWMF website.


Press release:

IWMF Names Adriane Ohanesian Winner of the Second Annual Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award

Lynsey Addario and Paula Bronstein Receive Honorable Mentions
 
May 10, 2016 – Washington, DC — The International Women’s Media Foundation (IWMF) is pleased to announce Adriane Ohanesian as the winner of the 2016 Anja Niedringhaus Courage in Photojournalism Award. The award recognizes the exemplary work of women photojournalists who overcome extraordinary challenges to bring us images of pressing global issues.

Now in its second year, the award was created through a generous grant from the Howard G. Buffett Foundation to pay tribute to the strength and dedication of Pulitzer Prize-winning Associated Press photographer Anja Niedringhaus, who was tragically killed while reporting in Afghanistan in 2014. Niedringhaus received the IWMF Courage in Journalism Award in 2005.

Lynsey Addario and Paula Bronstein received honorable mentions for the 2016 award. All three women will be recognized at a reception in Washington, DC on Thursday, June 9, 2016.

“We are proud to recognize this year’s Award honorees, who are a credit to their profession and to Anja’s legacy,” said IWMF Executive Director Elisa Lees Muñoz. “These remarkable and brave women are revealing difficult truths around the world through their pictures, and the Niedringhaus Award celebrates that service.”

Ohanesian is a freelance photojournalist based in Nairobi, Kenya. She has been reporting primarily in Africa since 2010 and has documented the civil war in South Sudan, the border demarcation between Sudan and South Sudan, the fighting in the Nuba Mountains of South Kordofan, and most recently the conflict in Darfur. Her photographs have been published by Al Jazeera, The Wall Street Journal, National Geographic, and TIME.

 “At the end of the day it’s not about me; it’s about the lives of the people in the pictures,” Ohanesian said. “My photographs document what I’ve seen in isolated areas of the world. I hope the people I photograph feel that these photos communicate their circumstances to the outside world. It takes a massive amount of trust on the part of my subjects to know that I’m accurately representing them and their story.”

The Award jury, comprised of leading photo editors from The Associated Press, The New York Times, and VII Photo, gave Ohanesian the top prize for her “evocative images and tenacious dedication to documenting the effects of conflict on citizens in perilous regions.” They continued, “her perceptive, compassionate eye offers an extraordinarily personal glimpse into places the global community may not otherwise see.” The Anja Niedringhaus Award winner receives a $20,000 prize to support her ongoing work thanks to the support of the Howard G. Buffett Foundation.

Honorable mention London-based Lynsey Addario, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2009 as part of a team at the New York Times and has covered the Syrian crisis for the past four years, was recognized by the jury for her portfolio of powerful images documenting humanitarian crises in Afghanistan, Iraq, Italy, the Philippines, South Sudan, Uganda, and Ukraine. Bangkok-based veteran Paula Bronstein, whose accolades include a World Press Photo award and Pulitzer nomination, was acknowledged with an honorable mention for her coverage of refugees, natural disasters, and political protests in Thailand, Afghanistan, Greece, Hong Kong, and Nepal.

This year’s Anja Niedringhaus Award event and reception will be hosted by German Ambassador to the U.S. Peter Wittig and Mrs. Huberta von Voss-Wittig at the German Embassy and residence. The event program will feature leading international journalists, including Ann Curry, Katty Kay, Ines Pohl, and Judy Woodruff.

For more information about the IWMF, follow us on social media (@IWMF on Twitter, @IWMFpage on Facebook, @TheIWMF on Instagram). Follow awardees on Instagram: Adriane Ohanesian @adrianeohanesian, Lynsey Addario @lynseyaddario, and Paula Bronstein @pbbphoto.

About the IWMF:
The IWMF is dedicated to strengthening the role of women journalists worldwide. The media is not truly free and representative without the equal voice of women. Since 1990, we have celebrated the courage of women journalists who overcome threats and oppression to report and bear witness to global issues. Through our programs and grants we empower women journalists with the training, opportunities, and support to become leaders in the news industry.

 
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Instagram gets a new logo, monochrome interface

Published on May 11, 2016 by in News

Instagram has today announced a major makeover of its app and branding. The app continues to function in exactly the same way as before, but you'll find a brand new app icon on your phone's home screen. Inside, the app now comes with a completely monochrome user interface, putting as much emphasis as possible on you and your contacts' images. Instagram had the following to say about the changes:

'The Instagram community has evolved over the past five years from a place to share filtered photos to so much more — a global community of interests sharing more than 80 million photos and videos every day. Our updated look reflects how vibrant and diverse your storytelling has become.'

The new logo only retains a very distant similarity to the app's original logo that was based on the design of the Polaroid Land camera, moving instead toward a more abstract look. In line with Instagram's main app the logos of the company's other creative apps, Layout, Hyperlapse and Boomerang, have been redesigned as well, following the same style cues. The updated apps are now available on Google Play and in the Apple App Store respectively. Head over to the Instagram Blog to watch a video that explains the thought process behind the logo revamp.

Source: Instagram Blog

 
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Heavenly bodies: Nikon D810 & D810A field test

Published on May 11, 2016 by in News

José Francisco Salgado is an Emmy-nominated astronomer, photographer and educator. Driven by a passion to show and explain our universe, José Fransisco’s work has taken him all over the world, even as his camera lens is aimed far beyond our atmosphere. José Fransisco joined us when we took Nikon’s D810 and D810A down to southern California recently, to capture the stunning desert vistas - and night skies - of the landscapes near Death Valley. 

The D810 is Nikon's highest-resolution DSLR, and the D810A is a specialized version specifically designed for astrophotography. As well as a higher base ISO sensitivity, the D810A's sensor is modified to capture the specific wavelengths of the light transmitted by distant nebulae. Watch our video to see how José - and the D810A - performed.

Waiting for the D810 full review? We're pleased to tell you that it's being readied for publication! For now we hope you enjoy watching this field test, with José Francisco Salgado.

If you want to learn more about astrophotography make sure to visit our Astrophotography Talk forum.


This is sponsored content, created with the support of Nikon. What does this mean?

 
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