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Vallerret Photography Gloves are designed for outdoor winter shooting

Published on December 2, 2015 by in News

Vallerret, a Norway-based startup, is looking for funding on Kickstarter for some cold weather photography gloves. Currently in prototype form, the Vallerret Photography Gloves are designed for adventurous photographers who shoot outside in cold temperatures, aiming to eliminate the hassle that comes with bulky, cumbersome gloves while protecting hands from snow and ice.

Vallerret's gloves are made with 'flip-tech' finger caps that can be peeled back when it is time to adjust dials and change settings. The knuckles and cuff are made of neoprene, the interior features a merino wool liner and the palm and inner fingers are coated with a non-slip grip, though there's no mention of capacitive touch screen capability, which is increasingly common. Catering specifically to photographers, the design includes an SD card pocket just above the cuff and a microfiber strip for cleaning a lens. Vallerret has partnered with a ski glove manufacturer, hoping to tailor the gloves to active photographers who might also wear them snowboarding.

The campaign has raised more than half its funding goal, and offers a pair of Vallerret Photography Gloves for a pledge of 550 kroner, or about $64. Shipping is estimated to start in March 2016, assuming the campaign and manufacturing progress as planned.

 
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Got Game? Canon EF 35mm F1.4L II USM gallery updated

Published on December 2, 2015 by in News

Fall in Seattle means two things - the return of cold drizzle and University of Washington Husky football. Veteran sports shooter and DPR staffer Jordan Stead recently took advantage of a sunny afternoon game to do a little more testing of the Canon 35mm F1.4L II USM. We've updated our initial sample gallery with a few more images that capture the unique energy of Husky Stadium as two rivals collided in the Apple Cup.

 
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New generation Samsung A7 and A5 launched with OIS and F1.9 lenses

Published on December 2, 2015 by in News

Samsung has today officially launched a new generation of its A-series smartphones, and although the new devices range below the high-end Galaxy S and Note models in the Samsung line-up, they come with promising-looking specifications - especially in the camera department. Read more

 
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Phase One buys Mamiya, gains ownership of camera and lens production

Published on December 2, 2015 by in News

Digital medium format brand Phase One has bought the whole of the Mamiya Digital Imaging Company and has taken over Mamiya's Saku factory for its Japanese HQ. The Danish company has had a long-standing relationship with the Japanese camera and lens manufacturer, and since 2009 has owned 45% of the company's shares. Phase One sold customised Mamiya bodies and redesigned lenses under its own brand name, with the 645DF+ being a very close relation to the Mamiya 645AFD III – cameras the two companies launched simultaneously in 2012. 

For Phase One the move will almost certainly be about acquiring a closer control over the manufacturing side of its business so the company can enjoy a freer reign over what happens in the factory. What Phase One has been able to do in terms of the bodies it offers has so far been dependent on what Mamiya could or was prepared to do, and with no products of its own Mamiya may not have been able to invest sufficiently to develop significantly different new cameras. 

The new president of Phase One Japan, Makoto Honda, hinted that optical design and lens upgrading would also be a major focus in comments in the press release: 'Phase One Japan is committed to developing new and custom designed masterpiece leaf shutter optics in close partnership with top photographers, imaging companies and long term design partner Schneider Kreuznach.' 

At the moment lenses branded 'Phase One' are made by Mamiya and require in-body focal plane shutters. All the compatible leaf-shutter lenses are made with help from Schneider in Germany. That may not change, of course, but the buyout gives Phase One more control of what can and can't be done. What the deal will mean for the future products of the company we'll have to wait and see. 

Mamiya was started by camera designer Seiichi Mamiya in 1940, and produced the wonderful Mamiya Six rangefinder series and then the equally fabulous Mamiyaflex TLRs in its first ten years. Having started in medium format the company went on to produce rangefinder and SLR cameras for 135 film, as well as slim pocket compacts for the miniature 'spy' 16mm format film. The modern 6x4.5cm format cameras were introduced in 1975, and it was these that went on to become the basis of the current Phase One digital bodies. Perhaps some of the best loved and revered models the company made were the RB and RZ 6x7cm studio cameras, which were big and heavy but lovely to use. 

The company struggled on its own in the digital market and its 2004 ZD integrated digital camera, and the ZD back for Mamiya film bodies didn't achieve great success. Phase One bought a large stake in the company in 2009, and in 2012 formed the Mamiya Leaf medium format brand. 

The original company was also a producer of fishing rods and reels until 2000. 

For more information on Phase One see the company's website


Press release: 

Phase One acquires Mamiya Digital Imaging (MDI) assets & establishes Phase One Japan

COPENHAGEN, December 2, 2015 -- Phase One, A/S, the leading provider of open-platform, high-end camera systems and solutions, today announced that it has acquired the assets of Mamiya Digital Imaging Company, Ltd (MDI) and has appointed Makoto Honda as the new president of Phase One Japan. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Mamiya has held a long and established reputation in the camera sector.  As a 45 percent shareholder in MDI since 2009, Phase One has developed detailed insight into the camera & lens design and production process and engineered important improvements through its close collaboration with the MDI team in Japan. With this transaction, Phase One now also takes total ownership for all aspects of design and development of medium format camera systems, central shutters & lenses.

“Phase One is now the only medium format camera company that has full internal control of all critical components in a world class imaging system,” says Niels V. Knudsen Phase One's Image Professor. “This is the best news in many years for quality-focused photographers and imaging companies as Phase One works to consistently raise the bar in medium format photography." 

“The very successful introduction of the Phase One XF Camera System in June 2015 illustrates the power of our collaboration,” says Henrik Håkonsson Phase One President & CEO.  He added, “The Phase One XF Camera System is the new much improved standard for medium format photography, with the incorporation of significantly enhanced technology.”

Phase One's mission is to keep pushing the limits for ultimate camera systems and imaging quality, meeting the demand of the world's leading photographers and industrial imaging companies. 

Makoto Honda President of Phase One Japan said: “Phase One Japan is committed to developing new and custom designed masterpiece leaf shutter optics in close partnership with top photographers, imaging companies and long term design partner Schneider Kreuznach.” 

About Phase One

Phase One is the leading provider of open-platform, high-end camera systems and solutions. Phase One camera systems and lenses are designed to deliver superior quality image capture and investment value. Phase One's Capture One Pro and Media Pro software help streamline capture and post-production processes for both medium format and 35mm cameras. Phase One products are known for their quality, flexibility and speed enabling pro photographers and industrial imaging companies shooting in a wide range of formats to achieve their creative visions without compromise. 

Phase One is based in Copenhagen with offices in New York, London, Tokyo, Cologne, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Tel Aviv. Phase One and Capture One are registered trademarks of Phase One A/S. Mamiya is a trademark licensed by Phase One A/S. All other brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.

About Mamiya Digital Imaging

Mamiya Digital Imaging is the digital successor to the reputable Mamiya brand, an innovative company fresh with enthusiasm and dedicated to continuing a legacy of excellence. Mamiya has consistently been a forerunner in medium format camera design, and Mamiya lenses, manufactured following a tradition of precision and quality, are celebrated worldwide. Mamiya Digital Imaging is headquartered in Tokyo with a factory in Saku, Japan and totals a team of 80 dedicated engineers and technicians, and distributors in more than 100 countries. 

 
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Flickr Announces Top Photos and Cameras For 2015

Published on December 2, 2015 by in News
Flickr Top Photos and Cameras for 2015

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SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft launched from Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, for their fourth official Commercial Resupply (CRS) mission to the orbiting lab on Sunday, September 21 at 1:52am EDT. Dragon returned to Earth with a parachute-assisted splashdown off the coast of southern California on October 25. Dragon is the only operational spacecraft capable of returning a significant amount of supplies back to Earth, including experiments.

From: Flickr

SpaceX Photos

We’ve officially reached December, which means it’s time for just about every variety of year-end “best-of” list to hit the internet. Flickr has put together some data about their photos and the cameras used to capture them in 2015 and is sharing it with users.

The most popular photo on Flickr was actually an image (above) from SpaceX of their CRS-4 rocket taking off. It’s a cool long exposure that shows the trajectory of the rocket in a brilliant trail of light. The rest of the top 10 is a little more hit-or-miss, which you might expect, including some HDR and a portrait of a child frolicking with some ducks.

A few years ago, it was big news in the photo sphere when the number one Flickr camera spot was taken over by the iPhone, but now it would be pretty surprising if that wasn’t the case. The iPhone was responsible for 42% of the photos uploaded to the service. Canon DSLRs were second with 27% and Nikon DSLRs came in third with 16%.

The numbers about the types of cameras, however, are quite surprising. Camera phones are at the top at 39%, followed by DSLRs at 31%. Then, oddly, point-and-shoot cameras (we prefer the term “compact camera”) came in third with 25%, and mirrorless cameras check in a distant fourth with just 3% of the volume.

That seems very odd to me, especially when you consider what a good couple years mirrorless cameras have had. In fact, at least one of the images in the top 10 was shot on an Olympus mirrorless camera. And Sony has had a rather banner year in terms of mirrorless camera sales and development. So, that number definitely seems a bit odd to me.

Get the rest of the data on Tumblr

 
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How to Print Your Photos Like a Pro: From Selection to Display [Presented By Canon]

Published on December 2, 2015 by in News
 
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Photoshop CC 2015 update and Fuse CC (Preview) now available

Published on December 1, 2015 by in News

Adobe has updated Photoshop CC 2015 with the new features it detailed a few weeks ago as its MAX conference. Among the new, mostly designer-oriented features is a high-contrast touch-enabled interface, the ability to customize your Photoshop CC toolbar, direct SVG importing, Artboard improvements and support for Fuse CC, a 3D design application.

Joining the Photoshop CC update is the release of Fuse CC (Preview), which can be connected with Photoshop for 'significantly greater design flexibility and creative options.' At this point, Fuse CC is only available in English.

 
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Nikon issues D750 and D4s firmware updates, optimizes D750 VR with compatible lenses

Published on December 1, 2015 by in News

Nikon has released firmware updates for its D750 and D4S DSLRs, providing both with a new external recording control option for use with external recorders using Atomos Open Protocol. At the end of a list of bug fixes, Nikon also mentions that the D750's firmware version 1.10 introduces 'optimal vibration reduction' with vibration reduction lenses. We're hoping this addresses a glitch in which VR can sometimes contribute to image shake.

Other notes on the firmware updates for both cameras relate to bug fixes in movie live view, and the D750's update addresses some minor problems with HDR mode and in-camera Raw processing among other things. See below for more details.


Nikon D750 firmware version 1.10

  • An External recording control option has been added to the HDMI item in the SETUP MENU. If the camera is connected via HDMI to a third-party recorder that supports the Atomos Open Protocol (the Atomos SHOGUN, NINJA2, or NINJA BLADE), selecting On allows camera controls to be used to start and stop recording. More information is available in a supplementary manual.
  • Note:Choose an option other than 576p (progressive) or 480p (progressive) for HDMI > Output resolution in the SETUP MENU.
  • Fixed the following issues:
    - The brightness of the live view photography display would not change when a command dial was rotated to adjust exposure compensation with On (Auto reset) selected for b Metering/exposure > b3 Easy exposure compensation > Easy exposure compensation in the CUSTOM SETTING MENU.
    - Although the preview button would stop the lens down to maximum aperture when assigned the Preview role, the maximum aperture indicator would not appear in the monitor.
    - In rare cases, the shutter would not be released when the user attempted to take photographs in movie live view.
    - About 4 seconds of static could be heard on audio recorded with external HDMI recorders during movie live view.
    - The shutter speed, aperture, and ISO sensitivity displayed in the monitor during movie live view would differ from values in the final movie file.
    - Part of the focus point would disappear if the user zoomed in while the framing grid was displayed.
    - Volume could sometimes not be adjusted if movies were played with indicators hidden during full-frame playback (None (image only)).
    - Exposure compensation would fail to produce the desired results if a negative value was selected when NEF (RAW) images were processed using the NEF (RAW) processing option in the RETOUCH MENU.
    - Images would in rare cases fail to record correctly with HDR (high dynamic range) selected in the PHOTO SHOOTING MENU.
    - If On was selected for Exposure smoothing during interval timer photography, every frame after the first would be overexposed.
    - File numbers were not assigned in the proper sequence.
    - The focus point would not be displayed in the correct location in the monitor.
    - In some languages, characters or parts of characters would be missing from the SETUP MENU > Location data > Position display.
    - In some languages, characters or parts of characters would be missing from the SETUP MENU > AF fine-tune > List saved values display.
    - In some regions, nothing would be displayed when Conformity marking was selected in the SETUP MENU.
  • Some help text has been changed.
  • Optimal vibration reduction is now available with vibration reduction lenses.

Nikon D4S firmware version 1.30

  • An External recording control option has been added to the HDMI item in the SETUP MENU. If the camera is connected via HDMI to a third-party recorder that supports the Atomos Open Protocol (the Atomos SHOGUN, NINJA2, or NINJA BLADE), selecting On allows camera controls to be used to start and stop recording. More information is available in a supplementary manual.

Note:

  • Choose an option other than 576p (progressive) or 480p (progressive) for HDMI > Output resolution in the SETUP MENU.
  • Choose an option other than Auto for HDMI > Output resolution in the SETUP MENU when 640x  424; 30p or 640x  424; 25p is selected for Movie settings > Frame size/frame rate in the SHOOTING MENU.
  • Fixed the following issues:
    - In rare cases, the shutter would not be released when the user attempted to take photographs in movie live view.
    - About 4 seconds of static could be heard on audio recorded with external HDMI recorders during movie live view.
    - Exposure compensation would fail to produce the desired results if a negative value was selected when NEF (RAW) images were processed using the NEF (RAW) processing option in the RETOUCH MENU.
    - Images would in rare cases fail to record correctly with HDR (high dynamic range) selected in the SHOOTING MENU.
    - In portrait orientation, the monitor would not show the focus point in the correct location if 5:4 (30x24) was selected for Choose image area.
 
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This Is What Happens When a Gang of Angry Brides Confront an Allegedly Sketchy Wedding Photographer

I’m not big on confrontation, so watching this episode of A Current Affair in which angry couples confront an alleged deadbeat wedding photographer was rather tough. However, it really bugs me on a very personal level when wedding photographers treat their customers badly.

The episode itself is almost 15 minutes long and it gets crazier and crazier by the minute. The photographer allegedly left clients waiting over a year for their photos, and when confronted threatens to delete the couples’ photos forever and sue them.

At one point, he uses the excuse that he’s a one-man operation and has to do everything himself, which is a huge copout.

Ultimately, I’m not sure how I feel about this kind of ambush-style journalism, but it really seems like this guy had it coming. Either way, it’s a nice reminder that if you go into business, you should be ready to treat your customers the way they deserve to be treated.

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Apple iPhone 6s Plus camera review

Published on December 1, 2015 by in News

The iPhone 6s Plus is the iPhone 6s' bigger brother and, apart from the larger 5.5-inch screen, mainly distinguishes itself from the smaller model by offering optical image stabilization system in its camera module. Compared to its predecessor, the 6s Plus ups camera resolution to 12MP, adds 50% more phase detection sensors and is capable of 4K footage. Our review tests its camera performance. Read more

 
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