Landscape Photography with an Old $79 Camera from 2007 – Photography Article

Photographer Toma Bonciu of Photo Tom recently decided to experiment with doing landscape photography with an outdated digital camera. He bought a Canon PowerShot S5 IS from 2007 for $79 from Amazon and took it out into the great outdoors to see what he could get. The 8-megapixel camera only shoots JPEGs and has a focal length of 36-432mm (in 35mm terms). It does have full manual shooting, though, so that’s handy for photographers wanting more control. “The question is,…

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This Guy Turned a Sony a7R III Into a Leica Q2 – Photography Article

We’ve seen some unusual camera modding projects before, but this one is next level. Someone over in China took a $2,500 Sony a7R III, took it apart, and, through an insane amount of work, turned it into a $5,000 Leica Q2. The project was shared to the Chinese social media service Weibo by a guy who goes by Neutral Gray. He started off with a sketch — his goal was to arrive at a camera that looks somewhat like a…

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Nitecore Made the World’s First Smart Battery for Sony Cameras – Photography Article

The Chinese battery brand Nitecore has announced the world’s first “smart battery” for Sony’s mirrorless cameras. Called the NFZ100, it’s a battery that can be wirelessly managed with an app on your phone. The app is called NNERGY, and it lets you check the current status of your battery in real-time. With a capacity of 2280mAh, the battery allows for about 500 photos on a single charge using a Sony a9. For photographers who have multiple NFZ100 batteries, the app…

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In Defense of Zoom Lenses: A Wedding Photographer’s View – Photography Article

I’ll begin by saying that I don’t only shoot with zoom lenses. I should also add that what I’m about to say is perhaps most relevant to other wedding photographers, particularly those shooting in a documentary style like myself. If I was a landscape or portrait photographer for example, and wasn’t under quite the same time pressure, and was likely to be making large prints, or wanted a particular flair or bokeh effect, I would most probably want to use…

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These are the Best Cameras and Lenses of 2019 According to the EISA Awards – Photography Article

The prestigious EISA Awards has announced its selections for the top cameras, lenses, and products for 2019-2020. After Sony dominated the mirrorless camera categories last year and won Camera of the Year with the a7 III, its competitors took top prizes with their new products this year. The prizes are selected by technical experts from 17 leading photography publications based in countries around the world. Camera of the Year: Nikon Z6 The Nikon Z6 mirrorless camera is the winner of…

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Leica Unveils the Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 ASPH for $4,495 – Photography Article

Leica has just announced the new Leica APO-Summicron-SL 50mm f/2 ASPH, a new “all-purpose” lens for the Leica SL full-frame mirrorless system. “Often seen as the standard focal length for full-frame cameras, this new 50mm promises a level of performance high enough to demand a spot in the gear bag of any photographer looking to take advantage of the L-Mount system,” Leica says. “Whether the task at hand is travel photography, studio work, architecture, landscape, portrait or documentary photography, the…

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Open Source Code for a Remote Timelapse DSLR – Photography Article

Want to set up a remote DSLR for shooting a time-lapse? The Intervalometerator (AKA ‘intvlm8r’) is an open-source intervalometer that can help you do so at minimal hardware cost (as long as you’re comfortable tinkering with hardware and software). Created by Sydney-based coder Greig Sheridan and his photographer partner Rocky over the course of a year, the Intervalometerator is designed to be both cheap and easy to build with familiar tools and using Raspberry Pi and Arduino microcontrollers. “My partner…

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FAA Bans Some 15-Inch MacBook Pros from Flying Due to Battery Recall – Photography Article

If you own one of the 15-inch MacBook Pros that was part of Apple’s recent battery recall, you’ll want to get the battery replaced before you try and take it on a flight. The FAA has confirmed that all affected MacBook Pros are banned from flying until and unless the battery is replaced by Apple. In case you missed the news, Apple recalled a “limited number” of 15-inch, mid-2015 Retina MacBook Pros back in June after it was brought to…

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This Crazy Camera Rig Spins a Phantom Camera at 150RPM – Photography Article

Steve Giralt is a photographer and “visual engineer” who uses wild-looking camera rigs to capture eye-popping shots seen in ads. His latest project involved a large, heavy camera rig that spins a Phantom VEO 4K high-speed camera around a tabletop subject at 150 rotations per minute. The camera reaches linear speeds of 32 miles per hour (~52km/h) with 23G of force. Here’s a 2-minute behind-the-scenes video that shows the rig being built over 50 hours, it in action, and some…

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A Prime Lens Photographer Tries Out Tamron f/2.8 Zoom Lenses – Photography Article

Being in the photography game over 12 years has given me some fixed routines that are hard to break. Routines like focusing solely on prime lenses. In the last few years I’ve been carrying 20mm, 35mm, 85mm, and 200mm fixed focal length lenses on my camera bag while occasionally wondering if the grass looks greener on the flexible focal length side. Spectacular clouds and the calm sea in the morning. Tamron 28-75mm @28mm, f/9, ISO 100, 6-25s, ND filter. 4…

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Did Nikon and Canon Follow Micro Four Thirds’ Lead? – Photography Article

I was excited when Canon and Nikon finally stepped into the mirrorless game seriously more seriously, releasing their full-frame mirrorless cameras in 2018. Nikon launched their Z6 and Z7 with the new Z-Mount, while Canon released the EOS-R with a new RF-Mount. Taking a closer look to the mount design, both companies adopt very similar approach, and I can’t help but notice the similarities and be reminded of what Four Thirds promised and delivered in 2003 when Olympus DSLR E-1…

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Canon Designed a 50-80mm f/1.1 Lens – Photography Article

Canon is apparently hard at work developing some never-before-seen lenses. A newly published patent shows that the camera company has at least toyed with the idea of a crazy 50-80mm f/1.1 lens. First spotted by Northlight Images, the patent (US20190243111) shows designs for a number of ultra-fast 50-80mm zoom lenses, including a f/1.8, f/1.6, f/1.4, f/1.2, and f/1.1. Canon has offered an f/1.0 lens before in the rare 50mm f/1.0, but offering a fixed f/1.1 aperture on a zoom lens…

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Venus Optics Releases 4mm f/2.8 Fisheye Lens with 210° Field of View – Photography Article

Venus Optics has been slowly releasing the four lenses it teased back in April of 2018. We saw the 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 for Sony E-Mount in October, the 100mm 2x Macro for full-frame DSLRs in June, and the 17mm f/4 Zero-D for Fuji GFX earlier this month. Today, they’re officially releasing the last lens: the Laowa 4mm f/2.8 Circular Fisheye for Micro Four Thirds systems. This 8mm equivalent fisheye lens’ party trick is the fact that it can actually see behind…

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Sony to Launch Two New APS-C E-Mount Cameras this Month: Report – Photography Article

The end of August is going to be a busy time for the APS-C market. Not only will Canon reportedly announce the EOS 90D and an EOS M6 successor, it seems Sony is planning to release not one, but two new APS-C E-Mount cameras, including the long-awaited a6500 successor. The latest information, published with high confidence by Sony Alpha Rumors, claims that Sony will be rounding out its APS-C E-Mount lineup by replacing both the a6500 and the a5100, bringing…

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Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Uses Bigger Sensor & Canon EF Mount – Photography Article

Blackmagic is shaking up the cinema camera industry once again with the new Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K. Sold alongside the 4K version, the BMPCC 6K features a larger Super 35mm 6K HDR image sensor and uses the Canon EF mount, opening up a huge number of stills and cinema lens options for BMPCC users. The newly released Canon EF-mount cinema camera boasts a 6144 x 3456 Super 35mm HDR image sensor, which translates into just over 21MP of usable…

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Will It Blend? Torture Testing Sony’s TOUGH SD Cards – Photography Article

Sony’s TOUGH SD cards are extremely popular among photographers. But just how tough are they? Photographer and writer Steve Huff decided to put the latest iteration of these TOUGH cards through the ultimate battery of tests: freezer, washer, dryer, pool, and… just for fun… blender. When it comes to getting the best combination of reliability and speed out of your SD cards, there’s not a better option out there than Sony’s SF-G Series TOUGH SD cards. Not only do they…

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Canon to Release RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS and 24-70mm f/2.8L IS this Month – Photography Article

Canon announced the development of the so-called “holy trinity” of zoom lenses for the RF mount back in February, and it looks like they’re about ready to release two of the three. According to the latest rumors out of Japan, the RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS and RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS will both be available for pre-order later this month. The report comes from the ever-reliable Nokishita, who tweeted that both lenses “have been added to Canon’s latest product list” and…

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$6,700 iMac Pro vs $5,700 PC – Photography Article

Pye Jirsa over at SLR Lounge recently published a Mac vs PC comparison that answers an important question for photographers: which is better for Adobe Lightroom Classic CC, a powerful iMac Pro or an equivalent custom-built PC? It’s important to note that this is not a straight-up Mac vs PC “shootout” that takes every variable into account vis-a-vis operating system, upgradability, etc. It’s just meant to pit a very powerful Apple computer against a very powerful custom built PC and…

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‘The Most Versatile Continuous LED Light’ – Photography Article

Elinchrom has partnered up with Light & Motion to announce the new Elinchrom ELM8: a battery-powered continuous LED light for photo and video shooters that they’re calling “the most versatile continuous LED light on the market.” While we don’t know how exactly you quantify that claim (and they have a lot of competition in the continuous LED market) the Elinchrom ELM8 certainly seems to be a powerful and versatile option thanks to its build quality, portability, and compatibility with Elinchrom’s…

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This Guy Turned His Broken Computer Into a Working Camera – Photography Article

When Iranian photographer Alireza Rostami’s first computer from 20 years ago died, he decided to give it new life and a new purpose by turning it into a camera. Rostami took the various components from the computer (and other old computers) and constructed a light-sealed box for the camera body (with the help of some light-blocking paper). He placed a wooden backing in the rear to hold his film and a Linhof lens mount on the front. The unusual-looking camera…

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Trying 10 Lenses Under $100 – Photography Article

Andrew of husband and wife photography team Denae and Andrew recently partnered up with KEH to test out 10 of the best-selling vintage 50mm lenses on the used market. From old Nikon and Canon glass, to Minolta, Pentax and even a Contax lens, all of these can be had for under $100, and Andrew wanted to find out which of the 10 performed best. One note: Andrew tests all 10 lenses on his Fujifilm X-T3, so there is an APS-C…

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Patent Images Show Rumored Nikon Z-Mount APS-C Camera Without an EVF – Photography Article

Over the past several months, there have been some rumblings in the rumor mill that Nikon is planning to release an APS-C Z-Mount camera dubbed the Z3 by rumor sites. Now, a new design patent filed in Japan seems to show exactly that: an APS-C Z-Mount camera with no built-in EVF. We would never consider a patent image “confirmation” that such a camera is coming, but the coincidence between recent rumors and this recently unearthed patent is raising eyebrows. The…

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Camera Makers, Please Bring Back the Custom Focus Limiter – Photography Article

Back in the Sony SLT days, the company included an incredibly useful feature into the a99 Mark II called the Custom Focus Limiter. It allowed you to limit your autofocus to any distance range you wanted, and by golly, we wish it were still a thing. In the video above, Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake of DPReviewTV explain why they love this feature, and implore camera makers to add it back into their modern bodies. As they point out, focus…

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Canon Plans to Rejoin the ‘Spec Wars’ with an 80MP EOS R Camera: Report – Photography Article

With the release of the 61MP a7R IV, Sony officially raised the resolution bar, eclipsing Canon’s 50MP 5DS and 5DS R DSLRs. But according to a new report, Canon may soon reclaim that crown and re-enter the “spec wars” in a big way. According to a report at Canon Rumors, the Japanese camera giant is expected to discontinue the 5DS and 5DS R in favor of an ultra-high-megapixel full-frame mirrorless EOS R camera. CR’s source, which they did not name,…

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Yongnuo Unveils YN200 Godox Clone and YN560-TX PRO Radio Transmitter – Photography Article

After teasing releasing teasers for the YN200 pocket flash and YN560-TX radio transmitter last month, Yongnuo officially revealed the Godox AD200 clone and the TTL and HSS compatible transmitter this week, hoping to reclaim a bit of the budget gear market that Godox has all but taken over. The Godox AD200 (AKA the Flashpoint eVOLV 200) made quite the splash when it was first announced back in 2017. More powerful than a speedlight but just as compact, the AD200 packed…

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Nikon at Top, Leica at Bottom – Photography Article

The quality of a camera’s shutter sound probably isn’t high on the list of what any photographer considers when looking to buy a new body, but Lensrentals has just published a tongue-in-cheek review/comparison of shutter sounds anyway. “As a leading authority on optical testing and product reviews, it occurred to the Lensrentals staff recently that we owed it to The Internet to explore the final frontier of camera comparisons, a comprehensive examination of shutter sounds,” the camera gear rental company…

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Lensbaby Expands Its Creative Lenses to Canon RF and Nikon Z Mounts – Photography Article

Lensbaby has launched new Canon RF and Nikon Z mount versions of a number of its popular creative effect lenses. Attention all Nikon Z & Canon R shooters! You can now add the creative power of Lensbaby to your mirrorless camera. We’re making many of our most popular lenses in your native mounts. https://t.co/ndwZ4DzWUH #lensbaby pic.twitter.com/CC6a0FP6G6 — Lensbaby (@SeeInANewWay) July 30, 2019 Instead of having to use a lens adapter, photographers will now be able to mount the Trio 28mm…

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Nikon Unveils the Nikkor Z 85mm f/1.8 S Fast Prime Portrait Lens – Photography Article

Nikon has announced the new NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S, a fast prime portrait lens for its full-frame Z Series mirrorless cameras. “The NIKKOR Z 85mm f/1.8 S is a fast aperture lens ideal for all types of portrait photography and videography thanks to its edge-to-edge sharpness and beautiful, natural bokeh,” Nikon says, adding that the “fast f/1.8 constant aperture medium telephoto NIKKOR Z lens benefits from the wider, shallower Nikon Z-mount, producing edge-to-edge sharpness, even wide open.” Features of…

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RED Teases Tiny New Camera that May Use Canon’s RF Mount: Report – Photography Article

RED CEO Jarred Land took to the reduser.net forum this past weekend to drop a major teaser about the company’s next cinema camera—a small form-factor camera called the Komodo that is “not larger than 4 inches in any dimension” and may feature Canon’s RF mount. That last point wasn’t actually stated outright by Land, but the close-cropped image of the Komodo that he shared as part of his teaser shows half the mounts, and NewsShooter quickly pointed out that the…

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Fuji Service Advisory Warns About GFX 100 Shutter Button Issue – Photography Article

Fujifilm has published a “notice” (read: service advisory) informing users of its new 100MP mirrorless medium format GFX 100 that they may have a faulty shutter button. Fortunately, Fuji claims only “a very small percentage” of cameras are affected, and they’ll fix those cameras for free. The notice was published on the Fujifilm website yesterday, and it describes an issue with the locking mechanism of the side shutter button on the built-in battery grip. “Some users of the new FUJIFILM…

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