Sep 212014
 

The bi-annual Photokina show going on in Germany is the most important photography tech event in the world. We see some awesome gear, yes, but we also get a get a glimpse for what lies ahead. This year’s show is particularly interesting because it falls just as digital imaging reaches the crossroads between the standalone camera and the camera attached to your phone. Here’s the coolest stuff we saw.

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Sep 212014
 
“A new model is in the works [...]. It’s definitely on the boards for replacement[...]Canon is working to spread a technology called diffractive optics, or DO, into more lenses”

One of the big rumors leading into Photokina was that Canon would be releasing the new 100-400mm replacement along with the 7D Mark II. It seemed like a likely scenario given that the two products are for similar markets, and would likely be used with each other for their intended uses. However, that never panned out and the 7D Mark II was announced without the 100-400mm.

 
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Sep 192014
 

Apple is a company renowned for making products that are not only functional, but also beautiful. When you buy an apple product you’re buying something that’s been crafted as opposed to being cobbled together. Overseeing design at Apple is Jony Ive, the London-born designer who has worked up the ranks at the company since 1992 to take the post of senior vice president of design.

Given Apple’s design heritage, and Ive’s customarily well-calibrated eye, I have to wonder how this carbuncle came to adorn the iPhone 6.

I’m talking about the protrusion from the otherwise sleek exterior of the iPhone 6 to accommodate the camera lens, something that from this point on I will call the “camera nubbin.”

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Sep 192014
 

Since Sony dropped the A7 on us a little while back, it and all its variants have entered our consciousness and headlines the photo-world over, and surprisingly, stayed there. There’s been much whispering about what the successor to this platform/game changer is going to be, and when it would materialize, and even though it’s been getting louder, it doesn’t seem to dissuade anyone from buying them.

Many pros I know with complete platforms for either Nikon or Canon have made the switch, with more in tow. There’s a huge part of me that wants to do the same, so it figures then that Sony’s announcement of a beautiful Zeiss 16-35 f4 Full Frame E-mount lens is about the most enticing piece of kit to spawn for me from recent news. It seems, however, I’m in good and plentiful company, as apparently it’s been flying off the pre-order ‘shelves’ since it was announced two days ago.

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Sep 172014
 

Say hello to 4K video recording with the iPhone… but first you’ll need a 5S model and a cool $999. That’s how much you’ll need to pay in the App Store to purchase Vizzywig 4K, which touts itself as the world’s first mobile app that lets you capture, edit, and distribute 4K video.

The app is designed specifically for iOS 7 on the iPhone 5S, which has a default video resolution cap of 1080p. VZ4K, as it’s known, allows you to capture 4K video by shooting 4K-resolution photographs at a rate of 24 photos a second while recording synced audio on the side.

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Sep 162014
 

“Unique Photo has launched a new series of online events titled “UEventLive”. Hosted by Unique Photo President, Matt Sweetwood – we bring in world’s leading photographers and camera technicians, each event showcases discussions on the latest and greatest in camera technology.”

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Samsung just announced a new Samsung NX1 mirrorless camera today. The exciting news includes 4K at 24 fps with the highly new efficient H.265 Codec.

With our team on the ground at Photokina, you’ll be sure to hear more about this possible game changer. We can’t wait to see how the new 4K DSLR compares to the Panasonic GH4 and the Sony A7S.

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Sep 162014
 

In the ongoing effort to provide the biggest punch in the smallest package, Panasonic has just announced the LX100. Considerably the most sophisticated compact camera Panasonic has ever created, the LX100 looks to set itself apart from the competition with a Micro Four Thirds (MFT) sensor, a Leica-branded lens and 4K video capabilities.

The MFT sensor built into the LX100 captures stills at up to 12.8-megapixels as well as 4K video at both 30 and 24 frames per second. That sensor looks out at the world through a fast Leica 24–75mm (35mm equivalent) f/1.7–2.8 lens, which offers a solid focal length range without compromising aperture in the process.

The LX100 borrows the autofocus system of the company’s flagship GH4 camera, ensuring your subject will stay in focus even when you’re shooting at 11fps. And, finally, the larger sensor and low resolution helps in the low-light department, boosting the max ISO to 25,600 compared to the 12,800 of its predecessor, the LX7.

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Sep 152014
 

Apple busted out its iPhone 6 and the larger iPhone 6 plus today and — amongst the talk of larger screen sizes, faster processors and sleeker designs — what has us most excited is the updated camera technology.

The cameras on the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus could be the only snappers you’ll ever need, if Apple’s hype and early previews are to be believed. Here’s what we know about the integrated cameras so far.

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Both the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus use an all-new sensor. Like the one on the iPhone 5S, it’s an 8MP unit, with 1.5-micron pixels and an F/2.2 aperture, but it now lets in 80 per cent more light and comes with phase detection autofocus, like you normally get on DSLR cameras.

According to Apple, the tech uses dedicated pairs of pixels that read light coming in from objects and can tell whether they are in or out of phase, allowing for autofocusing that is twice as fast as the previous-generation phone. Focus changes are now almost imperceptable, both in stills and video modes.

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Iphone 6 camera: 240fps slow-motion

The 120fps slow motion feature on the iPhone 5s was jawdropping, allowing users to capture video in slow motion. iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus take things to the next level with a 240fps slo-mo mode that lets you slow things down by twice the amount. If Matrix-style bullet time effects are your thing, then you’re going to love this mode – it looks absolutely stunning.

Iphone 6 camera: Single-shot HDR photos and HDR movies

HDR is a handy feature on the iPhone 5s, but it leaves behind multiple versions of a single photo. With iPhone 6, you only get a single shot left behind, so there’s less tidying up to do when you’re finished snapping.

Iphone 6 camera: Image stabilisation

The cameras in the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus are almost identical – almost. Where the 6 Plus differs is in its ability to offer impressive image stabilisation. Not only does this promise to improve pictures taken by those with shaky hands or those operating in low light conditions. Some of the low light shots demonstrated by Apple during the iPhone 6 reveal were stunning. Check out the picture of the two girls above to see what we mean.

Sep 122014
 

Some of the highlights of Bruce Dale’s 30 year career at National Geographic including 10 trips to China beginning in the late 1970’s, the hologram cover for the 100th anniversary edition, and mounting a camera on the tail of a jumbo jet for in-flight photographs. Photographs are copyrighted by Bruce Dale or National Geographic.

Sep 122014
 

“On Tuesday, Apple announced the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6Plus, and Apple “fan boys”(I’m one of them) jumped for joy worldwide. Apple is one the very few companies that can drag their feet developing technology (to get it just right) and not lose its fan base, even if it takes years to do what other companies have already been doing (larger screens come to mind). Apple products are sexy, there is no doubt about that. Every time Apple releases a new product or upgrade, I’m always drooling as I stare at my computer screen calculating my expenses to see if I can afford their newest offering and honestly, the iPhone 6 is no different.”

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Sep 112014
 

The first footage from the Panasonic Varicam 35 4K has finally been released. Shot in a variety of conditions and lighting environments the short film gives us an indication of what to expect from the camera.

Even viewed on Vimeo I found the footage beautiful. Online there is no way to measure resolution but what this video does showcase is a beautiful colour rendition – something that previous Varicams have been well know for.

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Sep 092014
 

The battle of the CMOS-sensored medium format cameras continues! Earlier today, Mamiya jumped into the fray when it announced the brand new Leaf Credo 50, a medium format digital back that boasts Sony’s very popular 50-megapixel CMOS sensor.

The new back packs an ISO range of 100–6400, a 4:3 aspect ratio, exposures from 1/10,000th of a second up to an hour, 14 stops of dynamic range and a 3.2-inch touchscreen for navigating through the menu system.

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Sep 092014
 

This video was captured by taxi driver Phil McNamara, who was on vacation with his wife Linda on August 29, out on a boat in Papua New Guinea, when Mt. Tavurvur decided to blow its top.

“It was a spur of the moment thing to head out and film the volcano,” McNamara told the Brisbane Times. “I thought I might as well try and capture something you rarely get to see.”

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Sep 082014
 

“Watching a photographer at work is always fascinating to me. Ever been to a wedding as “just a guest,” when you’re a wedding photographer? You almost have a sixth sense as to where the hired photographer has positioned himself, how he has posed the couple and what lenses he is using for that particular shot. You picture in your mind what you would do differently had you been the one in their shoes instead of enjoying the wedding cake and champagne from the grandstands. But watching a master photographer at work is something altogether different. When commercial photographer Erik Almas  gives a glimpse of himself at work, you stop and you listen and soak in every word. Erik’s images have a hint of surrealism to them that pulls you into a dreamy romantic world. He is unapologetic for his use of compositing to fulfill his vision as a tool for his art and his vast knowledge is freely shared.”

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Sep 082014
 

 

“The term ‘game changer’ is tossed about in photographic circles like ‘love’ is among teens.. Most don’t really know how to identify either. When the D800 came around a few years back, the sheer enormity of the statistics involved made everyone stop and think, once again, that this could be it. It captured the hearts and adoration of the masses more than Nikon’s flagship, and there was much high-tone and fancy-chat about it biting at the leg of medium format. Well, it’s been a few years and the D800 has already got its third variant, and more so than ever it seems, this is the camera that would live up to the hype first placed on its forbearer’s shoulders. But how much better is it? Or is it better?”

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“The new 36-megapixel full-frame Nikon D810 benefits from not having an AA filter. Although that’s what everyone thought the D800E’s was supposed to be. In this head-to-head comparison review we put both cameras through their paces to find out whether the D810 is really worth the upgrade or would you be fine with a D800E?”

Sep 062014
 

“Image stabilization is a tricky business. There are a plethora of ways to do it: optical image stabilization, algorithmic stabilization and, more recently, hybrid options that combine the best of analogue and digital input. A great example is Instagram’s new Hyperlapse app, which gathers data from the accelerometer built into your iPhone and uses that data to digitally correct for camera shake and give you smooth footage. And now, an upcoming product called SteadXP wants to do the same thing for your DSLR or GoPro.”

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