Gear, NewsComments Off on Nikon, Leica and Olympus are Not Going to Attend Photokina 2020
Photokina is still the world’s leading imaging expo, but changes to its structure and a struggling industry may be pushing participants away. In a press release published to the expo’s website, the trade show’s organizer Koelnmesse revealed that Nikon, Leica and Olympus have all chosen to skip Photokina 2020.
The announcement strikes a grim-but-hopeful note, under the headline “Photokina 2020: An Industry in Transformation, a Decisive Chance for the Future.”
“The imaging industry is currently undergoing massive changes, which also have an impact on Photokina as the industry’s leading trade fair – and this in a dimension never seen before,” begins the text. “While on the one hand the classic camera market reports strongly declining sales and turnover figures, the enjoyment of photography continues to grow – with a positive effect on the demand for pictures.”
Gear, NewsComments Off on FUJIFILM GFX 100 REVIEW, by Greg Scoblete
The GFX100 is the first in its class to sport a 102-megapixel back-side illuminated image sensor, in-body stabilization and a hybrid autofocus system with phase detect pixels covering nearly 100 percent of the image sensor. According to Fujifilm, the AF system is 210 percent faster than the contrast-detect system used in the GFX 50R.
It’s also capable of recording 4K (4096 x 2160)/30p video at 400Mbps–another medium-format first. You can apply film simulations during video recording as well as output a 10-bit, 4:2:2 signal through HDMI to an external recorder. The camera supports Fujifilm’s F-Log profile (Rec 2020) and there are both microphone and headphone jacks.
The camera offers a native ISO range of 100-12,800 (expandable to 50-102,400) and 16-bit RAW image capture.
You’ll enjoy 5.5 stops of image stabilization along 5-axis thanks to the camera’s in-body stabilizer. Fujifilm suspended the shutter unit with four springs to minimize shutter shock and keep those 100-megapixel files pristine.
Apple, Gear, NewsComments Off on APPLE’S 2019 IPHONE MAY SPORT 3D CAMERAS MANUFACTURED BY SONY: REPORT
Apple is reportedly collaborating with Sony to deploy 3D cameras in its next-generation iPhone, also rumoured to be called the iPhone XI.
First reported by Bloomberg, Apple will apparently be using Sony’s long-range 3D Camera based on Time of Flight (ToF) technology. This technology, which uses invisible laser pulses to measures the time before they bounce back to build detailed 3D models of objects, has the potential to transform photography, security, and gaming in the 2019 iPhones.
Further, these long-range 3D camera sensors by Sony will apparently also help in mapping rooms and objects for AR and VR experiences. Currently, Apple uses a TrueDepth sensor, which is a short-range 3D technology. However, Sony’s technology could really change the game for the 2019 iPhone users.
Gear, Mirrorless, NewsComments Off on Fujifilm says it will ‘never’ launch a full-frame mirrorless camera, by Trevor Mogg
Nikon finally dove in. And so did Canon. But it appears that launching a full-frame mirrorless camera is not for Fujifilm.
The Japanese camera maker has enjoyed huge success with its line of mirrorless cameras, though none of them are full-frame devices. Indeed, Fujifilm has said in the past that it doesn’t plan on launching such a camera, and will focus its efforts instead on its X-Series (APS-C crop sensor) and GFX (medium format) systems.
But in a recent interview with DPReview, the company — to the surprise of some and perhaps to the disappointment of many — went out of its way to state that it will “never” release a full-frame mirrorless camera.
But if you want to enable some serious pixel peeping, you can go all out and buy the XF IQ4 camera system unveiled Tuesday by Danish camera maker Phase One. The IQ4, the new digital back that attaches to the XF camera body, packs a whopping 151 megapixels.
Perhaps spending $51,990 might put you off — a price that doesn’t include extra lenses that’ll add thousands more to the price. But there are customers who spring for this kind of gear. Among them are those who need enormous high-quality prints, who photograph models for fashion magazines, who shoot expensive products like luxury cars and jewelry, and who make high-quality reproductions of museum art and artifacts.
“If you need highest resolution possible, this is the only one providing 151 megapixels,” said Lau Norgaard, the camera’s architect.
NewsComments Off on Moment’s Pro Camera App Gives Your Phone a ‘DSLR Shooting Experience’
Moment has just launched a major revamp to its smartphone camera app. Paired with the company’s cases and high-end lenses, the app aims to bring a “DSLR shooting experience” to your phone.
The new app is a “ground-up redesign” that adds more shooting options, full manual controls, and major stability improvements.
The manual controls put important adjustments within your thumb’s reach — things like exposure, ISO, shutter speed, focus, white balance, and image format are controlled with sliders that can be quickly reset by double-tapping. Double-tapping the screen separates focus and exposure for properly shooting in tricky environments.
Gear, NewsComments Off on Canon Is Announcing Multiple New 70-200mm Lenses Soon [Rumor]
The Canon 70-200mm lens lineup contains some of the company’s best and most popular lenses. Nonetheless, with several of the lenses hovering around the decade mark in age, it may be about time to upgrade them. Thankfully, word has it that that’s exactly what Canon will be doing in short time.
The good folks at Canon Rumors are reporting that Canon is planning on replacing both the EF 70-200mm f/2.8L ISII andEF 70-200mm f/4L IS lenses soon, with an announcement likely coming early next month. The site is quite certain, saying they can “100 percent confirm” the f/4’s update to a Mark II version and “95 percent confirm” the f/2.8’s update to a Mark III version, which would be the second Mark III lens in Canon’s lineup (the first being the EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III). Both are excellent lenses, but the f/2.8L was released in 2010 and the f/4L was released in 2006, and with their status as essential lenses (particularly the larger aperture version) and sensor resolutions pushing higher and higher, an update would surely be welcome, particularly considering the inroads third party manufacturers have made in the intervening years.
Aurora HDR is not just a tool for merging bracketed images, it also provides numerous tools and countless options to create perfect HDR photos for every taste – from one-click presets and advanced tone-mapping, to layers, noise reduction and powerful luminosity masking controls.
Aurora HDR 2018 will be availabe for pre-order TODAY, September 12th, and released on September 28th.
Current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade at a special pre-order price of $49 ($59 MSRP)
New users can purchase Aurora HDR 2018 at a special pre-order price of $89 ($99 MSRP)
A collection of bonuses will also be included with every purchase.
Trey Ratcliff Deep Dive video (HDR Training by Trey Ratcliff)
Travel Photography Tutorials by Matt Granger (2 hours of tips, tricks and techniques to capture the best travel photos)
Source Brackets (5 sets of HDR brackets)
3-month Zenfolio Pro website, including a complementary design consultation. $60 value.
What’s new in Aurora HDR 2018:
Next-generation Tone Mapping – A new smart Tone Mapping algorithm automatically reduces noise, and produces more realistic and natural initial results.
Mac and Windows versions – Aurora HDR 2018 is available both for Mac and PC users, enabling mixed-computer households to share the same product key.
Lens Correction Tool* – The new Lens Correction filter easily fixes all kinds of lens distortion, from barrel and pincushion to chromatic aberration and vignetting.
Transform Tool* – Easily scale, rotate and shift your image to better fit your vision.
Dodge & Burn Filter – Selectively lighten or darken specific areas of an image to artfully direct your viewer’s eye towards the key subject of your image, similar to a traditional darkroom technique.
HDR Enhance Filter – Adds details and clarity to an image, adjusting colors, details and contrast without creating artificial halos or other problems.
User Interface – A new, modern and responsive user interface brings a powerful, yet joyful experience to HDR photo editing.
History Panel – An easy-to-reference list of edits made to your image, the History panel allows you to click on any editing step to revert the photo to an earlier stage of editing.
Touch Bar support for Mac – Aurora HDR 2018 adds Touch Bar support to give new MacBook Pro users fast access to key editing features and speed up their workflow.
Image Flip and Rotate* – Perfect for correcting photos with incorrect horizons or making creative compositions or other stylistic changes to an image.
IMPROVED: New Structure Algorithm – The re-developed Structure tool allows you to adjust detail and clarity of an image to get a classic HDR effect with great detail or a smoother effect with less details.
IMPROVED: RAW handling – An improved RAW conversion brings out more details in shadows/highlights, displays colors more accurately and reduces noise in RAW files.
IMPROVED: Crop tool update – Now specify custom crop sizes for even more versatility.
IMPROVED: Speed – Faster merging and masking performance, improvement in RAW image processing.
* Lens Correction and Transform tools, as well as image flip and rotate will be available in the Mac version at launch, and arrive in the PC version with the first free update in the beginning of October. Other tools and features that are currently available for Mac only would be added to PC version by the end of the year.
Record 16:9 4K Ultra HD (3840×2160) in full frame glory using the total width of the D850’s back-side illuminated CMOS sensor. Take advantage of the large sensor size for clean output at high ISO and for shooting with zero crop factor with full-frame NIKKOR lenses3, including wide and ultra-wide angle lenses.
I think this is just what I need… I have been a Nikon user but switched to Canon a number of years ago. I just may switch back!
The new Nikon D850 is now available for pre-order. Expected ship date is 09/7/2017
The Nikon D850 is now official after quite a bit of anticipation following a development announcement just a few short weeks ago. Thankfully, Nikon has not disappointed and the new D850 houses some of the best specifications and features of any modern camera. Headlining the announcement is a new full frame 45.7MP BSI (back side illuminated) sensor with no low pass filter. We first saw this technology implemented in the Sony A7RII and it should allow for amazing dynamic range while still retaining great low light results, even with the higher resolution sensor. When the Nikon D800 first pioneered the high resolution DSLR, it did so with limited speed and performance. Thankfully the D850 matches the Canon 5D Mark IV’s ample 7fps shooting speed and can even exceed it by shooting up to 9fps when paired with the MB-D18 battery grip and EN-EL18a/b battery. Alright Nikon, you have my attention!
HDR Info, News, TechniqueComments Off on Adobe Lightroom for iOS updated with authentic HDR capture, by Zac Hall
Adobe has released a new version of Photoshop Lightroom for iOS that includes more powerful tools for shooting on the iPhone. Authentic HDR is a new mode that rivals competing high-dynamic-range methods. Version 2.7 also includes exporting raw images and a new widget for 3D Touch and the Today view in Notification Center.
Authentic HDR, or raw HDR, is a new capture mode that Adobe says “combines the benefits of HDR technology and DNG raw” and “automatically analyzes a scene to determine the appropriate spread of exposure values over three shots, then automatically aligns, de-ghosts, and tone maps the image, creating a 32-bit floating point DNG file.”
Apple’s built-in Camera app has long supported shooting in HDR mode, but shooting in raw on iOS is still limited to third-party apps. Adobe also says its new raw HDR capture mode is superior to the iOS method that applies heavy noise reduction, sharpening and tone adjustment, and an overall lower quality image.
HDR Info, NewsComments Off on Canon Working on Global Shutter With High Dynamic Range, by Alex Cooke
Canon has developed a 2/3″ sensor with a global shutter and high dynamic range, helping to pave the way toward future generations of video cameras.
The rolling shutter is a common issue in video. Because most cameras read each frame of sensor data by scanning across the frame either vertically or horizontally, this means that data from the sensor is not read simultaneously, which can cause artifacts, particularly with quickly moving subjects, the most common example being airplane propellers.
While certain cameras such as the Sony F55 have a global shutter, which reads all sensor data at the same time, the majority still use rolling shutters. Canon’s global shutter CMOS sensor initially had a smaller dynamic range that required two improvements to regain a wider range.
Gear, NewsComments Off on The Hardware of the Panasonic GH5 – An Interview with Panasonic’s M. Uematsu by: Fabian Chaundy
With the expected shipping date for the Panasonic GH5 just over the horizon (here’s our detailedfeature GH5 hands-on post from earlier today), we thought it would be a good time to catch up with Panasonic’s M. Uematsu to chat about some of the more technical aspects of the next member of the popular GH line of mirrorless cameras. Check out our interview at cinema5D HQ… shot, of course, on the Panasonic GH5.
We all know how much of a cut-throat business the camera world is, with manufacturers constantly trying to one-up one another in a constant and quick succession of new camera releases. As the first big camera release of 2017, the Panasonic GH5 aims to come out swinging, promising to bring a host of truly nice features for indie filmmakers. And about time, too, as after almost 3 years, the popular GH4 was slowly starting to lag behind next to the competition.
But before diving into the great features that the GH5 will bring in a couple of months, we first wanted to know why Panasonic didn’t decide to go all out with some much-requested bells and whistles, especially given its popularity among filmmakers both amateur and professional. So, Panasonic, why didn’t you include internal ND filters and RAW recording?
Cinematography, Gear, NewsComments Off on Panasonic GH5 Hands-on – “6K” Anamorphic Video, 4K 60p, 180fps FHD, By Graham Sheldon
The GH5 was announced back in September last year, but Panasonic kept many features of the camera close to the chest. Today, at CES, Panasonic pulled back the curtain. We have the full feature list and were invited to an exclusive prior GH5 hands-on event in Los Angeles. Spoiler alert, the camera looks great and it’s a cinematographer’s dream. Features, pricing and availability below:
The built-in flash found in the old GH4 is gone and a whole new array of magical features aimed squarely at indie filmmakers have taken its place in the MFT Panasonic DMC-GH5, unveiled today at CES in Las Vegas. However, the Panasonic GH5, like a fine wine, will need to age gracefully into the summer to reach its full potential. More on that later.
Back in May of 2014, the Panasonic Lumix GH4 hit the market and became an instant favorite. Lauded for its internal 4K, variable frame rate option, XLR input module and professional video features such as peaking, zebras and cinema color profiles, it was clear that Panasonic built the camera with the cinematographer in mind. On paper, engineers have outdone themselves in every way with the new GH5.
Panasonic will be squishing features like 4:2:2 10bit 4K with a bitrate of 400Mbps and 180fps FHD variable frame rate recording into the tiny 2.0 pound body of the GH5. Over the years you get used to seeing specs like this from companies such as RED Cinema, but with the price point of a BMW 5-series. For the GH5, we are more in 1998 Honda Civic territory with a camera body price point of $2,000.
In short, the GH5 looks stylish, feels great to hold and shoots gorgeous video.
The camera launches with a max resolution of 4096×2160 up to 60fps with a bitrate of 150Mbps. Notice the differences from the features in bold above? That’s because Panasonic is rolling out a free firmware plan upgrading the camera into the summer, and 4K (400Mbps) All-Intra recording will unlock by July.
Of course, it would be great to have all the banner features right as you open the box, but like many video games these days, you’ll need to wait for updates before the camera has its full feature list, but what a list of features it is.
Here is the full firmware breakdown:
GH5 Firmware Upgrade Path:
4:2:2 10bit – Available April, 2017
6K/24p Anamorphic Video Mode (4:3) – Available Summer, 2017
(200 Mbps) FHD 4:2:2 10bit ALL-Intra – Available Summer, 2017
(400Mbps) 4K 4:2:2 10bit ALL-Intra – Available, Summer 2017
V-Log Color Profile – Available at launch, Cost: $100
6K/24p Anamorphic Video Mode is available in a 4:3 aspect ratio. However, the very fact we are talking about getting 6K, or close, Anamorphic out of a $2,000 MFT body is exciting. Panasonic is calling this upcoming mode: “High Resolution Anamorphic” as it is 6K resolution in terms of pixel density, but not 6000 pixels of horizontal resolution.
Marketing, NewsComments Off on 500px Launches ‘500px for Business,’ a New Global On-Demand Photography Service
Earlier in the year, I reported on a photography service that was offering tourists the chance to summon a professionalphotographer through an app — essentially the photo-equivalent of Uber. Reaction to the concept was mixed, although there’s clearly potential in the idea, as 500px has just taken things up a notch with “500px for Business,” their newly-announced series of photography on-demand services.
So, what differentiates them from other companies offering similar services?
We draw upon billions of data points from social signals on our own site about what images people respond to based on their demographic and psychographic make up… from how Americans versus people from Asia want to see images of Amsterdam, to what kinds of images of coffee women like versus men.