GearComments Off on Fujifilm Unveils the Fujinon XF 200mm f/2 and 8-16mm f/2.8
Fujifilm has announced two new lenses for its X Series line of mirrorless cameras: an XF 200mm f/2 OIS telephoto lens and an 8-16mm f/2.8 ultra-wide-angle zoom lens. There’s also a new 1.4X teleconverter.
Fujinon XF200mm f/2 R LM OIS WR and 1.4X TC
The new Fujinon 200mm f/2 OIS is Fujifilm’s first super-fast telephoto lens in the XF stable. It has a maximum aperture of f/2.0 and a 35mm equivalent focal length of 305mm.
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.
GearComments Off on Canon Has Two Full Frame Mirrorless Cameras in the Works: Report
It’s not just Nikon. Canon is also reportedly planning to launch two different full frame mirrorless cameras in the very near future.
Canon Rumors is hearing that Canon will be releasing two full frame mirrorless cameras before the middle of 2019. And like Nikon’s rumored pair, Canon’s cameras will also arrive as a high-megapixel “flagship” model and a lower resolution, cheaper model.
The first camera to be announced will be a 30.4-megapixel mirrorless camera that could be “closely related” to the sensor found in the existing Canon 5D Mark IV, Canon Rumors writes. Canon said back in May that it’s finallywilling to cannibalize its DSLRs to play a bigger part in the growth of mirrorless cameras.
The second Canon full frame mirrorless body launched afterward will reportedly have a lower pixel count — possibly 24 megapixels.
GearComments Off on Diana Instant Square: The First Instax Camera with Swappable Lenses and a Hot Shoe
Lomography has unveiled the Diana Instant Square, a lo-fi toy camera that shoots Fuji Instax Square instant film. It’s the world’s first Instax camera to feature interchangeable lenses and a hot-shoe mount.
The camera is compatible with all of the lenses that have already been released for the Diana F+ instant camera, which shoots Instax Mini film. These include the 110 mm telephoto lens, 75 mm glass lens, 20 mm fisheye lens, 38 mm super-wide-angle lens, and a 55 mm wide-angle lens (which comes with a close-up attachment).
GearComments Off on Sony Unveils the 400mm f/2.8 Lens, a $12,000 Sports and Wildlife Monster
Sony has just unveiled the long-awaited 400mm f/2.8 G Master prime lens. The E-mount ecosystem finally has a fast super-telephoto lens designed for sports and wildlife photographers, andthe Sony a9 finally has a best friend.
The new Sony 400mm f/2.8 GM OSS is the first super-telephoto prime in the E-mount lineup. The existing Sony100-400mm G Master lens can provide the same reach, but it’s a zoom lens with a slow variable maximum aperture of f/4.5-5.6.
The lens is the equivalent of a 136mm when mounted on a Canon crop sensor APS-C camera.
Thanks to its internal design and technologies such as a Hybrid Aspherical element, the 85mm measures less than 3 inches long and is lightweight for its focal length (17oz/482g). The features (including Ultra Multi-Coating) also help reduce and control distortion and aberrations.
GearComments Off on Canon’s Next 18-55mm Kit Lens May Have a Built-In LCD Screen
It looks like electronic info displays are becoming a new norm for camera lenses. A new patent filed by Canon suggests that the company’s next 18-55mm kit lens will feature an LCD display.
New Camera first spotted the new Canon patent (JP2018005130A) for aberration reduction in an interchangeable lens. Within the document is an illustration showing what appears to be the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS III kit lens, and one of the reference indicators is for a “lens information display.”
The info display is found next to the AF/MF and IS ON/OFF toggle switches.
GearComments Off on Zeiss Accuses Samyang of Stealing Its Lens Designs
The renowned German lens maker Carl Zeiss has accused the South Korean lens maker Samyang of copying its designs. As a result, the Samyang lenses at the center of the dispute are being pulled by distributors and retailers.
The Swedish website Monitor reports that the Samyang Premium XP 50mm f/1.2 and 85mm f/1.2 lenses are the ones Zeiss has issues with.
Cinematography, GearComments Off on MIOPS Capsule360: The World’s ‘Most Compact and Versatile Motion Box’
The camera triggering companyMIOPShas just announced the Capsule360, a new app-controlled motion box that the company claims is the world’s “most compact and versatile motion box ever created.” It’s one motion system that aims to do it all.
Compatible with any DSLR camera, mirrorless camera, or smartphone, the Capsule360 can do pans, tilts, slides, custom movements, subject/star tracking, and 360-degree photography.
“For those filmmakers and stills photographers who want to go further than ever before with their projects, the MIOPS Capsule360 is the ideal companion,” MIOPS says.
The Capsule360 has 3 axes of motion: it can do pans straight out of the box, tilts with the optional L-Bracket, and slides with the Capsule Slider accessory.
GearComments Off on Fujifilm Unveils 250mm f/4 Lens and 1.4x Teleconverter for GFX System
Fujifilm today announced a new 250mm f/4 telephoto prime lens and a 1.4x teleconverter for its GFX medium format system (which currently consists of the Fujifilm GFX 50S camera).
Fujinon 250mm f/4 R LM OIS WR Lens
The Fujinon GF 250mm f/4 has a rugged, lightweight magnesium alloy barrel that resists dust and weather, and it is capable of functioning in temperatures as low as 14°F/-10°C. On the front of the lens is a fluorine coating that resists water and dirt.
GearComments Off on Google Built a Rotating Arc of 16 GoPro Cameras to Shoot Light Fields
It seems Lytro has a new formidable competitor in the area of light field cameras. Google revealed todaythat it has created a rotating arc of 16 GoPro cameras arranged vertically to experiment with light fields.
While a 360-degree camera allows you to look in different directions in virtual reality, a light field camera gives you a much more realistic sense of presence because you can move your head around in 3D space while looking in the same direction. The motion parallax and change in light experienced is much closer to what the world looks like to us in real life.
To create its light field capture camera, which captures all the different rays of light entering a volume of space, Google modified a GoPro Odyssey Jump 360-degree camera rig and bent it into a vertical arc of 16 outward-facing cameras, which was then mounted to a rotating platform.
GearComments Off on The $2,000 Sony a7 III vs. the $3,200 Sony a7R III: Here’s the Difference
Portrait photographer Manny Ortiz recently got his hands on the newly-announced Sony a7 III full-frame mirrorless camera, allowing him to compare the $2,000 camera to his $3,200 Sony a7R III. Here’s a 6-minute video in which he compares the cameras and discusses the strengths of each one.
“The experience of shooting in the real world, there was no difference than when I was shooting with my Sony a7R III, in autofocus performance, in everything,” Ortiz says.
Here are the pros of each system mentioned by Ortiz in the video:
Reasons for a7 III over a7R III
#1. Price. You save $1,200.
#2. Workflow. If you don’t need the extra resolution, the 24MP files will be faster to work with and cheaper to store.
#3. Low Light. Ortiz concluded that the a7 III performs slightly better in low light, with less noise in the photos.
#4. Autofocus. The a7 III features 693 AF points with 93% viewfinder coverage compared to the 399 points and 68% coverage of the a7R III. But “in the real world, I didn’t notice any difference,” Ortiz notes.
GearComments Off on Shootout: $4,990 Zeiss Otus 28mm vs $4,250 Leica Q
In the pantheon of lens focal lengths, 28mm is a bit of an outlier. Photojournalists are more apt to reach for the 35mm, while many manufacturers have settled on 24mm for primes and the wide end of their zoom lenses. But 28mm has become visually familiar to consumers because its field-of-view equivalent can be found on many smartphones like the iPhone.
Zeiss caused a ruckus when it announced its line of Otus lenses in 2013; a line designed for maximum still photography performance with a weatherproof construction made of glass, aluminum, and rubber. Maximum quality also means eye-popping prices. The 28mm f/1.4 Otus can be yours for a touch under $5,000.
TechniqueComments Off on 10 Handy Photoshop Shortcuts for Working with Layers
Adobe just released this helpful 2-minute video that shares 10 handy shortcuts you can use in Photoshop when working with layers.
Here’s a quick rundown of the 10 shortcuts (watch the video above for visual demonstrations):
1. Add layer masks to hide all
To quickly add a layer mask to hide all of a layer, just hold down the Option key on Mac (or Alt on Windows) and click on the “Add Layer Mask” button in the Layers panel.
2. Delete layer masks
Instead of dragging a layer mask into the bin, you can just right click the layer mask itself and delete it from the tooltip menu that appears.
3. Add a layer mask based on selections
Creating a layer mask of a selection you have made is a useful thing to do for Photoshop users. Clicking the “Add Layer Mask” button will reveal your selection, but if you want to hide it then you just need to hold the Option key on Mac (or Alt for Windows) while clicking.
4. Invert a layer mask
If you want to invert your layer mask, just hold Command + I on Mac (or Control + I on Windows) to quickly move between the two.
TechniqueComments Off on Twenty Helpful Tips and Tricks for Photoshop
Photoshop is a tremendously intricate and nuanced program, and you can never have enough tips and tricks to navigate all its features and options and make your workflow both more powerful and more efficient. This helpful video will show you 20 more tips and tricks you might not have seen before.
DxOMark says the 51.4-megapixel camera has extremely good image quality scores, and the large pixels on the sensor gives the camera the best low-light ISO scores ever recorded up to this point among all cameras.
“It’s clear from our testing that the Pentax 645Z’s sensor is extremely capable, coming within a whisper of matching the performance of the Hasselblad X1D sensor (our highest-scoring sensor to date),” DxOMark says. “The 645Z’s high dynamic range and color sensitivity make it ideally suited for capturing the types of scenes that are traditionally favored by medium-format photographers — landscapes, weddings, portraits, and still lifes (commercial).”
The camera is interesting to compare against the Nikon D850, DxOMark says. The Pentax has a sensor that’s 1.7 times larger, but the D850 is about 3 years newer. The Nikon D850 actually stacks up well against the medium format camera thanks to Sony’s sensor manufacturing prowess.
TechniqueComments Off on Why the Brush Tool Has a Weird Purple Line in Photoshop CC 2018
If you’ve started using Photoshop CC 2018, you may have noticed a strange purple line following your brush around as you’re using it now. That line is called a “brush leash,” and here’s a helpful 6-minute video by retoucher PratikNaik about what that purple line is and how you can use and customize it.
Basically, the purple brush leash is meant to serve as a guide for the Smoothing feature of the Brush Tool. Turning Smoothing down to 0% removes the purple line and restores the brush tool to the original version.
You can also turn off the brush leash in the Cursors panel of your Preferences.
GearComments Off on Review: The Nikon D850’s Negative Digitizer Isn’t Ready for Prime Time
A couple weeks ago, I got a chance to run the Nikon D850 through its paces as a scanner. The “Negative Digitizer”feature, which can automatically flip negatives to positive got a lot of buzz as the camera was being released, and I was eager to try it out.
I’ve been using digital cameras to scan my negatives since I was first able to put my hands on one. When done properly, it’s possible to digitize very large collections quickly and efficiently.
TechniqueComments Off on How to Use the Foreground to Create Depth in Landscape Photos
Sometimes a beautiful landscape scene doesn’t look as good on camera as it did to your eye, but that’s because translating a 3-dimensional scene into a 2-dimensional space is challenging. Using strong foreground elements in your composition is one way to create depth and counter this problem, as shown in this 8-minute tutorial from Nature TTL.
There are a huge number of different rules and compositional guides you can adhere to, but one lesser-known rule is the “Rule of Odds.”
This suggests using an odd number of objects in your foreground, as the eye tends to find itself being drawn to the middle one. This means that you can use objects as stepping stones, drawing the eye into the image.