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Fuji X-E1 Review by Nick Devlin | Luminous-Landscape

Fuji X-E1 Review by Nick Devlin | Luminous-Landscape | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

 

Fuji has been on fire with its mirrorless cameras. Starting with the ground-breaking X100, and carrying through to the unique X-Pro1, Fuji has been pushing the bar in compact, rangefinder-style devices. Now, with the release of the X-E1, the company is aiming to bring their line to a broader, more main-stream audience. I recently had a chance to spend a couple of days with a production-level sample. Much The Same But So Very Different. On its face, the X-E1 is the X-Pro1 without the hybrid viewfinder. But the reality is more complicated than that. The X-Pro1 is the recent pinnacle of ‘look ma – no hands!’ technological achievement. In it, Fuji managed to integrate multi-point autofocus and a variable magnification optical viewfinder into a rangefinder-style camera with interchangeable lenses. To cap it off, they slipped in the best APS-C sensor in the business. All was goodness and light, right? Well, mostly. As I noted in my comprehensive review here in March, the X-Pro1 is an amazing camera, but at a not-insubstantial price and at a size pushing the limits of “rangefinder style”. For some users it is the ultimate solution. But for the masses interested in a more economical solution, with more flexibility of use, the X-Pro1 might have been more camera than they needed or wanted. So enter the X-E1. The X-E1 is basically the same camera as the X-Pro1, but with only an EVF. The optical window is gone. With it too is gone a surprisingly amount of bulk. The X-E1 is much closer in size and girth to the X100. While on paper, and even to the eye, the differences are not that large, the effect in the hand is noticeable. To me, the X-E1 is just the right size. Anyone who tried the X-Pro1 and found it a bit too big will be very happy now. So that’s it, right? Same functions, same controls, same sensor, just smaller and cheaper. Yes…but….. While that might capture the physical differences, conceptually, the X-E1 seems like something much different than its close relatives. Despite its undeniably range-finder style form-factor, this is in truth a mirrorless system camera. And that’s not a bad thing. But it is a seminal difference....


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Opinion: Why Small Changes Make a Big Difference to Nikon's D810

Opinion: Why Small Changes Make a Big Difference to Nikon's D810 | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
The Nikon D810 might seem like an incremental update to the older D800 and D800E but under the hood there are some significant new features.
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The Dangers Of Urbex – Photographer Could Be Facing A Year In Jail And A 15,000 Euro Fine

The Dangers Of Urbex – Photographer Could Be Facing A Year In Jail And A 15,000 Euro Fine | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
While Urban exploring (also referred to as Urbex) provides both wonderful photos for the viewers and a thrill for the photographer is it not always fun and games.
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How to Convert Lenses to Tilt Shift Macro Lenses With 3D Printing

How to Convert Lenses to Tilt Shift Macro Lenses With 3D Printing | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
At about $1500 real tilt-shift lenses are not cheap. (Long time readers will appreciate the correct spelling :). Instructable user Cpt.Insano created a 3D printed adapter that converts practically and Nikon lens into a tilt shift lens.
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Why mobile photography is completely broken - TechGeek

Why mobile photography is completely broken - TechGeek | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
I think there’s something fundamentally broken about how we work with mobile photographs today. Take a look at how a large majority of people might deal with photographs on a smartphone.

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Cheesycam DIY Video Tripod Platform Push Dolly Project » CheesyCam

Cheesycam DIY Video Tripod Platform Push Dolly Project » CheesyCam | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

If you’re not familiar with the history behind the website name, it’s derived from many of the ‘cheesy’ ideas and DIY projects that I’ve built and shared through this website. So here’s another ‘cheesy’ project i’ve been tinkering with, and I thought i’d share where i’m at with it.


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Camera fans fooled yet again by April Fools’ Day pranks

Camera fans fooled yet again by April Fools’ Day pranks | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
  Image: Photo Rumors April Fools’ Day is extra-hilarious for anybody who follows camera and photography news. Our little category has a healthy rumor mill, fueled by thousands of dedicated fanboys, many of whom are good with Photoshop,…

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Nikon Df review: a tale of two cameras - The Verge

Nikon Df review: a tale of two cameras - The Verge | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Nikon’s traditional strengths are very much evident in the Df: it’s built to last, takes amazing photos, and is compatible with one of the broadest and best lens ranges in the business. But then it’s also more than $1,000 more expensive than Nikon’s own D610, which is roughly the same size, much easier to use, and can record 1080p video.

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Jean-Marie Grange's curator insight, March 19, 6:22 AM

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A 36-megapixel Pure Monochrome Camera (Modified Nikon D800)

A 36-megapixel Pure Monochrome Camera (Modified Nikon D800) | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"I am working with a modified Nikon D800 which has been altered so that it is now a true monochrome camera: no RGB filter array (removed), and of course no anti-aliasing filter. 36 megapixels that “see” in monochrome."

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Fuji X100s Review

Fuji X100s Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

There is one camera company that is really getting noticed these days, and that is Fuji. They seem unstoppable as they continually are releasing new cameras and lens at a very fast pace. They stand apart with their APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor. It all started with the X100 and since that introduction Fuji has followed with numerous other X branded cameras. Not forgetting where their roots are they released the next generation X100s a few months ago. This little camera has a huge following and if there is a camera that has done retro right it is the X100s. Alain Briot a regular contributor here on Luminous-Landscape switches gears from his regular essays and does a Camera Review Of The X100s.

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Sony Alpha 7R Review: Digital Photography Review

Sony Alpha 7R Review: Digital Photography Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Two products that have been getting a lot of attention lately are the Sony a7 and a7R full-frame mirrorless cameras. Last month we took an in-depth look at the Alpha 7, and were mostly pleased with how it turned out. Now it's time to take a look at its big brother, the Alpha 7R, which offers a 36 megapixel sensor with no low-pass filter and a more conventional autofocus system. Is the a7R worth the price premium over the a7? Click below to find out.

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As many know Sony is among first brands to go into mirrorless cameras. Sony Alpha 7R is one of the first comers. dpreview made review, lets check how good it is. <a href="http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sony-alpha-a7">Sony Alpha 7R Review</a>

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Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM | A (Canon EOS) - Review / Test Report

Sigma 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM | A (Canon EOS) - Review / Test Report | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Lately Sigma had quite a run in delivering very decent products not only in terms of value but also optical & mechanical quality as well as improved quality control. The transformation of their product lineup is still at the beginning but they are busy executing their new product vision. One of their latest products in the Sigma 24-105mm f/4 HSM DG OS | A. As the name implies it is part of the "Art" series thus their most prestigious segment of lenses. In Canon land, it is obviously targeting the (rathe Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 USM L IS which has been the 1st choice among customers looking for a high quality, full format standard zoom lenses with a slightly longer reach. Interestingly the Sigma lens is just marginally more affordable than its Canon counterpart. This trend certainly shows that Sigma is getting more confident about its products compared to high end products from original manufacturers.


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This Wireless Camera Control And LiveView DIY Hack Is Only $30

This Wireless Camera Control And LiveView DIY Hack Is Only $30 | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
We are big fans of CamRanger, while other options have been around for a while (both DIY and pro) they came up with a well packed product for camera remote control that has all the features you can possibly think about.
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Canon EOS Cameras: 100 things you never knew they could do | Digital Camera World

Canon EOS Cameras: 100 things you never knew they could do | Digital Camera World | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Get more from your Canon EOS cameras! Whether you have three camerabodies or one, these need-to-know tips are your ultimate Canon guide.

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Michael Petersen's curator insight, December 22, 2013 1:44 PM

For al the canon users

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Apple Aperture is Officially Dead

Apple Aperture is Officially Dead | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Today is another sad day, because Apple announced that it will no longer continue development of its Aperture software, which many photographers still rely on for their day to day photo management and editing.
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Brad Tollefson's curator insight, July 2, 5:23 PM

Crap- LightRoom bound?

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Sony’s a7S Tested in the Middle of the Night, Yielding Impressive Results

Sony’s a7S Tested in the Middle of the Night, Yielding Impressive Results | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
With the sensitivity of the Sony a7S reaching up to an ISO of 409600, the camera itself has had some pretty high expectations to live up to.
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LensRentals.com - The Glass in the Path: Sensor Stacks and Adapted Lenses

LensRentals.com - The Glass in the Path: Sensor Stacks and Adapted Lenses | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

NOTE: This is a Geek Post. If you aren’t into geeky photo measurements, or into adapting lenses from one brand of camera to another, you’ll not be interested. 


A year or two ago, I wrote a blog post where I basically showed lenses shot on adapters on other cameras aren’t acceptable for testing. If you run them through Imatest the results aren’t accurate. I suggested that reviewers shouldn’t test lenses on adapters, although obviously adapters are a great way to use interesting lenses to take pictures.


More recently, in online discussions about why certain lenses weren’t working well on certain cameras, I brought up the fact that sensor stacks, the various layers of glass in front of the sensor containing AA filters, IR filters, etc. would be contributing to this problem; that there was more to it than just adapter irregularities. Most people thought that really wasn’t having an effect, though, so I forgot about it.


Yesterday I got a dramatic rude awakening that made me return to this train of thought and do some investigation. The way it happened was simple enough. Dr. Brian Caldwell, the guy who designed the Coastal Optics 60mm Macro, the Metabones Speedboosters focal reducers, and a lot of other cool lenses came to visit.  I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Brian for some time, but I will have to admit his visits (like those of several others) have become just a bit more frequent since we got our MTF bench up and running.


Brian had brought a prototype of his latest focal reducer. He told me it was so good that it clearly improved the MTF of full-frame lenses while increasing their aperture when mounting them to m4/3 cameras. He also brought the computer generated MTF graphs showing what it should do, which was pretty spectacular...

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Paul Trillo and Microsoft link 50 Lumia 1020s to create bullet effect

Paul Trillo and Microsoft link 50 Lumia 1020s to create bullet effect | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Filmmaker Paul Trillo and Microsoft, who previously collaborated on the NY 41x41 project, have teamed up again to work on another smartphone-based visual project. Trillo and his team built  an apparatus which they call the "Lumia Arc of Wonder". It consists of 50 Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphones fixed to a custom-built metal arc on casters, some networking equipment and external power sources. 


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Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R (Fujifilm) - Review / Test Report

Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R (Fujifilm) - Review / Test Report | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Fujifilm is on a mission. Their product release pace is like no other in the industry at the moment and rather than providing endless iterations of nearly identical low-cost kit lenses, they are busy adding high quality and high priced lenses to their system. This certainly helped to gain quite a reputation among enthusiasts as well as professionals. The new Fujinon XF 23mm f/1.4 R is another cornerstone in the already extensive list of prime lenses (for such a relatively new system). The Fujinon is obviously an ultra-fast, moderate wide-angle lens with a field of view equivalent to about "35mm" on full format cameras. Such lenses are especially popular among street photographers for instances.


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Moon Camera for Sale (The Pictures are Free)

Moon Camera for Sale (The Pictures are Free) | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
The machines that made the Apollo program a success were, on the whole, huge. The Saturn V rocket rocket stood 363 ft. (111 m) tall. The scaffold-like gantry that serviced it measured nearly 400 ft. (122 m).
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How To Take Magical Family Candids - DIY Photography

How To Take Magical Family Candids - DIY Photography | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Some time ago the wonderful images of Elena Shumilova went viral. Suddenly there were dogs, rabbits and cute children everywhere. And I have to say – these images are extraordinary – we instantly begin to dream and to fell fuzzy. Something is going on with us while looking at these images. In some way, her work is magical.

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Fujifilm X-T1 Hands-on Review | Kai Wong for DigitalRev TV


We take a look at Fujifilm's latest X-series camera - the X-T1. It's an eagerly anticipated mirrorless camera but is it as good as people expect it to be or has it fallen short of the mark? Kai takes it out on the streets for a test......


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Mike Croshaw Photos's curator insight, February 26, 1:09 AM

These guys always do a fun review and this one is no exceptin.

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Testing the Nikon 58mm f/1.4 Lens

Testing the Nikon 58mm f/1.4 Lens | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Testing the Nikon 58/1.4g lens in Hawaii. Is it the new noct or not? Most images shot wide open at f/1.4. At the beach, in Chinatown, in Waikiki and elsewhere on Oahu.
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Incredible Landscapes Made With Food, Glue And Ice

Incredible Landscapes Made With Food, Glue And Ice | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
I am not really sure if Londonian photographer Carl Warner is more of a photographer or more of a magician.
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Fujifilm X-T1 offers weather-resistant body and improved EVF: Digital Photography Review

Fujifilm X-T1 offers weather-resistant body and improved EVF: Digital Photography Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Following its cloaked appearance in a teaser ad last week (and then a comprehensive leak), the Fujifilm X-T1 makes its official debut. It's a weather-resistant, SLR-styled mirrorless camera bearing Fuji's 16MP X-Trans CMOS II sensor, borrowed from its X-E2 sibling. Its built-in 2.36M dot EVF is similar to that of the XE-2, though it boasts a higher 0.77x equivalent magnification and claimed lag time of 0.005 seconds. Also included is built-in Wi-Fi, now with remote capture, and a tilting 3.0-inch LCD.

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Sander de Wilde's curator insight, February 14, 4:05 AM

Love DP review, and Fuji did make something special!

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Nikon launches AF-S Nikkor 35mm F1.8G for FX format SLRs: Digital Photography Review

Nikon launches AF-S Nikkor 35mm F1.8G for FX format SLRs: Digital Photography Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

With the latest addition to Nikon’s popular F1.8 prime series of FX-format lenses, Nikon has announced the new AF-S NIKKOR 35mm F1.8G, a versatile fixed lens ready to thrive in any shooting situation. The new 35mm F1.8G lens rounds out a collection of acclaimed F1.8 lenses including the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm F1.8G, AF-S NIKKOR 50mm F1.8G and AF-S NIKKOR 85mm F1.8G lenses. Sporting the popular 35mm focal length and covering a 63 degree angle of view with a constant F1.8 aperture, Nikon’s newest FX-format lens delivers outstanding viewfinder clarity and high contrast while providing outstanding low-light performance and depth of field control.

Great for available light environment portraits, landscapes and travel photography as well as for producing beautiful images with soft, natural bokeh, the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm F1.8G is a versatile and valuable addition to any FX-format photographer’s lens arsenal and sports the latest in core NIKKOR technologies that ensure elite performance. The lens’ construction includes one ED and one aspheric element in addition to a Silent Wave Motor to provide quiet AF operation.

"As the latest addition to the extensive NIKKOR lens line-up, the new AF-S NIKKOR 35mm F1.8G lens reinforces Nikon's commitment to providing versatile prime lens options to photographers of all levels," said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc.


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