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DxOMark Camera Sensor Benchmark Explained

DxOMark Camera Sensor Benchmark Explained | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
DxOMark Camera Sensor is a raw benchmark for camera bodies by DxO Labs. The benchmark is “raw” because it measures image quality using Raw output files. It is also raw as DxO’s data can be used to cook up camera reviews that cover more aspects than image quality.

If you only want to compare a few specific cameras, the original data on DxOMark’s website should be perfectly adequate – although I still suggest browsing all the pictures in this article. However, if you want a deeper understanding of what the DxOMark scores really mean, if you care about tradeoffs in camera design or are wondering about major industry trends like “mirrorless” and small high quality cameras, this article might be of some use.

This article hopes to bridge the gap between scientific publications about camera sensor design (which are quite inaccessible for photographers) and consumer-oriented camera reviews. I have tried to maintain some degree of readability by including lots of diagrams, by mentioning examples, by moving details to endnotes and by adding some actual sample photos.
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Amazing article about the metrics used by DxOMark

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Why I Went Mirrorless and Switched from Canon to Fuji: A Detailed Exploration

Why I Went Mirrorless and Switched from Canon to Fuji: A Detailed Exploration | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Warning: This will be a longer and more in-depth post. But in the age of paid-for reviews, I felt frustrated by the lack of perspective on the "what camera

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#1 in France: Hands-on with DxO ONE

#1 in France: Hands-on with DxO ONE | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Quelle Surprise!* DxO has made a camera. And not just any camera. The DxO ONE features a 20MP 1"-type sensor and 32mm equivalent F1.8 lens, but it is designed to be used in combination with an Apple iPhone (or iPad). The idea is that the ONE takes care of the camera and image storage part of the equation, while the phone donates its powerful onboard computer and touchscreen. In combination, the ONE and your phone should comprise a more powerful capture device than you'll find built in to any current smartphone or tablet. 

We can't help but think that in terms of nomenclature, DxO might have painted itself into a corner when it comes to the eventual successor to the ONE (think about it for a minute), mais revenons à nos moutons**...
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Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible?

Opinion: Did Sony just do the impossible? | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
The Sony a7R II is the company's newest addition to the popular full-frame mirrorless line, and caused quite a stir with its introduction earlier this month. In this opinion piece technical editor Rishi Sanyal explains exactly why he thinks this camera is potentially groundbreaking in many ways. Read more
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World’s first Nikon to Sony E Mount adaptor with fill auto focus capabilities

World’s first Nikon to Sony E Mount adaptor with fill auto focus capabilities | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
By technical editor Matt Allard: There has been a lot of lens adaptors and speed boosters made for the popular Sony E-mount, including auto focus capabilities for Canon EF lenses.
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Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD ( Fujifilm ) - Review / Test Report

Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD ( Fujifilm ) - Review / Test Report | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
A little while ago we reviewed the Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R - a great if not even awesome lens. However, it seems as if Fujifilm saw some extra potential here. Thus they took the same design, added an apodization filter and named the whole thing Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R APD. Now on paper this may not sound like a big deal ... a filter ... but by doing so they injected magic into the lens! An apodization filter smoothes the bokeh's outlines which is big, really big especially in difficult scenes with harsh contrasts. And lenses such as a 56mm f/1.2 are really meant to be used at fully open aperture for separating an object from the rest of the world. Unfortunately the extra glory comes at a price - the Fujinon XF 56mm f/1.2 R is already fairly expensive at 1000US$ and the APD adds an extra 500US$ to the bill.
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Astrofotografen - Professional photographer Göran Strand: Nikon D810A Review

Astrofotografen - Professional photographer Göran Strand: Nikon D810A Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Nikon just got star struck with the new D810A. As a long time Nikon photographer working as a professional photographer with a passion for astrophotography, I was really excited when this new camera was announced in February this year. Could it be the answer to all my dreams?




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Yongnuo creates near-clone of Canon 35mm f/2

Yongnuo creates near-clone of Canon 35mm f/2 | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
China-based manufacturer Yongnuo has produced what looks like a near-clone of Canon's well-liked EF 35mm f/2, a lens that dates back to 1990. With a couple of minor exceptions (one of which being the brand name on the front of the lens) the Yongnuo lens looks very similar to Canon's 25-year-old prime, but at an attractive price of ~$115. Read more
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Fujifilm XF 16mm F1.4 moves from roadmap to retailers

Fujifilm XF 16mm F1.4 moves from roadmap to retailers | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Another lens from Fujifilm's roadmap is making its way to retailers, and that's the XF 16mm F1.4 R WR wide prime. This lens, equivalent to 24mm, has a nine-blade aperture, flare-reducing Nano-GI coating, and a minimum focusing distance of 15cm/6 in. There's also a manual aperture ring and depth-of-field scale. Being a WR lens, the 16mm is also sealed against weather and dust and can function at temperatures as low as -10C/+14F. 

The XF 16mm F1.4 R WR will be available next month for $999.95.

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How to take better photos with your smartphone camera!

How to take better photos with your smartphone camera! | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Phones that have a camera have evolved much in recent years, but they do not always achieve quality images from the first attempt, excluding a DSLR quality. Below you can learn how to get better quality

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Very much needed as 80% people using smartphones now a days.
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Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review: Digital Photography Review

Olympus OM-D E-M5 II Review: Digital Photography Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

The Olympus OM-D E-M5 II follows-up on the groundbreaking original E-M5 and brings extra control points (a lot of them) a 40MP high-res mode, better video, improved image stabilization and a host of other refinements, large and small. We've been shooting a lot with the E-M5 II over the past few weeks, and that work has culminated in a full review, with our usual combination of studio and real-world tests. 

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Samyang 135mm T2.2 ED UMC CINE DS ( 135mm f/2 ED UMC ) - Review / Test Report

Samyang 135mm T2.2 ED UMC CINE DS ( 135mm f/2 ED UMC ) - Review / Test Report | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
There's quite a number of rather exotic third party manufacturers out there. Some come and go whereas others are here to stay. Samyang, a Korean manufacturer, is clearly in this 2nd group. In fact they are also OEMing their lenses to "brands" such as Bower, Rokinon or Walimex. During the recent years Samyang provided a fairly large number of interesting lenses for both mirrorless and DSLR systems. Their lenses lack an electronic coupling as well as AF which prevents them from entering into the mainstream so far. However, the optical quality of their products is often impressive and up there with the big boys. Their latest product (as of this review) is the Samyang 135mm T2.2 ED UMC CINE DS. As the name implies, it is optimized for smooth (step-less) aperture and focus transitions which is important for movie makers (hence the "CINE"). However, the lens is also available in a conventional, photography-centric incarnation (Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC) featuring distinctive aperture clicks, a shorter focus path and differently designed control rings. However, the optical design remains the same so the our findings are applicable to both variants.
Some users may be confused by the rather unfamiliar T2.2 vs f/2 naming convention. The T-value simply describes the light transmission characteristic whereas the f-value is equivalent to the numerical ratio of focal length and aperture diameter. In real life terms, it doesn't really make much of difference. The T-value is simply more common in the movie arena.
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Scientists Capture The First Ever Photo Of Light As A Particle And Wave

Scientists Capture The First Ever Photo Of Light As A Particle And Wave | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
The idea of light consisting of both waves and particles was proposed by Albert Einstein over 100 years ago.
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Prepare to be impressed: Tamron 15-30 F2.8 vs. Nikon 14-24 F2.8

Prepare to be impressed: Tamron 15-30 F2.8 vs. Nikon 14-24 F2.8 | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

While we were at CP+ 2015 in Japan, we met with Tamron, and the company was kind enough to lend us their newly announced 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD. In Nikon mount, no less. Why the big deal about it being Nikon mount? Because that means we can attach it natively to the Nikon D810 - the highest-resolution DSLR currently on the market (until the Canon EOS 5DS and 5DSR show up in June). 

15-30mm is a wide range for a full-frame zoom, made more impressive by the inclusion of vibration compensation (VC). The wide F2.8 aperture and inclusion of VC do mean the lens is rather heavy and bulky, weighing 1100g, 100g heavier - and physically wider throughout the lens barrel - than the Nikon 14-24 F2.8... 

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Five Tips For Capturing That Perfect Lightning Photo | Fstoppers

Five Tips For Capturing That Perfect Lightning Photo | Fstoppers | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

At the young age of 24, photographer and time lapse creator Michael Shainblum has already created an impressive resume.

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Sigma announces 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art for full frame cameras

Sigma announces 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art for full frame cameras | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Sigma has announced the 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art, a constant wide-aperture, wide-angle zoom for full frame cameras. Part of the company's high-end 'Art' range, Sigma suggests the lens can play the same role as a 24, 28 and 35mm set of prime lenses. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 28cm, giving a maximum magnification ratio of 1:4.4. Click through for more details
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Canon 5Ds Teardown

Canon 5Ds Teardown | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
When Lensrentals.com first got the first Canon 5Ds and 5D sr cameras in stock, Aaron and I immediately started screaming that we wanted to take one apart. It turns out we received enough 5Ds cameras to let us have a day with one to do just that.
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Olympus preparing to bring updated OM-D-like Stylus 1s to UK market

Olympus preparing to bring updated OM-D-like Stylus 1s to UK market | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Olympus has announced that the Stylus 1s compact superzoom will be coming to the UK in early summer, and will cost £429.99.
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New Leica Q Typ 116 compact full frame camera with Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH lens announced

New Leica Q Typ 116 compact full frame camera with Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH lens announced | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Today Leica announced a new Leica Q Typ 116 compact full frame camera with a fixed Summilux 28mm f/1.7 ASPH lens. Additional details can be found here. Check out also the details hands-on review.

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Free Download: VSCO Film Pack 00 includes Tri-X and Kodak Gold Film presets

Free Download: VSCO Film Pack 00 includes Tri-X and Kodak Gold Film presets | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Who doesn't love free stuff? Visual Supply Co has been churning out Photoshop and Lightroom-compatible film presets for some time now. To date, they've released seven different 'Film Packs' each containing presets that mimic both classic and contemporary film stocks. Now, they're offering one for free. Read more
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Fujinon 16mm 1.4 | Neill Soden

Fujinon 16mm 1.4 | Neill Soden | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

This lens was somewhat of a surprise to me. Generally, I avoid wide angles like I avoid aubergine. However, I really grew to like the lens, which turned out to not be like aubergine at all. Unlike the 14mm, which I just could not get to like, this was different. Aperture ring moves with the nice, elegant clicks we've gotten used to on the 56mm, and have the manual focus quick pull-back, like on the 14mm and 23mm. It feels a bit bigger than the 23mm in hand, and is not shy in length next to the 56mm, with a ring size of 67mm.  Being weather sealed, that's no surprise. I have always wondered why you would use f/1.4 in a wide angle, as for me this is more of a landscape lens and you would normally shoot f/8 and above...........


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DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras

DPReview recommends: Best smartphone cameras | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
In many users' pockets consumer-level digital compact cameras have been replaced by smartphones. The cameras of the latter don't usually have zoom lenses or xenon flashes but image sensor technology has been rapidly improving and clever software processing helps rival, and in some cases even surpass, image quality of dedicated cameras. Add large high-resolution screens for image framing and viewing along with the ability to add special features and new shooting modes by installing apps to the mix, and it's no surprise that for many the smartphone camera has become an important piece of photographic equipment. 

On this page we have listed, in no particular order, our current favorite smartphone cameras for those who are looking to buy their first smartphone or upgrade their current device. We are aiming to continuously update this article as new reviews are being added to the site. At the bottom of the page you will also find a chronological list of all smartphone camera reviews that have been published on DPReview Connect since we started the site in 2012. 
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Fujifilm X100T Review: Digital Photography Review

Fujifilm X100T Review: Digital Photography Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

The Fujifilm X100T offers seemingly small improvements on its predecessors, the cult classic X100 and X100S. Its 16MP X-Trans CMOS II sensor and fixed 35mm equiv. f/2 lens are now accompanied by an all electronic shutter mode with increased 1/32000sec maximum speed, redesigned hybrid viewfinder and an upgraded 1.04m dot rear LCD.

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Can we get much wider? Canon EF 11-24mm F4 L USM samples gallery posted

Can we get much wider? Canon EF 11-24mm F4 L USM samples gallery posted | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Canon's new EF 11-24mm F4 L wideangle zoom lens is Canon's widest ever rectilinear zoom by some margin, and might even challenge Nikon's venerable 14-24mm F2.8 as the tool of choice for landscape, property and architectural photographers.

The lens is constructed from 16 elements in 11 groups. Four of those elements are aspherical, one is of ultra low-dispersion glass and another is 'super' ultra low-dispersion. External elements are fluorine coated, while inside surfaces have sub-wavelength structure coatings to minimize internal reflections that cause flare and ghosting. If all of this makes your heart race you'll know exactly how we felt when a reviewable sample arrived in our office last week. 

Note that we will be adding more images to this gallery over the coming days.

See our Canon EF 11-24mm F4 L USM samples gallery
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Think Tank introduces new low-profile 'Urban Approach' bags for compact system cameras

Think Tank introduces new low-profile 'Urban Approach' bags for compact system cameras | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Bag and accessory manufacturer Think Tank has announced that it will introduce a new range of shoulder bags and a backpack for compact system camera users in April this year.
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Sigma A 24 mm f/1.4 DG HSM review

Sigma A 24 mm f/1.4 DG HSM review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
After the launches of very successful A series 1.4/35 and 1.4/50 lenses people were wondering what Sigma would present next. There were rumours about 135 mm, 85 mm and 24 mm models and those who bet on the last focal length were the closest to the truth. In February 2015 the Sigma A 24 mm f/1.4 DG HSM was shown and already in March its first specimen were delivered to different testers. We would like to thank the Sigma ProCentrum company for a speedy delivery of the final model of the lens for testing purposes; the results you can find in the following chapters– enjoy your reading!
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