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Instagram backs away from controversial changes to terms of service

Instagram backs away from controversial changes to terms of service | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Instagram has backed away from controversial changes it planned to make to its terms of service. Co-founder Kevin Systrom has used the company blog to announce that the most sensitive phrase in the terms will be revised.
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Hal's comment, December 19, 2012 11:44 AM
Too little to late for to me. If I could find a way to get out all my family and friends to switch to G+ I'd be dumping Facebook too.
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Striding Forth: Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Review

The Canon EOS 5D series is arguably one of the most recognizable camera lines of the digital age and the Mark IV is designed to appeal to the same wide range of enthusiasts and professionals. Nearly identical-looking to its predecessor, it receives substantial upgrades under the hood, including: a higher-resolution sensor with Dual Pixel autofocus, 4K video capture, an upgraded AF system, a touchscreen, improved weather-sealing, built-in Wi-Fi/NFC, an interval timer and GPS. All this adds up to a camera that fits into Canon's product line nicely as the all-around full-frame option.

It is built around a new 30.4MP CMOS sensor and uses the Digic 6+ processor. The AF system is from the flagship 1D X Mark II and contains 61 AF points (41 of which are cross-type) with up to 24% expanded vertical coverage compared with the system in the Mark III. The center point is sensitive to -3EV in One Shot (AF-S) mode (in Live View the sensor is sensitive to -4EV with a fast lens).

4K video capture is a welcome addition to this camera and users can record in either 24 or 30p, albeit with a 1.64x crop. All footage is captured as Motion JPEG. Additionally, the camera allows for 4K Frame Grabs, effectively giving users 30 fps stills shooting with (Dual Pixel) AF. We've seen that the camera suffers from some rolling shutter, but it may still have some merit for capturing the decisive moment when 7fps just isn't enough.

While developing the IV, Canon says it sought feedback from 5D-series users and found that dynamic range, resolution, AF precision and AF speed were the four most important areas improvements were requested. On paper, the Mark IV seems to address these aspects nicely.
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Flagships compared: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II versus Nikon D5

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Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you?

Nikon D500 versus D750: Which one is right for you? | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
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Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 ( SEL50F18F ) - Full Format Review / Test

Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 ( SEL50F18F ) - Full Format Review / Test | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Following Fujifilm's strategy Sony started the FE system by releasing mostly high priced lenses first. Regarding their comparatively expensive full-format cameras, this was certainly a sensible approach. However, now that the initial quality rush is over, Sony is beginning to offer more affordable lenses for the rest of us. The Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 is one of them. That being said, Sony lenses have never been really cheap. In this case we are talking about the double price tag of its Canon/Nikon counterparts or about 300US$/EUR. That's quite a bit considering the fact that the lens has a simple optical and mechanical design. However, it is 3(!) times cheaper than its in-house mate, the Zeiss FE Sonnar T* 55mm f/1.8 ZA, so there's still a certain point for Sony users.
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Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review

Back to the action: Nikon D500 Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
The Nikon D500 is a 21MP APS-C DSLR capable of shooting at up to 10 frames per second and featuring an autofocus system derived from the one in the D5. In other words, it’s exactly the kind of high-end DX format body that appeared to have become extinct with the D300S.

The six-and-a-half years that have passed since the D300S’ launch have seen the camera market move on considerably but the D500 does much to reclaim the position as one of the pre-eminent APS-C camera on the market.

As you might expect, much of the improved capability of the camera centers around sports and high-speed shooting, with significant upgrades to the shooting rate and autofocus system, but there are also major upgrades to the viewfinder, video capabilities and connectivity options which expand its utility beyond one particular niche.
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PhotoWorkout's curator insight, June 20, 1:30 PM

The Nikon D500 is a great DX Format Camera released in 2016. We too had written a Nikon D500 Review earlier over at PhotoWorkout.com.

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Annie Leibovitz shoots British Royal Family portraits for The Queen's 90th birthday celebration - DIY Photography

Annie Leibovitz shoots British Royal Family portraits for The Queen's 90th birthday celebration - DIY Photography | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
  Today marks the 90th birthday of Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, and to record the occasion, celebrity photographer Annie Leibovitz was chosen to create portraits of the Queen and her family.
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Accessory Review: Peak Design Slide Camera Sling strap

Accessory Review: Peak Design Slide Camera Sling strap | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
I admit, I'm generally not much of a camera strap user. Oh sure, I have a few straps, but they tend to be utilitarian affairs more there for emergencies or #dadlife convenience ('What do you mean your feet hurt and I have to carry you the rest of the way through the zoo?'). Even when I was in the thick of my years as a working pro, I tended to work out of a bag far more often than I worked off my shoulder.

That said, shoulder straps have a lot going for them. They protect your camera from accidental drops, allow you to use both hands without putting your camera away, provide a way to keep multiple bodies at hand and the ease of access they offer cuts down on shots missed because you were digging your camera out of a bag or pack. So when I was asked to take a look at the Slide sling strap from Peak Design, I figured it was time to give straps another try.
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Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2 ZF.2 (FX) - Review / Test Report

Zeiss Distagon T* 25mm f/2 ZF.2 (FX) - Review / Test Report | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Several of the currently offered manual focus Zeiss Z-series lenses are based on fairly old designs, and that remains true even though Zeiss recently started to relaunch some of them as Milvus lenses featuring a way more modern look, still often housing the old optical designs, though. However, there are some newly developed lenses in the Zeiss portfolio, one of them being the Distagon T* 25mm f/2.
The Distagon T* 25mm f/2 is available in Nikon F and Canon EF mount. Apart from the lack of AF, it is a fully coupled lens, so a camera-controlled aperture, focus confirmation and EXIF data is supported.

The Distagon is, obviously, a moderate ultra-wide angle lens with typical applications such as landscape, street and architecture photography. It is, however, not exactly a budget item and competes with two current Nikkor lenses: the AF-S 24/1.4 and the recently announced AF-S 24/1.8, the former being considerably faster than the Zeiss and the latter way more affordable. And both feature autofocus on top.
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Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A ("Art") - Full Format Review / Lens Test

Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A ("Art") - Full Format Review / Lens Test | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
During the last decade the ultra-wide segment has been dominated by zoom lenses but it seems as if prime lenses are about to enter a renaissance. Lately Nikon released a 20mm f/1.8 and we've seen a bunch of updates from Zeiss and some promising announcements from a new player (irixlens.com). Now Sigma wouldn't be Sigma if they didn't come up with their own interpretation of the topic - the new Sigma 20mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art. The most significant feature is, of course, the speed - at f/1.4 it is the fastest lens of its kind (on full format cameras at least). The price tag is surprisingly moderate at "just" 900US$/1000EUR. Despite being wider it is also cheaper than Canon's EF 24mm f/1.4 USM L II for instance.
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Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR ( Fujifilm ) Review / Test

Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR ( Fujifilm ) Review / Test | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
One of the core elements of a professional lens system is a fast standard zoom lens. Fujifilm is targeting the higher end of the market so it's no surprise that they came up with their interpretation of the topic - the Fujinon XF 16-55mm f/2.8 R LM WR. Some of you may hate the equivalence game by now but still ... this is equivalent to "24-84mm f/4.2" on full format cameras. As such it is a pretty attractive all-round lens which covers everything from moderate wide-angle to moderate tele views. Fast standard zoom lenses are never cheap in the first place and Fujifilm likes to stay away from budget offerings so if you feel the itch be prepared to pay ... a lot - currently about 1000EUR/1200US$.
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Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di USD VC ( Canon EOS ) - Review / Test

Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di USD VC ( Canon EOS ) - Review / Test | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

It is no news anymore but Sigma is highly successful with their new "Art" and "Sports" lens series. Traditionally they have been regarded as a "cheap" mass manufacturer but they were able to improve their reputation quite dramatically. Sigma can now even ask a certain premium price for their high end product lines. Obviously this didn't go unnoticed neither by the original manufacturers nor by Tamron. Tamron, the 2nd biggest third-party manufacturer, had a period where they were seen as slightly ahead of Sigma in terms of quality but today this is no longer true (if it ever was really). In any case they seem to feel the heat and they had to do something about it. Among the first steps to reinvent themselves is the introduction of relatively fast prime lenses - namely the Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di USD VC and SP 45mm f/1.8 USD VC. This follows the recent trend of pushing this lens segment to new limits with the Zeiss Otus lineup at the very top of the food chain. Honestly, our first reaction upon the Tamron announcement was less than being thrilled. A max aperture of f/1.8 is by no means overly ambitious after all and the pricing is comparatively steep at 700EUR/600US$. This is also close to their Sigma rivals (35mm f/1.4 Art and 50mm f/1.4 Art) and the Sigmas are faster options albeit without image stabilization. In this review we'll have a look at the Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di USD VC. Other than the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art, this lens has to competing against the high quality Canon EF 35mm f/2 USM IS. So spec-wise it is an "in-betweener" here.

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Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 First Impressions Review

Retro through-and-through: Fujifilm X-Pro2 First Impressions Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

At its core, the X-Pro2 is a rangefinder style camera (and one that actually works a little like a rangefinder, thanks to some clever digital technology) that should appeal not only to the traditional rangefinder crowd, but also to enthusiasts who may be more accustomed to other styles of camera as well.

The X-Pro2 is technically the successor to Fujifiilm's original X-mount camera, the X-Pro1, however in the context of Fujifilm's camera business it's much than that. In many ways the X-Pro2 raises the bar for the entire Fujifilm line of interchangeable lens cameras, including the current top of the line X-T1. Headline features include a 24MP X-Trans sensor, a new hybrid AF system, and picture-in-picture viewfinder design borrowed from the X100, along with improved video quality.

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Tokina announces ultra-wide 14-20mm F2 lens for Canon and Nikon crop sensor DSLRs

Tokina announces ultra-wide 14-20mm F2 lens for Canon and Nikon crop sensor DSLRs | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Kenko Tokina has launched the Tokina AT-X 14-20mm F2 Pro DX lens for Canon and Nikon DSLRs with APS-C sensors. That's equivalent to 21-30mm on Nikon bodies and 22-32mm on Canons.

This ultra-wide zoom has a pair of super low dispersion elements in the back and a plastic aperhical element in the second group that promise to reduce flare and ghosting. It also sports nine aperture blades, a one-touch focus clutch mechanism and internal focusing.

Pricing and availability have yet to be announced.

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Yongnuo YN 35 mm f/2.0 review - Introduction - LensTip.com

Yongnuo YN 35 mm f/2.0 review - Introduction - LensTip.com | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
The Chinese Yongnuo brand name has been progressing by leaps and bounds. Soon after the launch of the YN 50 mm f/1.8 the producers announced the YN 35 mm f/2.0 and the YN 50 mm f/1.4. The company also suggested that in the future they wouldn’t limit themselves to just Canon mount lenses and their line-up would also feature F Nikon mount instruments.
Our detailed test of the Yongnuo YN 50 mm f/1.8 showed that you don’t deal here with simply a clone of the Canon EF 50 mm f/1.8 II. Apart from small changes in the casing and the inner construction the Chinese lens also had a better aperture and a bit different optics. One glance at the YN 35 mm f/2.0 and you know that there might be even more differences between that device and the Canon EF 35 mm f/2.0. Of course we decided to check it out very thoroughly anyway.

We would like to thank the FoxFoto company for lending us one specimen of the lens for testing purposes.
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Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D (Canon EOS) - Lab Test / Review

Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D (Canon EOS) - Lab Test / Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
A few weeks back we reviewed an exciting product from a newcomer company - the Laowa 105mm f/2 STF. The characteristics of this lens are truly exciting and, even better, the performance is also top notch. Laowa is about to release another unusual lens - the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 Zero-D - a fully corrected, ultra-wide full format lens which will be available in Canon, Nikon AI, Pentax K and Sony A- & E-mount (September 2016). Laowa provided us with a prototype just prior of the launch. The project will be partially funded via Kickstarter. The final retail price will be 949US$ but if you are bold, brave and especially fast, you may get a discounted one for 649US$ in the campaign. While you may think that the pricing is steep, you should be aware that the Canon EF 11-24mm f/4 USM L or Canon EF 14mm f/2.8 USM L II have a far higher price tag.
Please note that lenses as extreme as the Laowa 12mm f/2.8 are notoriously difficult to master in terms of image composition. While Laowa promises very low distortions, it is challenging to avoid a vanishing point effect due to perspective distortions unless you keep your camera strictly leveled. Primary applications are architecture photography or in-room scenes. Extreme close-ups and landscapes should also be interesting.

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Real world test: The Panono is a 108MP spherical camera

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2016 Roundups: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras

2016 Roundups: Fixed Prime Lens Cameras | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
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Nikkor AF-S 20mm f/1.8 G (FX) - Review / Test Report

Nikkor AF-S 20mm f/1.8 G (FX) - Review / Test Report | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
When Nikon started upgrading its range of affordable fast primes, probably every Nikonian had its own personal wish list of fairly outdated AF-D primes that' he'd like to see a modern age equivalent to soon. The AF-D 20/2.8, design-wise dating back to the good-old days when autofocus was still something really exciting, must have been on many of them.
Nikon eventually announced the long-awaited AF-S 20mm ahead of photokina 2014, making it much faster than the previous offering (f/1.8 instead of f/2.8), adding a silent-wave AF drive to make it compatible with all current Nikon DSLRs and even added their Nano Crystal Coat on top.
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How to Take Professional Looking Photos: Mobile Phone Versus DSLR - DIY Photography

How to Take Professional Looking Photos: Mobile Phone Versus DSLR - DIY Photography | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Mobile Phone Versus DSLR - which takes better photos? Do you really need a DSLR to take professional looking photos? Why do professional photos look better?
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Fujifilm X-Pro2 review | Cameralabs

Fujifilm X-Pro2 review | Cameralabs | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Looking for a Fujifilm X-Pro2 review? Find out if this is the best professional mirrorless camera!
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Nikon D5 real-world low light, high ISO samples

Nikon D5 real-world low light, high ISO samples | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

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Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.8 G (FX) - Review / Test Report

Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.8 G (FX) - Review / Test Report | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
35 mm is a classical and fairly popular wide angle focal length, so it came a little surprising that Nikon in its continued endeavor to update its line of midrange primes targeted other, less popular focal lengths, like 28mm, first. One reason might have been that Nikon's biggest group of customers - those using a DX camera - was already pleased for many years with a dedicated 35mm DX prime.
However, with FX cameras becoming more affordable and thus more and more popular, the pressure rose to upgrade the Nikkor AF-D 35/2.0 - a lens that looked a little outdated compared to its competition and in addition didn't perform overly well in our FX review.

So, here it is, our a little overdue review of a long overdue lens: the Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.8 G ED.
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Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 STM IS - Review / Test

Canon EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 STM IS - Review / Test | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
As of the time of this review, Canon's mirrorless system is solely targeting the budget market and despite a less then attractive overall system, they seem to be surprisingly successful with this strategy ... if we can believe their marketeers (...). A very recent addition to the entry level market is the Canon EF-S 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 STM IS. While it is primarily sold as a kit zoom lens (currently with the EOS M10), it is also available separately for about 300US$/EUR. Following the recent trend of pushing miniaturization Canon implemented a retractable design. Regarding its length of 45mm (in transport mode) we hesitate to call it a pancake zoom lens but it comes close at least. It is equivalent to a "24-72mm f/5.6-9.6" on full format cameras so it's slow, yes, but it's wider than the Canon EF-M 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 STM IS so besides its smaller size it adds a selling point there.
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Behind the scenes of Fujifilm's factory in Sendai, Japan

Behind the scenes of Fujifilm's factory in Sendai, Japan | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

After the official launch of the X-Pro2 recently in Tokyo, Fujifilm invited a select group of press to visit its Taiwa assembly plant near Sendai to see the camera being put together. As well as the X-Pro2, we were also able to see the assembly lines for the X-T1, X100T, and several lenses. Fujifilm has been making optics since the 1940s, and although the construction workers of that time would not recognize much of the technology used in lens construction today, a lot of the assembly is still done fairly traditionally, by hand. 

The first step when visiting any assembly plant, is to sterilize yourself. No, not like that, but by donning head-to-foot protective clothing and scrubbing your hands with alcohol. It's a time-consuming, uncomfortable but necessary step in order to prevent contamination of the assembly line. I do very much regret keeping a sweater on underneath the overalls though. 

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Hands-on with the Fujifilm X70

Hands-on with the Fujifilm X70 | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
In addition to its X-Pro2 and X-E2S, Fujifilm also announced the X70, a compact camera with a fixed 28mm equiv. F2.8 lens (shown here with a lens hood). Focal length aside, the X70 is in many way a Fujifilm X100T minus the hybrid viewfinder but with the addition of a tilting touchscreen.

It uses the same 16.3MP APS-C X-Trans II sensor as the X100T and features a similar layout of control points. We had the opportunity to get our hands on the X70 at a press event in Japan – take a look. 
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