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What the Well Dressed Photo Geek is Wearing

What the Well Dressed Photo Geek is Wearing | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

I generally consider jeans and any shirt with a collar to be dressed up. There are, however, certain occasions when ‘clothing makes the man’, as they say. For example, when interviewing job applicants, I usually wear the 800mm Hood of Camera Knowledge. Dressing appropriately for the interview, I believe, helps predict whether the applicant really is someone we’d bring into our little circle of trust. Or maybe helps them predict if they really want to work here...

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A bit of fun @ Lensrental ;)

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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In many users' pockets consumer-level digital compact cameras have been replaced by smartphones.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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Leica M-P “Correspondent” by Lenny Kravitz for Kravitz Design special limited edition camera officially announced

Leica M-P “Correspondent” by Lenny Kravitz for Kravitz Design special limited edition camera officially announced | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
After I initially reported it as a rumor last year and the leaked details from two weeks ago, the new special limited edition Leica M-P "Correspondent" camera by Lenny Kravitz for Kravitz Design is now officially announced.
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Carl-Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS ( Sony SEL1635Z ) - Review / Test Report

Carl-Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS ( Sony SEL1635Z ) - Review / Test Report | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
During the introduction of the NEX system, Sony followed a rather erratic strategy regarding the introduction of new lenses. It seems as if they have learned quite a bit in the process because they are much more focused when it comes to the new FE mount. Following high-end standard- and tele-zoom lenses plus a few fast prime lenses, Sony has just released a new ultra-wide zoom lens - the Carl-Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS. Thus with this lens we'd say that the FE system has reached minimum viability in terms of completeness now. Technically the Zeiss lens can be used both on APS-C and full format E-mount cameras although most buyers will certainly come from the latter group. It's certainly not a cheap lens - given the Zeiss brand name nobody expected this really - but the pricing (around 1500US$) remains at least on a sane level.
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CP+ 2015: Up close and personal with Ricoh full-frame mockup

CP+ 2015: Up close and personal with Ricoh full-frame mockup | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
After announcing the development of a full-frame DSLR recently, Ricoh is showing a very early mockup at the CP+ show in Yokohama Japan.
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Rafael Ojea's curator insight, February 24, 5:43 PM

Especulaciones sobre las características de la FF de Pentax

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Fujifilm XM-FL 24mm f/8 First Impressions Review | Brendan Nystedt

Fujifilm XM-FL 24mm f/8 First Impressions Review |  Brendan Nystedt | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

While jaded enthusiasts might roll their eyes at them, we love the weird and wild world of toy lenses. The cheaper, the better. So, when Fujifilm announced its new XM-FL 24mm f/8 filter lens (MSRP ¥12,582—or about $105) for the Japanese market, the company had our attention immediately. Featuring three selectable filters, this tiny lens could easily be your body cap, with the added bonus of being able to help you take ridiculously fun photos. Given the nature of this tiny little lens, we can't fault it for its cheap-feeling plastic body. While this little guy is made in Japan, it has a super simple construction with little flare. We're probably lucky that it even comes in two colors—silver and black.......


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Михаил Крекин's curator insight, February 20, 11:26 AM

А у Olympus давно есть нечто подобное под названием Body Caps Lens — «объектив-крышка байонета» 

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Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R Announced - First Impressions Review Review

Canon EOS 5DS / 5DS R Announced - First Impressions Review Review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Canon's two newest professional DSLRs, the 50 megapixel EOS 5DS and 5DS R, share the distinction of offering the highest resolution available in the full-frame class. The 5DS uses an optical low-pass filter, while the S R's low-pass filter's effect has been cancelled out for optimal detail resolution.

Aimed at studio and landscape photographers, the two models provide a 61-point AF module, dual DIGIC 6 processors and new mirror lockup options to help get the absolute most out of that high-res sensor. We've had our hands on the 5DS and 5DSR - take a look at what's new and find out our initial impressions.

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Apple overtakes Nikon for 2nd spot in most-owned camera rankings of Flickr users

Apple overtakes Nikon for 2nd spot in most-owned camera rankings of Flickr users | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Photo sharing website Flickr has published tables of its members' most used cameras and brands, in which Apple has overtaken Nikon for the first time. Canon remains the most popular brand used, according to Flickr's calculations, but in 2014 Apple knocked Nikon into third place, with Samsung moving ahead of Sony to take fourth. Read more
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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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Sony Alpha 7S Review: Digital Photography Review

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

The Sony Alpha 7S is a full-frame interchangeable lens camera sporting a 12.2MP CMOS sensor. It is identical in body design to the Sony a7 and Sony a7R, but don't let that fool you. Unlike the other two, the a7S is specially geared toward video and low-light shooters. It's capable of 1080/60p video with full-sensor readout and can turn out uncompressed 4K footage to an external recorder over HDMI. Should serious videographers invest in one? Take a look at our full review.

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Nikon / Sigma 50 and 58mm lens comparison review

Nikon / Sigma 50 and 58mm lens comparison review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
If you have a DSLR, there is a good chance you have or had a 50mm prime lens in your camera bag,  After all, the 50mm standard prime lens is one of the most popular prime lens because of it's close to human eye vision angle and it's relatively affordable price. There are quite a few different…
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Affinity Photo: Possible Photoshop Alternative?

Affinity Photo: Possible Photoshop Alternative? | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Adobe has been enjoying their place in the software industry for a very long time now. It’s a monopoly, isn’t it?
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Sigma goes wide with 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens

Sigma goes wide with 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
With the CP+ tradeshow in Japan about to kick off, Sigma has unveiled a 24mm F1.4 DG HSM wide angle prime lens, joining its 'Art' series of premium glass. Designed to cover a full-frame sensor, it will be offered in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts with availability and pricing yet to be announced.

The 24mm lens will use Sigma's 'F' Low Dispersion and Special Low Dispersion elements, with a minimum focusing distance of 9.8 inches. With 15 elements in 11 groups, the lens uses an optical layout that puts aspherical elements toward the rear to help correct sagittal coma flare and axial chromatic aberration, problems that tend to be associated with fast aperture lenses such as this.
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Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS - Review / Test Report

Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS - Review / Test Report | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Fujifilm has done some miracles during the last few years. They were a late starter with their mirrorless system but when looking at their current system, you have to recognize that they can easily match "older" systems already and in many aspects they are actually ahead now. Currently they are busy releasing high performance zoom lenses to fill their remaining gaps. They just released the XF 50-140mm f/2.8 L RM OIS WR and announced the XF 16-55mm f/2.8 L RM WR. Later this year, a 140-400mm f/4.5-5.6 OIS (or so) will follow. However, they actually started their journey in this segment with the Fujinon XF 10-24mm f/4 R OIS which we'll cover in this review (yeah, we are a little late with this one). Obviously this is an ultra-wide zoom lens equivalent to a "15-36mm" full format lens.
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