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When NASA Engineers Are Bored, They Build Single Cam Bullet Time Rigs

When NASA Engineers Are Bored, They Build Single Cam Bullet Time Rigs | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Mark Rober is no stranger to bullet time rigs, in fact he is the smarts behind this clever rotating bullet time rig that we featured a while back. But this time he is taking it to the next step - onto 20,000 frames per second.
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Awesome slowmo in near 'bullet time' 360 degree magic - with only one camera. 

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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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Sigma AF 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM | A ("Art") (Nikon FX) - Review / Test Report

Sigma AF 24-105mm f/4 DG OS HSM | A ("Art") (Nikon FX) - Review / Test Report | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Sigma lately had quite a run in delivering very decent products not only in terms of value but also optical and mechanical quality as well as improved quality control. The transformation of their product lineup is still in the early phase, but they are busy executing their new product vision.
One of their latest products is 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 Nikon land, it obviously targets the Nikkor AF-S 24-120mm f/4 VR, which so far has been the only real option option for customers looking for a high quality, full format standard zoom lens with a slightly longer reach.

Interestingly the Sigma lens is just slightly more affordable than its Nikon counterpart. This certainly shows that Sigma is getting more confident about its products compared to high end products from original manufacturers.
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Tamron SP 35mm f1.8 VC review - a wide prime with stabilisation!

Tamron SP 35mm f1.8 VC review - a wide prime with stabilisation! | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Tamron's SP 35mm f1.8 VC USD is a full-frame semi-wide lens available in Canon, Nikon, and Sony mounts. Launched alongside its longer sibling, the SP 45mm f1.8 VC USD, they join an exclusive club of short prime lenses with optical stabilisation.
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Sony Alpha 7R II Review

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

Though it's the fifth model in Sony's full-frame E-mount lineup, the a7R II arguably represents just as much of a technological leap forward as its first mirrorless full-frame predecessors did. Its 42MP full-frame BSI CMOS sensor, 399 on-sensor phase detection point AF system and 5-axis IS are just a few reasons why the a7R II is one of the most talked-about cameras of the last year. See how it performed in our comprehensive testing.

 

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Leica News & Rumors

Leica News & Rumors | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Today Leica Camera announced their new entry level Leica M Typ 262 digital rangefinder. The new M model is basically the "light" or the "M-E" version of the current M Typ 240. The main differences compared to the M 240 model are:

  • no video
  • no LiveView
  • 100g lighter (body made top plate made of durable aluminum)
  • smaller Leica red dot logo
  • quieter shutter compared to the M 240
  • the camera's menu consists only of two pages
  • body design closer to the M9
  • Price: € 5,500/£4,050 (incl. VAT), $5,195 in the US (available for pre-order now)

 



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Life in a glass case: We peer at new Pentax full-frame DSLR

Life in a glass case: We peer at new Pentax full-frame DSLR | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Ricoh's upcoming full-frame Pentax DSLR is getting more real! The last time we saw it, the as yet unnamed camera was barely more than a chunk of carved plastic, but at this week's Photo Plus Expo in New York, a much more advanced mockup was on display at the Ricoh booth.

With the recently announced full-frame 24-70mm F2.8 lens attached, the long-awaited full-frame DSLR certainly looks the part. Cosmetically, we're enjoying the Pentax 67-inspired pentaprism moulding and plethora of large, knurled control dials.
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Google Nexus 6P review: Serious contender for mobile photography | DxOMark

Google Nexus 6P review: Serious contender for mobile photography | DxOMark | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Today Google unveiled the Nexus 6P. Having partnered with manufacturer Huawei to build this latest device, the Nexus 6P is the first to run Google’s most up-to-date version of its Android operating system — Android OS 6.0 Marshmallow (or “Android M”).

Tech specs for the Nexus 6P include a large 5.7-inch (1440 x 2560-pixel) AMOLED screen with Corning Gorilla Glass 4 and 16 million colors. The rear camera offers a 12.3Mp resolution on a 1/2.3”-type sensor, video resolution of 2160p at 30fps, and a lower-resolution front-facing 8Mp secondary camera. Other features for the Smartphone photography enthusiast include laser autofocus, LED flash, stabilization, face detection, HDR+, GEO tagging, and a built-in picture editor. Available with either 32Gb, 64Gb or 128Gb internal storage.

We’ve put a pre-release sample of the Nexus 6P through our industry-standard image quality tests prior to today’s launch and are delighted to bring you the results.

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Based on the specs alone, and what I've read so far, this is the one that will potentially bring me back to the Android camp :)

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What difference does it make? Sony uncompressed Raw

What difference does it make? Sony uncompressed Raw | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Sony has just announced that its latest cameras will gain the option to shoot uncompressed Raw files. The move comes in response to user feedback (and, we're told, our efforts to communicate this feedback to the company's senior management), and provides a choice between shooting the with the existing two-stage lossy compression or an uncompressed Raw file. Given the interest that was generated when we detailed the effects of Raw compression, we thought it was equally important to make clear the benefits of the newly-added uncompressed Raw option.
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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

Digital Photography Review: All the latest digital camera reviews and digital imaging news. Lively discussion forums. Vast samples galleries and the largest database of digital camera specifications.

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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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Here at last: Nikon announces D500

Here at last: Nikon announces D500 | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Nikon has announced the much-anticipated followup to its D300S, the 20.9MP D500 which the company calls its 'best enthusiast DX offering.' It features the same 153-point AF system and EXPEED 5 processor as the D5. It can shoot continuously at 10 fps with a 200 shot buffer for Raw images. It can also capture 4K/UHD video and also features 'SnapBridge', a constant connection to a smartphone using Bluetooth, similar to what Samsung did with its NX1. The D500 will be available from March at a cost of around $2000.

The camera has a 100% coverage viewfinder offering 1.0x magnification. It also makes use of the XQD high speed memory format first used in the D4. It also has an articulating 3.2" touchscreen LCD with 2.4 million dots.

The camera's relationship to the D5 matches that shared between the D3 and original D300, with the APS-C format camera offering the same AF system and similar feature set with only a slight drop in continuous shooting speed and a much small body.

We were pretty impressed with the similar low power Bluetooth option on the NX1 as way of keeping a constant line of communication open between the camera and a smart device, meaning that images can quickly be pushed or pulled across from device to device. This continuous connectedness should make Wi-Fi much easier to use and consequently more appealing.
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The Weird Story Of The US Sending Camera Coffins To Space And The Soviets Repurposing Them Into Moon Fax Cameras

The Weird Story Of The US Sending Camera Coffins To Space And The Soviets Repurposing Them Into Moon Fax Cameras | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Sometimes real stories go beyond anything we can imagine. And this one from Damn Interesting podcast certainly exceeds any fictionous photography tale one can conceive.
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Nikon AF-S 24mm f1.8G review - a bright wide prime compared!

Nikon AF-S 24mm f1.8G review - a bright wide prime compared! | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Nikon's AF-S 24mm f1.8G is a wide prime designed for its series of cropped and full-frame DSLRs. It becomes the fourth Nikkor wide prime with an f1.8 focal ratio, joining the existing 20mm, 28mm and 35mm, completing this range of focal lengths.
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Sony A7RII ISO Invariance

Sony A7RII ISO Invariance | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

Back in the early days of digital photography – around 2001 / 2005 – a standard part of my seminars and lectures was to make a provocative statement… “Film is digital. Sensors are analogue.” This would freak people out because many believed at the time that there was something inherently “purer” about analogue imaging.

 

I would point out that film was inherently digital in nature because a silver halide particle when exposed to light would either turn black or not turn black. On-off. Yes-no. This is digital behaviour.  It’s when you have millions of such particles displaying semi-stochastic behaviour at a microscopic level that we produce the appearance of a continuous tone image.

 

A camera sensor, on the other hand, is an analogue device. Each sensel (pixel) interprets the amount of light hitting it as a voltage. Voltage is analogue in nature – continuous not discrete. The sensor’s circuitry then converts the analogue signal from each sensel into a digital signal so that millions of them can be conveniently processed into an image.

 

Actually, sensors are digital as well because of the quantum nature of light – but that’s another story.

Nevertheless – at its most basic level, film is digital and sensors are analogue.

 

So much for a background story. What does this have to do with ISO Invariance, and what the hell is ISO Invariance in the first place?

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Nikon Lens: Primes - Nikon 24mm f/1.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Tested

Nikon Lens: Primes - Nikon 24mm f/1.8G ED AF-S Nikkor Tested | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

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October 16, 2015
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Announced in August 2015, the 24mm ƒ/1.8G ED AF-S is the latest in a string of modern fast primes produced by Nikon, as it continues to overhaul and improve upon its offering in this area. Nikon's previous entry-level offering in the 24mm autofocus category was an ƒ/2.8, AF-D lens.

The lens was designed with a full-frame FX sensor in mind, though it's also compatible with DX-sized sensors. On those cameras, the lens will produce a field of view of approximately 36mm.

The lens takes 72mm filters, ships with a petal-shaped lens hood, and will be available for approximately $750...

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Nikon COOLPIX AW130 review | Cameralabs

Nikon COOLPIX AW130 review | Cameralabs | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Looking for an underwater camera review? Find out if the Nikon COOLPIX AW130 is the best waterproof camera!
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Sigma AF 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A ("Art") (Nikon FX) - Review / Test Report

Sigma AF 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM | A ("Art") (Nikon FX) - Review / Test Report | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Normal primes used to be fairly predictable products: small, light-weight, affordable, based on a rather simple design, yet nonetheless very sharp, especially stopped down. There were a few exceptions, of course, usually very expensive ones (think of Noctilux, Noct Nikkor or the EF 50/1.0 L USM), but most of the gang offered very similar features and performance - across all brands.
It seems that several manufacturers decided that the most natural focal length (which some call the "most boring one" instead) could need a little more excitement. This has lead to a bunch of new products in this area, but as before, most of them were quite expensive, like for example the new Nikkor AF-S 58mm f/1.4.

Sigma already has some experience in this field, because their EX 50mm f/1.4 HSM lens, announced in 2008, was refreshingly different from most other normal primes at that time. However, that lens earned mixed reviews, combining very smooth bokeh with so-so sharpness at large apertures, the latter often emphasized by its tendency to shift focus with different aperture settings.

The new lens, a member of the "Art" family of Sigma lenses, is widely expected to deliver significantly better performance.
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