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Whirlpool WTW7500GC review - CNET

CNET Reviews - 2 hours 16 min ago
The $999 Whirlpool WTW7500GC top-load washing machine has a lot going for it... except great performance.
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Epson Home Cinema 4000 review - CNET

CNET Reviews - 3 hours 17 min ago
Despite lacking 4K resolution, the Epson HC4000 projector delivers a very impressive image for the price.
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GoPro licensing deal will let third parties use the company's camera tech

DP Review Latest news - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 13:48
Photo by Dose Media

GoPro has announced a new deal with manufacturing services company Jabil. The multi-year agreement, officially announced Thursday, will involve GoPro licensing its intellectual property and reference design to Jabil, which will use it to incorporate GoPro sensor modules and camera lenses into third-party products.

According to the GoPro announcement, the company will reserve approval over any third-party services and products in which its technology is used. The agreement includes an equipment license, ultimately covering "a range of products and services each company offers," among them being "certain digital imaging and consumer products," says GoPro.

This isn't the first time Jabil and GoPro have worked together. Jabil Optics' vice president Irv Stein calls this new deal "a natural extension" of the companies' involvement with each other, explaining that the GoPro tech will likely be used in "enterprise" segment:

This agreement is a natural extension of our long-standing relationship with GoPro and our commitment to developing innovative technologies. Early market feedback indicates strong demand in the enterprise action camera segment for applications in smart homes, military, fire, police, rescue, and security.

Additional details about the agreement, including financial numbers, weren't disclosed. However, the expanded partnership comes at a time when GoPro faces ongoing financial troubles that have resulted in multiple layoffs over past months. Licensing its goods may help GoPro survive its turbulent action camera sales.

Press Release

GoPro and Jabil Announce Global Technology and Equipment License

San Mateo, CA and St. Petersburg, FL, March 22, 2018 – GoPro, Inc. and Jabil Inc. today announced a global, multi-year technology and equipment license. With this agreement, Jabil will leverage GoPro's cutting-edge reference design and IP to produce camera lens and sensor modules for incorporation into GoPro-approved third-party products and solutions. This agreement builds on GoPro and Jabil's longstanding relationship.

"This collaborative approach with Jabil will enable innovative, GoPro enabled products and services from some of the most exciting hardware and software companies out there," said Sandor Barna, GoPro's chief technology officer. "Imagine a world where video conferencing, robotics, and even self-driving cars are powered by GoPro's camera lenses and image sensors. Together, GoPro and Jabil can make this a reality."

This agreement covers a range of products and services each company offers, including certain digital imaging and consumer products. GoPro and Jabil have a history of collaborating to bring high-quality, cutting-edge products to consumers, including GoPro's line of HERO cameras, starting with HERO4.

"This agreement is a natural extension of our long-standing relationship with GoPro and our commitment to developing innovative technologies," said Irv Stein, Jabil's vice president of Jabil Optics. "Early market feedback indicates strong demand in the enterprise action camera segment for applications in smart homes, military, fire, police, rescue, and security."

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MyQ Garage review - CNET

CNET Reviews - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 13:14
This smart garage-door opener works as advertised, but it needs other devices to help it achieve its full potential.
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Rumor: Canon full-frame mirrorless already 'being used by select pro photographers'

DP Review Latest news - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 12:40
So far, the EOS M5 is the nearest thing Canon has made to a high-end mirrorless camera.

Rumors of a Canon mirrorless full-frame camera are heating up. Just days after our own Canon interview from CP+ 2018 seemed to hint, quite strongly, that a "high-end mirrorless" from Canon is in the works, Canon Rumors is reporting that they have "confirmed from a couple of good sources" that a full-frame mirrorless Canon is indeed being tested by select pros.

The Canon Rumors report, published earlier today, claims that "a full frame mirrorless camera is well into its development cycle," and is in fact being used by "select Canon pro photographers" in the field. This matches up with what Canon told us during our interview at CP+ 2018. Specifically, the Canon executives we spoke to said:

In accordance with the full lineup strategy, we will be tackling [the mid-range and high-end mirrorless market] going forward.

And when we asked if it was "realistic" to expect a Canon full-frame mirrorless camera within a year, their tongue-in-cheek response was:

That would be nice, wouldn't it?

Read our full Canon interview from CP+ 2018

Canon Rumors is "very confident we’re going to see something announced before the end of Q1 in 2019," while other outlets have predicted something for Photokina in September. Either way, as rumors and reports heat up, it seems more and more likely the industry will be getting a major shake-up in early 2019 or late 2018.

The major unanswered question is: what about lenses? Will Canon release a new lens mount with this rumored full-frame mirrorless camera—thereby taking advantage of the shorter flange distance offered by mirrorless—will the new camera be compatible with EF lenses out of the box, or will it be some sort of hybrid arrangement?

When we spoke to Canon, the company said it "can’t simply ignore the [130 million EF lenses] in the market," but that "we’re considering the technical advancements that are possible" with a new mount. In the end, they didn't give us anything definitive, encouraging us instead to "let your imagination suggest some possibilities."

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Fashion magazine expects photographers to PAY to be on the cover

DP Review Latest news - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 11:09

An American fashion magazine has created a storm by expecting photographers to pay $860 if their image is chosen for its cover. In a ‘the world’s gone crazy’ role-reversal, Sheeba magazine's submission guidelines specify that photographers lucky enough to have an image selected for the cover will have to pay for the privilege of having it used.

In the magazine’s defense, it does style itself as a place where photographers, designers and models have an "opportunity to show-case and promote their contemporary masterpieces worldwide through print, digital and social media exposure" and presumably getting the cover position allows that photographer the most exposure.

Work placed inside the magazine is published for free, and at the moment there’s a special 50% off deal for cover placement.

In return, the photographer gets a copy of the print edition, a high-resolution tear sheet, and possibly an interview inside the magazine. Although billed as a monthly magazine, there seem to be three ‘volumes’ some months. The 74-page latest issue costs $26 for the print edition.

It isn’t clear what the magazine’s reach is, or exactly how much exposure gracing the front cover will gain the chosen photographer. The magazine’s Instagram page has fewer than 2,500 followers and its Twitter posts appear in the feed of just 75 people. The magazine is a little more successful on Facebook where it has 6,703 followers, but its most recent post is rather soiled by a lengthy comment thread about the morality of its cover policy.

If you don’t feel up to applying for a place on the cover, the magazine is looking for a number of interns to help put the publication together. The job ads offer the "opportunity to gain valuable editorial experience in media publishing and further develop a professional portfolio in return for work efforts" and a promise that you might be considered for a permanent position in the future. There’s no mention of payment, but the magazine expects considerable skills and dedication, and someone to layout 100 pages of content—perhaps three times a month.

For more information see the Sheeba website.

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Russian drone pilot pushes his tiny drone to 33,000ft

DP Review Latest news - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 10:51

YouTube user and drone pilot Denis Koryakin ("Денис Корякин") recently published a video showing a small drone's trip to an altitude of around 33,000ft. Operating a drone at that altitude would be against regulations in many places, not to mention risky to commercial aircraft—as such we would never condone or suggest this kind of drone stupidity.

That said, this particular ascent appears to have taken place in a remote region of Russia near the Siberian city of Strejevoï, and there don't seem to be any altitude restrictions on small drone flights in Russia, so he didn't technically break any laws.

According to Koryakin's video description, this "drone experiment" intended to get the drone to an altitude of 10 kilometers, which is just under 33,000ft and about the cruising altitude of passenger jets. The on-screen display shows the drone's speed hitting 13 meters per second at one point, and Koryakin explained that temps went down to -50°C (-58°F) when the drone reached an altitude of around 8,000 meters (~26,000ft).

The video translation reads (H/T DPReview user ShaiKhulud):

March 9, 2018. Experiments with drone are still in progress. Goals for this flight are: reach a height of 10km and return to the launch site without accidents.

By popular demands, by my own desire and with a help of my friends we've added an air temperature gauge.

Because of the thermometer inertia, temperature is displayed with a slight delay.

The outside ground level temperature was around -10 C.

Max temperature during flight was around -50 C at 8000 m. altitude.

DVR footage and HD footage is slightly out of sync (by a few seconds) because of the frame skipping.

In the video description, Koryakin also lists the parts used to construct and control the drone, all of them readily accessible to anyone who wants to replicate it. Components include Cobra brushless motors, Gemfan carbon nylon propellers, and Sony li-ion batteries. The drone weighed around 1kg / 2.3lbs.

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Instagram updates news feed, makes it a bit more chronological

DP Review Latest news - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 10:12

Yesterday, Instagram announced some changes to the News Feed that might quiet some of the grumbling that's been going on ever since the app switched from a Chronological to an Algorithmic feed. No, the rumors were not true and the company is not going back to the chronological feed in full, but your Instagram feed will begin surfacing newer posts closer to the top of your feed from now on.

The announcement comes less than a week after Instagram was forced to debunk a viral rumor that it was testing a return to the Chronological feed. But it seems that rumor might have contained a grain of truth.

Yesterday's update is actually two-fold. First, newer posts are now "more likely to appear first in feed" so you don't have to scroll through a bunch of posts from several days ago in order to see images that were posted this morning. And Second, the feed will no longer update automatically; instead, Instagram is testing a "New Posts" button that allows you to manually refresh the feed only when you're ready.

The latter change is a response to feedback that "it can feel unexpected when your feed refreshes and automatically bumps you to the top." I can personally relate to this annoyance, and I'm sure some of our readers can, too.

Profile names and hashtags are now clickable in your Instagram bio.

Finally, right before this announcement went live, Instagram also revealed that it would now allow users to link hashtags and profile links in their bio. So if you add your professional photo profile to your personal bio or visa-versa, that @-name will now be clickable. Same goes for hashtags.

Adding a level of security to this, whenever you link someone's profile in your bio, their account will receive a notification, and they can choose to remove the link.

All of these changes are rolling out now, although the News Feed changes still in the 'testing' phase. To take advantage of the updates yourself, just make sure you're using the latest version of Instagram on either iOS or Android.

Press Release

Changes to Improve Your Instagram Feed

Today we’re introducing changes to give you more control over your feed and ensure the posts you see are timely.

We’ve heard it can feel unexpected when your feed refreshes and automatically bumps you to the top. So today we’re testing a “New Posts” button that lets you choose when you want to refresh, rather than it happening automatically. Tap the button and you’ll be taken to new posts at the top of feed — don’t tap, and you’ll stay where you are. We hope this makes browsing Instagram much more enjoyable.

Based on your feedback, we’re also making changes to ensure that newer posts are more likely to appear first in feed. With these changes, your feed will feel more fresh, and you won’t miss the moments you care about. So if your best friend shares a selfie from her vacation in Australia, it will be waiting for you when you wake up.

Over the next few months, we’ll be sharing more about improvements we’re making to feed. Our goal is to be the best place to share and connect with the people and interests that matter most to you.

Introducing Hashtag and Profile Links in Bio

Today, we’re introducing hashtag and profile links in bio, a new way to express yourself and the things you care about. Now when you include a # or @ in your bio, they become live links that lead to a hashtag page or another profile.

In December, we introduced the ability to follow hashtags, giving you new ways to stay connected with the interests, hobbies, passions and communities you care about. With hashtag and profile links in your bio, you can express yourself and your interests right in your profile. Whether you’re a #guitarlover, into #pencilsketching or have a #makeuptutorial account, now you can link to any hashtag or profile you want.

To add a hashtag or profile link in your bio, just tap on Edit Profile and go to the bio section. When you type a # or @, you will see a list of recommended hashtags and accounts in the typeahead. Once you select the hashtags and accounts you want, they will automatically be linked in your bio.

When you mention someone else’s profile in your bio, they will receive a notification and can choose to remove the link to their profile. Their profile will remain in your bio but without a link.

Instagram has always been a place for self-expression, and now there are even more ways to express yourself and your interests. To learn more, check out the Help Center.

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Orbit B-hyve Smart Hose Faucet Timer review - CNET

CNET Reviews - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 07:00
One of the first smart sprinklers for an average outdoor faucet, the B-hyve Faucet timer isn't perfect, but it's good enough.
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Electrolux Pure i9 Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

CNET Reviews - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 02:39
The Electrolux Pure i9 sees and avoids potential obstacles while it cleans your floor.
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2018 Audi SQ5 review - Roadshow

CNET Reviews - Fri, 03/23/2018 - 02:00
It's not exactly a childhood poster car, but it delivers most of that fantasy with some sensibility shoved in the trunk.
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Sony World Photography Awards reveals 2018 Open category and National Awards winners

DP Review Latest news - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 16:19
Sony World Photography Awards Open category winners

The World Photo Organization is taking its time announcing the winners of this year's Sony World Photography Awards. Overall winners—including the coveted Photographer of the Year award—won't be revealed until next month. But in the meantime, World Photo is teasing us, first with the shortlist announced last month, and now with the winners of the 10 Open categories and the 63 National Awards winners.

The Open competition is open to photographers of all ages, backgrounds and experience levels, and several of this year's category winners are not professional photographers by trade.

This week's announcement reveals the winner of each of the 10 categories—Architecture, Culture, Enhanced, Landscape & Nature, Motion, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, Travel, and Wildlife. All ten winning photographers walk away with "the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony," but only one will be named Open Photographer of the Year on April 19th, earning an additional $5,000 worth of prize money.

The National Awards competition, meanwhile, seeks to identify "the best single image taken by a local photographer" in nearly 70 countries across the world. Scroll through the gallery above to see all 10 Open category winners, and then click here to view all 63 National Awards winners.

Press Release

World’s best single images revealed by the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards
  • Winners of the 10 Open categories, plus all 63 National Awards announced today
  • Huge diversity of genres and topics across the global winners

March 20, 2018 – ​Selected from hundreds of thousands of entries worldwide, the winners of the Open competition and National Awards of the 2018 Sony World Photography Awards are announced today.

The 10 Open category winners were chosen by an expert panel of judges as the world’s very best single photographs, and the National Awards winners selected as the strongest single image taken by a local photographer across nearly 70 countries. The winning works and their photographers are truly international, with images coming from Australia, Argentina, Cambodia, China, Kenya, Saudi Arabia and beyond.

Subject matter across the photographs could also not have been more diverse. Photographers chose a variety of stunning landscapes, personal portraits, touching encounters and sporting moments as their inspiration.

Chair of judges Zelda Cheatle comments:

“Judging the Open competition and National Awards allowed me to discover high calibre international work of great interest. In choosing the winners, the images all had to have something special - whether it be composition, impact, skill, a portrayal of a unique event or informing in a new way. Above all else, each winner had to be an exceptional photograph.”

All Open category and National Award winners receive the latest digital imaging equipment from Sony. In addition, the winning work will be published in the 2018 Awards’ book and shown at the Sony World Photography Awards Exhibition in London from April 20 – May 6.

The ten Open category winners will now go on to compete for the Open Photographer of the Year, winning $5,000 (USD). This photographer, along with the Professional categories winners, will be announced in London on April 19.

Produced by the World Photography Organisation, the Sony World Photography Awards is the world’s most diverse photography competition. The 11th edition saw a record breaking 320,000 submissions by photographers from more than 200 countries and territories, presenting some of the world’s finest contemporary photography captured over the past year.

Open category winners

Photographers worldwide may enter any of the Open competition’s 10 categories, with judges looking for the best single image fitting each categories’ brief. Many of the winners are non-professional photographers, making their achievement even more remarkable.

The Open category winners are:

  • Architecture: Andreas Pohl, German with the image The Man and the Mysterious Tower
  • Culture: Panos Skordas, Greek with image Young Minotaur
  • Enhanced: Klaus Lenzen, German with image Every Breath you Take
  • Landscape & Nature: Veselin Atanasov, Bulgarian with image Early Autumn
  • Motion: Fajar Kristianto, Indonesian with image The Highest Platform
  • Portraiture: Nick Dolding, British with image Emile
  • Still Life: Richard Frishman, American with image Sunday Buffet at Jerry Mikeska's BBQ; Columbus, Texas 2017
  • Street Photography: Manuel Armenis, German with image Old Friends
  • Travel: Mikkel Beiter, Danish with image Shapes of Lofoten
  • Wildlife: Justuna Zduńczyk, Polish with image An Unexpected Meeting

National Awards winners

Running across nearly 70 countries, the National Awards program seeks to recognize and reward the best single image taken by a local photographer. The 63 National Award winners can be found in full at: https://www.worldphoto.org/2018-national-awards

Sony World Photography Awards Open category winners

Photo © Andreas Pohl, Germany, Winner, Open, Architecture (Open competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Vertical wind tunnel build in the years 1934 to 1936 for aeronautical studies in Berlin-Adlershof. Photo was taken on 9th January 2017 at 4:26 pm when the dusk had already set in. I took the photo because I had it in mind for more than 2 years without a chance... cause there is not much snow in Berlin.

Sony World Photography Awards Open category winners

Photo © Manuel Armenis, Germany, Winner, Open Street Photography and Winner, Germany National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Hamburg, Germany. Spring of 2017. The most graceful lady of her neighborhood, despite the burden of old age. Always stylish, colorful, in good spirits, smiling, never complaining, even though the everyday is a struggle and a challenge for her. And never to be seen without her best friend—her little dog.

Sony World Photography Awards Open category winners

Photo © Justyna Zdunczyk, Poland, Winner, Open Wildlife and Winner, Poland National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

I was about to leave the Sequoia National Park when, from the corner of my eye, I saw a beautiful clearing bathed in fog. Without thinking too much, I ran with the camera to take some pictures.

When I reached the clearing, I heard the crack of broken twigs... I can't say that I was not afraid since Sequoia National Park is a home for black bears and people are warned about it at every step. When I turned around, fortunately there was not any bear, instead I saw a curious mule deer walking towards me who cheerfully chewed his supper. Soon after other deers joined him and we just stood there together for a while and watched each other. It was one of the most beautiful moments during my trip thru California, this autumn.

Sony World Photography Awards Open category winners

Photo © Panos Skordas, Greece, Winner, Open Culture, and Winner, Greece National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Picture taken in the actual palace of king Minos, on the island of Crete. Costume and mask made by me, model with lots of patience... my son.

Sony World Photography Awards Open category winners

Photo © Fajar Kristianto, Indonesia, Winner, Open Motion and Winner, Indonesia National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

The new aquatic stadium for The 18th Asian Games just has opened in Gelora Bung Karno sports complex, Jakarta. It will be held in two cities, Jakarta and Palembang. A diving athlete was in the middle of a training session while I was capturing this moment.

Sony World Photography Awards Open category winners

Photo © Nick Dolding, United Kingdom, Shortlist, Open, Portraiture (Open competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

The stylish Emile shot for Paypal looking suitably aloof and hoity in a set with just a little nod towards Wes Anderson.

Sony World Photography Awards Open category winners

Photo © Veselin Atanasov, Winner, Open Landscape & Nature and Winner, Bulgaria National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

The autumn has begun to decorate with its colors the woods of the Balkans. National Park - Central Balkan, Bulgaria.

Sony World Photography Awards Open category winners

Photo © Mikkel Beiter, Denmark, Winner, Open Travel and Denmark National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

This composition is quite popular amongst photographers at the moment, and it's easy to understand why! The beautiful Mount Olstinden has almost the same shape as the roof of this cute yellow cabin and the yellow color creates some amazing contrast to the snow covered mountain.

This place can be found in the Lofoten Archipelago at the small island named Sakrisøy. I've removed a small cabin in the left side during post process. Beside that, color correction, contrast and sharpness has been done in Lightroom and Photoshop.

Sony World Photography Awards Open category winners

Photo © Klaus Lenzen, Germany, Winner, Open, Enhanced (Open competition), 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

The picture was taken in summer 2017 from 35 individual images of swimmers at the triathlon in the Duesseldorf Media Harbor. I was able to take a picture of them from above, while the athletes crossed a pedestrian bridge capturing their very individual "breathing techniques“.

I was inspired by the work of Andreas Gursky, therefore I took the individual images with the highest possible sharpness. That enables me to display or print the overall picture in large format.

Sony World Photography Awards Open category winners

Photo © Richard Frishman, United States, Winner, Open Still Life and Winner, United States National Award, 2018 Sony World Photography Awards

Documenting our American culture through our roadside landscape, I found this curious juxtaposition while looking for lunch in rural Texas, the heart of hunting country. Mikeska's Bar-B-Q is famous for its Sunday BBQ buffet and its taxidermy.

Authentic to the scene depicted, this highly-detailed image is constructed of over 100 individual photographs meticulously stitched together.

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Venus Optics unveils Laowa 9mm F2.8 Zero-D lens for mirrorless APS-C cameras

DP Review Latest news - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 11:33

Venus Optics has officially announced the Laowa 9mm F2.8 Zero-D lens: the "world's widest F2.8 lens for APS-C mirrorless cameras." Featuring a 113° angle of view, fast F2.8 aperture, and a Zero-D design that promises "close to zero" distortion, the 9mm (13mm equivalent) lens promises to deliver 'extreme' specs in a portable package that weighs just 215g.

The Laowa 9mm F2.8 Zero-D is the third lens in Laowa's Zero-D lineup, and like the others it promises "close to zero" distortion despite its ultra-wide angle focal length. This is achieved using an optical design of 15 lens elements in 10 groups, including 2 aspherical elements and 3 extra-low dispersion elements.

From the press release:

The extreme 113° angle of view and ultra-fast f/2.8 aperture allows photographers to create impressive astro-photography shots with ease. It also gives photographers a fast and wide-angle option for landscape photography and low-light shooting.

The Laowa 9mm F2.8 Zero-D is designed for APS-C mirrorless cameras, and will ship in Fuji X, Sony E, and Canon EOS-M mounts starting in "early April," at a suggested retail price of $500 USD. Scroll through the gallery below to see a few official sample photos from Venus Optics, then head over to the Venus Optics website to learn more or pre-order one for yourself.

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Press Release

Venus Optics announces the Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D, the World’s Widest f/2.8 Lens for APS-C Mirrorless Cameras

Featuring a 113° Angle of View, Ultra-fast f/2.8 aperture, close-to-zero distortion, 49mm filter thread & less than 0.5 pounds in weight, this is a perfect ultra-wide option for still & videographers.

Anhui China, Mar 21, 2018 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer who had previously launched a number of unique Laowa camera lenses, is proud to announce the world’s widest rectilinear f/2.8 lens for mirrorless APS-C cameras, Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero- D.

Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D is the third member of the Laowa ‘Zero-D’ line-up and they all feature an excellent control of the optical distortion which is commonly appeared in ultra- wide angle lenses. This new lens is an ultra-wide & ultra-fast prime lens with a 35mm equivalent focal length of around 13mm. Despite the extreme specifications, Venus Optics has successfully minimized the weight of the lens to less than 0.5 pounds (215g) and 2-inch (53mm) long. This compact and light lens comprises of 15 elements in 10 groups with 2 pcs of aspherical elements and 3 pcs of Extra-low dispersion elements. This optical design successfully minimizes the distortion and chromatic aberrations to its lowest but at the same time, delivers a superb optical performance from corners to corners.

The extreme 113° angle of view and ultra-fast f/2.8 aperture allows photographers to create impressive astro-photography shots with ease. It also gives photographers a fast and wide-angle option for landscape photography and low-light shooting. For videographers, the compact size of this lens is friendly to the use of gimbals or even handheld shooting without much of shaking. The lens is designed with a 49mm filter thread which gives additional portability for screw-in filters. It comes with both Sony E, Fuji X & EOS-M mounts.


The Laowa 9mm f/2.8 Zero-D is currently available to pre-order in the official website of Venus Optics (http://www.venuslens.net/) and their authorized resellers. Recommended Retail Price in US (without tax) is USD 499/pc. Pricing may vary in different countries. The first 100 orders will get a set of Laowa 49mm filters for FREE (CPL + UV + ND1000). Shipping is expected to start from early April.


Focal Length: 9mm

Max Aperture: F2.8

Angle of View: 113°

Format Compatibility: APS-C

Lens Structure: 15 elements in 10 groups

Aperture Blades: 7

Min. Focusing Distance: 12cm

Max Magnification: 1:7.5

Filter Thread: 49mm

Dimensions: 60 x 53mm

Weight: ~215g

Mounts: Fuij X, Sony E, Canon EF-M

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Watch: Unboxing $221,000 worth of Leica Summilux-C cinema lenses

DP Review Latest news - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 10:48

Videographer Devin Graham of Devin Supertramp has published a new video in which he unboxes $221,000 worth of Leica Summilux-C lenses. "When deciding to purchase these lenses, it was a six month process," said Graham, who also explained while retrieving a lens box, "These are like a holy experience to me."

Graham chose the Summilux lenses over Leica's Thalia lenses due to their ability to shoot at a lower key stop, he explains in the video. The Summilux lenses were used in several notable productions recently, including: Stranger Things, Beauty and the Beast (2017), and Justice League. Overall, the purchase and subsequent unboxing involves half a dozen lenses: 16mm, 21mm, 29mm, 40mm, 50mm, and 75mm.

And if the video above isn't quite enough expensive lens unboxing for you, check out Graham's video from January below, in which he unboxed $25K worth of Sigma Cine lenses:

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We're hiring! DPReview seeks Software Development Engineer

DP Review Latest news - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 08:00

DPReview is hiring! We're looking for a Software Development Engineer to join our Seattle-based team. Bring your creativity, passion and talent to help us build the next generation of our web and mobile experiences. This role will help build shopping and comparison tools for photo gear as well as other special projects on the roadmap. Find all the details below.

Click here to find out more and to apply for this role - Software Development Engineer, Digital Photography Review

Software Development Engineer, Digital Photography Review

Digital Photography Review (DPReview.com) is seeking a talented, passionate, and creative engineer to help us build the future of the world's most popular digital camera website. You will leverage our unique position in the industry to constantly strive for smarter and better ways to deliver the content, services, and tools that have made it such a success.

Your core focus will be to build the next generation of web and mobile experiences for DPReview.com. This includes shopping and comparison tools for photographic gear, community and social features focused on photography enthusiasts, and other special projects on the roadmap.

While a part of Amazon, DPReview has its own unique culture. It's a startup-like environment backed by an industry leader. Engineers will have an opportunity to partner with our in-house product management and editorial teams to help shape projects from concept to delivery.

If you're looking for an opportunity to be a part of a small, lean team that'll work across the stack on a variety of interesting problems, then this is it!

Basic Qualifications
  • Bachelor's Degree in Computer Science or related field
  • 4+ years of professional software development experience
Preferred Qualifications
  • Some design and / or UX experience a big plus
  • Proficient in at least one object-oriented programming language such as Java, C++ or C#
  • Strong problem solving skills and computer science fundamentals (data structures, algorithms)
  • Experience in common web technologies: HTML, CSS, JavaScript, AJAX
  • Experience with REST and other web service models

Click here to find out more and to apply for this role - Software Development Engineer, Digital Photography Review

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Fujifilm X-A5 sample gallery

DP Review Latest news - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 06:00
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If you're on a budget and looking to get into Fujifilm's X-series, the X-A5 is likely on your radar – at $600 with a 15-45mm lens, it's the cheapest entry point to the system. The camera uses a 24MP sensor with a conventional Bayer filter and hybrid AF. It also boasts improved battery life over its predecessor, claiming 450 shots per charge. We're just getting started putting the camera through its paces; take a look at our first sample images.

See our Fujifilm X-A5 sample gallery

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Vivo V9 Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

CNET Reviews - Thu, 03/22/2018 - 04:42
The V9 also packs in some AI photography-related smarts to help you get better shots.
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Nest Yale Lock review - CNET

CNET Reviews - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 14:52
We've been waiting on a Nest-Yale collaboration for quite a while, but does this $249 lock live up to the hype?
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NEA report reveals photography industry's contribution to US economy

DP Review Latest news - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 12:11

A report from the National Endowment for the Arts sheds light on the photography industry's contribution to the US economy. The report breaks down data from the US Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA), revealing that the arts overall contributed more to the US economy than warehousing, agriculture, and transportation at $763.6 billion.

Photography and photo-finishing services in particular contributed $10.2 billion of that in 2015, with the industry experiencing a 2.9% average annual growth from 2012 to 2015. The industry's total production, according to the NEA, were 97.7% made up of arts and cultural goods.

The arts industries as a whole employ 4.9 million people across the nation, and they boast a positive trade balance of $20 billion. Further breaking down the numbers, the NEA says the arts added 4x more to the nation's economy than agriculture, also exceeding warehousing and transportation by $200 billion. Jewelry, movies, and television fueled the trade surplus, while web publishing and streaming, architectural service, performing arts, and design saw the fastest growth.

The National Endowment for the Arts offers a tool for viewing the economic contributions of each art industry individually.

Via: PDN

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Google reportedly to acquire Lytro for $40 million

DP Review Latest news - Wed, 03/21/2018 - 11:52

Lytro first appeared on the scene in 2011 with its unique light field cameras that allow for refocusing of an image after it has been captured. However, after the concept failed to catch on in the consumer space, the company decided to abandon this market and focus on Light Field video solutions for professional users.

More recently the inevitable happened and Lytro discontinued the pictures.lytro.com platform, which had allowed Lytro users to share their refocusable 'living' light-field images with others online and through Facebook.

Now TechCrunch reports tech giant Google is about to acquire the company. According to unnamed sources, Google will pay approximately $40 million for Lytro's technology and patents. According to the same sources, some Lytro employees have already left the company.

Lytro's technology could be very useful for Google's ventures into the rapidly growing area of virtual reality where it is competing with Facebook's Oculus and a number of other players. A recent example of Google's VR activities is the "Welcome to Light Fields" app on the digital distribution platform Steam. According to the app description, users can "experience real-world reflections, depth, and translucence like never before in VR."

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