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Amazon unveils the Echo Sub - CNET

CNET Reviews - 4 hours 50 min ago
Amazon has taken the wraps off the Echo Sub which is designed to supplement either a single or stereo pair of Echo speakers
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GoPro Hero7 Black: Say goodbye to shake and hello to live streams - CNET

CNET Reviews - 6 hours 27 min ago
And it's actually black this time.
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Voigtlander-Cosina announces 21mm F3.5 lens for Sony E-mount systems

DP Review Latest news - 6 hours 41 min ago

Voigtlander-Cosina Japan has announced its new Color Skopar 21mm F3.5 E-mount lens.

This is the eighth Voigtlander-Cosina lens designed specifically for Sony's full-frame E-mount support. As with past lenses, the Color Skopar 21mm F3.5 features full EXIF support. In addition to having the extra metadata there, this also means Sony's in-body image stabilization should work without issue when shooting with the lens.

The lens constructed of nine elements — including one aspherical element and one anomalous partial dispersion element — in eight groups. It has a minimum focusing distance of 20cm/7.87in and uses a ten-blade aperture diaphragm.

The diameter of the lens is 62.8mm/2.47in and the length is 39.9mm/1.57in. It weighs just 230g and features a 52mm filter size.

Below are a collection of sample images provided by Voightlander-Cosina:

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The lens is currently available for pre-order and is expected to start shipping in October 2018. Voigtlander-Cosina Japan has it listed for ¥85,000, which equates to roughly $758 at the current exchange rate. Fred Miranda notes though that the price is suspected to be $799 when it lands stateside.

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Sony announces lightweight FE 24mm F1.4 G Master prime

DP Review Latest news - 8 hours 26 min ago
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Sony has taken the wraps off of its new full-frame 24mm F1.4 G Master prime lens. Despite that fast maximum aperture, Sony has created a remarkably small and light lens compared to its peers, with a weight of just 445 grams (15.7 ounces). Compare that to the Sigma 24mm F1.4 Art shown below, which is 50% heavier and considerably more bulky, albeit cheaper.

It's a departure from traditional GM lenses, which tend to be large so as to not sacrifice optimal performance. This lens bucks the trend by prioritizing both optical performance and size and weight.

Sony's new 24mm F1.4 GM is significantly smaller than the Sigma equivalent to its left. In hand on a Sony body, it feels more like a F1.8 prime, which is really quite an achievement for a F1.4 lens, particularly one with the optical performance of the 24mm GM.

The 24mm F1.4 GM has a total of 13 elements, including two XA (extreme aspherical) which significantly reduce coma, and three ED elements. Sony's Nano AR coating reduces flare and ghosting, and so far, we're impressed by the lack of distracting flare artifacts and high contrast images even when shooting into the sun. 11 aperture blades yield smooth bokeh and circular out-of-focus highlights even when you stop down to F2.8, as well as 22-blade sharp sunbursts if you stop down further with bright, pinpoint light sources.

Focus is is driven by a new, evolved Direct Drive SSM motor that deliveries 'approximately three times greater thrust' than the previous system, but with high positional accuracy, according to Sony. In our initial tests, it's faster to focus than the Sigma 24mm F1.4 Art, so we're impressed by the speed of focus considering its F1.4 maximum aperture.

Its manual focus ring offers a linear response: a rarity on mirrorless lenses and useful when shooting video. It almost feels like a mechanically coupled focus ring. An aperture ring (with a 'de-click' feature), customizable focus hold button and AF/MF switch are also available. As with all G Master lenses, the 24mm F1.4 is weather-sealed.

Focus is silent, and there's minimal focus breathing. That combined with the linear focusing behavior and small lightweight design makes this lens very suitable for video.

The Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM will ship in October for $1400. Stay tuned for in-depth analyses of the optical characteristics of this lens, but in the meantime you can judge the performance yourself from our sample images, linked below. And if you're itching to assess sharpness, have a look at our aperture progression of a cityscape at the end of our sample gallery.

View our Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM sample gallery

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Press Release

Sony Expands Full-Frame Lens Lineup with Launch of 24mm F1.4 G Master™ Prime

New Large Aperture Wide-Angle Prime Lens is the most compact and lightest in its class[i] , with superb sharpness even at F1.4

SAN DIEGO, Sept. 20, 2018 – Sony Electronics, Inc. – a global leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer – has today introduced an exciting new addition to their acclaimed G Master series of full-frame E-mount lenses, a 24mm F1.4 prime lens.

Expertly engineered to deliver best in class performance across all aperture settings, the new FE 24mm F1.4 GM (model SEL24F14GM) utilizes Sony’s most advanced optical technologies to satisfy the needs of the most demanding photographers. The new lens is the most compact and lightweight in its classi, measuring approx. 3.0 inches x 3.64 inches and weighing only 15.7 ounces, with a filter diameter of 67mm. Built to meet the strict standards of Sony’s flagship G Master series, the FE 24mm F1.4 GM offers exceptionally high resolution and beautiful bokeh, two qualities that are signature attributes of the G Master brand.

“We are continuing to evolve our lens lineup to maximize the power of our innovative α camera lineup, ” said Neal Manowitz, vice president of imaging solutions at Sony Electronics. “The new 24mm prime brings an exciting new perspective to our flagship lens series. With its incredibly lightweight design and signature G Master quality, our 30th native full-frame mirrorless lens opens up a new world of creative opportunities for today’s photographers, videographers and multi-media creators.”

Realizing consistently high resolution across the entire frame, even at F1.4, the FE 24mm F1.4 GM boasts a new optical design comprised of 10 groups with 13 elements, including two XA (extreme aspherical) and three ED (Extra-low Dispersion) elements. The incorporation of two XA elements effectively suppresses sagittal flare[ii] to ensure that point light sources like distant stars can be accurately reproduced, making the FE 24mm F1.4 GM a compelling proposition for astrophotography. For impressive clarity, Sony’s unique Nano AR Coating is applied to reduce lens flare and ghosting, even in landscape shots where the position of the sun can be problematic with a normal lens.

This outstanding performance is packaged in an extremely compact and lightweight body weighing it at only 15.7 ounces, a welcome relief for landscape or adventure photographers that are hiking, climbing or traveling over long distances. This advantage is further compounded when the FE 24mm F1.4 GM is paired with one of Sony’s award winning α7 / α9 cameras. The lightweight lens design has been realized in part by the development of a new high power DDSSM (Direct Drive SSM) that delivers approximately three times greater thrust than the previous focus system, enabling fast response, high positioning accuracy and quiet operation for both stills and movie shooting.

This incredible lens is also a perfect complement to Sony’s APS-C sensor mirrorless cameras such as α6500 and α6300, and brings the total number of native Sony α E-mount lenses to 48[iii].

In addition to its landscape and starscape shooting abilities, the FE 24mm F1.4 GM also has excellent close up performance of 0.24 meters (0.79ft.) and delivers soft and natural bokeh, a feature that is common across Sony’s entire G Master series of lenses. This is achieved by extreme control over factors like spherical aberration, and axial and lateral chromatic aberration, at the design and manufacturing stages, as each lens is individually tested and adjusted to achieve maximum performance.

The FE 24mm F1.4 GM also includes a number of professional controls that aide ease of operation for both stills and movie shooting. These include an aperture ring that allows direct, intuitive aperture control, and a focus ring that features Linear Response MF for fine, responsive manual focus control. There is also a customizable focus hold button, and a focus-mode switch that makes it possible to quickly select auto or manual focus to match changing shooting conditions.

Pricing and Availability

The FE 24mm F1.4 GM will ship in October 2018 for approximately $1,400 US and $1,900 CA. The lens will be sold at a variety of Sony authorized dealers throughout North America.

[i] Compared to other full-frame 24mm F1.4 auto-focus prime lenses. As of September 2018 press release, based on Sony research

[ii] A phenomenon that results in an unnatural spreading of point light sources that appears somewhat like a bird spreading its wings and becomes more pronounced towards the image periphery. It is most common in large-aperture lenses

[iii] Including converters, excluding discontinued models

Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM specifications Principal specificationsLens typePrime lensMax Format size35mm FFFocal length24 mmImage stabilizationNoLens mountSony FEApertureMaximum apertureF1.4Minimum apertureF16Aperture ringYesNumber of diaphragm blades11OpticsElements13Groups10Special elements / coatingsXA (extreme aspherical) + ED elements, Nano AR coatingFocusMinimum focus0.24 m (9.45″)Maximum magnification0.17×AutofocusYesMotor typeLinear MotorFull time manualYesFocus methodInternalDistance scaleNoDoF scaleNoPhysicalWeight445 g (0.98 lb)Diameter75 mm (2.95″)Length92 mm (3.62″)SealingYesColourBlackFilter thread67 mmHood suppliedYesHood product codeALC-SH154
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DPReview TV: Sony 24mm F1.4 GM

DP Review Latest news - 8 hours 26 min ago

In this episode of DPReview TV we take a look at Sony's brand new 24mm F1.4 GM lens, a desirable focal length for many photographers. How does it perform? Chris and Jordan give us their first impressions.

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Sony 24mm F1.4 GM sample gallery

DP Review Latest news - 8 hours 26 min ago
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Sony's new FE 24mm F1.4 G Master lens is surprisingly lightweight and compact for a wide, fast prime. Having spent a little bit of time shooting with it, we've got some initial images to share. Stay tuned for a more in-depth look at this new G Master lens.

See our Sony 24mm F1.4 GM sample gallery

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Fujifilm X-T3 firmware update fixes distortion, memory card lock issues

DP Review Latest news - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 18:10

Fujifilm released a firmware upgrade (v1.01) for its X-T3 mirrorless camera that addresses issues with distortion compensation when using the electronic shutter in continuous high shooting mode. A bug where the mechanical lock on SD cards was ignored has also been fixed, along with unspecified 'slight defects'.

The update can be downloaded here.

Read our Fujifilm X-T3 First Impressions Review

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Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress: First impressions - CNET

CNET Reviews - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 16:40
Larger screen, new watch faces and a promise of serious heart rate tech. Here's why you might consider an upgrade.
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Polarr Deep Crop app crops your images like a pro

DP Review Latest news - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:52

Cropping has the potential to turn a good photo into a great one, or even save a shot that would otherwise have ended up in the digital trashcan. Software company Polarr has now launched a new AI-powered app for iOS that should make finding the perfect crop much easier.

Deep Crop's algorithms have been trained to find the most interesting elements in a photo using

using 200 million cropping data points from real photographers.

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The company also says it has achieved an 20x efficiency boost in RAM and power usage for offline AI- systems, allowing for the app to run locally on your iPhone. This means there's no need for internet connectivity and your image material won't be uploaded to any external servers.

When you launch the app, all images in your camera roll will be displayed, and tapping on a photo will show you suggested crop options. By default, you'll see smart crops of various ratios but it is also possible to specify an aspect ratio.

If you don't like the apps' suggestion you can repeat the process as many times as you like to see more crops. Once you like the result it can be exported or shared in the usual ways.

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In its current state Deep Crop is pretty much a one-trick-pony but we'd expect the technology to be integrated into one of Polarr's more comprehensive applications, such as Photo Editor, at some point in the near future. In the meantime the app can help you achieve better crops or simply discover new perspectives when viewing your own images.

Polarr Deep Crop is available on the Apple App Store now.

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Loupedeck is now compatible with Adobe Premiere Pro CC

DP Review Latest news - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 12:42

In June, Loupedeck launched an update to its editing console, including a physical redesign and added Capture One compatibility. Now, a big new software update aims to make the device attractive to an entirely new user group – the Loupedeck+ is now compatible with Adobe Premiere Pro CC, allowing for its use in video editing.

Configuration of the controls is customizable to adapt to your workflow, and configuration setups can be exported for sharing or use across multiple consoles. It is possible to create several LUTs (color lookup tables) for fast and efficient alteration of color and the system also supports flexible timeline navigation, content trimming and clip adjustment.

If Adobe Premier isn't your video editor of choice, you might still be able to use Loupedeck in the future, as the company says it will be rolling out mode video software integrations later this year.

Loupedeck chief Mikko Kesti said in a statement:

"Our mission is to keep on improving the editing workflow, so it's only fitting our next step is in the video editing space. Just like we developed the Loupedeck+ exclusively from community feedback, we felt it was imperative to listen to what our users had to say and make the device's functionality even more well-rounded, providing all the same editing functions that photographers have at their fingertips to videographers. Users can now count on Loupedeck+'s intuitive design and user-friendly approach to enhance their video editing quality and increase their output. Our ongoing partnership with Adobe made introducing these new capabilities with its Premiere Pro CC suite an easy decision."

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First lens adapters for Nikon Z already appearing

DP Review Latest news - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 11:02

British photographic engineer MTF Services is claiming to have created the world’s first third-party lens adapters for the new Nikon Z system, with a collection of four units designed to allow cinema lenses to be mounted on the mirrorless full frame bodies. The adapters are made with stainless steel and HE30 aluminum, and feature a toe support with steel helicoil 1/4" threads.

The lenses the adapters are aimed at are PL, Panavision, B4 and Arri bayonet, so they are intended to appeal to filmmakers and broadcasters. The adapters come pre-shimmed, and spare shims will be included.

The PL to Nikon Z version is available to order on the company’s site for £350 + VAT (approx $460), and the other models are expected to follow soon. For more information see the MTF Services Lens Adapter website.

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Think Tank updates its Hydrophobia rain covers, introduces new compact 'Emergency' line

DP Review Latest news - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 08:50

Think Tank Photo has released the latest versions of its Hydrophobia rain covers and introduced a new pair of compact rain covers it calls the Emergency Rain Cover.

The Hydrophobia V3.0 Rain Covers come in five different configurations to fit various DSLR cameras and Sony full-frame mirrorless camera setups. In Think Tank Photo's own words, the Hydrophobia V3.0 Rain Covers are 'considered the most protective weather protection on the market.'

Hydrophobia V3.0 Rain Covers are made of a three-layer material and feature a DWR coating for extra protection against moisture. The stitches across the entire cover are seam-sealed and a rainproof front element cover is included so your lens doesn't get splashed when sitting idle.

If you don't feel like carrying an all-out solution for keeping your gear dry, Think Tank Photo has also released a new thinned-out version of its rain covers. They're called Emergency Rain Covers and as the name suggests, they're a more compact, lightweight solution for keeping your gear safe from the elements in emergency situations.

Emergency Rain Covers come in two sizes: small and medium — and they weigh just 99g/3.5oz and 114g/4oz, respectively. Compared to the approximately 300g/10.5oz of the full-size Hydrophobia Rain Covers, it's quite the weight savings.

The small is meant to keep a gripped or standard camera body protects with smaller primes or zooms attached. Specifically, Think Tank Photo mentions 16–35mm F2.8, 14–24mm F2.8, 24–105mm F4 and 24–70mm F2.8 lenses, but it's safe to say most super-wide to standard lenses (35-70mm) should work fine. The medium Emergency Rain Cover can also keep a gripped or standard camera body protected with a 24–70mm F2.8 or 70–200mm F2.8 lens attached. Again, there are plenty of other lenses that would work beyond the two Think Tank Photo mentioned.

All of the rain covers are currently available to purchase through Think Tank Photo's online shop. The Hydrophobia Rain Covers start at $115 for the 24-70 size and go up to $150 for the massive 300-600 version. The small and medium emergency rain covers retail for $35 and $40, respectively.

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Fujifilm X-T3 added to studio test scene comparison

DP Review Latest news - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 07:00

Our test scene is designed to simulate a variety of textures, colors and detail types you'll encounter in the real world. It also has two illumination modes to see the effects of different lighting conditions.

The X-T3 boasts a brand-new 26MP BSI image sensor, which is likely to appear in the next generation of Fujifilm cameras. We've added the X-T3 to our studio test scene comparison to take a first look at how the new sensor compares to the competition.

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Read our Fujifilm X-T3
First Impressions Review

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Canon RF 50mm F1.2L USM sample gallery

DP Review Latest news - Wed, 09/19/2018 - 06:00
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Of the four lenses launched alongside the Canon EOS R earlier this month, the RF 50mm F1.2L USM was one that we were excited to get our hands on. As soon as it landed in our office a few days ago we got started on a dedicated gallery, shot in Raw mode on the new Canon EOS R.

You'll notice that quite a lot of the images in this gallery were shot at F1.2, because, well, why not? This is lens is seriously sharp wide open and a lot of fun to shoot with. See for yourself how it performs.

View our Canon RF 50mm F1.2L gallery

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Nikon stops all activity in Brazil after ending sales in 2017

DP Review Latest news - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 14:05

Last year, Nikon announced plans to end its sales in Brazil as part of a "global scale restructuring," a decision that went into effect on December 31, 2017. Though product sales ended, the company maintained its Brazil-based customer and technical support business segments in the nation, but that too has come to an end.

In a statement last week, Nikon Brazil revealed that it is ending all of its activities in the country. Nikon Group will still offer technical assistance and warranty repairs for valid warranties, but photography equipment owners will need to submit those requests through the Nikon Brazil website. Any out-of-warranty requests will be handled by Nikon USA.

Since the shuttering of its e-commerce sales in December 2017, photographers seeking Nikon gear in Brazil have had to rely on parallel imports brought into the country through non-official channels, without valid warranties.

Via: PetaPixel

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Instant Pot to offer the Ace, a blender that also cooks - CNET

CNET Reviews - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 13:54
Will the Ace Multi-Use Cooking and Beverage Blender be as popular as the brand's electric pressure cookers?
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CatLABS of JP ceases efforts to keep Packfilm alive after two years of trying

DP Review Latest news - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 08:39

Two-and-a-half years after it announced plans to keep Packfilm alive, CatLABS of JP has announced it's no longer continuing its efforts.

Typically known for its impressive collection of analogue photography products, CatLABS of JP announced in March 2016 that it had plans to revitalize Packfilm — an endeavor further expedited by Fujifilm's discontinuation of its Packfilm offerings. Over the next two years, CatLABS of JP spent a great deal of time and capital looking for the puzzle pieces it needed to keep Packfilm alive.

'We had begun a globe-trotting effort to secure things for the future, and met (sometimes secretly) with top executives from companies all around the world, (Japan, Germany, France, China and the US),' says CatLABS of JP on its update page. 'We visited factories, warehouses and dungeons, walked knee deep in dust and detritus to try and uncover some long lost or forgotten piece of technology we hoped would aid us in this quest. We met with suppliers, designers, chemists and engineers and secured what would potentially be the base upon which a new production line would be built.'

As you can imagine, it wasn't a cheap process. After two years of research, travel and communications, CatLABS of JP realized its efforts and capital would be better spent elsewhere. Thus, the effort to keep Packfilm alive is officially over.

On the page announcing the end of its efforts, CatLABS of JP thanks its supporters, saying 'we would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported us along the way. We got thousands of emails and phone calls, and while [we were] not able to respond to all of them, know that we took each and every one of them to heart - it has meant the world to us to know there is a strong and active analog community out there.'

Despite the ending of its own efforts, CatLABS of JP ends its update with a call to action for analog photographers around the world — get out there and buy what Packfilm remains in an effort to show how many photographers around the world still use it.

'Those who have been lamenting the demise of Packfilm (FP100c) and those just jumping onboard now, should know that Packfilm was and still is readily available around the world (and probably will still be available for the next few years), says CatLABS of JP. 'Everyone should go out and buy some now, buy lots of it and go shoot. Its the only way to keep the industry going.'

CatLABS of JP even links out to another effort to keep Packfilm alive, a revival aptly named Save Packfilm. In addition to an online community full of resources to show support, Save Packfilm is also launching a Kickstarter in two days to help crowdfund its efforts. To find out more information and to be notified when the Kickstart goes live, head on over to the Save Packfilm website.

CatLABS of JP ends its farewell with a simple request 'as always - BUY MORE FILM. SUPPORT THE INDUSTRY.'

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BeerMKR might be the perfect automatic beer brewer - CNET

CNET Reviews - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 08:21
Finally a beer bot that checks all of the right boxes. Here's hoping it lives up to its promise.
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Summer in 360: Exploring Seattle with the GoPro Fusion

DP Review Latest news - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 07:00

The GoPro Fusion is a small, tough camera designed to make it easy to capture 360-degree video and stills with minimal editing. We took the Fusion out recently on a typically hot Seattle summer day to see what it can do.

Joining DPReview's Carey Rose was adventure photographer Aly Nicklas on a day that took in everything from a hottub boat to Seattle's famous 'gum wall'.

This is sponsored content, created with the support of Amazon and GoPro. What does this mean?

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Nikon Z7 gallery updated with full-production samples

DP Review Latest news - Tue, 09/18/2018 - 06:00
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Our updated gallery features a mix of full-production Nikon Z7 samples as well as pre-production shots from our initial launch coverage. Dive on in for a mix of out of camera JPEGs as well as Raw conversions. We'll be updating this gallery frequently as our Nikon Z7 review comes together – so check back soon.

See our Nikon Z7 gallery update

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