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Photo story of the week: A spectacular wedding shoot in Norway

DP Review Latest news - 4 hours 18 min ago

The bride and groom, Tim and Kylie, were married two years ago in Long Beach and between all the formalities and rainy weather they were left feeling a little empty handed and did not get the photos they imagined. They wanted to remarry and to be intentional about making their day about everything they could ever imagine.

They are both very into fitness and outdoorsy people and love hiking locally around Laguna Beach, CA. They were intrigued about writing their own vows and going to one of the most magical places on earth that has recently become very popular: the Trolltunga in Norway.

None of us had been to Norway prior. We were worried about there being crowds at the Trolltunga or the visibility upon arriving to the top. We checked the weather every day for a week before arriving and every day it said it would be sunny. But on the day of their wedding, heavy rains were in the forecast. Although it rained throughout the hike, we miraculously had somewhat of clear skies with epic clouds that added a little bit of drama to the composition of the photos.

The hike took us a little longer than it typically would: 14 hours total. We all had backpacks weighing around 35lbs. We also had rogue weather... it would be windy, raining and then just stop. Although it was definitely physically difficult, your brain is so stimulated from being surrounded by such beauty that it makes it enjoyable. There is some out of this world scenery and half the time you can't even believe what's around you.

It is our instruct as humans to want to capture what is around us to make it last and sink in. So as you can imagine being in an unbelievable place with something around every corner you want to snap every second. But on this particular hike the main goal was to be intentional in capturing the story of what was happening, really zoning in on the dialog between the couple and place.

For me, this particular wedding and photos represent one of the biggest challenges I've come across in shooting photography: the mental game. I literally had to jump over obstacle after obstacle, but pushing through always pays off. There's nothing like being at the top of an immense landscape or mountain, literally or figuratively, looking into your viewfinder, and knowing that everything that came before was so worth it.

Nick Falangas is a professional photographer, half of the husband and wife duo that make up Priscila Valentina Photography. He is constantly striving to push the boundaries and create exceptional photography.

He has shot hundreds of events all over the world. You can follow along on Instagram @PriscilaValentina_Photography, Facebook, Website and Blog.

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Behind the scenes: Shooting a cinematic short film with the iPhone X

DP Review Latest news - 6 hours 11 min ago

Photographer Ryan Earl and filmmaker Nick Arcivos of AmnesiArt recently created an extremely impressive cinematic short film. Impressive not only because the shots were gorgeous, well-planned, and well-executed... but also because the entire thing was shot on an iPhone X.

The film is called 'Made in Paris', and it's a cinematic portrait of Elise Lepinteur, protégée of world-famous pastry chef Christophe Adam.

It was shot and edited over the course of four days, but unlike Matteo Bertoli's recent 4K iPhone X short film, Nick didn't shy away from using a little bit of gear to help take the shots to the next level.

"We produced and edited this short piece in only 4 days with the help of Gitzo monopods, a DJI Osmo Mobile gimbal and a Zhiyun Smooth Q gimbal," he tells DPReview. "For the macro shots, we used iPro Lenses by Schneider Optics. The audio was recorded with a Rode Lavalier Mic, Rode NTG3 Shotgun and a Zoom H4N, and we also used a Marsace MT-01 table tripod and a cheap Andoer mini dolly."

For lighting, Nick tells us they used three LED lights: a Litepanels MicroPro, a Yongnuo YN300 Air Pro, and a Litepanels Astra 1x1. For the interview, they only used the MicroPro and the Astra 1x1.

Here are a few behind the scenes photos that Nick shared with us, showing how some of the shots in the film above were captured:

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As for how the phone performed, Nick and Ryan were seriously impressed:

We were blown away by the quality of the OLED screen, its size is perfect for monitoring the shoot. Results are even better than last year iPhone 7, colors are more vibrant, and we found the dynamic range was improved.

Apple also finally provided the option of shooting 24 FPS in the Camera app. Before, we had to essentially rely on Filmic Pro, so this time we only used it for the fridge and flour (slo-mo) shots. It was the only way for us to monitor and start recording with the Filmic Remote app.

Does the final footage match what you could capture with a more serious video camera like the Panasonic GH5 or a cinema monster like the Arri Alexa? No, definitely not. But Nick and Ryan summed up our thoughts well when they said, "when we look at the results, even for us as pro filmmakers, it is hard to believe it was shot on a smartphone."

Check out the full video up top, scroll through some beautiful screen grabs below, and then visit the AmnesiArt website and YouTube Channel for even more filmmaking goodness to inspire you this Friday afternoon.

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All photos by Ryan Earl and Nick Arcivos, and used with permission.

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Is the future of beginner photography a bright orange camera with no buttons?

DP Review Latest news - 9 hours 11 min ago

Traditional camera manufacturers fail beginner photographers over and over.

They'll gladly sell you a camera with a kit lens, but they've struggled to help beginners with any of the challenges that come after taking it out of the box.

It's not for lack of trying; every manufacturer has some form of beginner-friendly mode that will tell you how to open the aperture wider for sharp subjects with blurry backgrounds. But when you put a slow kit lens on a typical entry-level camera, you quickly find that there's more to it than just opening or closing the aperture.

Only the viewfinder, shutter button and diopter are exposed – no LCD, no dials, everything else is off limits. It's truly a point-and-shoot.

And as your memory cards fill up with photos, you realize there's so much more to photography than just pointing a nice camera at a subject – from composition to editing to how the heck do I get these off my camera and on to my phone so I can share them? It ends up being a frustrating experience, and that nice new camera ends up on a shelf at home.

I recently paid a visit to a little boutique on University Avenue in Palo Alto that's taking a radical approach to bringing photography to beginners.

Relonch doesn't sell anything you can walk out of the store with, and it's not a hardware company. Their 'Photo Club' lends out its Relonch 291 camera free of charge. Specifically, it's a Samsung NX camera stitched up inside a brightly colored leather case. Only the viewfinder, shutter button and diopter are exposed – no LCD, no dials, everything else is off limits.

I know, I know, to a seasoned photographer, this is a vision of hell. But for a beginner who doesn't really want those things, it's kind of genius.

Here's how it works: you reserve the camera in advance and borrow it for, say, the length of a vacation. The camera uses a 4G data connection to automatically send a preview of each photo taken to a companion app. The previews are just that – they're screenshot-proof because they're sepia-toned and watermarked. You select the photos you want to keep at a $1 each. At that point they're sent to the cloud for processing, and back to your app where they're yours to keep.

Interestingly, instead of a kit zoom Relonch 291 comes with a fast prime attached. And you aren't just handed a camera when you walk in the door – you also get a crash course in photographic composition.

Nobody at Best Buy ever made a cup of Cuban espresso for someone buying their first DSLR.

During this lesson there's no mention of shutter speeds or f-stops because there's no need – the camera handles all of that. Instead, it focuses on getting the user to try different composition techniques that take advantage of the shallow depth of field afforded by the lens and larger sensor.

Yuri Motin, a Relonch co-founder, takes me through the introductory session that a typical customer gets when first picking up a camera. And let me tell you, it is a rare customer experience. Nobody at Best Buy ever made a cup of Cuban espresso for someone buying their first DSLR.

Relonch automatically processes Raw images, making adjustments to exposure, white balance, sharpening and so on. This is a photo Yuri took of me with one of the cameras. Bless the facial-recognition-skin-smoothing algorithm that produced this image.

A little cafe setup at the camera club allows you to try focus-and-recompose to put either your subject or the coffee in front of them in focus. Another scenario I'm guided through is using the handle of a suitcase to frame Yuri in the background, pretending to charge his phone while sitting on the floor. It's a common scene to anyone in an airport, but an opportunity for a candid portrait that many beginning photographers would overlook.

I didn't frame this exactly how Yuri told me to but he gave me a passing grade anyway.

Relonch has cleverly addressed many of the pains beginning photographers feel. Sending the images to your smartphone happens automatically. Curation is built in – instead of coming home with hundreds of photos, you have only your favorites. The fast prime lens offers much shallower depth-of-field than your typical slow kit zoom, and the composition lesson helps first time photographers use it to their advantage.

And then there's the look of the thing – the brightly colored leather case gives the camera a dual purpose as a fashionable accessory. It's not a look everyone will want to sport, but if you ask me it's miles ahead of any attempt by Canon or Nikon to dress up an entry-level DSLR.

Relonch announced its 291 camera just under a year ago, and at that point planned to loan cameras at a rate of $100 per month, with the same image editing process baked in. There was a catch, though – only your best photos were delivered to your mobile device, and they didn't arrive until the next day.

In the end, Relonch launched with a pricing plan that's easier to stomach, and the service is now aimed clearly at travelers. And that's a pretty smart move, because I hear this line a lot:

"I'm going to [insert exotic location here] and want to take better photos than my phone takes, what camera should I buy?"

That answer is getting more and more expensive, because the difference between what your phone and a $500 camera can do is rapidly shrinking. Paying by the photo rather than sinking a grand into a camera system you may or may not continue to use after the trip sounds like a fair value proposition.

And it's also true that these days people, especially 'The Youths', seem perfectly happy to pay a little bit at a time for something they don't own, rather than invest a lot of money up front to own it. Not all that long ago it seemed unfathomable to pay a fee every month to access your music collection, or drive a car you don't own and pay by the hour. But the Spotify-ing, Zipcar-ing generation is happily embracing a life owning less.

Paying by the photo rather than sinking a grand into a camera system you may or may not continue to use after the trip sounds like a fair value proposition

Still, there's another hurdle in the way. Relonch's business model may have partially been made possible by the smartphone, but it's a double-edged sword: smartphone cameras might just become good enough to render it unnecessary.

Yuri isn't worried about that. When I ask him what Relonch thinks of the rise of bokeh imitating Portrait Modes, he says they welcome more beautiful photos in the world. He doesn't see the smartphone as a competitor, because he believes that once they try it, Relonch's members prefer the participatory experience of taking photographs with a traditional camera, with a viewfinder. And with curation built into the experience, Relonch's customers end up with photos they want to revisit again and again.

But does that audience really exist? I'm less convinced. While that may be true for a small portion of the photo-taking population, camera makers know all too well that there are plenty of people whose desire to carry less stuff around overrides the appeal of using a dedicated camera, no matter how much better it is. If Relonch is counting on growing its business they'll have to tap into a market that seems to be happily retreating to their increasingly capable smartphones.

Relonch might not in the end survive the rise of smartphone photography, but it seems to me that they're onto something. You certainly can't beat the smartphone by insisting that every camera user learn the intricacies of exposure and post-processing to get the results they want. Smartphones – and to an extent Relonch – meet these consumers partway and do the rest of the leg work.

It's time to pay attention, traditional camera manufacturers of the world.

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These are the best smartphone cameras you can buy now

DP Review Latest news - 9 hours 11 min ago

Few would argue that in 2017 the mobile device industry is a major driver of imaging hardware innovation. Long gone are the days when the size of the image sensor and the aperture were the major determining factors for image quality. Instead, phone manufacturers have turned to software and computational imaging methods to achieve better detail, wider dynamic range and lower noise levels, as well as high-quality zooming and DSLR-like bokeh effects.

High-powered chipsets with built-in image signal processors and sensors with very fast read-out times make it possible to combine image data that is captured by dual-lenses, or several frames recorded in quick succession, within milliseconds. These methods produce image quality that would have been unthinkable on a smartphone only a few years ago and often surpasses basic compact cameras.

Thanks to those advances in software, but also new hardware concepts, such as dual-cameras, hybrid AF-systems and more powerful image signal processors, current smartphone cameras are better than ever before. Here is our selection of the best models available in 2017, noting where their particular strengths lie.

Best display: Apple iPhone X

Dual 12MP-camera | 28/52mm equiv. focal lengths | F1.8 and F2.4 apertures | OIS | 4K/60fps video | 5.8-inch display

Apple's brand new flagship iPhone X pulls all the technological plugs and comes with features and specifications that we haven't seen on any iPhones or even other smartphones before. The iPhone X offers a marginally faster F2.4 telephoto lens than its cousin iPhone 8 Plus and, compared to last year's 7 Plus, adds optical image stabilization in the telephoto lens. On the video side of things the X is capable of recording 4K footage at 60 frames per second and slow-motion clips at 1080p resolution and 240fps.

As you would expect, all the new technology has a boosting effect on image quality and the iPhone X is currently ranked second on DxOMark.com, behind only the Google Pixel 2, and with the currently highest Photo score of 101 points. But the iPhone X not only offers outstanding image quality, it improves on the imaging viewing experience too. The iPhone X's wide gamut OLED is the most color accurate device on the market, partially thanks to iOS' internal color management but also because of display calibration. That's a benefit to anyone who takes and looks at photos on their mobile device. The device also comes with a number of innovative features. Portrait Lighting is an AI-powered feature in beta that works with front and rear cameras. It allows users to apply different lighting styles on top of simulated-bokeh-portraits. The iPhone X also used Face-ID to unlock the device, relying on an array of cameras and sensors at the top of the edge-to-edge display.

What we like: Excellent detail and dynamic range, natural bokeh mode, 4K video at 60 fps

What we don't like: Price, underexposure and red-eye with flash

Best for video: LG V30

Dual-camera | 16MP 1/3.1" / F1.6 / OIS main camera | 13MP / F1.9 super-wide-angle | 4K/30fps video | manual video control | 6.0-inch display

The LG V30 is the Korean manufacturer's latest flagship smartphone and comes with an unusual dual-camera setup. Instead of a telephoto lens the V30 offers a secondary super-wide-angle that lets you squeeze more scene into the frame, without the need for accessory lenses. The V30 also sets itself apart from the competition with a very comprehensive video mode that comes with manual control over shutter speed and sound recording levels, among many other parameters. You can also choose from 15 new Cine Effect color presets that are based on film genres and the Point Zoom mode allows for stable zooming into a target in the frame rather than the center.

In testing for our forthcoming review we found the V30 to deliver excellent video image quality. Still images are good as well, with wide dynamic range and good sharpness across the frame, but levels of detail lag just a touch behind the very best on the main camera and can be pretty low on the super-wide-angle. Still, the V30 is an excellent option for mobile videographers and those who appreciate a super-wide-angle.

What we like: Great video feature set and stabilization, super-wide-angle offers new framing options, excellent display

What we don't like: Poor detail on super-wide-angle, zoom quality, no bokeh mode

Best for zoom: Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Dual-camera | 12MP / F1.7 / 26mm main camera | 12MP / F2.4 / 52mm | OIS | 4K/30fps video | 6.3-inch display

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8 is the Korean company's late entry to the dual-camera game but has immediately set new standards. The camera module combines a 26mm equivalent 12MP wide-angle module with a 52mm equivalent tele camera. The secondary camera comes with a smaller sensor and slower aperture than the main module, but together with the iPhone X the Note 8 is one of very few dual-cam smartphones to offer optical image stabilization in both lenses. In DxOMark's Mobile testing the dual-camera setup achieves outstanding results, including the best zoom performance among all current smartphones. Good detail and a natural looking bokeh mode also contribute to the high overall score of 94 points. In the video department the Note 8 comes with 4K resolution and a 240fps slow-motion option. With its massive 6.3" Quad-HD+ display and S-Pen stylus the Note 8 is also an interesting option for those photographers who like image editing on the device. It stands up very well in our comparison against the iPhone X, making it a great option for any Android user.

What we like: Class-leading zoom, large display and stylus, good bokeh mode

What we don't like: Lower DR than some competitors, price

Best computational imaging device: Google Pixel 2

12.2MP 1/2.6" sensor | F1.8 aperture | OIS | 4K/30fps video | 5.0-inch display

The original Pixel was one of last year's best smartphones and there is no doubt version two is following right in its footsteps. The Pixel 2 is one of the few current high-end smartphones with a single-lens camera but it makes up for a secondary camera with a host of advanced Google software features.

Despite a slightly smaller image sensor than on the predecessor, the Pixel 2 achieves excellent dynamic range and very good detail in all conditions, earning it the best overall performance and the current top spot in the DxOMark Mobile ranking. Testers were also impressed with the video mode that combines optical and electronic stabilization for ultra-smooth footage.

The Pixel 2 might have to make do without a secondary lens but thanks to Google's software wizardry and Dual Pixel technology (split left/right pixels) it's still capable of creating a usable fake bokeh Portrait Mode effect, and digital zoom has improved over the previous generation as well.

Early Pixel 2 adopters have reported some display troubles but Google has taken measures to fix them, making the Pixel 2 an easy recommendation for any mobile photographer. As a bonus the device comes with an integrated but currently dormant image processor called Visual Core. When it's activated via a software update in the near future, it should give the Pixel 2's image quality another boost.

What we like: Class-leading detail and dynamic range, excellent hybrid video stabilization, "pure" Android operating system

What we don't like: Display issues on early units, lower zoom and bokeh performance than closest competitors

Best for black-and-white photography fans: Huawei Mate 10 Pro

Dual-camera | 12MP RGB and 20MP monochrome sensors | F1.6 aperture | OIS | 4K/30fps video | 6.0-inch display

The Huawei Mate 10 Pro is not a cheap smartphone but will cost you significantly less than the Leica M10 or pretty much any other Leica camera for that matter. So, if you always wanted to carry a Leica in your pocket but are strapped for cash, the Huawei device might be a good compromise. It doesn't come with the famous red dot but, like the P10 and several other recent Huawei smartphones it has a Leica badge right next to its camera module.

It's not all about the badge though. The Mate 10 Pro comes with an innovative dual-camera setup that combines a 12MP RGB sensor with a 20MP monochrome chip. Image data from both sensors is combined computationally to achieve better detail, increased dynamic range and lower noise levels. The high-resolution monochrome sensor also allows for a 2x lossless zoom and a unique Huawei feature: a monochrome mode that doesn't simply convert RGB images, but captures black and white images natively.

And Huawei isn't relying on hardware alone on the Mate 10 Pro. AI and neural networking are applied to improve the quality of the fake bokeh mode and power the automatic scene selection's object recognition. Motion detection reduces motion blur in low light conditions.

The combination of innovative hardware and software concepts pays off and at 97 points the Mate 10 Pro achieves one of the best overall scores on DxOMark, tying the iPhone X for second place in the ranking.

What we like: Great detail in low light, monochrome mode, decent zoom and bokeh

What we don't like: Limited slow-motion video options

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Top 10 sample galleries of the year #7: the Olympus Tough TG-5

DP Review Latest news - 11 hours 11 min ago
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We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017. At #7 we have the Olympus Tough TG-5. And here we thought the compact camera market was dead!

All joking aside, this is a lovely little camera. Read why we called it 'best rugged compact you can buy right now.' It features a 25-100mm equiv zoom lens and has a hermetically sealed body making it waterproof down to 15m/50ft, drop proof from 2.1m/7ft, crush proof up to 100kg/220lb and freezeproof to -10C/+14F.

And for more on the TG-5 here's another full gallery we shot with it on a trip to the Washington Coast:

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#10: Sigma 14mm F1.8 Art
#9: Fujifilm GFX 50S
#8: Nikon D7500
#7: Olympus Tough TG-5
#6: To be revealed on 11/19
#5: To be revealed on 11/20
#4: To be revealed on 11/21
#3: To be revealed on 11/22
#2: To be revealed on 11/23
#1: To be revealed on 11/24

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Ultra-creative NYC 'layer-lapse' plays with night and day... and your mind

DP Review Latest news - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 15:18

Filmmaker Julian Tryba has created a time-lapse that is unlike anything we've ever seen before—and that's saying something when you're talking about one of the most popular (and creative) genres of photography out there. His so-called NYC Layer-Lapse ditches the traditional time-lapse model of watching the world go by, and instead uses post-processing to inject a little bit of night into his daytime shots and day into his nighttime shots.

An effect Tryba says is inspired by Einstein's theory of relativity, it's quite difficult to explain what's going on in words. Here's how Tryba himself puts it in the video's description:

Traditional time-lapses are constrained by the idea that there is a single universal clock. In the spirit of Einstein's relativity theory, layer-lapses assign distinct clocks to any number of objects or regions in a scene. Each of these clocks may start at any point in time, and tick at any rate. The result is a visual time dilation effect known as layer-lapse.

In perfect time with the music, parts of the frame—usually individual buildings or groups of buildings in the iconic NYC skyline—shift from night to day or visa versa. In this frame, for example, the One World Trade Center is shown at nighttime, while the rest of the skyline is lit up by the same daylight:

As impressive as the final product, however, is the way in which Tryba made it happen. This was not a 100% manual process. That, he admits, would have taken far too long; he needed to find a way to automate his workflow, and so he put his engineering background to work:

In early 2016 I started learning scripting in after effects, and began writing code to create different layer-lapse 'looks'. To create a layer-lapse effect, I am assigning a unique equation to hundreds of buildings simultaneously. For each frame, every building is calculating and deciding which time of day to reveal

From there, the final step was syncing it all to music, which was also done algorithmically:

The final step is linking an action or a script to a piece of the music. One way I've found this can be done is creating a set of audio triggers for a song, so that every note or beat triggers a change. By linking a certain script to each of these triggers one can create computer generated layer-lapses that are animated in response to music.

The result is an impressive feat of both time-lapse filmmaking and creative coding that allows Tyrba to create something out-of-this-world that will mess with your head as you view it. To that end: full screen and 4K if you please. And if you want to learn even more about how this time-lapse was created, click here.

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Motif Mentor review - CNET

CNET Reviews - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 14:22
The Motif Mentor's pour-over coffee pointers don't come cheap.
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Notion (second generation) review - CNET

CNET Reviews - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 13:06
Notion's second generation of sensors improve battery life, add Nest integration and extend range -- but customization options are still limited.
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Canon Japan unveils a few silly gear-themed gifts for Canon lovers

DP Review Latest news - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 11:53

Ahead of the holiday shopping season comes a new catalog of gifts from Canon Japan. The gifts are styled after the camera company's existing gear, including a coffee mug and travel thermos designed to resemble lenses, a pair of miniature USB flash drives that resemble classic Canon cameras, a photo album and thermal bottle with an illustrated history of Canon's camera collection, a lunch bag styled after a camera bag, and a picnic mat with illustrations.

All eight products, plus a gift set, are available from Canon Japan now for the following prices:

  • Lens Mug MG001:¥3500
  • Lens Mug MG002:¥2500
  • Mini F-1 16GB USB: ¥9,980
  • Mini IVSb 8GB USB: ¥8980
  • Photo album: ¥1800
  • Thermal bottle: ¥3780
  • Lunch bag: ¥1580
  • Picnic mat: ¥3780
  • Mug Gift Set: ¥5,800

Check them out for yourself below:

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Secretlab Omega 2018 Release Date, Price and Specs - CNET

CNET Reviews - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 07:00
The updated gaming chair from Singapore startup Secretlab now ships to the US, UK and Australia as well.
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Fujifilm and Polaroid to begin legal battle over Instax Square photo borders

DP Review Latest news - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 06:54

According to a report by World Intellectual Property Review Fujifilm has filed a complaint for declaratory judgment, asking a US district court to clear it of any wrongdoing after it was allegedly threatened with trademark litigation by Polaroid over borders around its Instax Square images.

According to the suit, PRL IP, the brand licensor and marketer of the IP rights for Polaroid instant cameras, has turned against Fujifilm “by suddenly demanding millions of dollars in annual royalty payments, on threat of a lawsuit”.

Fujifilm says Polaroid sent the company a letter in January 2017 stating that the “square form” of photographs taken by Fujifilm’s Instax camera is “essentially identical” to the trademark and trade dress rights owned by Polaroid. In March another letter said that Polaroid would have "no choice but to take appropriate action to protect” its IP rights if Fujifilm would not take its Instax film off the market.

A third letter, sent in June, demanded royalty payments and the complaint goes on to say that “on November 8, 2017, Fujifilm was notified that a negotiation meeting between the parties scheduled for the following day was cancelled because the lead investor expressly instructed defendants to pursue litigation unless Fujifilm complied with demands."

PLR IP owns the US trademarks covering the borders surrounding instant photographs but Fujifilm's claim says that after filing for bankruptcy and discontinuing many product lines in 2008, Polaroid has been “unable to return to profitability through product sales" and now seeks "to generate revenue from what remains of the Polaroid IP portfolio”.

Fujifilm is asking the court to declare that its Instax film photos do not infringe any Polaroid IP rights ans is requesting cancellation of Polaroid’s trademarks.

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Samsung WA54M8750AW review - CNET

CNET Reviews - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 05:00
Samsung's WA54M8750AW top-load washing machine has some significant flaws.
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Huawei Watch 2 LTE review - CNET

CNET Reviews - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 05:00
It’s got everything you’d expect from a smartwatch, including cellular connectivity -- if smartwatches are your thing.
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Sony a7R III added to studio scene comparison

DP Review Latest news - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 05:00

We've had our hands on the Sony a7R III for about a week now, and the camera has quickly impressed our reviewers both in the studio and on the road. Currently, a couple of our staffers are traipsing around Arizona capturing beautiful photos we'll soon be adding to our a7R III sample gallery, but back in Seattle we wasted no time putting the camera in front of our standard studio test scene.

See how the Sony a7R III stacks up against its closest competitors by clicking the button below. And don't forget to compare the a7R III's Pixel Shift Multi Shooting mode against the Pentax K-1's (both are available in the studio scene tool). Pentax debuted the first full-frame pixel-shift tech with the K-1 in February of 2016; has Sony managed to improve upon it with their version?

See the Sony a7R III in our studio scene comparison tool

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Top 10 sample galleries of the year #8: Nikon D7500

DP Review Latest news - Fri, 11/17/2017 - 04:00
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We're counting down our top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017. At the #8 spot we have the Nikon D7500, which launched in the spring of this year.

This enthusiast DSLR is very well suited for all forms of still photography – read how it won one of our editors over – thanks to excellent subject tracking, a fast burst rate, deep buffer, good image quality, and solid ergonomics. It sits right below the APS-C flagship Nikon D500 (read how the two stack up) and borrows a few key components from it and the Nikon D5.

We gave it a silver award in our review – it also scored a bit higher than its closest Canon competitor, the EOS 80D (read how the two compare). So take a peek around our gallery and see why we think this camera rocks.

Top 10 most popular sample galleries of 2017:

#10: Sigma 14mm F1.8 Art
#9: Fujifilm GFX 50S
#8: Nikon D7500
#7: To be revealed on 11/18
#6: To be revealed on 11/19
#5: To be revealed on 11/20
#4: To be revealed on 11/21
#3: To be revealed on 11/22
#2: To be revealed on 11/23
#1: To be revealed on 11/24

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Garmin Speak Release Date, Price and Specs - Roadshow

CNET Reviews - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 17:21
Amazon's Alexa voice service finds a home on your car's dashboard through integration with Garmin's newest device and navigation software.
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B+W releases 3-slot filter holder for 100mm filter system

DP Review Latest news - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 14:42

German filter manufacturer B+W has announced a new filter holder to go with the 2mm thick 100mm square filters it launched this year.

The new holder is made from aluminum and offers three slots so users can use multiple filters at the same time. The holder has a light seal on the rear to prevent leaks during long exposures, and the system has adapter rings for lenses with threads of 52mm to 82mm.

You can pick up the new filter holder now for £95 (~$125 USD), while the adapter rings cost £25 (~$33 USD) each. For more information visit the website of distributer Manfrotto.

Press Release

B+W Filters Announces New Filter Holder

Perfect Addition to B+W’s Square Filter Range

B+W filters, one of the world’s leading filter manufacturers, has announced the launch of the new Filter Holder.

Excellent Quality with Increased Stability

Launched to complement the range of the square filters that were released earlier this year, the new filter holder fits 100 x 100 x 2mm filters. It features an aluminium frame which means increased stability and has the capacity to hold up to 3 square filters. The light seal avoids incidence, and adapter rings for Ø52, 55, 58, 62, 67, 72, 77 and 82mm are also available.

Full Filter System

The release of the Filter Holder means that B+W offer a full filter system. Along with the Filter Holder, the Square Filters guarantee excellent image quality due to the finely ground, polished special glass that is used as the base. The 3 layer combination coating optimises the filter to deliver results, and the combination coating (MRC Nano) prevents troublesome reflections by including a multilayer anti-reflection component with seven layers on each side of the filters.

Stable and Resistant

Both the Filters and Filter Holder from B+W ensure stability when taking photos – the aluminium frame of the Filter Holder makes it stable when in use, and the ND filter series are dimensionally stable thanks to the glass substrate which means they cannot warp or distort.

The new B+W Filter Holder is priced at £94.95, with the rings being £24.95 each.

For more information on the full range including the filters please see www.manfrotto.co.uk/bwfilters

About B+W

B+W Filters have been made in Germany since 1947 with a passion for optics, precision, quality and longevity. Produced in Bad Kreuznach under the umbrella of Schneider-Kreuznach, B+W has succeeded in establishing itself as one of the world’s leading filter manufacturers.

Today, in the manufacturing plant in Bad Kreuznach, state of the art production equipment, precise CNC machines and highly advanced reflection reducing technology guarantee top quality products. Comprehensive know-how and start of the art production technology have made a name for B+W filters throughout the world, and the company is widely known for guaranteeing perfect image quality. www.manfrotto.co.uk/bwfilters

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Blackmagic unveils DeckLink 8K Pro capture card for 'real time 8K workflows'

DP Review Latest news - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 14:07

General opinion seems to be that 8K is a long way off, but it's actually coming much faster than people think, and the industry is gearing up (literally) for it. Case in point: meet the new Blackmagic DeckLink 8K Pro capture card that 'breaks new ground in high quality' by supporting formats ranging from SD, to HD, Ultra HD, 4K, 8K and 8K DCI.

Oh, and it can also handle 64 channels of audio, stereoscopic 3D, and high frame rates... you know... just cause.

The card can do all of this because it's the world's first to feature quad link 12G‑SDI bi-directional connections that Blackmagic says "can be used to either capture or playback quad link 8K, or for the simultaneous capture and playback of single or dual link SDI sources." And as far as colors go, the DeckLink 8K Pro can work in 12‑bit RGB 4:4:4 as well as Rec. 2020, which is, "a massive color space designed for high dynamic range Ultra HD and digital cinema work in 4K and 8K."

All of this from this little powerhouse of a card:

Photo: Blackmagic

Of course, the bit Blackmagic won't tell you is that you'll need a monstrous computer to make any of this work... and an 8K monitor to boot. But if you were paying attention at the beginning of this article you'd already know: 8K is coming and it's coming fast. Professional videographers and video editors may want to start preparing for it now.

And if that prep involves buying this monster of a card, you should know that the DeckLink 8K Pro will be available starting in early January for $645 USD. For more information, check out the full release below or visit Blackmagic's website for a breakdown of all their DeckLink products.

Press Release

Blackmagic Design Announces DeckLink 8K Pro with Quad Link 12G‑SDI

The world’s first quad link 12G-SDI capture and playback card designed for high resolution,
deep color high dynamic range 8K workflows!

InterBEE 2017, Tokyo, Japan - November 15, 2017 - Blackmagic Design today announced DeckLink 8K Pro, a new high performance capture and playback card featuring quad link 12G‑SDI to allow real time high resolution 8K workflows. This new DeckLink 8K Pro breaks new ground in high quality as it supports all film and video formats from SD all the way up to 8K DCI, 12‑bit RGB 4:4:4, plus it also handles advanced color spaces such as Rec. 2020 for deeper color and higher dynamic range. DeckLink 8K also handles a massive 64 channels of audio, stereoscopic 3D, high frame rates and more.

DeckLink 8K Pro will be available in early January for US$645 from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

In addition, Blackmagic Design has also announced a new low price of US$895 for DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G.

DeckLink 8K Pro will be demonstrated at InterBEE in Japan on the Blackmagic Design booth 8211.

DeckLink 8K Pro is the ultimate digital cinema capture and playback card. Featuring four quad link multi rate 12G‑SDI connections, DeckLink 8K Pro can work in all SD, HD, Ultra HD, 4K, 8K and 8K DCI formats and is compatible with all existing professional SDI equipment. The 12G‑SDI connections are also bi-directional so they can be used to either capture or playback quad link 8K, or for the simultaneous capture and playback of single or dual link SDI sources.

When it comes to quality, DeckLink 8K Pro is better than any other solution because it lets customers work with both more pixels than ever before and better pixels than ever before. The 8K images have 16 times more pixels than a regular 1080 HD image, which lets you reframe or scale shots with incredible fidelity and precision. DeckLink 8K Pro also works in 12‑bit RGB 4:4:4 as well as Rec. 2020, which is a massive color space designed for high dynamic range Ultra HD and digital cinema work in 4K and 8K.

The combination of higher resolution, a vastly larger color space and incredible dynamic range means that DeckLink 8K Pro delivers the sharpest and most vivid images customers have ever seen for editing, color and high end visual effects work.

DeckLink 8K Pro supports capture and playback of 8 or 10-bit YUV 4:2:2 video and 10 or 12‑bit RGB 4:4:4. Video can be captured as uncompressed or to industry standard broadcast quality ProRes and DNx files. DeckLink 8K Pro lets customers work at up to 60 frames per second in 8K and supports stereoscopic 3D for all modes up to 4K DCI at 60 frames per second in 12‑bit RGB.

The advanced broadcast technology in DeckLink 8K Pro is built into an easy to install 8 lane generation 3 PCI Express for Mac, Windows, and Linux workstations. Customers get support for all legacy SD and HD formats, along with Ultra HD, DCI 4K, 8K and DCI 8K, as well as Rec. 601, 709 and 2020 color.

DeckLink 8K Pro is designed to work seamlessly with the upcoming DaVinci Resolve 14.2 Studio for an incredibly seamless editing, color and audio post production workflow that lets you master full resolution high dynamic range projects in full 8K resolution. In addition, DeckLink 8K Pro also works with other professional applications such as Final Cut Pro X, Media Composer, Premiere Pro, After Effects, ProTools, Nuke and more. There’s even a free software development kit so customers and OEMs can build their own custom solutions.

“DeckLink 8K Pro is our most advanced PCIe capture and playback card ever,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “It’s exciting because the 8K images have so much clarity and detail that it’s as if you’re looking out a window. Whether it’s for the 2020 Olympics or the next generation of Hollywood blockbusters, DeckLink 8K Pro has the speed, quality and compatibility customers need to do their best work!”

Availability and Price

DeckLink 8K Pro will be available from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US$645 in early January. DeckLink 4K Extreme 12G is available now from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US$895.

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RAW Power: An iOS raw editor designed by the former Apple Aperture lead

DP Review Latest news - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 12:56

Apple's mobile operating system has been able to shoot RAW images for a while now, but iOS 11 added broad support for raw formats from other cameras, opening up the door for new apps to leverage this ability and let you edit your professional camera's RAW photos on your phone or tablet. Enter RAW Power, an iOS app designed by Nik Bhatt, founder of Gentlemen Coders, who was a lead developer for Apple's Aperture and iPhoto.

With RAW Power, iPhone and iPad owners can use their devices to edit any raw file supported by iOS 11... and that list is long and comprehensive.

As Apple details on its support site, iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra both support raw image formats from dozens of cameras from multiple makers including Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Fujifilm, Hasselblad, and others. RAW Power presents a way to edit those images via iOS 11, offering features like white balance, sharpen, curves, and others that can't be found in Apple's own Photos app.

Plus, since it's hooked up to iCloud, edits can be synced across devices so you can start editing on mobile and pick that up later on your desktop, or visa versa—as long as you have iCloud photo library enabled, that is.

According to the app's devs, RAW Power also offers a Depth Effect feature designed specifically for photos taken with a dual-camera iPhone model. And Apple users who also have a Mac can edit the same image between both platforms via the RAW Power macOS extension.

RAW Power is currently available through iTunes for free, though users who want access to the depth, advanced curves and white balance tools will need to unlock them with a $10 payment. To find out more about the RAW Power app, head over to the Gentlemen Coders website or download it from the iTunes App Store.

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Surface Beast: A photographer's review of the Microsoft Surface Book 2

DP Review Latest news - Thu, 11/16/2017 - 12:04

This review was originally published on Blair Bunting's blog, and is being republished in full on DPReview with express permission from the author.

Over the last year I have been slowly migrating from Apple to Windows, and to be honest, breaking out of the walled gardens that I lived within (some known, some unknown) has not been easy, but it has been freeing.

I have to hand it to Apple, they made a system, an environment, that has been comfortable and creatively useful for many years; however, slowly the sparkle that was once held in such high regards by artists, has begun to dull. For me, there was one piece of hardware that remained from my Apple past, one that traveled with me to all my photoshoots and pre-production meetings, coffee shops and airport bars, studios and locations alike… my MacBook Pro.

When I began transitioning to Windows, I had made concessions. I thought at the time, that one of the few pieces of Apple hardware that would stay in my repertoire was the MBP. I had even decided to upgrade it to the newest one before the announcement, for I knew it would be cutting edge in the ways that other Apple products of the past had been. Then, to the horror of myself and many around, we watched as Apple gave us the new MacBook Pro, complete with… wait for it… the scroll bar (ready to suit all of my emoji needs).

That very day I bought a Microsoft Surface Book (the very one that I am typing this blog on) and never looked back. To be honest, I had intended to write a review of it for quite some time, however, that blog had been put on the backburner. What was striking about the original Surface Book was something I had a very hard time quantifying. While there were many things I fell in love with on it, such as the keyboard, and the detachable screen, the thing that won me over more than anything was how much it just worked.

Almost overnight I started to see my productivity rise as I was able to re-focus on the business side of advertising photography.

I was transporting my RAWs from set on the original Surface Book and would occasionally do minor edits on it in airports; however, the 100-megapixel files from the Hasselblad H6D-100cwere taxing on it once layers were added in Photoshop and file sizes surpassed the 5GB mark. Now I know that 5GB files are rarely opened on a laptop, but I had to test it out and did notice that the large files sizes were tough on the processor.

Then, about a month ago, the phone rang and it was Microsoft, wondering if I would like to hear about a new piece of equipment… the Surface Book 2. Previously they had let me try out their Surface Pro, which I liked, but still found myself using the Surface Book more. It was a no brainer and I quickly signed to have a loaner unit sent over immediately.

The Surface Book 2 arrived only days before I was to fly out for a campaign I was shooting in New York and New Jersey. I have always had a rule that any gear headed to set has to have a backup. No matter how different the backup is, there needs to be a safety net in case something unforeseen happens.

For the past year, I was traveling with the Surface Book in my carry on while the MacBook Pro was in my checked baggage. Perhaps there was part of me that was nervous about letting go of that laptop. However, the campaign on the East Coast would be the first one completely void of an Apple product, backups included.

All this had been planned before the Surface Book 2 arrived.

Then the FedEx delivery man arrived with the package that I had been sitting next to the door waiting for all day (on a side note, does FedEx know when I am anxiously awaiting a package and then decide to be late as hell delivering it?).

In the box was the clean white box containing a new Surface Book 2, and to my surprise… IT WAS THE 15” MODEL. While I knew it existed, I had told the gentleman on the phone to send out whatever was easiest and I didn’t want to hassle them with demands. To be honest, I had grown quite comfortable with the 13-inch model that I bought and didn’t think there was a need for the extra two inches... I was wrong.

As it turns out, the new model was completely rebuilt from the ground up, and I could tell it within the first hour of using it. The details were even more refined and it was even MORE comfortable to type on. A funny little side note… with the screen being completely detachable, you can pop it off and walk around set with a tablet bigger than any other on the market and, as it turns out, the only thing my clients talked about for hours.

Now at this point you are probably asking, “but Blair, how does it perform?” … please refer to the title of this blog.

I have NEVER used a laptop that felt as powerful as the Surface Book 2. The thing ate 100 megapixel files for lunch and came back for more. In a way, it felt as though my laptop had hooked up with my desktop and the resulting baby was the Beast. Credit where it is due, the phrase “Surface Beast” was actually coined by one of the art directors on the photoshoot when he compared it to his MacBook Pro (scroll bar and all) and decided we would preview the shoot on the Surface from there on out.

One area where there isn’t even a comparison to my previous Apple MBP life is when it comes to retouching. More specifically: while traveling. Even more specifically: sitting at the airport bar while the airline tells you the delay is because the plane can’t fly (FML).

The Surface Book 2 has an option to have a secondary processor in the keyboard base of the computer. What this means is that you can detach the screen, flip it around and fold it backwards and have a drawing tablet with near desktop power—it is completely insane. This feature, combined with the increasing inebriation, led to me laughing/near-cheering with the announcement that my flight was further delayed.

In three hours of sitting at the airport bar, I had finished key art retouching on one of the images from the campaign (this is huge) and rung up a healthy bar tab of Hendricks.

For me, the Surface Book 2 was the MacBook Pro that we had all wanted/expected from Apple—it just wears a different logo.

While other reviews will read off the spec sheets and talk about the 17 hour battery life and GX yadda yadda yadda processor, they sometimes forget that we (the creative professionals) use these as tools. What Microsoft has done with the Surface Book 2 is make a system void of gimmicks, because gimmicks don’t hold up in the working world. Our jobs will not benefit from being able to tap an emoji on a scroll bar... they will benefit from the ability to get work done.

As a photographer, it feels extremely odd to say this, but I sincerely feel that the Surface Book 2 is not only a strong contender for the laptop to own, but actually the clear cut choice of the computer to have on set.

These weeks with the Surface Beast have won my allegiances completely, and probably resulted in me making a third computer purchase for the year. However, it has also given me the confidence and comfort to say that the transition away from Apple will soon be complete.

Blair Bunting is an advertising photographer and Hasselblad ambassador who has shot campaigns around the globe for a diversified list of clients that range from television shows shot for The Discovery Channel to athletes photographed for Muscle Milk.

To see more of his work, visit his website, check out his blog, or follow him on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.

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