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Video: 10 tips for fixing Photoshop and speeding up your workflow

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 15:05

YouTube Photoshop tutor Colin Smith has shared a video in which he demonstrates ten tips for making the application run more smoothly.

His tips on the Photoshop Cafe YouTube channel include ways to streamline the program’s interface as well as methods to assign more memory to help with intensive tasks. One of the best tips shows how to avoid processes that use more memory than is necessary when we are copying one image on to another.

The tutorial is aimed at new users, but out of the ten tips there is bound to be one or two that even more advanced users aren’t aware of or hadn’t thought of. Smith claims his final tip will solve 99% of problems most users have with the software. Below is a rundown of the ten tips and their respective timestamps in the video:

0:48 - Remove the welcome screen
1:30 - Shrink the New Document window
2:00 - Increase recent documents up to 100
2:48 - Increase how much RAM Photoshop uses
3:20 - Fix varies display issues
3:50 - Go back to legacy compositing
4:20 - Tweak your scratch disk settings
5:42 - Don't copy and paste
6:43 - Free up resources
7:44 - The 'fix all' solution (and bonus tip)

For more Photoshop tutorials, head over and subscribe to the Photoshop Cafe YouTube channel.

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'Gear Lust' music video is a photographer's ode to Gear Acquisition Syndrome

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 11:06

Canadian photographers Taylor Jackson and Lindsay Coulter teamed up to create 'Gear Lust,' a music video centered around Gear Acquisition Syndrome -- that is, a photographer's compulsion to acquire more gear than can reasonably be used.

The amusing song kicks off with, 'Some people say that I have a problem acquiring gear, some say that I have Gear Aquisition Syndrome, but I like to call it Gear Lust.'

In addition to YouTube, the song is available to stream from Spotify and Apple Music.

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DJI confirms its drones are prepared for the GPS 2019 week rollover event

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 10:08

DJI has confirmed its drones are prepared for the GPS 2019 week rollover scheduled to take place on April 6. The event may disrupt some GPS receivers, but most manufacturers have confirmed that their systems have been tested ahead of time and are prepared for the rollover.

The GPS 2019 week rollover is an event that will take place due to how the Global Positioning System (GPS) works. Receivers are provided with time information from the GPS system, which uses a 10-bit week counter to count weeks from 0 to 1023. Upon reaching the end of that range, the system reverts back to 0 and starts over.

GPS receivers that aren't prepared for the rollover may incorrectly report a date of 19.6 years in the past (1024 weeks), resulting in some GPS devices displaying a date of August 22, 1999, starting after the April 6 rollover. The first GPS rollover took place on August 21, 1999.

To avoid this complication, manufacturers must push out software updates to prepare their devices for the change. In a brief statement published on March 20, DJI said that all of its 'platforms have been thoroughly tested' and will not be impacted by the GPS rollover. DJI drone owners can continue to use the devices as normal.

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Craft brewery partners with Kodak to create a beer that doubles as film developer

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 09:07

Delaware craft brewery Dogfish Head has teamed up with Kodak to create SuperEIGHT, an analog-inspired Super Gose beer designed specifically to develop film.

Sam Calagione, founder and CEO of Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, was recording an episode of The Kodakery, a podcast created by Kodak, when he learned that with the right levels of acidity and vitamin C, it would be possible to create a beer capable of developing film. Coincidentally enough, the research and development team at Dogfish was already working on a beer with properties that would align perfectly with those needed for developing film, and so SuperEIGHT was born.

After further developing the 'super-refreshing, sessionable Super Gose,' the Dogfish Head team sent a few batches over to Kodak for testing and sure enough, it worked. The resulting footage, seen in sample footage above, isn't nearly as impressive as dedicated developers, but for a beer we'd say it's pretty darn impressive. Kodak and Dogfish Head even shared a recipe for the development, which can be downloaded and printed off.

As for the beer itself, SuperEIGHT has an alcohol content of 5.3% and 'is made with eight heroic ingredients including prickly pear, mango, boysenberry, blackberry, raspberry, elderberry, kiwi juices and a touch of quinoa, along with an ample addition of Hawaiian sea salt.'

Dogfish Head Craft Brewery will start shipping six packs of 355ml (12 fl oz) cans in April 2019.

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Review: Lomography Diana Instant Square

Thu, 03/21/2019 - 06:00
Lomography Diana Instant Square
Shop.Lomography | $99.00

The Diana Instant Square camera from Lomography mashes the charm of a Diana F+ toy film camera with the novelty of the Instax Square format. Lomography has long offered an instant back for the F+, but this takes the concept a step further. The Diana Instant Square is the only instant camera with truly interchangeable lenses and like most Lomography products, offers unpredictable and often lo-fi results.

Key specifications:
  • 75mm F11 (38mm equiv.) kit lens
  • 1/100 sec fixed shutter speed
  • Four aperture settings
  • Zone focus
  • Removable viewfinder
  • Auto frame counter
  • Double exposure and bulb mode
  • Attachment flash (sold separately)
Compared to peers

See our complete instant camera guide

The most obvious competitor to the Diana Instant Square is the Fujifilm SQ6 - it also uses Instax Square format at a similar price tag. But unlike the Diana - which is manual focus with manual aperture control - the Fujifilm is more automatic in its operation.

Operation

The camera operates on four AAA batteries that you load into the bottom, and a pack of Instax Square film pops into the rear of the camera. The camera has three settings: Off, On and MX (multiple exposure). When you turn it on the film counter on the back glows green to show you how many shots you have left. It ships with an optional viewfinder that slides onto the top.

Before you shoot you will probably want to triple check that you aren’t in pinhole mode, which my camera kept seeming to click into

Shooting with the camera is very straightforward. The lever to select your aperture is found on the bottom of the lens. Aperture settings are cloudy (F11), partly sunny (F19), sunny (F32) and pinhole (F150).

Left of the lens is the shutter release, on top is a shutter speed toggle (1/100 sec or bulb) and below the lens is a lever to adjust the aperture setting. Focus is set on the front of the lens.

Focus settings are found on the front of the lens and can be set to one person (1-2m), a small group of people (2-4m) or many people with mountains (4m - infinity). On the top of the lens you will find a lever to switch shutter speeds - there are two options: N (1/100 sec) and B (Bulb Mode, Unlimited). The camera’s shutter release is found on the right side of the lens. Before you shoot you will probably want to triple check that you aren’t in pinhole mode, which my camera kept seeming to click into.

Usability The body is large and chunky.

The Diana Instant Square is more of a toy than an actual photographic tool, and although operating it is quite simple, getting it to produce images that you actually want to share with the world takes some finesse. The results were certainly unpredictable.

The Diana Instant Square seemed to work best when shooting outdoors, without a flash on very bright days. Although you have the option to attach any type of flash, the dedicated Diana F+ flash made the camera feel the most balanced. The results when shooting with the flash were also unpredictable. Sometimes photos turned out totally overblown, and other times they shot out totally black even when the settings on the camera were altered slightly. The Diana Instant Square essentially seems to do what it wants.

Getting the Diana Instant Square to produce images that you actually want to share with the world takes some finessing

A few times the back door that keeps the film in place popped open on me, so I decided to secure it with a large piece of gaff tape. Unfortunately, when this happened I ended up losing a few of the Instax sheets inside and it reset my film counter. The metal levers that control shutter speed and aperture are covered with a small piece of plastic; the one on the aperture lever fell off almost immediately, exposing the metal edge. It isn’t particularly sharp, but over time I did notice that the lever began to bend.

Image Quality A multi-exposure example from the Diana Instant Square.

The image quality of the Diana Instant Square was expectedly unpredictable. Sometimes I ended up with a double exposure that I didn’t expect, some images had major vignetting, and others had interesting focal fall off that gave them a dreamy quality.

The Diana Instant Square seemed to work best when shooting outdoors, without a flash on very bright days

Sometimes frames that appeared totally black could be rescued once they were scanned and photoshopped. Other frames came back totally overblown or completely dark. When it worked, it worked well, but getting it to work was a bit of a guessing game.

$(document).ready(function() { SampleGalleryStripV2({"galleryId":"5178493936","isMobile":false}) }) Conclusion If you're a perfectionist or a control freak, you are better off shooting with a different instant camera. Similarly, for the money, there are far better-built options. But if you can lean into the camera's unpredictability, appreciate its history or like the aesthetics of Diana’s plastic lenses, this kitschy camera might be for you.

Ultimately we had a lot of fun with the Diana Instant Square when the shots came out, but it hurt a bit every time one didn’t.

What we like:

  • Classic look of the Diana Camera
  • Manual exposure control
  • Double-exposure mode
  • Interchangeable lenses

What we don't:

  • Fiddly controls are easy to knock
  • Manually driven focus
  • Unpredictable exposure results
  • Accessory flash needed for indoors Flimsy build quality
Categories: Photo News

Photogenic Paris street seeks to ban Instagrammers certain times of the week

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 13:51

Residents of a Paris street plagued by Instagrammers, selfie takers and music video crews are asking the city government for a weekend and evening ban to give them some peace.

The number of images on Instagram with the hashtag ‘Rue Crémieux’ has reached over 31,000 and those trying to live in the quaint cobbled street have had enough, according to a report on French website Franceinfo.

Sur un remix dubstep de "Jingle Bells" ?? #paris #ruecremieux pic.twitter.com/r7Fd23bYyB

— Club Crémieux (@clubcremieux) December 28, 2016

Residents have to not only put up with tourists photographing their beautiful street but with parties of dancers filming routines with their pastel colored houses being used as a backdrop and the blaring music that goes with it. Locals have described the situation as 'hellish' and are fighting back, forming an association to petition the local government for road closures at the weekend and during evenings so that they can get some peace.

Quand tu tournes ton clip tout seul. ???? #SOSdétresseamitié #ruecrémieux pic.twitter.com/S9BWW68Dc4

— Club Crémieux (@clubcremieux) November 15, 2016

Alternative Instagram and Twitter accounts have been set up to document the ‘S**t people do in rue Cremieux,’ as seen above. The accounts show pictures and videos of dance troupes, fashion shoots, music video crews, endless selfie takers and photographers using the street as though it were a public studio.

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DJI releases $39 mic adapter for its Osmo Pocket camera

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 10:59

DJI's Osmo Pocket is an impressive little camera that punches well above its size and size. The video from it has proven impressive, but the one area it lacks is in the sound department.

The onboard microphone aren't necessarily terrible, but it could use a little improvement, and up until now that wasn't possible. After many hints that one was on its way, DJI has finally released a 3.5mm microphone adapter for the Oslo Pocket that plugs directly into the camera's USB Type-C port.

The adapter works with TRS 3.5mm connectors. In case you've never noticed, 3.5mm jacks will have either one, two or three black bands wrapped around the male connector. Cable Chick has a great explainer on the differences, but a brief synopsis is that one band means it's a TS connection that supports mono audio, two bands means it's a TRS connection which supports stereo audio and three bands means it's a TRRS connection which supports stereo audio plus a microphone. If you're using the Osmo Pocket 3.5mm Adapter with a TRRS connection, you might also need to purchase an additional adapter, such as this one offered by Rode.

The DJI Oslo Pocket 3.5mm Adapter is available now at B&H and the DJI Store for $39.

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Instagram rolls out Checkout payment feature, data handled by Facebook

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 07:25

Instagram has announced Checkout, a new feature that is not directly imaging-related, but should still be of importance to many users. Checkout will allow users to purchase goods and services from Instagram business accounts without leaving the app and finalizing the transaction in another app or browser.

After tapping on a product page users will be able to select sizes, colors, and other product characteristics and make payments inside Instagram. Previously they would have redirected to the retailer's website for these actions.

Instagram says it will "securely" save your name, email as well as billing and shipping information after your first order. This information package will be stored and managed by parent company Facebook but only be used by Instagram for the time being.

Checkout is currently in closed beta and only available to users in the USA. Participating brands include Adidas, Burberry, H&M, MAC Cosmetics, Nike and Zara. The current list of brands will be expanded soon. Retailers are charged a selling fee by Instagram for the service.

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NVIDIA Research project uses AI to instantly turn drawings into photorealistic images

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 06:51

NVIDIA Research has demonstrated GauGAN, a deep learning model that converts simple doodles into photorealistic images. The tool crafts images nearly instantaneously, and can intelligently adjust elements within images, such as adding reflections to a body of water when trees or mountains are placed near it.

The new tool is made possible using generative adversarial networks called GANs. With GauGAN, users select image elements like 'snow' and 'sky,' then draw lines to segment an image into different elements. The AI automatically generates the appropriate image for that element, such as a cloudy sky, grass, and trees.

As NVIDIA reveals in its demonstration video, GauGAN maintains a realistic image by dynamically adjusting parts of the render to match new elements. For example, transforming a grassy field to a snow-covered landscape will result in an automatic sky change, ensuring the two elements are compatible and realistic.

GauGAN was trained using millions of images of real environments. In addition to generating photorealistic landscapes, the tool allows users to apply style filters, including ones that give the appearance of sunset or a particular painting style. According to NVIDIA, the technology could be used to generate images of other environments, including buildings and people.

Talking about GauGAN is NVIDIA VP of applied deep learning research Bryan Catanzaro, who explained:

This technology is not just stitching together pieces of other images, or cutting and pasting textures. It's actually synthesizing new images, very similar to how an artist would draw something.

NVIDIA envisions a tool based on GauGAN could one day be used by architects and other professionals who need to quickly fill a scene or visualize an environment. Similar technology may one day be offered as a tool in image editing applications, enabling users to add or adjust elements in photos.

The company offers online demos of other AI-based tools on its AI Playground.

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Canon EOS RP review in progress

Wed, 03/20/2019 - 06:00
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The Canon EOS RP is among the smallest and lightest full-frame cameras on the market, and is the least expensive full-frame camera at launch, ever. And though its specifications aren't going to set the world on fire, the RP is a likable little camera with solid JPEG image quality that will be a fine photographic companion for casual users and those already within the Canon ecosystem looking for a compact second body.

Key specifications:
  • 26.2MP Dual Pixel CMOS sensor
  • 4K/24p (from 1.7x crop region)
  • 4 fps continuous shooting with continuous AF (5 without)
  • Pupil detection AF in continous/Servo AF mode
  • AF rated to -5EV (with an F1.2 lens)
  • Digic 8 processor
  • 2.36M dot OLED viewfinder
  • Fully-articulated 1.04M dot touchscreen
  • Twin command dials
  • CIPA rated to 250 shots per charge

Accounting for inflation, the EOS RP (body-only) is priced within $75 of the original 6MP Canon Digital Rebel / EOS 300D that was released back in 2003 - a camera that really helped bring large-sensor digital photography to the masses. And like the Digital Rebel, the EOS RP promises to offer a bit of a stripped-down shooting experience in exchange for its large full-frame image sensor at a reasonable cost. It's worth noting, however, that the earlier Rebel debuted with a range of relatively low-cost lenses designed for it - not so much the case today.

While other manufacturers are moving ever further up-market with more expensive and capable devices, the EOS RP stands alone in providing more novice or budget-constrained users with access to the shallower depth-of-field that full frame cameras offer over those with APS-C or smaller sensors. There are caveats, though, in that the RP is a poor choice for those looking to shoot video, and the native lens selection is lacking at this time.

The EOS RP is available now at a price of $1299 body-only, $1999 with the EF adapter and a 24-105mm F3.5-5.6 lens, and $2399 with the native RF 24-105mm F4L lens.

What's new and how it compares

The EOS RP has a lot of ingredients we've seen in other Canon cameras before, but certainly not at this price point.

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Body, handling and controls

The EOS RP's diminutive size and light weight don't get in the way of some well thought-out controls.

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Image quality and sample gallery

Take a look at how the RP stacks up in our standard studio test scene as well as how its images look out and about in Seattle and New Orleans.

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Specifications

Want the full list of specifications for the EOS RP? We have you covered.

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Judge rules RNC didn't violate photographer's copyright with unauthorized image use

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 15:11
This is Erika Peterman's photograph the RNC took from Rob Quist's Facebook page and altered to use on a derogatory mailer. Used with permission.

In May 2017, photographer Erika Peterman filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the Republican National Committee (RNC), alleging the organization had used one of her images for a political mailer without permission. The image features Rob Quist, a Democratic congressional candidate who had run against GOP candidate Greg Gianforte in Montana.

Peterman's image, which was licensed to the Quist campaign, was used by the RNC without permission as part of a mailer that mocked the politician. In response to the lawsuit, the RNC claimed its mailer represented fair use of the copyrighted image, and Montana judge Dana L. Christensen has sided with that argument.

A photo of the mailer that was sent out to Montana residents by the RNC that used Erika Peterman's photograph without permission. Used (here) with permission.

According to Lexology, the court dismissed Peterman's case, finding that the RNC had 'transformed' the photo adequately enough to claim fair use. Only small visual alterations were made to the image, such as cropping it to fit the mailer, and those edits alone weren't sufficient for it to be considered transformative.

However, the court found that the image's use on a mailer that criticized Quist had transformed the work, stating that the image's inclusion as an element in this critical media qualified as fair use. The court said:

The mailer uses Quist's musicianship to criticize his candidacy, subverting the purpose and function of the Work. With the addition of the treble clefs and text throughout, the mailer attempts to create an association between Quist's musical background and liberal political views… In this context, the image takes on a new meaning.

In addition, the court claimed that the RNC's use hadn't impacted Peterman's ability to profit from the image and that Peterman's had published the image to Twitter and Facebook. By publishing the image on social media, the court stated, 'it must be assumed that the MDP, Quist Campaign, and Peterman herself would have welcomed reposts, [etc.] by other pro-Quist social media users.'

Ultimately, the federal judge found the RNC's unauthorized use of the copyrighted image to be 'moderately transformative and wholly noncommercial [sic],' stating that 'the court determines that the undisputed facts establish that the RNC is entitled to judgement as a matter of law."

DPReview has contact both the RNC and Peterman for comment. this article will be updated accordingly when and if a response is given.

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Nikon updates Capture NX-D, ViewNX-i and Picture Control Utility to address various bugs

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 11:20

Nikon has updated its Capture NX-D, ViewNX-i and Picture Control Utility 2 programs to address multiple bugs and add new features.

Nikon Capture NX-D

Nikon Capture NX-D version 1.5.2 is mainly about fixing various crashes and glitches that would occur when using the app. Below is a thorough rundown of the ten issues that have been fixed, according to the changelog:

  1. The application would crash under some conditions.
  2. If the Specify size option was selected in the batch processing dialog, some time would elapse before the Start button would be available.
  3. Changes to image length in the Convert Files dialog would sometimes not be matched by changes to width.
  4. All changes to NEF/NRW (RAW) pictures made with NEF/NRW + JPEG enabled would be lost when the files were saved in JPEG format.
  5. Batch processing and file conversion could not be resumed once paused.
  6. The application would sometimes fail to launch.
  7. Image artifacts (“noise”) would increase in pictures saved in other formats.
  8. Straighten now functions as intended.
  9. Files saved at an image quality of “99” would be larger than those saved at an image quality of “100”.
  10. Portions of NEF (RAW) images shot with the Z 6 would sometimes not display correctly after the pictures were saved using NEF processing.

Nikon Capture NX-D version 1.5.2 can be downloaded for macOS and Windows computers on Nikon's website.

Nikon ViewNX-i

Nikon ViewNX-i version 1.3.2 fixes two main issues found in version 1.3.1. The first is an issue that caused files saved at an image quality of 99 to be larger in size than images captured at an image quality of 100. The update also fixes a problem that caused files being saved using 'Ctrl+S' to lose or alter the XMP/IPTC information.

Nikon ViewNX-i version 1.3.2 can be downloaded for macOS and Windows computers on Nikon's website.

Nikon Picture Control Utility

Last up is Picture Control Utility version 2.4.2. This update fixes an issue that caused some NEF images shot with Nikon Z6 cameras to not be displayed properly after the images were saved.

Picture Control Utility version 2.4.2 can be downloaded for macOS and Windows computers on Nikon's website.

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LEE100 is a next-generation filter holder with a modular design for easier operation

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 08:40

LEE Filters has announced the LEE100 filter holder, a next-generation filter holder that improves upon the design and interface of its predecessors to help improve the experience of working with photography filters.

Made from injection-moulded composite materials, the holder is both rigid and lightweight. Like its predecessor, the LEE100 filter holder relies on a spring release for easy one-hand operation when an adapter ring is mounted to a specific lens. This release can be used in three different settings to accompany different shooting needs: neutral, half lock and full lock.

The neutral setting keeps the filter holder attached to lenses, but allows it to both rotate freely and detach itself in the event the filter holder gets hit, so the camera and lens doesn't fall to the ground as well. Half lock keeps the filter holder secured onto the adapter ring, but allows for easy rotation of the ring to better account for the horizon and other elements. The full lock setting keeps everything locked in place so the filter holder will neither rotate nor detach from the adapter ring until it is unscrewed and released.

New on the LEE100 filter holder are modular filter guide blocks that come in one, two and three-slot configurations. Unlike previous versions of LEE's filter holders that required screws to hold the guides in place, the LEE100 features snap-in guides that can be quickly changed without the need to carry around a screwdriver. The guides themselves are also tapered now, which not only lends to a more streamlined aesthetic, but also improves the resistance, which helps to better keep the filters in place when making adjustments.

LEE says up to three filters can be used before any vignetting is visible. All of LEE's 100mm filters can be used in the new holder as well as the new LEE100 Polarizer.

The LEE100 filter holder is available at as a single unit and in various kit arrangements. Alone, the LEE100 filter holder is available at B&H for $96. The Deluxe kit, which includes the LEE100 filter holder, LEE100 Polariser, Big Stopper, LEE 0.6 ND medium grad, LEE 0.9 ND hard grad, LEE 1.2 ND medium grad, 50ml ClearLEE filter wash and ClearLEE filter cloth, is available at B&H for $739.

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Panasonic Lumix S1 sample gallery

Tue, 03/19/2019 - 06:00
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We've been getting a feel for Panasonic's full-frame mirrorless cameras for a little while now, but only recently received final production firmware for the S1 and its high-resolution sibling, the S1R. Take a look through our first images shot with final firmware and see how it handles a variety of scenarios.

See our Panasonic S1 sample gallery

See our Panasonic S1 pre-production sample gallery

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Photo Mechanic 6 will launch March 25 with faster speeds, new UI and 64-bit support

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 12:03

Photo ingesting software Photo Mechanic is about to receive a major update in the form of Photo Mechanic 6. This update follows the last major update, version 5, released way back in 2012.

According to Camera Bits, the company behind the software, Photo Mechanic 6 will be faster, offer 64-bit compatibility, have an 'intuitive and compact' user interface and support for selecting specific images to ingest.

Photo Mechanic is billed as a faster alternative to catalogue-based software like Lightroom, enabling photographers to quickly ingest, tag, cull, view, oragnize, and export images. Among the product's features is support for ingesting images while shooting with a tethered camera, copying files from more than one card simultaneously, using saved GPS tracking logs to geotag photos and more.

Photo Mechanic 6 will be released on March 25. Existing customers who are eligible for an update will be able to purchase the new version for $89 USD; a new product license will cost $139 USD.

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Nikon is now bundling its FTZ mount adapter with Z6, Z7 cameras sold in the US

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 11:38

As first reported earlier this week, The Nikon FTZ mount adapter will now be included for free with the purchase of all Z6 and Z7 cameras in the United States.

Nikon's FTZ mount adapter usually retails for around $250 on its own and cost just $150 when bundled with the Z6 or Z7 camera, but now it's being offered free of charge at multiple retailers, including Adorama (Z6, Z7), B&H (Z6, Z7) and Amazon (Z6, Z7).

A screenshot of the deal as seen on Adorama.

Again, this deal is limited to the United States for the time being. DPReview has contacted Nikon to see where else, if anywhere, this deal is being offered. The article will be updated accordingly if DPReview gets a response.

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Profoto prepares to sue Godox over alleged A1 light patent infringement

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 10:28

Swedish lighting company Profoto is preparing to file a patent infringement lawsuit against Godox, according to Fotosidan. The complaint targets the newly listed Godox V1, which Profoto alleges is in violation of multiple patents it filed for its own A1 light. The Profoto A1 round head flash was launched in September 2017, a year before Godox introduced its cheaper V1 alternative at Photokina 2018.

The Profoto A1 costs $995 USD; though pricing information for the Godox V1 hasn't been revealed, the product is expected to be cheaper than Profoto's model. The Godox V1 sports a number of similarities with the A1, including a round head design, Fresnel lens, magnetic modifier mount, and LED modelling lights.

Speaking to Fotosidan, Profoto CEO Anders Hedebark said the company spoke with Godox about its V1 light during Photokina 2018, and that it has continued to reach out to Godox in the months since. Profoto has filed seven patents related to its A1, which spent four years in development.

'We spend a lot of time and money on development and will protect our investments,' Hedebark said, also warning that manufacturers and other companies may face lawsuits if they market the Godox V1. 'It feels like we have an obligation to act.'

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ZTE's next flagship phone might come with a sideways-sliding camera

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 09:13
Image: Notebook Italia

Last year we witnessed the appearance of upwards-sliding mechanisms and hole-punch displays on smartphones, both technologies designed to conceal the front camera and maximize the screen-to-body ratio.

Now it looks like Chinese manufacturer ZTE has come up with a modified version of the sliding mechanism. If the images posted by Italian publication Notebook Italia are genuine, the company's upcoming high-end model Axon S will feature a sideways-sliding mechanism that hides both front and rear cameras.

Image: Notebook Italia

The advantages of the latter aren't quite clear (as no additional display surface is freed up) but the feature definitely results in a design that makes the Axon S stand out from the crowd.

Labels on the device indicate the three cameras on the rear will include a 48MP primary unit and a 19MP secondary tele lens with 5x optical zoom. The primary camera will have an adjustable (F1.7-2.4) aperture and the tele camera module comes with an F3.8 aperture. The specifications of the third camera aren't quite clear.

Image: Notebook Italia

We don't know if or when the Axon S will be released or how much it will cost, but the device could be something to look forward to, both from a design and camera specification point of view.

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Canon issues advisory for new super-telephoto lenses, promises firmware fix soon

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 08:15

Canon has issued a product advisory for its new super-telephoto lenses, the EF 400mm F2.8L IS III and the EF 600mm F4L IS III.

Canon says the two lenses might experience a 'phenomenon where the exposure may flicker slightly if recording a movie with the camera shooting mode set to M or Av in combination with select cameras.'

According to the press release, an upcoming firmware update (version 1.0.8) will fix the issue with the affected cameras. In the meantime, Canon says there are two ways to avoid this problem:

  1. When shooting movies, set the camera’s shooting mode to P or Tv mode.
  2. When using the lens alone or with the EXTENDER EF 2x, set the exposure setting step to 1/2 or 1/1 with the camera’s custom function, even if the camera shooting mode is M or Av.

DPReview will update this article accordingly when the new firmware is released.

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Is the Leica Q2 right for you?

Mon, 03/18/2019 - 07:00
Is the Leica Q2 right for you?

Leica recently announced the Q2, a 47MP rangefinder-style digital camera with a super-sharp, fixed 28mm F1.7 lens. It's a heck of a lot of fun to shoot with - if you can afford the $4995 price tag - but is it right for you? Based on our time with the camera, and its specifications, we've examined how well-suited it is for common photography use-cases, including:

Leica Q2 for Street photography

Leica cameras have been associated with street photography as well as photojournalism for generations, so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that the Q2 is well-suited for capturing candids. Its 28mm F1.7 Summilux lens is not only impressively sharp, it's also stabilized for hand-held shooting, in low light.

The camera offers two ways to set an autofocus area, either via the touchscreen or the rear four-way directional pad: whichever you choose, point movement and overall AF responsiveness is excellent. There is no touchpad AF option when using the Q2 with your eye to the finder, though, only the directional pad.

If you're more of a purist, go ahead and manual focus: the focus ring is well damped and really quite pleasing to turn. The camera offers two focus assist tools: Auto Magnification and Focus Peaking (available in a variety of colors) - one, both or neither can be turned on. There's also a hyperfocal scale on the lens barrel.

The 28mm F1.7 Summilux lens is not only impressively sharp, it's also stabilized for
hand-held shooting

Being neither seen nor heard is important for street photographers. The Leica Q2's leaf shutter is nearly silent and its electronic shutter is completely silent, though you may encounter some rolling shutter. The former can sync with a flash up to 1/2000 sec. There's no in-camera flash, but a strobe can be attached to the Q2's hotshoe.

The Q2 has a new 3.68MP OLED electronic viewfinder that's a major improvement in terms of detail and color over its predecessor, which used a field sequential-type display. Its 3" 1.04-million dot rear touch display is also lovely to compose with, but the lack of screen articulation limits your ability to compose from the hip.

28mm can sometimes be too wide, especially in instances when 'zooming with your feet' isn't possible. For these moments the Q2's 'Digital Frame Selectors' or 'crop modes' are quite handy. The camera offers 35mm (30MP file), 50mm (15MP file) and 75mm (6.6MP file) crop options. When selecting one you'll still see the full 28mm field of view, just with corresponding frame line for the crop you've chosen. If shooting Raw+JPEG, the former saves a full-resolution file with the crop applied, the later will be a cropped-in file.

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Leica Q2 for Travel photography

When it comes to travel photography, you want a camera that's not going to let you down. Battery life, weather-sealing, versatility of focal length and low light capability are all factors worth considering: after all, this might be your one chance to get that shot.

Overall, the Q2 has solid battery life. It's rated 370 shots per charge (CIPA), but as usual our experience suggests you'll likely be able to get closer to double that number, depending on how you shoot. Unfortunately, the Q2 has no ports, so there's no in-camera charging: you'll have to pack the charger in your bag.

One of the most significant upgrades the Q2 received was the addition of weather and dust-sealing. It's officially IP52 rated which means it should be able to tolerate some drizzle and/or encounters with particulate matter.

The Q2's biggest detractor from being the ultimate travel camera is its lack of zoom

The Q2's biggest detractor from being the ultimate travel camera is its lack of zooming capability. Sure the 35mm, 50mm and 75mm in-camera crop options are handy, but the latter is fairly low resolution: 6.6MP. So if you have any desire to shoot at a truly telephoto focal length, the Q2's not for you.

On the other hand, the Q2's lens should have you covered in low light. The 28mm F1.7 Summilux is fast and darn sharp, even wide open. And the camera's new 47MP sensor should offer a good deal of dynamic range for shadow lifting - but further testing is needed to confirm this.

But at the end of the day, what's the point of traveling if you can't upload and share your photos? The Q2 offers low power Bluetooth to keep your device paired so you can easily transfer photos via WiFi as needed. The only down side here is the Q2's default JPEG profile is somewhat lackluster, so you may want to run your image through a favorite mobile editing app before posting. No word yet on whether you can transfer DNGs.

Leica Q2 for Family and Moments photography

One of the most important questions to ask yourself when shopping for a camera to capture special moments is, 'Will this camera make me want to reach for it when heading out the door? Will I want to bring it along?'

We think the Leica Q2 fits the bill well - it looks gorgeous and is not too big nor is it too heavy. Plus it should be able to stand up to some abuse thanks to its magnesium alloy body and moisture/dust-resistant construction.

The combination of excellent manual focus and fast/accurate autofocus gives you versatility to take your time or speed things up

We also feel the combination of an excellent manual focus experience and fast/accurate autofocus gives you versatility to take your time and compose, or speed things up. That being said, other cameras on the market offer highly-reliable tracking/Face Detect modes that will essentially remove focus from the equation, if you so desire. These cameras are generally easier to use and are a better option if you're a novice looking for a family/moments camera.

We're also not terribly impressed by the Q2's rendition of skin tones in out-of-camera JPEGs, they tend to look neutral and unsaturated to the point of being unflattering - for best results we suggest processing Raw files. If you're not comfortable working with Raws, there are other cameras with lovely JPEG engines that will suit you better.

Leica Q2 for Landscape photography

A rangefinder-style digital camera may not be your first thought when considering a camera for landscape work, but the Q2's impressively sharp lens (corner-to-corner), compact size and high resolution sensor make it a fine option. Furthermore, we hope its base ISO of 50 gives an advantage over the competition when it comes to dynamic range (but again, more testing is needed to confirm).

The Q2's impressively sharp lens, compact size and high resolution sensor make it solid choice for landscape

And as previously mentioned, the camera has some degree of dust and moisture resistance - it also offers good battery life. There are however some ergonomic considerations for landscape shooters, namely, the lack of a flip-out screen. It's also nearly impossible to open the card or battery door with the camera mounted on a tripod. Additionally, the lack of light-up buttons may make adjusting settings a challenge in the dark.

Leica Q2 for Portrait photography

28mm is obviously not a traditional portrait focal length, and if you're a stickler for shooting portraits with such, well, the Q2 really doesn't make much sense. But for those willing to bend the rules, 28mm and 35mm (via the 'Digital Frame Selector') can easily be used for photojournalism-style environmental portraits, like the one above. The Q2 also offers 50mm and 75mm crop modes, but at resolutions of 15MP and 6.6MP, respectively.

If you're a stickler for shooting portraits with a traditional portrait focal length, the Q2 really doesn't make much sense

A top flash sync speed of 1/2000 sec also makes this camera a good choice for daylight portrait work using strobes. However the lack of an Eye AF mode means you'll need to move a focus point over your subject to maintain a sharp image - or use manual focus.

Leica Q2 for Video

You might think it's a little silly to include video as a use case for a rangefinder-style camera, but don't be too quick to chuckle - the Q2 shoots stabilized DCI or UHD 4K/30p footage though a ridiculously sharp lens capable of delightful manual focus pulls. Plus, you can easily tap to focus. It's also capable of Full HD shooting at 120p for slow-motion clips and its new base ISO of 50 could translate to less need for an ND filter when shooting in bright light.

The Q2 shoots stabilized 4K/30p footage though a ridiculously sharp lens capable of delightful manual focus pulls

While you're probably not going to win the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival with a movie filmed on the Q2, it should be more than usable for run-and-gun style shooting. Just don't get too fancy because there are no ports of any kind - that's right, no headphone, microphone, HDMI or even USB connection.

The Wrap

Ultimately, if you don't mind the Leica Q2's fixed lens and touchscreen, it is a great choice for a wide variety of photographic disciplines including street, travel and family photography. It also makes a handy all-in-one landscape camera. And while its 28mm lens can be used for wide angle 'environmental portraits,' it's probably not the right choice for most portrait photographers. Same goes for videographers: its footage is usable, but other cameras will suit you better.

Of course, more testing is needed to know exactly how the Q2 lines up to its competition. For now, read our Leica Q2 First Impressions, and we look forward to publishing a full review soon.

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