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Confused about what all those layer blending modes do in Photoshop? Well, you don’t need to be any more. Jesus Ramirez of the Photoshop Training Channel has made an excellent short video tutorial that explains each mode in simple and easily-understood terms, so even beginners will get the picture.
His 8-minute Crash Course uses a gray tone chart over a normal photograph to show how each blending mode alters the way the chart appears. Jesus also demonstrates how different brightness values blend together, and how to use layer blending to control color density and saturation. Finally, he also explains why the modes are grouped into six sections on the drop-down menu, so you can quickly find the mode you need depending on the situation.
Check out the full video above. It’ll only cost you eight minutes of your life, and you'll almost certainly learn something new unless you're already a Photoshop expert.
This is clever: the “Chairpod” is a soon-to-be-released photography product that helps you stabilize both your camera and your butt. It’s a tripod that has a built-in seat so you can shoot blur-free photos for long periods without your legs getting tired. DC.Watch reports that the “Chairpod HY 127” was developed by the Japanese tripod […]
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It’s that magical time of year when filmmakers flock to Park City, Utah. We’re giving you a brief on the cinematographers who are showcasing their work at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival one DP at a time.
Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson appear in Sorry to Bother You by Boots Riley, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute.
DP: Doug Emmet
FILM: SORRY TO BOTHER YOU written and directed by Boots Riley
SUNDANCE CATEGORY: U.S. Dramatic Competition
CAMERA: Alexa Mini 4:3
GLASS: Cooke Anamorphic
cinema5D: Why did you choose this particular camera body?
DE: We knew shooting anamorphic on a 4:3 sensor was the best way to go, and I don’t think there’s a better digital cinema camera out there.
cinema5D: How about the lenses?
DE: Cooke Anamorphic. We wanted a fast, modern anamorphic lens with subtle curvature distortions – something not too clean but not super flare-y either.
cinema5D: What was a piece of gear that was really pivotal for you on this production?
DE: Using the Arri Skypanels and wireless dmx control sped things up and allowed us to be creative on a tight budget and schedule. Same can be said for the RGB Litegear Lite Ribbon.cinema5D: Any go-to glass filtration in your kit?
DE: Tiffen Black Diffusion FX 1&2
Lakeith Stanfield appears in Sorry to Bother You by Boots Riley, an official selection of the U.S. Dramatic Competition at the 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Courtesy of Sundance Institute | photo by Doug Emmett.
cinema5D: Talk a little about your approach to lighting this film in particular.
DE: We let the location and the mood of the scene dictate our approach to lighting. We were lighting with bold colors and with strong contrast, but we didn’t want the cinematography to distract from the characters. That being said we wanted a stylized visual. Bouncing sunlight with mirrors, white cloth and foam core lent a more natural look for interior and exterior day scenes. For night scenes – apartment and bar interiors, etc- Colors were chosen with tone in mind, helping support the narrative. The film is dark- many scenes intentionally lit so that you can’t always see the actor’s eyes of half their face. We felt that the added noise and contrast sometimes rendered an “imperfect” look and that appealed to us.
cinema5D: Any particular challenges?
DE: The locations didn’t present too many challenges other than the typical issues you encounter- large loft windows and a quickly moving sun, etc. We tried to use the available daylight when possible.
DP Doug Emmet and Dir. Boots Riley. Photo Cred: Peter Prato
cinema5D: Anything new for you on this shoot? Anything perhaps surprising?
DE: Pushing the color saturation and the contrast was a new experience for me as a DP as many of my films have had a more naturally lit esthetic. Not to say the lighting isn’t natural – there are plenty of locations in Oakland CA that inspired the colorful palette of our film. I found the artist community and crew in Oakland to be such a kind, passionate, and supportive group of individuals. The city’s art and culture really inspired the cinematography choices we made.
Doug Emmet is known for his work as the director of photography on the Duplass Brothers’ Room 104, The Edge of Seventeen, The One I Love, and The Bachelorette. Emmet originally hails from the East Coast and is a graduate of NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. He is a Union Local 600 cinematographer and a member of the Directors Guild of America.
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The first images of the upcoming Canon PowerShot G7 X Mark III have surfaced over at Photo Rumors. It looks like a fresh new design for what I think is Canon’s best G series PowerShot. A few specifications can be figured out by the images. 4K video 50P 24-100mm f/1.8-2.8 IS 4.2x Lens (35mm equivalent) Read more...
January already seems to be disappearing at an alarming rate but what a start it’s been to 2018! There have been new products, new projects and even a foray into the world of bitcoin by one of our most beloved of analogue manufacturers would you believe. Say what?!
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Gaining Creativity, Passion and Motivation from your Camera. You MUST love it. By Steve Huff Being a camera reviewer and passionate enthusiast I get to test so many cameras, lenses and accessories. At times it can burn me out, and in fact it does sometimes. No way around that. When you get cameras sent to…
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First of all I hope everyone out there is having a wonderful 2018 so far, and that it is a year full of new experiences! Thanks to the wonderful medical staff that performed the surgery, the foot surgery I had this passed December to correct a lingering issue couldn’t have gone any better. Not accustomed Read more...
Aurora Aperture has just introduced a very interesting little piece of photography gear: the world's first variable graduated neutral density filter. Variable NDs are fairly common, as are graduated NDs, but until now nobody had thought to (or at least managed to) mix the two ideas into one.
Enter the Aurora PowerGXND: a variable hard transition graduated neutral density filter with continuously variable range of up to 5 stops (ND 0 - 1.5). Here's a quick intro video to get you familiar with the new filter family:
And a 4K demo video that shows the filter in action:
Aurora has introduced, and is funding, this filter family through Kickstarter, where the PowerGXND is being offered in three sizes and with a variety of mounting accessories. You can get the filters in Large (105mm), Medium (82mm), or Small (62mm) sizes, which can be mounted onto a camera using either a "slim lens adapter" or a square filter holder adapter plate.
The filter also features hard stops at either end of the scale, multi-layer nano coatings to repel water, oil and dust, and a direct reading scale to help you dial in the exact stop value you're looking for.
To learn more about the Aurora PowerGXND, head over to the Kickstarter campaign where you can reserve your own (the project is already fully funded) for anywhere between $95 for the 62mm 'slim' kit to $340 for the 105mm w/ 130mm holder kit.
Aurora Aperture Introduces World’s First Variable GND Filter Family
Irvine, California, January 15th, 2018 - Aurora Aperture Inc., a Southern California company specialized in photography filters, today has introduced the world’s first variable graduated neutral density (GND) filter family, the Aurora PowerGXND.
The PowerGXND family is an hard transition GND filter with a continuous range up to 5 stops (ND 0 - 1.5). GND filters are widely used in photography and videography for balancing a high contrast scene for proper exposure.
“The Aurora PowerGXND family is the world’s first variable GND filter,” said Jeff Chen, founder and CEO of Aurora Aperture Inc. “offering a wide range of light balancing capability for both photographers and videographers. Until now users need to carry multiple fixed stop GND filters with light reduction values of one, two, and three stop with no fractional stop value. With our variable GND filters, all you need is one filter and just rotate the filter until you see the desired result, it is truly that easy.”
The Aurora PowerGXND filter is based on the innovative Aurora PowerXND variable ND filter introduced in 2016. While keeping the original thin frame profile, a new hard stop feature is added to limit the filter rotation within the minimum and maximum settings. Another new feature is a direct reading scale so users can quickly dial the filter to a stop value easily.
Designed in California by Aurora Aperture, the Aurora PowerND filters are made from Schott B 270® i Ultra-White Glass. Filter surfaces are applied with PFPE hydrophobic and oleophobic coatings to repel water, soil, and dirt. With these multi-layer nano coatings, the Aurora PowerGNXD filters are capable of answering the demands of 4k videos and modern high density sensors.
There are three sizes available, S (62mm), M (82mm), and L (105mm) to cover lens filter thread size from 37mm to 82mm. Adaption plates and square filter systems (75mm, 100mm, and 130mm) are available for using the variable GND filters on different lenses.
Availability and Pricing
The Aurora PowerND family will be available through Kickstarter starting in January
2018. Dealers and general availability will start in May 2018. List price starts from US$149 to $329, depending on filter sizes.
Irvine, California, January 15th, 2018 – Aurora Aperture Inc., a Southern California company specialized in photography filters, today has introduced the world’s first variable graduated neutral density (GND) filter family, the Aurora PowerGXND. The PowerGXND family is an hard transition GND filter with a continuous range up to 5 stops (ND 0 – 1.5). GND filters Read more...
The first photos of the upcoming Canon PowerShot G7X Mark III camera have been leaked, and the images reveal that 4K video recording is finally coming to the PowerShot line. Photo Rumors received and published the first leaked photos of this camera, which will replace the Canon G7X Mark II. From the images, it appears […]
This year will be pretty different for me, with less headshot and portrait
shoots, more emphasis and street and documentary photography and more
project work. To reflect that, I’ve just updated this site to hopefully
allow easier access to some of my favorite street images and project work.
Keeping my gear organised is often one of my biggest problems. I have 3 bags that regularly come out with me on shoots, and they’re beautifully organised. With little checklists and everything. But the rest of the gear around my house, that I might only use once every month or two, well, those items can […]
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During its October 2017 event, Google surprised the camera world by introducing a small AI-powered lifelogging camera named Google Clips. And now, thanks to some uncovered FCC documents, it looks like we're getting close to an official release date.
Google Clips is an interesting concept. Unlike other cameras that require a bit of input from the user, Google said Clips could analyze situations and automatically capture memorable moments, growing smarter over time—just place it on a shelf and it would 'learn' to capture your most important moments as they unfolded. Several months later, however, we still haven't heard anything from Google about a release date. We know it'll cost $250 USD when it launches, and the Google Clips product page offers prospective buyers the option to join a waitlist, but Google hasn't revealed anything more.
That's where the eagle-eyed folks at Variety come in. Earlier this week, they noticed that the camera recently passed through the FCC, indicating that a launch is imminent. In other words: if you're holding out for the Google Clips, your wait is almost over.
We mounted a Lensbaby Twist 60 on our Nikon D200 even though we know better. The fun things about the Twist 60 require a full frame sensor, not the 1.6x crop factor of the D200.
Nikon D5 Help Needed
If you live in San Diego and know your way around the Nikon system, more specifically, the Nikon D5, and would like to help me out, I would love to hear from you. I’d be glad to trade a morning of photo instruction in La Jolla for a morning of Nikon [...]
A man sharing a photograph of his father online has apparently stumbled upon the last known photograph of legendary war photographer Gerda Taro, who’s regarded as the first female to shoot on the front lines of conflict (as well as the first to die while doing so). Warning: This article contains graphic photos. It all […]
Cut shapes out of a large piece of foamcore or cardboard. Paint it black. Shine a small light through the holes. Interesting shadows will be created on the background. The cutouts are called cookies short for cuculoris.
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Remember to check out our great sponsors including TruLife acrylic face mounted prints. Today’s episode, Levi sits down with Sharky James. They talk about their photographer heroes, the industry and more including how he got started in the industry. Then a fun round table with Pamela Berry, Levi Sim, Bobbi Lane and Kevin Ames…
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We live in the Information Age. There is no doubt a ton of information on the Internet about photography and just about any other subject you’d care to know about. While the Internet is a great place to learn and e-books are convenient, there’s still something special about holding a printed book in your hand. I have e-books and printed books alike. For me personally, I notice that I’m more inclined to actually read a book if I’m not reading it on a screen. I prefer to put away my backlit digital devices in favor of reading a printed page. With that out of the way, I’d like to talk about five books that have helped shape my business as a professional photographer.
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Well, this is quite interesting. Canon Rumors reports that Canon are sending out “very elaborate” invites to select Canon dealers for a mirrorless camera announcement next month. That in itself isn’t all that interesting. Manufacturers come out with new kit all the time. What makes it interesting, at least to me, is their description of […]
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A TV crew has been arrested in New Jersey for attempting to smuggle a “fake explosive device” through security. The crew was reportedly filming for cable network CNBC.
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Stunning modern metal prints available for purchase. These are unique images and quite challenging to obtain. The result is a one-of-a-kind dream-like, ethereal photo of extraordinary beauty. Most are available as metal prints. Panoramas come in a variety of finishes. For larger or custom sizes email me for pricing. Mahalo.
|Stairs in Coimbra, Portugal — one of the 460 image I uploaded on Unsplash|
This editorial was originally published on Medium, and is being republished in full on DPReview with express permission from Samuel Zeller. The views and opinions in this article are solely those of its author.
What is Unsplash?
Unsplash is a website where photographers can share high resolution images, making them publicly available for everyone for free even for commercial use. It was created in May 2013 by Stephanie Liverani, Mikael Cho and Luke Chesser in Montreal, Canada.
Four months after creation they hit one million total downloads, and a year after they had more than a million downloads per month. Now there are 400,000+ high resolution images hosted on Unsplash, which are shared by 65,000+ photographers from all around the world.
Last month 2,400 photographers joined Unsplash and shared 25,000 new images (not just snapshots, some really good photography).
Here are a few examples:
Visitors in the last month viewed 4 billion photos and pressed the download button 17 million times. The average Unsplash photo is viewed over 600,000 times and downloaded over 4000 times. No other social network can give you those numbers.
Unsplash is massive, and it’s (currently) one of the best place to get visibility for your work as a photographer. Some of my most appreciated images were viewed over twelve million times and downloaded a little bit more than 125'000 times.
Here are the top nine below:
I receive 21 million views per month (677'000 per day) and 93'000 downloads (3000 per day). As a result, every day there’s one or two person that credit me on Twitter for an image they’ve used. I also get emails regularly and new backlinks to my website every week.
And it’s not just for old users who’ve been sharing for a long time, here’s the stats from someone who joined Unsplash just three days ago:
I have to be honest: in 3 days since i joined @unsplash, this has blown me away!! I can’t even believe the amount of exposure this site has brought me!! Seriously anyone who isn’t on this already needs to be!! @instagram time to setup and adapt!! 🙌🏼❤️ pic.twitter.com/VxMhbrd1l2— Taylor James Photos (@taylorjphotos) January 6, 2018
In total I’ve uploaded 460 images, they’ve been viewed over 255 million times and downloaded over 1.7 million times. Of course these are just numbers, but they are much more meaningful (and larger) than the likes you can get on Instagram or Facebook.
Designers all around the world have been making album covers, posters, article headers, blog posts, adverts and billboards with my images on Unsplash. Like many photographers I chose to turn what was idle on my hard-drive into a useful resource for other creatives.
Here’s a few examples:
That’s not all, one of my first client (when I started as a freelancer in 2016) found me on Unsplash. They’re the biggest bank in Switzerland and I did four projects for them.
One included spending a night at 3,571 m (11,716 ft) at the highest observatory in Europe, the Jungfraujoch Sphinx observatory to document it (full project visible here); the second one was much lower at the Zürich airport photographing below aircraft like the Airbus A340.
The reason why they reached out to me? They were already using a few of my Unsplash images in their global database and wanted more in the same style.
Fast forward to a few months ago, I landed a new client (a design firm) and at one of the meeting they introduce me to one of their designer. The guy said after hearing my name “I know you already, I’ve been using some of your images on Unsplash, they’re great.”
The problem with social networks
People, especially the new generation, are becoming incredibly lazy. Our attention span is lower than ever, and we get stuck in nasty dopamine loops—we literally need to check our phones multiple times a day.
Social networks make us think we need to post new work often to get good engagement and get noticed, but the truth is great photographers take a year or more to publish new projects (for example Nick White “Black Dots” or Gregor Sailer “Closed cities”). Good work will always take time, and it will always get noticed.
We all fight for attention, for likes, for numbers that will not bring us anything good. We are in that aspect devaluing our own craft by over-sharing—being tricked into becoming marketing tools for brands.
The rise and fall of Instagram
What will you do once Instagram becomes old school? I don’t know if you noticed, but Facebook are ruining the whole Instagram experience by bloating the UI and releasing features for brands.
Here’s the user interface in March 2016 vs today on an iPhone 5/SE screen:
Seriously, what the heck? I can’t even see the user images anymore when I land on their profile.
Before Facebook bought it, the app was a simple, chronological photo-sharing service. Now they’re rolling out “recommended posts” from users you don’t even follow right into your feed. The suggested content will be based on what people you follow have liked (and probably on how much brands are paying to shove their ads right into your smartphone screens).
By sharing on Instagram daily as a photographer you are basically expending a ton of effort to grow a following on a network that’s taking a wrong turn. It’s like trying to build a sand castle on a moving elevator—sure, it works. but it’s not the most effective use of your time.
Not only is real engagement dropping, soon your reach will crumble unless you pay to promote your posts. I’m running an account with a little bit over 50,000 followers, and for a post that reach 25,000 people, only 170 of them will visit the account—the rest will just merely glance at the image for a second (maybe drop a like) and keep scrolling.
People create accounts on Instagram, then stop using it after some time. Truth is, many of your followers are inactive by now, and most of the ones that are active don’t care enough about your work to even comment on it.
What’s even worse is that Instagram makes photographers literally copy each other's styles because only a few type of images can get better engagement and please the masses—think outdoorsy explorers taking pictures of forests from a drone or hanging their feet off a cliff. They’re diluting their work and style by focusing on what will grow their account.
Followers are still valuable now, but in two to three years they’ll be worthless. There’s a ton more 50k+ accounts than two years ago. Brands are now looking into accounts with 100–150k to do collaborations. Instagram is a big bubble that will blow one day, and I don’t want to have all my eggs in the same basket when it happens.
I have 16,500 followers on my personal Instagram account and I could close it any day. The reason why? I also have a newsletter with over 25,000 subscribers. Guess which is more valuable and long-lasting?
Too many photographers today are forgetting that a portfolio, experience, publications and exhibitions are far more important than building up their following on a social network.
There’s still a lot of good sides to Instagram, the community aspect to start with and also the fact that there’s not yet a proper contender to replace it. It’s still (to me) the best place to discover emerging photographers and get your dose of inspiration. There’s also a great deal of photography magazines that are actively curating work on it.
The culture of the new
That’s the big problem with photography online as curator and photographer Andy Adams explains, "It’s always about the new, which inevitably means the not new drops off our radars way sooner that it should."
Social networks like Instagram and Facebook are flawed for photographers for this particular reason. They are great for brands who can afford to hire social media managers and post regularly or sponsor content.
There are other social networks that don’t rely on a feed but rather on search, for example Behance or EyeEm. Those are way better for photographers in the long term. They have a higher rate of discoverability.
The images I share on Unsplash don’t lose value, in fact there’s no difference at all between a year old shot and a week old shot. Their value are not based on time. I could stop uploading new images and still have a lot of visibility every day. Try not posting on Instagram for a month…
Here’s a real example, those two images below were shared on Unsplash in October 2014. Notice how they still gather a ton of views/download per month even after four years?
Leaving a mark
Last year in February I lost my dad to cancer—he was diagnosed just a month before in January. I wrote before on the concept of memory and digital data (See: the data we leave behind) but his sudden death made me realize how short life can be.
We always say "we need to enjoy every moment, life is fragile," but it’s impossible to understand it fully until you have lost someone close. My father had bookmarked my website, my Instagram account and my Unsplash account on his laptop, he was checking them often, he was probably my biggest fan.
What’s left of him are memories but also his files on his computer—photos of him and his art (he was doing digital art and uploaded a lot of pieces on DeviantArt). I’m grateful to have all of this to remember him.
Having some of my images on Unsplash is one way to ensure that even if I’m gone my work will keep on living. Another way is through prints and books. Speaking of which, I’m finishing my first book that will be published in April by Hoxton Mini Press.
Photography isn’t about making money as a freelance photographer, it’s also a part of us, stories of where we traveled, visual tales of our singular experiences with life. I choose to share it as much as possible because I can.
There’s one last reason why I share photographs for free and Josh summed it up very nicely in one of his Medium article, here’s what he wrote:
“Beauty has always been free. It came in the box with sunlight and eyeballs. It was granted to us upon birth as we first laid eyes upon our beautiful mothers and then mother Earth. For those of us with extreme empathy and a wide-eyed approach to seeing the world, finding the beautiful all around us and capturing it is a deep and glorious honor. Yes, you can have that image at the top for free — perhaps not because it has no value, but because I simply want you to see what I can see. I want to share in the joy of this world’s beauty. The image, in that scenario, is only a document of our mutual appreciation for it. And maybe taking money off the table in that discussion is actually what helps it remain beautiful.”
I feel like Unsplash is just the beginning of a new era of photography. It’s thrilling to be able to grow with it.
I was born in 1990 just before the world wide web, and I’ve seen how technology evolved for the past twenty years. I’m afraid of how addicted we have become to it. How fast paced things have become. We need more generosity, community based efforts, human curation and less algorithms driven by the need of profit. We need to slow down.
Some projects are trying to focus more rewarding artists instead of advertisers, and Ello is one of them. I’ve made the decision to stop using my personal Instagram account and switch to their social network.
But that's a topic for a different article.
Samuel Zeller is a freelance photographer based in Switzerland, an ambassador for Fujifilm and the editor of Fujifeed magazine. You can contact him here and follow his recent work on his website and Ello.
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There is something magical about witnessing a sunrise and watching the land warm as the day begins. Unless of course, you are just still up from the night before. Then the sunrise has a whole different feeling. Luckily all of the great shots submitted this week seemed planned.
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Photographer Anita Sadowska likes to set up "challenges" on her YouTube channel, and when she sent us her most recent one, we knew we'd want to share it. Unlike most of her challenges, where you get to compare different photographers, in this one you're comparing different mediums: Anita shot with her Canon 5D Mark IV, while her challengee Alex Hutchinson shot on either a Pentax 67 or Nikon N80.
Anita shared the final shots with us (and you) for comparison, and you'll be able to browse through them in the gallery below, but the most interesting part of the video for us was not actually the resulting images. The most interesting part was to see how differently Anita and Alex approached the shoot.
Alex—because he was shooting 120 film that cost him about 8 Euro (~$9.75 USD) per roll— was taking several light measurements, fixing all of the minute styling issues he could see, and snapping only a couple of shots per pose. Anita, meanwhile, had as many frames as she could possibly want, and post-processing to fall back on for all the stray hairs and other minor tweaks that might need to be done.
To mix things up, after the first round of photos, Anita covered up her LCD screen, limited herself to just 10 shots, and began shooting all manual focus as well—imposing the same challenges on her digital workflow that Alex was already dealing with shooting analog.
Here's a look at all of the poses they shot, first on film, and then on digital:
It really is a fascinating comparison, and one of the better shootouts we've seen. Check out the final video up top, scroll through the final images in the gallery above, and then let us know what you think in the comments.
Do you take the same approach as Alex, shooting film to occasionally "slow yourself down," or do you embrace the freedom of shooting all digital all the time?
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Tripods are pretty useful, so much so that they're normally the first photography accessory I tell anyone to buy. And while there are some obvious times when you should bring yours along, there are lots of other situations where you might find it useful. This helpful video will show you all the times you should think about packing your tripod as well as some good tips for using them.
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If you looked at
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Fujifilm X-A3 camera was announced Aug of 2016. The X-A series is a entry level series of Fuji which carries APS-C CMOS Sensor, instead of X-Trans.Fuji X-A5 Coming this Month
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Our Firmware Friday roundup this week is short and to the point. We have news of new firmware from two companies this week, Fujifilm and Panasonic. Fuji has updated its X-Pro2 and X-E3 cameras with new features, while Panasonic has fixed a problem that could rarely cause system errors on the Varicam 35 and HS camcorders.
Without any further ado, let's look at what's new!
Fujifilm X-E3 and X-Pro2
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At a media event in Oahu, Hawaii, Sony provided a small selection of media, including myself, a first look at the new E 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens for Sony’s APS-C a6000/a6300/a6500 cameras. We took the lens out to shoot some local food markets to check out the image quality. With 12 groups and 16 elements, including an aspherical element, the $600 7.5x zoom lens is only 325 grams, teeny compared to the 400-500+ grams for competitor lenses, which the company says will make it perfect for travel use. High corner-to-corner resolution, even at the telephoto end and the MTF data (a chart describing the image sharpness at various focal lengths and moving away from the center of the lens) shows excellent edge sharpness relative to other compact travel lenses.