Mondo Firmware Friday: Canon, Fujifilm, Leica, Nikon, Olympus and Sony update 14 cameras and 1 lens


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Our Firmware Friday roundup this week is a doozie, with well over a dozen updates for cameras and lenses from a wide range of brands, including Canon, Fuji, Leica, Nikon, Olympus and Sony. We've a lot to discuss in what we've dubbed Mondo Firmware Friday, so let's get right down to it!

Canon EOS R and RF 24-105mm F4 L

We'll start off this week with Canon. The company has shipped one firmware update for its recently-launched EOS R mirrorless camera and announced another that's on the way. It's also updated one RF-mount…

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The Academy Admits Its Mistake and will Air All 24 Categories at Upcoming Oscars


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Victory is ours.


We were hoping that this would be the appropriate end to a long and hard week of debate, and indeed it is: the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) has just announced that it will air all 24 Oscar categories during the Academy Awards telecast live on February 24th, 2019.



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Famous Movies that Even More Famous Actors Have Never Seen


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Are you brave enough to admit you’ve never seen a classic?


We’ve all been there. You’re at a party or on a date, and someone asks you’ve if you’ve seen an insanely popular film. You’re smart. You’re put together, but this one slipped through the cracks. Maybe it was a genre you hate, or maybe you dislike the director, writer, or actors.



Whatever the case might be…you lie about seeing it.



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The ASC Blasts Academy’s Decision to Not Air Cinematography Oscar


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The ASC has wholly rejected Academy president John Bailey’s statement attempting to pacify the situation.


In a debate that, if it hadn’t reached a fever pitch before, has definitely hit a sweltering fever pitch now, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences (AMPAS) has stood its ground on the controversial decision to not air the handing out of the Best Cinematography, Best Editing, Best Makeup & Hairstyling, and Best Live Action – Short Academy Awards live on its ABC telecast on Sunday, February 24th.



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Yousuf Karsh (It Helps to Have a Mission)


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Karsh3Yousuf Karsh, Self Portrait [with 8×10 negative in holder], 1954

Yesterday I journeyed to Corning to the Rockwell Museum with my friend Geoff Wittig. He's a primary care physician from nearby* Dansville and, despite being busy at his job, he's very interested in, and engaged with, art—a longtime landscape photographer, he took up plein air landscape painting four years ago. We went to see a small show of photographs by the late "Karsh of Ottowa," midcentury portraitist extraordinaire. 

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The Museum is really nice and the little gallery where rotating exhibits are shown is really nice, except for one little

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David Lynch’s ‘Blue Velvet’ is Headed to the Criterion Collection


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She wore what?


David Lynch’s remarkable, transcendent Blue Velvet has long stood the test of time, and now, thanks to the good folks at the Criterion Collection, the film will hopefully receive another look from old and new audiences alike.



Announced this afternoon, Blue Velvet, a movie about a high school student (played by the ever-boyish Kyle MacLachlan) who discovers a severed ear in a field and decides to investigate who that ear belongs to, will be making its Criterion DVD and Blu Ray debut on May 28th, 2019.

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Canon EOS RP First Shots: Canon’s new entry-level full-frame camera arrives for testing


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Click here to see our Canon EOS RP First Shots

Earlier this week, Canon debuted their second full-frame mirrorless camera, the Canon EOS RP. Borrowing the 26MP sensor from the 6D Mark II (albeit with some tweaks) and pairing it with their latest DIGIC 8 image processor, the new EOS RP sits at the entry-level position of the Canon's growing RF-mount camera series. Designed specifically for ease of use and a surprisingly low price point, the Canon EOS RP isn't cram-jammed with all the bells and whistles, but rather a modest array…

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Slideshow: International Garden Photographer of the Year Winners


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International Garden Photographer of the Year Winners

‘Fireworks’ by Jill Welham | IGPOTY

The winning photographs from the International Garden Photographer of the Year Competition 12 have been announced, with the top prize going to photographer Jill Welham of North Yorkshire, England for the above photograph titled ‘Fireworks’ that was submitted under the Abstract category.

Passionate about the cyanotype print process, ‘Fireworks’ showcases the details of three Allium heads created using a wet cyanotype process.

‘This image of three Allium heads was created using a technique known as wet cyanotype. Two chemicals, ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide, are mixed together

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Wooden Camera’s New $399 Zip Box Pro is an Affordable and Functional Matte box


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The new three-tray, lightweight and cost-effective matte box from Wooden Camera.


Matte boxes have always been a sticking point in any kit. They are usually so expensive that many people on a budget turn to using variable NDs and threaded filters instead. While variable NDs are handy and fast to use, the image quality is what suffers when you don’t use true 4.56 ND filters made by Tiffen or Schneider or other filter manufacturers.



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Kosmo Foto launches Mono 120 black-and-white film, now available for pre-order


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Kosmo Foto has launched pre-orders for its Mono film in 120 format, adding the new product alongside the 35mm version launched in 2017. According to the company, the first batch of Mono 120 has entered production and will be sold exclusively through the Kosmo Foto shop. Future batches of the film will be available through Kosmo’s retailers and distributors, as well.

In its announcement today, the company explained:

Mono has proven to be really popular with film photographers – it’s now stocked in photography shops all over the world, and been bought by photographers from Greenland to Greece and Costa Continue reading “Kosmo Foto launches Mono 120 black-and-white film, now available for pre-order”

How to Save 100,000 Cameras: A Look Inside Camera Rescue


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Camera Rescue is a project based in Finland that’s working to rescue 100,000 analog cameras by 2020 in order to preserve them for future generations. Photographer Jordan Lockhart of Cameraville recently traveled to Tampere, Finland, and made this 10.5-minute behind-the-scenes video at the organization’s ambitious endeavor.

Lockhart sat down with Camera Rescue core team member Juho Leppänen to talk about what his organization is doing.

In “rescuing” a camera, Camera Rescue finds film cameras that are broken or out of use, repairs them, and returns them to the market for a second chance at life. At the time of

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‘The Movie Gets Made in the Edit’: Director Meredith Danluck on ‘State Like Sleep’


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Meredith Danluck’s ‘State Like Sleep’ evolved as the actors and the director lived with the script.


Meredith Danluck’s State Like Sleep is a small, personal, beautifully nuanced film about huge, ravaging, uncontrollable subjects. It opens with a death, as Katherine (played with edgy grace by Katherine Waterston) finds her husband Stefan’s dead body in their apartment in Brussels.



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This website uses AI to generate portraits of people who don’t actually exist


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A new website called This Person Does Not Exist went viral this week, and it has one simple function: displaying a portrait of a random person each time the page is refreshed. The website is pointless at first glance, but there’s a secret behind its seemingly endless stream of images. According to a Facebook post detailing the website, the images are generated using a generative adversarial networks (GANs) algorithm.

In December, NVIDIA published research detailing the use of style-based GANs (StyleGAN) to generate very realistic portraits of people who don’t exist. The same technology is powering This Person Continue reading “This website uses AI to generate portraits of people who don’t actually exist”

If Iconic Space Photos Had Been Shot with a Smartphone Camera…


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What would iconic space probe photos of celestial bodies in our solar system look like if they had been shot with an ordinary smartphone camera? Astronomer Scott Manley made this 12.5-minute video that explains the answer, which is: “not much.”

The beautiful photos of planets and moons that you’ve seen were captured with specialized cameras on spacecraft that are much more like telescopes than like iPhone cameras.

For example, in August 2015, NASA shared a beautiful photo of the Moon passing in front of Earth that was captured by the camera on its DSCOVR Earth observation satellite.

But

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The new Sigma 28mm T1.5 Full-Frame Cine Lens will be available in March


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Sigma 28mm T1.5 Full-Frame Cine Lens arrives in March

The new Sigma 28mm T1.5 Full-Frame Cine Lens, will be available in mid March 2019, in two versions: regular and fully luminous.

The newest addition to Sigma’s cine prime lens lineup will be shippingavailable soon, according to the company. The Sigma 28mm T1.5 FF, will be available in mid March 2019 for $3,499.00 for the regular version and $4,499.00 for the fully luminous (FL) version.

With this new expansion to its family of cine lenses, the company gives filmmakers another creative tool. One of the key focal lengths to achieve a true cinematic look, the wide-angle

Sigma 28mm T1.5 Full-Frame Cine Lens arrives in March
Sigma 28mm T1.5 Full-Frame Cine Lens arrives in March

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12 Things I Learned While Teaching Street Photography


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For a while now I have been working on establishing myself as a street photography educator by leading lessons and workshops throughout London, focusing on documenting human behavior and emotion rather than more new-wave techniques involving light-architecture and intricate technical compositions.

My most recent workshop, held over the second weekend of February involved a very diverse group of students, which posed some of the most interesting challenges I’ve faced so far. I thought it would be useful to share some of the things I was dealing with while teaching in order to offer some insight into street photography as an

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Cinema 4D MoGraph toolset receives Technical Achievement Award


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Cinema 4D MoGraph Toolset receives Technical Achievement Award

What do Blade Runner 2049, The Avengers: Infinity War, Ready Player One, and Black Panther have in common? They all relied on Cinema 4D’s MoGraph toolset to deliver their magic.

MAXON, the industry-leading developer of professional 3D modeling, painting, animation and rendering solutions, announced recently that its MoGraph module, included in the company’s cornerstone 3D professional application, Cinema 4D, “was recognized by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences with a Technical Achievement Award (Academy Certificate). Principal architect and award recipient, Per-Anders Edwards of MAXON, accepted the award at the annual Sci-Tech Awards Presentation held February 9, at

Cinema 4D MoGraph Toolset receives Technical Achievement Award
Cinema 4D MoGraph Toolset receives Technical Achievement Award

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Introducing a 5″ Atomos Monitor Retailing for $399


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The Atomos Shinobi is perfect for YouTubers, vloggers, and photographers.

Atomos has responded to requests from creators for a monitor without a recorder. Newsshooter is reporting that one to their liking has finally come.

The Shinobi is a 5.2″ 1000nit anti-reflection uni-touch IPS panel with full HD 1920 x 1080/427 ppi resolution.

It does NOT feature an HDMI out, but it can receive a 4K signal and display in full HD through an HDMI input.

At a lighter weight than the Ninja V, the Shinobi weights 200g to the Ninja V’s 320g.

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