The Lexar brand makes a return

The Lexar brand was one of the victims of consolidation in the market for memory solutions when parent company Micron pulled the plug in June 2017, announcing it was going to discontinue the brand. A couple of months later Chinese flash memory giant Longsys acquired the Lexar trademark and branding rights but we have not seen any new Lexar product announcements or other market activity since then. Now we have some news, however. Longsys has announced that Lexar will be back "in full production" and shipping globally this fall. In a statement Huabo Cai, CEO of Lexar said

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Hasselblad releases pricing for XV mount adapter

Owners of V-mount Hasselblad lenses will now be able to use their modern and historic glass on the front of the Hasselblad X1D. The XV adapter hinted at late last year has now been officially announced and will cost €199 / $249 / £179.

This adapter opens the X1D system to over sixty lenses that go back to the beginning of the Hasselblad square format and right up to the beginning of the H system, while the XH adapter allows the fitting of lenses up to the current day. With the XPan adapter as well, Hasselblad now has a solution
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Magnum Photos partners with Scottish distillery to release limited-edition whisky

To celebrate the construction of a new $178 million distillery, Scottish whisky distillery Macallan has partnered with the international photo cooperative Magnum Photos and six of its photographers to create the Macallan Masters of Photography: Magnum Edition. The limited-edition box-set includes input and images from some of Magnum's most well-known photographers, including Steve McCurry, Martin Parr, Paolo Pellegrin, Mark Power, Gueorgui Pinkhassov and Alec Soth.
Inside the vibrant portfolio-style packaging is bottle of highland single malt whisky, crafted by drawing from eight different casks, each of which was chosen 'to reflect the photography style of each of the Magnum photographers
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App-based camera triggers compared: Alpine Labs Spark & Miops Mobile Dongle

Introduction

From left, the Alpine Labs Spark and the Miops Mobile Dongle.
Finger. Shutter button. Click. Next. That sequence is so ingrained in our idea of “taking a photo” that it’s pure muscle memory. Many situations call for more than just the press of a finger to capture a shot, though, which is where remote triggers come in. Plenty of us have a remote release cable buried in our camera bags that activates the shutter from a foot or two away. But what about when you want to trigger a night sky shot in the bitter cold from within the
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Wellcome international photography competition seeks health and medicine images

Main image: Anne-Katrin Purkiss, Wellcome Image Award winner 2009.
Wellcome, a charitable foundation based in the UK, has launched a new international photography competition seeking images related to health, medicine, and science. Called the Wellcome Photography Prize 2019, the competition is open to submissions until December 17, 2018, with winners announced on July 3, 2019. The photography competition seeks "pictures that show the importance of health in society and the impact health issues have on people and communities worldwide," according to the contest Web page. A total of four categories are presented:

New Nikon teaser hints at ‘Noct-Nikkor’ lens for mirrorless

Nikon's series of video teasers continues with a look at some classic Nikkor glass and an unmarked lens at the end of the video. Astute readers may notice that the first lens shown is a Noct-Nikkor 58mm F1.2 - one of Nikon's most famous manual focus lenses, made in limited numbers for about 20 years from the 1970s before being discontinued in the late 90s. Beloved by fans of low-light photography (and, inevitably, collectors), the rare Noct-Nikkor is hard to find, and good copies sell for very high prices on the used market (see earlier point about collectors). Nikon Continue reading "New Nikon teaser hints at ‘Noct-Nikkor’ lens for mirrorless"

Kodak begins shipping Ektachrome film to select photographers for testing

Kodak via Instagram
During CES 2017, Kodak announced plans to resurrect its Ektachrome film, which was discontinued in 2012. Though the first batch of film isn't available to purchase yet, Kodak released sample images shot on the new Ektachrome in June, and now it has started shipping test film to select photographers. Images and videos of the new Ektachrome film have surfaced on Kodak's Instagram page, where it points toward its beta film test team. One video by @benjhaisch shows a brick of packaged film boxes being removed from its shipping box; another (embedded below) by beta tester @michaelturek shows Continue reading "Kodak begins shipping Ektachrome film to select photographers for testing"

Video: How Nikon tests its D850 DSLR against the elements

If you're sensitive to gore, you might want to turn your head. Nikon Asia has published a video on its YouTube channel that dives into the brutal depths the company goes to in order to test the ruggedness of its DSLR cameras — specifically the Nikon D850. In the two-minute video, Nikon ambassadors and workers detail the amount of thought, research and methods that go into practically testing how its cameras will handle tough environments. Although there are plenty of automated tests going on, this particular video, titled 'True Reliability' takes a look at the more hands-on testing. Specifically, the Continue reading "Video: How Nikon tests its D850 DSLR against the elements"

Sony claims top spot in full-frame interchangeable lens camera market, launches ‘Be Alpha’ campaign

In a press release issued this morning, Sony announced it has sold more full-frame cameras than any other brand in the US over the past six months, measured both by units sold and by value. Perhaps more impressively, the company is also celebrating occupying the top position in the overall mirrorless market, a spot it has owned for the past six years thanks to the huge success of the a6000, as well as sales of the a7 series. That's all good news for Sony, yes, but it's probably no coincidence that Sony was the last brand to release a mass-market
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Review: the GoPro Fusion is a different kind of action camera

Introduction to the Fusion and OverCapture

The GoPro Fusion ships with an extendable selfie stick that doubles as a small tripod.
GoPro may have jump started the action camera market, but the Fusion is different than all the GoPros that came before it: it's a true 360 camera. Instead of using a single forward-facing lens, its two ultra-wide angle lenses capture a full 360 spherical image of everything around it. Unlike most 360 cameras, the Fusion is designed to create both spherical and standard HD videos, potentially offering action camera users more capability than they can get from their
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Yuneec Mantis Q 4K camera drone offers voice control and 33 minute flight time

Yuneec has introduced the Mantis Q, a consumer drone with an integrated 4K camera, electronic image stabilization and voice control. The model is designed for both outdoor and indoor use, utilizing down-facing dual sensor alongside infrared detection to navigation inside buildings. Mantis Q includes a controller with a smartphone mount in addition to the voice control. Yuneec Mantis Q is small and lightweight at 16.7 x 9.7 x 5.6cm / 6.6 x 3.8 x 2.2in when folded; it weights of 0.5kg / 1lb. The drone's integrated camera supports recording video and capturing
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3 Legged Thing launches the affordable Patti tripod

British manufacturer 3 Legged Thing today launched a new affordable today. Despite an entry-level price point of $120, the company says its new Patti offers the same quality and versatility as the more expensive models in its Punks range. A maximum payload of 10kg (22lbs) should be more than enough for most smaller DSLRs and mirrorless setups, and its ABS plastic flip leg locks instead of the more expensive models' twist lock systems help keep the price down. The legs are made from aircraft grade magnesium.
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Hidden gems of Japan: Tokyo and beyond with the Canon EOS M50

Alex T. Thomas and Kathryn Bingham are photographers, friends and Tokyo residents who have been studying the language and exploring Japan for the past four years. They're interested in relics of the country's ancient past, exquisite Showa-era bathhouses called sentōs, elaborately-appointed roadside rest stops and everything in between. On a recent trip from bustling Tokyo to the peaceful riverside town of Gujo Hachiman, the pair each brought along the Canon EOS M50. Take a look at the hidden gems they encountered along the way.
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More detail on Samsung Galaxy S10 triple camera setup revealed

Last week, Samsung revealed its latest high-end smartphone, the Galaxy Note 9. The Note 9's camera hardware is identical to last year's Galaxy S9 Plus dual-camera, but we've already seen rumors of the 2019 Galaxy S10 Plus featuring a triple-camera. Next year's flagship is likely to be the first smartphone to combine a super-wide-angle and a tele-lens with the primary camera. The super-wide-angle is expected to come with a 123-degree angle of view, and the tele lens with a 3x magnification, offering a wider zoom range than any other smartphone. Today a report from South Korean publication ET News has Continue reading "More detail on Samsung Galaxy S10 triple camera setup revealed"

Net SE, parent company for Meyer Optik, others files for bankruptcy

Net SE, the company behind Oprema Jena, Meyer Optik Görlitz, Emil Busch, C.P. Goerz, Ihagee and A. Schacht products has been removed from the German stock exchange and has subsequently filed for insolvency. According to documents on Net SE's website, the de-listing occurred on July 2nd, 2018. Roughly two weeks later, on July 17th, 2018, the company filed for bankruptcy. An exact cause for the filings isn't mentioned, but on multiple Kickstarters (1, 2, 3, 4) for various lenses manufactured by its portfolio companies, a message was shared detailing Continue reading "Net SE, parent company for Meyer Optik, others files for bankruptcy"

Canon 70-200mm F4L IS II sample gallery

The Canon EF 70-200mm F4L IS II USM is the company's latest affordable constant-aperture telezoom, and it comes with some serious upgrades over its predecessor. You may have noticed that the paint is a shade brighter and, unfortunately, it's gained some weight. But the image stabilizer gives you five stops (versus three stops on the previous model) and we've seen generally excellent sharpness wide-open, throughout the zoom range. From cruise ships in Vancouver B.C. to a grungy rock concert at Seattle's Pike Place Market, take a look through our sample gallery to see what Continue reading "Canon 70-200mm F4L IS II sample gallery"

DPReview TV: understanding 4K and 6K photo modes on your camera

Special 4K and 6K photo modes may be one of the most under-appreciated features on recent cameras. After all, with today's models boasting impressive performance and high frame rates, why would you need them? In this week's episode, Chris and Jordan take a closer look at these modes and explain why – and when – you'll be glad to have them on your camera.
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Looking back on 10 years of Mirrorless

Micro Four Thirds: ten years old this week


There were no illustrations when the Micro Four Thirds concept was announced, so we had to draw our own.
Ten years ago this week, Panasonic and Olympus announced the Micro Four Thirds format. And in doing so, prompted us to use the term 'mirrorless' for the first time. The rather corporate press release didn't necessarily spell out just how important a development it was. The two camera makers thought they were announcing a new mount, while trying not to upset existing Four Thirds customers. What they were actually doing was changing the
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Video: 5 DIY photography storage ‘hacks’

Storing camera gear seems to be a never-ending battle. Whether you want to admit to having too little space or too much gear, it almost always holds true that there are better ways to keep your gear organized. Ted Forbes of The Art of Photography has created a short video on DIY storage hacks for cameras and lenses. The video's title suggests Forbes mentions six different methods in 90 seconds, but based on the numbers he provides, there are actually only five suggestions, considering hack number four seems to be skipped. Numbers aside, Forbes uses wine racks, a lazy susan, Continue reading "Video: 5 DIY photography storage ‘hacks’"

California wildfire devastation revealed in series of aerial images

Aerial photos reveal California wildfire devastation

Image via city of Redding The City of Redding's Geographic Information Systems (GIS) Division has published a series of aerial images showing the devastation caused by the ongoing Carr Fire in Shasta County, California. Located approximately 100 miles north of the Mendocino Complex fire, the Carr Fire has destroyed approximately 176,000 acres of land, more than 1,000 homes, and claimed eight lives. The aerial images, which are available publicly on Redding's GIS website, reveal burned homes, vehicles and wilderness. The images were captured in part using UAVs equipped with cameras. According to ABC News,
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