Camera accessory manufacturer Syrp acquired by Vitec Imaging Solutions


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New Zealand-based camera gear company Syrp, which was founded in 2012 by two videographers, has been acquired by Vitec Imaging Solutions. The acquisition took place on January 23, according to Vitec, which holds an extensive brand portfolio that includes Manfrotto, JOBY, Gitzo, and more.

Syrp’s product lineup includes motion control and slider hardware for photographers and filmmakers, as well as related software for controlling the hardware. These products will become part of Vitec’s own portfolio under the acquisition, which will involve Syrp being integrated with Vitec Imaging Solutions.

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Instagram clarifies its algorithmic feed doesn’t limit post reach, despite viral claims


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Instagram has released a statement clarifying a viral image that claims only 7% of a user’s followers can see content they share on the platform. Images of the clickbait claim have been making their rounds on the platform for months, usually with the header, ‘This is a test.’

A collection of posts with the hashtag #thisisatest that can be found when searching Instagram

According to a series of tweets from the company, Instagram hasn’t made any recent changes to its feed algorithm and doesn’t hide any posts from users.

Apple launches its 2019 ‘Shot on iPhone’ contest, but don’t forget to read the fine print


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Shot on iPhone 6s by Mariko Klug.

Apple is launching its 2019 ‘Shot on iPhone’ photo contest by inviting iPhone photographers to submit their best photographs shot on an Apple device. Photos can be submitted from now to February 7th and will be judged by an impressive panel including photographer Pete Souza and Annet de Graaf, as well as Apple’s VP of Marketing Phil Schiller and head of camera software team Jon McCormack. Apple says winning images will be featured on billboards in select cities, Apple retail stores and online.

Shot on iPhone 6 by Mandy Blake.

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Eyeing post-Brexit landscape, Sony announces Amsterdam office will become new European HQ


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According to a report from Nikkei Asian Review, Sony is moving its European headquarters from the United Kingdom (UK) to the Netherlands in an effort to avoid shipping and customs disruptions that are expected as a result of the UK leaving the European Union (EU).

In its report, Nikkei had the following to say regarding the transition:

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Sigma 28mm F1.4 DG HSM Art sample gallery


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We first met the 28mm F1.4 Art at Photokina, where Sigma promised it would produce “best in class” performance. Now that we’ve shot with a full-production lens for a little while, we’re starting to understand where Sigma is coming from – this lens is very sharp indeed. Take a look through our sample gallery and see for yourself.

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EIZO releases ColorNavigator 7 calibration software for high-end monitors


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High-end display company EIZO has released ColorNavigator 7, the latest version of its calibration software for the ColorEdge series of LCD monitors. ColorNavigator 7 brings a number of features designed for graphics professionals who need consistent, accurate image quality for print, video, and other visual projects.

ColorNavigator 7 supports scheduled monitor recalibrations and maintains the calibration settings across multiple PCs by saving the info to the monitor itself. In addition to the scheduled automatic calibration, select EIZO monitor owners can use ColorNavigator 7 to manually adjust grayscale balance and hue/saturation across all primary and secondary colors.

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Rare, original Marilyn Monroe contact sheet by Bert Stern appears on eBay for $195K


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A new eBay listing is offering a 76 x 99.7cm / 30 x 39.25in contact sheet created by commercial photographer Bert Stern that features a dozen images of Norma Jeane Mortenson, more widely known as Marilyn Monroe. The mounted photo worksheet, which is described as being in excellent condition, was acquired by the New York-based seller rarepics914 from ‘an artist friend.’

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DJI announces pricing, availability of Multilink accessory for DJI Inspire 2, Cendence controllers


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After first teasing it back in September 2018, DJI has officially announced the pricing and availability of Multilink for its Inspire 2 and Cendence controllers.

The new Multilink accessory connects a single master remote with up to three additional controllers. This setup ‘allows slave networks to form a star network with the master controller as the hub, offering aerial filmmakers more options in camera control and in-flight monitoring,’ according to the press release.

It features dual-band functionality for operating at 2.4GHz or 5.8GHz with the ability for the slave controllers to be up to 150m / 500ft away

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The Live Planet VR System is an end-to-end solution for creating, streaming 4K 360º content


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Live Planet has announced the Live Planet VR System, an end-to-end solution to capturing, editing and delivering immersive 360-degree content to viewers.

The idea behind the Live Planet VR System is to launch an all-in-one product that makes it easy to get a full VR production up and running without the need to hassle with multiple products and programs. In Live Planet’s own words:

VR video has yet to take off as a medium because no one has focused on solving the full range of production and distribution challenges. As a result, it has been very difficult to easily, quickly,

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Samsung launches 1/3.4″ 20MP sensor for use in smartphone front cameras and tele modules


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Smartphone camera technology is moving faster than ever and in recent times we have seen two new developments on a variety of mid-range and high-end devices. More and more rear cameras come with secondary modules with longer focal lengths, usually a 2 or 3x zoom factor when compared to the primary shooter. At the front the latest trend are “hole punch” cameras that are pretty much hidden underneath the display and only peek through a tiny hole.

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Meike releases 50mm F1.7 full-frame budget lens for Canon EOS-R, Nikon Z cameras


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Hong Kong-based company Meike has launched its 50mm F1.7 lens for the Canon EOS-R and Nikon Z6 / Z7 full-frame cameras. This manual focus full-frame lens features 6 elements in 5 groups, 0.5m / 1.6ft minimum focusing distance, a nanotechnology multi-layer coating, and 310 gram / 11oz weight.

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Review: Nikon Z 50mm F1.8 S


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Nikon Z 50mm F1.8 S
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One of three lenses launched alongside the Nikon Z6 and Z7, on the face of it the Z 50mm F1.8 S might appear the most pedestrian of the group. It’s hard to get too excited about a medium-fast 50mm these days, but in its promotional literature Nikon claimed that its latest standard prime is anything but a standard standard. In fact, the company claimed that the Z 50mm S would offer superb resolving power, low aberrations and excellent wide-aperture performance, impressive enough to

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Panoram app will split your panoramas up for easy posting to Instagram Stories


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There are countless apps capable of splitting up a panorama photo so it can be put side by side into an Instagram post, but Panoram appears to be one of the first apps to offer this sort of capability for Instagram/Facebook Stories (or Snapchat).

Panoram is currently an iOS only app for the time being. As its name suggests, Panoram will take a panoramic photo and split it into three separate frames that can then be uploaded to Instagram, Facebook or Snapchat so they can be viewed as a single image when viewers tap through their feeds. Cropping the photo

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News links on Google may lose thumbnail photos under EU Copyright Directive


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Google has given the public a preview of what Internet news results may look like if EU Copyright Directive Article 11 passes. Under this directive, news aggregators like Google and Bing would be required to pay non-waivable licensing fees in order to display image thumbnails and small text snippets from news articles.

The European Parliament backed the controversial copyright directive in September 2018 following the rejection of an earlier version in July 2018. Under the directive, the EU seeks to make certain companies liable for infringement of copyrighted content uploaded onto their online platforms (Article 13), and to require news

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Feature: Diving with Ilford HP5 and a Nikonos 5 at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory


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Diving deep with a Ilford HP5 and a Nikonos 5 at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory

Above: A diver holds out the subject to observe discrepancies in buoyancy | Photo by Moe Lauchert

Moe Lauchert is a professional commercial photographer whose growing client list includes the likes of Nikon, Henry Repeating Arms and Backcountry.com. Now a full-time photographer, Lauchert’s previous work experience includes being a dive instructor in the Cayman Islands and Diver at NASA’s Neutral Buoyancy Laboratory (NBL) in Houston, Texas.

It was there at NASA’s NBL that he decided to embark upon a project that he had been

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DPReview TV: Sony a6400 review


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This week, Sony introduced its newest APS-C camera, the a6400. Of course, Chris and Jordan were on hand to take it for a spin and test out all the new features. Watch to find out what they think of Sony’s newest model.

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DPReview TV: Sony a6400 first impressions review


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This week, Sony introduced its newest APS-C camera, the a6400. Of course, Chris and Jordan were on hand to take it for a spin and test out all the new features. Watch to find out what they think of Sony’s newest model.

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Should I buy the Sony a6400? Here’s how it compares


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Introduction

The Sony a6400 is the company’s latest midrange mirrorless camera. Its body, 24MP sensor and many of its specs are familiar from the existing model, the a6300.

And, because it’s a new model, the a6400 is, initially at least, more expensive relative to the lineup it fits into. So is it better to buy an older model at a discount price, rather than forking-out more to have the most up-to-date features?

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Video: ‘The Terrible History of Photographs’ as told by puppets


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There are plenty of videos on YouTube that dive into the history of photography. But few will make you laugh like this one will.

This tongue-in-cheek video, created by YouTube channel Glove and Boots, shares The Terrible History of Photographs using puppets, a la Sesame Street.

The video comes in just under five minutes and in that time both Glove and Boots (as well as their gorilla friend) explain a very basic, cynical look at how photography got to where it is today and the terrible, no good, awful technology that camera before smartphones.

Sample gallery: Sony a9 with beta firmware 5.0


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This week Sony announced new firmware updates coming soon for the a9. Firmware version 5.0 officially arrives in March and adds some powerful autofocus improvements to the camera’s already impressive AF toolkit. Quite simply, it makes the a9 an industry leader in AF tracking ability. There’s much more analysis to come, but for now here’s a selection of the images captured with a beta version of the new firmware, and exclusively using the new Real-Time Tracking autofocus mode.

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