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


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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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How to capture long exposure photographs without the use of a filter


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For photographers interested in long exposure photography, neutral density filters are a very useful accessory. However, as photographer Attilio Ruffo shows in his latest video, they are not always necessary. Photography is an expensive hobby as it is, so it makes sense to not buy new accessories and equipment unless you are sure they'll benefit your photography. You can try your hand at long exposure photography without buying a bunch of new gear.

By taking control of the ISO and aperture settings of your camera and lens, you…

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Fuji X-T30 Sample Images: Real-world photos, plus First Shots in case you missed it


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Gallery ImagesFirst Shots

Sporting a lot of the same tech as the higher-end, and award-winning X-T3, the brand-new Fujifilm X-T30 is compact, affordable and quite a feature-packed little camera. Just a day after its unveiling, we've managed to get our hands on the little guy and not only provide our standard series of lab sample images, but also take it out into the field for an initial round real-world gallery images.

With a 26MP APS-C sensor and all-new image processor,…

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A lightweight camera with heavyweight features: Fuji announces X-T30 mirrorless camera


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Like the Fuji X-T10 and X-T20 before it, the newly-announced Fujifilm X-T30 camera blends high-end performance with a compact and lightweight form factor. The X-T30 shares many features and specifications from the highly-acclaimed Fujifilm X-T3 (our 2018 Camera of the Year), including the imaging pipeline. Featuring a 26.1-megapixel backside-illuminated CMOS sensor and quad-core CPU X-Processor 4, the X-T30 offers numerous upgrades over the X-T20.

While at first glance the X-T30…

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Fujifilm introduces compact, lightweight and affordable XF 16mm f/2.8 R WR lens


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Joining the existing suite of compact and affordable prime XF 23mm f/2 R WR, XF 36mm f/2 R WR and XF 50mm f/2 R WR lenses, Fuji has just announced a new wide-angle prime, the Fujinon XF 16mm f/2.8 R WR. The light and compact lens is made using metal components and includes weather sealing in nine different locations.

The lens weighs 5.46 ounces (155 grams) and is just under 1.8 inches (45.4 millimeters) long, and sports a 49mm filter thread. The optical formula includes 10 elements in 8 groups, including a pair of aspherical…

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Juicy technical tidbits on the Canon EOS RP – IR Interview/Q&A


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We had a chance to sit down with some high-level Canon engineering execs at the recent launch event for the EOS RP, to answer our usual round of technical questions about the product. I was particularly interested to see this model, after having learned that an entry-level EOS-R would be the next model to be introduced, during my exclusive interview with Canon's top camera planning executive, Mizoguchi-san, published earlier this year.

I personally found the RP very enjoyable to shoot with, but check our Canon EOS RP review

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Full-frame for everyone? Canon EOS RP debuts entry-level full-frame mirrorless with impressive low price


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Click here to read our Canon EOS RP Hands-On Preview

While a lot of folks get caught in the hype for the latest high-end flagship camera, most of those types of camera are big, feature-packed and complex to operate, not to mention often extremely expensive for the majority of photographers out there. Canon's latest mirrorless offering, the full-frame EOS RP, is a rather impressive little camera, with an equally impressive price tag for a full-frame camera. In fact, at this point, the Canon EOS RP is the most affordable all-new…

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Nikon Z-mount options grow with debut of high-end 24-70mm f/2.8 zoom, new ARNEO lens coating


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Good news, Nikon Z-mount shooters: The native lens options for your Z6 or Z7 camera just grew with the announcement of another optic which will be shipping this spring. The Nikkor Z 24-70mm f/2.8 S has been on the roadmap since the Z-series cameras first launched in 2018, but it's only now that we're getting to know its full specifications, and it looks to be a pretty interesting optic.

In an envelope that falls somewhere in between the size and weight of the existing Z-mount 24-70mm f/4 lens and a similar f/2.8 optic aimed at a…

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Canon shows commitment to RF mount, announces 6 more lenses coming in 2019


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Canon is continuing to place the emphasis of their brand into their optics over all else with the announcement of six additional RF series lenses to come in 2019. All the lenses under development and in the 2019 timetable for release are built around Canon's new mirrorless RF mount, which features a large 54mm diameter and shorter flange back distance than on their DSLR cameras. This upcoming group of lenses will fill usage needs from entry-level through professional photographers and…

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How to Photography Everything: Posing techniques with Tamara Lackey


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We share a lot of videos about portrait techniques, particularly with respect to lighting portraits. However, light is only piece of the puzzle. One of the more challenging aspects of portrait photography is actually how to pose your subject. In the latest episode of How to Photography Everything, photographer and educator Tamara Lackey breaks down a variety of posing techniques.

When trying to make a good image, there are many small details to consider. It can feel like a lot to keep track of while shooting, but with practice,…

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OnSet with Daniel Norton: How to bounce your light for the best portrait results


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You can dramatically change the look of your portrait by simply changing the distance and angle of bounced light. Much like it's important to learn how to set up your light (or lights) for portrait photography, it is perhaps equally important to understand how to bounce your existing lights.

In the video below, photographer Daniel Norton shows how to bounce light in the latest episode of his weekly video series for Adorama, OnSet. One reason you may want to bounce light is to mimic the look of a larger light when you don't have…

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Olympus announces its highest zoom ratio lens, the M.Zuiko 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 super telephoto zoom


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One of the biggest advantages of a Micro Four Thirds camera system is that manufacturers can create lenses which offer extensive zooming capabilities while remaining compact. Olympus' newest super telephoto zoom lens, the M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3, is a perfect example of this. Offering a 35mm equivalent focal length range of 24-400mm, which is a 16.6x zoom ratio, the 12-200mm f/3.5-6.3 lens weighs just over a pound (455 grams) and is only 3.9 inches long (99.7 millimeters). In typical Olympus fashion, the compact form…

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The top 3 post-processing mistakes for beginner photographers to avoid


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Photographer Ming Cai has learned a lot over the years, including coming to recognize various post-processing mistakes he made when he was first starting out. Every photographer was at one point a beginner and for every beginner, there will be some form of a learning curve, both for capturing images and for editing them. In the video below, Cai shares three beginner post-processing mistakes you should avoid.

The first mistake is not calibrating your monitor. It can be tempting to think that your computer's display is good to go…

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Adobe’s new AI-powered Enhance Details feature promises up to 30% more resolution for raw images


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Adobe has announced an update to the entire Adobe photography ecosystem, including Adobe Camera Raw, Lightroom Classic CC and Lightroom CC. The primary focus of the update is the new Sensei-powered Enhance Details feature, which utilizes a brand-new approach to demosaicing raw images. Demosaicing is an important part of the raw conversion process because it works at the pixel level to convert the data captured by the image sensor into something resembling the photo we expect to see.

The new Enhance Details algorithm, powered by…

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Let’s all take a close look at the focusing capability of the Sony A6400


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Sony a6400 Field Test 1Overview

Several weeks ago, Sony hosted a media event for their new A6400 digital camera and firmware updates to the A9. There was quite a lot to unpack about the two cameras, and we did our best to explain the overarching technology in a piece published last week. This week, we want to take a deep dive specifically about the implementation of that technology in the A6400. Obviously it's taken us a while to process the experiences we had with it, but we hope that in that time we were able to provide the…

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Datacolor releases SpyderX, the company’s fastest and most accurate monitor calibration tool


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One of the most important steps any digital photographer can take to improving their work and ensuring a consistent high-quality workflow is purchasing color calibration hardware and software. There are a few options out there and one of the most popular ones have been the Datacolor Spyder series of calibration solutions. Whereas the Spyder4 and Spyder5 were quite similar to one another, the brand-new SpyderX is a vastly-different product, offering numerous upgrades.

One of the biggest new features of the SpyderX is its speed….

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Datacolor releases SpyderX, the company’s fastest and most accurate monitor calibration tool


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One of the most important steps any digital photographer can take to improving their work and ensuring a consistent high-quality workflow is purchasing color calibration hardware and software. There are a few options out there and one of the most popular ones have been the Datacolor Spyder series of calibration solutions. Whereas the Spyder4 and Spyder5 were quite similar to one another, the brand-new SpyderX is a vastly-different product, offering numerous upgrades.

One of the biggest new features of the SpyderX is its speed….

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Glowing brushes: Blake Rudis of f64 Academy creates Orton Effect brush for ACR & Lightroom


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One of the most powerful ways to adjust the mood of an image, a landscape photo in particular, is through the use of the Orton Effect. This technique was developed in the 1980s by Michael Orton and it essentially creates a dreamlike glow to your image. You can read more about the effect and how it has been traditionally used in digital photography by clicking here. Through the use of a new technique from Blake Rudis of f64 Academy, you can now utilize the effect as a brush in Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Lightroom.

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Adding depth to your images in Photoshop through the use of dodge and burn


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There are many ways to change the lightness and darkness values in an image during photo editing. You can adjust global sliders like exposure, brightness, contrast, whites, blacks, shadows, highlights and more. These are straightforward and simple to use, but when applied to an entire image, they don't offer a lot of flexibility. If you want to add carefully-selected brightening and darkening to your image, you can use dodging and burning techniques in Photoshop. By selectively lightening and darkening specific areas of your image,…

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