Leica’s Owner Dreams of a ‘True Leica Phone’

Leica’s latest partnership with Huawei has put Leica camera technology into the Chinese manufacturer’s phones. But it seems that isn’t enough for Leica, whose Chairman is teasing that an actual Leica phone might be somewhere on the horizon. During an interview with CNBC, Andreas Kaufmann (the owner and chairman of Leica) said that it was a “personal dream” of his to reinvent the smartphone camera. “Every smartphone is wrong for photography at the moment… the phone nowadays is not fit really for photography… it’s used as a camera, it’s used as a video camera, but it’s not built that
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This Underwater 8×10 Camera Can Be Yours for Just $5,800

Have you always wanted to try your hand at 8×10 large format film photography… underwater? If you have $5,800 to spend, now’s your chance to jump in. An underwater 8×10 camera has just popped up on eBay that purports to be the “first successful underwater 8×10 ever made.” The seller, based in Florida, writes that the camera is crafted from aircraft aluminum that was welded without warping metal. Everything was designed around a Schneider Super-Symmar 150mm f/5.6 XL Aspheric MC lens with a Copal No. 1 shutter and No. 2 close-up lens by Century Optics. On the side
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Guy Finds 1929 Camera at Thrift Store and Develops the Film

Photographer Martijn van Oers of the Netherlands recently visited a thrift store and came across an original Zeiss Ikon 520/2 folding camera, which was produced in Germany between 1929 and 1937. To his surprise, the camera contained a roll of exposed film in it. The camera looked “barely used,” Van Oers says.
The Zeiss Ikon 520/2
On the film canister was the word “EXPOSÉ.” After doing some research, Van Oers concluded that the film was probably produced sometime between 1940s and 1970s. Van Oers took the film to his friend Johan Holleman — someone who has developed his own
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‘Action Camera Finder’ Helps You Find the Perfect One for Your Needs

Action Camera Finder is a new website that allows you to sort through the different action cameras on the market and find the perfect one for your requirements. There are so many available nowadays that it’s not just a case of looking at GoPro. There are models from loads of different camera brands, and it can get a little overwhelming when making a purchasing decision. “I am working on an underwater project and my GoPro 3+ Silver just doesn’t cut the mustard,” writes the creator of the website. “I was struggling to find out exactly [which] cameras would do what I needed on
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Bald Eagle Steals GoPro and Takes it for a Joy Ride

Environmental researcher Matt Beedle was using a GoPro camera to capture some shots of bald eagles a couple of years ago and ended up with some unexpected and viral footage: while the camera was rolling, an eagle decided to snatch it up and take it up for some aerial shots. Beedle was shooting footage in Juneau, Alaska, in May 2015. After setting some salmon on a log in the wetlands near his home, he set up his GoPro HERO4 Silver on a nearby stump and waited for eagles to arrive. One eagle did show up in the frame to eat
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Nikon Has a New Mirrorless Camera Up Its Sleeve, President Says

Nikon is working on a new mirrorless camera geared toward the smartphone generation yet superior to rival companies’ cameras in quality. That’s what the company’s president appears to have confirmed in a new interview published in Japan. Nikon Rumors reports that the quote was given by Nikon President Kazuo Ushida in an interview with the Japanese newspaper Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun last week. Here’s a rough translation of what Ushida said, courtesy of Google Translate:
Structural reform does not exclude all possibilities.In terms of product, you should also compete with medium and high-end SLR single lens reflexes. While targeting
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Leica Unveils the TL2: 24MP and One Giant Touchscreen

Leica today unveiled the TL2, a followup to the original TL mirrorless camera. The L-mount TL2 features new features, specs, and physical design elements. One of the first things Leica will tell you about the TL2 is how special its physical construction is. Reminiscent of Apple products, the TL2’s camera body is machined from a single block of aluminum, giving it a special look, feel, and solidity, Leica says. At the core of the TL2 is a new 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and a Maestro II image processor. ISO goes up to 50,000 now, up from 12500 in the
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Guy Surprised with DSLR He Dropped Into a Waterfall in Iceland

Photographer Ryan Wright has a new heartwarming story of how he was reunited with his DSLR camera after he lost it in Iceland by dropping it into a waterfall. Wright and his girlfriend, Laurel Anne, were traveling with a group in Iceland earlier this year when they visited the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall, one of Iceland’s iconic natural landmarks.
Photo of the Kirkjufellsfoss waterfall by Ryan Wright.
While there, Wright set up his camera on a tripod to shoot some landscape photos right next to the falls. As he stood there, his friend Kate shouted for him to turn and smile for
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Nikon D820 Less Than a Month Away, Report Says

If you’ve been out on buying a Nikon DSLR because you’re waiting for the followup to the D810, your wait may soon be over. The latest word in the rumor mill is that the camera will be officially announced at the end of July. Nikon Rumors is hearing from “several different sources” that the Nikon D810 successor will be announced at the end of July 2017 and will start shipping out to photographers in September. “I still do not have an exact announcement date which means that a potential delay for August is still a possibility,” the site writes.
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Canon EOS 6D MKII webinar, June 29, 2017

Later today, you can attend a free Canon EOS 6D MKII webinar at 7:00 pm US Eastern Daylight Time. The presenters will include Allan Weitz (Moderator), Mel DiGiacomo (The Wise Master), Drew MacCallum (The Tech Guy) and Liza Gershman (Photographer – Canon Educator). Here is the link for more info, to attend or to add it to your calendar.

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Canon Unveils the Rebel SL2, A Small and Light DSLR for Beginners

In addition to the 6D Mark II, Canon has just also announced the new Rebel SL2 (AKA the 200D). The camera replaces the SL1, which was the world’s smallest and lightest DSLR when it was announced back in March 2013.
“The EOS Rebel SL2 is a small, light, and compact camera with high-performance capability that allows users to get creative when capturing their special family moments or travel experiences,” Canon says. While the 6D Mark II is designed for “advanced amateur” photographers looking to step up a level from crop sensor DSLRs, the SL2 is meant for entry-level
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ShutterCount is Back for Canon DSLRs

Canon cameras are notoriously difficult to get accurate shutter actuation values from. A couple of years ago, the popular application ShutterCount was able to do this, but an internal change made by Canon HQ rendered it useless on newer cameras. But fear not, ShutterCount 3.0 has arrived with a fix. When the Canon 5DS R was released, Canon changed something in the cameras that stopped ShutterCount from being able to read the number of actuations successfully. In response, ShutterCount developer Laszlo Pusztai purchased three Canon 1200D DSLRs and spent two years on revealing the accurate shutter count again. After
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Summer Special Price for Blackmagic Video Assist and Video Assist 4K

A new summer special has been announced by Blackmagic Design for the Video Assist and Video Assist 4K. That means anyone looking to pick up the monitor/recorders can save $100 on the Video Assist, and $300 on the Video Assist 4K. Yes, that’s right the Video Assist can now be purchased for only $395 and Blackmagic Video Assist 4K can be purchased for $595. Now, this is only for a limited time. Pick up the Video Assists now if you want them. Blackmagic Here is how Blackmagic describes the Video Assist: “The Blackmagic Video Assist family of products gives shooters better
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Uh Oh: The Sony a9 May Have Banding Issues

Photographer Jared Polin has discovered something very strange in his “real world use” of the Sony a9: some of his photos have come out with some weird banding patterns over certain parts of the image. Roughly 2% of the images he shot (so 50 out of 1905) had this strange banding across certain areas of the image, which are emphasised mostly in the white parts. 2% is a big hit rate for the banding issue to come about. If it happens on one of your best images, then that’s a real problem. “I didn’t go out looking for an
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A Weekend With RHOdium FSND Filters By Schneider Review

Science versus art; it’s the unique combination that allows cinematographers/shooters to be both creative and tech savvy. In other words, you have to know the tech to be able to make the art. Yes, I am sure there are a number of creatives who will dispute this notion but remember Picasso was a young realist drawing prodigy before breaking up realistic form into the art he is well known for today. Thankfully, we do not have to be full on scientists. Schneider-Kreuznach Optics has taken over the role of hard-core scientist for us with the development of their new RHOdium FSND
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8K When Stills & Motion Converge *Without Apologies or Qualifiers

A few weeks ago, a portrait I shot got a bit of attention from the press at the Cinegear convention that takes place every year at Paramount Studios. Here’s a link to the JPEG of the 8K image which I hope doesn’t blow up my account with DropBox here. Cinegear is an event that brings together all of the leading tech for the cinema industry – it’s a wonderful event to attend and I can’t recommend it enough. The Key here is that a STILL image garnered attention at a CINEMA event …   why, well obviously it was shot
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Sony SLT Camera Found in Crashed North Korean Spy Drone

Guess what fancy camera technology North Korea uses for its spy drone program? Sony’s A-mount SLT cameras. One of these cameras was recently found by South Korean authorities in a North Korean spy drone that was found crashed in a forest. According to Reuters, South Korean authorities said that the drone had apparently crashed while flying back to North Korea after shooting photos of an advanced U.S. anti-missile battery located in South Korea. On the drone was a Sony SLT digital camera with about 10 photos of the anti-missile system in the 64GB memory card. “The pictures don’t
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Sony SLT Camera Found in Crashed North Korean Spy Drone

Guess what fancy camera technology North Korea uses for its spy drone program? Sony’s A-mount SLT cameras. One of these cameras was recently found by South Korean authorities in a North Korean spy drone that was found crashed in a forest. According to Reuters, South Korean authorities said that the drone had apparently crashed while flying back to North Korea after shooting photos of an advanced U.S. anti-missile battery located in South Korea. On the drone was a Sony SLT digital camera with about 10 photos of the anti-missile system in the 64GB memory card. “The pictures don’t
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Paralenz: The World’s First Action Cam Made Specifically for Divers

The action camera world is dominated by GoPro, both above and below sea level, thanks to its image quality and tough housings. But now Danish startup company Paralenz looks to shake up the market with its action camera targeted specifically to scuba divers. The first thing that stands out about Paralenz is the lack of housing and filters necessary to record at depth. Usually when diving, color wavelengths are lost the deeper you go. Armed with a GoPro, you’d have to apply a red filter to the lens to retain something close to ‘true’ color. Ideally though, you’d have a
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