Oprema’s New Biotar 58mm f/2.0 Lens Has a Record 17-Blade Aperture

Having recently succeeded in crowdfunding the revival of the Biotar 75mm lens, Oprema is at it again and is looking to bring back the “legendary” Biotar 58mm f/2.0… with an aperture containing a record 17 blades. Having only just got started with their crowdfunding efforts, the project has already surpassed the goal of $50,000. If it successfully funds and launches, the lens will be the only lens in the entire world with a 17-blade aperture. “We absolutely wanted to maintain the optical features of the lens. We wanted to keep its subtleness, its wonderful ability to catch lights
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Review: The Profoto A1 is a Simple and Naturally Beautiful Flash

We all know and love the legendary lighting manufacturer that is Profoto. For decades, they have produced and supported the most durable, powerful, and consistent lighting equipment for professional photographers around the world. In recent years, they have pushed the lighting industry forward with the introduction of the B1 and B2 and their OCF system. These new lights have changed the way photographers work by allowing for unheard of flexibility and mobility. Ever the innovator, Profoto just gave us something we’ve always wanted, but never thought to ask for. Profoto just announced the A1, an on-camera flash, with full
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Profoto A1: Profoto’s First On-Camera Flash, World’s Smallest Studio Light

Profoto has just announced the A1, the lighting brand’s first-ever on-camera flash. It’s also what the company calls “the world’s smallest studio light.” “Our focus with the A1 was to create a flash that delivers a truly high quality of light, which is why it features a round head which delivers light that’s both natural and beautiful with a pleasing soft-smooth fall-off, that blends seamlessly with the ambient light,” Profoto says. The A1 features both a flash and an LED modeling light. The flash can be fired at full power 350 times on one Li-ion battery charge, which
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Lensbaby Unveils New Composer Pro II 80mm and Bokeh Optic Lenses

Lensbaby has today released two new products: an 80mm lens known as the Composer Pro II with Sweet 80 as well as a Creative Bokeh Optic that provide selective focusing and creative effects.

Composer Pro II with Sweet 80

With a maximum aperture of f/2.8, the lens can be closed down to f/16 at the most. It has a 46mm filter size, an internal 12-blade aperture. The system allows photographers to achieve up to 15-degrees of tilt motion and has a minimum focusing distance of 22 inches (55.88 cm). Measuring just 2.5″ x 2.5″ x 2.
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Canon’s M-i1 Mini Projector Can Beam Your Camera’s Photos Wirelessly

Canon has launched a new mini projector, the Mini Projector M-i1, that can be used to project photos and video wirelessly without needing a computer. It measures only 105mm x 105mm x 22mm and weighs just 235 grams, but it’s able to project 1080p Full HD video over up to 3 meters, producing an 84-inch screen. The minimum distance for projection is 0.5 meters, which will produce a 14-inch screen. The brightness of the screen is 701lm, and this is done using an LED light which is expected to last for around 10,000 hours of operation. The projector
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Zenit’s Full Frame Mirrorless Camera to Be a Rebranded Leica SL, Rumor Says

The iconic Russian camera brand Zenit caused a flurry of excitement back in February after it announced that it’s relaunching in 2018 with a full frame mirrorless camera that rivals Leica in luxury. But the camera may do more than rival Leica… It may actually be a Leica at its core — a rebranded Leica SL. USSRPhoto is hearing from a Zenit source working inside the company’s KMZ factory that the innards of the upcoming Zenit camera is presumably the German-made Leica SL, which is a medium format mirrorless camera. There may be outward modifications to the camera’s style by
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Nikon: If We Go Mirrorless, We Must Think Full Frame

All signs have been pointing in the direction, but Nikon has just seemingly confirmed in a new interview that its upcoming mirrorless camera will contain a full frame sensor. The Chinese website Xitek published an interview with Nikon Imaging Product R&D General Manager Tetsuro Goto, who stated that due to current trends, Nikon must go full frame if it hopes to be competitive in the mirrorless camera market. “Full frame is the trend,” Goto says in a translation by Nikon Rumors. “If Nikon will go mirrorless, it must be full frame.” But what’s exciting for Nikon photographers is the
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Tamron Announces an Ultra-Light 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 VC Lens

Tamron announced today that it’s developing a new Tamron 100-400mm f/4.5-6.3 Di VC USD lens. Weighing it at just 39.3 ounces (~1.11kg), the lens will be the lightest in its class (the ultra-telephoto zoom lens category). The lens has an “advanced optical design,” including 3 low dispersion lens elements which give “greater aberration reduction.” It uses magnesium in key areas of the barrel, which improves weight reduction, strength, and portability. It also comes with Tamron’s original eBAND Coating, which Tamron says provides superior anti-reflection performance to reduce ghosting. “The Model A035 delivers fast and precise autofocus
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The Yashica Camera Brand is Teasing a Big Comeback

Yashica may be the latest iconic photography brand to be plotting a big comeback. The Japanese camera brand has been teasing a “coming chapter” through a series of enigmatic teaser videos titled “The Silence of Story.” The 1-minute video above is a compilation of three of these teasers. The Yashica brand was born back in December 1949 in Nagano, Japan, for clock components. After pivoting to camera parts, the company launched its first camera, the twin-lens reflex (TLR) Yashimaflex medium format camera, in June 1953. Over the following decades, Yashica would grow to become a prominent manufacturer of film
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Why Every Photographer Should Own a Macro ‘Swiss Army’ Lens

The biggest misconception with macro lenses is in the name, photographer Peter McKinnon says. In this 3-minute video, he explains why a macro lens should be in every photographer’s kit bag. The thing is, macro lenses aren’t just for macro photography. They definitely excel at that use case, and McKinnon recommends that everyone shoots at least one snowflake with a macro lens, but they are useful for so much more. McKinnon uses the Canon 100mm f/2.8L IS Macro USM and the non-IS non-L version, which is significantly cheaper ($899 vs $599, respectively). While macro lenses can be a
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Why Focus by Wire Systems in Camera Lenses Suck

“Focus by wire” is a system found in many camera lenses these days. Here’s a 9-minute video by TheCameraStoreTV that takes a look at what “focus by wire” is and some reasons it isn’t that great. When you’re turning that focus ring on a mirrorless lens, you’re actually sending a signal back to the camera motor telling it how to move the elements of the lens itself. Normally, you’d expect the focus ring to move those elements directly (i.e. physically). The problem seems to be that it’s never consistent with where it focuses for a particular position on the
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GoPro HERO6 Black Camera Shows Up in Leaked Photo, Box Says 4K/60FPS

The GoPro HERO6 Black has apparently just been leaked in a photo before any official announcement, and the camera looks like it will offer 4K video recording at 60 frames per second. Photo Rumors just received this photo from a reader: If this leak is real, then it looks like the camera will be capable of 12-megapixel still photos and 4K/60p video. By comparison, the current HERO5 Black can do 4K at 30fps. “The new model will be very similar to the latest HERO 5 version,” Photo Rumors writes. “The official announcement (or release date) is rumored for September 28th.
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Polaroid Originals Launches with New OneStep 2 Camera and i-Type Film

Polaroid is back. Days after teasing a major return to its instant photography roots, Polaroid has just launched Polaroid Originals, a brand new brand dedicated to analog instant photos. Along with the new brand comes a new OneStep 2 camera and the debut of a new film type called i-Type. This surprising launch comes on the 80th anniversary of the legendary Polaroid brand, which was originally founded by Edwin Land back in 1937. After popularizing instant photography and peaking in the early 1990s, Polaroid went bankrupt in 2001 and ended instant film production in 2008. The instant film
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Polaroid Originals Launches with New OneStep 2 Camera and i-Type Film

Polaroid is back. Days after teasing a major return to its instant photography roots, Polaroid has just launched Polaroid Originals, a brand new brand dedicated to analog instant photos. Along with the new brand comes a new OneStep 2 camera and the debut of a new film type called i-Type. This surprising launch comes on the 80th anniversary of the legendary Polaroid brand, which was originally founded by Edwin Land back in 1937. After popularizing instant photography and peaking in the early 1990s, Polaroid went bankrupt in 2001 and ended instant film production in 2008. The instant film
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Godox’s New Xpro Flash Commander Has a Big Screen and New TCM Feature

Chinese lighting manufacturer Godox has unveiled a new flash commander unit called the Xpro. The commander is able to control flashes in TTL mode as well as manual power and high-speed sync modes. All of the flashes and lamps that Godox makes in its X1 2.4 GHz system can be controlled and triggered. The commander is able to handle several X1/R2 receiver flashes in up to 16 different groups, has a full graphic display of 5 groups simultaneously, and enables manual flash from 1/1 to 1/256 power. There is also high-speed sync for up to 1/8000th of a second, with
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The HP Z8 PC Can Be Upgraded to an Insane 3TB RAM and 48TB Storage

Need the ultimate workstation for your photo and video editing? HP just launched a new lineup of desktop workstations for you. The latest Z Workstations can be upgraded with mind-boggling hardware specs. The top-of-the-line model is the Z8, followed by the Z6 and Z4. These monstrous desktop computers run Windows 10 Pro 64-bit and are geared towards creatives, visual effects artists, and anyone who needs an enormous amount of computing power at their fingertips. The Z8, which HP touts as “the world’s most powerful workstation”, contains 24 RAM slots that allow you to insert up to 3 terabytes of memory
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How the Nikon D850’s Dynamic Range Stacks Up Against Rival Cameras

The new Nikon D850 is a beast of a camera by pretty much all accounts, but how does it stack up against other rival cameras and the D810 it replaces? In this image quality comparison by Tony Northrup, see whether the new camera is really a full-stop improvement over the D810 as Nikon claims. Northrup compares the D850 with the Nikon D810, Canon 5DS R, Sony a7R II, and the Olympus E-M1 Mark II. He runs through the dynamic range at base ISO and the noise profiles from base up to 25,600 ISO. While the D850
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The Return of Kodak Ektachrome Film is Nigh

Want to shoot Kodak’s extinct Ektachrome film again? You’ll be able to very, very soon. Kodak is saying that a limited supply of the resurrected film is coming by the end of the year, and a full relaunch is scheduled for 2018. Kodak Alaris announced at CES back in January that it was planning to bring the classic Ektachrome film stock back from the dead, saying that 35mm Ektachrome would hit store shelves in the 4th quarter of 2017. After months of silence, it appears that these plans are still on track. In response to a Facebook page inquiry
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Phase One’s IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Back Sees Color Like the Human Eye

Phase One today unveiled the IQ3 100MP Trichromatic Digital Back. It is based on a new CMOS sensor that perceives color close to what the human eye sees. The new sensor was created in a collaboration between Sony and Phase One. Phase One already has a 100 megapixel back, but the new IQ3 100MP Trichromatic digital back uses a new Bayer filter color technology that produces more accurate colors.
Most of the other features like sensor size (53.4 x 40.1), active pixels (11,608 x 8,708), dynamic range (15 f-stops), pixel size in microns (4.6 x 4.6 microns) and 3.2-inch rear
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Apple Unveils the iPhone 8, 8 Plus, and X with Next-Gen Photo Features

Apple has just officially announced the iPhone 8, iPhone 8 Plus, and iPhone X, a new generation of iPhones that boast, among other features, upgraded cameras for improving the photos captured by the masses. There’s also a brand new Portrait Lighting technology.

iPhone 8 and 8 Plus

The new glass-backed iPhone 8 and 8 Plus feature new 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch Retina HD displays, respectively. Inside the phones is a new A11 Bionic six-core CPU that’s not only powerful for the phone’s general speed and functions but also beneficial for photography as well. It allows for faster
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