RED and Lucid Unveil 8K 3D Camera for 4V Holographic Photos

The camera companies RED and Lucid have unveiled a new 8K 3D/4V camera that’s designed to work with the RED Hydrogen One modular holographic phone. RED is building the high-resolution hardware for the camera while Lucid is providing the 3D Fusion Technology software that it’ll use. The new camera will be the “first dual camera to give users full 8K video and picture capabilities converting to 4V in real-time while allowing them to shoot like professionals with dynamically adjustable lens distances for the best 3D focus and zoom,” Lucid says. Attaching a RED Hydrogen One phone to the camera will
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Sony a9 Wins ‘Camera of the Year’ in Japan

The Sony a9 has been named “Camera of the Year” by in the prestigious Camera Grand Prix 2018 held by the Camera Journal Press Club (CJPC), a 55-year-old coalition of 10 of the most influential photography and camera publications in Japan. The award honors the best camera products introduced into the market over the previous fiscal year (for the 2018 prize it covers from April 1st, 2017 to March 31, 2018). 53 people involved in the industry (e.g. editors, experts, reporters, photographers) were involved in this year’s selections.

Sony Wins the Top Prize

The Sony a9 was selected as
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Canon is Now in the Sensor Business: 120MP Monster Unleashed

Canon is now officially in the business of selling sensors. Third-party companies can now purchase three of Canon’s state-of-the-art sensors, including the 120-megapixel monster that has received a significant amount of attention in recent years. New Camera reports that the three sensors are available through the Canon authorized distributor Phase 1 Technology Corp of New York, not to be confused with Phase One the Danish camera company. The three sensors are Canon’s 120MP ultra-high-resolution CMOS, 5MP global shutter CMOS, and ultra-low-light Full HD CMOS. “Canon industrial sensors redefine high-performance with state-of-the-art technology, backed by decades of ongoing development and improvement,”
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The 5 Best Nikon Full Frame Lenses: Kai Wong’s Picks

Here’s a 16-minute video in which Kai Wong shares his latest list of the 5 best full frame lenses worth investing in if you’re a Nikon DSLR shooter. Here’s the list of Wong’s picks (watch the video to hear his intro and explanation for each choice): #1. Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 FL — $4,000 #2. Nikon 58mm f/1.4 — $1,600 #3. Nikon 85mm f/1.4G — $1,600 #4. Nikon 105mm f/1.4 E — $2,200 #5. Nikon 180-400mm f/4 E TC — $12,400 As a set, this group of 5 lenses would cost you a grand total of about
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The Original Canon EOS M Can Shoot 2.5K Raw Video with Magic Lantern

Canon’s original EOS M flopped as the company’s first contender in the emerging mirrorless camera market, but now third-party hackers are working to unlock more of its potential. And they’re making progress: using Magic Lantern, the EOS M is able to shoot 2.5K raw video. Canon Watch reports that camera hackers have been testing the “highly experimental” sd_uhs module in Magic Lantern, which overclocks a camera’s SD memory card interface to allow for higher write speeds. For the EOS M, the overclocking allows 70 MB/s of data to be written to a card instead of 40 MB/s. The result
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Fujifilm Pulls X-T2 Firmware v4.0 After Discovering ‘Malfunctions’

Fujifilm has taken down its highly anticipated v4.0 firmware update for the X-T2, stating that “malfunctions” have been discovered. The new firmware launched about a week ago and brought internal F-log, HD 120fps, and focus bracketing to the X-T2, among other things. In a notice posted to its website, Fujifilm apologized for the issues and promised a fix. “It has been brought to our attention that there are a few issues with the recently released X-T2 ver 4.00 firmware update,” Fujifilm writes. “We have therefore taken the difficult decision to remove the update from the website until
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Shooting Portraits of Sonoma County Wildfire Victims

About six months ago, I created a portrait series titled Ashes Fell Like Snow, photographing people affected by the Northern California wildfires and gathering their stories to share with the world. Creating this collection of portraits required much effort in a short span of time. The evening of October 8th, 2017, a blaze started in the city of Calistoga in Napa, CA. It headed towards the city of Santa Rosa, fanned by strong Diablo winds. By the time the last of the flames were extinguished, the Tubbs fire, as it came to be known, burned down over 5600 structures,
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Photographer Cuts His Own Wet Plates on a 75-Year-Old Machine

Photographer Markus Hofstaetter often gets asked about how he acquires the plates he uses for wet plate collodion photography. To answer that question, Hofstaetter made this 7-minute video showing how he has them custom cut on a 75-year-old machine. The sheet metal sheer machine he uses was manufactured in 1942 and is owned by an old family business that makes and repairs electrical transformers. After unboxing his aluminum sheets, Hofstaetter and photographer Christian Rusa carefully measure out the cuts and resulting plates to ensure that there isn’t too much wasted material in the end. After 1.5 hours of work,
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Canon to Unveil Two New 70-200mm Lenses Next Month: Report

It looks like upgrades are coming to Canon’s 70-200mm lens lineup. A new report states that Canon will be announcing not one, but two new 70-200mm lenses next month. Canon Rumors is hearing that the official unveiling will be in early June and that one of the lenses is 100% going to be a new 70-200mm f/4L IS II. The lens will be a followup to the original 70-200mm f/4L IS that was released in November 2006 (so it’s had a nice 12-year run).
The current 70-200mm f/4L IS
The second lens is “95%” going to be a top-of-the-line 70-200mm
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How I Built a Star Tracker for DSLRs

My name is Gerald Gattringer, and I’m a photographer based in Austria. I recently built myself a custom star tracker for DSLRs, and it works pretty well! In this article, I’ll share how I did it. The photo above is the finished product. You are looking at an Arduino-powered self-made device that tracks the stars as they move across the sky. This is necessary because otherwise you can only expose for a limited amount of time and still have spot stars (in my case around 20 seconds). The concept I used is called a “barn door tracker”. I am
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Fujifilm SQ6: The First Analog Square-Format Instax Camera

Fujifilm has just announced the new Instax Square SQ6, the world’s first analog square-format Instax camera. Fujifilm announced the square-format SQ10 camera in 2017, but that’s a hybrid camera that can create both digital images as well as square-format instant photos. The new SQ6 does away with the digital side of things and is purely for shooting analog square-format Instax film. The SQ6 features a flash system that automatically calculates ambient brightness to adjust shutter speed (from 1.6s to 1/400s) for properly exposing both the subject and the background, even in dim settings. Orange, purple, and green color
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Google Clips is Now Better at Quietly Capturing Hugs and Kisses

Google Clips is now better at spotting people hugging and kissing in your life and then snapping stealthy photos of the moments. Google says it’s one of the upgrades rolling out to the lifelogging camera this month. Announced in October 2017 and launched 2 months ago, the Google Clips is a tiny hands-free camera that uses motion detection and AI to recognize moments in your life to shoot and save for your memories. But even though Clips was trained in photography by professionals, apparently the device wasn’t very good at capturing “little moments and emotions that you can’t stage
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Yongnuo Unveils the 50mm f/1.8 II Lens with ‘Super Bokeh’

Yongnuo’s original 50mm f/1.8 lens was announced in 2014 and received quite a bit of attention for being a clone of the Canon “Nifty Fifty” 50mm f/1.8 II. Now the Yongnuo lens is getting its own Mark II followup: the Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 II. The new autofocus lens features an f/1.8 aperture that produces what the company calls a “Super Bokeh Effect.” It has a 7-bladed aperture “which helps to take pictures of circular defocused spots or helps to stop down and take pictures of 14-star effect,” the company says. The China-based Yongnuo says that
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This Guy Shot Formula 1 with a Game Boy Camera and Phone Lens

Photographer and Formula 1 fan Tim Binnion recently attended the 2018 Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai. In addition to shooting the race with his Nikon DSLR, Binnion also decided to document it with a 0.016-megapixel Game Boy Camera from 1998… and the results are pretty awesome. “To my knowledge, no one has ever shot motorsports with a Game Boy Camera before, and there’s probably a good reason for that!” Binnion writes. He was inspired by the work of photographer Joshua Paul, who shoots F1 with a 1913 Graflex 4×5 view camera, and Alexander Pietrow, who shot the
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Panasonic Lumix TS7: The First Rugged Compact Camera with a Built-In EVF

Panasonic has announced the new Lumix TS7 (called the FT7 in other parts of the world), a rugged compact camera that’s designed to withstand anything you can in the great outdoors. DPReview reports that the camera is the first rugged compact to offer a built-in electronic viewfinder (EVF) to give photographers an alternative means of framing shots — a particularly useful one when direct sunlight can make using an LCD screen difficult. Toughness-wise, the airtight TS7 is waterproof down to 102 feet (~31m), dustproof, shockproof from drops of up to 6.6 feet (~2m), freezeproof down to 14°F (-10°C), and
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This Man Collects Mid-Century Modern Cameras

David Silver is a San Francisco-based camera collector who began collecting vintage cameras as a young man, eventually amassing over 2,300 of them. He has since developed a focus and whittled his collection down to a little over 200 of them. Here’s a 5-minute video by Gizmodo that profiles Silver. Silver says his father got him into camera collecting when he handed Silver his grandfather’s old 100-year-old Kodak 3A folding pocket camera. He then began collecting cameras from the late 19th century and early-to-mid 20th century, as they were the models that made photography available to the masses. After years
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Yongnuo YN43 Turns Your Phone Into a M4/3 Mirrorless Camera

Yongnuo is getting fancy. The Chinese manufacturer best known for making clone lenses and other camera accessories has quietly revealed a new smartphone add-on called the YN43 that turns your smartphone into a Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera. First reported by Photo Rumors, the official product photos for the YN43 show the Micro Four Thirds sensor within and a Canon EF mount. The YN43 is compatible with both EF and EF-S lenses. The rear side of the device features an expanding clip that snugly holes smartphones of different sizes and padding to keep the phone in place without scratching
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Yongnuo Unveils 60mm f/2 Macro Lens

Yongnuo is continuing to expand its 3rd-party lens offerings. Just months after announcing a 14mm f/2.8 ultra-wide-angle autofocus lens, the company is now announcing its first macro lens, the YN 60mm f/2 MF. The manual focus lens has a minimum focus distance of 0.234m (~9.2 inches) and a magnification ratio of 1:1. Yongnuo says the lens can achieve good image quality at both its nearest focus distance as well as infinity, making the lens suitable for macro photos, portraits, and more. Firmware updates for the lens can be made directly in-camera (with compatible cameras) instead of
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DJI Unveils Version 2 of the Phantom 4 Pro: OcuSync and Quieter Flight

DJI has announced the second version of its Phantom 4 Pro, which brings a number of new features and improvements to the popular camera drone that was first announced in November 2016.

DJI OcuSync Transmission

While the original Phantom 4 Pro uses DJI’s Lightbridge video transmission system, the Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 features the latest OcuSync HD transmission for high-resolution and low-latency digital video transmission. It connects to DJI Goggles RE wirelessly and supports automatic dual-frequency band switching. Owners can use their Goggles for an immersive first-person view flying experience.

Quieter Flight

The new P4P flies quieter than its
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