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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There’s a Sony a7S II on the Outside of the ISS Capturing Earth in 4K

The Sony a7S II has become the first commercial camera to be mounted on the outside of the International Space Station. Sony today released footage from the camera, which is currently whizzing around the Earth at 7.66 km/s (~4.76 miles per second). It features the Japanese islands, with footage taking both during the day and at night showing majestic snow-covered peaks and metropolitan lights.
The largely unmodified camera was taken up to the ISS on December 9th, 2016, and was later installed in its position on February 8th, 2017.
The camera enclosure with an opening for the lens.
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A $50 Camera vs. a $50,000 Camera

Ever wondered why the expensive cinema cameras cost what they do? In this featherweight vs. heavyweight comparison, Sam and Niko put a $50 Sony HDR-CX405 camcorder to the test against a RED Epic Dragon 6K cinema camera worth about $50,000. It’s no surprise: the RED wins. But this 15-minute video is interesting because it shows exactly what you’re paying for when you opt for an expensive film camera like the RED units. The differences are really obvious when comparing the resolution of the two cameras. Take a look at this wide scene of some building rooftops: Just zoom in on that
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Nikon D850 Could Be First DSLR with a Hybrid Viewfinder, Rumor Says

The first photos of the upcoming Nikon D850 leaked yesterday, and quite a few features and specs were gleaned from them. But there’s one speculation that could be huge if true: some think the D850 might soon be the first ever DSLR that has a hybrid viewfinder with OVF and EVF. After seeing the press photos leaked by Nikon Rumors, a Flickr user named anankephi observed that there appears to be an unusual switch on the redesigned (and unusual looking) top of the DSLR near the diopter, possibly for toggling the viewfinder between EVF and OVF: What’s more,
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Nikon D850 Photos Leaked: There’s a Tilt Screen and Illuminated Buttons

The first photos of the upcoming Nikon D850 have leaked onto the Internet. This sneak peek comes one day after Nikon confirmed and teased the new full-frame DSLR, which the 100-year-old camera company promises will “exceed expectations.” After the announcement yesterday, Nikon showed a partial look at the new camera through a “Coming Soon” teaser distributed as part of marketing in Europe. Today, Nikon Rumors got its hands on the first set of leaked press photos. The first photo shows the front of the camera with a lens attached. It appears that Nikon has removed the built-in flash
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How to Make a Stronger Suction Mount Than GoPro for Half the Price

Here’s a quick DIY video from Kyle Martin on how to create an extremely powerful suction mount for your GoPro instead of buying GoPro’s $40 suction mount. The video is 6 minutes and will show you how to create the mount for around $20 in materials.
GoPro’s official $40 suction mount.
You’ll need just a few things. Firstly, a suction cup of your choosing. These suction cups have a massive amount of holding force and are typically used for moving glass or tiles. You’ll then need a 1/4 x 20 bolt (the standard tripod thread size), a drill, and a
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The Lightest and Cheapest Full-Frame Camera Kits on the Market

In this 4-minute video by Duncan Dimanche, take a look at the lightest and cheapest full-frame cameras on the market. During the video, Dimanche digs through online retailers to establish the difference between cameras on offer by the four major brands: Nikon, Canon, Sony, and Pentax. While you may think that the Sony camera with accompanying lenses might be the lightest, being a mirrorless camera, that is surprisingly not the case. Instead, it’s the Nikon D750 kit with its 5 lenses that is the relative featherweight. The Sony a7, Sony a99 II, Canon 6D, and Pentax K-1 round out the
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Things You Should Look Out For When Buying a Tripod

What makes a good tripod? This 5-minute video from Kai Wong looks at the ins and outs of a photographer’s three-legged friend. In his typical charismatic fashion, Kai makes a seemingly boring topic of tripods light up with his engaging look at the different elements you should pay attention to next time you’re choosing a new tripod head or legs. It’s easy to choose a tripod straight off the shelf and think “that’ll do,” but make sure to consider the smaller things like the payload of the equipment. If you have particularly heavy gear, ensure that the tripod can actually
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Nikon Teases the D850: It Will ‘Exceed Expectations’ and Do 8K Timelapses

Nikon today officially confirmed the follow-up to the D810 by announcing the development of the D850 (referred to as the D820 in earlier rumors). It will be a “next generation full-frame, high-resolution, high-speed” DSLR. “The D850 will be a formidable tool for creators who will not compromise on exceptional image quality and versatility, including both aspiring and professional photographers as well as hobbyists who capture landscapes, weddings, sports, fashion, commercial imagery and multimedia content creators,” Nikon says. And the company is confident that photographers won’t be disappointed by the camera, saying: “The D850 will exceed the expectations of the
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Review: The Sony a9 is the Camera of a Wedding Photographer’s Dreams

Until 2016, I had photographed weddings using nothing but Nikon cameras. First the D90, then D700, D3s, D4 and then the D4s (while dabbling with the D800, D810, and D750 in-between). I love/loved my Nikons and never regretted avoiding Canon at any stage.

From Nikon to Fuji to Sony

Then Fuji came on the scene with their X-T1. I liked the idea of a quiet, mirrorless camera, that was small. Having borrowed one for a trip to Romania, I discovered it wasn’t quite there for me in terms of performance. The Fuji X-T2 followed a while later. I bought it
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Duo to Bring Back Emil Busch’s 1910 Glaukar 91mm f/3.1 Portrait Lens

A pair of photographers with ties to German lens maker Meyer Optik want to bring the 107-year-old Emil Busch 91mm portrait lens back to life with their Kickstarter project. Fashion photographer Benedikt Ernst and portrait photographer Firat Bagdu have partnered with optical engineer Wolfdieter Prenzel in this reinvention project.
In 1910, Emil Busch introduced the Glaukar, a fully corrected photographic lens, which besides solving spherical aberration, corrected coma and astigmatism was a “usable” lens. Unlike Rudolph’s Protar, which did not work properly at the time of invention because its construction required glass coatings not available at the time, the Emil
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The Top 10 Camera Films Preferred by Photographers

When a new film photographer asks the photography community which films are the best, most voices tend to agree on Porta, Tri-X, and HP5… but are these the most popular? In this article, we are going to look at the top 10 films photographers prefer. Earlier this year, I launched a Film Dating tool for helping photographers find their favorite 35mm film stock. It’s been a few months since I launched it and its popularity went way beyond my expectations — over 38,000 people have used it so far! This unexpected popularity also gave me the opportunity to gather enough
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Godox Made an Off-Camera Flash and Transmitter for Smartphones

Have you ever dreamed of using an off-camera flash with your smartphone? Godox wants to make it happen. The Chinese lighting brand is teasing an upcoming product called the Godox A1. It’s a “phone flash system” that’s both a flash and a transmitter. On the lighting-side, the product will offer both a flash unit and a LED light, giving you flexibility for how you light your scene and subject. There are three built-in LED lights and a flash unit that can be triggered with the A1 away from your phone camera. The A1 will also work as a transmitter for
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Loupedeck vs PFixer: Editing Wedding Photos in Lightroom

As a professional documentary wedding photographer, actually taking photographs is a small (but essential!) part of my job. Much of what a wedding photographer does is in the editing and processing of the images. And that’s where tools like the Loupedeck photo editing console for Lightroom comes in handy. It’s the kind of tool that can save a photographer a substantial amount of time processing each image, and when there are hundreds of images to deliver from each wedding, that time saving soon mounts up. My 27-minute Loupedeck review above will give you an idea of how this
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This Guy Built an Underwater Housing for a Super 8 Camera to Shoot Surfing

Photographer Joey Ready wanted to take his Super 8 film camera into the water to snap some clips of surfers. There aren’t any underwater housings designed for his old Canon camera, so he built his own. The video above is what resulted. Here’s a 9-minute video in which Ready shows how he adapted an old VHS camcorder housing he picked up in a thrift shop to house his Super 8mm Canon Zoom 318, allowing him to take to the waves without fear of losing his beloved Canon to the sea:
This is what the housing looks like with his Super 8 camera
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Nikon Patents 35mm f/2 Lens for Full Frame Camera with Curved Sensor

Nikon has patented a new 35mm f/2 lens… for a full frame curved sensor. The news has sparked speculation that Nikon could be planning to use a groundbreaking curved sensor in its upcoming mirrorless camera. The patent, P2017-125904A, was spotted by the Japanese blog An Image on a Sensor. It shows and describes a new 35mm f/2.0 prime lens designed for a camera containing a full frame curved sensor. “Because the sensor is curved, the angle of view is slightly wider than the plane sensor,” An Image on a Sensor writes. Here’s one of the illustrations from the patent
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Canon 6D Mark II Dynamic Range is a Big Disappointment

The first dynamic range tests of the new Canon 6D Mark II DSLR are trickling onto the Web, and one thing seems to be clear: the results are very disappointing for Canon fans. In fact, Canon appears to have taken a step backwards. Camera tester William J. Claff of Photons to Photos published its Dynamic Range vs ISO chart for the 6D Mark II. Here’s the camera compared to other Canon DSLRs: As you can see, the 6D Mark II has a dynamic range that’s similar to the original 6D, slightly better at higher ISOs but worse at lower ISOs.
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Canon 6D Mark II Dynamic Range is a Big Disappointment

The first dynamic range tests of the new Canon 6D Mark II DSLR are trickling onto the Web, and one thing seems to be clear: the results are very disappointing for Canon fans. In fact, Canon appears to have taken a step backwards. Camera tester William J. Claff of Photons to Photos published its Dynamic Range vs ISO chart for the 6D Mark II. Here’s the camera compared to other Canon DSLRs: As you can see, the 6D Mark II has a dynamic range that’s similar to the original 6D, slightly better at higher ISOs but worse at lower ISOs.
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Uh Oh: The Leica TL2 Can Be Bricked by the Leica Visoflex Viewfinder

If you own a new Leica TL2 mirrorless camera and Leica’s Visoflex electronic viewfinder attachment, stop using the viewfinder immediately. Leica has found that the Visoflex can cause a failure with the TL2 that renders it completely unusable. In other words, it can brick your camera. “When using the Leica TL2 in combination with the external electronic viewfinder (Visoflex) a possible failure with the camera can occur,” Leica wrote this week in an email to retailers. “If this defect occurs, then it is no longer possible to use the camera.” “It goes without saying that Leica Camera is doing
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Bowens: Yes, We’re Dead, and Chinese Brands Killed Us

It’s now official: Bowens is dead. The well-known 94-year-old lighting equipment brand has officially confirmed that it has discontinued operations, and one of the main factors in its demise was the rise of cheaper gear by Chinese manufacturers. “Bowens International Ltd., an English manufacturer of studio flash units, will discontinue its operations,” Calumet Photographic writes in a statement released to PetaPixel, confirming reports that emerged late last week. Bowens and Calumet were both acquired by the European investment firm AURELIUS back in June 2016. Bowens says the decision to close its doors was made due to a few “far-reaching
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