DJI Demands Withdrawal of ‘Misleading’ Drone Strike Video

Last month, the University of Dayton Research Institute (UDRI) published an article and video showing what happens when a drone collides with an airplane wing at high speeds. The Chinese drone juggernaut DJI wasn’t pleased with the study: it’s demanding that UDRI withdraw the video and article, calling it “misleading.” Here’s the 43-second test video that was released by UDRI — it shows a DJI Phantom 2 slamming into the wing of a small plane:
In an open letter addressed to lead researcher Kevin Poormon, DJI VP of Policy & Legal Affairs Brendan M. Schulman argues that the simulated
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Fujifilm: We Will ‘Never Go Full-Frame’

If you’ve been hoping and praying that Fujifilm will launch a full-frame mirrorless camera, get ready to have your dreams dashed: the company is now saying that it will “never go full-frame.” Fujifilm has been focusing all of its attention on APS-C and medium format cameras in recent years. The new Fujifilm X-T3 is a major contender among APS-C cameras — DPReview just concluded that it’s “arguably the best stills/video camera on the market right now.” And after jumping into the world of medium format mirrorless cameras in 2016 with the GFX 50S, Fujifilm followed it up
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Rock Star Jack White Launches Photo Lab and Studio

Rock star Jack White, best known as the singer and guitarist of The White Stripes, has launched a new photo lab and studio in Nashville, Tennessee. Called Third Man Photo Studio, the lab is now accepting film from photographers worldwide. White’s music label Third Man Records has physical retail locations in Nashville and Detroit. While the latter has its own vinyl pressing plant, the Nashville location has now gotten its own photo studio. The lab’s photo chemists hand-process C-41 color negative, black-and-white, and E-6 slide films. They also use traditional photo enlargement techniques to create one-of-a-kind archival prints. What’s
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Renowned Turkish Photojournalist Ara Guler Dies at 90

Renowned Armenian-Turkish Turkish photojournalist Ara Guler has died. As one of the few prominent internationally-recognized photographers from Turkey, Guler was known as “The Eye of Istanbul.”

Guler was born in Istanbul, Turkey, in 1928 into an Armenian family. He received his first camera, a Rolleicord II, when he was 22 years old in 1950. That same year, while studying economics at the
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Why Kodak Died and Fujifilm Thrived: A Tale of Two Film Companies

The Kodak moment is gone, but today Fujifilm thrives after a massive reorganization. Here is a detailed analysis based on firsthand accounts from top executives and factual financial data to understand how and why the destinies of two similar companies went in opposite directions.

The Situation before the Film Crisis: A Profitable and Secure Market

Even though Kodak and Fujifilm produced cameras, their core business was centered on film and post-processing sales. According to Forbes, Kodak “gladly gave away cameras in exchange for getting people hooked on paying to have their photos developed — yielding Kodak a nice annuity
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Yashica’s ‘Unexpected’ Y35 Camera is Worse Than Anyone Expected

The Japanese brand Yashica stirred up a great deal of excitement in the photo world in 2017 by teasing its return to the camera industry. In October 2017, it unveiled the Yashica Y35 digiFilm camera and raised over $1 million on Kickstarter. Backers are now receiving their cameras, and the initial reaction has been overwhelmingly negative. Yashica’s many teasers for the Y35 camera told photographers to “expect the unexpected.” The camera turned out to be a minimalist digital camera that features pretend rolls of film that are used to choose your photo style, aspect ratio, and ISO combinations (instead
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If You Backed Meyer Optik Görlitz on Kickstarter, Your Money is Gone

If you backed a Meyer Optik Görlitz lens on Kickstarter and are still waiting for your reward to arrive, there’s some bad news for you: it never will, and your money is now gone. net SE, the company behind those lenses and other vintage brand reboots, is dead. The news was first reported by photoscala after an official notice was published to direct claims to a law firm. This news comes less than two months after we reported on the nightmare happening behind the scenes at the company, which launched new Kickstarter after Kickstarter in order to fund existing
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This is the Full Photoshop Coming to the iPad

We learned earlier this year that Adobe is working on bringing a full version of Photoshop to the Apple iPad, and today the company officially announced it: “real” Photoshop power is coming to the popular tablet in 2019. Adobe unveiled the next generation of Adobe Creative Cloud apps today and says the new updates mark “a major inflection for the future of creativity.” “We are unlocking a new level of creative potential by releasing more powerful tools, extending creativity beyond the desktop, and empowering creatives to thrive in new mediums like voice and augmented reality,” Adobe says. The new
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Magazine Covers Shot with Phones Ain’t No Thang

Scoring a national magazine cover shoot to prove the greatness of a phone’s camera has become part of the standard PR playbook for manufacturers. TIME featured photos taken by Luisa Dörr using an iPhone for a September 2017 cover story entitled “Firsts” about women changing the world.
One of seventeen TIME covers photographed on iPhone by Luisa Dörr.
And GQ’s November 2018 cover features an image of First Man’s Ryan Gosling shot by Giampaolo Sgura on a Google Pixel 3.
Photo by Giampaolo Sgura shot with a Google Pixel 3.
On the one hand, the quality
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Sony E-mount Wasn’t Designed for Full Frame, Leica Exec Says

As the mirrorless camera wars are heating up, the major players are touting their cameras’ designs, features, and specs as being superior to what the competition offers. Leica is firing some shots at Sony, the current market leader in the space: Leica claims that Sony’s E-mount wasn’t designed for full frame cameras. That claim was made by Stephan Schulz, Leica’s head of professional products, in an interview with Red Dot Forum at Photokina 2018. Schultz was asked about Leica’s L-mount and Sony’s E-mount. Both mounts first appeared on APS-C sensor cameras — the L-mount on the Leica T (Typ 701)
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Dear Kodak: Please Let Smaller Shops Help Film Come Back

If you’re a film enthusiast, you probably love watching Kodak make a comeback. When Kodak filed for bankruptcy back in 2012, it seemed like the end of an era. Luckily it wasn’t so. Kodak’s recent announcement that Ektachrome is coming back into production is as sure an indicator as any that film isn’t going away any time soon. That’s good news for any serious photographer. By now it should be obvious that it’s no longer a question about digital or film, but how photographers can use either format to expand their creative potential. And while I would be more
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Sigma Lenses Fully Compatible with Nikon Z, But Tamron Lenses Aren’t

Sigma and Tamron are both popular manufactures of third-party lenses that are used by Nikon DSLR shooters. But customers of the two brands may have different experiences migrating their lens collections over to Nikon’s new Z Series mirrorless ecosystem. Sigma lens owners shouldn’t have any issues with the switch. The company released a statement in late September 2018 announcing that all current Sigma lenses work properly on the Nikon Z7 using Nikon’s FTZ mount adapter.
Thank you for purchasing and using our products. We would like to announce that we have confirmed that SIGMA’s interchangeable lenses for Nikon mount in
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Congress Passes Bill That Lets the U.S. Govt Shoot Down Drones

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that will give authorities permission to shoot down private drones that are determined to be “threats.” The proposed law has sparked an outcry from civil liberties organizations. TechCrunch reports that the FAA Reauthorization Act was passed on Wednesday after it passed through the House of Representatives in April. In addition to renewing the funding of the FAA until 2023, the bill includes other provisions that are geared toward modernizing the country’s aviation laws. One of these updates gives the government the right to “disrupt,” “exercise control,” or “seize or otherwise confiscate”
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DJI Ronin-S Users Demand Free Cable for Sony Camera Compatibility

DJI’s Ronin-S gimbal stabilizer is marketed as being compatible with mirrorless cameras, but there’s a catch: if you use a Sony camera, you’ll need to buy an extra cable for full compatibility. Some owners aren’t happy about this, and they’ve taken to DJI’s forums to complain and demand free cables. When the $749 Ronin-S — DJI’s first one-handed stabilizer for DSLR and mirrorless — was announced back in January 2018, many Sony shooters were happy to see their cameras featured prominently in promotional images for the gimbal: Under the Camera Compatibility of the Ronin-S webpage, DJI writes that “The Ronin-S
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