Sony a9 Versus Nikon D5 and Canon 1D X II in Dynamic Range Tests

Photons to Photos has updated its Photographic Dynamic Range versus ISO Setting test database with results from the new Sony a9, and it found that the a9 holds its own against the flagship Nikon D5 and Canon 1D X Mark II DSLRs. The Sony a9 “performs very well against its competitors up till 3200 ISO, where the Nikon D5 just edges it out,” writes Sony Addict. “The Sony a9 beats the Canon 1D X Mark II across the board, but falls just behind the Nikon D5 in low light, while besting it in maximum dynamic range.” Here’s a
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Think Tank Photo: new StreetWalker and TurnStyle backpacks

Think Tank Photo: new StreetWalker and TurnStyle backpacks With the period of Summer arriving, a time when  people travel and need to carry gear with them, Think Tank Photo is upgrading some of their products from the StreetWalker and TurnStyle series. The new bags will be on display at Cine Gear Expo 2017, along with other products from Think Tank Photo. Legendary durability and award winning comfort have made Think Tank Photo’s StreetWalker series one of the most sought-after products in the photographic world. I use one of the bigger versions for carrying a lot of stuff around, for workshops, or when traveling. Although I’ve dubbed it “the
Think Tank Photo: new StreetWalker and TurnStyle backpacks
Think Tank Photo: new StreetWalker and TurnStyle backpacks
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Fujifilm takes MK Cinema lenses to Cine Gear Expo

Fujifilm takes MK Cinema lenses to Cine Gear Expo The MK50-135mm was shown during the NAB show last month and now will be on display at Cine Gear Expo. The new lens is available for $3,999, with delivery beginning in mid-July. Presented as a companion lens to the MK18-55mm T2.9 zoom, introduced in February, the MK50-135mm will be on display to a motion picture and television production community at Cine Gear Expo 2017 in Hollywood, June 2nd and 3rd, and to documentary and reality producers at Realscreen West in Santa Monica on June 6-8. The MK50-135mm is the same size and weight as the MK18-55mm, but with a Continue reading "Fujifilm takes MK Cinema lenses to Cine Gear Expo"

A Gorgeous Flyby of Jupiter Made with Photos from NASA’s Juno Spacecraft

Every 53 days, NASA’s Juno spacecraft flies close to Jupiter and travels from the giant gas planet’s north pole to and past its south pole, shooting photos along the way. The eye-opening 2-minute video above was created using a set of these still photos. Colossal reports that it takes 1.5 days for the 6 megabytes of photo data captured over 2 hours to be downloaded by scientists on Earth. After the raw photos were beamed to Earth and made available to the public, Gerald Eichstädt colorized them, Sean Doran set the stills in motion, and Avi Solomon added
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The 6D Mark II Will Be Canon’s First Full Frame DSLR with an Articulating LCD

If you’re a Canon photographer and you’ve been longing for a full frame DSLR with an articulating LCD screen, your wait will soon be over. The upcoming Canon 6D Mark II will reportedly be the company’s first camera of that category to offer the flexible display. Canon Rumors reports that a Vari-Angle LCD is a known feature in the upcoming camera now. Other specs/features include Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity, a larger (taller and deeper) form factor than the original 6D, and a new battery grip. The introduction of an articulating screen in Canon’s full frame lineup will likely attract both
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Sony a9 Dynamic Range Tested, Compared to Canon 1D X Mark II and Nikon D5

Sony a9 Dynamic Range Tested, Compared to Canon 1D X Mark II and Nikon D5 The Sony a9 might be the most hotly anticipated camera in quite some time, as it's the first time a mirrorless camera has taken such direct aim at the flagship DSLR bodies. While a lot of the excitement has been about its shooting speed and autofocus capabilities, another important characteristic is dynamic range, which you can now see measured and compared to those other bodies. [ Read More ]

Does the Sony a9 Already Have an Overheating Issue?

Does the Sony a9 Already Have an Overheating Issue? In April, Sony shocked the photography community by announcing the rumored Sony a9 to the world. The camera attacked all the critics by improving on most of the aspects that many believed to be holding Sony back from being a true “professional” camera. Dual SD card slots, 20 frames per second burst with autofocus, and improved battery life all made it seem that the a9 would be the camera to battle the Canon 1DX and Nikon D5 for the top sports camera in the industry. While on paper this camera seemed to be perfect but recent events have come to Continue reading "Does the Sony a9 Already Have an Overheating Issue?"

This Basketball Demo Shows the Sony a9’s Blazing Fast Autofocus

Sony is touting its new a9 camera as a sports camera with blazing fast autofocus and shooting speeds. If you weren’t impressed with the camera tracking a pole vaulter at 20fps, check out the demo in the video above: the camera accurately keeps its focus locked on a basketball being tossed back and forth near it. The video is by the Mandarin-speaking camera review channel NTimage. At 5:13, the hosts test the a9 by having it track two basketball players tossing a ball near the camera.
Despite the relatively small ball moving pretty quickly across the frame at an
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Blockai Rebrands as Binded, Raises $950K More for Copyright Platform

A new copyright protection service called Binded just launched this week. It’s actually a rebrand of the company formerly known as Blockai, and the purpose remains the same: using the Bitcoin blockchain to protect photographers’ copyrights. Originally launched back in July 2016, Blockai touted itself as a copyright platform that would use blockchain technology to simplify copyright claiming and protection. With this latest rebrand to Binded, the company is moving away from trying to sell the technology behind the service through its name and instead focusing on making it clear that its service helps photographers “bind” their name and
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New Online Archive Lets You Explore the First 100 Years of European Photos

Europeana.eu has launched a searchable online gallery of more than 2 million historical photographs, which catalog the first 100 years of photography in Europe. The gallery is a brilliant resource for those interested in historical photography, including important work by pioneers like Julia Margaret Cameron, Eadweard Muybridge and Louis Daguerre.
‘Loya. Valley of the Yosemite. (The Sentinel)’, Muybridge, Eadweard, c. 1867 – c. 1872
Over 50 European institutions from 34 countries have contributed photographs to the collection, which were sourced from photographic archives, agencies and museum collections across Europe.
Panoramic view of Innsbruck with snowy mountain peaks, anonymous, c.
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The Garmin VIRB 360 is a Waterproof 360° Camera That Shoots 5.7K

Garmin has unveiled the VIRB 360, a waterproof and dustproof camera that records both audio and video in 360 degrees, taking 15-megapixel spherical stills and video in 5.7K at 30fps. With a retail price of $800, it is not cheap, but the money buys you industry-leading resolution.
Bringing many of the features from the Ultra 30 action cam Garmin released last year, the new VIRB 360 is Garmin’s first foray in to 360° video. The camera bests most other 360° cameras by offering 5.7K video, and Garmin has also built-in 4 microphones to record 360° audio. The
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Billboard Uses Tire Screeching Sounds to Photograph Terrified Jaywalkers

An unusual billboard was recently set up at a crosswalk in France to promote pedestrian safety. Whenever a pedestrian was detected crossing while the “red man” light was on, the billboard would emit a loud tire screeching sound. A camera built into the billboard would then capture the terrified face of the jaywalker.
The “public service” campaign was created in a partnership between the ad agency Serviceplan and the French road safety authority DRIEA. They report that in the region of Ile-de-France alone, there are about 4,500 careless pedestrian victims each year. The digital billboard was set up near the
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Intrepid 8×10: an affordable large format camera

Intrepid 8x10: an accessible large format camera Digital may be king, but there is a nostalgia about film and a nostalgia about large format cameras. One British company, producer of 4×5 models, is now ready to deliver a 8×10 model. If you’ve a passion for large format photography, if the names of photographers as Ansel Adams, John Paul Edwards, Sonya Noskowiak or Edward Weston make you dream of taking your own large format camera – anything from 4×5 up – to the field, but you don’t want to break the bank, then the Intrepid 8×10 camera is for you.  For £480 (somewhere around $620) you can
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Arsenal is a Camera Add-On That Uses AI to Pick Optimal Settings for You

Arsenal is a new attachment for your DSLR or mirrorless camera that suggests the best settings for your shot using artificial intelligence, while also enabling you to fully control your camera using a smart phone. The recently announced Kickstarter campaign for the device reached its $50,000 goal in just 9 hours, and at the time of writing has surpassed $300,000. Arsenal’s most basic functions look quite similar to the Pulse, which we covered back in 2015. It connects to your camera over USB and then with your Android or iOS device via wifi. You’ll be able to see a live
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