Leica has teamed up with French-Italian photographer and art collector, Jean Pigozzi to release a special-edition version of its Leica CL camera system.
The camera, officially named the Leica CL ‘Urban Jungle by Jean Pigozzi,’ features the same internals as the standard Leica CL, including the 24.2-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and Maestro II image processor. The outside, however, features an urban camouflage print on its black leather wrap, a custom grey rope camera strap, and the words ‘URBAN JUNGLE’ etched alongside Pigozzi’s signature on the rear of the camera underneath the LCD display.
Nikon has released a much-anticipated firmware update intended to improve autofocus performance from it Z-series mirrorless cameras. Specifically, Nikon promised improvements to autofocus in low contrast and low light shooting situations, but perhaps the most anticipated feature this firmware brings is continuous Eye AF.
As soon as the new firmware became available we updated our Z6 and Z7, and we’ve shot extensively with the updated cameras over the past few weeks. I routinely use a broad spectrum of Eye AF implementations, particularly Sony’s best-in-class one, and I can state up-front that I’ve come away very
Researchers with the University of Washington and Facebook have detailed a method using artificial intelligence to animate a person using a single still image. The algorithm is called Photo Wake-Up, and it will be presented at the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition on June 19.
Hasselblad will be reintroducing its medium format digital back for its V-system medium format film cameras, and has announced a new slimline X-series body to go with it. The new CFV ll 50C will feature a tilting screen to emulate the waist level finder experience, while the 907X will create an interface between the digital back and the company’s XCD lenses.
The original CFV digital back disappeared at about the time the X1D arrived in 2016, with Hasselblad citing a shortage of 50 Megapixel (43.8 x 32.9 mm) CMOS sensors as it clambered to meet demand for the
Hasselblad’s press release says its first zoom lens for the X system is ‘eagerly awaited’, though some users might consider ‘much delayed’ a more accurate phrase. Promised in 2017, the XCD 35-75mm F3.5-4.5 should finally be arriving in stores in October this year.
The company seems to think it will all be worth the wait though, as its chief designer declares it to be the ‘best zoom lens available on the market’. Said to offer the same edge-to-edge image quality as a series of prime lenses, Hasselblad claims it is the best lens it has ever developed.
Hasselblad has released a new version of its X1D medium format digital camera that offers a range of upgraded features and a speedier operating system. With improvements based around user feedback, the X1D ll 50C offers a larger rear screen, a higher resolution EVF, faster startup and reduced lag, as well as a collection of menu and interface changes. Hasselblad says the new camera offers a ‘quicker and more intuitive medium format experience’. Critically though, the new version will cost a good deal less than the original X1D, presumably to bring it closer to the price of the Fujifilm GFX
Hasselblad has released a new version of its X1D medium format digital camera that offers a range of upgraded features and a speedier operating system. With improvements based around user feedback, the X1D II 50C offers a larger rear screen, a higher resolution EVF, faster startup and reduced lag, as well as a collection of menu and interface changes. Hasselblad says the new camera offers a ‘quicker and more intuitive medium format experience’. Critically though, the new version will cost a good deal less than the original X1D, presumably to bring it closer to the price of the Fujifilm GFX
Olympus has announced a 2X teleconverter, the MC-20, which is compatible with the company’s 40-150 F2.8 and 300mm F4 IS Pro lenses, along with the 150-400mm F4.5 TC1.25x IS Pro currently under development. On the 300mm F4 in particular, the MC-20 brings the maximum magnification up to 0.96x.
The teleconverter is weather-sealed and has nine elements, one of which is ‘HR’ to suppress aberrations. The ‘ZERO’ coating reduces ghosting and flare. Olympus says that there’s ‘virtually no loss’ in AF performance when using the MC-20.
Olympus has released a major firmware update for its nearly three-year-old OM-D E-M1 Mark II. Many of the additions come straight from the company’s flagship E-M1X, so now you can have a camera that shares many of the same features but in a much smaller package.
The most significant features include:
Autofocus algorithms from the E-M1X improves performance tracking moving subjects and makes S-AF more accurate
Group 25-point AF mode added; Center priority mode sticks to center focus point and will use surrounding points if subject moves ‘vigorously’
‘Active use’ of PDAF improves performance when shooting video
Lensbaby has launched pre-orders for its new OMNI Creative Filter System, a kit featuring a screw-on Filter Ring for existing lenses, as well as Effect Wands that magnetically attach to the ring in front of the lens. Each Effect Wand is designed to create in-camera photo effects similar to app filters, but with a greater level of control and repeatability.
The OMNI Creative Filter System is available with 58mm and 77mm Filter Ring options, both of which include step-down rings for use with different existing lenses. The system currently features three Effect Wands: Crystal Seahorse, Rainbow Film, and Stretch
Japanese business publication Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun has shared a quote from a recent interview with Nikon’s CEO, Mr. Toshikazu Umatate, wherein he says a flagship mirrorless camera—equivalent to Nikon’s D5 DSLR—will be introduced.
The quote, translated via Google from Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun’s paywalled coverage (translated), reads:
Nikon to introduce a top-end model of the mirror-less camera. Time is a non-published, but Umatate Toshikazu president was revealed in response to the interview of the Nikkan Kogyo Shimbun. Top-end model of the digital single-lens reflex camera “D5.”
Datacolor has launched two new kits that bundle together some of its most popular color correction tools to simplify the color workflow of photographers from capture to print.
SpyderX Capture Pro tool suite
The SpyderX Capture Pro is a bundle designed to offer the most essential components in a color workflow. It includes Datacolor’s Spyder LensCal, Spyder Cube, Spyder Checkr and SpyderX Elite, each of which are designed to play an integral role in the image capture and editing process.
Grand Turk and Caicos, taken early in the morning using an ND16 filter.
DJI introduced the Osmo Pocket, a three-axis stabilized handheld camera, late last year. The portable device is an ideal tool for content creators and casual consumers. It’s designed for creating decent video clips and photos on the fly. Since I couldn’t bring a drone onboard a recent cruise, I opted to purchase this device to document my journey.
Neutral density (ND) filters are a must-have for anyone aiming to capture smooth, cinematic footage. Selecting
Yesterday morning, a gunman dressed in tactical gear opened fire at the Earle Cabell Federal Building in Dallas, Texas with a semi-automatic rifle. While at the courthouse for a separate assignment, Dallas Morning News photojournalist Tom Fox was caught in the middle of the chaos and managed to capture a stunning image, embedded below, of the gunman as he was running away from the building he had opened fire on.
Bag company WANDRD has launched its new DUO Daypack on Kickstarter, where it has already greatly exceeded its funding goal. The backpack is designed for ‘dawn-to-dusk’ use, according to the company, with features for photographers in addition to travellers, commuters, and everyone else.
DUO Daypack features the InfiniteZip system, which involves a single zipper with multiple sliders for accessing the part of the bag that contains the needed item. The bag is described as weather-resistant against rain (and power washers, as demonstrated in the campaign).
The bag’s interior features a POP cube that can be expanded to create a
Canon Imaging Plaza, an official Canon YouTube channel dedicated to showing off the latest Canon technologies and cameras, has shared a video highlighting the benefits of its new full-frame RF lens mount and the advantages it has over smaller lens mounts, such as its own EF mount.
The four-and-a-half-minute video uses CGI renderings and example images to show off the various benefits Canon’s RF mount offers and the technology that goes into its RF lenses.
A rendering comparison from the video showing how the light can be better controlled through elements when the elements are able to be placed
One of the smaller updates inside the recently-announced iOS 13 is the addition of Automation, a feature within Apple’s Shortcut app that allows you to automate various functions on your iOS device through the use of pre-defined triggers.
It’s fair to say account security at Instagram has been shaky in recent months, with large numbers of passwords exposed and reports on a rising number of intrusion attempts.
Now the company is taking measures that won’t prevent account hijacking but should make it much easier to recover your account in such an event and serve as a deterrent to potential hackers.
Instagram is currently testing an updated in-app account recovery process. In the event of an ‘unfriendly account-takeover’ users previously had to email Instagram or complete a support-form and then wait for a response.
Meet FlexTILT Head 3D, a version of Edelkrone’s popular tripod head that can be 3D-printed and pieced together as a DIY project for a fraction of the cost of Edelkrone’s FlexTILT Head 2.
As we noted in our review, the Edelkrone FlexTILT Head 2 is a wonderful little tool for both videos and stills. The articulating head allows for unique possibilities, especially when paired with dollies and other motion units—but it doesn’t come cheap.
The areas in red are the components that are 3D printed, while the dark grey components and silver screws are those Edelkrone ships to you
Nikon D3500 vs. Canon T7: Which one should you buy?
You don’t need to know much about photography to know that Canon and Nikon are two of the major brands in the business of selling photographic equipment. And there’s a good reason why those names have so many fans: they make really good cameras and lenses, and have done so for generations.
It makes sense that many beginning photographers would turn to those same companies when looking for an inexpensive DSLR for the first time. The Canon EOS Rebel T7 / 2000D and Nikon D3500 are certainly two of the