This Mirror Lens Filter Lets Models See Their Own Poses


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Inexperienced models often struggle in front of the camera because they lack insight into their own appearance. While we all can look our best in front of a mirror, it’s because we can see ourselves. This filter aims to bring that ease of posing to photography.

While also valuable to vloggers, the Reflective Filter looks to be especially helpful for anyone who is unsure of themselves in front of the camera. “Inexperienced models” can be anyone from brane new fashion models looking to start a career or just anyone who is having their photo taken for marketing a business. Companies

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ZY Optics Reveals the 50mm f/0.95 Lens for Leica M-Mount


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ZY Optics has announced the Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 lens for Leica M-mount cameras, a manual focus lens that not only supports Leica Rangefinder Coupling for focus assistance but also promises to work with third-party autofocus adapters made for Nikon Z or Sony FE cameras.

This latest 50mm f/0.95 for Leica M-mount joins ZY Optics other 50mm f/0.95 lenses for Canon RF, Nikon Z, and Sony FE, but improves on the optical formula. It features a nine-bladed aperture and is constructed of 11 elements in eight groups and features two extra-low dispersion elements and one ultra-high refraction

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Pergear Unveils 10mm f/8 Pancake Lens for Multiple Mirrorless Mounts


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Pergear has announced a 10mm f/8 APS-C manual focus, wide-angle pancake lens for micro four-thirds, Nikon Z, Sony E, and Fuji X mounts that features an extremely compact “body cap” design.

Described as a “tiny fisheye pancake lens” designed for APS-C and micro four thirds, the tiny $79 lens is constructed of five elements in four groups (which includes three extra-low dispersion elements for improved contrast and color rendering) and weighs a scant 80 grams (~2.8 ounces). It is manual-focus only and can focus from as close as 30 centimeters (~11.8 inches) to infinity with a 150-degree angle

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In Praise of Inexpensive Lenses


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When I was a semi-professional 4×5 landscape photographer I often spent a half-hour shooting a single sheet of film and several hours enlarging it to the best of my ability. I sought the sharpest possible result. And now in the digital age, I still pursue sharp images.

Phillip Reeve writes on his website that he has two hobbies, photography and photographic equipment and they rarely intersect. I too enjoy both creating photos and testing lenses. The two hobbies are different.

My second hobby has led me to discover that lightweight inexpensive lenses perform well at the smaller apertures that I

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Mystery: Different Canon RF 100-500mm Lenses Similarly Cracking


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Roger Cicala of Lensrentals noticed that multiple copies of the Canon RF 100-500mm f/4.5-7.1 returned to the warehouse with the same visible crack in an internal element. Why it kept happening was a mystery.

Cicalas initial assumption was that it had to do with Canon’s change in the optical stabilization system, which no longer locks down like it did in previous lenses. If you shook an older EF lens, it doesn’t rattle. This new lens, however, does rattle. Since Lensrentals ships its products very well protected, Cicala guessed that the free-moving parts were somehow banging together in shipping

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Apple is Adding the SD Card Reader Back in Upcoming MacBook Pro: Report


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Bloomberg’s Mark Gurman is a well-respected journalist who has a very strong record when it comes to rumors, and his latest promises the return of a port that photographers have been yearning to see: the SD card slot is coming back to the MacBook Pro.

While Gurman’s latest report focuses on a lighter and thinner design for the MacBook Air (which will also include MagSafe in a total reboot of the line), for photographers he buried the leade: the real news is the return of the SD card port on the upcoming 14- and 16-inch MacBook Pros.

Canon’s AI Camera Will Be Called PowerShot PICK: Report


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Just two days after the initial rumor that Canon’s experimental AI camera was close to coming to market, a Japanese publication has reported that it will be officially revealed at the end of January through a crowdfunding campaign.

Reported by DC Watch and accompanied by what appear to be official marketing images, the camera will supposedly be named PowerShot PICK and will be launched on January 29th through the Japanese crowdfunding website Makuake. The camera’s small size is evident in the photos below and is expected to be 90mm in height by 60mm wide.

While no additional specifications or a

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Canon’s AI Camera Will Be Called PowerShot PICK: Report


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Just two days after the initial rumor that Canon’s experimental AI camera was close to coming to market, a Japanese publication has reported that it will be officially revealed at the end of January through a crowdfunding campaign.

Reported by DC Watch and accompanied by what appear to be official marketing images, the camera will supposedly be named PowerShot PICK and will be launched on January 29th through the Japanese crowdfunding website Makuake. The camera’s small size is evident in the photos below and is expected to be 90mm in height by 60mm wide.

While no additional specifications or a

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The Vivo X60 Pro Plus Smartphone Has a Camera Co-Developed with Zeiss


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Vivo has announced the X60 Pro Plus, its 2021 flagship smartphone that boasts a quad-camera array that was co-developed by Zeiss. Called the “Vivo Zeiss Joint Imaging System,” the companies promise excellent quality despite the small size of the hardware.

Vivo announced a partnership with Zeiss in December of 2020 and the X60 Pro Plus is the first phone to take advantage of that partnership.

The X60 Pro Plus features four cameras in its slightly raised camera bump: a super large 23mm lens with a GN1 50-megapixel sensor, a super wide-angle 23mm micro-head lens in front of a 50-megapixel

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Comparing the Sony a7R Camera Line’s Different Shutter Sounds


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The unique click of one camera’s shutter can be fun to compare against one another. In a series of short videos posted by Map Camera, you can listen to the slightly different sounds of the shutters from Sony’s a7R line.

PetaPixel has featured numerous videos highlighting the different sounds shutters can make, like this one that compares a variety of DSLRs and mirrorless cameras, to one that lets you hear different classic analog camera shutters, to this video that highlights 37 different shutter sounds in three and a half minutes.

But it’s less common to see a

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Irix Reveals the 45mm f/1.4 Lens for the Fujifilm GFX


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Irix has announced the 45mm f/1.4 Dragonfly manual focus lens for the Fujifilm GFX, which has is equivalent to 36mm on a full-frame camera and very well could be the fastest aperture available for the system.

Irix, which isn’t a particularly well-known brand, promises a high-quality construction that the company says was gained through its manufacture of full-frame lenses. Despite being manual focus only, Irix claims that the mixture of fast aperture and wide focal length makes the lens “extremely practical.”

The “Dragonfly” description given the lens is related to its build, which is a combination of reinforced

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Leica Unveils Kevlar-Armored M10-P ‘Reporter’ Edition


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Leica has announced the Leica M10-P “Reporter” limited edition rangefinder camera, part of the company’s 40th-anniversary celebration of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award. This latest camera might be tougher than any other, as it’s covered in Kevlar armor.

The core of the new camera, the M10-P, is a slight evolution of the popular M10 rangefinder with its biggest feature being a shutter that Leica says is the quietest of any M camera ever. To make the rangefinder even more stealthy, the M10-P also removes the prominent red Leica dot that is found on the M10. The resulting camera is

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A Face Mask Can Double as a Flash Diffuser for Better Portraits


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I recently found a very practical solution for diffusing a camera flash. The solution is perhaps the most practical thing available during the COVID-19 pandemic: the spare medical mask that I kept on my bag.

What’s great is that I don’t have to hold the mask in my hand. The mask’s elastic bands fit perfectly over my camera body as if it was produced for this purpose.

For a smooth and pleasing result, it is enough to fluff the fabric part a little bit after attaching the mask. It may be cheap and small, but a mask can give great

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Nikon to Focus on Mirrorless as It Anticipates Historic $720M Loss


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Nikon’s worrisome financial situation has cascaded as a result of the deflated camera market caused by the fallout from COVID-19, and in an effort to recover from what is expected to be its worst financial year ever, Nikon plans to focus its efforts on mirrorless.

In two articles published by Toyo Keizai in Japan (both require a “premium membership to view, but that membership is free), the publication delves into Nikon’s expected operating loss as well as interviews the company’s Managing Executive Officer Hirotaka Ikegami, who leads Nikon’s video division.

To start, Nikon’s financial situation has spiraled considerably over the

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iOS 14.4 Will Display a Warning if Your iPhone Has a Non-Genuine Camera


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Reports emerged recently that the iPhone 12’s camera can’t be repaired well by third-party repair shops — even swapping it for a genuine Apple camera module causes functionality issues. Now it seems Apple may soon officially warn iPhone owners when their device has a non-genuine camera.

MacRumors reports that after the second beta release of iOS 14.4 was made available to developers and testers last week, it was discovered that the code containing a new warning that will be displayed on iPhones that have had their cameras repaired or replaced with aftermarket components rather than by Apple’s repair services.

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Sony is #1 in Interchangeable Lens Mirrorless for First Time Since 2015


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While Sony likes to mention to the media that it is the #1 interchangeable lens mirrorless (ILM) brand globally, its statistics often refer specifically to full-frame. Across all ILM cameras, Canon and Olympus have been Japan’s top ILM brands over the last decade, but Sony has regained top position.

BCN has published its’s BCN Awards, which are calculated based on point-of-sale data across Japan thanks to BCN Retail’s huge reach. The BCN Awards are described by the retailer as indicative of the “current state of information technologies and home appliances.” While Canon remains the top dog in the

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Sony is #1 in Interchangeable Lens Mirrorless for First Time Since 2015


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While Sony likes to mention to the media that it is the #1 interchangeable lens mirrorless (ILM) brand globally, its statistics often refer specifically to full-frame. Across all ILM cameras, Canon and Olympus have been Japan’s top ILM brands over the last decade, but Sony has regained top position.

BCN has published its’s BCN Awards, which are calculated based on point-of-sale data across Japan thanks to BCN Retail’s huge reach. The BCN Awards are described by the retailer as indicative of the “current state of information technologies and home appliances.” While Canon remains the top dog in the

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The Red TTArtisan 50mm f/0.95 ‘Year of the Ox’ Lens is Gorgeous


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TTArtisan has unveiled a limited edition version of its 50mm f/0.96 lens for Leica M-Mount cameras that features a striking red finish to celebrate the Year of the Ox according to the Chinese Zodiac.

The company already had two variants of the lens, silver and black, but the red version is limited to 500 pieces worldwide and features a unique engraved lens cap.

For those who are fans of the color red (or born in other Ox years like 1961, 1973 1985, 1997, or 2009), this lens would look great on any Leica M-Mount camera.

Looking at the

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Get a Closer Look at 400MP Photos Captured with the Fujifilm GFX100


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Last year Fufjilm announced a firmware update that would bring pixel-shift multi-shot to the GFX100, allowing it to jump from 100-megapixel photos to capturing whopping 400-megapixel photos. In this 12-minute video, ZY Productions shows exactly what that looks like.

Thanks to the firmware update, the GFX100 can now capture images with a final dimension of 23,296 by 17,472 pixels, which is about 407 megapixels. While that’s really impressive, there is a downside to using the feature: the camera can’t move.

Just like with any pixel shift method from any manufacturer offering it (Sony and Panasonic both come to mind),

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Watch an Expert Woodworker Build a Traditional Large Format Camera


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Patrick Sullivan is a woodworker with over 50 years of experience under his belt. In this 15-minute video, Sullivan shares how he spent the last couple of months building a traditional large format camera — a project that kept him “absolutely fascinated.”

Before sharing his particular build process, Sullivan first gives a brief history of large format cameras, from the simple, large, and unwieldy cameras used in the first half-century of photography to the beautiful devices that emerged as the art form grew and evolved.

Sullivan notes that allowing the film plane to be tilted and the lens to

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