Nikon to Unveil a Mid-Level Mirrorless That May Be Sub-$1,000: Report


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The Nikon Z series of mirrorless cameras current consists of the $1,800 Nikon Z6 and the $3,400 Nikon Z7, but get ready for a third camera. Nikon will reportedly be announcing a “mid-level” Z mirrorless camera that may cost as little as $900.

Nikkei is reporting that Nikon plans to announce the new camera in the 2019 fiscal year. Here’s a translation of the lead paragraph:

Nikon will introduce a new mid-price mirrorless camera product in fiscal 2019. The same interchangeable lens can be used in the product that corresponds to a sister model such as the high-end model

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Huawei Thought Ads Were Acceptable Lockscreen Photos. Nope.


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Huawei has gotten quite a bit of bad press in recent days, and its latest PR nightmare is a strange one. Users around the world started complaining after advertisements began quietly showing up on their lockscreens as default photos.

While other smartphones may come with beautiful landscape photos as default wallpapers, users of Huawei’s smartphones, including the new P30 Pro, are reporting default lockscreen photos with the logo for Booking.com obnoxiously displayed across them accompanied by an offer for 15% off for booking a vacation stay.

Four of the ads that have been shown to users.

It’s

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Sony Should Split From Its Sensor Business: Investor


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One of Sony’s crown jewels in its empire is its image sensor business, which dominates global market share and has helped the company hit record profits. But now a famous investor is calling for Sony to spin-off the sensor business into a completely independent company.

The Nikkei Asian Review reports that American activist investor Daniel Loeb has invested in a $1.5 billion stake in Sony and is now calling on the company to spin off its sensor business “to unlock the Japanese group’s true worth as a global entertainment powerhouse.”

Sony already spun off the sensor business as

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Canon Was Blinded by Sony and the ‘Mirrorless Revolution’


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Based on a number of conversations I’ve had and a few minor polls I’ve conducted, most people seem to believe that Canon made the right decision by producing a mirrorless system. Now my sample size is quite small so this may or may not be a true reflection, but I have an opposing view to this. I firmly believe that Canon made the wrong choice by developing a new mirrorless system with a new mount.

I’ve long believed that Canon should have continued with the EF mount. I get the feeling that Canon panicked a little and decided to rush into mirrorless to chase after Sony. In

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Fujifilm B&W Film is Back: Neopan 100 Acros II Unveiled


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Fujifilm’s black-and-white film is coming back from the dead. The company just announced a brand new film stock called Neopan 100 Acros II that promises “unsurpassed image quality” and “world-class fine grain.”

“This 100 ISO film will deliver unsurpassed resolution, fine grain and sharpness, with exceptional detail satisfying a broad range of shooting scenarios and exposures,” Fujifilm says.

The company killed off all of its remaining B&W film and photo paper products in April 2018, which included the discontinuation of its popular Neopan 100 Acros film. A few months later, there were murmurings of a potential rebirth. Today,

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Wildlife Photo Contest Winner Disqualified Over Elephant’s Ears


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African Geographic has announced that photographer who recently won its 2019 Photographer of the Year award has been disqualified due to photo-manipulation.

The photo, titled “Tim in Amboseli National Park, Kenya” and shot by photographer Björn Persson, shows a known Kenyan elephant named Tim standing in a field with dark clouds in the background.

Although the photo initially won Persson the title of Photographer of the Year, the publication’s “ever-vigilant community members with detailed knowledge of Tim” quickly noticed that something was off with the elephant’s ears.

African Geographic points to these two photos by Selengei Poole-Granli that were also

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NASA Will Let You Shoot Photos on the ISS, But You’ll Need $50 Million


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Astronauts have dazzled the world in recent years with photos and videos shot from the International Space Station. If you’ve always dreamed of shooting from the ISS yourself, there will soon be a way. You’ll just need very deep pockets.

NASA just announced today that it’s opening the International Space Station to both tourists and commercial activities “so U.S. industry innovation and ingenuity can accelerate a thriving commercial economy in low-Earth orbit.”

NASA will allow ordinary (ultra-rich) people to go on private astronaut missions to the ISS and stay there for up to 30 days. Two of these

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It Looks Like Someone Stole a Sony Prototype Lens


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This is bizarre. A Sony FE 200-600mm f/5.6-6.3 G OSS lens just popped up in an online auction. Problem is, the lens doesn’t officially exist yet.

sonyalpharumors got its hands on leaked photos of the lens, which Sony will reportedly be announcing sometime next week.

These leaked photos were then traced back to an auction listing on Yahoo! JAPAN.

A screenshot of the auction listing.

The lens is listed as a “junk” lens that is missing components (e.g. ring grips and various plates) and lacks accessories and packaging. The seller says it may be good for “part

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Rumor: Ricoh May Lose Rights to Use Pentax Brand. Ricoh: Uh, No.


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There was a curious rumor floating around this month suggesting that Ricoh may soon lose the right to use the Pentax brand name after the licensing agreement expires. Ricoh has now debunked that rumor.

On March 20th, Pentax Rumors published an article in which it quoted “a well-respected member of Pentax Forums with an impressive track record of inside information about soon to be launched products.” That unnamed individual stated:

Pentax ownership belongs to HOYA, the right to use belongs to Ricoh, and the lease contract expires in 2020. Maybe this is why Ricoh does not continue to develop

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I Am Certifiably Confused About PPA’s ‘Certified Professional Photographer’


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I don’t mean to step on any toes, but… deep breath… here we go…

Dear PPA,

A couple of weeks ago, I asked to sit down with your top brass and discuss what is happening with our beloved PPA (Professional Photographers of America) over some pie. Who doesn’t like pie, right? It was going to be a long conversation and, well, difficult discussions just seem to go better with pie. Granted, the request was made via a Facebook post, so you probably didn’t really take me seriously.

That’s okay — I assure you, you aren’t the first.

And

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