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Venus Optics offers hotshoe Macro Twin Flash KX-800 with guide number of 190ft/58m

DPReview.com - Latest News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 2:49pm

Chinese flash manufacturer Venus Optics has launched a double headed macro flash unit, claiming that it has the highest guide number in the world for such a device. The Kuangren Macro Twin Flash KX-800 uses a pair of flash heads on extending flexible arms that can be positioned in front of the lens for extreme close-up work. Another arm houses an LED light to help with focusing. Read more

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LaCie updates Rugged Thunderbolt lineup with 1TB SSD option

DPReview.com - Latest News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 2:04pm

LaCie has introduced a new Rugged Thunderbolt external drive, updating its lineup with a 1TB SSD. This is double the previous Rugged drive's 500GB capacity, and is coupled with a rugged external housing able to withstand water exposure, shock, and dust. The inclusion of a Thunderbolt connection, meanwhile, enables fast transfer speeds compared to typical external hard drive speeds. Read more

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Opinion: Why the Canon XC10 is a big deal

DPReview.com - Latest News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 12:35pm

Today Canon released the XC10, a camera that for all practical purposes is equal part a stills and a video camera. It promises to deliver not only both types of media, but an appropriate user experience for either type of shooting. It may be the first true 'convergence' camera. Learn more about this camera and why it's a significant milestone of technology. Read more

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Canon XC10: What you need to know

DPReview.com - Latest News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 9:00am

Canon's new XC10 is the first product we've seen which is neither a stills camera with a video feature or a video camera that can capture stills. In terms of both specification and ergonomics it is a true 'convergence' product with the potential to shake up more than one market segment. We've been poring over the specifications for a while now - here's what you need to know 

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Canon XC10 digital camcorder brings 4K video and stills together

DPReview.com - Latest News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 9:00am

Canon has released its XC10 digital camcorder which combines advanced 4K video recording with capable still shooting features. The core features are a 12MP 1" CMOS sensor and a fixed F2.8-5.6 image stabilized lens equivalent to 27-270mm for videos and 24-240mm for stills. 4K UHD video is captured using the XF-AVC Intra codec (which offers bit rates up to 305MBps) and 8MP stills can be grabbed from 4K video. Other notable features include a rotating grip, tilting LCD, and built-in Wi-Fi. Read more.

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Canon C300 Mark II announced with new 8.85MP 35mm sensor and 4K recording

DPReview.com - Latest News - Wed, 04/08/2015 - 9:00am

Canon has announced the EOS C300 Mark II Cinema EOS camera, updating its predecessor with a new 8.85 megapixel 35mm sensor allowing 4K shooting. Also new are Dual DIGIC DV5 processors bringing the ability to record 10-bit 4:2:2 4K (UHD or DCI) video internally thanks using the new XF-AVC Codec. Read more

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Datacolor offers Spyder5 with redesigned calibrator

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 8:27pm

Color management company Datacolor has announced a new version of its Spyder monitor calibrating tool that it claims offers up to 55% improvement in tonal response, leading to 'more accurate shadow detail and smoother gradients.' The body of the new Spyder5 calibrator has been redesigned, somewhat losing the spider legs that got the series it name. Read more

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Lensbaby introduces Velvet 56mm f/1.6

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 4:00pm

Lensbaby has introduced the Velvet 56, a portrait lens with an f/1.6 aperture and 1:2 magnification, as well as a minimum focus distance of 5 inches. Lensbaby claims the lens produces 'soft, glowing' effects at brighter apertures for a 'velvety' quality the lens is named for. Read more

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What goes around: 6 mid-sized ball heads put to the test

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 04/07/2015 - 2:30pm

One of the most important parts of a tripod is the head that connects the camera to the legs. Continuing where our previous ball head roundup left off, we've collected six ball-type heads for review that are in the medium-to-large size class. These heads are suitable for most large cameras and lenses, with only the truly gigantic or heavy devices requiring something larger. Find out which ones earn our recommendation. Read more

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Colorado proposes bill supporting photographers who record police

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 5:27pm

Colorado, U.S. state legislatures have introduced a new bill that, if signed into law, will prevent law enforcement officers from interfering with citizens who are photographing or recording police activity. It is House Bill 15-1290, and it comes at a time when Texas has proposed its own bill on the topic, but with a draconian slant: it penalizes citizens that film or photograph police actions within 15 feet of the incident. Read more

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Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS real-world samples posted

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 3:49pm

In theory, Sony's FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS all-in-one zoom is an ideal candidate for travel photography with one of the company's a7-series. The stabilized lens provides Sony's full frame mirrorless cameras with a 10x zoom range, designed with five aspherical elements and one ED glass element. We put it to the test on landscapes, portraits, and lots of things in between. See gallery

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Studio Update: Nikon D7200 and Panasonic GF7 added to comparison tool

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 04/06/2015 - 11:00am

Monday got you down? We've got something to help pick you right back up - our studio scene comparison tool has just been updated. Now included are samples from the Nikon D7200, Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF7 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS50. Take a look at how they perform against their peers. Read more

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Sony FE 28mm F2 samples gallery posted

DPReview.com - Latest News - Sun, 04/05/2015 - 9:00am

Sony's line of FE lenses continues to grow. One of the most recent models to be released, the FE 28mm F2, recently landed in our office, and we spent some time toting it around on a variety of Sony FE bodies. Check out our samples. See gallery

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Readers' Showcase: Rajesh Bhattacharjee

DPReview.com - Latest News - Sat, 04/04/2015 - 9:00am

Like many of our site readers, Rajesh Bhattacharjee is a self-taught photographer who connected with other photographers online and in person to help improve his craft. He's a keen traveler, spending his free time in National Parks pursuing great landscapes. Based on his portfolio, we'd say he's found more than a few. Take a look at his images and read more in our Q&A. See gallery

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Tamron USA announces fourth travel-themed photo contest

DPReview.com - Latest News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 5:25pm

Tamron has announced a competition for US-based customers, who are encouraged to submit 8-14 images with a travel theme. Prizes for the winner include having his or her work featured on Tamron's website and in its newsletter, as well as the opportunity to pick up a shiny new SP 15-30mm F/2.8, 24-70mm F/2.8 or 70-200mm F/2.8. Learn more

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DPReview week in review: April showers

DPReview.com - Latest News - Fri, 04/03/2015 - 1:39pm

When it rains, it pours - that was definitely the case this week, both outside our office windows (Thunder! In Seattle!) and in terms of content on the site. We posted our Sony a7 II review, got out shooting with Nikon's newest DX-format DSLR, and reviewed another Nikon crop sensor camera. Don't be an April fool - take a look back and get caught up. Read more

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Triggertrap introduces pauses and delays for timelapse sequences with Timelapse Pro app

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 8:01pm

Triggertrap has released a new app that allows photographers to take more control of their timelapse sessions by introducing the ability to add delays into a sequence. Timelapse Pro is available for iOS devices running iOS 8 and, with the appropriate Triggertrap Mobile Kit dedicated cable, can control over 300 models of camera. Read more

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Voigtlander releases price of forthcoming 10.5mm f/0.95 lens for Micro Four Thirds system

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 5:11pm

Premium optical brand Voigtländer has announced the price of the 10.5mm super wide angle lens that it first displayed at Photokina in September 2014. The Voigtländer Nokton 10.5mm f/0.95 is designed to be used with Micro Four Thirds cameras, and will be the fourth in the current line of f/0.95 lenses that the company offers. Read more

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Samyang and Rokinon formally introduce 100mm f2.8 macro lens

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 4:13pm

On March 27, Samyang and Rokinon teased a new lens on Facebook, saying that it would offer 'immense focus and unparalleled features'. That lens was officially introduced today, and it's a 100mm f2.8 Macro offering with 1:1 magnification and a 1ft. minimum focusing distance. Though it won't be shipping until next month, the lens is available to pre-order from retailers now. Read more

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Touch and go: Nikon D5500 review posted

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 04/02/2015 - 12:51pm

Slightly smaller and lighter than its predecessor, the Nikon D5500 continues to offer a proven 24.2MP APS-C sensor in a body that's more approachable than a D7000-series DSLR. It offers a fully articulated 3.2" touchscreen, 1080/60p HD video, a new EXPEED 4 processor and built-in Wi-Fi with GPS. Can it compete in ever more crowded class? Read more

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