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Tamron SP 15-30mm F2.8 Di VC USD real-world sample gallery posted

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 9:02pm

After handling a prototype at Photokina, we brought a final shipping sample of Tamron's new 15-30mm wideangle zoom back from CP+. The stabilized ultra-wideangle lens covers a full-frame sensor, offers a unique double lens hood design for added strength and boasts a very competitive $1200 price tag. We're impressed so far - check out our samples gallery

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Sony Xperia Z3 camera review

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 4:47pm

The Sony Xperia Z3 is the successor to the Xperia Z2, and in terms of both camera specification and design it's more of an evolutionary update than a major overhaul. In terms of camera specs the new model comes with the same 20.7 MP resolution on a 1/2.3 sensor as its predecessor but the new G-lens offers a wider equivalent focal length of 25mm. Click through to read our full review on connect.dpreview.com

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Konost full-frame digital rangefinder in the pipeline for 2016

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 2:45pm

An American start-up company is promising to bring a full frame digital rangefinder camera to market for early 2016. The Konost FF will be a 20-million-pixel metal bodied M-mount camera equipped with a 4" LCD. The company has said that the rangefinder system will operate not with mirrors and prisms, as most rangefinders do, but with twin imaging sensors that overlay their images to produce the same dual image effect in the viewfinder. Read more

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Historic prints from the beginning of photography to go on auction in London

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 02/24/2015 - 11:10am

William Henry Fox Talbot prints from as early as 1844 are part of a collection of over 200 photographs that are due to go to auction in London next month. All of the pictures in the sale come from a single private collection which includes a many well-known and important works, and many of the prints were made at the time the original pictures were taken. See gallery

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ARRI announces the ALEXA Mini 4K UHD, a lightweight carbon fiber cinema camera

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 8:26pm

We don't normally write about thirty-thousand-dollar cinema camera, but the ARRI ALEXA Mini caught our eye. This digital motion picture camera packs a whole lot of firepower into a super compact, carbon-fiber body. The specs also foreshadow what me might expect in future consumer-level cameras, in terms of video capabilities. Read more

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CreativeLive kicks off Photoshop Week 2015

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 4:33pm

Starting today, the folks at CreativeLive are hosting a week of educational programs designed to help photographers and designers get the most out of Adobe Photoshop. Classes range from tips for beginners to more specialized sessions in landscape, architecture and portrait photography, to name a few. All classes are streaming live for free over the next six days, and will be available for purchase after the event. Read more

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Panasonic introduces Lumix G 30mm macro and new 42.5mm portrait prime

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 02/23/2015 - 12:14pm

Panasonic has announced two new additions to its Micro Four Thirds lens lineup, a 30mm F2.8 macro and 42.5mm F1.7 portrait lens. The company had previously hinted that the 30mm was in the works, and as promised it offers Mega O.I.S stabilization along with 240 fps drive AF. The 42.5mm F1.7 isn't quite as fast (or presumably as expensive) as the existing Leica Nocticron 42.5mm F1.2. Both lenses will be available in May. Read more

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Close Encounters: Will Burrard-Lucas' wildlife photography

DPReview.com - Latest News - Sun, 02/22/2015 - 10:00am

Based in the UK, nature photographer Will Burrard-Lucas is highly dedicated to wildlife photography. He's even developed his own remote-controlled camera system for getting as close as you can with dangerous animals like rhinos, lions and… meerkats. The photographer spent an entire year living in Zambia where he used new technologies like drones, camera traps and remote-control devices to capture nature from tricky perspectives. See gallery

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International Garden Photographer of the Year 2015 winners announced

DPReview.com - Latest News - Sat, 02/21/2015 - 9:00am

Winners of the International Garden Photographer of the Year competition have been announced, the top prize has gone to Magdalena Wasiczek. She won the overall prize in 2012, and has taken the top prize again with a dramatic rendering of a red Hydrangea petiolaris against a heavily defocused background. See winners

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FAA proposes regulations for commercial drone usage

DPReview.com - Latest News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 3:08pm

The FAA's plan to regulate drone usage has been a long running cause of concern among enthusiasts and those hoping to use UAVs for commercial purposes. Thus far speculation has pegged the budding regulations as unnecessarily restrictive, but the new officially revealed FAA proposal shows those concerns to largely be unfounded. Read more

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 II First Impressions Review updated with shooting experience

DPReview.com - Latest News - Fri, 02/20/2015 - 9:00am

Our first impressions review of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II covered the cameras updates, physical features and (of course) our first impressions on using it. Now that we've had some more time with the camera, we've put together some more thoughts on shooting with the E-M5 II - from grey Seattle to the bright sunshine of Bermuda. Read more

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New samples from the Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 8:22pm

We were recently lucky enough to visit Sigma's factory in Aizu, Japan, where Sigma allowed us to shoot with a pre-production sample of the recently-announced 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens. The wintry landscape of the Fukushima prefecture was a nice contrast to the CP+ convention center where we last gathered some samples with this lens, and our recent samples are more representative of lens performance on a native mount body (Canon 6D). Have a look

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Into the woods: a video overview of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 6:19pm

We thought we'd try something a bit different for our video overview of the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II. Given that two of the major changes are improvements in its video features and stabilization, we thought we'd use the camera to shoot its own video and see how it behaves handheld. And, since the camera is environmentally sealed, we thought we'd venture beyond the office for a bit. See video

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Sony branches off audio and video business but remains committed to sensor development

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 5:31pm

Sony has announced that it will be branching off its audio and video departments into a separate subsidiary. Sony previously spun off its VAIO PC business one year ago, and the creation of new departments aims to make the company into a profitable entity. Read more

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Adobe celebrates 25 years of Photoshop

DPReview.com - Latest News - Thu, 02/19/2015 - 12:01am

Photoshop turns 25 today, and Adobe is marking the occasion with a look back at the software's humble roots, along with a chance for users under the age of 25 to take control of the company's Instagram handle for two weeks. Short of supplying its subscribers with complimentary birthday cake, the company has put together some entertaining graphics comparing Photoshop's icons, toolbars and splash screens for a short trip down the digital memory lane. Read more

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Marumi introduces fixed and variable neutral density filters, including ND100,000 for solar shooting

DPReview.com - Latest News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 5:34pm

Japanese filter brand Marumi has introduced a collection of neutral density filters for its DHG (Digital High Grade) range including fixed density strengths of ND 8, 16, 32 and 64 as well as a variable ND filter with a range of ND 2.5-500. The company has also announced a ND filter for shooting solar eclipses. Read more

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Astropad turns iPad into drawing tablet for Mac

DPReview.com - Latest News - Wed, 02/18/2015 - 1:46pm

Two former Apple engineers have just launched Astropad, an app for Apple's iPad and Mac computer that turns the former into a drawing tablet for the latter. It works with most styluses, and allows use of applications like Photoshop for image retouching and editing with more precision. Read more

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Real-world Test: The Sony a6000 goes surfing with Chris Burkard

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 5:52pm

Chris Burkard is a well-established adventure and surf photographer. His landscapes and cold weather surf photos have earned worldwide attention and plenty of high-profile clients. Chris joined us recently in California to take Sony's a6000 for a spin to try out its hybrid AF system on - what else? - sun, sand and surf. See how the a6000 keeps up in our latest real-world test. See video

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Fujifilm XF 16-55mm F2.8 R LM real-world samples gallery posted

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 02/17/2015 - 2:29pm

Fujifilm's XF 16-55mm F2.8 is a weather-sealed zoom covering a 24-83mm equivalent range. With a fast F2.8 constant aperture, manual aperture control and a new Nano-GI coating to reduce flare, it's a high-end lens to be sure. Take a look at how it performs in the real world. See gallery

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Russian gay rights story wins World Press Photo contest for Danish photographer

DPReview.com - Latest News - Mon, 02/16/2015 - 8:30pm

A photograph that highlights the difficulties facing sexual minorities in Russia has won the World Press Photo contest's top prize. 'Jon and Alex', from a project called 'Homophobia in Russia', shows an 'intimate moment' between a gay couple from St. Petersburg and won Danish photographer Mads Nissen the Contempory Issues category of the competition, as well as the first prize for a single image, netting him 11,500 Euro and Canon DSLR equipment. See winners

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