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Analog revival rolls on: Rollei Vario Chrome slide film coming soon

DPReview.com - Latest News - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 4:00am

Dear film photographers! Rollei Vario Chrome 135-36 is a medium to high-speed color reversal film that is intended for photography under low-level daylight illumination or under other light sources using proper filtration. Rollei Vario Chrome has a medium degree of sharpness, its image results are characterized by a slightly visible grain and a warmish image tone. As the name of the film suggests it has a broad exposure latitude from 200 to 400 ISO (DX coded at 320 ISO). If you intend to project the slides we suggest to shoot the film at 200 ISO whereas 320-400 ISO is preferable for scanning applications. Pre-sale will start next week on Monday July 3rd. We expect the supplies to arrive in week 28 so that we'll be able to start shipping between July 10th and 14th. We hope you'll like the film as much as we do and thank you all for the support.

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Well this is some unexpected, but exciting news: German photography shop and producer of Rollei-branded film, Maco Direct, has announced Rollei Vario Chrome 135-36. It's an ISO 320 color reversal film stock with medium sharpness and a warm tone, which sounds perfect for grey Seattle days.

That brings the count to four new, reformulated or resurrected film stocks that will become available this year. The others include: Kodak Ektachrome, Ferrania P30 b/w film, and a reformulation of LomoChrome Purple 400 film. Not to mention Lomography also announced three new single-use cameras and German film maker ADOX announced it will doubled the size of its film plant. All this means more options for analog diehards.

You can pre-order a roll (or more) of Rollei Vario Chrome come July 3rd, and orders will begin shipping as soon as the middle of the month. Of course, it makes some sense to wait and see what images from this new film look like, unless you're the gambling type. In that case, please share your results as soon as possible.

Has this Rollei news whet your appetite for film? Here are 10 excellent, affordable film cameras that are easy to track down and get started with.

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Billy Joel Gives the Commencement Speech at His Long Island Alma Mater: Watch

Billboard.com - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 2:31am
Fifty years ago, Billy Joel was supposed to graduate from Hicksville High School in his Long Island hometown of Hicksville, NY. But after a late-...
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Drake Announces Lineup For Eighth Annual OVO Fest

Billboard.com - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:59am
Now that summer is in full effect, it’s just about time to starting amping up anticipation for the eighth annual OVO Fest. Drake dropped the...
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Watch '60s Soul Singers The Masqueraders Launch Their Comeback on 'America's Got Talent'

Billboard.com - Wed, 06/28/2017 - 12:18am
The Masqueraders had a Hot 100 hit almost exactly 50 years ago with “I Ain't Got To Love Nobody Else.” Fast forward to 2017, and the...
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'America's Got Talent' Contestant Johnny Manuel Hits it Out the Park With Whitney Houston's 'I Have Nothing': Watch

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 10:40pm
No one does Whitney Houston like, well, Whitney. But Johnny Manuel sure comes close. The Flint Michigan, native absolutely nailed his rendition of...
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JAY-Z Shares Dramatic '4:44' Commercial Called 'Kill Jay Z'

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 9:25pm
A commercial for JAY-Z's new album 4:44 from Tidal and Sprint was released Tuesday, teasing the highly anticipated set with some striking imagery...
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Ex-BET Exec Defends Merits of Her Discrimination Lawsuit

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 8:00pm
BET's former head of originals is firing back at claims that she failed to adequately plead her case in a discrimination lawsuit that followed...
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Tiesto Talks EDM's Pop Makeover In Las Vegas & How Sven Vath Inspired His Career: Exclusive

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 7:53pm
It's nearing 2 p.m. in Las Vegas, and as many tourists flee the 115-degree desert air for climate-controlled casinos and lobby bars, thousands of...
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2017 iPhone Photography Award Winners Announced

DPReview.com - Latest News - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 7:33pm
The grand prize (left), first place (top right), and second place (bottom right) winners of the 2017 iPhone Photography Awards. Photos courtesy of IPPA, individual credits below.

When the iPhone Photography Awards were established in 2007, the first iPhone had just been released and its 2MP images were... well, they were nothing to write home about. Fast-forward to 2017, and the winners of this year's 10th annual IPPAs are stunning, taking full advantage of a decade's technological advancement.

This year's winners were selected from 'thousands' of entries that poured in from over 140 countries around the world. Let's take them one by one:

Grand Prize

This year's grand prize and title of iPhone Photographer of the year went to Sebastian Tomada for his photograph titled 'Children of Qayyarah'. Photo © Sebastian Tomada

The grand prize winner, titled 'Children of Qayyarah', was captured by Sebastian Tomada, a photojournalist based in New York City and the Middle East.

As the title suggests, the image was captured in Qayyarah, Iraq. It was shot on November 4th, 2016 after Islamic State militants set fire to oil wells in the city. The image was captured with an iPhone 6s.

1st Place

First place went to photographer Brendan O Se from Ireland, for her striking photograph titled 'Dock Worker'. Photo © Brendan O Se

Photographer Brendan O Se—a university teacher/teacher trainer in Cork, Ireland—was awarded 1st place in the competition for his portrait of hands titled 'Dock Worker'.

The photograph was taken on an early morning walk around the docks in Jakarta in April of 2016. "These were the hands of a dock worker who was taking a break," says O Se. "I was struck by the texture created by the accumulated dirt on his hands."

This photo was also taken with an iPhone 6s.

2nd Place

Second place was awarded to photographer Yeow-Kwang Yeo of Singapore for his portrait titled 'The Performer'. Photo © Yeow-Kwang Yeo

Coming in 2nd behind O Se and Tomada is photographer Yeow-Kwang Yeo, formerly a Mechanical Engineer and Business Administrator who decided to change tracks and devoted himself entirely to photography in 2007.

His photograph, 'The Performer', was captured at a performance of traditional Chinese street opera.

"Instead of shooting their performance, I decided to go the back of the stage to capture the performers’ preparation activity," says Yeo. "I spotted this experience performer who is taking a short rest and was waiting for his turn to perform. I was attracted by the lighting of the old plastic curtain, electric fan, and the overall calm atmosphere."

The photo was captured with an iPhone 6 Plus.

3rd Place

Third place in the overall competition was awarded to photographer Kuanglong Zhang of Shenzhen, China for his image 'The City Palace'. Photo © Kuanglong Zhang

The 3rd and final award handed out in the IPPA's main Photographer of the Year category went to Chinese photographer Kuanglong Zhang, a freelance photographer living in Shenzhen city. This photograph was taken in Udaipur, a city Zhang calls 'one of the most romantic in India.'

"In the City palace, I snapped a moment of one of the staff gazing out of the window," says Zhang. "[It's] as if he saw the slowly historic course of the palace’s construction, which was quite an attractive moment."

The photo was taken with an iPhone 7.

To see more winning images from the other 19 categories the IPPA ran, or if you'd like to learn more about each of the photographers above, visit the IPPA website by clicking here.

All photos used with permission, courtesy of IPPA.

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Jennifer Lopez, Sheryl Crow & Charlie Puth Join Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 7:07pm
Jennifer Lopez, Sheryl Crow and Charlie Puth are joining Macy's 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular.   As People reports, the artists...
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Rory Feek to Perform Again After Wife Joey's Death

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 7:05pm
Rory Feek, one-half of the Grammy-winning country duo Joey + Rory, announced on Tuesday (June 27) he will perform publicly for the first time since...
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Karoondinha Festival, Featuring John Legend & Odesza, Canceled: Exclusive

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 6:54pm
Organizers for the three-day Karoondinha festival near Penn State University have canceled the July 21-23 event, telling Billboard in an exclusive...
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Iggy Azalea Responds to Halsey Calling Her a 'Moron': 'I've Never Met Her'

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 6:45pm
After Halsey recently dissed Iggy Azalea in the press, the Aussie rapper isn't looking to escalate anything things into a beef.  Speaking...
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Shakira Scores 17th No. 1 on Latin Pop Songs Chart with 'Me Enamore'

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 6:40pm
Shakira earns her 17th No. 1 hit on the Latin Pop Songs airplay chart (dated July 8), as “Me Enamore” climbs 2-1 in...
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Hear Eminem & Kendrick Lamar Rap Prodigy Verses on Hot 97

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 6:35pm
Eminem and Kendrick Lamar honored Mobb Deep’s Prodigy on NYC’s Hot 97 over the weekend. The two rappers guested on Peter Rosenberg’...
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Donnie Wahlberg Shows Love for Waffle House Staff With $500 Late-Night Tip

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 6:16pm
Currently on the Total Package Tour with New Kids on the Block, Donnie Wahlberg stopped for a late-night snack at a Waffle House in Edgewood,...
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The 10 Best Remixes of Post Malone's 'Congratulations'

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 5:55pm
Post Malone's success anthem "Congratulations" currently sits in the Billboard Hot 100 top 10. The track is from the the rapper...
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The xx Cancel Iceland's Night + Day Festival

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 5:47pm
The festival economy is indeed going bust, with several large-scale music events, including Canada’s Pemberton and (quite notoriously) Fyre...
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Watch Michael Tyler Perform 'They Can't See' & Talk Writing Dierks Bentley's 'Somewhere on a Beach'

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 5:38pm
Michael Tyler is still pretty fresh on the country scene, but you've definitely heard one of his songs before. That's because the...
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The 10 Crazy-Coolest Things We Saw at Electric Forest Festival 2017

Billboard.com - Tue, 06/27/2017 - 5:34pm
There's just no place like Sherwood Forest. More than 40,000 hippies, bassheads, lovers, friends and families gathered in the woods of Rothbury,...
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