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izugar launches 220-degree super fisheye lens for micro four thirds: digital photography review

hong kong-based company izugar has just launched a pretty quirky, intense little lens.called the mkx22, it's a 3.25mm f2.5 super fisheye lens for micro four thirds cameras that offers a whopping 220-degree angle of view.this fisheye lens is said to offer "edge-to-edge sharpness" with suitability for 4k video recording, a 0.6m minimum focusing distance, fully circular 10mm design, and extra-slim build for better parallax control, according to izugar. all of that in addition to that 220-degree angle of view that can more-or-less see behind itself.the lens recently appeared for sale on izugar's website, where the company explains that the mkx22 can be used with the zcam e1 - izugar custom edition, blackmagic micro studio 4k, sony a7r2, panasonic gx80, and similar cameras. for reference, the company offers a full reference guide showing fov for these cameras at various resolutions.the lens is available from izugar now for $500.lens specifications:model: izugar mkx-22format: 10mm full circularmount: micro four thirds mount (mft)35mm equivalent focal length: 3.25mmaperture: f/2.5 (fixed)minimum focusing distance: 0.6mlens groups/elements: 10/11angle of view (mft-4k): 220 x 150





apple's auto-generated memories videos are still kind of weird in ios 11: digital photography review

starting with ios 10, apple has been scanning iphone users' photo libraries and automatically creating nostalgic videos it calls memories. they're basically slideshows of what it deems to be meaningful photos and videos from your collection, set to music, and arranged around a theme. you'll laugh, you'll cry, and sometimes you'll remember that time you took a picture of the frozen pizza baking directions.ios 11, released to the general public yesterday, brought some updates to memories. they're now portrait-format friendly, and more memories will be automatically created around a wider range of subjects and themes. but if my first memory video after downloading ios 11 is any indication, apple hasn't gotten much smarter about what photos to include.an interesting photo for instagram, but not a moment i wanted to reminisce about months later. it's hard for a computer to know the difference.though it does a few things well – it generally picks up on the fact that i like nice photos of my boyfriend and me – apple's algorithm makes some pretty weird choices. my latest memory, titled "best of the last 2 months," opens on an image of a discarded craisins box on a bed of grass. i thought it was an interesting photo for instagram, but not a moment i wanted to reminisce about months later. it's hard for a computer to know the difference.the misses are all much funnier because of the slightly dramatic treatment: panning, gentle transitions and music give the impression o...





craigslist poster raises the bar on terrible car photography: digital photography review

a craigslist post offering a 1990 mazda rx-7 for sale is going viral today thanks to the photos of the car... and it's not because they're good.for whatever reason, the ad's author decided the best way to photograph his or her car for this ad was to take pictures of the car with their cell phone, and then take pictures of the pictures displayed on their cracked, hazy smartphone screen.the original craigslist post, a link to which hasn't been shared publicly to avoid disrupting the seller's efforts, was spotted by murilee martin and shared with autoweek. and yes, the pictures are exactly as bad as described.the reasoning behind this photographic decision aren't known and probably never will be. but instead of sharp, colorful, detailed photos of a car what we get are hazy, in some cases out-of-focus shots of a red vehicle that is difficult to make out through the cracks in the screen.even by craigslist standards these are bad. by car photography standards? it's like something out of a horror film.





this kodak moments chatbot digs through your old photos and tries to sell you prints: digital photography review

kodak has created a new facebook messenger chatbot called 'kodak moments' that tries to get users to buy physical products by digging through and resurfacing their old photos.the ai algorithm works by searching through the mass of images a user has uploaded to facebook and suggesting ones that may have been forgotten in hopes the user, when suddenly presented with this fond old memory (or kodak moment... if you will), will order it as a physical print or photo product like a coffee mug.facebook users are given the option of either dismissing the chatbot's suggested image, requesting other images that contain the same people as the first image, or requesting a print or product containing the selected image. all you have to do to join this 'fun' game that tries to sell you things is search for kodak moments in the messenger app.unfortunately, the chatbot—at least in its current iteration—doesn't support any sort of filtering options, making it impossible to prevent the bot from digging up photos of old memories better left forgotten. consider yourself warned.joining this messenger chatbot is a new kodak moments app (android | ios) that goes a bit further. after being given permission, the app will search through a facebook or google account and camera roll to find images it thinks users may want to turn into physical products.the goal behind the new kodak moments technology is (obviously) to increase the company's print sales while reviving the idea of a 'kodak mome...





the iphone 8 plus is the best smartphone camera dxomark has ever tested: digital photography review

apple fans who were hopeful the iphone 8/plus would represent a big step up in camera quality over the already-respectable iphone 7/plus have something to celebrate. dxomark just released the results of its iphone 8 and 8 plus tests, and the new apple smartphones represents a significant improvement over the previous versions.in fact, the iphone 8 plus is now the best smartphone camera dxomark has ever tested, and the iphone 8 comes in a close second, pushing the google pixel down from the top stop into the #3 position.you can read full iphone 8 and iphone 8 plus reviews by clicking on the respective links, but the conclusion from dxomark's review of the plus just about tells you all you need to know:overall, the apple iphone 8 plus is an excellent choice for the needs of nearly every smartphone photographer. it features outstanding image quality, zoom for those needing to get closer to their subjects, and an industry-leading portrait mode for artistic efforts. it is at the top of our scoring charts in nearly every category — and in particular, its advanced software allows it to do an amazing job of capturing high-dynamic range scenes and images in which it can recognize faces.'nuff said? now we wait to see how much better (or not) the iphone x is... and what google's response will be when the company reveals its new smartphone on october 4th.





synology launches its first 6-bay nas tower, updates more affordable options: digital photography review

storage solution company synology has introduced its first six-bay nas device: the ds3018xs. the new model holds six drives of its own, but if that's still not enough storage for your epic photo library, it can combine with the company’s dx1215 expansion units to control up to thirty.the company has used the pentium d1208 dual-core 2.2ghz processor that can boost to 2.6ghz, and provides a pcle slot for users to install an optional dual m.2 sata ssd adapter to shift processing onto solid state drives for speed and efficiency. the ds3018xs comes with 8gb of ram installed, but has two memory slots for expansion up to 32gb, and an optional 10gbe network card can provide 2230mb/s sequential read speeds.at the same time, synology has launched four other ds and ds+ models that replace existing nas enclosures. the new ds918+ and ds718+ are upgrades of the ds..16+ models, and bring more memory capacity and options for adding extra slots via dx517 expansion unit. these models and the ds218+ and ds418 get new processors as well, while all are said to be capable of transcoding 4k video on the go.synology has started a series of workshops around the world that demonstrate some of these models and show off the company’s technology. they are free to attend to anyone registered via the synology 2018 events page. for more information about the new nas enclosures visit the synology website.ds3018xs - £1298.18 (including vat), €1190 (excluding taxes)ds918+ - £518.18 (including vat), ??...





yashica teases 'unprecedented camera': coming to kickstarter in october: digital photography review

last week's yashica teaser was met with a lot of excitement. but it didn't take long for people to claim that teaser had nothing to do with a camera. in fact, they said, yashica was just teasing a clip-on smartphone lens they had already released. womp womp...but not so fast! another teaser video released yesterday seems to hint at the big return to the camera market we were all actually hoping for.the teaser, titled "the prologue," shows more of the same girl walking around with an old yashica film camera (maybe?) and even a brief scene with that clip-on smartphone lens. all unremarkable, except the whole thing starts with this tagline:expect the unexpectedthe unprecedented camera by yashicaand later on a date floats onto the screen: october 2017, kickstarterit looks like yashica may be making a grand return after all. hopefully they don't disappoint us after all this teasing. if you're claiming to release an "unprecedented" camera, you'd better deliver.





affinity photo for ipad adds extremely useful drag-and-drop feature with ios 11 update: digital photography review

one of the useful features added to the ipad with the update to ios 11 this week was drag-and-drop between the operating system's "files" app and other applications on the tablet. and popular photo editor affinity photo has already updated its ipad app to take advantage of this really handy feature.now, if you want to edit a photograph in the affinity photo app, all you have to do is drag it from the files app into affinity... that's it. no need to get the image onto your ipad in some other, more convoluted way—as long as it's accessible from your files app (read: in a cloud-connected folder on your apple computer) you can drag it into the app.what's more, you can drag multiple files in at once for hdr merging, panorama creation, and focus stacking. here's the description direct from serif, the makers of affinity photo:thanks to ios 11’s new files app you can now drag and drop multiple images straight into affinity photo for ipad and start editing. this is tremendously useful when working with hdr merge, image stacking and panoramas and will provide an instant boost to your workflow. and if you ever receive images, or even psd files, via email, you can now open and edit that file – with all layers intact – by simply dragging it in.affinity photo made a big splash with their ipad release, calling it "the first full blown, truly professional photo editing tool to make its way onto the apple tablet." as serif builds more and more functionality into the app, they...





new product overview videos: canon eos 6d ii and more: digital photography review

we're always expanding our collection of product overview content, and we've just added videos for the canon eos 6d mark ii, the eos rebel sl2 and eos m6. take a look at some of the key features these cameras offer – demonstrated in the shooting scenarios they were built to handle. for more overviews and gear tests, be sure to subscribe to our youtube channel.canon eos rebel sl2 overviewcanon eos m6 overviewthis is sponsored content, created with the support of amazon and canon. what does this mean?





throwback thursday: the canon powershot g1: digital photography review

it wasn't the first 'prosumer' compact on the market, but it did check off a lot of the items on enthusiasts' wish lists at the time. the canon g1, announced to the world on september 18, 2000, offered a great deal of manual control options, a hot shoe, raw capture and a fully articulated 1.8" screen. that line would eventually evolve into the present-day powershot gx x series – but it all started 17 years ago this week.read our full canon powershot g1 reviewcanon powershot g1 sample gallery





incredible microscopic close-ups of a peacock feather: digital photography review

turkish macro photographer can tuncer takes his macro work far beyond most macro shooters. forget 1:1 or even 2:1, when tuncer decides on a project his super macro work requires complex focus stacking rigs, microscope lenses, and 40-images per photo to get everything in focus.this was the case with his most recent project, peacock feather, in which he used three different microscope lenses and a super-macro setup to capture extreme closeups of these colorful marvels.for this particular project, tuncer used three lenses: a lomo 3.7x (3.7x magnification), mitutoyo m plan apo 5x (5x magnification), and nikon cf plan 10x 0.30 wd 16.5 (10x magnification). each was mounted to his canon 6d in turn and, using the light from a single yongnuo yn-560 iii and two ikea jansjö led lamps.the final rig looked like this:and these are the three lenses used:the project took two weeks to complete, during which time can captured 1,500 images of a single feather in order to create the final focus-stacked series you see at the top. scroll through the high-res versions for yourself if you need to add a bit of wow-factor to your wednesday.and then, if you want to see even more incredible macro photography, you can find more of can's work on 500px, flickr, and instagram.all images by can tuncer and used with permission.





photo experiment: shooting macro photos of boiling water: digital photography review

recently i've become interested in photographing boiling water in a glass tea kettle. it may sound boring and uninteresting, but with the right lighting you can get some truly interesting images.it began when i was boiling my tea water one day in january this year, and i happened to have my camera with a macro lens and a speedlight mounted, laying nearby. i decided to try what would happen if i photographed the boiling water in the glass tea kettle and was very surprised by the results! it looked like melted metal, and the shapes were a lot more intricate and detailed than i would have expected.when experimenting with this, i have gotten the best results when using a macro lens with a long focal length. i used my trusty sigma 150mm f2.8 macro. you could probably get interesting photos with a non-macro lens, but you would likely have to do some cropping to take away the edges of the teakettle and the background, as you wouldn't be able to focus as closely.i set the aperture to around f6 or f7 for the sharpest results, and i focus fairly close, but not all the way to 1:1 magnification. i make sure that the room is as dark as possible, as this gives the photos a calmer background. i use either a normal speedlight mounted on the top of the camera, or, for more interesting results, i use two speedlights with colored gels, placed at different angles towards the teakettle.in this case, i used two godox tt 685s: cheap but incredibly well-built wireless speedlights.finally, i turn o...





snapseed app updated with new interface and presets, adds perspective tool to ios: digital photography review

google has just pushed out an update to snapseed, the popular mobile image editing app for ios and android. the update (version 2.18) is for both versions of the app, and offers users on both mobile platforms a new interface and 11 new image presets. additionally, the ios update has brought the app's perspective tool to apple's mobile devices, enabling users to adjust the horizon and "skewed lines" using their iphone or ipad.the update was announced on the google plus snapseed page, where the team explained that snapseed 2.18 is redesigned to make accessing features more efficient while speeding up the overall editing process. the new interface, meanwhile, moves looks to the main screen, a feature that enables users to save their favorite edits so they can be applied to multiple other photos quickly.other changes are minor, and include switching the app from a dark to a light theme, as well as making certain tools and the export function accessible in a menu at the bottom of the display while editing. both the android and ios updates are available now through the google play and itunes app stores, respectively.





report: blackstone working with morgan stanley to sell 45% leica stake: digital photography review

in early august, reuters reported that blackstone was engaging in talks with potential buyers to acquire its 45% stake in leica. sources had said at the time that blackstone was working with an investment bank, though that bank wasn't named, and that it had already discussed the potential business deal with several possible buyers. reuters is back with more info about the alleged business plan, revealing that blackstone is working with morgan stanley.sources have claimed that zeiss was interested in possibly acquiring a stake in leica, but only if it could get a majority of the company. private equity funds, family investors, and "asian optics groups" are also claimed among those interested in blackstone's 45% stake.in its most recent report, reuters said that blackstone is aiming for a high valuation, banking on the fact that leica is perceived as a luxury brand versus other big camera companies like nikon and canon. no auction for the stake has been started, the sources claim. neither blackstone or morgan stanley have commented on the report.





adobe announces record-breaking $1.84 billion in revenue for q3: digital photography review

adobe has once again posted record quarterly revenue, this time for the fiscal quarter that ended on september 1, 2017. the software company experienced a 26% year-on-year revenue growth with $1.84 billion in its third fiscal quarter this year. of that, $1.27 billion came from the company's digital media segment, including creative cloud. on a gaap basis, adobe saw its year-on-year net income grow 55% and its operating income grow 48%.we'll give you a moment to take that in... 55% net income growth, and a fiscal quarter of $1.84 billion. the jump to a subscription model is treating the company very well.this marks yet another high point for adobe, which previously posted record revenue during its second fiscal quarter ending in june 2017. during its q2, adobe made then record-setting $1.77 billion with its digital media segment having driven that revenue.looking forward, adobe anticipates fourth fiscal quarterly revenue of $1.95 billion, which would once again keep it in line with analysts' expectations and set yet another record. financial highlights from adobe for q3 are listed below:adobe achieved record quarterly revenue of $1.84 billion in its third quarter of fiscal year 2017, which represents 26 percent year-over-year revenue growth.diluted earnings per share was $0.84 on a gaap-basis, and $1.10 on a non-gaap basis.digital media segment revenue was $1.27 billion, with creative revenue growing to $1.06 billion.digital media annualized recurring revenue (“arr”) gr...





oprema jena revives biotar 58mm f2 lens with record-setting 17 aperture blades: digital photography review

after successfully funding the 'legendary' biotar 78mm f1.5 lens through kickstarter, newly-minted company oprema jena is trying to pull off yet another resurrection. this time the crowdfunding platform is indiegogo, and the lens they're bringing back is the biotar 58mm f2: the world's only lens with a 'historic' 17-blade aperture.oprema isn't holding back when it comes to describing this lens in the most epic of terms:reengineered to its true historic 17 aperture blade version it will change how you feel about photography. with its unique design the biotar 58 balances the need for sharpness and bokeh in one lens like no other. it is truly an enchanting miracle bokeh wonder lens for all your photographic situations."miracle bokeh wonder lens" .... there's a tagline for you. and if that's not enough, here's an overly-dramatic introduction to this lens complete with inspiring music and over-zealous presenter voice:joking aside, people seem very excited about this old lens coming back. the original design dates back to 1927, and it was introduced to the public around 1937. unfortunately, due to the war, the original biotar 58 was only produced in small numbers, and later versions never quite recaptured the original's flare for dramatic bokeh.until (at least according to oprema jena) now.oprema identified the models that were "most outstanding" from the biotar's history, and recreated those while adding in some modern conveniences like rangefinder coupling for lei...





zenit's full-frame mirrorless camera will use components made by leica: digital photography review

following an announcement last month that camera maker zenit would launch a full-frame camera in 2018, ussrphoto claims the new zenit model will be based on the leica sl full-frame camera. leica will reportedly make components for the zenit based on the ones found in its leica sl camera, but will tailor them specifically for the upcoming zenit model.little is known about zenit's plans at this time. in mid-august, an announcement that zenit would return with a new camera was reportedly made on moscow region radio 1. no camera specifications were provided aside from the fact that it will be a full-frame mirrorless model with a brand-recognizable design and an anticipated 2018 launch date.we know that the reborn zenit company won't try to compete with the industry's biggest camera makers, and it was stated at the time that a "leading photographic equipment company" would be used to produce some of the new model's components. that company wasn't revealed, but assuming ussrphoto's leak is correct, it will be leica.however, and in speaking to petapixel, ussrphoto said the kmz zenit factory in russia will itself produce the new lenses for this upcoming model, and that work on this project has already started. though the factory isn't capable of producing electronic components for the camera (hence leica's involvement) it does have the equipment necessary to make its own optics.additional information—such as cost, specs, and a more specific release date—still haven't b...





lensbaby unveils creative bokeh and sweet 80 optics: digital photography review

lensbaby just released two new "optics" for portrait photographer and other shooters who want to add a bit of creative flare to their photography. the first is the sweet 80: an 80mm optic that gives portrait shooters that trademark lensbaby 'sweet spot' of focus; the second is the creative bokeh optic: a 50mm single-element lens that comes with 11 drop in apertures in a variety of shapes.you can see both optics in the gallery below:product photosboth the sweet 80 and creative bokeh optics join the so-called 'lensbaby optic swap system' that allows you to pop different creative lenses onto your composer pro i or ii composer, muse, scout, and control freak.lensbaby sweet 80 opticat its core, the sweet 80 is an 80mm f2.8 selective focus optic with a 12-blade aperture that closes down to f22. as with lensbaby's other 'sweet' optics, you select the size and location of your 'sweet spot of focus' by tilting the lens and adjusting the aperture.here are a few sample photos captured with the sweet 80:lensbaby creative bokeh opticas mentioned above, the creative bokeh optic is a 50mm, single-element lens that you attach to a composer pro ii. inside you'll find a 12-blade aperture that ranges from f2.5 to f22, but the built-in aperture isn't the main draw of this optic. instead, lensbaby is including 11 magnetic drop-in aperture plates that will turn the out-of-focus points of light in your background into a variety of shapes, including: diamonds, dripsplat, slots, swirly, ...





diversify photo launches database of photographers of color to promote diversity: digital photography review

diversify photo wants to promote greater ethnic inclusion in the world of photography, and they're taking concrete steps. step one: diversify has just established a database of ‘photographers of color’ that will make it easier for art buyers, creative directors and editors to find photographers from a wide range of cultural backgrounds to hire.the point of the database, says diversify photo, is to, "break with the narrow lens through which history… has been recorded" by equipping those who commission photography with "the resources to discover photographers of color available for assignments."the groups says that calling for greater diversity in the media has proved not to be enough, so it took action by creating this online database. the website features a gallery of images taken by individual photographers, and clicking on any of those pictures takes users to the photographer's website. the site also offers an email service that explains the self-identified ethnicity of its photographers, along with their areas of expertise and languages spoken.the site was set up by brent lewis, a senior editor at espn’s the undefeated, and independent photo editor andrea wise. in an interview brent told photo district news that the database was created to show photography buyers, “that there are a lot of talented people out there that they may not see, have the time to go looking for, or just don’t know where to begin to find.”at the moment there are 340 photographers ...





review: affinity photo 1.5.2 for desktop: digital photography review

usually, the price of software comes at the end of the review, but with affinity photo 1.5, the image editor for mac and windows, the price is the starting point, along with a prominent qualifier from the product’s website: 'no subscription.'key featuresprofessional editing tools for almost anyone who needs to manipulate imagesedits are mostly non-destructivewindows and mac supportinexpensive, with no subscription requiredbatch processingaffinity photo’s developer, serif, knows its audience. when adobe shifted photoshop and nearly all of its other products to a subscription model in 2013, it prompted an outcry from customers who didn’t want to be locked into a perpetual fee. four years later, despite the move being apparently successful for adobe, subscription pricing continues to be a point of contention for many people, turning into an opportunity for developers like serif.if you’re already familiar with adobe’s flagship, it won’t take long to orient yourself in affinity photo.however, simply offering a less expensive image editor isn’t enough. we’re beyond the point where photographers will put up with limited software to save a few bucks, and with affinity photo, we don’t have to. you won’t find some of the specialized features photoshop includes, such as its 3d tools, but most everything else is there – sometimes to affinity photo’s detriment.getting startedsoftware should be evaluated on its own merits, and for the most part i’m looking at af...