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that crazy 16-module light l16 camera is finally shipping today

the light l16 boasts a crazy 16 total camera modules, creating images by blending photos taken with all 16 simultaneously. photo: light.co

it took four years, but light.co's l16 computational photography camera is officially shipping to pre-order customers. the 16-module camera is about the size of a regular smartphone, but by using 16 cameras at once, it claims to shoot the kinds of photos we're used to seeing from dslrs.

the announcement dropped just a couple of hours ago on the light.co website, where the company seemed to go to great lengths to justify the last 4 years.

"we’ll admit, bringing this breakthrough computational camera to market hasn’t been easy," reads the blog post. "you see, light is not just building a camera. or an app. or an algorithm, as most other startups do. we’re building all of these things and then combining them to create something radically different."

creating this crazy camera has involved a wide variety of engineering feats: designing camera-modules, building new chipsets, creating proprietary computational-imaging software, building out an e-commerce platform, and putting it all into a mobile device.

the camera that came out the other end is allegedly, "something the world has never seen before."

light.co director of hardware engineering, brian gilbert, holding the first 'lunch box' model of the l16 photo: light.co

"like any other new invention, revolutionizing the camera has taken some time. for years, we’ve been maniacally focused on producing the highest-quality images possible," continues the announcement. "our standards are extreme—they have to be if we are truly reinventing the camera—and we hope you can understand why it’s taken so long for the l16 to reach the high bar we’ve set for ourselves."

with words like that, the real deal had better be something spectacular. fortunately, we won't have to wait long to find out.

light.co is determined not to rush things, or send out an unfinished product, but the first pre-orders shipped today and the company is working hard to get the rest "in the mail as soon as [they're] ready—but not any sooner." for our part, we'll be reaching out and hoping to get an l16 into the dpreview studio asap.






camfi matrix time software makes it easy to shoot the 'bullet time effect'

china-based camera trigger company camfi has announced the launch of camfi matrix time, a software application that is free for all of the company's users. as the name suggests, the software is designed to produce the 'bullet time effect' made famous by the matrix, doing so without the high cost typically associated with this effect.

camfi makes wireless digital camera controllers, and its new matrix time software works in conjunction with those controllers. with the software, users can set up a multi-camera arrangement to shoot one after the other with less than a 1/100th-second delay. the images captured by each camera are then automatically grouped and compiled into a video featuring this special effect.

the company explains that its matrix time product can easily set all of the cameras in the multi-camera setup to the same shutter speed and aperture; a live view from the cameras in the software, meanwhile, enables operators to arrange the angle of each camera before shooting. all in all, it seems like a very simple and straightforward way to capture a complex special effect.

of course, there is a catch... actually two. first, while the matrix time software is free, each camfi wireless camera controller costs $130 usd / $185 cad / £110. and second, for now, camfi matrix time is only available for the windows operating system.






leica m10 1.9.4.0 firmware arrives with major bug fix

leica has released firmware 1.9.4.0 for the m10, correcting a bug from firmware 1.7.4.0 that produces black images in some cases during short exposures. the company has also advised m10 owners on how to handle sd cards issues that may arise in some circumstances, stating that cards with speeds of at least 80mb/s should be used.

the latest firmware can be downloaded here.

the full m10 firmware v. 1.9.4.0 change-log reads:

  • with the previous firmware 1.7.4.0, a larger selection of sd cards were made compatible with the leica m10. unfortunately we discovered, that in certain cases, the firmware 1.7.4.0 could produce black images when using short exposure times. this bug has now been fixed with firmware 1.9.4.0.
  • all improvements from previous firmware versions are included in firmware 1.9.4.0. we apologize for any inconveniences this may have caused.

improvements of sd card compatibility

  • with the firmware 1.7.4.0 a larger choice of sd cards is compatible with the leica m10.
  • with the last firmware, certain sd cards were not recognized, or the complete write speed could not be used with the camera.
  • the leica m10 supports sdhc/sdxc cards from 1gb up to 512 gb. we recommend to use cards with write speed 80 mb/s or higher in order not to restrict the cameras performance. in single cases it can occur that the speed, stated by the cards manufacturers, differs from the effective read or write speed in the leica m10.
  • use uhs i cards instead of uhs ii. the m10 is compatible with uhs ii cards, but does not use the full uhs ii speed. leica performs ongoing compatibility tests of the latest cards available in the market. we ask for your understanding that due to changes in production and software, leica cannot guarantee a 100% compatibility of the recommended cards.





nasa releases incredible close-ups of jupiter's 'great red spot'

a close-up of jupiter's 'great red spot,' a storm that has been raging on the planet for 350 years. photo: nasa / swri / msss / gerald eichstädt / marty mcguire © public domain

it's one of jupiter's most distinct and immediately recognizable features: the so-called great red spot. this massive storm, wider than the diameter of our earth, has been raging for at least 350 years and is itself a mystery to scientists. fortunately for those scientists (and the rest of us space nerds) nasa's juno spacecraft just captured the closest ever photos of the storm.

on monday of this week, juno passed just 5,600 miles above the 10,000-mile wide spot, taking pictures as it went.

the photos were received and released by nasa yesterday on the junocam website, where astronomy fans, space nerds and astrophotography junkies alike pulled the originals into photo editing programs and started pull out colors, sharpening, and otherwise improving the photos.

so while the original raw images looked like this:

ambitious nasa fans have tuned the unprocessed shots to reveal more details, structure, color and even overlaid the continental us on one of the photos for scale.

nasa is no doubt taking a close look at the raw files, processing the shots themselves and hoping to learn something new about the spot from these close-ups. for our part, we're just enjoying the pretty pictures and trying to fathom how they were captured.

to see the full resolution raw files and all of the different processed versions by various users, head over to the junocam website by clicking here.






video: seven 'hidden secrets' in adobe lightroom

it'll be a little while before adobe can deliver on its recent promise to make lightroom faster, but that doesn't mean you can't still figure out ways to make the program work faster for you. case in point: photoshopcafe founder colin smith has put together this really useful video outlining 7 'hidden secrets' in adobe lightroom that will definitely help you get more out of the raw editor.

some of these tips are genuinely useful, and we're going to guess that at least one or two of them will be new to you even if you've been using lightroom for years.

smith covers the tips in detail (and shows you how to use them) in the video above, but here's the tl;dw version:

  1. right click in the panels of the develop module and enable 'solo mode.' this only allows one panel to stay open at a time, collapsing the rest.
  2. click and drag your panel sidebar out to the left to make your sliders longer.
  3. hold down command (ctrl on windows) and double click the center of a shape like a radial filter, and it will automatically snap to the edges of the photo you're editing.
  4. right click and uncheck to hide both modules and panels you don't use.
  5. the develop module doesn't work on videos, but you can sync edits made to a single frame of that video onto the full thing. just pull a frame, edit it, and then select the frame and video both and click sync.
  6. you can turn any collection into a 'quick collection' by right clicking it and selecting 'set as target collection.' now you can curate photos into that collection with a single click.
  7. if you have multiple photos selected, you can still see the metadata for an individual photo without deselecting the bunch. just click metadata > show metadata for target photo only.

and that's it! obviously these tips are easier to take in by actually watching the video, so click play, learn a little something and let us know which (if any) of these 'hidden secrets' were actually new to you.






corephotonics publishes white paper on dual-cameras and image fusion

not too many smartphone users have heard of corephotonics, but the israeli technology company is one of the innovation drivers in the area of dual-cameras, with its zoom technology currently shipping in devices ranging from xiaomi, to oppo, to oneplus and others. it's also the company behind the 5x zoom camera with folding optics that was displayed at mwc by oppo.

now corephotonics has published a white paper titled "image fusion – how to best utilize dual cameras for enhanced image quality" that was authored by the company's director of product marketing, roy fridman, and director of algorithms, oded gigushinski.

the paper looks at the challenges that have to be overcome when adding a second camera in either wide + tele or color + monochrome setups, such as calibration issues, how to switch between cameras in a way that enhances user experience and how to optimize image quality using algorithms and software tools.

the document is written in an easy-to-understand way and makes for interesting reading for anyone who wants to dive a little deeper into the dual-cam and image fusion topics. if that describes you, you can find the white paper on the corephotonics website.






the gudak app turns your iphone into a disposable camera

before there were smartphones, disposable cameras used to be the go-anywhere cameras of choice for many casual photographers. if you are the nostalgic type, you can now get a simulated disposable camera experience on your iphone, thanks to the new gudak app by korean startup screw bar.

like a real disposable camera, the app offers a “film roll” of 24 shots and a small viewfinder.

shoot through that roll and, once you've finished, it is sent to the app's "lab" where it's kept for three days of processing. you also have to wait twelve hours until you can "insert" a new roll of film, which means you probably want to be pretty careful with your shot selection.

processed images show the typical color casts and occasional light leaks that should be familiar to anyone who has ever used a real disposable camera. if that sounds appealing (if a bit nostalgic and silly) to you, you can download the app now on the apple app store for $0.99. no word yet on an android version.






photographer behind famous 'monkey selfie' is broke after years-long copyright battle

the infamous photo, captured when the monkey pressed the shutter, has become the subject of a years-long copyright dispute that has left slater broke. photo: david slater

freelance photographer david slater, once one of the most talked-about photographers in the world because of his serendipitous 'monkey selfies,' is now considering dog walking... or giving tennis lessons. according to the guardian, the selfsame selfie that made slater famous has left him broke after years of legal disputes between slater and both wikimedia and peta.

in case you've not been following this strangest of copyright battles, the details are as follows. in 2011, slater traveled to sulawesi, indonesia where, by his account, he managed to coax some macaques to start playing with his camera gear. slater did this on purpose, he says, because he was having trouble getting a close up wide-angle shot of the monkeys with their eyes open.

his gambit worked. one of the macaques took a few 'selfies' that immediately went viral, earning slater a few thousand pounds... then the legal troubles started.

wikimedia refused to take down the photo at slater's request, claiming that he wasn't the copyright holder since he didn't press the shutter. then the us copyright office ruled that animals cannot own copyrights, leaving the photo ostensibly author-less. and finally, since slater continues to claim copyright, the people for the ethical treatment of animals (peta) sued him on behalf of the macaque in 2015.

that pretty much brings us to yesterday's article in the guardian, in which slater admits that years of legal battles have left him broke and ready to 'pack it all in.' he couldn't even afford the airfare to attend his own trial in san francisco this week—instead, he watched a livestream of the trial from his home in the uk.

slater's current predicament isn't just a cautionary tale for photographers who dream of going viral, it offers fascinating insights into the archaic laws surrounding authorship and copyright. of course, the idea that this case might prevent future photographers from going through something similar is probably small consolation for slater at this junction.






corephotonics publishes white paper on dual-cameras and image fusion

not too many smartphone users have heard of corephotonics but the israeli technology company is one of the innovation drivers in the area of dual-cameras, with its zoom technology currently shipping in high volume in devices from xiaomi, oppo, oneplus and others. it's also the company behind the 5x zoom camera with folding optics that was displayed at mwc by oppo.

now corephotonics has published a white paper titled "image fusion - how to best utilize dual cameras for enhanced image quality" that was authored by corephotonics director of product marketing, roy fridman, and director of algorithms oded gigushinski.

it looks at the challenges that have to be overcome when adding a second camera in either wide + tele or color + monochrome setups, for example calibration issues, how to switch between cameras in a way that enhances user experience and how to optimize image quality using algorithms and software tools.

the document is written in an understandable way and makes interesting reading for anyone who wants to dive a little deeper into the dual-cam and image fusion topics. the white paper is accessible on the corephotonics website.






ten ways to shake 'photographers block' for good

get your groove back

have you ever found yourself in a photographic rut, feeling uninspired to go out and shoot? most of us have – it's a frustratingly easy place to end up. so what's the best way to reclaim your inspiration when 'photography block' strikes? through self discipline, which can be a breath of fresh air at a time when memory cards are large enough to feel limitless and social feeds provide an endless stream to flip through.

what follows are 10 tips to help you not only feel refreshed in your photography, but to stay inspired to go out and shoot. think of these tips as a workout routine to lead you toward a healthier creative state. they are meant to supplement your photographic goals, not replace them, and they're geared towards nurturing the skill sets that will help make you a stronger photographer. get ready to get disciplined!

all photos by dan bracaglia unless otherwise credited

switch up your medium from time to time

if you primarily shoot digital, try your hands at film. or if you only shoot film, try digital. why? because the inherent nature of both mediums offer separate benefits that will help you to improve your photography. digital gives instant feedback, which is useful for honing technical skills as well as better understanding the behavior of your gear, while film teaches us to take our time and be decisive.

these are two very different skill sets that when practiced together, create a well-balanced photographer.

try shooting in green square mode

take your beloved digital camera and throw it in 'green square' mode or whatever other fully automatic mode is offered. this will force you to work around the camera’s chosen parameters which in turn will force you to think outside the box and get creative.

it will also teach you a little bit more about how your camera behaves when it's left to make its own decisions. understanding the default behavior of your camera is important, even if you mostly shoot full manual.

limit your memory card size

want to simulate the limitations of the film era without the actual hassle of shooting film? grab some 1gb memory cards. depending on how you shoot (and what you're shooting with) you'll get a pretty limited amount of shots per card (a 1gb card in my personal camera is about 30 images). this will help you to be more decisive and intentional with your shots.

for an even more difficult challenge, disallow yourself from viewing images in playback, or deleting files. just shoot, and swap your card for a fresh one when it's full.

shoot with a prime

we've all heard the phrase 'zoom with your feet,' and as hackneyed as it sounds, this is still some of the best photography advice there is. shooting a single focal length forces you to move around more, which in turn opens up new compositional paths. but that isn't the only benefit. you also generally have the advantage of shooting with a lighter, less obtrusive lens, compared to a zoom (there are of course large, heavy primes).

fixed lens compacts, like the fujifilm x100 series, ricoh gr series and sony rx1 series are great carry-everywhere cameras that will also force you to zoom with your feet.

consider a disposable

hey, did you know disposable cameras still exist? they've survived the dawn and maturing of the digital area and can still be found at many local corner stores (in the us, at least). so why on earth would you shoot one? because they are the perfect tool for living in the moment, while still being a photographer. with a disposable, neither framing nor exposure are precise arts, so there's no need to put a lot of effort into either. the only thing you, the shooter can truly control is moment the shutter is snapped, the general direction of the camera and whether the flash fires.

disposables also do a surprisingly good job at close distances, balancing flash with ambient light. and they're the perfect companion for a rowdy night with friends (a time when some of the best/worst images get taken), while your expensive gear stays home, safe and sound.

keep a camera on you, always

you're a photographer - act like one. whenever you got out, whether its to the store, the doctor or the circus, bring a camera, any camera! because inspiration plays by its own rules, but you can beat it at its own game by always having a camera on you.

point and shoots, whether film or digital, are perfect for this (i personally like the olympus stylus epic and ricoh gr ii). and while a smartphone can offer image quality comparable to many compacts, the act of carrying and using an actual camera is arguably more beneficial to your photographic improvement.

compose pictures even when there's no camera

ok, this contradicts the previous slide, but allow me to explain: once in a while, make the choice to not bring a camera along to something you'd ordinary shoot. and while you're there, challenge yourself to compose mental photographs. the more you get in the habit of doing this, the more you'll recognize compositions you like when you do have a camera on you.

photo: wenmei hill

draw, doodle, sketch

this one plays off of the previous slides' advice in terms of preparing yourself for desirable compositions before they present themselves. even if you are a terrible with a pen or pencil, spend some time pre-visualizing and drawing out scenes you like, whether abstract or realistic. this exercise can also be surprisingly helpful at helping you to better understand the concept of 3d space on a 2-dimensional plane.

look at more pictures

get in the habit of consuming quality photography every day. social media is both a savior and a curse when it comes to daily consumption of imagery. the relentless nature of 'the feed' can lead to binge consumption - try to slow down and take the time to look into images, not at them. apps like instagram allow you to easily curate and view only the work of those photographers that inspire.

better yet, view photography outside the context of a screen: go to a museum or gallery show. photo books are another great way to quickly inspire. keep one or two favorites easily accessible, so when you're feeling creatively drained, you need only pop them open to recharge.

post your images, watch your progress

maybe you aren't ready to share your work with the world just yet, no problem! start a photoblog anyway. even if you don’t share the link with anyone, by maintaining a place you update often, you're making a record of your photographic progress. so when you’re feeling uninspired or low about your work, simply look back on how much you've improved to lift your spirits.

because hopefully, you will have.

share your tips

have any other tips? share them in the comments below.






canon opens its 'most advanced' service & support center yet in burbank

today, canon officially opens the doors to its latest and greatest professional technology & support center, a state-of-the-art facility in burbank, california. canon is calling this facility its "most advanced cinema industry resource to date."

"evolving from what began at canon’s original hollywood facility, the new state-of-the-art canon burbank facility provides these customers with enhanced technical environments and accessible service and support," explains canon. "canon burbank is poised to support canon’s clients’ productivity through a dynamic mix of product evaluation and testing, product & workflow training, industry events and expedited repairs."

the center was built mainly to support the cinema eos community, speeding up service and support times for studio customers in la, but stills photographers in the area will be able to take advantage of it like any other cps center. just don't expect the workshops, demos, and software trainings offered there to be focused on still imaging.

dpreview is actually going to the grand opening today, and we'll have more to share in the very near future. in the meantime, head over to the official canon burbank facility webpage and have a look around.

press release

canon u.s.a. celebrates grand opening of its most advanced cinema industry resource facility to date

new professional service & support center in burbank, calif., becomes dedicated location for studios, post-production facilities, suppliers and professional organizations

melville, n.y., july 12, 2017 – continuing its support of professional clients in the filmmaking and still imaging communities, canon today officially opened its doors to its newest professional technology & support center in burbank, calif. evolving from what began at canon’s original hollywood facility, the new state-of-the-art canon burbank facility provides these customers with enhanced technical environments and accessible service and support.

canon burbank is poised to support canon’s clients’ productivity through a dynamic mix of product evaluation and testing, product & workflow training, industry events and expedited repairs. every aspect of the new facility's design and operation was made in consideration of improving customers' experience with canon products from input to output, and in improving access to the highly trained canon service and support team. facility highlights include:

  • enhanced on-site repair capabilities
  • industry standard 4k projection and di capabilities
  • workflow lab for software training and nle workflows
  • image lab for in-depth camera & lens testing, demonstration and troubleshooting
  • fully equipped multipurpose room for training, events, demonstration and shooting
  • immersive product showroom

“since our 2011 launch of cinema eos, canon has been steadfastly committed to exceeding the high expectations of our professional clients in the production community,” said eliott peck, executive vice president and general manager of the imaging technologies & communications group, canon u.s.a., inc. “our new burbank location represents the culmination of our commitment to listen to our clients, understand their needs and provide them with what they need to bring their artistic and passion projects to life. as canon continues on its journey to support the production community and evolve with changes in this industry, our mission is now clearer than ever, to be a resource and a beacon for industry professionals.”

at canon burbank, customers may now take advantage of walk-in service monday through friday, with plenty of convenient parking. the location will feature a steady calendar of educational offerings from top professionals on the latest equipment and filmmaking techniques, the ability to color correct and screen content, and a lab for testing canon cameras and lenses. the facility's multipurpose room is also configurable for industry gatherings and special events..

the new burbank location is yet another extension of canon professional services’ (cps) powerful support network for the region’s professional photographers, filmmakers, and videographers. cps members are invited to visit canon burbank for all of their service needs, canon live learning sessions, and professional training tailored to their needs.

for a virtual tour and more information on the burbank facility – usa.canon.com/canonburbank

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sigma announces pricing and availability of 14mm and 135mm t2 cine prime lenses

the 14mm t2.0 will cost $4999 when it starts shipping later this month. the 135mm t2.0 will also ship in late july, for the same price.

sigma has announced pricing and availability for its new cine prime lenses. the 14mm and 135mm t2 primes will be available later this month for $4999 each, or as part of two and seven-lens kits for $10,499 and $24,799 respectively.

press release:

sigma announces pricing and availability for the 14mm and 135mm t2 cine prime lenses, shipping this july

full-frame sensor compatible, high-speed prime lenses bring sigma’s esteemed art lens technology to cinema cameras; the 14mm t2 ff and 135mm t2 ff begin shipping late july for a retail price of $4,999.00 usd each

ronkonkoma, ny – july 13, 2017 – sigma corporation of america, a leading still photo and cinema lens, camera, flash and accessory manufacturer, today announced the availability of two brand new cine lenses: the sigma 14mm t2 ff and 135mm t2 ff, which will both begin shipping late july 2017. compatible with full-frame image sensors, these high-speed cine prime lenses are available for ef, e and pl mounts. they are available as individual lenses for a retail price of $4,999.00 usd each, or as part of two and seven lens sets for retail prices of $10,499.00 usd and $24,799.00 usd respectively.

go fast and wide with the sigma 14mm t2 cine prime
the sigma 14mm t2 ff cine prime lens is the world’s first and only to offer an incredibly fast t2 at this ultra-wide angle focal length for full frame sensors. bringing remarkable optical performance to the art of capturing moving images, the sigma 14mm t2 offers cinematographers the opportunity for robust cinematic expression.

resolving power like nothing ever seen before with the sigma 135mm t2 cine prime
the sigma 135mm t2 ff cine prime offers astonishing rendering performance unmatched by almost any lens on the market. retaining the optical performance of sigma’s original art lens for the still photographer, this exceptional lens enables cinematographers to enjoy the highest image quality for shooting movies.

both lenses offer the following benefits and capabilities:

  • bright, t2 full frame maximum aperture
  • capable of resolving up to 8k
  • available in canon ef, sony e & pl mounts
  • 180-degree focus rotation

the sigma 14mm and 135mm lenses are fully compatible with full frame sensors. the addition of these lenses to the sigma cine lineup expands the ff high speed prime line to a total of seven lenses, from a super-wide 14mm to a brilliantly sharp telephoto 135mm.

pricing for individual lenses and lens sets
the newest cine lens offerings from sigma will be available individually as well as in sets for the following retail prices.

individual lenses:
sigma 14mm t2 ff - $4,999.00 usd
sigma 135mm t2 ff - $4,999.00 usd

two lens set with case:
sigma 14mm t2 ff, 135mm t2 ff and a protective lens carrying case - $10,499.00 usd

seven lens set with two cases:
sigma 14mm t2 ff, 20mm t1.5 ff, 24mm t1.5 ff, 35mm t1.5 ff, 50mm t1.5 ff, 85mm t1.5 ff, 135mm t2 ff, and two protective lens carrying cases - $24,799.00 usd

the sigma 14mm t2 ff and 135mm t2 ff shipping late july
the cine 14mm and 135mm lenses and sets will begin shipping late july 2017 for ef, e and pl mounts.






nikon expands d750 shutter recall yet again, more cameras affected

the nikon d750 shutter unit has been causing problems for 2 years. photo: nikon

it seems nikon d750 shutter issues are still plaguing the company 2 full years after it initially issued a recall on some serial numbers produced between october 2014 and june 2015. in another update issued yesterday, nikon expanded the recall to include more cameras—specifically: models produced between july 2014 through september 2014 and from july 2015 through september 2016.

this issue first cropped up on the nikon advisory page in july of 2015. at the time, nikon claimed the issue—which could result in the shutter shading a part of your photo—was limited to units made in october and november of 2014.

then, in february of 2016, nikon expanded the recall to include units made between december 2014 to june 2015.

today's update makes three, and expands the recall to include units manufactured between july 2014 to september 2014 and those made between july 2015 and september 2016. if you're keeping score, that means that affected units were being manufactured from july of 2014 all the way through september of last year.

check your serial number using nikon's website to find out if your camera is affected. photo: nikon

as with the original advisory and the previous update, d750 owners can check to see if their camera is affected by using nikon's serial number lookup tool at this link. if your camera is affected, that tool will provide instructions on sending your d750 to nikon for repair free of charge regardless of warranty status.

read the full service advisory text below for more details.

updated nikon d750 service advisory as of july 12, 2017.

technical service advisory for users of the nikon d750 digital slr camera

thank you for choosing nikon for your photographic needs.

in february of 2016, we announced in an update that the shutter in some nikon d750 digital slr cameras manufactured between october 2014 through june 2015 may not function normally, sometimes resulting in a shading of a portion of images. since that time, we have learned that the same issue may affect d750 cameras manufactured from july 2014 through september 2014 and from july 2015 through september 2016.

for those who have already purchased a d750 and would like to have their camera serviced for this issue, free of charge, nikon service centers will service cameras as indicated below. we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this issue may have caused.

identifying affected d750 cameras

to check whether or not your camera may be one of those affected by this issue, click the check your serial number link below and enter your d750's serial number as instructed.

if your d750 camera is one of those that may be affected, instructions for obtaining service will be displayed. if your d750 camera is not one of those to which this issue may apply, rest assured that service to your d750 camera as to this issue is not necessary and you may continue using your d750 camera without concern for this issue.

check your serial number

the camera's serial number is the 7-digit number indicated by the red frame in the image above.

resolution

if your d750 camera may be affected, as confirmed with the serial number check above, you will be provided with the necessary information to obtain service for this issue free of charge. once your d750 camera is received by nikon, your d750 camera’s shutter will be examined and replaced, and your d750 camera returned to you free of charge, even if your d750 camera warranty has expired.

we sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this matter may have caused you.

nikon will continue to take all possible measures to further improve product quality. therefore, we hope that you will continue to choose nikon for your photographic needs.






the airdog adii is a lightweight, autonomous 'extreme sports' drone

helico aerospace has launched its new airdog adii camera drone on the crowdfunding website kickstarter, seeking funds for the sequel to its original airdog drone launched in 2014. this next-generation airdog packs both intelligent features and a portable, durable design, the combination of which makes this model suitable for 'extreme sport' activities, according to helico.

the adii camera drone sports a built-in 'enhanced' gimbal system that is compatible with the gopro hero 5 black action camera. this gimbal system includes a trio of brushless motors, as well as an adapter that charges the gopro while it is connected. the drone is equipped with a start/stop recording function, as well, that is triggered upon take-off and landing.

the main selling point of the airdog adii is that it offers hands-free operation through a combination of software and hardware that enable automatic follow modes.

the adii can be set to follow a specific perspective or remaining locked onto that angle, via a mode called 'fixed follow.' the drone also offers an 'adaptive follow' mode, tracking a specific subject as they move. dynamic shots are also possible thanks to a 'circle' mode, which causes the drone to circle around a specific subject.

tracking and precision, meanwhile, are made possible via an array of sensors, including: gps, gyroscope, magnetometer, accelerometer and lidar. the drone is suitable for use in wind speeds ranging up to 30 knots, and boasts a top operating speed of 45mph / 72km/h and a maximum operational ceiling of 11,500ft / 3500m above sea level.

the adii's battery is rechargeable and interchangeable, able to power the drone for between 10 and 20 minutes per charge.

the airdog kickstarter campaign is offering interested consumers a single adii model for pledges of at least $1,200 usd; shipping to these backers is estimated to start in october 2017 and will be limited to 'certain' countries.

visit the airdog kickstarter to find out more.






vsco adds free 'oakley' photo filters to ios and android apps

vsco has teamed up with eyewear brand oakley to launch new photo presets that replicate the company's lens technology. these presets are free and available for both the android and ios versions of the vsco app, enabling anyone to alter their photos to create scenes seemingly viewed through a pair of oakley glasses.

the new photo presets are collected under the 'oakley prizm series,' and they can be found by opening the app and navigating to its store.

the free pack contains a total of three image filters called 'oak1,' 'oak2,' and 'oak3.' vsco says these presets are best used with landscape and outdoor adventure photography; however, they're only available for a limited, unspecified duration so jump on it if you want to add that... sunglass touch to your photos.






fujifilm x-a3 review

the fujifilm x-a3 is an inexpensive 24 megapixel mirrorless camera with a classic rangefinder design. the x-a3 is targeted more toward beginners and social shooters, with its flip-up, selfie-friendly lcd serving as exhibit a. compared to the next model up, the x-e2s, the x-a3 has a lower quality build and fewer direct controls, and also lacks the electronic viewfinder of that model. the x-a3 also uses a traditional (bayer) color filter rather than the x-trans filters found on the company's more expensive models, such as the x-e2s.

with an msrp of $599 including a lens, the x-a3 is competitively priced, with peers such as the canon eos m10, nikon d3400, olympus e-pl8, panasonic gx850 and the yes-it's-still-in-production sony a6000. yep, pretty crowded.

it's worth mentioning the x-a10, which is fujifilm's entry-level model. among other things, it has an older/lower resolution sensor, non-touch lcd and lacks 1080/60p support.

key features

  • 24mp aps-c cmos sensor
  • 77-point contrast-detect af system
  • 3" touchscreen lcd w/180° upward tilt
  • twin control dials
  • film simulation modes
  • 1080/60p/24p video
  • wi-fi w/remote capture

everything there is consistent with recent fujifilm x-series cameras, except for the aforementioned lack of the x-trans filter and a contrast-detect-only af system.

compared to...

the x-a3's closest peers, in our opinion, are the canon eos m10, olympus e-pl8 and panasonic gx850. the chart below sheds some light on how they compare in terms of spec.

canon m10 fuji x-a3 olympus e-pl8 panasonic gx850
sensor size aps-c aps-c four thirds four thirds
resolution 18mp 24mp 16mp 16mp
lens mount ef-m x-mount micro four thirds micro four thirds
image stabilization lens-based lens-based in-body lens-based
af system hybrid contrast-detect
lcd type 3", 180° tilt-up
touchscreen yes
built-in flash yes yes clip-on yes
flash sync 1/200 sec 1/180 sec 1/250 sec 1/50 sec
burst rate (w/af) 2.2 fps 3 fps 3.7 fps 6 fps
# control dials 1 2 1 1
video 1080/30p 1080/60p 1080/30p 4k/uhd
wireless wi-fi w/nfc wi-fi wi-fi wi-fi
battery life 255 shots 410 shots 350 shots 210 shots
dimensions 108x67x35mm 117x57x40mm 117x68x38mm 106x65x33mm
weight 301 g 339 g 374 g 336 g

aside from its 24 megapixel sensor, twin control dials and excellent battery life, the x-a3 otherwise sits in the middle of the above group. if it had a hybrid (contrast + phase detection) af system and 4k video, it would more readily rise to the top.

potential x-a3 buyers may also be interested in where it fits in fujifilm's line-up. it sits above the entry-level x-a10 but considerably below the x-e2s. here's a quick comparison of what each of these cameras offer, and whether it's worth spending more (or less) for something other than the x-a3.

fuji x-a10 fuji x-a3 fuji x-e2s
body w/kit lens $499 $599 $999*
sensor 16mp bayer 24mp bayer 16mp x-trans
af system contrast-detect contrast-detect hybrid
af points 49 77 77
max iso 25600 25600 51200
lcd 3", flip-up 3", flip-up 3", fixed
touchscreen no yes no
evf none none yes
max burst 6 fps 6 fps 7 fps
# control dials 1 2 1
video 1080/30p 1080/60p 1080/60p
battery life (cipa) 410 shots 410 shots 350 shots

* includes a faster, more expensive kit lens (f2.8-4) than the x-a10 and x-a3 (f3.5-5.6)

unless you're really strapped for cash, there's no reason to buy the x-a10 – which has generations-old fuijfilm tech – when the x-a3 is available. whether you want to pay significantly more than the price of the x-a3 is another story, and depends on your needs and budget. the x-e2s (read our review) comes with a better build and numerous dials, customizable controls, and improved af performance.






pulitzer-winning photographer uses volvo suv's built-in camera to shoot photo exhibit

consumer vehicles are increasingly built with integrated cameras as part of safety systems, and the volvo xc60 is no exception. the only difference? volvo is using their car cam to capture a unique brand of photography.

volvo recently tapped pulitzer prize-winning photographer barbara davidson and swedish agency forsman & bodenfors to create a first-of-its-kind photography exhibit called 'moments' that features images taken by davidson using the suv's built-in camera. "through art we're connecting [viewers] with really important technology that saves lives," davidson explains in a video from volvo cars, "and i think we're bringing the technical world and the artistic world together."

pulling photos out of the car's video feed, davidson managed to create a unique set of photographs using the volvo.

davidson staged the shots, a process highlighted in volvo's video. talking about this, davidson explained, "i'm really using the car as a camera, and i'm framing it as i would frame with my 35mm camera. so it's very similar to how i would work as a photojournalist."

volvo premiered the 'moments' project on july 4th in london, and will be showcasing it in various parts of the world throughout 2017.






3 legged thing launches low-cost, lightweight universal l-bracket

uk tripod manufacturer 3 legged thing has introduced a new, lightweight universal l-bracket that offers full cable port access for a range of canon and nikon cameras, and which has a thread on its upright so users can attach accessories such as mics or flash brackets.

the qr11-l is designed to make switching from landscape orientation to portrait quick and easy when using a tripod. it is made from magnesium alloy, to be lightweight while still protecting the camera, and features a large cut-out area that offers varying degrees of access to microphone, headphone and usb/hdmi ports located on the camera’s end panel depending on the brand and model of camera. (we've included a compatibility list is below).

each axis has a strap lug and the base rail is shaped to be clamped into arca swiss style heads. for storage, the two plates come apart using a supplied tool and the whole kit fits into a drawstring bag for transportation.

the 3 legged thing qr11-l comes in a choice of copper or slate colors and will cost £49.99/$49.99 when shipping begins on august 1st. for more information see the 3 legged thing website.

manufacturer information

a guide to compatibility

one of the most common questions we receive is about compatibility with cameras. this guide is designed to show you what you should expect. the qr11 fits most modern cameras, but may require some adjustment or compromise.

full compatibility.

the following cameras support the qr11, and enable full access to battery and cable doors.

  • canon - 760d, 80d
  • nikon - d3300, d3400, d5300, d5500, d5600, d500, d610, d700, d7000, d7100, d800, d810

very compatible.

the following cameras support the qr11, and with a small adjustment, enable access to battery, cable door, or both.

  • canon - 5d ii, 5d iii, 5d iv, 6d, 7d, 7d ii, 700d, 750d
  • nikon - d750

partial compatibility.

the following cameras support the qr11, but access to the cable and battery doors is impeded.

  • canon - 100d, 1300d, m3, m5
  • nikon - 1v3, 1j5
  • sony - a68, a77, a99, a99ii, a5000, a6000, a6300, a6500, a7, a7ii, a7r, a7s
  • fuji - x100/s/t, x-e2/s, xt1, xt2, xt10
  • olympus - e-m1, e-m1 ii, e-m10 ii, e-m5 ii, e-pl7, e-pl8, pen-f
  • pentax - k-1, k-3 ii, k-50, k-70, k-s2

3 legged thing qr11-l universal l-bracket

the new qr11-lg quick release plate comes with a 110mm base, side bracket with cable access and 1/4”-20 accessory mount, compatible with standard arca swiss® clamps and heads. designed to make the switch from landscape to portrait quick and easy, and with a side mount for optional accessories, the qr11-lg takes l bracket functionality into the 21st century.

so, what's in the kit?

  • qr11-lg quick release l bracket
  • stagsden stainless steel camera screw
  • retaining bolts (2.5mm hex) for horizontal axis security
  • toolz - multi tool, hex key, coin key, key ring, carabiner and bottle opener
  • tough drawstring bag
  • elevated street credibility (not guaranteed)

features

  • two piece l bracket, that can be disassembled for when stowage space is limited
  • 1/4"-20 side mount, for adding accessories (monitors, microphones etc)
  • precision engineed plate profiles for secure connection to your tripod head
  • base slot for strap attachment or peak design® anchor connection





google introduces backup and sync for photos and drive

google photos is a very efficient tool for storing and sharing your images online, and can be conveniently used via dedicated mobile apps for ios and android. now, using the service has become easier for desktop computer users as well.

google has just introduced the backup and sync desktop app for windows pcs and apple mac computers to replace the existing google photos desktop uploader and drive for mac/pc.

google says the new app is a simpler, speedier and more reliable solution than the previous tools, and safely backs up files and photos from your computer or connected memory cards and cameras. simply choose the folders you want to back up, and the app takes care of the rest.

backup and sync is now available for download on the google website. more information on how backup and sync works is available in the google help center.






macphun launches beta of luminar photo editor for windows

mac-software maker macphun has launched its first product for windows pcs: a public beta of its award-winning photo editor luminar. the beta is free of charge and comes with many of the most important features of the mac version, including the artificial intelligence powered accent ai filter, which replaces traditional controls like shadows, highlights, contrast, tone, saturation and exposure with a single slider.

unfortunately, a number of functions remain under development for the windows platform, including workspaces, plug-in integration, object removal and noise reduction; however, the public beta will be updated as those features are being integrated and macphun is envisaging a full cross-platform release in late in 2017.

“we are thrilled to release our first pc product today and give photography enthusiasts around the world the first taste of our best-selling mac product,” said kevin la rue, vice-president at macphun. “by test-driving luminar for windows, beta testers can help shape our software and make the final release a perfect fit for everyone.”

you can download the free public beta of luminar for windows on the macphun website now.

press release

macphun debuts its first-ever software for the pc, heralding a new era of cross-platform solutions for photographers

san diego, ca – july 13, 2017 — macphun, the california-based developer known for delivering award-winning products for mac, today launched the free public beta of its award-winning photo editor luminar for windows. to download the beta, please visit macphun.com/beta.

luminar is a powerful photo editor designed to tackle anyone’s photography needs, from correcting challenging image problems to artful stylizing. users can choose between levels of image processing complexity based on their experience, and adapt the workspace controls to their skill level, moving up to more advanced modes as they learn. luminar works in non-destructive fashion and aims to take “work” from photo editing “workflow” for photographers worldwide.

in april, only 5 months after its launch, luminar for mac won the prestigious tipa award for best imaging software 2017. this all-in-one photo editor is a cutting-edge solution for creating fascinating images without extra hassle. luminar includes over 300 robust tools that make fixing, editing and perfecting a photo as easy as moving a slider.

“we are thrilled to release our first pc product today and give photography enthusiasts around the world the first taste of our best-selling mac product,” said kevin la rue, vice-president at macphun. “by test-driving luminar for windows, beta testers can help shape our software and make the final release a perfect fit for everyone,” concluded la rue.

the public beta is free of charge and already matches some of the most important features of luminar, such as the newest and most advanced tool developed by macphun’s research and development lab – the accent ai filter, powered by artificial intelligence technology. the filter allows anyone to create stunning images with a single slider, substituting for dozens of traditional controls like shadows, highlights, contrast, tone, saturation, exposure, details and many others.

admittedly, several features from the mac version of luminar remain in development for the windows platform, among them workspaces, plug-in integration, object removal, noise reduction, and more. as these are completed, the public beta will be updated regularly leading to a full cross-platform release late in 2017.

key features of the luminar for windows public beta:

  • adaptive user interface – exactly matching the mac version, the software adapts to the skill level and preferences of the photographer.
  • one-click presets – over 50 pre-defined styles for every photography style.
  • photo editing filters – over 40 custom filters, each with built-in visual tips and a unique set of easy-to-use controls for correcting, enhancing and stylizing images.
  • raw file conversion – support for the latest raw file libraries.
  • non-destructive workflow – edit without fear.

recommended system requirements – windows 10, core i5 2.2 or better, 8gb ram, 1gb gpu ram, ssd with 20+gb free space.