Kai Goes Solo

Kai Goes Solo

This is The End, as announced by the man himself. Which gear nerd doesn’t know him: Kai Man Wong, simply known as Kai, the face of DigitalRev TV, that is: the former face of DigitalRev TV which with 1.7 million subscribers is the most popular photography channel on YouTube. Now entertaining Kai, known for his […]

Lensless Video Focus, Camera-Filled Sunglasses and What Trump Has to Do With Photography

Lensless Video Focus, Camera-Filled Sunglasses and What Trump Has to Do With Photography

Hitachi announced announced a camera technology that can capture video images without using a lens and adjust focus after image capture. It does this by using a film imprinted with a concentric-circle pattern instead of a lens. And do we really need Snapchat’s camera sunglasses? Plus U.S. president-elect Donald Trump promises to make America better […]

Mirrorless, Mirrorless on the Wall

Mirrorless, Mirrorless on the Wall

Here’s an interesting article by the Economist on where mirrorless camera technology has come from, where it is and where it’s heading to. There’s however a factual error. The gem made by Epson, the iconic RD1 rangefinder introduced in 2004, a joint development by Seiko Epson and Cosina using Leica M mount lenses, wasn’t the […]

New Hasselblad Release This Week

New Hasselblad Release This Week

It’s not yet the product release that will make not only Hasselblad loyalists feel over the moon (no sarcastic Lunar reference intended). Hasselblad is posed to release its first product this week, before a Berlin event on April 15, 2016. Let’s call this release a “no surprise.” Rumors have it they announce a new H6D […]

Premium Nik Collection Photo Editing Plugins Now Free

Premium Nik Collection Photo Editing Plugins Now Free

Analog Efex Pro, Color Efex Pro, Silver Efex Pro, Viveza, HDR Efex Pro, Sharpener Pro and Dfine — do those ring a bell? They’re the Nik Collection, and now Google is making these seven desktop plugins available to everyone, for free. Silver Efex Pro is certainly among the class-leading editing applications to master the art […]

Leica Goes Mobile

Leica Goes Mobile

Hipsters beware, you’ll soon be able to call a Leica smartphone your own. Or at least a Huawei smartphone fitted with Leica camera and optical technology. Or a Huawei phone with a red dot. The two are teaming up. It also didn’t escape Leica that smartphone sales eat into the boutique luxury segment the venerable […]

Fiction or Fact? When the Fake Is a Fake

Fiction or Fact? When the Fake Is a Fake

He catapulted himself onto the Olympus of media with a fake fake — presenter Jan Böhmermann of German television broadcaster ZDF made history with the faking of a fake video. You’ll say what’s the news, everything can be manipulated these days. We don’t trust the authenticity of photos any longer, but don’t we trust TV […]

State of the Mirrorless Camera Market

State of the Mirrorless Camera Market

This is to follow up on our previous post on the most popular camera brands used, a.k.a. Apple followed by Canon and Nikon, with both the previous market leaders offering a huge range of individual cameras, so the overall popularity of individual models is likely lost in the diversity. Reference site Flickr has just released […]

CCC — Camera Chaos Coming

CCC — Camera Chaos Coming

By BENGT NYMAN If you stay within your choice of camera brand there is little reason to pay much attention to a small detail called a lens mount. It is a handy little feature that lets you easily and quickly change the lens, should you want to. Most manufacturers have their own designs, maybe several, […]

What North Korea Might Have to Do With Your Camera

What North Korea Might Have to Do With Your Camera

This rather strong On Sony statement by respected camera reviewer Lloyd Chambers caught my attention: I’ll continue to objectively review Sony cameras and lenses because they are in the market and a major player. As for myself, I have firmed up my previous reluctance to invest my money in Sony products. Along with a revolting […]

Proof of Abundance — Digital Photography Explosion, What For?!

Proof of Abundance — Digital Photography Explosion, What For?!

We’re living in a world of abundance. Choices, choices everywhere — at least if your house is not repossessed, if the growth of the unregulated informal sector doesn’t jeopardize your job or if quantative easing and the silent destruction of capital don’t annihilate your hard earned savings. Increasingly powerful and affordable technology, this world’s great […]

René Burri R.I.P.

René Burri R.I.P.

How many of us would really know Argentine Marxist revolutionary Che Guevara if it wasn’t for that one iconic portrait image made by Swiss Magnum photographer René Burri who passed away on October 20, 2014, in his hometown of Zurich after a battle with cancer. René Burri, who leaves an enormous legacy, was 81. May […]

How Good Is the New iPhone 6 Camera?

How Good Is the New iPhone 6 Camera?

Am in the market for an upgrade to my trusty old iPhone 3GS — right, not the latest piece of hardware, but still does what it’s expected to do. Android and Microsoft smartphone hardware is pretty amazing these days, just to mention the PureView technology the latter got from Nokia and the more innovative Google […]

The Glamorous Life of a National Geographic Photographer…

The Glamorous Life of a National Geographic Photographer…

The not so glamorous life, it should say, of a National Geographic photographer. Looking closely at things most people don’t see can be a hazardous job. Being deeply passionate about photography can be a dangerous thing. You might know from own experience what it took to get that shot you’ll always remember. Maybe you had […]

“With a Camera, You’re 50% There, Right?” — Kate Bush Wants to Perform for People, Not iPhones, iPads or Cameras

“With a Camera, You’re 50% There, Right?” — Kate Bush Wants to Perform for People, Not iPhones, iPads or Cameras

Ever had the feeling that being busy capturing life’s most beautiful moments one is doing the opposite, namely missing life’s most beautiful moments? Right, a photograph keeps a moment for eternity. Or so my wife always says when snapping every bit of food in a restaurant. Just don’t tag me again! Too late… Obviously camera-shy […]

Leica’s Sensor Quagmire

Leica’s Sensor Quagmire

Who doesn’t want to own a Leica. Their optics are unmatched, yet the technology, well, you can’t shoot ISO 25,800 with a Leica, can you. They just don’t have the sensors for that. Now here’s an anecdote I got from a reliable source; an anecdote that makes complete sense without knowing whether it’s true or […]

Selfieology: When a Monkey Owns the Copyright

Selfieology: When a Monkey Owns the Copyright

What would we do without the Web. It teaches us many helpful things, such as how to not clean your camera. Now, this being planet earth with various forms of life that have no say in how the human species treat them, it is about time to set a fundamental universal law straight: don’t you […]

Finding Yoo Who? $500,000 Bounty on Photographer AHAE

Finding Yoo Who? $500,000 Bounty on Photographer AHAE

It’s a plot for a Hollywood movie. You remember the recent ferry accident in South Korea. Almost 300 people died, many of them schoolchildren. But you didn’t know that a pastor-turned-photographer is the chief suspect in the Sewol tragedy. His name is Yoo Byung-eun — and he’s hard to pin down. Posters flashed across television […]

Will Microsoft-Canon Partnership Lead to Better Cameras?

Will Microsoft-Canon Partnership Lead to Better Cameras?

You’ve probably heard it, Microsoft and Canon signed a patent cross-licensing agreement. According to the Microsoft presser the deal furthers collaboration on research and development. Teaming up gives each company access to the other’s patents portfolios, which include a range of products and services such as certain digital imaging and mobile consumer products. So are […]

Nikon Lost in Hall of Mirrors

Nikon Lost in Hall of Mirrors

The Wall Street Journal blames Nikon’s poor overall performance on missing the mirrorless boat. “Nikon needs to start breaking some mirrors,” the paper says. “That isn’t usually seen as a way to good fortune, but mirrors — specifically, the ones that add bulk to its high-end SLR cameras — are one of Nikon’s biggest problems […]

The Falling Man Photograph Controversy

The Falling Man Photograph Controversy

It could be one of the most famous photographs ever, The Falling Man by Richard Drew, a longtime Associated Press photog who was one of four press photographers present at the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy in 1968. Drews famous 9/11 photo depicts a man falling from the World Trade Center towers following the September […]

Photokina 2014 Preview — What to Expect?

Photokina 2014 Preview — What to Expect?

Photokina 2014, world’s biggest photography show, is around the corner. Taking place mid-September in Cologne, Germany, all major players use the stage to show off their latest and greatest gear. What’s in store for this year’s biennial Photokina? More DSLRs by Canon and Nikon? New curved and organic sensors? Compelling reasons to upgrade? Let’s have […]

Sony Overtakes Canon (in Korea for Now…)

Sony Overtakes Canon (in Korea for Now…)

No. 1: Sony. No. 2: Canon. The difference is not even a percentage point, but for a relative newcomer such as Sony this is quite an achievement. For the first time Sony beats market leader Canon in sales of system cameras. And not anyplace, but in South Korea, an important consumer market with an highly […]

Why Leica Decided to Leave Its Beloved R Series Behind

Why Leica Decided to Leave Its Beloved R Series Behind

Interesting insights from the Washington Post: why Leica decided to leave its popular R series behind. R lenses could be used on almost any SLR camera. In the end, we learn, it was a strategic decision about capabilities, about a method of winning, about a system in markets… BTW, one of the best all-rounder lenses […]

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