Today we bring the most important highlights in the world of photography – from a 187 Megapixel camera to the official announcement from Tetenal that is closing down…
HARDWARE & GEAR
HD PENTAX-DA 11-18mm F2.8ED DC AW
It wasn't until just a couple of years ago that seriously fast ultrawide angle lenses became an actual thing. Earlier, we had to work things out with meh apertures like f/4 or f/3.5 if you had deep pockets. Nowadays things have evolved, and Ricoh just announced a Pentax 11-18mm f/2.8 Zoom lens. They promise not only great image performance but also high resolving power and sharp contrast as well. You can read all about the freshly released lens (and more) here.
Get Rid of Flash Reflections
We rarely share tips and “how to's”, but we've stumbled into something that is really worth sharing and trying as well. Here Robert Hall explains how a simple hack can help you remove flash reflections from glass in camera. Easy to digest bites of information across the web makes photography a better place!
That is what Panasonic is promising with their newest full frame mirrorless camera. The 187 Megapixels are real, but it is also a marketing thing. The camera shoots a set of eight images and then combines all of them into a single extremely high-resolution image. The wonders of the digital age. Here you can read more about the Lumix S system and their lens lineup from here to 2020.
Leica Safari Edition
Alright, we know that Leica is frankly for photography sybarites, but as photography lovers, we can't escape the fact that we love them too. Today we bring you the Leica M10-P Edition “Safari”. Leica themselves are calling it the Safari, and it looks awesome (and unreachable) indeed. It is part of the M series, an joins the “Stealth”, the “Zagato”, and the “262” editions.
New Lenses from Canon Around the Corner
According to Canon Rumors, Canon is just about to release a whole battery of lenses for their somewhat new mirrorless full-frame camera system, and it includes various lenses:
- Canon RF 15-35mm f/2.8L IS USM
- Canon RF 24-70mm f/2.8L IS USM
- Canon RF 24-240mm f/4-6.3 IS USM
- Canon RF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM
- Canon RF 85mm f/1.2L USM
So, if you have invested in the EOS-R system, then you'll have more options for coping with their creative promise starting next week!
Make it rain!
Photography is all about being creative and making light your own asset. A couple of days ago a student shared this with me, and honestly, it really looks very interesting. In this video Raj Khepar made the impossible…weather control! Alright, it is not a weather controlling machine, but more of a low budget rain machine that you can make on your own with a rough $30 in hand.
You've Been Cleaning your Sensor the Wrong Way!
Oh boy, I really exaggerated on that heading. Maybe you are actually doing it right, but there is never enough valuable and well-thanked information about how to take care of our precious gear. Here in this video, Michael Andrew takes us through his very own and personal opinion on how he keeps his sensors spotless and mint. He also shares in the description a brief list with all the products that he usually uses while cleaning his camera sensors. With these products, you could even save a couple of bucks and you'll still get high-quality results.
Get a Better Editing Experience
Or I least that is the first thing that pops into my brain when thinking about pocket-sized printers. Here the guys from Dpreview have made a brief yet, an intelligent comparison between three pocket printers. Personally, I believe that having printed images at convenient sizes without much trouble really aids the editing process, especially for photographers oriented towards documenting society. The list is:
- Polaroid ZIP: $99.95
- Canon IVY: $129.99
- Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2: $139.95
Check out their winner here!
Godox for the Win
Godox is going places with their recently announced round head accessories adapter, or S-R1. They have been developing lighting solutions for quite some time now, but this little artefact has got everyone's attention during last week. It makes any flash a limitless light source by allowing you to modify it with any of their several accessories.
Weird Periscope Camera
That is exactly how people have been referring to Huawei latest camera engineering built in the P30 Line smartphone that will be available in 2019. The periscope module built inside the camera bay will enable it to zoom further and with real optic zooming instead of mere digital enlargement.
It all started with an interesting leakage of the OM-D E-M1X on December 2018, now it is official, the Olympus E-M1X is here for you. Olympus has made some really interesting breakthroughs in the world of photography in recent years thanks to their powerful mirrorless camera systems. Therefore, we are more than thrilled about what could happen next. Although, they can be grouped into two major categories, the camera itself, and the huge lens lineup. Also, they have announced a 2x teleconverter. Oh, and they have announced a weather resistant flash as well. So yup, Olympus has stomped the table with a mighty lit fist. Here is a comprehensible road map showcasing all the lenses that we can expect to arrive this year from Olympus.
$150,000 Valued Contact Sheet
If you are a super wealthy Marilyn Monroe fan then this should get your attention. You can buy this unique and definitely rare piece of photography made by Bert Stern from a 120 film. This worksheet was originally created by the aforementioned photographer as a working tool to decide on which images of Monroe would be Published. You can see the intimate workings of Bert's creative process and rare images from the original negatives. This is described as a unique peek into the world of photography and Marilyn Monroe.
DJI Statement On Employee Fraud Investigation
Last week we noticed a statement from DJI that was a little bit murky and unclear for us. During a recent investigation, DJI itself found that some employees have inflated the cost of parts and materials for certain products for personal financial gain. After some meticulous audit, DJI estimates that this could have cost the company up to RMB 1 billion.
Archiving Habits for Photographers
My peer from FujiFeed Samuel Zeller has written a highly interesting article that deserves a thoughtful read, it is about the practice behind having an archiving system for your images, and oh boy, I think you'll enjoy it!
Street Photography on the Spot
Many people argue about whether street photography should have people or if it isn't 100% necessary. Earlier this week we stumbled into a piece of writing made by Jason D. Little in which he tries to answer this long time question, is street photography without people still street photography?
You don’t look Native to me
Here in this interview, you'll get to see and feel something that happens more often than you think. Looks are always a synonym for stereotypes. In a small town in North Carolina, members of the Lumbee tribe show that identity doesn't always have to do with what you look like. I recently went to an exhibition depicting people that had experienced something similar as Latino immigrants in the US, the show was called “you don't look Latino”.
SOFTWARE & APPS
WikiShootMe Needs All of Us
Some of the links are broken, but, apparently, WikiShootMe (which is a branch of the collaborative monster hosted by Wikimedia) has launched a call for all photographers to help with photos of places. So, if you are on board with contributing your photographic talents toward the collective knowledge base of humankind? Then you need to check out what WikiShootMe is all about.
A little help with Squarespace
As a recurrent customer from Squarespace, I must acknowledge that their product is awesome, intuitive, and provides great looking websites for everybody. Here Robert Baggs shares what are, in his personal opinion, the top five templates for photographers using Squarespace.
IN THE CROWD-SOURCING WORLD
SwitchPod, A minimal, versatile, handheld tripod
These guys are bringing the flexible Tripod to the handheld world (the ones that can transform from a tripod to a monopod in “no-time”). SwitchPod promises to work with any camera, from a phone to a DSLR and simplifies video making. If you’re a vlogger, you’re going to love it.
FILM & PHOTOCHEMICALS
Another Film Casualty
Tetenal imaging is officially over after finding themselves to be insolvent. Tetenal has officially announced to their employees that the company will be closing down, and is expected to shut the doors completely on April 1st once the current production runs have completed. You can read the official announcement here.
On the other hand, Kino Film has become an actual thing as we discussed earlier in a post. But they have recently announced that they will be selling 120 (6×6) film as well, and that is great news, especially for all of us with a great passion for medium format film photography.
Ektachrome in 120 and Sheet Film
Kodak Alaris has heard us, and they will be shipping Ektachrome in 120 and sheet film by summer 2019. You can hear the revelation on Sunny 16 podcast episode 135, and you can also watch their update here.
BAGS, STRAPS & BEYOND
What does a Spare Moment Look Like To You?
Ah, what a poetic way to announce a product that will be a great solution for many photographers out there, The Skout, by Cotton Carrier. This is a high-quality harness built exclusively for carrying binoculars and cameras around. We are sure that this could be a nice solution for the outdoor photographers out there! Enjoy the things that make you happy!
THE WORLD IN IMAGES
Chinese Lunar New Year 2019
For Chinese culture, this day (20190205) marks the start of their new 2019 year, and it is the year of the pig! Here is a collection from various photojournalists who have covered the festivities.
Venezuela's latest Turmoil
All the eyes are turned on Venezuela after dictator Maduro said that he wasn't leaving the leadership position in the country. Protests erupted in Venezuela and other countries, thanks to a widespread diaspora, calling for Maduro to step down. Here is a collection of images from several photojournalists – and frankly they are having a hard time covering the troubling times.