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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Hasselblad Stellar II Product Images 4

With a name like Hasselblad, you know whatever they announce is going to be expensive. Now the Swedish camera maker has introduced the Hasselblad Stellar 2, a rebadged and slightly redesigned Sony RX100 Mk II that comes at a hefty $2,395. Mind you, the original Sony compact normally retails for $649.99.

Now you might be asking where did the extra $1,746 on the price tag come from? Well there’s the name for starters, the bit of wood (in olive, walnut, padouk, and carbon fiber) along the side adding a substantial grip for the camera, plus the new titanium finish. Here’s how Hasselblad justified the Stellar II’s high price from their press release.

“Hasselblad expands its compact camera line with the Stellar II, not intended to be judged against other cameras, rather, conceived and crafted exclusively for Aficionados, Collectors and Connoisseurs.

In a world of aesthetic redundancy – the Hasselblad Stellar II stands alone as a BOLD, yet refined expression. A rich palette of fine woods was utilised both on the camera and packaging, highlighted by unique finishes and details.”

Aside from some aesthetic flourishes, the Hasselblad Stellar II is completely identical to the original RX100 Mk II. It sports the same 1-inch BSI-CMOS 20-megapixel image, 28-100mm f/1.8-4.9 zoom by Carl Zeiss lens, 1080p video recording, and integrated Wi-Fi as well as NFC. Check out more images of the Stellar II after the break.

Via PC Magazine

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sony a7 mk ii

Earlier on this week, Sony announced the A7 Mk II in Japan. But today, they’re finally announcing it here in the US. The camera is the world’s first full frame mirrorless camera with image stabilization built into the sensor. It uses a five axis stabilization system they Sony claims is not the same that Olympus has despite the partnership between the two companies. The company also claims around 4.5 stops of stabilization from the new image stabilized sensor. It will work with all of the lenses that Sony has created as well as third party options, though they state that some lenses aren’t compatible.

It houses the same 24.3MP full frame sensor in the A7 but adds a 35% performance improvement in autofocus responsiveness. In fact, it boasts 117 focal plane phase detection AF points and 25 contrast detection points. Sony also states in their press release that AF and AE now work while tracking subjects.

The Sony A7 Mk II gets a boost in the video capabilities by bringing with it the XAVC-S video codec that was previously only on the A7s. You also get time code, picture profiles and dual video recording to an external recorder and the SD card inside.

Sony is also claiming a 40% start-up time–which is a big problem with the current A7. It will come in at $1,700 body only on February 9th when it launches. But the company is announcing much more.

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All images by Vivienne Gucwa. Used with permission.

Vivienne Gucwa is a photographer that had quite the tough start, but her story is one of perseverance that uses photography as a mechanism to cope with stress. She is the creator of the Tumblr NY Through the Lens, and has recently released a beautiful photo book containing her images of the iconic city.

Ms. Gucwa is a New York native that had to leave the nest at an early age and learn to fend for herself. During this time, she was trying to maintain the same life balance that we all try to manage. And like many others, she went on long walks–which eventually turned into her becoming a street photographer.

Some of her most captivating images were shot in the snow–especially since the city turns into a totally different place during phases like this. We talked to Ms. Gucwa about her photography, marketing, and how she ultimately became a successful photographer.

Be sure to also check out Vivienne on Instagram, Twitter, and Google +.

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Photo by Lou Manna. Used with permission.

Photo by Lou Manna. Used with permission.

With America’s Thanksgiving almost upon us, it’s ony obvious that you’ll be getting photos of someone’s turkey in your social media streams. Creating the photo that stands out amongst the herd though has to do with, well, literally creating it. Simply capturing the moment sometimes isn’t enough. And for that, we turned to four well known professional food photographers that we’ve interviewed previously.

Here’s what four professional food photographers have to say about how to get the perfect Thanksgiving turkey photos.

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julius motal the phoblographer panasonic lx100 product image-1

So it was on a cold November day that Editor-in-Chief Chris Gampat would hand me the Panasonic LX100. It had been a while since I reviewed a camera, having been back in New York City for about two months from Istanbul. The LX100 piqued my interest with its design as a premium compact with manual controls. In a past life, I had written micro four-thirds largely because I found the cameras to be too small for my large hands. While the LX100 proved to be impressive in image quality and aesthetic, its diminutive size was a sticking point for me.

The camera is Panasonic’s stab at Fujifilm’s X100 series–and so sports retro handling and looks done in collaboration with Leica. The LX100 has the same sensor as the GX7, and in some ways even has the same styling. But this camera is much different in that at the heart is a Four Thirds sensor and in front of it is a fixed zoom lens with an f1.7 maximum aperture.

And in many ways, it could be a perfect camera for the photojournalist.

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Getting better photos of birds can be challenging given how unpredictable they can be. But you can take confidence in knowing that you can do it with a very minimal amount of gear.

Though this video is very Nikon DSLR specific, it includes lots of great tips on how to do just that. For starters, they recommend that you start out at a local nature preserve. They also tell you that telephoto lenses are better, to stop your lens down, shoot in aperture priority, raise the ISO, and to shoot a bit wider to get the entire bird in flight. But they also include tips like manually choosing a focusing point, using continuous focusing and a lot more.

But most of all, we really like that they emphasize shooting with a clean background. This is something that we always state when it comes to portraiture, and it applies to bird photography too.

The video on getting better bird photos is after the jump.

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