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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Product Images Pentax K3 Prestige Edition 1

The Pentax K3 was already a very tempting 24MP DSLR body and now it’s out in a stoic gunmetal gray finish with a new Prestige Edition. Pentax says it will only produce 2,000 of these limited edition bodies. Along the “manlier” finish the camera will also be kitted with a matching gunmetal battery grip, black leather camera strap, and two batteries. It also comes preloaded with the latest v1.10 firmware, which adds diffraction correction.

Other than the new coat of paint the Prestige Edition is otherwise the same great Pentax K3. It still features a high-resolution sensor, which produced image quality that we thought could only be bested by the Nikon D7100. The Pentax K3 is very made-for-photographers camera with tons of accessible controls even down to a digital, flip-on anti-aliasing filter.

The Pentax K3 Prestige Edition will start shipping August with a price tag of $1,400. Make sure to grab yours quick because there are only 2,000 of these limited run goodies.

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All photographs taken by Ken Heyman. Used with permission.

Since the 50s, award-winning photographer Ken Heyman’s powerful photographs have graced numerous publications, museum and gallery exhibits, and books–his subjects ranging from human conditions in the poorer parts of the world to happy occasions celebrated in well-to-do ones.

The assortment of the subjects and themes in Ken’s photographs deliver very visible differences that emphasize just how very diverse our world is. But many of these photographs also beautifully highlight the similarities in human interactions and relationships.

Take the inspiring and tender collection of black and white images he’d taken of mothers and their kids, for example. Captured several decades years ago while working on a book called “Family” with his former Columbia professor and close friend Margaret Mead, Ken only recently rediscovered them while emptying the contents of a storage unit.

The photos from the collection, lying in wait in a box labeled “Mothers,” were taken in over 60 countries and of women and children that belong to different races and cultures. When looking through them, however, you begin to fathom the startling likeness in all of them.

Ken’s collection is hard proof that despite backgrounds, cultures, and skin colors, a mother’s love and the bond between her and her children remains the same.

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All images by Giancarlo Rado. Used with permission.

“I’ve taken pictures for many years, my mother always told me that in her young years she was developing and retouching photographs in her cousin’s laboratory, and still colorizing portraits with special inks; so it was just a familiar tradition, which still survives in me even if I am a musician,” says Giancarlo Rado on how he got into photography. He explains that it’s like telling stories–and a story is what he’s telling in his series entitled, “Waiting for Summer.”

Toting around a Hasselblad SLR with a 80mm lens, Mr. Rado loves the square format. And when working on the series, he states that it’s like taking a portrait of a landscape. He believes in the existential idea that the earth, sky, and sea all connect along with ideals and feelings deeply involved in our minds when traveling to the beach during the winter. With that said, he often searches the beach looking for relationships that he thinks will evoke stories.

“I go to the beach mainly for the horizontal light that I know that soon or later will come. This light allows the evocation of shadows and situations particularly important for me,” states Mr. Rado. “I know very well the places where I shall go and sooner or later the expected situation will appear–like and astral conjunction of phenomena which may reflect feeling such as loneliness, fear, peace, quietness, and what else connected with the never fading border between interior and exterior world.”

Giancarlo’s photos evoke the sense of loneliness and indeed search for relationships. The series is after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fuji X Pro 1 hands on photos (1 of 14)

After much speculation on what lenses Fujifilm could possibly come out with next, the Japanese camera company has updated its road map of glass coming next year. According to the new chart we will see a XF 50-140mm f2.8 lens arriving sometime before towards the end of 2014.

Previously we’ve reviewed the XF 55-200mm f3.5-4.8 R LM OIS, Fujifilm’s first telephoto zoom lens that delivered excellent image quality. Our only gripe with the lens was we would have loved to see a constant aperture and now this new telephoto lens will add just that along with weather sealing to complement the X-T1.

Soon after in early 2015, Fujifilm will finally introduce the long awaited 16-55mm f2.8 R WR lens after first announcing it with the X-T1. As a direct upgrade to the already amazing 18-55mm f2.8-4 kit lens, this new all-around zoom lens will add a slightly wider-focal length and constant f2.8 aperture, plus weather-sealing.

Head past the break to see what else Fujifilm has in store for next year.

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Kevin-Lee The Phoblographer Sony RX100 Mark III Product Images (9 of 9)

Sony’s RX100 line just keeps getting better with every new iteration. In June 2012 Sony introduced the first RX100–a stunner of a compact camera with a f1.8 lens and great image quality. A year later Sony improved on the formula adding a hot shoe whilst improving autofocus and ISO performance. Now Sony is out with a Mark III version that’s added more apparent upgrades including a popup electronic viewfinder and a significantly faster f1.8-2.8 lens at the cost of some reach. These are admirable improvements that photo gear heads will love but do they make the Mark III Sony’s best premium point-and-shoot camera yet?

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MIOPS High-Speed Photography Trigger 3

High-speed photography is one of those artistic niches that require specialized gear. Luckily for you there are plenty of high-speed triggers but we’ve always been impressed with the Nero Trigger and now its creators are out with a new piece of kit called the MIOPS.

With this small device you can trigger your camera or flash within nanoseconds of a lighting strike or a bullet carving through an apple to capture that decisive moment. The MIOPS also has the added bonus of being completely controllable from an iPhone and other Bluetooth 4.0 compatible devices. MIOPS supports a variety of camera bodies from Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Pentax, Olympus, Sony, and Minolta (sorry Fujifilm and Leica shooters).

The device is equipped with three different sensors to detect light, sound, and lasers. With these sensors the MIOPS can be setup to automatically fire the shutter to capture events such as lightning, fireworks, popping balloon, or a laser beam cut by an obstacle. Users could also plug in even more sensors to the MIOPS such as a pressure pad to add even more options. Alternatively the MIOPS can be programmed to take a timelapse or set your camera up to take multiple frames for an HDR image.

The people behind MIOPS have put up their new device as a Kickstarter project. Currently the funding has reached $153,145, more than double its initial $75,000 goal. If you’re interested in picking up your own MIOPS the Basic model sells for $189 or get an MIOPS Ultimate with added smartphone controls for $199. All units are slated to ship this December. Don’t forget to click past the jump to see more images and video of the MIOPS in action.

Via Kickstarter

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