Hold onto your RAWs, kids. Following on the heels of the scandal surrounding Paul Hansen’s winning image earlier this year, World Press Photo has released a statement regarding its changes to the editing rules for submissions. In order to prevent another dustup, WPP will require that all photographers submit their unprocessed files in the later judging stages. There will be experts on-hand to determine the veracity of each photo, so that the judges can accurately judge each photo with full knowledge of what, if any, post production happened.
Sony Alpha Rumors is reporting on a 50mm f0.95 lens that will released soon by the company Mitakon. The lens will be the first true 50mm optic for the system and will also be the first super fast optic. Getting anything in focus at f0.95 is going to be quite tough to do even with Sony’s peaking feature. All of the company’s lenses are manual focus optics with a real aperture ring and a working distance and depth of field scale–very much like the Voigtlander optics made for Micro Four Thirds. To get the best use out of them you’ll probably want to use the zone focusing system unless you choose to use the magnify setting on Sony’s A7 and A7r.
Mitakon creating this lens makes us wonder how the bigger player, SLRMagic will respond. Last year, the company stopped making their lenses in Leica M mount because of a debacle on a forum where a customer (we believe wrongfully) lied about the company’s customer service policy. The A7 and A7r dip into that market a bit, but we believe that SLRMagic with their large list of hyperprime lenses should surely tackle this sector.
As an aside, Rokinon and Samyang are also getting into the game: though they aren’t Chinese made optics–they’re manufactured in Korea. Rokinon and Samyang also have the advantage of being carried in many photo specialty retailers while SLRMagic is only on Amazon, eBay and Adorama.
No official word on pricing yet, but it should be coming next year.
It is no real secret that mirrorless cameras are often designed with the most appealing looks since the typical look of the DSLR hasn’t really changed at all for many years. But mirrorless cameras come in all different shapes and sizes: some look more like point and shoots, others like old SLR cameras, and others like rangefinders. But the fact that they all look different also opens you up to the fact that you can customize them to look however you want.
Here are three of our favorite stylish straps for mirrorless cameras.
Heading to a big city for a vacation sooner or later? There are lots of things that you should remember when going and taking photos. Obviously, there are the mannerisms and ways of the people in each city which you should abide by, but then there are other tips you should keep in mind.
Update: A while back, a prototype of this lens was shown under the Samyang brand. Thanks to Geren on Facebook for the find.
Today we received an interesting email stating that Rokinon/Samyang could be coming out with a 10mm f2.8 lens designed for APS-C cameras. That means all DSLRs are covered as well as mirrorless cameras amongst Micro Four Thirds, Samsung NX, Sony E mount, and Fujifilm X mount. The email stated that this is what the lens may look like and that it will have an f2.8 aperture (with the minimum being f16), and may even have something like 9 aperture blades for super creamy bokeh. No word on the types of coatings, or whether the lens will be available in a cine version either.
We weren’t given very many other details, but if the lens is real then we can probably expect an announcement around CES since it’s coming up soon. Otherwise, it’s a damned good Photoshop job.