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The GoPro video we featured two days ago of snowboarder Xavier de la Rue rappelling a rocky cliff and then snowboarding down the mountain is nothing compared to this one we’re featuring today. Watch in the first person POV as this extreme mountain biker barrels down what could possibly be the most insane mountain bike path in the world!

The track is a rocky path on a narrow ridge near Zion National Park in Utah; the biker, Geoff Gulevich. This breathtaking, toe-tingling, and adrenaline-pumping video was taken during the 2013 Red Bull Rampage, an annual freeride mountain biking competition that’s become one of the biggest in the world. And it had just gone viral, near miss slips and all.

Most of us have been on bikes since we were kids but I doubt any of us will be braving this track anytime soon. So it’s nice to get a little taste of the excitement in the comfort of our own living rooms. While we’re at it, let’s up the ante a little and watch an even crazier one of Kelly McGarry on the same track, at the same event, backflip over a 72-feet canyon included.

Watch the two extreme GoPro videos after the jump!

 

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ONA has been on a roll with lots of beautiful products and releases as of late. And today, they’ve got even more that they’re showing off. Four new products were announced in the form of the Astoria, Capri, Leather Capri and the Leather Presido strap. The bags are oriented towards the city dweller that wants to have something stylish. They are set to launch and be available in the ONA store today.

More details about the products are after the jump.

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After making a behind glass appearance at the CP+ trade show, Fujifilm has finally announced the TCL-X100, a 1.4x teleconverter for the X100 and X100S. The new screw on piece of glass turns the X100 and X100s’ fixed 23mm f2 lens into a 50mm lens perfect for street shooting and candids.

The new attachment essentially sits in front of the prime lens to extend its focal length from an equivalent 23mm to 32mm. Along with giving it a bit of extra reach through four glass elements, the teleconverter is also treated with a HT-EBC coating to reduce flare. To use the new lens, X100 and X100s shooters will need to update their camera with the latest firmware and then select the “Tele-Conversion Lens” option from the shooting menu.

X100 and X100s shooters looking for a little more flexibility with their camera should also check out Fujifilm’s last convertor lens, the WCL-X100 wide-angle convertor. Rather than acting as a teleconverter, this wide-angle attachment converts the Fujifilm camera’s prime lens into a wider 28mm. Alternatively, photographers not in the Fujifilm ecosystem can also pick up a wide array of lens converters at Photojojo including a 2x convertor for $50.

The TCL-X100 will be available in black or silver later this May for a yet to be announced price. Previously, the price was reported to be around $300. Check past the break for another look at the TCL-X100 in black and silver.

Via DP Review

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When we got the new 50mm in, we played with the lens a whole lot: we posted first sample images, a full review, and comparison posts against the 35mm f1.4 and 50mm f1.4 version 1.

What folks may not know though is that we’ve tested every single Sigma prime lens. Check out our guide here.

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Often our photography has a lot going for it. Sometimes it lacks a clear identity. Before we display our images, we get them critiqued. The first person who critiques your work should be you yourself. As photographers, we spend a lot of time and money wondering if our images are good. We spend time creating and editing the images. We spend money making sure we store the images correctly. We are all susceptible to flattery and we accept when people tell us our images are nice. With our own image though, we must be brutal and unforgiving.

The question is, just how do you do this? Here some tips to help.


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DxOMark continues to rate the sensors in current camera models, and their latest victim was the Canon G1 X Mk II. The successor to the original G1 X again comes with a fixed lens and a sensor larger than the (Micro) Four Thirds format, but still smaller than the APS-C format. Sporting a resolution of 15 megapixels, one is bound to assume that it would outperform the Micro Four Thirds crowd at least by a small margin–but actually, the opposite seems to be the case.

With an overall score of 58 points, the PowerShot G1 X Mk II is ranked even lower than its predecessor, wich managed to score 60 points. Compared to current Micro Four Thirds models, however, the G1 X Mk II is way behind: the Olympus OM-D E-M10′s sensor has received 72 points in DxOMark’s test, and even the tiny Panasonic GM1 scores a solid 64 points. But here’s the most interesting part: even Canon’s own PowerShot S120 with its tiny 1/1.7″ sensor scores almost as high as the G1 X Mk II, though of course it doesn’t hold up when it comes to dynamic range and high ISO noise.

This isn’t the first time that we see Canon sensors receiving bad ratings by DxOMark, though. Just recently, their lab tested the EOS Rebel T5, and it, too, was rated way lower than its immediate competition. But despite the mediocre ratings, Canon DSLRs still enjoy a huge popularity especially on western markets, and even the EOS M mirrorless system is very popular over in Japan. When it comes to pure image quality, though, it seems that you’re better of with almost any other brand.