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Canon Patent Depicts a Multi-Lens Camera That Can Do Light Field Photography

A new Canon patent depicts a strange camera with a circular lens array that is capable of light field photography, among other things....
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DxOMark Crowns the Sony A7s the New King of Low Light

The Sony A7S is the new king of low light according to DxOMark. But what about its performance in other categories?...
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Luminous Landscape Says Sony A7S Image Quality Rivals Medium Format

According to Michael Reichmann with The Luminous Landscape, the new Sony A7S has medium format image quality....
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DxOMark: Nikon 35mm f1.8 G Beats the 35mm f1.4 G in Sharpness

DxOMark tests the new Nikon 35mm f1.8 G for full-frame (FX format) DSLRs, which shows impressive performance compared to its f1.4 sibling....
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This is What Happens When You Put a GoPro in the Dishwasher

What happens inside a dishwasher stays inside a dishwasher. Or does it? Not anymore, thanks to this new GoPro video....
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“You Did Not Eat That” Calls Out Selfies of Good Looking People Eating Unhealthy Food

The Instagram blog “You Did Not Eat That” calls out healthy people posing with unhealthy food for advertising or publicity....
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Samsung May be Preparing a High-End NX Camera, Still no Full-Frame Though

Samsung will reportedly be coming up with a high-end NX-series camera sporting the latest tech, but unfortunately not a full-frame sensor....
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To Honor the 100 Millionth EF Lens, Canon Ambassadors Talk About Their Favorite Lenses

Canon has recently announced that it’s manufactured its 100 millionth EF lens. To honor that event, the company talked to its ambassadors about their favorite EF lenses....
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Useful Photography Tip #100: Shoot in Black-and-White so You Don’t Get Distracted by Colors

In order to concentrate more on light and shapes, set your camera to a monochrome preview so you don’t get distracted by colors....
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MIT’s Media Lab Wants to Bring Post-Shot Refocusing to Every Smartphone

Thus far, the only advantage to smartphone photography is its go-everywhere nature. One project from a team out of MIT’s Media Lab could change all that....
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This Video Shows Why GoPros and Pogo Sticks are the Best Combination Ever

GoPro cameras are tremendous fun. And so are pogo sticks. Mounting GoPros to pogo sticks is like peanut butter and strawberry jam....
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The Impossible Project Brings Back Black-and-White Instant Film for the Polaroid Spectra

The Impossible Project has been busy re-working its black-and-white instant film for the Polaroid Spectra, and now it’s back again and available for pre-order....
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The Basics of Photography: O for Optics

Today we continue our educational series on the Basics of Photography with the letter O for Optics, covering some of the most important terms in that field....
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Ridiculousness Reaches a New High with This ‘Hasselblad-Certified’ Smartphone Camera

Putting a high-profile brand name on regular items and selling them for a premium is a great way to make money. Hasselblad figured that out a while ago, and now they lend their name to a smartphone camera....
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“How The Other Half Lives” Portrays the Lives of the Underprivileged in Late 1800s New York City

In late-19th century New York City, one Danish immigrant by the name of Jacob Riis set out to give a voice to the underprivileged by documenting their lives through photography....
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Fujifilm’s XF 35mm f1.4 Could See an Upgrade with Improved AF Speed This Month

Fujifilm will reportedly update its XF 35mm f1.4 lens with faster autofocus this month....
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Could Sony be Introducing the World’s First Sub-$1000 Full-Frame Camera Soon?

Could Sony be preparing a NEX-5 like, sub-$1000 full-frame E-mount camera? A new report claims so....
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Instagram Hits Version 6.0, Gives Photographers More Editing Options

Instagram has just announced version 6.0 of its photo editing and sharing app, which brings many great improvements....
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Phase One Introduces 40-80mm Wide-Angle Zoom Lens with Leaf Shutter for its 645 System

Phase One introduces a second zoom lens for its 645 digital medium format system, the new Schneider Kreuznach 40-80mm f4-5.6 with leaf shutter....
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The Medium Format Urban Photography of Maike Venzl

Maike Venzl is a street and urban photographer who shoots black-and-white medium format film almost exclusively....
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Sony RX2 Reported to Sport a Faster 35mm f1.8 Lens and a Curved Sensor

Sony has been working on a new curved sensor technology that might make its way into the RX2 fixed-lens full-frame compact, including a faster 35mm f1.8 lens....
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Panasonic May Not Introduce New G- and GF-Series Cameras This Year

According to reports, Panasonic may not introduce new G- and GF-series models this year, instead concentrating on its available products....
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Panasonic Reports Profits Again, But Not From Camera Business

While Panasonic as a whole is finally making profits again, its photography business continues to struggle....
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Fujifilm Reportedly Working on a Super-Fast 16mm f1.4 Wide-Angle X-Mount Lens

Fujifilm will reportedly introduce a super-fast 16mm f1.4 wide-angle lens for its X-system later this year, as well as a 140-400mm telephoto and 18-135mm superzoom lens....
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Samyang/Rokinon Teases Five New Lenses for DSLRs and Mirrorless Cameras

Samyang has a teaser for five upcoming lenses on its Facebook page, including the previously reported Canon 35mm f1.4 with AE support....
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Diver Ocean Ramsey “Swims with Sharks” to Promote a More Positive Image of These Animals

Diver Ocean Ramsey has made it her task to promote a more positive picture of the great white shark. In a video shared by GoPro, we see her peacefully swim with a member of the species....
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A Look “Across the Counter” with Camera Salesman Robert Kidd

Each day Robert “Bob” Kidd, salesman at Foto Care in New York, hands cameras and lenses for testing to his customers. And each day they take pictures of him. Now he started showcasing these pictures on Tumblr, and we talked to him about this unique project....
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Schneider-Kreuznach Micro Four Thirds Lenses May Finally Arrive for Photokina 2014

Schneider-Kreuznach’s Micro Four Thirds lenses might finally arrive for photokina 2014, two years after they were first showcased....
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Sony Patents a New Translucent Mirror That Can be Flipped Up

Sony has patented a semi-translucent mirror that can be flipped up like the mirror of a regular DSLR. But we doubt it’ll ever make it into a real product....
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Three Days Grace’s Tour Manager Claims Photographers Should Feel Privileged to Take Bands’ Pictures

After the éclat around American alternative band Red Jumpsuit Apparatus not properly crediting the photographer of an image they shared on Facebook, now also rock band Three Days Grace’s tour manager weighs in on the topic of concert photographers’ copyrights....
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The Basics of Photography: N for Noise

What is digital image noise? Where does it come from? And how can it be dealt with?...
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Samyang Said to Introduce 35mm f1.4 Lens with Electronic Contacts for Canon EF-Mount

At the P&I Show in Seoul, South Korea, Samyang presented a new 35mm f1.4 lens for Canon EF-mount sporting electronic contacts. The lens is allegedly going to be announced on April 28th....
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The Sony RX100 Mk II Successor Could Sport an Even Brighter Lens

According to a patent published by Egami, the successor to the Sony RX100 Mk II could sport a brighter and/or longer lens....
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DxOMark Test Confirms the Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2 is Every Bit as Good as It is Pricey

DxOMark has tested the Panasonic/Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2 lens for Micro Four Thirds, and has found that it is every bit as good as it is expensive....
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Back in 1991, NASA Sent a Hacked Nikon F3 with a Kodak Digital Back into Space

Back in 1991, NASA sent one of the first DSLRs, a retrofitted Nikon F3 with a Kodak CCD back, into space. And we have a video that proves it....
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More Full-Frame E-Mount Lenses to Come in 2014, Including Zeiss Manual Primes

Sony Alpha Rumors has received word from an anonymous source that by the end of the year, the Sony’s full-frame E-mount system will comprise 14 dedicated lenses....
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Canon Launches White EOS Rebel SL1 + 18-55mm Kit Lens on European Markets

Did Canon really just do that? They announced a white edition of the Rebel SL1 camera and its 18-55mm kit lens, albeit apparently only for the European markets....
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DxOMark Tests the Panasonic 15mm f1.7 Summilux Lens With Mixed Results

Panasonic’s 15mm f1.7 isn’t as strong as Olympus’s offering....
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Canon PowerShot G1 X Mk II Tested by DxOMark, Scores Poorly

According to DxOMark, with the G1 X Mk II Canon has created yet another underwhelming camera....
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Google Glass is so 2013, Here Come Google Contacts

Google has patented a tiny wearable camera that can be fit into a contact lens. Are Google Contacts going to replace Google Glass soon?...
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Pentax’s New 645Z Sports a 51.4MP CMOS Sensor

Ricoh announces the new Pentax 645Z medium format digital camera with a 51.4 megapixel CMOS sensor....
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Canon Patents a 22-46mm Lens for EF-M-Mount

Canon has patented a rather unspectacular 22-46mm f3.5-5.6 lens for its EOS M mirrorless system. Could it point to a motorized power-zoom with a pancake form factor?...
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Gaze in Awe at Some of the Earliest Polaroids From the SX-70 Land Camera

With the Polaroid SX-70 Land Camera, instant photography really set off in 1972. LIFE now shares some of the first images that were taken with the camera....
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DxOMark: Panasonic GH4 Has The Best Micro Four Thirds Sensor Yet

DxOMark has tested the Panasonic GH4, and rates its sensor the highest of all Micro Four Thirds cameras....
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Mitakon 50mm f0.95 for Full-Frame E-Mount Said to Come This Month at a Reasonable Price

The first super-fast 50mm lens for full-frame E-mount, the Mitakon 50mm f0.95, could soon arrive at a reasonable price....
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Olympus’ Next Enthusiast’s Compact Might Sport a Super-Fast 50mm-eq. f1.0 Lens

Will Olympus’ next enthusiast’s compact sport a 50mm f1.0 lens? A recent patent suggests so....
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The Basics of Photography: M for Shooting Modes

Many cameras come with a mode dial that contains various shooting modes. In this episode of our series on the Basics of Photography, we explain what each mode is there for....
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Blackmagic, JVC and Others Announce More 4K Stuff at NAB

NAB is in full swing, and we used the opportunity to do a roundup of 4K gear anounced so far. Interesting stuff is coming from both Blackmagic and JVC....
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JCV Kenwood Joins Micro Four Thirds Standard, Develops 4K Camcorder

JVC Kenwood has joined the Micro Four Thirds standard and is currently developing a new 4K camcorder with MFT mount....
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Review: Really Nice Images Film Presets for Lightroom

The Really Nice Images film presets for Lightroom are an easy way to get the look of film to your digital images....
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