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Image by Hafiz Ismail. Used with permission

Image by Hafiz Ismail. Used with permission

The trend of creating time slice images is starting to become more and more popular amongst photographers. For those of you who haven’t caught onto the trend that folks are going gaga for, it’s when you shoot images of a scene throughout a long period of time and combine them all into one image with sections of them starting at the earliest part and the other end of the photo conveying the most recent photo.

Doing this literally means working with layer after layer in photoshop and getting just the right amount of blending in the photo. It’s a heck of a lot of work, but Time Slice 1.0 is looking to change that in the same way that timelapses have been made much simpler.

The program compiles your photos and lets you select which ones don’t enter the final image. You can tell it to do things like take every other image. Then you import the photos and fine tune the settings to be radial, linear or you can add in other configurations.

Time Slice is available now for $19 for Windows, Mac and Linux.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Though Olympus Air has already been announced in Japan, the little camera that might is finally coming to the US. Very similar to Sony’s QX series of cameras, the Olympus Air product line is an open source camera that takes Micro Four Thirds lenses and is essentially just the sensor, lens mount, WiFi electronics, and a button crammed into ergonomics that will remind you of a can of Burt’s Bees skin moisturizer. The open source designation means that app developers can actually develop apps for the system to make it better.

The Olympus Air A01 is the company’s first offering and has the same 16MP four thirds sensor that many of the company’s other cameras have. However, it doesn’t have Image stabilization in order to keep the unit small. If you mount Panasonic’s lenses that have IS built in though, you’ll get the image stabilization that your shaky hands crave so badly. When it links up with your phone, tablet or phablet you’ll be able to see what the camera sees on a giant screen.

The camera also has focus peaking, which means that all your manual glass will work fine. Additionally, with the electronic shutter the camera can shoot at 1/16,000 of a second and therefore give the user almost no trouble shooting with a lens wide open in sunlight at a lower ISO setting. The Air A01 can shoot 10 fps, has RAW capture, and uses a Micro SD card.

Pretty much everything that you’d expect with an Olympus Micro Four Thirds camera is transferred to the phone when they let their powers combine.

The Olympus Air A01 will be available in the United States in July 2015 in Black or White for $299.99 (body only) or $499.99 paired with a 14-42mm EZ lens, and in Canada in August 2015 in Black or White for $399.99 (body only) or $599.99 paired with a 14-42mm EZ lens. More photos are after the jump.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 first impressions product photos (5 of 7)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.8

With the release of Firmware 4.0 for the Fujifilm XT1, we’ve updated our review to reflect the changes. The new firmware brings with it a large number of autofocus upgrades like new tracking, zone focus, and improved speed to single AF focusing.

Indeed, the camera is significantly faster to focus, and we almost want to say that it’s about on par with the fastest of Sony’s APS-C mirrorless cameras and Samsung’s NX series. However, it still isn’t at Micro Four Thirds speed. We tested the camera with the 16-50mm f2.8 lens for the video after the jump.

Also be sure to check out our full review.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujifilm 16mm f1.4 review lead image (1 of 1)ISO 4001-125 sec at f - 6.3

A while back, Fujifilm announced that they’d be updating the X-T1 with a brand new firmware update that significantly boosts the autofocus performance. The Fujifilm X-T1 doesn’t have terrible focusing performance to begin with, but now they’re stating that it’s much better than it was before. The new firmware 4.00 includes new wide and tracking methods as well as performance boosts to single AF point focusing.

For portrait photographers, the camera will now have an Eye Detection focusing option too.

The full details are after the jump, and you can download the firmware right here.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Langly Alpha Pro Camera Bag review photos (5 of 9)ISO 4001-850 sec at f - 1.4

Thanks to everyone for entering, one our toughest contests ever to judge. In the end, only one person won, but there were many great runners up.

Hit the jump see who won.

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Figosa has been manufacturing camera straps for a couple of years now, and they’ve been well known for using quality Italian leather and making straps for an affordable price. Today, the company is introducing their new HEavy Duty strap. Their new Heavy Duty strap is being billed as being designed for more comfort with heavier cameras. Indeed, their classic straps can already hold a DSLR with a heavy lens as can their mirrorless camera straps–and so what’s making the new Heavy Duty strap even better is the addition of a soft shoulder pad with the back being covered in microfiber.

It’s going to be interesting to see how it works with the NYC summer heat and whether it will leave a terrible sweat stain across the shirt. As it is, many manufacturers that create these fine straps have been doing a great job of late. But Figosa’s prices are often amongst the best bargain.

You can get the Figosa Heavy Duty Strap in black or cognac for around $52. We’ve got one on the way to us right now for review.