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julius motal the phoblographer sports illustrated

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In a depressing move, Sports Illustrated laid off its last six staff photographers, reducing the photography department to the director of photography. According to an NPPA post, the move was a consequence of internal restructuring and economic constraints. So, like their forebears at the Chicago Sun-Times, they axed the last six people who knew their way around a camera.

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A while back, Tamron stated that they were working on a killer wide angle zoom lens in the form of the 15-30mm f2.8 lens. Today, the company has made it official. So what’s so special about this lens? Well according to reports, it’s supposed to be able to work with 50MP sensors. But that hasn’t proven yet. What we indeed do know is that it has an f2.8 constant aperture throughout the range.

The Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 Di VC USD lens has 18 elements in 13 groups, an XGM lens element at the front (eXpanded Glass Molded Aspherical), an eBAND coating to prevent reflections, nine aperture blades, and a fluorine coating on the front element.

We’re working on calling one in for review. Want one? Adorama currently lists them for $1,199 and has free shipping for Canon, Nikon and Sony DSLR mounts.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon 7D MK II review product images (2 of 10)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 4.0

Though it is rarely ever brought up, the idea of a left-handed camera isn’t really a new one. But one photographer is trying to petition Canon USA on making it more of a reality. Photographer Sylvia Cacciatore is currently running a Change.org petition to ask Canon’s higher ups to design one. The story goes much deeper though. Sylvia is disabled–she had brachial plexus injury at birth that caused complete paralysis of her right arm, which also caused her arm to never fully develop. Indeed, it is a heartbreaking disability that causes lots of limitations.

According to the petition:

“Some of the challenges I experience while using my camera are with the shutter and the settings buttons. The majority of the buttons are located on the right side of the camera and certain shots require quick pressing of certain buttons and dials.  I am unable to do because I have to lower my camera and reach over to the other side to change settings, which has caused me to miss many photo opportunities.”

Sylvia contacted Canon because she wants to make photography her profession, but the reps told her to go for the Powershot line instead. “I felt discriminated against because the challenges I experience with their products appeared too insignificant for them to address.” states Sylvia. “Their lack of empathy made me, as a customer, feel unimportant and it made me lose hope that Canon truly cares about their consumers.”

To be fair, the Powershot lineup is also designed with the right handed in mind but offers excellent image quality like with the G1X Mk II. Sylvia pinged us to inform us of the 1,000 signatures needed for the petition. But it brings up an even bigger issue of ergonomic design for those with disabilities.

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Check out the new Panasonic GF7 and say cheese while you’re at it–or just make duck lips because they totally work too. Yes folks, the brand new Panasonic GF7 is the latest entry into the company’s mirrorless interchangeable lens camera lineup and has a big emphasis on taking selfies–like many other cameras as of recent. The GF7 has a big 3 inch touch LCD screen and a 16MP Live MOS sensor. That sensor can record 1080p 60p video, can shoot 5.8 frames per second, and comes with the 12-32mm f3.5-5.6 kit lens.

The camera also shoots at up to ISO 25,600, has dual shutter buttons, built in WiFi, and has a Venus engine processor.

For $599.99, the GF7 can be yours in pink or black. More images and tech specs are after the jump.

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Apparently people don’t like being photographed by drones. Did you know that this was a thing at all?

But some hate it to the point where they want to criminalize the use of drones for capturing photos. Specifically, back in September the state of Arkansas created a bill to ban their use, which was recently brought to light online after it was filed. The bill is being sponsored by a Republican Representative and covers the use of more than just the traditional images. The bill is going out of its way to ban the use of thermal imaging, sound waves, ultraviolet light, visible light and capturing any sort of data when someone is in the property.

Even further, the bill is also trying to ban the sale or distribution of images shot from drones–effectively covering all bases in their attempt to ban drone photography.

Arkansas isn’t the first state to do this though, California did it, the issue has been brought up in Texas, and the use of drones isn’t allowed in New York City.

Invasion of privacy is completely understandable, but not when someone is in public.

Big thanks to Matt Baker for providing us with the information on this one.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Adobe Lightroom Mobile for Android product images (2 of 3)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 5.0

While iOS devices have had Adobe Lightroom mobile for a little while now, Android users can finally rejoice in the fact that the app can be used on their phones. Like all previous versions, Adobe Lightroom works by syncing collections–which then generate smart previews on your mobile device that are based on RAW DNG files for you to edit. Unfortunately, Adobe Lightroom Mobile doesn’t allow you to edit RAW DNG files put out by certain Android phones.

The app runs on Jellybean, KitKat or Lollipop and requires at least 1GB of RAM, a Quad Core CPU with 1.7 GHz and 8GB of internal storage. If you want Adobe Lightroom, you’ll need to at minimum sign up for the Creative Cloud plan targeted at photographers for $9.99/month.

Otherwise, no real new changes have come to the platform yet. Stay tuned for our review.