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You’ve seen Holga around–those multicolored toy cameras are ubiquitous with their ramshackle construction and attention to light leaks that make for lighthearted and quirky photos. Maybe you’ve used one, maybe you haven’t. Now, the camera has finally gone digital, though it can only be realized if you back it on Kickstarter.

It’s a barebones digital machine with a lens that has two apertures (f2.8 and f8) and two image frames (4:3 and 1:1). It has enough tech inside to support Wi-fi capable SD card, and you have the option to vignette your images or not in the same way that many holgas do. There’s a hot shoe, too, and the ability to mount different lenses via an adaptor. The sensor is presently shrouded in mystery, but we’ll update you when we have more information. Given the $75 or more pledge guarantee of a camera, we’re assuming it isn’t that large; but we could be wrong.

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Say farewell to Instagram being all about square format! It’s not necessarily so anymore since today, the company unveiled an update that lets users share their photos in landscape or portrait mode in addition to the 1×1 square format. For years, the workaround involved using another app that added white areas to the sides.

According to the company’s blog post, you can make the changes using the format icon before uploading. This change doesn’t only work with photos, but also with video. And that means that vertical video is finally something that is truly supported. To that end, all of the filters (both photo and video filters) will work all across the board on all media you choose to upload.

When it comes to viewing a person’s profile, the images will appear as a center cropped square in the 3×3 grid format until the user clicks on an image. What that means is that photographers using Instagram as a main profile no longer are limited to only showing off what they’re capable of doing in the square format alone. They now have so many more options available.

Instagram for iOS version 7.5 is available today in Apple’s App Store, and Instagram for Android version 7.5 is available today on Google Play.

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A7r Mk II first impressions (2 of 8)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 5.6

DXOMark released the results of their tests with the Sony A7r Mk II today–and they’re not really surprising. Why not? We kind of expected the Sony A7r Mk II to wipe the floor with everyone else–and it does. Receiving an overall score of 98%, it seems to excel in pretty much every area of their tests. With a 42.2MP full frame sensor, we would assume that the camera is bound to have lots of color depth and dynamic range information but not so great high ISO output. Right?

More of an analysis is after the jump.

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An app called AstroPad is looking to make photographers strain their eyes while editing on the super small screen on their iPhone instead of an iPad turn your iPhone into a functioning graphics tablet. The app was already available for the iPad (and is 30% off today) but today they’re porting it to the phone. AstroPad was developed by ex-Apple engineers–which means that they really know how Apple products work on a deeper level. That’s why they cite that they’re using a technology called LIQUID that is designed specifically to run on WiFi.

The engineers state that the technology is color corrected and true to the source material. Additionally, it is GPU accelerated, so the Mac stays fast. Using LIQUID, the app connects to your Mac and lets you edit images in the same way you would with something like a Wacom tablet. Using Lightroom or Photoshop, you can retouch with a bit more ease if you’re using a tablet and pen. If you own an Apple watch, you can use the watch to do customizable shortcuts. They also claim that LIQUID is 2x faster than Airplay.

As far as ergonomics go, this may be better on the iPhone 6 Plus since it’s pretty much a phablet. But on smaller screens I’d see myself not only struggling a bit, but also killing the battery life of my phone let alone making it overheat. Granted, I have yet to test it–but I do some very intensive editing and I imagine that the photographers using this may do even more.

You can check out more at AstroPad’s website and the launch price for Astropad Mini is $4.99 while it will go for $9.99 otherwise. Even more details are below.

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Canon originally introduced their 35mm f1.4 L in the late 90s–and today we finally get its replacement. The Canon 35mm f1.4 L II USM is the company’s latest update to their lineup of EF mount lenses and this time around, the lens is weather sealed, though Canon suggests using a UV filter to fully complete the sealing.

It also features a new lens construction that we find very interesting. The Canon 35mm f1.4 L II USM incorporates what are known as BR lens optics. They’re designed to refract blue light and reduce chromatic aberration and other problems. While some companies try to do this through coatings, Canon has opted for a whole new lens element designed to tackle this issue.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Leica Q camera product shots (5 of 13)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 2.8

Earlier this year, Leica announced the Leica Q–which is a fixed lens camera with a full frame sensor, electronic viewfinder, and a fixed lens with autofocus. The Leica Q has incredibly fast autofocus performance, and we rather liked it.

Building on this success, Mirrorless Rumors is reporting that we’re going to be getting pretty much the same camera’s internals but with interchangeable lenses and a new body. For years, we’ve been hearing about an update to the R system, and this could indeed be it. This gets even more interesting when you consider the fact that the source states that the camera will have a similar design to a Leicaflex–which was the company’s SLR lineup of cameras. It isn’t clear whether the mount will use R lenses natively–but we doubt it since those were manual focus lenses.

No doubt, ti’s going to cost a pretty penny–more like all the pennies in your pocket. And for that price, you’ll be getting the Q’s sensor, image stabilization, weather sealing, the very good EVF and more.

If this is all indeed true, this makes Leica out to be the second company to house a full frame sensor in a mirrorless camera and to provide autofocus. Leica was the first to the ball with the M9 and all successors after that. Sony followed up with the A7 series of cameras.

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