Full Frame Medium Format? Yes, It’s Coming – But Not From Who You Think

Full Frame Medium Format, a full size 645 digital sensor, is the idea that many hoped either the Fujifilm GFX or Hasselblad X1D would sport, but neither of those companies took that leap with their Medium Format Mirrorless systems. However, a full frame medium format system is apparently on the way, and no, it’s not from Fuji or Hasselblad, not Pentax, PhaseOne – no… It’s coming from Zenit.

Yes, the Russian camera/lens maker Zenit has announced that it will be bringing a new full frame mirrorless digital camera to market in 2018. This news is coming from the Russian information agency RNS. This is a very interesting turn of events and announcement, especially considering that just last year we were letting you all know about Zenit being brought back to life.

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Instagram Turns to AI to Block Hate Comments and Trolls

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Ever been bothered by hateful, mean, or mocking comments on your work from trolls lurking on Instagram? The app’s CEO Kevin Systrom is rolling out plans to block those through Artificial Intelligence. As a social platform, Instagram’s success has been largely attributed to people’s desire to share a slice of their life through photos and images. Likewise, many visual artists and photographers can connect part of their success to reaching out to their existing and potential clients by sharing their work on the platform. While it’s all good that Instagram has evolved into a tool for connecting people all over the world for both business and personal reasons, it bothers Systrom that it has also become littered with mean, hateful, and inappropriate comments.

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This Website Offers RAWs and JPEGs for Free

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If you’ve ever struggled with finding high-quality photos for your imaging needs, there’s a new website that offers to give them to you free of charge. This is the promise of a website called Wesaturate, founded by Seattle-based photographers Kash Goudarzi and Gifton Okoronkwo, and freshly deployed just this April. The platform claims to be a place where photographers can share and download RAW and JPEG photos for free, which can be particularly useful for those who are still learning the ropes of digital photography, or looking into purchasing their first digital gear.

“It’s great for anyone looking to download free, high-quality images and especially great for photographers who want to learn how to edit photos,” Goudarzi shared with us in an e-mail. “Another popular case is photographers downloading the RAW files of a certain camera before they decide to buy it or not.”

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The New Voigtlander 40mm f2 SL II S Was Designed With Nostalgia In Mind

Photographers who like the look of Voigtlander as well as the functionality of their lenses will be pleased to know that a new Voigtlander 40mm f2 SL II S was recently announced. The predecessor to this lens was a very small pancake optic that could easily fit onto most DSLRs and even was offered with adapters for Sony cameras. But the new one takes a different classical design. You can liken its exterior appearance to old school Nikkor primes that one would get bundled with a camera. In fact, Cosina states that this was their intent: a nostalgic look.

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Fujifilm’s Earnings Reports Are Looking Good Bolstered By Strong GFX, X100F, And Instax Sales

Fujifilm has released their first quarter results for this year and things are looking particularly well for the company’s imaging solutions division – the one we all care about. The report showed a significant increase in sales for the imaging division, especially compared to the 4th quarter of last year. Fuji is crediting strong sales in both Europe and the US of their Instax Square product. Which should honestly be no surprise, Instax has long been a cash cow for the company, and so of people came out bought the new square format version – which launched during Q1 of this year. But the Instax launch was not the only photo product doing well. Continue reading…

Legendary Biotar 75 F1.5 Lens Officially In Development By Oprema Jena

A while back we mentioned reports indicating that Myer Optik or Zeiss could be looking into relaunching the famed Biotar lens lineup, specifically the legendary 75mm F1.5. Now those reports have been officially addressed by a company called Oprema Jena, a sister company to Myer Optik, in an email both confirming the reports about the development of the lens and explaining those involved in the project. Continue reading…

Nikon Patent Reveals Nikon Pro Mirrorless May Have Pellicle Based F-Mount Adapter

We have been hearing a lot on the wind about Nikon’s current ambition for launching a pro-focused mirrorless system. But one of the biggest questions on everyone’s minds was regarding what sort of mount would the system use. Would they go with a completely new mount, or find a way to use the F Mount – well a newly discovered patent may indicate one direction that Nikon is considering. Continue reading…

B&H Photo To Pay Over $3.2 Million in Discrimination Lawsuit

Unless you've been living under a rock or purposely turning a blind eye to the issue, you're most likely aware that B&H Photo (B&H Foto legally) has been in the middle of a class action lawsuit involving discrimination for a while. It started when workers in their warehouses (located in Brooklyn) started protesting unsafe conditions and discrimination. The workers, who wanted to unionize, were not being allowed to do so. Now, to settle the problems B&H Photo has "agreed to pay $3,220,000 in back wages and other monetary relief to more than 1,300 affected class members," according to a recent press release issued by the Department of Labor.

But the problems didn't stop there.

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