Canon and Toshiba Join Sony with Curved Sensor Tech Patents

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In the world of digital photography sensors, technology has steadily improved over the years with various advances mostly taking place within the confines of standard CMOS sensors. Fujifilm and Panasonic have an organic sensor they have been working on, and Sony patented a curved sensor design a while back.

Well, Toshiba and Canon have jumped on the curved sensor design bandwagon, joining Sony. The patents from the two companies both approach the curved sensor design differently, but both have the same goal, to improve image quality and eliminate things like vignette from images captured by these devices.

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Sal Cincotta’s Got A New Bug Out Bag For Photographers on Kickstarter

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Hey, photographers, there is a new photography focused bag on the block and it is brought to you by educator extraordinaire Sal Cincotta. The new Photographer Bug Out Bag, B.O.B., had been designed and developed Cincotta specifically for working photographers. The BOB is now on Kickstarter hoping to get about $100,000 in funding, having received just about $20,000 so far with 29 days remaining on the campaign.

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Opus Camera Strap Is Made Of Handcrafted Leather, Sailing Rope And Hardened Chrome Split Rings

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Most photographers prefer to work with third party camera straps for many reasons, typically for having better functions or looking fashionable to match stylish camera designs. Opus has started a Kickstarter campaign to produce a camera strap that is handcrafted, made of real leather, sailing durable Polyester and hardened split rings.

Krzysztof Szumanski, the man behind this Kickstarter project revealed that he was inspired by his passion of sailing to combine a professional sailing rope with strong leather and hardened chromed split ring which he claimed will enhance material strength and durability.

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The Latest Fujifilm X-T2 Firmware Update Finally Gives it Tethered Support

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It was a pretty big deal in the Fujifilm community when the company announced that a new tethering application would be made available for the X-T2 and after a good wait that firmware was finally released this morning.

As noted above, the headline feature for this Fujifilm X-T2 firmware update is the addition of tethering compatibility with Fujifilm’s upcoming X-T2 tethering program. This will give X-T2 photographers the ability to connect their X-T2 to their computer and shoot images directly from the camera onto the computer. This has been a long-requested feature from studio-based Fujifilm photographers.

But that’s not all.

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Sports Illustrated Shoots its Latest Cover with the Moto Z and Hasselblad True Zoom Mod

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Cover image courtesy of Sports Illustrated. Image by Mike LeBrecht.

As part of the proof that cameraphones are becoming better and better, Sports Illustrated shot its latest cover of its magazine with the new Motorola Moto Z and the Hasselblad True Zoom attachment. The image was shot by photographer Mike LeBrecht who has shot sports portraits and photos for many years now. Of course, there’s also a crazy amount of lighting involved and it looks pretty darn photoshopped, but at least it shows that the industry is evolving quite a bit.

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Meyer-Optik Gorlitz Launches New 50mm f0.95 Nocturnus II for Sony E Mount

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Meyer-Optik Gorlitz has announced the upcoming release of its all-new Nocturnus II 50mm f0.95 Lens for full frame Sony E-Mount. With scheduled shipping for January 2017, the lens is currently available for pre-order at camera stores worldwide. Made in Germany, Meyer Gorlitz lenses are made with high quality components and fine-tuned by undergoing a rigorous test procedure with tight tolerances. The 50mm f/0.95 Nocturnus II will follow in this manufacturing tradition and is a lens Meyer Gorlitz hopes will appeal to photographers looking for a low-light capable lens that delivers the image quality they expect. Continue reading…

The Inspiring Winning Photos of the ND Awards 2016

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Opening image by Brooke Shaden, the winner of ND Photographer of the Year 2016. All images used with permission by ND Awards. 

ND Awards (Neutral Density Awards) has just announced their winners of their 2016 international photography contest. ND Awards claimed that the panel of judges for this contest included industry professionals, gallery owners, publishers, editors and renowned photographers.

Out of a total of 6422 submissions from 85 countries, Brooke Shaden from the United States claimed the overall winner of professional category holding the title ND Photographer Of The Year 2016 and $2500 in prize money. In non-professional category, Rosario Civello from Italy won the title ND Discovery Of The Year 2016 and $1300 in prize money.  Continue reading…

Out of the Phone Turns Your iPhone Photos Into a Fine Art Book

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The brainchild of publisher Pierre Le Govic, Out of the Phone aims to be the world’s first print-on-demand book platform for mobile photographers. Le Govic takes his years of experience in publishing and encourages mobile photographers to print their work and not allow it to simply rest on their phones or end up lost before the images are backed up. Currently, Le Govic has launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funding to build a web application for Out of the Phone so photographers can design their own custom books online.  Continue reading…