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When you take a photo, do you remember the moments as they were happening at all? According to a study called “Point-and-Shoot Memories: The Influence of Taking Photos on Memory for a Museum Tour” done by Fairfield University, the answer is no. The study shows that taking images actually causes what the New York Times cites as “photo-taking-impairment effect.”

According to the study, groups were given digital cameras when taking a tour around an art museum, they were instructed to take photos of certain objects and observe others without taking photos. The study concluded that taking photos impaired their memory of the objects because their mind was too busy taking a photo–however their memory wasn’t affected if they were told to zoom in on a specific area.

Further conclusions stated that memories were totally intact if they didn’t take photos of the object.

Though this is only one study, it makes a lot of sense considering that our society is spending so much time taking photo after photo and many times doesn’t get the shot right to begin with.

On a personal level though, we can relate. We test lots of cameras here and sometimes have cameras with us at events that we go to. When you’re too busy taking photos, you tend to only concentrate on getting the shot as best as you can. Otherwise, everything else gets filtered out.

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All images used with permission of the Monochrome awards.

Photographs in black and white are without a double inspirational and pull at certain strings in the human soul. So when we were told about the winners of the 2014 Monochrome awards and shown the images, we were stunned. The committee received over 7,000 submissions and photographer Neil Carver won the grand prize of $2,000.

The images from him and other photographers are after the jump.

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Hark! Nikon has two new cameras: the D7200 and Coolpix P900. The former is the next iteration of the Nikon D7100 with 0.1 more megapixels, no optical low-pass filter, increased buffer capacity and built-in wi-fi. It also sports an ISO range of 100-25600. The D7100 tapped out at 6400, though it could reach 25600 in extended mode. The D7200 sports HD video, and Nikon’s created a wireless lavalier microphone for all Nikon users: the ME-W1.

Speaking of sports, one of the biggest problems with the camera when shooting sports was the buffer. It’s been increased quite a bit over its predecessor.

Specs alone, we imagine the D7200 would be a fine choice for students, beginners and enthusiasts.

The Nikon D7200 will be available in April 2015 for $1,199.95 body only or $1,699.95 with the 18-140mm f3.5-5.6.

The P900 is a camera of the Coolpix variety with a long 83x zoom range. It has a 16MP 1/2.3-inch CMOS sensor with HD video capabilities and a burst capacity of 7 fps. The lens has a 35mm-equivalent focal range of 24-2000mm, and the aperture is f2.8 at its widest and f6.7 at its longest. At the widest end, there’s a shutter lag time of 0.12 seconds and 0.75 seconds at its longest.

Specs alone, we imagine this’d be great for travelers who don’t want to change lenses.

The Nikon Coolpix P900 will be available in black in April 2015 for $599.95.

Head one for image samples and full spec lists.

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Phottix Indra 360 LR 2up

Phottix has been changing the strobism game a bit by offering more affordable and yet very good alternatives to many of the more expensive monolights and flashes. The Phottix Indra500 TTL started it off in the monolight game and now the Indra360 TTL is doing the same thing but with less power output–just in time for WPPI 2015. In fact, the Phottix Indra500 TTL is the winner of our Editor’s Choice award.

The light can do TTL transmission with both Canon and Nikon DSLRs with Sony coming in the future. It is also capable of high speed sync, second curtain sync, and can be triggered with any of Phottix’s radio transmitters considering that it has a radio receiver built right in.

Like the Indra500 TTL, it works with a battery pack. More specs are after the jump.

The Indra360 TTL Studio Light, Indra360 Battery Pack is scheduled to begin shipping in mid-April 2015. The Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) is $880 for a one light / battery kit. Additional configurations are $1,760 for two lights / 2 batteries plus a Phottix Odin controller; $2,570 for 3 lights / three batteries plus a Phottix Odin controller. The Indra500 TTL Studio Light, Battery Pack and AC Adapter are currently available from Phottix dealers world-wide.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Olympus OMD EM5 Mk II first impressions product photos (10 of 10)ISO 1001-30 sec at f - 4.5

There have been stories going around and whispers of a large sensor compact camera from Olympus coming soon for a while now, but 43rumors has reason to believe that the camera is going to be much like the Ricoh GR. While this seems a bit unlikely, it’s still very interesting due to the fact that these reports have been going around for a while now and Panasonic launched one with the LX100. While that camera had a zoom lens, it only makes sense that Olympus would try to release something with a solid, fixed prime lens.

The reports state that this upcoming camera will be very much like the old Olympus Trip film camera–if it does indeed exist and comes out. This makes quite a bit of sense as Olympus has tried to create digital versions of their historically successful cameras like the Pen and the OM series.

While the Ricoh GR has an APS-C sensor, we believe that the company may instead opt for a Four Thirds sensor with retro ergonomics and maybe with one of their current lenses already attached. Their 12mm f2, 17mm f1.7, and 25mm f1.8 are all quite small and on the OMD camera make for an awesome compact package. It’s bound to be loaded with art filters and have a couple of accessories to make it look even sexier as a complete package plus include WiFi transmission to make it a better travel camera.

If it is indeed real, Fujifilm and Panasonic may have a major contender to look out for.

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Though they’re usually better known for lots of their very premium grade lenses, Panasonic today announced two new lenses: the LUMIX G 42.5mm F1.7 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. and the LUMIX G Macro 30mm F2.8 ASPH. MEGA O.I.S. lenses.

The 42.5mm f1.7 is obviously being targeted at portrait shooters, and is a more affordable version than their 42.5mm f1.2 lens. At its heart, it houses 10 elements in 8 groups, a close focusing distance of 12.2 inches, a metal mount, multi-coated lens elements, and POWER O.I.S.

But on the other side of the spectrum is the 30mm f2.8 MEGA OIS lens which is targeted at macro shooters. Panasonic states that it’s got a 1x life-size magnification, a focusing distance starting at 4.13 inches, has a metal mount, and 9 lenses in 9 groups including an aspherical element.

The Panasonic 30mm Macro f2.8 will be available in April and the Panasonic 42.5mm f1.7 in May at $399.99 each.

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