CP+ Cancelled Due to Fears of Coronavirus, But There’s Still WPPI

CP+, one of the Photo Industry’s most important trade shows, is canceled due to fears of Coronavirus.

Journalists, attendees, and manufacturers won’t be heading to Japan later this month due to fears of Coronavirus. The global epidemic is causing fear of travel and slowed down economic growth. Earlier this month, Mobile World Congress was cancelled due to fears of Coronavirus as well. And while CP+ is cancelled, this may not be as gloomy as we think. WPPI 2020 still seems to be on even amid PDN shutting down.

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Manfrotto Announces New Lens Filter Suite at WPPI

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In hopes of bringing the goods to the WPPI expo floor, Manfrotto announced their new Lens Filter Suite that incorporates their newest lens filters paired with a new magnetic adapter and filter holder system. The newly announced lens filter system uses Manfrotto’s XUME magnetic adapters to make switching and removing filters from your lenses as easy as clipping them on or off.

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Sony Introduces New 100mm f2.8 G Master Lens at WPPI 2017

Sony is introducing two new prime lenses at WPPI 2017 in the form of their new 100mm f2.8 G Master lens and their 85mm f1.8 FE lens. These new lenses are designed for full frame E mount cameras and have some pretty cool features.

The new Sony 100mm f2.8 STF G Master OSS lens has 11 aperture blades and is being billed as having Smooth Trans Focus in addition to optical image stabilization.

The press release is after the jump.

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Change.org Petition Asks WPPI To Drop Jasmine Star and Doug Gordon for Plagiarizing

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In an extremely interesting use of Change.org’s petitioning efforts, photographers have seemingly gathered together to protest Jasmine Star and Doug Gordon from teaching at the seminar. According to the petition, the reasons for this are due to claims of plagiarization from the two well known photographers. The comments and signatures are quite interesting as one states,

“Nobody’s perfect, but deliberately allowing unethical people to teach the next generation of photographers is a recipe for disaster.”

The petition is targeted at the organizers of the show and at the time of publishing this article it has received almost 300 signatures.

It’s an extremely interesting use of photographers trying to democratize and protest the trade shows that they go to. For a long time WPPI and the Kelby Tours have been two of the biggest sources of education for many creatives as they often go all across the US.

In the coming months, we’re not sure how this will affect the careers of the creatives as Jasmine in particular has created a complete empire from being a marketing genius. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Via R/Photography


SnapKnot is Sending One Lucky Shooter to WPPI

Online Wedding Photography Hub, SnapKnot, is giving a way a free registration to WPPI’s Las Vegas trade show. The show, on February 21-23, 2011, is a chance to explore the latest wedding and portrait photography products and techniques. The random drawing doesn’t include travel or accommodations, but will include a year’s membership to WPPI for those who don’t have one.

The trade show exhibitor list includes camera companies Nikon and Canon, a number of print, proof, and binding companies, marketing solutions like The Knot, and equipment vendors like B&H. Also on the list are a number of lighting, medium format, and digital processing companies.

To enter, photographers must register with SnapKnot and leave a witty posting on the contest page. Good luck!

5 Asian Pacific American Photographers Share Their Journeys as Artists

All images used with permission, lead image by Andrew Kung.

In celebration of Asian Pacific American Heritage Month, we spoke with five of the top photographers of APA descent working in the industry today. Their specialties range from automotive, commercial, documentary, lifestyle, music, and weddings. We asked them one simple question, “How far have you come as an artist since you first began your journey as a photographer?” Here are their stories:

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9 E Mount Lenses for Portraits That Get the Most Out of Sony’s Eye AF

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If you’re a portrait photographer who uses the Sony platform and want to get the most out of eye AF, these are the E Mount lenses worth a closer look.

Sony has completely revolutionized the portrait photography scene in recent years thanks to the huge advancements they have made in autofocus technology. The eye AF system in place in most of Sony’s cameras is class-leading and hard to beat. The technology has made it easy for portrait photographers of all levels to nail the shot every time they use the camera, but even a system as good as this still needs great lenses to make the most of it. After the break, we round up the best Sony E mount lenses to use if you want to make the most out of the incredible eye AF system found in Sony cameras.

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A List of Photography Events Postponed or Canceled Due to COVID-19

In light of the COVID-19, take note if you’ve been planning to attend any or all these photography events and gatherings.

Given the precautionary measures necessary to minimize the spread of COVID-19, events, shows, and gatherings of all kinds across the globe are being postponed or cancelled — some well-known photography events included. The CP+ (Camera and Photo Imaging Show) 2020 was among the first that got cancelled last month. If you’ve marked your calendars months in advance and have been looking forward to attending, chances are they’re already canceled or postponed; others most likely will soon follow. In case you’re looking for updates, here are just some of the events we got wind of that were originally scheduled but will no longer push through or have been moved to later dates.

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The Canon EOS R5 Is Real: Dual Card Slots, IBIS, and 20fps

Hold on to your seat because the reported specs of the Canon EOS R5 are quite special.

Can you hear that? That’s the sound of Sony, Nikon, and every other camera manufacturer shaking in their shutters. We have been hearing about a potential new Canon Mirrorless camera for a while now, and tonight, we share that the Canon EOS R5 is, in fact, real, thanks to a development announcement. We also confirm that it is packing some serious specs. Join us after the break to find out all the juicy details.

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PDN Shuts Down: What Does This Mean for the Photo Industry?

We’ve heard rumblings of PDN folding for a little while now, but it’s official.

I’ve been hearing news of PDN folding, but have purposely not written anything due to nothing being official yet. But, the cat is finally out of the bag and Photo District News is gone. If you’re an industry veteran, you probably know how big this is. But if you’ve started with photography in the past few years, you’re probably not batting an eye. In my own career, I’ve seen PDN switch owners a number of times while scratching my head. When I first started out, nearly 13 years ago, I felt them to be nearly untouchable. But, the past decade has been very rocky for the photo industry. I’ve seen a number of publications fold, get revamped, etc.

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These Sony E Mount Lenses Will Make Your Portraits Come to Life

If you want to get the most out of your Sony cameras when it comes to portrait photography, you need to take a closer look at these killer E mount lenses.

There are good reasons why portrait photographers decide to join team Sony. Sony’s cameras, from their APS-C cameras to their Full Frame offerings, are capable of producing gorgeous images. Then, when you throw in unmatched autofocus performance, including the best eye and face tracking performance in the business, it’s easy to understand why so many photographers choose them. Portrait photographers who shoot with Sony cameras also have some incredible E mount lenses to choose from too. In this roundup, we will share the first lenses worth a closer look if you want to create some killer portraits.

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Bokeh Beasts: You’ll Fall in Love with These 135mm Lenses for Portraits

135mm lenses are unmatched when it comes to sharpness and the levels of bokeh they can produce.

There are lots of different lenses on the market that can be used for portrait photography, and, of course, each photographer has their own preference. Some photographers may prefer to use primes like a 35mm, a 50mm, or an 85mm, and some would prefer to use lenses like a 70-200mm f2.8, but what if we told you there is a Goldilocks lens when it comes to portraits? 135mm lenses are quite possibly the best lenses to use for portraits thanks to their unmatched sharpness, the amount of compression they can give, and of course, the gorgeous bokeh they can produce. After the break, we will take a look at seven 135mm lenses we think deserve a closer look.

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The Sony Lenses That Made Our Jaws Drop When Shooting Portraits

Portrait photographers shooting with Sony Full Frame Mirrorless cameras will want to add these lenses to their shopping list.

When Sony first entered the Full Frame Mirrorless market, one of their biggest pain points was their then-lackluster lens lineup when compared to industry veterans like Canon and Nikon. Fast forward to today, and Sony now has 30 lenses available for their Full Frame E-Mount cameras, while Canon and Nikon are playing catch up with their mirrorless lens offerings. The tables have turned indeed. For portrait photographers shooting with Sony Full Frame Mirrorless cameras, there’s never been a better time to invest in some new glass. While Sony’s top tier G Master series of lenses have a proven track record of delivering excellent image quality with accurate colors and beautifully creamy bokeh, their more entry-level lenses are no slouch either.

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Lens Review: Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm F2.8 S (Nikon Z Mount)

The Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f2.8 S is the fast, multi-purpose workhorse Nikon Z series shooters have been waiting for.

When it comes to zoom lenses, the 24-70mm focal range is considered by many working photographers to be one of the “holy trinity” focal ranges. Professional photographers considering Nikon’s Z mount mirrorless system will likely debate the purchase of the Nikon NIKKOR Z 24-70mm f2.8 S. They are often the first zoom lens many purchase due to their versatility in a variety of subject matters ranging from landscapes, real estate, street, to solo and group portraiture, and so much more. Nikon released a 24-70mm zoom to complement their Full Frame Z mount mirrorless cameras at launch, but that particular lens had a maximum aperture of just f4. Many photographers interested in the Z mount cameras wanted a faster alternative.

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Lens Review: Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm F4 S (Nikon Z Mount)

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If you are in the market for an ultra-wide angle for your Nikon Z6 or Z7, the 14-30mm f4 S may well be at the top of your wish list.

The Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f4 S is an ultra-wide angle zoom designed for Nikon’s mirrorless Z mount cameras. It is both lightweight and compact and, at press time, the 14-30mm f4 is the widest autofocus Nikon Z mount lens available on the market. The Nikon Z 14-30mm f4 S is a welcome addition to the nascent Z mount lens lineup, which is about to celebrate its first birthday. One of the lens’ biggest selling points is its ability to accommodate threaded filters up front. This feature is extremely rare to find on an ultra-wide lens which typically includes bulbous front elements and thus requires the use of specialty filter mounting brackets. We got to spend some time with the 14-30mm earlier this year in Las Vegas during WPPI and were eager to get our review unit so we could put it through its paces and thoroughly test it in the wild. Head on after the jump to see if the Nikon NIKKOR Z 14-30mm f4 S is the right lens for you.

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First Impressions: Fujifilm GFX 100 (And Why It Needed IBIS)

The Fujifilm GFX 100 features a 102MP sensor with image stabilization and backside illumination.

Last week, Fujifilm invited us to a top secret briefing on the west side of Manhattan where they unveiled the long-awaited addition to the company’s Medium Format Mirrorless camera lineup: the Fujifilm GFX 100. We had seen renderings of the GFX100 before and even got to fondle a mockup of it in Las Vegas during WPPI, but this is the first time that we got to spend some hands-on time with the genuine article itself, albeit in pre-production but near-final trim. The star of the Medium Format GFX 100 show is the brand new 102 MP sensor that is not only backside illuminated but also stabilized. In fact, it’s the first medium format digital camera to have image stabilization on the sensor.

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First Impressions: Nikon Nikkor Z 14-30mm f4 S (with Sample Images!)

Nikon’s Nikkor Z 14-30 f4 S is an ultra-wide angle zoom lens for Nikon mirrorless cameras that features built-in filter threads.

While in Las Vegas for WPPI this year, we got the exclusive opportunity to spend some hands-on time photographing with Nikon’s brand new Nikkor Z 14-30 f4 S prototype lens. Designed for Nikon’s mirrorless Z Mount, the Nikkor Z 14-30 f4 S is a compact, lightweight, ultra-wide-angle lens with a maximum constant aperture of f4 throughout the zoom range. It features built-in filter threads up front, allowing photographers to attach lens filters without the need to rely on expensive and often clunky, third-party filter systems. With a lens design consisting of 14 elements in 12 groups, the Nikkor Z 14-30 f4 S includes 4 ED glass and 4 aspherical lens elements to take full advantage of the high resolving power of the Nikon Z7, while the Nano Crystal Coated elements help reduce ghosting and flaring when compositions include light sources within the frame. The front lens element is also fluorine-coated, making it water and oil repellent.

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First Impressions: Tamron 35-150mm f2.8-4 Di VC OSD (Canon EF)

We got to spend some hands-on time with Tamron’s 35-150mm f2.8-4 Di VC OSD prototype in Las Vegas last week while we were at WPPI.

It’s always exciting when we get to spend some hands-on time with lenses that are still under development, and we got to do just that when we met with Tamron last week at WPPI. One of the three new lenses that Tamron showed off at WPPI, the Tamron 35-150mm f2.8-4 Di VC OSD was the only one of the trio with a functional prototype available. The Tamron 35-150mm f2.8-4 is a lightweight and compact variable aperture zoom lens that covers most of the focal lengths popular for portraiture work. In fact, these focal lengths (35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 105mm, 135mm, and 150mm) are clearly marked on the lens barrel itself, giving you an idea as to who Tamron’s intended market for the lens is.  Continue reading…