VSCO Film Comes Out With Film Pack 4 for Slide Film Emulations

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VSCO film tools has long been creating what we believe to be the best film emulsion presets for digital photographers. Yesterday, the company announced Film Pack 4: Slide. Obviously, the presets is meant to mimic the look of slide film–which has some of us extremely excited about it. Loved Fujifilm Velvia? Well now you’ve got that emulsion.

Here are the film renderings that you’ll get

  • Agfa Scala 200 – / — / + / -/+ / + / ++ / Contrast + / ++ / +++
  • Fuji Astia 100F – / — / + / ++ / Balance Cool / Balance Warm / HC / Portrait
  • Fuji Fortia SP – / — / + / ++ / +++ / Balance Cool / Balance Warm / Landscape / Portrait
  • Fuji Provia 100F – / — / + / ++ / +++ / ++++ / Balance Cool / Balance Warm / HC / Portrait
  • Fuji Provia 400X – / — / + / ++ / +++ / Balance Cool / Balance Warm / HC / HC + / HC ++ / Portrait / Vibrant
  • Fuji Velvia 50 – / — / + / ++ / +++ / Balance Cool / Balance Warm / HC / Landscape / Landscape+
  • Fuji Velvia 100 – / — / + / ++ / +++ / Balance Cool / Balance Warm / HC / Landscape
  • Fuji Velvia 100F – / — / + / ++ / +++ / Balance Cool / Balance Warm / HC / Portrait
  • Kodak E100G – / — / + / ++ / +++ / Balance Cool / Balance Warm (GX) / HC / Portrait / Vibrant
  • Kodak E100VS – / — / + / ++ / +++ / Balance Cool / Balance Warm / Balance Warm + / Portrait
  • Kodak E200 – / — / + / ++ / ++ Alt / +++ / Balance Cool / Balance Warm / HC / Portrait / Vibrant

VSCO is doing a special introductory offer for $89.25. We reviewed Film Pack 3, and loved it when used with Lightroom.

Review: Olympus Pen E-P5

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When we first were briefed on the Olympus EP5, we were quite impressed not only with its feature set but also its build quality. And for the past couple of weeks, we’ve been testing the camera during our daily routines. Olympus states that this camera has the same 16MP imaging sensor as the Olympus OMD EM5. But it also packs other crazy features such as 9fps shooting, focus peaking, Live View preview when in Bulb mode, interval shooting for time lapsers, and WiFi. In some ways, it outdoes its bigger brother, the OMD except in one critical feature: weather sealing.

But is that enough to make you not want to spring for the best Pen camera yet?


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Cheap Photo: Nikon, Olympus, and More Gear To Make You Giggle With Glee. Ricoh GR in Stock

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Samyang Announces New 16mm T2.2 Cinema Lens and Cine Lens Kit Case

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Samyang and Rokinon (who are the same brand) have been creating cinema lenses for a relatively short time now. But they’ve got loads of lenses in the roster by mostly converting their current lens lineup into a clickless aperture body with more of a focus throw. They’ve recently converted their newly announces 16mm f2 lens to a cinema lens: the 16mm T2.2. The lens has 13 elements in 11 groups and is designed for APS-C sensor cameras. The lens has an ED lens element, aspherical element and hybrid-aspherical lens element as well as an anti-reflection UMC coating.

They’re specifically stating that the lens will be available in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Sony E, Canon M, Fujifilm X and Olympus MFT. They probably meant EF-S, since EF is a full frame mount.

And if you decide to go for their entire kit of lenses, the company will offer you something like a Pelican case. The cases come in two sizes with the bigger one able house a set of six camera lenses: Samyang V-DSLR 8mm T3.8 UMC Fish-eye CS II; 14mm T3.1 ED AS IF UMC; 24mm T1.5 ED AS IF UMC; 35mm T1.5 AS IF UMC; 85mm T1.5 AS IF UMC and 500mm f/6.3 DX Mirror. The smaller one is designed for three: 14mm, 24mm and the 35mm.

The lenses are available at Adorama, B&H Photo and Amazon.


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Adobe Announces Lightroom 5.2 Release Candidate

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Adobe issued a notice recently about a fix to Lightroom bugs, and in their latest release candidate (5.2) they aim to try to squash lots of them. According to them, “The release candidates correct issues reported in Lightroom 5.0 and Camera Raw 8.1, including refinements to the Spot Healing Brush, Local Adjustment Brush and Noise Reduction tools. In addition, raw file format support is added for a number of cameras, such as the Canon EOS 70D, Fujifilm X-M1 and Sony DSC-RX1R.”

But there are new changes too: such as the addition of a smoothness adjustment slider to the detail panel, and loads more.

Still haven’t made the upgrade to Lightroom 5? Check out our review: we love it! More details are after the jump, and you can download the new update right here.

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An Introduction to and Brief History of Digital Imaging Sensor Technologies

Felix Esser The Phoblographer Photokina 2010 Leica M9 CCD Sensor

When the first digital cameras (that were actually interesting to consumers) came up in the nineties, the main technology used for their imaging sensors was the CCD technology. In order to be able to record color information, digital imaging sensors were (and still are) typically equipped with a so-called Bayer pattern color filter. With the advance of technology, another type of sensor started to emerge: the CMOS. Today, CMOS sensors have replaced CCD sensors in most types of digital cameras. But besides these two, there are other types of sensors as well–some of which only existed for a short time, or even only as patents. In this article, we want to take a look at the different types of digital imaging sensors, and explain their technological peculiarities.

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Beyond the Kit Lens: The Best Step Up Lenses For Your Camera

Canon 40mm f/2.8 Rear Element

Everyone has to start somewhere, and folks always ask us, “We’re thinking about a DSLR, what should we buy?” Well first off, what you should really know is that once you go into the DSLR or Mirrorless camera arena, you’ll need to consider the fact that upgrading at this point doesn’t always mean you should get a new camera. In fact, that’s totally preposterous in some cases.

Want to take better pictures? Get a lens. For what it’s worth, no camera manufacturer markets their lenses anywhere as much as they should. Why? Because they just want to sell cameras first and foremost. But we’re here today to educate you a little bit on the secret that most of the more savvy shooters know. This website has reviewed loads, and loads of lenses–more than most sites out there. And so we’re passing our knowledge onto you.

And we’ll also do it on a budget.

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Ferrania “Alive and Kicking”, Will Ship New Photographic Film From 2014

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Ferraria Solaris 200 with Pentax ME and 50/1.4

With all the news of film products going away, it’s nice to see one coming back! When I heard about this, I had to ask myself “what’s the big deal?” So I did a little research and realized: the return of Ferrania is fantastic news and it seems that many people agree. They are revamping film production and the feedback for them has been wonderful. They aim to be able to ship new film in the first quarter of 2014. This will be color negative film based on Ferrania Solaris FG-100 Plus (for still photography) and a professional color reversal film derived from Scotch Chrome 100.

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Industry Experts Weigh In: Can You Clean a Lens with Vodka?

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Seriously, go Google, “Cleaning a Lens with Vodka.” You’ll see a mixture of horror stories and mostly good insights. But besides the waste of precious liquid that can otherwise be consumed with some freshly squeezed OJ, there are reports that it can clean your lens. However, we’ve always used Isopropyl Alcohol instead.

To check in on this and clear the myths up, we asked industry experts from nearly every lens and camera manufacturer out there, and most of them got back to us on deadline. Here’s what they had to say.

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First Impressions: Tokina 12-28mm f4 (Nikon F)

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Tokina 12-28mm f4 first impressions (2 of 14)ISO 1001-200 sec at f - 4.5

Tokina’s zoom lenses are amongst some of the most popular for APS-C DSLR camera shooters for many reasons. Besides their generally stellar image quality, they are also often priced just right. In the case of their brand new 12-28mm f4 designed for APS-C sensor DSLRs, they’re once again targeting the budget-conscious photographer that wants a wide-angle zoom. The lens has a focal length ranging from 12mm to 28mm–which equates to an 18 to 42mm on a Nikon DSLR. Plus it has a constant f4 aperture throughout the zoom range. Tokina also decided to give this lens nine aperture blades–which should translate into smoother bokeh.

But as many wide angle shooters know, you don’t spring for a wide angle lens for the bokeh.

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Review: Canon Rebel SL1

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Model: Grace Morales

When we first got our hands on the new Canon Rebel SL1, we were quite shocked by how small it is. This is one of the smallest DSLRs that we’ve had the pleasure of holding. The SL in the naming convention stands for Super Light. And in that naming convention, Canon stated in our initial meetings with them that it is targeted towards women–and a high emphasis is also placed on shooting in Auto.

In my time walking around NYC, I’ve seen loads and loads of DSLR users shooting in Auto. Many have said that they haven’t had time to sit down and read the manual yet and other said that they springed for the camera just so that they could get better pictures.

With all that in mind, the Canon SL1 sports a 18MP APS-C sized imaging sensor that is significantly larger than the one that you find in most point and shoot cameras–and therefore effectively gives you better image quality. It can shoot 4 frames per second in continuous shooting mode to help capture your dog or child running across the yard. The camera can also shoot 1080p HD video, has a touch screen, and can become very sensitive to light via its ISO abilities that range from 100-12,800.

And for the first time ever, we shot with this camera in the automatic modes in addition to our manual testing.

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Essentials: The Summer Concert Photographer

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Essentials is a brand new series where we round up specially curated kits for different photographers in different situations. Other items could surely be substituted, but these are what we personally recommend.

One of the biggest rules of shooting summer concerts is to not bring a bag. Many venues don’t let you bring one, but even if you have a press pass, it can be really tough and slow you down a lot. While many photographers still use DSLRs, a major fact is that mirrorless camera performance has gotten so damn good that we really can’t deny them their strengths. And a mirrorless camera will keep things lighter and more compact whether you’re in the front row or the pit.

And for that, here’s our essential and a couple of tips that run down our choices summer concert photography. For even more tips, check out this interview we did with Rolling Stone Photographer Nicole Fara Silver.

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Five Cameras for the Person Stepping up From a Point and Shoot

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Not everyone has a DSLR, but there are many that are trying to step up to one. But guess what: you don’t necessarily have to. You can instead move up to any other type of interchangeable lens camera. The advantage of most DSLRs is that they have an optical viewfinder. But if you don’t necessarily need that and you just want to keep the package small and the image quality big, then you’ll want to take a look at some of our favorite options.

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Review: Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner

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The Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner is one of a kind. It’s a 35mm film scanner alright, but not quite your regular garden variety. Instead of connecting it to a PC, you clip it onto your smartphone and ‘scan’ the images by photographing them with your phone’s camera. Thanks to the Smartphone Film Scanner’s bright light panel, this works even with slide film. Of course, this way you won’t get results that you can print in huge sizes. But it’s a quick, easy and fun way to share your analog pictures via digital media.

And you can share your photos to the social sphere a whole load faster now.

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Review: Panasonic 7-14mm f4 (Micro Four Thirds)

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Micro Four Thirds has long had an excellent wide angle zoom, but unfortunately it isn’t very heavily mentioned in forums or anywhere else. But the fact of the matter though is that Panasonic created a 7-14mm f4 zoom lens a while back: giving us the equivalent of 14-28mm at an f8 aperture in the full frame world. Featuring a constant F4 zoom, this is the lens that an architectural or landscape photographer will almost never have to stop down. This beast of a wide angle also sports 7 aperture blades, 16 elements in 12 groups, a minimum focus of just under 10 inches, and a fairly compact size for a lens of this type.

During our three week testing period, we weren’t really surprised by this lens’ performance. It was everything we thought it would be: stellar.

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One Photographer Bought the Last 12,000 Sheets of Velvia 50 8×10 Film

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Photo Via Brandon Remler’s Blog. Used with permission

UPDATE: Foto Care contacted us and stated that it was bought through them. The buyer paid over $161,000 for all the film.

There was that famous song by Paul Simon that states, “Don’t Take my Kodachrome Away.” But one photographer is positively adamant about not taking his Fujifilm Velvia 50 8×10 film away. Fujifilm rep Brandon Remler has shared images in a post about the last shipment of Fujifilm Velvia 50 8×10 going to one photographer.

So let’s figure this out mathematically: Unique Photo lists the now gone film at $219.95–so for arguments sake we’ll round it up to $220. One pack gives you 20 sheets. 12,000 divided by 20 gives you 600. 600 x $220 = $132,000. Brandon doesn’t state where he bought the film from, but perhaps he might have found a way to get it cheaper. The name of the photographer also isn’t mentioned. One thing is for sure: he can either totally figure out a way to make a profit from this, or he really loves that film.

I hope he’s got a big freezer.

Velvia 50 is still sold in 35mm and 120mm. Fujichrome Velvia 100 and Provia 100 are both available in 35mm, 120mm, 4×5 and 8×10 formats.

Review: Yongnuo 560 III Radio Flash

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Yongnuo is a Chinese company that has mistakenly been stated as to be creating knock offs–which is a massive misinterpretation. They mostly specialize in radio transmitters and flashes. We previously reviewed the Yongnuo 560 II, and upon hearing the reports of the company putting radio transmission integrated into their flashes, I had to try one of the brand new 560 III flashes. The version that I purchased was specifically for the Micro Four Thirds system: and in this case the Olympus OMD EM5.

However, I ended up using it a whole lot more with the Panasonic GH3 due to a review period with the camera and lenses loaned to me by the company.

And if you’re invested in any mirrorless camera system (not just Micro Four Thirds) this super affordable flash and the RF-602 trigger is well worth it.

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First Impressions: Sony RX1R

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Remember the Sony RX1? It’s the fixed lens camera that we dare not call a point and shoot–and it changed everything. Sony gave us a full frame imaging sensor in a point and shoot sized body, and we reviewed it very positively. Today, the company is announcing a specially modified version of the camera called the RX1R. Following in the footsteps of both Nikon and Pentax, they’re taking the same camera that they had before and removing the low pass filter.

And that’s really the only change. But unlike Nikon and Pentax charging more for the more stripped down version that allows measurbators to pixel peep until their eyes bleed, the RX1R will be exactly the same price as the RX1.

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The Phoblographer’s Visual Introduction to Overpowering the Sun’s Light For New Strobists

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In the strobist community, we often hear about overpowering the sun. While the sun can deliver quite an insane amount of light, you can actually work with camera and strobe physics to get even less of the sun’s affect into your image. The results often are higher contrast images with a significantly more professional and beautiful look. But depending on your settings, you can add more or less contrast for your own creative style.

But if you’re totally new to this whole strobism game, here’s a quick guide on it all.

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Five Films That We Never Want to Say Goodbye To

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Kodak Portra 400 120 (Shot by Chris Gampat)

In recent years, the film industry has been suffering greatly and many manufacturers have been cutting down their stocks and supplies. But many of us still love the look, feel, and rendering that film can give us. It’s also a wonderful learning tool for the photographer just getting into the art.

We’ve tearfully parted ways with many famous and wonderful films: Kodachrome, Astia, Ektachrome, and loads more. But there are some staples that we absolutely never want to part ways with. Here are just five of those films that still tug at our hearts.

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