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Meike teases three new lenses: 50mm F1.7, 25mm F2.0 and 25mm T2.2

08 Feb

Chinese accessory and optical manufacturer Meike has posted a picture on its website of three lenses it intends to launch in the coming months. Two stills lenses are promised, a 50mm and a 25mm, as well as a 25mm designed for movie shooters.

It is reported that the first will be a 50mm F1.7 for mirrorless systems—including the Canon EOS M mount—which is due in the middle of next month. A 25mm F2 shown in the same graphic is quite a different design to the 50mm, and different also from Meike’s existing mirrorless and APS-C range of lenses, so it isn’t easy to guess what systems this model will be aimed at. The third lens is a 25mm T2.2 Cinema lens, which appears to be the company’s first foray into this video market.

Finally, as for how much these lenses might cost, it’s worth noting that the company’s current 50mm F2 retails for about $ 80… so they tend to be pretty affordable.

For more information, visit the Meike website.

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Lomography celebrates 25th anniversary with three limited edition cameras

30 Jan

To celebrate its 25th anniversary, Lomography has launched limited edition versions of three popular Lomo cameras, including the one model that started it all: The Lomo LC-A+.

In addition to Lomography’s original 35mm with zone-focus and auto exposure, limited versions of the LC-A 120 medium format camera and the LC-Wide 35mm camera with 17mm wide-angle lens are also available. All three cameras are clad in brown leather and come with Lomography’s motto embossed on the rear:

No Rules, Happy Mistakes, Analogue Love

For the LC-A+ and LC-Wide there is also a matching brown leather camera case as part of this limited edition.

All items can be ordered now in the Lomography shop, with shipping for the US and Canada planned for January 29th. The LC-A+ is $ 300, the LC-Wide will set you back $ 440, and the medium format LC-120 requires an investment of $ 480. The limited edition case by itself is available for $ 80.

To learn more, visit the Lomography website or go straight to the Lomography shop.

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Enter to Win One of Three Lenses from Tamron!

10 Jan

Enter to win a Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD (in winner’s choice of Canon or Nikon mount), a Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD (choice of Canon, Nikon or Sony-A mount) or a Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD (choice of Canon, Nikon or Sony-A mount)!

Over the last several years, here at dPS, we’ve run very some very popular competitions with our partners to give away some of their great photographic products to lucky dPS readers.

We are fortunate enough to be able to do it again this month. For this competition, Tamron is giving away THREE lenses.

Win one of three Tamron lenses

These three unique prizes are designed to help every level of photographer create BETTER pictures. Tamron is the world’s most awarded photographic lens line. Each prize will be won by a different dPS reader. Here’s what you could win:

Grand Prize

Our Grand Prize winner will receive a Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens.

100-400mm Di VC USD Ultra-Telephoto Zoom – Value $ 799. Winner’s choice of Canon, Nikon or Sony-A mount. No Substitutions.


Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD

Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD

Second Prize

The second prize winner will receive a Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD with Hi-Resolution across a wide range of focusing distances.

Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD – Value $ 599. Winner’s choice of Canon, Nikon or Sony-A mount. No substitutions.

Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD

Third Prize

The third prize winner will receive a Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD with Hi-Resolution for fast focus.

Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD – Value $ 449. Winner’s choice of Canon, Nikon or Sony-A mount. No substitutions.


Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD

Learn a little more about Tamron here:

How to win:

To win this competition you’ll need to:

  • Visit the above lenses’ information pages and learn more about the lenses and their core use.
  • Leave a comment below and tell us why you’d like to win and HOW you would you utilize your chosen lens. Please note: there is a limit of ONE entry per person.
  • Deadline to enter is January 30th, 2018 11:59 p.m. PST (UTC-8). Comments left after the deadline will not be considered. Do this in the next 21 days, and on February 8th, 2018, the team at Tamron will choose the best three answers and we will announce the winners in the following days.

By “best” – we’re looking for you to show an understanding of the lenses and how they will best suit your needs. So, you’ll need to check out the product pages to put yourself in the best position to win. There’s no need to write essay length comments – but we’re looking to hear what you like about the lens and how it would help your development as a photographer.

This contest is open to everyone, no matter where you live – but there is only one entry per person. To enter – simply leave your comment below.

Photo by Zvardon Frantisek

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Google launches three mobile photography ‘Appsperiments’

13 Dec

Google today launched the first three installments in a series of experimental photography apps that the company calls ‘appsperiments’. The apps build on a range of technologies that are currently under development at Google, including: object recognition, person segmentation, stylization algorithms or efficient image encoding and decoding technologies.

Storyboard – Android only

The Storyboard app is currently available for Android and converts videos into single-page comic layouts. After shooting a video the app automatically selects interesting video frames, creates a layout, and applies one of six visual styles to the imagery.

And since privacy is a big concern with anything ‘intelligent’ like this: all of this happens on-device, without sending any data to the cloud.

Selfissimo! – iOS and Android

Selfissimo! is available for iOS devices and Android. Once you activate the app, it automatically captures a black-and-white selfie each time you strike a pose. The app encourages you to pose and captures a photo whenever you stop moving.

You end the ‘photoshoot’ by tapping on the screen, and can then review a ‘contact sheet’ to save your favorite images.

Scrubbies – iOS only

Scrubbies is an iOS app and allows you to adjust the playback speed and direction of videos, as well as create looping clips. The idea is to shoot a video using the app and then ‘remix’ it by ‘scratching’ on the screen like a DJ would do with vinyl.

Scrubbing with one finger plays the video. Scrubbing with two fingers captures the playback so you can save or share it.

If you try one or more of these so-called appsperiments, you can send your feedback to Google via in-app feedback links. More information about each of these creations is available on the Google Research Blog.

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The Winners of the Three NYIP Photography Courses Are . . .

25 Oct

The winners of the four NYIP photography courses are…

A BIG thank you to everyone who entered our recent competition to win one of three photography courses from our friends at NYIP.

The response was wonderful. In fact, it was so wonderful that the team at NYIP decided to offer a special 20% discount off any of their courses (details below). But first – here are the three winners of the competition for Fundamentals of Digital Photography Course – worth $ 749 (winners chosen by NYIP):

  • ETricco
  • Felicia Giberson
  • SD Art Teacher

A Message from NYIP (and a 20% discount)

“Congratulations to all three winners! And thank you to all the participants for your many comments. We were so excited to see how many people were interested in our Fundamentals of Digital Photography Course. To those who did not win, we wanted to let you know that for a limited time we are offering you the chance to save 20% on the NYIP Course of your choice. Learn more at Simply use the code NY20 at sign-up. But don’t wait, because this offer is only available until November 8th EST – The NYIP Team”

  • Winners will be emailed with details of how to collect their prize by the team at NYIP.
  • Thanks to everyone for entering and to NYIP for yet again, sponsoring another wonderful competition.

Photo by NYIP Student Photographer, Finnur Tomasson

The winning comments:

By ETricco – This course seems to be just what I am looking for. I have dreams of getting into some sort of photography-related field (most often when the 3 1/2 walls of my cubicle feel like they’re closing in on me and I need to find a more fulfilling career ASAP), but how do you start?? They are probably pipe dreams, but I figure at the very least I would like to master the skills. I use manual settings all the time and end up with decent pictures, but they are the production of lots of shots and just testing out different settings to see what works. I want to move on from this try-and-see method to a more calculated, intent technique. Anyone can take a beautiful photo of something beautiful, but I want to gain the skills to take something ugly or ordinary and capture it in a beautiful frame- and to be able to do that consistently, knowing exactly how to go about it and why. I’ve been reading up on ISO and aperture and shutter speed and have a basic grasp of what they are and how they work together, but I can’t yet look at something and know what my settings should be. I think if I had the framework this course provides instead of the piecemeal learning I’ve been doing, pulling together tips and facts from different articles and forums I find, it would really pull everything together; moreover, I think I would also be a source of motivation, because I love learning but trying to teach myself on my own is often overwhelming and disheartening. Lastly, I love that this course can be done at my own pace, so it can fit into my already hectic life and I can really get the most out of it. Please pick me and rescue me from my Office Space nightmare!

By Felicia Giberson – NYIP to me is a place that cares about their students by helping them to become better photographers. Being able to be mentored by a professional photographer would be absolutely amazing. I never seem to be completely satisfied with my pictures and to be able to have a professional guide me and give me one on one feedback is priceless. I have been learning for over a year now and seem to have hit a roadblock in the way that my pictures are coming out. My focus, composition, and exposure always seem to be off and while I can fix exposure and composition in the computer I cannot fix the focus. I would be so excited to have someone be able to give me pointers to use so that I can correct this and other issues I am having. Watching videos online and reading articles only helps so much. I would love to have the chance to get that perfect final image in my photos that I see in my mind and I believe that the New York Institute of Photography can do that.

By SD Art Teacher – How could I use an NYIP course, oh let me count the ways…
First, I am a high school art teacher from a rural school in South Dakota. And I have been given a wonderful opportunity this spring to teach a photography class. (I have only been asking for this opportunity for about 10 years or so), but anyways, I have finally been granted my wish.

This brings me to my first problem. The last time I took a photography class we used this stuff called film and we had to edit, develop and process it in a room, called a “Darkroom” ironically. Hopefully these still exist, but no matter what, this is where I learned. Now not to make myself sound THAT old, I have owned a DSLR camera for about 10 years now. I just have never officially taken a class. I am very proud to be a self-taught photographer. But I think I am in over my head with this teaching photography thing.

NYIP could help me in so many ways because while I think I know composition, lighting and editing, I also know that I might NOT know everything. Usually this is hard for me to admit. But when it comes to photography, which is at the lower end of my knowledge pool, I would be grateful for any assistance I can get. I am especially interested in learning the editing phase of the class. I know enough about editing programs to basically be dangerous, but I am very nervous about teaching tips and tricks to high school students who are depending on me for every step of the process.

While I am nervous, I am also very excited to be teaching a photography class. I also think I am in a great position to not only use the knowledge I will learn from NYIP but to pass it on to future photographers who will learn the true art of photography. I hope to inspire them to find a passion in taking photos and learning to edit them so that they look like they have been created by professionals. My students might not become professional photographers but through my journey I hope to help them find their own adventure and love for photography. Who knows, they might even be inspired to pick up their own NYIP class in the future.

Thank you all again.

You can learn more about NYIP HERE

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Throwback Thursday: the Samsung NX1 is still impressive three years later

20 Oct

We usually dig a bit further into the past for Throwback Thursday, but decided to make an exception for the Samsung NX1. Announced just three years ago, the NX1 is the camera that still leaves us wondering what might have been had Samsung decided to remain in the camera market. Alas, we’ll never know.

On paper, the NX1 had impressive specifications; the camera that landed in our laps still felt rough around the edges and a bit, well… unfinished when it arrived. Samsung diligently improved the camera through a series of firmware updates over the following months, and the NX1 ultimately became a much more refined, responsive machine.

On paper, the NX1 had impressive specifications; the camera that landed in our laps still felt rough around the edges and a bit, well… unfinished when it arrived.

The ‘post-multiple-firmware-updates’ version of the camera delivered technical innovation, pro-level performance, and a fantastic user experience all in a single package, earning it one of the highest scores we had ever awarded to a camera at the time, and winning the 2015 DPReview Innovation Award.

In addition to impressive performance, the NX1 held up well in extreme conditions. When shooting in 0ºF (-18ºC) conditions the camera kept going as long as I did.

We highlighted this innovation in our review of the NX1, writing “One can almost imagine a group of Samsung engineers sitting in a conference room and having the spec sheets of every leading APS-C and four thirds camera dropped in front of them, along with a directive to outperform the whole lot. And here’s the crazy thing – to a certain extent they seem to have pulled it off.”

The NX1 was a mirrorless camera that looked and performed like a high-end DSLR. It included a hybrid AF system with 205 phase detect autofocus points covering 90% of the frame, and in burst mode could shoot up to 15fps. Impressively, in our testing the AF system was able to keep up.

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The AF system on the NX1 was very quick to keep up, even when shooting fast moving subjects at close range at 15fps in burst mode. In this example, the camera tracked Richard with a cloud of AF points that covered his body and the bike and kept him in focus, though there are minor differences in terms of where the camera focused on him between frames. Manually selecting an single AF point would have given us more precision. (Samsung 50-150mm F2.8 S at F2.8)

It also delivered the goods when it came to image quality. Built around a 28MP BSI sensor, it held its own against the best APS-C cameras of its day. The ISO-invariant sensor also made it possible to push shadows 5EV in post without paying any additional noise cost (when shooting at base ISO).

Even the ergonomics and shooting experience were excellent. It was comfortable in the hand, with most dials and buttons in easy to reach places. The bright and crisp OLED EVF had no perceptible lag (a common challenge back then), and was the first electronic viewfinder I really fell in love with. In our review I commented, “Once I started shooting with NX1 it was easy to forget that I was using an EVF and I just got on with taking photos.”

The NX1’s OLED electronic viewfinder impressed us with its bright, crisp image and fast performance. Its layout was also well-designed and easy to use.

The NX1 also excelled at video. Unlike many cameras – even some the ones we encounter today – there was no sense that video was wedged in to fulfill a spec sheet requirement. On the contrary, the NX1 was clearly designed with video in mind. The interface was excellent, included tools such as peaking and zebras, and the oversampled footage exceeded the quality of the Panasonic GH4, our reference camera for video at the time.

Ironically, the only major complaint we had about the NX1’s video was that it was a bit too forward looking.

Ironically, the only major complaint we had about the NX1’s video was that it was a bit too forward looking: it relied on the advanced H.265 codec, something that many computers and editing systems are just now beginning to handle well.

Samsung also gets a nod for having the first (and still one of the best) Wi-Fi + Bluetooth implementations we’ve seen.

Video on the NX1 was outstanding, exceeding the quality of the Panasonic GH4, our reference camera for video at the time. The user interface for shooting video was also good, taking advantage of touchscreen controls for many functions.

There seemed to be a lot of commitment from Samsung to getting the NX1 right, including numerous firmware updates that improved performance and added functionality over time. (A bit ironic when you consider the fate of the camera.) Let me share one behind-the-scenes anecdote about how all those updates impacted our review of the camera.

I actually wrote two entire reviews of the NX1. The first review was less than a week from publication when Samsung released a big firmware update; it included so many performance improvements and feature updates that I had to scrap the entire review, go back and re-test the camera, then write another one. The review you read on the site was actually the second one I wrote.

Despite its age, the NX1 is still remarkably competitive with today’s top APS-C cameras, and Samsung seemed to be investing a lot to develop a strong line of pro quality lenses as well. It’s interesting to think of what the camera market might look like today had Samsung not exited the business.

Samsung NX1 Sample Gallery

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RevolCam adds three accessory lenses and an adjustable light to any smartphone camera

02 Oct
When we reviewed the Shiftcam for the iPhone 7 Plus earlier this year we found it to be one of the most user friendly and versatile lens attachments for the iPhone. The team behind Shiftcam has now returned to Kickstarter to launch a new multi-lens smartphone attachment: the RevolCam.
Like the Shiftcam the RevolCam adds wide angle, fisheye and macro lenses to your smartphone camera but lacks a tele option. On the plus side it adds a built-in mirror for selfies and a detachable and adjustable LED light, providing additional illumination in dim conditions. Instead of the Shiftcam’s slider mechanism it uses a revolving design to allow for lens swapping on the fly.
In contrast to the Shiftcam, which is device-specific, the RevolCam comes with a universal design and its makers promise easy and secure attachment to any smartphone via a clamp mechanism. This should also work on the main camera of dual-camera equipped devices.

If you can live without a tele-attachment the RevolCam looks like an interesting accessory for mobile photographers who like to expand the camera feature set using attachment lenses. You can currently secure one by pledging $ 29 plus shipping on the RevolCam Kickstarter page which also makes it an affordable option. Delivery is planned for November 2017.

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Video: Photographer shoots one model with three different vintage lenses

27 Sep

Photographer and filmmaker Mathieu Stern is good to his word. He said he would start a series of videos highlighting vintage lenses, and he has. In his second installment of “three vintage lenses, one model” he shoots the same model (obviously) using the Konica Hexanon 28mm f/3.5, Minolta MD 100mm f/2.5, and Industar 50-2 50mm f/3.5.

You might remember his previous test where he compared the Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 S.S.C., the Soligor 21mm f/3.8, and the Helios 103 53mm f/1.8 (which he had modified for tilt focusing).

This comparison is shot exactly the same way: no overbearing voiceover, just a quick introduction to the lenses before he goes out and shows all three in action at three different locations. Results are shown on-screen so you’ll want to watch this full screen at the highest resolution your internet connection can handle.

Let us know in the comments which of the three lenses is your favorite, and if you like this comparison check out Mathieu’s YouTube channel for a lot more vintage gear goodness.

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Photographers face three felonies after climbing bridge for cityscape shot

01 Sep
Benjamin Franklin Bridge at night by Jeffrey Phillips Freeman

Breaking the law to get the perfect shot can have serious legal consequences, a harsh reality currently facing photographers Martin J. Romero-Clark and Andrew Lillibridge, who were arrested after climbing onto the Ben Franklin Bridge in Philadelphia.

According to local news site, police received an alert at 12:50AM on July 25th about a potential jumper on top of the bridge; this prompted a response from the Philadelphia Police marine units, port authority police, and the Philadelphia Fire Department. Upon arriving at the scene, authorities reportedly discovered the two photographers with camera gear. By the time the two were arrested at 1:20AM, the incident had drawn 36 firefighters, eight port authority officers, and seven port authority rescuers.

Statements from authorities to local news indicate that the photographers’ climb onto the bridge had tripped security alarms and was captured on security cameras. In addition, the bridge had to be shut down for 103 minutes.

In a statement to, Delaware River Port Authority CEO John Hanson said the two had worn black clothing and climbed the bridge on a wet night, putting both themselves and everyone on the ground at risk. “They could have fallen, they could have been injured in the process of apprehending them, and they put the heroic men and women of our police department and the Philadelphia Fire Department at risk,” Hanson said. “We’re going to prosecute them to the fullest extent of the law. I am not amused, and I am very angry.”

The pair now face two third-degree felonies, one fourth-degree felony, and their photography equipment has been confiscated.

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Gitzo reveals three new ‘high-class’ 100th Anniversary camera bags

30 Aug

Manfrotto-owned Gitzo has announced three 100th Anniversary camera bags under the Century Camera Bag Collection: the Century Traveler Backpack, Century Traveler Messenger, and Century Compact Messenger. All three bags are available for pre-order and are currently listed as Coming Soon on Manfrotto’s website.

The Century Traveler Backpack and Messenger can both accommodate a DSLR camera and up to three lenses, as well as a 15″ laptop (Backpack) or a 13″ laptop (Messenger). The smaller Compact Messenger, meanwhile, has enough room for a mirrorless camera, three lenses, and an iPad. All three bags also have space for assorted accessories.

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The entire line is constructed with genuine Italian leather. The Backpack and Messenger are also made with water-resistant nylon, while the Compact Messenger is made with wear-resistant nylon. Padded dividers create compartments within the bags, while various pockets provide space for accessories.

The bags should be available starting mid-September for $ 300 (Backpack), $ 200 (Messenger), and $ 170 (Compact Messenger). To learn more, head over to Manfrotto’s website.

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