The category of interchangeable-lens cameras subsumes a variety of capabilities and designs. You have the familiar dSLRs, large-bodied models that use a reflex mirror to enable the use of a through-the-lens optical viewfinder. Then there are Sony's SLT (Single-Lens Translucent) models, which incorporate the same phase-detection autofocus system as dSLRs, but with a fixed mirror that requires the use of an electronic viewfinder (EVF) rather than an optical one. And then there are the mirrorless models, which generally use contrast-detection autofocus and, if they have a viewfinder, it's an EVF. Though they're sometimes referred to as "compact system cameras," they're not all compact; in fact, only a handful could really be classified as such.… Read more
Nikon made a couple of small but welcome announcements on Monday night for owners of its consumer dSLRs. First is a new AF-S DX Nikkor 18-140mm f3.5-5.6 G ED VR lens, slipping into the lineup between the 18-105mm f3.5-5.6 and 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 lenses, and which will likely become a kit step-up staple. And second, the Speedlight SB-300 flash, which replaces and improves upon the entry-level SB-400.
Priced between its two siblings, the 18-140mm fits in the spot left unoccupied when Nikon discontinued the 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 over three years ago. In addition to … Read more
Modern smartphones have pretty decent cameras, but their Achilles' heels continue to be low-light environments. Their tiny built-in LEDs tend to wash out subjects and add horrific red-eye.
Kickstarter project iBlazr adds a synchronized four-LED flash to Android phones and iPhones, meaning your nighttime selfies, heavily backlit group shots, and other close-up photos should look a lot better. And if you like to snap photos with your iPad, you've finally got a light to go with it.… Read more
A visit to Tokyo would certainly be a tremendous achievement for any bucket list, but it's not exactly easy -- let alone cheap -- for most of us to visit the Japanese mecca. In the meantime, this super high-resolution 360-degree, 150-gigapixel panorama will certainly give you a rare look-see at the mammoth city.
Over the course of six hours, photographer and 360cities.net founder Jeffery Martin captured the fascinating 600,000 pixel-wide panorama upon the roof of the lower observation deck on the Tokyo Tower. A high-powered Fujitsu computer -- packing 192GB of RAM, 2 quad-core Xeon processors, and a 4GB graphics card -- spent three months stitching together the mosaic from 10,000 individual photos captured by Martin. … Read more
One frustrating lock-in for interchangeable-lens camera systems is having to give up the expensive stable of lenses you've amassed when you switch to a different camera manufacturer -- other than Micro Four Thirds, supported by Olympus and Panasonic, each company has its own proprietary mount. There are mount conversion adapters, but you frequently take a hit on capabilities or performance when you use them.
Sigma, on a roll with new and excellent lenses that fall under its "Global Vision" marketing strategy (the ones labeled Contemporary, Art, or Sports), adds another compelling reason to buy with its Mount … Read more
ACDSee 16 is the latest version of this pro-class photo editor and collection manager. It's compatible with previous ACD Systems releases and comes with a database upgrade wizard. ACDSee 16 continues to emphasize ease of use and customer service. It still makes it easy to post and share images online, but it adds new features like the Info Palette, which collects and displays image data in one convenient spot; the Reverse Geocode feature for adding geotags; the Lens Blur tool for creating realistic bokeh effects; and Tilt-Shift for transforming images into simulated miniature scale models. Extras include slideshow, wallpaper, … Read more
Photographers of any skill level, from amateur to professional, will appreciate FX Photo Studio Pro's offerings of tools and filters. With over 150 effects to choose from and manual controls to adjust critical elements of your photos, FX Photo Studio makes a great addition to any Editor's toolbox.
Ideal for when you need to make crucial adjustments to your images quickly, FX Photo Studio's layout will win over novices and professionals, alike, with its approachable and intuitive interface. The small learning curve means you hit the ground running minutes after installation. You can add different filter effects … Read more
In an unusual example of a protracted outage on a major Internet property, a Yahoo's Flickr site will be offline for six hours on Thursday for maintenance.
Flickr announced the outage on its blog Tuesday, saying that the photo-sharing site will be unavailable from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. PT on July 25.
"During this time, Flickr will be unavailable on web and mobile," Flickr staff member Thea Lamkin said in the blog post.
The outage will be broader than that, though: other sites that use Flickr photos via its application programming interface also won'… Read more
That Android phone or tablet you've got? Consider it your dSLR's best new accessory. With the help of a little adapter and an innovative app, you can use it to augment your camera, opening doors to a range of new shooting options and flexibility.
It's all thanks to the ever-useful USB On-the-Go adapter and an Android app. Once you're connected, every function available on your camera shows up on your Android device's screen and a large live view displays your shot. But there's more than meets the eye.
While Bleach and One Piece go on hiatus, why not make your own manga-fied version of life in the meantime? Otaku Camera makes your photos look like an action scene from a Japanese comic. You can add headlines, crazy sound effects, and many other common effects from manga comics.
The free version includes a small number of general overlay effects, but more can be downloaded from the built-in App Store. You can also add featured characters from popular mangas like Berserk to breathe life into that dull, 3D life of yours. Otaku Camera comes with plenty of animated filters and … Read more