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Photogenic Paris street seeks to ban Instagrammers certain times of the week

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 20 mar 2019 - 21:51

Residents of a Paris street plagued by Instagrammers, selfie takers and music video crews are asking the city government for a weekend and evening ban to give them some peace.

The number of images on Instagram with the hashtag ‘Rue Crémieux’ has reached over 31,000 and those trying to live in the quaint cobbled street have had enough, according to a report on French website Franceinfo.

Sur un remix dubstep de "Jingle Bells" ?? #paris #ruecremieux pic.twitter.com/r7Fd23bYyB

— Club Crémieux (@clubcremieux) December 28, 2016

Residents have to not only put up with tourists photographing their beautiful street but with parties of dancers filming routines with their pastel colored houses being used as a backdrop and the blaring music that goes with it. Locals have described the situation as 'hellish' and are fighting back, forming an association to petition the local government for road closures at the weekend and during evenings so that they can get some peace.

Quand tu tournes ton clip tout seul. ???? #SOSdétresseamitié #ruecrémieux pic.twitter.com/S9BWW68Dc4

— Club Crémieux (@clubcremieux) November 15, 2016

Alternative Instagram and Twitter accounts have been set up to document the ‘S**t people do in rue Cremieux,’ as seen above. The accounts show pictures and videos of dance troupes, fashion shoots, music video crews, endless selfie takers and photographers using the street as though it were a public studio.

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DJI releases $39 mic adapter for its Osmo Pocket camera

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 20 mar 2019 - 18:59

DJI's Osmo Pocket is an impressive little camera that punches well above its size and size. The video from it has proven impressive, but the one area it lacks is in the sound department.

The onboard microphone aren't necessarily terrible, but it could use a little improvement, and up until now that wasn't possible. After many hints that one was on its way, DJI has finally released a 3.5mm microphone adapter for the Osmo Pocket that plugs directly into the camera's USB Type-C port.

The adapter works with TRS 3.5mm connectors. In case you've never noticed, 3.5mm jacks will have either one, two or three black bands wrapped around the male connector. Cable Chick has a great explainer on the differences, but a brief synopsis is that one band means it's a TS connection that supports mono audio, two bands means it's a TRS connection which supports stereo audio and three bands means it's a TRRS connection which supports stereo audio plus a microphone. If you're using the Osmo Pocket 3.5mm Adapter with a TRRS connection, you might also need to purchase an additional adapter, such as this one offered by Rode.

The DJI Osmo Pocket 3.5mm Adapter is available now at B&H and the DJI Store for $39.

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Instagram rolls out Checkout payment feature, data handled by Facebook

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 20 mar 2019 - 15:25

Instagram has announced Checkout, a new feature that is not directly imaging-related, but should still be of importance to many users. Checkout will allow users to purchase goods and services from Instagram business accounts without leaving the app and finalizing the transaction in another app or browser.

After tapping on a product page users will be able to select sizes, colors, and other product characteristics and make payments inside Instagram. Previously they would have redirected to the retailer's website for these actions.

Instagram says it will "securely" save your name, email as well as billing and shipping information after your first order. This information package will be stored and managed by parent company Facebook but only be used by Instagram for the time being.

Checkout is currently in closed beta and only available to users in the USA. Participating brands include Adidas, Burberry, H&M, MAC Cosmetics, Nike and Zara. The current list of brands will be expanded soon. Retailers are charged a selling fee by Instagram for the service.

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NVIDIA Research project uses AI to instantly turn drawings into photorealistic images

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 20 mar 2019 - 14:51

NVIDIA Research has demonstrated GauGAN, a deep learning model that converts simple doodles into photorealistic images. The tool crafts images nearly instantaneously, and can intelligently adjust elements within images, such as adding reflections to a body of water when trees or mountains are placed near it.

The new tool is made possible using generative adversarial networks called GANs. With GauGAN, users select image elements like 'snow' and 'sky,' then draw lines to segment an image into different elements. The AI automatically generates the appropriate image for that element, such as a cloudy sky, grass, and trees.

As NVIDIA reveals in its demonstration video, GauGAN maintains a realistic image by dynamically adjusting parts of the render to match new elements. For example, transforming a grassy field to a snow-covered landscape will result in an automatic sky change, ensuring the two elements are compatible and realistic.

GauGAN was trained using millions of images of real environments. In addition to generating photorealistic landscapes, the tool allows users to apply style filters, including ones that give the appearance of sunset or a particular painting style. According to NVIDIA, the technology could be used to generate images of other environments, including buildings and people.

Talking about GauGAN is NVIDIA VP of applied deep learning research Bryan Catanzaro, who explained:

This technology is not just stitching together pieces of other images, or cutting and pasting textures. It's actually synthesizing new images, very similar to how an artist would draw something.

NVIDIA envisions a tool based on GauGAN could one day be used by architects and other professionals who need to quickly fill a scene or visualize an environment. Similar technology may one day be offered as a tool in image editing applications, enabling users to add or adjust elements in photos.

The company offers online demos of other AI-based tools on its AI Playground.

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Canon EOS RP review in progress

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 20 mar 2019 - 14:00
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The Canon EOS RP is among the smallest and lightest full-frame cameras on the market, and is the least expensive full-frame camera at launch, ever. And though its specifications aren't going to set the world on fire, the RP is a likable little camera with solid JPEG image quality that will be a fine photographic companion for casual users and those already within the Canon ecosystem looking for a compact second body.

Key specifications:
  • 26.2MP Dual Pixel CMOS sensor
  • 4K/24p (from 1.7x crop region)
  • 4 fps continuous shooting with continuous AF (5 without)
  • Pupil detection AF in continous/Servo AF mode
  • AF rated to -5EV (with an F1.2 lens)
  • Digic 8 processor
  • 2.36M dot OLED viewfinder
  • Fully-articulated 1.04M dot touchscreen
  • Twin command dials
  • CIPA rated to 250 shots per charge

Accounting for inflation, the EOS RP (body-only) is priced within $75 of the original 6MP Canon Digital Rebel / EOS 300D that was released back in 2003 - a camera that really helped bring large-sensor digital photography to the masses. And like the Digital Rebel, the EOS RP promises to offer a bit of a stripped-down shooting experience in exchange for its large full-frame image sensor at a reasonable cost. It's worth noting, however, that the earlier Rebel debuted with a range of relatively low-cost lenses designed for it - not so much the case today.

While other manufacturers are moving ever further up-market with more expensive and capable devices, the EOS RP stands alone in providing more novice or budget-constrained users with access to the shallower depth-of-field that full frame cameras offer over those with APS-C or smaller sensors. There are caveats, though, in that the RP is a poor choice for those looking to shoot video, and the native lens selection is lacking at this time.

The EOS RP is available now at a price of $1299 body-only, $1999 with the EF adapter and a 24-105mm F3.5-5.6 lens, and $2399 with the native RF 24-105mm F4L lens.

What's new and how it compares

The EOS RP has a lot of ingredients we've seen in other Canon cameras before, but certainly not at this price point.

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Body, handling and controls

The EOS RP's diminutive size and light weight don't get in the way of some well thought-out controls.

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Image quality and sample gallery

Take a look at how the RP stacks up in our standard studio test scene as well as how its images look out and about in Seattle and New Orleans.

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Specifications

Want the full list of specifications for the EOS RP? We have you covered.

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Judge rules RNC didn't violate photographer's copyright with unauthorized image use

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 19 mar 2019 - 23:11
This is Erika Peterman's photograph the RNC took from Rob Quist's Facebook page and altered to use on a derogatory mailer. Used with permission.

In May 2017, photographer Erika Peterman filed a copyright infringement lawsuit against the Republican National Committee (RNC), alleging the organization had used one of her images for a political mailer without permission. The image features Rob Quist, a Democratic congressional candidate who had run against GOP candidate Greg Gianforte in Montana.

Peterman's image, which was licensed to the Quist campaign, was used by the RNC without permission as part of a mailer that mocked the politician. In response to the lawsuit, the RNC claimed its mailer represented fair use of the copyrighted image, and Montana judge Dana L. Christensen has sided with that argument.

A photo of the mailer that was sent out to Montana residents by the RNC that used Erika Peterman's photograph without permission. Used (here) with permission.

According to Lexology, the court dismissed Peterman's case, finding that the RNC had 'transformed' the photo adequately enough to claim fair use. Only small visual alterations were made to the image, such as cropping it to fit the mailer, and those edits alone weren't sufficient for it to be considered transformative.

However, the court found that the image's use on a mailer that criticized Quist had transformed the work, stating that the image's inclusion as an element in this critical media qualified as fair use. The court said:

The mailer uses Quist's musicianship to criticize his candidacy, subverting the purpose and function of the Work. With the addition of the treble clefs and text throughout, the mailer attempts to create an association between Quist's musical background and liberal political views… In this context, the image takes on a new meaning.

In addition, the court claimed that the RNC's use hadn't impacted Peterman's ability to profit from the image and that Peterman's had published the image to Twitter and Facebook. By publishing the image on social media, the court stated, 'it must be assumed that the MDP, Quist Campaign, and Peterman herself would have welcomed reposts, [etc.] by other pro-Quist social media users.'

Ultimately, the federal judge found the RNC's unauthorized use of the copyrighted image to be 'moderately transformative and wholly noncommercial [sic],' stating that 'the court determines that the undisputed facts establish that the RNC is entitled to judgement as a matter of law."

DPReview spoke with Peterman via email and she shared the following response regarding the ruling:

I think equating political criticism to transformative use is pretty far-reaching. This decision gives any political party (or PAC) the freedom to use artistic or creative photos of political candidates for political criticism under the auspices of fair use. This impacts me greatly because I do a lot of political photography and work hard to create compelling, creative photos for the candidates I work with. And, like any photographer or artist, I also want to share my work. However, if I know that my photos can be used for "political criticism" without my permission, it creates a major dilemma for me. And no, I'm not appealing. Not because I don't think the decision is wrong, because I do. However, even if my decision were reversed and remanded back to the district court for a trial on whether the RNC's use of my photo was "transformative", I would again be in front of the same judge and the outcome would probably be the same. Additionally, I would most likely have to pay the RNC's costs and possibly their attorney fees. That's thousands and potentially hundreds of thousands of dollars I don't have. Last, the judge's comments about my sharing the photo on Twitter are incorrect. I posted a different photo of Rob Quist on Twitter, but not the one that was the subject of the lawsuit.

DPReview has contact both the RNC and Peterman for comment. This article will be updated accordingly when and if a response is given.

Update (March 19, 2019): This article has been updated with a quote from Erika Peterman

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Nikon updates Capture NX-D, ViewNX-i and Picture Control Utility to address various bugs

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 19 mar 2019 - 19:20

Nikon has updated its Capture NX-D, ViewNX-i and Picture Control Utility 2 programs to address multiple bugs and add new features.

Nikon Capture NX-D

Nikon Capture NX-D version 1.5.2 is mainly about fixing various crashes and glitches that would occur when using the app. Below is a thorough rundown of the ten issues that have been fixed, according to the changelog:

  1. The application would crash under some conditions.
  2. If the Specify size option was selected in the batch processing dialog, some time would elapse before the Start button would be available.
  3. Changes to image length in the Convert Files dialog would sometimes not be matched by changes to width.
  4. All changes to NEF/NRW (RAW) pictures made with NEF/NRW + JPEG enabled would be lost when the files were saved in JPEG format.
  5. Batch processing and file conversion could not be resumed once paused.
  6. The application would sometimes fail to launch.
  7. Image artifacts (“noise”) would increase in pictures saved in other formats.
  8. Straighten now functions as intended.
  9. Files saved at an image quality of “99” would be larger than those saved at an image quality of “100”.
  10. Portions of NEF (RAW) images shot with the Z 6 would sometimes not display correctly after the pictures were saved using NEF processing.

Nikon Capture NX-D version 1.5.2 can be downloaded for macOS and Windows computers on Nikon's website.

Nikon ViewNX-i

Nikon ViewNX-i version 1.3.2 fixes two main issues found in version 1.3.1. The first is an issue that caused files saved at an image quality of 99 to be larger in size than images captured at an image quality of 100. The update also fixes a problem that caused files being saved using 'Ctrl+S' to lose or alter the XMP/IPTC information.

Nikon ViewNX-i version 1.3.2 can be downloaded for macOS and Windows computers on Nikon's website.

Nikon Picture Control Utility

Last up is Picture Control Utility version 2.4.2. This update fixes an issue that caused some NEF images shot with Nikon Z6 cameras to not be displayed properly after the images were saved.

Picture Control Utility version 2.4.2 can be downloaded for macOS and Windows computers on Nikon's website.

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LEE100 is a next-generation filter holder with a modular design for easier operation

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 19 mar 2019 - 16:40

LEE Filters has announced the LEE100 filter holder, a next-generation filter holder that improves upon the design and interface of its predecessors to help improve the experience of working with photography filters.

Made from injection-moulded composite materials, the holder is both rigid and lightweight. Like its predecessor, the LEE100 filter holder relies on a spring release for easy one-hand operation when an adapter ring is mounted to a specific lens. This release can be used in three different settings to accompany different shooting needs: neutral, half lock and full lock.

The neutral setting keeps the filter holder attached to lenses, but allows it to both rotate freely and detach itself in the event the filter holder gets hit, so the camera and lens doesn't fall to the ground as well. Half lock keeps the filter holder secured onto the adapter ring, but allows for easy rotation of the ring to better account for the horizon and other elements. The full lock setting keeps everything locked in place so the filter holder will neither rotate nor detach from the adapter ring until it is unscrewed and released.

New on the LEE100 filter holder are modular filter guide blocks that come in one, two and three-slot configurations. Unlike previous versions of LEE's filter holders that required screws to hold the guides in place, the LEE100 features snap-in guides that can be quickly changed without the need to carry around a screwdriver. The guides themselves are also tapered now, which not only lends to a more streamlined aesthetic, but also improves the resistance, which helps to better keep the filters in place when making adjustments.

LEE says up to three filters can be used before any vignetting is visible. All of LEE's 100mm filters can be used in the new holder as well as the new LEE100 Polarizer.

The LEE100 filter holder is available at as a single unit and in various kit arrangements. Alone, the LEE100 filter holder is available at B&H for $96. The Deluxe kit, which includes the LEE100 filter holder, LEE100 Polariser, Big Stopper, LEE 0.6 ND medium grad, LEE 0.9 ND hard grad, LEE 1.2 ND medium grad, 50ml ClearLEE filter wash and ClearLEE filter cloth, is available at B&H for $739.

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Panasonic Lumix S1 sample gallery

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 19 mar 2019 - 14:00
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We've been getting a feel for Panasonic's full-frame mirrorless cameras for a little while now, but only recently received final production firmware for the S1 and its high-resolution sibling, the S1R. Take a look through our first images shot with final firmware and see how it handles a variety of scenarios.

See our Panasonic S1 sample gallery

See our Panasonic S1 pre-production sample gallery

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Photo Mechanic 6 will launch March 25 with faster speeds, new UI and 64-bit support

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 18 mar 2019 - 20:03

Photo ingesting software Photo Mechanic is about to receive a major update in the form of Photo Mechanic 6. This update follows the last major update, version 5, released way back in 2012.

According to Camera Bits, the company behind the software, Photo Mechanic 6 will be faster, offer 64-bit compatibility, have an 'intuitive and compact' user interface and support for selecting specific images to ingest.

Photo Mechanic is billed as a faster alternative to catalogue-based software like Lightroom, enabling photographers to quickly ingest, tag, cull, view, oragnize, and export images. Among the product's features is support for ingesting images while shooting with a tethered camera, copying files from more than one card simultaneously, using saved GPS tracking logs to geotag photos and more.

Photo Mechanic 6 will be released on March 25. Existing customers who are eligible for an update will be able to purchase the new version for $89 USD; a new product license will cost $139 USD.

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Nikon is now bundling its FTZ mount adapter with Z6, Z7 cameras sold in the US

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 18 mar 2019 - 19:38

As first reported earlier this week, The Nikon FTZ mount adapter will now be included for free with the purchase of all Z6 and Z7 cameras in the United States.

Nikon's FTZ mount adapter usually retails for around $250 on its own and cost just $150 when bundled with the Z6 or Z7 camera, but now it's being offered free of charge at multiple retailers, including Adorama (Z6, Z7), B&H (Z6, Z7) and Amazon (Z6, Z7).

A screenshot of the deal as seen on Adorama.

Again, this deal is limited to the United States for the time being. DPReview has contacted Nikon to see where else, if anywhere, this deal is being offered. The article will be updated accordingly if DPReview gets a response.

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Profoto prepares to sue Godox over alleged A1 light patent infringement

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 18 mar 2019 - 18:28

Swedish lighting company Profoto is preparing to file a patent infringement lawsuit against Godox, according to Fotosidan. The complaint targets the newly listed Godox V1, which Profoto alleges is in violation of multiple patents it filed for its own A1 light. The Profoto A1 round head flash was launched in September 2017, a year before Godox introduced its cheaper V1 alternative at Photokina 2018.

The Profoto A1 costs $995 USD; though pricing information for the Godox V1 hasn't been revealed, the product is expected to be cheaper than Profoto's model. The Godox V1 sports a number of similarities with the A1, including a round head design, Fresnel lens, magnetic modifier mount, and LED modelling lights.

Speaking to Fotosidan, Profoto CEO Anders Hedebark said the company spoke with Godox about its V1 light during Photokina 2018, and that it has continued to reach out to Godox in the months since. Profoto has filed seven patents related to its A1, which spent four years in development.

'We spend a lot of time and money on development and will protect our investments,' Hedebark said, also warning that manufacturers and other companies may face lawsuits if they market the Godox V1. 'It feels like we have an obligation to act.'

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ZTE's next flagship phone might come with a sideways-sliding camera

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 18 mar 2019 - 17:13
Image: Notebook Italia

Last year we witnessed the appearance of upwards-sliding mechanisms and hole-punch displays on smartphones, both technologies designed to conceal the front camera and maximize the screen-to-body ratio.

Now it looks like Chinese manufacturer ZTE has come up with a modified version of the sliding mechanism. If the images posted by Italian publication Notebook Italia are genuine, the company's upcoming high-end model Axon S will feature a sideways-sliding mechanism that hides both front and rear cameras.

Image: Notebook Italia

The advantages of the latter aren't quite clear (as no additional display surface is freed up) but the feature definitely results in a design that makes the Axon S stand out from the crowd.

Labels on the device indicate the three cameras on the rear will include a 48MP primary unit and a 19MP secondary tele lens with 5x optical zoom. The primary camera will have an adjustable (F1.7-2.4) aperture and the tele camera module comes with an F3.8 aperture. The specifications of the third camera aren't quite clear.

Image: Notebook Italia

We don't know if or when the Axon S will be released or how much it will cost, but the device could be something to look forward to, both from a design and camera specification point of view.

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Canon issues advisory for new super-telephoto lenses, promises firmware fix soon

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 18 mar 2019 - 16:15

Canon has issued a product advisory for its new super-telephoto lenses, the EF 400mm F2.8L IS III and the EF 600mm F4L IS III.

Canon says the two lenses might experience a 'phenomenon where the exposure may flicker slightly if recording a movie with the camera shooting mode set to M or Av in combination with select cameras.'

According to the press release, an upcoming firmware update (version 1.0.8) will fix the issue with the affected cameras. In the meantime, Canon says there are two ways to avoid this problem:

  1. When shooting movies, set the camera’s shooting mode to P or Tv mode.
  2. When using the lens alone or with the EXTENDER EF 2x, set the exposure setting step to 1/2 or 1/1 with the camera’s custom function, even if the camera shooting mode is M or Av.

DPReview will update this article accordingly when the new firmware is released.

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Is the Leica Q2 right for you?

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 18 mar 2019 - 15:00
Is the Leica Q2 right for you?

Leica recently announced the Q2, a 47MP rangefinder-style digital camera with a super-sharp, fixed 28mm F1.7 lens. It's a heck of a lot of fun to shoot with - if you can afford the $4995 price tag - but is it right for you? Based on our time with the camera, and its specifications, we've examined how well-suited it is for common photography use-cases, including:

Leica Q2 for Street photography

Leica cameras have been associated with street photography as well as photojournalism for generations, so it shouldn't come as much of a surprise that the Q2 is well-suited for capturing candids. Its 28mm F1.7 Summilux lens is not only impressively sharp, it's also stabilized for hand-held shooting, in low light.

The camera offers two ways to set an autofocus area, either via the touchscreen or the rear four-way directional pad: whichever you choose, point movement and overall AF responsiveness is excellent. There is no touchpad AF option when using the Q2 with your eye to the finder, though, only the directional pad.

If you're more of a purist, go ahead and manual focus: the focus ring is well damped and really quite pleasing to turn. The camera offers two focus assist tools: Auto Magnification and Focus Peaking (available in a variety of colors) - one, both or neither can be turned on. There's also a hyperfocal scale on the lens barrel.

The 28mm F1.7 Summilux lens is not only impressively sharp, it's also stabilized for
hand-held shooting

Being neither seen nor heard is important for street photographers. The Leica Q2's leaf shutter is nearly silent and its electronic shutter is completely silent, though you may encounter some rolling shutter. The former can sync with a flash up to 1/2000 sec. There's no in-camera flash, but a strobe can be attached to the Q2's hotshoe.

The Q2 has a new 3.68MP OLED electronic viewfinder that's a major improvement in terms of detail and color over its predecessor, which used a field sequential-type display. Its 3" 1.04-million dot rear touch display is also lovely to compose with, but the lack of screen articulation limits your ability to compose from the hip.

28mm can sometimes be too wide, especially in instances when 'zooming with your feet' isn't possible. For these moments the Q2's 'Digital Frame Selectors' or 'crop modes' are quite handy. The camera offers 35mm (30MP file), 50mm (15MP file) and 75mm (6.6MP file) crop options. When selecting one you'll still see the full 28mm field of view, just with corresponding frame line for the crop you've chosen. If shooting Raw+JPEG, the former saves a full-resolution file with the crop applied, the later will be a cropped-in file.

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Leica Q2 for Travel photography

When it comes to travel photography, you want a camera that's not going to let you down. Battery life, weather-sealing, versatility of focal length and low light capability are all factors worth considering: after all, this might be your one chance to get that shot.

Overall, the Q2 has solid battery life. It's rated 370 shots per charge (CIPA), but as usual our experience suggests you'll likely be able to get closer to double that number, depending on how you shoot. Unfortunately, the Q2 has no ports, so there's no in-camera charging: you'll have to pack the charger in your bag.

One of the most significant upgrades the Q2 received was the addition of weather and dust-sealing. It's officially IP52 rated which means it should be able to tolerate some drizzle and/or encounters with particulate matter.

The Q2's biggest detractor from being the ultimate travel camera is its lack of zoom

The Q2's biggest detractor from being the ultimate travel camera is its lack of zooming capability. Sure the 35mm, 50mm and 75mm in-camera crop options are handy, but the latter is fairly low resolution: 6.6MP. So if you have any desire to shoot at a truly telephoto focal length, the Q2's not for you.

On the other hand, the Q2's lens should have you covered in low light. The 28mm F1.7 Summilux is fast and darn sharp, even wide open. And the camera's new 47MP sensor should offer a good deal of dynamic range for shadow lifting - but further testing is needed to confirm this.

But at the end of the day, what's the point of traveling if you can't upload and share your photos? The Q2 offers low power Bluetooth to keep your device paired so you can easily transfer photos via WiFi as needed. The only down side here is the Q2's default JPEG profile is somewhat lackluster, so you may want to run your image through a favorite mobile editing app before posting. No word yet on whether you can transfer DNGs.

Photo by Scott Everett

Leica Q2 for Family and Moments photography

One of the most important questions to ask yourself when shopping for a camera to capture special moments is, 'Will this camera make me want to reach for it when heading out the door? Will I want to bring it along?'

We think the Leica Q2 fits the bill well - it looks gorgeous and is not too big nor is it too heavy. Plus it should be able to stand up to some abuse thanks to its magnesium alloy body and moisture/dust-resistant construction.

The combination of excellent manual focus and fast/accurate autofocus gives you versatility to take your time or speed things up

We also feel the combination of an excellent manual focus experience and fast/accurate autofocus gives you versatility to take your time and compose, or speed things up. That being said, other cameras on the market offer highly-reliable tracking/Face Detect modes that will essentially remove focus from the equation, if you so desire. These cameras are generally easier to use and are a better option if you're a novice looking for a family/moments camera.

We're also not terribly impressed by the Q2's rendition of skin tones in out-of-camera JPEGs, they tend to look neutral and unsaturated to the point of being unflattering - for best results we suggest processing Raw files. If you're not comfortable working with Raws, there are other cameras with lovely JPEG engines that will suit you better.

Photo by Scott Everett

Leica Q2 for Landscape photography

A rangefinder-style digital camera may not be your first thought when considering a camera for landscape work, but the Q2's impressively sharp lens (corner-to-corner), compact size and high resolution sensor make it a fine option. Furthermore, we hope its base ISO of 50 gives an advantage over the competition when it comes to dynamic range (but again, more testing is needed to confirm).

The Q2's impressively sharp lens, compact size and high resolution sensor make it solid choice for landscape

And as previously mentioned, the camera has some degree of dust and moisture resistance - it also offers good battery life. There are however some ergonomic considerations for landscape shooters, namely, the lack of a flip-out screen. It's also nearly impossible to open the card or battery door with the camera mounted on a tripod. Additionally, the lack of light-up buttons may make adjusting settings a challenge in the dark.

Leica Q2 for Portrait photography

28mm is obviously not a traditional portrait focal length, and if you're a stickler for shooting portraits with such, well, the Q2 really doesn't make much sense. But for those willing to bend the rules, 28mm and 35mm (via the 'Digital Frame Selector') can easily be used for photojournalism-style environmental portraits, like the one above. The Q2 also offers 50mm and 75mm crop modes, but at resolutions of 15MP and 6.6MP, respectively.

If you're a stickler for shooting portraits with a traditional portrait focal length, the Q2 really doesn't make much sense

A top flash sync speed of 1/2000 sec also makes this camera a good choice for daylight portrait work using strobes. However the lack of an Eye AF mode means you'll need to move a focus point over your subject to maintain a sharp image - or use manual focus.

Leica Q2 for Video

You might think it's a little silly to include video as a use case for a rangefinder-style camera, but don't be too quick to chuckle - the Q2 shoots stabilized DCI or UHD 4K/30p footage though a ridiculously sharp lens capable of delightful manual focus pulls. Plus, you can easily tap to focus. It's also capable of Full HD shooting at 120p for slow-motion clips and its new base ISO of 50 could translate to less need for an ND filter when shooting in bright light.

The Q2 shoots stabilized 4K/30p footage though a ridiculously sharp lens capable of delightful manual focus pulls

While you're probably not going to win the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival with a movie filmed on the Q2, it should be more than usable for run-and-gun style shooting. Just don't get too fancy because there are no ports of any kind - that's right, no headphone, microphone, HDMI or even USB connection.

The Wrap

Ultimately, if you don't mind the Leica Q2's fixed lens and touchscreen, it is a great choice for a wide variety of photographic disciplines including street, travel and family photography. It also makes a handy all-in-one landscape camera. And while its 28mm lens can be used for wide angle 'environmental portraits,' it's probably not the right choice for most portrait photographers. Same goes for videographers: its footage is usable, but other cameras will suit you better.

Of course, more testing is needed to know exactly how the Q2 lines up to its competition. For now, read our Leica Q2 First Impressions, and we look forward to publishing a full review soon.

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Panasonic Lumix S1R sample galleries updated

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 18 mar 2019 - 14:00
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Now that our Panasonic Lumix S1R has final firmware, we're pressing ahead with our full review – but not before getting in some shooting time. Take a look at how the S1R deals with a variety of situations in our sample gallery, and we have to admit, we're kind of smitten with the out-of-camera JPEGs (there are some Raw conversions too, of course). Head to the end of the gallery to see some samples of the S1R's incredible 187MP multi-shot mode.

You can also click below to check out our pre-production sample gallery from the launch event in Barcelona last month.

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NASCAR teams up with DroneShield to bring down unwanted drones at racing events

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 17 mar 2019 - 22:30

It's not just countries and federal agencies getting tough on drones, unruly or otherwise. According to a report from TechCrunch, NASCAR, the sanctioning body of multiple stock-car racing series in the United States and abroad, has struck a deal with anti-drone technology company DroneShield to help shoot down rogue drones at specific venues.

According to the report, DroneShield will be present at NASCAR-sanctioned events held at Texas Motor Speedway in Fort Worth, Texas. This includes events for the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series and other feeder stock-car series throughout the 2019 season. Below is a promotional video captured and shared by DroneShield showing off its new DroneGun product:

In an email announcing the news, DroneShield CEO said 'We are proud to be able to assist a high-profile event like this [...] We also believe that this is significant for DroneShield in that this is the first known live operational use of all three of our key products – DroneSentinel, DroneSentry and DroneGun – by U.S. law enforcement.'

DroneShield Sentry (left), DroneShield Sentinel (right).

Despite being the first time its trifecta of products are being used, this isn't the first time DroneShield has been used at major sporting events. DroneShield technology was used at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea, as well as at the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane, Australia most recently.

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Widen your window: a message to landscape photographers

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 17 mar 2019 - 14:00

If there’s one thing landscape photographers obsess over more than gear, it’s light. And often, we fall into the trap of treating light as a zero-sum game - either a sunset is amazing or it’s a complete fizzer. This all-or-nothing mindset is detrimental to our growth as photographers and the work we can produce.

Instead, when we approach our time in the field with a richer appreciation for the subtle, ever-changing interplay between light and landscape, we foster greater opportunities for creative expression.

Expectations create limitations

Early in my landscape photography journey, I would fixate on burning sunrises and sunsets. Almost obsessively, I would track the clouds each day, searching for the signs of a promising explosion of color. While every month or two the heavens would align, more often than not, the sky either fizzled out or failed to produce the color I had hoped for.

By tying our time in the field to ‘great light’, we limit our opportunities

Chasing idealized visions of light, I’d either a) go out anticipating perfect conditions, only to be disheartened when it didn’t materialize, or b) I wouldn’t go out at all if there weren’t signs of a banger on the way. I’m not sure which was worse. Both mindsets have been harmful to my development as a photographer. In hindsight, internalizing the concept of ‘perfect light’ falling across each scene was an unrealistic expectation—one that set me up for disappointment and hampered the images I took.

By tying our time in the field to ‘great light’, we limit our opportunities. Opportunities to grow in versatility. Opportunities to better experience landscapes and compose scenes. Opportunities to expand, refine and execute on our photographic vision.

Go out earlier, stay out later

If you’re the kind of person who, like I was, predominantly shoots 20 minutes either side of sunset (or sunrise), then consider widening your capture window. That is, arrive on location an hour earlier, and continue taking images well into twilight.

This enables you to gain a more rounded understanding of the key elements of the scenes unfolding before you. Exploring locations without looming time pressures offers you the freedom to discover compelling compositions. Compositions that may not present themselves to others who simply arrive at the car park 10 minutes before sunset.

Time is a limited resource, particularly so for some more than others

(Note: This emphasis on time is understandably more difficult for people traveling or working another full-time job—people like me. Time is a limited resource, particularly so for some more than others. If that’s you, then reflect on your priorities. Do you want to capture a collection of good images from multiple locations? Or is your preference for a handful of great images—images that you’d be proud to add to your portfolio?)

Additionally, expanding your capture window forces you to experience the landscape under ever-changing lighting conditions. Over a one hour period on sunset, a scene can change from golden side light, to indirect light from colorful clouds overhead, to soft, yet moody, blue light before dusk arrives. Sometimes a burning sky can be too overwhelming, commanding all the attention in an image, while softer light during twilight may better emphasize the mid-ground and foreground elements.

Challenge yourself

By allowing yourself more time, you can still reserve a window for your ideal composition later in the shoot. Having that composition safely scheduled away opens up new opportunities to create images you not only previously overlooked, but may have entirely not thought possible.

Furthermore, this mindset needn’t - and shouldn’t - apply to sunrise/sunset scenes. Challenge yourself to head out during non-ideal conditions. When time allows, explore landscapes in the middle of the day, after (or for those more adventurous, during) rain or even under moonlight.

Without a colorful sky acting as a crutch to make the scene interesting, how else might you compose it make it compelling? For seascapes, try shooting handheld and getting even closer to the action. For forest scenes, consider shooting with a telephoto lens to really focus in on the subject and remove all distractions. While it’s approaching cliche, experiment by adding a human element to your image for an enhanced sense of scale and place. And when all else fails, shoot abstract - capture intimate details that hone in on key elements of the landscape.

Final thoughts

This article shouldn’t be treated as a prescriptive guide - nor would I want it to be. Each of us has our unique way of seeing and capturing the world around us. That’s one of the reasons so many landscape photographers are passionate about their craft. It’s a medium for personal expression.

Rather, I’m sharing this article to encourage you to expand the scope of your photography and of your potential as an artist. To broaden your view of the images you can (and hopefully will want) to create. To open up new possibilities for your creative vision.

Mitch Green is a Melbourne based Travel and Landscape photographer. He can be found via his website, through Instagram, or down by the beach at 5am waiting for sunrise.

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Zenit announces ridiculously fast 50mm F0.95 fully-manual lens for Sony full-frame cameras

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 16 mar 2019 - 17:37

Zenit has announced a 50mm F0.95 manual lens for Sony full-frame cameras.

The Zenitar 0.95 | 50, as it's called in Zenit's branding, is fully manual without any electronics inside. It features a fast aperture and an impressive 14-blade diaphragm that Zenit claims provides perfectly round bokeh.

The lens is constructed of nine elements in eight groups and constructed entirely of glass and metal. Considering the metal construction and massive optical elements, it shouldn't come as a surprise that the lens weighs quite a bit for its focal length, 1.1kg / 2.43lbs.

Below is a gallery of sample images captured with the lens:

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The lens is set to be released in Russia next week for a price of 50K ruble, which converts to roughly €680 or $770 USD. There's no mention of an international release timeframe for the time being.

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How to safely operate a drone in urban areas

Sidste nyt fra dpreview - 16 mar 2019 - 14:00
Photo by Kara Murphy

Just a few weeks ago, a drone crashed through a window on the 27th floor of a building in Chicago. Last year, a tourist was apprehended for flying in downtown Manhattan, in the heart of New York City, where UAV operations are strictly prohibited. The month before, a remote pilot avoided disaster when his DJI Phantom 3 drone plummeted 36 stories from where it was inspecting a crack that formed on a window of San Francisco's Millennium Tower. It crashed on the sidewalk, missing pedestrians by inches.

When operated properly, drones are capable of capturing angles and gathering critical data in areas that helicopters and small planes can't access. Launching a drone in crowded spaces poses two key potential risks: signal loss caused by magnetic field interference, and drifting caused by wind tunnels lurking between high-rise buildings.

In the US*, drones can be flown in cities, where it is legal under 14 CFR Part 107 rules, which allow the operator to fly more than 400 ft. AGL (above ground level) as long as the drone remains within 400 ft. of a building, or with the proper Certificate of Waiver or Authorization (COA) from the FAA. However, doing so requires the remote pilot-in-command to conduct a thorough risk assessment, identify potential hazards, and establish a set of emergency procedures to ensure the safest outcome possible.

Calibrate the compass before heading downtown

The most foolproof way to prevent a fly-away, and ensure location accuracy during flight, is to calibrate your drone’s compass. Locate an open field, roughly 15km (10 miles) away from where a flight in a heavily-congested area is planned; avoid parking structures with metal guardrails and cell phone towers, and remove watches and metal jewelry as even the slightest bit of magnetic interference will disrupt this critical procedure.

Always make sure to calibrate your drone's compass before flying in congested or urban environments.

Photo by Kara Murphy

Once at the calibration site, follow the procedure for calibrating your drone's compass. With minimal interference it will account for magnetic declination, which will allow it to operate with a higher degree of accuracy.

Make sure multiple flight modes are enabled

Most consumer-grade drones are equipped with intelligent flight modes and stabilization systems to ensure smooth, steady flights. On DJI drones there are three main flight modes — P-Mode (Position), A-Mode (Attitude), and S-Mode (Sport) — that can be accessed directly using the remote control. Both Position and Sport Mode rely on GPS and Glonass to hold the drone's position in the air.

While most flights can be conducted in Position Mode, as it allows the drone to hover in place and easily return home, there will be times when signal interference is severe. Attitude, or ATTI Mode, which retains altitude but causes the drone to drift with the wind, is the only option for flying where signals are compromised. And, since part 107 rules allow a pilot to operate up to 400 feet (120 meters) above the topmost part of a structure, encountering strong winds is inevitable.

DJI controllers feature a hardware toggle to quickly switch between Position, Attitude, and Sport modes.

Note: although GPS is disabled in ATTI mode, the GPS module still locates the drone in the background, meaning that someone can't use ATTI mode to circumvent restricted flight zones.

Switching from P-Mode to A-Mode is as simple as a flip of the switch on the controller. This shortcut can be accessed when Multiple Flight Modes are enabled in the DJI Go App. If the drone can no longer operate in Position or Sport Mode, it will automatically default to ATTI Mode. It’s always preferable to initiate this transition instead of being taken by surprise when the drone activates ATTI Mode on its own.

Practice flying in ATTI mode

As a general rule, you should never fly between tall buildings with GPS enabled. Numerous signals between buildings cause interference and create a substantial margin of error in the compass, setting the drone off course. The worst case scenario a pilot can encounter when flying in a congested area is relying on Position Mode, which stabilizes the drone and makes controlling it practically effortless, only to have the drone default to ATTI mode when the signal is inevitably lost.

Attitude, or ATTI Mode, is the only option for flying where signals are compromised.

Guiding a drone that drifts with the wind is difficult and requires hours of preparation. Practicing in a large, open field with few trees and obstacles is the best method for learning how to maintain control of a drone when it won’t automatically hover in place. The first time ATTI mode is activated, the drone will immediately drift, and it startles even the most seasoned pilots. Don’t be caught off guard, learn how to handle the drone so it can be expertly guided on its intended path.

Identify the Minimum Obstacle Clearance Altitude

When flying near tall structures, a drone may lose its connection or run critically low on battery power earlier than expected. The Return to Home feature will automatically activate and, assuming the compass is calibrated properly, the drone will fly back to the remote pilot.

Creating a safe flight path requires a pilot to identify the height of the tallest structure in the area, and then add a margin of roughly 3m (10 ft) to ensure the drone clears every last obstacle. The Minimum Obstacle Clearance Altitude (MOCA) can be determined several ways.

Identifying the height of the tallest building is imperative to ensuring you don't collide during any part of your flight.

Photo by Kara Murphy

I personally looked up the information online for a group of buildings I was photographing in San Francisco. Contacting a building manager is another option. For smaller, lesser-known structures where information isn’t readily available, flying with the gimbal pitch set to level, and elevating to the point where the obstacle crosses the horizon is another method for determining MOCA.

Creating a safe flight path requires a pilot to identify the height of the tallest structure in the area.

Enabling obstacle avoidance sensors is an additional recommended precautionary measure. However, sensors can’t always identify reflections or shiny surfaces. This is why establishing MOCA and setting the Return to Home Altitude accordingly is imperative.

Attach prop guards

Prop guards are an effective tool for preventing a crash should a drone bump into a wall. They aren’t 100 percent foolproof, which is why the above steps need to be taken, but it helps to have them in place. They add weight to the aircraft, which will deplete battery life at a slightly faster rate, and practicing with them attached so you can make necessary adjustments is highly recommended. Depending on the model of the drone, obstacle avoidance systems may be disabled with the use of prop guards.

Keep the drone within close range

A complex job that requires navigating a congested area needs to be supported by a visual observer to help keep watch of the drone and maintain visual line of sight. Typically, flying a maximum distance of 500m (1600 ft) from your location is acceptable, however, in a crowded area, it's preferable to keep the drone within closer proximity; 150-250m (approx. 500-800 ft) is ideal if you're flying at an altitude that exceeds 120m (400 ft).

Before heading into an area with tall buildings and narrow corridors, practice flying in ATTI Mode in a wide open, nearby park.

Photo by Dale Baskin

Launch in Position Mode until the drone has cleared the pilot, crew, and any major nearby obstacles, such as a bridge or traffic light, that might impact the flight in its initial stages. Alternate to ATTI mode and continue ascension. When the drone drone returns, and is in close enough range, switch back to Position Mode to facilitate a sturdy landing.

The take away

Drones save time, money, and effort when operated properly, and can be very useful for things like building or tower inspections. Learning how to safely conduct flights in challenging environments is essential if you plan to fly in congested areas like a city center. Taking the time to do so provides an extra layer of safety, and if you're flying for your business, gives you a potential leg up on the competition.

As pilots, it's our responsibility to be prepared in order to keep the skies – and our urban areas – safe. And really, you don't want to be that person who shows up on the news for not doing so.

*Rules and regulations vary by country. Make sure you know, and follow, the regulations for your particular location.

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