Is There A Light Leak Epidemic With Today’s Mirrorless Cameras?

A Highly Dramatized Light Leak

I don’t want to sound too superstitious, but it seems like there’s a pretty contagious virus floating around, and some of the newest cameras out there today are starting to catch it. In the past few days, three mirrorless camera models fell victim to the light-leak plague, and it’s uncertain whether they’ll be able to recover from it.

Okay, the last part was a joke. The leaks are fixable. And I made up the part about cameras catching diseases.

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Want a 4K Viedo Camera? The 4K Panasonic GH4 Is on Pre Order Starting at $1699

The Panasonic GH4

Back about a month ago came the announcement of the Panasonic GH4, a Digital Single Lens Mirrorless (DSLM) camera with the ability to record 4K video. Panasonic released word of its plans to keep the camera at a reasonable price of less than $2000, and it seems now that they went through and delivered.

Just recently, B&H put the GH4 up for pre-order at a price tag of $1699 for the body; along with an interface unit, the price is set at $3299. [Read more...]

Four Fired Photographers Return to Work for the Chicago Sun-Times

chigago sun-times

Last spring, The Chicago Sun-Times laid off twenty-nine of their photographers, which essentially eliminated the entirety of their photography department. Wrapports LLC, the owner of the struggling company, was quickly put under criticism and gained contrroversy aver its actions, which were made in order to cut costs. How did they plan on compensating in absence of the department? Back then, they stated their intentions to rely on “wire services and free-lancers”, while their reporters were to be trained in photography with iPhones.

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New Sigma 50mm F/1.4 Compared – Comes Out On Top

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Earlier this year, Sigma generated a good amount of noise throughout the photography community when the company stated the intended target competition of their upcoming 50mm F/1.4 lens: Zeiss’s $4,000 55mm Otus. That can either result in us getting one a big leap in quality for lenses on the market at a (hopefully) more consumer-friendly price, or it can end with us having some serious trust issues.

Just recently, Xitek has posted the first few pictures of the Sigma lens engaged in tests with three other lenses: the Sony Planar T 50mm F/1.4 ZA SSM, the Nikon Nikkor AF-S 58mm F/1.4G, and the targeted Zeiss 55mm F/1.4 Otus. (cheapest of which is ~$1500). [Read more...]

Panasonic Unveils the New VariCam 35 with 4K & 120 fps Capabilities

Thanks to Planet 5D for the heads up on this!

Disclaimer: if you have a weak wallet, then don’t read this.

Actually, in this case, all of our wallets are most likely crying in the corner, so it’s okay. Just appreciate the camera, I guess.

Panasonic took part in a press conference just yesterday in New Jersey, where it announced a new entry targeted towards the high-high-high end market of cinema. The 4K camera/video-recorder is titled the VariCam 35 (AU-VREC1), and it claims to be a powerhouse in handling a variety of formats.

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VSCO Releases its Fifth Film Pack

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Slowly, but surely, the worlds of cinema and photography are abandoning film as a medium. In the consumer market, it’s arguable that film is already wiped from existence as a business; film is hard to find and higher in price as a result because of the small market that still demands it. In cinema, it’s endangered. A decent amount of directors still stick to it, but the production companies need to be ready for the budget cut the cost will take.

The problem is that there’s still an interest in film photography, but it simply takes too much effort to pursue for the general consumer. At the end of the day, however, it’s the vintage feel film gives that most people would like to emulate. VSCO‘s been offering solutions for that for a while now. They’ve been selling plug-ins for Adobe Lightroom, Adobe CR, Photoshop CC, and Aperture; each plug-in comprises a variety of filters that literally emulate different types of film. As weird as that sounds, it works. VSCO’s great at what it does, and they just released the newest addition to their film packs yesterday. [Read more...]

Nikon Offering Free Repair Services for the D600, In or Out of Warranty

Nikon D600 - Front

Just earlier today, a technical advisory was posted on Nikon’s website for the D600.

Recently, Nikon has been gaining controversy after it got itself caught in America’s favorite pastime of suing. Attorneys at law firms such as Lieff Cabraser Heimann & Bernstein have been collecting complaints about the camera manufacturer due to allegations of a defective product; in this case, the D600 model. Now, it’s heading into a class action suit already filed by attorneys of Zimmerman & Reed. [Read more...]