Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Goes Titanium And Introduces 8mm Fisheye and 7-14mm Lenses

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If a silver Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II did not ring your bell, you can now buy the same camera with a Titanium body. This is basically the same OM-D E-M5 camera camera so it features the same 16MP sensor, and the 5-axis sensor stabilization system.

But, the extra $150 (compared to the $1,049 body silver body) will get you a leather shoulder strap and a serialized owner’s card. And a leather case for the owner’s card. (only missing a leather case for the leather strap). So it is a bit more Bling if you are an Olympus fan.

Maybe more interesting is Olympus adding two new fast lenses to their overgrowing collection: an f/1.8 8mm Fisheye and an f/2.8 7-14mm lens.

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MIT Researchers Developed an Algorithm That Removes Reflections

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Windows have been ruining photos ever since the first time a photographer tried shooting through one.

Unless you bring along dedicated contraptions or start messing around with cloths and funny angles, shooting through the glass will likely lead to an annoying reflection that will make you want to smash it to pieces. (If you’re actually trying to get a reflection then scratch everything I said; windows are awesome).

This problem might soon come to an end, though; as researchers say they’ve developed an algorithm that can automatically remove reflections from digital photos. The algorithm can’t remove all types of reflections, but it does an impressive job with the ones it can remove.

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Canon Announces the New EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens; Following in Yongnuo’s Footsteps?

1143786Five days ago we shared the leaked specs of the upcoming version of Canon’s nifty fifty, stating that it will be announced shortly.

The official press release has just been sent and the specs match those that were published.

The two previously unknown factors, price and number of aperture blades, have been revealed as well and you’ll be happy to know that Canon followed in Yongnuo’s footsteps.

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Canon Issues an Official Rebel T6s/T6i Advisory: ‘White spots may exist on the optical layer’

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Looks like Canon is about to pull a D600 with their latest EOS Rebel T6s and T6i Cameras.

About 10 days ago Roger of Lens rental shared a post where he found a big batch of Canon T6s’s and T6i’s to have a weird pattern on one of the glasses on their sensors:

The bottom line is that 4 of the Canon T6s and 2 of the T6i cameras we received had to be sent back because of a defect in the sensor stack (the layers of filter glass over the sensor). This is out about 10 copies of each; the others were absolutely perfect

Now Canon issued an advisory that acknowledges the issue, explains how to detect if a camera is of a bad batch and instructions on how to approach support for a free repair:

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This Canon 1200mm f/5.6L Telephoto Monster Available Now at B&H for $180,000

Canon_1200mmIn case you missed out on the NASA 2540mm f/8 lens that was recently sold on eBay, B&H have what might just be the next best thing – the super rare Canon 1200mm f/5.6L EF USM autofocus telephoto lens.

The lens will cost you as much as a US Navy Warship, but will get the job done when you just can’t get close enough.

With only a dozen or so of these beasts ever created, the proud owner will be in the company of National Geographic, Sports Illustrated and probably a few spy agencies.

Photographers are invited to get a look at the lens at the New York superstore, and take a selfie with it if they don’t happen to have the necessary funds at hand.

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radioSTROBE is the World’s First Off-Camera Speedlight System

radioSTROBE_1One of the first things photographers hear these days after they buy their first speedlight is to avoid mounting it directly on the camera.

Using off-camera flash has become widely popular in recent years, with many accessories designed to adjust the hot-shoe mount device to work better remotely, but that’s exactly what they do – adjust an existing product to work differently.

Raman Evazians decided that photographers deserve a dedicated off-camera flash system specifically designed for their needs, and that’s where the radioSTROBE comes in.

The two-part system comprises of a flash unit and an advanced commander, and promises to be the first and only lighting option for off-camera flash photographers.

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Sony’s New FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro Lens Takes On Canon’s 100mm f/2.8 In Lensrentals’ Resolution TEst

We got a pre-release set of Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 G OSS Macro lenses in for preliminary testing last week, and I was kind of excited about this lens for a couple of reasons. First it simply gives me a nice short telephoto prime option that has been lacking in the lineup (although the Zeiss 85mm Batis lens will be coming along fairly soon). Second, it gives me a true macro lens at the focal length I prefer.

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I hoped that the combination of a good macro lens with the A7r sensor would turn out to be a winner. We used our Imatest lab to compare Sony 90mm f/2.8 G OSS lenses mounted to Sony A7r cameras, and compared them with Canon 100mm f/2.8 IS Macro lenses shot on Canon 5DIII cameras in our Imatest lab. (For those who are curious, we can’t test Sony E mount lenses on an optical bench because the electromagnetic focus system requires electrical power to operate. Until we do some really geeky, overly complex engineering modifications, the optical bench isn’t an option for Sony E mount lenses.) It would have been nice to also compare with a Nikon D810 and Nikon 105 f/2.8 Micro lens, I know, but our time is limited.

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Adobe’s GPU Acceleration is Not That Great After All. Yet.

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One of the celebrated improvements in Lightroom CC is the faster performance, said to be up to ten times faster, thanks to the software’s ability to leverage the graphic processor unit (GPU).

A few days after the official release, however, an Adobe engineer shared additional information regarding GPU acceleration and turns out it might not be all that great. Not right now, at least, and not for everybody.

At the moment GPU acceleration is only available in the Develop module, and even then not all editing controls enjoy it.

Additionally, while GPU implementation offers no advantage for some functions, certain others will actually take longer with the acceleration enabled.

This information also applies to Camera Raw 9.0 for Photoshop/Bridge CC.

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