Johnsons Photopia have announced through their website and Twitter that they have now gone into administration. There isn’t a lot of information yet about how this came about, or how this may affect staff and future customer support for the brands they represent.
This is quite an interesting idea. ARS is a new platform which allows you to give and receive critique on photos completely anonymously. Created by Eric Kim, the system is designed to help photographers get some genuine feedback without all the smoke blowing and fluff we often see on platforms such as Facebook.
When identities are public, many who respond to images will say something nice just to avoid the risk of offending, than to say what they really think of an image. With the identities of the photographer and the commenter removed, people can say what they really feel.
If we’re shooting in a small home studio, it can be a challenge to make images that look new and interesting. You often shoot the same images over and over because you’re limited on space. But there is hope! In this video, Gavin Hoey simulates what he says is a small pub stage, but I’ve seen similar shots to these from huge gigs in the past, too.
DJI has just announced that they have been approved to offer Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) services for professional drone pilots. The FAA set up LAANC this year to help professional drone pilots operate within controlled airspace.
The FAA has been putting DJI through a “rigorous test and validation of DJI’s technology capabilities”, resulting in their seal of approval as a UAS Service Supplier. This allows DJI to offer their customers near-real-time authorisation to fly in controlled airspace near airports.
There have been a lot of complaints about the Canon EOS R mirrorless camera. It only has one card slot, it crops when shooting 4K video, and there’s no IBIS. “WTF Canon?” the collective Internet proclaimed. Well, Canon has now responded to at least one of those issues.
That issue is the lack of IBIS. Digital Camera World spoke to Canon UK’s product intelligence consultant, David Parry to find out the answer. And, essentially, having stabilisation in the body isn’t as good as having it in the lens.
The Godox AD400 Pro is the newest portable all-in-one strobe from Godox. It’s basically a 400Ws version of the AD600 Pro. It has a few design differences and a little less power, but basically an identical feature set.
I’ve been playing with the AD400 Pro over the last couple of weeks to see how it handles and how it compares to some of the other portable strobes in the Godox product range.
The Ricoh GRII was announced way back in June 2015. It contained a 16MP APS-C sized CMOS sensor with a 28mm equivalent lens and became very popular, especially amongst street photographers.
Now, Ricoh has announced the development of its successor. Yup, you guessed it, the GRIII. While the focal length and maximum aperture stay the same, it does see some significant changes. The sensor’s gone up to 24MP, they’ve taken away the flash and it gets 3-axis IBIS.
A new camera with zero card slots isn’t all that Zeiss has announced at Photokina this year. They’ve also announced the Zeiss Batis 2/40 CF lens, too. It sits in between the Zeiss Batis 2/25 and Batis 1.8/85 lenses in the Zeiss E mount lineup.
The Zeiss Batis lenses were developed specifically for the Sony E mount range of mirrorless cameras. There are five in total now, including this one, covering 18 to 135mm in focal length. As with the rest of the Batis lenses, the 2/40 CF has Zeiss T* coatings and is fully weather sealed.
Despite appearances, the new Samyang XP 10mm f/3.5 is not a fisheye. It’s a rectilinear lens, which Samyang says offers “zero distortion”. It’s a manual focus lens designed for full frame DSLRs. Samyang claims that it’s the widest lens out for full frame DSLRs, too, just edging out the Irix 11mm f/4.
What is going on? It’s like everybody is jumping into the full frame mirrorless market the last month or so. Nikon, Canon, Panasonic, Sigma, Zenit, and now Zeiss. And while it’s all very exciting, Zeiss’ new ZX1 has one very unique feature. It actually runs Lightroom CC. Oh yes, integrated right into the camera!