I started my journey in film photography in late 2016, and have since been working my way through the various film stocks I can get my hands on; in production, expired, experimental or alternative. Kodak Tri-X is usually at the top of most peoples list for films to work with, so when I recently loaded my first ever roll, three years after I started with film, it gave me pause for thought.
Well, there was bound to be a cheap “kit lens” coming along at some point for Canon’s RF mount. I don’t think anybody anticipated it having an aperture quite this slow, but here we are. Canon has now officially announced their new Canon RF 24-105mm f/4-7.1 IS STM lens for RF mount mirrorless cameras. But, for a lightweight kit lens with this kind of zoom range, it’s to be expected.
Panasonic teamed up with India’s Dentsu Aegis Network to make a special camera that could be a game-changer for colorblind photographers. The two companies developed a Lumix DC-G95 with special EVF which enables colorblind photographers to see colors accurately as they shoot. In a recent video from Panasonic India, you can hear a colorblind photographer’s story and see his moving reaction as he uses the camera for the first time.
Canon has now officially announced the new Canon EOS 850D/Rebel T8i, and it looks like the rumours were mostly true. As an “enthusiast level” DSLR, it houses a 24.1-megapixel APS-C sensor and shoots 4K video. It retains the design of its 800D predecessor, as well as the 45-point all cross-type AF, but offers some nice updates, too.
The EOS 850D/T8i both replaces both the EOS 77D (basically a 750D/T6i but with a top LCD) and the EOS 800D. There’s no top LCD on this one, like the 77D, but an AF-On button has been added to the back for those who prefer back-button-focusing. It also sees a new sensor, new metering system, Eye AF in Live View mode and faster continuous shooting speed.
Along with a new MFT lens, Olympus has also announced the OM-D E-M1 Mark III camera. It’s a successor of the OM-D E-M1 Mark II, released in 2016. But other than improved in-body image stabilization and dedicated AF mode for the starry sky, this camera doesn’t seem to have any major improvements.
A little while back, Laowa (A.K.A. Venus optics) announced a very exciting new 9mm f/5.6 full-frame lens. (Laowa already has a 9mm 2.8 lens for crop sensors, but this lens is for full-frame and lower aperture).
One of the exciting features of this lens is that it is a Rectilinear, low distortion lens and does not create any fish-eye distortion. It is not as distortion-free as Laowa’s Zero-D, but still has very (very!) low distortion for a 9mm lens.
We managed to get our hands on a few sample photos for the lens made with various cameras, click on each image for larger resolution.
We’ve seen different kinds of anti-drone technology so far: from eagles (thankfully, that was canceled) to an aerial battering ram. And now there’s the Drone Dome laser, developed by an Israel-based company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems (or just Rafael). It uses a high power laser beam to track and take down hostile drones, even a few of them at once. Rafael shared a video to show off the technology, and it indeed seems pretty powerful.
Canadian brand Canada Goose sells high-quality (and thus pretty expensive) winter clothing. Some of it could be interesting for outdoor and landscape photographers who spend a lot of time in harsh conditions… But there’s a particularly interesting jacket aimed at photojournalists. And its price is mere $850.
The world’s biggest phone show, MWC in Barcelona, just notified that world that it will not happen this year. GSMA CEO John Hoffman said that “With due regard to the safe and healthy environment in Barcelona and the host country today, the GSMA has cancelled MWC Barcelona 2020 because the global concern regarding the coronavirus outbreak, travel concern and other circumstances, make it impossible for the GSMA to hold the event“.
The show has seen a few big companies canceling participation over the last month, starting with LG and ZTE. Then the flood gates opened with Ericsson, Nvidia, Intel, Vivo, Sony, Amazon, NTT Docomo, Cisco, Nokia, BT, and HMD. If the show was to be held, it would have been empty halls.
While this show does not relate to photography, NAB released a statement that it is closely monitoring the coronavirus (COVID-19) situation:
Kentucky-based photographer Lacy Hilliard recently ran an ad for her business in a local magazine. Little did she know that one of the photos would trigger a reader so badly, that they had to call her and leave an angry voicemail. The photo shows a homosexual couple, and it got the caller so offended, that they called it “ungodly” and “disgusting,” telling the photographer to “rethink her values.”