Ricoh officially announced the successor to their GR Digital III today, unveiling the aptly named GR Digital IV. This new high-end compact camera looks virtually identical to its predecessor with only a very minor… and we mean minor, change to the rear menu buttons. Ricoh is also releasing a limited edition white version (pictured below) for the first 10,000 early adopters. The GR Digital IV packs a new Hybrid AF System, allowing for a substantial increase in auto focus speed and quick shooting capabilities, a sensor-shift image stabilizer, and a refined optical filter. Take a look at some more of the GR Digital IV’s specifications below: Read More…
In some quick news, the good folks at 43Rumors stumbled upon quite the interesting find at the U.S. Panasonic store today. The critically acclaimed Lumix GH2 (body only) is listed for $809.95, receiving a very nice 10% price drop. However, as pictured above, the U.S. Panasonic store is currently back-ordered at the moment. Could this price drop set the stage for a GH3 announcement? I believe so, there hasn’t been much from the Panasonic rumor front these days, but nevertheless, I still think we’ll see the GH3 by years end. Our eyes will be peeled to see if more retailers follow suit and join in on the GH2 price-drop festivities.
Ever wanted to shoot some amazing space photography? Well, we’re not exactly sure how you’re going to make it up there, but at least you’ll have the full NASA training if that day were to come! Hasselblad, makers of the official 500 EL/M space camera, created the NASA Photography Training Program handbook, detailing all the information needed to make those extraterrestrial shots a breeze. The manual touches upon topics such as: using electric film on the lunar surface, to controlling the amount of available light (or lack there of) to produce the best galactic photo possible. Click on the image above and be sure to read the entire handbook before you embark on your next space adventure.
It’s not so much an update as it is a full-fledged upgrade. The Panasonic Lumix LX5 received the royal treatment today and acquired a myriad of new features, taking this already capable camera into the next stratosphere. Here’s what LX5 owners can expect from firmware version II:
- Auto Focus speed-up.
- [HIGH ISO NR] has been added to the [REC] menu.
- Improved auto white balance performance.
- [ACTIVE MODE] has been added to the [MOTION PICTURE] menu.
- The AF/AE Lock operated by half-pressing the shutter button has been improved.
- When [MF] is set, you can make fine adjustments to the focus using a simpler operation than before.
- The position and size of the AF area you have set are now stored.
- The upper limit of the shutter speed in Manual Exposure Mode has been raised. (Max 250 seconds approximately
- [MINIATURE EFFECT] has been added to My Color Mode.
- [MONITOR] / [VIEWFINDER] has been added to the [SETUP] menu.
The firmware upgrade along side a four page “About the Update” PDF can be downloaded HERE.
Boy oh boy, you sure don’t see this everyday! In a public statement, Nikon responded to media reports of a new, upcoming “imaging product.” Here’s the press release in its entirety:
September 9, 2011
Nikon understands that some article appeared in the media regarding Nikon’s imaging product. Please note that Nikon has made no announcement in this regards.
The information is current as of the date of publication. It is subject to change without notice.
Oh the irony…
In some quick news, Nikon is apparently set to announce a new mirrorless F-mount lens adapter that will “communicate auto focus information to drive the built-in motors in Nikon AF-S and AF-I lenses.” AF-I lenses are the older brother to the current AF-S system. It was introduced in 1992 and allowed for electronic auto focus communication between the camera and lens, a first for Nikon.
This new adapter would give the V1 and J1 the ability to even mount and auto focus that beautiful Nikon AF-S 200-400mm VR II (pictured above). Wouldn’t that be something! There is also some updated information regarding the video capabilities of the V1 and J1. Both camera will reportedly now have the ability to record in 1080p at 30fps and 720p at 60fps. Thanks to PhotographyBay and NikonRumors for all the updated information.
One of the most talked topics in the world of photography among both amateurs and professionals is the forever debated question of “How much to charge for your photography?” It is such a difficult question to answer because each individual is different and ultimately have different responsibilities, liabilities, and business needs. The subjectivity to the question makes it almost impossible to answer, but Mark Wallace at Snap Factory tackled this topic head-on and created an informative video aimed at building a lasting business foundation that’s right for you. Take a look: Read More…
You may recall, Canon, in collaboration with Technicolor, released the very popular ‘CineStyle‘ picture profile a few months back to universal acclaim. Not only was it free, it provided an unparalleled amount of latitude for color grading in post. Hoping to make the same type of impact is the new $19, ‘Cinema’ profile. Sorry, it seems as though your going to have to pay for this one. As you would expect, the key features found in Cinema are: Read More…
B&H is currently offering an amazing deal on SanDisk 32GB Extreme SDHC class 10 memory cards, listing the two-pack for $109. That’s over 40% off! The offer ends September 30th, so hurry up and grab these cards before its too late. Click on the image below and add these beauties to your B&H cart.