Samsung has published the source code for two of its latest mirrorless cameras: NX2000 and NX300. This is first time any major camera manufacturer offered camera firmware to public and opens a whole range of possibilities for users to enhance the camera’s capabilities.
Having in mind how successful Magic Lantern was with theirs firmware upgrade for Canon EOS bodies, this latest move from Samsung is a potential game changer. Possibilities are almost endless: advanced file processing, RAW video, HDR (yuck), time-lapse, focus peaking… programmers imagination becomes the limit.
And now something different for relaxation: you have probably heard about new lease policy Adobe has in mind for its future products…. It’s making the headlines all over the web. There will be no more perpetual licensing, but instead you’ll have to lease the software and subscribe to the Creative Cloud. Youtube user EvilEdison made a funny video over famous Hitler bunker scene pointing out to negatives of such approach… take a look at the video yourself, I bet it will make you smile.
Sigma recently released a demo video showing software of the late USB lens docking station in action. This dock is a very special product as it will allow users to adjust focus if there is a need for it (usually there is). Almost all modern DSLR cameras have the option to adjust AF accuracy, but often only as a single setting for every lens. This is a problem with zoom lenses since most tend to missfocus by different degree depending where in the zoom or focus range they are. Sigma USB dock will allow to set AF compensation at up to 4 focal lengths and at 4 different focus positions independently. There is also an option to adjust optical stabilization , focus limiter and AF speed. Click “continue reading” to view video:
While the big two (Canon & Nikon) successfully pursue the image of boring traditional companies, others like Sigma try to be inventive and gain a piece of market for themselves. Today, Sigma announced a new extraordinary lens: the 18-35mm F/1.8 DC HSM for APS-C sized sensors. Yes, this is not a typo; this zoom lens has constant F/1.8 aperture. As far as I know, no other photography lens has such aperture, the closest being Olympus with the two of their F/2 zoom lenses. Update: price is announced and it is only $799!
Canon has announced two new DLSR models – the 100D (Rebel SL1) and 700D (Rebel T5i). Both have 18 MP APS-C sensors, 9 focus points, Full HD video recording and all the usual Canon bells and whistles. So what’s new…? In one word – nothing. Specifications of the 700D are almost identical with the previous model (the 650D), and 100D differs from 700D with smaller body size and the lack of articulated LCD.
National Geographic has launched a new blog called Found and hosted on Tumblr dedicated only to unknown photos from its vast archive. The man behind this project is William Bonner, a curator of National Geographic’s extensive archive located in the basement of the society’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.
We live in interesting times from as far as the gear is concerned. Compact camera market is being squeezed between smartphones and mirrorless models, so all the major companies are trying to develop high IQ models. Therefore, large-sensor compacts are popping out like mushrooms after the rain and I like it that way. Today, Nikon has announced the new Coolpix A – compact camera the size of Sony DSC-RX100 but with APS-C sensor and a fixed 18.5mm lens (28mm equivalent).
Nikon has announced the D7100 – the new mid-range DSLR with APS-C sized sensor. Main advantages over the now more than two years old D7000 revolve around the new 24 megapixel sensor without anti aliasing filter, 51-opint auto focus system and the ability to shoot up to 7 frames per second in crop (2x) mode. The recommended Nikon D7100 price is around $ 1,200 body only and $ 1,600 with 18-105 F/3.5-5.6 VR lens. The shipping will start in about a month.
Several days ago, Reuters published a selection of 95 best images taken by their photographers around the world. Together with images, they published basic EXIF data, so we got a glimpse of cameras and their settings for some of the most interesting photographs taken this year.
Canon office in Croatia organized a press event yesterday, covering all the latest news and digital cameras from recent Photokina fair. Besides new G15 and S110, we had a chance to try the new Canon EOS 6D digital SLR camera. 6D uses new 20 megapixel sensor and will compete with Nikon D600 camera as a budget full frame camera.