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  1. DPReview TV: Fujifilm 50mm F1.0 review

    The Fujifilm XF 50mm F1.0 R WR promises to be great for portraiture. Does it live up to the hype? And how does it compare to Fujifilm's own 56mm F1.2? Watch our review to find out.

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    Sample images from this episode

  2. Fujifilm 50mm F1.0 sample gallery (DPReview TV)

    Fujifilm's new 50mm F1.0 lens practically begs to be used for portraits, so we shot lots of them, including many wide open at F1.0. Check out our sample gallery to see how it performs.

    View the Fujifilm 50mm F1.0 sample gallery

  3. Library of Congress launches AI-powered, image-based Newspaper Navigator tool

    The Library of Congress has launched a new AI-powered image-based tool for searching through old newspapers, enabling anyone to find historic images from more than 16 million scanned newspaper pages. Newspaper Navigator builds upon the LOC's existing Chronicling America project, the result being a visual content recognition model capable of finding a variety of images in digitized newspapers, including maps, comics, photographs, illustrations, advertisements and more.

    The Chronicling America project is the LOC's historic newspaper archive. With this tool, anyone can use optical recognition technology (OCR) to search through a vast archive of digitized newspapers dating back to the late 1700s. Newspaper Navigator builds upon this, introducing the ability to search for images rather than text. The object detection model was trained using annotated newspaper pages from the Chronicling America project, enabling it to extract the visual content from 16,358,041 newspaper pages.

    The new tool was created by LOC 2020 Innovator in Residence Benjamin Charles Germain Lee who detailed the project in a new video. In addition to offering a search tool online, the LOC has released the extracted visual content as prepackaged datasets available to download from Github. This prepackaged content is split up by year and includes a variety of metadata alongside the images.

    Users can search through more than 1.6 million images sourced from newspapers dated from the year 1900 to 1963. The results are fairly accurate, though the use of optical character recognition for extracting descriptions of the content can be lackluster if the quality of the scanned newspaper text is poor.

    The interface includes some useful options, including links for downloading the images, viewing the full newspaper issues, learning more about the newspapers and getting citations for images. This assumes one is using the online search tool and not the prepackaged downloadable image datasets available on Github, of course.

    Newspaper Navigator is ultimately the largest single dataset of extracted visual content sourced from historic newspapers that has ever been assembled, according to the full study. Machine learning technology has produced an unprecedented way to rapidly sort through digitized materials that would otherwise be far too expansive to search manually.

    As for using the images found through Newspaper Navigator, the rights and reproduction terms are found under the wider Chronicling America project. According to the project's About page, the LOC:

    ...believes that the newspapers in Chronicling America are in the public domain or have no known copyright restrictions. Newspapers published in the United States more than 95 years ago are in the public domain in their entirety. Any newspapers in Chronicling America that were published less than 95 years ago are also believed to be in the public domain, but may contain some copyrighted third party materials. Researchers using newspapers published less than 95 years ago should be alert for modern content (for example, registered and renewed for copyright and published with notice) that may be copyrighted.

    This new tool joins the LOC's vast digitized archive of photographs, prints and drawings, all of which are readily accessible through the LOC website. The Library provides a considerable amount of information on most of the digitized images, including everything from photo medium and genre to dates, photographers, location and image descriptions.

    Via: PetaPixel

  4. Tamron announces a compact $549 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 for Sony E mount cameras

    Tamron has announced the release of the 70–300mm F4.5–6.3 Di III RXD, a lens deemed as ‘the world’s smallest and lightest telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras.’

    The lens is constructed of 15 elements in 10 groups, including a low dispersion element for minimizing aberrations. Autofocus is driven by Tamron’s Rapid Extra-Silent Stepping Drive (RXD) motor technology.

    Other specifications include an aperture range of F4.5 (at 70mm) to F32 (at 300mm), a seven-blade aperture diaphragm and a minimum focusing distance of 80cm (31.5”) on the wide end and 150cm (59.1”) on the tele end. Tamron says the lens is moisture-resistant thanks to an array of seals in ‘critical locations’ and its compact design measures in at just 14.7cm (5.8”) long, 77mm (3”) diameter and weighs only 545g (19.2oz).

    The lens is expected to retail go on sale starting October 29 for $549, but Tamron notes the complexities caused by the COVID-19 pandemic could change that date.

    Press release:

    Tamron Announces the World’s Smallest and Lightest Telephoto Zoom Lens for Sony E-mount Full-Frame Mirrorless Cameras

    70-300mm F/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD (Model A047)

    September 24, 2020, Commack, New York – Tamron announces the launch of the 70-300mm F/4.5-6.3 Di III RXD (Model A047), a telephoto zoom lens for Sony E-mount full-frame mirrorless cameras. The lens will be on sale on October 29, 2020 at approximately $549.00; however, due to the current global health crisis, the release date or product supply schedule can change.

    While Tamron has manufactured many popular telephoto zoom lenses that extend to 300mm for DSLR cameras, the new 70-300mm is the first model designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras. Developed with the concept of bringing the joy of easy telephoto shooting to photographers everywhere, it’s the world’s smallest and lightest 70-300mm zoom lens— just 5.8 in. in length and weighing a mere 19.2 oz.— and delivers exceptional image quality.

    Its Moisture-Resistant Construction provides greater protection when shooting outdoors and the lens shares the 67mm filter diameter common to all members of Tamron’s lens series for full-frame mirrorless cameras. The lens also takes full advantage of in-camera features, including Sony’s Fast Hybrid AF and Eye AF that support a fantastic shooting experience. The 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 is a highly practical lens that makes the excitement of telephoto shooting easier than ever before across a diverse range of shooting styles including landscapes, sports and other athletic events, wildlife, portraits, and more.

    PRODUCT HIGHLIGHTS

    1. A telephoto zoom so compact you will want to carry it around everyday

    Tamron has adopted a dedicated design for mirrorless cameras and achieved a compact size once again by fixing the aperture at F6.3 at the telephoto end. The maximum diameter is 77mm. Measuring just 5.8

    in. and weighing a mere 19.2 oz., this 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 is the world’s smallest and lightest telephoto zoom lens for full-frame mirrorless cameras. Compatible with Sony’s popular E-mount cameras, it has been developed with the concept of enabling photographers to experience the universe of full-scale, full-frame 300mm telephoto photography more easily.

    The AF drive system incorporates the exceptionally quiet RXD (Rapid eXtra-silent stepping Drive) stepping motor. Because this lens is compatible with Sony camera features, including in body image stabilization and Eye AF, you can enjoy comfortable, high-speed, high precision telephoto photography, even handheld.

    Experience the excitement of bringing distant subjects closer as well as the perspective flattering characteristics achieved by full-scale telephoto photography more easily than ever before. For landscapes, sports, birds, and wildlife as well as closer subjects such as portraits and street scenes, this lens expands the range of telephoto photography.

    2. Superior optical performance and supreme lightweight portability

    Pursuing lightweight design as a top priority, Tamron has created a compact 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 zoom lens that makes 300mm telephoto shooting easy and fun. The superb optical design is based on a rigorous simulation process using state-of-the-art design technologies. As a result, Tamron has successfully struck a balance between extreme lightness (19.2 oz.) and compactness (5.8 in.), incorporating a slim lens barrel with a maximum diameter of 77mm— all without sacrificing high image quality. The optical design includes 15 elements in 10 groups, with an LD (Low Dispersion) lens element precisely arranged to suppress axial chromatic and other aberrations that are likely to happen with telephoto zoom lenses. At 300mm, a commonly used telephoto zoom focal length, the design delivers excellent resolution from edge-to-edge. Overall, the efficient optical construction (which also contributes to its light weight), plus Tamron’s BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) Coating with its well-established reputation for anti-reflection properties, combine to enable the photographer to capture extremely clear, crisp images across the entire zoom range. While the lens features an advanced design with excellent core image quality, optical performance can be enhanced even further by employing the lens correction features found on Sony cameras.

    With the introduction of this lens, all photographers, from first-time users of dedicated telephoto zoom lenses to experienced enthusiasts seeking a compact, lightweight telephoto zoom, can comfortably enjoy the advantages of a powerful, versatile zoom without worry about size or weight. Photographers who are shooting with in-camera image stabilization or using a tripod, can reduce the burden of their gear. Moreover, the 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 maintains excellent balance even when used with the APS-C sized E-mount cameras that are smaller than full-frame cameras (e.g., Sony α6500); consequently, users can also enjoy photography with an even greater equivalent telephoto zoom appearance of approximately 450mm.

    3. The RXD stepping motor unit is exceptionally quiet 

    The AF drive incorporates a sensor that accurately detects the position of the lens while the RXD motor unit delivers optimized AF control. This achieves very fast and accurate autofocus operation and allows

    users to maintain tack-sharp focus on continuously moving subjects shot at the telephoto zoom position. Thanks to the exceedingly quiet AF, the lens can be used discreetly in concert halls and other situations that require low noise levels, and for video recording.

    4. A full family of superb, compact lenses made especially for mirrorless cameras

    The 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 shares the same uniform 67mm filter diameter as other members of Tamron’s series of full-frame mirrorless camera lenses. When using an assortment of these lenses, users can easily interchange filters (e.g., PL, ND, etc.) and lens caps, thereby increasing convenience and minimizing costs as it is unnecessary to purchase a collection of different size filters.

    Tamron’s lineup of lenses with 67mm filter diameter for full-frame mirrorless cameras (in the order they were launched):

    - 28-75mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A036) / High-speed standard zoom lens

    - 17-28mm F/2.8 Di III RXD (Model A046) / High-speed ultra-wide-angle zoom lens

    - 24mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F051) / Prime lens

    - 35mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F053) / Prime lens

    - 20mm F/2.8 Di III OSD M1:2 (Model F050)/ Prime lens

    - 70-180mm F/2.8 Di III VXD (Model A056) / High-speed telephoto zoom lens

    - 28-200mm F2.8-5.6 Di III RXD (Model A071)/ All-in-one zoom lens

    5. Moisture-Resistant Construction for added protection

    Seals are located at the lens mount area and other critical locations to deter infiltration of moisture and/or rain drops and afford Moisture-Resistant Construction. This feature provides an additional layer of protection when shooting outdoors under adverse weather conditions.

    6. Compatible with camera-specific features and functions

    Tamron’s new 70-300mm F4.5-6.3 is compatible with many of the advanced features that are specific to certain mirrorless cameras. These include the following:

    - Fast Hybrid AF

    - Eye AF

    - Direct Manual Focus (DMF)

    - In-camera lens correction (shading, chromatic aberration, distortion)

    - Camera-based lens unit firmware updates

    SPECIFICATIONS

    Model

    : A047

    Focal Length

    : 70-300mm

    Maximum Aperture

    : F4.5-6.3

    Angle of View (diagonal)

    : 34°21'-8°15' (for full-frame mirrorless format)

    Optical Construction

    : 15 elements in 10 groups

    Minimum Object Distance

    : 31.5 in. (WIDE), 59.1 in. (TELE)

    Maximum Magnification Ratio

    : 1:9.4 (WIDE) / 1:5.1 (TELE)

    Filter Size

    : Ø67mm

    Maximum Diameter

    : Ø77mm

    Length*

    : 5.8 in.

    Weight

    : 19.2 oz.

    Aperture Blades

    : 7 (circular diaphragm)**

    Minimum Aperture

    : F22-32

    Standard Accessories

    : Round-shaped hood, Lens caps

    Compatible Mounts

    : Sony E-mount

  5. Film Fridays: Photographing Machu Picchu on a panorama film camera

    Visiting Peru, specifically Manchu Picchu, was something I wanted to experience ever since I wrote a school report on it in the fourth grade. The idea that there was a civilization of Incans living in the mountains hundreds of years ago, having such a thriving existence was extremely mind-boggling for a young boy growing up in the suburbs of Chicago. A different civilization from mine, living not only in the jungle but the mountain jungle made me want to visit and see what it was all about.

    For such a special trip I decided to pack not only my regular travel camera gear but also my Panon 120 camera

    Fast forward about 50 years, when my wife and I were planning on going to see Machu Picchu and other areas of Peru. Our trip would take us to Lima first – we'd then take the train to Cusco for a few nights, then onto Machu Picchu. My wife thought it would be great to splurge, and she found Belmond Sanctuary Lodge just a few hundred feet from the gates of the park. It was considerably more expensive than staying down in Agua Caliente and taking the bus up to Machu Picchu, but we bit the bullet and did it. Photographically, the decision was well-worth the price.

    The medium format panorama camera Dan lugged to Machu Picchu.

    For such a special trip, I wanted to make photographic memories unlike those I'd seen before. I decided to pack not only my regular travel camera gear but also my Panon 120 camera, as I thought it would be great to get some panoramic shots of Machu Picchu. It would also be fun to shoot some 120 film. I took ten rolls of film to shoot specifically at Machu Picchu, five rolls of color and five rolls of black and white.

    The camera produces six approximately 2" x 4 3/8" images on a 120 roll of film.

    Let me give you a little background on the camera and how it operates. It was made by the Showa Company, which was started by Nakayama Shozo in 1952 in Tokyo, Japan. Showa's best-known camera is the Widelux cameras, which began in 1958 and is, in my opinion, the standard in 35mm panoramic cameras.

    The Panon is kind of a beast to use. It weighs in at 2.2kg (4.9lb) with the case. It measures 16cm wide (6.5") x 14cm tall (5.5") x 11cm deep (4.5"). On top of the camera are the main controls, the shutter speed dial, the shutter release, pop-up viewfinder, bubble level and winding knob. There is also a diagram of the angle of view you see printed on the top.

    The camera comes with a 50mm F2.8 Konishiruku Hexon lens that rotates from the left side to the right when it is cocked and ready to go. To operate the camera, you manually pull the lens to the left, set your shutter speed, and pull up the pop-up viewfinder to get the approximate view. I always check the angle on the top before I press the shutter button. You have three speeds to choose from when shooting: 1/200, 1/50, and 1/2 sec. The aperture settings are inside the lens area, and you manually set that by rotating the dial from F2.8 to F11. There's no meter, so you'll need to use an external meter for exposure.

    The busses taking the tourists back to Agua Caliente leave at 4:00 pm and the park is almost empty from 4:15-5:30pm when it closes. It's magical.

    Loading the film is a bit tricky. There's a film insert that you take out once you take the bottom of the camera off (see photos of it in the gallery at the end). This is held on with locking knobs. On the side of the film insert is a diagram with arrows showing the direction of the film. Once you load the film onto the insert, you pop it back into the camera and put back on the bottom cover. If the film insert is in upside down, the plate won't go back on the camera. I've done this several times while on the trip.

    The camera produces six approximately 2" x 4 3/8" images on a 120 roll of film.

    The park at Machu Picchu opens at 6:00 am, and people start to arrive by either walking up the trail or taking the bus from Agua Caliente at around 5:15 am. We got in line at around 5:45 am as there was a good crowd by then. We stayed for a while during the morning hours, then went back to the sanctuary for breakfast and rested. We headed back to the park in the afternoon.

    Here is the best reason to stay at Belmond Sanctuary: The busses taking the tourists back to Agua Caliente leave at 4:00 pm and the park is almost empty from 4:15-5:30 pm when it closes. It's magical. You almost have the whole park to yourself and maybe 50 other people. You can sit and see the wondrous site or snap photos, all with virtually no people in the sight.

    I think I got some pretty fantastic images and recommend you take a special camera when you visit a once-in-a-lifetime spot.

    For more of Dan Cuny's analog work, head here.

    Gallery

  6. Canon EOS Rebel T8i (850D) sample gallery

    The Canon Rebel T8i (known as the EOS 850D outside of the U.S.) represents the latest iteration of the company's high-end entry-level DSLR. And it's a well-rounded package, with a fully articulated touchscreen, 4K/24p video and 7 fps continuous burst shooting. It's well equipped to provide ambitious beginners with everything they need to get started in photography: Take a look at the kind of images this camera is capable of.

  7. RGKit Play is a modular motion control kit that’s already funded on Kickstarter

    Argineering has launched a Kickstarter campaign for RGKit Play, 'the first-ever modular wireless motion control kit that allows creatives to add movement to their design and camera.' The campaign has already eclipsed its $50,000 funding goal by more than $25,000 at the time of writing.

    RGKit includes motors, accessories, light controllers, sensors and a phone application and aims to simplify the process of creating mechanical motion. Argineering states that RGKit Play can be used for tasks such as videography and stop motion. Using the accompanying application, you can use RGKit Play to perform tasks such as moving your camera and a product while recording product video, rotating your camera around a subject and more.

    In order to maintain stable and smooth movement, the RGKit Play has built-in motion stability features. Through the app, the user has precise control over distance, time and speed. The Camera Slider can carry up to 11 lbs. (5kg) and moves at up to 2" (5cm) per second.

    Using RGKit Play appears very simple. You mount the kit's modules and accessories to your camera and fire up the app. Without needing to code, you can create a customized sequence of movements while adjusting speed, acceleration, duration, delay and more. There is also an automatic mode available. Accessories include a camera slider, pusher, pulleys, rotator, arms, rotator mounting, clamps, adjustable arms and more.

    RGKit Play's price depends upon the selected kit. The beginner kit, which does not include the camera slider, starts at $190 USD. The camera slider first appears in the RGKit Play: Videographer kit. This kit starts at $740 with early bird pricing. The eventual retail price for the Videographer kit will be $999. RGKit Play is scheduled to start shipping to Kickstarter pledgers in June 2021. To learn more about the RGKit Play and get details on each component and available configurations, head to Kickstarter.

    Via DIY Photography


    Disclaimer: Remember to do your research with any crowdfunding project. DPReview does its best to share only the projects that look legitimate and come from reliable creators, but as with any crowdfunded campaign, there’s always the risk of the product or service never coming to fruition.

  8. Profoto's new A10 speedlight works with smartphones via AirX Bluetooth technology

    Profoto has unveiled the A10, its third and latest round-head speedlight in its A1 lineup. Much like the A1X was nearly identical to the A1, the A10 is effectively an A1X with built-in Bluetooth and AirX technology for making the most of the speedlight, even with a smartphone.

    Profoto showed off its AirX technology back in July with its B10 and B10 Plus monolights, and more recently, its C1 and C1 Plus LED lights, but until now, it wasn’t available for its speedlights. The A10 changes that, making it easier to get pro-level lighting with your smartphone when using the compatible Profoto app (Android, iOS). Of course, the A10 will also work with other DSLR and mirrorless camera systems with dedicated models for Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon and Sony cameras.

    Aside from the new AirX Bluetooth syncing, none of the specifications have changed from the A1X. It features the same round-head design with support for Profoto’s Click Light Shaping tools, a large hi-res display for changing settings and navigating the menu, an LED modeling light, a maximum 76Ws output, a recycle time between 0.05–1 second and a built-in Li-ion battery rated for up to 450 full-power flashes.

    Below is a video walkthrough of the A10 from Profoto:

    The Profoto A10 is currently available to purchase for $1,095 (Adorama, B&H, Wex). Be sure to select the correct model for your camera brand when making a purchase. All units come with the flash, an included Li-ion battery, a charger, a dome diffuser, a bounce card, a stand, a dedicated bag and Profoto’s two-year limited warranty.