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Olympus Unveils 17mm and 45mm f/1.2 Lenses for Micro Four Thirds

Olympus Unveils 17mm and 45mm f/1.2 Lenses for Micro Four Thirds

Olympus has just announced two new lenses to its M.ZUIKO F1.2 PRO lens roster: a 17mm and a 45mm. They join the existing M.ZUIKO 25mm f/1.2 PRO in the high-end, large-aperture lineup.

One of the main qualities Olympus says it focused on was bokeh aesthetics.

“By focusing not only on the bokeh’s size but also its quality, each lens produces a feathered bokeh effect that better emphasizes the main subject and allows it to stand out within the image,” Olympus says. “The shallower depth of field produced at F1.2 is especially ideal for portrait photographers.”

Shooting at f/1.2 produces a “feathered bokeh” effect that transitions smoothly from sharp to defocused areas of the photo. Stopping down the aperture results in a more traditional bokeh quality.

The 17mm f/1.2 is a new ED-DSA lens, containing both ED (Extra-low Dispersion) and DSA (Dual Super Aspherical) qualities. These lens elements help counter wide-angle optical issues such as chromatic aberration, distortion, and color bleeding on the edges of the frame.

The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 17mm f/1.2

Both the 17mm f/1.2 and the 45mm f/1.2 are lightweight lenses that feature a durable build — they’re dustproof, splashproof, and freezeproof (down to 14°F/-10°C).

The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO

Other features of the lenses include silent and smooth autofocusing, Face Priority and Eye Priority AF, a shared filter thread size across the f/1.2 lens lineup, close minimum focusing distances (20cm/7.9in for the 17mm and 50cm/19.7in for the 45mm), an L-Fn button, and an MF Clutch mechanism for switching between auto and manual focusing by pulling the focusing ring.

Here are some sample photos captured with the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 17mm f/1.2:

And here are some sample photos shot with the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO:

Here are two videos introducing these lenses:

The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 45mm f/1.2 PRO will be available first in late November 2017, and the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 17mm f/1.2 will follow with a launch sometime in late January 2018. Both lenses will have the same price of $1,200.


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Olympus Unveils 17mm and 45mm f/1.2 Lenses for Micro Four Thirds

Canon Patents a Giant DSLR Flip Screen

Canon Patents a Giant DSLR Flip Screen

Canon has filed a patent in Japan for a giant flip screen for the rear display of professional-form DSLR cameras.

First spotted by Canon Rumors, the patent illustrations show a 1D X-style camera with a screen that spans nearly the entire backside of the camera. And instead of flipping out to the side, it uses an “arm” to flip well above the top of the camera.

The patent also appears to show other user interface elements (e.g. buttons, a mode dial, and a smaller display) hidden behind the screen on the camera body. These are only accessible after the screen is swiveled out from the camera.

Once tilted, the screen can be rotated to face both forward and backward.

Other illustrations in the patent show a similar large screen design for 5D-style DSLR bodies:

“I think a lot of us have always assumed eventually the entire back of a camera would be an LCD/OLED,” Canon Rumors writes. “A lot of us have called on Canon to put vari-angle LCD’s on professional cameras such as the EOS-1D X series, EOS 5D series and the EOS 7D series, and we’re still waiting.”

(via Espacenet via Canon Rumors)


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Canon Patents a Giant DSLR Flip Screen

DJI’s New AeroScope Helps Track and Identify Drones in the Air

DJI’s New AeroScope Helps Track and Identify Drones in the Air

DJI has unveiled AeroScope, a new technology aimed at tracking and identifying DJI drones from afar. The new receiver will be able to identify the registration numbers of drones and plot them on a map using the existing communication links between a drone and its controller.

“As drones have become an everyday tool for professional and personal use, authorities want to be sure they can identify who is flying near sensitive locations or in ways that raise serious concerns,” said Brendan Schulman, DJI’s Vice President for Policy and Legal Affairs. “DJI AeroScope addresses that need for accountability with technology that is simple, reliable and affordable – and is available for deployment now.”

Police, aviation authorities, and other authorized parties will be able to use an AeroScope receiver. Since April this year, DJI have already installed the detectors at two international airports. With a drone colliding with a passenger plane just last week, many more airports around the world may be interested in installing AeroScopes as well.

The receivers are capable of immediately detecting a drone as it powers on, plotting its location onto the map alongside its registration number. This is effectively a drone’s “license plate,” allowing authorities to determine the registered owner of the drone.

AeroScope will work with all of the current DJI drone models, requiring no modifications or adjustments to enable detection. DJI says that analysts found this to be “over two-thirds of the global civilian drone market.”

Drone flights will not automatically be recording into a database, adhering to recent privacy concerns — AeroScope detects broadcasts from a drone to its own controller rather than to the Internet.

In an effort to protect the privacy of drone operators, AeroScope will not automatically transmit any personally identifiable information until the time when regulations in a pilot’s jurisdiction require it by law. DJI’s drone software will be updated to allow users to choose the “content” of their drone’s identification broadcast and match “local expectations” as regulations are implemented down the line.

“The rapid adoption of drones has created new concerns about safety, security and privacy, but those must be balanced against the incredible benefits that drones have already brought to society,” said Schulman. “Electronic drone identification, thoughtfully implemented, can help solve policy challenges, head off restrictive regulations, and provide accountability without being expensive or intrusive for drone pilots.

“DJI is proud to develop solutions that can help distribute drone benefits widely while also helping authorities keep the skies safe.”


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DJI’s New AeroScope Helps Track and Identify Drones in the Air

ERDEM x H&M is Almost Here

ERDEM x H&M is Almost Here
Joining the illustrious list of designers who have collaborated with H&M this year is ERDEM, whose collection with the fast-fashion brand drops this November 2: and now, we finally have a first look at the collection. The designer brought on legendary filmmaker Baz Luhrmann to tease the collection, with a full film to follow.
Known for his exquisitely romantic garments and beautiful florals, which permeate this collection, the Canadian-Turkish designer is also branching out into menswear …

Keep on reading: ERDEM x H&M is Almost Here
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ERDEM x H&M is Almost Here

Google Pixel 2 Owners Get Unlimited Full-Res Storage Only Until 2020

Google Pixel 2 Owners Get Unlimited Full-Res Storage Only Until 2020

When Google announced the Pixel 2 smartphone this week with the world’s highest rated smartphone camera, the company also free and unlimited photo and video storage for Pixel 2 owners through Google Photos. But it turns out there’s some fine print: you only get to upload unlimited full-res images through 2020.

CNET spotted a small catch in the fine print of the offer. It reads:

Free, unlimited original-quality storage for photos and videos taken with Pixel through the end of 2020, and free, unlimited high-quality storage for photos taken with Pixel afterwards.

Google Photos already offers free and unlimited storage to anyone right now… as long as you’re willing to have your photos downsized to 16 megapixels and your videos adjusted to 1080p HD. If you choose to upload in full-resolution, the files will count toward your 15GB free storage limit across all Google services.

If you buy a Google Pixel 2, you get to go around these resolution limits and store an unlimited number of photos and videos in their original resolution regardless of how large the files are. But you’ll only get that perk for about three years.

When 2021 rolls around, your Pixel 2 photos will start being downsized to 16MP, just like with photos uploaded by anyone else. The original resolution photos uploaded up to that point won’t be downsized, though — the change will only affect everything uploaded from 2021 onward.

“After 2020, there is no change to the photos you took before 2020 and you will always have access to those in original quality,” a Google spokesperson tells Engadget. “This is new for this year. We know that people tend to change their phone every 2-3 years so for Pixel 2, we are offering storage in line with that.”

So if you’re ready to purchase a Pixel 2 or Pixel 2 XL, just know that owning the phone won’t score you a free eternal archive of all your life’s memories in full resolution.


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Google Pixel 2 Owners Get Unlimited Full-Res Storage Only Until 2020

GoPro Unveils the Fusion, a 5.2K 360° Camera with OverCapture

GoPro Unveils the Fusion, a 5.2K 360° Camera with OverCapture

The GoPro Fusion is a new 360° camera that captures an immersive experience in 5.2K resolution at 30fps. It was announced by GoPro today alongside the new HERO6 Black camera at the company’s launch event in San Francisco.

Perfect for those wanting to try out VR and other modern filming styles, one of the Fusion’s coolest features is the fact that the grip mount can be automatically removed from your shots.

Here’s an introduction to the camera from GoPro:

But 360 footage looks at its best when viewed with VR goggles or a 360-enabled browser – so check out this demo if you have the capabilities (you can also change the camera direction by dragging the frame around):

What may appeal to most people here is the use of the OverCapture built into the GoPro app (coming early 2018 to iOS and Android). It allows you to manually select an area of the film, following your subject, to pick out the best angles and export it as a normal, non-360° 1080p video.

This means that you can shoot a 360 video and turn it into something like this:

GoPro is also including new Fusion Studio software for desktop computers to bolster the 360-editing process. This will include the OverCapture feature on the day of launch, so you won’t necessarily have to wait for the app’s update.

The Fusion also boasts “shockingly smooth” stabilization abilities, removing the need for a gimbal. It’s features like this which will mean footage coming out of the Fusion will open up a wealth of creative opportunities.

“GoPro Fusion marks the beginning of a new creative era,” said GoPro. “Fusion captures everything around you so you’ll never miss the shot.”

As well as imagery, Fusion also captures sound in a 360-degree direction too, meaning you have a totally immersive final film offering a surround sound experience.

You can also capture 18-megapixel spherical photos and create time-lapse videos. The Fusion has a GPS, accelerometer, gyroscope, and compass built-in – all of which allow it to properly stabilize footage internally.

Other features and specs include voice commands, waterproofing (down to 16ft/5m), and wireless connectivity (Wi-Fi and Bluetooth).

The GoPro Fusion is available for pre-order at GoPro.com for $700 (which includes the Fusion grip mount) and is expected to ship by November 30th, 2017.


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GoPro Unveils the Fusion, a 5.2K 360° Camera with OverCapture

Godox’s New Xpro Flash Commander Has a Big Screen and New TCM Feature

Godox’s New Xpro Flash Commander Has a Big Screen and New TCM Feature

Chinese lighting manufacturer Godox has unveiled a new flash commander unit called the Xpro.

The commander is able to control flashes in TTL mode as well as manual power and high-speed sync modes. All of the flashes and lamps that Godox makes in its X1 2.4 GHz system can be controlled and triggered.

The commander is able to handle several X1/R2 receiver flashes in up to 16 different groups, has a full graphic display of 5 groups simultaneously, and enables manual flash from 1/1 to 1/256 power.

There is also high-speed sync for up to 1/8000th of a second, with modeling light status control and stroboscopic multi flash.

The Xpro can selectively transmit data to conserve energy and battery life, as well as a useful magnification function that displays details of each group’s settings.

Global adjustments can be made to exposure values in M mode, and some other features include FE lock, flash exposure compensation, and 11 customizable functions.

There’s also a new TTL-Convert-Manual (TCM) function, which allows you to meter your flashes while in TTL mode. If you then click a button and switch to manual mode, the settings will be automatically adjusted to give the equivalent output.

Lighting Rumours notes that this is almost exactly the same as Nissin’s “TTL memory function,” and it seems like Godox may be taking aim at them with this latest introduction.

The user interface also has direct-select buttons for each wireless grouping – another similarity to the Nissin Air 10s. Such buttons are expected to give greater usability than when using other master flash units.

The Godox Xpro will be branded as the Flashpoint R2 Pro in the United States. The Canon version, the Xpro-C, is available to pre-order now for $80.


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Godox’s New Xpro Flash Commander Has a Big Screen and New TCM Feature

Fujifilm X Raw Studio to Offload RAW Conversion from CPU to Camera

Fujifilm X Raw Studio to Offload RAW Conversion from CPU to Camera

Alongside its new X-E3 mirrorless camera and XF 80mm f/2.8 Macro lens, Fujifilm has also announced the development of a new RAW conversion program called “Fujifilm X Raw Studio.” This software is different from others in that it’s designed to offload work from your computer’s CPU by using your camera’s processor to convert RAW photos.

“‘Fujifilm X Raw Studio’ enables users to quickly and easily convert RAW files with outstanding image quality, once a camera is connected to a Mac or PC via USB cable,” Fujifilm says.

The company points out that the ever-increasing size of RAW files has caused major slowdowns for photographers who often do batch conversions of RAW photos.

Fujifilm’s solution is to use the X Processor Pro found inside its cameras to process the digital files so your CPU can be freed up to handle other things you’re working on at the same time.

“Using the high performance “X Processor Pro” processor, this batch conversion is handled far more efficiently as a result,” Fujifilm says. The RAW files will need to have been taken by the same camera model as the connected camera, so you won’t be able to process other RAW file types with this software.

Features of the software will include converting single and batch RAW files on the computer, previewing converted photos, and saving/loading/copying conversion profiles.

Fujifilm X Raw Studio will be available for download starting in late November 2017. Compatible cameras at launch will include the X-T2, X-Pro2, X100F, and GFX 50S medium format DSLR (which produces 121MB uncompressed 14-bit RAW files).


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Fujifilm X Raw Studio to Offload RAW Conversion from CPU to Camera

Fujifilm Firmware Updates Coming for X Series: X-Pro2 to Get 4K Video

Fujifilm Firmware Updates Coming for X Series: X-Pro2 to Get 4K Video

Fujifilm announced today that a series of firmware updates are coming to X Series mirrorless cameras later this year. As rumors foretold, the X-Pro2 will be getting 4K video recording as part of its update.

The new firmware versions will be released for the X-Pro2, X-T2, X100F, and X-T20 to add new features and improve operability. Here’s a breakdown of what’s coming to each camera:

Fujifilm X-Pro2 Version 4.0

  1. Addition of 4K video mode using Film Simulation modes (excluding HDMI output for recording).
  2. Supports tether shooting via USB or Wi-Fi using compatible software to enable transfer of images to a computer, or to control the camera from the computer. (Requires FUJIFILM X Acquire and Tether Shooting Plug-in PRO/Tether Shooting Plug-in)
  3. New AF tracking algorithm enhances AF-C to track moving subjects half the size, or moving twice as fast as previous models.
  4. Supports FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO which enables users to convert RAW files with X Processor Pro.
  5. Improves radio flash controller usability allowing users to shoot with compatible third party studio flash in high speed sync or TTL mode via their radio controllers.
  6. Supports backup and restore of camera settings from one camera to another via FUJIFILM X Acquire.

Fujifilm X-T2 Version 3.0

  1. New AF tracking algorithm enhances AF-C to track moving subjects half the size, or moving twice as fast as previous models.
  2. Supports FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO which enables users to convert RAW files with X Processor Pro.
  3. Improves radio flash controller usability allowing users to shoot with compatible third party studio flash in high speed sync or TTL mode via their radio controllers.
  4. Supports backup and restore of camera settings from one camera to another via FUJIFILM X Acquire.

Fujifilm X100F Version 2.0

  1. Supports backup and restore of camera settings from one camera to another via FUJIFILM X Acquire.
  2. Supports FUJIFILM X RAW STUDIO which enables users to convert RAW files with X Processor Pro.
  3. Improves radio flash controller usability allowing users to shoot with compatible third party studio flash in high speed sync or TTL mode via their radio controllers.

Fujifilm X-T20 Version 1.1

  1. Touch panel operation while looking into the electronic viewfinder.

The firmware updates will be available for download sometime in November and December 2017 depending on which camera you have.


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Fujifilm Firmware Updates Coming for X Series: X-Pro2 to Get 4K Video

Pixelmator Pro to Feature AI-Powered Photo Editing Features

Pixelmator Pro to Feature AI-Powered Photo Editing Features

Pixelmator is an image editor for macOS that launched back in 2007 and has since grown into a formidable alternative to Adobe Photoshop in a previously untouchable domain. Now the company has just announced a Pro version of its software, which is set to be released this fall.

On the surface, Pixelmator Pro has a completely redesigned interface that aims to reduce the clutter. The company says it is “designed exclusively for working with images”, and it puts the image front-and-center, eschewing the floating windows of its predecessor for a streamlined and unified display.

Unlike Photoshop, Pixelmator Pro is fully native to macOS, meaning you get all of the niceties that the operating system brings: built-in versioning, split view, iCloud support, native tabs, touch bar support, and trackpad force touch.

The team has taken advantage of macOS’ Metal 2 to improve GPU utilization, and Apple’s CoreML framework to introduce AI machine learning features to the software. This enables things like automatic layer naming based on content, automatic horizon straightening, more intelligent selections and a Repair tool to remove and replace sections of your image (think Photoshop’s Content-Aware Fill).

“Using machine learning, Pixelmator Pro automatically recognizes the contents of images and gives descriptive names to every layer you add to your composition. In real-time. So you don’t end up with a bunch of layers called Layer 1 to Layer 99. Just drop in a photo from your Photos library or elsewhere on your Mac and it will automatically be named for you.”
“With the help of machine learning, Pixelmator Pro detects the horizon in images to automatically straighten your shots for you.”
“Featuring an algorithm developed and enhanced using machine learning, the Repair Tool lets you paint over objects to remove them, recreating image areas with stunning realism. It intelligently matches surrounding colors, textures, and even the structure of the image to naturally repair areas. As if by magic.”

Pixelmator Pro allows full RAW editing and adjustments with nondestructive edits, but it lacks the library management tools of Lightroom. It also includes what the company calls a “cutting-edge painting engine”, allowing for brush painting that is “staggeringly responsive, fluid, and natural”.

The software will be available this fall, with the price yet to be announced. It’s not clear whether the original Pixelmator will run alongside the advanced Pro version, but the former is currently priced at $30 on macOS. Pixelmator Pro will also be released on the iPad sometime after the macOS launch and will be competing heavily with Affinity Photo for the iOS photo editing crown.

You can find out more about Pixelmator Pro on the extensive launch website that has just gone live.


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Pixelmator Pro to Feature AI-Powered Photo Editing Features