B&H is Shipping an Extra $3,200 Sony a7R III to Customers by Accident

B&H is Shipping an Extra ,200 Sony a7R III to Customers by Accident

When I picked up my new $3,200 Sony a7R III camera from B&H Photo at UPS on Monday morning, I was surprised at how it was packed, because it was a box inside a box. This never happens, so imagine my surprise when I opened this rather large second box to find two cameras inside.

Knowing the law, for a split second I knew that I could keep what was inside, but I immediately reached out to my contact at B&H Photo during my drive home to find out what happened. Considering others received and unboxed cameras from B&H Photo on YouTube, I hoped it was a one-off error, so I worked with them to figure out how this happened. They figured out that any 7lbs box being shipped must be a double pack, which was where our conversation stopped.

Since then, I have discovered that I was not the only one to receive two cameras. I am not sure why this person wanted to be on the news for returning something they didn’t pay for, but I highly encourage any of you to do the same thing.

Depending on the size of this error someone will likely lose their job around the holidays. There are also your fellow photographers out there that are being deprived of stock by this error of unknown size.

I’ve done some digging and I know more than 20 people who have received an extra camera, so that is a fairly significant loss on everyone’s behalf. Roughly $66,000 is not a bad salary and it could be a much larger error than that, so if the cameras aren’t returned you can bet jobs will be lost.

I don’t believe in a lot in this world and karma certainly hasn’t worked in my favor, but it still doesn’t change things. People should try to do the right thing. So if you receive a second camera in error, contact B&H Photo. If they take the time to reach out to you because you received one, just send it back and be happy with the camera you paid for.

Happy Holidays and thanks for reading.


About the author: Louis Ferriera is a second-generation Leica photographer that learned analog photography on a first production year Leica M3 that he inherited from his uncle. Photography has been an avocation of his for 25 years and he became involved in professional photography when the transition to digital photography began in the 90s. You can find more by Louis on Fuji Addict, Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, 500px, and Twitter. This article was also published here.


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Léonard Pongo Wins $5000 Visura Grant for Work on Congo

Léonard Pongo Wins 00 Visura Grant for Work on Congo

Léonard Pongo has won the 2017 Visura Grant for Outstanding Personal Project, for his long-term project “The Uncanny,” about daily life in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Pongo, a member of Noor who was named a PDN’s 30 photographer in 2016, will receive a $5000 cash prize and a 90-minute consultation with editor and curator Scott Thode.

Juan Arredondo was named the finalist for this year’s grant. His project “Everybody Needs a Good Neighbor” looks at the challenges facing former child soldiers in Colombia.

Visura hosts portfolios, builds websites and “connects professional individuals and organizations worldwide in the photography, film, and media industry.” The jury for this year’s grant was Gina Martin of National Geographic; Myles Little, former photo editor at TIME; Yukiko Yamagata of Open Society Foundations; Michael D. Davis of the Newhouse School of Communications at Syracuse University; and freelance photo editor and curator Monica Allende.
The jurors chose 20 honorable mentions. The list of honorable mentions and their personal projects can be found on the Visura website.

Previous winners of Visura grants include Justin Maxon and Jared Moosy; and Souvid Datta, whose honors (including PDN’s 30) were withdrawn after he admitted to plagiarizing work by other photographers.

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Samsung’s 512GB Chip Will Hold Years of Smartphone Photos

Samsung’s 512GB Chip Will Hold Years of Smartphone Photos

Samsung smartphone are about to get a lot more internal storage. Samsung has announced that it has begun mass production of a 512GB embedded Universal Flash Storage solution that will appear in the next generation of smartphones from the South Korean giant.

The 512GB chips will provide vast internal storage space and may spell the end of the need for microSD cards by most smartphone users who want to store years of photo and video memories.

Samsung says that this is the first chip of its size in the mobile industry that offers this new level of “unparalleled storage capacity and outstanding performance.” It takes up the same amount of physical space as Samsung’s previous 256GB chip, so it’s unlikely we’ll see smartphones increase in size as a result.

Smartphones using the new 512GB chip will be able to store about 130 10-minute-long 4K Ultra HD video clips.

“The new Samsung 512GB eUFS provides the best embedded storage solution for next-generation premium smartphones by overcoming potential limitations in system performance that can occur with the use of micro SD cards,” says Samsung VP Jaesoo Han. “By assuring an early, stable supply of this advanced embedded storage, Samsung is taking a big step forward in contributing to timely launches of next-generation mobile devices by mobile manufacturers around the world.”

Samsung has introduced a new “power management technology” in the chip, helping to minimize the “inevitable” increase in the amount of energy required to run it.

The new chip will be able to do fast transfers, boasting read and write speeds of 860MB/s and 255MB/s respectively. At these speeds, a 5GB video clip can be transferred to an SSD in about 6 seconds — that’s over 8 times faster than a “typical” microSD card.

For random operations, the chip can read 42,000 IOPS and write 40,000 IOPS — that’s about 400 times faster than the 100 IOPS of a conventional microSD card.

Samsung has said that it intends to “steadily increase an aggressive production volume” for the 512GB chips, as well as expanding the previous 256GB chip’s production.

“This should meet the increase in demand for advanced embedded mobile storage, as well as for premium SSDs and removable memory cards with high density and performance,” says Samsung.

(via Samsung via DPReview)


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Gucci Opens Its Doors in the Miami Design District

Gucci Opens Its Doors in the Miami Design District
As it stands, Gucci is a fashion force to be reckoned with. And over the course of several months, the Italian fashion house has celebrated their décor line at Maxfield, started a holiday gift giving initiative, and is now opening a storefront in the Miami Design District just in time for Art Basel. The imaginative design concept, conceived by creative director Alessandro Michele, features a two-floor boutique decorated with velvet armchairs, pale pink velvet dressing rooms, textured rugs and…

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Gucci Opens Its Doors in the Miami Design District

Second Model Accuses Bruce Weber of Sexual Harassment

Second Model Accuses Bruce Weber of Sexual Harassment

Days after a model filed a sexual harassment lawsuit against photographer Bruce Weber, a second model has stepped forward with sex harassment accusations against the photographer, according to a USA Today report.

Model Jason Boyce filed a lawsuit against Weber last week, claiming he was sexually harassed by the photographer at a 2014 photo shoot.

Yesterday, model Mark Ricketson held a press conference and described how Weber made him feel “ashamed and embarrassed” at a 2005 casting call in Weber’s office. Ricketson said Weber told him at that shoot that he “looked tense,” then guided the model’s hand “lower and lower” toward Ricketson’s genitals. Ricketson’s account of Weber’s actions was similar to that of Boyce.

Ricketson cannot sue for sexual harassment because the incident happened too long ago. But he has offered to testify in Boyce’s case as a corroborating witness, according to a Huffington Post report.

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Lytro Shuts Down Its Light Field Photo Sharing Website

Lytro Shuts Down Its Light Field Photo Sharing Website

It started full of hope and possibilities: In 2011, Lytro promised a camera that could change photography forever with its light-field technology, which allowed photographers to refocus after the shot. But having already announced a change in the company’s direction towards video rather than consumer still cameras, Lytro has now shut down its online sharing platform for light-field still images. pictures.lytro.com is no more.

The platform was used by Lytro camera owners to share interactive images where the focus could be selected simply by clicking on any part of the scene. With the closure of the service, it’s now impossible for owners of Lytro cameras to share such interactive images online — the Lytro desktop application is now the only remaining way to refocus shots.

Other ways you can still experience the images are by printing them as 3D lenticular prints or through a VR headset. If you want to share such an image online, the only thing you can now do is export a standard video, JPEG, or GIF file.

Lytro’s original light field camera.

“More than two years ago, Lytro began focusing on Light Field video solutions for the cinema and virtual reality industries and discontinued the manufacturing and distribution of Lytro cameras for photography,” writes Lytro. “As a part of our plan to further focus on these new efforts, the ability to publish from Lytro Desktop and Lytro Mobile to pictures.lytro.com will be discontinued.”

Any Lytro photos embedded on websites will no longer work, and there’s no way of circumventing that. The company says all the stored images are gone for good. In fact, you can now see the missing embedded file on a previous post PetaPixel wrote about the Lytro web viewer.

In other news, Lytro just announced the Immerge 2.0, its new volumetric video camera that’s covered with lenses.

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CamFi Pro Aims to Become the World’s Fastest Wireless Camera Controller

CamFi Pro Aims to Become the World’s Fastest Wireless Camera Controller

CamFi has just unveiled CamFi Pro, the second generation to its popular CamFi wireless camera controller. CamFi Pro will bring increased transfer speeds — the world’s fastest, the company claims — for a better user experience.

The main difference between the original CamFi and the CamFi Pro is the speed at which is can transfer images back to your device.

CamFi says that cameras that have WiFi capabilities usually transfer at around 2MB/s. This device, on the other hand, uses the 802.11 ac protocol to transfer photos at 10MB/s and more.

“This is two to three times faster than most built-in Wi-Fi cameras and 2.4G Hz wireless camera controllers,” says CamFi.

The device is compatible with Nikon, Canon, and Sony cameras, and it’ll be the only 5.8G Hz wireless tethering solution for Sony cameras.

“Speed is a big problem for current Wi-Fi products. It limits the productivity of the professional photographers,” said Mark Ma, CEO of CamFi. “CamFi Pro is going to use new technology to solve this challenge.”

The company says that it takes just 2-3 seconds to transfer a raw file of about 20 megabytes in size using CamFi Pro.

The device uses a 5.8G signal band, avoids WiFi interference, is “suitable for professional photographers covering events and meetings.”

You can also use CamFi Pro to control multiple cameras from your computer, reviewing images as they come in. This is ideal for those looking to create “bullet time” style shots. All of the cameras can be triggered to shoot simultaneously.

As expected, the CamFi Pro will have the previous features of the original CamFi device.

Its high transfer speed enables a smoother look to the Live View playback of the camera, and you’re able to adjust shutter speed, aperture, ISO, and touch to autofocus.

The HDR and focus stacking modes allow for more creative control over your images. CamFi have “more advanced program modes” in development.

Its auto print feature allows you to automatically print out any frames you shoot, and you can even watermark them and set templates to be applied. The system also features video record and time-lapse modes.

Here’s a 4-minute video showing what the device can do:

If backed successfully, CamFi Pro will deliver in February 2018. It is available via its crowdfunding campaign for $200.


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CamFi Pro Aims to Become the World’s Fastest Wireless Camera Controller

US Says DJI Camera Drones Are Spying for China, DJI Calls Claim ‘Insane’

US Says DJI Camera Drones Are Spying for China, DJI Calls Claim ‘Insane’

DJI camera drones are likely spying on the United States for China. At least, that’s what a newly uncovered US government memo claims. DJI has responded by calling the allegations “insane.”

Fast Company reports that the unclassified memo was issued back in August by the U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) in Los Angeles.

In the memo, the ICE agent writes that he or she “assesses with moderate confidence that Chinese-based company DJI Science and Technology is providing U.S. critical infrastructure and law enforcement data to the Chinese government.”

The memo further “assesses with high confidence the company is selectively targeting government and privately owned entities within these sectors to expand its ability to collect and exploit sensitive U.S. data.”

The list of sensitive data being gathered by DJI is extensive, the agent claims:

The UAS operate on two Android smartphone applications called DJI GO and Sky Pixels that automatically tag GPS imagery and locations, register facial recognition data even when the system is off, and access users’ phone data. Additionally, the applications capture user identification, e-mail addresses, full names, phone numbers, images, videos, and computer credentials. Much of the information collected includes proprietary and sensitive critical infrastructure data, such as detailed imagery of power control panels, security measures for critical infrastructure sites, or materials used in bridge construction.

What’s more, the agent says the info collected could be used to launch an attack against the US, writing with “high confidence” that “the critical infrastructure and law enforcement entities using DJI systems are collecting sensitive intelligence that the Chinese government could use to conduct physical or cyber attacks against the United States and its population.”

These conclusions were made after the agent looked into “information derived from open source reporting and a reliable source within the unmanned aerial systems (UAS) industry with first and secondhand access.”

Here’s the full memo:

In an email to Fast Company, DJI spokesperson Adam Lisberg called the memo “utterly insane.” After the memo was published on the Internet, DJI also quickly published a statement on its website refuting the allegations and saying that the memo was “based on clearly false and misleading claims from an unidentified source.

“[T]he allegations in the bulletin are so profoundly wrong as a factual matter that ICE should consider withdrawing it.”

Many of the allegations in the ICE report are obviously false. The claims that DJI systems can register facial recognition data even while powered off, that Parrot and Yuneec have stopped manufacturing competitive products, and that DJI products have substantial price differentials between the U.S. and China can be easily disproven with a basic knowledge of technology and the drone industry, or even a simple internet search.

DJI has also asked ICE to look into whether the agent may have “had a competitive or improper motive to interfere with DJI’s legitimate business by making false allegations about DJI.”

DJI, based in Shenzhen, China, is a dominant force globally in the camera drone industry — DJI reportedly owns a 70%+ market share of all non-hobbyist drones in the US, according to a recent survey. But the company has been the subject of cybersecurity scrutiny as of late.

In August, the US Army abruptly ended its use of DJI products, citing cyber vulnerabilities. DJI responded less than 2 months later by launching a Local Data privacy mode that allows drones to fly completely offline.

“DJI has built its reputation on developing the best products for consumer and professional drone users across a wide variety of fields, including those who fly sensitive missions and need strong data security,” DJI concludes in its statement. “We will continue working to provide our customers the security they require.”

(via Fast Company via DPReview)


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Sony a7R III Scores 100 at DxOMark, Highest Ever for a Mirrorless Camera

Sony a7R III Scores 100 at DxOMark, Highest Ever for a Mirrorless Camera

DxOMark just awarded the new Sony a7R III a score of 100, the highest mark ever given to a mirrorless camera. The score ties the Nikon D850 DSLR for 1st place among all non-medium format cameras.

The Sony a7R III was particularly impressive in low-light ISO tests, DxOMark writes, with performance that’s only beaten by two medium format cameras — the Hasselblad X1D-50C and Pentax 645Z, the only cameras that have scored higher than the D850 and a7R III — and the Sony a7S II (a low-light monster).

Even though the a7R III scored the same overall score as the Nikon D850, DxOMark says the D850 is ranked higher on its leaderboard because it outperforms the a7R III in the Color Depth and Dynamic Range categories.

“[C]omparing the A7R III sensor to the Nikon D850’s reveals the advantage that the Nikon camera’s lower minimum sensitivity (ISO) value brings,” DxOMark writes. “Photographers who predominantly shoot in bright light or capture motionless subjects with the camera on a tripod will record the most information, be it color, tone, or detail with the Nikon D850 set to ISO 32.”

But if you shoot with higher ISO values, the a7R III will produce “marginally better images.”

“It’s clear that the Sony A7R III has a high-performing sensor that’s capable of capturing images with a broad range of color and tone, while keeping noise well under control,” DxOMark concludes.

This latest sensor quality test shows one reason why the a7R III is one of the most highly anticipated cameras of 2017 and one that has been delayed due to overwhelming demand. TIME just named the camera one of its top gadgets of 2017.


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Sony Unveils New CFast Lineup of Pro Memory Cards

Sony Unveils New CFast Lineup of Pro Memory Cards

Sony just announced that it’s joining the CFast memory card market and has unveiled a new line of professional memory cards. The new G Series cards are “designed to meet the needs of professional photographers and videographers,” and are available in 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB capacities. The cards have a write speed of up to 510MB/s and read speeds of up to 530MB/s.

Sony claims the cards “far outperform the capabilities of existing CFast cards” and are perfect for high frame rate DSLR cameras, as well as 4K video cameras.

Supporting VPG130, the cards offer “reliable recording of Cinema-grade or high-bitrate 4K video.” The cards guarantee a minimum sustained write speed of 130MB/s.

The CFast cards have also passed a variety of “stringent drop, vibration, shock and rigidity tests,” making them ideal for outdoor work. They work over a wide range of temperatures and are highly resistant to static.

Using the Sony File Rescue software, it will be possible to recover accidentally deleted photos and videos from these cards.

The new 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB G Series CFast cards will be available in early 2018 and will retail at $120, $200, and $350 respectively.

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