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Sony releases 28mm, 35mm, and 90mm macro full-frame primes

DP Review News - 2 hours 58 min ago

Three full-frame prime lenses on Sony's lens roadmap officially arrived today which, including the 24-240, brings the total number of FE lenses to eleven. The least expensive of the trio is the 28mm F2 lens, which also supports ultra-wide and fisheye adapters. Next is the long-awaited Zeiss 35mm F1.4 ZA, which is Sony's fastest FE lens to date. Close-up shooters will be interested in the new 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS lens, which uses a Direct Drive SSM mechanism for ultra-precise focusing. More details here.

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Sony brings big zoom power to FE-mount with 24-240mm F3.5-5.6 lens

DP Review News - 2 hours 58 min ago

Another full-frame lens from Sony's roadmap that hit the market today is a consumer-friendly super zoom. This 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 FE lens features optical image stabilization, five aspherical elements and one ED element, and is sealed against dust and moisture. The lens will ship this month for around $1000.

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Firmware updates to reduce Sony FE lens startup speeds on the way

DP Review News - 2 hours 58 min ago

Sony is releasing a pair of firmware updates this month that will reduce startup times when FE lenses are attached to both full-frame and APS-C bodies. The first update, available now, will make your E-mount camera get ready to shoot in less time when using five currently available FE lenses. The second update, due later this month, will do the same for Sony's a7 series, this time for the four new lenses announced today. Read more

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Sony adds wide-angle and fisheye adapters for full-frame and APS-C lenses

DP Review News - 2 hours 58 min ago

Sony has officially announced four new conversion lenses - two for full-frame and two for APS-C - that can be screwed onto a select group of lenses. On the full-frame side there are ultra-wide and fisheye adapters for the new FE 28mm F2, which drop the focal range to 21mm and 16mm, respectfully. The adapters for APS-C lenses - the 20mm F2.8 and 16mm F2.8 specifically - and reduce the focal lengths by 0.75X for the ultra-wide adapter and 0.6X for the fisheye. More details.

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Smithsonian Institution bans selfie sticks 'to protect visitors and objects'

Visitors can still take selfies but must ‘leave the sticks in their bags’ in line with similar policies at other museums and galleries

The Smithsonian Institution, which includes 19 museums and galleries, has banned the use of selfie sticks by visitors.

“For the safety of our visitors and collections the Smithsonian prohibits the use of tripods or monopods in our museums and gardens. Effective today, 3 March, monopod selfie sticks are included in this policy,” the institution said in a statement.

This is a preventive measure to protect visitors and objects, especially during crowded conditions. We encourage museum visitors to take selfies and share their experiences – and leave the selfie sticks in their bags.

Related: To ban or not ban: selfie sticks turn focus to museum photo policy

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Kowa announces pricing for three Micro Four Thirds lens

DP Review News - 6 hours 28 min ago

Japanese optical manufacturer Kowa has released pricing for the three Micro Four Thirds lenses it first announced a year ago. The trio, Kowa Prominar MFT 12mm f/1.8, Prominar MFT 8.5mm f/2.8 and Prominar MFT 25mm f/1.8 are available now and will come in a choice of black, silver or green finishes. The lenses are all manual focus, and do not feature electrical contacts for communicating aperture or focus distance data to the camera. The company had them on show at the Broadcast Video Expo in London. Read more

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As Triggertrap pulls plug on Ada kickstarter, CEO Haje Jan Kamps responds to comments from unhappy backers

DP Review News - Tue, 03/03/2015 - 22:23

Despite a successful round of funding through Kickstarter, Triggertrap has run into difficulties developing its Ada prototype and has announced that it will not be continuing with the project. As of November last year the company had raised nearly £300,000 in crowdfunding for its latest innovation, Ada - a high-speed shutter and flash trigger. Triggertrap CEO Haje Jan Kamps spoke with us about the response he's heard from disappointed project backers. Read more

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Weasel-riding-woodpecker picture prompts weighty Twitter debate

#WeaselPecker trends on Twitter as Photoshop fans have fun with apparently genuine image of weasel flying on bird’s back through London park

It’s that age-old story: weasel meets bird, weasel falls in love with bird, weasel won’t let bird go – even when it flies off.

This extraordinary picture taken by amateur wildlife photographer Martin Le-May has caused some chin-scratching among ornithologists everywhere. Is it possible for a woodpecker to carry a weasel on its back?

Related: Weasel riding a woodpecker: the five best #weaselpecker memes

We are loving the #WeaselPecker John Terry meme! #TerryPecker pic.twitter.com/Pq7wZuIqrX

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The Full Body Project by Leonard Nimoy – in pictures

These photos of full-figured women were taken by the late Leonard Nimoy in 2007 to challenge entrenched concepts of beauty. They echo the work of artists from Botticelli to Matisse and Helmut Newton. The models are from a burlesque group in San Francisco, the Fat Bottom Revue. All photographs by Leonard Nimoy/courtesy of R Michelson Galleries

• Lindy West: Leonard Nimoy’s photos made me comfortable with my own body image

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Leonard Nimoy’s photographs of fat, naked women changed my life

The late actor’s Full Body Project was bold and radical. It was the first time I’d seen women like me presented as objects of beauty instead of punchlines

I didn’t realise it until after he died – for whatever reason, I’d just never done the mental arithmetic – but Leonard Nimoy is responsible for the single most transformative moment of my life. In a very tangible way, Leonard Nimoy saved me.

Of course, I have all the standard emotional attachments to the man as an actor and cultural icon: I grew up on Star Trek reruns and the ensuing films (when you’re done here, please sign my Change.org petition to get my fiance to wear Spock’s Voyage Home wizard bathrobe at our wedding); I used to watch The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins about 7,000 times every weekend, before I had to quit smoking pot because I convinced myself that I could “walk backwards through time”; and, in all seriousness, as a human being who believes in things – in love and humanity and the thrill of consciousness – it’s impossible not to be awestruck at the existence of such a principled, kind, talented, ravenously curious polymath.

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I asked them to be proud, which was a condition they took to easily, quite naturally. Having completed the compositions that were initially planned, I then asked them to play some music that they had brought with them, and they quickly responded to the rhythms, dancing in a free-form circular movement in the space ... In these pictures, these women are proudly wearing their own skin. They respect themselves and I hope that my images convey that to others

Related: Zachary Quinto: Leonard Nimoy was like a father to me

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Catherine Fried obituary

My mother-in-law, Catherine Fried, who has died aged 78, was an artist, photographer and sculptor who turned to writing , and whose first book was published when she was 72.

The title of her memoir of her marriage to the Austrian poet Erich Fried, Über Kurz Oder Lang, means ‘“sooner or later”, and plays on the German words for short and long, referring to the couple’s disparity in height. Catherine was the long one. The book was warmly reviewed, ran to three editions and launched Catherine on a new career path, taking on speaking engagements in Germany and Austria.

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Steven Spielberg to direct Jennifer Lawrence in war photographer biopic

After a bidding war involving the likes of George Clooney, Reese Witherspoon and Darren Aronofsky, Warner Brothers has secured the film rights to Lynsey Addario’s war memoir It’s What I Do

Warner Bros, teaming with Steven Spielberg and Jennifer Lawrence, have won a bidding war to adapt a war photographer’s harrowing memoir.

Lynsey Addario’s book It’s What I Do: A Photographer’s Life of Love and War, published earlier this year, has been widely acclaimed by the likes of the New York Times and The New Republic, and picked out by iTunes and Amazon.

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Eyewitness: Upper Silesia, Poland

Photographs from the Eyewitness series

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Pretty in pink: what spring looks like in infrared – in pictures

Deep magentas, dazzling fuschias and candyfloss blooms: here’s the hot flush of spring, enhanced by infrared photography

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Direct action! Seventy years of strikes in pictures from the GNM Archive

It is 30 years today since The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) voted to return to work on 3 March 1985 following one of the most fiercely fought industrial disputes of the century. Our new gallery looks back at some of the strike action covered in the Guardian and the Observer over the last seventy years. The series has been selected from original picture library files now housed in the GNM Archive.

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Lowepro launches Echelon luxury bag line

DP Review News - Mon, 02/03/2015 - 18:09

Lowepro has announced a line of new photography bags with a high-end design. The Echelon series includes a roller, laptop brief and attache with premium touches like leather handles and each piece includes a removable All Weather cover. We took the attache model for a spin - find out our first impressions of it. Read more

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In the Spotlight: Sony Alpha 7S Review posted

DP Review News - Mon, 02/03/2015 - 16:00

The Sony Alpha 7S is a full-frame interchangeable lens camera sporting a 12.2MP CMOS sensor. It is identical in body design to the Sony a7 and Sony a7R, but don't let that fool you. Unlike the other two, the a7S is specially geared toward video and low-light shooters. It's capable of 1080/60p video with full-sensor readout and can turn out uncompressed 4K footage to an external recorder over HDMI. Read review

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The shape of things to come: share your art about the future

When you imagine the future, do you see flying cars or rising floods? Share your utopian or dystopian visions now

How do you picture the future? Such a hazy concept can be tackled in many ways, and plenty of artists have done just that. The futurists saw art as a way to express their hatred of the past – which seemingly manifested itself as a loathing of sadness, sentimentality, syntax, moonlight, monotony, the tango, marriage, the papacy, modesty, museums, the nude and even pasta. Others, like film-maker Fritz Lang, explored the possibilities of a perfect future in the shape of glorious visionary architecture.

Whether bleak or hopeful, dystopian or utopian, it’s time for you to share your artistic interpretations of what’s to come. You can interpret the theme any way you like, and use any materials, from pen and ink to needlework or film. If you’d prefer to discuss your favourite artworks about the future, please do so in the comment thread – where we’d also love your suggestions for future Share Your Art themes. Thanks to Amnqchety for this month’s suggestion.

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River deep mountain high: readers' best landscapes – in pictures

Blasted northern moors, Welsh sunrises, the Cornish coast, and cloud-cloaked views of Exmoor ... here’s a selection of your stunning landscapes

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Photo highlights of the day

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including Milan Fashion Week, Uttar Pradesh Holi festival, Prince William with Shaun the Sheep in China and a very, very cold swim

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