Fujifilm UK has announced a host of accessories for its X-T1 mirrorless cameras. These include two extra accessory grips for the X-T1, which build on the features offered by the MHG-style grips already available for the X-series cameras. The MHG-XT Small and Large offer a choice grip sizes and include integrated Arca-Swiss compatible flanges, as well as full-time access to the battery port. Other accessories include a deeper viewfinder eye-cup and a handgrip-style strap that's compatible across the X-mount range. Pricing and availability dates have not yet been announced.
Fujifilm has formally announced the TCL-X100, a 1.4x teleconverter for the X100 and X100S that was first shown at CP+ back in February. The converter brings the focal length up to 33mm (50mm equiv.) and features an HT-EBC coating to reduce flare. Owners of the X100 and X100S will need to update their firmware in order to take advantage of the TCL-X100. The teleconverter will be available this May in your choice of black or silver for a price to be announced later.
If you are the kind of person who gets uncomfortable at the thought of somebody recording you on Google Glass, the search company's latest patent application will probably make you feel even more uneasy. In January Google announced its smart contact lens project and now has filed a patent application for a micro camera module to go with the smart lenses. Learn more
Sony has released a firmware update for its QX10 and QX100 camera modules that bring a couple of improvements. The shutter button can now be used to pre-focus with a half-press which allows you to focus and recompose with the QX modules just like you would do with any digital camera. Learn more
The mercurial French film-maker documented the political and creative upheavals of the 20th century in sci-fi films, books and comics, influencing everyone from director Terry Gilliam to Christo. As a retrospective opens in London, here's a selection of images of his most well-known work
We all know the situation just too well. You're out shooting with your DSLR or mirrorless camera when you decide to swap lenses and have no idea where you've put the lens cap for the lens that's mounted on your camera body. Usually it's in the very last place you look for it. In the worst case scenario you never find it at all. Two Canadian designers have a solution to this problem. Learn more
The Royal National Lifeboat Institution has revealed the 10 shortlisted images from its My Coast photography exhibition. The shortlist will now be narrowed down to one winner by a public vote on the charitys Facebook pageContinue reading...
Most manufacturers of Android devices have designed smaller versions of their flagship smartphones to cater to those user who prefer more pocketable devices. In this shootout we pit three of those models against each other: the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact, HTC One Mini and Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini. Learn more
The Guardians picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the worldContinue reading...
Photographer Goran Tomasevic, working for Reuters in the war-torn Central African Republic, spent time with a christian militia group in the village of Zawa, capturing their unusual lives and looksContinue reading...
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No one has ever painted naked women as gorgeously as Titian did. His ravishing Venus is a lover laying her beauty bare, and the recipient of her optical largesse is anyone who happens to stand in front of this painting in the Uffizi gallery in Florence, Italy. Titian creates with mind-boggling skill the lavish presence of this nude: the rapture of her carnal glory. There's something divine about such beauty. Some people find profundity in religious art, in abstract art, in conceptual art. For me, there's nothing more moving in art than the breasts of the Venus of Urbino.Continue reading...
The first total lunar eclipse of 2014 has taken place, and was visible across North and South America, among other places. Did you stay up to see it? Share your images via GuardianWitness
The moon is red, but it's nothing to be afraid of. The first of a lunar tetrad - four total lunar eclipses in a row - got underway last night, allowing spectacular views for skywatchers of our moon turning a burnt reddish-orange colour, as it moves into the earth's shadow.
We're fairly certain that the 'Blood Moon' does not herald the end of the world.Continue reading...
Hares, water voles and seals are among the winning images in the Mammal Society's annual photographer of the year competition, which aims to highlight the beauty of British mammals and the dangers they face
Two New York Times photographers are honored with Pulitzer Prizes in photojournalism this year. Tyler Hicks takes the award for Breaking News Photography for his work documenting a terrorist attack at a mall in Kenya, and Josh Haner's photos of a Boston Marathon bombing survivor take the top award in Feature Photography. Five finalists also receive recognition for their contributions to photojournalism in 2014. Read more
Just under 60,000 undocumented migrants were deposited in Tijuana, Mexico, from the US last year. Guardian photographer Felix Clay has been to Tijuana to document the deportees, soup kitchens and the homes of those who had built a life in AmericaContinue reading...
It's hard to resist the opportunity to play with a new medium format DSLR, so we quickly took up Ricoh's offer to try out its 645Z. While it may look intimidating, the 645Z is surprisingly accessible, with an experience that feels strangely familiar to those who have handled Pentax cameras like the K-3. It's also a bargain by medium format standards, and not a huge step up from full-frame. Learn more about the 645Z.
Ricoh has launched the Pentax 645Z, a medium-format camera with a 51.4 megapixel CMOS sensor. Boasting an articulated 3.2-inch LCD, top ISO of 204,800, 3 fps continuous shooting, and 1080/60i video, the 645Z is cold-resistant, dustproof and weather-resistant with 76 weather-seals. It's also compatible with the Pentax FluCard, offering wireless remote control and image sharing from the camera to a smartphone, tablet or computer.
National Portrait Gallery, Canberra
Though some images are cliched, at its best this exhibition affirms that in a deluge of images, the photographic portrait still has meaning and power
There are a few cliches about photography that need to be noted whenever you set out to a review a photographic exhibition, and especially so when its the National Photographic Portrait prize. So lets get them out of the way: photographic images define the western world, familiar signifiers of cultural values that proliferate across media. As the catalogue blandly notes in an introduction to this years NPPP finalists: photography is the dominant portrait medium of our time. Forget portrait painting, we live in the age of the selfie and celebrity culture.
The NPPP gives serious photography a respectful place in the National Portrait Gallery, where the art of the portrait photographer can be considered away from the pervasive culture of media overkill. For 2014 the NPPP finalists include a selection of images representing a variety of traditions from studio portraiture, and reportage to photojournalism. Judged by the NPG curators Sarah Engledow and Christopher Chapman and the veteran photographer Greg Weight, the 2014 finalists share an austere aesthetic. It seems that to be taken seriously a photographer has to forsake colour and fun.Continue reading...
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