Panasonic has announced the latest member of its enthusiast compact LX-series, the Lumix DMC-LX100. Where its LX7 predecessor used a 1/1.7" sensor, the LX100 leapfrogs into the Four Thirds sensor class, with 16MP chip and a 24-75mm equiv. F1.7-2.8 lens. It supports 4K video recording at 30p, and also provides Wi-Fi with NFC for faster pairing with a mobile device. Read more
Panasonic introduces the second member of its diminutive GM-series: the Lumix DMC-GM5. The GM5 offers a 16MP Four Thirds sensor in a point-and-shoot sized camera body equipped with a Micro Four Thirds lens mount. Following on the consumer-focused Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1, the GM5 provides some enthusiast touches like a built-in 1.2m dot equivalent EVF and hot shoe. Read more
In addition to its compact camera and EOS 7D Mark II launch at Photokina, Canon unveils three new lenses. The EF 400mm f/4 DO IS II USM, EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM announced today target different types of photographers.
Topping off its Photokina 2014 announcements, Panasonic announces two lenses designed to fit the dimensions and style of its GM-series cameras. The Lumix G Vario 35-100mm F4.0-5.6 ASPH Mega O.I.S. is a truly compact telephoto zoom covering a range equivalent to 70-200mm. Also announced is the 14mm F2.5 II ASPH, a version of an existing lens but with revised graphics (equivalent to 28mm). Read more
Panasonic has announced a firmware update for the Lumix DMC-GH4, adding tethered shooting and modes to make it easier to take still images from 4K video. The update introduces 4K Photo Mode, which automatically sets shooting parameters optimized for stills. Read more
Canon has announced the 65x superzoom PowerShot SX60 HS, offering a 16.1MP CMOS sensor and a lens covering a 21-1365mm equivalent range. It's equipped with Wi-Fi and NFC, 1080/60p HD video and an articulated 3" LCD with 922k-dot resolution. Read more
Canon has introduced the latest in its uniquely-shaped series of socially inclined PowerShots. The square-shaped PowerShot N2 is equipped with a 16.1MP CMOS sensor, 28-224mm equiv lens, and Wi-Fi with NFC, and wireless sharing is facilitated by Mobile Device Connect button. Read more
Panasonic has announced a firmware update for the Lumix DMC-FZ1000. Like its big sibling the Lumix GH4, the FZ1000 will gain a 4K Photo Mode, which automatically sets shooting parameters optimized for stills and allows 4K capture in a variety of aspect ratios. Read more
Amy Sackas 500-day photo essay exploring Detroit is an attempt to discover the meaning of home. Raised in the suburbs, where the ruined Motor City was a place to be feared, returning was a personal challengeContinue reading...
Samsung is no stranger to trying something new, and it's really swung for the fences with the NX1 enthusiast mirrorless camera. With a DSLR-style body, a revolutionary sensor, exciting AF system, and more bells and whistles than one could ever need, the NX1 looks like a serious contender. We spent some time with the NX1 and have some first impressions to share. Read'em.
Samsung has introduced the pro-oriented NX1 mirrorless camera for Photokina 2014, boasting the first-ever APS-C sized BSI-CMOS sensor. The weather-sealed 28.2MP NX1 also offers a sophisticated hybrid autofocus system with 205 phase-detect points covering 90% of the frame. Other high-end features include 15 fps burst shooting, built-in Wi-Fi, and a 2.36M dot OLED EVF. Read more
Samsung adds another 'S' series lens to its premium lineup, the NX 50-150mm F2.8 OIS. It's weather-sealed to resist dust and splashes, and covers a range equivalent to 77-231mm on Samsung's APS-C NX cameras. With 20 elements in 13 groups, it offers built-in stabilization and an i-Function button as part of Samsung's user interface. Read more
Olympus has announced the M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm F2.8 Pro lens. Built to withstand the elements, this dust, splash and freezeproof telephoto zoom covers a range equivalent to 80-300mm. Also announced is a 1.4x teleconverter, which when used with the 40-150mm boosts the equivalent telephoto reach to 420mm. Read more
Olympus celebrates the start of Photokina with the announcement of a major firmware update for the OM-D E-M1 that enables tethered shooting, in-camera 'digital shift' keystone composition, and the E-M10's Live Composite mode. Also announced is the availability of a silver version of the previously only-available-in-black E-M1. Read more
Weve gone through the picture wires and have dug out 12 of our favourite shots from more than 5,000 images sent to us this weekend. The Dozen will be published every Sunday evening from now on, bringing you a one-stop round-up of the photographic highlights from the top flight every weekend.Continue reading...
A selection of some of the best images from around the world, from the Scottish referendum to London fashion weekContinue reading...
Highlights from the London-based photographers haunting series of images of the ruins of a Soviet nuclear test site
The desolate is rendered sublime almost too perfect in these epic images of a land laid waste by Soviet nuclear ambitions
During the cold war, Kurchatov and Priozersk on the borderlands between Russia and Kazakhstan were secret cities, closed off to foreigners and not identified on official maps. These were the sites where, for four decades, Russian scientists created prototype atomic bombs and developed an advanced missile shield in a frantic effort to catch up with the US militarys deadly adventure.Continue reading...
Guitar music might have had it tough recently in other parts of the world, but in California the band scene is thriving. Its nerve centres are located across the state, in house parties, underage venues such as the Smell in downtown LA and at Burger Records in Fullerton, near Disneyland. Burger is at once a record shop, gig venue, hangout and the headquarters of an extraordinarily prolific, high-quality record label. The music is a joyous mix of surf, punk and psychedelic rock. Its a scene that has almost entirely escaped the attention of the mainstream.
One of the few people to document it extensively is the creative director of Saint Laurent, designer Hedi Slimane. The photographer and indie-rock obsessive moved from Paris to LA in 2007 and immersed himself in the local underground. Though many fashion houses court pop stars, few have developed such long-standing and reciprocal relationships with rock musicians as Slimane. For more than a decade, in magazines, exhibitions and books, such as 2005s London: Birth of a Cult (a photographic record of the rise of Pete Doherty), he has shot bands ranging from megastars to the completely obscure, but all united in their charisma, creativity and appetite for chaos. He has captured the elements of nascent rock scenes in New York, London and California: the sweaty fans, spilt drinks and crumbling venues. This fascination with musics wild side has been catalogued in a new exhibition Sonic which opens next week at Pariss Fondation Pierre Bergé-Yves Saint Laurent.Continue reading...
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