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Sigma goes wide with 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art lens

DP Review News - Tue, 10/02/2015 - 05:00

With the CP+ tradeshow in Japan about to kick off, Sigma has unveiled a 24mm F1.4 DG HSM wide angle prime lens, joining its 'Art' series of premium glass. Designed to cover a full-frame sensor, it will be offered in Canon, Nikon and Sigma mounts with availability and pricing yet to be announced. Read more

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Sigma dp0 Quattro announced with 14mm F4 lens

DP Review News - Tue, 10/02/2015 - 05:00

Sigma has announced its fourth compact in its unique Quattro series. The dp0 features a fixed 14mm F4 lens (21mm equivalent) along with the unconventional styling of its peers. Its Foveon X3 CMOS sensor is divided into three layers to record red, green and blue wavelengths separately, and the top layer captures 19.6MP of information. Read more

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Nikon aims for the stars with the D810A, world’s first full-frame astrophotography camera

DP Review News - Tue, 10/02/2015 - 04:00

Nikon has announced the D810A: the first full-frame astrophotography-specific camera. This is the largest sensor to appear in a consumer astrophotography camera, bringing improved light capture capabilities to the discipline. It's essentially a Nikon D810 with a modified IR-cut filter to ensure the camera can capture light emitted by nebulae and additional features to support long exposure photography. Read more

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Nikon announces Coolpix P610, L840, S9900, S7000 and S6900 compacts with emphasis on zoom

DP Review News - Tue, 10/02/2015 - 04:00

The pre-CP+ announcements keep on rolling in, and with them, new cameras from Nikon, including six zoom-centric, stabilized compacts that all sport 16MP CMOS sensors and built-in Wi-Fi/NFC. The P610 offers the greatest reach of the bunch, a 24-1440mm equivalent range. Read more

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Nikon announces Coolpix AW130 and S33 rugged compacts

DP Review News - Tue, 10/02/2015 - 04:00

Nikon has just refreshed its rugged camera lineup with the Coolpix AW130 and budget-friendly S33. The AW130 sports a 16MP CMOS sensor, 24-120mm equivalent zoom range, a 3” 920k dot OLED, 1080/30p video capture, Wi-Fi/NFC and built-in GPS. It can be submerged down to 30m/100 ft, is shockproof up to 2.1m/7 ft and freeze proof down to -10C/14F. Read more

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Ricoh announces Pentax K-S2 with Wi-Fi, no blinking lights

DP Review News - Mon, 09/02/2015 - 22:00

Ricoh has announced the Pentax K-S2 DSLR, offering a 20MP APS-C sensor, fully articulated LCD, weather-resistant construction and Wi-Fi with NFC. Where the K-S1 took an unconventional approach, the K-S2 is more traditional with a mode dial on the top panel, dual control dials and a standard grip without the preceding model's flashing LED lights. Read more

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Ricoh WG-5 GPS updates rugged series

DP Review News - Mon, 09/02/2015 - 22:00

Ricoh has introduced the WG-5 GPS, the latest in its line of rugged compacts. It exceeds its predecessor's shockproof rating of 2m to 2.2m, and maintains its other rugged specs including -10C/+14F degree freezeproof rating, 14m/45 ft waterproof capability and 100kgf/220lbf crushproof rating. The WG-5 uses a 16MP BSI CMOS sensor, a 25-100mm equivalent zoom lens and as its name suggests, built-in GPS. Read more

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Collapsible Pentax-DA 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE claims title of world's shortest zoom

DP Review News - Mon, 09/02/2015 - 22:00

Ricoh has just announced a new collapsible standard zoom lens. The HD Pentax-DA 18-50mm F4-5.6 DC WR RE is the world's shortest zoom when its stored position, and is to be sold as a kit with the just-launched Pentax K-S2 DSLR. The lens offers weather-resistant construction for shooting in rain or mist, and uses Pentax's multi-layer HD coatings to reduce flare and improve light transmittance. Read more

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Ricoh releases inexpensive all-weather AF201FG external flash

DP Review News - Mon, 09/02/2015 - 22:00

Ricoh has announced the AF201FG external flash for Pentax interchangeable lens cameras. The AF201FG is weather-resistant, can tilt down ten degrees and up ninety, and has a  guide number of 20 meters at ISO 100. It also weighs just 141g (5oz). The AF201FG will be available in March for $149/£129. Read more 

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Eyewitness: Jakarta, Indonesia

Photographs from the Eyewitness series

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Taking a selfie in public should be the ultimate social taboo

On Android phones alone, 93m selfies were taken daily last year – and iPhone users are even more vain. God help us all

I think it really takes about 15-20 selfies that someone takes on their phone before they post the right one – Kim Kardashian

I have a “mirror face”. You have a mirror face. Everybody has a mirror face: a snowflake-special screwing-up of the mouth, squinting of the eyes and tilting of the cheekbones done in front of a reflective surface.

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The idyllic art of Bagram airbase: Edmund Clark’s Mountains of Majeed

Among the machinery of war at the world’s busiest airbase, Clark found a beautiful series of paintings by an Afghan artist that inspired his latest photobook

In October 2013, Edmund Clark spent nine days at Bagram airfield – the biggest US army outpost in Afghanistan, and the busiest military airbase in the world – while Operation Enduring Freedom was drawing to a close. Some 40,000 personnel worked there, though Clark soon realised that few of them (apart from an estimated 7,000 security-cleared locals) had ever ventured beyond the perimeter walls of the 6 sq km site near Kabul. Their view of Afghanistan consisted entirely of the mountains of the Hindu Kush visible beyond the high walls, and portrayed in the murals and paintings that decorated the mess halls and meeting rooms inside the base.

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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 riots in Egypt and a glance back at last night’s Grammy Awards, and the English National Opera

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Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience - in pictures

Staying Power is the culmination of a seven-year collaboration between the V&A and Brixton’s Black Cultural Archive. Over the two locations it features 118 images by 17 artists.

Staying Power: Photographs of Black British Experience 1950s-1990s is at the Black Cultural Archive (bcaheritage.org.uk) until 30 June and at the V&A from 16 February to 24 May (vam.ac.uk)


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Baftas 2015: sneak backstage with candid portraits of the winners

Guardian photographer Sarah Lee gets an exclusive look behind the scenes at this year’s Baftas at the Royal Opera House – from a chortling Michael Keaton to a sparkling Julie Walters

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The changing streets of LA: 30 years on Skid Row – in pictures

Since the 70s, photographer Camilo José Vergara has been pounding the streets of American cities to show how time is taking its toll on the urban environment. In the first of a three-part series, he witnesses the hardships of Skid Row and life in LA’s Southland

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Microsoft Image Composite Editor 2.0 offers new panorama features and improved interface

DP Review News - Mon, 09/02/2015 - 00:00

Microsoft's Research's Interactive Visual Media Group has announced the release of Image Composite Editor 2.0. The software's latest update, taking advantage of the company's Photosynth technology, can seamlessly stitch together 'gigapixel images', create panoramas from video, and automatically fill in areas of missing photographs. Read more

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The weekend in pictures

A selection of some of the best images from around the world this weekend including icy seats in Mongolia and Switzerland and a squirrel in a flap

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Apple reveals Photos beta for developers

DP Review News - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 13:00

Last year Apple announced that it would replace both its desktop image management and editing applications, iPhoto and Aperture with one single app called Photos. Now the company has released a preview of the new software with a beta version of OS X 10.10.3 which has been made available to developers. As expected, Photos is much more consumer-geared than pro, and emphasizes iCloud Photo integration. Read more

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Valentine’s gadgets – including the best boyfriend (he’s a robot, obviously)

The Guardian on Photography Technology - Sun, 08/02/2015 - 11:00

From a magic ring for your lover to a bad-breath detector, this is tech with a tingle factor

Singletons can now invest in the “Mint breathometer”, a miniature halitosis-detecting gadget that has already nearly trebled its target investment on IndieGoGo. Blow into it and the Mint will count the allegedly “volatile sulphur compounds” swilling around your mouth. It then sends a message to your smartphone which tells you whether or not you “need a mint” before you get close up. At a provisional price of £99, it’s an affordable route to seasonal self-disgust.

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