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Fujifilm X100T announced with updated hybrid viewfinder

DP Review News - Wed, 10/09/2014 - 06:00

Fujifilm has announced the X100T, the latest evolution of its popular X-series of enthusiast compacts. Introduced with this model is an updated Hybrid Viewfinder that includes a new electronic rangefinder feature and automatic brightness controls. The X100T carries over the 16MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor seen in its predecessor as well as a fixed 23mm (35mm equiv) F2 lens. Read more

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Fujifilm offers silver X-T1 and firmware update

DP Review News - Wed, 10/09/2014 - 06:00

In time for Photokina, Fujifilm has announced a new version of its weather-resistant X-T1 camera. The Graphite Silver edition' X-T1 gets a multi-layer coating of ultra-fine paint particles for a 'smooth and luxurious' finish. Simultaneously announced is a notable firmware update for both black and silver versions of the camera, offering some nice operation and UI tweaks. Also introduced is an X-T1 and XF 18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR kit for the black edition of the camera. Read more 

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Fujifilm announces weather-resistant XF 50-140mm F2.8

DP Review News - Wed, 10/09/2014 - 06:00

Fujifilm has announced its second weather-resistant X-series zoom lens, the Fujinon XF 50-140mm F2.8 R LM OIS WR. Designed to accompany the water- and dust-resistant Fujifilm X-T1, the lens offers an equivalent 76-213mm range on Fuji's X-series interchangeable lens cameras - essentially equivalent to a popular 70-200mm telephoto zoom on full frame. Read more

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Fujifilm introduces XF 56mm F1.2 R APD with apodization filter

DP Review News - Wed, 10/09/2014 - 06:00

Gearing up for Photokina, Fujifilm has announced the XF 56mm F1.2 R APD - APD standing for apodization. The lens is a variant of the existing XF56mm F1.2 R, utilizing the same underlying design of 11 elements in 8 groups but it adds an apodization filter. Essentially a radial gradient filter, it aims to produce better-looking highlights and more pleasant bokeh. Read more

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Belarus women who served on front lines of world war two in pictures

When Germany invaded the Soviet Union in 1941, thousands of young women served in the Red Army and partisan forces in Belarus. In the years since, they have been hailed as heroes and role models. Polish photographer Agnieszka Rayss met veterans for the photo book The Other Hundred

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Death and horror: there's no spectacle we so eagerly pursue but can we see it for what it is? | Jeff Sparrow

Seeing a person dead or in agony, we oscillate between the visceral relief of thats not me and the sickening horror of one day it will be. But should we look in the first place?

In 1991, in the closing days of the first Gulf war, journalist Kenneth Jarecke stumbled upon the results of a US air strike in southern Iraq: a burnt out convoy of vehicles, still containing the bodies of soldiers killed in them.

Jareckes photos from the scene include a remarkable shot of a charred truck, in which the blackened and ghastly corpse of a driver can be seen, peering eyelessly through the empty windscreen. The flames have made the man something monstrous, a creature of ash and charcoal, yet somehow he remains recognisably human, with the ghost of a personality visible upon the ruin of his face.

Photographs of an atrocity may give rise to opposing responses. A call for peace. A cry for revenge. Or simply the bemused awareness, continually restocked by photographic information, that terrible things happen.

People dont look at a photograph to understand the inner contradictions of global capitalism, or the reasons for the genocide in Rwanda, or the solution to the conflicts in the Middle East. They we turn to photographs for other things: for a glimpse of what cruelty, or strangeness, or beauty, or agony, or love, or disease, or natural wonder, or artistic creation, or depraved violence, looks like. And we turn to photographs to discover what our intuitive reactions to such otherness and to such others might be. There is no doubt that we approach photographs, first and foremost, through emotions.

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New Apple iPhones feature phase-detection AF

DP Review News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 21:06

Last week saw a slew of new Android and Windows Phone devices launched at IFA in Berlin, and today it was Apple's turn. The company has announced two new smartphones - the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 'Plus' which feature new 8MP imaging sensors with phase-detection autofocus and (in the case of the iPhone 6 Plus) optical image stabilization. Read more at our sister site, connect.dpreview.com

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IFA 2014: The mobile imaging highlights

DP Review News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 19:29

IFA in Berlin is one of the most important trade shows of the year for the makers of smartphones and other mobile devices. We spent the last week attending press conferences and roaming the show floor in the German capital and saw an abundance of new devices being launched and on display. With the show about to finish, let's have a look at the mobile imaging highlights at IFA 2014. Read more

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Eyeballed: Suren Manvelyan's eerie animal close-ups are judging you

These arresting pictures of animal eyes prove the pervasive might of wildlife photography and raise questions about man's relationship with the natural world

Suren Manvelyan's photographs of animal eyes are surely destined soon to fill magazines, coffee-table books and science museums. Who doesn't like to look at powerful images of nature? And these pictures are not just scientific; they are strange. Photographed in ultra high definition on a massive scale in intense colour, these eyes meet and trouble yours. What animals do they belong to? It is impossible to decide just by looking.

These fascinating pictures reach my desk in advance of the 50th Wildlife Photographer of the Year exhibition that opens at the Natural History Museum on 24 October. Art critics can bang on all we like about this season's big art events, but year in, year out one of the best-loved exhibitions of the British autumn is this mesmerising display of photographs taken by nature lovers of all ages, all over the world.

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Photo highlights of the day

The Guardians picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including the floods in Kashmir, buffalo fighting, the supermoon and the Tribute in Light in New York

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Amazon tribes fight for their trees in pictures

Photographer Lunae Parracho followed Kaapor Indian warriors during a jungle expedition to search and expel illegal loggers from the Alto Turiacu Indian territory, Maranhao state, Amazon basin. Tired of what they say is a lack of sufficient government assistance in keeping loggers off their land, the Kaapor Indians, who along with four other tribes are the legal inhabitants and caretakers of the territory, have sent their warriors out to expel all loggers they find and set up monitoring camps in the areas that are being illegally exploited

Illegal loggers blamed for murder of Peru forest campaigner

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Damselflies - in pictures

Remus Tiplea photographs close-ups of damselflies in his back garden in Negresti Oas, Romania, after coaxing the live bugs into position

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From Armani to Versace: backstage fashion photography in pictures

Filippo Mutanis The Backstage Diaries is the result of five years work behind the scenes at fashion shows in Milan, Paris and New York. His photography exhibition is at the Leica Gallery in Milan from 9 September until 5 October 2014

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Zeiss introduces 'no distortion' Otus 1.4/85mm

DP Review News - Tue, 09/09/2014 - 01:30

Zeiss has announced a new fast mid-telephoto prime to join last year's widely acclaimed 1.4/55 lens in the Otus range. Due out in the middle of this month in Canon EF (ZE) and Nikon F (ZF.2) mounts, the new Zeiss Otus 1.4/85 is a manual focus lens claimed to offer exceptional performance even when used wide open on full frame cameras. Read more

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Beginner's guide: shooting high-key at home

DP Review News - Mon, 08/09/2014 - 14:00

High-key lighting is a classic look for portraits or product photography that minimizes shadows and produces a bright, vibrant look. Although typically shot in the studio with lots of high-powered lights, it's possible to produce a similar look at home using some fairly basic kit. In this article we'll talk you through a simple backyard setup and some easy post-processing that will serve as a great introduction to high-key portraiture. Learn more

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Scotland's incredible landscapes in pictures

These landscapes by photographer Dougie Cunningham show Scotlands spectacular scenery, from its lochs to its peaks, and its beaches to its castles

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Photo highlights of the day

The Guardians picture editors bring you a selection of the best photographs from around the world, including the flooding in Kashmir, a lantern festival in Hong Kong, NY fashion and Californian dog surfing

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One World Trade Center: as seen from around New York City

As the 1 WTC building prepares to open to the public, we showcase readers photos of the new landmark from surrounding neighbourhoods - from Sunset Park to Jersey City

Thirteen years on from the tragedy that struck New York, the new landmark of One World Trade Center is ready to open to the public. Already a familiar feature of the skyline, we asked you to show us how you see the building from your local neighbourhood. Heres a collection of some of your great pictures from across the city - capturing the everyday experience of a skyscraper with a story to tell.

One World Trade Center taken from Brooklyn Bridge Park in May 2014. The mist from the Churyumov-Gerasimenko comet sculpture displayed as part of the World Science Festival gave an eerie, mystical feeling of rebirth, a Phoenix rising from the ashes.

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31 August 2014, 11:29

Early morning soon after the hurricane, I had to take the light rail to a bus to get to work. I was glad because I was able to get this shot.

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1 September 2014, 2:26

Taken from Soho

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2 September 2014, 14:19

Since the topping out of One WTC, the tower itself has equally become a part of the skyline in Jersey City. Photographed from the Van Vorst neighborhood in June 2014.

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29 August 2014, 18:03

Every time it rains, this puddle forms on Church St. between Chambers and Reade St. in TriBeCa.

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26 August 2014, 18:38

Part of the neighbourhood

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28 August 2014, 16:39

! World Trade Center from Sunset Park Brooklyn on a ghostly January 2014 day.

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27 August 2014, 9:37

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Getty Images grant recipients 2014 - in pictures

The photography agency Getty Images celebrates the 10th anniversary of its grants programme, announcing the 2014 recipients at Visa Pour lImage in Perpignan, France. Since its inception the programme has awarded $1.2m (£750k), including $130k (£80.7k) in 2014. We will be showcasing the portfolios in the coming days

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The weekend in pictures

A selection of the best images from around the world this weekend, from Bestival to New York fashion week

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