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Eyewitness: Pennsylvania, US

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Behind the hajj: Ahmed Mater's photographs of a Mecca in flux

The hajj pilgrims descend on a city that is massively reshaping itself. Saudi artist Ahmed Mater captures the grittier side of the holy city – the migrant workers, the tireless construction and the eye-opening sprawl

• Ahmed Mater’s new book Desert of Pharan: Unofficial Histories behind the Mass Expansion of Mecca is published by Lars Müller Publishers

A prayer for Mecca: the city many hajj pilgrims don’t see – video

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Slow developer: Oliver Blohm's shadowplaying Polaroids – in pictures

Berlin-based fashion and portrait photographer Oliver Blohm experiments with the long exposure and fractured lighting of the 8x10 instant photo format

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Leica S firmware update improves top LCD panel info, adds Adobe-compatible image rating

DP Review News - Wed, 14/09/2016 - 00:31

Leica has released new firmware for its S and S-E medium format cameras that improves the quality of information displayed on the top plate and in the viewfinder. Firmware versions 4.0.0.0 for the S (Typ 007) and 2.5.0 for the S-E (Typ 006) also allows users to mark images with a rating that can be displayed in Adobe’s Lightroom and Bridge applications. With the firmware loaded the cameras will also remember the degree of magnification last used in review mode and automatically default to that next time the magnify button is pressed.

The information panels now provide more icons to indicate what modes the camera is using, and critically offer a measure of how much time capacity is left on the memory card when shooting video and how many more shots are left in the buffer for high-drive shooting in stills mode.

The new firmware is available for download now for customers who like to update for themselves, while others can take their camera to their nearest Leica store or service center.

The firmware can be downloaded from the support section of the Leica website.

Press release

Firmware updates for Leica S cameras now available

New firmware updates are available today for the Leica S-System. Registered owners can log in to the Leica Owners’ Area and download the new firmware version 4.0.0.0 for the Leica S (Typ 007) and 2.5.0 for the Leica S/S-E (Typ 006) medium format cameras, or take their camera to a Leica Store or Leica Customer Care in the UK for a complimentary update service.


Leica works in close collaboration with users on the continuous development and optimisation of its products. As a result, a number of improvements in this latest firmware update are based on the direct recommendations and suggestions of professional photographers.


The new features of Firmware Update 4.0.0.0 include a revised layout for the top plate display panel, which now provides even more information for the user. The new ‘Rating Function’ is supported by Adobe Photoshop Lightroom CC, Photoshop CC and Bridge CC software, and improves the workflow of selecting images – giving users much faster access to the images they have tagged.


With this firmware update, the most recently used zoom setting in review mode is now saved, enabling faster assessment of image sharpness/focus when reviewing a specific part of a picture. Distances displayed on the top panel can also be shown in feet, and it is now possible to see the remaining recording time when shooting video. Also new in this update is the ‘PC’ symbol, which indicates when the camera is connected to a computer. In addition to the above, the first resistance point of the shutter release now displays the number of exposures remaining for sequential shooting (maximum buffer memory) in the viewfinder, and the new ‘mirror-up’ icon appears on the camera monitor screen.

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Venus Optics unveils Laowa 7.5mm F2 for MFT and 15mm F2 FE Zero-D

DP Review News - Tue, 13/09/2016 - 23:31

Venus Optics has announced a pair of manual focus lenses – a 7.5mm F2 for Micro Four Thirds and a 15mm F2 FE Zero-D designed with full-frame Sony mirrorless cameras in mind. Both of these 15mm equivalent lenses are rectilinear. 

Venus calls the Laowa 15mm F2 the 'world's fastest 15mm rectilinear lens for full-frame' and includes it in its 'Close-to-Zero Distortion' series along with the 12mm F2.8 Zero-D. It offers a 72mm filter thread. Claiming another 'world's first' achievement, Venus calls the Laowa 7.5mm F2 the widest F2 rectilinear lens for Micro Four Thirds.  

The Laowa 15mm F2 FE and 7.5mm F2 will be available in early 2017 – no pricing is given yet.

Anhui China, Sept 14, 2016 – Venus Optics, the camera lenses manufacturer who had previously launched a number of quality lenses with ‘World’s First’ specifications, is proud to unveil two premium lenses with extreme specifications and impressive performance, the Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D & the Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT.

Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D

Featuring a 110° Angle of View, Ultra-fast f/2 aperture and 72mm filter thread, LAOWA 15mm f/2 becomes another member in their ‘Close-to-Zero Distortion’ lineup.

Laowa 15mm f/2 FE is currently the World’s Fastest 15mm rectilinear lens for Full Frame cameras. It features a close-to-zero optical distortion, allowing photographers to take landscape or architecture shots with straight lines retained.

Dedicated to fulfill the need of photographers, Venus Optics have managed to add a 72mm filter thread onto the 15mm f/2 lens. Photographers can easily install standard screw-in filters without paying for an expensive yet bulky filter holder system.

Designed specially for the Sony Full Frame Mirrorless cameras, Venus Optics has successfully controlled the size and weight of the lens to the minimal. Weighing less than 1.1 pounds (500g) and 82mm in length, the portability and compactness of the Sony E-mount Mirrorless cameras can be maintained when used with the Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Lens.

Featuring the fastest f/2 aperture ever built with a 15mm lens, the new Full Frame E-mount lens is engineered for professionals to shoot impressive landscape, architecture and primary astro photos with great details. This is an every-day and must-buy lens that every Sony Full Frame Mirrorless camera user should have one in his bag.

Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT

The Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT is the Widest f/2 rectilinear lens ever designed for Micro Four Thirds Cameras. Despite the extreme specifications, Venus Optics has successfully minimized the weight of the lens to a merely 0.37 pounds (170g) and 55mm long. The extreme 110 angle of view, ultra-fast f/2 aperture and featherweight make this lens an ideal option to pair up with drones for aerial photography. It also gives photographers a fast and wide-angle option for low-light shooting as well as landscape photography.

Availability

The Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D and the Laowa 7.5mm f/2 MFT will be available to the market in early 2017. Engineering prototype will be available to test in Venus Optics’ Photokina debut. Venus Optics’ booth is in Hall 2.1, Booth A-045.

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What's the secret of this photograph? | Kevin Moloney

Images like ‘VJ Day Times Square’, one of whose stars has died, are about more than a particular time and place. Their power comes from collective recognition

For those who remember 14 August 1945, the image “VJ Day in Times Square”, often called “the kiss”, is a time machine, capable of rewinding emotions back to a moment of breathtaking news like a cinematic flashback.

People too young for such memories have their own – maybe the Zapruder film, the napalm girl, the contorted contrails of Challenger or the World Trade Center towers aflame with jet fuel. Unlike those images, though, the kiss is most often seen as a moment of joy.

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Adobe Lightroom Mobile for iOS 2.5 brings Raw DNG capture

DP Review News - Tue, 13/09/2016 - 21:12
In order to capture shadow detail, this image was metered from the shadows, resulting in blown out highlights. The DNG version on the right enabled the highlights to be recaptured without issue. Photo and caption courtesy of Adobe.

Adobe has released an update for the iOS version of its Lightroom Mobile app, taking advantage of iOS 10's DNG support. Version 2.5 offers Raw capture and editing within the app, provided that you're running Apple's newest OS version on an iPhone 6s, 6s Plus, SE or iPad Pro 9.7.

Apple snuck a mention of iOS 10's Raw capabilities into its WWDC keynote in June. Available for download today, iOS 10 brings DNG raw capture and editing to Apple devices. Today's Lightroom Mobile update for iOS brings the app's feature set into line with the Android version, which has been able to capture and edit Raw since February

Version 2.5 also brings support for the wide gamut P3 color space offered by the iPad Pro 9.7 and the forthcoming iPhone 7 and 7 Plus. 

Adobe Lightroom for iOS 2.5 is available for download now from the App Store.

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Jack London documents his world – in pictures

Jack London was a prolific photographer in addition to his writings, and the two have been brought together in a new series by the publishers Contrasto, melding literature and photography. Jack London: The Paths Men Take, contains illustrated reports of key events in his career including his time spent in London and the San Francisco earthquake of 1906

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Getty Images asks court to throw out $1B lawsuit

DP Review News - Tue, 13/09/2016 - 20:15

Getty Images has responded to the $1 billion lawsuit filed against it by photographer Carol Highsmith, arguing that she can no longer make copyright claims about the photos because they have been entered into the public domain. According to reports from the AP, the company further argues that it has done nothing wrong by offering licenses of the images because 'public domain works are routinely commercialized…' Getty points toward Shakespeare plays and Dickens novels sold by publishers as examples.

The issue revolves around the lawsuit filed in late July alleging that a Getty subsidiary has been issuing notices that demand licensing fees for Highsmith’s images. Those notices are at odds with the public domain status of the works and, according to the lawsuit, have caused damage to Highsmith's reputation. Highsmith's lawsuit also alleges that Getty and its subsidiaries falsely represented themselves as the copyright owners, which Highsmith's lawyers argue violates provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.

In its response to the lawsuit’s DMCA claims, Getty says it has committed no such violations, because doing so would have required ‘intent to induce, enable, facilitate, or conceal infringement.’ Because the photos are in the public domain, Getty argues that it ‘could not have acted with the requisite intent or knowledge of infringement.’

Ultimately, Getty has asked the court to dismiss Highsmith's lawsuit against it, also stating that it has not violated the state laws alleged in the lawsuit and that other other legal claims are unfounded. 

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Tokina launches FiRIN mirrorless lens series with 20mm F2.0 FE MF

DP Review News - Tue, 13/09/2016 - 19:31

Tokina has today introduced a new prime lens that is specifically designed for Sony E-mount mirrorless full-frame cameras. The 20mm F2.0 FE MF is the first lens in the new FiRIN mirroless lens series and combines a fast aperture with a wide angle of view and manual focus.

"This is an exciting first step into the mirrorless market for Tokina," says Kenko Tokina USA President, Yasu Suga. "The all-new design delivers a sharp edge-to-edge image and greatly reduces exposure fall-off for a crisp, clear image. The lens is manual focus with manual aperture control but transmits distance and aperture information to the lens allowing the camera to utilize the 5-axis Image Stabilization, Manual Focus Assist, and other features that require electronic lens communication. I am happy to report that our engineers in Japan are hard at work designing more lenses for the FiRIN mirrorless series; the future is bright."

The lens comes with a wide focus ring for easy manual focusing and the aperture ring can be "clicked" for stills photography and "de-clicked" for smoother operation when shooting video. Electronic contacts allow for communication with the camera. The lens will officially be unveiled at the Photokina trade show in Cologne, Germany, next week. We expect more information on pricing and availability to be released then as well.

Press release:

NEW TOKINA FíRIN 20mm F2 FE MF

HUNTINGTON BEACH, Calif., Sept. 13, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Tokina USA introduces the fast aperture, full-frame 20mm F/2.0 FE MF prime camera lens. This lens marks the initial offering of FiRIN, a new mirrorless lens series. This new lens series from Tokina is designed for a photography market that is rapidly adopting mirrorless camera systems as a standard. The FiRIN 20mm f/2.0 lens is a bright, wide-angle lens that is compatible with Sony E-Mount cameras.

"This is an exciting first step into the mirrorless market for Tokina," says Kenko Tokina USA President, Yasu Suga. "The all-new design delivers a sharp edge-to-edge image and greatly reduces exposure fall-off for a crisp, clear image. The lens is manual focus with manual aperture control but transmits distance and aperture information to the lens allowing the camera to utilize the 5-axis Image Stabilization, Manual Focus Assist, and other features that require electronic lens communication. I am happy to report that our engineers in Japan are hard at work designing more lenses for the FiRIN mirrorless series; the future is bright."

The FiRIN 20mm f/2.0 features a wide focus ring for smooth manual control, an aperture ring that can be "clicked" and "de-clicked" on demand for cinema and photo use, and electronic contacts for maximum communication with the camera. The lens will be unveiled at Photokina 2016 in Cologne, Germany. The Kenko Tokina booth is located in Hall 5.2, stand C020.

Tokina 20mm F2 FE MF specifications Principal specificationsLens typePrime lensMax Format size35mm FFFocal length20 mmImage stabilizationNoLens mountSony FEApertureMaximum apertureF2Minimum apertureF22Aperture ringYesNumber of diaphragm blades9OpticsElements13Groups11Special elements / coatingsMulti-layer coatingsFocusMinimum focus0.28 m (11.02″)Maximum magnification0.1×AutofocusNoFull time manualYesFocus methodInternalDistance scaleYesDoF scaleYesPhysicalWeight490 g (1.08 lb)Diameter62 mm (2.44″)Length69 mm (2.72″)SealingNoColourBlackFilter thread62.0 mmHood suppliedYesTripod collarNo
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Paralympic Games 2016: day five – in pictures

The best images from Rio, documenting all the action, reaction and emotion from another day of extraordinary feats

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Best photographs of the day: Kim Jong Un & Macao's Eiffel tower

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including the North Korean leader, and the Parisian Macao

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Eyewitness: Royal Opera House, London

Photographs from the Eyewitness series

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Get involved! Martin Parr's community spirit – in pictures

Martin Parr’s latest series documents community groups across the UK, from brass bands in Sheffield to tea parties for wounded veterans in Colchester

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Butch Is Not a Dirty Word: masculine-presenting women – in pictures

Edited by Melbourne-born, Portland-based Esther Godoy, a new Australian publication – Butch Is Not a Dirty Word – aims to reclaim the term ‘butch’ and create more positive representations of masculine-presenting women.

The annual anthology began life as a photography project inspired by San Francisco photographer Meg Allen’s series, Butch – but Godoy added essays after realising that Australia’s community was ‘much younger’ and that ‘the project needed more context and explanation’.

Some photos featured here, taken by Georgia Smedley, are included in the first issue which is out now

Reclaiming ‘butch’: ‘It’s surprising how much of a taboo it still is’

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ESPN publishes iPhone 7 Plus photos from US Open

DP Review News - Tue, 13/09/2016 - 01:08
 Photo by Landon Nordeman for ESPN

Last week Apple announced its new iPhone 7 models, including the dual-cam equipped iPhone 7 Plus that combines a 28mm wide angle lens with a 56mm 'tele' variant. In the camera app this setup allows you to zoom optically and create a simulated shallow depth-of-field.

At the launch event Apple showed off some sample images but now it has, as it usually does, given the device to a couple of sports photographers to demonstrate what the camera can do in the capable hands of professionals. ESPN photographer Landon Nordeman used the iPhone 7 Plus to shoot at the US Open in New York City.

As you can see below, some of the samples look pretty impressive, although none of them appear to make specific use of the shallow depth-of-field simulation feature. More samples from the Open are available on ESPN.com, and you can see more from Sports Illustrated photographer David E. Klutho's coverage of an NFL game.

Photo by Landon Nordeman for ESPN Photo by Landon Nordeman for ESPN Photo by Landon Nordeman for ESPN Photo by Landon Nordeman for ESPN Photo by Landon Nordeman for ESPN Photo by Landon Nordeman for ESPN Photo by Landon Nordeman for ESPN Photo by Landon Nordeman for ESPN
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'Dark Magic': Recording video of the Perseid Meteor Shower with the Canon ME20F-SH

DP Review News - Tue, 13/09/2016 - 00:05

Ben Canales of Oregon-based Uncage the Soul video production company has a few nice things to say about the Canon ME20F-SH. 'It's pretty much borderline dark magic,' he tells DPR over email. I've gotten in touch with him to ask about the video you see above, a short film following 20 high schoolers studying the Perseids Meteor Shower as part of a summer astronomy camp. He used the camera and a Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG Art to record the kids as they joined the annual Oregon Star Party, a camp of more than 600 astronomers.

Canales has been on a quest for several years to find the ultimate low-light tool: something that would allow him to capture video of the night sky without using stop motion or time-lapse. 'A couple years ago I got fixated on the question of "When will we be able to record video of the stars?" I saw the continual progress of sensor quality in my long exposures, and figured it wasonly a matter of time before ISO performance gets so good the shutter speed can be taken down to video frame rates.'

Naturally, he took interest in Sony's a7S and a7S II, using them for a few low light projects. He calls the A7S series a game changer, 'but its usable ISO ceiling was somewhere between 50k and 100k... We were close, but not yet close enough to shooting video of the stars. We were past the stop motion look, but the video just looked... kinda crappy.'

'Hands down – nothing can currently touch this camera's ability to shoot in low light. Trust me. I've obsessively tried them all.'

Then came the Canon ME20F-SH in late July 2015. It boasts pixels measuring 19μm – 5.5X larger than what's found on high-end DSLRs and is capable of recording video at 75 Db – equivalent to more than ISO 4 million. Canales got ahold of one and found headed away from the city lights to test it out. His review? 'Hands down – nothing can currently touch this camera's ability to shoot in low light. Trust me. I've obsessively tried them all.'

In recording the video above, Canales found he could work with up to what equates to a 350-400k equivalent ISO. He hopes that with more experimentation he can push it even further. 

So what are some of the challenges of filming in almost total darkness? For one... well, the darkness. 'Focus is tough,' Canales says. 'You need the lens completely wide open to get enough light, so operating in the dark with night vision continually being destroyed by the monitor, and then trying not to fall on the things around me while moving around... it gets comical.'

You've also got to work against your natural sleep rhythms. 'The sleep deprivation and working in time of day we're normally asleep is the biggest challenge. I made many stupid mistakes simply from exhaustion. But... that's also the part of this pursuit I enjoy.'

'We've seen this image before, but only in green night vision. To see these scenes resolved in color boggles the mind.'

And then there's an all-too-familiar problem: curious and excited fellow photographers who want to know just what the heck you're working with. 'This thing begs for attention around people,' Canales learned quickly.

'Anyone who looks over my shoulder and sees the screen has no choice but to be stunned. We've seen this image before, but only in green night vision. To see these scenes resolved in color boggles the mind. We don't have a baselines for this being possible. I actually had a hard time keeping the Q&A informal interviews with the video subjects not be interrupted by "Dude! How are you doing that!?" '

What do you think? Does this technology open up new possibilities for astro-videography? Tell us in the comments below. You can also see more of Uncage the Soul's work on Vimeo.

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This film camera is 100% 3D-printed, including the lens

DP Review News - Mon, 12/09/2016 - 19:57

3D modeler Amos Dudley has created a 35mm film camera using only 3D-printed parts, including a hand-and-machine polished resin lens. Called SLO, the finished camera is functional and can take photographs, albeit somewhat low in quality, demonstrating the successful construction of a fairly complex device using only 3D-printing technologies.

Dudley has detailed the creation process on his blog, explaining that SLO is made with some basic elements like a shutter, film cartridge, spool gears and an aperture plane among other pieces. In order to support future designs, Dudley made the lens and shutter as removable modules that can be swapped out for different ones. The camera supports 35mm film and uses a two-button shutter system that provides manual speed control based on how faster the user presses the button.

Once completed, the camera was used with Fujicolor Superia 400 film to take the photos above (click for the full set).

As expected, the lens was one of the harder elements to create, at first involving between 5 and 6 hours of hand polishing followed by polishing with a DIY motorized machine. Neither proved entirely sufficient, so Dudley dipped the resin lens in epoxy instead and cured it using UV lights.

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Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN Contemporary for Sony E-mount lens review

DP Review News - Mon, 12/09/2016 - 19:54

The Sigma 30mm F1.4 DN DC Contemporary was announced in February 2016, and sits atop Sigma's line of DN mirrorless lenses, with a two-stop advantage over their previous 30mm F2.8 offering. It's currently the only APS-C F1.4 autofocus lens currently available for the Sony E-mount and has an MSRP of $339.00.

With F1.4 and a 45mm equivalent field of view, this lens on paper appears to be a good choice for a 'walkaround' normal prime lens. The bright aperture will satisfy low light shooters and bokeh fanatics, and the near 50mm field of view puts it right inside the versatile 'normal' lens range. While it won't replace a dedicated macro lens with its magnification ratio of 1:7, it still is able to focus down to a working distance of 30cm (less than a foot).

The relatively low price, especially for an E-mount lens, means it's also accessible to beginners and enthusiasts alike, making it sound like an ideal prime lens that may never leave the front of the camera once it's mounted.

Within the E-mount system this lens has one natural competitor: the Sony 35mm F1.8 OSS. Let's look at how the two stack up on paper:

  Sony E 35mm F1.8 OSS Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC DN | C MSRP $448 $339 Image Stabilization Yes No Max Aperture F1.8 F1.4 Minimum Aperture F22 F16 Aperture Ring No No Diaphragm Blades 7 9 Number of elements 8 9 Number of groups 6 7 Special elements/coatings 2 aspherical elements 1 aspherical and 1 double-sided aspherical Minimum Focus 0.30 m (11.81″) 0.30 m (11.81″) Maximum Magnification 0.15x 0.14x Motor Type Stepper motor Stepper motor Full Time Manual No No Weight 155 g (0.34 lb) 265 g (0.58 lb) Dimensions (DxL) 63 x 45 mm (2.5 x 1.8 in.) 65 x 73mm (2.6 x 2.9 in.) Sealing None None Filter Thread 49mm 52mm

In terms of just spec we see a couple of major differences. First, while the Sony is 2/3 of a stop slower than the Sigma, it does include optical image stabilization. That alone gives it a better chance at being the preferred lens for video, although when shooting 4K the slightly wider FOV of the Sigma might fare better on any body that gives an additional crop.

In stills terms, though, there's little real-world difference between the Sigma's 45mm equivalent view and the 52.5mm equivalent of the Sony. The difference between them doesn't suddenly open one up to a type of photography that couldn't be achieved with the other.

Build quality between the Sigma and the Sony is fairly similar. They both use a machined metal chassis with plastic internals. Compared to older Sigma DN lenses, the 30mm F1.4 doesn't let its focus elements rattle about when unmounted, which is a very welcome change. The focus ring is also an improvement, and a step above the Sony. The rubber grip turns smoothly and easily with minimal effort, making the Sony feel a bit stiff. The only downfall in terms of build is the Sigma's lens hood, which doesn't seem to confidently click in to place, and is made of rather fragile feeling plastic.

The long barrel of the Sigma, and even longer overall dimensions do make it quite large in comparison to APS-C Sony Alpha cameras, but the weight isn't entirely off-balance. While heavier and much bigger, it is less expensive and brighter than the Sony 35 F1.8. The question is, does the extra weight and lack of OSS keep it from topping the Sony as the ideal 'normal' for APS-C E-mount shooters?

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Facebook Moments app adds support for full-resolution photo storage

DP Review News - Mon, 12/09/2016 - 19:30

Facebook Moments, a private photo-sharing mobile app, has been updated with support for full-resolution images. Previously, Facebook Moments didn't store the full-res version of users' images, and makes it possible now when a user 'favorites' an image within 30 days of it being uploaded or shared.

In addition to adding full-res image support, Facebook also now makes it possible to share a Moments photo album with others (regardless of whether they're on the platform) using a web link. Those who receive the link to the private album can then join it and, if they'd like, add their own images to the collection. The web link can be accessed via the album's menu by choosing 'Share link.'

Facebook Moments is available for both iOS and Android.

Via: TechCrunch

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