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Salvaged stars: from Shaun Ryder to Judi Dench – in pictures

Brothers Stuart and Andrew Douglas photographed the famous for 10 years. But when they fell out, their archive was almost burned and bulldozed. Now the brothers have made up – and galleries are taking an interest, with an exhibition in London opening this month

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Meyer Optik launches modern version of historic Lydith 30mm F3.5

DP Review News - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 21:28

German optical manufacturer Meyer-Optik-Gorlitz has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help it reintroduce its Lydith 30mm F3.5 lens. The original lens was launched in 1964 and the forthcoming version will remain true to the basic design of five elements in five groups, but the new company will be updating a number of its features.

Meyer will use Schott glass, modern coatings and a 12-bladed iris instead of the 10 of the original lens. The modern Meyer Optik trades on the interesting ‘bubble’ bokeh of its Trioplan lenses and has gone to some lengths to ensure bokeh is equally exciting to the eye in its modern relaunched lenses.

The original Lydith from 1964

The Lydith will offer a closest focusing distance of just 16cm/8in, which is approximately half that of the 1964 lens, and although the company hasn’t said specifically it is likely that it will have a click-less aperture ring as well.

The standard price of this manual focus lens on the Kickstarter page is $749, though some early bird offers were left at the time of writing. The earliest shipping date is December 2017, with the main batch going out in February 2018.

For more information about the company see the Meyer-Optik-Gorlitz website or the Lydith 30mm F3.5 Kickstarter page.

Manufacturer's newsletter

Meet our new lens - create magic

Dear Meyer-Optik-Görlitz friend,

We are very excited and proud to introduce you to the next in our oustanding line of art lenses - the Lydith 30mm f3.5

One of the widest lenses in the Meyer-Optik lineup, the Lydith will impress you with its versatility at all distances. Exceptional sharpness, contrast and colour fidelity and it's wonderful ability to create images with that indefinable magic is how this lens can best be described. It is a lens that will allow you to creatively capture those "magic moments".

Designed in the late 1950s and introduced in 1964, the modern version of the Lydith will be updated with high-perfomance lens coatings and a short minimum focusing distance of 8 inches (16 cm). Like all of Meyer-Optik's lenses, the Lydith will be fully manual, 100 percent handmade in Germany.

We think you are going to fall in love with the way it renders colors, its exceptional sharpness and, of course, it's signature creamy bokeh not only in the background but also in the front.

Don't miss out - visit our Kickstarter now and be one of the first in the world to own the modern version of this classic lens.

Best regards,

Dr. Stefan Immes and the Meyer-Optik Team

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Nikon updates NEF Codec to version 1.31.0

DP Review News - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 20:22

Nikon has updated its NEF Codec to version 1.31.0, bringing new support to Windows Photo Gallery, Live Photo Gallery, and Photo Viewer. After updating, all three applications are able to display the previews embedded within NEF images. The software can be downloaded now from Nikon's website.

Via: NikonRumors

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Join us and the Nikon D7500 for a Facebook Live chat Friday, June 9th, 1pm EST

DP Review News - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 19:41

DPReview editor and music photographer Dan Bracaglia took the Nikon D7500 along with his D750 to shoot the Big Bldg Bash music festival in Seattle.

On Friday, June 9th at 1pm EST, he'll join fellow editor Carey Rose on Facebook Live to talk candidly about how it fared as well as his thoughts on how it fits into Nikon's current lineup. We'll also be fielding your questions live – join us!

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Benro launches ProAngel line of compact travel tripods

DP Review News - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 19:20

Benro has announced the ProAngel line of ultra-lightweight and compact travel tripods and monopods. The ProAngel tripods are compact enough to fit into most small and medium sized bags and come with a single leg locking mechanism, allowing users to open the tripod leg sections with a single twist. Secure locking only requires half a turn.

The two-section telescoping center column provides additional height when needed and has a standard 3/8"-16 thread to attach a photo tripod head. ProAngel tripods and monopods are available for most types of camera, from smartphones (Series 0) and compact system cameras (Series 1 & 2), to full frame DSLRs (Series 3 & 4).

The ProAngel models are available without a tripod head or as a kit with the Benro B1 ballhead. For transportation and storage a protective bag with carrying strap is included. Monopods are priced from $49-$59, while the tripods range from $99-$249.

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FilmLab negative scanning app fully funded, changes pricing model

DP Review News - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 19:12

The Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for the FilmLab negative scanning smartphone app that we recently wrote about has ended successfully, with more than 2000 backers funding the project almost 200%. After screening the reader feedback on our original article, FilmLab founder Abe Fettig has also decided to change the pricing model for his app. Instead of a subscription model FilmLab will now be available as a one-off purchase.

The app will be a free install with a limited number of free scans for testing. Once they have run out of free scans users can decide between buying additional scans or upgrading to the FilmLab Pro version which will offer unlimited scans and a range of additional power user features. FilmLab Pro will cost $4.99 for Kickstarter backers and $29.99 for everybody else.

In the video below Abe explains the new pricing model in more detail and also provides more information about the current state of the app and its image output. In addition he has written a blog post with side-by-side comparisons between FilmLab captures made with a smartphone camera, and professional film scanners.

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Sony releases Alpha 7R II, 7S II, 7II, a6500 and a6300 firmware updates

DP Review News - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 19:07

In addition to yesterday's firmware update for the a9 that fixes problems with the camera's overheating indicator Sony has made new firmware versions available for the Alpha 7R II, 7S II, 7II, a6500 and a6300 models. Firmware downloads and full change-logs are available at the links below.

Sony a7R II and a7S II

  • Adds “Auto Pwr OFF Temp.” function
  • Improves operation when AF area is set to flexible spot
  • Adds “Live View Display” into custom button assignation
  • Adds “Set File Name” function
  • Supports visible light LED in external flash for AF (HVL-F45RM)
  • Improves release time lag when wireless flash is used
  • Optimizes exposure algorithm during focusing when Live View is off
  • Improves image quality when Long Exposure NR setting is OFF
  • Improves overall stability of the camera

Sony a7 II

  • Improves operability when AF area is set to flexible spot
  • Adds “Live View Display” into custom button assignation
  • Adds “Set File Name” function
  • Supports visible light LED in external flash for AF (HVL-F45RM)
  • Improves release time lag when wireless flash is used
  • Improves overall stability of the camera

Sony a6500

  • Supports new FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens
  • Optimizes image stabilization performance in movie mode

Sony a6300

  • Adds “Auto Pwr OFF Temp.” function
  • Supports new FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS lens
  • Modifies aspect of guide frame display in LCD (2.35:1 mode)
  • Improves overall stability of the camera
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Latest 'Shot on iPhone' commercial puts focus on iPhone video capabilities

DP Review News - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 15:59

After previously mostly concentrating on still imagery Apple's latest iPhone commercial showcases the iPhone's video mode by combining several clips that were shot by iPhone owners. There are nature scenes, including beaches, mountains, animals, insects, and ice floes, but also some scenes that feature human subjects.

The soundtrack draws a thematic link by using a recording of astronomer Carl Sagan reading an excerpt from Pale Blue Dot, warning about the fragility of human existence and the importance of protecting the Earth.

While the footage looks impressive it's important to mention that a footnote at the end of the video says that "additional equipment and software" were used in some or all of the featured videos.

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History gathers dust … photographers add an extra layer to the story of a century

From 9/11 to Hiroshima, from a vandal in the Louvre to the car Mussolini was dragged from, the Whitechapel’s fascinating new show A Handful of Dust sees seismic events in a different light

In 1920, on a visit to Marcel Duchamp’s studio in Manhattan, Man Ray’s ever-curious eye was drawn to a large sheet of dust-covered glass. When viewed though his camera, its surface, he later noted, “appeared like some strange landscape from a bird’s eye view”. He opened the camera’s shutter and the two friends then went for lunch.

The resulting photograph, made in his absence via an exposure of around an hour, is the starting point for an intriguing exhibition, A Handful of Dust, at the Whitechapel Gallery in London. Man Ray’s mysterious image, later titled Dust Breeding, had a long and curious afterlife. For a good while it was known, if at all, as a piece of surreal art rather than as a disruptive moment in photography’s history: a kind of unconscious collaboration between Man Ray and Duchamp, whose arrangement of lead foil and fuse wire on two panels of glass – called The Bride Stripped Bare By Her Bachelors, Even – had been rendered almost unrecognisable by the layer of dust that so intrigued the photographer.

Related: Artist and photographer Sophie Ristelhueber's best shot

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Best photos of the day: Spider-Man and Kraftwerk

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of highlights from around the world, including a mural in Melbourne and music in Brighton

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What Thoreau's Walden Pond looks like today – in pictures

This month sees the 200th anniversary of the birth of Henry David Thoreau, whose most famous work, Walden, was composed in a cabin in the woods near Concord, Massachusetts. The photographer SB Walker grew up in the area, and revisited the places Thoreau knew, exploring the myth of a pristine wilderness against the backdrop of half a million visitors a year. His new book, Walden, is published by Kehrer Verlag, with an accompanying exhibition at the Janet Borden Gallery in New York until 23 June

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Phase One introduces 'Styles Packs' for Capture One

DP Review News - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 12:00

Phase One will begin offering image adjustment presets for its Capture One Pro editing software. Presets will be sold in Styles Packs, each with 15 to 18 individual Styles. Each Style applies automatic adjustments to an image without touching parameters like white balance and exposure – Phase One emphasizes there's plenty of latitude for the user to adjust an image to taste before and after a Style is applied.

Phase One is offering a bundle of five styles free of charge if you'd like to try before you buy. The full list of Style bundles are listed in the press release below; head to phaseone.com/styles for more information.

Press release

Phase One Releases Capture One Styles Packs

Designed to accelerate the creative process

COPENHAGEN, June 8, 2017 -- Phase One today announced Capture One Styles Packs. Applying a specific Capture One Style to a selected image transforms its ‘look and feel’ by implementing multiple image adjustments, without affecting key capture parameters such as exposure, white balance or levels. Each Style offers users plenty of scope – both before and after applying it – to further edit the image. One click offers Capture One Style users the opportunity to accelerate their creativity and improve their image editing process.

A Capture One Styles Pack contains up to 18 different Styles focused on a specific theme. This flexible offering builds on recent enhancements in Capture One Pro 10.1, such as an easier preview of large style collections and nested style collections. It is designed to deliver greater speed and efficiency when editing multiple images.

Ease of use has been a central design consideration for Capture One Styles Packs, which make them suitable for all photographers – from experienced users to those who are just beginning to work with Capture One.

Capture One Styles Packs released today include:

  • Cinematic – 18 unique Styles
  • B&W – 15 unique Styles
  • Matte – 16 unique Styles
  • Seasonal – 15 unique Styles
  • Essentials – 16 Styles compiled from the above Styles Packs
  • 5 Styles are available for download as a free sample package

For Styles examples and usage guidelines, please see: phaseone.com/styles

Pricing and Availability
Styles Packs for Capture One Pro 10.1 are available now at the Phase One e-store: phaseone.com/styles-store

Each Styles Pack, containing 15-18 styles, for Windows and Mac operating systems is priced at 69 USD. A basic Styles Pack containing 5 Styles is available as a free trial.

Capture One version 10.1 or newer is recommended for the best user experience. Version 10.1.2 is necessary for Capture One Express (for Sony) users. The packs are simply installed with a double-click, importing via the new and improved Styles and Presets tool, or by dragging-and-dropping the Pack to the Capture One menu icon.

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Throwback Thursday: The Canon PowerShot G3

DP Review News - Thu, 08/06/2017 - 11:00
Old and new: The Canon PowerShot G3 and the PowerShot G1 X Mark II.

It's hard to believe that the Canon G-series is almost 17 years old, and while technology has certainly marched forward, 'G cameras' have consistently been a favorite of enthusiasts and even pros. (OK, there was that whole kerfuffle when the G7 dropped Raw support, but Canon saw the error of its ways and corrected course with the G9.)

However, through all the years, there's one model in particular that always stands out in my memory: the PowerShot G3. In part, this is surely due to the fact that it's one of the cameras that helped me make the transition to digital, but I don't think I'm alone in this. The G3 was released right around the time that a lot of photographers were making the same transition, and the camera offered a fast lens and all the manual controls you could want. Its 'rangefinder' look undoubtedly appealed to aesthetic tastes as well.

Taking the PowerShot G3 to the summit. North Cascades National Park, Washington.

Photo by Dale Baskin

It's predecessor, the PowerShot G2, was already a popular camera, but the G3 improved on it in a number of important ways.

Most notably, the G3 featured a 35-140mm equivalent F2.0-3.0 lens that maintained a relatively fast aperture throughout the range (which wasn't quite as fast as the G2's 34-102mm F2.0-2.5 lens, but it provided a lot more reach). Although it had a tendency to exhibit some purple fringing in high contrast scenes, it never stuck out as a terrible problem to me. To make good use of the lens, Canon added FlexiZone autofocus and the ability to manually select from over 300 focus areas around the screen

Crossing the Dome Glacier.

Photo by Dale Baskin

It was also one of the first (if not the first) compact camera to get an internal neutral density filter, a feature that continues on G-series cameras – and many other compacts – to this day. It made the camera usable at wide apertures even in bright sunlight, and allowed for long exposures to create motion blur, such as with moving water.

Of course, the thing most people cared about was image quality, and the G3 didn't disappoint. In Phil's original review, he praised the G3, saying 'The Super-Fine JPEG option delivers almost TIFF-like image quality with no JPEG artifacts or loss of detail.'

Lantern light near Juneau, Alaska.

Photo by Dale Baskin

What appealed to me were the G3's Raw files. Although it had the same 4MP resolution as the G2, the G3 could capture 12-bit Raw files, compared to the G2's 10-bit files. Whether this actually made a real world difference in images from those older, smaller sensors, I don't know. But it sounded good. (Fun fact: back when the G3 came out, DPReview even made sure to tell readers how many Raw images would fit on a 1GB Microdrive. The answer is 272, if you're curious.)

One feature that hasn't carried through to modern day 'G cameras' is the optical viewfinder. The G3 had an 'optical tunnel' viewfinder with about 84% coverage, and beginning at moderately wide angles the lens blocked the lower left corner of the image. But it was an actual viewfinder, making it easier to take pictures in bright places, like on top of a glacier. With practice I became very adept at using it.

Sunset descent. Cascade Mountains, Washington.

Photo by Dale Baskin

As I look back at the G3 now, I realize that it was a camera designed to appeal to SLR users who wanted to go digital, but who weren't ready to break the bank on an EOS D60. Other than interchangeable lenses, it had all the features you could want: Raw images, viewfinder, top plate LCD, PASM modes, E-TTL hot shoe, command dial on the grip, manual focus point selection, and even the ability to use filters with a bayonet adapter. And it also looked a little more like a traditional camera than the more curvy G2.

Between its relatively compact size, large feature set, and excellent Raw files, the G3 was a camera I could carry along on adventures, confident that I would be able to get the shots I wanted. And it did just that, accompanying me to the tops of mountains, through national parks, and to a few foreign countries. Just playing around with it while writing this article makes me want to go use it again.

Ah, nostalgia...

Read our Canon PowerShot G3 review

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Kings and fools: Barrie Rutter on Northern Broadsides at 25 – in pictures

Northern Broadsides’ ‘dark, austere and genuinely disturbing’ production of Richard III is staged in Hull this month as the company celebrates its 25th birthday. Its founder and artistic director Barrie Rutter revisits some of the theatre company’s greatest hits

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Flat caps and bowler hats: Neil Libbert's bygone Britain – in pictures

For six decades, the celebrated Guardian photojournalist has chronicled everyday British life. Here, he trains his lens on postwar austerity – and flying cats

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This USB flash drive looks like a miniature Leica M10

DP Review News - Wed, 07/06/2017 - 21:58

Eager to get your hands on a Leica M10? While the camera itself hasn't yet started shipping, a smaller, much cheaper rendition of it has appeared online: a 16GB USB flash drive in the shape of a tiny M10. The dongle is made from molded rubber and includes a keyring. Several online retailers are listing the USB drive, including B&H Photo, the Leica Store in Miami, Amazon, and Adorama. The unit is priced at $45.

Via: LeicaRumors

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Sandmarc launches Kickstarter for smartphone polarizer and ND-filters

DP Review News - Wed, 07/06/2017 - 19:05

Sandmarc, a company that is primarily known for its range of GoPro filters among other action camera accessories, is taking its know-how to the smartphone sector. It has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter in order to fund final development and mass production of a new smartphone polarizer and a range of ND filters.

The filters are attached to the phone via a clip holder as it is often used with add-on lenses. The actual filter ring is then screwed onto the holder. Filters are stackable and according to the makers compatible with iPhone 4 and newer, including the dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus. They also work with Android phones, such as the Samsung S8 and S7 models, the Google Pixel or the LG G6. However, looking at the design there is no obvious reason why the clip would not work with most other phones as well.

Sandmarc calls its polarizer Drama Filter. The kit includes a filter, clip mount and a filter case. The set of ND filters has been christened Scape Filters. Apart from clip and case it includes 2-stop, 3-stop and 4-stop ND-filters. A pledge of $25 currently secures you the Drama Filter. For the Scape Filters you'll have to invest $49. Delivery is planned for August 2017. More information including sample shots is available on the Sandmarc Kickstarter page.

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Hasselblad knocks 30% off price of the H6D-50c

DP Review News - Wed, 07/06/2017 - 18:46

Swedish medium-format manufacturer Hasselblad has dropped the price of its flagship camera by a third in its latest promotion. The 50MP H6D-50c medium format DSLR camera has been reduced from $25995/£22,680 to $17995/£15,900 making a saving of $8000/£6780.

Hasselblad has announced the price drop in a newsletter, describing it as a promotion, but in the past such promotions that have appeared to be temporary have actually marked the moment the product price changed permanently. Previous promotions of the H5D-50c came around the Christmas period and offered similarly dramatic permanent price reductions, and there is no end-date for the promotion mentioned in the communication.

For more information on the H6D-50c see the Hasselblad website.

Hasselblad newsletter information

H6D-50c Special Promotion

The H6D-50c is the latest generation of our integrated digital cameras and has been painstakingly redesigned from the ground up to incorporate the very latest technologies. The tried and tested 50MP sensor has been further developed with an increased ISO range and performance in data throughput. With close to 14 stops of dynamic range, subtle details are rendered beautifully in crisp, breathtaking detail. As a special promotion the price for the H6D-50c has been reduced to £13,250 + VAT.

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Long Shot 2017 is Saturday, June 10th. Will you be shooting?

DP Review News - Wed, 07/06/2017 - 17:56

Here in Seattle, we are pretty excited when summer arrives. Granted, the warm weather doesn't actually get here until sometime in mid-July, but that doesn't stop us from leaving the socks at home and heading out without a raincoat (and then complaining about the inevitable rain and hashtagging all of our Instagram photos with #junuary).

One of the ways we celebrate the coming of summer is with the Photographic Center Northwest's (PCNW) Long Shot – a global 24-hour photo shoot that is open to anyone, anywhere, with any camera (yes, including your phone). Long Shot isn't a competition; it's an opportunity to take a day to focus on photography, share what you capture and see what other photographers are doing. It's also a way PCNW raises awareness and funds to support its photographic mission.

Photo by Luke Peterson | Long Shot 2016

This year's Long Shot is on Saturday, June 10th. Between 9AM Pacific on Saturday and 9AM Pacific on Sunday, participating photographers around the world 'chase the light'. You photograph whatever you want, wherever you are. If you register (there is a $20 suggested donation), you can submit up to 5 favorite images from the day and a jury will pick one of your images to include in the annual Long Shot slideshow and pop-up exhibit in Seattle on June 17th. You don't have to attend the pop-up to participate, and you don't have to participate to attend the pop-up.

"Ode to 18th Century" by Anna Ream | Long Shot 2016

If you choose not to register, you can still take photographs and share them on social media using the hashtags #longshot2017, #photocenternw and #pcnw. Your images won't be included in the slideshow or exhibit, but you'll still be part of a worldwide community of photographers taking part in a fun event.

Take a look at the Long Shot 2016 slideshow to see what last year's participants photographed. (Note: There are a lot of beards.) What will you photograph this year, if you participate?

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Olivia Parker's best photograph: an early warning of Alzheimer's

‘It was only after John died that I realised these were an early sign of his illness’

They say Alzheimer’s starts way before you notice it. But there are little things. Although my husband John died last year, it wasn’t until quite recently that I noticed this photograph – and realised what it meant. It was taken in 2004, seven years before I actually recognised John was ill. At the time, I would notice things, but he’d explain them away. He had stopped reading novels, but told me he had too much reading to do for work. Later, I realised he wasn’t doing that either. His condition was very obvious by 2011, but I thought it was just him getting older, until someone said: “You’re finishing all of his sentences.”

John wasn’t someone who got angry, but when we were renovating our house he wanted to control everything. When things weren’t going his way, he’d write all these notes on yellow paper. After each meeting with the architect and builder, and sometimes during the meeting, he would squash his notes up into a tight ball. I had never seen him do anything like that. I now know it was the beginning of an anger that wasn’t part of his personality.

The doctor spelled out the word Alzheimer's and asked him to write it down

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