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A ghost in kiss curls: how Gillian Wearing and Claude Cahun share a mask

The National Portrait Gallery is bringing together the works of two artistic visionaries exploring the complexities of identity in different eras

With hearts on her cheeks, kiss curls on her forehead and cupid’s bow lips, Claude Cahun stares out at us in a small black and white photograph, taken in 1927. Her gaze is steady. Do you dare look at me, she seems to say, meeting the photographer’s gaze. The phrase I AM IN TRAINING DON’T KISS ME is emblazoned on her leotard. Her outfit makes me think of a circus act.

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Canon EF-M 18-150 F3.5-6.3 IS STM real-world sample gallery

DP Review News - Sun, 08/01/2017 - 11:00
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The Canon EF-M 18-150mm F3.5-6.3 IS STM is a travel zoom for the company's mirrorless cameras. It's equivalent to 28.8-240mm when attached to an EF-M mount camera, such as the EOS M5 that we used for this gallery. Click the images above to open the gallery and see how the lens performed at the Disneyland Resort and beyond.

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Beyond smartphones: next-step cameras

The Guardian on Photography Technology - Sun, 08/01/2017 - 09:45
If you’re taking your photography more seriously, and would like to upgrade from camera or phone, here are six top models with connectivity

with a M.Zuiko Digital 14‑42mm 1:3.5‑5.6 II R lens; 16MP; 503g; £549

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Keep on moving: readers' photos on the theme of active

For last week’s photography assignment in the Observer New Review we asked you to share your photos on the theme of active via GuardianWitness. Here’s a selection of our favourites

  • Share your photos on this week’s theme “heavy” by clicking the button below
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Your pictures: share your photos on the theme of 'heavy'

Wherever you are in the world, this week we’d like to see your pictures on the theme ‘heavy’

We’re running a regular weekly photography assignment in the Observer New Review and the next theme is ‘heavy.’ Share your photos of what heavy means to you – and tell us about your image in the description box.

The closing date is Wednesday 11 January at noon. We’ll publish our favourites in The New Review on Sunday 15 January and in a gallery on the Guardian site.

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CES 2017: Hands-on with the Kodak Super 8

DP Review News - Sat, 07/01/2017 - 20:45
CES 2017: Hands-on with Kodak Super 8

First launched in 1965, Kodak's Super 8 format was one of the most influential developments in amateur filmmaking. And now it's back, with an all-new (kind of) camera. We headed to the Kodak booth earlier today to get our hands on one.

CES 2017: Hands-on with Kodak Super 8

The new Super 8 camera is truly a hybrid of the very old, and the very new. At its heart is a cartridge of 8mm film, totaling 50 feet in length. How many minutes of footage you can shoot depends on which frame-rate you select. The Super 8 camera can shoot at 18, 24, 25, or 36 fps. 

CES 2017: Hands-on with Kodak Super 8

The 'viewfinder' is a 3.5in LCD, which provides a live view image, via a split-prism behind the attached lens. Although a large flipping, tilting screen is definitely a huge improvement over classic all-analog Super 8 cameras of the past, the live view image is hazy, grainy, and hard to use as a means of judging critical focus. In other words - pretty familiar, if you've ever shot Super 8 before.

CES 2017: Hands-on with Kodak Super 8

The main control on the Super 8 camera is the circular 'wheel', shown here on the body, facing the flipped-out screen. It works rather like a second-generation iPod. The central button brings up a menu, and the touch-sensitive wheel allows you to navigate the settings by scrolling. The screen itself is not touch-sensitive.

CES 2017: Hands-on with Kodak Super 8

Super 8 cameras will be bundled with a manual focus Ricoh 6mm F1.2 prime lens (roughly equivalent to a 37mm F7.4 in 35mm terms) but the C-mount is compatible with a huge number of lenses stretching back decades.

CES 2017: Hands-on with Kodak Super 8

Here's that click wheel in action. The Super 8 is reasonably customizable. Many of the features that would have been managed with physical switches in the past (like frame rate) can be set in the camera's menus. As a result, the camera body is impressively clean and minimalist.

CES 2017: Hands-on with Kodak Super 8

The Super 8 is a true 'hybrid' device. While the film takes care of the images, sound can be recorded to an SD card, via an external microphone. Cartridges must be mailed back to Kodak for development, and the price (TBC) will include film development, scanning and uploading to the cloud.

CES 2017: Hands-on with Kodak Super 8

Oh yes - and Kodak has also promised to bring back Ektachrome! 

It feels a bit surreal to be covering the launch of new film products in 2017, especially from Kodak, but after using an almost production-ready sample of the Super 8 camera today we're actually pretty impressed by how well the company has married the analog and digital sides of the product. What do you think?

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Fort Lauderdale, Antartica and Istanbul – the 20 photographs of the week

The aftermath from the nightclub attack in Istanbul, a massive rift at an ice shelf in Antarctica, the fragile ceasefire in Syria – the news of the week captured by the world’s best photojournalists

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Great exhibitions: 2017's best art, photography, architecture and design

From the biggest ever Hockney show to the Bayeux tapestry of space, with the Russian revolution, Renaissance miracles and California’s tech visions thrown in … the best art and design exhibitions to come in 2017

An exhibition that explores the myriad ways in which the north of England has inspired the wider world in terms of fashion, music and youth culture. It asks whether the north of England has a particular aesthetic as well as an attitude? Helping provide the answer are photographers such as Nick Knight, Corinne Day, Jason Evans, fashion designer Paul Smith, and artists Peter Saville and Jeremy Deller. The theme of masculinity will feature strongly.
Open Eye Gallery, Liverpool, 6 January-19 March.

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CES 2017: hands-on with the Canon PowerShot G9 X II

DP Review News - Sat, 07/01/2017 - 09:00
CES 2017: Hands-on with the Canon PowerShot G9 X II

We're at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada where Canon has taken the wraps off a new high-end compact camera: the PowerShot G9 X Mark II. We dropped by the Canon booth to take a closer look. 

CES 2017: Hands-on with the Canon PowerShot G9 X II

Externally, the G9 X Mark II looks a lot like the PowerShot Mark I. In fact, the two cameras are almost impossible to tell apart. Canon even forgot to add a 'II' to the name. The improvements are all internal. 

An upgraded Digic VII processor provides a major speed boost, enabling continuous shooting up to 8.2 fps (compared to 1fps in the original G9 X). Canon has also added Dual Sensing Image Stabilization, meaning that information from the lens and sensor is combined to offer a claimed 3.5 stops of image stabilization.

CES 2017: Hands-on with the Canon PowerShot G9 X II

The G9 X Mark II uses the same 20MP 1-inch sensor as its forebear, and the same 28-82mm equiv. F2-4.9 lens. Aside from the faster continuous shooting, other additions include greater customization options, improved AF tracking, better scene recognition in auto mode and in-camera Raw conversion.

CES 2017: Hands-on with the Canon PowerShot G9 X II

In terms of body size, the two cameras are identical, too, making the Mark II a highly attractive pocket compact, just like its predecessor.

This image gives a good indication of the G9 X Mark II's slim construction. When turned off (shown here) the body is a mere 31mm thick. 

CES 2017: Hands-on with the Canon PowerShot G9 X II

The GX9 II gets a bit bigger when it's powered up, but not much. Here you can also see the main control dial around the lens. This ring can be customized to serve various functions. By default, it controls the main exposure parameter (i.e., aperture, in Av mode). 

CES 2017: Hands-on with the Canon PowerShot G9 X II

The rear of the G9 X Mark II is dominated by a large touch-sensitive LCD, boasting 1.04 million dots. It's fixed, which keeps the camera nice and slim, but could mean that it's a bit harder to take selfies. 

CES 2017: Hands-on with the Canon PowerShot G9 X II

A tiny flash (gn 6) can be popped up manually for fill light and social photography. The G9 X Mark II is set to ship next month in your choice of black or silver, for $529. 

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Passion play: 50 years of Toronto's Good Friday parades – in pictures

Vincenzo Pietropaolo has photographed the 100,000-strong Easter parade in Toronto’s Little Italy for almost a half-century, documenting a tradition that has weathered gentrification

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DJI reportedly takes majority stake in Hasselblad

DP Review News - Fri, 06/01/2017 - 23:24

DJI is reported to have acquired a majority share in Hasselblad, according to an article posted January 4 on Luminous Landscape. We asked DJI's Corporate Communication Director of North America, Adam Lisberg, about the reports and he declined to comment. It's telling, however, that DJI isn't making an effort to deny the reports.

The initial report from LL, written by Kevin Raber, recounts the history of Hasselblad from the company's aerial beginnings to the announcement of the X1D system. Raber speculates that unexpectedly high demand for the X1D forced Hasselblad to look for funding to produce the camera. He says:

"Hasselblad still needed to stay afloat. The investors wanted their money and they were not willing to contribute any more to this cause. What now?

Simple, the minority shareholder becomes the majority shareholder. DJI now owns the majority share of Hasselblad. You heard me right. This information has come from numerous, reliable sources. Hasselblad, the iconic Swedish camera company, is now owned by the Chinese drone maker DJI. Sooner or later, this will all become public."

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Kevin Raber, Luminous Landscape

You can read the entire article here

What does this mean for the future of Hasselblad? What kind of products could the two create together? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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Hawks Factory announces new 35mm F2 in M-mount

DP Review News - Fri, 06/01/2017 - 22:34

Japanese optical manufacturer Hawks Factory has released details of a new lens it has designed in homage to ‘old-style’ Leica M lenses. The Tsubasa Swallow 35mm F2 comes in a Leica M-mount and intends to produce images with a retro feel, according the company. It will display high resolution in the center of the frame and a soft blur at the edges when used wide open. Hawks Factory claims that the style of image the lens produces is something that ‘fascinates people all over the world’. 

The Tsubasa Swallow 35mm F2 is constructed using eight elements in six groups and features an iris created with 14 blades that closes to F16. The company says the glass and the polishing are Japanese, and that they designed their own helicoid for the focusing ring. The lens has an all-metal barrel that is said to be designed to withstand decades of use, but the company doesn’t specify whether the focusing mechanism is coupled to the camera’s rangefinder system or whether users will be expected to focus via Live View.

The lens is expected to be released for sale in February and, according to Leica Rumours, will be priced ¥198,000 (approx. $1800). For more information and some sample images see this translated version of the Hawks Factory website.

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Ambarella announces 8K-ready H3 SoC for drones and video cameras

DP Review News - Fri, 06/01/2017 - 20:24

Image processor maker Ambarella has released the H3 System-on-Chip (SoC) for high-end drones and video cameras, including those capturing 360-degree and virtual reality footage. The H3 supports 8K Ultra HD H.264/AVC video at 30 frames per second or multiple video streams with equivalent performance, for example 360-degree cameras that use dual 4K/60fps sensors. 

With the introduction of H3 we believe we provide the highest video performance and best image quality solution for high-end drones and multi-sensor video cameras,” said Fermi Wang, president and CEO of Ambarella. “H3 delivers 8Kp30 video performance to match the next generation of displays, such as 8K televisions and high resolution head-mounted displays.

The chip comes with a multi-channel ISP for 360-degree video capture and multi-sensor drone applications. 10-bit HDR processing should help maintain smooth gradations and color information in wide gamut, high-contrast scenes. Meanwhile, Ambarella's electronic image stabilization keeps things steady, even in difficult conditions such as high winds or when panning quickly. The chipset is powered by a quad-core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU and an integrated hardware de-warping engine supports wide-angle panoramic camera designs and fish-eye lenses. Ambarella has not provided any information as to when the H3 is likely to make its appearance in consumer products, but it's good to see that in the near future there should be a range of capture devices capable of recording content for the latest 8K displays. 

Press Release:

Ambarella Introduces 8K Ultra HD SoCs for Virtual Reality and Drone Cameras

Ambarella H3 SoC delivers 8K Ultra HD at 30 frames per second and 4K Ultra HD at 120 frames per second

SANTA CLARA, Calif., January 5, 2017 -- Ambarella, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMBA), a leading developer of low-power, HD and Ultra HD video processing semiconductors, today introduced the H3 System-on-Chip (SoC) for high-end drones and a new generation of video cameras, including 360-degree and virtual reality cameras. The H3 video SoC enables 8K Ultra HD H.264/AVC video at 30 frames per second, as well as multiple video streams with equivalent performance, including 360-degree cameras with dual 4KP60 sensor video capture.

8K videos played on large 8K displays provide a better viewing experience to the end user, as pixels at this resolution are indistinguishable to the human eye at any reasonable distance. The combination of 8K video capture together with Ambarella’s advanced oversampling and image stabilization also enables higher video quality 4K video recording.

“With the introduction of H3 we believe we provide the highest video performance and best image quality solution for high-end drones and multi-sensor video cameras,” said Fermi Wang, president and CEO of Ambarella. “H3 delivers 8Kp30 video performance to match the next generation of displays, such as 8K televisions and high resolution head-mounted displays.”

H3 includes a powerful multi-channel ISP for 360 degree video capture and multi-sensor drone applications. Its 10-bit HEVC High Dynamic Range (HDR) video processing handles high contrast and wide color range scenes. It also features Ambarella’s advanced Electronic Image Stabilization (EIS), capable of generating a smooth 4Kp60 video output under challenging conditions, including during high winds and with high degrees of rotation. The integration of a quad-core ARM® Cortex®-A53 CPU with floating point and NEON™ provides significant processing power for customer applications including computer vision, wireless networking, and multi-sensor stitching algorithms. The H3’s hardware de-warping engine supports wide-angle panoramic camera designs and fish-eye lenses.

Ambarella will demonstrate the new H3 SoC at a private, invitation-only event held during the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, January 5 – 8, 2017.

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Sport picture of the day: shining a light on the Four Hills Tournament

The viewpoint from which the photograph was taken, the pose, the faint stars and the shafts of light give an ethereal quality to Norway’s Daniel-André Tande as he takes his first jump at the Four Hills Tournament in Bischofshofen, Austria

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Dell Canvas 27 launched as world's first 'horizontal smart workspace'

DP Review News - Fri, 06/01/2017 - 18:43

At CES 2017, Dell introduced what it claims is the world's first 'horizontal smart workspace,' the 27-inch touch-sensitive Dell Canvas display. Canvas is designed for creatives, including photographers, artists, and graphic designers, and can be used in two orientations: lying flat on a desk or propped up at an angle via a kickstand. The display likewise offers support for a stylus, totems (Dell's large control dials), and touch input.

Dell Canvas isn’t necessarily an alternative to Surface Studio; rather, it is a large display that can be connected to nearly any Windows 10 device, says Dell. The monitor has a 2560 x 1440 QHD resolution. The model will be available from Dell.com in the U.S. on March 30 starting at $1799.

Via: Dell

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‘I was proud to be a road sweeper’: Julia Pidgeon, London, July 1975

One man got out of his car and said, ‘You look like a nice girl – why is your boyfriend letting you do this job?’

I was 19 and studying textile design at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts in south-east London. I wanted to earn some money during my summer break, so I could go on a trip to Italy with friends. I’d noticed a female road sweeper using an old-fashioned cart in Clapham, where I lived, and read that they earned good money. I applied to Lambeth council, but they didn’t have any vacancies, so I approached neighbouring Wandsworth. And that’s how I became their first female road sweeper.

I worked for six weeks, cleaning the pavements around Putney High Street. I’d push the cleaner (it’s behind me in the picture), and use the brush to get into corners. I was the first woman to use a vacuum sweeper. It was really quite pleasant; it was summer and the work kept me fit. I took real pride in the job, getting those pavements clean. I’d pick up the machine in the morning and work from around 7am to 4pm.

Related: Meet the women doing 'men's work'

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Best friends, dark visions and wacky rococo – the week in art

Turner’s watercolours are unveiled once more in Edinburgh, while Beyond Caravaggio enters its final week – plus the rest of the week’s art happenings

Turner in January
Start the year with a dose of JMW Turner’s luminous genius in this traditional January unveiling of some of his most wondrous watercolours.
Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh, until 31 January.

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CES video: the Panasonic GH5

DP Review News - Fri, 06/01/2017 - 11:15

One of the most anticipated cameras at CES is the Panasonic GH5, so it's no surprise that the company's booth was overrun, in part, by people wanting to see it in person. We met up with Panasonic's Matt Frazer, who walks through some highlights (and things he likes) on this new camera.

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Hands-on with new 'Graphite' Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2 (and the XP120)

DP Review News - Fri, 06/01/2017 - 11:00
Hands-on with new 'Graphite' Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2 (and the XP120)

For the most part a glittering parade of the utterly unnecessary*, CES does occasionally throw up a gem for camera geeks. Last year it was Nikon's D500 and D5, and this year we're very taken with Fujifilm's new 'Graphite' editions of the X-T2 and X-Pro2. More specifically, the X-Pro2 is 'Graphite', while the X-T2 is offered in a lighter, shinier 'Graphite Silver'.

You've seen the cameras before, but not like this - click through for a closer look. 

*I saw something last night called a 'Smart Lawn'. I'm not kidding.

Hands-on with new 'Graphite' Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2 (and the XP120)

The X-T2's new graphite silver finish is actually really nice. The gloss silver looks flashy without being gaudy. It will certainly attract more attention than the standard body but doesn't scream 'bling'. 

Hands-on with new 'Graphite' Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2 (and the XP120)

According to Fujifilm, the new finish is achieved by layering three coats, over the magnesium-alloy shell. The first coat is matte black...

Hands-on with new 'Graphite' Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2 (and the XP120)

...the second coat uses something that Fujifilm calls "Thin-film Multilayer Coating Technology" to apply the smooth silver finish... 

Hands-on with new 'Graphite' Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2 (and the XP120)

...and the final coat is a clear varnish, for a glossy finish. The end result is very nice indeed, we think. 

Hands-on with new 'Graphite' Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2 (and the XP120)

The graphite silver X-T2 will ship later this month, for $1799 body-only. That's $200 more than the standard X-T2.

Hands-on with new 'Graphite' Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2 (and the XP120)

Not to be left out of the party, the X-Pro2 is getting a new color treatment, too. This time, it's just plain 'Graphite'. Darker and more subtle than the silver X-T2, the graphite X-Pro2 looks great. It's still glossy, but not ostentatious. 

Hands-on with new 'Graphite' Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2 (and the XP120)

The Graphite X-Pro2 will be kitted with a special matching 23mm F2 R WR lens (not available separately). These pictures were taken under pretty rotten mixed hotel lighting, but hopefully you get the idea.  

Hands-on with new 'Graphite' Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2 (and the XP120)

The graphite finish is also a multilayer coating, and according to Fujifilm the distinctive shade is achieved by increasing the amount of black pigment in the top coat. 

Hands-on with new 'Graphite' Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2 (and the XP120)

The Graphite edition X-Pro2 kit will come with a dedicated LH-XF35-2 lens hood for the 23mm F2, in matching graphite finish (of course).

Hands-on with new 'Graphite' Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2 (and the XP120)

In all functional respects, the Graphite X-Pro2 is precisely the same as the standard model that we reviewed here. The Graphite kit will be available later this month for $2,299.95, which is about $150 more than the standard camera and lens. 

Hands-on with new 'Graphite' Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2 (and the XP120)

As well as the new graphite editions of the flagship X-series, Fujifilm also took the wraps off a new rugged camera, the XP120. 

The XP120 has a 16.4MP BSI-CMOS sensor and a 28-140mm lens, and is waterproof to 20m/65ft, shockproof to 1.8m/5.7ft and freezeproof to -10C/+14F.

Hands-on with new 'Graphite' Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2 (and the XP120)

Other features include a 3" LCD, unique 'Cinemagraph' feature, which 'produces still photos with moving elements', 1080/60p video (with a wind filter) and Wi-Fi.

Hands-on with new 'Graphite' Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2 (and the XP120)

The XP120 will come in four colors – blue, sky blue, green and yellow – and will be available in February for $229.

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CES video: the Nikon D5600

DP Review News - Fri, 06/01/2017 - 11:00
The Nikon D5600, originally announced for Europe and Asia, is now coming to North America. Backstage at CES, Nikon's Steve Heiner tells us a bit about the D5600, including the new, deeper hand grip.
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