The 20 photographs of the week

The protests in Caracas, wildfires in Europe, the battle for Raqqa and the world swimming championships – the news of the week captured by the world’s best photojournalists

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Lensrentals on the Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 Art: a lot for less than the competition

DP Review News - Fri, 28/07/2017 - 20:34

Following some initial lab testing results, Lensrentals has published a full review of the highly-anticipated Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 Art. While lab testing suggests that it doesn't quite keep up with the established, much more expensive options from Canon and Nikon, a competitive price tag is one of the lens' major selling points. Depending on your budget and needs, that price difference might tip the scale. Reviewer Zach Sutton sums it up:

"However, here is where the Sigma shines once again, offering itself at a $1,300 price tag, whereas the Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L II sits at $1,750, and the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8E at $2,400. The Sigma provides a lot for significantly less than the competition."

Check out the full review and let us know what you think of the 24-70 in the comments.

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Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 Art review

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EyeEm 2017 Photography Awards finalists revealed

DP Review News - Fri, 28/07/2017 - 18:55

EyeEm has revealed the finalists for its fourth annual photography contest, the largest competition of its kind. Chosen from more than 590,000 submissions, these photos are contending for the top spot in one of five different categories: 'The Street Photographer,' 'The Great Outdoors,' 'The Portraitist,' 'The Architect,' and 'The Photojournalist.' The 100 selected photos can be viewed on EyeEm's awards website.

According to EyeEm, more than 88,000 photographers from around the globe submitted photos for consideration. The images chosen from the submissions will be judged by a panel of judges that include National Geographic Traveler's Director of Photography Anne Farrar, Refinery29's photography director Toby Kaufmann, BBC Picture Editor Emma Lynch, EyeEm's 2016 winner Zacharie Rabehi, and others.

The contest's winners will be revealed in Berlin at the 2017 EyeEm Photography Festival running from September 15 to 17, with the announcement itself happening on September 16. The awards ceremony will take place at the Radialsystem V; those who want to attend can still order tickets.

Via: EyeEm

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Leica chairman contemplates Leica smartphone

DP Review News - Fri, 28/07/2017 - 15:53
Leica chairman of the supervisory board Andreas Kaufmann, image: Leica

By way of its strategic partnership with Huawei, Leica is already involved in the development of smartphone camera technology. However, it appears chairman of the supervisory board Andreas Kaufmann can imagine the German manufacturer taking things one step further and making its own camera phone.

In an interview with CNBC Kaufman explained how the company has adapted its strategies and diversified the product range as it dealt with the digital revolution in photography. First film was replaced by digital cameras, then the smartphone was adopted as the modern amateur camera, Kaufmann explained.

The next logical step could be a true Leica smartphone. "I am not sure whether the company can do (this) … (But) one dream would be my personal dream: a true Leica phone," Kaufmann said. "Every smartphone is wrong for photography at the moment," he told CNBC, explaining that smartphones were generally used vertically but tilted into landscape orientation for photography.

Kaufmann also said that smartphones don't have the right setup for street photography or video. "The phone nowadays is not fit really for photography … It's used as a camera, it's used as a video camera, but it's not built that way and I think there's a long way to go still."

While most average consumers appear to be quite happy with the imaging setup of current smartphones it's not a surprise the Leica chairman has a slightly different point of view. What do you think? Could a Leica smartphone a better alternative to Apple and Samsung? Let us know in the comments.

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‘Within 15 minutes a full-blown tornado had formed’

Theunis Wessels mows his lawn as a tornado blows, Alberta, Canada, June 2017

I am a competitive, goal-driven person. I love extreme sports, and when I’m not working, I like to be with my wife and two children. I’m a business consultant, and there’s a lot going on, so if I don’t schedule my time things don’t get done.

This photo was taken early one Friday evening at our home in Alberta, Canada. Because we spend Saturdays at things such as swimming events or on hikes, and Sundays relaxing, I like to get chores done on a Friday.

Related: Jason Weingart's storm chasing – in pictures

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Sample gallery and impressions: Tamron 18-400 F3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLD

DP Review News - Fri, 28/07/2017 - 14:00
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The Tamron 18-400 F3.5-6.3 wants to be the only lens you’ll ever need. In my experience, lenses of this nature tend to offer zoom versatility at the cost of sharpness, especially at the telephoto end of the zoom range. But I was pleasantly surprised by how solid this ‘ultra-telephoto’ performs at all focal lengths in bright, direct light.

More specifically, I found it produced adequately sharp images throughout the zoom range with acceptable levels of CA, distortion and vignetting. It’s also a fun lens to use, given its focal length range and reasonable size. As a bonus, it also offers a surprisingly close focus distance at the long end (see image at the bottom of this page).

See our Tamron 18-400mm F3.5-6.3 sample gallery

Available for both Canon and Nikon APS-C camera bodies (it offers an equivalent zoom range of 27-600mm on Nikon's DX format, and 29-640mm on a Canon) I used the 18-400mm with the Canon EOS 80D, and and in terms of size and balance, it proved a good pairing. Despite having a plastic housing, the 18-400mm is reassuringly solid, and unlike some cheaper zooms the mount is made of metal. A small rubber ring around the mount is a reminder that the lens is also moisture-resistant.

Vibration Control is a useful feature given the insane zoom range – I definitely noticed it kicking in while shooting.

The wide, 27mm equivalent. And the tele, 600mm equivalent.

The lens also offers a nifty locking mechanism when zoomed to 18mm. This is a great way to avoid the dreaded ‘lens creep,’ though I found even without using the lock, the lens never crept when left at or near 18mm. The body also offers an AF/MF toggle, in addition to a VC on/off switch.

Overall, the Tamron 18-400mm F3.5-6.3 strikes me as a great and versatile lens for most daylight shooting scenarios. Travelers in particular will find it useful. And though it is heftier than your average kit lens, at 24.9oz / 705g, it shouldn't weigh you down too much.

I was impressed by the close focus distance when shooting at the tele end.
400 mm | 1/1600 sec | F6.3 | ISO 800
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Travel photo of the week: The Lionheart's castle, Normandy

Richard the Lionheart was once king of this imposing castle on the banks of the Seine that features in Kieron Connolly’s latest book, Abandoned Castles

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Best photos of the day: hot air balloons and open-air films

The Guardian’s picture editors bring you a selection of photo highlights from around the world, including Movies with a View in New York, and hot air balloons in France

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A flamingo frenzy, Matisse's personal stash and a Warhol in the attic – the week in art

Edinburgh fizzes for the festival, a bio-artist makes books bloom with bacteria and low-riders enter high art – all in your weekly dispatch

Matisse in the Studio
The diverse world art collection of Henri Matisse is recreated by an exhibition that explores how it shaped his vision.
Royal Academy, London, 5 August to 12 November.

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Frozen in time: the miraculous gold rush movies buried under the Yukon ice

After bulldozers uncovered reels of long-buried silent films on a Canadian building site, painstaking restoration has delivered a fascinating glimpse of boom time in Dawson City – and the artistic delights to be found there

In 1978, in north-west Canada’s Yukon territory, construction on a new recreation centre was under way in a small rural settlement called Dawson City. As bulldozers tore up the ground where the previous sports hall had stood, a remarkable discovery came to light: hundreds of reels of ancient nitrate film. Some 533 silent films were recovered, including newsreels and features of all types, dating from the 1910s and 20s. Most were previously unknown to film scholars or thought to be totally lost. But for 49 years the inhospitable cold of the Yukon landscape had safely protected the films – which had been found at the bottom of an old swimming pool.

Film-maker Bill Morrison has pieced together some of these cinematic relics into a sprawling, hypnotic rumination on a long-forgotten past, called Dawson City: Frozen Time. Morrison, whose previous work includes the acclaimed found-footage essay Decasia, explains the route the footage took from building site to the Canadian national archives in Ottawa – transported by a Hercules military aircraft after civilian courier firms refused to deliver what they considered dangerously flammable material. Morrison says he first heard about the footage as an art student in the 1980s. “It became a story that archivists told – a wonderful almost-folktale. But it was all word of mouth. There was only one article written about it in the mid-80s.” he says. “Now, most people my age or younger have never heard of it. So I do think cultural memory has a shelf life of eight to 10 years and then people forget.”

Big-shot cowboys of the day and showmen could relive past glories one last time by going up to Dawson City in 1898

As film was brought out into the hot August sun of 1978, that change in temperature was almost lethal for the emulsion

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Lebanese rubbish crisis: then and now – in pictures

Following a long-running rubbish crisis last year in Lebanon, Beirut authorities have restarted refuse collection services

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Emma Elizabeth Tillman: up close with Father John Misty – in pictures

Their wedding at Big Sur, mushroom trips at Joshua Tree, hungover mornings somewhere in Germany … Emma Elizabeth Tillman’s intense photographic study of life with the singer Josh Tillman

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Style of the ocean liners – in pictures

The Duke of Windsor’s 100-piece luggage set and a Cartier diamond-encrusted tiara salvaged from the torpedoed Lusitania are just some of the pieces that will be on show in next spring’s exhibition at the V&A in London – Ocean Liners: Speed and Style

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Sony a7S II sends 4K video from the International Space Station to Earth

DP Review News - Thu, 27/07/2017 - 21:34

Last December a Japanese rocket brought cargo 249 miles above the Earth to the International Space Station. On that rocket was none other than a Sony Alpha a7S II, which was soon mounted on the outside of Japan's KIBO module to take photos and videos of the mothership, so to speak.

Mounting a camera to a space station isn't like putting a GoPro on your handlebars – the a7S II is enclosed in a specially designed aluminum housing with a radiator to keep it at a comfortable temperature in the vacuum of space. It's mounted on a two-axis gimbal so, unlike prior cameras on the ISS, it's not constantly looking straight down. The camera itself is basically the same as what you could buy off the shelf, and has an FE 28-135 F4 G OSS power zoom lens attached.

Head on over to Sony's website to learn more about why the company's high-sensitivity full-frame camera was chosen and how it all works. You can also find additional 4K videos to enjoy.

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Richard Prince must face lawsuit over image theft, judge rules

DP Review News - Thu, 27/07/2017 - 20:00

Controversial artist Richard Prince must face a lawsuit over his unauthorized use of photographer Donald Graham's photo 'Rastafarian Smoking a Joint,' a federal judge has ruled. The ruling concerns a 2015 lawsuit Graham filed against Prince after he failed to heed a cease and desist order. Prince and Larry Gagosian, owner of the Gagosian Gallery where the pilfered image and others were displayed, had claimed the work is 'transformative' in an effort to have the case dismissed.

Real Bongo Nyah man a real Congo Nyah ✊ repost @indigoochild

A post shared by Jay Kirton Kwame Ka Asante (@rastajay92) on May 5, 2014 at 1:48pm PDT

Though Prince has managed to escape past lawsuits unscathed, this latest one may prove different. Talking about the 'transformative' claims, U.S. District Judge Sidney H Stein stated, "The primary image in both works is the photograph itself. Prince has not materially altered the composition, presentation, scale, color palette and media originally used by Graham."

Graham's version of the image was acquired from another Instagram account where it was featured; he had it enlarged and printed with his own Instagram-style comment beneath the original user's caption. The exhibit at Gagosian contained a total of 38 of these 'borrowed' images, including the Rastafarian photo cited in the lawsuit. The court's ultimate ruling on the lawsuit could set a major precedent for fair use as it relates to Instagram images.

Via: New York Times

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Sony full-frame CineAlta 4K motion picture camera teased ahead of launch

DP Review News - Thu, 27/07/2017 - 19:30

Sony has teased its video-focused customers with news of an upcoming announcement: it will soon take the wraps off a new CineAlta motion picture camera, one sporting a 36x24mm sensor. There's still a bunch details forthcoming, but thus far Sony has revealed that the new CineAlta model will be capable of multiple aspect ratios and will be compatible with many existing CineAlta accessories.

Sony has only revealed a handful of details about the camera at this time (below), explaining that it is developing the model 'through careful research and close collaboration with creative professionals.' The company doesn't state when the camera will be available, nor when the full announcement will be made.

Technology highlights and key benefits:

  • Full Frame 36x24mm sensor exclusively designed for this Digital Motion Picture Camera
  • Aspect ratio-agnostic – including Full Frame, Super35 4K 4-perf 4:3 Anamorphic and 4K spherical 3-perf 17:9
  • New image sensor enabling exceptional picture quality
  • Maintains the workflow established with Sony’s 16bit RAW/X-OCN and XAVC
  • Compatible with current and upcoming hardware accessories for CineAlta cameras (DVF-EL200 Full HD OLED Viewfinder, AXS-R7 recorder, AXS-CR1 and AR1 card reader, AXS and SxS memory cards).

Via: DIYPhotography

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Archie Taylor obituary

My father, Archie Taylor, who has died aged 90, was an adventurous man with a passion for sailing that was fostered by reading Arthur Ransome books as a boy. He was also a talented saxophonist, composer and arranger.

He was born in Bournemouth into a musical family. His father, Archie, was a tenor saxophonist, and his mother, Maud (nee Long), had played the concertina in the music halls with her sister, Dolly.

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GoPro launches QuikStories feature for automated story-telling

DP Review News - Thu, 27/07/2017 - 16:51

GoPro's Quik app for making short and shareable videos from your GoPro footage has been available for a while. Now the new QuikStories feature is taking things one step further by generating clips automatically and making them as easy as possible to share on social media and get them off your GoPro's memory card.

QuikStories is integrated into the latest version of the GoPro app. After a day of shooting video with your GoPro the app will search your camera for new clips and automatically create a shareable version, complete with edits and music. It'll also integrate brief moments from longer clips. You can still customize the final output manually though, and change the order of clips or the music. You can also add other media from your phone into the mix if you want to.

As you would expect, QuikStories integrates with most social networks you already have on your phone, but you can also export the finalized video to use it in any way you want. The video below gives you a pretty good idea of how the feature works.

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Capitol Hill photographers asked to delete protest images, claim journalists

DP Review News - Thu, 27/07/2017 - 16:46
Photo by Phil Roeder, licensed under Creative Commons

Journalists photographing a protest in the US Capitol building report that they were told by Capitol Police to delete photos and videos of arrests. The events unfolded yesterday in the third floor Senate wing of the building as demonstrators protested the vote that would begin an effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

Protesters chant "kill the bill" and "shame" as senators begin a key procedural vote on the Obamacare repeal bill

— POLITICO (@politico) July 25, 2017

As police handcuffed and removed protestors from the hallway outside of the Senate chambers, journalists were reportedly told by police to stop taking photos, and were instructed to delete photos and videos they had captured.

Reporters blocked from Senate halls where protesters being arrested, shouting, "Kill the bill!" Being told, "no photos. Delete your photos."

— Jennifer Bendery (@jbendery) July 25, 2017

Capitol Police made me delete the video I recorded.

— Andrew Desiderio (@desiderioDC) July 25, 2017

Official policy for press in the Senate Gallery states that photography is indeed prohibited in that area. However, the ACLU spoke up to remind press that police may not force anyone to delete a photo or video without a warrant, no matter the circumstances.

Police may not delete photographs without a warrant, period.

If you think your rights were violated by Capitol Police, contact @ACLU_DC.

— ACLU National (@ACLU) July 25, 2017
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Meizu Pro 7 Plus comes with dual-cam and dual-screens

DP Review News - Thu, 27/07/2017 - 16:07

Chinese manufacturer Meizu has released its latest flagship smartphone and the Pro 7 Plus is quite a remarkable device in a number of ways. Like most recent high-end devices it comes with a dual-camera on the back. However it also offers a secondary AMOLED display on the back as a standout-feature. It can be used for music playback, date and weather-related information, or as viewfinder when taking selfies with the rear cameras.

In addition the Pro 7 Plus is also the first device to be powered by MediaTek's new Helio X30 10nm chipset with 10 cores in three clusters. There are also 6GB of RAM, 64GB and 128GB storage options a 3500mAh battery and a 16MP front camera. Images can be viewed on a large 5.7" QHD AMOLED display.

In the dual-camera the Meizu uses a very similar configuration to the Motorola Moto Z2 Force Edition that was announced two days ago. Two 12MP 1/2.9" Sony IMX368 sensors with 1.25 µm pixel size, one RGB and one monochrome, are combined for depth-effects and improved image quality. The lenses come with F2.0 apertures and phase detection AF is on board as well.

If you think the Pro 7 Plus might be too large for your liking, there is also the standard Pro 7 with a smaller 5.2"Full HD panel and less powerful MediaTek Helio P25 chipset. The camera setup is the same as on the Pro model though. No information on pricing and availability has been provided yet.

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