Posts Published in April 2013

Canon 5D Mark III Firmware Update Out: Clean HDMI Output and AF Upgrade

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Canon today officially launched a new firmware update (version 1.2.1) for the 5D Mark III that brings two notable improvements to the camera: uncompressed HDMI output and the ability to use cross-type autofocus at f/8.
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What a DSLR’s Rolling Shutter Does to a Speaker Playing a 61Hz Tone

Here’s another example of a strange effect caused by the shutter of a DSLR. YouTube user drummaboy5189 captured the above video by playing a 61Hz sound through his speaker and then pointing his Canon 6D at it while filming at 60 frames per second and 1/4000s shutter speed. What resulted is a “rolling speaker” effect.
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Sony’s Revolutionary Pellicle Mirror SLT Technology May Be Going Away

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Back in August 2010, Sony shook up the camera industry by announcing the first pellicle mirror DSLRs, the A33 and the A55. Rather than being called SLRs, the new cameras were labeled SLT, or “single lens translucent”, cameras.

Now, less than three years later, we may be seeing Sony’s big SLT experiment coming to an end. Sony’s A58 announced back in February may be the company’s last APS-C camera to feature pellicle mirror technology.
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Creative 365 Project Captures the Same Lighthouse in 365 Different Ways

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One Lighthouse, 365 Clicks is a fascinating photo series by Brazilian photographer Tunisio Alves Filho. Like all 365 projects, he took one photo per day over the course of a year. Unlike most 365 projects, he never changed subjects, just vantage point, composition and style — needless to say, he had to get pretty creative. Read more…

Wikimedia Now Lets You Contribute to Its Archive With a New Smartphone App

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If you’re interested in donating your images to the public at large, Wikimedia Commons just made it that much easier. For a while now, their online media archive has brought together a huge library of free-to-use content under one roof; and because images uploaded to Commons must be licensed as public domain, GFDL, CC attribution, or CC attribution/share alike, everything is free to use and/or share.

Now Commons is releasing a new app (formerly only available in beta) that will allow users to upload photos to the Commons archive right from their phone and, it’s their hope, encourage more people to contribute “high quality educational photos.” Read more…

Browse Through a 160,000 Photo Archive of Finland During WWII

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In the past, we’ve shared several online archives that give you access to a huge number of historical and historically significant photos online.

PhotosNormandie offered up 3,000+ CC photos from WWII, the NYC Department of Records compiled a database of over 870,000 photos of “the greatest city on earth,” and now the Finnish Defense Forces have put up an online archive of their own, showcasing almost 160,000 wartime photos from Finland during WWII. Read more…

One Photographer’s Mission to Show Off the World’s Most Interesting Escalators

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It’s always interesting when a photographer manages to show the artistic or beautiful side of something that you otherwise might pay zero attention to. Beat up baseballs, diverse seed specimens, and even the view of Hong Kong looking straight up have all made for interesting photo series we’ve shared in the past.

Japanese photographer Miha Tamura’s website serves that same function, only her subject is escalators. Read more…

external E-P5 Will Be First Olympus Camera with Focus Peaking —43 Rumors

focuspeakingIt looks like the soon-to-be-announced Olympus E-P5 flagship Micro Four Thirds mirrorless camera will be the first Olympus camera to feature focus peaking. The feature recently appeared in Panasonic’s new G6.

A hacker also claimed to have found focus peaking buried inside the OM-D EM-5’s code last October, but we have yet to see a firmware update unlocking it. For now, OM-D users will have to continue using the Art Filter hack.

 
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Informative Tutorial on the Types of Light Meters and How to Properly Use Them

Mark Vargo is a big time cinematographer who has worked on too many well-known movies to list. He’s credited as a second unit director of photography on everything from Deep Impact and The Green Mile to Rise of the Planet of the Apes and Ted. In other words, knows what he’s doing, and now he’s chosen to share some of that knowledge with his fellow photographers and videographers. Read more…

Fujifilm’s Frequent Firmware Updates and the Philosophy of Kaizen

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The Japanese philosophy of Kaizen, literally “change good,” is at the heart of many a successful company. It represents a dedication to constant change for the better, and is famously used by Toyota on their assembly lines, where employees are encouraged to point out issues and suggest improvements.

But car companies aren’t the only ones that employ the idea of Kaizen; the philosophy may also be at the heart of Fujifilm’s habit of constantly improving its cameras with firmware updates.
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