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Voigtlander Releases a New 40mm f/2.8 M-Mount Lens…That Can’t Be Used with M-Mount Cameras

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Photokina brought about a plethora of new gear from a number of companies, and easily overlooked among the larger announcements was a quirky new lens from Voigtlander: the 40mm f/2.8 Heliar M-mount lens. And the interesting thing about this new pancake lens is that even though it’s an M-mount piece of glass, it’s not compatible with M-mount cameras.
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Review: Can Canon’s PowerShot G7 X Beat Out Sony’s RX100 Series?

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Canon perceived premium compact users to want a bright powerful zoom lens with relatively large sensor and a viewfinder in the PowerShot G1X Mk II and G16, but Sony proved astutely there was a huge demand for a quality compact that could slip into a pocket.

When Canon was busy building old-school destroyers, Sony designed a sleek modern frigate in the form of the RX100 with a 1” sensor. It took Canon two years to respond, but they finally launched a compact with but one purpose – to regain the throne of best compact from Sony. Read more…

This Digital Conversion Kit Will Let You Pack a Sony A7 Full-Frame Sensor Inside a Leica M3

Ollie Baker, the 18-year-old tinkerer who made headlines when he turned an old Konica rangefinder into a digital camera using a Sony NEX-5 sensor, is back at it with a Kickstarter project that’s even more exciting: he wants to turn your Leica M3 into a digital camera by packing the full-frame sensor from the Sony a7 inside! Read more…

Beautiful Short Film Shows Off the Impressive Video Capabilities of the iPhone 6 Plus

Ben Canales, an Oregon-based photographer and filmmaker, wasted no time putting his new iPhone 6 Plus to the test once he had it in hand.

As soon as he got it, Canales packed his bags and took to the Eastern Sierra Nevada Mountains to piece together a short film that shows you just how capable the iPhone 6 (Plus) and iOS 8 are when it comes to mobile photography and cinematography. Read more…

external iOS 8 Manual Camera Controls: Don’t Bother — Yet —Tom's Guide

After years of working only in “idiot mode,” the iPhone camera has finally gained full manual-control options, courtesy of the new iOS operating system. This applies not only to the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus but for older iPhones, too.

As Glinda the Good Witch told Dorothy, “You’ve always had the power, my dear. You’ve had it all along.” The camera just needed for iOS to enable it. But controlling the camera manually isn’t as easy as clicking your heels. It’s more like trying to hold steady in a tornado.

 
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Canon Working On New PowerShot Compact with Large Image Sensor and High-Magnification Lens

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It took a minute, but it seems Canon has finally started to take Sony and Panasonic’s compact camera game seriously. The G7 X — basically a cheaper Sony RX100 Mark III with better zoom but no EVF — proved this already, and more evidence is piling up thanks to a Canon Hong Kong press release that hints at a potential RX10 competitor. Read more…

4K is for Babies, ARRI Unveils 6.5K Alexa 65 with Sensor Three Times Bigger than Super 35

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Forget 4K, 4K is for babies. How about 6.5K coming out of a sensor that is three times bigger than Super 35 and considered, “the largest high-performance motion picture sensor available on the market”? If you have the need and, more importantly, the capital for it, ARRI has you covered with the new Alexa 65. Read more…

Video: Fascinating ‘Lens Design 101′ Interview with a ZEISS Master

Dr. Hubert Nasse has been working in optics for almost 30 years. A ZEISS master, many of us dream of sitting down with a man of his optical know-how and just having a conversation in which he enlightens us (pun intended) on the basics of lens design.

Fortunately, photographer and photo educator Matt Granger is making that dream come true for us today with his video interview with Dr. Nasse from Photokina. Read more…

Sony A7s Video Shot Using Only Moonlight Looks Like it Was Captured at Dawn

It’s no mystery that the Sony A7s kicks every other camera’s butt handily when it comes to low-light shooting, but just how capable is it? And what’s the creative potential of this sort of capability? Both of those questions are answered quite impressively in the aptly-titled ‘Moonlight,’ shot with the A7s using only moonlight. Read more…

Photographer Puts the iPhone 5S, 6 and 6 Plus Through Their Paces in Iceland

While everybody was still speculating and chasing after rumors about the then unofficial iPhone 6, photographer Austin Mann was hopping a plane to Iceland with a 5S, 6 and 6 Plus in tow. His mission was to test these three phones out side-by-side and see if the major tech updates Apple made to the camera translate into real-world results. Read more…