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Wednesday, 22 January 2014
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Hello! And welcome to the 493rd Digital Photography Review newsletter.
Since I last wrote to you almost the entire editorial team has been focused on pushing out our review of the Sony a7 which just went online as I'm typing this. It was a lot of work, as befits such an interesting and complex camera. If you're holding out for a review of the a7R that's just around the corner but (obviously) much of the a7 review is relevant to both models, and you'll find image quality comparisons of both cameras in there as well. We hope you enjoy it.
For my part, I contributed a short article describing my experience of shooting with third-party lenses on the a7 and a7R via adapters. I had fun writing it, and even more fun reading some of the comments. You'll find links to the review and article below.
Without further ado, let's take a look at some recent content highlights!
Full-frame mirrorless is here! In-depth Sony a7 review
By putting a 24 megapixel full-frame sensor into a body nearly the same size as the Olympus E-M1, the Alpha 7 is arguably the most ambitious camera Sony has ever made. Never before has there been a full-frame camera this small - and one that supports nearly every 35mm lens format ever made, as well as Sony's own E-mount lenses. Does Sony get enough things right with the Alpha 7 to compete with conventional full-frame cameras such as the Canon 6D and Nikon D610? Read our full review to find out.
Using third-party lenses on the Sony a7 / a7R
In theory, if you've got a collection of old or obscure lenses for long-defunct 35mm film cameras, the full-frame Sony a7 / a7R may allow you to breathe new life into them. Lenses for a great many systems can be attached to the a7 / a7R without huge cost via a range of third-party mount adapters. Click through to read about editor Barnaby Britton's experience of shooting with older third-party lenses on the a7 and a7R.
DPReview Live Cyber Monday broadcast now available for replay
Back in December we hosted a day of live video broadcast with our partners creativeLIVE covering the best products of 2013, live technique demonstrations, shooting advice and a guest panel discussion. If you missed any or all of the live broadcast, don't worry! We're proud to (finally) announce that all of the segments of our Cyber Monday live broadcast are now available for replay, in our videos section. Click through to go straight there. You'll laugh, you'll cry... well, you get the idea.
Fujifilm teases upcoming SLR-style X system camera
Fujifilm is teasing an upcoming SLR-style mirrorless body on its X system page. The camera sports top-plate shutter speed, exposure compensation and ISO dials, along with a prominent central viewfinder 'hump'. It will be formally announced on January 28th, and as usual we'll bring you full details then, but until then, click through to read more about what we (think) we know.
What's coming up?
Our review of the Sony a7R is in the pipeline, following publication of the a7 review and work is underway on reviews of Nikon's D5300, the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 and the Pentax K-3. Voting remains open in our poll to find your favorite product of last year, but one of last year's most innovative companies, Fujifilm, looks set to release a new high-end body pretty soon (see teaser above) and we'll be bringing you more information about that as soon as we can, too.
Thanks for reading - see you next week!
GearShop update - a message from Laura
GearShop update - a message from Laura
Now Shipping: Do you miss the experience of shooting instant film, but want a little more control than just point and shoot? Fujifilm's latest Instax Mini camera, the mini 90 Neo Classic, is finally here! Not only is it small stylish, but it also uses a rechargeable li-ion battery, has brightness control, kids mode, party mode, landscape mode, macro mode, bulb exposure mode, double exposure mode and more. Don't forget to pick up a couple packs of Instax mini film too!
This week's best deals: Save up to $60 on Manfrotto's line of advanced and professional camera bags and backpacks. Visit our deals page to keep tabs on new discounts and bundles, where we've got some amazing prices on compact cameras. We've got a handful of feature-packed options for under $300 and bundles on popular system cameras from Olympus, Nikon, and Canon.
Until next week - Laura and the GearShop Team
Published on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 6:00:00 AM GMT
Photographer Nicolaus Wegner's dedication to his craft has produced a captivating time-lapse video of the wild weather and beautiful landscapes of his home state. In the 14 months it took him to complete his Wyoming Wildscapes II project, he saw it all — from meteor showers, to lightning across hills and prairies, and 60mph winds. Watch videoRead full story →
Published on Wednesday, January 15, 2014 8:01:00 AM GMT
Back in December we hosted a day of live video broadcast with our partners creativeLIVE covering the best products of 2013, live technique demonstrations, shooting advice and a guest panel discussion. If you missed any or all of the live broadcast, don't worry! We're proud to (finally) announce that all of the segments of our Cyber Monday live broadcast are now available for replay, in our videos section. Click through to go straight there.Read full story →
Published on Thursday, January 16, 2014 5:21:14 PM GMT
Adobe has released a major update to Photoshop for Creative Cloud subscribers. The most notable new features are Perspective Warp, Linked Smart Objects and 3D printing capability. Other improvements include enhancements to Scripted Patterns and fills, performance boosts for Smart Sharpen, Adobe Generator improvements for rescaling Smart Objects and adding padding, and font transformations and shape selections. Learn moreRead full story →
Published on Friday, January 17, 2014 12:34:12 AM GMT
We've come to the end of another week here at dpreview, and as our thoughts drift to weekend shooting opportunities, it's time to take things a little less seriously. Aaron Johnson's comic strip ‘What the Duck’ is just the thing, taking a gently satirical look through the lens of a photographically inclined waterfowl. You can find it published here (and in our newsletter) every week; we hope you enjoy it, and your weekend.Read full story →
Published on Friday, January 17, 2014 8:00:31 AM GMT
Kevin Kadooka's Lux is an experiment in DIY camera building. With a waist-level viewfinder, it accepts 120 roll film. Rather than borrowing parts from old cameras as he's done in previous projects, Kevin's Lux camera is comprised of off-the shelf parts. All of its construction specifications are available to enterprising individuals looking to build their own. Click through to learn moreRead full story →
Published on Friday, January 17, 2014 6:33:43 PM GMT
Ever since the original Apple iPad was launched in 2010 tablets have been the image viewing and presentation device of choice for many photographers. Tablets can also be a good alternative to fully-fledged laptops for those who prefer to travel light. However, up to now, tablets have not been a serious option for those photographers who prefer to shoot in Raw format. Enter Photo Mate R2: a fully-featured raw converter for Android. Read our review to find out how (and how well) it works.Read full story →
Published on Saturday, January 18, 2014 2:48:25 AM GMT
Last month you voted for the best gear in five categories, and now's your chance to let us know which of the winning products was the most impressive. The poll stays open until the end of this month, and if you haven't voted yet this is your chance! Click through for a look at the 2013 category winners from our five classes, and a chance to cast your vote.Read full story →
Published on Saturday, January 18, 2014 3:13:17 AM GMT
Is Adobe planning to release a mobile version of its Lightroom editing program? It seems so, judging by an accidental leak on its own website earlier this week. A private page on Adobe's website - quickly removed - appears to have revealed details of a planned iOS version of Lightroom, including a price of $99 for an annual license. Click through for more (albeit not much more) detail.Read full story →
Published on Sunday, January 19, 2014 8:00:01 AM GMT
Tamas Dezso is a fine art documentary photographer based in Budapest. Since 2011 he has been documenting the disintegration of former Communist Romania's infrastructure in a series of photographs called 'Notes for an Epilogue'. In his own words, the purpose of the project is to 'render a world which may disappear forever imperceptibly and very rapidly due to the transitional nature of the [Communist] era'. See galleryRead full story →
Published on Monday, January 20, 2014 8:50:24 AM GMT
Fujifilm is teasing an upcoming SLR-style mirrorless body on its X system page. The camera sports top-plate shutter speed, exposure compensation and ISO dials, along with a prominent central viewfinder 'hump'. It will be formally announced on January 28th, and as usual we'll bring you full details then. For now, though, click through for a few more thoughts and a larger version of Fujifilm's teaser image.Read full story →
Published on Monday, January 20, 2014 6:23:56 PM GMT
Alex Washburn used to be a photographer for Wired.com until she quit her job, put her belongings into storage and set off on a journey around the world. Last October she and her boyfriend embarked on an epic trip by motorcycle from San Francisco to the southernmost tip of South America. At present Alex is somewhere in Columbia, posting images to her Instagram account as she journeys south. Click through to see a selection of her stunning travel photographs.Read full story →
Published on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 4:45:00 PM GMT
Accessory grip maker Richard Franiec has created a custom grip for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-GM1. The grip is made from anodized aluminium alloy and should improve handling when using the GM1 with larger Micro Four Thirds lens. It weighs about 20g and leaves the battery/card door and tripod socket unobstructed. It should be available later this month and cost $34.95 plus shipping. Learn moreRead full story →
Published on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 6:49:30 PM GMT
Hasselblad has announced a new camera, the H5D-50c which incorporates a 50MP CMOS sensor. This is a step away from the CCD sensors that have been standard in digital medium-format imaging up to now. The H5D-50c comes weeks after Hasselblad was reported to have quietly replaced its CEO, Dr Larry Hansen. He was the man responsible for the tie-up with Sony that created the Hasselblad Lunar and has been replaced by former chief operating office Ian Rawcliffe. Learn moreRead full story →
Published on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 8:21:27 PM GMT
In theory, if you've got a collection of old or obscure lenses for long-defunct 35mm film cameras, the full-frame Sony a7 / a7R may allow you to breathe new life into them. Lenses for a great many systems can be attached to the a7 / a7R without huge cost via a range of third-party mount adapters. We're planning on publishing our full review of the a7 within the next 24 hours, but until then, click through to read about editor Barnaby Britton's experience of shooting with older third-party lenses on the a7 and a7R.Read full story →
Published on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 9:14:58 PM GMT
Information has leaked about the Android 4.4.2. KitKat OS to be included in Sony's next flagship Xperia handset that points to 4K video capability. Codenamed 'Sirius,' the high-end device will reportedly carry many of the same camera features that the current flagship Sony Z1 offers like manual exposure control, and along with 4K video is expected to add some new features like 'timeshift video,' a high frame rate movie mode with the option to apply slow motion effects. Read more on our sister site connect.dpreview.com.Read full story →