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Canon Drops Ambassador Barbara Davidson for ‘Racist’ Tweet – Photography Article

Pulitzer Prize and Emmy-winning photojournalist Barbara Davidson has been booted from the Canon Explorers of Light program after an insensitive tweet aimed at Democratic presidential candidate Julián Castro sparked outrage on social media. In the tweet that kicked off the controversy, Davidson mocked the former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development for not being able to speak Spanish. “You can’t even speak Spanish and you were born and raised in Texas,” read her initial Tweet. “That speaks volumes.” Castro responded,…

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True Cost of Flying a Drone – Aerial Photography Article

The true cost of flying a drone. What’s the question asked of a drone operator most of the time? You’re out on an operation; the drone is down safely and shut down. A voice pipes up behind. “Been watching you fly, looks great fun, what a great job”. Here comes the question. “How much is the drone?” I have lost count the number of times I have been asked this. My reply is on the face of it, “the drone…

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Elon Musk is Blocking People Who Say Photographers Should Be Credited – Photography Article

If you enjoy following Elon Musk on Twitter, be careful not to call him out on posting photographers’ work without permission or credit. Multiple people just got blocked by the Tesla and SpaceX entrepreneur for doing just that.It all started yesterday when Musk Tweeted a photo of a lightning strike to his 27+ million followers with the text “Ride the lightning!” The photo has gotten over 1,000 comments, 6,000 Retweets, and 70,000 likes. It turns out the photo was shot…

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Panono to Start Charging for Stitching Service, and Customers are Furious – Photography Article

With less than a months’ notice, 360° camera maker Panono announced that it will begin charging for its required stitching service. The company will soon begin charging 0.79 Euro (~$0.88) for every 360° photo you choose to stitch, leaving customers with no free or offline alternative. In case you need a refresher, the Panono was a 360° ball-shaped camera that boasts “the highest resolution on the market” at 108MP. It was originally funded on the crowdfunding platform Indiegogo, where the…

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Nikon CEO Expects Imaging Business Profits to Grow 80% in Three Years – Photography Article

In a recent interview with Japanese publication Nikkei, Nikon CEO Toshikazu Umatate admitted that imaging profits have fallen to one-sixth of their peak in 2012, but painted a more hopeful picture for the near future. These days, financial reports and interviews from camera companies frequently read like death omens and dire warnings. The current climate is always “shrinking” and any hopeful statement is usually tempered by the assertion that the market will continue to shrink for the foreseeable future. But…

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Instagram to be Renamed to ‘Instagram from Facebook’ – Photography Article

Instagram is getting a name tweak as Facebook seeks to signal its ownership and control over its subsidiary apps. The photo-sharing app will soon be called “Instagram from Facebook.”The Information first reported on the change, which will be shared by WhatsApp, turning it into “WhatsApp from Facebook.” The new “Instagram from Facebook” name will initially appear on the listings for the app in Apple’s App Store and Google Play, but it seems likely it’ll be used on the splash screen…

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Patent Shows DJI is Working on a Clone of the Hasselblad X1D – Photography Article

Ever since DJI acquired a majority stake in Hasselblad back in 2017, people have been waiting to see what the Chinese drone maker would do with their newly acquired camera company. So far, they haven’t done very much, but a Chinese patent application shows that they may be preparing to launch a clone of Hasselblad’s X1D-50c. The patent was unearthed by Gizmodo Japan after they spotted this tweet: One more thing, DJI is developing a new mirror less camera competing…

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Trump Announces New Tariffs that May Affect the Price of Cameras and Lenses – Photography Article

President Trump has announced that a fresh wave of tariffs will be imposed on goods imported from China beginning September 1st. The 10% tariff—which is in addition to the 25% tariffs already in effect—may mean increased prices on any cameras, lenses, or other photography gear imported to the United States from China. The news broke last night, when the President tweeted that “the U.S. will start, on September 1st, putting a small additional Tariff of 10% on the remaining 300…

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Kodak is Trying to Bring Back the Photo Kiosk with the M1 Order Station – Photography Article

Remember those old photo printing kiosks you used to find in convenience stores and pharmacies? Kodak is trying to bring these back into vogue by releasing the M1 Order Station: a printing kiosk that seeks to “capitalize on consumers’ interest for photo products by offering high-quality prints from their smartphones.” Walk into a Walgreens or CVS in the United States, and you may be able to find the remnants of a photo printing kiosk somewhere in a dingy corner at…

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Meyer Optik Gorlitz ‘On Schedule’ to Start Re-Releasing Lenses This Summer – Photography Article

Meyer Optik Gorlitz is working its way back from the dead. After the company’s very public failure—including the embarrassing admission that the $3,000 “Nocturnus” was just a modified $850 Chinese lens—the brand and its new owner, OPC Optics, is preparing to re-release “optimized” and “redesigned” versions of several lenses this year. In an announcement published on the brand’s website earlier this week, OPC Optics revealed that the “renewal of the Meyer Optik Görlitz portfolio [is] on schedule.” This renewal will…

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Canon Plans to Rejoin the ‘Spec Wars’ with an 80MP EOS R Camera: Report – Photography Article

With the release of the 61MP a7R IV, Sony officially raised the resolution bar, eclipsing Canon’s 50MP 5DS and 5DS R DSLRs. But according to a new report, Canon may soon reclaim that crown and re-enter the “spec wars” in a big way. According to a report at Canon Rumors, the Japanese camera giant is expected to discontinue the 5DS and 5DS R in favor of an ultra-high-megapixel full-frame mirrorless EOS R camera. CR’s source, which they did not name,…

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BAE Systems Generation Tempest – Skylark Aerial Photography – Aerial Photography Article

A few weeks ago we were invited to film over a 2 day period at BAE Systems Academy for Skills & Knowledge (ASK), for a feature about BAE Systems Generation Tempest. Drone filming took place both on the apron, in the hanger and workshop at BAE. In all over 6 hours of flying inside were completed around some very expensive aircraft. Drone used was the DJI Mavic Pro 2, and even with all the sensors on an observer was still…

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Amazon Accidentally Sold $13,000+ Camera Gear for $100 on Prime Day – Photography Article

Amazon discounted a wide range of camera gear for Prime Day this week, but some photographers scored what may be the best deals of their lives. Thanks to a pricing error, many people were able to purchase high-end camera gear bundles, some worth over $5,000, for just around $100. It all started when someone noticed that the $550 Sony a6000 and 16-50mm lens bundle was being listed at just $94.50 on Amazon, and the person shared the “deal” on Slickdeals,…

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The World’s Smallest Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera – Photography Article

Last night, in addition to debuting three lenses everybody knew were coming, Sigma revealed something nobody saw coming: the L-mount Sigma fp, “the world’s smallest and lightest ‘pocketable full-frame’ camera.” We’ve known Sigma was working on an L-mount camera ever since the announcement of the L-mount Alliance, but the Sigma fp has taken everybody by surprise. Unbelievably lightweight and compact, the camera measures in at 112.6 × 69.9 × 45.3mm and weighs just 370g (422g with the battery and SD…

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Nikon Is Ending Free D600 Sensor Dust Repairs in 2020 – Photography Article

Remember the Nikon D600 sensor dust issue? The problem—and resulting service advisory—dominated the headlines for a couple of years, from the time the issue first surfaced in 2012 until Nikon announced it would fix all D600s for free in 2014. But it seems that free service is finally coming to a close. According to a notice published by Nikon Japan, Nikon will stop offering free repair service for affected D600s on January 10th, 2020—exactly six months from today. “As of…

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DJI Makes Formal Complaint Against BBC Over ‘Biased’ Drone Coverage – Photography Article

Drone maker DJI—the self-proclaimed “world leader in civilian drones”—has lodged a formal complaint against the BBC over two different pieces of investigative reporting on drones and drone safety. The complaint surrounds two programs: BBC Panorama’s “The Gatwick Drone Attack” that aired on April 15th, and BBC Horizon’s “Britain’s Next Air Disaster? Drones,” that aired July 1st. The first focused on a well-publicized incident at Gatwick Airport where drones forced the airport to close, costing millions and leading to a military…

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ZEISS Apologizes for Ariel Photoshoot After Social Media Backlash – Photography Article

ZEISS has issued an apology after a promotional photoshoot featuring its latest Otus lens struck a negative chord with a large number of the brand’s followers on Twitter, who accused the brand of being sexist. The offending photoshoot from Animefest 2019 featured model Katka Kavanova dressed up as Ariel from the classic Disney film The Little Mermaid holding the new ZEISS Otus 100mm f/1.4. Two end-result images and one behind the scenes shot were posted to the brand’s Twitter account…

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Canon Increased Market Share in 2018 But Camera Market Continues to Bleed – Photography Article

Nikkei published its 2018 digital camera market trends report yesterday, and the news is grim. While Canon, Fuji and Olympus all saw their global market share increase last year, total sales volume for digital cameras dropped by a whopping 22%. The story is perhaps rosiest for Canon, whose 40.5% market share represents an increase of 3.9% over 2017. Meanwhile, its closest competitors both saw market share drop, with Nikon logging 19.1% (a decrease of 2.7%) and Sony at 17.7% (a…

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More Companies Like Canon Should Use Crowdfunding Websites – Photography Article

When I first learned that Canon was planning on using a crowdfunding website to launch a new product, I thought to myself “this is going to be a PR disaster.” My knee jerk reaction was to think that it’s unacceptable for a company like Canon to use websites like Indiegogo in order to launch a product. Surely it has more than enough money available to develop products without asking for it from the public. Now that I’ve had a little…

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Facebook and Instagram Photos Go Down Globally – Photography Article

Facebook was hit with a major outage today as users around the world reported photos not uploading and displaying correctly. The outage also affected Facebook-owned apps such as Instagram and WhatsApp. If you’ve been seeing blank gray or broken icons in places where photos should be, it’s not just you. Starting at around 10am EST (7am PST), users of Facebook and Instagram began reporting that photos weren’t showing up after being uploaded. Many photos were replaced with broken image icons,…

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Canon is Crowdfunding a ‘Clippable’ Camera Through Indiegogo – Photography Article

Canon took the photography world by surprise this week when the imaging giant announced that it would try to fund one of its upcoming cameras through the crowdfunding website Indiegogo. The mysterious IVY REC will be a “clippable, go anywhere camera” that Canon has deemed interesting enough to try, but not necessarily promising enough to pay for ahead of time. Details about the upcoming campaign are sparse. For now, the only info available on the IVY REC exists on an…

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Nikon to Ditch 1/3 of Its DSLR Lineup in Shift to Mirrorless: Report – Photography Article

When Nikon announced its Z Series full-frame mirrorless camera system last year, it called the Z mount “the new light that Nikon will use to pioneer the future.” In its new push toward mirrorless dominance, Nikon will reportedly be ending at least 1/3 of its F-mount DSLR models. Nikon currently has 8 active DSLR models in its latest F-mount lineup: the D5, D850, Df, D750, D500, D7500, D5600, and D3500 (ordered from high-end to entry-level). Nikon Rumors is hearing from…

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Sony’s Sensor Dominance is a Problem for Camera Makers: TowerJazz – Photography Article

As Sony’s mirrorless cameras continue to grow in stature and market share in the photo industry, Sony’s dominance in the imaging sensor market gives it a big advantage. At least, that’s what major imaging sensor competitor TowerJazz believes. TowerJazz is an Israel-based silicon foundry that one of the camera world’s big manufacturers of CMOS image sensors. Tech vlogger Charbax attended SID Display Week 2019 last month and interviewed Dr. Avi Strum, the SVP and GM of TowerJazz’s Sensors business. At…

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Why the Hasselblad CFV II 50C is the Perfect Weapon to Fight Fujifilm – Photography Article

Fujifilm is the largest medium format camera manufacturer in the world. Its resources are vast and the experience it has as a company is extensive. Hasselblad, on the other hand, is a tiny Swedish company that solely produces niche high-value cameras. This may seem like a David and Goliath type story, but considering the sheer differences in size between the two companies, this is more of a David and Godzilla type story.   Recently Fujifilm released its highly-anticipated 100mp medium format camera, the GFX 100. This…

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Kate Middleton is Now Patron of the Royal Photographic Society – Photography Article

The Royal Photographic Society has a new patron. Queen Elizabeth has just handed over her 67-year-long patronage of one of the world’s oldest photographic societies to Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge (formerly known as Kate Middleton). The Queen had become patron of the society back in 1952. Both Kate and the Royal Photographic Society (RPS) announced the handover on their official Instagram accounts. View this post on Instagram ???? Learning photography is a fun and engaging way to help young people…

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KitSplit to Offer Theft Protection After $3,500+ Camera Gear Thefts – Photography Article

Since launching in 2015, KitSplit has become a popular peer-to-peer rental network for camera gear. But gear owners have been exposed to thefts through the service, and after a recent pair of $3,500+ thefts, KitSplit has just announced a Theft Protection Owner Guarantee, the first coverage of its kind. In October 2018, we published a post by a photographer named Peter who had his $4,500 camera kit stolen through a $95 rental. This past weekend, filmmaker Yohahn Ko shared his…

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Photojournalist Accused of Faking Photos of Violence in Honduras – Photography Article

A photojournalist is being accused of faking an award-winning series of photos that purportedly show hitmen in Honduras carrying out violent acts. Fstoppers published a report that accuses Swiss/Italian photographer Michele Crameri of staging shots and publishing the photos with fake captions. The report is based on evidence and statements provided by both fellow photographers and the Honduran fixer who helped connect Crameri to gang members during four trips the photographer made to the Honduran city of San Pedro Sula…

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Fujifilm Warns of Fake Fujifilm Film That Can Mess Up Photo Labs – Photography Article

Fujifilm has issued a warning to customers warning of counterfeit Fujifilm 35mm film floating around in the market — film that will cause photographers headaches if used. In a notice published yesterday titled, “35mm film non-genuine goods illegally using FUJIFILM logo,” Fujifilm says that the counterfeit film was discovered after someone brought it to a photo lab in Japan. The roll of film was illegally using Fujifilm’s logo and purported to be Fujifilm 250D ISO 200 Color Negative Film. Fujifilm…

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Why Nikon is Failing in the Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera Race – Photography Article

A few decades ago, Nikon was the number one manufacturer for high-end professionals. If you were a pro photographer who shot with a 35mm full-frame camera, you probably shot with a Nikon. Over the years, Canon took this position from Nikon and became the largest full frame camera manufacturer in the world. Nikon resigned itself to the number two position and this remained consistent for quite some time. Recently, however, we’re starting to see some major changes in the industry…

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500px Threatens to Ban Popular User it Once Hailed as a ‘Photoshop Master’ – Photography Article

500px is now strictly a service for sharing and selling “photography,” and it has been banning accounts that post images that aren’t “photographic” enough. The change in policy is so sharp that 500px is now driving away a user that it once featured as a “Photoshop master.” Polish photo artist Michal Karcz says he’s being kicked out of the 500px community despite the fact that 500px once celebrated his popular work. In his 5+ years on 500px, Karcz uploaded 173…

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