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New wireless TTL trigger from Aokatec

The Aokatec AK-TTL wireless trigger is available. It is a radio trigger (or to be more exact, a radio relay) that is able to work with the wireless flash control systems of Canon, Nikon, Pentax and Sony.

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Review: Solmeta N3 Geotagger

The Solmeta N3 geotagger has just been released. It is a second generation device that is supposed to obtain a faster lock on satellites, and to use less power, than first generation devices. It also cost almost as much as the original Nikon GP-1 geotagger. It it worth the money?

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Phottix Odin for Nikon is available

As of June 2012, both the Canon and Nikon versions of the Phottix Odin wireless TTL Trigger is available on eBay for USD 325 for a kit (TCU and RX), 169 for RX only.

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Internet images used without permission

What happens if you pull a photograph of the Internet and uses it without permission. In this blog post, I try to keep current about the case law and out-of-court settlements that exists in this area.

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Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT with radio control

With the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT, Canon has become the first major manufacturer of a DSLR system to put the radio transceiver for communicating between DSLR body and flash inside the flash itself.

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Nikon D4 specifications

The Nikon D4 features a 16.2 Mpx FX CMOS image sensor with an up to 10 fps rate. Among the features are improved expanded ISO range up to ISO 204800, and an auto-focus system that works up to f/8, making teleconverters useful even with slow lenses.

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Throwable Panoramic Ball Camera

Jonas Pfeil has designed a ball shaped camera that is padded with foam and handles just like a ball. You throw it high in the air, and at its highest point, 36 individual 2 Mpx cameras captures 36 simultaneous exposures covering a full 360° panorama.

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Nikon 1 system – designed for soccer moms?

The Nikon 1 MILC system may be the first camera system designed from the ground up specifically for soccer moms.

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A better camera strap

Is there a better alternative to the camera strap that came with the body? In this review, Gisle Hannemyr takes a closer look at different sliding harness straps, such as the BlackRapid R-strap, the Quick Strap Q-strap and the German Sun-sniper strap. This new strap design attaches to the camera's tripod socket instead of the traditional lugs.

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Pixel King E-TTL wireless trigger for Canon

The Pixel King wireless trigger let you use radio to for both manual and E-TTL II wireless control of Canon Speedlites. Versions for Nikon and Sony is scheduled for release in 2012. The King is a second generation system, with the TTL-control based upon the Pixel Knight.

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Ojecoco H-550 wireless trigger

The Chinese company Ojecoco has just released a brand new flash and shutter release trigger, called H-550, featuring a pass-through TTL hot-shoe and wireless hypersync.

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ACLU publishes guide to photographers' rights

There is a widespread, continuing pattern of people taking photographs from public places being harassed by police and private security guards. To defend free speech, the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), has now published a guide to photographers' rights in the USA.

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Ansel Adams tribute by Peter Essick

National Geographic presents a portfolio where landscape photographer Peter Essick pays tribute to Ansel Adams and the California wilderness.

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Canon EOS to MFT adapter with aperture control

Accessory specialist Redrock Micro has created a Canon EOS (EF) to Micro Four-Thirds lens adapter with a touch-panel that lets the photographer set the aperture of the lens.

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YongNuo YN-565 TTL flash released

The YongNuo YN-565 TTL Flash will work as a wireless remote flash unit that is compatible with both the Canon and the Nikon systems for wireless flash control.

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SLR mount for the iPhone

You can now buy an adapter that let you use your Nikon F-mount or Canon EF-mount lenses lenses on your iPhone!

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Amazing self portrait

A black macaque monkey steals a camera and captures an amazing self portrait.

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Kenko-Tokina buys Cokin

Good news for fans of square filters. Japanese distributor of photographic accessories, Kenko-Tokina, rescues famous French filter manufacturer from bankruptcy.

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Survey of dedicated Nikon GPS receivers

I have just completed a survey of 12 dedicated Nikon GPS receivers suitable for mounting in the camera's accessory shoe. All the units may be mounted in the camera's accessory shoe, and will automatically embed GPS metadata in the EXIF when you take a photo.

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Twelve years of Nikon DSLRs

On June 15th 1999, Nikon announced the Nikon D1, the first DSLR to carry the Nikon logo. Retrospective about the 28 bodies in the Nikon D-series so far.

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Phottix Strato II Multi trigger

The Phottix Strato II Multi wireless radio trigger for flash and shutter has a very attractive feature: A transmitter with a pass-through TTL hot-shoe.

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Sigma SD-1: What's really up?

My contribution to the conspiracy theories surrounding the bizarre price-tag attached to the new Sigma SD-1 DSLR.

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Why you should use a tripod, remote and MLU

Using a laser vibration detector, it is demonstrated how much vibration is created when the shutter button is pushed manually and the mirror in a DSLR is allowed to flop.

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New range test of optical slave triggers

I recently aquired a Fluke 411D laser distance meter (). As a result, I decided to redo all the range tests I did about a year back of optical triggers for more accurate range measurements. The result is now […]

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Nikon Digitutor

The Nikon Digitutor is a great resource for Nikon photographers. It has short video segments about using Nikon DSLRs, R1C1 Speedlight Commander Kit, and ViewNX 2.

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YongNuo Live View Remote Release YN-LV

The YongNuo Live View Remote Release YN-LV let you add a detachable live view screen with integrated remote control to a number of popular DSLRs.

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E-film in the news again

Today's April Fool's joke about a digital film cartridge from RE35.net, may be a good time to reminisce about previous efforts to bring digital sensor to traditional film-based cameras. The first and best known of these was the EFS-1 (e)film cartridge announced back in 1998.

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New YongNuo RF-603 transceiver is launched

YongNuo's update of its popular wireless radio trigger has now been announced. Search or the . Most of the features of the new triggers are the same as those on the , but The bad news is that the RF-603 units are not compatible with the older RF-602 units. Click to read our review of the […]

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Yongnuo TTL radio flash units

Yongnuo TTL-compatible wireless radio flash units YN460-TX and YN460-RX are now shipping.

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Motion freezing flash on a budget

A home-built air-gap flash can deliver a sub-microsecond flash for just a few hundred dollars. This is a flash that will freeze a speeding bullet.

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Stupid iPhone photography app

A lot of iPhone apps of questionable merit are targeted towards photographers. The most stupid I have seen so far is a supposed white balance tool called iGrayCards.

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Book review: Scott Kelby's Digital Photography

Gisle Hannemyr has reviewed all three volumes and 720 pages of Scott Kelby's best-selling series on digital photography, and found them to be disorganised, poorly researched, and confusing. This sentence says it all: This is not a boxed set to be tossed aside lightly. It should be thrown with great force. Click on the link below to read the full length review.

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Firmware update for Nissin Di866

This morning I got a tip from user italy that Nissin had posted a firmware update on their web. I've downloaded the update and installed it on one of my units. However, no bugs seem to be fixed. Click the heading to read the full story.

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Updated my Nissin Di866 review

I received a new version of the Nissin Di866 flash today, and have updated my review to reflect the changes from the original version.

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Pixel Knight TR-331 and TR-332

A system called Pixel Knight manufactured by Pixel in Shenzhen, China, let you use TTL or manual settings via radio to control dedicated Nikon and Canon flash units.

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Jacob Holdt: Tro, Håb og Kærlighed

My review of an exhibition og Jacob Holdt photographs on display ay the Aros art centre. It consists of more than 200 photographs curated by Mette Marcus, selected from the around 15000 images Holdt creating during his 40 years as a vagabond, travelling in the USA.

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Dairy pays greek for unlawful use of his likeness

Minas Karatzoglis files a suit demanding SEK 50 million in compensation for unlawful use of his likeness to promote a commercial product.

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Low cost routes to macro photography

Some ideas.

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I love my “travel zoom”

In an online community for photographers I sometimes visit, there is a pretty vocal group that swears by fixed focal length lenses. Zooms in general are considered sub-standard, and so called “travel zooms” (with a zoom range of 10x or more) despicable. Among the many sins attributed to us zoom users, sloth is worst: “You don't need a zoom”, the saying goes, “as long as you have two good feet you can just change the distance to frame your subject.”. Today, I had […]

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Battery Guide Published

Modern photo equipment require electric power to work. A number of the different components that make up a modern digital camera system (e.g. auto-focus, optical vibration reduction system, the LCD for preview and review, power zoom, and of course the image sensor itself) will not work without electrical power. If you use external flash units, you will find that they too consume a lot of electrical power. Puzzled by what type of battery to get? The DPanswers battery guide may provide the answer.

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LumoPro LP160 Manual Flash Released

The LumoPro LP160 all-manual shoe-mount flash is now available. Improvements from the the LumoPro LP120 is more power, the ability to use external power packs, and a digital slave mode.

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Yongnuo YN468, an update of the YN467

YongNuo has plans for releasing a more modern looking flash units (with LCD screen), power zoom and TTL control for Canon and Nikon. Initial price will be around USD 115.

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Review of the Sigma 24 mm f/1.8 EX DG

Nikon users that want fast and moderately priced fixed focal length wide-angle lenses may find Nikon's line-up lacking. The Sigma 24 mm f/1.8 EX DG may be worth looking at for the budget-minded Nikon user.

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Getting better colour in negative scans

If you still take photographs using colour negative film, you probably scan them for web use and digital post processing. While Nikon's Coolscan scanners produce excellent scans, the software Nikon supply (Nikon Scan 4.2) does not have many friends. Størker Moe thinks that ColorNeg from C-F-Systems cures the blues (and the magentas).

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Stroboframe Quick Flip 350 flash bracket clone

Recently, I found out that I really needed a flash bracket. On eBay, I found an inexpensive clone of the Stroboframe Quick Flip 350. My review of it is now online.

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Jue Ying Multisystem IR Remote Control

I just bought an infrared remote control unit to trigger my camera without touching the shutter button. This particular unit is sold under a number of different brands, including Jianisi, Jue Ying and Phottix. Prices vary between vendors. I bought mine from Hong Kong vendor and paid USD 3.49, including postage. I ordered the one called “Jianisi”, but the unit I received was branded “Jue Ying”.

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Do your browser understand embedded ICC profiles?

Web browsers are finally starting to understand embedded ICC profiles inside images. I've created a little webpage you can use to determine whether your particular setup is capable of this. To try it out, click here. You'll notice that at the bottom of the page, there is a section with results for various OS and browser combinations. If you try this out with a new combination, feel free to report the result in this blog.

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Is Robert Capa's Falling soldier a fake?

Professor professor José Manuel Susperregui has come up with definitive evidence that Robert Capa bluffed about the location his iconic "Falling soldier" was photographed.

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Photography and deception

What makes a photo authentic? Both editing and staging of the events may be used to deceive.

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Sticky aperture blades

“Sticky aperture” refers to a problem where the aperture of a lens closes down too slowly, or not at all. This problem may cause overexposure. Today's featured article tell you how to identify the problem, and how you may fix it.

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Hitler rants about the Nikon D3x

There are a lot of remixes at YouTube reusing the same scene from Der Untergang. Do a little searching, and you will see Hitler rant about BMW motorbikes, Windows Vista and other (un)popular products.

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FAQ for photographers

Here, in one place, is all you important questions about release schedules for new camera models and the pricing of current ones are answered once and for all in one handy FAQ.

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War on photography

US Department of Homeland Security has declared war on photography, telling the public that photographers may be terrorists.

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Exotic camera programs

Consumer oriented digital cameras comes with a number of so-called "scene modes". Most of these are just aliases for common camera settings for people that can't be bothered to learn photography. E.g "portrait" is just an alias for "large aperture" (for shallow DOF), and "sport" is just an alias for "fast shutter speed". But sometimes the camera industry comes up with something more creative. Here are some examples: HP Photosmart R727 (1/2006): Slimcam (digital manipulation compresses center to […]

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Using the zone system for digital photography

I've just finished writing down on adapting Ansel Adams' Zone System for digital photography and putting them up on my website. After a lot of trial and (mostly) error, I found that the Zone System is just as useful with digital as it is with film. However, shooting digital is different from shooting film. This meant that some old rules of thumb (e.g. "expose for the shadows, develop for the highlights") had to be reformulated, and that some new rules of thumb (e.g. Micahel Reichmann's […]

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Extend the reach of your flash

The Better Beamer Flash Extender is a cheap and simple device to extend the reach of your flash and gain up to two stops extra power.

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LoC: Archival storage of digital images

The Library of Congress (LoC) has published its recommendations regarding file formats for archival storage of digital images.

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Automatic dust removal

How well does the automatic sensor dust removal systems that is featured on most DSLRs these days stack up?

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Citizen journalism restricted in France

In a bizarre move the French Constitutional Council has approved a law that criminalizes the recording or distribution of acts of violence by citizen journalists. The law, proposed by Minister of the Interior Nicolas Sarkozy, is is addressing a wide range of public order offenses, including taking photographs or videos of acts violence.

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Microsoft joins remix culture

Microsoft Live Labs has just released a couple of videos of a new technology they call PhotoSynth. It is an amazing software system that from an ordinary 2D starter image pulls together other 2D images relatated to it from the web and synthesises a 3D navigationable space from all these photographs. The technology is pretty cool in itself, but just as interesting is that this online demo is a great example of how remix culture may work.

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Pixel-peeping considered harmful

Pixel-peeping is the practice of examining a photo on a computer screen at 100 % resolution. It may do more harm than good.

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National Geographic photography resources

National Geographic has published their guide to photography web sites. The list is compiled by asking some two dozen photographers about their favourite web sites. If you know about other photography sites worth visiting, please add a comment, and also tell us why the site you list merits mention.

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Digital Streetshooter Special (DSS)

There is one camera I really would like to own. For lack of a better name, I will call it the DSS – Digital Street­shooter Special. It is inspired by the great rangefinders used for street photography since the 1930ies, but modernized to make use of current technology (autofocus, variable ISO). But rangefinders are now mainly bought by camera collectors – not working photographers. I want a modern digital camera with a compact size and autofocus. To make it fit in shirt pocket, a […]

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Sunny 16 rule

Sunny 16 is an old rule of the thumb for photographers, used to determine the correct exposure before camera's had built in light meters and fully automatic exposure control. It may still come handy, for example if you are a Nikon DSLR photograher and owns old non-CPU lenses. The rule simply says that in the summer, in bright sunny conditions with the sun on your back, you can often get a reasonable exposure by setting your camera to f/16 aperture and an exposure lenght of 1/ISO. In other words, […]

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Cheap “wide angle” converters – just say “no”

The image quality you get from using cheap fisheye converter lenses sold on eBay are horrible.

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Point & Shoot Digicams and Street Photography

If you think that it is the camera that makes you a professional photographer, take a look at this article in Rob Galbraith's web forum about Magnum photographer Alex Majoli. Award winning photographer Majoli shoots most of his assignments with cheap point & shoot digital cameras, such as the Olympus C4040. His main reason for using this type of equipment is to appear inconspicuous when doing street photography. In another interview published at Apple.com (now gone), Majoli explains his […]

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Crop factor explained

The way varying sensor sizes of digital photography affects the result seems to be an unending source of confusion. A lot of opinions about what happens to such things as field of view (FOV), depth of field (DOF), perspective, diffraction, f-stop, hand holding, and macro ratio when you move from one sensor size to another are posted to various photography boards and newsgroups. I've finally looked up the appropriate optical formulas and worked my way through the math as well as testing out how well […]

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The OpenRAW project

All major camera manufacturers use a proprietary file format to store the raw data from the digital sensor. Already, there has been examples of manufacturers no longer maintaining applications that support certain formats, no longer recognizing older data fields in newer software, or simply changed the positioning, tagging and/or encoding of embedded raw metadata without documentation. The main aim of the OpenRAW web site is to obtain complete documentation of digital camera manufacturers' raw […]

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More sinister than bait & switch

There are worse online shopping experiences than the bait & switch. One of them are scam sites that trick you into parting with both money and personal data, and delivers absolutely nothing.

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Cheap optics and makeovers

Cheap cameras has cheap optics. A typical case in point is the Minolta Z10. This is a 8x “superzom” that comes complete with a bad case of pincussion distortion and a generous amount of chromatic aberration (CA, aka. purple fringing). In other words, this camera has a less than ideal lens. The good news is that this type of optical defects can be fixed. Panorama Tools (free) with PTlens (also free) corrects pincussion distortion in a few seconds, and the colour replacement tool […]

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Starting out: Film or digital

Sometimes, photographers argue whether someone starting out studying serious photography on a limited budget should use film or digital. The argument from the film camp goes something like this: Digital SLRs are just too darn expensive. For the cost of a simple entry level DSLR such as Nikon's D70 or Canon's 300D one can buy a pro-grade film body. I don't think this argument stand up to scrutiny. If you're serious enough about your photography to buy a SLR camera, you should be […]

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Metadata (EXIF, IPTC, DC) for PNG

PNG is my preferred format for archival storage of photographs. But unfortunately, there is no standard way of embedding metadata in PNG files.

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Why dontcha print?

A recent study from Infotrends reveals that while digital shooters take many more photos, they do not print as much as owners of film cameras. There may be a good explanation for this.

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