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Month: April 2014



Finding Balance: 4 Tips for Juggling Career, Family, and Photography

When photography is not a full-time job, finding the right balance in life can be hard. Lindsay Williams of Lindsay Williams Photography offers advice on how to manage a career, a family, and a passion for photography whether you are a hobbyist or a part-time professional.

Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x

Canon EF lens production reaches 100 million units

Canon has officially announced the manufacturing of its 100 millionth interchangeable lens. This is an industry-first and the 100 millionth Canon EF lens production was achieved on April 22, 2014, roughly 27 years after the introduction of the EF-mount system for EOS SLR cameras.

Samyang 35mm f/1.4 lens with electronic contacts

Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AE lens coming soon for Canon cameras

Samyang is rumored to announce a new lens with electronic contacts for Canon DSLR cameras, after recently introducing the first model for the Japanese camera maker. The Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AE lens appears to be the designated product and it will become available sometime in the near future, says the rumor mill.

Sony camera-lens

New Sony RX100M3 specs rumor mentions built-in EVF and more

Sony is now rumored to hold its major product launch event on May 1 in order to introduce new cameras and lenses. Ahead of this show, a new Sony RX100M3 specs rumor is circling around the web, confirming that the compact camera will feature a built-in electronic viewfinder and a different lens from its predecessors.

Canon announced a new high-sensitivity 35mm full-frame CMOS sensor, which can record visible full HD videos in low-light conditions

New Canon full frame CMOS image sensors to be revealed soon

Canon is rumored to announce a new sensor technology sometime in the near future. The new Canon full frame CMOS image sensors are still in development, but they will be very cheap to manufacture, said an inside source. Additionally, these full frame sensors will make their way into the company’s future mirrorless cameras.

Sony SLT-A77 rumor

Sony A77MII specs to include new sensor and AF system

A major product launch event is almost upon us. Sony will be revealing a slew of new products in the coming hours, including new cameras and lenses. Ahead of the aforementioned event, the rumor mill has managed to grab a hold of some Sony A77MII specs, which will allegedly include a new sensor and autofocus system.

B+W Clear UV Haze filter with Multi-Resistant Coating

B+W 77mm Clear UV Haze filter price reduced at Amazon

Amazon has announced that most B+W filters are now available with a 25% or higher discount. These high-quality filters are among the best on the market as they have received great reviews from customers. Among the deal highlights, we can find the B+W 77mm Clear UV Haze filter price discounted by 60% and many others.

Panasonic Lumix G6

Panasonic G7 Micro Four Thirds camera not coming in 2014

Panasonic has reportedly cancelled its plans to launch a new Lumix GF-series camera in 2014. Beside the Lumix GF7, it seems like the Japanese company has decided to put on hold another shooter. The Panasonic G7 is another Micro Four Thirds camera that will not be released on the market this year, the rumor mill says.

Sony NEX-6 with 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6

Massive Sony NEX-6 price reduction now available

Amazon’s Deal of the Day is of particular interest for enthusiast photographers. World’s largest retailer is now offering a very good mirrorless camera with a lens kit for a small amount. Without further ado, the Sony NEX-6 price now stands at about $550 and buyers will also receive a 16-50mm f/3.5-5.6 Power Zoom lens in the package.

Sony A7S release date rumor

Sony A7S price and release date to be revealed on April 30

A major event will be held by Sony on April 30. The Japan-based company is rumored to reveal a couple of new cameras as well as several lenses for various mounts. According to an inside source, we can add the Sony A7S price to the list of announcements. Meanwhile, the Sony A6000 has begun shipping to its first customers.


The Hidden Occupations of Photographers

While it’s a photographer’s job to take amazing images and edit them beautifully, sometimes the demands from customers make photographers feel like they are doctors, magicians, and even plastic surgeons.   If you’ve ever had a customers request that you make them thinner, younger or alter their appearances, you’ll enjoy this sharable graphic we made…

Sony camera-lens

More Sony RX100M3 specs leaked ahead of launch event

Some new Sony RX100M3 specs have been leaked online ahead of the compact camera’s announcement event. According to the rumor mill, the device is now said to be unveiled on April 30 instead of May 1 and it will be joined by the Sony A77II A-mount camera as well as a number of lenses for all the A, E, and FE lens mounts.

Fujifilm XF 23mm lens

Fujifilm 16mm f/1.4 lens is X-mount’s fast wide-angle model

Fujifilm’s official roadmap for late 2014 and early 2015 includes a high-speed wide-angle lens. The rumor mill believes that it has managed to find out its focal length and maximum aperture. The information comes from a trusted source who says that the Fujifilm 16mm f/1.4 lens is the unit that will be announced soon.

Nikon 1 S1 camera

Nikon 1 S2 camera might be unveiled sometime in May

Nikon has revealed two mirrorless cameras at the CES 2013: the 1 J3 and the 1 S1. A replacement for the former has been launched in April 2014, while a successor for the latter is nowhere to be seen. According to inside sources, the Nikon 1 S2 mirrorless camera is in the works and will be announced sometime by the end of May 2014.


A Guide to Photographing Hummingbirds

  A Guide to Photographing Hummingbirds Hummingbirds are beautiful.  And they are fast.  If you hope to photograph them you will want to plan for it, not just rely on luck. Here’s how I approach capturing images of hummingbirds. The Necessities: Feeders: I have two bird feeders which means up to 8 to 10+ birds…

Five new Samyang lenses

Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AE lens and more optics finally announced

As promised, Samyang has announced “new stuff” on April 28. The company has revealed the new Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AE lens with electronic contacts aimed at Canon DSLR cameras. Additionally, a trio of cine optics and a 300mm f/6.3 mirror lens have been introduced, while all five models are said to become available on April 29.

Kim Leuenberger

Traveling Cars Adventure: toy cars in dramatic scenery

Having a toy car collection might pay off someday. It’s not for you to sell it, instead you can use it as a source of inspiration to further your photography skills. Photographer Kim Leuenberger now has an impressive toy car collection and captures photos of the tiny objects in dramatic scenery to create the Traveling Cars Adventure project.

Sony Cybershot DSC-RX100 II

Sony RX100M3 camera mentioned in leaked AG-R2 grip manual

Sony is rumored to announce a slew of new products at the beginning of May. On the list of rumored gear that is coming in the following weeks we can now add the Sony RX100M3, a compact camera replacing the RX100M2. The leaked manual also shows a sketch of the shooter, revealing that it may employ a new lens.

Three Schneider-Kreuznach lenses

Three new Schneider-Kreuznach MFT lenses coming at Photokina

Schneider-Kreuznach has unveiled a trio of lenses for Micro Four Thirds cameras at the Photokina 2012. However, the German company has not released them on the market. According to the rumor mill, the new Schneider-Kreuznach MFT lenses are coming at this year’s Photokina and they will become available on the market in late 2014.


Give Your Pictures a Dreamy Look with These Actions

Before and After Step-by-Step Edit: Newborn Necessities used on MORE than just Newborns to give dreamy looks to your photos The MCP Show and Tell Site is a place for you to share your images edited with MCP products (our Photoshop actions, Lightroom presets, textures and more).  We’ve always shared before and after Blueprints on our…

Sony A-mount 2014 roadmap

Sony patents lock-up mechanism for translucent mirrors

Sony is aiming to further develop its A-mount cameras featuring semi-translucent mirrors. The company has patented a lock-up mechanism for semi-translucent mirrors, allowing the mirror to flip up during exposure, a system commonly-found in DSLRs. This internal design is ingenious and it would be nice to see it on the market.


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