• April 26, 2016

Lights and shadows of the Leica dual camera of the Huawei P9

We respond some existential questions (and some more pressing ones) on the controversial Leica camera integrated into the Huawei P9

Huawei P9

The first thing to clarify is that Leica does not manufacture the camera on the Huawei P9. In fact Leica does not manufacture sensors so that, technically speaking, not even the company itself manufactures 100% Leica cameras. What happens is that Huawei and Leica have co-developed the optics of the P9’s camera. This meaning that Huawei has provided the factory and Leica the experience.

Huawei P9

If we believe the official version, Huawei and Leica designed the camera together, or rather the cameras of this unique phone. Chances are that Leica is limited to perform quality control, and presumably that Huawei will strive to give the best of themselves to manufacture the cameras, using Sony sensors by the way. All with a trade agreement that benefits both parties. Some get money and others prestige.

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  • April 22, 2016

Best Monitor for Photo Editing and Photography 2016

If you are a digital photographer, you will need a computer and a monitor to see your photos in order to evaluate or retouch them. And if you want a job well done, as often happens in photography, you can’t use just any monitor, you have to choose with care.

Best Monitor for Photo Editing

This may mean knowing how to decipher mysterious new acronyms and compare technical characteristics that seem to be made to be understood only by an engineer.

Of course you can find monitors that are extremely costly, designed for professionals with deeper pockets. But luckily there are affordable alternatives that are, in any case, a leap in quality when compared to the monitor based on a laptop or a desktop computer.

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Austin
Austin

You can run Windows side-by-side with MacOS.
Austin
Austin

Also, note that according to tests performed by laptopmag, the new 12" macbook has the best color gamut and delta-E,…
habbaz
habbaz

Thanks. what about the "HP Pavilion 23xw" is it good for Graphic editing? and how much sRGB have?
Chris
Chris

You're write up includes reference to glossy screens, however your list of recommended monitors only shows matte screens, why is…
Dimi
Dimi

Thanks for the great info! What about bigger screens ? 40+ inches I'm using my TV in the…

  • April 14, 2016

Dynamic range on the Canon EOS 80D the student is progressing well but still needs improvement.

Since I am at minimum services, I had not realized, but a comment from Guillermo has drawn my attention to the analysis of dynamic range that Dpreview has performed on the new Canon EOS 80D and the results, as you will see in the screenshot that I’m adding below, despite not being amazing, at least they are encouraging.

The method is always the same, the ISO invariance, and if you click the link you will see that by default the EOS 80D and 70D were selected, lifting the shadows +5 EV and + 6EV. I preferred to change it up and put the 80D against the 70D, with the Nikon D7200, and I also wanted to put the Sony Alpha 6300 but I couldn’t find it, so I put the tiny Sony RX100 IV, which is already unfair because it has a tiny 1" sensor, substantially smaller than the APS-C size of all others. In all cases I have raised the shadows +5 EV, which is fine.

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  • April 11, 2016

Panasonic Lumix GX80, post-focus and 4K photo for beginners

Sharpening after taking a picture or recording a video and extracting the unique frame are the two new features of the Lumix GX80

Panasonic Lumix GX80

Photography and video are first cousin. So it is not surprising that even the simplest camera also records video. But if we enter the world of 4K we obtain a qualitative increase that allows two bands to play. So you can record video and extract a picture with sufficient quality. This 4K photo concept was released by Panasonic that now presents its latest model, the Lumix GX80. A DLSM -without a mirror and interchangeable lenses- aimed at beginners but with semiprofessional features that help achieve spectacular results.

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  • April 11, 2016

The rumor mill already talks of a Sony A7R III between 70 and 80 megapixels

Rumors don’t understand terms of renewal nor even less patience. Not even ten months ago the Sony A7R II was announced -fulfilling its first year on the market in June – and the speculations regarding its would – be future successor have already begun. Although without a definite date for the hypothetical Sony A7R III¸ there are already those who dare with pools on the resolution of the third generations and put the figure between 70 and 80 megapixels.

One Idea, apparently, comes from company sources in Japan to which Sony Alpha Rumors gives a remarkable credibility. Besides the significant leap in resolution, the improvements in the integrated 5 axes mechanical stabilizer are also on the list of alleged improvements to that model.

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  • March 18, 2016

Canon EOS 70D vs 80D vs Nikon D7200, what’s the difference?

Canon recently announced a new addition to its lineup of mid-range DSLRs christened EOS 80D. It claims to be a good replacement for its predecessor the EOS 70D that was launched in July 2013. The 80D offers better handling control along with still and video enhancements.

Looking back at earlier versions, it packs a higher resolution Canon Dual Pixel CMOS sensor. Not only this, the on-senor autofocus system has also been improved greatly. Now those are some features to look out for. While Canon designed this camera for the typical action-shooting enthusiast, their real target is wedding photographers on a stringent budget, who have shown an interest in the 70D.

In this article, we will weigh the Canon EOS 80D against the 70D for its features.

The Design:

The 80D has not changed much in its overall design and construction. It retains the same polycarbonate, water and dust resistant exterior we got to see on the 70D.

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  • March 7, 2016

Fujifilm X-T1 vs. X-Pro2, Which Should You Buy?

Sometimes the main enemy is inside the house. The truth is that new Fujifilm X-Pro2 comes to seduce professional and advanced photographers that are looking for a classic design and quality in ASP-C format and to convince them that it is a better option than the traditional reflex, the most economic Lumix DMC-GX8 by Panasonic or the also new Pen-F by Olympus, to name a few examples.

However, if there is a question that during these last few weeks many users interested in the new camera without a mirror have asked, is whether the X-Pro2 is worth it compared to the X-T1. A kind of fraternal dual that can only be resolved in one way: putting one against the other while we keep working on a detailed test if the X-Pro2, which we have already been working with for weeks.

Obvious Differences

A quick glance is enough to understand that we stand before two models that, in reality, don’t have much in common between them regardless of them sharing a family. It’s not about the design or viewfinder, but also philosophy. Something that is pretty obvious but it’s worth remembering those undecided between these cameras which also claim to be two different worlds: The X-Pro2’s storytelling and the X-T1’s versatile and all-terrain character.

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  • February 21, 2016

Canon announces the New EOS 80D and EF-S 18–135mm f/3.5–5.6 Lens

Canon has presented the new camera EOS 80D, as well as the new photographic objective EF-S 18-135 mm f/3,5-5,6 IS USM and the motorized zoom adaptor PZ-E1.

Canon announces today the EOS 80D, a digital reflex camera that can be personalized in many ways and shoots quickly and easily. The EOS 80D has a new 24.2 Megapixel CMOS sensor and a DIGIC 6 processor, along with a new 45-point AF system, all cross-type, and continuous shooting up to a rate of 7fps.

Canon EOS 80D

Canon EOS 80D

Canon also announces the photographic lens EF-S 18-135 mm f/3,5-,5,6 IS USM, with the new Nano USM technology, and the optional Motorized Zoom Adaptor PZ-E1, for a smooth zoom control during video recording and remote operation via Wi-Fi.

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  • February 20, 2016

New Samyang lenses from the Xeen Range

There are two are new lenses presented by the korean fabricator:

The 14 mm T3.1 and the 35 mm T1.5. These two products, next to the already existing 24 mm T1.5, 50 mm T1.5 and 85mm T1.5, create a balanced set of five optical able to record movies at an image quality of 4K+.

Samyang lens

All the XEEN lenses, including the two new 14 mm T3.1 and 35 mm T1.5, are great for working with full frame sensor cameras (24 x 36) as well as cameras with APS-C, APS-H and super 35 sensors. These lenses are available in five different mounts: Canon, Nikon, Sony-E, PL and MFT, and include a multiple nano lining. (NCS) that minimizes radiation and reflections. Thanks to the X-Coating technology of Samyang, the film quality of the images is assured and the bodies of all the XEEN are aluminum, which makes them ultra light weight, making them resistant and able to work under any filming condition.

The aperture luminous is one of the most distinguished features, of the brand (almost all of the XEEN have an aperture of T1.5). These lenses offer high contrast sequences and real colors, even in low light settings. Plus the big aperture gives way to a bokeh effect, that’s perfect for out of focus backgrounds.

Made to offer, infinite creative possibility the 14 mm and 35 mm XEEN will be available starting March 2016 for one P.V.P. For about £1599 each one.

  • February 20, 2016

New Photometers Sekonic L-478DR

The new photometer Sekonic LITEMASTER PRO L-478D is the first touch screen, that works as a light meter. It has a unique variety of essential characteristics, for still as well as moving images. It’s compact size is comfortable to use. The huge LCD screen ( of 2,7” ) shows ambient lighting, flash, film, and a great amount of information in a clear and concise way. Settings can be found but just touching or sliding your finger over the screen. The L-478D can be quickly calibrated for any camera using the Sekonic Data transfer ( DTS) and using the Sekonic Targets or X-Rite or just punching in the data manually on the actual photometer.

Photometers Sekonic L-478DR

On the other hand, the L-478DR has all the features of the L-478 plus it comes complete with the Elinchrom Skyport Technology that combines light metering and the power of control that comes with local and studio lighting equipment. And finally the L-478DR has flash control and is compatible with Phottix Strato 11 protocol technology.