Vinyl listening booths from 1955

At HMV, customers could buy records and record players, but also listen to the latest songs.
In the 1950s, HMV introduced special sound-isolating booths where customers could sample new sounds without having to wear headphones. (They also had enough room to squeeze in a close friend or two.)

An amazing collection of images on Mashable from "His Masters Voice" which later became known as HMV, circa 1955. 

The Three Features that I’m most looking forward to in the next Fuji Firmware Updates

Fuji made a high profile announcement yesterday about upcoming firmware releases for the X-Pro 2 and XT-2. The full set of improved features has been listed in many places, so I won’t re-type the full set here. Instead I wanted to briefly talk about the three features that I’m most looking forward to, which are (numbers are from the list on Fuji's site):

9. Addition of a smaller Focus Point size in Single Point AF
The update adds a smaller Focus Point size in Single Point AF, bringing the total number of available sizes to six. The new smallest size facilitates pin-point focusing.

This has been my biggest point of frustration with the X-Pro 2. I have repeatedly found it difficult to focus on small objects, especially if there are other things nearby in the frame. Hopefully this will address that.

 

23. Name Custom Settings
The update allows you to assign a specific name to Custom Settings 1 - 7.

I think this is a great idea. It gets a bit confusing just having them named 1-7. 

 

19. Addition of "Eye Sensor + LCD Image Display" in the View Mode
The update gives the "Eye Sensor + LCD Image Display" option in the View Mode that allows you to shoot through the viewfinder and check images on the LCD, just as you would with an SLR.

It’s great that this is finally being added. I also find it frustrating that you can’t do this out of the box, so kudos to Fuji for recognising that this is a need.


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Imaging Resource's Comprehensive Nikon D3400 Review

A comprehensive review of Nikon's entry level DSLR from Imaging Resource:

The Nikon D3400 combines great image quality from its 24-megapixel APS-C sensor with a user-friendly design and good, reliable performance across the board. Some of its capabilities may be lacking, particularly with regard to continuous autofocus, video and its new SnapBridge support, but compared to its peers, the D3400 still proves to be an excellent entry-level DSLR at a great price.

I have to say; I find this a fascinating little camera. With all the attention on Mirrorless cameras, these days people often dismiss these entry level DLSRs as nothing but the "same old same old". Spec wise this is an impressive little camera, particularly in the price range. When you consider it has a 24mp sensor, and it is a relatively small body, if you're looking for a small companion camera, it might be worth considering something like this alongside mirrorless options. It has compatibility with the full range of Nikon lenses, has a sensor comparable to the Sony A6500, has a relatively small body, and costs less than $500.

Sure it may not have all the features of some of the Mirrorless options, but if you just want something that takes pictures as a second camera, and especially if you're already a Nikon shooter, you should take a look at this, and the larger 5400.

Just a thought. (And I love mirrolrss cameras by the way, so it's not an anti mirrorless thing)


Panasonic Lumix GF9 camera leaked

Panasonic's next release in the venerable GF line has been leaked, with Photo Rumors providing a translation from the Japanese site Digicame-info. The GF1 was my first mirrorless camera and I really like the look of the new one. The world of mirrorless cameras has has come a long way since the GF1.

Here are the rumoured specs:

  • Low pass filterless 16 MP sensor (no low pass filter)
  • 4K 30p / FHD 60p video
  • "4K Selphy" "4K Photo" "Focus Select" "Focus Composite"features
  • Spatial recognition AF using DFD technology
  • 180 degree tilt 3" LCD touch screen with 1.04 million dots
  • Built-in Wi-Fi, USB charging compatible
  • Size: 106.5 x 64.6 x 33.3 mm
  • Weight: 239 g (body only)
  • Color: silver, orange
  • Kit: double lens only (12-32 mm f/3.5-5.6, 25mm f/1.7)
  • Announcement date: January 6, 2017

Rangefinder Wide angle lenses on a7 cameras - problems and solutions

Great, albeit a somewhat technical article from Philip Reeve about using wide angle rangefinder lenses on Sony's A7 series cameras. It's long being a well known issue that sing certain lenses with an adaptor can lead to some issues due to the nature of digital sensors vs film, but there are some interesting solutions in this article that I had't seen before. Well worth a read if you have one of the A7 series cameras and are considering using a wide angle Leica or similar lens.

Sony a6500 review

As should be apparent, many of its core specifications are shared with the a6300 - itself a DPReview Gold winning camera. The biggest differences are the touchscreen, the image stabilization and a ‘Front End LSI’ (processing chip) to allow faster and more complex processing. There are also a few small tweaks, such as the addition of a highlight spot metering mode.

Digital Photography Review with their usual comprehensive coverage of the Sony A6500.