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.
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.
In other news, Olympus was still making four thirds lenses !
(not to be confused with Micro 4:3)
There has been a rumour doing the rounds over the past few days, pretty much setting certain parts of the internet alight. Originally posted at Canon Rumours, the rumour site is fairly confident that Canon’s C-log is coming to the 5D Mark IV. If true this would be a big deal.
Despite being a capable camera whatever way you look at it, the 5D Mark IV has received a lot of criticism of its video features, especially compared to the competition from Sony. Adding C-Log to the camera would certainly go a long way to addressing some of that criticism. While Canon probably can’t address issues like the crop factor for 4K in firmware, adding the companies highly regarded log profile, would make it more attractive to people looking for a video solution, who are invested in the Canon eco system and don’t want to change.
I hope that if this does become a reality that Canon doesn’t stop there, but also addresses the other major complaint that people had with the camera’s video, and that is the outdated motion jpeg file format. I think if they can address these two issues the 5D Mark IV will be much closer to what a lot of Canon users had hoped the camera would be before it was officially announced, at least in terms of video.
A short behind the scenes video from BBC's amazing Planet Earth 2 where they talk about how new technology helped in the making of the series, including Sony's A7S which let them shoot in almost no light.
An extremely thorough and comprehensive review of the Fuji X-Pro 2 from Simone Conti and Nasim Mansurov on Photography Life. Some great photography in the review too. Incidentally, there's a great review of the X-T2 on the site too.
A great video review of the Panasonic Leica 12-60mm lens from Mirrorlessons. I have been curious about this lens, and this answered a lot of my questions, so thanks to Heather and Mathieu for great information as always. Check out their website at Mirrorlessons.com too if you have a chance
Today was a busy day for Fuji as it launched three new cameras and a whole series of lenses. The biggest headline grabber will of course be the new medium format Fuji GXF. While fuji Announced the development of this camera back at Photokina, today was the official launch, with a release date and price set. Fuji also announced the release of the X100F, the latest version of their original X-Series camera, and the X-T20. Below is some select bits and pieces that I’ve found particularly interesting. For full coverage, I’ll send you to the excellent roundup over on Fuji Rumours.
The GXF is an interesting camera, and a lot has been said about it already. Now that there is an official launch, reviews have been popping up as well as first hand experiences. The price is very competitive at $6500 which is about $500 cheaper than the nearest medium format camera. You can find the official information here, on Fuji’s website, and you can download the catalogue here.
The X100F & X-T20
The X100F is a new generation of the X100 series and it looks like a nice evolution. It has basically put the guts of the X-Pro2 into the X100 series body. Most notably, the camera gains the 24mp sensor, and the Acros shooting mode. Rather than go into it, I’ll pass you over to the excellent roundup with some really good images from Patrick LaRoque.
The X-T20 is an updated version of the X-T10 with the corresponding improvements. The camera store TV has a great short video that covers all the new features, and how it compares to the X-T2.
This is a really nice looking lens, and it’s great that Fuji is bringing out a high quality 50mm at a cheaper price point than the existing models, however, I would have expected them to be able to produce a less expensive model, given the number of 50mm f/1.8 lenses available on other platforms, however the quality does look to be pretty good, and it is weather sealed.
After much rumour and a pre-announcement late last year, Panasonic has officially announced the GH5. The new camera will be available in March for an official price of $1999.
Like the rest of the GH series, the GH5 is primarily geared towards video shooting, and has a wide range of features geared at professional video shooters. It also shoots 4K up to 60p and has a variety of other frame rates and modes. There are a few things about this release that in my opinion are a bit controversial:Read More
Another teaser video for the Fuji GFX Medium format camera from Fuji:
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'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
DP Review looks at the Canon EOS M-5 Mirrorless camera with one of their usual comprehensive reviews
The EOS M5 is the fastest, most refined and most usable EOS M camera yet, and is evidence more than ever that Canon is looking to take this segment of the market more seriously - but they've still got some work to do.
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.
X-Photographer Pål Laukli from Norway tests the prototype of FUJIFILM GFX 50S and GF lenses for studio shoot with burlesque artists.
Filmed with FUJIFILM X-T2 in 4K quality