This morning, Adobe shared a sneak peek of the power of Adobe Camera Raw coming soon to Photoshop on the iPad.
From DNG to Apple ProRAW, users will be able to import and open camera raw files, make adjustments like exposure and noise, as well as take advantage of non-destructive editing and auto-adjustments in raw files – all on the iPad. You’ll also be able to import into PSD as an ACR Smart Object.
The news comes after Adobe announced back in August 2021 that the Magic Wand Tool & Healing Brush would be added to Photoshop on the iPad.
Click ‘play’ on the video above to learn more about the new Camera RAW options.
From October the 26th Adobe Lightroom introduces its new update, with some great new masking features.
Lightroom has been the core of editing photographs for many many years now. Updating features on a frequent basis to make our lives easier and to help us produce better-edited images. With its new update, Adobe is introducing some really big changes and especially with the masking tools which were well received in Photoshop with the AI-powered Select Subject and Sky Replacement.
The existing engine in Lightroom wasn’t as compatible with the AI-powered tools so they readdressed the architecture of the engine to allow for more creative use of the masking features. What did their customers want? More control over selective edits and masks. So the Adobe team worked with its customers to reassess how the selections were made in Lightroom.
So what are the new features of masking? Well, to start with the Brush tool has been replaced with a new masking button and this is where the excitement starts. From here you have the option to Select Subject or Select Sky, but it doesn’t stop there. From here you can create mask groups enabling you to mix and combine any other mask tool including the brush, gradient, luminance, and color range tools. You also have the ability to rename the masks to keep track of your edits.
Check out the video above to see the new masking features in action. Excited to try them? I know I definitely am. Roll on the 26th of October.
After launching in Southeast Asia and South America last month, the new DJI Mini SE is finally available in the US for $299. It’s an upgrade-with-a-lower-price to DJI’s previous entry-level consumer drone, the original DJI Mini, although the internals and camera are the same. It isn’t a replacement for the DJI Mini 2, which remains in the Mavic family lineup for $449.
The DJI Mini SE is small and portable. Since it shares the same body design, its dimensions are identical to the Mini 2. When folded, it’s 138mm x 81mm x 58mm (5.43” x 3.19” x 2.28”). Open with the propellers on, it’s 245mm x 289mm x 56mm (9.65” x 11.38” x 2.2”).
Since the Mini SE is just an original Mini with a new design for $100 less, the camera on the 3-axis gimbal remains the same. It’s got a full-frame equivalent focal length of 24mm and shoots 2.7K footage (2720 x 1530 pixels) at 24, 25, or 30 frames-per-second or full HD (1080p) footage at up to 60 fps. Stills clock in at 12MP.
Similarly, the Mini SE doesn’t have the Mini 2’s upgraded controller—it’s got the same foldable one as the original Mini remote.
With a full charge, the Mini SE can stay in the air for 30 minutes and zip about at almost 30 miles-per-hour. It can livestream HD video back to your smartphone from 2.5 miles away. A small bit of wind shouldn’t bother it: it’s capable of flying in roughly 20 mile-per-hour winds, or a “fresh breeze” on the Beaufort scale.
The cheapest way to get flying
The Mini SE is the most affordable drone DJI has ever sold. Compared to the Mini 2, you mostly sacrifice video quality (2.7K vs 4K) and range (2.5 miles vs 5 miles)—although the Mini 2 also has a nicer controller—to save $150. Both are under that 250g limit so, as long as you aren’t flying commercially, are free from most regulations.
If you’re mostly interested in flying a drone the Mini SE might be the perfect choice for you. However, if you’re looking for high quality footage, you might regret not spending the extra $150 dollars on the Mini 2.
And, of course, if you’ve got more of a budget, the $999 DJI Air 2S is our favorite drone at the moment.
When is the DJI Mini SE available?
The Mini SE is featured on DJI’s website, although it isn’t yet in their online store. Expect it to be for sale there in the coming days.
A new report suggests that Fujifilm’s next medium format camera will be announced this September. The GFX50S Mark II is expected to look identical to the GFX100S and cost $4,000.
According to a report on FujiRumors that the publication is putting a high-degree of certainty behind, the camera will start shipping in September. Also of note, the publication believes that despite rumors stating the camera would be announced on August 27, FujiRumors does not believe this to be the case.
The Fujifilm GFX50S Mark II is expected to use the exact same body as the GFX100S and as such will feature in-body image stabilization (IBIS). Its inclusion is noteworthy because the camera is expected to cost significantly less than the GFX100S and any other GFX50 camera at $4,000, which is extremely aggressive for Fujifilm. If true, it would put a camera with a very large, 50-megapixel sensor stabilized with IBIS at a lower price than some full-frame cameras like the 50-megapixel Sony Alpha 1. It would be comparable in price to the Canon EOS R5.
While its utility would certainly be different than both those cameras, the sheer size of the sensor grants photos a “look” that is difficult to match with full-frame cameras.
The original GFX50S was announced five years ago in 2016 and became available the following year. Given its age and the fact that the GFX100 has seen two iterations in that time — the GFX100S and the GFX100IR — it is certainly due for a refresh. At the time, Fujifilm touted it as a new Fujifilm G format sensor that measured 43.8×32.9mm and offered 51.4-megapixels of resolution.
“It’s a fantastic landscape camera, but it’s not just a landscape shooter. It’s good for other stuff like portraits,” Kai Wong said in his review. “It’s just as versatile as any other camera.”
It still sells for $5,500 which is $1,500 more than the rumored price for its successor, and if IBIS does indeed come to the system in its second iteration, its lauded versatility will only become more impressive.
While a new camera would be nice to see, Fujifilm, like most electronics manufacturers, has been struggling to produce enough products to meet demand with its current offerings. In February, the company issued a formal note that it was unable to make enough GFX100S cameras to meet market demand, an issue that still plagues the camera five months later. Even if the company does release the GFX50S Mark II in the fall, it will likely prove quite difficult to obtain one for some time.
There are plenty of online sites, from eBay and Gumtree to specialist retailers, selling old film cameras. But few refurbish and present them so beautifully as a new company called FilmFurbish. We met up with the founder, Jeremy Rata, to find out more about his business model, and what he offers.
What exactly is FilmFurbish? We specialise in sourcing, refurbishing and selling the best classic film cameras you can find, from Rollei 35 cameras, Leicas, Olympus, Medium Format film cameras such as Rolleiflexes and Zeiss Super Ikontas to Nikon F SLRs.
Where did the idea come from? I have always been a passionate film and digital photographer and I’ve had a photography company since 2005. My main job, however, was a hotelier, at a high, five-star level. Anyway I took early retirement to focus on my photography commissions, but come the first lockdown, all my assignments dried up. I was unsure what to do next.
Anyway, I bought a Rollei 35 camera off eBay as I had always wanted one. When it arrived it was a basket case, so I went about trying to get it fixed. By a stroke of luck, I found a factory-trained Rollei technician who was happy to service the camera, and it came back as good as new.
To cut a long story short, I fell in love with the Rollei 35 so much that I wondered if I could sell them online. From May to October last year I bought about 50 of them, mainly from a supplier in Germany, and built up my stock. FilmFurbish developed from there, really.
An example of how carefully the cameras are presented
What makes you different from other online film camera retailers? The cameras are beautifully refurbished and the same goes for the presentation and packaging. Often if you buy a second-hand camera, it comes in an old cardboard box, wrapped in bubble wrap.
I’d used Leicas for my documentary photography and I loved their exquisite packaging. So I’ve taken Leica’s presentation and packaging values and applied them to second-hand film cameras. It took nearly two months to find somebody to supply the boxes and foam in the smaller quantities I needed, but after looking all over the world I eventually found somebody – just down the road in West Yorkshire!
So you specialise in Rollei and Olympus? At the moment yes, but I do plan to start selling Leicas from 2022. All the Rolleis are checked and serviced by the Rollei technician I use, and I have also found a repairer based in Middlesex who specialises in Nikon and Olympus.
The Nikon F3 package
The next stage is to become a Nikon F specialist, although I won’t deal with the F4 or F5,6, as there are too many electronics – that is where the hassle comes in repair.
Following that, I hope to move onto Leica. As you can imagine, you can find good-quality used Leica film cameras and lenses, but they tend to attract premium prices.
Is it hard to source cameras to refurbish and sell on? It’s not hard to find them, but it is hard to find them at the right price. eBay has become too expensive now. The post Brexit increase in import taxes has also made everything 20% more expensive if you are buying from the EU. I was lucky in that I bought a lot of stock before the new VAT rules came in.
Who are your main customers? They fall into three categories. First, there are older people, say in their late 60s, who have never given up on film. Then there are customers who shoot digital but also like the aesthetic of film photography and want to get into it.
Then there are younger people, in their late 20s and early 30s, who are fanatical film users – they are obsessed with the film aesthetic and despise anything digital. They tend to go with trends. There was a huge interest in the Contax T2, for example, but Rollei 35s are very much on their radar too.
Since I started in December I have sold just shy of 90 Rollei 35s, and 30 have gone to the US.
Do you worry that the film revival will run out of steam? I don’t think it will grow at its current rate, but there will continue to be a fondness for the quality products of yore. Film has hundreds of year of history, after all. I have noticed that clients of commercial photographers asking for film images more and more, and Kodak has also stepped up its film production in the US, I believe.
Why as a documentary photographer do you still shoot film? The reason I prefer film has more to do with the flow of it – the way it slows your photography down and makes you think that little bit more, rather than what it looks like.
People obsess about Portra vs Ektar or whatever and then load the scans into Photoshop and play around with the image so much, you lose the unique look of the emulsion. I don’t see the point of that.
Working with film slows his photography down, says Jeremy – in a good way
My favourite Colour Film is Portra 400 and B&W film is Ilford XP2 400 – XP2 is so much more versatile than HP5. While shooting film might take a little more time, I can tell the difference with my images taken on film – they are more thought-through.
Jeremy Rata Born in Cambridge, Jeremy is a published documentary photographer as well as running FilmFurbish. In August 2010 he visited Afghanistan on a commission to produce photographs for the book Afghan Faces by John Casson, and two of his images have also been exhibited in the National Portrait Gallery.
In addition, Jeremy is a licensed Premier League and International Rugby Union and League photographer. His rugby images have been published in most of the daily and Sunday newspapers as well as many magazines. See his personal site here.
There have been persistent rumors that Nikon is readying a heavily retro-inspired mirrorless camera called the Zfc for release, and more information has emerged, including a likely announcement date of June 28. Other information includes an expected price and likely specifications.
Nikon Rumors is reporting that the Zfc mirrorless camera will likely be announced tomorrow, June 28.
The Zfc looks heavily inspired by the FM film cameras of yore. Fuji’s X Series has been highly lauded for its design that encourages a return to pure photography, and like the Df DSLR of several years ago, the Zfc looks to capitalize on the retro revival of recent years. Rumor has it the Zfc will be a DX body and will have specs very similar to the Z 50, with a price of $999 (including the kit lens), coming in three color choices: silver, black, and brown. Two new DX lenses are also expected, a 28mm f/2.8 and a 35mm f/1.8, though these are likely to follow the modern Z lens design aesthetics. We will see what tomorrow brings!
Amazon Prime Day 2021 is almost here, taking place from 21-22 June! As we saw with Black Friday last year, there are likely to be some great deals for photographers, whether you are looking to invest in a whole new camera system, or just after a big discount on a tripod, for example.
What is Amazon Prime Day and how long does it last? Simple – Prime Day is a two-day shopping event where people who have signed up to join Amazon Prime can get special deals that non-members can’t access. It takes places from 21-21 June.
There will be no shortage of photography gear deals for you to spend your hard-earned cash on. The challenge is the same as ever – cutting through the noise and hype to figure out which are the really good discounts on cameras, lenses and accessories, rather than simply getting money off sub-standard or obsolete gear that you don’t really want or need anyway.
So, over the Amazon Prime period we will be updating you with the best deals, curated by AP’s team of camera, lens and accessory experts – if we flag up an offer, you can buy with confidence.
AP’s testing team are the best in the business, so if we flag up a good deal, go for it!
How to get the most from Amazon Prime Day
Look out for lightning deals Amazon recommends using the Watch List to keep track of these on Prime Day.
Blue means ‘deal’ Prime day deals are colour coded, so watch out for blue badges to save big.
Early deals with Alexa Alexa can apparently get you early access to some great deals, and no special password is necessary
OM Digital has announced the first camera to come to market since the company was spun off from Olympus, but it’s not coming to North America. The PEN E-P7 is only going to be available in Europe and Japan and the company currently has no plans to make it available elsewhere.
As a note, OM Digital will still be known by Olympus when it comes to cameras and camera equipment for the time being. The Olympus PEN E-P7 packs a 20-megapixel sensor with five-axis image stabilization, built-in WiFi, and a tilting rear LCD screen.
OM Digital says that the camera features a classic design and is equipped with a 20-megapixel Live MOS sensor along with the company’s high-speed TruePic VIII image processor. It also has “advanced” continuous autofocus and Face Priority/Eye Priority algorithms that are carried over from the company’s professional OM-D series cameras.
The PEN E-P7, has a dedicated Profile Control dial on the front that allows for quick and easy switching between standard camera modes to color, monochrome, or filter effect profiles. OM Digital says that it is ideal for the creation of “unique and creative images” thanks to the 12 color step control and 10 step saturation controls. It also allows for in-camera highlight and shadow adjustment with the aforementioned Profile Control dial that the company says results in “stunning black and white images.”
OM Digital says that thanks to the Wifi and Bluetooth connectivity, users can easily connect to the OI.Share smartphone app to transfer photos between the camera and iOS or Android phones and tablets. The camera also has several advanced photo modes that allow for more creative applications, like the Multi Exposure and long exposure modes.
Thanks to the five-axis on-sensor stabilizer, the PEN E-P7 is suitable for both low-light still and hand-held video capture. The camera can shoot 4K video as well, which OM Digital infers will add to its versatility as a hybrid camera.
The camera can be purchased with an optional “genuine leather body jacket,” accessory that perfectly fits the camera but still allows the rear monitor to be opened and articulated without removing the case.
It’s a minor update for PEN fans, and given its region-specific launch, it may not move the needle for many in the west. That said, Olympus is one of the more popular brands in Japan, and the camera will very likely sell well there.
The Olympus PEN E-P7 will be available starting in mid-June in either white and silver or black and silver starting at 799 Euros. It can be paired with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-42mm f/3.5-5.6 EZ lens for 899 Euros.
Capture One, which recently announced an update for native support on Apple M1 computers, has announced that it is currently developing an iPad app. In a note on its website on Instagram, the company says to expect the app to become available in early 2022.
“M1 support is just the start,” the company writes. “We’re hard at work innovating Capture One to suit the way you edit today, and into the future. That’s why we’re excited to share that an iPad app is in the works – and coming to you in early 2022.”
The company did not provide any specifics on what to expect with an iPad version of its popular photo editing application, but in a recent interview with PetaPixel, CEO Rafael Orta explained that as part of its M1 transition, it actually completely overhauled its code base to allow the developers to more easily adapt the software to other uses.
“This is the beginning of the roadmap and the possibilities it opens up for us in terms of devices and networking is really fantastic,” Orta said. “I’m looking forward to getting this out the door, but really looking forward to what this looks like for the future of Capture One and for the future of photography software.”
The company’s announcement of iPad support points to that roadmap and backs up what Orta has said about the flexibility of the new re-architected Capture One.
The quotes below were not published in the original interview, but at the time Orta actually expressly noted the company’s excitement about developing Capture One for iPad.
Speaking about the prospect, Orta said it was hugely exciting and noted that the convergence of hardware to Capture One as a software company meant that he and his team were able to take more of their code and see how it would manifest across multiple devices.
“Firstly, the convergence of hardware means that we can take more and more of our code and reuse it across more and more devices and we are excited about the possibilities that opens up for us,” he said. “More importantly, we look at the future of how photographers in different categories can start to use multiple devices in their workflows. We’re just incredibly excited about the opportunities. As part of our roadmap this year, we looked at M1 and cloud capabilities, and of course, we’re excited about the iPad door opening up and what that potentially means for a photographer’s workflow. All these things are part of our plans and we have to ask how what we do fits into that workflow.”
In the first step of that process, Capture One on M1 already showed significant improvements in most performance metrics. How it will translate to iOS though — and how the company plans to monetize the platform — remains to be seen.
Panasonic introduced the Lumix GH5 II camera this morning, which is the follow-up to the GH5 from 2017. Panasonic also announced that a GH6 model is in development and will be available at the end of 2021.
The Panasonic GH5 II, which uses a 20.3MP Micro Four Thirds-format sensor, is designed for both photographers and, in particular, videographers and can shoot 4K 60p 4:2:0 10-bit video while offering wireless live streaming capabilities. The GH5 II is slated to go on sale this month for $1699 (body only) and $2299 as a kit with the Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 12-60mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. lens.
Our colleagues at Imaging Resource, Digital Photo Pro‘s sister site, got some early hands-on time with the new Panasonic GH5 II. Read their in-depth report here to find out what they thought of the GH5 II.
Details on the forthcoming GH6 are limited, so far, but Panasonic said it will feature a new image sensor and a new processing engine along with 10-bit 4K 120p HFR video, 4:2:2 10-bit DCI 4K 60p video with unlimited recording time, and 10-bit 5.7K 60p capture.
“Providing 4:2:2 10-bit DCI 4K/60p recording capability, the LUMIX GH6 achieves unlimited video recording when the camera is used under the certified operating temperature,” Panasonic said in a press announcement this morning.
“It is reliable enough to record continuous footage for a desired duration. It also provides a 10-bit 4K 120p High Frame Rate (HFR) and Variable Frame Rate (VFR) for high resolution slow/quick motion video. Moreover, the GH6 records 10-bit 5.7K 60p video by taking full advantage of the newly developed Micro Four Thirds sensor. Accommodating a variety of recording modes and shooting assist functions, the GH6 enables photo/video hybrid-use for various purposes including films, music videos, documentaries and short clips for social media to meet the creators’ needs.”
The GH6 will retail for approximately $2500 when it goes on sale at the end of 2021, Panasonic said.
As for the Panasonic GH5 II, while it has many features similar to its predecessor, it differs in several key areas particularly in its ability to offer wireless (along with wired) live video streaming capabilities to sites including YouTube. Wirelessly live streaming (RTMP/RTMPS) from the Panasonic GH5 II can be achieved both indoors and outdoors by using the free Lumix Sync app for smartphones.
The Panasonic GH5 II can wirelessly live stream full HD video at 60p up to 16Mbps. For wired live streaming from the GH5 II, you must use Panasonic’s Lumix Webcam software. A forthcoming firmware update will also allow the Panasonic GH5 II to support wired IP streaming (RTP/RTSP).
The GH5 II’s wireless live streaming feature cannot be added to the older GH5 camera via a firmware update, Panasonic told us, because the GH5 does not have the internal hardware to support it.
“All of the new features on the GH5 II are possible due to the hardware changes made to the camera so it’s not possible to port [the live streaming feature] to the GH5,” a Panasonic spokesperson told Digital Photo Pro. “One of the reasons we needed to revise the entire camera was due to the limitations of the GH5.”
Here’s a rundown of some of the other features that are new and unique to the Panasonic GH5 II vs the older model.
20.3MP Micro Four Thirds sensor has newly added Anti-Reflective (AR) coating
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