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Nikon Unveils the Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G Lens

Nikon has unveiled the Nikkor 58mm f/1.4G lens priced at $1696, apt timing after Zeiss released their $4000 55mm last week. The lens uses two aspherical elements, a Nano Crystal Coating, and Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating in an attempt to remove all traces of flaring or light falloff. Nikon claims this will allow it to be used in low-light situations by maintaining edge-to-edge sharpness and even lighting at all apertures. [more]

Keep It Simple: Shoot Great Video Simply and Effectively

If you’re curious about learning how to shoot video with your DSLR, or wanting to improve the video you shoot, this might be right up your alley. New York fashion and portrait photographers and videographers, Lindsay Adler and Jeff Rojas, are about to kick off a 3 day workshop called ‘Keep It Simple – Video for Photographers’ on Creative Live focused on helping photographers make the jump into shooting great video simply and efficiently. [more]

Sony Aims for the Bleachers with Full Frame Alpha 7 & Alpha 7R

I’ve wanted to be impressed with Sony for a long time, and I think that time has finally come. The rumored full frame compact interchangeable lens camera is real, as Sony has announced the Alpha 7R and Alpha 7. Featuring full frame sensors, fast hybrid AF with phase-detection and a new image processing engine, these might be everything we’ve wanted in a compact camera. [more]

UPDATED: Sigma 24-105mm F/4 OS Art Lens Confirmed

UPDATED: Estimated arrival date released. In a stunning development, Sigma has placed the rumored 24-105mm on their website. I say stunning, because the whole of the Sigma USA team is on holiday today and we were never briefed on this lens officially (which is HIGHLY unusual, eg. this is the first time it’s happened). This story is still developing, but the page is live and you can look at it yourself. [more]

Benro Adds Larger Video Monopod with 13.2 Pound Capacity to Lineup

If you’ve been following Fstoppers, you might recall the Benro S2 and S4 video monopods that we reviewed in the spring of 2013. They’re solid, and despite an abundance of plastic parts that could be a turn off, the larger S4 was a great monopod. Seeing the need for one just a bit larger, Benro today announced the S6 video monopod. [more]

How to Succeed at a Portfolio Review

The portfolio review is likened to speed dating for good reason — you often have only 20 minutes to make a lasting impression. Whether you are having a one-on-one chat in a prospective client’s office or meeting at a photo festival round robin with several reviewers, here’s some advice for how to succeed… and, hopefully, put yourself in contention for future visual opportunities. As the saying goes, “you never have a second chance to make a first impression.”

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Like Aerial Photography? Check out this Webinar on Using Drones

Photoshelter has some pretty sweet webinars relatively regularly, and this week they’re hosting one on aerial photography: “How Eric Cheng Is Democratizing Aerial Photography.” Eric Cheng spent over 10 years mastering underwater photography before deciding to try his hand at aerial videography. Now he’s already turning the industry on its head with a new innovation that allows photographers to capture above-ground footage without the massive expense of a helicopter. [more]

World’s Most Iconic Sports Photos Come From World’s Most Iconic Sports Photographer

While looking for something to share with you all, I did a search for “the world’s greatest sports photographer” and the first return I got was this: 100 Greatest Sports Photos of All Time. Now if I counted correctly, a staggering 16% of those 100 frames came from iconic sport photographer Neil Leifer [more]

Is this the Sigma 24-105mm f/4?

Canon Rumors is reporting an image of what appears to be a legit image of the rumored 24-105mm f/4 that Sigma has purportedly been working on. It will supposedly be heavier and larger than the Canon 24-105, but that’s not unexpected given the build of the previous pro lenses Sigma has released. [more]

I Was Wrong. I Need To Apologize To Anyone I’ve Offended.

For a while I’ve wanted to pour out everything in my heart, but it’s been bottled up. Out of fear, humiliation, and hurt. What I’ve encountered in the past few days is one of the hardest moments of my professional life, but I need to address this face-forward. [more]

Leica Announces New Rainbow-Colored Binoculars

I certainly wasn’t expecting this from Leica today: The new Leica Ultravid Colorline collection of compact, high quality binoculars. In addition to the classic models with black leather trim, the Leica Ultravid 8 x 20 and Leica Ultravid 10 x 25 are now also available in vibrantly colored leather trim: apple green, Aztec beige, dove blue, Capri blue, cherry red and lemon yellow. [more]

Adler and Shaden Square Off in a [F]ramed Network 6-Episode Series

Last summer Lindsay Adler and Brooke Shaden teased a new show they were working on with the [F]ramed Network called “The Concept,” where they will take on the challenge of executing a surprise concept by the Framed Producers. Equipped with the same Sigma lenses, both photographers will be expected to shoot the same models in the same location, giving viewers the opportunity to see them plan a shoot from start to finish, the first episode of which will air on October 22. [more]

Beastgrip Universal Lens Adapter Turns Your Phone Into The Camera You Already Have

Let me start this by making it clear that I am all for innovation and unique ideas. Useful products and powerhouse entrepreneurs shape the world we live in. The Beastgrip is certainly unique and if you’re looking to turn your phone into an SLR, go for it. The thing looks like it would do well in the phoneography arena. Perhaps some of you will want to [more]

Jony Ive Leica M to be Auctioned for RED

Designed by Apple’s Jony Ive and designer Marc Newson, Leica’s one-of-a-kind M for RED will be auctioned off at Southeby’s on November 23rd 2013 to raise money for The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The hallmark of Ive design is on display with the rounded anodized aluminum outer shell and machined aluminum body. The camera has s a full-format CMOS sensor, high performance processor and new Leica APO-Summicron M 50mm f/2 ASPH lens.
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Nikon Announces the Nikon D610

The rumor mills have been buzzing, and Nikon has finally answered the rumors with the announcement of the Nikon D610. The main upgrade for the D610 is the shutter mechanism, after addressing the “oil-like leak” on the sensor from the D600 model. Other enhancements include a small jump in burst speed, and some new weather sealing advancements. [more]

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