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Nikon D610 / Canon 6D / Sony A7 Giveaway Winner

Nikon D610 / Canon 6D / Sony A7 Giveaway Winner

Thanks to our friends at Photography Life, we have recently organized a Nikon D610 / Canon 6D / Sony A7 Giveaway, which ended on the Christmas day. After the list of participants was cleaned up and a bunch of entries were disqualified (fake email accounts from mail services like yahoo.de, inbox.ru and mail.ru, plus newly created Facebook accounts), we were left with a total of 33523 entries (Facebook and non-Facebook participants combined). Well, it is now time to announce the lucky winner, who gets to pick his favorite camera. Random.org picked a number for us and it is...

Blackmagic Releases Footage Taken with 4K Production Camera

Blackmagic Releases Footage Taken with 4K Production Camera

Blackmagic fans have been eagerly awaiting news of the 4K production camera, as well as test footage shot with it. Today Blackmagic confirmed they are in the final stages of testing the camera, and released several gigabytes of ungraded 4K footage to the masses for blanket toying with. Though we didn't grade or otherwise edit the footage other than what you see here, we encourage you to give it a shot!

A First Impression of the Sony a7R & How Canon/Nikon Can Beat It

A First Impression of the Sony a7R & How Canon/Nikon Can Beat It

Yesterday I got my hands on the new Sony a7R for a review here at Fstoppers, and I was instantly and somewhat begrudgingly a fan of it. It feels great in hand, doesn't lack physical buttons like with other interchangeable lens compacts (ILCs), and it sounds fantastic (the shutter has an absurdly glorious “click” that you can’t help but love). My feelings for the a7R were such that I began to wonder why Canon and Nikon can’t seem to get it right in the ILC market. The answer to making the perfect compact appears so clear, but they don’t seem to have any interest of going this direction.

Custom SLR Makes $10,000 Tripod Christmas Tree, Will Donate to Charity

Custom SLR Makes $10,000 Tripod Christmas Tree, Will Donate to Charity

I've sort of been waiting for that signature heartwarming story to rise up in these last few days winding down to Christmas, and I had just about given up hope until I caught wind of this fun little project by Custom SLR (makers of straps, tripods and other gadgets for cameras). The team decided to try and make a tripod tree, the largest they thought possible, and donate all the decorations to the Salvation Army and all the tripods to afterschool and nonprofit photography programs. And they did.

The EOS M2 Is Official... but Not in the US or Europe?

The EOS M2 Is Official... but Not in the US or Europe?

UPDATED: Canon representatives have confirmed they have no current plans for an announcement in the United States. Canon Japan and Canon China both outed the anticipated EOS M2, but there hasn't been (and won't be) any such announcement from Canon USA. The EOS M was met with a rather tepid response stateside when it was first announced, and even after firmware updates and a price drop, it hasn't had much traction.

FS Review: Could DSLR Video Shooters Easily Move to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera?

FS Review: Could DSLR Video Shooters Easily Move to the Blackmagic Cinema Camera?

The Blackmagic Cinema Camera isn’t new, but when it was first introduced it created such a buzz that actually getting one’s hands on the new video camera proved difficult. Though Blackmagic has since pumped out the Pocket Cinema Camera and the 4K Cinema Camera, the original 2.5K camera is still quite the looker. I wanted to know, would it be possible to transition from my beloved DSLRs and over to the Blackmagic, which boasts some rather impressive specs, without much trouble?

Limited-Time Lightroom 5 Price Cut, Drops to $69

Limited-Time Lightroom 5 Price Cut, Drops to $69

UPDATE: Though the B&H deal has expired, you can grab Lightroom 5 on Amazon for a cool $69. Lightroom 5, which was already on sale for under $110, for the next three hours (1 PM ET to 4 PM ET) is only $89. If you've wanted to own Lightroom 5 for a bargain-basement price, now is the time to grab it. For those of you who bought it at the $110 price, maybe there is still time to cancel the order and pick it up for cheaper.

Enter Your Wildlife Images in "Big Picture: Natural World Photography Competition"

Enter Your Wildlife Images in "Big Picture: Natural World Photography Competition"

There are a lot of contests out there this time of year, but I wanted to take a minute to bring the California Academy of Sciences Big Picture: Natural World Photography Competition to your attention. Now through March 31, 2014, Cal Academy is inviting photographers to enter their wildlife and conservation images to this competition for a chance to win a share of the $20,000 in cash and photography gear prizes.

EXPIRED: Win the new Profoto B1 500w/s TTL Flash!

EXPIRED: Win the new Profoto B1 500w/s TTL Flash!

THIS CONTEST HAS ENDED. Profoto and Fstoppers have teamed up to ring in the Holiday season by offering one of the hottest and most talked about Products of the year. The new Profoto B1 makes it easier than ever to use your flash off camera. TTL achieves your light in an instant. With battery-power/ without cords, the 500w/s B1 goes wherever you go. Combining performance and the legendary Profoto light shaping system the B1 makes great light easy. Are you ready to win?

Fstoppers Holiday Gear Guide Returns! Great Gifts Under $100

Fstoppers Holiday Gear Guide Returns! Great Gifts Under $100

Ah the week of Thanksgiving. Turkey, gravy, family and the harsh realization you are horrifically underprepared for the holiday season. That's ok fellow photogs, we at Fstoppers have your back! Over the next few weeks we will be releasing updates to our Holiday Gear Guide, first starting with the lower-cost items and working our way up to the premium stuff. This week, let's look at the best ideas under $100.

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