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Halide app developer says iPhone portrait smoothing is due to low contrast, noise reduction

4 Oct

The developer of the app, which is billed as RAW Manual Camera and has in one review been described as a “pro camera app”, suggests in this blog post that the smoothing observed (and previously described here) may be a consequence of smart HDR in that HDR always reduces contrast (hence high dynamic range) and therefore apparent sharpness, which may subjectively appear as smoothing. Read more here.

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Comparing the Fujifilm X-H1 and X-T3

4 Oct

Releasing two flagship cameras in short succession, Fujifilm has left some prospective customers confused, never mind the fact that the X-Pro2 is also still hovering about somewhere in the line-up. So here I’ll look at the X-H1 and X-T3 and who they might be suited for.

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Olympus planning flagship E-M camera for 2019

2 Oct

Several sources, including some from Photokina, are reporting that Olympus is planning to release a flagship camera possibly in early 2019. They will also be celebrating their 100th anniversary later in the year with something special.

A different rumour suggests that Olympus were invited to join the L mount alliance, but declined. Figures quoted in this context point out that Olympus, Panasonic, Ricoh and Fujifilm summed together have about 15% market share, which could lead one to wonder whether Ricoh or Fujifilm might have been approached.

Zenit have a Leica rangefinder… and a 35mm f/1.0 lens!

1 Oct

Russian photography industry legend, Zenit, has teamed with Leica to release a Russian-designed version of the Leica M (Typ 240), and they pair this with a new lens, a 35mm with f/1 aperture, which is quite some chunk to behold.

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Nikon with banding problems – again

1 Oct

After the D700, D7100, D5200 and D600, the Z7 is the latest Nikon camera to be reported to have banding issues – in spite of having an apparently identical sensor to the D850. It’s apparently due to the holes in the image produced by phase detection pixels – a problem I’ve mentioned several times before. The problem is that phase detection pixels do not precisely measure the quantity of light like regular sensels, so the electronics have to fake the data for those pixels.

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Cost of entry for in body stabilisation

1 Oct

Since an increasing number of manufacturers now offer in-body stabilisation, I thought it would be interesting to look at the cost associated with buying into such a system. I’ll assume we’re looking for an APS-C system, with prices presented for the body only, for a large aperture zoom (typically 16-50mm/2.8) bundle and for a travel zoom bundle.

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Pentax licenses lens to Tokina, then lets them undercut the original price

30 Sep

I’ve referred to the HD Pentax D FA* 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW in stories several times. This lens is important because of the popularity of the 50mm focal length and hence the importance of such lenses to the industry. Optics companies measured their strength against another by the quality of their 50mm lenses in the 1950s, and they still do so today. Right now, there is a new iteration of this contest, in which lenses such as Sony’s Gold Master, Sigma’s Art, Zeiss’ Otus and Milvus, various Canon and Nikon versions, and of course, Pentax D FA* are tested against one another on various merits.

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