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Monday, 19 September


Sony Unveils the a99 II: A 42.4MP Full Frame A-Mount Camera "IndyWatch Feed Photography"


Sony today announced its new a99 II, a full frame single lens translucent (SLT) camera. With rumors of the A-mount’s demise swirling in the industry over the past year, this new camera shows that the A-mount will live on… at least for now.

Inside the a99 II is a new back-illuminated full-frame 42.4MP Exmor R CMOS sensor with a special “gapless-on-chip” design for improved light gathering and fast data readout. This gives the camera low-noise and high dynamic range across its ISO range of 100 to 25600 (expandable to 50 to 102400).


Sony is adding its 4D Focus system to a full-frame camera for the first time in the a99 II. The Hybrid Phase Detect AF system uses 79 dedicated phase detect points with 399 focal plane phase detection points. These 79 “hybrid” points help with fast autofocusing and the tracking of moving subjects.

Since the mirror inside the a99 II is translucent, it does not need to flap up and down like in DSLR cameras. This lets you have continuous autofocusing while using live view for both photos and videos, and it performs well in low-light situations in which other cameras would struggle.


Sony has also developed a new 5-axis in-body image stabilization system for its A-mount cameras that appears for the first time in the a99 II. The system compensates for 4.5 steps. Half-pressing the shutter button allows you to preview the image stabilization in live view.

When shooting indoor photos with artificial light, the a99 II has the ability to detect light flicker and time its shutter to minimize the flicker’s effect on your photos.


On the video front, the a99 II can shoot 4K video with full pixel readout and no pixel binning using the XAVC S format. It can shoot 4K at 100Mbps, as well as slow motion 5x and quick motion at 60x (frame rates of 120fps to 1fps). Other pro features include picture profiles, time code, clean HDMI output, gamma assist, zebra mode, and S-Log3 and S-Log2 gamma.



Panasonic releases the G80 and three new Leica MFT lenses. And pre-announces the GH5! "IndyWatch Feed Photography"


Panasonic announce three “ready” and four “in development” products :)

The three available for preorder now:
G85: BHphoto. Adorama. Amazon.
FZ2500: BHphoto. Adorama. Amazon.
Lx10: BHphoto. Adorama. Amazon.

But Panasonic also “pre-annoucned” these four:
The Panasonic GH5 will arrive in 2017 with 4K/60fps, 4:2:2, 6K photo
Three new Leica lenses: 8-18mm f/2.8-4.0, 12-60mm f/2.8-4.0, 50-200mm f/2.8-4.0.

And this is a real world image of the new GH5:


Leica announces five new SL Lenses "IndyWatch Feed Photography"


Leica is going to launch five new SL lenses:
Leica Summilux-SL 50mm f/1.4 ASPH (image below)
Leica APO-Summicron-SL 75mm f/2 ASPH
Leica APO-Summicron-SL 90mm f/2 ASPH.
Leica Summicron-SL 35mm f/2 ASPH
Leica Super-Vario-Elmar-SL 16-35mm f/3.5-4.5 ASPH

via ePhotozine


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Sunday, 18 September


Is there a new mirrorless surprise from Nikon? "IndyWatch Feed Photography"


There was some “chatter” that Nikon could announce soemthing new tomorrow. And well Nikon Europe surely seems to confirm that! Is this “excitement” coming from a new mirrorless system camera???

The post Is there a new mirrorless surprise from Nikon? appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.


Big Monday announcement timeline: Full info here and…. "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Tomorrow (Monday Sept.19) we will have plenty of press events at the Photokina show:

12:30 Berlin time Panasonic (G80, FZ2000, LX10, GH5 pre announcement, new lenses)
14:00 Berlin time Canon (nothing new to announce, they will talk about the already announced cameras)
15:00 Berlin time Sony (probably nothing new to announce. If there is something new than maybe the A9?)
16:00 Berlin time Nikon (mirrorless surprise?)
17:00 Berlin time Fuji (New medium format camera)
18:30 Berlin time Olympus (E-PL8, 25mm f/1.2, 12-100mm f/4.0, 30mm macro, E-M1II pre-announcement)

So far only Olympus will live stream the event. As usual you can follow the liveblogging here on Mirrorlessrumors!

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Ep. 108: Why the Canon EOS M5 is a Mirrorless Mess + more! "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Episode 108 of the PetaPixel Photography Podcast.
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Featured: Leigh Diprose, Australian commercial photographer

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Australian commercial photographer Leigh Diprose opens the show. Thanks Leigh!

Canon’s halfhearted attempt to compete in the mirrorless market meets with a lack of enthusiasm. (#)

Pentax’s K-1 full-frame sensor comes in 3rd in DxOMark’s testing and smokes the new Canon 5D Mark IV’s sensor. (#)

How I failed to plan and came up short at the football field.

Canon releases it’s EF 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II with the new digital information display. (#...


Last bits of Fuji medium format rumors… "IndyWatch Feed Photography"

Fujirumors spilled out some more info about the new medium format system camera that Fuji will announce tomorrow:

  1. It has an interchageable viewfinder
  2. The lenses will be called “XG”

The post Last bits of Fuji medium format rumors… appeared first on mirrorlessrumors.

Saturday, 17 September


Polarr 3.0 for iOS 10 Brings Powerful Face Detection and Editing Tools "IndyWatch Feed Photography"


“It is the first app in store that detects multiple faces and does direct editing to all faces in photos in parallel,” Polarr CEO Borui Wang tells PetaPixel. It’s also “the first photo editing app that detects facial features (lip, eye, teeth) in high precision without requiring connection to the internet.”

Even with these new technologies baked in, the app is still small, weighing in at under 40 megabytes. By comparison, apps such as Snapseed and Enlight take up over 100MB on your device.

Polarr 3.0 uses the facial recognition API that Apple has built into iOS 10. Combined with Polarr’s custom neural network, the app can quickly make precise edits to a large number of faces in a photo without having to manually select each face.

Certain adjustment tools such as skin smoothing have been improved, resulting in less loss of detail when doing edits. The Denoise tool has been upgraded to now be on par with denoise features of pricey desktop photo editing apps.

The app’s face-editing tool kit includes multi-face detection, auto-detection of facial features, auto-enhance face-editing, skin edits (smoothing, texture, hue, tone), teeth whitening, eye brightening, lip edits (brightness and saturation), and face reshaping and contouring.

Borui tells PetaPixel that RAW editing is coming in future releases as well now that iOS 10 has unlocked that potential. Polarr was first a...


Dreamlike Photos of Burning Man by Victor Habchy "IndyWatch Feed Photography"


Photographer Victor Habchy has attended the increasingly popular annual Burning Man gathering in Nevada’s Black Rock Desert for the past few years, and every year he leaves with surreal photos of dreamlike scenes thanks to dust storms, unusual artworks, and Habchy’s talented eye.


Habchy is a self-taught colorblind photographer from Paris, France.





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