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DJI Ronin-S Review @ Heliguy

The DJI-Ronin-S [Press Release] is a single-handed 3-axis motorized gimbal stabilizer for professional DSLR and mirrorless cameras, with an eight-pound payload capacity.

Recently, Heliguy took the DJI Ronin-S to London, UK, and put it through some real-world usage:

They also got the opportunity to work with Ian Hay from Above All Images to stress test the Ronin-S out of a helicopter to see how it would perform in extreme shaking conditions.

The following video shows the results. Aerial videos were taken on a Nikon DSLR at 4K/25fps and the ground videos were shot on a Canon 6D at 1080p/24fps.

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Fujifilm Lenses

Fujifilm: FUJINON XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR Ultra-Wide Angle Lens, FUJINON XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR Super-Fast Telephoto Lens and X Mount Lens Roadmap July 2018

Fujifilm has announced two new lenses: the ultra-wide angle FUJINON XF8-16MMF2.8 R LM WR zoom lens and the super-fast FUJINON XF200MMF2 R LM OIS WR telephoto lens.

Fujifilm X-H1 with the FUJINON XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR ultra-wide angle zom lens, below:

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The FUJINON XF8-16mmF2.8 R LM WR is an ultra-wide angle zom lens with a constant maximum aperture of F2.8 and focal length equivalent to 12-24mm (35mm format). It is weather-sealed, dust-resistant and can operate in temperatures as low as 14°F/-10°C. It uses linear motors for quiet and ultra-fast AF. Fujifilm is targeting this lens as perfect for landscape and architecture photography such as interior and nightscape, and astrophotography.

Fujifilm X-H1 with FUJINON XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR Telephoto Lens

Fujifilm X-H1 with FUJINON XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR Telephoto Lens

The FUJINON XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR is its first super-fast telephoto lens offering a fast maximum aperture of F2.0 and a focal length equivalent to 305mm (35mm format). It is weather-sealed, dust-resistant and can operate in temperatures as low as 14°F/-10°C. It uses linear motors for quiet and ultra-fast AF. A Focus Preset Function instantly changes focus to a preset position. Built-in Optical Image Stabilization provides up to 5-stop image stabilization. Fujifilm is targeting this lens as an ideal lens for shooting sports and wildlife.

Note that the XF200mmF2 R LM OIS WR lens comes with the XF1.4X TC F2 WR Teleconverter that extends its focal length to cover a focal length equivalent to 427mm at F2.8 (35mm format).

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Cameras Fujifilm

Fujifilm XF10 is an Ultra-Lightweight Wide-Angle Camera with a FUJINON 18.5mmF2.8 Fixed Lens (Equivalent to 28mm on 35mm format): 24.2 Megapixel APS-C CMOS Sensor, 4K Video Recording, Touchscreen, Digital Teleconverter Function, 11 FUJIFILM Film Simulations, 19 Advanced Filters, New SQUARE MODE for 1:1 Format for Posting Photos on Social Media

THe following video presents FUIFILM XF10 Promotional Video / FUJIFILM:
“Introducing the new FUJIFILM XF10, an ultra lightweight, travel-friendly premium compact camera with an APS-C sized sensor. Featuring enhanced Bluetooth® connectivity, the XF10 allows photographers to transfer images direct-to-smartphone seamlessly after shooting.

Shot on X-H1”

Fujifilm XF10: Black (left) and Champagne Gold (right)

Fujifilm XF10: Black (left) and Champagne Gold (right)

PRESS RELEASE

FUJIFILM INTRODUCES THE NEW XF10, AN ULTRA-LIGHTWEIGHT, TRAVEL-FRIENDLY PREMIUM COMPACT CAMERA

Featuring an APS-C sensor and enhanced Bluetooth® connectivity for seamless transfer of images to a smartphone after shooting

Valhalla, N.Y., July 19, 2018 – FUJIFILM North America Corporation has announced the latest addition to the X Series lineup, the FUJIFILM XF10, a premium compact digital camera with a high quality FUJINON 18.5mmF2.8 fixed lens. Weighing only 280g, the XF10 combines simple touchscreen operation with superior image quality and versatile settings in a pocket-sized body, making it the perfect companion for photo enthusiasts and smartphone users alike.

Fujifilm XF10: Image Courtesy of Fujifilm

Fujifilm XF10: Image Courtesy of Fujifilm

“We are excited to introduce the XF10 as a premium, ultra-lightweight compact camera that delivers high quality images and new features in a body small enough to travel with, and possesses functionality to instantly transfer images to your phone to share,” said Yuji Igarashi, General Manager of the Electronic Imaging Division & Optical Devices Division at FUJIFILM North America Corporation.

Fujifilm XF10: © Norifumi Inagaki; Shooting Mode - Manual, Sensitivity - ISO 200, Dynamic Range - 100%, Aperture - F5.6, Shutter Speed - 1/180, Lens Focal Length - 18.5mm, White Balance - Daylight, Film simulation - PRO Neg. Std

Fujifilm XF10: © Norifumi Inagaki; Shooting Mode – Manual, Sensitivity – ISO 200, Dynamic Range – 100%, Aperture – F5.6, Shutter Speed – 1/180, Lens Focal Length – 18.5mm, White Balance – Daylight, Film simulation – PRO Neg. Std

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Software & Apps

Luminar 2018 Flash Sale: from Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22

Skylum is running a 4-day Flash Sale for Luminar 2018. From Thursday, July 19 through Sunday, July 22, you can get Luminar 2018 for the lowest price ever – $49!

LUMINAR 2018 4-DAY FLASH SALE OFFER INFORMATION

Get Luminar 2018 for the lowest price ever!

New users can purchase Luminar 2018 for $49 (instead of $69).

Current users of Luminar 2017 can upgrade for $39 (instead of $49).

OFFER AVAILABILITY: Thursday, July 19 – Sunday, July 22

 

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Lensbaby Lenses

Lensbaby New Product Teaser: August 7, 2018

Fans of Lensbaby lenses, rejoice and be prepared for yet another product. Lensbaby is teasing a new tool, to be revealed August 7, 2018, “that helps [you] create images that feel new and special.”

Aside from this generic [don’t all Lensbaby lenses fall under this] description, there’s not much more information (besides the shape of the new lens) to be gleaned from the 10-second video teaser below.

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Articles Fujifilm

You’re Invited: FUJIFILM Photo Walks, @ No Cost, with X-Photographers Gareth Pon (in Chicago, IL, USA) and Victoria Wright (in Portland, OR, USA): 07/21/2018

The following video presents Spotlight Series: Gareth Pon:
Fujifilm presents USA X-Photographer Gareth Pon. Hear how Gareth utilizes a variety of visual mediums to share his experiences and tell his story. Equipped with the FUJIFILM GFX, Gareth’s preferred camera system is versatile, portable, and the perfect match for his diverse workflow.

Gareth Pon is a multi-talented photographer, filmmaker, influencer, and consultant. Through stunning images and meticulous social media curation, Gareth has developed a strong brand for himself and had the opportunity to work with A-list talent. Discover how the FUJIFILM GFX has become the perfect tool for Gareth’s versatile skill set and how its advanced features allow him to tell stories in a multitude of visual mediums. All video was captured with the FUJIFILM X-T2…

See more of Gareth’s work at http://fujifilm-x.com/us/photographer…

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FUJIFILM Photo Walk with X-Photographer Gareth Pon

FREE Admission

07/21/2018
1:00-3:00PM

Chicago, IL, USA
Starting and ending at Dodd Camera in Chicago:

Dodd Camera
2844 W. Armitage Ave.
Chicago, Illinois 60647
United States
(773) 227-3633

Fujifilm and Dodd Camera invite you to join X-Photographer Gareth Pon in Chicago for a FUJIFILM photo walk.

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FUJIFILM Photo Walk with X-Photographer Victoria Wright

FREE Admission

07/21/2018
4:00-6:00 PM

Portland, Oregon
Starting and ending at Cathedral Park. Meet under the bridge

Fujifilm and Pro Photo Supply invite you to join X-Photographer Victoria Wright in Portland for a FUJIFILM photo walk.

  • Victoria will be accompanying 30 photographers on this photo walk through the stunning location of Cathedral Park.
  • Attendees will have the chance to gain insightful advice and tips from Victoria on how to capture the best of landscape and portraiture from their FUJIFILM cameras while exploring and taking in the sights that this picturesque setting has to offer.
  • Please register for this FREE event at https://fujifilmxgfx.com/focus-events/fujifilm-photo-walk-with-x-photographer-victoria-wright/.

The following video presents Spotlight Series: Victoria Wright:
FUJIFILM North America Corporation presents USA X-Photographer Victoria Wright. Discover how Victoria’s latest project aims to use photography as a therapeutic technique to help her subjects overcome their greatest insecurities.

Victoria Wright is an accomplished lifestyle and travel photographer who uses the FUJIFILM X Series and GFX system. Born in Lithuania and raised in Washington, Victoria has built her brand on capturing personal moments that resonate with a wide audience. Learn how the accessible, inconspicuous nature of the FUJIFILM GFX 50S allows Victoria to photograph intimate imagery and get the most out of her subjects.

All video was captured with the FUJIFILM X-T2.

See more of Victoria’s work at http://fujifilm-x.com/us/photographer…

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Cameras Sony

Sony Updates RX100 V (Model RX100M5A): New BIONZ X Image Processing Engine, Increased Buffer Size to 233 JPEG Images, Improved High Frame Rate, Focus Area Registration, Enhanced Peaking Function, Proxy Recording, New White Balance and AF Area Modes, New Light Metering Modes; Loses In-camera ‘PlayMemories Camera Apps’

The following video presents Sony | Cyber-shot | RX100 V – 4K movie:
The RX100 V with Fast Hybrid AF for shooting movies as well as stills features a focal plane phase-detection AF sensor for focusing and tracking accurate enough even for the rigors of 4K movie shooting*¹*². And record movies in 4K(QFHD: 3840 x 2160) with full pixel readout without pixel binning. Such 4K movies contain approx. 1.7 times as much information as is minimally required for 4K movie output. This gives 4K movie images even more outstanding resolution that complements reduced moire and jaggies.

*¹ A Class 10 or higher SDHC/ SDXC memory card is required to record movies in the XAVC format. UHS-I (U3) is also required for recording at 100Mbps.
*² Continuous recording is available for approx. 5 minutes. The duration available for the shooting may change according to shooting conditions.

This is an update to these previous blogs:

Sony RX100 VI

Sony RX100 VI

Sony has quietly refreshed the RX100 V (model RX100M5A) by updating the previous model (DSC-RX100M5) with some of the features introduced in the RX100 VI. [Unfortunately, owners of existing RX100 V will not get a corresponding firmware/model upgrade.] New highlights/changes of Sony’s updated model RX100M5A include: (more…)

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Articles

Skylum Releases Free Update Version 1.3.0 to Luminar 2018

Skylum has released a new update to Luminar 2018! The 1.3.0 update includes numerous features enhancements and bug fixes for the Windows and Mac versions.

Mac New & Improved Features:

  • IMPROVED Raw Develop. The Raw Develop filter has improved handling of the Lens and Transform effects.  Effects are not shown on the left side (Before) when using the Compare option.  The effects are also not blended with original when using the Filters Amount slider.

  • IMPROVED Sharpening. The Sharpening filter is more responsive and accurate.  As you adjust the controls all changes are visible in high resolution with real-time feedback.

  • IMPROVED Batch Processing.  You can now export to several file formats including new options for PDF and JPEG-2000.

  • IMPROVED LUT Mapping. You can now easily scroll through your LUTs in the LUT Mapping filter.  Just hover your mouse over a LUT and it updates in real-time.

  • IMPROVED Language Support. Luminar offers eight Improved localizations: Chinese, Chinese Simplified, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish.

  • IMPROVED Image History. It is now possible to use the “Save History” option when saving a file with the “Windows Compatible” option.  Additionally, White Balance presets are now displayed in an image’s history with the preset name when using the RAW Develop and  Develop filters.

  • NEW Plugin Support. The following third-party plugins can now be used via the Plugins menu: Imagenomic Noiseware 5, Imagenomic Portraiture 3, Imagenomic Realgrain 2, and DxO FilmPack 5.

  • IMPROVED Filter Controls. To save you time, all filter checkboxes can be enabled or disabled by clicking on the control name or the checkbox.  Additionally, be sure to try scrubbable number sliders. Just mouse over the value for a filter and then click and drag left or right to move the slider.

  • IMPROVED JPEG Controls.  Take precise control over JPEG and JPEG-2000 compression. You can see a numeric value for the Quality slider.  You can also click on the number and enter a precise value.

Windows New & Improved Features:

  • NEW Faster opening of RAW-files. You can now open raw files much faster thanks to improvements in our RAW engine.

  • NEW White Balance Tool.  A new White Balance functionality and eyedropper tool have been added to the Raw Develop, Develop, and Color Temperature filters.

  • NEW Image History. It is now possible to use the “Save History” option when saving a file. Additionally, White Balance presets are now displayed in an image’s history with the preset name when using the RAW Develop, Develop and Color Temperature filters.

  • NEW Layer Renaming. For all new layers, you add to a document (except for the original image) you can choose to assign a custom name.  Just double-click on a layer’s name to edit it. This is a great way to organize adjustment and image overlay layers in your project.

  • IMPROVED Filter Performance. You can now add or subtract filters more quickly to an image.

  • IMPROVED Blending Modes. When you choose a blending mode for an Adjustment or Image Layer, the experience is even easier.  Just hover your mouse over a blending mode and it updates in real-time. This is an easy way to simply mouse-over the list to find the perfect blending mode.

  • IMPROVED LUT Mapping. You can now easily scroll through your LUTs in the LUT Mapping filter.

  • IMPROVED Language Support. Luminar offers seven improved localizations: Chinese, Chinese Simplified, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese (Brazil), and Spanish.

  • NEW Canvas Color. You can now set the Canvas background color to White.  Choose View > Background > White to set the working Canvas to White or choose from other shades of gray or black.

  • IMPROVED Sharpening. The Sharpening filter is more responsive and accurate.  As you adjust the controls all changes are visible in high resolution with real-time feedback.

  • NEW DNG Camera Profiles (DCP). Are you looking for truly professional control over your raw files?  Then give DNG Camera Profiles a try. Luminar recognizes the industry standard DCP files that you may already have on your computer (or have bought from third parties).

  • IMPROVED Batch Processing. Windows users gain the useful Batch Processing improvements. These include the ability to “Replace or Skip Files” when saving the file with the same name when Batch Processing.  Additional options include the ability to create JPEG and TIFF files as well as improved reliability when renaming and numbering files on export.

The update is completely free to all Luminar 2018 users, and here are the instructions on how to get it:

  • The next time you launch Luminar, it should prompt you to update the software.
  • Or, you can also choose to manually check for the update:
    • Mac – Please choose Luminar 2018 > Check for updates.
    • Windows – Please choose Help > Check for updates.

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