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Feb 5th - Featured Thread Winners! Feb 06, 2016
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Landscape Photographer:
Blue hour at the Valley by Fred Miranda

Nature & Wildlife:
Competitive Eating Contest by Thao_Nguyen

People Photography:
Lydia 'Fire and Ice' by AFphotography

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FE 85/1.4, FE 24-70/2.8 and FE 70-200/2.8 announced! Feb 03, 2016
FE 85/1.4, FE 24-70/2.8 and FE 70-200/2.8 announced!
Three new models including 24-70mm F2.8 Zoom, 85mm F1.4 Prime and 70-200mm F2.8 Zoom deliver unrivaled imaging experiences

NEW YORK, Feb. 3, 2016 -- Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world's largest image sensor manufacturer, has today introduced their flagship G Master™ brand of interchangeable lenses.
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Sony Alpha A6300 announced! Feb 03, 2016
Sony Alpha A6300 announced!
Sony has announced the new Sony Alpha A6300, updating the A6000, Sony claim the World's fastest autofocus (AF) speed amongst APS-C cameras. The camera also offers the highest number of AF points available in a camera with an interchangeable lens camera, and records 4K video, as well as high speed FullHD video at 120fps. The A6300 uses a new 24.2 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor with copper wiring for faster readout speeds, and has an extended ISO range going up to ISO51200.

The Sony Alpha A6300 will be available in Europe from March 2016 priced at approximately €1,250 body only, and €1,400 with the Sony 16-50mm lens. The A6300 will also be available as a kit with the Zeiss 16-70mm Zoom lens in April 2016, priced at approximately €2,250.

Sony Alpha A6300 Key Features
24.2mp APS-C CMOS Sensor (Copper wiring)
425 phase detection AF points
2.4 million dot EVF
11fps continuous shooting with AF/AE
8fps continuous live-view mode
4K video recording, S-Log3 gamma, S-gamut
Full HD video at 120fps
Wi-Fi, NFC
Sony PlayMemories App
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Weekly Assignment 694 winner: douter Feb 03, 2016

Congratulations to douter for winning WA 694, based on the theme: Opposites.

The top five photos displayed below, will also be showcased on our Winners Gallery.

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Weekly Assignment 695 just started with theme: "Family"
Deadline: February 10th noon - Participate!
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Canon EOS-1D X Mark II interview with Chuck Westfall Feb 03, 2016
Canon 1DX Mark II interview with Chuck Westfall
Ari Hazeghi (speedmaster20d) posted an interviewed with Chuck Westfall, Technical Adviser at Canon, discussing the EOS-1D X Mark II's new features.

Here is an excerpt:

AH: What are the main hardware and software improvements incorporated in the the new 61-point high-density reticular AF II system compared to the original system in the EOS-1D X?

CW:
1. Low-light sensitivity has been doubled to EV -3 at the center AF point when the camera is set to One-Shot AF. This makes the new camera easier to use in extremely low light.
2. AF point illumination in the viewfinder has been significantly enhanced, making the EOS-1D X Mark II easier to use in a wide variety of shooting conditions.
3. All 61 AF points remain active even with lens/extender combinations featuring a maximum aperture of f/8 (compared to center point-only AF with the EOS-1D X under the same conditions).
4. AF coverage across the image area has been expanded by up to 24% compared to the EOS-1D X, and we have added Zone AF for greater compositional flexibility.

To read the entire interview, visit Ari's blog

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Pre-order the new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II for $5,999 (Body only) or $6,299 (Premium Kit)

  1. Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR Camera (Body Only)
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  2. Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR Camera (Premium Kit)
    B&H Photo | Adorama
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Official: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II announced! Feb 01, 2016
Official: Canon EOS-1D X Mark II announced
Update: You can now pre-order the new Canon EOS-1D X Mark II for $5,999 (Body only) or $6,299 (Premium Kit)

  1. Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR Camera (Body Only)
    B&H Photo | Adorama

  2. Canon EOS-1D X Mark II DSLR Camera (Premium Kit)
    B&H Photo | Adorama

Main Features:
  1. 20.2MP Full-Frame CMOS Sensor
  2. Dual DIGIC 6+ Image Processors
  3. 3.2" 1.62m-Dot Touchscreen LCD Monitor
  4. DCI 4K Video at 60 fps, 8.8MP Still Grab
  5. 61-Point High Density Reticular AF II
  6. Native ISO 51200, Expanded to ISO 409600
  7. 14 fps Shooting, 16 fps in Live View
  8. Dual Pixel CMOS AF and Movie Servo AF
  9. Built-In GPS, CFast & CF Card Slots
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Jan 29th - Featured Thread Winners! Jan 30, 2016
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Landscape Photographer:
Frosty Winter Sunrise by Hardcore

Nature & Wildlife:
Snowy Owl by Mike Veltri

People Photography:
How to compete with expensive kit... by Numfar

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Lightroom CC 2015.4 / 6.4 now available Jan 28, 2016
Lightroom CC 2015.4 / 6.4 now available
Lightroom CC 2015.4 and Lightroom 6.4 are now available on Adobe.com. The goal of this release is to provide additional camera raw support, lens profile support and address bugs that were introduced in previous releases of Lightroom. This release also includes a new Boundary Warp feature for Creative Cloud members.

For more information on new Camera support and additional updates, checkout Lightroom Journal
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Weekly Assignment 693 winner: WalterF Jan 27, 2016

Congratulations to WalterF for winning WA 693, based on the theme: Night Lights.

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Weekly Assignment 694 just started with theme: "Vintage"
Deadline: February 3rd noon - Participate!
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Jan 22nd - Featured Thread Winners! Jan 23, 2016
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Landscape Photographer:
Blue Moon by Matt Anderson

Nature & Wildlife:
Bears of Lake Clark, Alaska by mshetzer

People Photography:
Golden hour by Numfar

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Weekly Assignment 692 winner: Travis Rhoads Jan 20, 2016

Congratulations to Travis Rhoads for winning WA 692, based on the theme: Money.

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Weekly Assignment 693 just started with theme: "Opposites"
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RX1RII recall notice Jan 20, 2016
RX1RII recall notice
Sony released a RX1RM2 Notification today

Posted: 1/19/2016
"Thank you for being a loyal Sony customer. We work hard to ensure your experience with our products and services exceeds your expectations.

Unfortunately we have found that in rare bright conditions, some of our DSC-RX1RM2 cameras may produce image files with unwanted light.

If you experience this problem and your camera falls within the serial range listed below, please contact us at 1-239-245-6360 for a free inspection and service. Please note this free inspection is available until March 31, 2018. If your serial number does not fall within this range, we can assure you that your camera will not present the symptom described above.

We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience you may experience."


Digital Still Camera DSC-RX1RM2 - Affected Serial Numbers
Some products with serial number from 6310198 to 6311127

Here is the Sony support page for more information.

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B&H Photo already has new RX1RII (without the above issue) In Stock right now:

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1190330-REG/sony_dscrx1rm2_b_cyber_shot_dsc_rx1r_ii_digital.html
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Jan 15th - Featured Thread Winners! Jan 16, 2016
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Landscape Photographer:
Nocturnal Charm by ArturS

Nature & Wildlife:
Willets Fight (10) by Shasoc

People Photography:
Erin - Renaissance Series by Numfar

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Weekly Assignment 691 winner: Herb Jan 13, 2016

Congratulations to Herb for winning WA 691, based on the theme: Laughter.

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Weekly Assignment 692 just started with theme: "Night Lights"
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Jan 8th - Featured Thread Winners! Jan 09, 2016
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Landscape Photographer:
House on fire by Sunny Sra

Nature & Wildlife:
Cheetah Family - Maasai Mara, Kenya by skseet

People Photography:
Calista by Lisa_Holloway

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Weekly Assignment 690 winner: matejphoto Jan 06, 2016

Congratulations to matejphoto for winning WA 690, based on the theme: Interaction.

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Weekly Assignment 691 just started with theme: "Money"
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Nikon announces the D5, its new flagship DSLR camera Jan 05, 2016
Nikon announces the D5, its new flagship DSLR camera
Here is the main Nikon D5 specifications:
  1. Two D5 body types: D5 XQD-type and D5 CF-type
  2. New 20.82 MP CMOS sensor
  3. EXPEED 5
  4. 4k video
  5. 153 AF points, 99-point cross sensor, F8 corresponding 15 points
  6. Continuous shooting (continuous shooting up to 200 frames in 14bit lossless compression RAW): 12 fps in the AF / AE tracking
  7. Continuous shooting speed at the time of the mirror up to 14 fps (AE / AF fixed)
  8. Highest ISO: 102,400
  9. Extended sensitivity Hi5: ISO 3,280,000
  10. 3.2-inch 2.36 million dots LCD touchscreen
  11. Memory: card slots: D5 (XQD-Type) is double XQD, D5 (CF-Type): double CF
  12. Shutter speed: 30 seconds to 1/8,000 sec
  13. Finder coverage: 100% (FX), magnification: 0.72x
  14. SuperSpeed ​​USB (USB3.0 Micro-B terminal)
  15. Battery: EN-EL18a
  16. Weight (battery and media included) D5 (XQD-Type): 1405g. D5 (CF-Type): 1415g
  17. Shipping starts in March, 2016
More info at Nikon.com
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Pre-order links:

Nikon D5 FX-Format Digital SLR Camera Body (CF Version) - $6,496.95
B&H Photo | Adorama

Nikon D5 FX-Format Digital SLR Camera Body (XQD Version) - $6,496.95
B&H Photo | Adorama
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Nikon D500 Announced Jan 05, 2016
Nikon D500 Announced
Main specifications:
  1. 20.9MP DX format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 5 image processor
  2. Multi-CAM 20K Autofocus sensor with 153/99 AF points (Same as Nikon D5)
  3. ISO range of 100-51,200 expandable to Lo 1 and Hi 5 (50 – 1,640,000 equivalent)
  4. Share images instanly with built-in SnapBridge (Wi-Fi® + Bluetooth) capabilities
  5. Shoot cinematic 4K UHD video
  6. Dual card slots - XQD and SD media

Continuous Shooting Options DX-format:
  • CH: Up to 10 frames per second
  • CL: Up to 1-9 frames per second
    1. Quiet Continuous Mode: Up to 3 frames per second
    2. Top Continuous Shooting Speed at full resolution 10 frames per second
    3. Autofocus Sensitivity -4 to +20 EV (ISO 100, 20°C/68°F)

    For more info check out nikonusa.com

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    Pre-order links:

    Nikon D500 ($1,996.95)

    B&H Photo | Adorama
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