Exclusive – Samsung NX1 hands-on and samples

 

 

[UPDATE: We've just been informed that the high-ISO noise reduction processing has, in fact, not been finalized in the firmware of the NX1 used for these sample photos. Final image quality for higher ISO shots could potentially change with a full production version.]

I've just spent a few precious hours with the Samsung NX1 “uber-camera” and have to say, it was a blast! Better yet, I can share the shots I captured with all our eager readers. (And when it comes to the NX1, a lot of you out there are really eager to see what it can…

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Firmware Friday: Sony speeds up power-on for six Alpha mirrorless cameras

 

 

Firmware Friday is all about Sony this week, as the company updates no less than six of its Alpha E-mount mirrorless cameras. If you've noticed slower-than-expected startup of your camera, fear not: The solution is here!

For all six cameras, the change made in current firmware is identical. Upon installing the Smart Remote Control application with earlier firmware, startup time could be extended. This is now resolved, with power-on time said to be improved when the app is installed.

In all, the following cameras have been…

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Nikon 20mm f/1.8G AF-S Review: At long last, the 20-yr-old full-frame fast prime gets a modern refresh

 

 

Nikon released an updated version of its 20mm prime lens back in September 2014 — the Nikon 20mm f/1.8G ED AF-S — offering a very fast f/1.8 aperture, plus a new design to match the look and build of their other “G” lenses, along with modern amenities such as ED glass and Nano Crystal Coat. The new lens isn't a replacement for the classic 1994-era 20mm f/2.8D AF, though, which (at the time of writing) has not been discontinued. The manual focus 20mm f/2.8 AIS also continues to be available.

We've just published our full review

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Epson Perfection V800, V850 Pro scanners promise faster, better quality film scans

 

 

Do you shoot film, either alongside your digital camera or exclusively? Perhaps you have a treasure trove of old photos you've never brought into the digital age, or maybe you did so years ago with a scanner of dubious quality, and feel you could extract more from those old negatives and slides. Either way, the Epson Perfection V850 Pro and Epson V800 — which were just announced at the Photo Plus Expo in New York — were made with you in mind.

Both of these scanners are aimed specifically at photographers, and will handle…

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Nikon D750 Shooter’s Report Part I: In the hand & in the field – physical features and general shooting

 

 

Nikon fans, the wait is over. Our Nikon D750 Shooter's Report is underway! Taking off to the wilderness of Maine, nature and landscape photographer Jeremy Gray has now returned with the first installment of his hands-on review of Nikon's latest full-frame DSLR.

In this part, Jeremy shares his thoughts on the tweaked ergonomics, the design and other new features of the camera, such as the tilting rear LCD and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity, and compares them to his own personal Nikon camera, a D800E. He, of course, also takes it out…

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It’s a whole new DxO! Major updates land for Optics Pro, FilmPack, Viewpoint; pricing restructured, too

 

 

Over the years, we've seen some pretty significant updates to French software company DxO Labs' flagship Optics Pro raw image processing app, not least of which was last year's Optics Pro 9, which brought a radically rethough noise-processing engine. A year later, though, the company has taken things to the next level, with significant updates to its three main imaging apps, a new look for the DxO brand, and a complete rethink of its pricing structure.

That last point in particular is huge news for DxO's customers. In a…

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Camera Deals of the Day: Nikon D610 Price Drop: $1697; Panasonic GH4 Bundle Deals; Pentax K-5 IIs $597; Canon 70D $999 and much more!

 

 

Camera Deals of the Day is back! Yes, there's been a quite a bit of time since the last deals post, but boy, oh, boy, are there a lot of awesome deals for camera gear now. We've found major savings on everything from Nikon full-frame DSLRs, big bundle deals on Panasonic GH4s, lens and camera rebates on Fuji gear, a major deals on a Pentax enthusiast/pro DSLR, and many more, including camera bags and computer monitors! Whew. Be sure to check back on IR, as more deals and discounts will be rolling in as we head into prime pre-holiday…

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