60 new Adobe Lightroom 6/CC how-to videos uploaded on YouTube

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Adobe uploaded 60 new how-to videos on YouTube that cover various features in the latest Lightroom 6/CC software. More information on the new Lightroom is available here. If you are still looking for the LR upgrade link/option, see this post.

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B&H Photo has a new Apple Watch app

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B&H Photo has a new Apple Watch app currently available for download on iTunes:

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Deal of the day: refurbished Sony a5000 with 16-50mm and 55-210mm lenses for $319.99

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Newegg currently has refurbished Sony a5000 mirrorless camera kits with 16-50mm and 55-210mm lenses for $319.99.

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New patents: Sigma 25mm f/1.2 for Micro Four Thirds and Tamron 90mm f/2.8 full frame mirrorless macro lenses

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Sigma 25mm f:1.2 lens patent for Micro Four Thirds
Sigma filed a new patent in Japan for a 25mm f/1.2 lens for Micro Four Thirds sensors. In the past Sigma has filed patents for a 25mm f/1.4 and 75mm f/1.8 MFT lenses. In 2011 the company announced that it will start producing MFT lenses and currently has three different models: 19/2.8, 30/2.8 and 60/2.8.

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How to create HDR and panorama images in the new Adobe Camera Raw 9

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With the latest version of Lightroom 6/CC (more info here) Adobe announced new HDR and panorama features that are also part of the Camera Raw 9 update that was released on Tuesday (download links: Mac| Windows). Here are two tutorials on how to use the new tools in CR9:

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Sony updates their Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II and 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II lenses

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Sony α A-mount lens line-up
Sony announced two new updated Vario-Sonnar T* lenses: 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II ($2,098) and 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II ($2,248) with some AF and image quality improvements:

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What else is new?

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→ Kipon released the world's first Canon EF-MFT electronic adapter with autofocus.

Military aerial camera by Konica ancestor
→ Military aerial camera by Konica ancestor goes for sale on eBay (read more here).

→ The Canon EOS M3 mirrorless camera is now in stock at DigitalRev (they ship internationally).

Leica M Monochrom Typ 246 camera
→ New Leica M Monochrom Typ 246 camera registered in Korea.

Canon EOS Rebel T6i
→ The Canon T6i DSLR camera is now shipping.

→ Panasonic released the firmware v2.2 for the GH4 camera.

Nauticam announced underwater housing for the Olympus OM-D E-M5 II camera.

→ Hasselblad released firmware updates for their H-System cameras (H1, H2, H1D, H2D, H3D, H3DII, H4D and H4X).

Sigma released a product advisory for using live view with the EOS 8000D (Rebel T6s / 760D) and EOS Kiss X8i (Rebel T6i / 750D) cameras.

Sony upgraded their financial forecasts for the year.

Canon acquired London based family photo sharing startup Lifecake.

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The Pentax K-3 II DSLR camera is now officially announced

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The Pentax K-3 II camera is now officially announced. You can read the first hands-on preview here. The price is $1,099 (body only) B&H, Amazon and Adorama are currently taking pre-orders. Shipping will start on May 25th.

Mean features (click for larger view):

Technical specifications:

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Samsung NX1 is the new king of APS-C hybrid cameras at DxOMark

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The Samsung NX1 camera ($1.499) has the highest score at DxOMark in their APS-C hybrid category:

DxOMark's conclusion:


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There is a scheduled Sony press conference for tomorrow

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In connection with the Sony World Photography Awards, Sony has a scheduled press conference for tomorrow. From the provided press release, it doesn't look like they will be announcing any new products, but you never know. In the first quarter of 2015 (between now and June) Sony is rumored to introduce new A7, A6000 and RX cameras:

Wikileaks leaks Sony's cameras plans
Stay tuned for additional coverage.

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