Lytro could open source their light-field photo sharing platform

A quick update on my post from last week - Lytro is now considering to open source their light-field photo sharing platform:

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Cosina officially discontinues the Zeiss SLR Classic series of lenses

Cosina Japan officially announced that the following Zeiss SLR Classic series lenses have been discontinued: 2.8/15, 3.5/18, 2/25, 2/28, 1.4/35, 2/135. Several of the Zeiss Classic lenses are still available for sale in the US, some with a big discount - for example: the Zeiss 135mm f/2 Apo Sonnar T* lens is now $923 off, while the Zeiss Distagon T* 15mm f/2.8 lens is $1,151 off.

Back in 2015 Zeiss replaced their SLR classic lens series with the new Milvus line of lenses specifically designed for digital cameras (DSLRs). Currently, a total of 11 Zeiss Milvus lenses have already been announced.

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Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 OS Sport and Sigma 70-200 f/4 OS Contemporary lenses rumored for 2018

Canonrumors reports that new Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 OS Sport and Sigma 70-200mm f/4 OS Contemporary lenses are rumored to be announced in early 2018.

Sigma has been rumored for a while to introduce a new 70-200mm f/2.8 lens that will replace their current 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM version (see also this related patent).

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What else is new?

CononMark adds studio flash support for Pentax cameras

Leica M-P Typ 240 “Canada Edition” now in stock

The new Leica Q “Leica Store SF” limited edition camera is now in stock

Iridient Developer 3.2.1 Released And On Sale December 14-28

The Fujifilm GFX is Incredibly Durable

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Panasonic will talk about their 8k 60fps organic CMOS sensor with global shutter at ISSCC

At the 2018 ISSCC conference Panasonic will present a paper on their new 8K 60fps organic CMOS sensor with global shutter:

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Is the best camera really the one you have with you? Shooting Hawaii with a mediocre cell phone

Is the best camera really the one you have with you? Shooting Hawaii with a mediocre cell phone

I first visited Hawaii in 2008, and I brought every piece of photo gear I had: D300, 17-55DX, 80-200AFS, 30mm 1.4, D40 with kit lens, and a cheap palm-sized 720p video camera. I used it all.  Hawai'i is a great place for a photo enthusiast, and I’ve been lucky enough to go back a few times since.  My next trip was with one body and two lenses.  After that, only a Coolpix A.  Finally, being completely seduced by the Dark Side and its flexible panoramas, built-in HDR capabilities, and pocket-size convenience, I decided to try a trip using only a cell phone camera.  Besides, Steve Jobs once tried to convince us the iPhone was reminiscent of an old Leica, so this must be worth a shot.  Truth be told, the only reason I tried this is because I had already amassed a ton of DSLR shots by this point, so I thought I was in a position to test that pithy aphorism “the best camera is the one you have with you.”

Let me spoil the ending for you:  No. No, it’s not.

But not for the reasons I expected.  It wasn’t because of the lens, frame rate, low-light performance, or resolution.  The problem was that the process of using it was cumbersome in ways I never considered.  Here’s a list of the major ways it went wrong (plus a shot or two that I thought went right. It wasn’t a complete failure.)

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Apple names Aurora HDR and Affinity Photo best apps of 2017

Apple named Aurora HDR 2018 as their Best Mac App of 2017. To celebrate this milestone, Aurora HDR 2018 for both Mac & Windows will be $20 off for the rest of December (with a pack of extra bonuses included). Current users of Aurora HDR may upgrade for $39, new users can purchase the software for $79.

Affinity Photo for iPad won app of the Year 2017 and is currently 50% off.

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