Marvelous Mars: Finnish photographer’s labor of love brings Martian surface to life

Finnish photographer and videographer Jan Frjdman has a wide array of interests including nature, design, hot-air ballooning, but he also enjoys astronomy and space. Enter NASA’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) and it’s a match made in heaven. NASA produced high-resolution stereo images of the Martian surface over the past 12 years, capturing a total of 50,000 images, which can be viewed by anyone with special glasses in 3D. Frjdman transformed the HiRISE images into a dynamic 3D view of Mars that does not...
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Canon 77D First Shots: Lab images from Canon’s new sub-$1000 intermediate-level DSLR

Simultaneously announced alongside the T7i last month ahead of CP+, the new Canon 77D features an altogether similar imaging pipeline as its Rebel-series sibling, housing a high-res 24-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and the latest-generation DIGIC 7 image processor. Where the 77D differs from the T7i is mostly down to body design and ergonomics, with the 77D featuring more enthusiast-level DSLR styling such as a top-deck LCD and locking mode dial. We'll get into all the details about the 77D's handling and performance once it hits...
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How is your color vision? Take these quizzes to find out

Unless you exclusively photograph black and white images – which don’t get me wrong, I love black and white photography and find it to offer its own unique set of challenges – color plays an important role in your photography. We spend a lot of time searching out beautiful color and finding ways to process our images to either showcase “natural” color as best as possible or enrich color in images. If light is the most important aspect of an image, then for many color is in a close second place. What makes color particularly...
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Lomography goes wide with new Instant Automat Glass Magellan, first wide angle instant camera

Using Fujifilm Instax Mini Film, the new Lomography Lomo’Instant Automat Glass Magellan is the first wide-angle instant camera. Equipped with a 21mm-equivalent lens (actual focal length is 38mm) with a maximum aperture of f/4.5, “the Lomo’Instant Automat Glass has everything you need to capture the world in crystal-clear, razor-sharp definition.” Taking a look at the specs for the new Lomo instant camera, we find that it has a shutter speed range of 8 seconds to 1/250s in its automatic shooting mode, but the shutter can be held...
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Canon T7i First Shots: Canon’s first DIGIC 7 Rebel-series DSLR makes its way to our testing lab

The latest Rebel-series camera, the Canon T7i (aka theEOS 800D for Europe or the Kiss X9i for Japan) is the first EOS DSLR model, along with simultaneously-announced EOS 77D, to feature the latest DIGIC 7 image processor. We now have our review unit in our hands and are ready to share our signature First Shots series of lab test images for your discerning eyes. Although the T7i gets an upgrade in the processing horsepower department, it's nevertheless paired to a similar 24.2-megapixel APS-C image sensor as housed in the earlier...
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Canon G9X II First Shots: The smallest 1-inch sensored compact hits our test lab

With a new and improved processor, the Canon G9X Mark II seeks to build upon the popularity of the Canon G9X launched in 2015. That camera redefined how small a 1-inch sensored camera could be, and was awarded a Dave's Pick from us at IR for its small size paired with good image quality. The G9X Mark II has just completed its initial run through our test lab, which means we're now ready to unveil our signature laboratoryFirst Shots. The biggest questions likely on readers' minds are: 1) Given a similar size and lens, has the...
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Up to Utsunomiya: An extremely rare look at Canon’s primary lens factory

(by William Brawley and Dave Etchells) It was still nighttime when we awoke in Yokohama, Japan the Monday following the CP+ expo. No time for any breakfast, but the hotel wasn't serving it yet anyway. We had to dash to the lobby to meet the group. So why wake up before the crack of dawn? IR publisher Dave Etchells and I had the extremely fortunate opportunity to get a very unique and exclusive tour of Canon's Utsunomiya Office, home to one of the company's primary manufacturing plants, and the birthplace of all L-series lenses, Cinema EOS lenses as well as...
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Nikon shares its love for New York City and historic N line with new “Love Letters” campaign

Do you love New York City, the city so nice they named it twice? Nikon does and they’re showing it with their new “Love Letters” campaign. The campaign starts with “Love Letters from the N Line,” which focuses on the well-known N Line that traverses three of New York City’s boroughs and carries nine million passengers each month to 45 stations, including stops at Times Square, Union Square and Coney Island. Nikon not only wants to showcase images captured with Nikon digital cameras and NIKKOR lenses, but wants New Yorkers to...
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Canon lens factory tour interview: Fewer people, higher-quality, more affordable lenses

Shortly after the completion of this year's installment of the annual CP+ tradeshow in Yokohama, Japan, IR founder and publisher Dave Etchells and Senior Editor William Brawley headed a couple of hours north toUtsunomiya, the capital of the Tochigi Prefecture, and home to Canon's primary lens factory. The reason: Both gents were fortunate to be able to tour the facility for a behind-the-scenes look at how Canon lenses are designed and manufactured. But that wasn't all -- the cherry on top of the visit was an opportunity to...
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Fuji GFX Extended Gallery: Delving into portraits, higher ISO’s and more

One of the most exciting cameras to grace the halls of our headquarters in some time, we've all been eager to get out into the field with the Fujifilm GFX. Our first gallery series came to you live from Japan courtesy of our senior editor William Brawley, who then handed this huge-sensored camera with the reasonably trim body off to yours truly for round two. Delightedly to find that it would fit comfortably in my everyday over-the-shoulder camera bag, I headed out and about in search of portrait situations and higher ISO...
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