Sony announces world’s fastest SD card, offering 299 MB/s write speed

At the CP+ Camera Photo and Imaging Show in Japan, Sony has announced the new, ultra-fast SF-G series SD cards, which are currently the world's fastest SD cards (as of February 21). The SD cards offer up to 299MB/s write speeds and 300MB/s read speeds. The cards are ideal for burst mode shooting and recording 4K video. To keep the cards writing as fast as possible, Sony has developed an algorithm to "prevent loss of speed in data writing" when burst shooting. Capturing images quickly is one thing, but you also have to get them to...
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Take a deep dive into Adobe Camera Raw’s noise reduction and sharpening

Blake Rudis of f.64 Academy has created an awesome tutorial for performing noise reduction in Adobe Camera Raw. Adobe Camera Raw is a very powerful tool within Photoshop and it can work well for reducing noise, but it can require deliberate use of Adobe's sliders. You can also apply this tutorial for working in Lightroom as the sliders are very similar. Ideally, you reduce noise while maintaining good detail in your image. It isn't obvious what all the sliders in Adobe Camera Raw do, as some of their names are opaque. Rudis has...
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Ultra variety in the ultra-wide angle lens market: Irix announces 11mm f/4.0 full-frame lens

It has been a big week so far for ultra-wide lenses. Early this morning, Sigma announced their new 14mm f/1.8 lens. Irix, a newcomer to the lens industry, has replied with an even wider 11mm lens of their own, the Irix 11mm f/4.0. This is the second lens from Irix, as they announced a 15mm f/2.4 lens last year. The Irix 11mm f/4.0 offers a 126 angle of view on full-frame cameras and has a focus range of 0.9 feet (0.275 meters) to infinity. The lens has four high refractive lenses, two ED lenses and three aspherical lenses as...
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