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DPReview TV: Leica - the good and the bad

In our continuing series about each camera manufacturer's strengths and weakness, we turn our judgemental gaze to Leica. Cherished and derided in equal measure, what does Leica get right, and where can it improve?

We went to Wetzlar Germany to give our opinions.

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Video: Fly around the inside of a dentist office with this one-take FPV drone video

In recent years, the adoption of one-take FPV (first-person-view) drone videos for filmmaking and promotional purposes has seen an uptick. Pilots such as Jay Byrd Christensen and Johnny FPV have captured incredible, up-close-and-personal perspectives of bowling alleys and sports arenas using a tiny drone.

Zahnarzt Schumacher, a general dentist based, employed a skilled team of pilots to create an FPV video to showcase their business. DPReview contacted the office and found out it was House of Drones pilots Moritz Werffeli and Laurin Göllerused who used a NakeX HD BNF (bind and fly) cinewhoop drone that carries GoPro's Hero (7, 8 and 9 at this time) cameras.

'We are specialized it all kind[s] of FPV footage and live productions for sport[ing events] with FPV drones,' Werfelli tells DPReview. Red Bull is one of their many clients. The NakeX was designed and built by the House of Drones team in Switzerland.

Clocking in at a little under one minute and thirty seconds, the video starts outside of the office, in the 6102 Malters block, flies through a van waiting outside the entrance and makes its way into the building. After a flight past reception, it maneuvers through several dental offices where you see both a child and two adults getting dental work done.

Drones are known for giving one a 'bird's-eye view.' In this case, it feels like being a fly passing through a variety of spaces given the close proximity you get to the dental chairs, trays, and even the patients and employees. This is a perspective that is made possible with a small cinewhoop and skilled FPV pilot or, in this case, team.

All drones used by the House of Drones team can be found on their FPVFrame.ch website.

Samsung announces 200MP ISOCELL HP3 image sensor with industry's smallest pixels

Samsung has announced a new 200MP image sensor, the ISOCELL HP3. The mobile imaging sensor features the industry's smallest pixels, at 0.56-micrometer (μm), reducing the overall image sensor and camera module size.

'Samsung has continuously led the image sensor market trend through its technology leadership in high resolution sensors with the smallest pixels,' said JoonSeo Yim, Executive Vice President of Sensor Business Team at Samsung Electronics. 'With our latest and upgraded 0.56μm 200MP ISOCELL HP3, Samsung will push on to deliver epic resolutions beyond professional levels for smartphone camera users.'

The ISOCELL HP3 isn't Samsung's first 200MP image sensor. The company announced the ISOCELL HP1 last fall, and we recently saw some real-world images captured with that 200MP sensor. The ISOCELL HP3 features 12 percent smaller pixel size than the HP1 in a 1/1.4"-type format (11.5mm diagonal, giving a 3.78x crop factor).

Samsung states the reduction in pixel size results in an approximately 20 percent reduction in camera module surface area compared to the HP1, allowing smartphone manufacturers to make smaller, thinner smartphones.

The ISOCELL HP3 includes Super Quad Phase Detection (QPD) autofocus technology, meaning all the sensor's pixels contribute towards its autofocus capabilities. Super QPD is comparable with Sony Semiconductor's 'Quad Pixel AF' system, using a single lens over four adjacent pixels, allowing the sensor to detect phase differences in horizontal and vertical directions (cross-type). Samsung promises' more accurate and quicker' autofocus performance for smartphone camera users.

As for video, the HP3 records 8K resolution video at up to 30 frames per second and 4K video at up to 120 frames per second. There's 'minimal loss' in the field of view when recording 8K footage, but it's unclear what precise crop factor will occur.

Like the ISOCELL HP1, the HP3 has an over-sized Bayer pattern, with each color extending across 4x4 squares of photosites. This is an extension of the company's 2x2 'Tetracell' (c.f Quad Bayer) technology, and is now branded Tetra2.

This allows the camera to combine groups of 16 photosites to deliver 12.5MP images with effectively 2.24μm pixels. It's also possible for processing to try to reconstruct the a conventional Bayer arrangement would have produced for its 50MP and 200MP images (a process Samsung calls 're-mosaicing'). This ability to combine pixels delivers improved performance in low light, but means the full res images won't be as detailed a 200MP Bayer sensor would.

The sensor also includes what it calls a 'Smart-ISO Pro' feature. This exploits the oversized Bayer pattern by capturing different rows of pixels with different amounts of gain to capture more dynamic range. In previous instances, Samsung talked about using different levels of 'conversion gain' (ie: the two in-pixel readout modes). Instead with the HP3 Samsung talks about combining 'ISO' levels, rather than gain levels. It says the new chip can combine a 'low ISO mode' with either a mid or a high ISO mode, to capture even more dynamic range. This suggests Samsung is using an amplifier, rather than just the sensor's two conversion gain modes.

This new approach and the wider dynamic range it captures has prompted a move from combining the data in 12-bit files to 14-bit instead, providing room for this additional dynamic range.

Since the Smart-ISO Pro HDR mode is presumably delivered at a lower resolution, the chip also offers a staggered HDR mode, shooting three photos with different exposures, one after the other (with a risk of subject movement between frames). Both the staggered and Smart-ISO Pro HDR modes are also offered in video mode. The HP3 can shoot at up to 8K/30 or deliver its HDR capture in 4K and FullHD.

Samsung already has available samples of the ISOCELL HP3 sensor and expects mass production to begin this year. It's unclear when users should expect the first smartphones equipped with the ISOCELL HP3 to ship.

Film Friday: Photographer uses a rare converted French cinema lens on his Leica M3

One of the neatest aspects of film photography is its rich history. Despite photography really only being a century-old technology, at least for the masses, there are so many diverse lenses you can adapt to a wide range of analog cameras.

As reported by 35mmc, photographer Rajat Srivastava recently discovered just how diverse and unique the search for an optic could be while searching for a new portrait lens for his Leica M3. Srivastava wanted a 75mm lens because it would work as a 100mm lens on his Leica M8.2 digital rangefinder.

As it turns out, Srivastava happened upon a very unusual lens for sale at The Latent Image in Shrewsbury, UK. The specialty film photography store was selling a French SOM Berthiot 75mm cinema lens. The lens was converted to M mount from C mount, and Srivastava believes there cannot be many other lenses like it, perhaps none.

SOM Berthiot, which is shorthand for Société d'Optique et de Mécanique Berthiot, made C and D mount motion picture lenses. Its lenses were designed for amateur, and professional use and the company won an award for 'Scientific or Technical Achievement' from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences in 1958. SOM Berthiot lenses are quite rare and popular among collectors.

The lens that Srivastava purchased was designed for the H-16 Bolex Cine cameras in the late 1950s. The lens is not especially large, and its usability proved quite nice. Srivastava says that most of the time, he's used the lens at F2.5 or F2.8. 'There is a lot of vignetting but this does not bother me,' he writes. 'The images have what I consider to be a classic look.'

Srivastava continues, 'Needless to say, this is my favorite lens and I find myself using my other M- mount lens much less frequently.' To see a few more sample shots, head over to 35mmc. You can view more of Rajat Srivastava's photography on his website and Instagram.

Image credits: Rajat Srivastava

About Film Fridays: We've launched an analog forum and in a continuing effort to promote the fun of the medium, we'll be sharing film-related content on Fridays, including articles from our friends at 35mmc and KosmoFoto.

Meike releases $200 85mm F1.8 AF lens for Sony E-mount cameras

Photo accessory manufacturer Meike has released a new 85mm F1.8 autofocus lens for Sony E-mount mirrorless camera systems.

The new 85mm F1.8 lens is constructed of nine elements in six groups and has multi-layer coatings on the front and rear elements. A stepping motor is used to drive the autofocus system and It uses a nine-blade aperture diaphragm with electronic aperture control. Thanks to the contacts, all lens information is sent back to compatible cameras and an onboard Micro USB port can be used should future firmware updates be released.

The lens’ minimum focusing distance is 85cm (33.5”), uses a 67mm front filter thread and measures 79.5mm (3.1”) in diameter with a weight of 386g (13.6oz). Below is a small collection of sample images taken with the lens and provided by Meike:

The lens is available to purchase today for $200 on Meike’s online shop. It comes with the lens, front and rear lens caps, and a petal-shaped lens hood.

Blackmagic announces BMPCC 6K (G2), activates dormant gyro in whole PCC series

Blackmagic Design has announced a new version of its Pocket Cinema Camera 6K that features a flip-up screen and a bigger battery, as well as new firmware for the whole PCC series that activates an image stabilization gyro that tracks camera movement for software correction.

The Blackmagic PCC 6K (G2) model is an update rather than a dramatically new camera, but as well as the new hinged 5in LCD monitor and compatibility with the same NP-F550 battery that the current PCC 6K Pro uses, the new version of the camera also offers support for the existing Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Pro EVF detachable electronic viewfinder. The new model doesn't have the built-in ND filters seen in the Pro version.

The company says the new model uses the same ‘generation 5 color science’ as its high-end URSA Mini Pro 12K, which brings more accurate skin-tones and a new ‘dynamic 12-bit gamma curve’ which helps to capture more color data in highlight and shadow areas.
The rest of the camera is much the same as the existing PCC 6K, and it uses the same 6144 x 3456-pixel S35 sensor and retains the Canon EF lens mount.

At the same time Blackmagic has released new firmware (7.9) for the whole Pocket Cinema Camera series that, amoung other things, activates a dormant motion-sensing gyro inside the cameras. The gyro records the motion of the camera and saves the data inside the video file. When the file is brought into Blackmagic’s Davinci Resolve the software can use the embedded data to provide better image stabilization to the footage.

The Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera 6K (G2) is available now and costs $1995 / £1659 – the same as the existing PCC 6K. The Pro EVF costs £475/$495.

For more information see the Blackmagic Design website.

Press release:

Blackmagic Design Announces New Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2

Blackmagic Design today announced the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2, a next generation model of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2 includes an adjustable touchscreen screen for easier framing of shots, a larger battery for longer shooting without needing to charge or change batteries, as well as support for an optional electronic viewfinder. The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2 has the latest Blackmagic generation 5 color science and retains the popular cinematic Super 35 HDR image sensor with 13 stops of dynamic range, dual native ISO and EF lens mount from the previous model.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2 is available immediately from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide for US$1,995.

The elegant design of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera packs an incredible number of high end digital film features into a miniaturized, handheld design. Made from lightweight carbon fiber polycarbonate composite, the camera features a multifunction handgrip with all controls for recording, ISO, WB and shutter angle right at customers’ fingertips. Because it’s an advanced digital film camera, the sensor is designed to reduce thermal noise allowing cleaner shadows and higher ISO. Plus the large 5 inch LCD makes it possible to get perfect focus at 4K and 6K resolutions.

Featuring a larger 6144 x 3456 Super 35 sensor and EF lens mount, the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2 lets customers use larger EF photographic lenses to create cinematic images with shallower depth of field, allowing creative defocussed backgrounds and gorgeous bokeh effects.

With the advanced Blackmagic OS, customers get an intuitive and user friendly camera operating system based on the latest technology. The interface uses simple tap and swipe gestures to adjust settings, add metadata and view recording status. Customers also get full control over advanced camera features such as on screen focus and exposure tools, 3D LUTs, HDR, metadata entry, timecode, Blackmagic RAW settings and more.

Whether users are shooting in bright sunlight or in almost no light at all, the 13 stops of dynamic range with dual native ISO up to 25,600 provide stunning low noise images in all lighting conditions. Plus the 6K models feature a larger Super 35 sensor that allows shooting with a shallow depth of field and anamorphic lenses. All models let customers shoot up to 60 fps or 120 fps windowed. An amazing sensor combined with Blackmagic color science means customers get the same imaging technology as the most expensive digital film cameras.

Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera features a large, bright 5 inch touchscreen that makes it easy for customers to frame shots and accurately focus. On screen overlays show status and record parameters, histogram, focus peaking indicators, levels, frame guides and more. The Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2 LCD monitor is a more advanced display that can be tilted up and down so it’s easy to monitor a shot from any position.

Featuring the same generation 5 color science as the high end URSA Mini Pro 12K, the new Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2 delivers an even greater advancement in image quality with stunning, accurate skin tones and faithful color in every shot. Customers get a new dynamic 12-bit gamma curve designed to capture more color data in the highlights and shadows, for better looking images. The color science also handles some of the complex Blackmagic RAW image processing, so color and dynamic range data from the sensor is preserved via metadata which customers can use in post production.

The Pocket Cinema Camera 6K models support an optional viewfinder to make outdoors and handheld shooting accurate and easy. Customers get an integrated high quality 1280 x 960 color OLED display with built in proximity sensor, 4 element glass diopter for incredible accuracy with a wide -4 to +4 focus adjustment. A built in digital focus chart ensures customers get perfect viewfinder focus setup. Customers can also view critical status information such as frame guides. The Pocket Cinema Camera Pro EVF connects quickly via a single connector. The viewfinder has a 70 degree swivel range and comes with 4 different types of eyecups for both left and right eyes.

The Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K models both now use larger NP-F570 batteries for longer shooting times without needing to change or charge batteries. A locking DC power connector is used so customers won’t have to worry about losing power during a shoot. Plus the included AC plug pack can power the camera and charge the battery simultaneously. Even the USB-C expansion port can trickle charge the battery, so customers can use portable battery packs, mobile phone chargers or laptops. The optional battery grip lets customers add extra batteries to dramatically extend the power of the camera so customers can keep shooting all day.

All Pocket Cinema Camera models include a full version of DaVinci Resolve Studio, which is the same software used in Hollywood for creating high end feature films, episodic television shows, commercials and more. DaVinci Resolve features the new cut page with intelligent editing tools and innovative new features designed to help customers quickly find the footage customers want, edit it together and output it fast. In addition to the new cut page, customers also get DaVinci’s legendary professional editing, advanced color correction, audio post and visual effects tools, all in a single software application.

“Since the release of the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K Pro, customers have been asking for some of the features to be added to the 6K model,” said Grant Petty, Blackmagic Design CEO. “We’ve been able to achieve even greater manufacturing efficiencies which means that we are now able to release this new 6K model which adds an adjustable LCD touchscreen, larger longer battery life, support for the OLED viewfinder and improved on screen menus. We are excited to be offering these additional features that have been so popular with customers!”

* Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2 features
* Designed from carbon fiber polycarbonate composite.
* 6144 x 3456 sensor with 13 stops and dual native ISO up to 25,600.
* Compatible with a wide range of popular EF lenses.
* Up to 25,600 ISO for incredible low light performance.
* Standard open file formats compatible with popular software.
* Adjustable LCD screen.
* Includes Blackmagic Generation 5 Color Science.
* Optional Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera Pro EVF.
* Professional mini XLR inputs with 48 volt phantom power.
* Larger NP-F570 battery, optional Blackmagic Pocket Camera Battery Pro Grip.
* Includes full DaVinci Resolve Studio for post production.

Availability and Price
Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6K G2 is available now for US$1,995, excluding local duties and taxes, from Blackmagic Design resellers worldwide.

OM System 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II sample gallery

The OM System 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II is an updated version of one of our favorite Olympus zoom lenses. Check out this ensemble gallery from our team that includes photos from Washington's North Cascades National Park, the Canadian north, the streets of Seattle, and rural England to see how it performs.

View our OM System 12-40mm F2.8 PRO II sample gallery

Ricoh’s new firmware for Pentax K-1, K-1 Mark II and K-3 Mark III adds season-specific presets, but only if you have the right lenses

Ricoh Imaging’s Pentax K-3 Mark III DSLR camera system.

Update (9:50am ET June 23, 2022): We removed a few sentences that suggested these modes would only be available during certain times of the year. That does not appear to be the case, although we are confirming with Ricoh Imaging.

Ricoh Imaging has announced new firmware updates for three of its DSLR camera systems that, quite frankly, add one of the most unusual ‘features’ we’ve ever seen a company add to a camera. The updated firmware for Ricoh’s Pentax K-1, K-1 Mark II and K-3 Mark III cameras will enable season-specific Custom Image modes when used with select Pentax Limited-series lenses.

Ricoh describes the process as follows:

‘When a compatible limited series lens is mounted, the camera automatically detects and confirms compatibility with the firmware, allowing the user to select the special-edition Custom Image mode. When selected, the mode allows adding unique finishing touches to images to enhance outdoor, seasonal landscapes.’

Ricoh is kicking off this new style of Custom Image modes with ‘Katen,’ or ‘Summer Sky,’ a preset made ‘in honor of summer.’ Ricoh says Katen ‘is designed to emphasize the rich blues of summer skies and depict the fine details of dazzling white clouds.’ At launch, this Custom Image mode will be compatible with the HD Pentax-D FA 21mm F2.4 ED Limited DC WR and HD Pentax-DA 15mm F4 ED AL Limited lenses.

Ricoh says 'autumn, winter and spring scenes will be available later this year.'

Press release:

Ricoh announces function-expansion firmware update with season- specific Custom Image mode for PENTAX K-1, K-1 Mark II and K-3 Mark III cameras

Custom Image modes provide unique visual effects when DSLRs are used with PENTAX Limited-series lenses; effects enhance outdoor images based on season of year, first is for summer

PARSIPPANY, NJ, June 23, 2022 - Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation today announced the release of new function-expansion firmware for PENTAX K-1, K-1 Mark II and K-3 Mark III digital SLR cameras that enables season-specific Custom Image modes when the cameras are used with specific PENTAX Limited-series lenses. Throughout the year, a series of season-specific Custom Image modes will be released, the first being issued today - KATEN, in honor of summer. When a compatible limited series lens is mounted, the camera automatically detects and confirms compatibility with the firmware, allowing the user to select the special-edition Custom Image mode. When selected, the mode allows adding unique finishing touches to images to enhance outdoor, seasonal landscapes.

The first season-specific mode available today is called KATEN or “Summer Sky.” It is designed to emphasize the rich blues of summer skies and depict the fine details of dazzling white clouds. This mode can be selected in combination with HD PENTAX-D FA 21mmF2.4ED Limited DC WR and HD PENTAX-DA 15mmF4ED AL Limited lenses. Both lenses feature an ultra-wide angle of view and the latest High Definition (HD) coating, which effectively minimizes ghost images even when photos are captured under harsh summertime sunshine, or when the sun is in the image field. These two lenses have been selected for the KATEN Custom Image mode because they best optimize the intended visual effects of the mode.

Custom Image modes that have been specially designed for capturing autumn, winter and spring scenes will be available later this year. The chart below shares detailed information on compatible cameras and lenses for each season-specific mode.

Special-Edition Custom Image mode Compatible Camera Body Partner Lens*
(Usable on all compatible camera bodies)
Summer (Katen) K-1, K1 Mark II, K-3 Mark III HD PENTAX-D FA 21mm F2.4ED Limited DC WR HD PENTAX-DA 15mm F4ED AL Limited
Autumn HD PENTAX-FA 43mm F1.9 Limited, HD PENTAX-DA 21mm F3.2AL Limited, HD PENTAX-DA 40mm F2.8 Limited, HD PENTAX-DA 70mm F2.4 Limited
Winter HD PENTAX-FA 31mm F1.8 Limited, HD PENTAX-DA 35mm F2.8 Macro Limited
Spring HD PENTAX-FA 77mm F1.8 Limited, HD PENTAX-DA 20-40mm F2.8-4ED Limited DC WR

* Lenses compatible with autumn, winter and spring Custom Image modes are tentative choices and may be changed later.

Note: Special-edition, season-specific Custom Image modes other than KATEN will be named later and announced with the release for each firmware.

Sony a7 IV earns our 'Best for stills and video' recommendation

As we continue to update our Buying Guides with the cameras we've recently reviewed, we've selected the Sony a7 IV as our pick for the best video camera for photographers. It's not the best video camera we've tested but it offers the strongest balance of video and stills capabilities.

For the next few weeks, you can see five planets in the sky at once

The rest of June is looking great for stargazers. On the morning of June 23, the gathering of four planets, visible with the naked eye, will be joined by the crescent moon. The four planets, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn, are becoming a bit more spread out but should stay visible for most observers until September.

If you observe closer to sunrise, you will even be able to see a fifth planet, Mercury, join in on the celestial fun. According to Sky & Telescope, 'All five bright planets fan out in order of their distance from the Sun across the dawn sky now through early July. One of the prettiest mornings to view them will be June 24th, when a striking crescent Moon joins the crew. You can start earlier — 60 to 90 minutes before sunrise — to spot Mars, Jupiter and Saturn. To add Venus and Mercury, which nestle low in the solar glow, you'll need to observe closer to sunrise. Use this sunrise calculator to plan your outing. As the Moon passes through, we'll see successive conjunctions or appulses. The Moon appears near Jupiter on June 21st; Mars on June 22nd, Venus on June 26th, and Mercury on June 27th.'

Even more amazing than being able to see all five of these bright planets in the sky simultaneously, they'll be in the correct order outward from the Sun, starting with Mercury and ending with Saturn. The event last occurred in December 2004, but it was only visible in certain tropical areas. For US sky watchers, you must go back to July 1957 to find a similar event. If you miss it this time, you'll be waiting until March 2041.

Allyson Bieryla, manager of Science Center Astronomy Lab and Telescope at Harvard University, told the Boston Globe that Venus will appear the brightest, but all the planets will be visible to the naked eye. 'These objects are much brighter than stars, so it should be fairly obvious even to a novice observer,' Bieryla said.

'If you have a pair of binoculars or a telescope, point them at the planets and moon,' Bieryla wrote. 'With even a small telescope, or binoculars on a tripod, you can see Jupiter's largest 4 moons (called the Galilean moons) and Saturn's rings. If you are in a dark enough location with a small telescope, you might also be able to see the atmospheric bands in Jupiter's atmosphere!'

Image credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech

The display will be visible until early July, so unless you experience an unbelievable string of bad weather, you should be able to view the amazing display. Light pollution is a potential, although likely minor issue, so if you need help finding a dark sky, visit Dark Site Finder. However, Bieryla adds, 'As with all observing, the best conditions are clear, dark skies but luckily these are all bright, naked-eye objects so you should be able to see the lineup even from the city!'

If you're looking for optimal photo conditions, you want to photograph just before dawn. 'You should be able to spot Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, and even Venus for several more weeks in a similar lineup,' Bieryla added. 'Mercury is only visible for brief periods of time and only fairly low in the horizon because of its orbit, but if you miss all 5 planets, I encourage you to look up in the early morning anytime over the next several weeks to see how many planets you can spot. The moon will only appear in this lineup for the next few days, and then not again until next month.' For more photo tips, visit Sky & Telescope.

Video: DIY macro photography with a $20 microscope lens and 3D printed adapter

Image credit: Micael Widell

One of macro photographer Micael Widell's subscribers, Nicholas Sherlock, sent Widell an awesome microscope lens and 3D-printed adapter. Sherlock, a macro photography enthusiast, created a microscope adapter for up to 4x macro photography on Sony E/FE, Canon EF/EF-S, Nikon F and M42 cameras.

With the adapter, you can attach an AmScope 4x Plan Achromatic Objective Lens with Knurled Ring, which costs just over $20, to your camera. Widell also used one of his go-to Meike flashes and headed out in the field to test the roughly $20 DIY macro lens.

The microscope element delivers an extremely shallow depth of field, so Widell tried out some focus stacks as well, which helped bring a bit more depth and detail to the macro images. Based on Widell's sample images, there's no doubt that the microscope lens is sharp. It also has tight framing due to the 4x macro capabilities, so when you shoot handheld as Widell often does, it's tricky to keep the lens steady and capture your entire subject. The DIY macro lens could be better suited to studio work, but Widell isn't one to back down from a challenge.

Doing macro focus stacking while handheld is especially tricky, but doable. To learn about Widell's effective technique, check out his video tutorial below.

The microscope lens is an F4 optic. However, since it's a 4x magnification lens, Widell says that it gathers light more like an F20 lens, so you'll want to use a flash. Widell was impressed by the DIY lens' sharpness. Plus, because the lens and adapter are so narrow, you can easily get close to insects without bumping into many leaves and flowers. Some macro lenses are quick thick, so they're difficult to get near a subject.

Overall, Widell's experience was mixed. The sharpness and overall size and weight of the DIY lens and adapter is good. However, the extremely shallow depth of field is difficult to work with, so Widell likely won't use the lens for more handheld macro photography. However, it's an affordable way to give macro photography a try, and you can achieve impressive results.

To see more from Micael Widell, visit his YouTube channel and follow him on Instagram. To download the necessary files for the 3D-printed adapter, visit Thingiverse.

Video: The history of Zeiss, from the microscope to the moon landing

YouTube channel DW Documentary has published a 25-minute program detailing the 175 year history of Zeiss, a name now synonymous with photography despite its origin story beginning well before cameras would become commonplace.

As detailed by DW Documentary, the Zeiss brand came to life in 1846 when Carl Zeiss, a German craftsman, started producing handcrafted microscopes designed for scientific applications. Over the years, Zeiss continued to improve his products and expand his horizons, eventually focusing more on the optical component of the microscopes and other apparatuses he and his team developed.

From microscopes to telescopes, Zeiss pushed forward various fields of science through his own work, as well as the fruits of his collaborations with Ernst Abbe and Otto Schott, who helped develop numerous optical innovations throughout their lives.

While Zeiss’ innovations in the scientific world paved the way for new discoveries, we as photographers likely know Zeiss best for its camera lenses, many of the most iconic of which were developed throughout some of Zeiss’ more tumultuous years following its division during and following World War II.

Carl Zeiss.

Zeiss’ history is littered with successes, but its full story is more nuanced and even controversial at times than many realize. DW Documentary’s deep dive does a great job at showing the history of the company and its lengthy history, from its humble beginnings to its otherworldly explorations.

Adobe updates Premiere Pro with new vertical video features, updated Workspace UI and more

Screenshot of the updated Essentials workspace. Click to enlarge.

Adobe has announced an update to Premiere Pro that adds a slew of new features and performance improvements, inlcuding new GPU-accelerated effects and social content features.

A breakdown of some of the new Proxy improvements found in the June 2022 Premiere Pro update. Click to enlarge.

The first new improvement is an update to Proxies that now makes it easier to see what videos are proxy files and which ones are source media. Now, ‘Proxy Badges’ will be visible atop the proxy files so editors and other collaborators can see what files they need to work with at a glance.

Adobe has also updated the Essentials workspace to make better use of their computer’s screen real estate by allowing users to toggle through the various control panels, including effects, color, graphics and audio.

Other features include a new Vertical Video workspace that makes it easier to edit vertical video, new GPU-accelerated effects (Magnify, replicate, Spherize and Wave), improved H.264 and HEVC encoding on Apple silicon, and support for RED’s V-RAPTOR camera system.

Head on over to Adobe’s full announcement to see all of the details of the June 2022 Premiere Pro update.

DPReview TV: Nikkor Z 400mm F4.5 VR sneak peek

While not yet officially announced, Chris had a chance to play with the upcoming Nikkor Z 400mm F4.5 VR S telephoto lens. Get a sense of its size as well as some of the features found on this very compelling new optic.

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This 3D-printed DIY camera includes interchangeable lenses and sensor

Electronics engineer Gaurav Singh has created an open-source USB 3.0 camera. Better still, the compact camera uses interchangeable lenses and sensors.

As described at Hackster.io, Singh's camera design features a pair of main boards, one for processing, and the other USB, which drive a third interchangeable sensor board. You can easily swap out the sensor board, so the camera is flexible and can be tuned to your needs, so long as you find parts that will work with the other components.

Since Singh employs a stacked board design, the camera also has a small footprint. Each board is 27 x 27mm, and the camera is essentially a cube. The USB controller board communicates with your PC, and the field programmable gate array (FPGA) board handles the processing to allow the USB controller board and image sensor board to communicate. As of now, Singh has one camera module PCB designed. It's compatible with Sony IMX290, IMX327 and IMX462 image sensors. These sensors have the same resolution – around 2MP – and footprint. These are all 16:9 aspect ratio Full HD resolution 1/2.8"-type sensors, with a diagonal of around 6.45mm, giving crop factors of 6.7x.

As DIY Photography writes, 'It's a fairly involved project, with each of the PCBs being six-layer boards to cope with the amount of complexity they need to deal with in such a small and compact size. But those three tiny PCBs all fit inside a 3D printed case with an aluminum thread mount on the front for mounting the lens and a hole in the back for the Type-C USB connectivity for power and data communication.'

While Sing has designed the camera primarily for industrial use, it could be used for other applications. It could be used as a webcam, or with some modifications, you could use it for gathering time-lapse image data or as a trail or surveillance camera.

Since the project is open-source, all the required files are available. On Singh's website, you'll find files for the PCBs, and 3D printed parts. The code to power the camera is available on GitHub.

Moment expands from mobile, announces 1.33x Anamorphic Lens Adapter

Moment, best known for its lineup of mobile accessories, has announced a new product for larger-format cameras. Today, Moment announced its new 1.33x Anamorphic Lens Adapter, which effectively turns any compatible lens into an anamorphic lens.

The adapter, which Moment says it’s been working on for the last eight years, is constructed of six elements in four groups. The 1.33x squeeze turns 16:9 video into the standard 2:35:1 widescreen ratio when unsqueezed. As for why Moment chose 1.33x, it says it ‘requires less cropping of your footage in post, enabling you to use all of the pixels you paid for’ and helped ‘keep the design as compact as possible.’ It's worth noting the 'all of the pixels you paid for' comment only applies to cameras limited to 16:9 shooting (which, in all fairness is most of them), but for cameras that allow for 4:3 or 3:2 shooting (such as the Panasonic GH series), that statement doesn't necessarily apply.

The 1.33x Anamorphic Lens Adapter should work well with most 35–100mm prime lenses on Super35 rigs and most 50–100mm prime lenses on full-frame rigs. Below is a graphic detailing the focal length range it should work with across both prime and zoom lenses on various camera systems:

On the rear of the lens is a 67mm filter thread. Should that not work for the lens you’re using it with, Moment is also including three adapter rings (72mm, 77mm and 82mm) for putting it on lenses with larger front lens diameters. To ensure the adapter it correctly situated onto the lens you’re attaching it to, Moment has added a pair of white marks that line up when you have it rotated into the correct position. Below is a full ‘How it Works’ video from Moment:

The 1.33x Anamorphic Lens Adapter is currently being crowdfunded on Kickstarter, where Moment has successfully funded various products in the past. It’s only been live a few hours and has already surpassed its $50,000 funding goal with 117 backers and 29 days to go. An ‘Early Bird Special’ will get you the adapter for a $999 pledge, which is is $300 off what the adapter will eventually retail for. You can find out more and make your pledge by heading over to the Kickstarter campaign.

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NVIDIA Research creates AI tool to convert series of 2D images into impressive 3D models

NVIDIA researchers have developed a new inverse rendering pipeline, NVIDIA 3D MoMa, that allows users to reconstruct a series of still photos into a 3D computer model of an object, or even a scene. The key benefit of this workflow, compared to more traditional photogrammetry methods, is its ability to output clean 3D models capable of being imported and edited out-of-the-box by 3D gaming and visual engines.

While there are other photogrammetry programs that will turn 2D images into 3D models, NVIDIA's 3D MoMa technology takes it a step further by producing mesh, material and lighting information of the subjects and outputting it in a format that's compatible with existing 3D graphics engines and modeling tools. And it's all done in a relatively short timeframe, with NVIDIA saying 3D MoMa can generate triangle mesh models within an hour using a single NVIDIA Tensor Core GPU.

These five models were created using NVIDIA 3D MoMa. Credit: NVIDIA

The model that's output has three primary components: the 3D mesh model, the parameters for material(s) the object is made from and parameters about the lighting in the scene. This all-in-one output makes it easier to go from capture to implementation into the final product, be it for a video game or visual effects.

To showcase 3D MoMa and celebrate the rich jazz history in New Orleans, where the paper behind 3D MoMa will be presented at the Conference on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition, NVIDIA captured around 100 images each of five jazz band instruments from different angles. The trumpet, trombone, saxophone, drum set and clarinet were then modeled using MoMa. You can see the results above.

Earlier this year, NVIDIA Research showed off Instant NeRF, which can turn 2D images into a 3D scene 'in seconds.' That's not all, so far in 2022, we've also seen NVIDIA's landmark achievement in neural graphics training and an impressive new NVIDIA Canvas update. There's no doubt that AI offers some major benefits to creators, especially when it comes to saving time with creating artwork and models.

Light Lens Lab shows off prototype 50mm F1.2 ASPH lens for Leica M-mount cameras

Obscure optics manufacturer Light Lens Lab has shared the first product shots and sample images for its new 50mm F1.2 ASPH ‘1966’ lens for Leica M-mount camera systems.

As reported by Photo Rumors, the lens shown off in the images is a prototype, but it’s probably safe to assume the image quality won’t change much from now to the production version - for better or worse. No detailed specifications have been revealed, but from looking at the images, it’s clear the lens features a 15-blade aperture diaphragm and has an aperture range of F1.2 through F16. It also appears as though at least some of the optical elements are coated.

The focus ring features a scalloped and knurled design, while the aperture ring is just knurled. There are also distance markings towards the rear of the lens. Below is a sample gallery of images, posted to Flickr by Photo Rumors:

Light Lens Lab 50mm f/1.2 ASPH “1966” lens for Leica M-mount sample photos

Light Lens Lab doesn’t have an online presence, but Photo Rumors does have a contact form where you can submit your information to be passed along to the company. NO pricing information is available for the 50mm F1.2 ASPH ‘1966’ lens for Leica M-mount at this time, but we have inquired with Photo Rumors for additional information.

Sony a7 IV is our pick for best camera around $2000

We've updated our 'around $2000' buying guide, to include cameras such as the Sony a7 IV and OM System OM-1. We've concluded that the Sony does enough to edge-out our previous pick, the Canon EOS R6.