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Complete Fail or GENIUS Idea: RAWtalk 171

Back in college I had a resume building class. The teacher said we should do a traditional resume as that’s what would help us get a job out of college. Being me I thought that was a terrible idea, why would I create a traditional resume? So I decided to create the most atypical resume you could think of. Check out the discussion at 45:31 of this episode.

This weeks episode is brought to you by HOYA or as Todd says HOYA. Check out their HD3 line of UV and Polarized Filters.

There’s still a chance to get your tickets for the LIVE RAWtalk in Philly on March 3rd.

Does anyone remember the time I told I can’t go into Six Flags because of my I SHOOT RAW Shirt? Turns out they may be using my video as a tool to educate their security guards. We discuss that at 17:53

Stephen has an uninterrupted Photo News segment this week, we have gear of the week, flying solo and the Wheel of FRO.

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00:00:16 – Show Start
00:01:30 – Todd’s New Tether Table
00:03:31 – Reminder: Philly Live RAWtalk Coming Soon
00:04:54 – Plug: HOYA Filters
00:06:22 – Jared’s Ritz Camera Story
00:10:02 – Text of the Week
00:11:45 – Photo News
00:17:53 – Six Flags Rant Update
00:37:02 – Mail Time
00:40:58 – Gear of the Week: Canon Printer Ink
00:43:10 – Flying Solo
00:45:31 – Jared’s College Resume
01:03:12 – Introducing Dick Talk
01:10:00 – Wheel of Fro
01:14:00 – Wheel of Fro Submissions

Here’s all of Stephen’s photo news stories in detail:

Canon Announces 80D with New Power Zoom Adapter & Shotgun Mic

Canon has announced the successor to the 70d, introducing the 80D. Some key specs include its newly developed 24.2MP APS-C sensor, it has 45 AF points—all cross type (which are now wider both horizontally and vertically), and it has improved dual pixel CMOS AF. Meanwhile, the new body has a native ISO of 100-16000, which is expandable to 25600. It also shoots 7 frames per second and has the fine detail picture style, which was previously only in the 5DS R. The 80D also has a new ambient or white priority AWB setting that was introduced in the 1DX Mark II. Video wise, it shoots 1080P at up to 30fps with All-I compression (.MOV format), or up to 60fps full HD but with IPB compression (.MP4 format). The 80D also has a new custom Movie Servo AF which allows the user to speed up or slow down focusing speeds in-camera, along with a new HDR movie mode, which captures two frames at different exposures and blends them together to create a video with more dynamic range. The new body will be available in March for $1,199. It does come with a new kit lens too: the new EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens, which is a hybrid of their USM and STM technology. The starter lens is the first Canon lens equipped with Nano USM, a new type of focusing motor that combines the benefits of a USM lens for high-speed AF during still photo shooting and an STM lens for smooth and quiet movie AF. New video accessories were announced with this camera too including Canon’s new Power Zoom Adapter PZ-E1, the world’s first detachable zoom adapter that provides silent and smooth cinematic ‘pulls’ when changing focal length on a subject. The adapter can be adjusted incrementally to 10 different levels of zoom speed too. Plus, it can also be controlled remotely using the Canon Camera Connect app. It will be available in June for $149.99. To coincide with that release, Canon introduced the first-ever Canon-branded external microphone for the EOS system, a shotgun microphone called the DM-E1. The mic will be available in June for $249.99.


Will Zenit Be the New Leica?

Russian camera brand Zenit is coming back into the picture as a luxury camera brand, to compete specifically with Leica. The Zenit, which was released in 1953, and put to rest in 2004, was an SLR camera that was inspired by the Zorki rangefinder design which was almost a direct copy of the Leica II. The announcement was made this week by the Russian state corporation Rostec. Company director Vasily Brovko says, “This is a very high demand product. We want to make it a luxury device, analogous to the Leica.” No word on pricing or availability just yet, but to compete with Leica, I’m sure it will be a steep price tag. The irony here is that Zenit used to be known mainly for its cheap pricing… (via PR)

Photographer Says His Prints Will Last 1,000 Years with Special Method

Going back even further in camera tech, Japanese photographer Nobuyuki Kobayashi believes his custom Platinum Palladium prints will last for a 1,000 years! The nature photographer has combined Hosokawa paper — which is a premium Japanese handmade paper — with platinum palladium printing. By combining the two, he believes his prints could last for centuries. Right now, he’s specifically creating prints of nature with his new project “Portrait of Nature: Myriads of Gods.” He says of the project: “In a world after a hundred years, two hundred years, or even one thousand years, I hope that abundant nature still exists and by looking at the same objects, they will feel the same joy – this is my wish.” Check out a 30-minute documentary on him below if you’re interested in his unique process: (via PP)

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Photo by Nobuyuki Kobayashi


Sony Unveils First Smartphone Sensor with Hybrid AF & Stabilization

Sony unveiled the first smartphone sensor with built-in 3-axis stabilization and hybrid auto focus. Spec wise, the new IMX318 sensor can take 22.5MP photos and 4K video. Sony says it’s the world’s first to offer built-in high-speed hybrid autofocus that merges phase detection AF with contrast detection AF. The combination creates an AF speed of 0.03 seconds (and 0.017 seconds during 60fps video recording). Regarding the new IS, The feature is built directly “into its internal signal processor,” and it uses info from an external gyro sensor to stabilize. It doesn’t only correct camera shake either, it fixes lens distortion as well. Sony says that the 3-axis stabilization system makes the sensor a great candidate for camera drones. The new sensor ships to manufacturers this May and you can see two demo videos below, showing off the stabilization along with the new AF system: (via PP)

RIP: Picasa

Picasa will officially become a thing of the past in the next few months. Google has decided to kill off the free photo editor in favor of the new Google Photos. Google says, “We believe we can create a much better experience by focusing on one service that provides more functionality and works across mobile and desktop, rather than divide our efforts across two different products.” However, Google will be creating a special place for users to access Picasa’s Web Album content like tags, captions, comments, etc. Users will be able to view, download, and delete Picasa Web Albums, but won’t be able to create, organize, or edit them. The changes will start appearing on May 1, 2016. Starting on March 15, Picasa will officially cease to exist—at least in the online world. The desktop app will still work but won’t be updated. Google says they’re sorry though: “We apologize for any inconvenience this transition causes, but we want to assure you that we are doing this with the aim of providing the best photos experience possible.” Initial speculation suggested that Google would re-brand Picasa as Google Photos, but that was not the case.

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Snickers New Photoshop Parody Ad Features 11 Retoucher Fails

Snickers turned the Photoshop Fail concept into a new ad promotion for the candy bar. The ad, which showcases a girl in a bikini, features multiple retouching errors from a piece of her thigh missing, to a random hand appearing on her shoulder, to her belly button being way too far up her stomach and more. The ad goes on to read, “Photo retouchers get CONFUSED when they’re hungry,” with confused being the snickers bar packaging. There are 11 total retouch fails in this ad; can you spot them all? (via AW)


Man Creates “4D Portrait” Using 53 GoPros

Tim Macmillan, the founder of a company called Timeslice Films, has created whats he’s calling a “4D portrait.” Using a rig consisting of 53 Hero3+ Black Edition GoPros, he says it’s “the world’s only fully synchronized GoPro Array for 4D scanning.” After filming, he then synced the footage all together using what he calls “experimental capture technology.” His company is working on creating rigs and technologies for this type of 4D film, providing volume to shots that are viewed as “flat” in other 360-degree video projects, like Google Street View. Using a special interactive player, you can zoom in and scroll around his head below: (via Gizmodo)

Techart Creats “World’s First” Autofocus Adapter for Manual Lenses

Techart has unveiled what they’re calling the “world’s first autofocus adapter for manual focus lenses.” The Techart PRO AF adapter is currently only for mounting Leica M-mount lenses specifically onto Sony E-mount bodies. They achieve this by using Sony’s electronic contacts and phase-detection focusing system found in the a7 II and a7R II. To achieve focus, the lens moves closer and father from the sensor, being able to move a total distance of 4.5mm. If you don’t own Leica M-mount lenses, don’t fret! You can simply get an adapter for other lens manufacturers like Nikon F, Canon EF, Pentax K and more. The adapter also supports both single and continuous autofocus modes, and can create a shorter minimum close focus distance. Techart claim the motor will drive the lens as fast as a native autofocus lens too. It will be available next month for a price tag of $349, with each additional lens adapter weighing in at around $70. On a side note, Pentax sold a similar 1.7x teleconverter 20 years ago that also provides autofocus for manual lenses, so this may not be technically the “world’s first” adapter…Check out some preview videos of the adapter in action below: (via PP)

Pentax Jumps Into Full Frame DSLR Market with the K-1

Pentax is finally in the full frame game, announcing their first-ever full frame DSLR: the K-1. Ricoh says the K-1 “offers innovations not available in any other DSLR.” Spec wise, it packs a 36.4MP CMOS sensor, which has the AA filter removed, however, a simulator built into the camera will help remove the moire effect if needed. It comes equipped with their new PRIME IV processor which allows it to have a max native ISO of 204800. The K-1 has a newly refined SR II Shake Reduction system too that provides 5-axis in-body stabilization. It can capture super-resolution photos with its Pixel Shift Resolution System as well. It achieves this by taking “four images of the same scene by shifting the image sensor by a single pixel for each image, then synthesizes them into a single composite image.” The new body has 33 AF points, with 25 of them being cross-type. What I find really interesting is its new Flexible-tilt 3.2-inch LCD screen, which allows you to position the screen to any angle you want. The K-1 also has built-in LEDs called Operation Assist Lights throughout the body which will highlight the camera controls in low light, along with built-in WiFi and GPS. Since this is their first FF DSLR, there’s also a Crop Mode that lets you shoot APS-C-sized photos regardless of what lens you’re using, so you’ll be able to keep your existing lens collection, as the camera will detect the lens type and configure its settings automatically. Moving forward on to the specs that aren’t the best: it shoots 1080P at up to 30fps and only shoots 4.4fps. The K-1 will be available in April for $1800. To coincide with the release, there will be 12 new full frame lenses too. Check out some preview videos of the new camera below: