FroKnowsPhoto RAWtalk 211: Kodak Ektachrome Is Back, Nikon Turns 100 + Triple Photo Critique
Let’s start off the show with an announcement. RAWtalk will be moving to bi-weekly opposed to each week. The reason for the switch is to allow us to focus on making more “Real World Reviews” and “5 Min Portraits”.
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Starting at 50:05 we have the triple critique. First we start off by critiquing Todd’s first time using the Canon 5D Mark IV. Next we check out Stephen’s concert photos shot with the Canon 5D Mark IV. Finally we look at my low light concert photos as a recent show.
00:00:16 Ready to Rumble?
00:01:42 RAWTalk ANNOUNCEMENT!!!
00:07:07 Another IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT!
00:08:16 Plug of the Week
00:11:28 Jared’s Dad Checks In
00:12:45 Photo News
00:12:59 Nikon is 100
00:14:16 Keep Your Drone Cozy
00:23:30 Kodak is Back, All Right
00:27:27 1 of 4 D-Day Film Rolls Survived
00:32:36 32 Inch 8K Display
00:36:07 2 Billion Dollar Chipotle Law Suit
00:42:20 Triple 4K Display Laptop
00:44:43 RED Helium is a 108?
00:46:20 Gear of the Week
00:50:05 Todd’s Photo Critique
01:06:36 Stephen’s Photo Critique
01:27:45 Jared’s Photo Critique
01:37:17 Memes of the Week
01:42:25 Wheel of Fro
Here’s all of Stephen’s photo news stories in detail:
Nikon Celebrates 100-Year Anniversary with New Website
Nikon kicked off their 100-year anniversary this week with their first promotional video teasing the major landmark which is officially July 25, 2017. The video shown below is dedicated to all things Nikon—especially glass—revealing how they’re much more than just a camera company: showing off their binoculars, microscopes, telescopes and more. The camera brand even dedicated a new website and logo for the 100th birthday, which takes you back to the beginning in a timeline format, showcasing the major innovations the’ve made throughout the years. It all started in 1917 in Japan, when the president of Mitsubishi formed an optical company, which would later be known as Nikon. Here’s to another 100 years Nikon!
This Website Will Custom Tailor a Sweater for Your Drone
Introducing sweaters for your drone. Yes, dronesweaters.com is now a thing and is offering fashionable sweaters for your quadcopter. The site reads, “If you are concerned about your drone being cold, there is certainly no harm in putting clothing on them.” They say “for when they need to go outside, or for just hanging around the house. A sweater can make a significant difference in your drone’s feeling of well-being.” With drones having a light plastic coating, most don’t last long in the cold, as their internals—especially the battery—get too cold, that’s why they made drone sweaters. Here’s how it works: you can drop your drone off at the San Fran location, where they’re also offering gift cards. Then, for the “low price” of $189, they custom tailor a sweater that’s just right for your drone. Does your drone need a sweater? (via FS)
Panasonic “Officially” Unveils the GH5
The panasonic GH5 has been “officially” announced. They initially showed this off at Photokina, saying it was “in development” and listed a few of the top level specs. Calling it the world’s first mirrorless camera capable of recording 4K/60p and 4:2:2 10-bit 4K, the camera packs a punch for videographers. Spec wise, we’re now looking at a 20.3MP Live MOS sensor with no OLPF for optimum sharpness. The new Venus Engine processor claims to cut noise by two stops at high ISOs. It maxes out at 25600 ISO and shoots up to 12fps. It has a brighter and clearer EVF, dual UHS-II SD slots, a FULL HDMI port, articulating 3.2” touchscreen LCD screen, and a 6K photo mode (which is a high speed burst shooting function that cuts an 18MP still image out of 4:3 or 3:2 6K footage). It also has 5-axis in body image stabilization, a waveform monitor and vector scope as well as other pro level video features. Using the full sensor, it can shoot 4K at up to 60fps at a bitrate of 150 mbps. If you shoot at 4K 30P or below, you also have the option of shooting 10-bit 4:2:2. The GH5 will hit shelves at the end of march for $2000. Check out the introduction video along with sample high ISO footage below:
Kodak is Bringing Back Ektachrome from the Dead!
Switching to analog news, Kodak is surprisingly bringing the Ektachrome film stock back. Kodak Alaris—the separate company owned by the Kodak Pension Plan in the UK that runs Kodak’s old Personalized Imaging division—made the announcement at CES last week. They say, “the film, known for its extremely fine grain, clean colors, great tones and contrasts, became iconic in no small part due the extensive use of slide film by National Geographic Magazine over several decades.” The original line was killed off in 2012 after film sales declined heavily. Kodak Alaris says, “the reintroduction of one of the most iconic films is supported by the growing popularity of analog photography and a resurgence in shooting film.” Ektachrome will officially arrive back on the shelf later this year during the 4th quarter. Kodak Alaris also hinted at bringing back Kodachrome as well, but they say that would take a lot more effort to bring back to market. Good or bad idea? (via PP)
The Story Behind Robert Capa’s Iconic D-Day Photos
TIME has kept up with their “100 Photos” short film series, this time bringing you behind Robert Capa’s iconic D-Day photos from 1944. Narrated by his photo editor at the TIME, John Morris, he explains how just getting the film back from Capa physically was nearly impossible, with it traveling from Normandy to Life’s London Bureau at the time. It then had to be processed and censored. 4 rolls were dropped off from Capa, but 3 of the rolls came back ruined and blank, with only a single roll surviving. The photos were then sent to NY and used in Life magazine later that month and became known as the most iconic photos of D-Day. Morris says he never told Life that 3 of the rolls didn’t survive, he simply showed them what he had—1 roll: “I used to take the wrap for having been in charge of that film losing in operation, now I simply take credit for saving the pictures that survived.” Check out the full mini-doc below:
Dells Unveils World’s 1st 32″ 8K Monitor
Dell has unveiled the world’s first 32” 8K monitor, offering 16x the resolution of a standard 1080P monitor. The 33.2MP display has 100% coverage of both sRGB and AdobeRGB color spaces. It’s a 10-bit panel with an insane resolution of 7680×4320 with 280 PPI, containing 1.07 billion colors, all packed in a thin 9.7mm bezel. It will also come with two display ports and four USB 3.0 ports. The 8K monitor will come at a price however, it will drop on March 23rd for $5,000… Will you be an early adopter of 8K?
Woman Suing Chipotle for $2.2 Billion For Using Her Photo Illegally
A woman is suing Chipotle for $2.2 billion for using her photo without her consent. Leah Caldwell was eating at a Chipotle in 2006 when photographer Steve Adams snapped her photo of her without her knowledge. As she left, he asked her to sign a release and she refused to. Later, Adams sold the image to Chipotle, where they also photoshopped in an alcoholic beverage next to her food and started using it in their ad campaign. Then, fast forward to 2014 when Caldwell finally realizes that her image is all over the place in Chipotles around the world. She is now suing the fast food restaurant for $2.2 billion, which is the amount of money she claims Chipotle has made between 2006 and 2015. Once Chipotle’s 2016 profits are made public, she wants that added to the total as well. Apparently her photo is the reason Chipotle is successful… Quick tip: always get those photo releases signed. (via TDC)
This is the World’s First Physical “Camera” for Virtual Reality
Introducing the world’s first physical “camera” for virtual reality. Called the D3-U, the device is designed to take photos in virtual worlds. it’s “an advanced image capture device that features a holographic viewfinder, physical controls at the user’s fingertips, and a lightweight, balanced body beautifully finished in matte black.” When combined with HTC’s Vive Tracker, which brings real world objects into VR games, it will work as a fully functional camera inside the virtual world. Dotdotdash—the company behind the camera—created a VR experience called Exoplanet where players are given a photo assignment of shooting a mysterious life form called Arche on the extrasolar planet Kepler 22-b. There, you can use full-spectrum, x-ray, subatomic and thermal camera filters on your photography. After taking photos, physical prints can even be printed out of what was shot in-game. Check out the full demo video where they show the camera in-use below: (via PP)
This Laptop has Three Monitors That Fold Out to Form a 4K “52” Display
Yet another CES announcement: Razer has announced the world’s first triple 4K display laptop. Currently called Project Valerie and still a concept design, the laptop folds down and opens up like any normal laptop. The difference here is that two extra displays can then be automatically slid out on the right and left of the laptop. When slid out fully, the screens can articulate and be positioned for a better viewing experience. Totaling up to a resolution of 11520 x 2160px when combined—essentially becoming a 12K viewing experience—each screen is 17.3 inches wide, which becomes nearly a 52” monitor. Razer claims it’s no thicker than the current average 17” gaming laptop too, coming in at only 1.5” thick. However, it does weigh a solid 12 lbs! Is this the future of mobile editing?
RED’s New Helium 8K Sensor Tops the Charts on DxOMark
DxOMark has a new leader for the top sensor with the Red Helium 8K Super 35 sensor coming in at an all-time-high sensor score of 108—how does one score HIGHER than 100?! Taking the crown from the Red Epic Dragon which boasted a score of 101, the Helium’s 35.4mp sensor crushes it in low light capability. Currently, the Red helium sits at the top, followed by the Dragon with the A7rII coming in 3rd place for top sensors. Maybe it’s time to rethink your scoring DxOMark…