I still remember it as if it had been yesterday. Even though I’ve never been affected myself as somebody who grew up in Austria and who had the privilege of going to the sea twice a year. To the sea in Yugoslavia. Even I feel strange writing this name although I never really came to know Yugoslavia and the war there happened at a time I can hardly remember. I was young and didn’t really have much interest in news and in wars. Yet I remember clearly how I was having breakfast with my parents and my sister in Rovinj and my parents kept discussing a bit nervously to consider returning to Austria earlier from our holiday.
OK, I admit that there is definitely a difference in whether you shoot your photos with a DSLR or a Smartphone. Those who really devote themselves to photography will probably always prefer to have a “real camera” in their hands. But, no matter how much one belongs to “team DSLR”, there is no question about some advantages of a smartphone when it comes to taking pictures. It is always on hand, convenient and briskly pulled out of your pocket or purse when needed. There is no denying it, most of us, if not all of us, use their smartphones for taking pictures from time to time.
The newest invention when it comes to smartphone photography will therefore maybe delight you as much as it did me. Thanks to a team of creatives, who are working on the Fojo project for more than two years now, there is now a darkroom kit for smartphone photos.
We’ve already written about this topic once – but now the time’s come! In the scene it is THE big event – the Photokina. Photographers from all around the world travel to Cologne end of September to visit the exhibition. It’s always highly anticipated because camera and lens manufacturers like to use it as a platform to announce their new products to the public for the first time. In 2008, for example, the Leica S System was announced, or at the last Photokina in 2014 the Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX1, a mirrorless digital compact camera with a full frame sensor, was presented, or SIGMA’s high-resolution digital cameras DP1 and DP2 Merrill with a Foveon X3 sensor.
The target groups at the Photokina are very broad as you can quickly notice on the homepage: They address pros but also young “smartphoners”. No surprise – because the presentations and discussions offered are as diverse as the numerous international exhibitors.
This year, among other things, the event covers the following focus topics: The popular photo competition BLENDE will take place where everyone can prove their abilities and talents. Besides that there will be a stronger focus on blogging, on the internet and social media as well as on video and light painting. You’ll get the chance to try out virtual reality headsets as well as 360° videos and images. Fun, thrill and a wonderful innovative experience in this branch in technology will be guaranteed to every visitor.
The Photokina takes place at the Messegelände Köln from 20 to 25 September 2016 daily from 10 am to 6 pm.
Just before launching the new iPhone 7 Apple has released the new iOS 10 operating system. There were some problems with the first distribution but by now iOS 10 will have reached countless devices. Adobe took advantage of some innovative features and considerably improved Photoshop Lightroom for iOS with a new update. That’s why from now on the iPhone can produce RAW format files. Of course the editing workflow is improved by that as well.
The Japanese photography blog Egami wrote about two Sigma patents about a week ago: one for a 16-50mm f/2.8 standard zoom lens and another for a 12-24mm f/2.8 wide angle zoom lens for the APS-C format. The applications for the patents are said to have been filed in October 2012, so if these lenses are in fact being developed and the patents have not just been filed for protection reasons, they should soon be ready for the market. That is, as always when we’re talking rumors and patents, a big “if”. In the same post on Egami you can see that Sigma has patented the designs for the 18-35mm f/1.8, 15-30mm f/1.8 and 17-35mm f/1.8, of which only the first has been launched. Below you can see the optical construction of the 12-24mm f/2.8. If I haven’t counted wrong, it is made up of 17 lenses or “elements”, which is significantly more than other 12-24mm zooms have. The Nikon, for example, has “only” 11 lenses.