There is still a limit to what is possible with a phone
Forget the grain of salt this time ;).
The X-PRO2 release date enigma has come to an end. The top trusted Japanese source just replied to my email. I asked the source when the X-PRO2 is likely to come, and the source said “X-Pro2 late 2015”.
I remind you that rumors say Fuji is waiting for a brand new sensor to be ready and this is the reason for the long waiting time.
Another remider: The X-A2 and the XQ2 are coming soon. The cheaper X-T1 sometimes this year (according to a source who was right in the past). So after a pretty hefty rumor start in this week, I thought it could be a good idea to make a little overview for you all.
X-camera 2015 roadmap
– Fujifilm X-A2 with second generation of XC lenses
– Fujifilm XQ2
Coming in 2015
– cheaper X-T1 alike camera
Coming late 2015
– Fujifilm X-PRO2
Fujifilm X-PRO2 rumored specs list
(TS= trusted source / NeS =New Source / AS = Anonymous Source / ASwN = anonymous source with nick-name / SRP = source who was right in the past / ORS = other rumor sites)
– APS-C sensor (TS + ASwN + AS)
– 24MP sensor (ASwN) – More than 16MP (ASwN)
– dual SD card slot
– coming late 2015 (TS + ASwN)
– tilt screen (AS)
– WiFi (AS)
– Non organic ASP-C X-Trans sensor (ORS)
– Price about 20% to 30% more expensive than the X-T1 (AS)
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Finding supposedly major flaws in new Apple products has become an expected part of the early review process — it’s now assumed that there will be a new “-gate” every year, legitimate or not. For the iPhone 6 Plus, the issue was “Bendgate,” as early adopters found that the 7.1mm-thin metal phone could be warped if sat upon or flexed in strong hands. Citing only a small number of complaints, Apple deemed Bendgate a non-issue, and sources dismissed claims that Apple had tweaked the design after initial release to strengthen its internal structure. But Apple Stores also replaced bent units without complaint, so long as the damage was determined to be unintentional.
While Bendgate was overblown, there are real-world situations where the iPhone 6 Plus can be subjected to warp-causing stresses — particularly inside pants pockets when sitting down. So Incipio has developed a solution called Trestle ($40) to solve the problem. Sold in all-black, frost and black, or frost and pink versions, Trestle uses twin steel bars to radically reduce flex potential. After a week of testing, I can tell you that it definitely works.
The reason Trestle is an almost perfect iPhone 6 Plus case is its familiarity: most of its components come from earlier, proven Incipio designs. Regardless of the color you select, the back of the case is matte-finished hard plastic with a glossy pill-shaped area around the rear camera, material and texture selections that look and feel nice. Soft TPU plastic is ideally integrated into the harder rear shell, simultaneously providing coverage for the iPhone 6 Plus’s edges and holding two shiny silver pins in place inside the rear frame.
Five inches in length, the pins start around 0.75″ from the iPhone 6 Plus’s top and stop roughly 0.25″ short of the bottom, providing hard reinforcement from the top of the iPhone’s side ringer switch all the way down to the lower antenna bar. Even when the case is completely empty, the steel pins flex less than a millimeter when the case is subjected to deliberate hand-wringing; with an iPhone inside, no movement is perceptible. While it wouldn’t be impossible to do something to the iPhone 6 Plus to damage it inside Trestle — say, firing a bullet through its center — it goes from feeling a little delicate to nearly impervious once the case is on.
It’s noteworthy that Incipio manages to accomplish that feat without the bulk of a typical Otterbox Defender. You get unfettered screen access, including a millimeter or so of anti-drop face protection, highly tactile side buttons, very nicely tailored port, speaker, and microphone holes, and an ever-so-slightly small ringer switch hole.
The only small hitch is the showy way that the pins are mounted inside the rear grips. Incipio uses angled notches in the rear hard plastic to show the pins off — a nice touch, visually — but if you hold your iPhone such that your fingers rub against the notches, you may wish that they were molded or polished to a softer finish. The same is true of the TPU holes in the bottom, which start out a little hard-edged until you wear them in. It’s common for small issues like this to be resolved with tweaks during the production process, which wouldn’t surprise us.
While it would be easy for some people to write Trestle off as an unnecessary response to a manufactured controversy, other people will really appreciate the extra structural reinforcement it offers for the iPhone 6 Plus. Incipio’s $40 price isn’t a major premium for the peace of mind Trestle offers, and apart from very small issues in the design, it’s a great case even without considering the steel pins. Consider “Bendgate” solved.
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Happy Friday! I wanted to share a video I did over on the onOne blog the other day that I’ve gotten a lot of great feedback from. See, everyone loves the sharpening, detail and contrast plug-ins and effects we have in our tools these days. Regardless of what program or app you’re using, there’s some kind of tonal, dynamic contrast, or clarity-like setting in it that really makes the details of an image pop, and adds a great contrast effect on most photos.
But, as with any tool, it can get overused. And I think that happens with these sometimes. So I did a quick video on adding that contrast effect to photos, but also 2 key places that it needs to be removed from. I’m using onOne’s Perfect Effects app in the video (which is my go to effect app), but the concepts could be used for any tool.
Enjoy and have a great weekend!
(Via Matt Kloskowski)
The computer is becoming a larger and larger part of the process in modern photography and I’m a strong believer of embracing every tool that you’ve got available and using it in the best possible way while not over using it. It’s often a tough balance to know when to stop and when to go mad, but at the end of the day it’s all personal choice and what you decide to do is what makes you the photographer you are.
Here I will show you some before/after shots and explain why I did what I did.
With this shot of the P1 I wanted it to have massive impact for the viewer. It was the first moving shot that anyone saw of the new McLaren P1 so I wanted it to look amazing and I wasn’t afraid of having a bit of a surreal feel to it as the car is a surreal looking car anyway, as its performance.
For this 911 photo I wanted to have a bit of an old school feeling with the colour tones. It’s quite a basic edit but I feel quite effective.
For this P1 photo I wanted to make the car really pop out so brought out the car a lot and enhanced the sun to give the shot a more interesting feel to it.
And finally a Cayman shot. I chose this to show that sometimes (quite often actually) the retouching can be very light, in this case I just boosted the yellow of the car and darkened the top of the sky.
Retouching in car photography can be a touchy subject, with some people spouting out “you’re not a real photographer if you have to photoshop the image”, I personally believe that it is best to be as rounded a photographer as possible, after all it is a lot easier to photoshop a good photo to be great then it is to photoshop a bad photo to be great.
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These seventeen bookcases and bookshelves can clear away the cluttery piles of books you may have laying around while adding some extra style to your home.
I’m a big fan of books and therefore, of bookshelves. Most of these designs are actually available (if expensive) and not just design concepts.
(Via The Loop)