Dronelife reports that an internal corruption scandal at DJI, the drone manufacturer, led to cost inflation of up to 20% and cost the company over $150M US in losses. Read the article here.
According to Videomaker.com the announcement of the RED Ranger camera occurred on the reduser.net forum and the camera will not be for sale. Instead, the camera will only be available for rent due to its high cost. The Ranger’s sensor should have over 16 stops of dynamic range and shoot 8K in 60fps. Read the Videomaker article here.
What to Read
Lee Friedlander’s Intimate Portraits of His Wife Through Sixty Years of Marriage — The New Yorker. Let this story inspire you to take more pictures of your family.
Flickr celebrated 11 years of The Commons on January 16th. Since its inception and early partnership with the Library of Congress, the commons has grown to 115 participating institutions. The commons now consists of over 33,000 photographs and has over 70K followers. Check out the story and some great historical imagery here.
The Future is Bleak: Why Nikon and Canon’s New Mirrorless Lenses are the Wrong Direction. This is an opinion piece published on FStoppers. At The Photo Beat we imagine it will create a wide variety of responses–all with extreme agreement or disagreement in typical Internet form. But, read it for yourself and see what you think.
I Stopped Posting to Instagram for 90 Days and This is What Happened is also a decent read on FStoppers this week.
And in a third decent installment from the folks at FStoppers, check out Instagram Freebooting is Out of Control and the Company is Letting it Happen. The debate about copyright and permissions is at the heart of this article, but let’s be honest, does anyone have a reasonable expectation that they can maintain control of their intellectual property after posting it on social media? Should they? Is it okay to hypocritically allow reposts from fans, but then threaten legal action when the repost is from a brand or small company? All food for thought.
However, if you’re curious about what you could do, check out: Quick Tip: How To Deal with and Image Thief on PDN.
Ralph Gibson: The Life and Work of a Legend — Leica Camera Blog. This is a great article about Ralph Gibson’s work and features some of his most iconic images.
Why A Master Photographer Went Digital After 55 Years — Wired. In a follow up to the story above, this one is about Ralph Gibson’s transition to digital. He also discusses this in his TED Talk, Finding a Visual Identity in the Digital Age (video below).
What to Watch
And Then There’s This
An Egg Has Poached the Most Liked Instagram Post Title from Kylie Jenner — Esquire. Not much to say about this one, but if you’re using likes as a benchmark or indication of the quality or veracity of your work, you may want to recalibrate your sensors.
News Shooter published a comprehensive review of the new DJI Smart Controller. DJI announced the controller for the Mavic 2 series of drones at CES recently. If you are or tired of slaving your smart device to your controller with a cable or wedging it into the controller’s socket, read this review here to help you decide if the new integrated controller is right for you.
Leica Fotopark, established in 2014, and curated by Leica Fotografie International posted a simple message on their home page:
We have made the decision to shift our focus to concentrate on the exchange between photographers and photography experts. In light of this, we would like to recommend the LFI.Gallery as the ideal location for your photos in the future.LeicaFoto-park.com
There is no further explanation, but there are several links to the LFI Gallery.
Nikon announced the COOLPIX B600 compact digital camera. It features a 60x optical zoom that covers a 35mm equivalent focal length of 24-1440mm. With additional Dynamic Fine Zoom it can achieve a zoom ratio of 120x. Additionally, the 16MP camera also features 19 scene modes and a creative mode for up to 36 effects. Read Nikon’s announcement here.
Nikon also announced the COOLPIX A1000. This compact camera offers a built in electronic viewfinder and 35x optical zoom. It is 4K UHD capable with vibration reduction and Active D-Lighting. Further, it is SnapBridge compatible for easy transfer to mobile devices. Read the announcement here.
Roger Cicala published part 1 of “The Great 400mm f2.8 Teardown Comparison” on the Lens Rentals blog. This first article in the series documents the dismantling of Canon’s 400mm f2.8 L IS III. It’s an interesting read for tech junkies and any photographer genuinely interested in the technology that makes long, expensive glass perform the way it does.
Did You See That?! — Digital Trends published a round up of some of the coolest displays at CES. It’s not all photography related, but worth a look. The flying, eight-rotor taxi was our favorite. The 78′ yacht wasn’t shabby either.
How Close-Up Glamour Shots Are Generating Buzz for Bees — Atlas Obscura.
BlacKkKlansman Director of Photography Chayse Irvin on Imbuing Images with Metaphors — by Su Fang Tham for Film Independent.
What to Watch
Canon confirmed the development of an 8K EOS R camera in an interview with Imaging Resource. During an Interview with Yoshiyuki Mizoguchi, Group Executive, ICB Products Group, Image Communication Business Operations at Canon Inc. (What a mouthful. Say that seven times fast!) Read the article here.