Facebook Photo API Bug Exposes Millions of User’s Photos to Third Party Apps — Facebook Says It’s Fixed

Facebook notified developers that third party apps had access to a “broader set of photos than usual for 12 days between September 13 and September 25, 2018.”  Facebook believes 6.8 million users may have been affected and states up to 1,500 apps by 876 developers were affected. Facebook says the issue has been corrected. Additionally, the announcement states Facebook will roll out tools in the coming week to help developers who was impacted.  Finally, Facebook will notify users they think have been impacted and advise all users log into third party apps to “check which photos they have access to.”  Read the full Facebook announcement here

Photography and Chill: What to Read and Watch This Weekend – December 14, 2018

What to Read

How Photographer Randal Ford Shot the Animal Kingdom, A Book of Over 150 Animal Portraits — FStoppers

Rhiannon Adam: Fracking in the UK #1 — a photo essay from the “frontline of the fracking resistance” –British Journal of Photography

What to Watch

On the Frontlines of Photography — A CBS Sunday Morning video in which Ted Koppel examines the lives and work of Tim Hetherington and Chris Hondros, both killed in Libya in 2011.  Additionally, the piece features filmmakers Jim Campbell and Sebastian Junger. It’s a worthwhile use of 10 minutes of your time. 

Free Solo — this one will still require a trip to theaters but it’s worth it. Jimmy Chin an Chai Vasarhelyi document Alex Honnold as he achieves a climbing dream–climbing the 3,000 ft El Capitan in Yosemite National Park without a rope. The film is a treat for photographers not only because of it’s stunning imagery and scale, but in the many behind the scenes moments during which Chin and his team discuss how they will capture the imagery without disrupting the climber. Any slip will likely kill Honnold. Check out National Geographic’s page with images and a trailer. 

Humor

Portrait Photographer Surprised to Discover His Lens Has Apertures Other than F/1.4 — FStoppers

Canon RF 50mm F1.2L Tear Down by Roger Cicala

Roger Cicala of Lensrentals published a tear down of the new Canon RF 50mm F1.2L lens earlier this week. His findings lead him to conclude “Canon has invested very heavily into developing the lenses of the R system. This level of engineering didn’t all happen in the last year, they’ve been working on this for quite a while.”  Click here for the full article complete with plenty of photographs of the disassembly. 

Sigma Begins Shipping its 70-200mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Sports Lens and Announces Pricing

Sigma Corporation of America announced that its “most anticipated Global Vision lens of the year” will be priced at $1499 US and will ship for Canon mount in late December 2018.  According to Sigma Pro Jim Koepnick, the lens completes “the must have trio” of DG HSM lenses alongside the 14-24mm F2.8 DG HSM and 24-70mm F2.8 DG OS HSM Art.  Read the full announcement here

Rumor Roundup December 11th, 2018

Olympus43rumors.com published alleged leaded images of Olympus’s new E-1MX. It appears to be a gripped, pro-body style camera with rumored specifications featuring an 18fps frame rate and a 20MP sensor in addition to improved autofocus features. 

Sony — According to an Amateur Photographer interview with Kenji Tanaka, Senior General Manager of Sony’s Digital Imaging Business, the lens mount diameter of a camera is not a significant factor in lens design. He touts the performance of Sony’s 400mm f2.8 as an example that superior performance can be achieved with a smaller diameter mount.  He goes on to assert that Sony could make an f1.0 lens, but that it makes little business sense. Read the full article here. 

Canon — According to Canon Rumors the next iteration of Canon’s EOS R series of mirrorless cameras will feature five-axis in-body-image-stabilization (IBIS). There is no rumored release date for the next EOS R body. However, there is speculation that Canon is working on a 75MP EOS R body for release in the second half of 2019 with an additional entry-level body seeing the light of day in the first half of the year alongside a possible PowerShot release. 

NikonNikon Rumors reports Nikon will release a D760 and discontinue the D610 in the second half of 2019.  The new camera will allegedly feature 4K video and have minor control layout changes as well as improved image quality at higher ISO settings and an improved autofocus system. 

VSCO aka Visual Supply Company Will Leave the Desktop Market

VSCO, known for film emulation preset packs designed for Adobe Lightroom and Camera Raw, announced via a notice posted to their online store that the company is “always moving forward [and therefore] making the complete move from desktop to mobile starting March 1, 2019.”  Desktop presets will no longer be available after that date.  In the future, VSCO’s mobile presets and editing tools will be available through the VSCO app.  The company invites you to Upgrade your VSCO with a membership that costs $19.99/year.