Relonch camera case brings APS-C sensor, f/2 lens to iPhone

Would you pay $499 for this camera iPhone case?

“It would be really hard to make a trashy photo.” That’s the actual tagline for a company called Relonch, which just launched (correct spelling) a camera case for iPhone 5 and iPhone 6 at Photokina today. Normally we’d dismiss such a product as vaporware, but this could end up being a pretty nifty gadget, if it ever makes it to market. Once you slide your iPhone into the $499 jacket, you’ll have access (via the Lightning port) to an APS-C sensor and a permanently affixed f/2 (or better) lens. The version above is just a mock-up — we did see a working prototype (it performed very well), which is simply a hodgepodge of “parts from different cameras.” The final version will also serve as an external battery for your smartphone, enabling more than four hours of use. [read]

Don’t Put iOS 8 On Your iPhone 4S

Apple has made it so that that iOS 8, which goes out to the public today, will work on iPhones reaching all the way back to the venerable 4S. Which is good! But as Ars Technica found out the hard way, subjecting your elderly iPhone to new software may not be worth it. At least not yet.

The 4S, which first hit the streets nearly three years ago, does its damnedest to keep up with the software designed for its bigger (and even biggerer) younger siblings. But it just plain doesn’t have the hardware to support some of iOS 8’s biggest features, like Touch ID, AirDrop, and the Metal graphics API.

And even with the stuff it can handle, the poor 4S gets winded pretty quickly. Ars points out that the phone’s guts offer about a quarter of the performance of the iPhone 5S, and an even smaller fraction compared to the newest iPhone 6. Apps launch more slowly—sometimes taking 50 percent longer to load—with herky-jerky transitions that hang and hesitate. [read]

Chrissie Hynde: The ‘Stockholm’ Recording Sessions

IN 1979, while Chic danced “Le Freak,” Gloria Gaynor vowed to survive, and Donna Summer talked about “Bad Girls,” the Pretenders brought rock ’n’ roll back with two remarkable singles, “Kid,” “Brass in Pocket,” and one of the greatest debut albums ever. Already a fully formed rock star, Hynde, with her immense songwriting skills, style, and brilliant rhythm guitar work, stirred up the serious mojo that inspired fellow Pretenders drummer Martin Chambers, bassist Pete Farndon, and innovative guitarist James Honeyman-Scott. (The latter two were lost to drugs after the band’s second album, Pretenders II.)

Hynde has used a revolving cast of musicians through the years while she’s kept the hits coming including “Back on the Chain Gang,” ”My City Was Gone,” and “I’ll Stand by You.” Today, she stands out as a humble yet outspoken presence, and honest to a fault. This honesty is first apparent when she discusses whether digital technology changed the way she approached recording her first-ever solo album, Stockholm, with Björn Yttling (Sahara Hotnights, Lykke Li, Franz Ferdinand) of Swedish pop royalty Peter Björn and John handling production and co-songwriting. [read]

Canon EOS 7D Mark II

Canon 7D Mark IICanon EOS 7D Mark II

Amazing? For starters the APS-C CMOS sensor on the 7D Mark II has been bumped up to contain 20.2MP of effective pixels compared to the 18.0MP of the 7D and the processors skip a generation to include dual DIGIC 6 image processors. These two processors give the 7D Mark II its impressive image quality and low light capability in video as well as stills, and also provide its very fast performance speed which includes continuous full resolution shooting up to 10 fps. The sensitivity range has also been expanded for minimized noise in low-light capture; it runs from ISO 100-16000 but can be expanded to an ISO 51200 equivalence.

The processors help the Mark II capture up 31 RAW, 19 RAW + JPEG, and over 1000 JPEG images in a single burst and it works to make real-time corrections of lens aberrations and distortion. Shutter lag is reduced to 55 milliseconds and refined mechanics improve shutter efficiency and dampen vibrations, which improves autofocus accuracy and overall image sharpness.

The focusing system takes a major leap to include 65 all cross-type AF points, up from 19 on the 7D, therefore enabling improved focusing precision, especially when tracking moving subjects. The AF points are spread over a wide area of the frame enabling faster AF wherever the subject lies, and -3 EV sensitivity at the center dual-cross type point allows for accurate AF in low light. When working in live view, the Dual Pixel CMOS AF sensor with phase-difference detection provides smooth camcorder-like autofocus, which is fast and precise for stills and video. The metering sensor has also been upgraded and now offers 150,000-pixel RGB+IR sensor. This sensor enables Canon’s intelligent Tracking and Recognition system (iTR AF) that detects and tracks subjects, automatically switching the AF point to optimize subject tracking. New tracking algorithms for face and color recognition also serve as a foundation point for the 7D Mark II’s AF system.

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7D Mark II 18-135mm IS STM KIT – $2,149.00

CANON*EF-S 24MM F2.8 STM – $149.00
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Battery Grip BG-E16 – $319.00

Apple’s Devious U2 Album Giveaway Is Even Worse Than Spam

Last week, Apple gave us all a gift called Songs of Innocence. On Monday, it released instructions on how to give that gift back.

The company concluded its big reveal of the Apple Watch and the newest generation iPhones with a curious coda: 10 years after the U2 song “Vertigo” was used in one of the first “dancing silhouette” iPod ads, the band took to the stage to unveil a surprise new album being distributed exclusively by Apple, and given to all users of the iTunes Music Store. In a press release, Apple calls this, correctly, “the largest album release ever.” “A big moment in music history. And you’re part of it,” crows the U2 page Apple set up on its website. “Never before have so many people owned one album, let alone on the day of its release.” [read]

New Nikon D750 – Time to switch?

Since I purchased my first Canon back in the 1970’s I’ve been a loyal fan.  Absolutely nothing against Nikon – at all.  It’s a fine camera.  But, I’ve invested a lot of money in Canon so switching is not a easy feat.

I know a lot of other professional photographers that have switch, but they have also had the resources to switch.  Plus, a few, Nikon has made their switch, due to their notoriety, cost free.  Not so with me.

So, here comes the Nikon D750.  Boy, switching now has become a whole new temptation.  It’s getting harder to stick by Canon.  Check it out for yourself.

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If only American kids could eat school lunches like they do in France

French School Meal The standard school lunch for an American child often contains dishes brimming with preservatives and sodium. While some schools have completely overhauled their school menus to contain fresh vegetables and grains, others still struggle with meeting nutritional guidelines. But for students in France, it appears that school lunches are the least of their concerns.

Rebecca Plantier moved to a town near Annecy, France to research why French children aren’t as overweight as many American children are. The local city council offered Plantier a tour of her children’s cafeteria, orcantine as it’s known in France, and Plantier discovered early on that if America and France had a school lunch food fight, France would be the overwhelming victor. [Read Salon]

Canon EOS-5D Mark III Bundle Deal

Canon EOS-5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera Body Kit W/ Canon EF 24-105L Image Stabilized Lens

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•    Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13×19″, 50 Sheets (Regular $38.41)
•    Slinger Bag 200 ,Black (Regular $59.95)
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Canon EOS 60D 18MP Digital SLR Camera Body Promotional Bundle with PRO-100 printer
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Canon SG-201 Photo Paper Plus Semi-Gloss, 13×19″, 50 Sheets (Regular $38.41)
Toshiba 16GB Class 10 SDHC Memory Card, Black (Regular $9.95)
Slinger Bag, Single Strap Backpack / Shoulder Bag, Black (Regular $59.95)

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