How to maintain rubber parts on a camera body

How You Can Preserve Rubber Camera Parts

When you’ve owned a camera for a while, wear-and-tear comes into play. One of the many things that happen when cameras are stored away for a long time, is that the rubber starts to degrade.

While there aren’t many ways to recover rubber that has started to degrade, there are ways to keep the rubber from degrading too quickly in the first place.

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Canon RF Dual Fisheye Lens Announcement

Canon Launches RF 5.2mm F2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens for VR & Stereographic Visuals

I woke up a couple of days ago to a strange-looking lens being featured by Canon USA on Instagram. This was a surprise announcement and launch of Canon’s rather peculiar-looking RF 5.2mm f/2.8 L Dual Fisheye Lens that is tailor-made for the Canon R5 camera. There aren’t many sample images out in the wild as yet, so let’s see what information we can find out about it, shall we?

Update: A document from Canon Japan currently lists this unreleased lens as a product that is currently being affected by supply chain difficulties.

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Capture One New Release Brings Exporter Tools Back

Capture One Brings Back Export Tab in v14.4

In version 14.2 of Capture One 21, the company removed the tried and tested method of exporting images in favor of an easier-to-use export-window-styled workflow.

The move had a mixed response, with some professional and enterprise-level users claiming that it broke their workflow. Others – most notably beginners – welcomed the more user-friendly ‘export’ button in the toolbar and subsequent windowed dialog workflow.

Now, with version 14.4, the Export Tools Tab is back … if you want it.

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Everything you need to know about Affinity Photo

Everything That You Need To Know About Affinity Photo

Affinity Photo is part of a suite of three apps: Affinity Photo, Affinity Designer, and Affinity Publisher made by Serif Europe Ltd. Each serves a different purpose, and combined, they offer a rather complete set of photo editing, graphic design, and desktop publishing tools. Their capabilities rival Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, and Adobe InDesign respectively.

I’ve been exploring Affinity Photo (AP) as a replacement for Adobe Photoshop (PS), and I’d like to answer some of the questions that I’ve seen being asked quite often on the internet. If you have questions that I have not addressed here, please ask me in the comments. Let’s get started.

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Sony A7IV Specs Leaked (Mock Image)

Sony A7IV Specs

The Sony A7IV has been long anticipated, and recent rumors have emerged about what the camera specs could be. While there are some speculative articles and videos, and a lot of ‘wish list’ rumors, we’re restricting ourselves to looking at what leaks from reliable sources seem to be saying about this camera.

Let’s dive into it without further ado.

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Capture One announces HDR and Panorama Feature Development

Capture One Announces HDR and Panorama Features

Capture One just announced that they are working on the ability to merge multiple images into HDRs and to stitch images into Panoramas. This is especially important for the company since new users tend to compare Capture One Pro directly to Adobe Lightroom Classic…

Now, with the announcement that these features are ‘in development’, Capture One seeks to even the playing field in this respect. The company has been on a roll. Earlier this year, they announced a new “Export” interface that caused a little flutter among long-time users, and the Magic Selection Brush, among other improvements.

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Affinity Suite 1.10

Affinity Focuses on Performance – Releases Version 1.10

Affinity Suite v1.10 has been released today and it comes with significant improvements in performance across the board. All three apps that are designed and built by Affinity will see improvements in some form or the other.

Users of Affinity 1.9 apps will be able to upgrade to version 1.10 for free even though these upgrades are expected to be made paid upgrades in the future.

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Is Affinity Photo Compatible with PSD Files?

How Well Does Affinity Photo Handle Adobe PSD files?

Affinity Photo is an application that has been spoken of quite highly in the recent past. Affinity by Serif has created a suite of apps that take on Adobe’s stalwarts, Photoshop, Illustrator, and In-Design head-on. While doing so, they’ve added in their own twists, with innovations that will make you smile, and wonder why things weren’t always done this way.

They’re also new to the field, so the apps need to prove themselves before professionals consider switching to Affinity Photo, Designer, and Publisher full-time. In the meantime, one of the important questions that need to be answered is: Do Affinity Apps support Adobe file formats like .PSD, .AI, .PDF and .EPS which have become industry standards over the course of the last 3 decades or more? Let’s find out…

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How to use Affinity Photo New Batch Job

How to Use Affinity Photo’s ‘Batch Job’

Affinity Photo has a very feature-rich tool that allows you to batch process multiple images in a fast and very efficient manner. In fact, I wished that some of the options that it had were available in Adobe Photoshop too! So, let’s look into how you can use the “New Batch Job…” command that’s in Affinity Photo’s ‘File’ Menu, and let’s also compare it to the tools that Adobe Photoshop has to achieve similar results.

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How you can fix Affinity Photo Multiple Crashes in Windows

Affinity Photo Crashing Frequently? Here’s How To Fix It

My initial experience with Affinity Photo was a mixture of wonder and disappointment. Wonder, because I loved the way that they had reinvented the photo editing experience (for someone who grew up using photoshop), and that the editing experience could be so different: in some ways better than photoshop. But frequent software crashes spoil the user experience and are never part of the deal that one makes with their tools. Here’s how I figured out why Affinity Photo was crashing, and how I sorted it out.

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Hasselblad 907x 50C

The Hasselblad 907X 50C Is A Slow Camera – It’s How It Should Be

You pick up a Hasselblad 500C for the first time, and if you know enough about the camera itself, and its maker, you feel the weight of history in its heft.

I know what Becca Farsace is talking about in this video as she describes using the Hasselblad 907X mirrorless V System camera with the CVF II 50C digital back.

To a new user, this strange camera, with its strange form factor may be something of a mystery. However, to me, the Hasselblad 500 system is something that takes me back to my childhood.

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Can Adobe Tools be Replaced?

Replacing Photoshop & Lightroom in Your Photography Workflow

Yes, Photoshop and Lightroom can be replaced in your digital photography workflow, and without any compromises to the quality of your output. Affinity Photo and Capture One Pro are alternatives that are full-featured, professional-grade, and in some instances, even easier to use.

Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom seem to be the stalwarts of the digital photography industry. However, there are robust (and sometimes better) alternatives to these two tools. If you’re looking for other options, there’s a long list of Photoshop and Lightroom replacements at the end of the article.

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Sony Alpha 1

Sony 50Mpx 30 FPS, 8K Beast of a Camera – The Sony α1 (Alpha 1)

Sony announced their flagship mirrorless camera of the Alpha series… the Sony α1 (Alpha 1) on the 26th of January, 2021.

This monster of a camera seems to break free of all the limitations that the Alpha 7 lineup of cameras have. The list of headline features makes you feel like it can ‘do it all’. In particular, the specifications read like a mashup of the A7R line and the A9ii. So what you get are 50 Megapixel images at high frame rates and video resolutions of up to 8K/30p.

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