2019 World Press Photo Contest

 By Kaitlyn Kerr

Image by Anna Boyiazis (2018 Contest: People, second prize stories)

The application contest for the 2019 World Press Photo Contest is quickly approaching.

The 2019 World Press Photo Contest honours the best single exposure images that contribute to the world of visual journalism. Each image will be judged anonymously by a jury in terms of their accurate, fair, and visually compelling insights on the world around us.

Applicants must register by January 3, 2019. Submissions close on January 8, 2019.

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Sony releases firmware V2.10 for a7 III and a7R III

 By Kaitlyn Kerr

Sony has released a new firmware update for the a7 Mark III and a7R III cameras.

With the previous update, v2.0 a couple months ago, there were occasional issues with saving data on both camera models, as well as an issue where the cameras would sometimes not recognize third party memory cards. Sony pulled the update, but has now released the replacement, v2.10, which addresses these issues and removes any concern.

All features of the previous (v2.0) version are updated, including improved optical stabilization, support for the 400mm f2.8 and 24mm f1.4 GM lenses, and support for use with the LA-EA3 adapter, including the support of all focus areas.

Firmware links are below.

a7 Mark III: Windows | Mac
a7R III: Windows | Mac

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Last Minute Gift Ideas

 By Evelyn Drake


Looking for some fun affordable last minute Christmas gift ideas for the photographer on your list?

Here are 10 unique ideas for some last-minute Christmas gifts:  

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Notable Books 2018

 By John Veldhoen


When I have written a list of the notable books that have come to us at The Camera Store, some part of me is always tempted to make a splenetic declaration, a remonstrance against simplifying, and paring down, and uncomplicating what to me is nuanced beyond measure. So, no list form, more than ten books, internet unfriendly, but, if you come by and see me, I promise to smile broadly, and share whatever I know with you, and help you find the perfect book for Christmas, or for whatever other reason you may be looking for a book of photographs.

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Fujifilm Releases new Firmware for X-T3 and XH-1

 By Kaitlyn Kerr

Fujifilm has released a firmware update for the X-T3 and XH-1.

One of the biggest improvements on the XH-1 firmware is that videos over 4GB can now be recorded as a single file (provided a memory card of 64GB or higher is used). The in-body stabilization has also been improved from 3-axes to 5-axes, and when used with current and updated lenses, provides over five stops of image stabilization based on CIPA standards.

Most of the updates to the X-T3 improve video, including 4K HDR recording in Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG), and simultaneous output of a film simulation and F-log footage, allowing you to record in the log format while checking the film simulation image on an external monitor.

The 4GB file limit on recording has not been corrected with this firmware for the XT-3, though it is expected to be announced on a coming update in January.

See links below for the firmware update downloads and full details on the updates.

X-T3 Firmware Update – Download Here

X-H1 Firmware Update – Download Here

PDF versions of a New Features Guide are also available for download to help you make the most of the cameras’ capabilities: X-T3 | XH-1

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