It's a camera grip for your iPhone and it's called Pictar. It's not a new idea; we'll give that prize to Nokia with their camera/battery grip for the Windows Phone Lumia 1020 a couple of years ago, but MyMiggo has taken the idea and really developed it into a sophisticated photographers iPhone accessory.
Sigma has taken the wraps off three impressively large high-end lenses at Photokina and we went along to meet Sigma Imaging UK's product specialist, Paul Reynolds, to get the low down on them.
Have you ever dreamed of autofocusing your manual focus lenses? Well, now you can. All you need is one of a selection of supported Sony Alpha E-mount cameras, a Techart Pro adapter and, depending on the lens you want to use, a Leica M-mount adapter. This is what we discovered on our rounds of Photokina 20
Photokina 2016 was an opportunity for me to have a look at Nissin's new i60A flash unit. This is a high GN (60 ISO 200/200mm) fully-featured bounce/tilt flash unit that is unusually compact and low profile.
It's three years since Olympus launched its flagship OM-D E-M1 Micro Four Thirds camera and today at Photokina the E-M1 Mark II was launched. The new camera will ship before the end of this year. Journalists will get hands-on with evaluation units that are near enough production quality in early November. There are also two new Pro lenses, a super bright 25mm f/1.2 and a 12-100mm f/4 superzoom and a FL-900R flash.
Contrary to the assumptions of some, Sony hasn't quietly left behind its unsuccessful DSLR-based Alpha SLT system. Instead Sony has made its new Alpha 99 Mk II a flagship camera.
You'd think photography was all about recording things in sharp focus, but that's only part of the story. A very satisfying technique for creating great photographs is to balance what's in focus with areas that are very much out of focus. We're talking DOF or Depth of Field.
Introduced by Adobe last year for Lightroom and Photoshop, the Dehaze tool is a simple to use but sophisticated tool that is very effective at cutting through low contrast greyness that can afflict photos shot under certain lighting conditions. But don't think that's all it's good for. If you are in a hurry it can make any photo pop with a minimum of effort.