Luminar 3.1 released with new AI 2.0 filter

Today Skylum released the new Luminar 3.1 free update (Click here) with new generation 2.0 Artificial Intellience tool. If you still don’t own Luminar til May 15 you save money using our coupon code “AMB43R“:

Luminar 3.1 can be purchased for US$60 (US$50 with coupon code “AMB43R“) instead of US$70
Luminar 3.1 + Photography 101 video course by SLR lounge (worth US$99) bundle can be purchased for US$69 (US$59 with coupon code “AMB43R“) instead of US$169
Luminar 3.1 + Aurora HDR (worth US$99) + Photography 101 video course by SLR lounge (worth US$99) bundle can be purchased for US$129 (US$119 with coupon code “AMB43R“) instead of US$268

New Features:

  • Raw + JPEG (Luminar Libraries)

    Do you capture Raw & JPEG files at the same time? Now you can easily organize these file pairs in a more convenient way. View as a single image, but switch between versions easily. Organize & rate pairs simultaneously, no matter of your view preferences.

  • New AI-powered tool

    A major update to one of Luminar’s most beloved and popular filters. Accent AI goes to the next generation and its even better for more photos.

  • Improved Selective Sync (Adjustment Sync)

    Synchronize your image adjustments across your photos. Image layers, Crop, Erase, Clone & Stamp do not affect syncing.

a bit of everything…

Olympus OM-D E-M1X Camera Review

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The Panasonic GH5 Review – The Wedding Photographer’s Workhorse Camera (Lumixstories).
No, Your Instagram ‘Influence’ Is Not as Good as Cash, Club Owner Says (New York Times).
Panasonic bolsters production offering at NAB 2019
NAB 2019: Westcott Announces Flex Cine Dimmer, Kits, and StripMats (Explora).

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Plenty of news on the facebook E-M1II group, Panasonic FF and the GH5 group.

Engadget: Do Micro Four Thirds cameras have a future?

I was a bit surprised today to find this MFT related article on Engadget. They ararely talk about cameras anymore. But it seems theynow had a lot of interest to check what’s the future of MFT. And accordin to their report MFT has a miriade of very ood reasons to stay in this market. Here are a couple of statements:

– What is the purpose of having 40 million pixels if your means of reproduction is 2,000 across?

– Full-frame mirrorless cameras carry hidden costs too. For one, bigger files require larger and faster memory cards.

– “If you compare the size of full-frame mirrorless cameras and lenses to mobile phones, it’s a huge step,” Akihiko Murata, VP of Sales and Marketing at Olympus, said. “So in this place, [Olympus] can play a big role. MFT can play a big role.”

– David Thorpe says he is happy with the depth of field trade-off because it allows him to carry lenses that are smaller and lighter than most glass designed for full-frame mirrorless cameras. And should the need arise, he would skip full-frame entirely and shoot with a medium-format sensor.

– You can hold it for long periods of time and therefore capture more decisive moments. Unlike a bulky DSLR, it’s fairly inconspicuous and shoots silently. And because it has a small footprint, you’re more likely to carry it and capture interesting photographs. As the age-old saying goes, the best camera is the one you have with you. And for MFT users, the default doesn’t have to be a smartphone.

– “Bigger formats, bigger sensors, the things you can use at the studio, this is not in line with our philosophy,” Murata said.

– Olympus also has limited resources. It could develop two systems, but that would mean splitting time and money. Instead, it wants to build the perfect system for people who already own an MFT camera or appreciate its sleek, minimalist approach to photography. “Maybe not for everybody, but for our users that value the small and lightweight,” he said. “We still believe this is one of the best solutions for most of the photographers in the market.”

Olympus manager Murata also said this about future products:

  • “The rest of the camera lineup will also be renewed” soon
  • MFT users will benefit from new lenses too. “Smaller lenses, better quality,” Murata said. “I cannot say more, but I’m pretty sure once those lenses are available, the existing MFT users will be attracted to own those lenses. And this is, at the same time, a very big attraction to users who use the bigger systems right now.”

Panasonic 10-25mm f/1.7 to be released in August-September and be priced close to $2,500

The 10-25mm f/1.7 lens. Image via ePhotozine interviewed a Panasonic Russia manager and he shared some info about the new 10-25mm f/1.7 MFT lens. He said:

As I recall, the announcement is expected in August-September 2019. It will be quite an expensive glass, because it is unique. We expect the price to be at the level of 160,000 rubles, but probably also cheaper. In fact, by purchasing one lens, the videographer gets all the main focal lengths to which he is used. 10-25mm – in the full frame it is 20-50mm. The lens was developed in conjunction with LEICA.

Notice that in Russia the Panasonic S1 sells for 180,000 rubles which is $2,800. So I guess the equivalent 10-25mm lens price might be around $2,300. Expensive I know…but still an exciting lens to own!


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Panasonic Leica 12-60mm F2.8-4 vs Lumix G X 12-35mm F2.8 II on G9 GH5 GX9 GH5S

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Panasonic FZ1000 II review (CameraJabber).
A Quick Review of the Panasonic Leica DG Nocticron 42.5mm f/1.2 ASPH. Power O.I.S. Lens (Lumixstories).
NAB 2019: The Vlogger-Friendly GJobyorillaPod 3K PRO Rig (Explora).
Panasonic-Sony OLED display company raises 25.5bn yen (Nikkei).

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Plenty of news on the facebook E-M1II group, Panasonic FF and the GH5 group.