World’s First Truly Retro Camera — Canon Responds to Innovative Competition With Slightly Than Better ÜberCamera©

World’s First Truly Retro Camera — Canon Responds to Innovative Competition With Slightly Than Better ÜberCamera©

Tokyo, October 25, 2013 — In light of the competition’s relentless release of advanced revolutionary retro, full-frame and other fancy cameras, Canon, world’s leader in digital imaging solutions, announces it’s going the opposite way. Canon proudly introduces the revolutionary back-to-the-roots ÜberCamera©, a truly retro, as good as new camera based on extensive market research reassuring […]

Gloom Doom DSLR Report — Canon Reports “Larger Than Expected” Camera Sales Drop

Gloom Doom DSLR Report — Canon Reports “Larger Than Expected” Camera Sales Drop

No surprise here. No even a whisper from Canon, world’s leading camera manufacturer. Everyone moves upscale and announces quality gear. Nothing from Canon. With the result that Canon cuts its annual profit forecast and predicts its first drop in sales of models with an interchangeable lens as consumers switch to smartphones to take photos. First […]

Nikon Bets on Full-Frame

Nikon Bets on Full-Frame

Another most telling afull-frame dug out by Nikon Rumors, and forgive me if the recent full-frame focus on THEME is beginning to bore you. But a press release by Nikon Germany suggests the world’s number two camera maker is to focus on the full-frame FX format. Nikon says its “current” full-frame portfolio consists of the […]

Robert Capa’s 100th Birthday — Magnum Launches #GetCloser100

Robert Capa’s 100th Birthday — Magnum Launches #GetCloser100

“If your photographs aren’t good enough, you’re not close enough.” Right, it’s the modern photojournalist’s golden mantra. It’s the leitmotiv of Robert Capa, one of the most influential photographers of all time who marks his 100th birthday on October 22. The late Robert Capa’s photographs of conflict — from the beaches of Normandy and the […]

What’s Wrong With Canon?

What’s Wrong With Canon?

“Not even a whisper” from Canon, writes Canon Rumors. No news from the world’s leading camera producer. Other camera makers are churning out progressive gear. “For the moment, there doesn’t seem to be much chatter coming from the Canon camp,” concedes Canon Rumors. Well folks, we’re talking about the world’s biggest camera maker. No news, […]

Leica Killer and New Industry Benchmark? What Sony’s First Modern Full-Frame Interchangeable Lens Cameras Mean

Leica Killer and New Industry Benchmark? What Sony’s First Modern Full-Frame Interchangeable Lens Cameras Mean

Sony does it again. Newcomer Sony’s again the camera brand that innovates and thinks ahead. As rumors and industry sources suggested since last year and as Andrea of SonyAlphaRumors promised us over the course of the past few weeks, Sony is about to create a whole new playing field for high-end cameras. This week Sony […]

A Look Into the Camera Crystal Ball — Leica CEO Alfred Schopf: “We Have Some Fantastic New Developments Up Our Sleeve”

A Look Into the Camera Crystal Ball — Leica CEO Alfred Schopf: “We Have Some Fantastic New Developments Up Our Sleeve”

Leica CEO Alfred Schopf tells THEME in an interview he’s not giving away anything. So don’t expect any breaking news or secret product insights. Nevertheless, we’re assured that Leica’s strategic expansion with the soon-to-be-opened Wetzlar manufacture “will certainly make it easier for us to translate innovations into products.” Next key event Leica is “particularly looking […]

Adobe, Google’s Next Target?

Adobe, Google’s Next Target?

Google didn’t invent the smartphone, that was actually Palm (R.I.P.), but Google does everything to give market leader Apple a really tough time with the ascent of Android. Google likes to take on competitors on many fronts — maybe, or hopefully, even Adobe. The Mountain View company announced that they’re improving their RAW conversion services. […]

The Pinochet Coup 40 Years Ago — Of Chile’s 9/11 and Photojournalist Juan Carlos Cáceres’ Only Weapon, His Camera

The Pinochet Coup 40 Years Ago — Of Chile’s 9/11 and Photojournalist Juan Carlos Cáceres’ Only Weapon, His Camera

Real life, politics and foreign affairs should matter to every photographer, even if you’re into macro and landscape. Understanding and capturing the human mind is the basis of every good photography. That’s why THEME brings you a topic like this, of the day exactly 40 years ago, on September 11, 1973, when a military coup […]

Sony’s Future Is Open Source

Sony’s Future Is Open Source

Wish I had a grip on coding… Say bye to proprietary chains. Great hardware, but you either just get along with Sony’s software because you have to. Or you hate it. Now Sony kinda goes the Samsung open source way. Sony is opening up its camera API to anyone that wants to write a remote […]

“Some Images Will Be Remembered” — Goran Tomasevic, Covering Combat for 20 Years

“Some Images Will Be Remembered” — Goran Tomasevic, Covering Combat for 20 Years

Extrem highlights, extreme shadows, extreme situations: Goran Tomasevic is a veteran war photographer, covering conflict for over 20 years in countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Libya, Egypt and Syria. The following film was commissioned to accompany an exhibition of Tomasevic’s images from Syria that appear the Visa Pour L’Image international photojournalism 2013. It’s a moving documentary. […]

Scotch Chrome — Another Comeback of a Film, But We Need New Film Bodies for Film to Stay Alive

Scotch Chrome — Another Comeback of a Film, But We Need New Film Bodies for Film to Stay Alive

Shuttered Italian company Ferrania makes any film aficionado’s heart beat faster. “The future of analog film starts again from Italy,” says their motto. The Italians are going to revive a professional color reversal film derived from Scotch Chrome 100. The new film is a re-engineered version of the Scotch Chrome 100 previously produced by Imation. […]

LightRocket — New Online Services for Photographers and Resource for Picture Buyers

LightRocket — New Online Services for Photographers and Resource for Picture Buyers

Here’s one for the budding and seasoned photographers among you. A new online photo service has just been launched called LightRocket. The service is the brainchild of photographers Peter Charlesworth and Yvan Cohen, the co-founders of OnAsia Images, an online photo agency created over a decade ago representing a select group of professional photographers covering […]

Making the Iconic 1989 “Tank Man” Photo

Making the Iconic 1989 “Tank Man” Photo

Pultizer Prize winner Liu Heung-Shing tells the Wall Street Journal how a fellow Associated Press photographer captured the iconic “tank man” image during the Tiananmen Square crackdown in June 1989 — and how the AP snuck it past plainclothes police who were on the lookout for protestors and the media. PetaPixel: When the Chinese military […]

Here’s the EVIL APS-C Leica Mini M

Here’s the <del>EVIL</del> APS-C Leica Mini M

Well I have been partially, maybe wishfully and intentionally wrong about the slightly underwhelming, upcoming, miniaturized Leica M. No full-frame, no M mount, but instead you’ll get a CMOS 1.5 crop APS-C sensor with a relatively slow, not really compact Leica Elmar F3.5-6.4 with an 28-70mm equivalence for a rumored price of €2,450 (more than […]

Et Voilà the Leica Mini M — the First EVIL M?

Et Voilà the Leica Mini M — the First EVIL M?

It sure doesn’t get boring in the photography gear world. We’re expecting a full-frame Sony NEX sometime in 2014, are just told that Panasonic will revive the legendary DMC-L1 with a “dream camera” successor, and now Leica does what I expected them to do back in March when I wrote on The Future of Camera […]

The S-League: How Leica Is Reinventing the Medium Format Market

The S-League: How Leica Is Reinventing the Medium Format Market

Interesting Forbes interview with Stephan Schulz, head of professional photo at Leica, about how the camera maker is reinventing the medium format market on its own terms. Remember Leica’s S-System, launched in December 2009, is a newcomer in this market that requires a different type of camera than photojournalists do who use the 35mm Leica […]

Why Pay! U.K. Government Makes Free Use of “Orphaned” Photographs Without Metadata Legal

Why Pay! U.K. Government Makes Free Use of “Orphaned” Photographs Without Metadata Legal

You think you own your own photographs? Dreaming. Think again. The U.K. government has decided that others should be able to confiscate and exploit your property without your knowledge, permission or payment to you. This despite the fact that many a professional photographer’s income comes from licensing if images. For many, it’s their livelihood. Now […]