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Photocrowd is a new platform to streamline sponsored photo contests. Build around a photography community, Photocrowd offers a rolling set of challenges voted on by other Photocrowd members and judges. Unlike traditional photo contests, members of the community here can get crowd-sourced feedback which may help improve their skills.

Photocrowd Challenges

Challenges go through a life cycle of submissions, voting, judging and awarding. Prizes are sponsored by various vendors, many of them in the photography market for years. Those offer rewards which many photographers will appreciate after hard work involved in producing and selecting images.

Photocrowd Showcase

Intense competition produces outstanding works as photographers continuously provide their best shots. This makes the galleries at Photocrowd particularly pleasing with high quality content being the norm rather than exception as it often happen on simply image sharing sites.

Photocrowd participants create profiles to expose themselves to the world while showcasing some of their best work. This community provides many great opportunities to develop photography skills for enthusiasts to professional photographers. Registration is necessary to vote and participate but not to browse. Take a look at Photocrowd, just follow the link and click Explore Photocrowd at the top to see what the community has produced so far. Some of it is quite breathtaking!

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Today, Sony Europe unveiled a new Alpha-Mount interchangeable lens digital camera, almost 18 months after the last one. This gap, combined with the immense success of their E-Mount mirrorless cameras, caused many to speculate that Sony would discontinue with Alpha mount.

Sony Alpha A68

The new Sony A68 is an advanced ILC which uses a translucent mirror to simultaneously capture images from its 24 megapixels APS-C CMOS sensor and perform Phase-Detect autofocus with a dedicated 79-point sensor, including 15 cross-type points sensitive to -2 EV. A true Live-View is read from the sensor and displayed on a built-in 0.39″ EVF with 1.4 megapixels, 100% coverage, 0.57X magnification and an Eye-Start sensor or a 2.7″ tilting LCD with 460K pixels.

This camera offers much of the same feature set as the professional Sony Alpha SLT-A77 II except for weather-sealing which slots the A68 directly below. The A68 body still features dual control-dials, a traditional mode-dial and top status LCD plus 8 configurable function buttons. It is compatible with all Alpha-Mount lenses and incorporates a built-in sensor-shift image-stabilization system. The strengths of the SLT system are all kept with an 8 FPS continuous drive with continuous autofocus and full 1080p HD video capture, also with continuous Phase-Detect AF.

The Sony A68 is expected in Europe around March 2016. No word on availability elsewhere was given yet.

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After a long collaboration between veteran camera bag designer Lily Fisher and Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Deanne Fitzmaurice, Think Tank Photo is adding their first line of camera bags designed for women. The new Lily Deanne shoulder bags marry function and style.

There are serious camera bags designed for fast access to professional cameras and lenses via a large zipper opening. Using rare-earth magnetic on the main and front pockets, prevents damage to delicate clothing while opening the bag without a sound.

Think Tank Lily Deanne Trio

There are 3 bags in the Lily Deanne lineup:

  • Lily Deanne Lucido – Designed to hold one standard size DSLR with one to three lenses  or a complete Mirrorless camera system with up to four lenses. It also features a dedicated compartment for a small 8” tablet. It measures 11.4″ W x 8.9″ H x 5.3″ D (29 x 22.5 x 13.5 cm) externally with an internal size of 10″ W x 8.5″ H x 4.5″ D (25.5 x 21.5 x 11.5 cm), plus tablet compartment of 9.3” W x 7.7” H x 0.6” D (23.5 x 19.5 x 1.5 cm). Empty, the bag weighs 1.9 lbs (0.8 kg).
  • Lily Deanne Mezzo – Fits one standard-size DSLR with mid-range zoom attached, plus three additional lenses and an 11” ultrabook inside a dedicated compartment. The bag measures 13.8″ W x 9.8″ H x 6.1″ D (35 x 25 x 15.5 cm) on the outside and 12.2″ W x 9.4″ H x 5.3″ D (31 x 24 x 13.5 cm) on the inside. Its laptop compartment fits a slim ultrabook or large 10″ tablet, measuring 11.8” W x 8.9” H x 0.8” D (30 x 22.5 x 2 cm). This bag weighs  2.3 lbs (1.1 kg).
  • Lily Deanne Tutto – The largest size accomodates one gripped DSLR with mid-range zoom lens attached and up to five lenses, plus 2 flashes. An additional compartment fits 15″ laptops. The bag measures16.9” W x 11.4” H x 8.3” D (43 x 29 x 21 cm) externally and 15.4” W x 10.2” H x 6.7” D (39 x 28 x 17 cm) internally, plus its laptop compartment is 15” W x 10.4” H x 0.9” D (38 x 26.5 x 2.3 cm). This large bag weighs in at 3.3 lbs (1.5 kg).

The Lily Deanne series of camera bags come in Chestnut Brown and Black Licorice colors. These bags are designed to have a softer and more stylish look while not compromising on efficiency. Lily Deanne bags are recommended for wedding and event photography, portraiture, editorial, corporate and commercial photography.

The exterior of these bags is treated with durable water resistant coating while fabric underside is coated with polyurethane for superior water resistance. Full-grain Dakota leather, chrome plated metal hardware, neodymium magnets, high-quality YKK® RC-Fuse zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420 high-density nylon, nylon webbing, air-mesh, silicone non-slip patterns and 3-ply bonded nylon thread round up the list of materials used to ensure style and durability.

All 3 sizes of Lilly Deanne bags are available immediately from the Think Tank Photo website. Price range from $199 to $299 USD.

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Sony just took the wraps off their new A7S II which is certain to be the most capable low-light digital camera. With a 12 megapixels full-frame CMOS sensor has the largest pixels among current digital camera which gives it a native ISO 100 – 102400 range, expandable to ISO 50 – 409600, just as its predecessor. This time though, Sony added a 5-axis built-in image-stabilization which is usable with any lens, including ultra-bright primes.

Sony A7S II

The Sony Alpha A7S II is heavily optimized for video. Its 12 MP sensor gives it the capability to output 4K Ultra-HD video without resampling. The new sensor also adds built-in Phase-Detect AF with 160 points, allowing it to focus directly without back-and-forth movements needed by Contrast-Detect AF.

With a new faster and more powerful processor, the A7S II can record 4K at 30 FPS internally or full 1080p HD video at speedy 120 FPS. There is provision for an audio input and clean 4K Ultra-HD output on the HDMI port.

Photographers will be pleased by the new 2.4 megapixels 0.5″ EVF with 100% coverage and now 0.78X magnification, matching the one on its higher-resolution sibling, the 42 megapixels Sony Alpha A7R II.

The Sony Alpha A7S II is scheduled to be available next month for $2999 USD. Pre-order options will be added on itsspecification page as they become available.

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Zeiss introduced 12 new lenses today, well 6 for Canon and 6 for Nikon. All these new lenses are part of the Milvus series which is their first series of weather-sealed DSLR lenses. They may be the only MF-Only weather-sealed lenses but I’m not 100% sure.  If such lenses exist, the predate out lens database which, thanks the Zeiss Milvus launch just exceeded 1000 lenses!

Zeiss Milvus 21mm F/2.8 ZEZeiss Milvus 21mm F/2.8 ZF.2

There are actually 1009 fully searchable lenses, just try our Lens Search feature if you have not done it before. There is an interesting distinction between the two and that is the presence of a declickable aperture-ring on the Nikon (ZF.2) models. Check the whole list of Zeiss lenses here.

The other news of the day is a new Gear Article. The Mirrorless EVF Size parallels our orginal  DSLR Viewfinder Sizes article which to this month, is one of the top 10 visited articles on Neocamera. While it was written over 9 years ago, it’s  content is updated in real-lime from our product database. The same is true of the Mirrorless EVF Size article. Be sure to check it out if EVFs on mirrorless cameras are important to you.

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