Photography News: Meet the beer that processes film and the first pinhole zoom

Afraid of missing out on the latest photo industry news while you’re out, well, actually taking pictures? Photography News of the Week is all the news you might have missed this week, published on the weekends. Alongside the biggest stories of the week, like Instagram’s latest update and Sony’s new sensor technology, find briefs on the latest in accessories and photography news from this week.

Bottoms up — this beer is designed to double as film developer

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Enterprising photographers have discovered that some beers will actually work as film developer — and now Dogfish Head Craft Brewery, working with Kodak, has brewed a beer designed specifically for the task. SuperEIGHT, named after both Super8 film and its eight unique ingredients, from prickly pear to raspberry, has acidity levels supposedly sufficient for developing film.

The drink has already been tested with the film by Kodak and will become available next month. Along with the beer, photo developers will need some Vitamin C, baking soda, Kodak Rapid Fixer, and Kodak Indicator Stop Bath to develop the film, along with the usual darkroom equipment.

Pinhole lenses meet zoom lenses in Thingify’s latest stunt

Pinhole lenses are an early photography invention that are still around for their low price and unique look — but the simple camera lens just got a new first-ever claim. This week, Thingify teased the first pinhole zoom lens, Pinhole Pro X.

The lens covers an 18-36mm zoom range while keeping that traditional pinhole design. The initial design is in a Sony E Mount, but Thingify hasn’t said if the lens will come to other camera systems. On display during the Photography Show 2019, there’s no price or ship date yet. Thingify’s earlier Pinhole Pro lenses launched on Kickstarter.

Add better audio to the DJI Osmo Pocket with a new adapter

The DJI Osmo Pocket is a camera-and-gimbal combination in one, and while the device will shoot steady video, it’s short on ports. Users can soon expand the Pocket’s capabilities, however, with a new adapter that allows the camera to accept a mic in the USB-C port. 

The adapter supports TRS-jack style 3.5mm microphones, allowing users to add a mic to capture better audio from the small camera. The accessory lists for $39 and is available now through the DJI website.

Capture One for Sony and Fujifilm is half off through March 31

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Capture One

Need new photo editing software? Sony and Fujifilm photographers can save some cash on discounted Capture One software. The editing software from Phase One is half off through March 31, though the sale only includes the versions designed for Sony and Fujifilm.

Capture One is a RAW photo editor as well as an asset manager for editing and organizing photos. The discount includes subscriptions, perpetual licenses, and style packs. The perpetual license is $109 at the sale price, or $79 for the annual prepaid plan or $8 a month. The deal is only available directly through Capture One’s website.


Photography News: Instagram’s disappearing likes, the best photos of the year

In this week's Photography News, see why Instagram is testing a version that excludes the number of likes a post gets. Also, see the impressive winners from two photography contests and the latest features coming to the Fujifilm X-T3.

Starting your very own vlog? Here are the best cameras to buy

Any camera that shoots video can be used to vlog, but a few models stand out from the crowd thanks to superior image quality, ergonomics, and usability. When it comes to putting your life on YouTube, here are the best cameras for the job.

These point-and-shoot cameras make your smartphone pics look like cave paintings

If your smartphone camera isn't giving you the results you want, maybe it's time to step up your game. The latest and greatest point-and-shoot cameras offer large sensors, tough bodies, and long lenses -- something no phone can touch.

Light on price but rich on features, these are the best cameras for students

Need pro-level features on a budget? The best cameras for students mix advanced features with a more palatable price point. From $2K entry level full frame cameras to $600 budget picks, here are five of the best cameras for students.

The Canon EOS Rebel T6 DSLR camera gets a steep price cut at Walmart

Modern smartphones can snap pretty impressive pics, but if you want pro-quality photos, you need a dedicated digital camera. The Canon EOS Rebel T6 is one of the best entry-level DSLR cameras on the market, and it’s on sale right now for…

Panasonic Lumix S1R vs. Nikon Z 7: When megapixels matter, which do you choose?

The 47-megapixels Lumix S1R and 46-megapixel Nikon Z 7 are the two highest-resolution, full-frame mirrorless cameras on the market. The S1R features a high-resolution mode that can take 187MP images, but the Nikon is lighter and cheaper.

Sweet 16: Wacom’s Cintiq 16 pen display makes retouching photos a breeze

Wacom’s Cintiq pen displays are usually reserved for the pros (or wealthy enthusiasts), but the new Cintiq 16 brings screen and stylus editing to an approachable price. Does it cut too much to get there?

China bans selfies at gigantic Aperture Spherical Telescope

You can't take a selfie with the world's largest single-dish radio telescope anymore, as the Chinese government has banned everything from smartphones to digital cameras in the surrounding 5-kilometer area.

After controversial video, China bans ‘Leica’ on social media

A video that referenced Tiananmen Square got the name of the camera company Leica banned from the social media platform Weibo. Leica says the video wasn't an officially sanctioned promotion.

Panasonic Lumix S1R vs. Sony A7R III: Which pixel-shift powerhouse is better?

The Lumix S1R and Sony A7R III are different in design, but similar in performance, and both offer pixel-shift high resolution modes which pull even more detail out of their already high-resolution sensors. Here's how they compare.
Emerging Tech

Awesome Tech You Can’t Buy Yet: Robots that eat landmines and clean your floors

Check out our roundup of the best new crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the web this week. You may not be able to buy this stuff yet, but it's fun to gawk!

Earn more likes on your photos with the best cameras for Instagram

Looking to snap better Instagrams? Instagram doesn't demand high-resolution files, but upgrading your camera can deliver better bokeh and low-light quality. Here our the best cameras for Instagram.

Capture life in every direction with the best 360 cameras

While 360 cameras are still a new technology, that doesn't mean there's not a few that are worth a look. Whether you want to shoot from the middle or just need a simple, affordable option, here are the best 360 cameras on the market.

These are the best action cameras money can buy, from GoPro to Garmin and more

Action cameras are great tools for capturing videos of your everyday activities, whether it's a birthday party or the steepest slope you've ever descended on your snowboard. These are the best money can buy.