Photography News: Flickr keeping Creative Commons photos, ONA gets colorful

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ONA x Passion Passport Bowery capsule collection

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 the full Nikon Z7 review and the stealthy Leica Q-P camera, find briefs on the latest in accessories and photography news from this week.

Flickr isn’t deleting its Creative Commons photos

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A week ago, Flickr, which is now an entity of SmugMug, announced it was making a number of changes to its platform, including removing the Yahoo login requirement, adding more “Pro” features, and limiting free accounts to 1,000 photos. Not long after the announcement, Flickr faced backlash regarding the possibility of Creative Commons photos getting deleted, most notably from the accounts of major accounts, including NASA, world-renowned libraries, universities, and other nonprofit institutions.

Creative Commons CEO Ryan Merkley even went so far as to write up a blog post regarding his concern on the issue, saying “Many users are concerned such a limit on free account capacity might cause millions of CC images to be deleted from the Commons. A lot of people have reached out to us directly and asked what we can do. I’m confident that together we can find solutions, if we assume goodwill and bring our collective creativity to the problem.”

Well, it appears as though Merkley’s wish has come through. SmugMug CEO Dan MacAskill shared an update on the Flickr blog noting that Flickr will be sparing Creative Commons photos from the 1,000 image limit of free accounts and is working hand in hand with nonprofits and other institutions to provide free Pro accounts so they can continue to host their images on Flickr.

ONA x Passion Passport Bowery Capsule Collection

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Camera bags can be just as much about form as they are function. After all, sometimes you want your camera bag to make a statement. Well, now you can get really wild with the new limited-edition Capsule Collection from ONA, made in partnership with traveling and tourism company Passion Passport.

The camera bags, which are essentially modified versions of ONA’s signature Bowery camera bag, come in five saturated colors: Green, blue, gray, yellow, and orange. According to ONA, “each bag is handcrafted in Morocco from Italian leather and 1000D Cordura, the lightweight, durable material that has transformed the way people explore the world for the past fifty years.”

Only 400 bags are being produced. The ONA x Passion Passport Bowery bag retails for $189 and can be purchased through ONA’s online store.

7Artisans shares 35mm F5.6 E-mount lens for drones

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Chinese optics manufacturer 7Artisans has shown off a new 35mm F5.6 E-mount lens for Sony full-frame cameras that’s specifically designed to be used for drone and aerial photography. The lens weighs just 49 grams and can be locked to infinity focus using three built-in screw locations.

There’s no information on when this lens will be available or what it will retail for, but B&H is a retailer of 7Artisans gear, so keep an eye out there.

Emerging Tech

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Product Review

Motorola's sexy Moto G7 will change the way you look at budget phones

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Product Review

The feature-rich Samsung Galaxy S10e proves smaller is sometimes better

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Selfie snapper attacked by jaguar during foolhardy photo attempt

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From 4K powerhouses to tiny action cams, here are the best video cameras

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CorelDraw Graphics Suite 2019 learns how to play nice with Macs

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Six essential apps for improving your mobile photography

Across both Android and iOS, there's no shortage of photo-editing applications on the respective app stores. To make your life easier, we've rounded up seven of the best apps available, whether you want to add a filter or create complex…

The new HP OfficeJet Pro’s smart app cuts your time spent scanning in half

The new HP OfficeJet Pro series offers faster print speeds, but the company says a new app with shortcut options allows users to cut the time spend working on scanning files in half.

Amid confusion, the Red Hydrogen team promises a pro in-device camera

Learning from the Red Hydrogen One, the company is gearing up for a pro-level device. In a forum post, Red's founder shares how the team is designing a Red Hydrogen with a pro-level in-device camera.

Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 is sharp enough to handle futuristic 90-megapixel cameras

Lens launches come with a lot of hype and marketing speak but a recent test confirmed some of the initial claims around the Sony FE 135 f/1.8. A rental company says that the Sony 135mm is the sharpest lens that it has ever tested.

Forget folding phones, the Insta360 EVO camera folds in half to shoot 360 video

The Insta360 EVO is a...flip camera? Unfolded, the Insta360 Evo shoots 3D in 180 degrees, folded, the new camera shoots in 360 degrees. The EVO launches with what are essentially a pair of 3D glasses for your phone, not your face, the…

Obsbot Tail camera uses A.I. to follow the action (or a pet) for you

Want to capture more epic action selfies, or see what your pet is doing while you're gone? The Obsbot Tail is a camera-gimbal combo that uses artificial intelligence to follow the action.
Social Media

Twitter takes a cue from Instagram and Snapchat with new quick-swipe camera

Twitter is giving the "what's happening" treatment to photos and video by allowing users to access the in-app camera fast enough to catch and share the moment. The new Twitter camera is now accessible with a swipe.