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Judge determines FAA drone rules take precedence over local regulations

A court has ruled that federal drone laws trump local drone regulations in instances where the two are in conflict, setting a new and very important precedent for commercial and recreational drone pilots alike. The ruling was passed down by US District Judge William G. Young during a legal case involving the city of Newton, Massachusetts, and its drone regulations that are even more restrictive than the FAA's rules.

According to the Wall Street Journal, the lawsuit was brought by Newton resident Michael Singer, who challenged four Newton provisions including a requirement to get permission before flying a drone over private property. The city had argued that the FAA allows for the local co-regulation of civilian drones, but Judge Young ruled otherwise, in part because the local regulations were sometimes in direct conflict with the FAA's.

For instance, whereas the FAA allows small drones to be operated below 400ft, the city of Newton's provisions banned the operation of drones below that altitude if they were over private property. This left pilots only one legal option: get permission from each property owner over whose property the drone would pass. Otherwise you'd either be violating Newton's laws or the FAA's regulations.

Referring to this particular law, Judge Young stated, "This thwarts not only the FAA’s objectives, but also those of Congress for the FAA to integrate drones into the national airspace."

Newton drone provisions that weren't challenged by the lawsuit have been left in place, and the city has indicated that it may appeal the ruling.

... Pubdate: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:51:00 Z

Video: Photographer shoots one model with three different vintage lenses

Photographer and filmmaker Mathieu Stern is good to his word. He said he would start a series of videos highlighting vintage lenses, and he has. In his second installment of "three vintage lenses, one model" he shoots the same model (obviously) using the Konica Hexanon 28mm f/3.5, Minolta MD 100mm f/2.5, and Industar 50-2 50mm f/3.5.

You might remember his previous test where he compared the Canon FD 50mm f/1.4 S.S.C., the Soligor 21mm f/3.8, and the Helios 103 53mm f/1.8 (which he had modified for tilt focusing).

This comparison is shot exactly the same way: no overbearing voiceover, just a quick introduction to the lenses before he goes out and shows all three in action at three different locations. Results are shown on-screen so you'll want to watch this full screen at the highest resolution your internet connection can handle.

Let us know in the comments which of the three lenses is your favorite, and if you like this comparison check out Mathieu's YouTube channel for a lot more vintage gear goodness.

... Pubdate: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 15:36:00 Z

The Nikon D850 could be the only DSLR you’ll ever need

Introduction

Out-of-camera JPEG.
Nikon 70-200mm F2.8E @ 70mm | ISO 125 | 1/2500 sec | F4

Perched on a rock jutting out over Class IV+ rapids on the Deschutes River, I become fully aware that were I to slip and fall, the frothy white waves would toss me around like a cork, I'd probably hit my head on a submerged volcanic rock, fall unconscious and die.

One of the best things about photography (or one of the worst, I suppose, depending on your perspective) is access. Even if you're not covering the industry, knowing your way around a camera and having a decent portfolio will often afford you opportunities to get up-close and personal with people you've never met before, who are doing things you've never seen before, in a place you've never been before.

The D850 might just be the most well-rounded camera Nikon's ever made.

In this particular instance, the access came courtesy of Nikon USA. They wanted us to use the D850 so much that they flew me down to Bend, Oregon with a collection of other photographers and journalists, and stuck us all in a variety of disparate scenarios to get a feel for the camera.

From sports to portraits, the D850 seems almost universally capable. Out-of-camera JPEG, cropped slightly to taste.
Nikon 24-120mm F4 @ 50mm | ISO 2200 | F4 | 1/125 sec

And, not being one to back down from a challenge (or maybe I'm just terrible at scheduling), I was booked to photograph a friend's wedding immediately upon returning to Seattle. I was eager to use the camera outside of the realm of a press trip, especially since its specs seem to indicate that the D850 might just be the most well-rounded camera Nikon's ever made.

Actually, it might be the most well-rounded stills camera that anyone has ever made.

This thing is way too fast to be shooting 46 megapixels

This kayaker didn't seem particularly worried about the Class IV+ rapids, which I was later told verged on Class V. Out-of-camera JPEG.
Nikon 70-200mm F2.8E @ 70mm | ISO 64 | 1/800 sec | F2.8

Perhaps the highest praise I can offer for the D850 is that, in more ways than one, it reminds me of Nikon's flagship D5 with one of the grips lopped off.

The camera feels incredibly solid. The AF joystick is fantastic. Shutter lag is nonexistent. Autofocus is instant. As with the D5, I repeatedly got the sense that the camera was waiting for me, not the other way around. It offers a 'transparent' experience by just getting out of the way and letting me focus on what's happening in front of me so I don't miss a photo.

In more ways than one, the D850 reminds me of the flagship D5.

And that's exactly what I needed as the first kayaker came around the bend. I initiated autofocus and let the camera's 3D Tracking do its thing as I constantly zoomed and adjusted my composition, with the kayaker moving unpredictably through the scene in front of me and the camera motoring away at seven frames per second.

Want to know what brand the kayak is? Just zoom in to 100%. Out-of-camera JPEG.
Nikon 70-200mm F2.8E @ 70mm | ISO 125 | 1/2500 sec | F4

The fact that the D850 behaves this way, in that it is capable of churning out accurately focused 46MP files of fast-moving subjects, makes it unique. It's true that Sony's a99 Mark II shoots 42MP files at a speedier 12fps, but that camera wasn't our best autofocus performer, and the user interface and SD-only recording media make it a slower camera than the D850 in most other respects.

So in the D850, you basically have a sports camera that you could turn around and make wall-sized gallery prints with in a heartbeat. If that doesn't meet your definition of 'well-rounded,' I don't know what will.

This man seems comfortable with his life choices. Out-of-camera JPEG.
Nikon 70-200mm F2.8E @ 70mm | ISO 125 | 1/2500 sec | F4

Good at every ISO

As I was heading to the airport outside of Bend, I was looking forward to my evening. I had a short flight back to Seattle, and enough time to get from Seatac Airport to a friend's wedding ceremony on the shores of Puget Sound. Then I checked in, and saw my flight was delayed by 45 minutes.

Heavy sigh. Heavy stress.

By the time I hopped out of my cab in West Seattle minutes before the ceremony was set to start, the sun had already dropped low in the sky. I hastily introduced myself to the family members I hadn't yet met, apologized profusely for my tardiness and gave the happy couple a couple of hugs. Time to start taking pictures.

Image processed to taste in Adobe Camera Raw, exposed for the highlights with shadows lifted. With a Nikon D5, Canon EOS-1D X Mark II or Sony a9, this processing would result in a much noisier image.
Nikon 24-120mm F4 @ 24mm | ISO 64 | 1/160 sec | F8

In many ways, peak action and wedding photography place similar demands on both photographer and camera. You're constantly on the lookout for fleeting moments, and the camera has to be able to respond when you do.

But dedicated sports cameras often come with compromises, such as lower resolution and lower dynamic range. It's not uncommon to see wedding shooters with one 'speed' body and one 'resolution' body. With the D850, I'm not sure that's going to be necessary anymore.

Out-of-camera JPEG.
Nikon 24-120mm F4 @ 46mm | ISO 900 | 1/200 sec | F4

Even without a boost from the battery grip, the burst rate is more than sufficient. As when shooting white water kayaking, I never once found myself waiting for the camera during the ceremony. I knew that images at lower ISO values would have lots of editing latitude, but I was also pleasantly surprised at the quality of higher ISO shots when the sun set behind the clouds.

You can dramatically change an image's composition while still maintaining a good amount of resolution.

The biggest downside for using the D850 for weddings, so far as I can see it, is just that the average client might not need 46MP for every single image. It burdens the photographer in terms of storage space, and honestly burdens the clients if they're not going to be printing anything bigger than an 11x14. (Even high-quality JPEG files out of the camera weigh in at 20-30MB).

The camera's smaller Raw file options might help this somewhat, but we're still testing to see if there will be any dynamic range or other image quality penalty involved. But on the flip side, there's no avoiding the freedom you'll feel when cropping tightly on such a high-res image. You can dramatically change an image's composition while still maintaining a good amount of amount of resolution, which is pretty powerful.

In the wild. Out-of-camera JPEG.
Nikon 24-120mm F4 @ 110mm | ISO 1400 | 1/500 sec | F4

Should I buy it?

No camera is perfect.

I'm not a big video shooter for freelance work, but I love a tilting screen to get some unique angles for stills, and while Nikon's live view autofocus is accurate, it certainly isn't fast. Forget about shooting moving subjects if you're not in a position to have your eye to the finder.

Commitment.
Nikon 35mm F1.8G | ISO 400 | 1/160 sec | F4

Beyond that, Snapbridge (Nikon's term for a suite of features including Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connectivity for downloading images) has improved, but still isn't exactly refined. The initial connection process was quick and easy, but I couldn't reconnect again until after I had both my phone and the camera 'forget' each other, and start all over again.

For the last year or so, I've been wrestling with the issue of whether or not to upgrade. For what I shoot, which is mostly weddings and events, the D850 certainly has a lot to offer. The files are awfully big, but downsizing them will just make for very sharp lower megapixel options.

Nikon seems to have thrown just about everything they've got into the D850, and it sits at a very reasonable price point for all that it is capable of. At first glance, it may not be the most exciting camera for the average consumer; it certainly isn't flashy, nor is it petite.

Out-of-camera JPEG.
Nikon 35mm F1.8G | ISO 3200 | 1/320 sec | F1.8

But for seasoned photographers shooting a variety of subjects, the D850 is a formidable option.

For landscape shooters, you have the current low ISO benchmark at ISO 64, meaning the D850 should be able to match some medium format digital cameras in terms of dynamic range. For wedding and event shooters, you have all the speed you need, but with tons more resolution than may be used to - this could be a blessing or a curse, depending on your style. For those that love manual focus lenses, you get Nikon's biggest-ever viewfinder on a DSLR. And for wildlife enthusiasts, you get the benefits of the latest sensor tech with plenty of resolution for cropping, as well as excellent autofocus tracking and coverage, even with low light levels.

In all, the D850 offers excellent autofocus performance, incredible resolution, expansive dynamic range and a capable burst speed. Unless you find yourself shooting run-and-gun video on the regular, the D850 is worth a look.

Sample gallery

... Pubdate: Tue, 26 Sep 2017 13:00:00 Z

Calumet UK and Wex Photographic will officially merge tomorrow

Two of the biggest photography retailers in the UK are going to officially merge tomorrow. This marks the culmination of a process that was set in motion way back in March when Calumet owner (and former Bowens owner) Aurelius bought Wex Photographic and announced that the Calumet competitor would merge with its former adversary.

If you visit the Calumet UK website today, you're greeted by the following message:

"From 26 September, Calumet Photographic Limited UK will be merging with Wex Photographic, offering an improved experience and wider range of products to photographers across the UK," reads the statement. "Later this week, this website will be closed and moved to www.wexphotographic.com."

The statement goes on to assure Calumet customers that there will be "minimal disruption" to service, and any outstanding pre-orders, back-orders, or vouchers will be honored under the new brand.

For more information about the merger and how it will (or won't) affect customers, you can visit this FAQ page on the Wex Photographic website.

... Pubdate: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 20:28:00 Z

Your Wacom tablet won't work with macOS High Sierra until 'late October'

Photo by Damian Patkowski

Apple's newest macOS operating system, macOS High Sierra, launched today. But if you use a Wacom tablet to do your photo editing, you'll want to hold off on hitting the upgrade button. It seems Wacom tablets won't work with High Sierra until the end of October.

The disappointing news was broadcast in a tweet published by the main Wacom Twitter account that read, "We will release a Driver update late October for 10.13 High Sierra. The current driver is not compatible." If you click on the more info link offered in that tweet, you get this slightly more detailed explanation:

Apple has announced 10.13 High Sierra will be released September 25th. Wacom is currently working on a new driver update to support the new operating system. The new Wacom driver will be ready by late October at the latest. Due to nature of the changes in High Sierra, the existing Wacom driver for 10.12 will not work. To continue to use your tablet uninterrupted, Wacom suggests not to upgrade to 10.13 until the new driver is released.

The news is particularly disappointing given that Apple announced High Sierra months ago, and gave developers access to that beta the very same day. And based on the wording of the announcement, the old driver won't work at all, so upgrading to macOS High Sierra will leave you Wacom-less for at least a couple of weeks—if you rely on a Wacom tablet for your work, you'll just have to wait.

Keep an eye on this link to know the instant Wacom releases their overdue macOS High Sierra driver.

... Pubdate: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 20:00:00 Z

$80,000 vs $3,000: Arri Alexa vs Canon 80D video shootout

These days, capturing professional-looking video no longer requires Hollywood-sized budgets. But does that mean that there's no longer much advantage to Hollywood-quality gear? Let's find out. Gene of the YouTube channel Potato Jet pegged his Canon 80D setup against an Arri Alexa setup that costs upwards of $80,000 and filmed several scenes with both cameras rigged up side-by-side.

Unlike his previous (very popuplar) iPhone 7 vs Arri Alexa video, this one is a bit more of a fair fight—the sensor area used to shoot most formats on the Arri is much closer in size to the 80D sensor than the iPhone, and one of the cameras isn't a freaking smartphone.

Of course, the difference between the footage is still immediately obvious—who would have guessed an $80K setup would shoot better footage than a $3,000 setup?—but the side-by-side comparison is fun and interesting to watch all the same. That's because Gene doesn't just point out the differences in the dynamic range and quality of the video from the two cameras, he outlines the pros and cons of using a small light-weight DSLR like the 80D vs a cinematic powerhouse like the Arri Alexa.

Check out the full comparison for yourself up top, and if you want to see more from Gene or consider yourself an amateur filmmaker, definitely subscribe to Potato Jet.

... Pubdate: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 19:03:00 Z

The 7 Commandments of Great Photo Walks

In the last year, I’ve probably walked over 2,000 miles with my camera. I love photo walks because they are so meditative. There is also great excitement when you get home to look at the photos, to see if you captured anything good. And finally, it adds a dimension of extra beauty and flow to your regular long walks.

The following are the seven most important lessons I have learned when it comes to getting the most enjoyment and best possible results from your photo walks.

1. You shall bring no other lenses, besides the one you pick

This one is not only about lenses, it applies to equipment in general. I always just bring one lens—the one on my camera.

I pick a lens that I feel would fit this particular day, and this particular photo walk. If it is a beautiful morning with a clear sky, where I can anticipate a sunrise, I would likely bring a wide angle lens. If I am out walking with my girlfriend, I might bring a portrait lens.

The point is that I try to minimize the weight and amount of stuff I bring, so that the camera gear never becomes a burden. You want to feel free and light during a photo walk.

2. You shall snap the first photo immediately

Have you noticed that, as you enter an IKEA store, you usually encounter a too-good-to-be-true deal in the first few minutes? Like, an insanely good deal? The reason is that they want you to take that deal and put it in your bag, as this will shift you into "shopping mode" early on in your visit.

Entering "shopping mode" is a threshold you must cross, where you make the decision that "today I am shopping." And soon item number two and three goes into your bag as well. The sooner you go into shopping mode, the more money IKEA makes from your visit.

It is the same with photo walks. The sooner you take your camera out of the bag, turn it on, and take the first photo, the sooner you enter into photography mode, and the more photos (and hopefully good photos) you will come home with. As soon as you snap the first couple of photos, you enter a more creative mindset.

3. You shall introduce a constraint to boost creativity

This one seems unintuitive, I know, but the more constraints you have, the more creative you will get. A great first constraint that I always utilize is that I only bring one lens (see above), and that lens it is always a prime. But see what happens if you add even more constraints, such as only shooting in black and white, or only shooting in portrait orientation.

A constraint is particularly useful if you initially feel resistance towards it; stay determined to work your way through the initial resistance, and your creativity will spring into action.

4. You shall follow the good light

I find that the best results come from the photo walks where I allow myself to walk without a set plan. I go out exploring. Whenever you get a feeling that the light is particularly beautiful in a certain direction, or your intuition just tells you that you should go somewhere, go there.

I'm not giving you this advice because I necessarily believe our intuition can lead us to the best photos. I have simply found that following my intuition boosts my creativity, and the result of that is always better and more beautiful photos.

5. You shall honor your gut when it says a photo must be taken

This one is common to hear from street photographers, where the so-called decisive moment is everything, but I think it applies in all forms of photography. When your gut feeling says that you have an opportunity to take a great photo, go for it. Even if your camera is packed in the bottom of your bag. Even if you feel embarrassed to take a photo in the situation at hand for whatever reason. Even if you tell yourself you can come back later and take that photo.

Usually, you cannot come back later. Photos are unique moments that you freeze, and moments never come back. The exact same scene, with exactly the same light, will never come back. So always take the shot if your gut tells you to!

6. You shall review sharpness and composition before leaving the scene

Never just quickly glance at your camera's screen and think to yourself "looks good, let's move on." Chances are, the photo isn't really that good. It might be slightly out of focus. It might be a bit tilted. It might be overexposed.

Always make a habit of checking the composition, exposure and sharpness of your photo before leaving the scene. Otherwise you might be very disappointed when you bring up the photo on your computer screen only to discover that it wasn't as good as you thought. If you check your photos in detail, by zooming in on details to check sharpness, you can always retake the photo while you're still at the scene.

7. You shall always walk somewhere new

A final key to creativity is variation. Always walk to new places, because novelty triggers creativity. If you always walk the same path, on every photo walk, you will get increasingly bored and gradually lose inspiration. Walk new walks every time!


Micael Widell is a photography enthusiast based in Stockholm, Sweden. He loves photography, and runs a YouTube channel with tutorials, lens reviews and photography inspiration. You can also find him as @mwroll on Instagram and 500px.

This article was originally published on Micael's blog, and is being republished in full with express permission.

... Pubdate: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:56:00 Z

Manfrotto owner Vitec has acquired Lowepro and JOBY for $10.3 million in cash

Vitec Group, the company that owns camera accessory brand Manfrotto, has just added two other major brands to its stable: JOBY and Lowepro. Vitec bought the brands from the Dayman Group, bringing them into its already sizable photo equipment portfolio.

Vitec already owns a large collection of brands that operate across the stills and video markets, selling everything from bags, to tripods, to light stands, camera cages, batteries, lighting and video monitors. Well-known Vitec-owned names include Gitzo, Lastolite, Wooden Camera, Colorama, Litepanels and SmallHD.

This acquisition brings the GorillaPod flexible tripod series of camera and mobile supports under Vitec’s control, along with Lowepro’s massive range of bags, cases and pouches.

It’s difficult to see what the purchase of either business brings that’s new to Vitec, as the company already has products in almost all the areas JOBY and Lowepro already supply. It will inevitably reduce the company’s competition though, and as the press release says it will strengthen Vitec’s position as a global supplier. Vitec also says that the purchase, particularly of Lowepro, will give it better access to certain markets (such as the USA) in which it needs a better hold, and that it expects to enjoy better relationships with Apple, Amazon and B&H Photo because of the deal.

The purchase cost Vitec $10.3 million in cash, with an expected total investment of around the deal of $32 million to integrate the new brands. While Vitec Group wants the intellectual property of JOBY and Lowepro and some of the R&D and manufacturing facilities in the Far East, it also expects to save $7 million a year by the end of 2019 by "consolidating and simplifying the business, improving procurement and supply chain management, and leveraging Vitec's distribution platform."

For more information see the Vitec Group, JOBY and Lowepro websites.

Press Release

Vitec Group Acquisition: JOBY and Lowepro Join Vitec’s Leading Brands

Vitec, the leading global provider of products and solutions to the broadcast and photographic markets, is pleased to announce the acquisition of leading photographic brands JOBY and Lowepro.

With a worldwide presence across 22 high quality and recognized brands, JOBY and Lowepro have joined the Vitec Group portfolio as part of the Photographic Division, sitting alongside other Vitec owned, leading photographic brands Manfrotto, Gitzo, Lastolite by Manfrotto and Avenger.

The acquisition will enable Vitec to become the leading global provider of accessories within the newer and fast growing iPhonography and vlogging markets, as well as strengthen their position within the photographic bags market.

JOBY introduced the GorillaPod in 2006, which transformed the camera accessories market, while Lowepro is a market leader in bags designed to protect electronic and photographic devices.

Lowepro remains the recognized market leader of photographic bags, with its focus on supporting the professional outdoor and adventure photographer and will perfectly complement the Vitec owned brand Manfrotto, with its range of photographic bags focused on supporting professional urban and studio photographers.

Vitec plans to integrate the two brands into its Photographic Division, with existing organizational structures under the leadership of Marco Pezzana, Photographic Divisional Chief Executive.

“We are proud to announce that two remarkable brands within the photographic accessories market, JOBY and Lowepro, will join the Vitec Photographic Division,” Pezzana commented. “We pride ourselves on supplying the leading photographic brands to the global market. This natural addition to our business strengthens the already outstanding offering we provide to our partners worldwide.”

He continued, “We believe that our extensive knowledge of the photographic market will enable us to add a wealth of value to these already leading brands. JOBY and Lowepro’s product development expertise, coupled with our established global distribution network, engineering and manufacturing capabilities, creates exciting opportunities for both Vitec Group and our global partners.”

... Pubdate: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 16:04:00 Z

Master drone pilot captures video while flying around, inside, and under a moving train

Absolutely, positively never try this yourself. By all accounts, this flight was highly illegal and DPReview in no way condones this activity.


If you're at all plugged into the world of drone news, you've probably seen this video floating around the past week. Captured by master First Person View (FPV) drone pilot Paul Nurkkala, it shows his "flight of the year" in which he flies around, inside, onto, and under a moving train... barrel rolls included.

Nurkkala captured the video using his custom built drone, which is equipped with a GoPro Hero5 Session and piloted from afar using special FPV goggles.

The video has split the internet into two predictably conflicted camps. The first thinks it's just the coolest footage to ever come out of a drone, because Nurkkala is clearly such a talented pilot. The second is infuriated that he would do something so obviously illegal, post the results online, and receive so much praise and adulation (and so many views... at last count his 5-day old YouTube video had accrued nearly 850,000 views).

No judgement if you find yourself both entertained and a little bit annoyed/angry while watching the video.

... Pubdate: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 15:14:00 Z

Intel's 8th generation desktop CPUs can edit 4K 360-degree video 32% faster

Photo: Intel Corporation

Intel has just announced their next-gen (8th generation, to be exact) desktop CPUs. And while the new chips aren't quite as exciting as the 8th gen laptop chips the company debuted in August, they still pack a performance punch that photo and video editors may want to pay attention to.

The 8th generation desktop chips come in the same three main flavors: Core i7, Core i5, and Core i3, except each of these has received a substantial performance boost "for gamers, content creators and overclockers who require premium performance."

The top of the line i7-8700K starts at 3.7 GHz but can easily be overclocked to 4.7 GHz using Intel's Turbo Boost 2.0 technology. This, along with some other improvements, allow the 6-core/12-thread chip to edit 4K, 360-degree videos up to 32% faster than the previous generation, and edit any 'content' up to 65% faster than a three-year old PC.

In addition to the top of the line i7, the 8th gen lineup also boasts the first ever 6-core i5 chip and 4-core i3 chip, which should definitely appeal to those of us who want to build a photo and video editing PC for a little less without sacrificing performance. Here's an overview of the full lineup:

More details about the new chips are available on the Intel website and in the press release below. If you're interested, the new processors will all be available starting October 5th at prices ranging from $117 for the base-model i3 to $359 for the powerhouse i7-8700K.

Press Release

Intel Unveils the 8th Gen Intel Core Processor Family for Desktop, Featuring Intel’s Best Gaming Processor Ever

Newest Processors Deliver Premium Performance, with a Boost in Frame Rate of up to 25% Gen over Gen

News Highlights

  • New 8th Gen Intel® Core™ desktop processors and Intel® Z370 chipset are perfect for gamers, content creators and overclockers with a range of unlocked1 “K” processors.
  • Includes a new Intel® Core™ i7 desktop processor that is the best gaming processor ever from Intel2, first-ever 6-core Intel® Core™ i5 desktop processor and 4-core Intel® Core™ i3 desktop processor.
  • Performance boosts that deliver frame rate improvements of up to 25 percent3 compared with 7th Gen Intel Core for smooth gaming experiences and up to 65 percent faster editing4 in content creation compared with a 3-year-old machine.

SANTA CLARA, Calif., Sept. 24, 2017 – Intel today announced that its new family of 8th Gen Intel Core desktop processors will be available for purchase beginning Oct. 5, 2017. The new desktop processor family is built for gamers, content creators and overclockers who require premium performance. Ranging from Intel Core i3 to Intel Core i7, these processors deliver premium performance for what comes next, opening the door for a new level of faster, easier and more immersive experiences.

This new family introduces the first-ever 6-core Intel Core i5 desktop processor and first-ever 4-core Intel Core i3 desktop processor. The family offers a wide range of performance options for consumers with unlocked1 “K” processors that deliver maximum tuning flexibility at each brand level and up to 40 platform PCIe 3.0 lanes for system expandability on graphics, storage and I/O. These processors are supported with new Intel Z370 chipset-based motherboards.

The top of the product stack – the Intel Core i7-8700K – is Intel’s best gaming desktop processor ever.2 It is capable of 4.7 GHz maximum single-core turbo frequency, the highest frequency ever from Intel thanks to Intel® Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, making it a performance powerhouse for both single and multi-threaded applications.

“We are laser-focused on giving the enthusiast community the ultimate desktop experience, from chart-topping performance to a platform that can flex with their needs,” said Anand Srivatsa, general manager of the Desktop Platform Group at Intel. “Our 8th Gen Intel Core desktop processors deliver tremendous improvements across the board and – for gamers, in particular– offer an unbeatable experience.”

Powerful, Fluid and Vivid Gaming

Gamers will revel in the powerful and fluid experience of gaming. Compared with 7th Gen Intel Core, gamers gain up to 25 percent more frames per second3 on popular and demanding games like Gears of War* 4. As gaming continues to expand to include a social audience while playing, performance while mega-tasking is critical so game + stream + record is now up to 2 times faster5 compared with a 3-year-old machine.

Advanced Content Creation

Save time and create more. The 8th Gen Intel Core desktop processor family positions Intel as the choice for speed, accuracy, power, format compatibility and high-quality graphics creation and consumption. Edit 4K 360-degree videos with ease – up to 32 percent faster6compared with the previous generation – plus, edit content up to 65 percent faster4compared with a 3-year-old PC.

Better Overclocking1

Performance matters with overclocking. The 8th Gen Intel Core unlocked1 “K” processors will overclock to higher levels than prior generations. Intel has added new features to enhance the experience, including per core overclocking, max memory ratio up to 8,400 MT/s, real-time memory latency control, extended PLL trim controls, enhanced package power delivery, and updated Intel® Extreme Tuning Utility and Intel® Extreme Memory Profile.

Enhanced Platform

For the platform, the new Intel Z370 chipset provides improved power delivery needed for the new 6-core processors to reach their maximum performance as well as enhanced package power delivery for overclocking and memory routing support. More than 50 new motherboard and system designs will be available from a variety of leading providers.

Launch games and load media projects faster. Add Intel® Optane™ memory to desktop computer with an 8th Gen Intel Core processor to gain additional accelerated system responsiveness, up to 2.1 times faster7 compared with a 5-year-old desktop with HDD alone.

8th Gen Intel Core desktop processors will be available beginning Oct. 5, 2017.

... Pubdate: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:42:00 Z

Canon's 'virtual camera' system will turn sports games into 3D videos you can explore

Canon is developing a new imaging system called the Free Viewpoint Video System that may revolutionize the way sports and other events are broadcast. The system, as demonstrated in the video above, eliminates the restrictions of a single viewpoint by making it possible to view the action in an immersive multi-angle way.

Put another way, Canon says the system "gives the user a sense that they are really there."

The Free Viewpoint Video System utilizes existing imaging technologies that Canon has developed over the years. The company explains that stadiums utilizing this system will have multiple high-res cameras positioned around the arena; these cameras record the action simultaneously, while image processing technology rehashes that footage as high-resolution 3D spatial data.

The end result is an immersive video in which users are able to move a virtual camera within this rendered 3D space, providing a view of the action from various viewpoints and angles around the field. Among other things, Canon explains that viewers can "experience the simulated physical sensation of being among players on the field during a game."

The company plans to showcase the Free Viewpoint Video System via its booth at Inter BEE 2017 from November 15th through the 17th. Canon also plans to talk with athletes and sports teams about possible uses for its video system.

... Pubdate: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:21:00 Z

How a photojournalist shot the eclipse photo of a lifetime with the Sony a9

A veteran photojournalist, Rick Wilking secured a spot in the path of totality for the August solar eclipse and planned to shoot the event for Reuters. We tagged along on the assignment, and while Wilking's story didn't quite pan out as predicted, an unexpected subject in the sky and a quick reaction made for a once-in-a-lifetime shot. Find out how he captured this remarkable image.

Read more about the Sony a9


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... Pubdate: Mon, 25 Sep 2017 13:02:00 Z

iZugar launches 220-degree super fisheye lens for Micro Four Thirds

Hong Kong-based company iZugar has just launched a pretty quirky, intense little lens.Called the MKX22, it's a 3.25mm F2.5 super fisheye lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras that offers a whopping 220-degree angle of view.

This fisheye lens is said to offer "edge-to-edge sharpness" with suitability for 4K video recording, a 0.6m minimum focusing distance, fully circular 10mm design, and extra-slim build for better parallax control, according to iZugar. All of that in addition to that 220-degree angle of view that can more-or-less see behind itself.

The lens recently appeared for sale on iZugar's website, where the company explains that the MKX22 can be used with the ZCam E1 - iZugar Custom Edition, Blackmagic Micro Studio 4K, Sony A7R2, Panasonic GX80, and similar cameras. For reference, the company offers a full reference guide showing FOV for these cameras at various resolutions.

The lens is available from iZugar now for $500.

Lens Specifications:

  • Model: iZugar MKX-22
  • Format: 10mm full circular
  • Mount: Micro Four Thirds mount (MFT)
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 3.25mm
  • Aperture: f/2.5 (fixed)
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 0.6m
  • Lens Groups/Elements: 10/11
  • Angle of View (MFT-4k): 220 x 150
... Pubdate: Sat, 23 Sep 2017 14:46:00 Z

Apple's auto-generated Memories videos are still kind of weird in iOS 11

Starting with iOS 10, Apple has been scanning iPhone users' photo libraries and automatically creating nostalgic videos it calls Memories. They're basically slideshows of what it deems to be meaningful photos and videos from your collection, set to music, and arranged around a theme. You'll laugh, you'll cry, and sometimes you'll remember that time you took a picture of the frozen pizza baking directions.

iOS 11, released to the general public yesterday, brought some updates to Memories. They're now portrait-format friendly, and more Memories will be automatically created around a wider range of subjects and themes. But if my first Memory video after downloading iOS 11 is any indication, Apple hasn't gotten much smarter about what photos to include.

An interesting photo for Instagram, but not a moment I wanted to reminisce about months later. It's hard for a computer to know the difference.

Though it does a few things well – it generally picks up on the fact that I like nice photos of my boyfriend and me – Apple's algorithm makes some pretty weird choices. My latest Memory, titled "Best of the last 2 months," opens on an image of a discarded Craisins box on a bed of grass. I thought it was an interesting photo for Instagram, but not a moment I wanted to reminisce about months later. It's hard for a computer to know the difference.

The misses are all much funnier because of the slightly dramatic treatment: panning, gentle transitions and music give the impression of something that's been carefully curated to invoke nostalgia. It's all very serious, and works very well for a post-hike selfie with a majestic backdrop. It's downright laughable when it's a photo of some acne-treating serum I took a picture of to send to my sister.

Ah, how I cherished this moment.

To be completely fair, Memories videos are meant to be customized and edited by the human viewing them. The algorithm gets you to a starting point, and it's up to you to take out the shots that don't work. And it's a little bit narcissistic, but it's kind of fun to watch a slideshow of your best moments over the past few months.

With new iterations, Apple's subject recognition and photo-picking algorithm will no doubt get smarter, and the automatic videos will get better. Hopefully it'll learn to ignore the kind of shots that are taken for utilitarian purposes, but it's already pretty good with some stuff – it correctly identified photos of my boyfriend and put together a slideshow of images of him from baseball games and vacations. More of that please, Apple, and less reminders of my life with acne-prone skin.

... Pubdate: Sat, 23 Sep 2017 13:00:00 Z

Craigslist poster raises the bar on terrible car photography

A Craigslist post offering a 1990 Mazda RX-7 for sale is going viral today thanks to the photos of the car... and it's not because they're good.

For whatever reason, the ad's author decided the best way to photograph his or her car for this ad was to take pictures of the car with their cell phone, and then take pictures of the pictures displayed on their cracked, hazy smartphone screen.

The original Craigslist post, a link to which hasn't been shared publicly to avoid disrupting the seller's efforts, was spotted by Murilee Martin and shared with Autoweek. And yes, the pictures are exactly as bad as described.

The reasoning behind this photographic decision aren't known and probably never will be. But instead of sharp, colorful, detailed photos of a car what we get are hazy, in some cases out-of-focus shots of a red vehicle that is difficult to make out through the cracks in the screen.

Even by Craigslist standards these are bad. By car photography standards? It's like something out of a horror film.

... Pubdate: Fri, 22 Sep 2017 19:35:00 Z

The iPhone 8 Plus is the best smartphone camera DxOMark has ever tested

Photo: Apple

Apple fans who were hopeful the iPhone 8/Plus would represent a big step up in camera quality over the already-respectable iPhone 7/Plus have something to celebrate. DxOMark just released the results of its iPhone 8 and 8 Plus tests, and the new Apple smartphones represents a significant improvement over the previous versions.

In fact, the iPhone 8 Plus is now the best smartphone camera DxOMark has ever tested, and the iPhone 8 comes in a close second, pushing the Google Pixel down from the top stop into the #3 position.

You can read full iPhone 8 and iPhone 8 Plus reviews by clicking on the respective links, but the conclusion from DxOMark's review of the Plus just about tells you all you need to know:

Overall, the Apple iPhone 8 Plus is an excellent choice for the needs of nearly every smartphone photographer. It features outstanding image quality, zoom for those needing to get closer to their subjects, and an industry-leading Portrait mode for artistic efforts. It is at the top of our scoring charts in nearly every category — and in particular, its advanced software allows it to do an amazing job of capturing high-dynamic range scenes and images in which it can recognize faces.

'Nuff said? Now we wait to see how much better (or not) the iPhone X is... and what Google's response will be when the company reveals its new smartphone on October 4th.

... Pubdate: Fri, 22 Sep 2017 17:01:00 Z

This Kodak Moments chatbot digs through your old photos and tries to sell you prints

Kodak has created a new Facebook Messenger chatbot called 'Kodak Moments' that tries to get users to buy physical products by digging through and resurfacing their old photos.

The AI algorithm works by searching through the mass of images a user has uploaded to Facebook and suggesting ones that may have been forgotten in hopes the user, when suddenly presented with this fond old memory (or Kodak moment... if you will), will order it as a physical print or photo product like a coffee mug.

Facebook users are given the option of either dismissing the chatbot's suggested image, requesting other images that contain the same people as the first image, or requesting a print or product containing the selected image. All you have to do to join this 'fun' game that tries to sell you things is search for Kodak Moments in the Messenger app.

Unfortunately, the chatbot—at least in its current iteration—doesn't support any sort of filtering options, making it impossible to prevent the bot from digging up photos of old memories better left forgotten. Consider yourself warned.

Joining this Messenger chatbot is a new Kodak Moments app (Android | iOS) that goes a bit further. After being given permission, the app will search through a Facebook or Google account and camera roll to find images it thinks users may want to turn into physical products.

The goal behind the new Kodak Moments technology is (obviously) to increase the company's print sales while reviving the idea of a 'Kodak Moment' and helping customers sort through their possibly massive photo albums. We'll let you decide if the concept is fun, annoying, or maybe a bit traumatizing.

... Pubdate: Fri, 22 Sep 2017 16:36:00 Z

Affinity Photo for iPad adds extremely useful drag-and-drop feature with iOS 11 update

One of the useful features added to the iPad with the update to iOS 11 this week was drag-and-drop between the operating system's "Files" app and other applications on the tablet. And popular photo editor Affinity Photo has already updated its iPad app to take advantage of this really handy feature.

Now, if you want to edit a photograph in the Affinity Photo app, all you have to do is drag it from the files app into Affinity... that's it. No need to get the image onto your iPad in some other, more convoluted way—as long as it's accessible from your Files app (read: in a cloud-connected folder on your Apple computer) you can drag it into the app.

What's more, you can drag multiple files in at once for HDR merging, panorama creation, and focus stacking. Here's the description direct from Serif, the makers of Affinity Photo:

Thanks to iOS 11’s new Files app you can now drag and drop multiple images straight into Affinity Photo for iPad and start editing. This is tremendously useful when working with HDR merge, image stacking and panoramas and will provide an instant boost to your workflow. And if you ever receive images, or even PSD files, via email, you can now open and edit that file – with all layers intact – by simply dragging it in.

Affinity Photo made a big splash with their iPad release, calling it "the first full blown, truly professional photo editing tool to make its way onto the Apple tablet." As Serif builds more and more functionality into the app, they're hoping to close the gap between mobile and desktop editing. This represents a big step in that direction.

Learn more about Affinity Photo for iPad by clicking here. And if you're more of a desktop editor sort of person, don't forget to check out our review of Affinity Photo 1.5.2 posted this week!

Full Review: Affinity Photo 1.5.2 for Desktop

... Pubdate: Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:47:00 Z

Yashica teases 'Unprecedented Camera': Coming to Kickstarter in October

Last week's Yashica teaser was met with a lot of excitement. But it didn't take long for people to claim that teaser had nothing to do with a camera. In fact, they said, Yashica was just teasing a clip-on smartphone lens they had already released. Womp womp...

But not so fast! Another teaser video released yesterday seems to hint at the big return to the camera market we were all actually hoping for.

The teaser, titled "The Prologue," shows more of the same girl walking around with an old Yashica film camera (maybe?) and even a brief scene with that clip-on smartphone lens. All unremarkable, except the whole thing starts with this tagline:

Expect the Unexpected

The Unprecedented Camera by YASHICA

And later on a date floats onto the screen:

October 2017, Kickstarter

It looks like Yashica may be making a grand return after all. Hopefully they don't disappoint us after all this teasing. If you're claiming to release an "unprecedented" camera, you'd better deliver.

... Pubdate: Fri, 22 Sep 2017 15:04:00 Z

Synology launches its first 6-bay NAS tower, updates more affordable options

Storage solution company Synology has introduced its first six-bay NAS device: the DS3018xs. The new model holds six drives of its own, but if that's still not enough storage for your epic photo library, it can combine with the company’s DX1215 expansion units to control up to thirty.

The company has used the Pentium D1208 dual-core 2.2GHz processor that can boost to 2.6GHz, and provides a PCle slot for users to install an optional dual M.2 SATA SSD adapter to shift processing onto solid state drives for speed and efficiency. The DS3018xs comes with 8GB of RAM installed, but has two memory slots for expansion up to 32GB, and an optional 10GbE network card can provide 2230MB/s sequential read speeds.

At the same time, Synology has launched four other DS and DS+ models that replace existing NAS enclosures. The new DS918+ and DS718+ are upgrades of the DS..16+ models, and bring more memory capacity and options for adding extra slots via DX517 expansion unit. These models and the DS218+ and DS418 get new processors as well, while all are said to be capable of transcoding 4K video on the go.

Synology has started a series of workshops around the world that demonstrate some of these models and show off the company’s technology. They are free to attend to anyone registered via the Synology 2018 events page. For more information about the new NAS enclosures visit the Synology website.

Pricing

DS3018xs - £1298.18 (including VAT), €1190 (excluding taxes)
DS918+ - £518.18 (including VAT), €475 (excluding taxes)
DS718+ - £414.55 (including VAT), €380 (excluding taxes)
DS218+ - £310.90 (including VAT), €285 (excluding taxes)
DS418 - £387.91 (including VAT), €351 (excluding taxes)

Press Release

From Home to Business: Synology® Unveils New XS/Plus/Value-Series Product Lineup

Storage solutions designed to meet a multitude of needs

Synology® Inc. announced the official launch of new product lineup featuring:

DS3018xs: Synology's first 6-bay tower NAS with optional 10GbE and NVMe SATA SSD supports

Plus-series DS918+, DS718+, and DS218+: Designed to meet your intensive daily workloads

Value-series DS418: Featuring optimized 4K online transcoding capability

To allow for ultra-high performance using SSD cache without occupying internal drive bays, DS3018xs features a PCIe slot, which can be installed with a dual M.2 SATA SSD adapter card (M2D17). DS918+ comes with dedicated dual M.2 NVMe slots at the bottom where you can directly install M.2 NVMe SSDs. DS418 features 10-bit H.265 4K video transcoding, and while supporting the next-generation Btrfs file system in DSM 6.2 official, expected to release in early Q1 next year. Btrfs provides reliable data protection through its cutting-edge self-healing and point-in-time snapshot features.

DS3018xs, Synology's first 6-bay tower NAS, is compact yet powerful as it features the Intel’s advanced Pentium D1508 dual-core 2.2GHz processor (Turbo Boost up to 2.6GHz) with AES-NI encryption engine; offering scalability of RAM up to 32 GB and storage capacity up to 30 drives with two Synology DX1215. In addition to four Gigabit LAN ports, DS3018xs takes advantage of boosting maximum throughput with an optional 10GbE network interface card, delivering stunning performance at over 2,230 MB/s sequential reading and 265,000 sequential read IOPS.

DS918+ and DS718+ are powered by Intel‘s Celeron® J3455 quad-core processor. DS218+ is powered by Intel’s Celeron® J3355 dual core processor. Both models are equipped with AES-NI hardware encryption engine and support up to two channels of H.265/H.264 4K video transcoding.DS918+’s RAM is scalable up to 8GB, while DS718+ and DS218+ are scalable up to 6 GB, allowing you to operate more intensive tasks at once. DS918+ and DS718+ are equipped with two LAN ports, and their storage capacity can be scaled up to 9 and 7 drives, respectively, with Synology’s DX517 expansion unit.

"Responding to the demands from our customers, DS3018xs is built as a comprehensive business-ready desktop NAS. Running mission-critical applications or planning virtualization deployment with DS3018xs has never been easier." said Katarina Shao, Product Manager at Synology Inc. "The new DS918+, DS718+, and DS218+ are optimized to be your digital video libraries, and will bring you an excellent viewing experience with high definition live video transcoding, regardless of device limitations."

DS418 is equipped with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor with hardware encryption engine, 2 GB RAM, and two LAN ports. Powered by the hardware transcoding engine, DS418 supports H.265 4K transcoding allowing it to serve as your media library. Combined with Btrfs and Snapshot supports, DS418 is delivers more efficient data storage and more reliable data protection.

For more information on DS3018xs, please visit https://www.synology.com/products/DS3018xs

For more information on DS918+, please visit https://www.synology.com/products/DS918+

For more information on DS718+, please visit https://www.synology.com/products/DS718+

For more information on DS218+, please visit https://www.synology.com/products/DS218+

For more information on DS418, please visit https://www.synology.com/products/DS418

... Pubdate: Fri, 22 Sep 2017 14:41:00 Z

New product overview videos: Canon EOS 6D II and more

We're always expanding our collection of product overview content, and we've just added videos for the Canon EOS 6D Mark II, the EOS Rebel SL2 and EOS M6. Take a look at some of the key features these cameras offer – demonstrated in the shooting scenarios they were built to handle. For more overviews and gear tests, be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel.

Canon EOS Rebel SL2 overview

Canon EOS M6 overview


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... Pubdate: Fri, 22 Sep 2017 13:00:00 Z

Throwback Thursday: the Canon PowerShot G1

It wasn't the first 'prosumer' compact on the market, but it did check off a lot of the items on enthusiasts' wish lists at the time. The Canon G1, announced to the world on September 18, 2000, offered a great deal of manual control options, a hot shoe, Raw capture and a fully articulated 1.8" screen. That line would eventually evolve into the present-day PowerShot Gx X series – but it all started 17 years ago this week.

Read our full Canon PowerShot G1 Review

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... Pubdate: Thu, 21 Sep 2017 13:00:00 Z

Incredible microscopic close-ups of a peacock feather

Turkish macro photographer Can Tuncer takes his macro work far beyond most macro shooters. Forget 1:1 or even 2:1, when Tuncer decides on a project his super macro work requires complex focus stacking rigs, microscope lenses, and 40-images per photo to get everything in focus.

This was the case with his most recent project, Peacock Feather, in which he used three different microscope lenses and a super-macro setup to capture extreme closeups of these colorful marvels.

For this particular project, Tuncer used three lenses: a Lomo 3.7x (3.7x magnification), Mitutoyo M Plan Apo 5x (5x magnification), and Nikon CF Plan 10x 0.30 WD 16.5 (10x magnification). Each was mounted to his Canon 6D in turn and, using the light from a single Yongnuo YN-560 III and two Ikea Jansjö LED lamps.

The final rig looked like this:

And these are the three lenses used:

The project took two weeks to complete, during which time Can captured 1,500 images of a single feather in order to create the final focus-stacked series you see at the top. Scroll through the high-res versions for yourself if you need to add a bit of wow-factor to your Wednesday.

And then, if you want to see even more incredible macro photography, you can find more of Can's work on 500px, Flickr, and Instagram.


All images by Can Tuncer and used with permission.

... Pubdate: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 19:50:00 Z

Oprema Jena revives Biotar 58mm F2 lens with record-setting 17 aperture blades

After successfully funding the 'legendary' Biotar 78mm F1.5 lens through Kickstarter, newly-minted company Oprema Jena is trying to pull off yet another resurrection. This time the crowdfunding platform is Indiegogo, and the lens they're bringing back is the Biotar 58mm F2: the world's only lens with a 'historic' 17-blade aperture.

Oprema isn't holding back when it comes to describing this lens in the most epic of terms:

Reengineered to its true historic 17 aperture blade version it will change how you feel about photography. With its unique design the Biotar 58 balances the need for sharpness and bokeh in one lens like no other. It is truly an enchanting miracle bokeh wonder lens for all your photographic situations.

"Miracle bokeh wonder lens" .... there's a tagline for you. And if that's not enough, here's an overly-dramatic introduction to this lens complete with inspiring music and over-zealous presenter voice:

Joking aside, people seem very excited about this old lens coming back. The original design dates back to 1927, and it was introduced to the public around 1937. Unfortunately, due to the war, the original Biotar 58 was only produced in small numbers, and later versions never quite recaptured the original's flare for dramatic bokeh.

Until (at least according to Oprema Jena) now.

Oprema identified the models that were "most outstanding" from the Biotar's history, and recreated those while adding in some modern conveniences like rangefinder coupling for Leica users, and modern-day lens mounts for everyone else. Here are some web resolution sample photos so you can judge for yourself if they succeeded in creating a lens worth dropping a grand on:

Already over 150% funded, it looks like the Biotar 58mm F2 will come to be whether or not anybody else decides to pledge their money and pick one up. But if you want to learn more about this lens and/or drop the $950 it'll take to buy one in either Silver or Black (Super Early Bird level, still 180 available), head over to the Indiegogo campaign by clicking here.

... Pubdate: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:59:00 Z

Adobe announces record-breaking $1.84 billion in revenue for Q3

Adobe has once again posted record quarterly revenue, this time for the fiscal quarter that ended on September 1, 2017. The software company experienced a 26% year-on-year revenue growth with $1.84 billion in its third fiscal quarter this year. Of that, $1.27 billion came from the company's Digital Media segment, including Creative Cloud. On a GAAP basis, Adobe saw its year-on-year net income grow 55% and its operating income grow 48%.

We'll give you a moment to take that in... 55% net income growth, and a fiscal quarter of $1.84 billion. The jump to a subscription model is treating the company VERY well.

This marks yet another high point for Adobe, which previously posted record revenue during its second fiscal quarter ending in June 2017. During its Q2, Adobe made then record-setting $1.77 billion with its Digital Media segment having driven that revenue.

Looking forward, Adobe anticipates fourth fiscal quarterly revenue of $1.95 billion, which would once again keep it in line with analysts' expectations and set yet another record. Financial highlights from Adobe for Q3 are listed below:

  • Adobe achieved record quarterly revenue of $1.84 billion in its third quarter of fiscal year 2017, which represents 26 percent year-over-year revenue growth.
  • Diluted earnings per share was $0.84 on a GAAP-basis, and $1.10 on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Digital Media segment revenue was $1.27 billion, with Creative revenue growing to $1.06 billion.
  • Digital Media Annualized Recurring Revenue (“ARR”) grew to $4.87 billion exiting the quarter, a quarter-over-quarter increase of $308 million.
  • Adobe Experience Cloud achieved revenue of $508 million, which represents 26 percent year-over-year growth.
  • Operating income grew 48 percent and net income grew 55 percent year-over-year on a GAAP-basis; operating income grew 43 percent and net income grew 46 percent year-over-year on a non-GAAP basis.
  • Cash flow from operations was $704 million, and deferred revenue grew to approximately $2.20 billion.
  • The company repurchased approximately 2.1 million shares during the quarter, returning $298 million of cash to stockholders.
... Pubdate: Wed, 20 Sep 2017 18:27:00 Z








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