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If you're 100% sure of your heritage, ethnicity, race, nationality, or whatever else you think makes you distinctly you, taking a DNA journey might surprise you. Who could forget that eye-opening short commercial film celebrating the (often surprising) ancestry of 67 people randomly chosen from all over the world? Well, this portrait project beautifully called The Sum of the Some of Us that is currently being funded on Kickstarter is another one like it, with the same goal of exploring, revealing, and celebrating the bits of our ancestry that we probably aren't aware of.
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The Olympus tough camera lineup has always been pretty darned good for what they are, and the new Olympus TG-6 is promising to be even better--if not take it over the top. The company's latest offering is pretty much as modular as a DSLR or Mirrorless camera without being a DSLR or Mirrorless camera. Instead, Olympus allows photographers to have all the accessories they could possibly want. This camera is designed for the enthusiast that is afraid to bring their phone back from a swim and also always to be able to shoot great images underwater. However, it's also a great, pocketable option for the photographer going on an excursion of some sort into more remote regions. Unfortunately, Olympus hasn't given the camera a Four Thirds sized sensor; which is what I really wanted personally. But there are lots of other great things going on here.
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In the last few years Rokinon have been slowly, but surely increasing their lens offerings that feature Sony's E mount, and their latest lens, the Rokinon AF 45mm f1.8 is being billed as the perfect lens for your Sony camera. What really makes this offering stand out though is the lenses unique focal length. Join us after the break for more details about this new piece of glass.
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When we went about testing the Nikon Z6 and the Nikon Z7, we found the autofocus performance of each of them to be behind that of pretty much every other manufacturer. And now, the long awaited autofocus improvement firmware is ready to launch. The company is today announcing that in addition to eye-detection autofocus for still-image shooting, the Nikon Z6 and the Nikon Z7 should be able to focus better in low light situations. All the details you need from the press release are after the jump.
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It's already been a year since we last heard about the InstantKon RF70 and took it for a test run. Now, the folks of MiNT have made it official. Not only did they just launch one model, but also an Auto version for those who are still learning the ropes of manual controls. If you're only hearing about this instant camera now, allow us to introduce you to this wide-angled wonder.
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If panoramic photography is your craft and passion, you might want to catch up with your pending projects or dust off your drives for your best work so far. Now on its 10th year, the EPSON International Pano Awards continues with its dedication to showcase outstanding work by amateur and professional panoramic photographers across the globe. In this run, the world's biggest panoramic photography contest will be giving away $50,000 in cash and prizes. 
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Just when you thought things couldn't get much creepier, along comes a story about a new Lidar powered surveillance camera system that is so powerful, it can cut through city smog, and can see you stuff your face with those six Taco's you purchased for lunch from 28 miles (45km) away. Join us after the break for more details about this new, powerful shoe box sized surveillance camera system.
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It's been a while since we heard something from the folks of KONO!, but they're now back with some welcome updates! First, they have a new reanimated 35mm film: the Original MIRAGE. Second, their Original reanimated films now come in a Six Pack for those who want to try out a fun selection from their line up! If you're an experimental film photographer looking to try something new, these funky films could do the trick for you.
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Can't get enough of those emulsions with various creative effects and crazy colors? These films from companies like Revolog, KONO!, and Dubble remain popular creative tools for experimental film photographers, and we can't deny that they can definitely produce some pretty surreal results. We recently got word of Yodica, a Milan-based brand that offers a pretty cool roster of these fun films. They're looking into launching their website and a new film soon, so if you're looking for more options to those quirky emulsions, you might want to keep an eye on their goodies.
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While photographers today have virtually unlimited options now when it comes to camera bags, the fact remains that choices especially designed for women are few and far between. However, this new offering could change just that. Adventure camera bag company Shimoda Designs has recently launched their new Women's Shoulder Strap line, custom-tailored specifically for female adventure photographers.
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