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A photography podcast. Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake join PetaPixel's Editor-in-Chief Jaron Schneider for a weekly discussion on current events in the photo industry, camera equipment, technology, culture, and more.

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A photography podcast. Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake join PetaPixel's Editor-in-Chief Jaron Schneider for a weekly discussion on current events in the photo industry, camera equipment, technology, culture, and more.

    Adobe, What Are You DOING?!

    Adobe, What Are You DOING?!

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    Adobe is having a hard time getting out of its own way. Last week, the company pushed an update to its terms of service that was widely viewed as an over-reach. The company plans to change them again, but is it too late? The PetaPixel Podcast team discusses.

    Also in this episode, Chris Niccolls, Jordan Drake, and Jaron Schneider go over Apple's new AI tools, Canon and Blackmagic Design's new immersive video capture systems made specifically for the Apple Vision Pro, and the team also breaks down Fujifilm's full camera line to see if it really needs to be as robust as it is.

    We use Riverside to record The PetaPixel Podcast in our online recording studio.

    We hope you enjoy the podcast and we look forward to hearing what you think. If you like what you hear, please support us by subscribing, liking, commenting, and reviewing! Every week, the trio go over comments on YouTube and here on PetaPixel, but if you’d like to send a message for them to hear, you can do so through SpeakPipe.

    In This Episode:

    00:00 -Intro
    10:00 - Canon dropped two dual-optic lenses. First is this one.
    11:17 - It's Apple Certified, too
    12:12 - The other one is an APS-C lens
    07:00 - Blackmagic made a stereoscopic video camera that shoots 8kp90 per eye
    24:43 - Apple Intelligence in photo editing
    28:20 - The Adobe Block
    28:49 - Adobe's updated terms of use update enrage photographers
    29:36 - Adobe says it isn't spying on users
    29:52 - Adobe will adjust the ToS
    42:55 - Nikon Z6 III is coming next week
    44:08 - Fujifilm makes a lot of cameras now, do we need them all?
    1:03:04 - What have you been up to?
    1:08:27 - Tech support
    1:08:36 - How can I take better indoor sports photos?
    1:15:24 - What is your favorite way to take a break from editing without losing your groove?
    1:18:51 - Three major questions about lenses and how they resolve.
    1:28:09 - Never read the comments (but we always do)

    • 1 hr 31 min
    Why Would You Buy a $2,000 Micro Four Thirds Camera in 2024?

    Why Would You Buy a $2,000 Micro Four Thirds Camera in 2024?

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    Yesterday, Panasonic announced the GH7, a video-packed powerhouse of a camera that looks to be almost perfect. The only compromise? The Micro Four Thirds sensor. So we knew there would be a lot of folks asking: why would you spend $2,000 for the GH7 when the S5IIX exists? Chris Niccolls, Jordan Drake, and Jaron Schneider discuss.


    We use Riverside to record The PetaPixel Podcast in our online recording studio.


    We hope you enjoy the podcast and we look forward to hearing what you think. If you like what you hear, please support us by subscribing, liking, commenting, and reviewing! Every week, the trio go over comments on YouTube and here on PetaPixel, but if you’d like to send a message for them to hear, you can do so through SpeakPipe.


    In This Episode:

    00:00 - Intro, and the new subscriber stretch goal challenge
    08:20 - Wait, PetaPixel merch?
    11:22 - DJI seems very worried it's about to get banned in the U.S.
    19:05 - Adobe removes AI image in the "style of Ansel Adams" after the late photographer's estate blasted them on social media
    23:07 - Less than half of all Japanese households own a digital camera
    28:29 - Kodak cameras with 10-year-old tech are selling like crazy
    33:16 - Have Sigma zooms reached the quality benchmark of Sigma primes?
    42:14 - Why Would You Buy a $2,000 Micro Four Thirds Camera in 2024?
    58:06 - What have you been up to?
    1:03:38 - Tech support
    1:03:51 - Why doesn't a 24-85mm f/1.2 exist?
    1:06:24 - What tech came out that you thought was meh but was actually great, and vice versa?
    1:13:45 - Why do we call it "post processing"?
    1:17:10 - Why is no one else making a camera like the GR III?
    1:18:45 - Why is my camera seemingly ignoring my shutter speed limit threshold?
    1:21:57 - Will L-mount be getting any compact lenses?
    1:24:54 - Will Sony (or someone else) ever make lenses like Canon's unusual fast zooms?

    • 1 hr 30 min
    Are YouTuber Camera Press Trips Ethical?

    Are YouTuber Camera Press Trips Ethical?

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    This week on The PetaPixel Podcast, Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake give their insight into camera press trips and whether or not they believe they allow for ethical evaluation of equipment. They also talk about medium format and how viable it is in 2024 for wildlife and bird photography.



    In This Episode

    00:00 - Intro
    08:07 - The Leica D-Lux 8 looks familiar
    16:39 - YouTube reviews and press trips: are they ethical?
    45:40 - Is wildlife photography on medium format a real thing now?
    1:04:10 - What have you been up to?
    1:09:53 - Tech support
    1:10:00 - Is there any advantage to shooting uncompressed RAW?
    1:11:16 - How does Jordan process audio for YouTube?
    1:13:42 - Are there any tricks to making a video using footage from multiple camera brands?
    1:16:30 - Will we ever see a leaf shutter lens in the L-mount to mitigate rolling shutter effects?
    1:23:05 - Never read the comments

    • 1 hr 31 min
    The Canon R1 is FINALLY Coming (and the S9, Too)

    The Canon R1 is FINALLY Coming (and the S9, Too)

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    However, the savings don’t stop there. Right now, you can save up to $400 on EVERY M.Zuiko lens! Visit explore.omsystem.com/petapixel to learn more about these savings, as well as OM SYSTEM’s Trade-in, Trade-up event throughout May and June.

    Because of Fujifilm's massive launch last week (and Sigma dropped a new 24-70mm f/2.8, too), the PetaPixel Podcast team had to record early and release later than usual, but that also meant a lot happened that they didn't get to talk about. That changes this week, because there was a ton to go over including Canon finally annoucning the development of the EOS R1, a camera that has been in development for at least three years. But that didn't go as smoothly as Canon perhaps would have preferred, as Adorama published fake specifications for the camera on their website and was then forced to make a public apology.

    Beyond that, Adobe announced that Firefly generative AI tools were coming to Lightroom and Ricoh's new GRIII HDF is so popular that Japan had to resort to selling it by lottery.

    This week, Panasonic announced the S9 and Chris and Jordan have some thoughts on it and also share how they think L-mount is doing now in mid 2024.

    In This Episode:

    00:00 - Intro
    05:26 - What is your favorite OM System lens?
    09:20 - Canon is finally going to release the R1
    10:24 - Subtle differences between the R1 and R3 body design
    12:01 - Fake specs "leaked"
    14:45 - Adorama apologizes for posting fake specs
    18:41 - ASMP calls out Adobe for "shocking dismissal of photography"
    22:43 - Meanwhile, Adobe adds Firefly AI to Lightroom
    26:58 - Capture One's new "Studio" offering is wildly expensive
    28:30 - Ricoh's new GR III HDF is so outrageously popular it's being sold by lottery
    34:01 - So, about that Lumix S9... and how is L-mount doing in 2024?
    50:22 - What have you been up to?
    54:23 - Tech support
    54:49 - How much of an issue is overheating on the Insta360 X4?
    58:11 - What are the best lenses for the SL3 and GFX100S II when it comes to landscapes and sports photography?
    1:01:40 - Is there a notable difference between adapted old Nikon glass and new Fujifilm X glass?
    1:03:30 - Can you clarify how both megapixels and lens quality impact sharpness and crop-ability?
    1:06:24 - Log is confusing, can you explain how to properly expose for it?
    1:11:00 - Help managing the limitations of JPEG but the storage strain of RAW
    1:13:02 - Never read the comments

    • 1 hr 22 min
    Fujifilm Had a MASSIVE Week!

    Fujifilm Had a MASSIVE Week!

    During OM SYSTEM’s Trade-in, Trade-up event throughout May and June, you’ll enjoy significant savings! You’ll receive the value of your trade-in, plus additional rebates and offers on select products, increasing your savings even more. Plus, you’ll receive a trade-up bonus towards the purchase of select OM SYSTEM products, making this an ideal opportunity to upgrade.

    Visit your nearest authorized OM SYSTEM retailer or check out explore.omsystem.com/petapixel for more information on how to upgrade your gear today!

    Professional quality prints are the perfect way to elevate your photography and, if you have your own photo business, a great way to boost sales. With Bay Photo as your partner lab, you can easily order and quickly deliver stunning photo products to your clients.

    PetaPixel viewers can save 25% Off Any One Wall Display Order with promo code PETAPIXEL25. This includes MetalPrints, Acrylic Prints, Framed Prints, Epic Prints, Canvas Wraps and so much more. Go to bayphoto.com/petapixel to create your next high-impact display today!

    Fujifilm held another Fujikina event, this time in Australia, to announce four new products: the X-T50, the GFX100S II, XF 16-50mm f/2.8-4.8 R LM WR lens, and the GF 500mm f/5.6 R LM OIS WR. Two of these announcements, the lenses, were expected: Fujifilm is one of the few companies that publishes lens roadmaps well ahead of official product announcements. But the two cameras were less so, especially considering the GFX 100 II was announced so recently, seeing the GFX100S II may have come as somewhat of a surprise. The X-T50 is also a bit unexpected and it brings a new dial to the party that is just for film simulations.

    There is a lot to discuss, and that's not even touching on the new Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 Art II, which was also announced this week. It's a packed episode that you won't want to miss!

    In This Episode:

    00:00 - Intro (first food you'll grab in Japan)
    06:27 - Nikon bought RED for just $85M
    09:23 - Contextualizing that value
    11:12 - Fujifilm's profits are soaring
    15:06 - Sigma's new 24-70mm f/2.8 is REALLY good
    19:33 - Fujifilm's MASSIVE week! Everything Fuji announced and what excites us!
    21:44 - X-T50
    25:05 - GFX 100S II
    28:58 - XF 16-50mm f/2.8-4.8 R LM WR
    35:05 - GF 500mm f/5.6 R LM OIS WR
    40:43 - Fujifilm makes a lot of cameras now
    47:06 - What have you been up to?
    51:03 - Tech support, and a disclaimer
    52:46 - How close would a full frame with a 1.4x teleconverter be to an APS-C camera at the same shutter speed and f-stop?
    55:14 - What is a good Sony lens to get started with videography?
    57:24 - What is your favorite camera menu system?
    1:02:04 - What is your favorite obscure camera feature?
    1:05:46 - Is the photo and video industry toxic?
    1:11:38 - Never read the comments

    • 1 hr 19 min
    Apple is a Camera Company Now (Again)

    Apple is a Camera Company Now (Again)

    Thanks to OM System for sponsoring the PetaPixel Podcast! Right now, OM SYSTEM is offering one of their best spring deals yet. You can get the sleek and versatile E-M10 Mark IV camera body, and guess what? They’re throwing in a free M.Zuiko 14-42mm II R lens. That’s right, free! Visit OM SYSTEM’s website at explore.omsystem.com/petapixel and check out the E-M10 Mark IV bundle!



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    Before yesterday, the QuickTake 100 was the last time Apple built the hardware and complete, full-fledged software for an image capture device. Even though the iPhone has been equipped with a camera from the beginning, Apple has relied on third-party developers to make its camera hardware actually useable for anything other than quick snaps. The company dabbled in camera development but shied away from jumping all the way into the pool.



    But with Final Cut Camera, Apple signaled very loudly that it is shifting its perspective: it's now making the software required to take full advantage of its capture hardware. There really is no other definition of a camera company than that.



    We use Riverside to record The PetaPixel Podcast in our online recording studio.



    We hope you enjoy the podcast and we look forward to hearing what you think. If you like what you hear, please support us by subscribing, liking, commenting, and reviewing! Every week, the trio go over comments on YouTube and here on PetaPixel, but if you’d like to send a message for them to hear, you can do so through SpeakPipe.

    In This Episode:

    00:00 - Intro (what was your first photo and video editing software?)
    09:13 - What is going on with the Canon EOS R1?
    19:31 - Insta360 is in the midst of a crisis.
    27:21 - It gets worse: GoPro says Insta360 infringed on its patents
    30:21 - Apple's new iPad Air
    30:56 - iPad Pro
    44:43 - Apple is finally a camera company now (again)
    56:40 - What have you been up to?
    1:01:03 - Tech Supportapalooza
    1:30:16 - Ben Horne

    • 1 hr 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
5 Ratings

5 Ratings

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Awesome people

This podcast reminds me a bit of Tested back in the day when it was at its best. Really good content and some banter mostly about photography, what’s not to like?

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Needs better audio

The podcast is okay with decent content, but the audio is shocking. One minute you can hardly hear Chris he’s so quiet and the next moment he’s piercing my eardrums with volume that’s off the chart . This makes it difficult to listen to. They also need to work out. Is it a podcast or a YouTube video? Visual references do not work on a podcast.

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