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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.

    Everything You Need to Know About the Canon R1 and R5 Mark II

    Everything You Need to Know About the Canon R1 and R5 Mark II

    Today, Canon announced the EOS R1 and EOS R5 Mark II – two highly anticipated cameras that say a lot about where the company stands on technology and, more importantly, how what it can provide photographers compares to its peers.

    Each camera alone is a big deal for Canon but together they mark what is arguably the most important launch for the company in the digital photography era -- it is unquestionably the most important launch for Canon since it moved to mirrorless.

    It was odd, then, that Canon gave US media so little time with the cameras. This week on The PetaPixel Podcast, Chris Niccolls and Jordan Drake join me to go over all of the details about the EOS R1 and EOS R5 Mark II that we weren't able to talk about when we got hands-on time with them a couple of weeks ago in Phoenix, Arizona. We weren't able to dedicate the time to doing things as we would typically for camera launches because Canon only provided us about two hours of shooting time. If we attempted to record all of this information on site, we wouldn't have had any time to evaluate the equipment.

    Beyond that, Canon wasn't able to provide concrete information to many of our questions in Phoenix. While we did eventually get final specifications this week, a lot was still missing. It doesn't seem like Canon wants to share everything and we'll have to get production units in hand to provide full information to everyone.

    So because of our limited time and because we didn't have enough information when we had the R1 and R5 Mark II in-hand, we focused our efforts on explaining the most important aspects of each camera with the anticipation that we would spend a lot more time discussing those features in a podcast format.

    Now that podcast is here, and we do our best to answer every question we think you might have about both cameras. Enjoy!

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    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 - Setting the stage and explaining how this video is divided
    03:25 - Canon EOS R1 specifications and breakdown
    46:05 - Canon EOS R5 II specifications and breakdown
    1:07:31 - Explanation of the shooting opportunity in Arizona
    1:18:22 - Opinions so far...
    1:28:37 - Canon did a round of layoffs and Rudy Winston is gone
    1:30:02 - OM System Curry

    • 1 hr 33 min
    Grading Every Camera Maker: 2024 Mid-Year Review (Feat. Gordon Laing)

    Grading Every Camera Maker: 2024 Mid-Year Review (Feat. Gordon Laing)

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    Even though we're only halfway through 2024, it has felt like a very busy year for the camera industry. This week, the PetaPixel Podcast team is joined by Camera Labs' Gordon Laing to give a midterm grade to every camera maker. Who is acing the year, who only earns a passing grade, and who is at risk of failing? The four discuss!



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    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: It's Gordon Laing!
    03:38 - Meta changed "Made with AI" to "AI Info"
    09:01 - Google appears to be bringing the next Pixel much earlier than expected
    12:22 - The Leica D-Lux 8 is now shipping, although it is already sold out
    17:15 - OM System's E-M1 Mark III Astro repurposes old tech for a niche audience
    22:01 - Grading Every Camera Maker: 2024 Mid-Year Review
    26:11 - Canon
    34:21 - Fujifilm
    40:57 - Leica
    46:31 - Nikon
    53:35 - OM System
    1:01:17 - Panasonic
    1:13:51 - Ricoh/Pentax
    1:18:56 - Sigma
    1:25:15 - Sony
    1:32:30 - Tamron
    1:37:18 - Two final things...

    • 1 hr 41 min
    So... Where is the Nikon Z7 III?

    So... Where is the Nikon Z7 III?

    OM SYSTEM Ambassador Chris Eyre-Walker's photography and filmmaking career has taken him across the world, however, some of his favorite photography locations are located right in his backyard in east Belgium. Today on PetaPixel, take a multi-day hike with Eyre-Walker across the Venntrilogie, a 109 kilometer trail that weaves through some of the most scenic landscapes and towns in East Belgium. In the story, you will get to listen to his inner voice, learn what draws his eye, and understand how he constructs photographs along the way.

    Take Chris Eyre-Walker’s free, six-part photography class ‘Learning to See Like a Photographer’ here.

    You can also read the story, Six Ways to Help Yourself See Like a Photographer, today here.

    Thanks once again to OM SYSTEM for sponsoring today’s podcast. Learn more about OM SYSTEM’s impressive line of cameras and M.ZUIKO lenses at explore.omsystem.com/petapixel

    In a topic spurred by an opinion piece on PetaPixel last week, Chris Niccolls, Jordan Drake, and Jaron Schneider discuss what they think the future of the Nikon Z7 III is – if it has one at all.

    Check out PetaPixel Merch: store.petapixel.com/

    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
    09:44 - U.S. House passes DJI Drone ban bill
    13:42 - Sigma dropped its first RF lens
    15:58 - Congrats to Pentax, the Pentax 17 is selling well
    24:22 - Blackmagic Camera is now on Android
    25:47 - So, where is the Nikon Z7 III?
    43:22 - What have you been up to?
    46:41 - Kristi Odom sent prints!
    48:17 - Tech support
    48:35 - If you could only have one lens forever, what would it be?
    52:31 - Are there too many sensor sizes? Too few?
    53:34 - What's the best solution to dissatisfaction with Fujifilm autofocus?
    59:51 - Is the Lumix S9 good for training a new photographer?
    1:03:02 - Which is better for a photographer, the Z6 III or Zf?
    1:06:13 - What are some tips to take better photos of moving subjects in extreme low light?
    1:10:30 - Never read the comments

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Two New Film Cameras and the Z6 III in One Day?! (Feat. Ted Forbes)

    Two New Film Cameras and the Z6 III in One Day?! (Feat. Ted Forbes)

    This summer, get ready to capture images with a deal you won’t want to miss! Purchase the OM SYSTEM E-M10 Mark IV camera body and receive a complimentary M.Zuiko 14-42mm II R lens—a combined value of $999.98, now available for just $699.99. That’s a savings of $299.99!

    The E-M10 Mark IV’s compact design and advanced features make it an ideal companion for any photography adventure. Capture the summer moments that matter most with the OM SYSTEM E-M10 Mark IV. Visit explore.omsystem.com/petapixel or your nearest authorized OM SYSTEM retailer before June 30th to take advantage of this exclusive offer.

    Big thanks to German startup Neurapix for also sponsoring this podcast episode. Neurapix is transforming image editing by giving you a plugin fully integrated with Lightroom that adjusts slider values for each RAW file individually.

    With just 20 images, you can create your Smart Preset and edit up to 1,000 photos per minute! PetaPixel listeners get 2,000 free edits. You can get the deal here: https://link.neurapix.com/PetaPixel

    The Art of Photography's Ted Forbes joins Chris Niccolls, Jordan Drake, and Jaron Schneider to talk Pentax 17, Instax Wide 400, and the Nikon Z6 III which all launched on the same day. In a week of firsts, the four provide their thoughts on each of these new cameras and what that means for the photo industry at large.

    Check out PetaPixel Merch: store.petapixel.com/

    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, say hi to Ted Forbes!
    07:54 - Two new film cameras announced in the same day?
    09:34 - Fujifilm's first new Instax Wide camera in 10 years
    12:44 - Nikon self-service repair program
    19:04 - Adobe will use "Generative Credits" to regulate Photoshop and Lightroom AI tasks
    25:58 - Adobe sued by the US DOJ
    36:21 - Differing opinions on the Pentax 17 and Nikon Z6 III
    1:02:43 - Watch Ted's Z6 III hands-on
    1:03:11 - What have you been up to?
    1:07:32 - Tech support
    1:08:11 - Will AI upscaling make larger sensors obsolete?
    1:12:34 - For someone without a camera, should I buy new or used?
    1:14:00 - For printing photos, should I be editing on an LCD or an OLED?
    1:18:28 - We talk about upgrading cameras, but when should I upgrade my lenses?
    1:23:01 - Are autofocus adapters good enough for telephoto lenses?
    1:31:30 - Never read the comments

    • 1 hr 39 min
    Adobe, What Are You DOING?!

    Adobe, What Are You DOING?!

    Today, OM SYSTEM is bringing you a deal that you simply cannot beat. For those who love the great outdoors and are passionate about photography, the weight and size of your camera gear can be a real game-changer. Enter the OM SYSTEM OM-5 -- not only does it boast cutting-edge tech and unmatched performance, but it also leaves ample space in your bag for all your adventure essentials.

    For a limited time, OM SYSTEM is running an exclusive June promotion. Now through June 30th, when you purchase the OM-5 camera and the M.Zuiko Digital ED 14-150mm F4.0-5.6 II lens together, you'll receive $550 in savings off the regular price! You can now own this duo for just $1,299.99.

    Don’t let this offer slip away. Head to your nearest authorized retailer or swing by explore.omsystem.com/petapixel to grab this fantastic deal before it’s gone. But hurry: the offer ends on June 30, 2024.

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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?

    Today’s podcast is brought to you by OM SYSTEM and their award-winning TOUGH TG-7—a camera built to withstand the most extreme conditions. The TOUGH TG-7 is built like a tank. It’s waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof and crushproof. Whether you’re hiking in the mountains, exploring underwater wonders, or simply documenting everyday moments, this camera rises to the occasion.


    Just in time for Father’s Day and graduation gifts, save $50 on your purchase of a OM SYSTEM TOUGH TG-7 (normally $549.99 (US), now $499.99 (US) take advantage of this special offer, visit your local OM SYSTEM authorized retailer, or head to explore.omsystem.com/petapixel. Don’t miss out on your chance to capture the extraordinary with the OM SYSTEM TOUGH TG-7.


    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

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
51 Ratings

51 Ratings

Captain Lafitte ,

Great camera podcast

Appreciate all these guys so much for putting this on consistently and sharing their knowledge and opinions. Thanks!

R2l8z0164 ,

Best Podcast about Photogrpahy

I love Chris’s humor and would like to hear more of it on the show. Also would love to hear more tips for taking great photography of all kinds, not just content about gear and types of cameras. Must listen for me each week.

JimV 1 ,

Great Pod!!

Great Pod!!

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