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Dear Canon/Nikon/Panasonic Can I Use Custom Firmware With My Camera?

Dear Canon/Nikon/Panasonic Can I Use Custom Firmware With My Camera? | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
I was really interested to see how camera makers reps would respond to questions about installing custom firmware on their cameras.
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Nikolta - A Minolta / Nikon Duct Tape & A Coffee Mixer Hybrid

Nikolta - A Minolta / Nikon Duct Tape & A Coffee Mixer Hybrid | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Photographer Joe Adams was not happy that his old Minolta lenses did not fit hos new Nikon D5000. He fixed that using some duct tape and a coffee mixer. Can anything be simpler?
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Use Blender 3D To Emulate Every Possible Lighting

Use Blender 3D To Emulate Every Possible Lighting | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"One of the ways to understand how light works in photographs is to do basic exercises. We did one way by creating the portrait lighting cheat sheet that shows how positioning a single light effect a portrait, others have done similar stuff with an egg.

Photographer Pat David had another idea. Using a CC-BY 3D scan by Infinite Realities and an open source 3D modeling software called Blender 3D (Blender is darn near real rendering engine, it can even mimic shaped bokeh), he started to play with positioning various light sourced around the scanned head."

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Striking Multiple Exposure Shot of Takeoffs at Hannover Airport

Striking Multiple Exposure Shot of Takeoffs at Hannover Airport | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"In this striking multiple exposure shot, Korean photographer Ho-Yeol Ryu shows an assortment of planes taking off at Hannover Airport in Germany. While it may seem like a lot of airplanes, this scene is quite typical. Now just imagine this occurring at airports all over the world, every single day of the year and you start to realize just how much air traffic there really is. Be sure to check out the startling simulation of air traffic in a 24-hour period below, it may surprise a few of you"

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A Bit of 3250mm Fun

A Bit of 3250mm Fun | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"It’s winter. It’s slow. We get bored. We have lots of stuff to play with. Too much stuff and too much time leads to all kinds of trouble. I mean experimenting to find combinations of equipment that might benefit our customers. So anyway, Joey decided it would be a superb idea to take a tiny little Nikon V1 mirrorless camera with it’s 2.7 crop factor and put it on the back of a Nikon 600mm f4 VR with a 2X teleconverter. I mean, who doesn’t need a 3250mm equivalent lens, right?"

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Using A Motorized Yoyo As A Panning Slider

Using A Motorized Yoyo As A Panning Slider | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
I just love it when people use ordinary stuff to create new gear. Take a Yoyo for example. It's built to roll and collect wire, reminds you of something? It reminded Marc Cocchio a basic slider. And indeed a slider was build from a yoyo.
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Fully Automated Lego Pinhole Camera

Fully Automated Lego Pinhole Camera | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
We've our share of Lego cameras before, but I think this is the first time DIYP features a fully automated Lego made pinhole camera.

Lego Enthusiast Bshikin build a camera from Lego parts and added quite a bit of automation using Lego Mindstorms (Lego for building machines). And the code is available via Google Code.

The Camera features include automated exposure meter, automated shutter and mechanical film advance. The Pretty nifty for a few Lego bricks.

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Datacolor introduces color calibration app for iPad

Datacolor introduces color calibration app for iPad | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Datacolor has introduced an app for the Apple iPad that allows you to use its Spider3 color calibration system to calibrate the tablet's screen. The free SpyderGallery app can be used with both the iPad and iPad2 and allows all the images on the device to be viewed within a single color-corrected gallery. The app requires you to own the Spyder3 calibration tool (Express, Pro or Elite) and have access to a WiFi network. It is available for download now from the Apple's App Store.
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Fotoopa’s unbelievable Nikon custom rig for capturing insects in flight

Fotoopa’s unbelievable Nikon custom rig for capturing insects in flight | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
I have covered Flickr member Fotoopa and his custom made Nikon rig for capturing insects in flight in the past. He now has an improved monster machine. The main camera is a Nikon D300 + 105mm f/2.8D lens but there is an external shutter Uniblitz VS14 between the camera and the lens that reduces the shutter lag from 52 msec to 3.3 msec.
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Freelensing A Macro Lens

Freelensing A Macro Lens | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Our friend Destin (whom you may remember from his excellent cheapo high speed tutorial, heck I stalk this guy so much he'd probably called the cops by now), just came up with a quick little video...
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Using Baking Powder As A Macro Tube

Using Baking Powder As A Macro Tube | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
We said it before, macro tubes are nothing more that air wrapped in plastic :)
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Sleek Case Transforms iPhone 4 into Futuristic-looking Camera

Sleek Case Transforms iPhone 4 into Futuristic-looking Camera | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
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Revisiting the alternative Wi-Fi solution for Nikon D4

Revisiting the alternative Wi-Fi solution for Nikon D4 | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

The $30 Wi-Fi solution for Nikon D4 described in this post had one limitation - the Wi-Fi bridge did not act as an access point and needed an established Wi-Fi network in order to operate...

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The 5DMKII VIEW CAMERA

The 5DMKII VIEW CAMERA | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"Well almost… I’ve had this Piccolette Contessa-Nettel (1919) folding camera for ages. Its been a great piece of photo history sitting on my shelf. Was curious if it could make pictures again, so I hacked it onto my 5D. Here are the results. WOW!!! IT’S ALIVE!!!"

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Nikon firmware emulator now available

Nikon firmware emulator now available | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
After the Nikon D5100 firmware was decrypted and we got the first unofficial "Star Wars" firmware update, there is now a full hardware emulator including screen visualizer for the Nikon D3100/D5100/D7000/D* cameras that uses the Fujitsu FR MIPS...
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Overkill: Use an Old Pacemaker To Control Delay In A Drop Shot

Overkill: Use an Old Pacemaker To Control Delay In A Drop Shot | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"I've seen some crazy setups for high speed photography utilizing all sorts of weird parts. There is even a system that will turn the lights off for you, if you so please. But, this is the first time I am seeing such a huge overkill in term of components used to gain some control over the circuit."

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Blinky Is One Cute DIY Pinhole Camera

Blinky Is One Cute DIY Pinhole Camera | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"The Blinky is a self-assemble DIY Pinhole lens made from cardboard. Similarly to the Paper Fold Pinhole, the film chamber is kept shut with a rubber band. (Did I say this kit is genius yet?) and the film is wound with a wooden peg."

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Protect your Canon 5D mini-HDMI input & cable

Protect your Canon 5D mini-HDMI input & cable | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it

"One of the problem of shooting with the 5D and other members of its family is the mini-HDMI port. While it is technically usable, when you are in the field, you quickly realize how precarious the wire is plugged into the mini-HDMI slot."

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Alternative Phottix 0.85x and 1.25x viewfinders magnifiers for Leica M rangefinders

Alternative Phottix 0.85x and 1.25x viewfinders magnifiers for Leica M rangefinders | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
  After I just came across this new USB 3 card reader from Phottix, I realized that they also sell 0.85x and 1.25x viewfinder magnifiers for Leica M rangefinders for $69 each (for comparison, the original Leica 1.25x costs $299): Silver 0.85x...
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Build A Beauty Dish From An IKEA Lamp

Build A Beauty Dish From An IKEA Lamp | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
We featured a few beauty dishes before, one made from a turkey pan, and one made from soup bowls. (Even when it seems like DIY, it is actually about food).

With a recent mention about the connection between DIYP and IKEA, I thought that it would be fun to feature a beauty dish made with the very appropriate named IKEA FOTO.

It is a simple build, the smarts here are in the bracket that takes the load of the strobe head and allows for easy mounting on a
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Build A 35mm Panoramic Pinhole Camera

Build A 35mm Panoramic Pinhole Camera | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
If you are still shooting film and are still in love with the magic of pinhole cameras, I have no doubt that you are going to fall head over feet for this next tutorial. You could always buy a model, but nothing gets a good old-days thrill like building a pinhole camera yourself.
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SLR Magic takes over the Noktor brand, shows a 28mm f/2.8 NEX lens prototype

SLR Magic takes over the Noktor brand, shows a 28mm f/2.8 NEX lens prototype | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
SLR Magic contacted me to clarify the recent reports about them taking over Noktor’s website which happened just few days after Noktor officially closed it down. Obviously the old Noktor company went out of business. SLR Magic will now design Noktor lenses and sell Noktor products under the SLR Magic brand. No specific plans were given for the future of the Noktor 50mm f/0.95 lens for Micro Four Thirds but SLR Magic representative confirmed that they are planing to continue the Noktor line with ultra fast lenses.

Next month SLR Magic will start shipping a new 28mm f/2.8 pancake lens for Sony NEX system.
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[Hack] Super Easy Macro Lighting Using a Pringles Can

[Hack] Super Easy Macro Lighting Using a Pringles Can | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
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