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Lens review: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

Lens review: Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Canon released the 70-300mm ƒ/4-5.6L IS USM in August of 2010, the latest version of a traditional telephoto zoom lens. The version we're testing is the third generation of the lens, now an L-class lens, complete with the off-white finish, red ring and premium price tag...
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The Development of Wide-Angle Lenses

The Development of Wide-Angle Lenses | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
When I started my series about the history of lens development, I had planned three articles ending at the turn of the 20th Century. By that time many modern, excellent lenses had already been developed and it seemed a natural stopping point. After my series of 3 articles, I planned to return to 1840 and start on the history of cameras. However, I am the poster child for that old saying, “when I want to give God a good chuckle, I tell him what my plans are.”

Stopping after the first three articles left out three major lens developments, and after some prodding I wrote a fourth article about the development of the telephoto lens. That sort of leaves things unbalanced, because I haven’t said anything about the other extreme: wide-angle lenses.

Wide angle lenses are even more different from standard lenses than telephoto lenses are, so I just couldn’t rest until I’d covered the development of wide-angle lenses too. The last major lens development will wait a while longer. (I know you’re thinking Lensbabies are the last major lens development, but actually I’m referring to zoom lenses.)...

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2011/03/the-development-of-wide-angle-lenses
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Start a Self Portrait per Day Project with New Everyday App

Start a Self Portrait per Day Project with New Everyday App | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
After Noah Kalina published his “Everyday” video back in 2006 featuring a self-portrait a taken every day for 2,356 days, the concept took off and soon the Internet was filled with copycat projects by people who wanted to document their own lives in the same way. If you’ve been wanting to try you hand at taking a photo of your face every day but have lacked the discipline to do so, there’s a new app for the iPhone called “Everyday” that is designed to make things easier for you.
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Nikon moves body mount production to Notion VTEC

After the initial news that Nikon is planning to move part of its production outside Japan, Notion VTEC announced yesterday that they will start manufacturing Nikon camera mounts immediately. The raw materials will be supplied by Nikon, the finished mounts will then be transported to Thailand for assembly. Notion’s understanding is that this is a long term solution.
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Show Old Camera Straps Some Love by Reusing Them On Shoulder Bags

Show Old Camera Straps Some Love by Reusing Them On Shoulder Bags | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Have an unloved camera strap lying around? You can repurpose it as a strap for a shoulder bag! This could be a good upgrade for a bag that doesn’t fit very nicely over your shoulder, or could be a fun gift idea for your photography-lovin’ girlfriend or wife. You can find a tutorial on how to do this over on Photojojo.

http://content.photojojo.com/diy/reuse-old-camera-strap-as-shoulder-bag/
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When the minimalistic approach yields big results - Canon 5Dtips.com

We talk a lot about gear on this blog: tripods, rigs, lens, follow focus, etc… We take for granted that you need all of these to create anything that looks remotely professional. After all, if you dont have a super stable and sharp image, your end product can’t be good.
Well, Greg Watermann proves us wrong. Look at his coverage of the band Scars on Broadway...
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Adobe releases Photoshop Express 2.0 for iPad, iPod & iPhone

Adobe has released an updated version of its Photoshop Express image-editing and preview application for Apple's iPad, iPod and iPhone. Version 2.0 introduces the optional Adobe Camera Pack available via an 'in-app' purchase that adds noise reduction, self-timer and Auto-Review functions for $3.99. Photoshop Express 2.0 is available as a free download from Apple's App Store for new users and as an update for existing users.
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Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC - sample shots

Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC - sample shots | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Yesterday evening we received the final version Samyang 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC lens.
This morning we mounted it to the Nikon D3x ...
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Leica Fotografie International (LFI) app now also available for Android smart phones

Leica Fotografie International (LFI) app now also available for Android smart phones | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
After the iPhone/iPad, LFI released an Android version of their LFI Gallery app.
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Sony E 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS review - Introduction - Lenstip.com

Sony E 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS review - Introduction - Lenstip.com | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
The NEX Sony system was launched in May 2010 making it the youngest mirrorless system so far. Because of that, the offer of system lenses is currently very modest – it consists of two devices, which have been already launched and one, which is scheduled to hit the shelves soon.
Such a limited choice of lenses means that these devices which are already available must satisfy very high requirements because they simply lack any system alternatives. In such a situation the quality of those few already on the market indicates the quality of the whole system to a considerable degree; it might also become the bottleneck.
This time we decided to have a closer look at the so-called „kit” lens so an instrument with the standard 18-55 mm focal lengths range and f/3.5-5.6 fastness, equipped with image stabilization. Lenses of that type are very popular among amateur photographers so it is worth knowing whether or not they can be satisfied with its performance....
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Rumor: Sigma to release fast prime lenses

Rumor: Sigma to release fast prime lenses | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Sigma will be releasing a series of fast prime lenses in the next 18 months. Some of the mentioned focal lengths are: 24mm f/1.4, 35mm f/1.4 and 135mm f/2. Sigma already has 30mm f/1.4, 50mm f/1.4 and 85mm f/1.4 prime lenses available in different mounts.
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Researchers Unveil World’s Smallest Camera the Size of a Grain of Salt

Researchers Unveil World’s Smallest Camera the Size of a Grain of Salt | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
If you had a camera the size of a grain of rice, that would be considered extremely small, but researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute in Germany have created a camera the size of a grain of salt. The world’s smallest camera measures 1x1x1 millimeters, shoots 0.1 megapixel photographs (250×250 pixels), and is so inexpensive to make that they’re disposable. Potential uses for the camera include photographing the inside of human bodies (AKA endoscopy) and being used as rearview cameras on cars.
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Just posted: Pentax K-r full review

Just posted: Pentax K-r full review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Just Posted: Our full review of the Pentax K-r upper entry-level DSLR. When we reviewed the Pentax K-x in December 2009 we thought it was a little cracker. The K-r builds on this by adding visible AF points, a higher ISO range and faster continuous shooting to the K-x's aklready successful feature mix but the competition has not been standing still. Click on the link to read how the Pentax K-r fared in our studio tests and how it stacks up to its latest peers in the upper entry-level bracket of the market.
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Things You Should Know About Your Lenses, But May Not

This is not an article. A good article is like a five course meal, leading you through various tastes until you get to the big point of the whole thing: cheesecake. But I had a few things I wanted to talk about that weren’t an article in themselves, just blurbs, really. So I planned this one to be more like a buffet. Just go through the line and sample what you want.

That was the plan, anyway. I think what I ended up with was really more like a school cafeteria: go through the line and the big hairy lady slaps down a few various mystery dishes on your plate. If you’re really hungry, some of it might be edible. If you don’t eat yer meat, you can’t have any pudding. How can you have any pudding if you don’t eat yer meat?

Most people will already know about half of this stuff. Which means that most people won’t know about half this stuff. And I doubt any of it will change the way you shoot. But if you’re hungry for some lens knowledge, some of it’s probably edible.

http://www.lensrentals.com/blog/2011/02/things-you-should-know-about-your-lenses-but-may-not
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“This Lens is Soft”…. « Canon Rumors

Welcome aboard Roger Cicala from LensRentals.com. He has been kind enough to allow us to republish some of his fine technical articles. You’ll find his writing easy to read, often humorous and generally right on the ball.

I chose this article first because I am constantly asked about this phenomenon. It’s also talked about quite frequently on message boards.

So sit back and enjoy the read.
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Researchers Invent a Way of Shooting 3D Photos Using a Single Lens

Researchers Invent a Way of Shooting 3D Photos Using a Single Lens | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
The applications of this on the consumer photography market are likely nil, but researchers at Ohio State University have invented a method of shooting 3D photographs using a single lens. The trick is that the lens is cut like a gem, giving it eight different facets in addition to the main face that “see” the subject from different perspectives.
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Just posted: Apple iPad 2: Tool or Toy?

It seems like everybody is talking about tablet computers at the moment, and one of the most talked-about - Apple's iPad 2 - launched last week here in the US. We thought this was a good opportunity to take a look at the iPad 2 from the point of view of enthusiast photographers. Apple's App Store contains hundreds of photography-related applications for the iPad - is Apple's latest shiny gadget just a toy, or can it be genuinely useful as a photographic tool? Read our 3-page article to find out...
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Canon 5D Mark II Used to Convert 8mm Footage to Digital

Cinematographer James Miller spent two years developing a technique for converting 8mm footage to digital by beaming it directly onto the sensor of a Canon 5D Mark II. He replaced the bulb on an old projector with LED lights, and used elements from a disassembled lens to focus the light.
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Sony NEX 7 to be released soon, no full frame NEX camera in sight

Sony NEX 7 to be released soon, no full frame NEX camera in sight | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
The information I received few days ago is that Sony will be releasing a new NEX 7 camera. Sony Japan already discontinued the NEX 3 model and NEX 7 is the next logical step. The new Sony NEX 7 is expected to have improved functionality across the line, no further details were provided. This is how the camera was described to me:

“When you look in front of the new Sony NEX 7 with the 24mm Zeiss mounted, the new camera looks like a twin of the Minolta Dimage A2 – a really small nice pro body.”

The source went further by saying that Sony currently is not working on a full frame NEX camera.


Read more on PhotoRumors.com: http://photorumors.com/2011/03/16/sony-nex-7-to-be-released-soon-no-full-frame-nex-camera-in-sight/#ixzz1Gq4UzgbK
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Pentax SMC DA 35mm f/2.4 AL - Review - Photozone.de

Pentax SMC DA 35mm f/2.4 AL - Review - Photozone.de | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Pentax prime lenses have a fabulous reputation but especially their "Limited" series is more on the pricey side of life. There was e.g. no entry level 50mm lens which serves often as an entry path to the world of primes for interested beginners. Obviously Pentax also recognized this 'missing link' by introducing the Pentax SMC-DA 35mm f/2.4 AL. The max. aperture of f/2.4 is a bit unusual but in terms of field of view it resembles a classic 52mm standard lens. This is a similar approach like Sony's 35mm f/1.8 SAM DT for instance....
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Nikkor AF-S 35mm f1.4G lens review diary!

Nikkor AF-S 35mm f1.4G lens review diary! | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
The Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.4G was announced September 2010 as the last prime to complete the updated series of 24mm, 50mm, and 85mm f/1.4 models in Nikon's line-up.

Its focal length is one of the most useful on both DX and FX format bodies. On the former it delivers close to standard 50mm coverage for general-purpose work, while on the latter it offers mild wide-angle, squeezing in more than a standard lens while avoiding the obvious distortion of shorter focal lengths.

In this review we'll have a look at Nikon's most expensive current 35mm prime, and find out whether the lens lives up to the expectations.
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Leica’s Ernst Leitz Hektor 135mm f/4.5 lens review

Leica’s Ernst Leitz Hektor 135mm f/4.5 lens review | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
The Leica Hektor 135mm f/4.5 is probably the least expensive Leica M lens available today – it sells for $50-$300 on eBay or the used departments of B&H, Adorama and KEH. Leica manufactured this lens between 1933-1960. The serial number of mine revealed that it is produced back in 1958...
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Flickr Chief Matthew Rothenberg Departs

Flickr Chief Matthew Rothenberg Departs | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Matthew Rothenberg, the man who has led Flickr the past two years has Head of Product, announced today that he is leaving the service. In a message posted to his Twitter account, Rothenberg states,

"Here goes: after 5 years, I will be stepping away from Flickr. Will miss working with such a talented, hard-working, and hard-drinking team."

Despite reassurances from Yahoo that Flickr is doing well, many will undoubtably look at this development and wonder whether the future for the service is as bright as the company would like us to think. TechCrunch also reported today (http://techcrunch.com/2011/03/14/flickr-head-out/) that the situation inside the service isn’t too great.
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Actual Spy Cameras Used by the CIA

Actual Spy Cameras Used by the CIA | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Like the US Government, the CIA has its own Flickr account, and one of the sets they have features photos of various gadgets used by the agency’s spies over the years. Among the gadgets are a number of spy cameras designed for various purposes and scenarios.
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