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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 to Do After Buying a New Lens

Things to Do After Buying a New Lens | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
So you have just received your brand spanking new lens that you have been dreaming of for a while. The first thing you probably do is mount it on your camera and take some sample pictures. But before you do that, it might be a good idea to do a couple of things that will not only help keep your camera gear clean, but also decrease your frustration level with your new lens in case it is defective...
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Rumor: Nikon’s mirrorless camera will be targeting professionals, to be released in few weeks

Rumor: Nikon’s mirrorless camera will be targeting professionals, to be released in few weeks | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Today I received some information from a reliable source that Nikon indeed will be targeting professional users with their mirrorless solution rather than the consumer market. I was told that the announcement will be in the next few weeks. I already wrote about a potential new product release in late March/early April, so something is definitely coming.

Read more on NikonRumors.com: http://nikonrumors.com/2011/03/10/rumor-nikons-mirrorless-camera-will-be-targeting-professionals-to-be-released-in-few-weeks.aspx#ixzz1GGpkRBra
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Pentax announces firmware updates: v1.03 for K-5 and v1.02 for 645D

Pentax announces firmware updates: v1.03 for K-5 and v1.02 for 645D | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Pentax just announced the long awaited firmware update v1.03 for the K-5 DSLR model that will fix the front-focusing issues in low light.
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Fujifim FinePix X100 - firmware 1.0 samples

Fujifim FinePix X100 - firmware 1.0 samples | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Fujifilm FinePix X100 is another camera, which was dedicated to some of the workshops held on the occasion of the Spring School of Photography by Fujifilm. We can present the gallery of sample photos taken with this compact camera. The camera was loaded with the final firmware version numbered 1.0.
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Fujifilm faces shortage of X100 large-sensor camera

Fujifilm faces shortage of X100 large-sensor camera | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Fujifilm Japan has announced a shortage of its FinePix X100 large-sensor compact camera and accessories because of higher than expected demand. The company says it is attempting to boost production to meet demand. The latest word from Fujifilm USA is that cameras will be available in the US during the last week of March or first week of April.
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Samyang shows 7.5mm f/3.5 UMC Fish-eye lens prototype for MFT

Samyang shows 7.5mm f/3.5 UMC Fish-eye lens prototype for MFT | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Samyang showed a new 7.5mm f/3.5 UMC fish-eye lens prototype for Micro Four Thirds at Focus on Imaging Show (UK).
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How to Create a Photography Blog – Part 2

How to Create a Photography Blog – Part 2 | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
This is Part 2 for the “how to create a photography blog” series of articles. In Part 1, I gave some brief history of the blogging platform, showed how to purchase a domain with a web hosting account through GoDaddy and how to create a database for WordPress. Now I will go through the WordPress installation and configuration process for your future photography blog. Let’s get going...
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Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC lens gets a focusing scale

Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC lens gets a focusing scale | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
In the last moment before start shipping, Samyang made some design changes to the 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC lens: they changed the design with a new metallic red ring, added a focusing scale and reduced the size of the lens (I believe they re-designed the lens hood). This is a full frame lens available in Canon, Four Thirds, Nikon, Pentax, Samsung NX and Sony mounts. The announced price is €389 (around $540). In the US, Samyang products can be purchased on eBay.
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Nikon Nikkor 35mm lens comparison: AF-S 35mm f1.4G vs AF 35mm f2.0D vs DX 35mm f1.8G on DX and FX | Cameralabs

Nikon Nikkor 35mm lens comparison: AF-S 35mm f1.4G vs AF 35mm f2.0D vs DX 35mm f1.8G on DX and FX | Cameralabs | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Nikon currently offers three 35mm prime lenses: the ageing AF 35mm f2.0D, the low-cost DX 35mm f1.8G, and the latest high-end AF-S 35mm f1.4G. There's considerable differences in their size, weight and cost, not to mention different focal ratios, but the big question is how does their image quality compare? In this article we'll compare all three side-by-side on both cropped-frame DX and full-frame FX format bodies.
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Fuji X100 started shipping in Japan, size comparison to Leica M3

Fuji X100 started shipping in Japan, size comparison to Leica M3 | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
The Fuji X100 camera is now shipping in Japan. Flickr member Nokton (http://www.flickr.com/photos/nokton/) was one of the first lucky owners who also posted several pictures comparing the size of the Fiji X100 to Leica M3.
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Pentax launches Optio S1 digital compact camera

Pentax launches Optio S1 digital compact camera | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Pentax has launched the Optio S1 digital compact camera in three apparently 'gem-like' finishes. Sporting a 14MP sensor, 2.7" LCD and 5x optical zoom that starts at a wide 28mm equivalent, it features 720p HD video recording, sensor-shift image stabilization and a High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode. The camera also comes with the latest set of image-processing filters including Miniature and HDR filter.
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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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Canon joins the list of companies supporting Intel’s Thunderbolt technology

Intel announced that Canon will join other companies that support the new Thunderbolt technology. No further details were ...
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How to Create a Photography Blog – Part 3

How to Create a Photography Blog – Part 3 | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
This is Part 3 for the “how to create a photography blog” series of articles. In Part 1, I gave some brief history of the blogging platform, showed how to purchase a domain with a web hosting account through GoDaddy and how to create a database for WordPress. In Part 2, I showed how to get WordPress installed and configured with the most basic settings. Now I will go through some basics of using WordPress and how you can get the initial structure of your blog going, then I will jump into plugins that enhance WordPress functionality. Let’s get going...
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Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4 Available on Adobe Labs

Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4 are now available as Release Candidates on Adobe Labs. The ‘release candidate’ label indicates that this update is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of our customers. The final releases of Lightroom 3.4 and Camera Raw 6.4 may have additional corrections or camera support.
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Sigma increases the price of the 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG Macro HSM II lens

Sigma increases the price of the 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG Macro HSM II lens | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Sigma officially confirmed to Froknowsphoto that the price of the Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 II EX DG APO Macro HSM AF lens was increased from to $799 to $949...
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MPEG2 Based Codec for 5D Mark III?

MPEG2 Based Codec for 5D Mark III? | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
At least we aren’t talking about RAW video!
Codec talk has been running rampant for a while in regards to the 5D Mark III, is most of it fact or wishlist?

According to EOSHD, Canon is working on an MPEG2 based codec for the 5D Mark III. It will have a 4-2-2 color space. Another feature will be a variable bitrate up to 50mbit. The codec will be an improved version from the XF305

The move is motivated by the desire to avoid paying Sony and Panasonic a licensing fee for AVCHD/H.246.

Adobe and Apple have already taken up the format, so applications for native editing will not be a problem.
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Panasonic confirms the release of a new 25mm f/1.4 lens for Micro Four Thirds

Panasonic confirms the release of a new 25mm f/1.4 lens for Micro Four Thirds | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
In an interview with AP, Panasonic representative today confirmed the release of a new 25mm f/1.4 lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras. The announcement is scheduled for this summer.
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Samyang announces final version of 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC lens

Samyang announces final version of 35 mm f/1.4 AS UMC lens | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Samyang Optics has released the final version of its 35mm F1.4 lens in Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Samsung NX, Sony Alpha and Four-thirds mounts. Announced at Photokina 2010, the company said it has revised its design since then. It retains the underlying 12 element in 10 group design announced at that time. It will sell at a recommended retail price of €379.
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Olympus PEN Pro version is 2-3 years away

Olympus PEN Pro version is 2-3 years away | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Megapixels interviewed Dominic Papenheim from Olympus Europe and published some interesting hints...
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Editing HD video from a DSLR - why a software upgrade may be best

Editing HD video from a DSLR - why a software upgrade may be best | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
The widespread availability of HD video recording on everything from mobile phones to DSLRs has seen us capturing events in better quality than ever before. DSLRs in particular have proven a revelation in movie capture: what they lack in video ergonomics and ease of focusing is more than made up for in flexibility and sheer quality. Indeed many professional film and television producers are adopting DSLRs for a variety of tasks from backup cameras to primary capture devices.
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Olympus updates firmware for E-5, E-PL2 and XZ-1 cameras

Olympus updates firmware for E-5, E-PL2 and XZ-1 cameras | Photography Gear News | Scoop.it
Olympus has released firmware updates for its E-5 DSLR, E-PL2 Micro Four Thirds camera and XZ-1 enthusiast compact. The latest versions for the E-5 and XZ-1 resolve minor bugs relating to LCD display and external flash units respectively. Version 1.1 for the E-PL2 changes default setting of the image stabilizer to 'On' when used with the add-on Fisheye, Wide-angle or Macro lenses.
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Potential Nikon announcement: late March, early April

I still do not have an exact date, but it seems that Nikon will be announcing the D5100 somewhere in late March/early April. I ...
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