News entries for April, 2013

Plustek temporarily halts shipment of OpticFilm 120 medium format scanner


Last September, Taiwanese scanner manufacturer Plustek announced a new flagship model for its OpticFilm lineup of film scanners. The Plustek OpticFilm 120 offers an impressive specification, scanning both 35mm and mediium format 120/220 film with frame sizes up to 6 x 12 and an optical resolution of 5,300 dpi, but unfortunately it's had...

GoPro goes places you’d never dared, with Redrock Micro’s rugged camera cage


Woodman Labs' tiny little GoProHero3 really is the limpet of the camera world: able to be attached to virtually anything, thanks to an array of available mounts. It's not just the ability to mount your GoPro anywhere that's important, though. Once mounted, it has to be stable enough to shoot usable video, and it doesn't hurt if you're at...

7 great photos showing off the beauty of the American West

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management has an excellent Tumblr blog called "My Public Lands" featuring photos by government workers of U.S. land they love and cherish. Many of the images look like the work of professional photographers, with some of the best shots captured under the grand vistas of the American West.

We've pulled together seven of our favorite American West...

Luxurious, exorbitantly priced Hasseblad Lunar camera delayed until summer

 
 

When the Hasseblad Lunar was first announced at Photokina last year, the exorbitantly priced camera left many gobsmacked. Essentially just a Sony NEX-7 with a luxuriously customized body, the Lunar was pegged for a spring 2013 ship date. Now that date has been pushed back to summer, which means those who have been...

Photographer gets more than he bargained for from frisky parrot (VIDEO)

 
 

Ok, here's a bit of Friday fun for you. In this video clip from the BBC series "Last Chance to See," actor Stephen Fry and zoologist Mark Carwardine travel to New Zealand to photograph one of the last remaining kakapo, which is an extremely rare, flightless parrot.

When Carwardine lies down to photograph the...

Fuji X100S: bright frame finder bug fixed by new firmware


Are you one of the lucky few who's already got their hands on the recently-launched Fuji X100S rangefinder-style digital camera, which went on sale just last month? If so, you may have noticed a quirk of the camera's updated hybrid optical viewfinder: In some conditions, the brightness of its bright frame indication stops updating. This...

Revolutionary Sigma USB dock nears market; video shows how it works


Last fall, Sigma Corp. announced something that made its optics truly unique: a USB dock and software package that allows users fine-grained control over autofocus of new Sigma lenses. That product is now nearing availability, and the Japanese third-party lens manufacturer is providing some very interesting details about how the new...

Sony announces Photographer of the Year title and other winners in 2013 World Photography Awards

 
 

Norwegian photographer Andrea Gjestvang has captured the coveted Photographer of the Year title in the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards. The 32-year-old Gjestvang won out over 122,000 entries from 170 countries, capturing the grand prize of US$25,000 along with Sony photography gear, which were presented to her...

William Eggleston: The world’s greatest photographer? Or the worst?

 
 

Earlier this month, 73-year-old American photographer William Eggleston traveled to England to receive a Sony World Photography Award and to celebrate the opening of a permanent exhibition of his photographs at the Tate Modern in London. In reporting these two events, art critic Michael Glover of the Independent...

The best Canon commercials feature baby soccer stars, Batman, and amazing owls

 
 

Why is it that foreign commercials always seem better than ones here in the United States? Case in point is this brand new Japanese TV spot for the Canon EOS Kiss X7, the "world's smallest and lightest digital SLR," which is known as the Canon EOS Rebel SL1 here in the U.S.

To emphasize how small, light and fast...

Watch three years of sun footage in three minutes

 
 

NASA has had its Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) trained directly at the Sun for the last three years, providing a steady stream of images since 2010, keeping us informed on the state of our star. Now NASA has compiled all those images into a video, creating a three-minute time lapse from three years of footage.

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This military grade, desert camouflage painted Nikon gear is ready for action

 
 

We've seen some pimped out, hand painted cameras before but Alexy Joffre Frangieh's manually airbrushed Nikon gear looks like it's ready for war. Frangieh used military grade, "Desert Mirage Lizard Camouflage" paint to give his Nikon D4, assorted Nikkor lenses and a Nikon Speedlight a combat-ready makeover.
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Nikon makes old batteries new again, with firmware for 11 Coolpix cameras


Nikon has released a whole slew of firmware updates over the last few days, covering almost a dozen different camera models: ten from the Coolpix S-series, plus the Coolpix P7700 premium compact.

In 10 of the 11 updates, the change made is identical: resolving a firmware issue that could potentially cause the camera to refuse to charge...

Artists craft cameras out of bizarre objects including taxidermied animals

 
Camera (Armadillo), 2012, Taiyo Onorato and Nico Krebs

Two Swiss artists have created an art installation by taking cameras, and housing them in decidedly unusual objects including taxidermied animals. The so-called Camera Collection is a series of cameras placed into items such as an armadillo, a turtleshell, horn...

Geek out with this fantastic poster featuring 100 great cameras from history

Are you more than a little obsessed with cameras? If so, then this amazing poster is probably made just for you. Called "A Visual Compendium of Cameras," the 18 x 24-inch poster from Pop Chart Lab includes "100 landmark cameras, culled from over a century of photographic history."

 
 

Most of the choices are spot on...

Sony HX50V preview: Just how small and lightweight can a 30x optical zoom camera be?

 
 

Apparently the pocketable Sony HX30V long-zoom digital camera and the DSLR-like Sony HX200V bridge camera have had a love child. The new Sony HX50V carries some excellent DNA from both "parents," packing a 30x optical zoom lens like the HX200V into a body that's almost as compact and lightweight as the HX30V. In...

Panasonic launches LF1 enthusiast compact with EVF, upgrades G6 with speed and Wi-Fi


Japanese consumer electronics giant Panasonic has today launched two new cameras aimed at enthusiast use. If you've been shopping for an enthusiast compact, but you've been put off by the lack of a viewfinder, the Panasonic LF1 might be the camera for you. Let's face it, we don't all like shooting at arm's length -- the traditional...

Q&A with Adam Sidman, inventor of a unique, gyro-based, camera stabilizing rig

 
 

Earlier this month, photographers and cinematographers got pretty excited about a new "game changer" device unveiled by Freefly Systems: a virtually unshakeable, gyro-based handheld camera stabilizer called MoVI. But once the dust (and hype) had settled on that announcement, some potential MoVi customers began...

The Camera Bag: An incredible Nikon F made from cardboard

 
 

Just weeks after we saw that very cool Lego Nikon F, comes a perfect companion piece: one made entirely out of cardboard. The Cardboard Camera is being sold on Etsy by the immensely talented Marta Crass of C is for Cardboard, who made this super-impressive reconstruction.

Available for $150, the Cardboard Camera...

FocusTwist app is like Lytro for your iPhone

 
 

FocusTwist is a new iPhone app that uses the long established technique of focus stacking to create an effect similar to what the Lytro light field camera is able to do. This $2.99 app snaps off three images in quick succession, each focused on a different point on the scene, and combines all three into a single...