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Cynthia Boylan Posted: Aug 27, 2015 0 comments

Lensbaby Spark: This lens is ideal for young enthusiasts, students or beginner photographers who want to break out of traditional photography. The Spark is a fun, affordable way to capture selective focus images with your DSLR camera. It features a unique selective focus optic and a tilting lens body—allowing users to capture creative images in-camera that have a sweet spot of focus surrounded by blur. It is an all plastic (except for multi-coated glass doublet optic) 50mm selective focus lens with a f/5.6 fixed aperture made for use with for Canon and Nikon DSLRs. Spark is compatible with the rest of the optics in the Optic Swap System, and with all Lensbaby 37mm threaded accessory lenses. The suggested retail price is $89.95. 

Dan Havlik Posted: Aug 26, 2015 0 comments

It took them a while but Canon is finally bringing its EOS M3 mirrorless camera system to the U.S. in October 2015. The 24.2-megapixel M3, which uses the same APS-C CMOS sensor as in the Canon Rebel T6 and T6i DSLRs, was launched globally last February but the company held off bringing it here for undisclosed reasons.

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Dan Havlik Posted: Aug 26, 2015 0 comments

It’s been a long wait but it seems to have been worth it. Canon just unveiled new EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM lens, the company’s (and world’s) first lens to use Canon’s new Blue Spectrum Refractive Optics (BR Optics).

David Shaw Posted: Aug 25, 2015 0 comments

My wide-angle lens was perfect when the late-evening shadows crept across the mountains of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. The sweeping landscape, wide open and treeless, was suited to the wide field of view. Until, that is, the weather turned, and with it, my perspective on that wild place. I woke one morning to rain pattering intermittently on the nylon of my tent. Between showers, I emerged to find the mountains obscured by scudding clouds.

Dan Havlik Posted: Aug 25, 2015 0 comments

Olympus took the wraps off a new entry-level mirrorless camera this morning: the small and retro-styled Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mark II. Like several of Olympus’ models in its mirrorless camera lineup, the E-M10 Mark II uses a 16-megapixel Live MOS sensor in the Micro Four Thirds Format.

Dan Havlik Posted: Aug 25, 2015 0 comments

Leica announced this morning that its long-awaited Leica S (Typ 007) medium format camera will start shipping globally next month. It’s unclear, however, when exactly the 37.5-megapixel camera will go on sale here in the United States. In a press announcement this morning, the company said only that the Leica S (Typ 007) will start “rolling out in U.S. stores throughout the fall.”

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Howard Millard Posted: Aug 24, 2015 0 comments

If you spend a lot of time photographing wildlife, sports, aircraft in flight (or even UFO’s) I'm sure you've longed for a lens with extreme telephoto reach. Sigma now offers a tough, quality 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Sports lens that can fulfill the wishes of many nature and action shooters. In addition to the ultra long reach, the fact that the lens is a zoom makes it easy to frame the precise composition you want at a wide variety of distances from the subject—and for subjects in a variety of sizes.

 

Cynthia Boylan Posted: Aug 21, 2015 0 comments

IIncase has teamed up with pro surfer Kelly Slater to release new backpacks and bags designed specifically for action cameras. Called the Incase x Kelly Slater Action Camera Collection, the bag and accessory line was designed for GoPro users and outdoor photography enthusiasts in collaboration with Slater and world-famous water photographer Todd Glaser.

Jack Neubart Posted: Aug 21, 2015 0 comments

I didn’t realize how much I could appreciate a mirrorless CSC (Compact System Camera) till, after working with the Samsung NX500 for several days, I picked up my Nikon D610 DSLR and realized I was carrying a brick in my hands. Don’t get me wrong, though. I still love my D610 and wouldn’t trade it in for anything (not just yet), but the new NX500 felt like a feather around my neck and in my hands. Even when I added the relatively heavy 50-150mm S-series lens, the combo still left me feeling as if I were working with a lyre, not a harp. Admittedly, like the lyre, it’s not as full-bodied an instrument, but the NX500 still plays a sweet tune.

Jon Sienkiewicz Posted: Aug 20, 2015 0 comments

I’m as bad as the next guy when it comes to tripods. I know I should know better—they’re the only accessory you can buy that has the potential to improve every single picture you take. I’ve written about tripods at least a hundred times. That said, there have been too many occasions when I’ve been two-legged when I should have used three.

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Cynthia Boylan Posted: Aug 20, 2015 0 comments

Capturing Couture’s Cap Saver: This tiny device eliminates the possibility of accidentally losing your lens cap. Available in five styles (polka dot, diamond, flower, alphabet and paper flower) and 16 color choices (including clear, white, lime green, light pink, tan, purple and cream) this small decorative disk attaches directly to your lens cap with an adhesive, and the elastic loop securely wraps around your lens. The suggested retail price ranges from $10 to $12—depending upon the style.

Cynthia Boylan Posted: Aug 19, 2015 0 comments

Kenko Tokina has introduced the new Hoya HD3 series of pro photographic filters. The HD3 UV and Circular Polarizer filters are designed to give photographers the ability to capture high-quality images in extreme settings without loss of color balance, contrast, or clarity due to adverse environmental conditions.

John Wade Posted: Aug 19, 2015 0 comments

You’ve seen it in films and on television: the spy breaks into the villain’s office, removes a tiny camera from his jacket pocket and begins shooting pictures of secret plans.

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Cynthia Boylan Posted: Aug 19, 2015 0 comments

Lowepro just announced the latest generation of its urban daypack photo bag series—the Slingshot Edge. The redesigned series caters to the urban photographer by combining protective compartments and easy access with added storage for tablets, slim design and a stylish exterior.

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Jason Schneider Posted: Aug 17, 2015 1 comments

Over the past few years an amazing transformation has been taking place in photographic lens design. As a result, scores of innovative new interchangeable lenses have recently been announced by major camera manufacturers, and by optical specialty companies such as Sigma, Tamron, and Tokina.

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