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Did You Know About the Rear Gelatin Filter Slot on Some Wide Angle Lenses?

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Did you know that certain wide angle lenses offer slots on the rear mount that allow you to insert gel filters? Often this design decision is due to the fact that the bulbous front element prevents the use of a standard filter that screws onto the front, but sometimes it’s not.
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A Brief History of Gear: Here is a Collection of Camera Commercials from the Past 20 Years

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Here’s a collection of camera commercials that have appeared over the past 20 years. No matter your age, there’s probably something here that you’ll remember, and I hope it will bring back a bit of nostalgia. I’ve also selected what I consider the best commercial of them all.
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The Impossible Project Launches New Round Frame Color Instant Film

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The Impossible Project is continuing to branch out from the standard frame design for instant photos that made the original Polaroid pictures iconic. Last year the company launched a new line of film with colorful frames. This year it’s the shape that’s getting a makeover: the company has unveiled a new color instant film with round frames rather than square ones.
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Here’s How to Say ‘Selfie,’ ‘Photobomb,’ and ‘Duckface’ in Sign Language

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New Internet culture slang words such as “selfie,” “photobomb,” and “duckface” are being added to respected English dictionaries, so it makes sense that there should also be new signs added for them in American Sign Language. Here’s a look at what those signs are.
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POP BOOK: Fujifilm UK Launches Cheap and Easy-to-Make Photo Books for Smartphone Pics

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Services such as Mosaic already let you make photo books in 5 minutes for $25, but if that’s still too taxing on your time and rich for your blood, Fujifilm UK has a new service for you. Called POP BOOK, it’s designed to help you make small, casual photo books in a few taps for just £5.
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MTF Testing the Canon 11-24mm f/4L, the World’s Widest Full Frame Rectilinear Lens

Editor’s note: If you’re unfamiliar with how to interpret MTF charts, you can find primers here and here.


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I’ll be honest. I’m pretty excited about the Canon 11-24mm f/4 L lens. I love shooting ultra-wide and the chance to shoot this wide with a rectilinear lens on a full-frame camera has me pretty excited. But I’m also very aware of how near-impossibly difficult designing a lens this wide would be, so my expectations were tempered a bit.

There’s a reason I’ll often stitch together a couple of 24mm shots for a landscape rather than take one 16mm shot. OK, there are several reasons, but image quality is high among them.
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World’s Most Powerful Camera Accidentally Captures a Picture of Comet Lovejoy

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Until the 3.2-gigapixel LSST camera is launched in Chile, the 570-megapixel Dark Energy Camera (also in Chile) is the world’s most powerful camera. While photographing the southern sky recently to study the nature of dark energy, operators of the telescope camera accidentally captured the photo above showing Comet Lovejoy.
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external Photography Buff Thrives in the Capital of Cameras —The Japan Times

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A great article about our buddy Bellamy Hunt of Japan Camera Hunter, whose camera hunting business is thriving in the midst of a new film photography boom.

Bellamy Hunt’s name is part of his business: Japan Camera Hunter, a one-man enterprise supporting film photo buffs around Asia and the world. His work mainly involves hunting down vintage cameras, whether an elusive early model Nikon or a classic Leica […] Hunt’s business has grown quickly in the last 2½ years, and he hopes to soon create a physical space where he can bring together like-minded photographers in Tokyo […]

“Demand is getting stronger at the moment, as people are rebelling against technology becoming overly complex or overly demanding. People want to step back and savor the process, and shooting with film thus becomes more of an artistic creative medium,” he said.

 
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Leonard Nimoy’s Passion for Photography

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Actor Leonard Nimoy passed away today at the age of 83. While famous for his role as Spock in the original Star Trek, what a lot of people may not know is that Nimoy was also a passionate photographer.

Nimoy picked up an interest in photography as a child, studied photography at UCLA, and even considered changing careers from acting to full-time photographer.
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Download a Free Copy of the $60 Perfect Effects 9 by onOne Software

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Heads up: you can currently download a free copy of onOne Software’s Perfect Effects 9. It’s a $60 program that can be used as a Photoshop or Lightroom plugin or as a standalone tool. Inside are customizable filters and hundreds of presets that allow you to quickly apply custom looks to your photos.
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