There was much hype over Fujifilm’s upcoming X100 camera even before it was proudly displayed to the public at this year’s CES, with people drooling over the camera’s retro design and unique hybrid viewfinder. Fujifilm actually had a functional X100 on display at CES (unlike the mockup dummy they brought to Photokina), and Engadget was able to shove a video camera up to the viewfinder to provide the rest of us a glimpse into what it looks like. It’s pretty awesome seeing things live with useful information overlaid. Now we know what it feels like to be the Terminator.
There’s an old beat up Leica MP-36 being sold by a reputable seller on eBay (8533 feedback score with 99.4% positive) for the staggering price of $104,000. What’s strange is that the details provided in the listing are quite sparse. The page includes a few photographs and the description,
The camera comes with matching black paint Summicron 2/5cm no.1474879, first version with black bayonet mount, a matching black paint Leicavit MP. The camera was the property of famous photographer
Perhaps some crowdsourced investigation can shed some light on this unique listing. Any idea what’s so special about this camera and/or who the “famous photographer” mentioned is? Check out the listing here.
Update: Apparently the camera belonged to Leif Engberg. Kudos to Nutzibe
Update: Wow. Looks like the camera actually sold for $104K… Gizmodo jumped on the story here.
Eirik Solheim has been making videos documenting the changing of seasons since 2005. Over the past year, he glued a Canon 400D camera with an EF-S 10-22mm lens to a shelf, and had it shoot one photograph every 30 minutes of the scene outside. By the end of the year, he had over 16,000 photographs to work with. He then selected about 3,500 of the images (he didn’t use the ones shot at night, for example) and combined them into a time-lapse video showing the passing of 1 year and 4 seasons in a mere 2 minutes.
Solheim is also working on creating a similar time-lapse using only the night shots. You can learn more about the details of his process on this behind-the-scenes blog post.
Sony’s newly unveiled CLM-V55 is a 5-inch LCD screen for videographers (or maybe still shooters) who need a larger view of what their camera is recording. It has a 800×480 pixel resolution and has features that aid in shooting video, including a “color peaking” feature that highlights the edges of areas in sharp focus and a zoom-feature for checking sharpness. It connects to Sony interchangeable cameras via an HDMI port, and can also be used with HDMI-capable cameras from other camera makers as well (in the press photo above it’s being used on a Canon DSLR). It’ll be available starting in March at a yet-to-be-announced price.
Ever wonder what you camera flash would look like if you watched it in super slow motion? Thanks to Phantom high speed cameras you can wonder no more! This flash bulb (the single-use kind used in old film cameras) was captured at 1052 frames per second.
Peter Lik, a self-taught Australian landscape photographer, has sold one of his photographs for a whopping $1 million to an anonymous private art collector. The photograph, titled “One”, was shot on the banks of the Androscoggin River in New Hampshire just after dawn. Only one print of the photo will ever be produced. Lik states,
I will never forget this morning for the rest of my life. It was calm, and the scent of the fall forest filled my lungs. The mist cleared, and a magical reflection in the river briefly appeared. White birch trees, black trunks, a kaleidoscope of foliage combining to reveal an illusion of three dimensions. I pressed the shutter – once – and then the scene vanished with the morning breeze, never to be seen again.”
Although the amount of the sale is a first for Lik, he’s no stranger to bringing in the big bucks with his photography — according to Wikipedia, Lik has sold over $150 million in limited edition prints to date.
Shooting photos or video remotely may get a whole lot easier if a startup company named Satarii is able to raise enough funding ($20K) for their idea — a camera base called the Satarii Star that automatically keeps the lens pointed at a remote sensor. We could waste our breath explaining how it works and all the different applications it could be useful for, but the video above does quite a good job.
So far they’ve built a functional prototype that they showed off at CES, and raised about half their target funding. If you’d like to jump in on the project, visit their IndieGoGo page here.
Erin Paysse sells one-of-a-kind pinhole cameras created by upcycling vintage hardback books. Each camera has a magnetic shutter and is designed to take standard 35mm film.
The camera comes with it’s own set of instructions on how to load, shoot, and remove film, approximate exposure times, number of turns to advance each frame, as well as sample photos taken from some of my many cameras. Each camera takes very different pictures, so get ready to experiment with this incredible camera!
Kaleb Wentzel-Fisher had the brilliant idea of using custom bokeh to spell out words in his videos, and spent a good amount of time developing and perfecting the idea. The above video, titled “Light Works”, is a demonstration of this technique in action. The results are pretty awesome. Read more…
While some street artists are reclusive when going about their work, French artist Fabian David takes a much more open approach — he recently decorated a street in Lyon, France by shooting over 100 passers-by photo booth-style, printing them out and pasting them up on the spot.