Posts Published in February 2011

This Camera Van Has Rolling Shutters

In 1993, a guy named Harrod Blank had a dream in which he drove around in a camera-covered car taking pictures of people staring at his camera-mobile. When he woke up, he decided to make the car a reality, and spent the next two years designing and building the thing. In 1995 he completed the Camera Van complete with a working camera to capture the expressions of onlookers.
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Nikon and Tamron Patent Teleconverters with Built-In Image Stabilization


Canon might be rolling out a new Image Stabilized lens with a built-in teleconverter, but Tamron and Nikon seem to have image-stabilization/vibration-reduction tricks up their sleeve as well. Apparently in the early 2000s both Nikon and Tamron filed patents for teleconverters with image stabilization baked right in. Tamron’s was for a standard unit that sits between the lens and the camera body, while Nikon’s was for a unit that sits in front of the lens.
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Giving Away a Lensbaby Control Freak and Accessories Set

Update: This giveaway is now over. The winner was randomly selected and is announced below.

The dust hasn’t quite settled from the camera bag giveaway we did last week, but here we are with another awesome one — we’re giving away a Lensbaby Control Freak and Accessories Kit that together are worth $475.

To enter this giveaway, all you need to do is:

Tell us your favorite number

There are two ways to enter, and doing both methods will give you 2 entries in the contest, and thus double the chance the win!

  1. Leave your response as a comment on this post
  2. Tweet your response, and include the following link to this post anywhere in the tweet:

    As long as the link appears in the tweet, you’ll be automatically entered in the contest.

International entries are welcome! This contest will end in three days on Thursday, February 24th, 2011. We’ll randomly pick a winner using and update this post. Good luck!

Update: This giveaway is now over. We received 1245 comment entries and 715 tweet entries for 1960 entries total. Without further ado, the randomly selected winner is…

#907: felipecarlos

99 .. agent 99, that is.


Congratulations! Please email [email protected] to claim your prize (we’re emailing you as well).

Thanks to everyone who participated in this giveaway. Please stay tuned, as we have more things to give away lined up!

A big thanks to Lensbaby for providing the prize for this giveaway!

Associated Press VP Describes the Canon 5D Mark II as “Game Changing”

High quality video on consumer DSLRs is changing how journalism is being done. Kevin Roach, the VP of In this video interview by, Kevin Roach — VP and Director U.S. Broadcast News at Associated Press — called the Canon 5D Mark II “game changing” when asked by about the future direction of the AP.

(via DSLR News Shooter)

Show Off Your Polaroid Love with a Heart

Here’s a fun idea for displaying your Polaroid photographs and decorating your wall: arrange the prints in the shape of a heart!

Image credit: pola heart by renée anne // and used with permission

Sunlight Transfers 30-year-old Photo onto Construction Paper

Photographer David Friedman was recently visiting his parents when he came across a photograph of himself taken almost 30 years ago, taped to a piece of construction paper. The paper was originally green, but indirect sunlight had faded the paper into a salmon-like orange color. When Friedman removed the photograph from the paper, he was surprised to find that the image had been burned onto the construction paper!

How wonderful is that? Over all that time hung on the wall, sunlight had bleached the construction paper everywhere it could. But since it couldn’t penetrate the darker areas of the photo, the corresponding parts of the construction paper underneath remained their original color.

Any light-sensitive surface can be used to make a photo, and I’ve seen everything used from leaves to grass. But I don’t remember seeing photos printed on construction paper, even though I know they’re sometimes used to make photograms as an activity for kids. But I did a little googling and found a couple other people who made a print on construction paper using similar methods, although deliberately and not over quite so long a time. [#]

If you have 30-years to spare, here’s a new photographic technique you can try your hand at.

Image credits: Photographs by David Friedman and used with permission

Public Outcry Causes Photographer to Drop Copyright Lawsuit

A Tucson photographer recently found out the hard way that the public doesn’t always side with photographers in copyright infringement cases, even if their claims are valid. About a month after the tragic 2011 Tucson shooting, portrait photographer Jon Wolf threatened so sue nearly three dozen media outlets after they showed a portrait he made of 9-year-old Christina Taylor Green — the youngest victim — and demanded $125,000 from one newspaper for publishing the image.
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Stunning Time-Lapse of the Night Sky with Dancing Antennas

This is a stunning time-lapse video of an entire night at the ALMA Array Operations Site in Chile (the largest astronomical project in existence). The antennas point at the same part of the sky at any given moment, so their movements are perfectly synchronized. If you think watching a sunset is beautiful, wait till you see our galaxy come into view in this video.

P.S. This video could do with music. We recommend playing some Sigur Ros in the background while watching this.

Prop Up Your Car with the SeaLife Mini II Digital Camera

The SeaLife Mini II is a digital camera meant for the outdoorsy type of person — the kind that risks freezing to death, being eaten by sharks, or having a boulder fall on them. The 9-megapixel camera is waterproof to 130 feet, shockproof from drops of 6 feet, and has a rugged, unbreakable, crushproof build that can apparently survive being run over by a car. It’ll be available starting in March 2011.

SeaLife Dive & Sport Camera – Mini II (via Photo Rumors)

Nikon Selling Limited Edition Set of Three f/1.4 Lenses

A special limited edition set of three Nikon f/1.4 lenses is being sold in certain European countries (currently Belgium and Sweden). Limited to only 100 sets, each set includes a Nikkor AF-S 24mm, 35mm and 85mm.

What’s strange is that unlike what you typically see with limited edition gear, these sets are actually selling for considerably less than if you purchased each lens separately. In Belgium the set is priced at €4,899, or about €1,000 (~$1,370) less than the sum of the individual lens prices on Amazon. No word on whether we’ll ever see this kind of thing in the US.

Luxury Box f/1.4 (via Nikon Rumors)