If Doctor Octopus were to design a DIY flash accessory, it might look a little something like this. German microbiologist Marcell Nikolausz has been experimenting with using fiber optics to split a single flash unit’s light into multiple light sources. Optical fibers are threaded through Gorillapod-style Loc-Line channels, allowing flexible and stable positioning of the light sources. Each individual light source can be controlled using various modifiers (e.g. diffusers, gels, etc..), changing their quality and intensity.
For some sample photographs taken with this contraption, check out this set of photos. You can also learn more about Nikolausz’s experimentation on his blog.
Image credits: Photographs by Marcell Nikolausz and used with permission
If you’re not content with having a massive telephoto lens for your DSLR camera, you can get one for your cell phone as well! The Conice Zoom Lens is a 6x lens for the iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S, or Sony Xperia 10 that makes your phone look absolutely ridiculous.
Beth Blafka (known as bethtastic on Etsy) makes hand casted resin bangles that look like old film negatives. Each one is hand made — and therefore unique — and costs $65 from her store. At this price it’s a fashion accessory that fits between the focal length gel bracelets ($10) and the cuffs created from old lenses ($201) that we featured before.
old film negative hand cast resin bangle, bracelet (via KEH Camera Blog)
I don’t know about you, but if it weren’t for the protective case on my smartphone, it would have probably needed to be replaced a long time ago. If cell phones have protective skins and cases, why shouldn’t cameras? Camera Armor is a protective case that’s custom designed for each separate DSLR model, and is available for both Canon and Nikon bodies — and a few others as well.
In addition to the silicon body skin, the system also includes protection for your lens, LCD screen, and other individual components of your kit. The cost of this protection is $40, which is pretty cheap compared to some of the novelty items we’ve featured here.
Camera Armor (via Doobybrain)
The LoopIt is a new camera sling by Luma designed to be smaller, lighter, and more affordable than the Luma Loop. Both slings use a lanyard and connector that slide along the camera strap and connect to cameras via any available strap mount point. The push-to-release swivels are manufactured at the same factory that invented the swivel used by the US military, with tolerances that supposedly exceed the ones used in combat.
If the first level of photo-geekiness is wearing USB cufflinks, and the second level is wearing camera cufflinks, then these mode dial cufflinks must be level three. Boy are these geeky. You can pick them for $50 on Amazon.
Camera Mode Dial Cufflinks Fun Cuff Links (via mcp actions)
P.S. The Canon 5D Mk 2 and 7D mode dial lock upgrade we mentioned yesterday will be available in the US starting December 6, 2010.
There was a pretty enthusiastic response to the lens gel bracelets we featured here yesterday, but what if you want to go a little further than simple $10 geekiness? re:vision by Oye Modern is a line of cuffs created from old camera lenses. Everything from focus rings to depth of field sliders are recycled as fashion accessories. Haute photo fashion comes at a steep price — the cheapest cuff will set you back $201.
Photographer Adam Elmakias created these geeky lens gel bracelets to help photo-enthusiasts show off their love of photography. They come in a range of focal lengths, and cost $10 apiece over in his online store.
Here’s a selection of photos showing people sporting these bracelets.
Lens Bracelets (via Gizmodo)
Carry around your business cards, cash and/or plastic in style with this nifty retro camera business card case by Etsy seller Coolbeans717. Each handmade case takes 5 days to make and costs $13.50.
Mini Retro Camera Business Card Gadget Case (via KEH Camera Blog)
You might be seeing your photography enthusiast friends upgrading their camera straps left and right, opting for fancier ones that are attached to the bottom of a camera via the tripod mount, but what if you’re super attached to your traditional strap? Say hello to the C-Loop, a simple little attachment being developed by Custom SLR and funded through Kickstarter. It’s an elegant solution for transforming your beloved (albeit ordinary) strap into a fancier R-Strap-style one.