Posts Tagged ‘lens’

Diving Into the Tech Behind the Lytro Illum and Its Impressive 30-250mm f/2.0 Lens

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Lytro came into the photography world not only to create a novelty product, but to fundamentally change how we approach image capture. Because despite light field photography being around for over a century, it’s only with the latest technology that the company is able to exploit what it is a camera is truly capable of doing.

We recently spoke with Lytro about its upcoming Illum camera a bit, diving into the technology behind the specs and revealing how Lytro’s approach is allowing the company to not only step, but leap into the future. Read more…

3D Printed DIY Macro Adapter Makes a Tilt-Shift Lens from Any Nikon F Mount Glass

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When it comes to DIY tilt-shift, there are a few different options out there, but none of them that we’ve seen are quite as impressive and practical as this 3D printed method from Instructables user Cpt.Insano. Read more…

Sensor Stack Thickness: When Does It Matter?

Single glass piece from the sensor stack of a Canon (left) and Micro 4/3 (right) camera. Image credit: Aaron Closz.

Single glass piece from the sensor stack of a Canon (left) and Micro 4/3 (right) camera. Image credit: Aaron Closz.

The first post I made on sensor-stack thickness wallowed deeply in PhotoGeekery. This one is meant to be of practical use so I’ll try to leave the Geek stuff out. We’ll start with the simple facts. Read more…

DIY Hack: Add a 3-Stop ND Filter to Super Curved Fisheye Lenses

The Rokinon 8mm f/2.8 lens is one of the best options for photographers wanting to get in on the super-wide-angle action with as little of an investment as possible.

One problem with this lens, however — and it’s the same with most fisheye lenses — is the curved front element. With such a dramatic curve, the use of filters on such a lens is almost impossible… almost. Read more…

Vertu $11,300 Signature Touch Smartphone Dons Hasselblad ‘Certified’ Camera

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If you bleed gold, sneeze diamond dust, and are aching to get your hands on the latest but probably not so greatest, we have something just for you. High-end cellphone manufacturer Vertu has teamed up with high-end camera manufacturer Hasselblad to create the Signature Touch, a smartphone that sports a Hasselblad “certified” camera. Read more…

Phase One Announces 40mm-80mm f/4–5.6 Lens for Its Digital 645 System

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When it comes to medium format photography, prime lenses are the norm. The size, weight and quality of construction of lenses are all areas of constraint for medium format over DSLRs or mirrorless, and so zoom lenses are more of a rarity.

However, there are always impressive exceptions to the rule, which is exactly what Phase One has done with its second-ever zoom lens for the 645 digital medium format system. Read more…

Rumor Claims that Olympus Will Announce a 7-14mm f/2.8 MFT Soon, Will Cost $1,800

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There’s some exciting news making its way through the rumor mill if you’re an Olympus fan: it seems Olympus is currently working on and will be announcing a new, 7–14mm f/2.8 Zuiko MFT lens “very soon.” Read more…

Nikon Shows Off and Explains the Benefits of Its Fluorine Coating Technology

Most lenses nowadays come with a multipurpose chemical coating, meant to not only protect the lens a bit more from accidental scratches, but to also reduce reflections and aberrations and provide a clearer image. How the coating actually works might be a mystery to many of us though. Read more…

DIY: Use a Little Plastic and an Old Filter to Create Cinematic Lens Flares

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As 3D printing becomes more easily accessible and cheaper to work with, more and more people are experimenting to see just how the technology can be used to improve and tweak their photography. One such tweak has been created and shared by Instructables user Jan_Henrik.

By putting together an unused filter casing and a 3D printed piece of plastic, he’s able to get some extra ‘pop’ in his photos and videos in the form of cinematic JJ Abrams-like lens flares. Read more…

Canon Unveils New EF 16-35mm f/4L, EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 and White Rebel SL1

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Canon released a little bit of something for everybody last night in a press release that debuted, not just the expected 16-35mm and 10-18mm lenses we had already known about, but also the white SL1 that until now was not available in the United States. Read more…