Posts Tagged ‘rare’

Ultra-Rare 2000mm f/11 Nikkor Lens Up On eBay for $25K… Broken

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The last time we wrote about the Nikkor 2000mm f/11 C Reflex lens was in 2010 when a working version of the behemoth was up on eBay for the not-so-affordable price of $19,950. Given that information, how much would you pay for a broken, beat-up version of the same lens 3 years later? Well, someone on eBay thinks it’s worth $25K. Read more…

Incredibly Rare Robert Capa Interview Lets Us Hear His Voice for the Very First Time

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Two days ago, the late great Robert Capa would have turned 100 years old. There was quite a bit of revelry surrounding what would have been the iconic photographer’s centennial, but even though gallery openings and the like all paid homage to the great conflict photographer, one particular release is perhaps most special of all.

Thanks to an incredibly fortuitous set of circumstances, the International Center of Photography has managed to get its hands on and release a copy of an incredibly rare interview Mr. Capa gave back in October of 1947 — affording anyone who didn’t know him the first ever opportunity to hear his voice. Read more…

Andy Warhol’s 1986 SX-70 Polaroid Land Camera Selling on eBay for $50,000

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Iconic artist Andy Warhol is a legend in the arts community. The Andy Warhol Museum — which contains a massive archive of his creations — is actually the largest US museum dedicated to a single artist.

But one thing the museum doesn’t have that you could — assuming you have about $50K in spare change hidden under you couch cushions — is Andy Warhol’s personal SX-70 Polaroid Land Camera. Read more…

Zeiss f/0.7: You Can Now Rent Two of the Largest Aperture Lenses Ever Made

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Want to capture images of a scene that’s lit purely with candlelight? You can now rent a pair of Zeiss f/0.7 lenses — two of the largest aperture lenses ever seen in the history of photography.
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Photographer Captures Rare Photograph of a Sprite with an Aurora

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Check out this aurora photograph captured last Friday night by photographer Mike Hollingshead. See those small red squiggly lines in the sky? That’s an extremely rare form of lightning called a sprite. This photograph is one of the only times a sprite and an aurora have been captured in the same frame.
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The Only Known Photograph of Einstein Deriving his Famous E=mc2 Equation

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At a public lecture in Pittsburgh in 1934, four hundred lucky students were privy to a lecture by Albert Einstein, in which the great man mathematically derived his famous mass-energy equivalence equation: E=mc2. What you see above is a photo from that lecture, and what is thought to be the only surviving photo that shows Einstein working on that derivation. Read more…

How Scientists Caught a Giant Squid on Camera

Edith Widder is one of the three scientists that managed to capture the first high-resolution video footage of an actual giant squid. And about a month ago, her TED talk describing how she and her team did it (embedded above) was finally posted online.

Almost 2 stories tall, you would think that something that massive would have already been photographed or video taped. But it was Widder’s common-sense approach that would yield the groundbreaking footage. So, how did scientists manage to finally catch a giant squid on camera? One word: quietly. Read more…

Photographer Captures Meteor Streaking Through the Aurora Borealis

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Photographer Shannon Bileski of Signature Exposures captured this beautiful photograph last Friday at Patricia Beach in Canada. It shows a bright meteor streaking through a sky filled with the green glow of the aurora borealis.
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Photographer Snaps a Horizon Rainbow Alongside the Eiffel Tower

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Photographer Bertrand Kulik was standing at his window in Paris last week when he noticed something peculiar about the horizon. Although his view is ordinarily quite beautiful because of the Eiffel Tower dominating the cityscape, this time it had something he was treated with a bright and colorful horizon rainbow painted across the sky in the distance.
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Man Watching TV Police Chase Suddenly Captures the Real Thing on Camera

This past Sunday, there was a 2-hour-long police chase in Inglewood, California. A man named Jason Lee was watching it unfold live on his TV, and for some strange reason decided to record the broadcast using a handheld camera. Then the unexpected happened: the chase suddenly became a lot more real to Lee as the whole thing unfolded before his very eyes. Luckily, he captured the whole thing on camera (warning: there’s a bit of strong language).

The resulting footage in the video above is now going viral online.

(via NBC and Doobybrain)


Update: In case you’re doubting whether this is real, Andy Baio took the news footage, removed the 10-second delay, and synchronized it to Lee’s footage (you can even see Lee’s house and silhouette):