Equipment

 

Lens Technologies: Fluorine vs. Fluorite

flourineflourite

There are two lens terms that have similar sounding (and potentially confusing) names: fluorine and fluorite. Apparently quite a few people have trouble distinguishing between the two, so here’s a quick look at what they each are.
Read more…

There’s a Nikon 2000mm f/11 on eBay, Complete with a Lens Cap and Carrying Case

5BB6DCD6-800

If you’ve been dying to get your own copy of the super rare Nikon Reflex-Nikkor 2000mm f/11 mirror lens, here’s a prime opportunity to snag one: a copy of the lens has appeared on eBay, complete with a leather “lens cap” and a nice aluminum case for transporting the beast. The buy it now price is a cool $32,777.
Read more…

A Brief Intro to Shooting with a Rangefinder Camera

If you’ve never picked up a rangefinder camera before and have always wondered how it differs from single-lens reflex cameras, here’s a short video that may be of interest to you. In it, photographer Craig Semetko discusses the basics of rangefinder photography — in this case he’s using a Leica M — and its advantages compared to SLRs.

(H/T Leica Rumors)

This DIY ‘Patina’ Leica M2 Was Turned Green Like the Statue of Liberty

patina1

Did you know that the Statue of Liberty started out as a dull copper color, but turned green over time due to oxidation occurring on the copper skin? The green patina (also called verdigris) can occur naturally or with human intervention on copper, brass, and bronze.

Know what else is brass? The body of the Leica M2 underneath the chrome surface. Photographer Bellamy Hunt used this fact to create a custom DIY special edition of the M2, the “Patina Edition.”
Read more…

A Brief Comparison of Canon 400mm Lenses, Mark I Against Mark II

canon400mm

Canon shooters have a bit of 400mm excitement right now. The biggest news, of course, is the release of the 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II lens, replacing the original version that’s had a very long, successful run.

Not quite so much excitement was generated by the release of the 400mm f/4 DO IS II lens. It too replaces a long running lens, but one that has been considered more of a niche lens. (I’ll admit, though, it’s been one of my favorite niches. I used the 400mm DO a lot over the years.)
Read more…

Rumor: Nikon Will Soon Unveil a New 300mm f/4 VR Lightweight Telephoto Lens

nikon800mm

Planning to purchase a Nikon AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D lens? You might want to hold off for now: Nikon is rumored to have a replacement to that lens ready for a near-future launch.
Read more…

Hacker Creates Custom Firmware for the Samsung NX300 That Can Auto-Encrypt Photos

locked

Want a camera that can automatically encrypt photos after taking them? A hacker named Doug did. After having this idea for years without seeing camera companies offer it, he decided to take matters into his own hands and make it happen himself.

What resulted is a new custom firmware for the Samsung NX300 that adds photo encryption to the camera.
Read more…

Fujifilm Firmware Updates Add Big New Features to the X-T1, X-E2, X-E1, and X-Pro1

14009917653_2a2d02c220_z

If you’re the proud owner of a Fujifilm X-T1, X-E2, X-E1, and X-Pro1, here’s an early present for you this holiday season: Fujifilm has released firmware updates that add some pretty big new features your camera.
Read more…

PrintSnap Wants to Bring Back the Instant Picture Using Dirt Cheap Receipt Paper

tear

Instant photos are fun and were at one time super popular, but they aren’t exactly cheap. Shooting with new Impossible Project film costs about $3 per shot these days. But what if you could shoot casual instant snapshots on a physical medium for less than a penny per shot?

That’s the idea behind the PrintSnap. It’s an instant camera that captures photos on standard receipt paper.
Read more…

High Megapixel Canon DSLR Will Arrive in 2015, Will Likely Cost Less Than $4,000

canon50mp

Canon will be launching a new high megapixel DSLR sometime in 2015. The camera will reportedly offer a resolution of somewhere around 50 megapixels, and the body shape will not be of the EOS-1 style with a built-in vertical grip.
Read more…