Equipment

 

The Original Selfie Stick Was Invented in the 1980s

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Did you know that the selfie stick was actually invented back in the 1980s? The concept didn’t take off until Bluetooth-enabled smartphone cameras in recent years, but the concept has been around for decades now.
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Photoflex Returns From the Grave, Says It’s Back in Business

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Well-known lighting gear manufacturer Photoflex may live on after all. No, its original April 1st announcement that it was closing shop wasn’t an ill-conceived April Fool’s Joke or a bizarre marketing stunt — the struggling company is reportedly working on a deal that will allow the brand to live on.
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These Animated GIFs Show the Evolution of Cameras Through History

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How have the designs of cameras changed over the past 100 years? The team over at eBay Deals wants to show you. They’ve created a series of animated GIFs showing how the cameras produced by major brands have evolved over the years as styles and technologies changed.
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Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2: A ‘Dream’ Portrait Lens from China

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ZY Optics, the Chinese company behind Mitakon and Zhongyi lenses and adapters, has announced its new Mitakon Speedmaster 85mm f/1.2 lens. It’s an ultra-fast, manual-focus portrait lens that gives photographers an f/1.2 aperture without breaking the bank.
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Coming Soon: 52-Megapixel Cameras in Smartphones

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There’s a stealthy startup in Silicon Valley that’s working to revolutionize photography. It’s called Light, and one of its goals is putting 52-megapixel cameras in smartphones by next year.
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WikiLeaks’ Sony Docs: A7r II, A6000 II, and RX Cameras Coming. A-Mount Left to Die?

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WikiLeaks has just published a massive collection of emails and documents that were leaked through the 2014 Sony hack. Among the documents was a product and service launch calendar that mentions new cameras Sony is (or was) planning to launch in the first part of this year.

If the calendar is still accurate, then Sony will soon be announcing new cameras in the A7r, A6000, and RX lines.
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The Top 10 Cameras Behind Photos Submitted to Shutterstock in 2014

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What are the most common cameras used by stock photographers? While we don’t have the data across all stock services, Shutterstock has provided us with some numbers that may be somewhat representative for the industry.
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The Sun-Blaster: How to Build a Powerful DIY 1000W-Equivalent LED Light for $40

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Want a portable and powerful LED light for illuminating your shots? The “Sun-Blaster” is a 1000 watt equivalent LED flashlight that you can build yourself for around $40.
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The Fujifilm XF 16mm f/1.4 is a Zippy New Wide Angle Prime Lens

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Fujifilm lens announcements aren’t exactly a surprise these days, as the company has been releasing roadmaps to tease the glass that’s in the pipeline. As the roadmap and rumors foretold, there is indeed a new 16mm f/1.4, and that lens was just made official today.
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Sony’s Next RX Model May Pack a Four Thirds Sensor

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Bigger things may be coming to Sony’s popular RX compact camera line, sensor-wise. A new report says that Sony is field testing a new RX camera that packs a significantly larger sensor — possibly a Four Thirds format one — that would put it in direct competition with cameras like the Panasonic LX100.
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