Equipment

 

Thriftier Fifty: Yongnuo Has Cloned the Cheap Canon 50mm f/1.8 II to Make it Even Cheaper

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Back in September, we reported that Chinese manufacturer Yongnuo has expanded its cloned gear business to include copycat lenses, starting with the Canon 50mm f/1.4. Now a new clone has emerged: the super popular “thrifty fifty” Canon 50mm f/1.8 II (also known as the “nifty fifty” and “plastic fantastic”).
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Nikon Warns That There Are Fake D800E DSLRs Out in the Wild

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Heads up: there are fake Nikon D800E DSLRs floating around. That’s according to Nikon Europe, which posted a notice “regarding fraudulent Nikon D800E digital SLR.” Apparently some unscrupulous folk are taking the D800, replacing its outer shell with the D800E cover, and selling the fake cameras through online auction sites (presumably eBay).
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Lens Patent Suggests Nikon May Be Working on a Full Frame Mirrorless Camera

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Ever since the Nikon 1 Series mirrorless cameras were announced with their 2.7x crop factor sensor, Nikon shooters have been waiting for a mirrorless camera with a larger sensor. The wait may soon be coming to an end.

A newly discovered Japanese patent shows that Nikon may be planning quite a jump in sensor size for its mirrorless cameras: from 2.7x crop to full frame.
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LenzBuddy: Custom Lens and Body Caps for Branding and Ease of Use

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Lens and camera body caps aren’t usually very informative or personalized, and LenzBuddy wants to change that. The Dallas, Texas-based business sells custom lens caps that help photographers both add branding to their gear and find lenses in their bags more quickly.
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Olympus Showing Off New ‘Lens Camera’ Prototypes with a Rounded Design

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Back in September of this year, Olympus announced that it would be trying its hand at “lens cameras” with a new “Open Platform” project. The goal is to create a camera module that features a sensor, a lens mount, and wireless pairing with a smartphone.

Early illustrations showed a cube-like camera, but Olympus is now showing off a new rounded prototype that looks a lot more like a lens than it does a camera.
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Profoto Adds High-Speed Sync to the Popular B1 Off-Camera Flash via a Firmware Update

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Profoto has been teasing the letters HSS over the past week, and today the big announcement finally came: it’s the introduction of High-Speed Sync (HSS) to the company’s popular B1 off-camera flash through a simple firmware update.
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Photographer Upgrades His $1 Dollar Store Camera with DIY Features and Fixes

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The “Special Moments” camera is a cheap plastic 35mm camera that you can pick up at certain dollar stores for just a buck.

Photography enthusiast Daniel Goodale-Porter wanted to make his even more “special,” so he set out to see how much he could improve the design and functionality of the camera, DIY-style.
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A Casual Review of the Fujifilm X100T

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For the last 21 days I have been in Japan putting Fujifilm’s new X100T through its paces.

This review will not cover every technical aspect of the X100T, but rather how it feels to shoot with it every day and how it fits in with my workflow.
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The Parrot is a Teleprompter You Attach to the Front of Your Camera Lens

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Want to read lines into your camera while maintaining eye-contact with your lens? The Parrot is a new teleprompter system that can help you do just that. It attaches to the front of your DSLR or mirrorless camera, and is uses your smartphone for the text it reflects toward you.
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Touchscreen LCDs Coming to Nikon DSLRs Starting with the D5500 in January 2015

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Canon and Nikon DSLRs have traditionally been neck and neck in terms of feature sets, but one thing that Canon has offered since the T4i in 2012 is a full-fledged touchscreen interface.

There’s good news for Nikon shooters, though: the gap is set to close in the very near future. Nikon’s new D5500 will reportedly be announced in January 2015, and the camera will feature a touchscreen LCD.
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