Equipment

 

The Filter Pocket Toddy is a Premium Microfiber Lens Cloth for Your Keychain

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The Filter Pocket Toddy is a microfiber lens cloth designed for photographers on the go. When not in use, the product folds up into a small built-in pocket and can be attached to keychains, backpacks, purses, and bags.
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Impossible Project Gen 2.0 Instant Film to Be Faster and Sharper Thanks to Polaroid DNA

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Impossible launched its first lines of instant film in 2010 after acquiring Polaroid manufacturing machines and leasing an old Polaroid production plant. Although its efforts did bring “Polaroid pictures” back from the dead, its initial offerings suffered from poor image quality and slow development times.

There will soon be a great leap forward, though. Impossible is announcing today that it is launching Generation 2.0 film that promises to be better in speed, sharpness, and tonality.
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Nikon 6mm f/2.8 Lens for Sale in UK… on Craigslist

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Another rare Nikon 6mm f/2.8 fisheye lens is for sale, and this time in a rather unusual place: Craigslist. That’s right, someone around London is selling one of the rarest Nikon lenses through a simple classified listing spotted by one of our readers.
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Ring Cam: An Engagement Ring Box with a Built-In Camera for Capturing Proposals

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People come up with all kinds of ways to capture photos and videos of themselves popping the big question, from hiring a photographer, to recruiting a friend, to hiding a camera themselves. For those who want a more direct way to shoot a proposal, there’s new product called the Ring Cam. It’s an engagement ring box with a built-in camera that captures your big moment from the ring’s point of view.
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Cheap Kit Lenses Are Not Weak Kids’ Lenses

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Well known photographer and blogger Scott Kelby recently pointed to the 18-55mm kit lens as a reason why beginners find it difficult to take good shots — it is neither wide nor long enough to create visual impact, he wrote. I’d like to respectfully disagree.

It’s precisely because the 18-55mm kit lens is cheap and common that I relish the challenge of capturing great images with it. I just love the “You shot that with a kit lens?” wide-eyed reaction when people realize how learning to read the scene and lighting makes more difference than splurging on an expensive lens upgrade.
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Novo to Offer the First Lens Filters Featuring Sapphire Crystal Glass for Strength and Clarity

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Sapphire glass was used by Apple for the iPhone 5 camera, and more recently it has appeared on the screen of the new Apple Watch. It will soon be available for DSLR camera lenses as well. A new company called Novo is getting ready to launch a new line of camera lens filters for photographers. The lineup will include the world’s first filter to use sapphire crystal glass, and other filters will feature Gorilla Glass.
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Tiny ‘Nano Earthquakes’ Could Improve the Low Light Performance of Cameras

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The low light performance in your future camera may be improved thanks to new research in “nano earthquakes.” Researchers have found that sound waves can be used to improve the electronic properties of 2D materials, paving the way for things such as camera sensors that can capture better shots in dark environments.
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An Inspiring Review of Amazon’s Bestselling Tripod

The AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod is a $24 tripod that’s the #1 bestseller over on Amazon. The #1 review on that tripod is the 8-minute video above, submitted by a man named Michael Trimble.

“As you can see I have no arms so I need a tripod that is lightweight but full on perks,” Trimble his writes. “This tripod is EVERYTHING I hoped for & then some!”
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A Hands On Comparison of the 50mm f/1.8 Lenses by Canon and Yongnuo

Photographers Tony and Chelsea Northrup shot a hands on test video that pits the new Yongnuo 50mm f/1.8 against the pricier version by Canon. “Yongnuo recently released their first autofocus lens, and it’s half the price of the Canon version,” they write. “We test it to see if we can recommend it for beginning photographers who want an inexpensive, fast lens.”

They conclude that even though the Canon 50mm is the better all-around lens, the Yongnuo “makes a good choice for photographers who want to experiment with primes and background blur” and for “filmmakers and everyone using manual focus.” You can find our previous reviews here and here.

Here’s an 80x Super-Telephoto Lens for Smartphones

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We recently shared an impressive demo of the 65x optical zoom lens on the Canon SX60. If you’re a smartphone shooter who wants the same reach without having to buy a new camera, check out this ridiculous 80x lens for smartphones.
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