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Rumor: Expect the Fuji X-Pro2 In Early 2015

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Fuji fans anxious for the arrival of the long-awaited X-Pro2 might only have a few more months left to wait. New rumors suggest that the followup to the popular X-Pro1 will arrive in early 2015. Read more…

About That 25-300mm f/2.8 You Wanted

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I get an email or text about once a month asking me if I think Canon, Nikon, or some other photo manufacturer will ever make something like a 25-300mm f/2.8 zoom lens. I’m usually gentle with those people, because I realize that a lot of people truly believe that if they want something badly enough, someone could make it for them. Occasionally, someone exhibits the Dunning-Kruger Effect and tells me that they know it’s a plot on the part of the manufacturer’s to make us buy multiple lenses instead of just one that could do everything.

I had another one of those emails a few days ago, so I thought it might be interesting to show everyone what a 25-300mm f/2.8 would (approximately) look like.
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external Will a 360-degree camera be the next GoPro? —CNBC

Paul Meeks, a senior analyst with Saturna Capital, questions how big the demand for the 360-degree camera will be. He’s skeptical that the technology will be user-friendly enough for most consumers. For example, there’s a variety of ways in which to view 360-degree footage, making the format far more robust than a single-framed shot that automatically fits nicely into a YouTube or Facebook video upload.

 
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Ultra-Rare Nikon 13mm f/5.6 ‘Holy Grail’ Lens Shows Up on eBay

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One of the rarest Nikon lenses in the world has popped up on eBay. It’s the Nikon 13mm f/5.6, a lens reviewer Ken Rockwell calls ‘The Holy Grail’ of Nikon lenses.

Just how rare is it? Only about 350 of these babies were ever produced.
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Canon’s Upcoming 11-24mm f/4L Will Reportedly Cost a Hefty $3,000

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In August, the rumor mill started buzzing about Canon having a new 11-24mm lens up its sleeve. The next month, a leaked photo gave us our first glimpse of that lens, an 11-24mm f/4L.

There is now more confirmation that this lens is in fact legit. That’s the good news. The bad news? It will likely cost quite a pretty penny.
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Light Painting Brushes Aims to Equip Lightpainters with a Standard Set of Tools

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Photographer Jason D. Page has been capturing light painting photography for years, and over the past 3 years he has also been working on a new project for the light painting community. It’s called Light Painting Brushes.

Just launched today, Light Painting Brushes is a set of light tools that aims to give lightpainters a standard set of brushes to “paint” with.
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Yongnuo RF605: Grouping Added to the Affordable Transceiver Line

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Chinese camera gear company Yongnuo has introduced a new model to its affordable line of wireless flash triggers: the RF605.

A followup to the RF602, RF603, and RF603 II, the RF605 introduces grouping to the company’s affordable line of transceivers.
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HTC Desire Eye Packs the World’s Highest Resolution Selfie Camera, Weighs in at 13MP

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Front facing cameras on smartphones have traditionally been dwarfed by the camera on the back. After all, you’re supposed to take “serious” photos with the rear camera, and the front one is mainly used for things like video conferencing, right?

Well, the emergence of “selfie culture” is changing the game. As more and more people snap and share self-portraits using their front cameras, phones are evolving to meet this need. HTC’s new Desire Eye is one such phone: it features the world’s most powerful front-facing camera.
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PlexiDrone is an Ultra-Portable Modular Drone That Makes Aerial Photography a Snap

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If you’re looking to get into aerial drone photography, the PlexiDrone is one robotic quadcopter you might want to look into. It’s an ultra-portable drone that can be transported disassembled and snapped together in less than one minute when needed.
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This 3D-Printed Telescope Takes a Lumia Smartphone for Astrophotography and Citizen Science

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One day soon, people around the world may be contributing vast amounts of information to the science of space using a cheap 3D-printed telescope and smartphone with a high-res camera.

The Open Space Agency (OSA) is trying to make that dream happen, and the telescope they’ve created is called the Ultrascope.
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