Equipment

 

Modifying an Old Nikon AI-S 300mm f/2.8 Lens to Give it Faux Autofocus

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If you’d like to use legacy Nikkor lenses on your modern Nikon camera, one thing you can do to improve functionality is add a CPU to them. While there are services out there that can convert your lenses for a fee, you can also buy the programmable component for $30 on eBay and do it yourself.

That’s what photographer Kalafok Vlakostnitsj recently did with his Nikon AI-S 300mm f/2.8 lens.
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The Nikon D750 Filmmakers Kit is a DSLR Bundle for Getting Started in Cinema

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Nikon has unveiled a new DSLR kit that’s specifically geared toward people who want to get into DSLR filmmaking. Called the Nikon D750 Filmmakers Kit, the bundle includes a DSLR, three lenses, and additional accessories that are helpful for video productions.
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Sigma Unveils the 24mm f/1.4, A Premium Wide Angle Prime ‘Art’ Series Lens

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Sigma has announced the latest lens in its highly-acclaimed Art series of premium lenses. The newly unveiled 24mm f/1.4 DG HSM follows the 35mm f/1.4 and 50 f/1.4 in Sigma’s efforts to offer relatively affordable products that meet (or exceed) the quality of the lenses designed by the heavyweights in the industry.
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The Nikon D810A is the World’s First Full Frame DSLR for Astrophotography

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Today Nikon officially announced its special D810 version for astrophotography that had been talked about starting a couple of weeks ago. Called the D810A, the camera is the world’s first full frame DSLR that’s optimized for astrophotography purposes.
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Pentax K-S2: A 20MP DSLR with More LCD Flexibility and Less LED Flashiness

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Ricoh wants to win photographers over to its Pentax K-S line of DSLRs. The company’s first offering, the K-S1, was laughed at for its strange futuristic design that included strange glowing lights in different parts of the camera body. Some called it the worst camera of 2014, and a botched marketing photo didn’t help the cause.

Today Ricoh unveiled a successor that aims to turn the tide of public opinion. The K-S2 is a 20MP APS-C sensor DSLR that opts for a safer and more traditional design.
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Nikon D810a Leaked Briefly on a French Website

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Rumors say we will be seeing a special version of the Nikon D810 for astrophotographers announced sometime this week. Those rumors appear to have been confirmed by a French website that accidentally published a news article about the camera early before pulling it offline.
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Explore Fujifilm X-Mount Lenses with This Interactive Test Website

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Fujifilm has a new website that lets photographers “try” X-Mount lenses to see what they can do. It’s a lens simulator of sorts: select the lens, aperture, and focal length you want, and press the shutter button on the page. A sample photo will pop up showing what that combination of gear and settings would produce.
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Fuji’s New XM-FL is an X-Mount Body Cap Lens with Built-In Photo Filters

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Fujifilm has announced a strange new lens over in Japan. It’s called the XM-FL, and it’s a 24mm f/8 body cap-style pancake lens that features built-in photo filters that can be accessed by turning a dial on the side.
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Canon Unveils the M3: A 24.2MP Mirrorless That Feels More Like a DSLR in a Compact’s Body

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As the rumors foretold, Canon updated its M mirrorless line with a new camera today. The M3 is a 24.2MP mirrorless camera that introduces a new design and user interface to the young M line of cameras.
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Canon 11-24mm f/4L is a New Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens for Full Frame DSLRs

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Canon today announced a new ultra-wide zoom lens for its EF lineup: the 11-24mm f/4L USM. Canon claims the lens offers the widest angle of view ever achieved for a rectilinear full frame DSLR lens.

It boasts an angle of view of 126° 5′. By comparison, the popular 16-35mm offers an angle of view of 108° 10′.
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