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Nikon Repairs Ontake Eruption Victim’s Camera and Recovers Photos for His Grieving Family

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Out of tragedy, a small ray of light and corporate kindness shines through today. The eruption of Japan’s Mount Ontake on September 27th took many hikers by surprise, claiming at least 56 lives. One of them was 66-year-old photography enthusiast Kazuo Wakabayashi.

His brand new Nikon camera was found and returned to his family in October — as were many others — but, sadly, almost all of the data was corrupted and the ash-covered camera unusable. Until, that is, Nikon did something wonderful and offered to repair it for the grieving family free of charge. Read more…

The Unicorn Has Arrived: Canon Officially Announces Vastly Improved 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II

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Formality or no, it’s still incredibly exciting to see the official press release. 16 years in the making, the followup to the much-loved Canon 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM has arrived. Say hello to Version 2, and read on to find out just how much a decade and a half of waiting has earned you. Read more…

The Earth and Moon Captured Together by Chinese Spacecraft Camera

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Check out this amazing photograph of our planet with the Moon hovering in the background. It was published today by China’s State Administration of Science, and was captured by the country’s Chang’e 5-T1 spacecraft that did a flyby of the moon late last month.
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Instagram Finally Lets You Edit Captions After You Post, No More Typeos… Typoes… Typos

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The new update to Instagram, launched just hours ago and rolling out to both iOS and Android as we type this, brings two major feature upgrades. First: Instagram is making it easier to explore and discover new accounts to follow. And second: you can FINALLY edit captions after you post a photograph. Read more…

Teens ‘Turning Their Backs on Digital’ and Flocking to Polaroid, says Impossible Project CEO

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The Impossible Project CEO Creed O’Hanlon dropped quite the statement and statistic in an article on the resurgence of Polaroids by The Guardian.

“Teens,” O’Hanlon said, “[are] turning their backs on digital for something more tangible.” A fact he says is backed up by explosive growth in their sales to the 18-25 year old demographic. Read more…

NBA Player Fined $15K for Hitting Cameraman’s Gear Out of Frustration

Memphis Grizzlies guard Tony Allen got a little carried away last week when, after committing his third foul, he decided to take out his frustration by smacking Bo Bradley’s camera as he was capturing the action — an act that is going to cost him.

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Creepy Website Streams Feeds from 73,000 Private Security Cameras Across the Globe

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The website Insecam claims it’s providing a public service announcement of sorts… the trouble is, that announcement seems to be: change your security camera password or we’ll broadcast your bedroom or living room publicly for all to see… and make a profit doing it. Read more…

external AP Photojournalist Franklin Reyes Marrero Dies in Havana Car Crash —American Photo Magazine

Associated Press photographer Franklin Reyes Marrero died in a car accident while returning from an assigment in Havana, Cuba on Monday, the agency reports.

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“He was an integral part of AP’s team in Cuba,” AP Director of Photography Santiago Lyon said in an official statement. “His passion and professionalism were exemplary and his energy, talent and good company will be deeply missed.”

 
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Fujifilm Japan Announces Slick Looking Thumb Rests for X-Series Cameras

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In the interest of offering an official Fuji thumb rest alternative for the major X-Series cameras out there, Fujifilm Japan just announced a series of thumb rests for the X-Pro1, X-E2 (also compatible with the X-E1), X100T and X30. Read more…

Hasselblad Closes Down the Italian Design Center Behind Its Rebranded Sony Cameras

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It appears Hasselblad might finally be caving to the opinion that rebranded Sony cameras are not be the best way to keep the once-prestigious brand alive. Almost three years after opening the Hasselblad Design Center in Treviso, Italy — the goal of which was to create luxury versions of popular Sony cameras — the company has shut the plant down.

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