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April Fools’ 2012 in the Photo World


April Fools’ Day 2012 has come and gone. Even though we didn’t publish any bogus stories this year, here’s a quick roundup of other photo-related sites that did. The screenshot above shows Kodak’s homepage yesterday, which advertised a new kitten printing machine. Interestingly enough, there was a serious news ticker just below it that discussed the company’s bankruptcy status.

The Vintage Nikon Bokeh Meter

Photographer Matt Laur shared some photos on the Photo.net forum of a vintage Nikon bokeh meter he found at an abandoned storage auction. The device has an F-mount and measures the amount of bokeh offered by various lenses.

Angry Birds for the Canon 5D Mark III

A faux-advertisement showing Angry Birds Space being played on a Canon 5D Mark III was circulated. Following the link at the bottom directed you to the Wikipedia article on April Fools’ Day.

Flickr Reverts to the 1980s

For 24 hours, Flickr provided a sneak peek into a new design they’ve been working on. Clicking a special button in the bottom right hand corner of any photo page transformed the image into a black and white, 1980s-style Atkinson Dither.

Hipstamatic Contact Lenses

Hipstamatic announced a new line of contact lenses that gives your vision a vintage photo look, saying “pop them in to make every moment extraordinary.”

The World’s First Hover Tripod

Camera store Jessops put up a page (screenshot here) advertising the new Balattro noPod, the world’s first hover tripod that uses Maglev technology to float your camera.

Film-Inspired Scented Memory Cards

TechRadar announced a new line of Olympus SD memory cards that offer a special film scent. Furthermore, the monochrome card limits the photographer to black and white photographs.

A Content-Aware Age Tool in Photoshop CS6

Practical Photoshop Magazine published “leaked screenshots” showing that Photoshop CS6 would feature a new Content-Aware Age Tool that can instantly make people look younger or older.

RH-1 “Ultra” Anamorphic Lens for Canon DSLRs

Robinson Hope Creative released a video introducing a new RH-1 “Ultra” Anamorphic lenses for Canon DSLR cameras. The lens will supposedly be shown at the NAB 2012 show this year.

Foreground Negation Technology

Panasonic UK unveiled a new camera called the Lumix F-001 that features Foreground Negation Technology (FNT), which automatically gets rid of foreground elements that you don’t care about (e.g. the heads of strangers at tourist locations). What it leaves instead is a drab gray cutout.

If we missed any good ones, leave a comment and we’ll add them to this post!

(via Foto Actualidad)