New 58mm Petzval lens touts bokeh control, classic shininess

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Lomography made a big splash when they released a 21st-century version of the famed Petzval lens last year. Now, 175 years after it was first invented by Joseph Petzval, Lomography is planning to launch a 58mm version of the lens with a built-in bokeh control ring. This ring, according to Lomography, will allow you to “determine the strength of the swirly bokeh in your photos” with its seven different levels of swirliness. The new lens goes for $450. For those too cheap to spring for the new lens, we assume an ample amount of peyote will achieve the same result.

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Photographer Pens Persuasive Open Letter To Garbage After Asked By Band To Use Photos For Free

(Photo by Daniele Dalledonne)

(Photo by Daniele Dalledonne)

Photographers and musicians have at least one thing in common, for both types of artists, it is becoming increasingly difficult to get paid for the work they create regardless of how “good” it is. Given that fact, it’s always a little disappointing to see things play out the way they have between rock band, Garbage, and pro photographer, Pat Pope.

Pope has just posted an open letter to the band, kindly declining Garbage’s request to use some of Pope’s photos in an upcoming book without paying for them. He explains he was contacted by the group’s management company, Big Picture Music Co., via email that was full of praise and adoration of the photographer’s past work with the band. Pope says Big Picture described the book as “financially limited” (read: “We’re not going to pay you”), but Pope would get “proper credit” if he allowed his images to be used in the book.  [Read more…]

I Wish this was an April Fool’s joke; Photoflex Closes Shop After 30 Years

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If you’ve been around the photography industry you must know Photoflex. They make lighting equipment.

Yesterday a photo appeared on their website telling the world that they are closing shop. We were all hoping that it was some kind of an April’s fool joke, but sadly, despite the date coincidence, it is true.

Photoflex has been in business for about 30 years and are known for making good quality products.

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Yongnuo’s YN600EX-RT Now Selling, Looks Remarkably Similar To Canon’s 600EX-RT Flagship

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Earlier in august this year Hong-Kong based company YongNuo announced that they are releasing the YN600EX-RT – A Canon compatible strobe.

Some Canonistas, especially off camera flashers (AKA strobists) were pretty excited about this announcement. Mostly because the strobe was said to be compatible with Canon’s new 2.4GHz RT radio system that their 600EX-RT strobe features.  The RT is a pretty awesome TTL triggering and strobe control system working on radio rather then on IR. But, Canon’s strobe sells for about $499 while the new Yongnuo which appeared on eBay today only sells for about $185. Roughly a 1:3 ratio.

DIYP are the last to be blamed with lack of frugality, but looking at the images that popped up on YongNuo’s sites got me thinking. Look at the two photos on the top. See any resemblance (aside the obviousness of the names). The strobe on the left is Canon’s 600EX-RT flagship, and the right one is the new YN600EX-RT.

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Fuji Does It Again, Applies For Varying Pixel Size Sensors

Fuji Does It Again, Applies For Varying Pixel Size Sensors

We really love Fuji as a company, aside from taking a really good care of their customers, they are always on the edge of technology, doing things that are ground breaking and innovating.

Fuji’s new patent application for a sensor with varying pixel size may provide better noise handling that what we get with current technology. (And while we value pixel count, it is interesting to see other – non pixel cramming –  places that imaging technology is going). [Read more…]

The Graying Of Traditional Photography And Why Everything Is Getting Re-Invented In A Form We Don’t Understand By Kirk Tuck

The Graying Of Traditional Photography And Why Everything Is Getting Re-Invented In A Form We Don't Understand

On the last day of the PhotoPlus Expo I finally got why the camera industry has hit the wall and may never come back again in the same way. The folks who love cameras for the sake of cameras, and all the nostalgic feelings they evoke of Life Magazine, National Geographic, 1980’s fashion and 1990’s celebrity portraiture, and other iconic showcases that made us sit up and really look at photography, are graying, getting old and steadily shrinking in numbers.

I can profile the average camera buyer in the U.S. right now without looking at the numbers. The people driving the market are predominately over 50 years old and at least 90% of them are men. We’re the ones who are driving the romantic re-entanglement with faux rangefinder styles. We’re the ones at whom the retro design of the OMD series camera are aimed. We’re the ones who remember when battleship Nikons and Canons were actually needed to get great shots and we’re the ones who believe in the primacy of the still image as a wonderful means of communication and even art. But we’re a small part of the consumer economy now and we’re walking one path while the generations that are coming behind us are walking another path. And it’s one we’re willfully trying not to understand because we never want to admit that what we thought of as the “golden age of photography” is coming to an end as surely as the kingdom of Middle Earth fades away in the last book of the Lord of the Rings trilogy. [Read more…]

Why Fuji’s Newest X100 Firmware Update Is A Step In The Right Direction

Hats off to Fuji for delivering a state of the art firmware update on their two years old X100.

Why Fuji's Newest X100 Firmware Update Is A Step In The Right Direction

Before going into the details and goodies found in the new load, let me say this. The mere fact that Fuji still provides significant updates to their two older customers is an amazing thing. I think it sets a reference points to other camera makers (cough cough, Nikon) and sets the bar higher for anyone in the market. I also think that this is not enough. Here is why. [Read more…]

Weird T-Shirt Line Aims At Disrupting Facebook’s Auto Tagging

Weird T-Shirt Line Aims At Disrupting Facebook's Auto Tagging

Facebook wants to know all about you. Aside from using your statuses, tags and like Facebook is also using visual data found in pictures uploaded to the network to better map your relations, locations and patterns. They do this by recognizing your face and tagging them with your Facebook user name.

While not all that data is public, Facebook did not spend $55,000,000 to have a face recognition software sitting on a shelf. You can of course choose if you want to enable autotagging being public for yourself, but whatever your privacy choices are, there is a good chance that Facebook may know more about you than you think.

Amsterdam based designer Simone C. Niquille created a line of T-shirts designed at disrupting Facebook’s autotagging. The shirts, while hideous as a fashion statement, work by adding more faces to each picture. Each T-shirt from the Facial Recognition Dazzle line features multiple portraits of a known celebrity – Michael Jackson, Britney, Obama and Britt & Laura. [Read more…]

Adobe Hacked, Millions Of Names, Encrypted Passwords And Payment Details Compromised

Seems like Adobe is not done with trouble created by moving into Creative Cloud. Adobe reported that their systems have been compromised with about 2.9 million customer records leaked.

Adobe Hacked, Millions Of Names, Encrypted Passwords And Payment Details Compromised

Among the hacked data are user names, encrypted passwords, credit cards and expiration dates.

Luckily the data was saved in an encrypted way so for now Adobe speculates that the hackers can not access the data.

If you have a Adobe account expect a password reset, and if your credit card details were stolen, Adobe will send you a letter.

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