This Camera Lens is Made of Iceberg Ice… and It Actually Works

Photographer Mathieu Stern is a fan of creating strange lenses, but his latest creation is quite unusual, even by his standards. Stern visited Iceland and created a working lens out of ice from an iceberg. Stern says it all started with the idea: “If glass can focus light, then ice should do it too.” He then set to work seeing if he could actually make it happen. The first step was 3D printing a custom lens body that’s designed to hold ice within as its main lens element. Stern also hacked an ice sphere maker to create optical
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Fujifilm: We Will ‘Never Go Full-Frame’

If you’ve been hoping and praying that Fujifilm will launch a full-frame mirrorless camera, get ready to have your dreams dashed: the company is now saying that it will “never go full-frame.” Fujifilm has been focusing all of its attention on APS-C and medium format cameras in recent years. The new Fujifilm X-T3 is a major contender among APS-C cameras — DPReview just concluded that it’s “arguably the best stills/video camera on the market right now.” And after jumping into the world of medium format mirrorless cameras in 2016 with the GFX 50S, Fujifilm followed it up
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Apple Admits iPhone ‘Beautygate’ is a Camera Bug

There has been much talk and debate in recent weeks about the iPhone XS and XR’s “beauty filter,” a default skin smoothing in selfies that sparked a controversy dubbed “beautygate.” While many have explained the effect as the result of noise reduction, Apple has just admitted that it’s indeed a camera bug. “Beautygate” emerged a few weeks ago after iPhone users took to social media to complain about their front-facing cameras automatically and aggressively smoothing out skin details.

A Review and Teardown of the ‘S**t’ Yashica Y35 Camera

The Yashica Y35 camera was hugely hyped as a revival of an iconic Japanese camera brand and raised over $1 million on Kickstarter, but as backers have started receiving their cameras, reviews have been overwhelmingly horrible. The Vancouver, Canada-based Point&ShootClub published this 15-minute video review of the camera (Beware: it’s angry and has strong language). Just as early backers have reported, Point&ShootClub found the camera to have poor build quality, unreliable/non-working functionality, an incompatible cable, non-existent “autofocus”, a “black-and-white” “film” that doesn’t actually shoot monochrome, and more. “I regret the day I paid [for] this,” the reviewer states. “If film
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Pixii is a Digital Rangefinder with an M Mount, Global Shutter, and Phone Link

A French startup called PIXII has unveiled its new Pixii camera. It’s an unusual digital rangefinder camera (with a real rangefinder, not just rangefinder looks) that represents the company’s “radical take on what a modern camera should be.” “The digital camera hasn’t changed much since the 90s,” says PIXII founder David Barth. “But now the new generation is learning photography with a smartphone: who understands why a camera still needs to bother with a screen or an SD card?” The Pixii camera is designed to be paired closely with your smartphone. Instead of having an LCD screen on
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A Teardown of the Canon EOS R

Want to see the internals of Canon’s first full-frame mirrorless camera? Roger Cicala over at LensRentals disassembled the new Canon EOS R to look at the design and engineering going on inside. Here are some snapshots taken during the teardown:
The main PCB in the camera. The shutter motor and electronics are below now, whereas in DSLRs they’re usually to one side.
Removing the top assembly.
After removing the PCB, we see the green image sensor board, the shutter mechanism below, and the black battery box.
The front view of the stripped-down camera.
“One thing that struck me is that
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Why Kodak Died and Fujifilm Thrived: A Tale of Two Film Companies

The Kodak moment is gone, but today Fujifilm thrives after a massive reorganization. Here is a detailed analysis based on firsthand accounts from top executives and factual financial data to understand how and why the destinies of two similar companies went in opposite directions.

The Situation before the Film Crisis: A Profitable and Secure Market

Even though Kodak and Fujifilm produced cameras, their core business was centered on film and post-processing sales. According to Forbes, Kodak “gladly gave away cameras in exchange for getting people hooked on paying to have their photos developed — yielding Kodak a nice annuity
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A Comparison of Camera Sensor Sizes in Photography

I’m photographer Jay P. Morgan, and in this video and article, we are going to be taking a look at four different sensor sizes and see how they compare with one another. First, we have the $6,500 Hasselblad X1D, which is a medium format camera, it’s the largest digital sensor on the market right now. The Sony a7R III is a full-frame camera, the Canon 7D has a cropped APS-C sensor, and the Panasonic GH5 is Micro 4/3. We are going to take a look at how they match up to each other in regards to depth of field,
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Yashica’s ‘Unexpected’ Y35 Camera is Worse Than Anyone Expected

The Japanese brand Yashica stirred up a great deal of excitement in the photo world in 2017 by teasing its return to the camera industry. In October 2017, it unveiled the Yashica Y35 digiFilm camera and raised over $1 million on Kickstarter. Backers are now receiving their cameras, and the initial reaction has been overwhelmingly negative. Yashica’s many teasers for the Y35 camera told photographers to “expect the unexpected.” The camera turned out to be a minimalist digital camera that features pretend rolls of film that are used to choose your photo style, aspect ratio, and ISO combinations (instead
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Sony Beats Canon EOS R and Nikon Z7 in Dynamic Range

Photonstophotos has published its dynamic range test results for the new Canon EOS R and Nikon Z7 full-frame mirrorless cameras. The numbers show that both Canon and Nikon trail the performance of Sony’s cameras. Here’s the comparison chart by Photonstophotos: At ISO 100, the Sony a7R III has a Photographic Dynamic Range (PDR) of 11.64, the Nikon Z7 is 10.98, and the Canon EOS R is in last with 10.6. The Nikon Z7 does have a lower native minimum ISO of 64, but even there it has a PDR of 11.56, which still trails the
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Here Are Photos Shot on the Rebooted Kodak Ektachrome Film

When Kodak needed experienced photographers to beta test its new Ektachrome 100 film before it launched, one of the few people it chose was award-winning travel photographer Peter Guttman. Guttman is the author behind eight hardcover photo books that cover his adventures around the world across all 7 continents and over 240 countries. He spent two weeks shooting on Ektachrome 100 and shared his results through an Instagram takeover on the Kodak Professional account in early September. “Between assignments abroad, and with only a fortnight to shoot this new film, I quickly realized I’d have to forgo the foreign
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If You Backed Meyer Optik Görlitz on Kickstarter, Your Money is Gone

If you backed a Meyer Optik Görlitz lens on Kickstarter and are still waiting for your reward to arrive, there’s some bad news for you: it never will, and your money is now gone. net SE, the company behind those lenses and other vintage brand reboots, is dead. The news was first reported by photoscala after an official notice was published to direct claims to a law firm. This news comes less than two months after we reported on the nightmare happening behind the scenes at the company, which launched new Kickstarter after Kickstarter in order to fund existing
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openSX70: Teaching the Old Polaroid SX-70 New Tricks

Polaroid began to market the SX-70 camera in Florida in late 1972, about 46 years ago. The camera was a technology and design icon from day one, the brainchild of Dr. Edwin Land. Brought back to life by the Impossible Project in 2008 (now Polaroid Originals), it is still considered the best instant camera in the world, even by today’s standards. openSX70 is a project I run that aims to replace the Apollo-era PCB “brain” on the SX70 Polaroid camera with a modern Arduino-based easy to program PCB. This would allow us to add “manual control” to the camera, studio
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Leaked Photos of Leica M10-D Show Mysterious Advance Lever

Photos of a not-yet-announced Leica M10-D digital rangefinder have leaked, and the sneak peek shows the M10-D will have an unusual feature among digital M rangefinders. The photos were first published by the Japanese camera rumor site Nokishita. On the top plate of the M10-D, attached to the shutter button, is what looks like a film advance lever that was used in film Leicas to move the film between the two spools in the camera one frame at a time. When the M series went from analog to digital between the M7 and M8, the advance lever (understandably) disappeared. Here’s
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Camera Autofocus Systems Explained: Phase, Contrast, Hybrid, DFD

Camera manufacturers have been utilizing different types of autofocus systems in modern digital cameras. If you’d like a primer on how each one works, here’s a fantastic 18-minute video by tech tester Gerald Undone that will bring you up to speed. Gerald examines the systems in three cameras: the Canon EOS R with its Dual Pixel AF, the Sony a7 III with its hybrid phase-detection, and the Panasonic Lumix G9 with its Depth from Defocus (DFD) technology. In addition to explaining how the major AF systems work, Gerald also helpfully explains strengths and shortcomings, giving you the knowledge you need
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KiiPix is a $40 Analog Instax Printer for Smartphone Photos

Holga’s recently-announced Holga Printer will let you turn smartphone photos into Instax prints without needing a battery, but that printer will cost at least $48 and won’t arrive until after March 2019. KiiPix is a $40 analog printer that’s essentially the same, and it’s already available. The designs of the two printers are strangely similar — it’s unclear whether the Holga Printer is simply a rebranded version of the KiiPix product. Using KiiPix is also super simple: open the printer up, make sure there’s film inside, place your phone on the holder, and print by pressing the lever on the
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This Cluster Light is Made of 7 Godox AD200 Flashes

Like most photographers who have been working for many years, I have my favorite, go-to lights. These include the Broncolor Para 88, 133, and 222; the Broncolor ‘pre-2006 style’ Flooters; the Elinchrom Zoom Spots; and Elinchrom Litemotiv Indirect. Note: This article contains a portrait that may not be work safe. I have adapted all of these modifiers within the last year to fit the Flashpoint 1200H remote heads, as well as the 600Pro (AKA Godox AD600 Pro) and 600H Pro, as I prefer these mobile, lightweight, HSS capable flashes for the flexibility they provide over any other current brands
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Sony HX99 is a Tiny Camera with 28x Optical Zoom and 4K Video

Sony has announced the new Cyber-shot HX99, what the company calls “the world’s smallest travel high zoom camera.” The camera features a powerful 28x zoom and 4K video recording. At the core of the camera is an 18.2-megapixel backside-illuminated 1/2.3-inch Exmore R CMOS sensor with an ISO range of 80-12800 and 10fps continuous shooting. On the front of the camera is a 24-720mm (35mm equiv.) zoom lens with 28x optical zoom. Clear Image Zoom provides digital zoom up to 1440mm. The features of the camera are unusual considering its size: measuring just 4×2.3×1.4
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Dell Unveils the World’s First 49-inch Monitor with Dual QHD Resolution

If editing panorama photos if what you do all day long, you might want to take a look at Dell’s new UltraSharp 49 Curved Monitor, model name U4919DW. It’s the world’s first 49-inch display with dual QHD resolution. The monitor features a “revolutionary ultra-wide” 32:9 aspect ratio and is designed to replace two 27-inch QHD monitors. The massive screen real estate provides 5120×1440 in resolution and in-plane switching (IPS) technology that “allows users to view more content and see fine details with consistent color across a wide viewing angle.” A built-in KVM switch allows you to switch between different
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The World’s Fastest Camera Can Shoot 10 Trillion Frames Per Second

Researchers have created a new world’s fastest camera. Called T-CUP, the camera can capture a mind-boggling 10 trillion frames per second. The camera was developed by scientists at the INRS branch of the Université du Québec in Canada, and it doubles the previous record speed. Lund University’s FRAME camera boasted 5 trillion frames per second in 2017, beating out MIT’s one-trillion-frame-per-second camera of 2011. At 10 trillion frames per second, T-CUP is able to freeze time in order to see and study things that are traditionally too fast to visualize — things like laser pulses can be seen in
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