Lomography Petzval Portrait Lens

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Lomography has announced its newest product, the Petzval portrait lens. Designed for Canon and Nikon SLR cameras, this 85mm f/2.2 lens has an angle of view of 30 degrees, close-focus distance of 1m, a 67mm filter thread, multi-coated lens elements – and a totally unique bokeh that is said to be “impossible to reproduce with any filters or computer programs”. The recreation of the original Petzval lens – which was invented in 1840 by the Hungarian engineer and mathematician József Petzvál – is funded through a Kickstarter project. Those who donate $300 or more Continue reading

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Hasselblad Stellar

 

hStellar-550x367The Hasselblad Stellar is a 20-megapixel compact camera with a 28-100mm (eq.) f/1.8-4.9 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens and a 1″-type sensor. Modelled on the Sony RX100, the Hasselblad Stellar retains all the headline specifications and adds a wooden grip. The company has set up a dedicated microsite for the Hasselblad Stellar, but has not officially announced its suggested retail price yet. The camera will go on sale later this month.

Corel Painter X3

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Corel today released the English version of Corel Painter X3. New features and highlights include crosshair cloning, 25 new jitter brushes, a brush search engine, new perspective guides, smart brush controls, a new reference image panel, flow maps, and the ability to apply a transformation to a selection across multiple layers. The full version of Painter X3 is available for £311 (including VAT) and the upgrade, Continue reading

Summer scenes 2013

Summer scenes 2013

Heading to camp, cooling off, stormy afternoons, and visiting the ice cream vendor must mean a change of seasons. The northern hemisphere a week ago marked the summer solstice, the day with the most sunlight of the year and the official kickoff for summer. — Lloyd Young

Manfrotto and Gitzo Launch New Promotion

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Manfrotto and Gitzo have just launched a new promotion offering birdwatchers the chance to improve their arsenal of birding kit. Running until 31st August 2013, this new offer enables any UK resident to get 5% off the purchase of selected Gitzo and Manfrotto birdwatching supports, plusfree shipping. There are no restrictions on the number of purchases per customer, but the offer cannot be combined with any other online promotions. For more information, visit one of the websites below. Continue reading

Sony Cyber-shot RX1R

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The Sony Cyber-shot RX1R is a new 35mm full-frame compact camera without an optical low-pass filter. To compensate for the OLPF’s removal, the RX1R’s processing functions have been optimised to maintain image sharpness without compromising lens/sensor performance. Designed to deliver the sharpest ever detail, the Cyber-shot RX1R has the same 24.3 effective megapixel sensor and Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* F2 lens as the original RX1 model. Continue reading

Yahoo! Buys GhostBird Software, Maker of KitCam and PhotoForge for iOS

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Software company GhostBird has made itself a reputation for making apps that have powerful editing tools like layers and curves, even on a relatively restrained platform like iOS. Both KitCamand PhotoForge are widely used and popular mobile photo tools. Now Ghostbird has been acquired by Yahoo!, and those apps will be no more. Continue reading