Sony’s NEX series of mirror less cameras took everyone by surprise. I happen to own a NEX 5N and totally love it. The two camera majors Nikon and Canon have been trying to make an impact in the mirror less segment. However, none of their offerings were able to match up to the NEX series. Looks like that is about to change. Canon just announced their latest mirror less offering – the EOS M in Japan. Lets quickly run down the specs:
I never use a lens cap with my DSLR. The reason? They are a nuisance. No matter how much in habit you are, there will be a time you will miss a good shot because the lens cap was on and it took some precious seconds to hastily remove it and stuff it in your bag. And sometime late, you will waste 15 minutes looking for where you kept it.
Also, I never use a hood. I know they reduce glare. But they are a problem themselves. They add vignetting for wide angle zooms. And, If they don’t, they don’t work at the highest zoom level! It also takes up precious space in your camera bag. Also, have you ever tried changing a filter with a hood on?
Ah, well, it doesn’t exactly capture every thing, but it definitely changes the way we take pictures. Ever cursed yourself after taking a picture that you didn’t focus it well? Here’s a camera which lets you focus a scene after taking a picture.
This new camera from Lytro (a Light Field Camera) captures “all the light” on a particular shot and gives you a luxury to tweak your focus point later. If you have to do this using your regular camera, you’d need a ton of those to focus at different focus points on the scene and grab that information to be stored in multiple layers. Definitely not as easily.
Want a 500mm mega telephoto lens without spending a bomb? Here is an option. It’s not high quality, it’s not optically stabilized but it does what it says! It maybe be a bit blurry, may have some vignetting but in the end you’re gonna upload it to Instagr.am where it’ll automagically look nice.
I’ve somehow always been intrigued by clips of Flash bulbs in movies. Remember how James Stewart used them in Rear Window? Or how they showed people stepping over used Flash bulbs lying down on floor in The Aviator?
This video beats them all. It shows a Flash Bulb firing, shot at 1052 Frames per second using a Phantom Camera. In slow motion. Wow. Just wow.
Crank up the Brightness to max.
Lexar has introduced 128 GB SD 133x SDXC Cards. The card is fast, fast enough for HD 1080p video. And of course, it’s stores more than hard drives in most netbooks these days. On a rough calculation you can store almost 60,000 10 Megapixel High Quality JPEG images on a card. If you only shoot still images, it’ll take a long long time before you fill up this card. It’ll set you back by $400, but that’s the price you need to pay for convenience. Official Press release ahead.
This might look like the most ridiculous piece of gadget to a normal person. But for a Canon fanboy, this is a dream come true! A 1:1 replica of a Canon DSLR along with a >$1000 L Series glass that actually is a fully working MP3 player and speaker. The device can accepts input music from your PC, USB Devices or SD/MMC Cards and plays them through the built-in speaker or a standard 3.5mm headphone connector.
The only con, it’s almost as heavy as your DSLR. But I guess that’s intentional.
You can purchase it for $82.99 from Gadget4All.
Ever heard of Leica? You have if you ever read seriously about Photography. They are every Photographer’s dream. Here are some videos from Leica factory that shows them being assembled by hand.
If you haven’t heard of Leica, look at the recently launched Leica M9 Titanium first. Just FYI, it costs around $30,000.
According to a patent application filed by Nikon, they are working on a lens that has both manual and electronic zooming capabilities.
If you asked why do we need electronic zooming on DSLRs, then the answer is that this feature is primarily for the new cameras that also support video recording. Apparently handling a heavy DSLR and zooming the lens manually causes the body to shake beyond the control of the Vibration Control system of the lens. This along with constant auto-focusing causes really blurry video. And if you are trying to manually focus, don’t even think about handling two dials on your beefy camera in parallel. Having electronic zooming abilities will mean simple Point and Shoot like buttons on the camera body (or lens?) which will be easier to operate while you try to keep your camera steady.
Good news for all the owners of Nikon D40/D40x/D60 series of cameras! Nikon has launched a 35mm f1.8 prime lens with focus motor built-in. This means it’ll auto-focus with your crippled cameras. The lens will be priced $199.95 tentatively.
For simplicity, I’ll just list out the reasons why this is such a big news. Here you go:
That’s more than enough to sign me up. Time to save money!