Our good friends over at Popular Photography headed to the PhotoPlus expo yesterday to check out the best new camera gear first-hand. This year's crop is a good one, including a photographer's jacket reinforced with Kevlar, the awesome 3-D Sony binoculars we wrote about this summer, and this brand-new Zeiss lens, a manual-focus, wide-angle job that looks amazing. Check out the gallery over at PopPhoto.
Darren Samuelson had just taken his last photo of Manhattan when the police arrived. He and his father had been working from an empty dock across the Hudson River, and the authorities wanted to know why they were pointing a five-foot-tall, six foot-long, 70-pound folding contraption at the city. Samuelson pleaded that it was a camera, and that he was just a tourist.
As a PopSci reader (and likely smartphone user), I'm willing to bet you're also a photographer. Thanks to the collision of digital cameras and the Internet, you and I are living through the most remarkable and historic period for photography since its invention. And today, our sister publication American Photo is launching a new website to guide you through this revolutionary--at times even overwhelming--moment. There you'll find amazing work from emerging and established photographers, along with in-depth features guiding you through the today's exciting world of photography. It's a daily, definitive guide, following a truly integral and fascinating aspect of today's culture—the photographic image. Check it out!
Our sister site Popular Photography is awfully excited about the newly announced Canon EOS-1D X, an absolute beast of a DSLR. The full-frame camera offers full burst capability at 12 frames per second, it has a top standard ISO of 51,200, it's got a totally new sensor that tracks subjects by shape and/or color, and its pixels are 22% bigger than its predecessor's. In short, this is one badass shooter, hence its hefty pricetag: $6,800. Read more over at PopPhoto.
Our friends at Popular Photography found a concept camera we'd definitely love to try: a throwable, ball-shaped camera that uses its 36 cellphone camera sensors to take a 360° panoramic shot when thrown. It actually senses the apogee of its toss--the moment when it's suspended at its highest point--and captures its entire surroundings simultaneously. Check out more at PopPhoto, including a video of the ball in action. What can we say? We love ball-shaped things.
Turn an iPad into an accessory that can frame, light, and store professional-looking photographs
By Jake Ludington
Posted 10.08.2011 at 3:43 pm 1 Comment
Photographers have been using Apple’s tablet for viewing and sharing photos since it came out, but the device can also be a useful tool for enhancing shoots in the studio and on location. With the right apps and, in some cases, a few additional accessories, the iPad can work as a remote for setting up shots, an easy-tomaneuver light source, a second screen for editing, and more.
Our friends at Popular Photography just posted a thorough test of the thoroughly awesome Sony A77 DSLR, the better-in-every-way followup to last year's A55, which PopPhoto actually declared the Camera of the Year. It's got a brand-new 24.3MP sensor, the world's first electronic OLED viewfinder, and, most satisfyingly, an overall rating of Excellent in PopPhoto's tests--no mean feat. Oh, and it's $200 cheaper than competing Nikon and Canon models. Read the full test here.
Curious about what the photos from that schmancy new tiny mirrorless Nikon camera actually look like? Our buddy Dan Bracaglia over at Popular Photography spent all day today meticulously testing the camera to its limit, throwing tricky lighting situations and difficult-to-reproduce colors at it, pushing its ISO abilities as far as they'd go. How does it fare? Not bad, actually! Check out the evidence in PopPhoto's gallery.
Our friends over at PopPhoto got a look at the new Nikon J1 and V1, Nikon's first forays into mirrorless cameras. The big benefit of mirrorless cameras is a huge reduction in size from DSLRs--almost as small as point-and-shoots--with, theoretically, not a huge drop-down in image quality (we loved, for example, Sony's NEX-5, a similar idea). What's especially great about these Nikons is that there will be an adapter available so that you can use any F-Mount (Nikon's 35mm SLR mount) lens, so you won't have to buy a ton of new glass if you're already a Nikon user. Check out PopPhoto to see impressions and a full run-down of the new cameras. [PopPhoto]
Canon's S90 ushered in a new era of point-and-shoots, where a pocketable camera offered control and quality almost equal to a DSLR. The newest model in this line, the S100, continues the trend: the sensor gets a bump from 10-megapixel to 12.1, it has a new processor (claimed to be faster, more accurate in low light, and with better color reproduction), the ISO and video resolution have improved, and it's got built-in GPS geotagging, so you'll know where your photos were taken. Our friends at Popular Photography call it a "robust update," and considering it's updating just about the best point-and-shoot on the market, that's saying something. Read more at PopPhoto.
By Mark Wilson
Posted 09.01.2011 at 1:08 am 0 Comments
This fall, capturing postcard-worthy images of wide vistas and vibrant scenery doesn’t have to mean lugging a pro kit on your next hike; in fact, quite the opposite. The right camera, tripod, memory card and lens make for more user-friendly shooting and sharing.
Rob Spence, a self-proclaimed "Eyeborg," had his eye, which was damaged in a shotgun accident, replaced with a camera about two years ago. It's not too much of a stretch for Spence, who otherwise works as a filmmaker--and now he's been sponsored by video game maker Square Enix, which commissioned Spence to create a video about prostheses to promote their new game, Deux Ex: Human Revolution.
On his blog, which is endearingly named Eyeborg, Spence has posted a new twelve-minute video.
This 8x10-inch sensor--about 60 times the size of a full-frame DSLR sensor--is the creation of photographer Mitchell Feinberg, who was sick of spending thousands of dollars on expensive film previews of his work. The sensor (which, he says, cost as much as "a good-sized house--before the housing crash") replaces the Polaroid backs that many photographers use to test exposure. But since these professional-grade Polaroids are so expensive these days due to their huge size and scarcity, he created this sensor (named the Maxback), which lets him see exactly how his shots would look on film, but in only 30 seconds and with no added cost. It's not to be used for regular photography--the resolution is too low for a regular print spread--but to properly simulate how his shots would look on (gigantic) film, a DSLR just wouldn't cut it. You can read more about it at Popular Photography.
Every month we search far and wide to bring you a dozen of the best new ideas in gear. These gadgets are the first, the best and the latest. Check out the gallery below to get the first look at what consumer technology has brought us this month.
Sony announced a pair of new DSLRs in their Alpha line today, named the A77 and A65. As our sister publication Pop Photo awarded Sony's A55 the camera of the year award in 2010, we sit up and take notice whenever Sony releases a new flagship DSLR--and we're glad we did this time, because good lord, these are some impressive cameras.
Five amazing, clean technologies that will set us free, in this month's energy-focused issue. Also: how to build a better bomb detector, the robotic toys that are raising your children, a human catapult, the world's smallest arcade, and much more.