Many of the super-expensive auction items we write about here on the site are collector’s items that aren’t really meant to be used for photography anymore. This massive collection of Canon manual-focus bodies and FD lenses, however, looks like it would be a ton of fun to run some rolls of film through.
The auction only includes three fairly common base camera bodies, including a pair of F-1s and an A-1, but the interesting part is how many accessories come bundled with them. That beautiful monster up above is an F-1 Los Angeles that was released for the Olympic Games. It’s a veritable Voltron with the motor drives, high-powered battery packs, extended film chamber, and even alternative screens and finders. The other bodies have a similar suite of awesome accessories.
On the lens front, the auction has some real gems, many of which come from the original L-series manual-focus line-up. The massive FD 800mm F/5.6 alone is quite a find. The auction has everything from wide angle primes like the 24mm F/1.4L to some classic zooms like the 80-200mm F/4.
The rest of the auction includes extenders, converters, caps, original battery packs, a couple old flashes, “more than a hundred original Canon filters,” and tons of documentation.
Sadly, since Canon changed the flange distance when they went from their FD mount to the EF mount, none of these will work easily with modern Canon DSLRs. However, it sure would be amazing to grab a brick of film, load up the bodies with the big lenses and pretend it’s the good old days.
This new bill could put an end to street photography in the state
Arkansas Senate has been working to pass bill SB-79, named the Personal Rights Protection Act, which claims to protect citizens privacy rights when in public. While this is essentially true, it would also make street photography impossible without breaking the law.
Because of this, prominent photography groups are taking action to stop the bill before it becomes law in the state of Arkansas.
The ASMP writes, “The implications of this bill are staggering. For example, an image showing recognizable people posted to the Internet for a use that would not require written consent anywhere else in the world could leave you open to a lawsuit just because someone in Arkansas could view it online.”
The group goes on to say, “SB-79 places an unprecedented burden on all photographers whose work could be viewed within the state of Arkansas to either get explicit consent from every individual whose likeness appears in all of their photographs or risk defending themselves in a lawsuit where they will have to shoulder the burden of proving the use of their photographs qualifies as an exempted use.”
The bill must be vetoed by March 31st, 2015 in order to stop it from becoming a law. If you want to take action, follow the instructions here.
La semana pasada te mostré 5 trucos para sacarle mayor provecho a tu cámara. Si no habías leído el artículo te recomiendo le eches un vistazo y te asegures de conocer los primeros 5 trucos que hablábamos. Hoy te traigo otra tanda de funciones que la mayoría de las cámaras réflex de hoy en día […]
La Semana Santa ha comenzado y nos deja un montón de instantáneas dignas de inmortalizar, te reto a que nos envíes una de ellas. ¿Cómo Funciona? (Recordatorio) Cada semana propondré un nuevo reto, se trata de un tema que tendréis que plasmar en una fotografía y subirla a la página de Facebook del blog poniendo en la […]
PetaPixel reported today that a new camera from a Chinese company called MiNT is gearing up to release the InstantFlex TL70. The TL70 has that classic twin reflex design and shoots Fujifilm Instax film. The camera will cost $319 and have a built in flash, adjustments for aperture, focus and exposure and the ability to make long-exposures. No word yet on when the camera will be available and if it will be for sale outside of China.
Good light is crucial for all styles of photography, but when you are focused on photographing details that are easily missed by the naked eye, but captured through the magic of macro photography it becomes even more crucial. Adaptalux, which is currently raising funds on Kickstarter, wants to give macro shooters more control when it comes to lighting those small details.
The mini lighting studio has a modular design which makes it easy to customize. A control pod allows you to plug in up to five lighting arms that emit continuous LED light. The arms are made out of a flexible material so they can be adjusted, come in five different colors (white, red, blue, green and amber) and can be adjusted for brightness using the control pod. It also comes with diffusers and color filters that can be popped onto the end of each lighting arm. The Adaptalux is small enough that you can mount it to the top of your camera. You can also mount it on a tripod, placed on a table or in conjunction with a product called the Adaptalux Stabilizer.
During the Kickstarter campaign you can pick up a pick up a Control Pod, four lighting arms, three diffusors and two color filters for £170 (approximately $272 USD). Adaptalux will be raising funds for this product through May 2. Check out their Kickstarter campaign here.
The Pentax 67 has a big wooden handle and one of the best shutter sounds in the history of cameras
Peter Hurley is one of the most renowned headshot photographers in the world and he typically spends his time shooting with a medium format digital camera or a DSLR. However, when we asked him to pull out his favorite camera, he went digging in his studio for a true classic: The Pentax 67.
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This is a medium format camera that shoots 6x7 images, which isn't all that uncommon, but it was built like a traditonal DSLR. So, rather than having interchangeable backs like the Mamiya 67 format cameras, you actually had to open the back and load the film like you would a 35mm camera. You had to do it fairly often, too, because with images that big, a single roll of 110 will only get you 10 photos.
Hurley's Pentax is in pristine shape. Be sure to check out the video if only so you can hear the awesome shutter sound the camera has. With a mirror box that big, pushing the shutter results in a loud and satisfying "kathunk."
Now you don't need to have Amazon Prime to take advantage of their massive storage service
If you're an Amazon Prime member, you're probably already taking advantage of the "free unlimited photo storage" that's included as part of the account. But, now Amazon is offering the Cloud Drive service to non-Prime members for the rather cheap price of $12 per year.
The competition between companies that want to store your photos is getting extremely intense. Google offers unlimited storage of photos under 2048 pixels, Flickr will give you a free TB of storage, and DropBox has substantially upped its allowance in recent years. The concept of completely unlimited storage including raw files for a dollar per month, however, is extremely appealing.
The Cloud Drive interface isn't exactly as polished as some and the sharing functions aren't as robust as you would get with Dropbox, but you can preview your raw files and it does also automatically upload the pictures from your phone.
So, even if you already have a solution that you like for keeping a cloud backup, this might be worth doing just because of how cheap it is. Sure, you'll have to re-upload all your photos again over the web, which may take, well, forever, but extra security sure is nice.
You also get 5 GB of general storage for other stuff that isn't photos, but you can kick that up to unlimited too if you're willing to pony up $60 per year.
Have any of you Amazon Prime members using this already on the regular? How has it been working out for you?
La composición en una fotografía es la forma en la que dispones todos los elementos de la escena dentro del encuadre. De ella dependerá que tu trabajo tenga más o menos atractivo, de hecho la composición es una de las claves más importantes (si no la más importante) para que tu fotografía destaque sobre el […]
There isn't a ton of information provided on the actual auction site, which is being put on by Leica Store Lisse, but there are nice photos of each model. There are several 6000-series cameras, as well as a sweet-looking SLX, and even a clear model (above) that I believe was used by the Rolleiflex sales reps to show the internal workings of the camera (a clear body isn't very good for film).
Obviously, with that kind of insane price tag, the whole thing is meant for a serious collector, but I can't help but think about how sweet it would be to go out shooting with that awesome grey 6003. Ultimately, the auction doesn't seem like it's probably worth the high asking cost since Rolleiflex doesn't quite have the rabid collecting fanbase like Leica does. But, I've been surprised by rare camera auctions before.
New camera profiles and upgraded color correction tools make their way to Capture One Pro
When it comes to Raw photo editors, Capture One Pro is certainly up there with the best of them, and the new version brings with it some serious upgrades in terms of color correction.
Version 8.2 is currently available to download as a free update to users who already own Capture One Pro 8. it adds a selection of new compatible cameras and lens profiles, but the big update is the Three-Way Color Balance Tool.
The new tool lets you adjust color balance globally, but also makes it easier to make tweaks that are specific to shadows, mid tones, and highlights. According to Phase One, the software does a better job of tweaking color while preserving brightness values. You can also customize the appearance and performance of the tool, so if you have a particular preference, you can use it regularly.
I'm looking forward to giving the new tool an in-depth try in the next week or so. Anyone given it a test drive yet?
Here's the list of new supported cameras and lenses:
Las cámaras compactas tienen sus ventajas, no lo negaré, pero donde esté una buena réflex que se quiten las compactas. Me parece genial que puedas llevar tu cámara compacta a todas partes, es un tostón ir cargando con 2 kilos de cámara réflex, andar cambiando de objetivo según lo que quieras fotografiar, que sí que […]
Photography and mountain bikes are two things I'm supremely nerdy about, so when I saw photographer Rutger Pauw's shot of Danny MacAskill sending a gnarly drop in front of a massive solar eclipse, I was captivated.
The shot is one of those classic photos that people around the internet love to claim as a "fake," but this behind the scenes video shows the in-depth process that goes into planning something like this. They needed to find a spot where the photographer could use a massive 800mm lens in order to flatten out the scene and make the eclipse look big in the frame.
Because the sun was so bright in the frame, they needed to shoot a flash at MacAskill as he hit the drop, which meant firing a strobe that was almost 300 meters away. The whole thing is so planning intensive that I'm really glad the resulting image came out so wonderfully.
I also love the part of the video where the photographer makes this face:
Embrace the cliche, but do it with style and you can win a brand new, $250 MeFOTO tripod setup
Right now, Instagram is one of the biggest photo sharing platforms in the world. It's also one of the most controversial with photographers. Some shooters love it for its ability to share a steady stream of work with a wide variety of people. Others hate it for the large volume of, well, awful photography that propagates across the service. For the most part, though, we think Instagram is great, which is why we're throwing our first Instagram photo contest.
Since bringing up Instagram always compels people to make tired jokes about the various cliches that are prevalent on the service, we figured we'd lean into it.
Our first Instagram contest topic is: Food.
That's right, while all sorts of hacky "comedians" are telling you to stop posting pictures of your lunch, we're actually going to reward you for it. But, we're not looking for a crummy snapshot of your squashed breakfast sandwich. We want to see well-crafted photographs, just like you'd submit to one of our more formal contests.
To be clear, we don't want you to take the most cliche photo you can, but rather bring a fresh look to a cliche topic.
All you have to do is follow us on Instagram and post a photo with the tag #InstaClicheFood and our username @PopPhotoMag. We'll keep tabs on the submissions and pick a winner.
The winner will get a MeFOTO RoadTrip tripod with a SideKick360 Plus Smartphone Adapter, a total prize worth $250.
If you're a lighting nerd, then Paul C. Buff needs no real introduction. For those of you who may be unfamiliar, he's the eccentric, brilliant person responsible for some of the most innovative studio lighting products around. He created the original White Lightning strobes, and later went on to create the Alien Bee, the Einstein, and the Vagabond battery pack to power them all.
Here's the official announcement from his site:
With great sadness we announce that our founder, Paul C. Buff, passed away this week at the age of 78. He has been living with his beloved wife of 16 years, Deborah, and their extended family in their secondary home in Mobile, Alabama for over a year and passed away in this home with his family around him. Those of us who have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Paul have lost an invaluable mentor, an inspiring leader, and a treasured friend. The world has lost one of its most creative and adventurous pioneers.