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Adam Ottke

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Hey, there! I'm Adam, and I love writing for Fstoppers!I a lot of things that are going on in the photography world -- from gear and tech to fine art and odd adventures. If you ever have a question of any kind, don't hesitate to email me. I'm young, but I also have a lot of energy to research things I don't have the answer for right away -- so ask away! And if you want to see something on Fstoppers that you've seen or done yourself, go ahead and send it in. I'd love to see it!

Huge Savings on Canon and Nikon Lenses!

Canon and Nikon are both offering great discounts on some of their lenses. These aren’t rebates, either — they’re instant discounts! Lenses range from higher-end fast, pro glass to even DX lenses in Nikon’s sale. If you’re a Nikon shooter, you might want to hurry: “Offer ends March 2nd.” Canon’s runs through March 30th. [more]

The World’s Thinnest and Lightest Filters: Cokin Pure Harmonie

Cokin has a new line of filters, the Pure Harmonie filters, that offer the lightest and thinnest solution for your lenses. They come in various sizes and promise to be amongst the highest in quality. Now, I’ve owned some “thin-line” filters before by top European brands and was already impressed by those…so seeing these would intrigue me… [more]

Lomography Purple: Why Would You Want Your Greens to Be Purple?

Lomography is into film revivals lately, recently releasing something quite similar to Kodak’s discontinued Aerochrome film, Lomography Purple. What’s so special about Lomography Purple? It changes all of your greens into a bright purple color. Surely such psychedelic effects will be revered by hipsters, lomographers, and acid-dropping enthusiasts around the world, but what is the actual use of such a film? Believe it or not, there is one (or two)… [more]

Fuji X-Pro 1 and X-E1 Firmware Updates Now Available!

Fuji previously released firmware updates that upgraded the X-Pro 1′s autofocus performance, among other things, turning it into another kind of beast. Now, they again promise AF accuracy improvements and more for the X-Pro 1, X-E1, and XF 35mm f1.4 lens. [more]

CP+ Show in Japan Sees Tons of New Nikon Gear!

CP+ kicked off and has led to a ton of Nikon announcements, including the new 800mm super-telephoto beast, now available for pre-order, an AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G, firmware updates to the Nikon D4, and even updates to an array of smaller, compact and semi-compact Nikon cameras… [more]

What Chernobyl Looks Like Almost Three Decades Later…

Photographer Sergei Gaschak photographed an area deemed uninhabitable to humans: the Chernobyl disaster’s ‘fallout zone.’ While a few people do still choose to live there, animals are more known to have inhabited the area, unaware, obviously, of the radiation that they expose themselves to. Still, few abnormalities seem to form in these animals, apparently, despite the few examples of albino spots and some more serious effects on various swallows. [more]

Lomography: News and Product Updates

Lomography has been around for a while now, known and loved for its crazy light leaks and cool hipster style that Instagram has tried tried to emulate for years for mobile digital imaging networkers (smartphone users). They have great stuff not only for the hipster society, but also for anyone starting out in photography, as their cameras are extremely affordable. A new Lomography Smartphone Film Scanner and the Peacock 110 X-Pro film are among the newest products Lomography has to offer… [more]

Kodak-Branded PixPro S1 Camera: Will It Help?

Kodak struck a deal to allow the use of its name with the production of a camera by JK Imaging that will be known as the Kodak PixPro S1 — a micro four-thirds mirrorless camera. Additionally, JK Imaging will also release future compact and superzoom cameras using the Kodak name. Is it just me, or does this seem cheap to anyone? Is this something that will help Kodak with its financial difficulties, or do you think it’s a poor product? [more]

Benjamin Von Wong: Craziest Photo Challenge Ever

Von Wong, who you should all know by now — if not from us, then from the million and one places he scurries around the world and online — was given a challenge by a friend, Sebastien Roignant: “To shoot and edit an insane image involving two orcs, a witch king, warrior, villager and a cinema theatre…all in 4 hours without having any information ahead of time.” Von Wong is also up for a [Framed] award for best conceptual photographer this year. Vote for him here. [more]

NEC PA301W 30″ Monitor w/ SpectraView Review

NEC is synonymous with high-end displays. Everyone knows they produce great monitors for professional imaging applications. But if they know that much, they also know they’re quite expensive. So why should you pay thousands of dollars for the PA301W 30” monitor when you can get one for a few hundred? What’s the difference? And is it worth it? Let’s find out… [more]

Broken Night: Short Made Entirely on Nikon D800 Now Available

Nikon, who is responsible for making the film, Broken Night, to promote the Nikon D800, has now finally made it available online. The film shows off some of the low-light and shallow depth of field capabilities of the D800′s full frame sensor. You can see the 10-minute short and behind-the-scenes clips online at BrokenNightMovie.com. [more]

Sergey Semenov Creates Stunning Interactive NYC Panorama

Sergey Semenov recently won the 2012 Major Amateur Award at the Pano Awards (for panoramic photography) for his interactive panorama of NYC, made up of thousands of aerial photographs stitched together from numerous helicopter tours up above the big apple… [more]

DxO Mark and the Compact Full-Frame Sony RX1

I was pleasantly surprised when I heard about the Sony RX1, a true, compact beast with a full-frame sensor. But I was less than impressed with its price, thinking there’s no way this can really be as great as a high-end DSLR. Put up against the D800, the RX1 does surprisingly well in DxoMark’s tests, however… [more]

More Info on Sigma’s SM Dock

In an interesting development, four months ago, Sigma announced a dock that allows you to connect your Sigma lens to your computer and adjust custom settings, but we have today we have more information, expanding on what we already posted then. You can adjust setting like a new minimum focus distance, autofocus speed, optical stabilization parameters and more. It’ll even let you update the lens firmware. This is pretty neat, I think, and the first such product of its kind to my knowledge. [more]

Lexar Announces New XQD and 256GB SDXC Cards

Until now, Sony has been the only XQD card manufacturer (you know, for those crazy fast, kind of small, and weird format cards that go into your Nikon D4). Finally, Lexar has announced their own 32GB ($299.99) and 64GB ($579.99) versions along with a USB 3.0 XQD card reader. The cards feature read speeds of up to 168MB/s (1100x) and slower write speeds that aren’t yet stated. A 256GB SDXC 600x card was also announced, holding the high-end for both capacity and speed of Lexar’s SD card lineup. [more]

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