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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!

Nikon: “Do Not Breathe on the Lens”

You’re in a pinch and some kid who’s never seen a camera before just grabbed yours, front element first, leaving a nice handprint just before your shot of the usually stern village chief lifting his kid into the air. There’s no time to grab that lens cleaner in your bag, so what do you do? You open your mouth in an ‘O’ and breathe hot air on the front, and then rub your lens off gently with your shirt, right? Wrong. [more]

Canon’s New 200-400mm f/4L IS 1.4x TC Lens Around the Corner?

Canon’s highly anticipated dream lens, the 200-400mm f/4 with a built-in 1.4x teleconverter that was seen at the Olympics has been used “in the wild.” CanonRumors reports that one of its readers, Ben, got to use the likely $11,000 lens in South Africa for a bit after speaking with a product manager… [more]

New Nikon DSLR Rumors Out for 2013

NikonRumors just gave us a few more rumors for new DSLR releases to come from Nikon next year. Among them is a claim that the D7000 and D300s lines will be consolidated into one semi-pro body APS-C camera that will sit just between the D5200 and D800… [more]

A Lion Goes to Town on a Canon 5D Mark II and Lens

Ed Hetherington was photographing animal life in Kenya from a remote on-the-ground setup when a lion approached and found it rather odd…and oddly tasty. The series of images that followed show the lion sniffing, carrying, and enjoying the camera for a while. The lens survived despite getting a little dirty, but the body wasn’t so lucky… [more]

Fuji X-Pro 1 and Olympus OM-D E-M5 Discounts

Our second-place mirrorless camera, the Fuji X-Pro 1, is discounted up to $600 with the purchase of a lens on B&H, where the body is $300 off its original price and adding a lens takes an additional $300 off (that’s essentially a free 18mm f/2 lens over the price a few weeks ago). Just add the items to your cart for the automatic deal. Additionally, the weather-sealed, durable and overall awesome Olympus OM-D E-M5 kits (our first place winner) are up to $100 off at B&H.

Promise J4 Thunderbolt SSD and Hard Drive Enclosure Finally Available!

It’s Cyber Monday, of course. And all those deals are pretty tempting. But Promise has their own treat for us today: the J4 4-bay enclosure that holds 2.5″ SSD or normal hard drives for extreme speed over a Thunderbolt interface. Pre-order this enclosure now with or without four 500GB hard drives for $387 or $775 respectively. There’s another bonus, too, though… [more]

Is Photography Dead: An Infographic History of Photography

I’m not sure how valid the question is. Isn’t it obvious…? Photography is more alive than ever. But this little graphic story gets to that point. For those interested in some of photography’s most humble beginnings and boldest moves forward, or to see how much you really know, check out Overgram’s infographic about the invention of the photograph and its transition from analogue to digital to everywhere… [more]

Ben Von Wong’s Epic Hair in Slow Motion

Von Wong is at it again in this super slow motion (700fps) video that has adds a certain ‘epic’ quality to a funny story about — you guessed it — his hair. Featured is a quick BTSV talking about the gear he used, but we have the full slow-mo tilt-shift video. [more]

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.3 and Camera Raw 7.3 Release Candidates Available for Download

Adobe released the new Lightroom 4.3 and Camera Raw 7.3 release candidates through Adobe Labs, today, giving support for the Retina MacBook Pro displays as well as full support for the Nikon D600 and more! [more]

Nikon D5200 DSLR Announced!

Nikon’s newest update, the D5200, is now out. Replacing the D5100, the D5200 features a 24.1MP APS-C DX sensor, 100-6400 native ISO, and a fully variable 3-inch LCD screen… [more]

Pentax K-01 Price Now Cut in Half!

Photorumors.com points out that the Pentax K-01 reviewed earlier is now half price! That makes it one of (if not, the) cheapest APS-C mirrorless cameras out there. [more]

TIME Magazine’s Recent Cover Shot with iPhone and Hipstamatic

Okay, so with proper lighting, good make-up, and the right wardrobe, we know we can get great fashion images with the iPhone. But for those of you who thought it could never be used for news, think again. TIME Magazine’s recent cover, shot by Ben Lowy, was shot on an iPhone using the popular Hipstamatic app. [more]

DxOMark Rates Canon 1D X Worse than the Three-Year-Old Nikon D3s

The Canon 1D X is the most expensive among the mainstream, full frame, professional DSLRs out there, and its scores on DxOMark aren’t going to help the camera sell… [more]

Mirrorless Camera Roundup: So Who’s the Best?

Fstoppers Mirrorless Month really got me rethinking the entire small-camera strategy. I’m normally someone who doesn’t mind lugging a camera mounted to an 18th-century cannon, so long as it can take better photographs than the thing before it. But holding so many small cameras every day gets me thinking, is there another, better way to do this? And if so, what’s the best…? [more]

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 Mirrorless Camera Review

The Panasonic Lumix DMC-GX1 is a fine camera, if unassuming. But that quality might make it something you’d really enjoy using — it’s a certain stealthy quality. At the very least, you’ll want to give this one a second look. [more]

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