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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!

Faster Sony S Series XQD Cards

Sony just announced a new S Series XQD card that increases the speed of the card to 168MB/s — that’s just past the limit of the compact flash card. [more]

Hasselblad, Phase One, or the New Nokia 808 Pureview?

Some might say we’re a little iPhone-biased. Well, this might change some things. The new Nokia 808 Pureview has not 8, not 20, but 38 usable megapixels packed in its shell! It’s a little thicker than the new iPad right where the camera is, but the rest stays remarkably thin. Even if it’s $700 or more (according to eBay pre-order listings), I can’t wait for a Nokia 808 v. Hasselblad H4D-40 shootout! [more]

First Sony, Now JVC with a New Action Cam

After Sony’s teaser, JVC’s new action cam, the GC-XA1 Adixxion, seems to want the action camera market all to themselves. Full HD, a 1.5″ screen, and 5x zoom will come standard on most of these kinds of devices. But what sets this apart? How about the shock-, water-, dust-, and freeze-proof housing that it’s in? Or the standard Wifi included? [more]

Sony’s Newest Tiny Addition: A GoPro Killer?

We’re still missing some key information, so it’s hard to say. But Sony’s gunning for GoPro with their newest little action camera. [more]

Leica Announces Oskar Barnack 2012 Winners

Every year, Leica hosts a quite prestigious contest, offering the Leica Oskar Barnack Award. With categories for both professionals and newcomers, the contest enables winners to showcase their talents and gives the ultimate bragging rights. Main prizes include a Leica M9-P and lens! [more]

Why Megapixels Don’t Matter…

…Or do they? Camera manufacturers today — especially consumer camera manufacturers — have created sensors that keep growing the megapixel count on each chip year after year, meeting consumers’ general expectations for a higher number of ‘MP’ with every subsequent refresh. But what do these numbers really mean? Do you need all of those pixels? These are some of the many questions discussed in the full post article. [more]

Update: Nikon D400 and D600

We’ve already had info about D600 specs. But today we have new information, including D400 specs and even some leaked photos of the D600, Nikon’s entry-level full-frame DSLR! [more]

Student Final Project: Swallowing 35mm Film

Two Kingston University students (in the UK), Luke Evans and Josh Lake, each swallowed 35mm film, allowed their bodies to ‘process it,’ and then collected and developed it both in a darkroom. They then scanned the film with an electron microscope to digitize the images. Despite the rather odd method of collection, I’m sure, the results are quite interesting…and I can’t say I’ve seen anything like it. [more]

Pre-Order the Canon T4i and 40mm Pancake Now!

I’ve always held the opinion that Canon’s T1i-T3i series were the best-bang-for-the-buck cameras out there. And they really are. No fancy weather sealing or anything, but for someone looking to step up to a DSLR for under $1000, this T4i ($849) bumps everything up a notch. Add to that a bargain 40mm f2.8 pancake lens for true portability!? Way to go! [more]

New Gear: Larger Sensors in Smaller Cameras

How big is your sensor? While bigger is more expensive, bigger is also better — always. Thankfully, camera manufacturers are now able to fit larger sensors in smaller bodies, and for less money. And we like that. Check out these new announcements to stay on top of your large-sensor cameras. [more]

New Camera Captures 4 Billion Pixels Per Second

How do you figure that? 33MP at 120fps. That’s right — 33 megapixels! Data transfer rate is 51.2Gbps! This is the camera that NHK built to supposedly replace HDTV “one day?” While we won’t see this replace HDTV for years and years, it’s an impressive feat, but one that might also fill a hard drive or ten a little too quickly. [more]

Music Video: 2000 Stills Held by Strangers

For his music video for the song Rivers and Homes, J.Viewz shot a ‘normal’ music video, had 2000 of its frames printed out, and re-shot and -animated together shots of several hundred fans holding those stills for the final piece — and the fans can tag themselves, too. While time-consuming, this is an elegantly simple idea with a great end result…
Via Doobybrain.com

Pre-order Canon’s Newest Pro Super-Teles Now!

Okay, so maybe it’s beyond your budget. But if you’ve been waiting for these updates, they’re finally here — Canon’s top of the line super-teles! With redesigned fluorite glass, 3-mode image stabilization, and a lightweight, magnesium/titanium design, there’s not much more a photographer could want. Can’t wait? Pre-order the 500mm f/4 IS II or the 600mm f/4 IS II now. Can’t hurt to look…

New Rumor: Good News for the Nikon D600!

A few weeks ago, we sent out the first update on Nikon D600 rumors and expressed disappointment with the probable lack of an internal AF motor. Well, that’s now changed…and we have more goodies, too! [more]

[Video] Canon 5DMkIII, 5DMkII, and Nikon D800 Low-Light Video Test — Take 2

You may remember a while ago when we posted a candlelight video test by Joe Marine over at NoFilmSchool.com. After seeing feedback from the video, Joe sent me a new one (thanks!). The beginning is almost the same, but adjusted since Nikon and Canon handle ISO differently. But later on in the video, Joe got some interesting results when adding noise reduction and color correcting… [more]

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