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Adam Ottke

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Hey, everyone! I'm Adam. I'm 21, in school, and shoot every day. And I'm from 'all over California.' What do I shoot? Well...people. They're interesting, never the same, and there's a never-ending supply of them. I haven't ignored digital by any means, but in the digital age that we live in, I still find time to shoot film quite a bit. I just don't think anything beats it -- still (ok: camera + photoshop...but it's not the same). That said, there is some VERY exciting stuff happening in the new age of digital photography, and that's why it's so awesome to be here on Fstoppers doing what I do.I cover virtually any photo-related gear that comes out or that's being used in cool ways. 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!

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]

[Video] Nikon v. Canon Full-Frame Shoot-Out by Philip Bloom

Filmmaker Philip Bloom has gotten his hands on Nikon’s and Canon’s newest full-frame digital SLRs. Luckily for us, we get an extensive side-to-side comparison in this rather thorough shoot-out. Bloom uses the almost 30 minutes to go through resolution, aliasing, low-light, and feature comaprisons. Let us know what you think in the comments section!

[Gear/Contest] Best of NAB 2012

NAB 2012 has come and gone, and if you missed it, know that it was a heck of a show this year. Check out our list of the NAB 2012 products that made serious waves for practicality in both function and price, and then let us know your favorites in the comments section! We’re giving away a free year of Animoto to one lucky commenter! [more]

[News] Nikon D600 to Be an Entry-Level Full-Frame Body?

When Nikon said the D800 (which you can win here) wasn’t meant to be the D700′s direct successor, I’m not sure many trusted them. However, recent rumors show something in the works that would fit well into that realm. And so, we now have a lot of people talking about what could be a very cool camera — with a few key things left behind… [more]

[News] Fujifilm Price-Increase Imminent

First lenses across the board, and now film — Fuji will raise its film prices by a substantial amount. With Kodak having dropped its chrome production, Fuji is left on its own. Kodak does still produce C-41 color and B+W film, but will they be forced to raise prices, too, in the coming months? Stock up now while you can still afford to! [more]

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