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Leica Announces New Rainbow-Colored Binoculars

I certainly wasn’t expecting this from Leica today: The new Leica Ultravid Colorline collection of compact, high quality binoculars. In addition to the classic models with black leather trim, the Leica Ultravid 8 x 20 and Leica Ultravid 10 x 25 are now also available in vibrantly colored leather trim: apple green, Aztec beige, dove blue, Capri blue, cherry red and lemon yellow. [more]

Adler and Shaden Square Off in a [F]ramed Network 6-Episode Series

Last summer Lindsay Adler and Brooke Shaden teased a new show they were working on with the [F]ramed Network called “The Concept,” where they will take on the challenge of executing a surprise concept by the Framed Producers. Equipped with the same Sigma lenses, both photographers will be expected to shoot the same models in the same location, giving viewers the opportunity to see them plan a shoot from start to finish, the first episode of which will air on October 22. [more]

Beastgrip Universal Lens Adapter Turns Your Phone Into The Camera You Already Have

Let me start this by making it clear that I am all for innovation and unique ideas. Useful products and powerhouse entrepreneurs shape the world we live in. The Beastgrip is certainly unique and if you’re looking to turn your phone into an SLR, go for it. The thing looks like it would do well in the phoneography arena. Perhaps some of you will want to [more]

Jony Ive Leica M to be Auctioned for RED

Designed by Apple’s Jony Ive and designer Marc Newson, Leica’s one-of-a-kind M for RED will be auctioned off at Southeby’s on November 23rd 2013 to raise money for The Global Fund to fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria. The hallmark of Ive design is on display with the rounded anodized aluminum outer shell and machined aluminum body. The camera has s a full-format CMOS sensor, high performance processor and new Leica APO-Summicron M 50mm f/2 ASPH lens.
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Nikon Announces the Nikon D610

The rumor mills have been buzzing, and Nikon has finally answered the rumors with the announcement of the Nikon D610. The main upgrade for the D610 is the shutter mechanism, after addressing the “oil-like leak” on the sensor from the D600 model. Other enhancements include a small jump in burst speed, and some new weather sealing advancements. [more]

Zeiss Announces the 55mm f/1.4 Otus, A No-Corners-Cut Lens

Zeiss, makers of some of the most outstanding glass on the market, announced a new member of their Canon and Nikon connected lenses: the 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens. It is a standard focal length premium lens optimized for full-format DSLR camera sensors. If it’s anything like the 135mm f/2.0 APO SONNAR, there is a lot to be excited about. [more]

Have 10K Instagram Followers? Then You Get to Stay Free at This Hotel

To be categorized in the “strange yet brilliant ideas” bin, the 1888 Hotel in Sydney, Australia is coining themselves as the first “Instagram Hotel” with their architecture both inspired by and made for Instagram shots. What results is actually a really well-designed space that’s fitting for the most discerning hipster… a hipster who can stay for free if they have at least 10,000 Instagram followers. [more]

Be Inspired In 20 Minutes Or Less – Watch ‘Light and Shadow’ by Zacuto

Sometimes it’s useful to stop, take stock and just remember why it is we shoot what we do, and what we are trying to do with our work. With this in mind, and to stoke the fires of your inspiration, the filmmaking accessories manufacturer, Zacuto, recently released ‘Light & Shadow’, a wonderful 20 minute film by Steve Weiss which asks searching questions from some legendary American cinematographers. [more]

Storygami: The Evolution of Online Video?

It’s been 7 years since Google spent a whopping $1.65 billion on the video sharing website YouTube. Although many questioned the potential of the popular video sharing site, Google’s decision has proven to be a good one. YouTube now hosts an impressive 450,000,000 monthly visitors. To put this into perspective, Vimeo is the 8th biggest video hosting site with just under 17 million unique visitors per month. With companies like YouTube controlling the market, it’s hard to imagine much optimism for a small startup company hoping to compete with these video giants.  [more]

Adobe Servers Hacked, Product Source Code and Data At Risk

Adobe has disclosed that there has been a breach in their servers, and hackers had access to encrypted data for as many as 2.9 million customers. Adobe is stressing that the data is encrypted and that they “do not believe the attackers removed decrypted credit or debit card numbers.” [Read Fully Story At TC]

Worldwide Photowalk is This Weekend! Are You Going?

This weekend is the Worldwide Annual Photowalk, the largest photography event on record. This will be the sixth year for the event and the best part about it is that it’s entirely free. The photowalk, which will take place on October 5th, is an amazing way to meet local photographers in your area, spend a couple hours shooting around town with them and make great friends. [more]

National Geographic Celebrates 125 Year Milestone With ‘The Photography Issue’

Whatever type of photography you focus on, I doubt there are many of us that aren’t mesmerized every time we pick up and thumb through a copy of National Geographic magazine. Over it’s lifetime, it’s become synonymous with capturing images of people, places and wildlife that show us the undiscovered or hidden side of our increasingly homogenized world. [more]

Conceptual Software Produces Amazing Detail From Bad Lenses

The standard motto regarding photography equipment is “invest in glass” with good reason. While sensor technology certainly has a tremendous impact on the quality of the photograph, the real limitation often lies in the optics. One need only look at the difference between a kit lens and a top-level prime to prove this. However, new methods of image processing may soon alter the [more]

What Does Obamacare Mean For Photographers?

Today registration opens around the country for the new Affordable Healthcare Plans (a.k.a. Obamacare) which will take effect on January 1, 2014. People on both sides of the fence are fired up and expressing their support or disgust for the plans. It got me thinking though: What does this mean for self-employed photographers? [more]

Why You Should Care About Apple’s Quietly Released Powerful New iMacs

On Tuesday, Apple quietly (and I mean VERY quietly) released the newest update to the iMac line of personal computers. It’s curious why they (Apple) didn’t make any sort of major announcement, or even blend this into the September 10th announcement of the iPhone 5S. I personally think that this update is fairly newsworthy, not only because the iMac has become one of the staples in a lot of professional studio’s digital labs and Tech carts, but it’s a huge leap in performance over it’s predecessor, if you believe the info on Apple’s website that is. [more]

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