The new Nikon Df full-frame DSLR garnered lots of attention recently, due in large part to its traditional design and controls. However, not every camera adheres to this traditional form factor, and some offerings are so far removed from tradition that they seem like visitors from an alternate universe. Join us as we veer off the beaten path, for a look at twelve truly peculiar cameras.
Recent news: GoPro announced HERO3+, the latest versions of their popular action cameras; Nikon released the rugged, weather-sealed 1 AW1 mirrorless camera; Leica came out with a new S-System Elmarit-S 45 mm f/2.8 ASPH lens; Lomography introduced a new Diana F+ medium format camera with an Instax back; and Native Instruments unveiled the new Maschine Studio.
This is your B&H Photo Pulse News Roundup for October 4, 2013. Be sure to follow us on Twitter for the latest news as it breaks.
According to Gizmodo, hipsters "sort through the detritus of pop culture, appropriate what they find appealing in its quirkiness, cultivating an aesthetic that considers all, but allows surprisingly little. To be hipster is to hate." Indeed, there are photographer hipsters as well. Here's a list of some of their most common characteristics.
As a photographer, it’s easy to get caught up in the quality of your gear. Are you outfitted with a high resolution, full-frame sensor? At what f-stop does the MTF curve of your lens peak? Can you record noise-free images at high ISO levels? How many RAW shots can your camera take before the buffer fills?
Put a camera into a child's hands, and you may be surprised with the results. Kids are adventerous, and love to play with cameras. Fortunately, you don't have to be afraid of them dropping the more-expensive family camera—there are some made just for them! Here are a couple of snap shooters that were designed for your children.
Taking 360° panoramic pictures used to be the domain of those wealthy enough to afford the exotic cameras that took these dramatic images. Not anymore. What was once the domain of the well heeled is now the domain of the high heeled and flip-flop crowd. Now anybody with $134.95 and a few rolls of film in the fridge can be counted among the hoitiest and toitiest landscape shooters.
In a world of photo gear that's becoming increasingly smaller, smarter, quicker, sleeker and oh-so-techier, it's kind of refreshing to review a line of cameras that are mechanical, don't require calculators to figure "effective focal lengths," are made out of plastic (and wouldn't be authentic if made of anything other than plastic), have lenses that contain nary a single aspheric surface and are guaranteed to break through the veneer of your grumpiest, stiff-necked relatives. They go under a class of photographica called Lomography cameras, and we've got them in all shapes, colors and sizes.
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