The year 2013 was a year packed full to the brim with new developments in the photo industry. It started with CES in Las Vegas and CP+ in Yokohama in January, then along came IFA in Berlin in September, followed by Photo Plus in New York in October. In the meantime, manufacturers didn’t pause with their announcements of new products. We saw a lot of exciting stuff launched, but also some things that had us scratch our heads. And then, there were those announcements that nobody could really wrap their head around. Here’s a list of we here at The Phoblographer consider this year’s top and flop five industry developments.
Many of us take having two arms and two hands for granted. Our world is a diverse one however. There are people out there missing limbs through various circumstances. Some of these people want to be photographers. Most camera companies, for years, basically have made cameras for right handed folk. If you do not a right hand, or only one hand, you need a tripod and a remote trigger. It sounds weird to say, but there are people out there who have this issue.
Designer, Xing Dawei (Dave Xing), took this to heart and has created the One Hand Snap. It is a remote that allows a user to control their DSLR holding just lens barrel instead of having to hit the typical shutter and dials. The One Hand Snap or OHS is a Silicone band with a shutter button along with a four-way button for other controls all nested on a base similar to a small watch design.The four-way button was created to adjust aperture and shutter speed. The band, made of silicone, was designed to stretch around a lens barrel.
Via Yanko Design
“Buy a back, get a Mac” is the slogan that Capture Integration, Atlanta-based supplier of high-end photographic gear, is using for its latest promotion. Specifically, they want you to buy a Phase One IQ back, and will give you an Apple computer for free as a reward. As sensational as this may sound, one has to keep in mind the initial price point of one of Phase One’s latest digital medium format backs: the IQ160 starts at roughly US-$ 30k, and the IQ280 bundle with camera and lens ends at roughly US-$ 50k.
Still, we thought this is a deal is too good not to share it. Who knows, maybe one of you, our readers, was thinking about buying a Phase One back and a Mac Pro? Now you can get one for free! Isn’t that great?
The folks over at 43rumors have received word that Olympus might be coming up with a new prime lens for Micro Four Thirds–a 25mm f1.8, to be exact. It is also said that the lens will be launched alongside the low-end OM-D camera that Olympus is currently working on. The camera was previously reported to be launched just ahead of the CP+ show in Tokyo, which will take place in February.
If this report turns out to be correct, the lens would nicely fill the gap between the already available 17mm f1.8 and 45mm f1.8 lenses. Those three would make a lovely prime lens set featuring the classic focal lengths of 35mm, 50mm, and 90mm. Also, this wouldn’t be the first 25mm prime lens from Olympus. For its Four Thirds DSLR cameras, the company made a 25mm f2.8 pancake lens.
43rumors also states that the 25mm f1.8 will be smaller and cheaper than the Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4, which only makes sense if Olympus actually wants to sell it. It is said to be slightly larger than the Panasonic 20mm f1.7, though, which means it won’t be a pancake lens. As always, these are only reports so far, and we don’t have confirmation on any of the details yet.
Though we wish that no photographer has a bad day, it sure seems like Chase Jarvis had one. In an experiment gone horribly wrong, a DJI Phantom, a Quadracopter meant for photographers and videographers, took a swim in the frigid Iceland waters. When it fell into the water, a Sony RX 100 II went along with it. They were trying to use that camera because of its image stabilization and raw capabilities. However the Quadracopter was meant for a GoPro camera. The hack they tried was well thought out, but it did not work out well in the end.
Check out the video after the jump.