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Shortly after the highest court in Massachusetts declared upskirt photos fair game, smartphone companies responded by releasing a firmware update that would brick devices that took such photographs. There was a sharp uptick in upskirt images uploaded to the likes of Facebook and Instagram, but there was just as steep a falloff the firmware updates were pushed out. [click to continue…]
One of our most popular posts is our best budget lens guide. And it’s received not only an overhaul but updates. Additionally, we’ve added Fujifilm into the mix besides also including Canon, Nikon, Micro Four Thirds, Pentax and Sony.
Today, we’d like to reintroduce you to the power of high-speed cameras with a cool video.
Earth Unplugged, a YouTube channel created by BBC Worldwide, recently released a short video of a Goshawk catching its prey midflight. Goshawks are supposedly “aerial cheetahs” so not only are they expert hunters, they also catch their prey at such unbelievable speeds it’s hard to capture their attacks with just a simple video camera.
This high definition footage shows the hawk attacking a yellow water balloon with a piece of bait attached to it in slow motion. It even shows some up-close-and-personal shots of the bird’s long sharp talons tearing through that balloon as if it were a piece of paper. The incredible details they captured of the hunt has made the Gohawk look every inch the menacing hunter that it is – it barely even flinched when the balloon popped!
There’s not a lot of information on how the Earth Unplugged team captured this awesome sequence but PetaPixel thinks they were using a Photron FASTCAM. The sequence itself, which you can watch after the jump, is a snippet from a 6-minute episode they channel released about a year ago entitled “Goshawk Hunts in Slow Motion.”
Nikon Rumors has received word that the Nikon 1 V3, successor to the 1 V2, will be announced next week, alongside a new 10-30mm kit zoom and the 70-300mm super monster telephoto zoom lens that we recently reported on. The new kit lens is said to be an f3.5-5.6 PD VR, which means it’ll be stabilized and it’ll feature an electric zoom motor–which indicates that it might be a bit smaller than the current 1-series kit lens. In addition to the camera and the two lenses, Nikon will reportedly present a new accessory light, but no information is available on it so far.
The Nikon 1 V3 will feature a completely redesigned body, and it’ll be the first V to come without an integrated viewfinder. Instead, there will be an optional accessory EVF with a very high resolution of 2.4 million dots. On the rear, there’ll be a swiveling screen that can be tilted 180°. The sensor will also be new, with a significantly increased resolution of now 18 megapixels. The V3 will sport a pop-up flash that can be used as a wireless commander, plus a regular hot shoe compatible to Nikon’s speedlights. Finally, there will be an accessory grip for the 1 V3.
That’s quite a lot of significant changes over previous 1-series models–provided the information that Nikon Rumors received is true. While the V3 will be closer to its J and S siblings in terms of general body styling, it is also clearly aimed at the more demanding photographers with its high-resolution EVF, swiveling screen and additional hand grip. It remains to be seen how the new 18 megapixel sensor performs in terms of high ISO and dynamic ranger. But since it is–reportedly–only a week until the camera gets announced, we’ll soon know for sure.
Usually, folks love creating shapes when light painting. But photographer Jason D Page decided to do something totally different. In his photo series, “Icons” Jason created faces of famous folks through light painting. More amazingly is the fact that the images are straight out of the camera without any post-production at all–sans cropping and removing a couple of dead pixels.
Jason told us a bit more about the images:
“The faces in my “Icons” series are individuals that I feel have made significant cultural impact and inspire countless people around the world. This is the kind of impact I hope my light painting work will have in the world of art and photography. I hope my light painting work inspires people to see a camera as more than a tool to document but also as an artistic instrument used to capture light.
My “Icons” series are created by first physically deconstructing an iconic image several times over. Those deconstructed pieces are then turned into many different plates made from various translucent materials. Once the plates are created the light print process can begin. My Light Print making process is similar to traditional print making with the exception of my medium being light instead of ink. Creating the plates and working out all the variables to create an image usually takes me about a week. It is a very laborious process, but for me its well worth the effort.”
Leica has a special event planned for April 24th. Leica Rumors spotted an event flyer detailing a media shindig that could be the big reveal for the long awaited Leica T type 701 mirrorless camera. The new camera first hit the airwaves in an internal document from Taiwan’s National Communications Commission. The new model name cropped up soon after Leica CEO Alfred Schopf confirmed that the company was working on a new compact camera system in an interview with the Australian magazine Camera.
The new Leica mirrorless camera has been rumored for years as a new proper EVIL camera addition to fit between the M and X lines. The new camera might not even come from Leica though as another early report suggested that Panasonic is working with the German optics company to produce either a Micro Four Thirds camera or an APS-C shooter. The only thing that seems certain is Leica has a new camera in the wings and it will be here on April 24th, so sit tight and stay tuned for more as we hear the news.