Bellamy Hunt over at Japan Camera Hunter usually finds some extremely sweet treasures. But this recent find of his will blow your mind. Today, JCH posted a photo set of the De Ould Delft 50mm f0.75 lens, which is perhaps one of the fastest aperture optics ever made and so is also not for sale. The lens is mounted on a Leica M3 and was engineered to do so–meaning that this version is an M mount lens.
It was made for x-ray machines originally which explains why the aperture is a fixed f0.75 and its fixed focusing out to two meters. But it still takes some very beautiful images. As you can see in Bellamy’s photos, there is no aperture ring on the lens or focusing ring. Because of the lens’s older design, we’re not quite sure that it might be best for digital users and instead may be best paired with some sort of low contrast film like Portra 400. Coupled with the fact that you have a super duper wide aperture, you’re bound to have lots of fun in super low lighting.
To use it, you’ll probably need to whip out the measuring tape. Since this is an M mount lens and it doesn’t focus, the focusing doesn’t correspond with a rangefinder’s focusing mechanism. So you’ll only be able to use the viewfinder for composing if anything.
When you’re starting out as as a strobist, you’ll immediately see just how much better your images can potentially become. But in order to make them even better, you’ll need to learn a couple of techniques that can help you get a creative vision across.
I have tested a few long lenses here. They were mostly prime lenses. The Tamron 150-600mm f5-6.3 is one of the latest zoom lenses from this third party lens maker. It is a company with a long history in the photography world. I recently purchased their 70-200mm f2.8 and was eager to try this new telephoto zoom. What mattered to me about this lens most was its performance. During this review period, we were at the tail end of some psychotic weather. Snow was still everywhere. [click to continue…]
When we first heard about Getty making the majority of its photographs free to share, without watermarks, our initial reaction was, “now they’ve lost it completely.” Without further explanation, this sounds almost as if the stock agency were giving away the work of its contributors for free, essentially generating even less income for working photographers–who already in many cases have a hard time making a living from their chosen craft. However, digging into the story a little deeper, we realized that this move is actually pretty clever.
For years, Getty has seen the copyright of its photographers being infringed on the internet, mainly due to image sharing via social networks such as Twitter or Tumblr, but also by blogs and other websites. In most cases, the persons or websites sharing the images weren’t generating any profit from them. But the pictures were often acquired by means that disregarded copyright, that is by screenshot or by grabbing from other websites that happened to host them–and were often free of Getty’s watermark.
Since Getty’s images were being used in this way already, the agency figured the best solution would be to officially make its stock photos available for anyone to embed, free of charge, and without watermark. The clever trick here is that Getty is providing the embed code itself, which means that the agency has a certain amount of control over the images that are being used–which so far wasn’t the case. This also opens up the possibility to monetize the content, for example via ads, although currently there don’t seem to be any fix plans for doing so.
In essence, what Getty is doing here is comparable to the legalization of cannabis use: it is decriminalizing what is already a common practice. And instead of seeking legal action against those using its images, the agency embraces the fact that its photos are being shared and tries to gain control over how the content is spread. And in addition, this is very helpful for small, non-commercial or non-profit publications without a budget for stock photography, as it will allow them to use Getty’s material without having to pay fees, and most importantly without infringing on the photographers’ copyright.
Here’s a new Kickstarter project that might tickle your fancy – London-based VU Equipment has designed a simple and modern yet functional camera slingstrap that’s supposedly easier and more convenient to use than the other existing slingstraps in the market. They are calling it the Slidestrap.
The main claim of the Slidestrap is that it supposedly allows you to easily bring your camera up to eye level without the constant adjustment of the strap but also lets you carry around your precious equipment close to your body so that it doesn’t bounce around. You simply mount your camera to the strap’s anodized aircraft-grade aluminum mounting plate with a rubber padding that keeps your camera from constantly slipping and it’s good to go. It has no buckle adjustments that to deal with between carrying the camera and taking photos and it keeps it steady, with lens pointing towards the ground, to avoid accidental knocks on your camera when you’re walking around.
Made in Britain, VU Equipment promises an affordable product made from high quality materials and with a stylish and functional design. Currently, the Slingstrap comes in either cream or black on brown leather devoid of any massive corporate logo prints, just a small subtle VU logo on one end.
The company just launched the Kickstarter campaign to help them with the production of these straps. If you’re interested in the product or would like to help them reach their goal, then stop by their campaign page for more details. In the meantime, learn more about the Slingstrap by watching the video after the jump.