Ready for our third contest for the holidays? If you’re not a Facebook user, you’ll want to pay attention. We’re teaming up with the folks over at Peak Design for some awesome prizes targeted at the outdoor photography folks.
Depree Johnson is a 19-year-old kid that just doesn’t get it. Already a convicted felon, he took to Instagram to show off two sidearms and a grill that you wouldn’t fry a burger on. Felons cannot own guns. A sheriff’s deputy in Palm Beach County, Florida was combing through the social media multiverse for any signs of folks fighting the law.
The deputy saw Johnson’s account, and must’ve thought, “Oh dear. Sheriff, we’ve got a live one!” A warrant was secured, and a search of Johnson’s resident revealed $250,000 worth of items in stolen goods. He’s also suspected of being involved in some 40 burglaries from senior centers. All of this earned Johnson 142 felony charges. His Instagram account “duce22ceritfied” has seen been shut down.
Johnson lived life by the #nofilter rule. He fought the law. And the law won.
In the past week or so, folks have been complaining about Yahoo! mail being down. When it came back up, Flickr apparently went down. The site Is It Down reported that Flickr went down before 12:24PM–specifically TechCrunch states that it went down at around 11AM. The famous news site also states that a velocity of tweets came in with people talking about Flickr being down.
Usually when a website goes down, we expect lots of new changes but indeed Flickr doesn’t really have very much new to it. This all ties into a bigger problem where it seems overall that Yahoo! has been having a bad week. At least Tumblr hasn’t gone down yet.
We cannot find any confirmation as to whether the mobile app was down as well.
This triggers a bigger question though: if Flickr were really totally gone, how much would it still affect the modern photo community as a whole? Many of us here at the Phoblographer don’t believe that there is a single, strong photo sharing site/community with Behance being the only thing close. 500px showed lots of promise but didn’t integrate the many more features to make it much more of a community. Instagram surely is one, and Tumblr is also quite image centric; but they’re not really places to develop a full conversation the way Flickr was in its heyday.
We reported on this lens a while back when pictures of a prototype were floating around the internet. But now the lens has officially been anounced. The Ibelux 40mm f0.85 is the fastest current production lens for mirrorless cameras (though not the fastest lens in the world, as the press release boldly claims) and was jointly developed by German IB/E Optics and Chinese Shanghai Transvision. The lens sports 10 elements in 8 groups, weights 1.2 kg (2.65 lbs) and will be made available for Sony NEX, Fuji X, Canon M and Micro Four Thirds cameras. It will come with an MSRP of US-$ 2,080.
In the press release, the company also announces full-frame lenses for Sony’s A7 and A7R cameras. Currently, Handevision is working on a high-speed telephoto APO mirror lens, a tilt-shift lens and a compact fixed focal length lens, among others. We reckon that these will be designed and manufactured to meet the same high standards as the Ibelux 40mm f0.85. The full press release including MFT charts and sample images can be foud here.
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.