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Duct Tape

As we write this, we hope that you can hear our sighs as we read the pitch email…

Fotodiox has announced today the world’s first Canon to Nikon lens adapter; which isn’t physically possible when it comes to the DSLR world. So they pretty much just duct taped the things together.

Watch the video after the jump, and laugh.

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No, this isn’t an April Fool’s Joke…or at least we hope that it isn’t.

If it is, then it’s a darn good one.

The folks over at Mint Camera seem to be coming out with something cool and incredible: a brand new TLR camera designed to shoot Instax film. There have been hacks done to TLR cameras to do this for a while, but nothing commercially available.

It’s called the Instantflex TL70; and it’s a TLR camera with an f5.6 aperture (trust us, that’s shallow depth of field for something like this), takes Instax Mini film, can focus as close as 48cm, a built in flash, different flash modes and a very true to life TLR experience with top-down viewing and all. The camera is 30% thinner than regular TLR cameras, has three lens elements with five aperture blades, an ambient light meter, EV compensation, and a lot more to love overall.

When it launches, it’s going to be $324; which isn’t too bad at all.

Don’t think they can do it? Mint has already resurrected over 10,000 Polaroid SX-70 cameras. Trust us, that’s no small feat.

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Samyang New lens tease

Samyang is the same company as Rokinon, and they’ve currently got a new teaser on their Facebook page. It seems like a new Macro lens may be coming from their statement.

“With immense focus and unparalleled features, #Samyangoptics will introduce the latest product. Stay tuned.”

It we didn’t know any better, we’d say that it’s a Macro lens and that since it’s bound to be fully manual focus the lens could be a true 1:1 Macro optic. Given that Samyang and Rokinon have both also worked on more premium versions of their lenses to ensure perfect color correction, this new lens may be a super premium optic of some sort.

However, we’re not sure what D-6 means. They wouldn’t tease a product coming in December starting this early. We’ll just have to wait and find out.



Sony Alpha Rumors is reporting on a new patent that features a Curved Full Frame Sensor. Sound familiar? It should. Sony has had this patent for a while, and they keep begin associated with the rumored RX2. But a new patent also shows that this curved sensor will work with lenses that are not only smaller, seemingly have a slower aperture. However, due to the curve and some weird rules of physics, the sensor will let in more light.

When it comes to the full frame game, SAR cites:

29.96mm f/2.06 (likely to become a 30mm f/2.0)
36mm f/1.85 (likely to become a 35mm f/1.8)
36mm f/2.85 (likely to become a 35mm f/2.8)
36mm f/2.26 (likely to become a 35mm f/2.0)

Now this means that the lenses will be a bit smaller than they normally would be, but it’s interesting how it all works. Sony Alpha Rumors also describes it for smaller sensor if it indeed happens.

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For years, the Canon version was regarded as the best amongst the cheap lenses out there. Sometimes it was under $100 though most recently it’s around the $120 mark. The Yongnuo version is far under that at around $40.

In their test, Kai finds that the Yongnuo 50mm f1.8 is pretty darned good–though the focusing motor is probably one of the most annoying parts. They found the Canon 50mm f1.8 II to be faster to focus by a hair and they also found the Yongnuo to be worse than Canon’s. Oddly enough, others (like Tony Northrup) found them to be comparable.

The rest of the video as well as the results of their test are after the jump.

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When it comes to Timelapse work, many cameras have the feature built in but Triggertrap was one of the first modules and apps to make doing them simple by using your phone or tablet along with their USB dongle. The app has had a couple of refreshes and now they’re announcing Triggertrap Timelapse Pro. This app does something that standard timelapse modes on cameras can’t do: saves sequences.

Have a specific sequence that you use for sunset shooting? You can save it here. What about shooting down 9th Ave as cars pass? Yup, you can save it.

Triggertrap also added a power saving mode that makes the timelapse stop before your phone runs out of battery.

Timelapse Pro works with our existing Triggertrap Mobile Kit and is available now on the iOS App Store for £3.99/$4.99. Yes, that’s pricey for an app; but if timelapse photography/video shooting is your thing, then it’s well worth the price of a cheap beer and a shot at some dive bars. A demo video is after the jump.

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