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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Canon PowerShot SX500 HS Product Images-1

Canon has introduced two new hybrid camera additions to its superzoom family. First up the PowerShot SX520 HS digital camera, which incorporates a 42x Optical Zoom lens for an absurdly wide equivalent focal length of 24-1008mm. To help keep all your shots steady at the camera’s longest focal length Canon claims it has come with an incredibly robust image stabilization system with eight different modes.

Behind this long, long zoom lens is a 16 Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIC 4+ Image Processor. With these parts in tow the PowerShot SX520 HS can record movies in Full HD 1080p.

Canon also introduced the PowerShot SX400 IS, a compact superzoom hybrid camera designed for carrying around in your jacket pocket. The SX400 IS trades in some reach for a slightly smaller body size but the 30x zoom lens still provides a full range of focal lengths spanning 24-720mm.

The Hybrid camera also packs a 16 Megapixel CCD sensor (which sadly can only shoot videos in 720p), the DIGIC 4+ image processor, plus Canon’s intelligent IS system. Canon promises both cameras have been programmed to help beginners take photos effortlessly with Smart AUTO mode, which chooses between 32 pre-defined scene modes for still and 21 for video.

The PowerShot SX500 HS digital camera will be available this September $399.99. Shortly this next month the PowerShot SX400 IS will come out in black or red for $249.99. Until then hit past the jump for more images of the cameras.

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The Phoblographer and BorrowLenses are teaming up to go vintage for an Instagram Giveaway! You have a chance to win a vintage medium format rangefinder camera: specifically the Fujifilm GSW690 II. This leaf-shutter, fixed lens aging beauty shoots 6″×9″ exposures on 120. You can also take home a $250 BorrowLenses.com gift certificate so that you can still rent something from the modern age.

Hit the jump for the rules.

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Macro photography can be one of the most arduous things to capture requiring lots of gear and patience, but luckily ePhotoZine.tv photographer Peter Bargh is here to teach about a simpler solution called focus stacking. Similar to stitching together a panorama except on a micro-scale where shooters will take multiple shots of the same object at different focusing distances. Effectively this combines frames with different parts of the subject in focus to produce one highly detailed picture–which also prevents diffraction when your lens is stopped down too far.

Bargh starts off the video explaining the pitfalls of using the smallest aperture when lenses designed to shoot best at f8. Using a miniscule aperture also means you’ll need a tripod to keep the camera steady for long shutter speeds or invest in a ring light, which can introduce unwanted light streaks. As Bargh highlights going with a wider aperture also allows bokeh to invade most of the frame.

This is where focus stacking comes to save the day. All shooters have to do is keep the camera steady with a tripod or in hand whilst they take multiple images of the subject at different focusing distances. Once users have the images they can migrate the images over to piece of software. There are a few programs that will stitch together images including Zerene Stacker and Photoshop, but Bargh suggests Helicon Focus as the best paid solution.

The video is admittedly somewhat dated but the advice Bargh gives is timeless and still useful to this day. Check it out past the break. [click to continue…]

Samyang Teaser

Reports say that Photokina will be a big show for Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm, and all the big hitters but what about the little guys? After a relatively quiet period, Samyang may introduce a new 50mm f1.5 lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras at Photokina according to a report from 43 Rumors. Taking the crop factor into account the lens would effectively be a 100mm f3 lens by full frame standards, which should make it a still bokehlicious macro and long portrait lens.

As with Samyang’s other lenses we expect this future release will come at a low price without sacrificing optical quality. That said don’t put up too many hopes on seeing image stabilization, autofocus, or many other features on this piece of kit. In order to stay competitive with other optics like the Olympus 50mm f2, Samyang’s new offering will have to stay below $500. Luckily the rumored lens will have a leg up with faster glass.

On the complete opposite spectrum of affordable there’s the SLR Magic’s Noktor 50mm f/0.95 HyperPrime lens. The only trade off to the extremely wide-open lens is it a manual focus-only lens, which some users might find difficult to use or gratifying to grab focus all on their own.

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Taken from our original post

The Phoblographer and BorrowLenses are teaming up to go vintage for an Instagram Giveaway! You have a chance to win a vintage medium format rangefinder camera: specifically the Fujifilm GSW690 II. This leaf-shutter, fixed lens aging beauty shoots 6″×9″ exposures on 120. You can also take home a $250 BorrowLenses.com gift certificate so that you can still rent something from the modern age.

Hit the jump for the rules.

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A Border Patrol checkpoint. Photo by Quinn Dombrowki.

Ignorance of the law excuses no one… except perhaps kids who can barely go on a camping trip without chaperones, let alone know the ins and outs of the laws governing border patrol and federal properties. Heck, we’re willing to bet that many of us are unaware that it’s illegal to take photos while on federal land.

Apparently, one US-Canadian border patrol officer thinks age does not matter because when a Boy Scout from Iowa, on his way with the rest of the kids in his troop and their troop leader, Jim Fox, to Alaska for a wilderness trip, snapped a photo of him while re-entering US soil, he went out of his way to teach them a hard lesson.

Instead of confiscating the camera and educating the boy - because after all it would be a little hard-pressed for anyone to think that this Boy Scout from Iowa is some sort of a spy working for enemy states – he allegedly brought it upon himself to detain everyone in the van, all nearly two dozen of them, and subject them and their belongings to search and inspection. To top it off, this said agent also allegedly told the boy that he would be arrested, fined $10,000, and locked up in prison for 10 years.

And if that wasn’t enough, this officer allegedly pointed a loaded gun at another scout after he tried to reach for his suitcase without authorization.

If you feel like somewhere along this chain of incidents, somebody overreacted or got just a tad overzealous with his job, then you’re not alone.

We cannot confirm whether the events of that day, as described by the scouts themselves, are accurate – the US Customs and Border Patrol issued a statement insisting that based on the video footage of the Boy Scout troop’s inspection, the officer never un-holstered his gun and nothing happened that was out of the ordinary – but if the incident really did take place, then we fear for everyone crossing our borders, both Americans and non-Americans.

Via KCCI