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Several months ago, I got an email from Thomas Hurst about an iPhone case that he had invented for the iPhone 5. Its selling point was the prism lens that essentially makes it possible to take a photo while holding the phone like you do when you’re texting. Gone are the days of putting your phone between your face and the photograph, and it proved to be so useful that I gave it our Editor’s Choice award.

It may have seemed strange to some that there wasn’t a 6/6+ version, but Hurst and his team began working on this before the 6/6+ existed. Now, there’s an iPhone 6 version in the works, and there’s a Kickstarter to help bring it to fruition. There’s a key difference between the 5 and the 6 version. The one of the iPhone 6 comes in two parts: a shock-absorbent rubber core and a hard outer shell with the prism lens. The original COVR Photo was a unibody hard shell that proved a little difficult to take off, but this new design remedies that.

There’s an app, too, to help you take pictures because the prism design renders the image upside down in the dedicated camera. Essentially, the app flips the image right side up. The prism also slides back, so that you can use the regular lens as well. There is a bevy of rewards in this kickstarter, including signed prints from Hurst’s 20-year career as a photojournalist.

If you’ve been looking for a new way to take photos with your iPhone 6, check out the Kickstarter. Alternatively, you can order one for your iPhone 5/5S here.


One of the most important things about a camera bag for photographers is that it shouldn’t look like a camera bag. That seems to be what Booq is going for with their new Python Catch camera bag. Instead of looking like an expensive bag it looks like something that a college kid may tote around. This is further evinced by the fact that it can hold up to two DSLRs, four lenses and a 15″ Macbook Pro. If you’re a photojournalism student that can afford the $295 price tag, this could be the bag for you.

The Booq Python Catch comes in gray, and has a reflective surface that makes sure that you get seen in the dark while walking around in the rain.

The interior has padded dividers and more mesh pockets to keep things separated. But that’s not even the coolest part. The exterior is made from a combination of cotton and recycled PET, and promises weather proofing. Most interestingly, there is a back strap to store it on top of luggage.

More photos of the bag are after the jump.

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Last year, ONA teamed up with Leica to bring the Berlin camera bag. Then they brought it out of the limited edition space, and this year they’re updating the bag again. The ONA Berlin II is a wink and a nod to one of the hippest cities in the world, and is made with rich grain leather that ONA guarantees will look amazing with use.

The interior has a red look to coincide with Leica’s company; and the bag can hold a Leica M along with a couple of lenses, an iPad and personal stuff. The Berlin II also has a removable top grab handle if you don’t want to sling it around your chest.

This bag, like the more production ready Berlin, has only one red button as opposed to the limited edition with two buttons.

Want one? They’re available today for $399; which seems a tad pricey–but considering how high quality ONA’s camera bags are that you need to see in person to believe it’s very fair. On a personal note, we really wish it could hold a 13 inch MacBook and therefore become more functional as an everyday bag.

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Do you suffer from DSL-Arm? We’re positive that photojournalists and wedding photographers surely do. To parody how heavy DSLR cameras are, Olympus has created a whole series of new videos mockumenting a syndrome known as DSL-arm: the sad lengthening of one arm over the other as a result of holding a DSLR for too long.

Olympus’s solution is the new OMD EM5 Mk II: which offers the same image quality and power of a DSLR in a smaller form factor. While in terms of features, it can easily outdo a DSLR, the image quality we’re not 100% sure about since APS-C and full frame sensors can outdo a Four Thirds sensor but not by leaps and bounds.

If you’re looking for a laugh this morning, then hit the jump.

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With the announcement of the new Fujifilm X-T10 today, DigitalTev also has a new video to follow up. The camera is marketed at those who don’t reach for higher growing fruit, and Kai notices that immediately by switching out the kit lens to something a bit more serious. He likes the old school SLR feel and realizes that the X-T10 has better autofocus until the X-T1 gets a firmware update in June. However, he states that the eye detection AF doesn’t work and that this camera focuses faster than all of their previous ones.

As far as image quality goes, Kai states that this is the sharpest that you’re going to get with a croppd sensor.

Want one? Check out the pre-orders available at B&H Photo and Adorama. DigitalRev’s video is after the jump.

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Today, Fujifilm is announcing two new additions to their X series lineup: the 90mm f2 and the rumored X-T10. First up, we’re most excited about the company’s new 90mm f2 Super EBC XF that has weather sealing incorporated into the body. The lens has seven aperture blades, 11 elements in 8 groups, can focus as close as 24 inches and on the 1.5x crop camera bodies gives you a true 135mm field of view with an equivalent full frame depth of field of f3 when shooting wide open.

You’ll probably never want to stop this lens down anyway, though you’ll surely need to so that you can get your subject in focus.

Then there is the X-T10, which is a stripped down version of the X-T1 and targeted at the enthusiast. Prices and tech specs are all after the jump.

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