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julius motal the phoblographer in my bag

Admittedly, when I look at great work, I’m curious not just about the circumstances that led to the images, but also about the technical choices the photographer made. This data isn’t always readily available, but the folks from In My Bag, a photography magazine, have been working to make that information available with a couple of button clicks.

Dubbed Kit Wars, possibly a nod to the time-killing Kitten War, the database prompts you to choose level (Amateur, Pro, Part-time pro, Guru/Educator), Style (too many to list) and Country. Should your combination yield results, you’ll see the photographer’s gear, a sample of their work and influences. Or, you can check off photographers from a master grid and Compare them to see what’s in their respective bags. It could prove useful to folks who are trying to figure out what gear to get or who are just curious.  You can also use Gear Head to search by brand and Talents to search for photographers by genre.

In My Bag is also asking photographers to submit their kits to the database in order to build out. All submissions also count towards a competition in which you can win equipment from Elinchrom. The whole operation is in beta, and doesn’t feel all that streamlined. Photographers can also submit images of the gear, but for whatever reason, the gear images look far too low res to be intelligible.

Despite the kinks, the site looks promising. Go ahead and give it a spin.

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The folks over at DigitalRev put together a video comparing the Nikon D5500 and the Pentax K-S2 DSLRs. Kai really loves the disco lights of the K-S2 and wastes no time splashing lots of water on the camera to show that it’s got weather sealing. It really seems like the Pentax does a great job for its target market though Kai fully admits that it seems like their audience doesn’t care much for Pentax products.

Why? We’re not sure–they’re actually pretty good. Both cameras have WiFi, APS-C sensors, and have fast shooting capabilities. But the Pentax has shake reduction while the Nikon has a touch screen. But where it really gets interesting is with the metering on both cameras.

The Nikon D5500 vs Pentax K-S2 camera comparison is after the jump.

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Snapzoom travel-2

No, you didn’t read that title incorrectly. It’s real.

The idea behind the Snapzoom is well prefaced in the first paragraph of the company’s press release stating:

“Travel light this season by ditching your heavy DSLR and zoom lenses in favor of the ultimate in on-the-go photography with big reach: Your smartphone, Snapzoom and binoculars.”

The Snapzoom is a module that turns your phone into and interchangeable binocular camera. Basically, it takes binoculars (plus telescopes and macro loupes) and connects it to your phone’s camera. This essentially magnifies the vision that your camera phone can get but then you need to ensure that the phone can focus closely to the exterior lens of the binocular then you need to focus the binoculars out to the scene that you’re viewing. In theory, it isn’t a bad idea–but in practice it isn’t exactly the sexiest act.

For around $75, you too can look just as ridiculous as someone taking a photo with a tablet at a concert.

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LaCie’s Rugged drives have always been very popular with photographers; and just yesterday they announced the Rugged Thunderbolt drives in a 1TB SSD capacity. LaCie is claiming transfer speeds of 387MB/second thanks to the Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 connection–and further offering the potential to transfer 100GB in less than five minutes.

The New LaCie Rugged Thunderbolt can apparently be dropped from up to 6.6 feet and with the cap in place even offers protection against splashes and dust. When not in use, the cord can be neatly integrated into the case. It also includes LaCie Private-Public software, which lets users password-protect the entire drive or only certain volumes with AES 256-bit encryption.

The drives have a three year warranty and will retail for $949.99 when they hit retailers later this month. For an adventure photographer that’s often out in the field for a living, that sounds like a decent price that will obviously be written off on taxes but seems very high for the rest of us.

Olympus OMD EM10

With our latest Instagram contest now over, we’re happy to announce the winner of a brand new Olympus OMD EM10. The camera is a great one and we also had a lot of pretty awesome landscape submissions. But in the end, only one person demonstrated the ability to rise above the rest.

Did you win? Check it out after the jump.

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nikonselfiestick

Selfie sticks are apparently such a big thing that a large camera manufacturing company has decided to get in on the trend. It’s got a not so sexy name though: the N-MP001. The Nikon N-MP001 collapses down to 7 inches and is designed to hold their Coolpix cameras. Essentially it means that you’re stuffing your camera and this selfie stick in a purse or bag of some sort. It may be very cool for their weather sealed cameras.

At its longest, the stick reaches a little under 30 inches, and has a head that rotates up and down. It can hold cameras that are under 1lb. Combined with something like a MeFOTO Sidekicker 360, it can become a Selfie Stick all over again meant for phones.

Those vain enough to buy one will have to pay a $59.95 price tag.

At least it isn’t another Belfie stick.

Via Shutterbug, Petapixel