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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Sony RX100 Mark III 24 mm 1-30 sec at f - 1.8 ISO 400

If there’s one thing foodies love more than food it’s taking photos of tasty morsels, and now there’s new Meetup group called FoodShootrs that mashes these two great passions together.

According to the NYC based meetup group, a FoodShootr is anyone that takes and shares mobile photos of delicious and tantalizing #foodporn. FoodShootrs will have small meet ups, rebranded as Eatups, with up to 10 people. These small gatherings will be centered on particular dishes highlighted on the FoodShootr iPhone app and they just won’t just include restaurant, food trucks and all sorts of public dining spots are also fair game.

Of course the real benefit of Eatups will turn food photography from social experience on Instagram into a real life discussion. FoodShootrs can give each other tips on shooting food with their iPhones and Android handsets, and then discuss all the umami flavors of the meal afterwards. After all food and photography is always better with company.

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Image by Dan Zvereff. Used in our previous interview with him.

For all the lovers of the analog world out there, you should know that a recent Change.org petition to revive one of the greatest films that the world has seen: Kodak Aerochrome. Shooting Film first caught wind of the story and states that UK based Jasmin G is calling on Kodak Alaris and the Lomography company to revive the film. Lomography tried to do a variant called Lomochrome Purple, but it totally isn’t the same thing. While Lomochrome puts an emphasis on purple colors, Aerochrome put it on a pinkish purplish red.

How do they do this? For starters, Aerochrome was an infrared film originally developed for surveillance reasons. Years ago, the US would fly planes over the Congo and other regions with dense vegetation to find guerilla troops. When developed, the film would render the greens into a color like what you see in the image above that leads this story. However, later on the commercial world started to use it for art projects. Dan Zvereff and Richard Mosse are two famous photographers that come to mind at first. We have a full introduction to the film at this link–which also explains how it works.

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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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Kevin Lee The Phoblographer Pentax XG-1 Product Images 1

Pentax announced the XG-1–a new hybrid super-zoom camera featuring a 16MP PBSI-CMOS sensor. In front of this sensor the camera also has a f2.8-5.6 zoom lens with a 52x optical zoom for an equivalent 24-1248mm focal length range. While the XG-1 pretty much ticks off every check box for hybrid superzoom cameras, one unique thing is the camera can shoot up to 9fps; which makes it decent for capturing fast-action sports.

The XG-1 also features in-sensor stabilization with Pentax’s Shake Reduction system to reduce any camera sway. An indispensable feature when users are shooting in the farthest telephoto ranges of the zoom lens and long shutter speeds.

Unfortunately the XG-1 is also saddled with some subpar specs including a low resolution 3-inch LCD with only 460,000 dots and a 200k-dot built-in electronic viewfinder. Battery life also looks lacking with a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that’s been projected to only fire 240 shots per charge.

The Pentax XG-1 will be available this August for an asking price of $399.95. Hit past the jump for more specs and images. [click to continue…]

Metabones Canon EF to Sony E Mark IV Product Image 1

Metabone, the makers of Speedboosters, are out with a new Mark IV version of its Canon EF to Sony E-mount lens adapter. The new smart adapter adds support the Sony A7 and A7R letting users mount all their full-frame Canon glass while retaining nearly same autofocus performance and aperture control.

The added Sony full-frame E-mount support means there’s a bigger inside hole, which will also makes the adapter better suited for tilt-shift lenses. Metabones has also added a new a matte anti-internal reflection coating to prevent any additional light from bouncing around inside the lens adapter.

As with the company’s other smart adapters, this one will let the camera power and full communicate with any Canon glass. This includes aperture control, AF motors, relaying EXIF information, and in-lens image stabilization. Of course the translation won’t be one-to-one, but the Sony A7 family of cameras all have focus peaking to lend a helping hand when dialing in your frame manually.

Metabone’s new Canon EF to Sony E-mount smart adapter is available now for $399. We expect Metabones will update the rest of its adapters with the same design soon and hopefully users will also be able to attach their full-frame Nikon glass to full-frame E-mount cameras shortly. Click past the break for more images.

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Canon 7D

The road to Photokina 2014 is getting shorter and shorter, but new speculations and rumors are coming every day concerning what the 7D’s successor will be like. And according to CanonWatch, the company may put the next generation of Dual Pixel AF into the camera. Dual Pixel AF is what the company uses in its 70D camera to give it excellent autofocusing abilities in the video and live view modes. Indeed, it is quite effective–though it isn’t as fast as the fastest Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony offerings. It’s quite seamless though for videographers that need to autofocus. At this stage in the game though, many videographers will still only manually focus lest focus pullers and lens operators get out of a job.

Though Canon Watch gives the report some credit, we’re not totally sure that Canon would make such a move. For starters, they don’t like cannibalizing their own product lineups and are a very conservative company when it comes to making decisions like this. However, they made that move with the 5D Mk II when it came out and it changed the way that videographers work on set. So with that said, it may be a bit too early to introduce the next generation of Dual AF for the company. It would also mean that the 7D successor would in some ways be better than the 5D Mk III. This happened originally when the 7D came out–everyone wasn’t sure if it was higher or lower in the tiers than the Mk II. Indeed, it was lower.

But the folks that would love to use technology like this may be professional bird photographers when used in conjunction with the faster motors in Canon’s super high end L glass. Adding video to their skillset could be a nice way to help them market themselves more to editors and magazines looking for new and compelling content.

We’re going to have wait until Photokina 2014 to see what’s coming for sure.