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Update: Phase One has issued a letter about the camera system. Check below

Though they’re not exactly what you would think of as a mirrorless medium format camera (unlike the Mamiya 7 II), Phase One is releasing the Phase One A series of cameras–and it’s a pretty close solution to what you’d typically think aboutt. They seem close to what Hasselblad did years ago with some of their cameras by eliminating the mirror and pentaprism–except that this is a digital version. Because it is digital, it’s using a live viewing screen and another screen on top that lets you shoot from the hip the same way that many medium format users used to do.

We will keep you updated on more. But so far, we’re getting this info from Digital Transitions.

More info is after the jump.

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Though kit zoom lenses are rarely the ones that you’d want to see tested by a lab, DxOMark today released their results on the Canon 55-250mm f4.5-5.6 IS STM–a lens that was announced a little over a year ago. And according to their results, it’s not looking too good. When scored against its closest competitors that the company has in their database from both Nikon and Sony the Canon lens falls a bit short. Nikon takes the lead and Sony just barely beats out Canon’s offering though shows itself to have the strongest sharpness of the three.

More of an analysis is after the jump.

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Canon EF 11-24mm f4L USM Lens

It looks we’ll soon see a new Canon EF 11-24mm f4L USM lens. Cameraegg reports lens appeared on the German Canon Professional Network website leaking a healthy dose of details complete with this product image you see above.

Supposedly the lens will feature a completely new design and lens coating to give it unrivaled performance. If reports of the new lens are true, the 11-24mm f4L will sit neatly between the Canon 8-11mm f4 and 16-35mm f4. This middle of the road focal length range will also make it a nice medium wide angle zoom lens without encroaching too heavily into the territory of a fisheye or normal lens

There’s no word if the lens will include image stabilization like some of Canon’s newer wide-angle zoom lenses. However, this lens is rumored to be announced soon with a price of $2,899.

Via Cameraegg


It was only a matter of time before someone created TTL radio flashes for Sony. But if anyone was going to get to it first, it would have been Phottix. And today, they’re announcing their Mitros+ radio flash, Mitros flash and the Odin TTL transmitter for Sony cameras using the new multi-interface shoe. That means that cameras from your Sony NEX 6 to the A7 series can all now have TTL transmission and use radios to do so.

The Mitros+ and Mitros flashes are no different than their Canon and Nikon counterparts; nor is the Odin except that they’re all designed with the Sony multi-interface shoe in mind.

As a refresher, the Odin is a TTL transmitter that has lots of options and controls on it but makes the use of them simple. The Mitros+ is a flash with a radio receiver built in that can either act as a slave to the Odin or a slave/master with other Mitros+ flashes. The Mitros is a TTL enabled speedlite that doesn’t have radio transmission built in.

The New Mitros will go for $299 while the Mitros+ will sell for $399–and those are really affordable for what you’re getting. More images are after the jump.

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A little while ago, we had a contest with Lomography to give away a limited edition LCA camera. But we completely forgot to announce the winner. Vanessa Gonzales, you’ve won a brand new Limited Edition LCA+. Congrats to you, and thanks to everyone who entered.

We’ve got many new contests in the works. So stay tuned.

Space GoPro

NASA has put out plenty of cool videos of water in zero gravity from crying in space, ring out a towel, or just play with a small orb of the liquid. Now three International Space Station astronauts are showing us how the world looks though a pool of floating water by pushing a GoPro camera inside. The three astronauts—Steve Swanson, Reid Wiseman, and Alexander Gerst—filmed the whole space experiment with a 3D camera and the results look simply stunning.

The video starts off showing the astronauts squeezing out water from pouches as it takes on a spherical shape. The camera simply passes through on the first attempt to lodge it inside the ball of liquid but the astronauts eventually get it to sit inside. As the GoPro is suspended in the water it records a snipped of footage showing the world being distorted though the flowing and ebbing water.

The video is one of the coolest bits of footage to come from space and it’s about the closest thing you can experience swimming in zero gravity. Check it out in 2D and 3D after the break, so throw on some 3D shades.

Via IFL Science

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