For this weekend’s weekend project list, we’re trying to get you out there and a still in your comfort zone, but stretching photo muscles so that you learn some new skills.
Many of us take having two arms and two hands for granted. Our world is a diverse one however. There are people out there missing limbs through various circumstances. Some of these people want to be photographers. Most camera companies, for years, basically have made cameras for right handed folk. If you are left-handed, or have only one hand, you need a tripod and a remote trigger. It sounds weird to say, but there are people out there who have this issue.
Designer, Xing Dawei (Dave Xing), took this to heart and has created the One Hand Snap. It is a remote that allows the user to control their DSLR holding just the lens barrel instead of having to hit the typical shutter button and dials. The One Hand Snap or OHS is a silicone band that stretches around the lens barrel. It sports a shutter button along with a four-way button for other controls all nested on a base similar to a small watch design. The four-way button was created to adjust aperture and shutter speed.
Via Yanko Design
The folks over at 43rumors have received word that Olympus might be coming up with a new prime lens for Micro Four Thirds–a 25mm f1.8, to be exact. It is also said that the lens will be launched alongside the low-end OM-D camera that Olympus is currently working on. The camera was previously reported to be launched just ahead of the CP+ show in Tokyo, which will take place in February.
If this report turns out to be correct, the lens would nicely fill the gap between the already available 17mm f1.8 and 45mm f1.8 lenses. Those three would make a lovely prime lens set featuring the classic focal lengths of 35mm, 50mm, and 90mm. Also, this wouldn’t be the first 25mm prime lens from Olympus. For its Four Thirds DSLR cameras, the company made a 25mm f2.8 pancake lens.
43rumors also states that the 25mm f1.8 will be smaller and cheaper than the Panasonic Leica 25mm f1.4, which only makes sense if Olympus actually wants to sell it. It is said to be slightly larger than the Panasonic 20mm f1.7, though, which means it won’t be a pancake lens. As always, these are only reports so far, and we don’t have confirmation on any of the details yet.
Though we wish that no photographer has a bad day, it sure seems like Chase Jarvis had one. In an experiment gone horribly wrong, a DJI Phantom, a Quadracopter meant for photographers and videographers, took a swim in the frigid Iceland waters. When it fell into the water, a Sony RX 100 II went along with it. They were trying to use that camera because of its image stabilization and raw capabilities. However the Quadracopter was meant for a GoPro camera. The hack they tried was well thought out, but it did not work out well in the end.
Check out the video after the jump.
Heading to a big city for a vacation sooner or later? There are lots of things that you should remember when going and taking photos. Obviously, there are the mannerisms and ways of the people in each city which you should abide by, but then there are other tips you should keep in mind.
Here’s a bunch.
The camera that won our Editor’s Choice rating this year now has a brand new firmware update. However, they seem to be very minor improvements, such as better stabilization in children’s mode. One of the bigger features though is improved AF operation as well as improve bulb image quality.
In many ways, this camera is perfect–but we wonder how it will compete with competition from Sony with the A7 not being much more expensive than the EM1.
Full firmware details are after the jump. Be sure to also check out our EM1 review.