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 Kodak Hawkeye II DSLR NASA

Did you know that one of the first digital SLRs was actually used by NASA back in 1991? Neither did we. It was in fact the very first camera that qualifies to be called a DSLR. However, back then, that meant something entirely different from what it means now. In 1991, Kodak retrofitted a Nikon F3 SLR body (yes, one of those old-school cameras that ran on this ‘film’ stuff) with a digital back that contained a tiny CCD sensor. In order to get the image information out of the camera, you needed a separate processing and storage unit that you’d carry over your shoulder.

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The fourth installation of the much beloved Jurassic Park franchise, much to the delight or displeasure of many films buffs and fans out there, is well underway – twelve years after the painful never-should-have-happened mediocrity that is Jurassic Park III – and there’s no stopping it. The fourth film, now named Jurassic World, will begin production in April and is set to hit the theaters in June 2015; and it’s got people’s tongues wagging.

While the details of the plot are still being kept a guarded secret from the public, we are already privy to some other details. So far, we know that Colin Trevorrow (Safety Not Guaranteed) is directing and co-writing while John Schwartzman (Armageddon) is doing cinematography. We also know that Guardians of the Galaxy’s Chris Pratt and The Village’s Bryce Dallas Howard are taking on the lead roles in the film. Additionally, it’s also been revealed that this one is taking place 22 years after the events of the original (and by far, the best) Jurassic Park film.

It’s the latest juicy detail about the film’s production, however, that is really getting our geek on. Trevorrow recently took to Twitter to announce that they will be shooting the entire film on 35mm and 65mm Kodak films with Panavision equipment, opting out of filming digitally! It’s a rare decision that we’re pretty sure will make the purists and traditionalists very, very happy.  We’re still not entirely convinced it’s a good idea to make this fourth movie (remember Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull?), but we must admit that we now can’t wait to see how it’s going to look.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer CES 2014 Panasonic 42.5mm f1.2 first impressions (4 of 9)ISO 2001-125 sec at f - 1.6

Now that CES 2014 is over, it’s time to take a look back at all the things that have been announced during the show. During our time in Vegas, we had the opportunity to take a closer look at some of the announcements: the Nikon D4S, the Panasonic/Leica Nocticron 42.5mm f1.2 lens, the new Nikon D3300 … and more. Here’s our recap of all the hot stuff presented at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show.

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On the heels of a fairly lackluster display at CES 2014, Kodak finds itself in yet another hole. Brand-licensing contracts that have been made public reveal that Kodak will allow mostly anyone to use its name on their products if they’ll provide food in return. Citing profits well-below quarterly and yearly projections, Kodak is in dire straits, and its employees are hungry.

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That right there is the Kodak-branded SMART LENS in the Pixpro line of digital cameras from JK Imaging, a young company that struck a licensing deal with Kodak in January 2013. This SMART LENS is awfully similar to Sony’s QX10 and QX100 units, and it does the exact same thing. There are two flavors of this lens-camera hybrid: the SL10 and SL25. The SL10 has 10x optical zoom in a 28-280mm 35mm-equivalent lens, a microSD card slot, HD 1080p video capability, and built-in Wi-Fi. The SL25 differs slightly with 25x optical zoom in a 24-600mm 35mm-equivalent lens. Both will available in Spring 2014 for $199 and $299 respectively.  [click to continue…]

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In 1995, Danish filmmakers Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg launched Dogme 95, an avant-garde filmmaking movement that soon attracted the attention of filmmakers across the world. Above all else, Dogme 95 stressed the importance of story, acting and theme. What set it apart, however, were the technological limitations outlined in the “Vow of Chastity”, written by von Trier and Vinterberg. The vow has ten rules, and six of those ten have applications for photographers.

1. Shooting must be done on location. Props and sets must not be brought in (if a particular prop is necessary for the story, a location must be chosen where this prop is to be found).

3. The camera must be handheld. Any movement or immobility attainable in the hand is permitted. (The film must not take place where the camera is standing; shooting must take place where the film takes place).

4. The film must be in color. Special lighting is not acceptable. (If there is too light light for exposure the scene must be cut or a single lamp be attached to the camera).

5. Optical work and filters are forbidden.

6. The film must not contain superficial action. (Murders, weapons, etc. must not occur.)

9. The film format must be Academy 35 mm.

Change the terms slightly, and they become applicable to photography.

If you like to be in control in your photography, then consider letting go. Turn off Instagram and put your phone away. Put your swanky new DSLR back on the shelf. Forget filters, plugins, strobes and softboxes. Close Lightroom, and don’t you dare touch iPhoto.

Grab the nearest film camera, slide in a roll of your favorite Kodak or Fujifilm, and go to where the photograph is happening. If you have an all-manual film camera, all the better. Limit yourself technologically, and you’ll open yourself creatively.

Dust off that Pentax K1000, and see what you find.