Grab This Rare Lamperti and Garbagnati Aerial Camera for $10,000

This super rare and super vintage aerial camera make an interesting addition to every camera collection (or camera museum even) out there.

If artifacts and items from a bygone era is your thing, we’re sure our latest vintage find will fascinate you. This very rare item may very well be one of the very first aerial cameras made. It could even be the only one of its model ever made! Go ahead and check it out to see if it’s something you’d like to add to your collection.

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This $14,000 Super Rare Aerial Camera Was Designed to Shoot Horizons

Not sure what this item is actually for, but we’re guessing it’s a super rare aerial horizon camera that could catch the interest of a curious collector.

Heads up, camera collectors! If you’ve been waiting for our next awesome vintage find on ebay, we’re back with another item to pique the interest of you curious lot out there. This time, it’s an interesting and rare aerial horizon camera (at least what we think it is) with a hefty price tag to match.

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Phase One Industrial Launches iXU-RS Aerial Camera Series Featuring Innovative Central Lens Shutter

Today, Phase One Industrial introduced the iXU-RS aerial camera series. Providing aerial photographers with a versatile new tool, the series features a breakthrough central lens shutter design based on an innovative direct drive concept with electronic charging that enhances exposure speed to as fast as 1/2500s. The new design also guarantees half a million exposures, an unprecedented shutter life span.

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This Cool Zeiss Jena Aerial Survey System Uses Film

This Zeiss Jena LMK-2000 aerial survey camera is up for grabs for anyone with a serious passion for everything aerial photography.

Today’s vintage find is quite an unusual package, but we’re sure it’s something aerial photographers will appreciate. Drones have now replaced dedicated aerial camera systems that use analog imaging. But for those who still want to give analog a try, this Zeiss Jena LMK-2000 Aerial Survey Mapping Camera system up for grabs is an available option, provided they have the budget for it as it’s not exactly cheap even if it’s old technology!

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Tips for Aerial Photography Using Drones

Thinking of venturing into drone photography? Today’s photography cheat sheet has some useful tips to help you get started.

The advent of drone photography was a blessing for aerial photography enthusiasts and professionals and continues to be a popular approach to capturing sweeping vistas and stunning scenery. Since there are budget and pro drone cameras available today, it’s easy to see why more and more photographers have been picking it up. if you’re set to get your own drone camera soon, you may find today’s photography cheat sheet useful for your practice.

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Mitch Rouse: Stunning Aerial Photos in Glorious Medium Format

All photos by Mitch Rouse. Used with Creative Commons permission.

If the unique abstract quality of aerial photography is your cup of tea, you must have been on the lookout for our next featured body of work. To inspire you today, we bring the stunning work of Wyoming-based Mitch Rouse, showcasing a variety of landscapes and terrains that look otherworldly when viewed from above. As latest additions to our favorite aerial snaps, they make perfect examples of how changes in perspective can reveal nature’s artistry and penchant for abstract imagery.

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Four Camera Bags to Hit the Trails With This Fall

Camera bags are a vital accessory for all photographers, and each bag serves to fill a specific role.

Bags designed for urban use will not fare well out in the great wide open, where as bags designed to be used for hiking will be too bulky to roam around the streets in the city center.  If you are looking for a new bag to hike with, take a look at these four cameras bags to hit the trails with this Fall.

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Ross den Otter Takes Stunning Portraits with a Camera Obscura

All images by Ross den Otter. Used with permission. 

Inspired by the painters during the Renaissance period, Ross den Otter built his own camera obscura which he needed to literally walk into and be inside the camera box to take pictures. He has created a series of stunning portrait photographs with this process.

Camera obscura technically was a 16th century camera used mainly by painters to accurately reproduce perspective. Only the wealthy at that time could afford expensive paintings of themselves. Motivated by using this 400 years old photo technology in a modern setting, Ross den Otter constructed a life sized obscura camera, roughly the size of a walk in closet at 4 feet by 8 feet by 8 feet dimension. Ross shared some interesting facts about this project utilizing a 19th century Fox-Talbot paper negative process, several 20th century electronic flashes, a World War II era aerial reconnaissance lens, a scanner from the 21st century, and finally, digital post-processing in Adobe Lightroom.

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Hasselblad and DJI Release Medium Format Camera Drone

Hasselblad and DJI are today announcing something that sees your puny 5D in a drone and scoffs at it. The companies took their M600 and A5D, then put them together into a package for the serious aerial landscape/cityscape/creepy prowler photographer. That right–50MP in medium format above the skyline.

The combination comes with six batteries, an advanced gimbal system, an a3 flight controller, the Lightbridge 2 Professional HD transmission system, a dust-proof propulsion system and app control. At the heart of this picture taking device is a medium format sensor with a modified 50mm f3.5 lens attached. That means that you’re getting a very wide angle (almost 35mm in full frame equivalency.)


Once we can find more information, we’ll update this post. So far, Hasselblad seems to be hitting home runs out of the park this year. We can only imagine what’s coming to Photokina.

An Ode to a Now Popular Film Rangefinder Camera

Editor’s Note: I was experimenting with a new format for the Phoblographer in preparation for our upcoming redesign launching this August. This post was supposed to showcase that experience but it crashed and failed pretty hard. Either way, I genuinely do hope that you enjoy this piece.

“They were crap compared to some of the others out there,” is what a former manager told me when I consulted him about purchasing a Yashica Electro 35 GSN rangefinder. Did I listen? No way, I was 23 years old and it was all of $45 off of Craigslist. That meant that I’d meet up with the owner in person, try it out, and make sure that it worked. Indeed, it did; and with a little modification from the Yashica Guy I was able to use a new battery and get right to shooting.

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Roy Savoy: NYC Through an iPhone Camera


All images by Roy Savoy. Used with permission.

Roy Savoy was born and raised in New York, and he continues to love its energy. He’s one of those photographers who for years had a great eye for photos but never got a camera. When he got a phone with a camera, he started going around taking photos of random things like architecture. Then people, and eventually street scenes.

I found Roy on EyeEm, and quickly fell in love with his work. Roy studied the work of many of the first great photographers and also prefers the simplicity of black and white to color.

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On Being an Aerial Photographer

Praying Monk, Phoenix, AZ

All images by Sherry Eklund. Used with permission.

Aerial photography is an incredibly rewarding profession, but one that intimidates many photographers. While barriers to entry are higher than some other photographic niches, they are lower than you might think. If you’re considering new options for your photographic talents with the new year, here’s everything you need to decide if aerial photography is something you should truly consider.

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Jakub Polomski: Creating Aerial Images of Iceland


All images by Jakub Polomski. Used with permission.

Photographer Jakub Polomski was born in 1985 in Poland. In 2005, he started out with photography and was originally inspired to work in the industry by National Geographic Magazine. Since then, he’s gone on to win many awards as a photographer.

“I borrowed a DSLR from a friend and then it began,” Jakub said. He grew as a photographer by posting images in online communities and getting feedback from others. Years later, he would get more into landscape photography and as the industry changed and grew, he got into drone photography.

We talked to him about photography and creating landscape images that captivate a viewer.

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Phase One Industrial’s New iXU-R Cameras Are Built for Drones

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If there’s anything I remember from Toy Story, it’s that I should reach for the sky, which is exactly what Phase One is aiming for with its new line of cameras. The iXU-R series is the latest in Phase One Industrial’s cache of medium-format digital cameras for aerial photography, and it comes in three varieties: 80-MP, 60-MP and 60-MP achromatic. As you can see in the picture above, it is literally a box with a lens, and it comes with three dedicated Phase One Rodenstock lenses (40mm, 50mm and 70mm). They’re also USB 3.0 compatible.

The idea behind these cameras is impressive specs in a lightweight package because if there’s anything you need to cut down on with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), it’s weight. So, if you’re a film director looking to get high-res imagery of the fjords in Norway, know that this camera, whichever one you get, will deliver.

To illustrate what this series can do, the iXU-R 180 (that’s the 80-MP version) can provide 10,823 pixels of cross-track coverage (read: 10,832 pixels on the long edge), and it’s small enough to fit on your average gimbal. It can also connect with any GPS systems you might be using so that you can accurately capture and transfer data.

Who might use these? Filmmakers, definitely. Amateur pilots in Cessnas who’d love to make some landscapes from the sky. Drone enthusiasts. You know the ones who make those nifty aerial videos of their local beach. Governments, probably.

We estimate these will be very expensive. Stay tuned!

Calvin Hobson’s Images of Silk Aerialists


All images by Calvin Hobson. Used with permission.

Photographer Calvin Hobson is a wedding photographer that took up the craft after a stint in the military. Though this is his primary focus, it’s important for every photographer to have personal work that they use to improve themselves and expand their creativity.

Calvin shot a portrait series with a pair of aerialist artists (Heather & Dana Foltz) in a cave to expand his creativity and work with new artists. “The “smoke” you see is done behind the girls, and in front of the rim light.. And isn’t smoke at all!” says Calvin. “We had Nick Langton, a good friend of mine, collecting the siltiest handfuls of dirt he could find and throwing it in the air on my command!”

Calvin tells the Phoblographer that he wanted to achieve something angelic and heavenly in contrast to the skeleton leotards they were wearing. He also tells us that nothing was rehearsed beforehand and they did all the performing for the camera.

“Believe it or not, these girls hardly have to try when we do photoshoots. They just kind of…. Go! Its really incredible to see them perform, and even cooler to have them take direction effortlessly for a shoot.”

Calvin’s images are after the jump.

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In 1905 a Third of Households Owned a Camera and Professional Photographers Hated It

Image Courtesy of Leo Catricala and Hyunsung Cho/Hartford University

Image Courtesy of Leo Catricala and Hyunsung Cho/University of Hartford

Today nearly every person in the world has a camera whether it be a cellphone camera, point-and-shoot, mirrorless camera, DSLRs, Go Pros, aerial drones—you get the idea. While photography is well and alive now, that wasn’t always the case. The Smithsonian Magazine has put together an excellent article looking back over a century detailing the photography first went mainstream.

The thing about early cameras is they used chemically treated plates and paper that took ages to capture an exposure and required subjects to stay still for a half-minute or more. It’s the reason why early portraitures looked so stoic and serious. But enter 1888 and George Eastman introduced the first compact, film-based Kodak camera. The new camera was not only much smaller measuring 2.5-inches in diameter, it was also affordable at $25 and held a roll of film for 100 exposures.

The much more accessible camera allowed many more people to carry cameras outdoors and the public was entranced by the ability to capture the world. Even if they were the most mundane of everyday events, new Kodak photographers would take pictures of bicycles, pets, or themselves. Taking snapshots became a fad and with the introduction of the $1 Brownie camera in 1900 a third of American households owned a camera of some sort by 1905.

While it might seem like photography was universally liked, professional photographers were actually against seeing their art becoming popularized by amateurs. Supposedly paid photographers did not appreciate these “Kodak fiends” who became completely engrossed with taking weird and often out of focus shots.

Now photography has become much more mundane and commonplace, but the controversy has spun out to taking advantage of people’s privacy. With the advent of wearable cameras like Google Glass and aerial drones, photographers now face a new wave of criticism accusing them of sneaky forms of voyeurism to creep shots from above.

Via Smithsonian Magazine


Lehmann Aviation Makes Nokia’s New Lumia 1020 Camera Phone Ready For NSA Duty

Lehmann Aviation LA300 drone for Nokia Lumia 1020

Editor’s Note: We’re joking about the NSA thing…

Lehmann Aviation has announced the LA300 automated drone for the Nokia Lumia 1020 camera phone. The drone is able to travel up to ten miles at spees of up to 50 mph, for up to thirty minutes. It is aimed primarily at aerial imaging, for example during excavations. But the fact that it is programmable (quite easily so via a tablet) and navigates autonomously might make this a welcome tool for the guys over at the NSA. Just imagine what you could do with the Lumia 1020’s 41 megapixel camera, flying low above inhabited areas. The good thing is though that the ordinary creep won’t be going to buy this, since it comes with a price tag well above US-$ 6k. For more info on Lehmann Aviation’s UAVs, head over to their website.

Via Photography Blog

This Jaw-Dropping Aerial Video of ‘Battleship Island’ Was Taken with a Sony Action Cam

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Hashima Island, sometimes called Gunkanjima (“Battleship Island”), is a deserted Island nine miles outside of Nagasaki, Japan. The ruins covering the island were originally housing over 5,000 people, consisting of coal miners and their families, until the business went downhill and eventually the last inhabitants left in 1974. In a matter of only forty years, nature claimed back most of the island and turned the human-erected construcions into a dystopian vision of a deserted future world.

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In the 1960s, High-Resolution Color Photography Pained the CIA

The Declassified Series is a Phoblographer original series that digs deep into historical government documents to examine how they used photography.

To say that Color Photography was a big headache for the Central Intelligence Agency is an understatement. Considering their use of Kodak Aerochrome, it was a huge priority for them. Aerochrome was an infrared film that turned greens into reddish-purples. Ultimately, it let the government find well-camouflaged guerilla fighters in the Congo. But before that, the US had some major frustrations with the format. Depending on who you ask, color photography processes properly began in 1907 with the Lumière Autochrome process. Still, most of the world’s iconic photographs were shot on Black and White after color processes were developed. In the 1960s, the CIA needed high-resolution color photography: Black and white photography wasn’t cutting it. So they went to Kodak–the American film brand the entire country trusted.

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This Collection with a Hiroshima Atomic Bombing Negative Is Going for $2 Million

This Hiroshima Atomic Bombing negative is part of a collection that is going for $2 Million. Two. Million. US Dollars.

If you’re a history buff or a photography memorabilia collector with a particular interest for World War II items, you’ll find our latest vintage find fascinating. But, we have to warn you that it’s a collection that costs a fortune for its historical value. The star of the show is a negative from the Hiroshima Bombing which is claimed to be the only negative from the historic event to be auctioned off after going undiscovered for 74 years.

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Phase One and Sony Design a New 100MP Medium Format Sensor

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It’s time, folks! Right before CES 2016 starts, Phase One is making an announcement that they’ve collaborated with Sony to make the new 100MP full frame 645 Medium Format sensor for their new 100MP Phase One XF Camera system. Crazy, huh? To clear confusion, this is a full 645 sensor instead of it being cropped, hence why it’s called Full Frame

So what can this sensor do? It offers 16 bit color, 15 stops of dynamic range, live view capture via HDMI, ISO 50 to 12,800 and exposure of up to 50 minutes. The sensor packs101,082,464 active high quality pixels. Because it uses the XF system, it also features lots of the new features that came out at Photo Plus 2015, like the seismographic shutter delay plus, Honeybee Auto Focus, Vibration Tracking, Electronic First Curtain Shutter, and more.

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