Cheap Photo: Killer Price Drops on Westcott Apollo

Today we have a line on some new Westcott Apollo brand price drops, these are great modifiers if you are using speedlights to light your images. Zeiss is also selling their Touit lenses for Fujifilm at a nice discount, so make sure to check that out as well if you are looking at third-party lenses for the X-Series.

Plus: Fujifilm 100-C just dropped back in price.

Quick Hits

  • Medium Apollo Softbox – $124 – Get It
  • Mega Apollo Softbox – $169 – Get It
  • Apollo Orb – $149 – Get It
  • Apollo Strip – $149 – Get It
  • Zeiss 32mm f/1.8 Touit – $499 – Get It

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The Last Surviving Camera From the Apollo Missions Will be Auctioned Off


Photo by Dieter Nagl/AFP

One of the most important cameras ever made is about to be auctioned off. The only camera that NASA used on the Apollo missions and that made it back to Earth safe and sound will be put for the bidding in Vienna, according to Rappier.

And the estimated worth: $200,000-$270,000–which I’m sure you can all afford with no problems. This is a silver version of the camera, and not the one that was used to shoot the Blue Marble on Apollo 17. According to an interview that we did earlier last year, these cameras had intense lens modifications done and it was designed to operate in subzero temperatures.

Instead, this camera was used by astronaut Jim Irwin on the Apollo 15 mission. We’ll update when this camera goes up for auction with the final price. We expect it to far exceed the estimated prices.

Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson: Musings on Photography

julius motal the phoblographer earthrise tyson

“Earthrise” was taken by NASA astronaut William Anders during Apollo 8 in 1968.

When I originally set out to interview Dr. Neil deGrasse Tyson, I sought his commentary on the Blue Marble photograph taken during Apollo 17 in 1972. I was putting together a retrospective on the image, and after having spoken with Apollo 17 astronaut Harrison Schmitt and CSA astronaut Col. Chris Hadfield, I thought that Dr. Tyson could provide great commentary given his status as an astrophysicist and tenure as the director of the Hayden Planetarium. The piece, however, went to press before I secured the interview with him, so the Blue Marble was a very brief jumping off point into a conversation far more insightful than anything I could have anticipated.

This is one of the longest interviews we’ve done, so settle in with a hot cup of coffee (or tea) and enjoy.

Editor’s Note: This interview has been edited and condensed.

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Five Necessities for the New Strobist

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Essentials for th Strobist Street Photographer (9 of 9)ISO 2001-200 sec at f - 3.5

You’ve seen the light! Now you realize and value why off-camera lighting is so very important and all the creative benefits that can be had with using it. If you’re still new to this bright world, you’ll be delighted to know that there is so much more out there beyond the use of infrared transmission. Plus, you can shape your light to look so much better than a bare flash or bounced flash can.

Here’s a quick roundup of some excellent items that you may want to pick up.

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