Elena Iv-skaya Shows Stunning Retro-Styled Swimmers for “Dreamer Pool”

All images by Elena Iv-skaya. Used with Creative Commons permission.

There are some who say that today’s generation of creatives have this strange nostalgia for an era they never experienced. Instagram, for one, is partly responsible for the retro aesthetic we often see slapped on social media today. However, I totally understand the fascination of stylists, photographers, and designers for vintage elements and retro styling. The fashion editorials and portrait sets such as Elena Iv-skaya’s DREAMER POOL clearly shows why this trend has been catching eyes and turning heads.

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First Impressions: Olympus OMD E-M10 Mk III

To understand the Olympus OMD E-M10 Mk III, you should first sort of understand how mirrorless cameras and their role in consumer based photography has evolved. You see, for years mirrorless cameras were really just valued amongst those that wanted DSLR quality in a smaller package. And then they evolved to become more serious–but at the same time they’ve sort of been made simpler to go after that very large consumer based market. With the Olympus OMD E-M10 Mk III, you pretty much have the equivalent of what you’d liken to a Canon Rebel; something that is really meant to be very consumer oriented and still allows a photographer room to grow without NEEDING to upgrade. Indeed, the Olympus OMD E-M10 Mk III is bound to deliver image quality comparable to many other options out there. It shares the same sensor as many of the company’s other cameras; but the big thing is the interface and the looks.

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Get Nostalgic with This Slideshow of New York City in 1969

New York in 1969

New York City has come a long way from its early days but while many things have changed and happened – the city even suffering first hand and then rising from the ashes of one of the biggest tragedies in US history – it still is as grand and as proud as it was in the old days.

Today, new towers and high-rises, including the One World Trade Center, the tallest skyscraper in the Western Hemisphere, grace the city’s majestic skyline; but it wasn’t always like this. In 1969, the current year for Mad Men’s seventh and final season and back when the original World Trade Center was still under construction, the city looks just a tad different.

A 10-minute slideshow on YouTube shows us how exactly the city looked before the feel good days of the 70s, with its parade of retro color slide images of NYC complete with markers all taken in 1969. And if those photographs alone won’t give you a bad case of nostalgia, the slideshow is also accompanied by Nat King Cole singing Mona Lisa, Too Young, and Smile in the background, just to make sure you really get that thoughtful longing for the past going.

Watch it after the jump.

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Nikon Sales Have Fallen, The Nikon DF Is Not In High Demand


In what we think is a significant moment, Nikons sales of their interchangeable lens cameras are down by about 14%. This is in comparison to the same time last year. Demand for Nikon’s compact cameras have fallen about 30%. This has led to Nikon’s imaging division reporting a 26% loss of income. The worst part of this is Nikon’s overall profits declined 57.5%. We are not sure what this means for Nikon in the long run, but they have some decisions to make. Nikon sales forecast has also been cut. The demand of photography hobbyist has fallen. The Nikon DF may not be the Nikon fans were looking for. Continue reading…

Four Vintage Lenses For The New Nikon DF


The Nikon DF is out, and its not a bad looking camera overall. Nikon claims this camera is for pure photography–hence why there is no video mode at all. Plus it is designed to work with lots of vintage Nikon glass. While you can use huge expensive lenses with this camera, here are some that I think would make magnificent companions for Nikon’s new camera. If you are new to Nikon lenses or full frame cameras, you may want to give these lenses some thought.


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Nikon Announces the New Nikon DF and a Special Edition 50mm f1.8 lens


The time has finally arrived. The Nikon Df is here. Even though Nikon’s designers looked back in time for inspiration, this is the next evolution of the Nikon DSLR. It combines the simplicity of Nikons film cameras like the FM /FE series with today’s technology. The Nikon Df pairs the 16.2MP FX sensor of the Nikon D4 with the EXPEED 3 image processor. Its ISO range goes from 100-12,800 and is expandable down to 50 and up to 204,800. The Df has 39-point auto focus system with 9 cross-type sensors and can shoot up to 5.5 frames per second. It has built in HDR features as well.

The Nikon Df Digital SLR Camera Body,  is available for pre-order and priced at $2,749.95 in Black and Silver. If you want it with the special 50mm f1.8 edition lens, you’ll need to shell out more money then you’ll want to.

Report: Nikon Announcing the New Nikon DF on Nov 5th?

Nikon Df?

Image From Nikon’s Pure Photography Micro-site

There has been a lot of chatter about a new Nikon retro FX camera. It’s rumored to be called the Nikon DF or “Dynamic Fusion” camera. According to Nikon Rumors, the announcement will take place on November 5th 2013. Nikon Pure Photography videos leading up to this announcement have been making the rounds, and they are short and sweet.  The potential specs of the camera are nice as well, especially the possibility of the D4’s sensor being used. One of the most interesting things is the ability to meter with non-AI lenses. It enables the use of a large amount of classic lenses from Nikon’s past.

I, personally, am really excited about this. Beyond the camera body, it’s everything I wanted in my next camera. I do work with a Nikon FM SLR, so if what has been said is true, I am going to be a very happy photographer.

Reports of a Nikon FM2 Styled Camera With the D4’s Guts Excite Photographers


Sony recently announced the A7 and A7r full frame mirrorless cameras, and those really shook the world when the news broke. But Nikon Rumors is reporting that something may be coming from one of the big two. The report states that it will be something like the older Nikon FM2: a film camera and quite a beautiful one actually. However, the internals will be more along the lines of being like the Nikon D4–which many are stating could make it a true D700 successor.  That means that at its heart will be a big, beautiful full frame sensor.

Those specs include a standard F-Mount: and something like that it totally possible given how small the old FM series cameras were. However, the camera won’t be mirrorless–and if anything that will also mean that the company will either use a traditional mirror and pentaprism or Sony’s SLT technology (which Canon actually originally broke the ground on tens of years ago.) This will appeal to lots of folks that still complain about EVFs despite how far the advancements in technology have come.

This makes us even more curious though: with Photokina next year the company might consider some sort of upgrade to the camera.