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Laowa 24mm f/14 Relay 2x Macro Lens looks like a death machine

Laowa 24mm f/14 Relay 2x Macro Lens looks like a death machine

Laowa has unveiled a new macro lens that doesn't look like any macro lens for photography you have seen before. It looks like some not so subtle sniper rifle for an assassin to use in a terribly cheesy spy flick. I ran across this on April Fool's day I might think it was a joke, but it is a real product. The 24mm f/14 Relay 2x Macro lens is on display at Photokina and is due to land in stores next year.

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Olympus outs mighty 12-100mm f4.0 lens and more at Photokina 2016

Olympus outs mighty 12-100mm f4.0 lens and more at Photokina 2016

Olympus doesn't just have a new PEN camera today, the E-PL8, but a fresh batch of M.Zuiko Pro lenses and a new flash for Photokina 2016. The trio of lenses span from a lengthy zoom through to a brand new macro, while the FL900R flash is dustproof and splash-proof to match your E-M5 II.

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“Metalens” breakthrough could lead to flat, cheaper lenses

“Metalens” breakthrough could lead to flat, cheaper lenses

There has been a surge of interest in camera sensors and lenses of late, partly because of the equally growing interest in smartphone cameras. But while smartphones are indeed becoming more and more capable in that area, they are limited by the laws of physics and current manufacturing capabilities. One of the hardest to get right are the lenses but inventors, lead by r professor Federico Capasso, may have finally come upon an answer that will yield not not only flatter and cheaper lenses but also better ones that can outperform even those used in top of the line research microscopes.

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Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens has integrated flash

Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens has integrated flash

Canon has unveiled a new lens that is aimed at those who like to take macro photography shots and wants to be sure that their images are well lit. When taking photos close up sometimes a traditional flash doesn't do the job of lighting your subject well. The new Canon EF-M 28mm f/3.5 Macro IS STM lens is the first EF-M Macro Lens for the Canon EOS M camera system that features image stabilization and a pair of integrated mini Macro Lites.

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Sony patents a contact lens that houses a camera

Sony patents a contact lens that houses a camera

OK, this is bound to raise some red flags among privacy advocates, even more than Google Glass ever did. It is also going to make sci-fi aficionados drool and wish they would still be alive, not to mention capable of wearing this smart contact lens, when it actually becomes a product. Smart contact lenses are nothing new to our ears, but what Sony has tried to patent is incredible in both senses of the word: a contact lens that crams enough camera hardware to make it both useful and dangerous.

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Canon EOS 80D DSLR and friends help make you an Internet star

Canon EOS 80D DSLR and friends help make you an Internet star

These days it's almost too easy to post anything and everything online, which only makes standing out from the crowd a lot more difficult. Having great content is, of course, critical, but having the right tools to create quality content is just as important in the long run. Canon is unveiling two such tools to help you share your passions, the new EOS 80D DSLR camera and the compatible EF-S 18-135 mm Nano USM lens. They won't magically make you a creative person, but they can help in making your in-born creativity really shine.

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Zeiss and Fellowes Brand unveil trio of smartphone lenses

Zeiss and Fellowes Brand unveil trio of smartphone lenses

Zeiss and Fellowes Brand have announced a collaboration to produce lenses for smartphones, the first three of which were recently shown off at CES 2016. The two companies plan to launch telephoto, macro, and wide-angle lenses for the iPhone in the second quarter of this year, doing so with Zeiss optics in conjunction with the Fellowes ExoLens brand. The lenses are promised to “meet even the highest aesthetic standards.”

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Photojojo Iris lenses give smartphones pro-grade optics

Photojojo Iris lenses give smartphones pro-grade optics

Photojojo has introduced a new lineup of Iris lenses for smartphones: a wide-angle lens, macro lens, and fisheye lens. The lenses are compatible with the Samsung Galaxy S5 and Galaxy S6, as well as the iPhone, complementing the already excellent cameras on the phones. The lenses boast high-end construction, and feature a stretchy cable that fastens the lens to the handset, as well as a related cap that protects the lens when in storage.

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Olloclip Macro Pro Lens for iPhone 6 gets close-up crazy

Olloclip Macro Pro Lens for iPhone 6 gets close-up crazy

iPhone photography enthusiasts are likely already familiar with Olloclip and their range of general-use lens accessories, but now there's a version aimed at those interested in getting incredibly close-up, detailed images. The new Macro Pro Lens for the iPhone 6 and 6 Plus comes with three different lenses, each offering greater depth of field and less distortion than standard photos. The included macro lenses offer 7x, 14x, and 21x magnification.

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Canon EF 35mm F/1.4l II USM lens is first with blue spectrum refractive optics

Canon EF 35mm F/1.4l II USM lens is first with blue spectrum refractive optics

Canon has announced a new lens for photography pros and amateurs to try out. The new lens is notable because it is the first L-Series lens to use Canon's proprietary blue spectrum refractive optics (BR Optics). The special optics are specifically designed to deliver photographers a higher level of chromatic aberration correction for improved image quality.

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Canon’s next portable zoom lens will target 4K broadcasting

Canon’s next portable zoom lens will target 4K broadcasting

4K resolution content is no longer just the purview of the movie-making industry. With the prevalence of consumer equipment for both viewing and recording 4K content, the trend has also started to become popular in broadcast media as well. To support this budding development in the industry, Canon is developing a new portable zoom lens that caters to 4K broadcast cameras, attempting to bring together the advantage of mobility of conventional HDTV lenses with the quality that's required for the next generation of broadcast media.

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Nikon reveals three new NIKKOR lenses for pros and enthusiasts

Nikon reveals three new NIKKOR lenses for pros and enthusiasts

Three new lenses have been revealed this morning by the folks at NIKKOR, including an evolution of a classic NIKKOR lens with the AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR. This lens is the newest in a line of lenses that includes the 24-70mm f/2.8, a lens you may well have stashed in your Nikon bag right this minute. The other two lenses include a super-telephoto zoom AF-S NIKKOR 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR as well as an f/1.8 fixed focal length lens by the name of AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.8G ED.

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