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Polaroid announces new camera lens line for photographers

Polaroid announces new camera lens line for photographers

Polaroid has been in the photograph business for as long as I can remember. The first camera I can remember having around as a kid was one of the old instant cameras from Polaroid. The company has unveiled a new line of accessory lenses that will work for DSLRs, camcorders, and cameras. It's not exactly clear from the details released so far what specific cameras these lenses will fit.

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HoodCap Flower Unites Lens Cap and Hood for DSLR Cameras

HoodCap Flower Unites Lens Cap and Hood for DSLR Cameras

Before we begin speaking about this cool new masterpiece, I must warn you that it is still a concept. This means it's not in production yet, and if there is a unit out there working, it's still just a prototype. That said, we sure as heck wish this particular model was out for purchase, as immediately on the lens it certainly would go. This is the HoodCap Flower, a DSLR camera cap that twists to unfold and provide the camera then with a hood for sunshine blockage.

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Pixeet promises 360-degree iPhone panoramas; Android app in works

Pixeet promises 360-degree iPhone panoramas; Android app in works

Adapter lenses to encourage your iPhone to take unusual photos are increasingly popular as the optics across each generation of Apple smartphone improve, and Pixeet reckons what your handset needs is a fish eye. The snap-on lens comes with an iPhone case to which it mounts magnetically, as well as a special app that stitches four shots into a floor to ceiling full 360-degree panorama.

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LensRentals builds a chess set out of DSLR lenses

LensRentals builds a chess set out of DSLR lenses

Anyone that has a DSLR knows that the lenses of the cameras are very expensive. Especially when you get into the higher end of the lens spectrum. There are two major factions in the DSLR market with those that prefer Canon and those that lean towards Nikon. A couple bored warehouse schleps over at LensRentlas found themselves in a new warehouse with nothing but lenses and a few boxes of tiles.

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Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/.8G Announced As New Affordable Macro Lens

Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/.8G Announced As New Affordable Macro Lens

Nikon announced a new lightweight and affordable macro lens for DX-format shooters called the AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G lens. The new glass is versatile and ideal for extreme close-ups as well as general portraiture and HD movies with stunning sharpness and flattering bokeh.

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Sony NEX-C3 interchangeable lens camera official: 16.3MP and 720p HD

Sony NEX-C3 interchangeable lens camera official: 16.3MP and 720p HD

Sony has officially announced the NEX-C3, its new interchangeable lens camera first sighted back in April. The new Alpha has a 16.2-megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and can shoot 720p 30fps HD video as well; there's a 3-inch adjustable preview display on the back, and a snap-on flash included in the box.

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Kogeto Dot makes iPhone 4 panorama photos simple

Kogeto Dot makes iPhone 4 panorama photos simple

If you've ever wanted to take simple panoramic photos on your iPhone, but struggled with either piecing together individual shots, the Kogeto Dot may be the snap-on lens for you. A $99 accessory set to go on sale later this year - and up for Kickstarter order now - the lens takes a 360-degree picture in a single frame, and then uses clever software to stretch it all out to the correct aspect.

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Lensbaby Sweet 35 Optic offers straightforward aperture twiddling

Lensbaby Sweet 35 Optic offers straightforward aperture twiddling

Lensbaby has announced its latest lens, the Sweet 35 Optic, the company's first 35mm Optic model to feature an internal 12-blade adjustable aperture system. Offering the widest focal length of any selective focus Lensbaby optic, the magnetically-attached Sweet 35 Optic offers f/2.5 through f/22 adjusted through a simple barrel ring.

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$76 Micro Four Thirds/NEX lenses promised as China weighs in

$76 Micro Four Thirds/NEX lenses promised as China weighs in

Micro Four Thirds cameras and lenses may be smaller than their regular DSLR counterparts, but so far the pricing of the various interchangeable components is yet to go micro. That could well change with news of new, cheaper Chinese micro-4/3 lenses from Zhongyi Optics, which are expected to retail for a mere CNY 500 ($76).

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Samsung outs five NX Series lenses: super-zoom, pancake & more

Samsung outs five NX Series lenses: super-zoom, pancake & more

Samsung has announced a five-strong line up of new NX Series interchangeable lenses, doubling the options on offer for cameras like the NX Hybrid. Among the new array is a 18-200mm multi-purpose Long Zoom Lens and a 16mm F2.4 Ultra Wide Pancake, as well as a macro lens, portrait lens and a standard zoom.

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Sony E-mount interchangeable lens spec goes public in April

Sony E-mount interchangeable lens spec goes public in April

Sony opted not to use the Micro Four Thirds standard for its NEX interchangeable lens cameras, instead developing its own E-mount system, and now it plans to open that technology up for third-party lens manufacturers. As well as allowing for third-party E-mount lenses for use with the NEX-3, NEX-5 and NEX-VG10 cameras, it will also allow for mount adapters for other manufacturers' lenses to be attached to Sony's models.

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Schneider-Kreuznach “working intensively” on Micro Four Thirds lenses

Schneider-Kreuznach “working intensively” on Micro Four Thirds lenses

If you're even a little familiar with the world of camera lenses then you're likely aware of Schneider-Kreuznach, and so you'll probably be excited to hear that the company has signed up as a new member of the Micro Four Thirds System Standard Group. It's not just out of vague interest, either; "We are working intensively on a corresponding series of lenses" CEO Dr. Josef Staub confirms.

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