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Loreo lens makes your Canon DSLR a 3D camera

Loreo lens makes your Canon DSLR a 3D camera

If you like your Canon DSLR but are intrigued by the ability to take 3D pictures a new lens from Loreo called the Stereo Lens-in-a-cap promises to let you keep your cam and add 3D capability. Granted, the lens may well be the ugliest accessories that you well ever attach to your DSLR.

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Fisheye lens looks like Oscar the Grouch built it

Fisheye lens looks like Oscar the Grouch built it

Lenses for cameras can get very expensive with some lenses costing as much or more than the cameras you attach them too. If you want a cool fisheye lens for your digital camera, but don’t want to drop the big bucks to buy one, you might follow this DIY recipe.

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Sony compact Alpha DSLR concept test-bed for new snap-on lens system?

Sony’s new concept “interchangeable lens compact camera” for PMA 2010 this week may be catching glances for its small body size and possible indication that the company are planning a jump into the Micro Four Thirds market, but according to Amateur Photographer the really interesting part might be the lens mount itself.  They were closely watching Masashi Imamura, Sony’s President of Personal Imaging and Sound Business Group at the company’s press launch, and he removed the re-attached the concept Alpha DSLR’s lens with none of the usual twisting.

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OculR attachment turns plain 35mm cinema projectors into 3D projectors

OculR attachment turns plain 35mm cinema projectors into 3D projectors

There is no doubt that 3D technology is booming today with lots of new 3D films hitting the theater. The massive success of Avatar has led more people to check out a 3D film and more and more theaters around the country are looking to add 3D capability.

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Pentax K-7 DSLR launches: 14.6MP & HD video for $1.3k [Video]

Pentax K-7 DSLR launches: 14.6MP & HD video for $1.3k [Video]

As promised, Pentax have unleashed their latest DSLR, the 14.6-megapixel K-7.  Pairing the new CMOS with the PRIME II imaging engine, the K-7 is also the first of the company's DSLRs to support high-definition video recording.  Where many rivals top out at 720p, the Pentax can climb all the way to 1,536 x 1,024 at 30fps (3:2 aspect; 16:9 720p is also supported), and has an HDMI output for easy viewing.

 

Video demo after the cut

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NTT KTN lens “1,000x faster” than existing tech

NTT KTN lens “1,000x faster” than existing tech

NTT have developed a variable focus lens that they claim is 1,000x faster than existing technology.  The lens is based on KTN (potassium tantalate niobate), an "electro-optic crystal" the refractive indices of which varies depending on how much voltage is applied across its surface.  By adjusting the voltage, the focal length varies.

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Tamron intros fast aperture Macro lens – SP AF 60mm ƒ/2 Di II LD (IF) Macro 1:1

Tamron intros fast aperture Macro lens – SP AF 60mm ƒ/2 Di II LD (IF) Macro 1:1

Typical macro lenses -- normal to telephoto focus length range – usually have maximum aperture at F2.8 or slower, with the exception of Olympus Zuiko Digital 50mm F2.0 ( Four Thirds lens) at one stop faster. Tamron has today announced the development of SP AF 60mm ƒ/2 Di II LD (IF) Macro 1:1. Like the Olympus, it’s a digitally optimized Macro lens featuring a bright maximum aperture of ƒ/2.0.

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Sigma 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM –- Sony Alpha Mount — gets date

Here’s some love for Alpha shooters without breaking the bank likes the Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*. Sigma Japan has revealed shipping date for A Mount version of 24-70mm F2.8 IF EX DG HSM large fixed aperture zoom lens by end of this Month.

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New Nikon EDG fieldscope series for serious birders?

New Nikon EDG fieldscope series for serious birders?

More Nikon Optics but made suitable for scientific researchers or Audubon naturalists. Like the stereoscopic microscope we reported last time, this high performance Nikon fieldscopes are compatible with Nikon’s DSLR and Coolpixs series digital cameras.

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Another postpone on Sigma’s 18-250mm F3.5-F6.3 DC OS HSM

Another postpone on Sigma’s 18-250mm F3.5-F6.3 DC OS HSM

Sigma is having hard time to deliver the new 18-250mm F3.5-F6.3 DC OS HSM zoom lens. The EF mount was previously scheduled to hit the street of Akihabara in the mid February, but later pushed to March 15th and now we are looking at another month of postponement.

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Meike’s 1.4x teleconverter spotted at PMA 2009, hands-on

Meike’s 1.4x teleconverter spotted at PMA 2009, hands-on

Having owned four 1.4x teleconverters for my birding outfit, I was excited to see a new candidate at PMA 2009. From previous report, we spotted a 3rd party battery grip for 5D Mark II at Meike booth, as well as a new a 1.4x TC available for both Nikon and Canon mounts. The design is closely resembling the Tamron SP or the kenko standard 1.4x TC; it doesn’t has a front element that’s sticking out from the mounting flange nor o-rings for weather seal, but definitely has slight edges in built quality.

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Olympus outs firmware for Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6

Olympus outs firmware for Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6

Olympus has today announced a firmware update for its Zuiko Digital ED 9-18mm F4.0-5.6, the Four Thirds System standard wide-angle zoom lens, to further improve ”IMAGER AF operation under certain conditions“.

To load the firmware, both camera and lens are required; for Olympus, update can be applied via the camera supplied software, while Panasonic user can obtain a firmware updater via Olympus website here.

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