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Moment for iPhone X photo case, lenses make the camera shine

Moment for iPhone X photo case, lenses make the camera shine

An entire niche market of clip-on lenses grew out of the middling camera capabilities of smartphones past. With dual cameras, wide angle lenses, and advanced camera sensors, you’d think that market has become redundant. Not so, if you ask Moment, who has given that market a distinct flair with the Moment 2.0 Kickstarter earlier this year. Now it has announced a new photo case and new lens set made especially for the iPhone X, raising the already high photography bar even higher.

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Olympus 17mm and 45mm f/1.2 PRO lenses promise glorious bokeh

Olympus 17mm and 45mm f/1.2 PRO lenses promise glorious bokeh

Amid all the talk of smartphone portrait modes, Olympus has some proper bokeh for you - as long as you're willing to carry a micro four-thirds camera. The company is adding two new options to its well-esteemed M.ZUIKO Digital ED 25mm f/1.2 PRO lens family, a 17mm and a 45mm, for photographers who want more sparkle in their portrait shots. While they'll each set you back more than an iPhone X, there are some very good reasons why that might still be worth it.

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Caltech’s camera could banish smartphone bumps for good

Caltech’s camera could banish smartphone bumps for good

The powerful cameras inside our smartphones come at a price, and not just the literal one, of course. Next to the endangered 3.5 mm headphone jack, the camera is the last piece that keeps phones from becoming uniformly thin, not to mention flat. Even without mechanical parts like OIS, the camera's bulk is mostly due to its non-flat lens. That is why when the California Institute of Technology, better known as Caltech, boasts it has produced an ultra-thin, flat camera, the smartphone industry's interest is definitely piqued.

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ExoLens’ Zeiss lens case for iPhone 7 offers swappable optics

ExoLens’ Zeiss lens case for iPhone 7 offers swappable optics

The iPhone already has a reputation for photography, but ExoLens wants to crank that up with its Zeiss-lens-toting case for the iPhone 7 arriving in stores. Announced back in January, the iPhone 7 case builds on the previously-revealed lens framework that the iOS smartphone slides into, with an impact resistant shell to help in case of drops or bumps. However, it's the lens mount that's most interesting.

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Sony’s latest G Master lens does it all for the bokeh

Sony’s latest G Master lens does it all for the bokeh

Sony has taken the wraps off its latest G Master Series lens, and it's not messing around with the praise, billing it capable of its best ever bokeh. The Sony FE 100mm F2.81 STF GM OSS mid-telephoto prime lens (SEL100F28GM) may not have the most easily-recalled name, but the company is promising memorable image quality for full-prime fans. At its heart, that's down to its 11-bladed aperture design.

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Leica Q Titanium Gray, Summaron-M give homage to the old

Leica Q Titanium Gray, Summaron-M give homage to the old

More than a year ago, Leica unveiled the Leica Q, an impressive compact camera that, despite its size, boasted of a full-frame sensor. You’d think that, by now, it would have a Q II in the wraps. Apparently not. Instead, the famed camera maker has opted not to change a working formula, settling instead for changing appearances only with the Leica Q Titanium Gray, though with significant impact, nonetheless. And to emphasize that old doesn’t mean obsolete, it is launching the new Summaron-M 28 mm f/5.6 wide-angle lens as a throwback to a 50s product.

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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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