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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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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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