Starting August 1st. 2016 – Eric Karr Photography & Studio E, our new photography studio will be giving free photo shoots to special needs individuals. This is a permanent policy and does not expire. The photoshoot will need to take place within the city limits of Lubbock, Texas. All you need to do is call
Chinese optical manufacturer Anhui ChangGeng Optical Technology Company Limited, or Venus Optics, is preparing to introduce a 12mm lens that it claims will be the world’s widest F2.8 lens with fully corrected distortion. Going under the Laowa brand name the lens will be called Laowa 12mm F2.8 Zero-D and will be officially announced on July 30th via a Kickstarter campaign.
Venus Optics says that the lens has almost no distortion, hence the ‘Zero-D’ in the name, and has loaned a test unit to a blogger Nicky Bay who has a preview with images on his website. The lens will be manual focus only, will feature an aperture range of F2.8 to F22 and is due to have a seven-bladed iris with clicking stops. The company is also said to be launching a Magic Shift adapter, according to Bay, that allows +/-10mm of shift while converting the lens to a 17mm focal length. The converter will be for Sony E-mount users only.
|Specification published on the Laowa Facebook page.|
Of course, this isn’t the world’s first rectilinear 12mm with a fast aperture, as F2 and F1.4 12mm lenses exist for the Micro Four Thirds system, and there are Zeiss F2.8 and F2 Samyang 12mm lenses for APS-C sensors, but this lens is designed for full-frame cameras.
The lens, which will be made in Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Sony E and Pentax K mounts, is expected to retail at $949, but supporters of the Kickstarter campaign will be able to get one from $649. The Magic Shift will cost $300 and a square filter adapter will be $50.
For more information on Venus Optics see the company website.
Do you lie awake at night wondering how big the world’s largest contact print is? Wonder no more. It turns out Branco Ottico, an Italian photography group, created the largest contact print in the world during Phototrace Florence in September 2015. The project involved a 24 square meter (about 258 square feet) photo negative stitched onto an equally large sheet of canvas, and enlisted the help of strangers who placed their hands on the print for the nearly 13-minute exposure.
Their efforts resulted in a successful – and massive – cyanotype print. According to the group’s website, the print now holds a Guinness World Record. The whole process has been documented in the newly published video below. Additional photos of the project are available on the group’s Instagram.
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Telecom giant Verizon will acquire Yahoo and its web properties, including Flickr and photo blogging site Tumblr, for $4.83 billion. It seemed possible that Yahoo might sell its photo-sharing sites separately, as the company announced in Ma…
An inside look at the photography of the Crossfit Games from Dave Re
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Still photography and video accessory purveyor Aputure has unveiled the Amaran AL-M9, an affordable pocket-sized LED panel. It uses 9 SMD TLCI 99 bulbs, an integrated rechargeable Li-ion battery, offers 9-step brightness adjustment and 120-degree light beam angle, and is a lightweight at 140g. Aputure bills the Amaran AL-M9 as a multi-purpose light for macro photography and ‘run and gun video,’ among other uses.
Aputure says the Amaran AL-M9 is the size of a credit card with an 11mm thickness, and offers 350 lux at a distance of 0.5m. The light can be attached to a standard 1/4-20” mount, and includes a pair of magnetic diffusion filters.
The Amaran AL-M9 is available for pre-order from Amazon for $45 with a launch date of August 6. Shipping is currently estimated to happen between August 17 and 26, however.
Doing your science homework could help your photos
The inverse square law of light is physics that can help you with your photography, especially if you’re into off-camera flash.
Skill, dedication, vision: a good timelapse requires all of these things. A really cool subject helps too. ‘The Allegory of the Cave,’ a new timelapse from Visual Suspect, checks all of those boxes. By mirroring Hong Kong’s vibrant cityscapes, its creators aim to play with themes of ‘perception and knowledge as reflection of our reality.’
Familiar images of skyscrapers in clouds or boats in a harbor become abstract shapes – where does one image stop and its reflection begin? Is anything real?
See? We told you it was trippy.