A question that sounds a lot crazier than it is
First let me say this: Film is not dead. There is still a rather large contingent of passionate people using it to make amazing things. I still shoot film fairly regularly and so do other members of the Popular Photography staff. This would have been a silly question 10 years ago. Now, it seems pertinent. We’ll be using the stats in an upcoming article here on the site, so be honest! And feel free to share more in the comments.
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On 16 June 1964, Nelson Mandela and seven others left the Palace of Justice in Pretoria with fists raised through the barred windows of the prison car
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Here are Dennis Stock’s best images of American life in the time of Woodstock, from stage invasions to Planet of the Apes fanatics and an unknown James Dean in Times Square
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Naomie Harris, Ellie Goulding, Richard Osman and the great Harry Dean Stanton all feature this month in our showcase of the best photography commissioned by the Observer
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The Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS is a new rectilinear ultra-wide angle lens for cameras with APS-C and FourThirds sized sensors.
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Digital Foci, creator of Picture Porter Advanced, a portable digital picture management tool and high capacity storage device, has launched a campaign entitled, Picture Porter – Essential Digital Photo Manager, to raise $63,000 by 14th December.
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Issue 34 of Landscape Photography Magazine is now available to download.
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Decorate and light your home with your old camera gear
I am not a fan of kitschy camera stuff. I don’t like posts about camera-shaped cakes or cameras made out of Legos (even though they’re page view goldmines), but Phlite is actually pretty cool. Simply put, it’s a lamp that fits into a camera’s hot shoe or onto a tripod, letting you use your camera gear as decor.
The idea is the brainchild of an ex-pro photographer and it’s currently in Kickstarter phase. There are still 30 days left on the campaign, but it has already surpassed its goal by more than three times.
The light has a simple lampshade, a woven textile power cable, and a cable exit on the shade so it won’t sit crooked when it’s not mounted to a camera.
I have quite a few old film cameras that don’t work anymore that would be a great fit with this thing.
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It looks like Matt Prior has waved a red rag to a raging bull in this pic from day one of the second Test
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This modkit permanently alters a GoPro for interchangeable lenses
As wildly popular as the GoPro is, it’s inherently limited by the built-in lens. The wide-angle view is great for when you’re capturing extreme sports action, but it less handy for other applications. But a Canadian company wants to get around that, and are starting production on a GoPro modification that will transform it to be able to accept the widely used C-Mount. The Back-Bone Ribcage will set you back just $200 if you want to modify it yourself, and opens GoPro videography to a world of new glass.
Designed for the GoPro Hero3 and Hero3+ Black, the Ribcage is available to pre-order either as a DIY kit, or as a pre-installed version for $799. Once in place, you can load on any C-Mount lens, which brings the advantages of aperture and depth of field control, manual focus, and zooming. Not only that, but the modification includes a removable IR filter, so that you can do infrared photography if you desire.
The DIY version isn’t for the faint of heart, and you have to be ok with opening up your camera to get it in place.
Since the GoPro uses a 1/2.3” sensor, the crop factor can be significant, depending on what the lens was designed for. But the manufacturers have pointed out that using a 1/2” C-Mount lens will be extremely close to its designed use.
The Hero 3 Black has a 1/2.3” sensor, so the crop factor on 35mm SLR lenses is 5.7, however should you use 1/2” C-Mount lens very little cropping will occur. We’re currently investigating the use of focal reducers to help reduce the crop factor.
You can see some test footage shot with the modification on the Backbone Vimeo page. But for anyone thinking of using GoPros for more than just action scenes, this could dramatically enhance their flexibility.
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