• Snapchat’s next Lenses could identify and add to landscapes as well as faces

    Snapchat’s next Lenses could identify and add to landscapes as well as faces

    Snap, Inc. is working on an updated version of its in-app Snapchat lenses that would be able to recognize landscapes as well as faces, according to The Information, and intelligently overlay augmented reality animations and objects overtop of scenes captured through your camera. This is different from its existing smart Lenses, which can add features like snowfall to scenes, because it… Read More

  • You can now wear Spectacles indoors with Rochester Optical’s lenses

    You can now wear Spectacles indoors with Rochester Optical’s lenses

    If Snap’s Spectacles are really about sharing your life with the world, we need a solution for capturing the majority of our lives that occur boxed inside buildings. This solution could come in the form of replacement lenses or in the form of an entirely new device. Niche lens manufacturer Rochester Optical gave us the first one today with replacement lenses for Spectacles that… Read More

  • Sony’s QX1 Looks To Bring Interchangeable Pro Lenses To Your Smartphone

    Sony’s QX1 Looks To Bring Interchangeable Pro Lenses To Your Smartphone

    Sony’s QX series of cameras is an oddity, but one that the company is apparently still committed to – a new leak from Sony Alpha Rumors reveals a treasure trove of press images depicting a so-called “QX1” model, which takes the basic concept of the QX10 and QX100 smartphone camera accessories and adds interchangeable lenses. The QX10 and QX100, for those unfamiliar… Read More

  • Pixeet: Full Panorama Photos With Almost Any Phone

    Pixeet: Full Panorama Photos With Almost Any Phone

    Pixeet is a full, floor-to-ceiling panorama lens that works with almost any phone. It currently only supports iPhone but it will soon support Android and Blackberry devices as well. How does it work? Well, you stick the lens right on the device and scan the room or space from left to right. The aluminum and glass lens picks up a full 360-degree panorama and then lets you post it to… Read More

  • Replica Nikon Lens Mug Now Available

    No idea if this is an actual licensed product, but it certainly looks cool. I’ll admit, when then the Canon mugs came out last winter I was jealous. I’m not a Canon guy, so I just resigned myself to the fact that I’d probably never have one. Then some popped up on ebay, but in a really limited run. I missed out on those too. Read More

  • Zeiss bringing cinema quality lenses to Nikon, Canon

    No surprise here, giving how popular DSLR video has become. Someone had to make some lenses to take full advantage of these new cameras, and Zeiss appears to be the first to step up to the plate. The lenses were announced this week in Vegas, with Zeiss stating that these are the first set of cine (lenses) to be compatible with HDSLR cameras. Read More

  • Nikon's lens rebate program starting on the 28th

    Get that wallet ready, Nikon’s annual instant rebate program is starting on the 28th. Pretty much always a good deal, Nikon loves to tempt the weak with their instant rebate offers on lenses and gear that they roll out on a yearly basis. Case in point – I bought my D300 back in 2008 (with the oh so popular 18-200 VR) and justified it to my wife as a “really great… Read More

  • 158-lens camera sets new Guinness Record

    A camera developed at the Nagoya Institute of Technology has been certified by Guinness World Records to sport the most lenses in the world. The device has no less than 158 lenses. Associate professor Yojiro Ishino and his students built it to capture images of a swaying flame from as many angles as possible. Read More

  • FACTRON SIMPLEX: $200, lens-friendly duralumin iPhone case

    Duralumin, an aluminum alloy used in airship frames and auto body panels, isn’t necessarily the first material springing to one’s mind when it comes to cell phones cases. But Japan-based Factron actually used it for its so-called FACTRON SIMPLEX, an iPhone case that lets you use a number of lenses (sold separately) with your iPhone camera. Read More

  • DIY: build your own tilt-shift lens

    Buying an actual tilt-shift lens will run you over $1000, depending on what camera you own. Of course, instead of buying a new or used lens, you can just build your own out of some PVC pipe, hose clamps, rubber hose, and a cheap lens off of an auction site. Read More

  • Digital King's Fish-eye magnet mount conversion lens for the iPhone looks promising (video)

    As far as the hardware is concerned, one of the biggest weaknesses of the iPhone is the camera (although I personally think it’s enough to take the occasional shot here and there), prompting accessory makers especially from Asia to come up with add-on lenses. Crunchgear featured these three times so far. Most of them are cheap and seem to be pretty crappy. But a new conversion lens from… Read More

  • Will a new 50mm lens debut alongside the next Rebel?

    Adding on to that hot new Rebel rumor from the other day: Canon may well release a new EF 50mm f/1.4 II USM lens alongside the Rebel. Evidence of this: the [old] 50 f/1.4 is on back order [in Canada], and has been for a few months now. Don’t surprised if the new lens has image stabilization. Read More

  • New 35mm f/1.8g AF-S DX fills a hole in Nikon's lens selection

    Nikon’s 50mm f/1.8 lens is an amazing prime piece of glass that is immensely popular. (Trust me, buy it. only $125 on Amazon) The only thing is that the 50mm translates into almost a 75mm focus point that is best suited for portraits and not everyday photography. The new AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8 DX lens however comes at 35mm which is so much better for everyday use as it’s equivalent… Read More

  • Canon zoom lens in pieces — many, many pieces

    The engineering behind lenses, especially zoom lenses, is astonishing in its precision and complexity. No time is this more apparent than when you can get a good look at what’s inside a lens. A FredMiranda forum member took apart a bum 17-85mm EFS Canon lens and found it to be full of glass, rings, and other wonderful things. If you cut a lens in half you get the inside picture, but… Read More

  • Canon adds new lens to the EF family

    Alongside the new EOS 5D Mark II, Canon is launching a new EF-series lens.  Featuring a 13-element, 10-group lens, the EF 24mm f1.4L II USM is designed to achieve the highest standards of image quality. Two high-precision GMo aspheric lenses are employed to correct various forms of aberration such as curvature of field and distortion, with a floating mechanism ensuring crisp… Read More

  • Gamer glasses coming soon

    Truckers have driving glasses, hunters have shooting glasses, and now gamers can have custom lens too. Currently, Gunnar Opitks have glasses geared towards heavy computer use (Halogen pictured above) but word is that the company is going to have custom lens just for gamers. The idea is that the glasses will of course reduce eyestrain, but also fit better with headphones. Gunnar Optiks specs… Read More

  • Liquid lenses coming to webcams near you

    For the “extremely small camera” sector, this could be a real boon. These liquid lenses are fixed in place within the camera, manipulated using electricity, and — well, I’ll let Varioptic explain it: It works much like the human eye, using electricity to alter the shape of two drops of liquid, to bend light, alter focus, and produce a miniature, yet powerful… Read More

  • Pentax goes wide, long with new lens

    I’m a Pentax fan and this new lens has me reaching for my wallet. I generally use my 50mm and 28mm lenses these days and leave the kit lens, 18-55mm, at home. It’s not a bad lens, but my 50mm is sharper and faster. The 28mm is great as well, but it’s MF and I haven’t really had the time to learn how to meter down with it. Anyway, the 17-70mm f/4 lens equates to a 26mm… Read More

  • CrunchDeals: Canon EOS bodies, lenses up to $300 off

    High res available here. Canon was kind enough to send this to me earlier today and I’m happy to post for all you Canon fanboys or potential fanboys. The offer runs from May 18 to July 19, 2008. Read More