What a genius idea this is. This DSLR lens hood is called the HoodCap Flower, and for good reason. You might say it blooms open into a usable lens hood and closes into a lens cap right there on your lens. If you're like me, I've long forgot about using a lens cap in my daily use just because of how inconvenient it has become for me. I do however, always have my lens hood on. Something like the HoodCap Flower combines the best of both worlds into a single lens attachment you can simply rotate to transform it into a lens hood or a lens cap. Sadly, this isn't yet a real product, just a concept for the time being. I seriously want one now!
Nikon has released a new affordable, fixed focal length AF-S micro lens for Nikon DX-format cameras. The new prime lens is a Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G Micro lens with an AF-S Silent Wave Motor built-in. With the f/2.8 and rounded 7-blade diaphragm this lens packs, you should expect some bokehlicious macro shots at a very affordable price. Expect the Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G Micro lens to hit stores as early as next month for $279.95. I'll take two please.
The GoPano micro is a neat little lens that attaches to your iPhone 4's rear 5MP camera using a custom protective case and it allows you to capture 360 degree panoramic videos without spending a fortune. The GoPano micro lens records 360 degree videos of everything that's around simultaneously and you can swipe to get a different prospective at any point and time. The GoPano micro project is currently on Kickstarter and you can pre-order yours for $50. In the meantime, check out the GoPano in action in the video above.
A very lucky photojournalist taking photos of a cycling race in Malaysia, was on the back of a speeding motorcycle when he accidentally dropped his precious Nikon D3s camera with a 300mm lens all over the road. The damage was done by a vehicle partially running over it, however the D3s only suffered a little crack in the battery grip and a busted battery door cover. Luckily the camera continued to function normally with the exception of the burst mode not working. The photographer was able to complete his coverage of the race even after the patched up camera was exposed to rain for 4 hours, again on a motorcycle. That's one tough camera for sure. Catch the video interview for more after the break.
Oh you need to protect your $100 - $1,000 lens? Why not go all the way and make sure it's bombproof! The company behind these protective cases is called Mogomoto Prototype who specialize in developing product prototypes for your next big adventure. The Beta Shell lens cases are serious in protecting your valuable and expensive glass with water-tight and rigid polymer shells that are lined with shock absorbing visco-elastic foam. The Beta Shells offer complete protection from impact and weather conditions. You can check if your lens is supported by going to the Beta Shell product page which supports a wide variety of lenses. The Beta Shell cases start at $54. See some Beta Shell action below:
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