Tag Archives: Optical Equipment

This Lens Will Turn Any DSLR Into One That Captures 360-Degree Video

When it comes to 360-degree videoing, you will have to ditch your beloved DSLR for something a lot more dedicated, but a startup called Sphere Optics Company is here to change that. With the company’s (sphere) 360-degree Lens, you can turn your trusty DSLR into one that captures breathtaking 360-degree video with 180-degree field of view vertically. Billed as the first and only single camera full-spherical video capture solution for VR, (sphere) (it’s ‘sphere’ stylized with brackets) negates the need for multi-camera setups and more delightfully, dispense with the need for stitching software when recording 360-degree footages. Continue reading This Lens Will Turn Any DSLR Into One That Captures 360-Degree Video

olloclip Lenses For iPhone 7 Have Similar Perspectives As DSLR Cameras

Since the launch of the iPhone 7, there have been praises about its new camera system (well, mostly), but as always, the stock lens may not be the cuppa for really, really serious iPhonegraphers and this is where olloclip Lens Sets for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus aims to address. Altogether, the new olloclip Lens Sets for iPhone 7 and 7 Plus offers three lens sets to suit different iPhonegraphy style: Core, Active and Macro Pro. Whichever you choose, each set will come with the new Connect interchangeable lens system, as well as an innovative hinged lens base that keeps the optic flushed with the device’s camera while not impeding on the use of most screen protectors. Continue reading olloclip Lenses For iPhone 7 Have Similar Perspectives As DSLR Cameras

Venus Optics Has The Weirdest Macro Lens That’s Smaller Than Your Pinky

It doesn’t take a photography enthusiast to know what a camera lens looks like, but this one lens from Venus Optics will surely leave even an enthusiast bewildered. Venus Optics has no doubt broke the lens design convention with Laowa 24mm f/14 Replay 2x Macro Lens. As you can see, this macro is no doubt a little on the weird on of the scale as far as optics are concerned. On one end, it has a regular Nikon and Canon-friendly mount, but that’s as normal as it gets. Beyond the mount, the lens seems to go on a telescopic path, thinning off (in diameter) towards the lens end like Continue reading Venus Optics Has The Weirdest Macro Lens That’s Smaller Than Your Pinky

Shot Wants to Bless Your iPhone with Immersive Virtual Reality, Usable with Google Cardboard

As far as immersive virtual reality is concerned, iPhone is lacking behind its Android counterpart, but if Spanish outfit Shot have their way, iPhone 6/s and iPhone 6/s Plus users can say goodbye to envy and get into the whole immersive photography and videography thing. Shot consists of two parts, a lens attachment and a companion app. The real magic weighs heavily on the software, which looks to have an Instagram-ish feel to it. The app is, first and foremost, responsible for piecing together the captured still or video to enable tilt viewing, VR experience. Continue reading Shot Wants to Bless Your iPhone with Immersive Virtual Reality, Usable with Google Cardboard

Olympus AIR Will Transform Your Smartphone into a Mirrorless Camera

A full-fledge mirror-less camera takes awesome stills and videos, while a smartphone, though does not perform as well as a dedicated imaging device, boasts pretty decent image editing power and instant sharing features. The Olympus AIR A01 Camera introduced late last month sits between the two. Similar to Sony’s QX Lens Camera, instead of having its a camera body, the AIR is designed to function with smartphones to afford your handset to capture amazing DSLR quality images and also lens interchangeability. It offers you control, including exposure, white balance, ISO speed, and modes of shoot (P, A, S and M), just like an actual Micro Four Thirds camera. The only difference being, settings are done via your handset’s display. Continue reading Olympus AIR Will Transform Your Smartphone into a Mirrorless Camera

Olympus Air is a Wireless Lens Camera That Will Turn Your Smartphone into a DSLR-like Camera

While affordable accessories like the Moment Case and Prynt Case attempts to transform your smartphone into an actual digital camera, the freshly announced Olympus Air A01 Lens Camera takes such endeavor to the next level by blessing your mobile device with a full-fledge 16MP micro-four thirds sensor-equipped lens camera. If that sounds all too familiar to you that’s because Sony has already done that with the QX lens, which some said was a failed attempt to turn your handset into a powerful camera. Despite so, the Japanese imaging equipment maker thinks it is a brilliant idea, but to us, we are pretty stumped as to why there is a need for such a product when there are already WiFi-equipped cameras that can do pretty much the same thing. Continue reading Olympus Air is a Wireless Lens Camera That Will Turn Your Smartphone into a DSLR-like Camera

Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 Telescope Boasts Up To 156x Magnification From An 8-inch Tube

with the advancement in optical developments, there is no reason why should telescope remain long and cumbersome. that said, if that have been stopping you from getting into star gazing for fear of being branded as a shameless voyeur, well, then the Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 Telescope may just change that. despite having a diminutive Schmidt-Cassegrain optical tube length of just eight inches, this next-generation celestial gazing equipment still packs a mighty 156x magnification on eyepiece 1 or up to 51x on eyepiece 1. it has a StarPointer finderscope, stands on sturdy stainless steel tripod and is the first Schmidt-Cassegrain telescope with integrated WiFi, thus allowing you to control your viewing experience through a smartphone or tablet. Continue reading Celestron NexStar Evolution 8 Telescope Boasts Up To 156x Magnification From An 8-inch Tube

This Telescope Lets You View The Moon Using Your iPhone 5

iPhone, with the right accessories and apps, is quite a capable piece of hardware. it can assist you in doing a myriad of things including whipping up a good healthy meal, help you grill the perfect meat, check on your blood pressure – just to name a few and now, you can add astronomy to the list too, well, sort of. the aptly named Astronomical Telescope For iPhone 5 is the rig you will want to have if you love gazing at the stars without having to stick one eye to an eyepiece. obviously, this is not a pro, pro-grade equipment, but despite that, it is still capable astronomy equipment capable of 100X magnifications which you, your families and friends can view together off the iPhone 5/5s’ 4-inch display and on top that, you will be able to capture those breathtaking celestial views too. according to Thanko, at 100X magnification is enough for you to see the craters on the moon. Continue reading This Telescope Lets You View The Moon Using Your iPhone 5

Night Vision Scope Camera

scouting your prey in the dark can be an expensive and unfruitful event. seriously, if you think about it, the initial investment for a night vision mono- or binocular is not cheap and even if you have that already, you’d be just watching and not be able to relive those moments at a later time. thankfully, there’s the Night Vision Scope Camera that is not only affordable, but also one that allows you to observe and record. costing a mere 19,800 Japanese money or around 195 bucks, it offers seven adjustable IR levels for night observation and packs a 1/5″ CMOS sensor for capturing stills of 640 x 480 resolution and videos of up to 640 x 480 resolution at 25 fps. though it is noteworthy that video footage does without audio, which can be quite a bummer for some. the device offers 3X power telescope and 2X digital zoom for observing and recording distant objects and has an effective visible distant in the dark of up to 100 meters (330 feet), which should be ample for most regular applications. Continue reading Night Vision Scope Camera

Moment Lenses for Smartphones

today’s smartphones’ imaging quality is on par with most point-and-shoot cameras, but if you are looking to take your creativity to the next level, then add-on lens is a must and for that, you can look to the Moment Lenses for Smartphones. so what makes Moment Lenses any different from the handful of offerings in the market? for starter, the folks behind these lenses are no new comers; they have been dabbling in design and making of cinematic lenses for a quarter of a century, and so they do know what they are doing and with that, it results in a set of lenses featuring multi-element designs with high efficiency broadband coatings, promised no distortion and minimum chromatic aberration, and a generously sized lens diameters for fully optimizing the quality from the center of the frame to the edge of the frame. in short, it just takes awesome images. Continue reading Moment Lenses for Smartphones