Category Archives: IMAGING

Digital and analog cameras, video cameras, film making equipment, lenses and basically anything that captures or help to capture images.

Lomography – The LOMO LC-A+ White Japan Special Edition

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The LOMO LC-A+ White Japan Special Edition | US$409.90 | www.lomography.com
(photo credit: lomography.com)

new from Lomography is the latest incarnation of the LOMO LC-A+, in the form of White Japan Special Edition. as the name suggests, this Special Edition LC-A+ is in white, instead of the usual black body. aside from the obvious color difference, the Special Edition LC-A+ gets some artistic treatment in the form of fine leather embossed with the image of “Karesansui” and “25” (on the back of the camera) in honor of the Lomo LC-A+’s 25th anniversary. Continue reading Lomography – The LOMO LC-A+ White Japan Special Edition

home-made videos in 3D: ViewSonic 3DV5 3D HD Camcorder

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(photo credit: viewsonic.com) ViewSonic 3DV5 HD Camcorder | US$180 | www.viewsonic.com

looks like consumer 3D recording/imaging is being realized faster then we thought. recently, ViewSonic announced the ViewSonic 3DV5 3D HD Camcorder capable of taking 3D HD videos and 3D still images which you can preview instantly (in 3D) on its 2.4 inch 3D TFT LCD screen, without the need for special 3D glasses.

this palm-size camcorder has a pair of lenses with 5 Megapixel sensors (CMOS) built-in. the 3DV5 comes embedded with ArcSoft Wizard and a pair of red/cyan 3D glasses, which allows you to enjoy 3D videos and images on a standard PC or notebook. the 3DV5 is also capable of 2D recordings/images and HD is the form of 720p videos at 30 frames per second (fps).

the 3DV5 has an internal 10MB storage and an SD/SDHC card slot that supports 256MB up to 32GB SDHC, which should give you ample storage for your HD recordings/shots. the lenses are fixed focus lens but comes with 4X digital zoom. powering the camcorder is a NP60 1200mA Li-ion rechargeable battery. there’s no formal indication of it’s battery expected performance though.

other features include mini HDMI and a USB 2.0 port for connectivity, a standard tripod mount socket, built-in stereo microphone and one 0.5W speaker built-in. the camcorder measures 71mm x 120mm x 29mm and weighs in at 120 grams. given the size which is much larger than an iPhone 4, the 3DV5 is consider pretty light (just give you a rough idea, iPhone 4 weighs about 140 grams).

with all the hype about 3D, sometimes i wonder if we really need 3D at all? but then again, at US$180, its certainly a budget way to take a dip into the world of 3D and once there, if you find that 3D isn’t your cup of tea, the 3DV5 can always take 2D videos and images.

C-Loop – camera strap mount solution

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(photo credit: customslr.com) C-Loop Camera Strap Mount Solution | US$35 | customslr.com

simple and effective solutions to our everyday problems are around us. these guys, collectively known as Custom SLR, just proved this to be so. whether you are a professional camera man or just a casual shooter, you would probably notice how the camera strap tends to get in the way. well, Customer SLR has a solution for us and before i go on, i would like to be thankful for this solution (to the strap-gets-in-way issue). Continue reading C-Loop – camera strap mount solution

vintage gadget: the Kodak Brownie Flash III camera

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one look at the rusted can, we all know this is not the latest gadget but a gadget from the past. the Kodak Brownie Flash III camera was introduced in the 1957 and had a rather short lifespan ended in the 1960. it’s classified as a “Box rollfilm” camera and features Kodet f/14 with close-up lens and single blade shutter.

while there’s not much value to this box camera, but it is certainly a true vintage. how about a remake of this camera with modern digital technology? that would be really cool. don’t you think so?

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Kodak Brownie Flash III camera - view finder
(photo credit: mikeshouts.com)

unleash your desire for sprockets with Lomography Sprocket Rocket

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go sprockets with the new Lomography Sprocket Rocket. touted as the ‘new evolution for analog photography’, the new Sprocket Rocket features a super wide angle lens (30mm) that captures the whole width of the film, including sprockets – hence the name Sprocket Rocket. it is also fitted with a reverse gear which allows you to flash back to the photos you have taken and remix them with multiple exposure. so now you can go back and forth the pictures you taken to your heart content, albeit you can’t view it real time like a digital camera. other features include B-setting mode for nighttime/long-exposures, zone focusing, hotshoe for flash and standard tripod screw. Continue reading unleash your desire for sprockets with Lomography Sprocket Rocket

Nikon Japan goes 3D with my Picturetown 3D

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yet another Japan-only campaign, at least for now. there’s no announcement of 3D imaging device from Nikon, but this Japan-only service converts 2D image to 3D image at the online storage portal my picturetown 3D. these converted images can then sent to others or share with your friends online. however, you will need the Nikon NF-300i 3D digital frame to view the converted pictures.

the Nikon NF-300i features a 7.2-inch LCD panel with lenticular lenses on it which allows user to view the images in 3D without the use of 3D glasses. the 3D picture frame is not available for sale but it’s available for loan at ¥1,995 (US$24) per month or ¥19,950 (US$244) a year. not surprisingly, terms and conditions do apply. with the rental price, comes with up to 3 free 3D conversion after which each conversion cost ¥300 (US$3.66) per image. wow. that’s kind of pricey, eh?

in my opinion, Nikon is promoting its NF-300i 3D digital picture frame more than the portal. the portal could be just a promotional tool to push for the usage of NF-300i and at the same time generates some form of return to cover it’s operational cost. if that’s the case, it could be an effective strategy, at least when the novelty-factor is still present. it also helps to hold the consumers’ interest in Nikon’s 3D products, till Nikon actually announces further developments. wise choice. rather than letting your potential consumers flock to other manufacturer. maybe not as impressive as launching a physical 3D imaging device but this will at least keep the interest high, and possibly the anticipation mood going.

Nikon 3D digital picture frame NF-300i
(photo source: techon.nikkeibp.co.jp)
 

via Tech-On.

inflatable photo studio let you shoot almost anywhere in 3 minutes

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don’t have a photography studio? fret not. the inflatable photo studio or IPS takes 3 minutes to become your temporary photo studio. bring in your equipment, and you are good to go. the large IPS comes a 2 ft drum fan that is very quiet and pushes over 3500+ cubic ft of air per minute making the walls pretty solid. the IPS is going for US$599.00. so stop renting and start inflating your own studio.. provided you can find a space to do that and remember to grab a power generator too.

via DVICE.

new old vintage of the week: Diana Mini Lomography Camera

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feeling nostalgic like i did? grab a Diana Mini lomo camera and starts snapping away. lomography is not only an art, it is the lifestyle. the palm-size Diana Mini now comes with a range of accessories to go with it, not to mention the available color options. don the Diana Mini with the leather ready-to-shoot camera case, the princess is even more alluring then ever, and if you are feeling a little more sophisticated, grab a piece of the matching leather neck strap and the flash case too. style factor 10 out of 10. now where’s my bell-bottomed pants…. Continue reading new old vintage of the week: Diana Mini Lomography Camera

project D.I.Y. light tent

haven’t been doing much lately, been busy formulating for my ‘official’ website. however, i managed to get a D.I.Y. light tent done (which is something i have always wanted to do) based on the guide in Digital Photography School. disclaimer: i don’t have a SLR, plus i am not good with camera but i must say the light tent saves me plenty of time from editing on photoshop. for the interior, instead of using strips of blister board as recommended, i am being more ‘extravagant’ by cutting out a windows on a piece of vanguard sheet so that the side is now in one piece without any seams. however, my stock vanguard isn’t long enough for this big box. this resulted in a seam at the photography area. check out my version of the light tent below with the photo samples. pardon me for it’s filmsy look – it is filmsy – the carton box suffered quite an ordeal while in the process of being converted into a light tent 😀

         

the sample of the photos were taken for a LED lights blogsite, which is being maintained by me 🙂 you can check out the blogsite HERE or by clicking on the photos.

and here are a couple more of the ‘results’ with a little cropping and exposure adjustment with photoshop:

pretty neat huh? no more using the lasso tool or pen tool and painstaking cropping the unwanted background out. that’s good news. info: that’s my lovely iPod classic with my all time favorite Gelaskins. photos taken with Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ28.