Monday, February 27, 2012

WWII photos of Nazi Germany - in colour!

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Photography by Hugo Jaeger

Most of the photo documenting the Second World War were shot in grainy black & white film, which is why it may come as a surprise that Hitler and his Third Reich Germany were photographed in color, no doubt for propaganda purposes. Thanks to Hugo Jaeger's photography, we can witness the Nazi era in full Kodachrome colour - which really looks eerily surreal given the modernity of colour. In fact, they look like they came off the set of a movie! Be sure to check out Hugo Jaeger's colour photos of Nazi Germany at this link

Friday, February 24, 2012

Fuji X100 - now available in black

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Fuji is offering a limited (10,000 pcs actually) number of their X100 cameras in black, presumably making it more stealthy and professional looking. The only catch is the price of USD1700, which is significantly more than the usual silver X100. It does come with a leather cover, lens hood and protective filter though, but I'm not sure if the overall package is worth so much more than the USD1200 standard silver model. Still that's an option for those of us who have the extra dough in the pocket... I'm hanging out for the pink Hello Kitty version rumoured to be in the works.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

An interview with Mary Ellen Mark

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Mary Ellen Mark is one of my favourite photographers. Her photographs are starkly beautiful and peer deep into the souls of the subject; they make you want to keep staring and examining the depth of the photos. In this short video, she spoke about her way of photography and how she worked, which was seriously candid, humble and pensive.


Seriously, do not miss this 3:45min video for anything in the world. Your point of view may just be totally changed…

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Gigantic 35-feet film negatives put digital cameras to shame

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Think film is dead? Think again!

Chicago photographer Dennis Manarchy created a giant camera capable of producing 35-feet high single sheet negatives that blows all other film and digital formats out of the water with its astounding resolution. The downside? It costs US$50k to get your photo taken... Still it's a bargain if you have enough dough to buy a building so you can plaster your gigantic photo across its facade!

Sunday, February 5, 2012

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If you think that your rangefinder lenses are small, you ain't seen nothing yet! In Japan, a dedicated lens maker Mr. Miyazaki set-up his own company called MS-Optical to create astoundingly small lenses for rangefinders. He gained fame a few years back with his first product - the Perar 35mm lens, which really looks more like a body mount cap than a lens!

Now he has pushed the boundaries further with a new lens - the Perar 28mm f/4 lens, which is even smaller than his debut product! What's really amazing is that all his lenses are handmade by him in limited numbers, which explains their rarity and scarcity. They are popular for delivering good performance in an ultra-compact package.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

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Pentax has launched a new mirrorless interchangeable lens camera - the Pentax K-01 (pronounced "kay-zero-one"). It utilizes contrast detection because of the absence of a mirror, which will probably be detrimental for its focusing speed. However, unlike most EVIL (electronic viewfinder interchangeable lens) cameras, the 16MP K-01 is nearly as thick as the flagship Pentax K5. Which begs the question - why design an EVIL camera when you cannot capitalize on its key advantage, i.e a compact size? With an APS-C sensor, the Sony NEX cameras are much more compact, even though the Pentax can accept the range of Pentax K-mount lenses. The K-01 is the work of famed designer Marc Newson (whom I'm a fan of), but the design of this Pentax just leaves me in the cold with its odd blend of design cues.

Sorry Pentax - I love your K5 and K7, and I think your Q is something special and unique. But the K-01 looks like the work of some bad boardroom decisions.