Burnside 35: The Latest Lensbaby’s DSLR Lens

Burnside 35 is the latest DSLR lens from Lensbaby that gives you an Instagram vignette filter

Lensbaby released their latest DSLR lens, the Burnside 35. Lensbaby is famous and best known as a camera accessories company. Their specialty revolves mainly on lens that gives you various creative effects. The newest Burnside 35 is designed to let you have even more control over the effects. May it be how much bokeh or vignetting you want for your images. Then there’s this second effect slider built into the lens so you see the changes in-camera before shooting.

The Burnside 35 is a 35mm f/2.8 lens. It has a 6-blade internal aperture and an 8-blade secondary internal aperture on the effect slider. The background of the photo blurs and swirls when you shift the slider from left to right. The effects adds up more drama to the photo. But dial it too far to the right may result to look like you’ve been throwing back too many beers. Lensbaby also offers a gallery of sample photos. Here are some shots taken by the Burnside 35. As you can see, it really adds more drama and story to the photo with its vignette filter. You may feel the emotion of the photographer and what does he want for his audience to feel and comprehend.

The Burnside 35 is now available at $499.95. It’s totally a new kind of creative effects lens made for photographers who need to create images that stands out. Take shots with a bright central area of sharp focus and striking color rendition. And it is surrounded by subtle, swirling bokeh and vignette effect. The lens is compatible with various DSLR models. That includes the Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony A, Pentax K, Micro 4/3, Sony E, Fuji X and Samsung NX. The shipment is expected in mid-March.

Panasonic: “Pixel numbers don’t matter”

Do pixel numbers really mean a lot to the quality of the image your DSLR produce?

According to Panasonic spokesperson Barney Sykes, in an exclusive interview with TechRadar, he said that it’s not all about the number of pixels in a camera.

With the influx of DSLR companies offering high resolution sensors, Panasonic isn’t one who would follow the bandwagon.

According to Sykes, “It’s just a number isn’t it? It’s a number. It’s relative to the sensor, its pixel density.”

Panasonic’s highest resolution camera is currently at 16.6 million pixel device on their G3 cam.

Their latest introduction to the camera market is the GF5 with a 12 million pixel sensor, which Panasonic says that produces the same image as camera’s with high resolution sensor capability.

“In interchangeable lens cameras, consumers are a bit wiser. I think the megapixel bubble has somewhat burst now. It’s not about the number of megapixels you have, it’s about the quality of the image you can get, and that’s what we’re focusing on,” he added.

Sykes also said, “The ultimate goal is image quality and other things such as usability, filter effects, intelligent auto, things like that, it’s not just the number of pixels.”

What can big names like Canon and Nikon say about the claim of Panasonic?

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Leica to release new monochrome camera

Leica is popular all over the world due to its retro feel and look. Unlike other DSLR brands, the company is staying true to their form and has not jumped on the bandwagon of other camera companies.

Rumors have been circulating the Web for weeks now that the company will release a new series of cameras that records images only in black and white.

A post from rangefindforum.com shows that this isn’t just a rumor but appears to be true to form.

This latest line from Leica features a new monochrome CCD sensor with a resolution of 18 million pixels. It is said that the images being produced are ‘100% sharper’ due to the direct processing of raw data with no interpolation or color filter array. Noise produced by the camera is said to be ‘extremely fine-grained’ up to ISO 10,000.

The post from the rangefindforum.com said that a Leica APO-Summicron-M 50mm f/2 ASPH will be joining the new M-system. This cam will most likely hit the shelves this August.

The new Leica line is called the Leica M Monochrom.

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Sigma wants to make Nikon 1 lenses

Now, Sigma is confirming that they would like to have the opportunity to produce lenses for the Nikon 1 range of cameras.

Before they can do this, they need to secure the technology from Nikon first before they can venture in to delving to the Nikon 1 lenses.

Sigma just recently started offering lenses for compact cameras. Their two latest lenses, the 30mm and 19mm for Sony E-mount cameras.

They were able to produce such lenses for the compact camera due to the fact that Sony released the information needed by Sigma to produce the lens.

Third party lenses are cheaper compared to those that are manufactured by the big named brands.

Graham Armitage of Sigma UK told TechRadar that,”We’d like to provide lenses for everybody, but they don’t [Nikon] haven’t released the tech yet. It will also depend on how successful the initial two lenses perform as well.”

Nikon currently has only three compatible lenses for their Nikon 1 line.

Other third party manufacturers like Tokina and Tamron are also intrigued by this venture. They have signified their intention to produce such lenses.

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Canon’s EOS 5D Mark stops at 22 million megapixels

What should your camera resolution be? Should it be up in the 36 million pixel range or would a 22 million pixel sensor suffice?

According to David Parry of Canon UK, 22 million pixels is more than enough. He said to TechRadar, “I think there’s difficulty with having higher megapixel counts. What we tried to do is create a camera that’s good for all types of photography.

Canon’s latest entry to the DSLR field is the 5D Mark III. While its chief rival, Nikon, released the D800 which boasts of a 36 million pixel sensor.

The 5D Mark III has only about a million more pixels than its predecessor the 5D Mark II.

Mr. Parry added, “We feel that this is an ideal number for this type of camera, if you’re a journalist, or sports photographer, you need to get the images off the camera quickly, and they need to be as sharp as they can be. It’s OK for studio photographers, but that’s not who we envisage using this camera.”

The 5D Mark III is the highest resolution camera in the EOS range.

But their competitor Nikon has unleashed the D8000, the world’s highest resolution full-frame DSLR.

Rumours on Canon mirrorless camera continue

With the influx of affordable cameras in the market, people have now begun to take photography as a hobby. Unlike those days were cameras and lenses were expensive and were a few people only had an SLR, today individuals can own one even if you’re not earning 5 figure salaries.

Rumors have been circulating that American brand Canon will release a mirrorless compact system camera in the months to come.

Being a big brand, it comes as a big surprise that they don’t have a compact system camera in their line-up.

Japanese brand Nikon entered the market at the end of 2011 and have seen a success with their V1 and J1 models.

Canon announced the Canon G1 X premium compact camera. This features an almost APS-C sized sensor with a 4:3 ratio. Many say that this sensor will eventually lead into a mirrorless camera.

It looks like this year is going to be a big year for the company. With rumors of an impending Canon 5D II upgrade, a Canon 5D X or a Canon 5D Mark III.

Pentax has also launched its K-01 model that features a K-mount and a large body. Old lenses are compatible with this camera.

The DSLR race looks like blooming.

Getting the Picture: Best New DSLR Cameras

By Tim Jarvis for Style + Tech For Men

You don’t need to hire Annie Leibovitz (or Anthony Weiner) to capture your special summer vacation moments in vivid color. These days, high-quality, point-and-shoot cameras are relatively inexpensive and come packed with features. But if you want to kick it up a notch and upgrade to something more professional, these are your best options:

Digital Single-lens Reflex (DSLR)
In recent years, DSLR cameras have exploded in popularity with the help of high-profile marketing and slick TV commercials, such as Nikon’s spot for its D5000 model featuring Ashton Kutcher.

The problem is, trading up for one of these beauties isn’t as easy as slapping down your credit card and reciting lines from Dude, Where’s My Car? Navigating the confusing maze of equipment and accessories can be difficult, and buying the wrong model for your needs can be a costly error.

“Upgrading to a DSLR opens up a whole new world of possibilities,” says Diego Matrajt, a veteran professional photographer and owner of PhotographyByDiego.com. “But you’ll need to do some research on the various cameras available, and think about the kind of pictures you’re going to be taking, before buying anything.”

Advantages of DSLRs
According to Matrajt, some of the top benefits of DSLRs include being able to see almost exactly what the lens sees through the optical viewfinder screen, allowing you to frame your subjects with the most accuracy. Thanks to larger, better-quality sensors (which fill the special void left by negative film in digital cameras) DSLRs also produce a superior, more accurate image than their point-and-shoot counterparts.

And because DSLRs have a mechanical shutter, there is no frustrating shutter lag (a vital benefit when trying to capture fast-action shots). More importantly, you can switch out lenses. “Point-and-shoot cameras generally utilize a generic lens that will allow you to take decent photographs in a broad spectrum of situations,” explains Matrajt. “But if you want to take exceptional photographs, the quality of the pictures is largely going to depend on the type of lens you’re using.”

Picking Entry-level DSLR Cameras and Lenses
DSLR cameras, especially at the entry level, are often sold in kits that include an all-purpose lens. These deals can seem pretty tempting, but Matrajt strongly advises against buying them. “If you’re going to buy a DSLR, you should take advantage of the fact that you can choose specific lenses. Spend a little more money to get the lenses that you want or need for the type of photography you’re interested in,” he explains. “In the end, you’ll be far happier buying a good-quality entry-level camera together with one or two lenses that will cover the type of photography you’re passionate about.”

If you want to shoot landscapes, for example, Matrajt recommends a good wide-angle lens, like the Canon EF 17-40mm f/4L $839.
If you’re into portraits and want a lens that will allow you to work at a bit of a distance and still capture the details of facial features, he suggests considering the Canon EF 85mm f/1.8, $419.
If you’re not sure, Matrajt suggests starting out with a 28-105mm zoom lens (focal-length ranges vary by brand) such as the Canon EF 28-105mm f/4-5.6, $240

together with a 70-200mm zoom lens like the Canon EF 70-200m f/4L, $679. He adds: “These are two very good lenses that will allow you to shoot great pictures in most situations.”

Be brand-conscious. Matrajt also notes that because of compatibility issues, it’s generally advisable to stick with the proprietary lenses made for the camera brand you choose. “If you have a Canon camera, buy a Canon lens and you won’t run into any problems,” he suggests.
Matrajt’s Camera Picks
Nikon D5100 І $800
Matrajt’s first choice is surprising, since he uses Canon cameras for all of his professional work. “If I were to pick one, the D5100 would be my first choice,” Matrajt admits. “Although I’m a Canon shooter, I have to say this camera slightly edges out the Canon Rebel T3i on both image quality and color depth.”
Canon Rebel T3i І $798
The Canon may trail in second place, but it still comes highly recommended. “The Rebel T3i is a great camera,” says Matrajt. “It has excellent features and the image quality is outstanding.”
Sony Alpha DSLR-A580 І $800
Although Sony is not a particularly well-known brand in the DSLR field, Matrajt feels they put out a high-quality product. “Sony offers similar features to the Nikon and Canon cameras, such as the ability to shoot video in full HD,” he says “But they still have a way to go to before they really establish themselves in this arena.”
Pentax K-r І $590
Pentax has been around for a long time, and Matrajt thinks this camera is a great choice for the novice photographer. “It will produce good-quality images and has some cool features, like a continuous mode shooting speed of 6fps, a 3-inch LCD screen and in-camera high-dynamic range (HDR) capability, which combines several photographs of a subject into one HDR image for greater detail and higher tonal range.”
Essential Accessories

Unfortunately, if you’re going to make a real attempt at snatching Leibovitz’s crown, you’ll need to add a few extras to your inventory.

Aside from a rugged camera bag (check out the Lowepro brand for ideas) and a spare battery, among Matrajt’s list of other essential accessories are UV filters. Lenses are expensive; these filters not only reduce ultra violet light, they also put a physical barrier between the world and your valuable investment.

Matrajt uses Hoya brand filters that range from about $10 to $60 each.
You’ll also need to buy some flash memory cards. Matrajt suggests getting several smaller Lexar brand 4 to 8 GB capacity cards (which range in price from $2.40 for a 4 GB multiuse card to $25 for 8 GB professional series card) instead of one large one, in case it becomes corrupted.

Tim Jarvis is a freelance health, technology and entertainment writer who contributes to O, The Oprah Magazine and the men’s grooming and lifestyle site Men’s Life Today. He is also currently working on a book about the mysteries of quantum mechanics.

Are you Ready for the PEN E-PM1 Giveaway? Olympus hands out over 1k cameras

Today Olympus released its new PEN E-PM1 camera along with the PEN Ready Project. The Project itself aims at giving away over 1,000 cameras to people at random and has partnered with JetBlue and Tumblr, to name a few partners, to achieve this aim. The camera itself is an DSLR, has a 3 inch LCD screen, 12 megapixel sensor and can record in 1080p for those HD fanatics. Now it does retail for $499, but who knows, you may get lucky and win one if you stay tuned to their Twitter feed (@getolympus).

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