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FroKnowsPhoto Photo News of the Week 8/5/13

Kicking off this week’s news recap with Nikon Professional Services, aka NPS. They published a new timelapse video showcasing how quickly they can diagnose and repair a Nikon D4, within only 20 minutes. NPS also posted behind-the-scenes footage of their mobile site set up at various sporting events. The new video brings to light particular challenges of shooting events (like the FINA World Swimming Championship) such as water damaging, the autofocus system going out of whack, overheating, etc. Check out the videos for yourself below, would you feel comfortable ripping open your own camera like that? (via NR)

This is really interesting: a 3-yr-old photographer named Onafujiri “Fuji” Remet has been the talk of the town this past week. His father gave him a Sony DSLR recently, and the tike has already created over 3000 photos with it, showcasing life from his own height! And, his work was even recently featured at an exhibition in Lagos, woah. The funny part? Fuji is more interested in shooting than he is playing with toys as other kids his age are naturally doing. Check out a preview of his gallery below along with more photos here. (via HP)

Next up, a new Kickstarter project is trying to bring back a legendary 19th Century lens and redesign and reinvent it for the 21st Century. The lens, called the Petzval lens, which originally came out in 1840, has a very unique look to it, being crafted out of brass. It’s an 85mm f2.2 lens which will include a waterhouse aperture set so photogs are able to stop all the way down to f16. It will be available in both Canon EF and Nikon F mounts and will be $499 on its (hopeful) release in Feb. of 2014. Sample images of what the lens produces can be found over on the official website. The campaign tried to reach $100,000 and is already up to a whopping $1 million as of this week with still nearly three weeks left to go; woah! Check out the Kickstarter campaign video below, will you be pledging? (via Gizmodo)

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Speaking of lenses, Sigma announced a new fee-based mount conversion service which will start next month. They will convert your lenses purchased from September 2013 and on to whatever brand you decide to switch to. Unfortunately, the deal is only available for Sigma Global Vision lenses which can be found here. If you decide to do it, Sigma will convert to Sony, Pentax, Nikon and Canon mounts. Although it was rumored to be a free service, Sigma fanboys will be disappointed to find out that it will cost anywhere from $80-250, plus shipping, to have done. Is it worth it? You be the judge..

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Jeffrey Martin, who holds the record for the World’s largest panoramic photo at 320 gigapixels, now also holds the record for the second largest photo, yes second, being a new panoramic image of Tokyo shot from the lower observation deck at the Tokyo Tower. The new image’s size? 600,000 pixels wide, or 180 gigapixels. The final product consists of 10,000 individual photos stitched together. They were shot with a Canon 7D equipped with a 400mm f5.6L lens. Martin used a robotic panoramic head to stabilize the images which took about six hours to shoot spread across two days. A fun fact about the insanely huge image: if printed at regular resolution, the print would stretch out about 328 feet long and 164 feet tall. Check out a preview video of the image below and head here to see the full interactive image and spy on just about everyone in Tokyo.

This is neat: a French photo enthusiast named Cesar Sebouhian and his father recently created an awesome retro camera that they’re calling the ‘Nikon F2D’. It’s a digital replica of the classic Nikon F2 SLR from 1971 made out of wood. Basically, it’s a wooden shell that’s built around a Nikon point-and-shoot camera so it resembles a wooden old camera on the outside but functions like a modern digital camera on the inside. Check it out below, I want one… (via PP)

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Photo by Cesar Sebouhian

SmugMug announced and launched a major overhaul of their site this past week. Here’s what they’re saying about the makeover:

“We razed the walls, stripped the wiring and built a better, stronger SmugMug from the ground up.”

The site is calling the new SmugMug the biggest launch since 2002. It has a very similar look and feel to the new Flickr montage and 500px layout, very seamless in design. Check out a promo video for the new layout:

Hasselblad announced their “new” compact camera they’re calling The Stellar, which is basically a redone RX100 for the rich. Yup, it features the RX100’s 20.2 megapixel sensor with the same 28-100mm f/1.8-4.9 lens. It sports an “elegantly designed” aluminum body, metal operation controls and your choice of “exotic” wood (or carbon fiber) handgrip. Hasselblad CEO and Chairman, Dr. Larry Hansen, describes the new camera as “a work of art capture device that you can simply point and shoot to acquire stunning pictures.” It starts at $1,960, with the RX100 weighing in at only $650. Do you prefer style over specs?


Panasonic has officially announced the GX7, a new mirrorless camera. The camera has some new features that Panasonic is introducing for the first time too including in-body image stabilization and my personal favorite, a tiltable electronic viewfinder. It features a 16-megapixel four thirds sensor with a maximuM ISO sensitivity of 25,600, which they’re claiming has 10% higher sensitivity and 10% better resolution than the camera’s predecessor, the Panasonic GX1. Need speed? It shoots at 5fps and also has an integrated live view finder which is cool since it tilts up to 90 degrees and hides away, 100% coverage too. WiFi enabled, as every modern camera seems to now include and has Instagram-like filter effects for it’s full 1080P HD video capabilities. It starts at $999 for the body. What do you think?

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