Friday, May 02, 2014

Camera comparison site has made a new site (link leads to a tour, read the grey boxes) which seems tremendously promising, a site which pulls out the most pertinent comparison points between any two of the cameras they have reviewed (and they review many).

I'll say serious photographers need more knowledge that can be gained from this site, but it may save a lot of time reading reviews. For example, these days I would probably not buy a camera without any in-body stabilization (the new Leica T comes to mind, or the otherwise excellent Fuji X cameras), but it may not be mentioned upfront in a review. But this site should bring basic facts like that out in silhouet, so you know whether to invest more time on researching a given camera.

Plus of course it should speedily give you the main differences between two models, whether from the same brand or not. This can often take a lot of time to dig up, so if they've done this site really right, that's gold.

Camera-phone with zoom

To be honest, I didn't really think anybody could fit a decent zoom lens into something anywhere near as thin as a phone. But the Galaxy K Zoom seems impressive, at least from this picture:

Damn, talk about folding!
So, another downside of camera phones is buckling.

inexpensive, high-quality lens? Just bake it!

...inexpensive, high-quality lens? Just bake it!, article
Simply put, a droplet of liquid silicone is applied to a curved substrate, then cured in an oven at around 158°F (70°C) for 15 minutes. After it's cured, further droplets are added and cured to adjust the curvature of the lens, and thus its focal length.
The result, says a white paper on the research, is a lens that costs as little as one cent, yet has comparable quality to a commercial microscope lens.


Time-stack photo technique paints the sky like Monet

Time-stack photo technique paints the sky like Monet, article.

Interesting idea, I think it could be used for many things.

Monday, April 28, 2014

Very animated

Thanks to Bert for finding this wonderful stop-motion animation, made by the lovely makeup artist Elvis Schmoulianoff.