cameras
How Did This Full-Grown Fly End Up Inside a Sealed £2,000 Camera Lens?

The next time you’re peering deep inside one of your camera lenses and discover a tiny speck of dust, don’t complain. After 15 months in rotation, the folks at Lensrentals, an online photography equipment hire service based in the US, had a Canon 70-200mm f2.8 IS II lens return from a rental with a full-grown (but dead) fly trapped between a pair of lens elements inside. It’s not uncommon for dust and debris to find their way inside a sealed lens, but this fly had to be an especially determined photo-bomber to get in there. Read More >>

environment
Hardcore Recycling Enthusiasts Can Now Return Their Contact Lenses

The weird world of the spent disposable contact lens – which shrivel and harden into plastic lumps once out of a hydrating womb of eye fluid -- is the latest area to be environmentally-sounded, as it's now possible to save up all your seen-through lenses for return and recycling. Read More >>

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CES 2019: Nikon Adds a Powerful New 14-30mm Ultra-Wide Zoom to its Z-series Lens Lineup

For Nikon’s first foray into the full-frame digital mirrorless world, its new Z-series cameras have become worthy rivals to Sony’s A7 and A9 cams, sometimes even beating Sony at its own game when it comes capturing high-quality video. Read More >>

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Here’s All the Big Camera News from Photokina 2018

With attendance hovering around 200,000, Photokina is the largest camera and imaging trade show on the planet. And since it’s held just once every two years (until 2019 when it switches over to being an annual event), cameras company often save major announcements for the show so they can all duke it out together during one week in late September. Read More >>

photography
Genius Photography Hacker Makes Adapter to Attach Giant Zoom Lenses to the Game Boy Camera

When it was released 20 years ago, it didn’t matter that the Game Boy Camera took terrible, low-res, black and white images. It was a digital camera kids could buy if they saved up enough pocket money, and the fun factor far outweighed the device’s technical limitations. Even today there’s still a rabid fanbase for it, including designer Bastiaan Ekeler, who managed to hack together a Canon EF lens mount adapter for the toy. Read More >>

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Camera Lens Coasters Keep Coffee Rings Out of Your Photography Studio

If you’re a photography enthusiast who still hauls around a heavy DSLR and a bag full of glass, you’ve probably got one of those clever camera lens mugs sitting on your desk. But a photography studio is the last place you want to spill coffee, so these matching camera lens coasters will help keep stains off your sets. Read More >>

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Watching Someone Make a Camera Lens From Scratch Explains Why No One Makes Camera Lenses From Scratch

The next time you complain about spending thousands of pounds on a precision camera lens, stop and think about all the all hard work that went into its design and creation. As camera maker Mats Wernersson reveals, were you to make a lens yourself, you’d be spending days ensuring every last component was flawless. Read More >>

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Just Look at All the Gorgeous Guts Inside This Massive Canon Lens

When you’re trying to convince photographers that a £7,000 camera lens is a worthy investment, sometimes you need more than a list of specs. To that end, Canon has created a short stop-motion video of its EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM lens disassembling itself and revealing all of its wonderfully complicated internal components. Read More >>

research
A Camera Lens Breakthrough Could See Smartphones Outperforming DSLRs

If you’ve ever held a high-quality camera lens, the first thing you notice is the weight. Thanks to layers and layers of thick glass hunks inside, they end up being very heavy. However, thanks to research being done at Harvard on something called metalenses, one day those giant glass-filled lenses might be obsolete. Read More >>

photography
Leaked Canon Lens Has Some Bright Ideas Built in

Properly lighting a tiny subject when doing macro photography is tricky since your camera ends up so close to it. A ring light surrounding the lens is one solution to the problem, and it looks like Canon might soon be releasing a macro lens featuring an LED ring light built right in. Read More >>

photography
Watch a Crystal Clear Video Shot With a Lens From 1880

A seemingly ancient lens has helped to shoot this remarkably good-looking YouTube video. Read More >>

photography
Zeiss Is Finally Making High-quality Lenses For Your iPhone

They say the best camera is the one you have with you, but sometimes the fixed lens on your smartphone can limit your creativity. So Zeiss, makers of some of the finest camera glass out there, is finally making high-quality external lenses for the iPhone 6s including a telephoto, a wide-angle, and a zoomable macro option. Read More >>

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Clear Ceramic Makes This Filter 10x Tougher Than Your Usual Lens Protector

This protective lens filter might look like any other, but it’s got an invisible secret. Making use of a new kind of clear ceramic, it’s ten times tougher than most conventional protective filters, so is virtually guaranteed to keep yours lens perfectly safe. Read More >>

VR
Microsoft Fits Oculus Rift With “Sharper” 3D Printed Lenses

Microsoft has released a 3D printer schematic for carving a new lens for Oculus Rift, claiming the headset's current lenses warp the worlds they portray and that its DIY alternative lessen the "lens distortion" seen by wearers. Read More >>

photography
A £39k Broadcast Lens on a Compact Camera Makes For Some Great Zoom Porn

Ever see those giant rectangular cameras on TV sets and wonder why they’re so damn big? It’s because they house giant-ass lenses that can zoom from here to the moon while maintaining large, bright apertures. One internet mastermind decided to pair his $60,000/£39,056 Fujinon XA55 lens with a Panasonic GH4, and it’s great. Read More >>