Polaroid has just announced the new Z2300, the latest offering in the company’s instant digital camera lineup. The 10-megapixel Z2300 features a 3-inch LCD screen and an integrated printer with Zero Ink (“ZINK”) Technology that lets you capture, edit and print full color, 2×3-inch prints in under a minute. Here’s how the ZINK Technology works: “The patented ZINK Paper® is an advanced composite material with cyan, yellow, and magenta dye crystals embedded inside. Before printing, the embedded dye crystals are clear, so the ZINK Paper looks like regular white photo paper. The Z2300 uses heat to activate and colorize these crystals, delivering clear, vibrant prints in less than a minute…The ZINK prints emerge fully developed and protected by a smudge-proof, water-resistant coating.” Neat. And there are a couple of printing style choices, including the iconic Polaroid Classic Border Logo or full bleed and contemporary 2×3-inch photos with a sticky back.
The Polaroid Z2300 camera is available for pre-order now for $159.99, with 50-packs of 2×3 premium ZINK Paper retailing for $24.99 and 30-sheet packs retailing for $14.99. Polaroid is also hosting a giveaway to allow fans the chance to get a free Z2300 before they hit shelves. Check out the sweepstakes rules at www.facebook.com/Polaroid.
Nikon has just introduced two new NIKKOR lenses: the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR and the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR. The new superzoom 18-300mm offers Nikon’s longest focal range ever, expanding on two popular existing telephoto lenses in the NIKKOR lineup, the 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 and 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lenses. In addition to being a killer travel lens (assuming it’s actually as “surprisingly compact [and] lightweight” as Nikon claims), the 18-300mm is being marketed as a great lens for shooting HD video because the long focal range would allow for “wide establishing shots, medium close-up shots and extreme telephoto sequences when the users want to separate the subject from the background.”
The new, FX-format compatible NIKKOR 24-85mm lens is being billed as the go-to everyday Nikon shooter’s lens, with more range than the standard kit lens and built-in vibration reduction technology that recognizes and adjusts for tripod mounted shooting.
Both new NIKKOR lenses will be available at the end of the month, with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR priced at $999.95 and the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR priced at $599.95.
Were you among the hoards of eager space-enthusiasts (this writer included) who watched the historic Transit of Venus yesterday evening? My favorite livestream to watch was the view from the Griffith Observatory in Los Angeles, but the above compilation shot, captured by NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO), is the still image that I will forever return to for a dose of inspiration. See the rest of NASA’s Venus Transit images here, including one captured by Astronaut Don Pettit from aboard the International Space Station.
(images: NASA/SDO, AIA)
Don’t miss this stunning time lapse video of SDO shots either:
Wanting to take his fluid suspension/high speed photography to the next level, photographer Jack Long created his new Vessels and Blooms series. Though at first glance the subjects of these shots look like ornate glass sculptures (which would be impressive enough), they are actually single exposure, unedited captures of paint splashes taken at high speed. (What speed, he’s not disclosing.) I’ll allow you a moment now to pull your jaw off the floor.
Each shot is the result of months of preparation, while Long worked on creating the floral forms and leaves. As you can imagine, there’s a lot of trial and error in capturing these incredible, perfectly timed shots. Not to mention a lot of paint spilled. Hats off to Jack Long for conceiving and creating this stunning photo series. Check out the entire series on Flickr.