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Nikon Announces New Superzoom and Standard Zoom Lenses

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.

(Nikon)

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1923 Leica is the World’s Most Expensive Camera

Last week, Edvard Munch’s “The Scream” became the most expensive work of art ever to sell at auction when it was sold at Sotheby’s for $119.9 million. Yesterday, we were exposed (photography pun alert!) to the world’s most expensive camera. Purchased by an anonymous European buyer, the above pictured 1923 0-series Leica (one of the first 31 cameras ever produced by Leica) went for a whopping $2.8 million. And we thought the Leica Herm├ęs camera was pricey!

(tecca) (image via Westlicht Photographica Auction)

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Olympus Tough TG-1 iHS Camera was Made for Durability and Performance

Olympus today announced the latest offering in their longstanding tradition of waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof, crushproof and dustproof compact cameras—the Tough TG-1 iHS. Built for durability, the TG-1 iHS is being billed as the toughest Tough model to date; it’s waterproof down to 40 feet, shockproof from drops of 6.6 feet or less, freezeproof down to 14 degrees (Fahrenheit), and can withstand being crushed under up to 220 pounds of weight. It features a 25-100mm, f/2.0-4.9 4x zoom lens, and with an available adapter ring ($19.99) you can add a waterproof fisheye ($119.99) or telephoto ($109.99) attachment.

The Tough TG-1 iHS is priced at $399.99, and while the camera body is rugged, a full underwater housing accessory will also be available for $309.99 in July.

(Olympus)

 

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Finally: Attributed Sharing from Flickr to Pinterest

Flickr has just announced a new feature that will hopefully ensure that from now on Flickr photographers receive proper credit in the wild west of photo sharing that is Pinterest. Pinners will now find a “Share this via Pinterest” button on all public and safe Flickr photos, which will in turn pin the shot to the site with proper, uneditable attribution attached.

Here’s a snapshot of the good news from Flickr:

“We made sure that every image shared from Flickr will be clearly attributed with the name of the photographer, the title, as well as a link to the photo page. Because the attribution cannot be edited, photographers can rest assured that pins and repins of their images will be credited and linked back as well, ensuring people can leave comments, fave the photo, or contact you directly on Flickr.

And to top it all off, if someone has embedded your Flickr photo on their website or blog and it is pinned from there, the photo will automagically be attributed on Pinterest and linked back to the Flickr photo page. Pinterest also went back and added the proper attribution to all photos that have been pinned from Flickr so far. With this new feature, having your photos on Flickr gives you much more certainty that you will be attributed when your photos are being shared on Pinterest.”

Also, of course, Flickr photographers have the option to disable sharing. Check out the full announcement on the Flickr blog for the whole deal.

(Flickr)

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Samsung Announces Three New NX-Series Mirrorless Cameras with Built-In Wi-Fi

Samsung today announced three new mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras to their NX-series lineup. Samsung is calling the new NX1000, NX210 and NX20 “SMART cameras” because they feature built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for sharing and storing photos straight from the camera. Each of the new cameras also features a Samsung-designed 20.3-megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor and is compatible with all of the NX-series iFunction lenses.

No pricing information is yet available for the new cameras.

(Samsung)

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