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Build Your Own Lenses Nikon, Canon, Leica, Pentax, Sigma, Tokina, and a host of other lens makers are all striving to bring you the sharpest lenses with all optical aberrations reduced to the minimum. That’s too bad! Because with lenses, as with life, sometimes it’s the imperfections that make things interesting. The image on the left was shot with the imperfect optics of a homemade lens. There are two components necessary for a homemade camera lens suitable for use on a SLR or DSLR: the optics (to focus the light) and the mechanics (to hold the optics in place and hopefully provide a method of adjusting the focus and aperture). The Optics Any lens that focuses light (a double convex, plano convex, or positive meniscus) can theoretically be used as a camera lens. Notice that I used the word theoretically above. So unless you already know the focal length of your lens, you should measure it. Starting Simple Let’s look at some examples, including different ways to address the mechanics. Adjustable Focus Results

Fujifilm X100 Test Report Exceptional But Frustrating The Fujifilm Finepix X100, to give it its full name, has been one of the most eagerly awaited new cameras of the first half of 2011. Announced at Photokina in September, by the time the X100 started shipping in Europe and the Far East early in March an almost cult-like following had developed. The tragic Japan earthquake and its aftermath halted production before many cameras had been produced, and as a consequence the few units that had been delivered by the end of March – mostly in Asia – started selling on eBay for as much as double their $1,200 list price. In early April a small initial North American shipment that had left Japan before the earthquake began to fill dealer back-orders. Ladder and Wall. Fujifilm X100 @ ISO 200 What's The Fuss About? To properly appreciate where the X100 fits into the current camera spectrum requires that one not make too many undue comparisons. What the X100 is, is a camera with no precedents and many antecedents. The Lens JPGs

WVIL - Wireless Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens Congratulations, you’ve found the WVIL website. As you’ve most likely figured out, the WVIL camera is not a real product, but a Concept Camera envisioned by Artefact's award-winning design team. It answers the question: “what’s next for camera design?” The WVIL represents Artefact's passion for creativity and strategic vision in the camera space. Learn more about Artefact’s take on the history of photography as well as where it’s going in the future. The patent-pending WVIL system takes the connectivity and application platform capabilities of today's smart phones and wirelessly connects them with interchangeable full SLR-quality optics. Aluminum and magnesium alloyDocked display and frame unit Display unit: 127 x 69 x 7.5mmFrame unit: 164.5 x 76.5 x 28.2 mm Compatibility to Nikon F mount, Canon EF mount, Micro Four Thirds and Leica M mount via adapter. 802.11nGPSBluetooth 2.0WirelessHD

Fujifilm FinePix X100 Review: 1. Introduction Review based on a production X100 with Firmware 1.10 NOTE - On 21st March 2012 Fujifilm updated the X100's firmware to Version 1.20 with a number of new features - most notably the ability to customise the 'RAW' button. We recommend familiarising yourself with these improvements and bearing them in mind when reading this review, which is based on the previous FW version. In amongst all the cameras announced at Photokina 2010 - including enthusiast SLRs such as the Nikon D7000, Canon EOS 60D, Pentax K-5 and Sigma SD1 - one utterly unexpected model stole the show. Fujifilm unveiled the FinePix X100, a compact camera with an SLR-size APS-C sensor and traditional analogue control dials, that hides ground-breaking technology inside a retro-styled body with looks to die for. The X100, though, is something totally different. The large-sensor, fixed-lens compact isn’t a new idea, of course, and both Sigma’s DP series and the Leica X1 have already visited this territory. Key features

match Technical Services - Thumbs Up 1/3 Thumbs Up EP-3S Available in Black, Silver, Steel Grey and ME Grey For an introduction to our Thumbs Up grips and suggestions as to which model will suit you, see Thumbs Up - help. Thumbs Up EP-3S is newly designed for 2012. Thumbs Up EP-3S will fit the following Leica M models: M9-P M9, M8-2, M8, M8U The EP-3S is our longest thumb grip and allows those who prefer a grasp with their thumb in a more closed position the perfect alternative to the shorter EP-1S. Thumbs Up has been positively reviewed in Viewfinder(the journal of the Leica Historical Society of America) and Leica Fotografie International. Above: Andrew Laird's M9-P with the Thumbs Up EP-3S Thumbs Up EP-3S Available in Silver, Steel Grey and Black The Silicone Rubber Insert in now fully extended across the back of the Thumbs Up offering a firm mount on your Leica camera body. Thumbs Up EP-3S slightly wraps around the right side of the M9