Review: Lensbaby Tilt Transformer

Tilt lenses open up great possibilities for getting creative with your images. But because of their high prices, they’re out of reach of many photographers budgets. Lensbaby, however, have been making affordable alternatives for a few years now. I recently got to play with the newest addition to the range, the Tilt Transformer for Sony’s new NEX mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras range. As is customary with most of Lensbaby’s models, the internal optics are intechangable, allowing one to swap the desired glass inside the body of the lens, thereby changing the focal length or affect. But Lensbaby went one step further than they did with the regular composer by allowing the element body section of the lens to be completely removable, opening up the mount part of the lens. On the remaining part still left attached to the camera is a tiltable Nikon F-mount adapter allowing you to use any D generation Nikon lens, be it fixed or zoom, as a tilt lens, opening up a vast amount of possibilities.

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Sorry, NO camera’s allowed!

After reading Sfiso’s article on ‘The Unwelcome Camera‘, I wanted to write a follow on from a slightly different perspective. I experienced something unusual while having breakfast at a popular coffee shop. Those who know me, know that I capture my days in pictures. I do this so I can have something to help me remember what used to make me tick when I was young and did more than read the paper on a Sunday.

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New Sony A77, A65, NEX-5N, NEX-7 and Lenses

It is finally official, the Sony Alpha A700 has a replacement in the A77. This new Translucent Mirror camera has a whopping 24.3mp APS-C sensor, offers 12fps shooting, durable dust and moisture resistant body construction, an OLED viewfinder, the list goes on and on. The A65 is a cut back version with the same sensor but less durable build claims and 10fps. There is also a new 16-50mm f/2.8 lens to accompany these cameras.

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New Nikon Coolpix Cameras No D300s or D700 Replacements

Well to the horror of many Nikon fans out there, Nikon have announced several new compact cameras and not pro model DSLR bodies. Here is a summary of what has been announced. The AW100 is Nikon’s – late possibly – entry into durable compacts. It features a 16mp CMOS sensor, 5x zoom, 10m waterproof and … Read moreNew Nikon Coolpix Cameras No D300s or D700 Replacements

New Canon Camera and Printers Announced

Canon has announced a few new cameras and printers. The PowerShot SX150 IS features 14.1mp with a 12x zoom. It shoots HD videos and is expected to retail for R2299,00 here in South Africa. The new  IXUS 1100 HS is said to be the slimmest 12x optical zoom camera in it’s class. It has a touch screen interface and a 12.1mp back-illuminated CMOS sensor. Retail expected to be around R3699.00. The IXUS 230 HS will hit shelves at R2499.00 and offers an 8x zoom on the same 12.1mp backlit CMOS. Lastly the new Canon PIXMA MG2140 is an all in one printer which features Easy-WebPrint EX and Full HD Movie Print – say what? How do you print a movie? Anyway, it will retail for around R799,00. A host of other new printers were announced including:

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World Photography Day

Today is World Photography day, so go out today and take at least one photo of something or someone special you love, even if it just taken on a camera phone, you’ll be contributing to celebrating a very special day indeed. Can you even begin to image a world without a photograph in it? We can often take them for granted but a world without photos of your wedding day, your child’s first steps and family holidays would just not be the same.

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