Nikon Df

Nikon has released a pretty awesome new camera body called the Nikon Df. Our friends over at The Art of Photography have done an amazing review of the Nikon Df and think pretty highly of it. Its a pretty revolutionary camera design in that its a little bit of a throwback to the awesome 35mm SLR cameras such as the Nikon FE2 and the Nikon F3. Nikon have approached the design in two ways. First the look is pretty retro which isn’t bad. I wish it looked more right out of the 80’s personally, but its still pretty cool. It comes in chrome or black just like cameras did back in those days.

Secondly, the camera has been redesigned with knobs and dials! YES! As the review indicates, the most commonly used functions are now within a fingers reach on either the top, front or back of the camera. This means you don’t have to scroll through a complicated menu system for things like bracketing or ISO settings. I really can’t wait to get my hands on one of these cameras because if it does what they say its going to do – this will revolutionize digital cameras for me personally.

Nikon Df

I’ve never been a big fan of complicated menu systems – I just haven’t. It slows me down as I really like to do a lot of informal people shots and even some street photography. To be able to work quickly and “in the moment” would be a dream come true. That being said, this is definitely a camera to check out. The price is a little steep, but when you consider you’re getting a camera that handles like an F3 but with the sensor of a D4 – I think it seems fairly reasonable. Check it out!

The Lomography New Petzval Lens

lomography petzval

After an impressive Kickstarter campaign, Lomography has set out to produce the first modern Petzval lens compatible with DSLR’s and other modern cameras. Petzval was a lens design developed in 1840 by Jeseph Petzval. It consisted simply of two doublet lenses with an aperture stop between them. There are lots of imperfections with this lens due to its early, crude design, but they are quite beautiful and have an amazing look to them. The depth of field is extremely shallow. The significance of this lens was that photographers could use shorter shutter speeds thus increasing the ability to take better portrait photographs.

In the fine Lomographic tradition of overpricing simple equipment – pre-orders are now available at $599 US. The kit includes some extras like waterhouse stops.

Oddly the kit version has more included, but its $100 cheaper than the standalone $699 black version for Canon and Nikon.

Honestly for a little more money you could get an original petzval. Granted it won’t have the handy Zenit lens mount, but it would be the real deal.

But any way you look at it – this will be a cool toy to have for making blurry “lomo” photographs.

And now for the self worshiping market video complete with an awkward interview with a historian and lots of hipsters sporting the “product”. How could you not be cool walking around with this thing.