In this episode ee give you a look at the Nikon D4 in this episode, the camera that Nikon is calling its next flagship model. We got up close and personal with the Nikon D4 at CES 2012, and got to speak with Nikon's Steve Heiner about the 16.2 megapixel beast of a DSLR. The D4 is constructed out of magnesium alloy, and has a thermal shield under the paint to keep the camera safe in the most extreme conditions. If fast shooting is your game, this thing can take up to 10 shots per second with full AE/AF performance. Of course, it also shoots 1080p video with stereo sound. The Nikon D4 will sell for $5,999.95 when it goes on sale.
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Using an additional lens on your iPhone can’t get much simpler than with this Wide Angle Lens. It attaches either directly or with a magnetic ring with self-adhesive tape. At a size of 20 x 11.2mm and a weight of 4.2g, it is made of glass and aluminum. The lens also fits the HTC Dream,T-Mobile G1, NDS DS-i, notebooks, cell and smartphones and some digital cameras. The lens comes with a cover and key chain strap at a price of $16.99.
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Now that winter is coming on, keep your lens warm with a LensCoat Lens Cover. Made of closed-cell neoprene and a camouflage design to hide from critters, they come in a variety of styles and sizes. Each cover is waterproof and has a clear UV-PVC window over the controls and distance-scale window. Our fave has to be the Hoody, priced from $12.99 to $24.99. LensCoat also makes them for tripods and will customize covers for your equipment.
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Panasonic has recently released its new additions to its Lumix line, including its slim DMC-FX35 Cam, which features their first 25mm ultra-wide lens. With 10.1 megapixels, it has a 4x optical zoom, an f2.8 brightness and their Advanced Intelligent Auto mode. This technology includes analyzed and adjusted exposure, red-eye correction, gyrosensors to make up for those shaky hands, auto-change shutter speed, slide show capability, and scene selector for a better background. The DMC-FX35 will be available next month in silver, black or blue models at a price of $349.95.
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So obviously, we at Gear Live are fans of new camera technology and the selective focus Lensbabies SLR lenses certainly fit the bill. We were already familiar with their selective focus lenses for digital cameras in the form of their second generation (2G) Lensbaby, but they were kind enough to provide us with one of their brand new 3G Lenbabies for review.
The Lensbaby is a bellows style lens for modern SLR cameras. They feature low dispersion multi-coated optical glass lens mounted within a flexible rubber tube to allow the photographer to tilt the lens side to side as well as compress it closer to the camera. Much like cameras from 100 years ago or more focusing is accomplished by simply compressing the bellows to move the lens closer or further away from the camera. We have a full, in-depth review for you, after the break.
We met up with the Lensbaby crew, where we got a look at the new Lensbaby 3G. If you are a digital SLR enthusiast and haven’t heard, the Lensbaby product is a selective focus SLR camera lens that allows you to take images with a focused sharp area that is surrounded by a stylistic blur. We have seen quite a few Lensbaby shots, and they really are quite unique and interesting. The Lensbaby 3G is available now for $270, which for an SLR lens, is pretty much a steal.