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The Slypod Pro is a HUGE step up from traditional sliders (and monopods)

Sliders and monopods, what do they have in common? Absolutely nothing. Until now… In fact, they’re kind of meant for the opposite things, but the folks over at Moza have a really clever take on this, and they joined the two together. Now, we have the Slypod Pro, a brand-new slider/monopod combo that packs a […]

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The Orbit is a single-axis robot arm that spins a camera around your head

Well, this is pretty unique. A motion-controlled motorised orbiting camera rig. Developed by Josh Yeo of MAKE. ART. NOW. along with Axibo, the Marbl Orbit is a motion control rig that gets suspended from your ceiling to… well, spin a camera around you or whatever your subject is. And it can do it in realtime, […]

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LitiHolo Has Developed the First Desktop 3D Hologram Printer

LitiHolo, a company that bills itself as a global leader in hologram technology and production, has today unveiled its Desktop 3D Hologram Printer. This device, a first of its kind, allows anyone to print true three-dimensional holograms in a home or office setting.

Similar to the hologram technology offered by Looking Glass Factory, the LiteHolo holograms can be seen without headsets or glasses and can be easily shared with others.

The Desktop 3D Hologram Printer takes multiple perspectives images — captured from a camera, video footage, or computer-rendered — and slices them into unique recordings for each individual pixel on the hologram that it calls a “hogel” or “hologram element.” The printer can then optically encode that information with a laser onto a special hologram film. The finished product recreates many different perspectives as if the 3D image is actually there, giving you the ability to look around the image to see different angles.

“Holography has evolved a great deal in the 60 years since its introduction and we view our Desktop 3D Hologram Printer as an important next step in bringing this technology to the masses,” said Paul Christie, LitiHolo CEO. “For the first time, the power to create true holograms will be accessible to anyone with one of our printers, which opens up a whole new world of hologram possibilities.”

LitiHolo says that beyond recreational use, it believes its Desktop 3D Hologram Printer can be a catalyst for holography to impact industries such as architecture, engineering, and entertainment.

The development of the Desktop 3D Hologram Printer is a major milestone in LitiHolo’s quest to make true hologram technology more accessible. Previously, LitiHolo produced hologram kits sold nationwide in Barnes & Noble stores as well as a full-color version sold online and at retailers worldwide. LitiHolo also manufactures an array of holography film that allows for hologram production without the use of chemicals.

LitHolo has chosen to use Kickstarter to launch the Desktop 3D Hologram Printer. Early backers can get it for up to 50% off the final retail price at $800 with an estimated delivery time of September of 2021. Two further batches offer slightly lowered discounts and will ship in October and November, with a final production run aimed for December. At the time of publication, the first two production runs already sold out, with only the November batch still available along with the final December production run.

Holograms are clearly popular in some circles, as LitiHolo already raised almost $100,000 in backing at the time of publication and the Looking Glass Portrait raised over $2.5 million from its Kickstarter last December.

Disclaimer: Make sure you do your own research into any crowdfunding project you’re considering backing. While we aim to only share legitimate and trustworthy campaigns, there’s always a real chance that you can lose your money when backing any crowdfunded project.

These Playing Cards Double as Photo-Editing Cheat Sheets

After the crowdfunding success of his The Photography Deck camera cheat sheet playing cards, photographer Eric Bohring is back again with a new set that features tips and tricks for digital photo editing.

Bohring’s original set of cards was introduced back in mid-2020 and featured camera and photography tips and tricks. The Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign raised a whopping €309,119 (~$367,000) from over 10,000 backers, making it the largest playing card project in the crowdfunding service’s history (based on the number of backers).

Those cards have now been shipped to over 12,000 photography lovers around the world, Bohring says, and now he has created a second set that’s focused on digital photo editing.

“The Photo Editing Deck is a set of playing cards to help Camera enthusiasts help edit better photos,” Bohring says. “They illustrate the most useful editing functions and common principles that help users to improve their skills and supercharge their photo manipulation knowledge.”

The deck consists of 52 standard playing cards and 2 jokers, and each of the numbered cards provides a useful tip or trick you can use in your photo editing workflow. They’re basically pocket-sized cheat sheets that summarize fundamental editing functions and techniques that can be found in common apps such as Photoshop, Lightroom, Snapseed, and more.

Here’s a short video introducing this set of Photo Editing Cheat Sheet Playing Cards:

Here’s a 4.5-minute video in which Bohring unboxes the new deck:

The Kickstarter campaign will run through April 2nd, and it has already raised over $65,000 in its first week. If the project successfully delivers on its promises, it aims to have the cards shipped to backers in July 2021.

The decks will come in four different colors: there will be red and blue standard decks as well as white and green limited edition decks only available through the crowdfunding campaign. During the campaign, decks can be reserved by backers for $14.50 for single decks or more for bundles.

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The NONS SL42 Mark II adds EF mount and actually fills the medium format Instax frame

The initial launch of the first NONS SL42 was about this time last year. It was an M42 SLR that uses Fuji Instax Mini instant film to let you make instant prints with your interchangeable M42 lenses, and you were actually able to see what the lens sees through the viewfinder so that you know […]

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This Super-Fast, All-Access Camera Bag Raised $600,000+ on Kickstarter

Bevis Gear is closing in on the end of a Kickstarter campaign that has so far raised over $600,000 for the Top Shelf, a camera bag that promises fast, easy access to gear in a way that has never been done before.

Bevis Gear claims that all bags to this point have struggled to create a design that properly allows fast and easy access to equipment while also keeping that gear secure. Its solution is a button clip that the company says it borrowed from the same system used to secure hoods in race cars. While the company assures that this single button will hold the backpack securely closed, it also has included a zipper to even more securely fasten equipment inside the main compartment.

Bevis claims that its design is the first “open-layout sling bag that lets you access all your gear in 1.1 seconds.”

The company says that the “patented sling design” rests like a tabletop on your hip to allow photographers to see and work with their equipment on a clean surface without having to take the bag off.

“Most camera bags require you to put down the bag (sometimes on the ground or dirty surfaces!) and unzip at least three-quarters of the main compartment to access all your gear,” Bevis writes. “With The Top Shelf, you get instant, full-view access to all your gear with zero digging for buried or hidden gear. In one swift motion and push of a button, the sling transforms into a large, viewable compartment where all your gear’s perfectly organized by velcro dividers with endless configurations.”

The Top Shelf boasts multiple pockets on the back and interior of the bag as well as a rain cover and hidden tripod holder. While the straps do not appear to be adjustable to torso height, the company does claim they are padded for extra comfort. Speaking of the straps, the bag can be arranged in both a backpack and sling orientation with the “patented dual-strap technology” that allows it to shift between these two modes quickly and “without compromising style.”

Matt and Nycol Bevis, the brother and sister duo who founded the company and created the Top Shelf bag, say that the biggest pain point for them in bags that was not being addressed with options on the market was accessibility.

“As every photographer knows, the perfect moments or shots don’t wait for you to get organized,” the duo writes. “We devoted all our free time and obsessed with designing a bag with the same quick-action ability as a sling bag, but easier access and organization for your lenses and gear.”

The two say that the prototyping and field testing of the bag took five years before they were ready to present it on Kickstarter. They also say that their partners in Vietnam have made some of the world’s top backpack brands for the last 40 years, making them perfectly suited to tackle manufacturing of this new backpack.

Bevis Gear plans to retail the backpack for $300, but the remaining early-bird prices on Kickstarter bring that down to $230 or lower during the campaign. You can see that and other backing options here.

The Top Shelf bag has raised well over $600,000 with over a week left to go on its Kickstarter campaign. That level of support (over 2,300 backers) is extremely unusual for a previously-unknown manufacturer with no history of manufacturing or successful crowdfunding endeavors. When the campaign ends, the two hope to deliver finished bags by June of this year.

(via Photo Rumors)

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Reveni Labs is back with a new teeny tiny spot meter

Reveni Labs, the company responsible for the tiny on-camera light meter for old SLRs that don’t have one built-in is back. And they’ve brought a new meter with them. This time it’s a still-tiny-but-not-quite-as-tiny-as-the-original-meter spot meter – once a very common tool amongst film photographers, particularly medium and large format landscape shooters, and one that’s […]

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This is an Extremely Small, Modernized Spot Meter for Film Photographers

Reveni Labs founder Matt Bechberger has followed his wildly successful tiny hotshoe light meter with another miniaturization of a traditionally large, cumbersome film tool: the spot meter. The Reveni Labs Spot Meter compresses all the benefits of a traditional spot meter into a palm-sized device.

Bechberger argues that following the resurgence of film photography as an art form, modern film shooters need modern equipment. The spot meter, popular with film photographers because of how it allows them to take precise light measurements from different areas of a frame, has traditionally been large, complex, and expensive.

The Reveni Labs Spot Meter addresses all these problems head-on. Firstly, the Reveni Spot Meter is small: it fits in the palm of your hand. It is able to be compressed down to such a small size because of the unique way that Bechberger chose to tackle the optics issue. This meter has no built-in optics, and instead relies on your brain’s ability to combine what it sees out of one eye with what it sees out of your other. You use one eye to look into the Spot Meter and use your other eye to look at your subject. Your brain will seamlessly combine these two images into one overlay that will work just like a typical spot meter but without all the size and need for optics.

Secondly, the Reveni device is designed to be simple and easy to use. It features four buttons and has multiple easy-to-access features and three metering modes ( Single, 2-spot average, and Precision Method). It has a shutter speed range of one hour to 1/8,000 second in one-stop increments and an aperture range of f/0.7 to f/1024, also in one-stop increments. Additionally, it has a film ISO range of ISO 1 to ISO 12,800, a full list of which is available to scan through on the device. Bechberger has outfitted it with a bright internal OLED display, weighs just 1.25 ounces, and is powered by two alkaline LR44 batteries.

Finally, there comes the price: The Reveni Labs Spot Meter is $225 Canadian (~176 US). While not “cheap,” Bechberger argues that even decades-old spot meters tend to be expensive because of their limited supply despite their age and reliability issues. For what is a bit more than the average cost of a classic spot meter (after a quick look on eBay), Bechberger promises a more reliable device with better technology and without the unwanted added bulk.

For film shooters who have wanted a reliable spot meter that wasn’t a hassle to carry and use, the Reveni Labs Spot Meter looks like a solid option. After less than a day on Kickstarter, the campaign has already been fully funded. Even though Bechberger has already successfully completed a campaign before, always remember that Kickstarter is not a pre-order platform: back with caution.

Check Out This Gorgeous Set of Photography-Inspired Playing Cards

With the goal of combining clean graphic design and a love for photography together into a playing card, the Diamon Playing Cards company has created the Shooters playing cards.

Diamon says that the deck is a collaboration piece between it and Matt Fujiwara. The cards themselves are covered in icons and imagery that photographers will know but done in a way where the idea wasn’t to just put as much information as they could onto a card. There is some nice design aesthetic at play here despite how busy it was possible to make the graphics.

The “tuck,” otherwise known as the cardboard box that the cards are stored in, is designed to look like a certain line of camera lenses (it is very reminiscent of Canon optics) but Diamon says that they hope it will appeal to all forms of photographers, from smartphone shooters to those who enjoy full-size cameras.

“In designing the back of the cards, we went with the icons that can be found and recognized by any camera owner or operator,” Diamon writes. “Classic icons like, battery level display, settings, brightness, flash, or self-timer, just to name a few.”

The red line around the top of the tuck mimics Canon’s professional line of L-series lenses, which denote the higher-quality premium glass.

“The red border was created to keep that ‘red ring’ theme throughout the deck,” the company continues. “Other than the classic green and yellow font colors commonly found on the red ring lens, we wanted the deck to be minimal in color, using only gray, white, red, and black.”

The court cards – Jack through Ace – retain the classic look but are splashed with camera icons. The Joker card is styled after a camera’s main mode dial.

“All four aces have exploded pips with the cross-hair in the center. The Ace of Spades design was meant to look like what you would normally see on a camera display. The rest of the cards bare your standard pips and indices,” Diamon explains.

The cards are available in two styles: standard black and collector’s edition white. The standard black cards are available for 9 euro (~$10.80) and don’t feature any metallic or foil paper. The slightly more expensive collector’s edition is limited to 1000 decks for 14 euro (~16.80) and includes the use of red metallic ink on the black design and the faces of the cards and a notable design boost to the tuck: a matte white finish, a red and black hot foil stamped design, and an embossed texture that mimics the feel of the ridges on the focus ring of a lens.

There are other add-ons available such as a carrying case for the decks and a collectible coin.

At the time of publication, the Kickstarter had been fully funded and Diamon expects to ship finished decks to backers by May of this year. You can peruse all the options and see more images on the company’s Kickstarter page.

As always, remember that Kickstarter is not a pre-order service. Do your research and back with caution.