Located over 70 million light years away from our solar system, NGC 2985 is a beautiful spiral galaxy recently captured by the Hubble Space Telescope. It can be found in the Ursa Major, or Great Bear, constellation, and in this galaxy, there are multiple spiral arms full of stars that start out close and tighten before spreading out from the galactic core. You can also observe numerous blue knots at the galactic disk. Read more for a video and additional information.
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At first glance, this just appears to be a clever shipping container painted to resemble a Polaroid instant camera, but open its doors, and you’ll realize it’s actually a functional camera. That’s right, photographer and educator Brendan Barry created this amazing contraption that also doubles as a darkroom. The container is fully wheelchair accessible, well ventilated, and even solar powered, which means large groups of all ages are able to comfortably tour its interior. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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Combining the handling of a mirrorless with the resolution of a medium format camera, Fujifilm’s GFX100 features a weather-resistant 6-inch square body that weighs in at a sturdy 3 lbs. and its 55mm back-side illuminated sensor offers an incredible 102 megapixels of resolution while sporting 5-axis image-stabilization and on-board phase detection AF. Other features include 4K video recording, a quad-core image processor, and Fuji’s legendary color reproduction round out the feature list. Louis Ferreira of Fuji Addict recently used this camera, paired with a Fujinon GF 110mm f/2 R WR LM lens at f/2, to capture the moon. Read more to see the regular photo and then the cropped version, along with a review of the GFX 100.
Photo credit: Rainee Colacurcio
NASA has just released a breathtaking image of the International Space Station transitioning in front of the sun, as captured by Rainee Colacurcio. The ISS crossing the Sun isn’t a rare phenomenon, since it orbits the Earth about every 90 minutes, but capturing the perfect image with sublime timing and equipment most certainly is. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Amazon Prime Day may have offered items at the lowest prices you’ve seen this year, but one person managed to snag over $13,000 worth of camera gear for just $100+ shipped. The story begins with a $548 “Sony a6000 and 16-50mm lens bundle” being listed for $94.48 on Amazon, which was quickly shared on bargain hunting website Slickdeals. Users there noticed that other camera bundles were also showing up as $94.48 shipped, so they began scouring the camera gear section for these deep discounts. There was one person who made out with a $1299 Fujifilm X100F for $102.27 shipped, while another managed to get a $13,000 Canon EF 800mm f/5.6L IS lens at just $94.48. Read more for a few of the order / shipment confirmation pages and additonal information.
The DJI Rōnin-SC Gimbal is designed for full-sized mirrorless cameras and built to go anywhere, thanks to its magnesium and aluminum construction, along with high-strength composite materials. At just 1.1 kg, its modular design allows for quick setup, while packing away neatly into a carrying case in limited spaces. One new feature is Force Mobile, which is a lighter mobile version of Force Pro that synchronizes the movement of a compatible mobile device with the gimbal, allowing you to control its movement by moving your phone from up to 82-feet away using a Bluetooth 5.0 connection. Product page.
Sony today unveiled the Alpha 7R Mark IV, the world’s first 61-megapixel full-frame camera, which is 50% more pixels than its predecessor. Featuring a back-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor design and BIONZ X processor that work together to produce exceptionally clean images quickly, complete with up to 15 stops of dynamic range, making the a7R IV perfect for challenging lighting environments. A 5.76m-dot UXGA OLED electronic viewfinder improves resolution during capture, giving you the option of setting a refresh rate of 60 or 120 fps, depending on what you are trying to capture. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
Two extremely rare rainbow blanket octopuses were captured on camera during a night dive off the coast of Romblon, Philippines by Joseph Elayani. Its rapid color change is due to a reaction it has to the different light levels from the camera, and doubles as a defense mechanism against would-be predators. This rare species of cephalopod is native to tropical and sub-tropical regions deep down under the waves, thus they rarely m,ake contact with humans. Read more for a video and additional information.
NASA’s High Resolution Imaging Science Experiment (HiRISE) camera aboard NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter (MRO) captured this incredible image of the Curiosity Rover from space on May 31, 2019, which appears as a bluish speck. Curiosity was examining a location called “Woodland Bay” in an area referred to as the “clay-bearing unit” on the side of Mount Sharp, a 3-mile-tall mountain inside of Gale Crater. When it was photographed, the rover was facing 65° counterclockwise from north, placing the mast in the right location to produce this bright spot in the upper-left corner. Read more for another video and additional information.
Weighing in at just 370g (without battery or lens) and measuring 112.6 × 69.9 × 45.3mm, the Sigma fp is touted as the world’s smallest full-frame mirrorless camera, thanks to an electronic shutter instead of a mechanical one for quieter shooting. This rugged go-anywhere camera boasts a die-cast aluminum alloy body, which is dust as well as splash-proof, and features 4K video capture at 24fps using its 24.6MP BSI-CMOS sensor. This sensor is weather-sealed and equipped with a 3.2-inch 2.1M-dot touchscreen. Other features include an SD card slot, HDMI port, flash sync port, mic / headphone ports, USB 3.1 port, and a remote shutter port. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.