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Poppy Turns Your iPhone Into a 3D Camera

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3D is all the rage these days, and if the people behind the Poppy are successful, then you might just be able to transform your iPhone into a 3D camera. If you take a closer look at it, the Poppy sort of looks like a Viewmaster, doesn’t it? That’s because its creators were actually inspired by these stereoscopes that were so popular in the eighties.

The Poppy has a slot in the middle where you’re supposed to insert your iPhone or iPod Touch. Only the iPhone 4, 4S, iPhone 5 and the fifth generation iPod Touch are compatible with the device. There are mirrors in the Poppy which allow your iPhone camera to capture two stereographic images.

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These Giant DSLR Lens Are For Sitting, Not Shooting

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The first time I saw my brother-in-law cry was when he sat on his fisheye lens after a particularly long shoot. Suffice to say, while his behind was perfectly fine, his lens were not. The second time was when his daughter grabbed his new lens from his bag and proceeded to play catch with her imaginary friend. You can just imagine how that scenario ended.

Breaking your lens is something you won’t ever have to worry about with Spanish design studio Monoculo ginormous DSLR reflex lenses, though. That’s because they’re (clearly) not actual lenses, but stools that were designed and created to look like one.

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iPhone Periscope For Sneaky Pictures

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This is a gadget that allows you to take pictures with your iDevice while you appear to just be looking down at it. It’s so that people don’t notice you’re taking a shot. If used properly, we think it’s a great product. But if you’re being a creep… well, we imagine you’re going to find ways of being a creep with or without some gadgets. See, we’re not exactly sure when it’s ok to be taking pictures of someone without their knowledge; people have become so sensitive to cameras these days. Not to mention, we’re unsure of the legal framework, although people do go around taking pictures all the time without getting sued… So what’s the proper etiquette? Maybe if you do decide to go around taking candid shots, at least ask your subjects afterwards if they’re ok with you keeping the pics? Right?

We’re really not sure which way to go with this stuff, and maybe some of our readers can enlighten us. Regardless of all that, the Periscope Lens is $23 and works with a wide variety of devices by using a sticky metal O-ring and a magnet on the detachable periscope itself.

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Aspekt is a Modular SLR Camera System That Lets You Keep On Shooting

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Not all cameras are created equal. The same can be said for accessories. Photographers and hobbyists prefer different tools to create and capture their photographic masterpieces, which is why it’s so difficult to choose from only one brand because other lines might have more suitable options.

With this in mind, a team from the University of Applied Science in Schwäbisch Gmünd, Germany created Aspekt, a modular mirrorless SLR camera system that lets users attach and use different accessories and older lenses that are not normally supported by SLR cameras.
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You’re Enabling Them: iPad Attachment Brings 12X Zoom To Its Camera

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Going to a concert and holding your iPhone up in the air the whole time is bad enough for the people behind you that are trying to see. But it’s not half as bad as those that think it’s ok to whip out an iPad to do the same. Fellas: it looks stupid, and is inconsiderate to those behind you. We’re going to stop the sermon here, however, because we imagine there might be times where taking a shot with an iPad isn’t ridiculously inappropriate, and someone somewhere might be interested in an attachment that can confer some serious zooming abilities. The The iPad Telephoto Lens gives the iPad 3 & 4 a 10X zoom, and the iPad Mini a 12X factor. The lens also adds some vignetting and “a lo-fi look”, which we imagine will be appealing to hipsters worldwide. Better yet for thrift-store-chic, budget-minded hipsters, is the price: $25.

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A New Nero Trigger Adds Even More Functionality For That Perfect Shot

Screen Shot 2013-03-20 at 12.47.27 AM Some of you may remember that we wrote about the Nero Trigger last August. This was a sensor-laden device whose purpose was to help you capture photographs of events that are too quick to catch with even the fastest trigger finger. Well there’s a new generation of the gadget out, and this is what the company has to say about it:

It has now a color LCD screen which increases usability compared to the previous version. Every piece of information you need will be displayed to you right on the screen. NeroTrigger features two new modes: HDR (High Dynamic Range) and DIY (Do It Yourself) HDR mode will let you to get different exposures without an hassle and DIY mode will bring you countless options to show your creativity. NeroTrigger is now much more stable as analog controls have been totally eliminated. Everything is digital, everything is accurate.

I have one that I’m supposed to be reviewing, and haven’t had time to put through its paces properly. I can say, however, that I got a few shots out and that it does indeed work as advertised. There’s some fine-tuning to do to synchronize the event you want to capture with the selected trigger (be it sound, light or through the cutting of a laser), but the fact that there’s an LCD to navigate the menus does make the task easier.

It attaches to the hot-shoe of your camera, and at $200, is a worthwhile investment for the photographer looking to shoot what’s gone in the blink of an eye.

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Outex Waterproof DSLR Housing Seems A Little Ghetto, Gets The Job Done

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DSRLs are great, but they’re also delicate machines that don’t put up so well with rugged conditions. Or with being underwater. There are housings on the market to allow you to do your photography Bear Grylls-style, but they generally cost a pretty penny. And it’s not that the Outex Waterproof Housing you see above is dirt cheap, but with prices starting at $190, you can start taking pictures under 30+ feet of water for 1/10th of the price that some of the more professional grade housings cost. It works on pretty much any brand of camera and is a modular system that can be adapted for accessories, if you chose to use any. The fact that they’re opaque does mean you’ll have to remember where all the buttons are, but assuming you do, you can operate your camera at 100% functionality.

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Mounting A Smartphone Onto A Tripod Doesn’t Get Much Easier Than This

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The camera on many of today’s phones is decent enough that some people feel the need to prop them up on a tripod and use them as semi-serious video/photography tools. There is, obviously, no tripod mount on phones, so the marketplace is dotted with an array of devices meant to remedy this. By far the simplest we’ve seen is the JackPod pictured above. One side screws on to a standard tripod, the other simply plugs into the audio jack present in pretty much any phone out there. Depending on the model of mobile you’ve got however, this may cause orientation issues, as would be the case with any iPhone before the 5. Still, if you have $10 to spare and the device you own has its jack in a place that doesn’t force it upside down when shooting, then head on over to the Kickstarter link for a pledge. If all goes well, it’ll ship by May.

Incidentally… maybe one of our readers can set us straight. If you take a video with, say, an iPhone 4 upside down, and try to play it back on a PC, will the video right itself up? Does the accelerometer in the iPhone orient videos, and does it work on PCs, or just Macs?

In any case, head on over after the break for a couple more pictures and links.

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Super Slow-Mo Of A DSLR’s Shutter

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Ever wonder what it looks like inside an Nikon D4 as it’s shooting at 10 frames per second? Our puny little eyes would be hard pressed to discern anything at all, but the Phantom camera set at a leisurely (for a Phantom) pace of 1,920fps reveals a fascinating ballet of mechanical parts performing their dance at dizzying speeds.

For each photo, the mirror flips up and the first curtain drops, exposing the image sensor for 1/200th of a second. Then, the second shutter drops to complete the exposure.

Seeing this action in a GIF is fine, but to get a better sense of the speeds involved, you should hit the jump and check out the video with sound.

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