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Dr. Steve Lee, with some of his easy-bake lenses

Microscope lenses are typically made either by grinding and polishing glass discs, or pouring polymers into molds – both techniques can be quite involved, which is reflected in the price of the finished product. Now, however, a scientist from Australian National University has devised a new lens-making process, in which drops of silicone are simply baked in an oven. The resulting lenses can be used for a variety of applications, yet are worth less than one cent each.  Read More

The Fujifilm TCL-X100 tele-conversion lens gives a 50-mm equivalent focal length

Photographers using Fujifilm's X100 and X100S will soon be able to get closer to the action, without getting closer to the action, after Fujifilm revealed a tele-conversion lens for the popular cameras. The TCL-X100 attaches directly to the front of the retro-styled shooters and increases their focal reach by a factor of 1.4x.  Read More

The technology could allow antennas to fit seamlessly into the skins of aircraft and other...

Anyone who’s ever needed a pair of thick eyeglasses has a firm idea that lenses are the one thing where form follows function. However, BAE Systems and Queen Mary’s School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science in London have put paid to that idea with a flat lens that works like a conventional curved lens, yet without any reduction in bandwidth performance. Using a combination of composite metamaterials and transformational optics for the first time, they have created a lens that's able to bend electromagnetic waves, yet isn't bound by its shape for its function.  Read More

Gizmag goes hands-on with the Lomography New Petzval Art Lens

The Lomography New Petzval Art Lens is not your typical new camera lens. It's a brass-barreled manual focus prime, with no electronic contacts, and aperture that's controlled by dropping a selection of little plates into the barrel. After being funded on Kickstarter, the quirky lens has now made its way into the real world, and Gizmag recently got a chance to go hands-on with one.  Read More

The Kodak PixPro smart lens cameras are similar to the Sony QX devices

When Sony launched its quirky QX lens-style cameras last year, they were something of an oddity and very different to anything else on offer. But now other firms are getting in on the action, including JK Imaging, which recently announced a pair of Kodak-branded smart lens cameras that offer 10x and 25x optical zooms.  Read More

One of Moment's lenses, designed for use on mobile phone cameras

A new start-up is set to start producing mobile phone camera lenses that it claims will "capture better images than anything else on the market." US-based Moment this week launched a 30-day Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for the production of its lenses, and doubled its target within 28 hours.  Read More

A liquid crystal 'flower' under magnification (Photo: University of Pennsylvania)

Scientists at the University of Pennsylvania have grown liquid crystal flowers, making it possible to create lenses as complex as the compound eye of a dragonfly. When perfected, the technology could allow the growth of lenses on curved surfaces, and structures to be assembled out of liquid crystals to build new materials, smart surfaces, microlens arrays and advanced sensors.  Read More

The FotoPro Master Kit comprised of a protective case for the iPhone 5 with tripod and fla...

Chinese Photographic Accessory Designer FotoPro is best known for its range of tripods, but is diversifying with some equally innovative products released at Photo Fair Thailand. The pick of the bunch is a lightweight accessory pack designed to turn the iPhone 5 into a photographic kit.  Read More

The Snapper Cap protects a lens and adds the storage space needed for stowing a spare memo...

Lens caps normally serve just one purpose, that of protecting your lenses from getting bashed around and scratched when not in use. But James Sale thinks they should do more. His creation, the Snapper Cap, not only protects a lens, but also adds the storage space needed for stowing a spare memory card or lens wipe.  Read More

Choosing which lens to buy for your DSLR or interchangeable lens camera can be a daunting ...

Despite buying cameras which have been specifically designed to take and make use of different lenses, a large number of photographers only ever use the kit lens that their DSLR or interchangeable lens camera came with. It's really not that surprising, as picking the right next lens can be a daunting task. That's why we're going to try to help, with our guide to life after the kit lens.  Read More

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