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Digital Cameras

Tiny round wide-angle lens outperforms its bigger brothers

When it comes to capturing visual information in photographs, you typically have two choices – use a wide-angle lens to capture as many parts of a scene as possible, or use a close-up lens to better capture the details of one of those parts. However, with a new camera system developed by engineers at the University of California, San Diego, you can do both at once. What's more, the lens used in this system is just one-tenth the volume of a conventional wide-angle lens. Read More

Science

Shape-changing lens blends human and insect vision

One example of biomimicry that keeps popping up on the pages of Gizmag is the use of insect eyes as a model for innovative new optical devices. It seems that the potential for development in this area is far from exhausted with the announcement of another bug-inspired lens breakthrough from Ohio State University. This experimental lens developed by associate professor of biomedical engineering and ophthalmology, Yi Zhao, combines the wide angle properties of insect vision with the depth-of-field capabilities of a human eye.Read More

Digital Cameras

Sony officially announces QX lens-style cameras

As any regular Gizmag reader will know, there’s currently quite an assortment of add-on lenses available for smartphone cameras. The problem is, no matter how good those lenses may be, the light ultimately ends up having to squeeze through the phone’s own tiny lens, to be processed by the phone’s tiny sensor. Sony is taking a fresh approach, however, with its much-rumored but just-officially-announced Cyber-shot QX series of lens-style cameras. Read More

Digital Cameras

Sigma mount conversion service: Swap camera brands, but not your lenses

If you've invested in a specific interchangeable lens camera system, but want to change your photographic allegiance to another brand, you're normally stuck with the prospect of selling your current lenses to fund replacements. Sigma hopes to make switching camera brands easier with the launch of a mount conversion service, which will adapt its lenses to work on your new camera of choice.Read More

Science

Eyepieces are the key to upgrading your starter telescope

OK, so you've put your hands on a decent starter telescope. We're not talking about one of the cheap 50 mm aperture "department store" scopes, but a good quality 4 to 6-inch aperture scope. You've seen this and that in the night skies, and now you want a bit of an upgrade. Here's Gizmag's guide to getting there as easily as possible, without having to buy a new telescope. Read More

Digital Cameras

Lomography makes old new again with a modern take on the Petzval Portrait Lens

Lomography is looking to make old new again with the reinvention of a 19th century lens known as the Petzval. This lens creates an instantly recognizable image style famous for its sharpness, color saturation, and swirly Bokeh effect in the background of the shot. It also has an incredibly narrow depth of field, which creates a very distinct look, especially for portraits.Read More

Health & Wellbeing

Telescopic contact lens with switchable magnification to help AMD patients

Age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of blindness among older adults in the western world. Unfortunately, conventional optical aids provide little help for a retina which has lost the acuity of its central area. Now a team of multinational researchers led by University of California, San Diego (UCSD) Professor Joseph Ford has created a telescopic contact lens that can switch between normal and magnified vision to offer AMD patients a relatively unobtrusive way to enhance their vision. Read More

Digital Cameras

Nikon reveals a 32mm f/1.2 portrait lens for its 1 system

Photographers using the Nikon 1 system will soon have another option when it comes to shooting portraits with a shallow depth-of-field, after Nikon announced the release of the 1 NIKKOR 32mm f/1.2 lens. The new lens also boasts a string of enthusiast-friendly firsts for the 1 NIKKOR line-up, including Nano Crystal Coat, Silent Wave Motor and a manual focus ring.Read More

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