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iZugar launches 220-degree super fisheye lens for Micro Four Thirds

by on Sep.23, 2017, under Reviews


Hong Kong-based company iZugar has just launched a pretty quirky, intense little lens.Called the MKX22, it’s a 3.25mm F2.5 super fisheye lens for Micro Four Thirds cameras that offers a whopping 220-degree angle of view.

This fisheye lens is said to offer “edge-to-edge sharpness” with suitability for 4K video recording, a 0.6m minimum focusing distance, fully circular 10mm design, and extra-slim build for better parallax control, according to iZugar. All of that in addition to that 220-degree angle of view that can more-or-less see behind itself.

The lens recently appeared for sale on iZugar’s website, where the company explains that the MKX22 can be used with the ZCam E1 – iZugar Custom Edition, Blackmagic Micro Studio 4K, Sony A7R2, Panasonic GX80, and similar cameras. For reference, the company offers a full reference guide showing FOV for these cameras at various resolutions.

The lens is available from iZugar now for $500.

Lens Specifications:

  • Model: iZugar MKX-22
  • Format: 10mm full circular
  • Mount: Micro Four Thirds mount (MFT)
  • 35mm Equivalent Focal Length: 3.25mm
  • Aperture: f/2.5 (fixed)
  • Minimum Focusing Distance: 0.6m
  • Lens Groups/Elements: 10/11
  • Angle of View (MFT-4k): 220 x 150



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Craigslist poster raises the bar on terrible car photography

by on Sep.22, 2017, under Reviews


A Craigslist post offering a 1990 Mazda RX-7 for sale is going viral today thanks to the photos of the car… and it’s not because they’re good.

For whatever reason, the ad’s author decided the best way to photograph his or her car for this ad was to take pictures of the car with their cell phone, and then take pictures of the pictures displayed on their cracked, hazy smartphone screen.

The original Craigslist post, a link to which hasn’t been shared publicly to avoid disrupting the seller’s efforts, was spotted by Murilee Martin and shared with Autoweek. And yes, the pictures are exactly as bad as described.

The reasoning behind this photographic decision aren’t known and probably never will be. But instead of sharp, colorful, detailed photos of a car what we get are hazy, in some cases out-of-focus shots of a red vehicle that is difficult to make out through the cracks in the screen.

Even by Craigslist standards these are bad. By car photography standards? It’s like something out of a horror film.



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Throwback Thursday: the Canon PowerShot G1

by on Sep.21, 2017, under Reviews


It wasn’t the first ‘prosumer’ compact on the market, but it did check off a lot of the items on enthusiasts’ wish lists at the time. The Canon G1, announced to the world on September 18, 2000, offered a great deal of manual control options, a hot shoe, Raw capture and a fully articulated 1.8″ screen. That line would eventually evolve into the present-day PowerShot Gx X series – but it all started 17 years ago this week.

Read our full Canon PowerShot G1 Review

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