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Google Photos now auto-suggests images for archival

by on Jun.09, 2017, under Reviews


Google has launched a new smart archiving feature in Google Photos on iOS, Android and desktop that helps users quickly select photos to archive as a way to declutter the main gallery. The new archiving suggestions are found in the Assistant tab, where photos are pre-selected for archiving. Users are given control over the selections, though, being able to remove some suggested photos and add others.

The company announced the new feature in a post on its Google Plus page, explaining that users can also archive individual photos by tapping the three-dot ‘…’ button on the image, then selecting ‘Archive.’ Archived photos, though removed from the main gallery, are not deleted. The archived photos can be viewed anytime by opening the left-side navigation pane and selecting ‘Archive’ or by using search.

Via: Google Plus



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Meyer Optik launches modern version of historic Lydith 30mm F3.5

by on Jun.08, 2017, under Reviews


German optical manufacturer Meyer-Optik-Gorlitz has launched a Kickstarter campaign to help it reintroduce its Lydith 30mm F3.5 lens. The original lens was launched in 1964 and the forthcoming version will remain true to the basic design of five elements in five groups, but the new company will be updating a number of its features.

Meyer will use Schott glass, modern coatings and a 12-bladed iris instead of the 10 of the original lens. The modern Meyer Optik trades on the interesting ‘bubble’ bokeh of its Trioplan lenses and has gone to some lengths to ensure bokeh is equally exciting to the eye in its modern relaunched lenses.

The original Lydith from 1964

The Lydith will offer a closest focusing distance of just 16cm/8in, which is approximately half that of the 1964 lens, and although the company hasn’t said specifically it is likely that it will have a click-less aperture ring as well.

The standard price of this manual focus lens on the Kickstarter page is $749, though some early bird offers were left at the time of writing. The earilest shipping date is December 2017, with the main batch going out in February 2018.

For more information about the company see the Meyer-Optik-Gorlitz website or the Lydith 30mm F3.5 Kickstarter page.

Manufacturer’s newsletter

Meet our new lens – create magic

Dear Meyer-Optik-Görlitz friend,

We are very excited and proud to introduce you to the next in our oustanding line of art lenses – the Lydith 30mm f3.5

One of the widest lenses in the Meyer-Optik lineup, the Lydith will impress you with its versatility at all distances. Exceptional sharpness, contrast and colour fidelity and it’s wonderful ability to create images with that indefinable magic is how this lens can best be described. It is a lens that will allow you to creatively capture those “magic moments”.

Designed in the late 1950s and introduced in 1964, the modern version of the Lydith will be updated with high-perfomance lens coatings and a short minimum focusing distance of 8 inches (16 cm). Like all of Meyer-Optik’s lenses, the Lydith will be fully manual, 100 percent handmade in Germany.

We think you are going to fall in love with the way it renders colors, its exceptional sharpness and, of course, it’s signature creamy bokeh not only in the background but also in the front.

Don’t miss out – visit our Kickstarter now and be one of the first in the world to own the modern version of this classic lens.

Best regards,

Dr. Stefan Immes and the Meyer-Optik Team



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Sandmarc launches Kickstarter for smartphone polarizer and ND-filters

by on Jun.07, 2017, under Reviews


Sandmarc, a company that is primarily known for its range of GoPro filters among other action camera accessories, is taking its know-how to the smartphone sector. It has launched a crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter in order to fund final development and mass production of a new smartphone polarizer and a range of ND filters.

The filters are attached to the phone via a clip holder as it is often used with add-on lenses. The actual filter ring is then screwed onto the holder. Filters are stackable and according to the makers compatible with iPhone 4 and newer, including the dual-camera iPhone 7 Plus. They also work with Android phones, such as the Samsung S8 and S7 models, the Google Pixel or the LG G6. However, looking at the design there is no obvious reason why the clip would not work with most other phones as well.

Sandmarc calls its polarizer Drama Filter. The kit includes a filter, clip mount and a filter case. The set of ND filters has been christened Scape Filters. Apart from clip and case it includes 2-stop, 3-stop and 4-stop ND-filters. A pledge of $25 currently secures you the Drama Filter. For the Scape Filters you’ll have to invest $49. Delivery is planned for August 2017. More information including sample shots is available on the Sandmarc Kickstarter page.



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