In photography, bokeh is the blur or the aesthetic quality of the blur, in out-of-focus areas of an image, or “the way the lens renders out-of-focus points of light.” Here is a compilation of pictures of this genre. Enjoy!


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It’s been quite a day for all you cinephiles out there. First Canon outed its pair of Cinema EOS cameras, and now RED has finally released the Epic’s baby sister Scarlet. Scarlet packs a similar punch as her older brother, so she takes 5K (5120 x 2700) resolution stills at 12fps, or can shoot your next cinematic masterpiece in 4K (4096 x 2160) at 25fps. The Scarlet also can use all of the Epic’s accessories and comes with a Canon mount so there’s plenty of glass to choose from, too. Best of all, Scarlet can be all yours for the low price of $9,750. That’s right, for the price of a used Honda Civic, you can shoot video that essentially looks as good as those made by pros like Peter Jackson and John Shwartzman (assuming you’ve got their moviemaking skills).


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Stick a piece of gaffer tape over the unmistakable X, and Canon’s latest EOS-1D pro-level camera will look virtually identical to every 1D model that came before it. But once you flip up the power slider, this new king of the jungle will hum like no other. Canon’s phenomenally powerful EOS-1D X really sounds like the DSLR to rule them all. Its 18 megapixel full-frame sensor uses oversized pixels to battle noise and is supported by a pair of Digic 5+ imaging processors, which also help drive a 61-point high density reticular AF system, a top ISO setting of 204,000 (51,200 native), a 252-zone metering system, a 14 fps JPEG (or 12 fps RAW) burst mode and a built-in wired gigabit LAN connection, for remote shooting and image transfer. The camera’s curious single-letter name represents a trio of industry milestones: the X is the 10th generation Canon professional SLR (dating back to the F1 in the 1970s), it’s a crossover model, filling in for both the 1D Mark IV and 1Ds Mark III (which has been discontinued), and, well, it sounds to be pretty darn “Xtreme.”


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HDR. Splendid.

Magnificent and stunning HDR compilation for the mid-October festivities.


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Canon shot glass lens set

If you are the sort that is really into photography and happens to think lenses sitting around your home or office is the perfect sort of décor, you need these shot glasses. When it comes time to get your drink on you can take these shot glasses and gulp down your favourite adult beverage and you can use them for other things too. The glasses look just like tiny Canon DSLR lenses. Specifically the shot glass is made to look like a tiny version of the Canon EF 24-105mm lens and is made from ceramic. The set includes three shot glasses so you can drink up with your pals. The three cup set will set you back $18. Each of the cups is a standard 1.5-ounce bar shot size.


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Photojojo has unveiled its new iPhone SLR Mount for the iPhone 4. The new mount consists of an aluminum case, an SLR lens adapter, and a UV filter; the case offers open access to all ports and controls, and also features two loopholes for attaching a camera strap. By connecting a traditional SLR lens, the mount promises to offer users a wide variety of effects and features based on the type of lens used. Photojojo’s iPhone SLR Mount for the iPhone 4 is available now for either Canon or Nikon lenses and sells for $249. Android users drool with envy…


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You know when you read that you should use a tripod to get the sharpest possible photographs, especially in low light, and you’re all like “Whatever,” and “I have steady hands, dude.”

Well, take a look at this video, which shows just how much you SLR can shake, even when it is on a tripod. Preston Scott at Camera Technica secured a laser pointer to the hotshoe of his Canon 7D and made this video to show you just how wobbly things can get.


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A Russian white-hat security firm, Elcomsoft, has found that Nikon’s system of determining whether an image from one of their cameras has been tampered with is vulnerable to circumvention. Images carry an encrypted signing key, which is overwritten as soon as they are edited; the presence or absence of this key can be checked for later.

Elcomsoft, however, claims to have demonstrated that the key can be re-written, and therefore fake images be made “authentic” according to Nikon’s tools. They have informed Nikon of the problem, but have received no response… so up it goes on the internet. The actual method isn’t disclosed, but a few sample photos (obviously doctored) are provided that should pass the Nikon authentication system. The same company found a few months ago that Canon’s system to the same effect can also be compromised. What’s the take-away here? Well, for legal and professional purposes, making sure an image is “real” just got a bit more difficult — if you assume there are people out there who know the method Elcomsoft is describing.


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Okii Follow FocusThis $400 knob proves that the DSLR really is the movie camera for today’s new filmmakers – the Oscar (or Emmy anyways) nominees. The Okii Systems USB Follow Focus allows you to control the focus of a Canon DSLR via a mini-USB connection.
Canon’s cameras can be controlled by hooking them up to computers, too, but the Okii knob is arguably more practical on-set, especially as one big point of using an DSLR to shoot video is its small size.

The USB Follow Focus uses the autofocus motor in Canon USM lenses to control focus, even while recording video. This focus control also works in any Live View modes, which can be useful for photography. The nine other switches located around the central focus knob can be used to access important camera functions, such as recording start/stop, digital zoom, engaging autofocus, saving focus points, and adjusting certain camera settings.


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Canon has exhibited the prototype of a new super-telephoto zoom lens, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x at the CP+ event held in Pacifico Yokahome from February 9 -12, 2001.

The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM EXTENDER 1.4x will be developed as an L-series super-telephoto lens with an integrated 1.4x extender and high-performance Image Stabilizer technology. The new lens will offer exceptional flexibility by incorporating a built-in 1.4x extender that increases the maximum focal length to 560mm for sports and wildlife photography. High-quality images with high levels of resolution and contrast will be possible through the use of advanced optical materials such as fluorite crystal. The new lens will also include dust- and water-resistant construction designed for extended usage under harsh conditions.


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50mm f/1.2 L

First video (hand-held) shot with Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens

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Here are some shots showing off the softness of this beautiful lens and the incredibly large aperture enabling it to produce astonishing night shots! These pictures are straight from the camera – absolutely no photoshop!

 

 


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