NEW TECHNOLOGIES, PHOTOGRAPHY TECHNIQUES AND CREATIVE APPLICATIONS
OBJECTS OF DESIRE
Technology specialist DaN Havlik selects his favorite products and gadgets for august.
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Nikon Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 Fisheye
There are lenses and there are lenses and then there is the colossal Nikkor 6mm f/2.8 Fisheye. This Moby
Dick-size lens, which offers such a panoramic perspective it can actually see behind the front element, was
first unveiled at the Photokina trade show in Cologne, Germany, back in 1970. Only a few hundred were ever
manufactured and finding one for sale is extremely rare.
That’s why it caused such a stir last spring when Nikon retailer Grays of Westminster in London put one
up for sale for 100,000 British pounds (about $160,000). The lens eventually sold for that asking price to a
This monster fisheye weighs 11. 5 pounds and makes the SLR attached to it look like a tiny point-and-shoot.
The lens comes with an equally impressive, padded hard-shell case.
Though it’s designed for scientific and industrial usage, we can think of a few landscapes and buildings
we’d love to shoot with it. It’s unlikely we’ll ever get the chance, considering the astronomical cost and lack of
availability. Still, there’s no harm in dreaming.
Saatchi Gallery Hasselblad T-Shirts Hasselblad owners are a devoted lot and now they have a way to show off their love of these classic cameras thanks to a trio of new T-shirts designed by illustrator Yukio Miyamoto. Each of Miyamoto’s shirts comes emblazoned with stylish, vectored rawings of famous Hasselblad film cameras. The shirts, which are offered in white, gray and off-white “apple” versions, also have illustrations of the Swedish cameras on the back and shoulders. Even if you’re not a Hassy shooter, these chic shirts, with their jumbo-size camera drawings, would look pretty snazzy under a fitted suit jacket or a sleek blazer as you stroll the aisles of PhotoPlus Expo 2012. Just saying. The shirts are available in small, medium and large from the Saatchi Gallery in England (you can also order online) for 40 British pounds, or about $63.