People who've been following our "Forgotten Camera" series on Photoborg.org have no doubt noticed how many vintage medium-format folders have turned up there. Unexpectedly, Fujifilm announced a new modern folding camera at last winter's PMA. Here's the state of the rumor mill (all this is as yet only variably and partially confirmed):
- It's a joint project between Fujifilm and Cosina;
- The camera was shown as a mockup at PMA, when Fuji had not decided whether to go ahead with the project, but as a greenlighted prototype at Photokina;
- Rumor has it that Fuji has been surprised at the high level of interest, especially from pros;
- The camera will be marketed as a Fujifilm in Japan, with a Fujinon lens, and probably the designation GF670, but as a Voigtländer in the rest of the world, where it will probably be called the Bessa III 667;
- Lens is an 80mm ƒ/3.5 (for all you film virgins, 80mm is normal on 6x6 and slightly wide on 6x7);
- Although the Voigtländer's lens will be called a Heliar, it isn't one—it's a 6-element, 4-group double-Gauss type;
- Adaptable/switchable between 6x7 and 6x6cm;
- Aperture-priority AE and manual, with 2-stop exposure compensation in 1/3rd stops;
- CR2 lithium battery;
- Could be officially announced soon, and might ship by the end of this year; and
- Price could be as low as the $1,200–$1,500 range...which would be nice.
Photo: Amateur Photographer
Someone sent us what looked like a press release for this, but the assistant lost the email. (Damned assistant. If we ever get a replacement, he's sacked.)
And speaking of "level of interest..."
...When you go to the B&H Camera website's Canon 5D Mark II page and click "Notify me when in stock," you get the following pop-up: "Due to unprecedented consumer interest we are unable to add any additional correspondents to this list. Thank you for your understanding." Quoth David Bram, from whom we got this tidbit: "Yikes."
Speaking of the 5D Mark II, in case you missed it, we heard from Vincent Laforet, whose test video made with the camera we dissed the other day. He was a good sport, and pinpointed our objection to the video by saying that it was made in the style of a "cologne commercial." So we take back what we said: it's not his video we disliked, so much as it is cologne commercial style in general. Vincent's comment is now featured below the original posting.
"The thought-provoking London tee-shirt is an example of the edgy take many Europeans have on Globalization." Travel writer Rick Steves, from his blog.
(Sales benefit Aaron Johnson's "What the Duck.")
...And and far as shirts are concerned, here in Wisconsin, we're feeling confused. Life's not easy after you get jilted. Who do you root for when your hometown hero is playing for somebody else's home town? We were kinda hoping he'd get homesick, but six touchdowns last weekend...guess not.
On the other hand, New York taketh away, but New York giveth—we're celebrating our baseball team's first appearance in the playoffs since 1982, when we lost the World Series to St. Louis. They struggled mightily to blow it, but, fortunately for them, the gang they were up against for the wild card spot were the famously foldable Mets, who are even better at blowing it. The contest to see who could stay out of the postseason went to the very last day of the season, when the Brewers won a cliffhanger behind CC Sabathia and the Mets obliged by losing. Game 1 of our playoffs is today, in Philly.
Liquid Lenses Promise Picture-Perfect Phone Cam Photos: Rensselaer Polytech researchers develop a new autofocus lens...made of water. They sure are doing some interesting things in optics these days. I wonder if cell phones are going to be driving optical research in the next half-century? I wonder if they are now?
'But I swear, Sir, I got those pictures off the camera first!'
A 28-year-old deliveryman who lives with his mother in Hemel Hempstead, England, returned from an American vacation and downloaded the pictures from his camera, a used digicam he had just bought off Ebay for £17. His vacation pictures were there, but so were photographs of high-tech weaponry, and documents, fingerprints, and academic records pertaining to multiple terrorism suspects, including Abdul al-Hadi al-Iraqi, a notorious fanatical Kurd who had been captured by the CIA in 2007.
The innocent vacationer went to the police, who at first ignored him. Before long, however, his home was swarmed by Special Branch agents, who confiscated the startled citizen's computer and the offending Nikon Coolpix, compensating him handsomely but forbidding him to talk to the media or anyone else about what he might have seen.
Seems the previous owner of the camera is—for the time being, anyway—a spy with Britain's MI6 espionage agency.
Just in case you thought you were in hot water with your boss.
Mike (Thanks to David Emerick, M.M., Dwight Jones, and Albano Garcia)
Featured Comment by Dayv: "That anti-globalisation T-shirt is a reproduction of a piece by famed graffiti artist Banksy. He doesn't actually make T-shirts of his work, but other people often do, usually without his permission. The 'shop' on his website is amusing, containing the following text: 'Everything in the shop is free, simply download the file and process the artwork.'"
Featured Comment by John Camp: "Banksy is not especially sophisticated in his politics—like most artists—but he may be one of the most creative artists working right now. This particular image's message is too confused to mean much, but some of them are not only right on target; they use the environment and all kinds of other things as part of the art. Not only that, his primary interest seems to be something other than money. His book Wall and Piece has got to be one of the best-selling art books of our time, if not the best."