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MIT Engineers Created a 180° Fisheye Lens from a Single, Flat Piece of Glass

A team of engineers at MIT and the University of Massachusetts at Lowell have created something that, on the surface, seems impossible: they’ve designed a 180° fisheye lens from a single, 1mm-thin piece of calcium fluoride glass that is completely flat. The creation—which they claim is “the first flat fisheye lens to produce crisp, 180-degree …

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Facebook is Testing a ‘Rights Manager’ Tool to Fight Image Theft on Instagram

Facebook has announced an update to its ‘Rights Manager’ tool that will enable photographers to claim ownership over their most popular images, identify when those images have been used without permission, and issue takedown requests. The update was announced this morning, and while it’s not available to all creators just yet it sounds like a …

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Twitter’s Photo Cropping Algorithm Draws Heat for Possible Racial Bias

Back in January of 2018, Twitter introduced an auto-cropping AI that detects the most interesting part of your image and crops the ‘preview’ photo to match. This works with everything from airplane wings to people, but as one engineer showed this weekend, it may suffer from some inherent bias. Over the weekend, cryptographic engineer Tony …

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Analogue WonderBox is a Subscription Service for Trying 35mm Films

Analogue Wonderland has just announced Analogue WonderBox, a new subscription service that sends a curated set of 35mm films to analog photographers every month. “Every week we get questions from folk getting into film photography – either for the first time or returning after a couple of decades in the digital world – asking for …

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MasterClass is Giving College Students a 1-Year Pass Worth $180 for Just $1

Heads up! If you’re a college student, MasterClass is offering to give you a full year of access to its high-quality courses (including in photography) for just $1. The subscription is ordinarily valued at $180 and this deal is only being offered today (Thursday, September 17th). MasterClass features online courses on a wide range of …

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Sony Exiting Brazil: All Camera Sales and Manufacturing to End in 2021

Sony has announced that it is planning to cease all manufacturing and sales of cameras (and other electronics) in Brazil by mid-2021. The change applies to all of the company’s consumer electronics divisions, although technical support will reportedly continue. The official announcement, which was sent to retailers on Monday, contains two dismaying pieces of news. …

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Tamron Extends Closure of Two Key Factories Due to Decreased Demand

Tamron Japan has issued a statement explaining that it will be extending the closure of two key factories through the end of 2020 because “the global market has not yet recovered” from the financial impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, and demand is still depressed. “Tamron Co., Ltd. took some measures to close its factories in …

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