Modern-day Petzval

Fancy adding an old-worldly look to your DSLR images? Lo-fi photography masters Lomography have been busy measuring, crafting and testing a 2013 reboot of one of the first and greatest portrait lenses of all time — the 1840 Petzval lens. Immensely popular thanks to its ability to render high-contrast images with a tack-sharp centre and swirling, out-of-focus bokeh, the original 175-year-old Petzval is still highly coveted by those who continue to practise the art of wet-plate and large-format film photography. The new Lomography version looks set to bring all of these characteristics to your Canon or Nikon DSLR, and will boast a desirable maximum aperture off/2.2, with the lens employing the Waterhouse stop system, allowing you to change apertures by way of small diaphragms that are quickly inserted into the lens’s construction. The good news is that the lens looks set to go into production, with the project smashing through its $100,000 Kickstarter target within a few days of launch, reaching just over $880,000 at last count! There’s no word yet as to whether the lens will be going on general sale, but if you pledge US$440 towards the Kickstarter campaign before 24 August, you’ll receive one of the initial production batches, due to land in February 2014.

Wi-Fi wizard

The buzzword in photography of late has been connectivity, and while more and more new camera models are arriving with built-in Wi-Fi, those of us using slightly older models needn’t feel left in the dark, thanks to the arrival of third-party gadgets such as the new Weye Feye. The oddly named Weye Feye connects to compatible cameras and transmits a Wi-Fi signal reaching up to 80m, allowing for remote control and remote LiveView from your Android or iOS mobile device. The Weye Feye boasts a 0.2-second latency time, the quickest on the market, and is also promising remote setting control, allowing you to adjust the majority of the camera’s settings without laying a finger on the camera. Available in late September and costing £199, we can’t wait to get our hands on one and see if it lives up to the hype!

Canon sales figures

Canon has released official sales figures for April-June 2013, indicating a 19% drop in camera sales compared to the same period last year. A 26% drop in sales of compact cameras accounted for the majority of this downturn, with sales of interchangeable lens cameras down just 4%. An accompanying report puts the dip in figures down to «the market slowdown and the increasing popularity of smartphones». It’s not all bad news, however, the report also goes on to celebrate a growth in worldwide sales of the EOS 5D Mk III and EOS 6D and a good take-up in sales of the EOS 700D in Japan. Canon’s projections for the rest of the year predict a further slowdown of camera sales in China and Europe, and a focus on profitability, but aims to end the year with interchangeable lens camera sales up 10% and compact camera sales down 24% year-on-year.

Fabulously French

Portrait pro and regular contributor Brett Harkness has announced an addition to his workshop calendar. This three-day course takes place between 7-9 October and sees eight lucky participants travel to a tranquil French chateau to learn on- and off-camera flash, make the most of ambient light and master portraiture on location. Full-board accommodation is included, along with good food, wine and the company of fellow photographers. The workshop costs £1,475, excluding flights. Book fast, spaces are limited!

Adam Burton joins D2D

Landscape photography workshop organiser Dawn 2 Dusk has announced the addition of Digital SLR Photography contributor Adam Burton to its line-up of workshop leaders. Adam joins fellow Digital SLR Photography pro Ross Hoddinottand Mark Bauer in leading workshops at stunning UK locations, such as the Lake District and the Brecon Beacons. While all of the 2013 workshops are sold out, the addition of Adam will see increased availability in 2014. If you fancy learning from the best, book quickly as spaces fill up fast.

Strutt your stuff!

Ifyou’regoing to walk the Great Wall of China you want good company and a worthy cause — celebrity photographer Alan Strutt has both boxes checked! Along with celebrity acquaintance DeniseVan Outen, Alan plans to walk the Great Wall in September to raise money for the Royal Marsden Cancer Charity. If the cause alone wasn’t a good enough reason to donate, as an extra incentive for Digital SLR Photography readers, Alan is offering the chance to win either a photoshoot for yourself, or the chance to assist him on a celebrity shoot!

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