Friday, September 29, 2006

From the Cover of the Rolling Stone, to the Cover of the Newsweek

Photographer Annie Leibovitz is the cover story in this week's Newsweek magazine.

The story coincides with Leibovitz's publishing her new book "A Photographer's Life:
1990-2005." An exhibition of the same name, with more than 200 photographs, is being mounted at the Brooklyn Museum.

Interestingly, Leibovitz notes in the story that she still shoots film for her personal work, but recently switched to digital for her celebrity portrait and advertising work.

She told the magazine:

I still shoot black & white 35mm for my personal work. But three months ago I delved into the digital revolution for my assignment work. It turns out that I love it.

Another one seduced by the almighty pixel.

Monday, September 18, 2006

No, It's Not a Blimp. It's the World's Longest Telephoto Lens.

And it's from Zeiss.

The lens, an Apo Sonnar T* f4, 1700mm telephoto, was commissioned by a private client, whom Zeiss will not identify. Judging by the Arabic writing on the side of the lens, it was probably a wealthy Middle Eastern client. The lens is rumored to cost in the six figures and weighs 542 pounds!

According to Zeiss:

Never before has the world of photography seen such a lens. Developed for long distance wildlife photography this supertele lens provides 21x magnification. In search of the highest imaginable image quality the client decided for 6x6 medium format and the Hasselblad 203 FE as the best camera he is aware of.

The company said building the lens required new ways of controlling a lens, including "servo-controlled aiming and focusing."