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Lensbaby Announces New LM-20 & LM-30


Last year I wrote about Lensbaby’s new LM-10, an interesting new product that allowed you to get that classic Lensbaby look right from your phone. Well, based on the success of the LM-10, Lensbaby is back with two new additions to the LM series: the LM-20 and LM-30.

LM-20 Sweet Spot Lens produces a large sweet spot of focus surrounded by gradually increasing blur. The LM-30 creates a sharp, clear circular image surrounded by repeated reflected images. Combined with the LM-10, these three lenses offer the ability to get really creative with your mobile phone photography in ways that were not possible before.

The new LM-20 and LM-30 will be available as part of the upcoming ‘Creative Kit’, which will also include a new kickstand and iPhone mount, and will be available for $89. You can learn more about the LM-20 and LM-30 over on the B&H product page here.

Bullet Time With your Phone(s)?

It may be cliche and overused, but there is no denying that the unique look produced with the bullet time effect can be pretty amazing. If you wanted to create the effect, most commonly you would need an expensive rig and hundreds of DSLRs, and even with cheap base models, things get expensive.

But that may soon change. Now a new app allows for the bullet time effect to be created with a bunch of phones. It’s called CamSwarm, and it’s being developed by Yan Wang, a Columbia University researcher. The app allows you and a group of friends to connect your phones and get the awesome bullet time effect. It only takes a few minutes to get setup.

You can read more about the app and the technology behind it over on the MIT Technology Review, here.

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