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januari 8th, 2007

Zoom lenses for cellphones to fuel the citizen paparazzi trend?

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Mobile Brando's zoom lens and example photos. Photos: Mobile BrandoHong Kong-based Mobile Brando has developed a tele lens for Sony Ericsson cellphones, writes Norwegian tech site It also works with Nokia cellphones by changing the back piece to one with a lens mount. The lens is equipped with a 6x zoom, handles wide angle footage, and will cost around 19 dollars.

The main use is that you can take better pictures, getting closer to that building, flower or sight. But this development also opens up for new possibilities for ”citizen paparazzi”, ordinary people taking pictures of for instance celebrities without them noticing it.

This is of course already occuring, but not everyone walks around with a digital camera with zoom. Almost everyone has a cellphone though, and with these cheap zoom lenses, chances are that more people will be able to take close shots of celebs, or others who do not wish to appear in the media/online.

(via e24)

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januari 8th, 2007

Johan Jernemalm – Aftonbladet's "citizen photographer of the year"

Posted by Lotta Holmstrom

Aftonbladet articleFrom the thousands of citizen photographers sending their photos to Aftonbladet in 2006, eight finalists were selected. The readers got to decide which one of them were to be named Citizen photographer of the year. The winner is Johan Jernemalm, a 38-year-old who happened to witness a robbery at Stockholm department store NK. He heard gun-shots and quickly got out his pocket camera only to see the robbers trying to escape on a motorbike.
”It felt unreal and looked a bit funny at first, two men running with security guards at their heels”, Jernemalm told Aftonbladet. He didn’t realize it was a real robbery, but thought it was a movie shoot.
The photos turned out good enough and a very happy Johan Jernemalm received the money, around 10 000 dollars, from Aftonbladet yesterday.
”And I’m not even good at taking pictures!”, Jernemalm said.

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