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2014 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize Long List Includes 23 Artists

Fri April 18, 2014

This is an update to the previous blog, Vote on the Finalists for the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize: Beginning on August 13, 2014.

  • A group of 13 curators, artists and scholars, themselves international experts in photography, have each nominated two artists for the Prize — one from their home countries or regions of expertise and one internationally.

The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize long list includes the following 23 artists in photography:


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FUJIFILM Canada: TCL-X100 is a New Tele-Conversion Lens for FUJIFILM X100 and X100S Cameras

Wed April 16, 2014
Fujifilm TCL-X100 Tele-Conversion Lenses in silver and black

Fujifilm TCL-X100 Tele-Conversion Lenses in silver and black

FUJIFILM Canada today announced the new TCL-X100, a tele-conversion lens designed specifically for the award-winning FUJIFILM X100 and FUJIFILM X100S cameras.

  • The lens attaches directly onto the camera, and increases picture taking versatility by multiplying the fixed focal length by approx. 1.4x, converting it from 23mm (35mm in 35mm equivalent) to a 33mm fixed focal length (50mm in 35mm equivalent).

The TCL-X100 will be available in May 2014 in silver and black for $349.99.

PRESS RELEASE

Fujifilm Launches New Tele-Conversion Lens for the X100\X100S

TCL-X100 multiplies fixed focal length by 1.4x magnification for
33mm fixed focal length experience

Mississauga, ON, April 16, 2014 – FUJIFILM Canada, a leader in advanced digital camera technology and outstanding image resolution, today announced the new TCL-X100, a tele-conversion lens designed specifically for the award-winning FUJIFILM X100 and FUJIFILM X100S cameras. The lens attaches directly onto the camera and increases picture taking versatility by multiplying the fixed focal length by approximately 1.4x, converting it from 23mm (35mm in 35mm equivalent) to a 33mm fixed focal length (50mm in 35mm equivalent).

The new conversion lens offers Fujifilm’s extraordinary optical quality and delivers high image resolution, even at the F2.0 wide open aperture setting, while using a special HT-EBC multi-layer coating to minimize ghosting and flare, and retaining all the original optical characteristics of the X100 and X100S.


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Toronto Star Photo Contest: Send in your picture for the Toronto Star Amateur Photographer of the Year $4K Prize

Wed April 16, 2014

Canadian amateur photographers of all experience levels (entrants must be the age of majority in their province of residence) can now vie for the Toronto Star Amateur Photographer of the Year prize which consists of $4,000 cash and equipment. Categories include Feature, Travel, Portrait, Black and White, Lifestyle, Sports, Nature, Open, and Colour.

Creativity is the buzz word for this contest. The deadline for entries is June 8, 2014. Shortlisted photographers will be announced June 13, while winners will be featured online at thestar.com June 27 and in the June 28 print edition of the Star.

Read carefully the rules, including what and how much digital retouching is permitted, as well as the ownership/use rights from the contest sponsors:

Entrants may make reasonable use of digital darkroom type techniques which enhance quality but do not distort the photograph. Only minor burning, dodging and/or colour correction is acceptable, as is cropping. High dynamic range images (HDR) and stitches panorama are NOT acceptable. Any changes to the original Photograph not itemized here are unacceptable and will render the Photograph ineligible for a prize – the open and colour categories are exempt from this rule.

Ownership/Use Rights: Entrants retain the copyright to their photographs. However, by entering the contest, you hereby grant the Sponsors a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to print, publish, use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of your Contest entry, and display your full name and photograph in connection with your Contest entry, in any media formats and through any media channels.

To submit your entry, go to www.thestar.com/photographyawards

 

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Ricoh’s PENTAX 645Z: medium-format DSLR camera with 51.4 megapixels

Tue April 15, 2014

PENTAX 645Z

A medium-format digital SLR camera featuring a new CMOS image sensor, approximately 51.4 effective megapixels and live-view shooting, for the highest level of creativity and visual expression

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX 645Z medium-format digital SLR cameras. This new model features a newly designed, large CMOS image sensor with approximately 51.4 effective megapixels to deliver super-high-resolution images, while assuring the outstanding operability and exceptional reliability that can satisfy the exacting demands of professional photographers.

The PENTAX 645Z was developed based on the PENTAX 645D, which was launched in 2010. While retaining the time-proven weather-resistant, dustproof construction, it incorporates a newly developed image sensor and imaging engine to enhance image quality and reliability. It also boasts approximately 51.4 effective megapixels to produce super-high-resolution images with true-to-life sense of depth. It has much-improved basic specifications, such as: burst shooting at approximately three images per second; a tiltable, high-resolution LCD monitor; a state-of-the-art AF system with a live-view function; a high-precision exposure control system; and a more durable, dependable shutter unit. It also provides much faster response to the photographer’s commands under all types of shooting conditions. The result is the top level of operability and maneuverability required in demanding professional work. It even features full HD movie recording capability and smartphone accessibility via Wi-Fi transmission to add new possibilities and enhance flexibility in creative photography.


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MIT Museum exhibit features 100 early photographic portraits

Mon April 14, 2014

Travel all the way back to the 1840s and 1850s, when the very first photographic portraits were made, produced on mirrorlike pieces of silver-plated copper. 100 of these “daguerreotypes” are presented at the MIT Museum’s Kurtz Gallery for Photography in “Daguerre’s American Legacy: Photographic Portraits (1840-1900) from the Wm. B. Becker Collection.”

You can view photographs of “abolitionists and slaves, firemen and flirts with fans, brick-makers and literary women, cross-dressers, and chicken-pluckers.”

Read the article at: mit

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Sigma: New Large Aperture 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Lens is an Addition to Sigma’s New Art Line of Lenses

Fri April 11, 2014
Sigma Art Line: 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Lens with Hood

Sigma Art Line: 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Lens with Hood

Photographers, spruce up your kit this spring with Sigma’s new 50mm F1.4 DG HSM from the Sigma Art line.

  • Incorporating the same advanced optical technology as the award winning 35mm F1.4 DG HSM lens, this large aperture lens will offer photographers superb image quality in a classic 50mm focal length.

The suggested retail price of Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM lens is $1049.95 and available in June for Sigma (A50DGHAS), Canon (A50DGHC) and Nikon (A50DGHN). The Sony A50DGHS is yet to be announced.

For additional information, please visit the Sigma brand page.

NEWS RELEASE

SIGMA DELIVERS UNCOMPROMISED PERFORMANCE WITH NEW, LARGE APERTURE 50MM F1.4 DG HSM LENS

TORONTO, ON., April 11, 2014 – Gentec International, the exclusive Canadian distributor of Sigma lenses, announces the addition of the updated 50mm F1.4 DG HSM to Sigma’s new Art line of lenses. Incorporating the same advanced optical technology as Sigma’s award-winning 35mm F1.4 DG HSM lens, this high-performance, large aperture lens offers superb image quality in a classic 50mm focal length.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Art line lenses provide the highest level of artistic expression
Sigma is organizing its interchangeable lenses into three product lines: Art, Contemporary, and Sports. The Art line has been designed with an emphasis on artistic expression to meet the expectations of users who value a creative, dramatic outcome above compactness and multifunction. Offering sophisticated optical performance for landscapes, portraits, still-life, close-up and casual snaps, these lenses are perfect for the kind of photography that unleashes the inner artist. While ideal for studio photography, they offer just as much expressive scope when capturing architecture, starry skies, underwater shots, and many other scenes.

High-performance design, high-quality images
Incorporating the latest technology, this lens thoroughly corrects aberration and achieves the highest image quality, even near the edge of the image.


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Nikon Canada: Nikon Releases AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR Lens

Thu April 10, 2014

NIKKOR AFS_DX_18_300_3.5_6.3G

Nikon Canada today announced the latest addition to its NIKKOR lineup, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR telephoto zoom lens. Designed for DX-format photographers, the NIKKOR 18-300mm is a versatile, compact, and lightweight 16.7x all-in-one telephoto zoom lens that helps users capture content with vibrant colours and sharp details.

Some of the key features of the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR include the following:

  • Weighs 550g (more than 30% lighter than the acclaimed AF-S DX NIKKOR
    18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens)
  • Boasts 16.7x ultra high-ratio zoom range
  • Offers a focal range from wide-angle 18mm to super-telephoto 300 mm (27mm to 450mm equivalent in FX/35mm format)
  • Contains 16 optical elements in 12 groups and includes three Aspherical and three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements
  • Includes a seven rounded-blade diaphragm
  • Built with a Silent Wave Motor (SWM)

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Get Close to the Action with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR Lens, a Versatile, Compact and Lightweight Telephoto Zoom Lens

Incorporating proven NIKKOR lens technology, the 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR telephoto zoom lens helps users capture fast action and faraway fun

Mississauga, ON, April 10, 2014 – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the latest addition to its legendary NIKKOR lineup, the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR telephoto zoom lens. Designed for DX-format photographers looking to get more out of their DSLR cameras, the versatile NIKKOR 18-300mm is a compact and lightweight 16.7X all-in-one telephoto zoom lens that delivers high performance and superior image quality. Whether shooting still images or HD videos, the 18-300mm lens is built to help users capture content with vibrant colours and sharp details so they can photograph sports, vacations and wildlife with confidence.

“With the addition of the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR to the NIKKOR lens line-up, DX-format photographers have a travel-friendly all-in-one telephoto zoom that can handle any photo or video challenge,” said Gregory Flasch, National Advertising and Communications Manager at Nikon Canada. “The 18-300mm lens enables DX-format photographers to capture sharp images and videos with incredible detail. Additionally, the lens incorporates renowned NIKKOR optics and technology like a Silent Wave Motor (SWM), three Aspherical and three Extra-low Dispersion glass elements, and innovative features like Vibration Reduction image stabilization.”

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Nikon Canada: New COOLPIX S810C Has 12x Optical Zoom, Wi-Fi® & Android™ for Access to Apps

Thu April 10, 2014

Nikon Canada today announced the release of the Nikon COOLPIX S810c, a compact camera that combines Nikon’s powerful camera imaging technologies with the vast capabilities of the Android operating system to help users to never again settle for sharing a sub-par smartphone photo to their social networks. Some of the key features of the COOLPIX S810c include the following:

  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system
  • Built-in Wi-Fi capabilities
  • Ability to access myriad apps including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, among others
  • Ability to surf the Web, read emails, browse through friends’ photos and videos, and navigate with maps
  • Built-in GPs technology
  • 16.0-megapixel backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor
  • 3.7-inch touch-screen LCD monitor with 1.2 million-dot resolution
  • Ability to capture Full HD 1080p videos
  • 12x optical zoom NIKKOR lens (with 24x Dynamic Fine Zoom)
  • ISO range up to 3200
  • Lens Shift Vibration Reduction (VR) technology

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No Filter Needed: Nikon COOLPIX S810C with Android™ Operating System Provides a Seamless Way to Shoot and Share Stunning Images

Next-generation full-featured social camera helps users step up their photo sharing with vibrant images and instant access to favourite apps

Mississauga, ON, April 10, 2014 – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the COOLPIX S810C, which combines Nikon’s powerful camera imaging technologies with the vast capabilities of the AndroidTM operating system (OS). Whether photographing friends dancing into the night or fast-action sports, the 16.0-megapixel COOLPIX S810C helps users to never again settle for sharing a sub-par smartphone photo to their social networks.

“The COOLPIX S810C combines the best parts of a Nikon camera and the limitless possibilities of the Android operating system so users can seamlessly integrate their digital lives with their creative passions,” said Gregory Flasch, National Advertising and Communications Manager at Nikon Canada. “S810C users will be able to stay connected and share everyday moments with ease through Full HD video and amazing stills.”
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Nanowires May Yet Revolutionize Image Sensors

Wed April 9, 2014

Researchers from Harvard University are working on an image sensor made with silicon nanowires of different radii which absorb specific wavelengths (colors) of light. No intervening filters are needed since each nanowire captures light of a specific color. Since no light is absorbed, the higher absorption efficiency allows for higher pixel densities and higher resolution.

In principle, the device could absorb all incoming light and convert it directly into photocurrent. In contrast, filter-based devices absorb approximately half of the incoming light before it reaches the image sensor. The greater efficiency would then pave the way for cameras with higher resolutions.

Read more at: physorg.

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