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SAVI Camera uses a Synthetic Aperture to capture Telephoto Shots without a Telephoto Lens

Telephoto lenses are expensive. Now imagine that you can capture images from a distance without using a telephoto lens.

This is what the wizards (engineers) at Rice and Northwestern universities have done with the SAVI Camera which uses a single laser beam, multiple images (moving the camera for each shot), techniques borrowed from holography, microscopy and bullet time, and sophisticated software to capture detailed images from a distance.

SAVI — which stands for “Synthetic Apertures for long-range, subdiffraction-limited Visible Imaging” — doesn’t need a long lens to take a picture of a faraway object. It fires a laser at a spot and captures the “speckle” pattern with a camera sensor. Raw data from dozens of camera positions is fed to a computer program that interprets it and constructs a high-resolution image.

Though the current prototype works only with coherent illumination sources such as lasers, the engineers have set their long range sight toward developing a SAVI camera that uses visible light.

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Burtynsky Grant for Canadian Artists Who are in the Advanced Stages of Developing a Photobook: Enter Your Submission before May 15, 2017

This is an update to the previous blog, Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2017 in Toronto: “Focus on Canada,” May 1 to 31 .

“Renowned Canadian photographer Edward Burtynsky and the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival are accepting submissions for the 2017 Burtynsky Grant—a $5,000 annual grant to support a Canadian artist in the creation of a photobook. Burtynsky generously donated his 2016 Governor General’s Award in Visual and Media Arts of $25,000 to create the grant and foster the careers of Canadian artists. (more…)

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Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival 2017 in Toronto: “Focus on Canada,” May 1 to 31

To celebrate the 150th anniversary of Canada’s confederation, the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival focuses on Canada through a series of exhibitions, public installations and events. Some exhibitions and happenings have FREE admissions.

  • Primary Exhibitions: Major shows in museums and galleries across Toronto highlight the Festival’s focus on Canada.
  • Public Installations: Site-specific projects in urban spaces throughout Toronto and billboards in eight cities across Canada
  • Featured Exhibitions: Selected shows in galleries within the city present a spectrum of photo-based works.
  • Open Exhibitions: Gathered from a call for participation, diverse venues showcase photography across the GTA.

CONTACT is the largest photography event in the world, and a premiere cultural experience in Canada, with over 1500 artists in 200 exhibitions and happenings throughout the month in the Greater Toronto Area. Founded in 1997, CONTACT is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to celebrating and fostering the art and profession of photography.

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Enjoy! / Amusez vous bien!


Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival – Focus on Canada


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ROM’s “The Family Camera” exhibition examines the connection between migration and family photography: May 6 to October 29, 2017

The Family Camera is an original Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) exhibition that looks at family photographs through the lens of immigration. With nearly every photograph featured in this exhibition coming from a Canadian home, The Family Camera sheds light on how family photos reflect and shape our sense of self, family, community, and nation.

The Family Camera is divided into several sections:

  • Cameras for the Family features a timeline of cameras made for the amateur photographer, from early box cameras preloaded with film and costing only one dollar to digital cameras and cellphones that have made taking and sharing digital photographs increasingly easy.
  • State of Family considers the ways state policy determines which photos can be taken, who gets recognized as a family, and therefore what a family photograph looks like.
  • Snapshots Don’t Grow Up presents conventional ways of photographing children, such as birthdays or Christmas, that camera advertisements encouraged, showing parents how to compose “Kodak moments”.
  • On the Move explores family photographs in a world of increasing mobility and includes a wall of photographs taken at Niagara Falls over the last hundred years.
  • Missing Chapters (only at The Art Gallery of Mississauga) examines family photographs that are lost, abandoned, don’t survive, or don’t exist — and invites visitors to contribute stories of “missing chapters” in their own family archives.

The Family Camera is presented in partnership with the Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM):

  • ROM – from May 6 to October 29, 2017
  • AGM – from May 4 to August 27, 2017

The Family Camera is one of the primary exhibitions of the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.


ROM presents The Family Camera In Celebration of Canada 150

A primary exhibition in the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

TORONTO, April 28, 2017 – The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is pleased to announce the opening of The Family Camera, an original ROM exhibition that explores how family photographs reflect and shape our experiences of migration and our sense of identity. On display from Saturday, May 6, to Monday, October 29, 2017, in the Museum’s Roloff Beny Gallery, the exhibition is part of the ROM’s Canada 150 year-long celebration. The Family Camera is one of the primary exhibitions of the 2017 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival.

“The Family Camera exhibition uses a visual lens to bring personal, everyday stories of the Canadian experience into focus, making this exhibition a fitting way to celebrate our 150th year,” says Josh Basseches, ROM Director & CEO. “This exhibition highlights the ROM’s vital role as a place of discovery and new research, where the public is engaged as active participants in the museum experience.”

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Lenses Zeiss

ZEISS CP.3 XD Cine Compact Prime Lenses Have ZEISS eXtended Data, the Metadata Technology, to Enable Correction of Distortion & Shading: Low-Budget Productions Can Employ Hollywood-Style Visual Effects

The following video presents ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 and CP.3 XD lenses:
Tailored for today’s cinema and beyond.

Zeiss recently announced the CP.3 XD Cine Lens Family has equipped its new ZEISS CP.3 XD compact lens family with ZEISS eXtended Data.

  • The Zeiss CP.3 XD Cine lens family consists of ten prime lenses between 15 and 135 millimeters covering full-frame.
Zeiss CP.3 XD Cine

Zeiss CP.3 XD Cine

  • ZEISS eXtended Data:
    • A unique technology that provides information about the lens’ distortion and shading characteristics in real time to speed-up the workflow on set and in post-production
    • Lens settings are digitally captured on every frame, avoiding the need to manually record the lens settings for every shot
    • Documentation of the lens’ characteristics enhances creativity by allowing more complex shots to be handled in post-production
  • The maximum speed of the seven focal lengths between 25 and 135 millimeters is T2.1, the 15, 18 and 21 millimeter lenses have a speed of T2.9.
  • With a front diameter of 95 millimeters, the lenses are light-weight and compact.
  • They are well-suited for hand-held filming or shooting with gimbals, Steadicam or drones.
  • Manual focus is now noticeably smoother. It is comparable with the ZEISS Master Primes and can also be operated with a small motor.
  • The focus rotation angle is 300°.
  • The lenses are equipped with an interchangeable mount so that they can be used on almost any camera.

Also available, ZEISS CP.3 is the version without metadata.

Zeiss CP.3 18mm/T2.9

Zeiss CP.3 18mm/T2.9

  • Zeiss CP.3 lenses have advanced lens coatings, painted lens rims and special light traps within the barrel to eliminate unwelcome veiling glare and flares. “The result is higher contrast, richer blacks and more saturated colors.”
Zeiss CP.3 50mm/T2.1

Zeiss CP.3 50mm/T2.1

Ranging from 15 mm to 135 mm, the ten focal lengths available in the ZEISS Compact Prime CP.3 or CP.3 XD series cover all applications from wide-angle to telephoto.

  • Initially, a limited number of ZEISS CP.3 XD and CP.3 lenses will be available at dealers.



New ZEISS CP.3 XD Cine Lens Family: “Hollywood Technology for Everyone”

The ten compact prime lenses provide metadata and enable the correction of distortion and shading. For the first time, even low-budget productions can employ visual effects.

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 24/04/2017.

No matter if it is Star Wars, Harry Potter or Avatar: these days, just about every film features special effects. For many small film productions, having visual effects in their movie would be a dream come true. Unfortunately, making the image fit the look of the footage has required expensive tools – until now. At the NAB Show in Las Vegas, ZEISS presented new metadata technology that makes this possible: the company has equipped its new ZEISS CP.3 XD compact lens family with ZEISS eXtended Data.

ZEISS eXtended Data supports and enhances /i-Technology


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Cameras Hasselblad

Hasselblad X1D-50c Mirrorless Camera Won the Prestigious TIPA Awards 2017 “Best Design”

The following video presents Hitting the slopes with Hasselblad X1D:
“From stunning landscapes to thrashing snowboards on the slopes, Hasselblad Ambassador Gian Paul Lozza got a chance to try the X1D in the harshest of environments; the mountains of Japan in sub-zero temperatures.”

The Hasselblad X1D-50c camera has been awarded “Best Design” by TIPA Awards 2017 (Technical Image Press Association).


At less than half the weight of previous medium format digital cameras, the mirrorless X1D-50c camera is ergonomic and compact with a stylish, classic design. Smaller than most full frame DSLRs, it offers impressive user controls and functionality along with a 50MP sensor for image capturing power. Atop the camera is a simplified control dial that includes three user-defined setups for customized control setups. The user can opt to view through the 2.4MP EVF when lighting conditions are challenging or the large, bright and high-resolution, 3-inch rear LCD that offers live view and touch control that can access most of the camera’s functions, as well as playback functions such as swipe and “pinch” zoom.


Hasselblad Wins TIPA Awards 2017 for Best Design

Hasselblad is proud to announce that the X1D-50c has been awarded “Best Design” by TIPA Awards 2017 (Technical Image Press Association). (more…)

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DJI-M600/Ronin-MX/Hasselblad H6D-100c Platform is the World’s First 100-Megapixel Integrated Aerial Photography Platform: DJI M600 Pro Drone + Ronin-MX Gimbal + Hasselblad H6D-100c Camera

The first 100-megapixel integrated drone imaging platform consists of DJI M600 Pro drone, Ronin-MX gimbal and Hasselblad H6D-100c camera.



DJI And Hasselblad Introduce World’s First 100-Megapixel Integrated Aerial Photography Platform

DJI M600 Pro Drone, Ronin-MX Gimbal And Hasselblad H6D-100c Camera Combine For Unparalleled Aerial Imaging Package

DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, and Hasselblad, the leader in high-quality professional medium format cameras, Tuesday marked the start of the next era of aerial photography by introducing the first 100-megapixel integrated drone imaging platform.

Ronin-MX Gimbal and Hasselblad H6D-100c Camera combine below DJI-M600 Pro Drone

Ronin MX Gimbal and Hasselblad H6D-100c Camera combine below the DJI M600 Pro Drone

The DJI M600 Pro drone, the Ronin-MX gimbal and the Hasselblad H6D-100c camera combine each company’s unparalleled technological expertise to create an unprecedented tool for precise, detailed and accurate aerial imaging. Professional drone users can continuously control camera operations in flight using the DJI GO app, in order to provide rich imagery for landscape and fine-art photography, robust data for surveying and mapmaking, and endless possibilities for future professional endeavors.

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Contests Lenses Sigma

SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art Won the Prestigious “BEST DSLR WIDE ANGLE ZOOM LENS” TIPA Awards 2017, and Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art Won the “BEST DSLR PRIME LENS” TIPA Awards 2017

The following video presents SIGMA 12-24 F4 DG HSM Art:

Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art

Sigma 12-24mm F4 DG HSM Art

Sigma announced that the ultra-wide-angle zoom lens “SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art” and the lens for portraits and more “SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art” have won TIPA Awards 2017.

Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art

Sigma 85mm F1.4 DG HSM Art



SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art and SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art receive TIPA Awards 2017.

The SIGMA Corporation is pleased to announce that the ultra-wide-angle zoom lens “SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art” and the ultimate lens for portraits and more “SIGMA 85mm F1.4 DG HSM | Art” have won TIPA Awards 2017.

1. SIGMA 12-24mm F4 DG HSM | Art

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