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Sigma SD1 To Be Available In June For $9,700

Fri May 20, 2011

PRESS RELEASE

May 20, 2011

Sigma Corporation of America to ship SD1 camera in early June

46-megapixel DSLR creates new market for medium-format photographers

Ronkonkoma, NY, May 20, 2011Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, is pleased to announce that its flagship DSLR, the Sigma SD1, will be available for purchase for the MSRP of $9,700 in early June.

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SIGMA SD1 REVIEWS
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2012-02-13 Sigma SD1 ePHOTOzine
2011-12-06 Sigma SD1 PhotographyBLOG
2011-07-17 Sigma SD1 Luminous Landscape
2011-05-23 Sigma SD1 DPReview
2011-05-20 Sigma SD1 Press Release
2010-09-20 Sigma SD1 Press Release

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Contests

Leica Invites You To Play With Danny MacAskill and Win A Leica

Fri May 20, 2011

Danny MacAskill Plays capetown, Part 2 from leica camera on Vimeo.

Hmmm, clever little advertising ploy to engage viewers and fans — and presumably, to cement that relationship to the Leica brand.

According to Wikipedia: “Danny MacAskill, (born 23 December 1985) also known as ‘Danny MegaSkill’, is a Scottish street trials pro rider for Inspired Bicycles Ltd. He released ‘April 2009′, a five-and-a-half-minute street trials video, filmed by his flatmate Dave Sowerby, on YouTube on the 19th April 2009. The video quickly gained popular acclaim and widespread media attention. The video features stunts performed by MacAskill set to ‘The Funeral’ by Band of Horses.”

Fame via the Internet. Happens more and more often now. Danny MacAskill now appears on video commercials for major brands.

So, Leica is now featuring him in Cape Town and you get the chance to decide what stunt he does on his bike. Vote, and get a chance to win a new Leica camera.

Read more at: Leica Blog.


Now You Know

Behind The Lens Infographic

Fri May 20, 2011

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Infographics seem to be a quick and easy way to share survey information. As graphic visual representations of information, they present complex information quickly and clearly.

This one presents information collected from 20 photographers about their types of photography, camera choices, software choices, and… whether they still prefer digital or film. I believe 20 is too small a survey population to qualify to be on an infographic, which should capture general opinion about the whole population, statistically speaking, of photographers.

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Reviews on the Web

Sony H70 Review @ Imaging Resource

Thu May 19, 2011

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H70

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H70

The Sony H70 has a good-quality G-series lens, Sweep Panorama mode, and produces a good-quality image; it’s a natural choice as a travel camera.

We’ve added a new Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-H70 [QuickPrice Check] Review to our Reviews Matrix.

Imaging Resource has published their review of the Sony DSC-H70, a 16.1MP resolution (1/2.3-in. Super HAD CCD Sensor) ultra zoom digital camera with 10x wide-angle optical zoom (27-270mm equiv.), Optical SteadyShot™ Image Stabilization with Active Mode, 3.0-in. LCD (230k-dot), iAuto, Easy Shooting Mode, Sweep Panorama, Dynamic Range Optimizer, Smile Shutter Technology, Self-Portrait Timer, Natural Flash, Transfer Jet Technology, and HD 720p Movie 1280 x 720 @ 30fps.

You can read the Sony H70 Review at: Imaging Resource.

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2014-08-18 Sony α5100 Press Release

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Sony HX9V Review @ ePHOTOzine

Thu May 19, 2011

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX9V

The Sony Cybershot HX9v excels at everything it does.

We’ve added a new Sony DSC-HX9V Review to our Reviews Matrix.

ePHOTOzine has published their review of the Sony DSC-HX9V, a 16.2MP resolution (1/2.3-in. “Exmor R” CMOS Sensor) ultra zoom digital camera with 16x wide-angle optical zoom (26-416mm equiv.), GPS + Compass and Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, 3.0-in. LCD (921k-dot), iAuto, P, M, Easy Shooting, iSCN, in-camera High Dynamic Range (HDR), Intelligent Sweep Panorama, 3D still image and 3D Sweep Panorama, Dynamic Range Optimizer, Continuous Shooting 10fps (16.2MP full resolution), Background Defocus, Handheld Twilight Mode, Smile Shutter Technology, Anti-Motion Blur Mode, Anti-blink Function, and Full HD 1080/60p Movie.

You can read the Sony HX9V Review at: ePHOTOzine.

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SONY HX9V REVIEWS
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2011-08-04 Sony HX9V byThom
2011-08-01 Sony HX9V Camera Labs
2011-07-15 Sony HX9V Imaging Resource
2011-06-15 Sony HX9V PhotographyBLOG
2011-05-19 Sony HX9V ePHOTOzine

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Fujifilm F550EXR Review @ Trusted Reviews

Thu May 19, 2011

Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR

Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR

The FujiFilm F550 EXR is a well-built camera that delivers a fairly expansive feature-set at a competitive price [and] is certainly worth a look if you are in the market for a travel or advanced-level compact.

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Trusted Reviews has posted their review of the Fujifilm FinePix F550EXR, a 16MP resolution (1/2.0-in. BSI EXR CMOS) compact ultra zoom digital camera which allows you to optimize the image capture according to the scene: : High Resolution, Wide Dynamic Range 1600% and High Sensitivity & Low Noise. The F550EXR features sensor-shift image stabilization, a 15x wide-angle optical zoom (24-360mm equiv.), a 3.0-in. LCD (460k-dot), PASM, Motion Panorama 360, Film Simulation, High Speed Auto Focus, Continuous Shooting at 8fps, High Speed Movie at 320fps, Best Frame Capture Mode, built-in GPS, Dog / Cat Detection, and Full HD 1080p Movie 1920×1080 @ 30fps.

You can read the Fujifilm F550EXR Review at: Trusted Reviews.

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2011-07-11 Fujifilm F550EXR DCRP (dcresource)
2011-06-01 Fujifilm F550EXR ePHOTOzine
2011-05-19 Fujifilm F550EXR Trusted Reviews
2011-05-09 Fujifilm F550EXR PhotographyBLOG
2011-01-05 Fujifilm FinePix CES 2011 Press Release

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Articles

Using A Neutral Density Filter

Thu May 19, 2011


How to Use a Neutral Density Graduated Filter by 5minArts

Besides a tripod, a Graduated Neutral Density (ND) Filter is probably one of the most important accessory a landscape photographer can buy. Remember all those reviews you’ve read about blow-out skies? Well, a graduated (or variable) ND filter will quickly solve this problem.

A graduated ND filter help retain detail in both the sky and the land portion of your picture. If you measure the land portion, the sky typically gets blown-out, over-exposed, turns out white. If you measure for the sky, the latter turns out great but then the land portion is now underexposed.

Of course, you can do HDR photography: take 3 pictures, one of the sky, one of the shadows, and one average. Then, in software (or in-camera if available), merge these 3 exposures into one.

Or, by simply positioning your graduated ND filter so that the dark portion is at the top and the clear portion at the bottom, you can reduce the amount of light coming from the sky while not affecting the rest of the scene. Your photo is now exposed properly for both land and sky.

Graduated ND filters come at different strengths, typically 0.3, 0.6 and 0.9 ND. How do you know which one to use? Measure the sky by itself, then measure the ground. If you measure a 1-stop difference, use the 0.3 ND grad; a 2-stop difference, use the 0.6 ND grad; a 3-stop difference, use the 0.9 ND grad. Manually set your exposure to that of the ground.

Check out the Tiffen variable ND filters.

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Featured Site

At last! Find Best Spots For Photos

Thu May 19, 2011

Click for GPS coordinates

Click for GPS coordinates

” Where in the world was this picture taken?” Click on it to get the GPS coordinates and here for more details.

Well, wonder no more. Our Featured Site today is picaspot.com (“Pick A Spot”) where photographers worldwide can share their favorite spots for taking pictures and mark them with GPS coordinates and other pertinent information. Then readers get to vote on their favorite pictures.

It’s a great idea, especially when we see a great photo and have no idea where it was taken and from what position. Of course, this may unfortunately generate lots of great looking photos that look similar — and hopefully this will spur the search for new and original perspectives. Photographers visiting a new location might find the site invaluable.

Whether this site will be a success or not remains to be seen since any already popular photography sites such as Flickr can quickly incorporate this coordinates and search features (already there for the most part). Also, the number and quality of the pictures will determine its usefulness to photographers. It’s just starting out and the database is still sparse, so your best bet right now is to search by category.

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Articles

The Great Depression In Color

Thu May 19, 2011

Even though “recession” is a word that many of us may be familiar with, “great depression” (the financial kind) will not. It came after World War I when the economy seems to grow and grow — but it was one of those unfortunate economic bubbles — and then crash, leaving many poverty-stricken. Imagine the effects of a recession multiplied many times over and affecting almost all the population of a country.

As the country started to recover (yes, the economy goes in a cycle), the Farm Security Administration/Office of War Information sent about 12 photographers (including John Vachon, Jack Delano, Russell Lee, Marion Post Wolcott, John Collier and Arthur Rothstein) to document “Bound for Glory: America in Color.” The photographers were starting to experiment with color film in 1939 and shot on Eastman Kodak Co.’s Kodachrome film, first introduced in 1935.

The original goal of the government project was to record, through documentary photographs, the ravages of the Depression in America’s rural areas and was intended to spur Congress and the American public to support government relief efforts. With an improved economy, increased industrialization and the onset of World War II, the photographs increasingly focused on an America that was productive, beautiful and determined.

View the images at: dailymail.

Read and view more images at: Library of Congress.


Fun Stuff, Videos

Eyes Wide Open 3D

Thu May 19, 2011

Eyes Wide Open VERSION 3D Anaglyph from Damien STECK on Vimeo.

This video of the Ritz Carlton hotel of Dubai is best viewed with those red-blue 3D glasses.

Eyes Wide Open is a creative film for Bouygues Bâtiment International, made in a 3D active stereoscopic process and show the new Ritz Carlton hotel of Dubai. Shot with 2 Canon 5D mkII

Director / Damien STECK
Producer / Bouygues Bâtiment International
Executive producer / E-magineurs
Sound-designer / Hecq

www.damiensteck.fr
www.e-magineurs.com
www.hecq.de


Interviews, Videos

Samsung’s Vision for Compact System Camera

Wed May 18, 2011


From SamsungImaging

It seems like camera companies are starting to rally over what to call the compact mirrorless DSLR, digital interchangeable lens, EVIL and what-not digital camera: the CSC, short for Compact System Camera. Not bad.

In this interview, Samsung product managers discuss their plan and vision for the NX Series, especially the lenses.

You can also read the interview at: Samsung Imaging.

There is also a picture of some early prototypes with retro rangefinder and 120 roll film box looks (the square/medium format was popular with pro photographers for the large negatives). The latter is especially interesting, if any of you still remembers square roll film. There is something about a square format that does not require the photographer to decide whether to take a landscape or portrait perspective. It’s more challenging to compose for a square format (without cropping) — but so much more enriching. Consider that in a landscape or portrait perspective, you are throwing away a lot of the image that the camera can actually capture. Will Samsung bring back the square format? I doubt it, but the fact that they seemed to have considered it is interesting.


Videos

A Giant of a Homemade Camera

Wed May 18, 2011

Darren’s Great Big Camera from SULTAN on Vimeo.

This giant homemade bellows camera shoots 14 × 36 inch negative X-Ray film.
It took Darren Samuelson approximately 6 months to build it. The bellows extend about 6 feet with a wide-angle lens. As the video attests to, this is no point-and-shoot model.

Learn more about the building of the camera and the wonderful pictures it takes at: darrensgreatbigcamera.com.
darrensamuelson.com

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