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A 500 Hour Exposure To Capture The First Galaxies

Wed September 26, 2012

Imagine taking a picture of a scene that required a long exposure that strayed into hours, say 50 days (or a total exposure of 2 million seconds). Fortunately, it was not one long exposure but more than 2,000 images taken over the course of 10 years, staring at the same tiny patch of southern sky. The eXtreme Deep Field (XDF) contains about 5,500 galaxies with the faintest galaxies at about one ten-billionth the brightness of what the human eye can see.

“The XDF is the deepest image of the sky ever obtained and reveals the faintest and most distant galaxies ever seen. XDF allows us to explore further back in time than ever before”

Read the article at: NASA.

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Thomas The Tank Engine [Well, Stanley] Goes Into Space

Wed September 26, 2012

The Thomas the Tank Engine set of toys are expensive but brings joy to children — and are supposed to come with a lifetime warranty. Well, at least they are here [or used to] in Canada. If any one of the trains, tracks or other play objects break, just send it back for a free replacement.

Now, we are not sure if sending Stanley into space voids that warranty. Notwithstanding, Thomas, Percy, Gordon, Henry, James, Edward, Toby, Emily,… and friends on Sir Topham Hatt’s railway must all be very proud of Stanley [Quick Price Check]

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Samsung UK Calling All David Baileys: A Free (Well, On Loan) NX1000 Is Waiting For You

Wed September 26, 2012

Unlike Olympus which, in its PEN Campaign, gave away free cameras, Samsung is only loaning a NX1000 to all 20 selected UK residents named David Bailey.

Between 1 September 2012 and 31 December 2012 the Promoter shall be running a promotional campaign relating to the Samsung NX1000 model camera. Part of the campaign will involve individuals called David Bailey, some of whom will be selected as part of this Competition, taking photographs on Samsung NX1000 model cameras and uploading the same to a dedicated Samsung Facebook page for the opportunity to receive gifts from Samsung (the “Campaign”).

Why “David Bailey?” He just happens to be an incredibly talented and famous British photographer, and Samsung’s campaign plays on the name: “All David Baileys can take great photos with the right [read, Samsung] camera.”

The Competition is open from 14 September 2012 until 12 Midday (UK Time) on 27 September 2012. So, tomorrow is your last day to enter.

The prize? Why, a loaned Samsung NX1000!???!!!

Visit the Samsung UK “We are David Bailey“site.

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Fujifilm Announces Interchangeable Lens Camera X-E1 Wins the “photokina STAR 2012” Award

Mon September 24, 2012

Premium interchangeable lens camera FUJIFILM X-E1 wins “photokina STAR 2012” Award

Fujifilm X-E1

Fujifilm X-E1

Mississauga, ON, September 24, 2012– FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is proud to announce the second  X series interchangeable lens camera FUJIFILM X-E1 has won the “photokina STAR 2012” award sponsored by PHOTO PRESSE and “digit!” magazines traditionally awarded at Photokina. The photokina STAR award honors products and concepts that stand out for their innovative nature and their trendsetting technologies.

Following hot on the heels of the highly acclaimed FUJIFILM X-Pro1, the X-E1 boasts the same 16 megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS Sensor with top-class OLED electronic viewfinder, a smaller body with built-in flash and the same X mount for the FUJINON XF lens series.

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Panasonic FZ200 Review @ Photoxels

Mon September 24, 2012
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200

Just Posted! Panasonic FZ200 Review

The Panasonic FZ200 is a powerful super zoom with a bright maximum F2.8 aperture throughout the zoom range. It has 24x optical zoom [25-600mm equiv.], a very effective optical image stabilization, and all the manual shooting modes you’d want. Find out if it’s the ideal camera for you.

Read more in our Panasonic FZ200 Review

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Sponsored Video: [GALAXY Note 10.1] Art and design with Tristan Eaton

Sun September 23, 2012

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What happened exceeded our wildest expectations, as Tristan didn’t just use it as yet another tool in his arsenal. He threw a party on the roof of his Los Angeles studio to show off the capabilities of the Note 10.1 to his friends. We were there as a fly on the wall.

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Leica Twists and Turns Towards Medium-Format With Leica S

Sat September 22, 2012

Great interview by Barnaby Britton of DPReview of Stephan Schulz, head of Professional Imaging at Leica. Leica views its entry/re-entry into the medium-format category as a prestige thing:

The biggest risk Leica has ever taken [that] refreshes the image of Leica, to make cameras that are really used by professionals. This is what we need, and this is not only a system, it’s a statement for the brand. […] Leica can do something beyond everything else on the market. It’s a brand statement — our flagship.

Earlier on, Schulz took a stab at those [amateur and professional photographers alike] questioning the need for medium-format: “This question comes only from people who have no experience of medium format at all.

Schulz clains the S [“the most advanced system“] holds roughly 20% of the medium-format market behind Hasselblad and PhaseOne but that Leica’s aim “is to become market leader.

As camera manufacturers increasingly shift their focus to mirrorless, Leica might find that this goal is attainable quicker that they anticipate. Should Leica pour its meager resources into a “brand statement?” It might do well to reconsider that the long line that were snaking toward its booth may well mean that it is focusing on an alphabet too far: the long line twisted and turned not for the S, but for the M.

Read the interview at: DPReview.


Popular Science Announces, R.I.P. DSLR

Fri September 21, 2012

Popular Science claims that the DSLR “has left the building,” (so to speak) as they report from Photokina 2012. The obvious choice for an aspiring photographer, they say, is not the DSLR anymore, but one of the many mirrorless cameras on the market.

Just getting into photography? Great! When you’re looking for a camera, keep on walking past those DSLRs–as of now, their moment is over.


DSLRs have serious weaknesses for the entry-level photographer, and suddenly there are options without those weaknesses.

Photokina this year has been, in large part, about making tiny, easy-to-use cameras with startlingly good image quality. Here’s what you should buy instead of a bulky, difficult DSLR.

It’s a bold call to make as we witness DSLRs reaching the zenith of their capabilities with affordable Full Frame DSLRs and integrated HD video.

Read the article at: popsci.


Hasselblad Announces Its First Mirrorless Camera, the Lunar

Wed September 19, 2012

Hasselblad must be feeling like that lonely astronaut floating in outer space today. Its surprise announcement of its first mirrorless camera, the NEX-7 Lunar, was received with something akin to derision — not quite the welcome it anticipated. The Lunar is based on the Sony NEX-7 and looks like the camera has added a wooden handgrip and a couple of funky knobs.

Hasselblad Lunar

Hasselblad Lunar

Hasselblad also announced a “strategic partnership” with Sony, then backtracked to say that it’s only “buying components from Sony.” Notwithstanding, the Lunar will take its guts from Sony’s NEX-7 with an APS-C 24.3-megapixel sensor, Bionz processor, Tru-Finder OLED viewfinder, and 3.0-in. swivel display. The Sony NEX-7 is an award-winning mirrorless DSLR and its selection by famed medium format camera maker Hasselblad tells volume about the heights Sony has reached in terms of camera design and manufacturing.

According to Luca Alessandrini, Hasselblad’s new business development manager, you will want the Lunar because it is made of “carbon fiber, titanium, wood, leather and precious metals, including gold.” For all that glitter, be prepared to shell out €5000 (approx. US $6,500), starting price. The price goes up if you order a special handgrip and decide to add on jewels and precious metals. This is the aspect most people seem to be upset about the Lunar, not necessarily that it is based on the NEX-7, but the bling that does not add to making it a better camera. Many are calling for Hasselblad to return to its root as a great camera designer and manufacturer.

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Induro Announces New LFB75S Dual Range Hi-Hat TableTop Tripod Set

Tue September 18, 2012

Induro® Expands Dual Range Hi-Hat Tripod Series

New DR Hi-Hat TableTop tripod shown for the first time at Photokina 2012 in Cologne, Germany

North White Plains, NY – (September 18, 2012) – Induro (, makers of tripods, heads and accessories designed for demanding professional photographers and videographers, announces today the new LFB75S Dual Range (DR) Hi-Hat TableTop Tripod Set.

The DR Hi-Hat TableTop tripod concept was first shown at NAB 2012, where the Induro LFB100S DR Hi-Hat Tabletop Tripod Set received rave reviews. Just like its slightly bigger brother, the new LFB75S was designed with both photographers and videographers in mind. This unique support system provides a range of capabilities that makes this tripod compatible with the requirements of still cameras as well as video platforms. Supporting up to a 165 lb. load, the new DR Hi-Hat Tabletop Tripod Set consists of both a short Aluminum Alloy tripod with 75mm Bowl, and a 75mm Half Ball Adapter.

“We’ve innovated on traditional Hi-Hat’s that are cast iron. Standard products used in film and video production have been limited to a fixed position. We are pleased to now offer photographers and videographers the unique DR Hi-Hat family of amazingly compact, flexible and extremely strong support systems,” said Jan Lederman, President of Induro. “And with the availability of both 75mm and 100mm versions in the DR Hi-Hat line, there is a support product sure to satisfy a user’s range of requirements for still cameras and video platforms.”

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Tenba Announces New Larger Roadie II Video Bags for Bigger Cameras and Rigs

Tue September 18, 2012

This video presents “Tenba Roadie II Video Bags”:

  • Tenba Roadie II Video Bags provide highly-refined professional performance concealed beneath a subtle and distinctive exterior, and are built to impress without drawing unwanted attention when traveling”

Tenba Expands Roadie Video Bag Series

New larger Roadie II video bags accommodate bigger cameras and Rigs

North White Plains, NY – September 18, 2012 – Leading the way in carrying solutions for over 30 years, Tenba announces that it has expanded their popular Roadie II video bag series with two new larger sizes. The new Roadie Video Backpack and Roadie Shoulder Bag will be about 20 percent larger than the bags that were launched earlier this year. Both bags are designed to fit the latest digital camera / video systems, including DSLRs from Canon (5D Mark III, EOS-1D X) and Nikon (D4, D800), and larger gear from RED (Epic, Scarlet), Canon (C100/C300/C500) and Sony (FS100/FS700), along with a laptop and a full assortment of accessories.

The new larger sized bags include the same video-specific features as the existing Roadie Video bags, which are designed to meet the demands of image makers who switch between DSLR and full-size video camera systems. Features include monopod/shotgun mic pockets, quick-access audio compartments, padded integrated laptop storage, wide, unobstructed openings, oversized pockets for large batteries, hard drives and cables, and much more.

“After launching the first two Roadie Video Bags, we received many requests for larger sized bags that would fit bigger lenses, larger rigs and longer rails,” said Jan Lederman, President of MAC Group. “We worked with filmmakers to ensure the new bags would meet their specific size requirements.”

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The New Leica M

Mon September 17, 2012


The perfection of digital rangefinder technology

Solms, Germany (September 17, 2012) – Leica Camera presents a groundbreaking milestone in the nearly 60 year history of the Leica rangefinder system: The Leica M. Setting entirely new standards, the Leica M unites the ultimate in rangefinder precision with cutting edge digital technology. As the first camera to implement a newly designed CMOS image sensor and to feature additional focusing methods and functions such as Live View and Full HD video capability, it is the most versatile Leica rangefinder model ever. Remaining true to the legendary values of the M-System, the Leica M not only provides the advantages of rangefinder photography, but also for the first time, offers compatibility with Leica R legacy lenses. As with every innovation and development since the flagship line’s inception, the Leica M was created to capture fleeting moments of time and transform them into living history.

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