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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.

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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.

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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.

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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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