Sony recently announced the HXR-NX5R Full HD Pro Camcorder which offers upgraded network functions – such as built-in Wi-Fi and FTP wireless connections – and a choice of advanced XAVC-S 50Mbps or established AVCHD/DV recording formats to help users meet diverse workflows and client requirements.
The following video presents HXR-NX5R Introduction: “A classic is reborn in the form of Sony’s new HXR-NX5R, offering enhanced features like Wi-Fi® file transfer, OLED viewfinder and an MI Shoe, it’s the ideal tool for documentaries and corporate assignments, weddings & events, nature, sports and journalist newsgathering.
See how the camera works alongside Sony’s RM-30BP multi-function remote commander and affordable MCX-500 all-in-one switcher system.“
Sony Upgrades its NXCAM Line with HXR-NX5R Multi-purpose Full HD Pro Camcorder
Count Los Angeles photographer Laura Izumikawa lucky, for her baby girl Joey Marie Choi sleeps so deeply that Laura has the luxury of playing dress-up with Joey during her naps. The result is adorably hilarious, all documented on her Instagram page, our Featured Site for August.
Most people are familiar with the famous color photo on the right of the Earth appearing to rise above the surface of the Moon, taken by the crew of Apollo 8 in December of 1968–the first crew to photograph the Earth from deep space.
However, the very first image of Earth from the Moon was not taken by a human wielding a camera. It was actually the B&W photo you see above that was taken two years earlier on August 23, 1966 by the unmanned Lunar Orbiter 1 while on its 16th lunar orbit on a mission to photograph the Moon’s surface to aid in the selection of safe landing sites.
Lunar Orbiter 1 and four subsequent Lunar Orbiters photographed 99% of the Moon with a resolution of 60 m or better.
The Lunar Orbiters had an ingenious imaging system, which consisted of a dual-lens camera, a film processing unit, a readout scanner, and a film handling apparatus. Both lenses, a 610-mm narrow angle high-resolution (HR) lens and an 80-mm wide-angle medium resolution (MR) lens, placed their frame exposures on a single roll of 70 mm film. The axes of the two cameras were coincident so the area imaged in the HR frames were centered within the MR frame areas. The film was moved during exposure to compensate for the spacecraft velocity, which was estimated by an electric-optical sensor. The film was then processed, scanned, and the images transmitted back to Earth. NASA
The photographs transmitted back from the Lunar Orbiters were saved onto analog tapes and eventually placed in storage in Maryland. They stayed there until they were transferred to JPL in the 1980’s and Nancy Evans and Mark Nelson from Caltech began a project to obtain surplus FR-900 tape drives. They refurbished them and used them to digitize the lunar images from the analog data on the tapes. Unfortunately, due to lack of funding, they were unable to complete the project. Attempts to raise private funds also failed, and so the drives sat in a barn in Sun Valley, CA for the next several decades. In 2007, Nancy Evans tried to find someone to take the drives. Dennis Wingo of SkyCorp, Inc. heard about this and contacted Keith Cowing from SpaceRef Interactive, Inc., and they brought the drives and tapes up to the NASA Ames Research Center.
Using refurbished machinery and modern digital technology, NASA engineers were able to digitize the images at a much higher resolution than they were originally taken. These images may one day help the next generation of explorers if NASA were to once again return to the moon.
To view the image and for more information about the Lunar Orbiter Image Recovery Project, visit:
It’s used in the Ford F-150, the unibody case of the MacBook Pro is made of a single block of it, and the Leica SL is also machined from a solid block of it. What is it? Aluminum.
Aluminum played its part in revolutionizing manufacturing. Engineers could now design and build engines, airplanes, home appliances, laptops, smartphones and even cameras that are both tough and yet relatively light–all thanks to aluminum’s light weight, structural strength and thermal characteristics.
There is an unmistakable feel of ultimate quality about a product made from a solid block of aluminum. We feel it when we pick up a MacBook Pro, iPhone or the Leica SL. Rumors have it that the iPhone may replace its aluminum chassis with an all-glass one. Though that may look cool at first, the toughness factor may be lost and there is the risk that people will be wary of dropping and shattering their all-glass iPhone–as though that does not happen often enough already with Apple products.
I hope more camera manufacturers consider aluminum in their design and manufacturing. Can you not already see a full-featured beautiful compact retro rangefinder-styled mirrorless made of aluminum–but without the hefty price of a Leica–becoming the next icon product featured in all movies and documentaries?
Er Shun (female) and Da Mao (male) arrived from China in March 2013 and will continue to call the Toronto Zoo home until 2018, when they will move to Calgary for 5 years. The two pandas were borrowed from China at an annual rent of $1,000,000 per pair and it is paid towards the welfare of species.
Last year, Er Shun gave birth to two baby pandas, Jia Yueyue (female) and Jia Panpan (male), so there’re lots of cute action going on. The giant pandas are immediately discernible with their black and white markings, and spend their days eating a lot of bamboo and sleeping. Or, do they? Find out for yourself by watching the free livestream cam daily from 9:00am to 6:30pm.
If the live cam is not working (too many people online), you can watch selected YouTube videos.
The following video presents Emerging Photography Markets in Portraits, PR, and Media with Charles & Jennifer Maring at WPPI 2015: “Frederick Van Johnson of This Week in Photo is joined by Photographers Charles and Jennifer Maring to discuss emerging trends in the professional photography market, and how photographers can use PR, marketing and social media to maximize business opportunities at Wedding & Portrait Photographers International 2015 in Las Vegas USA. LEARN MORE FROM THE LUMIX LOUNGE. http://bit.ly/lumixlounge2#LumixLounge”
The Art of Success in Wedding Photography
by Panasonic Luminary: Charles Maring
Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM (MDT)
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The following video presents Panasonic LUMIX Dual Image Stabilization Technology – How it Works:
“Select Panasonic LUMIX G series cameras offer in body 4 and 5 axis image stabilization that works in combination with LUMIX G 2-axis optically stabilized lenses to achieve hand held stability like never before.
Check out these Cameras:
LUMIX GX8 with 4 axis In body stabilization http://shop.panasonic.com/dual-is
LUMIX GX85 with 5 axis in body stabilization even works in 4K video mode
More about in body image stabilization http://shop.panasonic.com/dual-is ”
The following video presents FUJIFILM X-A3 Promotional Video / FUJIFILM: “The X-A3, has been designed with the younger generation in mind and is perfectly suited to taking “self portraits.” It joins the X Series of mirrorless cameras that offer outstanding image quality with the company’s proprietary color reproduction technology. To enable easy self-portraits, the X-A3 features an LCD screen that is not blocked by the camera when tilted by 180 degrees, thus helping to maintain 100% visibility. Other features such as Eye Detection AF are designed to improve self-portrait shooting even further, and the new Portrait Enhancer mode includes the option to brighten the skin-tone. The camera can shoot approx. 410 frames per charge, and, when fitted with the supplied lens “XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OIS II,” it can focus on a subject at a distance of approx. 7cm from the front edge of the lens for class leading macro capability in its class“
Fujifilm today announced the new X-A3, a compact mirrorless camera with a large, 180 degree tilting touch LCD, eleven film simulations and ten advanced filters, all in a retro, classic design.
The new FUJIFILM X-A3 Kit (with Fujifilm lens XC16-50mmF3.5-5.6 OIS II) will be available in October 2016 in the U.S. for USD $599.95, and in Canada for CAD $749.99. It will be available in Silver, Brown, and Pink.
FUJIFILM X-A3, brown: Image Courtesy of Fujifilm
FUJIFILM BRINGS EASY SELFIES AND ENDLESS FUN WITH THE NEW X-A3 MIRRORLESS CAMERA
X-A3 gives users excellent image quality, easy controls, and numerous film
simulations to make unique pictures
Valhalla, N.Y., August 25, 2016 – As a leader in advanced digital camera technology and outstanding image quality, FUJIFILM North America Corporation today announced the new FUJIFILM X-A3, a compact mirrorless camera with a large, 180 degree tilting touch LCD, eleven film simulations and ten advanced filters, all in a retro, classic design.
FUJIFILM X-A3, brown
The X-A3 features a newly-developed 24.2MP APS-C sensor that produces crisp images in a wide range of shooting conditions, and excels in naturally reproducing skin tones, textures and colors.
Updated Design with Enhanced Textures and Touchscreen
FUJIFILM X-A3, top view
The FUJIFILM X-A3 features a retro design that will appeal to a younger generation and gives a fresh impression of sophisticated photography. The top cover, front plate and top dials are made of aluminum. The newly-developed faux leather has significantly enhanced the overall texture. The LCD on the rear uses a touchscreen that offers “Touch AF,” “Touch Shoot” and “Touch Zoom,” for easy pinch-out finger gestures to zoom in and out.
Fujifilm today announces the compact, lightweight, weather and dust-resistant wide-angle lens Fujinon XF23mmF2 R WR which is an addition to the X Series lenses. The new lens will initially be available in Black only.
The FUJINON XF23mmF2 R WR will be available in September 2016 for:
FUJIFILM ANNOUNCES THE NEW FUJINON XF23mmF2 R WR
Compact, lightweight and stylish XF23mmF2 R WR expands high-performance X Series lenses
Valhalla, N.Y., August 25, 2016 – FUJIFILM Corporation has announced the new FUJINON XF23mmF2 R WR, a compact, weather and dust-resistant wide-angle lens weighing just 180g. The new lens joins the lineup of X Series digital camera lenses known for their outstanding image quality. The XF23mmF2 R WR has a highly versatile focal length (35mm in 35mm format equivalent), covering a range of subjects from snapshots to landscapes and portraits. Its compact, lightweight design and high-speed autofocus (AF) capability allow users to enjoy taking pictures quickly and easily.
The XF23mmF2 R WR gives users advanced image resolution, capable of drawing out the full performance of the proprietary Fujifilm X-TRANS CMOS sensor. It has a similar size and design to the existing XF35mmF2, adding to a stylish collection of compact lenses. The inner-focusAF system uses a stepping motor to drive lightweight focusing elements for silent and fast autofocus. When combined with the phase detection AF system of the FUJIFILM X-Pro2 and X-T2, the lens can focus in an astonishing 0.05 seconds.
Fujinon XF23mmF2 R WR with X-T2
The metal exterior gives users a feeling of premium quality and robustness, and the aperture ring and focus ring have been designed with just the right amount of clicking and torque for optimum feedback and operability. The lens is weather and dust resistant and operates at temperatures as low as 14°F / -10°C, making it an ideal choice for outdoor photography.