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First image of Earth from the Moon

Earthrise. Image credit: Apollo 8, NASA

Earthrise. Image credit: Apollo 8, NASA

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:

http://www.nasa.gov/topics/moonmars/features/LOIRP

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http://www.moonviews.com

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The Material That Changed The World

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?

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Watch Live Toronto Zoo Giant Panda Cam

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.

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Panasonic: Wedding Photo Workshop at No Cost in South Salt Lake, UT, USA on August 27, 2016

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

FREE Admission

Saturday, August 27, 2016 from 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM (MDT)

Inkley’s Photographic – 2121 State Street, South Salt Lake, UT 84115, United States – View Map

Eventbrite Sign up Here http://bit.ly/ca_1

This event is a FREE wedding photo workshop.

Join Lumix Luminary Team member Charles Maring at the Inkley’s Camera store in Salt Lake City for a seminar / workshop on Wedding Photography. Sponsored by Panasonic LUMIX.

“From weddings, portraits, and events for celebrity clients ….. Charles is on the move using cutting edge technology to bring stories and content to life.”

For more info and to register for this FREE workshop, please register at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/success-in-wedding-photography-by-panasonic-luminarycharles-maring-tickets-26486865929 .

Enjoy!


Panasonic LUMIX GX8 and GX85

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
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Cameras Fujifilm

Fujifilm X-A3 Compact Mirrorless Camera: 24M APS-C Sensor, 180° Tilting LCD & Portrait Enahancer for Selfie, Touch Screen Operation, Built-In Wi-Fi and Pop-Up Flash

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 X-A3, brown: Image Courtesy of Fujifilm

PRESS RELEASE

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

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

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 X-A3, brown: Touchscreen

FUJIFILM X-A3, brown: Touchscreen

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Fujifilm: FUJINON XF23mmF2 R WR, Compact Wide-Angle Lens: Fast & Silent AF 0.05 Seconds, Lightweight (180g), Dust & Weather-Resistant for Temperatures as Low as 14°F / -10°C

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:

  • USD $449.95;
  • CAD $549.99.

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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

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.

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Cameras Canon

Canon: Full Frame EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Features 30.4MP, 4K Video & Dual Pixel CMOS AF for Video; L-Series Lenses EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Ultra-Wide Zoom and EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Standard Zoom

The following video presents Official Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Introduction:
Get to Know the EOS 5D Mark IV Camera. Discover all the features that make the EOS 5D Mark IV camera a worthy successor to the EOS 5D legacy, and an all-around performer designed to meet the photographic expectations in virtually every field.

The Full frame Canon EOS 5D Mark IV features a 30-MP Dual Pixel AF sensor, 4K 30P video, Continuous Shooting at 7fps, built-in Wi-Fi and NFC connectivity, built-in GPS, Touch LCD, and ISO range 100–32,000, expandable up to 50–102,400.

The 4K Motion JPEG video (DCI cinema-type 4096 x 2160) is at 30p or 24p and allows in-camera still frame grab of 4K 8.8-MP images. Multiple video options include Full HD up to 60p, and HD up to 120p.

The following video presents Introducing the Video Features of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV:
Join Canon U.S.A.’s Technical Advisor Brent Ramsey as he goes into a deep dive of the video functions of the EOS 5D Mark IV camera. Brent goes into features such as the frame rates on the camera, Slo-mo, touchscreen with Dial Pixel AF, 4K still frame grab functionality, built in time lapse movies, HDR movie shooting, and much more.

The Dual Pixel CMOS AF allows for responsive and smooth AF during video and stills Live View shooting.

The following video presents Introducing the Still Features of the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV:
Join Canon U.S.A.’s Technical Advisor Rudy Winston as he goes into a deep dive of the still functions of the EOS 5D Mark IV camera. Rudy discusses features such as dual pixel AF, cropping modes, diffraction correction, Digital Lens Optimizer and much more.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR will be available in early September 2016 for an estimated retail price of USD $3,499.00 / CAD $4,499.99 for the body only††. It will also be sold as part of body-and-lens kits with the EF24-70mm f/4L lens (USD $4,399.00 / CAD $5,699.99, scheduled to be available early September)†† and the EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM lens (USD $4,599.00 / CAD $5,949.99, scheduled to be available late October)††.

Also, the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L III USM Ultra-Wide Zoom Lens is scheduled to be available late in October for an estimated retail price of USD $2,199.00†† / CAD $2,849.99†† and the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM  Standard Zoom Lens is scheduled to be available in late October for an estimated retail price of USD $1,099.00†† / CAD $1,449.99††

The following silent video presents Canon EOS 5D Mark IV HDR:
“Watch footage showing how using HDR Movie settings compares to scenes where HDR is not used when shooting with the EOS 5D Mark IV.”

PRESS RELEASE

It’s Finally Here: Canon U.S.A. Announces The Highly Anticipated EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR Camera And New L-Series Lenses

Developed for Professional Wedding, Portrait, and Nature/Wildlife Photographers as well as Filmmakers, the EOS 5D Mark IV Delivers Excellent Image Quality and 4K Video Recording

MELVILLE, N.Y., August 25, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce the EOS 5D Mark IV DSLR camera, the next generation of the popular and versatile 5D series of Canon professional DSLR cameras. Building on this legendary legacy, the EOS 5D Mark IV propels the series forward with a fusion of features and enhancements targeted to please even the most discerning creative eyes. The camera’s 30.4 megapixel 35mm Full Frame Canon CMOS sensor offers stunning image quality while the DIGIC 6+ Image Processor delivers 4K 30P video and up to and seven frames per second (fps) continuous shooting. To make video shooting even easier, the camera also features Canon’s propriety Dual Pixel CMOS AF, even when shooting 4K to help ensure sharp focus and subject tracking.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV

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Canon: SD Card-Sized Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1 for EOS 7D Mark II Allows Remote Control and Easy Images & Video Transfer Via Smartphone/Tablet

Canon has announced the Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1 which, when placed in the camera’s SD card slot, provides the EOS 7D Mark II with Wi-Fi capabilities for easy transfer of images and MP4 videos. It also allows use of the Canon Camera Connect App for remote capture of still images via a compatible smartphone or tablet. The W-E1 will support 802.11 b, g and n using the 2.4 GHz band. The W-E1 will be sold with the EOS 7D Mark II body as a kit or sold separately.

The W-E1 can also be used with the EOS 5DS and 5DS R, but the functionality will be limited to the transfer of still images only.

The Wi-Fi Adapter W-E1 will be available in early September 2016 for an estimated retail price of USD $50.00. / CAD $50.00.  A firmware update to enable compatibility with the W-E1 for previously purchased cameras is currently scheduled to be available in early September 2016 for the EOS 7D Mark II camera and November 2016 for the EOS 5DS and 5DS R cameras.

The new Canon EOS 7D Mark II Lens Kit is scheduled to be available in:

  • the USA: in October 2016 for an estimated retail price of USD $2,449.00*, with the body-only version also currently scheduled to be available in October 2016 for an estimated retail price of USD $1,849*; and
  • Canada: in January 2017 for an estimated retail price of CAD $2,749.99, with the body-only version also available in January for an estimated retail price of CAD $2,249.99.

PRESS RELEASE

Canon Announces New Canon EOS 7D Mark II Kit Featuring New Wi-Fi® Adapter For The Easy Sharing Of Images And Videos

New Bundle Also Includes Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens

MELVILLE, N.Y., August 25, 2016 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today the new Canon EOS 7D Mark II Kit, featuring the new SD card-sized Wi-Fi® Adapter W-E1. This new Wi-Fi adapter, when placed in the camera’s SD card slot, provides the EOS 7D Mark II with Wi-Fi capabilitiesi like easy transferring of images and MP4 videos as well as use of the Canon Camera Connect App for remote capture of still images via a compatible smartphone or tablet.ii
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