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Leica Gallery Wetzlar Invites You to Two New Exhibitions: “Magic Moments – 60 Years Leica M” and Claire Yaffa “100 photographers – 100 portraits”, Until 4 Jan.2015

Thu October 30, 2014

Leica Gallery Wetzlar. Image by Leica.

Leica Gallery Wetzlar. Image by Leica.

Leica Gallery Wetzlar
At the Leica Headquarters

Presents

Various Artists – Magic Moments

60 Years Leica M

17/10/2014 – 04/01/2015

and

Claire Yaffa

100 photographers – 100 portraits

17/10/2014 – 04/01/2015

Leica Gallery Wetzlar

FREE Admissions

Leica Camera AG
Am Leitz-Park 5
35578 Wetzlar, Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 6441 – 2080-0
Fax: +49 (0) 6441 – 2080-333
E-Mail:

Opening hours:
Monday – Friday 10.00 am – 08.00 pm
Saturday/Sunday 10.00 am – 06.00 pm

This year, Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, is celebrating the following two special anniversaries via two new exhibitions which continue until 4 January 2015:

  • 100 years of Leica photography, and
  • the 60th birthday of the legendary Leica M rangefinder system.
Magic Moments – 60 Jahre Leica M (‘60 years of the Leica M’) exhibition. Image by Leica.

Magic Moments – 60 Jahre Leica M (‘60 years of the Leica M’) exhibition. Image by Leica.


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You’re Invited: Leica M and Leica T Camera System – Walking Tours Commencing from Leica Store SoHo, New York Oct.30-Nov.1, 2014

Tue October 28, 2014

leica-m-and-leica-t-camera-system-walking-tours-from-leica-store-soho

LEICA M and LEICA T Camera System
Walking Tours commencing from the Leica Store SoHo

 FREE Admissions

Thursday, October 30th to Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Leica Store SoHo
460 West Broadway
New York, New York 10012 USA

Leica T-Camera System Walking Tour: 11:00am to 1:00pm each day
Leica M Camera System Walking Tour: 3:00pm to 5:00pm each day

RSVP required: rsvp@leicacamerausa.com

Discover for yourself the essence of Leica photography!

Under the guidance of a Leica Akademie instructor, have hands-on, real-world, street-photography time with one of the digital Leica M cameras – the Leica M (240), Leica M-E or Leica Monochrom – or a Leica T Camera, get tips from instructors and meet the New York Leica community!

Leica has 15 person capacity per session and kindly asks you to bring a valid photo ID & credit card to borrow equipment.

All walking tour registrants will be entered to win a voucher valued at $199 for a future Leica Akademie workshop valid at any US Leica location.

Enjoy and Good Luck!


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GoPro Helmet Camera Probed In Michael Schumacher’s Ski Accident

Tue October 14, 2014

GoPro shares tanked more than 10% in early trading today after French F1 commentator Jean-Louis Moncet told radio station Europe 1 that the problem for Schumacher was not his fall but the GoPro camera he had mounted to his helmet.

A report in The Telegraph back in February revealed that ski and climbing academy ENSA is conducting tests to determine whether the GoPro camera worn on Michael Schumacher’s helmet may have weakened it. In the ski accident he suffered in the French Alps on Dec. 29, the helmet he was wearing (which sported a GoPro camera) split in two while the camera remained intact. Schumacher suffered severe head injuries, emerging from a medically induced coma in June.

According to the report, experts were exploring whether “a solid object between a helmet colliding with a rock would weaken the structure.”

It’s strange that the camera should get the blame instead of the helmet. Maybe ski helmets should be made of whatever material the rugged GoPro camera is made of. Of course, the problem was his fall on a rock. But it does raise the question as to how best to safely mount a camera onto a helmet so as not to weaken the latter structurally or the camera becoming a danger to the wearer. In any instance, this applies to any helmet camera, not just GoPro cameras.

via Yahoo!


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HTC Introduces the RE: Small Handheld, Waterproof Camera has Built-in Instant-on Grip Detection, High-resolution 16MP CMOS Sensor, Full HD(1080p) Video Recording

Fri October 10, 2014

HTC RE Camera, orange

HTC RE Camera, orange

This video pesents RE by HTC – Double Exposure Event.

HTC RE Camera, white

HTC RE Camera, white

“Back in 1997, we allowed people to leave their laptops at home in favour of powerful, pocket-sized smartphone computing,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC. “Today we are taking a similar leap forward. Combining incredible hardware with unrivalled software, HTC is reinventing the way we think about imaging. We are taking you out from behind the viewfinder and putting you back where you belong, at the heart of the action.”

RE is HTC’s newest photography innovation. RE is a small handheld camera that allows you to capture and fully experience every moment, through video and photography, without the hassle and awkwardness of grabbing your phone or camera and missing the moment because you were too busy capturing it.

Make everyday moments unforgettable: attach your RE to your bike’s handlebars or your kids’ scooter. Strap it to your backpack on a hike, or clip it on your window sill for a time-lapse video of your neighborhood.

Here are the key features of RE.


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Mars Rover Curiosity’s Cameras Captured Selfies, Broken Sidewalk, Small Ball, Pyramid, Bird Sculpture & Laser Shots

Mon October 6, 2014

NASA’s Mars Science Laboratory (MSL) spacecraft (launched from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Florida, on Nov. 26, 2011) set down on Mars a large, mobile laboratory — the rover Curiosity — at Gale Crater on the floor of Gale Crater on Aug. 6, 2012 Universal Time (evening of Aug. 5, Pacific Time).

  • The rover studies the geology and environment of selected areas in the crater and analyzes samples drilled from rocks or scooped from the ground.
  • Within the first eight months of a planned 23-month primary mission, Curiosity met its major objective of finding evidence of a past environment well suited to supporting microbial life.
    • Images from the rover showed an area where “water once coursed vigorously over the surface.”
    • The evidence for stream flow was in rounded pebbles (spheres up to a few centimeters) mixed with hardened sand in conglomerate rocks at and near the landing site.
    • This indicates sustained abrasion of rock fragments within water flows that crossed Gale Crater.
  • The touchdown site, Bradbury Landing, is near the foot of a layered mountain, Mount Sharp (Aeolis Mons).
  • Please note: a Martian day for rover Curiosity is one Sol (in the satellite of our sun).

Curiosity’s 17 cameras consist of both engineering and science cameras.

There are four types of engineering cameras.

Like the Mars Exploration Rovers, Curiosity has a stereo Navigation Camera on its mast and low-slung, stereo Hazard-Avoidance cameras. The wide view of the Navigation Camera is also used to aid targeting of other instruments and to survey the sky for clouds and dust.

  • Front Hazard Avoidance Cameras (Front Hazcams)
Front Hazcams. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Front Hazcams. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

This image was taken by Front Hazcam: Left B (FHAZ_LEFT_B) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 762 (2014-09-28 03:17:13 UTC). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

This image was taken by Front Hazcam: Left B (FHAZ_LEFT_B) onboard NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 762 (2014-09-28 03:17:13 UTC). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

  • Rear Hazard Avoidance Cameras (Rear Hazcams)
Rear Hazcams. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Rear Hazcams. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

This image was taken by Rear Hazcam: Left B (RHAZ_LEFT_B) onboard NASA's Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 758 (2014-09-23 20:53:00 UTC). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

This image was taken by Rear Hazcam: Left B (RHAZ_LEFT_B) onboard NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity on Sol 758 (2014-09-23 20:53:00 UTC). Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

  • Left Navigation Camera (Navcams)
Left Navcams. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Left Navcams. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

The drive by NASA's Mars rover Curiosity during the mission's 43rd Martian day, or sol, (Sept. 19, 2012) ended with this rock about 8 feet (2.5 meters) in front of the rover. The pyramid-shaped rock is about 10 inches (25 centimeters) tall and 16 inches (40 centimeters) wide. The image was taken by the left Navigation camera (Navcam) at the end of the drive. The rock has been named "Jake Matijevic." Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

The drive by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity during the mission’s 43rd Martian day, or sol, (Sept. 19, 2012) ended with this rock about 8 feet (2.5 meters) in front of the rover. The pyramid-shaped rock is about 10 inches (25 centimeters) tall and 16 inches (40 centimeters) wide. The image was taken by the left Navigation camera (Navcam) at the end of the drive. The rock has been named “Jake Matijevic.” Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

  • Right Navigation Cameras (Navcams)
right navcams. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

Right Navcams. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

MSL payload on Curisoity. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

MSL payload on Curisoity. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

There are four types of science cameras.

Mars Descent Imager (MARDI)

MARDI. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.

MARDI. Courtesy NASA/JPL-Caltech.


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Nova Scotian Photographers Age 50 or Older: Exhibit Your Work in the Seniors’ Art and Photo Gallery in Halifax

Fri October 3, 2014

Seniors’ Art and Photo Gallery
Art and photography can be a pleasant and rewarding hobby. Nova Scotian Seniors, 50 and over, are invited to become exhibitors in the Gallery. The Gallery is open to beginning and experienced photographers and artists. No fees are charged and the works are not judged. Artists price their own art and receive the full amount of sale. When a piece is sold, the artist is contacted and may replace it with another. Individuals who register with the gallery will be given an opportunity to participate in future exhibitions. Prior to an exhibit, information will be sent to each artist/photographer. Included will be an application form, framing guidelines and the history of the Gallery.

The art and photos on display are a lasting legacy that mirrors the interests, diversity and creative talents within the 50 plus age group. The Department of Seniors is pleased to sponsor the Seniors’ Art and Photo Gallery, which encourages creativity and participation of older Nova Scotians in society.

Department of Seniors
Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

The Seniors’ Art and Photo Gallery provides artists and photographers 50 years of age and older, a FREE, central location to display and sell their works of art.


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Stylish Camera Bags (Pour Homme) by POMPIDOO

Thu September 25, 2014

POMPIDOO Homme (PH) Amsterdam

POMPIDOO Homme (PH) Amsterdam

POMPIDOO, producer of stylish camera bags for women, recently launched a new line specially designed for men – POMPIDOO Homme (PH).

PH Amsterdam is durable, stylish and fully functional. Featuring premium distressed leather and equipped to handle all photography needs, this camera bag will keep photo gear protected and organised.

Special and innovative material XRD® Extreme Impact Protection foam is used in the walls of the bag and throughout the compartments to ensure phenomenal level of safety and protection.

PH Amsterdam features an easy access front pocket organizer with hook closure and can hold a DSLR camera with lens attached and 1 or 2 additional lenses/flashes, a tablet or small laptop, mobile phone, wallet, memory cards and will even have leftover space for some personal items.

PRESS RELEASE

2014, September, 16

HANDSOME DEBUT: POMPIDOO HOMME (PH) MAKES ITS WAY

Protection: Pompidoo’s Amsterdam Camera Bag with XRD® Impact – Quite simply your super hero

Pompidoo’s NEW Amsterdam Camera Bag for men sports a quality, stylish exterior yet beneath its quintessential, classical good looks delivers a functional, high impact resistant interior constructed from high end XRD® Technology. XRD® Impact Protection makes it its business to provide a phenomenal level of impact protection that belies its slim, flexible appearance. The result: a good-looking, high quality bag made with luxurious butter-soft leather that offers leading edge protection for your camera and accessories thanks to the unique attributes of XRD® Technology.


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Canon to develop new Large Sensor Zoom Camera

Mon September 22, 2014

Canon has posted an interesting aside on its Hong Kong press release:

New PowerShot Digital Compact Camera Under Development
Featuring large image sensor, high zoom capability and compact body

Canon is developing a new premium digital compact camera that combines the merits of both large image sensor and high-magnification optical zoom lens in response to the demands from users looking for high quality high zoom performance. Offering both convenience from a compact body and excellent super telephoto performance, this camera is perfect for everyday or travel shooting in high quality.

The question is, what qualifies as “large image sensor” when talking about travel zoom cameras (as seem to be implied in the press release)? Anything less than 1-in. image sensor will not cut it. Any aperture less than F2.8 will fall short of its competition. That said, we welcome any “high quality” development in this segment of the market.

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Olympus Update September 17, 2014: The OM-D E-M1 Firmware Version 2.0 Upgrade (Pre-Installed on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Silver Body) is Now Live

Wed September 17, 2014

This is an update to the previous blog, Olympus OM-D E-M1 now in Silver with Firmware 2.0 that adds Tethered Shooting Capabilities.

Following the recent OM-D E-M1 Firmware Version 2.0 upgrade announcement, Olympus has made an update to the firmware upgrade availability.

The release originally stated that the Firmware Version 2.0 upgrade would be available on September 24th at 10:00pm EST.

Please note the following update: as of today, September 17th, the OM-D E-M1 Firmware Version 2.0 upgrade (pre-installed on the Olympus OM-D E-M1 silver body) is now live.


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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GM5 Camera: Product Video

Mon September 15, 2014

This video presents [NEW] Introducing Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GM5.

Panasonic is proud to introduce the new LUMIX DMC-GM5.


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Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100 Camera: Product Video

Mon September 15, 2014

This video presents [NEW] Introducing Panasonic LUMIX DMC-LX100.

Panasonic is proud to introduce DMC-LX100 with 4/3-inch large High Sensitivity MOS Sensor for the 6th generation model of Panasonic’s world-renowned LX high-end compact camera series. The new DMC-LX100 is not just a successor to the DMC-LX7 but a jump-up mode that even inherits the DNA of DMC-LC1 – the Panasonic’s first full manual compact camera released in 2004.


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Samsung SMART CAMERA NX1: Product Videos

Mon September 15, 2014

This video presents [Samsung SMART CAMERA NX1] Official Commercial.

Equipped with Samsung’s very own DRIMe V Image Processor, the NX1 gives you the latest in speed, quality and functionality to take your photography to the next level. Bring time to a standstill and focus on what’s important as you capture 15fps while continuously tracking your subject. Let the 28MP APS-C Sensor with BSI – Back Side Illumination and the camera’s Adaptive Noise Reduction Technology create superbly natural-looking images regardless of the conditions around you. Play your video footage on a UHD screen and be amazed by the remarkable detail captured by the NX 1’s 4K recording power.

The following video presents [Samsung SMART CAMERA NX1 4K/UHD Video] Madagascar in Detail:

It takes a special kind of camera to pick up on the finer details in the world around us. The NX1’s 4K UHD recording power brilliantly captures the sweeping vista of this African country’s remarkable landscape, the incredible colors of a chameleon, down to the tiniest sparkle in the gloriously spectacular night sky. The NX1 is all you need to capture it all.


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