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You’re Invited: Take Home and “Test Drive” a Leica M Camera System & Two Lenses Overnight @ No Cost: Leica Store Bellevue in Washington, USA

Thu April 16, 2015

The following video presents Craig Semetko: How to use a Leica M:

What makes the Leica M different from SLRS? Follow along with photographer Craig Semetko as he answers this question and explains how to use the Leica M, including techniques on focusing. For Craig, the benefits of the Leica M include its small, discreet nature and big, bright viewfinder that allows you to see more. Because of this, the Leica M demands more from the photographer. Watch this video and discover the capabilities of the Leica M.

Leica M

Leica M

Leica Store Bellevue invites you to take home a Leica M camera and two lenses overnight to use via their “Test Drive” program.

Have you ever wanted to try a Leica M system outside of our retail store? We offer a program called “Test Drive”, which allows you to take home an M camera and two lenses overnight to use and love! This program is complimentary and reservations are available every week. Call us with questions or to schedule your own test drive! 425.451.4060

Leica Store Bellevue
Located in Bellevue Square Mall:
221 Bellevue Square
Bellevue, Washington 98004, USA

Contact Information:
425-451-4060

info@leicastorebellevue.com

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Awarded with the Prestigious 2015 TIPA ‘Best Compact System Camera Expert’ Award

Sun April 12, 2015

This video presents OM-D MOVIE – BEHIND THE SCENES OF THE RUNNER.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

“Looks like our newest OM-D is following in the footsteps of its multiple award-winning predecessors!”

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II has just been awarded with the 2015 Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) for the best Compact System Camera (CSC) Expert Level category.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II body

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II body

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II’s in-body 5-axis VCM image stabilization system, silver

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II’s in-body 5-axis VCM image stabilization system, silver

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II: "Move into a New World"

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II: “Move into a New World”

Here are the comments from the TIPA judges.
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Canon: New Portable Telephoto HDTV Production Lens HJ24ex7.5B: 24x Zoom, 7.5-180mm Wide-angle

Thu April 9, 2015

NEWS RELEASE

February 2015

Canon has launched the HJ24ex7.5B lens, which boasts an impressive focal length range as well as a Digital Drive Unit and enhanced optics…

A successor to the hugely popular HJ22ex7.6B, the lens has been updated using customer feedback and includes a number of new features, including a wider and longer focal range with enhanced image quality, as well as an improved design and user handling. A truly versatile lens, the HJ24ex7.5B is perfect for a diverse range of broadcast environments, including studio sets, live production and news gathering thanks to the unique combination of a high quality 24x zoom – the longest zoom in this class available today – an impressive 7.5-180mm wide-angle and a lightweight, portable design.
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You’re Invited: Olympus Photo Walk Through Historic Warwickshire Town in the UK April 18, 2015

Thu April 9, 2015

The following video presents OM-D E-M5 Mark II: 40M High Res:

When it comes to capturing fine details, the higher the resolution, the better. That’s why the E-M5 Mark II comes with new 40M High Res Shot. By capturing eight shots sequentially and then combining them into one, it is ideal for photographing works of art, landscapes or more of an amazing 40 megapixels. Find out how it works in this video!

Olympus and Leamington Spa Branch of the London Camera Exchange

Present

Olympus Photo Walk Through the Historic Warwickshire Town, UK

FREE Admission

April 18, 2015

Morning Session – 10:00 till 13:00 or Afternoon Session – 14:00 till 17:00

London Camera Exchange – Leamington Spa
4C Lunn Poly House, Clarendon Avenue, Royal Leamington Spa, CV32 5PP United Kingdom
Phone: 01926 886166

Spaces are limited to 10 for each stroll.

Olympus has teamed up with the Leamington Spa branch of the London Camera Exchange and professional photographer Rob Pugh to invite you on an exclusive Photo Walk through the historic Warwickshire town, “where you’ll be able to let your camera lens drink in the splendor of its Victorian and Edwardian architecture.”

As well as the opportunity to hone your street photography skills and – hopefully – take pictures like a pro, there will be the welcome opportunity to touch and try the latest Olympus camera bodies, lenses and accessories, with its imaging team uniquely on hand to offer advice and answer any questions.


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Samsung: New 8-MP RWB Image Sensor for Front-facing Cameras of Mobile Devices: Higher Quality & Color Fidelity of Photos Even in Poor Lighting Conditions

Tue April 7, 2015

Samsung recently announced new cutting-edge mobile component solutions that advance users’ mobile experiences.

Samsung 8 MP ISOCELL RWB CMOS image sensor, the S5K4H5YB

Samsung 8 MP ISOCELL RWB CMOS image sensor, the S5K4H5YB

These solutions include an 8-megapixel (MP) RWB (Red-White-Blue) image sensor based on ISOCELL technology and an NFC (Near Field Communication) integrated circuit (IC) with improved RF (Radio Frequency) performance.

Samsung’s 8 MP ISOCELL RWB CMOS image sensor, the S5K4H5YB, provides an ideal solution for front-facing mobile cameras, thanks to its excellent low light performance that also preserves color fidelity in pictures. By combining ISOCELL technology with Samsung’s newly developed RWB color pattern filter, the new image sensor maximizes the quality of digital images.

Samsung NFC solution (S3FWRN5P) integrated circuit (IC) with improved RF (Radio Frequency) performance

Samsung NFC solution (S3FWRN5P) integrated circuit (IC) with improved RF (Radio Frequency) performance

Fourth-generation NFC IC solution with doubled RF performance is ideal for advanced mobile payment .

  • Samsung’s fourth-generation NFC solution (S3FWRN5P) features significantly improved RF performance, showing an increase of about 100 percent over its predecessor in card mode and 20 percent in reader mode, respectively.

Samples of the 8 MP RWB ISOCELL image sensor are available for customers and mass production of the product is scheduled for the second quarter of this year.

PRESS RELEASE

Samsung Electronics Addresses Imaging and Connectivity Trends for Advanced Mobile Devices with New Image Sensor and NFC IC

Seoul, Korea on Mar. 4. 2015

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a world leader in advanced semiconductor technology, today announced new cutting-edge mobile component solutions that advance users’ mobile experiences. These solutions include an 8-megapixel (MP) RWB (Red-White-Blue) image sensor based on ISOCELL technology and an NFC (Near Field Communication) integrated circuit (IC) with improved RF (Radio Frequency) performance.

“We are always looking for innovative ways to create leading logic solutions that meet the rapidly evolving requirements of the mobile industry and give consumers new and more exciting mobile experiences,” said Dr. Kyushik Hong, Vice President of System LSI marketing at Samsung Electronics. “With our new RWB ISOCELL image sensor for richer images and NFC IC with outstanding RF performance, we are excited to offer mobile users more convenient imaging and connectivity applications.”
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You’re Invited: Try Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Compact Camera & Lenses at ‘A Night of Wonder’ in London, UK Apr.16, 2015

Sun April 5, 2015

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, silver

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II, silver

The following video presents OM-D E-M5 Mark II – 40M High Res Shot:

Olympus & Park Cameras’ London

Present

A Night Of Wonder

FREE Admission

April 16, 2015 @ 18:00 – 19:15

Park Cameras – London
53-54 Rathbone Place, London, W1T 1JR United Kingdom

Please click here to register now: presently, there are 13 spots available.

Olympus invites you to:

  • get hands on with their newest compact system camera, the OM-D E-M5 Mark II,
  • inspect images shot with its “breakthrough 40 megapixel mode”, and
  • try out a complete collection of Micro Four Thirds lenses and accessories.
OM-D E-M5 Mark II cameras available in black and silver, plus M.Zuiko lenses

OM-D E-M5 Mark II cameras available in black and silver, plus M.Zuiko lenses


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Nikon Scholarships for Canadian Photography Students in Canada or Abroad to Attend Magnum Masterclass: Applications to Be Received Before 6 PM EST Apr.30, 2015

Sun April 5, 2015

A Magnum photobook with Magnum photographers' signatures: Image by Magnum Photos

A Magnum photobook with Magnum photographers’ signatures: Image by Magnum Photos

Magnum Photos @ ScotiaBank CONTACT Photography Festival

Presents

A Photobook Masterclass in Toronto

Book Making: May 22 ­­– 24, 10am – 5pm

Magnum Lectures: May 22 – 24, 7pm
Shopify – 80 Spadina Ave, 4th Floor, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

May 22: Michael Christopher Brown

May 23: Mark Power

May 24: Larry Towell

www.magnumphotos.com

Magnum Photos will provide a three-day Magnum Masterclass led by acclaimed contemporary photographers Michael Christopher Brown, Mark Power, and Larry Towell, in conjunction with the ScotiaBank CONTACT Photography Festival.

For over sixty years, Magnum’s international photographers have chronicled the world; interpreting its environment, people and events and helping to shape documentary photography as a modern form of artistic expression. In the tradition of Magnum’s commitment to emerging photographers, this Masterclass will give limited participants an opportunity to refine their photographic practice and editing skills with a sense of authorship under the guidance of Magnum photographers.

The Magnum Masterclass at CONTACT 2015 will be focused on book editing.
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You’re Invited: Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival in Toronto, Canada May 1 – 31, 2015

Sun April 5, 2015

The following video presents Nikon Canada @ 2014 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival kickoff!

Time lapse video of the 2014 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival Launch and Public Reception at the Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA) in Toronto. (May 2, 2014)

Nikon Canada is proud to be the official camera sponsor of CONTACT for 2014, demonstrating our ongoing support of artists and photographers in their passion for delivering messages through art.

Announcing the full exhibition program for the 2015 edition of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival!

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival: May 1 – 31, 2015

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Please click here for the interactive map of events: Some exhibitions/events/activities have FREE admission

Festival Launch Party: May 1, 7:00 pm10:00 pm @ MOCCA

Museum of Contemporary Canadian Art (MOCCA)
952 Queen St W
Toronto M6J 1G8

Phone: 416 395 0067
Website: www.mocca.ca/
Email:  info@mocca.ca

Celebrate the month of photography in Toronto!

Follow Contact on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

CONTACT showcases Canadian and international artists throughout the month of May, and is one of Toronto’s premier cultural events.

Now in its 19th year, the Festival includes these highlights.
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The World of FUJIFILM Film Simulation – Episode 4: PRO Neg.

Sat April 4, 2015

PRO Neg. STD PRO Neg. Hi
Images courtesy Fujifilm. Left: PRO Neg. STD, Right : PRO Neg. Hi

PRO Neg. Fujifilm has published Episode 4 – “PRO Neg.” in their series of “episodes” on their unique Film Simulation modes. PRO Neg. (or “Professional Color Negative Film Mode”) simulates “NS160,” a color negative film used for professional studio portraiture.

It is a great mode to use for shooting portraits when desiring to emphasize skin tones. There are two PRO Neg. options:

  • PRO Neg.Std : Capture photos with soft gradations and exceptional skin tone description.
  • PRO Neg.Hi : Add a touch more tonal texture and color vibrancy to photo expression.

Here’s episode 4 (“PRO Neg.”) of the “The World of Film Simulation”:

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Fujifilm Received 2015 Red Dot Design Awards for Seven Consumer Products Including X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition, X100T and X30 Digital Cameras

Tue March 31, 2015

The Red Dot Award: Product Design is a globally recognised seal of good design.

Internationally sought after and highly respected: The seal of quality for unusual and sophisticated designs is awarded only to works that the Red Dot jury considers to be of high design quality.

The red dot design award is one of the world’s three leading design awards* hosted by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen of Germany since 1955.

* red dot design award (Germany), iF design award (Germany) and IDEA Design Award (U.S.A.)

The facts and figures of the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015

  • Entries: 4,928 from 56 countries.
  • Red Dot awards granted: 1,240.
  • Red Dot Gala: 29 June 2015 at 6 p.m. in the Aalto-Theater in Essen.
  • Special exhibition “Design on Stage – Winners Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015”: 30 June – 26 July 2015 in the Red Dot Design Museum Essen.

The laureates of the Red Dot Award: Product Design 2015 have been chosen by a jury comprising 38 international experts.

The assessment criteria of the jury:
• Degree of innovation
• Functionality
• Formal quality
• Ergonomics
• Durability
• Symbolic and emotional content
• Product periphery
• Self-explanatory quality
• Ecological compatibility

Fujifilm received the 2015 red dot design awards for seven consumer products, which included three X-series digital cameras: X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition, X100T and X30!

Fujifilm X100T Digital Camera

Fujifilm X100T

Fujifilm X100T

FUJIFILM X100T is a premium compact camera that is a dramatically-advanced successor of the X100 and X100S with enhanced high-class design and functions. The operating panel was improved in response to customer feedback. Together with the newly added operation buttons, it has an APS-C size X-Trans CMOS II sensor to improve image quality equivalent to a full size sensor and a dual view that shows the focus area in the EVF on the OVF, which is a new feature of our original hybrid viewfinder. These features provide an unprecedented joy of photographing.

Fujifilm X-T1 Digital Camera

Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition

Fujifilm X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition

The X-T1 Graphite Silver Edition is the premium model for the X-T1 series. It has inherited a design similar to the previous year’s highly regarded X-T1 pentaprism single-lens reflex camera, the Real Time Viewfinder with almost-no-lag and 0.77X magnification, the APS-C sized X-Trans CMOS II sensor, and dust- and water-resistant construction with the ability to perform in temperatures as low as -10ºC. In addition, it comes equipped with features such as a graphite silver body with a multilayer coating that combines a feeling of depth and luxury, a new electronic shutter with a maximum speed of 1/32000 seconds, Classic Chrome mode in Film Simulation, and the electronic viewfinder with Natural Live View Function.

Fujifilm X30 Digital Camera

FUJIFILM X30, a successor of X20, is a premium compact camera having an EVF with a viewing angle of 25 and 2.36 million organic EL pixels, which are the best in its class. It enables checking imaging information in the viewfinder free of parallax, a limitation of the optical viewfinder. The magnesium die-cast top and bottom are highly rigid and aluminum dials have an excellent feel and touch. While maintaining the power switch linked to the zoom ring, a control ring, tilt LCD, and rubber grip are newly equipped to the camera to make the user enjoy taking photos by looking though the viewfinder.

Fujifilm FinePix XP80 Digital Camera

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Fujifilm FinePix XP80, purple

Fujifilm FinePix XP80, purple

Boasting a waterproof and dustproof rating of IP68, FinePix XP80 has a stylish but durable design featuring waterproofing to depth of 10 m, structural impact resistance of 1.75 m, -10 C cold resistance, and dustproof. It has an optical 5x zoom lens from a wide angle of 28 mm and an optical camera-shake correction function. Effective pixel number is 16.4 million pixels. In the action camera mode, powerful images can be obtained by combining with a super wide angle action camera lens (equivalent to 18 mm converted in terms of 35 mm format). Wi-Fi is built-in to enable smooth communication with a smartphone.


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Olympus M.Zuiko Digitial ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 II Lens’ Dual Super Aspherical (DSA) Lens Element: DSA Measurement Video

Mon March 30, 2015

Olympus M.Zuiko Digitial ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 II Lens

  • It has a compact design:
    • 63.5 mm (2.5 inches) max. diameter,
    • 83.8 mm (3.3 inches) length with
    • a weight of 283 grams (10 ounces).
  • There is ZERO (ZUIKO Extra-low Reflection Optical) Coating on the surface of the lens to eliminate scratches as well as reduce ghosting and lens flare, even in very bright situations.
Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 II (28-300mm, 35mm equivalent) lens paired with an Olympus OM-D weatherproof body.

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 II (28-300mm, 35mm equivalent) lens paired with an Olympus OM-D weatherproof body.

Optical Construction of Olympus M.Zuiko Digitial ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 II

Optical Construction of Olympus M.Zuiko Digitial ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 II

The lens design includes DSA (Dual Sided Asperical) lens, Aspherical ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens, ED (Extra-low Dispersion) lens, and three HR (High-Refractive index) lenses with high spherical aberration correction capability.

Olympus M.Zuiko Digitial ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 II

Olympus M.Zuiko Digitial ED 14-150mm f/4-5.6 II

DSA element corrects aberrations as well as offers a compact and lightweight body.

  • This technology makes it possible to reduce the size of the lens but requires high-precision fabrication technology due to the extremely large ratio of thickness between the center and periphery.
  • The development and fabrication of this DSA lens would not have been possible without expert design, measuring techniques capable of precise surface accuracy evaluation, advanced ultra-high-precision aspherical surface molding techniques, ultra-precision assembling technology, and polishing skill honed through years of experience at Olympus.

The following video presents OLYMPUS ZUIKO LENS SYSTEM – DSA MEASUREMENT VIDEO:
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MIT Museum Presents Images of Discovery, an Interactive Photography Exhibit

Sun March 29, 2015

Milk Drop Coronet, Harold E. Edgerton

Milk Drop Coronet, Harold E. Edgerton

If you are in or going to be around Boston between now and February 22, 2016 (or March 1, 2016 – check schedule online since it can change), take your kids to this interesting exhibit at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, Massachussetts. “Images of Discovery” is an interactive exhibit showing how photographers used strobes, image magnification and other light-capturing strategies to understand our world. Then it’s up you to use the strobes, scanners and iPads to explore and create your own images.

Images of Discovery

Photographers, image makers, and innovators Felice Frankel, Harold “Doc” Edgerton, and Berenice Abbott are featured in this new exhibition at the MIT Museum. While working at MIT, each photographer explored a range of scientific questions.

By using strobes, magnification, and other light-capturing strategies, they reveal their curiosity about the natural world and how it works. Visitors will learn more about using photography to examine the unknown through their exposure to these distinguished photographers, and the unique image making stations featuring the inventive methodologies used by Edgerton, Abbott and Frankel.

The work selected showcases the photographer’s curiosity and dedication to making the natural and the technological world more accessible to the public. Each are represented by over ten images that range in subject matter from swinging wrenches to soap bubbles.

Images of Discovery presents an exciting opportunity for visitors to experience photography as a tool for communicating about—and inspiring a passion for—science and technology.

Image-making stations include:

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