FUJIFILM X-T1 and X100T Cameras are Elected as Japanese Historical Cameras by JCII Camera Museum

Sat December 20, 2014

Japan Camera Industry Institute (JCII) inspects all cameras exported from Japan in order to maintain quality standards.

In addition to this inspection function, JCII in 1969 started to designate some cameras as “Japanese Historical Cameras” and began efforts to preserve these important items.

Japanese Historical Cameras” serve as pages in the history of Japanese camera development, making it more accessible to the world.
Cameras which are considered significant in some regard are selected by the Historical Camera Committee, which is composed of unbiased experts and specialists in the field.
All new cameras released within the calendar year are eligible, with evaluation based on factors such as the first use of a new technology and popularity among consumers.

Most “Japanese Historical Cameras” designated in past years are held in the collection of the JCII Camera Museum, which is run by the JCII, and many are on display.

JCII Camera Museum

The Historical Camera Committee is a review group established within the Japan Camera Industry Institute.

JCII Camera Museum’s highlights include:

  • a collection of several thousand cameras;
  • displaying various types of cameras from around the world in the Special Exhibition section which includes “classic,” “masterpiece” and “curio” cameras;
  • a permanent display of historical and new cameras of Japan (Nippon)
    (approximately 300 items);
  • preserving important information pertaining to the cameras;
  • exhibiting all phases of the worldwide history of photography; and
  • promoting the understanding of photography and film in the “JCII Photo Salon” and the “JCII Library”.
    • JCII Photo Salon is the exhibition of photographs that create interest in Japanese photographic culture.
    • JCII Library contains books related to photography.

Fujifilm announced that X-T1  and  X100T cameras are elected as Japanese Historical Cameras by JCII Camera Museum.

Fujifilm X-T1 (left) and  X100T (right)

Fujifilm X-T1 (left) and X100T (right)

We are pleased to announce that X-T1 and X100T are elected as Japanese Historical Camera by Japanese JCII Camera Museum.

The first use of a new technology and popularity among consumers are among the key factors to determine the selection, and “Multi Mode Viewfinder” for X-T1 and “Advanced Hybrid Viewfinder” for X100T were regarded as significant technological advancement.

They will be put on permanent display at the Camera Museum.


Special exhibitions are held every four months, “focusing on the functions of cameras, or the products of specific countries, to show every aspect of cameras for their enthusiasts.”

JCII Camera Museum’s location:
Ichiban-cho Bldg., 25, Ichiban-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 102-0082 Japan (Nippon)
Telephone: +81-3-3263-7100


Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2015 for Photographers: Submit Online Applications Between 15 January and 1 March 2015

Fri December 19, 2014

The following video presents Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2014 – Finalists’ Portfolios from Leica Camera on Vimeo:

  • This video shows the winners and finalists’ portfolios for the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2014.
  • Thousands of entries were received from all over the world.
  • The video and awards were presented on July 9 during Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie photography festival held in Arles, France.
  • Martin Kollar won the Leica Oskar Barnack Award for his portfolio, “Field Trip” and Alejandro Cegarra won the Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award for his portfolio, “The Other Side of the Tower of David.”

There will be three Leica Oskar Barnack photography contests in 2015.

  1. Leica Oskar Barnack Award
  2. Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award
  3. Leica Oskar Barnack Public Award

Leica Oskar Barnack Award and Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award:
An international jury awards ……photographers whose unerring powers of observation capture and express the relationship between man and the environment in the most graphic form in a sequence of a minimum of 10 up to a maximum of 12 images. Entry submissions must be a self-contained series of images in which the photographer perceives and documents the interaction between man and the environment with acute vision and contemporary visual style – creative, groundbreaking and unintrusive. Only one entry per photographer is accepted.

Leica Oskar Barnack Award

The Leica Oskar Barnack Award contest is open to professional photographers (main category).

  • To take part, participants must send in a series of photographs taken in 2014 or long-term projects containing at least one photo from 2014.
  • Only one entry per photographer is accepted.

The winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award receives:

  • a cash prize of 25,000 Euros (30695.50 US Dollar at the current exchange rate) and
  • in addition a Leica M camera and a lens worth 10,000 Euros (12278.00 US Dollar at the current exchange rate).

Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award

The Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award is open to all (prospective) professional photographers who are aged 25 years and under at the time of entering.

The winner of the Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award receives:

  • a Leica rangefinder camera and a lens worth 10,000 Euros (12278.00 US Dollar at the current exchange rate) and
  • a cash prize of 5,000 Euros (6139.10 US Dollar at the current exchange rate).

Leica Oskar Barnack Award and Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award

All entries for the above two contests must be made via the online Application Form between 15 January and March 1, 2015.
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FUJIFILM: Award-Winning Fujifilm X-series Cameras’ Head of Design Development is Masasumi Imai

Thu December 18, 2014

Image by Fujifilm

Image by Fujifilm

Image by Fujifilm

Image by Fujifilm

Image by Fujifilm

Image by Fujifilm

Masasumi Imai oversees the design development of all models including the original X100, the X-E2 and, his own personal favourite, the X-T1.

Thanks to Imai-san, Fujifilm has won many prestigious awards for the X-series cameras.

Exterior of X-T During the Development Process: Image by Fujifilm

Exterior of X-T During the Development Process: Image by Fujifilm

The functional design development process for the award-winning X-series cameras requires three teams – the brand team, the design team and the development team – and “all aspects of the camera are discussed all the way through the process. All aspects of the camera complement each other.

During the photokina 2014 show the Digital Camera team at Fujifilm UK interviewed with Imai-san to ask him about his inspiration, the current range and what we can hope to see in the future.

How will X-series cameras develop in the future?
There are many possibilities. One option would be to modernise the existing camera styles, another would be to go for an even more traditional style. Internally, we are going to concentrate on our APS-C X-Trans sensor and make sure there are many lenses and accessories that complement it. There could be a full-frame model in the future, I don’t know, but we started as a film company and this means we’re used to working with different formats.
Viewfinder resolution will undoubtedly increase going forward, as well as the speed – the current scanning frame rate is 54 frames per scan, but we want it to be over 100. This will help it look even more like an optical viewfinder and, in fact, exceed it.
We do intend to keep producing models at the current rate, so there will be plenty more to come from Fujifilm – our teams are very busy!

Masasumi Imai

The Fujifilm Blog

Editor’s note: Exceed the optical viewfinder? Amazing things ahead…


Olympus UK Invites You to ‘GET ARTY AT OUR NEW YEAR’S GRAFFITI PARTY’ in London Dec.31, 2014

Wed December 17, 2014

Olympus Image Space London: © 2014 Google

Olympus Image Space London: © 2014 Google

Olympus Image Space




Mini Photo Walk of Nearby Brick Lane to Snap Some Eye-catching Graffiti

December 31, 2014 @ 14:00 – 17:00

FREE Admissions

Olympus Image Space London
199 Bishopsgate, London, EC2M 3TY United Kingdom

Please register in advance to “bag an invite” and get your FREE ticket.

Olympus UK invites you to a ‘graffiti party’ on New Year’s Eve, December 31st!

Sensational street artist Susie Lowe will be on hand at the Image Space Gallery in London’s Bishopsgate and will be weaving her magic from 2pm to 5pm, affording lucky attendees the opportunity to photograph her creative process in action.

Olympus’ image support squad will also be at the bash to take your questions and provide advice on shooting with the brand’s very latest OM-D equipment.

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Olympus OM-D E-M10

Also, enjoy a mini photo walk of nearby Brick Lane, and snap some eye-catching graffiti in situ in the bustling backstreets. Places are FREE for this exclusive event, but you will need to register in advance “to bag an invite and get your FREE ticket.

Please click here for more info.

The following video presents Olympus OM-D E-M10:

The E-M10 is the latest addition to Olympus’ stellar range of critically acclaimed compact system cameras. Featuring award winning image quality, a small form factor with a large 1.44 million dot viewfinder, in a sophisticated all metal design, the E-M10 is powerful enough to produce professional quality images in a form factor that will allow you to easily take it anywhere with you.

Enjoy! / Amusez-vous bien!


How You May Appear To Facial Recognition Software, With A Little Help From Facebook

Tue December 16, 2014

What happens when you reverse-engineer surveillance face recognition algorithms and then feed the data into Facebook’s face-detection software?

Sterling Crispin does just that to create his “Data Masks” collection — an eerie set of “mutated” faces that seem to exist only in your worst nightmares.

He does not claim that is how facial recognition software actually “sees” us since each of his data mask merges data sets from different actual faces.

I guess the data masks might be recognized as valid human faces by Facebook’s face-detection software? Creepy.

[M]y goal is to show the machine what it’s looking for, to hold a mirror up to the all-seeing eye of the digital-panopticon we live in and let it stare back into its own mind.

Read the whole article at Matter

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You’re Invited: CONTACT Gallery Launch Party / Closing Reception of Nzirambi, Photographer Johan Hallberg-Campbell Dec.18, 2014

Mon December 15, 2014

The following video presents Nzirambi from Johan Hallberg-Campbell on Vimeo:

The Nzirambi Education Fund

Five years ago the Nzirambi Education Fund was established, inspired by a young girl at the orphanage named Veronica. At the time, she was 16-years old-and the third highest scoring student in her entire district with very big dreams to go to law school in university. These were especially big dreams considering her unfortunate start in life — she had been left at the orphanage when she was just a baby after her mother died of AIDS. When she first came to the orphanage there were only a handful of other children there – but the number continued to grow, and today, Veronica has more than 100 brothers and sisters at the orphanage. They are all children whose families could not – or would not — take care of them: most of them are there because their mothers died in childbirth, some lost their parents to AIDS and sadly, some are there because they were abandoned – sometimes in bushes, once in a garbage dump on Christmas Day, and others were tossed into latrines. These newborns are the most vulnerable of all — brought to the orphanage, cared by House Mothers who love them back to life.

Image by Contact Gallery

Image by Contact Gallery

CONTACT Gallery Launch Party
and Closing Reception of Nzirambi, Johan Hallberg-Campbell
December 18, 6 – 9pm

FREE Admission

Nzirambi, Johan Hallberg-Campbell, on view until December 20, 2014
Hours: Tuesday – Friday 11am – 5pm, Saturday 12 – 5pm

FREE Admission

Contact Gallery
Suite 205, 80 Spadina Ave, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

The CONTACT Gallery is now located in Suite 205, 80 Spadina Ave–just one floor down their our old space. Join them to celebrate their new home and their first exhibition in the new Gallery.

The Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival gratefully acknowledges the Ontario Trillium Foundation for supporting the creation of the new CONTACT Gallery and the Festival’s new home.

Follow Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival
80 Spadina Avenue, Suite 205
Toronto, Ontario M5V 2J4
T 416 539 9595

CONTACT fosters and celebrates the art and profession of photography with an annual festival in May and year-round programming in the CONTACT Gallery.

Enjoy! / Amusez-vous bien!

Articles, Contests

DigitalGlobe + Facebook: Top Image Contest 2014 – Vote for the Top Five Images Before Dec.18 at Midnight PST for the First Round

Sat December 13, 2014

The following video presents What will be the Top Image of 2014?.

For DigitalGlobe, 2014 was a pivotal year with the launch of WorldView-3, enhancing not only our industry-leading constellation but increasing the range of capabilities, dramatically collecting more data than ever before. As 2014 comes to a close, we’re revisiting our vast archive and choosing our favorite images that showcase the insights our images provide to a variety of industries.

DigitalGlobe owns a commercial high-resolution satellite imagery library containing over 4 billion square kilometers of earth imagery and imagery products.

DigitalGlobe’s satellite imagery (a type of geospatial data) is used for various purposes.

Location-based Services: Power Superior Map Apps

  • High-resolution satellite imagery provides accurate, up-to-date maps.
  • “You get vivid global coverage – including 500 of the world’s largest cities – and a refresh rate that ensures you have the most current data available.”

Industry solutions are provided via geospatial data in the following non-military applications:

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Lytro Desktop 4.1 Introduces Focus Spread: Control Bokeh

Fri December 12, 2014

This video presents Lytro Desktop Upgrade Redefining the Limits of Photography.

  • “Check out Focus Spread, a revolutionary way to control depth of field with a swipe of a slider.”

Download Lytro Desktop 4.1


The Lytro Illum Light Field Camera allows the point of focus to be adjusted after the picture is shot. Of course, it is not a traditional image and special software is required to view it.

That software is now upgraded to version 4.1, which includes an interesting feature called Focus Spread.

What Focus Spread allows is not just selecting one point of focus, but three regions of focus: Lytro terms them the “foreground,” the “subject” and the “background.”

Using a simple 3-colored tab slider, you simply visually define where your foreground (blue) begins and end, where your subject (white, refocusable range) begins and end and where your background (orange) begins and end.

Where bokeh comes into play is that you can also select an aperture to simulate the camera taking the picture at that aperture for each region, and thus controlling depth of field for each region.

Want the background to blur? Select F1.0 for the background. Want the foreground and subject to be in focus? Select F16 for these two regions.

It’s quite interesting to see that Lytro keeps innovating.


Nikon Canada Invites Canadian Residents to Nikon Image Space: An Online Service for Sharing Photos or Recording Memories

Wed December 10, 2014

Nikon Image Space

Nikon Image Space

Nikon Canada is pleased to announce that Nikon Image Space is now available to Canadian residents. Nikon Image Space is a free online service for sharing images. It is available to Nikon digital camera users and also to anyone who enjoys taking photos or recording memories.

The service is fast and easy to use, with quick image uploads and downloads, and seamless image manipulation. It also supports RAW files. Sharing and posting images from Nikon Image Space is easier than ever with integration with Facebook and Twitter.

Registration is free and includes 2GB of storage. Nikon camera owners can upgrade to a special account and receive an additional 18GB. Special accounts also offer more advanced features, such as the ability to apply a password when sharing images, and the option to restrict image downloads.

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Photographers’ Alert: Drone Dangers

Tue December 9, 2014

This video, from 00:02 to 00:43 sec, presents Drone Strikes Wedding, Hits Groom in Face #N3.

  • A wedding was crashed by a drone when the photographer operating the airborne camera lost control of the device. The device then went crashing into the groom’s face.
  • A photographer, who goes by the user name WeddingMan123 on YouTube, was using a type of flying drone camera called a quadcopter to get photos of a happy couple in a field before their wedding.
  • The photographer then lost control of the device, which then made a beeline for the groom.

Since a drone’s flight is controlled either autonomously by onboard computers or by the remote control of a pilot on the ground or in another vehicle drone, a drone has other names, including unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), and unpiloted aerial vehicle.

Certain drones are specifically designed for civil and commercial applications which does not include military applications. They can be used for various purposes, including:

  • sports photography and cinematography,
  • acrobatic aerial footage in filmmaking,
  • commercial aerial surveillance such as aerial surveying of crops, border patrol missions, and crowd monitoring,
  • search and rescue operations,
  • inspecting power lines and pipelines,
  • counting wildlife,
  • delivering medical supplies to remote or otherwise inaccessible regions,
  • forest fire detection,
  • detection of illegal hunting,
  • land surveying,
  • fire and large-accident investigation,
  • landslide measurement, and
  • illegal landfill detection.

Democrat and Chronicle reported 10 non-military/non-government drone accidents occurred within the USA, from September 2013 to November 15, 2014. Some of these accidents caused injuries to people.
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You’re Invited: 2014 Australian Professional Photography Awards Gold Exhibition – Party Night in Queensland Dec.16, 2014

Mon December 8, 2014

This video presents Canon AIPP APPA Winners Talk.

  • “Canon AIPP APPA winning photographers, including Canon Masters Jackie Ranken and Graham Monro, talk about the impact of Australia’s most prestigious awards on their photography.”

Queensland AIPP (Australian Institute of Professional Photography) Council


2014 APPA (Australian Professional Photography Awards) Gold Exhibition


Party Night

FREE Admissions

2014 Canon AIPP APPA Gold Award Exhibition: December 14 –  December 20, 2014

Party Night: December 16, 2014 from 7:00 PM to 9:30 PM

6 Maud Street
Newstead, QLD 4006
Phone: +61 07 32161727

Please register at

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Articles, Contests

‘The Societies’ Photographic Convention and Trade Show’ in UK Jan.14-18, 2015 + The Societies’ 20×16″ Print Competition 2014: Mailed Prints to Be Received Before Dec.31, 2014

Fri December 5, 2014

The Societies’ 2015 Convention Show Guide – Front Cover by Kevin Wilson FSWPP (Hon) taken at the 2014 Convention.

The Societies’ 2015 Convention Show Guide – Front Cover by Kevin Wilson FSWPP (Hon) taken at the 2014 Convention.

The Societies’ Photographic Convention and Trade Show

Europe’s Largest All-welcome Photographic Convention

Full Convention: Wednesday 14 – Sunday 18 January 2015

FREE Photographic Trade Show*: Friday 16 – Sunday 18 January 2015
*Register before 31 December 2014 to avoid £6 entry fee to Trade Show
Pre-register here

Venue: Hilton London Metropole, Edgware Road, London, W2 1JU, UK

All photographers from professionals to enthusiasts are welcome.

If you are an aspiring professional this Convention and Trade Show is a must!
The Societies’ members and non-members are welcome.

  • “The 2015 Convention is a veritable feast of education, with five days of action packed programmes designed to help you put your imagery ahead of the game.”
  • Trade Show presents all the latest cameras and other photographic gear. The three-day Trade Show, from Friday to Sunday, is a “gathering of the who’s who in the photographic industry, with major manufacturers eager to show you the latest in technology and design.” Meet 150 plus exhibitors.
  • The digital edition of the Show Guide is available to view on the website here .
  • Here are the key contents of the The Societies’ Photographic Convention Show Guide 2015.

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