The following video presents Carl Zeiss Lenses – NEW Otus 1.4/28:
The world’s best wide-angle lens – ZEISS Otus 1.4/28
Uncompromising performance across the entire image field makes this full-frame lens unique and sets new standards among wide-angle focal lengths. Raise your photos to a totally new dimension by capturing even the tiniest details of your subject.
ZEISS Otus 1.4/28
The ZEISS Otus family continues to grow
ZEISS Otus 1.4/28: the new focal length in the wide-angle range augments ZEISS’s most powerful family of SLR lenses
With the new ZEISS Otus 1.4/28, users of shorter focal lengths can now also take advantage of the uncompromising quality of the ZEISS Otus family, whether for landscapes, architectural photography or any other images they take with a wide-angle lens. Where details count, the ZEISS Otus 1.4/28 with ZE or ZF.2 mount for DSLR cameras from Canon¹ and Nikon¹ is the lens of choice. When used with modern, high-resolution DSLR cameras, it offers unrivalled image quality unseen until now in wide-angle photography, even with a wide-open aperture.
The ZEISS Otus 1.4/28, a moderate wide-angle lens, particularly shows off its strengths in landscape photography. Even with a maximum aperture, the corners of the image are completely usable, so there are no limits to composition. In poor light combined with fast-moving objects, the lens also excels due to its high speed of f/1.4. While other lenses reveal their shortcomings in correction in night photography, especially when lots of open light sources dominate an image, the ZEISS Otus 1.4/28 boasts a stellar performance. Finally, the latest member of the ZEISS Otus family is excellent for taking pictures of image elements in the foreground, as they take on a greater feeling of depth to the scene due to the wide background and the open aperture; here, the lens’s harmonious bokeh ensures a 3D effect.
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The following video presents 100 Years of Leica Photography | Euromaxx:
An exhibition in Hamburg “Eyes Wide Open: 100 years of Leica photography” illuminates many aspects of small-format photography showing some 500 works. In 1914, Oskar Barnack completed the first functional model of a small-format camera. The fact that it could easily be carried in a coat pocket revolutionized photography.
The following video presents α7R II – Product Feature | α | Sony:
See reality as your mind’s eye envisions it with the incredible new Sony α7R II. The world’s first*1 back-illuminated 35mm full-frame CMOS image sensor gives this camera capability to deliver 42.4-megapixel*2 resolution, high sensitivity and fast response that are apparent in every amazing picture. The Fast Hybrid AF system’s extra-wide dense focal plane phase-detection AF coverage keeps
subjects in sharp focus, while 5-axis image stabilization reduces blur which otherwise tends to affect handheld shots. High-resolution imaging is further enhanced by 4K movie recording now featuring full pixel readout without pixel binning. With so much innovation packed into such a compact form, it’s clear that there is more to life than meets the naked eye.
*1 Among digital still cameras equipped with a 35mm full-frame image sensor. As of June 2015 based on Sony research.
*2 Approximate effective megapixels.
Nearly all digital cameras can process the image from the sensor into a JPEG file using settings for white balance, colour saturation, contrast, and sharpness that are either selected automatically or entered by the photographer before taking the picture. Cameras that produce raw files save these settings in the file, but defer the processing. This results in an extra step for the photographer, so raw is normally only used when additional computer processing is intended. However, raw has numerous advantages over JPEG such as:
Many more shades of colors compared to JPEG files – raw files have 12 or 14 bits of intensity information per channel (4096-16384 shades), compared to JPEG’s gamma-compressed 8 bits (256 shades)…..
The following video presents RX1R II World’s First* Optical Variable Low-pass Filter | Cyber-shot | Sony:
The RX1R II has the world’s first* optical variable low-pass filter that lets you control the low-pass filter effect while taking advantage of the image sensor’s extra-high 42.4-megapixel(approximate effective megapixels)resolution, to deliver the ultimate image quality, expressed in the way that you intend. The new filter system achieves this by applying voltage to its liquid crystal layer to control a light-splitting function that lets you choose the degree of low-pass filter effect.This capability enables the RX1R II to perform double duty that would normally require more than one conventional camera.
* Among digital cameras. As of October 2015 press release, based on Sony research.
Today, Sony introduces the palm-sized, full-frame RX1R II (model DSC-RX1RM2) camera.
RX1R II’s features include:
Higher-resolution 42.4 MP full-frame CMOS sensor
Large-aperture ZEISS® Sonnar T* 35mm F2 lens
Speedy, accurate Fast Hybrid AF
Optical variable low-pass filter
XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ with retractable design
Tiltable LCD screen accommodates your eyepoint
Full HD movie recording and XAVC S format (A class 10 or higher SDXC memory card is required to record movies in the XAVC S format.)
AF-C focus mode/5fps shooting with AF tracking
Supports 14-bit uncompressed RAW format
Automatic Eye AF
Auto HDR (High Dynamic Range)
Multi Frame NR (Noise Reduction)
Wi-Fi / NFC™ for fast, simple sharing
Sony RX1R II (model DSC-RX1RM2) camera in left palm: NFC demonstration with smartphone in right palm. Image Courtesy of Sony
The Sony RX1R II full-frame compact camera will be available in November for about $3300 US and $4200 CAD at a variety of Sony authorized dealers in both countries. There is also a new camera case (model LCJ-RXH) that will be available at launch that fits snugly on the new RX1R II as well as the original RX1 and RX1R models.
Sony RX1R II will also be available in Europe in December 2015 priced at approximately €3,500.
Sony RX1R II (model DSC-RX1RM2): XGA OLED Tru-Finder™ with retractable design
Sony Introduces New Palm-Sized RX1R II Camera with 42.4 MP Full-Frame Image Sensor
by Communications 10/14/2015
Sony’s Latest Premium Compact Features Back-Illuminated Full-Frame Sensor, ZEISS® Sonnar T* 35mm F2 Lens, High Speed AF, retractable XGA OLED Viewfinder and World’s First Optical Variable Low Pass Filter1
Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today introduced the latest addition to their acclaimed Cyber-shot RX compact camera line, the full-frame RX1R II (model DSC-RX1RM2).
Sony RX1R II (model DSC-RX1RM2)
Joining the original RX1 and RX1R cameras in the family of the world’s smallest full-frame cameras, the new RX1R II delivers the highest picture quality of any Sony compact camera ever made. This can largely be attributed to the new camera’s high resolution 42.4 MP sensor paired with its large aperture, fixed focal length ZEISS Sonnar T* 35mm F2 lens, which have been fine-tuned to optimize performance together.
Sony RX1R II (model DSC-RX1RM2): retractable XGA OLED Viewfinder
Additionally, the new model features a 30% improvement in AF response speed compared to the original award-winning RX1 models and is equipped with the world’s first optical variable low pass filter that can be set to “off”, “standard” or “high” based on user preference, with low pass filter bracketing available. The camera also has a convenient retractable XGA OLED viewfinder for eye-level shooting, which has been implemented with minimal change in overall body size from its predecessors.
“The new RX1R II offers a combination of size and performance that has never before been realized in the world of compact cameras,” said Neal Manowitz, Vice President of Digital Imaging for Sony Electronics. “We’re giving imaging enthusiasts and professionals the opportunity to enjoy a camera with one of the most powerful combinations of sensor and lens in market today that can easily fit in the palm of your hand. It’s simply the latest example of the progressive innovation that Sony is bringing to the world of imaging.”
Sony RX1R II (model DSC-RX1RM2): Image Courtesy of Sony
We recently covered Canon’s big pre-NAB announcement of the C300 Mark II, and today at the show I was able to stop by their booth for a closer look. This impressive camera has several great, new features as well as an ergonomic design. In order to record 4K internally, Canon is introducing a new XF-AVC codec, which can record 4K up to 30 fps, and a special 2K crop mode allows up to 120 fps. The camera also features a dual pixel autofocus, covering up to 80% of the viewable image area with an adjustable focus box. Additionally, the newly announced Canon Log 2 allows you to get up to 15 stops of dynamic range. Watch the video above to learn more about the C300 Mark II and all of its features.
Sony has just announced the newest member to their large sensor 4K camera family, the PXW-FS5. Bridging the gap between the Sony NEX-FS700 and the PXW-FS7, the PXW-FS5 brings a smaller form factor while retaining many of the features of the FS7. Those accustomed to the FS7 will find the form factor and button layout of the FS5 very familiar and comfortable. With a 3.5″ LCD monitor positioned on an adjustable mount up front and a 0.39″ OLED viewfinder out back, the FS5 can be utilized in a myriad of shooting situations and positions. –
ZEISS Loxia 2.8/21: The new ZEISS Loxia 2.8/21 super wide-angle for full-frame cameras with Sony E-mount.
The following video presents Carl Zeiss Lenses – NEW Loxia 2.8/21:
Compact, wide-angle and powerful – these are the properties that make the super wide-angle Loxia 2.8/21 so special. The optical design has been specially developed for high-resolution, full-frame sensors of the mirrorless Sony α series. A system expansion through the new ZEISS Loxia – in a focal length range that has a long tradition at ZEISS.
ZEISS Loxia 2.8/21
ZEISS broadens lens horizon for E-mount full-frame cameras
With the new ZEISS Loxia 2.8/21 the company is expanding its family of compact lenses for compact Sony full-frame cameras with E-mount with a super wide angle.
The latest member of the ZEISS Loxia family is called ZEISS Loxia 2.8/21. It is a super wide angle, developed for compact full-frame cameras with E-mount and with a new optical design based on the ZEISS Distagon. The ZEISS Loxia 2.8/21 supplements the ZEISS Loxia 2/35 and ZEISS Loxia 2/50 lenses, which were presented last year at photokina. Especially practical for cinematographers, the ZEISS Loxia 2.8/21 has the mechanical aperture setting and the de-activation of the aperture click stop, both found on all ZEISS Loxia lenses.
The latest ZEISS Loxia family of lenses, consisting of the ZEISS Loxia 2.8/21, ZEISS Loxia 2/35 and ZEISS Loxia 2/50.
“Since the Sony α7 series came out, the market has been waiting for a powerful super wide-angle lens for compact full-frame cameras. For many photographers such a lens was the missing tool in their gear. ZEISS is now meeting that demand with the ZEISS Loxia 2.8/21,” said Christophe Casenave, Product Manager at ZEISS Camera Lenses.
As the latest member in the compact, light-weight family of ZEISS Loxia lenses, the ZEISS Loxia 2.8/21 offers trusted features that combine traditional photography and modern technology. The electronic interface transmits lens data (EXIF) as well as the focus movements and – if desired by the photographer – activates the magnifying function of the camera. For the sophisticated photographer who does not want to leave all the work to the camera, there are many opportunities to compose thanks to the lens’s precise manual focusing with end stop and the mechanical setting of the aperture (aperture priority mode for the working aperture). As a result, photographers can take advantage of all the possibilities offered by modern compact system cameras with an electronic viewfinder. Continue Reading »
The following video presents Canon EOS M10: Self Portrait Mode:
Watch this video featuring the Canon EOS M10’s Self Portrait mode.
Canon EOS M10
Canon announced the EOS M10 mirrorless.
The EOS M10 camera – available in black or white (Canada, USA), and will also be available in gray exclusively through the Canon Online store at http://shop.usa.canon.com/ – is scheduled to be available through authorized Canon dealers in November 2015, and will be offered in a kit with the EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom lens at an estimated retail price of CAD $729.99; USD $599.99. In addition, the new EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM zoom lens is scheduled to be available in November 2015 at an estimated retail price of CAD $389.99; USD $299.99.
Canon EOS M10 Digital Camera Specifications Summary:
18.0 Megapixel CMOS (APS-C) sensor, ISO 100-12800 (expandable to H:25600)
Canon DIGIC 6 Image Processor
Hybrid CMOS AF II for accurate autofocus along with maximum continuous shooting speeds up to 4.6 fps
Full HD 1920×1080 movies at 24p and 30p in MP4 format
Self Portrait mode to adjust camera effects, including skin smoothness and brightness* Compatible with all EF-M lenses as well as full line of EF and EF-S lenses*
Compact size at just 4.2 x 2.6 x 1.3 inches, and just over 10.5 ounces (including battery and memory card)
Built-in retractable flash
Built in Wi-Fi and NFC (Near Field Communication) plus Mobile Device Connect Button
New EOS M10 Digital Camera Puts Imaging Power And Convenience Into The Hands Of The Social Media Generation
Compact Addition to the EOS M-Series of Cameras Is Flexible, Stylish and Fun With an Emphasis on Connectivity
MELVILLE, N.Y., October 13, 2015 – For capturing and sharing life’s important moments with great clarity, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the EOS M10 interchangeable lens digital camera. A compact and stylish design, the EOS M10 camera has the features and lens options to help photographers expand their creativity and the mobile compatibility and size for social-sharers to stay connected with sharp images that are sure to draw ‘Likes’.
Canon EOS M10
Adding to its compact design, the EOS M10 camera is fitted with a new retractable EF-M 15-45mm f/3.5-6.3 IS STM lens, that shortens and locks into a compact size when not in use. This retractable Canon interchangeable lens provides outstanding image quality that helps the EOS M10 camera remain small and lightweight to go with you anywhere.
Canon EOS M10, white
For those “selfie” moments that can’t be missed, the EOS M10 camera’s three-inch screen tilts up 180 degrees to help make sure everyone is in the shot. The touch panel LCD screen also lets users browse images and navigate menus with ease. The camera’s Creative Assist mode makes it easy to adjust settings and add effects such as brightness, background blur, vividness of color, contrast, warmth and filter effects to create share-worthy images on the go – letting you stylize your photos and capture the moment just as you want. And, to help everyone look their selfie-best, the Self Portrait mode adjusts camera effects and settings to enhance skin smoothness and brightness.
Canon EOS M10
“This is the camera for the social media generation, including those who love to take and share high-quality photos and video while on the go. It will help them make the transition to a dedicated, high-quality digital camera, because of its mobile compatibility and creative options,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon’s Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS) system
The choice of RAW as well as JPEG recording modes for still photos
Built-in ND filter for enhanced exposure control in bright shooting conditions
The PowerShot G5 X and PowerShot G9 X camera kits are scheduled to begin shipping in November 2015 at suggested retail prices of USD $799.99 / CAD $999.99 and USD $529.99 / CAD $599.99, respectively.
Two New Powershot G-Series Cameras Add Style And Power To Canon’s Premium Powershot Line
High-Resolution EVF-Equipped PowerShot G5 X and Slim & Stylish PowerShot G9 X Digital Cameras Featuring One-Inch Image Sensors are Ideal for Advanced Amateur Photographers Passionate about Image Quality
MELVILLE, N.Y., October 13, 2015 – Rounding out what is now a family of five powerful large sensor PowerShot G-series cameras, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the PowerShot G5 X equipped with a built-in, high-resolution electronic viewfinder (EVF), and the slim, lightweight, carry-anywhere PowerShot G9 X. Featuring high-quality optics and large one-inch image sensors, both new models are ideal for advanced amateur photographers looking for a highly portable, advanced point-and-shoot camera equipped with built-in Wi-Fi®* and NFC** capability for easy sharing of images and video to social media networks as well as printing to compatible Canon PIXMA or SELPHY printers with the PIXMA Printing Solutions app1.
Both new models feature a one-inch, 20.2 Megapixel*** High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor that delivers optimal performance with an ISO range of 125 – 12,800. The sensor, along with a proprietary DIGIC 6 Image processor, creates Canon’s HS System to provide photographers with vivid and detailed still images and video, even in difficult low-light shooting scenarios.
Providing quality still images and video for social sharing, the stunning 1080p Full HD video (at 24p, 30p, and 60p in MP4 format) and still images captured on these cameras can be transferred after capture to compatible smartphones, tablets, or the new Canon Connect Station CS100 photo and video hub device, via built-in Wi-Fi** and NFC*** capability. Both new models are compatible with Canon’s free Camera Connect App2 for wireless image transfer and remote operation featuring Live View when using compatible iOS® and Android® devices.
In addition, these new cameras feature an enhanced Star Mode to provide more precise focusing sure to delight stargazers and amateur astronomers. The “Star Trails” mode is now enhanced to improve the breaks in light between star trails turning star movement into a luminous still image, while the “Star Time-Lapse Movie” mode makes beautiful video clips that show the movement of the stars against a static background of dark space.
“We continue to strive to provide photographers with a range of imaging equipment options to support each individual shooting style while still providing the features, usability, and performance they expect from a Canon camera,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Our PowerShot G-series cameras offer a range of options designed to satisfy professionals looking for a convenient back-up camera to their DSLR as well as photography enthusiasts looking for maximum image quality in conveniently compact cameras they can take with them anywhere.” Continue Reading »
Sony PXW-FS7, Shoulder Style: Image grab from video below
The following video presents PXW-FS7 Official Promotion Movie:
The PXW-FS7 XDCAM Series camera can be operated by just a single person in situations where the extraordinary flexibility of its Alpha Mount System and compatible interchangeable lenses can be used to excellent advantage. That makes it suitable for a wide range of shooting projects such as documentaries, music video and so on.
Earlier this year, Spencer Chumbley, a journalist and filmmaker, took his Sony PXW-FS7 to Nepal for VICE News to document the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated the region.
I brought the Sony PXW-FS7 with me because I needed an ergonomic camera on what would be a fairly active shoot with a lot of shoulder-mounted work….The FS7’s ergonomics were helpful for operating in more of a run-and-gun situation….
The camera survived some very hot days….
The idea of getting a cinema camera was – in my opinion – to get better ergonomics, but still record footage that caters to a non-4K audience because I’m not shooting in 4K yet….
I won’t have to buy another camera when I start shooting in 4K….
The 1080 workflow is going to continue to happen so including features for broadcast delivery is crucial.
Documenting Conflict and Crisis on the FS7
by Sony Pro Team 10/06/2015
Image Courtesy of Sony
By Spencer Chumbley
Spencer Chumbley is a journalist and filmmaker based in Washington, D.C. His work has been featured in VICE, Al Jazeera English/America, The Economist, and TIME, among others. He also heads the documentary production company DISCOURSE. He’s been documenting breaking news stories all over the world including Gaza, Yemen and Nepal. Earlier this year, Spencer took his Sony PXW-FS7 to Nepal for VICE News to document the 7.8 magnitude earthquake that devastated the region.
Image Courtesy of Sony
I got my start at Al Jazeera English/America. I remember my first digital photo camera – it was a Sony Alpha. Though I started my career as a photojournalist, I soon realized I wanted to move into video, so I taught myself to shoot on a DSLR.
I never went to school for video production, so I progressed slowly into the space. I worked my way up to associate producer at Al Jazeera’s before moving on to Vice News, a web-based news agency that produces short news documentaries. Today, I’m a freelance cinematographer and producer, continuing to work for news agencies worldwide.
Image Courtesy of Sony
When I traveled to Nepal earlier this year, it was the first time I had ever shot breaking news coverage, since I come from a background in documentary. I brought the Sony PXW-FS7 with me because I needed an ergonomic camera on what would be a fairly active shoot with a lot of shoulder-mounted work. Continue Reading »
Five-year-old Mia Gonzalez suffered from a rare heart malformation called double aortic arch. A Stratasys 3D printed model of her heart was used to perform a successful operation (Photo: Stratasys).
Life-Threatening Heart Condition of 5-Year-Old Mia Gonzalez Carried a Grim Prognosis – 3D Printing from Stratasys Changed Her Life
Miami’s Nicklaus Children’s Hospital Used 3D Printed, Life-Like Anatomical Heart Model to Study Complexity, Set Strategy for Repair
October 08, 2015 03:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
MINNEAPOLIS & REHOVOT, Israel–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Stratasys Ltd.(Nasdaq:SSYS), the 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions company, published the medical success story of 5-year-old Mia Gonzalez. The girl suffered from a rare heart malformation called double aortic arch, a condition in which a vascular ring wraps around either the trachea or esophagus, restricting airflow. The life-threatening condition could only be repaired through an intricate operation. A 3D printed model of Mia’s heart enhanced the planning phase so the surgical team could optimally visualize Mia’s specific heart structure, shown in this video.
“With a 3D printed model, we were able to figure out which part of her arch should be divided to achieve the best physiological result.”
–Dr. Redmond Burke, Director, Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery, Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, Miami
Surgical team from Nicklaus Children’s Hospital determines the best course of action by visualizing the surgical solution on the model. (Photo: Stratasys)
“The challenge is a surgical one, how do you divide this double aortic arch and save her life without hurting her,” said Dr. Redmond Burke, Director of Pediatric Cardiovascular Surgery at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital, part of Miami Children’s Health System. “By making a 3D model of her very complex aortic arch vessels, we were able to further visualize which part of her arch should be divided to achieve the best physiological result. It’s very powerful when you show a family ‘this is your baby’s heart and this is how I’m going to repair it.’”
Often misdiagnosed as asthma, Mia’s symptoms included labored breathing and choking. Once the condition was diagnosed using a CT scan at Nicklaus Children’s, Mia’s family was told she would need surgery to repair the arches in her heart.
A 3D Printed Heart Model
As a rule, surgeons prefer to develop a plan before entering complex operations. Unfortunately, no two people are alike – with each organ differing from those in textbooks. To improve patient outcomes, surgeons at Nicklaus Children’s Hospital have begun to leverage advanced tools, including Stratasys 3D Printers – charting a course using lifelike 3D printed organs.
Mia’s 3D printed heart model was created with a Stratasys 3D Printer, enhancing surgical preparedness, reducing complications and decreasing operating time for the surgical team. (Photo: Stratasys)
“Once patient scan data from MR or CT imaging is fed into the Stratasys 3D Printer, doctors can create a model with all its intricacies, specific features and fine detail. This significantly enhances surgical preparedness, reduces complications and decreases operating time,” said Scott Rader, GM of Medical Solutions at Stratasys. Continue Reading »