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Ricoh’s PENTAX 645Z: medium-format DSLR camera with 51.4 megapixels

Tue April 15, 2014

PENTAX 645Z

A medium-format digital SLR camera featuring a new CMOS image sensor, approximately 51.4 effective megapixels and live-view shooting, for the highest level of creativity and visual expression

RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the launch of the PENTAX 645Z medium-format digital SLR cameras. This new model features a newly designed, large CMOS image sensor with approximately 51.4 effective megapixels to deliver super-high-resolution images, while assuring the outstanding operability and exceptional reliability that can satisfy the exacting demands of professional photographers.

The PENTAX 645Z was developed based on the PENTAX 645D, which was launched in 2010. While retaining the time-proven weather-resistant, dustproof construction, it incorporates a newly developed image sensor and imaging engine to enhance image quality and reliability. It also boasts approximately 51.4 effective megapixels to produce super-high-resolution images with true-to-life sense of depth. It has much-improved basic specifications, such as: burst shooting at approximately three images per second; a tiltable, high-resolution LCD monitor; a state-of-the-art AF system with a live-view function; a high-precision exposure control system; and a more durable, dependable shutter unit. It also provides much faster response to the photographer’s commands under all types of shooting conditions. The result is the top level of operability and maneuverability required in demanding professional work. It even features full HD movie recording capability and smartphone accessibility via Wi-Fi transmission to add new possibilities and enhance flexibility in creative photography.


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Sigma: New Large Aperture 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Lens is an Addition to Sigma’s New Art Line of Lenses

Fri April 11, 2014

Sigma Art Line: 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Lens with Hood

Sigma Art Line: 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Lens with Hood

Photographers, spruce up your kit this spring with Sigma’s new 50mm F1.4 DG HSM from the Sigma Art line.

  • Incorporating the same advanced optical technology as the award winning 35mm F1.4 DG HSM lens, this large aperture lens will offer photographers superb image quality in a classic 50mm focal length.

The suggested retail price of Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM lens is $1049.95 and available in June for Sigma (A50DGHAS), Canon (A50DGHC) and Nikon (A50DGHN). The Sony A50DGHS is yet to be announced.

For additional information, please visit the Sigma brand page.

NEWS RELEASE

SIGMA DELIVERS UNCOMPROMISED PERFORMANCE WITH NEW, LARGE APERTURE 50MM F1.4 DG HSM LENS

TORONTO, ON., April 11, 2014 – Gentec International, the exclusive Canadian distributor of Sigma lenses, announces the addition of the updated 50mm F1.4 DG HSM to Sigma’s new Art line of lenses. Incorporating the same advanced optical technology as Sigma’s award-winning 35mm F1.4 DG HSM lens, this high-performance, large aperture lens offers superb image quality in a classic 50mm focal length.

SPECIAL FEATURES

Art line lenses provide the highest level of artistic expression
Sigma is organizing its interchangeable lenses into three product lines: Art, Contemporary, and Sports. The Art line has been designed with an emphasis on artistic expression to meet the expectations of users who value a creative, dramatic outcome above compactness and multifunction. Offering sophisticated optical performance for landscapes, portraits, still-life, close-up and casual snaps, these lenses are perfect for the kind of photography that unleashes the inner artist. While ideal for studio photography, they offer just as much expressive scope when capturing architecture, starry skies, underwater shots, and many other scenes.

High-performance design, high-quality images
Incorporating the latest technology, this lens thoroughly corrects aberration and achieves the highest image quality, even near the edge of the image.


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Nikon Canada: Nikon Releases AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR Lens

Thu April 10, 2014

NIKKOR AFS_DX_18_300_3.5_6.3G

Nikon Canada today announced the latest addition to its NIKKOR lineup, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR telephoto zoom lens. Designed for DX-format photographers, the NIKKOR 18-300mm is a versatile, compact, and lightweight 16.7x all-in-one telephoto zoom lens that helps users capture content with vibrant colours and sharp details.

Some of the key features of the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR include the following:

  • Weighs 550g (more than 30% lighter than the acclaimed AF-S DX NIKKOR
    18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens)
  • Boasts 16.7x ultra high-ratio zoom range
  • Offers a focal range from wide-angle 18mm to super-telephoto 300 mm (27mm to 450mm equivalent in FX/35mm format)
  • Contains 16 optical elements in 12 groups and includes three Aspherical and three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements
  • Includes a seven rounded-blade diaphragm
  • Built with a Silent Wave Motor (SWM)

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Get Close to the Action with AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR Lens, a Versatile, Compact and Lightweight Telephoto Zoom Lens

Incorporating proven NIKKOR lens technology, the 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR telephoto zoom lens helps users capture fast action and faraway fun

Mississauga, ON, April 10, 2014 – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the latest addition to its legendary NIKKOR lineup, the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR telephoto zoom lens. Designed for DX-format photographers looking to get more out of their DSLR cameras, the versatile NIKKOR 18-300mm is a compact and lightweight 16.7X all-in-one telephoto zoom lens that delivers high performance and superior image quality. Whether shooting still images or HD videos, the 18-300mm lens is built to help users capture content with vibrant colours and sharp details so they can photograph sports, vacations and wildlife with confidence.

“With the addition of the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR to the NIKKOR lens line-up, DX-format photographers have a travel-friendly all-in-one telephoto zoom that can handle any photo or video challenge,” said Gregory Flasch, National Advertising and Communications Manager at Nikon Canada. “The 18-300mm lens enables DX-format photographers to capture sharp images and videos with incredible detail. Additionally, the lens incorporates renowned NIKKOR optics and technology like a Silent Wave Motor (SWM), three Aspherical and three Extra-low Dispersion glass elements, and innovative features like Vibration Reduction image stabilization.”

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Nikon Canada: New COOLPIX S810C Has 12x Optical Zoom, Wi-Fi® & Android™ for Access to Apps

Thu April 10, 2014

Nikon Canada today announced the release of the Nikon COOLPIX S810c, a compact camera that combines Nikon’s powerful camera imaging technologies with the vast capabilities of the Android operating system to help users to never again settle for sharing a sub-par smartphone photo to their social networks. Some of the key features of the COOLPIX S810c include the following:

  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system
  • Built-in Wi-Fi capabilities
  • Ability to access myriad apps including Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, among others
  • Ability to surf the Web, read emails, browse through friends’ photos and videos, and navigate with maps
  • Built-in GPs technology
  • 16.0-megapixel backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor
  • 3.7-inch touch-screen LCD monitor with 1.2 million-dot resolution
  • Ability to capture Full HD 1080p videos
  • 12x optical zoom NIKKOR lens (with 24x Dynamic Fine Zoom)
  • ISO range up to 3200
  • Lens Shift Vibration Reduction (VR) technology

NEWS RELEASE

No Filter Needed: Nikon COOLPIX S810C with Android™ Operating System Provides a Seamless Way to Shoot and Share Stunning Images

Next-generation full-featured social camera helps users step up their photo sharing with vibrant images and instant access to favourite apps

Mississauga, ON, April 10, 2014 – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the COOLPIX S810C, which combines Nikon’s powerful camera imaging technologies with the vast capabilities of the AndroidTM operating system (OS). Whether photographing friends dancing into the night or fast-action sports, the 16.0-megapixel COOLPIX S810C helps users to never again settle for sharing a sub-par smartphone photo to their social networks.

“The COOLPIX S810C combines the best parts of a Nikon camera and the limitless possibilities of the Android operating system so users can seamlessly integrate their digital lives with their creative passions,” said Gregory Flasch, National Advertising and Communications Manager at Nikon Canada. “S810C users will be able to stay connected and share everyday moments with ease through Full HD video and amazing stills.”
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Full Frame Sony α7S Features ISO 102400 and 4K Video

Sun April 6, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

Sony’s α7S Full-Frame Camera Realizes a New World of Imaging Expression

Features newly developed, wide dynamic range sensor with awe-inspiring sensitivity

SAN DIEGO, April 6, 2014 – Joining the acclaimed α7 and α7R family of the world’s smallest full-frame interchangeable lens cameras1, Sony’s new α7S model puts extraordinary sensitivity, low noise and spectacular 4K video quality into the hands of professional photographers and videographers.

The innovative α7S camera features a newly developed, 12.2 effective megapixel 35mm Exmor® CMOS sensor paired with a powerful BIONZ X image processor, allowing it to shoot at a sensitivity range of ISO 50 – 4096002 with unprecedented dynamic range and low noise.

The new model is also the world’s first camera to utilize the entire width of a full-frame image sensor in 4K video acquisition, and does this without cropping or line skipping as it can read and process data from every one of the sensor’s pixels. This allows 4K video shooters to utilize all of the artistic and creative benefits provided by the unique sensor.

“The α7S gives Sony the most complete, versatile lineup of full-frame cameras in market today,” said Neal Manowitz, director of the interchangeable lens camera business at Sony Electronics.  “Between the α99, VG900, RX1, α7, α7R and now α7S models, we have completely revolutionized what it means to be a ‘full-frame’ camera, bringing a new level of quality and portability to enthusiast photographers and videographers.”

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Panasonic’s Global, Interactive Webcast ‘LIVE @ NAB’ + 2014 Live @ NAB Contest is Open to USA: Apr.7

Fri April 4, 2014

Yesterday Panasonic officially kicked off the promotion of the Live @ NAB Google Plus Hangouts from the Panasonic booth at 2014 NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show.

  • You can view and interact with the streaming broadcasts through Panasonic’s microsite, us.panasonic.com/NAB.

‘Live @ NAB’ will be comprised of the following five 30-minute Hangouts on Monday, April 7 :

  • 10:00am PT: Live @ NAB Kickoff – Rance Poehler | RSVP: www.bit.ly/nabkickoff
    • Chat with Rance Poehler, President of Panasonic System Communications Company of North America, about new products making their debut, and discuss developing trends in both creation to consumption of content across all mediums.
  • 11:00am PT: “4K in Film” – Lawrence Bender | RSVP: www.bit.ly/nab4kfilm
    • From the introduction of the Panasonic VariCam® 35 camera to 4K monitors and tablets, 4K is everywhere.
      • This roundtable discussion covers the why, what, where, when, and how of 4K content creation and consumption in Hollywood.
  • 1:30pm PT: “Get in the Game” – Ken Kerschbaumer | RSVP: www.bit.ly/nabsports
    • As broadcast technology evolves, sports spectators are brought closer and closer to the action—whether they’re in a stadium seat or watching from their living room couch.
      • Discuss new products coming to market for the sports industry, and chat about what fans can look forward to in the future.
  • 2:30pm PT: “Innovation in IP Networking” | RSVP: www.bit.ly/nabip2014
    • From large venue entertainment to seminar and lecture halls, Panasonic powers IP-based experiences at Universities, Houses of Worship, and businesses across the globe.
      • Discuss cutting-edge, tech-laden learning environments, and other real world installations that are ever evolving in the fast-growing IP market.
  • 3:30pm PT: “Independent Filmmaking in 4K” – Dave Helmly | RSVP: www.bit.ly/nabgen
    • Advances in video technology have made recording and broadcasting more and more accessible.
      • Take a look at how independent content creators are using the newest equipment to produce high-quality footage—and then easily distributing the final product through a variety of digital channels.
Panasonic Lumix GH4

Panasonic Lumix GH4

An integral element in this promotion is the contest/giveaway grand prize of a LUMIX GH4 to a lucky fan who tweets in a question using the #PanasonicNAB.

  • #PanasonicNAB Live @ NAB Google+ Hangout Contest  (the “Contest”) is open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia who are at least eighteen (18) years old at the time of entry.
  • Tweet their guests for Live @ NAB questions on Twitter using #PanasonicNAB to enter to win a LUMIX GH4 camera!
    • Check out the times above and each of the participants so you can pick your best questions to share!
    • Contest runs until April 7, 5 p.m. PST.
    • “NO PURCHASE NECESSARY.  A PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING.”
    • Please click here for more info and the complete official rules.

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Panasonic Set to Host Global Streaming Webcast, ‘LIVE @ NAB’

A-List panel of industry experts, never-before-seen content headline Google+ Hangout sessions

LAS VEGAS, NV (April 2, 2014) – Panasonic System Communications Company of North America announced plans to host a global, interactive webcast, titled ‘LIVE @ NAB,’ on April 7 during the 2014 NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show. Highlighted by a ‘can’t miss’ lineup of expert panelists, the interactive webcast is designed to entertain and inform by dissecting and discussing the hottest industry topics.

Panelists include, world-class film producer Lawrence Bender; Sports Video Group editor-in-chief Ken Kerschbaumer; Adobe’s Dave Helmly; celebrity photographer and director Michael Grecco; and representatives from the Philadelphia Eagles and Arkansas Razorbacks. The global webcast begins Monday, April 7 2014 at 10:00am PT, with remarks from Panasonic System Communications President Rance Poehler.

Produced straight from the floor of the NAB, the world’s largest electronic media show, ‘Live @ NAB’ will be comprised of five 30-minute segments:


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Sony and FIFA Collaborate on a Range of 4K Initiatives at the 2014 FIFA World Cup™

Fri April 4, 2014

Sony CineAlta™ 4K live camera “PMW-F55”

Sony CineAlta™ 4K live camera “PMW-F55”

2014 FIFA World Cup™ is the world football’s flagship event which will be held in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July.

Sony and FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) will collaborate on a range of 4K initiatives at the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, including production of the Official 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Film in 4K Ultra HD, and produce three full matches in 4K to further promote the growth of 4K content.

This video presents “2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ – Sony One Stadium.”

  • One Stadium. A film from Sony, official FIFA Partner, to celebrate the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™ football tournament.

4k coverage 2014 fifa world cup

PRESS RELEASE

April 3, 2014

Sony and FIFA announce further 4K coverage of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™

Tokyo, Japan – Sony Corporation (“ Sony” ) and FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) today announced that they will collaborate on a range of 4K initiatives at the 2014 FIFA World Cup™, including production of the Official 2014 FIFA World Cup™ Film in 4K Ultra HD, and produce three full matches in 4K to further promote the growth of 4K content. World football’s flagship event will be held in Brazil from 12 June to 13 July . Sony, an official FIFA Partner, offers a wide array of 4K products ranging from broadcast and professional solutions, to 4K- compatible consumer products such as TVs, home theat re projectors and video cameras, and provides unique and comprehensive 4K live production solutions, from shooting and production to viewing. Through the following joint initiatives, Sony and FIFA aim to further accelerate the expansion of the 4K viewing experience:


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Vote on the Finalists for the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize: Beginning on August 13, 2014

Wed April 2, 2014

The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize is Canada’s largest photography prize and one of the largest art and culture prize programs in the world. The prize awards more than $85,000 CAD in cash prizes directly to artists working in fine art photography each year, and is comprised of an annual exhibition at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), an online exhibition at AimiaAGOPhotographyPrize.com, international artist residencies, public programming, and a national scholarship program.

  • The 2014 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize long list will be announced on April 16, 2014.
  • The three runners-up each will receive $5000 CAD stipends toward the research and production of new work, and all four artists will receive six-week residencies across Canada designed in collaboration with the AGO to enrich each artist’s respective practice.

Founded in 2007, the Prize was the first major art prize in the world to invite the public to choose its winners.

  • The public is invited to vote on the finalists online beginning on August 13, 2014 at the online exhibition at AimiaAGOPhotographyPrize.com.
  • The finalists’ (shortlisted artists’) works will be exhibited at the AGO in an exhibition opening on Sept. 3, 2014.
    • Also, the public is invited to vote on the finalists inside the exhibition.
    • The public vote will decide who wins the $50,000 CAD prize.

For updates on the prize and additional information please visit AimiaAGOPhotographyPrize.com and follow @AimiaAGOPrize on Twitter.

This video presents “About the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize.”

About the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize from AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize on Vimeo.

PRESS RELEASE

Aimia | AGO Photography Prize announces 2014 jury

AGO curator Sophie Hackett leads distinguished panel of jurors that includes Laurie Simmons and Okwui Enwezor

TORONTO — The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize is pleased to announce the jury of experts who will award Canada’s largest photography prize this year. Sophie Hackett, associate curator of photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO), will lead the 2014 Prize panel which will include luminaries Laurie Simmons, a New York photography and film-based artist, and Okwui Enwezor, director of Munich’s renowned Haus der Kunst.

One of the largest art prize programs in the world, the Aimia | AGO Photography Prize awards more than $85,000 CAD in cash prizes directly to artists working in photography each year, and each year’s winner is chosen by public vote. The Prize program is comprised of an annual exhibition, an online exhibition at AimiaAGOPhotographyPrize.com, fully-funded artist residencies in Canada, public events and a national scholarship program.

“The AGO is committed to fostering an ongoing public dialogue about contemporary photography by connecting people with extraordinary images by Canadian and international artists,” says Matthew Teitelbaum, Director and CEO of the AGO. “We feel privileged to have Aimia as an equal partner in this endeavour, as our organizations share a meaningful passion for the advancement of photography and its artists both in Canada and globally. I’m delighted to welcome such distinguished jury members to this year’s prize, and I look forward to the many exciting moments to come. ”

“The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize is a springboard for Canadian and international artists who have shown extraordinary potential in the course of the past five years,” says Vince Timpano, President and CEO of Aimia in Canada. “Aimia is dedicated to supporting a dialogue around contemporary photography by creating platforms for discussion and offering support to help artists achieve their goals.”


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Olympus SH-1 Features 24x Wide-Angle Zoom, 5-Axis Image Stabilization and Wi-Fi

Mon March 31, 2014

SMART, SLEEK AND STEADY: OLYMPUS STYLUS® SH-1 IS WORLD’S FIRST*1 COMPACT WITH MECHANICAL 5-AXIS STABILIZATION

Advanced Image Stabilization, Powerful Zoom and Wi-Fi® Sharing in a Sophisticated Design

CENTER VALLEY, P.A., March 31, 2014 – Olympus introduces a breakthrough in the long zoom category, the STYLUS SH-1®, the first compact camera equipped with optical*2 5-axis image stabilization for both still images and videos. The STYLUS SH-1’s 5-axis mechanical image stabilization, originally developed for the Olympus OM-D E-M5®  interchangeable lens camera, combined with a powerful 24x, high-powered optical zoom lens, full 1080 60p HD video and built-in Wi-Fi*3, delivers outstanding performance in a body with an elegant look and feel.

Advanced technology, including a 16-megapixel backlit CMOS sensor and the TruePic VII image processor, the same found in Olympus’ award-winning OM-D®  series of interchangeable lens cameras, work in connection with the Olympus STYLUS SH-1’s impressive 24x optical long zoom lens, (48x*4 super-resolution zoom) which covers 25mm to 600mm*5 telephoto. This combination delivers beautiful image quality with high resolution, superior color reproduction and high sensitivity.


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