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Gentec News: New Compact series from Manfrotto sets the benchmark for entry-level tripods and monopods

Thu July 24, 2014

Manfrotto has announced a new line of compact tripods especially targeted to the mirrorless and light DSLR cameras. The Manfrotto Compact series tripods and monopods come in a range of colours.

The Compact Light is the lightest tripod, perfect as a travel companion. The Compact Action is targeted to both movie makers and photo enthusiasts; it has a joystick head with scroll-wheel locking to ensure stability and is available in black, white and red. The Compact Advanced is able to handle entry level DSLR’s with lenses up to 200mm; it offers independent pan, tilt and level controls for framing and accuracy, and is available in black and white.

The Compact Monopod is very portable and features a universal camera attachment, protective cap and wrist strap. The Compact Advanced Monopod provides an innovative rotating disc to ensure easy and fast camera attachment.

MRSP: Compact Light $89.95, Compact Action $99.95, Compact Advanced $139.95, Compact Monopod $39.95 and Compact Advanced Monopod $54.95.

[All prices quoted in Canadian dollars]

NEWS RELEASE

NEW COMPACT SERIES FROM MANFROTTO SETS THE BENCHMARK FOR ENTRY-LEVEL TRIPODS AND MONOPODS

TORONTO, ON., July 24, 2014 – Gentec International, the exclusive Canadian distributor of Manfrotto photo and video products, announces the launch of the new Compact series of stylish tripods and monopods from Manfrotto. Devoted to those approaching photography for the first time, the Compact family is characterized by a brand new design, innovative and intuitive features, plus an expanded range of colours to address the diverse personalities of photo enthusiasts.

Manfrotto’s Compact tripods help you take better pictures
The supports in the Compact range are not just tripods, but extensions of your creativity. Photo enthusiasts can easily achieve precise, shake-free images, ready to be shared with the world. Step away from the lens and be part of shots with friends and family; frame new memories with creative long exposures and sharper, brighter pictures.


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Fujifilm Updates X-mount Lenses Roadmap (July 24, 2014)

Thu July 24, 2014

Today, Fujifilm released an updated roadmap for X mount interchangeable lenses.

The XF90mmF2.0R large-diameter medium telephoto lens appears for the first time on the XF lens roadmap for first half of 2015. The next available lens will be the XF50-140mm F2.8 R OIS WR weather resistant lens designed to partner the X-T1. Other updates include the approximate timing for the XF16mmF1.4 R ultra-wide angle lens (mid 2015), the XF16-55mmF2.8 WR lens (Spring 2015) and the (as yet unnamed) super telephoto zoom lens (Winter 2015).

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Fujifilm releases a new roadmap for X-mount lenses

July 24, 2014

FUJIFILM Corporation (President: Shigehiro Nakajima) is pleased to release an updated roadmap for X-mount interchangeable lenses.

Following the June announcement of the XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR weather-resistant lens, the next lens introduction will be the XF50-140mm F2.8 R OIS WR lens; the second weather-resistant lens designed to partner with the Fujifilm X-T1 camera.

A new addition to the developmental roadmap includes a large-diameter medium tele-photo prime lens; the XF90mm F2.0 R, planned for mid 2015.


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Sigma dp2 Quattro Features New Foveon X3 Sensor, Now Available in Canada

Thu July 17, 2014

The Sigma dp2 Quattro, announced back in February, is now available in Canada. It boasts a new bold redesign and a new Foveon X3 image sensor that promises to capture subtle difference in colour through a layered processing for rich and vibrant images. Other key redesign features include a 30mm fixed focal length lens for the highest level of sensor and lens performance, a 39 megapixel-equivalent ultra-high resolution and a newly developed TRUE III image processing engine that allows for ultrafast processing of data without any image deterioration.

The Sigma dp2 Quattro is available this month at the MSRP of CAD $1,099.95.

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SIGMA REINVENTS ITS DP SERIES CAMERAS WITH THE NEW DP2 QUATTRO FEATURING A NEW FOVEON X3 SENSOR

TORONTO, ON., July 17, 2014 – Gentec International announces the launch of Sigma’s dp2 Quattro digital camera, one of their new generation of high image quality compact cameras incorporating a newly developed Foveon X3 direct image sensor. Unique among image sensors, the Foveon direct image sensor is similar to traditional colour film in that its multiple layers capture all of the information that visible light transmits. Along with Sigma’s proprietary image processing technology, this sensor produces incredible resolution with richer, deeper colours that are more faithful to the scene than ever before.

Every aspect of the new dp2 Quattro has been completely redesigned, from the sensor and processing engine to the lens and body. The dp2 Quattro embodies Sigma’s philosophy of creating cameras that deliver the highest level of performance to produce photographic works of art.


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McAfee: 2014 Most Toxic Superheroes List and Tips to Stay Protected

Tue July 15, 2014

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As comic fans begin preparing for Comic-Con, McAfee today released its second annual 2014 Most Toxic Superheroes list, with Superman coming in at number 1. McAfee researched superheroes to find out which ones are kryptonite on the Web and result in bad links, including viruses, malware, and sites laden with malicious software designed to steal passwords and personal information.

This year, two female superheroes – Wonder Woman and Black Widow – have soared their way to the top 10. Last year’s number 1 spot went to Aquaman, who has since sunken to the number 3 spot to tie with Wonder Woman.

The top 10 villainous superheroes for online surfers this year include the following:


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Wildlife in North Carolina 2014 Photo Competition: Entries to Be Uploaded by 5 P.M. on Sept. 2, 2014

Mon July 14, 2014

Wildlife in North Carolina magazine is the official educational publication of the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission in North Carolina, USA.

  • “The magazine is dedicated to the sound conservation of North Carolina’s wildlife and other interrelated natural resources and also to the environment that we share with them.”

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission’s Mission Statement

“To conserve North Carolina’s wildlife resources and their habitats and provide programs and opportunities that allow hunters, anglers, boaters; other outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy wildlife-associated recreation.”

The magazine recently announced the Wildlife in North Carolina 2014 Photo Competition.

  • Photographers in the two youth categories (13–17 years old and 12 and under) may enter FREE of charge.
  • However, adult photo competition entrants must be subscribers to Wildlife in North Carolina.

Photos will be judged in the following 10 categories:

  1. Birds
  2. Mammals
  3. Reptiles and Amphibians
  4. Invertebrates
  5. Wild Landscapes: The peaks, valleys, plains and beaches of North Carolina.
  6. Wild Plants and Fungi: Wild-growing plants only, including their flowers, leaves, fruits and other parts. Absolutely no cultivated plants will be accepted.
  7. Outdoor Recreation: Show how people interact with North Carolina’s natural world through activ­ities that are inextricably linked to nature, such as hunting, fishing, hiking, rock climbing or canoeing.
  8. Animal Behavior: Anything animals do, from every­day activities to interactions with other animals to unusual behavior.
  9. Youth Photographer, 13–17: Any of the above subjects, shot by photographers under 18.
  10. Youth Photographer, 12 and under: Any of the above subjects, shot by children 12 and younger.

Photographs must have been taken in North Carolina no earlier than Sept. 1, 2009.

Entrants may submit a maximum of two (2) photos per category.

  • An image may be entered in only one category.
    • For instance, if a photo of a preening wood duck might fit in Birds or Animal Behavior, you must choose the one category in which you want the image to compete.

Winners will receive the following prizes:


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Canada Post Celebrates Canadian Photography: Second Issue in a Five-Year Stamp Series is Released Now

Mon July 7, 2014

On June 4, 2012, Canada Post announced the Canadian Photography series as one of two new series for Canada Post’s 2013 stamp program.

The Canadian Photography series is the first of a five-year series depicting 150 years of the most compelling photographs taken by Canadians.

According to Stamp Design Manager Alain Leduc, “I see this series as a continuation of Art Canada – these are masters of the art of photography – but we’ve changed and freshened up the design and the format to better suit the medium.”….framed by the challenge of showcasing the best Canadian photography from Confederation to the country’s sesquicentennial in 2017…..

“Instead of one or two images by a particular photographer each year, we treated the photography we selected as art pieces, combining those choices to produce an annual gallery of the best of the best.” The selection of these images was a gargantuan task, one that needed to be approached with expertise, knowledge and balance. To select the photography for the series, Leduc’s virtual photography task force included the following: Karen Love, Manager of Curatorial Affairs at the Vancouver Art Gallery; David Mattison, BC Archival Network Service, Archives Association of British Columbia; Ann Thomas, Curator of Photography at the National Gallery; Maia Sutnik, Curator of Photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario; Nora Hague, Senior Cataloguer, and Hélène Samson, Curator, both of The McCord Museum’s Notman Collection; Lorraine Monk, photography curator and author who spent two decades as the executive producer of the Still Photography Division at the National Film Board; Mario Béland, Curator of Historical Art and Photography at the Musée national du Québec; and Lilly Koltun, internationally known art and photography historian, Adjunct Research Professor in Fine Art History at Carleton University and former Director General of the Portrait Gallery at Library and Archives Canada.

The initial Permanent domestic stamps of the series features work by early photographers Thomas Coffin Doane, Geraldine Moodie and Margaret Watkins, as well as contemporaries Jim Breukelman and Hungarian-born Canadian, Gabor Szilasi.

The work of Arnaud Maggs, known for his 48 views of Yousuf Karsh, graces the International rate stamp, while Rodney Graham’s Basement Camera Shop appears on the U.S. rate stamp.

Leduc concludes that in the development of the series, the group rejected typical parameters of Canadian photography, choosing instead the best work of photographers who identified as Canadian, whether by birth or by choice, as well as photographs that were shot within Canada, and those that demonstrated a Canadian vision of the larger world.”

Canadian Photography
Canada’s Stamp Details (Vol. XXI No 4; October to December 2012)
https://www.canadapost.ca/cpo/mc/personal/collecting/stamps/2013/2013_mar_photography.jsf

Today, Canada Post released the second issue in a five-year series on Canadian photography.

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Images by Burtynsky, Cohen, Herzog, Hoy, Lambeth, Notman and Vallée featured in second set of Canadian photography stamp series

July 7, 2014

OTTAWA (Ont.) – Canada Post is celebrating the work of master photographers Edward Burtynsky, Lynne Cohen, Fred Herzog, C.D. Hoy, Michel Lambeth, William Notman and Louis-Prudent Vallée, with the second issue in a five-year series on Canadian photography.

Seven stamps will feature some of their most iconic photographs, carefully selected with the help of archivists and museum curators and other experts with historical and technical knowledge of photography. The series includes five Permanent™ domestic stamps, one U.S. rate stamp and one International rate stamp.

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Olympus ‘Anywhere Classroom’ Video Series Starts June 26, 2014: An Online Free Photography Class Using Olympus OM-D Cameras & Lenses

Thu June 26, 2014

This video presents “Season 1: Episode 1 – Shooting Landscapes” in and around Gunnison, Colorado, USA.

  • “The Anywhere Classroom Series is a virtual photography class where Olympus Visionaries share their tricks and tips for taking amazing photos. In this episode, you’ll learn how to best-capture landscape shots. What are you waiting for? Class is in session.”

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.

The following video presents “Season 1: Episode 2 – Shooting Wildlife” in and around Gunnison, Colorado, USA.

  • “In this episode, you’ll learn how to capture wildlife. What are you waiting for? Class is in session.”

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.

This video presents “Season 1: Episode 3 – Shooting Nature” in and around Gunnison, Colorado, USA.

  • “In this episode, Olympus Visionary and National Geographic Photographer, Jay Dickman will take you on a Photo Safari. What are you waiting for? Class is in session.”

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.

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CLASS IS IN SESSION: OLYMPUS LAUNCHES
‘ANYWHERE CLASSROOM’ VIDEO SERIES

Online Series Follows Members of the Olympus Visionary Program as they Share Their Photography Expertise from Locations throughout the Country

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., June 26, 2014 — Olympus Imaging America Inc. launches today the Anywhere Classroom video series, an online photography class hosted by members of the Olympus Visionary program that inspires anyone from snap shooters to working professionals to enhance their photo skills using the Olympus OM-D® family and lens system. In season one, now available at www.getolympus.com/anywhereclassroom, National Geographic and Olympus Visionary photographer Jay Dickman takes viewers on location in Colorado to share his outdoor photography expertise.

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.

In the three Anywhere Classroom season one videos, Jay adventures through the majestic scenery just outside of Gunnison, Colorado, the “Base Camp of the Rocky Mountains,” with the award-winning OM-D E-M1. During each of the approximately five-minute videos, Jay shares his insights on topics, including nature, wildlife and landscape photography, offering tips on watching for the best light, composition and choosing the right lens.

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.

“Olympus developed the Anywhere Classroom as a compelling way for photographers at all levels to learn from the professionals and enthusiasts who make up our Olympus Visionary program,” said Stephanie Sherry, Director, Marketing Communications, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “There’s no better way to kick off this series than with celebrated photographer, instructor and longtime Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman. The Anywhere Classroom videos and the online conversation happening around the series will inspire users to enhance their skills and continue to explore the possibilities of photography.”

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.

Shot with an OM-D E-M1 by Olympus Visionary, Jay Dickman.

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Nikon Canada: New Nikon D810 HD-SLR Camera for Professional Photographers and Cinematographers

Thu June 26, 2014

Nikon Canada today announced the release of the D810 HD-SLR, the next benchmark in HD-SLR image quality for professional photographers and cinematographers.

Some of the key features of the D810 include the following:

  • 36.3-megapixel, full-frame FX-format sensor;
  • Optical low pass filter (OLPF) has been removed to allow for extreme resolution and staggering dynamic range;
  • Option to shoot in new RAW Size Small format, which is half the resolution and approximately 1/4 the file size of full RAW files;
  • EXPEED 4 image processing engine;
  • ISO range from 64 to 12,800, expandable from 32 to 51,200;
  • Advanced Scene Recognition System with the 91,000-pixel 3D Colour Matrix Meter III;
  • New “Clarity” setting added to Pictural Control settings to adjust mid tones to enhance details;
  • New “Flat” Picture Control Profile to preserve detail in shadows and highlights;
  • Ability to make adjustments in .25-step increments;
  • Full HD (1080p) video recording and built-in stereo microphone;
  • Zebra pattern display during Live View to make it easy to spot overexposed areas;
  • Highlight weighted metering to help prevent blown-out highlights in video;
  • Enhancements to the D810′s durable magnesium alloy structure;
  • Redesigned mirror sequencer/balancer unit to minimize vibration during shooting; and
  • Compatible with wireless remote systems.

Additionally, Nikon Canada will be releasing Capture NX-D, a new FREE software package for processing and adjusting RAW, JPEG, and TIFF images captured with Nikon digital cameras.

PRESS RELEASE

June 26, 2014

Power to Create Compelling Images: Nikon D810 HD-SLR Delivers Unmatched Image Quality and a True Cinematic Experience

With extreme resolution, powerful video features and enhanced performance, Nikon D810 is the essential asset for pro photo and video applications

Mississauga Canada –

Nikon Canada today announced the D810, the next benchmark in HD-SLR image quality for professional photographers and cinematographers. The D810 features a brand-new 36.3-megapixel, full-frame FX-format sensor without an optical low pass filter (OLPF) to allow for extreme resolution and staggering dynamic range. Bolstered by Nikon’s EXPEED 4 image processing engine, the D810 delivers enhanced response and performance for a wide variety of photographic, cinematic and broadcast disciplines. Whether photographing weddings, fashion or landscapes, shooting documentary-style cinema or video for broadcast, this HD-SLR provides the ultimate in versatility and capability.

“Once a user experiences the intense level of fine detail rendered by the immersive resolution of the D810, it will be hard to imagine a project without it,” said Amanda Mohammed, Communications and Nikon Professional Services Manager at Nikon Canada. “When coupled with the industry-leading imaging capabilities of NIKKOR optics, the D810 becomes a powerful storytelling tool to create images and broadcast-quality video with unprecedented detail, dynamic range and sharpness.”


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Sony PMW-F55 4K CineAlta Cameras Record Abdication of King Juan Carlos I of Spain and Coronation of his son Felipe VI

Fri June 20, 2014

King Juan Carlos I of Spain signed his own abdication and Spain welcomed their new king and queen, King Felipe VI and Queen Letizia. Unlike most coronations that tend to be ostentatious affairs, the celebration was purposefully kept a relatively humble affair due to the economic crisis Spain is currently going through.

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RTVE records the abdication of King Juan Carlos I and the coronation of Felipe VI of Spain using Sony 4K cameras

4K technology provides four times more resolution than conventional high definition

Barcelona, Spain, 20 June 2014: As part of its ongoing commitment to technological innovation, national television broadcaster Televisión Española has filmed the historic event of the abdication of King Juan Carlos I of Spain at the Royal Palace—as well as the subsequent proclamation of Felipe VI as the reigning monarch at the Spanish parliament—in 4K ultra high definition. For both events, RTVE used two Sony PMW-F55 cameras to capture the scenes and the key moments using the latest 4K technology for future viewings. The images will form part of the RTVE archive using the very best in future technology.


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