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Sony α5100 Compact Interchangeable Lens Camera Features α6000′s Fast Hybrid AF system

Mon August 18, 2014

The new Sony α5100 claims to be “the world’s smallest interchangeable-lens digital camera that boasts a big APS-C sensor plus a built-in flash and Wi-Fi.” It incorporates the α6000′s blazing Fast Hybrid AF system with 179 phase detection points and features a 180° tiltable touch enabled LCD Monitor.

Main features:

  • Fast Hybrid AF with huge 179 focal plane phase-detection AF points for reliable tracking autofocus plus touch focussing and touch shutter release
  • Large, sensitive 24.3 megapixel APS-C size Exmor™ CMOS sensor and powerful BIONZ X™ processor for superb image quality
  • New 180° tiltable touch enabled LCD Monitor
  • Shoot cinematic Full HD movies with tracking Fast Hybrid AF
  • Expand your shooting fun with a host of downloadable PlayMemories Camera Apps™ to expand your creative possibilities
  • One-touch image and movie sharing with Wi-Fi/NFC

PRESS RELEASE

Sony Debuts Ultra-Compact α5100 Interchangeable Lens Camera with Impressive Autofocus

New Mirrorless Camera Features Remarkable AF speed and tracking, 24 MP APS-C Size Sensor, BIONZ X™ Processor and more

SAN DIEGO, Aug. 17, 2014 – Sony Electronics has today introduced the stylish new α5100 camera, a new model packing pro-quality AF performance and image quality into a portable, lightweight package.

The speedy new camera (model ILCE-5100) features the same Fast Hybrid AF system as the acclaimed α6000 model, which allows it to acquire focus in as little as 0.07 seconds1. It also shares the α6000’s image sensor – a 24.3 MP APS-C Exmor™ CMOS sensor – and powerful BIONZ X processor.  This impressive combination of hardware ensures that the camera can capture still images and full HD videos in sharp focus with incredible detail.

Unique to the new α5100 is its extremely compact design, placing it among the smallest and lightest interchangeable lens cameras in market today.

“Sony continues to innovate in the mirrorless camera space, offering products that are not only smaller and lighter than competitive DSLRs, but that consistently outperform them,” said Neal Manowitz, director of the interchangeable lens camera business at Sony.  “The new α5100 is a primary example, offering world-class AF speed and performance in a palm-sized body at a great price.  It’s powerful enough to satisfy the most experienced DSLR shooters, yet not too intimidating for the casual weekend photographer.”


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National Geographic International Photography Contest 2014 for Kids: Online Entries to Be Received by 11:59 PM (EDT) on Oct.15

Fri August 8, 2014

This video presents “Teen wins in National Geographic contest.”

  • A Paola 14-year-old girl placed first in the “Animals” category in the National Geographic International Photography Contest 2012 for Kids for her unique photo of a reflection of a barn in a cow’s eye.

“Take an awesome photo for a chance to win really cool prizes — including a trip to Costa Rica — plus a chance to compete against other winners from around the world to win a trip to Washington, DC!

For contest entries outside the U.S., see our list of international partners.”

For U.S. Contest Entries:

  • Contest is open only to legal residents of the United States who are between the ages of 6 and 14 on October 15, 2014.
  • You must be the photographer.
  • All Mail-in Entries must be postmarked by October 15, 2014, and received by October 22, 2014.
  • Online Entries must be received by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern Daylight Time) on October 15, 2014.
  • Entries become the property of Sponsor and will not be returned or acknowledged.
  • The categories for entries are:

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Ricoh announces the Pentax Q-S1 lens-interchangeable digital camera

Mon August 4, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

PENTAX Q-S1 Digital Camera: Providing endless artistic expression in a fashionable compact design complete, with interchangeable lenses

Denver, Colorado August 4, 2014 RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION is proud to introduce the new PENTAX Q-S1, one of the world’s smallest and lightest digital cameras with interchangeable lenses. With a new refined look, Smart Affect mode for creative photo enhancing, and color variations from today’s hottest fashion trends, the Q-S1 is an ideal everyday camera for the style-minded looking for the portability of a compact and added benefits of interchangeable lenses.

“Along with its stylish, petite body, this new model offers impressive specifications. The PENTAX Q-S1 is an ideal everyday camera for photographers of all levels, complete with an entire system of 8 lenses designed for on-the-go fun” said Jim Malcolm, Executive Vice President of RICOH IMAGING Americas, Corp.


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Ricoh Announces 28-45mm F4.5 Ultra-Wide-Angle Zoom Lens for its Pentax 645 Medium-Format Camera

Mon August 4, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

HD PENTAX-DA645 28-45mmF4.5ED AW SR: An ultra-wide-angle zoom lens engineered to elevate the optical execution of the PENTAX 645 Medium Format Digital Cameras

Denver, Colorado August 4, 2014 Today, RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION announces the addition of the HD PENTAX DA645 28-45mmF4.5ED AW SR to the 645 interchangeable lens series. This ultra-wide-angle zoom lens is the latest in the PENTAX 645 line-up and is engineered for use with PENTAX medium-format, digital SLR cameras. Now Pentax 645 medium-format shooters will have a new high-quality lens to expand their distinct format shooting.

This new lens provides focal lengths from 22mm to 35.5mm in the 35mm format, and is the first ultra-wide-angle zoom lens (approximately 1.6X zoom ratio) designed for use with our medium-format digital cameras. Its optics consists of 17 elements in 12 groups, including two high-performance aspherical elements and two extra-low dispersion elements. In addition, the PENTAX-innovated SR (Shake Reduction) mechanism has been incorporated into this exceptional lens, which effectively compensates for camera shake up to approximately 3.5 shutter stops.


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Movidius Accelerates the Era of Computational Cameras with a New Vision Processor for Mobile, Wearable and Embedded Markets

Mon August 4, 2014

PRESS RELEASE

Myriad 2 delivers 20x gain in energy efficiency for computational imaging and visual awareness applications

San Mateo, California – July 30, 2014 – Movidius, the leader in mobile vision processor technology for connected devices, today announced Myriad 2, the next generation of its vision processor unit (VPU) system-on-a-chip (SoC). Compared to Myriad 1—which was introduced as part of Google’s Project Tango—the new chipset delivers 20x more processing efficiency in terms of computations per watt of power consumed.  Myriad 2 comprises a larger and upgraded set of programmable processors as well as a new set of dedicated and configurable image and vision accelerators to power the next wave of computational cameras.

Myriad 2 is a programmable, high-performance, ultra-low power SoC that brings computational imaging and visual awareness to life for a variety of mobile and portable applications. Myriad 2 features are key to enabling use cases such as vision-enhanced image and video capture, 3D scanning and mapping, 360-degree panoramic video, indoor location-based services, immersive gaming and many new possibilities.

“As rapid innovations in mobile, wearable, and embedded vision applications continue, users expect increasingly sophisticated and immersive experiences that do not compromise the device’s battery life,” said Remi El-Ouazzane, CEO of Movidius. “The next disruption in mobile will be about incorporating vision applications into connected devices, bringing them closer to the complexity and sophistication of human vision. Thanks to Myriad 2’s radically innovative architecture, our customers can now create proprietary ultra-low power, captivating vision experiences that drive demand for existing products and accelerate completely new product categories.”


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Sony Announces Slim 10x Cyber-shot DSC-WX220 and 20.1MP DSC-W810

Fri August 1, 2014

Sony Adds Two New Compact Zoom Cameras to Cyber-shot® Line

WX220 model with 10x Zoom plus Wi-Fi; W810 model with 6x Zoom, Easy Operation

SAN DIEGO, July 31, 2014 – Sony today has introduced the versatile new DSC-WX220 and DSC-W810 cameras to its compact Cyber-shot® line, offering consumers a variety of new ways to capture high-quality images and HD videos on-the-go.

Cyber-shot WX220 Camera – Premium power in a compact package
The new pocket-sized DSC-WX220 model is extremely slim and compact, yet packs a ton of imaging punch thanks to its 18.2 megapixel Exmor R® CMOS sensor and 10x optical zoom G Lens.  The high-resolution sensor and versatile lens are paired with Sony’s powerful BIONZ® X processor, ensuring that all images and full HD (1920×1080 @60p) videos are captured with exceptional detail and low noise.


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Photographic Documentation of “Octomom’s” Tenacity to Brood Eggs for Over Four Years

Wed July 30, 2014

"Octomom" never leaves her eggs unattended. Image extracted from video below.

“Octomom” never leaves her eggs unattended. Image extracted from video below.

This video presents “Deep-sea octopus invests in future: Longest brooding period ever recorded.”

  • “At the sediment-covered base of a sloping wall in the Monterey Submarine Canyon, off central California, researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have observed a deep-sea octopus brooding its eggs for four and one half years—longer than any other known animal: from May, 2007 to September, 2011, or 53 months.
  • Throughout this time, the female kept the eggs clean and guarded them from predators.
  • This strategy has apparently worked for Graneledone boreopacifica—it is one of the most common deep-sea octopuses in the Northeastern Pacific.
  • From HD video frame grabs of the empty capsules and the characteristic green cement of their anchor points we estimate the clutch size to have been between 155 and 165 eggs.”
    Original journal article: Robison B., Seibel B., Drazen J. (2014), Deep-sea octopus (Graneledone boreopacifica) conducts the longest-known egg-brooding period of any animal. PLoS ONE 9(7): e103437. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0103437

Photographic and Video Documentation

This study provided photographic and video documentation of the tenacity of “Octomom” – a deep-sea octopus – to remarkably brood eggs for over four years which is by far the longest egg-brooding period ever reported for any animal species.

“Octopuses typically have a single reproductive period and then they die (semelparity). Once a clutch of fertilized eggs has been produced, the female protects and tends them until they hatch….In the cold, dark waters of the deep ocean, metabolic processes are often slower than their counterparts at shallower depths… Likewise, laboratory studies have linked lower temperatures to longer brooding periods in cephalopods, but direct evidence has not been available. We found an opportunity to directly measure the brooding period of the deep-sea octopus Graneledone boreopacifica, in its natural habitat. At 53 months, it is by far the longest egg-brooding period ever reported for any animal species.

The ultimate fate of a brooding female octopus is invariably death, but in this first example from the deep-sea, brooding also confers an extension of adult life that greatly exceeds most projections of cephalopod longevity.

This study did not involve endangered or protected species. The location of the study site was 36° 42′ N, 122° 03′ W, at a depth of 1397 meters. Field work was conducted under NOAA Office of Marine Sanctuaries permit MBNMS 2005-010-A3, and California Department of Fish and Wildlife scientific collecting permit D-0004069542-0; no specimens were collected.”

Robison B, Seibel B, Drazen J (2014) Deep-Sea Octopus (Graneledone boreopacifica) Conducts the Longest-Known Egg-Brooding Period of Any Animal. PLoS ONE 9(7): e103437. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0103437

http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0103437

Photography and Videography Via Ventana, a Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)

ROV Ventana was built for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute by International Submarine Engineering. The specifications for Ventana were developed by David Packard and the original core group of scientists and engineers at MBARI. The vehicle was delivered in 1988 with a standard suite of instruments and cameras. Data collection sensors, a high definition camera, and animal collection devices have been added. As requirements changed and requests for tasks grew Ventana has evolved into its present configuration. Image by MBARI.

ROV Ventana was built for the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute by International Submarine Engineering. The specifications for Ventana were developed by David Packard and the original core group of scientists and engineers at MBARI. The vehicle was delivered in 1988 with a standard suite of instruments and cameras. Data collection sensors, a high definition camera, and animal collection devices have been added. As requirements changed and requests for tasks grew Ventana has evolved into its present configuration. Image by MBARI.

Ventana includes these features. (Info was last updated on Mar. 07, 2013.)

  • The forward-looking camera sytems are mounted on pan-and-tilt units.
  • The main viewing camera is a High Definition Insite Zeus Plus and is mounted in a three-axis pan-and-tilt that is capable of plus or minus 45 degrees of pan and +45, –100 degrees of tilt.
  • Two forward looking cameras, a wide angle Insite Aurora and an Insight Orion Zoom, are mounted on a single two-axis pan-and-tilt above the main camera with a range of 270 degrees of pan and 120 degrees of tilt.
  • There are also self-contained time-lapse video cameras.
  • One major component of the Ventana’s control system is the camera control graphical user interface (GUI) and lap controller station and single board computer (SBC) to drive the main camera.
  • Camera Systems
    • One Ikegama HD camera with HA10X5.2 Fujinon Zoom Lens
    • Six Insight Orion zoom cameras with integrated pilot control
    • VARS Video Capture System (direct from RGB Sony Feed), HDSPI capable
    • Sony digital Betacam (D1), and Panasonic AJ-HD2000 high definition recorder (D5)
    • Dynair 30 X 30 Video Switch (ROV control room)
    • Focal 903 digital multiplexer, 21 RS232 serial, 5 RS485 serial, 4 Subsea USB

Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI)

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July 30, 2014

Deep-sea octopus broods eggs for over four years—longer than any known animal

This female octopus was photographed in May 2007 clinging to a rocky wall in Monterey Canyon less than a month after she laid her eggs and began brooding them. Image: © 2007 MBARI

This female octopus was photographed in May 2007 clinging to a rocky wall in Monterey Canyon less than a month after she laid her eggs and began brooding them. Image: © 2007 MBARI

Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) have observed a deep-sea octopus brooding its eggs for four and one half years—longer than any other known animal. Throughout this time, the female kept the eggs clean and guarded them from predators. This amazing feat represents an evolutionary balancing act between the benefits to the young octopuses of having plenty of time to develop within their eggs, and their mother’s ability to survive for years with little or no food.

Every few months for the last 25 years, a team of MBARI researchers led by Bruce Robison has performed surveys of deep-sea animals at a research site in the depths of Monterey Canyon that they call “Midwater 1.” In May 2007, during one of these surveys, the researchers discovered a female octopus clinging to a rocky ledge just above the floor of the canyon, about 1,400 meters (4,600 feet) below the ocean surface. The octopus, a species known as Graneledone boreopacifica, had not been in this location during their previous dive at this site in April.

Over the next four and one-half years, the researchers dove at this same site 18 times. Each time, they found the same octopus, which they could identify by her distinctive scars, in the same place. As the years passed, her translucent eggs grew larger and the researchers could see young octopuses developing inside. Over the same period, the female gradually lost weight and her skin became loose and pale.


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Sigma Canada Photo Contest Announces Winners

Mon July 28, 2014

Niagara Winter Blues © Doug Hagardorn

Niagara Winter Blues © Doug Hagardorn

Sigma Canada celebrates Canadian photography by awarding Doug Hagardorn of St. Catherines, Ontario and Henry Wong of Vancouver, British Columbia, two grand prize trips to Japan. Both Hagardorn and Wong submitted their photos in the Sigma Canada photo contest that launched in December. Selected from thousands of impressive images, both winners have earned a seven-day, six-night trip for two to Japan. Please join us in congratulating them!

The winning photos, which include the monthly regional winners selected by random draw, are posted online at www.sigmacanada.ca/photocontest.

Congratulations!

PRESS RELEASE

SIGMA CANADA’S PHOTO CONTEST CELEBRATES CANADIAN PHOTOGRAPHY WITH TWO GRAND PRIZE TRIPS TO JAPAN

TORONTO, ON., July 28, 2014 – Gentec International, the exclusive distributor of Sigma products in Canada, is pleased to announce that Doug Hagadorn of St. Catherines, Ontario and Henry Wong of Vancouver, British Columbia have each been awarded one of two grand prize trips to Japan in the Sigma Canada photo contest that launched last December.

Doug’s photo, shot with his Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens and entitled Niagara Winter Blues, was selected out of thousands of impressive entries submitted in the consumer category by talented Canadian photographers who shoot with Sigma lenses. Henry used his Sigma 150–500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM lens to create Wheat Land, his winning entry in the sales associate category, which was open to Sigma retailers across Canada.

Both Doug and Henry have earned themselves a seven-day, six-night trip for two to Japan that includes a tour of the world-famous Japanese Cherry Blossom Gardens, a traditional Japanese green tea ceremony, a Sumida River cruise, a ride on the Hakone Ropeway, and much more.

The winning photos, which include the monthly regional winners selected by random draw, are posted online at www.sigmacanada.ca/photocontest.


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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).

PRESS RELEASE

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.

PRESS RELEASE

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

NEWS ALERT

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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