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ZEISS: New Batis 2/25 and Batis 1.8/85 Full-Frame Autofocus Lenses for Sony Alpha Full-frame E-mount Mirrorless Camera Systems

Sun April 26, 2015

Left to right: ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 lens and ZEISS Batis 2/25 lens

Left to right: ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 lens and ZEISS Batis 2/25 lens

This video presents Carl Zeiss Lenses – Batis Teaser (English).

  • The ZEISS Batis 2/25 and ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 are the first full-frame autofocus lenses for Sony’s E-mount cameras to be exclusively developed and distributed by ZEISS.
  • This new family of lenses is particularly suited for the use with Sony’s alpha range of mirrorless full-frame system cameras.
  • Watch the following teaser video of a professional photographer using the new ZEISS Batis lenses.

The ZEISS Batis 2/25 and ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 lenses will be available for purchase now and starts shipping in July 2015.

The recommended retail prices are

  • €1,092 or US$1,299 (excl. VAT [value-added tax])* for the ZEISS Batis 2/25 and
  • €1,008 or US$1,199 (excl. VAT [value-added tax])* for the ZEISS Batis 1.8/85.
* Status: 4/22/2015

PRESS RELEASE

New Full-Frame Autofocus Lenses from ZEISS

ZEISS Batis 2/25 and ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 – exclusively designed for Sony’s E-mount cameras

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 22/04/2015.

The ZEISS Batis 2/25 and ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 are the first full-frame autofocus lenses for Sony’s E-mount cameras to be exclusively developed and distributed by ZEISS. This new family of lenses is particularly suited for the use with Sony’s alpha range of mirrorless full-frame system cameras. The two new lenses will be available for purchase now and starts shipping in July 2015.

Left to right: ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 lens on Sony a 7R Camera and ZEISS Batis 2/25 lens

Left to right: ZEISS Batis 1.8/85 lens on Sony a 7R Camera and ZEISS Batis 2/25 lens

“The Batis family of lenses is the first time we have launched autofocus lenses for Sony’s full-frame E-mount cameras which are ZEISS through and through – in other words exclusively developed and distributed by us,” says Dr. Michael Pollmann, Product Manager at ZEISS Camera Lenses. The Sony alpha full-frame E-mount system, which currently consists of the 7 family of cameras, is one of the most innovative camera systems on the market and is becoming an increasingly popular choice for professionals and people considering switching from DSLRs. “The ZEISS Batis lenses are our way of acknowledging this trend and providing creative and ambitious photographers with the expert tools they need,” says Pollmann. The lenses are easy to use yet offer professional performance, so they are a sound investment for amateur photographers, too: “Camera sensors are constantly evolving, and so are photographers. Our Batis lenses are the perfect answer to these changing trends and herald a new era of professional photographers using mirrorless full-frame cameras,” says Pollmann.
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Press Releases

Fujifilm: New Broadcast 4K Ultra HD Zoom UA80x9-Field Lens and UA22x8-Portable Lens Received a TV Technology Best of Show Award at 2015 NAB

Sat April 25, 2015


Fujifilm received a TV Technology Best of Show Award during the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2015 for the following new 4K Ultra HD Series of zoom lenses that are used for 2/3-inch broadcast cameras:

FUJINON UA80x9, 4K

FUJINON UA80x9, 4K

Fujinon UA22x8, 4K

Fujinon UA22x8, 4K

Thom Calabro, director of Marketing and Product Development for the Optical Division of FUJIFILM, received a TV Technology Best of Show Award during the 2015 NAB Show for Fujinon's new 4K Ultra HD Series of lenses.

Thom Calabro, director of Marketing and Product Development for the Optical Division of FUJIFILM, received a TV Technology Best of Show Award during the 2015 NAB Show for Fujinon’s new 4K Ultra HD Series of lenses.

Both the FUJINON UA22X8 and UA80X9 lenses will be available by August of this year.

PRESS RELEASE

NEW FUJINON 4K ULTRA HD SERIES OF LENSES WIN
TV TECHNOLOGY 2015 NAB BEST OF SHOW AWARD

UA22x8 and UA80x9 Zooms Developed in Response to Market Demand

Wayne, N.J., April 23, 2015 – The Optical Devices Division of FUJIFILM North America received a TV Technology Best of Show Award during the 2015 NAB Show for its new 4K Ultra HD Series of lenses. Both the UA80x9 field lens and UA22x8 portable zoom lens have optical performance compatible with 4K 2/3-inch broadcast cameras, and were introduced at NAB earlier this month in Las Vegas.

“We’re thrilled to win this award for the first in our series of 4K zooms for 2/3-inch broadcast cameras,” said Thom Calabro, director of Marketing and Product Development for the Optical Division of FUJIFILM. “TV Technology is one of the most respected publications in the broadcast industry, and it means a lot to be recognized by them for these new lenses that we were so excited to unveil at NAB. These Ultra HD lenses were developed in response to the market demand for 4K optics that would work with 2/3-inch broadcast cameras. We’re looking forward to seeing them in use for a variety of sports and entertainment productions.”

Fujinon UA80x9 4K field lens

Fujinon UA80x9 4K field lens

The UA80x9 4K field lens has an 80x zoom and optical image stabilization, making it ideal for coverage of large-scale events. The lens covers focal lengths ranging from 9mm in wide angle to 720mm in telephoto. The FUJINON UA22x8 4K zoom lens features a compact and lightweight design, a 22× zoom ratio and a focal length from 8mm in wide angle to 176mm in telephoto. The UA22x8 excels in capturing a broad range of applications, including live sports, program production and news reporting.

Fujinon UA22x8, 4K

Fujinon UA22x8, 4K

Both of the lenses were designed using the latest proprietary optical simulation software. The UA80x9 and UA22x8 lenses offer exceptional 4K optical performance in the center of the image through to the corners of the frame. Fujifilm’s “High Transmittance Electron Beam Coating” (HT-EBC) is applied to the lenses for enhanced transmission, contrast, dynamic range, and color reproduction. The FUJINON lenses can be linked with other systems, such as a virtual studio system for combining CG images with live action.

Fujinon UA22x8, 4K

Fujinon UA22x8, 4K



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Press Releases

2015 Sony World Photography Awards: All Grand Prize Winners and Category Winners Now Announced

Fri April 24, 2015

This is an update to these previous blogs:

This silent video presents Sony world photography awards 2015: the winners.

Please click here to view the winning images in all categories.

All the winning and shortlisted images will be exhibited at Somerset House, London, UK from 24 April to 10 May, 2015 along with a dedicated curation to Outstanding Contribution to Photography recipient, Elliott Erwitt.

  • Running alongside is the guest exhibition, #FutureofCities – a social documentary photography project examining the mass urban shift of the global population in our major cities presented by Sony’s Global Imaging Ambassors and Panos Pictures.
  • In addition, for the first time visitors to the exhibition will be able to buy prints of the photographs on display courtesy of the hub from theprintspace.
  • The exhibition is accompanied by a book of the winning and selected shortlisted work. It is available to buy from www.worldphoto.org

PRESS RELEASE

Grand prize winners announced at the world’s largest photography competition, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Apr 23, 2015 22:28 GMT

Series title: Ebola Crisis Overwhelms Liberian Capital; Image title: Suspect Image description: An MSF health worker in protective clothing carries a sick girl at an Ebola treatment center. Copyright: © John Moore / Getty Images, US, L’Iris d’Or,, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

Series title: Ebola Crisis Overwhelms Liberian Capital; Image title: Suspect Image description: An MSF health worker in protective clothing carries a sick girl at an Ebola treatment center. Copyright: © John Moore / Getty Images, US, L’Iris d’Or,, 2015 Sony World Photography Awards

All category winners now revealed

American photographer John Moore wins L’Iris d’Or/ Photographer of the Year and $25,000 (USD) prize

Armin Appel, Germany, wins Open Photographer of the Year and $5,000 (USD)

Elliott Erwitt honoured with Outstanding Contribution to Photography award

Winning and shortlisted images to be shown at Somerset House, London 24 April – 10 May

Images available at press.worldphoto.org or Image.net

The Honorary Jury of the world’s largest photography competition today names American photographer John Moore as the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards’ L’Iris d’Or/ Professional Photographer of the Year, amongst other awardees.

Chosen from the winners of the awards’ thirteen professional categories, the winning work “Ebola Crisis Overwhelms Liberian Capital” is a hard-hitting series of images that cut to the heart of this human tragedy. Moore, a Senior Staff Photographer and Special Correspondent for Getty Images, and the winning photographs have been universally credited for the early exposure of the scale of the Ebola epidemic in Monrovia, the capital of Liberia and the epicentre of the deadly disease.

Moore is based in New York and has photographed in more than 70 countries. He is a past recipient of the Robert Capa Gold Medal, been named Photographer of the Year by both Pictures of the Year International and the National Press Photographers Association and has been recognised four times by World Press Photo.

The photographer was presented his award along with a $25,000 (USD) cash prize and the latest Sony digital imaging equipment at a gala ceremony held in London attended by photography’s industry leaders.
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Press Releases, Wearable Technology

Samsung’s Software Development Kit (SDK) is Released: Third-party Developers are Invited to Help Build Next Samsung Wearable Prior to the Product Launch

Fri April 24, 2015

The following video presents Samsung Developers:

The Samsung Developer program puts mobile software developers in touch with Samsung’s latest products and services to offer unparalleled distribution, first class technical support and worldwide collaborative opportunities to engage with your target markets.

Be one of the first to see Samsung’s new Software Development Kit (SDK) and begin building Gear apps.

  • Premium Support Services (PSS) and additional resources will also be provided.

PRESS RELEASE

Samsung to Release SDK for Next Generation Gear

April 24, 2015

Developers receive invitation to help build next Samsung wearable prior to the product launch

Seoul, Korea – April 24, 2015 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd. today announced that members of global developer community can get an early access to the Software Development Kit (SDK) of the company’s next generation of the Gear device. The new wearable device will be the 7th generation of Samsung Gear with a wrist watch type. This is the first time that Samsung has released its wearable SDK to third-party developers before the official product announcement.

“Samsung has actively adapted its approach to wearable device development as the leader of the rapidly developing category,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics. “Through meaningful and progressive innovation, Samsung welcomes to developers and industry leaders to join this open collaboration effort to enrich and create unique user experiences for a new smart mobile life.”
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Press Releases

Ricoh THETA Developer Contest of Apps or Gadgets for Ricoh THETA Camera: Register Before 23:59 JST on June 10 and Submit Documents Before 23:59 JST on June 30, 2015

Fri April 24, 2015

The following video presents How RICOH THETA works:

RICOH THETA is the world’s first ultra-small camera that takes spherical images with two lenses. Capture the entire world around your RICOH THETA with a simple push of the shutter, and share easily on social networking services.

Ricoh Theta camera

Ricoh Theta camera

This is an update to these previous blogs:

The “RICOH THETA Developer Contest” is an open competition that is held for developers of applications or gadgets for “RICOH THETA” camera.

The contest, cosponsored by RICOH and YRP Ubiquitous Networking Laboratory, invites entries of applications and gadgets that enable more convenient or new uses for RICOH THETA, and provides a chance for users to take part in further expanding the enjoyment of the new visual experience of spherical images.

Prizes

  • 1 Grand Prize: 1 million yen ($8,300) + a secondary prize
  • Section Awards: one award for each section; 500,00 yen ($4,200) + a secondary prize
    –  Application API Section Award
    –  Application Utility Section Award
    –  Gadget Section Award
  • In addition to the above, a RICOH THETA Award will be presented to exceptional works.
    RICOH THETA Award: five awards: 300,000 yen ($2,500) + a secondary prize
    *Winners will be invited to attend the awards ceremony to be held in Tokyo and take part in the presentation of submitted works.

Total amount: Equivalent to five million Japanese yen ($42,000)*.

*JP Yen to US Dollar Conversion at 120 yen/dollar

Ricoh product used: RICOH THETA, RICOH THETA(m15)

Eligibility
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Press Releases

Canon XF205 Full HD Camcorder’s Firmware Update Version 1.0.2.0 is Available Now: Captures Video Footage with Reduced Noise, Even in Low-light Conditions

Thu April 23, 2015

This video presents Canon XF200/205 Camcorder Tutorial Series: Camera Optics.

  • Join Jem Schofield in this tutorial series for Canon’s XF200 and XF205 Professional Camcorders.
  • In this episode, Jem discusses the optics of the camera including the optical/digital zoom, autofocus modes and powered image stabilization.

This is an update to the previous blog, Canon Firmware Upgrades at No Charge for XF205 and XF200: Available in Mid-April for Image-quality Setting & Late-June 2015 for IP Video Streaming.

  • The first firmware update, available now, will enable a new image-quality setting, allowing users to record footage with reduced noise, even in low-light conditions. You can download the latest Firmware Version 1.0.2.0 FREE-of-charge here.
  • The additional firmware update to enable the XF205 to stream video footage over IP networks will be available from late June 2015.

NEWS RELEASE

April 2015

Canon has announced new firmware for the XF205 Full HD camcorder, which improves the camera’s noise ratio in low-light conditions1 and enables live streaming of content over IP networks.

Developed following feedback from a variety of XF205 users – from broadcasters to wedding videographers – the new firmware also enhances the XF205’s standard of performance and recording modes.

IMPROVED LOW LIGHT PERFORMANCE AND REDUCED NOISE

The first firmware update, available now, will enable a new image-quality setting, allowing users to record footage with reduced noise, even in low-light conditions. The new update gives operators the freedom to choose their preferred image quality based on their shooting requirements. Users can select from the current default setting, which prioritises the camera’s high-resolution shooting, or the new setting, which gives priority to capturing video footage with reduced noise.

The XF205 features an advanced camera system capable of providing outstanding images and the responsiveness to deal with all kinds of shooting situations.

The XF205 features an advanced camera system capable of providing outstanding images and the responsiveness to deal with all kinds of shooting situations.


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Press Releases

Canon Europe Acquires Lifecake – Baby Photo Timeline: A Photo-sharing App for Families to Create Photo & Video Timelines

Thu April 23, 2015

This video presents An intro to Lifecake.

PRESS RELEASE

Canon Europe acquires Lifecake to accelerate growth in digital consumer services

LONDON, 23 APRIL 2015 – Canon Europe today announces that it is acquiring London-based digital start-up Lifecake, marking a major step in the development of Canon’s digital consumer services business. This brings Canon closer to its ambition to play a part in every image taken no matter what device is being used, and enables the business to establish a presence within London’s ‘Tech City’.

Alberto Spinelli (L), Director of Digital Services at Canon Europe and Nicholas Babaian (R), CEO and co-founder of Lifecake

Alberto Spinelli (L), Director of Digital Services at Canon Europe and Nicholas Babaian (R), CEO and co-founder of Lifecake

Lifecake is the company behind the Lifecake photo-sharing app for families, which allows parents to store, organise, share and relive key moments of their children’s lives. With Lifecake, parents can create photo and video timelines that the whole family can experience on smartphones, tablets, computers and in printed photobooks.

Alberto Spinelli, Director of Digital Services at Canon Europe, says: “Today, we are all taking more photos on more devices than ever before but often become overwhelmed and even disconnected from them. We would all like to be able to quickly find our photo as we remember a moment – at the swipe of a finger – and relive it on any screen, or print it to hold. At Canon, we are building digital services to help people do just that with tailored experiences.
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Press Releases

You’re Invited: ‘Exposed’ Exhibition Presents Toronto Star Photographers’ Panel Discussion-April 23 @ 6pm, Photography on Film, Tours & Toronto Star Photograph Archive Highlights: Runs Until June 14, 2015

Thu April 23, 2015

The following video presents Exposed: An exhibit | Toronto Star Photograph Archive | April 18 – June 14, 2015 | TD Gallery:

Vickery Bowles, City Librarian of the Toronto Public Library introduces Exposed, the first exhibition of material from the Toronto Star Photograph Archive. Generously sponsored by TD Bank Group, Exposed is the latest exhibition at the library’s TD Gallery, located on the main floor of the Toronto Reference Library. The show opens Saturday, April 18, 2015 at 9 a.m. and runs until Sunday, June 14, 2015.

Toronto Public Library is showcasing a new exhibition, Exposed, featuring highlights from the Toronto Star Photograph Archive: people, places and events that defined the 20th century, at the TD Gallery, Toronto Reference Library, 789 Yonge Street – Main Level, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.

This Exposed event also features the following FREE activities:

  • The Power of the Press Image: A Panel Discussion with Toronto Star Photographers
    • Award-winning photographers from the Toronto Star discuss some of the paper’s iconic images, what makes a powerful press image, and how the Toronto Star’s approach to photojournalism has changed over time.
    • Photographer Richard Lautens moderates the discussion with panelists Tony Bock, Rick Madonik, Steve Russelland Boris Spremo, Order of Canada.
      Thursday, April 23, 2015, 6pm
      Toronto Reference Library – Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium, 789 Yonge Street
  • Photography on Film – Afternoon Film Series: FREE documentary film screenings followed by a guided tour of Exposed:
    • Friday, April 24, 2pm: Camera Men and Karsh is History.
    • Friday, May 1, 2pm: Beyond Words: Photographers of War.
    • Wednesday, May 6, 2pm: Finding Vivian Maier.
    • Wednesday, May 27, 2pm: Pictures from a Revolution.
    • Location: Toronto Reference Library – Elizabeth Beeton Auditorium, 789 Yonge Street.
  • Afternoon Highlights Tour with Stephen Bulger
    • Stephen Bulger, one of Canada’s foremost experts on photography, leads a guided tour and discusses the highlights of Exposed.
    • Stephen Bulger is the owner of Stephen Bulger Gallery and was also the instigator and co-founder of CONTACT, Toronto’s photography festival celebrates its nineteenth annual event in May, 2015.
      Thursday, May 28, 2pm.
      Toronto Reference Library – TD Gallery, 789 Yonge Street.

Enjoy! / Amusez vous bien!

NEWS RELEASE

Exposed: New Exhibition at the TD Gallery Features Highlights from the Toronto Star Photograph Archive

April 15, 2015

British fashion model Twiggy nibbles on her necklace at a press conference in the Royal York Hotel. She was in Toronto for a fashion show at Eaton's. Image by Toronto Star.

British fashion model Twiggy nibbles on her necklace at a press conference in the Royal York Hotel. She was in Toronto for a fashion show at Eaton’s. Image by Toronto Star.

Toronto Public Library is pleased to announce a new exhibition, Exposed, featuring highlights from the Toronto Star Photograph Archive: people, places and events that defined the 20th century.

A snapshot of the Toronto Star Photograph Archive, Exposed presents some of the memorable images that graced the pages of Canada’s largest daily newspaper. Powerful and provocative, these photographs were the lens through which Toronto Star readers witnessed the defining moments of the 20th century.
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Press Releases

Nikon: The “NIKKOR & ACC” App – Exclusively for iPad – Offers Info on NIKKOR Lenses & Accessories for Nikon Cameras: App is Available to Download @ No Cost

Thu April 23, 2015

Nikon today released the “NIKKOR & ACC” app (exclusively for iPad) that introduces NIKKOR lenses for cameras with interchangeable lenses and a variety of accessories.

  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 8.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
  • Telecommunication fees may be required for download.
  • This app is exclusively for iPad. It cannot be used with iPhone.
  • Supported language: English*

The “NIKKOR & ACC” app can be downloaded FREE of charge from Apple’s App Store at http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/application/nikkor_acc.htm .

NEWS RELEASE

“NIKKOR & ACC” app (for iPad)

April 23, 2015

A convenient tool that offers various information on interchangeable lenses and accessories for Nikon cameras

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that it has developed and released the “NIKKOR & ACC” app (exclusively for iPad) that introduces NIKKOR lenses for cameras with interchangeable lenses and a variety of accessories. The “NIKKOR & ACC” app can be downloaded free of charge from Apple’s App Store. In addition, a short movie has also been released for introduction of the contents of the app.

 The "NIKKOR & ACC" icon

The “NIKKOR & ACC” icon

Installing the “NIKKOR & ACC” app makes it possible to download the contents of “Digital Catalog”. “Digital Catalog” that includes the entire lineup of NIKKOR lenses* is a convenient app that allows users to search for lenses based on lens type, technology used, specifications and sample images. Quick confirmation of lens information helps users who are considering the purchase of new lenses to find those most desired or most appropriate for their purposes.

The “Digital Catalog” menu offers 5 items, specifications, lens categories, focal length, f-number, and a variety of sample images shorted by shooting scenes. By using these items, users can compare various lenses to find the one most desired. “Contents Maps” that allows users to directly select desired contents of “Digital Catalog” is also available. Added to this are the “NIKKOR Lens Technology” movie that introduces Nikon’s representative lens technologies and the “The Optical Masterpiece” movie that demonstrates the high-quality and reliability of sophisticated NIKKOR lenses.
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Press Releases

Nikon: Digital SLR Cameras D810 and D5500 and Compact Digital Camera COOLPIX P610 Received the Prestigious TIPA Awards 2015

Thu April 23, 2015

The following video presents Nikon D810 Product video:

Create your new masterpiece with the exquisite Nikon D810. From delicate textures to high-speed movement, this all-versatile 36.3-megapixel camera is ready for anything.

With a redesigned 36.3 MP FX-format sensor, ultra-wide ISO range, and EXPEED 4 image processor, you get unprecedented sharpness, sumptuous tonality, and reduced noise across all sensitivities.

Flagship AF performance and Full HD movie recording at 1080/60p ensure you’re free to capture any kind of scene with rigorous precision. Nikon’s Picture Control 2.0 provides exceptional in-camera image processing/optimisation flexibility. Up to 7 fps burst rate to capture fast-moving subjects with incredible flexibility. Shoot uncompromised full-resolution images at up to 5 fps. Shoot 15.3-MP images at up to 7 fps in DX crop mode. The D810’s ISO range starts at ISO 64 for cleaner, better-defined images. Shoot at up to ISO 12800, or extend the range from 32 to 51200 ISO (equivalent).

Check out how the Nikon D810 Full Frame DSLR performs in a fashion fantasy shoot with fine art photographer, Miss Aniela http://youtu.be/lHOZyLpyKEk and in a adventure photo shoot with award-winning photographer, Lucas Gilman http://youtu.be/jBIjjCY6128 .

Nikon today announces that the following cameras are recipients of the prestigious TIPA Awards 2015 sponsored by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), a global authority in the photography and imaging industry:

  • Nikon D810 digital SLR camera received the Best Digital SLR Professional Award,
  • Nikon D5500 digital SLR camera received the Best Digital SLR Entry Level Award, and
  • COOLPIX P610 compact digital camera received the Best Superzoom Camera Award.

The following video presents Nikon D5500 | Product Video:

The Nikon D5500, the first DX-format camera with a vari-angle touchscreen. Lightweight and powerful, this exceptionally portable D-SLR frees you to capture your best images yet.

From fast movement to challenging low-light situations, and from big prints to sumptuous movies, the D5500 is perfect for creative individuals ready to do more with their photography. The camera’s large DX-format image sensor and an ISO range of 100–25600 ensure you’ll capture crisp, clean images more often than ever before. Combined with the power of a compatible NIKKOR lens, you get images that explode with clarity. Even when printed large or shown on a big screen, your photos and movies will be crystal-clear reflections of the way you see the world.

NEWS RELEASE

Three Nikon products selected as recipients of TIPA Awards 2015
Nikon D810 and D5500 digital SLR cameras
COOLPIX P610 compact digital camera

April 23, 2015

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that three of its products are recipients of the prestigious TIPA Awards 2015 sponsored by the Technical Image Press Association (TIPA), a global authority in the photography and imaging industry. The Nikon D810 digital SLR camera has been selected for the Best Digital SLR Professional Award, the Nikon D5500 digital SLR camera for the Best Digital SLR Entry Level Award, and the COOLPIX P610 compact digital camera for the Best Superzoom Camera Award.

tipa-awards-2015-logo-crop

The best photographic and imaging products released between April 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015 were selected for the TIPA Awards 2015 through voting by a panel of 27 editors of prestigious imaging magazines from 16 countries and regions around the world.

The best photographic and imaging products released over the past year in a number of categories were selected for the TIPA Awards 2014 through voting by editors of prestigious camera and imaging magazines from around the world.

See the following website for further information on the TIPA Awards 2015.

Reasons the Nikon D810 was selected for the Best Digital SLR Professional Award (summary of TIPA comments)


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Press Releases

Ricoh: New PENTAX K-3 II Camera for Field Photography: Shake Reduction (SR) Technology, Pixel Shift Resolution, High Speed AF and Built-in GPS with ASTROTRACER & Electronic Compass

Wed April 22, 2015

PENTAX K-3 II Digital SLR

PENTAX K-3 II Digital SLR

Key features of the PENTAX K-3 II Digital SLR include:

  • 24.35 effective megapixel AA Filter-less CMOS sensor,
  • Pixel Shift Resolution System,
  • 8.3 frames per second of continuous shooting,
  • Built-in GPS with ASTROTRACER, Compass and Log functions, and
  • Improved Shake-Reduction (SR) technology.

The PENTAX K-3 II will be available at retailers nationwide and at www.us.ricoh-imaging.com in May 2015 for a suggested retail price of $1099.95.

April 22, 2015

The New PENTAX K-3 II Builds on the Performance Standard Set by Its Predecessor Further Refining Field Photography

Expanding on the K-3 legacy, the newly released K-3 II adds GPS functionality, improved Shake-Reduction (SR) technology, high speed AF and built-in ASTROTRACER.

Denver, Colorado, April 22, 2015 RICOH IMAGING AMERICAS CORPORATION is proud to introduce the PENTAX K-3 II Digital SLR; refining the ultimate field camera. Developed as the successor to the award winning PENTAX K-3, the new K-3 II shares its predecessor’s magnesium alloy casing, metal chassis, 24.35 effective megapixel resolution, 27-point AF system and approximately 8.3 frames per second shooting while adding an improved 4.5EV stop shake reduction system, new high-speed AF algorithm, GPS, gyro sensor panning detection and automatic horizon correction.

“The introduction of the PENTAX K-3 II marks our commitment to providing photographers with rugged high quality solutions that exceed our customers’ expectations,” said Jim Malcolm, President of Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation. The “magic’’ we add to our cameras through the motion-controlled Shake Reduction (SR) technology helps our photographers shoot for the stars and capture images in stunning detail; no other manufacturer is offering such a variety of features in a single camera design.”
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3D Printers, Press Releases

Stratasys 3D Printers + Rocket Manufacturer United Launch Alliance: 3D Printing Flight-Ready Rocket Components

Mon April 20, 2015

Making launch vehicles for NASA, the Air Force and commercial satellites, United Launch Alliance (ULA) knows 3D printing is a serious tool that has been around more than 25 years and is a growing production process.

  • ULA began the process of updating the Environmental Control System (ECS) duct on the Atlas V, which will launch with the new 3D component in 2016.
    • The ECS duct is critical to the countdown sequence of a launch, delivering nitrogen to sensitive electronic components within the rocket booster.
  • The previous design for the ECS duct assembly contained 140 parts, but by modifying the design using FDM 3D Printing Technology, ULA consolidated the number of parts to only 16.
    • This significantly reduces installation time and results in a 57 percent part-cost reduction.

This video presents United Launch Alliance: Expanding Innovation with Additive Manufacturing.

United Launch Alliance rocket

United Launch Alliance rocket

NEWS RELEASE

 3D PRINTING ISN’T ROCKET SCIENCE.
OR IS IT?

Rocket Manufacturer United Launch Alliance Will 3D Print Flight-Ready Rocket Components
ULA Has Vision to Reduce Launch Vehicle Cost by 50 Percent with Help of 3D Printing
3D printing helped consolidate part count from 140 to 16 parts for one complex assembly, lowering costs and risk

Minneapolis & Rehovot, Israel – April 20, 2015 – Do you think 3D printers are just a new fad for hobbyists or making knickknacks? Or limited to making prototypes? Don’t tell that to rocket manufacturer United Launch Alliance (ULA).

Making launch vehicles for NASA, the Air Force and commercial satellites, ULA knows 3D printing is a serious tool that has been around more than 25 years and is a growing production process. And ULA knows a thing or two about critical applications. On the lower-end, its rockets cost a cool $165 million. And they must propel into space billion-dollar satellites weighing more than 60,000 pounds.

United Launch Alliance rocket

United Launch Alliance rocket

“It’s about as demanding an application as you can get,” says Rich Garrity, VP and General Manager Vertical Solutions Unit for Additive Manufacturing system maker Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS). “Rockets must endure pressure, G-force, speed, vibration, heat, and extreme cold.”

United Launch Alliance is the premier launch services company in the U.S., and with its heritage systems – Atlas and Delta – it has supported America’s presence in space for more than 50 years. Like other leading edge manufacturers using 3D printing, ULA progressed from prototyping to tooling and then to flight hardware production.
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