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ZEISS’ Anniversary: 125 Years of ZEISS Camera Lenses: 21 March 1890 – 21 March 2015

Sat March 21, 2015

125 Years of ZEISS Camera Lenses with the Future in Focus

125 Years of ZEISS Camera Lenses with the Future in Focus

PRESS RELEASE
Anniversary

125 Years of ZEISS Camera Lenses with the Future in Focus

OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 20/03/2015.

Zeiss Lenses (left to right): Otus 1.4/55 and Otus 1.4/85

Zeiss Lenses (left to right): Otus 1.4/55 and Otus 1.4/85

ZEISS has been producing camera lenses for more than a century – and the tradition of creating major innovations has continued to this very day. For example, the current ZEISS Otus SLR lenses are setting new standards in image quality. The first camera lenses left the Jena production facility on 21 March 1890.

1890: With the invention of the first anastigmatic lens with distortion-free imaging (later: Protar®) by Paul Rudolph, Carl Zeiss launches a new era of camera lens development. Image by Zeiss.

1890: With the invention of the first anastigmatic lens with distortion-free imaging (later: Protar®) by Paul Rudolph, Carl Zeiss launches a new era of camera lens development. Image by Zeiss.

“Camera lenses have been an important field of business for us for over 100 years,” explains Dr. Michael Kaschke, President and CEO of ZEISS. “We are very proud that cameras featuring our lenses have already been to the moon and have been used by many famous photographers. For us, this tradition is an obligation to continue offering the highest quality and developing pioneering new technologies.”

1969: Photos of the first lunar landing were taken with Zeiss lenses.

1969: Photos of the first lunar landing were taken with Zeiss lenses.


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3D Printers, Press Releases

Carbon3D: New Polymer-based Layerless 3D Printing Via CLIP Technology to Grow Objects with Consistent Mechanical Properties: @ 25-100 X Faster Than Traditional 3D Printing

Thu March 19, 2015

Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP): Image by Carbon3D

Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP): Image by Carbon3D

This silent video presents Carbon3D Demo.

Carbon3D recently introduced the new Continuous Liquid Interface Production technology (CLIP), breakthrough technology for layerless 3D printing.

CLIP harnesses light and oxygen to continuously grow a 51mm diameter complex object from a pool of resin: Image extracted from Carbon3D video at http://carbon3d.com/

CLIP harnesses light and oxygen to continuously grow a 51mm diameter complex object from a pool of resin: Image extracted from Carbon3D video at http://carbon3d.com/

CLIP harnesses light and oxygen to continuously grow objects from a pool of resin instead of printing them layer-by-layer.

CLIP harnesses light and oxygen whereby a 51mm diameter complex object is growing from a pool of resin: Image extracted from Carbon3D video at http://carbon3d.com/

CLIP harnesses light and oxygen whereby a 51mm diameter complex object is growing from a pool of resin: Image extracted from Carbon3D video at http://carbon3d.com/

Carbon3D’s CLIP technology raises the state-of-the-art in 3D printing in three ways:

  • Game-Changing Speed: 25-100 times faster than conventional 3D printing,
  • Commercial Quality: produces objects with consistent mechanical properties, and
  • Material Choice: enables a broad range of polymeric materials.

3D printing has struggled to deliver on its promise to transform manufacturing. Prints take forever, parts are mechanically weak, and material choices are far too limited. That’s because current 3D printing technology is really just 2D printing, over and over again.

CLIP — Continuous Liquid Interface Production — is a breakthrough technology that grows parts instead of printing them layer by layer. CLIP allows businesses to produce commercial quality parts at game-changing speeds, creating a clear path to 3D manufacturing.

Dr. Joseph DeSimone: What if 3D printing was 100x faster?
The CEO of Carbon3D

Game-Changing Speed

  • While speed is dependent on various factors, traditional 3D printing takes hours or even days to finish. CLIP is 25 to 100 times faster.
  • Below is a head-to-head comparison* of producing a 51mm diameter complex object like this one here:
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Press Releases

New Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art: Large Aperture Wide-angle Lens for Landscape or Indoor Photography with Low Illumination: Canadian Pricing & Availability

Thu March 19, 2015

Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art with Lens Hood (LH830-03)

Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art with Lens Hood (LH830-03)

24mm F1.4 DG HSM | A
Sigma Art Goes Wide
Categories: Wide Angle
Class: Art
Typical Photography: Travel, Landscape, Wedding & Events, Nature & Wildlife

  • Large aperture wide-angle lens
  • Performance similar to 35mm F1.4 Art & 50mm F1.4 Art
  • FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) and SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass elements to reduce distortion and chromatic aberration
  • Filter size: 77mm
Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art

Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art

PRESS RELEASE

Sigma Art series goes wide with release of new 24mm F1.4 lens.

MARCH 18, 2015

Gentec International, the exclusive Canadian distributor of Sigma lenses, announces the addition of the newly designed Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM to Sigma’s Art series line of lenses. Incorporating the same advanced optical technology as Sigma’s award-winning 35mm F1.4 DG HSM and 50mm F1.4 DG HSM lenses, this high performance, large aperture lens offers superb image quality. The Sigma 24mm F1.4 will excel in low-light situations such as cityscapes and star-filled night skies or with landscape photographers demanding the utmost sharpness in their images.

Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art: Sample image by Kevin Pepper

Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art: Sample image by Kevin Pepper

The Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM lens has a suggested retail price of $1,049.95 in Canada and will be available for Sigma and Canon mounts in April 2015, with a Nikon version to follow in May. A Sony mount version is planned, although a release date has not been set.

Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art: Official sample image

Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art: Official sample image


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Press Releases

Leica Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 ASPH. and Leica Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH. Lenses in Black Chrome Finish: Available at End of April 2015

Wed March 18, 2015

NEWS RELEASE

New: the Leica Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 ASPH. and Leica Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH. Lenses Now in Black Chrome Finish

March 17, 2015 at 2:00pm

Leica Camera now offers the Leica Summicron-M 35 mm f/2 ASPH. and Leica Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH. lenses in an alternative black chrome version. The matte black surfaces lend both reportage lenses a unique look and the extra benefits of a particularly robust and resilient finish.

Leica Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH.

Leica Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH.

Up to now available only in black anodised and silver chrome versions, the new black chrome lenses also offer new design features. For example, the Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH. revisits the classic design of its predecessor from 1959. Typical features of this are the scalloped focusing ring with knurled segments and the finely knurled aperture ring. In addition, the focusing scale in feet is picked out in red on the black chrome lenses. The new version also includes a round lens hood and a lens cap – both made from metal.

Leica Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH.

Leica Summilux-M 50 mm f/1.4 ASPH.


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Press Releases

Ricoh: New App, RICOH THETA at No Charge for Windows/Mac ver. 1.10.1: Share Videos with YouTube’s New 360-degree Video Format

Tue March 17, 2015

RICOH THETA spherical image camera

RICOH THETA spherical image camera

This video presents【RICOH THETA】Concept movie 90sec ver.

  • This 90-sec video expresses the concept of RICOH THETA.

Ricoh just announced that the new, official app – RICOH THETA for Windows®/Mac version 1.10.1 –  for the RICOH THETA spherical image camera is now compatible with Google’s new 360-degree video feature offered by YouTube.

The new, official app can be downloaded at: https://theta360.com/en/support/download/ .

Please click here for more info about this new app.

With the announcement of YouTube’s 360 degree spherical video support, the world of content sharing is much more accessible worldwide. THETA™ spherical camera users simply create their 360 videos, upload MP4 video files generated with Windows and Mac software (Version 1.10.0 or later) to YouTube and share with family and friends; taking advantage of the easy sharing and commenting pioneered by YouTube.

http://www.us.ricoh-imaging.com/about/press/352/Enjoy_and_Share_THETA%E2%84%A2_360_Degree_Spherical_Video_on_YouTube%E2%84%A2

NEWS RELEASE

2015.03.16

RICOH THETA is now compatible with YouTube’s new 360-degree video format

RICOH COMPANY, LTD and RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD are pleased to announce that the official app for the RICOH THETA spherical image camera has been upgraded to be compatible with Google’s 360-degree video format.
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Contests, Press Releases

Canada National Award for 2015 Sony World Photography Awards: Winner is George Ching-Yuen Lo from Vancouver

Tue March 17, 2015

Winner's prize: Sony α7 Digital Imaging Kit with 28 –70 mm Lens camera

Winner’s prize: Sony α7 Digital Imaging Kit with 28 –70 mm Lens camera

The National Award competition was open to photographers entering the Open categories of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.

  • The winners of all 54 National Awards were announced today by the Sony World Photography Awards.
  • The National Awards program honours and rewards the best single image taken by a local photographer and runs across the world from Argentina to Australia.  It is open to photographers of all abilities.
  • To see all the winning images, please go to www.worldphoto.org
Sony α7

Sony α7

This is an update to the previous blog,  Sony Canada + Sony World Photography Awards: Canada National Award 2015 is Open to All Canadians Until 5 January.

Sony α7

Sony α7

 

Canadian photographer George Ching-Yuen Lo from Vancouver today was named the winner of the Canada National Award, part of the prestigious 2015 Sony World Photography Awards and won the following prizes:
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Press Releases

Sony: New Firmware Updates for Professional PXW Cameras: X180, X70, X200, and Z100

Mon March 16, 2015

PRESS RELEASE

Sony Unveils Extensive Updates for Cameras across Professional Digital Imaging Line

by Sony Pro Team 03/16/2015

New Features Include Wireless Streaming, 4K QFHD Recording, and Streamlined Workflow Capabilities

Sony is announcing a range of updates to its professional digital imaging camera line, delivering new features and more flexible production capabilities. The new updates will be available as software upgrades.

The new updates continue Sony’s approach of offering customers a steady stream of upgrades without having to buy a new camera body, protecting their original technology investment and helping them keep pace with changing production requirements.

“Technology moves fast, and production professionals need tools that can grow and change with them,” said Jeanne Lewis, marketing manager, Sony professional digital imaging. “These cameras were designed from the ground up to easily accommodate new updates, feature enhancements and support for new capabilities.”

Highlights of the new upgrades include:
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Press Releases

Sony AZ1VR (HDR-AZ1) Action Cam Mini Recorded an Eagle’s Eye Perspective of the Landscape in a Flight from World’s Tallest Building

Mon March 16, 2015

The Imperial Eagle, once on the Red List of endangered species, has been saved from extinction via global conservation programmes.

Darshan, the Imperial Eagle, flew from the top of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai equipped with a Sony AZ1VR (HDR-AZ1) Action Cam Mini.

  • This flight represents a world first and sets a new world record as the highest recorded bird flight from a man-made structure.
Sony AZ1VR Action Cam Mini

Sony AZ1VR Action Cam Mini

Sony AZ1VR Action Cam Mini is one of the world’s smallest action cameras.

  • The slender, splashproof design is about two-thirds the size of Sony’s previous Action Cams.
Sony AZ1VR Action Cam Mini

Sony AZ1VR Action Cam Mini

Sony AZ1VR Action Cam Mini

Sony AZ1VR Action Cam Mini

This Action Cam is a mountable camera with the following key features:

  • Lens Type: ZEISS® Tessar® Lens,
  • Field of View: 120° (with SteadyShot), 170° (without SteadyShot),
  • Sensor Type: 1/2.3″-type back-illuminated Exmor R™ CMOS sensor,
  • Waterproof: Up to 5 m with supplied SPK-AZ1 case,
  • Dustproof: With supplied SPK-AZ1 case,
  • Shockproof: With supplied SPK-AZ1 case,
  • Input and Output Terminals: Memory card slot, Multi/micro USB terminal,
  • Full HD recording,
  • GPS, and
  • Built-in Wi-Fi® that lets you connect with the live view remote, or even view and transfer photos and videos with your smartphone!

sony-az1vr-action-cam-mini-side-600

The following video presents Dubai World Record Eagle Flight | Action Cam | Sony:

On March 14th 2015 ‘Darshan the Eagle’ flew from the top of the world’s tallest building, the Burj Khalifa, in Dubai equipped with a HDR-AZ1 Action Cam Mini. It sets a new world record as the highest recorded bird flight from a man-made structure.

These videos were produced in collaboration with the non-profit organisation FREEDOM whose objective is to re-introduce the white-tailed eagle into its natural habitat in the French and Swiss Alps. Sony as official sponsor of FREEDOM is providing its Action Cam to allow them to accurately document the flights of white-tailed eagles and to help them achieve their reintroduction goals.

#SonyActionCam #ProveYourself

Image by Sony

Image by Sony

PRESS RELEASE

EAGLE SETS NEW WORLD RECORD FOR FLIGHT FROM WORLD’S TALLEST BUILDING

Mar 16, 2015 08:00 GMT

Using cutting edge technology – one of the world’s smallest action cameras, a Sony Action Cam Mini – the flight recorded an extraordinary bird’s eye perspective of the landscape, capturing unique footage.

Darshan’s flight: Image by Darshan the Eagle and Sony

Darshan’s flight: Image by Darshan the Eagle and Sony


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Press Releases

Canon Europe: New Portable Ultra-short Throw Projectors: LV-WX300UST, and Interactive LV-WX300USTi with Built-in Camera & Drawing Software

Fri March 13, 2015

Canon Ultra-short Throw Multimedia Projector LV-WX300UST, front

Canon Ultra-short Throw Multimedia Projector LV-WX300UST, front

Here are the key highlights of both ultra-short throw multimedia projectors LV-WX300UST and LV-WX300USTi:

  • Projection in small rooms with limited space as they are capable of projecting an 80 to 100 inch, crystal clear image from just 28cm away from the screen.
  • When fitted on the wall or ceiling, the ultra-short throw capabilities reduce the chance of presenters being impacted by glare from the projector and minimises the risk of shadows on the screen while presenting.
  • Weighing just 5kg, they are easily portable.
  • Both models feature WXGA (1280×800) resolution.
  • Two HDMI ports for connecting global devices.
  • Produce 3,000 lumens for extremely bright and clear images.
  • Up to 8,000 hours of lamp life when run in Eco mode.
  • LV-WX300UST is available from March 2015.
Canon Ultra-short Throw Multimedia Projector LV-WX300UST; front and side. Lamp apparatus is located above the Canon name.

Canon Ultra-short Throw Multimedia Projector LV-WX300UST; front and side. Lamp apparatus is located above the Canon name.

The LV-WX300USTis the Interactive model which also includes the following highlights:

  • An built-in camera allowing up to four infrared pens to be used simultaneously with the device.
  • The camera also allows interaction and control of projected information by touch.
  • The drawing software helps customers make the most of the creative interaction features.
  • LV-WX300SUTi will be available from May 2015.

PRESS RELEASE

Canon launches two new ultra-short throw multimedia projectors

LONDON, 12 March 2015 – Canon Europe, world-leader in imaging solutions, today announces the launch of two new LV portable projectors – the LV-WX300UST and the LV-WX300USTi. These new projectors have been designed to meet increasing global demand for portable ultra-short throw projectors – in particular in the business and education markets – to help enhance learning and communication.

Canon Ultra-short Throw Multimedia Projector LV-WX300UST, front and side

Canon Ultra-short Throw Multimedia Projector LV-WX300UST, front and side


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Press Releases

Canon’s Spring Cashback Offer on Eligible Cameras, Camcorders, Lenses, Accessories & Printers: Purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland Retailers 5 March to 6 May 2015

Thu March 12, 2015

The following video presents EF Lens Technology Canon Product (CanonOfficial):

Learn about Canons EF lens technology and its advancement through the interviews of developers
Canon will continue to develop EF lenses with higher resolution, higher image quality and more faithful reproduction capabilities.

Canon UK and Ireland recently launched the Spring Cashback Offer on eligible products. The  Eligible Products list below includes three Speedlites, seven EF lenses, and the following cameras and camcorders:

Also, buy any two products in Canon’s cashback offer and claim a FREE hdbook worth £99/€120.

The offer runs from 5th March 2015 to 6th May 2015 for eligible products purchased from UK or Republic of Ireland retailers*.

PRESS RELEASE

Build your kit bag and broaden your perspectives with Canon cashback

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 5th March 2015 – Canon UK and Ireland is today launching its spring cashback offer making this the perfect time to build your kit bag and broaden your perspectives.


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Press Releases

Canon + South by Southwest (SXSW) Texas Mar.13-20, 2015: Host of the Cinematography of Comedy Panel & Official Presenter of SXSW Filmmakers Lounge and Press Suite

Thu March 12, 2015

As a sponsor at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2015 in Austin, Texas, (Interactive: March 13-17; Film: March 13-21; Music: 17-22),  Canon will be the official presenter of the SXSW Filmmakers Lounge – in the Austin Convention Center (500 E Cesar Chavez St, Meeting Room 2) – and Press Suite (Meeting Room 14) as well as host a special panel session in the Intercontinental Stephen F. Austin Hotel, Capital Ballroom B, 701 Congress Avenue.

Canon Cinema EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera

Canon Cinema EOS C100 Mark II Digital Video Camera

The following video presents Canon EOS C100 Mark II Product Overview Video: Part One: External Features.

The new EOS C100 Mark II, which was designed with input provided by users, include new and advanced features like the OLED display panel, an adjustable EVF, DIGIC DV 4 Image Processor and more. Learn about the new tweaks in this camera and why filmmakers will find it popular.

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital Camera

Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital Camera

The following video presents Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR Camera – Sport & Action Photography – Canon:

The Canon EOS 7D Mark II Camera gives you the ultimate in DSLR performance technology. Watch Canon Explorer Alessandro Trovati as he demonstrates the 7D Mark II’s 10 fps continuous shooting mode, dual DIGIC 6 processors, ISO range (100-160,000), 20.2 megapixel APS-C sensor, weather sealing & Full HD Movie shooting capabilities.

The EOS 7D Mark II also has a wealth of autofocus features, like advanced iTR AF tracking, 65-point wide-area autofocus for images, and Dual Pixel CMOS AF and customisable AF tracking options for movies. Perfect for sports and wildlife photography, the EOS 7D Mark II is THE camera of choice when you want to capture all the action.

Afternoon Conversations in the Filmmaker Lounge presented by Canon

  • March 14, 2:00PM – 3:00PM
    • “Join Sneakerheadz directors David T. Friendly and Mick Partridge in a conversation about the fervent collecting culture they profile in their film and the Canon Cinema EOS C300 they used to capture it.”
  • March 15,  2:00PM – 3:00PM
    • “Join festival film A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story director Sara Hirsh Bordo and cinematographer Ben Powell as they chat about the filmmaking process and how they used the EOS C300 and EOS C100 to capture Lizzie’s inspiring story.”
  • March 16, 2:00PM – 3:00PM
    • “Alternative means of transportation meet alternative forms of film distribution when director Fedrik Gertten discusses his festival selection Bikes vs. Cars alongside Nick Gonda. Audiences can catch screenings in 2015.”

PRESS RELEASE

Canon U.S.A. Celebrates Creators As A Sponsor At SXSW 2015

MELVILLE, N.Y., March 11, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today it will return to Austin, Texas, as a sponsor at South by Southwest (SXSW) 2015 (Interactive: March 13-17; Film: March 13-21; Music: 17-22). The multidisciplinary festival attracts more than 72,000 attendees connected to the film, interactive, and music industries. To serve these creative minds converging in Austin, Canon will be the official presenter of the SXSW Filmmakers Lounge and Press Suite, as well as host a special panel session.

“We are honored to be a sponsor at this year’s South by Southwest festival, a festival unlike any other, which fully connects the conjoined worlds of film, music, and technology,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Canon is excited to show attending festival storytellers how Canon supports various aspects of filmmaking – no matter the genre or platform.”
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Press Releases

New Pocket-Size Olympus Stylus SH-2 Camera: Canadian Pricing & Availablity: RAW Capture, 24x Wide-angle Zoom Lens, 5-Axis Image Stabilization, Built-In Wi-Fi, New Nightscape Modes

Wed March 11, 2015

Olympus Stylus SH-2, silver

Olympus Stylus SH-2, silver

Today Olympus Canada announces the new Stylus SH-2, its pricing and availability. The Olympus Stylus SH-2 is a compact camera capable of capturing brilliant imaging and lifelike HD video in a retro, pocket-size design.

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Olympus Stylus SH-2, silver, with a body jacket

Olympus Stylus SH-2, silver, with a body jacket

This latest member of the award-winning Stylus SH family features RAW capture, a 24x zoom lens, 5-axis image stabilization, built-in WiFi, 1080/60p video and Nightscape Modes all packed into a travel-anywhere design.

    Olympus Stylus SH-2, silver

Olympus Stylus SH-2, silver

The following video presents Olympus Stylus SH-2 Overview:

  • Introducing the Olympus Stylus SH-2, a successor model in the Stylus SH line of digital cameras.
  • It features a 24x wide-angle optical zoom lens, built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for remote shooting and sharing with a smart device, RAW capture capability, and 5-Axis Image Stabilization that supports both still image and video capture.

    This sophisticated camera also adds new Nightscape Modes for stunning night scenes and portraits.

Olympus Stylus SH-2, silver

Olympus Stylus SH-2, silver

Canadian Pricing and Availability

  • The Olympus Stylus SH-2 will be available in April at an estimated street price of $399.99 (available in Black and Silver).


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