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Olympus: New OM-D E-M5 Mark II Limited Edition (Body or Kit): Available from June 2015; Limited to 7,000 Sets Worldwide

Tue May 12, 2015

This video presents OM-D E-M5 Mark II Extended Product Tour.

Olympus today announced a limited-edition, titanium colored-body, version of the TIPA award-winning OM-D E-M5 Mark II* which is a Micro Four Thirds System standard interchangeable lens Compact System Camera.

This special color body will be available in a limited quantity of 7,000 sets worldwide from June 2015.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Limited Edition Kit (OM-D E-M5 Mark II titanium colored-body + M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 II* lens + premium leather strap + owner's card + premium-stitched leather card case)

Olympus OM-D E-M5 Mark II Limited Edition Kit (OM-D E-M5 Mark II titanium colored-body + M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 II* lens + premium leather strap + owner’s card + premium-stitched leather card case)

The new OM-D E-M5 Mark II Limited Edition Kit includes:

OM-D E-M5 Mark II Limited Edition in a kit with the zoom M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 II lens

OM-D E-M5 Mark II Limited Edition in a kit with the zoom M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 II lens

Olympus' premium leather strap

Olympus’ premium leather strap

  • OM-D-branded premium leather strap,
Olympus: owner's card and premium card case

Left to right: owner’s card and premium-stitched leather card case

  • Owner’s card bearing a quote from the legendary OM designer, Yoshihisa Maitani, and a premium-stitched leather case for the card.
    • A number between one and 7,000 will appear on the other side of the card, to authenticate that it is a limited edition, as only 7,000 of these cameras are due to be made.

*1 The color of the lens will be black

Olympus Europe also announced that the OM-D E-M5 Mark II Limited Edition (Europe) will be available from June 2015 as the body only, or in a kit with the all-round zoom M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 II lens.

  • The body will retail for €1199 (1345.22 US Dollar at the current exchange rate).
  • The lens kit will cost €1599 (1793.38 US Dollar at the current exchange rate).

Olympus USA announced that the U.S. price is $1,199.99 for the OM-D E-M5 Mark II Limited Edition (USA).

This body color – titanium – was displayed at CP+, this past February, and will be available in June in a limited quantity in response to high demand from customers.

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Award-winning OM-D pays homage to 90s titanium classic

OM-D E-M5 Mark II in the special titanium body color + M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 II* lens + specially-crafted leather strap

OM-D E-M5 Mark II in the special titanium body color + M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm f4.0-5.6 II* lens + specially-crafted leather strap

Hamburg, 12 May 2015 – For fans of landmark high-end cameras, the 1994 OM-3Ti is an all-time classic, and now collectors can acquire a contemporary homage to this titanium-clad SLR icon: a limited-edition version of its most recent OM-D descendant, the TIPA award-winning OM-D E-M5 Mark II*. The beautifully redesigned E-M5 Mark II will be available in a distinctively retro, titanium-tinted body that evokes the golden age of the original Olympus OM series, a period that laid the foundations for the flagship Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras of today. In addition to the titanium colour, the Limited Edition differs from the regular model with a special OM-D-branded leather strap, an owner’s card bearing a quote from the legendary OM designer, Yoshihisa Maitani, and a premium-stitched leather case for the card. A number between one and 7,000 will appear on the other side of the card, as only 7,000 of these cameras are due to be made. The OM-D E-M5 Mark II Limited Edition will be available from June 2015 as the body only, or in a kit with the all-round zoom M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-150mm 1:4.0-5.6 II lens. The body will retail for €1199. The lens kit will cost €1599.

One portable icon deserves another
Although some 20 years have passed since the launch of the OM-3Ti, the OM-D E-M5 Mark II Limited Edition has much in common with its illustrious forebear, and not just visually. Both offer serious photographers a more portable, high-grade alternative to bulkier SLRs. The 1980s and 90s cemented the OM series’ reputation for compact, lightweight, go-anywhere system cameras as well as innovations such as the air damper that muffled the shock of mirror movement or the multi-spot metering mechanism beloved of professional owners of the OM-4. The E-M5 Mark II continues that tradition with its minimal dimensions, rugged build, and the world’s most powerful** 5-axis Image Stabilization system. This – as the TIPA award jury pointed out – makes it ideal for high-speed, spontaneous photography on the move (“a breakthrough technology that handles virtually every shooting situation.”).
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Olympus: New Weather-Sealed M.ZUIKO DIGITAL PRO Lenses are Compact, Lightweight, Ultra Wide: ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO Zoom + ED 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO – the World’s First with f/1.8 Aperture

Tue May 12, 2015

This video presents OLYMPUS ZUIKO LENS SYSTEM – CONCEPT VIDEO
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This is an update to the previous blog, New Olympus M.Zuiko Digital ED 8mm f1.8 Fisheye PRO Lens to Be Available in Summer 2015: 16mm Focal Length (35mm Equivalent), Dustproof, Splashproof & Dedicated Underwater Lens Port.

Olympus announced today the following two new premium M.ZUIKO DIGITAL PRO lenses:

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f1.8 Fisheye PRO

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f1.8 Fisheye PRO

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Olympus M.Zuiko® Digital ED 7-14mm F2.8 AND 8mm F1.8 Fisheye PRO Lenses for Compact Exploring

Excellent Optical Performance, Ultra-Wide, Compact and Lightweight for Ultimate Mobility, Dustproof and Splashproof Construction, Underwater Accessory Compatibility

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f1.8 Fisheye PRO: Official Sample Image

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 8mm f1.8 Fisheye PRO: Official Sample Image

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., May 12, 2015 – Today, Olympus is pleased to announce the availability of two new premium M.ZUIKO DIGITAL PRO lenses. The M.ZUIKO Digital ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO is an ultra-wide-angle zoom lens with a 35mm equivalent focal length of 14-28mm, while the M.ZUIKO Digital ED 8mm Fisheye PRO, the world’s first with an f/1.8 aperture, features a minimum working distance of just 2.5cm and offers excellent bokeh with wide-angle macro shots. Both lenses are equipped with Olympus’ legendary weather sealing, providing peace-of-mind while shooting in extreme weather conditions with an OM-D® camera.

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO: Official Sample Image

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO: Official Sample Image

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO is the ideal lens for wide-angle shooting needs in any condition. This premium lens includes weather sealing in 11 locations, enabling use in rain and snow, or even on the beach, where other lenses may not be able to withstand ocean spray or dust penetration. At 534 grams, or just under 19 ounces, the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO is about 45 percent lighter than similar competitor products, eliminating heavy equipment that may slow the user down.

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO: weather sealing in 11 separate locations

Olympus M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 7-14mm f2.8 PRO: weather sealing in 11 separate locations


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Canon: New, Compact, Lightweight EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Standard Telephoto Prime Lens Has Stepping Motor Technology: For Creating Portraits with Soft-blurred Background, Low-light Photography & Night Scenes

Mon May 11, 2015

Canon EF 50MM F/1.8 STM

Canon EF 50MM F/1.8 STM

Key features of Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Standard Telephoto Prime Lens:

  • Compact, lightweight, fixed focal length standard lens for EOS cameras,
  • Large f/1.8 maximum aperture,
  • 80mm effective focal length when attached to Canon EOS cameras with APS-C sensors,
  • Canon STM gear type stepping motor technology provides quiet autofocusing to support Canon’s EOS Movie Servo AF function,
  • Improved exterior design including new focus ring placement makes it the most compact Canon EF 50mm lens ever,
  • New metal mount for stability and ruggedness,
  • Super Spectra Coating for minimized ghosting and flaring,
  • Circular seven blade aperture,
  • 14-inch minimum focusing distance, and
  • 0.21x maximum magnification.

The new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8mm STM standard prime lens is scheduled to be available by the end of May for an estimated retail price of $125.99.

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Canon U.S.A. Introduces New EF 50MM F/1.8 STM Lens

Compact and Lightweight EF Lens Features Stepping Motor (STM) Technology and is Ideal for First
time DSLR Users as well as Advanced Amateur Photographers

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 11, 2015 – Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce the new lightweight and compact Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM standard lens. Featuring a large maximum aperture of f/1.8, this single focal length lens (which has an effective focal length of 80mm when attached to an EOS camera with an APS-C sensor such as the EOS Rebel T6i) is ideal for creating portraits with beautiful, soft-blurred backgrounds. It’s also ideal for low-light photography and night scenes. Now incorporating Canon’s proprietary STM stepping motor technology, this new lens supports Canon’s EOS Movie Servo AF* (autofocus) function to provide smooth and quiet continuous AF during video recording, as well as when capturing still photos.

Canon EF 50MM F/1.8 STM: Official Sample Image

Canon EF 50MM F/1.8 STM: Official Sample Image

“Canon’s optical heritage of creating high-quality lenses is something we are very proud of ,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc. “Regardless of skill level or budget, all photographers and videographers should have access to superb creative tools that enable them to capture not only beautiful images but images that tell the story of their lives. This new Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens, will provide photographers and videographers with outstanding images they will want to share for years to come.”

Canon EF 50MM F/1.8 STM

Canon EF 50MM F/1.8 STM


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2015 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize for Contemporary Photography: 27 Semi-finalists Selected from Around the World

Sun May 10, 2015

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

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Twenty-seven outstanding artists from around the world have been selected for the 2015 AIMIA | AGO Photography Prize’s long list.

The jury will select a shortlist of four artists, including at least one Canadian artist.

  • These artists will receive a fully funded six-week residency in Canada and their work will be exhibited at the AGO (Art Gallery of Ontario) beginning Sept. 9, 2015.

The winner will be selected by public vote inside the exhibition and online at http://www.aimiaagophotographyprize.com, with voting beginning Sept. 15, 2015.

  • The winner, who will be announced on Dec. 1, 2015, receives $50,000 CAD.

Please watch for the shortlist announcement on June 23, 2015. For updates on the prize and additional information, please visit http://www.AimiaAGOPhotographyPrize.com and follow @AimiaAGOPrize on Twitter.

Congratulations and Good Luck! / Félicitations et bonne chance!

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2015 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize kicks off

28.04.2015

Twenty-seven photographers from around the globe nominated for $50,000 prize

TORONTO, April 28, 2015 /CNW Telbec/ – The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize kicked off its 2015 program today by announcing a long list of semi-finalists. An international group of 12 curators, artists and scholars, each an expert in photography, nominated 27 exceptional artists from around the globe. The $50,000 CAD purse is awarded by public vote and honours living artists whose work in photography and video over the past five years has shown extraordinary potential.

The Aimia | AGO Photography Prize is Canada’s most significant award for contemporary photography. Established in 2007, it was the first major art prize to allow the public to choose its winner. The Prize has a total annual value of $130,000, with $50,000 awarded to the winner, $5,000 awarded to each of the other shortlisted artists and $25,000 supporting a national scholarship program for students studying photography at select institutions across Canada. The remainder funds six-week residencies for all four short-listed artists in partnership with cultural institutions across Canada.

The 2015 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize long list includes:
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You’re Invited: Panasonic Post-NAB Road Shows & Varicam 35/HS Camera Workshops 2015: @ No Cost in Los Angeles (May 13, 14), Chicago (May 20, 21), New York City (May 27, 28), Atlanta (June 10, 11) & Dallas (June 24, 25)

Sat May 9, 2015

Left to right: Panasonic integrated 1080p PTZ cameras AW-HE130 and AW-HE40, VariCam 35 4K camera/recorder, AG-DVX200 4K handheld camcorder, VariCam HS

Left to right: Panasonic integrated 1080p PTZ cameras AW-HE130 and AW-HE40, VariCam 35 4K camera/recorder, AG-DVX200 4K handheld camcorder, VariCam HS

Panasonic invites you to an upcoming series of FREE hands-on demonstrations and presentations of the  new products that were showcased at the recent National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) convention, as well as in-depth instruction on shooting techniques for the VariCam 35® and VariCam HS camera/recorders in Los Angeles (May 13, 14), Chicago (May 20, 21), New York City (May 27, 28), Atlanta (June 10, 11), and Dallas (June 24, 25).

  • Please see the event addresses and full schedule below.

The following video presents NAB 2015: Panasonic AG-DVX200 4K Camcorder:

In this video, Steve Gladstone from B&H Photo is on the floor at NAB 2015 and meets with Pansonic’s Steve Cooperman to discuss the AG-DVX200, their new 4/3″ fixed lens 4K camcorder.

The newest professional products include the following:

Panasonic AG-DVX200 4K handheld camcorder

Panasonic AG-DVX200 4K handheld camcorder

Panasonic VariCam 35 4K camera/recorder

Panasonic VariCam 35 4K camera/recorder

Panasonic VARICAM HS

Panasonic VARICAM HS

The following video presents An exploration in 4K with the Panasonic VariCam 35:

The beautiful World Heritage sites in Turkey – “Historic Areas of Istanbul”, “Goreme National Park and the Rock Sites of Cappadocia”, and “Hierapolic-Pamukkale” were captured with the Panasonic professional 4K camera, VariCam 35. This video introduces behind the scenes highlights during the shooting. Through the interviews of a Varicam 35 developer and users, you will get to know the features of the VariCam 35.

All events are FREE, but early reservations are encouraged and can be made by visiting http://info.panasonic.com/Post-NAB-Road-Show-Email–Landing-Page_2015-Post-NAB-Road-Show-VariCam-Workshop.html .

Enjoy!

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Panasonic Schedules Post-Nab Road Shows and Free Varicam 35/HS Camera Workshops in Five Major Production Centers

Road Shows Kick-off on Wednesday, May 13th in Los Angeles

NEWARK, NJ (May 6, 2015) – Panasonic has announced an upcoming series of hands-on demonstrations and presentations of new products showcased at the recent National Association of Broadcasters convention, as well as in-depth instruction on shooting techniques for the VariCam 35® and VariCam HS camera/recorders. These two-day events are slated in May and June in Los Angeles, Chicago, New York City, Atlanta, and Dallas (full schedule below).

On the first day, attendees will learn about Panasonic’s newest professional video products, including the AG-DVX200 4K handheld camcorder, VariCam 35 4K and VariCam HS camera/recorders, AW-HE40 and AW-HE130 integrated 1080p PTZ cameras, cloud-based video streaming solutions and more.

Day two will consist of a workshop on shooting with the VariCam 35 4K and VariCam HS high-speed 2/3″ camera/recorders. The workshop covers the many functions of the VariCam 35 and VariCams, including in-depth instruction on camera operation and workflows. All events are free, but early reservations are encouraged and can be made by visiting http://info.panasonic.com/Post-NAB-Road-Show-Email–Landing-Page_2015-Post-NAB-Road-Show-VariCam-Workshop.html.

The event schedule is as follows:
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2015 Scotiabank Photography Award Winner is Angela Grauerholz, a Canadian Photographic Artist

Fri May 8, 2015

The following video presents Reading Room for the Working Artist by Angela Grauerholz:

Angela Grauerholz, professor at the École de design de l’UQAM and new director of the Centre de design de l’UQAM, presents the artistic process on her installation Reading Room for the Working Artist.

Inspired by a photo of the USSR Workers’ Club Reading Room by Russian artist Alexandre Rodtchenko, Angela Grauerholz created her own Reading Room. The room became the container for her personal archives (photos, documents, postcards, literary writing, writing about art) organized in the form of twelve art books.

This allowed her to put her collections in order and to “give form to something entirely abstract: history, ideas, memory, ideologies.” The project shows how artists incorporate their knowledge and their influences into their creative process.

This is an update to the previous blog, Finalists of 2015 Scotiabank Photography Award, the Most Prestigious Award in Canadian Contemporary Photography + You’re Invited to Mark Ruwedel Exhibition Apr.29-Jun.28, 2015.

Scotiabank named Angela Grauerholz as the winner of the fifth annual Scotiabank Photography Award (SPA).

  • The winner was announced Wednesday evening at a Gala Reception at the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto, Ontario, Canada as shown here.
"And the winner of the 2015 Scotiabank Photography Award is Angela Grauerholz!": Image by Ryerson Image Centre

“And the winner of the 2015 Scotiabank Photography Award is Angela Grauerholz!”: Image by Ryerson Image Centre

Angela Grauerholz

2015 SPA jury member statement

The photographs of Angela Grauerholz are a significant contribution to the contemporary history of the medium. Her explorations of the materiality and contexts of images have renewed our aesthetic and cultural understanding of photographs. Utilizing genres that includes vernacular photographs as well as the function of the archive, Grauerholz has approached the value that photographs retain to memory through a uniquely personal and philosophical insight. The work of Angela Grauerholz is evocative and thoughtful. The strange beauty of her photographs invite the viewer to reflect on the depth of meaning that the ubiquitous presence of photographs may convey.

– Robert Bean
http://www.scotiabank.com/photoaward/en/0,,6343,00.html

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ANGELA GRAUERHOLZ WINS THE 2015 SCOTIABANK PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD

Toronto, ON (05/06/2015) – Scotiabank named Angela Grauerholz as the winner of the fifth annual Scotiabank Photography Award. The winner was announced Wednesday evening at a Gala Reception at the Ryerson Image Centre in Toronto.

The prestigious Scotiabank Photography Award includes a $50,000 cash prize, a solo Primary Exhibition at the Ryerson Image Centre during the 2016 Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, and a book of the winner’s work to be published and distributed worldwide by renowned art book publisher Gerhard Steidl.

The Scotiabank Photography Award is Canada’s largest annual peer-nominated and peer-reviewed celebration of excellence in Canadian contemporary photography. This award was designed to raise the international profile of established Canadian photographic artists.

The Scotiabank Photography Award was founded by Edward Burtynsky, Chair of the Scotiabank Photography Award Jury and Jane Nokes, Scotiabank’s Director of Arts, Culture, & Heritage and Executive Director of the Scotiabank Photography Award. The Award is designed to provide support to an established artist as he or she reaches for the next level of national and international recognition.
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Sony AZ1VR (HDR-AZ1) Action Cam Mini Recorded Freedom Eagle’s Eye Perspective of the Landscape in a Flight Over the Rhineland City & Cathedral of Cologne, Germany

Thu May 7, 2015

This is an update to the previous blog, Sony AZ1VR (HDR-AZ1) Action Cam Mini Recorded an Eagle’s Eye Perspective of the Landscape in a Flight from World’s Tallest Building.

Equipped with a Sony AZ1VR (HDR-AZ1) Action Cam Mini, the eagle captured some incredible never-before-seen views of the city showing the beautiful Rhineland city and its majestic cathedral from the bird’s eye perspective.

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The FREEDOM Eagle lands in Cologne

May 07, 2015 08:03 GMT

Having returned from its world-record breaking flight from the top of the Burj Khalifa in Dubai and soaring above the skies of Paris and London, the FREEDOM eagle has once again taken to the air; this time over the astonishing cathedral of Cologne, Germany.

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Equipped with a Sony HDR-AZ1VR Action Cam, the eagle captured some incredible never-before-seen views of the city showing the beautiful Rhineland city and its majestic cathedral from the bird’s eye perspective.

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It’s film is available for you to enjoy here: http://youtu.be/-vYoKgQpsFA

Sony and FREEDOM
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Canon Little League Photo Contest for USA, D.C. and Canada – Three Entry Periods to Upload Your 3 Baseball Photos: 9 am May 5 – 6 pm ET May 31; 12 am June 1 – 6 pm ET June 30; 12 am July 1 – 9 pm ET July 24, 2015

Thu May 7, 2015

Canon U.S.A. announced the continuation of their multi-year partnership as the official camera and printer sponsor of Little League® Baseball and Softball, the world’s largest youth sports organization.

Canon is thrilled to support the Little League World Series, capturing special moments of fans, families and players. This year, through the use of our input-to-output solutions, we’re taking the Great Wall of Fandom on the road and inviting fans at the regional tournaments to show their support on the ground through Regional Walls of Fandom. Culminating at Williamsport and displayed during the tournament, we’re excited to share the power of the printed image with fans across the country and deepen our relationship with Little League.

Yuichi Ishizuka, president and COO, Canon U.S.A., Inc.

Canon and Little League are teaming up to present the “Picture Perfect Season,” a initiative kicking off this month with the Canon Little League Photo Contest powered by PIXMA Printers.

  • By submitting their photos based on the following three monthly themes, fans will have the chance to win one of three trips to the Little League Baseball® World Series in South Williamsport, PA and see their photos on display in the World of Little League Museum in the Richard “Hank” Bauer, Jr. Little League Photography Exhibit in the World Series Gallery presented by Easton Foundations:
    1. Stepping Up to the Plate – Entry period: 9 am May 5 – 6 pm ET May 31, 2015
    2. Fandemonium – Entry period: 12 am June 1 – 6 pm ET June 30. 2015
    3. Team Spirit – Entry period: 12 am July 1 – 9 pm ET July 24, 2015

When you shoot and share your Little League® moments you’re not only getting game-changing photos, you’re getting the chance to win exciting Canon and Little League® prizes, like cameras, printers, and even a trip to the Little League Baseball® World Series in Williamsport!

No purchase is necessary to enter or win.

Open only to legal residents of the 50 United States, D.C. and Canada (excluding Quebec) who are 18 years of age or older as of the time of entry.

Prizes:

Three (3) Grand Prizes will be offered one (1) for each Theme.

Each of the Grand Prizes consists of the following items:

  • A trip for the winner and one (1) guest to South Williamsport, PA to attend a Little League Baseball World Series Opening Weekend Game scheduled to occur on August, 22, 2015 (the “LLBWS Trip”).
    • The LLBWS Trip will consist of round-trip, coach-class air transportation for the winner and the guest between the major airport nearest to the winner’s home and an airport in or near the destination; a two (2) night stay at a hotel selected by Sponsor (one standard room, double occupancy; room rate and taxes only; size and type of room determined by Sponsor in its discretion); ground transfers between the airport and hotel; and $2250 ($750 per day for three (3) days, which is intended to cover miscellaneous costs incurred by the winner and guests during the LLBWS Trip, including without limitation rental car and/or other necessary ground transportation expenses).
    • The LLBWS Trip also includes two (2) tickets (one (1) for the winner and one (1) for the guest) for admission to a Little League World Series Opening Weekend Game scheduled to occur on August 22, 2015 and two (2) tickets (one (1) for the winner and one (1) for the guest) for admission to the World of Little League Museum to attend an exclusive viewing of the Winning Photograph
  • One (1) Canon “Input-Output” Bundle consisting of Canon EOS products and PIXMA MG Series printer products determined by Sponsor.
  • One (1) of the following items, as determined by Sponsor: Little League Baseball merchandise selected by Sponsor with an aggregate approximate retail value of Fifty Dollars ($50) or a gift card with a face value of Fifty Dollars ($50).
  • The Winning Photograph displayed for up to one (1) year at the World of Little League Museum and included in e-mail communications.

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Sony: New Lightweight “Selfie Smartphone” Xperia C4 and Xperia C4 Dual: 5MP Front Camera, 13MP Rear Camera, 25 mm Wide-angle Lens, 5.5” Full HD Display, Ultra-fast Connectivity with 4G Capabilities, Over 8 Hours of Video Viewing Time

Wed May 6, 2015

Sony Xperia C4 and Xperia C4 Dual: Colour options include (left to right) mint, white and black

Sony Xperia C4 and Xperia C4 Dual: Colour options include (left to right) mint, white and black

A dual SIM mobile phone is one which holds two SIM cards.

Today, Sony launches the next generation “selfie smartphone” to introduce Xperia™ C4 (Single SIM) and Xperia C4 Dual (Dual SIM).

The following video presents Xperia C4 Dual Sim – Snap the perfect selfie with a super-fast, Full HD smartphone:

Xperia C4 has dual-SIM functionality, giving you the flexibility of using 2 active profiles for double the fun.

Smile and get ready for an ultra-fast, smartphone with a wide-angle 5 megapixel front camera, allowing you to fit all of your friends into the frame for that perfect selfie.

View your photos or favourite movies in a big, bright 5.5” Full HD display, so you can experience the finest of details and relive every moment. Discover a world of innovation stylishly housed in a flawless design, with all the quality craftsmanship you expect from a Sony smartphone.

Sony Xperia C4: mint colour

Sony Xperia C4: mint colour

Key Highlights of Sony Xperia C4

  • It is an Octa-core phone.
    • 1.7 GHz Octa-core processor gives you maximum performance and speed without draining your battery because the processor is asynchronous, which means each core is powered up and down independently.
    • Run multiple apps simultaneously, surf the web with shorter loading time and stream lag-free videos.
Sony Xperia C4: Front camera, white colour

Sony Xperia C4: Front camera, white colour

  • 5-megapixel front camera features Exmor R™,  soft LED flash, Superior Auto mode, and a 25 mm wide-angle lens.
    • Exmor R™ image sensor for sharp photos with low noise and vivid colour even in low light.
    • The flash automatically adjusts to the ideal settings for your lighting conditions and naturally illuminates the scene.
    • All your selfie portraits will look professional with Superior Auto mode.
    • With a 25 mm wide-angle lens and an 80-degree field of view, you’ll fit in even more of the view, and even more friends in the shot.
Image is a simulated example from Sony: 25 mm wide view

Image is a simulated example from Sony: 25 mm wide view

  • 13 MP rear camera with HDR (High-dynamic-range imaging) and autofocus.
    • If you have a bright light behind you, HDR balances it out so selfies are clear. HDR for photos and videos.
  • 4x digital zoom.
  • Full HD video recording (1080p) with SteadyShot™ to get a smooth, steady selfie video.

  • Xperia camera apps that come pre-installed. Also, new apps are continually released and can be downloaded directly via the camera interface on your Xperia device.
  • Large 5.5” Full HD display.
    • Mobile BRAVIA® Engine 2 gives you enhanced sharpness and contrast for immersive viewing.
    • Activate the Super vivid mode for a vibrant colour experience.
Sony Xperia C4: black colour option, official sample by Sony

Sony Xperia C4: black colour option, official sample by Sony

  • Battery
    • 2600 mAh.
    • Talk time: up to 12 hours 47 min.*
    • Standby time: up to 682 hours*.
    • Music listening time: up to 53 hours 22 min.*
    • Video viewing time: up to 8 hours 8 min.*
  • Google Android™ 5.0 (Lollipop)
Sony Xperia C4: mint colour

Sony Xperia C4: mint colour

  • Scratch-resistant, sleek, lightweight and portable.
    • Weight 147 g.
    • Dimensions 150.3 x 77.4 x 7.9 mm.
    • Colour options include black, white and standout mint.
Image by Sony

Image by Sony

* Values are according to GSM Association Battery Life Measurement Technique as performed in controlled laboratory conditions. Actual time may vary.

Please click here for the full list of specifications.

Xperia C4 will be available in Single SIM and Dual SIM in select markets from the beginning of June 2015.

PRESS RELEASE

Sony launches next generation “selfie smartphone” – Xperia™ C4 and Xperia C4 Dual

  • Capture your best selfies with a high-quality 5MP front camera and a raft of fun Xperia camera apps
  • Enjoy your entertainment to the fullest with a large 5.5” Full HD screen powered by Sony’s BRAVIA® TV technologies
  • Super-fast Octa-core processor makes multi-tasking easy, without running out of power

London, 6th May 2015 The selfie phenomenon is about to kick up a notch with the introduction of Xperia™ C4 and Xperia C4 Dual – Sony’s next generation PROselfie smartphones, featuring a best in class 5MP front camera, a Full HD display and superior performance.

“Following the success of Xperia C3, we are proud to introduce Sony’s evolved PROselfie smartphone,” said Tony McNulty, Vice-President, Value Category Business Management at Sony Mobile Communications. “Xperia C4 caters to consumers that want a smartphone that not only takes great photos, but also packs a punch. Benefiting from Sony’s camera expertise, the 5MP front-facing camera with wide-angle lens lets you capture perfect selfies, while its quality display and performance features provide an all-round advanced smartphone experience.”

We all like a high-profile selfie – so go ahead and get snapping:
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Press Releases

Samsung: New Memory Cards PRO Plus for Professional Photos & 4K UHD Video + EVO Plus for Photos, Full HD Video & Select Mobile Apps: Faster Data Transfer Speeds & Higher Storage Volume

Tue May 5, 2015

The following video presents Mia’s Diary:

For memories you’ll never want to forget, choose Samsung Memory. The super durable, waterproof, temperature proof, magnet proof and x-ray proof memory cards from Samsung ensure your precious memories will last forever.

Today, Samsung launched the “Plus” lineup to introduce the new PRO Plus and EVO Plus SD and microSD memory cards to address the rapidly growing consumer need for advanced multimedia memory solutions.

Key highlights of PRO Plus:

  • Storing and transferring professional-grade photos and 4K UHD video content created from high-end DSLRs, smartphones, tablets and modern action cameras.
  • With its higher read and write speeds of up to 95MB/s and 90 MB/s respectively, the PRO Plus SD cards and microSD cards satisfy both UHS-I Speed Class 3 (U3) and Class 10 performance levels.
  • The PRO Plus lineup comes in 64GB and 32GB storage capacities.
    • The 64GB PRO Plus memory card can record approximately 110 minutes of 4K UHD video or 490 minutes of Full HD video in action cameras or DSLR cameras.

Key highlights of EVO Plus:

  • Storing data from smartphone, tablet, compact camera and Full HD camcorder users.
    • Storing and transferring Full HD video content and select mobile applications.
  • Read and write speeds up to 80MB/s and 20MB/s respectively that provide UHS-I Speed Class 1 (U1) and Class 10 performance, boasting a much more advanced read performance compared to the existing EVO lineup.
  • The EVO Plus cards are available in 32GB, 64GB and 128GB.
    • 128GB version of EVO Plus card can store a maximum of 10,940 photos or 30,670 songs, or 980 minutes of Full HD video recording based on user settings and configurations.

PRO Plus and EVO Plus SD Cards’ Upgraded  Samsung 5-proof Features:

  • Waterproof, temperature proof, X-ray proof, magnetic proof and shock proof.
  • Both Plus memory card lineups can now withstand 72 hours of being submerged in seawater, which is 48 more hours of improvement from that of the existing products.

Samsung will offer the new microSD cards in May 2015 with SD cards to follow.

Samsung new microSD cards and SD cards: 64GB - PRO Plus (left) and 128GB - EVO Plus (right)

Samsung new microSD cards and SD cards: 64GB – PRO Plus (left) and 128GB – EVO Plus (right)

PRESS RELEASE

Samsung Electronics Delivers Even Faster Speeds with the New PRO Plus and EVO Plus Memory Cards

Launch of Samsung “Plus” lineup provides memory card solutions with faster data transfer speeds*, expanded capacities and 4K UHD support

Ridgefield Park NJ – May 5, 2015 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc., the world leader in advanced memory technology, today introduced its latest memory card lineups, PRO Plus and EVO Plus. The two latest product lineups add to Samsung’s SD and microSD card portfolio to now consist of the PRO Plus, PRO, EVO Plus and EVO families, to address the rapidly growing consumer need for advanced multimedia memory solutions.

“Samsung is following through on our promise to deliver next-generation memory cards that have even faster speeds and higher memory storage volume that will enhance consumer satisfaction level and solidify Samsung’s branded memory business leadership,” said Un-Soo Kim, Senior Vice President of Branded Product Marketing, Memory Business at Samsung Electronics. “With the increase of 4K UHD enabled devices and market needs for memory capacity, the PRO Plus and EVO Plus lineups are optimized solutions that will meet today’s user expectations.”
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Press Releases

Nikon Canada is Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival’s Official Camera Partner: Contests & Most Events @ No Cost, Toronto May 1-31, 2015

Fri May 1, 2015

This video presents SCOTIABANK CONTACT PHOTOGRAPHY FESTIVAL 2013 from Daniel Marc Froidevaux on Vimeo.

This is an update to these previous blogs:

PRESS RELEASE

Nikon Canada: Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival’s official camera partner
Come celebrate the world’s largest photography festival with a weekly contest, lecture series, student scholarships and photo walk with Nikon Canada

Mississauga, ON, May 1, 2015 – For the fifth year in a row, Nikon Canada is partnering with Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival to host a series of events designed to celebrate creativity and innovation in photography. CONTACT is an annual event in May with over 1,000 Canadian and international artists and photographers exhibiting at more than 175 venues throughout Toronto.

All photographers have uniquely interesting visions of the world around us, and they all share a desire to use their lens to illuminate, explore, enrich and share their vision. In that spirit, as the official camera partner of CONTACT, Nikon Canada will be hosting a “Picture Your World” weekly photo contest, an educational lecture series by Nikon Canada Ambassadors, and the inaugural Nikon Photo Walk, as well as providing three photography students with sponsorships to the Magnum Workshop Toronto.

“Picture Your World” weekly photo contest: May 1-31, 2015

Each week of the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival, Nikon Canada will focus on a different assignment. Judges will be looking at how each photo best reflects the thematic focus: “Picture Your World.”

Nikon D5500 HD-SLR with 18-55mm VR II Lens

Nikon D5500 HD-SLR with 18-55mm VR II Lens

Each weekly “Picture Your World” photo contest winner – selected by a panel of judges – will receive a Nikon D5500 with 18-55mm VR II Lens. One grand prize winner will be selected from the weekly winners by public community voting on the Nikon Canada website (from June 5 to June 12, 2015). That winner will receive a CONTACT limited edition print of Extended Breathing with Moving Grasses, 2009 by Suzy Lake (retail value $1,500). The winning photos will also be featured on Nikon Canada’s dedicated site for CONTACT, Nikon Canada’s Facebook and YouTube pages, and on the CONTACT website.

Here are the weekly assignments:
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Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival May 1-31, 2015 Toronto, Canada: 11 Public Installations in the Urban Landscape

Fri May 1, 2015

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival: Public Installations

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival: Public Installations

This is an update to these previous blogs:

Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival

(May 1-31, 2015)

Presents

11 Public Installations in the Urban Landscape

FREE Admissions

Celebrate the month of photography in Toronto!

Telephone 416 539 9595
info@scotiabankcontactphoto.com
www.scotiabankcontactphoto.com

Here are the 11 photography artists who presented their work as public installations during the CONTACT Photography Festival.
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