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New Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM: A Second Generation Highly Mobile, Compact Super-telephoto Zoom Lens

Mon November 10, 2014


Canon U.S.A. Introduces New Super-Telephoto Zoom Lens, The Compact And Highly Mobile Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM

New Super-Telephoto Zoom Lens Delivers an Enhanced IS System Providing Four Shutter Speed Steps of Correction, a Rotation-Type Zoom Ring, and New Optical Element Formula to Help Maximize Image Quality

MELVILLE, N.Y., November 10, 2014 – Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the highly anticipated Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM lens, a second generation compact super-telephoto zoom lens featuring significant advancements in optical quality, image stabilization performance up-to-four steps, and rotating-zoom-ring design. This new L-series super- telephoto zoom lens features Canon L-series weather resistance and rugged magnesium housing to meet the needs of wildlife and sports photographers or photojournalists working out in the elements. Fully compatible with all EOS cameras, the EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM features a completely redesigned optical formula containing one Fluorite and one Super UD lens element – a combination unique to lenses in this focal range – to help deliver sharp images with high resolution and contrast. This combination of elements helps thoroughly suppress chromatic aberration throughout the entire zoom range.

“The Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L II USM is the logical evolution of the very popular EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM introduced 16 years ago,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, President and COO of Canon U.S.A., Inc., “This long awaited, next generation lens was developed to be a highly portable and adaptable telephoto zoom lens for today’s modern professional and advanced amateur photographers.”
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New Lytro Platform Provides Lytro Development Kit for Companies to Explore Developing Custom Light Field Cameras & Applications

Thu November 6, 2014

Lytro sells light field cameras that can capture all of the light rays in a scene to offer photographic capabilities never before possible, such as

  • focusing a picture after it’s taken, and
  • creating interactive, living pictures that can be endlessly focused and refocused by both the photographer and the viewer, bringing new creative possibilities to photography.

In April 2014, Lytro launched the consumer Lytro Illum: A new camera that lets you capture and harness the power of light field, allowing you to create living pictures.

This silent video presents Midnight Jellies with LYTRO ILLUM.

  • Midnight Jellies by Alex Krafcik.

Today, Lytro presents the new LYTRO PLATFORM.
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Nikon’s Second Season of the “Nikon Behind the Scenes” Video Series for Enthusiast Photographers: Starts Nov.5, 2014

Wed November 5, 2014

The second season kicks off with Nikon Ambassador and wedding photographer Cliff Mautner’s “Nikon Behind the Scenes: Wedding Day Portraits with Cliff Mautner.”

The second season kicks off with Nikon Ambassador and wedding photographer Cliff Mautner’s “Nikon Behind the Scenes: Wedding Day Portraits with Cliff Mautner.”

This video presents Nikon Behind the Scenes: Turning Harsh Light into Good Light.

Thinking of exploring wedding photography or just want to learn how to shoot great portraits in challenging light? Nikon Ambassador, Cliff Mautner explains how to make the most of harsh lighting scenarios.


November 5, 2014

Nikon’s Original “Behind The Scenes” Video Series Returns for a Second Season

Nikon Ambassadors Cliff Mautner and Andrew Hancock Featured in Educational and Inspiring Video Series Geared Toward Enthusiast Photographers

MELVILLE, NY – Today, Nikon Inc. launched the second season of the “Nikon Behind the Scenes” video series. Following the popular first season, which has more than 340,000 views to date, Nikon has engaged two new Nikon Ambassadors to continue its mission of educating and encouraging intermediate level photographers.  Over the course of ten short videos, Cliff Mautner and Andrew Hancock will provide viewers with an all-access look into their professional processes with tips and tricks aimed at encouraging viewers to develop and improve their photographic skills. These acclaimed wedding and sports photographers will offer valuable insight on various subjects including capturing weddings, working in challenging light, photographing athletes, taking action shots and more.

“The overall response to the first season of the ‘Nikon Behind the Scenes Video Series’ from both photographers and the Nikon community has been very positive. The first season provided a new and unique way to communicate with the growing number of photographers who have developed their skills and are ready to take the next step creatively,” said Lisa Baxt, Associate General Manager of Communications, Nikon Inc. “The second season will again aim to be an invaluable tool for educating and supporting Nikon users on their creative journey. “
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Canon Cinema EOS Products + Disneyland Paris: 4K Videos for the New Ratatouille Attraction

Tue November 4, 2014

The following French/English video presents [FR/EN] Ratatouille : L’Attraction – Le Making-Of:

Le 10 juillet 2014, le monde de Ratatouille devient réalité dans L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy. A quelques jours de l’inauguration officielle, les Imagineers reviennent sur la création de la 60e attraction de Disneyland Paris pour nous mettre en appétit. Action, innovation, immersion… une aventure unique à consommer sans modé-rat-ion !

Translation: July 10, 2014, the world of Ratatouille becomes reality in L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy. A few days before the official opening, the Imagineers return to the creation of the 60th attraction of Disneyland Paris to whet our appetites. Action, innovation, immersion … a unique adventure to consume without moderate-rat-ion!


Disneyland Paris uses Canon Cinema EOS products for its new attraction Ratatouille

London, UK, 4 November 2014 – Canon is proud to announce that it can include Walt Disney Studios Park among the prestigious users of its Cinema EOS system products. A series of videos for the new Ratatouille: L’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy attraction have been shot in 4K, using the combination of five EOS C500s and EOS-1D C SLR cameras, as well as a wide range of Canon lenses, including over 20 EF L-series and EOS Cine lenses. The videos were shot by acclaimed French director, Sébastien Devaud, who was among those to pioneer the use of SLR cameras to shoot video.

The attraction, Ratatouille: l’Aventure Totalement Toquée de Rémy, is based on the most French of all Disney-Pixar animated films (released in 2007) and opened on July 10th 2014, after five years of construction work. Considering the challenge, Disneyland Paris immediately decided to shoot in 4K. Ultra High Definition has a resolution of at least 8 megapixels, four times higher than current High Definition (HD), providing total immersion in the action. In 2014, sales in market increased significantly and in May 2014 more Ultra High Definition TVs were sold than throughout 2013 combined.
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Nikon’s Total Production of NIKKOR Lenses for Interchangeable Lens Cameras Reaches 90 Million at the End of October 2014

Tue November 4, 2014


This video presents NIKKOR Lens Technology.

Take a look into the innovative technology that goes into NIKKOR lenses and see why professionals around the world settle for nothing less than NIKKOR lenses.


November 3, 2014

Total Production of NIKKOR Lenses for Interchangeable Lens Cameras Reaches 90 Million

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that the total production of NIKKOR lenses(1) for Nikon interchangeable lens cameras reached the ninety million milestone at the end of October 2014. Additionally, production of NIKKOR lenses equipped with the Silent Wave Motor (SWM), the autofocus motor developed exclusively by Nikon, recently reached fifty million.

In 1959, Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K) released the Nikon F as well as its first NIKKOR lenses for Nikon SLR cameras, including the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2. Since then, the NIKKOR tradition has continued. Nikon continues to actively release new NIKKOR lenses utilizing advanced technologies cultivated over its long history, while further expanding its lineup of lenses for the Nikon 1 compact interchangeable lens camera system. Since reaching the eighty-five million lens milestone in January 2014, production of NIKKOR lenses continues at a steady rate.

In addition, total production of NIKKOR lenses equipped with the Silent Wave Motor (SWM) has reached fifty million. Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor converts “traveling waves” into rotational energy to focus the optics, which achieves extremely quiet autofocus photography. In just eighteen years since the 1996 release of the Ai AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8D IF-ED, which was one of the first lenses to employ SWM technology, a total of 72(2) lenses equipped with a SWM and covering a broad range of focal lengths have been released for both FX and DX-format DSLR cameras.

In September 2014, Nikon responded to a variety of user needs by adding the new ultra wide-angle AF-S NIKKOR 20mm f/1.8G ED to its already robust lineup of fast f/1.8 fixed focal length lenses for FX-format cameras. The new 20mm f/1.8 lens utilizes the latest optical design technologies to achieve superior resolution, while the adoption of Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat controls ghost and flare. Lightweight and extremely portable, Nikon’s newest ultra-wide angle lens is ideal for fulfilling one’s photographic vision.
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Sony Canada + Sony World Photography Awards: Canada National Award 2015 is Open to All Canadians Until 5 January

Fri October 31, 2014

Each year the Sony World Photography Awards celebrates the very best international contemporary photography.

This is an update to the previous blog, Sony World Photography Awards 2015 For All: Enter Now for Professional, Open, Youth and Cruises Competitions.

Calling all Canadian photographers. Have your best photograph seen by the world in the Sony World Photography Awards National Award competition.

The Sony World Photography Awards are committed to engaging with and supporting talented photographers from around the globe. It is for this reason that we are thrilled to be able to work closely with Sony Canada to identify the local photographers that are producing great work and pushing their own creative boundaries, so that we can raise their profile across the globe and provide inspiration to other budding Canadian photographers.

Scott Gray, Managing Director of the World Photography Organization (WPO)

The Canada National Award will uncover and honour the best single image by a Canadian photographer.

  • The winner of the Canada National Award will be chosen from entries into the ten Open categories of the Open competition of the 2015 Sony Word Photography Awards taken by Canadian nationals.
  • Entries are FREE and photographers can enter any of ten categories.
  • The judges will uncover and honour the best single image by a Canadian national from across these categories.
  • Entries close: 5 January 2015.


One winner and two runners-up of the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Canada National Award will receive:
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Epson Canada: New SureColor P600 13-Inch Professional Photo Printer Provides Next-Generation Epson UltraChrome HD Pigment Inks

Wed October 29, 2014


Epson Unveils the SureColor P600 13-Inch Professional
Photo Printer

 Epson SureColor P600 Leverages Next-Generation Epson
UltraChrome HD Ink to Deliver Exhibition-Quality Prints with Unprecedented Black Density

MARKHAM, ON – Oct. 29, 2014 – Epson Canada Ltd, announced today the industry’s most advanced 13-inch photo printer – the Epson SureColor® P600. Designed for creative professionals, fine artists, and advanced amateur and pro photographers, the SureColor P600 combines an advanced MicroPiezo® AMC printhead with next-generation Epson UltraChrome® HD pigment inks driven by enhanced AccuPhotoTM HD imaging technology to produce exhibition-quality black-and-white prints with never before seen pigment black density and stunningly vivid colour prints.

“The Epson SureColor P600 was designed to not only meet, but exceed the capabilities of today’s exceptional digital image captures by producing prints with the superior level of quality our customers have come to expect,” said Larry Kaufman, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America. “With the advent of next-generation Epson UltraChrome HD inks and unrivaled fine art and roll paper support, the Epson SureColor P600 is poised to represent the new benchmark in desktop photographic printing.
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New RICOH THETA Model: Spherical Camera Captures Spherical Videos, and 360-Degree Images in One Shot

Wed October 29, 2014



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

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


New RICOH THETA model, capturing 360-degree images in one shot, is on sale soon
– Spherical video function, API and SDK (beta version) now available –

Tokyo, October 28, 2014—Ricoh Company, Ltd. announced today that it has developed a new model of the RICOH THETA, an input device that allows users to capture the area all around them in a single spherical image. The new spherical camera, which can also capture spherical videos, will be marketed by Ricoh Imaging Company, Ltd. from November 14.

Since its launch last year as the world’s first image input device*1, the RICOH THETA has opened a new world of imaging possibilities. Users can shoot game changing new spherical images at any time, capturing more than they ever imagined. In response to popular demand, the new model enables Wi-Fi transfer that is almost twice as fast as the previous model as well as spherical video capture, all with the same small, lightweight and easy-to-carry design as before. Video image conversion processing can be performed on a computer after shooting, enabling users to enjoy up to 3 minutes*2 of spherical video footage that will make them feel like they’re right there. Users can also choose from four body colors, providing a more fun and attractive tool to carry around every day.
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WestLicht Photo and Camera Auction Presents Leica Camera Rarities and Collectables on Nov.21 and 22, 2014

Wed October 29, 2014

WestLicht Auction Leica IIIF Black

WestLicht Auction Leica IIIF Black

WestLicht Photographica Auction

11th WestLicht Photo Auction on November 21, 2014, 6pm (CET)

26th WestLicht Camera Auction on November 22, 2014, 11am (CET)

Contact Info:

WestLicht Photographica Auction
Westbahnstrasse 40
1070 Vienna, Austria
Tel: ++43 1 523 56 59 15
Fax: ++43 1 523 13 08
E-Mail: auction(at)



The WestLicht Photo and Camera Auction on 21 and 22 November, 2014, Presents Leica Camera Rarities and Collectables

WestLicht, the world’s leading auction house for vintage cameras, is holding two auctions in November 2014 to celebrate two anniversaries, ‘100 years of Leica photography’ and ‘175 years of photography’. The WestLicht photo auction on 21 November 2014 puts the focus on pictures, while the WestLicht Photographica Auction on 22 November 2014 will be offering historical photographic equipment, including rare Leica products. All lots can be viewed online at

Amongst the highlights of the WestLicht photo auction on 21 November are photographs shot by Diane Arbus. The photographer, born in New York in 1923, revolutionised and changed the face of photography. Amongst her pictures, many of which have long since become icons of the 20th century, Identical twins (Cathleen and Colleen) from 1967 (estimated value: 80,000 to 100,000 euros) is almost certainly the most well known. This, and three other of her works, like The King and Queen of a Senior Citizens Dance, New York 1970 (estimated value: 50,000 to 70,000 euros), are from her only portfolio entitled A Box of Ten Photographs, that was a concept produced in 1971, shortly before her death. The work of one great Austrian Leica photographer, Franz Hubmann, is also on display. Hubmann captured the greatest musicians and artists of his time in a way that only very few photographers could. His photograph entitled Pablo Picasso in his Villa La Californie, Cannes 1957 (estimated value: 3,000 to 3,500 euros) is particular proof of this. Vintage prints from Hubmann’s private collection of pictures the photographer was given by prominent international photographers (including Henri Cartier-Bresson, Otto Steinert, William Klein and Frank Horvat) in the 1950s and early 1960s are also up for auction.

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Gentec International: Manfrotto’s New Befree Carbon Fiber Tripod for Travellers is Now Available

Tue October 28, 2014

Manfrotto’s newest entry into the Befree line, the Befree Carbon, is an ultralight carbon fibre tripod that is sleek, easy to use and even easier to transport. It’s the perfect travel companion, weighing only 1.1kg (2.4 lbs) and measuring 40cm (15.7 in) when folded. Photographers and hobbyists alike will celebrate Befree’s compact size, functionality and design.

The new Befree Carbon has a suggested retail price of $399.95 and is currently available.


The New Befree Carbon: The Best Travel Companion

TORONTO, ON., October 28, 2014 –  Gentec International, the exclusive Canadian distributor of Manfrotto photo and video products, announces the launch of the Befree Carbon, a new product in the Befree range. The carbon fiber version, devoted to hobbyists who love to travel, is now lighter but still fast to set up, intuitive to use and absolutely stable for capturing precise and sharp pictures.

Light and portable
Befree Carbon legs are made entirely of carbon fiber, which guarantees lightness as well as rigidity and transportability. It weighs only 1.1 kg (2.4 lbs). It’s foldable legs allow for a folded length of just 40 cm (15.7 in), thanks to the ball head’s compact quick release adaptor. In addition to that, it is very fast to set up and amazingly stable. These characteristics allow traveling photographers to take stunning pictures wherever they go.

Befree Carbon Tripod in a cushioned carry bag

Befree Carbon Tripod in a cushioned carry bag

Easy to transport  
Befree Carbon is the ideal tripod for travellers thanks to its size, which perfectly fits into carry-on luggage or backpacks. It can be comfortably carried everywhere thanks to its included cushioned carry bag, that preserves it from any unintentional damage.
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A Panasonic Film Shot Entirely on Lumix GH4: “DRIVE, The Air Cooled Wanderer Gary Foo by LUMIX GH4″

Mon October 27, 2014

Image is extracted from video below.

Image is extracted from video below.


Oct 27, 2014

DRIVE, The Air Cooled Wanderer Gary Foo by LUMIX GH4

This film is shot entirely on Lumix GH4.


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Samsung NX1 + Joseph Gordon-Levitt + hitRECord: “In a City”, a New Short Film for 4K UHD Viewing

Fri October 24, 2014


Today, Samsung Electronics announced a new campaign for the Samsung NX1, the new premium compact system camera. The campaign is the result of a new partnership with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his open collaborative production company, hitRECord. Titled, “In a City”, the campaign will see the actor and filmmaker direct a short film inspired by cities across the globe shot entirely on the NX1 for 4K UHD viewing.

 Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Image by Samsung Electronics.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Image by Samsung Electronics.

The following video presents HITRECORD: In a City w/ Samsung NX1:

Attention everybody — I’m directing a new short film, come make it with me!
Contribute here:
The film is called #inacity and it’s inspired by the experience of walking through cities – cities all over the world. Through writing and video footage, I wanna capture intimate moments, beautiful textures and grand skylines. But, the only way to tell the story of global cities is to get the perspectives of the people who live in them. No matter where you live in the world, I want you to be a part of making this.

For this project, we’re collaborating w/ Samsung Camera & we’ll be sending out new #NX1 cameras to 5 cinematographers to help make the short film.

WRITERS – Write some poetic thoughts about your unique experiences in your city – we’ll all be a part of writing this piece. Please refer to THIS POEM – – for inspiration.

CINEMATOGRAPHERS: Shoot beautiful, cinematic shots of your city as you take a walk through it. Check out THIS FOOTAGE – – for what I’m looking for. Upload your footage to hitRECord by Thurs. 10/30 to be eligible for a #NX1.

Thanks again


Samsung Electronics Launches the NX1 Campaign Partnering with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and hitRECord

 As a renowned actor and filmmaker, Joseph Gordon-Levitt will produce a short film using Samsung NX1, a new premium camera

Ridgefield Park, N.J. – October 24, 2014 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today announced the launch of a new campaign for the Samsung NX1, the new premium compact system camera. The campaign is the result of a new partnership with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and his open collaborative production company, hitRECord. Titled, “In a City”, the campaign will see the actor and filmmaker direct a short film inspired by cities across the globe shot entirely on the NX1 for 4K UHD viewing.

“We’re thrilled to partner with Joseph on this project and are confident that his creative talent, combined with the capabilities of the NX1, will create a memorable short film that captures the lives of consumers in cities across the globe,” said Younghee Lee, Executive Vice President of Global Marketing, IT & Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics. “The NX1 offers ultimate filming experience with its sophisticated features, so filmmakers like Joseph can focus on telling their story without worrying about the technical performance of their equipment.”

“Cinematography is one of the most powerful aspects of filmmaking. To visually express the mood of a scene or moment is as essential to storytelling as a script, a score, or an actor’s performance. When you’re creating art, it’s important to know that your tools will match your ambition, and that you can rely on the technology to enable, not limit your artistic vision,” said Joseph Gordon-Levitt. “I’m looking forward to filming with Samsung NX1 and eager to work with the hitRECord community to create something truly special”
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