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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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Epson Expression Premium XP-820 Small-in-One All-in-One Printer: A Family Gift to Print Your Holiday Photos

Tue November 4, 2014
The Epson Expression Premium XP-820 Small-in-One® All-in-One Printer

The Epson Expression Premium XP-820 Small-in-One® All-in-One Printer

This video presents Epson Expression Premium XP-820 Small-in-One All-in-One Printer.



Epson Expression Premium XP-820 Small-in-One® All-in-One Printer

Give the gift of memories with the ultimate printer for home

“Let’s face it, sometimes it’s important to do some self-gifting during the holiday season. However, in the spirit of the holidays self-gifting is best disguised under the guise of a gift for the entire family.

This year, commit to replacing the aging black & white printer that the entire household battles with and give your family the gift of easy, wireless and quality printing. The Epson Expression Premium XP-820 Small-in-One® All-in-One Printer is the ideal tool for the multi-tasking family that’s looking to simplify life. Forget lining up at your local photo shop to print your holiday photos. Print them at home with the XP-820’s unbeatable photo quality – vivid and smudge free right out of the dedicated photo tray in as fast as 12 seconds!”

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CONTACT Photography 2015: Call for Submissions by Nov.10, 2014 to Hold an Open Exhibition on Queen Street West, Toronto

Mon November 3, 2014

This is an update to the previous blog, CONTACT Photography 2015 Featured Exhibitions: Send a Submission by the Deadline of Nov.14, 2014 by 5PM.

Visitors at an Open Exhibition, 2013. Photo © Hitoshi Murakami

Visitors at an Open Exhibition, 2013. Photo © Hitoshi Murakami

Call for Submissions: Exhibit on Queen Street West in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, for CONTACT 2015

Submission Deadline: November 10, 2014
Artists will be notified by December 1, 2014

Looking for a venue to hold an Open Exhibition in? The Queen Street West Business Improvement Area (BIA) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada, will be hosting Open Exhibitions as part of CONTACT 2015.

Submit your photographs for an opportunity to exhibit in one of several selected venues on Queen Street West, between University Avenue and Bathurst Street.

The Open Exhibitions provide a non-juried platform for artists, from emerging to established, to exhibit their work. These exhibitions include a wide range of projects, promote independent artists and collectives, and facilitate community collaboration. Register your exhibition to be part of this citywide celebration of photography.

Please click here for more info and instructions on how to apply.
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Winner of the 2014 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize is Photography Artist Lisa Oppenheim

Fri October 31, 2014

This is an update to these previous blogs:

Winner of the 2014 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize is Lisa Oppenheim (USA). Image by Lisa Oppenheim.

Winner of the 2014 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize is Lisa Oppenheim (USA). Image by Lisa Oppenheim.

Aimia and  Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) announced that Lisa Oppenheim (USA) won the 2014 Aimia | AGO Photography Prize, $50,000.

Also, each of the three finalists — David Hartt (Canada), Elad Lassry (Israel/USA) and Nandipha Mntambo (South Africa) — received $5000 toward their practice and a fully funded residency in Canada.

Come visit the AGO to see the finalists’ exhibition until January 4th, 2015, and go to to learn more about the winning photographer, and the three extraordinary finalists.


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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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Leica Gallery Wetzlar Invites You to Two New Exhibitions: “Magic Moments – 60 Years Leica M” and Claire Yaffa “100 photographers – 100 portraits”, Until 4 Jan.2015

Thu October 30, 2014
Leica Gallery Wetzlar. Image by Leica.

Leica Gallery Wetzlar. Image by Leica.

Leica Gallery Wetzlar
At the Leica Headquarters


Various Artists – Magic Moments

60 Years Leica M

17/10/2014 – 04/01/2015


Claire Yaffa

100 photographers – 100 portraits

17/10/2014 – 04/01/2015

Leica Gallery Wetzlar

FREE Admissions

Leica Camera AG
Am Leitz-Park 5
35578 Wetzlar, Germany

Phone: +49 (0) 6441 – 2080-0
Fax: +49 (0) 6441 – 2080-333

Opening hours:
Monday – Friday 10.00 am – 08.00 pm
Saturday/Sunday 10.00 am – 06.00 pm

This year, Leica Camera AG, Wetzlar, is celebrating the following two special anniversaries via two new exhibitions which continue until 4 January 2015:

  • 100 years of Leica photography, and
  • the 60th birthday of the legendary Leica M rangefinder system.
Magic Moments – 60 Jahre Leica M (‘60 years of the Leica M’) exhibition. Image by Leica.

Magic Moments – 60 Jahre Leica M (‘60 years of the Leica M’) exhibition. Image by Leica.

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Press Releases

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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Press Releases

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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Press Releases

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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You’re Invited: Leica M and Leica T Camera System – Walking Tours Commencing from Leica Store SoHo, New York Oct.30-Nov.1, 2014

Tue October 28, 2014


LEICA M and LEICA T Camera System
Walking Tours commencing from the Leica Store SoHo

 FREE Admissions

Thursday, October 30th to Saturday, November 1st, 2014

Leica Store SoHo
460 West Broadway
New York, New York 10012 USA

Leica T-Camera System Walking Tour: 11:00am to 1:00pm each day
Leica M Camera System Walking Tour: 3:00pm to 5:00pm each day

RSVP required:

Discover for yourself the essence of Leica photography!

Under the guidance of a Leica Akademie instructor, have hands-on, real-world, street-photography time with one of the digital Leica M cameras – the Leica M (240), Leica M-E or Leica Monochrom – or a Leica T Camera, get tips from instructors and meet the New York Leica community!

Leica has 15 person capacity per session and kindly asks you to bring a valid photo ID & credit card to borrow equipment.

All walking tour registrants will be entered to win a voucher valued at $199 for a future Leica Akademie workshop valid at any US Leica location.

Enjoy and Good Luck!

Press Releases

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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Press Releases

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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