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Advisories, Canon

Canon Product Advisory: Counterfeit Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Products Discovered in Marketplace May Pose Serious Danger

Thu June 25, 2015

Product Advisories

Original Posting Date: June 25, 2015

We have confirmed that there are counterfeit Speedlite 600EX-RT flash products in circulation in the market. It has been reported that these products are being sold through various online marketplace websites. These counterfeit products have not been designed or manufactured by Canon, but fraudulently display the Canon logo, and may also fraudulently display other Canon and third party trademarks. Furthermore, these counterfeit products have not been manufactured or tested under the safety standards established by Canon, so we are unable to make representations concerning their safe operation, and there is a possibility that using one of these counterfeit products may cause adverse affects such as generation of fire and/or smoke.

The safety of our consumers is our utmost concern. Unlike genuine Canon products, counterfeit products may not meet government and industry safety standards. To ensure that you’re buying genuine Canon products, we recommend purchasing from a Canon Authorized Dealer or directly from Canon. Please be advised that Canon is not responsible for any malfunction, accident, or damage related to the use of any counterfeit product.

It has also been confirmed that the radio transmission wireless shooting function incorporated into genuine Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flashes is not incorporated into the counterfeit product. This missing feature will limit the performance of the counterfeit flash, as compared with a genuine Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flash.

We truly appreciate your attention to this matter and thank you for being a valued Canon customer.

The following tips may help you to identify a counterfeit Speedlite 600EX-RT flash. Please note, however, that other counterfeits may display other, or additional, differences from genuine Canon products. As such, you should contact Canon using the contact information below if you have any questions about whether you are using a genuine Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT flash.
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Press Releases

Canon is the Presenting Sponsor for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta; A Photo Contest for the Attendees: Oct. 3-11, 2015 Albuquerque, New Mexico

Thu June 25, 2015

This video presents Welcome to the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta:

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta® will take place from October 3-11, 2015 at Balloon Fiesta Park in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

  • The 44th annual event will feature 550 colorful hot air and gas balloons, of which 100 are anticipated to be special shape balloons.
  • Pilots from 20 countries are expected to fly in the popular international event.
  • The Balloon Cams are one of the most popular features. During the Fiesta you can view live images of the park. You can also browse previous webcam images.

Canon is the three-year Presenting Sponsor for the Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta, a world-renowned attraction and destination.

Canon will host hands-on activities to allow attendees to experience the wide array of its photographic and printing products, and will provide educational experiences to help attendees see impossible and capture photos and videos like never before.

At this event, Canon will also present the:

  • Opening Day Mass Ascension that highlights the launch of the balloons,
  • spectacular Night Magic Glow, where balloons light up the night sky on the second Saturday of the Balloon Fiesta: Fiesta Glow all burns when all the balloons fire their burners and light up at the same time are perhaps the most spectacular single moment in all of Balloon Fiesta,
  • Canon See Impossible balloon to fly through the sky,
  • Cindy Petrehn Memorial Photo Contest, where attendees can share and submit their favorite photographs of the luminous event.

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Canon U.S.A. Soars To New Heights As It Sponsors The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta®

Colorful Balloons Create Vivid Imagery in Bright New Mexico Sky that Inspire Visitors to Capture Dreamlike Moments with Canon See Impossible

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Contests

Canon #PrintWithCanonSweeps Photo Sweepstakes for USA and District of Columbia; 13 Years of Age or Older: Submit Entries Before 11:59 P.M. ET. Aug.31, 2015

Thu June 25, 2015

Eligibility:

  • The Canon #PrintWithCanonSweeps Photo Sweepstakes (“Sweepstakes”) is open only to legal residents of the 50 United States and the District of Columbia who are 13 years of age or older, physically located and residing within the U.S. or D.C. at the time of entry.
  • Void elsewhere and where prohibited by law.

NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT OF ANY KIND IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. PURCHASE OR PAYMENT DOES NOT IMPROVE YOUR CHANCE OF WINNING.

  • This Sweepstakes is in no way sponsored, endorsed or administered by, or associated with Instagram® or Twitter®.
  • The Sweepstakes Period starts on June 1, 2015 at 12:00 A.M. Eastern Time (“ET”) and ends on August 31, 2015 at 11:59 P.M. ET.
  • Entries submitted before or after the Sweepstakes Period will not be eligible to win a prize. Sponsor’s clock is the official clock for this Sweepstakes.

Random Sweepstakes Drawings:

  • During the Sweepstakes Period, there will be three (3) monthly random drawings on or about June 30, 2015, July 31, 2015, and August 31, 2015 (each a “Monthly Drawing”).
  • Sponsor will randomly select three (3) potential winners from among all valid entries received for each Monthly Drawing.

Prize and Odds of Winning:

  • During each Monthly Drawing, Three (3) Winners will each receive a Prize of One Hundred Dollars ($100) in Canon eCash to be used on their next purchase of Genuine Canon Ink from the Canon Online Store (excludes Clearance Ink and SELPHY Ink/Paper Cartridges).
  • The odds of winning depend on the total number of eligible entries received during each month of the Promotion.
  • Any difference between the stated actual value of the Prize and the Canon Online Store value of the ink a Winner purchases from the Canon Online Store will not be awarded.
  • Canon eCash can be redeemed only at the Canon Online Store http://www.shop.usa.canon.com. Canon eCash prizes must be redeemed in a single transaction and any balance remaining at the conclusion of such transaction will be forfeited. Canon eCash must be redeemed no later than December 31, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET. Additional terms and restrictions apply to shopping at the Canon Online Store; see Customer Service section at http://shop.usa.canon.com/shop/en/catalog/helpcenter for shopping terms and conditions.

How to Enter the Sweepstakes:
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Press Releases

New Pansonic PT-RQ13KU is the World’s Lightest Extra 4K+ 3-Chip DLP Laser Projector for Professional Applications Including Retail Environments & Large Exhibition Venues

Wed June 24, 2015
Panasonic PT-RQ13K projector

Panasonic PT-RQ13K projector

Recently, Panasonic introduced at InfoComm 2015 the PT-RQ13KU, the company’s first beyond 4K screen resolution projector. Panasonic also demonstrated the high brightness PT-DZ21KU projector, showcasing its impact through a dramatic projection mapping display onto a Tesla Model S.

The following video presents Empowering Businesses with a Wide Range of 4K Solutions at InfoComm:

Watch Panasonic, a single-source supplier of 4K solutions, demonstrate its fully integrated range of B2B applications at InfoComm 2015. Observe a number of stunning 4K technologies such as large format 4K LQ series displays and the vibrant RQ13K projector that will serve to empower businesses.

Panasonic PT-RQ13K is the most compact and lightweight projector of its kind in the world. It employs quad pixel drive technology to deliver extremely detailed, film-like, 4K image quality.

Panasonic PT-RQ13K : 4K images

Panasonic PT-RQ13K : 4K images

To achieve this, the optical axis of the projector is shifted both horizontally and vertically at a high frame rate of 240 Hz, to create four different pixels from a single pixel – effectively quadrupling the pixel density of the image. A new generation of detail clarity processor analyses the required pixel information for extra pixels, and optimises for fluid, detailed, high-contrast images.

  • A contrast ratio of 20,000:1 that, together with high-resolution performance, makes them ideal for large exhibition venues, virtual reality theatres and corporate applications.
  • The projectors include a fail-safe dual-drive laser optical engine which ensures 20,000 hours maintenance-free laser lighting. A new liquid-cooling system reduces operating noise and maximises the laser light source performance.
  • The PT-RQ13K is set for release in autumn 2015.

Projection mapping utilizes projectors and software to turn objects, often irregularly shaped, into a display surface for video projection.

Projection Mapping on a Tesla: Image Courtesy of Panasonic

Projection Mapping on a Tesla: Image Courtesy of Panasonic

By using specialized software, a two- or three-dimensional object is spatially mapped on the virtual program which mimics the real environment it is to be projected on. The software can interact with a projector to fit any desired image onto the surface of that object. Projection mapping really is as limitless as your imagination.

Panasonic PT-DZ21KU projector

Panasonic PT-DZ21KU projector

At InfoComm 2015, there were six PT-DZ21KU projectors with edge blending in action through a state-of-the-art projection mapping display onto a Tesla Model S. The demo takes the car through a spectacular drive through the snow, a cityscape and multiple different color changes.

The following video presents InfoComm 2015 – Sizzle Wheel #infocomm15:

  • Overview segment featuring footage from ALL videos and other footage shot throughout the booth,

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Press Releases

Sony Digital Cinema 4K + National Theatre Live + Vue Entertainment: The Beaux’ Stratagem from 3 Sept.(UK & Europe), 24 Sept.(International) & Hamlet from 15 Oct. 2015

Wed June 24, 2015

The following video presents Sony Digital Cinema: 4K – Explained:

4K cinema offers a picture quality four times higher than in theatres with 2K. This video explains exactly how 4K technology produces more detailed and life like images and therefore a more immersive cinema experience. More about Sony’s 4K Digital Cinema products here: http://bit.ly/1gtbZ1g

"4K Digital Cinema by Sony means better-looking pictures and a more immersive, emotional entertainment experience that customers love. Movies projected in Sony 4K are bursting with life-like detail and rich, vivid colour:" Image Courtesy of Sony Professional

“4K Digital Cinema by Sony means better-looking pictures and a more immersive, emotional entertainment experience that customers love. Movies projected in Sony 4K are bursting with life-like detail and rich, vivid colour:” Image Courtesy of Sony Professional

National Theatre (NT) Live broadcasts the best of British theatre live to cinemas around the world, and is also showing at local Vue cinemas in the United Kingdom.

This is an update to these previous blogs,

Two new National Theatre Live productions are to be captured in ultra-detailed Sony 4K and projected with the highest picture quality to audiences across Vue Cinemas’ 84-site estate.

NT Live: The Beaux’ Stratagem in Sony 4K

UK & Europe: From 3 September 2015
International: From 24 September 2015

  • Exclusively live in Sony 4K at Vue, see Simon Godwin directs George Farquhar’s wild comedy of love and cash.
Sony F55 CineAlta 4K

Sony F55 CineAlta 4K

NT Live: Hamlet with Benedict Cumberbatch in Sony 4K

From 15 October 2015

Academy Award® nominee Benedict Cumberbatch (BBC’s Sherlock, The Imitation Game, Frankenstein at the National Theatre) takes on the title role of Shakespeare’s great tragedy.

  • Directed by Lyndsey Turner (Posh, Chimerica) and produced by Sonia Friedman Productions, National Theatre Live will broadcast this eagerly awaited production live to cinemas.

…Hamlet will be filmed and shown at more than 550 cinemas in the UK and beamed around the world… on October 15,….

‘It’s just a great way of making the play accessible,’ Cumberbatch said.

Friedman added that the NT Live initiative gives the ‘opportunity to thousands of people who are not able to see our limited run at the Barbican’.

She hopes that the October 15 broadcast will be ‘an electrifying evening’ for UK audiences watching the show ‘in real time’.

Some European countries will also see Hamlet live. However, David Sabel, head of NT Live, explained that screenings in the U.S. will be time-delayed because of the different time zones but will still be shown on October 15. It will also be broadcast in Brazil and later in Japan.

He expects the eventual global audience for Hamlet to be in the hundreds of thousands.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/tvshowbiz/article-2960782/BAZ-BAMIGBOYE-ll-Sherlock-homebody-soon-Benedict-Cumberbatch-reveals-t-wait-prepare-arrival-child.html

In a major event cinema breakthrough, the 15th October performance at the Barbican will be transmitted live in 4K for exclusive presentation in selected Vue cinemas around the UK.

  • It’s the first time that any theatrical production has been delivered live to multiple locations for simultaneous 4K projection.
  • Transmitted with 4K resolution at 50 frames per second, the live broadcast will ensure that cinemagoers enjoy smooth, realistic reproduction of the action on stage.

National Theatre Live is expecting Hamlet to screen in many countries including:

Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahamas, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Cyprus, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Jamaica, Japan, Kenya, Latvia, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Peru, Philippines, Poland, South Korea, Romania, Russia, Singapore, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America.

Audiences at Vue Cinemas around the UK will exclusively be able to experience the on-stage action in 4K, as if they’re right there in the auditorium. Screened with Vue’s fleet of Sony Digital Cinema projectors, these special 4K showings will bring both NT productions to life with unsurpassed detail, clarity and contrast.

Striking contrast

4K means loads of detail. But that’s not the whole story. Sony 4K Digital Cinema projectors also deliver images with an extremely high contrast ratio. That’s the difference between dark and light areas in the same scene, like a brightly twinkling star on a pitch-black night. The advanced optical engine inside our SRX-R515P projector delivers bright, beautiful images with an incredible 8,000:1 contrast ratio – way ahead of internationally-recognised digital cinema standards and close to the limits of human vision.

This video presents Sony Digital Cinema 4K: Sizzle Reel.

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Contests, Press Releases

Leica Announed the Winners of the Leica Oskar Barnack Award and Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award 2015

Wed June 24, 2015
Leica M: Image Courtesy of Leica

Leica M: Image Courtesy of Leica

This is an update to these previous blogs:

The two winners of this year’s competition have been chosen.

Leica Oskar Barnack Award Winner 2015: JH Engström, Sweden – „Tout Va Bien“

Leica Oskar Barnack Award Winner 2015: JH Engström, Sweden – „Tout Va Bien“

  • First place in the main category, honoured with a cash prize of 25,000 euros and a Leica M camera and lens, goes to JH Engström for his series titled Tout Va Bien.
Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award 2015 Winner: Wiktoria Wojciechowska, Poland – „Short Flashes“

Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award 2015 Winner: Wiktoria Wojciechowska, Poland – „Short Flashes“

  • The Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award has been won by Wiktoria Wojciechowska for her series Short Flashes. She receives a prize of 5,000 euros and a Leica M camera and lens.

The awards will be presented in the course of the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie photographic festival held in Arles, in the south of France, on 8 July 2015.

A special issue of LFI Magazine presenting the winners and finalists and numerous examples of their work will be published to accompany the awards.

The following video presents Craig Semetko: How to use a Leica M Camera from Leica Camera on Vimeo:

What makes the Leica M different from SLRs? Follow along with photographer Craig Semetko as he answers this question and explains how to use the Leica M, including techniques on focusing. For Craig, the benefits of the Leica M include its small, discreet nature and big, bright viewfinder that allows you to see more. Because of this, the Leica M demands more from the photographer. Watch this video and discover the capabilities of the Leica M. Learn more about the legendary Leica M here: http://bit.ly/LeicaMCamera #LeicaM .

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Press Releases

“Water’s Edge”: Public Exhibition of Large-scale Photographs About Global Fresh Water Supplies: Photography Auction June 24 – July 8 + Public Opening Reception & Exhibition 9 July-16 August + V.I.P. Reception & Silent Auction 9 July + No.9 Fresh Water Symposium 10 July 2015

Tue June 23, 2015

THe following video presents NASA – The Limited Supply of Fresh Water on Earth:

Freshwater seems abundant, but when accounting for all the water on Earth, it’s in limited supply. Just three percent of the water on our planet is freshwater. A majority of this water, about two percent of the world total, is contained in glaciers and ice sheets or stored below ground. The remaining one percent is found in lakes, rivers and wetland areas or transported through the atmosphere in the form of water vapor, clouds and precipitation. Rain and snowfall replenish freshwater sources, making it vital to know when, where and how much water is falling at any given time. Using NASA’s Global Precipitation Measurement satellite, researchers can track precipitation worldwide and monitor levels from space. 15 Aug 2014

Photo of Union Station by Christopher Dew

Photo of Union Station by Christopher Dew

No. 9 Contemporary Art and the Environment

Presents

Water’s Edge, a Pan Am-commissioned Public Exhibition (FREE): 9 July – 16 August 2015 at Union Station & Pearson Airport

Water’s Edge Photography Auction 24 June – 8 July 2015 at MEC – 400 King Street West, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Water’s Edge Public Opening Reception, V.I.P Reception & Silent Auction: Thursday, 9 July 2015 at Union Station, 65 Front Street West, Toronto

7:00 PM – 11:00 PM (EDT):

Public reception (FREE) begins at 7:00 with opening remarks at 8:00 followed by a tour of the art works in the Great Hall, West Wing and SkyWalk with artists in attendance.

V.I.P. reception & silent auction commence at 9:00PM. The reception will be held from 9:00-11:00PM and will take place on the newly rebuilt plaza in front of Union Station.

No.9 Fresh Water Symposium: July 10, 10:30 am -5:30 pm
Evergreen Brickworks – 550 Bayview Ave, Toronto

Water’s Edge Photography Auction 24 June – 8 July 2015
Salgado, Burtynsky, Balog photos on auction and display at MEC to benefit the Canadian Freshwater Alliance

Mountain Equipment Co-operative (MEC) is the title sponsor of Water’s Edge, a Pan Am-commissioned public exhibition curated by No. 9 Contemporary Art and the Environment, a charitable organization that leverages contemporary art and design to drive environmental awareness. Photographers from Pan America countries were commissioned to explore society’s tenuous relationship with our natural water supplies. The large-scale public exhibition will be on display at Union Station beginning July 9th and continuing through to August 16th.

As part of MEC’s Homewaters fundraising campaign for Canadian freshwater preservation, 13 photos generously donated by Water’s Edge photographers will be available for auction with opening bids ranging between $1,000 and $20,000. The auction photos will be on display at MEC’s 400 King Street West store beginning tomorrow with funds raised to be donated to the Canadian Freshwater Alliance.

MEC is helping raise funds for the Canadian Freshwater Alliance through additional activities including the creation of limited edition t-shirts designed by Etsy artists and a social media hashtag fundraising campaign that will see all profits from t-shirt sales and $5 for every use of #myhomewaters on Instagram donated to the Canadian Freshwater Alliance.

Who:                Andrew Davies, Executive Director, No. 9 Contemporary Art and the Environment

What:              Water’s Edge photogrtaphy auction

Where:            MEC – 400 King Street West, Toronto

When:              Wednesday June 24, 2015, 1 pm

Why:                To raise awareness and funds for the Canadian Freshwater Alliance

This video presents Canada AM: A cleaning drinking water crisis?

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MEC and renowned photographers Sebastião Salgado and Edward Burtynsky bring freshwater issues into focus

Vancouver, B.C. (June 23, 2015) – Freshwater touches us all. Since 2010, MEC has invested over $2 million to sustain freshwater in Canada and is committed to doing even more. MEC’s Homewaters 2015 campaign is designed to increase awareness of freshwater issues in Canada and around the world, while benefitting the Canadian Freshwater Alliance. Homewaters gives Canadians four ways to engage:

Experience Water’s Edge

MEC is proud to be the platinum sponsor of Water’s Edge, a major public exhibition of large-scale photographs highlighting the impact of human development on the world’s freshwater commissioned as a cultural exhibit for the Pan Am and ParaPan Am Games.

Featuring six of the world’s most renowned photographic artists from Pan Am countries, including Sebastião Salgado (Brazil), Cristina Mittermeier (Mexico), James Balog (USA) and Edward Burtynsky (Canada), Water’s Edge is produced by No. 9 Contemporary Art and the Environment, a charitable organization that leverages contemporary art and design to drive environmental awareness.

It includes the public No.9 Fresh Water Symposium July 10, 2015 at Evergreen Brickworks in Toronto, featuring talks by the photographers James Balog, Cristina Mittermeier, Jorge Uzon and Edward Burtynsky.

“Freshwater is essential to the active outdoor lifestyles MEC exists to enable and inspire. But the world’s freshwater supply is under threat, including here in Canada–Water’s Edge highlights this,” said MEC CEO David Labistour. “Together with these renowned artists and our members, MEC offers Canadians real ways they can take action.”
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Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition for Galaxy S6 Smartphone: World-first Fully Immersive Virtual Reality Storytelling “David Attenborough’s First Life” Experience at Natural History Museum, London from 19 June 2015: No Cost for Only Museum Entrance

Mon June 22, 2015

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The following video presents Journey Back to the Ancient Ocean With Samsung Gear VR:

  • Natural History Museum, Atlantic Productions and Samsung collaborate for a world-first virtual reality storytelling experience.

Virtual reality will showcase some of the Earth’s earliest inhabitants at the Natural History Museum in London, England, from the 19 June 2015. David Attenborough’s First Life is a new fully immersive experience bringing natural history to life with cinematic virtual reality (VR) technology by Samsung.

  • There is FREE Admission to the Museum.
  • This special event requires paid tickets.
    Booking Required
Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition (white) virtual reality headset for Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone: black screen cover

Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition (white) virtual reality headset for Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone: black screen cover

Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition (white) for Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone

Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition (white) for Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone

Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition (white) : Attachment mechanism for Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone

Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition (white) : Attachment mechanism for Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone

The experience uses Samsung’s latest wearable technology, the Gear VR Innovator Edition virtual reality headsets powered by the Galaxy S6 smartphone.

Features:

Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition (white) for Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone (white)

Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition (white) for Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone (white)

  • Simply attach your Galaxy S6 into the headset.
Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition (white) for Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone (gold)

Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition (white) for Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone (gold)

Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition (white) for Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone (white). This innovative virtual reality headset launches you into an immersive world that features a 360-degrees surround cinema-like viewing experience. Enjoy more lifelike, vivid images thanks to the Galaxy S6’s higher resolution and greater pixel density.

Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition (white) for Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone (white).

  • Immerse yourself in stunning virtual worlds with a 96-degree viewing angle.

    This innovative virtual reality headset launches you into an immersive world that features a 360-degrees surround cinema-like viewing experience. Enjoy more lifelike, vivid images thanks to the Galaxy S6’s higher resolution and greater pixel density.

  • Powered by Oculus technology.
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Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition (white) for Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone (white): Easy Control Touchpad

  • A deeper touchpad with an embossed centre offers you user-friendly controls for an easier interactive experience.

For more info about Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition (white) for Samsung Galaxy S6 smartphone, please visit:

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Journey Back to the Ancient Ocean With Samsung Gear VR

June 22, 2015

Natural History Museum, Atlantic Productions and Samsung collaborate for a world-first virtual reality storytelling experience 



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SIGMA Photo Pro 6.3.0 Software is Now Available for SIGMA dp Quattro Series, Sigma SD and DP Series Cameras: At No Cost

Mon June 22, 2015

This video presents SIGMA dp0 Quattro Promotional Movie.

SIGMA Photo Pro 6.3: features

SIGMA Photo Pro 6.3: features

SIGMA Photo Pro 6.3 is an exclusive software package for displaying and manipulating RAW images taken with all SIGMA digital cameras on your computer.

If you use SIGMA dp Quattro series, Sigma SD or DP series cameras, you can now download the SIGMA Photo Pro 6.3.0 for Windows or SIGMA Photo Pro 6.3.0 for Macintosh at: http://www.sigma-global.com/en/download/cameras/sigma-photo-pro/ .

For FAQ about this software, please visit http://www.sigma-global.com/en/download/cameras/faq/  .

Contact Info:

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New SIGMA 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art Lens: World’s First F2 Full Frame Wide Zoom Lens For Travel, Wedding & Events, Portrait, Family

Sun June 21, 2015

The following video presents Sigma Aizu, Chapter II:

Starting with the「Sigma Global Vision」released at Photokina 2012, the movie「SIGMA Aizu, Japan」has produced a sensation and made a big hit.
This time, we are pleased to introduce the sequent of the movie「SIGMA Aizu, Japan」.

Our products are somehow imbued with the essence of our homeland, blessed as it is with clean air and water, and focused, hard-working people. To pursue optimal quality, the vast majority of Sigma’s manufacturing right down to molds and parts – is carried out under an integrated self-manufacturing production system, within the company.

We sincerely invite you to enjoy this exclusive movie embodies the craftsmanship that thrives in Aizu factory.

(Feb.2014)

「Sigma’s craftsmanship」
http://www.sigma-global.com/en/about/…

Sigma recently announced the Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens, the market’s first full-frame zoom lens offering a wide-open, constant aperture of F2 throughout the zoom range. Pricing and availability are pending.

Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens

Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens

PRESS RELEASE

Sigma Corporation Announces World’s First F2 Zoom Lens for Full Frame Cameras

New 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens offers prime performance with zoom versatility covering three popular focal lengths

RONKONKOMA, NY — June 19, 2015 Sigma Corporation of America, a leading DSLR lens and camera manufacturer, today announced the Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art lens, the market’s first full-frame zoom lens offering a wide-open, constant aperture of F2 throughout the zoom range. Pricing and availability are pending.

With the development of this latest Global Vision Art lens, Sigma was determined to develop a zoom for 35mm full-frame sensor cameras that enables the same sharpness and resolution as a fixed focal length lens. To do this, the company’s engineers built upon the concept of Sigma’s ground-breaking 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art lens, which is designed for APS-C cameras and is the first zoom to offer a fast F1.8 aperture value throughout the zoom range. The 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art allows photographers to carry one lens that can do the work of three popular fixed focal length lenses – the 24mm, 28mm and 35mm — with F2 brightness and top optical performance comparable to Sigma’s 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art and 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art.

“Now, rather than switching between three high-performance, fixed focal length lenses, photographers and videographers can simply zoom and know that the results will be of prime caliber,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “There’s nothing like this lens on the market today; we’re thrilled to arm photographers with yet another unique, innovative and versatile lens that features the incredible image quality that has become the hallmark of our Art line.”
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International Space Station: High Definition Earth Viewing Cameras Project to Study the Design Effectiveness & Rate of Camera Image Quality Degradation in Space + New Mobile Servicing System Cameras’ Features Will Include Colour, High Dynamic Range, Advanced Focus & Digital Zoom

Sat June 20, 2015

High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) Cameras of the International Space Station (ISS)

The following video (2014) presents Planet Earth HD View at Night from ISS (1080p):

On Space Station, Earth’s Beauty is in the Eye of the High Definition Beholder

A series of new Earth science instruments launching to the International Space Station over the next year is prompting a new era of Earth observation from the orbiting outpost. These new tools that monitor ocean winds and measure clouds and pollution in the atmosphere, among other climate science phenomena, will help NASA deliver important information to climate researchers.

While these new Earth science instruments collect valuable information on our changing planet, one current Earth observation study continuously streams live views of Earth directly to your desktop or mobile internet device. The High Definition Earth Viewing (HDEV) investigation allows anyone with an internet connection to view our world from above. Tune in to the HDEV live stream here.

The HDEV project employs four commercially available cameras to stream the first continuous, high definition video from the space station. During the two-year study period, researchers hope to determine the best types of cameras to use on future missions by subjecting them to the harsh space environment. The cameras are enclosed in a temperature-specific case and mounted outside the Columbus laboratory to monitor how quickly they degrade during exposure to radiation in microgravity.

“We know over time that the cameras will begin to degrade,” said David Hornyak, engineer and HDEV project manager at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston. “We will operate the cameras to determine how long it takes and to learn what that degradation characteristic looks like to provide information on the planning and design of future imagery systems. It is expected that the cameras will not just turn off, but they will have some type of image degradation and at some point, that degradation will be bad enough that the image is no longer useful.”

With the use of commercially available cameras, the research team also hopes to validate cameras that may be more cost-effective for future missions. If a camera is readily available on Earth and proves to hold up well in space, purchasing this type of camera would likely be cheaper than designing a new product.

By using four different types of cameras, each has a different type of technology to analyze for what works best in space. Once a week, the project team uses an automated software program to compare pixels on night imagery taken by the cameras to assess the deterioration of each camera. The pixels are easier to see and compare in dark images than in those with objects and multiple colors included.

“The project team is building up a database of knowledge for selecting cameras in the future,” explained Hornyak. “With this information, we will have an understanding of how much time we have on orbit before a camera has to be replaced.”

Another noteworthy feature of HDEV is that the High School Students United with NASA to Create Hardware (HUNCH) program participated in its development. HUNCH is an instructional partnership between NASA, high school and intermediate/middle school students to build cost-effective hardware and soft goods both for use on the space station and for training NASA astronauts and flight controllers. Students from the Clear Creek, Cypress Woods, Conroe and North Shore Senior High schools in the Houston, Texas area built much of the secondary structure that supports components of the HDEV flight system.

Additional educational connections with HDEV include involvement from the University of Bonn in Germany and the University of Houston – Clear Lake in Texas. Students from both universities have the opportunity to operate HDEV and participate in monitoring effects on the HDEV cameras through the duration of the project. The University of Bonn created the Columbus Eye website for HDEV viewing and plans to create interactive tools to support the continuous imagery downlink from space. Plans for University of Houston’s participation are still in work.

Though communication coverage between the space station and the ground is near-continuous, there are times when a loss of signal occurs and the communication from HDEV is temporarily unavailable. Observers may experience times of inaccessibility to the HDEV signal due to a change in communications satellites within range of the space station; when there is no line of sight between the station’s antenna and the communications satellites, as when a satellite is over the horizon or blocked by a structure on the space station; or, during times of station, satellite or ground infrastructure maintenance. The HDEV site will display an image that the signal is down or display darkness when the station is on the night side of the Earth.

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HDEV Facts:

  • While the HDEV collects beautiful images of the Earth from the ISS, the primary purpose of the experiment is an engineering one: monitoring the rate at which HD video camera image quality degrades when exposed to the space environment (mainly from cosmic ray damage) and verify the effectiveness of the design of the HDEV housing for thermal control.
  • The four cameras of the HDEV experiment are oriented in different directions and with different views relative to the ISS travel direction. They are in positioned, 1 looking forward, 1 looking nearly straight down, and 2 looking back. This provides several different viewing angles to the viewer.
  • The cameras are programmed to cycle from one camera to the next, and only one camera can work at a time. As they cycle, each camera must turn off and the next camera turn on before the HD video starts, taking about 8 to 10 seconds to change. Through this cycling, comparable data can be collected on each camera; while also providing, as a bonus, different Earth viewing perspectives.
  • The University of Bonn in partnership with the German Space Agency (DLR) is implementing the “Columbus Eye” program based on the HDEV streaming video. A webpage is in place (http://columbuseye.uni-bonn.de/ in German) that incorporates the HDEV UStream video and describes the Columbus Eye project, which will leverage ESA (European Space Agency) astronaut Alexander Gerst educational activities in space.
  • HDEV suite is configured on a platform on the exterior of the European Space Agency’s Columbus laboratory module of the ISS.

For all questions regarding HDEV, please contact the HDEV Principal Investigator, Susan Runco.

The HDEV live stream is located at http://www.ustream.tv/channel/iss-hdev-payload .

Canadarm2 and the Mobile Servicing System Cameras on the ISS

  • Launched on STS-100 in April 2001, the next generation robot arm, called Canadarm2, is a bigger, better, smarter version of the robotic arm that was on the space shuttles.
  • It is 57.7 feet long when fully extended and has seven motorized joints.
  • This arm is capable of handling large payloads and helped build the entire orbiting complex.
  • It has latches on either end, allowing it to be moved by both ground controllers and the Expedition crews to various portions of the station. It has even been used to move astronauts around during spacewalks.
  • The Mobile Base System is a work platform that moves along rails covering the length of the space station. It provides lateral mobility for the Canadarm2 as it traverses the main trusses. It has four grapple fixtures on board that can hold cargo carriers, Canadarm2 and Dextre. The Mobile Base System was added to the station during STS-111 in June 2002.
  • International Space Station’s Mobile Servicing System (MSS, a.k.a Canadarm 2) has four color cameras (one at each side of the elbow, the other two on the Latching End Effectors):
The Expedition 11 crew aboard the International Space Station flexes the robotic arm, Canadarm2, while flying approximately 225 miles above Cape Horn. Image Credit: NASA.

The Expedition 11 crew aboard the International Space Station flexes the robotic arm, Canadarm2, while flying approximately 225 miles above Cape Horn. Image Credit: NASA.

After more than 13 years of supporting on-orbit operations, the MSS camera systems are nearing the end of their design life.

  • With ISS operations continuing through 2024, the new MSS camera systems to be designed and upgraded by MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA) will provide superior illumination and viewing for critical robotic operations like capture of visiting spacecraft, maintenance and inspection of the ISS.
  • New camera features will include colour, high dynamic range, advanced focus and digital zoom to enhance ISS robotic operations.

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UrtheCast’s High-Resolution Camera on the ISS Captured & Released the World’s First Full-Color HD Videos of London, Boston and Barcelona from Space

Sat June 20, 2015

The following video (2013) presents The big picture | Wade Larson | TEDxWaterloo:

  • Wade Larson’s company, UrtheCast, is putting HD cameras on the International Space (ISS) Station so you can watch Earth like an astronaut.

Image extracted from video above

Image extracted from video above

UrtheCast Corp., the Earth Observation (EO) company aiming to open the world to anyone with an internet connection, recently announced that it released the following first-ever, full-color HD videos of Earth, filmed by UrtheCast’s Ultra HD camera, Iris (a.k.a. HRC), from the International Space Station (ISS) at roughly one-meter resolution:

  • UrtheCast is developing the world’s first Ultra HD video feed of Earth, streamed from space in full color.
  • Working with prominent aerospace partners from across the globe, UrtheCast has built, launched, installed, and will soon operate its Ultra HD video camera, Iris, on the ISS alongside its Medium-Resolution Camera (MRC a.k.a Theia).
  • Video and still image data captured by the cameras will be downlinked to ground stations across the planet and displayed on the UrtheCast web platform, or distributed directly to partners and customers. Please note a black screen indicates that ISS is on the night side of Earth.
  • UrtheCast’s cameras will provide Ultra HD video and still imagery of Earth that will allow for monitoring of the environment, humanitarian relief, social events, agricultural land, etc.
UrtheCast's Ultra HD camera, Iris (right): Image extracted from Youtube video "UrtheCast Space Camera Zoom & ISS Fly-by"

UrtheCast’s Ultra HD camera, Iris (right): Image extracted from Youtube video “UrtheCast Space Camera Zoom & ISS Fly-by”

London, England

The following silent video presents London, UK from UrtheCast on Vimeo.

  • Captured by Iris, UrtheCast’s Ultra HD video camera aboard the International Space Station
    © 2015 UrtheCast Corp.

Boston, United States

The following silent video presents Boston, U.S.A. from UrtheCast on Vimeo.

Captured by Iris, UrtheCast’s Ultra HD video camera aboard the International Space Station
© 2015 UrtheCast Corp.

Barcelona, Spain

The following silenst video presents Barcelona, Spain from UrtheCast on Vimeo.

Captured by Iris, UrtheCast’s Ultra HD video camera aboard the International Space Station
(c) 2015 UrtheCast Corp

Ranging in length from 34 to 47 seconds, and covering areas of up to 1.19 x 0.67 miles (1.92 x 1.08 kms), the Iris camera has captured the above ‘First Light’ videos of unparalleled data.

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Image extracted from video above

UrtheCast’s High-Resolution Camera (HRC), Iris

  • The HRC is a multispectral imager mounted on a bi-axial pointing platform that provides a pitch/roll pointing capability to image points between ±52 degrees latitude.
  • This allows it to capture full-color video sequences approximately 60 seconds in length through a wide range of oblique-look angles.
  • Upon reaching IOC (Initial Operation Capability) status (summer 2015), video captured from UrtheCast’s HRC will be made available on an individual basis and also processed and constantly streamed to the interactive UrtheCast web platform.
Left to right: UrtheCast Medium-Resolution Camera (MRC), Theia; High-Resolution Camera (HRC), Iris: Image extracted from video above

Left to right: UrtheCast Medium-Resolution Camera (MRC), Theia; High-Resolution Camera (HRC), Iris: Image extracted from video above

UrtheCast’s Medium-Resolution Camera (MRC), Theia

  • UrtheCast’s MRC, Theia, is a conventional linear Charge-Coupled Device (CCD) pushbroom camera.
  • It produces strips of medium-resolution, 4-channel multispectral imagery with a GSD of approximately 5m and a swath width of approximately 50km.
  • Theia’s daily collection capability is approximately 29-million km². MRC reached IOC in 2014.
UrtheCast cameras were mounted on the satellite platform to capture images of earth : Image extracted from video above

UrtheCast cameras were mounted on the satellite platform to capture images of earth : Image extracted from video above

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