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Camera Gets No Respect, Is Shaved Off 0.5 mm At A Time

Thu July 10, 2014

A camera in the wrong hands can be a dangerous — or beautiful — thing.

Take Laurin Döpfner, for example, adept at using an industrial edge sander. Give her a camera and she decides to record how objects look like, sliced (or more crudely here, sanded off) 0.5 mm at a time using her edge sander.

Nothing escapes her maniacal fingers: wood, walnut, transformer (that’s the electrical, not the robotic, type), skull (not sure where she was able to get her hands on that) and GASP! the old camera (which the new one is replacing?).

She even caught it all in a time lapse video and we bring you proof of her misdeeds. Mercifully, we don’t see the actual weapon, only the (okay, we admit it) beautiful results.

Verschleif from Laurin Döpfner on Vimeo.

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Updated: Fujifilm X-T1 Photo Gallery with XR18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR Kit Lens

Wed July 9, 2014
Fujifilm X-T1 with the FUJINON XR18-135mm R LM OIS WR Kit Lens and optional Vertical Battery Grip VG-XT1

Fujifilm X-T1 with the FUJINON XR18-135mm R LM OIS WR Kit Lens and optional Vertical Battery Grip VG-XT1

Updated: Fujifilm X-T1 Photo Gallery with XR18-135mm Weather-Resistant Kit Lens

We have now received a FUJINON XR18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR weather-resistant lens that is supposed to be the Fujifilm X-T1‘s kit lens, but that has not been available until now. We’ve added new image samples to the Fujifilm X-T1 Photo Gallery.

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Squirrels Settle In and Rain Means Time To Test Weather Resistant FUJINON XR18-135mm Lens

Tue July 8, 2014

Does it look to you like squirrels are more abundant this Summer? Not only did some of them made a nest into our house and we had to evict them (no harm done to mommy squirrel or babies) but now it looks like they have taken over our backyard.

This little rascal seems to think the backyard belongs to it, having the gall to lounge on the fence early this morning, soaking up the sun. It stayed there for about an hour, not even moving away as I opened the patio door and took a couple of shots with the Fujifilm X-T1 and FUJINON XR18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R LM OIS WR.

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Understanding… Exposure Compensation

Tue July 8, 2014

Do you find that some of your pictures are correctly exposed for the main subject but the background (usually the sky) is overexposed? Or, perhaps, you are at a loss why your background is perfectly exposed, leaving your main subject in the dark? Just what is exposure compensation and why would you want to use it? When do you use it? And, how can you use it to obtain pictures that are perfectly exposed in all areas of your scene? We’ve updated our tutorial on Exposure Compensation to include a section on High Dynamic Range.

Find all the answers in our WHAT IS… Exposure Compensation tutorial.


Deals from Adorama 2014-07-08

Tue July 8, 2014

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Tue July 8, 2014


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Tue July 8, 2014

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Canada Post Celebrates Canadian Photography: Second Issue in a Five-Year Stamp Series is Released Now

Mon July 7, 2014

On June 4, 2012, Canada Post announced the Canadian Photography series as one of two new series for Canada Post’s 2013 stamp program.

The Canadian Photography series is the first of a five-year series depicting 150 years of the most compelling photographs taken by Canadians.

According to Stamp Design Manager Alain Leduc, “I see this series as a continuation of Art Canada – these are masters of the art of photography – but we’ve changed and freshened up the design and the format to better suit the medium.”….framed by the challenge of showcasing the best Canadian photography from Confederation to the country’s sesquicentennial in 2017…..

“Instead of one or two images by a particular photographer each year, we treated the photography we selected as art pieces, combining those choices to produce an annual gallery of the best of the best.” The selection of these images was a gargantuan task, one that needed to be approached with expertise, knowledge and balance. To select the photography for the series, Leduc’s virtual photography task force included the following: Karen Love, Manager of Curatorial Affairs at the Vancouver Art Gallery; David Mattison, BC Archival Network Service, Archives Association of British Columbia; Ann Thomas, Curator of Photography at the National Gallery; Maia Sutnik, Curator of Photography at the Art Gallery of Ontario; Nora Hague, Senior Cataloguer, and Hélène Samson, Curator, both of The McCord Museum’s Notman Collection; Lorraine Monk, photography curator and author who spent two decades as the executive producer of the Still Photography Division at the National Film Board; Mario Béland, Curator of Historical Art and Photography at the Musée national du Québec; and Lilly Koltun, internationally known art and photography historian, Adjunct Research Professor in Fine Art History at Carleton University and former Director General of the Portrait Gallery at Library and Archives Canada.

The initial Permanent domestic stamps of the series features work by early photographers Thomas Coffin Doane, Geraldine Moodie and Margaret Watkins, as well as contemporaries Jim Breukelman and Hungarian-born Canadian, Gabor Szilasi.

The work of Arnaud Maggs, known for his 48 views of Yousuf Karsh, graces the International rate stamp, while Rodney Graham’s Basement Camera Shop appears on the U.S. rate stamp.

Leduc concludes that in the development of the series, the group rejected typical parameters of Canadian photography, choosing instead the best work of photographers who identified as Canadian, whether by birth or by choice, as well as photographs that were shot within Canada, and those that demonstrated a Canadian vision of the larger world.”

Canadian Photography
Canada’s Stamp Details (Vol. XXI No 4; October to December 2012)

Today, Canada Post released the second issue in a five-year series on Canadian photography.


Images by Burtynsky, Cohen, Herzog, Hoy, Lambeth, Notman and Vallée featured in second set of Canadian photography stamp series

July 7, 2014

OTTAWA (Ont.) – Canada Post is celebrating the work of master photographers Edward Burtynsky, Lynne Cohen, Fred Herzog, C.D. Hoy, Michel Lambeth, William Notman and Louis-Prudent Vallée, with the second issue in a five-year series on Canadian photography.

Seven stamps will feature some of their most iconic photographs, carefully selected with the help of archivists and museum curators and other experts with historical and technical knowledge of photography. The series includes five Permanent™ domestic stamps, one U.S. rate stamp and one International rate stamp.

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Professional Photographers of Canada-British Columbia: Youth Photography Contest Deadline is July 15, 2014

Mon July 7, 2014

The Professional Photographers of Canada – British Columbia (PPOC – BC) has extended the deadline for its Youth Photography Contest to July 15, 2014.

The Grand Prize winner will receive a Nikon D3300 Camera and Kit Lens.

  • All finalists will receive a certificate.
  • Awards are non transferable and have no cash alternative.
  • Nikon reserves the right to substitute the original prize with an alternate prize of equal monetary value.

The contest is open to youth enrolled in British Columbia, Canada, grades 8 through 12, or the equivalent such as home school, for the duration of the 2013/2014 school year.


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Canon EOS 7D Deals at Adorama

Sun July 6, 2014

Starting tonight, midnight July 6, Canon EOS-7D body and 2 lens kits will have instant rebates of up to $600 through August 2.

Canon EOS-7D body:
Canon EOS-7D Digital SLR Camera Body, 18.0 Megapixel, with Advanced Movie Mode & 8 FPS Shooting
Reg: $1,499.00 Instant rebate: $500.00
Final price: $999.00 + free US shipping and 2% Adorama rewards
Canon EOS-7D Digital SLR Camera Body Kit, Bundle With 16GB CF Memory Card, Camera Bag, Cleaning Kit
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Final price: $999.00 + free US shipping

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How Lenses Are Made

Sat July 5, 2014

We “discovered” this 2011 Discovery Channel video on how lenses are made. (The video refers to “television” lenses and the lenses are from JML Optical.) Though there are lots of marketing videos out there promoting this or that brand lens, they do not really educate much. This video, on the other hand, is more technical and gives an eye-opening explanation of how camera lenses are made, including the all-important electron-beam coating.

It seems to be a very manual endeavor and I wonder if it’s not much more automated these days. Anyways, it is very dependent on the people grinding the glass, polishing it and assembling it to make the finished product. After watching this video, it makes you want to handle your lens with a little bit more care, doesn’t it?

Tutorials, Videos

DIY: Build A $5 DSLR LCD Hood

Fri July 4, 2014

Most digital camera LCDs don’t fare too well in bright sunlight. The image displayed is washed out and it can be quite challenging composing on the LCD. If you have a viewfinder, it helps tremendously. However, when you are filming a movie, you do really depend a lot on the larger image displayed on the LCD. One solution to the washed out LCD in bright sunlight is to purchase an LCD Hood. If you do lots of filming in bright sunlight, the expense is fully justified. But, if you only do it occasionally, you may want to consider the following DIY option.

An LCD Hood is a cover for your DSLR’s LCD to block out the sun’s rays so you can have a clear unwashed view in bright light. Why spend $200 for an LCD hood when you can easily build one for around $5 from items you probably already have lying at home? In this Youtube video, user Knoptop shows how to build one.

From Knoptop

There are other designs out there but we found this one easy to understand and it seems to require less effort and no maths. ;) The one problem you may have is to find a container that is the right size for your LCD.

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