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Google Earth Pro is Now Available at No Cost: Interactive Imagery of Google Earth With Professional Tools for Business or Personal Use

Sun February 1, 2015

Google Earth Pro is a 3D interactive globe that can be used to aid planning, analysis and decision making.

The following video presents Making better geographic decisions with Google Earth Pro:

  • Learn about the features available in Google Earth Pro.

Google Earth Pro has all the easy-to-use features and detailed imagery of Google Earth, along with advanced tools that help you measure 3D buildings, print high-resolution images for presentations or reports, and record HD movies of your virtual flights around the world.

Google Earth Pro includes the following key features:
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‘Discover Leica': Take a Leica Camera for a 48-Hour Test Drive in London

Sun February 1, 2015

The following video presents Craig Semetko: How to use a Leica M:

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.

Leica Store Mayfair (London, UK) recently launched ‘Discover Leica’ which offers customers the opportunity to experience a Leica before making a decision to purchase.

  • Customers can take a camera from the M-System, T camera system, X camera series or the range of compacts for a period of 48 hours to fully experience its performance and capabilities.

‘Discover Leica’ is running now and Leica recommends that customers book their experience in advance to ensure both camera availability and details of the security required.
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Nikon: Post Your Best Photo Taken With NIKKOR Lens Before 3pm ET on Feb.2, 2015 & You Could Win a NIKKOR Tumbler Lens Mug

Sat January 31, 2015

Post your best images taken with a NIKKOR prime or zoom lens and you could win a NIKKOR Tumbler coffee lens mug!

NIKKOR Tumbler 24-70mm

NIKKOR Tumbler 24-70mm

We are giving away one (1) NIKKOR Tumbler 24-70mm and one (1) NIKKOR Tumbler 60mm. Designed to look like a real lens, the Official NIKKOR Tumbler is a must have for any Nikon fan.

NIKKOR Tumbler 60mm

NIKKOR Tumbler 60mm

To participate in this Nikon giveaway, share your best picture on Nikon Canada’s Facebook wall, along with a description of the Nikon camera and NIKKOR lens you used.

  • Also submit your image to them by emailing with your photo, equipment information, and contact details.
  • The Nikon Canada team will select two lucky image submissions for this giveaway.

The deadline to submit your shots is Monday, February 2, 2015 at 3:00 p.m. ET.

Please click here for more info.

Good Luck! / Bonne Chance!

The following 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.


Canon Europe Announced the Winner of ‪#‎SpacetoPlay‬ Berlinale Film Festival Competition

Sat January 31, 2015

This is an update to the previous blog, Canon Europe’s Film Competition: Upload a 15-Second Film with #SpacetoPlay Before 23:59 (CET) on 22 Jan.2015.

Canon UK recently announced the winner of the ‪#‎SpacetoPlay Berlinale Film Festival competition!

  • Tobias Braun from Germany has won a VIP experience for two to the Berlin International Film Festival 2015!

You can see Tobias Braun’s film, “The Mountains”, at

Well done to our runners-up Paul-Henry de Baère, Volodya Voronin, Lee Man and Max Larruy who have each won a Canon LEGRIA mini camera. Happy filmmaking!

Canon LEGRIA Mini

Canon LEGRIA Mini


This video presents Canon LEGRIA mini digital camcorder – Capture HD Movies & Photos – Canon.

  • Highlights include: an ultra-wide angle lens, vari-angle LCD screen and built-in stand and mic, capture HD movies and detailed 12 megapixel photos, share content and operate remotely with built-in Wi-Fi.


Nikon 2015 Small World Contest & Small World in Motion Contest: Entries to Be Received Before April 30

Fri January 30, 2015

Nikon has two ongoing Small World Contests:

  • Small World Photomicrography Competition and
  • Small World in Motion Competition.
    • Nikon accepts any movie or digital time-lapse photography taken through the microscope.

Small World Photomicrography Competition

The Nikon Small World Competition is open to anyone with an interest in photography through the light microscope.

  • The use of Nikon equipment is not required.
  • Electron microscopy is not acceptable.

Small World has become a leading showcase for photomicrographers from the widest array of scientific disciplines.

A photomicrograph is a technical document that can be of great significance to science or industry. But a good photomicrograph is also an image whose structure, color, composition, and content is an object of beauty, open to several levels of comprehension and appreciation.

Entries submitted to Nikon are then judged by an independent panel of experts who are recognized authorities in the area of photomicrography and photography. These entries are judged on the basis of originality, informational content, technical proficiency and visual impact.


All dollar amounts listed below will be redeemed for Nikon photographic, scientific or industrial equipment and accessories at their suggested retail selling prices in the U.S.A.
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Firmware Updates, Press Releases

Canon Europe Firmware Updates are Available: Version 2.0.7 for EOS-1D X, Version 1.3.9 for EOS-1D C & Version 1.3.3 for EOS 5D Mark III

Thu January 29, 2015

Canon Europe recently released the following firmware updates:

  • Version 2.0.7 for EOS-1D X,
  • Version 1.3.9 for EOS-1D C and
  • Version 1.3.3 for EOS 5D Mark III.

Please note: the firmware update for the EOS-1D C cannot be downloaded – to obtain the update the camera must be returned to a Canon Regional Competence Centre (RCC) or taken to an authorised Canon Repair Centre. To find out the location of your nearest RCC or Canon Repair Centre please click here.

Please click here to access Canon Europe’s Product Support pages and select the camera – the EOS-1D X or EOS 5D Mark III – you wish to download the firmware for.

January 2015


New firmware updates for the Canon EOS-1D X, EOS-1D C and 5D Mark III DSLRs, which incorporate a number of improvements and fixes, are now available. The details of the firmware updates are shown below…

EOS-1D X firmware Version 2.0.7 and EOS-1D C firmware Version 1.3.9

Firmware update Version 2.0.7 for the EOS-1D X and Version 1.3.9 for the EOS-1D C incorporates the following improvements and fixes:
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3D Printers, Press Releases

Stratasys Expands 3D Printing Material Options: ASA Thermoplastic in 8 New Colors + 20 New Digital Materials Now Available

Thu January 29, 2015

Stratasys Ltd., a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, manufactures 3D printing equipment and materials that create physical objects directly from digital data.

  • Its systems range from affordable desktop 3D printers to large, advanced 3D production systems, making 3D printing more accessible than ever.
  • All Stratasys 3D Printers build parts layer-by-layer. FDM Technology, known for its reliability and durable parts, extrudes fine lines of molten thermoplastic, which solidify as they are deposited. PolyJet technology, known for its smooth, detailed surfaces and ability to combine multiple materials in one part, employs an inkjet-style method to build parts from liquid photopolymers in fine droplets immediately cured with ultraviolet light.
  • The Stratasys portfolio of specially engineered 3D printing materials is the most comprehensive in the industry. It includes hundreds of PolyJet photopolymers and FDM thermoplastics. ASA is a production-grade thermoplastic that “works beautifully with FDM Technology”.
  • MakerBot, a subsidiary of Stratasys since 2013, manufactures the company’s prosumer desktop 3D printers in Brooklyn, New York. It maintains the Thingiverse design-sharing community and facilitates a wide network of user groups.
  • Stratasys also manufactures SolidScape 3D Printers and operates RedEye On Demand digital manufacturing service.
  • Contact Info Via Phone:
    USA 1-877-489-9449
    Europe/Middle East/Africa +49-7229-7772-0
    Asia Pacific +852 39448888

Stratasys Ltd. today introduced new colors for its ASA thermoplastic and expanded its Digital Materials.



 FDM’s ASA is available in eight new colors

 PolyJet adds 20 new Digital Materials

Minneapolis & Rehovot, Israel – Jan. 29, 2015Stratasys Ltd. (Nasdaq:SSYS), a leading global provider of 3D printing and additive manufacturing solutions, introduced new colors for its ASA thermoplastic and expanded its Digital Materials.

ASA now offers the most color options of any FDM material.

ASA now offers the most color options of any FDM material.

Launched in September, ASA is an all-purpose FDM material used for the production of prototypes, manufacturing tools and finished goods. Adding to the previously launched ivory and black, the eight new color options for ASA include: red, orange, dark gray, yellow, green, dark blue, white and light gray. ASA now offers the most color options of any FDM material, allowing users the flexibility to create colorful parts that are UV resistant, strong and durable.

ASA offers an exceptional surface finish and has the best aesthetics of any FDM material available. Compared to ABS, details such as printed text and other features are greatly improved by ASA’s matte finish.

Compatible with the Fortus 360mc, 380mc, 400mc, 450mc and 900mc 3D Production Systems, ASA thermoplastic can be used by manufacturers in a variety of industries including sporting goods, outdoor tools, electrical, toys and automotive.
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Press Releases

Canon’s Cloud-based Image Management Service, irista: No Cost for Up to 15GB + New Updates are Now Live

Thu January 29, 2015

The following video presents Better protect your photos: secure photo storage online with irista by Canon:

A crashed drive. Stolen camera. Lost phone. All it takes for precious memories to be lost forever.
Keep each life moment safer with Irista by Canon – online photo storage designed to protect your images.

Published on Nov 11, 2014

The Canon’s new features going live are part of the next development phase of the Cloud-based Image Management Service, irista, and include an optimised user experience for tablets, as well as the ability to order high quality photo books directly from irista.

The features upgrades going live today are:

  • Adobe® Lightroom® integration: Edit images directly in Lightroom, which stores and synchronises the edited versions on your irista account, maintaining a single place to store all your photos. Lightroom users will also find their photos with XMP data in irista, ensuring images can easily be filtered.
  • Multi-device ready : Compatible with the most popular iOS and Android tablets, the user experience has now been enhanced to make all of irista’s functionality easily accessible on tablet devices.
  • Photo books at the touch of a button: Create and order stunning HD photo books directly from irista. Simply filter your favourite images and create a book within irista, all via your web browser. You’ll receive a beautiful, premium quality photo book, allowing you to enjoy your photos time and time again.

Also, there is new pricing – increased storage for photography enthusiasts as follows.

  • Up to 15GB: No cost, full functionality. The updated FREE tier now offers 15GB of cloud storage space – with full irista functionality.
  • Up to 200GB: €4.99 (5.64 US Dollar at the current exchange rate) per month, or €49.00 (55.41 US Dollar at the current exchange rate) per year: for larger image libraries.
  • Up to 500GB: €10.99 (12.43 US Dollar at the current exchange rate) per month, or €109.00 (123.24 US Dollar at the current exchange rate) per year: for larger image libraries.

Additional storage can also be purchased at:

  • €39.00 (44.12 US Dollar at the current exchange rate) per year for 100GB,
  • €99.00 (112.01 US Dollar at the current exchange rate) per year for 500GB and
  • €199.00 (224.97 US Dollar at the current exchange rate) per year for 1TB.

The updated irista service is now live, sign up by visiting: .


Every image, everywhere: Canon’s latest irista updates go live

London, UK, 29 January 2015 – Canon today goes live with exciting new updates to its cloud-based image management service, irista, making it more user-friendly than ever before. The features going live are part of the next development phase of the platform and include an optimised user experience for tablets, as well as the ability to order high quality photo books directly from irista. Alongside the feature updates, Canon also today unveils new pricing for the irista subscription tiers, giving photography enthusiasts increased storage.


Feature upgrades – providing an optimised, user-friendly experience

The features going live today are:
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Firmware Updates, Press Releases

Panasonic Firmware Update Programs for LUMIX G Camera DMC-GH4 (Ver.2.1) & Interface Unit DMW-YAGH (Ver.1.1) are Available

Wed January 28, 2015

The following video presents [NEW] Panasonic LUMIX GH4 “Dalia’s Dream” in 4K by Scott Rhea BEHIND-THE-SCENES:

A world-renowned film director Scott Rhea created a film titled “Dalia’s Dream” in 4K using Panasonic LUMIX GH4.
Scott says: “Shooting with the GH4 was nothing short amazing as the 4k image that the camera produces rivals that of cameras costing exponentially more. The size, weight, and functionality of this camera were extremely well engineered and both user friendly to photographers of all skill levels. I found the touch screen interactivity to be faster and more accessible than previous working conventions and the focus confirmation feature something that sets this camera apart from others. Variable frame rate options, low light capability, and stellar image quality make this camera an extreme value and has just taken first position in my camera bag.”

Panasonic recently released the firmware update programs for the LUMIX G Interchangable lens camera DMC-GH4 (Ver.2.1) and the Interface Unit DMW-YAGH (Ver.1.1),


Panasonic Announces the Release of Firmware Update Program for LUMIX DMC-GH4 and DMW-YAGH

Jan 26, 2015 09:00 GMT

Panasonic announces the release of firmware update programs for the LUMIX G Interchangable lens camera DMC-GH4 (Ver.2.1) and the Interface Unit DMW-YAGH (Ver.1.1), which was re-scheduled due to the need of further verification. The new firmware programs are going to be released with more information in detail at the following Panasonic Support Sites on January 26, 2015.

With the firmware Ver.2.1 for DMC-GH4 time code and recording control signal can be embedded to the HDMI output signal*. Now both FHD at 30p/25p native or at 60p/50p is selectable to output via HDMI while recording video in FHD at 30p/25p.
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3D Printers

MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer & Tissue Engineering: Video Shows Custom Reconstruction of Living Windpipe

Wed January 28, 2015

This is an update to the previous blog, Makerbot 3D Printing + Tissue Engineering: Create Cartilage to Repair Windpipe Damage.

A llving windpipe segment is created: Image extracted from video below.

A llving windpipe segment is created: Image extracted from video below.

The following video presents MakerBot Stories | Feinstein Institute for Medical Research from MakerBot on Vimeo:

A team of surgeons and scientists at the Feinstein Institute of Medical Research, the research branch of the North Shore-LIJ Health System, has grown cartilage on a 3D printed scaffolding, pointing the way to custom repairs for damaged and diseased tracheas, or windpipes. The cells grow on a scaffolding created from ordinary MakerBot PLA Filament on a MakerBot Replicator 2X Experimental 3D Printer. “3D printing and tissue engineering have the potential to replace lots of different parts of the human body,” says Dr. Lee Smith, a pediatric otolargyngologist who participated in the research. “The potential for creating replacement parts is almost limitless.”


You’re Invited to Panasonic Webinar ‘Introduction to 4K for Photographers’ Jan.28, 2015 at 12pm PT, 2pm CT, 3pm ET: Sign Up Now

Wed January 28, 2015

This video presents Panasonic LUMIX – Four Examples of Panasonic LUMIX Hybrid Photography in Action.

Panasonic LUMIX has been Changing Photography since the introduction of the first mirrorless camera in 2008. With the removal of the mirrorbox from the DSLR came advancements in focusing accuracy and speed, in-camera creative control, and video recording with real time AF. New “Hybrid Photographers” are advancing the art of photography by taking video and still and mixing it into amazing new forms of photography. Thanks to Panasonic LUMIX 4K video, Hybrid Photographers can now grab high resolution stills directly from 4K video in the camera. Here are 4 examples of Hybrid Photography – (1) 4K Photo from 4K Video, (2) Slide show incorporating video, still, and audio, (3) cinemagraphs of video turn into living photos, and (4) a clip of 4K video.


Panasonic invites you to a FREE webinar with host Frederick Van Johnson and Lumix Luminary Giulio Sciorio – “Introduction to 4K for Photographers “- today, Jan. 28th, at 12pm Pacific, 2pm Central, 3pm Eastern.

They will show you the following.

  • A basic photographic workflow using 4K.
  • Shoot motion like a still photographer.
  • What is “Hybrid Photography” and how does 4K fit in?
  • Some of the huge advantages of smaller sensors with regard to video.
  • Q&A with Frederick (interview style).
  • Q&A with webinar attendees.

Please click here for more info.


Contests, Press Releases

World Photography Organisation’s New 2015 Mobile Phone Award: Submit Entries by 11:59:59pm (GMT) on 27 Feb.2015

Wed January 28, 2015
© Anthony Lepinay (member of the 2015 Mobile Phone Award judging panel)

© Anthony Lepinay (member of the 2015 Mobile Phone Award judging panel)

World Photography Organisation (WPO) just launched a new competition, the 2015 Mobile Phone Award at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards.

  • The competition is FREE to enter.
  • This competition is open to all members of the public. If you are under 16, you have your parent’s or legal guardian’s consent to participate in the competition.
  • Entries must be submitted by 11.59:59pm (GMT) on Friday 27 February 2015.

WPO is seeking incredible mobile phone photography, the inspirational moments that life is capable of providing us.

  • Images must have been taken on a mobile phone.

This new category at the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards allows us to look a little closer at those otherwise ordinary moments and to enjoy the creative freedom that mobile phone photography allows.

“You get out of life what you put in.  Push past the obvious and see the inspiration all around you.  Discover the extraordinary by using your mobile phone to view the world through a different lens.”

Photographs are judged as a single shot, not a series of work.

Images must be taken between Tuesday 27 January 2015 and Friday 27 February 2015 and entries should address the theme as outlined, information on which can be found on their Website.

Winner and Prizes

  • The winner will be decided via public vote.
  • The shortlisted images, selected by WPO judges, will be showcased on this website from 10-17 March and the one image with the greatest number of votes will be declared the winner. The winner will be announced during the ceremony in April 2015.
  • The winning photographer, the Mobile Photographer of the Year, will receive:

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