A NEW ANGLE ON TOUGH: OLYMPUS® STYLUS TOUGH TG-850 ADDS SUPER WIDE-ANGLE LENS AND FLIP LCD
Tough Capabilities, Advanced Performance and New Features Including a 21mm Super Wide-Angle Lens and Flip LCD Capture the Great Outdoors from a Whole New Perspective
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., January 29, 2014 — The Olympus Spring camera line-up includes the next-generation Olympus TOUGH®, the STYLUS® TG-850, an advanced rugged compact designed to expand outdoor shooting capabilities in the most challenging environments. The STYLUS TG-850’s super wide-angle 21-105mm 5x optical zoom lens — the widest lens of any rugged camera* — plus a 180° flip LCD monitor and shockproof*, waterproof, dustproof, crushproof and freezeproof construction, makes it the perfect companion for explorers looking to capture every angle of their adventures and users looking for a durable solution to everyday photography.
Who else is claiming that its camera is for “The Purist?” Fujifilm is, with the X-T1. Its promotional video ends with the message that the X-T1 is for “Pure Photography. Pure joy.”
You got to admit that the X-T1 has quite an impressive spec sheet: dedicated shutter speed dial, aperture ring, exposure compensation dial, ISO dials (without PASM Mode Dial and other distracting dials); large and extremely fast refreh 2.36M-dot OLED EVF; Multimode Real Time Viewfinder with info that automatically switches depending on orientation; proven low noise X-Trans CMOS II sensor; weather-resistant, dust-resistant, water-resistant, -10°C low temperature operation; availability (sometime middle of the year) of weather-proof lenses: XF50-140mm F2.8 R OIS WR, XF16-55mm F2.8 R OIS WR and XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R OIS WR; AF speed of 0.08 sec.; wireless remote shooting and wireless image transfer to smart phones and tablets. However, no built-in flash (though a small external flash is bundled).
Interestingly, Fujifilm refers to the X-T1 as a “camera system” though for now, it’s just lenses, a couple of speedlites, a handgrip and a vertical battery grip. Hopefully, more, much more to come.
FUJIFILM X-SERIES REACHES A NEW PEAK WITH WEATHER RESISTANT X-T1 CSC
X-T1 compact system camera features a fast real-time OLED viewfinder, extreme AF speed, and Wi-Fi remote controls for photographic freedom anywhere
Mississauga, ON, January 27, 2014 – FUJIFILM Canada, a leader in advanced digital camera technology and outstanding image resolution, today announced the new FUJIFILM X-T1, a weather-resistant premium compact system camera with a large OLED electronic viewfinder (EVF) that delivers a near-instant image preview, the latest generation 16.3 Megapixel APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and the world’s fastest auto focus speed of 0.08 seconds*1 for a truly remarkable photographic experience anywhere.
The FUJIFILM X-T1 now gives professional and enthusiast photographers the award-winning imaging power of the X-Series in a sealed water, dust and temperature resistant body that braves outdoor challenges like never before.
Weather-resistant. The Fujifilm X-T1 is a premium compact system camera targeted to serious and advanced photographers. It inherits the beautiful retro design, the innovative APS-C 16MP X-Trans CMOS II image sensor, and the X Mount that accepts the full range of interchangeable XF and XC lenses. It is weather-resistant and three new weather-sealed lenses will be available in June 2014: XF18-135mm F3.5-5.6 R OIS WR, XF16-55mm F2.8 R OIS WR and XF50-140mm F2.8 R OIS WR.
The X-T1 has a huge 2.36m dot resolution OLED viewfinder with the world’s highest magnification (0.77x). The digital info automatically rotates when the camera is held vertically. Manual Focusing is assisted by an innovative Dual View display, Focus Peak Highlight and Digital Image Split. The tilting 3.0-in. LCD features 1.04m dot resolution. The LCD is not touchscreen.
The X-T1′s body is magnesium-alloy, is dust and water-resistant with approximately 80 points of weather sealing. It is freeze resistant to -10°C. The direct control dials are beautifully designed with the right amount of resistance when turning them: shutter speed, exposure compensation and ISO, plus aperture ring on the lens.
There is no built-in pop-up flash, but an external one is included in the box. There is a hot shoe to allow you to attach an external flash unit.
The Fujifilm X-T1 boasts a quick start time of 0.5 sec. (when in sleep mode) and a shutter time lag of approx. 0.05-sec. Continuous Shooting is a fast 8fps at full resolution.
The X-T1 also offers the Film Simulation Mode popularized in its compact digital cameras to simulate the color and tonal qualities of its acclaimed film brands: PROVIA for a true-to-scene natural look, Velvia for vibrant tonality and saturated colors and ASTIA, for a silky soft look and beautiful skin tones. You can also shoot double exposure and a number of filter effects are also available in still photography.
Other practical features include built-in Wi-Fi (with remote control), One-touch Movie Recording button, six customizable Fn buttons and a Quick Menu button. A number of bracketing functions are also available. Interval timer shooting for Time Lapse photography is available with intervals of 1 second to 24 hours and up to 999 frames. The X-T1 is the world’s first camera that can use the Ultra High Speed UHS-II SD memory cards. Accessories include a Vertical battery grip VG-XT1.
The Fujifilm X-T1 is not only beautiful, intuitive, weather-proof and built tough, it also delivers superb image quality especially at high ISOs in low light. It is uncompromising in its handling with direct controls that allow an enjoyable user experience.
GITZO UPGRADES HEADS AND TRIPOD KITS WITH A NEW QUICK-RELEASE SYSTEM COMPATIBLE WITH ARCA-SWISS PLATES
TORONTO, ON., January 23, 2014 – Gentec International, the exclusive Canadian distributor of Gitzo products, announces a new quick-release system that is being introduced across many of Gitzo’s heads, Traveler tripod kits, and accessories. Compatible with Arca- Swiss plates and most other manufacturers’ Arca-Swiss style plates, Gitzo’s new system also offers a number of significant advantages over alternative quick-release systems.
Gitzo’s new system is easier to use during set-up and changeovers, and offers failsafe support of camera equipment. The camera/plate can be snapped into the head from above, which is faster and easier than trying to slide it in from the side. When a Gitzo plate is used, the quick-release system’s secondary safety pin will also engage to prevent camera equipment from falling accidentally from the head, even if the plate locking lever is not fully locked.
The PROduction Awards 2014, Sony’s global search for the next generation of creative talent, opens for entries
Expert judging panel unveiled for the Sony PROduction Awards 2014, as battle begins
Basingstoke, 23 January 2014: The Sony PROduction Awards 2014 opens for entries today, offering filmmakers from across the world the opportunity to showcase their talent. The competition gives students, professionals, and amateur film enthusiasts the chance to build industry recognition and win the latest technology from Sony, including Sony’s NEX-FS700RH 4K Super 35mm Exmor CMOS sensor NXCAM camcorder.
Now in its third year, the Sony PROduction Awards has grown into a global competition designed to unearth exceptional filmmakers and give them the opportunity to further their careers. Entrants are invited to create or share an existing film of up to five minutes and submit it to the Sony PROduction Awards site under one of the three categories: Factual, Creative or Student. In the Student classification, entrants are invited to submit a creative or factual film, but will be judged among their peers. Continue Reading »
No, it is not a seagull this time but a striated caracara which, intrigued by a spy camcorder masquerading as an egg, decides to fly off with said egg-camera and captures the first ever aerial footage of a rockhopper penguin colony shot by a flying bird.
LEICA CAMERA CELEBRATES 100 YEARS OF LEICA PHOTOGRAPHY
Allendale, NJ (January 21, 2014) – The year 1914 marked the birth of 35 mm photography as we know it today. 100 years ago, Oskar Barnack created the very first Leica, the Leitz Camera. Now, in 2014, Leica Camera celebrates their centennial year with spectacular events, exhibitions and ground breaking products.
1914: “Ur-Leica” camera
Oskar Barnack, an employee of the Leitz Werke Wetzlar and a photography pioneer, invented and constructed the first camera for the 35 mm film format (24 × 36 mm) in 1914. The construction of this so-called “Ur-Leica”—according to Barnack’s philosophy of ‘small negative – big picture’—revolutionised photography by giving photographers greater ease in creative vision and scope, as they previously had to rely primarily on cumbersome plate cameras for their work. Company archives dating from March 1914 show that Barnack originally gave his compact and highly portable prototype camera the name ‘Lilliput’. The original is still in the possession of Leica Camera AG, together with the negatives and prints of the first exposures captured with the Ur-Leica – which include pictures from a 1914 summer trip Ernst Leitz I took to the United States.
1925 Leica Advertising
Leica Camera’s Cutaway image.
1925 brought another landmark year for Leica as the end of World War I’s chaos enabled the brand to establish itself as the beginning of a living photographic legend. Leica began to conquer and dominate the world of photography with a multitude of iconic pictures that have profoundly influenced our understanding of the world. Examples of these include Robert Capa’s ‘Falling Soldier’ from the Spanish Civil War, the famous portrait of Cuban revolutionary leader Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara by Alberto Korda, the naked and burning young girl Kim Phúc, photographed by Pulitzer Prize winner Nick Út during the Vietnam War, and the photo by Alfred Eisenstaedt which captured the celebrations on VJ day in New York’s Times Square in 1945.
GITZO REDESIGNS ITS TRIPOD BAGS WITH NEW FABRIC AND SIZES
TORONTO, ON., January 20, 2014 – Gentec International, the exclusive Canadian distributor of Gitzo products, announces the introduction of Gitzo’s upgraded line of tripod bags. The redesigned bags fit the latest Gitzo tripod models, plus more combinations of tripods and heads, and they offer improved comfort while carrying and handling. The new bags are made from rip-stop fabric, which is both softer to the touch and resistant against tearing and abrasion.
The Fujifilm X-T1 is beautiful, weatherproof, tough and inherits the DNA of the X-PRO1 with image quality that rivals and even bests that obtained from some enthusiast and top-end DSLRs. It features a huge and very high resolution OLED EVF, dual view display, focus peak highlight and Digital Split Image assist for manual focusing. It's fast and handles superbly with direct control dials.
The Fujifilm X-M1 targets the beginner photographer desiring to upgrade to a traditional-mirrored DSLR and makes a convincing proposition to switch to a mirrorless DSLR instead. It retains the APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensor that garnered high praises from professional photographers who judged its image quality as equivalent to, and even surpassing, that obtained with top-end DSLRs. A Mode Dial gives ready access to AUTO and Scene Modes to beginners while PASM modes and RAW modes are available to advanced users.
The Panasonic FZ70 is currently the most powerful super zoom with a 60x optical zoom [20-1200mm equiv.]. It is paired with a very effective optical image stabilization that makes hand holding possible. It has also all the manual shooting modes you'd want. Find out if it's the ideal camera for you.
The Panasonic GX7 is a premium compact interchangeable lens camera that ticks off almost all the features enthusiast photographers want. It delivers excellent image quality, features a tiltable high resolution EVF and LCD, and add in-body image stabilization. It is fully-featured and is customizable to the way you like to work.
FUNDAMENTALS If you are new to digital cameras, first read up on Digital Camera Fundamentals to understand the important features you should pay special attention to when comparing digital cameras.
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