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Panasonic UK & Ireland: Cashback, 5-Year Warranty and/or Selfie Stick at No Charge Promotions on Imaging Products: Run Until 2 June 2015

Sun March 29, 2015
Panasonic UK & Ireland

Panasonic UK & Ireland

In the UK & Ireland, Panasonic offers three promotions that run until 2 June 2015 as follows.

The One with the Cashback

  • To claim the cashback on qualifying Lumix, Lumix G camera and camcorder models, participants (aged 18 or over only) must complete the online registration form at www.panasonic.co.uk/promotions 28 days after product purchase.
    • Upload a copy of your full purchase receipt along with an image of the product barcode (showing the model number and serial number).
  • The claim deadline will be 31 July 2015.
  • You can claim up to £200 (€250) cashback on the following Panasonic’s 4K imaging products:
    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57EB-K (black)

    Panasonic Lumix DMC-TZ57EB-K (black)

Panasonic HC-X1000E

Panasonic HC-X1000E

Panasonic HC-WX970EB-K

Panasonic HC-WX970EB-K

Panasonic HC-VX870

Panasonic HC-VX870

Panasonic HX-A500E,

Panasonic HX-A500E,

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4HEB-K, (black, 14-140mm lens)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH4HEB-K, (black, 14-140mm lens)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100EBK (black)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX100EBK (black)

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000EB

Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ1000EB

  • £100 (€150) cashback on the popular DMC-GH4.
  • The One with the Extended Warranty
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    Behind The Scenes, Fun Stuff, Videos

    It’s a Drone, It’s a GoPro, It’s Superman!

    Sun March 29, 2015

    Get creative with your GoPro Hero 3 and DJI Phantom II drone, mix in a little post processing green screen magic, et voià, here’s a whimsical video about Superman returning a lost GoPro to its rightful owner. Just for fun, Superman decides to turn the GoPro on and attach it to his head.

    How is it really done? Get Behind the Scenes with this video:
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    Articles

    MIT Museum Presents Images of Discovery, an Interactive Photography Exhibit

    Sun March 29, 2015
    Milk Drop Coronet, Harold E. Edgerton

    Milk Drop Coronet, Harold E. Edgerton

    If you are in or going to be around Boston between now and February 22, 2016 (or March 1, 2016 – check schedule online since it can change), take your kids to this interesting exhibit at the MIT Museum in Cambridge, Massachussetts. “Images of Discovery” is an interactive exhibit showing how photographers used strobes, image magnification and other light-capturing strategies to understand our world. Then it’s up you to use the strobes, scanners and iPads to explore and create your own images.

    Images of Discovery

    Photographers, image makers, and innovators Felice Frankel, Harold “Doc” Edgerton, and Berenice Abbott are featured in this new exhibition at the MIT Museum. While working at MIT, each photographer explored a range of scientific questions.

    By using strobes, magnification, and other light-capturing strategies, they reveal their curiosity about the natural world and how it works. Visitors will learn more about using photography to examine the unknown through their exposure to these distinguished photographers, and the unique image making stations featuring the inventive methodologies used by Edgerton, Abbott and Frankel.

    The work selected showcases the photographer’s curiosity and dedication to making the natural and the technological world more accessible to the public. Each are represented by over ten images that range in subject matter from swinging wrenches to soap bubbles.

    Images of Discovery presents an exciting opportunity for visitors to experience photography as a tool for communicating about—and inspiring a passion for—science and technology.

    Image-making stations include:

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    Articles

    The World of FUJIFILM Film Simulation – Episode 3: Velvia

    Sat March 28, 2015

    Images courtesy Fujifilm Images courtesy Fujifilm
    Images courtesy Fujifilm

    Velvia. Fujifilm has published Episode 3 – “Velvia” in their series of “episodes” on their unique Film Simulation modes.

    Velvia (or “Velvet Media”) is a reversal film FUJIFILM introduced in 1991 that quickly set the standard for landscape and nature color photography. If you like vibrant (highly saturated) colors, then dial in Velvia mode.

    In fact, if you are shooting Velvia for the first time, you might think the result as overly saturated, even unrealistic. But as Fujifilm reasons in its explanation below, the idea behind Velvia is not to faithfully reproduce the true colors of the scene but “to deliver the intended emotion” of the scene: we expect and “felt” the skies to be blue and the grass to be green. If it was a glorious day that prompted you to bring out your camera and take a picture, then Velvia makes sure that the sky is vibrantly blue and the grass is vividly green — just as your eye’s mind remembered them. Blue and Green (and Red) are the superstar colors of Velvia.

    Velvia Mode targets a quality of vivid colour reproduction that is best suited for a wide scope of nature photography from landscapes to flowers. In order to emphasise the vivid reproduction of skies, leaves and similar scene elements, Velvia has the highest degree of saturation of blues and greens among the 3 modes, and the harder shadow tonality results in the reproduction of well-defined vibrancy of colour. However, careful attention was paid to avoid oversaturation resulting from the high degree of colour saturation, and the result is a mode that can be used with confidence.

    Fujifilm

    Here’s episode 3 (“Velvia”) of the “The World of Film Simulation”:

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    Articles

    Intel Security Announced the “5 Habits of Practically Unhackable People”

    Sat March 28, 2015
    Image by Intel Security

    Image by Intel Security

    While April 30 is more than a month away, Canadians are already filing their taxes – and cybercriminals are aware. Consumers are using the Internet to look up tips and even file their own taxes online, making it easier than ever for cyberscammers to take advantage.

    Now is the opportune time for Canadians to make sure they’re doing everything they can to keep their actions, information and funds protected. To help remind consumers of the best ways to stay safe during tax season, Intel Security recently announced the following 5 Habits of Practically Unhackable People:
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    Press Releases

    Canon at 2015 NAB Show in Las Vegas April 13–16: Live 4K Workflow Demo, 4K Frame-grab Demo, Latest Digital Imaging Solutions & More

    Fri March 27, 2015
    Canon CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens with hood

    Canon CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens with hood

    This video presents  CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 Lens from Canon Pro on Vimeo.

    • Introducing the new CINE-SERVO 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 lens (CN20x50), available in EF and PL mount versions.

    At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in Las Vegas, April 13-16, Canon will showcase its full line of professional, high definition imaging equipment for motion picture, television production, video content creation, and still photography, which includes:

    NAB tradeshow attendees will be able to take advantage of the complimentary on-site Clean & Check Service (limited to two current* Canon DSLR bodies or lenses or one current* Cinema product or XF professional video camcorder registered to a member’s CPS account).

    • The Canon Hospitality Suite hosted by Canon’s Professional Services (CPS) has the following opening hours:
      • April 13: 10:00am – 6:00pm,
      • April 14 – 15: 9:00am – 6:00pm and
      • April 16: 9:00am to 12:00pm.

    PRESS RELEASE

    Canon U.S.A. Puts Its Latest Digital Imaging Solutions On Display With Interactive Booth Demonstrations At The 2015 Nab Show

    Highlights Include Shooting Galleries, Live Speaker Sessions, Extensive Lens Exhibits, Full On-Site HDR and DI Suite, and the Canon Theater

    Canon Broadcast HDTV HJ24ex7.5B HD ENG lens

    Canon Broadcast HDTV HJ24ex7.5B HD ENG lens

    MELVILLE, N.Y., March 26, 2015 – At the 2015 NAB Show in Las Vegas, NV, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase its full line of professional, high definition imaging equipment for motion picture, television production, video content creation, and still photography at booth C432. During the 2015 NAB Show, Canon will feature a live 4K Workflow Demonstration where visitors will have the opportunity to interact with industry-leading colorists and editors in a 4K HDR (High Dynamic Range) and DI (Digital Intermediate) suite. Visitors will also have the opportunity to demo the full range of Canon Cinema, HD Video and DSLR cameras, Cinema Lenses, including the Cine-Servo 50-1000mm T5.0-8.9 lens and Broadcast HDTV lenses, such as the new HJ24ex7.5B HD ENG lens, through various simulated shooting situations in three different shooting galleries. Canon will also feature a 4K frame-grab demonstration where professional photographers will utilize the Canon Cinema EOS-1D C camera to deliver still images from 4K video.

    Canon Cinema EOS-1D C camera

    Canon Cinema EOS-1D C camera

    This video presents Canon Quick Tips: Still Frame Extraction from 4K Video Files.

    • In this video, learn how to extract stills from 4K video files from the EOS-1D C to be used as prints or support material.


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    Press Releases

    Zeiss Offers Extended Warranty of One Extra Year With Online Registration for ZEISS Lenses: Starts on 13 April and Ends on 30 June 2015

    Fri March 27, 2015
    ZEISS high-end camera and cine lenses

    ZEISS high-end camera and cine lenses

    Effective from 13 April 2015, it will be possible to register not only camera lenses, but also ZEISS Compact Prime CP.2 and ZEISS Compact Zoom CZ.2 cine lenses online and therefore receive an extended warranty for an additional year.

    • To mark the 125th anniversary of ZEISS camera lenses, the online registration of ZEISS cine lenses is possible up to 125 days after purchase.
    • This offer will end on 30 June 2015. After this period, registration will be required within four weeks of purchase in order to receive the one-year warranty extension.
    • The extended warranty from ZEISS is available in a large number of countries, but warranty claims can only be asserted in the country in which the product was purchased.
    • The website www.zeiss.com/cine/register will be effective from 13 April 2015, wherein you can find further information and the registration for the ZEISS cine lenses.
    ZEISS Compact Zoom CZ.2 cine lenses family (top to bottom): ZEISS Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9, the CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and the CZ.2 15-30/T2.9, ZEISS

    ZEISS Compact Zoom CZ.2 cine lenses family (top to bottom): ZEISS Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9, the CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 and the CZ.2 15-30/T2.9, ZEISS

    The following video presents Carl Zeiss Lenses – Compact Zoom CZ.2 cine lenses:

    ZEISS Compact Zoom CZ.2 Lenses

    Absolute flexibility and truly stellar performance.

    The new Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses are as versatile as they are powerful and incorporate features never seen before on lenses of this kind. They are handy, compact, ready for 4k and even offer full-frame coverage. With their zoom lengths of 28-80 and 70-200 mm, they give you a wide range of creative options.

    For more information please visit: http://www.zeiss.com/cine

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    ZEISS at the 2015 NAB Show in Las Vegas

    Customers benefit from an extended warranty for ZEISS cine lenses from the start of the world’s largest show for the movie and broadcast industries in April

    OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 25/03/2015.

    At booth C9543 at the 2015 NAB Show from 13-16 April in Las Vegas, the world’s largest show for the movie and broadcast industries, ZEISS will showcase its entire lens portfolio: from the SLR lenses including the ZEISS Otus high-end lenses, the ZEISS Loxia E-mount full-frame lenses and ZEISS Compact Prime CP.2 and ZEISS Compact Zoom CZ.2 right up to ARRI/ZEISS Ultra Prime, ARRI/ZEISS Master Prime and ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic. Effective from the start of the NAB Exhibition on 13 April 2015, it will be possible to register not only camera lenses, but also ZEISS Compact Prime CP.2 and ZEISS Compact Zoom CZ.2 cine lenses online and therefore receive an extended warranty for an additional year.
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    Canon Has No.1 Share of Global Interchangeable-lens Digital Camera Market from 2003 to 2014

    Thu March 26, 2015
    Canon Inc. achieved a camera-manufacturing milestone as combined production of the company's film and digital EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras surpassed the 70-million mark on February 5, 2014. Image by Canon

    Canon Inc. achieved a camera-manufacturing milestone as combined production of the company’s film and digital EOS-series interchangeable-lens cameras surpassed the 70-million mark on February 5, 2014. Image by Canon

    Canon’s digital SLR cameras include:

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    Canon celebrates 12th straight year of No.1 share of global interchangeable-lens digital camera market

    TOKYO, March 26, 2015—Canon Inc. announced today that the Company’s interchangeable-lens digital cameras (digital SLR and compact-system cameras) have maintained the No.1 share worldwide in terms of volume within the interchangeable-lens digital camera market for the 12-year period spanning 2003 to 2014.1

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II digital SLR

    Canon EOS 7D Mark II digital SLR


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    Contests

    Leica Fotopark’s #LeicaSpring Contest: Upload Your Bright, Lively or Idyllic Spring Photos Between 30 March and 12 April, 2015

    Thu March 26, 2015
    Leica Store in Wetzlar

    Leica Store in Wetzlar

    This is an update to the previous blog, You’re Invited to the New Leica Fotopark: A Photo Platform for Passionate Photographers to Discover, Exchange, Organise, Create.

    Photo Challenge #LeicaSpring

    Leica Fotopark begins the season when everything comes to life with a photo challenge that comes with a spring feeling.

    Leica invites you to send in your photos and amaze other photographers in the Fotopark community with bright, lively or idyllic spring pictures!

    • All you have to do is upload your pictures on the theme of spring to the Leica Fotopark between 30 March and 12 April, 2015, under the title #LeicaSpring.

    Prizes
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    Press Releases

    Sony Will Unveil New 4K, IP and Workflow Solutions at NAB Las Vegas April 11-16, 2015: To Provide a Full AV Ecosystem From Lens to Living Room

    Wed March 25, 2015

    The following video presents Sony Digital Cinema 4K: The public’s reaction to the FIFA World Cup Final live in 4K:

    See what our guests had to say as they were blown away by the quality of our live 4K screening of the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final at VUE Westfield.Read more at: http://bit.ly/1tm5Hsi .

    Sony broadcast landmarks included the 2014 FIFA World Cup Final, which was also streamed live to digital cinema screens for the first time ever in Ultra High Definition.

    At the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in Las Vegas, April 13 – 16, Sony will showcase its latest developments around 4K technology and IP Live Production.

    From lens to living room, Sony provides a full AV ecosystem.

    • The company aims to provide fully integrated end-to-end workflow solutions, including cloud services (Ci), sports production services (HawkEye), IP solutions and Optical Disc Archive systems.

    The media market landscape is going through a new phase of post-digital transformation, and at NAB Sony will showcase its comprehensive solutions for the next generation of media companies.

    Sony is also set to show how 2015 will be a landmark year for Sony and IP.

    IP (Internet Protocol) enables multiple video, audio, reference signals and control data to be transmitted between devices using a single network cable. This simplifies live production systems, reducing installation costs and dramatically improves in the efficiency of video transmission.

    • Sony has made significant advances in IP over the last year, including the first 4K over IP broadcast in Europe from IBC (International Broadcasting Convention) as well as spearheading the growing IP Live Alliance.
      • Sony’s Networked Media Interface packetizes and transmits HD and 4K video, audio, and metadata in real time over standard network infrastructures. Sony is also developing low latency video codec (LLVC) technology to support the video compression required for 4K 60p transmission over 10 Gbps Ethernet.
      • This technology also enhances Sony’s IP Live Production system, making live studio and sports broadcasts more efficient and less expensive. At IBC 2014, Sony announced an alliance of leading companies, including Evertz, for their support for Sony Network Media Interface to allow customers to use an IP infrastructure in their facilities, and support broadcasters through the transition from legacy SDI environments to IP-based infrastructures.

    NXL-IP55 live production unit

    Sony NXL-IP55: IP Live Production Unit

    Sony NXL-IP55: IP Live Production Unit

    • The NXL-IP55 live production unit enables multiple video data streams to be transmitted over an IP Local Area Network (LAN).
    • The unit enables multi-camera shoots with up to 4 video streams (3 downstream and one upstream, or two downstream/two upstream).
    • The system maintains broadcast quality full HD video over the IP network.

    Today’s studio cameras use one HD-SDI cable to carry a single uncompressed baseband signal that may require up to 3 Gb/s.  Since UHD provides substantial improvements compared to HD, the increased bandwidth for UHD/4K would normally require four HD-SDI cables, and replicating this massive cabling increase throughout the network infrastructure presents nearly impossible logistical challenges.  To resolve this challenge, Imagine Communications supports Sony’s Networked Media Interface, a new AV over IP interface for IP-based networking that provides low latency transport of UHD/4K video, audio, reference, metadata and control data.

    http://www.imaginecommunications.com/resources/press-release/industry-transition-uhd4k-collaboration-with-sony   February 3, 2015

    Sony's ‘Beyond Definition’ vision (Left to right): SDI environments; IP-based infrastructures. Image extracted from video below.

    Sony’s ‘Beyond Definition’ vision (Left to right): SDI environments; IP-based infrastructures. Image extracted from video below.

    The following video presents Sony NAB Live: Today’s Real Benefits of IP Production:
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    Press Releases

    Nikon European Film Festival 2014-2015: Winners Announced

    Wed March 25, 2015

    ‘Voiceless – Stop the Bullies’ by Jagjeet Singh, UK, takes the Grand Prix top prize of the Nikon European Film Festival.

    Grand Prix top prize includes:

    • An all-expenses-paid one-week networking trip to the Cannes Film Festival in May 2015 as a special guest of Raindance.
    • A Nikon D810 Film Kit includes the following products:
      Nikon D810

      Nikon D810

    Nikon ME-1 Stereo Microphone

    Nikon ME-1 Stereo Microphone

    AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR

    AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR

    The other category winners selected by the jury were:• Best Narrative – ‘Frame of Reference’ by Joel Jonsson and Christian Gardo, Sweden
    • Technical Excellence – ‘Powerless’ by Martin Taube, Sweden
    • Best Student Entry – ‘L’amour’ by Camille Van Wessem, Czech RepublicThe Festival also included a Best Film as voted for by the Public category, based on individual likes and shares received on the Nikon Film Festival Hub, which was won by ‘Greenwoodo’ by Marko Kovac, Serbia.

    The two winners of the sub-categories ‘Best Narrative’ and ‘Technical Excellence’ will receive a Nikon D750 and 3,000EUR prize money, while the ‘Best Student Entry’ will receive a Nikon D750 film kit and 2,000EUR prize money.

    The filmmaker behind the ‘Best Film as Voted for by the Public’ will receive a Nikon D750 film kit.

    Nikon D750

    Nikon D750

    Congratulations! / Félicitations !

    PRESS RELEASE

    25/3/2015 – Amsterdam | The Netherlands

    Inaugural Nikon European Film Festival Winners Announced


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    Olympus #REaDytoWinSelfie Contest for 16 Years of Age or Older in UK or Ireland: Upload Your “Fabulous RED Lip, Retail REaDy” Selfie before 29 March 2015 at Midnight

    Tue March 24, 2015
    Olympus PEN E-PL7 Camera, white-silver

    Olympus PEN E-PL7 Camera, white-silver

    Olympus #REaDytoWinSelfie Contest’s Terms & Conditions include the following.

    1. Entrants must be 16 or over and UK or Ireland residents.
    2. The prize is for one shopping voucher worth £1000 (fashion retailer selected at Olympus discretion) and one Olympus PEN E-PL7 Camera.
    3. The prize is not redeemable in cash, exchangeable or transferable.
    4. To be in with a chance of winning, entrants must upload a red lip selfie image of themselves to their Instagram account tagging: #REaDytoWinSelfie, #selfie_olympus, and follow @selfie_olympus on instagram.
    5. Competition closes Sunday 29th March 2015 at midnight.
    6. Winner will be chosen by Olympus on the basis of who most effectively and creatively fulfilled competition brief.  Olympus’ decision will be final.
    7. Winner announced during w/c 30th March 2015 & will be contacted via instagram.
    8. If winner is unresponsive within 14 days, another winner will be selected.


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