The new Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM II (model SAL2470Z2) standard zoom and Vario-Sonnar T* 16-35mm F2.… ...
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You're Invited: 'Exposed' Exhibition Presents Toronto Star Photographers' Panel Discussion-April 23 @ 6pm, Photography on Film, Tours & Toronto Star Photograph Archive Highlights: Runs Until June 14, 2015
This is an update to these previous blogs,
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Hubble Space Telescope 25th Anniversary Celebratory Events Include Official Image Unveiling Apr.23 + Book “Expanding Universe: Photographs from the Hubble Space Telescope" Release Apr.25, 2015 @ Newseum
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/promotions28 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:
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.
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.
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.
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: Continue Reading »
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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. Continue Reading »
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 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
“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’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.
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.
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.
Congratulations! / Félicitations !
25/3/2015 – Amsterdam | The Netherlands
Inaugural Nikon European Film Festival Winners Announced
Olympus #REaDytoWinSelfie Contest’s Terms & Conditions include the following.
Entrants must be 16 or over and UK or Ireland residents.
The prize is for one shopping voucher worth £1000 (fashion retailer selected at Olympus discretion) and one Olympus PEN E-PL7 Camera.
The prize is not redeemable in cash, exchangeable or transferable.
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.
Competition closes Sunday 29th March 2015 at midnight.
Winner will be chosen by Olympus on the basis of who most effectively and creatively fulfilled competition brief. Olympus’ decision will be final.
Winner announced during w/c 30th March 2015 & will be contacted via instagram.
If winner is unresponsive within 14 days, another winner will be selected.
Nikon ups the ante with their newest affordable full-frame DSLR, the Nikon D750. It features some of the most advanced features on its high-end full-frame DSLRs in an affordable, weather-resistant body. The D750 features 24.3MP on a FX-format CMOS sensor, 6.5fps burst, ISO 100-12800, 51 point AF system, dual card slots, Full HD (1080p) video at 60/50/30/25/24p with stereo sound, a tiltable LCD and built-in Wi-Fi.
The Fujifilm X100T is a compact premium rangefinder-styled digital camera with drop-dead gorgeous retro looks. Under the hoods of this beautifully-designed digital camera, there is a quality 35mm [equiv.] F2 Fujinon lens, an APS-C X-Trans sensor and an image processing CPU engine that all work together to capture outstanding image quality rivaling the top end DSLRs. This Third regeneration of the X100 adds significant improvements to the hybrid viewfinder and fixes some of the irksome issues in the previous models.
The Panasonic Lumix GM5 is ultra compact but accepts interchangeable lenses on a Micro Four Thirds mount, and delivers excellent DSLR-level image quality and performance. It features a high resolution EVF, is fully-featured and is customizable to the way you like to work.
The Sigma dp2 Quattro improves on the dp1 series cameras in terms of performance but has chosen to still keep it basically a no-frills camera. It features 29MP resolution on an APS-C (23.5 x 15.7 mm) Foveon X3 Quattro sensor with Contrast-detect AF, a large and bright 3.0-in. LCD (920k-dot), PASM and RAW. In fact, you need to shoot in RAW and carefully post process to bring out the unique image flavor so prized by fans of the Foveon sensor.
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.
BUYER'S GUIDE We have taken the mystery out of the selection process in our Digital Camera Buyer's Guide. Here, you'll find the best digital cameras in four categories. Select the digital camera that is right for you in 4 simple steps.
TUTORIALS After you have bought your digital camera, go through our Digital Photography Tutorials for some tried and tested tips on taking good pictures. You can take better pictures. We plan to regularly add new articles covering a wide range of subjects to this section.