Showing posts from November, 2010

SanDisk, Sony and Nikon give green light to CF card replacement

SanDisk, Sony and Nikon have taken the unusual step to announce their intention to adopt the new CF card spec, dubbed CFast but not mentioned in the PR from Sony this afternoon, see below. The new card will be for forthcoming, and as yet unannounced, pro DSLRs, not compacts as they'll use SDXC (the PowerShot G12 and Nikon P700 both support SDXC). Perhaps the reason behind this announcement is the CFast form-factor is not backwards compatible with current CF card readers or cameras (although it's a similar size, there's a different pin arrangement). See here for Transcend's recent announcement regarding CFast cards. Press release:SANDISK, SONY AND NIKON PROPOSE INDUSTRY STANDARDS FOR NEXT-GENERATION HIGH-SPEED MEMORY CARD FORMAT

Companies to Jointly Develop New Specifications to Meet Needs of Professional Photography and Video Markets.November 30, 2010 — SanDisk Corporation, Sony Corporation and Nikon Corporation today announced the joint development of a set of specifica…

Arca get a grip with Rm2d

Arca Swiss has announced the price of the new Rm2d medium format camera at 3,090 Euros ex VAT. It's compatible with both film and digital backs from leading manufacturers at additional cost.

Hasselblad roll out steel HD4-40

After repeated requests from photographers visiting the Hasselblad booth at Photokina, where a steel-variant was on display, the company has announced it will build a limited run of 100 bodies. The camera is available now for close to 14k Euros plus VAT, or $18,500.

Press release
In response to photographer requests after seeing the solid steel body around which all H4Ds are built at photokina, Hasselblad is now producing a limited run of 100 H4D-40 Stainless Steel cameras.

Revealing the solid stainless steel body that's at the core of all H4D-40's generated excitement among photographers not only because it demonstrated the camera's core strength but also because of its unique look and appealing aesthetic. Now, for a limited time, photographers who want their camera to look as striking as their pictures, can purchase the H4D-40 Stainless Steel for 13,990 Euros (body only +tax) or 14,990 Euros (with HC 2.8/80mm lens +tax).

The award-winning H4D-40 features Hasselb…

Now I Lay Me Down To Sleep - Deeply Powerful Emotional Photography

One of the most emotional articles I have ever read has been posted to the PhotoShelter website today. It details theNow I Lay Me Down to Sleep Foundation (NILMDTS), a non-profit organization that administers a network of more than 7,000 volunteer photographers in the United States and 25 countries throughout the world.It is the most amazing organization run with the most incredible volunteer photographers. All the babies shown in these beautiful portraits were stillborn, all the images were gifted to the parents as "remembrance photography." To read more about this phenomenal charity and to read the full article, head to PhotoShelter here. "NILMDTS is an incredible organization and being able to offer support to families experiencing loss through your photography and time is definitely very worthwhile," said Zenia Anderson, a professional photographer based in Southern California.Photographers interested in volunteering, or learning more about NILMDTS can visit t…

NEC Display adds Color Confidence as Pan European distributor

NEC Display Solutions appoint Color Confidence as pan-European distributor for their graphic arts display ranges giving reseller partners Europe-wide colour-critical advice and support

London, 23 November 2010 – NEC Display Solutions today appointed Europe’s leading value added distributor in the digital imaging markets, Color Confidence, as Pan-European distributor for its range of professional SpectraView® monitors. The partnership will allow existing and new NEC customers across Europe to benefit from the expertise and depth of knowledge that are integral to the distributor’s service. Color Confidence will be distributing the NEC range, which includes the colour-critical SpectraView® models, as well as the new PA series and the popular 90 series, across Europe with immediate effect.

With a solid reputation in the publishing, design and photography industries, NEC provide creative professionals with outstanding and cost-effective solutions. “The NEC range of monitors offers the very h…

Three Middlesex University students win place in Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize exhibition at NPG

The Solitude of Pygmalion (c) 2010, Steve Barrett Untitlled (c) 2010, Bar Am-David It doesn’t matter who you sleep with (c) 2010, Rokas Darulis Middlesex University has seen three of its photography students win a place in this years prestigious Taylor Wessing Portrait Prize photography competition at the National Portrait Gallery, London.Press release:Three Middlesex University students in Taylor Wessing Prize Exhibition
Greek mythology, Israeli/Arab relations and homophobia the subjects tackled in the three powerful entriesMiddlesex University photography students continue to excel with three winning a place in the National Portra…

Panasonic updates Lumix DMC-G2 Firmware

Panasonic updates firmwares for DMC-G2 for performance enhancement and expanded compatibility

Panasonic releases new firmwares for the DMC-G2 of Lumix G Micro System to enhance the potential of the cameras and compatibility.

Firmware ver.1.1 for DMC-G2

·         Added function for recording and playing back 3D pictures
*The 3D interchangeable lens, H-FT012 (optional) is required for 3D recording.
* A 3D compatible TV is required to view 3D images.
* To comfortably view 3D images in the correct way, be sure to read the safety precautions in the operating instructions.
·         Improved operability of AE lock by maintaining the setting even when touch shutter function is used. 
The new firmware will be available worldwide at GMT:  02.00 18th November, 2010 at

Olympus to adopt QR codes in new TV campaign

Olympus is allowing viewers a sneak peak of a forthcoming TV ad using QR codes for the Pen EPL-1. There's a new £30 cash-back scheme too for UK purchasers.

Press Release
Olympus to use QR codes in new outdoor ad and in store
Olympus look set to be the first photographic company to make use of the burgeoning smart-phone ownership and have a QR code on their Christmas outdoor campaign due to kick off in early December along side a new TV spot all booked through MEC Manchester. The code will also be used on an increasing range of in store material.

"We have an engaging TV ad that includes some clear product benefit messages" says Mark Thackara, Olympus National Marketing Manager "it seems obvious to make the most of it and what better way than to encourage people to play it while they wait for a train or when they pick up the product in store".

The content will be hosted and streamed by iSite TV who have handled Olympus web videos on retailer sites for a number of y…

Four Photographers Describe Their Social Media Workflow

A really great article on Photoshelter this morning by Grover Sanschagrin. It describes how four photographers use social media to build their businesses. Take a look at the post here

Sony roll out NXCAM

Sony has unveiled a new pro-level camcorder that's under development and compatible with the maker's recently introduced E-mount lenses. The new and as yet unnamed NXCAM features a Super-35mm equivalent format CMOS sensor. But before you start ditching your EOS 5D MK II's, this is not the same as a full-frame 35mm chip, it's only half that of 35mm and only slightly larger than the APS-C size sensors in the NEX cameras.

Press release:
NXCAM” HD camcorder under development, featuring E-mount lens system

Sony to expand 35mm large format sensor camcorder lineup
Sony Corporation announced today that it is developing a new type of E-mount interchangeable lens camcorder for professional use that is equipped with a Super-35mm equivalent large format CMOS sensor. This new addition to Sony’s professional “NXCAM” line will be available in the middle of 2011. Already a key player in the 35mm digital cinematography business with the highly acclaimed “CineAlta” F35 and SRW-9000PL for hi…

European Wildlife Photographer of the Year 2010

The European Wildlife Photographer of the Year competition is run by Gesellschaft Deutscher Tierfotografen e.V. - GDT. The GDT organizes the huge "International Nature Photography Festival" with slide shows by photographers from all over the world, with photo exhibitions and seminars on latest subjects of the nature photography.The overall winner will receive a cheque for &#8364 2 000. All photographers whose pictures are selected will receive the exhibition catalogue. The overall winner as well as the winners and runners-up in each category will receive free tickets for the International Nature Photography Festival in Lünen.Take a look at some of the winning images from the contest below, to find out more about this competition - go here Overall Winner About the PhotographerBritta Jaschinski, born in Bremen, trained as a photographer in Germany before studying the art of photography in England. Jaschinski is a photographer of nature – but not in its conventional forms. W…

Nine Graphics Apps For The Price Of One?

Sounds too good to be true, right? Well it is true. Apparent Software have put together nine great apps for a total bundle price of $39.99, instead of the individual $444 for the lot. Are they any good? If you want to find out more, see below... ImageFramer ImageFramer is an easy-to-use but powerful application for framing your images and photos with beautiful photo-realistic and artistic frames.ImageFramer provides the ultimate framing experience with a sleek interface and a multitude of features: you can easily compare multiple framing variations for each image, add watermarks, batch frame many images at once etc. ImageFramer is used by professional artists, photographers, bloggers and people who simply want their family photos to look better. Sandvox Sandvox is easy-to-use, popular, award-winning, do-it-yourself web site builder for Mac. Whether you're a beginner or a seasoned pro — when it comes to building a website on your Mac, Sandvox is considered the best web design softwar…

Olympus Upgrades E-PL1 To E-PL1s - Spot The Difference?

The difference is not actually that clear but the exception seems to be that the E-PL1s now comes with a new battery, the BLS-S instead of the BLS-1 and an additional upgraded ISO range now reaching 6400 as opposed to 3200 on the E-PL1. That's about it.Now sold with a new M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 II lens, it is ultra light too, weighing in at 454g, now that's officially the worlds lightest interchangeable camera, to date. Pretty amazing stuff by Olympus.Also, you need to be aware that this model is only available in Japan and will not be made available elsewhere at present.

Introduction To Digital Photography - Karl Taylor - iPhone/iPad App Review

Karl Taylor is a British Professional Photographer, living and working in the enviable location of Guernsey in the Channel Islands. Karl has built up a solid reputation as professional photographer and teacher alike. He regularly shoots for several of the country’s top corporations including HSBC, Specsavers and Harrods. He runs various photography courses from his studio and also sells a range of Training DVD's, giving step by step photography techniques. More recently though Karl has turned his ideas to the awesome world of apps that we so know and love and has created five video technique universal apps to really help you get the most out of your photography.This review concentrates on the first app of the series, Introduction to Digital Photography- read this now... Home Page The current version of this app is 2.0 and is published by Netframes, it weighs in at 440 MB and costs $49.99.Once you have downloaded this app either to your iPhone or iPad, or both in fact, you will t…

$11,000 Nikon Equipment Destroyed By Drag Car

Just imagine how Sport Photographer, Mark Rebilas must of felt. Watch this video, but not on your own. I'm really not sure what Rebilas was trying to achieve here - a 300mm lens would show the background disappearing fast, but nothing of the car or driver.  Anyhow, lets hope he was insured!

Final Cut Pro Update Coming Soon - Rumor

Many sites are reporting today that Final Cut Pro is going to get an update, and a pretty meaty one too in early 2011. I can't wait for that.

Nikon roll-out new NPS site

Nikon has announced a new global portal for their NPS accredited (professional) members. As well as articles by Nikon luminaries, Bill Frakes and Arne Hodalic, there's a useful diary for a number forthcoming events supported by Nikon and some helpful manuals for download. Both manuals (pdf) can be found here.