Monday, 26 October 2009

Ilford announce Galerie Duo



Inkjet paper maker, Ilford, has announced a new Smooth Lustre Duo 280gsm double-sided resin coated paper. Read the press release for the full details.

Press release:


New ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Lustre Duo available now

The latest media in the GALERIE range offers double-sided printing for dual possibilities!


Marly, Switzerland, October 26, 2009 – ILFORD is pleased to announce the latest media in the GALERIE range, Smooth Lustre Duo 280gsm, which has just been launched. Innovative and exciting, the double-sided premium RC media is the ideal choice for tailor made wedding albums, portfolios and premium quality invitations and flyers while a cutting-edge optical coating gives a traditional photo quality look to printed images.

The already dynamic GALERIE range is designed to provide the most demanding professional photographers with the high-end media they require to showcase their most important work. The ILFORD research and development team designs state-of-the-art inkjet media resulting in stunning images, making ILFORD GALERIE the media range of choice for professional photographers around the world.

ILFORD GALERIE Smooth Lustre Duo, the latest media in the GALERIE range, is created to provide professional photographers with a premium quality choice for double-sided printing. ILFORD has combined their strong history in professional inkjet photo products with the latest imaging technology to create this new, specialised media.

From deep blacks to crisp whites, real reds and clear blues, the ground-breaking coating created by the ILFORD research and development team ensures GALERIE Smooth Lustre Duo offers an impressive array of colours. Vibrant shades ‘pop’ while skin tones remain natural with the high-quality prints possible on this media.

Thanks to the rich colour gamut and the double-sided feature, the new GALERIE Smooth Lustre Duo will inspire professional photographers. Ideal for wedding albums, photographers will be able to design and display their preferred prints on both sides of the media, making a beautifully bound album easier to achieve.

Photographic portfolios will take on a fresh dimension with GALERIE Smooth Lustre Duo, as the double-sided printing will ensure the finished album is as impressive as the images on each page. Event invitations and high quality flyers will attract attention with bright and brilliant images on both sides.

Printing on the new GALERIE Smooth Lustre Duo is simple and straightforward. Detailed printing instructions are included in the package and on the ILFORD website. Thanks to the resin coated properties, the media remains robust throughout the entire double-sided printing process.

GALERIE Smooth Lustre Duo is compatible with both dye and pigment printers and designed to fully exploit the benefits of the latest machines on the market. To ensure professionals are able to achieve top print results, ILFORD offers free ICC profiles for all the latest inkjet printers at www.ilford.com.

“Enhancing our GALERIE line with the launch of Smooth Lustre Duo has been an important step for us,” begins Jane Dixon, Head of Global Marketing, ILFORD Imaging Switzerland GmbH. “Recognising the need for double-sided media and answering this need with the latest inkjet technology ensures we continue to provide professional photographers with the tools they need to exceed their customer needs in this very highly competitive industry,” finishes Jane.

Product availability:
GALERIE Smooth Lustre Duo is available in A4 and A3+ as well as in 12x12, true album page size.

SMOOTH Lustre Duo features and benefits:
- Double-sided - Ideal for invitations, flyers and books
- RC media - Reduced processing time, curl resistant
- Latest ILFORD coating technology - Impressive, traditional looking prints
- Free ICC profiles - Ensure best print results

Pricing:
Ilford Galerie Smooth Lustre Duo Sheets 21cm x 29.7cm (A4)
x25 – 2000358 £19.99
Ilford Galerie Smooth Lustre Duo Sheets 21cm x 29.7cm (A4)
x100 - 2000359 £54.99
Ilford Galerie Smooth Lustre Duo Sheets 30.5cm x 30.5cm (12" x 12")
x25 - 2000410 £31.99
Ilford Galerie Smooth Lustre Duo Sheets 32.9cm x 48.3cm (A3+)
x25 - 2000367 £42.99

JP Distribution:

JP Distribution is a successful division of Johnsons Photopia Ltd., an independent, privately owned company that can trace its roots back to 1743. JP Distribution is committed to providing an exclusive complimentary portfolio of leading brands for the professional and enthusiast photographer via a dedicated network of retail partners.
Mamiya, Sekonic, Lastolite, Gepe, Geimuplast, Billingham, PocketWizard, Peli, Trek-Tech, CamGrip, Spudz, Magix and Schneider are all part of the JP Distribution brand portfolio.
JP Distribution is located in the heart of England at the company headquarters in Newcastle under Lyme, Staffordshire, where the company employs a wealth of experienced personnel with an unrivalled level of imaging knowledge, expertise and experience.
For more information on JP Distribution, please visit www.johnsons-photopia.co.uk

About ILFORD:
Founded in 1879, ILFORD is a leading player in the development and manufacture of photo quality media for both inkjet printing and colour photographic processes. The ILFORD worldwide Digital Imaging and Colour Photo businesses, including the R&D and manufacturing operations in Switzerland, are owned by Oji Paper, Japan.
The ILFORD name is well established in the history of Imaging and today it continues to be associated with cutting edge technology thanks to its strong links to the photo imaging marketplace, R&D, technical know-how and manufacturing capabilities.
For more information on ILFORD, please visit www.ilford.com

Saturday, 10 October 2009

Canon PowerShot G9 ISO samples


ISO80

ISO100

ISO200

ISO400

ISO800

ISO1600


Here are the ISO samples from the Canon PowerShot G9, taken under the same lighting conditions, to compare with the shots I posted yesterday from the G11. Although the image size is larger (the G9 is 12MP whereas the G11 is 10MP), I've tried to crop to include the same elements in the photos; the images were then saved for the web (at 600pixels wide) and sharpened in CS4.


Friday, 9 October 2009

John Freeman announces new tours


Namibia wildlife, copyright John Freeman

Press release:

Professional photographer, John Freeman, has announced the launch of John Freeman Photours, a comprehensive range of educational photographic tours and workshops that offer the chance to benefit from the knowledge and success he has gained during his 40 year career. John Freeman is one of the UK’s most highly acclaimed photographers and an award winning author with over two million copies of his books sold worldwide. Today he shoots for global brands including The Royal Collection, Konami, the Pearson Group, Médecins Sans Frontières, and Harper-Collins.

Starting in January 2010, John Freeman Photours will offer photographers of all levels unique, educational photographic tours in the UK and abroad. A diverse range of London-based studio workshops will also be available from January 2010 for those wanting to discover more about the professional approach to studio working methods.

Jaisalmer, copyright John Freeman


Canon PowerShot G11 noise examples


ISO80
ISO100
ISO200
ISO400
ISO800
ISO1600
ISO3200

Each of the above out-of-camera Large/Fine JPEGs were taken with a production quality G11 and are displayed at 100-percent actual pixels, saved and sharpened for the web using Photoshop CS4. I may have to supply smaller crops, judging by the slight differences above.

Update: I've added samples from the PowerShot G9 here, for comparison.



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Canon PowerShot G11 vs G9



Canon PowerShot G9 v the new G11

You'll also notice a difference in the textured finish of the top-plate; it's plastic on the G11


Canon PowerShot G9 (left) v G11 (right). The G11 is taller and considerably deeper, thanks to the vari-angle screen.


Notice the smaller size of the rear command dial on the G11 (left); it's more fiddly in use.

I thought I would upload a quick series of shots showing the size comparison of the Canon PowerShot G11 against our own G9 (which we used for the unboxing video, in the previous post).

My first impressions are favorable, even though the vari-angle screen makes the G11 slightly larger than the G9 (and likely the G10, though I don't have one to hand).

One point I would like to share immediately is that I was a little shocked to see the rear of the G11 appears to be made of plastic, like the Nikon P5000/6000 series. That's a real shame, as both the G9 and G10 were the most rugged feeling compacts on the market.

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Canon PowerShot G11 Unboxing




Stay tuned for some ISO comparisons from a production quality G11. They should be posted later in the day.


Update; my thanks to the guys at 1001 Noisy Cameras for help spreading the love.




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Tuesday, 6 October 2009

Leica launches micro-site for impending S2 DSLR






Leica has launched a new micro-site for the up-coming S2, a 37.5-megapixel behemoth, in anticipation of its official release sometime this month. Follow the link here for more information and to register for a timely newsletter.



Vision: The Essential Event for Photographers




Press release from The British Journal of Photography magazine;

6th October, 2009
The British Journal of Photography's essential annual event, Vision, celebrates its 11th successful year when it returns on 27th November 2009. Vision is Europe’s only event dedicated to aspiring professionals and early career pro photographers. This year Vision is delighted to have renowned photographer Martin Parr as its key speaker.

This unique and exciting one-day event features a packed programme of talks, demos, seminars and all-important portfolio reviews. Conveniently located at the Business Design Centre in the heart of London, Vision provides inspiration, information and essential ideas to help aspiring professionals and early career photographers get their careers moving.

Many of the industry’s leading manufacturers will be there to showcase the latest products and services, providing a unique opportunity to meet key innovators all together under one roof.

With an emphasis on creative cutting edge, and focusing on effective tools and solutions to further photographers' businesses, Vision is this year’s don’t miss photography event.

For more information or to register to attend, visit www.bjp-online.com/vision or email vision@bjphoto.co.uk

Friday, 2 October 2009

Sigma announces DP1s



Sigma has announced an update to the APS-C format DP1, in the form of the DP1s. As expected, it adopts some of the changes to the control set, such as the Quick Set function, found on the recently introduced DP2, and improved metering with back-lit subjects.


Sigma press release

The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the new Sigma DP1s compact digital camera featuring a 14 megapixel (2,652 x 1,768x 3 layers) FOVEON X3 direct image sensor.

The new Sigma DP1s is an improved version of the DP1 which was introduced to market in March 2008. It is now possible to allocate the QS (Quick Set) function, which has been adopted by the DP2 and SD14 DSLR, to the digital zoom buttons of the DP1s. This provides faster and more convenient operation of the camera.

The DP1s is enhanced further by improved performance when shooting backlit subjects, aiding the cameras characteristics of superb resolution and richly graduated tones with a natural, three-dimensional feel.

There are many dedicated accessories available for the DP1s such as the VIEW FINDER VF-11, HOOD ADAPTER HA-11 and ELECTRONIC FLASH EF-140 DG.

Thursday, 1 October 2009

Sony Develops High Frame Rate Single Lens 3D Camera Technology



High Frame Rate Single lens 3D (prototype) camera captures natural and smooth, high quality 3D images at 240fps


Sony press release:


Sony Corporation today announced the development of a single lens 3D camera technology capable of recording natural and smooth 3D images of even fast-moving subject matter such as sports, at 240fps (frames per second). This technology combines a newly developed optical system for single lens 3D camera which captures the left and right images simultaneously, together with existing high frame rate (HFR) recording technology to realize 240fps 3D filming. Sony will demonstrate a prototype model incorporating this technology at “CEATEC JAPAN 2009”, to be held at Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba city, Japan, from October 6th.

Sony Corporation today announced the development of a single lens 3D camera technology capable of recording natural and smooth 3D images of even fast-moving subject matter such as sports, at 240fps (frames per second). This technology combines a newly developed optical system for single lens 3D camera which captures the left and right images simultaneously, together with existing high frame rate (HFR) recording technology to realize 240fps 3D filming. Sony will demonstrate a prototype model incorporating this technology at “CEATEC JAPAN 2009”, to be held at Makuhari Messe convention center in Chiba city, Japan, from October 6th.



Optical system for single lens 3D camera














240fps 3D Filming

Optical tests have shown that a frame rate 240fps represents the limit of human visual perception, and beyond that it becomes difficult to detect differences in terms of blur and “jerkiness” of moving images (where images that were continuous are now seen as a series of distinct snapshots). By developing a 240fps frame rate CMOS image sensor with properties close to the human eye, which is capable of capture natural images of even fast moving subject matter, Sony has succeeded in further enhancing the quality of 3D video images.

The combination of Sony’s new single lens 3D system and its 240fps high frame rate technology has realized a single lens 3D camera system, based on universal properties of the human eye, which enables natural and smooth 3D images with no accommodation-vergence*1 conflict to be recorded.

Technological Features
1. New single lens optical system
- Captures left and right images simultaneously to deliver natural and smooth 3D images with no accommodation-vergence conflict.
- Eliminates the need for lens synchronization, ensuring easily accurate control of 3D zoom and focus functions.
- When polarized glasses are not used, viewers with still be able to see natural 2D images, as the disparity of the images for left and right eyes are within the range that human eyes can recognize as a blur.

2. 240fps image capture to realize high quality motion images
- Realizes high quality capture of 3D content including fast-moving subject matter such as sports.
Prototype to be demonstrated at “CEATEC JAPAN 2009”

Within the growing 3D cinema industry, Sony has supported and driven the expansion of 3D by providing a wide variety of professional equipment for the shooting, production and screening of movies in 3D. The number of digital 3D screens is increasing rapidly, and is expected to reach 7,000 worldwide by the end of 2009*2 In addition to 3D movies, Sony’s range of professional 3D products and technology is also driving the growth of 3D production and distribution across a range of entertainment industries, from theatre and music performances to sport and beyond. Furthermore, Sony is also aiming to continue to lead the way in delivering new 3D viewing experiences by bringing 3D to the home in 2010.


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