October 25, 2012 – PhotoPlus Expo 2012 opened formally this morning to fairly sizable crowds. As usual, the main entrance was dominated by the Big Three (although Canon and Nikon would call it the Big Two Plus One). Needless to say, the Canon, Nikon and Sony booths were completely stormed by the early onrush.
COPENHAGEN, May 16, 2012 — Phase One is launching a series of one-of-a-kind online events entitled “Phase One Live; Your Inspiration Stream.” Hosted by Phase One and some of the world’s leading photographers, each event will showcase a specific photography project — tracking each step in that project’s workflow from conception through completion. The premiere event on May 23 features award winning British landscape photographer, Joe Cornish.
TOKYO and TEL AVIV, January 16, 2012– Mamiya Digital Imaging, a trusted manufacturer and developer of medium-format cameras and optics, and Leaf Imaging Ltd., a leading manufacturer and developer of digital backs for the medium and large-format photography markets, today announced that they have created a new, worldwide Mamiya Leaf brand that integrates both companies’ product lines into one complete medium-format digital camera system offering, streamlines new product development and establishes more efficient customer sales and support.
Sony has finally started shipping its NEX-7 compact system camera. Not being one of the big fish, I got mine the old fashioned way: I got on a waiting list and waited.
Patience paid off and I was graced with a UPS box a week ago containing a Sony NEX-7 body and a spare battery. No lens. I am still waiting for this to arrive. Fortunately, I had planned for this and acquired a couple of lens adapters allowing me to fit legacy glass on my shiny new NEX-7.
Frenchman Joseph Nicéphore Niépce (1765-1833) is credited with what is widely accepted as the first photograph, that is, a permanent photographic image as opposed to one that deteriorated shortly after creation or upon attempts at duplication.
Niépce experimented with lithography, which led him in his attempt to take a photograph using a camera obscura. Niépce also experimented with silver chloride, which darkens when exposed to light, but eventually looked to bitumen, which he used in his first successful attempt at capturing nature photographically. He dissolved bitumen in lavender oil, a solvent often used in varnishes, and coated the sheet of pewter with this light capturing mixture. He placed the sheet inside a camera obscura to capture the picture, and eight hours later removed it and washed it with lavender oil to remove the unexposed bitumen.
Niépce called his process heliography, which literally means “sun writing”.
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 22, 2010 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging and advanced office solutions, today answers the increasing demand for large format prints in the photographic, proofing and graphic arts market with the introduction of three new imagePROGRAF large format models – the 44-inch imagePROGRAF iPF8300, 24-inch imagePROGRAF iPF6350 and the iPF6300. Designed for precise, ultra high-quality print performance and increased productivity, each model features Canon’s new, 12-Color LUCIA EX pigment ink set and advanced printing technologies specifically developed to produce prints with an enhanced color range and improved durability. The new imagePROGRAF models will be unveiled at the Wedding & Portrait Photographer International (WPPI) Convention at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, March 8-11, 2010.
“In just four short years, Canon has introduced more than 20 imagePROGRAF large format printers to the market with each new model raising the bar for outstanding, vibrant image quality and overall versatility,” said Jim Rosetta, vice president and general manager, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A. “Coupled with our new LUCIA EX ink set and advanced media capabilities, the new imagePROGRAF models represent an ideal solution for the graphic, fine art, photography and proofing markets.”
Tired of spending money on “canned air” to remove dust particles from your precious gear? Worried about balancing your desire for equipment hygiene and the ozone layer? Fear no more! The fine folks at Metropolitan Vacuum Cleaner Co. of Suffern, NY have the answer:
This little beauty packs a 500W, .75HP electric blower delivering 70 CFM of air to blast off dust, dirt and debris. The air is filtered and is dry since Boyle’s Law is not invoked in it’s propulsion.
Made in the USA with all-steel construction, the unit weighs in at 2.75 lbs. and is powered by a 12-foot power cord. Battery power would have made the unit too cumbersome since the motor draws 4.5 amps @ 120 volts
Included are several attachments including the Air-Pin-Pointer(tm), Air-Concentrator nozzle, Air-Flare nozzle and a 4-piece detailing tool kit. The DataVacED comes with a lifetime warranty.
Pricing is set at “less than 5 throwaway cans of air”.
For more information or to find the dealer nearest you, head over to Metropolitan Vacuum Cleaner Co. website or call them at 1-800-822-1602.
Photorumors.com (great site, I highly recommend it) posted a shot from a movie posted on the Olympus website ostensibly celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Olympus PEN camera. However, since previous statements by Olympus bigwigs indicate that their long-awaited μ4/3 camera will honor the PEN design (and the prototype which I have seen with my own eyes is very PEN-ish) could this be a teaser for said camera? Look at the video and draw your own conclusions.
[UPDATE:] The Olympus PEN site has been updated and now has a short film about the PEN EE.
[UPDATE 2:] The Olympus PEN site has been updated with a short film about the PEN D.
[UPDATE 3:] The Olympus PEN site has been updated with a short film about the PEN F.
With the recent announcement of the P40+ MF digital back with Sensor+ technology, Phase One has brought to the market two digital backs with a feature called pixel binning (the top-of-the-line P65+ is the other Sensor+ enabled unit). Pixel binning is a method the combines the input from several pixels on a digital sensor into one “super-pixel”. This has the effect of reducing the overall pixel count of the image, but increase the speed and sensitivity of the sensor without adding noise.
Pixel binning is not new. Astronomers have been using this technique for decades. The NRAO’s Very Large Array Telescope is this exact technology on a massive scale. By combining the inputs of 27 25-meter radio telescopes, the VLA behaves like one giant radio telescope.