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Press Release Posted: Aug 22, 2012 1 comments
Phase One announced open enrollment for four new special Phase One Digital Artist Series (PODAS) Workshops -- one scheduled each month from September through December, 2012. They will be held in Namibia, Scotland, Monument Valley in Arizona, and New Zealand.

Established in 2010, PODAS is unique among photography workshops in providing multiple leading photographers for intensive one-on-one instruction and the loan to participants of the world's leading professional camera equipment -- the Phase One IQ series medium format camera system -- for the entire workshop. PODAS offers an everything-taken-care of experience with top accommodations, adventure and inspiration.

Jack Neubart Posted: Aug 21, 2012 Published: Jul 01, 2012 4 comments

It wasn’t too long ago when the use of a CMOS chip in a digicam was a sign of a cheapie camera. Well, the tide has changed, with CMOS today reflecting the highest level of capture in our newest digital point-and-shoots. Yes, there continue to be CCD holdouts even in innovative designs, but the writing is on the wall, spelling an eventual fade-out of the Charge-Coupled Device. And today, the Backside Illuminated (BSI, or simply “backlit”) CMOS sensor is slowly but surely moving into center stage—at least among small-sensor point-and-shoots, for improved light reception at the sensor, hence clearer, tonally fuller, and more detailed images. We’re also seeing quite a few long-zoom models and more GPS-enabled cameras, with a digital compass to boot, mostly in travel/outdoors-oriented designs. The “rugged” category continues to grow, as well as features such as sweep panorama mode (just swing around with your finger continually on the button) and touchscreen displays. But perhaps the new feature that stands out most is Wi-Fi capability. One camera is even Android-powered. The latter may not be smartphones, but they certainly appear to be the smart way to go for the wireless generation. With those trends in mind here’s our roundup of the digicam class of 2012. (Please note that this report contains both cameras on the market as of spring 2012 and those announced to be available when this article goes to press. Check with the various manufacturers for current availability.—Editor)

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Press Release Posted: Aug 21, 2012 4 comments
Samsung Electronics America Inc. announced the availability of the MV900F, the latest digital camera to join the company’s Wi-Fi enabled SMART line-up. Following the success of Samsung’s MV800, the MV900F also features Samsung’s innovative 180-degree MultiView display, making it easy to capture and share creative self-portraits from any angle. The MV900F’s shooting flexibility does not end with its rotating display. With Samsung’s unique Gesture Shot, which uses motion-sensing technology, users can zoom and snap a photo with simple hand motions from across the room.
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Press Release Posted: Aug 20, 2012 1 comments
Lexar announced its support of the XQD™ memory card specification for compatibility with Nikon D4 and future XQD-based camera models. Expected to be available in the third quarter of 2012, Lexar® XQD memory cards will offer high-speed performance in a range of capacities to effectively capture and store high-quality images, 1080p full high-definition (HD) video, and 3D video content.
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Press Release Posted: Aug 17, 2012 1 comments
OmegaBrandess announced today that they are teaming up with DeluxGear to introduce a new line of protective covers for camera lenses. But, these are no ordinarycovers. The new patent-pending Lens BumperTM absorbs impact and prevents scrapes, scratches, dents and cracks to the lenses so photographers can walk through the woods, wade through wedding reception tables, or accidentally drop their lenses, without worrying about the lens being harmed.
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Press Release Posted: Aug 16, 2012 1 comments
HARMAN helps photographers and collectors identify images created on black and white real silver gelatin fine art photographic paperswith the introduction of stamps that can be used to certify the origin.

All packs of ILFORD PHOTO black and white fibre base paper will now include a set of 18 stamps intended to help photographers market their work as a genuine silver gelatin fine art print.

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Press Release Posted: Aug 15, 2012 1 comments
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd has announced the launch of the EX2F, the latest model in its growing range of Wi-Fi-enabled Smart Cameras. Following the success of the EX1 with F1.8 lens, the new model is engineered to deliver super-bright photography thanks to its F1.4 lens, the brightest in any compact camera. The high image and video quality of the EX2F also comes with the advantage of being able to store and share images remotely using Wi-Fi functionality. Encompassing Full Manual Control in a strong but lightweight body, the EX2F is ideal for DSLR-owners looking for more portable equipment to capture images spontaneously and subtly, and for photographers looking for a step-up in quality from their point-and-shoot whilst retaining ease-of-use and portability.
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Press Release Posted: Aug 14, 2012 1 comments
ScanDigital.com announced a nationwide campaign aimed towards assisting Colorado residents affected by the recent wildfires. With over 30,000 people evacuated, and more than 300 homes already destroyed by the fires, this tragedy has become a national focus. The magnitude of the event coupled with ScanDigital’s personal connection to Colorado compelled the Company to do something to help the impacted communities.

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Press Release Posted: Aug 13, 2012 1 comments
Harman technology Limited is pleased to announce the Ilford Photo Student Photographic Competition 2012. The competition is open to all students aged 16 and over undertaking full or part-time professional photography training at a USA based high school, college or university.

Judged by renowned photographer and author Henry Horenstein the theme for the competition is "Family".

With no detailed brief, Henry will be looking for imagesthat are original and imaginative. All images must be printed on Ilford Photo black and white darkroom paper, and there is no limit to the number of entries that can be submitted by any student.

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Press Release Posted: Aug 10, 2012 1 comments
SeaLife has announced the introduction of its new Fisheye Wide Angle Lens, the company’s widest angle and most advanced external lens to date.

The SeaLife Fisheye Wide Angle Lens allows the underwater photographer to come very close to the subject and capture all of its amazing surroundings by increasing the field of view by an astounding 80 percent. With its universal-fit design, it quickly and easily snaps onto any SeaLife DC-series camera for breathtaking seascape images, and it creates a 16mm effective focal length when attached to the DC1400 digital underwater camera. That’s an increase from 61 degrees to 111 degrees with the Fisheye Wide Angle Lens attached to the DC1400. On the DC1200, you can almost instantly increase your standard 44-degree field of view to 86 degrees.

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Press Release Posted: Aug 09, 2012 1 comments
The Tiffen Company unveiled its redesigned Davis & Sanford Magnum XG13 Tripod and FX13 Head. The advanced, state-of-the-art Magnum XG13 Tripod supports professional DSLR and video shoots. The new design is manufactured with high-quality aluminum alloy and is precisely machined to offer the quality and strength demanded by photographers and videographers. The Davis & Sanford tripod’s switchable counterbalance helps keep the camera stable on the platform while the photographer/videographer’s hands are not controlling the camera with the option to turn off counterbalance to enhance certain shooting styles.

Shipped with the Magnum XG13, the FX13 Head is manufactured with the new Davis & Sanford advanced, built-in fluid system. The fluid system is ideal for DSLR shoots in video mode as well as shooting stills of fast-moving subjects like birds. The FX13 Head also incorporates a switchable counterbalance system to prevent camera dumping and a long and short quick-release plate for video and still photography variable balance control.

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Press Release Posted: Aug 08, 2012 2 comments
Polaroid introduces the Z2300 instant digital camera, the newest addition to the Polaroid instant digital camera line. The Z2300 features an integrated printer with ZINK Technology, enabling users to instantly capture, edit and in less than a minute print full color, 2x3” prints. Along with the ability to easily upload images to any social media platform, the Z2300 combines a compact form factor with a host of fun, easy-to-use features to create the ultimate social media machine. The camera is available in white and black and houses a 10 megapixel image sensor. The large 3.0” LCD display makes it easy to frame and review images and capture video in virtually any setting.
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Press Release Posted: Aug 07, 2012 1 comments
Sigma Corporation of America has announced that the Sigma DP2 Merrill compact digital camera will be available in the United States on July 12 for the street price of $999.

This upgraded, high-resolution, compact digital camera with a fixed lens is named in honor of Richard “Dick” Merrill, the co-creator of the Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor technology that powers Sigma’s unique lineup of cameras. It differs from its predecessor, the DP2x, because its resolution has grown by moving from Foveon’s 14.6-megapixel APS-C size image sensor to the 46-megapixel APS-C image sensor found in the company’s flagship SLR, the Sigma SD1 Merrill. The full-color Foveon X3 direct image sensor ensures outstanding resolution, richly gradated tones and images with a three-dimensional feel. A focus ring and custom Quick Set (QS) mode also improve the user interface.

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Press Release Posted: Aug 05, 2012 1 comments
Leading photography software developer Nik Software (www.niksoftware.com) today released an update to its popular Snapseed® for Mac and Windows desktop computers. Snapseed is an innovative photo enhancement and sharing app with a powerful suite of imaging filters to make any image extraordinary. The 1.2 version update includes new features, bug fixes, and a free demo version option. The update is free to registered owners of Snapseed Desktop. Snapseed Desktop normally retails for $19.99, but until August 16, 2012, customers can purchase the electronic download for $9.99 direct from shop.niksoftware.com/snapseed.
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Press Release Posted: Aug 05, 2012 1 comments
At photokina 2012, two of the trends being explored are taking movies with digital still cameras and photography with mobile telephones or smartphones. A large amount of exhibition space, where trade visitors can get more information, is being dedicated to both of these technological trends, which are having such a significant impact on the imaging sector.

Market observations reveal that most of the digital still cameras sold are capable of taking HD quality movie sequences. This is especially true for single lens reflex (SLR) cameras and system cameras. Today 9% of professional photographers consider the movie function essential, over 50% consider it to be useful, and three quarters of professionals think it's at least relevant. In order to highlight the growing importance of filming with digital SLR (DSLR) and system cameras, photokina 2012 is dedicating a showcase area to this segment in hall 4.1. Under the name "shoot movie", this space offers suppliers an optimal setting for presenting their products to the trade public. Because filming with DSLR and /or system cameras is increasingly becoming a necessity for professionals users, special attention will be given to their needs. The presentation will be supplemented by a stage program that is tailored to the needs of the imaging professional. The program will consist of discussions, lectures, and workshops. Among other things, these activities will address the issue of what today's professionals can and must do in order to win new clients.

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