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Industry giants to propose new memory card standard

30 Nov

Three of the familiar names in photography Nikon, SanDisk and Sony have announced the joint development of a new set of specifications that address the future requirements of professional photography and video markets. The proposed specifications are able to achieve data transfer rates of up to 500 megabytes per second (theoretical maximum interface speed). The increased speeds will enable imaging and video applications that could not be accomplished using the current CompactFlash specification’s PATA interface.

For comparison CF6.0, released in November 2010, offers maximum performance of up to 167MB/sec. The new specifications’ faster speeds enable continuous burst shooting of massive RAW images. The enhanced performance also allows users to quickly transfer storage-intensive high-resolution photos and videos from the card to a computer.

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Press Release by Sony Corporation

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 specifications that address the future requirements of professional photography and video markets. The three companies proposed the specifications to the CompactFlash® Association (CFA)*, the international standards organization, with the intent to standardize the format.

Professional photography and High Definition (HD) video applications require a new generation of memory cards capable of processing significantly larger files. To address the imaging industry’s future speed and capacity demands, SanDisk, Sony and Nikon proposed a new card specification whose performance and storage capabilities surpass those of existing memory cards. Once accepted, the new format will enable exciting new possibilities in the professional imaging and video markets.

The proposed specifications achieve data transfer rates of up to 500 megabytes per second (MB/sec) (theoretical maximum interface speed) using the highly versatile PCI Express interface. The increased speeds will enable imaging and video applications that could not be accomplished using the current CompactFlash specification’s Parallel ATA (PATA)**** interface. CF6.0, released in November 2010, offers maximum performance of up to 167MB/sec.

The new specifications’ faster speeds enable continuous burst shooting of massive RAW images. The enhanced performance also allows users to quickly transfer storage-intensive high-resolution photos and videos from the card to a computer. The specifications combine high-speed data transfer with low power consumption via a power scaling system to extend battery life.

In addition to industry-leading performance capabilities, the new memory card specifications also meet the future capacity and durability requirements of professional imaging applications. The proposed new specifications has the potential to extend theoretical maximum capacities beyond 2 terabytes (TB), making it especially useful for high resolution images and HD video applications. Similar in size to a CompactFlash card, the new specifications’ access control function and highly durable form factor produce a combination of physical ruggedness and reliability that is indispensable for professional usage models.

“This ultra high-speed media format will enable further evolution of hardware and imaging applications, and widen the memory card options available to CompactFlash users such as professional photographers,” said Mr. Shigeto Kanda, Canon, and chairman of the board, CFA. “This next generation format is expected to be widely adapted to various products, including those other than high-end DSLRs.”

“The ultra high-speed media, which will be realized by this new card format, will expand the capability of digital SLR cameras and other professional digital imaging equipment,” said Mr. Kazuyuki Kazami, operating officer, vice president and general manager, development headquarters, imaging company, Nikon Corporation.

 
 

Getting ready for KLIMS 2010 Coverage

30 Nov

The Kuala Lumpur International Motor Show (KLIMS) 2010 will be held from Dec 3rd to 12th at the Putra World Trade Centre (PWTC). Opening hours are from 11am till 10pm on weekdays and from 10am till 10pm on weekends.

Since I have just recently parted with the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV, and my existing prime lenses that consist of the EF 35mm f/1.4L USM, EF 135mm f/2.0L USM and EF 180mm f/3.5L Macro USM are not that suitable for any coverage of KLIMS 2010, I have secured a temporary loan set from a close friend.

The set is comprised of a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, an EF 15mm f/2.8 Fisheye lens and the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM zoom. And my very own Speedlite 270EX should provide any fill-in flash that is required.

                     

 
 

Hasselblad – Stainless Steel H4D-40 Edition

29 Nov

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New from Hasselblad: the Stainless Steel H4D-40 – as beautiful as it is strong

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 Hasselblad’s groundbreaking True Focus and Absolute Position Lock technology as well as the latest in extended functionality, including an electronic spirit level, previews in tethered mode, and a new graphical information display. With these advanced features, Hasselblad continues to develop the ultimate camera system for discerning photographers.

For more information on the H4D-40 Stainless Steel, please, visit the Hasselblad website at: http://www.hasselblad.de/promotions/h4d-40-stainless-steel

 
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Elise Tan – long hair photogenic beauty

28 Nov

Meet Elise Tan, a photography enthusiast, and a fan of both Digital Camera Malaysia and Digital SLR Photography magazines. And she hopes to own a Canon EOS DSLR one day. Oh yes, she is also a part-time model. Currently based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Tan hails from Kemaman in Terengganu, a state on the eastern side of Peninsular Malaysia.

 
 

Hasselblad H4D Ferrari Edition is Officially Launched

27 Nov

The Hasselblad H4D Ferrari Edition, which was announced during Photokina 2010 in Cologne, Germany, has been officially launched with its RRP made known. With a finishing that reflects the familiar red Ferrari colour known as Rosso Fuoco, or Fire Red, the Hasselblad H4D Ferrari Edition has been created in celebration of two of the most iconic European brands, both of which started their career in the 1950s. Limited to just 499 cameras worldwide, this special edition camera can be purchased for a cool €21,499 (approx. RM103,200).

Hasselblad Press Release

True Thoroughbreds run together

At first glance, sports cars and cameras may not seem to have that much in common. But with Hasselblad and Ferrari, two worldwide renowned companies born from the singular passions of two very unique men, there is a great deal of common ground. A passion for quality, for design, and for performance.

These two iconic brands have now collaborated on the creation of the H4D Ferrari, a limited edition of Hasselblad’s flagship camera. The H4D Limited Edition Ferrari camera, priced at 21,499 Euros, will be produced in only 499 units and will have special appeal to fans of both Ferrari and Hasselblad, who appreciate the innovation, quality and design that symbolize both brands.

Driving the world’s finest sports car changes the way you drive.

And shooting with the world’s finest camera does the same for your images. The Hasselblad H4D-40 features a 40 Megapixel medium format sensor and Hasselblad True Focus (making auto-focus substantially easier and more accurate), and gives you access to the world’s most advanced lenses, the Hasselblad HC/HCD line. The H4D Ferrari has been specially designed to provide the ultimate in both quality and performance. Just as the cars that inspired this special camera.

The Ferrari H4D-40 provides the perfect photographic accessory to the world’s finest driving machines. Produced in the new Ferrari “Rosso Fuoco” and bearing the legendary Cavallino Rampante, the camera comes with an 80mm lens and an exclusively designed and engineered glass display box, and will enable you to document life from the driver’s seat in a way you never before dreamed possible.

 
 

Speedlite 270EX offered at RM299

27 Nov

Canon Marketing Malaysia is offering the Speedlite 270EX at a special promotion price of RM299 for those who plan to purchase the EOS 1000D, EOS 450D and EOS 500D kit set.

This offer is valid from Nov 10 till Dec 31, 2010 from any of Canon’s authorised dealers nationwide. It is only valid with purchases of official kit sets imported and distributed by Canon Marketing Malaysia Sdn Bhd.

 
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Canon EOS 7D Firmware 1.2.3

26 Nov

Canon has issued a firmware update for its EOS 7D digital SLR. Version 1.2.3 fixes a couple of bugs with the ST-E2 Speedlite transmitter and the MR-14EX & MT24-EX ring flashes. Specifically, the ST-E2 used to revert to the default settings when both the camera and the ST-E2 were set to auto power off, whereas the above specified Macro Ring Lites would not sync with slaves while shooting wirelessly. 7D owners can download the firmware upgrade from the website below.

Website to download firmware: http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/firm-e/eos7d/firmware.html

In addition to the EOS 7D, Canon has also posted a firmware version update for the Canon EOS 550D. Version 1.0.9 “fixes a phenomenon in which tone jumps become noticeable in some images, depending on the shooting scene, when shooting with the Auto Lighting Optimizer settings.”  The update can be downloaded from this website: http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/firm-e/eosdigital7/firmware.html

 
 

Digital SLR Photography Dec 2010 issue released

25 Nov

The latest issue of the Malaysian edition of Digital SLR Photography coverdated December 2010 is now available from major bookstores and selected newsagents in KL/PJ area from today. This issue is also the final edition that I am in charge of as the editor. Creative Flash is the main focus of this issue. In addition, there are the Canon Advertorial on Fashion Photography, Fieldtest of the Olympus E-5, a review of the Nikon D3100 by Daniel Lezano and a surprise Christmas gift for new subscribers who sign up in December.

 
 

Happy Birthday, Linda Chen!!!

24 Nov

First met the lovely Linda Chen on May 12, 2004. She was one of the guests on Jie Ling’s 21st birthday celebration.

From that night, my impression on her was this: she’s only keen about my expertise in photography, as told to her previously by Jie Ling. Nothing more.

That’s perfectly normal to me. And expected. That’s how I promoted my photography expertise anyway – from the photos I shot, and let the results speak for themselves.

I think our total conversation that night lasted less than 5 words. We didn’t talk much either. I was too busy shooting Jie Ling’s birthday party. Oh yes, she was in the same college with Miss Astro 2003 Vivien Yeo, and both of them hailed from Johor Baru.

Later that year, China Press newspaper had published an unconfirmed news story about Chen been one of those “MIA” in Penang during the tsunami swept. She was supposed to attend one event there as a newly-crowned beauty queen, which she didn’t go. But while people were trying to establish her whereabouts, our maverick beauty was sound asleep back home in Petaling Jaya, and had no idea about all the fuss.

The photo above was shot a few weeks prior to the 2004 tsunami. It was intended to be used as a cover shot to promote the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II in Advanced IMAGES magazine. But the idea of using her didn’t go thru, as Suzanne Lee, an up-and-coming photojournalist,  was chosen for that role.

Chen got married early this year.

 
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National Geographic launches “Africa Collection” range of Camera Bags

24 Nov

National Geographic has launched a brand new luxury range of stylish camera bags called the ‘Africa Collection’.  This extensive collection includes everything you could possibly need for travelling with your camera gear, laptop and gadgets – from pouches to shoulder bags and backpacks right through to wheeled cases and duffle bags.

The range includes:
Vertical and horizontal pouches for point and shoot cameras
A range of holsters for larger point and shoot or SLR cameras
A range of satchels to carry laptop, SLR camera and personal gear
Small and medium rucksacks suitable for SLR and laptop
An on-board rolling bag
Duffle bag
A selection of tote bags
A range of accessories including rain covers, additional padding for shoulder straps and even a rain ‘cape’ which covers both bag and photographer!

So whether you are travelling with a camera, laptop, MP3, phone or a full photographic system, there’s something for every occasion.

The luxury Africa has urban style at its heart, made from tough yet stylish materials, and with fashionable and chic leather detailing.

Prices start at just £10.99 and the entire range can now be bought online at National Geographic’s new UK site:  http://www.geographicbags.co.uk

 
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