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Samsung NX11

28 Dec

Samsung has announced its 3rd NX-series of camera, the NX11. The new Samsung NX11 is an upgraded model based on the NX10, compatible with the new i-Function lens, introduced for the NX100. The NX11 will come complete with an 18-55mm i-Function lens, as well as two new i-Function lenses, a 20mm pancake and a 20-50mm zoom silver colour lens. The launch reinforces the company’s commitment to leading innovation in the compact system camera market.

The i-Function lens puts the perfect picture at the fingertips of all photographers by providing an exceptionally easy way of controlling the camera. A typical camera user wraps their hand around the lens when holding the camera, the new i-Function system allows photographers to naturally use their left hand to change settings through a button built into the i-Function lens, without the need to take the camera off the target. Users can toggle between shutter speed, aperture, EV, WB, and ISO quickly and easily by simply using the i-Function button and ring on the lens, meaning easier and quicker configuration while shooting.

The NX11 also has a focus on usability, with a change in the grip design to make shooting easier and more comfortable for users. Additionally, it has a lenspriority mode dial, to simplify searching for the best mode for each lens. The camera makes taking great landscape scenes or pictures of large groups simple by featuring a panorama mode, which allows the user to take panoramic pictures in one press-and-sweep motion. As with the NX10, the NX11 uses the best in class APS-C sensor for better image quality. The APS-C sensor is larger than Micro 4/3 and the larger sensor delivers high quality images, easily.

Alongside the built-in flash and built-in electronic VGA (640×480) viewfinder, the NX11 has a 3.0” AMOLED LCD screen. The AMOLED screen reduces the glare from sunlight so the consumer can see their images under any lighting conditions, including sunlight. The user can also get a more vivid, clearer image through enhanced colour reproduction. The NX11 also provides high quality video with 720p HD recording, and its large APS-C sensor allows the videos to be recorded with shallow depth of field, providing effects that are shown in motion picture movies.

 
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Merry Christmas 2010 from Just Like That…

25 Dec

 Christmas Image

 
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Rollei Designline 3D

22 Dec

Rollei Press Release

Rollei’s 7-inch Designline 3D digital picture frame draws its viewers into the third dimension and shows 3D pictures with a resolution of 800×480 pixels. It’s practical: The scope of delivery include the “Blaze Video Magic 3.0” software that helps to convert 2D images into 3D pictures or videos with just a few mouse clicks on the computer. It is possible to emit an AV-Out signal via TV cable.

Besides its 3D function, the Designline 3D provides innumerable other features that go far beyond the performance of other digital picture frames. For example, the 16:9 frame plays MP3 files via integrated stereo speakers and has an E-book function. In slide show mode, there are seven different speeds to choose from for designing the transition effects. Thanks to an integrated rechargeable lithium-ion battery with up to 3 hours of runtime, Rollei’s 3D digital frame can also be used very flexibly in the room.

The frame design with its black decorative pattern makes it a highlight – regardless of whether it is on a shelf, on the living room wall or travelling with you. It can be optionally operated with an infrared remote control or a touch menu, which only becomes visible when you touch the right edge of the frame.

 
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Paris Hilton presents 125cc team in Madrid

19 Dec

From MotoGP.com News Feed:

Paris Hilton unveils the Supermartxé Racing Team livery in Madrid

Paris Hilton was on hand in Madrid on Saturday to front the official presentation of the SuperMartxé VIP by Paris Hilton team which will compete in the 2011 125cc World Championship.

Alongside riders Sergio Gadea and Maverick Viñales, who will ride the Aprilia RSA machines which were unveiled at the event, the American media personality entertained the attending press by posing next to the bikes which were sporting pink, white and blue fairings. Hilton also expressed her intention to be present at as many rounds of the 2011 World Championship as possible.

The set-up, which is run by Raúl Romero and whose aim is to fight for the final 125cc title before the category is replaced by the new Moto3 class in 2012, will be one based around a vastly experienced and successful team. The sporting and technical director will be Ricard Jové whilst the highly accomplished Rossano Brazzi, who has previously worked alongside Valentino Rossi and Max Biaggi, will be responsible for the preparation of the bikes.

 
 

Canon EOS 60D Firmware 1.0.8

16 Dec

Changes

 

Firmware version 1.0.8 incorporates the following fix.

  1. Fixes a phenomenon in which captured images may become overexposed when using the camera’s built-in flash or an external Speedlite in combination with the lenses listed below:
  2. a) EF300/4 L IS USM
    b) EF28-135/3.5-5.6 IS USM
    c) EF75-300/4-5.6 IS USM
    d) EF100-400/4.5-5.6 L IS USM

Firmware version 1.0.8 is for cameras with Firmware Version 1.0.5. If the camera’s firmware is already Version 1.0.8, it is not necessary to update the firmware.

Fimware 1.0.8 is available for download from Canon’s site at:

 http://web.canon.jp/imaging/eosd/firm-e/eos60d/firmware.html

 
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Kodak Introduces Social Photo Album Creator for Facebook

13 Dec

Rochester, NY, December 14, 2010 — Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK), today introduced the Social Photo Album Creator for Facebook which allows consumers to easily combine photos from the popular social networking site with friends and family, easily creating one album together.

Whether bridesmaids want to combine photos posted on Facebook from a friend’s wedding, or cousins want to share photos from the family reunion, Kodak now makes it possible to collaboratively create that group album, leading to quick fulfillment of fun and unique photo mementos of that event.

“With the new Social Photo Album Creator from KODAK, Kodak has solved the problem of consumers having to look through dozens of different Facebook friends’ albums for pictures of a particular event,” said Rolando Martinez, Retail Systems Solutions Americas Business Manager, Eastman Kodak Company.  “Not only can Facebook users invite friends to collaborate in creating and sharing one album, now they can easily tell their story by making something unique with those memories in a matter of minutes.”

Using the Social Photo Album Creator is fun, and creating something unique takes only three easy steps:

1.  Create your album from your current FACEBOOK Photos

2.  Invite your friends and family to collaborate and add their pictures to your album

3.  Visit a KODAK Picture Kiosk at a participating retailer near you, such as Target, and connect and print from your FACEBOOK Account right at the Kiosk.

The application is accessed from http://apps.facebook.com/kodak-social/. Once accessed, the consumer is lead through an easy and fun process to collaborate with their “FACEBOOK Friends” and create their collaborative albums. With nearly 70% of the more than half a billion FACEBOOK Members being in the US, the solution is designed to be relevant, useful and easy to use for everyone. Once the collaborative album is created, consumers can visit a KODAK Picture Kiosk at a participating retailer to access their FACEBOOK Albums and easily create Photo Books, prints and more There’s no need for them to bring a camera card as all the event pictures are there, accessible from their FACEBOOK Account.

“Today, pictures on Facebook are only fleeting glimpses of an event, but now with our new app consumers can tell their stories collaboratively, which leverages the real strength of Facebook”, said Martinez. “We’re very proud to say that now consumers get the choice of easily making something permanent and special together – beyond simple online picture sharing – where their pictures are, right on Facebook”.

To start using the Social Photo Album Creator from Kodak now, visit http://apps.facebook.com/kodak-social/ where you can also locate a KODAK Picture Kiosk near you

 
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Remote Controlled 5D Mark II Shoots Space Shuttle Launch

12 Dec

Photo: Scott Audette

Canon Press Release

Canon’s New WFT-E4 II A Wireless File Transmitter and EOS 5D Mark II DSLR Accelerate Timely Photojournalism and Help Expand the Frontiers of New Media

Few news events are as thrilling as the launch of a NASA space shuttle. From the thunderous ignition of its rocket engines and boosters to its meteoric ascent into earth’s orbit, each launch is history in the making. Now, as the last few scheduled missions of the nation’s nearly 30-year space shuttle program draw near, their historic significance becomes all the more important.

Scott Audette is a veteran photojournalist who uses Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLRs to capture images of shuttle launches for the Reuters news agency. For the shuttle’s next launch, his equipment will also include Canon’s WFT-E4 II A Wireless File Transmitter and an Apple iPad to help remotely control his EOS 5D Mark II and view its images from several miles away. Best of all, Audette’s system will enable him to download and email Reuters full-resolution launch jpegs almost instantly.

“The ultimate goal in news photography today is to deliver pictures to the client faster than anyone else,” Audette explained. “In the past decade this business has gone from being one of hours to one of seconds. Today, with the Internet and new media, it’s all about whose picture appears first on newspaper web sites, as opposed to their print editions. This business also demands that you do things in the most efficient and cost-effective way. The new connection options and enhanced controls of Canon’s WFT-E4 II A Wireless File Transmitter enable me to remotely control my 5D Mark II camera, and then log-in and choose the one or two frames to send to the client, pull them off the camera, and then email them just a few minutes later.”

Game-Changer
Canon’s WFT-E4 II A Wireless File Transmitter is designed to provide several different connection options for users to remotely connect, view and control the EOS 5D Mark II and quickly transmit image files from the point of capture – via a wireless or wired connection – to virtually any location accessible via the Internet or other data network. It is the key to tying together the technology Audette chose to use as part of his shuttle-photography system, which – in addition to his Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR – also includes a battery-operated laptop, mobile broadband “air card” cell-phone connection, broadband router, and Apple’s new iPad tablet computer.

At a shuttle launch earlier this year Audette had configured his EOS 5D Mark II and WFT E4 II A Wireless File Transmitter for remote access via the Internet, and it was then that he decided to experiment with yet another piece of equipment to remotely connect and fire his EOS 5D Mark II via the Internet. “I was in the lobby of a hotel in Titusville, Florida with my colleagues from the other wire services and a friend from Apple,” Audette recalled. “I asked if I could borrow his iPad and see if I could control my Canon 5D Mark II, which was attached to a Canon WFT-E4 II A Wireless File Transmitter and the other gear 26 miles away in the front window of our trailer at the Kennedy Space Center. We instantly dialed into the camera and were able to control it and take pictures with it. Everybody’s faces went blank as they realized what a game-changer this was for remotely capturing and transmitting images, and we knew it would be perfect for the next shuttle launch.”

Deciding to put his brain-child to the test, Audette used his system for the May 14 blast-off of the shuttle Atlantis, and he achieved the results he was seeking. He conserved power in the 5D Mark II DSLR’s internal battery by using a Canon intervalometer to wake the camera twice each hour, during which time he could control and test the camera. A sound trigger ensured that the camera would capture the launch itself.

“Once I saw that I could use Canon’s WFT-E4 II A Wireless File Transmitter for this purpose, I realized it opened up an unlimited opportunity to put cameras in unique places where they could never be placed before,” Audette enthused. “As long as your camera is powered, awake, and connected to the Internet you can control it and access its pictures.”

Expanding New Media
In addition to news, Audette uses his Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR to shoot both stills and HD video of professional sports. Recent assignments have included directing and shooting a video open for an NHL hockey team.

“The reason I got that gig is because the client likes the look I can get with the 5D Mark II,” he noted. “I am primarily a still photographer, but as the business evolves, so do I. Canon’s 5D Mark II is revolutionary because it enables still photographers to participate in creating new media by capturing both still and HD motion images fairly easily for the same assignment.”

“The early digital cameras made pictures that lacked depth, color, and feeling,” Audette continued. “Today’s digital cameras with Canon’s DIGIC processors, however, enable photographers to create images that look organic and natural. I own lots of cameras, but 90 percent of the time I reach for my 5D Mark II. You can’t beat it. The quality is stunning. The files are beautiful, the video is beautiful, and it’s exciting. Best of all, it lets you concentrate on being a photographer again.”

 
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Miss Astro/Chinese International 2010 @ Sunway Lagoon

11 Dec

10 finalists made it into the finale of Miss Astro/Chinese International Pageant 2010, which was held at Sunway Lagoon, a break from the usual venue at Genting Highlands’ Arena of Stars in recent years. Finalist #4 Tracy Cheong was crowned as Miss Photogenic while finalist #1 Karena Teo made it into the Top 3 as the 2nd-runner-up. 1st-runner-up is Vivien Cheng and the new Miss Astro/Chinese Intenational 2010 is Emily Yap, who also won the Best Talent Award. Vivien also clinched the Body Beautiful title while Tracy won herself the Home Viewer title.

 
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Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD

10 Dec

The Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD is the world’s lightest and smallest 15x travel zoom for DSLR cameras with an APS-C sized sensor. Sporting an ultrasonic Piezo AF motor and vibration compensation for Nikon and Canon mounts only, the Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD is both lightweight and compact, with a dry weight of only 450 grams, and spans a focal range equivalent to 35mm equivalent of 27-405mm (in 1.5x crop factors of Nikon/Sony versions) or 29-432mm (Canon’s 1.6x crop) zoom lens. The Piezo AF motor built into this lens functions according to the standing wave principle, and is supposed to be faster and quieter than travelling-wave ultrasonic motors. The price for Malaysia can only be known later after it is officially available.

 
 

Shakodo Website launches

08 Dec

Alive Co., Ltd., a Tokyo based consulting company, has launched a new innovative web service that is aimed at photographers.  Shakodo is a simple to use and innovative free service, designed to give a boost to the photography business by educating amateur and professional photographers through an interactive and open exchange of real business situations and real prices. While the demand for high quality photos is higher than ever, professional photographers are not satisfied with the decline of their income.

“Professional photographers have a lot more competition out there today and technology has made it possible for talented amateur photographers to take equivalent or sometimes even better pictures than professionals. The main difference is that amateurs are not aware of the true value of their photos and often give them away for free, undercutting the market and leaving, effectively, money on the table,” said Juergen Specht, a Japan-based photographer from Germany, who is also the partner in Alive Co., Ltd. and a co-founder of the Shakodo site.

“We’ve realized it’s as much the fault of professional photographers – who like to blame these talented amateurs – by not sharing their knowledge of proper pricing,” added Specht.

Ken Lee, the managing director of Alive Co., Ltd. and the other co-founder of Shakodo, has this to say about the idea behind the site:

“Being an amateur photographer myself, I often get approached about use of my photos for ‘photo credits’. While asking around what would be a proper price for licensing of my images, the most common answer was an unsatisfactory ‘it depends’. When researching online, most photography business web sites become very vague when it actually comes to pricing.

“As a consultant and coach to Fortune 500 companies, I am often in similar situations and understand that ‘it depends’ is mostly a place holder for ‘I do not know’, or, ‘I don’t want to share’. Nobody is immune to the lack of business knowledge in the fast moving photography business market, where new ideas, licensing models and opportunities crop up daily. Juergen and I quickly identified the need for a new and flexible solution to share business knowledge based on real life cases when they occur,” said Lee.

Photography is one of those professions without any fixed prices; with almost everything being negotiated. Until recently, the photographic market was very isolated and the skill of price negotiation was one of the key success factors for professionals.

With the influx of talented amateurs a market-shift began to take place. With their lack of experience and knowledge about current market rates and not understanding client’s budgets and needs, these talented amateurs have settled for lower price offers. As a result, they have unintentionally undercut professionals while leaving money on the table because they are not aware of the true market value of their photos or services. Shakodo has changed the conventional ‘forum’ standard by creating an advanced Question and Answer service, which integrates a unique Reputation and Award system. Members can earn Reputation points and Awards by asking good Questions and providing good Answers. Along with this, Shakodo also introduces a new Price Slider technology which allows members to set price ranges in different currencies with the ability to have real-time price conversions, enabling members from different countries to compare prices in their native currency. By using the free Shakodo service, photographers are able enhance their knowledge of the business of photography and are then better equipped to properly negotiate with clients.

In summary, the basic idea behind Shakodo is to put photographers back on the “Road to Profitable Photography”.

More information about Shakodo website can be obtained by visiting it at: http://www.shakodo.com

 
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