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Canon clarifies EOS 40D, 50D, 60D and 7D AF operation

28 Feb

Canon Inc. has published updates on various of its websites, clarifying compatibility of the AF sensors on its EOS 7D, 40D, 50D, and 60D digital SLRs with certain historic lens models.

The information is best summarised in FAQ pages on Canon UK’s website for the EOS 40D, 50D, 60D and EOS 7D cameras but is also briefly summarized in a footnote on the Service and Support pages for the same models on the Canon USA website. Each of the cameras features a TTL-CT-SIR CMOS autofocus sensor whose AF points — of which there are 19 in the EOS 7D, and nine in the other cameras — are all cross-type points, sensitive to detail in both the horizontal and vertical axes when used with a maximum aperture of up to f/5.6.

However, eight historical models with maximum apertures brighter than f/5.6 at wide angle are nonetheless unable to use any of the focusing points as cross-type. Instead, when used with these lenses, the focus points will revert to detecting detail only in one or other axis, but not both simultaneously. The lenses in question are as follows:

  • EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6
  • EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 II
  • EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 III
  • EF 35-80mm f/4-5.6 USM
  • EF 35-105mm f/4-5.6
  • EF 35-105mm f/4-5.6 USM
  • EF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II
  • EF 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6 USM

The reasoning for this is said to be down to the combined optical characteristics of the AF sensor and these lens models.

 
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PSM Annual Members’ Gathering-cum-Model Shoot

27 Feb

The Photographic Society of Malaysia’s (PSM) annual gathering for its members and invited guests took place at new and very different location, something far from the usual settings in a hotel. Participating members and guests were surrounded by lush tropical palms and a magnificent pond, a place ideal for model shoots and away from the hustle and bustle of the city.The venue in question is none other than the Awet Thai Village and Restaurant, located right in the middle of traffic congested and rather chaotic Cheras (during weekdays).Apart from the bikini model shooting session where 3 models (Charlene, Kaney and Tess) were provided for the members and guests. After lunch, there was the usual prize presentation ceremony as well as lucky draws… courtesy of sponsors like Canon and Nikon. Best of all, the gathering was a chance for members to catch up with one another.

 
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Dominique Chen Showcase @ Feminine Wedding Fair 2011

26 Feb

Dominique Chen presented his latest bridal collection during Feminine Magazine’s annual Wedding Fair that was held at MVEC Megamall.

Among the models that took part were Ethel Cho, Esther Tan, Kelly Jagan, Michelle Lee, Rebecca Lee and Xenia Tiong.

 
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White Elite Showcase @ Feminine Wedding Fair 2011

26 Feb

White Elite Bridal House was among those that presents its bridal collection during the Feminine Magazine’s annual Wedding Fair that was held at MVEC Megamall.

Among the models that took part were Eleen Yong, Esther Tan, Michelle Lee, Rebecca Lee, Xenia Tiong and Zucca Tan.

 
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Money Shots: The Insider’s Guide to Nude & Erotic Photography

25 Feb

Press Release

Nude Photo Guru Michael Charles Shares the Tricks of his Trade in “Money Shots: The Insider’s Guide to Nude & Erotic Photography”

Erotic photographer and adult industry veteran Michael Charles shows amateurs and pros alike how to shoot amazing photos in his new ebook, “Money Shots: The Insider’s Guide to Nude & Erotic Photography.” Weighing in at 165 pages and including dozens of images, “Money Shots” covers every aspect of the field of nude photography.

The book is much more than simply an academic discussion of the equipment and techniques required to take great nude shots. Drawing from more than a decade’s worth of experience in erotic and adult-themed photography, the book is written in an easy to read, conversational style and is filled with behind-the-scenes anecdotes.

“However, ‘Money Shots’ will also be a very helpful tool for professional photographers interested in learning more about the specific art of shooting nudes. In the book, I cover many techniques that are unique to this type of photography and I share hundreds of insider tips and secrets,” he added.

The 50 chapters of “Money Shots” details every aspect of the world of nude and erotic photography. In addition, the book features 65 razor-sharp images that were chosen specifically to illustrate various photo techniques.

In addition to the book, the “Money Shots” package includes four free bonuses:

• A “Quick-Start Guide” that features direct contact information to magazine and website image buyers, a list of online agencies that specialize in representing nude models, and much more.

• A 20-minute instructional video titled “Pics That Click.”

• A selection of 10 audio lessons.

• A legal and printable model release form.

The price for the entire “Money Shots” package is $37.

All materials can be viewed on desktop computers, laptops, and smartphones.

“Money Shots” is available for immediate download at http://moneyshotsbook.com

 
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LaCie Introduces Little Big Disk, Featuring High-Speed Thunderbolt Technology

25 Feb

LaCie today announced the LaCie Little Big Disk featuring the all-new Thunderbolt technology, developed by Intel and brought to market with collaboration from Apple®. Designed to store large audio and video files, the LaCie Little Big Disk will bring a new level of performance to creative workflows with ultra-fast data transfer, complete system backup in minutes, and faster content editing than ever before.

“Thunderbolt technology is a breakthrough in I/O technology and represents the future of mobile computing. Soon you will be able to carry workstation-class power and functionality in compact devices,” said Philippe Spruch, Chairman and General Manager, LaCie. “LaCie is excited to be one of the first to deliver Thunderbolt technology with the LaCie Little Big Disk.” 

AVAILABILITY
The LaCie Little Big Disk will be the first in a range of storage and peripherals solutions from LaCie that feature Thunderbolt technology. The Little Big Disk will be available by summer 2011 from the LaCie Online Store (http://www.lacie.com)

 
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Suzanne Lee wins 3rd Place @ DAYS JAPAN INTERNATIONAL PHOTOJOURNALISM AWARDS

25 Feb

India-based Malaysian photojournalist Suzanne Lee has won 3rd place for her photo of a lone Indian child miner walking up the mine slope at Days Japan International Photojournalism Awards.

 
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Honda riders again the fastest in Day 3 of Sepang Test II

24 Feb

Sepang Circuit’s two-minute barrier for the 800cc MotoGP bike was broken today by Australian Casey Stoner became the first rider to dip under two minutes; accomplishing it on the final day of the second MotoGP test of 2011. However, it was still a second off the mark recorded by top 990cc MotoGP bikes in similar Sepang tests from 2003 to 2006.

Riding for Repsol Honda this season and the only rider to have won all three classes at Sepang, Stoner rode a blistering second lap in the morning session to record a stunning 1 minute 59.665 seconds around the 5.543-kilometer track. Minutes later, he was joined by his team-mate Dani Pedrosa, who also broke the two-minute on his third lap – though the time was not fast enough to better Stoner’s timing. The Spaniard chalked 1 minute 59.803 seconds as both lap times stayed unchallenged for the rest of the session; putting the duo on top of the time-sheet again.

“We had a good day comparing the chassis’ again and I’m happy we have made our decision on which one we’ll use for the season,” said Stoner. “We also tried a lot of electronics with engine braking and found improvements in a few areas, and some losses in others so we need to rectify these.

“The chassis we’ve chosen always behaves in the way we want it to, no matter what set-up we use, we are also able to adapt it fairly easily. So when we get to Qatar in a few weeks we’ll be able to test different set-up’s at the same time and get more track time on it.

“Some changes can be quite time consuming to do, so having the two bikes with identical chassis will be useful. The test here has been very productive for us, we did a long run here today – almost race distance – and gathered some key information. I’m feeling more and more comfortable on the RC212V and I can’t wait to get to Qatar”.

Enjoying a third consecutive day of bright sunshine and clear skies except for the final 40 minutes when it started to drizzle in some parts of the track, another Honda rider Marco Simoncelli of San Carlo Honda Gresini and the fastest rider during the first test in early February, coming in third fastest for the second test with a time 2 minutes 0.163 seconds. On the day that also saw defending world champion Jorge Lorenzo crashed, Day 3 also saw nine-time world champion, Valentino Rossi back on track after skipping yesterday’s session due to illness. The Doctor finished the day 11th on the time-sheet.

He clocked 2 minutes 1.469 seconds – identical to the time of his new Ducati Marlboro Racing team-mate and 2006 world champion, Nicky Hayden. Lorenzo crashed at 12.44pm at the entry of Turn 4; but quickly mounted back his Yamaha M1 machine before riding back into the pits. The Yamaha Factory Racing lead rider finished seventh fastest; covering 48 laps for the day. Rossi’s efforts were blighted this week by flu, the six-time MotoGP champion losing an entire day’s testing having to spend Wednesday in bed. The Italian conceded he was not too hopeful on fixing the issues with the bike’s chassis.

“We couldn’t be satisfied with this test because we didn’t reach our goals,” said Rossi. “Instead, we’re 1.8 seconds back, and our rhythm is also lacking. After the first day, we thought we could do it. We had started well and were able to make the bike work with the hard tyres, which is good.

“After that though, we didn’t take steps forward. Although we have some good ideas for the electronics that I’m optimistic will solve those problems relatively easily, I’m not as confident about the chassis set-up. We tried hard, but we haven’t yet managed it.

“I’m able to brake hard, but I’m still having trouble in mid-corner. It was definitely a disadvantage to only ride two days instead of three because we had to rush at the end and try many things in order to understand as much as we could.”

Team-mate Hayden remained more hopeful about the GP11’s lack in progress. Hayden blamed no major problems, but a combination of little details that prevented him from getting the results he was hoping for. The American praised his team but admitted: “We need to do better than this.”

Hiroshi Aoyama crashed twice on the final day – the first at 11.55pm and needed the recovery team to bring back his Honda machine to the pits. Covering 48 laps for the day and finishing ninth fastest, the Japanese rider crashed again at 16.17pm; and this time needed help from a fellow ride to push his bike to the pits. Having completed two sessions at Sepang, the MotoGP riders and teams would have another test session at Losail Circuit ahead of the season-opener Qatar Grand Prix.

1 Casey Stoner Repsol Honda Honda 1:59.665
2 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Honda 1:59.803
3 Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 2:00.163
4 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Honda 2:00.541
5 Ben Spies Yamaha Yamaha 2:00.678
6 Colin Edwards II Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 2:00.996
7 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 2:01.003
8 Alvaro Bautista Rizla Suzuki Suzuki 2:01.194
9 Hector Barbera Mapfre Aspar Team Honda 2:01.346
10 Hiroshi Aoyama San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 2:01.352
11 Valentino Rossi Ducati Marlboro Ducati 2:01.469
12 Loris Capirossi Pramac Ducati 2:01.493
13 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Ducati 2:01.567
14 Randy De Puniet Pramac Ducati 2:02.386
15 Toni Elias LCR Honda Honda 2:02.410
16 Karel Abraham Cardion AB Motoracing Ducati 2:02.547
17 Cal Crutchlow Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 2:02.757
 
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Self-Portrait Photography Book by Miss Aniela

24 Feb

The Ultimate in Personal Expression

Self-Portrait Photography: The Ultimate in Personal Expression is a new book authored by Natalie Dybisz, also known as “Miss Aniela”. Published by Pixiq, this 176-page book offers valuable tips and advice for aspiring photographers on how to go about photographing themselves, detailed tutorials that answer the technical and practical challenges of self-portrait photography, advice on how to choose the proper equipment and different processing techniques to help create different looks. Available from March 2011, the book sells for US$29.95 in the USA and US$35.95 in Canada.

For availability in Malaysia, check with local bookstores like Borders, Times and MPH.

 
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Repsol Honda riders in Top Three positions

23 Feb

Repsol Honda new recruit Casey Stoner ran a dazzling final lap on the second day of the MotoGP official test to better Valentino Rossi’s best lap time around Sepang Circuit with a sensational time of 2 minutes 0.171 seconds to top timesheet for a second consecutive day. Covering 42 laps for the day and fastest yesterday, the former world champion bettered Rossi’s time of 2 minutes 0.271 seconds, which the nine-times world champion recorded last year on his Yamaha M1 during last day of the second test session in Sepang.

Rossi, however, was not at the circuit to catch that scintillating run by the 2007 world champion as the Ducati Marlboro new recruit had skipped today’s session due to sickness. Day 2 was also a day that the three-man Repsol Honda team send a strong message of their intention to wrest back the world crown as the Australian team-mates – Spaniard Dani Pedrosa and Italian Andrea Dovizioso took second and third spots respectively in today’s time-sheet.

Second fastest yesterday with a time of 2 minutes 1.360 seconds, Pedrosa also went faster today; clocking 2 minutes 0.229 seconds on his fourth lap of the 41 laps that he made today. Dovizioso had a best time of 2 minutes 0.531 seconds around the 5.543-kilometer track. Defending champion and Yamaha Factory Racing lead rider for 2011 – Jorge Lorenzo was fifth  fastest with a time of 2 minutes 0.931 seconds; and was upstaged by his new team-mate Ben Spies, who had 2 minutes 0.824 seconds.

Covering 54 laps, the American was clearly pushing his Yamaha M1 machine as his run ended at 5.16pm after he crashed at Turn 7 and damaged his bike. The American was, however, unhurt from the incident. Turn 7 also took down Karel Abraham as the MotoGP rookie dropped his Ducati 15 minutes before the end of Day 2 session at 5.45pm. American rider Ben Spies dropped his Yamaha YZR M1 20 minutes earlier while approaching Turn 8. He was unhurt. 

The MotoGP riders would have their last test in Sepang tomorrow before going for the final test session at Losail Circuit next month ahead of the season-opener Qatar Grand Prix.

1 Casey Stoner Repsol Honda Honda 2:00.171
2 Dani Pedrosa Repsol Honda Honda 2.00.229
3 Andrea Dovizioso Repsol Honda Honda 2.00.531
4 Ben Spies Yamaha Yamaha 2.00.824
5 Jorge Lorenzo Yamaha Yamaha 2.00.931
6 Marco Simoncelli San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 2.01.033
7 Hiroshi Aoyama San Carlo Honda Gresini Honda 2.01.655
8 Colin Edwards II Tech 3 Yamaha Yamaha 2.01.738
9 Alvaro Bautista Rizla Suzuki Suzuki 2.01.792
10 Nicky Hayden Ducati Marlboro Ducati 2:02.035

 

Team Yamaha Factory Racing’s Ben Spies took a tumble while approaching Turn 8 in the final 30 minutes of the session but was unhurt.

 
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