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New lens from Fujifilm XF50mm F1 R WR

The FUJINON XF50mmF1.0 R WR will allow you to experience sharpness like you have never seen before. Free from vignetting and the ability to control aberrations, creates precision with extremely creamy bokeh. Auto focus on this F1.0 lens is effortless and the weather resistance removes any concerns that elements can cause. The XF50mmF1.0 R WR is a powerful lens that will change the way you capture the world.

Specifications

TypeXF50mmF1.0 R WR
Lens configuration12 elements in 9 groups
(includes 1 aspherical, 2 ED elements)
Focal lengthf=50mm (76mm)
Angle of view31.7°
Max. apertureF1.0
Min. apertureF16
Aperture control
Number of blades9 (rounded diaphragm opening)
Step size1/3EV (25 steps)
Minimum Object Distance70cm
Max. magnification0.08x
External dimensions : Diameter x Length*1 (approx.)Ø87mm×103.5mm
Weight*2 (approx.)845g
Filter sizeØ77mm

Panasonic launches AK-UC3300 4K HDR Studio broadcast Camera System

Product details

The AK-UC3300 4K studio camera system is designed for professional broadcast use. Equipped with a 11-megapixel sensor, it is ideal for high-resolution 4K video shooting. A 2x HD high-speed video shooting function provides excellent operability when shooting rapid movements such as during sports and live events.

4K Studio Camera that realizes excellent color reproduction with high sensitivity and low noise

The AK-UC3300GJ/UC3300GSJ 4K Studio Camera is designed for use by broadcasting services and is equipped with a large 11-megapixel sensor. Oversampling obtains high-resolution 4K video shooting with a horizontal resolution of 2,000 TV lines while an S/N ratio of 62 dB or more is maintained at high sensitivities. In addition to the 2x speed HD high-speed shooting function, the skew reduction function realized through the high reading speed (1/100 of a second) provides excellent operability when shooting rapid movements such as during sports and live events.

4K and HD multiformat support is provided and simultaneous UHD and HD output are possible. A flexible operation adapted to the application can also be achieved. By combining with AK-UCU600PJ / UCU600EJ / UCU600PSJ / UCU600ESJ Camera Control Units (CCU), 12G-SDI output, TICO*1 over SDI output and SMPTE ST2110*2 output can be supported. A system that supports various next-generation production environments can be created.

Supported Formats

UHD2160/59.94p, 2160/50p, 2160/29.97p, 2160/25p, 2160/23.98p, 2160/29.97PsF, 2160/25PsF, 2160/23.98PsF, 2160/23.98PsF & over 59.94i
HD1080/59.94p, 1080/50p, 1080/59.94i, 1080/50i, 1080/29.97PsF, 1080/25PsF, 1080/23.98PsF
720/59.94p, 720/50p
HD (High Speed)1080/59.94p-120fps, 1080/50p-100fps, 1080/59.94i-120fps, 1080/50i-100fps, 720/59.94p-120fps, 720/50p-100fps

LOWEL® LAUNCHES PROFESSIONAL GRADE CENTURY STANDS

Hauppauge, NY- August 11, 2020 – Lowel®, a division of The Tiffen Company, has launched the Lowel 40” C-Stands, a motion picture and photography industry standard for go-to accessories in the studio or on location. The 40-inch double-riser shaft is outfitted with unique ergonomic locking tri-knobs that offer a firm grip and secure hold. The familiar staggered leg height design allows nesting several stands close together, and fast deployment. Lowel C-stands follow industry standard sizes to perfectly fit on grip trucks or C-stand hangers. When combined with the Lowel grip head and arm, there’s no better tool for supporting light fixtures and light-modifiers like gobos, flags, silks, and scrims.

The turtle-base model C-stand (CTB-40) features spring-loaded legs for fast setup and breakdown and for easy travel and storage. The removable base with a 1⅛-inch junior receiver facilitates exchanging riser sections with accessories like a stand adapter for low-angle lighting or replacing the legs with a runway base for greater mobility.

The sliding-leg model C-stand (CSL-40) features a movable top leg that’s secured by a tri-knob. It’s designed for leveling the stand on uneven surfaces like stairs, hills, and curbs.

Lowel’s Grip Head (CGH-25) provides 5/8 and 3/8-inch holes for mounting grip arms and other lighting fixtures or grip equipment. The 40-inch Grip Arm (CGA-40) features a fixed 2.5-inch grip head and a pin with a flat recess that prevents slipping or rotating when mounting small light fixtures.

Features & Benefits

  • Heavy-duty – designed for loads up to 22 lbs./10 kg
  • Industry-standard size to perfectly stack & store on carts, grip truck hangers or studio racks
  • Aluminum castings with stainless steel Helicoil inserts
  • Captive “no backout” tri-knob handles with hex-nut wrench interface
  • Tapered brass brakes for fast and secure riser adjustment
  • Top riser with a welded knurled baby pin to prevent rotation of grip head or lighting fixture
  • Spring-loaded and welded 1.5mm tube wall thickness steel legs
  • Serrated Grip Head with an aluminum gasket to prevent slipping and sagging
  • Stainless steel Grip Arm with flat recess pin to limit slipping or rotation of light fixtures
  • Choice of Turtle Base or Sliding Leg Base
  • Choice of electroplated chrome or powder-coated black finish

Olympus announces the new OM-D E-M10 Mark IV and M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS new lens.

The new OM-D E-M10 Mark IV is the perfect camera for growing your photography skills. With in-body 5-axis image stabilization, you can take sharp photos and video even in low light. The flip-down touch screen makes navigating the menus easy. Weighing less than a pound, you’ll carry this camera on all of your adventures. Shoot. Share. Inspire.

You’ve started to enjoy photography. Shots from your cell phone aren’t enough anymore, and you’re looking to
get to the next level. The OM-D E-M10 Mark IV is for you. This easy-to-use camera is perfect for developing your
talent and skills. You’ll find features for taking one amazing shot after another. Foolproof technology eliminates
motion blur for super sharp, stunningly bright stills and video — even in dark locations. Take a self-portrait
instantly and share it in seconds. Best of all, it weighs only a pound with the lens. You won’t find a lighter, more
portable camera. The E-M10 Mark IV. Take your photography further.

OM-D E-M10 MARK IV
SHOOT. SHARE. INSPIRE.

Features:
• 20 MP Image Sensor
• Shake-Free 5-Axis Image Stabilization
• 16 Art Filters
• 180° Flip Touch Screen
• Ultra HD 4K Video
• Built-In Wi-Fi
• Built-In Flash

Available Colors: Silver & Black

The body price is $699 available in silver or black, also available as a kit with 14-42 EZ lens is $799.00

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS boasts in-lens image stabilization and weather sealing in a compact and lightweight form. This lens is ideal for wildlife, motorsports, and telephoto macro shooting. Optional teleconverter boosts range to an astounding 1600mm, allowing you to capture details on a bird’s wing from far away!

M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS
THE COMPACT EXTREME ZOOM
A lens with so much telephoto power that’s so compact and lightweight shouldn’t exist.
But it does with the M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS, and you’ll love the
freedom that comes with it. It packs a full-frame equivalent focusing range of 200mm
to 800mm. An optional teleconverter boosts it to an astounding 1600mm. That’s strong
enough to sharply capture details on a bird’s wing from 100 yards away. It’s an ideal lens
for wildlife, motorsports, and telephoto macro shooting. Don’t worry about the weather; it’s
weather sealed. At just 39.5 ounces, it’s no sweat to carry, hold, and shoot for hours.

M.Zuiko Digital ED 100-400mm F5.0-6.3 IS Specifications
Focal Length
35mm Equivalent Focal Length

100-400mm
200-800mm

Primary Genres:

Telephoto Macro
Bird Wildlife

Motor Sports Insect Flower

Lens Construction 21 elements in 15 groups (4 ED lenses, 2 Super HR lenses, 2 HR lenses)
Weatherproofing IEC Standard publication 60529 IPX1

(applies when the lens is used with Olympus splashproof Body) / Dustproof construction

Focusing System High-speed Imager AF (MSC)
Angle of View 12 degrees (Wide) – 3.1 degrees (Tele)
Closest Focusing Distance 1.3m (at all focal lengths)
Maximum Image Magnification
35mm Equivalent Max. Image Magnification

0.09x (wide) / 0.29x (tele)
0.17x (wide) / 0.57x (tele)

Minimum Field Size 202.4 × 152.1mm (wide) / 60.3×45.3mm (tele)
Number of Blades 9 (circular aperture diaphragm)
Maximum Aperture F5.0 (100mm) to F6.3 (400mm)
Minimum Aperture F22
Lens IS Mechanism VCM (voice coil motor)

IS Performance

Lens IS 3 steps*

  • According to CIPA standards. With yaw and pitch applied and focal length set to 400mm.
    Non supported 5-axis Sync IS*
  • IS switch
    ON: The stabilizing function of the lens operates.
    OFF: The stabilizing function of the lens is off. The stabilizing function of the camera operates
    according to the setting on the camera. If you do not want to use the stabilizing function,
    disable the function on both the camera and the lens.

Filter Size Diameter 72mm
Dimensions φ86.4 × 205.7mm
Weight 1,120g (without Tripod Adapter, Lens Cap, Lens Rear Cap, and Lens Hood)
Box Contents LH-76D Lens Hood, LC-72D Lens Cap, LR-2 Lens Rear

Yelp Extortion: It Only Sucks if You Don’t Pay

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When I was a kid, there was a photography shop in my town.  A real mom-and-pop joint, it had been owned and operated by four generations of the same family.  Those folks loved cameras, but one day the customers dried up, and the business died, and the store closed.

This thing was happening everywhere at the time, and a lot of old shops that couldn’t handle the digital revolution and the rise of e-commerce simply ceased to exist.  Nowadays, if you’re lucky, you can still find some small independent stores that still give you good merchandise and warm, friendly service.  Only now, there’s a new threat:  Yelp Extortion.

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Yelp Extortion,

Now with More Filter!

I’m all for the natural order of things. The strong will overcome the weak. Natural selection has its place in business, too, I believe. But there should be some ethics in there too, not because ethics has anything to do with profits, necessarily, but because all business is founded on human relationships. And if you can’t trust the ethics of the person you’re buying or selling to, can you really trust their business?

Now, thanks to the internet (which brought you such amazing things as BitStrips, Gangnam Style, and the MoneyPak Virus) comes Yelp Extortion.

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Cool, but not as cool as extorting small businesses.

In case you haven’t heard about this, its this teensy weensy little thing where some people are claiming Yelp employees manipulate reviews before, after, or during sales pitches for Yelp’s advertising services.

Yelp would have you believe this is the direct result of A.) raving lunatics or B.) people who aren’t happy with Yelp’s status as the go-to source for consumer reviews.

The stories about Yelp Extortion are real. They aren’t coming from raving lunatics (how many raving lunatics run a business successful enough to warrant paid advertising on Yelp?), and they aren’t coming from shady business owners (who need to have at least 3.5 stars and a certain amount of reviews to get the advertising pitch from Yelp in the first place).

Backdoor deals and faked consumer reporting FROM YELP, WHO WANT YOUR MONEYS, doesn’t help businesses and it doesn’t help consumers. It uses consumer reviews (or the guise of consumer reviews) to extort businesses into paying money to Yelp.

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A Yelp apparel advertisement.  Yup.  Gotta make them bucks somehow.

Yelp Extortion is real, and it doesn’t benefit us, the consumers.  It manipulates data and damages the reputations of businesses that can’t fork over the cash.

Are you ready for the part where I recommend the solution?

Stop using Yelp.  Just stop.  I know, I know:  Where will you find a good coffee shop that serves a soy latte just the way you like it?

Let me repeat:  Stop using Yelp.

Walk or drive (or hopscotch or pogo-stick) to an actual business and see for yourself how well they treat customers, what kind of goods they sell, and what the prices are like.

If it’s horrible beyond belief, just do what people used to in similar situation back in the days before Yelp:  get up and leave.

If it’s truly terrible, at least you’ve got an interesting story out of it.

Then when you go home, sure, tell someone about it.  But putting your review on Yelp won’t help the business or other consumers, ‘cause Yelp is just gonna do what Yelp wants in order to make money.

Do you really want to be Yelp’s biatch?  Do you want to be the leverage the company uses on small businesses to further Yelp’s profits?

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Next time, don’t order the lobster.  

I think, at the end of the day, it’s better to know for yourself – and yeah, talk about negative experiences – but there’s already so much crap online to begin with, do we really need consumer reviews that can be manipulated by the same company trying to sell advertisements to the places you love or hate?

Whatever happened to the joy of discovery, anyway?

 

The City Through Your Eyes Photo Contest

H and B Digital, a camera store in Midtown, is hosting a photography contest this summer called “The City Through Your Eyes,” open to New York City students 14-21 years of age. The contest has been created as an opportunity for students to capture their surroundings and communicate just what living in New York City is all about.

The City Through Your Eyes

The contest starts now and runs through the end of September. Students are asked to submit one photograph to H and B Digital by September 30th.

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All submissions must be in the form of an 8×10-inch print, and must have been taken with a camera. Photographs taken with a cell phone will not be considered. Submissions should be mailed or hand delivered to the following address:

H and B Digital / Photo Contest
29 West 46th Street
New York NY 10036

The contest will be judged by a panel of professional photographers.

There will be 10 winners of the contest. One Grand Prize Winner will receive a Canon Rebel T5i kit with an 18-55mm lens (retail value $849). One Second Place and one Third Place winner will each receive a Canon Rebel T5 kit with an 18-55mm lens (retail value $549). Seven runners-up will each receive a Canon PowerShot Elph camera. All winners will also receive a certificate of excellence for participating in the contest.

H and B Digital is also scheduling a photographic exhibition at the end of the competition. This exhibition will display many of the photographs submitted to the contest, and will be open to the public so we can all see “The City Through Your Eyes.”

For more information about the contest, or to read the submission guidelines in full, a webpage can be found at the following web address:

http://www.handbdigital.com/info/City_Through_Your_Eyes

the city through your eyes

The brainchild of Hershel and Benjamin, two brothers who own H and B Digital, the contest endeavors to reveal the best student photographers in New York City today. Through its stringent submission guidelines, “The City Through Your Eyes” seeks to elevate the most passionate and dedicated youth photographers, and to nurture their talents.

Auctionata is Selling Rare Prints for the Next 24 Hours

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If you’ve been longing to get your hands on a Henri Cartier-Bresson, or one of Weegee’s photos, head on over to Auctionata, where (for the next 24 hours, at least) they are conducting an online auction to sell off some rare prints from masterful photographers.

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Henri Cartier-Bresson (1908-2004), Ahmedabad, India, 1966

The digital auction is being held today, June 12, at 6 pm Central European Time.  If you want to get your mitts on some of these opuses, be prepared to shell out massive amounts of cash.  The solitary Cartier-Bresson starts at 2800 Euro.  The estimated value is at 5,000 Euro.  But honestly, it’s probably going to sell for twice that.  Other photographs that jumped out at me as I perused the catalog included several from Nan Goldin and several from Alfred Eisenstaedt.  Weegee is in there too, at an affordable price, I would say.  Even Terry freaking Richardson shows up with a picture of a woman on a bed, legs spread.  The rest of the catalog is breathtaking as well, from landscapes and nudes to street and celebrity photography (including Sharon Tate, Briggite Bardot, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali, and Marilyn Monroe).

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Alfred Eisenstaedt (1898-1995), American Ballet, 1937

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Peter Brüchmann (b. 1932), Sharon Tate, 1960s

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Weegee – Arthur Fellig (1899-1968), Bowery Bum, New York, 1940.  (Dear God, if only I could afford to buy this.)

The whole gamut is astounding, and includes prime examples of classic photography and its more modern counterpart.  If you have the funds, you should probably jump at this chance to own a little bit of photographic (and art) history.

Medium Format Mirrorless

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Rumors have been flying about a medium format mirrorless camera, purportedly being developed by such manufacturers as Sony and Fujifilm.  Such rumors might seem wild, but more than possible given both companies histories.

Medium Format Mirrorless:  Probably Pretty Possible

While I’m hesitant to jump on top of just any rumor that appears on dubious camera news sites, the likelihood of Fujifilm or Sony releasing a medium format mirrorless camera actually seems fairly positive.  Sony’s the innovator at the forefront of the industry, quick to follow up on the success of the Sony A7 and A7r cameras, and the point and shoot RX series.

medium format mirrorless

Given the success of the company’s full frame mirrorless cameras, the impact they’ve had on the photographic community, and the niche they dominate, is it strange to believe Sony could be considering an even larger sensor niche, with greater profit margin?

One thing that might stand in Sony’s way:  that relative dearth of lenses many photographers keep joking about.  Lacking much of a lineup for their existing cameras, this new medium format mirrorless camera might need to sport a mount to accommodate an already-existing roadmap from some other manufacturer.  Bronica Strikes Back, anyone?

medium format mirrorless

Of course, Fujifilm seems even likelier to churn out a medium format mirrorless, especially when one considers the company’s long-running successes in medium format film cameras.  In addition to this history, recent success with fixed-lens digital range finders like the X100 and X20 mean the biggest hurdle for Fujifilm would simply be a larger sensor and (maybe) a larger body.  

While it might be preferable to see interchangeable lenses for a medium format mirrorless Fujifilm camera, it seems doubtful as the vast majority of Fuji’s rangefinders (especially those in medium format) tend to sport a fixed lens.

medium format mirrorless

While all of this is pure speculation, it doesn’t seem too far out there, given the facts, and way the industry seems to be headed, with every manufacturer (except Nikon and Canon) attempting to find their niche.

Canon N100 Review and Samples

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Announced earlier this year at CES, and following the innovative design of its predecessor the PowerShot N, the Canon N100 is nice enough camera with a few quirks that might need working around…or just plain understanding.

Shooting with the Canon N100

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Controls and Handling

The Canon N100 looks and feels mostly like a real camera.  Not that square monstrosity that predated it (the Powershot N).  Gone is the weird shutter-release-on-the-lens design.  Gone is the…well, not much else.  But just be thankful they got rid of that lens design, sheesh.

You still get built in WiFi, but now you also have a rear-facing camera.  Taking these features into account, along with creative filters (and even a film-simulation mode), one can tell this camera is meant to be fun, even if that comes at the price of performance.

Despite this relative emphasis on ease-of-use over performance, we can’t write the Canon N100 off completely:  a 1/1.7” sensor puts it just a smidgen above some of the competition out there, and with some nice IS and a decent f/1.8 aperture when the lens is at its widest (a 24mm equivalent).

In other areas, the performance seems a little handicapped, with a relatively low ISO range (80-6400), no outward controls for rapidly changing shooting modes, and that weird screen that only flips up 90 degrees (Why Canon?  WHY?).

Lens

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The lens on this camera is does not offer a lot of zooming power.  Aimed predominantly at people who want to take portraits of their friends and family, this camera doesn’t really need the zoom range that other manufacturers are putting into their products.  However, if you’re looking for some zoom, the Canon N100 has 5x optical and a little digital left over (though I didn’t use it, ’cause who wants to see that eyesore?).  If you’re looking to shoot distant birds, or photograph people from half a block away, there are other cameras out there that might suit you better.

ISO

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100 ISO

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200 ISO

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400 ISO

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800 ISO

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1600 ISO

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3200 ISO

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6400 ISO

ISO performance on the N100 isn’t terrible, with decent results up to ISO 800.  For dimmer situations necessitating higher sensitivity, I would still try to stay at 3200 or under, as ISO 6400 does show a fair amount of grain.

WiFi

Like most Canon point and shoots with built in WiFi, the N100 is easy to sync to a smartphone using the Canon Camera Window app, which allows transfer to smartphones and tablets, as well as remote shooting and geotagging.  The remote shooting functions were fairly bare-bones with the N100, and silent mode is co-opted by some weird beeping that goes on with the camera when the shutter is triggered.  So, the WiFi isn’t ideally suited for any sort of candid captures, but works great if you just want a basic remote or wish to share photos with smart devices.

Dual View

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The Canon N100 has a rear-facing camera, so you, the photographer, can still have pictures of yourself when you’re presumably photographing your friends.  I don’t have any friends, but I do love Zeikos camera gear, so I shot that with me making ducklips in the corner of the frame.  CLASSIC.

Filters

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Like almost every point and shoot or compact camera out there these days, the Canon N100 also comes with a plethora of artsy filters.  Now, normally these filters suck on small sensors.  Something just seems off, whether it’s the way the image processor handles them, or some curse that befell all smaller sensors by some sort of full-frame warlock.  At any rate, the 1/1.7” sensor and the Digic 6 Processor seem to work in tandem to deliver moderate results, even when using the Toy Camera filter.  (These images were also shot using the camera’s macro focusing mode, which is quite nice, but not as good as some of the competition.)

Image Quality

canon n100 canon n100 canon n100 canon n100 canon n100Image quality on the N100 is surprising to say the least.  Even though I was working with JPEGs, there was still a little room for tweaking, and I even managed to save one slightly under-exposed photograph.  In general, the automated performance seems intelligent enough to do it’s job, while the hardware (and software) give you images with a teeny bit of leeway.  Colors are very nice, and you won’t find a real need for the Vivid Effect unless that’s really your thing.

Conclusion

The Canon N100 is a decent little camera with enough features, gizmos, and doohickeys to keep younger photographers on top of their passion.  Canon has pushed this camera as a “story camera” and there’s a lot going for it in that niche.  The social inclination of the N100, from the rear-facing camera to the built-in WiFi, speaks to the denizens of Twitter and Facebook.  However, a lack of prosumer features, and the half-implementation of some decent ideas (again, a 90 degree articulating LCD…) means this puppy isn’t going to see the audience that the SX700 will, even though both cameras sit at around the same price.

If you’re in the mood to try something new and fun, or you want to be connected while you shoot with your compact, this camera might just be the One.

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