Saturday, December 7, 2013

Ultra High Resolution 2.5㎛ Pitch Sensors Lens Machine Vision Fixed-Focal Lens Series 7 Models

2/3”6mm F/1.8(Model M23FM06) 2/3”8mm F/1.8(Model M23FM08) 2/3”12mm F/1.8(Model M23FM12)
2/3”16mm F/1.8(Model M23FM16) 2/3”25mm F/1.8(Model M23FM25) 2/3”35mm F/1.8(Model M23FM35) 2/3”50mm F/2.8(Model M23FM50)

Tamron Co., Ltd. (HQ: Saitama city, President & CEO Morio Ono), comprehensive optics manufacturer and a leader company in the security industry, announced the release of 7 models of machine vision 2.5㎛ pitch sensor lens.

Development Concept

Tamron has been long recognized as an innovative source for Mega-Pixel Fixed-Focal length lenses for precision industrial applications such as PCB production, inspection machines and engineering devices, affording them valuable insight into industry needs and trends. Trending higher in recent years and growing rapidly is the demand for substantially higher-resolution cameras, requiring exacting, task-specific optics.
As part of an ongoing initiative to address this need, Tamron has released 7 models specifically for use with 2/3” 2.5㎛ pitch size sensor cameras. By this new lineup, Tamron’s dedication to meeting customer requirements will be further realized.

Main Features

  1. Ultra High Resolution
    • Designed to match pixel pitch 2.5㎛ sensors. Realize high resolution from center to periphery (image height 90%).
    • MOD 10cm (6, 8, 12, 16, 25mm), 15cm (35, 50mm)
    • Low distortion
    • 6 iris blades maintain same performance as 8 blades through a unique iris blade design.
  2. High Durability
    • Optimized focus lock screws for each focal length design.
    • Metal mount and components for high durability.
    • Vibration and shock resistant design maintains the initial optical performance.
  3. High Versatility
    • Newly designed mechanics enable the focus rotation to be larger and reduces troublesome focus adjustment.
    • Designed to fix the mechanical length of the lens, while considering versatility of end-users.

Main Specifications

Model M23FM06 M23FM08 M23FM12
Imager Size 2/3
Mount C
Focal Length 6mm 8mm 12mm
Aperture Range F/1.8~22 F/1.8~22 F/1.8~22
Field of Vier(HxV)2/3 74.3°×58.4° 58.5°×45.1° 40.5°×30.9°
1/2 56.8°×43.6° 43.8°×33.3° 30.0°×22.7°
1/3 43.6°×33.1° 33.3°×25.2° 22.7°×17.1°
Focusing Range 0.1m~∞ 0.1m~∞ 0.1m~∞
OperationFocus Manual with Lock Screw
Iris Manual with Lock Screw
Filter Size M67 P=0.75 M52 P=0.75 M49 P=0.75
Corresponding Wavelength Visible Light
Model M23FM16 M23FM25 M23FM35 M23FM50
mager Size 2/3
Mount C
Focal Length 16mm 25mm 35mm 50mm
Aperture Range F/1.8~22 F/1.8~22 F/1.8~22 F/2.8~32
Field of Vier(HxV)2/3 30.1°×22.8° 20.0°×15.1° 14.4°×10.8° 10.1°×7.6°
1/2 22.1°×16.6° 14.6°×11.0° 10.5°×7.8° 7.3°×5.5°
1/3 16.6°×12.5° 11.0°×8.2° 7.8°×5.9° 5.5°×4.1°
Focusing Range 0.1m~∞ 0.1m~∞ 0.15m~∞ 0.15m~∞
OperationFocus Manual with Lock Screw
Iris Manual with Lock Screw
Filter Size M49 P=0.75
Corresponding Wavelength Visible Light
※Specifications, appearance are subject to change without notice.
※Details as of November 6th, 2013.

Release Date and

Release Date November 13, 2013
Price Open

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Fall in Love Again: New Df D-SLR is Undeniably a Nikon with Legendary Performance and Timeless Design

Photo Pros and Enthusiasts Alike Will Embrace the Lightweight FX-Format Df D-SLR, Which Strikes the Ideal Balance of Classic Iconic Style and Advanced Imaging Technology

MELVILLE, N.Y. – The new Nikon Df is a modern classic designed for those who have felt a connection to their camera, who revel in the idea of going out to photograph an unfamiliar location, and who know the effort and ultimate satisfaction that is part of getting the shot. Announced today, the Nikon Df is a unique, advanced-level D-SLR that harmonizes Nikon heritage and modern performance in a lightweight and very capable FX-format camera. The new Df pays homage to the enduring style and controls of Nikon’s distinguished “F” series of 35mm film cameras, yet features technology similar to Nikon’s professional flagship D4 D-SLR. Released alongside the similarly styled AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition lens, Nikon’s newest FX-format D-SLR presents a versatile and reliable option to help passionate photographers truly achieve their creative vision.

“Nikon cameras have played an important role in documenting world history for the better part of 50 years, and have earned their position as a reliable tool that pros and enthusiasts can count on. The  Nikon Df represents much more than a storied legacy of cameras; it’s more about giving the user a chance to truly enjoy the experience of taking amazing images,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “The design is unwavering, and the features are the latest in Nikon imaging technology. The Df brings together the best of yesterday and today for advanced full frame photographers.”

A Classically Styled, Thoroughly Modern Masterpiece
From a robust feel, to mechanical dials and finely detailed craftsmanship, the Df embodies the very best of Nikon’s photographic legacy. The classically styled camera recalls design cues such as a recognizable pentaprism and top cover, which is now constructed of durable, lightweight magnesium alloy. The top of the camera features elegant yet sophisticated mechanical controls for settings, letting users feel the tactile reassurance of adjustments, such as a familiar click stop for shutter speed adjustment. Additional dedicated dials also control ISO, exposure compensation, release mode and exposure mode, while modern controls are also easily accessible. The intuitive control layout allows for quick and confident setting adjustment, yet retains a solid operational experience that “feels like a Nikon camera.”

The Df has been designed with an emphasis on familiar intricate details made famous from previous generations, including the leather-textured top and grip, along with the body mounted shutter button with a threaded release port. The design also recalls the slenderness of the previous generation’s cameras, making this the smallest and lightest FX-format camera in Nikon’s lineup.

It isn’t all about good looks though, as this enduring design is coupled with legendary performance to create a very capable and extremely appealing FX-format offering for professionals and enthusiasts.  The 16.2-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor of the Df is inherited from Nikon’s professional flagship D-SLR, the D4. The large 36 x 23.9mm CMOS sensor is praised for its ability to produce amazing image quality in a wide variety of lighting conditions. Whether shooting landscapes, wildlife or weddings, the frames captured with the Df exhibit amazing clarity, accurate color and a broad dynamic range. In addition, Nikon’s exclusive EXPEED 3 image processing engine helps propel image quality, yielding images with a natural color and depth, all while enhancing subtle and nuanced tones.

Additionally, like the professional Nikon D4, the Df performs well in a wide variety of challenging lighting conditions with an exceptionally wide ISO range from 100 to 12,800, expandable to a staggering ISO 204,800. The combination of low noise and wide range make this an appealing camera to take on the challenges faced by photojournalists and event photographers, as well as those who enjoy the pursuit of extracting otherwise impossible images using natural light.

 A Feature Set for Passionate Photographers
The Nikon Df is engineered to enhance the experience of taking photos and represents a culmination of decades of experience and feedback from photographers in the field, the studio and the sidelines. From its proven AF system to modern connectivity and legacy lens compatibility, the Df contains the century’s best photographic features for an enjoyable all-day shooting experience.

AF System: The convenience and precision of Nikon’s 39-point AF system is proof-positive of the benefits of modern technology. With 39 selectable AF points throughout the frame for precise focus, the Df also features nine cross-type sensors, and seven AF points capable of working down to f/8. Users can also choose from a variety of AF area modes to match their shooting style: 9-point, 21-point, 39-point, 39-point with 3D Tracking and Auto Area AF.

Get the shot with 2016-Pixel 3D Matrix Metering and Scene Recognition System: This Nikon system analyzes each shooting scenario and determines proper camera settings, resulting in even exposures, accurate white balance and precise AF. To capture action sports, wildlife and other fast moving subjects, the Df has a continuous burst shooting rate of up to 5.5 frames-per-second (fps).

Compose with a 3.2-inch LCD Display and Glass Pentaprism Viewfinder: Users can easily compose through the high-resolution LCD screen or the bright optical viewfinder. The LCD screen has 921K-dot resolution, making it easy for users to adjust additional settings, review images or compose using Live View. Using the glass optical viewfinder, users will enjoy 100 percent accuracy and a bright field of view. What’s more, the shooting data presented through the viewfinder has also been updated and digitized.

Connect and Share Instantly: Another modern touch allows users to connect and share their images instantly using the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter*(1). By connecting to a mobile device, users can download and share images or remotely fire the camera.

Features for Creativity:  Photographing dramatic monochrome or vivid landscapes is easier with Nikon’s Picture Controls, which allow for the customization of color, saturation and tone. The Df also features built-in High Dynamic Range (HDR) to combine multiple shots with enhanced tonal range, and two to five-frame auto-bracketing. For maximum control, images can also be captured in JPEG, TIFF or RAW file formats.

Support for a Storied NIKKOR Legacy: In addition to being compatible with all current AF, AF-S, DX and AF-D NIKKOR lenses, the Df is also compatible with classic Ai and non-Ai NIKKOR glass. Thanks to a new metering coupling lever located on the bayonet, the user has the ability to once again enjoy their lens collections with renewed functionality. Full-aperture metering is also supported.

Accessory System Support: The Df is compatible with Nikon’s Creative Lighting System (CLS), letting users take advantage of i-TTL exposure or fire multiple units remotely using a Speedlight commander. To remotely trigger the shutter, the camera also supports the new WR remote system, as well as the threaded AR-3 cable release, which screws in to the shutter button in the traditional style.

A Classic FX-Format Special Edition NIKKOR Prime
The new AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G Special Edition lens is the result of classic NIKKOR styling combined with today’s optics to create the ideal focal length companion lens for the Df. The design honors original NIKKOR Ai lenses, with colors, texture, and an aluminum mounting ring that is mated to the style of the Df. This lens is ideal for everyday portraiture, landscapes and casual photography, but offers a wide aperture and seven-blade diaphragm for natural image blur and a dramatic depth of field. Despite the timeless design, the 50mm f/1.8G is created with modern AF-S design benefits to give photographers rapid response, quiet operation and excellent sharpness and clarity throughout the frame. 
Price and Availability
The Nikon Df will be available in late November 2013, invoking classic Nikon silver and black color schemes. The suggested retail price (SRP) of the Df (body only) will be $2,749.95*, while the Df and 50mm f/1.8 Special Edition lens kit will have a SRP of $2,999.95*. The AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G lens will be sold separately for a SRP of $279.95*. For an additional flair of nostalgic style, Nikon is also offering black or brown leather carrying cases, the CF-DC6B and CF-DC6S (pricing and availability to be announced).

About the NIKKOR brand
With a comprehensive assortment of FX and DX-format lenses and focal lengths, from the ultra-wide 10-24mm to the super telephoto 800mm VR, Nikon photographers have come to rely upon the NIKKOR core technologies that contribute to their optical superiority. NIKKOR is the brand name for Nikon’s photographic lenses, which are precision crafted to the most exacting standards in Nikon’s own glassworks. In 1933, Nikon marketed its first camera lens under the NIKKOR brand name, the "Aero-NIKKOR” for aerial photography applications. Since then, NIKKOR has been used as a brand name for Nikon’s lenses that symbolizes durability, high image quality and optical excellence.

About Nikon
Nikon, At the Heart of the Image™. Nikon Inc. is the world leader in digital imaging, precision optics and photo imaging technology and is globally recognized for setting new standards in product design and performance for its award-winning consumer and professional photographic equipment. Nikon Inc. distributes consumer and professional digital SLR cameras, NIKKOR optics, Speedlights and system accessories; Nikon COOLPIX® compact digital cameras; 35mm film SLR cameras; Nikon software products and Nikon sports and recreational optics as well as the Nikon 1 advanced camera with interchangeable lens system. Nikon Corporation, the parent company of the Nikon Inc., recently celebrated its 80th anniversary of NIKKOR optics, and announced the production of over 80 million NIKKOR lenses in 2013, creating a new milestone in Nikon’s heritage of superior optics.  For more information, dial (800) NIKON-US or visit, which links all levels of photographers to the Web's most comprehensive photo learning and sharing communities. Connect with Nikon and other photographers on Facebook at and get the latest news and information from Twitter by following @NikonUSA.


*(1) The Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility Application must be installed on the smart device before it can be used with the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter connected to the Nikon Df The application can be downloaded free of charge from Google Play™ or the Apple App Store. For use with Android or iOS mobile devices, please refer to mobile device compatibility and available features at (Android) or (iOS).
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*SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time.

Specifications, equipment and release dates are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Hasselblad launches three new ‘Stellar Special Edition’ compact camera models

Hasselblad has followed up the summer launch of Stellar, its second camera aimed at the amateur and enthusiast market, with the unveiling of three new 'Stellar Special
Edition' compact cameras.

The latest Stellar models offer photographers the choice of three new camera body colours: black, white and orange - and ship with bespoke camera cases in black or white leather with signature stitching and shoulder and wrist straps.

Luca Alessandrini, Hasselblad's New Business Development Director said: "The launch of our Stellar brand in July was a great success and now we are offering discerning customers new options on this outstanding point and shoot camera. Stellar Special Edition models are now available with carbon fibre, padouk or wenge wood grips and come with exclusive leather cases specially designed at our elite Italy-based Design Centre. The latest models will retail at € 2,375 / £ 1,975 / $ 3,175 (excl. VAT)."

Stellar compact cameras incorporate Hasselblad's advanced imaging technology, Carl Zeiss lenses, Full HD video and a 3.6 x optical zoom capability. The camera's wide range ISO sensitivity allows the user to shoot in almost any light.

Stellar is Hasselblad's second camera launch in the consumer photography marketplace. Its first model, Lunar, made its global debut in the spring - and for the first time offered consumers a camera embracing traditional Hasselblad state-of-the-art image capture finesse combined with stunning Italian design features.

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Saturday, October 26, 2013

Carnegie Council International Student Photo Contest, Deadline October 31

Students everywhere, submit a photo to this Carnegie Council contest that illustrates living together harmoniously despite differences.

New York, NY (PRWEB) October 26, 2013 - Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs announces its first International Student Photography Contest. It's part of Ethics for a Connected World, a three-year global education project in celebration of the 2014 Carnegie Council Centennial.

In a world with tremendous diversity of beliefs and cultures, how can individuals and nations live together amicably? Carnegie Council believes that part of the answer lies in pluralism—the appreciation of diversity and differences, with recognition of and respect for shared values. Students everywhere can take part in this project by submitting photography that depicts the concept of living with differences.

All students of every nationality are eligible. Non-students will be disqualified. The minimum age is 13.

Pluralism: Living with Differences.

  • 1st prize: $200 Amazon Gift Certificate
  • Two 2nd prizes: $100 Amazon Gift Certificate
Additional photos may be chosen to create a slideshow for the Carnegie Council Centennial and/or posted on the Council websites.

Join the free Global Ethics Network (GEN) website and find out more:

Founded by Andrew Carnegie in 1914, Carnegie Council for Ethics in International Affairs is an educational, nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that produces lectures, publications, and multimedia materials on the ethical challenges of living in a globalized world.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Hasselblad all set to launch its first retail store

Hasselblad, one of the world’s best known imaging brands, is about to launch its first ever retail outlet.

The company, famous for over half a century for its world-leading, technically advanced, medium format cameras for high-end professional and amateur photographers - and now with an additional portfolio of ground breaking consumer cameras for photo-enthusiasts worldwide – will open for business in Tokyo’s fashionable Harajuku area on September 14.

The new store launch in Japan is the latest move in Hasselblad CEO Dr. Larry Hansen’s extensive new investment programme aimed at making it easier for more people across the globe to own a Hasselblad camera. Dr. Hansen said: “This is a landmark day for us and to celebrate we will be throwing an all-day party at the new store on September 14.

Our latest camera products, including our flagship H5D medium format series and our new and pioneering Lunar and Stellar consumer models, will be on show and, additionally, we have organised a superb exhibition of Norman Parkinson photographs in-store – to celebrate both our new launch and this great photographer’s 100th anniversary.”

The new store - a one-stop-shop of all things Hasselblad - is located adjacent to the Hasselblad
Japan offices and close to a number of well-known retailers and trendy fashion boutiques.

William Penrice, Hasselblad Japan President said: “We are very excited about the growing interest in our products in Japan and this new store helps us to fulfil our promise to enable all fans of our brand to have a chance to own one of our outstanding cameras. Our exclusively designed Tokyo premises include a fully functioning photo-studio, a gallery and a creative space for photographers. We also have a unique display area showcasing the company’s heritage products including examples of our classic V System and space cameras favoured by US astronauts.”

He added: “This is the first time in our history that we will be providing direct sales in store as opposed to the standard commercial protocol with partners, distributors and dealers. This is why our new team in Tokyo comprises only specialists with extensive retail experience. This store launch is a brand new challenge for the company and we are all very excited and enthusiastic about its future. We want people to just drop by whenever they can and browse, not just our latest cameras, but also enjoy a snapshot of our heritage and history.”

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Saturday, August 17, 2013

Alamy and ASPP announce new student photography competition 'My Town, My Way'

The winning image will be published in the ASPP magazine and featured on Alamy’s homepage. The student will receive a portfolio review and mentoring from industry experts. Open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students.

All entrants must be students and all entries will be submitted through Alamy. Every entry will be part of Alamy’s 100% royalty student project, where students will earn 100% of any licensing revenue generated from their images, without Alamy taking any commission.

The theme, “My Town, My Way,” was chosen to spark the imagination of students who either stayed in town for the summer or who moved to new cities to continue their education.

Alan Capel, head of content at Alamy, shared his enthusiasm about the project. “We’re anticipating a real range of imagery. We want to know how students feel about their town. We want to see their insights and emotions,” he said. “Even if we have 20 students submitting images of the same place, they should all be different.”

Michael Masterson, ASPP’s National President, added, “We are delighted to partner with Alamy on this competition because we are both committed to supporting students and emerging talent. The ASPP offers a free one year membership to graduates in photography and related fields to give them access to the networking and educational opportunities we offer. This competition is another way to reach that audience.”

Closing date for the competition is Saturday, September 14, 2013. Entries will be judged by a panel of industry experts including photographers, art directors and photography professors.

The project is open to all undergraduate and postgraduate students. Registration and entry information can be found here.

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Sunday, July 7, 2013

Polaroid Announces Fun and Easy to Use Polamatic App For Android Devices

WEBWIRE – Thursday, July 04, 2013 - Polaroid Announces Fun and Easy to Use Polamatic App For Android Devices

Snap a Picture, Apply Filters, Add the Polaroid Classic Border Logo and Share it to Social Media Instantly from your Android Device

San Francisco, C.A.- Polaroid announces that Polamatic, the popular photography app that combines digital photo effects and showcases them in the frame of the Polaroid Classic Border Logo, is now available for Android™ devices through Google Play. With the Polamatic app, users can shoot a new picture or use an existing one from their photo library, add one of 36 frames in the Polaroid Classic Border Logo format, apply a choice of 20 filters, write a caption on the white border, and share their unique, retro photo across multiple platforms. Polamatic combines the camera technology available in today’s mobile devices with the classic look of an instant Polaroid picture.

The Polamatic app was first released for iOS in May 2012, and is now one of the few featured photography applications available on both iOS and Android. Today’s release is compatible for Android versions 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) and above, giving users across over 2,700 devices access to the Polamatic app.

“The Polamatic app allows Polaroid to bring the instant picture look and feel everyone loves and remembers to today’s mobile device user,” commented Scott W. Hardy, President and CEO of Polaroid. “There is something nostalgic about holding a picture framed by the iconic Polaroid Classic Border, and we are bringing that feeling to the digital world. Now that the Polamatic app is available for iOS and Android, everyone can easily capture their favorite image, edit it, apply the Polaroid Classic Border Logo treatment and share it quickly and conveniently on all their favorite social media networks.”

Offered by Appadana Development, an authorized Polaroid licensee, the Polamatic app opens up a new generation of photography enthusiasts to the iconic Polaroid Classic Border. Appadana Development’s Dana Shakiba notes, “You can bring back all of the magic of Polaroid pictures on your iPhone or iPad, and starting today across hundreds of Android phones and tablets.” He added that, “Polamatic makes your pictures come alive with classic Polaroid style"

Users may select from 36 classic Polaroid borders and unlike other photo editing applications, the frames are not computer generated. Instead, they are high quality scans of new, used, and vintage frames in the Polaroid Classic Border Logo format, giving pictures a unique classic style. The app also features 20 photo effects allowing users to apply a number of color and tone adjustments to their pictures. Add a customized caption at the bottom of your Polaroid image by choosing one of the 24 available fonts and additional text customization settings.

Your Polaroid pictures can be saved to your gallery and easily shared via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr or email, making Polamatic a must-have app for bloggers and social media enthusiasts who want to add Polaroid pictures to their posts.

Feature Highlights:
  • Easy to use, intuitive interface produces quality edits in seconds
  • 36 authentic frames in the Polaroid Classic Border Logo format
  • 20 photo effects for innovative pictures
  • Easily share via Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Tumblr or email
  • Control flash, grid, and front or rear camera
  • High resolution output - 2282 x 2271px
 Polamatic 1.0 for Android is $1.99 (USD) and available worldwide through Google Play as well as the Apple App Store in the Photography category. For more information, visit

The Polaroid Brand
Across several generations, people regard Polaroid as one of the most trusted, well-respected and recognizable brands when it comes to technology. The history of Polaroid began 75 years ago, with its roots stemming back to Polaroid instant film, cameras and camera accessories – thus was the introduction of the famous Polaroid Classic Border Logo which is still recognized today as a true landmark of photography.
In recent years, Polaroid has expanded its range of products in consumer electronics and photography, such as instant and digital cameras, high-definition camcorders, mobile printers, tablets, flat-screen TVs and more. People can expect to see new Polaroid products that will deliver the fun, instant gratification and value that the brand has long stood. For more information, visit or

Polaroid, Polaroid & Pixel, Polamatic, Polaroid Color Spectrum and Polaroid Classic Border Logo are trademarks of PLR IP Holdings, LLC, used under license.

About Appadana Development
Based in San Francisco, California, Appadana Development was founded by Dana Shakiba in 2011. Appadana Development focuses on building mobile apps across a wide variety of platforms. With a focus on apps that combine unique designs with excellent technical implementation, Appadana Development values building quality applications and always responding to the needs of their customers. For more information visit:

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

New Version: Photo-Infos iPhone App

On May 30th 2010 I came out with the first version of the iPhone App "Photo-Infos". And finally on June 8th 2013 there is an update version. AppMakr the service that I used to create the app will stop it service within the next few week. So it was time for me to fix some problems with the app, as long as I can. 

What is new?

  • UI is improved
  • Twitter stream to @hlehnerer (Photog) is fixed
  • Twitter stream to @togtipdelas (Deals) is fixed
  • Share function was added
  • other bug fixes so that the app runs more stable

Hope you will continue to enjoy the app. You can find the app Photo-Infos on iTunes at

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Sunday, May 26, 2013

onOne Software Announces onOne Labs

New Web Page Provides Customers the Opportunity to Preview and Provide Feedback on Pending Technologies and Products

PORTLAND, OR--(Marketwired - May 21, 2013) - onOne Software, Inc., the leading developer and provider of photo effects for everyone, has announced onOne Labs, a blog that lists new technologies and products being considered for development in the effort to gauge interest and solicit customer feedback. onOne Labs will allow visitors to learn about development projects, note their interest level, and offer constructive comments.

onOne Labs will allow visitors to directly engage with onOne Software in a collaborative development process and voice what's important for their digital photography and image editing needs. Projects discussed will range from those early in the concept stage to those in the very beginning of development to those that are near completion. Projects will also be updated throughout their development to elicit additional feedback.

"Customer input has always been a key factor in the development of our product offerings," said Craig Keudell, president of onOne Software. "In the past, we have gained tremendous insight from our customers about their wants and needs through occasional phone calls, emails, surveys, and conversations at conferences. Going forward, we'd like to have an ongoing and direct conversation with our customers to make sure we are meeting their expectations and building the best products for their photography needs. We already have a number of exciting things in the works, which we believe will become great additions to our line up especially after getting customer feedback via these Labs."

The onOne Labs currently includes discussions about features now in development for the next version of Perfect Photo Suite -- including a Quick View Browser and a new Perfect Enhance module -- and new product offerings, such as one currently referred to as Lightpad. These projects are listed with descriptions and may include visual mock-ups or videos to further describe them. Each of these are now listed in the onOne Labs awaiting feedback.

The onOne Labs blog may be found at Inquiries and suggestions related to onOne Labs development projects but not listed there may be emailed to

General Press Inquiries:
Online Press Center:
onOne Software Blog:

About onOne Software, Inc.
onOne Software, Inc., is a leading developer of photo effects software and apps for anyone who enjoys making their pictures look great. onOne Software products include effects and presets that enhance and stylize images with sought-after photographic looks of yesterday and today, and powerful photo editing tools that allow users to fine tune effects to create personalized and unique looks of their own. Our apps are designed to help users create amazing images wherever and whenever they are taking pictures, on any device.

onOne Software solutions include a range of easy-to-use desktop standalone applications; plug-in software for Adobe Photoshop, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop Lightroom, and Apple Aperture; apps for the iPhone and iPad; and presets for Lightroom. Founded in 2005, onOne Software is a privately held company located in Portland, Oregon. For additional information, visit

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Saturday, May 18, 2013

Canon U.S.A. Announces The Availability Of The Versatile EF 200-400mm F/4L IS USM Extender 1.4X Super-Telephoto Zoom Lens

Award-Winning Photographer Shares First-Hand Experiences with the EF 200-400mm F/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens

MELVILLE, N.Y., May 14, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a dynamic new super-telephoto zoom lens, the EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x. Designed for use with all Canon EOS Digital SLR cameras, the new L-series lens has an integrated 1.4x focal length extender and high-performance Image Stabilization technology, offering exceptional shooting flexibility and range, ideal for sports or wildlife photography.

The new EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x zoom lens features an optically matched built-in 1.4x extender that increases the maximum focal length to 560mm, simultaneously preserving image quality and enabling the seamless capture of distant, moving subjects. With a simple switch, photographers can easily increase zoom range, which is extremely useful when it's difficult to change lenses quickly, and helps protect delicate equipment like a DSLR camera's image sensor in environments with dust, high humidity or other extreme environmental factors.

Peter Read Miller, an award-winning sports photographer and Canon Explorer of Light, recently used the new lens while shooting various worldwide sporting competitions.

"I had the opportunity recently to use Canon's new 200-400 lens at a number of sporting events," said Miller. "I found it to be incredibly versatile, replacing several different prime lenses that I would usually carry. The zoom allows me to control my framing; the autofocus has speed equal to or faster than most fixed focal length telephoto lenses and the ability to engage the 1.4 extender without taking my eye away from the camera is a unique feature not found in any other telephoto lens available today."

To help deliver beautiful, soft, image backgrounds, the lens features a 9-blade circular aperture. The lens also utilizes inner focusing, ring USM, a high-speed CPU and optimized AF algorithms for fast and accurate autofocusing. Quiet and smooth focus shifts - essential for filmmaking - are made possible with Canon's Power Focus mode.

Using advanced optical materials such as fluorite crystal and UD glass, the new lens provides excellent correction of chromatic aberration throughout the entire zoom range, and delivers high-quality images with high levels of resolution, color fidelity and contrast. With three image stabilization modes, (standard, panning, and during exposure only) and stabilization effective up to four shutter speed steps, the new EF 200-400mm lens provides excellent results for a wide range of subjects and shooting scenarios. The new lens also includes dust- and water-resistant construction designed for extended usage under harsh conditions.

"The EF 200-400 along with the Canon EOS-1D X camera body is my new 'go-to' combination for shooting sports," concluded Miller.

The EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x zoom lens is expected to be available at the end of May for an estimated retail price of $11,799.00.

For more information about Canon's new EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Extender 1.4x lens, and a full list of product specifications, visit
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Showcase your images to the photography world

Zizics is a free to join website that allows members to upload their images for display to the general public. Our goal is to create a friendly community of like minded people who have an interest in photography from all over the world. We want to be a place where people can get inspiration and exchange ideas.

Joining is very simple, there are just a few fields to fill out with the option to fill out more if you want to tell people more about yourself. We recommend filling out your location so that people can find you using our search page.

Once you’ve joined you can start uploading images. Our upload page allows you to add multiple images at once. When an image has been uploaded you can add more information about the image such as title, description and tags. If your image contains metadata relating to these fields we will automatically populate the fields with this information. You can choose to allow other members to have the functionality to comment on your images.

We welcome comments or suggestions from anyone about the site or how it can be improved. There is a ‘contact us’ link at the bottom of any page.

Our URL is Please come and take a look around. We hope you like what you see and we hope to see you there.

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End of the line for the Hasselblad V System

Hasselblad is to cease production of its 503CW model - the last V System camera in the company's portfolio.

The decision, which comes into immediate effect, brings to an end over a half century of evolution of the company's original camera line.

Dr. Larry Hansen, Hasselblad Chairman and CEO said: "Everything has its place in time. The veteran 503CW combined with an extensive V System range of interchangeable lenses and accessories, was for seventeen years the camera of choice for discerning professionals and aspirational amateur photographers.

But there has been a substantial decline in demand for this camera over the past five years or so and the time has now come for us to reluctantly consign the V System to history. In so doing we would like to thank all fans and customers for both their loyalty and their enthusiasm for our legacy Hasselblad V System."

He added: "Now of course the focus on medium format capture is on our H System - the world's most advanced camera system. The latest generation cameras represent medium format capture engineering at its most exemplary and are well-placed to secure and underpin the company's unrivalled reputation for providing highest image quality and craftsmanship. Additionally we are focusing on new products for advanced enthusiasts."

Hasselblad has confirmed that the last 503CW has rolled off the production line but the company will continue to provide V System accessories while stocks last. V System support will also still be available through current channels.

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Monday, April 15, 2013

Photography’s greats feature in the new issue of VICTOR

Hasselblad's VICTOR Magazine made a triumphant return to a print format last year, and Issue Two is now available, featuring contributions from the likes of David Hockney, Steve McCurry and Perou.

The brave decision by Hasselblad to swim against the tide last year, and to turn VICTOR Magazine from an online publication back to a printed issue, paid huge dividends as the new-look publication earned plaudits around the world for its strikingly high quality, luxury feel. Not surprisingly VICTOR - Photography Book Two has been hotly anticipated and now it's here, boasting a list of contributors that sounds like a who's who of international greats.

The new issue of VICTOR has David Hockney revealing a word-exclusive triptych, stylishly reproduced as a complex multiple gatefold, while there's also an exclusive edit from Steve McCurry of the Pirelli 2013 Calendar, which he photographed in Rio de Janeiro. Also featured in VICTOR - Photography Book Two is Alec Soth, a photographer known for his monochrome exploration of Americana; Guido Argentini, showcasing his exceptional nude studies; and London-based photographer Perou, who has photographed every celebrity in modern culture from Bill Clinton through to Justin Bieber. Exclusively for VICTOR Perou is also showcasing a collaboration with adidas Originals, an exciting project titled Concrete that features their Spring/Summer 2013 collection.

"We were delighted to bring VICTOR back as a print title last year," says Paul Waterworth, Hasselblad's Global Photographer Relations Manager. "Because we were looking to showcase some of the exceptional photographers from around the world who are using Hasselblad cameras it made sense to use their work within a format that truly did it justice. Issue Two of VICTOR will very much continue that journey, and the book format allows us to capture the full quality of images produced by one of the world's best cameras."

"Establishing VICTOR at the forefront of print publishing and photography titles has been a key aim," says the publication's Editor-in-Chief and Creative Director Stephen Toner, "and we were delighted to see this recognised by the British Journal of Photography in its 'Cool & Noteworthy 2012' review, where they named VICTOR as Best Customer Magazine 2012.

"This is an exciting time for photography, calling for innovation, dynamism and an embrace of the future. But it also requires a respect for heritage and for the expertise that comes from a long history of working at the very highest level, to the most exacting standards. Hasselblad - and all the photographers included in this issue - embody this approach perfectly and this book is a testament to their craft."

True to the spirit of Issue One, VICTOR - Photography Book Two is a large-format, hardback, cloth-bound print title defined by outstanding photography, unique typography and the highest-quality print reproductions. Although its appearance is not that of a magazine at all but of a high quality book, it continues to be priced at a magazine level - £15/€20/US$25 - making it accessible to the widest possible audience.

VICTOR is stocked by exclusive magazine shops around the world, and will be available in the UK from April 15, the EU from April 22 and the rest of the world from May 6. The magazine can also be ordered online and will be shipped to all countries.

You can also visit the VICTOR website, which has been updated with exclusive new online material, and the log-in procedure has been dropped to allow free access to all visitors.

 Head for:
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