Monthly Archives: April 2013

Canon Slumps After Forecast Misses Estimates

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Canon reported reduced demand for cameras and lenses and lowered targets for 2013. Looks like cell phones are reducing camera slaes, plus Canon aren’t significant players in the MILC segment of the market.

…[Canon]…cut its full-year sales target for compact cameras by 15 percent to 14.5 million units as consumers increasingly use smartphones to snap shots.

via Canon Slumps After Forecast Misses Estimates: Tokyo Mover – Bloomberg.

Protecting Privacy, Limiting Street Photography

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The right to photograph people (and places) in public is under attack in pretty much every country. We certainly have problems here in the US and there are lots of examples of photographers being arrested for doing nothing illegal. However it seems like they have it worse in France (at least for now…).

Nick Turpin has run dozens of street photography workshops in Europe, but nothing compares to Paris, where his students are often confronted by furious pedestrians who don’t want to be in anyone’s picture

via Protecting Privacy, Limiting Street Photography – NYTimes.com.

Canon U.S.A. “We’re #1″

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Today Canon praised themselves in a press release detailing how popular they have been. Those actually waiting for new product announcements were somewhat disappointed…maybe tomorrow…?

MELVILLE, N.Y., April 22, 2013 – Canon Inc., today announced that the company’s EOS line of interchangeable-lens digital cameras Digital SLR and compact-system cameras have consistently maintained the No. 1 share worldwide in terms of volume within the interchangeable-lens digital camera market for the 10-year period from 2003 to 2012 *1

*1 Based on a survey by Canon.

via Canon U.S.A. : Consumer & Home Office : Press Releases.

Hubble’s view of the Horsehead Nebula

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The Horsehead Nebula as viewed at near-infrared wavelengths (1.1 microns (blue/cyan) and 1.6 microns (red/orange)) with the Wide Field Camera 3 on the NASA/ESA Hubble Space Telescope. The image is approximately 6 arcminutes across and is oriented with north to the left and east down.

via Space in Images – 2013 – 04 – Hubble’s view of the Horsehead Nebula.

RICOH GR an APS-C Digicam

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Interesting new digicam from Pentax-Ricoh, the GR. It’s the smallest camera with an APS-C sensor so far, and at price around $800 it’s among the least expensive APS-C sensor digicams.

GR|PENTAX RICOH IMAGING

(The GR)… is equipped with the compact, high-performance, GR LENS 18.3mm F2.8 (equivalent to 28mm in the 35mm format)…….Equipped with a high-sensitivity, wide dynamic range APS-C large-size CMOS sensor (Approx. 16.2 megapixels (camera effective pixels)). Improved shadow noise characteristics makes a routine high-sensitivity shooting at ISO 3200 possible (Max: ISO 25600)…

via GR|PENTAX RICOH IMAGING.

What are we losing in the Web’s images of suffering and schadenfreude?

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An article well worth reading by Pulitzer prize winner Philip Kennicott

Facebook and Twitter have become vast, voyeuristic bazaars of freakishness and pain, inviting us to laugh at politicians having bad hair days, or a peasant carrying too many goats on the back of his motorbike.

via What are we losing in the Web’s images of suffering and schadenfreude? – Washington Post.

The Photography Pulitzer Prizes 2013

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Two rebel soldiers in Syria guard their sniper’s nest in the Karmel Jabl neighborhood of Aleppo as light streams through more than a dozen holes made by bullets and shrapnel in the tin wall behind them. The dust from more than one hundred days of shelling, bombing and firefights hung in the air. Karmel Jabl is strategically important because of its proximity to the main road that separates several of the main battlegrounds in the city. Both sides (the Free Syria Army and the regime) rely heavily on snipers in a cat and mouse game along Aleppo’s frontlines.

via The Pulitzer Prizes | Works.

Beaver attacks and kills photographer

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I’d never really thought of beavers as dangerous until I read this…

A fisherman enjoying a fishing trip with his friends was savaged to death by a beaver.The man was at Lake Shestakov in Belarus with two friends when they spotted the aquatic mammal by the side of the road.As he inched towards the animal to take a picture, it pounced on him, sinking its sharp teeth into the mans thigh and severing a major artery

via Beaver attack: Fisherman killed by a BEAVER as he tried to take a photo of it by a lake in Belarus | Mail Online.

Richard Kelley Photography F1

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As a young photojournalist, Richard Kelley documented Formula One, from 1972 until 1984. He sought to record simple truths about the struggles and triumphs of the greatest drivers in the world competing to be the best with grace, intimacy, and impact.

This never-before-seen iconic photographic collection is now being offered to long-time Formula One enthusiasts, historic racing collectors, and fine art collectors as mementos of a Formula 1 age and spirit that will never be witnessed again

via Richard Kelley Photography F1.

70MP full frame sensor from CMOSIS

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Interesting new full frame 35mm sensor with 70MP is now commercially available. How long before we see something like it an a DSLR I wonder. While this sensor seems to be aimed more at industrial and scientific imaging than at the consumer camera market, it’s interesting to see that they also offer it in a monochrome version. Might be pretty interesting to see a monochrome DSLR with a sensor like this in it. No photo related performance details, but the 3.1 micron pixels have around 3x the area of the pixels in a high end digicam like the Powershot G15

The CHR70M is a high resolution CMOS image sensor with 10000 by 7096 pixels. The image array consists of 3.1μm x 3.1μm pinned diode pixels which share a number of transistors 2 pixels sharing. The image sensor has 8 analog outputs, each running at 30MHz. This results in a frame rate of 3fps at full resolution. Higher frame rates can be achieved in windowing mode or subsampling mode.

via CHR70M – CMOSIS.