Canon Japan has released a series of [rather wacky by American standards] marketing videos called "Alice in Tokyo." The most amusing video for me was "Alice in Tokyo #5." If you only have the chance to see one, I'd suggest watching that one. [Sean]
"Top sports photographer Al Bello (Getty Images) has been working in the photographic industry since 1990 and has thus far won four World Press Photo Awards for his work. In an exclusive interview he spoke to CPN writer Steve Fairclough about his career, his inspirations and how he shot some of his most famous pictures."
Even if the name looks unfamiliar to you, you're probably familiar with some of Bello's work. His most famous image – that of New York Giants receiver Odell Beckham's three-fingered catch – is one almost any NFL football fan will recognize. [Sean]
October 1, 2015 – Nikon Corporation (Kazuo Ushida, President, Tokyo) is pleased to announce that the Nikon Museum will open on October 17, 2015, on the second floor of its head office in Shinagawa, for the 100th anniversary of Nikon's foundation in 2017.
The Nikon Museum is the first facility where the histories, products, and technologies of all of Nikon's enterprises are exhibited.
Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) was established in 1917, and since then has been providing unique value based on its opto-electronic and precision technologies throughout the world.
The purpose of the Nikon Museum is to exhibit the technologies and traditions from our foundation as well as the innovations and evolution of Nikon.
The Nikon Museum will comprise 580 m2 of exhibition space, displaying valuable Nikon products: the "NSR-1505G2A" step-and-repeat system with a movable wafer stage, approximately 450 Nikon cameras from the "Nikon Model I," which is the first Nikon camera released in 1948, to the latest digital cameras, microscopes, measuring instruments, and others that have supported many innovations in science and industry.
In the museum shop, various goods will be available, including items limited to the Nikon Museum such as postcards, Japanese-style washcloths, clear plastic folders, tote bags, original packaged "Nikon Yokan" (a Japanese sweet), and items limited to an online shop in Japan such as tumblers.
Main exhibition contents
A Century at Nikon Nikon was founded in 1917 with the aim of establishing an optical industry in Japan that would not be dependent on European technology. We present you with a broad overview of Nikon's diverse history from its foundation to the present day.
Synthetic Silica Glass Ingot Nikon's integrated manufacturing system that starts with optical materials is a major strength of the company. Our Synthetic Silica Glass Ingot represents the quintessence of optical materials manufacturing technology developed for cutting edge semiconductor lithography systems. This Synthetic Silica Glass Ingot is also the symbol of the Nikon Museum.
Theater "LUX CENTURIAE - A Century of Light" is a symphonic suite composed by the Japanese composer Kaoru Wada, for Nikon's 100th anniversary. Its four movements – "Genesis", "Rebirth", "Breakthrough", and "Ascending" – depict Nikon's first 100 years and its future.
Universe of Nikon From high precision measurements in nanometers to outer space measured in light years, Nikon's product line-up spans a remarkably wide range. We invite you to take part in our interactive image zone to experience Nikon's new universe.
Lens Laboratory The Lens Laboratory, which was supervised by the Japanese photographer Hideyuki Abe, for both children and adults gives you hands-on experiences to learn about the characteristics of light and lenses, the basics of lens design, and other topics. This science space also lets you experience the fascinating world of Nikon's latest lenses for SLR cameras.
Spirit of Nikon We present the roots and spirit of Nikon's first 100 years through the themes "Optics as a source", "In pursuit of precision", "Passing on proven skills", "Quality and reliability", "Consistency and innovation", and "The best of the age". We hope you will gain an appreciation for Nikon's unique origins and its growth as a company.
The current round of Canon instant and mail-in rebates are set to expire Saturday, October 3.
The best time to buy new gear is during a rebate period. While rebates are sometimes extended, there's no guarentee that they will be. Don't miss the opportunity to save some hard earned cash while picking up your new gear; act now.
Here's a refresher of Canon's current rebates:
Canon is currently offering up to $350.00 in mail-in rebates for PIXMA PRO-100, PRO-10 and PRO-1 printer bundles. Cameras that qualify for printer bundle rebates include:
EOS 5DS R
EOS 5D MK III
EOS 7D MK II
EOS Rebel T6s
EOS Rebel T6i
EOS Rebel T5i
EOS Rebel SL1
EOS Rebel T5
PowerShot G1 X MK II
PowerShot G1 X
PowerShot G7 X
PowerShot G3 X
One particular standout deal is the Canon EOS 7D Mark II Bundle at only $1,249.00 after $350.00 mail-in rebate. (thanks for the reminder, Matt!)
DSLR Instant Rebate Breakdown
As usual, some of the DSLR rebates vary depending on whether you purchase the body only or whether you purchase a lens with the body. In a new twist, the EOS Rebel T6i qualifies for a rebate when purchased with the EF-S 18-55 IS STM and Connect Station C100. Unfortunately, the C100 isn't scheduled to be available in the US until after this particular rebate period ends, so that doesn't seem terribly useful.
The EOS 1D X qualifies for a $700.00 rebate.
The EOS 5D III qualifies for a $300.00 rebate when purchased as a body-only or with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM or EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM.
The EOS 6D qualifies for a $300.00 rebate when purchased as a body-only or with the EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM or EF 24-105mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. The EOS 6D qualifies for a $550.00 rebate if purchased with an EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS USM.
The EOS 7D Mark II qualifies for a $300.00 rebate when purchased as a body-only or with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. The EOS 7D Mark II qualifies for a $550.00 rebate if purchased with an EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS USM.
The EOS 70D qualifies for a $200.00 rebate when purchased as a body-only. The rebate increases to $250.00 if purchased with the EF-S 18-55 f/3.5-5.6 IS STM or EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM. The EOS 70D rebate varies from $400.00 - $550.00 when purchased as a lens (or Video Creator) kit in addition to the EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM or EF 70–300mm f/4–5.6 IS USM.
The EOS Rebel T6s qualifies for a $100.00 rebate when purchased with the EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM, with an additional $150.00 rebate ($250.00 total) when purchased with the EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM.
The EOS Rebel T6i qualifies for a $100.00 rebate when purchased with a standard kit lens and $150.00 rebate when the Video Creator kit is purchased. Rebates go on to vary from $200.00 - $300.00 depending on the purchase of the EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM, Video Creator Kit and/or Connect Station C100.
The EOS Rebel T5i qualifies for a $150.00 rebate when purchased with a standard kit lens and $200.00 rebate when the Video Creator kit is purchased. Grabbing an EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM with a lens kit will earn a $300.00 rebate or $350.00 rebate when combined with a Video Creator kit.
The EOS Rebel SL1 qualifies for a $150.00 body-only rebate and a $200.00 rebate when purchased with a standard kit lens. The rebate jumps to$300.00 when the EF 75–300mm f/4–5.6 III is bundled with a lens kit and purchasing a kit including the EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM and EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM will qualify for a $350.00 rebate.
The EOS Rebel T5 qualifies for a $150.00 rebate when purchased with the standard EF-S 18-55mm kit lens. Adding the EF 75–300mm f/4–5.6 III increases the rebate to $250.00 while the bundling the EF-S 55–250mm f/4–5.6 IS STM with the kit lens will qualify for a $300.00 rebate.
The Nikon European Film Festival is back! We're delighted to have Asif Kapadia, writer/director of AMY, as Chair of the Jury, along with fellow #NikonFF jury members Raindance founder Elliot Grove and Emmy-nominated photographer/filmmaker Pieter ten Hoopen.
This year's theme for short films of up to 140 seconds is 'Everyday Moments' and the Grand Prix is a Nikon D810 plus a networking trip to Cannes. The four other prize categories are Best Narrative, Technical Excellence, Best Student Entry and People's Choice.
Watch as Asif introduces the new competition and find out full entry details at www.nikonfilmfestival.com. Submissions open on 13 October, so start shooting now.
Profoto releases a new firmware upgrade for the B1 and the B2 Off-Camera Flashes, adding workflow improvements and enabling TTL metering with the new Canon EOS 5DS.
September 30, 2015 – When launched in November 2013, the Profoto B1 was the world’s first off-camera flash to do TTL with both Canon and Nikon cameras. Earlier this year, the B1 was followed by the B2. The B2 is smaller and more portable than the B1, but offers the same TTL functionality as the B1.
The B1 and the B2, as well as the Air Remote TTL-C (for Canon) and the Air Remote TTL-N (for Nikon) that are needed to use the flashes in TTL Mode, operates on software that can be upgraded by the photographer themselves.
On September 30, Profoto will release the latest version of the firmware. The new upgrade brings a series of improvements, most noticeable is the one that enables TTL metering with the new Canon EOS 5DS and Canon EOS 5DS R.
Below is a list of all the improvements. The upgrade and the full release notes will be available from that day for registered users at www.profoto.com/myprofoto as of September 30.
Note that flashes as well as Air Remotes have to be upgraded for these new improvements to work.
Added AirTTL Compatibility With Canon EOS 5DS And EOS 5DS R The problem with over-exposure that many experienced when using the new Canon models in TTL Mode is corrected with this new upgrade.
Improved Canon Integration for Faster Shooting in Manual Mode The improvement is especially noticeable with fast cameras such as Canon EOS 1D-X. The improved integration also makes it possible to select TTL or Manual Mode in the camera menu. (This was previously only possible to do on the Profoto Air Remote itself.)
Option To Deactivate Auto Power-Off On All Units Normally the B1 and the B2 shut down after 60 minutes of inactivity to save battery life. This automatic function can now be deactivated from the Air Remote, making it easy to set up the lights well before for a shoot and activate them later by a simple button press from the remote.
Improved Display Sleep Function On Air Remotes In previous firmware versions the Air Remote display turned black after 30 seconds of inactivity. With this new upgrade the display dims down partially after 20 seconds but stays readable for another 100 seconds before turning black.
Minor Bugfixes In addition the upgrades include over 15 minor fixes, making the system more stable and contributing to an even greater user experience.
Image quality results from a second copy of the Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II USM Lens are now available on the site. The new results are shown under lens sample "1". A comparison between the two lens copies is preloaded into the first link.
Go behind the scenes of the Exploring NIKKOR Lenses: Mongolia series with filmmaker, Mike Rogers. Find out how he and his crew set up and establish the scenes using a range of Nikon cameras and NIKKOR lenses.
Phottix has introduced a new wireless triggering system called Laso which consists of a radio-enabled wireless trigger and receiver, both of which communicate using Canon's 2.4GHz radio standard.
That means you can use a mix of 600EX-RTs, 430EX III-RTs and older non-radio enabled EX flashes while controlling them all from the camera without the experiencing limitations of line-of-sight optical triggering.
With the moon as close to Earth as it gets, we'll be treated with a total lunar eclipse, or Blood Moon, this Sunday evening. Those in the mid-to-Eastern United States, South America, Western Africa and Western Europe will be able to see every stage of the total lunar eclipse (about 3 1/2 hours total), with other areas seeing the eclipse during various stages.
This is an especially important event because:
A total lunar eclipse occurring during a supermoon is a rare event. The last time it happened was 1982; after Sunday, it'll be 2033 before it happens again.
There will not be another opportunity to see (or photograph) a total lunar eclipse anywhere on Earth until 2018.
So charge your batteries, put memory cards in your cameras and get ready to capture this especially rare event.
Key Times for Total Lunar Eclipse, Sept. 27–28, 2015