From Digital Imaging Reporter
: August 23, 2016—Upper Saddle River, NJ
—Manfrotto Distribution Inc., Lino Manfrotto +Co S.p.A., Mamiya America Corporation (MAC Group) and Benro Precision Industrial Co., Ltd., announced that they have resolved Manfrotto’s patent infringement lawsuit.
The lawsuit had been pending in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Manfrotto and Lino Manfrotto had sued both MAC Group and Benro. They contended that Benro’s GoClassic and GoTravel tripods infringe Manfrotto’s U.S. Patent No. 6,164,843. That patent is for a photographic tripod providing support in various axes.
Consequently, MAC Group and Benro denied that their tripod products infringe the patent. Additionally, they countered that the Manfrotto patent was itself invalid.
Manfrotto is dismissing the litigation with prejudice. As a result, Benro and MAC Group have agreed not to import or sell the accused product in the United States until the expiration of the ’843 patent. The patent will expire on November 12, 2018. The terms of the settlement are otherwise confidential.
B&H carries Manfrotto
and Benro tripods
has the SKB iSeries 3i-19148DSLR Pro DSLR Waterproof Case
available for $179.99 with free shipping. Regularly $279.99. Product Highlights
- Holds 2 DSLR Bodies, Lenses, Accessories
- Removable, Adjustable Foam Sections
- Patented Trigger-Release Latch System
- Waterproof, Airtight, Submersible Design
- Automatic Pressure Equalization Valve
- Locking Loops For Added Protection
- Rubber Over-Molded Grip Handle
- Pull Out Handle & Wheels
According to the Egami Blog
, Tamron has filed a patent for a 115mm f/1.4 VC lens.
This would be a very interesting portrait lens if it ever came to fruition. Patent Details
- Patent Publication No. 2016-151661
- Published 2016.8.22
- Submitted 2015.2.17
- Focal length =113.000
- F-number = 1.456
has Miops Camera Triggers
available with a $70.00 discount
and free shipping. Product Highlights
- Trigger Camera and/or Flash
- Lightning, Laser, & Sound Trigger Modes
- Smartphone App / Bluetooth Compatible
- Time Lapse Function
- HDR Function
- External Port
- Adjustable Sensitivity
- Color LCD Screen
- Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery
The Miops camera trigger has become an important part of my kit. With the ability to trigger the camera via light (lightning, laser) and sound (bottles breaking, balloons popping), the creative possiblities are endless. [Sean]
From Nikon: August 24, 2016
- TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce that entries for the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 will be accepted between October 17, 2016 and 1:00pm (JST) on January 27, 2017. Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017
The Nikon Photo Contest has been one of the world's largest global photo contests since it was first held in 1969. The objective behind the Contest is to nurture an aspirational community that supports photographers and filmmakers who wish to share important stories and influence the way people think through images.
The Nikon 100th Anniversary Award has been added to commemorate Nikon's celebration of its 100th anniversary in 2017. The Next Generation Award, open to those under the age of 30, has been added in response to the fact that roughly half of the entries in the previous Contest were captured or recorded by those under the age of 30. We hope that this new category will help to further extract and encourage the talent of the next generation.
In addition, world-renowned graphic designer and art director, Neville Brody, is to be welcomed as the Lead Judge for this Contest. With his appointment as Lead Judge, Brody also redesigned the Nikon Photo Contest logo. He had the following to say about his role as Lead Judge. Comments from Neville Brody
"The Nikon Photo Contest is recognized globally as a key place to discover new and rising talent, searching out new insights and rich imaginative power and inspiration. As Lead Judge, I feel that it is my responsibility to continue this great tradition by selecting works that express new ideas and superior quality for introduction to the world. With both excitement and trepidation, I hope that the work performed by other judges and myself will make this a Contest that satisfies all who participate. I am also looking forward to seeing just how participants express their wonderful ideas and creativity through the works they submit."
Neville Brody is known for serving in the 1980s as art director for a globally influential London-based magazine, which received the overwhelming support of a younger generation at that time. He currently serves as the Dean of the School of Communication at London's Royal College of Art, a fine-arts university active in the education and cultivation of the next generation of international artists. Brody was our choice for Lead Judge because he is very influential to so many artists, including photographers, who will carry the next generation.
Just as with the previous Contest, all Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 photography and video categories will accept entries recorded with any digital device, including smart devices, and video entries with a length of 6 to 180 seconds will be accepted.
The theme for the Nikon 100th Anniversary Award is "Celebration". In commemoration of Nikon's 100th anniversary, we hope that entries in this category will cast a light on the many joyful scenes to be found around the world. We look forward to receiving works of "Celebration" that are appropriate for Nikon's centennial, and tell a story that can only be expressed by the entrant.
The theme for the Next Generation Award and The Open Award is "Future". Future refers to a time that has not yet passed. However, this makes for infinite possibilities. What sorts of futures can be described to the people of the world through images? While no one can predict the future, we look forward to entries that provide a connection to the future of the image-making culture.
We plan to announce the Nikon Photo Contest 2016-2017 winners in July 2017, and to hold the awards ceremony in Japan, the home of Nikon Corporation.
For more information including prize schedule, click here