"Mars has monopolized the media as of late – and for good reason. 20th Century Fox’s new epic sci-fi film “The Martian” will be released October 2nd, perfectly aligned with NASA’s announcement this week of the possibility of life-giving water on the arid planet’s surface.
Add these recent headlines together and suddenly the fourth planet from the sun is feeling a little closer to home. But long before Mars was a big deal in the news, French photographer Julien Mauve created “Greetings from Mars”– a photo series that captures the red planet through the eyes of a few space-tourists. We caught up with Julien to get the behind the scenes details of the photo shoot, learn more about why he created the series, and see why sometimes the best ideas are a little out of this world."
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.
You may also qualify for $24.00 in eBay Bucks with this purchase.
Note: This is likely a grey market item and therefore not technically qualify for a Canon USA warranty. However, the auction advertises that the item comes with a 1-year warranty provided by the seller.