Saturday, May 26, 2012
Friday, May 25, 2012
Thursday, May 24, 2012
The top photo is of an Haitian artist in Brooklyn, the middle one is of a pediatric nurse at Mary Immaculate Hospital, now closed, and the bottom one is of Mother Theresa when she visited Newark. I always liked the contrast between the well fed bishop and the frail nun.
Wednesday, May 23, 2012
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
Hasselblad Drops Camera Prices by Up to 23 PercentThe managers Hasselblad have just made their high-end cameras significantly more affordable by dropping prices on both the entry-level H4D-31 and high-end H4D-60 by as much as 23%.
The cameras are stll out of reach of most photographers.
That may not sound like a massive discount, but considering the original prices of both cameras, it's a whopper. The H4D-31 dropped around $4,500 to a price of just over $15,000. The H4D-60, meanwhile, went down in price almost $8,000 to around $30,500. I can buy a nice car with this amount pf money.
"This price reduction campaign is part of an innovative and dynamic marketing strategy for the company, ahead of the world's biggest photographic trade fair," says Hasselblad sales manager Chris Russell-Fish, referring to Photokina in Cologne this September. "We are determined that more of the world's serious creative photographers will now have unprecedented access to a Hasselblad at a price they can afford."
Monday, May 21, 2012
The micro four thirds system is wonderful but it does lack some fast lenses. Panasonic has come to the rescue with this new lens that allows a 24mm equivalent at the widest end. It also looks well built.
Panasonic Introduces New Micro Four Thirds Digital Interchangeable Lens
According to the press release: Panasonic’s New Premium LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm Lens Offers Exceptional Design, Achieving Increased Functionality for Spectacular Image QualitySECAUCUS, NJ (May 21, 2012) – Today, Panasonic announced a new digital interchangeable standard zoom lens, the LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm/F2.8 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. (H-HS12035). The newest addition to the company’s premium lens brand “X,” which is compatible with the Panasonic LUMIX G Series and complies with the Micro Four Thirds™ system standard, this lens offers a versatile zoom range of 12-35mm (35mm camera equivalent: 24-70mm) and features constant F2.8 aperture brightness at entire zoom range. Suitable for professionals and enthusiasts, this new lens captures a wide range of scenes from dynamic landscapes to available light and studio-lit portraits and features superb image rendering for lifelike textures and crisp edge-to-edge contrast.
The LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm/F2.8 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. lens incorporates Panasonic’s unique Nano Surface Coating technology which minimizes reflections at entire visual range (380nm-780nm), resulting in a dramatic reduction of ghosts and flare for extremely clear picture quality. The lens’s newly integrated POWER O.I.S. (Optical Image Stabilizer) effectively compensates for both small, fast movement and large, slow movement, making it easy to shoot extremely clear photos even in low-lit situations such as at night or indoors.
Boasting outstanding compactness, the LUMIX G X VARIO 12-35mm/F2.8 ASPH./POWER O.I.S. lens is approximately 73.8mm in length and 10.76oz in weight, resulting in extreme mobility. Additionally with a rubber ring on the lens mount, the new lens is designed to stand up against splash and dust making it ideal for outdoor photography enthusiasts. A highly reliable metal mount endures long time use.
The use of metal mounts is such an elementary necessity that the fact that it has to be bandied about in the press release says much about the sad state of lens manufacturing and cost cutting. There's nothing like a well machined metal mount. There's no reason for plastic mounts. It's a foolish attempt at saving money and in screwing the uses. Plastic mount lenses should be avoided at all costs. Look at Sigma, they can manufacture inexpensive lenses all with superb metal mounts and all made in Japan.