You cannot take yourself seriously especially when taking pictures. You see, it's actually a very easy thing to to most of the time. I do not look kindly upon those who call themselves "photographers," as if they were some sort of quantum mechanics physicists although quantum theory plays a large part...but i digress.
So at times, it's nice to have some fun. It's not that important, really.
Saturday, November 17, 2012
Friday, November 16, 2012
Thursday, November 15, 2012
These photos shot barely outside my home in North Eastern Pennsylvania show how wonderful the fall is in that part of the country. It's all gone now, alas.
First bit of good news is to that Olympus is still with us. There has been much news of doom and gloom about the future of the company.
Now for the other good news and that is the introduction of a fast F1.8 lens. I love the Micro four thirds system but it really lacks lenses that make is easy to use in low light. This should do very nicely. It's 34mm equivalent field of view should make is ideal as a walk around lens. It also looks fabulous.
The Olympus New 17mm f/1.8 M.Zuiko Lens for their Micro Four Thirds Cameras Is HereOlympus has just introduced a new M.Zuiko lens for their Digital PEN and OM-D Micro Four Thirds camera lines, the M.Zuiko 17mm f/1.8. This very bright lens gives a 34mm equivalent focal view, with a fast maximum aperture for great low-light abilities and pleasing bokeh effect. I frankly hate this term but it's fashionable. This lens is not only brighter than their original 17mm f/2.8 M.Zuiko lens, but it also has their unique Snapshot Focus mechanism, which allows for easy pan focusing with a built-in distance indicator. Being a mFT lens, it is also compatible with Panasonic's G-series of mFT cameras.
There are three aspherical lens elements, including a Dual Super Aspherical element and a high Refractive index lens to help reduce aberrations. The lens is then treated with Olympus' ZERO (ZUIKO Extra-low Reflection Optical Coating) lens coating that should eliminate ghosting and lens flare.
Wednesday, November 14, 2012
It's better than total liquidation. Let's hope for the best.
Kodak Secures Financing to Avoid BankruptcyThere's some great news from Kodak today. The company was able to secure the funding required and has pulled itself out of bankruptcy. The company managed to pull together $793 million and says that it will be reestablished as a commercial printing company by the middle of 2013.
That funding comes with a condition - Kodak must sell its massive portfolio of patents for at least $500 million. The folks at Kodak say that won't be a problem. They'll also be selling off two business units and resolving pension obligations in the UK.
"The additional liquidity from this financing will enable Kodak to accelerate its momentum," says CEO Antonio Perez. "It establishes a clear path for our emergence as a stronger, more focused company."
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
As we have been stating for some time now is the almost foregone conclusion that the traditional camera will cease being a "camera" but will be a "device" that will be used in new ways. It will be a camera phone and a WI FI device all wrapped up in one. The great progress in call phone photo capabilities should be a clue. This joint development between AT&T and Samsung should add more proof to the case. This is what is known as progress and we welcome this development as an inevitable course of events.
Joint camera venture from AT&T and SamsungUS cellphone network AT&T will sell Samsung's Galaxy Camera from November 16th at a price of $499. The Android 4.1 connected camera, which essentially adds a 21x zoom compact camera to a Galaxy SIII smartphone (with the omission of phone function), will cost the same amount with or without a data contract - rather than being subsidized by the carrier, as smartphones usually are. Anyone buying a Samsung smartphone at the same time can receive up to a $100 discount. The AT&T version of the camera will offer a HSPA+ connection, not the faster LTE system.
Because of the high magnification involved, any vibration compensation on a macro lens is welcome news. It's as important as in a long telephoto. So this upgrade is welcome news.
Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Macro Releases November 30th at $849This November 30th is the official release date of the new SP 90mm F/2.8 Di VC USD from Tamron. This new macro lens is an update of the older 90mm macro, and has many technological advancements - such as Vibration Compensation and Tamron's Ultrasonic Silent Drive.
Naturally, the lens has not changed completely. Tamron's 90mm lenses retains it's old optical characteristics that many photographers love and the company asserts that the rounded diaphragm and low dispersion - one LD and two XLD - elements all add to sharp images and superior blur.
This lens will be available in Canon mounts on November 30th. Approximate Retail Value is $849. Nikon and Sony mounts will follow soon we hope. No Pentax Mount?
Visit Tamron's website for more details.
Monday, November 12, 2012
Sunday, November 11, 2012
There have always been those for whom photography was a science. It began with those obsessed with chemicals and those obsesses with finding out all sort of optical "secrets" and would constantly upgrade lenses only to shoot at brick walls. Of course they missed the entire point of photography. These types, with the advent of digital have escalated their techie interests to the point of utter nonsense as they talk about Nyquist theorem as applied to sensors and aliasing filters and all sort of really recondite technical jargon reserved for the initiated. You see if photographs get as real as reality there will no longer be a need for them. But if they are happy who I;m I to judge, I can only point out that in my opinion they are misguided. But we are all misguided to a point.
At any rate, Sigma has come to the rescue of these techies who ca now obsess to their heart's content about such things as micro focus ans other very important topics. Give me a break.
Sigma's New 35mm f/1.4 Lens Offers an Optional USB Dock for Minute AdjustmentsIf you're the kind of super anal photographer that likes to get down to the nitty gritty when making adjustments, Sigma's new direction is going to make your day.
Starting with their new 35mm f/1.4 lens, the company is adding the ability to tweak to your heart's content through your computer via a USB dock. You can update firmware, play with different parameters and even make micro focus adjustments.
The 35mm F1.4 DG HSM is also the first lens in Sigma's Art line. It sports a hyper sonic motor for quiet autofocus, Super Multi-Layer Coating to help in the elimination of flare and ghosting and four Super Low Dispersion lenses that pair with a single Low Dispersion lens.
Sigma's new 35mm F1.4 DG HSM runs $899. The USB dock will be out in the near future - no word on pricing yet.