March 3, 2017 - Leica Camera presents new accessories for cameras and binoculars.The product portfolio now features Leica Rope Straps, a selection of stylish carrying straps designed by COOPH, as well as an extensive range of high-quality tripods made by Gitzo, the camera equipment specialist from Italy.
In collaboration with COOPH, a manufacturer well known for stylish and practical accessories, Leica now offers a collection of carrying straps for use with selected Leica cameras and binoculars. The Leica Rope Straps are manufactured from the same robust material used in climbing ropes, and feature trim elements made from Italian leather. These straps are durably strong yet elegant accessories that ensure safe and comfortable carrying of cameras or binoculars. They are available in four colors – Fire, Glowing Red, Night and Oasis, in two different lengths (100 and 126 centimeters) and with a choice of metal split ring or nylon connectors.
Also new to the Leica product portfolio is a range of tripods manufactured by Gitzo. These include the GK1545T-82TQD Traveler Kit, comprising a lightweight tripod and ball head. Thanks to its light weight, this travel tripod, which expands to a versatile maximum height, is light enough to carry almost anywhere and features a ball head designed for smooth and precise motion.
The range of tripods also includes the Gitzo Mountaineer GT2542 and GT3542L carbon tripods, both of which are distinguished by their versatility and extremely light weight. These two tripod models also include the GH3382QD Precision Ball Head for perfectly accurate movements, and the GC3101 Tripod Bag as a comfortable carrying solution.
The GT4543LS Systematic Tripod is also included in the new range of Gitzo products. This particularly stable and extremely versatile tripod is the perfect choice for the demands of professional photographers who shoot with longer focal length lenses.
Thanks to their quick, easy and efficient locking systems, the Gitzo GH2720QR and GH1720QR Two-Way Fluid Heads are ideal for the needs of birdwatchers and wildlife photographers alike. Both of these compact, robustly constructed heads offer outstanding stability and maximum precision.
Consumers can visit us.leica-camera.com for more information or visit their local Leica Store, Boutique, or Dealer to purchase any of the new COOPH and Gitzo designed accessories.
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Magazine dares to display Real-Life Moment
Breastfeeding moms are not a new thing when it comes to magazine covers, but Elle Australia apparently took advantage of a real-life moment when producing its June 2015 cover going out to its subscribers. The cover features new mom and model Nicole Trunfio breastfeeding her baby son Zion Clark. The shot, apparently, wasn't originally part of the magazine's plan. Ms. Trunfio was already booked for the shoot with photographer Georges Antoni. She brought her son along and started to feed him during a break, but the scene was so moving that the mag's team jumped on the opportunity to capture it on film.
"This wasn't a contrived situation: Zion needed a feed, Nicole gave it to him, and when we saw how beautiful they looked we simply moved her onto the set," Elle's editor-in-chief Justine Cullen said on the Elle Australia site. "It was a completely natural moment that resulted in a powerful picture."
Ms. Trunfio's reaction? "When I saw the [subscriber] cover of me breastfeeding, which was unplanned and just natural, I teared up and thought, 'Wow, this is such a special moment where my worlds have collided'," she told Elle.
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Coco de Mer: X from TBWA\London on Vimeo.
U.K. erotic lingerie brand Coco de Mer is known for its risque ads, and in its latest, it goes for full-on erotic bombardment, albeit in a surreal style. The brand teamed up with photographer Rankin and TBWA/London to conceive the film, which will run in cinemas as well as online. It takes the viewer on a rollercoaster ride of sexual images (some definitely NSFW, but they're so brief you might miss them) mingled with seemingly random vignettes of other stuff -- from fighter jets to owls -- as it builds up to a climax and reminds us how often we think about sex. It was shot by an ensemble of directors including Rankin himself, Vicky Lawton, David Allain, Damien Fry, Joe Hunt, Trisha Ward and Bronwyn Parker-Rhodes.
Coco de Mer: This is Not a Rehearsal from TBWA\London on Vimeo.
Coco de Mer: This is Not a Rehearsal
Coco de Mer: Girls & Their Toys from TBWA\London on Vimeo.
Coco de Mer: Girls & Their Toys
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The Fujifilm X-T10 is the latest addition to the X-series line-up, and a little sibling to the high-end Fujifilm X-T1. As such the new mirror-less camera has a lot in common with its bigger brother, including a 16.3 megapixel X-Trans CMOS II sensor, a 2.36 million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder and the recently announced new autofocus modes. However, to reduce the intimidation factor for less experienced photographers, the camera is smaller and more accessible, with an Auto Mode Switch lever for accessing the fully-automatic Advanced SR Auto mode.
The core photographic specification of the Fujifilm X-T10 may well look familiar to those who have previously looked at the X-T1. A 16.3-megapixel APS-C (23.6 x 15.6 mm) X-Trans CMOS II sensor is paired with an EXR Processor II. This allows a wide ISO range up to an extended ISO 51,200 and burst speed shooting at 8 frames per second (fps) for approximately eight JPEG frames. While that top speed matches the X-T1 it's worth noting that the higher-end camera has a bigger buffer and can maintain this speed for 47 frames.
Autofocus is dealt with by a hybrid system which combines contrast and phase detection points to achieve fast and accurate focusing. Out-of-the-box the camera offers the standard 49-point Single Point mode along with the new Zone and Wide/Tracking modes that use a larger 77-point area when shooting moving subjects, which were recently announced for the X-T1 in an upcoming firmware update. It also has Eye Detection AF and an Auto Macro mode. Full HD 1080p video recording is possible at 60/50/30/25/24 fps, and a high bit rate of 36Mbps enables high quality footage.
Physically the X-T10 keeps the stylish retro look of the X-T1, but is smaller and lighter. It comes in at 118.4 x 82.8 x 40.8 mm (4.7 x 3.3 x 1.6 in) and weighs 381 g (13.4 oz) with a battery and memory card, but without a Fujifilm X mount lens attached. Around back there's a 0.39-in 2.36 million-dot OLED electronic viewfinder which allows the composition of images even in bright conditions, has a quick response time with a lag of just 0.005 seconds, and can display the effects of settings as you are shooting. Under this is a tilting three-inch LCD monitor with 920K-dots.
As we've come to expect from Fujifilm X-series cameras, there are plenty of physical controls and dials and to keep advanced photographers happy, though the X-T10 only has three top dials to the five of the X-T1. However, in a bid to be more accessible than the model it's based on, there's also an Auto Mode Switch lever on the top of the camera which can be used to quickly shift into a fully-automatic Advanced SR Auto mode for easy shooting. Here the camera will choose the optimum settings from 58 preset scenes. Another big change from the X-T1 is the inclusion of a pop-up flash.
The new camera also features built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for sharing images and video, or using a smart device running the Fujifilm Camera Remote app to remotely focus using a live display and "Touch AF" and then trigger the camera release. For those who like to process their images in-camera, there are a number of film simulation options, as well as the usual array of filters.
The Fujifilm X-T10 is expected to be available in silver or black from June, and will cost US$800 body-only.
You can check out a promo video for the X-T10 below.
Product page: Fujifilm X-T10
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Leica has discovered a serious bug that owners of the new Monochrom (Typ 246) need to be aware of. The camera’s DNG files have been found to be incompatible with Apple’s new Photos app. It’s not just that they can’t be opened: the files could corrupt your library and cause you to lose your entire photo collection.
In a product advisory first published over at Red Dot Forum, Leica says that loading Monochrom DNG files will cause Apple Photos to “crash continuously on loading.”
“This may cause the Apple Photos library to be destroyed. This means that pictures previously taken with any other camera will be lost,” Leica writes. “As such, Leica Camera does not recommend using the Apple ‘Photos’ App for DNG files from the new Monochrom (Typ 246) until further notice.”
Leica goes on to say that it’s working with Apple to “resolve this issue and develop a solution.” The fix will likely be on Apple’s end though, as Leica says that the next software update for Apple Photos should be free of this bug.
Apple’s new Photos app is the successor to iPhoto and Aperture, so there are undoubtedly a large number of photographers out there who are using the software for photo management and editing. For those who don’t have additional copies of photos outside of Photos, this could be a disastrous bug to learn of through personal experience.
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Canon XC10 is a compact form-factor camera with a 1” sensor that shoots 4K UHD to Cfast and 1920×1080 HD to SD cards in Canon's new XFAVC codec.
There's a built-in 24-240mm equivalent lens with a manual zoom and face detection when shooting video. It runs on LP-E6 batteries, offers a 3.5mm jack microphone input and has a maximum ISO of 20,000.
Intriguingly it's also useable as a stills camera and has a mechanical shutter for taking 12MP stills in photo mode. There's also an articulating attachment for the rear screen that turns it into a viewfinder for judging focus when shooting handheld.
Canon plans to ship the camera in June for $2,499.
Canon's Paul McAniff gives rather lack luster run down on the new Canon XC10. We can only imagine how much more informative this video could have been IF Canon had properly informed and trained there sales rep.
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Sony is not well known for making smartphones or cameras, but it’s playing a larger role in those industries than than many people may be aware: the company’s image sensor business has been growing in recent years. In 2014, Sony manufactured 40% of all the sensors sold across the globe.
The Wall Street Journal has published a fascinating look at how Sony is banking on image sensor manufacturing as one of the core pillars of the company. Instead of focusing on selling Sony-branded electronics, as the company did in past decades, Sony is now working at getting its technologies inside other companies’ hit products.
For example, every iPhone 6 contains two camera sensors made by Sony, and every sale of the phone generates up to $20 for the company, according to the WSJ report.
The latest iPhone and Samsung Galaxy smartphones both contain Sony camera sensors.
Back in February, Sony sorted its different businesses into three tiers depending on priority. Image sensors was placed into the highest tier, and Sony says it’s investing over $1 billion in its sensor factories in order to meet global demand. Sony’s camera business fell into the middle tier.
Although its own cameras may not be the company’s top priority now, photographers have a friend at the top: Sony’s CEO, Kazuo Hirai, reportedly refers to himself as a “camera nut.”
It just remains to be seen whether Sony can remain the leader in image sensors in both quantity and quality. If it can, Sony will have established itself as one of the cornerstones of the world of digital photography.
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Today Leica has announced the new M Monochom (type 246) camera, a follow up to the M Monochrome black-and-white shooting rangefinder. The new digital camera boasts a faster Maestro image processor, 2 GB buffer memory, 24-megapixel black-and-white full-frame sensor, live-view zoom, focus peaking, and 1080p Full-HD video.
The M Monochroms claim to fame is being the first and only digital camera that produces only black and white images without any processing. Leica claims that their camera, without the hindrance of color, provides better images. According to Leica, "The result is 100 percent sharper images with brilliance and detail contrast that far exceeds what color photography can do."
The improvements to the processor allow for up to 3 times faster shooting and viewing on its beautiful 3-inch 921k-dot LCD screen. They've also added full-HD filming, 10x live-view zoom, and focus peaking, which reveals sharply focused edges with color highlights. Other improvements over the predecessor include a new CMOS sensor, a departure from the previous generations CCD sensor. The new sensor allows for a substantial bump in ISO range, which is capped at 25,000.
There is a video featuring Ragnar Axelsson using the new Monochrom here: https://vimeo.com/126365311
It should be noted that this camera will ONLY shoot B&W still and video and with an MSRP of $7,450 it will be the well off that like toys that this camera will appeal to. The rest of us will be content to change to B&W in Photoshop or use a Capture One Pro styles pre-set. The Leica M Monochrom type 246 will be available in May as can be pre-ordered now.
The U.S. Copyright Office has published a call for comments from photographers and visual artists about how their works are “monetized, enforced and registered” and about “obstacles” artists face protecting their copyrights “when navigating the digital landscape.” The U.S. Copyright Office announced the research initiative April 24 in the Federal Register. The written comments are due by July 23.
What action, if any, the U.S. Copyright Office takes as a result of its research remains to be seen. “We just want to get an overview of the landscape,” says spokesperson Catie Rowland. “We’re just researching it, to see where it leads. There are a lot of concerns. We want to see if we can address them.”
Visual artists have been sharing their concerns and frustrations with the Copyright Office for years over registration burdens and the challenges of protecting their copyrights in the face of widespread online infringement. Rowland acknowledged that the issues the U.S. Copyright Office is seeking comment on “have been brought up for a long time.”
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RedShark News' David Shapton reports from Avid's press conference this weekend which heralded several important announcements and updates. He writes, "The Avid press conference on Saturday morning was a fascinating confirmation that we live in a time of extreme technological change and that Avid is now an IT company - and it makes more audio than video hardware. It also announced first thing on Monday morning that it's spending around $60m buying realtime graphics company Orad...Essentially, with the exception of its hardware, Avid's products are becoming services, available from the internet."
Read the full story here.
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