Weekend Wrap: October 8, 2010

We scour the Web for cool news for photographers

Redrock announces first electronic viewfinder for HDSLRs

Redrock Micro has announced an electronic viewfinder designed for HD Video-enabled DSLR cameras. It will be compatible with the Canon 5D Mark II, Canon 7D, Canon T2i, Canon 1D Mark IV, Nikon D3s, Nikon D300s, Nikon D3100 and Nikon D7000, and probably others by the time it's available.

Key features:

  • High resolution viewfinder has 1.2 million dots
  • LED backlight with low power consumption, self-contained batatery
  • Weighs under 6 ounces

The Redrock microEVF will cost about $595, but availability has not yet been announced.

Intriguing: New HIPIX Image Compression Technology Announced

Hipix says its HIPIX technology can compress high-resolution images and maintain image quality at between 15 and 50% of the size of normal compressed JPEG files. It’s Windows, Linux, Mac and Android compatible. Sounds intriguing, and we haven't had a new compression technology in a while.

This video explains:

Hipix is available now for free for a brief test period— Go here to download it. I’m going to check it out. Have you tried it? What do you think?

PMDA Wants ‘Togs to Share The Love

The Photoimaging Manufacturers and Distributors Association (PMDA) is looking for volunteer studio photographers nationwide to offer free photo shoots to families of deployed military personnel. Photographers are being asked to donate their time and photograph families stateside, then upload the images to Fujifilm’s SeeHere.com, and prints will be shipped to their loved ones for free, hopefully in time for the holidays.

Learn more about Portraits of Love.

Sign of the Times, Part 1: One less Photo Book Store

Adorama friend Joe McNally reports  in his blog that  Timothy Whelan Photography Fine Photographic Prints and Books, in Rockport, Maine,  has closed. This isn’t just any old book shop; its proximity to the Maine Media Workshops (formerly the Maine Photographic Workshops) made it a must-visit location for before or after taking a course. As Joe writes (from an instructor’s point of view), “Finish your class, get paid, and go leave a chunk of the check behind at tim’s store.” We photographers need stores like that and I’m sorry to see this one go.

Sign of the Times, Part 2: George Eastman House Selling Photos To Raise $

The recession has hit George Eastman House and, According to Amateur Photographer , the museum has been forced to raise money by selling prints. Photos include dauguereotypes and photogravures. A 1965 photo of Audrey Hepburn Douglas Kirkland was also on the auction block. The phtoos were being auctioned off this week, and at least a half million bucks were raised.

Nikon Storms the Barn

The 23rd Eddie Adams Workshops  (AKA, “Barnstorm”) is taking place this weekend, and thanks to Nikon, 100 carefully-selected, promising young photojournalists get to go. Barnstorm was the brainchild of the late photojournalist Eddie Adams,  and has inspired a generation of photographers. Participants in the tuition-free four-day intensive gathering are divided into 10 teams, each team paired with a pro shooter, an editor, and a researcher, and they go forth and shoot. Nikon, which sponsors the event, will be there with loaner D3s, D3x, and D300s cameras and the full range of Nikkor lenses. Tweet us if you're there!

102-year-old Lens + Canon 5D Mark II = Compelling Video

Blogger planetMitch reports in his Planet5D that  photographer Timur Civan had a 35mm Wollensak Cine-Velostigmat F5 lens, originally used on hand-cranked silent movie cameras, refitted to mount on a Canon 5D Mark II. At first he shot some really cool retro stills with this 102-year-old lens on a cutting-edge camera. Then he shot this video, and everything old is new again.

102 year old lens on 5D mkII - Video Footage by Timur Civan from Timur Civan on Vimeo.

Going to PhotoPlus? Get in for free!

Going to PhotoPlus Expo in New York Oct. 28-30? Get into the floor show for free  by registering here. Adorama will be at Booth 723.

Joby announces Gorillapad Video

Gorillapad flexible, grip-anything tripods are compelling-looking gadgets with a practical purpose, which is to find camera support on almost any grabbable surface. Now manufacturer Joby has unveiled a video version. The Gorillapad Video has a smooth tilt and pan head with 360-degrees horizontal and 135 degrees vertical movement, the same flexible, wrappable legs and magnetic feet, and a quick release plate and adapter clip for mini camcorders like the Flip.

View Photos on External Drive? There’s an app for that

Western Digital has just announced WD Photos photo viewer, an app that lets you remotely access images from your WD network hard drive and view them on your iPad or iPhone 4 in native iPhone/iPad resolution. All users have to do is to copy images they want to view into the “Shared Pictures” folder on their WD network hard drive.  Read the press release for details

WD also announced that the MyBook Essential Drive is now available in 3 Terabyte capacity, and uses USB 3.0 connectivity to move the massive amount of data through a wider pipeline. The 3TB MyBook is among several new external storage solutions announced this week by WD, all offering transfer rate improvements of up to 3x over USB 2.0, password-protection, automatic, continuous back-up, and more. Learn more here.



Lego Leica M8 Works, Costs Less Than Real Thing

Well, this was inevitable. With so many people doing stuff with Lego (including my favorite, a shot-by-shot stop-action Lego version of the “Knights of the Round Table”  scene from “Monty Python and the Holy Grail”, it was just a matter of time before someone with a bit too much time on his hands created a Lego Leica M8. And here it is. We’re told by our friends at American Photo, who explain how to build one yourself, that the Lego Leica M8 is actually a working camera, based on a $50 pink Lego-cam. Original post.

Firmware/Software Updates: Nikon,  Ricoh, Samsung, Panasonic

Time to catch up on our firmware updates!

Samsung NX10: Support for Samsung’s new i-Function Lenses, which let users control camera settings from the lens’s focus ring, plus improvements in AF.

Ricoh GR Digital III: Higher-contrast b&w, magnification ratio can be changed to 4:1, cross-processing filter, some customization changes.

Panasonic 14-140mm lens: Improved in autofocus speed

Nikon Coolpix P90: Fixes Single Shooting Mode/Manual Focus problem.

And finally...PMA Gets a Facelift

Photokina visitors were barely getting over their jet lag when PMAI (Photo Marketing Association International) announced that they’ve hit the refresh button on their annual trade show, where dealers and manufacturers of photo gear meet and deal. A move was necessary; PMA 10, which took place in Anaheim in February, was…kind of quiet.  So, PMA 11 will return to Vegas and take place in September, rather than in the winter months, with expanded education programming and what they call an “interactive exhibition plan.”



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