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Weekend Wrap for May 13, 2011

Weekend Wrap for May 13, 2011

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May 13, 2011

Panasonic's tiny MILC, New Color Film for Polaroid, Twitpic usage gotcha, a photo legend speaks, new books focus on basics, and do we zoom too much?

As the main character of Walt Kelly's Pogo comic strip used to say, Friday the 13th comes on a Friday this month. Here at Adorama, though, 13 is a lucky number. And as luck would have it, we've got the latest news for you!


Panasonic announces tiny G3 MILC, portrait-friendly FH7 compact cameras

The good luck starts with Panasonic, which has just announced the latest generation of its Mirrorless interchangeable-lens EVF line, the Lumix G3, the lightest Mirrorless interchangeable-lens EVF so far.  Key features include a 16MP Four Thirds sensor, 1080p HD video,  touchscreen operation. Yes, Adorama is taking pre-orders (credit card won't be charged until the camera is shipped). Read the press release for all the specs and features. Panasonic also announced the Lumix FH7, a slim pocket camera with a 4x zoom lens that starts at 28mm, a thumbnail-sized 16MP sensor, 3-inch touch screen, 720p HD video, and 84MB of built-in memory. It has all the usual Panny bells and whistles, plus portrait-friendly goodies like Beauty Retouch, Esthetic (clears zits and whitens teeth), and Makeup (adds eye shadow and colors lips). See the Panasonic press release for details. As is Panasonic's slow-reveal practice, pricing and availability were not announced.



New Polaroid 600 Color Film from Impossible

If you're a Polaroid fan, today is your lucky day, too. Remember Polaroid 600 color film? It wasn't that long ago that it was discontinued. Now, the Impossible Project has come to the rescue with PX 680 Color Shade, a new color film that will work in any Polaroid 600 and SX70 camera. It has what the company describes as a “magical new color pallette” that uses an all-new formula. The Impossible Project is a group of former Polaroid employees who got together to revive production of Polaroid-compatible film. Availability is expected soon.

Photographer rights alert: Twitpic changes TOS, can sell your photos

Do you share photos on Twitter via Twitpic? Not so lucky.  Read Twitpic's Terms of Service (which were recently, and controversially, updated) before you upload another photo: “You retain all ownership rights to Content uploaded to Twitpic. However, by submitting Content to Twitpic, you hereby grant Twitpic a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free, sublicenseable and transferable license to use, reproduce, distribute, prepare derivative works of, display, and perform the Content in connection with the Service and Twitpic's (and its successors' and affiliates') business, including without limitation for promoting and redistributing part or all of the Service (and derivative works thereof) in any media formats and through any media channels.” It pays to read the fine print.



We interrupt this Weekend Wrap for a Few Words with Elliott Erwitt and His Family

Good luck resumes: Photography legend Elliott Erwitt was interviewed by his son, Misha (a great photographer in his own right) for the New York Times Lens blog. It's in honor of Elliott's lifetime achievement award from the International Center of Photography, which he accepts with his usual irreverence. Actually, all of the questions come from different members of the Erwitt family. In the interview, among other things, he reveals his favorite photographer of all time. My favorite quote from the interview: “I have a few pictures that I like, but I hope I haven’t taken my favorite pictures yet.” Read it, it will make your lucky day!


New Focal Press Series Focuses On The Basics

Focal Press is launching a new book series this spring. The Field Guide series is collection of pocket-sized how-to books that can easily slip into a photographer’s camera bag. International photog Michael Freeman is the author of the first three books: The Photographer’s Eye Field Guide, The DSLR Field Guide and The Exposure Field Guide. The first two are out; the third is coming soon. They will be followed by birding, wedding and landscape Field Guides later this summer and fall. This will increase your ability to get better photos through skill rather than luck. For details, read the press release.

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And finally...You can never get enough zoom

Lucky Pie Chart of the Day: Photographer Haje Jan Kamps decided to check his entire library of images, shot with both a compact camera and his DSLR, and shared the results in this blog post. He came to the conclusion that most of the time, he shoots with the lens either zoomed all the way in, or all the way out, but less often in the in-between focal lengths. Fore example, when using a 70-200mm lens, most shots were takein at either 70mm or 200mm. In total, 71% of his images were shot at either focal extreme, based on a sampling of photos shot with 10 different zoom lenses (see pie chart). Are you an all-the-way zoomer, too?


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