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Weekend Wrap for June 17, 2011

Weekend Wrap for June 17, 2011

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Scrubbing the globe for fresh photo facts

June 17, 2011

Sony shrinks its MILC, adds a fixed-mirror DSLR, McNally joins Life's blogroll, Ricoh gets rugged, DxO goes analog, firmware updates galore and more

Sony Launches A35, Fixed-Mirror DSLR

Sony, having recently discontinued the A33, has just announced the A35m, which offers  full-time AF (it will focus while shooting videos), a 16MP APS sensor, and a fixed translucent mirror. Eliminating a moving mirror has allowed Sony to speed up the DSLR's performance while sacrificing less than a stop of effective light sensitivity which is made up for by the sensor's excellent low-light performance. Sony has also simplified its user interface to make the camera more helpful for beginners, while offering a reduced-resolution 7fps high-speed function. For details, read the Sony press release.

But wait...there's more!

Sony NEX-C3 Smallest, Lightest APS MILC

Sony also introduced the NEX-C3, which they say is the smallest, lightest interchangeable-lens  compact APS-sensor camera yet. The sensor boasts 16MP, captures 720p HD videos,  and a body weight of about 8 ounces. It's also designed for beginners, with jargon like “aperture” and “exposure value” changed to things like “background defocus,” “brightness” and so on. New features include in-camera “Picture Effect” filters and a claimed 20 percent increase in battery life. Sony also announced a 30mm Macro lens for the NEX E-Mount.

In addition, Sony announced a small 30mm f/3.5 macro lens designed for its NEX E-mount cameras. The lens will focus to 1:1. Sony says the lens is the smallest and lightest macro lens in the world.



McNally's Blog Makes LIFE Top Blogs List

Congratulations to Joe McNally for making it into the LIFE online 2011 Photo Blog Award Winners list—and deservedly so. He's in prestigious company,  including PDN Photo of the Day, the New York Times LENS blog, and Time Lightbox. We're also very pleased that that the screen grab LIFE chose to use features Joe's blog post about the recent AdoramaPro Imaging launch party, with Joe's photo of Life photographer Bill Ettlinger photographing Adorama owner Mendel Mendelowitz. Check out Joe's's a visit worth making!


Canon updates EF-S 55-250mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II Lens

Canon has just updated the EF-S 55-250mm f/4.5-5.6 IS II, a compact lens primarily designed for beginners and enthusiasts. Most of the changes are cosmetic, with features such as a claimed 4-stop image stabilization and internal features remaining the same. It will be available on its own or as part of kits for Canon's lower-end DSLRs.


Ricoh Joins the Rugged Compact Camera Crowd

Ricoh this week joined the Rugged Camera club with the PX, the company's first waterproof and dust-resistant camera. Featuring a 16MP CCD sensor, 2.7-inch 230K dot LCD monitor, and a 5x (28-140mm 35mm equivalent) optical zoom lens, the camera is claimed to be used underwater down to 9 feet for up to 60 minutes. It is also built to withstand drops of up to about 4.5 feet. Learn more here.


DxO Film Pack Adds 10 New Film Looks

DxO has announced FilmPack3, which simulates the looks of silver halide film. DxO has worked with such well-known labs as Duggal in ew York and Picto in Paris to recreate the look of specific film. Want Kodak Tri-X grain? Can't let go of Kodachrome? No problem. In the latest version, FilmPack adds 10 new film looks and ten new color filters to create new looks that never really existed on film. Hue/Saturation/Luminance controls, channel mixers, creative vignetting and noise removal tools are all part of the package, which can work as a standalone or as a plug-in for Photoshop, Lightroom or Aperture.

Firmware Updates

G700: Released today; improves image playback and storage features, adds new Picture Quality options, provides Bluetooth-equipped GPS compatibility for geotagging. Download it.

Rebel XS. v.1.0.7 fixes a phenomenon in which “Cannot create folder” is displayed and the camera can't record more images. Download Canon firmware update

TRYX update adds an LED light mode, icon for switching to PLAY mode, and changes to the REC.
Ex-ZR100, EX-H20G and EX-ZR10 update improves compatibility with Mac OS9
Download Casio Firmware Updates

XP20, Z90 version 1.02 and version 1.03 for the XP30 updates improve zoom-in and -out speed in playback, improe playback panning speed for panorama images, and improve image sharpness and color saturation. Go here to download

DMC-FH22 and FP3 updates version 1.2 and version 1.3, respectively, are minor updates that “improves the menu indication”. Download here


And finally...You May Stop Photographing the Eiffel Tower.

Recently an online microstock agency announced that, based on a survey of its own vault of images, the most photographed place on Earth was the Eiffel Tower. Not a huge surprise, but I decided to do a little more research and discovered that, indeed, the Eiffel Tower has been photographed a lot. A search on Flickr found an astounding 448,284 results. On Photobucket, 34,597 photos of the Eiffel Tower appeared. What about Google Images? 3,960,000 pictures!


The bottom line? You may stop photographing the Eiffel Tower. All the pictures that could possibly be taken of it have, apparently, been taken. Same with the Empire State Building (over 1.1 million photos on Google Images). Thank you for your cooperation.


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