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Tuesday, August 24, 2010
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It's wonderful to hold a slide up to the light and see a sparkling image without the need to turn on the computer.
In the slide show to our recent holiday snaps were revealed in their true colour gloryand everyone had a laugh in a way that is not the same as being huddled round a computer monitor. Yes you could use a digital projector but apart from the cost image resolution compared to a slide projector is appalling.
The images are much more colourful than those taken at the same time on a Nikon D200.
A selection were identified to be scanned onto CD and printed, some will appear here shortly. Film stock used was Fujifilm Velvia 50, Provia 100 and Provia 400X.
I have decided to go back to using film except for weddings (with a rented camera) and my teaching as the results are so much better and the camera less reliant on batteries. It is a quality issue and the fact that a simple camera will produce stunning shots without the constant thought of upgrading to get more pixels or features.
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Wedding photographer shot dead as couple pose with guns
An official photographer was shot dead at an Italian wedding while the bride and groom were posing for pictures with a gun.Guests were horrified when the firearm went off accidentally, killing photographer Calogero Scimeca, a 45-year-old married man with children.
The bullet hit him in the head, killing him instantly, police said.
The .22 calibre rifle was one of several firearms which the bride and groom, Valentina Anitra, 22, and Ignazio Licodia, 25, were supposed to pose with on their big day in the village of Altofonte, near Palermo in Sicily.
Firearms are often fired at weddings and festivals in southern Italy and powerful fireworks are also popular, causing dozens of injuries a year.
Police are now deciding whether to bring charges of negligence against the groom's parents, Mario, 56, and his wife Rita, because the accident happened at their house shortly before the scheduled wedding ceremony.
They allegedly fetched the rifle when the photographer suggested that using some guns as props would make for a memorable wedding album.
It was properly licensed and used for shooting wild boar and other game in the surrounding hills.
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He says on photo.net he took the picture in November 1963 so now it is getting the publicity it deserves!
PMA 2010: Sigma has announced the 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM, a large-aperture short telephoto lens which is bound to pique the interest of budding portraitists. Featuring a hypersonic focus motor with full-time manual focus override, the lens uses a 9-blade diaphragm for attractive background blur, and has a minimum focus distance of 85cm. It comes with a lens hood adapter for ASP-C/DX users that extends the length of the hood to give more effective shading, and will be available in mounts for Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sigma and Sony SLRs.
Friday, February 12, 2010
Benito Estevez believes the camera was dropped overboard from the QM2 cruise liner in the middle of the Atlantic.
The camera's memory card revealed five photographs, including a woman posing on the deck of a ship, with the now out-of-service QE2 in the background.
Mr Estevez, of Spain, is now trying to trace the people in the pictures.
The QE2 made its last ever voyage to Dubai in November 2008.
BBC South Transport Correspondent Paul Clifton says the ship the woman is posing on is the QM2, and the two liners sailed together from Southampton to New York in October 2008.
Tuesday, February 09, 2010
AF-S NIKKOR 24MM F/1.4G ED
The AF-S NIKKOR 24mm f/1.4G ED. Designed for professional reportage and landscape photography, this class leading ultra-fast aperture wide angle lens, features a ground-breaking optical design for Nikon’s range of class leading FX-format DSLR cameras and................
AF-S NIKKOR 16-35MM F/4G ED VR
The world’s first ultra-wide angle zoom lens with VR for FX-format cameras, this new lens offers an affordable and practical proposition for general photography with FX-format cameras such as the D700. Both lens’ complex optical design features Nikon’s exclusive anti-reflection Nano Crystal coat, two ED glass elements and no less than three aspherical glass elements to minimize distortion and aberration, even at maximum aperture. The AF-S NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR balances well with more compact FX format cameras such as the D700 and is consequently built to withstand the demands of everyday shooting.
Monday, February 08, 2010
Samyang Optics has announced its 14mm f/2.8 lens will be available from March 2010 at a retail price of €329. After a brief production delay last year, the final version will be made available in Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Sony and Olympus four-thirds mount.
The improved model has been just produced and is subject to the final tests. The optics was changed by redesigning the aspherical lens. The first lens is made of the optical glass, while the second is of the hybrid construction.
The retail price has been established at 329 Euro. The product will be compatible with the following systems:
Thursday, February 04, 2010
Zeiss are now offering a growing selection their SLR lenses made famous by the Contax range in Nikon AIs (ZF) Pentax KA (ZK) M42 Screw (ZS) fit and the new Canon EF (ZE) fit.These are new designs and use updated optical setups and all metal barrels, for maximum quality. Zeiss have a compatibility chart for SLR lenses lenses on their site, which is worth checking out if you're not sure what works with your camera. NEWSJust announced the ZF.2 version of the very successful Nikon F bayonet; now with CPU electronic interface thus supporting the all-important operations such as the automatic mechanisms for time, aperture setting and program. The CPU also supports manual exposure settings and since the lens now transmits the EXIF data such as manufacturer, date, metering system and exposure to the camera, photographers no longer need to set the parameters manually. What is the difference between ZF and ZF.2 lenses?The ZF.2 lenses are an enhanced version of the ZF lenses. They feature an electronic interface (CPU). This CPU enables the ZF.2 lenses to support all important operating modes such as shutter priority, aperture priority and programmed auto exposure or manual exposure settings even on non-AI compatible cameras. Photographers no longer have to set the parameters in the camera menu as the lens now transmits standard data such as focal length, speed and the aperture setting to the camera. This data can then be viewed in the EXIF data of each picture.Furthermore, the silver fork coupling is not available on the ZF.2 lenses. For this reason, you cannot use light metering on older cameras (F, F2, Nikkormat, etc.). The ZF.2 lenses have a mechanical lock on the aperture ring to lock the aperture ring at the lowest setting and prevent unintentional adjustment while taking pictures.For technical reasons, the ZF.2 lenses do not have a half-step aperture lock between the lowest (stop position) and the second lowest aperture setting. This guarantees reliable recognition of the automatic position. The lowest aperture on the ZF.2 lenses is orange to emphasize the automatic position of the aperture ring.