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Trade In Any SLR, Upgrade to Leica S

I an effort to bring more professionals into the S system, Leica Camera has gotten aggressive with a new S-System Trade Up discount program. Launched as a component of their “100 Years of Leica Photography” centennial, Leica Camera is granting a $5000 credit towards the purchase of a new Leica S (Typ 006) digital medium format camera for customers trading in any SLR camera or medium format camera (film or digital). [more]

IMGembed Out Of Beta! Control The Online Use Of Your Images

IMGembed is a new service designed to help photographers with attribution, tracking and monetizing the online usage of their images. Launched in beta at last years SXSW to an overwhelming response, today IMGembed is rolling out their official version 1.0! Could this be the future of ethical online image use? [more]

Red Giant Plugins Get Updated – Magic Bullet Looks, PluralEyes, And More

Software company Red Giant has been making the plugins that video editors have been using to sweeten their edits since the days of MiniDV. Fan favorite Magic Bullet Looks has long offered stylized, preset looks for its users. It has just been announced that Red Giant will be updating Magic Bullet to version 2.5, along with updates to PluralEyes and BulletProof. [more]

Pocket-Sized 10,000 DPI 35mm Film Scanner Announced

35mm film shooters will be happy to hear that German imaging company, Reflecta, has announced a new almost-pocket-sized slide film scanner that can scan up to 10,000 DPI. The ProScan 10T is advertised to have a DR of 3.9 DMax. Here’s the kicker – it comes in at a surprisingly low € 469 (just under $650). [more]

WD Launches 233 MB/s Fast, Portable & Bus-Powered Thunderbolt Hard Drive

WD, of the Western Digital family, has announced the new My Passport Pro, the first portable, Thunderbolt-powered dual-drive solution for you hard drive discerning folks. Designed For Mac systems, My Passport Pro has user-selectable RAID functionality, doesn’t need power adapters or extra cables, and clocks in at up to an impressive 233 MB/s. [more]

Canon Australia Speaks to the Heart of all Photographers

Talk about doing advertising right…wow! As part of their “What do you see?” campaign the spot takes a unique approach to selling camera gear, by never mentioning it once. Instead we are treat to closeups of peoples eyes as they look at the things most important to them.

“There are over 7 billion of us on our planet,” says the narrator. “All looking at the world in our own way. But no one [more]

Schneider Unveiling New Lenses & More at NAB 2014

Schneider (no relation) is up there with Zeiss when it comes to recognized high-quality lenses. This year at NAB (the National Association of Broadcasters tradeshow in Las Vegas), Schneider is adding the 18mm, 25mm and 100mm lenses to its popular Schneider-Kreuznach Xenon FF-Prime family that already includes the 35mm, 50mm and 75mm focal lengths. They are purpose built for digital cinematography with cameras including RED Dragon, Canon C100/C300/C500, Arri Alexa, Sony F5/F55 and HDSLR cameras. [more]

Sony 2014 World Photo Awards Competition Winners Announced

The winners of the 2014 Sony World Photo Open Competition have just been announced. All the Open competition winners are amateur photographers. If there was ever a time or place to question what makes someone a “professional” photographer or an “amateur”, and the blurring of these distinctions within photography today, this is it. [more]

Photos Don’t Lie. . . or Do They?

Last Friday, during the 4th quarter of Stevenson High School’s IHSA Boy’s Basketball Class 4A semifinal game against Whitney Young, Jalen Brunson made a three-pointer shot that was “waved off” and instead a foul was called. Jalen, who was clearly upset with the call, threw his arms up in disgust. In that split moment, a picture was taken (among a group of shots) that made it look as if he was giving the finger to the opposing team and fans. [more]

Canon Introduces New CPS Cinema Membership Level

Early this morning Canon announced a new CPS level for Cinema shooters. To join, you have to own at least one Cinema Zoom lens or one of the following Cinema EOS cameras: the EOS C300, EOS C500, or EOS-1D C. The membership has an annual cost of $1000. [more]

Panasonic Announces New f/1.7 15mm Lens

This just in: Panasonic announced a new 15mm f/1.7 high speed Leica Summilux lens. This new optic will give about a 30mm full frame equivalent at a cool $599. As of today, this lens is available for preorder through B&H. If the rumors are true, we can expect the new 15mm f/1.7 to be bundled with the DMC-GM1 (pictured below) as early as June. [more]

Canon Confuses Us All With The Announcement Of The M15P-CL

Canon Japan left us all scratching our heads with the announcement of the M15P-CL – A 15MP monochromatic industrial camera. Designed for the high accuracy of the manufacturing industry, the M15P-CL is not a camera shape or size you’re familiar with, as it’s designed for the Camera Link system. Whats weird about this? Perhaps the fact that it sports a Nikon F Mount. [more]

Blackmagic Cinema Camera Catches Fire During Filming

First reported on planet 5D, then picked up by our friends at PetaPixel, earlier this week producer and videographer, Forest Gibson’s $4k+ Blackmagic Cinema Camera kit caught fire after filming. This a video he shot of the aftermath.

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Platon & Putin: The Story Behind the Image

In 2007, world-famous portrait photographer, Platon shot what he later described as one of the scariest assignments of his life. He was to photograph Time Magazine’s person of the year: Russian president, Vladimir Putin. Recently, CNN shared the story behind the image in a rare interview with the photographer.

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New Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS Lens

Samyang announced the release of their new 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS Lens for Canon today and it is now available for pre-order on B&H with a price tag of $529.00. Orders of this lens are scheduled to ship on March 25. It seems like it will be a manual focus lens with no word on the autofocus capability that was spinning the rumor mill. [more]

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