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BMCC Micro Four Thirds

It has been close to 5 years since the introduction of the Micro Four Thirds system by Olympus in August 2008. In that time, cameras from Olympus and Panasonic have developed a strong hold on the mirrorless camera market.

Now, five additional manufacturers are joining the Micro Four Thirds System Standards Group, two of which we have heard recent news about.

  1. Blackmagic Design
  2. JK Imaging
  3. Photron Limited
  4. SVS-Vistek
  5. ViewPLUS

Blackmagic previously announced the Blackmagic Cinema Camera in a Micro Four Thirds mount, which followed the initial Canon EF mount BMCC version. Additionally, JK Imaging recently reveals plans to bring a Kodak Micro Four Thirds camera to market through its licensed use of the Kodak brand.

More details in the complete press release below. [click to continue…]

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Instagram just went off the deep end with its latest terms of service update, which allows the company to sell your images without paying your at all for their use.

The relevant provision regarding the sale of your images is found under Item 2 of “Rights” in the Terms of Service as follows:

To help us deliver interesting paid or sponsored content or promotions, you agree that a business or other entity may pay us to display your username, likeness, photos (along with any associated metadata), and/or actions you take, in connection with paid or sponsored content or promotions, without any compensation to you.

This provision on its own doesn’t bother me so much as a casual user. It grates me a bit, but I’m not really sweating Instagram’s use of my images reposted as advertisements or promoted content on the service. However, I recognize that a lot of photographers out there use Instagram as a more serious marketing endeavor or have licensing issues with their images that they can’t allow such use without otherwise jeopardizing their business.

The major hiccup for me comes under Item 4 of “Rights” as excerpted below: [click to continue…]

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Last Sunday, 18 Ritz Camera stores reopened after bankruptcy auction with new ownership. C&A Marketing Inc. purchased the Ritz Camera Family of brands including Ritz Camera, Camera World, Wolf Camera, Inkley’s Photo and Camera West during the September 2012 bankruptcy auction. This included all the retail stores, supporting websites and social media accounts, as well as the RitzPix.com online imaging business. [click to continue…]

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Late Friday night, SmugMug subscribers (including yours truly) got an email regarding a new pricing structure for Pro users.  The former account options have been changed from Basic, Power and Pro to now Basic, Power, Portfolio and Business.

Essentially, the Pro account is split into Portfolio and Business.  The key difference between the two new types of accounts is that the Business account allows you to set prices and make profits on prints purchased through your online account.

Previously, the Pro account, which allowed you to set prices and make profits on prints, was priced at $150 per year.  Now, the Portfolio account is priced at $150 per year.  The Business account is priced at $300 per year.  Existing Pro users can renew for $250 for next year. [click to continue…]

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While posing for a photo shoot in her wedding dress near a river in Montreal, a woman slipped and fell into water about 1-foot deep.  The “wedding dress got soaked and became extremely heavy.  She started slipping and falling down when the photographer grabbed her but she was too heavy that he couldn’t pull her from the edge,” according to Quebec provincial police Sgt. Ronald McInnis. [click to continue…]

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New Canon PIXMA Printers

by on July 23, 2012

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Canon PIXMA MG4220 Wireless Printer

Canon recently launched several new photo printers, which include PIXMA Photo All-in-One (MG4220, MG3220, and MG2220) and SELPHY CP900 printers.

The MG4220 and MG3220 are wireless printers, while the MG2220 rounds out the low-cost end as a starter all-in-one printer. They are priced at $130, $80 and $70, respectively.

The SELPHY CP900 is a compact photo printer that can print 4×6 images.  It runs $100.

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