Underwater Photography Rocks, Olympus Rolls

PRESS RELEASE:

Olympus Embraces Underwater, Dive Community With New Camera Housings               
Recreational Scuba Divers, Outdoor Enthusiasts and Poolside Families Enjoy Underwater Photography Thanks to Olympus

CENTER VALLEY, Pa., June 4, 2007 – Olympus gears-up for summer with new underwater housings and accessories for its digital cameras — from point-and-shoot to D-SLR (digital single lens reflex). For millions, the peak travel season of June through August means fun in the ocean, lake or pool. Weekend sun worshipers to serious divers can easily capture their adventures beneath the surface (down to depths of 40 meters / approximately 133 feet) using the new Olympus housings.

New Olympus Underwater Housings and Accessories Include: D-SLR – The new PT-E03 housing is made specifically for Olympus’ newly available, portable EVOLT E-410 D-SLR camera. Scuba divers agree that the E-410′s full-time Live View LCD makes taking photographs underwater more natural, enabling them to hold the camera away from their face and allowing them to see their vast surroundings. Most other D-SLRs only offer a traditional optical viewfinder — peering through this when wearing a dive mask is extremely cumbersome and offers very limited views. The E-410′s housing is compatible with many of the Olympus Zuiko Digital-Specific lenses and their respective underwater lens ports.

D-SLR Lenses – Wide angle and macro lenses are the most common for underwater photography. The new PPO-E05 underwater lens port is designed for the lightweight 14-42mm Zuiko Digital-Specific lens, which is the perfect complement to the portable E-410 and its underwater housing when diving. The versatile 14-42mm lens offers the most common focal lengths, including wide angle and close focusing, making it an essential tool for those recreational divers who want to capture images of their explorations. Additionally, all other Olympus PPO Series underwater lens ports (including macro) are compatible with Olympus’ E-Series underwater housings.

Digital Compact Cameras – New underwater housings have been created specifically for Olympus’ recently announced point-and-shoot cameras, including the SP-550 UZ, Stylus 770 SW, Stylus 760 and FE-230. These cameras also offer underwater scene modes, which when coupled with the underwater housings enable even the most novice photographer to take beautiful underwater images.

Underwater Flash – For the first time, Olympus is offering an underwater flash (UFL-1) for use with all new SP and Stylus camera housings introduced in 2007 as well as a majority of its preexisting digital compact camera housings. The new slave flash requires no cables and enables divers to capture stunning images even in the darkest waters.

Other Underwater Accessories – The adjustable float strap, created specifically for the Stylus SW Series, enables the camera to float at the water’s surface and provides surfers, kayakers and other active swimmers with the ability to strap the camera to their arm, freeing their hands when not taking photos. The float strap boasts a vibrant red color for high visibility.

New silicone skins are also available for the Stylus 770 SW. While the camera can reach depths of 10 meters (approximately 33 feet) without a skin or housing, the silicone skin provides a variety of stylish looks, offers improved handling in the water and is perfect for avoiding scratches on the camera’s body from rocks or other rough surfaces. The new skins are available in three trendy colors: orange, blue and clear.

The new Olympus underwater housings and accessories will be available at retailers in June 2007. The new housings — both compact and D-SLRs — are for use in depths down to 40 meters (approximately 133 feet). Comprehensive information on the complete family of Olympus’ underwater housings and accessories is available at www.olympusamerica.com/underwater.

[tags]olympus, digital camera, underwater, housing, dslr, stylus, evolt, news[/tags]


(Affordable?) Mamiya 22MP Digital Back Announced

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PRESS RELEASE:

Mamiya Introduces the First 22 Megapixel Digital Camera System for Under $10,000

Elmsford NY, June 1, 2007 – Mamiya Digital announced an exciting new product – the Mamiya ZD 645AFD II Digital System. The System consists of the Mamiya 645AFD II Medium Format Camera with 80mm f/2.8 AF lens and the newlyintroduced Mamiya ZD 22 Megapixel Digital Back. At a retail price of $9,999, the digital system marks a new era in the high-end digital market.

“Mamiya has always been a manufacturer of high quality, professional products at reasonable prices,” states Jeff Karp, Mamiya Product Marketing Manager, “By offering this incredible system for under $10,000, we expect to see a broad range of photographers who have been waiting for the right combination of quality and price, to finally step into the medium format digital world.”

The platform for the system is the highly acclaimed Mamiya 645AFD II autofocus medium format camera with 80mm f/2.8 AF lens. With an excellent range of high quality lenses, precise auto-focusing and fast handling, the 645AFD II has become the choice of professional photographers.

The Mamiya ZD Digital Back offers all the features serious photographers demand. “Mamiya’s communication protocol MSCE (Mamiya Serial Communication for External) has optimized two-way communication between the 645AFD II and the ZD Digital Back,” says Karp, “producing an operating experience identical to using a one-piece digital camera.”

To further enhance the results of the ZD Digital Back, Mamiya is including Adobe® Photoshop® LightroomTM software with all ZD Backs. Mamiya is the first camera manufacturer to include Lightroom software with every Mamiya ZD Digital Back sold. Lightroom is an all-new digital imaging solution for serious and professional photographers. Its ease of operation and ability to read Mamiya RAW digital files makes it the perfect choice for photographers looking for a modular, task-based and streamlined program that delivers a complete photographic workflow solution.

Also introduced were two new digital lenses – the Mamiya Sekor AF 75-150mm f/4.5 D and a full-frame 28mm f/4.5 D Aspherical – that are designed to work on the 645AFD II with both film and digital backs.

You can check out all the goodness of the new Mamiya toys here.

[tags]mamiya, 22mp, digital back, medium format, news, 645, afd, system, digital camera[/tags]

The Mega-Pixel Push – Canon Hits 50MP

So much for the 2MP incremental steps we’ve been so used to.

Canon has built a 50 megapixel CMOS monstrosity, which is reportedly almost twice the resolution of its nearest competition, and is prepping it as a sort of large format surveillance camera for monitoring large, busy areas such as parking lots and theme parks, along with detailed work like factory part inspections. Despite the sensor’s clear industrial-end aims, Canon has managed to build its prototype at 19 x 28mm in size, the same dimensions of the sensors in its DSLR cameras, so who knows where this tech could end up in the long run.

(via Engadget)

Canon EOS 1Ds Mark III anyone?

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Nikon Coolpix 360

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What is it?

It’s a concept of a point and shoot camera from Nikon. Seems like they’ve got all the cool toys here lately (see last few posts).

A panoramic view is ‘an unbroken view of an entire surrounding area’. Often, this means one has to turn around 360 degrees, to receive this unbroken view. As we translate this to an image captured in print, the concept of Nikon 360 is the solution. Based on an ergonomic cylindrical form lens, the 360 is a camera that allows you take an all-round picture. An angle indicator provides a gauge on the direction of the rotating head and is also an additional detail to provide the camera with a stronger and steadier feel while in operation. A built-in inclinometer indicates the horizontality of position prior to execution. The 360 is designed with much emphasis on the user interface, with the main operating function designed as a touch sensor, thereby maintaining a flushed surface on the exterior. 360 is an innovation that captures all that meets the eye, and more. (via Yanko Design)

[tags]nikon, coolpix, 360, panoramic, panorama, design, concept, digital camera, point and shoot[/tags]

Photoshop Galore, Lens and DSLR Reviews, Keira Knightley Gets Prettier and a Canon Flashback from Wayback

Bob Atkins has put up some nice test images of the rather impressive Canon EF 70-300 f/4-5.6 IS lens.

Popular Photography’s got a slew of new reviews:

Check out this cool Photoshop video tutorial on fixing hair root color in your portraits.

See how Keira Knightley is prettied up with some Photoshop touch-up in this King Arthur poster.

While we’re talking about Photoshop, grab 10,000 free Photoshop Shapes.

Learn how to make a flash photo flip book in just 15 minutes.

Check out this Canon flashback to “a new concept in professional digital slrs.”

[tags]canon, ef, 70-300, sigma, 300mm, f/2.8, 120-300, fuji, finepix, s5 pro, eos, 1d, mark iii, mk iii, tamron, 18-250, macro, di, photoshop, keira knightley, flash, review, news[/tags]

Alabama Photography Laws

The materials offered on and through this website are provided for informational purposes only, and are believed to be accurate, but are not intended to be and should not be considered or relied upon as legal advice regarding any specific topic or matter. Further, the information contained herein does not reflect the legal opinions of Photography Bay or its authors and is not intended to be a solicitation or to render legal advice. If you think you have a legal issue regarding photography or your rights as a photographer, seek the advice of an experienced licensed attorney in the jurisdiction in which you live.

  • Ala. Code Sec. 13A-11-30: Definitions. (3) SURVEILLANCE. Secret observation of the activities of another person for the purpose of spying upon and invading the privacy of the person observed.
  • Ala. Code Sec. 13A-11-32: (a) A person commits the crime of criminal surveillance if he intentionally engages in surveillance while trespassing in a private place. (b) Criminal surveillance is a Class B misdemeanor.
  • Ala. Code Sec. 13A-11-32: Divulging Illegally Obtained Information. (a) A person commits the crime of divulging illegally-obtained information if he knowingly or recklessly uses or divulges information obtained through criminal eavesdropping or criminal surveillance. (b) Divulging illegally-obtained information is a Class B misdemeanor.

For more photography laws, see Photography Bay’s Main Photography Law page.

[tags]photography, laws[/tags]

Canon Digital Rebel Reviews

The Canon EOS Digital Rebel (also known as the 300D) is a 6.3-megapixel entry-level digital SLR camera, initially announced on August 20, 2003 at a price point of $899 without lens, $999 with the “kit” lens. It uses Compact Flash storage. The Digital Rebel polycarbonate bodies were originally available in silver color only, whereas the Japanese version was also available in black. Later, black versions of the Digital Rebel were also released in the US and Europe.

The Digital Rebel is often regarded as the little brother of the Canon EOS 10D, which features virtually the same CMOS image sensor and image processing chip. Interestingly, the two cameras also seem to share much of the same in-camera firmware which was demonstrated by hacking back some of the features the Digital Rebel missed compared to the 10D.

The Digital Rebel was the first camera to use the Canon EF-S lens mount. Along with the Digital Rebel, the EF-S 18-55/3.5-5.6 was introduced as the kit lens, available in a USM version in Japan or as a non-USM version elsewhere.


Reviews

Steve’s Digicams

The Digital Rebel’s autofocus system is excellent, especially when using Canon USM lenses with the ultrasonic focusing motors. We were quite impressed with the new EF-S lens even though it is a relatively inexpensive optic.

Digital Camera Resource Page

You won’t find better photo quality in a $900 camera than on the Digital Rebel. It captures incredible amounts of detail — down to blades of grass and individual leaves on a tree. Images are smooth, with nonexistent noise. Color and exposure were both accurate, and purple fringing was kept to a minimum, at least on the lenses I used.

Imaging Resource

The EOS 10D was an immensely popular camera, capitalizing on the EOS name with an excellent feature set and sterling performance. The EOS 300D seeks to surpass its predecessor’s popularity, offering very similar functionality at a much lower price point.

The Digital Picture

You get the same incredible DiGiC processor handling the same incredible 6.3 megapixel image sensor. All other things being equal, the Canon EOS 300D Digital Rebel should yield the SAME great pictures as the Canon EOS 10D. Keep in mind that some of the default parameters such as sharpness are turned up higher on the 300D.

PC Magazine

The Digital Rebel offers buyers an entrance into the world of digital SLR photography for slightly more than the cost of a high-end point-and-shoot camera. Hard-core hobbyists may find the EOS-10D‘s higher shooting speed, heftier feel, and advanced controls more to their liking. But the Digital Rebel’s excellent image quality, light weight, and budget price tag are appealing, and we expect that dealers will have a hard time keeping Digital Rebels in stock this holiday season.

Photo.net

The Canon Digital Rebel is an excellent camera at a remarkably low price given the cost of other Digital SLRs. No doubt prices will drop further and cameras will improve over the next few years, but right now the Digital Rebel sets a price/performance standard that’s hard to beat. It’s clearly better and more versatile than similarly priced non SLR digicams in the same price range, though it may be slightly larger and you do have to buy lenses for it.

Where to Buy

First off, consider going to your local camera store (and I don’t necessarily mean Wolf Camera at the mall). By going to your local camera store, you’re supporting your community and you just might build a lasting relationship with people you can rely on when you need some help or answers. If you’re buying online, I recommend sticking with Amazon, B&H Photo or Adorama. Due to the fact that the Canon Digital Rebel is no longer in production, it may tough to find one, especially at places like B&H and Adorama. These three vendors are reliable, trustworthy and generally have the best (legitimate) prices. Additionally, purchasing your camera through these links helps support this site.

[tags]canon, eos, digital, rebel, dslr, review[/tags]

Rumor Alert – Nikon AF-S 100-500mm f/4-5.6 ED-IF VR III

Is this for real?

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There are a couple more pictures here.

It showed up in a Thai-based Nikon forum yesterday. Anyone care to translate the forum postings and tell me what it says?

The specs read as follows:

  • VR III system offers the equivalent of using a shutter speed 5.5 stops faster (when used with compatible camera bodies incorporated with Nikon’s O.B. VR technology), or 4 stops faster when used with conventional camera bodies
  • Two VR Modes: Normal mode or Active Mode for when taking pictures with extreme movement
  • Automatically detects when photographer is panning and compensates
  • 5 Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements minimizes chromatic aberration and provides higher resolution and superior contrast
  • Lightweight Magnesium die-cast construction (approx. 5.2lbs) with tripod mounting foot
  • Internal Focusing (IF) design for smoother focusing and great body balance
  • Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor enables ultra-high speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and super-quiet operation
  • High-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating offers superior color reproduction and minimizes ghost and flare
  • Rounded diaphragm (9 blades) for natural blur
  • New tripod mounting foot design, compatible with Arca style quick-release system
  • Compatible with Nikon TC-14E, TC-17E II, and TC-20E II Teleconverters, AF operation only with TC14E II

Seems a little too good to be true and some of the grammar seems a little too broken for such an official looking Nikon ad/press sheet. It certainly got me excited though. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see. The rumors sure do seem to be picking up here lately. The Nikon 50 f/1.2 has been getting some buzz of late too.

[tags]nikon, 100-500, af-s, ed-if, VRIII, VR-III, 50, f/1.2, 1.2, rumors, news, lens, lenses[/tags]

Sony Alpha Update

Amateur Photographer has the latest on the coming additions to the Sony Alpha line. Apparently, Sony UK released some new publicity shots of the two new Alpha models yesterday. Nothing really new on the details of the cameras other than their release must be getting closer if Sony is now putting out “publicity shots” of the bodies. Get the full story over at Amateur Photographer.

[tags]sony, alpha, dslr, rumors, news, publicity shots[/tags]