Olympus PEN Your Short 48 Hour Film Contest

Olympus has been rolling out the results of its 48 hour short film contest, which was part of the 2011 Vail Film Festival.  “During the contest, 19 teams of filmmakers from around the country were challenged to create a film, from start to finish, in a 48-hour timeframe with the powerfully simple Olympus PEN camera and a variety of lenses and accessories.”  Olympus is using this opportunity to pimp its HD-shooting PEN cameras, like the new Olympus E-PL2.

This week, Olympus revealed the runner-up short film, Der Bürgermeister.  You can check it out, along with some commentary from the filmmakers, below. [Read more...]


Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G Launches, Priced at $220

We have been waiting for this news since Nikon posted its new AF-S 50mm lens on its website and then removed it last week.  Finally, the lens has been officially unveiled (permanently this time) and it’s got a decent price point of $220.  All I can say is that it’s about time!

The Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8 lens should be available beginning on June 16, 2011.  You can watch for availability on Amazon (update: pre-order up on Amazon), B&H Photo and Adorama.

More details in the official press release from Nikon below. [Read more...]

Giveaway: Strobist Photo Trade Secrets

Want a free copy of Strobist Photo Trade Secrets?  (Read the review of these cool books.)

Two copies are up for grabs to the comments of the day.  Anything goes (just keep it clean) and I draw the winners on Wednesday at 6PM EDT.

Just leave a single comment below (no duplicate entries) and put your real email address in the email box (NOT in the comment text). I’ll notify the winners and update this post when I hear back from them.

Sony A55 Review

The Sony A55 is the next big step for Sony, which busted onto the scene with the A300 and A350 DSLRs almost 3 years go with their fast live view autofocus.  The A55’s live view autofocus is a step above pretty much everything else on the market, including Sony’s prior models.  And that, is the biggest and best feature on the A55.

The A55 has a 16.2MP CMOS sensor for high-res stills and also captures full 1920 x 1080 HD video.  As an entry-level DSLR, the A55 delivers solid results in both categories. [Read more...]