Photo Industry to Raise Funding for Japan Relief Effort

Japan Fundraiser PhotoPlus

PhotoPlus Expo will host a special fundraising event on Friday evening, October 28th to benefit the victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami.

To help raise funds for the Red Cross, fifty of the world’s most respected photographers will donate an original print as part of a silent auction that will take place throughout the evening. Benefit attendees will have an opportunity to bid on original, signed images from a broad range of world renowned photographers including Harry Benson, Susan Meiselas, Douglas Kirkland, Ryszard Horowitz, Scott Mead and John Isaac, to name a few.

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

Nikon S6100 and S4100 Discontinued in Asia Due to Japan Disaster

Nikon has discontinued its recently-announced Coolpix S6100 and Coolpix S4100 in Asia markets, citing that the earthquake in Japan has lead to production and supply issues with the camera.  No word yet on whether there is a similar effect in the US and other markets for these or other Nikon models.

For more info, see the statement issued by Nikon below. [Read more...]

New Canon Lenses Availiability Postponed

Canon has released a statement in which it apologizes for the postponement of recently announced lenses.  The EF 8-15mm f/4L, EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II, and EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II were all scheduled to be released in March 2011.

However, the recent earthquake in Japan caused damage to its manufacturing plants and, as a result, the availability of these lenses is currently unknown.  Canon stated that it will provide an update on the availability of these lenses once that date becomes clear.  Note that B&H Photo has listed an approximate availability date of May for the 8-15mm and 400mm lenses (see above links).

[via Canon]

Japan Earthquake Effect on Camera Manufacturers

As you are probably aware, many camera manufacturers are based in Japan.  Nikon, Canon and Sony (among others) were all affected by the catastrophic earthquake that struck Japan last week.

Below you will find links to relevant stories concerning damage to manufacturing plants and the temporary closings of certain plants, which resulted from the recent earthquake, tsunami and/or nuclear disaster in Japan. [Read more...]

Experimental Japan Stop Motion Video


Experimental Japan from Dave Lee on Vimeo.

Shot with a Canon 20D, 20mm lens & 50mm lens.

Here’s a cool little stop motion video that reader David Lee sent in.  I asked David to tell us a little more about the project:

The idea was to make an animation set in Asia. The “experimental” side appeared after i started piecing the images together. The Donnie Darko rabbit just fell into place during the edit, especially when i put the track in. The rabbit is a house pet in Kyoto, so it was still fitting for the “Asian” subject.