Archive for September, 2014

Education and Networking for Success: PMAI 2015 Conferences

If you only attend ONE conference in 2015, make it the PMA 2015 Conferences! Plan now to attend the PMA 2015 Conferences, including DIMA, PSPA, SPAA, and AIE, January 4-5, 2015 at Bally's Las Vegas. With an incredible line-up of speakers, great opportunities to meet with your fellow imaging industry professionals, and imaging products and services on display at the vendor reception, this is one event that you cannot afford to miss.

Sessions covering the topics of school and sports photography, photo publishing, social media, retail strategy, business and marketing, and professional imaging will give you the tools and inspiration to take your business to the next level.

The professionals that you want to see: Speakers include Tony Corbell, Jack Reznicki, Suzette Allen, Dave Stock, Ed Monahan, Beth Jones, Peter Read Miller, Haim Ariav, and many more.

The networking that will help you succeed: Join colleagues, peers, and friends from the imaging industry at the PMA Conferences. Breakfasts, luncheons, breaks, and receptions are planned to maximise your networking opportunities. Discuss what is happening in your region, share what has worked for you, and take away ideas to try.

Don't wait. Register today.

For just $269 early-bird member, you will experience:

• Networking at the Saturday evening PSPA/SPAA Welcome Reception, and all sponsored breaks and Luncheons.

• Top education in your choice of sessions held Sunday and Monday (includes DIMA, PSPA, SPAA, and AIE plus IS&T's TDPF Symposium).

• An opportunity to see the latest products at the Vendor Reception Sunday evening.

• The PMA Welcome Reception at Bally's on January 5.

• All [email protected] Conference sessions at the Las Vegas Convention Center (South Hall meeting rooms) January 6-7.

• Exhibits Plus Pass, which includes access to the Digital Imaging/Photography Marketplace presented by PMA, and all International CES exhibits and keynotes January 6-9.

http://www.pmai.org/PMA_CES2015.aspx?id=25210

Networking and Sharing for Success

Spend just two days at the PMA 2015 Conferences, including DIMA, PSPA, SPAA, and AIE, January 4-5, 2015 at Bally's Las Vegas and you will explore ideas, advice, and strategies that will help you in your business. Sessions covering the topics of school and sports photography, photo publishing, social media, retail strategy, business and marketing, and professional imaging will give you the tools and inspiration to take your business to the next level.

One of the greatest benefits of attending the conferences each year is the networking opportunity with a goal of sharing ideas and practices for success.  The upcoming conference will be no different and will kick it up a notch with two sessions to help you get the most out of this experience.

Brainstorming Session - Working Together

Join Beth Jones of Vantine Imaging for what is sure to be an exciting session. We all understand the hurdles that our industry is facing - decreasing buy rates, technology and the demographics of today's "mom". By working together and thinking creatively, we can generate ideas to combat some of those hurdles. Come ready to participate and you will leave with some ideas to think about for your own company and the skills to conduct this type of activity with your team in the future.

The Importance of Networking and Sharing

The industry is changing. The players. The game. The landscape. It is more difficult now, than ever, to insulate yourself from the world and succeed. We cannot be afraid to talk with our "competitors" - to share ideas, problems, and help each other. We all need to work together to expand the imaging industry.

Join Toren Prawdzik, owner of Photoevo, and learn from his experiences. Get advice on social networking and sharing in a national or global market place. Learn how to meet and work with other photographers, labs, and imagers to keep your business running smoothly. As well as how to partner with other professionals to expand your business reach.

Save Yourself Trouble - Visit The Copyright Zone

The PMA 2015 Conferences, including DIMA, PSPA, SPAA, and AIE, January 4-5, 2015 at Bally's Las Vegas is the premier event for the imaging industry leader. Throughout the conferences, you will be given the opportunity to explore ideas, advice, and strategies that will help you in your business. This session is no exception.

Do you have camera insurance in case your camera equipment gets stolen? Do you also have "image" insurance in case your photo gets stolen? Did you know your copyright isn't worth much in most cases without a proper registration? Do you know when you need and do not need a release?

The Copyright Zone

Join renowned commercial photographer, author, and teacher,  Jack Reznicki, as he presents and clarifies the "boatload" of bad information, myths, factoids, and half-truths that are floating around. And there is tons out there.

Not fully understanding copyright and releases can cause you untold headaches and even worse, money lost. This session will both demystify and illuminate copyright, copyright registration, and releases in an easy and entertaining manner, covering the importance of copyright registration and "how to" register with the new, updated eCO (electronic Copyright Office) online registration. As one past attendee stated, this session will "rock your world". Sponsored by Canon.

See you in Las Vegas!

http://www.pmai.org/PMA_CES2015.aspx?id=25210

RICOH G800 digital camera announced

Ricoh Imaging UK has announced that its RICOH G800 digital camera will launch on September 26, 2014. The RICOH G800 features new advances in image quality and is water, dust, impact and chemical resistant enough for the harshest working environments and occupations, including wet and dusty construction sites, disaster relief, and medicine.

The new RICOH G800 is the successor to the acclaimed G700 (released in September 2010). Featuring a back-illuminated, 16-million pixel CMOS image sensor capable of bright low-light exposures, it can record detailed photographs and Full HD movies even in poorly-lit working environments. Like its predecessor, it can be used at depths of up to 5m (for up to 2 hours) and withstand drops of up to 2m in tests conducted according to American military standards.

The RICOH G800 also features improved password protection. Protection that could formerly be applied to only one function at a time (for example, to restrict access to internal memory) now can be applied to multiple camera functions. Ricoh has added support for separate administrator and user passwords, so that in addition to preventing on-site handling errors and unauthorised viewing of photographs, security settings can be fine-tuned separately for administrators and on-site workers according to how each uses the device. And the RICOH G800 can be used in even more working environments than its predecessor-not only in outdoor situations such as during disaster relief, but on construction sites as well as medical and production facilities that require equipment that can be washed and disinfected. Supplied accessories include a rechargeable battery, battery charger, USB cable, and neck strap.

 

RRP: £599.99.  UK availability: October 2014.

Main features of the New RICOH G800 Digital Camera

1. Back-illuminated, 16-million pixel CMOS improves image quality

• The RICOH G800 features a back-illuminated CMOS image sensor for bright pictures of dim worksites and other poorly-lit scenes.

• The effective pixel count of 16 million (an increase over the 12.1 million of its predecessor) ensures that details show clearly even after pictures are cropped.

2. Improved password protection

• Improvements have been made to the password protection feature that restricts access to camera functions. Users can now password-protect the entire camera or selectively restrict USB access or access to such features as camera menus and internal memory. Access can be granted by scanning a password barcode or entering the password using the camera's onscreen keyboard.

 

• Camera access can be fine-tuned by setting separate administrator and user passwords for each feature. For example, by applying a password to camera menus, the administrator can restrict access to camera settings and prevent unintended changes when the camera is used in the workplace. Users in turn can password-protect the entire camera to prevent unauthorised third-party access.

• Two types of SD memory cards can be password protected: SDHC and SDXC. Password-protecting memory cards prevents images falling into the wrong hands should the card be lost or stolen.

3. Rugged enough for the harshest working environments, with water, dust, and impact-resistance and improved chemical resistance

• Chemical resistance has been improved from earlier models: in addition to ethanol and food-grade sodium hypochlorite, the RICOH G800 can be disinfected with liquid chlorine dioxide, allowing it to be safely used in medical settings and on production lines for such items as foodstuffs, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals.

• With Class 8 JIS/IEC water resistance, the RICOH G800 can take photographs for 2 hours at depths of 5 metres. Use it in wet working environments or in the rain-just rinse the dirt off afterwards.

• Class 6 JIS/IEC dust resistance keeps out the dust and sand. Able to withstand temperatures as low as ?10 °C, the RICOH G800 can be used in cold environments.

• Although light and compact, the RICOH G800 features a tempered front lens element and protection at key points, tough enough to withstand the Pentagon MIL Standard 810F 2.0 metre drop test on all 26 surfaces (6 sides, 8 corners, and 12 edges; note that the drop height with an optional wide conversion lens is 1.5m).

• The camera passes the drop test even when switched on.

4. Varied functions for a variety of situations

• The camera's high-capacity 8 GB memory lets you keep taking pictures even without a memory card.

• The large, high-resolution 3.0-inch/920k dot picture display offers both high contrast and a wide viewing angle, making it easy to read outdoors for more reliable framing.

• The camera supports Full HD (1920 ? 1080, 30 fps) movie recording and HDMI(r) output 1 for higher-quality movies and smoother recording and playback.

• Use existing pictures as a template when composing new photos. Template transparency can be selected from 20, 40, 60, and 80 percent. One way in which this feature can be used is for before and after shots on construction sites.

• With a range of 10m (wide angle) to 6.2m (maximum zoom), the built-in flash ensures that you can photograph indoors and in tunnels, corridors, and other dark locations with confidence. And with extreme ISO sensitivities as high as 25600, 2 you can still get the shot even if you can't use the flash.

• The camera features an electronic level that can be used to accurately level the camera when photographing buildings or interiors. It also includes a pitch indicator, ensuring precise framing even where footing is poor.

• An Eye-Fi card with built-in wireless LAN can be used for hassle-free upload to smartphones or other devices. Choose the destination, select pictures, and choose from 2 resize options for upload.

• The camera offers a CALS mode for instant selection of image formats that conform to the construction CALS electronic submission guidelines for different government bodies.

1. HDMI(r) cable not included.

2. Manual mode only.

5. Camera memos greatly reduce your post-shooting workload

• Camera memos of up to 20 items consisting of up to 8 seconds of audio or descriptions of up to 128 characters each can be created in advance on the camera or a computer and added to pictures as they are taken. Choose from up to 999 different memos or use the camera to view blueprints and other reference images appended to the memos.

• The camera barcode feature makes it easy to create memos from barcodes.

• The supplied EX?1 software can be used to rename and organise pictures based on camera memo data, greatly reducing your post-shooting workload.  Memos can also be exported in XML format for easy database management.

 

RICOH WG-M1 digital action camera announced

Looking for an ultra-rugged, outdoor camera with video and still imaging capabilities? Then look no further as RICOH IMAGING UK today announces the launch of the RICOH WG-M1 digital action camera. The newest addition to the waterproof, shock-resistant WG series, the WG-M1 features an ultra-wide-angle lens that enables you capture all kinds of underwater and outdoor activities in high-quality, true-to-life movies and pictures.

 

Designed for outdoor enthusiasts, adventurers and photographers that want to take pictures anytime, anywhere, the RICOH WG-M1 performs brilliantly in challenging outdoor conditions. The camera is waterproof to a depth of 10 metres, shock-resistant against a fall from a height of two metres, and cold-resistant to temperatures as low as ?10°C.

 

Featuring an ultra-wide-angle lens, the WG-M1 captures dynamic Full HD movie clips and with approximately 14.0 effective megapixels, enables you to take beautiful, high-resolution still images. Its high-speed continuous shooting capability records subjects in a series of images at a speed of approximately 10 images per second.

 

The rugged heavy-duty design of the WG-M1 continues the trend of the WG series; perfect for outdoor photography. It also offers a host of convenient features that allow you to check real-time images during both still-image and movie shooting, including a 1.5-inch colour LCD monitor and a wireless LAN connection to a smartphone or tablet.

 

By installing the WG-M1 dedicated app on a smartphone or tablet, users can perform a series of actions including taking pictures from a distance, confirm the status of a subject or scene and check movie recordings in real time. You can also browse and download images and movies from the WG-M1 to your smartphone or tablet for effortless editing using the tools provided on the app and then upload them to social networking and other websites to share with friends.

 

The WG-M1's large control buttons facilitate camera operation - including instant switching between still-image and movie modes - even wearing gloves. It also features a tripod socket on the bottom for the direct attachment of various accessories.

 

The WG-M1 comes with an array of optional camera-mount accessories which allow outdoor photographers to capture fantastic video and still images in almost any situation - whether it's capturing sport action scenes or a range of outdoor activity shots.

 

The WG-M1 is available in black or orange.

Key features:

Effortless underwater shooting without a housing - The WG-M1 delivers outstanding waterproof performance to a depth of 10 metres for up to one hour of continuous operation (equivalent to IPX8 or JIS Class 8)

Ultra rugged for outdoor use - The WG-M1 is shock-resistant against a fall from a height of two metres,* dustproof (equivalent to JIS Class 6), and cold-resistant against temperatures as low as ?10°C. All these features make the WG-M1 a truly dependable, heavy-duty action camera in challenging outdoor conditions.

Lightweight, portable design - Since it doesn't require a cumbersome housing to protect the body, so you can enjoy taking underwater movies and images more freely, and also record sounds more clearly without muffling.**

Full HD movie recording - The WG-M1 provides Full HD movie recording in the H.264 recording format, capturing high-quality, extended movie clips (1920 x 1080 pixels, 16:9 proportions) at a frame rate of 30 frames per second.*** Thanks to its digital shake reduction mode, you can be assured of flawless, blur-free movies, with a choice of four angle-of-view settings - Wide (approximately 137 degrees),**** Medium, Narrow***** and Underwater. It also provides a host of creative tools to simplify complex movie-recording techniques, including "Motion detection," which automatically starts recording a movie when the camera detects a moving object within the image field; "Loop recording," which keeps recording movies while creating new files at five or ten-minute intervals; "High-speed Movie,"****** which records movies specifically for slow-motion playbacks; and "Time Lapse Movie," which produces time-compressed movies using a time-lapse recording technique. In addition, a micro-HDMI terminal (type D) is provided on the camera body for the simultaneous output of movie clips and sound to external audio-visual devices.

High-resolution still images captured by an ultra-wide-angle, 160-degree lens and approximately 14.0 effective megapixels - The WG-M1 delivers true-to-life, high-resolution still images, thanks to the combination of approximately 14.0 effective megapixels and a CMOS image sensor with outstanding high-sensitivity, low-noise characteristics and high-speed data readout.  During still-image shooting, it offers a choice of four angle-of-view settings: Wide (160 degrees),******* Medium, Narrow******** and Underwater.

 

 

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Measured under RICOH IMAGING-original testing standards (from a height of two metres onto a surface of 5cm-thick plywood), conforming to Method 516.5-Shock of the MIL-Standard 810F

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When the image size of 848 x 480 pixels (at 120fps) is selected, sound cannot be recorded

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The maximum length of a single movie clip is 25 minutes

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The angle of view may vary depending on the selected image size. The maximum angle of view in underwater movie recording is approximately 90 degrees.

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The medium and narrow settings are selectable only when the image size of 1920 x 1080 pixels (at 30fps) is selected

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The image size is fixed at 848 x 480 pixels (at 120fps), while the recording duration is fixed at 60 seconds

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The angle of view may vary depending on the selected image size. The maximum angle of view in underwater still-image recording is approximately 97 degrees.

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The medium and narrow settings are selectable only when image size of 10M or 14M is selected

 

 

Other features:

• Face Detection AF & AE function, to automatically optimize focus and set exposure on the subject's face

 

• WG adhesive mount, to attach the camera body to different surfaces using a powerful adhesive tape

 

• Carabiner-equipped strap, to suspend the camera on a backpack or other object for easy carrying

 

• Compatible with micro SD and micro SDHC memory cards

New Optional Accessories:

 

O-MA1531 WG Grip Adapter

This accessory provides a solid grip of the WG-M1 to facilitate one-handed shooting.

 

O-MA1532 WG Angle Adapter

With a combination of three parts, this accessory allows you to set the camera at the desired angle.

 

O-CM1532 WG Adhesive Mount 2

Designed to attach the camera to different surfaces using a powerful adhesive tape, this accessory provides a broader adhesive area than the standard WG adhesive mount included in the camera package. It also comes with a hook to attach a leash cord to prevent the accidental loss of the camera during the shooting of active sports, such as surfing and snowboarding.

 

O-CM1533 WG Wrist Strap Mount

Designed to attach the camera to the arm or tubular objects such as pipes, this accessory is convenient for the shooting of active sports such as surfing, snorkeling, skiing and snowboarding.

 

O-CM1534 WG Peg Mount

Designed to fix the camera on the ground, this accessory simplifies still-image/movie recording of golf swings and interval shooting on photo-shooting expeditions.

 

O-CM1535 WG Magnet Mount

Designed to attach the camera to metal objects with a powerful magnet, this accessory makes it easy to install and remove the camera.

 

O-CM1536 WG Helmet Strap Mount

Designed to attach the camera to a helmet using a strap, this accessory assists active movie shooting of road racing and mountain biking.

 

Existing Optional Accessories:

 

O-CM1471 WG Adhesive Mount

A camera mount with a powerful adhesive tape to fix the camera body to an intended object, such as a canoe, helmet and bicycle.

 

O-CM1472 WG Handlebar Mount

A pinch-type camera mount to fix the camera body to a pipe of a bicycle or hang glider.

 

O-CM1473 WG Suction Cup Mount

A camera mount with a suction cup, easily removable for repeated use, to fix the camera body to an intended object, such as a canoe or bicycle. Also usable as a handy substitute for a tripod.

 

RRP: £199.99

 

Availability: TBC

 

Epson supports United for UNICEF

15 images printed by Epson and signed by Sir Alex Ferguson are to raise money for Manchester United's unique charity partnership. The Manchester United Foundation's 'United for UNICEF' partnership has launched a new fundraising drive with the support of Epson Europe.

 

Manchester United's Old Trafford stadium was the venue for an exclusive "for-one-day-only" photography exhibition celebrating 15 years of United for UNICEF.  To mark the occasion, Sir Alex Ferguson unveiled his personal selection of 15 photographs highlighting memorable events during the partnership's 15 years.  A selection of these images - signed by Sir Alex after being printed on an Epson Stylus Pro 9900 large-format printer - are now being auctioned online to raise money for United for UNICEF's programme supporting vulnerable children in Vietnam.  The 508 mm x 768 mm images, printed on 300 gsm media, can be viewed and bid for at http://www.united4unicef.org/.

 

United for UNICEF started in 1999 and is the longest-running partnership of its kind between a sporting organisation and a global children's organisation.  To date it has raised over £3 million and protected over 3.4 million children worldwide from violence, abuse and exploitation.  All the money raised by auctioning Sir Alex's chosen images will be invested in Vietnam, where more than 4 million children are estimated to be at risk, living on the streets, working in hazardous conditions, or in conflict with the law.

"We are proud to have been asked to help promote such a great cause," says Mary McNulty, Epson Europe, "and we hope that the excellent print quality achievable with the Stylus Pro 9900 will add real value to what is a uniquely exclusive limited edition."

New additions to the Benro Travel Tripods range

Kenro, the official UK and Ireland distributor of the acclaimed Benro range of photo equipment, has announced some additions to the Benro Travel Tripods range.

The new Benro IT15 and IT25 Travel Tripod kits are lower cost additions to the range and are suitable for those who wish to travel light, while still achieving good stability for their cameras.

They are manufactured from high quality aluminium with magnesium alloy castings that are anodised and treated with high temperature anti-corrosion powder paint, increasing the tripod's resistance to corrosion and extending its usable life.

These tripods are supplied with matching IH ball head, flip lock legs with rubber feet, and carry case.

Technical Features:

Compact Design: The IT15 and IT25 legs can be folded back through 180 degrees, making them extremely compact.

Monopod Feature: One of the legs is quickly removable, and when attached to the centre column is instantly converted to a full size monopod with ball head.

Flip Lock Legs: The tripod is set up quickly and easily, with large flip lock leg levers.

Adjustable Leg Angle: The legs fold out with stops in 3 positions down to just a few inches off floor level for ultra-low level photography.

Reversible Centre Column and Hook: The centre column reverses for low level photography.  A hook on the bottom of the column enables the user to hang additional weights from the tripod's centre of gravity in order to increase stability.

Tripod Head: Supplied with matching IH ball head with snap in quick release plate including professional safety lock.

Additional Features: Soft NBR padded grip, built in spirit level, supplied complete with carry case and shoulder strap.

All Benro tripods are covered by the Benro 5 year limited guarantee.

Managing Director of Kenro, Paul Kench commented: "These new Travel Tripod kits are excellent value for money and come complete with carry case and are compact enough to take anywhere."

SRPs: IT15 is £119.94 and IT25 is £143.94 including VAT.

If you would like further information, or want to find your nearest stockist, go to www.kenro.co.uk or call 01793 615836.

New Hasselblad H5X camera body

Hasselblad has announced the launch of a new and exclusive medium format camera body.

The highly versatile H5X has been developed primarily for H1, H2, H2F and H4X photographers who seek H5 capability - and also as a backup body for H5D users.

The H5X, which boasts latest capture functionality and works seamlessly with Hasselblad's world-leading H System lenses, comes after the spring launch of the world's first 50MP CMOS Sensor H5D-50c camera and the summer launch of the new H5D-50c MS, H5D-200c MS and the CFV-50c CMOS digital back.

Hasselblad will showcase the new H5X at photokina (Sep 16-21: Hall 02.1 Stands A021 - B020).

Michele Channer, Hasselblad International Sales Director said: "This cutting edge camera body, which can be purchased with no trade-in required, further extends the Hasselblad capture palette for photographers. Based on the widely-acclaimed H5D range this unit is compatible not only with most of the digital backs from older H System products but also most of the third party digital backs. Additionally, photographers who love shooting film now have access to this highly advanced camera body."

She added: "Photographers choosing the H5X can embrace the unique and comprehensive Hasselblad lens range - and for third party digital backs, the new body offers the same functionality as the H4X."

The H5X, which will retail at €4,595 without viewfinder (or €5,795 with viewfinder) excluding tax, provides the same extensive functionality as the H1 and H2 cameras but with a number of new functions, including:

• True Focus - which enables photographers to concentrate completely on creativity without worrying about focus mechanics.

• Full HC and HCD lens compatibility, including HCD 24; HCD 28 and the HCD 35-90 zoom lens.

• HVD 90x viewfinder optimised for 36x48 mm format.

• HV 90x-II viewfinder optimised for the film and 40.2?53.7 mm format.

• High power AF illumination.

• The H5X features eight memory banks for easy access to previously saved camera settings.

• All new programmable button options available with an H5D sensor unit (not with third party backs).

Other H5X highlights include:

• Tilt/Shift solution with six lenses using the HTS 1.5x Tilt/Shift adapter.

• Superior viewfinder options.

• H5D design on grip and grip display, for improved handling and readability.

Backup camera for H5D users.

New Designs: Benro Combination Series Tripod Range

Kenro, the official UK and Ireland distributor of the acclaimed Benro range of photo equipment, has announced new updated designs in the Combination Series Tripods range.

The Benro Combination Series is so named due to the choice of two platforms - either a simple flat platform or a geared centre column. The flat platform allows the tripod to work without any centre column, offering a very low working height.

The Combination Series offers the highest stability and loading capacity of the Benro Tripod Range, making then particularly suited to heavy equipment such as very long lenses and medium and large format cameras.

All models in the range are manufactured from high-grade 8-layer Carbon Fibre and feature multi-adjustable twist-lock legs.

The two new models: BRC3770TN and BRC4770TN feature legs with three sections; the former weighs 1.75kg and can support a load of up to 18kg, while the latter weighs 2.36kg and supports weights of up to 25kg.

The tripods also include newly designed interchangeable rubber feet that can be swapped out for the included spiked metal feet if required. The new design also features a new side locking system, strength enhanced spider and a safety button.

The optional geared centre column (length 310mm) allows for additional and precise height adjustment.

Managing Director of Kenro, Paul Kench commented: "Where a sturdy tripod with a high load capacity is required, the Benro Combination range should definitely be considered. These are tripods for the serious professional."

SRPs are: BRC3770TN - £431.40, BRC4770TN - £515.40. The centre columns start at £266.40, all including VAT.

If you would like further information, or want to find your nearest stockist, go to www.kenro.co.uk or call 01793 615836.

Final call for entry to 2014 TPOTY Awards

Entries for the 2014 international Travel Photographer of the Year awards (TPOTY) close on October 1st. With three portfolio categories, three single image categories, a New Talent award, HD video category and the Travel Photographer of the Year and Young Travel Photographer of the Year titles to win, amateur and professional photographers of all ages and from all countries have plenty of themes and options to choose from. And, with support from cazenove+loyd, Cutty Sark Blended Scotch Whisky, Direct Photographic, Genesis Imaging, Photo Iconic, Plastic Sandwich, Railbookers, Warr's Harley-Davidson(r) and Young Photographers Alliance, there are some great prizes to be won.

 

The winning photographers will also have the privilege of seeing their shots displayed at a major exhibition at London's Royal Geographical Society (with IBG) in 2015.

 

The awards will be judged by a hugely respected international panel, including Daria Bonera, photo agency director and photo editor and editorial coordinator for 'Touring' - National Geographic Traveler Italy, award-winning photographer and picture editor Eamonn McCabe, wildlife photographer Chris Weston, Manfred Zollner, deputy Editor in Chief of FOTOmagazin (Germany), and Caroline Metcalfe, photography director of Condé Nast Traveller.

 

Last year Travel Photographer of the Year attracted entries from almost 100 countries, with photographers drawn to take the TPOTY challenge by the prospect of success in one of the world's most prestigious travel photography awards.

 

Entry to the awards costs from £7.50, and entry to Young Travel Photographer of the Year is free. Entry is via image upload to www.tpoty.com or by prints, and HD Video category entries are via DVD.

 

For further information on the awards please visit www.tpoty.com.

 

Leaf Credo 50 Megapixel CMOS-based digital back launched

The new 50 megapixel CMOS-based medium format digital camera back, the Leaf Credo 50 has been launched. The new Credo 50 will give photographers a wider ISO range of 100 to 6400 for greater versatility and higher performance in capturing legendary Leaf colors under a variety of shooting conditions, including available light. Its new image processor improves Live View performance, data flow, while expanding dynamic range to 14-stops. For wedding, portrait, fashion and action shooting, this system delivers! Shoot Anything, Anywhere, Anytime!

 

Mamiya Leaf Credo 50 Features:

• Live View -- The Leaf Credo 50 supports incredibly fluid high-quality live view for exact composition as well as more accurate and selective focusing, whether it is done on the digital back's LCD, or on a computer monitor through Capture One software.

• Compelling, Clean Color Rendition in 50 MP resolution.

• Very Long Exposures - up to one hour.

• Giant Touch Screen -- 3.2" display at 1.15 megapixel resolution.

• 14 f-stops dynamic range -- one shot captures retain amazing details in highlights and shadows

• Enhanced Image Processor -- faster and cleaner Live View, 2.3 GB Data Flow, 1.2 frames per second capture rate and faster read/write speeds.

Pricing and Availability:

The Mamiya Leaf Credo 50 Digital back* is priced at $ 26,995 / € 19,995.

A full Mamiya Leaf Credo 50 system is priced at $ 30,995 / € 22,995.

*Available in Mamiya, Contax, H and V mounts

 

For existing Mamiya Leaf customers, attractive digital back and/or camera system upgrades are available.

 

The Mamiya Leaf Credo 50 may be ordered now through Mamiya Leaf partners world wide. (http://www.mamiyaleaf.com/partners.html) Shipping starts September 16, 2014.

 

 

Reflecta ProScan 10T film scanner launched

Kenro, the UK and Ireland distributor of Reflecta, the respected German manufacturer of cutting-edge digitization products has announced the Reflecta ProScan 10T film scanner.

The ProScan 10T provides top quality scans with an impressive resolution of 10,000 x 5,000 dpi and a Dynamic Range of 3.9 Dmax. Scanning time is 7 minutes for a full colour scan (at 10,000 dpi) with 24 Bit Colour Depth (maximum colour depth is 48 Bit).

The ProScan 10T also features Magic Touch technology which is hardware based dust and scratch removal with infrared sensors and automatic software correction.

Accessories provided include a slide holder for 4 mounted slides (for up to 3.2mm thickness), a film holder for strips up to 6 exposures, a user manual and imaging editing programs Scansoftware Cyberview and Adobe Photoshop Elements 12, plus a USB-Cable and AC-Adapter.

Main Features:

- Film Type: Negative and Positive film, 35mm strips or 35mm mounted slides.
- Optical Resolution: 10000x5000dpi.
- Scanning Time: 7 min at 10000 dpi and colour depth of 24Bit (inc. Magic Touch).
- Colour Depth: 48 Bit.
- Dynamic Range: 3.9 Dmax.
- Image Sensor: Linea Colour CCD.
- Lamp: white LEDs and Infrared LEDs.
- Scan Area max: 24.3x36.5mm.
- Interface: USB 2.0.
- Magic Touch Technology.

Technical Specifications:

- Dimensions: 275(L) x 167(W) x80(H) mm.
- Weight: 1Kg.
- Power Supply: Via power adaptor.
- System Requirements:
MAC OS x10.5 or higher. CPU: Intel Core 2 Duo, Speed 1.8 GHz. RAM: 1GB, 667 MHz, DDR2. SDRAM. PC XP, Vista (32 and 64 Bit). 7 (32 and 64 Bit), 8 (32 and 64 Bit). CPU: Intel P4 2 GHz or higher. RAM: 1 GB Minimum. Free Hard Disc Space: Min 10 GB.

Managing Director of Kenro, Paul Kench commented: "The Reflecta ProScan 10T is the latest addition to the range and boasts impressive advanced features. It is aimed at those who want very high quality scans, while sticking within a reasonable budget."

SRP is £486.60 including VAT.

If you would like further information, or want to find your nearest stockist, go to www.kenro.co.uk or call 01793 615836.