Fujifilm Denies Deleting Instant Film

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Fujifilm has reaffirmed its commitment to manufacturing black and white instant film despite recent claims the company would cease production.

Russ Gunn, Fujifilm’s senior product manager for professional film told the British Journal of Photography that ˜news’ reports on a number of websites were inaccurate..

‘I would like to confirm that all current formats of FP-100B and FP-3000B black-and-white instant film and FP-100C colour instant film will remain in production and we have no plans to discontinue any of them,” he said. “We remain fully committed to the continued support of photographers who appreciate the quality and flexibility of real film.”.

Fujifilm is the last remaining manufacturer of B&W instant, although a plan under the name of  ...full story

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Billboard Not So Pretty…

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Hotel chain heiress, music-career hopeful and enthusiastic socialite, Paris Hiltonis threatening local advertising firm, Media5, for unauthorised use of her image on a billboard featuring the word ˜vacant.’

While the Wellington agency defended the pun as a good-natured ˜bit of fun’designed to sell unused billboard space, Hilton apparently took offence to the campaign.

The episode is one in a string of incidents where advertising agencies have used images without permission and subsequently found themselves in hot water. American Apparel was reprimanded for using an image of Woody Allen on one of its billboards, while Toyota is currently facing action over taking copyrighted images from  ...full story

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E-P2 Revealed

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Just a few months after releasing its first micro four-thirds camera, Olympus has dropped the E-P2, claimed to be the world’s smallest camera with an interchangeable lens.

The slim 12.3-megapixel camera shoots HD video and accommodates a detachable electronic viewfinder and an external mic. The new VF-2 viewfinder attaches via a hot-shoe, providing a 1.15x magnification for a purported 100 per cent field of view. Other improvements from the E-P1 include continuous autofocus and a movie mode at 30fps in 720p that allows users to control aperture and shutter speed.1482_overview1

Along with the new camera, two new lenses designed specifically for the micro four-thirds system are to be released by Olympus early next year. Both ...full story

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Canon New Zealand Turns Twenty

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Canon celebrated its 20 year anniversary in New Zealand this November, with the company letting its hair down for a day at the Ellerslie Racetrack forMelbourne Cup Day in Auckland. Photographers, media, industry personalities and staff spent the afternoon with the gee-gees, and sampled some of the new photographic products to capture the action.Peter Bush and Janet Winnie

Since opening its doors in 1989, Canon New Zealand now employs over 300 staff. Country manager Mike Johnston explained that Canon’s company philosophy revolves around the concept of Kyosei, which involves living and working together for the common good.

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DeCarava Dies at 89

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Influential photographer and chronicler of the jazz era, Roy DeCarava, has died at age 89, leaving a legacy of a school of African-American photography that broke with social documentary styles so popular in his day.

According to the New York Times, DeCarava, who spent almost 70 years at his craft, originally trained to be a painter, and carried his camera to collect material. He began to see photography as a way to unsettle the boundaries of a segregated America.

“A black painter, to be an artist,” he said, according to the Times, “had to join the white world or not function ” had to accept the values of white culture.”

DeCarava became the first black photographer to be awarded a Guggenheim fellowship in 1952, and released the best-selling ...full story

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Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W210 – Review – 30

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Sony pulls out all the stops for its latest compact offering, as Phil Hanson discovers

Even if it didn’t have a Zeiss lens with a decent optical zoom range, or 12.1 megapixels or commendable build quality, there would still be one compelling reason to buy Sony’s Cyber-shot W210 compact: its dynamite user interface.

True, there are some very good interfaces out there that are intuitive and easy to understand, but the W210’s stands with the best in the business. Its graphics are so clear the photographer is left in no doubt about which feature is being selected and why. It’s a real boon to those who are new to using a camera and certainly is of no harm to the rest of us.

For example, turn the knurled mode dial and the generous 2.7-inch LCD screen reproduces a graphic image of the chosen setting as well as a written description. As a random for-instance: “Soft Snap. Shoot subject with soft background”.

BUT THERE’S MORE

The W210, which replaces the well-regarded W120 of 7.2 megapixels, includes features ...full story

Mamiya Drops DM22

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Professional camera manufacturer, Mamiya, has debuted a cut-price medium format model, the 22 megapixel DM22.

Featuring a 36x48mm sensor that shoots true 16bit/channel RAW files the new medium-format provides a wider field of view for fashion work, studio product photography, industrial or scientific uses.

A Mamiya 80mm f/2.8 D Series lens, focal plane shutter comes standard with the DM22, which is fully compatible with any Mamiya AF focal plane series lenses.

Although local pricing and availability is yet to be confirmed, the DM22 is likely to make medium-format photography more accessible to the enthusiast digital photographer.

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