In the past few days Canon fans have had plenty to chew on with a whole slew of juicy new models announced across the board, including top-tier DSLRs, a new mirrorless model, and stylish new compacts.
The headliners in the recent announcements are additions to the Canon EOS 5D range; the EOS 5DS and EOS 5DS R. Both models offer a huge 50-megapixel sensor, with the 5DS R ditching the optical low pass filter to offer maximum image sharpness (much like the difference between Nikon’s D800 and D800E).
Looking like a possible alternative to medium format options, both new DSLRs feature 5fps continuous shooting, an ISO range of 100-6400 (expandable to 12800), 61-point autofocus system, and new Digic 6 image processor. Read the rest of this entry »
To enter the competition photographers must head to Hamilton Zoo and capture images of the wildlife inhabitants. The winning image will earn the photographer a new Canon PowerShot SX60 HS worth over $600, while other prizes include zoo passes and animal experiences, vouchers for Snapshot Cameras, and copies of Penfold’s excellent wildlife photo books.
There is also a category in the competition exclusively for members of the Hamilton Zoo Photography Group (HZPG), wherein entrants will compete for the title of HZPG Photographer of the Year and a Canon 70D kit worth over $1700.
The photography group was another joint initiative between Penfold and the zoo, giving passionate photographers the opportunity to access the zoo all year round, compete in photo contests and have their images critiqued by the wildlife photographer.
For full entry conditions see here, and more information on the photography group can be found here.
Those who take up the brief will be in with a shot at journeying to Sri Lanka to explore the country’s unique culture and fine heritage of tea-making. The winner will also document the experience with a band new Canon EOS 7D Mark II DSLR with 17-55mm IS f/2.8 lens, supplied with a Canon backpack and SD card, along with a Canon Pixma Pro-100 printer.
The competition is open now and closes January 23, 2015. Selected finalist images will be displayed at the Photographer’s Gallery in Napier as part of the Tremains Art Deco Weekend on February 18-22, 2-15; there the judging panel will select the competition’s overall winner.
If you’d like to get a taste for the winner’s trip to Sri Lanka might involve you can view an example itinerary here, and you can view the competition’s full terms and conditions here.
The Canon New Zealand crew are touring the country this week, making stops in Wellington, Christchurch and Auckland, bringing with them the latest and greatest Canon gear to test out.
The team are making time for enthusiasts and professionals alike on the trip, offering Canon Professional Services (CPS) members free camera sensor cleaning (5D and 1D series) along with a chance to get hands-on with the latest Canon professional gear releases. Enthusiasts are invited to meet the Canon reps and take the Canon experience kit for a spin, comprising a large range of cameras and lenses.
The events will be held at fully-equipped photography studios and Canon is bringing a model along for the events, so you’ll be able to test the gear (and bring your own along if you like) in real world studio conditions.
Everyone attending the events also goes in to the draw to win a new Canon PowerShot G1X Mark II, the company’s top-shelf compact camera.
Photographers in Auckland are in for a special opportunity, with Canon not just brining the full kit for trial but also conducting a free photography night walk in partnership with photo educator Three Little Wishes. There are only 20 spaces for this event, so be sure to get in quick (RSVP details below).
Film-makers shooting on the Cinema EOS System will soon have access to a free firmware upgrade to improve the line’s operability, as well as new software for greater RAW footage handling in November.
The EOS C300, C 300 PL, C500, C500 PL cameras will all benefit from the firmware, which allows for simpler colour temperature value selection.
The later two models will also be made compatible with the expanded colour space for 4K TV broadcasting. Used in conjunction with the DP-V3010 professional-use 4K display, the system will be capable of oppertaing within the realms of next-generation motion-picture production and broadcasting.
The new Cinema RAW Development 1.3 software will also allow the C500/PL models to utilize 3D-LUT for converting from Cinema Gamut/DCI-P3+ to advanced colour space standards like ITU-R BT.709 and DCI-P3, enabling efficient video editing while maintaining low-chroma colour reproduction and high-chroma colour gradation. Edit decision lists will also be supported so processing unnecessary files will be a thing of the past.
A demonstration of the ITU-R BT.2020 colour space will be carried out during the INC2-14 broadcast technology trade show held in the Netherlands this week on September 12–16.
Photographer Paul Gummer looks at the way networking and sharing can take the industry forward
Although at UCOL we offer academic qualifications, in a skill-based industry such as the photographic arena they don’t necessarily prove someone can perform on a job, especially when there is pressure to come up with strong images. While we aim to keep up with the latest trends, styles and technology, we also recognize that industry qualifications have greater impact in many sectors. We form links with industry, and look to produce work for industry-driven qualifications and awards where possible as a way of exposing people who study here to industry standards. Coupled with a healthy business component, the aim is to free people from the potential closet of an academic institution, and encourage them to not only produce creative work with a high skill base, but also learn how to survive out there in a competitive marketplace. Read the rest of this entry »
This month (and next, if you’re in Hamilton) sees a number of opportunities for photographers around the country to meet their local Canon crew, play with gear and perhaps win a prize.
The friendly folk at Canon New Zealand will be doing the rounds in a series of social evenings to meet with the local photographic community and give them a chance to play with the latest Canon gear.
The events, which run from 5pm to 7pm, feature a model and full studio set up at various sites throughout New Zealand, kicking off tomorrow night in Christchurch.
Bring your own gear along or have a borrow of some of Canon’s latest and greatest, plus you’ll be in with a chance to win a Canon Pixma Pro-10 just for showing up – the full cross-country timetable follows:
October 22, Christchurch: Linton Studios, Unit 2, 16 Bernard Street, Addington
October 23, Wellington: FlashDog Studios, 10 Oxford Terrace, Mt Cook
October 30, Auckland: Kingsize Studios, 27 Sackville Street, Grey Lynn
November 19, Hamilton: Canon Branch, 404 Anglesea Street, Hamilton CBD
To RSVP for any of the events just email firstname.lastname@example.org with the location you’ll be attending in the subject line.