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Mamiya and Leaf join forces in medium format digital cameras

“Mamiya and Leaf Imaging, two companies controlled in part by Phase One, have announced the creation of a new brand – Mamiya Leaf, to help streamline development and “establish more efficient customer sales and support.” writes Olivier Laurent in the BJP

A camera that can use up to 80 mega pixels, so producing a file up to 240mb is something to wonder at. I so miss using my medium and large format film cameras, their size and difficulties of use changed the way I shot; I do love my digital cameras but always shooting with my eye to a viewfinder changes how I create images. There is no mention of cost in this article but I would guess between £10 and £20k so a specialist camera.

Drool here

How Digital Cameras have changed us…..

Hi I am just back from my trip to Laos, pictures to come soon.

The first thing that caught my attention that I just had to bring to you was this fascinating article By Tom de Castella on the BBC website  It tells the history of digital photography and the impact it has had on the way we take pictures, how we interact with our surroundings, how we record our lives and everything we see and finally how phones with cameras have become an absolute game changer.

“Photography firm Kodak has run into hard times, with critics suggesting it has failed to effectively adapt to digital. But four decades ago Kodak was credited with building the first digital camera, an innovation that has changed the world.

The first was a box the size of a small coffee machine with a cassette stuck to the side.

Little did anyone know when it took its first image in 1975 that this Heath Robinson-esque prototype would nearly obliterate the market for camera film and turn us all into potential Robert Doisneaus or Henri Cartier-Bressons, recording everything from the banal to the beautiful on our mobile phones.

Steven Sasson invented that boxy first digital camera for Kodak. But the company has struggled to fully profit from its invention, and with its share price plunging last year there has been growing disquiet about the company’s prospects.”

Steve Sasson shows off the digital camera he invented for Kodak

Kodak DC290 (pictured above, 1999)

A camera that combined superior sensor resolution and low price. It showed the benefits of linking a camera and a computer. The camera allowed scripts to be created so that instructions would appear on the camera’s screen – such as “now photograph the bathroom” for estate agents. It was a glimpse into the future.

Canon EOS 300D (2003)

The first digital SLR (single lens reflex) camera that cost less than 1000 euros (£830). At the time amateurs, and many professionals too, could only afford digital compact cameras or what were called “bridge cameras” – models with long range zooms that couldn’t come off the body. This marked the beginning of the fall in the price of proper digital cameras.

Nikon D90 (2008)

The first digital SLR camera to feature video recording. While compact cameras could make movies for some time, the quality was poor and the lenses not very good. In the D90, amateurs could make professional quality films.

Nikon D3 (2007)

One of the biggest problems with digital cameras was that pictures taken in dim lighting were filled with millions of tiny coloured speckled dots – noise. The D3 introduced the ability to shoot in almost completely dark conditions with almost no visible noise.

Apple iPhone (2007)

It doesn’t have the best camera of any mobile phone but it is certainly the most popular. Picture sharing websites, Facebook and Twitter are dominated by pictures taken and shared via the iPhone.

Read more here

A 15 Minute Lesson For The Photography Beginner

This piece by Peter West Carey on Digital Photo School is actually a very good summation of what I would tell someone who needed a quick lesson on using a camera the other advice I would give is don’t be afraid to make mistakes, take chances with the pictures you make and look for a different perspectives on a scene so avoid just taking the obvious postcard picture.

“I was sitting in the heat and humidity of the the Amazonian rainforest inside the 1970’s designed airport at Puerto Maldonado, Peru. We had a few minutes before heading back to Lima and I had been trying to find time to help a young Norwegian traveling on the same itinerary as me.

When he saw my camera a few days earlier, he had the same comment I have head a dozen times while traveling;

“I just bought this camera before my trip and I haven’t a clue how to use it. So I just leave it on Auto.”

If you have uttered this phrase in the recent past, read on. If you have mastery of your camera this post will not likely excite you.

I then told him I’d be happy to help him get a little more out of his camera for the rest of his travels through South America. It’s always tricky making this offer, because some people just want a few tips and some can suck down half a day of sightseeing with constant questions. Unfortunately we didn’t have a chance to sit down and talk cameras until our time traveling together was almost over.

With just 15 minutes until we boarded and sat in different areas of the plane, I did my best to fill his head with quick tips to take better photos while he headed on to Brazil. Here then is what I told him.”.…more here

If you have more than 15 minutes consider one of our camera courses, we have a new schedule starting in January, full details of our courses can be found on our site

DSLR cameras banned from railway station

This article on the excellent pixiq site highlights again the crass stupidity of those in authority; you would have thought that having authority required some semblance of grey matter. It does make you wonder who advises these idiots, still it does explain their inability to run a decent railway service. Well done Daniela Bowker over at pixiq. Read the whole article here and wonder at how stupid tfl are

Tim’s photo, taken with a compact camera

There is an update to this story that is almost as amusing, here is a link

Speaking to BJP, Wendy Neville, a spokeswoman for the London Transport Museum, which administers the station, explains the ban: “Terms and conditions for the recent sale of tickets to visit Aldwych Underground station clearly stated that digital SLR cameras were not permitted, as these are classed as professional equipment.”

The Ultimate Guide for Buying Your First Digital SLR

“Let’s assume that you’ve been shooting with your “point and shoot” for a while now, and you’ve taken some pretty nice snapshots. But maybe you are starting to feel a little limited by what the camera is capable of doing. You’ve read up on photography, and there are things you want to work on. You feel it is time to step up!

This guide will help you to understand some of the basic features of Digital SLR cameras (DSLRs), and hopefully help you find one that fits both your needs and budget.”“…..more

Nikon 1 mirrorless cameras

Nikon has announced the release of what it calls a “revolutionary digital camera system,” entering the mirrorless market with the Nikon 1 V1 and Nikon 1 J1 compact cameras.

The Nikon 1 system has been built from scratch, says Nikon, with the goal of offering still image and movie recording capabilities “without compromise,” according to the firm. “This next generation pioneers amazing photography features such as pre and post capture technology that starts before you – enabling groundbreaking new shooting modes that mean you’ll never miss a thing – even the most fleeting of moments, bringing shots to life to help you to capture images you didn’t think possible. And that might be Nikon 1’s most important feature, setting it apart from the other camera manufacturers that have entered the mirrorless camera market more than three years ago now.” Author: Olivier Laurent at The BJP

“You just press the shutter once and, utilising the pre and post capture technology, the camera starts to take the pictures before you’ve even fully depressed the button.” The camera then automatically selects the best five shots, which are saved based on facial expression, composition and focus.”  Do we need cameras that decide which expression is best?

Read more: http://www.bjp-online.com/british-journal-of-photography/news/2110726/nikon-goes-drawing-board-releases-nikon-mirrorless-cameras#ixzz1YgUDDPld

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Photography Courses Oxford – dates for autumn term announced

Here are the new dates for the autumn term photography courses we run. Full details of all the courses can be found on The Oxford School of Photography website. If you are lucky enough to live near Oxford joining us for one of our courses is a sure way of improving your photographs.

Our courses run three times a year and are always very well supported and we recommend early application for places, to do this just send us an email stating the course name and start date. we will then reserve your place and send you further information.

Understanding Your Digital SLR: 4 different start dates  – 7.9.11;  4.10.11;  2.11.11;  5.11.11
Understanding Your Digital Compact Camera -starts 1.11.11
Introduction to Photoshop and Photoshop Elements – starts 13.10.11
Composition In Photography – Seeing Pictures – starts 6.10.11
Portrait Photography – starts 5.10.11
Intermediate Photography – starts 3.10.11
Travel Photography starts 3.11.11
One Day Understanding Your DSLR – 3 different dates this autumn:  25.9.11;  23.10.11;  27.11.11

©Keith Barnes


Pentax sold to Ricoh for £77m

Not as much as Manchester Utd got for Cristiano Ronaldo when they sold him to Real Madrid

Hoya is selling the camera manufacturer Pentax to Ricoh in a £77m deal confirmed this morning. Pentax UK reacts…

Hands-on with Sigma’s SD1

BJP‘s technical reviewer Richard Kilpatrick has been testing Sigma‘s 46-megapixel SD1 digital SLR. Ahead of the publication of his full review in August, he gives us his first impressions

“Sigma’s SD1 – announced at Photokina in 2010, and now shipping worldwide – has already proven to be unusual for the Japanese firm that perseveres with the Foveon X3technology first adopted with the 2002 SD9.This professional body brings Sigma’s APS-C offering back into play against contemporary DSLRs, with an output file of 15Mp and a solid, professional quality construction. It’s reached the market almost within the initial time estimates despite the tragic earthquake in March that affected many manufacturers and individuals, resulting in constrained stock and delays for many products announced at the end of last year; a sharp contrast with the wait for the previous models developed in tandem with Foveon.

The cost estimates are another matter. During Photokina, Sigma’s COO Kazuto Yamaki is reputed to have offered an estimate of “a similar price to the 5D Mk II” which many pundits took to be around £1800.”

Leica to launch new compact system in 2012

Leica’s goal is to create a new market in the Electronic Viewfinder, Interchangeable Lens segment.