iPhoneArt.com launches LA Mobile Arts Festival in Santa Monica – August 18-26, 2012; Open Call for Entries: Deadline, July 15, 2012

Mobile art pioneers from around the world will show off their latest creations at the LA Mobile Arts Festival. The event will be Santa Monica Art Studios’ first-ever mobile arts exhibition showcasing nine days of mobile artistry from the heart of the West Coast’s contemporary art scene.

Santa Monica, CA (PRWEB) May 30, 2012

Mobile art pioneers from around the world will show off their latest creations at the LA Mobile Arts Festival. The event will be Santa Monica Art Studios’ first-ever mobile arts exhibition showcasing nine days of mobile artistry from the heart of the West Coast’s contemporary art scene.

The Call for Entries is open from now to July 15, 2012. Submission and sponsorship details can be found on the LA-MAF website.

Santa Monica Art Studios is a major mecca for contemporary art and design in the Los Angeles area. This vast, historic airplane hangar was converted to a modern-day artists’ colony in 2003. Under its soaring roofline, artists of every persuasion come to share, create, and sell their works in studio and exhibition spaces.

LA Mobile Arts Festival 2012 will be a fusion of art and technology, exhibited in Arena 1 at SMAS – 2,400 sq. ft. of prime exhibition space that shows off cutting edge artworks from curators across the globe. Here, early aviation pioneers once roamed the hanger. What better place to champion today’s passionate iPhoneographers and mobile artists as this underground movement takes off worldwide. What better city than Los Angeles – home to a panoply of world class visual effects and digital artists, and to Silicone Beach, a new hub for iPhoneography and mobile art related tech developers.

“We welcome submissions for all the mobile arts—photography, sound- and video-based works, sculptural and performance art pieces,” said Daria Polichetti, co-founder of IPA. “We are thinking big – and encourage artists to investigate ways of going beyond traditional presentation methods. We are currently accepting proposals and will also be reaching out to artists with ideas for solo and collaborative installations. We are looking at new printing techniques, three-dimensional installations, environmental design and much more. Funds will be made available for the projects we are most excited about,” she said.

Some of iPhoneArt.com’s award winning artists who will be taking part in this year’s festival can be seen on the2011 IPA Mobile Grant page. Best of all, many of the festival’s featured artists will be able to take advantage of IPA’s upcoming iPrints Store, enabling them to sell exhibit images as well as works from their larger portfolios, not just to the Los Angeles crowd, but around the globe. The iPrints Store is the beginning of an innovative and far-reaching sales platform for mobile artists. It is currently in beta testing, and will be launching soon.

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Shutterstock Re-imagines Image Search with a New Discovery Tool: Shutterstock Instant

Optimized for Inspiration, Shutterstock Instant provides a groundbreaking new way to explore millions of beautiful images at lightening-fast speed.
NEW YORK, May 31, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — Shutterstock Images LLC, a global marketplace for digital imagery, today announced a new image discovery tool: Shutterstock Instant. The interface re-imagines the traditional keyword search experience, and combines speed and simplicity to deliver a visual experience optimized for creative inspiration.

“We often hear people say, ‘I’m stuck,’ or ‘I don’t know where to start,'” said Wyatt Jenkins, Vice President of Product at Shutterstock. “With Instant, we set out to give people an inspiring, visual discovery path – one that’s not limited by their ability to articulate keywords. Now people can browse over 19 million images and see their ideas come to life with every keystroke.”

Inspired by the award-winning Shutterstock for iPad app, Instant displays images in a beautiful, interlocking mosaic view that respects aspect ratios and enables users to view hundreds of images in a fraction of the time. It also showcases large watermarked image previews and works with existing Shutterstock features, including lightboxes, contributor portfolios, and downloading. Additionally, Instant introduces a new “starring” functionality, allowing users to save their favorites for later, without creating a lightbox.

About Shutterstock
Shutterstock is a leading global provider of high-quality stock photography, vectorsillustrations and footage to businesses, marketing agencies, publishers, and media organizations around the world.

Shutterstock works closely with its growing contributor community of photographers, videographers, illustrators and designers to curate a global marketplace for royalty-free, top-quality imagery. With more than 19 million files currently available, Shutterstock adds tens of thousands of rights-cleared images each week, and recently celebrated its 200-millionth image download.

Headquartered in New York City, Shutterstock also owns Bigstock, a value-oriented stock agency that offers both credit and simple Pay As You Go purchasing options.

For more information, please visit http://www.shutterstock.com, and follow Shutterstock on Twitter or on Facebook.

Canon Australia Opens A Canon Academy That Directly Competes With Those Of Us Who Teach Photography And Support Canon

Canon has announced in Australia the opening of the Canon Academy to offer workshops and courses on photography. They have done this by partnering with an existing workshop organisation, URCreative.

I have to say that I think this is a really bad idea, and let me explain why. There is an active community already of people running workshops and courses in the photography area, including me. Those of us who use Canon naturally do a lot of our teaching using Canon gear. I’ve probably personally facilitated the sale of hundreds, perhaps thousands, of Canon cameras and even more lenses and accessories. I have to say I don’t feel much like continuing to personally recommended Canon gear when they are actively pushing people that compete directly with me. Canon could have much better served its customers and those of us who teach using Canon gear by instead making the Canon Academy an online only thing that listed the workshops and courses that we, the existing teachers, were running. Indeed they could have actively profiled us on the website, building a closer relationship with us rather than pissing us off. Sadly this decision by Canon smells of a decision made by an MBA rather than someone who really understands and is passionately involved in the photography world. Very sad. Think of it in the same way as if Canon started selling cameras directly, and how the camera shops would feel.

Bad move, Canon, bad move.

What follows is the Canon press release.

Canon EOS opens up a world of inspiration and learning with the launch of Canon Academy

Creative Canon photography courses now available Australia-wide in nearly 30 locations and online, taking your photography to the next level.

Sydney 25 May, 2012: Canon Australia today announces the launch of a new education program, Canon Academy, enabling Canon EOS photographers of all levels to take their photography to the next level through an extensive series of face-to-face courses and workshops, and online courses. Available at Canon’s World of EOS, Canon Academy is designed to inspire and educate photographers, from entry-level to professional, across Australia.

The Canon Academy website can be accessed now at canon.com.au/academy.

Courses range from an “Introduction to DSLR” to an “Advanced e-Learning Course”, as well as specialist workshops in Architecture, Night Photography,  Landscape, Studio, Fashion and Portraiture photography.

“Canon’s World of EOS is designed take people’s photography to the next level through inspiration, creative challenges and skills development at all levels, including the rapidly growing number of first-time DSLR camera users,” said Rebecca Pearson, Canon EOS Assistant Brand Manager. “Canon Academy is a natural extension of this experience and we are excited to be providing a comprehensive learning opportunity in a range of formats and locations for people of all skill levels – from the complete novice, and upwards.”

Canon has partnered with URCreative, the photography training division of the Creative Institute of Australia, to lead Canon Academy’s portfolio of courses and workshops. The content will offer a variety of experiences to suit the needs and lifestyles of aspiring photographers as well as those people simply wanting to get more out of their Canon EOS DSLR camera. It will include five types of courses, six workshops and two online offerings in almost 30 locations around Australia to complement the brand’s existing online tutorials available via the Canon World of EOS.

“Canon’s expertise in high-quality imaging and our intimate understanding of user needs are matched by URCreative’s experience in delivering quality instruction,” continued Pearson.  “Canon Academy students will receive the very best photography learning and development delivered by trainers at the forefront of photography education.”

Greg Lee-Conway, URCreative Managing Director, says that students will achieve tangible improvements in their fundamental skills as well as an increased appreciation for the creative potential of photography. “Partnering with Canon, the market leader in DSLR photography, enables us to broaden and elevate our learning program with the use of a range of high-quality, dynamic products and accessories,” says Lee-Conway. “We’re looking forward to continuing to share this experience with a host of new Canon Academy students and enable more budding photographers to realise their creativity.”

Related links:

–       Canon Academy website

–       Canon World of EOS experience site

About Canon:

Canon is the world’s leading imaging brand that actively inspires with imaginative ideas that enable people to connect, communicate and achieve more than they thought possible through imaging solutions for business and consumers. Canon’s Australian R&D company, CiSRA, develops and exports digital imaging technologies for use in Canon products worldwide. Canon has ranked among the top-four US patent recipients* for the past 20 years, and had global revenues of around $US46 billion in 2011. Canon Australia also operates Canon Finance Australia, which offers one-stop shopping for customers wanting leasing or finance services. For more information, visit www.canon.com.au, www.facebook.com/canonaustralia, www.twitter.com/canonaustralia, www.youtube.com/canonaustralia

* Based on weekly patent counts issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office

About URCreative

URCreative is the photography training division of the Creative Institute of Australia. URCreative was founded in 2008 by members of the commercial photography and photographic education community.

National Association of Professional Child Photographers Unveils International Image Competition Winners and Photographer of the Year

Almost 1,500 Images Submitted by World’s Top Child Photographers

ATLANTA, May 22, 2012 /PRNewswire/ — The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) recently announced the results of its fourth international image competition and revealed its 2011 Child Photographer of the Year, Stephanie Buckman of Stephanie Robin Photography.

NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF PROFESSIONAL CHILD PHOTOGRAPHERS STEPHANIE BUCKMAN

With interest and participation growing each year, this latest NAPCP competition attracted images across a new range of category subjects, including maternity, newborn, baby, child, sibling, tween, seniors and family. A panel of photography experts and luminaries critiqued the thousands of image submissions for impact, technical merit, composition and creativity.

The overall NAPCP Child Photographer of the Year winner was determined by total number of points scored in both 2011 NAPCP Image Competitions.

“In reviewing the results of NAPCP’s fourth image competition, we continue to be amazed by the creative passion and specialization of our dedicated child photographer community,” said Alice Park, co-founder and president, NAPCP. “We congratulate Photographer of the Year Stephanie Buckman and the other winners for their stunning work and artistic ability which brings so much joy to families and loved ones around the world.”

The biannual NAPCP Image Competitions reward its winners with medallions, priority listing on the NAPCP directory, vendor endorsements, and membership points.

“Given the quality evident in all of the submissions, it was not easy choosing winners,” said Dana Pugh, a NAPCP image competition judge and NAPCP’s 2010 Photographer of the Year. “Those talented photographers being recognized in this competition should be extremely proud of their work.”

Winners of the fourth NAPCP Image Competition included:
Robin Long; Salem, Oregon
Nicola Toon; Cambridge, Ontario
Shona Hutchinson; Ottawa Ontario
Marie Vanderweide-Murray; Burlington, Ontario
Sandra Coan; Seattle, Washington
Elizabeth Blank; Woodstock, Georgia
Megan Drane; Naperville, Illinois
Chritene Schaaf; Virginia Beach, Virginia

Finalists included:
Aneta Gancarz; Manchester, United Kingodm
Stephanie Buckman; Burlington, Ontario
Jennifer Dell; Tomball, Texas
Lori Robison; Fleming Island, Florida
Karen Mackie; Dundurn, Saskatchewan
Maria Sze; Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Christin Carruthers; Stoney Creek, Ontario
Lora Moore-Kakaletris; Oakville, Ontario
Melinda Worthington; Bella Vista, Arkansas
Tamara Campbell; Waterdown, Ontario
Jennifer Kim; Springfield, Virginia
Meg Borders; Richland, Washington
Adele Cabanillas; Lacey, Washington
Tanya Alexis; Los Angeles, California

For more details on the NAPCP Image Competition, please visit http://napcp.com/photographers/competition/.

About NAPCP

The National Association of Professional Child Photographers (NAPCP) is a member-based association representing and promoting the community of professional child photographers. The NAPCP provides a valuable platform for seasoned veterans and rising professionals alike to share their experiences, hone their craft and raise their professional visibility.

NAPCP connects parents searching for child photographers with its members by providing a comprehensive directory and informative articles on what to expect from their professional photography experience. For more information, please visit http://www.napcp.com.

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PENTAX Announces the K30

B&H Photo Video is excited to announce the launch of the new and much anticipated K30 DSLR Camera from Pentax.

NYC, NY (PRWEB) May 21, 2012

B&H Photo Video is excited to share with photo hobbyists the launch of the new and much anticipatedK30 DSLR Camera from Pentax.

The Pentax K-30 camera is ergonomically designed to be as compact and easy to manipulate as possible while maintaining enough room to house a large APS-C-sized sensor and mirror. The body is also fully weather-sealed and can function properly in temperatures below freezing (14°F / -10°C). A low-profile optical pentaprism provides 100% field of view while the new state-of-the-art SAFOX IXi+ AF sensor module assures responsive, high-precision autofocus operation.

Weather resistant design with 81 seals set in its compact, lightweight, portable body, make the K-30weather, dust and cold resistant with proven functionality in sub-freezing temperatures as low as 14°F (-10°C). Its exterior was designed to be both sporty and functional for active outdoor photographers – a large grip for a firm, secure hold of the camera; a low-profile pentaprism housing for reduced height; and a rounded, soft-rubber casing for a solid grip of the camera during vertical shooting.

Additionally, the new K-30 features high-speed burst shooting at a maximum speed of six images per second, a high-speed shutter unit with a top speed of 1/6000 second, and convenient dual electronic dials for quick, fingertip access to exposure control and several Auto Picture and scene modes.

Newly developed SAFOX IXi+ Autofocus (AF) module for improved autofocus performance
The Pentax K30 features the new state-of-the-art SAFOX IXi+ AF sensor module, which assures responsive, high-precision autofocus operation by incorporating a diffraction lens to minimize chromatic aberration in accordance to the characteristics of each individual lens. A dedicated sensor also factors the light source into its calculations at the time of shooting. 9 of its 11 focus points have cross-type sensors to capture subjects in sharp focus, while a spotbeam assists the AF system during low light situations. Its AF algorithm has also been upgraded in all areas for efficiency and accuracy. A new expanded area AF function allows the sensor module to continue to track a moving subject in AF select mode, even when it moves out of a pre-assigned auto-tracking area, by assessing distance data collected by neighboring focus sensors. This greatly improves the accuracy and speed of detecting moving subjects during autofocus shooting, and autofocusing performance when using a telephoto lens.

Optical finder with 100% field of view
While smaller and lighter than traditional mid level DSLR camera models, the K-30 comes equipped with a glass pentaprism finder with a 100% field of view and approximately 0.92X maximum magnification (with a 50mm f/1.4 lens at infinity) to cover the entire field of view for easy focusing and framing. Since its viewfinder delivers a clear view of the subject even in the brightest sunshine while also eliminating parallax, the K-30 responds efficiently and reliably to demanding applications and subjects, such as landscapes requiring delicate, high-precision framing, and sports scenes where the timing of shutter release is critical.

The K-30 also accepts interchangeable PENTAX Natural-Bright-Matte III focusing screens to facilitate manual focusing operation. Optional focus screens include cross-lined and scale types, to accommodate more specialized applications.

Pentax also announces the DA 50mm f/1.8 medium-telephoto autofocus lens, which is designed exclusively for use with the K-mount interchangeable-lens (ILC) digital cameras. Its state-of-the-art optical design technology delivers sharp, clear images from edge to edge. The new 50mm f/1.8 lens delivers a focal length of 50mm or 76.5mm in the 35mm format, and is ideal for photographers of varying levels, from amateurs to professionals. Additionally, the f/1.8 aperture makes it possible to increase camera shutter speed when photographing in poorly lit conditions, which minimizes camera shake and helps eliminate blur.

For extra preventative measures, the front surface of the PENTAX-DA 50mm f/1.8 lens is treated with the original SP (Super Protect) coating, which repels dust, water, grease, and other substances that may adhere to the surface of the lens.

The new K-30 is available at B&H Photo for pre-order, in three body colors: Crystal White and Crystal Blue, with brilliant, glossy finishes; and Black, for a traditional DSLR look. It is also compatible with all PENTAX K-mount lenses.

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About B&H Photo Video
As the world’s largest source of digital cameras, video and audio equipment, B&H Photo-Video is known worldwide for their attentive, knowledgeable sales force, and excellent customer service, including fast, reliable shipping. Visitors to the website can access a variety of enlightening articles and educational videos. B&H has been satisfying customers worldwide for close to 40 years.

Fancy a Desktop 3D High Resolution Printer?

Printer With an Expanded Choice of Seven Different 3D Printing Materials
High Temperature Materials

Objet Ltd , the innovation leader in 3D printing for rapid prototyping and additive manufacturing, has today launched the new Objet30 Pro – the most versatile professional in-house desktop 3D printer available on the market. Unveiled at RAPID, the new desktop 3D printer offers 7 different materials, including, for the first time on a desktop system, clear transparent material and high temperature resistant material.

The Objet30 Pro is positioned as the ultimate rapid prototyping solution for designers and engineers, ranging from industries such as consumer goods and consumer electronics to medical devices and design consultancies.

The Objet30 Pro takes its place as the new top-of-the-line addition to Objet’s existing desktop 3D printer line which starts at $19,900*. With a small footprint, professional 28 micron print quality and wide ranging material versatility, the Objet30 Pro produces high quality prototypes with a choice of 7 different materials and functional properties, offering designers and engineers a world of possibilities:

  • Objet clear transparent material (Objet VeroClear) for simulating PMMA/glass;
  • Objet High temperature material for heat-resistant static functional testing;
  • Objet polypropylene-like material (Objet DurusWhite) for simulating snap-fit parts; and
  • Four rigid, opaque materials for standard plastic simulation (Objet Vero Family in black, white, gray, and blue).

“Having the correct tools and resources to advance our product development is critical for our organization,” saidGregory Janice, Engineering Manager at Princeton Tec. “The Objet30 Pro’s ability to print parts made with a clear transparent material on a desktop 3D printer combined with its ease of use and versatility made the Objet30 Pro a sound investment for our team.”

Collcap Packaging Ltd., an Objet customer creating innovative cosmetic, perfumery and personal care packaging, has also been testing the new Objet30 Pro desktop 3D printer. Adam Smith, Technical Manager at Collcap, comments, “We knew a desktop machine would meet our capacity requirements quite happily, but for the packaging work we do, we really wanted the range of materials that has previously only been available with bigger machines. The clear transparent material for instance is ideal for prototyping our bespoke fragrance bottles and other glass or clear plastic products, whilst the range of colored rigid materials work perfectly for simulating plastic bottles, caps and fittings. The excellent surface finish and detail provided by the Objet30 Pro are also crucial so that our eye-catching designs look and feel as they’re supposed to when we present them to our customers for approval.”

“The Objet30 Pro is the next evolution in desktop 3D printers developed specifically for professional users”, saidDavid Reis, CEO of Objet. “This desktop 3D printer provides outstanding print quality with a choice of seven materials that until now could only be found in much larger, high-end 3D printers. The Objet30 Pro is the perfect combination of professional, versatile in-house 3D printing at an attractive price point,” concluded Reis.

Objet30 Pro Desktop 3D Printer – Additional Information for Media

  • The ultimate prototyping solution for designers and engineers
  • Ideal for consumer goodsconsumer electronics, medical devices and design consultancies
  • Combines the accuracy and versatility of a high-end Rapid Prototyping machine with a small footprint
  • 7 different materials; the world’s only desktop 3D printer with clear transparent, high temperature, four rigid opaque and polypropylene-like materials.
  • Reliable, robust and easy to use
  • Based on Objet’s advanced inkjet 3D printing technology, the Objet30 Pro Desktop 3D Printer offers an office-friendly design, with quiet operation and REACH-compliant material cartridges for convenient replacement.
  • The Objet30 Pro desktop system features a spacious build tray size of 300 x 200 x 150mm – suitable for printing various-sized and shaped models or multiple models on the same build tray at the same time.
  • The expanded material capabilities of the Objet30 Pro are available as an upgrade for existing Objet30 or Objet Alaris30 desktop 3D printer customers.

*Price for US. International pricing may vary. Price excludes VAT, taxes, duties, options, shipping and installation.

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About Objet

Objet Ltd., is a leading provider of high quality, cost effective inkjet-based 3D printing systems and materials. A global company, Objet has offices in North America, Europe, Japan, China, Hong Kong, and India.

Objet’s 3D printing systems and 3D printing materials are ideal for any company involved in the manufacture or design of physical products using 3D software or other 3D content. Companies using Objet’s solutions can be typically found in sectors such as consumer goods & electronics, aerospace & defense, automotive, education, dental, medical and medical devices, architecture, industrial machinery, footwear, sporting goods, toys and service bureaus.

Founded in 1998, the company has thousands of customers worldwide including a substantial share of the relevant Fortune 100 and Fortune 500. Its award-winning technology (13 awards in 8 years) is based upon over 110 patents and patent pending inventions.

Objet’s advanced 3D printing systems and range of about 70 materials enable professionals to build prototypes that accurately simulate the true look, feel and function of an end-product, even complex, assembled goods. The Objet Connex™ line of multi-material 3D printers features the world’s only technology to simultaneously jet 2 materials. With this, users can print many different materials into a single part and print various mixed parts on the same build tray. Users can also create advanced composite materials, or Digital Materials™ featuring unique mechanical and thermal properties. Objet’s range of about 70 3D printing materials simulate properties ranging from rigid to rubber-liketransparent to opaque and standard to ABS-grade engineering plastics, with a large number of in-between shore grades and shades.

Objet’s 3D printers are available in a range of form-factors, from cost-effective desktop 3D printers ideal for entry-level professionals all the way to industrial-scale multi-material machines for front-line designers and top manufacturers. Objet’s 3D printers feature the industry’s highest-resolution 3D printing quality, based on 16-micron (0.0006 in.) super-thin layering, wide material versatility, office friendliness and ease of operation.

For more information, visit us at http://www.objet.com, and for more about 3D printing industry-related news, business issues and trends, read the Objet blog.

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Sony launches NEX-F3 camera with 180° tilt LCD screen for easy self portraits

New NEX series camera from Sony

  • APS-C size 16.1 megapixel Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor
  • Auto Portrait Framing for easy, top-quality portraits
  • 180° tilting LCD screen for self-portraits
  • Built-in flash for low-light shooting

 

Sydney, 17 May, 2012: Sony Australia today launched the latest Compact System Camera, the NEX-F3, packing DSLR- features into a small compact body and price, making it refreshingly accessible for all photographers. The NEX-F3 will allow users to enjoy the creative world of high-quality imaging with interchangeable lenses without the bulk and size of a Digital SLR camera.

The compact sized NEX-F3 features the same space-saving mirrorless design as other cameras in the E-mount family. Far bigger than sensors found in point-and-shoot compacts, the 16.1 effective megapixel Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor captures more light for flawless, low-noise stills and crisply detailed Full HD video (50i/25p). Just like traditional DSLR cameras, it’s easy to create beautiful defocus effects with your subject focused sharply against a smoothly blurred background.

The NEX-F3 helps novice photographers craft top-quality portraits with ease. Auto Portrait Framing identifies your subject, trimming the scene to create beautifully composed, high resolution portrait photos.

Self-portraits are simple with a quick 180° flip of the LCD you can press the shutter button, or let Smile Shutter take the picture for you automatically with the three second timer.

Shooting options in dim light or indoors are broadened with the addition of a built-in flash. As introduced on the acclaimed NEX-7, this handy pop-up flash lets you brighten up portraits and other shots without the need to carry an additional flash accessory.

Getting close to the subject used to mean packing a more powerful lens but now you can enjoy high-quality close-ups with Clear Image Zoom which doubles effective magnification of the lens. Unique to Sony, By Pixel Super Resolution Technology maintains superb image detail, tones and textures. Ideal for travel and everyday shooting, it’s a great way to boost your maximum focal length without carrying extra hardware.

For beginners, the NEX-F3 takes the guesswork out of choosing the right camera function with the Superior Auto mode recognising a wide range of scenes and subjects and adjusting the settings with the skill of a seasoned photographer.

From the cameras premium feel, enhanced by a high-quality handgrip, to the battery boost of 18 per cent to 470 shots from a single charge and easy charging via USB, the NEX-F3 is a must have choice for photographers wanting to step up from their point-and-shoot compact.

SEL18200LE E18-200mm F3.5-6.3 telephoto zoom lens

An ideal travel partner for not just the NEX-F3 but the entire Sony E-mount family, the new SEL18200LE E18-200mm F3.5-6.3 OSS LE offers a powerful 11x zoom range and superb resolution in an easy to carry lens. Smaller and 12 per cent lighter than its predecessor the SEL18200, the new E-mount lens features Optical SteadyShot, to compensate for the effects of hand-shake. Direct Manual Focus also gives precise control over touch up focus, for fine creative control over beautiful images.

The NEX-F3 Compact System Camera and the SEL18200LE E18-200mm F3.5-6.3 telephoto zoom lens will be available in Australia from mid June 2012 and end of June respectively.

Price in Australia

Product code

Description

SRP (inc.GST)

NEXF3KB

NEX-F3 BLACK SINGLE LENS KIT 18-55MM

$699

NEXF3KP

NEX-F3 PINK SINGLE LENS KIT 18-55MM

$699

NEXF3KW

NEX-F3 WHITE SINGLE LENS KIT 18-55MM

$699

NEXF3YB

NEX-F3 BLACK TWIN LENS KIT 18-55MM & 55-210MM

$999

NEXF3YW

NEX-F3 WHITE TWIN LENS KIT 18-55MM & 55-210MM

$999

SEL18200LE

E 18-200MM F3.5-6.3 OSS LE

$1099

 

Specifications Sheet

Features NEX-F3
Type Digital compact system camera with interchangeable lenses
Lens Compatibility E-mount lens system. Can also use A-mount lenses with optional adaptor (continuous AF supported with LA-EA2)
Image Sensor APS-C type (23.5 x15.6 mm) Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor with 16.1 effective megapixels
Processor BIONZ™ image processor
ISO Sensitivity Range ISO 200 – 16000
HD movie record Full HD AVCHD 1920 x 1080 50i/25p; MPEG4
Electronic Viewfinder (Optional Electronic Viewfinder FDA-EV1S)
LCD 7.5cm (3″) wide type TFT (Xtra Fine LCD) with 921k dot resolution; tilts upwards approx. 180 degrees, downwards approx. 13 degrees
Clear Image Zoom, Smart Zoom, Digital Zoom Yes
SteadyShot™ INSIDE (Optical image stabilisation available with selected E-mount lenses)
Autofocus System Contrast detection AF system; Object Tracking AF
Picture Effect 11 types (15 variations): Posterization (Colour, B/W), Pop Colour, Retro Photo, Partial Colour (R,G,B,Y), High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera, Soft High-key, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature
Continuous Burst Shooting Up to 5.5 frames per second (in Speed Priority mode)
Battery life (still images) Approx. 470 shots (CIPA measurement)
Built-in Flash GN6 (in metres at ISO 100)
Other features Auto Portrait Framing and Self-Portrait; Face Detection and Smile Shutter; Superior AUTO; Sweep Panorama (2D/3D); Auto HDR; DRO; Hand-held Twilight mode; Creative Styles; Photo Creativity interface; USB Charge
Media Memory Stick PRO Duo / Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo; SD / SDHC / SDXC
Dimensions (WxHxD) Approx. 117.3 mm × 66.6 mm × 41.3 mm (excluding protrusions)
Weight Approx. 255g (body only)

Approx. 314g (with battery and Memory Stick PRO Duo)

Supplied software PlayMemories Home

 

About Sony: With a diverse portfolio of businesses across electronics, music, film, gaming and telecommunications, Sony is uniquely positioned to be the world’s largest technology and entertainment company. Sony Australia Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Sony Corporation of Japan, and a leading manufacturer of audio, video, communications and information technology products for the consumer and professional markets. Committed to producing innovative and quality electronic products, the range includes BRAVIA™ TVs, Cyber-shot™ digital cameras, Handycam camcorders, “α” (pronounced Alpha) digital SLR cameras, Walkman MP3 players, VAIO™ computers, READER™ eBook Readers as well as HD professional broadcast equipment. For more information on Sony Australia, visit www.sony.com.au/corporate.

Product Information: For further Sony product information or stockist details, readers can contact Sony Australia on 1300 720 071 or visit www.sony.com.au.

Social Media: Stay up-to-date with Sony Australia competitions, events, product reviews and videos via Facebook – www.facebook.com/sonyaustralia and YouTube www.youtube.com/sonyaustralia.

 

TouchType Case for All iPads

The TouchType case is currently up on Kickstarter.

It is a leather or polyurethane case for the iPad that also has a pocket to hold an Apple Wireless Keyboard. This is a great solution because the Apple keyboard is a decent size and really nice to type on. I already use one with my iPad, so this is a no brainer.

The TouchType looks great and can hold the iPad in either landscape or portrait orientations, which is a real plus. Since the Kickstarter project has already gone way past the sought amount it will go ahead. Their website is http://www.touchtypecase.com/

Unless you’ve experienced it you may find it hard to believe, but the iPad with an Apple Wireless Keyboard is a very productive combination for writing and other tasks. This case makes that even easier by bundling the two together into a really attractive and clever case.

 

Adobe Photoshop Creative Suite 6 Extended Alioscopy-Ready For No-Glasses 3D

Alioscopy enables millions of Adobe Photoshop digital imaging artists to generate Alioscopy-ready “no-glasses” 3D content. With Alioscopy’s patented technology integrated into Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended, millions of artists in the global Photoshop community will benefit from a streamlined, all-inclusive workflow to generate “no-glasses” 3D content—one of today’s fastest growing trends in digital signage, trade show and events, advertising and education
Alioscopy and Adobe CS6 Extended

San Diego, CA (PRWEB) May 07, 2012

Alioscopy® USA, a 3D technology provider today announced that Adobe® Systems Incorporated has integrated its Alioscopy auto-stereoscopic, 3D multi-view algorithm as a new feature in Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 Extended software. As more and more digital imaging artists create content in stereoscopic and auto-stereoscopic 3D, Alioscopy offers a unique patented process for generating 8-view images for viewing and play-back on auto-stereoscopic 3D HD LCD displays.

In Photoshop CS6 Extended, anyone with a stereoscopic camera (left and right lens equipped) will be able to upload two-view images to Photoshop and convert it to multi-view (8-view) for display on an Alioscopy 3D screen—currently available in 21’’, 24”, 42”, and 47” configurations. Additionally, artists will be able to generate 3D objects directly in Photoshop or in other 3D software packages and apply the Alioscopy multi-view algorithm to create Alioscopy-ready content.

By integrating Alioscopy’s patented technology into Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended, millions of artists in the global Photoshop community will benefit from a streamlined, all-inclusive workflow to generate “no-glasses” 3D content—one of today’s fastest growing trends in digital signage, trade show and events, advertising, and education.

“Creating and integrating 3D in Photoshop over the past few years has opened many new doors and possibilities for Photoshop artists,” said Zorana Gee, Adobe Photoshop Senior Product Manager. “By incorporating the Alioscopy 3D multi-view algorithm and camera model into Photoshop CS6 Extended, we’re offering artists yet another way to generate compelling 3D images and content which adds a whole new immersive dimension to content creation and editing,” added Gee.

To learn more about how to create Alioscopy-ready auto-stereoscopic 3D content in Photoshop Creative Suite 6 Extended, and view a demonstrational tutorial, go to:
http://www.alioscopyusa.com/content/alioscopy-partnership-adobe

YouTube tutorial

Years in development, Alioscopy technology helps digital content creation artists, brand retailers, tradeshow exhibitors, service businesses and museums attract and captivate their audience with 3D content that has incredible depth and dimension on an LCD display fitted with a lenticular lens. Potential customers stop to view auto-stereoscopic 3D content at least twice as long as traditional 2D media, and Alioscopy-generated content in “no-glasses” 3D offers still, animated, and interactive imagery that simply can’t be ignored.

“Adobe Photoshop is a ubiquitous digital content creation tool with over a million users worldwide, and we’re thrilled to license the Alioscopy no-glasses 3D algorithm as an integrated feature in the new Photoshop CS6 Extended,” said Pia Maffei, chief operating officer for Alioscopy USA. “The majority of Alioscopy customers turn to Adobe daily to create, augment, and finish their digital images, animations, and photographs. The Alioscopy 3D toolset is a powerful way to import, convert, create, and edit ‘no-glasses’ 3D content that will be Alioscopy-ready,” added Maffei.

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About Alioscopy
Alioscopy® USA, based in San Diego, CA, is a leading developer of a wide range of 3D technology solutions that represent one of the most significant leaps forward in auto-stereoscopic 3D display technology currently available. The company holds worldwide patents on a unique technology that delivers a one-of-a-kind immersive experience—without the aid of glasses or other devices. Markets and industries that can most benefit from Alioscopy technology include: point-of-sale kiosks (POS), digital signage, media and entertainment, mobile communications and games, automotive, architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) visualization, and medical, government and military.

© 2012. Alioscopy is a registered trademark of Alioscopy. Adobe, the Adobe logo, Creative Suite, and Photoshop are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the United States and/or other countries. All other trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.