Olympus Announces New 12-200mm Lens

 By Kaitlyn Kerr

Olympus has announced a brand new M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm f3.5-6.3 lens for its micro-four-thirds system. In 35mm full frame equivalents, this is a 24-400mm lens, the highest magnification zoom available on an interchangeable lens (as of writing) at 16.6x, making this an incredibly versatile lens option for users of the micro-four-thirds system.

As is expected from the M.Zuiko lenses, the 12-200mm features splashproof and dustproof construction for shooting in adverse conditions. The lens is constructed as a compact and lightweight design, with 16 elements in 11 groups. The lens will focus fast and quietly due to the MSC (movie and stills compatible) inner focusing mechanism, ideal for both stills and video shooters. Minimum focussing distance is a mere 22cm at the wide end of the lens.

The M.Zuiko Digital ED 12-200mm f3.5-6.3 will be available this spring at a price of $1149.99.


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Win Great Prizes from the Eye for the Wild Photo Contest

 By Evelyn Drake

The Camera Store is proud to support the Eye for the Wild fundraising photography contest by providing the first place prize. This photography contest not only encourages our community of photography enthusiasts to capture Southern Albertan wildlife in their natural habitats, but it also supports the Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society.

The link to all the details is www.calgarywildlife.org/photo-contest

This is Calgary Wildlife Rehabilitation Society’s second annual Eye for the Wild photography contest in which photography enthusiasts are encouraged to submit their best-untouched photos of native Southern Albertan wildlife in their native habitat. With over 400 species of wildlife that call Calgary home, natural habitats include yards, parks and other city spaces!

Contest Details

The contest will accept online photo submissions from February 1 – March 31, 2019 for a small submission fee of $10 per entry. Photos must be in digital form and of Southern Alberta wildlife in their native habitat. CWRS has assembled a judging panel comprised of Ann Mansolino (Photographer & Associate Professor in Photography at ACAD), Darryl MacDonald (Professional Photographer at Clear Blue Photo), Evan Buchanan (Photojournalism student at SAIT), Kris Brown-Schoepp (Owner of the Wild Bird Store) and Andrea Hunt (Executive Director at CWRS). Photographs will be judged on technical skill, content, overall aesthetic, and ability to capture the essence of the animal. Winners will be announced on April 19. For more information and to enter please visit: http://calgarywildlife.org/photo-contest

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How I learned to Stop Worrying and Love the ‘Gram

 By Danny Luong

Ask yourself: Would I use anything other than Instagram? It’s a tough pill to swallow for most photographers, the idea of changing away from, or not using a nearly ubiquitous tool for image sharing — the platform boasts as many as 500 million daily active users. A Google search of ‘Instagram alternatives’ brings up camera apps, but they are not new social media platforms for sharing images. That being said, I know I can’t be the only one worried about news regarding the ethics of social media. Turns out, I’m not. John Veldhoen, a regular contributor here at the TCS blog, as well as our curator of books, offers with me a critical look into photography’s favourite, and only viable social media platform.

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Cameras on the Go: How to Travel with your Photo Gear

 By Dave Chidley

I’m just getting ready to host another photo adventure on a tour to Coast Rica and am once again agonizing over packing.  No, not over my clothes and stuff, that suitcase took just about half an hour to pack. I’m in the middle of a camera gear cyclone as I make the difficult decisions on what to take, what to leave home and then how to safely and effectively travel with my gear.

If you are like me, it takes about three days to decide what lenses, bodies and accessories that need to travel with me and which pieces stay home.  My den is a disaster, with bags covering the floor.

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