Dave and Ev had a look at the past year in camera gear, and in between throwing axes and building campfires, took some time to break down some of their hits and misses in the camera world in 2018.
Image by Anna Boyiazis (2018 Contest: People, second prize stories)
The application contest for the 2019 World Press Photo Contest is quickly approaching.
The 2019 World Press Photo Contest honours the best single exposure images that contribute to the world of visual journalism. Each image will be judged anonymously by a jury in terms of their accurate, fair, and visually compelling insights on the world around us.
Applicants must register by January 3, 2019. Submissions close on January 8, 2019.
Sony has released a new firmware update for the a7 Mark III and a7R III cameras.
With the previous update, v2.0 a couple months ago, there were occasional issues with saving data on both camera models, as well as an issue where the cameras would sometimes not recognize third party memory cards. Sony pulled the update, but has now released the replacement, v2.10, which addresses these issues and removes any concern.
All features of the previous (v2.0) version are updated, including improved optical stabilization, support for the 400mm f2.8 and 24mm f1.4 GM lenses, and support for use with the LA-EA3 adapter, including the support of all focus areas.
Firmware links are below.
a7 Mark III: Windows | Mac
a7R III: Windows | Mac
Fujifilm has released a firmware update for the X-T3 and XH-1.
One of the biggest improvements on the XH-1 firmware is that videos over 4GB can now be recorded as a single file (provided a memory card of 64GB or higher is used). The in-body stabilization has also been improved from 3-axes to 5-axes, and when used with current and updated lenses, provides over five stops of image stabilization based on CIPA standards.
Most of the updates to the X-T3 improve video, including 4K HDR recording in Hybrid Log Gamma (HLG), and simultaneous output of a film simulation and F-log footage, allowing you to record in the log format while checking the film simulation image on an external monitor.
The 4GB file limit on recording has not been corrected with this firmware for the XT-3, though it is expected to be announced on a coming update in January.
See links below for the firmware update downloads and full details on the updates.
X-T3 Firmware Update – Download Here
X-H1 Firmware Update – Download Here
PDF versions of a New Features Guide are also available for download to help you make the most of the cameras’ capabilities: X-T3 | XH-1
Image by the 2018 Award Winner Nick Hannes
The Zeiss Photography Award 2019 is now open for submissions. Participants can submit a series of five to ten images, with descriptions, from now until February 8th, 2019. The theme for this contest is “Seeing Beyond – The Unexpected” and the jury is looking for a story of something unforeseen or surprising that is evident in the series of images. The theme is left open to wide interpretation, from political or conceptual ideas, to human expression or physical environments and landscapes.
We ran our first Kids4Cameras campaign this past spring, and it was a huge success – enough so, that we’re proud to run another one.
We invite you to bring gently used camera equipment into our store between November 16th and December 31st, 2018 for donations to Kids4Cameras. Please remember to bring batteries, chargers, manuals, or any other related accessories for the cameras, if available. Cash donations are also accepted both in-store and online.
Sony has announced the winners of their Alpha Female Creators in Residence grant program. Over 6000 women applied for the program, which is designed to promote diversity and provide opportunities for female creators to advance their careers. Five women have each been awarded a six-month $25,000 grant, a $5000 Sony imaging product allowance, and the opportunity to work with an Alpha Collective photographer as their mentor.
Congratulations to Megan Allen, Danielle Da Silva, Erin Hogue, Nitashia Johnson, and Colette Robinson.
The town of Cochrane will be hosting a Clubhouse Art Walk from Saturday, November 10th, featuring artists of the Cochrane Camera Club. Fourteen photographers will be presenting a wide variety of works at the Historical Clubhouse Activity Centre.
The walk runs from 11am to 3pm.
The exhibition and sale will be held at the Cochrane Historical Clubhouse Activity Center. The Clubhouse is located just west of Cochrane, with lots of parking in the Ranche House parking lot. Proceed west of Cochrane on HWY 1A and just after the speed limit changes to 60, the parking lot is on the north side of the highway.
Click here for more information.