[UPDATE: If you clicked on the link to Nikon Rumors, you saw that the new Nikon products are also point-and-shoots. Most people have been expecting an update to the D700 or even a new D4. We shall see.]
It’s Shark Week and you know what that means! O.K., I don’t actually know what that means except that a lot of people seem to really enjoy watching sharks on TV. I found myself among them last night as The Discovery Channel kicked off Shark Week. I, of course, was more intrigued by the cameras they were using to film and shoot great white sharks jumping out of the water. The photographer was using Canon gear; I assume a 1D MKIV given the audible fast frame rate. I also identified what looked to be at least a 600mm lens, the 70-200mm and possibly a 17-40mm. For the super slow-mo stuff they pulled out the Phantom camera shooting at 1,000 frames per second.
In case you don’t know, the Phantom is an uber-expensive camera used by movie studios to capture super slow motion video. I blogged about it awhile back when I found a video of a flame thrower versus a fire extinguisher.
Anyway check out the video clip here and you’ll catch a glimpse of the 70-200 and the cool slow-mo video shot by the Phantom.
You know you can search for images on Google. You can, for example, type in “red Ferrari” in the search box, but click on images to find pictures of red Ferraris instead of links. Well, now you can search by using images. The video above explains it best. Just upload your image and Google will find similar images.
I wonder what implications this has for photographers. Can you use it as a reverse image look-up to see if your image is being used somewhere similar to Tin-Eye or other services I wrote about here. I might be over-thinking it. What do you think? How would you use this feature?
I haven’t done a “Photography News Round-Up” in a while; mostly because I usually post items of interest on my Facebook page which then gets posted on Twitter. So if you are already following me there, the following items won’t be news to you. For everyone else, I wanted to get you up to speed on some things you might have missed last week.
First up: from Nikon Rumors, the Nikon D90 is now officially on the “discontinued” list. It was replaced by the D7000 last year.
Over on the Canon Rumors site, there’s word that there may be updates to both the 1.4 and 1.8 versions of the 50mm lens.
You probably read in a previous postabout price increases for camera lenses and bodies most likely due to supply disruptions in Japan. Well, if it’s any consolation, Canon Rumors is also reporting that 3 lenses are part of Canon’s spring rebate program. They are:
EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 ($150 rebate)
EF 75-300mm f/4.5.6 ($50 rebate)
EF-S 55-200mm f/4-5.6 ($100 rebate)
Not exciting enough?Well there are also reports that Best Buy has started a price war on many Nikon and Canon lenses and bodies. I checked the prices against Amazon, and if they are true, then they really look like good deals. The 5D MKII, for example, is listed at $2124 with in-store pick-up only. But when I checked on the Best Buy site for stores in the Orlando area, not only was the price around $2800, but they were out of stock. If you’re interested, click the link and check it out for yourself. Let me know if you have any luck. Happy hunting!
Photoshop has been in the news recently. You may have heard yesterday that a Hasidic newspaper photoshopped out Sec. of State Hillary Clinton and one other female staffer from the photo of President Obama and his team watching the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. You can read more about it here.
Now the Denver Post is out with 38 “fake” photos; from a fake death picture of bin Laden to other historical events and magazine covers. Most of them involve just plain bad Photoshop skills. Of course the older ones were done before Photoshop even existed. Still, it’s interesting to see the reasons why photos were manipulated.
Is it just me or has the price of the Canon 5D Mark II jumped recently? I used to see it on Amazon for about $2500. At last check it’s running from $2799 to $2999; and only from other vendors (not Amazon). A check at B&H has it at $2699.
This may have to do with supply disruptions in Japan from the earthquake or perhaps a sign of the upcoming 5D MKIII or both? Or maybe it’s unrest in Libya and speculators on Wall Street. Uh, ok, maybe not that.
I’m curious, have you noticed a price increase in other camera gear (lenses and bodies of any brand)? Hit me in the comments.
UPDATE: This post on Nikon rumors shows that Nikon cameras and lenses are also going up in price. So it’s probably due to supply constraints in Japan.
UPDATE #2: As of 5/7/11 the price has come down again and offered by Amazon for $2499.
"From the Edge" with Peter Lik on the Weather Channel
There’s a new television show on the Weather Channel that features landscape photographer Peter Lik. Imagine Ansel Adams and Steve Irwin rolled into one. Then take that person on “extreme” trips to capture nature’s beauty and you have “From the Edge”. Press “play” on the player below for a glimpse (sorry about the commercial).
Personally, I just think it’s cool that a TV show features a photographer!