Focal Point: Friday, Jan. 11

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by Ian Pettigrew
 

Online Awesomeness/Bloggy Goodness

Step in to the magical world of photographer, designer, and artist extraordinaire – Kirsty Mitchell. Her ethereal photography is truly sublime… and she even makes or designs everything used in all of them!
 

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2012. 366 days. 366 seconds. from Jonathan Britnell on Vimeo.

…shot on a Canon 7D with a few shots on a GoPro Hero2.

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NEW from FUJIFILM: the X20 and X100S

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FUJIFILM unveiled two new digital cameras yesterday at CES in Las Vegas – the X100S and the X20.

FUJIFILM X100S

The X100S is a high-speed successor to the X100 (with the same retro styling) featuring the world’s fastest AF of 0.08 seconds (as of its November 2012 research studies.) The newly-developed 16.3 million pixels APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor and EXR Processor II, which increase resolution by approx. 25% and reduce noise by more than 30% (when compared with its predecessor), have the ability to capture high resolution images comparable to those taken on full-frame sensors. Thanks to the removal of the optical low pass filter and powerful processor, the FUJIFILM X100S will produce a clear image with minimal graininess even at a high ISO setting.

KEY FEATURES:

  • 6.3 million pixels APS-C X-Trans CMOS II sensor
  • EXR Processor II
  • Hybrid Viewfinder (OVF / EVF)
  • FUJINON 23mm F2 lens
  • Intelligent Hybrid AF (with the world’s fastest AF speed of 0.08 sec.)
  • Start-up time of 0.5 sec.
  • Shutter time lag of 0.01 sec.
  • Shooting interval of 0.5 sec.
  • High-contrast and wide viewing-angle 2.8-inch Premium Clear LCD (460K dots)
  • Super Intelligent Flash
  • Burst shooting rate of up to 6.0 frames per second at full resolution (max. 31 frames)
  • Focus Peak Highlight function
  • Digital Split Image display
  • Artistic filters
  • Full HD movie recording (60fps / 30fps)

Check out the full specs here.

FUJIFILM X20

Following in the footsteps of the highly acclaimed X10, FUJIFILM’s new X20 inherits its high-precision lens and refined design, while featuring substantially improved performance. With an X-Trans CMOS II sensor, EXR Processor II and newly-developed Advanced Optical Viewfinder, the X20 is packed full of Fujifilm’s latest technology. The X20 is available in both black and two-tone black and silver. The X20′s bright optical viewfinder features a newly-developed Digital Trans Panel. This displays the shutter speed, aperture, ISO, focusing area and other shooting information perfectly clearly, even in low-light conditions. What’s more, the X20′s Advanced Optical Viewfinder synchs with the zoom lens, so that users can accurately compose shots using the viewfinder even when the focal length is constantly changing.

KEY FEATURES:

  • Advanced Optical Viewfinder with a Digital Trans Panel
  • 12 million pixels 2/3-inch X-Trans CMOS II sensor
  • Intelligent Hybrid AF in 0.06 seconds
  • Improved EXR Processor II
  • High quality fast F2.0-2.8 lens
  • 4x FUJINON manual barrel zoom lens
  • 2.8-inch High Contrast LCD monitor (460K dots)
  • Pop-up Super Intelligent Flash
  • Fast start-up time of 0.5 seconds, shutter time lag of 0.01 seconds
  • Super Macro mode (1cm)
  • Motion Panorama360
  • 8 Advanced Filters, including ‘Pop Color’ for boosting saturation and ‘Toy Camera’ for a retro look
  • Q button for frequently used menu items
  • Function (Fn) button
  • Multiple Exposure
  • GUI showing the focal distance, aperture value and shutter speed in sync with the zoom ring or command dial rotation.
  • ADVANCED SR AUTO mode with 64 shooting patterns
  • Full HD movie (60fps)
  • Manual focus during movie recording
  • Output for Stereo Microphone (sold separately)
  • Focus Peak Highlight function on the LCD screen
  • Available in all black or two-tone black and silver
  • 4 types of shutter sounds — Lens Shutter, Focal Plane Shutter, Mirror Up and Silent Shutter.
  • Film Simulation mode
  • Electronic level
  • Live histogram

Check out the full specs here.

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NEW from Nikon: the D5200

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Announced in November of last year, Nikon’s new consumer-level DSLR – the D5200  –  is ready to hit the shelves at the end of this month.

With its DX-format CMOS sensor and effective pixel count of approximately 24.1-million pixels, extremely precise 39-point AF system, and a 2,016-pixel RGB sensor for superior basic performance makes the D5200 a full-scale entry-level camera.

The standard range of sensitivities covers a broad range of ISO 100 to ISO 6400, with support for additional expansion to equivalents up to ISO 25600 (Hi 2). And the  Scene Recognition System, made possible with the same 2,016-pixel RGB sensor found in high-end Nikon cameras, more accurately analyzes scene brightness and color information, which is then reflected in autofocus, automatic-exposure, i-TTL balanced fill-flash, and auto white-balance control.

The D-Movie function supports recording of full-HD 1920 x 1080 60i/50i movies for sharp HD movies exhibiting excellent detail. The D5200 is also equipped with Special Effects mode that enables the application and adjustment of special effects with shooting. Combining a variety of effects with a vari-angle LCD monitor that enables shooting from a wide range of angles significantly broadens imaging expression possibilities with both still image and movie recording.

 

 

KEY FEATURES

  • 24.1MP DX CMOS Sensor
  • EXPEED 3 Image Processing Engine
  • 3.0″ 921k-Dot Vari-Angle LCD Monitor
  • 39-Point AF System with 9 Cross-Type
  • Full HD Video with Full-Time Servo AF
  • Expandable ISO from 100-25600
  • 5fps Continuous Shooting Rate
  • Scene Recognition System
  • Compatible with WU-1a Wireless Adapter

The Nikon D5200 is available, now, for pre-order!

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National Geographic Photo Contest 2012

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Sifting through more than 22,000 entries could not have been an easy task for the folks at National Geographic. But that’s exactly what they’ve done to give us the 2012 Photo Contest winners from from over 150 countries, with professional photographers and amateur photo enthusiasts across the globe participating. Photos were submitted in three categories (eople, places and nature) and were judged on creativity and photographic quality by a panel of experts comprised of natural history photographer Christian Ziegler and documentary photographers Gerd Ludwig and Debbie Fleming Caffery.

Grand prize winner, Ashley Vincent, was awarded $10,000 and a trip to National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., to participate in the annual National Geographic Photography Seminar this month. And her submission speaks volumes as to why she was chosen from such a huge entry pool.


Ashley Vincent’s Winning Submission  (Grand-Prize and Nature)

Check out all the winning images, honorable mentions, and Viewers’ Choice winners!

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

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This is the very last Monday of 2012 (yay!) and we,  at Vistek, would like to thank you all for making this past year a tremendous one filled with excitement, happiness and success!

We wish you a Happy New Year filled with peace, prosperity, and good tidings!

CHEERS TO 2013!

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Focal Point: Monday, Dec. 31

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It’s our HAPPY NEW YEAR edition!

Photo Fabulousness —
New Year Canada

New Year Canada by lighthousenewsus

A New Year’s Eve fireworks show called ‘The Grand Finale’ is set off on the edge of the Ottawa River bellow Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday Dec. 31, 2007, to mark the end of the 150th anniversary of Queen Victoria announcing Ottawa as Canada’s capital.
 

Online Awesomeness/Bloggy Goodness

Reuters Full Focus photoblog has compiled an incredible photo gallery: The Best Photos of the Year 2012  – check it out! (NB: Some images may contain graphic content or nudity.)
 

Video Virtuosity

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Focal Point: Friday, Dec. 21

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Photo Fabulousness —

Where is Santa by Bayfront Visions
 

Online Awesomeness/Bloggy Goodness

German blog, Whudat, has featured a fantastic photo series by Christophe Jacrot, titled New York in Black. And with talk of the apocalypse that never was on December 21, 2012,  this photoshoot beautifully showcases what New York City would have looked like had people disappeared from the metropolitan area.

Check out the entire series here.
 

Video Virtuosity

And, in the spirit of the season, we give you How to Make a 10 Second Holiday Video from the Vimeo Video School!

How to Make a 10 Second Holiday Video from Vimeo Video School on Vimeo.

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f100 Exposure 2013 fundraising event: tickets now available!

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Exposure: the Calgary Banff Canmore Photography Festival is an annual event dedicated to the exhibition and promotion of photographic arts, taking place each year during the month of February. And it’s second annual fundraising event, f100, is shaping up to be even more exciting than last year’s!

All proceeds from the evening go to growing Exposure  into an even bigger, more diverse photographic event!

VIP tickets get you in early for a VIP reception at 7pm and a blind draw for an original print from a treasure trove of photographs donated by photographers from across Canada. Mix and mingle. Enjoy your complimentary drink with friends.

Also, General Admission Event Tickets will be available to those interested in coming out for an evening of entertainment, prizes, unique silent auction items and more!

What: f100 – a Fundraiser for Exposure 2013
Where: Lougheed House | 707 13 Ave SW
When: Friday, January 11, 2013 | 7 PM (MST)

GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!

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Focal Point: Friday, Dec. 14

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Photo Fabulousness —

Byzantine Side of Toronto Planet. November Origami Balloon Fest
Byzantine Side of Toronto Planet. November Origami Balloon Fest by Katrin Ray
 

Online Awesomeness/Bloggy Goodness

Erik Johansson is a full-time photographer and retoucher from Sweden who is based in Berlin, Germany. His work entails both personal and commissioned projects as well as the creation of the occasional street illusion. Check out this creative blog and see what he means when he says, “I don’t capture moments, I capture ideas.”
 

Video Virtuosity

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Happy Holidays from Vistek’s Rental Staff!

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In fact, the crew in Vistek’s Rentals Department want to make sure you have such a fabulous holiday that they’re offering some incredible deals on rentals over the holidays.

CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
Rent for six days you’ll only pay for one!
→ Pick up Friday, Dec. 21 or Saturday, Dec. 22 — return Thursday, Dec. 27

CHRISTMAS & NEW YEARS SPECIAL
Rent for twelve (12!) days and pay for only two!
→ Pick up Friday, Dec. 21 or Saturday, Dec. 22 — return Wednesday, Jan. 2

 

Visit Vistek’s online rentals or contact your nearest location:

Toronto
1-888-365-1777 ext. 1057
torontorentals@vistek.ca

Mississauga
1-877-923-1777
mississaugarentals@vistek.ca

Ottawa
1-888-428-4466
ottawarentals@vistek.ca

Calgary
1-800-561-0333
calgaryrentals@vistek.ca

Edmonton
1-877-484-0333
edmontonrentals@vistek.ca

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