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With the discontinuation of Fuji's beloved FP3000B black & white instant film just around the corner (April 2014) what better Christmas present for someone than a few boxes of this soon to be film of the past. This will no doubt cause all land camera lovers to get nervous at there being only one instant pack film now available, the FP100C colour.
Well it's that time of year again, cold time! And this means your Impossible Project photos will be super temperature sensitive. So be aware that if you'd like a cooler look to your photos leave them out in room temperature or colder, but if you'd like more of a warmer tone keep them in a shirt pocket or in a warmer area of your house or studio.
Last week we had a Winter Impossible lift workshop. We had a lot of fun lifting the emulsion of the Impossible Instant photos onto all sorts of different surfaces: pre-coloured water colour paper, silver paper, tissue and regular papers, canvas and even glass! Add your name to our list if you would like to be contacted about the next lift workshop.
IMPOSSIBLE WORKSHOPS - JANUARY
There will be Instant Impossible 8x10 workshops January 14th and 16th. Each person will get their own 60 to 90 minute time slot and are invited to bring a model or still life subject from home. You will have free access to lighting from our Rental Department to use in our upstairs studio, and the 8x10 camera and processor required for this film. The workshop fee is $30 which includes instruction and an 8x10 Impossible Film sheet of film to shoot. Should you decide you'd like to take more photographs, they will be $20 each. Contact Nicole in the Film department for more information. firstname.lastname@example.org
Renaissance Albums has introduced Fine Art Printing to its collection of printing options – beautiful, vibrant colors complemented by fantastically deep blacks on the finest 100% cotton rag textured paper.
Fine Art Printing will be a higher end printing option for the Fine Art Albums. To realize this unique print quality, Renaissance Albums uses genuine Epson pigment based printing on Signature Worthy Epson Cold Press Natural Paper.
Fine Art Printing is currently available only for the Fine Art Album
By popular demand, Nikon Canada has decided to make the Df available in a body-only configuration as well now. The price will be $2749. Currently, we have kits in stock, and a Df kit available for rent too. We are hopefully getting a few bodies in sometime in the next couple of weeks, so if you are interested in getting one before Christmas, contact us to make a reservation!
We just got a shipment of Fujifilm X-E2 kits, with XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4.0 R OIS zooms, both in black and silver. After fulfilling our initial pre-orders, we still have a very small number available at the moment. Unfortunately, body-only X-E2 units are not scheduled to arrive until the first week or December, or thereabouts. Since I am waiting for a just an X-E2 body myself, most likely my detailed review will be delayed until then as well unfortunately.
[Update 11/21/2013]: A few people have already asked about my impressions on how suitable the viewfinder is for manual focus of older lenses. A very good question and one that I forgot to address in my writeup. Sadly, the focusing screen is not interchangeable, so there are no options for split-image or micro-prism collar screens. It seems to be pretty much the same screen as a D800 so, like virtually every other DSLR on the market, it is not particularly easy to judge sharpness when manual focusing with some slower or dimmer lenses. However the focus confirmation light does work with old MF lenses, so that might help in some situations. It may turn out that the screen is slightly better on the Df, but since I did not have the time to do any side-by-side comparisons, I cannot say for sure at this point. My gut feeling though is that it is not significantly different from a D800 screen. [Update 11/25/2013]: One thing I realized today was that I made no mention of the shutter sound. It is far quieter and smoother sounding than other Nikon pro bodies like the the D800, D3S or D4. In fact, movie stills photographers will be all over the Df probably, since even inside a sound blimp, other Nikon pro bodies can still be loud enough to be an issue on some film sets. I also corrected my focus point comparison to D7000 instead of D7100. I had forgotten that the D7100 was upgraded to 51 points. One more note is that I really only had a scant few minutes before and after having lunch to actually handle the camera, maybe 10 or 15 minutes in total, and I had no other camera with me to compare the viewfinder to. To reiterate, my gut feeling is still that it really is no better for MF than a D800, but I certainly could be wrong. Note that there are third party companies that might be able to install an aftermarket focusing screen, but it is definitely not user replaceable and I wonder if you might lose some functionality with an aftermarket solution (grid-lines, focus points etc). There may be warranty concerns too? The only thing I did do back at the store was compare the shutter sound to a D4, just to confirm my impressions of how much quieter it was. That is why it is weird I forgot to mention it. People also have asked me about image quality, but both were preproduction units that I was not allowed to download photos from. I was assured by Nikon that it should essentially be the same as the D4.
I had an opportunity to spend my lunch break with a couple of Df bodies (and some Nikon reps), a black and a silver one (the cameras, not the reps), courtesy of Nikon Canada. The Df was announced a few weeks back and I have been hesitating to write a report until I personally had a chance to play with one. There seemed to be some contradictory info online and I didn't want to repeat any incorrect information myself. Following are my first impressions of the camera's ergonomics and how I see it fitting in Nikon's DSLR lineup...
Update [11/16/2013]: for consistency, the shot of my father that I had done purely in Lightroom for the original version of this post, I reprocessed in PhotoNinja and added a 100% crop view as well. I also added exposure data below the last few shots. Lastly, I provided a slightly more detailed description of why I use PhotoNinja and mentioned one of its current limitations.
We have finally received our shipment of the new Fujiflm XF 23mm f/1.4 R lenses and I have now had the opportunity to shoot with a production lens a few times. We have fulfilled our preorders and now have a handful in stock for sale. Yes, I did buy one myself. What do I think of the lens so far? In a word: stunning!
The weather, and my lack of time, have conspired to prevent me from shooting with it much yet but what I have seen so far impresses me. With luck, I will have a chance to use it some more over the next few days. Update: my First Fujifilm XF 23mm f/1.4R Tests gallery is now up and there are a few high-resolution images below as well...
Profoto has just announced an amazing new product, the B1. How is it different from all the other strobes and speedlights out there? They took what's good in those other flashes and put it all into one easy to use and powerful unit. Not a speedlight and not a monoblock, Profoto's "Off camera flash" allows you to be creative in ways you've only dreamed of. With Profoto's AirTTL remote, you'll have full TTL flash control right from your camera. With battery power and no cables or cords, you can take the B1 with you to the remotest of locations and put it wherever you want, with the power and speed that sets the B1 apart from the competition. What's more, is that you will have access to the huge selection of light shaping tools that Profoto lights are known for,
and you'll have an off-camera flash that you will actually want to use and one that can deliver truly professional results.
Patent pending AirTTL technology.
Exchangeable, integrated battery provides up to 220 full-power flashes per charge.
Cordless design and wireless Air technology allows you to shoot without cords and restraints.
Quick burst capability eliminates the risk of missing that perfect shot waiting for the flash.
500w/s adjustable in 1/10 f-stop increments over a 9 f-stop power range give you both power and precise control.
The ifootage Mini Crane M1
We were shown this great product the other day and loved it. Weighing just over 3.5 lbs. and only 32 inches long packed up, this is really a fantastic portable crane. The ifootage mini crane assembles and disassembles very quickly and is simple to adjust. With an overall length of 6.5 feet and a 7 foot throw you can achieve some amazing crane shot effects without spending a lot of money. The quality of materials and workmanship is impressive. This will be a fantastic tool and toy for the wedding or corporate videographer and the budget-minded indie filmmaker.
We have now one on display in the Prosales area in the back of the store. Come on in and check it out.
Whether you are coming from traditional video cameras, are a still photographer or currently shoot DSLR video – DSLR Dynamics will cover all the stages of filmmaking and take your videos to a new level. Theworkshops are taught by two award-winning instructors.
Barry Andersson is the author of a top-selling Amazon book for DSLR video/filmmaking, THE DSLR FILMMAKER’S HANDBOOK, speaks at top film schools, & is a regular instructor for many NFL, MLB, NBA & NHL production crews. planetMitch is the owner of planet5d.com — a highly ranked website that fe atures blog and video reports on topics vital to the HDSLR community — and he also interviews industry leaders via his popular planet5D podcasts. In addition, planetMitch co-produced the short film “Incident on Marmont Avenue.”
You’ll gain expert knowledge, as well as practical tips and tricks necessary to take greater control over creative projects, consistently deliver impactful videos, and master the look & feel you’ve been looking for.
• Compostion and Framing
• Camera Movement
• Editing and Post Production
and More… FURTHER INFO AND HOW TO REGISTER HERE
Unfortunately, Hasselblad has announced an October 1st price increase for their H-system lenses, anywhere from 5% to 12%. For example, the new ultra-wide 24mm lens pictured above, will increase from a current price of $5,995 US to $6,650 US, up 10.9%.
However it is not too late to get your order in for that HC or HCD lens you've been meaning to get! Hasselblad currently has good stock on most lenses and as long as we get the order in to Hasselblad before October 1st, you can still take advantage of the current pricing. If you have any questions or want exact Canadian prices on a particular lens, please call or email us!
It's time to rotate out our demo Epson Style Photo R3000 printer. Our regular price is $849, but the demo printer can be had on sale for only $700 SOLD! (one demo only at that price)
The R3000 is a pigment-based inkjet with 8 inks (9 if you count both matte and glossy black) that will give archival prints on the appropriate paper. Estimated print longevity ranges from around 60 years with RC-based gloss or semi-gloss papers, to well over 100 years for acid-free, archival, cotton based fine-art stock. With an exceptionally small, 2 pico-litre droplet size, prints are extremely sharp and detailed with no visible dithering. The addition of two lighter gray inks (Epson calls them "Light Black" and "Light Light Black") means that black & white images also look stunning with no visible dot pattern. Ink cartridges are larger than average for a desktop printer too, being about 2.5 times the capacity of the R2880 for example, so this reduces cartridge swaps and saves on ink cost as well.
Having pigment inks means that the R3000 is compatible a huge variety of third-party papers and the vast majority of manufacturers have ICC profiles ready-made for use with the Epson R3000. We sell a large variety of papers from Hahnemühle, Ilford, Moab, Crane (Museo), Harman, Pictorico and of course Epson, so the versatility of a pigment-based printer like the R3000 is tremendous.
In addition, there is also a $200 mail-in rebate available from Epson here: R3000 Rebate PDF. After the rebate, that effectively makes it $500, which is one heck of a bargain for a top-end, archival, pigment-based 13x19 printer!
Alex Buono’s Visual Storytelling Tour will be in Vancouver on Friday August 2nd!
THE VISUAL STORYTELLING TOUR delivers an intense educational overview of the artistic elements and core principles of cinematography. Taught by Oscar nominee and Director of Photography of the Saturday Night Live Film Unit, Alex Buono, this Daytime workshop and evening Seminar features training and information that will dramatically increase the impact of your films.
Used D7000 Digital Camera Body. Very good condition, with original box.
Nikon’s D7000 features a 16.2 MP DX-format CMOS sensor, 6 fps continuous shooting and breathtaking Full 1080p HD Movies with full time autofocus. Other features are;
•Customizable 39 point AF System includes nine center cross-type sensors that operate with every AF NIKKOR lens
• High Speed 6 frames per second continuous shooting up to 100 shots
•Virtual Horizon Graphic Indicator shows whether the camera is level and in Live View mode, lets you place a grid over the scene you’re about to shoot — an invaluable tool for shooting landscapes and architecture
•and many, many more....
Used Zoom handy Recorder H2N + Accessory Kit, like new in original box.
The H2n is Zoom’s most innovative handheld recorder to date. Packed with groundbreaking features this ultra-portable device allows you to record pristine audio anywhere you go. From film and broadcast, to journalism, podcasting, musical performance, songwriting and rehearsal, the H2n provides amazing recording quality. No matter the application, the H2n brings the very best in stereo recording to a convenient, user-friendly package that fits in your pocket.
The H2n is the first handheld recorder to offer Mid-Side stereo recording, a technique used for and surrounding noise are crucial. Mid-Side recording combines a uni-directional Mid mic that captures sound directly in front of you and a bi-directional Side mic that captures sound from your left and right.
Used Nikon D2X Digital Camera in excellent new out of the box condition. The D2x has a 12.4 effective Megapixels: High Resolution CMOS DX sensor for excellent image quality. This is a Pro body built to last.
Some of the features of the D2X are Exposure Control: Programmed Auto with Flexible Program [P], Shutter-Priority Auto [S], Aperture-Priority Auto [A], Manual [M]; Exposure compensated in 5.0 EV range in 1/3, 1/2 or 1 EV steps; Auto Exposure bracketing; Number of shots: 2 to 9 frames Compensation steps: 1/3, 1/2, 2/3, or 1 EV steps; Continuous shooting mode: Provides an amazing 5 frames per second continuous shooting .
Fall in love with photography all over again.
Inspired by the beauty and form of classic cameras from the past, the FinePix X100 combines all the latest technical digital innovations in a beautiful, traditional chassis.
Echoing the functional aesthetics of analogue film cameras, the ‘manual’ dials have been carefully positioned to give the photographer easy control over creative shooting. Aperture, shutter speed and exposure compensation can be checked even before the camera is turned on.
The ergonomics of the design offer the perfect balance between compact convenience and user-friendly operation. Every control has been carefully considered to give the photographer fast access to aperture, shutter speed and exposure compensation, to allow maximum creative expression with minimum hassle.
Used Mamiya 7 with an 80mm f/4 and a 150mm f/4.5 lens. Very good condition. A great medium format camera for those who want to pack light or travel. Lenses are superb quality.
The Mamiya 7 is a medium format 6x7cm rangefinder camera with interchangeable leaf shutter lenses. It is "The Ultimate 6x7 Rangefinder", virtually no bigger than the top 35mm SLRs. Quiet, compact and lightweight, this camera allows one to create incredibly detailed 6x7cm images with ease. The precision rangefinder is ideal for quick, accurate focusing, particularly in low light situations.