Posts

Joe McNally and The Nikon Wedding Truck Offer Free Wedding Portraits to NYC Couples

I met up with my couple outside the Marriage Bureau as they got out of their cab, and they were quickly approached by a person to see if they wanted to participate in the Wedding Truck photos. Since they had to wait for a friend to arrive anyway, we hopped over and started the process. They had a makeup station set up in case it was needed, but we skipped that and were scooted right over to Joe. Turns out they were his first couple of the project! After a few minutes shooting with Joe, they sat down for a quick interview to share their love story. We then went into the Marriage Bureau to get married and when we came out 30 minutes later, a USB drive was waiting for them with final images.

Earlier this week, Nikon and Joe McNally announced something called the Nikon Wedding Truck. As part of the new campaign they brought a truck into New York City and parked it in front of City Hall. Any couple who brought their certificate of marriage dated between June 1st-5th 2015 received free portraits from Joe.

Joe started photographing yesterday morning and finished off today. Now, from a marketing standpoint, I completely understand the reasoning behind Nikon running this wedding truck campaign. They are targeting families at their earliest stages. If these couples decide to start a family, or already have one, most likely they are going to be purchasing a to document their lives. We all know the biggest decision they will make is trying to decide between Nikon and . So kudos to Nikon for trying to interject themselves in that decision. Here’s some of today’s photos that Joe took.

Jon Lemon, a NYC photographer, was the hired photographer for the first couple to go through the Nikon Wedding Truck. Jon was able to document the process of his couple going through the wedding truck and the post interview process. Jon explained the process of how his couple got photographed through the truck.

Sarah Williams is a award winning photographer splitting her time between San Diego & DC. She specializes in photography for rad people and has a deep love for flamingos and tattoos. If you want to know more, she’s pretty honest on instagram, so check her out.

McNally is a Nikon ally for a long time. Obvious choice and he’s probably personnal friend with the person in charge of hiring the photographer for the stunt.

We don’t have any way to quantify what kind of affect it had on the subjects. While I’m sure they were pleased to get their photos taken, we have no way of knowing if that would translate to sales of Nikon products by those people, and if THEIR word-of-mouth would.

That would be the ONLY reason to do something like that. As professionals, we already know what we want or not. The Nikon Wedding Truck isn’t going to convince anyone reading this to buy more gear or, probably more to the point professionally, switch brands to Nikon because of it.

We’re thinking about visiting NYC on a .5 anniversary. We were married in December 1977, but we’d prefer to visit NYC when the weather is better, like May or June.

So sad.. The behind the scenes photos are way better than the actual wedding photos. Move the background to the end of the truck, use higher focal length and bam, perfect picture with daylight studio!

What a cool thing, having Joe McNally shoot your wedding day portrait. Love the extra soft light, octa through a scrim. No Profoto lights for this project. Not sure about wearing blue jeans while covering a wedding day, but Joe’s always a charming guy.

 

 

Ilford Photo brings back Harman Direct Positive Fiber Base paper

Good news for pinhole photographers. Ilford Photo has brought back its Harman Direct Positive Fiber Base paper on the back of public demand after the Swiss company that made the original coating shut down.

Since then, Cheshire-based firm Harman technology says it has been ‘working hard to secure access to the emulsion and the know-how to transfer production to Mobberley’.

Steven Brierley, Director of Sales and Marketing at Ilford Photo/Harman technology, said: ‘We have had many enquiries from all over the world asking when and if users would be able to buy the product…

 

 

SLR Magic unveils 50mm T0.95 HyperPrime Cine

Designed for portrait and documentary cinematography with micro four thirds cameras, the 50mm T0.95 HyperPrime Cine (£849) will deliver the 35mm viewing angle equivalent of a 100mm lens. The Rangefinder Cine Adapter (£529) should allow the user to override the focus control of the taking lens with the rangefinder’s focus ring, when attached to a compatible lens. For more information see www.slrmagic.co.uk

PRESS RELEASEUnited Kingdom (June 3rd, 2015) – SLR Magic is pleased to announce two new additions to our range of cine products, the 50mm T0.95 HyperPrime CINE Lens and the Rangefinder CINE Adapter.

The 50mm HyperPrime CINE lens is designed exclusively for Micro Four Thirds (MFT) mount cameras, Blackmagic, Panasonic and . 100mm (35mm equivalency) focal length offers many new creative possibilities, in particular in the fields of portrait and documentary cinematography. An ultra-fast maximum aperture of T0.95 makes the SLR Magic 50mm CINE ideal for low-light photography. As usual with all our lenses, the lens has integrated aperture and focus gearing and a silent, ‘clickless’ aperture ring. Manufactured to meet the demands of professional photographers and cinematographers with its solid anodised finish and precision manufacture.

The SLR Magic Rangefinder CINE Adapter is an optical device with integrated follow-focus gearing. When attached to a compatible taking lens, you’re able to override the focus control of the taking lens with the Rangefinder’s focus ring. It provides calibrated focus markings from 3’6 ft (1.1M) to Infinity. The Rangefinder CINE Adapter is recommended for users wishing to have single focus capability on the SLR Magic Anamorphot adapter (currently the 1.33×50 and the 2×50). Furthermore, it can be used to create authentic cinema-like manual focus capabilities on auto-focus lenses.

Both the SLR Magic 50mm T0.95 HyperPrime CINE lens and the Rangefinder CINE Adapter will be available from resellers at the end of Q3 with a MSRP’s of £849 / €1189 and £529 / €739 respectively.

Technical Information for HyperPrime 50mm T0.95 CINEProduct SLR Magic 50mm T0.95 HyperPrime CINE lensLens Type Ultra Fast lens manual focus lens with glass elements, ensuring superior cinematic performance.Mount Micro Four Thirds (MFT)Lens Construction 13 elements in 11 groupsMinimum Focus Dist. 0.60MNo. of Diaphragm Blades 11 aperture bladesFilter Thread 62mm diameter. Filter mount does not rotate.Lens Hood N/AFinish Black anodisedDimensions (L x D) 81.7mm x 71.6mm (Max.)Weight (g) 620

Technical Information for Rangefinder CINE AdapterProduct SLR Magic Rangefinder CINE Adapter Lens Type Rangefinder Adapter Mount N/A Lens Construction N/A Operating Range 3.6ft (1.1M) to Infinity No. of Diaphragm Blades N/A Filter Thread 82mm front thread, 77mm rear thread Lens Hood N/A Finish Black anodised Dimensions (L x D) 24.3mm x 97mm Weight (g) 340

 

 

In pictures: Photo London to open its doors

More than seventy galleries from around the world will be participating in the Photo London show as it opens to the public at Somerset House on Thursday 21 May.

‘At a time when so many of us are using our smartphones to capture images of the people and sights around us, we shouldn’t forget photography’s significance as an important and longstanding art form,’ Johnson said.

The show will present a mixture of rare and historic prints from the likes of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Diane Arbus, as well as work from young upcoming talent from London and beyond.

Photo London has commissioned five exhibitions at Somerset House including ‘Beneath the Surface’, which is a collection of 200 rarely-shown works from the Victoria and Albert museum.

The show will also include talks and lectures from variousluminaries in the photograpic community, including legendary documentary photographer Steve McCurry.

There will also be large-scale prints from Sebastião Salgado’s ‘Genesis’ series. Salgado will also be receiving the inaugural Photo London Master of Photography Award.

Scroll through above some of the images that will be on display and on sale throughout the show, from various galleries and photographers around London, the UK and beyond (click to see full screen).

 

 

Bert Stephani’s First Impressions with the Fujifilm 90mm f/2 Lens

Photographer Bert Stephani might just be the luckiest guy on the planet as one of the first people in the world to use the much-anticipated 90mm f/2.0 portrait lens. The lens, officially known as the Fujinon XF90mm f/2 R LM WR is currently available for pre-order and will likely be shipping in mid-July 2015. In this video, Stephani gives a honest look at the latest and greatest portrait lens in the Fuji X-Series lineup and shares some really wonderful sample images straight out of the .

As an owner of a Fuji X-Pro 1 (or at least occasional borrower of one), I’m pretty intrigued by this glass, albeit not quite as much as the 56mm f/1.2. I’ll be really interested in messing around with it, although the 135mm equivalent may be a little long for my taste (I’m a huge 85mm buff). At $949 this lens certainly isn’t the cheapest in the lineup, but if previous lenses are any indication it’ll have the performance to back up the price tag.

As pointed out in the video, the 90mm isn’t quite as large as some had speculated and seems pretty manageable, especially compared to the 50mm–140mm f/2.8 zoom.

All the Fuji guys out there: what do you think of the newest addition to the tremendous X-Series line of glass? Will one be making its way into your bag? Let me know in the comments below.

Austin Rogers joined Fstoppers in 2014. Austin is a Columbus, OH editorial and lifestyle photographer, menswear aficionado, pseudo-bohemian, and semi-luddite. To keep up with him be sure to check out his profile on Fstoppers, website, drop him a line on Facebook, or throw him a follow on his fledgling Instagram account.

gah! I hate articles like this because it makes me miss my old Fuji X-T1. i just wish the cameras were more responsive. Maybe in a couple of generations…

Totally understand where you are coming from, But after my first Leica i became a much more forgiving photographer when it comes to whats in focus and whats not (for personal work, travel, street)

This year i will be making a big move, i will travel and not take my DSLR for the first time ever. Will be taking the XT-1 with a bunch of other lenses.

When i travel for pleasure, I always used to travel with two camera bodies, then i started traveling with two camera systems, Then i travelled with my Leica Only, realized that giving the camera to a stranger to take a photo of my wife and i is not the best option since most people won’t know what to do, plus its expensive to just hand it over like that., so went back to DSLR + RF or DSLR + X-Series, DSLR always had more attention, just because it was quicker. But on my next trip, i will take the XT-1 only and will be decide if the X series is a system i can depend on during my personal travels.

I like the color rendition from Fuji, its like no other. I always shoot raw, but fuji is the only system i can trust with in camera JPEGs using natural night.

I absolutely loved my XT1 for travel. I took it for a trip to Europe last summer. It was in my professional work that i found it unreliable. I might have kept it for travels but it just wasn’t economically sound for me to invest in 2 sets of lenses.

I am excited for this lens. I’m transitioning from to Fuji. I really love the 135L and was hoping that Fuji was release this lens soon. Yes it’s true that the Fuji bodies are behind “pro” DSLR bodies currently. However in one month the 1-year-old X-T1 will receive v4.0 firmware which will add additional features such as new AF tracking modes. Unlike Canon, the camera keeps getting better with simple software updates!

The camera is only good as the glass in front of it and Fuji is making some amazing glass. This means I can invest in the glass knowing that any bodies in the future will be able to take advantage of it. Unlike many Canon lenses which are great but were designed with film in mind and will not be able to resolve fine detail with future bodies.

As a part-time professional I have the option of switching. It would be tough to go only mirrorless with the current line up of cameras and lenses. The biggest deciding factor in switching to Fuji? I was tired of messing with my Canon gear, micro focus calibrations etc and still not having consistently in-focus pictures. With Fuji, what you see is what you get, including focus. Now, if only they could up the MP to ~24, come up with a better battery solution, and fix some flash inconsistencies the X-T1 would be perfect.

i’ve started using an X-E1 for my personal stuff, and have tried the X-T1 as well, but i just dont feel they’re up to snuff yet to replace my stuff….image quality isn’t the problem…the AF just isn’t there yet…it’s a shame, cause i’d love to carry a smaller kit than what i have now…..and their glass is superb….

 

 

Nissin Di700A and Commander Air1 Flash Kit now out in UK

The Nissin Di700A and Commander Air1 Flash Kit is currently available for and fits. A Sony-compatible version is due out in June. The Nissin Commander Air1 is designed to control three groups of Nissin Di700A flash (to a maximum of 21 Nissin Air System flashguns). The Di700A and Commander Air1 Kit costs £239.94. The Di700A flashgun is available separately, priced £209.94, and the Commander Air1 costs £59.94. The kit is distributed by Kenro Ltd. Call 01793 615836 for details or visit www.kenro.co.uk.

The new Nissin Di700A with Commander Air1 Flash Kit is now available for purchase in the UK in both Canon and Nikon fittings, Kenro Ltd has announced. The Sony fit is expected to be available in June.

And, it’s already making headlines – with TIPA recently awarding it ‘Best Portable Lighting System 2015′. TIPA editors take into account innovation, the use of leading-edge technology, design and ergonomics, ease-of-use, as well as price/ performance ratio.

It’s the third year in a row that the company has won this prestigious award, following previous honours for the Nissin i40 and MG8000 Extreme flashguns. Using radio transmission, the range of the new Nissin Air System is up to 30m.

For flexibility, transmission channels and IDs can be set to prevent misfiring in the event of signal interference on the same channel. The Nissin Commander Air1 can control 3 groups of Nissin Di700A flash (with a maximum of 21 NAS guns), making it an ideal controller for photographers who wish to simultaneously fire multiple guns at various distances and without the need for cables.

Flash Exposure Control: 1st Curtain synchronization, 2nd Curtain synchronization, High-speed synchronization, Red-eye reduction, Slow sync. (Nikon only), FE / FV Lock (set on )

Says Paul Kench, Kenro’s managing director: ‘The Di700A flashgun and Air1 Commander are very easy to pair and intuitive to use. As the system is also priced within the reach of enthusiasts, we are expecting a high demand for these units.’

Kenro Ltd is the sole UK distributor of Nissin Flash guns and accessories. For details of your nearest stockist please visit www.kenro.co.uk. Alternatively, call Kenro’s head office on 01793 615836 for further information.

 

 

Panasonic Says It Will Release an 8K Camera by 2020 That Can Produce 33MP Photos

Here’s what it envisions: 8K cameras that allow photographers to extract 33MP photos. Panasonic wants to make it happen by 2020.ePHOTOzine attended the G7 launch event and snapped a photo of a Panasonic presentation slide titled “Future Resolution Benefits”:

The new Panasonic G7 shoots 4K video and allows 8MP photos to be extracted. Panasonic says it wants to up those numbers to 8K and 33MP, and their plan is to have the launched to the public by the time the Olympic Games arrive in Tokyo in 2020. Stay tuned — we’ll likely hear more about this over the next half decade…