All About the Image Sensor

A fascinating lecture on digital image sensors.  Well worth watching if you have any interest at all in the physics and engineering that makes your camera work.

Image sensor engineer and primary inventor of the CMOS sensor, Eric Fossum, covers a wide range of subjects in his lecture titled, ‘Photons to Bits and Beyond: The Science & Technology of Digital Image Sensors’

New Leica and Zeiss Glass

Leica has announced the Elmarit-S 30mm f/2.8 ASPH wide-angle lens for its S-system medium format DSLR. The lens, which offers a 24mm equivalent field of view, can focus down to 0.5m.

The lens will be available beginning December 2011. Prior to this announcement, Leica’s widest S lens was the 35mm f2.5 ASPH.

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And from Carl Zeiss comes the just announced Distagon T* 25mm f2.0 wide-angle lens in ZE (Canon) and ZF.2 (Nikon) versions. The manual focus lens includes a CPU to provide aperture information to the camera, allowing the use of automatic exposure modes and the recording of EXIF data.

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ISO 51,200 on a Canon 1DX

Former New York Times Photographer and Pulitzer Prize winner Vincent Laforet had his hands on the new Canon 1Dx and tweeted this photo showing an lcd image on the back of the 1Dx shot at ISO 51,200 and enlarged to 100%.
Pretty impressive!
Laforet by the way is now a DP and shot the famous “Reverie” video short after convincing Canon to let him borrow a preproduction Canon 5D Mark II to try out the video mode on it. Check out the video here :
Also check out Laforet’s excellent blog :

Leica Akademie North America – Expanded Workshops

Leica Akademie North America continues Leica’s long tradition of photographic education through experiential workshops offered in cities across North America.
 The Akademie’s goal is to increase the fun and enjoyment of photography, expand photography knowledge and bring the total Leica experience to a new generation of photographers.
 Whether you are an experienced Leica photographer or a novice, there is no better way to learn Leica, than the Leica Akademie. The Akademie offers a wide range of programs throughout the year. Listed below are those Workshops close to Camera West in Rancho Mirage or Walnut Creek.

Leica Travel Photography with Lonely Planet
January 21, 2012
Los Angeles, CA
Leica M9 Owners
January 20, 2012
Los Angeles, CA
May 10, 2012
San Francisco, CA
Leica M9 Shooting Experience
February 17, 2012
San Francisco, CA
Leica Compact Camera Photography
March 9, 2012
San Francisco, CA
March 25, 2012
Los Angeles, CA
Leica Street Photography
August 24-24, 2012
San Francisco, CA
Leica Digital Black & White Photography
March 24, 2012
Los Angeles, CA
July 14, 2012
San Francisco, CA
Leica Weekends
February 24-26, 2012
Las Vegas, NV
March 30 – April 01, 2012
Palm Springs, CA
July 20-22, 2012
Los Angeles, CA
Leica Destination
April 23-26, 2012
Big Sur & Monterey, CA
Leica Available Light Photography
June 22, 2012
San Francisco, CA

Contact the Leica Akademie for more information
Phone: 201-995-0051

Lytro : Shoot First, Focus Later

There has been a lot of buzz about this revolutionary camera during it’s development the last few years. Well, now it’s here for you to purchase. Lytro, a Silicon Valley company has just released their unique camera which takes what the company calls “living photos”.  
Unlike a conventional camera that captures a single plane of light, the Lytro camera captures the entire light field, which is all the light traveling in every direction in every point in space. 

Since you’ll capture the color, intensity, and direction of all the light, you can focus after the fact. Focus and re-focus, anywhere in the picture at anytime, after the fact.

And focusing after the fact, means no auto-focus motor which means no shutter delay.

Price for the 1.61 in x 1.61 in x 4.41 in, 7.55 oz camera goes from $399. to $499. depending on hard drive capacity.

More info here :