Leica Oskar Barnack Award Winner Announced

First prize in this year’s highly prestigious photography competition, the Leica Oskar Barnack Award 2012, went to US photographer Frank Hallam Day. For his portfolio, “Alumascapes,” he will receive a Leica M9-P camera and lens, as well as a cash prize. The second place winner in this year’s competition was Piotr Zbierski from Poland. His portfolio, “Pass by Me,” wins the Leica Oskar Barnack Newcomer Award 2012 and a Leica M9-P with lens. The prizes will be presented on July 3, 2012 at the Rencontres Internationales de la Photographie photograph festival in Arles, in the south of France.

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Canon 5D Mark III and 60D Firmware Updates

Canon has issued a firmware update for the 5D Mark III.  Version 1.1.3 adds the following :

  • Supports the new EF 40mm f/2.8 STM lens that is to be released at the end of June, 2012.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which an image may become underexposed when using the Auto Lighting Optimizer for continuous Auto Exposure Bracketing shooting.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the backlight of the LCD monitor may not turn off depending on the camera settings and timing.
  • Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera’s power may not turn on when a super-telephoto lens is mounted to the camera with an extender
  • Corrects mistakes in the Dutch, Italian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, and Swedish menu screens.

Canon USA 5D Mark III Drivers/Support page

Canon has also issued a firmware update for the 60D.  The new firmware version 1.1.1 includes the following updates:

  • Fixes a phenomenon where the camera’s serial number that is displayed in the shooting information of the image does not display the correct serial number.
  • Corrects errors in the Greek, Italian, and Portuguese menu screens.

Canon USA 60D Drivers/Support page

Images from the New Nikkor AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR

Photo by Steve Simon using the new AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR

New York based photographer Steve Simon was hired by Nikon to try out the new AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens before it was officially announced. Check out his thoughts on this Nikon/Flickr Forum which he moderates.

Not only is the lens impressive, but more importantly, Simon’s eye. Check out his Flickr images shot with the new Nikkor lens.

Nikon Announces Two New Lenses

18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Ultra-high-power 16.7x all-in-one zoom lens with Nikon’s second-generation Vibration Reduction (VR II) for beautiful, sharp images in varied shooting situations. Suprisingly compact and lightweight, an extremely versatile all-in-one DX-format lens. The AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR will sell for $999.95 and be available the end of this month.


24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR

Highly versatile wide angle to medium telephoto FX-format zoom lens with Nikon’s second-generation Vibration Reduction (VR II) technology for noticeably sharper photos and HD videos. The AF-S 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR has an expected street price of $599.95 and will be available the end of this month.