New Lens from Nikon : 800mm f5.6

Nikon Corporation will add the super-telephoto 800-mm, fixed local length lens to its lineup of NIKKOR lenses. This lens will offer a fixed focal length of 800 mm, a maximum aperture of f/5.6, Silent Wave autofocus, a three-position (A/M, M/A, M) focus mode switch, a drop-in filter slot, Vibration Reduction, and will be fully compatible with Nikon FX-format cameras.

More on Nikon’s website.

Canon T4i Allergy Issues

Canon has revealed that some T4i bodies may show an issue with the handgrip changing color after brief use. Not only that, but the white deposits caused by excessive use of a rubber accelerator could potentially cause an allergic reaction in very sensitive individuals. (The company is quick to note that it has not received any reports of injury or allergic reaction to date.)

The white deposit on the rubber handgrips is said to be Zinc N-N-dimethyldithiocarbamate, a compound that is sometimes used as a bactericide, disinfectant, fungicide, and insecticide.  The compound isn’t actually used in the T4i’s production; instead, it’s created by a reaction of the accelerator used to speed vulcanization of the rubber handgrips. This reaction is apparently more likely to occur in high temperature, high humidity conditions.

Canon says that the problem affects some T4i bodies produced between May 31st and June 15th, 2012. These cameras have the number one as the sixth digit of the serial number; unaffected cameras have the number two or higher.

If the sixth digit of your camera is 1, enter your serial number on this page set up by Canon, and it’ll notify you whether your camera is among the affected.

If your camera is affected, Canon USA will be offering a free repair service, which will exchange the rubber grips for new ones made with the correct quantity of rubber accelerator. The service program hasn’t yet started, so Canon is asking owners of affected cameras to register their purchases.

August Camera West Photo Walk

The Fast & Furious Twilight Criterium
Sunday, August 5, 2012  4pm to 8pm
Pleasanton, CA

Please join us as Michael Maloney, a 37 year photojournalism veteran and Camera West Walnut Creek staff member, leads this photo walk capturing the visually exciting and dynamic sport of bicycle racing.

For this walk, Michael will show us how to shoot the Fast & Furious Twilight Criterium, a series of 40 minute plus bicycle races in downtown Pleasanton, CA. There will be numerous chances to photograph the peloton as they streak by at speeds up to 40mph.

It will be a colorful, action-filled series of races offering all kinds of photo possibilities and Michael will be there to guide you to the best spots and to ensure that you get the most out of this event.

What you will will learn:

* What makes a good sports photo
* How to set up your camera to increase your chances for capturing action
* How to effectively use your shutter speeds for various effects.
* How to use fast and slow shutter fill flash
* How to shoot action at night with and without a flash
* How to position yourself to get the most dynamic image

This Photo Walk is for photographers of all abilities. What you will learn in this photo walk can be applied to nearly any fast moving situation whether it be your kids running around the house, or any other sports. The only thing that you need to bring is a digital SLR, your best lenses and your enthusiasm!

Check out some of the great photos from last year’s Camera West workshop participants from this same event.

Cost : $25.00
Number of participants will be limited to no more than 12 participants.
For more info or to sign up, contact Michael at Camera West in Walnut Creek


Human Colors Beyond the Codes

We come in all colors, but until now nobody thought to document them all in portraits. That’s the mammoth task that Brazilian artist and photographer Angelica Dass has taken upon herself with her portrait project Humanae.

Her Humanae project consists of a series of portraits which are taken, analyzed, and arranged using the PANTONE color guide. By analyzing 11×11 pixel pieces of her subjects’ faces, she is able to find their exact alphanumeric Pantone color, which she uses to label the photo, and then fills in the background with that same color.

What results is a fascinating chromatic inventory of every skin tone in existence — a scientific way to look at and document “colors beyond our codes.”

To find out more about the project check out the Humanae webpage.