Associated Press’ Olympic Journey

So the Olympics are over but the memories last. There were some amazing moments captured by staff photographers from all over the world, assigned to cover the London Olympics.

The Associated Press has been covering the Olympics since 1896!!! There was no news photography back then as we know it today. Papers relied on artists to create drawings of the athletes and events. Dispatches were sent to us here in the United States via transatlantic telegraph cable. The stories and drawings appeared in newspapers the day after the events. A far cry from today when pictures can be published and viewed by the public just minutes after the events conclude.

Here is a fascinating timeline of Associated Press’ Olympic journey :

Canon T4i Recall

Canon has issued a recall for more than 68,000 Rebel T4is due to the grips causing allergic reaction to some people. The DSLRs were loaded with too much “rubber accelerator”, which can lead to a chemical reaction that causes allergic reactions.

The recall covers T4i cameras that have a 12-digit serial with the second digit being either “3″ or “4″ and the sixth digit being “1″. The product advisory page on the Canon website has a simple form in which you can enter your serial to learn whether your camera is affected.

If your camera is one of the diseased ones, you’re advised to “immediately stop using the recalled cameras and contact Canon U.S.A. to have replacement rubber grips installed free of charge.”

Here is the press release issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission :

New Lenses for FujiFilm X-Pro 1

Fujifilm has announced two new lenses for its retro-styled X-Pro 1 digital camera: An ultra wide-angle and a standard zoom lens. These lenses join three other Fujifilm XF lenses, all of which have fixed focal lengths.

The XF 14mm f/2.8 lens offers high-quality optics and an extreme wide-angle perspective to explore your creativity with the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 digital camera.

It features :

  • Wide angle perspective with 21mm focal length equivalency
  • High resolution from the center of the image to its periphery
  • Molded aperture blades and rounded diaphragm opening create pleasing bokeh

The XF 18-55mm f/2.8-4 OIS Zoom lens from Fujifilm is the first zoom lens for Fujifilm’s X-Pro 1 Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera System.

It features :

  • Three aspherical elements and one abnormal dispersion element
  • Fast, smooth linear motor-driven autofocus
  • Optical Image Stabilization


New : Nikon 1 J2 and Nikkor 11-27.5mm Lens

Nikon has announced the new Nikon 1 J2. It has a few minor tweaks from the J1, including a Creative Mode, a new LCD screen, and a metallic body finish in new deep red and orange colors in addition to the white, black, silver, and pink models offered in the J1.

The camera will be available in September 2012, with a price tag of $550.

Nikon J2 Key Features & Specs:

  • 10.1 megapixel High-Speed AF CX-format CMOS sensor
  • Expeed 3 image processing
  • 1080p full HD video with 30/60/400 and 1200 FPS options and built-in stereo sound
  • Super-quick hybrid auto focus (phase detect + contrast detect)
  • 3-inch 921k-dot LCD display
  • ISO 100-3200 expandable to ISO 6400 (Hi-1)
  • Pop-up flash
  • 10 FPS continuous AF burst and 60 FPS with focus locked
  • Simultaneous still and video capture
  • Motion Snapshot mode

Also announced is the new Nikkor 11-27.5mm lens – a small and light 2.5x zoom with a 30-74mm 35mm equivalent focal range.It comes in both black and white, and will arrive in stores in late September 2012 for the price of $190.

There’s also a new WP-N1 waterproof case for the J1 and J2. It’ll also launch in September, and will cost $750.


September Photo Walk : The Oakland Zoo

Michael from our Camera West Walnut Creek staff is leading a series of monthly photo walks. Each month, he picks a different theme, subject or location.

For our September photo walk, we will visit the Oakland Zoo. No need to fly to Africa to go on a photo safari! We go on our own mini safari right here in the bay area. Michael will lead us on a photo walk thru the Oakland Zoo where we will photograph all kinds of interesting, unpredictable animals.

This photo walk is ideal for beginner and intermediate photographers, and for those who want to brush up on their photography techniques. With Michael’s guidance, you’ll get a chance to sharpen your skills, get very comfortable with your equipment, and work with a variety of composition, lighting and outdoor conditions…all while enjoying the company of some amazing animals.

Whether you want to prepare for an African safari or an Alaskan adventure…or just photograph your pets, this photo walk will give you the techniques and confidence to make photos you’ll be proud of.

Saturday, September 29
Cost : $25.00 + Zoo admission

We must limit this to just 12 participants so sign up soon! All of our previous workshops have filled up quickly.

Call or email Michael at Camera West in Walnut Creek for more info or to sign up.