New Powershots from Canon

Canon has unveiled the PowerShot G16 and PowerShot S120 – the fastest-ever additions to the expert PowerShot range with 41% and 50% quicker focusing performance than their respective predecessors, and loaded with new features including new 12.1 megapixel CMOS sensors, bright lenses and super fast DIGIC 6 processors, plus fast sustained continuous shooting and Full HD movies at 60fps.

The PowerShot G16 comes with a host of compelling new features including sustained 9.3fps continuous shooting (12.2fps for the first five frames), fast 0.1 sec AF speed, WiFi, plus Intelligent IS with 5-axis Enhanced Dynamic IS that redefines zoom compact performance. A fast F1.8 – 2.8 lens gives this compact camera the 35mm equivalent range of 28-140mm.

The PowerShot S120 is the world’s slimmest compact camera with a 24mm f/1.8 zoom lens , offering the ultimate in pocketability and convenience without sacrificing quality and performance. With near-identical levels of continuous fast-shooting and AF performance as the G16, The PowerShot S120 packs WiFi and a bright f/1.8-5.7, 24-120mm wide angle, 5x optical Canon zoom lens into a stylish body that fits unobtrusively into the smallest of pockets.

The G16 is priced at $550. The S120 is $450.

New Sling Bags from Think Tank

The TurnStyle sling is a lightweight bag with easy access. Ideal for standard DSLRs or Mirrorless systems; they carry smaller camera systems with accessories and include room for an iPad or iPad mini. The sling strap can be converted and worn as a belt pack for added versatility.

The fully customizable interior can be arranged for a DSLR with a 70-200 2.8 on the largest bag or a small Mirrorless system for casual photography. These bags hold real appeal for urbanite and traveling photographers who are upgrading their systems and need a great bag to carry an extra lens or two. Women will love the lightweight and large carrying capacity of the small and medium sizes.

Delivering the perfect balance of form and function, TurnStyle bags have it all: comfort, versatility, style and rapid access.

Key Features:

  • Easy rotation for fast access to gear and accessories
  • Converts from a sling bag to a belt pack for increased comfort and flexibility
  • Padded velour pocket fits a tablet

From $74.75 for the TurnStyle 5 to $99.75 for the TurnStyle 20. Available soon at Camera West.

New Video Blog from Nikon

Nikon now has a great resource for all you DSLR video shooters. The new Focus on Cinema blog will help you produce videos you can be proud of. You’ll learn not only  about the gear and how to use it,  but how other accomplished videographers shoot  their videos – complete with interviews and behind the scenes videos.

Regardless of what camera you shoot, this is a great resource that will take the mystery out of shooting moving pictures.

Touching Strangers

Michael and Kimberly, 2011, New York, NY

Since 2007, photographer Richard Renaldi has worked on a series of photographs for which he asks complete strangers to physically interact while posing together for a portrait. Working on the street with a large format 8 x 10 view camera, Renaldi encounters his subjects in towns and cities all over the United States.

Renaldi’s objective was to introduce an unpredictable variable into a traditional photographic formula, and to create spontaneous and fleeting relationships between complete strangers. The portraits are extremely difficult to make, involving complex negotiations with the participants that push them past comfort levels, into a physical intimacy normally reserved for loved ones or friends. Touching Strangers creates intimate and ephemeral relationships that exist only for the moment of the photograph.

Renaldi hopes to publish a book of his photos in Spring, 2014 in conjunction with the Aperture Foundation and funding through his Kickstarter campaign.

Jeromy and Matthew, 2011, Columbus, OH

Nathan and Robyn, 2012, Provincetown, MA

New Shoulder Bags from Lowepro

Lowepro has announced the Photo Sport Shoulder bag, in two sizes for both DSLR and mirrorless cameras. The Photo Sport Shoulder 18L is designed to fit a pro DSLR without a grip and a standard zoom lens, with room for a second small lens and accessories, including a 10″ tablet computer. The smaller Photo Sport Shoulder 12L is designed for an interchangeable lens camera with two lenses, and also room for accessories – including a 10″ tablet. Both bags are available now for $84.99 and $74.99 respectively.