Want to do a photowalk at CERN? You can, and you can capture all the behind-the-scenes stuff!

Want to shoot in a super cool place? Get ready for the 2015 Global Physics Photowalk organised by CERN and seven other important physics laboratory. Deadline for applications is noon on 6 September.

They say Sony cameras are allowed despite cronical overheating 😉

Cameras at the ready! CERN is teaming up with seven other large physics laboratories for an international photo competition, the 2015 Global Physics Photowalk. On 25 and 26 September, photographers from around the world will be given the opportunity to take photographs behind the scenes at these prestigious laboratories.

At CERN, twenty photographers will be given the chance to take part in the competition, which will take place on 25 September. For the occasion, CERN will be opening the doors to three of its facilities: the new Linac 4 accelerator, which will shortly start supplying beams to the Large Hadron Collider; CERN’s main workshop, where state-of-the-art technologies can be seen in use; and ISOLDE, which supplies beams to around fifty experiments each year. The photographers will also have the opportunity to take shots of everyday life on the CERN campus.

The best photos will be chosen by a local jury and exhibited in 2016. Each laboratory will also choose three photos to be entered for the international competition, which will run until the end of the year. In this case, the winning photos will be selected by a jury and a public vote. They will be exhibited in Asia, Europe and North America and will also be featured in the CERN Courier and Symmetry.

The competition is open to all photographers. For more information and to enter, please go to the CERN Photowalk page.

The deadline for applications is noon on 6 September.

[via CERN]

Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye lens deal – $179 (reg. $239, today only, B&H Dealzone)

Rokinon 8mm F/3.5 Fisheye Lens Deal – $179 (reg. $239, Today Only, B&H Dealzone)

It’s today’s B&H Photo Dealzone deal: the Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens is on sale for $179. Compare at $239. This deal is for today only!

  • Ultra Wide-Angle 8mm Fisheye Lens
  • For APS-C Size Image Formats
  • Rounded Image When Used With Full Frame
  • Hybrid Aspherical Lenses — Sharp Images
  • Multi-Layer Coating to Reduce Flare
  • Manual Focus Lens
  • Minimum Focusing Distance of 12″
  • Built-In Petal-Type Lens Hood

A few Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II sample pictures

A Few Canon EF 35mm F/1.4L II Sample Pictures

Thanks Niklas. Canon China posted a batch of sample pics shot using the new Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II lens, announced last week. The EF 35mm f/1.4L II is an innovative lens, featuring Blue Spectrum Refractive optics, a technology developed by Canon.

The new Canon EF 35mm f/1.4L II will be available in October at $1,799. You can pre-order the new EF 35mm f/1.4L II: Amazon | Adorama | B&H Photo.

[via Canon China]

Panasonic tries to poke fun on Canon EOS M3, gets facts wrong

Panasonic Tries To Poke Fun On Canon EOS M3, Gets Facts Wrong

Obviously scared by Canon’s EOS M3 announcement for the USA, Panasonic is trying to discredit Canon the same way as their fan sites do.

Unfortunately for Panasonic, they got it wrong. There are four native lenses for the EOS M system, not three. Not that four lenses would make a big difference. It’s still an ecosystem that’s not tempting. However, it is also true that you can use the EF/EF-S to EF-M adapter. The adapter works petty good. In my experience, AF speed on the EOS M3 with adapter and STM lenses is barely distinguishable from AF on native lenses.

Moreover, we had a rumor suggesting that Canon will release a score of EF-M lenses in 2016. Guess there are many things that are scaring Panasonic 🙂 It’s in any case sad to see that a big company like Panasonic feels the need to discredit another company. Only 23 lenses, Panasonic? I can use over 70 on my M3 (with adapter).

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Yongnuo released YN622C II wireless TTL flash trigger ($85)

Yongnuo Released YN622C II Wireless TTL Flash Trigger ($85)

Pretty silently, Chinese company Yongnuo released the Yongnuo YN622C II wireless TTL flash trigger. The YN622C II has a micro-USB port for firmware updates. The Yongnuo YN622C II is available on eBay for around $85, and is compatible with all Canon EXII series flashes.

  • Quick lock design
  • Supports USB firmware upgrade
  • Supports “622” communication mode,”560-RX” communication mode
  • Compatible flash mode: E-TTL (II)/ Manual/Multi
  • Compatible Shutter sync: 1st curtain, 2nd curtain, high speed sync (HSS/FP), Max 1/8000s sync speed
  • Control remote flash using camera’s flash control menu screen (Remote Control Mode)
  • Support E-TTL/Manual/Multi flash mode mix using (Mix Control Mode)
  • Flash on hot-shoe of transmitter supports ETTL
  • Support Flash Exposure Compensation (FEC)
  • Support Flash Exposure Bracketing (FEB)
  • Support Flash Exposure Lock (FEL)
  • Support modeling Flash
  • Support E-TTL group ratio (ALL/ A:B/ A:B C)
  • Support Manual/Multi group (ALL/ A:B/ A:B:C)
  • Support flash zooming (auto, manual)
  • Support AF assist beam emitter(AF Lamp)
  • Support PC port triggering strobe flashes and support 1st, 2nd curtain/HSS (Super Sync)
  • Support LCD Live view triggering
  • Support high-speed continuous shooting trigger
  • Settings saved automatically
  • Compatible with ALL YongNuo/Canon EXII series flashes
  • Support single-contact of camera & flash triggering (max sync speed is 1/250s)
[via Photo Rumors via Lighting Rumours]

UPDATE – Official White House photographer and Canon user Pete Souza says he is “trying out the new full frame update”

UPDATE: sorry guys, guess I got a bit overexcited about this 🙂 As many readers pointed out, Pete Souza is most likely referring to the Instagram update that enables new image ratios. Pete Souza itself stated this in another post on Instagram.

Original post:

Pete Souza, the current Chief Official White House photographer for President Barack Obama and the director of the White House Photography Office, and notoriously a Canon shooter, made an interesting post on Instagram, saying:

Trying out the new full frame update and wanted to see how a vertical looked. This is during the President’s round table briefing in New Orleans yesterday. DSLR FYI.

As far as I am informed, Pete Souza is using Canon gear. A “full-frame update” is mentioned. Firmware I guess. The only firmware update for Canon FF DSLR I heard about was for the EOS-1D X.

Thanks for the tip!