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THINK TANK PHOTO RELEASES STREETWALKER BACKPACKS

SANTA ROSA, CALIF –Think Tank Photo has launched a new design in photo backpacks, the StreetWalker™ series. With the three new backpacks’ slim vertical profile, photographers can navigate crowded places and public transportation while still being able to access professional photographic equipment. This solves a significant problem experienced by photographers shooting in urban and other crowded environments: getting the shot in spaces that allow little room for navigating. Their unique unisex design makes them useful for both men and women photographers.

A common complaint of female photographers is that photo backpack shoulder harnesses are designed for average-sized men. The shoulder straps on the StreetWalker have been specifically engineered to fit a wider range of sizes for both genders. Women in particular will appreciate the StreetWalker’s very narrow and vertical profile, especially when combined with the shoulder harness design.

The three new StreetWalker backpacks are:

StreetWalker — This slim, lightweight backpack will hold a Pro Size DSLR with 70-200 2.8 attached and hood in position. It includes a monopod/tripod mounting system, a contoured harness and air channel for increased comfort, and lots of pockets and organizers for customization.

StreetWalker Pro — This backpack is designed for a Pro Size DSLR with up to a 400 2.8 attached, or a 70-200 2.8 attached and hood in position. It also includes the monopod/tripod mounting system, the contoured harness and air channel, and lots of pockets and organizers.

StreetWalker HardDrive — This backpack will hold most 15” laptops and a Pro Size DSLR with 70-200 2.8 attached and hood in position. It also includes the monopod/tripod mounting system, the contoured harness and air channel, and lots of pockets and organizers.

The StreetWalker backpacks were designed by veteran camera bag designer Lily
Fisher. “First and foremost these lightweight backpacks give photographers quick access to their gear while allowing them to maneuver easily through crowds,” said Fisher. “Additional benefits are the slim profile and adjustable sternum straps. These backpacks also offer a unique benefit to women photographers, which is that the shoulder harness has been designed to fit our unique body types.”

Specifications:
StreetWalker
Internal Dimensions: 8.5” W x 16” H x 5.5” D (22 x 41 x 14 cm)
External Dimensions: 9.5” W x 17” H x 6” D (24 x 43 x 15 cm)
Weight: 2 lbs – 2.8 lbs (0.9kg – 1.3 kg) (Varies based on accessories used)
Price: $139.00

StreetWalker Pro
Internal Dimensions: 9.5” W x 16.5” H x 7” D (24 x 42 18 cm)
External Dimensions: 10” W x 17.5” H x 7.5” D (25 x 45 x 19 cm)
Weight: 2.6 lbs – 3.4 lbs (1.2kg – 1.5kg) (Varies based on accessories used)
Price: $159.00

StreetWalker HardDrive
Internal Dimensions: 11” W x 17” H x 6-7” D (28 x 43 x 15-18 cm)
External Dimensions: 11.5” W x 18” H x 8.5” D (29 x 46 x 22 cm)
Weight: 3.6 lbs – 4.4 lbs (1.6kg – 2kg) (Varies based on accessories used)
Price: $179.00

THINK TANK PHOTO RELEASES STREETWALKER BACKPACKS

SANTA ROSA, CALIF –Think Tank Photo has launched a new design in photo backpacks, the StreetWalker™ series. With the three new backpacks’ slim vertical profile, photographers can navigate crowded places and public transportation while still being able to access professional photographic equipment. This solves a significant problem experienced by photographers shooting in urban and other crowded environments: getting the shot in spaces that allow little room for navigating. Their unique unisex design makes them useful for both men and women photographers.

A common complaint of female photographers is that photo backpack shoulder harnesses are designed for average-sized men. The shoulder straps on the StreetWalker have been specifically engineered to fit a wider range of sizes for both genders. Women in particular will appreciate the StreetWalker’s very narrow and vertical profile, especially when combined with the shoulder harness design.

The three new StreetWalker backpacks are:

StreetWalker — This slim, lightweight backpack will hold a Pro Size DSLR with 70-200 2.8 attached and hood in position. It includes a monopod/tripod mounting system, a contoured harness and air channel for increased comfort, and lots of pockets and organizers for customization.

StreetWalker Pro — This backpack is designed for a Pro Size DSLR with up to a 400 2.8 attached, or a 70-200 2.8 attached and hood in position. It also includes the monopod/tripod mounting system, the contoured harness and air channel, and lots of pockets and organizers.

StreetWalker HardDrive — This backpack will hold most 15” laptops and a Pro Size DSLR with 70-200 2.8 attached and hood in position. It also includes the monopod/tripod mounting system, the contoured harness and air channel, and lots of pockets and organizers.

The StreetWalker backpacks were designed by veteran camera bag designer Lily
Fisher. “First and foremost these lightweight backpacks give photographers quick access to their gear while allowing them to maneuver easily through crowds,” said Fisher. “Additional benefits are the slim profile and adjustable sternum straps. These backpacks also offer a unique benefit to women photographers, which is that the shoulder harness has been designed to fit our unique body types.”

Specifications:
StreetWalker
Internal Dimensions: 8.5” W x 16” H x 5.5” D (22 x 41 x 14 cm)
External Dimensions: 9.5” W x 17” H x 6” D (24 x 43 x 15 cm)
Weight: 2 lbs – 2.8 lbs (0.9kg – 1.3 kg) (Varies based on accessories used)
Price: $139.00

StreetWalker Pro
Internal Dimensions: 9.5” W x 16.5” H x 7” D (24 x 42 18 cm)
External Dimensions: 10” W x 17.5” H x 7.5” D (25 x 45 x 19 cm)
Weight: 2.6 lbs – 3.4 lbs (1.2kg – 1.5kg) (Varies based on accessories used)
Price: $159.00

StreetWalker HardDrive
Internal Dimensions: 11” W x 17” H x 6-7” D (28 x 43 x 15-18 cm)
External Dimensions: 11.5” W x 18” H x 8.5” D (29 x 46 x 22 cm)
Weight: 3.6 lbs – 4.4 lbs (1.6kg – 2kg) (Varies based on accessories used)
Price: $179.00

Think Tank Photo releases new backpack

SANTA ROSA, CALIF – In December, Think Tank Photo will release the Shape
Shifter™, the first backpack designed to expand and contract to fit DSLR equipment. By
contracting down to 3 inches, the backpack keeps photographers from having to carry
around a large foam box on their backs once their equipment is removed. To be alerted
when the backpack is available, go to www.thinktankphoto.com/shapeshifter

The Shape Shifter was designed for:
• Photographers that want a lightweight solution with significantly less foam
and padding than traditional photo backpacks;

• Photographers that travel a great deal by airplane and public transportation
that want to carry the maximum amount of equipment in the smallest package
possible;

• Photographers that want to reduce the size of the backpack after their gear is
removed. (Note: some gear can remain in the front, like two strobes, and it can
still be compressed to the smaller size with the zipper);

• Photographers that use modular belt systems. After they remove most of their
gear and put it on their belt, they then can then collapse the backpack;

• Photographers on the run that must travel with up to 17” laptops and have the
necessary accessories with them to transmit images.

Product Features

• The Shape Shifter can be compressed to 3 inches in width once equipment is
removed.
• Once the majority of photo gear is removed, the bag can be collapsed and the
photographer can still carry up to a 17” laptop and accessories, but in a much
smaller package.

• Rear compartment for up to 17” laptops has medium padding for protection
and comfort.

• Photographers can to wear their belt system, with components attached, and
still support the weight of the backpack with the belt.

• The inside compartment has neoprene pouches for:
o 2 Pro DSLR bodies
o 1 70-200 2.8 with hood reversed
o 1 24-70 2.8 or similar with hood reversed
o 1 16-35 2.8 or similar with hood reversed
o Stretch pockets on the inside can also hold two strobes and other
accessories

• Includes a strap system to mount either a monopod or tripod on the front the
backpack.

• Padding on the back has an airflow system for breathability and comfort.

Technical Specifications

• Outer Dimensions when COLLAPSED: 20 x 12.5 x 3” ( 51 x 32 x 8 cm)
• Outer Dimensions when EXPANDED: 20 x 12.5 x 7” ( 51 x 32 x 18 cm)
• Inner Dimensions of the LAPTOP CASE compartment: 19 x 12 x 1.5” (48 x
30.5 x 4 cm)
• Inner Dimensions of the DSLR Camera compartment (Note that because there
are neoprene pockets to hold the photo gear, the normal internal dimensions
stated have less meaning): 19.5 x 12 x 4” (49.5 x 30.5 x 10 cm)
• Estimated Base Weight (without any straps or accessories attached:
3 lbs, 13 oz (1729 grams)

Price: $249.00 (US)

LEICA S2

The new Leica S2 SLR system announced

LEICA S2

LEICA S2 – Remarkable new camera from Germany redefines the professional DSLR class with a custom 37.5-megapixel, 30 x 45 mm sensor built into a 35mm-sized body.

Some companies tweak the features. At Leica, we transform the concept. That’s why the
introduction of the flagship Leica S2 is not merely an incremental advance. It is nothing less
than a watershed event that sets an entirely new performance standard for professional
digital SLRS. With a custom 37.5-megapixel, 30 x 45 mm sensor that is 56% larger than full
frame, it establishes parameters of imaging excellence that are well beyond those obtainable
by conventional pro-caliber DSLRs.

In the Leica tradition, it utilizes the classic 3:2 aspect ratio that corresponds to the human
field of vision and is widely acclaimed as the “Leica Format.”In designing this brilliant newcamera, Leica’s engineers took a close look at the best existing DSLR designs and then
synergized them into a radical but practical new camera thatcombines the performance
parameters of a medium-format digital camera with theergonomics, form factor, and handling
ease of a 35mm SLR. The result is the new Leica S2, an entirely new, finely crafted,
professional tool developed in-house by Leica with hands-on input from some of the most
renowned professional photographers in the world. It incorporates an advanced new dual
shutter system with in-body focal-plane shutter for fast lenses, and in-lens leaf shutters for
high flash sync speeds, an ultra-high-precision autofocusing system, a new series of lenses
designed for the highest possible performance with the new sensor, and a Maestro image
processing system that provides twice the speed of comparable medium-format backs,
reduces power consumption, and provides in-camera JPEG capability. Remarkably, all of this
has been incorporated into a camera that is smaller than a full-size professional 35mm SLR,
and still has the unmistakable look and feel of a Leica.Like Leica cameras of the past, we
designed the new Leica S2 from the inside out, and its robust styling is a classic example
of form following function. We began with a cutting-edge, large-format CCD sensor and
literally configured the camera around it rather than adapting existing technologies. In this
way we achieved a new level of performance without sacrificing
size or convenience.

Leica M8.2

The new Leica M8.2

Editor’s note: the following is excerpted information from the news release for Leica’s much anticipated upgrade to their M8 digital rangefinder camera.

Leica M8.2

The new LEICA M8.2 integrates a new extra-quiet, low-vibration metal blade focal plane shutter which allows the photographer to determine the right moment for cocking. This addition brings the digital LEICA M8.2 extremely close to the ideal of the famous rubber cloth focal plane shutter of its analog sisters. Responding to the request of many professional photographers, the new model has been given an even more inconspicuous design: the Leica dot and the accessory shoe now blend in with the color of the camera. The black version of the camera boasts a new extra durable high-quality deep black finish.

The new snapshot mode will appeal to all who want exceptional results immediately without having a vast knowledge about photography. If the shutter speed dial is turned to the new “S“ setting, the camera controls all the key features automatically, such as automatic exposure (aperture priority), automatic ISO speed setting and automatic white balance. For the three most commonly used subject modes, the LEICA M8.2 gives suggestions on aperture and focus settings, which can be seen when the “INFO” button on the camera monitor is pressed. Portable information can be found on the new brief waterproof instructions which can be folded to the size of a credit card.

The automatic ISO setting can be selected in all operation modes of the LEICA M8.2. Another new feature is a quick override setting: When the shutter release button is sustained as far as the first pressure point, a correction of +/- 3 stops in 1/3 steps can be made with the dial on the back of the camera. The setting is shown in the viewfinder. Further modifications include a more pronounced detent mechanism of the main switch of the camera to prevent inadvertent activation of the self-timer, and redesign of the bright line frames in the viewfinder to allow more precise determination of the picture frame for longer distances.

The new LEICA M8.2 is the first professional digital camera to use an ultra scratch-resistant sapphire crystal as coverglass for the camera monitor. It is so hard that it is repaired exclusively with special diamond tools and is permanently resistant to all mechanical or abrasive stress. The camera also has a new easy-grip and specially robust “vulcanite“ finish.

The new compact charger unit is designed to take up a minimum of space in the photograper’s bag, and charges the lithium ion battery to 80% in only an hour and a half. This is sufficient for an average of 400 exposures, so that recharging the camera in a very short time is possible, especially when the full 500 exposures is not utilized.

The new LEICA M8.2 has inherited the superior image quality of the LEICA M8, resulting from the combination of the legendary M lenses with a CCD image sensor specially designed for the requirements of the Leica M system and high-performance image processing. The new Capture One 4 raw data converter of the Danish manufacturer Phase One ensures the best possible picture quality in the camera’s DNG mode. Unlike any other digital camera, the LEICA M8.2 is compatible with almost all Leica M system lenses produced since 1954 due to their high standard of performance.

Like its predecessors, the new LEICA M8.2 continues in the tradition of easy operation, concentration on the essential, few controls and logical, easy-to-follow menus.

The LEICA M8 launched in the fall of 2006 is still available as an alternative to the new LEICA M8.2. Following a tradition of the Leica company that is unique in the world of digital photography, many elements of the new LEICA M8.2 can even be integrated into the LEICA M8: the shutter, the sapphire coverglass or the new viewfinder frames can be retrofitted by Customer Service.

Context

There are endless ways to think about photographs. We have to consider the intention of the photographer and the situation he or she is in. Then we must consider the photos that result, whether as a photojournalist covering news, one who takes pictures of weddings, or who uses his or her pictures to create a documentary. There are equally endless ways to think about writing, and the combination of words that make us reflect on what the writer wants to say, his or her style, and the effect the writer seeks to achieve as he or she puts one word after another to create a narrative.

This essay is about photos and words, words and photos, their juxtaposition and interdependency. Sometimes each is nothing without the other. I refer here specifically to the pictures and words in the book, “I Thought I Could Fly” by Charlee Brodsky, a professor of photography at Carnegie Mellon University, who is a fine-art and documentary photographer. Continue reading this article at The Digital Journalist.

©Ron Steinman

Think Tank Photo’s New Hydrophobia™ cover

Think Tank Photo announces the release of Hydrophobia™ 300 – 600, the first rain cover specifically designed to be pre-mounted for quick deployment. When in the field, where inclement weather can destroy a shot or gear, photographers need a simple and hassle free system for immediately deploying a rain cover to protect their SLRs and lenses.

When it appears it may rain, photographers attach the Hydrophobia over their lenses before going out into the field, rolling it up tight and out of the way. Then, when weather threatens, they simply unroll the rain cover over the rest of the lens and body, securely protecting both. The rain cover fits onto a 300 f2.8, 400 f2.8, 500 f4, and 600 f4, making it ideally suited for sports and nature photographers.

Hydrophobia comes with two extended sleeves through which photographers insert their arms to access all of their camera controls. It allows them to shoot vertically in either direction, and they can add a tele-converter to the lens by simply unzipping the back. (Eyepieces for different camera models are sold separately.)

The fabric used on the Hydrophobia is ten times as waterproof as normal fabric. Instead of a “spray” coating, a “film” is applied to the underside of the fabric, as well as a tricot mesh to protect it, making it a far more impenetrable three-layer fabric. In addition a waterproof tape is applied to all seams, providing an even more waterproof barrier.

Other key features include:

Clear PU back and top to see controls.

Memory cards and batteries can be changed without taking the cover off.

For professionals and amateur SLR shooters who can’t afford to lose a shot or to have their cameras and lenses damaged, the Hydrophobia 300 – 600 is a powerful new tool for getting the shot in even the roughest conditions.

For more info go to http://www.thinktankphoto.com

Alexandra Boulat, 45, pases away in Paris

Photojournalist Alexandra Boulat, 45, has died in hospital in Paris, agency VII said. She suffered an aneurism in late June and has been in a coma ever since.

She was the daughter of Life magazine photographer Pierre Boulat and Annie Boulat, the founder of the French photography agency Cosmos.

 

Donna Ferrato and Philip Jones Griffiths documentary photography workshop

October 17th to October 21st, 2007

Work, live, and learn with world renowned documentary photographers, Philip
Jones Griffiths and Donna Ferrato. This unique workshop is designed for the
conscientious photographer who believes in using photography as a vehicle for
social awareness and change. As a team, we will explore how to push the limits
of photography. This means learning how to approach people, articulate your
ideas, and follow through with your camera. You will record your experiences
through photographs and words. In addition, we will discuss issues like ethics
and respect. During nightly debate sessions, students will learn how to plunge
into unknown, risky situations, how to be fair and sensitive with subjects, how
to walk and talk and be better photographers in the process. In order to
pinpoint our intentions as photographers, Philip and Donna will host engaging
nightly portfolio reviews. The final goal is a book about the essence of
Newark, NJ.

See http://www.donnaferrato.com/workshop.php for more information.

The First International Photography Biennial of the Islamic World

This morning I received an e-mail with info on this new photo biennial….Editor

The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Academy of Arts is about to hold The First International Biennial of Photography in the Islamic World, in line with its research and artistic programs for Contemporary Arts of Islamic World.

Organizer

The Islamic Republic of Iran’s Academy of ArtsCelebrators
Saba Cultural and Artistic Institute
Palestine Contemporary Arts Museum
Bonyad-e Shahid va Omur-e Isargaran Organization

Contributors

Visual Arts Center of the Culture and Islamic Guidance Ministry
Tehran Contemporary Arts MuseumAims of the biennial
– To identify and provide the characteristics of Islamic atmospheres;
– To promote the basis of communications and the exchange of artistic experiences
between the artists of the Islamic World;
– To take notice of the artistic experiences of young photographers in Islamic
communities;
– To examine cultural and spiritual identity in Islamic societies;
– To introduce contemporary photographers active across the Islamic World.Subject of the exhibition
The Muslim Family (in Islamic and non-Islamic countries). Works submitted to the
biennial should be related to the Muslim family and deal with the following issues:
– Living environment (architecture, rhythm…);
– Daily life (leisure time, education, work, travel, immigration…);
– Religion and traditions (ceremonies, poles of attraction…);
– Resistance (dedication, martyrdom…);
– Social issues and familial culture (interaction between tradition and modernity,
impact of mass media, influence of worldwide ideas…);
– Natural and man-made disasters (impact of floods, earthquakes, etc.)

Sections

1- Collection Photographs
2- Single Photographs

Calendar of the biennial

– Works submission deadline: December 22nd, 2007
– Selection of works and judgment: December 31st, 2007
– Opening of the exhibition: May 5th, 2008
– Closure ceremony: June 11th, 2008

Secretary of the biennial
Seyyed Abbas Mir-Hashemi

Advisor

Dariush Askari

Selection board

Bahman Jalali (Iran)
Farhad Soleimani (Iran)
Saeid Sadeqi (Iran)
Sa’ed Nikzat (Iran)
Farzad Hashemi (Iran)

Jury

It consists of four members of the selection jury and three non-Iranian artists.

Prizes

1- A statuette and a plaque of honor of the Iranian Academy of Arts and 2000 euros
(€) for 3 artists of distinguished works in the section of Collection Photographs.
2- A plaque of honor of the Iranian Academy of Arts, a statuette of the Saba
Cultural and Artistic Institute and 1000 euros (€) for 3 artists of selected works
in the Collection Photographs section;
3- A statuette and a plaque of honor of the Iranian Academy of Arts and 1500 euros
(€) for 3 artists of distinguished works in the single photograph section;
4- A plaque of honor of the Iranian Academy of Arts, a statuette of the Saba
Cultural and Artistic Institute and 500 euros (€) for 5 artists of selected works in
the Single Photograph section.

Conditions of participation

1- All photographers are free to participate in this biennial;
2- Each photographer may submit a maximum of 7 single photographs and one collection
(of 7 photographs at most) to the secretariat of the biennial;
3- Photographs may be submitted either in color or B/W;
4- Each photograph should be accompanied by a digital copy on CD (.TIF format; 300
DPI resolution; minimal width: 20 cm) and an A4-size hard copy;
5- Since the photographs will be judged by their prints, the entrants should take
due care as concerns their quality and correspondence to the originals;
6- The prints will bear, on the back, at the lower right corner, a label containing
their specifications;
7- Collection photographs should be numbered in the desired order;
8- The photographs submitted should be authentically documentary and entirely
unaltered;
9- The photographs should have been shot in 2001 or later;
10- Photographs unaccompanied by a participation form, lacking proper labeling or
reaching the secretariat after the deadline will not be submitted to the selection
board;
11- As the information appearing in their participation forms and labels will be
used in the preparation of publications and exhibition materials, the entrants will
be responsible for their accuracy;
12- The secretariat of the biennial assumes the entrants of the photographs to be
their owners; however, in cases where this is proved to be incorrect, all
distinctions gained will be annulled, the works concerned will be discarded from the
exhibition and its related publications, and their entrants will be liable for all
ensuing legal consequences;

1- The celebrator will be entitled, while preserving the photographers’ material and
intellectual rights, to utilize selected works for exhibition, publication,
information and publicity purposes;
2- All the CDs and prints submitted will be kept at their entrants’ disposition at
the executive secretariat of the biennial for two months after the exhibition, and
be destroyed past this date;
3- A submission of works implies the acceptation of the rules and any decision
concerning unforeseen issues and the interpretation of the rules belongs to the
secretariat of the biennial;
4- Accepted works will be published in a sumptuous book, a copy of which will be
presented, together with a participation certificate, to their owners.

Address :

Saba Cultural & Artistic Institute
No 53, Mozafar St, Taleghani Ave,
Felestin Square, Tehran, Iran
Tel: 0098 21 66487534
Fax: 0098 21 66487534
artacademy@honar.ac.ir
photo@caiw.ir
Web Site: www.caiw.ir