This Week in the World: 3/30 – 4/5

This Week in the World looks at this week’s most interesting stories out of the photo world.

Canon announced three new prosumer camcorders: XA20 Professional Camcorder, XA25 Professional Camcorder, and the VIXIA HF G30 Camcorder. These camcorders offer high performance exceptional versatility, and compact design demanded by discerning users on the move. All three models feature a new powerful 20X HD Video Lens (26.8 – 576mm equivalent), 2.91 Full HD CMOS Image Sensor, high-speed DIGIC 4 Image Processor, MP4 or AVCHD recording, and built-in dual-band Wi-Fi. We’re super excited about these additions to our already extensive video camera lineup. Call the store at 866-940-3686 for more info!

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Additionally, Canon also announced the development of 35mm Cinema EOS prime lenses. You can’t tell but I’m drooling right now. (via DP Review)


Nikon released two firmware updates to the D600 and D800. (via PopPhoto)

Nikon D800
Nikon D800

Burn magazine is awarding one $10,000 and two $2,500 grants to three emerging photographers. Apply by May 5! (via Chase Jarvis)

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More and more photojournalists seem to be using Instagram. Nick Laham‘s Instagram portrait of Alex Rodriguez made the front page of the New York Times. (via DP Review)  Meanwhile, American Photo reports on the growing trend of photojournalists switching to Instagram.


23-year-old French photographer Romain Sarkal Eloy won a recent photo contest by stealing another photographer’s photograph, flipping it horizontally, then cropping it. So he was DQ’d, right? Well, not according to PetaPixel:

We hear that the contest was contacted by the second place winner regarding the violation. Their response was that the photo was not a violation of the rules or copyright due to the fact that it was “manipulated enough” to qualify as original artwork.

Original image (top) and the contest-winning image
Original image (top) and the contest-winning image

Animal welfare activisits have been protesting Nikon’s development of rifle scopes while being a company “synonymous with wildlife photography.” Paper target activists are also up in arms, but no one can figure out why. (via PetaPixel)


Fujifilm shooters’ lives just got easier after Adobe Lightroom and Camera Raw finalized new release candidates. (via Imaging Resource)

Google, in yet another push to remind people that Google+ exists, is now allowing photographers to upload full-sized photos right onto the oft-neglected social network. (via PetaPixel)


And in case you missed it . . .

We announced the winners of our March Photo Contest!

Our April Photo Contest went live!

Our April newsletter detailed the awesome events and rebates we’re running right now.

And we looked at why Lightroom is a primo workflow management tool.

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