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Camren eNewsJune 14 2006
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EOS 17-55mm

Canon EOS 17-55mm f/2.8 EF-S

To meet user demands for a fast EF-S zoom lens, Canon has specially designed a new lens with a large aperture of f/2.8 for select Canon Digital SLR cameras (EOS 30D, 20D and Digital Rebel). The large circular aperture produces a shallow depth-of-field, creating background blur that draws attention to the photographic subject. The lens construction includes UD and aspherical elements, which deliver impressive image quality throughout the entire zoom range. Image Stabilizer lens groups shift to compensate for camera movement so that the image appears steady on the image plane, ensuring clear, crisp images, even in dim light. With a Ring-type USM, inner focusing and new AF algorithms, this lens achieves autofocus quickly and quietly, and with full-time mechanical manual focusing, manually adjusting the focus is possible even in AF mode. We are now renting this lens for $25.00 per day and retails at $1179.00.
55-200mm Canon EOS 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6

Super-compact and light, this lens is compatible with all EOS cameras and ideal for digital SLRs? When used on the EOS Digital Rebel, it’s equivalent to an approx. 90-320mm lens. The 13-element design’s new optical coatings are optimized for digital cameras. It focuses down to under 4 feet (1.2m), and its Micro USM-powered AF is faster than ever, due to new electronics within the lens. We are now renting this lens for $15.00 per day.

For more information on these lenses, you can click here.

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June 2006

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It is important to understand the common definition of copyright, which is...

"...the exclusive right of the author or creator of a literary or artistic property (such as a book, movie, or musical composition) to print, copy, sell, license, distribute, transform to another medium, translate, record or perform or otherwise use (or not use) and to give it to another by will."

As soon as a work is created and is in a tangible form (such as writing or taping) the work automatically has federal copyright protection. On any distributed and/or published work a notice should be affixed stating the word copyright, or copy or "c" in a circle, with the name of the creator, and the date of copyright (which is the year of first publication). The notice should be on the title page or the page immediately following, and for graphic arts on a clearly visible or accessible place."

For any work created from 1978 to date, a copyright is good for the author's life, plus 50 years, with a few exceptions such as work "for hire" which is owned by the one commissioning the work for a period of 75 years from publication. After that it falls into the public domain. Many, but not all, countries recognize international copyrights under the "Universal Copyright Convention," to which the United States is a party.

When a photographer takes a photograph he or she immediately owns the copyright on the image (assuming that it is original and not derivative of another image). Licensing the usage of the image(s) is the generally accepted mode of sale. Out with day rates and in with usage licensing and capture fees.

A "work for hire" (sometimes expressed as "work made for hire") is an exception to the general rule that the person who actually creates a work is the legally-recognized author of that work. According to copyright law in most countries, if a work is "made for hire", the employer - not the employee - is considered the legal author. The employer may be a corporation or an individual.

"Buy out" is a phrase that signifies that the sale of the copyright for the work is included with the invoice for the work. ASMP (the American Society of Media Photographers) recommends clearly stating whether or not the copyright has been transferred or not. ASMP also states...

" all rights agreement without a transfer of copyright is a permission to a client to use your image as desired, while the copyright remains with you. This gives the client the widest range of rights for the time allowed in the license without a transfer of copyright ownership."1

This subject is more complicated than can be demonstrated here but you can check out the ASMP site or the US Government site for more information on copyright.

Surprise! Film and Paper prices to rise!

Due to increases in cost of raw materials, both Fuji and Kodak have announced potential increases in photosensitized products. Both companies state that they are committed to their film customers but they can not keep absorbing the rising costs of the raw materials and shipping costs. Cost of film and paper will rise between 3 to 17 percent and will be announced on a product by product basis.

Building The World's Biggest Camera

A group of photographers in California are attempting the worlds largest camera and print. They are converting and abandoned airplane hangar into the world's largest pinhole camera. Click here to see more of this story.

Memory is not what is used to be...

Comparing costs from 2002 vs today, we have observed that quality and price continue to slide at diverging angles. A Compact Flash 1 gigabyte LEXAR card in October of 2002 was retailing for over $575.00. As I write this (for the price fluctuates more than the price of oil) a 1 Gigabyte Kingston 100X CF card is retailing for $72.00.

That original card was probably an 8X card. One major manufacturer defines X as "where 1X is equal to a minimum sustained write speed of 150 kilobytes (KB) per second". The fastest any camera can transfer will not exceed 21X. The card speeds are beneficial when used in readers and other devices.

Nikon announces D2Xs DSLR

Nikon has announced the D2Xs, a subtly upgraded D2X. The improvements are a larger 2.5" LCD monitor, electronic masking of the focusing screen in high-speed crop mode, modified metering in high-speed crop mode, increased battery power, a black and white mode, Adobe RGB in all color modes, up to 3 custom tone curves, and some other slight improvements. For more information you can read a review at DPReview or at Nikon.

1 COPYRIGHT GUIDE FOR PHOTOGRAPHERS by Richard Weisgrau & Michael Remer, Esq.


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