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17 April 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Wal-Mart Sells New Sony MVC-FD200 for Only $269

Wal-Mart Sells New Sony MVC-FD200 for Only $269

Wal-Mart stores have a lot of items so occasionally an outdated one will continue to be on the shelves for years after they’re no longer useful. Typical example: the Sony MVC-FD200 Mavica digital camera. One was just recently discovered at a Wal-Mart in Illinois.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This camera was released way back in the year 2002 and this baby has been sitting on the shelf ever since. The FD200 featured a cutting edge 2MP CCD sensor and gave owners the convenience of keeping pictures on 1.44 MB floppy disks!

I’m not one to say anything bad about the FD200 because I used to own one and thought it was pretty darn good!

Via: The Consumerist

http://consumerist.com/2012/04/raiders-of-the-lost-walmart-find-more-ancient-gadgets.html

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15 April 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Canon 5D Mark III Light Leak Problem Confirmed!

Canon 5D Mark III Light Leak Problem Confirmed!

The Canon EOS 5D Mark III (not the Mark 2, Mark 3) has a confirmed defect where it will leak ligh! Here is the exact wording from the Canon

Thank you for using Canon products.

The phenomenon described below has been confirmed when using the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera.
Canon is now examining the countermeasures and once the countermeasures are decided, we will post the information on our Web site.

Phenomenon
In extremely dark environments, if the LCD panel illuminates, the displayed exposure value may change as a result of the AE sensor’s detection of light from the LCD panel.

Affected Product
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera

The Canon website has a link where you can register your 5D Mark III and they will let you  know when you will be able to send it in for repair, at no charge.

Canon 5D Mark III Advisory Page:

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/support/consumer?pageKeyCode=prdAdvDetail&docId=0901e02480538fc7&WT.mc_id=C126149

Canon 5D Mark III Registration Page

http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/registration/professional/professional_cameras/digital_slr_cameras/eos_5d_mark_iii

 

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13 April 2012 ~ 0 Comments

Amazing 35,000 Photos Create Abandoned Asylum Video

Drew Geraci from The Voder created this amazing video of an asylum that has been abandoned for many decades and left untouched. Drew has to say this about the project:

“Opened in the early 1920s, the Asylum closed down and was abandoned decades ago. Rooms remain untouched – left as they were when the last of the employees departed. These buildings stand as a testament to the horrors and miss treatment that patients had to endure during the time of its operation.

Our 7 month journey into the Asylum led us on many adventures; from dodging security vehicles, ghostly figures and even a meth head. This is no place for the faint of heart. Asbestos blanketed every room we entered like new winter snow, so shooting was sometimes difficult.”

Asylum from Drew Geraci on Vimeo.

Pretty amazing considering it took 7 months shooting still photos (no video was used!) with 2 Canon 5D Mark II’s and then using HDR and other techniques to create the video from the 35,000 photos.

You can check out the story here: www.vimeo.com/40005142

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05 April 2012 ~ 2 Comments

Lifetouch buys Olan Mills Portrait Studios

If you’ve ever had photos done at Sears, JC Penny, Target or even a few other places then you’ve used one of these two companies.

Olan Mills runs the photo studios in Kmart, Meijer, Sears and has a big “Church Directory” division as well. They were established in 1932, and have been THE major competitor to Lifetouch for decades.

Lifetouch is now 75 years old and runs the portrait studios in Target and JC Penny, as well as having their own “Flash” studios and “National School Photography”. Got kids with school photos? Bet they were done by Lifetouch.

Now that Lifetouch has bought Olan Mills and is taking them into their fold, I would think that customers at Olan Mills studios will soon see some changes in the future… The name won’t change any time soon, but I’m guessing that the quality just might.

You might think that once a big company gets even bigger by swallowing up their only major competition they would relax and their product quality would suffer. I don’t see that happening with Lifetouch, they seem to want to put out a high quality product and be THE place to go.

It’s not a big, flashy story with lots of  “oohs” and “aahs” I know, but it’s an interesting development for consumers who like to have family portraits done, and can’t afford or don’t want to pay for high-end individual photographers. If I can get an awesome session of my family at Target for $100 instead of $300-400 from an individual photographer… why wouldn’t I?

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