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If you’re a student, faculty, or staff member and you buy a new Mac until September 8, you can get a free iPod touch.

Buy a qualifying Mac and iPod from the Apple Online store for Education or a participating Apple Authorized Campus Store from May 28, 2009, until September 8, 2009, and receive a rebate of up to HK$ 1,850 via mail in rebate.

For details, hit the apple store link here, http://store.apple.com/hk/browse/campaigns/back_to_school?mco=MTg4ODM5Mw

According to dpreview, “Panasonic has announced a firmware update for its Lumix DMC-LX3 digital compact camera. Version 1.3 improves auto white balance and general performance of the camera. It also rectifies minor operational issues. The latest version will be made available for download on the 1 June, 2009.”

Download link here, http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/download/LX3/index.html.

Source – dpreivew

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Had the Canon G10 for a week now and just picked up the Canon Speedlite 270EX two days ago.  Comparing it with my Panasonic Lumix LX3, the Canon G10 shoot some real nice pics at ISO80, but above that, it simply is no match with the Lumix LX3.  Still love the dedicated aspect change button on the Lumix LX3 but all in all the dials on the Canon G10 is much more easier for access and the size fits a guy with large palms far better.  As for the Canon Speedlite 270EX, it’s compact, light-weight and great with the bounce.  But mind you, there is no button apart from the on/off switch and lock key.  All settings are set via the camera menu system.

For those who are interested in finding more about the camera, check out this online operation guide at the following link, http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/mpi/dsc/gh1/model_top.html.

For full download of the operating instructions, download it from this link,
http://media.dvinfo.net/media/panaso…gh1english.pdf.

[Updated: 26 May 2009] Reports from local forums indicated that there’s a 10% off the list price if paid in cash and 5% off if under 24-month installment plan.

[21 May 2009] This from local Hong Kong forum, the Panasonic Lumix GH1 will be on sale on 26 May 2009 and the price tag, a whopping HK$12,990 (US$1,667) with the 14-140mm F4-5.6 kit lens.  As for the 7-14mm F4, the price is HK$9,790 (US$1,255).  Not sure about you all but I’m definitely getting this baby especially after watching the following video (watch it in HD format).

Source – inouek3D

Host: 光影作坊 Lumenvisum
Type: Music/Arts – Exhibit
Network: Global
Start Time: Friday, May 29, 2009 at 11:00am
End Time: Tuesday, July 7, 2009 at 7:00pm
Location: 賽馬會創意藝術中心﹣光影作坊, JCCAC L2-13,JCCAC L3 Gallery
Street: 石峽尾白田街三十號, 30 Pak Tin Street,
Phone: 85231779159
Email: info@lumenvisum.org

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紀念八九年六四事件二十週年,需要口號,更需要沈澱。
《阻抗的表演》的四十多件作品讓我們看到中國二十多年來的突變,也看到攝影師二十多年來對自身作為攝影師的反省、矛盾 、 困惑,以至對攝影本身仍然堅守的期望。憶述震憾性的事件的同時還可以討論甚麼?當年要求攝影求真,在今天的數碼年頭,是否留於一種不合時兒的現實主義? 當年自覺在通過攝影參與建構真相,今天能否避免成為造假的同謀?
這二十年間,這十一位攝影師或遠或近地繼續到中國大陸工作, 有的說它有病,有的說它荒誕,也有的說它才不過是個老板。對國家作為家國的想像,既近又遠,有時龐大,有時割裂。
以八九六四引出今天我們還關心的問題:中國你今天怎麼樣?香港攝影師你還可以做甚麼?從事件出發,媒體介入,人物口述,讓不能停的思考繼續發聲。

攝影師的話
孫樹坤:「把封了塵二十年的相片拿出來對我來講已經很有趣。」
謝明莊 :「當年被拒入境對我困擾很大,本來想在國內做的事情做不到,失去了熱情和主動。」
黃勤帶 :「這件事情還未完。」
余偉健:「拍新聞照片的過程很矛盾,責任很大,很沈重,沒有時間去反思,甚至很精神分裂的。到四川拍攝,我第一次一邊拍一邊流眼淚。」

Source – HK LFC

Source – roygbiv0415

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SAN DIEGO, May 17, 2009 – Sony is making it easy for first-time digital SLR buyers to step up from point-and-shoot digital still cameras with the introduction today of three new easy-to-use α (alpha) cameras (models DSLR-A380, DSLR-A330 and DSLR-A230), four new lenses, a flash and accessories.

Uniquely Matched to Customers’ Needs
The new cameras are designed to overcome challenges faced by many customers taking their first steps in DSLR photography. Without compromising performance and versatility, the new models are smaller, lighter, easier to use and offer innovative expansion options not found in other systems.
“Our new alpha cameras, lenses and accessories make it easier for new users to get the great photos they expect without the steep learning curve that DSLRs have traditionally required,” said Kristen Elder, senior manager for the alpha business at Sony Electronics Inc. “By overcoming the obstacles, we’ve made it much easier for newcomers to take great pictures with DSLRs.”

Light and Compact
The 10.2 megapixel α230 camera is the lightest, most compact alpha DSLR camera body ever at 15.9 ounces. The 10.2 megapixel α330 and the 14.2 megapixel α380 cameras are also smaller and lighter than their predecessor models (the DSLR-A300 and DSLR-A350, respectively). These cameras are also more compact and feature an intuitive control layout that allows for easy single-handed operation.

SteadyShot INSIDE™ in-camera image stabilization is built into each camera body, so every α-mount lens benefits from the ability to minimize blur due to camera shake.

Quick AF Live View System
Both the α380 and α330 cameras offer Sony’s Quick Autofocus (AF) Live View technology, so you can frame photos on the camera’s LCD screen as well as in the optical viewfinder.  Through the use of a dedicated image sensor, Quick AF Live View maintains the rapid response of a DSLR, while avoiding the focus delay common to other live view systems.

The new cameras feature a 2.7-inch (diagonally) Clear Photo LCD™ screen that is easy to view even in bright sunlight. Additionally, the LCD on the α380 and α330 models can be tilted up or down, making it easy to frame your subject from high or low positions, otherwise difficult to see using an eye-level viewfinder.  The range of adjustment has been increased from their predecessors, making it even easier to get shots from difficult angles.

By combining Quick AF Live View and an adjustable LCD, users can frame the scene without holding the camera in front of their face, allowing parents, for example, to maintain eye-contact when photographing their children for more natural expressions.

An HDMI™ terminal gives you the option of connecting your camera to a compatible HDTV and playing back your images in high definition quality (HDMI cable required, sold separately). Additionally, BRAVIA® Sync™ works with compatible Sony® BRAVIA HDTVs to let you control camera playback using the television’s remote (HDMI cable and BRAVIA Sync capable HDTV required, sold separately).

The new cameras include dedicated slots for high-capacity Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ and SD/DSHC media (sold separately).

Source – DPReview

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If you are a regular of AlivenotDead, you would be familiar with LUMINA.  If you are not, Check out the LUMINA web series coming out this summer.

The Story – Lumina Wong is beautiful and works far too much; although she lives in a city of millions, she still feels lonely and isolated. Late one night, Lumina has a chance encounter with Ryder Lee, a handsome young man from another world that she can only see in mirrors and darkened window reflections. She revels in the fantasy relationship until mirrorspy Eben Sanchez comes into her life, warning her of the treacheries of the people of the Dark Realm. Soon Lumina must choose between the safety of the world she knows and the deadly allure of the unknown.

Written and directed by Jennifer Thym, LUMINA is an original web series shot on the cutting edge RED One and stars JuJu Chan and Michael Chan as well as many of your favorite AlivenotDead artists!

The trailer is produced by Sommer Nguyen of Sommertime Productions and features music from La’Dies and the Dreaming Punk, courtesy of the Enigmatic Army.

LUMINA the Web Series starts summer 2009. Stay tuned.

For more information, check out the following links – http://www.luminaseries.com
http://www.alivenotdead.com/luminaseries
http://www.theenigmaticarmy.com

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Check them out under the Landscape albums.