Meyer Optic USA: Bring back the Fabulous Wonder Bokeh Lens: P 58 f1.9 – Updates: Sad news

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/meyeroptik/bring-back-the-fabulous-wonder-bokeh-lens-primopla/posts/2256824

“A few weeks ago, our founder, CEO and main investor Stefan Immes had a serious traffic accident, which he barely survived. Although we have been able to talk to him and although, for a very short time of the day he has become the astute, humorous and positive entrepreneur we know, it is now clear that due to the severity of the injuries he will not be able to continue running the company in the foreseeable future.

For a company of 15 employees only, this entails a large number of changes. Currently, we are in the process of reorganization and are trying to establish a working system as no successor regulation can yet be found for the Net SE Group. For this reason, we are currently undergoing a restructuring process with an as yet unknown outcome for the individual divisions….”

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Meyer Optik Görlitz Primoplan P58 58mm f/1.9 Art prime lens for Canon EF mount, M42 mount, Nikon F mount and Pentax K mount.

Other Meyer Optik Görlitz lenses as of August 2018

Commentary

Sad news indeed about Meyer Optik Görlitz CEO Stefan Immes and I hope that the company can successfully reorganize and get back into full production of its innovative and revived art lenses.

I wish to see more, not fewer, makers of these characterful lens types in the world and would hate to see the end of the Meyer Optik Görlitz initiative especially given their aims as stated in their latest Kickstarter campaign:

We restored the Meyer-Optik brand to build lenses that are distinguished in their uniqueness. Today, our lenses are made for those who want more than standard shots for their everyday photography. These lenses are special hand-made optics designed for the artistic photographer who craves a special unique look.

Although I appreciate the precision of most contemporary lens designs, I have had practical firsthand experience of antique and revived historical lenses aka “fine art” or “art” lenses and know there is a place for them in almost every photographer’s and moviemaker’s gear kit.

I wish the Meyer Optik Görlitz company the very best in their reorganization, and look forward to them reviving and updating many more famous and historical lenses in future.

Meanwhile I am glad to know that other companies such as Lomography are also on the classic lens revival trail and look forward to one day being able to try out a cross section of such lenses.

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Camera Accessories Maker SmallRig Sets Up Its Own Amazon Australia Online Store

With the side effects of the Australian Federal Government’s demand that foreign online retailers sign up to become government goos and services tax collection agents yet to become clear and obvious this soon after the scheme’s July 1 commencement date, Chinese camera accessories maker SmallRig has dodged the bullet by setting up a dedicated SmallRig store on Amazon Australia

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SmallRig now has a store at Amazon.com Australia.

Amazon.com CEO Jeff Bezos responded to the Federal Government’s demand that Amazon UK and Amazon USA become unpaid tax collectors by refusing to sell Australian customers at all from those two sites from July 1, instead bouncing them to the controversial Amazon Australia website, often criticized for having too little stock and too high prices.

SmallRig’s Australian Amazon store does not appear to offer the vast selection found on SmallRig’s website nor its unique Co-design and Pre-order functions but it is at least, a start and seems to contain some of the more popular item categories for which SmallRig has become famous since its founding in 2007, cages, handles, quick release plates, clamps and more.

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This item is on my wishlist and I may try out SmallRig’s Amazon Australia store by purchasing it and other items there soon.

I recommend that Australian readers make their purchases through the Amazon Australia SmallRig store to encourage SmallRig to add more of their products to it.

I have not yet made any foreign online purchases since July 1 from retailers that have refused to sign up to the Australian Government’s GST collection scheme, so have not put the new system to the test.

I hope, though that the Government is offering a fallback for purchases from those stores such as routing them through the Australian Customs service for GST collection on items where it has not been charged at point of sale.

Prior to July 1, the Australian Government only required 10% GST to be paid on items costing $AU 1,000.00 or greater.

Now all items purchased by Australian residents from overseas suppliers are required to have GST collected.

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Masters of Photography Online Courses Launches with Joel Meyerowitz, One of the Greatest Living Fine Art Photographers Working in Colour

I was checking some references for my latest article on colour photography great Joel Meyerowitz when I came across the image featured in this article’s header above. Yes it is true, Joel Meyerowitz is teaching an online course on photography for Masters of Photography and I am sure it will be worth every single cent of its US$170 course fee. 

Walk with Joel in all his 34 lessons as he takes you on this truly inspirational photographic journey and shows you how to stay alive to the meanings and possibilities of the world in front of you. With Joel as your guide, you will learn how to find your creative voice and identity and apply it to your own photographic subjects. Join in and share your course photographs with Joel’s student community and get them critiqued. You will also get your own course certificate from Joel too.

For over 55 years, universally acclaimed, award-winning photographer, Joel Meyerowitz, has been one of the world’s greatest image-makers. Although Meyerowitz is a street photographer in the tradition of Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Frank, he transformed the medium with his pioneering use of color. As an early advocate, he became instrumental in changing the attitude toward color photography from one of resistance to nearly universal acceptance. Meyerowitz’s work has appeared in over 350 exhibitions in museums and galleries around the world, and he has published more than 25 photography books. He was the only photographer to gain unrestricted access to Ground Zero after 9/11, which produced a body of work that led Meyerowitz to represent the United States at the Venice Biennale for Architecture in 2002.

Meyerowitz is a Guggenheim fellow, a recipient of both the NEA and NEH awards, an inductee to the Leica Hall of Fame, an Honorary Fellow of The Royal Photographic Society and a recipient of their prestigious Centenary Medal. He has taught at Princeton University in New Jersey and at The Cooper Union in New York.

It is also pleasing to see that Albert Watson is teaching one of two coming courses, with the third being taught by Steve McCurry. I hope some great female photographers will present future courses on the principle of “if she can see it, she can be it”.

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Lewis Bush: A Portrait to Flatter

https://witness.worldpressphoto.org/a-portrait-to-flatter-652a5f855dd2

“… As I waited, my eye was drawn to the rows of digital displays hanging throughout the departure lounge. Normally displaying advertisements and train departure times, instead these boards were illuminated with a series of photographic portraits.

This was part of Portrait of Britain, a collaboration between the British Journal of Photography and the digital billboard operator JCDeaux, who came together to display 100 portraits of contemporary Britons on digital signage across the country….”

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Reuters: Reuters launches grant program to develop the next generation of photojournalists

https://www.reuters.com/article/rpb-grants/reuters-launches-grant-program-to-develop-the-next-generation-of-photojournalists-idUSKCN1BF0YJ

“… Reuters is launching a grant program which seeks to recruit and develop a diverse new generation of photojournalists to tell original human stories from around the world.

Reuters is offering up to eight $5,000 USD grants to passionate photojournalists or photojournalism students who are interested in working on photo assignments and projects to advance their abilities and tell new stories….”

DPReview: New TSA procedure requires cameras to be placed in a separate bin

https://www.dpreview.com/news/3718283787/new-tsa-rules-require-separate-screening-for-cameras

“Photographers who fly frequently in the US may want to finally pay for TSA Pre-check status. New rules state that in standard security lines, cameras will need to be placed in a separate bin for screening. According to new procedures announced by the TSA today, any electronic device larger than a cell phone will need to be removed from its case or bag and placed in a bin with nothing above or below it.

Now, not only will your laptop need its own bin, but potentially every camera body, lens, flashgun and tablet in your carry-on bags will need to be placed in bins for X-ray screening. A photographer traveling with a full complement of gear for a shoot is going to need to budget a little extra time for all of the un-packing and packing at the airport.”

Seercam Previews XLR Audio Extension Kit for Its Innovative Cube GH5 Camera Cage for the Panasonic Lumix GH5

Camera cage and accessories maker Seercam is about to release its extension kit for the company’s Cube GH5 camera cage and has kindly shared a set of photographs of the kit in situ on the cage and as part of a big Cube GH5-based rig. To all those moviemakers asking which accessories makers are building cages that can be safely stacked high with monitors, recorders, microphones, handles and more, Seercam’s Extension Kit for Cube GH5 is the answer to your prayers. 

Seercam’s Cube GH5 camera cage for the Panasonic Lumix DC-GH5 Super 16/Micro Four Thirds camera with Extension Kit for Cube GH5 attached.

Seercam’s Extension Kit for Cube GH5

The extension kit is primarily for use with Panasonic’s DMW-XLR1 XLR Professional Microphone Adaptor with 2 XLR Terminals, raising the Cube GH5’s Classic Plus Handle high enough and forward enough to accommodate the audio adapter.

The extension kit contains a rod holder to accomodate rods of various lengths for mounting extra gear and even a camera left side handle.

The folks at Seercam tell me that they are currently working on their own custom external battery pack, similar to the one depicted in some of these product shots. Unlike Motion9’s CubePower battery pack that “could not be sold overseas”, the new Seercam battery pack will be designed and manufactured to enable it to be sold overseas. More details will be forthcoming as development proceeds.

This is great news for those of us shooting long takes or through long days with the GH5, which apparently eats up battery power faster than its younger sibling, the GH4. Although I am partial to camera-mounted battery grips like Panasonic’s DMW-BGGH5, Seercam’s custom battery solution looks like a smarter and more versatile alternative.

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Header image created in Affinity Photo then finished in Macphun Luminar.