Torontonians, start your cameras

The City of Toronto has launched its third Snap & Share photo contest, led by Parks, Forestry and Recreation and presented by Nikon Canada. From now until July 31, snap and share photos of common grounds, the parks, ravines, and recreation programs where Torontonians come together as a community.

Contest categories include: Our Common Grounds, Hidden Gems, City of Sport, Toronto Blooms, TO Canada with Love, and Toronto Photography Tour.

The expert panel of judges for the contest includes Nikon Ambassadors Kristian Bogner and Neil Ever Osborne, as well as Toronto-based freelance photographer Taku Kumabe. Osborne and Kumabe will also provide coaching sessions to the winners of the photography tour category of the contest.

Previous year’s entries have been featured on Toronto Transit Commission shelters, on the City’s social media feeds and website.

Winning images will be exhibited at City Hall and other civic centres and featured on the City’s website and in City communication materials.

Judges will review short-listed photos and winners will be notified in September.

Prizes include a Nikon D5600 kit with body and an 18-55 mm lens, three Coolpix L840 cameras, eight Nikon Coolpix A10 cameras, and weekly prizes.

Just click this link to get more information and submit photos.

Fujifilm launches GFX pro services

Fujifilm Professional Services (FPS) is designed to provide support for photographers using the new GFX system. The cost to join is $649 a year.

For that you get a 30 percent discount on non-warranty repairs for covered GFX products; expedited two business day turnaround time for repairs with free two-day express shipping to and from the repair facility; four free GFX body “Check & Clean” services per year with a 50 percent discount on additional Check & Clean program services, plus two business day turnaround for check and clean services with complimentary two-day express return shipping for all service; GFX system product loaners for covered equipment in repair may also be available upon request if repair is expected to exceed two business days; and similar coverage while working on assignment in the US should you require service or loaner.

Photographers can become a member of the program by registering online.

Check out the details here.

Sony a9 hits 20 fps

Sports and wildlife photographers, Sony has a camera you’ll want to look at. The new full-frame mirrorless camera, with what Sony claims is the world’s first full-frame stacked CMOS sensor and 24.2-megapixel resolution, is said to deliver blackout-free continuous shooting at up to 20 fps for up to 241 RAW / 362 jpeg images.

Details are available by clicking on this link to our companion site.

New Fujifilm GFX camera firmware coming

Fujifilm will release a free firmware update for its GFX 50S camera later this spring, adding new functionality and improving operability.

The company says new functions include computer tethering via Wi-Fi and improved operability in exposure compensation and autofocus performance in difficult scenes.

Fujifilm unveils new GF lens road map

 Fujifilm has unveiled a new GF lens road map, adding a telephoto prime lens and a tele converter.

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On top of that, the company says this June will see the arrival of a new View Camera Adapter G that can be used when shooting the GFX 50S with previous Fujinon large format camera lenses. The adapter is mounted in the film camera loading position of the view camera which adopts the 4×5 film format.