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Thursday, October 15, 2009

Olympus Class Is In Session For Photo Hobbyists And Serious Shooters

Attendees Learn Lighting, Portraiture and Macro Photography

Olympus is launching its latest in a series of photography classes for photo enthusiasts who are interested in elevating their skills to the next level, specifically in the areas of lighting, portraiture and macro photography. The half-day courses are scheduled at eight locations throughout the U.S., and are led by Olympus Technical Representatives, experts both in photography and Olympus products.

“Olympus E-System products offer photographers innovative technologies for expanding their visual creativity,” said Ray Acevedo, manager, Technical Training, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “The classes are designed to encourage Olympus DSLR (digital single lens reflex) owners to experiment, move beyond their traditional shooting practices, and optimize their camera’s functionality.”

Each class will be taught using one of Olympus’ popular E-System products, including the E-3, E-30 and E-620, as well as the new PEN E-P1, which was launched in June and has stirred much excitement within the photo industry and among consumers. The classes will be tailored to the attendees, helping them to maximize their camera’s performance and feature set.

The Olympus Photography Classes are scheduled for the following locations:

* October 17, 2009 – Dallas, Texas
* October 31, 2009 – Rockville, Maryland
* November 7, 2009 – Fort Lauderdale, Florida
* January 30, 2010 – San Francisco, California
* February 27, 2010 – Los Angeles, California
* March 6, 2010 – New York, New York
* March 13, 2010 – Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
* March 13, 2010 – Atlanta, Georgia

For a complete schedule, registration information and contact details visit A class fee will cover a series of lectures and hands-on training lasting a half-day, and all classes will require an Olympus E-System camera for participation. The Olympus E-System is designed with revolutionary features that expand the frontiers of digital photography. Based on the Four Thirds and Micro Four Thirds standards, Olympus offers 100 percent digital lenses for edge-to-edge sharpness in a durable yet portable design. Olympus pioneered Full-Time Live View, Dust Reduction and other innovative technologies, leading where others have followed. Proof that Olympus enables consumers to capture it all.

Dates are subject to change.

Olympus Imaging America Inc. is a precision technology leader, designing and delivering award-winning products for consumer and professional markets.

Olympus Imaging America Inc. works collaboratively with its customers and its ultimate parent company, Olympus Corporation, to develop breakthrough technologies with revolutionary product design and functionality that enhances people’s lives every day. These include:

* Digital Cameras
* Professional and Consumer Digital SLR Imaging Systems
* Related Underwater Products and Accessories
* Digital and Microcassette Recorders
* Digital Media
* Binoculars

Epson Starts High Vol. Production of Electronic Viewfinder LCD

Epson Starts Volume Production of Ultra-Compact, High-Resolution HTPS TFT Color Liquid Crystal Panel for Electronic Viewfinders
– Optical viewfinder replacement enables smaller, thinner digital cameras –
Seiko Epson Corporation ("Epson", TSE:6724) today announced that it has begun volume production of a new high-temperature polysilicon (HTPS) TFT color panel for electronic viewfinders. Measuring just 0.47 of an inch (1.2 cm) diagonally, the new panels offer SVGA (800 x RGB x 600) resolution in red, green and blue for a total of 1.44 megapixels.
The new panels are targeted at camera manufacturers for use as electronic viewfinders in mid- to high-end digital single lens reflex (DSLR) cameras.
Competition in the digital camera market has reached a fever pitch. Companies are launching new products with higher resolutions and more features at even lower prices. In recent years, more and more consumers have been switching from compact cameras to SLR units in pursuit of better performance and image quality, driving the need for smaller and thinner DSLR cameras with video and other features. Epson's new panels meet this need and open a whole world of possibilities for DSLR cameras.

Until now, no electronic viewfinder has been able to offer the resolution and fidelity needed to replace optical viewfinders and to focus the image. Epson's new panel, developed using HTPS technology, not only makes this possible but also uses an analog driver to recreate smooth gradations and a natural softness. This panel will allow camera manufacturers to eliminate the mirrors and pentaprisms needed for optical viewfinders, enabling much smaller and thinner camera bodies and letting users capture the image they see. In addition, the use of a color filter prevents the color breakup that tends to occur with other color systems when shooting fast-moving subjects and while panning.
Epson has long developed HTPS panels to meet the high-definition, high-resolution needs of its market-leading projector business. Using technology developed for projectors, Epson created this new product to meet the needs of the digital camera market.
This panel is the first in Epson's new "ULTIMICRON" series of compact, high-resolution HTPS panels that display full color on a single screen for electronic viewfinders and other compact displays. Epson will continue to offer new solutions for the growing DSLR camera market by expanding its lineup with higher resolutions, better image quality, and smaller sizes.



Features of the new panel

  • Compact
    • Small 0.47-inch diagonal screen enables compact, thin cameras
  • High resolution
    • High pixel density with SVGA resolution (800 x RGB x 600, 1.44 megapixels)
  • Color filter
    • Not affected by color breakup that occurs with fast-moving subjects and panning shots when using a field-sequential color system

Advantages when used in a DSLR camera

  • High resolution enables easy focusing
  • Can capture images as they are seen
  • Viable alternative to optical viewfinder
    • Avoids the blackout of optical viewfinders when shooting video
    • Enables smaller cameras by eliminating need for mirrors and pentaprisms
    • Eliminates mechanical time lag caused by mirror

New panel specifications

Name L3F04S-80300
LCD type TN mode, organic alignment layer
Color display system Color filter (RGB stripe)
Effective pixels 800 x RGB x 600 (SVGA)
Panel size (diagonal) 0.47 inch (1.2 cm)
Pixel pitch 12 µm (4 x RGB) x 12 µm
Color space 92% of sRGB
Contrast ratio 280:1
Backlight Yes
Surface luminance 460 cd/m2
Displayable colors Approx. 16.77 million colors

Overview of panel structure

Related information

To learn more about the advantages of HTPS panels, visit

Product exhibition

The new panels will be on display from at the International Broadcast Equipment Exhibition (Inter BEE 2009) to be held at Makuhari Messe, Chiba, Japan, from November 18 to 20. Epson will be at booth number 8205 in hall 8. We hope to see you there.
For sales enquiries, please locate your regional Epson electronic device sales office at:

About Epson
Epson is a global imaging and innovation leader that is dedicated to exceeding the vision of customers worldwide through its compact, energy-saving, high-precision technologies, with a product lineup ranging from printers and 3LCD projectors for business and the home, to electronic and crystal devices.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises over 70,000 employees in 108 companies around the world, and is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which it operates.

Mastering the Nikon D90—New from Rocky Nook

(What I am sure is to be another great book from O'Reilly Media)

Santa Barbara, CA—The Nikon D90 is the long-awaited upgrade to the popular D80 digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera. The compact and lightweight D90 sits between the D60 and D300 in Nikon's DSLR lineup, though many of its features come from the D300, its more expensive sibling.

In Mastering the Nikon D90 (Rocky Nook, $34.95 USD), Darrell Young provides a wealth of information and professional insights for owners of this powerful, new camera. Each chapter explores in detail the features and capabilities of the D90, surpassing basic user manuals by providing step-by-step menu setting adjustments coupled with illustrations, logical explanations, and personal recommendations for each option. Young's writing style supplies the reader with directions in a friendly and informative manner, as if a friend dropped in to share his experience and knowledge.

An entire chapter is devoted to the exciting new D-Movie mode. The D90 is the world's first DSLR with the capability to record high-definition videos at 24fps with mono sound, which opens a new world of possibilities for the creative photographer.

Mastering the Nikon D90 is the fourth volume in the highly successful series of Nikonians Press camera books.

For a review copy or more information please email Please include your delivery address and contact information.

Darrell Young (DigitalDarrell) is an information technology engineer by trade and has been an avid photographer for over 35 years. He has a rather large family, with his wife and five children, so he has a constantly interesting flow of photographic opportunities. In fact, his entire family uses Nikon cameras to pursue what has become a cohesive family hobby.

Darrell delights in using Nikon's newest digital cameras but if pressed, he will admit to being a "closet" film user too. Living next to the Great Smoky Mountains National Park has given him a real concern for, and interest in, nature photography. Darrell loves to write, as you can see in the Resources area of the community. He joined the community in the year 2000, and his literary contributions led to his invitation to become a Founding Member of the Nikonians Writers Guild.

Additional Resources:
For more information about the book, see:

Mastering the Nikon D90
Mastering the Nikon D90
Publisher: Rocky Nook
Darrell Young
ISBN: 9781933952505, 232 pages,
Book Price: $34.95 USD, £26.99 GBP

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Rocky Nook was founded in early 2006 in Santa Barbara, California, and is closely associated with dpunkt.verlag, a leading publisher of books on technology based in Heidelberg, Germany. The focus of Rocky Nook's publications is on digital photography and computing.

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