Category: Global

Monday, December 11, 2017

Leica Out-Performs Camera Market to Grow by 6%

Mark Goldstein | Global
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Leica recorded revenue growth of more than 6% from April 1st 2016 to March 31st 2017, bucking the overall downward trend in the global camera market, which declined by around 10 per cent in the same period. Leica's overall revenue figure of almost 400 million euros was achieved by a systematic realignment of the company that has taken place in recent years, including the setting up of an in-house retail distribution division, and a focus on the Chinese market, with plans to open 20 to 30 more stores.

Leica recorded revenue growth of more than 6% from April 1st 2016 to March 31st 2017, bucking the overall downward trend in the global camera market, which declined by around 10 per cent in the same period. Leica's overall revenue figure of almost 400 million euros was achieved by a…

Friday, December 8, 2017

Pixedo.com Launches

Mark Goldstein | Global
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Pixedo.com is a new online store with more than 5000 specialised photo and video products available.

Pixedo.com is a new online store with more than 5000 specialised photo and video products available.

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Hasselblad Store Opens for Business

Mark Goldstein | Global
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Hasselblad’s new online store is now open in the USA, China, UK, Germany and France. During the opening week of the online store, customers will be eligible to receive a five percent (5%) discount on the award winning X1D and the XCD 45mm and 90mm lenses. In addition, for every customer purchasing an H6D-50c or H6D-100c camera, an H System Camera Hard Case will be included. This offer will end on December 7th, 2017. The online store follows closely behind the new Hasselblad website and the ‘Rent a Hasselblad’ program that was launched earlier in November.

Hasselblad’s new online store is now open in the USA, China, UK, Germany and France. During the opening week of the online store, customers will be eligible to receive a five percent (5%) discount on the award winning X1D and the XCD 45mm and 90mm lenses. In addition, for every…

Monday, October 30, 2017

Nikon Closes Digicam Factory in China

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Digital Compact Cameras , Global , Lenses
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Nikon today announced that operations of their consolidated subsidiary Nikon Imaging China (NIC) will be discontinued. In practice, this means the closure of a factory in Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province, which used to manufacture digital compact cameras, as well as lens units. Nikon says, "due to the rise of smartphones, the compact digital camera market has been shrinking rapidly, leading to a significant decrease in operating rate at NIC and creating a difficult business environment." In future, the Nikon will focus more on high value-added products - which probably means DSLR cameras, flashguns and interchangeable Nikkor lenses. The closure of the Wuxi City plant is effective today. Nikon Imaging (China) Sales Co., Ltd. (NICS), the company’s sales subsidiary in Shanghai, continues in full operation as normal.

Nikon today announced that operations of their consolidated subsidiary Nikon Imaging China (NIC) will be discontinued. In practice, this means the closure of a factory in Wuxi City, Jiangsu Province, which used to manufacture digital compact cameras, as well as lens units. Nikon says, "due to the rise of smartphones…

Friday, October 6, 2017

Drone Major Group Launches

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global , Accessories
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The Drone Major Group is the first company in the world to provide an integrated suite of products and services to every part of the rapidly-evolving global drone industry. Central to Drone Major Group is the launch of a new portal - Drone Major, the World’s first online portal which will provide critical connectivity to one of the fastest growing industries predicted to reach $100billion by 2020. The new portal facilitates the sale of drones and drone-related equipment and services throughout the world.

The Drone Major Group is the first company in the world to provide an integrated suite of products and services to every part of the rapidly-evolving global drone industry. Central to Drone Major Group is the launch of a new portal - Drone Major, the World’s first online portal which…

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

6X6 Global Talent Programme

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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The World Press Photo Foundation has just launched its new 6x6 Global Talent Programme. This new initiative will identify six under-recognised visual storytellers from each of the world’s six continents, and connect them to a global audience. World Press Photo is compiling a diverse group of nominators, working in visual storytelling on a public level around the world, to nominate candidates for review from each global region. World Press Photo is actively seeking suggestions or applications to become a nominator. Once nominated, candidates from the current region will be asked to submit a portfolio of recent work. There is no age limit for nominees, a range of visual storytelling – including photography and film – is encouraged, and creative processes are not limited. The first region to be included in the programme is Southeast Asia and Oceania. Acknowledging the importance of local experience and knowledge, the two selectors from the current global region are Ng Swan-Ti, photographer and managing director of PannaFoto Institute (Indonesia); and Heidi Romano, photographer and festival director (Australia).

The World Press Photo Foundation has just launched its new 6x6 Global Talent Programme. This new initiative will identify six under-recognised visual storytellers from each of the world’s six continents, and connect them to a global audience. World Press Photo is compiling a diverse group of nominators, working in visual…

Monday, October 2, 2017

Vitec Photographic and Sony Announce Collaboration

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Vitec Photographic, the company behid the Gitzo and Manfrotto brands, has announced its collaboration with Sony in the imaging market. The collaboration, which was announced at Gitzo's 100-year anniversary event in Tokyo, will start with a brand new line of products developed for Sony’s α-series interchangeable-lens cameras. The range will include new Manfrotto and Gitzo tripods, plates, photo and video heads targeted at professionals. A customised version of Digital Director will complement the new range of products that will be showcased at events and tradeshows worldwide throughout 2018.

Vitec Photographic, the company behid the Gitzo and Manfrotto brands, has announced its collaboration with Sony in the imaging market. The collaboration, which was announced at Gitzo's 100-year anniversary event in Tokyo, will start with a brand new line of products developed for Sony’s α-series interchangeable-lens cameras. The range will…

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Fujifilm and Magnum Photos Explore "Home"

Mark Goldstein | Photographers , Global

Fujifilm is collaborating with Magnum Photos on a major new project exploring the subject of "HOME". An exhibition of the work will tour to seven cities around the world starting in March 2018, and be accompanied by a photobook.

Fujifilm is collaborating with Magnum Photos on a major new project exploring the subject of "HOME". An exhibition of the work will tour to seven cities around the world starting in March 2018, and be accompanied by a photobook.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Leica Camera AG Appoints Matthias Harsch as CEO

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Matthias Harsch has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Leica Camera. A Leica Board Member, Harsch has been responsible for Sales, Retail and Marketing & Corporate Communications since April 2017. Prior to being named CEO of Leica Camera, Harsch led a successful turnaround as the CEO of LOEWE AG, spent a number of years at the helm of the Bizerba Group as a director and served as a partner at Candidus Management Consulting.

Matthias Harsch has been appointed Chief Executive Officer of Leica Camera. A Leica Board Member, Harsch has been responsible for Sales, Retail and Marketing & Corporate Communications since April 2017. Prior to being named CEO of Leica Camera, Harsch led a successful turnaround as the CEO of LOEWE AG, spent…

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Panasonic & Sony Dominate US Photo Market

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global

Research and Markets have announced the addition of the "Photography Equipment Market in the US 2017-2021" report to their offering. The analysts forecast the photography equipment market in the US to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 3.53% from 2017-2021. Research and Markets think growth will be driven by personalised digital cameras, product innovation and enhanced features. Key vendors include Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Panasonic and Sony.

Research and Markets have announced the addition of the "Photography Equipment Market in the US 2017-2021" report to their offering. The analysts forecast the photography equipment market in the US to grow at a compound annual growth rate of 3.53% from 2017-2021. Research and Markets think growth will be driven…

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Canon Opens Professional Technology & Support Centre in Burbank

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Canon today officially opened its doors to its newest Professional Technology & Support Centre in Burbank, California. Facility highlights include enhanced on-site repair capabilities, industry standard 4K projection and DI capabilities, a fully equipped multi-purpose room, an immersive product showroom, an image lab for in-depth camera and lens testing and a workflow lab for software training and NLE workflows. “Since our 2011 launch of Cinema EOS, Canon has been steadfastly committed to exceeding the high expectations of our professional clients in the production community,” said Eliott Peck, executive vice president and general manager of the Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “Our new Burbank location represents the culmination of our commitment to listen to our clients, understand their needs and provide them with what they need to bring their artistic and passion projects to life. As Canon continues on its journey to support the production community and evolve with changes in this industry, our mission is now clearer than ever, to be a resource and a beacon for industry professionals.”

Canon today officially opened its doors to its newest Professional Technology & Support Centre in Burbank, California. Facility highlights include enhanced on-site repair capabilities, industry standard 4K projection and DI capabilities, a fully equipped multi-purpose room, an immersive product showroom, an image lab for in-depth camera and lens testing and…

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Adobe Achieves Record Revenue

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global , Software
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Adobe achieved record quarterly revenue of $1.77 billion in its second quarter of fiscal year 2017. “Adobe continues to execute well, with another quarter of record revenue and operating profit in Q2," said Mark Garrett, executive vice president and CFO, Adobe. “We're excited about the strong business momentum we have as we enter the second half of fiscal 2017 and remain confident in our ability to drive strong revenue and earnings growth in the future.”

Adobe achieved record quarterly revenue of $1.77 billion in its second quarter of fiscal year 2017. “Adobe continues to execute well, with another quarter of record revenue and operating profit in Q2," said Mark Garrett, executive vice president and CFO, Adobe. “We're excited about the strong business momentum we have…

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Canon 365 Days of Summer Competition

Mark Goldstein | Global , Competitions
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Canon is looking for someone to fill a very unique position as it begins its search for the ultimate storyteller. The lucky person will spend a year chasing summer across the globe in order to identify 365 inspiring stories.

Canon is looking for someone to fill a very unique position as it begins its search for the ultimate storyteller. The lucky person will spend a year chasing summer across the globe in order to identify 365 inspiring stories.

Canon Launches "Live for the Story"

Mark Goldstein | Global
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Canon has today launched 'Live for the story', an entirely new brand proposition for the consumer and professional imaging business across Europe, in a bid to shift perception of the company amongst a younger audience. ‘Live for the story’ encourages people to find special memories in all moments of their life, no matter where they are or what they are doing.

Canon has today launched 'Live for the story', an entirely new brand proposition for the consumer and professional imaging business across Europe, in a bid to shift perception of the company amongst a younger audience. ‘Live for the story’ encourages people to find special memories in all moments of their…

Monday, April 24, 2017

Light & Motion and Elinchrom Announce New Lighting Collaboration

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global , Accessories
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Light & Motion and Elinchrom have announced a technical collaboration two years in the making. The synergetic relationship between the two companies is billed as "an exciting development for the ever-expanding world of on-the-go content creators requesting lighting solutions that are reliable, compact, and timesaving." The announcement of the Light & Motion and Elinchrom partnership comes with their first collaborative release of the Stella Pro 5000 RF and Stella Pro 8000 RF lights. These powerful, portable, and cord-free daylight balanced lights from Light & Motion now add complete wireless control thanks to the addition of the Skyport Protocol from Elinchrom. A new Elinchrom Skyport Remote Control for Stella was also released to conveniently manage the lights’ settings from alongside the camera/monitor, in any environment.

Light & Motion and Elinchrom have announced a technical collaboration two years in the making. The synergetic relationship between the two companies is billed as "an exciting development for the ever-expanding world of on-the-go content creators requesting lighting solutions that are reliable, compact, and timesaving." The announcement of the Light…

Friday, April 7, 2017

Canon Europe Acquires Kite.ly

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global , Websites
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Canon Europe has acquired Kite.ly, a London-based mobile e-commerce platform specialising in personalised print. Alberto Spinelli, Senior Director of Digital Services at Canon Europe, says: “Bringing Kite.ly into the Canon group of companies is our latest move to expand Canon’s digital services offering, by making mobile printing ubiquitous. There is a fast-growing trend of consumers who want to shop for customised products and do it in an easy way from their mobile devices. The combination of Canon’s high quality printing technologies and Kite.ly’s easy-to-use solutions will create an unrivalled portfolio of print products, accessible to customers everywhere through existing and new imaging apps.” Kite.ly is joining Canon’s group of companies and brands that offer complementary digital services, including Lifecake and irista.

Canon Europe has acquired Kite.ly, a London-based mobile e-commerce platform specialising in personalised print. Alberto Spinelli, Senior Director of Digital Services at Canon Europe, says: “Bringing Kite.ly into the Canon group of companies is our latest move to expand Canon’s digital services offering, by making mobile printing ubiquitous. There is…

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Hasselblad Appoints Ming Thein as Chief of Strategy

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Photographers , Global
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Hasselblad today announced that world-famous commercial photographer, blogger and former Hasselblad Ambassador Ming Thein has been appointed the company's Chief of Strategy. Based out of Kuala Lumpur, Ming specialises in representing the lifecycle of a company – from the people behind the creation to abstract beauty of the finished product – be it massive civil engineering projects, interiors or precision timepieces. In his new role as Chief of Strategy at Hasselblad, Ming will use his customer experience insights to influence the future product roadmap, while helping to strengthen Hasselblad’s market position and meet the needs of semi-professional and professional photographers.

Hasselblad today announced that world-famous commercial photographer, blogger and former Hasselblad Ambassador Ming Thein has been appointed the company's Chief of Strategy. Based out of Kuala Lumpur, Ming specialises in representing the lifecycle of a company – from the people behind the creation to abstract beauty of the finished product…

Friday, March 3, 2017

Aurelius Acquire Wex Photographic

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global

Aurelius Equity Opportunities have acquired Wex Photographic from Barclays. Following the deal, Wex will be merged with Calumet Photographic, a multi-channel photographic retailer acquired by Aurelius in June 2016. Servicing half a million customers across the UK, Wex is the country’s largest online specialist photographic retailer, with an annual turnover of €84 million. The integration with Calumet will offer significant strategic benefits to both companies with scope to couple Wex’s online expertise with Calumet’s pan-European in-store experience.

Aurelius Equity Opportunities have acquired Wex Photographic from Barclays. Following the deal, Wex will be merged with Calumet Photographic, a multi-channel photographic retailer acquired by Aurelius in June 2016. Servicing half a million customers across the UK, Wex is the country’s largest online specialist photographic retailer, with an annual turnover…

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Magnum Photos Announce 70th Anniversary Programme

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global , Events , General
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This year, Magnum Photos will celebrate 70 years of contribution to photography with the launch of a global public events, exhibition and new content programme. Centred on the three themes of community, witnessing history and Magnum Photos Now, the special anniversary programme will explore the institution and photographer personalities of then and now, central to past and current visual culture. Throughout the year, the website will feature defining images and visual stories from the past seven decades of Magnum including founding member Robert Capa’s iconic documentation of the D.Day landings in Omaha Beach, 1944, Henri Cartier-Bresson’s 1947 record of the independence of India and Stuart Franklin’s first-hand account of the Tiananmen Square uprising in 1989. Magnum photographers will also take on an ambitious new visual project, Magnum Retold, to mark the occasion. This will see Magnum’s contemporary photographers reshoot some of the agency’s most seminal stories, reworked to reflect the changing world we live in today.

Click through / scroll down for a list of key events.

This year, Magnum Photos will celebrate 70 years of contribution to photography with the launch of a global public events, exhibition and new content programme. Centred on the three themes of community, witnessing history and Magnum Photos Now, the special anniversary programme will explore the institution and photographer personalities of…

Friday, January 27, 2017

Hasselblad CEO Perry Oosting to Step Down

Zoltan Arva-Toth | Global
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Hasselblad today announced that Perry Oosting, CEO, will step down from his role by the end of this month. "Having guided Hasselblad to stability, strong sales as well as the partnership with aerial camera company DJI, CEO Perry Oosting has accomplished what he was asked to achieve and has decided to step down from his operational responsibilities and return to a role as advisor to the board," the company said in a statement. The Board of Directors has appointed Paul Bram, an advisor to the supervisory board, as Interim CEO.

Hasselblad today announced that Perry Oosting, CEO, will step down from his role by the end of this month. "Having guided Hasselblad to stability, strong sales as well as the partnership with aerial camera company DJI, CEO Perry Oosting has accomplished what he was asked to achieve and has decided…