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Getty Images, a world leader in visual communications, and the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) today announced they would be extending their existing partnership agreement, which sees Getty Images serve exclusively as the Official Photographic Agency and as the Official Imagery Supplier to the IPC.
The partnership, which first began 15 years ago, will be extended through to 2028 with Getty Images delivering increased coverage of the Summer and Winter Paralympic Games, as well as a number of other major Paralympic sporting events.
As well as granting the IPC access to their extensive digital content archive of Paralympic Games and sport event imagery, Getty Images will provide National Paralympic Committees (NPCs) and International Federations (IFs) access to coverage during the Paralympic Games for editorial use.
“We are delighted to renew our long-standing partnership with the IPC through to the 2028 Paralympic Games in Los Angeles,” said Getty Images Global Head of Content, Ken Mainardis. “Ever since we first became a partner to the International Paralympic Committee in 2004, we have been dedicated to capturing phenomenal moments from the event. We look forward to continuing to highlight the values and achievements of the Paralympics to the widest possible audience via our unparalleled global distribution platform.”
Craig Spence, IPC Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, said:
“We are extremely pleased to announce the extension of our long-standing partnership with Getty Images as the Official Photographic Agency of the IPC. Getty Images has been a vital partner of the Paralympic Movement spreading the fantastic achievements of our athletes to media organisations worldwide.
“The new agreement will offer all participating National Paralympic Committees and International Federations access to the Paralympic Games coverage for editorial use starting from Tokyo 2020. Our members will benefit immensely having the chance to maximise the exposure of their athletes with pictures from some of the world’s best sport photographers.”
Getty Images partners with many of the most significant sports leagues and governing bodies in the world. Today, Getty Images is the official photographer or photographic partner to over 80 of the world’s leading sports governing bodies, leagues, and clubs, including the PGA, FIFA, and the International Olympic Committee.
PicMonkey, a leading cloud-based image editing and design platform that helps people create high-impact visuals to promote their brand and business, today announced the immediate availability of real-time collaboration features in its product. For the first time ever, subscribers can now create shared workspaces and invite others to co-design simultaneously, thereby boosting productivity and design quality.
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To understand the role of collaboration in the growth economy, PicMonkey commissioned a survey of solopreneurs and small businesses. More than two thirds (69%) of respondents report that they regularly rely on their networks for advice with vision and goal-setting, marketing and promotional work, and even assistance with admin tasks. 85% of respondents report that their collaboration networks are important or very important to the success of their business.
“In addition to the survey findings, we know that working together and working more efficiently are also top priorities for our customers,” said PicMonkey CEO Frits Habermann. “It’s because the velocity of content creation has accelerated due to the explosion in social media, both for marketing and commerce. That’s why we’re delighted to launch real-time collaboration in PicMonkey — think: Google Docs for design and image editing.”
PicMonkey’s collaboration features empower people to quickly access, edit, and comment simultaneously on shared files—all in one central location—eliminating the traditional pain, cost, and added steps of using multiple applications to design, provide feedback, and store files.
“I work with a really creative team of marketers, and we’ve come to realize that our ideas only get bigger and better when we collaborate,” said Charity Hestead, senior digital marketing manager at Seattle Chocolate Company. “We move really quickly, so being able to share feedback and work directly in PicMonkey’s Shared Spaces is a huge time saver. We create social assets, email designs, even signage for our store, and PicMonkey is helping us to collaborate smarter.”
To use PicMonkey’s new collaboration features, subscribers simply visit Hub, the platform’s cloud-based storage, where they will see a new “Shared” section underneath their private files. Once the user creates a new “Shared Space” and adds images to it, they can invite others to join via email or via a unique link, while also assigning various levels of permission to collaborators. Multiple users can then design together in the PicMonkey editor, organize shared files into additional Shared Spaces, leave comments for each other, and enjoy unlimited storage of their image files.
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PicMonkey is built for people and businesses to create stunning visuals for social media, digital marketing, advertising and beyond. PicMonkey’s ever-growing library of effects, graphics, templates, and fonts, plus a resource center with tips and tutorials, make content creation easy and inspiring. With headquarters in Seattle, Washington, privately held PicMonkey is backed by Spectrum Equity.
Lenses with fast aperture have always attracted photographers, partly because of the possibilities for photographing in available light, and partly for the ability to provide shallow depth of field and good separation between the main subject and the background. Moreover, a fast aperture is often associated with a sense of exclusivity, which comes from both the amount of high-quality glass and the large front element used in such lenses. All these features and more are found in Tamron’s new, premium wide-angle lens – Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di VC USD.
The lens marks the 40th anniversary of Tamron’s popular Superior Performance series. With its fast aperture, exceptional optical quality and quick autofocus, it is ideal for reportage, street photogtraphy, portraits, weddings and sports.
Weather sealed and durable
Well aware that there are competing 35mm lenses with very high optical performance, Tamron has worked hard to be able to offer not only equal or even better image quality, but also other attractive features. One of them is weatherproofing. Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di VC USD is equipped with rubber gaskets at all exposed points that prevent rain and moisture from penetrating the casing. The front element has a fluorine coating that repels water and grease and makes it easy to clean. The outer casing itself is not only elegant with its smooth, matte black surface but also resistant to shocks and scratches. The lens’s solid construction creates a very tangible premium feeling and together with Tamron’s 5-year guarantee, it is also a safe purchase.
Fast, silent and tailor-made autofocus
Another important feature is the autofocus, which is powered by Tamron’s silent USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) motor. The fast aperture sets special requirements and Tamron has adapted the focus mechanism so that it can move the heavy glass elements quickly and with high precision. The latter is particularly important with the shallow depth of field produced at f/1.4. The USD motor also allows the user to perform manual fine adjustments of the focus, without switching from AF to MF mode.
The lavish optical design of the Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD consists of 14 elements divided into 10 groups. These include three aspherical elements that correct spherical aberration and astigmatism. Together, they ensure that the lens provides high sharpness across the entire image even at full aperture, and exceptional resolution after stopping down the aperture only moderately. Four elements made of LD glass (Low Dispersion) minimize chromatic aberration, unwanted color bleeding. The amount of chromatic aberration is so low that it’s practically invisible. The optics and its nine-blade aperture are also designed to provide a soft and beautiful bokeh, which is an important feature for many users of fast lenses.
Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD also becomes the first lens to use Tamron’s newly developed anti-reflective coating BBAR-G2, which improves the result so much that it simply outperforms the original BBAR. The new coating provides extreme light transmission which guarantees images with high contrast and stunning brilliance even in difficult situations such as backlight, spotlights on concerts and motifs with lots of shiny and reflective details.
Although Tamron 35mm f/1.4 Di USD is designed as a wide-angle lens for full-frame cameras, it also works great as a fast normal lens on models with APS-C sensor. It can also be used on the latest mirrorless cameras from Canon and Nikon, when combined with these manufacturers’ special adapters (Canon EF to EOS R and Nikon FTZ adapter). Metering modes, aperture control and autofocus will function just as usual. With the Tamron Tap-in Console (accessory), the user can update the lens firmware and, if necessary, fine-tune the autofocus via a dedicated software. The Tap-in console makes Tamron 35mm f/1.4 Di USD a future-proof investment.
Price and delivery
Delivery of Tamron 35mm f/1.4 Di USD with Nikon mount will start in the end of June while the Canon version will arrive on the market in late July.
Retail price: € 1099
Summary of Tamron SP 35mm f/1.4 Di USD
Fast and weather sealed wide-angle lens for Canon EF and Nikon F mount
Exceptional optical performance at all apertures
Full-frame compatible but can also be used on APS-C cameras
Optical construction with 3 aspheric elements and 4 elements made of LD glass
New anti-reflective coating, BBAR-G2, provides high contrast even in difficult light conditions
Front element with fluorine coating that repels raindrops and grease
USD motor with tailor-made focus mechanism provides quick, silent and exact focusing
Can also be used on mirrorless cameras (with the manufacturers’ adapters)
Tamron Tap-in Console (accessory) makes the lens future-proof
Focal length: 35 mm
Maximum Aperture: 1.4
Image Circle: 24 × 36mm (full-frame). Will also fit APS-C
Lens Mount: Available for Canon EF and Nikon F
Image Stabilizer: NoOptical Construction:14 elements / 10 groupsMinimum Aperture:16Minimum Focus:30 cmMaximum Magnification:0,2x (ratio 1:5)
Aperture blades: 9
Filter Size: 72 mm
Length: Canon: 105 mm. Nikon: 102 mm
Diameter: 81 mm (both versions)
Weight: Canon: 815 grams. Nikon: 805 grams
Included Accessories: Lens hood, lens caps Other Features: Weather sealed construction. Fast and silent autofocus with USD motor. Compatible with Tamron Tap-in Console
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Panasonic continues to bolster Micro Four Thirds with the release of the Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens. This is a world’s-first f/1.7 zoom, has a 20-50mm equivalent range, and is optimized for stills and video. Laying claim to the title of world’s-first full-range f/1.7 zoom, this spectacular lens should be very appealing to many, especially with its versatile 20-50mm equivalent range. Also, the lens has large control rings, including a de-clicked aperture ring for smooth iris pulls during video recording.
Ensuring maximum quality, the lens uses three aspherical lenses and four Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements to minimize aberrations and distortion. Also, the lens has a fast 240 fps internal-focus autofocus system that will help photographers and videographers lock onto their subjects with ease. Photographers will appreciate that the dust- and splash-resistant lens can replace multiple lenses and make travel easier.
Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Summilux 10-25mm f/1.7 ASPH. Lens Highlights
Micro Four Thirds System
20-50mm (35mm Equivalent)
Aperture Range: f/1.7 to f/16
Three Aspherical Elements
One UHR Element, Four ED Elements
Internal Focus, Focus Clutch Mechanism
Stepless, De-Clicked Aperture Ring
Splash, Dust, and Freezeproof Design
Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
For video, the lens has been optimized in many key ways. A physical aperture control ring that is de-clicked and has a micro-step drive system will create smooth brightness transitions, even in the middle of a take. It also has been designed to reduce focus breathing and minimize image shift when performing zooms. Additionally, it has a focus clutch for quickly switching between auto and manual focus during shooting. This combination of features makes the lens a great option for both photographers and videographers.
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