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EOS 5D Mark II and D700 win Grand Prix

Iranian barred

An Iranian photographer was not able to make the opening of his own exhibition after a row broke out over his UK visa. Abbas Kiarostami was due to attend the private view of his show on 26 May at the Purdy Hicks Gallery on London's South Bank.

Olympus loss

Olympus and Casio reported net losses in the year to 31 March, but both firms expect to make a profit in the coming year. Olympus reported a net loss of 114.8 billion yen, while Casio's net loss amounted to 23.1 billion yen.

High-speed cards

Panasonic this month launches a new range of 'higher speed'SDHC memory cards aimed at meeting the needs of high-resolution still image burst rates and'high-definition'video recording. The cards boast a maximum transfer speed of22MB/sec. There are four versions of Panasonic's 'Class 10' SDHC cards: 4GB, 8GB, 16GB and 32GB, priced from around £45.

CANON'S EOS 50 Mark II and Nikon's D700 DSLRs have won top awards at Japan's Camera Grand Prix.

The Canon EOS 5D Mark II was named Camera of the Year, while the Nikon D700 won the 'Readers' Award' in a poll conducted at a recent photo show in Tokyo.

The Canon camera was applauded for features including its full-frame, 21.1 MP CMOS sensor, Digic 4 image processor and Live View.

Users who voted for the D700 liked trie camera's extraordinary image quality, outstanding low-noise

IT seems information about Google's new astronomy service leaked out well ahead of time.

Newspaper reports suggested that Google's new mobile phone application, Star Droid, would help amateur astronomers identify stars and planets.

Users point their camera phone at the night sky and GPS technology is used to pinpoint their position and relay details of the stars and planets they are looking at.

But Google was not prepared to divulge characteristics at high sensitivities, as well as its great flexibility and operability, said Nikon in a statement endorsed by the awards'judges.

The Camera Grand Prix is hosted by Japan's Camera Journal Press Club, which is made up of technical editors from photography magazines.

information about the new service when contacted by AP

Google spokeswoman Laura Scott would only say that not all the information published by newspapers was entirely accurate.

However, the plans have already raised doubt over Star Droid's effectiveness.

Carolin Crawford, from Cambridge University's institute of astronomy, told The Sunday Times: 'It will be interesting to see how much the camera on the phones will be able to pick up. The night sky is pretty crowded.'

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ClubNews

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Chingford

Photographic

Society

The society plans to hold a series of informal photographic workshops starting on 20 July. The six-week course costs £50 and includes six months' membership. Visit www. chingfordphotographic.com/Workshops.htm.

Lincoln Camera Club

The club is planning an exhibition from 20 June-3 July to celebrate the bi-centenary of Tennyson's birth. Visit http://homepage. ntlwor1d.com/mike.lincoln/.

Cleethorpes Camera Club

The club will host its annual exhibition at Cleethorpes Library, Alexandra Road, Cleethorpes DN35 8LG from 15-29 June. Tel: 01472 323 648. For club details visit www.deethorpescameradub.co.uk.

Wakefield Camera Club

The club will stage a talk on 'The joy of underwater photography', by Steve Wood, on 6 July. The dub meets on Mondays at 7.30pm, at the Wakefield City Club. Call 01924 255 471 or visit www.wakefieldcameradub.org.uk.

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This week in... UCJUP1

The First YtorMWarsawanotable surge in interest in photographic clubs. The reason, according to the Westminster Gazette, was a growing demand for group camera club trips, at a time when police were increasingly suspicious of the motives of the lone photographer. The newspaper said: 'The society outing, with a large number of people carrying cameras, is not likely to excite the suspidon of policeman or sentry, and the more nervous photographers - who have kept their instruments within doors rather than incur unpleasant inquiries - may be tempted to venture out.' Fast forward to the 21st century and maybe there is a lesson for us all, as photographers continue to draw suspicion under UK anti-terrorism laws. Strength in numbers may be an answer, it seems.

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