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Sony Releases the RX100 VI

June 06, 2018

Impressive 24-200mm1 F2.8 – F4.5 high-magnification ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* zoom lens, yet sacrifices none of the pocket-size portability speed capabilities and high image quality that has become the hallmark of Sony’s RX100 lineup.

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Why the Nifty Fifty Should Be the Next Lens in Your Kit

May 31, 2018

Once you get familiar with your new camera and kit lens, the obvious question is “Which lens do I need next?”.

With all the major manufacturers having a very wide range of lenses in their line and so many great options from the third party brands it is understandable that you might find it hard to plan what to buy next.

The simple answer — get a Nifty Fifty (50mm). Here are 7 key reasons why...

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Does Dehaze Really Work?

May 24, 2018

Hazy photos are a very common occurrence and can be caused by a wide range of issues, the most common being heat haze and foggy weather conditions.

Adobe Lightroom and the Camera RAW Plugin for Photoshop come to the rescue of hazy photos with a simple slider, appropriately named Dehaze.

Similar functions are available in most major editing applications.

Let’s see the Dehaze tool in action with some hazy photos in need of repair.

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Melbourne's Photo Show Wrap Up

May 18, 2018

To everyone who made it to michaels for Melbourne's Photo Show 12 May, thank you for coming and supporting our growing community of photographers, enthusiasts and friends. Melbourne's Photo Show wouldn't be the same without your energy and contributions.

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Is 24 Megapixels Enough?

April 20, 2018

Like everything in photography, the number of megapixels needed is dependant on what you plan to do with your images. As a general rule for most enthusiast photographers, 24 megapixels is more than enough for high quality printing and display on digital devices.

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Fujifilm announces firmware updates for the XT-20, X-E3, X100F, X-H1, X-T2, X-Pro2 and the GFX 50S

April 13, 2018

The scope of updated, improved or new features vary by model, but as always Fujifilm continues to deliver innovation with their firmware updates to the owners of their range of cameras.

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Products Just Announced - 12 April 2018

April 12, 2018

Following up on the original Pocket Cinema Camera released in 2013, the new 4k version brings a wealth of great features to the line.

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To Charge Or Not To Charge? That Is The Question

April 11, 2018

Lithium batteries have replaced almost all of the competing rechargeable battery technologies across nearly every product segment from mobile phones to electric cars.

It is important to note that many usage factors can both extend or decrease the life of a lithium battery.

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GoPro Introduces a new price friendly Action Cam — the GoPro HERO

April 04, 2018

GoPro reacts to an action camera market is now awash in choice and often overwhelmed with features. Many users still want a premium product from the leading action camera brand, but don’t require the higher resolution modes of the latest models. The simple fact is 4k video requires so much more storage and post production effort that it is often not used even when the feature is available. GoPro has obviously noticed that there is a still a market for an action camera at a great price without features many users don’t need.

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Laowa releases 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro Lens for Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts

April 04, 2018

Macro shooters now have a very affordable new option for capturing the miniature with the introduction of the Venus Optics Laowa 25mm f/2.8 2.5-5X Ultra Macro Lens.

Designed for both full frame and APS-C sensors in all the major mounts, this lens is bound to be of interest to both new and well seasoned macro photographers.

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Exploring the Miniature —  An Introduction to Macro Photography

April 04, 2018

Like many types of specialised photography, macro photography brings with it a whole new set of challenges and often requires some unique tools and skills that are completely different than what we would use in standard photography.

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Flash vs LED Continuous Lighting — Which is right for you?

March 27, 2018

Photography is all about light but all too often it is not available naturally. So, how do we create our own light to achieve the results we're looking for?

For still photography, we have the choice of using continuous or flash lighting while for video we have to use continuous lighting.

So what is the difference between these 2 types of lights?

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Smooth Operator — Gimbals to the Rescue!

March 23, 2018

Shaky video footage is such a huge problem that completely new technologies are being constantly created and refined to help users capture the smoothest and most cinematic footage possible. The modern gimbal is a perfect example of new technology to the rescue!

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Olympus Brings Great New Features to the OM-D E-M1 MARK II with Firmware VERSION 2.0

March 19, 2018

Join Olympus Product Expert Karl Ludik at michaels this Wednesday 21st of March from 12 noon to 2pm and get your Olympus E-M1 MARK II Upgraded to the Latest Firmware.

We will also have all the latest Olympus Fast Primes on hand for you to check out while your camera is updated. This set of 3 ultra fast f/1.2 series lenses at 17mm, 25mm and 45mm are the perfect addition to the E-M1 Mark II shooter's kit.

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New Sigma Art Lenses and Announcement of Art Primes for Sony E-mount

March 09, 2018

Sigma continues to expand their impressive collection of Art Prime lenses with the introduction of the new 70mm f/2.8 DG Macro | Art and 105mm f/1.4 DG HSM | Art Lenses for Canon EF, Nikon F and Sigma SA mounts.

But the even bigger news is the announcement that all 9 Art primes will be coming soon to the Sony E-mount. This will include the 2 new Art primes above and the 7 previously released Art prime lenses. 

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PENTAX announces the K-1 Mark II Full Frame DSLR and HD Pentax-D FA* 50mm f/1.4 SDM AW Lens

March 09, 2018

PENTAX have updated their flagship model, the K-1 full frame 36MP DSLR  to a new Mark II version. This latest version has major updates to the sensor sensitivity and accelerator unit promising better image quality and shooting performance.

With a top sensitivity of ISO 819200, the K-1 Mark II expands the creative boundaries of high-resolution digital SLR photography.

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Tokina announces new Opera Series Premium Lenses starting with a 50mm f/1.4 for Canon and Nikon

March 09, 2018

Tokina kicks off their new 'Opera' series of lenses designed for high-spec full-frame DSLR cameras with a pair of fast 50mm f/1.4 models for Canon and Nikon.

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Panasonic Leica DG Vario-Elmarit 50-200mm f/2.8-4 ASPH. POWER O.I.S. Lens

March 08, 2018

Panasonic extends their reach with the new 50-200mm high-end variable aperture zoom for the Micro Four Thirds System. Top tier build quality and compact size in a weather resistant design create the perfect sports/wildlife zoom.

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Tamron 28-75mm f/2.8 Di III RXD Lens

March 08, 2018

Tamron has announced a new constant aperture high speed f/2.8 standard zoom lens for the full frame Sony E-mount mirrorless system. This new lens will feature outstanding image quality and enable the photographer to create beautiful background blur while isolating their subject.

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Sony's new A7 III - An Incredible Feature Set At A Very Fair Price

March 06, 2018

Sony has matured the full frame mirrorless line to the point where all the pieces of the puzzle just work as expected and now they present an incredible feature set in the A7 III at a "basic" price point. But don't let the word "basic" make you think the A7 III is basic camera. This couldn't be further from the truth.

 Here are 11 reasons why you should seriously consider the new A7 III 

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Which Drone is the right one for me?

February 16, 2018

In just a few short years we have gone from hearing about drone technology in the news to the possibility of owning one ourselves at a very affordable price.

DJI is the market leader in the in the consumer and professional drone industry and they are constantly refreshing and updating their product line.

The recent introduction (late January 2018) of the Mavic Air to their drone lineup has created a huge buzz in the market and many customers are coming to michaels considering their first entry in the world of drones.

As drones are so new to most customers and the technology is so different from standard cameras — choosing the right drone can be very confusing.

With this in mind, we list of the major points you want to take into consideration when choosing your first drone.

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From Screen to Print with Canon Ambassador - Ian van der Wolde

February 12, 2018

This seminar covers:

  • Why print your work?
  • What sort of printer should I get?
  • Dye vs Pigment Inks
  • Colour Management
  • ICC Profiles
  • Colour Gamuts
  • Colour Constancy
  • Monitor Profiling and Calibration
  • Monitor Viewing Conditions
  • Print Viewing Conditions
  • Printing Profiles

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White Night Melbourne is coming soon — Brush up on your night shooting with these helpful tips!

February 06, 2018

White Night Melbourne 2018 kicks off on Saturday 17, February from 7pm to 7am.

This huge Melbourne event is a fantastic photographic opportunity, but at the same time it presents some unique issues beyond the standard "we need to capture more light" challenges of working in the dark.

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December 20, 2017

michaels Christmas & Holiday Trading Hours 2017

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