Archive for January 7th, 2010

Camera Traps capture rare Tigers

WWF have revealed a rare delight for every one who loves Wildlife. In this day and age cameras have made it possible to capture almost any thing. The tech world offers many possibilities and thanks to the advances in technology we can now view the footage of these rare Sumatran cubs on Youtube. WWF reports that this is the first real footage of Tigers caught on Camera in the jungles of Indonesia (Sumatra to be exact).

The footage is of a Tiger and two cubs walking up to the camera and sniffing it one by one. There are less than 400 Sumatran Tigers left in the world today and this footage has convinced officials that measures need to be taken to protect the tigers. WWF reports that, “Video cameras installed in the Sumatran jungle have captured close-up footage of a tiger and two cubs, the first time that WWF has recorded evidence of tiger breeding in central Sumatra in what should be prime tiger habitat. The images have led to renewed calls for stronger measures against poaching and the rapid deforestation of tiger landscapes on the Indonesian island. The film, captured within just one month of deploying specially designed video cameras deep inside tiger habitat, shows all three tigers approaching the camera, sniffing it and walking away.”

WWF has been studying Tiger habitats through Camera Traps for the past 5 years but this is the first time that any footage of these tigers has been recorded.  It has become increasingly important to save the tigers from becoming extinct because these may be the last species of Sumatran Tigers left on earth. WWF officials are afraid that once the cubs are old enough to leave their mother they will die because they have no where to go. WWF-Indonesia’s tiger team leader Karmila Parakkasi states, “We are very concerned because the territory of this tiger and its cubs is being rapidly cleared by two global paper companies, palm oil plantations, encroachers and illegal loggers. Will the cubs survive to adulthood in this environment?” That is a question that remains to be answered. And we sincerely hope that the tigers find a safe haven.

image from WWF

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Canon announces 3 New Wireless File Transmitter units for Pro Photographers

Today Canon USA announced three new Wireless File Transmitter (WFT) units for the EOS-1D Mark IV, EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D. The three cameras were released last year and now Canon is finally giving them each their very own Wireless Transmitters. The Wireless Transmitter allows photographers to wirelessly transfer pictures from their camera to the computer. It provides wireless and wired LAN connectivity. It also supports FTP, PTP and HTTP.

Pro Photographers can now ‘fire up to 10 cameras simultaneously with Canon’s new Camera linking function, which is perfect for getting the split-second shot from multiple angles. The new WFT units also enable the roaming photojournalist or back-country nature photographer to geotag images easily through hard-wired or Bluetooth-connected GPS devices and append coordinates to the image’s EXIF data. Additionally, reliable file transfer options such as FTP Mode provide wedding and event photographers with the ability to send images in real-time to a computer for instant prints or projection onto event screens while allowing the photographer to operate wirelessly.” – (Canon USA in a Press Release today)

The WFT is 802.11 a/b/g compatible what that means is that, once linked to the camera the b and g modes that were present on the earlier models can now be used to act as FTP servers and transfer photos on the internet if you want. The WFT also comes with a Wi-Fi Protected Setup (WPS) that will help photographers to connect their Wireless router to their cameras by just touching a button. With this new WFT set up photographers can also view their images in real-time anywhere in the Globe.

More information available on the Canon USA Press Release website.

top image from Canon.co.jp

bottom image from engadget.com

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