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 Tuesday, January 08, 2013
From Nikon:
 
Nikon Expands the Nikon 1 System with the Announcement of the Nikon 1 J3 and Nikon 1 S1 as well as the New 1 NIKKOR VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 and VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6 Lenses
 
New Nikon 1 System Cameras and Lenses Demonstrate Nikon’s Commitment to Providing Shooters with New Ways to be Creative, Expressive and Connected through Images and Video
 
LAS VEGAS, CES BOOTH #8643 – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new Nikon 1 J3 and Nikon 1 S1, the latest additions to the ever growing Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System. Designed for consumers looking for a camera that offers the compact size and portability of a point-and-shoot camera along with advanced controls and features found in high-end digital cameras, the new J3 and S1 cameras offer enhanced speed and performance, high image quality and new easy-to-use creative shooting modes. Furthermore, users will be able to easily share and transfer images to smart devices instantly when connected to the optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter1.
 
Nikon also announced new accessories for the Nikon 1 System, including two new additions to the 1 NIKKOR lenses lineup, the VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 and the VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6, ideal lenses for capturing amazing images and HD video with incredible detail. The 6.7-13mm is the first 1 NIKKOR lens to offer a wide, 100-degree angle of view, and the compact and lightweight 10-100mm is a 10x zoom lens that is ultra-portable, perfect for taking on any type of trip or excursion. Nikon has also announced the new WP-N2 underwater case, specifically designed for the adventurous user looking to take their photography on water-based excursions like snorkeling or surfing without the fear of water damaging their camera.
 
“With today’s announcement of the Nikon 1 J3, Nikon 1 S1, 1 NIKKOR VR 6.7-13mm lens and 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm lens, Nikon continues to demonstrate our commitment to developing and expanding the Nikon 1 System for creative shooters looking to step up from their compact digital cameras," said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “Similar to previous Nikon 1 System cameras, the compact yet powerful J3 and S1 offer stunning image quality, quick performance, incredibly fast shooting speeds, user-friendly modes and controls, as well as the ability to wirelessly share and transfer images when paired with the WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter.”
 
Nikon 1 S1 and J3 Mirrorless Cameras
 
Built to Capture and Deliver Stunning Results: The New Nikon 1 J3 and Nikon 1 S1
Though new additions to the Nikon 1 System, both the J3 and S1 feature many proven and trusted Nikon technologies commonly found in other Nikon camera models. The Nikon 1 J3 features a 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor, while the Nikon 1 S1 sports a 10.1-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor. Paired together with Nikon’s powerful EXPEED 3A image processing engine, these CMOS sensors deliver stunning high-quality images and HD video even in challenging lighting situations with rich detail. For complete shooting versatility, both cameras feature a wide ISO range, from 160 to 6400 in the J3 and 100 to 6400 in the S1, allowing users even more freedom and capabilities when capturing content in low-light situations. Both cameras offer wide and bright 3-inch LCD screens as well as a new integrated flash that can be setup to go off automatically or can be manually popped up based on a shooter’s desired results.
 
Additionally, the Nikon 1 J3 and Nikon 1 S1 offer Nikon’s Advanced Hybrid Autofocus (AF) system, which is lightning fast and highly responsive, ideal for capturing life’s split second moments. With this rapid AF system, users can take advantage of incredibly fast shooting speeds, allowing them to capture fast action that is sharp and in clear focus. The cameras also feature a 73-point AF array that helps ensure accuracy and super precise focus even when capturing fast moving subjects throughout the frame. Further, the Nikon 1 J3 and Nikon 1 S1 include the world’s shortest release time at approximately 80 milliseconds*, and the world’s fastest high-speed continuous shooting** at 15 frames-per-second with continuous AF.
 
Creativity Unleashed: User-Friendly Shooting Modes and Controls
Designed to take creative freedom to new heights, the Nikon 1 J3 and Nikon 1 S1 offer user-friendly shooting modes and controls that photographers can take advantage of whether capturing a family portrait or recording a video of the big hit at a ballgame. For easier control and quick access to camera features, the J3 utilizes improved menu navigation while the S1 features a graphic user interface (GUI) based mode selection, both designed to be easy-to-use and make menu navigation effortless and direct.
 
The new Nikon 1 System cameras both feature unique shooting modes like Auto Mode, Creative Mode, Advanced Movie, Motion Snapshot and Best Moment Capture, all of which are easily accessible and applied. When in Auto Mode, both cameras will automatically select the optimal settings for the scene, so that the shooter can concentrate on framing the photo. When in Creative Mode, shooters can utilize full manual exposure controls (P,S,A,M) as well as Selective Color, Miniature, Soft, Night Landscape, Backlighting and Night Portrait modes to help achieve the desired results that they seek. The Nikon 1 J3 also provides access to Easy Panorama Mode to provide a wide perspective for vast landscapes or interiors.
 
The Advanced Movie Mode is integrated into both new cameras to bolster video capabilities. When in Advanced Movie Mode, the simultaneous shooting of Full HD video and high-resolution stills of a subject or scene is achievable. Furthermore, full manual exposure controls (P,S,A,M) can be used and slow motion movies at both 400 fps and 1200 fps can also be captured when in this mode. Both cameras share the Enhanced Motion Snapshot Mode to provide users with the option of capturing a quick passing moment with a short, slow-motion movie sequence in addition to a single defining still image. When using Motion Snapshot, in-camera electronic Vibration Reduction (eVR) can be applied to assist in removing blur from images.
 
With Best Moment Capture Mode, Nikon 1 J3 and Nikon 1 S1 shooters can explore the benefits of two dynamic features, Slow View and Smart Photo Selector. In Slow View, the pressing of the shutter button halfway down once focus is achieved will allow users to capture live action (approx. 1.33 seconds), while the view of the subject is displayed at five times slower than normal speed (approx. 6.66 seconds) on the camera’s LCD screen. Furthermore, the slowed-down view is looped over and over until a full-press of the shutter is made. By viewing action slowed down, users have more opportunities to capture the perfect moment. When Smart Photo Selector is used, shooters can capture up to 20 shots with the J3 and 15 shots with the S1 with one press of the shutter button. The cameras will then automatically identify the five best images to keep based on exposure, focus and facial recognition factors.
 
Instantly and Easily Share Creative Content: Nikon 1 System Connectivity
Like the Nikon 1 V2, the Nikon 1 J3 and Nikon 1 S1 were designed to work with Nikon’s optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter. When the WU-1b is connected to the J3 or S1, users have the ability to capture high-quality images and can then easily transfer them wirelessly to a smart device. Once transferred, images can be shared with family and friends or posted to status pages on social media networks. If using the free Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application for Android™2 platform smart devices as well as iPhone® and iPad®3 mobile digital devices, J3 and S1 users will have the ability to remotely take photos with the camera from a smartphone or tablet.
 
1 NIKKOR 6.7-13mm f3.5-5.6 VR and 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f4.0-5.6 VR
 
Expansion of the 1 NIKKOR Lens Lineup: The New 1 NIKKOR VR 6.7-13mm and VR 10-100mm Lenses
Alongside the new Nikon 1 System cameras, Nikon also announced the addition of two new 1 NIKKOR lenses, the 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 and 10-100mm f/4-5.6. With these two lenses, Nikon 1 shooters have even more options when building a camera system that fits their shooting needs and creativity. The new compact, ultra wide-angle zoom 6.7-13mm lens (equivalent to a focal length of 18mm to 35mm in FX/35mm format) will provide photographers with new avenues to explore their creativity and expressivity in photos and videos. The lens includes Vibration Reduction (VR) and has a wide 100-degree angle of view, which makes it ideal for capturing photos and HD video of landscapes, cityscapes, interiors, and architecture. Photographers looking for some more range with their Nikon 1 System cameras will enjoy the new 10-100mm telephoto zoom lens (equivalent to a focal length of 27mm to 270mm in FX/35mm format), which also incorporates Vibration Reduction (VR). The compact and lightweight telephoto lens is portable and convenient enough to take everywhere, while providing a long focal range perfect for various types of photography including group shots and action sports.
 
Capturing Images Underwater: The New WP-N2 Underwater Case
Perfectly paired with the new Underwater White Balance setting found in both the Nikon 1 J3 and Nikon 1 S1, Nikon has introduced the new WP-N2 underwater case. This new underwater case can house either the J3 or the S1 in addition to the 1 NIKKOR 10-30mm lens. Moreover, the WP-N2 underwater case will allow users to zoom in and out when using the 10-30mm lens. Designed to complement the versatility of the Nikon 1 System cameras, the WP-N2 gives shooters the creative freedom to capture images and videos at the beach, the lake or during aquatic adventures such as snorkeling. The underwater case is submergible and waterproof up to approximately 131 feet (40 meters). Additionally, the new J3 and S1 feature an Underwater White Balance setting which makes adjusting white balance easy when capturing photos underwater.
 
Price and Availability
The Nikon 1 J3 camera with the 10-30mm lens will be available in February 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $599.95***. Additionally, the Nikon 1 S1 camera with the 11-27.5mm lens will be available in February 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $499.95***. To match consumers' personalities and creativity, the J3 will come in a variety of stylish colors including White, Black, Silver, Burgundy and Beige, while the S1 will come in White, Black, Red, Pink and Khaki.
 
The two 1 NIKKOR lenses, the 1 NIKKOR VR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 and 1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4-5.6, will have suggested retail prices (SRP) of $499.95*** and $549.95***, respectively. The new WP-N2, the underwater case for either the Nikon 1 J3 or the Nikon 1 S1, will be available in February 2013 and will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $749.95***.
 
Preorder Opportunities:
Nikon 1 J3 Mirrorless Digital Camera: B&H | Adorama
Nikon 1 S1 Mirrorless Digital Camera: B&H | Adorama
Nikon 1 NIKKOR 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 Lens: B&H | Adorama
Nikon 1 NIKKOR 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 VR Lens: B&H | Adorama
From Nikon:
 
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of two new COOLPIX S-series models that incorporate advanced functions in a stylish design.
 
The S6500 is a wide-angle, high-power zoom model equipped with a backside illumination CMOS image sensor with an effective pixel count of 16.0-million pixels, a 12x optical zoom NIKKOR lens that covers a broad range of angles of view from the wide-angle 25 mm to 300 mm (both equivalent in 35-mm [135] format), all in a slim and stylish body. With Wi-Fi® compatibility, users can transfer high-quality still images captured and movies recorded with the camera to a smart device for direct upload to social networking sites. The new S6500 also features five new Glamour Retouch effects, including Brighten Faces, which brightens skin tones, and Whiten Teeth, which makes teeth appear whiter. In addition to expanding Nikon's latest proposal for new ways to enjoy connecting with digital cameras, the S6500 offers extensive features that allow users to further enjoy their photos after they have been taken.
 
The slim S2700 features not only a 6x optical zoom NIKKOR lens, whose wide-angle and zoom capabilities allow it to cover a wide variety of scenes, but also an extensive selection of automatic shooting functions including six types of Scene Auto Selector modes. The camera is also equipped with a wide variety of image editing functions such as Special Effects and Filter Effects, as well as advanced basic functions such as Motion Detection and Subject Tracking. The S2700 is a model that enables even first-time digital camera users to safely enjoy shooting and editing still images through simple operations. In addition, the S2700 has met the needs of users wanting a unique camera by offering Decorative Pink and Decorative Purple designs with flower motifs on the front surface of the body.
 
S6500 Primary Features

  1. A 12x optical zoom NIKKOR lens that covers a broad range of angles of view from the wide-angle 25 mm to 300 mm (equivalent in 35-mm [135] format)
    Equipped with a backside illumination CMOS image sensor with an effective pixel count of 16.0-million pixels and a high-performance, high-power zoom NIKKOR lens with lens-shift vibration reduction (VR) function, all in a stylish and slim body. The S6500 can easily be taken anywhere to enjoy capturing a wide variety of scenes, from wide-angle landscape shots to close-ups of people's expressions using the zoom or macro close-up shooting up to about 8 cm from the front of the lens.
  2. Wi-Fi® compatibility to expand the enjoyment of connecting through easy communications with smart devices
    With built-in Wi-Fi®, users can easily transfer images and movies to smart devices such as smartphones and tablets.* Users can share high-quality still images captured and movies recorded and saved using the S6500 with friends and family by easily uploading them to social networking sites. Users can also use smart devices to remotely shoot pictures, convenient for group photos. The date information data on smart devices can be linked with the camera.
     
    *The Wireless Mobile Utility app must first be installed on the smart device.
  3. A total of eight Glamour Retouch effects, including five new effects
    In addition to the previously available Glamour Retouch effects (Skin Softening, Small Face and Big Eyes), the following five effects are now also available. Brighten Faces, which lightens skin tones, Hide Eye Bags, which reduces the effects of bags and darkening under the eyes, Whiten Eyes makes the whites of eyes appear whiter, Whiten Teeth makes teeth appear whiter, and Redden Cheeks applies a blush effect to the cheeks for a lively cute look (orange, red, blue-pink and yellow-pink colors can be selected). With an extensive eight types of effects, users can adjust images to match their shooting intent and create memorable portraits that bring out the expressions of the subjects.
  4. A wide variety of shooting functions for capturing decisive moments
    The S6500 features Smile Timer with Continuous, where the camera captures up to five images continuously and saves them all, and BSS, which captures up to five images continuously and saves the one that best captured the smile. The camera also comes equipped with the superior basic performance of previous models, including Target Finding AF, where the camera will automatically focus on the most suitable subject just by pointing the camera at it, Scene Auto Selector, which automatically sets the optimal scene mode, and Face Priority AF that automatically detects and focuses on human faces. The S6500 features an extensive array of functions to ensure that the user will be able to capture definitive moments.
  5. Recording of high-quality full-HD movies with stereo sound with the press of a button
    Full-HD 1920 x 1080 / 30 fps movies with stereo sound and superior picture quality can be recorded with the simple press of a button on the back. The S6500 also features a function that allows for pausing movie recording. By saving multiple scenes recorded intermittently to eliminate unwanted portions as a single file, users can enjoy playing back one continuous movie. Users can also edit movies to trim selected scenes from the footage.

S2700 Primary Features

  1. Equipped with a 6x optical NIKKOR lens for wide-angle to zoom shooting with a single lens, in a slim body
    The S2700 features a 6x optical zoom NIKKOR lens for coverage of a broad range of angles of view from the wide-angle 26 mm to 156 mm (equivalent in 35-mm [135] format) in a stylish and slim body. This allows for shooting not only a variety of everyday scenes with simple operations, but also close-ups of people up to about 5 cm from the front of the lens.
  2. Extensive automatic shooting features that enable simple shooting even by first-time users
    The camera features the Scene Auto Selector mode where the camera automatically selects the optimal scene mode for the subject or scene. By simply pointing the camera at the desired object, the camera will determine the optimal scene out of the available six (Portrait, Night portrait, Landscape, Night landscape, Backlighting , Close-up), eliminating the hassle of changing settings and capturing beautiful images of a wide variety of subjects. This feature allows users to easily and assuredly take pictures, even if it is their first digital camera.
  3. A wide variety of image editing functions to further enjoy captured images
    Images with the desired color and tone adjustment can be captured with specification from the Special Effects menu prior to shooting, and in-camera editing for simple image adjustment and enhancement without using a computer is possible with Filter Effects.
  4. Superior basic performance
    With superior basic performance, users can take sharper images with less blur, without worrying about missing photo opportunities, using features such as Motion detection, which automatically increases shutter speeds by detecting camera shake and the movement and even the speed of the subject, and Target Finding AF that automatically selects and focuses on the AF area according to subject movement.
  5. A wide range of color variations and a unique design
    In addition to the five body colors of silver, black, red, purple and blue, there are also the Decorative Pink and Decorative Purple models that feature flower motifs on the front surface. Users can select from a total of seven variations to choose a model that fits their style.

B&H carries Nikon COOLPIX digital cameras.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/8/2013 12:38:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, January 07, 2013
DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 USB 1TB Flash Drive
 
From Kingston:
 
Kingston Digital Ships Its Fastest, World’s Largest-Capacity USB 3.0 Flash Drive

  • DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 will be Available Up to 1TB
  • Data Transfer Speeds up to 240MB/s Read, 160MB/s Write
  • Certified SuperSpeed USB 3.0

2013 International CES Las Vegas, NV and Fountain Valley, CA -- January 7, 2013 -- Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced the DataTraveler® HyperX® Predator 3.0 USB Flash drive. DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 is the world's largest-capacity USB 3.0 Flash drive as it will be available in a 1TB capacity later in Q1. It is shipping now in 512GB capacity. DT HyperX Predator 3.0 is the fastest USB 3.0 Flash drive in the Kingston® family, with speeds of up to 240MB/s read and 160MB/s write. It has also achieved SuperSpeed USB 3.0 certification.
 
"Our new DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 allows users to store their entire digital world on a portable USB 3.0 Flash drive," said Andrew Ewing, Flash memory business manager, Kingston. "The large capacity and fast USB 3.0 transfer speeds allow users to save time as they can access, edit and transfer applications or files such as HD movies directly from the drive without any performance lag."
 
DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 is compliant with next-generation USB 3.0 specifications and is optimized for newer PCs with USB 3.0 ports. Users who work with large video or graphics files, or gamers who like to travel with their entire library will appreciate the drive's speed and capacity. The casing is made of zinc alloy metal for superior quality, shock resistance and high-end design. DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 ships with a custom Kingston key ring and a HyperX valet keychain. It is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 for efficient data transfer rates.
 
DataTraveler HyperX Predator 3.0 USB Flash drive is part of the HyperX Predator family, which represents the highest-performance products offered from Kingston HyperX. The drive is backed by a five-year warranty, free technical support and legendary Kingston reliability.
 
B&H carries Kingston USB Flash Drives.

Category: Kingston News
Post Date: 1/7/2013 1:42:23 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Refurbished Canon EOS 60D & EF-S 18-135mm IS Lens available for $899.95 with free shipping. Compare at $999.00 new.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/7/2013 12:58:32 PM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Kingston:
 
From a single memory product and two employees 25 years ago to 2,000 products and more than 4,000 employees today, Kingston has evolved into the most trusted name in memory and Flash products in 125 countries around the world. Kingston’s unwavering commitment to quality and reliability continues as we celebrate the 25-year milestone and the partnerships that have contributed to the company’s success.
 
B&H carries Kingston Memory products.
Category: Kingston News
Post Date: 1/7/2013 12:46:22 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Samy's Camera has a Canon 200DG Deluxe Gadget Bag, LP-E5 Battery and 58mm UV Filter available for $19.95. Compare at $38.00 for the bag only.
 
Note: You must search the site using the product code, 9320A009. The included battery (a $44.95 value!) is compatible with the Canon EOS Rebel XS, XSi and T1i digital cameras.
 
The components in this kit sell for over $100.00 individually. Not a bad deal to say the least!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/7/2013 11:13:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Through January 15, use promotion code PXCAL2013 at AdoramaPix to receive 15% off your purchase of Photo Calendars.
Post Date: 1/7/2013 9:55:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lexar SDXC 256GB 600x Memory Card
 
From Lexar:
 
Lexar High-Performance 600x UHS-I Memory Card Offers High Performance to Dramatically Accelerate Workflow
 
New 256GB SDXC UHS-I Card Captures, Stores, and Transfers High-Quality Photos and Extended Lengths of Full-HD Video
 
Fremont, CA, January 7, 2013 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the 256GB Lexar® Professional 600x SDXC™ UHS-I card. The Class 10 card offers a 90MB* per second minimum guaranteed read transfer speed to give photographers and videographers the ability to capture extended lengths of 1080p HD and 3D video and high-quality images. When paired with a compatible card reader, such as the Lexar® Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader, the Professional 600x SDXC card helps photographers zip through post-production with high-speed card-to-computer file transfer, improving workflow and enabling them to shoot longer.
 
“With the growing demands of HD and 3D video capabilities, today’s professional photographers and videographers need to be equipped with a high-performance and high-capacity memory card to meet the needs of their clients,” said Manisha Sharma, director of product marketing, Lexar. “By using the 256GB Lexar Professional SDXC UHS-I card, professionals can leverage all the latest camera features available for capturing high-quality video and images, without having to worry about time spent changing cards or transferring content to the computer. We want our customers to make the most of their time out on the field.”
 
“Small capacity cards are not efficient for shooting a lot of HD and 3D video. Constantly having to change cards eats away at time spent behind the camera, and also means I’ll have to spend more time transferring the content from each card to my computer,” said Lexar Elite Photographer David Honl. “Lexar cards help improve my workflow by giving me the mix of capacity and performance that allows me to shoot longer and spend less time transferring my videos and images.”
 
The Lexar Professional 600x 256GB SDXC UHS-I card includes the latest downloadable version of Image Rescue® 4 software to help recover lost or deleted photo and video files, even if they’ve been erased or the card has been corrupted.** All Lexar memory card designs are tested in the Lexar Quality Labs to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability with more than 800 digital cameras and memory card devices. The Professional 600x SDXC UHS-I card comes with a limited lifetime warranty and free dedicated professional technical support.
 
The 256GB Lexar Professional 600x SDXC UHS-I card will be available in January for purchase with an MSRP of $999.99 from Lexar.com and leading retail and e-tail outlets worldwide. For additional information about Lexar Professional products, visit www.lexar.com.
 
B&H carries Lexar Memory Cards.
Category: Lexar News
Post Date: 1/7/2013 9:18:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon has the Canon imageCLASS MF4890dw All-in-One Printer freatured as a Gold Box Deal for $159.99. Compare at $299.00.
 
Product Features:

  • Print and Copy at the same speed up to 26ppm
  • Duplex Versatility - print, copy, scan, and fax two-sided documents
  • Wireless Connectivity - print form almost anywhere in your home or office
  • Single touch Quiet Mode reduces operational noise

Post Date: 1/7/2013 8:24:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PowerShot N Digital Camera
 
From Canon:
 
NEW POWERSHOT N DIGITAL CAMERA OPENS NEW DIMENSIONS OF PHOTOGRAPHIC EXPRESSION
 
Camera Features New Shooting Styles and Easy Wireless Connectivity
 
Lake Success, N.Y., January 7, 2013 - To inspire creative exploration and encourage instant sharing of life’s every day moments, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today unveiled the new PowerShot N digital camera as part of its PowerShot lineup. With an innovative Creative Shot mode that enhances artistic expression and a variety of new connectivity features that support instant sharing, Canon’s PowerShot N is the ultimate storytelling tool.
 
Helping people’s creativity bubble to the surface, the PowerShot N offers Creative Shot, a new imaging mode that intuitively analyzes an image and automatically creates a series of five artistic photos of the original with varying composition, lighting and color for an array of options that are ready to impress. In addition, the new PowerShot is equipped with enhanced wireless capabilities that connect the camera to a variety of mobile devices instantly, so users can upload and comment on their images while on-the-go.
 
In addition to offering powerful artistic and connectivity functions, the PowerShot N features a 2.8-inch capacitive, tilt-touch panel LCD, allowing users to capture creative images at unique angles. With a shutter and zoom ring, both located on the top and bottom of the lens, images can be snapped from virtually any position so the perfect shot is always within reach.
 
The PowerShot N offers an 8x optical zoom and a 28mm wide-angle lens, packaged with a 12.1- megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 Image Processor, so your moments can be captured and preserved in stunning quality. Users can also record beautiful 1080p Full HD video with a dedicated movie button, so life’s moving moments are not missed. With the built-in Hybrid Auto and Face ID systems, pin-sharp focus can be achieved quickly and easily while the camera automatically recognizes and focuses on familiar faces. For the ultimate in shooting convenience, Canon’s Intelligent IS System allows the camera to automatically select the optimal image stabilization settings according to the shooting conditions, taking the guesswork out of identifying the ideal setting for each unique shot.
 
“An ever-increasing number of internet users continue to post their own photos and videos online,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. “The new PowerShot N opens up a new dimension of photographic expression, helping people express their personal style and creative flair with powerful innovative Canon technologies.”
 
Easy Connectivity Options for Convenient Sharing
The PowerShot N is equipped with enhanced wireless capabilities, so high-quality images can be shared with friends and family even while on-the-go. After an initial one-time set-up, the new Mobile Device Connect Button connects the camera to a variety of mobile devices for quick and easy sharing. Users simply press the Mobile Device Connect Button and launch Canon’s free CameraWindow application , available on both the iOS and Android operating systems , to wirelessly transfer photos and videos to their device. Frequently used devices and accounts are conveniently stored in the camera’s wireless history menu for quick one-touch access.
 
With these enhanced wireless capabilities, users now have the ability to comment on their uploaded photos directly from the camera – so being part of conversations taking place on social networking sites is easy and convenient. In addition, individuals can control the destination of Facebook uploads – choosing to share content with everyone, or post photos only to selected Facebook groups. Users can also instantly upload images wirelessly from the camera to Canon iMAGE GATEWAYiii, and automatically upload them to a computer remotely. Photos can also be printed wirelessly using Wireless PictBridgeiv on select Canon printers, including the new PIXMA MG6320 or PIXMA MX922 Wireless Photo All-In-One printers, so special moments can be preserved and cherished.
 
The Ultimate Tool to Capture Creativity
Creative Shot, available on the PowerShot N, is an easy, yet powerful tool to add artistic effects to your photos. In Creative Shot mode, users compose their shot and let the PowerShot N analyze the photo to apply a series of artistic elements by varying composition, lighting and color. After an image is captured, Creative Shot will render five different variations of the shot in different color modes, crops, and styles, delivering creative new perspectives automatically while still maintaining the original image.
 
In addition, the new PowerShot N offers 58 scenes of Smart AUTO and provides an 8x Optical Zoom to help users capture the ultimate creative shot. A first-ever for the PowerShot line-up, the camera’s shutter and zoom buttons are located on top and bottom of the lens so high and low-angle shots can be easily captured. The PowerShot N features Smart Shutter, enabling users to start tracking a subject simply by pressing the intuitive touch panel LCD, and then capture the image by lifting their finger off the screen. For added flexibility, the image on the screen rotates with the camera – so people can capture even the most unique shot.
 
Sleek, Small and Designed for Portability
With a sleek and distinct design, the PowerShot N measures 3.09 x 2.37 x 1.15 inches, making it ideal for quick on-the-go shooting. This camera features a 2.8-inch capacitive tilt touch panel LCD, which offers 90 degrees of tilt, encourages users to capture images from a wide array of angles and positions effectively in virtually any location. The top-mounted hinge keeps the PowerShot N compact for convenient on-the-go shooting and easy, one handed operation.
 
The camera’s 28mm wide-angle 8x optical zoom lens and shutter are both operated on the camera’s dual-ring lens. The outer ring controls the shutter, which can be released from any point on the ring, and the inner ring controls the zoom, so managing the PowerShot N is easy and effortless. With these innovative new design features, users now have the ability to shoot diagonally, horizontally and from low or high angles so even the most out-of-reach image can be captured with ease.
 
In addition, the PowerShot N offers a new ECO Mode, a feature that provides approximately 30 percent longer battery life when enabled, by dimming the screen and eventually shutting off the display after the device has been idle for 10 seconds, allowing users to shoot more and for longer. Adding to its portability and convenience, the camera features USB charging through a computer or traditional charging by the AC adaptor, allowing users to power-up from virtually anywhere.
 
Pricing and Availability
The PowerShot N is expected to be available in April 2013 for an estimated retail price of $299.99, in white or black.
 
Preorder Opportunities: B&H | Adorama
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/7/2013 8:06:02 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
NEW CANON POWERSHOT CAMERAS HELP CAPTURE HIGH-QUALITY IMAGES WITH SIMPLICITY
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., January 7, 2013 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the PowerShot ELPH 130 IS, A2600, and the A1400 digital cameras to capture emotions and memories to share in stunning quality. To give consumers a simple, yet enhanced image sharing experience, Canon’s built-in wireless1 functionality has evolved with new options that help make posting on social networking sites easy. Also for users who are constantly on the move, each of the new camera models are outfitted with ECO Mode, a new feature that provides approximately 30 percent longer battery life when enabled, allowing them to shoot more photos for a longer amount of time.
 
“Our new PowerShot models have advanced features that give photographers an enhanced high-quality imaging experience allowing them to fulfill their day-to-day photography needs, express their vision and tell their story with ease, at a great value,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communication Group, Canon U.S.A.”
 
Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS Digital Camera
 
PowerShot ELPH 130 IS Digital Camera
The wireless functionality built into the PowerShot ELPH 130 IS digital camera is easy and intuitive and provides users with more connectivity options. With the download of the free Canon CameraWindow app2 from an Android™ or iOS® app store, users can connect to both iOS or AndroidTM smartphones and tablets3 to wirelessly transfer photos and videos from their camera to their device. This camera also has the ability to connect directly to social networking sites using Canon’s iMAGE GATEWAY4, making photos easily accessible and ready to share. In addition, the PowerShot ELPH 130 IS digital camera has the ability to connect to computers and select PowerShot cameras with wireless functionality, making it possible for images to be available in various locations. And for even more connectivity options, photos can be printed using PictBridge5 on select Canon printers, including the new PIXMA MG6320 or PIXMA MX922 Wireless Photo All-In-One printers.
 
To make connecting easy, a new wireless history menu lists the last three connections used for uploading and sharing images. For users who want to share their images with friends and family, the advanced wireless functionality with social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube lets users comment directly from the camera. In addition, users can share images and directly comment to Facebook groups, so the effort of first sending the images to a smartphone, and then posting to Facebook is no longer necessary.
 
Additionally, with features such as an ECO Mode to help conserve battery life, an 8x-Optical Zoom with 28mm wide-angle lens, and 16-megapixel sensor with a DIGIC 4 Processor, the PowerShot ELPH 130 IS digital camera is a stylish, versatile and easy-to-use camera with advanced technologies for a great shot any time. Adding to its appeal, the camera also features Smart AUTO, which provides an effortless way to get great images in many situations. The 3-inch LCD screen and Intelligent IS also makes photographing easy, with a compact and sleek design. The PowerShot ELPH 130 IS digital camera will be available in a variety of stylish colors: red, grey and silver and is scheduled to be available in February for an estimated retail price of $199.99.
 
Canon PowerShot A2600 Digital Camera
 
PowerShot A2600 Digital Camera
The PowerShot A2600 digital camera is an ideal user-friendly camera that creates high-quality images. It features a 16-megapixel sensor and 5x-Optical Zoom 28mm wide-angle lens to capture memories that last a lifetime. To make shooting simple, Smart AUTO automatically recognizes and chooses the best settings for 32 common shooting scenarios. 720p HD video is also available with a dedicated movie button to make memories come alive in vivid, lifelike detail. For users that are accustomed to the hustle and bustle of daily life, but looking to treasure those busy moments, the PowerShot A2600 digital camera also comes equipped with a new ECO mode that assists with battery conservation by turning off the 3.0 inch LCD screen when idle. In addition, Digital IS reduces the effect of camera shake and subject movement to help produce crisp, clear images. The PowerShot A2600 digital camera is scheduled to be available in February in five color options: black, silver, red, blue and pink, for an estimated retail price of $149.99.
 
Canon PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera
 
PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera
With an optical viewfinder, 16-megapixel sensor with a DIGIC 4 Processor, the PowerShot A1400 digital camera gives even the novice photographer the ability to capture spectacular images with ease. The 28mm wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom aids in capturing great shots from a distance. The PowerShot A1400 digital camera is also equipped with HD Video, and ECO Mode that gives users a camera that is full of features, yet easy to use and economical, allowing for a high-quality imaging experience at a great value. In addition, the PowerShot A1400 digital camera is powered by two AA batteries, allowing for easy replacement whether you are away on an overseas vacation or spending the weekend camping. To make it possible to capture the most cherished moments, the PowerShot A1400 digital camera features Digital IS to help reduce the effects of camera shake and subject movement and a help button that gives users answers to common questions they may have about the camera’s many high-quality functions. For even more imaging options, the PowerShot A1400 digital camera includes scene modes such as fisheye effect, toy camera effect and monochrome that give users creative freedom. The PowerShot A1400 digital camera is scheduled to be available in February for an estimated retail price of $109.99.
 
For more information, and a full list of product specifications, visit www.usa.canon.com/powershot.
 
Preorder Opportunities:
PowerShot ELPH 130 IS Digital Camera: B&H | Adorama
PowerShot A2600 Digital Camera: B&H | Adorama
PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera: B&H | AdoramaNEW CANON POWERSHOT CAMERAS HELP CAPTURE HIGH-QUALITY IMAGES WITH SIMPLICITY
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., January 7, 2013 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the PowerShot ELPH 130 IS, A2600, and the A1400 digital cameras to capture emotions and memories to share in stunning quality. To give consumers a simple, yet enhanced image sharing experience, Canon’s built-in wireless1 functionality has evolved with new options that help make posting on social networking sites easy. Also for users who are constantly on the move, each of the new camera models are outfitted with ECO Mode, a new feature that provides approximately 30 percent longer battery life when enabled, allowing them to shoot more photos for a longer amount of time.
 
“Our new PowerShot models have advanced features that give photographers an enhanced high-quality imaging experience allowing them to fulfill their day-to-day photography needs, express their vision and tell their story with ease, at a great value,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communication Group, Canon U.S.A.”
 
Canon PowerShot ELPH 130 IS Digital Camera
 
PowerShot ELPH 130 IS Digital Camera
The wireless functionality built into the PowerShot ELPH 130 IS digital camera is easy and intuitive and provides users with more connectivity options. With the download of the free Canon CameraWindow app2 from an Android™ or iOS® app store, users can connect to both iOS or AndroidTM smartphones and tablets3 to wirelessly transfer photos and videos from their camera to their device. This camera also has the ability to connect directly to social networking sites using Canon’s iMAGE GATEWAY4, making photos easily accessible and ready to share. In addition, the PowerShot ELPH 130 IS digital camera has the ability to connect to computers and select PowerShot cameras with wireless functionality, making it possible for images to be available in various locations. And for even more connectivity options, photos can be printed using PictBridge5 on select Canon printers, including the new PIXMA MG6320 or PIXMA MX922 Wireless Photo All-In-One printers.
 
To make connecting easy, a new wireless history menu lists the last three connections used for uploading and sharing images. For users who want to share their images with friends and family, the advanced wireless functionality with social networking sites such as Facebook, Twitter and YouTube lets users comment directly from the camera. In addition, users can share images and directly comment to Facebook groups, so the effort of first sending the images to a smartphone, and then posting to Facebook is no longer necessary.
 
Additionally, with features such as an ECO Mode to help conserve battery life, an 8x-Optical Zoom with 28mm wide-angle lens, and 16-megapixel sensor with a DIGIC 4 Processor, the PowerShot ELPH 130 IS digital camera is a stylish, versatile and easy-to-use camera with advanced technologies for a great shot any time. Adding to its appeal, the camera also features Smart AUTO, which provides an effortless way to get great images in many situations. The 3-inch LCD screen and Intelligent IS also makes photographing easy, with a compact and sleek design. The PowerShot ELPH 130 IS digital camera will be available in a variety of stylish colors: red, grey and silver and is scheduled to be available in February for an estimated retail price of $199.99.
 
Canon PowerShot A2600 Digital Camera
 
PowerShot A2600 Digital Camera
The PowerShot A2600 digital camera is an ideal user-friendly camera that creates high-quality images. It features a 16-megapixel sensor and 5x-Optical Zoom 28mm wide-angle lens to capture memories that last a lifetime. To make shooting simple, Smart AUTO automatically recognizes and chooses the best settings for 32 common shooting scenarios. 720p HD video is also available with a dedicated movie button to make memories come alive in vivid, lifelike detail. For users that are accustomed to the hustle and bustle of daily life, but looking to treasure those busy moments, the PowerShot A2600 digital camera also comes equipped with a new ECO mode that assists with battery conservation by turning off the 3.0 inch LCD screen when idle. In addition, Digital IS reduces the effect of camera shake and subject movement to help produce crisp, clear images. The PowerShot A2600 digital camera is scheduled to be available in February in five color options: black, silver, red, blue and pink, for an estimated retail price of $149.99.
 
Canon PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera
 
PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera
With an optical viewfinder, 16-megapixel sensor with a DIGIC 4 Processor, the PowerShot A1400 digital camera gives even the novice photographer the ability to capture spectacular images with ease. The 28mm wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom aids in capturing great shots from a distance. The PowerShot A1400 digital camera is also equipped with HD Video, and ECO Mode that gives users a camera that is full of features, yet easy to use and economical, allowing for a high-quality imaging experience at a great value. In addition, the PowerShot A1400 digital camera is powered by two AA batteries, allowing for easy replacement whether you are away on an overseas vacation or spending the weekend camping. To make it possible to capture the most cherished moments, the PowerShot A1400 digital camera features Digital IS to help reduce the effects of camera shake and subject movement and a help button that gives users answers to common questions they may have about the camera’s many high-quality functions. For even more imaging options, the PowerShot A1400 digital camera includes scene modes such as fisheye effect, toy camera effect and monochrome that give users creative freedom. The PowerShot A1400 digital camera is scheduled to be available in February for an estimated retail price of $109.99.
 
For more information, and a full list of product specifications, visit www.usa.canon.com/powershot.
 
Preorder Opportunities:
PowerShot ELPH 130 IS Digital Camera: B&H | Adorama
PowerShot A2600 Digital Camera: B&H | Adorama
PowerShot A1400 Digital Camera: B&H | Adorama
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/7/2013 8:04:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma USB dock
 
From Sigma:
 
The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the new SIGMA USB DOCK, the accessory dedicated for Contemporary, Art, and Sports product lines that enables you to operate lens firmware update as well as customization including the focus setting.
 
By connecting the USB cable to a computer, SIGMA USB DOCK enables photographers to update the lens firmware and adjust parameters such as focus. The adjustment is processed with special software (SIGMA Optimization Pro). The AF speed, focus limiter and OS function are also customizable for Sports lenses.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 1/7/2013 8:15:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM
 
From Sigma:
 
The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the new SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM / DC MACRO HSM, the large-aperture APS-C standard zoom lens with a focal range that covers all your everyday needs along with macro functionality.
 
The most important features for a standard zoom lens for digital single lens reflex camera is to achieve high image quality, to meet the needs in various occasions and to be handy and compact.
 
The SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM will clear away all the general concerns, such as a short minimum focusing distance, not a long enough focal length for telephoto shooting and a small aperture value. Mainly used for general-purpose photography, this everyday lens covers a range equivalent to 25.5-105mm on a 35mm camera. It’s surprisingly compact in size for a large-aperture lens that opens up to F2.8. Great for treasured snapshots of travel or family occasions, it also handles shots that are a little bit more creative. Designed to be the kind of lens you carry around with you all the time, it delivers simplicity and is so user-friendly it’s sure to satisfy even the most demanding of users.
 
Special Features:

  1. Contemporary line can handle all sorts of photo opportunities
    Sigma is organizing all its interchangeable lenses into three product lines; Contemporary, Art and Sports. Featuring the very latest technology, and combining optical performance with compactness, the Contemporary line covers a wide range of needs. Incorporating the very latest technology in these lenses, Sigma has solved the difficult problem of keeping size and weight low without compromising optical performance. The SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM is the first product from the Contemporary line. Featuring a wide zoom range, the lens has a focal range equivalent to 25.5-105mm on a 35mm lens.
  2. Excellent for macro photography
    This lens’ minimum focusing distance is 22cm and the maximum magnification ratio is 1:2.8. At 70mm, the working distance becomes 5.52cm. When it comes to telephoto, it can shoot pictures with a similar sensation to a macro lens. Also, without the need to change the lens, it enables photographers to take a close up pictures of subjects such as jewelry and flowers. In order to secure a clear field of view, the design of this lens is very thorough, even down to the precise position of the engraved letters on the lens.
  3. 30% Smaller Than Conventional Models
    For a which is used lens used in everyday situations, the small size makes a big difference. By incorporating a smaller OS unit and optimizing the structure and power distribution of optical elements, the lens barrel has now become more compact. In order to ensure high accuracy of the product, the new compound material TSC (Thermally Stable Composite), which has high affinity to metal parts, is introduced for the lens barrel. It results in better durability of the parts and smaller zoom rings and scale rings. The dimension of this lens is 30% smaller than our conventional models.
  4. Superior Image Quality Throughout The Entire Zoom Range
    This lens incorporates 2 FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements, which have performance equal to fluorite, 1 SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element and 3 aspherical glass lenses including double sided aspherical lens. By optimizing the power alignment of the lens, both chromatic aberration of magnification and axial chromatic aberration have been corrected. From infinity to macro, it achieves superior image quality through entire zoom range. This lens offers extraordinary expressive power and is capable of surpassing the requirement of the rigorous checking process of our new MTF measuring system “A1”.
  5. Large maximum aperture of F2.8
    The aperture value is F2.8 at the wide end (17mm), and is F4 at the telephoto end (70mm). The bright viewfinder aids focusing and composition of images. The fast apertures also offer useful functions such as fast shutter speeds to prevent an object from being blurred and ensuring a smooth bokeh in the background.

Other Features:

  • Optical Stabilizer - Sigma’s own unique OS (Optical Stabilizer) function is incorporated. It offers effective correction of approximately 4 stops, which makes it possible to compensate for camera shake even in macro range photography where a small blur can be easily identified.
     
    *1. The closer the lens is to the object, the less effective the OS function is.
    *2. For Sony and Pentax, OS function is not incorporated.
  • Flare and ghosting conscious design - In order to achieve high rendering on this flagship lens, flare and ghosting were thoroughly measured from an early stage to establish an optical design which is resistant to strong incident light such as backlight. The Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting and provides sharp and high contrast images even in backlit conditions.
  • Incorporating Rounded Diaphragm - The 7 blade-rounded diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas of the image.
  • Hyper Sonic Motor - The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures high speed and quiet AF as well as full-time manual focus override by rotation of the focus ring. With the enhanced AF algorithm, smoother AF is achieved.
  • Brass made bayonet mount This lens incorporates a brass made bayonet mount which has both high accuracy and durability. A special treatment to reinforce its strength is applied to the surface giving it greater strength and making it highly resistant to long-term use.
  • Ease of use - The new product lines incorporate rubber for the attachment part of the provided lens hood. For better usability, the design of the lens cap and AF / MF changeover switch has been improved.
  • Newly developed “USB DOCK” exclusively for new product lines - Based on these new lines, we have developed special software (SIGMA Optimization Pro) that can update the lens firmware and adjust parameters such as focus.
  • Evaluation with Sigma’s own MTF measuring system “A1” - We used to measure lens performance with MTF measuring system using conventional sensors. However, we’ve now developed our own proprietary MTF (modulation transfer function) measuring system (A1) using 46-megapixel Foveon direct image sensors. Even previously undetectable high-frequency details are now within the scope of our quality control inspections. The SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM will all be checked using this “A1” before they are shipped.
  • “Made in Japan” - All Sigma's manufacturing – right down to molds and parts – is carried out under an integrated production system, entirely in Japan. We are now one of the very few manufacturers whose products are solely "made in Japan". We like to think our products are somehow imbued with the essence of our homeland, blessed as it is with clean air and water, and focused, hard-working people. We pride ourselves on the authentic quality of Sigma products, born of a marriage between highly attuned expertise and intelligent, advanced technology. Our sophisticated products have satisfied professionals and lovers of photography all over the world, because our manufacturing is based on genuine craftsmanship, underpinned by the passion and pride of our experts.

Preorder your Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS HSM / DC Macro HSM Lens at B&H.

Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 1/7/2013 8:15:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8-4 DG OS HSM
 
From Sigma:
 
The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the new SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM, the telephoto zoom lens that achieves superior performance redesigned to meet photographers' needs.
 
Conventionally, large aperture lenses for 300mm F2.8 have been loved by professional users due to their brilliant capability of depiction and bright aperture value. It has established a solid standpoint in the world of photography. Based on the concept that turning a 300mm F2.8 lens into zoom lens would enable photographers to expand the scope of shooting, we have developed 120-300mm F2.8 lenses and released them into the market. It is not simple to decide on a composition with a 300mm lens. Especially for sports and theatrical shows, shooting positions are almost always fixed and changing lenses could lead to missed photographs. By adding a zoom function with the large aperture 300mm F2.8 lens, it no longer requires other interchangeable lenses and rotation of the zoom ring will offer excellent framing. In other words, when conditions are difficult, this high-performance lens gives you more scope to express yourself in the shots you take.
 
Special Features:

  1. Sports line lenses deliver high action-capture performance
    Sigma is organizing all its interchangeable lenses into three product lines; Contemporary, Art and Sports. While offering sophisticated optical performance and expressiveness, our Sports line lenses deliver high action-capture performance, enabling photographers to get exactly the shots they want. With their high-level optical performance and expressive power, these lenses can capture fast-moving subjects, even at distance. This high-performance line also offers a variety of functions to aid the photographer in challenging conditions and scenarios. The SIGMA 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM is the first product from the “Sports” line. Besides sports photography, the lenses are also perfect for nature shots featuring birds, wild animals and other wildlife, and for capture of aircraft, trains, racing cars and more. Another major feature of our Sports line lenses is their wide range of customization functions: using the software provided, all sorts of settings can be tailored to the personal preferences of the photographer.
  2. Dust-proof and splash-proof construction
    For professional purposes, we have achieved excellent durability by incorporating dust-proof and splash-proof parts for joint parts, such as mount attachment, manual ring, zoom-ring, switches for customization and external switch panels. It prevents dust and dirt from entering the lens. Also, the usage of the zoom ring and focus ring is well positioned for shooting situations.
  3. High image quality close to fixed focal length lens.
    This lens incorporates 2 FLD (“F” Low Dispersion) glass elements, which have performance equal to fluorite, 1 SLD (Special Low Dispersion) glass element, and compensate for the color aberration at the utmost. The design also compensates for sagittal coma flare and minimizes the blurring of a point light source in peripheral areas. It offers very high image quality, close to fixed focal length lens.
  4. Incorporation of focus limiter
    Excellent usability is achieved by incorporating inner focusing and zooming that requires no change in the length of the lens for focus and zoom. It is possible to use with a rounded filter, such as a Circular Polarizer, as the front part of the lens is fixed. Due to the focus limiter offering adjustable range of auto focusing, this lens can provide fast focus setting. The USB dock enables users to change the range of the auto focusing at the discretion of users' creativity.
  5. Newly developed “USB DOCK” exclusively for new product lines
    Based on these new lines, we have developed special software (SIGMA Optimization Pro) that can update the lens firmware and adjust parameters such as focus. In addition, the lenses from our Sports line have customizable AF speed, focus limiter and OS function. The “Custom Mode Switch” is the device for further customization on the dedicated lenses.
  6. Ease of use
    Many parts of this lens have been designed for comfortable usage. For example, the design of the zoom ring is concerned with a texture when you hold it, the position of printed letters and the 4 control switches with integration-considered shape of the screws. Included accessories such as the removable lens hood and the newly designed tripod collar with strap ensure added ease of use.

Other Features:

  • Flare and ghosting conscious design - SIGMA’s Super Multi-Layer Coating reduces flare and ghosting. It provides sharp and high contrast images throughout the entire zoom range.
  • Excellent in handheld photography for telephoto shooting - This lens incorporates the OS system which offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible, ensuring the excellent use in handheld photography for telephoto shooting. The OS system has two modes - OS mode 1 is suitable for general photography, and OS mode 2 is best for panning shots of subjects such as planes or racing cars. It is possible to adjust the OS using the optional USB DOCK.
     
    * This lens cannot be used with film SLR cameras with the exception of the Nikon F6, Canon EOS-1v.
  • Quiet and Fast AF - The HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) ensures high speed and quiet AF as well as full-time manual focus override by rotation of the focus ring. With the enhanced AF algorithm, smoother AF is achieved. The full time manual, which offers further adjustment after focusing with AF mode, is possible. By using USB Dock, you can change and adjust the AF speed at your convenience.
  • Incorporating Rounded Diaphragm - The 9 blade-rounded diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas of the image.
  • APO Tele-Converter (Optional) - The addition of Sigma's 1.4x EX DG APO or 2x EX DG APO TELE CONVERTER produces a 168-420mm F4 AF telephoto zoom lens or a 240-600mm F5.6 AF telephoto zoom lens respectively.
  • Brass made bayonet mount - This lens incorporates a brass made bayonet mount which has both high accuracy and durability. A special treatment to reinforce its strength is applied to the surface giving it greater strength and making it highly resistant to long-term use.
  • Evaluation with Sigma’s own MTF measuring system “A1” - We used to measure lens performance with an MTF measuring system using conventional sensors. However, we’ve now developed our own proprietary MTF (modulation transfer function) measuring system (A1) using 46-megapixel Foveon direct image sensors. Even previously undetectable high-frequency details are now within the scope of our quality control inspections. The SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM will all be checked using this “A1” before they are shipped.
  • “Made in Japan” - All Sigma's manufacturing – right down to the molds and parts – is carried out under an integrated production system, entirely in Japan. We are now one of the very few manufacturers whose products are solely "made in Japan". We like to think our products are somehow imbued with the essence of our homeland, blessed as it is with clean air and water, and focused, hard-working people. We pride ourselves on the authentic quality of Sigma products, born of a marriage between highly attuned expertise and intelligent, advanced technology. Our sophisticated products have satisfied professionals and lovers of photography all over the world, because our manufacturing is based on genuine craftsmanship, underpinned by the passion and pride of our experts.

Preorder the Sigma 120-300mm f/2.8 DG OS HSM lens at B&H.

Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 1/7/2013 7:51:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, January 06, 2013
Orginally scheduled to end January 5, the Canon DSLR Camera & Lens Rebates have been extended through February 2.
 
Eligible Canon DSLR Cameras:
 
ModelRebate Amount
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Buy$200.00 - $400.00
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Buy$400.00
Canon EOS 6D Buy$200.00 on Kit
Canon EOS 7D Buy$200.00 - $450.00
Canon EOS 60D Buy$200.00 - $450.00
Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D Buy$150.00 - $300.00
Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D Buy$50.00 - $200.00
Canon EOS Rebel T3 / 1100D Buy$70.00 - $220.00

 
Eligible Canon Lenses:
 
ModelRebate Amount
Canon EF 8-15mm f/4 L USM Fisheye Lens Buy$180.00
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 17-40mm f/4 L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens Buy$400.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L IS USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 70-200mm f/4 L USM Lens Buy$80.00
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6 L IS USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon TS-E 17mm f/4 L Tilt-Shift Lens Buy$250.00
Canon EF 20mm f/2.8 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 24mm f/1.4 L II USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon TS-E 24mm f/3.5 L II Tilt-Shift Lens Buy$250.00
Canon EF 28mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$60.00
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon TS-E 45mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM Lens Buy$180.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens Buy$60.00
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II Lens Buy$15.00
Canon EF 50mm f/2.5 Macro Lens Buy$30.00
Canon MP-E 65mm Macro Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2 L II USM Lens Buy$200.00
Canon EF 85mm f/1.8 USM Lens Buy$60.00
Canon TS-E 90mm f/2.8 Tilt-Shift Lens Buy$180.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2 USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 L IS USM Macro Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 135mm f/2 L USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 180mm f/3.5 L USM Macro Lens Buy$150.00
Canon EF 200mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Buy$50.00
Canon EF 300mm f/4 L IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM Lens Buy$120.00
Canon EF 1.4x III Extender Buy$70.00
Canon EF 2x III Extender Buy$70.00
Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens Buy$120.00
Canon EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM Lens Buy$100.00
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Buy$120.00
Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens Buy$60.00
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Buy$60.00
Canon Speedlite 430EX II Flash Buy$45.00
Canon Speedlite 270EX II Flash Buy$15.00
Canon Macro Twin Lite MT-24EX Flash Buy$80.00
Canon Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX Flash Buy$50.00
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 1/6/2013 10:53:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, January 04, 2013
ISO 12233 resolution chart test results have been added to the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens Review page.
 
The Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens results are remarkably better than the results from the replaced Canon EF 35mm f/2 Lens in the mid and peripheral (corner) areas of the image circle. Results in the center appear slightly better in the IS lens, but the differences are very slight - not surprising as the old lens was very sharp in the center.
 
Here is a Canon 35 IS vs. 35 non-IS comparison (use the mouseover feature to see the differences).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/4/2013 9:53:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens available for an in-cart price of $619.00 with free shipping and 2% Rewards.
 
B&H also has the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens available for an in-cart price of $629.00 with free shipping and 2% Rewards.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/4/2013 2:08:47 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4 L IS USM Lens in stock with free shipping and 2% Rewards.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/4/2013 12:02:08 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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