From Canon USA:
Canon has released a firmware update for the EOS-1D X Digital SLR Camera. Details
- Auto focusing performance under low-light conditions has been enhanced when performing focusing before shooting in AI Servo AF mode. The enhancement comes from the improvement in tracking capability for the first image in the low-light conditions.
- The number of release parameters settings for the “AI Servo AF 2nd image priority” AF function has been increased to enable improved AF tracking in low light or maintain consistent high frames rates during continuous shooting.
- The number of parameters for acceleration/deceleration tracking in the AF Configuration Tool will has been increased.
- Exposure compensation can be performed when using manual exposure and ISO Auto.
- The minimum shutter speed limit for ISO Auto has been increased with shutter speeds up to 1/8000.
- A new function to keep the exposure constant by altering the ISO or shutter speed in manual exposure, when the aperture value changes when zooming or changing lenses has been added.
- A new option has been added to orientation linked AF point to enable only the AF point to switch as you change orientation rather than both AF point/ AF area settings
- A new option to continue to use the previously manually selected AF point as the initial starting AF point when switching to 61-point automatic selection has been added.
- New customization of the Exposure metering and AF controls has been added for more flexibility.
- The number of possibilities for controls to switch between one-shot AF and AI Servo AF using custom controls has been increased.
- A function has been added to allow the playback and review of protected images only.
- A phenomenon has been fixed in which the white balance may be disturbed by the timing of the shutter release when the drive mode is single shooting and a flash (E-TTL)is used.
Firmware Version 2.0.3 is for cameras with firmware Version 1.2.4 or earlier. If the camera's firmware is already Version 2.0.3, it is not necessary to update the firmware. When updating the firmware of your camera, please first review the instructions thoroughly before you download the firmware.
- Once the EOS-1D X camera is updated to Version 2.0.3, it cannot be restored to a previous firmware version (Version 1.0.2 through 1.2.4).
- It is recommended that the latest application software be used, once the EOS-1D X is updated to the new Firmware Version 2.0.3 from older firmware (Versions 1.0.2 through 1.2.4). Certain previous versions of these applications do not support functions which are added by the new firmware. You can download the latest application software from our Web site.
- Accompanying the enhancements to the functions, the instruction manual has also been revised. Users are asked to download both the latest firmware and the instruction manual. You can download the latest instruction manual from our Web site.
Download Firmware Version 2.0.3 for the EOS 1DX
B&H carries the Canon EOS 1D X DSLR Camera.
Post Date: 1/8/2014 7:22:39 PM CT Posted By: Sean
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Post Date: 1/8/2014 11:00:06 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Post Date: 1/8/2014 10:22:06 AM CT Posted By: Sean
From Tiffen: Inventive 10-stop ND filter along with the highly popular Variable ND filter give image-makers maximum control
Las Vegas, NV – January 7, 2014 – The Tiffen Company, a leading manufacturer of award-winning digital imaging accessories, is showcasing at CES 2014 in booth C9143 its latest innovative 10-stop filter labeled Tiffen ND 3.0. At the same time, the company will feature its enormously popular Variable Neutral Density filter. “When it comes to optical development, Tiffen is at the helm of the industry. The development of the new ND 3.0 filter is part of our planned program of ongoing innovation, which enables us to remain firmly ‘ahead of the curve’ in the field of optical accessories,” states Steve Tiffen, President and CEO. “We work closely with image-makers, listening to their needs and responding with forward-thinking products that help them create the world’s greatest images. At CES, we are showcasing several filter innovations rolling out this year.” About the Tiffen ND 3.0
The Tiffen ND 3.0 is a Neutral Density filter that offers an incredible 10-stop exposure absorption. This high-density block allows photographers add an additional layer of creativity to their work through the use of much slower shutter speeds or a wider aperture than would normally be required without the use of a filter. In this way, the photographer can employ a long exposure time to blur any movement within the scene or use a smaller depth of field for more selective focus through the choice of a wider lens aperture.
Although the amount of light passing through the lens is significantly reduced, Tiffen’s tried-and-tested technology means that no color change occurs. This makes it easier for the photographer to balance exposure in order to eliminate washed-out images where bright light conditions prevail.
Tiffen’s ND 3.0 is available in sizes 52mm to 82mm. About the Tiffen Variable ND Filter
Incorporating seven ND filters into one, the popular and universally accepted Tiffen Variable ND Filter is all about versatility and convenience. Designed for use by photographers and videographers, this all-in-one ND filter means more space in the camera bag and less time changing filters when shooting.
With the Tiffen Variable ND, photographers can use slow shutter speeds to record movement/image blur, have full control over depth of field, shoot high-speed film (above ISO 400) in bright outdoor situations by reducing the effective ISO, and effectively use cine and video cameras (which have fixed shutter speeds) to film bright scenes that could otherwise cause overexposure.
The Tiffen Variable ND Filter comes in 52MM, 58MM, 62MM, 67MM, 72MM, 77MM and 82MM sizes and is available today through Tiffen’s domestic and international dealer network.
B&H carries the Tiffen 77mm 3.0 10-Stop ND Filter
and Tiffen Variable Neutral Density Filters
Post Date: 1/8/2014 10:16:51 AM CT Posted By: Sean
LAS VEGAS, January 6, 2014 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash storage solutions, today announced the 64GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive in advance of the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show. The drive extends SanDisk’s popular and award-winning line of wireless flash memory storage products, offering users even more wireless memory expansion for their mobile devices. In addition, recently released software updates enhance the performance and functionality of both the SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive and Wireless Media Drive.
The SanDisk Connect line of products is designed to alleviate storage capacity limitations that consumers experience with their mobile devices. Data from the SanDisk Memory Zone memory management app for Android devices, which recently surpassed 1.5 million downloads, indicates 44 percent of users have less than half of their mobile device’s internal storage capacity free, and nearly one quarter of users are at more than 80 percent utilization. The data also shows that when memory utilization reaches 80 to 90 percent, users proactively make space available by deleting or removing content.
“We are addressing a common problem of consumers running out of memory on mobile devices, and are extending our Connect product line with a 64GB Wireless Flash Drive for access to even more videos, photos, music, and documents on-the-go,” said Dinesh Bahal, vice president, product marketing, SanDisk. “With the SanDisk Connect products, consumers can expand the memory on their phones and tablets, stream movies, and share photos and documents with colleagues, friends and family with ease and style.”
The SanDisk Connect product line enables consumers to wirelessly stream and store content on-the-go without Internet access. In addition to the release of the 64GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive, SanDisk has been continuously updating the software to improve performance and accessibility of the drive while keeping a cellular data connection. For the Wireless Media Drive, updates also include a web app that enables wireless access from PCs and Mac computers, as well as Windows 8 based tablets, and the ability to play back movies purchased on iTunes. Pricing and Availability
The 64GB SanDisk Connect Wireless Flash Drive is available at an MSRP of $99.99 in the U.S. on Amazon.com and B&H
. It will also be available in select countries in Europe in the coming weeks. B&H
carries the SanDisk 64GB Connect Wireless Flash Drive
Post Date: 1/8/2014 10:00:28 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Canon USA's enticing lens rebates ended on January 1. However, the camera rebates that were scheduled to end January 4 have been extended
(with a few minor alterations). Most of the rebates
require the purchase of additional lenses (like the EF-S 55–250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM, EF 70–300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM & EF 75–300mm f/4–5.6 III), but there are some body-only and standard kit rebates too. Canon DSLR Cameras Eligible for Rebates
Post Date: 1/8/2014 8:41:47 AM CT Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo:
Our newest About A Photograph video features the story behind noted music photographer Adam Elmakias’s poignant image of Suicide Silence’s late vocalist Mitch Lucker and his daughter in a private moment together backstage. In the video, Elmakias narrates how this photo altered not only his creative viewpoint, but his understanding of the role of photojournalism in creating and capturing events for history. The video can be found at http://blog.thinktankphoto.com/about-a-photograph/
In Adam’s words: “I sort of took the moment for granted. But I had never had someone pass away after taking their photograph. It opened up a whole new area for me. A lot of the artists I work with wonder, ‘What is this photograph going to do for us in 20 years? It doesn’t mean we have to publish or use it now, but can save it so that we have everything we’ve done documented.’”
Adam is a music and travel photographer based out of San Diego California. He has spent the good majority of the past five years traveling with bands on the road. They include A Day to Remember, Alan Ashby, All Time Low, Neil Westfall, Of Mice & Men, and Pierce the Veil.
Check out all of Think Tank Photo's "About a Photograph Videos" on the Think Tank Photo Blog
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Post Date: 1/8/2014 7:29:59 AM CT Posted By: Sean
From Eye-Fi: MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., January 7, 2014
— Eye-Fi, the global leader in wireless memory cards, is launching Eye-Fi Labs, an experimental platform for customers that want to preview and test new Eye-Fi technology. Eye-Fi Labs will host new mobile apps and beta product features for its popular wireless memory cards before they're available to the general public.
Additionally, Eye-Fi is also announcing beta Mac desktop receiver software for its Mobi card, following the release of its Windows desktop receiver last month. The Eye-Fi Mobi card will now instantly transfer directly to both Mac and Windows desktops and provide users even more device options for photos and video transfer.
Eye-Fi will be demonstrating its Mobi card and new features at CES 2014 in Las Vegas on Tuesday, January 7th through Friday, January 10th at Eye-Fi's booth, location LVH MP40020, and at Showstoppers on Tuesday, January 7th.
"We have lots of exciting new product ideas to share in 2014," said Matt DiMaria, CEO of Eye-Fi. "With Eye-Fi Labs, our product teams have a platform to directly engage customers in our product development process. Our customers gain access to new products, like the beta of our new Mac desktop receiver, that are designed specifically for photo enthusiasts. The goal of Labs is to gain insights that result in products that delight our customers."
With Labs, Eye-Fi customers can test new products and capabilities that Eye-Fi is working on before they are made available to the general public. Eye-Fi's product development teams monitor and engage directly with Lab participants to further refine products based on customers' needs and desires. Users can register for the Labs program by visiting www.eyefi.com/insider/labs.
Eye-Fi's new desktop receiver for Mac gives Mobi users more choice in where their high-quality photos can be transferred, stored and shared. Without the hassle of transfer delay or wires, Mobi users will now have the option to transfer to mobile for on-the-go sharing or to the desktop for greater archiving and editing ability.
Available for free during the beta period, the Eye-Fi desktop receiver for Mac will offer the same, reliable features that Mobi customers already use and love, including:
- Simple setup: Once installed, simply enter the Mobi card's unique 10-digit activation code, and your computer is paired. Use the same activation code to pair with multiple desktops and mobile devices as needed.
- Transfer anywhere: Built-in WiFi means no more WiFi network, hotspot or home Internet connection needed for pairing or transfer; Mobi transfers photos from a camera to the intended device anywhere, whenever new content is detected.
- Works with cameras users already know (and love): Mobi works in thousands of cameras, including hundreds of Eye-Fi connected cameras that have integrated Eye-Fi technology for improved usability.
- Backs up automatically: Photos and videos transfer as they're taken, so if anything happens to the camera, content is already safe on your mobile or desktop.
Mobi users can download the beta desktop receiver for either Mac or Windows directly from the Eye-Fi Labs website: www.eyefi.com/insider/labs.
B&H carries Eye-Fi Wireless Memory Cards.
Post Date: 1/8/2014 6:52:31 AM CT Posted By: Sean
New Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 Card Provides Read Transfer Speeds up to 500MB/s* in Capacities up to 256GB
Fremont, CA, January 6, 2014 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced its technological leadership in the digital imaging market with the immediate sample availability of Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 cards and the Lexar Professional Workflow CFast 2.0 USB 3.0 reader for the Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution. The CFast 2.0 specification is the next generation of high performance memory cards designed for professional applications in still imaging and video capture.
Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 Card
With capacities available for sampling in 256GB, 128GB, 64GB, and 32GB, the Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 cards demonstrate new speed thresholds to capture high-quality images and 1080p full-HD, 3D, and 4K video. Designed to maximize the capabilities of the next-generation of high-definition camcorders and high-resolution digital SLR cameras, the new cards provide a read transfer speed up to 3333x (500MB per second)*, which is three times faster than any CompactFlash card.** Additionally, the new Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 cards will support the Video Performance Guarantee (VPG-65) specification for professional-quality video capture, and includes the latest version of Image Rescue software.
Lexar Professional Workflow CR1
The new Lexar Professional Workflow CR1 is a CFast 2.0 USB 3.0 reader designed for the Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution, a four-bay reader hub that allows users to transfer RAW images, high-resolution photos, and HD, 3D, and 4K video files from up to four cards at once. Designed to mix and match reader formats, the Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution supports SDHC/SDXC UHS-I, UDMA 7 CompactFlash, XQD, and now CFast 2.0 formats. The readers are sold separately so users can configure the hub into an ideal solution that meets their individual workflow needs.
“The new Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 card will empower future users to break previous speed barriers while offering capacity options that meet the specific needs of professional photographers and videographers,” said Adam Kaufman, product marketing manager, Lexar. “In addition, by pairing this card with our new CFast 2.0 USB 3.0 reader, professionals will experience a dramatically accelerated workflow, cutting down post-production time and getting them back to the business of photography.”
The Lexar Professional 3333x CFast 2.0 card and Lexar Professional Workflow CR1 are currently sampling for future implementation.
Post Date: 1/7/2014 8:07:59 PM CT Posted By: Sean
From Domke: Domke Next Generation brings evolutionary features to the trusted name of Domke; these revolutionary bags integrate patent-pending systems for personalizing, protecting and accessing your gear Las Vegas, NV – January 7, 2014
– The Tiffen Company, a leading manufacturer of award-winning digital imaging accessories, is showcasing its brand new Domke Next Generation
camera bag line at the 2014 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), booth C9143. Keeping with the core Domke DNA and personality, Domke Next Generation is Tiffen’s stylish new camera bag lineup featuring a patent-pending GearProtex insert and PocketFlex storage component system.
"Domke Next Generation is an evolution in every sense of the word,” states Steve Tiffen, President and CEO, The Tiffen Company. “We’ve spent a number of years researching, testing and perfecting this line of camera bags to ensure it lives up to the Domke name photographers have trusted for nearly 40 years. We’re confident Domke Next Generation bags will more than satisfy loyal fans as well as win over many new ones."
Domke Next Generation includes the Journalist Series, the Adventurer Series, the Metro Series and Viewfinder Series. Each series offers several purpose-designed models, materials and colors. Shooters can customize their Domke bag using the new PocketFlex storage component system, an ingenious system of pockets, patches and pouches that keep accessories such as lenses safe and secure. The GearProtex system lets shooters organize bags into compartments of any size or shape using bendable, self-adhering separators.
Proud of its rich heritage, Domke is the official bag of the White House News Photographer Association.
B&H carries Domke Bags
Post Date: 1/7/2014 12:48:48 PM CT Posted By: Sean
From Nikon Europe:
Truly capture your important moments with the D3300.
A brilliant way to shoot unforgettable high-definition photos and movies, this small and lightweight 24.2-megapixel D-SLR is powerful, compact and incredibly simple to operate.
The large image sensor captures the finest details with stunning sharpness, and superior low-light performance (up to ISO 12,800) frees you to shoot crystal-clear images in dark situations.
If you're new to D-SLR photography or want to learn more, Guide Mode offers step-by-step assistance. When you're ready to share, Nikon's optional Wireless Mobile Adapter (WU-1a) makes it easy to upload photos to your favourite sites via a smart device.
Versatile zoom lens kit that's ideal for general photography. The ultra-compact 3x zoom AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens. The lens boasts Vibration Reduction to reduce the effects of camera shake, and a retractable lens mechanism for superior portability. Preorder Opportunities:Nikon D3300 DSLR Camera
Post Date: 1/7/2014 8:59:39 AM CT Posted By: Sean
From Nikon USA:
Designed to Meet the Needs of Professional Photographers, The Nikon D4S is Currently in Development
MELVILLE, N.Y. – Nikon Corporation is preparing for the release of its next-generation flagship model, and has announced the development of the Nikon D4S HD-SLR. The camera will be on display, before its official release, at the Nikon booth (#14916, Central Hall) at the 2014 International CES show from January 7-10, 2014 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
As Nikon's new flagship model, the D4S will offer advances over the Nikon D4 HD-SLR camera, including enhanced image quality enabled with adoption of a new image-processing engine. The new HD-SLR will also feature more advanced autofocusing performance, further solidifying it as the choice for professional sports, nature and event photographers as well as photojournalists.
The D4S represents a concentration of Nikon's advanced camera development technologies and legacy as a leader in imaging. The D4S will further expand the possibilities for professional photographers who demand the best possible performance and image quality in challenging environments. The Nikon D4S will build upon the success of the acclaimed Nikon D4, a camera highly regarded for its speed, unrivaled low-light ability and amazing image quality that made it the choice of professionals and advanced amateurs around the world.
Further details regarding the Nikon D4S, including announcement date, availability and suggested retail price will be announced at a later date.
Post Date: 1/6/2014 10:29:29 PM CT Posted By: Sean
From Nikon USA: Compact and Lightweight, the Nikon D3300 and Redesigned AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Lens Offer an Easy Way to Capture Share-Worthy Images; The New AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Adds a Versatile FX-Format Prime to the NIKKOR Lens Lineup
MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon announced the Nikon D3300 HD-SLR for those ready to take their photography to the next level. Complete with a 24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor, the D3300 is capable of capturing stunning images and Full HD video with ease. Also featuring an enhanced Guide Mode for those discovering the joy of photography, optional Wi-Fi connectivity, in-camera effects that operate in real-time and kitted with the new compact AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens, the Nikon D3300 is ready to help capture and preserve every precious memory. For FX-format photographers, Nikon has also announced an addition to its lineup of f/1.8 prime lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G. At the popular and versatile 35mm focal length, the new 35mm f/1.8 provides stellar image quality and low-light performance whether shooting landscapes, portraits or travel photos.
“With the new 24.2-megapixel Nikon D3300 and compact 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens, capturing family vacations, dance recitals or the game-winning goal with clarity and brilliant image quality is effortless,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “As the latest addition to the extensive NIKKOR lens line-up, the new AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G lens reinforces Nikon’s commitment to providing versatile prime lens options to photographers of all levels.” Preserve Precious Memories with Incredible Quality
Life is full of memorable moments that are meant to be captured with supreme quality and rich detail. The Nikon D3300 features a high-resolution 24.2-megapixel CMOS sensor to help ensure amazing image quality, even in challenging low-light shooting scenarios. The high resolution affords photographers the ability to capture crisp details or crop images with confidence. For increased image fidelity, the sensor has no optical low pass filter (OLPF), boosting resolution and image sharpness to the maximum, while the addition of a new EXPEED 4 image processor helps render true colors and precise detail in every image. EXPEED 4 also offers improved image quality at high ISOs, enhanced auto white balance performance, faster processing speeds and improved battery efficiency. Whether shooting candids of the kids or a weekend getaway at the beach, the Nikon D3300 is ready to deliver beautiful stills and stunning HD video.
The Nikon D3300 is packed with high performance features that make shooting easy and enjoyable, even in difficult shooting situations such as fast action sports and low-light scenes. A wide 100-12,800 (expandable up to 25,600) ISO range helps ensure top-quality photos and video in challenging light while an 11-point Autofocus System is ready to capture fleeting moments while easily keeping pace with even the most active toddler. Nikon’s newest HD-SLR is also capable of high-speed continuous shooting at up to 5 frames-per-second (fps), great for the fast-moving action of a soccer game or dance recital. Create, Share, Enjoy
Brimming with fun features, the Nikon D3300 is ready to help create and share incredible stories through beautiful images and HD video. With the help of the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter, users can take advantage of Wi-Fi connectivity for instant uploading of images and videos to a smart device for easy sharing through social networks. Users can also remotely control the D3300 using their smart device as a remote “Live View” monitor. Releasing the shutter from a smart device will help make sure no one is left out of the next family photo.
The Nikon D3300 is ready to help each user realize their creative vision with 13 In-Camera Effects and four new effects modes, including Photo Illustration, Super Vivid and Pop. The D3300 is also the first Nikon HD-SLR equipped with the fourth new effects mode, Easy Panorama Mode, enabling the capture of beautiful landscapes and stunning scenic views with ease. When the story is better told with HD video, Nikon’s newest HD-SLR is ready at a moment’s notice to help users create glorious Full 1080p HD video with vivid color and sharp details, up to 60p. Capturing gorgeous HD video is easy with the Nikon D3300 with the assistance of Full-time AF (autofocus) to help keep elusive subjects in focus, and a one-touch recording button so not to miss any moment.
For those new to the benefits of D-SLR photography, Nikon has expanded upon its acclaimed Guide Mode to help users learn and explore new ways to capture great photos and HD video. Guide Mode teaches the basic functions of the camera, but also works to help the user become a better, more knowledgable photographer. When using this mode, users have access to four options: Shoot photos using example images, View/Delete, Setup and Retouch their images in-camera, making it easy for beginners to immediately take their photos to the next level. Capture On-The-Go
The extremely lightweight and versatile D3300 is the perfect companion for a fast moving, always on the go lifestyle. The camera features a conveniently compact body (4.9” x 3.8” x 2.9”), and is ergonomically designed for a comfortable hold that is easy to take anywhere. Additionally, the camera body is constructed with carbon fiber for lightweight durability. The D3300 is also equipped with an optical viewfinder that helps frame the perfect shot in any lighting condition, whether capturing the school play or a high school graduation.
To complement the Nikon small stature of the D3300, Nikon has also introduced the new, more compact AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II standard zoom lens that inherits a familiar focal length (27-82.5mm, 35mm equivalent) while incorporating a new retractable lens barrel design found in Nikon’s 1 NIKKOR lens series. This design ensures the lens is remarkably smaller than its predecessor, and when paired with the D3300 makes the camera package nearly 30% smaller and 25% lighter. An ideal 3X zoom lens for every on-the-go moment, the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens features up to four stops of VR image stabilization, a silent wave motor to ensure quiet AF operation and auto/manual focusing options. The 35mm f/1.8: A Versatile FX-Format Prime Ready for Anything
With the latest addition to Nikon’s popular f/1.8 prime series of FX-format lenses, Nikon has announced the new AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G, a versatile fixed lens ready to thrive in any shooting situation. The new 35mm f/1.8G lens rounds out a collection of acclaimed f/1.8 lenses including the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G, AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G and AF-S NIKKOR 85mm f/1.8G lenses. Sporting the popular 35mm focal length and covering a 63 degree angle of view with a constant f/1.8 aperture, Nikon’s newest FX-format lens delivers outstanding viewfinder clarity and high contrast while providing outstanding low-light performance and depth of field control.
Great for available light environment portraits, landscapes and travel photography as well as for producing beautiful images with soft, natural bokeh, the AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G is a versatile and valuable addition to any FX-format photographer’s lens arsenal and sports the latest in core NIKKOR technologies that ensure elite performance. The lens’ construction includes one ED and one aspheric element in addition to a Silent Wave Motor to provide quiet AF operation. Price and Availability
The Nikon D3300, kitted with the AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens, will be available in early February 2014 in Black, Red and Grey for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $649.95. The AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II will be available at the same time as the D3300, and will also be sold separately for $249.95 SRP. The AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G lens will be available on February 20, 2014 for a suggested retail price of $599.95. Preorder Opportunities:Nikon D3300 DSLR CameraNikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II DX LensNikon AF-S NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G Lens
Post Date: 1/6/2014 10:58:35 PM CT Posted By: Sean
From Nikon USA: The New Nikon COOLPIX L830, COOLPIX S6800, COOLPIX S5300, COOLPIX S3600 and COOLPIX L30 Offer Easy-to-Use Features That Help to Deliver Great Performance and Image Quality
MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the new COOLPIX L830, a compact camera that incorporates a powerful 34X zoom lens and the latest Nikon imaging technology to help users easily capture stunning images and Full HD video either close-up or at a distance. Additionally, Nikon has also introduced the COOLPIX S6800, COOLPIX S5300, COOLPIX S3600 and COOLPIX L30, which all boast features that help users achieve the spectacular shot, from capturing everyone smiling for a family photo to accurately portraying the true beauty of a morning sunrise. Along with the L830, these new COOLPIX cameras offer user-friendly features and the ability to create vibrant, sharp image with compact convenience, all at a tremendous value.
“With its incredible zoom capabilities and trusted Nikon imaging technology, the new COOLPIX L830 is an exciting addition to the Nikon COOLPIX lineup,” said Masahiro Horie, Director of Marketing and Planning, Nikon Inc. “In addition to the L830, the new COOLPIX S6800, S5300, S3600 and L30 provide options for those that love to capture and share their images and videos while answering their photography needs.” The COOLPIX L830: Incredibly Easy, Incredible Zoom
A user-friendly, ergonomically designed long zoom camera, the Nikon COOLPIX L830 gives users the power to easily preserve life’s precious moments in incredible detail. The L830’s astounding zoom capabilities stem from its super telephoto lens that provides a 34X optical zoom range and an unbelievable 68X Dynamic Fine Zoom range. Helping to ensure that the detail captured at these long distances is clear, the COOLPIX L830 sports a 16-megapixel backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor to deliver stunning images and Full HD (1080p) videos, even in low light. The fear of camera shake and the blurry photos that result from it, especially when shooting at super telephoto distances, are minimized thanks to the L830’s Lens-shift Vibration Reduction (VR) system and new Hybrid VR system when shooting videos. From the full-frame action shot captured from the sidelines to a close-up of the player’s expression mid-play, the photographic possibilities are endless.
Even those who consider themselves beginner photographers can take great photos with the COOLPIX L830’s intelligent features, including Easy Auto Mode and Smart Portrait System. With 18 scene modes and a bevy of special effects including Filter Effects and Skin Softening, creating breathtaking landscapes and flattering portraits is a breeze. The L830 also features a 3.0-inch high resolution (921,000-dot) Tilt-LCD monitor to help users compose photos from different perspectives and get the shot they intended.
Intuitive functionality is achieved with strategically placed menu buttons that are easy to navigate, so users spend more time capturing the great shots and less time setting the camera. For added convenience, the COOLPIX L830 runs on easily available AA-size batteries, so it can be ready to perform at a moment’s notice. New COOLPIX Offerings
Nikon has also introduced the COOLPIX S6800, COOLPIX S5300, COOLPIX S3600 and COOLPIX L30, which all boast features that help users achieve great shots and HD video, from capturing everyone smiling for a family photo to accurately portraying the vivid colors and true beauty of a morning sunrise. These new COOLPIX cameras offer user-friendly features and can create sharp, vibrant images that point-and-shoot photographers seek, at a tremendous value. The COOLPIX S6800:
With a versatile 12X optical zoom, 24X Dynamic Fine Zoom and built-in Wi-Fi capability packed into a sleek, compact body, the S6800 makes it easy to capture and share high quality images on the go. A 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and nearly foolproof features including 18 scene modes and Target Finding AF help to ensure clear, sharp photos in nearly any situation. Composing and editing images is also made simpler with features like a 3.0-inch LCD monitor and Advanced Glamour Retouch with four new functions, including Glare Reduction, Lipstick, Mascara and Eye Shadow. The COOLPIX S6800 is also equipped with built-in Wi-Fi, allowing the user to share their photos instantly through their compatible smart device through the Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application. The COOLPIX S5300:
When staying connected matters, the S5300 lets users share incredible photos instantly with its built-in Wi-Fi capability. With must-have features like the 8X optical zoom and 16X Dynamic Fine Zoom, 16-megapixel CMOS sensor and Advanced Scene Auto Selector, users have the confidence to capture these share-worthy moments no matter where they are. Video recording is also enhanced with Hybrid VR, which reduces image blur caused by camera shake. The COOLPIX S3600:
For users looking for an affordable yet stylish camera option, the S3600 answers the call in a compact body (approximately 0.8-inches/19.9mm thick) that is easy to place in a pocket. An 8X optical zoom and 16X Dynamic Fine Zoom gives users the versatility to shoot portraits and landscapes, while features like the 20.1-megapixel CCD sensor, 18 scene modes, Smart Portrait System and Target Finding AF help them capture these shots in sharp detail. Users can also record unforgettable moments in 720p HD video with Hybrid VR. The COOLPIX L30:
The easy-to-use 20.1-megapixel L30 lets users capture memorable photos and HD videos effortlessly with trustworthy features such as a 5x optical zoom, Easy Auto Mode, Smart Portrait System and Advanced Glamour Retouch. With an easy-to-hold grip and intelligent button layout, the COOLPIX L30 was designed with the user’s comfort in mind. Convenience is also valued as the L30 features a dedicated Movie button that lets the user record instantly, and operates on readily available AA-size batteries. Price and Availability
The COOLPIX L830 will be available in February 2014 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $299.95** in Black, and Red. The COOLPIX S6800 will be available in February 2014 for a SRP of $219.95** in Black, White and Red. Additionally, the COOLPIX S5300 will be available in February 2014 for a SRP of $179.95** in Plum, while the COOLPIX S3600 will be available in February 2014 for a SRP of $139.95** in Silver, Black, Pink and Blue. Lastly, the COOLPIX L30 will be available in February 2014 for a SRP of $119.95** in Red. **SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time. Preorder Opportunities:Nikon COOLPIX L830Nikon COOLPIX S6800Nikon COOLPIX S5300Nikon COOLPIX S3600Nikon COOLPIX L30
Post Date: 1/6/2014 10:46:56 PM CT Posted By: Sean
From Sigma USA:
LAS VEGAS– Jan. 6, 2014 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today announced the launch of two new Global Vision lenses from the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
The improved and redesigned 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM and 50mm F1.4 DG HSM lenses are the latest additions to Sigma’s Global Vision lineup. Both lenses’ availability and pricing have yet to be announced.
“These two lenses are among our most popular, and we’re pleased to reintroduce these products by adding them to our Global Vision lineup,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “The 18-200mm, in particular, is an exciting new lens as it now has macro functionality, updated optics and a Global Vision design, making it a fantastic alternative to the kit lens. As has been the case with our recent Global Vision lenses, we expect an array of photographers to gravitate to their technically advanced features and slick new look.”
The 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Contemporary lens, designed specifically for APS-C DSLRs, is the successor to the 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM, which was launched in 2011. The smaller and lighter lens (15.2 ounces and 2.8x3.4 inches versus 17.3 ounces and 3x3.5 inches) now macro capabilities with a minimum focusing distance of 15.4 inches and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:3, as opposed to the lens’ earlier minimum focusing distance of 17.7 inches and max magnification ratio of 1:3.8. Its minimum working distance is 14.7 inches, which makes the lens suitable for close-up shooting with natural light, keeping shadows of the camera and lens out of the image.
The 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 Macro has also been updated to incorporate Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass elements that have a high refractive index and can correct chromatic aberration at the telephoto-end. Moreover, aspherical lens elements, including double-sided aspherical lenses, will ensure a compact size and excellent correction of distortion.
The new Sigma 50mm F1.4 DG HSM Art has been reengineered and redesigned to set a new standard of performance in the Art line. A staple focal length, the new Sigma 50mm F1.4 Art is a pro level performer for full-frame DSLRs great for many different types of photography including portraits, landscapes, studio work and still-life. It has been updated to include SLD glass and optimized for rich peripheral brightness with improved large aperture performance by positioning wide elements into the front groups. Other updates include an optimized autofocus algorithm for smoother focusing and a floating focusing system to reduce lens movement while focusing. Under the Global Vision line, it features a new matte finish, improved AF on/off switch and guarantees every lens is tested with Sigma’s proprietary modulation transfer function (MTF) “A1” measuring system before being shipped. Now with 13 elements in 8 groups compared to the previous 8 elements in 6 groups, it also has improved close focusing at 15.7 inches and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:5.6
Both lenses incorporate Sigma’s Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) system to produce quiet, high-speed auto focus. In addition, they include Super Multi-Layer Coating to reduce flare and ghosting, and to ensure high-quality images throughout the entire zoom range. The 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM and 50mm F1.4 DG HSM lenses are also compatible with Sigma’s USB dock and the company’s Mount Conversion Service.
Other recently announced lenses and accessories such as the 24-105mm F4 DG OS HSM, 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM | ART and USB Dock will be on display at Sigma’s CES booth. Visit Sigma at CES 2014 at booth 10431in Central Hall at the Las Vegas Convention Center from Jan. 7 to 10.
Post Date: 1/6/2014 4:50:28 PM CT Posted By: Sean
The latest addition to the site is the Flash Specifications Comparison
Use this tool to compare any recent Canon flash model to any other recent Canon flash model. Use the comparisons to assist your purchase decision-making process. Share flash comparisons with your friends and forums. Or just compare flashes for the fun of it.
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Post Date: 1/6/2014 11:32:18 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA: New Cameras Include the Compact, Super Zoom PowerShot SX600 HS Digital Camera and the Stylish, Yet Powerful PowerShot ELPH 340 HS Digital Camera MELVILLE, N.Y., January 6, 2014
– Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the addition of two new cameras to its PowerShot line-up: The PowerShot SX600 HS and the PowerShot ELPH 340 HS digital cameras. The PowerShot SX600 HS camera packs an impressive 18x optical zoom and 16-Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor into a beautifully sleek, compact and portable body so capturing close-up photos with high-image clarity is easy and stylish. The PowerShot ELPH 340 HS camera offers outstanding optical performance and versatility with a 12x optical zoom lens and16-Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor. Both equipped with Wi-Fi and Near Field Communication (NFCTM) capabilities, photographers can have outstanding image quality and the ability to share images and video with ease.
“These new PowerShot cameras enhance consumers’ enjoyment of photography through the unique combination of high-image quality, long-zoom ranges, ease-of-use and connectivity,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A., Inc. “The advanced technologies these new models offer give users the cameras they need to have a photographic experience that allows them to capture high-quality images while on-the-go and share them with their loved ones.”
The Wi-Fi connectivity options in the PowerShot SX600 HS and the PowerShot ELPH 340 HS cameras allow users to easily share beautiful images online with family and friends. Using the Mobile Device Connect Button, users can connect to a compatible smartphone, a compatible tablet or a computer. Connection to the computer is easily done using Canon’s Image Sync through the cloud. For the first time in Canon’s line-up, both cameras have the convenient connectivity of NFC offered on AndroidTM devices. With NFC, users press the Mobile Device Connect Button and tap their NFC-enabled Android device to the SX600 HS or ELPH 340 HS camera to send images from the camera to their compatible smartphone with ease. For even more convenience, photographers can control the camera remotely via the free Canon Camera Window app1 from virtually anywhere with their iOS or Android device2. After composing the image, the photographer controls the shutter from their compatible smartphone, so that the photographer can be included in the shot.
Another first for the PowerShot SX and ELPH lines is Creative Shot mode. First introduced on the PowerShot N digital camera, Creative Shot mode is an easy yet powerful tool to add artistic effects to photos. In Creative Shot mode, users compose a shot and let the camera analyze the photo to apply a series of artistic elements. Creative Shot mode includes four categories with 46 filters total. The four filter categories are: Retro, Monochrome, Special, and Natural. Before an image is captured, users choose one of the four filter types and Creative Shot will automatically render five different variations of the shot in different composition, color and lighting styles, delivering creative new perspectives automatically while still maintaining the original image.
The cameras can also capture great video, recording high-quality 1080p Full HD video through a dedicated movie button. The Hybrid AUTO mode allows you to record up-to four seconds of video every time you shoot a still image, and then automatically joins the clips and pictures into a video that captures the essence of a vacation, an important event, or any time you are shooting many shots in a day. Hybrid Auto automatically recognizes the scene and optimizes camera settings to capture the highest possible image quality creating a great looking highlight reel in a 720p HD video. The PowerShot SX600 HS Digital Camera
In addition to enhanced connectivity and artistic options, the PowerShot SX600 HS camera features a long-zoom range in a compact point-and-shoot camera body. Equivalent to 25-450mm, the SX600 HS camera’s powerful 18x optical zoom provides users with the high-quality optics the pocket-sized Canon PowerShot SX camera series is known for. The SX600 HS camera combines a 16-Megapixel CMOS sensor and Canon’s DIGIG 4+ Image Processor to create the Canon HS SYSTEM allowing for excellent low-light performance.
The PowerShot SX600 HS digital camera is expected to be available at the end of February 2014 in red, white or black for an estimated retail price of $249.99. The PowerShot ELPH 340 HS Digital Camera
The PowerShot ELPH 340 HS digital camera, successor to the ELPH 330 HS, features a 12x optical zoom lens which is equivalent to 25mm-300mm. Great for low-light scenes, the 16-Megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4+ Image Processor work together to create the Canon HS SYSTEM helping to ensure images are captured in detail in dimly lit situations.
The PowerShot ELPH 340 HS is expected to be available in March 2014 in purple, silver or black for an estimated retail price of $199.99. Preorder Opportunities:
Canon PowerShot SX600 HS - B&H
Canon PowerShot ELPH 340 HS - B&H
Post Date: 1/6/2014 9:42:29 AM CT Posted By: Sean