Canon, Nikon and Sony News for Mar 2011 (Page 2) Report News & Deals  ►

 Thursday, March 24, 2011
B&H is now selling Canon Lens Mugs and bracelets! (thanks Jeff)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/24/2011 6:23:48 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., March 24, 2011 - We continue to monitor and analyze the recovery and rebuilding efforts in the areas impacted by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. We are carefully assessing the situation, and its impact on production and operations.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) has announced that it is carefully monitoring and assessing the potential for radiological contamination. It is using several types of radiation detection equipment in air and sea ports, mail facilities, and elsewhere to scan cargo. CPB notes that it uses radiation equipment and operational protocols to resolve any safety risks. More information is available at
We will post updates regarding safety, recovery and rebuilding efforts, as necessary.
We thank everyone for their continued concern and support.
- Canon U.S.A. Press Release
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/24/2011 4:54:52 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Want to make your images huge? Project them with one of the five new portable LCD projectors Canon has announced.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/24/2011 10:00:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
ExpoImaging has introduced the Rogue Grid (press release) - a 3-in-1 stacking honeycomb flash grid.
ExpoImaging's Rogue products are available at B&H - the Rogue Grid is available for preorder.
Post Date: 3/24/2011 9:36:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 23, 2011
March 23, 2011 - DxO Labs is pleased to announce the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v6.5.6 for Mac and Windows that adds RAW support for Canon 600D/Rebel T3i, Canon 1100D/Rebel T3, and Olympus Pen E-PL1 in both its Standard and Elite editions.
Further, 50 new DxO Optics Modules are now available to DxO Optics Pro users, covering numerous Canon, Nikon and Fuji cameras.
To see supported and planned combinations, click on the link below then select the second tab.
All customers who purchased DxO Optics Pro since June 1st, 2009 are entitled to a free upgrade to version 6.5.6.
Supported or planned combinations
DxO Optics Pro is available at B&H.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 3/23/2011 12:28:45 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Post Date: 3/22/2011 9:21:06 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Apple has released Aperture 3.1.2 Update:
This update improves overall stability and performance, and also includes the following specific fixes.
iPhoto Compatibility
• Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when importing large iPhoto libraries.
• Aperture now correctly handles albums contained in folders when importing iPhoto 9.1.1 libraries.
• Improves reliability when importing iPhoto 9 libraries that include slideshows containing text slides.
• RAW images imported from iPhoto 9 libraries no longer show the Reprocess brick in Adjustments.
• Addresses an issue that could cause Aperture to stop responding when attempting to process damaged images.
• Olympus E-5 images with a 3:4 aspect ratio now import with the correct rotation.
• Addresses an issue that could prevent referenced images from being reconnected.
• Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when switching libraries.
• Resolves an issue that could cause your Mac to become unresponsive when using brushes.
• Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when using Retouch.
• Addresses an issue that could cause the white balance value for certain RAW images to be displayed incorrectly.
• Fixes an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when panning a zoomed image.
• Addresses compatibility of exported XMP Sidecar files with third-party applications.
• Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when using Align to Beats in a slideshow.
For more information, check the release notes. The update is available for download or can be loaded using the software's update function.
Category: Apple News
Post Date: 3/22/2011 6:26:24 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has announced that it is extending its offer of a free two-year warranty for the EOS-1D Mark IV to include all cameras that are purchased before 30 June 2012.
This two-year warranty is a one-year extension on top of the standard Canon one-year European warranty that’s offered on all products, and it will be operating under identical terms and conditions. This gives photographers a total warranty period of two years from the date of purchase of their new product.
Canon is not only providing this extended two-year warranty on new EOS-1D Mark IV purchases, but it is also making it available to all existing owners of EOS-1D Mark IV bodies.
The extended warranty is available on EOS-1D Mark IV purchases that are made, or have been made, in specific countries in Europe. The countries where the two-year warranty is available are Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, the Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom.
To be eligible for the extended warranty customers must provide a valid proof of purchase. For full terms and conditions please click here or download the 'Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Two-Year Warranty: terms & conditions' pdf from the 'Downloads' box on the right hand side of this page. Please note that within the Download pdf terms and conditions are available in all languages relevant to the participating countries, as mentioned above, where the warranty is available.
Information about Canon's standard terms and conditions of warranty will also be found in the two-year warranty leaflet that will be available in each EOS-1D Mark IV DSLR box from mid-April 2011.
To make the most of the warranty services purchasers of the EOS-1D Mark IV should register their product online - just click here to do so.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon UK News
Post Date: 3/22/2011 8:50:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon USA has posted ViewNX 2.1.2 (Windows).
Nikon Europe has posted ViewNX 2.1.2 (Windows).
This post will be updated should a Mac version become available.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon ViewNX
Post Date: 3/22/2011 8:26:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
2nd Notice on the impact by the Major Earthquake in Northeastern Japan
March 22, 2011
The Nikon Group would express our deepest condolences to the victims of the earthquake and extend our profound sympathy and heartfelt concern to those individuals and families suffering from the disaster.
We have set up the Emergency Headquarters for Disaster Control headed by the President on March 11 immediately after the earthquake, and have been gathering safety information of our employees, examining damage to the manufacturing equipment and continuing every effort to resume operation at the earliest possible. The following is an update regarding the impact of the earthquake on the Nikon Group and outlook on the future production.
1. Safety of the employees
To our deepest regret, death of one employee of Sendai Nikon Corporation has been confirmed. Safety of three employees is not yet confirmed in the area of Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture.
2. Damage to the manufacturing equipment and outlook on the future production
One of our own plants and seven of our manufacturing subsidiaries are located in Miyagi Prefecture, Tochigi Prefecture and Ibaraki Prefecture in the disastrous region*. Operation has been suspended at all of them after the earthquake.
At Tochigi Nikon Corporation, operation has started from Friday, March 18.
At Sendai Nikon Corporation and Miyagi Nikon Precision Co., both of which have been severely damaged, operation is expected to resume by the end of this March. Operation at the remaining facilities will start tomorrow on March 23.
Even after operation resumes, we have a concern that the situation may happen where our production cannot fully satisfy our customers’ requirement due to inability of full swing production caused by problems such as the planned blackouts of electricity and procurement of components from our business partners. While we will do our utmost effort to overcome such expected difficulties, we will be most grateful if our customers could understand such circumstances.
We assure to extend our best support for restoration of the facilities hit by the disaster to our customers of Precision Equipment and Instruments business, and repair/servicing to our customers of Imaging business suffering from the disaster.
3. Forecast of effect by the damage to our business performances
We are continuing our endeavor to evaluate how the immediate damage by the disaster and planned blackouts of electricity will result in our group companies and business performances. We will announce our findings immediately when it is judged that there will be important change in our forecast.
* Locations of each plant and manufacturing subsidiaries
• Mito Plant, Nikon Corporation : Mito,Ibaraki Pref.
• Sendai Nikon Corporation : Natori, Miyagi Pref.
• Miyagi Nikon Precision Co., Ltd. : Zao-machi, Katta-gun, Miyagi Pref.
• Zao factory, Nikon-Trimble Co., Ltd. : Zao-machi, Katta-gun, Miyagi Pref.
• Tochigi Nikon Corporation : Otawara, Tochigi Pref.
• Tochigi Nikon Precision Co., Ltd. : Otawara, Tochigi Pref.
• Kurobane Nikon Co., Ltd. : Otawara, Tochigi Pref.
• Nasu Nikon Co., Ltd. : Nasukarasuyama, Tochigi Pref.
Note: Nikon-Trimble Co., Ltd. is an equity-method company.
Nasu Nikon Co., Ltd. is a subsidiary of Nikon-Essilor Co., Ltd. which is an equity-method company.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/22/2011 8:14:00 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 21, 2011
This is *probably a typo*, but the Canon EOS-1Ds Mark IV is included on the "products in this tutorial" listed beside the Chris Bray video tutorial at
Here is the screen capture:
Canon EOS-1Ds Mark IV
Probably more informational is the video itself:

(thanks Alex)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/21/2011 10:53:38 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon U.S.A. has announced its expansion into the production photographic print market with the introduction of the Canon DreamLabo 5000 (press release).
Don't look for one of these in my studio anytime soon. Of course, with availability expected to be early 2012, don't look for one of these anywhere other than a trade show for awhile.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/21/2011 9:44:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Check out the 5000fps capture of a DSLR's aperture and shutter in action:
Post Date: 3/21/2011 9:01:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, March 19, 2011
Date: 18 March 2011
General Announcement
Type: Announcement
Subject: OTHERS
Description: Notion VTec Berhad - Article in The Edge Financial Daily dated today on page 8 with heading "Japan Earthquake affects Notion VTec's camera business"
Announcement Details/Table Section: With regard to the article in The Edge Financial Daily dated today on page 8 with heading "Japan Earthquake affects Notion VTec's camera business," the management would like to provide additional information for clarity on the effects of the earthquake/tsunami in Northern Japan on 11 March 2011:
1. Nikon is a major customer in Notion's camera business. Nikon has made an announcement dated 14 March 2011, stating damage to some plant, equipment and buildings in 4 factories situated in the affected area. They have suspended operations there and will continue to evaluate details of the damage. Nikon has also formed Business Continuity Teams to normalize business as soon as possible. Details of the said announcement can be found at link:
2. Nikon's SLR camera and Interchangeable Lens main production and assembly operations are based in Nikon Thailand plant in Ayuthaya but supply of components are from both in-house as well as external approved vendors. Notion Thailand, Ayuthaya and Notion Venture Sdn Bhd, Klang ("Notion" or "Notion, Klang") are both supplying cam barrels and other camera parts to Nikon Thailand.
3. Amongst Nikon's in-house supply vendor will be Sendai Nikon Corporation, Natori, Miyagi and this plant is affected by the event and it manufactures the high end SLR camera body as well as body and lens mount. The body and lens mount are metallic mating surfaces for the lens to be attached to the camera body and are high volume parts typically in the hundreds of thousand per month.
4. As a contingency plan, Notion, Klang will be supplied with raw materials from Nikon for the production of the body mount with immediate effect. Notion is preparing jigs & fixtures and utilizing existing CNC machines to produce these precision components. Hard chrome surface treatment will be out sourced to a surface treatment company. The finished body mount components will be trucked to the customer's plant in Thailand for assembly. We expect this new business to contribute between RM36 million to RM60 million in sales per year.
5. There will be no additional capital expenditure for this new production.
6. The understanding is that this relocation will be long term.
7. Cam barrel in FY2010 recorded RM98 million in sales representing about 44% of the Notion VTec Group's revenue of RM223 million and Nikon was the major contributor besides Sony and Canon as well.
8. The management's internal revenue target for FY2011 is RM280 million with camera sales forming 50% or about RM140 million in sales. This has not factored in the new sub assembly of lens business in Notion Thailand which starts from the month of April 2011 and will contribute significantly to Notion's top and bottom line. The new body mount business is also not factored in.
9. Management thinks that due to the extreme nature of the crisis in Japan, its possible prolonged recovery process and the uncertainty of the total supply chain, it is likely that Notion's cam barrel sales will be affected by the likely slow down in SLR camera/Interchangeable lens.
10. There is no immediate cancellation of orders in the camera business thus far from any of our existing customers in the camera space.
11. Management thinks that on an overall basis, the contribution from the new business both in the body mount and sub-assembly of lens will more than compensate for the expected reduction in orders for cam barrels due to the disruption and possible slow down.
Management of the Notion VTec Group also wishes to express our sympathies and heartfelt concern to the victims and their families and pray that the suffering will be short lived.
Note: The management targets mentioned above are strictly management's expectations for growth based on our internal budgeting targets. The quoted statements are not intended to refer to any financial estimate, forecast or projection of our Group, and have not been reviewed by the external auditors.
Notion VTec is located in Malaysia. Nikon has made an investment in this company.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/19/2011 9:35:59 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 18, 2011
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