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 Tuesday, March 22, 2011
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.
 
Import
 
• 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.
 
Library
 
• Addresses an issue that could prevent referenced images from being reconnected.
 
• Resolves an issue that could cause Aperture to quit unexpectedly when switching libraries.
 
Adjustments
 
• 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.
 
Other
 
• 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 http://www.canon.com.au/worldofeos/learn/get-creative/low-light-photography-1.aspx?cid=emmycanon110309.
 
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: http://www.nikon.com/about/news/2011/0314_01.htm
 
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
 Thursday, March 17, 2011
Tamron Co., Ltd.
Announcement of March 16, 2011
 
Influence on Operations by 3.11 Earthquake That Hit Pacific Coastal Regions of Northeastern Japan
 
We wish to extend our deepest condolences and prayers to those who suffered from loss of life and casualties among families and relatives by the Tohoku/Off-Pacific Coast Earthquake Disaster that hit the area on March 11, 2011.
 
In this regard, may we inform you of the current status of the company operations as follows as an initial briefing:
 
1. Scope of Damage and/or Destruction
 
(1) Bodily damage to employees
It has been confirmed that no employee sustained any physical damage fortunately.
 
(2) Status of production facilities
Likewise, no notable damage has been identified in terms of our three production facilities in Aomori Prefecture, including Hirosaki Plant [Hirosaki city], Namioka Plant [Namioka town] and Ohwani [Ohwani town, Minami-Tsugaru county].
 
Nevertheless, it is anticipated that certain disruption shall become unavoidable in terms of production activities, logistics flow and customer service, including our plant in China [Tamron Optical (Foshan) Co., Ltd.] as a result of damaged transportation network and systems.
 
(3) Distribution of finished goods
It is also anticipated that certain delay would be caused in delivery of finished goods to customers because of the disrupted production coupled with the slowdown in logistics.
 
Evidently, it is premature to assess the extent and the scope of the negative impact, please be assured that the entire group companies of Tamron are determined to work collectively and intensively to minimize the damage to our business operations.
 
2. Potential Influence on Company Performance
 
While the situation is rather unsettled to make an intelligent assessment of potential influence on our company performance associated with the grossly huge disaster, we will be prepared to make a timely announcement
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 3/17/2011 10:24:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Samyang:
 
17th March, 2011
 
Temporary shortage of Samyang lenses between April and May
 
Delta Company, the sole representative and distributor of Samyang products for Europe announces there may be some temporary shortage of Samyang lenses between April and May. This is due to suspension in deliveries of optical lenses produced in Japan by factories located on the area destroyed by the Tsunami wave which hit Japanese shores on 11th of March 2011. We will be informing our customers about any changes concerning availability of our products.
Post Date: 3/17/2011 10:14:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Safe to say is that you are visiting this site because you have an interest in photography - and most likely a strong interest in Canon or Nikon cameras and lenses. Both of these brands call Japan home, and we all know the tragic devastation being experienced by this country.
 
Canon and Nikon have both issued general statements indicating that they are experiencing production disruption. Canon has had damage to their Utsunomiya factory - We know that Canon's lenses are made in this plant (the U in the Canon date code represents Utsunomiya, Japan). We also know that Nikon's pro DSLR plant is located in the hard-hit city of Sendai, Japan.
 
Even if building repairs are able to be made quickly, electricity supply remains in question (rolling blackouts are currently occurring). Transportation is an issue. Raw material and parts supplies may or may not be impacted.
 
Neither Nikon or Canon (I've asked) are making predictions on forthcoming supply constraints, and they probably do not yet have a full understanding of what the future holds.
 
I fully expect both of these companies to return to 100% production at some time in the future - either at the current locations or alternative locations. But the bottom line is that, due to the disruption caused by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, I'm concerned about the short-term availability of some Canon and Nikon DSLRs and lenses.
 
Without knowing Canon and Nikon's inventory levels throughout the supply chain, my advice is: If you know you want or are going to need a camera or lens in the next months (3, 6, 9?), I suggest that you buy it now to insure you have it when you need or want it.
 
Of course, the concern over camera and lens supply pales in comparison with the concern for the people of Japan. I think I speak for all of us when I say "Japan, stay strong - our prayers are with you."
Post Date: 3/16/2011 11:39:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Many new flare test results have been added to the site's Lens Flare Comparison Tool. Nearly all Nikon lenses are now represented and a handful of Sigma and Tamron lenses were also added. The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens represents the lone Canon addition with the balance of the current Canon lenses being already included.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/16/2011 11:05:20 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
128GB and 64GB SDXC Cards Enable Capture of High-Resolution Images and HD Video on Compatible Devices
 
Fremont, CA, March 15, 2011 – Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, today announced it is now shipping the Lexar® Professional Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC) 133x memory card in capacities of 128GB, an industry first, and 64GB. The Lexar Professional SDXC cards are available in B&H Photo and Video [coming soon], and Adorama Camera [preorders taken] stores across the U.S, as well as on www.lexar.com.
 
These large capacities make Lexar Professional 133x SDXC cards an excellent choice for shooting continuous, rapid-fire images and extended lengths of 1080p high-definition (HD) video on a single, high-performance solution. Also, the Professional SDXC cards offer a Class 10 speed rating with a minimum guaranteed speed of 133x, or 20MB per second, and accelerate professional workflow by quickly transferring high-resolution images and HD video from the memory card to the computer when paired with an SDXC-enabled card reader, such as the Lexar Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB Reader.
 
“We saw a demand for a professional card that would allow photographers to not only capture more high-resolution images and HD video, but to also take advantage of the full capabilities of their high-performance digital SLRs and camcorders,” said Pachi Chen-Wong, senior product marketing manager, Lexar Media. “With the new Lexar Professional SDXC cards, we developed a product that will enhance the professional photography workflow. With capacities of 64GB and 128GB, photographers can capture, store and transfer more images and HD video in one place than ever before.”
 
The Lexar Professional 133x SDXC memory cards include the latest version of award-winning Image Rescue® software to help recover lost or deleted photo and video files. All Lexar product designs are tested in the Lexar Quality Labs, a group of facilities where all Lexar product designs undergo extensive testing to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability with more than 800 intended digital devices.
 
The Lexar Professional SDXC cards include a limited lifetime warranty and free, dedicated professional technical support. The 64GB and 128GB Lexar Professional SDXC memory cards are available now at B&H Photo and Video [coming soon], Adorama Camera [preorders taken] and on Lexar.com, with MSRPs of $199.99 and $329.99 respectively.
Post Date: 3/16/2011 10:46:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 15, 2011
Canon U.S.A. is proud to announce the continuation of its exclusive on-site educational experience, Canon Live Learning, which has been designed to help advanced amateur imaging enthusiasts and budding professionals improve their skills with the support of professional photographers and industry experts. Back this year by popular demand are the EOS Immersion Seminars and Workshops and the EOS Destination Workshops, each with updated and improved content. Appearing for the first time will be a new workshop series called “Deconstructing the Story: Light, Sound, Motion & EOS HD,” aimed at professional videographers and transitioning still photographers, and led by instructors from the industry-leading stillmotion™ team.
 
EOS Immersion Seminars and Workshops
 
Canon EOS Immersion Saturday Seminars are full-day events consisting of individual presentations on Creative Essentials, Speedlite Creativity & Techniques, HD Video Basics, andTravel & Landscape Photography. Canon Live Learning instructors Jeff Greene and Sharon Levy Freed deliver inspiring multimedia presentations and perform live demos on stage for up to 200 attendees.
 
Offered separately, EOS Immersion Sunday Workshops provide a full-day hands-on educational experience for up to 16 attendees. From the top-of-the-line EOS-1D Mark IV to the advanced EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D, students can use and learn with the camera body that best fits their needs while also experiencing Canon’s award-winning EF and EF-S lens lineup and other EOS System accessories. This year, students can choose workshops on EOS HD Video Techniques or Creative Lighting with Canon Speedlites. Ten EOS Immersion weekends are scheduled to date in 2011.Tickets for the Saturday seminar and each Sunday workshop are sold separately.
 
The next set of EOS Immersion Seminars and Workshops is scheduled on March 26-27, 2011 in Dallas. It will be followed by stops in other major cities such as Columbus, St. Louis, Nashville, Los Angeles, Denver, San Francisco, New York City and Washington, DC.
 
EOS Destination Workshops
 
Building off the success of last year’s programs, the EOS Destination Workshops are back helping photographers not only to develop their portfolios but also to enhance their photographic skill sets through hands-on shooting sessions with a wide range of Canon photo equipment. These two-day workshops will take place in scenic locations such as Death Valley National Park, Acadia National Park, and the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, among others. EOS Destination Workshops allow participants the chance of a lifetime to receive personal instruction from Canon Explorers of Light photographers including Jennifer Wu, Tyler Stableford and Ken Sklute, as well as other industry leading professionals, while enjoying scenic views and capturing outstanding images. Reservations for EOS Destination Workshops can be booked in advance on Canon’s web site: www.usa.canon.com/canonlivelearning.
 
The next EOS Destination Workshop is scheduled for April 9-10, 2011 in Utah’s Arches National Park with Canon Explorer of Light Tyler Stableford as the instructor, followed by workshops in Nevada, Arizona, New Jersey, Maine, and Colorado.
 
Deconstructing the Story: Light, Sound, Motion & EOS HD
 
The introduction of Full HD video into Canon EOS DSLR cameras has completely changed the art of videography. Working with stillmotion, a team of leading innovators in the use of EOS HD video products, this three day workshop series is designed to help educate aspiring videographers on the creative and technical essentials of storytelling with a focus on camera handling, audio, lighting, movement, composition, storyboarding and editing.
 
The first session of ‘Deconstructing the Story’ is slated for May 24-26, 2011 in Orlando, Florida followed by workshops in Cincinnati, New York City, Austin, and Seattle.
 
For more information and a complete listing of the 2011 Canon Live Learning workshops and seminars, please visit www.usa.canon.com/canonlivelearning.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/15/2011 1:34:12 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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