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 Tuesday, January 29, 2013
BuyDig.com has a Canon EOS 6D DSLR Camera with Adobe Photoshop & Premiere Elements 11 Bundle for an in-cart price of $1,879.00 with free shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/29/2013 2:17:31 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via BigValueInc) has the Canon EOS Rebel T4i DSLR Camera with 18-55mm IS II Lens available for $589.00 with free shipping. Compare at $649.00.
 
Caveat Emptor: BigValueInc's positive feedback rating has dropped a bit recently - now at 98.1%. However, eBay seems to trust them enough to continue listing their auctions as "Daily Deals."
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/29/2013 1:31:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/29/2013 12:27:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Grand-Prize Winner to Go on Assignment to Galápagos with National Geographic Traveler Magazine’s Digital Nomad, Andrew Evans
 
MELVILLE, N.Y. – Nikon Inc., in partnership with National Geographic, today announced Brian Forbes Powell of Tucson, Ariz., as the grand-prize winner of “The Full Story” photo contest. Powell’s submission, “Test of Resiliency: Land and Ranchers in Arizona's Borderland Region,” was shot with the new FX-format Nikon D600 D-SLR camera and was chosen from among five first-prize winners. As the grand-prize winner, Powell will accompany National Geographic Traveler magazine’s Andrew Evans, also known as the Digital Nomad, on a National Geographic Expeditions trip to the Galápagos Islands next month.
 
“The Full Story” contest was created by Nikon to inspire budding photojournalists to convey their stories through imagery with the use of the Nikon D600 D-SLR camera. Nikon has a heritage of providing photojournalists with the tools they need to tell compelling stories through images and video, and with this contest Nikon is excited to support the next generation of storytellers.
 
Powell’s winning submission was composed of 19 still images with descriptive captions, a short essay, and an additional video slideshow. The winning story was chosen by a panel of qualified Nikon representatives for the compelling nature of its visual story, its creativity and its photographic quality.
 
“This is a story about land, the family ranchers who make their living from that land and whether the resiliency of each is sufficient to withstand the numerous challenges — both old and new — that threaten the environmental and cultural fabric of this rural landscape,” Powell wrote in his submission.
 
Log on to http://www.nationalgeographic.com/nikon/ to see Powell’s winning entry as well as the four first-prize-winners’ submissions.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/29/2013 10:55:40 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
Modifications enabled with this upgrade of firmware, release date January 29, 2013

  • Subject tracking performance in AF-C (continuous-servo autofocus) autofocus mode with framing using the viewfinder has been improved.

Basic Upgrade instructions*
 
IMPORTANT - The firmware cannot be upgraded when Network> Network connection in the setup menu is set to ON. Be sure to set Network connection to OFF before attempting to upgrade the firmware.

  1. Create a new folder with an appropriate name on your computer.
  2. Choose the correct download below for the computer system you are using, and save the download to the folder created in step 1.
  3. Run the downloaded file to create the folder titled D4Update, containing the following file: D4_0104.bin
  4. Format an approved memory card in the camera, then remove .
  5. Copy the D4_0104.bin file to the top level of the memory card using a memory card reader or similar device, do not copy the file into any folder on the memory card.
  6. Insert memory card into the cameras memory card slot, and switch on.
  7. Select Firmware Version from the setup menu and follow the instructions displayed to upgrade the camera's firmware.
  8. DO NOT switch off the camera at any time during the update, doing so may result in the need for service.
  9. After the upgrade is complete, trun the camera off and remove the memory card.
  10. Check the cameras firmware version to be sure it completed.
  11. Format memory card in camera for use.

* - Firmware updates can be performed for you at authorized Nikon service centers.
 
Download the complete firmware update instructions here.
 
Download the Nikon D4 A:1.04 / B:1.02 firmware: Windows | Macintosh

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/29/2013 10:35:04 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Sigma 30mm f/1.4 DC HSM
 
From Sigma:
 
The Sigma Corporation is pleased to announce the new Sigma 30mm F1.4 DC HSM, the large-aperture APS-C standard lens.
 
“SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC HSM”, the large-aperture standard lens with an angle of view equivalent to 45mm on a 35mm camera, is a superb go-to lens for artistic photography on an APS-C format digital SLR. Offering the bright f/1.4 aperture and an angle of view extremely close to that of human vision, this lens is ideal for many different types of photographic expression.
 
Featuring an advanced design and the latest manufacturing technologies, SIGMA 30mm F1.4 DC HSM, the large-aperture APS-C format standard lens delivers the highest level of image quality worthy of the Art line. The photographer can leverage the shallow depth of field that creates beautiful bokeh for snap shots, portraits, landscapes, and many different styles of photography.
 
Sigma pioneered the large-aperture, APS-C format, standard lens category with its 30mm f/1.4 lens in 2005. With new optical configurations of nine elements in eight groups, as well as rounded aperture blades, this updated lens delivers pleasing sharpness and a beautiful bokeh background. Its minimum focusing distance is 11.8 inches and its maximum magnification ratio is 1:6.8. The lens’ optimized power distribution helps to minimize field curvature, prevent a loss of image quality at the edges of photographs and produce outstanding image quality. Its double-aspheric lens minimizes spherical distortion, astigmatism and coma, and its rear focus system prevents focus-dependent variation in aberration. Together, the new optimized auto focus (AF) algorithm and rear focusing system ensure smooth and accurate focusing. The new 30mm f/1.4 is also compatible with Sigma’s new USB Dock, which will enable firmware updates and focusing adjustments, is expected to be available in coming months.
Post Date: 1/29/2013 9:02:51 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS, ELPH 115 IS, and A2500
 
From Canon:
 
CANON U.S.A. INTRODUCES THREE NEW STYLISH POWERSHOT DIGITAL CAMERAS PROVIDING WIDE-ANGLE AND LONG TELEPHOTO LENSES IN COMPACT DESIGNS
 
New Lineup Includes the Wireless-Enabled PowerShot ELPH 330 HS Digital Camera With a Powerful 10x Optical Zoom Lens
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., January 28, 2013 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the addition of three stylish, feature-packed PowerShot Digital Cameras: the PowerShot ELPH 330 HS, ELPH 115 IS and A2500. These new models are ideal for photography enthusiasts of all levels looking for great photo quality and excellent video performance in compact, powerful point-and-shoot designs.
 
The new PowerShot ELPH 330 HS digital camera provides advanced wireless connectivity for easy sharing. Providing great performance in dimly lit situations, the ELPH 330 HS digital camera includes the Company’s HS SYSTEM that delivers clear images with minimal noise and maximum detail even when shooting in low-light. The new cameras offer great features such as Canon’s Smart AUTO, enabling even novice users to get optimal camera performance automatically, so whether photographing a running child or a solo recital on stage the cameras deliver spectacular images with ease. Smart AUTO allows the cameras to detect up to 58 scenes for the PowerShot ELPH 330 HS digital camera and up to 32 scenes for the PowerShot ELPH 115 IS digital camera and PowerShot A2500 digital camera. All three models also feature ECO Mode, an advanced new method that manages power consumption and extends battery life by approximately 30 percent, when enabled, allowing you to shoot more photos for a longer amount of time.
 
“With the introduction of these sleek, new models to our family of PowerShot digital cameras, we are able to provide our customers with a range of imaging options including more models with wireless connectivity to upload and share their amazing creative images,” said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
 
PowerShot ELPH 330 HS Digital Camera
 
Photography today is as much about image quality as it is about sharing, whether through prints or online communities. With this in mind, the PowerShot ELPH 330 HS digital camera builds upon the success of the PowerShot line with built-in advanced wireless capabilities to easily share high-quality images captured with an impressive 10x optical zoom lens and 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor. After an initial one-time set-up, the camera can connect to both iOS® or AndroidTM smartphones and tabletsi for quick and easy sharing. Users launch Canon’s free CameraWindow application [i]i, available on both the iOS® and AndroidTM operating systemsi, to wirelessly transfer photos and videos from the camera 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 wireless inkjet printers, including the new PIXMA MG6320 Photo All-In-One printer, so special moments can be preserved and cherished.
 
A fantastic multipurpose lens: the PowerShot ELPH 330 HS digital camera provides a 10x optical zoom lens taking images from 24mm wide, up to 240mm at the telephoto end, able to capture that group shot, or zoom in for a dynamic close-up. Great even in low light, the camera’s 12.1-megapixel High-Sensitivity CMOS image sensor and DIGIC 5 image processor combine and deliver on Canon’s HS SYSTEM helping ensure detail is captured even in dark or shadowed areas at a maximum ISO speed of up to 6400. For capturing memorable moments on video, at the touch of a dedicated movie-record button, the PowerShot ELPH 330 HS digital camera shoots beautiful 1080p Full HD video and includes a built-in stereo microphone for great sound. Helping document vacations with your own personal highlight reel, the camera’s new Hybrid AUTO mode utilizes a combination of Smart AUTO and Intelligent IS to create a beautiful and steady HD video clip (up to approximately 4 seconds) in Movie Digest mode every time you shoot a still image. Helping ensure you don’t miss those magic moments, the camera features both High Speed AF for fast focusing speed and High-Speed Burst for continuous capture at up to 6.2 frames per second while maintaining superb image quality. The combination of features, including wireless connectivity, Canon’s Intelligent IS system and ECO Mode, help make the PowerShot ELPH 330 HS digital camera a great imaging companion for vacations, all-day sporting events, or family parties.
 
Expected to hit store shelves in March, the PowerShot ELPH 330 HS digital camera will be available in three modern colors: black, silver and pink for an estimated retail price of $229.99.
 
PowerShot ELPH 115 IS Digital Camera
 
The new pocket-able PowerShot ELPH 115 IS digital camera features an 8x optical zoom lens (28-224mm), which provides a focal range to capture most any situation. The PowerShot ELPH 115 IS digital camera includes a 16-megapixel image sensor and DIGIC 4 image processor for exceptional image quality. For those photographers who “shoot it all” and seamlessly move from scene to scene, the PowerShot ELPH 115 IS digital camera provides Canon’s Smart AUTO mode that intelligently selects the proper camera settings based on up to 32 predefined shooting situations for capturing spectacular images in a variety of settings with ease. For creative video capture, users can record HD video with a built-in microphone for great sound. The PowerShot ELPH 115 IS digital camera also includes Canon’s unique Intelligent IS system technology, matching the lens movement with one of six stabilization modes for smooth video and sharp still images. The camera also includes Canon’s new ECO Mode allowing you to shoot more photos for a longer amount of time.
 
With anticipated in-store availability in March, the PowerShot ELPH 115 IS digital camera will be available in four sleek colors: blue, silver, black and pink at an estimated retail price of $169.99.
 
PowerShot A2500 Digital Camera
 
Rounding out Canon’s new PowerShot lineup is the PowerShot A2500 digital camera, which includes a 16-megapixel image sensor and DIGIC 4 Image Processor, as well as a 28mm wide-angle lens with 5x optical zoom that can extend out to 140mm at the telephoto end. The camera also features Canon’s Smart AUTO mode that analyzes each scene to intelligently select camera settings based on 32 predefined shooting scenarios to help capture stunning images with ease. The PowerShot A2500 digital camera can also capture great video, recording HD through a dedicated movie button. Helping ensure crisp images, Canon’s Digital IS reduces the effect of camera shake and subject movement. For travelers and those on the go, Canon’s new ECO Mode conserves battery life, allowing you to shoot more photos over a longer period of time. For those photographers looking to be a little more creative, the camera also features various Scene Modes such as Fisheye Effect, Toy Camera Effect and Monochrome to help provide additional creative freedom when capturing your photos. And for those just learning the art of photography, a Help Button will provide simple explanations of camera settings and functions.
 
Expected for sale in April, the PowerShot A2500 digital camera will be available in silver, red and black for an estimated retail price of $129.99.
 
B&H has the Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS, ELPH 115 IS, and A2500 digital cameras available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/29/2013 8:10:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon Coolpix P520 Digital Camera
 
From Nikon:
 
With Incredible Zoom Ranges, Nikon's New S9500, P520 and L820 COOLPIX Cameras Make Capturing Action at a Distance Easy
 
Combining Connectivity with High Quality NIKKOR Lenses, Nikon’s New COOLPIX Cameras are Designed for Every Shooting Occasion
 
MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced three new COOLPIX digital cameras with high-power zoom lenses, enabling consumers to capture beautiful images and videos at a wide range of distances. The COOLPIX P520 sports a 42x zoom lens and the versatility needed for advanced performance, while the 22x zoom COOLPIX S9500 combines impressive range with an ultra-slim, pocketable package. Both feature Wi-Fi® connectivity1 that allows users to send images and videos from their camera directly to a compatible smart device through the Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application1, ideal for sharing content with others as well as for posting to social networking sites. The compact COOLPIX L820 offers a 30x zoom and an ergonomic design, making it simple and fun to comfortably capture images and videos at various distances. Great for anyone from the weekend jetsetter to the everyday memory maker, the zoom lenses and user-friendly features of the newest COOLPIX cameras make them ideal to have on-hand for any occasion.
 
“Nikon’s new long zoom COOLPIX cameras provide consumers with the chance to capture a diverse range of subjects and scenes, whether near the subject or at a distance,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “Designed for the frequent traveler, the instant sharer, and the family memory keeper, these new COOLPIX cameras offer trusted Nikon technology, high image quality, Full HD video and a variety of other features that meet photographers’ needs.”
 
The Nikon COOLPIX P520: The Advanced Performance Ultra Zoom Camera
 
For those looking to capture a beautiful and sharp image up close or at a distance, the new COOLPIX P520 boasts a 42x optical zoom-NIKKOR glass lens with an impressive zoom range from a wide 24mm to a whopping 1000mm (35mm equivalent), for users that require the very best in performance and versatility. Lens-shift Vibration Reduction (VR) alongside the new Active Mode assist in capturing blur-free images and video, while full manual controls give users the power to realize their creative potential when shooting. The P520 also features an 18.1-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor and high ISO sensitivity to ensure quality images even in low-light conditions.
 
Additionally, the COOLPIX P520 allows users to not only shoot images from a distance, but also at unique angles thanks to a versatile 3.2-inch Vari-Angle LCD monitor. Additionally, Full HD (1080p) video recording with stereo sound is possible with the simple touch of the dedicated movie record button. This ultra-zoom camera comes with built-in GPS capabilities as well, allowing photographers to log their journey with an easy-to-use display.
 
To share images and videos instantly with family and friends, the P520 is compatible with the WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter2. This optional accessory paired along with the downloadable Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application1 allows users to transfer their images and videos to compatible smart devices and tablets for easy sharing and viewing with others.
 
The Nikon COOLPIX L820: A Comfortable Long Zoom Camera Fit to Preserve Precious Family Memories
 
Designed to capture stunning images at various distances, the compact COOLPIX L820 sports a high-power 30x zoom, a 16-megapixel CMOS sensor, and Vibration Reduction (VR) technology to help keep shots steady. With its super wide-angle lens, covering from wide-angle 22.5mm to super-telephoto 675mm, users have the versatility to capture crisp, vivid images, whether up-close or at a distance. The camera’s 3-inch monitor, ergonomic design, along with the convenience of AA-size batteries and a dedicated video button make it easy and fun for users to shoot comfortably. Thanks to a simple and intuitive interface, users can easily access a wide range of features, including Easy Auto Mode and Smart Portrait System, which enable them to enhance their photos with options like Red Eye Fix and Face-Priority AF. Other special effects include Glamour Retouch, Filter Effects and Skin Softening for optimal portrait enhancements.
 
The Nikon COOLPIX S9500: New Ultra-Slim Zoom Offering Shares World Travels With Ease
 
The slim COOLPIX S9500 sports a 22x optical zoom (25-550mm) and is the perfect companion for anyone that wants to capture and share high-quality images and HD videos with a sleek and stylish package. Small enough to keep close in a shirt pocket or purse, the S9500 features an 18.1-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor, ideal for capturing low-light images with clarity and sharpness. It also sports a legendary NIKKOR lens with Vibration Reduction (VR) to minimize the effects of blur and camera shake. For those who want to capture their journey through video, this camera also offers Full HD (1080p) movie recording with stereo sound. Additionally, a bright 3-inch OLED monitor assists users to clearly compose or view their recorded movies or captured images, even when in bright conditions. The COOLPIX S9500 also offers various shooting effects to enhance memories, including an upgraded Glamour Retouch function, Skin Softening and Quick Effects.
 
To enhance the user’s sharing capabilities when away from family and friends, the S9500 offers a built-in GPS function to provide the user the ability to log their travels and share where they have been. In addition, the camera offers built-in Wi-Fi®1 connectivity so images and videos can be shared while on the go by transferring them to a compatible smart device equipped with the Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application1. It also enables users to remotely take photos with the camera from a compatible smartphone or tablet.
 
The COOLPIX S6500: Compact Camera that Packs a Powerful 12x Zoom
 
Announced earlier this month, the COOLPIX S6500 is designed for those looking for an easy-to-carry camera that takes and shares great photos, easily. The camera features a 12x optical zoom lens, a 16-megapixel BSI CMOS sensor and a variety of user-friendly features, including five new Glamour Retouch effects, all packed into a slim, stylish camera body. In addition to an extensive feature set, the S6500 offers built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity1 that allows users to transfer images and HD movies from their camera directly to a compatible smart device.
 
Price and Availability:
 
The COOLPIX P520 will be available for a suggested retail price of $449.95* in Black, Red, and Dark Grey in February 2013. The COOLPIX L820 will be available for a suggested retail price of $279.95* in Black and Red, while the COOLPIX S9500 will be available for a suggested retail price of $349.95* in Black, Silver, and Red. Both will be available in February 2013. Additionally, the previously announced COOLPIX S6500 will be available in early February for a suggested retail price of $219.95* in Silver, Black, Red and Orange.
 
In order to give consumers a more effective way to understand the benefits of each COOLPIX camera and to help users determine the best camera to fit their lifestyle, Nikon has segmented the COOLPIX series into five categories: Advanced Performance, Fun & Innovative, Ultra-Slim Zoom, Comfort Long Zoom and Budget Friendly. For more information about these and other COOLPIX cameras, please visit www.nikonusa.com.
 
B&H has the Nikon COOLPIX P520, L820, S9500, and S6500 digital cameras available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/29/2013 8:01:03 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon Coolpix S31 and Nikon Coolpix AW110
 
From Nikon:
 
The New Family-Friendly Nikon COOLPIX S31 and the Action-Oriented COOLPIX AW110 Are Ready to Take on Life's Adventures
 
MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced both the COOLPIX AW110 and COOLPIX S31, two innovative yet durable compact cameras for those who want to preserve every fun and action-packed moment as well as share them with friends and family. Waterproof, shockproof and freezeproof1, the rugged AW110 is built to handle the elements, whether hiking up a mountain, hitting the slopes or riding the surf. Nikon’s newest tough camera also offers built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity2 for sharing, Full HD 1080p video capabilities and a slew of advanced features that adventurers covet, including GPS and underwater shooting modes. The COOLPIX S313 provides the reliability that allows every member of the family to preserve their own special memories. Complete with fun shooting modes and a simple yet intuitive user interface, the resilient S31 is a family camera that can be confidently carried to the pool or around the jungle gym.
 
“The COOLPIX AW110 and COOLPIX S31 are exciting new additions to the COOLPIX camera lineup; both are uniquely designed to complement the needs of different consumers. The COOLPIX AW110 is designed to cater to outdoor enthusiasts who need a camera that can keep up with their active lifestyle, while the COOLPIX S31’s easy-to-use interface is great for family members young and old who seek to capture lasting memories,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “Whether conquering your desire for exploration while snorkeling or simply capturing a family day at the park, Nikon’s newest cameras offer the performance, features and image quality users have come to expect from the COOLPIX line.”
 
The Nikon COOLPIX AW110: Durable Performance for the Outdoor Adventurer
 
The COOLPIX AW110 is the ultimate point-and-shoot camera for the outdoor enthusiast that demands exceptional image quality and sharp, clear HD video from a compact body. Ready for the toughest conditions, this rugged camera sports a fun and innovative feature set designed to capture, preserve and share every moment of a user’s active lifestyle. Waterproof (up to 59 feet), shockproof (up to 6.7 feet) and freezeproof (down to 14° F), the AW110 is a versatile and feature-rich companion, above and below sea level. GPS technology is also enabled, allowing a traveler to track his or her adventure from beginning to end, down to the exact longitude and latitude where an image or video is captured. The COOLPIX AW110 also features built-in Wi-Fi® connectivity2, allowing the image data transfer of any outdoor adventure to compatible smart devices for upload to social networking services or sharing with friends and family through the Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility2 application. Wireless remote camera control is also possible using a compatible smartphone or tablet when using the application.
 
Beneath its rugged exterior, the AW110 features a 16-megapixel backside illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor that helps create sharp, beautiful images and HD video even in challenging lighting conditions. The camera also has a NIKKOR 5x optical zoom lens with lens-shift Vibration Reduction (VR) that allows the photographer to get close up to a subject from a distance, as well as the ability to record Full HD (1080p) movies with stereo sound. The COOLPIX AW110 features a 3-inch, OLED display for easy menu access and precise image preview, alongside an intuitive graphic user interface (GUI) that makes it easy to navigate several fun and intelligent shooting modes, including Easy Auto Mode and the Smart Portrait System, while Special Effects can be easily applied to still images and HD video.
 
The Nikon COOLPIX S31: Every Family Member Can Capture Beautiful Images, Worry Free
 
Ready for every precious family moment, the 10.1-megapixel COOLPIX S31 allows every family member young and old to capture beautiful photos with ease, whether on vacation or at the pool. Housed in a compact, durable body that is waterproof (up to 16.5 feet), shockproof (up to 3.6 feet) and dustproof1, this point-and-shoot takes the worry out of photography regardless of the setting or situation. Clear and precise images or HD video are made possible with the help of a 3x optical zoom (29-87mm equivalent) NIKKOR lens, and a dedicated video record button creates an effortless transition from stills to video.
 
A 2.7-inch LCD display supports an enhanced easy and intuitive graphic user interface (GUI) that allows for simple navigation and several shooting and playback modes designed to make photography simple and fun when using the S31. The camera allows the user to instantly show off his or her favorite family moments using unique playback options including in-camera slide shows and photo albums. Image editing and playback filter effects can also be applied to both stills and video, offering the opportunity to add a personal touch to every family memory. The COOLPIX S31 features functions that make shooting simpler than ever before.
 
Pricing and Availability:
 
The COOLPIX AW110 will be available in Orange, Black, Camouflage and Blue in February 2013 for a suggested retail price of $349.95*. The COOLPIX S31 will be available in White, Blue, Pink, Brown and Yellow, also in February 2013, for a suggested retail price of $119.95*.
 
In order to give consumers a more effective way to understand the benefits of each COOLPIX camera and to help users determine the best camera to fit their lifestyle, Nikon has segmented the COOLPIX series into five categories: Advanced Performance, Fun & Innovative, Ultra-Slim Zoom, Comfort Long Zoom and Budget Friendly. For more information about these and other COOLPIX cameras, please visit www.nikonusa.com.
 
B&H has the Nikon COOLPIX S31 and COOLPIX AW110 digital cameras available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/29/2013 7:41:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon Coolpix S5200 and Nikon Coolpix L28
 
From Nikon:
 
The Latest Additions to the Nikon COOLPIX Line Offer an Easy and Fun Shooting Experience for Consumers Seeking a Value
 
The New COOLPIX S5200 and COOLPIX L28 Capture Gorgeous Stills and HD Video with Ease
 
MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced two budget friendly additions to its COOLPIX line that offer a compact, intuitive design for value-seeking consumers who want to capture high quality stills and HD video. With an emphasis on simplicity, alongside helpful in-camera editing and shooting controls, the new COOLPIX S5200 and COOLPIX L28 are ideal for capturing life’s everyday moments, anytime, anywhere.
 
“Nikon’s newest COOLPIX cameras combine Nikon’s renowned image quality and superior technology in conveniently slim bodies for those who love to share their memories,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience. “These new COOLPIX cameras are affordable, yet offer classic user-friendly features like Best Smile Selector and Easy Auto Mode, ideal for customers looking to capture high-quality images with ease.”
 
The Nikon COOLPIX S5200: The Camera for Staying Connected
 
The COOLPIX S5200 is a versatile camera with a 16.0-megapixel backside-illuminated (BSI) CMOS sensor that captures high-quality images and video, even in low-light conditions. Featuring a wide-angle 6x (26mm to 156mm) optical zoom-NIKKOR glass lens, the compact and slim S5200 ensures crisp, detailed images in a pocketable body. Images and videos can be uploaded and shared instantly using the camera’s built-in Wi-Fi® capabilities1, allowing users to share images and videos with compatible smart devices via the Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application1.
 
While sharing photos is fun, the COOLPIX S5200 makes creating flattering photos easy. Users have access to simple editing and shooting features including Best Smile Selector, a tool that automatically helps select the shot that best compliments the subject. In addition, an upgraded version of Glamour Retouch lets the user brighten faces using a variety of retouch effects. All shooting features, including Quick Effects and Target Finding AF, are accessible using the camera’s simple yet intuitive 3-inch TFT LCD monitor.
 
The Nikon COOLPIX L28: A Compact Camera for Everyday Life
 
The 20.1-megapixel COOLPIX L28 features easy-to-use shooting functions and streamlined operation that allow users to capture unique and expressive photos and videos effortlessly. Equipped with a 5x optical zoom (26mm to 130mm) and simple shooting functions such as Easy Auto Mode, this new COOLPIX camera allows the user to capture pristine still images and HD video at the touch of a button. The COOLPIX L28’s Smart Portrait Mode has six functions including Face-priority AF, Skin Softening, Smile Timer, Blink Proof and In-Camera Red-Eye Fix that allow users to take their creativity to new heights. For comfortable operation, the L28 also sports a 3-inch TFT LCD screen and an easy-to-hold grip and button layout that fits in a user’s hand comfortably. The COOLPIX L28 uses widely available AA-size alkaline batteries, so users can conveniently keep their cameras powered.
 
Pricing and Availability:
 
The COOLPIX S5200 will be available in February 2013 for a suggested retail price of $179.95* in Plum, Red, Blue and Black. The COOLPIX L28 will be available in February 2013 for a suggested retail price of $119.95* in Red, Black and Silver.
 
In order to give consumers a more effective way to understand the benefits of each COOLPIX camera and to help users determine the best camera to fit their lifestyle, Nikon has segmented the COOLPIX series into five categories: Advanced Performance, Fun & Innovative, Ultra-Slim Zoom, Comfort Long Zoom and Budget Friendly. For more information about these and other COOLPIX cameras, please visit www.nikonusa.com.
 
B&H has the Nikon COOLPIX S5200 and COOLPIX L28 available for preorder.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/29/2013 7:11:43 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED and Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR
 
From Nikon:
 
Exacting Precision From Near or Afar: Nikon's Newest NIKKOR Lenses Offer Optical Brilliance and Versatility for FX-Format Shooters
 
Nikon Continues to Expand Upon the NIKKOR Lens Lineup with the New AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR Super-Telephoto Lens and AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Wide-Angle Lens
 
MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. introduced the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR super-telephoto lens and AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED ultra-wide-angle zoom lens, designed to assist FX-format photographers in capturing their subjects with clarity and precision. Specifically engineered for sports, wildlife and photojournalists, the 800mm f/5.6 offers the longest focal length of any NIKKOR autofocus (AF) lens, affording photographers the opportunity to get closer to their subject with extreme telephoto capability. Additionally, the compact and lightweight 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 is an ultra-wide-angle lens option with a 1.9x zoom range is an ideal focal length for landscape photography and other wide-angle applications.
 
“The addition of the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR super-telephoto lens and AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED wide-angle zoom lens to the FX-format NIKKOR lens lineup reaffirms Nikon’s commitment to the optical excellence and versatility that professional and enthusiast photographers have come to expect from Nikon,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc. “Whether shooting on the sidelines under stadium lights or composing a landscape in the early morning sun, the newest additions to the NIKKOR line of lenses provide the ability to shoot stunning still images or HD video with amazing sharpness and clarity.”
 
The Elusive and Iconic Image is Never Out of Reach
 
The new AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR super-telephoto lens provides professional photographers the opportunity to get close to a subject with the longest fixed focal length lens in the NIKKOR family. Designed for the needs of sports, wildlife and news photographers, the 800mm features a maximum aperture of f/5.6 and gives FX-format photographers the chance to capture intense detail and textures that fill the frame from a distance. Included with the new lens is the matched AF-S Teleconverter TC800-1.25E ED which has been developed exclusively for the 800mm f/5.6 lens. This is the first Nikon teleconverter to employ an ED glass element, and extends the maximum focal length 1.25x to 1000mm (1500mm when used with a DX-format camera) and maximum aperture to f/7.1 while maintaining full AF performance on D4, D800 series and D600 FX-format D-SLR cameras.
 
Originally trialed and tested under the demanding conditions of the 2012 summer games, the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR maintains the handling, optical performance, vivid color reproduction and exceptional clarity that professional photographers rely on. This is the first Nikon lens constructed with two fluorite glass elements, combined with two ED glass elements and a Nano Crystal Coat, to help ensure outstanding performance with minimal chromatic aberration and flaring, all within a durable lens body. The addition of fluorite elements allows for consistently excellent optical characteristics while keeping the lens balanced and lightweight. The lens is comprised of 20 elements in 13 groups, and is one of few Nikon lenses to utilize an electromagnetic diaphragm mechanism that enables seamless mechanical control and enhanced stability in auto exposure control during continuous shooting. Vibration Reduction (VR) image stabilization is also implemented, with the equivalent of approximately four stops faster1 shutter speed correction.
 
An Ultra Wide-Angle Wonder for FX-Format Photographers
 
Nikon’s newest ultra-wide-angle NIKKOR offering, the AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED, features a useful wide-angle focal length of 18-35mm (1.9x zoom equivalent). This FX-format lens is ideal for large group shots, architecture and photographing or shooting HD video in tight interiors. Performance is optimized for ultra-high-pixel-count D-SLR cameras including the Nikon D800 series and D600, while providing close focus up to .92 feet (approx. 11 inches). The 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 presents a new, lightweight wide-angle option for FX-format D-SLR shooters.
 
The AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED packs NIKKOR quality and performance within an extremely compact and lightweight 0.85 lb. (385g) body, making it easy to carry while on location or on-the-go. Constructed with 12 elements in 8 groups, Nikon’s newest wide-angle lens features a seven-blade diaphragm that allows for beautiful and precise image blur, ED glass to help ensure outstanding performance with minimal chromatic aberration while Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating (SIC) reduces ghosting even in backlit situations. Two focus modes are available including M/A (AF with manual override) and M (Manual) in addition to a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) that enables quiet AF operation.
 
Price and Availability
 
The AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR, supplied with the AF-S Teleconverter TC800-1.25E ED, will be available in April 2013 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $17,899.95*. The AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED will be available in March 2013 for the SRP of $749.95*. For more information on these and other NIKKOR lenses as well as other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.
 
Preorder Opportunities:
 
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED lens: B&H | Adorama
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR: B&H | Adorama
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/29/2013 12:02:07 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, January 28, 2013
Adorama has the Refurbished Canon EOS 60D DSLR Camera with EF 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS lens available for $839.00 with free shipping. Compare at $999.99 new.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 1/28/2013 12:17:03 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Datacolor:
 
Datacolor Webinars Offer Step-by-Step Techniques to Produce High Quality Images
 
Lawrenceville, NJ – January 28, 2013 – Datacolor® (www.datacolor.com), a global leader in color management solutions, announced today its winter 2013 line-up of free color management webinars. Continuing its popular series, Datacolor is offering introductory and advanced webinars on a variety of topics to demonstrate new techniques for photographers to enhance their skills. Additionally, Datacolor is partnering with other notable photography related companies for an even more dynamic webinar series. Co-sponsors, including Lensbaby and SLR Lounge, will offer product giveaways and promotions.
 
The bi-monthly webinars, hosted by David Tobie, global product technology manager for Datacolor, and David Saffir, Datacolor expert, noted landscape and fine art photographer, and author of “Master Digital Color,” focus on managing color using tools in both capture and processing stages. Webinars include step-by-step demonstrations using Datacolor’s line of Spyder color calibration devices, and in-depth discussion to provide photographers with new methods to produce high quality results with their own images.
 
“As technology changes so do workflow methods,” said David Tobie. “Datacolor is known for our thought leaders and we want to be a resource to photographers and provide them with both the tools and techniques they need to produce high quality images. We are excited to bring in new partners, topics and trends to support photographers from the novice to the pro to further develop their skills and take their photography to the next level.”
 
Upcoming topics for the Datacolor color management webinar series to include:

  • January 30, 2013 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST: Valentine’s Photography: Photographing Loved Ones, Couples and More
  • February 13, 2013 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST: Advanced Workflow Using Lightroom 4 and Photoshop CS6 (Co-sponsor: SLR Lounge)
  • February 27, 2013 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST: Tips and Techniques for Floral Photography (Co-sponsor: Lensbaby)
  • March 6, 2013 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST: Artistic Techniques in Phone Photography
  • March 28, 2013 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EST: What’s in Your Camera Bag?

Those interested in attending can register in advance for the free webinars. Attendees will be automatically entered to win a Datacolor Spyder product coinciding with the webinar topic. Guests will also have the ability to interact with the speakers in a Q&A format, and get first-hand input on applying color management effectively in their workflow.
 
Register now at http://spyder.datacolor.com/webinars/.
 
B&H carries Datacolor products.

Post Date: 1/28/2013 2:25:06 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Camera Museum has published a technical report on the PowerShot SX50 HS digital camera.
 
B&H carries the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS digital camera.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 1/28/2013 11:56:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Friend of the site Bo Zhang recently sent us his findings regarding autofocus problems he was experiencing with his Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM lens. After his teardown and testing process, Zhang surmised that paint loss on a specific rotor resulted in metal shavings that jammed the autofocus motor.
 
From Bo Zhang:
"Now the result is clear: The HSM needed this layer of spray paint to work properly. The paint provided scortch free friction interface. I now have to order new HSM parts to get my lens fixed. But how long can a new layer of paint last?"
Download Bo Zhang's complete teardown findings here (PDF).
Post Date: 1/28/2013 10:13:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon Image Space
 
Nikon Image Space, Nikon's overhauled "Picturetown," is now live. There are two types of free accounts - the regular free account provides users with 2GBs of storage while Nikon camera owners receive 20GBs of storage.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/28/2013 8:47:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The current Canon rebate program is scheduled to end this Saturday, February 2nd. While the rebate has been extended multiple times, there is no guarantee it will happen again.
 
If you're on the fence about purchasing a Canon DSLR camera or lens, just look at the rebate amount and ask yourself if you'd like to risk having to spend that much more for your item.
 
Canon DSLR Rebates

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

Canon Lens and Flash Rebates

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
Post Date: 1/28/2013 7:33:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
 
January 28, 2013 - TOKYO - Nikon Corporation celebrates the 80th anniversary of the launch of its NIKKOR photographic lenses this year
 
In commemoration of NIKKOR's 80th anniversary, Nikon hopes to strengthen and increase awareness of the historic and reliable NIKKOR brand with various promotions in 2013. The first step toward achieving this objective is the creation of a NIKKOR 80th anniversary logo that will be used in Nikon product brochures, advertisements, and various other forms of communication. The anniversary logo will embody NIKKOR's image of taking the lead in every age based on optical technologies developed over its long history.
 
NIKKOR's history began in 1932 with Nikon's (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) registration of the NIKKOR trademark, soon followed in 1933 with the first shipment of Aero-Nikkor aerial photographic lenses. Since then, Nikon has continued to develop lenses for both film and digital cameras. Always loaded with cutting edge optical technologies of the times, NIKKOR has grown to be a brand known for high-performance lenses.
 
In 1959, Nikon (then Nippon Kogaku K.K.) released its first SLR camera, the Nikon F as well as its first lens for Nikon SLR cameras, the NIKKOR-S Auto 5cm f/2. The Nikon F mount, adopted for the Nikon F, continues to be the mount used in the latest Nikon digital-SLR cameras. In addition, with the release of the new Nikon 1 series of advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses incorporating the new 1 mount, Nikon has steadily released dedicated 1 mount lenses developed with optical technologies cultivated over the years, advanced technologies, and offering the superior image quality users have come to expect since 2011. As a result, total production of NIKKOR lenses for cameras with interchangeable lenses reached 75 million in November 2012.
 
NIKKOR lenses are not limited to use by cameras with interchangeable lenses but are also integrated into Nikon's COOLPIX series of compact digital cameras. Thus, NIKKOR lenses have been well received by a broad range of users, from entry-level to professional photographers. Nikon's lineup of lenses for cameras with interchangeable lenses currently consists of more than 80 types of lenses, including fisheye lenses, ultra wide-angle lenses, super-telephoto lenses, zoom lenses, micro lenses, PC-E lenses, and 1 NIKKOR lenses for advanced cameras with interchangeable lenses. Nikon will continue to develop high-quality NIKKOR lenses that attract a wide variety of photographers.
 
B&H carries Nikon Nikkor lenses.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 1/28/2013 6:46:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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