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 Thursday, October 25, 2012
From Phase One:
 
New Processing Engine Drives an Image Quality Revolution
 
COPENHAGEN, October 25, 2012 — Phase One, the world’s leader in open-platform, high-end camera systems and solutions, today released Capture One Pro 7. Capture One Pro is the advanced digital imaging software for professional photographers who require superior image quality, maximum workflow efficiency and the flexibility to work the way they want to work.
 
Capture One Pro 7 is a major release built on a new processing engine with new and advanced professional tools that dramatically boost out-of-the-box image quality, offering exquisite detail and color rendition. Powerful digital asset management functionality, derived from years of technical expertise built into the Media Pro catalog system, has been added to offer more options to select, search and organize image files. And the world’s most advanced tethering shooting solution now includes Live View support for selected DSLRs.
 
“Phase One engineers have unique advantages in developing image processing software: their high-end digital hardware expertise, their enduring passion for perfection and their collaboration with some of the world’s best photographers,” said Linda K. Poulsen, Software Marketing Director, Phase One.
 
“Image quality is always our prime directive,” said Niels V. Knudsen, Vice President of Innovation and Application Development, Phase One’s popular ‘Image Quality Professor.’ “We are proud to introduce what we believe is the world’s best professional imaging software, and we wish to thank photographers around the globe for inspiring us to meet their needs for high quality images with a natural look and feel.”
 
A Revolution in Image Quality
Advancements in the Capture One raw processing engine yield vastly more accurate rendition of details and colors. While medium format camera systems with Capture One Pro achieve the highest-level results, DSLR users will see stellar performance from their cameras too. A highly advanced noise reduction algorithm has been added that gives stunning performance at even high ISO levels. Precision adjustment tools offer greatly enhanced dynamic range for astonishing details in both shadows and highlights, reveal fine details and structure, reduce the effect of haze and give images a more threedimensional look and add local contrast and saturation to images for extra punch. The new OpenCL implementation yields faster browsing and higher-speed image processing.
 
Powerful Digital Asset Management
Next to the familiar and proven sessions approach, Capture One Pro users can now organize their image files via comprehensive and flexible catalogs. Incorporating powerful digital asset management features found in Media Pro, they can work with multiple catalogs at the same time; share catalogs with other users; switch between different catalogs without relaunching; easily tag images for later search and retrieval; and browse and adjust images when the original images files are offline.
 
Workflow AdvancesFrom capture to final output, Capture One Pro 7 has been optimized for efficiency. Capture One Pro’s support for instant tethered shooting is renowned for its ease (just plug in and shoot) with both medium format and high-end DSLR cameras. Now Live View is available for selected DSLRs aiding composition and critical focus. Capture One Pro 7 has a selection of default lens profiles that can be chosen to automatically correct any unwanted optical issues. Capture One Pro 7 speeds delivery of final image files to clients and colleagues in whatever format, size, or resolution they need.
 
For a complete list of new and advanced features, please go to http://www.phaseone.com/en/Image-Software.aspx
 
Pricing and Availability
Phase One Capture One Pro 7 is available now for Mac OS X and Windows online at www.phaseone.com/store and from Phase One Partners. The price is 299 USD and 229 EUR 229. Owners of Capture One Pro 3/4/5/6 may upgrade for 99 USD and 69 EUR. Owners of Capture One Express may upgrade to Capture One Pro 7 for 249 USD and 199 EUR. For customers who have purchased Capture One Pro 6 since September 26, 2012, Phase One is offering a grace period, exempting them from the upgrade fee.
 
B&H carries Capture One Phase One products.
Category: Phase One News
Post Date: 10/25/2012 6:49:31 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 24, 2012
[Update] Hot Deal: eBay (via Canon-authorized datavis_sales) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR Camera available for $2,799.00 with free shipping. Compare at $3,199.00. (thanks TVS)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/24/2012 12:10:10 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has just lowered their prices on the 5D Mark III and 5D Mark II DSLR cameras.
 
Canon 5D Mark III - $3,199.00 Shipped (reduced from $3,459.00)
Canon 5D Mark II - $1,699.00 Shipped (reduced from $1,799.00)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/24/2012 9:25:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR
 
Nikon Continues Popular Series of F/4 Lenses with the Addition of the New FX-Format AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens
 
The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens is Nikon’s First Lens with up to Five Stops of Image Stabilization; Offers Outstanding Performance and Superior Image Quality
 
MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the newest addition to its legendary NIKKOR line of lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR telephoto zoom lens that provides a popular and versatile focal length and a constant f/4 aperture for full frame FX-format photographers. The 70-200mm f/4 is the first NIKKOR lens to feature the third generation of Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) technology to meet the still image and video demands of advanced photographers and videographers.
 
“With the new AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4, Nikon offers enthusiasts an essential telephoto zoom lens capable of amazing clarity and control, at a price point that’s easily attainable,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience, Nikon Inc., “With the introduction of Nikon’s third generation of VR technology, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 lens offers superior performance and stunning image quality whether shooting beautiful stills or HD video in challenging lighting conditions.”
 
Legendary Image Quality and Performance
 
In an expansion of Nikon’s f/4 series of NIKKOR lenses, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 is an uncompromising telephoto zoom lens ready for real-world creative applications by professionals and enthusiasts including sports, portraiture and wildlife shooting. Smaller and lighter than Nikon’s AF-S NIKKOR 70-200 f/2.8 lens, this 70-200mm f/4 lens offers a valuable alternative that maintains the superior image quality and lightning quick performance photographers have come to expect from Nikon.
 
Additionally, Nikon’s newest lens is the first to feature VR image stabilization technology that is able to vastly reduce camera shake and blur by offering the equivalent shutter speed of approximately five stops slower than otherwise possible. Now users are able to shoot confidently in lower light or while handheld to deliver razor sharp images and smooth HD video.
 
When used alongside the Nikon D4, D800 series and D600 D-SLR cameras, 70-200mm f/4 lens users can take advantage of Nikon professional grade teleconverters to increase the focal length without sacrificing AF and VR abilities. By utilizing the camera’s cross-type focus points at f/8 and below, users can effectively double the focal length of this f/4 lens to 400mm and still retain the AF ability to capture clear subjects at an even greater distance.
 
Constructed from 20 optical elements in 14 groups, the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 maintains several core Nikon technologies including the exclusive Nano Crystal Coat to significantly reduce instances of ghosting and flaring. In addition, Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) provides quiet and responsive autofocus (AF) operation. The lens also features two versatile focus modes, M/A (autofocus with manual override) and M (manual focus) to adapt to a users shooting preferences. The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4 achieves the top class feel, superior operability and solid handling that only NIKKOR glass can offer.
 
Price and Availability
 
The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR will be available in late November 2012 for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $1,399.95*. Nikon also offers an optional Tripod Collar, available in the near future for a suggested retail price (SRP) of $223.95*. For more information on this and other NIKKOR lenses, as well as other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.
 
The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR Lens is available for pre-order at B&H and Adorama.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/24/2012 12:18:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
New Nikkor 1 Lenses
 
From Nikon USA:
 
Nikon to Develop Three New 1 NIKKOR Lenses for the Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangable Lens System
 
TOKYO, JAPAN – Today, Nikon Corporation announced the development of three new lenses for the Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System. These lenses will be welcomed additions to the current lineup of popular 1 NIKKOR lenses, and will provide system owners a breadth of new NIKKOR optics to explore new shooting perspectives.
 
The development of these new 1 NIKKOR lenses will strengthen Nikon’s lineup of 1 NIKKOR lenses while providing three new options to fit the various shooting needs of Nikon 1 users, whether for still images or HD video. The new lineup will include a 32mm medium-telephoto fixed focal length lens (equivalent to 86.4mm in 35mm format) with a fast maximum aperture of f/1.2, ideal for portraits and creating a bokeh effect. The second lens is a 6.7-13mm f/3.5-5.6 ultra wide-angle zoom lens (equivalent to 18-35mm in 35mm format) that includes Vibration Reduction (VR) and is the first 1 NIKKOR lens to offer a wide, 100-degree angle of view. The third lens is a compact and lightweight 10x zoom lens, a 10-100mm f/4-5.6 (equivalent to 27-270mm in 35mm format). This lens is convenient and portable enough to take everywhere, including weekend getaways and family vacations.
 
The 1 NIKKOR interchangeable lens lineup follows in the tradition of the renowned Nikon F-mount lenses that were first introduced more than half a century ago. The 1 NIKKOR lenses are specifically engineered for the Nikon 1 system of cameras and are developed using optical technologies that Nikon has cultivated with years of experience in optics expertise. The 1 NIKKOR lens lineup offers the same superior image quality that users have come to expect from the Nikon and NIKKOR brands, whether capturing still images or HD videos.
 
The addition of the three new lenses will join the six 1 NIKKOR lenses currently available:
1 NIKKOR VR 10-30mm f/3.5-5.6 standard zoom lens
1 NIKKOR VR 30-110mm f/3.8-5.6 compact telephoto zoom lens
1 NIKKOR 10mm f/2.8 slim wide-angle fixed focal length lens
1 NIKKOR VR 10-100mm f/4.5-5.6 PD-ZOOM lens equipped with a power drive mechanism (recommended for movie recording )
1 NIKKOR 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 zoom lens
1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 fixed focal length lens with fast maximum aperture
 
Nikon will continue to develop and expand the 1 NIKKOR lineup with lenses that make the most of the capabilities and performance offered by the revolutionary Nikon 1 system.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/24/2012 12:12:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon 1 V2
 
From Nikon USA:
 
Striking the Balance of Portability, Performance and Shooting Preference, the New Nikon 1 V2 Provides Users with New Ways to be Creative and Expressive
 
Nikon Continues to Enhance the Powerful Nikon 1 System with the Addition of Photographer-Friendly Features, Connectivity and Accessories
 
MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new 14.2-megapixel Nikon 1 V2, the latest addition to the revolutionary Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System. Designed for the creative consumer who seeks stunning images and HD video, the V2 incorporates a myriad of new features aimed at improving the shooting experience, including a new ergonomic grip for familiar handling, a built-in flash and the addition of a Command Mode Dial to provide easy access to features and controls. Nikon also introduced the new SB-N7, an optional compact speedlight that offers versatile lighting possibilities for Nikon 1 V1 and Nikon 1 V2 shooters.
 
The new Nikon 1 V2 is designed to be compact and delivers astoundingly rapid Autofocus (AF) and shooting response, incredible image quality, sharp Full HD video and advanced yet easy-to-use shooting options. The V2 offers a new 14.2-megapixel CX-format super high-speed CMOS sensor that has been engineered to allow for amazing image quality that exhibits eye-catching colors, rich hues and striking detail. The upgraded sensor combined with the blazing fast Advance Hybrid AF system allows users to shoot up to 15 frames-per-second (fps) while maintaining full AF tracking that allows the capturing of fast moving subjects. Other new and noteworthy features include versatile and fun shooting modes such as Best Moment Capture Mode and the new Live Image Control that lets a user preview their creative vision, pre-capture.
 
“The recent additions to the Nikon 1 System, including the new V2, demonstrate Nikon’s dedication to delivering a camera system that meets the needs of creative and expressive consumers looking for an easy-to-use camera that is portable enough to take on any life adventure,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience. “With a grip and control layout that is familiar to photographers, the V2’s incredible speed, versatility, ease of use and portability can be used in various situations to shoot amazing images and sharp HD video.”
 
Enhanced Design Lets Creative Freedom Flow
 
The new V2 sports an enhanced design that includes a comfortable traditional grip as well as a textured camera body and thoughtfully placed mode dials. With easy access to the new top-placed Command Dial, V2 shooters will be able to make camera adjustments quickly and easily, even when framing photos in the camera’s 1.4-million-dot electronic viewfinder. The camera also includes a new Direct Setting Control that enables quick access to settings in manual exposure modes (P,S,A,M), so that settings can be changed without taking an eye off the electronic viewfinder or the high-resolution 921,000-dot 3.0-in LCD display. To get creative in challenging light, a built-in pop-up flash supplies extra lighting when capturing images in low-light situations or to provide a fill flash to eliminate shadows. The camera also features a Nikon 1 i-TTL hot shoe port, affording the use of optional lighting and camera accessories with the Nikon 1 V2.
 
Though compact and portable, the new Nikon 1 V2 boasts incredible performance and features that will be easily embraced by all levels of photographers. In addition to the 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor, the camera also includes the new EXPEED 3A image processing engine, both specifically designed to produce still images and HD video with stunning clarity and color. Additionally, the new EXPEED 3A has improved image-signal processing capability as well as high-speed readout.
 
A wide ISO range (160-6400) allows the V2 to perform brilliantly in tough lighting conditions, while the highly responsive Advanced Hybrid Autofocus (AF) system provides users with superfast shooting speeds, allowing them to capture fast action with crisp focus, whether at a football game or dance recital. The Nikon 1 V2’s 73 point AF array ensures accuracy and super precise focus, even on moving subjects. The camera also provides high-speed continuous shooting with continuous Auto focusing letting users capture approximately 15 fps up to 45 frames. High-speed continuous shooting at approximately 60 fps for up to 40 frames is also possible.
 
Get Creative with Advanced Features
 
The new Nikon 1 V2 offers various shooting modes and controls that will help photographers flex their creative muscle while providing new ways to be expressive in still images and HD videos. With the new top-placed Mode Dial, V2 users will be able to access the camera’s Auto Mode as well as full manual controls on the fly. The camera is also equipped with an Enhanced Motion Snapshot Mode, which users can utilize to capture fleeting moments with a short, slow-motion movie sequence in addition to a single defining still image. A Motion Snapshot can be saved as a four second MOV file and JPEG image file separately or it can also be saved as a 10 second movie file without a separate JPEG image file, making it easy to share with others. Furthermore, Motion Snapshots can be combined into a continuous slideshow seamlessly within the camera.
 
The Nikon 1 V2 also includes Best Moment Capture Mode, an advanced creative mode that allows individuals to use Slow View to slow down a moment they are capturing, in real time. By simply pressing the shutter button halfway down when focused, users can capture live action (approx. 1.33 seconds), while the view of the subject is displayed at five times slower than normal speed (approx. 6.66 sec). The action is replayed repeatedly as long as the shutter-release button is half-pressed. Fast action sports and events are transformed to slow motion right on the LCD screen, letting the user capture once-in-a-lifetime moments with confidence.
 
Additionally, original Nikon 1 features like Smart Photo Selector are still available on this new camera, and are accessible through the Best Moment Capture Mode. When using Smart Photo Selector, V2 users can capture up to 20 shots with a single press of the shutter button, and the camera will then automatically select the five best images to keep based on factors such as exposure, focus and facial recognition. The Nikon 1 V2 also includes an Advance Movie Mode that allows for the simultaneous shooting of 1080p Full HD video and high-resolution stills of the same subject or scene. Slow motion movies at both 400 fps and 1200 fps can also be captured, plus full manual exposure controls are accessible while in Advance Movie Mode.
 
Image effects and image-creation functions such as in-camera HDR and the innovative Live Image Control allow users even more ways to customize their photos. Live Image Control gives users the ability to see end-result images before capture by incorporating effects of various camera settings on a scene. With Live Image Control, real time adjustments to motion control, brightness control, Active D-Lighting and background focus are seen on the LCD screen or the electronic viewfinder prior to capture to help ensure the user’s creative vision is fulfilled.
 
Expanding the Reach of the Nikon 1 V2: Accessories for the Nikon 1 System
 
The V2 is compatible with the optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter1. When connected to the WU-1b, the camera can shoot high quality images and movies and transfer them to smart devices, making it easy to stay connected and share content wirelessly to social networks. Users of the free Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application for Android™2 platform smart devices as well as iPhone® and iPad®3 mobile digital devices will also have the ability to remotely control the camera from a smartphone or tablet.
 
Like the other Nikon 1 system cameras, V2 shooters will have access to a growing lineup of incredible 1 NIKKOR lenses, Nikon 1 accessories, as well as F-Mount NIKKOR lenses when connected to the FT-1 Mount Adapter. These lenses and accessories will allow individuals to build a system that truly complements their creative lifestyle.
 
Alongside the Nikon 1 V2, the new optional SB-N7 speedlight will inspire shooters to take their creative vision to new heights with an extremely versatile yet compact and lightweight flash unit. When connected to the Nikon 1 accessory port of the V2, the SB-N7 will provide opportunities to explore lighting options including i-TTL support. Additionally, the flash head tilts up to 120 degrees for situations that call for bouncing the flash output. The new speedlight is easy-to-use and travel friendly, and also uses common AAA batteries. The speedlight provides a guide number of 18 meters/59 feet (at ISO 100), as well as a supplied external wide flash adapter for wider shooting coverage.
 
Price and Availability
 
The Nikon 1 V2 camera with the 10-30mm lens will be available in late November 2012 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $899.95*. The SB-N7 speedlight will be available in January 2013 and will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $159.95*. For more information on the V2 and SB-N7 or other Nikon 1 series products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.
 
The Nikon 1 V2 Mirrorless Camera is available for pre-order at B&H, Adorama and Amazon UK.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Announcements
Post Date: 10/24/2012 12:05:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
Company to Exhibit the Latest EOS Digital SLR and PowerShot Cameras,imagePROGRAF Large-Format Printers, and PIXMA PRO-Series Printers at Canon Booth 119
 
NEW YORK, October 24, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase a range of digital cameras and printers at PhotoPlus Expo 2012 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, October 25-27, 2012 (Booth 119). In addition, the Canon Digital Learning Center website will host free streaming video of stage presentations by Canon's Explorers of Light.
 
Attendees will have the opportunity to "touch and try" Canon's latest imaging products including:

  • PowerShot digital cameras - the G15, S110, and SX50 HS - providing advanced features, greater focusing speed and multiple-shot speed in sophisticated, compact camera bodies
  • EOS 6D Digital SLR camera, a versatile, mid-range full-frame camera with the durability and performance professionals require and the creative imaging options serious photographers crave
  • EOS 6D Digital SLR camera, a versatile, mid-range full-frame camera with the durability and performance professionals require and the creative imaging options serious photographers crave
  • Three new imagePROGRAF large-format printers - the iPF8400, iPF6450 and iPF6400- delivering superb color quality and consistency as well as excellent output speeds for photographers, artisans, proofers and print for pay operations
  • Two new PIXMA PRO-series 13-inch inkjet printers, the PIXMA PRO-10 and PIXMA PRO-100 producing excellent black-and-white and color prints to help, professional studio and aspiring photographers, as well as those educators training the next generation of photographers, ensure what was captured through the lens is reproduced exactly as it was envisioned on paper.

"Canon's theme for this year's PhotoPlus Expo exhibition is 'What It Takes To Image', which speaks to the wide breadth of products and solutions we offer professional imaging markets. As a uniquely positioned company providing complete imaging solutions from input to output, PhotoPlus Expo sets the stage for us to show attendees the full scope of the creative solutions we offer," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
 
The booth includes a hands-on shooting set where visitors can try Canon's latest DSLR cameras and Cinema EOS equipment. The REALiS Theatre located in the booth will be continually showing dynamic footage captured on various Canon devices throughout the show. In addition, the Company is continuing its PhotoPlus Expo speaker series with live presentations and photoshoots happening throughout the tradeshow on the Canon Live Learning stage. Canon's Speedlite Studio sessions will also take place demonstrating lighting and portraiture techniques for attendees.
 
Canon 2012 PhotoPlus Expo Stage Schedule

 

Thursday, October 25th

Friday, October 26th

Saturday, October 27th

10:00 AM

Clay Blackmore
Live Shoot!

Greg Heisler
Live Shoot!

Hanson Fong
Live Shoot!

10:45 AM

Denis Reggie
Wedding Realism
Lecture Presentation

Sam Abell
The Life of a Photograph
Lecture Presentation

Vincent Laforet
The Revolution Continues
Video Lecture Presentation

11:30 AM

Tyler Stableford
Cinema in the Extreme
Video Lecture Presentation

Lauren Greenfield
The Documentary Hybrid
Video Lecture Presentation

Parish Kohanim
The Beauty of Imaging
Lecture Presentation

12:15 AM

Michele Celentano
Live Shoot!

Clay Blackmore
Live Shoot!

Felix Alcala
The HD Cinema
Video Lecture Presentation

1:00 PM

Stephen Johnson
Portraying an Exquisite Earth
Lecture Presentation

Peter Read Miller
Illustrating Sports!
Lecture Presentation

Ken Sklute
Live Shoot!

1:45 PM

Vincent Laforet
The Revolution Continues
Video Lecture Presentation

Vincent Laforet
The Revolution Continues
Video Lecture Presentation

Eddie Tapp
Cooking Raw Files to Perfection
Lecture Presentation

2:30 PM

Jack Reznicki
Live Shoot!

Hanson Fong
Live Shoot!

Alex Buono
Live from NY, it's Alex Buono!
Video Lecture Presentation

3:15 PM

Jennifer Wu
Nature's Elusive Beauty
Lecture Presentation

George Lepp
Extreme Nature Techniques
Lecture Presentation

Douglas Kirkland
Live Shoot!

4:00 PM

Bruce Dorn
Cinema Style Video Capture
Video Lecture Presentation

Alex Buono
Live from NY, it's Alex Buono!
Video Lecture Presentation

 


 
CPS Lounge
Canon will host its CPS Lounge during PhotoPlus Expo 2012 at the Jacob Javits Center, October 24th-27th in rooms 2D02/03 and 2D04/05. The CPS Lounge will be open to the public on October 24th at 10am, the day before PhotoPlus Expo opens.

  • Free On-Site Clean & Check for Gold and Platinum Members: up to two Canon professional DSLR or lens models. All equipment must be dropped off before 5 p.m. on October 26, 2012.
  • On-Site Registration: New or upgrading Gold or Platinum members will receive an additional free Clean & Check coupon during PhotoPlus Expo. A registration kiosk will be available in the CPS Lounge.
  • Free Professional Canon Print: Gold and Platinum members are encouraged to bring one of their own high-resolution images to receive one sample print from the latest PIXMA Pro or imagePROGRAF printers. (during show hours only)

CPS Lounge Hours during PhotoPlus Expo 2012:
10/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Pre-show hours available)
10/25 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10/26 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10/27 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (equipment pick-up only)

Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 10/24/2012 8:55:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From DxO:
 
DxO Optics Pro 8 introduces DxO Smart Lighting allowing greater photo details and more vivid colors
 
Comprehensive image content analysis coupled with camera calibrationpushes image quality even further
 
Software will be available on October 29, 2012 at a 33% discount through November 15th

 
October 24, 2012 - DxO Labs announces the October 29th availability of DxO Optics Pro 8, a major new release of its image quality processing software of reference for all demanding photographers. Available for both Mac and Windows, DxO Optics Pro 8 provides the best tool for automatically adjusting contrast and light, the most advanced optical corrections, and even finer and more precise color management. Its enhanced performance and improved interface deliver a better user experience.
 
DxO Optics Pro is based on a unique approach consisting of extensive camera and lens calibrations in DxO Labs' laboratories. The software integrates several powerful tools delivering automatic RAW and JPEG image processing for both amateur photographers and experts: optical and geometrical corrections, exposure and contrast, noise reduction, and color and detail preservation.
 
DxO Optics Pro's many presets allow photographers to process images according to their own taste, getting in just a few cliks the best out of their photos, whatever the shooting conditions.
 
DxO Smart Lighting: Mastering the light with one slider
 
New DxO Smart Lighting brightens up photos by optimizing contrast and lighting quickly and efficiently. This exclusive DxO Labs technology intelligently adapts to image content and allows users to easily adjust image contrast using a single slider. DxO Smart Lighting automatically recovers details both in highlights and shadows under even the most extreme shooting conditions.
 
For more advanced users, DxO Optics Pro 8 offers a new Selective tone tool that allows them to apply precise corrections separately to highlights, midtones, and dark zones.
 
Brilliant and fully textured colors
 
The Protection of saturated colors tool can restore a significant number of details and rich textures hidden in areas of vivid or saturated color that can appear flatly uniform to the eye.
 
DxO Optics Pro 8 automatically applies the color rendering settings chosen by the photographer while precisely taking into account the current image content. Textures in vivid colors reappear, revealing all the details in the image.
 
Exceptional optical corrections: Even more supported lenses
 
Flaws in photos are specific to the combination of lens and camera used. DxO Labs has measured nearly 10,000 combinations to provide the specific corrections required for each camera.
 
Developed in DxO Labs' laboratory using an exclusive calibration process, DxO Optics Modules contain tens of thousands of data about the inner characteristics and flaws of each camera and lens. This unique and world exclusive database allows DxO Optics Pro to automatically correct all optical flaws with an unrivaled level of quality, for both RAW and JPEG images, including distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness.
 
DxO Optics Pro 8 further improves the correction of chromatic aberrations for RAW-format images by combining DxO Optics Module data with image content analysis.
 
The Lens softness tool, also based on DxO Optics Modules, automatically boosts lens resolution by homogenizing sharpness across the field. Optimized in DxO Optics Pro 8, the tool gives photographers extremely sharp images from the center of the image right out to the edges, even when the settings are pushed to high levels.
 
The opening of a new laboratory in Seattle has reinforced DxO Labs' measurement and calibration capacity. Now with six laboratories located in both Europe and the United States, DxO Labs has set a goal of providing 20,000 available DxO Optics Modules by the end of 2013.
 
A smoother user experience: Regrouping features and Retina screen optimization
 
DxO Labs has extensively revised the DxO Optics Pro 8 interface for more user comfort. The most commonly used functions have been regrouped to offer photographers easier visibility and handling.
 
A specific workspace brings together the most important and common operations such as white balance, color and contrast adjustment, and exposure compensation. Similarly, many advanced tools have been more logically reorganized in different palettes.
 
DxO Optics Pro 8's Mac interface has been entirely redesigned to take advantage of all the visual quality offered by Retina screens. Photographers can now enjoy unprecedented displayed details in their images!
 
Faster and truer viewing: A more efficient display and workflow
 
Beyond the improvements in terms of image quality and interface, DxO Optics Pro 8 has increased display speed.
 
Thumbnails now display in real time the current state of the photo, thanks to live preview. The user can now instantly figure out if a photo is the original one or the working version.
 
To improve workflow further, now every photo once opened in DxO Optics Pro instantaneously loads, even after closing and reopening the application - a real time-saver.
 
New tools: Print module and new Output settings options
 
DxO Optics Pro 8 now includes a new integrated print module allowing photographers to directly print RAW or JPEG images on the fly as they preview them. Different print modes and layout options are available, from contact sheet to full page printing.
 
As a part of the new Output settings options, users can now also adjust the destination and size and choose among several resampling solutions.
 
Availability and special introductory offer
 
The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro 8 for Mac and Windows will be available on October 29, 2012, in the DxO Labs online store (shop.dxo.com), and at photo resellers during November, at a special introductory discount valid until November 15, 2012:
 
USD:

  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Standard Edition: $ 99 instead of $ 169
  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition: $ 199 instead of $ 299

EUR:

  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Standard Edition: 99 € instead of 149 €
  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition: 199 € instead of 299 €
    (Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

BGP:

  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Standard Edition: £ 89 instead of £ 135
  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition: £ 179 instead of £ 269
    (Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

Photographers who have purchased a DxO Optics Pro 7 license on or after September 1, 2012 are eligible for a free upgrade to version 8. Other users can take advantage of a special discount on all upgrades from now until November 15, 2012, directly from their customer account.
 
A complete, fully-functional trial version of DxO Optics Pro 8, good for one month, will be available on October 29, 2012 on the DxO Labs website (http://www.dxo.com/intl/photo/free_trial_version).
 
B&H carries DxO Products.

Category: DxO News
Post Date: 10/24/2012 8:44:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Epson:
 
Epson Expression Photo XP-850 Small-in-One Delivers Superior Photo Quality in a Compact, Sleek Design
 
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Oct. 24, 2012 - Epson America, Inc., a leading provider of superior performing printing solutions, today announced the Epson Expression Photo XP-850 Small-in-One printer, delivering premium performance within a space-saving design. Ideal for photo enthusiasts and families, the Expression XP-850 prints brilliant photos with Claria Photo HD six-color inks for smooth gradations and true-to-life skin tones. Plus, it includes robust wireless features for easy mobile printing from an iPad, iPhone, tablet, or smartphone.
 
“The Epson Expression Photo XP-850 delivers crisp detail and professional quality photos so you can conveniently print from home and have rich, colorful photos, flyers or other projects available to share immediately with family and friends,” said Stacey Tieu, product manager, consumer ink jets, Epson America, Inc. “The Expression XP-850 is also equipped with innovative print technology for frame-worthy prints every time. In addition to its photo strength, it also functions as a versatile everyday printer for household family use.”
 
The Expression XP-850 prints at remarkably fast speeds, delivering 4" x 6" photos in as fast as 10 seconds. With a dedicated photo tray, direct CD/DVD printing, and a rear paper feed for card stock, envelopes and more, the Expression XP-850 can easily take on any creative project. It also offers several productivity features, such as automatic two-sided printing, copying and scanning, an intuitive 3.5” LCD with intuitive gesture navigation, and a 30-page Automatic Document Feeder with color fax. The auto-extend output paper tray allows you to print with assurance that your projects and papers will be organized and not all over the floor, especially when printing remotely.
 
The Expression XP-850 includes convenient Ethernet networking and built-in Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n for multiple users to share one printer or print from any room. It also offers a variety of wireless functionality, including Wi-Fi Direct for printing from a mobile device without a network. In addition, the Expression XP-850 is equipped with Epson Connect, a suite of mobile printing solutions that make it easier for users to print documents, emails, photos, and web pages from iPads, iPhones, tablets, and smartphones from anywhere in the world.
 
Additional Expression Photo XP-850 Small-in-One Features and Benefits:

  • Epson Connect – print and scan from anywhere with Epson Email Print, Epson iPrint mobile app, and Epson Remote Print
  • PC-free photo printing with memory card slots
  • Auto Photo Correction and red-eye removal, with or without a computer
  • High-quality scanning up to 4800 dpi
  • Smudge, scratch and water resistant photos to share photos immediately after printing
  • Individual ink cartridges to replace only the color needed
  • Standard and high-capacity (XL) black and color ink cartridges accommodate various printing needs
  • Eco-friendly features, including ENERGY STAR qualified, RoHS compliant and designed to be recycled

Pricing and Availability
The Epson Expression Photo XP-850 ($299.99*) will be available in November via commercial channels at launch. For more information, visit http://www.epson.com.
 
B&H carries Epson Products.

Category: Epson News
Post Date: 10/24/2012 7:44:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From JOBY:
 
Revolutionize Your Smartphone Photography and Videography with JOBY GripTight Smartphone Stands
 
JOBY Unveils 3 iPhone® & Android™ Stands for Smartphone Users Craving Creative Possibilities
 
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., October 24, 2012 – JOBY JOBY is excited to announce the launch of the GripTight™ collection of Android and iPhone stands, versatile and universal solutions for smartphone users who take photos, capture video and view media everywhere they go. Known for its award-winning flexible GorillaPod™ camera tripods, JOBY expands creative possibilities with this new collection of stable, compact, lightweight and ultra-portable products that fit the best-selling smartphones (including iPhone® 5, Samsung Galaxy S® III and Nokia Lumia 920) – with or without protective cases.
 
The GripTight products let you create your own portable photography and video studio by helping you improve photo clarity, shoot from unique perspectives, capture shake-free video, and enhance your photo and video apps. Comfortably watch and enjoy video, browse websites, or Skype and video conference anywhere and everywhere. All thanks to the stable, hands-free positioning of these innovative designs.
 
"Because smartphones are now the cameras that are always on hand, consumers are using these devices more frequently to shoot photos and video," said Laura Kawakami, JOBY brand and product marketing director. "Our versatile GripTight collection empowers iPhone® as well as Android™ and Windows® smartphone users to 'get a grip' on creativity and discover even more ways to use their smartphone cameras."
 
The rock-solid GripTight Micro Stand is the only pocket-sized smartphone stand in the market. Designed with a steel inner frame and zinc alloy legs, the Micro Stand is sleek and durable enough to stash in a pocket or on a key chain for on-the-go convenience. Grippy, rubber feet allow users to stabilize their smartphones on uneven surfaces, and the mini-ballhead tilts 36 degrees in any direction for precise control of photo and video composition. The Micro Stand is ideal for smartphone photographers who want to be in their photo with friends or who love to watch YouTube™ videos in a café. It's portable, convenient and easy to set up.
 
The GripTight GorillaPod Stand is an incredibly adaptable and all-terrain solution. Designed with flexible, wrappable joints and grippy, rubber feet, this solution allows users to secure their smartphones to all kinds of objects and stabilize them on all types of surfaces for the optimal perspective as they shoot photos, capture video and enjoy media. Ideal for city and wilderness adventures, the GripTight GorillaPod Stand is the perfect companion on an urban trek while photographing meals for a foodie blog, or on your next camping trip for setting up in-tent movie nights.
 
The innovative GripTight Mount is compatible with GorillaPod™ camera tripods and standard tripods via a universal, stainless-steel ¼-20" thread. The Mount makes it easy to stabilize and position your smartphone to do everything from composing a challenging shot to capturing a time-lapse photo series or capturing a full-length video.
 
Stable and hands-free. Compact and lightweight. Designed for limitless possibilities and almost any smartphone, the GripTight collection from JOBY allows smartphone users to expand their creativity and improve their mobile photography and videography with three versatile, portable products that make perfect gifts for the holidays.
 
The GripTight Mount is available for $19.95 (US MSRP). The GripTight Micro Stand and GripTight GorillaPod Stand are available for $29.95 each (US MSRP). All products may be purchased at popular big-box retailers, consumer electronics, mobile and online stores, and at joby.com.
 
B&H carries JOBY products.
Category: Joby News
Post Date: 10/24/2012 7:29:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 23, 2012
NEW FIRMWARE UPDATE FOR CANON EOS 5D MARK III DIGITAL SLR CAMERA PROVIDES UNCOMPRESSED HDMI OUTPUT SUPPORT AND IMPROVED AF PERFORMANCE
 
From Canon:
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 23, 2012 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a new firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera that significantly improves the camera’s performance and usability. In response to requests from professionals working in the fields of cinema and television production, the firmware update enables the use of uncompressed HDMI Output support, making possible more efficient video editing and monitoring procedures. Additionally, the upgrade supports the advanced needs of photographers through improved AF performance when capturing still images.
 
Uncompressed HDMI Output Support
When shooting video, HDMI Output makes possible the recording of high-definition uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) from the EOS 5D Mark III to an external recorder via the camera’s HDMI terminal. This, in turn, facilitates the editing of video data with minimal image degradation for greater on-site workflow efficiency during motion picture and video productions. Additionally, video being captured can be displayed on an external monitor, enabling real-time, on-site monitoring of high-definition video during shooting.
 
Improved AF Functionality
Even when the EOS 5D Mark III is equipped with an extender and lens making possible a maximum aperture of f/8, the firmware update supports AF employing the camera’s central cross-type points (currently compatible with maximum apertures up to f/5.6). Accordingly, the update will allow users to take advantage of AF when shooting distant subjects, benefitting sports and nature photographers, particularly when using telephoto lenses.
 
The new firmware update will be available, at no charge, in April 2013 from the Canon U.S.A. website and can be downloaded by end users or through Canon Factory Service Centers.
 
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is available at Amazon, B&H and Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/23/2012 8:10:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Flashpoint 4x6" Leatherette Photo Album (Holds 500 Prints) available for $19.99. Regularly $29.99.
Post Date: 10/23/2012 3:34:55 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon Europe has posted an informative article explaining their remote shutter release products.
 
They also published a similar article on their TTL remote or multi-flash sync cords.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/23/2012 12:37:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Adorama has the Western Digital My Passport Essential 2TB 2.5" External Hard Drive for $154.95 with free shipping. Regularly $179.95.
 
Backups are extremely important in photography (and business, for that matter). Most people are inadequately protected from hard drive failure, fire, theft, etc.
 
We currently rely on the WD My Passport Essential 2TB 2.5" Ext HD for critical backup purposes (using 7 drives in rotation). They are fast and have been proven reliable.
Post Date: 10/23/2012 9:51:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Post Date: 10/23/2012 10:05:29 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR Camera available for $1,676.71 with free shipping.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/23/2012 6:28:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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