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 Wednesday, September 19, 2012
From ILFORD:
 
ILFORD announced today that it has expanded its award-winning range of GALERIE Prestige inkjet photo papers with the introduction of new media crafted specifically for creating black and white prints. An answer to the call from fine art professionals, these papers feature surfaces that translate vivid artistic vision with the archival-quality image rendition that ILFORD is known for. The new line-up includes:

These new offerings are currently on display at the ILFORD stand at photokina (Stand D.011/E0.10).

Category: Ilford News
Post Date: 9/19/2012 12:54:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
ILFORD has announced new IIC profiles for the Canon PIXMA PRO-100, PIXMA PRO-10, and new large format printers.
 
New GALERIE profiles for the latest CANON printers
 
ILFORD develops ICC profiles to maximize printing results with the new Canon PIXMA PRO-100, PIXMA PRO-10 and the new Canon large format printers, the iPF6400, iPF6450, iPF8400 and the iPF9400.
 
Marly, Switzerland, 17 September, 2012 - ILFORD, a leading developer and manufacturer of professional quality media for both inkjet printing and color photographic processes, today announced that it has developed ICC profiles to maximize printing results when using the innovative ILFORD GALERIE range of inkjet papers with the latest Canon printers. The new profiles, available for free at http://www.ilford.com/, ensure breath-taking colors and consistent results when printing on GALERIE with the new Canon products announced today.
 
The two new premium A3+ PIXMA PRO-100 and PIXMA PRO-10 photo printers from Canon are ideal for semi-professional and serious amateur photographers looking to produce professional-quality photos at home or in the studio. The new models both feature Canon’s stylish EOS-inspired design, individual inks, and Wi-Fi connectivity.
 
The PIXMA PRO-100 replaces the PIXMA Pro9000 MkII and features an 8-ink dye-based system for creating stunning colour and monochrome photographs at home. Outstanding quality prints can be produced quickly, with fast print speeds of approx. 90 seconds for an A3+ bordered colour photo, across a wide range of media.
 
The PIXMA PRO-10 replaces the PIXMA Pro9500 MkII and features a 10-ink pigment-based system with Chroma Optimizer, making the PRO-10 ideal for semi-professional and serious amateur photographers looking to work with a wide range of media. The PRO-10 boasts print speeds of approx. 3 minutes 35 seconds for A3+ bordered, colour or black and white photo prints.
 
The latest additions to the Canon Large Format printer range are the iPF6400, the iPF6450 (also available with optional spectrophotometer), the iPF8400, the iPF9400 and the iPF9400S.
 
All the new models use LUCIA EX inks, making Canon the only company to use a singular ink set across an entire large format range, and ‘hot swap’ technology. The ink set provides a wider color gamut, more expressive blacks, better scratch resistance and a more stable color for optimum image quality to ensure absolute consistency between devices. The ‘hot swap’ technology gives the ability to replace ink while printing, providing uninterrupted production and reduced down time.
 
The 12-colour, 24” imagePROGRAF iPF6400 and iPF6450 are replacing the iPF6300 and iPF6350 models. The new optional spectrophotometer with the imagePROGRAF iPF6450 enables precise, highly stable and consistent colour that has a switchable UV filter to give users much greater flexibility with their range of media.
 
Calibration Link allows the spectrophotometer to provide a unified solution to all the 12-color large format printers launched by Canon in 2012. Needing only to be installed on the iPF6450 at one location, users can centrally control the color management of multiple imagePROGRAF units installed in other sites, optimising output and ensuring uniformity of color.
 
The imagePROGRAF range is further enhanced by the 44” imagePROGRAF iPF8400, a 12-color printer, which replaces the iPF8300 that comes with an increased internal HDD of 250GB and a faster throughput. Also launching are the 60” imagePROGRAF iPF9400 and the iPF9400S models, 12-color and 8-color respectively. Overall image quality is improved by using LUCIA-EX inks which provide approximately 20% wider color gamut and the fast printing speed will appeal to the photographic, fine arts and in-house signage markets.
 
At http://www.ilford.com/, ICC profiles for printing with the new Canon products will be available free for download to coincide with the worldwide availability of the printers*. This includes profiles for five brand new fine art GALERIE papers to be introduced during photokina 2012, which will be the latest additions to the growing top-of-the-line, award-winning GALERIE Prestige range. The new GALERIE product introductions will be announced on Wednesday 19 September, with full product information to be published at http://www.ilford.com/. ICC profiles for using existing Canon printers with a wide range of GALERIE papers are currently available from the ILFORD website.
 
Visitors to photokina 2012 will have the opportunity to see all four brand new Canon introductions being demonstrated in the Canon space in Hall 3.2 using ILFORD media. Meanwhile, the ILFORD stand D.011 – E.010 in Hall 6.1 will feature one of the brand new Canon Large Format models, the iPF6450, plus a brand new CANON PIXMA Pro-100 and a Canon PIXMA Pro-1, showcasing the impressive results produced by the printers when using new and existing GALERIE media.
 
“ILFORD is committed to continually developing our ICC profiles so that photographers using GALERIE papers can achieve outstanding prints with the most innovative printers on the market,” said Jane Dixon, Director of Global Marketing at ILFORD. “By developing ICC profiles for use of the brand new ILFORD GALERIE papers with the latest Canon printers, ILFORD is pleased to demonstrate that we develop all our new products with the photographer in mind.”
 
ILFORD ICC Profiles are developed by technicians on the ILFORD Research and Development team who specialise in the creation of profiles that accurately reflect a true photographic image. A detailed ReadMe file is available in the profile download section of the ILFORD website, offering easy to use step-by-step instructions. The carefully defined printer settings override standard settings for optimal print results with the entire GALERIE range.
 
* Worldwide availability of new Canon printers:

  • Large Format Printers: The iPF6400, iPF6450 (also available with optional spectrophotometer), iPF8400, iPF9400 and iPF9400S are available worldwide in September 2012.
  • Premium A3+ PIXMA PRO-100 and PIXMA PRO-10 photo printers are available in the U.S.A mid-October 2012 and across Europe, the Middle East and Africa in November 2012.

Posted to: Canon News
Category: Ilford News
Post Date: 9/19/2012 11:20:47 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 18, 2012
B&H has just opened (8:15pm Eastern time) and is accepting preorders for the newly announced Canon EOS 6D DSLR.
 
With the expected December availability timeframe for the 6D, preordering now will give you the greatest chance for getting this camera in your hands by Christmas.
 
Canon 6D (Body Only) | Canon 6D & Lens Kit
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/18/2012 7:33:09 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
BuyDig.com has a Canon EOS T2i DSLR, EF-S 18-135mm IS lens, and PIXMA PRO9000 printer and other bundled items for $674.00 with $75.00 discount code DPS75 and $400.00 mail-in-rebate. Compare at $838.00 without the other bundled items.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/18/2012 2:22:26 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
ISO 12233 chart results are now available on the Canon EF 28-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens Review page.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/18/2012 1:08:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon 5D Mark II in stock for $1,759.20. These do not usually last long.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/18/2012 12:57:13 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Amazon has the Nikon D600 DSLR in stock: Body Only | Body and Lens Kit
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 9/18/2012 12:10:18 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo:
 
Think Tank Photo Airport Navigator Rolling Photography Case
 
Airport Navigator™ Rolling Pilot’s Case to Be Released
 
In November we will release the Airport Navigator™, the photography industry’s first rolling pilot’s case that allows photographers to access gear from the top and the front. The new pilot’s case also includes a shoulder strap for easing past gate check attendants.
 
The Airport Navigator™ holds two pro-size bodies, plus three to six extra lenses and most 15.4” laptops, iPads and documents. The two external side pockets can also accommodate pro-size flashes or water bottles.
 
The new roller’s lightweight design emphasizes fit and comfort, premium quality, and flexibility and function. The custom handle extends to total of 40” for easy rolling. The pilot’s case utilizes the highest quality YKK RC Fuse zippers, custom designed and replaceable in-line skate wheels, and antique nickel plated metal hardware. It features a shoulder strap whose piggy-back function allows for easy attachment to other rollers.
 
“This project dates back many years as our designers strived to create a dual access roller,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo CEO and Lead Designer. “Through different revisions, we found that the most reasonable style for this case was a Pilot’s type bag. This effort culminated in the creation of a rolling case that has top and front access for wedding, event and travel photographers. This is yet another unique first for the camera industry.”
 
Additional features include:

  • 15” Laptop compartment
  • iPad/document pocket
  • Top and front access panels to photo gear
  • Lockable zippers on both main zippered compartments
  • Retractable handle slides through top lid handle to hold lid open for quick access to gear while shooting
  • Removable shoulder strap includes piggy-back function for attaching Airport Navigator to other TTP rollers
  • Two external side pockets to accommodate flashes or water bottles
  • Releasable front panel straps hold the laptop compartment open for quick access to electronics when attached or full access to photo gear when released. Straps also tuck-away when not in use.
  • Custom designed and replaceable handle and wheels
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included

The Airport Navigator’s all-fabric exterior is treated with a DWR coating while fabric underside is coated with PU for superior water resistance. It utilizes YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion resistant) zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high-density nylon, 600D brushed polyester, custom designed replaceable in-line skate wheels, Ultra Stretch pockets, antique nickel plated metal hardware, aluminum reinforcement, rubberized laminate, 3D air mesh, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Specifications
 
Airport Navigator
 
External Dimensions: 16” W x 15.5” H x 10” D (40.6 × 39.4 × 25.4cm)
Internal Dimensions: 15” W x 13” H x 6.8” D (38.1 × 33 × 17.3cm)
Laptop: 14.8” W x 11” H x 1.5” D (37.6 × 28 × 3.8cm)
Weight: 8.1-9.2 lbs (3.7-4.2 kg)
 
Think Tank Photo CityWalker Series Photography Bags
 
Lightweight CityWalker™ Premium Messenger Camera Bags to Be Released
 
In November we will release the CityWalker™ messenger bag series. Designed with the urban photographer in mind, the new bags will come in three models – CityWalker 10, CityWalker 20, and CityWalker 30 – and in two colorways: Black and Blue Slate.
 
The CityWalkers’ design emphasizes fit and comfort, premium quality, and functional flexibility. Extremely lightweight, the bags feature a high quality silver-toned nylon liner, RC Fuse External/YKK zippers, and antique nickel plated metal hardware. They have a sound silencer on the main flap, extra flaps for smaller lenses with a fully lined velex insert for maximum customization, internal pockets that fit a pro-size flash, and a removable padded insert.
 
The CityWalker 10 fits one standard size body with a 24-70 attached, plus one to two small extra lenses, a flash, and a tablet. The CityWalker 20 holds one standard size body with a 24-70 attached or a 70-200 detached, plus extra lenses, a flash, and a tablet. The CityWalker 30 holds one standard size body with a 24-70 attached or a 70-200 detached, plus two to four extra lenses, a flash, and a 15” laptop.
 
“The CityWalkers are a classic ‘walk around’ bag,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo CEO and Lead Designer. “Built around the same design aesthetic as our popular StreetWalker® backpacks, their style is targeted toward casual urban environments while still focused on an active lifestyle.”
 
Additional features include:

  • 15” Laptop compartment (CityWalker 30)
  • iPad pocket [front internal] (CityWalker 10 and CityWalker 20)
  • Double security on front flap closure with silence-able Hook/Loop and Dual Cross™ Buckle
  • Removable padded insert
  • Seam-sealed rain cover included
  • Customizable divider layout
  • Two internal side pockets to accommodate flash
  • Deluxe organizer on front panel
  • Water bottle pockets on each side
  • Large zippered pocket on front flap for accessories
  • Rear document pocket
  • Business card holder inside main flap
  • Top carry handle

All CityWalker fabric exterior is treated with a DWR coating while fabric underside is coated with PU for superior water resistance. They utilize YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion resistant) zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high-density nylon, 600D brushed polyester, 250D shadow rip-stop polyester, Derrington™ mesh pockets, antique nickel plated metal hardware, Dual Cross™ Buckle, 3D air mesh, mono mesh, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
 
Specifications
 
CityWalker 10
 
External Dimensions: 12.4” W x 9” H x 6.7” D (31.5 × 23 × 17cm)
Internal Dimensions: 10” W x 7.5” H x 5.3” D (25.5 × 19 × 13.5cm)
Tablet: 10.3” W x 8” H x 0.8” D (26.2 × 20.3 × 2cm)

 
CityWalker 20
 
External Dimensions: 13.8” W x 9.8” H x 6.7” D (35 × 25 × 17cm)
Internal Dimensions: 13” W x 8.7” H x 5.3” D (33 × 22 × 13.5cm)
Tablet: 10.3” W x 8” H x 0.8” D (26.2 × 20.3 × 2cm)

 
CityWalker 30
 
External Dimensions: 16.3” W x 11.4” H x 8.3” D (41.5 × 29 × 21cm)
Internal Dimensions: 13.4” W x 9.6” H x 6.7” D(34 × 24.5 × 17cm)
Laptop: 15" W x 11" H x 1.4" D (38 x 28 x 3.6cm)

 
Visit Think Tank Photo for great photography bags and accessories.

Post Date: 9/18/2012 11:57:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Sandisk:
 
Sandisk Announces Development of CFast Memory Cards For Next-Generation Professional Photo and Video Applications

  • New specification delivers up to four times faster performance than current CompactFlash® memory cards used in today's professional-grade cameras
  • Ideal for next-generation cameras offering high resolutions and featuring advanced professional video recording applications
  • Currently sampling CFast2.0 memory cards to camera manufacturers as they design and optimize their next-generation host devices for CFast2.0

PHOTOKINA, Cologne, Germany, September 18, 2012 - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today announced that it is developing flash memory cards based on the new CFast2.0 specification introduced today by the CompactFlash Association (CFA). The new specification enables next-generation photo and video applications by delivering up to four times faster performance than the CompactFlash memory cards currently used in DSLR cameras and other imaging devices.
 
"CFast2.0 memory cards will help drive the future of professional photography and video-recording applications," said Shuki Nir, senior vice president and general manager, Retail, SanDisk. "With the CFast2.0 specification's unparalleled performance, flash memory can now enter new markets such as high-definition TV and even cinema production."
 
Ideal for Next-Generation Professional Video Applications
Professional video applications are growing more powerful than ever before, with 2K video enjoying widespread use and full-frame 4K video already gaining adoption in high-end production environments. These next-generation video applications can produce videos with incredibly high resolutions and large file sizes. The CFast2.0 specification supports advanced video applications through higher interface bandwidth and much higher levels of Video Performance Guarantee to meet the requirements of 2K/4K digital intermediate compressed production environments.
 
"Professional photographers, videographers and cinematographers demand increasingly powerful cameras that help them unleash their creativity," said Masaya Maeda, managing director and chief executive, image communication products operations, Canon. "With extremely fast performance, CFast2.0 memory cards will enable us to develop next-generation cameras with more powerful features than are currently supported by CompactFlash cards."Ideal for Next-Generation Photography Applications
Digital cameras are expected to become more powerful, with the ability to capture images at greater than 40MP resolution. These next-generation cameras will produce photos of unprecedented quality, and the large file sizes can quickly overwhelm a CompactFlash memory card's data-transfer rates and halt shooting.
 
The CFast2.0 specification features theoretical performance of up to 600MB/sec, four times faster than the highest-performance CompactFlash memory cards. The new specification delivers the fast speed needed to capture a series of high-resolution photos and transfer them quickly to a computer, particularly important to professional photographers whose workflows demand the utmost efficiency.
 
"PhaseOne believes in open standards where many players have access to the technologies required to create a healthy ecosystem and drive the future of imaging," said Henrik Håkonsson, chief executive officer, PhaseOne, a leading medium format camera manufacturer. "We intend to integrate CFast2.0 memory cards into our new cameras because they offer significantly higher recording performance and faster offload speeds than other memory card formats."
 
Sampling Now
SanDisk is currently sampling CFast2.0 memory cards to camera manufacturers as they design and optimize their next-generation host devices for the new specification.
 
B&H carries SanDisk products.

Category: SanDisk News
Post Date: 9/18/2012 10:37:44 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Posted on the Nik Software website:
 
We are pleased to announce that Google has acquired Nik Software. For nearly 17 years, we’ve been guided by our motto, “photography first”, as we worked to build world class digital image editing tools. We’ve always aspired to share our passion for photography with everyone, and with Google’s support we hope to be able to help many millions more people create awesome pictures.
 
We’re incredibly grateful for all of your support and hope you’ll join us on the next phase of our journey as part of Google.
 
All our best!
 
The Nik Software Team
 
B&H carries the full line of Nik Software.
Post Date: 9/18/2012 10:27:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
X-Rite Announces ColorMunki Smile, a New Entry-Level Color Calibration Solution
 
ColorMunki Smile provides amazingly simple monitor calibration
 
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (September 18, 2012) – X-Rite, Incorporated, the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, announces today a new addition to the ColorMunki family of color calibration solutions – the ColorMunki Smile. Ideal for photo hobbyists, design enthusiasts, gamers and any other users looking for the easiest way to color correct their computer monitors, ColorMunki Smile offers a simple and affordable option for beginner color perfectionists.
 
ColorMunki Smile includes a color measurement device and very simple software. Thanks to a wizard-based user interface that uses graphics and video animation, users just need to follow the on-screen instructions that walk them through the quick and easy calibration process. Best of all, users don’t need to know anything about color science to get good quality results with the ColorMunki Smile.
 
“ColorMunki Smile features advanced color measurement technologies that X-Rite is known for while providing beginner color enthusiasts with an easy-to-use solution for calibrating monitors,” said Thomas Kunz, X-Rite’s Market Manager, Imaging. “With the introduction of ColorMunki Smile, users can now be sure that their monitors always accurately display the true colors of their photographs, videos, games and web browsing experiences.”
 
Using the same color profile technology as X-Rite’s professional-level color calibration products, ColorMunki Smile provides color accuracy on commonly used LED and LCD displays.
 
Users can also calibrate multiple monitors to accurately show colors. ColorMunki Smile software automatically detects when multiple monitors are connected to a single Mac or PC computer and allows users to color correct each one.
 
ColorMunki Smile extends the X-Rite portfolio of Display products by now offering an entry level display product. Also available for more advanced users is the ColorMunki Display and for professional users – the i1Display Pro.
 
Availability
ColorMunki Smile is available now from X-Rite (North America) and Pantone online stores and also from the company’s worldwide network of resellers for an MSRP of $99. ColorMunki Smile includes a colorimeter with counterweight, ColorMunki Smile software for calibrating monitors, and Quick Start Guide.
 
For more information on this solution, please visit www.xrite.com, www.xritephoto.com or www.pantone.com, or contact your local X-Rite press representative.
 
B&H carries X-Rite ColorMunki products
Category: X Rite News
Post Date: 9/18/2012 10:18:18 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Datacolor:
 
Datacolor Launches SpyderCAPTURE PRO™- The Complete Color Input and Autofocus Suite
 
Ultimate Product Bundle for Imaging Professionals Includes Essential Color Management Tools for Digital Workflow Process
 
Lawrenceville, NJ – September 18, 2012 –– Datacolor® (www.datacolor.com), a global leader in color management solutions, today announced the availability of SpyderCAPTURE PRO, a bundled product package featuring essential tools for photographers to manage color throughout the digital workflow process. The kit, which allows photographers to reliably assess and adjust images from capture to post-production, enabling true-to-life reproduction of images, includes four popular Datacolor Spyder products: Spyder4ELITE™, SpyderCHECKR™, SpyderCUBE™ and SpyderLENSCAL™.
 
With SpyderCAPTURE PRO, photographers, designers and imaging professionals can calibrate autofocus in cameras and lenses with the SpyderLENSCAL, control contrast and white point balance with SpyderCUBE, control color balance with SpyderCHECKR, and calibrate displays, such as a computer monitor or laptop, iPads, iPhones, televisions (optional upgrade) and projectors, with Spyder4ELITE. Offering greater control over color management, the tools included in the bundle offer precision performance and are easy to use both in studio and on location.
 
“The Datacolor Spyder line of products offers professionals the tools they need to ensure color and razor sharp autofocus accuracy throughout every step of the imaging workflow,” said Dave Faulkner, product manager for Datacolor. “SpyderCAPTURE PRO puts a collection of our leading color calibration solutions together in one convenient, cost-savings package that eliminates the guesswork in selecting which gear is necessary to help capture great images.”
 
SpyderCAPTURE PRO comes in a rugged aluminum case for convenient protection and storage that allows for easy transportability. The package comes complete with a one-year warranty and free online support from Datacolor. SpyderCAPTURE PRO retails for $399 and is available now. For more information on SpyderCAPTURE PRO, please visit www.datacolor.com/spydercapturepro or email spyder@datacolor.com.
 
About DatacolorDatacolor is a global leader in color management solutions and color communication technology. The world's leading brands, manufacturers, creative professionals and consumers have been choosing Datacolor's innovative technology and solutions to consistently achieve the right color for over 40 years.
 
A Swiss held company, Datacolor's global presence encompasses a sales, service and support network serving customers in more than 65 countries throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia, along with 13 worldwide operation and production facilities. Industries served include apparel and textile, paint and coatings, automotive, plastics, photography, home theatre and others. For more information about Datacolor and its products or services, visit www.datacolor.com.
 
B&H carries Datacolor products.
Category: Datacolor News
Post Date: 9/18/2012 10:08:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Lowepro:
 
Passport Sling II - (Petaluma, CA – September 18, 2012)
 
Lowepro, a product design company that builds protective gear for photography, video and portable electronic devices, unveils its next generation of a versatile favorite among enthusiast photographers: Passport Sling II. Inspired by the original Passport Sling for DSLR cameras, this new design incorporates a removable and customizable camera box that adjusts to fit a CSC or DSLR kit, plus personal gear.
 
"We're excited to offer this customer favorite in an updated design that allows photographers to fit their DSLR or CSC camera set-up," said Tim Grimmer, Lowepro director of product management. "We built a flexible, padded camera box that makes it easy to change up your kit depending on your shooting plans."
 
This discreet sling design has a unique, organic profile that belies the fact that it fits and protects camera gear. Its removable camera box quickly transforms the Passport Sling II into a full travel or day bag. Both camera box and sling may be folded flat for packing into a larger bag.
 
An expandable front panel unzips to reveal 30% more storage space for personal items—ideal for a day of sightseeing and souvenir shopping or a trip to the farmers market.
 
Comfortable, convenient and thoughtful features make the Passport Sling II a perfect everyday and travel choice. The adjustable shoulder strap with cam lock buckle includes a detachable pad for extra, day-long comfort; remove the pad for a more streamlined look. Multiple storage pockets on the exterior and interior provide ample space for a water bottle, smartphone, wallet, keys, light jacket, and other personal items. A bright, contrasting lining makes it easy to locate gear.
 
The Passport Sling II fits two types of camera configurations within the customizable camera box. The removable divider and flaps are built to make quick and secure size adjustments. The larger configuration fits a DSLR with attached zoom lens, plus one extra lens or a flash. The smaller configuratioon fits a CSC with attached zoom lens, plus two extra lenses or a flash and one extra lens. This new sling is available in Black/Red or Mica/Green.
 
Event Messenger series - (Petaluma, CA – September 18, 2012)
 
Lowepro, a product design company that invents protective gear for photography equipment and portable electronics, adds a classic black option to its popular Event Messenger series. The three models are built to fit, protect and carry an interchangeable lens camera (ILC) kit, plus a laptop or tablet in the larger two sizes.
 
"We've received positive feedback from customers and favorable reviews from photo publications, blogs and forums when we launched the Event Messenger series in March of this year," said Tim Grimmer, Lowepro director of product management. "Photographers and reviewers appreciate its discreet profile, flexible organization and easy access—and many asked for us to make it in classic black; so we have."
 
The Event Messenger's Grab-and-Go design with a wide-access main compartment makes it ideal for getting to gear when shooting a news story, wedding or impromptu event. A Dual-Mode Flap allows a photographer to quickly switch from maximum security mode to quiet working mode.
 
Additional features include: padded laptop/tablet compartment (in the 250 and 150, respectively); comfortable, adjustable shoulder strap with non-slip patch; stretch side pockets; plus a grab handle for an extra carrying option.
 
The series is available in Black (with red accents) and Mica in three sizes. The 250 model fits up to a Pro DSLR without grip, extra lenses, accessories and up to a 13" laptop. The 150 fits a DSLR, extra lenses, accessories and a tablet. The 100 fits a compact DSLR or CSC, extra lenses and accessories.
 
Rover Pro AW series - (Petaluma, CA – September 17, 2012 )
 
Lowepro, a product design company that builds protective gear for photography, video and portable electronic devices, unveils its new Rover Pro AW series. These two lightweight, technical backpacks are built for active outdoor professional and enthusiasts photographers who need a comfortable and supportive way to hike with heavy loads of equipment over long and varied terrain.
 
"We're extremely excited to offer outdoor photographers the first real, overnight backpack that's built to protect their camera equipment, provide space for basic camping gear, and deliver the kind of versatility, support and comfort they require when shooting in the backcountry," said Tim Grimmer, Lowepro director of product management.
 
The Rover Pro AW features a trampoline-style suspension system with breathable mesh to provide an optimal load transfer and superior ventilation when trekking with a lot of gear. Adjustable shoulder straps allow a custom fit that accommodates 16 to 19 inch (40 to 48 centimeter) torso lengths as measured from the C4 vertebrae to the top of the iliac crest.
 
The toploading design offers two-way access to camera and other gear—from the top or the front-hatch opening. Modular camera cases (1 camera case and 1 lens case in 45L model; 1 camera case in 35L model) are placed under the front hatch. Fully padded and adjustable, they may be removed to convert the bags to fully functional backpacks that provide 45 or 35 liters of volume.
 
The Rover Pro AW comes with a hydration-ready side pocket to accommodate a 2 liter reservoir (not included) and keep liquid within easy reach. The opposite side of the pack includes a unique tripod attachment system with tarp-like flaps and compression straps to secure gear.
 
Lowepro's weather-protective cover gets a design update to accommodate wilderness shooters. The removable cover serves as a moisture barrier with reflector functionality for enhanced visibility and safety.
 
Additional outdoor-friendly details include: ice axe/trekking pole attachment points; attached top lid with zippered storage pocket; stretchy front stash pocket; sleeping pad/small tent straps at bottom of pack; adjustable waistbelt with built-in zippered pockets; compression straps to stabilize gear within pack and streamline the overall profile; plus, a dedicated laptop compartment in 45L model.
 
The Rover Pro 45L AW fits up to a Pro DSLR with grip, with attached 24-70mm zoom lens; 3-4 extra lenses or flashes; a tripod or monopod; 2 liter hydration reservoir (not included); up to a 15" laptop; sleeping pad, small tent, ice axe/trekking poles and other personal gear.
 
The Rover Pro 35L AW fits up to a Pro DSLR with attached 24-70mm zoom lens; 1 extra lens or flash; tripod or monopol; 2 liter hydration reservoir (not included); sleeping pad, small tent, ice axe/trekking poles and other personal gear.
 
The Rover Pro AW series is available Galaxy Blue/Light Grey.
 
B&H carries Lowepro Products.
Category: Lowepro News
Post Date: 9/18/2012 8:53:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Joby:
 
Revolutionary Camera Strap Line Delivers Comfort & Performance for Photographers
 
JOBY Brings Breakthrough Design Expertise with a New Ultra-Comfortable Camera Strap Line
 
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., September 18, 2012 – JOBY is excited to announce the launch of its innovative line of comfortable, high-performance camera straps: the JOBY UltraFit Sling Strap™ and JOBY 3-Way Camera Strap™. Known for its family of best-selling, flexible GorillaPod™ tripods, JOBY extends its technical design expertise to reinvent and refresh this essential camera accessory for shooters on-the-go. The camera straps are designed to accommodate both CSC (compact system camera) and DSLR cameras and are available in a quick-draw, cross-body design for men and women, in addition to a versatile 3-way wearing option.
 
“We opened up the possibilities for photographers to take their cameras anywhere and position on any surface with our breakthrough tripods,” said Michael Jue, director of product development. “Now we’re thrilled to offer a line of camera straps that combines the latest technology with premium materials to provide incredible comfort and quick camera access so photographers can shoot more efficiently on-the-go. Through rigorous testing with pro photographers, we’ve designed straps that make the camera feel lighter and conveniently accessible for hours, whether you’re shooting a breathtaking landscape on a hike or capturing a moment in a crowded tourist destination.”
 
The JOBY team conducted extensive user studies with more than 500 photography professionals and enthusiasts and pinpointed how camera straps should fit and move on the body. This exhaustive research resulted in the patent-pending UltraFit Sling Strap™, with separate versions designed specifically for men and women. It is built with JOBY’s exclusive UltraFit Layered-Pad Technology™ for lightweight support without the bulk of thick padding. An ergonomically placed pivot ring and pressure-relieving foam pad allow the strap to conform to the shoulder and torso of the body and evenly distribute the weight of the camera for long-wearing comfort.
 
In both the men’s and women’s sling straps, the innovative SpeedCinch™ system secures both camera and strap close to the body to free up the photographer’s hands and keep the camera secure when shooting in busy or crowded environments. When going for the next shot, the system automatically extends the strap length so the photographer can bring the camera to eye level in one fluid and fast motion. In both versions, premium materials such as stainless steel and glass-filled nylon plastic provide superior durability and a secure connection to a camera via a ¼-20" threaded accessory mount.
 
JOBY designed the patent-pending 3-Way Camera Strap™ to offer photographers a versatile and portable solution with three wearing modes: wrist, neck and shoulder. A convenient alternative to wrapping a neck/shoulder strap around the wrist, this compact strap allows shooters to minimize muscle fatigue with multiple ways to support the weight of the camera. The 3-Way Camera Strap™ allows quick access to impromptu shots in wrist mode or a hands-free option to change lenses in neck/shoulder mode. The breakthrough design uses retractable Dyneema® cord (providing up to 90 pounds or 40.8 kilograms of tensile strength) to adjust the strap length and secure the camera in place.
 
The new UltraFit Sling Strap™ is available in both male and female options for $49.99 (US MSRP). The new 3-Way Camera Strap™ is available for $39.99 (US MSRP). The JOBY camera strap line may be purchased at popular photo specialty, consumer electronics and online stores and at joby.com.
 
Revolutionary design. Ultra-comfortable fit. Superior performance. The new UltraFit Sling Strap™ and 3-Way Camera Strap™ designs from JOBY create a new standard in camera straps and give photographers the freedom to shoot on-the-go with incredible comfort, fluidity and speed.
 
B&H carrries Joby products.
Category: Joby News
Post Date: 9/18/2012 8:00:57 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The inexpensive Lensbaby Spark (press release) has just made its debut.
 
B&H has the Lensbaby Spark in stock.
Category: LensBaby News
Post Date: 9/18/2012 7:17:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

 
From Gura Gear:
 
Introducing the solution for keeping your cables, chargers, batteries and ‘everything else’ organized.
 
OGDEN, UT (September, 2012) – Gura Gear, an innovator in carrying solutions for passionate visual thinkers and travelers, introduces a range of solutions for organizing the chaos that follows any digital imaging user. Et Cetera cases and pouches are finely made bags in a range of sizes from 0.5L to 3L for cables, adapters, power blocks, chargers, batteries, pocket wizards, flash units, and the rest of the “extra stuff” that needs a place to call home.
 
The Et Cetera range features top-quality YKK zippers, Velocity Nylon exteriors, luxurious linings, and PVC-free TPU micro mesh windows for viewing contents. The Et Cetera cases all feature interior elastic battery keepers and a convenient external slot for business cards and ID tags. In practice, the Et Cetera bags allow for easy sorting and organization of kits for GPS units, adapters, or charging sets so photographers can simply grab and go, rather than sorting through a nest of cables and electronic components. Et Cetera is available in three pouch sizes from 0.5L to 1.0L and three case sizes from 1L to 3L.
 
The Tembo range of memory card wallets take a fresh look at a classic design correcting some key annoyances with wallet-style memory card holders by eliminating noisy Velcro and opening like a book; no more unrolling. Available in three versions holding various combinations of compact flash (CF) and smart disc (SD) memory cards.
 
All Et Cetera and Tembo products are finely crafted of the highest quality materials to exacting specifications.
 
Et Cetera is Latin for ‘other things; odds and ends’. Tembo is Swahili (East Africa) for ‘elephant’.
 
Adorama carries Gura Gear products.
Post Date: 9/18/2012 6:52:09 AM CT   Posted By: Sean

 
From Gura Gear:
 
Introducing the camera bag with an innovative patent pending multi-access system designed for traveling visual artists.
 
OGDEN, UT (September, 2012) – Designed by Gura Gear, the company that developed the revolutionary Kiboko photo bags, the Bataflae represents the next evolution of creative design and refinement for photographers and videographers featuring a patent pending butterfly multi-access system and stowaway harness. Bataflae is aimed at traveling photographers needing to navigate through the world’s airports with carry-on compatibility and a lightweight durable design.
 
Bataflae’s unique patent pending butterfly multi-access system features a smarter way of carrying and accessing camera gear. The unique configuration maximizes the interior space making it possible to work out of the bag with multiple bodies attached to lenses in the field. Available in 32L and 26L variants, the Bataflae swallows professional size DSLRs, medium format systems, and long lenses. The butterfly flaps provide access to just the gear needed, useful in tight environments like tour vehicles and stadiums, or in rough conditions where exposing the entire kit is less desirable. There are times, however,when opening the bag completely is helpful, like loading and unloading or in studio environments. With the quick pinch of a buckle, the butterfly flaps release to a full traditional opening.
 
Available in black, grey, and tan, the Bataflae is PVC-free, features durable materials, flawless craftsmanship and the world’s best zippers, YKK RC Fuse with a weather resistant coating that repels dust and water while remaining flexible and easy to operate.
 
Additional innovative features of the Bataflae include a M.O.L.L.E. compatible side attachment system that allows for unique multi-point tripod/monopod configurations as well as the attachment of other accessories with the innovative quick-hookside straps. Each bag comes with a removable seam-sealed adjustable rain cover/ground cloth, fully riveted handles, and color-coded zipper pulls that can easily be operated with gloved hands. Two full-length external accessory compartments on the front allow for the storage of travel documents, light jacket and snacks, while the multiple internal mesh pockets and a fully adjustable divider system help keep gear organized.
 
Bataflae is Bislama (Vanuatu) for ‘butterfly’.
 
Adorama carries Gura Gear products.
Post Date: 9/18/2012 6:51:23 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 17, 2012
Smaller and lighter than a Canon EOS 7D and autofocusing down to -3 EV is the just-announced Canon EOS 6D (press release).
 
Visit the Canon EOS 6D Review page for comparison images, charts, links to the Canon USA and UK press releases and more.
 
Canon EOS Remote is an app that EOS 6D owners will definitely want.
 
Canon (Japan) has posted image and video samples from the Canon EOS 6D.
 
Pre-order opportunities:
 
B&H - Body Only | Body & Lens Kit
Adorama - Body Only | Body & Lens Kit
Amazon - Body Only | Body & Lens Kit
 
International pre-order opportunities:
 
Amazon Japan - Body Only | Body & Lens Kit
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/17/2012 3:09:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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