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 Tuesday, February 7, 2012
B&H is now listing April 25th (2012) as the expected availability date for the Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens and Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/7/2012 8:53:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has announced three new EF f/2.8 Lens additions to their lineup:
 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens

 
The UK Press Release is also available.
 
I have the review pages loaded onto the site with an addition lens image along with lens specifications included in the comparison tool (the full reviews will of course come after the lenses become available):
 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Review
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Review
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 Lens Review
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/7/2012 2:51:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Joy Ride from Sandro:
 

 
Here is the BTS Joy Ride video:
 
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/7/2012 3:06:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H is accepting Nikon D800 and Nikon D800E DSLR preorders.
 
Adorama is now accepting Nikon D800 and Nikon D800E preorders.
 
Amazon.com is accepting Nikon D800 and D800E DSLR preorders.
 
From Amazon Germany: Nikon D800
 
From Jessops: Nikon D800, D800E and battery grip.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon Preorders
Post Date: 2/7/2012 1:11:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon U.S.A. Announces New PIXMA Printers With AirPrint Support
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 7, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced AirPrint1 support in the PIXMA MX512 and MX432 Wireless2 Office All-In-One inkjet printers. AirPrint enables iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users to wirelessly print photos, email, web pages and documents without the need to install device drivers, saving time and enabling a seamless user experience.
 
AirPrint will be available with the majority of Canon PIXMA Wireless All-In-One inkjet printers launched from this point forward. AirPrint1 works with iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPod touch (3rd generation and later) running using iOS 4.2 or later.
 
All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.
 
Availability, prices, and specifications of all products are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.
 
iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. AirPrint and the AirPrint logo are trademarks of Apple Inc. All other product and brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
 
1 Printer firmware update may be necessary for AirPrint function. Certain exception may apply. AirPrint functionality requires an iPad, iPhone 3GS or later, or iPod touch 3rd generation or later device running iOS 4.2 or later, and an AirPrint-enabled printer connected to the same network as your iOS device. A printer connected to the USB port of your Mac, PC, AirPort Base Station, or Time Capsule is not supported.
 
2 Wireless printing requires a working network with wireless 802.11b/g or 802.11n capability. Wireless performance may vary based on terrain and distance between the printer and wireless network clients.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/7/2012 12:16:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
New PowerShot Lineup Enables Photographers To Stay Connected While Capturing Legendary Canon Image Quality
 
Highlighted Features include Wi-Fi, Powerful Optical Zoom and Ruggedness
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 7, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the addition of four PowerShot digital cameras: the ELPH 530 HS, ELPH 320 HS, SX260 HS, and D20. Photographers no longer have to sacrifice image quality for the ability to instantly share images and videos with the use of the PowerShot ELPH 530 HS and ELPH 320 HS Wi-Fi enabled cameras. The PowerShot SX260 HS camera puts Canon's amazing optical reach into a pocket sized camera, with a 20x optical zoom (25mm to 500mm) letting you pull subjects in close. Designed for the adventurous photographer looking to take spectacular photos, the rugged PowerShot D20 camera is ideally suited for the backpacker, snowboarder or tropical-traveler.
 
"Canon wants to help people capture the best images possible with the ability to quickly and easily share them with the world. With new PowerShot features such as Wi-Fi connectivity, people can quickly upload and share images on social networks," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "Whether it's a powerful zoom, Wi-Fi or waterproof features, our new PowerShot lineup empowers people to be creative with their photography. There are good enough images and there are great images, we always aim to help people capture the best images."
 
Mobile Sharing with Excellent Image Quality
 
The Wi-Fi functionality built into the two ELPH models allow for a variety of connection options to help photographers share, upload, or back-up images. Users can connect directly to a wireless network from their camera to upload photos and videos to the Canon iMAGE GATEWAYi, an online service that lets registered users store images to an online album, and then post their content to social networks such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
 
In March, the Canon CameraWindow application is expected to be available on the Apple App Store for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch (ii) to further enhance the connectivity options. With this App, users can transfer and save images and videos from the camera to compatible iOS devices, which can then be directly uploaded to Facebook and YouTube or emailed. Photos and videos can also be shared on-the-spot with friends and family by transmitting to another current Wi-Fi-enabled Canon camera as well. A similar app is expected to be available in May for Android devices.
 
Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS Digital Camera
 
The flagship of the ELPH line, the .78 inches thick ELPH 530 HS camera has the classic style of the original ELPH design while also being Wi-Fi enabled and packing an amazing 12x optical zoom lens to capture great shots from a distance. Canon's HS SYSTEM has been included where the 10-megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor will work in tandem with the camera's DIGIC 5 image processor to help produce high-quality images in low-light conditions. The ELPH 530 HS will also shoot 1080p Full HD video helping capture footage in crystal clear clarity. This new model sports a 3.2-inch LCD touch screen for simple and intuitive operation and menu navigation, Smart AUTO scene selection with 58 scenes, Face ID for optimal images of up to 12 registered subjects and the Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS) function. The camera will be available in black or white for an estimated retail price of $349.99 and is expected to ship in April.
 
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Digital Camera
 
The Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS camera makes the perfect on-the-go camera for the young and active photographer, with Wi-Fi connectivity for easy uploading of memorable moments. The HS SYSTEM has also been included on this model with the 16.1 megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS and DIGIC 5 image processor working together to produce high-quality, low-light images. For those users who value high-quality video, the camera has 1080p Full HD capabilities as well. A 5x-Optical Zoom 24mm wide-angle lens will help expand the shooting capabilities of the camera and a 3.2-inch LCD touch screen for simple and intuitive operation and menu navigation. This camera will also feature Smart AUTO scene selection with 58 scenes and Face ID in addition to Intelligent IS. The camera will be available in four eye-catching colors (black, silver, blue and red) for an estimated retail price of $279.99 and is expected to ship in March.
 
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Digital Camera
 
Canon's PowerShot SX260 HS camera delivers a powerful 20x Optical Zoom and 25mm Wide-Angle lens with Optical Image Stabilization delivers stunning images from up close or at a distance and measuring just 1.29-inches thick. The camera's impressive zoom is accompanied by Canon's HS SYSTEM for improved low-light shooting with a 12.1-megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 image processor. Combining this incredible zoom and high-image quality will allow photographers of all levels to capture great photos or 1080p Full HD video up close and at a distance, all in one portable, powerful digital camera. The Smart AUTO scene selection with 58 scenes and Face ID has also been included in this incredibly diverse yet compact device. The camera also includes Intelligent IS and GPS photo tagging with location and elevation information to help plot exactly where your travels have taken you. Adding to the feature-set is High-Speed Burst HQ allowing for approximately 10 high-resolution shots to be captured at a continuous rate at 10.3 frames per second. The camera will be available in three colors - black, green and red - and is expected to be available in March for an estimated retail price of $349.99.
 
Canon PowerShot D20 Digital Camera
 
Waterproof (iii), shock-proof (iv), and freeze-proof(v) the PowerShot D20 is built with the active photographer in mind. Outfitted with an easy-to-access button, the camera enables users to switch from normal photo mode to snow or underwater mode, even with gloves on. To help make the underwater photos as great as those captured on dry land, the camera has a built-in underwater macro mode producing amazing pictures up close while diving or snorkeling. When recording video, the camera includes wind reduction technology to help capture clear audio even in breezy conditions. It touts an impressive array of features including the HS SYSTEM incorporating a 12.1-megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 image processor, 1080p Full HD video and a 5x optical zoom lens. Also included is a 3.0-inch LCD screen, GPS-capabilities allowing users to track their locations and tag each photo with latitude, longitude, and elevation information and Intelligent IS (vi). The PowerShot D20 camera is expected to ship in May 2012 for an estimated retail price of $349.99.
 
† Based on weekly patent counts issued by United States Patent and Trademark Office.
 
All referenced product names, and other marks, are trademarks of their respective owners.
 
Availability, prices, and specifications of all products are subject to change without notice. Actual prices are set by individual dealers and may vary.
 
i Canon iMAGE GATEWAY Online Photo Album available starting February 14, 2012. One-time registration will be required.
ii Compatible with iOS 4.3 or later versions.
iii Down to 33 feet
iv Up to 5 feet
v As low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit
vi GPS functions will not operate while the camera is under water.
 
B&H carries Canon PowerShot Cameras.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/7/2012 12:11:30 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Capture Life's Unexpected Moments In Superb Image Quality With Canon U.S.A.'s New, Easy To Use And Re-Designed PowerShot A-series Cameras
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 7, 2011 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced six PowerShot A-series digital cameras with improved operability that produce outstanding images and feature a high-quality, stylish re-design in a variety of fashionable colors. Canon's PowerShot A-series models have been instrumental for entry-level users in learning the joys of photography and these new models continue this tradition with features such as 16-megapixel sensor, 720p HD video capture and a 28mm wide-angle lens to capture images of large groups at a family function or of a child on the playground.
 
PowerShot A-series models are known not only for producing high-image quality but also being easy to use as well. For the first time in a PowerShot A-series model, the A4000 IS, A3400 IS and A2400 IS models will feature Intelligent IS so the camera automatically selects the most effective image stabilization mode ensuring users always capture the best results. In addition, all of the models announced today will have the Smart AUTO feature with 32 shooting modes that selects the appropriate camera setting based on the users shooting environment. Additionally, for the first time in a PowerShot camera, each model will have a Help button to provide an explanation of various shooting modes to help the user along the way.
 
"The new additions to Canon's new PowerShot A-series lineup will provide entry-level users with many options to unlock their creativity and capture high-quality images at a budget-friendly price," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
 
PowerShot A4000 IS and PowerShot A3400 IS Cameras
 
The Canon PowerShot A4000 IS and PowerShot A3400 IS cameras will each have a Genuine Canon Lens with Optical Image Stabilization allowing users to capture up-close details and wide landscapes. For the PowerShot A4000 IS camera, there will be an impressive 8x-Optical Zoom lens, the longest to date for a PowerShot A-series model, and the PowerShot A3400 IS camera will have a 5x-Optical Zoom. In addition, both cameras will have a 3-inch LCD screen; however, the PowerShot A3400 camera's screen will be Touch Panel, another first for a PowerShot A-series model, with Touch Focus and Touch Shutter shooting modes for enhanced camera operation. The PowerShot A4000 IS camera is scheduled to be available in February in black, silver, blue, red and pink for an estimated retail price of $199.99. The PowerShot A3400 IS camera is scheduled to be available in March in black, silver, red and gold for an estimated retail price of $179.99.
 
PowerShot A2400 IS and PowerShot A2300 Cameras
 
The PowerShot A2400 IS and PowerShot A2300 cameras both feature a 5x-Optical Zoom and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. The PowerShot A2400 IS camera will also have Optical Image Stabilization and is scheduled to be available in March in black, silver, blue and pink for an estimated retail price of $159.99. The PowerShot A2300 camera is scheduled to be available in March for an estimated retail price of $149.99 in black, silver, red and blue.
 
PowerShot A1300 and PowerShot A810 Cameras
 
For the more traditional camera user, the PowerShot A1300 camera comes equipped with an optical viewfinder adding to the versatility of this model. Additionally, both the PowerShot A1300 and PowerShot A810 cameras feature a 5x-Optical Zoom lens, 2.7-inch LCD screen and use AA batteries allowing for easy replacement whether at home or on a family vacation. The PowerShot A1300 camera is scheduled to be available in April for an estimated retail price of $119.99, in black and silver. The PowerShot A810 camera is scheduled to be available in April for an estimated retail price of $109.99, in black, silver and red.
 
B&H carries Canon PowerShot Cameras.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/7/2012 12:04:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, February 6, 2012
Just announced: Nikon D800/D800E DSLR Camera
 
Additional D800/D800E information is available on Nikon's site (warning: audio is auto-enabled on this page).
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/6/2012 11:23:20 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Finally! Finally a full frame compatible 24-70mm f/2.8 image stabilized lens has been announced!
 
Tamron has today announced the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens, featuring a max f/2.8 aperture of the entire focal length range along with ultrasonic drive AF and vibration control.
 
There is no question that a huge demand exists for a lens spec'd as this one. The image quality and autofocus accuracy of this new lens remain the two biggest questions in my mind.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 2/6/2012 9:53:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, February 4, 2012
Canon USA has announced two free Cinema EOS hands-on seminars at Canon's new Hollywood Center. These seminars will be held on February 8th and 23rd.
 
Experience the EOS C300 with Vincent Laforet
Presented by: Vincent Laforet
Program: Professional Development Seminars & Workshops
Date: February 08, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fee: Free of charge. Advanced registration required. Visit: usa.canon.com/proworkshops to register
Questions: CanonLiveLearning@cusa.canon.com
Location: Canon Hollywood Professional Technology & Support Center 6060 Sunset Blvd Hollywood, California 90028
 
Join us for an up-close look at the EOS C300 as Explorer of Light and Möbius Director, Vincent Laforet, explores its capabilities and highlights its potential at the Canon Hollywood Professional Technology and Support Center in Los Angeles, CA. Mr. Laforet will be joined by Canon technical staff in conducting separate sequences involving dynamic range, ISO, skin tones, and color charts, and will also discuss the background behind the EF lens choices he made while shooting Möbius to create a unique look and stylistic results he was looking for. EOS C300 cameras and Canon Technical Reps will be available during this event.
 
Touch & Try: EOS C300
Presented by: Canon Technical Reps
Program: Professional Development Seminars & Workshops
Date: February 23, 2012
Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Fee: Free of charge. Advanced registration required. Visit: usa.canon.com/proworkshops to register
Location: Canon Hollywood Professional Technology & Support Center 6060 Sunset Blvd Hollywood, California 90028
Questions: CanonLiveLearning@cusa.canon.com
 
Spend an evening getting hands-on experience with the new EOS C300 at the Canon Hollywood Professional Technology and Support Center in Los Angeles, CA. Canon technical staff will be on-hand to answer questions and guide you through an opportunity to try the EOS C300 and witness the impressive image quality, dynamic range, ISO, skin tones, and color accuracy results first-hand. EOS C300 cameras will be available during this event. While these events are free, the room capacity is limited, so please register to attend: www.usa.canon.com/proworkshops.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/4/2012 10:33:03 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Lensbaby:
 
New Lensbaby Macro Converters Give Lensbaby Shooters Limitless Close-Focus Options
 
Portland, OR – February 2, 2012 – Lensbaby announces today the addition of its new macro photography accessories for its lens bodies and optics, the Lensbaby Macro Converters. These Macro Converters help Lensbaby photographers create close-up, dreamy and artistic photos while blurring out distracting elements.
 
“We’ve created a product that offers even more macro options beyond our existing Lensbaby Macro Kit, and works with every lens body and optic we make,” said Craig Strong, Lensbaby President and Co-Founder. “These Macro Converters offer great close-up range, and when mixed and matched with our existing Macro Kit, provide even more options for creative Lensbaby macro photography.”
 
The Macro Converters are available as a set containing one 8mm converter and one 16mm converter, which can also be stacked together to make a 24mm converter. The existing Lensbaby Macro Kit (which features a +4 and +10 macro filter) can also be used in conjunction with the Macro Converters with the Double Glass, Single Glass, Plastic and Soft Focus Optics for an even closer capture.
 
Lensbaby Macro Converters Box Contents:
 
* 8mm Macro Converter
* 16mm Macro Converter
* Hard storage case
* User guide
 
B&H carries Lensbaby products.
Category: Lensbaby News
Post Date: 2/4/2012 10:23:21 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, February 3, 2012
Tokina will be showing a prototype of the new Tokina AT-X 70-200mm f/4 PRO SD IF FX Lens at the Kenko Tokina booth at the CP + show.
 
Tokina AT-X 70-200mm f/4 PRO SD IF FX Lens
 
The new Tokina AT-X 70-200mm f/4 PRO SD IF FX Lens will feature a Ring-type ultrasonic motor and image stabilization.
 
Specifications
 
Focal length: 70-200mm
Max Aperture: f/4
Minimum Focusing Distance: 1.0m
Width: 80mm
Length: 168mm
Weight: Undecided
Remarks: Ultrasonic motor, built-in image stabilization
Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 2/3/2012 10:25:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
In addition to posting financial results, Nikon has posted another Thailand flood notice:
 
Extraordinary Losses Due to the Flooding in Thailand
 
In the Consolidated Financial Results for the Third Quarter ended December 31, 2011, Nikon Corporation ("Nikon") has recognized extraordinary losses as described in the following.
 
1. Extraordinary loss
 
The flooding happened in October, 2011 in Thailand caused water damage to Nikon (Thailand) Co., Ltd., a consolidated manufacturing subsidiary of Nikon in the Rojana Industrial Park in Ayutthaya Province located in Central Thailand. Nikon has recognized losses of ¥10,904 million on fixed assets and inventories suffered damages from the flooding as extraordinary loss.
 
Nikon also has recognized insurance payment of ¥500 million received under the property damage insurance policies for a part of losses relating to the inventories suffered from the flooding as extraordinary gain. Nikon will recognize insurance payments pending to be received as extraordinary gain as soon as the amounts are fixed.
 
2. Outlook
 
Nikon currently expects that the amounts of the additional losses due to the flooding such as salary paid during suspension of the operation etc. will not have a significant impact on Nikon’s consolidated financial performance for the fiscal year ending March, 2012.
 
Nikon also expects that the losses relating to the fixed assets and inventories will be compensated by additional insurance payment which is currently pending.
 
Based on the assumptions above, Nikon announces the consolidated results forecast of fiscal year ending March 31, 2012 in Consolidated Financial Results of the Third Quarter ended December 31, 2011 that has been announced today.
 
(Reference)Forecasts for Year ending March 31, 2012 (announced on February 3, 2012) and Results of Year ended March 31, 2011
 
Net SalesOperating incomeOrdinary incomeNet income
Forecasts for Year ending
March 31, 2012
925,000 Million yen72,000 Million yen80,000 Million yen55,000 Million yen
Results of Year ended
March 31, 2011
887,512 Million yen54,052 Million yen55,811 Million yen27,312 Million yen
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/3/2012 9:55:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon has posted their 3Q 2012 Financial Results.
 
Available for review are the Financial and Business Data and the Presentation Material PDFs.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/3/2012 9:31:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sigma:
 
Announcement: New CEO of Sigma Corporation
 
We would like to announce that Kazuto Yamaki, previously Chief Operating Officer, was appointed as Chief Executive Officer of Sigma Corporation.
 
Name and Biography of New Chief Executive Officer
 
New Job Title: Chief Executive Officer
Name: Kazuto Yamaki
Date of Birth: March 22nd, 1968
 
Biography
 
April, 1993 joined Sigma Corporation
November, 2000 Manager of Corporate Planning Division
November, 2003 Vice-President
November, 2005 Chief Operating Officer
January, 2012 Chief Executive Officer
 
Date of Assumption of Office
 
January 18th, 2012, Wednesday
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 2/3/2012 9:20:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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