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 Wednesday, April 11, 2012
From X-Rite:
 
X-Rite Announces New i1Pro 2 Professional Color Management Solutions for Photo, Pre-press, Publishing and Digital Printing Markets
 
New solutions include all-new second-generation i1Pro spectrophotometer delivering increased accuracy, ease of use and expanded professional level feature set
 
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (April 11, 2012) – X-Rite, Incorporated (NASDAQ: XRIT), the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, today announces its new portfolio of i1 Professional Color Management Solutions which now include a newly redesigned i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer.
 
Built upon the success of X-Rite’s i1Pro spectrophotometer as the de facto industry standard for more than a decade, the newly enhanced i1Pro 2 device has been redesigned to provide an even higher level of accuracy, versatility, ergonomics, functionality and value. Combined with the recently released i1Profiler software v1.3, which accommodates all levels of proficiency and expertise, the new i1Pro 2 portfolio of four different products is specifically targeted to meet the unique needs of photo, pre-press, digital print and publishing professionals, providing exceptional value at very attractive price points.
 
This new portfolio, comprised of X-Rite’s i1Basic Pro 2, i1Photo Pro 2, i1Publish Pro 2 and i1Publish products feature groundbreaking new technology and applications. Each Pro solution includes the new i1Pro 2 second generation spectrophotometer – the most accurate and forward thinking device available today accommodating three measurement modes in one single device. These modes include the most commonly used M0 (Standard Illuminant A), the emerging M1 (illuminant D50) and M2 (known as UV-cut). Also included are i1Profiler, X-Rite’s entirely new next generation color profiling software, PANTONE Color Manager color swatch bridging software and ColorChecker Camera Calibration software.
 
“Exceptionally accurate color measurement and calibration remain basic building blocks for professional-level workflow,” commented Vic Stalam, X-Rite’s Senior Vice President Sales & Marketing. “Nowhere is repeatable, predictive color management more critical than in the highIy connected and forward-looking graphic arts, publishing, digital printing and photography markets that make up the core Imaging market customer base for X-Rite. With the introduction of these new products, X-Rite once again delivers to color professionals around the world the products they need that incorporate important emerging color standards.”
 
About Next Generation i1Pro Spectrophotometer
 
The i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer introduces a new level of color accuracy, delivering increased ease of use and an expanded professional level feature set, including supporting the latest developments in industry measurement standards. i1Pro 2 solutions are sure to maximize profitability and minimize wasted time, ink and paper, while delivering the confidence that the user’s digital workflow is perfectly and professionally calibrated and profiled.
 
New i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer highlights:
 
New illuminant design allows for 3 standard measurement conditions (ISO 13655 M0: Tungsten; ISO 13655 M1: D50; ISO 13655 M2: UV Cut) plus Optical Brightener Compensation (OBC) without changing filters or needing a second instrument.
 
Enhanced Optical Brightener Compensation allows for the most accurate profiling (both Tungsten and UV/LED mode) for today’s enhanced range of substrates. Now users can predict what colors printed on optically brightened paper will look like under different light conditions using a single hand-held device.
 
Positioning Detection with Zebra Sensor provides a more robust scanning experience even on special substrates and low-resolution printers. It allows for the measurement of smaller patch sizes (as low as 7mm) in manual mode and enables dual measurement workflows for OBC, M1 and M2.
 
New Wizard-driven interface with status LED leads users through the profiling and calibration process while providing all the options and control desired, regardless of expertise.
 
New Design Ergonomics throughout allows for greater usability, flexibility, cleaning, protection, and storage of the precision i1Pro 2 device.
 
Improved Emissive Measurement allows for better temperature stability and higher brightness levels resulting in the best possible calibration and profiling of monitors ever.
 
All new diagnostics and self-correction features
 
Wavelength calibration LED allows for self diagnosis of optical grating in relation to sensor during white calibration (with automatic correction and notifications)
 
Maintaining and protecting the device (and investment) is easier than ever
 
Self-cleanable aperture protection glass and calibration white tile cover provides additional built-in protection from dust and dirt.
 
About i1Profiler Software
 
With the latest release of i1Profiler software v1.3, X-Rite has further enhanced this next generation professional color management software. i1Profiler offers an unprecedented level of flexibility and features a number of unique color management capabilities such as optimizing profiles, creating profiles with ambient light measurements, compensating for optical brighteners in papers, and utilizing simple yet advanced controls for black separation and significant ink savings, adding to users’ power and control in creating professional quality profiles. Users can choose between a ‘basic’, wizard-driven interface; or an ‘advanced’, user-driven interface to create high quality, precise, custom color profiles for monitors, projectors, printers, and presses.
 
New i1Profiler Software v1.3 highlights:

  • i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer support added for monitor, projector and printer profiling
  • M1 measurement mode support added
  • White Point Editing added – from current measurement, saved measurement, ICC profile, or custom
  • Improved CGATS reading module
  • Improved handling for printer test chart measurement
  • Default patch size reduced to 7mm
  • Two new measurement workflows added:
  • Measure Chart – specify number of rows and columns
  • Measure Reference Chart – import CGATS reference from ProfileMaker 5
  • Improved CMYK+n profile generation
  • Russian language support added

About X-Rite i1 Professional Color Management Solutions
 
i1Basic Pro 2 is a fundamental solution for high-end monitor profiling, monitor and printing quality verification, and spot color measurement. Designed for an imaging professional’s unique needs, i1Basic Pro is ideal for an effective workflow in a color-managed ecosystem. i1Basic Pro includes i1Profiler software, PANTONE Color Manager software and an i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer.
 
i1Photo Pro 2 is specifically designed for discerning photo professionals to manage their RGB workflow from camera to display and projector to print. Thanks to the iterative profiling capability of the i1Profiler software, professional photo users will enjoy the highest quality color results that especially target highlight and shadow details and delivers greater color accuracy for more neutral grays and natural skin tones. With the new Optical Brightener Compensation capability, photographers can even optimize their prints by taking into account optical brightening agents often found in photo papers and create output profiles for specific lighting conditions in studios or galleries, or wherever the print will be displayed.
 
i1Publish Pro 2 is the ultimate, fully-featured ICC profiling solutions for imaging professionals that need to organize and manage their complete RGB, CMYK and CMYK+ (CMYK plus any 4) prepress workflows, complete with new assurance validation and verification functions using digital standards. This includes a display QA function to check soft proofing for ISO (G7, SWOP, PSO, Japan Color) and a printer QA function to check print quality using ISO media wedges (IDEAlliance ISO Control Wedge or Fogra Media Wedge). With the emerging M1 measurement capability, imaging pros can rely on consistent measurement for visual match under industry standard viewing conditions, including the ability to appropriately account for paper Optical Brightening Agents (OBA).
 
i1Photo Pro 2 and i1Publish Pro 2 include i1Profiler software, an i1Pro 2 spectrophotometer, PANTONE Color Manager software, ColorChecker Proof target (for direct viewing analysis of ColorChecker target compared to customer’s printed target), mini ColorChecker Classic target, and ColorChecker camera calibration software. i1Publish (a standalone software package) includes all of the above except for the spectrophotometer.
 
Availability and Upgrades
 
The new i1Pro 2 Professional Color Management Solutions are immediately available from X-Rite’s online store (North America), and also from the company’s worldwide network of resellers. i1Publish Pro 2 will also be offered with two upgrade options based on original solution purchased. For more information, please visit www.xrite.com or www.XritePhoto.com.
 
Learn more at X-Rite's special i1 Pro Solutions page.
 
Preorder the X-Rite i1Basic, i1Pro and i1Publish from B&H.

Category: X Rite News
Post Date: 4/11/2012 10:07:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From DxO:
 
DxO Optics Pro v7.2.2 supports the new Nikon D4
 
DxO Optics Pro v7.2.2 now offers support for the new Nikon D4, as well as for the Olympus XZ-1 and Olympus Pen E-P1 digital compacts, thus covering all Olympus micro 4/3 models currently available.
 
DxO Optics Pro v7.2.2 benefits from the continuous addition of DxO Optics Modules. More than 500 new camera-lens combinations were added to the DxO Optics Module library during the past several weeks, crossing the milestone of 6,000 available modules. This means that DxO Optics Pro v7.2.2 now supports additional Canon, Minolta, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Samyang, Sigma, Tamron, Tokina and Zeiss lenses for numerous Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax, Panasonic, Samsung and Sony cameras.
 
More information
 
B&H carries DxO Optics Pro.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 4/11/2012 9:51:01 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, April 9, 2012
Canon Inc. has issued a service notice regarding a very small number of Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lenses (thirty seven of them).
 
If you own a 300 L IS II with one of the serial numbers listed below, you might notice significant backfocusing when one of the Canon EF 1.4x Extenders (version I, II or III) are also mounted. If this is the case with your lens, contact Canon for corrections to be made.
 
8210000204, 8210000331, 8210000335, 8210000338, 8410000266, 8410000296, 8410000276, 8410000339, 8410000344, 8410000347, 8410000348, 8410000357, 8410000361, 8410000368, 8410000369, 8510000008, 8510000014, 8520000122, 8520000146, 8520000191, 8520000213, 8520000275, 8520000324, 8520000338, 8520000354, 8520000357, 8520000358, 8520000361, 8520000365, 8520000366, 8520000378, 8520000335, 8520000414, 8520000441, 8620000114, 8620000130, 8620000032
 
No reason was given for the source of the problem.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/9/2012 10:45:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Live in Russia? Tamron is coming to you:
 
Start of a new sales company in Russia
 
Tamron Co., Ltd. (Morio Ono, President & CEO) announced today that it would establish a new wholly owned subsidiary in Russia for sales and marketing.
 
1. Objective
 
Russia, being one of the major markets in the world that has posted significant growths in recent years, has been served by a local distributor. In 2009, Tamron established a representative office in Moscow to collect market information, through research activities while strengthening collaboration with the distributor.
 
To take it to the next phase, Tamron has decided to establish a sales company aimed at implementing a full-fledged business development as further expansion of SLR camera and security surveillance camera markets are anticipated.
 
By making the move, Tamron aims to expand sales by enhancing brand recognition with strategic marketing and customer relations by delivering better service. At the initial stage, interchangeable lenses for SLR cameras will be the primary focus, followed by expansion to security surveillance camera lenses, etc. Sales in Belarus and Kazakhstan, allied by the free trade agreement with Russia, would be planned as well.
 
2. Specifics of the plan
 
(1) Company name: Tamron (Russia) LLC.
(2) Address: Unikon Business Center 5F No.9, Plekhanova Street 4, Moscow, 111141, Russian Federation
(3) Representative Dmitry Ivutin, President
(4) Principal Business Import, sales and service of optical products
(5) Capital 34 Million Russian Ruble
(6) Investment Ratio 100% by Tamron Co., Ltd.
(7) Date of establishment March 26, 2012
(8) Employees Approximately 10 initially
(9) Start of Operation May, 2012 (Planned)
 
3. Effect on the fiscal term ending December 31, 2012
 
There is no significant effect on the financial positions for the current year ending December 31, 2012.
Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 4/9/2012 10:29:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 5, 2012
Apple has released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.12 (download), adding Canon EOS 5D Mark III RAW image compatibility to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11. (thanks Mark)
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Apple News
Post Date: 4/5/2012 9:30:35 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Here is Adorama's holiday schedule:
 
Orders submitted before our holiday closing time [4/6/2012 12:30PM] will be processed on the day submitted - subject to our verification process.
 
Orders submitted to us during the Passover Holiday (Friday, April 6 at 12:30pm thru Thursday evening April 12 at 7:00pm) will be shipped Monday April 16th and will be delivered to you no later than Friday April 20th or earlier (depending on your Zip Code) Where necessary we'll upgrade the shipping method at our expense*.
 
* This assurance is only for orders placed on Adorama.com website and is not applicable for orders with Super Saver Shipping option selected. These orders will ship April 16 but with no free upgrade assurance.
 
Please consider to upgrade the shipping option to assure quicker delivery time.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/5/2012 7:51:38 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
DSLR Controller for Android has been updated to v0.91 Beta - now supporting the Canon EOS 5D Mark III.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/5/2012 1:31:59 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama is also now accepting Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens preorders.
 
The Nikon mount version is also available for preorder.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/5/2012 12:42:23 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Think Tank Photo has announced four new products scheduled to be released in May:
 
DSLR Battery Holder 2
 
DSLR Battery Holder 4
 
SD Pixel Pocket Rocket
 
Strobe Gel Wallet
Post Date: 4/5/2012 11:15:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Zeiss has announced the Compact Prime CP.2 15/T2.9 PL and CP.2 135/T2.1 EF Lenses (press release).
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 4/5/2012 11:05:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The official Tenba Roadie II Universal Hybrid Roller/Backpack product page has more details and B&H has lots of Roller/Backpack product information on their site - the case is also in stock.
 
Product Highlights

  • 1-2 DSLRs with 6-8 Lenses, Flash
  • Holds 400mm 2.8 or 500mm 4.0 Lens
  • Holds 17" Laptop in Separate Compartment
  • Ballistic Nylon Exterior/Tricot Interior
  • Dual Ball Bearing Wheels/User-Changeable
  • Retractable Pull Handle/Side/Top Handles
  • Backpack Harness
  • Quick-Access Front Pocket for Tickets
  • Mesh Storage Pockets or Media, Filters
  • 4-Pocket Wallet for CF/SD Cards

Category: Tenba News
Post Date: 4/5/2012 10:43:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has posted a pair of in-demand PDF owner's manuals:
 
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT/600EX Flash: owner's manual
 
Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT: owner's manual
 
For future reference, you will be able to find links to these manuals at the top of the Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Review and Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT Review pages. (thanks Niklas)
Canon Japan has announced that an update to their Digital Photo Pro (DPP) software is planned for mid-April. This update will resolve the soft/blurred Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR RAW image problem.
 
Here is my translation of the Google Japanese-to-English translation of this announcement:
 
To customers using Digital Photo Professional version 3.11.10 with the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera
 
April 5, 2012
 
We thank you very much for your patronage of Canon products.
 
It has been confirmed that the RAW development process used by Digital Photo Professional version 3.11.10 is not appropriate, generating somewhat blurred images. This is the version of DPP that is included on the CD in the Canon EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR box.
 
<Canon deeply apologizes>
 
Phenomenon
 
When Canon EOS 5D Mark III RAW images are processed by DPP version 3.11.10, generated images become somewhat blurred.
 
Affected Products
 
Canon Digital Photo Professional RAW Development Software version 3.11.10 included in the Canon EOS 5D Mark III box.
 
This problem will not be observed in other cameras.
 
<Actually, the Canon PowerShot G1 X is also affected.>
 
An update to the Digital Photo Pro software is expected to be published in mid-April.
Posted to:
Post Date: 4/5/2012 10:05:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From B&H:
 
Our Offices will close today at 6:00PM EDT & our SuperStore at 7:00PM EDT in observance of Passover.
 
We will reopen on Sunday April 15th at 10:00AM EDT.
 
Orders placed until 4:00PM EDT today will be shipped normally. All other orders will be shipped after we reopen.
 
We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patronage.
Category: B&H News
Post Date: 4/5/2012 9:18:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H is accepting preorders for the Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens (Canon mount).
 
"Will ship after Thu, Apr 26."
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/5/2012 9:07:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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