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 Monday, November 5, 2012
Canon has just announced the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens and EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens (Canon USA press release).
 
I have prepared previews of these new lenses on the review placeholder pages - including comparison charts:
 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens Review
Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens Review
 
Preorder the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens at: B&H, Adorama
 
Preorder the Canon EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens at: B&H, Adorama
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/5/2012 10:08:41 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I've been complaining about Canon's antiquated side-pinch-only lens cap design for years. Finally, Canon has listened and announced new side-and-center-pinch caps. Hopefully they will sell these in bulk packs.
 
From Canon UK:
 
New lens caps – designed for greater ease and convenience
 
Canon Mark II Center-Pinch Lens Caps
 
Canon's 'Mark II' centre-pinch lens caps. From left to right: 82mm, 77mm, 72mm, 67mm, and 58mm.
 
Both new lenses also come with newly-designed Mark II lens caps, which incorporate a hook mechanism in the centre of the cover, as opposed to the sides. Simply pinching the hook allows users to quickly remove and replace caps mid-shoot, especially when using lens hoods. The re-designed lens caps will start to be rolled out across Canon’s entire EF lens range from the beginning of January 2013, and will also be available to buy separately.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/5/2012 10:35:05 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon D5200 DSLR Camera
Overview:

  • 24MP DX-format CMOS sensor (same as in the D3200)
  • EXPEED 3 processor (same as in the D3200)
  • ISO range: 100-6,400 (expandable up to 25,600)
  • 2,016 pixel RGB metering sensor (same as the new D600)
  • 39 AF Points
  • 5fps
  • 3" Articulating Screen 920K dots

From Nikon:
 
A Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of approximately 24.1-million pixels, extremely precise 39-point AF system, and a 2,016-pixel RGB sensor for superior basic performance
A full-scale entry-level model that enables flexible expression with a side-hinged vari-angle LCD monitor

 
TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Nikon D5200. This camera is equipped with a new Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of 24.1-million pixels and an image-processing engine equivalent to EXPEED 3 built into the D4 flagship camera. It offers the superior basic performance needed for full-scale photography in a compact and lightweight body.
 
The D5200 offers the same side-hinged vari-angle monitor as the D5100 that enables flexible shooting from any angle, high or low, making even self portraits possible. It is an entry-level model that meets photo enthusiasts’ demands for full-scale photography capabilities with its new Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of approximately 24-million pixels as well as an image-processing engine equivalent to EXPEED 3 built into high-end Nikon D4, D800, D800E, and D600 digital SLR cameras for superior resolution, and image quality with very little noise at high sensitivities.
 
The standard range of sensitivities covers a broad range of ISO 100 to ISO 6400, with support for additional expansion to equivalents up to ISO 25600 (Hi 2). It also offers the most focus points available in its class–39–for fast and reliable focus acquisition and tracking. The Scene Recognition System, made possible with the same 2,016-pixel RGB sensor found in high-end Nikon cameras, more accurately analyzes scene brightness and color information, which is then reflected in autofocus, automatic-exposure, i-TTL balanced fill-flash, and auto white-balance control.
 
The D-Movie function supports recording of full-HD 1920 x 1080 60i/50i movies for sharp HD movies exhibiting excellent detail. The D5200 is also equipped with Special Effects mode that enables the application and adjustment of special effects with shooting. Combining a variety of effects with a vari-angle LCD monitor that enables shooting from a wide range of angles significantly broadens imaging expression possibilities with both still image and movie recording.
 
What’s more, the D5200 is compatible with the Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1a and the new Wireless Remote Controller WR-R10/WR-T10 (both available separately) for collaboration with smart devices and more possibilities for remote control over the camera, making the D5200 more convenient than its predecessor. When the WU-1a is connected to the camera, images can be transferred to a smart device, such as a smart phone or tablet*, and the smart device can also be used to control camera shooting remotely. In addition, the new WR-R10 (transceiver) and WR-T10 (transmitter) enable remote control over the camera from greater distances and broader angles than are possible with infrared remote controls for simple and convenient remote control even through obstacles. The WR-T10 can be used to control the camera to which the WR-R10 is connected. However, it can also control multiple cameras to which WR-R10s have been connected, enabling smooth remote control over a number of cameras.

  • * The Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility app must first be installed on the smart device (the app can be downloaded free of charge from the smart device’s app store).

D5200 Primary Features
 

  1. A new Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of approximately 24.1-million pixels and support for a broad range of ISO sensitivities for superior image quality and definitionThe D5200 is equipped with a new Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of approximately 24.1-million pixels. It supports a broad range of standard ISO sensitivities, from ISO 100 at the low end to ISO 6400 at the high end, as well as further expansion to an equivalent of ISO 25600 (Hi 2). This support enables capture of sharp and clear images with very little noise, even at higher sensitivities.
  2. When used with NIKKOR lenses loaded with Nikon’s advanced optical technologies, the roughly 24.1-million effective pixels enable sharp rendering of even the finest details.
  3. The EXPEED 3 image-processing engine made faster and more efficient with optimization for digital SLR camerasThe D5200 is equipped with an image-processing engine equivalent to the EXPEED 3 high-performance image-processing engine built into high-end D4, D800, D800E, and D600 Nikon FX-format cameras. This enables faithful rendering and vivid color reproduction, as well as a broad dynamic range. With capture of still images at high sensitivities, advanced noise-reduction processing effectively suppresses noise to preserve textures and details in images. Noise-reduction processing performed with movie recording results in faithful reproduction of crisp, clear outlines in movies recorded in low-light situations.
  4. Excellent basic camera performance and operation for stress-free shooting
    • Equipped with an AF system offering 39 focus pointsAdoption of the Multi-CAM4800DX autofocus sensor module enables certain acquisition and tracking of the intended subject with 39 focus points. Utilizing cross-type sensors for the center nine focus points most commonly used ensures reliable focusing performance with certain acquisition of the intended subject and excellent tracking performance. In addition, the number of active focus points can be limited to 11.
    • 2,016-pixel RGB sensor with built-in Scene Recognition SystemThe Scene Recognition System detects subject conditions prior to shooting and then analyzes scene brightness and color information that is then used with autofocus, auto-exposure, i-TTL balanced fill-flash, and auto white-balance control. The results are most clearly seen with reliable tracking of moving subjects when 3D-tracking is enabled. The system is also able to identify smaller subjects than could the D5100. What’s more, when Face-priority AF is enabled with movie recording in live view mode, or when faces are enlarged with playback of still images, up to 35 faces can be recognized.
    • High-speed continuous shooting at up to approximately 5 fps*With high-speed continuous shooting at up to approximately 5 fps*, users will never miss the perfect shot, whether framing images using the optical viewfinder or the camera monitor. The densely packed 39 focus points effectively cover the majority of the frame for certain acquisition and tracking of rapidly moving subjects, such as those participating in sporting events. High-speed continuous shooting at approximately 3 fps can also be selected for situations, such as capturing natural human expressions, in which a slower frame rate is preferred. This allows for selection of the optimal frame rate according to the scene.
    • *With manual focus, [S] (shutter-priority auto) or [M] (manual) shooting mode, shutter speed 1/250 s or faster, and other settings at default value
  5. Vari-angle LCD monitor for stress-free shooting from any angleThe 3-inch, approximately 921k-dot LCD monitor with wide viewing angle is large and ensures clear viewing. It opens to the left from 0–180°, and can be rotated forward 180° and backward 90° when open. Adoption of a side-hinged vari-angle monitor allows for unobstructed opening and rotation of the monitor when the camera is mounted on a tripod for flexible and stress-free shooting from low angles to high angles, making even self portraits possible.
  6. Smooth, cinematic action video with Nikon’s D-Movie with superior picture quality : 1920 x 1080 60i/50iThe D5200 is equipped with the D-Movie function, which enables recording of 1920 x 1080 60i/50i movies exhibiting superior picture quality by simply pressing the movie-record button next to the shutter-release button. The new Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of approximately 24.1-million pixels and EXPEED 3 high-speed image-processing engine ensure recording of sharp, clear movies with little noise, jaggies, or moiré patterns. Autofocusing during movie recording is possible using contrast-detect AF. When the focus mode is set to Full-time servo AF (AF-F) and the AF-area mode to Subject-tracking AF, the camera automatically maintains focus on a subject moving throughout the frame. Manual settings* are also available for those who want to specify recording shutter speed and ISO sensitivity according to their own preferences. In addition to the ability to choose the recording frame rate from 50i or 60i (1080), or 24p, 25p, or 30p (1080) per second, the camera is equipped with a stereo microphone for superior audio quality with movie recording. Stereo sound can also be recorded via the optional ME-1 stereo microphone.
    • *Available shutter speeds vary according to the selected movie frame rate. ISO sensitivity can be selected within the range of ISO 200–6400 and Hi 0.3–Hi 2.
  7. Special Effects mode for creative imaging expressionThe D5200 offers seven* special effects that can be selected and applied with recording of both still images and movies. Special effects are displayed in the monitor with the view through the lens before shooting or recording begins, allowing users to confirm the results of effect selection or adjustment in real time. Users can easily enjoy dramatic effects like those seen in the movies using special effects. This mode was adopted to respond to the creative intent of users searching for a way to express their own unique style and creativity
    • *D5200 special effects: Selective Color, Color Sketch, Miniature Effect, Night Vision, Silhouette, High Key, Low Key. Color Sketch, Miniature Effect, and Selective Color can also be applied to images already recorded from the retouch menu.
  8. Support for the optional Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1a enables wireless image transfer to a smart deviceBy simply connecting the Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1a (sold separately), true, high-quality photos and movies recorded with a compatible digital SLR camera can be easily shared with a smart device.* The view through the camera lens (live view) can be displayed on a smartphone or tablet screen to control remote shooting (remote movie recording not supported), and images captured with the D5200 can be transferred to the smart device over a wireless connection. Using the Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1a expands the ways in which users enjoy the photos and movies they have recorded with the D5200 and a NIKKOR lens by enabling the immediate transfer of images to family and friends, or uploading to blogs or social networking sites, anywhere and anytime.
    • *The Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility app must first be installed on the smart device (the app can be downloaded free of charge from the smart device’s app store).
  9. Support for the Wireless Remote Controller WR-R10/WR-T10 enables stress-free remote shootingRemote control is more convenient with the D5200 due to support for the WR-R10 (transceiver) and WR-T10 (transmitter) that utilize electromagnetic waves. When the WR-R10 is connected to the D5200, the WR-T10 can be used for wireless control over remote shooting. The WR-R10 and WR-T10 enable remote control over the camera from greater distances and broader angles than are possible with infrared remote controls, and obstacles such as trees between the transceiver and transmitter do not impede communications. Not only autofocus is possible with the shutter-release button pressed halfway but also control over operations such as continuous shooting, movie recording and quiet release mode is possible. Naturally, the WR-T10 can be used to remotely control a single camera to which the WR-R10 is connected, but it can also control multiple cameras to which WR-R10s have been connected1,. The WR-R10/WR-T10 makes photography much more enjoyable as it enables varied expression of scenes using multiple cameras, each with a different lens mounted, and each shooting the subject from a different angle using the vari-angle monitor.

Additional D5200 Features and Functions

  • The D5200 is available in three colors–black, red, bronze–and the connector cover and power connector cover are the same colors as camera bodies.
  • Weighing approximately 555 g*, the compact and lightweight D5200 offers superior operation, functionality, and grip.
  • The D5200 is equipped with a new graphical user interface (GUI) for intuitive operation.
  • *Including battery and SD memory card; excluding body cap.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/5/2012 11:47:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
B&H has the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens in stock. Act fast if you want one.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/5/2012 10:38:13 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I picked up a Samyang 24mm f/1.4 US UMC Lens during the Beach Camera sale recently. With this lens in hand, ISO 12233 chart, flare, distortion and vignetting test results along with lens specifications are now available on the Samyang 24mm f/1.4 US UMC Lens Review page.
Post Date: 11/5/2012 11:50:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, November 3, 2012
Canon USA has the Canon EOS M Mirrorless Camera Instruction Manual available for download (38.04 MB).
 
There is also a smaller Basic Instruction Manual available (8.42 MB).
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/3/2012 9:16:06 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
The Canon Store has the Canon EOS M Mirrorless Camera (White Body) in stock for $799.99. For now, this body color is a Canon Store online exclusive.
 
The traditional Canon EOS M Mirrorless Camera (Black Body) is also in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/3/2012 6:58:16 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, November 2, 2012
Part II of the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Review is now online.
 
I'm very pleased with the AF performance and image quality this lens is delivering. I've used it a lot since part I of this review - especially for fall landscape photography. The results are superb.
 
I'll add some sample pictures soon.
 
B&H and Adorama now have the 24-70 L II in stock.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/2/2012 12:16:24 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Nikon:
 
Modifications in this release:

  • Support for the Nikon 1 V2 has been added.
  • Focus points are now displayed in images captured with a Nikon 1 camera.

ViewNX 2.6.0 is available for download.

Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Nikon ViewNX
Post Date: 11/2/2012 1:03:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon Professional Services:
 
Due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy, the Canon USA repair facility in Jamesburg, New Jersey is currently without power and is closed.
 
If you recently sent a product to the Jamesburg facility and wish to check on the repair status, please enter your Canon Repair Number and ZIP Code into the designated fields at the following Canon USA web site address: http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer?pageKeyCode=checkRepairStatus
 
Recovery operations are underway and we have been informed by the local utility servicing the Jamesburg facility that power should be restored by November 7. However, due to storm-related delays, normal operations and repair turnaround are not expected to resume until November 16. Until that time, please direct any new repair requests to one of the Canon Repair Facilities below:
 
1. Newport News, Virginia
Canon Factory Service Center
12022 Canon Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23606
(Mail-In Service Only)
 
2. Irvine, California
Canon Factory Service Center
15955 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA 92618
(Mail-In and Walk-In Service)
 
When sending in your equipment for repair please ensure the box is marked as CPS Pro Rush Repair to expedite the request.
 
Assistance is also available to CPS members 24x7 via the CPS Member Hot Line at 1-877-CPS-8122 (1-877-277-8122).
 
We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work to return to normal operations in New Jersey as soon as possible.
 
Thank you,
 
Canon Professional Services (CPS)
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
 
Contact Information for Inquiries
CPS Toll free; 1-877-CPS-8122
24 hours 7 days/per week
 
Equipment loan requests
cpsloan@cusa.canon.com
 
Membership
cpsmember@cits.canon.com
 
Repairs
NJ njcpsservice@cusa.canon.com
CA cacpsservice@cusa.canon.com
VA vacpsservice@cusa.canon.com
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/2/2012 6:46:26 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, November 1, 2012
From Adorama:
 
Power Up for FREE at Adorama!
 
Adorama is happy to announce that we have reopened and want to do whatever we can to help ease your recovery. Many New Yorkers are blacked out, so today and tomorrow on 18th between 5th & 6th, we have set up high-powered charging stations for FREE usage. We invite you to come down with your phones and electronics and charge all your devices at our stations for FREE. This is a free public service for all of New York. Adorama – the official retailer of the NY Giants – is located on 18th Street between 5th & 6th Avenue. We wish you and your loved ones a very safe recovery after the storm.
 
Also, if you need any charges or cables equipment shipped, see all our accessories HERE. We will do our very best to get it shipped out the same day.
 
Sincerely,
The Adorama Team
Post Date: 11/1/2012 4:30:54 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon UK:
 
When you purchase the EOS 60D or EOS 7D you are eligible to receive 50% off selected Canon accessories*
 
Whether you’re a wildlife photographer patiently waiting for that perfect shot or a sports photographer who relies heavily on speed and power, these accessories will give you the extra support you need to get the best out of your style of photography.
 
Canon EOS 60D/60Da or Canon EOS 7D

  • BG-E9 Battery Grip
  • BG-E7 Battery Grip
  • RS-60 E3 Remote switch
  • RS-80 N3 Remote switch
  • RC-6 IR Remote Control
  • TX-80N3 Timer Remote Controller
  • LP-E6 Battery
  • ACK-E6 AC Adapter

Download the Terms & Conditions and Participating Retailers forms.
 
Jessops carries the Canon EOS 7D and EOS 60D DSLR cameras.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 11/1/2012 12:45:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon has posted their Financial Results for Q2 of the Year ending March 2013 [November 1, 2012].
 
Financial Results (PDF:339KB)
 
Financial and Business Data (PDF:88KB)
 
Presentation Material (PDF:631KB)
1. Financial Results for the First Half of the Year Ending March 31, 2013 (PDF:359KB)
2. Estimation for the Year Ending March 31, 2013 (PDF:364KB)
3. Reference Data (PDF:184KB)
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 11/1/2012 7:18:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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