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 Thursday, April 12, 2012
The Canon EOS 1D C Digital SLR Camera (press release), featuring 4K high-resolution video capture, has been announced.
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Post Date: 4/12/2012 10:08:21 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has announced the Cinema EOS C500/C500 PL 4K Digital Cinematography Cameras (press release).
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Post Date: 4/12/2012 9:46:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has announced that four EF Cinema Zoom Lenses are under development (press release).
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Post Date: 4/12/2012 9:16:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
Canon U.S.A. Introduces The HJ17ex6.2B Portable HD Lens With Improved Wide-Angle And Close-Up Imaging Capabilities
 
Superb Optical Performance and Innovative Design in 2/3-Inch Premium HD Lens Enhances Versatility for Shooting in Diverse News and Documentary Situations
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 12, 2012 – Responding to the demand for a portable HD lens that combines the improved wide-angle performance and telephoto range sought by TV news and documentary shooters, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has introduced the innovative HJ17ex6.2B lens to its HDxs Series product line. Offering superb optical quality with exceptional versatility, the new HJ17ex6.2B portable HD lens delivers a broad focal length range from 6.2mm to 106mm (212mm with built-in 2X extender) and a Minimum Object Distance (M.O.D.) of 0.4m (shortened by approximately 30 percent compared to previous models) for close shooting in news situations.
 
"Now that HD has become an almost universal standard for broadcast TV production, there is an increasing need for portable HD lenses that enable more efficient operation while also delivering high picture quality," noted Larry Thorpe, senior fellow, Broadcast and Communications division of Canon U.S.A. "On-location news coverage can frequently involve rapid changes in subject distance and associated focal length. The new HJ17ex6.2B is capable of adapting flexibly to all manner of filming situations, whether in close proximity to a subject or in shooting close-ups of a subject from far away. The product of Canon's decades of expertise as a leader in optics, the HJ17ex6.2B is a fully equipped 2/3-inch premium HD lens that embodies the uncompromising high-dimensional quality that has made Canon portable lenses the choice for TV news and HD documentary productions around the world."
 
User Benefits
 
Weighing in at less than 4.5 lbs., the HJ17ex6.2B provides videographers with a wide range of expressive possibilities that can help to minimize production costs by reducing the need for multiple lenses. At a 6.2mm focal length, the lens provides an impressive 75.5 degree horizontal viewing angle. Combined with the short 0.4 meter M.O.D. (reduced to 10mm with Macro), the extra-wide angle of the HJ17ex6.2B enables it to be used for vivid shooting even when ultra-close to the subject, such as in small rooms where adequate distance from the subject cannot be attained. The 17X magnification and built-in 2X extender of the HJ17ex6.2B, meanwhile, provide superb telephoto performance, which is so often needed in news and documentary applications. Although capable of focal lengths ranging from wide-end to tele-end, and subject distances ranging from infinite to extreme close-up, the HJ17ex6.2B minimizes optical aberration across the entire screen and exhibits superb optical performance throughout the field.
 
As with all of the lenses in Canon's HDxs Series product line, the HJ17EX6.2B makes optimum use of original Canon optical elements, Hi-UD (Hi Index Ultra Low Dispersion) glass, large-diameter high-precision aspherical lenses, and other components maximized by Canon's original "Power Optical System" design technology. Canon HDxs Series lenses also suppress ghosting and flaring as a result of ray-simulation technology employed in the design process, in conjunction with original Canon spectral coatings. This combination of advanced Canon optical technologies also minimizes curvature of field, chromatic aberration, chromatic aberration of magnification, and axial chromatic aberration throughout the entire field regardless of focal length or subject distance, stably enabling peak optical performance.
 
The new HJ17ex6.2B also features Canon Enhanced Digital eDrive technology, which utilizes Canon ultra-high-precision, microprocessor-driven digital servos with 16-bit optical encoders. Canon eDrive technology enables users to easily program focus, iris, and zoom position and speed settings for precise, automated repeatability via an easy-to-use LCD menu, assignable "soft" function buttons, and a rocker switch built into the lens grip. Users can program multiple settings or none at all, depending on their personal preference.
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Post Date: 4/12/2012 9:14:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
Canon U.S.A. Debuts Two Third-Generation DIGISUPER HD Field Lenses Combining Wider Angles Of View With Long Zoom Ratios
 
Improved Optical Performance, Increased Responsiveness for Camera Operators, and Support for Virtual Studio Systems Among the Features of Cost-Effective HD Lenses
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 12, 2012 – In response to input from the worldwide community of HDTV program creators, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has introduced two HD field lenses designed for improved coverage of sports and other mobile-location productions. Designated as the XJ80x8.8B and the XJ76x9B*, both lenses combine highly telephoto performance, wider angles of view, and exceptional operability. Integrating Canon's latest optical and digital-control innovations, both lenses are third-generation additions to the DIGISUPER product line, which is renowned as a global favorite for outside broadcast coverage.
 
"Canon's extensive R&D and new computer-based optical design tools continue to advance the DIGISUPER product line," explained Larry Thorpe, senior fellow, Broadcast and Communications division of Canon U.S.A. "The new XJ80x8.8B and XJ76x9B HD field lenses deliver optical performance that has been significantly elevated over previous models. Canon's proprietary large-diameter aspherical lens technology, new glass materials, and sophisticated lens coatings minimize the aberrations and distortion that have always challenged large focal-length ranges. Significant reduction of these factors enhances the excellent resolution and contrast of these lenses in a manner that contributes to superb picture sharpness across the entire 16:9 HD image plane. The new XJ80x8.8B and XJ76x9B lenses deliver the image performance that creative camera operators have asked for, together with the operational enhancements that the HD production industry demands."
 
Dynamic Duo
 
The new Canon XJ80x8.8B and XJ76x9B HD field lenses combine augmented telephoto and wide-angle performance. The premium XJ80x8.8B lens delivers an 80x zoom with a maximum wide angle of 8.8mm (a horizontal angle-of-view of 57.2 degrees), which is approximately five percent wider than previous long-zoom lenses. These capabilities enable the XJ80x8.8B to capture everything from a panoramic stadium-wide shot to a telephoto close-up of an individual player's face. The XJ80x8.8B's wide-angle capabilities enable the lens to pull back from a telephoto shot and replace it with a dramatic close-up - thus adding to creative flexibilities.
 
The new XJ80x8.8B HD field lens also includes a new built-in Optical Shift Image Stabilizer (Shift-IS) as a standard feature. Integrating a new motion sensor, faster control circuit, and new correction algorithm, the improved Canon Shift-IS system significantly curbs vibrations, particularly in the high-frequency range. When the new Canon Shift-IS system sensor detects vibration, a correction drive signal is created that shifts compensating optics at high-speed to instantly deflect the incoming light rays in a direction that cancels out the vibration's effect on the image. The new Shift-IS system suppresses vibrations - such as those generated by excited fans in the stands, or by strong winds, or by acoustic perturbations at rock concerts - especially in video shot at extreme telephoto distances. Of special significance, the new Shift-IS system also improves image tracking by virtually eliminating the image drift that can be caused by the sudden cessation of panning and tilting operations.
 
The XJ76x9B combines 76x telephoto performance with a maximum wide angle of 9mm (a horizontal angle-of-view of 56.1 degrees), which is approximately three percent wider than previous long-zoom lenses. This enables cameras outfitted with the new XJ76x9B to capture panoramic shots at shorter distances without distortion.
 
Added Benefits
 
Further enhancing the exceptional performance and operational ease of both the new XJ80x8.8B and XJ76x9B HD field lenses are such features as Canon's CAFS (Constant Angle Focusing System). CAFS employs built-in 32-bit microcomputer control to help counteract "breathing," the phenomena known to change picture size/angle of view during a focusing operation. Both lenses employ improved digital servo systems using 16-bit miniature optical encoders and improved algorithms for zoom, iris, and focus that deliver increased responsiveness to camera operators in terms of ultra-slow to very high-speed zooms, high-resolution control of both iris and focus, and highly precise repeatability of zoom and focus operations.
 
Another added benefit of the sophisticated zoom, focus, and iris encoders built into the new Canon XJ80x8.8B and XJ76x9B HD field lenses is their multiple support for discrete digital encoder outputs, analog outputs, and serial digital outputs. This ability to share focus, iris, and zoom-position data makes these new lenses compatible with many kinds of digital virtual studio systems. Both lenses easily adapt to such systems via Canon's standard 20-pin lens-interface connector.
 
The enhanced telephoto and wide-angle capabilities of the new Canon XJ80x8.8B and XJ76x9B HD field lenses do not increase physical lens size, which facilitates easy panning and tilting operations. Both of these new HD field lenses also feature a charcoal-gray shroud designed to complement today's HD field cameras and blend into stadium surroundings.
 
*These devices have not been authorized as required by the rules of the Federal Communications Commission. These devices are not, and may not be, offered for sale or lease, or sold or leased until authorization is obtained.
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Post Date: 4/12/2012 9:10:40 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
New Firmware Enhances Canon XF-Series Camcorders, Supporting Popular Broadcast Recording Format
 
New Firmware Enables 1440 x 1080 35mbps Recording at 60i or 50i for Canon's XF305, XF300, XF105, and XF100 Professional Camcorders
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 12, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a new firmware update for all four models of the Company's XF-series professional camcorders, enabling a new 35mbps recording mode. The new firmware enables a highly utilized recording mode, popular with many major news broadcast corporations, capturing 1440 x 1080 HD video at 35mbps at 60i or 50i. This format is designed to help the camcorders seamlessly align with standard workflows used by many major news broadcast organizations. Once the firmware is installed, the recording mode will be accessed through the regular mode selection menu on the camcorder and the frame rate will be automatically selected, dependent on the camcorder's PAL or NTSC setting. All previously supported XF-series video resolutions and frame rates will remain available in addition to the newly supported recording format.
 
"We are happy to continually enhance the capabilities of our products and technologies to meet the needs of professionals in the marketplace. This new firmware will enhance our ability to satisfy the diverse technical needs of broadcast news organizations," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
 
The firmware is expected to be available for download at the end of May 2012 for all XF-series camcorders and will be available on the individual product pages through the Canon website.
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Post Date: 4/12/2012 9:06:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
 
Canon To Exhibit Prototype of 30-Inch 4K Industrial Video Display Currently Under Development at NAB 2012
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., April 12, 2012 – Canon Inc. today announced that the Company is developing a 30-inch, 4K resolution industrial video display*, a prototype of which will be exhibited from April 16 to 19 at the NAB Show 2012, the world's largest international digital event for audio, video, film, broadcast and communications, held in Las Vegas.
 
The prototype to be displayed will provide support for cinema and other video editing processes while also responding to film production needs for consistency and reliability through proprietary Canon high image-quality technology. While detailed specifications and pricing have yet to be finalized, Canon aims to commercialize the display before the end of 2012.
Post Date: 4/12/2012 9:03:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Adobe:
 
Adobe Transforms Video Workflows with Upcoming Creative Suite 6 Production Premium Release to Be Previewed at the 2012 NAB Show
 
Company Showcases Upcoming Video Suite; Celebrates Storytelling and Film at Post|Production World Keynote with Academy-Award Winner Rob Legato and Steve Wozniak
 
SAN JOSE, Calif.— April 12, 2012 — At the annual National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) Show, Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) will showcase new software and innovations that improve how broadcasters, filmmakers and video professionals create, deliver and monetize high-quality productions across multiple screens. Highlights of the show will include the first public demonstrations of Adobe® Creative Suite® 6 Production Premium – including major updates for Adobe Premiere® Pro CS6 and Adobe After Effects® CS6 – before its official release, showcasing the software’s blazingly fast performance and tight integration that enables video professionals to work efficiently and streamline workflows. Adobe will demonstrate its new solutions along with key customer and partner-focused initiatives during the 2012 NAB Show at its booth #SL2624 in the Las Vegas Convention Center, April 16 – 19. Creative Suite 6 Production Premium will also be presented in more than 60 partner booths throughout the NAB exhibition.
 
“With the upcoming release of Creative Suite 6 Production Premium, which we are revealing at NAB, Adobe is redefining the content creation workflow,” said Jim Guerard, vice president and general manager, Video Solutions, Adobe. ”This is a perfect opportunity to show off the new and breakthrough performance innovations in Creative Suite 6 Production Premium and demonstrate how it’s possible to work at the speed of your imagination, making workflows more efficient and audience experiences more compelling. From planning to playback, Adobe and its broadcast and media customers are leading the industry and reshaping how the digital video industry creates and consumes rich media.”
 
Creative Suite 6 Production Premium Takes the Stage
 
Creative Suite 6 Production Premium, the complete solution at the heart of any production workflow for video professionals, is packed with major updates to help bring high-quality productions to any screen. The suite features significant updates to familiar tools including powerful new versions of Adobe Premiere Pro, Adobe After Effects, Adobe Audition®, Adobe Story, Adobe Media Encoder and Adobe Photoshop®, along with two new tools, Adobe SpeedGrade™ CS6 for professional color grading, and Adobe Prelude™ CS6, an elegant solution for the process of ingest, logging and transcoding, essential tasks in a modern file-based workflow. For advanced video editing, Premiere Pro CS6 incorporates a new user interface, trimming and OpenCL support in the new turbo-charged Mercury Playback Engine. After Effects CS6 is the biggest release in a decade, with huge performance gains and powerful 3D features.
 
Throughout the show, Adobe will be providing attendees with an exclusive first look at Creative Suite 6 Production Premium. This upcoming release, expected in the first half of 2012, will feature across-the-board performance and workflow enhancements that broadcasters, filmmakers and corporate video professionals worldwide need to stay at the forefront of the explosion of multiple screens, file-based workflows and new distribution models.
 
Changing Today’s Broadcast Landscape
 
Adobe is dedicated to boosting video professionals’ productivity, giving them a dependable and seamless solution to plan, produce and deliver engaging content despite shrinking timelines and budgets. Broadcasters are completely redesigning and streamlining their workflows to meet today’s demands for delivering content to multiple screens. Top global broadcasters including BBC, CBS Sports Network, CNN, Hearst, Media General and NRK are turning to Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium for a more complete plan-to-playback, file-based solution.
 
"Our video editors need to work with a large variety of digital assets and the Adobe Creative Suite Production Premium, including Adobe Premiere Pro, allows them to handle instant turnaround news edits as well as long-form feature edits without compromising speed or creativity," said Moritz Gimbel, head of production at Bloomberg TV International. "Its latest software release, the Adobe Creative Suite 6 Production Premium, helps make our workflow more efficient with support for more video formats and codecs, accelerating content delivery with the ability to export sequences into two different formats at the same time."
 
Discussing the Future of Film and Video
 
On Sunday, April 15 at 10:30 a.m. PT in room N249, Adobe will participate in the Post|Production World keynote titled, “How Creativity and Technology Merge to Influence Storytelling and Film.” Steve Wozniak, Fusion-io chief scientist, along with Vincent Brisebois, visual computing industry manager at Fusion-io, and Rob Legato, two-time Academy Award-winning visual effects supervisor, will join Steve Forde, Adobe After Effects product manager, on stage to discuss how creativity and advances in digital technology can work together to develop engaging storytelling.
 
On Tuesday, April 17 at 9 a.m. PT in room N249, Jeremy Helfand, vice president of monetization from Adobe will join Joe Alicata of ESPN Digital Media, Bismarck Lepe of Ooyala and Steve Raymond of Big Frame to discuss the changing landscape for delivering online media and the various ways media companies can monetize their content across multiple platforms. The session, “Monetizing Viewership in a Multiplatform Environment,” will address social media, games and Web video and the impact they’ve had on how advertising dollars are spent.
 
Availability
 
Adobe CS6 Production Premium is expected in the first half of 2012. For more detailed information about the suite, please visit http://success.adobe.com/en/na/programs/events/1203_16108_nab.html.
 
Forward-Looking Statements Disclosure
 
This press release contains forward-looking statements, including those related to Adobes future product plans, which involve risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially. For a discussion of these and other risks and uncertainties, individuals should refer to Adobe’s SEC filings. Adobe does not undertake an obligation to update forward-looking statements.
 
Get your Adobe products at B&H.
Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 4/12/2012 8:05:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Canon has announced that the CPS Lounge will be making its NAB Show debut on April 16th in Room N110 North Hall, Level One in the Las Vegas Convention Center in Las Vegas, NV.
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Post Date: 4/11/2012 10:28:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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 09, 2012
Through April 13th, use promotion code Loyalty15 to get the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM Lens in Canon mount for only $454.00 shipped (compare at $499.00) at Abe's of Maine.
 
Through April 20th, use promotion code TVFURN10 combined with codes Abesaves5, Loyalty10 and/or Loyalty15 to save on other Sigma lenses as well.
Post Date: 4/9/2012 12:37:41 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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
Through April 15, 2012, save 10% on orders of $375 or more at the Adobe Store (valid for commercial and education customers).
 
Also, today only, save 25% on Acrobat X Pro (also at the Adobe Store).
Post Date: 4/9/2012 10:40:19 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
Sold out: Adorama has the Think Tank Photo Skin Double Wide Unpadded Waist Pouch (holds two 70-200mm f/2.8 or smaller lenses) on sale for $24.95 shipped (reg $44.95).
Post Date: 4/9/2012 10:15:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, April 05, 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
Adorama has a Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera with EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens plus much more bundle on special for $2,599.00 using coupon code S0401201 (save $400.96).
 
This deal expires on 4/30/12, but I was told "... this deal can be pulled so please post quickly."
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 4/5/2012 7:53:40 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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