Spider Holster Launches Black Widow Camera Holster Kits
From Spider Holster:
SPIDER HOLSTER LAUNCHES BLACK WIDOW CAMERA HOLSTER KITS
Ideal for Holiday Gift Giving, the Spider Holster Black Widow Kit Combines the Fast-Access Camera Holster with the Black Widow Belt and a New and Improved Black Widow Pad for Added All-Day Comfort
Ithaca, NY – December 19, 2011 – Spider Holster, (http://www.spiderholster.com) a company specializing in unique holster-style carrying solutions for photographers, today announced it has started shipping its Spider Holster Black Widow Kit which offers a comfortable and secure carrying solution for entry-level DSLRs and other small-body cameras such as point-and-shoot, micro four thirds, and compact system camera models. Packaging the heavy-duty resin and stainless steel Black Widow Holster unit with all the basic accessories, such as the Black Widow Belt and just updated Black Widow Pad, ensures the optimal carrying comfort for consumer and prosumer photographers. The new and improved Black Widow Pad now includes an additional stabilizing feature to snug the camera’s lens to the Pad for added stability.
The Black Widow Camera Holster secures the camera firmly to the photographer’s hip and eliminates the neck, shoulder and back strain caused by cameras dangling from traditional neck straps or shoulder bags, and is perfect for shooters who want to keep their hands free at all times. The Black Widow easily threads onto any standard leather belt or can be worn on the included Black Widow Belt, which complements the holster’s light-weight design to sit comfortably on the hips, and is perfect for use with slightly heavier cameras or when shooting for extended periods of time. Also included in the Kit is the latest evolution of the Black Widow Pad, a comfortable, cushioned extension of the belt that provides a resting place for the camera against the user’s body. This latest version of the Pad also includes an elastic and Velcro lens strap that, when locked in place, prevents the camera from jostling on the hip.
“Our Black Widow is rated for cameras up to 4 pounds, and while with smaller cameras most users are comfortable using just the Holster on their own belt, once they break into the DSLR ranges, those extra pounds can become uncomfortable after long days. With the comfort-adding accessories in this kit, users can easily carry their mid-sized DSLR for an entire day with the kids, at a day-long event or throughout an entire vacation,” said Shai Eynav, President of Spider Holster. “For photography enthusiasts that like to have their favorite camera always at the ready, our Black Widow Camera Holster Kit and the latest evolution of our Black Widow Pad provide them with all of the components they will need to comfortably carry their camera to places they never would have thought possible before.”
The Spider Holster Black Widow Kit will retail at $65.99. The Kit is available for direct purchase and can be found in major retail outlets throughout the world. For current Black Widow users, the latest version of the Spider Holster Pad featuring the added lens strap, is also available for individual purchase for $15.99. To find a local retail outlet or to learn more about how to stock Spider Holster products, please visit the Spider Holster Black Widow website at: http://www.spiderholster.com/blackwidow/.
About Spider Holster
Founded by professional photographer Shai Eynav, Spider Holster designs and builds unique camera carrying solutions for photographers. The company’s namesake SpiderPro holster system has quickly become a trusted tool for photographers looking to protect themselves against the neck, shoulder and back strain which often accompany traditional camera straps and shoulder bags while providing quick-draw access and a secure attachment point for even the heaviest pro-DSLRs. More information about Spider Holster and its latest offerings can be found at: http://www.spiderholster.com.
"Canon EOS Rebel T3i Digital SLR Camera/ Lens Kit, with EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS Lens, 16GB SD Memory Card, Slinger Camera Bag, Spare LP-E8 Lithium-Ion Rehargeable Battery, USB 2.0 SD Card Reader, Digital Camera & Lens Cleaning Kit FREE: Red Giant Adorama Production Bundle a $599.00 Retail Value"
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Ilford Introduces Metallic Media Alternative - Gallerie Smooth High Gloss
ILFORD INTRODUCES GALERIE SMOOTH HIGH GLOSS TO USA
Metallic media alternative promises exhibition standard prints for a wide range of professional applications
Marly, Switzerland & Avon, CT – December 12, 2011 – ILFORD (http://www.ilford.com), a leading developer and manufacturer of professional quality media for both inkjet printing and color photographic processes, today announced that it is furthering its commitment to developing contemporary inkjet media with the introduction of GALERIE SMOOTH HIGH GLOSS in the USA. The new film-based media promises exhibition standard prints to the growing number of photo professionals choosing to work with inkjet printing, including artists, photographers and museum exhibitors.
Available in the USA beginning January 2012, GALERIE SMOOTH HIGH GLOSS is a metallic media alternative offering enhanced definition and extended tonal range for the highest quality professional photo look. Developed by the team of ILFORD photo experts in Switzerland, the media features an instant dry, universally compatible layer for superior results with both dye and pigment printers. Created for a wide range of professional applications, GALERIE SMOOTH HIGH GLOSS is available in 8.5 x 11”, A4, A3+ and 24” roll formats.
ILFORD introduces GALERIE SMOOTH HIGH GLOSS as the photographic market continues to evolve from chemical photographic processes towards the use of inkjet media. This worldwide trend has brought with it the decline of products such as ILFOCHROME CLASSIC, which is to be discontinued following the deadline for final orders on 19 December 2011. ILFORD is pleased to recommend GALERIE SMOOTH HIGH GLOSS as an inkjet alternative to ILFOCHROME, with the media’s metallic surface offering comparable results.
“ILFORD has long been a technological leader in the print media industry, and with many of our users and labs adopting a purely digital workflow we are proud to possess the technological capabilities necessary to offer customers professional quality inkjet alternatives to traditional photographic media.” Says Jane Dixon, Director of Global Marketing at ILFORD. “Some of our customers may remember the previous incarnation of GALERIE SMOOTH HIGH GLOSS which was very popular with photography professionals, and we are now pleased to introduce it as an alternative to metallic media following modifications by our team of experts in Switzerland.”
GALERIE SMOOTH HIGH GLOSS joins the already diverse array of GALERIE products designed for use in the professional inkjet market place, including the traditional baryta fibre based media GALERIE GOLD FIBRE SILK, also favored amongst photographers wishing to explore inkjet alternatives to traditional media.
About ILFORD GALERIE
GALERIE Professional Inkjet range is designed specifically to meet the demanding needs of today’s professional inkjet marketplace. ILFORD is dedicated to developing products that deliver superior images and with GALERIE combines state-of-the-art inkjet technology with more than a century of experience in the craft of image making.
Founded in 1879, ILFORD is a leading player in the development and manufacture of photo quality media and other consumables for both inkjet printing and color photographic processes. The worldwide digital imaging and color photographic businesses, which include R&D and manufacturing operations in Switzerland, are owned by Paradigm Global Partners LLP.
The ILFORD name is well established in the history of imaging and today continues to be associated with cutting edge technology thanks to its strong links to the photo imaging marketplace, research and development, technical know-how and manufacturing capabilities.
For more information on ILFORD, please visit http://www.ilford.com/
Click on the MasterCard deal ribbon near the top of the Amazon.com home page for complete details. "Today's Savings Code: 3TLRXE3N"
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Here are a couple of good options for using this discount:
Modifications that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions
Lens information is now displayed in the Metadata palette for images captured with the Nikon 1 V1 or Nikon 1 J1 using the Mount Adapter FT1 and a CPU lens.
Support for images captured with the Nikon 1 V1 and Nikon 1 J1 using the Mount Adapter FT1 has been added.
An Astro Noise Reduction option has been added to Noise Reduction in the Camera Settings portion of the Develop section in the Edit List palette. This option reduces the randomly spaced bright pixels that occur in images of stars captured with long exposures.
An Auto2 option has been added to New WB under White Balance in the Camera Settings portion of the Develop section in the Edit List palette. This option is available with RAW images taken with the COOLPIX P7100.
When white balance is changed to Auto2 and a settings file saved, a white balance setting of Recorded Value will be applied if the settings file is used on a RAW image that does not support the Auto2 white balance setting.
When Set Gray Point was selected from White Balance in the Camera Settings portion of the Develop section in the Edit List palette, and the image clicked to specify a portion to use as the gray point, the point selected was sometimes not accurately reflected in the resulting white balance if the image had first been rotated. This issue has been resolved.
Additional modifications to the Windows version
This software now operates as a native 64-bit application under the 64-bit versions of Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
An Embed Preview When Saving NEF/NRW item with Thumbnail and Preview and Thumbnail only options has been added to the General panel of the Preferences accessed from the Edit menu.
In addition, preview images can later be added to NEF/NRW files saved without embedding them using the new Update Preview option in the Browser palette context menu and File menu.
The default setting for the Use Image Cache option in the Cache Settings panel of the Preferences, accessed from the Edit menu, has been changed to off (not checked).
When Capture NX 2 Ver. 2.3.0 is installed with the Use Image Cache option enabled (checked) with the previous version of Capture NX 2, Use Image Cache will be disabled (unchecked) and cached data will be deleted.
An issue that resulted in inconsistent display of images in the Browser palette and images inside the folder selected in the Folders palette has been resolved.
When a batch process was run for images captured with simultaneous RAW + JPEG recording by selecting Run Batch Process from the Batch menu with a new naming convention applied to the RAW and JPEG images, new files were not always created for the selected images. This issue has been resolved.
An issue that caused the Folders, Browser, and Metadata palettes to be shifted down when Windows was set to display the taskbar at the top of the desktop has been resolved.
When Set as Default Printer was applied to some printers with Windows, a Capture NX 2 stops working error message was displayed when Capture NX 2 was exited. This issue has been resolved.
When tone curves were edited using Adjust menu>Light>Levels & Curves, Adjust menu>Color>LCH, or Quick Fix in the Develop section of the Edit List palette, positions of anchor points changed unexpectedly. This issue has been resolved.
When the mouse cursor was positioned over the Set Black Point button in the Levels & Curves dialog, accessed via the Adjust menu>Light, to display an explanation of the feature, white point information was displayed. This issue has been resolved. (French version only)
Additional modifications to the Macintosh version
This software now operates as a native 64-bit application under Mac OS.
An Embed Preview When Saving NEF/NRW item with Thumbnail and Preview and Thumbnail only options has been added to the General panel of the Preferences accessed from the Capture NX 2 menu.
In addition, preview images can later be added to NEF/NRW files saved without embedding them using the new Update Preview option in the Browser palette context menu and File menu.
The default setting for the Use Image Cache option in the Cache Settings panel of the Preferences, accessed from the Capture NX 2 menu, has been changed to off (not checked).
When Capture NX 2 Ver. 2.3.0 is installed with the Use Image Cache option enabled (checked) with the previous version of Capture NX 2, Use Image Cache will be disabled (unchecked) and cached data will be deleted.
When the selection brush was used to edit an image with the image window displayed at a large size (1980 × 1080, 1512 × 1008, etc.), Capture NX 2 sometimes quit unexpected. This issue has been resolved.
BuyDig.com has the below-listed gear, along with a 16GB memory card on sale for $4,599.00 after $400.00 DSLR + Lens MIR with free shipping. The savings is about $200.00 over the already great individual 5D II and 70-200 II deals available right now - and the kit is incredible.
Add all three items below to your cart to get this deal:
Five Companies Jointly Form 'Next Generation Secure Memory Initiative'
SanDisk Press release:
PANASONIC, SAMSUNG, SANDISK, SONY AND TOSHIBA JOIN FORCES TO COLLABORATE ON NEXT GENERATION SECURE MEMORY SOLUTION
Five Companies plan to jointly form 'Next Generation Secure Memory Initiative'
December 19th, 2011-Panasonic Corporation, Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., SanDisk Corporation, Sony Corporation and Toshiba Corporation today announced that they have reached an agreement in principle to collaborate on a new content protection technology for flash memory cards such as SD Cards and various storage devices. Under the "Next Generation Secure Memory Initiative"*1
The five companies will start preparing for licensing and promotion of HD (high-definition)-capable security for SD Cards and embedded memory for use in advanced consumer applications such as tablets and smartphones.
This content protection solution will be robust enough to protect HD content. A high level of content security will be realized through the use of the initiative's technologies, including unique ID (identification) technology for flash memory and robust copy protection based on public key infrastructure.
The five companies believe this technology will enable various HD content applications such as HD network download, broadcast content to go and HD Digital Copy/Managed Copy from Blu-ray Disc™*2 media.With these applications, users can enjoy HD content on a wide range of devices, including Android™*3-based smartphones and tablets, TVs and Blu-ray™*4 products.
The five companies believe that they each can make substantial contributions that, when combined, will enable them to start licensing the new secure memory technology early next year. The five companies expect to see adoption of flash memory products and various embedded flash memory solutions using this technology in the market in 2012.
"Panasonic has always been an innovator in providing the best possible content viewing experience in the living room through development of Blu-ray and Blu-ray 3D™ technologies and products" said Yoshiyuki Miyabe, Corporate CTO, Panasonic Corporation. "With our new secure memory solution, we are excited to create a strong link between the living room experience and the mobile experience. Now consumers can enjoy watching premier content, such as movies, on the go with their smartphones and tablets".
"Samsung believes that the time is ripe for an advanced security solution and welcomes the opportunity to deliver a highly viable solution using flash memory chips. Samsung's ongoing commitment to technology excellence will now further extend to early market availability of high-performance NAND technologies implementing the new advanced security solution," said Young-Hyun Jun, Executive Vice President, Memory Business, Samsung Electronics. Co., Ltd.
"Consumers are ready for a solution that enables the effortless consumption of online and offline content across multiple device platforms," said Sumit Sadana, Senior Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer for SanDisk. "SanDisk looks forward to building on its history of innovation in the Flash industry by delivering optimized memory solutions to enable this new usage model with robust security technologies that can protect premium content."
"We believe the secure solution created by this initiative will enable customers to enjoy high quality experiences anytime, anywhere. Sony has always been focused on bringing amazing experiences to people through highly-advanced technologies in content creation, content distribution and picture display," said Hiroshi Yoshioka, Corporate Executive Officer and Executive Deputy President, Sony Corporation.
"This technology will open a new door to flash memory applications. As a flash memory manufacturer, we are pleased that our flash memory technology will contribute to bringing people more convenient and exciting experiences of HD content. We will continue our development efforts to create surprising innovation," said Yasuo Naruke, Corporate Vice President, Vice President, Memory Division, Semiconductor & Storage Products Company, Toshiba Corporation.
About 'Next Generation Secure Memory Initiative'
'Next Generation Secure Memory Initiative' (a tentative name) is a collaboration of Panasonic, Samsung, SanDisk, Sony and Toshiba to license and promote HD (high-definition)-capable security for SD Cards and embedded memory for use in advanced consumer applications such as tablets and smartphones. For the details, please visit http://nextgenerationsecurememory.com/
*1 "Next Generation Secure Memory Initiative" is the tentative name, it will be decided later.
*2 "Blu-ray Disc", "Blu-ray" and "Blu-ray 3D" are trademarks of Blu-ray Disc Association
*3 "Android" is a trademark of Google Inc.
*4 "Blu-ray Disc", "Blu-ray" and "Blu-ray 3D" are trademarks of Blu-ray Disc Association
DateTime: 12/19/2011 11:44:14 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
DxO Optics Pro 7.1 Released
From DxO Optics:
DxO Optics Pro 7.1 now available!
The new version features enhanced stability and even faster processing speed.
Special 33% discount good through December 24, 2011.
More than 150 DxO Optics Modules have been added in DxO Optics Pro, allowing surpassing the landmark milestone of 5,000 DxO Optics Modules.
Both the Standard and Elite editions of version 7.1 support five additional cameras: the Sony Alpha 65, the Panasonic G3, and the Olympus E-P3, E-PL3, and E-PM1.
Thanks to better system resource management, the use of OpenCL technology with Windows, and the optimization of numerous algorithms, DxO Optics Pro 7 can process batches of photos up to 4 times faster than previous versions. Version 7.1 includes many enhancements to DxO Optics Pro’s image processing engine, making it even faster and more efficient for certain configurations.
Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 L USM Lens - $1,099.00 Shipped (compare at $1,255.00) Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens - $1,299.99 Shipped (compare at $1,394.00) Canon EF-S 10-22mm f/3.5-4.5 USM Lens - $649.99 Shipped (compare at $726.00) Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens - $1,099.00 Shipped (compare at $1,199.00) Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens - $449.00 Shipped (compare at $549.00) Canon EF-S 60mm f/2.8 Macro USM Lens - $349.99 Shipped (compare at $386.00) Tamron 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD Lens - $479.99 Shipped AR (compare at $499.00 AR)
B&H has the Canon EOS 5D Mark II with "SanDisk 16GB Extreme Pro CompactFlash Card & Lowepro Adventura 170 Shoulder Bag & Red Giant B&H Video Production Software Bundle ($719.85 Total Value)" for $1,999.95 shipped.
New Year's is an exciting time for most people. For those of us that work here, however, it is a time filled with dread, because the end of the year means we have to do our year-end inventory. No one likes doing inventory. Please, help our employees be able to finish before it is too late to party by getting as much equipment off the shelves as possible before then!
To convince you to help our overworked employees, we are offering a special deal. Rent anything with an arrival date between December 27th and December 30th and enter the code AULDLANGSAVE in the special instructions box during checkout.
• If your rental is for 7 days, you'll only pay the 4 day price.
• For any rentals longer than 7 days, you'll get 25% off your rental fees.
The New Year's Holiday would be a great time to try out that lens you have had your eye on.
DateTime: 12/15/2011 10:43:29 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Verbatim Announces Memory Card Readers
Verbatim’s New Card Readers Transfer Digital Photos, Videos and Music Faster and Easier than Ever Before
Sleek USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 universal and pocket card readers support all popular memory card formats, including Secure Digital (SD), MicroSD, Memory Stick and many more
Charlotte, NC – December 14, 2011 – Verbatim, the global leader in data storage technology including portable hard drives, USB flash drives, CDs, Blu-ray discs and memory cards, has announced its new USB 3.0/USB 2.0 Universal Card Readers and USB 2.0 Pocket Card Reader – compatible with Windows and Mac operating systems.
Supporting a wide variety of memory card formats and 100% compatible with all USB ports, these plug-and-play, ultra-portable card readers quickly transfer data, photos, music, videos and more.
USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Universal Card Readers
Both Universal Card Readers feature a sleek, modern design. The USB 3.0 device, which delivers transfer speeds of up to 5GB/second, boasts an eye-catching, silver finish while the USB 2.0 version, which transfers data at a rate of up to 480MB/second, comes in classic piano black finish.
Memory cards supported by both the USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Universal Card Reader include: CompactFlash Type I & Type II (CF), Secure Digital (SD), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), miniSD, microSD, Memory Stick (MS), Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro (M2), MultiMedia Card (MMC) and xD-Picture Card (xD).
The USB 3.0 and USB 2.0 Universal Card Readers are available for $14.99 and $24.99, respectively.
USB 2.0 Pocket Card Reader
The Pocket Card Reader is just as its name suggests. This portable, pocket-sized multi-functional reader supports a wide variety of formats, including compatibility with SD, Memory Stick and MMC interfaces. Plus, the integrated USB cable keeps users conveniently connected for anytime data transfer.
Memory cards supported by the Pocket Card Reader include: Secure Digital (SD), Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC), miniSD, microSD, Memory Stick (MS), Memory Stick PRO, Memory Stick Duo, Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro (M2), MultiMedia Card (MMC)
The Pocket Card Reader is available for $9.99.
“These Universal Card Readers are the perfect solution for the on-the-go executive or creative professional looking for a hassle-free way to transfer and share data quickly,” said Ron Hanafin, Verbatim Product Manager, Accessories and Peripherals. “Because they are compatible with both Mac and Windows operating systems and they support a wide range of memory card formats, we’re able to make sure all of our loyal memory card customers are covered!”
DateTime: 12/14/2011 9:50:26 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Kenko LENS2SCOPE Adapter Announced
From THK Photo Products, Inc. / Kenko:
New KENKO LENS2SCOPE Adapter
The new KENKO LENS2SCOPE adapter is an accessory that can change any lens into a spotting scope. The LENS2SCOPE adapter's light-weight composite body houses a high quality roof prism, optics and an eyepiece just like a traditional spotting scope. When the lens is attached it becomes a spotting scope to use for viewing. The lens mount and housing for the optics are made from metal while some external barrels are polycarbonate.
The optics in the LENS2SCOPE magnify the image by a factor of 10x so that a 100mm lens would have the same magnification as a 1,000mm lens when viewing. Focus is easily achieved by using the lens' manual focus ring.
There are two versions of the LENS2SCOPE, a straight eyepiece (pictured) and a version where the eyepiece is angled up. They are both available in Canon EOS, Nikon, Pentax and Sony.
The LENS2SCOPE has a removable tripod adapter for mounting onto a tripod for more comfortable viewing for extended periods of time.
This small accessory comes with its own carrying case and takes up about as much room in a camera bag as a normal lens.
Optical Construction: 5 E / 3 G Prism Type: Roof Eyepiece Focal Length: 10mm Magnification: Lens focal length x1/10 (ie a 100mm focal length lens would have a 10x magnification) Eye Relief: 20mm Eyepiece Aperture: F/4 (maximum, dependent on lens) Dimensions: 3.54 in. H x 5.32 in. W (90mmH x 135mmW) Weight: 6.53 oz. (185g) Tripod Mount: U1/4-20 Availability: Current List Price: $279.90
DateTime: 12/13/2011 8:36:25 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Adobe Lightroom 3.6, Camera Raw 6.6 Updates
Adobe has released Lightroom 3.6 and Camera Raw 6.6 Updates:
Adobe Camera Raw 6.6 Update
This new version of the Camera Raw plug-in replaces the original one that was installed with Adobe Photoshop CS5, Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 and Adobe Premiere Elements 10. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.
Include or Exclude Photography Deals in News Page/Feed
I annually receive a barrage of great photography deals to share between Thanksgiving and Christmas each year, and this year the volume and significance of these deals have been unprecedented since this site went online.
Most of the feedback I'm receiving (thank you for it) is that you are thrilled to have been able to take advantage of these deals, but some (especially some outside of the USA and in a country that B&H does not ship to) would rather not see the deals in the news page/feed. I've made some changes to the site in attempt to make everyone happy - here are the additional features available:
Using the category navigation on the right side of the site's main news page, news results can be filtered to include only posts tagged with the referenced keywords. Now, an RSS feed is available for the same filters. Simply click on one of the categories listed in the category navigation to see that category's news page. There will be an RSS feed icon beside the title on that page - use this link for your feed reader.
Selective Filter Examples
If you want to see only posts tagged "Canon Announcements", use the:
All filters on the site except one are selective - meaning that only posts tagged with the selected filter will display. The exception is the category "xDeals" (Exclude Photography Deals). Selecting this category will return all news except posts tagged with "Photography Deals". A news feed is available for this exclusionary filter as well.
Exclusionary Filter Example
Most of these deals will evaporate after Christmas, but if you want to see only posts not tagged "Photography Deals", use the:
Note: I hesitated to post this deal as I am not familiar with the high volume seller ("asavings") and their feedback rating is a good, but not stellar, 99.3%. In the end, I decided to post the deal and let you make the decision.
X-Rite is pleased to inform you that i1Profiler D2LionEdition software is now available and ready for download. With this update, i1Display LT and i1Display 2 registered users can now operate their device under Mac OSX 10.7 Lion. These devices, which currently run on i1Match software, now have the benefit of utilizing a limited special edition version of the new X-Rite i1Profiler software named i1Profiler D2LionEdition.
Save $50 on the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Nikon at Amazon.com
Only 3 hours remaining: Amazon.com has the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Nikon included in their Lightning Deals today - save $50!
Note: Sorry - Amazon.com's direct links are not working at this moment. Go to Amazon.com's Home Page, click on the Holiday Furry Deals banner on the right side of the page and then scroll through the Lightning Deals until you find the PocketWizards.
DateTime: 12/8/2011 11:49:25 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
New LensPen Design Announced
From LensPen / Parkside Optical:
The new-design LensPen includes the same great features as the original – carbon-impregnated cleaning tip and natural goat hair brush – in a sleek new design. The cap screws on to ensure the carbon is replenished in the cleaning pad.
LensPen – New Look, New Features, Same Great Results
It has been 20 years since Parkside Optical introduced the original LensPen®, and a generation of photographers and outdoor enthusiasts have counted on it to keep their cameras, binoculars and other fine optics clean and images sharp.
Now it’s even better. At CES 2012, Parkside is introducing a new line of LensPen cleaning products with a high-class stylish design and state-of-the-art packaging. A completely new look, but with the same unmatched features that have made LensPen an optics necessity, not just an accessory. It’s completely safe for all lens and filter surfaces. The secret to LensPen’s unique cleaning ability and amazing long life – more than 500 cleanings -- is found in its special carbon compound.
Over the years LensPen’s carbon compound has convinced many camera, binocular and scope manufacturers to have Parkside Optical produce LensPens on an OEM basis for them. Parkside has introduced this carbon cleaning technology to a wide range of applications: DSLR sensors, laptop and desktop computers, cell phone cameras and, most recently, iPads and tablet screens with their new SideKick™.
“There are never any messy liquids to spray on and then wipe off, and there’s no need for dirty optical tissues or microfiber cloths, that often do nothing more than smear the fingerprint oil around,” said Peter Meurrens, Vice President of Operations at Parkside Optical.
“Try it once and join the millions of already satisfied LensPen customers who know that nothing cleans like a LensPen,” Meurrens said. “Not really so surprising for those that know us because at Parkside Optical we focus all our energy on one little problem that everyone else seems to ignore: how to clean fingerprints!”
CompactFlash Association Announces New XQD Memory Card Format
From the CompactFlash Association:
The CompactFlash Association Announces the Recently Adopted XQDTM Specification as a New Memory Card Format
XQD Introduces Industry Leading Performance
CUPERTINO, Calif.--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--The CompactFlash Association (CFA) is pleased to announce the release of the XQD specification as a new high performance memory card. This XQD specification is based on the PCI Express® specification, which provides a solid base for future performance scaling.
“The XQD format will enable further evolution of hardware and imaging applications, and widen the memory card options available to CompactFlash users such as professional photographers”.
The CFA has adopted a new card specification with exciting performance and storage capabilities.
The key features of the XQD format include:
Optimized form-factor • Dimensions : 38.5 x 29.8 x 3.8mm • Durable & Robust
Scalable High Performance Interface • PCI Express: 2.5Gbps today and 5Gbps Future
Actual Write Speeds • Target 125MB/sec and Higher
To distinguish the new memory card format, an XQD compatibility mark has been created.
“The XQD format will enable further evolution of hardware and imaging applications, and widen the memory card options available to CompactFlash users such as professional photographers,” said Mr. Shigeto Kanda of Canon, chairman of the board, CFA.
XQD cards will be shown at the CompactFlash Association booth at CP+ 2012, February 9-12 in Yokohama, Japan.
Licensing for CFA members will start in early 2012. Please contact the CompactFlash office for more information.
Christmas Gift Ideas for the Photographer on Your List
The ultimate gift for a photographer would of course be a Digital SLR or a lens (and you may reap the benefits of your favorite photographer having these), but here are some less expensive Christmas gift ideas for the photographers on your list.
Sanyo Eneloop Batteries have a very slow discharge rate and hold up very well in use. These are my choice in rechargeable batteries - and everyone has something battery-powered (Canon Speedlite Flashes use size AA batteries). The starter kit is a great option.
Not all lenses are expensive. And this inexpensive lens has very good image quality. The 50 f/1.8 is not a ruggedly built lens, but it is a great introduction to wide aperture prime lenses for someone who only has a kit lens.
I regard the circular polarizer my most important filter - it makes a huge difference in my image quality in certain circumstances (including mid-day sunlight), and the B+W XS-Pro is top of the line in all regards.
All photographers need them, you can never have too many. Extra memory cards allow photos to be retained longer for backup purposes - or they allow more photos to be taken in the first place. Bigger and faster is usually better.
Far too many photographers are not properly backing up their photos (including at least one off-site copy). External hard drives make it easy to do this. If 1TB is enough storage space, the Western Digital Passport Drives are a great choice (I have about a dozen of these).
Everyone can use them - and you can't have too many. Prices range from a few dollars to an incredible $7,399.00. Consider the battery type required when making your selection. We have standardized on AA and AAA batteries at our house - and use the Eneloop batteries in most of these devices.
You can't have too many microfiber cleaning cloths - and this one has a classy name on it. Give them the entire pack of four or hand everyone in your group/family/office/client list an individual cloth for a useful but inexpensive gift. Or, use them to wrap small gifts.
ew Light Shaping Tools ideal for portrait and fashion photography
Elmsford, NY (December 1, 2011) – Profoto, the world's leading manufacturer of professional photography lighting and Light Shaping Tools, is proud to introduce the new Umbrella XL product line.
"The new Profoto Umbrella XL products were created with professional portrait and fashion photographers in mind," said Mark Rezzonico, VP Product Group. "These new light shaping tools create a smooth yet distinctive light, allowing photographers to perfectly illuminate a single person or even small groups with just a single light source."
Available in three versions – white, silver and translucent – the new Profoto Umbrella XL features a diameter of 65” with a slightly parabolic shape that allows photographers to change the light distribution by simply sliding the umbrella shaft inside the flash head. In addition, the light spread can also be adjusted by moving the Zoom Reflector back or forth, creating an even more versatile look.
The Profoto Umbrella XL fits on all Profoto flash heads and monolights. It can also be mounted on Profoto’s Cine Reflector, and thereby can be used with the new line of continuous light sources – ProDaylight 800 Air and ProTungsten 1000 Air.
There is also an optional front diffuser available to soften the light and reduce the intensity by 1.5 f/stops, practically converting the white and silver models into a fully functioning Octabox. An optional stand adapter allows photographers to mount the umbrella on a light stand, or for use with other flash brands.
All three versions come in a rugged transport bag. They are available now at local photo retailers throughout the U.S. starting at around $300.
Induro Announces New Low-Profile, Heavy-Duty BHL Ballheads
Induro® Announces New Low-Profile, Heavy-Duty BHL Ballheads
Provides quick and precise camera positioning for all professional camera systems
Elmsford, NY (December 1, 2011) – Induro, makers of tripods, heads and accessories designed for demanding professional photographers, announces today the new low-profile, heavy-duty Induro BHL Ballheads.
Designed for use with today’s most popular professional camera systems, the new top of the line Induro BHL-Series low-profile ballheads provide secure and steady support for heavy camera bodies and lenses. Capable of supporting significantly more weight than most conventional ballheads, advanced composite materials make the BHL Ballheads about 20% lighter and 15% more compact than other comparable ballheads.
These new ballheads feature oversized head lock knobs with unique integrated lock limiter tension control, independent panning action lock and an Arca-Swiss style quick release system with double safety lock. They also include a built-in bubble level for accurate camera alignment.
“With the introduction of the new Induro BHL Series Ballheads, the most advanced in our line, Induro now provides photographers with a full range of ballheads capable of supporting virtually any camera and lens combination as well as other optical systems,” said Jan Lederman, President of Induro. “These new BHL Ballheads deliver maximum support for high-end DSLR’s, medium- and large-format cameras and video systems offering the flexibility and precise control that professional photographers demand.”
Oversized head lock knob provides a good all-weather grip for smooth camera positioning and locking control
Unique integrated lock limiter tension control permits rapid independent adjustment compensation for individual camera weights
Separate pan action lock and graduated base scale makes 360-degree horizontal camera positioning simple and repeatable
Arca-Swiss style quick release system accepts industry standard interchangeable QR plates and brackets. Includes a matching Arca-Swiss compatible Quick Release Plate.
Double safety lock with dual-action control assures smooth, secure and rapid camera changes
Built-in bubble level - easily maintain horizontal camera positioning and alignment
The Induro BHL Ballheads are available in three sizes from retailers throughout the United States at prices ranging from $192 - $311 depending on the model.
Determined to provide professional photographers with everything they need, Induro’s U.S.-based design team creates a premium line of tripods, heads and photographic support gear that provide unequalled craftsman-like attention to detail and ease-of-use.
Induro manufactures and sells its distinctive product line to professional and aspiring professional photographers all over the world who want the finest support gear money can buy. High quality, superior engineering, unrivaled price and top performance form a strong foundation on which every Induro product is built.
The Induro product line is designed and built for today’s professional photographers whose needs are very different than of those from five or 10 years ago. The demands of today’s photographers are changing rapidly and the only way to keep ahead of these changes is to have a design team that understands their needs.
Induro products are designed and marketed exclusively by MAC Group (www.macgroupus.com) in the USA, and sold by distributors around the world.
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