A great Canon USA rebate program, featuring double instant savings on lenses when purchased with a Canon EOS 60D, 7D or 5D Mark II DSLR, is coming to a close. There is usually no better time to buy a Canon lens than during a rebate promo. The promo ends Sat, Mar 3, 2012.
DateTime: 2/27/2012 9:53:19 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Adobe Photoshop Touch Now Available for iPad
Highly Anticipated App Brings Image-editing Power of Photoshop to Apple iPad 2
Mobile World Congress 2012
February 27, 2012 03:30 AM Eastern Time
BARCELONA, Spain--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--At Mobile World Congress, Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced that Adobe® Photoshop® Touch is now available for iPad 2, via the iTunes App Store*. Adobe Photoshop Touch offers core Photoshop features, as well as new capabilities for creating and sharing in an app custom-built for tablets. The app is a central component of Adobe Touch Apps, a family of six intuitive touch screen applications, inspired by Adobe Creative Suite® software. iPad versions of the other Adobe Touch Apps are expected later this year.
“Photoshop Touch combines the magic of Photoshop and its core features with the convenience of a tablet, bringing image-editing power to the fingertips of millions of people.”
Photoshop Touch gives users the ability to combine multiple photos into layered images, make essential edits and apply professional effects to create beautiful artwork, touch up photos, paint, lay out ideas and much more. The Scribble Selection Tool allows users to easily extract objects in an image by simply scribbling on what to keep, and then what to remove. With Refine Edge technology from Photoshop, even hard-to-select areas with soft edges are easily captured when making selections. Photoshop Touch helps users quickly find images and share creations through integration with Facebook and Google Image Search.
“People will be amazed with what they can create on the iPad using Photoshop Touch,” said David Wadhwani, senior vice president and general manager, Digital Media Business Unit, Adobe. “Photoshop Touch combines the magic of Photoshop and its core features with the convenience of a tablet, bringing image-editing power to the fingertips of millions of people.”
“Adobe Photoshop Touch offers a huge convenience factor and boasts cool Photoshop features tailored for the iPad,” said Brian Yap, creative director, Boxing Clever. “Nearly all of the features I imagined being in Photoshop Touch are there, including the depth in layers, the extraction tools, and fade tool.”
“I love the organic process of working on the tablet. With Adobe Photoshop Touch, I have a new form of image creation with familiar tools but in a more relaxed work space, allowing me to rediscover image making through play rather than production,” Dan Marcolina, owner, Marcolina Design & Marcolina Slate.
“My team and I put Photoshop Touch through the paces and it shines as a tool for on-the-go photo shoots,” said Tyler Stableford, photographer and director, Tyler Stableford Photography + Film. “Time is always critical when taking pictures during the golden hours of light. With a wireless connection, the art director and I can place photos, immediately as we take them, into a layer with the client's artwork. This is really helpful when shooting catalog covers.”
In addition to Photoshop Touch, Adobe expects to release the following touch apps for the iPad in the coming months: Adobe Collage for moodboards; Adobe Debut for presenting and reviewing creative work; Adobe Ideas for sketching; Adobe Kuler® for exploring color themes; and Adobe Proto for website and mobile app prototyping.
DateTime: 2/27/2012 9:05:49 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Canon EOS 1D X Expected Availability Date, Additional Specs
Canon USA, Canon UK and Canon Inc have announced that the Canon EOS 1D X will be available in late April. Here is Canon USA's announcement:
Updated Availability for the EOS-1D X DSLR Camera and Accessories
We would like to inform you of an update to the expected availability of the EOS-1D X DSLR Camera and its optional accessories, the WFT-E6A Wireless File Transmitter and GP-E1 GPS Receiver. The camera and accessories are now anticipated to be available at the end of April 2012. We apologize for any inconvenience this delay may cause.
Additional Canon EOS 1D X Specs
Canon Inc has filled in some of the TBA specs:
Weight: approx. 1340 grams for body; approx. 1530 grams with CIPA Camera & Imaging Products Association standards
Possible Number of Shots (CIPA Camera & Imaging Products Association standards):
View Finder shooting at 73°F/23°C Approx. 1120 shots View Finder shooting at 32°F/0°C Approx. 860 shots Live View shooting at 73°F/23°C Approx. 290 shots Live View shooting at 32°F/0°C Approx. 250 shots
Canon EOS 5D II-Filmed "Act of Valor" Hitting Theaters Today
From Canon USA
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR Cameras Take Moviegoers Deep Into the Daring Operations of Active-Duty U.S. Navy SEALs in Relativity Media’s Act of Valor
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 24, 2012 — In an unprecedented blend of real-life heroism and original filmmaking, Act of Valor stars a group of active-duty U.S. Navy SEALs in a film like no other in Hollywood’s history. A fictionalized account of real life Navy SEAL operations, Act of Valor blazes into theatres nationwide on February 24th and features a gripping story that takes audiences on an adrenaline-fueled, edge-of-their-seat journey. This fast-paced, depiction of daring covert operations delivers a thrilling mix of stealthy tension, intense human drama, and sudden fierce combat waged by lethal heroes armed with the world’s best training and firepower. Act of Valor is a Bandito Brothers film produced and directed by Mike “Mouse” McCoy and Scott Waugh and written by Kurt Johnstad. Crucial to capturing the film’s absorbing up-close-and-personal action was its use of lightweight, highly mobile EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR cameras from Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions. As director of photography, and now member of Canon’s Explorer of Light program, Shane Hurlbut explained, the film could not have been made with any other camera system.
“Nothing is as small and nimble as our Canon EOS 5D Mark II camera packages,” said Hurlbut, a member of the American Society of Cinematographers, who has captured moving images using practically every film and video format currently available. “Never have I been so excited by the creative possibilities a camera offers cinematographers.”
“Inventing new perspectives for creative storytelling demands innovative new tools and we are proud to be a part of that process. The Canon EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera provides filmmakers with a highly compact and mobile form factor. This camera has sparked our recent introduction of the new Cinema EOS system, our formal entrance into the world of cinema and television production,” noted Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
“Because the Canon 5D Mark II is so light weight, we were able to defy conventional motion picture camera physics and capture a high-quality cinematic image, which ultimately looked incredible on a 100-foot theatrical screen,” said Scott Waugh, co-director, Act of Valor.
The Canon 5D Mark II delivers full 1920 x 1080 HD video recording at user-selectable frame rates of 30 (29.97), 24 (23.976) and 25 fps. Employing a 21.1-megapixel 35mm full-frame Canon-manufactured CMOS sensor measuring 36 x 24 mm, the 5D Mark II also utilizes Canon’s DIGIC 4 image processors, which employ sophisticated digital signal processing to maximize picture quality and provide advanced operational features. HD footage is recorded to universally available CF cards for exceptional workflow convenience. According to Hurlbut, the camera is nothing less than a “game-changer” for motion-picture production.
“I call the Canon 5D Mark II a ‘game-changer’ for several reasons,” Hurlbut elaborated. “The first is its big CMOS sensor’s ability to collect light in widely varying ISOs. It’s very clean up to 1600 ISO. Its light-gathering capability has a nice, very film-like gradient. The 5D Mark II’s sensor also delivers ‘VistaVision’ depth of field. No other digital HD camera out there will deliver that. I find that if you operate at the right f-stop with the 5D Mark II, you get a wonderful, shallow depth of field. You’re also getting skin tones unlike any delivered by other cameras. I don’t think the other manufacturers have put the kind of R&D into their cameras that Canon put into its 5D Mark II. Perhaps the biggest reason why the 5D Mark II is a game changer is because it’s so compact. You can capture perspectives with it that no other camera system can deliver.”
Shot on sea, air and land in many locations around the world, Act of Valor owes much of its cinema verité style to the compact size of the Canon 5D Mark II, which enabled Hurlbut and his six-man crew to be nearly as stealthy as the active-duty SEALs the film depicts. The crew was able to transport an eight-camera production package in the overhead bins of airliners and avoid transportation difficulties of shipping larger more sensitive equipment. Once on location, the crew went into what Hurlbut calls “platoon module,” a tactic for self-sufficiency in which they could hand-carry everything they needed, thanks to their compact 5D Mark II cameras and the minimal support and lighting gear required.
The compact size of the Canon 5D Mark II also allowed for a lot of set-ups each day that Hurlbut says would not have been possible with larger camera systems. Hurlbut had his crew outfit their 5D Mark II cameras for different shooting configurations that could be switched at a moment’s notice with accessories from such companies as Redrock Micro and Zacuto.
“More than anything, what I love about the Canon 5D Mark II is that it’s part of a global revolution,” Hurlbut concluded. “The 5D Mark II is causing a paradigm shift in the production industry because it provides film-like quality combined with lightweight operation and amazing mobility. It’s also affordable, so it’s giving a lot of people a voice who’ve never had one before. I think the style of filmmaking that’s going to come out of the use of the 5D Mark II will be a whole, fresh new style that hasn’t even been named yet.”
About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc., is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. With more than $46 billion in 2011 global revenue, its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), ranks fourth overall in patent holdings in the U.S. in 2010† and is one of Fortune Magazine's World’s Most Admired Companies in 2011. Canon U.S.A. is committed to the highest levels of customer satisfaction and loyalty, providing 100 percent U.S.-based consumer service and support for all of the products it distributes. Canon U.S.A. is dedicated to its Kyosei philosophy of social and environmental responsibility.
About Act of Valor
Produced and directed by former Baja 1000 champion Mike “Mouse” McCoy and former stuntman Scott Waugh, and written by Kurt Johnstad (300), Act of Valor features a gripping story that takes audiences on an edge-of-their-seat journey, when a mission to recover a kidnapped CIA operative unexpectedly results in the discovery of an imminent, terrifying global threat, an elite team of highly-trained Navy SEALs must immediately embark on a heart-stopping secret operation, the outcome of which will determine the fate of us all. Act of Valor combines stunning combat sequences, up-to-the-minute battlefield technology, and heart-pumping emotion for the ultimate action adventure film—showcasing the skills, training and tenacity of the greatest action heroes of them all: real Navy SEALs.
The under-resourced Canon USA technical services department has not yet returned my multiple calls in regards to questions about the latest Canon announcements, but MegaPixel.co.il has published a worth-reading interview that answers some of the questions I have (thanks Niklas).
"The primary objective when designing the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM was to deliver exceptional image quality and a compact design. While including optical IS was desirable, we felt adding the technology in this lens would have comprised these prime goals."
Orbis Ring Flash Attachment Kit for Use with Existing Flash / Strobe, "One Size Fits Most Flashes", with Orbis Arm, Aluminum Bracket for Mounting the Orbis Ring Flash - $189.95 shipped with coupon code S1899523 (reg $239.95).
"We were thinking... what's a better way than celebrate the leap year than doing something that we haven't done in a while?"
"For the next week get huge 20x30 poster prints for only $10 each (Metallic prints are $12 each) [reg $18.00 - $21.00 each]. Plus, you can buy prepaid packs and lock in these low prices for a later time!" Offer ends Feb 28th, 2012.
DateTime: 2/22/2012 10:02:23 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
DxO Optics Pro 7.2.1 Released
DxO Optics Pro 7.2.1 now available!
DxO Optics Pro v7.2.1 supports the Canon G1 X and 4 other additional cameras: Sony NEX-7, Nikon 1 J1, Nikon 1 V1, Olympus E-P2.
DxO Optics Pro is now able to provide support for brand-new camera models more rapidly, as evidenced by the addition of the Canon G1X, all while continuing to add support for cameras already on the market.
DxO Optics Pro v7.2.1 includes more than 300 additional modules that have been added to the optics module library since the beginning of February, thus providing support for a number of important lenses used with Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax and Sony cameras.
DateTime: 2/21/2012 8:55:06 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
CVP Reports £1M Theft from Warehouse
Another major camera gear heist has been reported:
"We’re disappointed to report that on Friday 17th February 2012 CVP became the victim of one of the industry’s largest thefts when a substantial quantity of cameras, camcorders, lenses and ancillaries with a street value of around £1M was stolen from our warehouse."
DateTime: 2/20/2012 9:32:22 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver Announced
From LPA Design:
LPA Design Announces New PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver
Easy-to-use, feature-packed radio trigger is ideal for any serious photographer
So. Burlington, VT – February 20, 2012 – LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in reliable wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces the new PocketWizard Plus III – a feature-packed, easy-to-use solution for remote flash and camera triggering. This new simple but powerful radio provides professional and serious amateur photographers with the most reliable triggering system which they will never outgrow and never want to be without.
“Our goals in designing the new Plus III were simple: It needed to do more, cost less and offer the same reliability and simplicity as the legendary Plus II. We believe the Plus III achieves all of this and more in its sleek new design,” said Dave Schmidt, LPA Designs VP of Marketing. “Photographers need tools that will help them create images they couldn’t before and with less hassle and lower cost. The Plus III is exactly that tool.”
The new Plus III Transceiver features 32 channels and Selective Quad-Zone Triggering that enables photographers to remotely trigger flash and/or cameras in groups or individually all wirelessly from hundreds of feet away. Performance enhancing features include Long Range Mode and Repeater Mode to help photographers tackle the most challenging shooting environments and open the door for never-attempted image ideas. All features, channels and zones can be easily set using the soft-touch keypad and are clearly displayed on the backlit LCD display. *
The versatile new PocketWizard Plus III is compatible with all other PocketWizard radios and virtually every popular flash and professional digital SLR camera system. It also communicates with all PocketWizard-enabled photo gear including select Profoto, Dynalite, Norman and Photogenic flash systems and Sekonic light meters.
The new Plus III will be demonstrated at the PocketWizard WPPI 2012 Booth #621 in Las Vegas, NV, February 20-23, 2012 as well as in the JP Distribution booth at Focus on Imaging Show in Birmingham, UK, March 4-7, 2012.
* Please see PocketWizard PLUS III Features and Specifications documents for more information.
DateTime: 2/20/2012 9:10:34 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
LPA Design Files Patent Claim against Phottix and Eternal Fortune
From LPA Design:
LPA Files Patent Claim
LPA Design Files Patent Infringement Claim Against Chinese Manufacturer
So. Burlington, VT – January 11, 2011 - LPA Design has filed a complaint for patent infringement in the United States District Court for the District of Vermont against Phottix (HK) Ltd. and Eternal Fortune (HK) Ltd., alleging that the Phottix Atlas wireless flash trigger produced in China infringes upon two patents held by LPA Design. The Vermont-based company, incorporated as Lab Partner Associates, Inc., is the manufacturer of the industry-leading PocketWizard® line of high precision wireless control devices for the professional photography market, including the popular PocketWizard Plus II®.
The PocketWizard technology allows professional photographers to control complex lighting systems remotely from the body of a camera. It is particularly useful in studio, sports and event photography, and has become the industry standard as a result of sustained research and development conducted in Vermont.
“LPA was an early and ground-breaking contributor to the technology and market for professional quality wireless flash triggers,” said Tim Neiley, CEO and President of LPA. “LPA has worked hard to bring its patented technologies to market through constant innovation and improvement always with a view to the needs of the professional photographer. This lawsuit is necessary to protect our investment in innovation.”
LPA Design holds patents in the United States and throughout the world covering its proprietary wireless triggering technology. The patents in the lawsuit cover technology in radio communications between wireless trigger devices and the innovative auto-switching transceiver introduced for the first time in the PocketWizard Plus II wireless trigger.
The patents LPA Design is asserting include:
United States Patent No. 5,359,375 issued for an invention entitled “Microprocessor Programmable Digital Remote Radio Photographic Control.”
United States Patent No. 7,437,063 issued for an invention entitled “Wireless Camera Flash Synchronizer System and Method.”
Founded in 1990 as an electronics R&D consulting company, LPA Design has expertise in printed circuit board design, RF communications and antenna optimization, and remote sensors. Among other innovations, LPA Design developed the industry leading PocketWizard line of high precision wireless control devices for the professional photography market. PocketWizard products provide ultra-high precision, wireless synchronization of cameras, flash lighting, and light meters, allowing professional photographers to create unparalleled photographs and achieve unmatched reliability in capturing high value images.
LPA Design is represented by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC in Burlington, Vermont.
Olympus Scandal Results in Arrests of 9 Former Executives and Bankers
An investigation into Olympus Corp started in October after former CEO, Michael Woodford, exposed a major scandal. Results of the investigation have rocked the company and now include the arrest of 9 former executives and bankers according to Reuters.
TOKYO, Feb 16 (Reuters) - Japanese police and prosecutors have arrested seven men, including the former president of Olympus Corp and ex-bankers over a $1.7 billion accounting fraud -- one of the country's biggest corporate scandals.
Tokyo prosecutors arrested ex-president Tsuyoshi Kikukawa, former executive vice president Hisashi Mori and former auditor Hideo Yamada on suspicion of violating the Financial Instruments and Exchange Law, officials said on Thursday.
Read the rest of this sad story at Reuters. (thanks James)
Nikon No Longer Supplying Parts to Independent Repair Facilities
On Jan 16th, Nikon sent a letter stating that "Nikon Inc. has decided that it will no longer make repair parts available for purchase by repair facilities that have not been authorized by Nikon, Inc. to perform camera repairs." All Nikon repairs will be handled exclusively by Nikon authorized repair facilities.
As you would expect, many are not happy with this decision - including ifixit.org. (thanks Huy)
As reported by Alan Murphy, an unmarked van carrying $150,000 (£100,000) worth of Nikon gear destined for the Dublin NPS Roadshow was stolen sometime before 10:00 on Sat night. Taken in the heist were demo Nikon D4 & Nikon 800 DSLRs.
The stolen equipment will likely be sold. Download the full inventory list with serial numbers here.
If you add up the value of the individual components of this package, the deal shows its amazingness:
Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended: $899.95 Adobe Illustrator CS5: $560.00 Adobe Flash Professional: $689.95 Adobe Flash Catalyst: $399.00 (Adobe Store price) Adobe Premiere Pro (with Adobe OnLocation and Encore): $525.00 (at $200 off) Adobe After Effects: $899.00 Adobe Audition CS5.5: $339.95
Purchased individually, these products would cost over $4,312.85 (the prices I list are the lowest of the Mac and Windows versions). Any two of the base applications would cost well over the purchase price of this entire package. Great deal.
DateTime: 2/15/2012 10:41:22 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Nikon Capture NX 2.3.1 Updater Available for Download
Nikon has made the Capture NX 2.3.1 Updater available for download: USA | Europe.
Modifications that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions:
Support for RAW images captured with the D4, D800 and D800E has been added.
Extra High 1 (Extra High) and Extra High 2 items have been added to the Active D-Lighting pulldown menu under Camera Settings in the Develop section of the Edit List.
When "Always use the latest Color Reproduction Process" in the Picture Control Utility Preferences is selected for images captured with cameras released prior to the D4, these items will be displayed.
Event ID can now be displayed under File Info 2 in the File & Camera Information section of the Metadata palette for images captured by, and to which IPTC information has been added using the IPTC item in the camera’s setup menu, the D4.
Display format for the following items in the Edit List has been modified.
Active D-Lighting under Camera Settings in the Develop section
Color Moiré Reduction under Camera & Lens Corrections in the Develop section
An issue that prevented sufficient application of vignette control enhancement for RAW (NEF) images captured with the Nikon 1 V1 and Nikon 1 J1 with A firmware Ver. 1.10 or 1.11 and B firmware Ver. 1.10 installed has been resolved.
An issue that prevented accurate display of lens information in the Metadata palette for images captured with the Nikon 1 V1 or Nikon 1 J1 and a 1 NIKKOR lens has been resolved.
When certain images with GPS information attached were saved in JPEG format, Capture NX 2 sometimes quit responding. This issue has been resolved.
Note: "Capture NX 2 Ver. 2.3.0 must be installed before proceeding with this update."
Nikon Capture NX 2.3.0 Full Version is available for download: USA | Europe.
DateTime: 2/14/2012 11:08:17 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Nikon ViewNX Version 2.3.0 Released
Nikon ViewNX Version 2.3.0 is now available for download: USA | Europe
Modifications enabled with version 2.2.5:
Modifications that apply to both the Windows and Macintosh versions
Support for the D800, and D800E have been added.
Save and Save As... items have been added to the File menu.
Original image files (original format, size, resolution, etc...) can now be sent as e-mail attachments from View NX 2 using the Email function.
A Margins function has been added to Index Print settings in the Print dialog.
Slideshows were sometimes not displayed properly when run with Auto-Hide Slide Controls selected for Toolbars in the slideshow Settings Dialog. This issue has been resolved. (64-bit version of ViewNX 2 only).
Additional modifications to the Windows version
View NX2 and the Picture Control Utility now function as native 64-bit applications under 64-versions of Windows 7 and Windows Vista.
When the decimal symbol used by the OS was set to anything other than a period (.) or comma (,) from the Regional and Language Options in the operating system's Control panel, position information was not correctly displayed. This issue has been resolved.
An issue that prevented the editing of informaiton in the Metadate palette for images saved to Windows shared folders has been resolved.
An issue that prevented smooth playback of Motion Snapshot files with some systems has been resolved.
Additional modifications to the Macintosh version
View NX 2, the Picture Control Utility, and Nikon Transfer 2 now function as native 64-bit applications inder Mac OS X versions 10.6 and 10.7.
Wireless Transmitter Utility 1.3.0 is also now available: USA | Europe.
Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens SanDisk 16GB Ultra 30MB/S CompactFlash Memory Card Toploader Pro 65 AW SLR Holster Case (Black) Optional: Canon PIXMA PRO9000 Mark II Printer ($399.00 printer - $400.00 rebate)
Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR Camera (Body Only) Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens SanDisk 16GB Ultra 30MB/S CompactFlash Memory Card Toploader Pro 65 AW SLR Holster Case (Black) Optional: Canon PIXMA PRO9000 Mark II Printer ($399.00 printer - $400.00 rebate)
Kodak Focuses Consumer Business On More Profitable Growth Opportunities
Plans to phase out dedicated capture devices business
ROCHESTER, N.Y., February 09 --
Eastman Kodak Company (the “Company”) (OTB: EKDKQ.PK) announced today that, as a result of its ongoing strategic review process and commitment to drive sustainable profitability through its most valuable business lines, it plans to phase out its dedicated capture devices business – comprising digital cameras, pocket video cameras and digital picture frames – in the first half of 2012. Kodak will instead expand its current brand licensing program, and seek licensees in these categories. Following this decision, Kodak’s Consumer Business will include online and retail-based photo printing, as well as desktop inkjet printing.
Kodak has contacted its retail partners, and is working closely with them to ensure an orderly transition. Kodak will continue to honor all related product warranties, and provide technical support and service for its cameras, pocket video cameras and digital picture frames.
“For some time, Kodak’s strategy has been to improve margins in the capture device business by narrowing our participation in terms of product portfolio, geographies and retail outlets. Today’s announcement is the logical extension of that process, given our analysis of the industry trends,” said Pradeep Jotwani, President, Consumer Businesses, and Kodak Chief Marketing Officer.
Upon completion of the phase out, Kodak expects to achieve annual operating savings of more than $100 million. Kodak expects to incur a charge related to separation benefits of approximately $30 million resulting from the exit of the business.
In addition to its Consumer Businesses segment, Kodak has a Commercial Businesses segment that includes the Digital and Functional Printing, Enterprise Services and Solutions, and Graphics, Entertainment and Commercial Films units. Kodak’s digital businesses now comprise approximately three-fourths of total revenues.
Kodak continues to have a strong position in the personal imaging market. While photos are increasingly taken on multi-function mobile devices, Kodak technology makes it easy for consumers to produce a broad range of photo products, anywhere, anytime – from prints to photobooks, photo greeting cards and personalized calendars. These items can be made on Kodak products, with Kodak quality at retail, at home, and ordered for delivery to home.
Kodak’s continuing consumer products and services will include:
Retail-based photo kiosks and digital dry lab systems, a market in which Kodak is the clear worldwide leader. Kodak pioneered the retail-based kiosk market, and the company now has more than 100,000 kiosks and order stations for dry lab systems around the world, with some 30,000 of those units connected to the most popular photo-sharing sites.
Consumer inkjet printers, where Kodak has outpaced overall market growth for several years. Kodak consumer inkjet printers provide consumers with high-quality output and the lowest total ink replacement cost. Consumers can send documents and photos to Kodak printers from anywhere, using any web-connected device.
Kodak apps for Facebook, which make it easy for consumers to obtain photo products using photos from their Facebook albums.
Kodak Gallery (www.kodakgallery.com), a leading online digital photo products service. Kodak Gallery enables consumers to share their photos, and offers product and creation tools that enable people to do more with their photos.
The Kodak camera accessories and batteries businesses. These products are universally compatible with all camera brands, and extend into other consumer product segments such as charging units for smartphones.
The traditional film capture and photographic paper business, which continues to provide high-quality and innovative products and solutions to consumers, photographers, retailers, photofinishers and professional labs.
Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens - Only $979.95 Shipped (Reg $1,059.00 AR)
Deal canceled - sorry. Use coupon code S1234567 at check out to get the Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens for only $979.95 shipped (reg $1,059.00 shipped after the $80 instant rebate) at Adorama. Offer expires 2/29/2012.
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens - Only $1,429.00 Shipped (Reg $1,589.00 AR)
Deal canceled - sorry. Use coupon code S1234567 at check out to get the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens for only $1,429.00 shipped (reg $1,589.00 shipped after instant rebate) at Adorama. Offer expires 2/29/2012.
DateTime: 2/9/2012 10:58:04 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Gitzo Announces Vintage Collection
After celebrating in 2007 the 90th anniversary, Gitzo continues to recall the golden ages of photography with an exclusive celebratory Vintage collection. This unique collection consists of two kits and it is dedicated to really affectionate photographers. It is a genuine replica of Gitzo Seventies supports, that in those days, like today the Gitzo 6X carbon fiber tripods, represented the cutting edge and most advanced supports in the market. The Gitzo classic logos, the old style graphics and finishing and the stylish details, make these items the quintessence of history and emotion. From a technical point of view, these tripods are a phenomenal combination of old and new features that makes them incredibly versatile.
The upper casting configuration provides a great compactness and a great stability of the upper disc that sits directly on the large casting top end. The two section telescopic column, a key Gitzo innovation in those days, allows for a convenient height adjustment while maintaining a small foot print. These “old days” smart features are combined to the latest and most advanced Gitzo technologies, like G-Lock, Ground Level Set, Anti Leg Rotation, the new 1,2mm Aluminum tube, Power Disc and PTFE treatment for the heads. Both kits come with a vintage bag, a stylish and well designed carrying solutions which meets Gitzo’s tough standards in terms of functionality and attention to details. The bag design and the materials used are inspired to the 60s and 70s golf and sport bags. The classic Gitzo logo enriches and gives an “old fashioned” flavour, consistent with the genuine Gitzo vintage spirit.
The bag shoulder strap can also be used directly on the tripod as a smart carrying solution, embedded in the kit for additional use flexibility. The Vintage tripods are in fact provided with two rings compatible with the shoulder strap clips for a fast and convenient snap-on action. The bag features a side pocket, in genuine vintage style, sized to fit most of compact cameras in the market and any other accessory you might want to carry with you.
The Vintage collection kits are available in Series 1 and 2, four section compact size and include a smart Gitzo display cleaner and a convenient vintage anti dust bag for storage and packing.
Help Develop Lens Guards for Large Primes and Zooms
Lexington, KY, Tuesday, January 31, 2012 — DeluxGear announces the development of 3 new Lens Guards for large lenses. It’s teaming with Kickstarter to fund Lens Guards to fit lenses from 3.6 inches (8.6 cm) in diameter all the way to 6.6 inches (15.8 cm).
The new XL, XX-L, and Jumbo Lens Guards will protect 200mm through 800mm prime lenses from Canon, Nikon, Sigma and others. They will also cover popular zoom lenses, like the Nikon 14-24mm, 80-400mm and 200-400mm, the Sigma 80-400mm, 100-300mm, 50-500mm, and 300-800 mm, and the Tamron 200-500mm.
“These lenses cost thousands of dollars, and yet there have been no solutions to protect them while on your camera....until now,” states Tom Nickell, the CEO of DeluxGear. “Anyone who has one of these larger lenses, including outdoor and sports photographers, will find Lens Guards to be an inexpensive form of insurance.”
The larger size Lens Guards offer the same quality and protection as DeluxGear’s current Lens Guard line. Each is a padded cover that fits snuggly over the end of the lens to protect lenses and filters and help avoid costly trips to the repair shop. The cushiony, shock-resistant inner core is made of 0.25” (6mm) thick closed-cell neoprene and is encased in a tough 0.08” (2mm) Santoprene outer cover. This powerful combination absorbs impact and prevents scrapes, scratches, and dents to lenses. According to Lens Guard inventor, Michael Dowell, “It is like the bumper of a car, providing more protection than lens caps, filters, or hoods.“
Kickstarter is the world’s largest funding platform for creative projects. Anyone can become a “Backer”, pledging any amount for projects they support. Backers of this DeluxGear Kickstarter project can choose from several reward levels, and can receive limited edition Lens Guards at a price less than they will be sold for after the product launch. The funding goal of $8,000 must be reached by March 5th.
“Customers regularly ask for larger size Lens Guards,” according to Nickell. “Our designs are nearly complete. With Kickstarter, we can prepare for production. This project is engaging the photo community to get these Lens Guards into the market so photographers can begin using them!”
Pledges raised through Kickstarter will go towards molds, dies, raw materials, and completing the first production run. The Lens Guards will be Made in the USA.
For more information on the campaign, or to make a pledge, go to Kickstarter at: http://kck.st/w7Cze3
DeluxGear is a Lexington, Kentucky-based manufacturer and marketer of innovative camera accessories. DeluxGear was founded in May of 2007 by Michael and Sandra Dowell. Michael is a professional photographer and inventor of the patented Lens Cradle TM, Lens Guard TM, and PinPoint TM. DeluxGear sells to professional and amateur photographers all over the world.
B&H carries DeluxGear products including the currently-available Lens Guards.
DateTime: 2/8/2012 11:36:08 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens: Where is the IS? And the price is what?
I have not made it a secret (to you or Canon) that I want a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 IS L USM Lens. With today's announcement of the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens, my hopes for such a lens in the near future are certainly diminshed.
If you want IS and don't need the f/2.8 aperture to stop action in low light and to maximize background blur within this focal length range, consider getting the Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM Lens.
A big question is: Will the 24-70 L II be worth the $930.00 ($1,030 after instant rebate) price premium over the 24-70 I ($2,299.00 vs. $1,369.00/$1,269.00)? Canon has been turning out some excellent zoom L lenses recently and my hopes are high that this will be another one of them. My prediction is that the II will be worth the price premium - just as the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens was worth its premium price over the Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens.
It is normal for a new lens model to be priced significantly higher than the previous model. But when the price disparity is this high, the used price of the old model can actually go up instead of down. I've heard from several of you hoping that a copy of the old model might be had at a much reduced price. That the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens price (both new and used) is not going to drop is my (wild) guess.
I have submitted a request to Canon USA PR to receive a call from a Canon technical expert (such as Chuck Westfall) to answer some questions I have (the protocol that Canon USA now requires media outlets to follow), but that call has not yet be returned. I will be sure to update you with what I learn.
The new Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens and Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens look interesting. At their relatively high price point, I'm not sure why Canon did not choose to make them "L". These small and light lenses could be very useful. Their performance will of course determine how useful they will actually be.
• An issue that sometimes caused images captured using the Speedlight SB-N5 to be over-exposed has been resolved.
• When switching from framing photos in the monitor to using the electronic viewfinder, or vice versa, with focus mode set to MF (manual focus) and the display zoomed in, the camera sometimes did not function properly. This issue has been resolved.
I have the review pages loaded onto the site with an addition lens image along with lens specifications included in the comparison tool (the full reviews will of course come after the lenses become available):
Canon Announces New PIXMA Printers With AirPrint Support
Canon U.S.A. Announces New PIXMA Printers With AirPrint Support
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 7, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced AirPrint1 support in the PIXMA MX512 and MX432 Wireless2 Office All-In-One inkjet printers. AirPrint enables iPad, iPhone and iPod touch users to wirelessly print photos, email, web pages and documents without the need to install device drivers, saving time and enabling a seamless user experience.
AirPrint will be available with the majority of Canon PIXMA Wireless All-In-One inkjet printers launched from this point forward. AirPrint1 works with iPad, iPad 2, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S and iPod touch (3rd generation and later) running using iOS 4.2 or later.
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1 Printer firmware update may be necessary for AirPrint function. Certain exception may apply. AirPrint functionality requires an iPad, iPhone 3GS or later, or iPod touch 3rd generation or later device running iOS 4.2 or later, and an AirPrint-enabled printer connected to the same network as your iOS device. A printer connected to the USB port of your Mac, PC, AirPort Base Station, or Time Capsule is not supported.
2 Wireless printing requires a working network with wireless 802.11b/g or 802.11n capability. Wireless performance may vary based on terrain and distance between the printer and wireless network clients.
DateTime: 2/7/2012 12:16:33 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Canon Announces Four New PowerShot Digital Cameras
New PowerShot Lineup Enables Photographers To Stay Connected While Capturing Legendary Canon Image Quality
Highlighted Features include Wi-Fi, Powerful Optical Zoom and Ruggedness
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 7, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the addition of four PowerShot digital cameras: the ELPH 530 HS, ELPH 320 HS, SX260 HS, and D20. Photographers no longer have to sacrifice image quality for the ability to instantly share images and videos with the use of the PowerShot ELPH 530 HS and ELPH 320 HS Wi-Fi enabled cameras. The PowerShot SX260 HS camera puts Canon's amazing optical reach into a pocket sized camera, with a 20x optical zoom (25mm to 500mm) letting you pull subjects in close. Designed for the adventurous photographer looking to take spectacular photos, the rugged PowerShot D20 camera is ideally suited for the backpacker, snowboarder or tropical-traveler.
"Canon wants to help people capture the best images possible with the ability to quickly and easily share them with the world. With new PowerShot features such as Wi-Fi connectivity, people can quickly upload and share images on social networks," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "Whether it's a powerful zoom, Wi-Fi or waterproof features, our new PowerShot lineup empowers people to be creative with their photography. There are good enough images and there are great images, we always aim to help people capture the best images."
Mobile Sharing with Excellent Image Quality
The Wi-Fi functionality built into the two ELPH models allow for a variety of connection options to help photographers share, upload, or back-up images. Users can connect directly to a wireless network from their camera to upload photos and videos to the Canon iMAGE GATEWAYi, an online service that lets registered users store images to an online album, and then post their content to social networks such as Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.
In March, the Canon CameraWindow application is expected to be available on the Apple App Store for the iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch (ii) to further enhance the connectivity options. With this App, users can transfer and save images and videos from the camera to compatible iOS devices, which can then be directly uploaded to Facebook and YouTube or emailed. Photos and videos can also be shared on-the-spot with friends and family by transmitting to another current Wi-Fi-enabled Canon camera as well. A similar app is expected to be available in May for Android devices.
Canon PowerShot ELPH 530 HS Digital Camera
The flagship of the ELPH line, the .78 inches thick ELPH 530 HS camera has the classic style of the original ELPH design while also being Wi-Fi enabled and packing an amazing 12x optical zoom lens to capture great shots from a distance. Canon's HS SYSTEM has been included where the 10-megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor will work in tandem with the camera's DIGIC 5 image processor to help produce high-quality images in low-light conditions. The ELPH 530 HS will also shoot 1080p Full HD video helping capture footage in crystal clear clarity. This new model sports a 3.2-inch LCD touch screen for simple and intuitive operation and menu navigation, Smart AUTO scene selection with 58 scenes, Face ID for optimal images of up to 12 registered subjects and the Intelligent Image Stabilization (IS) function. The camera will be available in black or white for an estimated retail price of $349.99 and is expected to ship in April.
Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS Digital Camera
The Canon PowerShot ELPH 320 HS camera makes the perfect on-the-go camera for the young and active photographer, with Wi-Fi connectivity for easy uploading of memorable moments. The HS SYSTEM has also been included on this model with the 16.1 megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS and DIGIC 5 image processor working together to produce high-quality, low-light images. For those users who value high-quality video, the camera has 1080p Full HD capabilities as well. A 5x-Optical Zoom 24mm wide-angle lens will help expand the shooting capabilities of the camera and a 3.2-inch LCD touch screen for simple and intuitive operation and menu navigation. This camera will also feature Smart AUTO scene selection with 58 scenes and Face ID in addition to Intelligent IS. The camera will be available in four eye-catching colors (black, silver, blue and red) for an estimated retail price of $279.99 and is expected to ship in March.
Canon PowerShot SX260 HS Digital Camera
Canon's PowerShot SX260 HS camera delivers a powerful 20x Optical Zoom and 25mm Wide-Angle lens with Optical Image Stabilization delivers stunning images from up close or at a distance and measuring just 1.29-inches thick. The camera's impressive zoom is accompanied by Canon's HS SYSTEM for improved low-light shooting with a 12.1-megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 5 image processor. Combining this incredible zoom and high-image quality will allow photographers of all levels to capture great photos or 1080p Full HD video up close and at a distance, all in one portable, powerful digital camera. The Smart AUTO scene selection with 58 scenes and Face ID has also been included in this incredibly diverse yet compact device. The camera also includes Intelligent IS and GPS photo tagging with location and elevation information to help plot exactly where your travels have taken you. Adding to the feature-set is High-Speed Burst HQ allowing for approximately 10 high-resolution shots to be captured at a continuous rate at 10.3 frames per second. The camera will be available in three colors - black, green and red - and is expected to be available in March for an estimated retail price of $349.99.
Canon PowerShot D20 Digital Camera
Waterproof (iii), shock-proof (iv), and freeze-proof(v) the PowerShot D20 is built with the active photographer in mind. Outfitted with an easy-to-access button, the camera enables users to switch from normal photo mode to snow or underwater mode, even with gloves on. To help make the underwater photos as great as those captured on dry land, the camera has a built-in underwater macro mode producing amazing pictures up close while diving or snorkeling. When recording video, the camera includes wind reduction technology to help capture clear audio even in breezy conditions. It touts an impressive array of features including the HS SYSTEM incorporating a 12.1-megapixel high-sensitivity CMOS sensor and DIGIC 4 image processor, 1080p Full HD video and a 5x optical zoom lens. Also included is a 3.0-inch LCD screen, GPS-capabilities allowing users to track their locations and tag each photo with latitude, longitude, and elevation information and Intelligent IS (vi). The PowerShot D20 camera is expected to ship in May 2012 for an estimated retail price of $349.99.
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i Canon iMAGE GATEWAY Online Photo Album available starting February 14, 2012. One-time registration will be required. ii Compatible with iOS 4.3 or later versions. iii Down to 33 feet iv Up to 5 feet v As low as 14 degrees Fahrenheit vi GPS functions will not operate while the camera is under water.
DateTime: 2/7/2012 12:11:30 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Canon Announces New PowerShot A Models
Capture Life's Unexpected Moments In Superb Image Quality With Canon U.S.A.'s New, Easy To Use And Re-Designed PowerShot A-series Cameras
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 7, 2011 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced six PowerShot A-series digital cameras with improved operability that produce outstanding images and feature a high-quality, stylish re-design in a variety of fashionable colors. Canon's PowerShot A-series models have been instrumental for entry-level users in learning the joys of photography and these new models continue this tradition with features such as 16-megapixel sensor, 720p HD video capture and a 28mm wide-angle lens to capture images of large groups at a family function or of a child on the playground.
PowerShot A-series models are known not only for producing high-image quality but also being easy to use as well. For the first time in a PowerShot A-series model, the A4000 IS, A3400 IS and A2400 IS models will feature Intelligent IS so the camera automatically selects the most effective image stabilization mode ensuring users always capture the best results. In addition, all of the models announced today will have the Smart AUTO feature with 32 shooting modes that selects the appropriate camera setting based on the users shooting environment. Additionally, for the first time in a PowerShot camera, each model will have a Help button to provide an explanation of various shooting modes to help the user along the way.
"The new additions to Canon's new PowerShot A-series lineup will provide entry-level users with many options to unlock their creativity and capture high-quality images at a budget-friendly price," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
PowerShot A4000 IS and PowerShot A3400 IS Cameras
The Canon PowerShot A4000 IS and PowerShot A3400 IS cameras will each have a Genuine Canon Lens with Optical Image Stabilization allowing users to capture up-close details and wide landscapes. For the PowerShot A4000 IS camera, there will be an impressive 8x-Optical Zoom lens, the longest to date for a PowerShot A-series model, and the PowerShot A3400 IS camera will have a 5x-Optical Zoom. In addition, both cameras will have a 3-inch LCD screen; however, the PowerShot A3400 camera's screen will be Touch Panel, another first for a PowerShot A-series model, with Touch Focus and Touch Shutter shooting modes for enhanced camera operation. The PowerShot A4000 IS camera is scheduled to be available in February in black, silver, blue, red and pink for an estimated retail price of $199.99. The PowerShot A3400 IS camera is scheduled to be available in March in black, silver, red and gold for an estimated retail price of $179.99.
PowerShot A2400 IS and PowerShot A2300 Cameras
The PowerShot A2400 IS and PowerShot A2300 cameras both feature a 5x-Optical Zoom and a 2.7-inch LCD screen. The PowerShot A2400 IS camera will also have Optical Image Stabilization and is scheduled to be available in March in black, silver, blue and pink for an estimated retail price of $159.99. The PowerShot A2300 camera is scheduled to be available in March for an estimated retail price of $149.99 in black, silver, red and blue.
PowerShot A1300 and PowerShot A810 Cameras
For the more traditional camera user, the PowerShot A1300 camera comes equipped with an optical viewfinder adding to the versatility of this model. Additionally, both the PowerShot A1300 and PowerShot A810 cameras feature a 5x-Optical Zoom lens, 2.7-inch LCD screen and use AA batteries allowing for easy replacement whether at home or on a family vacation. The PowerShot A1300 camera is scheduled to be available in April for an estimated retail price of $119.99, in black and silver. The PowerShot A810 camera is scheduled to be available in April for an estimated retail price of $109.99, in black, silver and red.
Beach Camera has a few Canon EOS Rebel Deals to share with you:
Deal #1 Canon EOS Digital Rebel T3i 18MP SLR Camera with 18-55mm & 55-250mm Lenses plus deluxe gadget bag, a 8GB memory card and the Canon PIXMA PRO9000 Mark II Printer all for $899 AR with free shipping.
Deal #2 Canon EOS Digital Rebel T2i 18MP CMOS Digital SLR with 18-55 IS Lens and 75-300 III Lens + deluxe gadget bag, 8GB memory card and a Canon PIXMA PRO9000 Mark II Printer all for $699 AR with free shipping.
Deal #3 Canon EOS Rebel T2i 18 MP Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD and EF-S 18-55mm IS Lens, deluxe camera case, 16GB memory card, deluxe filter kit and a Canon PIXMA PRO9000 Mark II Printer all for $599 AR with free shipping!
Canon USA Announces Free Cinema EOS Hands-On Seminars At Canon's New Hollywood Center
Canon USA has announced two free Cinema EOS hands-on seminars at Canon's new Hollywood Center. These seminars will be held on February 8th and 23rd.
Experience the EOS C300 with Vincent Laforet Presented by: Vincent Laforet Program: Professional Development Seminars & Workshops Date: February 08, 2012 Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Fee: Free of charge. Advanced registration required. Visit: usa.canon.com/proworkshops to register Questions: CanonLiveLearning@cusa.canon.com Location: Canon Hollywood Professional Technology & Support Center 6060 Sunset Blvd Hollywood, California 90028
Join us for an up-close look at the EOS C300 as Explorer of Light and Möbius Director, Vincent Laforet, explores its capabilities and highlights its potential at the Canon Hollywood Professional Technology and Support Center in Los Angeles, CA. Mr. Laforet will be joined by Canon technical staff in conducting separate sequences involving dynamic range, ISO, skin tones, and color charts, and will also discuss the background behind the EF lens choices he made while shooting Möbius to create a unique look and stylistic results he was looking for. EOS C300 cameras and Canon Technical Reps will be available during this event.
Touch & Try: EOS C300 Presented by: Canon Technical Reps Program: Professional Development Seminars & Workshops Date: February 23, 2012 Time: 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm Fee: Free of charge. Advanced registration required. Visit: usa.canon.com/proworkshops to register Location: Canon Hollywood Professional Technology & Support Center 6060 Sunset Blvd Hollywood, California 90028 Questions: CanonLiveLearning@cusa.canon.com
Spend an evening getting hands-on experience with the new EOS C300 at the Canon Hollywood Professional Technology and Support Center in Los Angeles, CA. Canon technical staff will be on-hand to answer questions and guide you through an opportunity to try the EOS C300 and witness the impressive image quality, dynamic range, ISO, skin tones, and color accuracy results first-hand. EOS C300 cameras will be available during this event. While these events are free, the room capacity is limited, so please register to attend: www.usa.canon.com/proworkshops.
New Lensbaby Macro Converters Give Lensbaby Shooters Limitless Close-Focus Options
Portland, OR – February 2, 2012 – Lensbaby announces today the addition of its new macro photography accessories for its lens bodies and optics, the Lensbaby Macro Converters. These Macro Converters help Lensbaby photographers create close-up, dreamy and artistic photos while blurring out distracting elements.
“We’ve created a product that offers even more macro options beyond our existing Lensbaby Macro Kit, and works with every lens body and optic we make,” said Craig Strong, Lensbaby President and Co-Founder. “These Macro Converters offer great close-up range, and when mixed and matched with our existing Macro Kit, provide even more options for creative Lensbaby macro photography.”
The Macro Converters are available as a set containing one 8mm converter and one 16mm converter, which can also be stacked together to make a 24mm converter. The existing Lensbaby Macro Kit (which features a +4 and +10 macro filter) can also be used in conjunction with the Macro Converters with the Double Glass, Single Glass, Plastic and Soft Focus Optics for an even closer capture.
Lensbaby Macro Converters Box Contents:
* 8mm Macro Converter * 16mm Macro Converter * Hard storage case * User guide
DateTime: 2/3/2012 10:25:40 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Nikon Posts Notice of Extraordinary Loss Due to Thailand Flooding
In addition to posting financial results, Nikon has posted another Thailand flood notice:
Extraordinary Losses Due to the Flooding in Thailand
In the Consolidated Financial Results for the Third Quarter ended December 31, 2011, Nikon Corporation ("Nikon") has recognized extraordinary losses as described in the following.
1. Extraordinary loss
The flooding happened in October, 2011 in Thailand caused water damage to Nikon (Thailand) Co., Ltd., a consolidated manufacturing subsidiary of Nikon in the Rojana Industrial Park in Ayutthaya Province located in Central Thailand. Nikon has recognized losses of ¥10,904 million on fixed assets and inventories suffered damages from the flooding as extraordinary loss.
Nikon also has recognized insurance payment of ¥500 million received under the property damage insurance policies for a part of losses relating to the inventories suffered from the flooding as extraordinary gain. Nikon will recognize insurance payments pending to be received as extraordinary gain as soon as the amounts are fixed.
Nikon currently expects that the amounts of the additional losses due to the flooding such as salary paid during suspension of the operation etc. will not have a significant impact on Nikon’s consolidated financial performance for the fiscal year ending March, 2012.
Nikon also expects that the losses relating to the fixed assets and inventories will be compensated by additional insurance payment which is currently pending.
Based on the assumptions above, Nikon announces the consolidated results forecast of fiscal year ending March 31, 2012 in Consolidated Financial Results of the Third Quarter ended December 31, 2011 that has been announced today.
(Reference)Forecasts for Year ending March 31, 2012 (announced on February 3, 2012) and Results of Year ended March 31, 2011
DateTime: 2/2/2012 10:33:40 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Gitzo Announces New Systematic Tripod Range
Gitzo introduces the new Systematic tripod range.
Systematic is Gitzo’s top of the range tripod family, the choice of exacting professional photographers who use long lenses and heavy cameras. Not only are Systematic Gitzo’s strongest and most stable tripods, they’re also modular, with a top casting element that opens and closes to allow each tripod to be configured with a flat disk, geared or sliding centre column, video half-ball adaptor, levelling unit or other specialised centre component.
Now, Systematic has been refined, with significant improvements across strength, stability and rigidity; safety and security; set-up speed, ease of use and ergonomics. New construction and bonding techniques have almost doubled maximum payloads by distributing weight more efficiently to the 6X carbon fibre legs, which also feature the G-Lock system for greater power and ease of leg section locking.
In addition, design details on the distinctive new triangular top casting make changing centre components even faster and safer.
The Systematic range has been extended to cover Gitzo Series 2 in order to offer the advantages of mechanical strength and build quality at a more portable size and b. Each Systematic Series has 3-section, standard 4-section and long 4-section tripods, with Series 3 and 5 also offering an extra-long 4-section model and Series 5 featuring the iconic giant 6-section tripod alongside an ultra-compact 6 section model.
Systematic - the pinnacle of Gitzo technology, craftsmanship and quality.
Lowepro unveils a discreet and modern messenger series for enthusiast photographers with ILC kits: the Event Messenger.
Event Messenger Series - (Petaluma, CA, March 1, 2012)
Lowepro, a product design company that builds protective gear for photography equipment and portable electronic devices, introduces the Event Messenger series. Three models are built to carry and protect an interchangeable lens camera (ILC) kit, plus a laptop or tablet in the larger two.
"Our Event Messenger offers the enthusiast photographer a discreet, modern bag with quick and quiet access in an innovative design," said Tim Grimmer, Lowepro director of marketing and product management.
The Event Messenger's Grab-and-Go design features a wide-access main compartment. A Dual-Mode Flap design allows the enthusiast to quickly switch from maximum security mode to quiet working mode by unfolding or folding the fasteners under the flap. The quiet working mode is ideal for capturing shots during an event where discretion is ideal.
Additional features include: padded laptop/tablet compartment (in the 250 and 150, respectively); comfortable shoulder strap with non-slip patch; stretch side pockets; and a grab handle for an extra carrying option.
The series is available in Mica in three sizes: the 250 (fits up to a Pro DSLR without grip, extra lenses, accessories and a 13" laptop), 150 (fits a DSLR, extra lenses, accessories and a tablet) and 100 (fits a compact DSLR or compact system camera, extra lenses and accessories). For more information about this series and other products, please visit http://www.lowepro.com/eventmessenger.
DateTime: 2/1/2012 11:50:16 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Lexar's How an Image is Captured Inside a Camera
"Lexar, a division of Micron technology, is a leading global provider of memory products for digital media. Check out this in-depth look at how an image is captured inside a camera and how fast memory cards and card readers effect the process."
DateTime: 2/1/2012 10:22:45 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Canon imagePROGRAF Rebate Offer
From Canon USA:
"Purchase or lease a Canon imagePROGRAF iPF5100, iPF6300, iPF6350, iPF8300 or iPF9100 Large Format Printer and receive a [$350.00 - $3,200.00] rebate check by mail or a one year CarePAK Extended Service Plan [value is $300.00 - $2,000.00]! Purchases or leases eligible for rebate must be made between February 1, 2012 and March 31, 2012. Download .pdf for complete details."