Also check out the new Canon PowerShot Camera rebates in effect from Sep 30th through Oct 27th. Save up to $80.00 on cameras including the G12, S100 and SX40 IS: B&H (note: B&H's site is not yet showing the new rebate amounts) | Adorama
Adobe Photoshop CS6 184.108.40.206 Update is available for download. From Adobe:
Adobe Photoshop 220.127.116.11 update for Adobe Photoshop CS6
For convenience and reliability, we highly recommend that you apply this update directly from within Photoshop. To do so, choose Help > Updates in Photoshop CS6 and apply all of the updates listed under Adobe Photoshop CS6 in the Adobe Application Manager.
This update applies to all languages of Adobe Photoshop CS6.
The Adobe Photoshop 18.104.22.168 update includes many critical fixes improving security, stability and performance while also addressing a number of high priority bugs with 3D, Crop, Type, Painting, Paths, and Shapes.
We love hearing from Photoshop users, and one fan’s story in particular really stood out when she told us about her forearm-long tattoo. Megan Orsi, now known across the web as “the girl with the Photoshop tattoo,” is a Sr. Lead Web Designer from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Megan discovered her passion for arts as a sixth grader, attended the Pittsburg High School for the Creative and Performing Arts, and later graduated from college with a degree in Specialized Technology. She’s also a wife and mother to an 18-month-old son.
JACKSON, Mich. – PMA, the Worldwide Community of Imaging Associations, announces The Big Photo Show, a not-to-be-missed event that will bring suppliers, retailers, labs and service providers together with consumers who are passionate about photography and videography.
The inaugural event will be held from 10:00 a.m. till 6:00 p.m. on May 4-5, 2013, at the Los Angeles Convention Center, Los Angeles, California.
Exhibitors will have the opportunity to present and demonstrate their products and services to the most valuable customers in the imaging industry – those whose purchases are driven by an unbridled enthusiasm for photography and videography.
Attendees will get the chance to try new products, discover tips and tricks from professional photographers, improve their skills, experience the latest photo and video innovations, learn about new imaging services, find communities of like-minded enthusiasts, and even bring their own images to be framed or restored onsite.
“The Big Photo Show is all about passionately promoting the growth of photography, videography and photo printing,” said Allen Showalter, president of PMA. “I could not be more excited about this event, and the opportunities it will bring to exhibitors, attendees and our membership.”
Companies interested in exhibiting or in sponsorship opportunities at The Big Photo Show can contact Jeff Frazine at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Acknowledging the market trend towards smartphones as serious image capture devices, and the huge number of videos and stills taken on the iPhone, Manfrotto, the market leader in photo and video accessories, have taken their first step into making products for those that want images from their iPhone. KLYP offers a stylish, functional method of attaching supports and additional lights to your phone, allowing you to make images, FaceTime and video capture better and easier.
Five KLYP kits KLYP comes in five distinctive kits: as a case alone with two adaptor clips to enable use of your own supports and lights, one with the Manfrotto ML240 LED light for videography, Facetime and photography in low light situations and another one with the ML240 and the Manfrotto Pocket tripod for supporting the case when out and about. The more compact ML120 LED light is also available as an option in place of the ML240 in both options.
The KLYP case is made of a rigid polycarbonate with a quality feel soft touch coating giving it a silky smooth appearance. The KLYP features a felt inlay to enable smooth fitting of the two parts to the phone without possibility of damage and it clips together positively.
Stylish looks with the added design input of people who understand supports and lighting, KLYP is optimised to allow the attachment of a tripod and Manfrotto LED light without detracting from its appearance.
What makes KLYP unique? By using two cleverly designed removable accessory “clips”, Manfrotto have developed the KLYP case with a patented rail system, which enables the case to remain sleek and have no protrusions to detract from its appearance. The accessory “clips” can be attached to any of four different points around the case to allow landscape and portrait images to be taken with ease, and in darker conditions, to add a Manfrotto LED light in the optimum position to fill in shadows when shooting stills or video in low light. When using the iPhone’s FaceTime feature, the continuous light can be turned 180 degrees to light the user in a soft pleasing way.
Easy to fit “always-on” two piece casing offering iPhone protection
Soft felt insert to avoid damage when fitting
Silky smooth soft touch coating gives the case a high quality appearance
Designed to have no protruding parts for comfortable carrying
Four points to attach tripods and additional lighting for flexibility and performance
Unique clip and rail system for simple secure fixing
Designed to allow additional lighting to be fitted for better quality video and stills in low light
Compact size, even with LED light fitted. Can be taken anywhere you would take your phone. Always with you!
The ML240 LED light adds soft light giving natural skin tones to your videos and stills in low light
The ML120 LED light provides a more portable solution, with lower light output, ideal for FaceTime or Skype conversations
DateTime: 9/26/2012 12:08:11 PM CT Posted By: Sean
Amateur Photographer (UK) Sponsoring Free Photography Talks and Masterclasses
From Amateur Photographer:
Westfield London Travel Event 26-28 October 2012
Join Amateur Photographer and What Digital Camera for special photography activities at Westfield London as part of the Westfield Travel Event taking place on 26-28 October.
Amateur Photographer will be running Photography Masterclasses* and talks with AP Editor, Damien Demolder - demonstrating ‘seeing the shot' and ‘top tips for travel photography'.
e What Digital Camera editorial team will also be on hand in the ‘What Digital Camera Clinic' answering your queries - and giving you ‘advice prescriptions' - whether it be the best camera to take away with you or the best lens to achieve the ultimate shot.
The Travel event is themed across the three Sun, Snow and City zones, and will provide you with the chance to find out more information about a whole range of inspiring destinations to visit and photograph as you consider your next trip abroad or within the UK.
It's the perfect event for all the family - and there's the chance to win some great holidays!
1) Masterclasses with Amateur Photographer's Damien Demolder
Friday and Saturday: 9am - 11am Sunday: 11am - 1pm
*Sessions are free of charge, and are pre-bookable. To book: email email@example.com stating WESTFIELD TRAVEL in the subject line. Please include Full name and a contact mobile number for the day.
2) Expert Sessions Drop in Clinic - City Zone
Friday and Saturday: 12pm & 4pm Sunday: 2pm & 4pm
What Digital Camera's editorial team will be on hand to help you with all your camera and kit dilemmas before you go on holiday.
3) Expert Sessions Drop-in Talks - Sun Zone
Friday and Saturday: 1.30pm & 4pm Sunday: 3pm & 4pm
How to work with the sunlight to take a great holiday photograph. Our experts will talk through images on a screen to look at ways of using different lenses in the sun, how to take great panoramic shots, action shots of kids playing on the beach and lots more!
Samyang Announces New 85mm T1.5 AS IF UMC VDSLR Lens
United Kingdom, September 25th 2012 - Samyang Optics is pleased to announce the latest addition to the Samyang VDSLR family, the 85mm T1.5 AS IF UMC VDSLR lens.
The 85mm T1.5 AS IF UMC lens joins the four existing Samyang VDSLR lenses, the 8mm, 14mm, 24mm and 35mm.
Optical construction is the same as a standard version of the 85mm lens. However this new VDSLR version is designed specifically for cinematography. As such it features focus gearing (allows control of the focus with the aid of a follow focus system) and a silent aperture ring.
Product pricing, available mounts and release date will be confirmed at a later time.
DateTime: 9/25/2012 12:10:27 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Adobe Introduces Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11
Revamped User Interfaces and Innovative Features Make Photo and Video Editing, Organizing and Sharing Easier
SAN JOSE, Calif. — Sept. 25, 2012 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 11 and Adobe® Premiere® Elements 11, newly designed versions of its No. 1 selling consumer photo- and video-editing software*. Photoshop Elements 11 offers a complete solution for editing, organizing and sharing photo creations while Premiere Elements 11 offers easy creation of engaging home movies with professional flair. Available as stand-alone products, Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11 can also be purchased together in a low-priced bundle, providing powerful, easy-to-use tools that simplify editing and turn everyday snapshots and videos into sensational photos and home movies, creating memories that can instantly be shared with friends and family. Both solutions are available for Windows® and Mac.
“Photos and videos allow us to capture and share moments in time,” said Lea Hickman, vice president products, Creative Consumer Business, Adobe. “Powerful – yet friendly and easy to use – Photoshop Elements 11 and Premiere Elements 11 inspire creativity and help consumers make the most of remembering and sharing these personal memories.”
Create Great Photos with Powerful, Intuitive Tools in Photoshop Elements 11 Make photos look their best with editing options that offer virtually everything from quick fixes to a number of creative possibilities:
A completely refreshed, user-friendly interface featuring the same engine as Adobe Photoshop - the industry standard for digital imaging - includes easily-navigated Quick, Guided and Expert editing modes; one-click options; a helpful Action bar; and big, bold icons to help users get the most from their shots
Organize photos based on people, places (via Google maps geo-tagging) or events easily and intuitively
New Guided Edits make pro-level effects like tilt-shift, vignettes and high and low-key easy to create
New filters – Comic, Graphic Novel and Pen & Ink – inspire creativity by turning photos into stunning illustrations
Intelligent Photoshop technology makes it easy to extract objects from different photos
Easily share photos via email, Facebook, YouTube™, Vimeo® and more†
Pro-quality Videos Made Easy with Premiere Elements 11 Create attractive, pro-level videos with automated moviemaking options to take the work out of editing:
An entirely new and improved user interface including many of the same updates found in Photoshop Elements 11
Add polish with a wide range of great-looking effects, transitions, themes, titles, disc menus and professional-level effects and sound
Give videos Hollywood movie styles with FilmLooks; easily apply slow and fast motion effects; dial-in colors with slider controls; effortlessly integrate blends for seamless transitions; and make adjustments with Quick Presets
Show off finished creations with integrated video sharing on Vimeo†
Pricing and Availability Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 and Adobe Premiere Elements 11 software for Windows and Mac is available now at www.adobe.com, and will soon be available at retail outlets such as Amazon.com, B and H Photo and Video, Best Buy, Costco, New Egg, Office Depot and Staples. The Photoshop Elements 11 & Premiere Elements 11 bundle is available now for a suggested retail price of US$149.99, with upgrade pricing of US$119.99. Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 and Adobe Premiere Elements 11 are available individually for a suggested retail price of US$99.99, with upgrade pricing of US$79.99.
Information about other language versions, as well as pricing, upgrade and support policies is available at Adobe.com. For free training videos, visit Adobe TV.
Education pricing for students, faculty and staff in K-12 and higher education is available from Adobe Authorized Education Resellers and the Adobe Education Store. Visit www.adobe.com/aboutadobe/volumelicensing/education for more information about education volume licensing for higher education and K-12 institutions.
Buy the Canon EOS 1D X DSLR for $6,774.00 shipped using coupon code BGSaveACool25 ($25 off) at BuyDig.com and get a SanDisk 32GB Extreme Pro UDMA CompactFlash Memory Card along with Adobe Photoshop Elements 10 & Adobe Premiere Elements 10 for Mac and PC for free. (thanks Mark & Matt)
Nikon Camera Control Pro 2.12.0 Updater Now Available
Nikon Camera Control Pro 2.12.0 Updater is now available for download.
Additional modifications to the Windows version
Reverse indicators options have been added to the General tab in the Options dialogue box (Tools menu > Options...), allowing users to reverse indicator display
Additional modifications to the Macintosh version
PowerPC models are no longer supported.
Reverse indicators options have been added to the General tab in the Preferences dialogue box (Camera Control Pro 2 menu > Preferences...), allowing users to reverse indicator display.
When the computer entered sleep mode with a camera connected and Camera Control Pro 2 running, camera connection was sometimes not recognized when the computer recovered from sleep mode. This issue has been resolved.
Biz Stone Seeks Photo Inspiration at "Project Imaginat10n" Tweet Station on Monday, September 24th
Biz Stone, Twitter co-founder, has partnered with Canon for “Project Imaginat10n,” encouraging consumers to submit photos to inspire a short film he will direct. Under the tutelage of two-time Academy Award® winner Ron Howard, Biz joins four other celebrity directors in this creative endeavor - Eva Longoria, Jamie Foxx, Georgina Chapman (designer and co-founder of Marchesa) and James Murphy (founder of LCD Soundsystem).
Biz is now looking for inspiration for his directorial debut and will ask the public that Monday to tweet photos with a hashtag. In the meantime, consumers can submit at imagination.usa.canon.com. Biz will then review and comment on photos LIVE in public at Biz's Project Imaginat10n Tweet Station, responding with personal tweets as to what inspires him. The event will showcase how Biz is considering photos to craft the story for his film and the customized activation will also allow consumers to learn about and interact with Canon’s campaign.
I often preorder more than one copy of Canon's new lenses as I like having at least two sets of image quality results to work from. I seldom see much variation between the multiple copies, especially between Canon's higher grade L lenses. Unfortunately, two copies of the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens were not enough.
Copy 1 is extremely sharp - until 70mm at f/2.8 where its performance is only average and even trails the original Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L USM Lens in the center of the frame. An ISO 12233 chart retest delivered identical results. Real world shooting confirms the test results. This lens is so sharp at the rest of the focal lengths and at 70mm f/4 that I was hesitant to return it.
A significant backfocus problem at 70mm (note that manual focus is used for image quality evaluation) made the keep or return decision a no-brainer as I need to be able to use this lens on non AFMA-capable DSLRs.
Copy 2 of the 24-70 L II is very sharp in the center of the frame at f/2.8 throughout the entire focal length range - including 70mm. The problem with this lens is that the mid and outer portion of the image circle is not as sharp at f/2.8 as copy 1 (example). This is perhaps a decentering problem.
I think lens 1 properly examples what we should expect up until 70mm. I think lens 2 shows what we should expect in center-of-the-frame image quality at 70mm. Since lens 2 is soft in the corners at the other focal lengths, I think it is also softer in the corners at 70mm than it should be.
My conjecture is that the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens is incredibly sharp across the entire focal length range and at least the vast majority of the image circle.
I expect to get past the unfortunate QC anomalies I've initially encountered and expect to show you how great this lens really is. I'm not sure when I'll have a replacement lens (or lenses) available (the 24-70 L II is impossible to find right now), but hope to complete part 1 of the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens review next week.
DateTime: 9/19/2012 11:33:24 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Zeiss Q&A Regarding High-End SLR Lens Family
The Zeiss blog just posted a Q&A regarding their new high-end SLR family of lenses.
From the Zeiss blog:
Carl Zeiss is heralding a particularly powerful new full-frame SLR lens at photokina 2012. Dr. Michael Pollmann, Consumer Lenses Product and Program Manager in the Carl Zeiss Camera Lenses Division, is addressing strengths and technical details of the new high-end SLR lens family in a Q&A.
What is meant by “high-end SLR lens family”?
This is about lenses for full-frame (36x24mm) SLR cameras with manual focusing capability. This family of lenses is geared towards delivering uncompromising image quality for demanding users. The lenses are perfect for high-resolution, full-format digital cameras with more than 30 megapixels such as D800. The combined performance approaches that of medium format systems. If you shoot with the largest aperture, cameras with smaller number of pixels also benefit from much better image contrast.
Will it be a family or just a single lens?
It will be its own family of lenses independent of our current ZE and ZF.2 lenses.
What focal lengths will be available?
Currently, we are developing three prime lenses, with more in the planning stage. We are not ready to reveal them at this time.
How much will the lenses cost?
Since the lenses are more demanding in terms of material selection and construction than our previous ZE and ZF.2 lenses, the price level will be higher. We are expecting prices around EUR 3,000.
For which bayonets will the lenses be available?
They will be available for EF bayonet (ZE) and F bayonet (ZF.2).
Where will the lenses be made?
The lenses will be manufactured in Japan. They will be developed in close consultation with our longstanding global production network of trusted partners in the optical industry to ensure that the lenses’ actual performance corresponds to their theoretical optical design performance.
What does “uncompromising image quality” mean?
The new lenses will achieve extremely high image quality throughout the entire picture including edges even at maximum aperture. At the same time, chromatic aberration is extremely low.
How come 1.4/55 is considered a Distagon type despite its standard focal length?
Due to the high performance required, we were looking for a fresh approach. It is true that the Distagon type is predominantly found in wide-angle lenses. This is because wide-angle lenses also require additional design effort in terms of number and arrangement of lenses. Since we were aiming for the best possible imaging performance for the new family of lenses, we decided to manufacture the 1.4/55 as a Distagon. Due to the number and arrangement of lenses, this lens unit is slightly larger in size and weight but uncompromising in its performance.
DateTime: 9/19/2012 11:00:21 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Induro Expands Hi-Hat Tripod Series with LFB75S DR Hi-Hat Tripod
Induro® Expands Dual Range Hi-Hat Tripod Series New DR Hi-Hat TableTop tripod shown for the first time at Photokina 2012 in Cologne, Germany
North White Plains, NY – (September 18, 2012) – Induro (www.indurogear.com), makers of tripods, heads and accessories designed for demanding professional photographers and videographers, announces today the new LFB75S Dual Range (DR) Hi-Hat TableTop Tripod Set.
The DR Hi-Hat TableTop tripod concept was first shown at NAB 2012, where the Induro LFB100S DR Hi-Hat Tabletop Tripod Set received rave reviews. Just like it’s slightly bigger brother, the new LFB75S was designed with both photographers and videographers in mind. This unique support system provides a range of capabilities that makes this tripod compatible with the requirements of still cameras as well as video platforms. Supporting up to a 165 lb. load, the new DR Hi-Hat Tabletop Tripod Set consists of both a short Aluminum Alloy tripod with 75mm Bowl, and a 75mm Half Ball Adapter.
"We've innovated on traditional Hi-Hat's that are cast iron. Standard products used in film and video production have been limited to a fixed position. We are pleased to now offer photographers and videographers the unique DR Hi-Hat family of amazingly compact, flexible and extremely strong support systems," said Jan Lederman, President of Induro. "And with the availability of both 75mm and 100mm versions in the DR Hi-Hat line, there is a support product sure to satisfy a user’s range of requirements for still cameras and video platforms."
Matching traditional Hi-Hat dimensions, the DR Hi-Hat’s go far beyond in terms of operational scope and flexibility. Each leg features a two section extension and three steps of variable angle adjustment, making height adjustments and terrain adjustments a breeze. Specially reinforced pivoting ovoid feet provide a sure grip on virtually any surface, plus the capability to be screwed, spiked or otherwise firmly secured to establish a rock-solid connection to a tabletop, the ground or a board.
Bubble levels are incorporated on the tripod spider, and three evenly spaced points provide secure 3/8" and 1/4" threaded mounts for accessories.
The new Induro LFB75S DR Hi-Hat Tripod Set will be available in stores in December 2012.
ILFORD announced today that it has expanded its award-winning range of GALERIE Prestige inkjet photo papers with the introduction of new media crafted specifically for creating black and white prints. An answer to the call from fine art professionals, these papers feature surfaces that translate vivid artistic vision with the archival-quality image rendition that ILFORD is known for. The new line-up includes:
GALERIE Prestige Gold Mono Silk : This black and white media achieves the perfect monochrome image reminiscent of prints from the traditional darkroom with its acid-free, lignin-free fibre base.
DateTime: 9/19/2012 12:54:29 PM CT Posted By: Sean
ILFORD Announces New IIC Profiles for Newly Announced Canon Printers
ILFORD has announced new IIC profiles for the Canon PIXMA PRO-100, PIXMA PRO-10, and new large format printers.
New GALERIE profiles for the latest CANON printers
ILFORD develops ICC profiles to maximize printing results with the new Canon PIXMA PRO-100, PIXMA PRO-10 and the new Canon large format printers, the iPF6400, iPF6450, iPF8400 and the iPF9400.
Marly, Switzerland, 17 September, 2012 - ILFORD, a leading developer and manufacturer of professional quality media for both inkjet printing and color photographic processes, today announced that it has developed ICC profiles to maximize printing results when using the innovative ILFORD GALERIE range of inkjet papers with the latest Canon printers. The new profiles, available for free at http://www.ilford.com/, ensure breath-taking colors and consistent results when printing on GALERIE with the new Canon products announced today.
The two new premium A3+ PIXMA PRO-100 and PIXMA PRO-10 photo printers from Canon are ideal for semi-professional and serious amateur photographers looking to produce professional-quality photos at home or in the studio. The new models both feature Canon’s stylish EOS-inspired design, individual inks, and Wi-Fi connectivity.
The PIXMA PRO-100 replaces the PIXMA Pro9000 MkII and features an 8-ink dye-based system for creating stunning colour and monochrome photographs at home. Outstanding quality prints can be produced quickly, with fast print speeds of approx. 90 seconds for an A3+ bordered colour photo, across a wide range of media.
The PIXMA PRO-10 replaces the PIXMA Pro9500 MkII and features a 10-ink pigment-based system with Chroma Optimizer, making the PRO-10 ideal for semi-professional and serious amateur photographers looking to work with a wide range of media. The PRO-10 boasts print speeds of approx. 3 minutes 35 seconds for A3+ bordered, colour or black and white photo prints.
The latest additions to the Canon Large Format printer range are the iPF6400, the iPF6450 (also available with optional spectrophotometer), the iPF8400, the iPF9400 and the iPF9400S.
All the new models use LUCIA EX inks, making Canon the only company to use a singular ink set across an entire large format range, and ‘hot swap’ technology. The ink set provides a wider color gamut, more expressive blacks, better scratch resistance and a more stable color for optimum image quality to ensure absolute consistency between devices. The ‘hot swap’ technology gives the ability to replace ink while printing, providing uninterrupted production and reduced down time.
The 12-colour, 24” imagePROGRAF iPF6400 and iPF6450 are replacing the iPF6300 and iPF6350 models. The new optional spectrophotometer with the imagePROGRAF iPF6450 enables precise, highly stable and consistent colour that has a switchable UV filter to give users much greater flexibility with their range of media.
Calibration Link allows the spectrophotometer to provide a unified solution to all the 12-color large format printers launched by Canon in 2012. Needing only to be installed on the iPF6450 at one location, users can centrally control the color management of multiple imagePROGRAF units installed in other sites, optimising output and ensuring uniformity of color.
The imagePROGRAF range is further enhanced by the 44” imagePROGRAF iPF8400, a 12-color printer, which replaces the iPF8300 that comes with an increased internal HDD of 250GB and a faster throughput. Also launching are the 60” imagePROGRAF iPF9400 and the iPF9400S models, 12-color and 8-color respectively. Overall image quality is improved by using LUCIA-EX inks which provide approximately 20% wider color gamut and the fast printing speed will appeal to the photographic, fine arts and in-house signage markets.
At http://www.ilford.com/, ICC profiles for printing with the new Canon products will be available free for download to coincide with the worldwide availability of the printers*. This includes profiles for five brand new fine art GALERIE papers to be introduced during photokina 2012, which will be the latest additions to the growing top-of-the-line, award-winning GALERIE Prestige range. The new GALERIE product introductions will be announced on Wednesday 19 September, with full product information to be published at http://www.ilford.com/. ICC profiles for using existing Canon printers with a wide range of GALERIE papers are currently available from the ILFORD website.
Visitors to photokina 2012 will have the opportunity to see all four brand new Canon introductions being demonstrated in the Canon space in Hall 3.2 using ILFORD media. Meanwhile, the ILFORD stand D.011 – E.010 in Hall 6.1 will feature one of the brand new Canon Large Format models, the iPF6450, plus a brand new CANON PIXMA Pro-100 and a Canon PIXMA Pro-1, showcasing the impressive results produced by the printers when using new and existing GALERIE media.
“ILFORD is committed to continually developing our ICC profiles so that photographers using GALERIE papers can achieve outstanding prints with the most innovative printers on the market,” said Jane Dixon, Director of Global Marketing at ILFORD. “By developing ICC profiles for use of the brand new ILFORD GALERIE papers with the latest Canon printers, ILFORD is pleased to demonstrate that we develop all our new products with the photographer in mind.”
ILFORD ICC Profiles are developed by technicians on the ILFORD Research and Development team who specialise in the creation of profiles that accurately reflect a true photographic image. A detailed ReadMe file is available in the profile download section of the ILFORD website, offering easy to use step-by-step instructions. The carefully defined printer settings override standard settings for optimal print results with the entire GALERIE range.
* Worldwide availability of new Canon printers:
Large Format Printers: The iPF6400, iPF6450 (also available with optional spectrophotometer), iPF8400, iPF9400 and iPF9400S are available worldwide in September 2012.
Premium A3+ PIXMA PRO-100 and PIXMA PRO-10 photo printers are available in the U.S.A mid-October 2012 and across Europe, the Middle East and Africa in November 2012.
DateTime: 9/18/2012 12:10:18 PM CT Posted By: Sean
Think Tank Photo Announces Airport Navigator™ and Lightweight CityWalker™
From Think Tank Photo:
Airport Navigator™ Rolling Pilot’s Case to Be Released
In November we will release the Airport Navigator™, the photography industry’s first rolling pilot’s case that allows photographers to access gear from the top and the front. The new pilot’s case also includes a shoulder strap for easing past gate check attendants.
The Airport Navigator™ holds two pro-size bodies, plus three to six extra lenses and most 15.4” laptops, iPads and documents. The two external side pockets can also accommodate pro-size flashes or water bottles.
The new roller’s lightweight design emphasizes fit and comfort, premium quality, and flexibility and function. The custom handle extends to total of 40” for easy rolling. The pilot’s case utilizes the highest quality YKK RC Fuse zippers, custom designed and replaceable in-line skate wheels, and antique nickel plated metal hardware. It features a shoulder strap whose piggy-back function allows for easy attachment to other rollers.
“This project dates back many years as our designers strived to create a dual access roller,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo CEO and Lead Designer. “Through different revisions, we found that the most reasonable style for this case was a Pilot’s type bag. This effort culminated in the creation of a rolling case that has top and front access for wedding, event and travel photographers. This is yet another unique first for the camera industry.”
Additional features include:
15” Laptop compartment
Top and front access panels to photo gear
Lockable zippers on both main zippered compartments
Retractable handle slides through top lid handle to hold lid open for quick access to gear while shooting
Removable shoulder strap includes piggy-back function for attaching Airport Navigator to other TTP rollers
Two external side pockets to accommodate flashes or water bottles
Releasable front panel straps hold the laptop compartment open for quick access to electronics when attached or full access to photo gear when released. Straps also tuck-away when not in use.
Custom designed and replaceable handle and wheels
Seam-sealed rain cover included
The Airport Navigator’s all-fabric exterior is treated with a DWR coating while fabric underside is coated with PU for superior water resistance. It utilizes YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion resistant) zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high-density nylon, 600D brushed polyester, custom designed replaceable in-line skate wheels, Ultra Stretch pockets, antique nickel plated metal hardware, aluminum reinforcement, rubberized laminate, 3D air mesh, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
External Dimensions: 16” W x 15.5” H x 10” D (40.6 × 39.4 × 25.4cm) Internal Dimensions: 15” W x 13” H x 6.8” D (38.1 × 33 × 17.3cm) Laptop: 14.8” W x 11” H x 1.5” D (37.6 × 28 × 3.8cm) Weight: 8.1-9.2 lbs (3.7-4.2 kg)
Lightweight CityWalker™ Premium Messenger Camera Bags to Be Released
In November we will release the CityWalker™ messenger bag series. Designed with the urban photographer in mind, the new bags will come in three models – CityWalker 10, CityWalker 20, and CityWalker 30 – and in two colorways: Black and Blue Slate.
The CityWalkers’ design emphasizes fit and comfort, premium quality, and functional flexibility. Extremely lightweight, the bags feature a high quality silver-toned nylon liner, RC Fuse External/YKK zippers, and antique nickel plated metal hardware. They have a sound silencer on the main flap, extra flaps for smaller lenses with a fully lined velex insert for maximum customization, internal pockets that fit a pro-size flash, and a removable padded insert.
The CityWalker 10 fits one standard size body with a 24-70 attached, plus one to two small extra lenses, a flash, and a tablet. The CityWalker 20 holds one standard size body with a 24-70 attached or a 70-200 detached, plus extra lenses, a flash, and a tablet. The CityWalker 30 holds one standard size body with a 24-70 attached or a 70-200 detached, plus two to four extra lenses, a flash, and a 15” laptop.
“The CityWalkers are a classic ‘walk around’ bag,” said Doug Murdoch, Think Tank Photo CEO and Lead Designer. “Built around the same design aesthetic as our popular StreetWalker® backpacks, their style is targeted toward casual urban environments while still focused on an active lifestyle.”
Additional features include:
15” Laptop compartment (CityWalker 30)
iPad pocket [front internal] (CityWalker 10 and CityWalker 20)
Double security on front flap closure with silence-able Hook/Loop and Dual Cross™ Buckle
Removable padded insert
Seam-sealed rain cover included
Customizable divider layout
Two internal side pockets to accommodate flash
Deluxe organizer on front panel
Water bottle pockets on each side
Large zippered pocket on front flap for accessories
Rear document pocket
Business card holder inside main flap
Top carry handle
All CityWalker fabric exterior is treated with a DWR coating while fabric underside is coated with PU for superior water resistance. They utilize YKK® RC Fuse (abrasion resistant) zippers, 420D velocity nylon, 420D high-density nylon, 600D brushed polyester, 250D shadow rip-stop polyester, Derrington™ mesh pockets, antique nickel plated metal hardware, Dual Cross™ Buckle, 3D air mesh, mono mesh, and 3-ply bonded nylon thread.
External Dimensions: 12.4” W x 9” H x 6.7” D (31.5 × 23 × 17cm) Internal Dimensions: 10” W x 7.5” H x 5.3” D (25.5 × 19 × 13.5cm) Tablet: 10.3” W x 8” H x 0.8” D (26.2 × 20.3 × 2cm)
External Dimensions: 13.8” W x 9.8” H x 6.7” D (35 × 25 × 17cm) Internal Dimensions: 13” W x 8.7” H x 5.3” D (33 × 22 × 13.5cm) Tablet: 10.3” W x 8” H x 0.8” D (26.2 × 20.3 × 2cm)
External Dimensions: 16.3” W x 11.4” H x 8.3” D (41.5 × 29 × 21cm) Internal Dimensions: 13.4” W x 9.6” H x 6.7” D(34 × 24.5 × 17cm) Laptop: 15" W x 11" H x 1.4" D (38 x 28 x 3.6cm)
DateTime: 9/18/2012 11:57:44 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Sandisk Announces Development of CFast Memory Cards
Sandisk Announces Development of CFast Memory Cards For Next-Generation Professional Photo and Video Applications
New specification delivers up to four times faster performance than current CompactFlash® memory cards used in today's professional-grade cameras
Ideal for next-generation cameras offering high resolutions and featuring advanced professional video recording applications
Currently sampling CFast2.0 memory cards to camera manufacturers as they design and optimize their next-generation host devices for CFast2.0
PHOTOKINA, Cologne, Germany, September 18, 2012 - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today announced that it is developing flash memory cards based on the new CFast2.0 specification introduced today by the CompactFlash Association (CFA). The new specification enables next-generation photo and video applications by delivering up to four times faster performance than the CompactFlash memory cards currently used in DSLR cameras and other imaging devices.
"CFast2.0 memory cards will help drive the future of professional photography and video-recording applications," said Shuki Nir, senior vice president and general manager, Retail, SanDisk. "With the CFast2.0 specification's unparalleled performance, flash memory can now enter new markets such as high-definition TV and even cinema production."
Ideal for Next-Generation Professional Video Applications Professional video applications are growing more powerful than ever before, with 2K video enjoying widespread use and full-frame 4K video already gaining adoption in high-end production environments. These next-generation video applications can produce videos with incredibly high resolutions and large file sizes. The CFast2.0 specification supports advanced video applications through higher interface bandwidth and much higher levels of Video Performance Guarantee to meet the requirements of 2K/4K digital intermediate compressed production environments.
"Professional photographers, videographers and cinematographers demand increasingly powerful cameras that help them unleash their creativity," said Masaya Maeda, managing director and chief executive, image communication products operations, Canon. "With extremely fast performance, CFast2.0 memory cards will enable us to develop next-generation cameras with more powerful features than are currently supported by CompactFlash cards."Ideal for Next-Generation Photography Applications Digital cameras are expected to become more powerful, with the ability to capture images at greater than 40MP resolution. These next-generation cameras will produce photos of unprecedented quality, and the large file sizes can quickly overwhelm a CompactFlash memory card's data-transfer rates and halt shooting.
The CFast2.0 specification features theoretical performance of up to 600MB/sec, four times faster than the highest-performance CompactFlash memory cards. The new specification delivers the fast speed needed to capture a series of high-resolution photos and transfer them quickly to a computer, particularly important to professional photographers whose workflows demand the utmost efficiency.
"PhaseOne believes in open standards where many players have access to the technologies required to create a healthy ecosystem and drive the future of imaging," said Henrik Håkonsson, chief executive officer, PhaseOne, a leading medium format camera manufacturer. "We intend to integrate CFast2.0 memory cards into our new cameras because they offer significantly higher recording performance and faster offload speeds than other memory card formats."
Sampling Now SanDisk is currently sampling CFast2.0 memory cards to camera manufacturers as they design and optimize their next-generation host devices for the new specification.
DateTime: 9/18/2012 10:37:44 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Google Acquires Nik Software
Posted on the Nik Software website:
We are pleased to announce that Google has acquired Nik Software. For nearly 17 years, we’ve been guided by our motto, “photography first”, as we worked to build world class digital image editing tools. We’ve always aspired to share our passion for photography with everyone, and with Google’s support we hope to be able to help many millions more people create awesome pictures.
We’re incredibly grateful for all of your support and hope you’ll join us on the next phase of our journey as part of Google.
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (September 18, 2012) – X-Rite, Incorporated, the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, announces today a new addition to the ColorMunki family of color calibration solutions – the ColorMunki Smile. Ideal for photo hobbyists, design enthusiasts, gamers and any other users looking for the easiest way to color correct their computer monitors, ColorMunki Smile offers a simple and affordable option for beginner color perfectionists.
ColorMunki Smile includes a color measurement device and very simple software. Thanks to a wizard-based user interface that uses graphics and video animation, users just need to follow the on-screen instructions that walk them through the quick and easy calibration process. Best of all, users don’t need to know anything about color science to get good quality results with the ColorMunki Smile.
“ColorMunki Smile features advanced color measurement technologies that X-Rite is known for while providing beginner color enthusiasts with an easy-to-use solution for calibrating monitors,” said Thomas Kunz, X-Rite’s Market Manager, Imaging. “With the introduction of ColorMunki Smile, users can now be sure that their monitors always accurately display the true colors of their photographs, videos, games and web browsing experiences.”
Using the same color profile technology as X-Rite’s professional-level color calibration products, ColorMunki Smile provides color accuracy on commonly used LED and LCD displays.
Users can also calibrate multiple monitors to accurately show colors. ColorMunki Smile software automatically detects when multiple monitors are connected to a single Mac or PC computer and allows users to color correct each one.
ColorMunki Smile extends the X-Rite portfolio of Display products by now offering an entry level display product. Also available for more advanced users is the ColorMunki Display and for professional users – the i1Display Pro.
Availability ColorMunki Smile is available now from X-Rite (North America) and Pantone online stores and also from the company’s worldwide network of resellers for an MSRP of $99. ColorMunki Smile includes a colorimeter with counterweight, ColorMunki Smile software for calibrating monitors, and Quick Start Guide.
For more information on this solution, please visit www.xrite.com, www.xritephoto.com or www.pantone.com, or contact your local X-Rite press representative.
DateTime: 9/18/2012 10:18:18 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Datacolor Announces SpyderCAPTURE PRO™
Datacolor Launches SpyderCAPTURE PRO™- The Complete Color Input and Autofocus Suite
Ultimate Product Bundle for Imaging Professionals Includes Essential Color Management Tools for Digital Workflow Process
Lawrenceville, NJ – September 18, 2012 –– Datacolor® (www.datacolor.com), a global leader in color management solutions, today announced the availability of SpyderCAPTURE PRO, a bundled product package featuring essential tools for photographers to manage color throughout the digital workflow process. The kit, which allows photographers to reliably assess and adjust images from capture to post-production, enabling true-to-life reproduction of images, includes four popular Datacolor Spyder products: Spyder4ELITE™, SpyderCHECKR™, SpyderCUBE™ and SpyderLENSCAL™.
With SpyderCAPTURE PRO, photographers, designers and imaging professionals can calibrate autofocus in cameras and lenses with the SpyderLENSCAL, control contrast and white point balance with SpyderCUBE, control color balance with SpyderCHECKR, and calibrate displays, such as a computer monitor or laptop, iPads, iPhones, televisions (optional upgrade) and projectors, with Spyder4ELITE. Offering greater control over color management, the tools included in the bundle offer precision performance and are easy to use both in studio and on location.
“The Datacolor Spyder line of products offers professionals the tools they need to ensure color and razor sharp autofocus accuracy throughout every step of the imaging workflow,” said Dave Faulkner, product manager for Datacolor. “SpyderCAPTURE PRO puts a collection of our leading color calibration solutions together in one convenient, cost-savings package that eliminates the guesswork in selecting which gear is necessary to help capture great images.”
SpyderCAPTURE PRO comes in a rugged aluminum case for convenient protection and storage that allows for easy transportability. The package comes complete with a one-year warranty and free online support from Datacolor. SpyderCAPTURE PRO retails for $399 and is available now. For more information on SpyderCAPTURE PRO, please visit www.datacolor.com/spydercapturepro or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
About DatacolorDatacolor is a global leader in color management solutions and color communication technology. The world's leading brands, manufacturers, creative professionals and consumers have been choosing Datacolor's innovative technology and solutions to consistently achieve the right color for over 40 years.
A Swiss held company, Datacolor's global presence encompasses a sales, service and support network serving customers in more than 65 countries throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia, along with 13 worldwide operation and production facilities. Industries served include apparel and textile, paint and coatings, automotive, plastics, photography, home theatre and others. For more information about Datacolor and its products or services, visit www.datacolor.com.
DateTime: 9/18/2012 10:08:27 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Lowepro Announces Passport Sling™ II, Event Messenger series, & Rover Pro AW series
Passport Sling II - (Petaluma, CA – September 18, 2012)
Lowepro, a product design company that builds protective gear for photography, video and portable electronic devices, unveils its next generation of a versatile favorite among enthusiast photographers: Passport Sling II. Inspired by the original Passport Sling for DSLR cameras, this new design incorporates a removable and customizable camera box that adjusts to fit a CSC or DSLR kit, plus personal gear.
"We're excited to offer this customer favorite in an updated design that allows photographers to fit their DSLR or CSC camera set-up," said Tim Grimmer, Lowepro director of product management. "We built a flexible, padded camera box that makes it easy to change up your kit depending on your shooting plans."
This discreet sling design has a unique, organic profile that belies the fact that it fits and protects camera gear. Its removable camera box quickly transforms the Passport Sling II into a full travel or day bag. Both camera box and sling may be folded flat for packing into a larger bag.
An expandable front panel unzips to reveal 30% more storage space for personal items—ideal for a day of sightseeing and souvenir shopping or a trip to the farmers market.
Comfortable, convenient and thoughtful features make the Passport Sling II a perfect everyday and travel choice. The adjustable shoulder strap with cam lock buckle includes a detachable pad for extra, day-long comfort; remove the pad for a more streamlined look. Multiple storage pockets on the exterior and interior provide ample space for a water bottle, smartphone, wallet, keys, light jacket, and other personal items. A bright, contrasting lining makes it easy to locate gear.
The Passport Sling II fits two types of camera configurations within the customizable camera box. The removable divider and flaps are built to make quick and secure size adjustments. The larger configuration fits a DSLR with attached zoom lens, plus one extra lens or a flash. The smaller configuratioon fits a CSC with attached zoom lens, plus two extra lenses or a flash and one extra lens. This new sling is available in Black/Red or Mica/Green.
Event Messenger series - (Petaluma, CA – September 18, 2012)
Lowepro, a product design company that invents protective gear for photography equipment and portable electronics, adds a classic black option to its popular Event Messenger series. The three models are built to fit, protect and carry an interchangeable lens camera (ILC) kit, plus a laptop or tablet in the larger two sizes.
"We've received positive feedback from customers and favorable reviews from photo publications, blogs and forums when we launched the Event Messenger series in March of this year," said Tim Grimmer, Lowepro director of product management. "Photographers and reviewers appreciate its discreet profile, flexible organization and easy access—and many asked for us to make it in classic black; so we have."
The Event Messenger's Grab-and-Go design with a wide-access main compartment makes it ideal for getting to gear when shooting a news story, wedding or impromptu event. A Dual-Mode Flap allows a photographer to quickly switch from maximum security mode to quiet working mode.
Additional features include: padded laptop/tablet compartment (in the 250 and 150, respectively); comfortable, adjustable shoulder strap with non-slip patch; stretch side pockets; plus a grab handle for an extra carrying option.
The series is available in Black (with red accents) and Mica in three sizes. The 250 model fits up to a Pro DSLR without grip, extra lenses, accessories and up to a 13" laptop. The 150 fits a DSLR, extra lenses, accessories and a tablet. The 100 fits a compact DSLR or CSC, extra lenses and accessories.
Rover Pro AW series - (Petaluma, CA – September 17, 2012 )
Lowepro, a product design company that builds protective gear for photography, video and portable electronic devices, unveils its new Rover Pro AW series. These two lightweight, technical backpacks are built for active outdoor professional and enthusiasts photographers who need a comfortable and supportive way to hike with heavy loads of equipment over long and varied terrain.
"We're extremely excited to offer outdoor photographers the first real, overnight backpack that's built to protect their camera equipment, provide space for basic camping gear, and deliver the kind of versatility, support and comfort they require when shooting in the backcountry," said Tim Grimmer, Lowepro director of product management.
The Rover Pro AW features a trampoline-style suspension system with breathable mesh to provide an optimal load transfer and superior ventilation when trekking with a lot of gear. Adjustable shoulder straps allow a custom fit that accommodates 16 to 19 inch (40 to 48 centimeter) torso lengths as measured from the C4 vertebrae to the top of the iliac crest.
The toploading design offers two-way access to camera and other gear—from the top or the front-hatch opening. Modular camera cases (1 camera case and 1 lens case in 45L model; 1 camera case in 35L model) are placed under the front hatch. Fully padded and adjustable, they may be removed to convert the bags to fully functional backpacks that provide 45 or 35 liters of volume.
The Rover Pro AW comes with a hydration-ready side pocket to accommodate a 2 liter reservoir (not included) and keep liquid within easy reach. The opposite side of the pack includes a unique tripod attachment system with tarp-like flaps and compression straps to secure gear.
Lowepro's weather-protective cover gets a design update to accommodate wilderness shooters. The removable cover serves as a moisture barrier with reflector functionality for enhanced visibility and safety.
Additional outdoor-friendly details include: ice axe/trekking pole attachment points; attached top lid with zippered storage pocket; stretchy front stash pocket; sleeping pad/small tent straps at bottom of pack; adjustable waistbelt with built-in zippered pockets; compression straps to stabilize gear within pack and streamline the overall profile; plus, a dedicated laptop compartment in 45L model.
The Rover Pro 45L AW fits up to a Pro DSLR with grip, with attached 24-70mm zoom lens; 3-4 extra lenses or flashes; a tripod or monopod; 2 liter hydration reservoir (not included); up to a 15" laptop; sleeping pad, small tent, ice axe/trekking poles and other personal gear.
The Rover Pro 35L AW fits up to a Pro DSLR with attached 24-70mm zoom lens; 1 extra lens or flash; tripod or monopol; 2 liter hydration reservoir (not included); sleeping pad, small tent, ice axe/trekking poles and other personal gear.
The Rover Pro AW series is available Galaxy Blue/Light Grey.
Revolutionary Camera Strap Line Delivers Comfort & Performance for Photographers
JOBY Brings Breakthrough Design Expertise with a New Ultra-Comfortable Camera Strap Line
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., September 18, 2012 – JOBY is excited to announce the launch of its innovative line of comfortable, high-performance camera straps: the JOBY UltraFit Sling Strap™ and JOBY 3-Way Camera Strap™. Known for its family of best-selling, flexible GorillaPod™ tripods, JOBY extends its technical design expertise to reinvent and refresh this essential camera accessory for shooters on-the-go. The camera straps are designed to accommodate both CSC (compact system camera) and DSLR cameras and are available in a quick-draw, cross-body design for men and women, in addition to a versatile 3-way wearing option.
“We opened up the possibilities for photographers to take their cameras anywhere and position on any surface with our breakthrough tripods,” said Michael Jue, director of product development. “Now we’re thrilled to offer a line of camera straps that combines the latest technology with premium materials to provide incredible comfort and quick camera access so photographers can shoot more efficiently on-the-go. Through rigorous testing with pro photographers, we’ve designed straps that make the camera feel lighter and conveniently accessible for hours, whether you’re shooting a breathtaking landscape on a hike or capturing a moment in a crowded tourist destination.”
The JOBY team conducted extensive user studies with more than 500 photography professionals and enthusiasts and pinpointed how camera straps should fit and move on the body. This exhaustive research resulted in the patent-pending UltraFit Sling Strap™, with separate versions designed specifically for men and women. It is built with JOBY’s exclusive UltraFit Layered-Pad Technology™ for lightweight support without the bulk of thick padding. An ergonomically placed pivot ring and pressure-relieving foam pad allow the strap to conform to the shoulder and torso of the body and evenly distribute the weight of the camera for long-wearing comfort.
In both the men’s and women’s sling straps, the innovative SpeedCinch™ system secures both camera and strap close to the body to free up the photographer’s hands and keep the camera secure when shooting in busy or crowded environments. When going for the next shot, the system automatically extends the strap length so the photographer can bring the camera to eye level in one fluid and fast motion. In both versions, premium materials such as stainless steel and glass-filled nylon plastic provide superior durability and a secure connection to a camera via a ¼-20" threaded accessory mount.
JOBY designed the patent-pending 3-Way Camera Strap™ to offer photographers a versatile and portable solution with three wearing modes: wrist, neck and shoulder. A convenient alternative to wrapping a neck/shoulder strap around the wrist, this compact strap allows shooters to minimize muscle fatigue with multiple ways to support the weight of the camera. The 3-Way Camera Strap™ allows quick access to impromptu shots in wrist mode or a hands-free option to change lenses in neck/shoulder mode. The breakthrough design uses retractable Dyneema® cord (providing up to 90 pounds or 40.8 kilograms of tensile strength) to adjust the strap length and secure the camera in place.
The new UltraFit Sling Strap™ is available in both male and female options for $49.99 (US MSRP). The new 3-Way Camera Strap™ is available for $39.99 (US MSRP). The JOBY camera strap line may be purchased at popular photo specialty, consumer electronics and online stores and at joby.com.
Revolutionary design. Ultra-comfortable fit. Superior performance. The new UltraFit Sling Strap™ and 3-Way Camera Strap™ designs from JOBY create a new standard in camera straps and give photographers the freedom to shoot on-the-go with incredible comfort, fluidity and speed.
DateTime: 9/18/2012 7:17:17 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Gura Gear Announces the Et Cetera and Tembo Range of Pouches, Cases, and Memory Wallets
From Gura Gear:
Introducing the solution for keeping your cables, chargers, batteries and ‘everything else’ organized.
OGDEN, UT (September, 2012) – Gura Gear, an innovator in carrying solutions for passionate visual thinkers and travelers, introduces a range of solutions for organizing the chaos that follows any digital imaging user. Et Cetera cases and pouches are finely made bags in a range of sizes from 0.5L to 3L for cables, adapters, power blocks, chargers, batteries, pocket wizards, flash units, and the rest of the “extra stuff” that needs a place to call home.
The Et Cetera range features top-quality YKK zippers, Velocity Nylon exteriors, luxurious linings, and PVC-free TPU micro mesh windows for viewing contents. The Et Cetera cases all feature interior elastic battery keepers and a convenient external slot for business cards and ID tags. In practice, the Et Cetera bags allow for easy sorting and organization of kits for GPS units, adapters, or charging sets so photographers can simply grab and go, rather than sorting through a nest of cables and electronic components. Et Cetera is available in three pouch sizes from 0.5L to 1.0L and three case sizes from 1L to 3L.
The Tembo range of memory card wallets take a fresh look at a classic design correcting some key annoyances with wallet-style memory card holders by eliminating noisy Velcro and opening like a book; no more unrolling. Available in three versions holding various combinations of compact flash (CF) and smart disc (SD) memory cards.
All Et Cetera and Tembo products are finely crafted of the highest quality materials to exacting specifications.
Et Cetera is Latin for ‘other things; odds and ends’. Tembo is Swahili (East Africa) for ‘elephant’.
Gura Gear Announces the Bataflae Range of Camera Backpacks for Travelers
From Gura Gear:
Introducing the camera bag with an innovative patent pending multi-access system designed for traveling visual artists.
OGDEN, UT (September, 2012) – Designed by Gura Gear, the company that developed the revolutionary Kiboko photo bags, the Bataflae represents the next evolution of creative design and refinement for photographers and videographers featuring a patent pending butterfly multi-access system and stowaway harness. Bataflae is aimed at traveling photographers needing to navigate through the world’s airports with carry-on compatibility and a lightweight durable design.
Bataflae’s unique patent pending butterfly multi-access system features a smarter way of carrying and accessing camera gear. The unique configuration maximizes the interior space making it possible to work out of the bag with multiple bodies attached to lenses in the field. Available in 32L and 26L variants, the Bataflae swallows professional size DSLRs, medium format systems, and long lenses. The butterfly flaps provide access to just the gear needed, useful in tight environments like tour vehicles and stadiums, or in rough conditions where exposing the entire kit is less desirable. There are times, however,when opening the bag completely is helpful, like loading and unloading or in studio environments. With the quick pinch of a buckle, the butterfly flaps release to a full traditional opening.
Available in black, grey, and tan, the Bataflae is PVC-free, features durable materials, flawless craftsmanship and the world’s best zippers, YKK RC Fuse with a weather resistant coating that repels dust and water while remaining flexible and easy to operate.
Additional innovative features of the Bataflae include a M.O.L.L.E. compatible side attachment system that allows for unique multi-point tripod/monopod configurations as well as the attachment of other accessories with the innovative quick-hookside straps. Each bag comes with a removable seam-sealed adjustable rain cover/ground cloth, fully riveted handles, and color-coded zipper pulls that can easily be operated with gloved hands. Two full-length external accessory compartments on the front allow for the storage of travel documents, light jacket and snacks, while the multiple internal mesh pockets and a fully adjustable divider system help keep gear organized.
DateTime: 9/17/2012 3:08:01 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Sigma Corporation Announces Reorganization of Lens Lineup, New Products and Quality Control Measures
COLOGNE, Germany, Sept. 17, 2012 – Sigma Corporation of America (www.sigmaphoto.com), a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider for some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today announced the family-owned and operated company’s Sigma Global Vision from an invite-only event at photokina 2012 in Cologne, Germany.
This announcement explains the restructuring of the Sigma lens lineup into three new categories, the launch of a new lens in each of those categories, the development of a new quality control inspection and measurement system for the lenses, and the design of new software and a USB docking station that will enable photographers to update and adjust their lenses to suit their personal preferences.
“We’re moving in a new direction that simplifies the lens selection process for photographers and helps them realize the full potential of the DSLR system,” said CEO Kazuto Yamaki. “In addition to making it easier for photographers to find the right lens, we’re empowering them with more control over their equipment, while furthering our commitment to them by establishing a higher expectation for the quality of the lenses we produce.”
New lens categories and new lenses
Starting immediately, all newly produced interchangeable lenses from Sigma will be designed for and organized into one of three product categories: Contemporary, Art and Sports. Each line has a clearly defined concept to guide shooters in the selection of the right lens for their photographic interests.
Contemporary – These lenses incorporate the very latest technology and keep size and weight to a minimum, without compromising their advanced optical performance or utility. High-performance, versatile, compact and superbly portable, these lenses will be largely comprised of standard zooms, telephoto zooms and high-magnification zooms for an array of photography, including landscape and travel photography, and casual portraiture.
Art – These lenses are developed with an emphasis on artistic touch and are designed to meet the expectations of users who value a creative, dramatic outcome. Along with landscapes, portraits, still-life, close-up and casual snaps, these lenses are perfect for the kind of photography that unleashes the inner artist. Ideal for studio photography, they offer just as much of an expressive scope when capturing architecture, starry skies, underwater shots and many other scenes. This category will be comprised of many focal lengths and designs, such as large-aperture prime lenses, wide-angle lenses, ultra wide-angle lenses, and macro and fisheye lenses.
Sports - With their high-level optical performance and expressive power, these lenses can capture fast-moving subjects, even at distance. This line also offers a variety of functions to aid the photographer in challenging conditions and scenarios. Besides sports photography, the lenses are also ideal for nature shots featuring birds, wild animals and other creatures, and for the capture of aircraft, trains, race cars and more. The Sports line is also unique in that users can adjust the lenses’ focus speeds and the focus limiters via a button on the lens. The Sports category will be comprised of telephoto lenses, telephoto zoom lenses, super telephoto lenses, super telephoto zoom lenses, and more.
The creation of these new categories comes with the introduction of three new lenses:
17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM – This new Contemporary lens is designed for cameras with an APS-c sensor and covers a range equivalent to 25.5 to 105mm on a 35mm camera. An upgrade to its predecessor, which was released in December 2009, this general purpose lens offers a new design and a more compact build.
35mm F1.4 DG HSM – This Art lens provides photographers with a state-of-the-art alternative to the more conventional 50mm. This lens’ axial chromatic aberration is minimized, which renders a cool and smooth out-of-focus image. At low apertures, it can perform like a wide-angle lens; when opened up to F1.4, it will provide background bokeh and make the subject pop like a mid-range telephoto lens.
120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM – With redesigned mechanics and performance, this Sports lens is an update from its predecessor released in February 2011. This high-performance lens eases difficult shooting conditions by offering a maximum focal length of 300mm and a wide-open aperture of F2.8. This lens, like the other Sports category lenses to come, is dust and moisture resistant, and allows users to adjust the focus speed and the focus limiter via a button on the lens.
New user-control tools and software, and new quality control measures
The new Sigma Optimization Pro software and USB Dock are designed exclusively for the new lenses within the new product lines. They will enable Sigma users to connect their lenses to their computers to update lens firmware and fine-tune focus parameters via easy-to-use, on-screen controls.
All of these new lenses will also be subject to Sigma’s new, proprietary modulation transfer function (MTF) measuring system called “A1.” Named in honor of the company’s sole production base, the Aizu factory in Aizu, Japan, the A1 system will allow inspectors to verify previously undetectable high-frequency details in each lens before it is shipped.
“We used to measure lens performance with a MTF measuring system using conventional sensors, but this new A1 system uses our own 46-megapixel Foveon direct imaging sensors,” said Yamaki. “We view this new method of performance evaluation as being incredibly important, not only because we owe it to our customers, but because we owe it to ourselves. We’ve spent more than 50 years perfecting our design and manufacturing processes, and now we deliver a complete package by closing the loop on that commitment to quality by adopting a more stringent verification process.”
Results from two copies of this lens are presented. Lens sample 1 is very impressively sharp/contrasty wide open from the center into the full frame corners save 70mm where it becomes that at f/4. Lens sample 2 is slightly softer in the corners than sample 1, but it is sharper in the center at 70mm f/2.8.
Note that results for the older 28-70 L will also be available soon.
DateTime: 9/16/2012 6:52:22 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Eye Candy
Many product images including the standard images (useful for comparison) have been added to the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Review page. Some direct comparisons are available on that page - including a comparison between the 28-70 L and the 24-70 L version 1.
DateTime: 9/16/2012 5:03:58 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Sekonic Announces First Color Touch-Screen Light Meters
From the Sekonic Blog:
Sekonic Announces LITEMASTER PRO L-478DR and L-478D. These meters are the world’s first and only dedicated color touchscreen light meters.
Ideal for all types of storytellers, the L-478 series offers light measurement and control for photographers and filmmakers alike, plus additional wireless flash triggering and power control in the L-478DR model.
Whether it’s filmmaking or photography, great storytellers use light as a main character and as a method to define the mood, focus and setting. Having a tool that allows you total control over dynamic range and multiple light sources make you confident about the craft while focusing on the art.
Just a few of the groundbreaking features of this new series include:
The world’s first touchscreen photo light meter
The world’s first touchscreen cine light meter
Wireless triggering (L-478DR only)Dynamic range calibration
The Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS UMC CS is an ultra wide-angle prime lens designed for use with cameras that have APS-C / DX sensors. Its extremely short focal length and rectilinear imaging system ensure a wide angle of view, amounting to 110 degrees (~107 degree for Canon version). As a result the lens is a comprehensive tool for architecture and landscape photography. The Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS UMC CS gives an equivalent focal length of 15mm (or 16mm in the case of Canon EOS) in 35mm terms.
All details concerning the optical construction and available mounts will be published at a later date. The lens will be available at the end of 2012.
Arca-Swiss Announces Redesigned Z1g+ and Z2+ Ballheads
For Photokina 2012, Arca-Swiss announces redesigned Z1g+ and Z2+ ballheads:
With the Monoball Zg1+ ARCA SWISS has improved the well known ballhead Z1g in all its aspects. The new head incorporates an additional panning top above the ball and its weight is reduced significantly. The Monoball Zg1+ guarantees a smooth, even movement and an accurate positioning of the camera. The MRGC (Motion Related Gravitiy Control), a variable and bi-directional drag is independently operative on both axis: with a horizontal movement the resulting friction remains constant, whereas with vertical movements the friction increases progressively. In all directions the movements are stabilized.
Improved as well, the bigger ballhead Monoball Z2+ is now equipped with a second panning top and additionally, its weight has been reduced considerably. The Z2+ combines the advantages of a ballhead with the features of a multiaxial tripod head. The secret hides in a newly designed ball unit which allows an individual and independent control of the x- and the y-axis, with gravity compensation and separate locks. The upper lever locks the smaller ball in the x-axis ( at 80°; 40°; -40°), whereas the lower lever is locking the bigger ball in the y-axis (at 140°; 90°; -50°).The Monoball Z2+ sports two panning mechanisms, one at the base of the head, the other, a proper panning top for panoramic photography, is located above the ball allowing perfect and leveled panorama stichings. Innovative and ready for all circumstances the ARCA SWISS monoball Z2+ is a clever synthesis of the advantageous ease of a ballhead and the exacting features of a three-way head.
Autofocusing at f/8 with Select Third-Party Extenders
Many people were unhappy that the Canon EOS 1D X could not auotofocus at maximum apertures of f/8 like previous 1-series bodies. We received a few reports that the Canon EOS 1D X can autofocus at f/8 using the Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter (Aurthur Morris posted on the subject recently) and we decided to run a few small tests to confirm.
We tested a "blue dot" (current) version of the 1.4x Kenko Extender with the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6 L USM Lens using center focus and various camera bodies focused on static subjects. Here are our subjective results:
Canon EOS 1D X: AF worked and was fast with almost no hunting. However, metering was consistently off by +1 stop.
Please note that we did not test with moving subjects and did not test image quality; results may vary depending on your situation. Other third-party extenders may work similarly.
Update: The EOS 1D X was originally tested with version 1.0.2 firmware. I updated the firmware version 1.0.6 and retested. Performance remains as reported above. Also interesting is that all 1D X focus points remain active (though periphery AF point use results in more hunting).
DateTime: 9/13/2012 7:20:03 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
B&H Will Be Closing in Observance of the Rosh Hashanah Holiday
The B&H SuperStore will close at 1:00PM EDT on Sunday, September 16, in observance of Rosh Hashanah and will reopen on Wednesday, September 19 at 9:00AM EDT.
All Regular Shipping orders placed before Sunday September 16, at 7:00AM EDT and Rush Shipping orders placed before 11:00AM EDT will be processed normally. Orders placed after the above times will be processed when we reopen.
Online ordering will be unavailable from Sunday, September 16, at 7:00PM EDT through Tuesday, September 18 at 8:15 PM EDT.
We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patronage.
Place your B&H order now to insure prompt delivery.
DateTime: 9/12/2012 10:07:20 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Canon EOS 7D Firmware Version 2.0.3 Released
Canon has made EOS 7D firmware version 2.0.3 available for download.
Firmware Version 2.0.3 incorporates the following fixes.
Fixes a phenomenon in which the camera stops working when the auto power off setting takes effect.
Fixes a phenomenon in which the maximum number of images that can be captured in a burst may be less than the actual number displayed in the viewfinder.
Corrects some errors in the message displayed on the LCD screen when saving RAW images developed in the camera (these errors do not appear in the Japanese and Korean language displays.)
The fixes listed above are corrections for the phenomena experienced with firmware version 2.0.0. These phenomena will not occur in firmware version 1.2.5 or before.
Updating the camera’s firmware to version 2.0.0 / 2.0.3 from version 1.2.5 or before, will incorporate many new functions into the camera. For the details of these new functions, please see the Version 2.0.0 improvements in the history of past firmware updates.
The new Firmware Version 2.0.3 can be downloaded by clicking here.
Upgrade to Adobe Creative Cloud - $29.99/mo (Save $20/mo)
Adobe is once again offering a full upgrade to Creative Cloud Membership for $29.99/month for 12 months (regularly $49.99/month) to registered users of individual products and suites of CS3 or later. Special pricing is not applicable for education or volume licensing customers.
Just a quick note to let you know (though you probably already noticed) that B&H is once again represented on the site (the DOR has established a workaround that allows specific forms of advertising - including a form that they were previously using on this site).
What many of you have learned in their absence is that Adorama is another first class retailer that will go the extra mile for their customers. Purchasing through them of course remains a great option.
Receive your choice of Urban Disguise® Attachment Straps or a Shoulder Harness V2.0 for free with the purchase of one or more of TTP's best-selling Urban Disguise shoulder bags.
These are great bags - I have an Urban Disguise 60 V2.0 with me as I post this deal. I use the 60 as my personal item when flying - it fits under the aircraft seats when stuffed (but with no camera bodies in the front pouches).
Zeiss Debuts High End 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T* Lens for Canon and Nikon
The Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Distagon T* Lens, to be available in both Canon and Nikon mounts, "is the first model of a new product family designed for demanding users."
photokina 2012: Preview
Carl Zeiss at photokina 2012
During photokina 2012 in Cologne (September 18-23), Carl Zeiss will present attractive new products as well as its well-known classics, all of the highest technical quality. Among them will be a new moderate telephoto lens for SLR cameras which will celebrate its world premiere at photokina and be available in stores from the end of 2012. Carl Zeiss will also unveil two new product families to the public. Carl Zeiss’s new stand concept integrates product presentations, possibilities to apply and test Carl Zeiss products, and the company’s global social media community with the hashtag #zeissphk12.
Carl Zeiss will present its entire range of camera and cine lenses, binoculars and spotting scopes during photokina. The latest Nokia smartphone models with built-in ZEISS optics will again be shown at Carl Zeiss’s stand. Visitors will be able to try out all the exhibits right on the spot, from high-quality SLR lenses, Sony cameras with ZEISS optics, ZEISS lenses for Sony system cameras to the new Nokia 808 PureView smartphone with 41-megapixel camera sensor. The VICTORY HT binoculars can also be tested. An innovative optics concept from Carl Zeiss in connection with HT glasses from SCHOTT makes VICTORY binoculars with transmission values of more than 95 percent very fast.
A must-see attraction is a high-performance, full-format SLR camera lens with manual focus. With a focal length of 55 mm and aperture of f/1.4, this lens is the first model of a new product family designed for demanding users. Thanks to a newly developed optical design, this lens is superior to conventional full-frame lenses, and it achieves with powerful full-frame, full-format cameras an image performance that until now has only been seen with medium-format systems. The first prototype of this new range will celebrate its world debut at photokina. The family of lenses is expected to be on the market in the second half of 2013 for EF bayonet (ZE) and F bayonet (ZF.2).
Another highlight will be the presentation of a design study, with which Carl Zeiss will offer a sneak preview of a new family of autofocus lenses for mirrorless system cameras (CSC) that will most likely be available in mid-2013. Due to their performance and high speed, these new lenses will be ideal for deliberate photo composition, making them perfect for more sophisticated photographers as well. Carl Zeiss plans to initially offer fixed focal lengths in the wide angle and standard range as well as a macro. „The trend toward mirrorless system cameras has accelerated since 2010 and we notice growing interest for them among ambitious photographers. We are convinced that as a result of the new and very high-quality cameras and lenses that are coming onto the scene, this market will become even more important. We see lots of potential, which is why we will offer more products for this target group in the future,” said Dr. Winfried Scherle, Vice President and General Manager of the Camera Lens Division of Carl Zeiss AG.
For fans of the Carl Zeiss family of ZM systems for rangefinder cameras, Carl Zeiss has a special surprise in store. In 2013, at least one fast lens with M bayonet will go on sale. Using lenses from the ZM series with adapters is also very popular on mirrorless system cameras.
“The market is extremely dynamic at the moment with numerous innovations across all areas. Our broad range of high-quality products and our successful partnerships with Sony, Nokia, Logitech and ARRI make us very well positioned in the market,” says Scherle. “As the world’s leading trade fair for photography approaches, we are full of optimism, especially considering the many new features and products we will present. We hope that both the public and visitors to our stand will be excited about them too.”
The “walk-in lens”, which first appeared at photokina in 2008, makes a comeback this year and promises to be the main optical eye-catcher at Carl Zeiss’s stand. Visitors are welcome to take a stroll through the oversized lens and experience the fascinating development of a ZEISS lens. Moreover, there will be an extensive applications ‘island’ at the Carl Zeiss stand where visitors can take as much time as they like to test and experiment with Carl Zeiss’s entire portfolio of lenses on different cameras and to talk to experts.
Carl Zeiss has created a special section on its website about photokina (www.zeiss.com/photo/phk12). Photography enthusiasts from around the world can use the site to get the latest news each day about the trade fair and to ask Carl Zeiss any question they want about all topics related to photokina. The website is available in various languages. Carl Zeiss will also report live from photokina on its social media channels and invites its social media community to likewise share their thoughts, ideas and suggestions about products from Carl Zeiss using the hashtag #zeissphk12.
New PaintShop Pro X5 Combines Photo Editing & Design Tools for a Powerful All-in-One Solution
Expertly organize, edit, and share artistic vision with ease
Ottawa, ON - Sept. 5, 2012
Today Corel announced the release of PaintShop® Pro X5, the most robust consumer photo editing and creative design solution on the market. PaintShop Pro X5 delivers all the powerful editing and digital design tools needed to produce stunning images and professional works of art. With easy-to-use, pro-quality tools and built-in learning resources, every level of user, from aspiring amateur to seasoned professional, will be able to expertly organize, edit, and share their photographic and artistic visions with ease.
The latest release includes updates and refinements to PaintShop's most popular features like layer styles, brushes and High Dynamic Range (HDR) tools. PaintShop Pro X5 also boasts new creative tools including Retro Lab, an Instant Effects palette and a Graduated Filter effect. Also new to X5 are the innovative social media integration and organizational tools like face recognition and Share My Trip which gives users the ability to share map based interactive slideshows.
"Consumer needs have always been the driving force behind enhancements included in new releases of PaintShop Pro and X5 is the perfect example," said Matt DiMaria, Executive Vice President and General Manager of Digital Media at Corel. "Our customers come from a wide variety of professions and creative backgrounds, so we've listened to their feedback and tailored and refined the new tools and updates in X5 to fit their specific needs. Thanks to the community's involvement and support, we are confident that this release delivers a depth and range of features that make PaintShop Pro X5 a valuable and beneficial upgrade."
Highlights of New and Enhanced Tools:
NEW! Instant Effects palette: Includes a variety of preset effects and styles such as Artistic, Film, Black & White, and Landscape, plus users can create their own!
NEW! Retro Lab: Create and apply old-school color and contrast effects to photos to achieve a distinctive look inspired by early or toy cameras
Enhanced! High Dynamic Range tools: Create intense B&W contrast, easier photo alignment, and the application of presets to HDR batch processing
NEW! Single RAW Photo: Allows users to create HDR results using a single RAW photo
NEW! Graduated Filter effect: Semi-transparent color gradients that simulate the effect of using different on camera filters
Enhanced! Layer Styles: Includes the ability to apply styles such as drop shadow, glow and reflections directly from the Layers palette
NEW & Enhanced! Paint Brush: New Watercolor brush plus enhanced ability to import Adobe Photoshop brushes
NEW & Enhanced! Corel Guide: Built-in instructional videos, easy-to-follow tutorials and free downloadable content such as PictureTubes™, picture frames, brushes, presets and more
NEW! Places: Maps photos to specific real-world locations that enable users to quickly view and search photos based on their geographical info
NEW! Share My Trip: Share your travel photos online with a slideshow that links photos directly to an interactive map
NEW! People: Face recognition technology that helps users identify and tag individuals for easier photo management and social sharing
Also introducing PaintShop Pro X5 Ultimate
Also available today is PaintShop Pro X5 Ultimate. This release combines all the powerful photo-editing and design tools of PaintShop Pro X5 with over $200 of creative extras. Users can explore their creativity with award-winning Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 photographic filters, and REALLUSION FaceFilter Studio 2.0 portrait-enhancement tools. Also included is a collection of over 100 unique brushes, textures and royalty-free backgrounds, making this product an exceptional value.
Also introducing Photo & Video Suite X5
Corel also announces the release of Photo & Video Suite X5, the economical, yet comprehensive software package for producing high quality multimedia projects for both business and pleasure. With the combined power and creativity of PaintShop Pro X5 and VideoStudio® Pro X5, this new editing suite is the supreme content creation engine for photography, design and video enthusiasts.
Pricing and Availability
PaintShop Pro X5 can be purchased immediately as an electronic download (ESD) from www.corel.com or from Corel's global resellers. North American suggested retail pricing (SRP) is $79.99 (US and CDN). Users of PaintShop Pro X3 or higher are eligible for upgrade pricing of $59.99. Commercial and education volume licenses are also available.
PaintShop Pro X5 Ultimate is also available at www.corel.com and at resellers for SRP $99.99 or $79.99 for an upgrade.
For more information about Paintshop Pro X5, or to download a free fully-functional trial version please visit www.corel.com/paintshoppro.
Photo & Video Suite X5 is available in English, German and Bilingual (English/French) for Canada. North American pricing is $129 (US and CDN) for the full version of the software. Please visit www.corel.com/photovideosuite.
DxO ViewPoint restores the natural proportions in your photos
DxO ViewPoint, DxO Labs’ new software solution for Mac and Windows entirely dedicated to correcting distorted elements on photo edges, and to redressing keystoning and other problems with perspective, will be available during the course of September 2012.
Based on DxO Labs’ exclusive geometric correction technology, DxO ViewPoint allows you to easily and efficiently restore the natural proportions of the subjects in your images as an integral part of your workflow.
CHANGING THE POINT OF VIEW
The deformation of subjects located on the edges of photos is due to the use of wide-angle lenses, and affects numerous situations, particularly social photography (e.g., events, marriages) and photo reportage. Thanks to its dedicated tool, DxO ViewPoint easily fixes this flaw, automatically restoring the natural proportions to distorted faces and bodies to make them look as normal as those in the center of the image.
Problems with perspective such as keystoning have a big impact on urban, interior, and architectural photography, and are most frequently tied to the photographer’s vantage point when shooting the scene. DxO ViewPoint eliminates unsightly vanishing points and convergent lines, and corrects the most complex perspective problems without having to resort to expensive shift lenses or to a view camera.
Each of these features comes with advanced controls for fine-tuning settings and for obtaining optimal precision when producing larger prints. For example, some tools offer the possibility of virtually changing the shooting position of the photographer so as to perfectly align the vertical lines along the edges of the image.
A CLEAR AND INTUITIVE INTERFACE
DxO ViewPoint has a workspace composed of a large viewing area along with simple and intuitive toolbars and control palettes. Thanks to the software’s explicit icons, photographers can readily identify the rights tools for applying their corrections in just a few clicks.
The corrections palettes are detachable so as to enable working in multi-screen mode and displaying the full image. A visualization palette and a composition grid allow for precise placement of anchor points for fine-tuning adjustments.
Two display modes are available: single image for making corrections with a maximum of accuracy, or side-by-side for manipulating the original image while viewing real-time corrections.
POWERFUL AND EFFECTIVE
Based on DxO Labs’ renowned expertise in geometric corrections, DxO ViewPoint automatically applies corrections while taking into account such shooting parameters as focal length and sensor size, and while respecting the image proportions, for a more natural rendering.
Thanks to its automatic cropping feature, DxO ViewPoint maximizes the field of view for optimal results.
ACCESSIBLE TO ALL
DxO ViewPoint is available as a standalone application for Mac and Windows, and also as a plugin for Adobe® Photoshop® CS3, CS4, CS5, CS6, and Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 3 and 4.
DxO ViewPoint will be available for Windows and Mac during the course of September 2012 in DxO Labs’ online store and at photo resellers at a price of 79 € (suggested retail price, tax included).
Redrock Micro ultraCage | blue for Canon EOS C100 Announced
From Redrock Micro:
Redrock Micro Delivers Another First: The New ultraCage | blue for Canon EOS C100
First Support Cage for C100 Builds on Canon/ Redrock EOS Cinema Heritage
Hollywood, CA and Dallas, TX - Redrock Micro, the recognized leader in affordable professional-level cinema accessories, announced today the new ultraCage | blue for the Canon EOS C100. Built in partnership with Canon for the premiere at IBC 2012, the ultraCage C100's form-fitting design matches the ergonomics and size of the C100, adds needed support and mounting features, and minimizes bulk and weight.
Canon and Redrock Do It Again
When the revolutionary EOS C300 was introduced in November 2011, Canon selected Redrock as the exclusive rig provider for the launch including featured films from Vincent Laforet DGA, Sam Nicholson ASC, Richard Crudo ASC and Felix Alcala/Larry Carroll.
Building on this success and Redrock's recognized heritage of innovation and design, Canon has again tapped Redrock to deliver a support cage uniquely created for the C100 for the camera's worldwide preview at IBC 2012.
"Recognizing the integral role of support equipment and Redrock for the C300 launch, Canon approached us to create a support system that would match the form, style and pricing level of the EOS C100," said James Hurd, Chief Revolutionary of Redrock Micro. "We felt it was important to mirror the C100's beautiful design without increasing the camera's footprint. The ultraCage C100 retains the camera's feel and ergonomics, and adds the support, stability and features customers want for this phenomenal camera. Redrock's revolutionary prices are also a great match to the C100's new entry level price for Canon EOS Cinema."
The Redrock ultraCage | blue: The Essential Accessory for the Canon EOS C100
The ultraCage C100 delivers the features you need and the options you want in a camera support and rig system.
Key features and benefits include:
360 degrees of protection and mounting points - The ultraCage C100 mirrors the sleek, compact design of the Canon C100 and closely wraps the camera to maintain its beautiful natural form factor while providing 360 degree camera casing for maximum security and support with minimal bulk and size.
Complete camera access - The ultraCage C100 is designed to ensure all buttons, functions and doors on the camera are completely accessible. The C100's removable hand grip can be attached and used or detached - all without removing the ultraCage.
Unparalleled flexibility - The ultraCage C100 delivers mounting points on all four sides as well as at top and bottom to place camera-top accessories wherever you choose. Top and bottom rails deliver flexibility for placing accessories such as a follow focus and matte box.
Powered Cage - The optional powerPack attaches to the cage and delivers centralized power for the C100 and all your camera-top accessories including monitors, external recorders and focus units.
Affordability - Redrock continues to offer professional-level cinema accessories at revolutionary prices so that anyone can afford to own great gear and get more value for their money.
The Right Rig For You
In addition to the standalone cage, the ultraCage C100 is offered as part of four ergonomic, complete rigs. You can jump right into production or use them as a starting point to create your own perfect rig:
ultraEvent - A balanced, compact handheld rig.
ultra Field Cinema Bundle - A comfortable shouldermount rig for all-day shooting.
ultraCage Studio Bundle - The ultimate rig for shooting on tripods, dollies, jibs and cranes.
Alternatively, pros and enthusiasts alike can build their dream rig from the ground up w/Redrock's huge arsenal of pro-level cinema accessories that solve common problems and speed production, including:
Rear chassis - Cage extension delivers more rail space and mounting points for all your camera-top accessories.
backPack - Rear mounting plate for attaching an external battery, recorder or other large accessories while keeping your rig balanced.
microFollowFocus - A brilliant performer for precise and repeatable focus control.
microRemote - Remote focus control with both wireless and fingerwheel operator controls. Fits all lenses and cameras.
Works With Existing Redrock Gear and New Redrock ultra Series™
With the new ultraCage, the C100 is compatible with the ultra Series—Redrock's professional-grade rig components and accessories - and can share accessories and parts with other cameras compatible w/the ultra Series, including the Canon C300 and DSLRs.
The ultra Series maintains industry standards for maximum compatibility with third-party accessories, allowing gear migration from one camera to another to completely maximize return on investment.
Pricing for the ultraCage | blue C100 starts at $550 and is available now for pre-order (shipping end of October 2012). As with all Redrock products, customers can purchase direct from Redrock Micro's website at store.redrockmicro.com, or from any of Redrock's worldwide authorized resellers.