Many new flare test results have been added to the site's Lens Flare Comparison Tool. Nearly all Nikon lenses are now represented and a handful of Sigma and Tamron lenses were also added. The Canon EF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 IS II Lens represents the lone Canon addition with the balance of the current Canon lenses being already included.
128GB and 64GB SDXC Cards Enable Capture of High-Resolution Images and HD Video on Compatible Devices
Fremont, CA, March 15, 2011 – Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, today announced it is now shipping the Lexar® Professional Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC) 133x memory card in capacities of 128GB, an industry first, and 64GB. The Lexar Professional SDXC cards are available in B&H Photo and Video [coming soon], and Adorama Camera [preorders taken] stores across the U.S, as well as on www.lexar.com.
These large capacities make Lexar Professional 133x SDXC cards an excellent choice for shooting continuous, rapid-fire images and extended lengths of 1080p high-definition (HD) video on a single, high-performance solution. Also, the Professional SDXC cards offer a Class 10 speed rating with a minimum guaranteed speed of 133x, or 20MB per second, and accelerate professional workflow by quickly transferring high-resolution images and HD video from the memory card to the computer when paired with an SDXC-enabled card reader, such as the Lexar Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB Reader.
“We saw a demand for a professional card that would allow photographers to not only capture more high-resolution images and HD video, but to also take advantage of the full capabilities of their high-performance digital SLRs and camcorders,” said Pachi Chen-Wong, senior product marketing manager, Lexar Media. “With the new Lexar Professional SDXC cards, we developed a product that will enhance the professional photography workflow. With capacities of 64GB and 128GB, photographers can capture, store and transfer more images and HD video in one place than ever before.”
The Lexar Professional 133x SDXC memory cards include the latest version of award-winning Image Rescue® software to help recover lost or deleted photo and video files. All Lexar product designs are tested in the Lexar Quality Labs, a group of facilities where all Lexar product designs undergo extensive testing to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability with more than 800 intended digital devices.
The Lexar Professional SDXC cards include a limited lifetime warranty and free, dedicated professional technical support. The 64GB and 128GB Lexar Professional SDXC memory cards are available now at B&H Photo and Video [coming soon], Adorama Camera [preorders taken] and on Lexar.com, with MSRPs of $199.99 and $329.99 respectively.
Canon U.S.A. is proud to announce the continuation of its exclusive on-site educational experience, Canon Live Learning, which has been designed to help advanced amateur imaging enthusiasts and budding professionals improve their skills with the support of professional photographers and industry experts. Back this year by popular demand are the EOS Immersion Seminars and Workshops and the EOS Destination Workshops, each with updated and improved content. Appearing for the first time will be a new workshop series called “Deconstructing the Story: Light, Sound, Motion & EOS HD,” aimed at professional videographers and transitioning still photographers, and led by instructors from the industry-leading stillmotion™ team.
EOS Immersion Seminars and Workshops
Canon EOS Immersion Saturday Seminars are full-day events consisting of individual presentations on Creative Essentials, Speedlite Creativity & Techniques, HD Video Basics, andTravel & Landscape Photography. Canon Live Learning instructors Jeff Greene and Sharon Levy Freed deliver inspiring multimedia presentations and perform live demos on stage for up to 200 attendees.
Offered separately, EOS Immersion Sunday Workshops provide a full-day hands-on educational experience for up to 16 attendees. From the top-of-the-line EOS-1D Mark IV to the advanced EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D, students can use and learn with the camera body that best fits their needs while also experiencing Canon’s award-winning EF and EF-S lens lineup and other EOS System accessories. This year, students can choose workshops on EOS HD Video Techniques or Creative Lighting with Canon Speedlites. Ten EOS Immersion weekends are scheduled to date in 2011.Tickets for the Saturday seminar and each Sunday workshop are sold separately.
The next set of EOS Immersion Seminars and Workshops is scheduled on March 26-27, 2011 in Dallas. It will be followed by stops in other major cities such as Columbus, St. Louis, Nashville, Los Angeles, Denver, San Francisco, New York City and Washington, DC.
EOS Destination Workshops
Building off the success of last year’s programs, the EOS Destination Workshops are back helping photographers not only to develop their portfolios but also to enhance their photographic skill sets through hands-on shooting sessions with a wide range of Canon photo equipment. These two-day workshops will take place in scenic locations such as Death Valley National Park, Acadia National Park, and the New Jersey Festival of Ballooning, among others. EOS Destination Workshops allow participants the chance of a lifetime to receive personal instruction from Canon Explorers of Light photographers including Jennifer Wu, Tyler Stableford and Ken Sklute, as well as other industry leading professionals, while enjoying scenic views and capturing outstanding images. Reservations for EOS Destination Workshops can be booked in advance on Canon’s web site: www.usa.canon.com/canonlivelearning.
The next EOS Destination Workshop is scheduled for April 9-10, 2011 in Utah’s Arches National Park with Canon Explorer of Light Tyler Stableford as the instructor, followed by workshops in Nevada, Arizona, New Jersey, Maine, and Colorado.
Deconstructing the Story: Light, Sound, Motion & EOS HD
The introduction of Full HD video into Canon EOS DSLR cameras has completely changed the art of videography. Working with stillmotion, a team of leading innovators in the use of EOS HD video products, this three day workshop series is designed to help educate aspiring videographers on the creative and technical essentials of storytelling with a focus on camera handling, audio, lighting, movement, composition, storyboarding and editing.
The first session of ‘Deconstructing the Story’ is slated for May 24-26, 2011 in Orlando, Florida followed by workshops in Cincinnati, New York City, Austin, and Seattle.
For more information and a complete listing of the 2011 Canon Live Learning workshops and seminars, please visit www.usa.canon.com/canonlivelearning.
Apple has released Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.6.
About Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.6
This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:
Canon EOS Rebel T3 / 1100D / Kiss X50
Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D / Kiss X5
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ100
It also addresses processing issues for the following cameras:
Nikon COOLPIX P7000
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GF1
Panasonic Lumix DMC-GH2
For more information on supported RAW formats, see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3825.
Canon launches recovery measures following major earthquake in Japan
TOKYO, March 14, 2011—In response to the damage sustained by the Canon Group due to the major earthquake that struck Japan on March 11, Canon Inc. has established an Earthquake Disaster Recovery Task Force (Task Force Chief: Chairman & CEO Fujio Mitarai; Task Force Assistant Chief: President & COO Tsuneji Uchida; Executive Director: Executive Vice President and CFO Toshizo Tanaka) and begun taking related measures.
The Task Force today issued the following instructions toward the promotion of swift response measures.
1. The prompt review and drafting of comprehensive recovery plans, spanning development, production and sales operations, for relevant operating sites, primarily by persons in charge of each business (chief executives/group executives). The Company’s headquarter divisions will provide full support for this effort.
2. With regard to Canon Inc. operation sites and Canon Group companies for which production operations may be suspended for one month or more, the Company will also consider making use of alternate sites that were not damaged by the earthquake as a means of continuing production.
Below is an overview of the latest impact of the earthquake on Canon operations in Japan as of 15:00 JST on Monday, March 14, 2011.
While the level of damage differs at each Canon Inc. operation site and Canon Group company located in northern Honshu (the area hardest hit by the earthquake), beginning today, the Company is earnestly taking action to realize the earliest possible start of operations. At this time, however, concrete schedules for when production may resume have yet to be determined.
As for Canon plants and Group companies in the western half of Honshu, while operations resumed as usual today (Monday, March 14), the Company is now working to ascertain whether or not there will be any impact on production at each location.
With regard to the Japanese government’s requests for cooperation in conserving electricity, in addition to the energy-saving measures Canon promotes as a matter of course, the Company has also called on its employees to make every effort to conserve electricity in their homes.
March 14, 2011
Notice of temporal office close for two consecutive days: March 14 & 15
Dear Customers & Partners,
Please be advised that our offices will be temporarily closed for two days, including today (14th ) and tomorrow (15th) due to the situation caused by the earthquake and the tsunami last week, and will let you know by the close of business day tomorrow regarding the operations on the following days.
As you are well aware, Japan was hit by a major earthquake and a subsequent tsunami last Friday. Although a scope of destruction was relatively mild in Tokyo metroplex area (albeit some losses in life and casualties), that is not the case in northern territories alongside the Pacific coastal line as has been televised and webcasted over the past weekend. The whole magnitude of the devastation is still yet to be revealed indeed.
Unfortunately, significant damage has been done to the infrastructure, including electric power, transportation, communications and fuel services. Some airports were dysfunctional and road network are destructed here and there. In addition, a scheduled black-out has been officially implemented to secure continued supply of electricity in the entire regions from Tokyo metroplex (where our headquarters are located) to entire northern areas of mainland Japan. As you can imagine, this will inevitably disrupt our entire computer system network ranging from BOM management to transfer of goods as well as mail servers. Railways are only partially operated by the shortage of electricity, which inhibits many of our employees coming to the offices.
We would very much appreciate your understanding of the situation we are up against, and will definitely keep you abreast regarding the operations for rest of the week.
Last but not least, we sincerely appreciate your kind support and encouragement received right after the news hit the world. We will overcome this difficult time working together.
President & CEO
March 14, 2011
Notice - Anticipated Effects of Tokyo Electric Power Rolling Blackout Plan to Tamron Corporate Website
The Tokyo Electric Power Company has announced the implementation of a rolling blackout power rationing plan in response to the aftereffects of the Tohoku Pacific Earthquake. As a result, disruption of general Internet connectivity is anticipated. Difficulty in connecting to the Tamron corporate website is thus also anticipated.
Tamron will, to the best extent possible, maintain the provision of information and services on its website; however, conditions may cause impaired connectivity or a delay in responses. Tamron is grateful for your understanding and patience in light of these extraordinary circumstances.
Notice on the damage hit by Major Earthquake in Northern Japan (Japan's Tohoku region)
March 14, 2011
The Nikon Group would like to express its profound sympathy and condolences to the victims of earthquake in Major Earthquake in Northern Japan (Japan's Tohoku region) on March 11. The effects to our group companies are as follows.
1. Measures to cope with the situations
We have set up the Emergency Headquarters for Disaster Control headed by the President on March 11 immediately after the earthquake, and are taking the necessary steps. We are currently endeavoring to normalize our business as early as possible through our BCM (Business Continuity Management) teams established in each in-house company.
2. Damage to our group companies
2-1. Damage to equipment and buildings
Our group companies, including Sendai Nikon Corporation, Natori, Miyagi Pref., Miyagi Nikon Precision Co., Ltd., Zao-machi, Katta-gun, Miyagi Pref., Tochigi Nikon Corporation, Otawara, Tochigi Pref., Tochigi Nikon Precision Co., Ltd., Otawara, Tochigi Pref., and other subsidiaries as well as our Plants suffered damage to some part of the equipment and buildings. We are suspending operations there and continuing to evaluate further details of the damage. We are unable to announce how soon the operation will resume due to the regional interruption of life-lines although endeavor for restoration are under the way by some of our maintenance personnel.
2-2. Damage to personnel
Injury is reported to some of our group employees. We are currently continuing to gather safety information of our personnel and its family members.
3. Forecast of effect by the damage to our business performances
We are concentrated in evaluating how the immediate damage by the disaster and controlled interruption of electricity started from March 14 will result in our group companies and business performances. We will advise our findings immediately when it is revealed that the damage would further expand.
March 13, 2011
Damage Report for Canon Inc. Operations and Canon Companies following Major Earthquake in Japan
The following is a summary overview of damage reported at Canon Inc. operating sites and Canon Group companies in Japan as of 15:00 JST on Sunday, March 13, 2011.
The Company continues working to ascertain damages and determine when operations can resume.
With regard to Canon offices, plants and Canon Group companies in Japan, there have been reports from several sites of power outages, damage to buildings and stoppages in production equipment.
Below is an overview highlighting damage, production outlooks, etc., for sites in northern Honshu (the area hardest hit by the earthquake).
The earthquake had the greatest impact on the following three Canon Inc. operation sites and five Canon Group companies
Damage was significant at Canon Inc.’s Utsunomiya Office and Fukushima Canon Inc.
|Location||Injuries, etc.||Operations on|
March 15 onward
· Utsunomiya Plant
· Utsunomiya Optical Products Plant
· Optics R&D Center
|Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture||Injuries: 15||Suspended||TBD|
However, time will likely be needed before operations resume
|Toride Plant||Toride, Ibaraki Prefecture||None||Suspended||TBD|
|Ami Plant||Inashiki-gun, Ibaraki Prefecture||None||Suspended||TBD|
|Location||Injuries, etc.||Operations on|
March 15 onward
|Canon Precision Inc.||Hirosaki, Aomori Prefecture||None||Suspended||TBD|
|Canon Optron, Inc.||Yuki, Ibaraki Prefecture||None||Suspended||TBD|
|Canon Chemicals Inc.|
· Iwama Plant
|Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture|
Iwama Plant: Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture
Tsukuba HQ will operate as usual
|Fukushima Canon Inc.||Fukushima, Fukushima Prefecture||None||Suspended||However, time will likely be needed before operations resume|
|Canon Mold Co., Ltd.||Kasama, Ibaraki Prefecture||None||Suspended||TBD|
In the event that production operations may be suspended for one month or more, the Company will consider making use of alternate sites that were not damaged by the earthquake as a means of continuing production.
(Thanks Mike, Martin and David)
Canon Japan has issued a press release regarding earthquake damage. Unfortunately, I do not read Japanese and am at this point relying on Google's very rough translation of this page (as shared below). If you understand Japanese, I welcome you to email me a better translation for sharing here.
March 13, 2011
About us and our group's damage by large earthquakes East
Our Group's major damage due to our massive earthquake and the East, March 13, 2011 (Sun) 3:00 pm today is as follows.
We conducted a survey of verification and restoration potential for damage to continually.
Canon Group companies establishments are offices in several power outages, damaged buildings, and we have reported stopping the production facilities.
Kantou north ¦ (damaged areas) in major damage / production plans, etc.
that is greatly affected by the earthquake, three sites in northern Kantou / 5 group
- Utsunomiya Plant for Fukushima Canon has a large degree of damage
|Office||Location||Human suffering||Operations on March 14||After the scheduled March 15|
|Institute of Optics optical instruments business establishments Utsunomiya Utsunomiya Plant||Utsunomiya, Tochigi Prefecture||No||Holiday||But yet, expected to take days to recover|
|Toride Plant||Toride, Ibaraki||No||Holiday||Undecided|
|Ami Plant||Inashiki District, Ibaraki||No||Holiday||Undecided|
|Group||Location||Human suffering||Operations on March 14||After the scheduled March 15|
|Canon Precision||Hirosaki City, Aomori Prefecture||No||Holiday||Undecided|
|Canon Optron||Yuki City, Ibaraki Prefecture||No||Holiday||Undecided|
|Iwama Canon Chemicals Plant||Iwama, Ibaraki Prefecture Tsukuba Plant Kasama||No||Holiday||Undecided|
|Fukushima Canon||Fukushima City, Fukushima Prefecture||No||Holiday||But yet, expected to take days to recover|
|Kiyanonmorudo||Kasama City, Ibaraki Prefecture||No||Holiday||Undecided|
Group companies in the west office Kantou ¦ The impact of the earthquake, but some are in human suffering, but major damage to buildings and equipment, March 14 (Monday) will operate as usual from It is. The effect that will occur at the moment is under investigation.
If the shutdown continues as one ¦ or more months, as the alternative site locations are not affected, we are also planning to continue production.
Sample pictures have been added to the Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM Lens Review.
AmateurPhotography.co.uk is reporting that Nikon's Sendai staff are safe and that the manufacturing infrastructure has not be significantly impacted. Good news from an otherwise tragic event.
Hit your favorite world news site for more information on this tragic event. Of photography-specific importance is that Nikon has an SLR plant in Sendai.
Rob Galbraith has a Nikon Sendai tour page on his site.
From Think Tank Photo:
We just released solutions for carrying those smaller items that tend to rattle around and get lost in your bags and pockets. These include Credential Holder, an AA Battery Holder, a Passport Holder, and Large and Small Travel Pouches.
Our new Credential Holder features a clear window that always keeps credentials of various sizes in view, an adjustable neck strap, a zippered business card pocket on the front flap, a roomy interior pocket that fits a smart phone, and a back side that has two pen pockets and a pocket that fits a reporter's pad or small note pad. Exterior dimensions: 5.7" W x 7" H x 0.3" D (14.5 x 17.8 x 0.8cm). Weight: 0.1lbs (0.05kg).
AA Battery Holder
Small AA batteries are one of those accessories that tend to fall to the bottom of whatever bag you're using. With the new AA Battery Holder, you can store eight AA batteries in a soft, compact case that folds in half and is easy to find. Exterior Dimensions: 3" W x 3" H x 0.5" D (7.6 x 7.6 x 1.3cm). Weight: 0.05lbs (0.02kg).
If you travel a lot, especially in humid or inclement weather, you know how beaten up your passport gets. With our new Passport Holder you can carry one passport, airline ticket, credit cards and other identification in a sleek leather case. It features a front pocket for airline ticket stubs and three small pockets for additional identification, coffee gift cards, frequent flyer membership cards, and the like. External dimensions: 3.8" W x 5.5" H x 0.5" D (9.7 x 14 x 1.3cm). Weight: 0.1lbs (0.05kg).
When forced to mix photo gear and clothing in a roller or backpack, your clothing often gets wedged into a corner. The new Travel Pouch-Large is designed to hold your clothing and other items you want to protect in a lightweight and soft pouch. It folds easily when empty and the mesh front keeps the enclosed items visible. It features a webbing carrying handle. External dimensions: 11.5" W x 15.5" H x 3" D (29.2 x 39.4 x 7.6cm). Weight: 0.3lbs (0.1kg).
Here's a smaller pouch for organizing your non-photo gear, such as toiletries and socks. The Travel Pouch-Small is lightweight and soft, and folds easily when empty. The mesh front keeps enclosed items visible. It features a webbing carrying handle. External dimensions: 6.7" W x 10" H x 2.5" D (17 x 25.4 x 6.4cm). Weight: 0.2lbs (0.1kg).
For more details, visit Lightroom Journal.
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Lenses used include:
Canon EF 70-200mm L IS II USM Lens (version not specified)
Canon EF 135mm f/2L USM Lens
Canon EF 85mm f/1.2L II USM Lens (version not specified)
Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L USM Lens (version not specified)
Canon EF 14mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
Vitec, the international provider of products and services for the broadcast, photographic, and MAG (military, aerospace and government) markets, announces that it has acquired the entire share capital of Henry Holdings Limited ("HHL"), for a cash consideration of up to £9.75 million (the "Acquisition"). HHL is the owner of Lastolite Limited in the UK ("Lastolite").
Based in Coalville, Leicestershire, Lastolite employs approximately 80 people and is a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of lighting control accessories and backgrounds for the photo, video and cinema industry. Established in 1986, Lastolite produces highly innovative products for the keen amateur and professional photographer. It is also the owner of the Colorama brand of paper backgrounds.
The Acquisition will complement Vitec's existing range of Manfrotto lighting supports and LED lights with lighting control accessories, thereby strengthening the Company's position in this part of the accessories market.
Lastolite will operate as a standalone business within Vitec's Imaging and Staging Division. Lastolite's existing senior management, including the Managing Director, Sean Henry, will be retained by the business reporting to the Divisional Chief Executive, Francesco Bernardi.
For the financial year ended 31 December 2010, Lastolite generated audited sales of £8.0 million (of which £1.5 million were to Vitec Group entities) and adjusted profit before tax of £1.4 million. As at 31 December 2010, Lastolite had gross assets of £3.5 million.
Under the terms of the Acquisition, an initial consideration of £8.75 million was paid on completion and is subject to post-completion adjustments for changes in net assets. Up to a further £1.0 million is payable in 2012 based on operating profit for the year ending 31 December 2011. At completion, Lastolite had net cash balances (net of liabilities assumed by Vitec) of £0.3m. Consideration has been paid in cash, financed out of Vitec's existing revolving credit facilities. The Board expects the Acquisition to be earnings enhancing (on an adjusted basis) in the year ending 31 December 2011 (see note 1).
Stephen Bird, Vitec's Group Chief Executive, commented on the acquisition:
"We are delighted to announce the acquisition of Lastolite, which is in line with our strategy of broadening our lighting offering within the photographic market. The Lastolite business and its management are well known to us and we look forward to the Lastolite and Manfrotto teams working together, sharing distribution and sales opportunities."
An image quality comparison with many other Canon EOS DSLRs has been added to the Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D Digital SLR Camera Review page.
This is the standard color block and fabric examples I've been using in the Canon EOS DSLR camera reviews. I don't see any surprises though my T3i is delivering slightly brighter images than my T2i.
Focus and zoom ring rotation values have been added to the Lens Specifications and Measurements Tool. Videographers especially have been asking for the focus ring rotation values. Many of the lenses included in this tool have these specs now and the rest of the current lenses will get them in the future.
The Canon ZoomBrowser EX v6.7.2 Updater is now available for download. Select your OS from the EOS 60D Drivers and Software page. The option to download Canon ZoomBrowser EX v6.7.2 Updater will then appear.
In a press release issued today, the final version of the Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC Lens has been announced.
The Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens remains listed as "New item - No arrival date known".
Manfrotto has announced the Lino Apparel and Bag Collection. After shooting in 18° temperatures this morning, those gloves look especially nice.
The Manfrotto Stile Bag Collection has also been formally announced.
Sample pictures have been added to the Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM Lens review.