Canon and Sony News for Jun 2011 (Page 2)

 Thursday, June 16, 2011

CPN (Canon Professional Network) has posted some information about Canon's latest technologies, including Hybrid IS, Fluorine lens element coating, Fisheye zoom lens, Power Focus (PF), IS Mode 3 and Mark III Extenders.

How the Royal Wedding was Shot is another recent CPN article you may find interesting.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon UK News
Post Date: 6/16/2011 1:10:46 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Tamron USA has announced a new mobile website (press release).

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tamron News
Post Date: 6/15/2011 10:55:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

DxO Labs has released DxO Optics Pro v6.6:

New DxO Optics Pro v6.6 provides additional noise reduction and color controls, supports five new cameras

New features also include compatibility with new DxO FilmPack 3, and more than 100 additional DxO Optics Modules. Exceptional 30 percent launch discount.

DxO Labs is pleased to announce the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v6.6 for Mac and Windows, which provides improved image correction, along with RAW support for the following digital cameras:

Nikon D5100 (Standard or Elite edition)
Olympus E-5 (Elite edition)
Panasonic DMC GF1 (Standard or Elite edition)
Panasonic DMC GF2 (Standard or Elite edition)
Pentax K-R (Standard or Elite edition)

Further, more than 100 new DxO Optics Modules are now available to DxO Optics Pro users, covering numerous Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Panasonic, Pentax, and Sony cameras.

With this version, users with cameras supported by DxO Optics Pro will be able to easily command more control over noise in their JPEG images thanks to a newly extended range of the chrominance noise slider. Additionally, noise can be manually reduced from JPEG images taken with any camera. With this new capability, all corrections available for supported equipment are now available in manual mode for any unsupported equipment.

Based on customer feedback, a new color control slider has also been added to preserve the depth and colors of objects with certain saturated colors.

DxO FilmPack 3 plug-in for DxO Optics Pro, made available today from DxO Labs’ e-store, extends the product’s scope by providing up to 60 color and B&W film renderings with unrivaled precision, and powerful B&W conversion controls.


You can download a fully-functional trial version for free.

If you are already a customer, click here to update via your customer account.

To learn more about this update:

Read the release note.

DxO Optics Pro is available at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: DxO News
Post Date: 6/15/2011 10:47:29 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

DxO Labs has today announced DxO FilmPack 3 for Mac and Windows:

New DxO FilmPack 3 Provides Unrivaled Film Fidelity and Opens Up Boundless Creativity Opportunities

New features include redesigned User Interface, and extended connectivity with Lightroom, Photoshop and Aperture.

DxO FilmPack 3 is available at launch with a special discount.

DxO Labs today announces DxO FilmPack 3 for Mac and Windows, the latest version of its reference software simulating silver halide film rendition based on DxO Labs’ unique 10 years of recognized expertise in calibration. DxO FilmPack 3 allows photographers, from experts to beginners, to recreate the magic of dozens of black & white or color film stocks in one click, offering limitless creative options for their digital images.

More about what’s new in DxO FilmPack 3

More about DxO FilmPack 3

Exceptional Introductory Discount, Availability and Editions

DxO FilmPack 3 is available in two editions, Essential and Expert (Mac or Windows), which differ in terms of available features.

Each DxO FilmPack 3 license includes

a standalone application
a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS4/CS5
a plug-in for Adobe Lightroom 3
a plug-in DxO Optics Pro v6.6 (and higher)
and for Mac, a plug-in for Apple Aperture 3

Each can all be simultaneously installed on two computers.

DxO FilmPack 3 standalone and DxO FilmPack 3 plug-in for Photoshop/Lightroom/Aperture will be available in the summer of 2011.

DxO FilmPack 3 plug-in for DxO Optics Pro and upgrades to DxO FilmPack 3 plug-in for DxO Optics Pro are available immediately from the DxO Labs e-store at a special introductory discount.

Customers purchasing this plug-in or its upgrade will have free access to DxO FilmPack 3 standalone or Photoshop/Lightroom/Aperture plug-ins when available.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: DxO News
Post Date: 6/15/2011 10:31:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Western Digital has today announced the Nomad Rugged Case for Passport Drives (press release).

I have over a dozen of these drives and use them constantly - the new case looks very useful.

Post Date: 6/14/2011 5:19:05 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Hauppauge, N.Y., June 7, 2011 – The Tiffen Company, a leading manufacturer of award winning photo accessories, added two new Domke bags to its Classic Line. The Domke Rolling Pro Pak Models 217 and 220 feature 6 spacious pockets and lots of storage space. Need more room - just open the zipper and the bag expands an extra 2.5”.

The Domke rolling ProPaks also feature removeable padding to protect gear, plus moveable dividers that allow you to build your bag around your equipment. Leather accents, YKK zippers and heavy duty metal hardware complement the black canvas bag. The larger Domke ProPak 220 includes a storage area for a laptop plus a tripod bag that attaches.

Durable in-line skate wheels make it great for travel. If you’re going away for a weekend, put your gear in and pack your clothing in the extra space. Going for a week or more? Pack your gear and fold your Domke F-2 or F-3X into the front space so you have your shoulder bag available when you arrive at your destination.

Small: External 14” W x 10” D x 17.5” H, Interior 12.5”W x 6”D x 16”H

Large: External 14” W x 11” D x 20” H, Interior 12.5”W x 6”D x 18.5”H

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tiffen News
Post Date: 6/14/2011 10:59:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Tiffen has introduced a Variable ND Filter (press release).

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tiffen News
Post Date: 6/14/2011 10:46:12 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, June 13, 2011

The Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens in Canon mount is scheduled to ship at the end of this month, according to Sigma.

Preorder the 150 OS at Adorama or

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 6/13/2011 10:07:56 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

In a press release issued today, Canon UK has announced the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Lens.

Europe-only? Canon USA has said nothing about this new lens - I'm inquiring.

Update: At this time, Canon USA has no information about the availability of this lens in the US.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 6/13/2011 9:40:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

I've said before that Sanyo's eneloops are my preferred battery, so I'm pleased to see Sanyo releasing updates to the already great product.

SANYO's eneloop Series Expands with New-Type Batteries

Featuring high capacity “eneloop pro” and safer “eneloop plus”!

Tokyo, June 9, 2011 – SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. (SANYO), a world leader in rechargeable battery technology, is pleased to announce the new additions to line-up of the eneloop rechargeable battery series, the “eneloop pro”, the “eneloop plus” and their charger sets to be released for the Japanese market.

The new “eneloop pro” battery has a 25% higher capacity than regular eneloop batteries, making it especially suitable for gadgets with high power consumption, such as digital cameras, strobe lights and flashlights etc. The new “eneloop plus” battery, with its overheat prevention function which suppresses overheating in case of improper use, is ideal for toys.

In addition, SANYO will also launch the “Wireless Charging Carrying Case” which can wirelessly recharge eneloop batteries. The carrying case is compliant with ‘Qi*1’, a standard of the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC) who are working towards the international standardization of wireless recharging technologies.

The “eneloop pro” will be available from July 21, 2011 and the “eneloop pro” charger set will go on sale from September 21 in Japan only *2. The “eneloop plus” and its charger set will be available from December 1, 2011, also in Japan only *2.

SANYO, as a member of the Panasonic Group, will continue to expand the “eneloop” series throughout the world so that people can comfortably adopt a new "lifestyle that values reusing and recycling".

*1 The “Qi” mark means that a product with the mark fulfills WPC’s standards for wireless recharging. The carrying case is useable with any charging pad with the Qi mark, regardless of the maker (Excluding certain models).

*2 The products will be available in Japan only (as of the release date).

*3 No manufacturer’s suggested retail price is set for a product with an open price.

Watch for the new eneloop batteries at B&H

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Sanyo News
Post Date: 6/13/2011 8:50:17 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Photo District News (PDN) proudly announces that registration is now open for the first annual Outdoor Photo Expo, a 2-day event dedicated to the outdoor photography market including adventure, landscape, nature, outdoor sports, travel and wildlife.

Join us in beautiful Salt Lake City, Aug. 4-5, 2011 at the Hilton Salt Lake City Center for an entertaining and informative experience including educational seminars taught by master photographers plus an Expo featuring some of the best brands and latest imaging technology and photo solutions. An Art Fair and networking events are also planned to maximize your experience, and the expo finale features a keynote presentation “Photo Power for Planet Earth” by internationally acclaimed outdoor and nature photographers Frans Lanting and Art Wolfe on Friday, Aug. 5, 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

Whether you’re a photographer looking to sharpen your professional skills or a photo enthusiast who wants to take better photos on your next outdoor adventure, the Outdoor Photo Expo is the place to be. For additional information about the expo and educational seminar schedule click here. To register to attend the Outdoor Photo Expo click here.

The Outdoor Photo Expo will be held in conjunction with the Outdoor Retailer Expo, the world’s largest outdoor recreation expo featuring over 1000 brands supporting the active outdoor lifestyle. Outdoor Photo Expo attendees can visit the Outdoor Retailer Expo on Saturday, Aug. 6, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

To complement the Outdoor Photo Expo, PDN is proudly hosting a 2-day HDSLR Video Workshop, sponsored by Sony, where photographers will learn to how get the most from their camera’s HD video capabilities and expand their skills. For more information on attending the HDSLR Video Workshop in Salt Lake City on Aug. 3-4, 2011, click here.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Photography Shows
Post Date: 6/13/2011 8:40:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 10, 2011

In a press release issued today:

Wireless flash function via software update

Servo mode software update for mecablitz 58 AF-1 and 48 AF-1

Metz is providing an exceptional software update for both predecessors of the current top-of-the-range system flash devices. For the first time, functionality of the mecablitz 58 AF-1 digital and 48 AF-1 digital models can be enhanced retrospectively. The servo function for wireless flash without a mastering camera flash, launched in 2010, can now be downloaded from and imported to the 58 AF-1 digital and 48 AF-1 digital quick as a flash via the integrated USB interface.

Creative lighting with wireless flash

Wireless flash is becoming increasingly popular amongst photographers. To this end, Metz's top-of-the-range system flash devices provide two different functions. The camera-specific wireless TTL remote mode comes into play with the slave function. Because not all SLR cameras with built-in camera flash devices are equipped with a master function, Metz has also developed the servo flash release which enables the flash to be used as an additional creative light source in a room, with a camera without master function. This function was previously only available for the 58 AF-2 digital and 50 AF-1 digital and can now also be retrofitted for previous models.

Canon 600 D compatibility update

In addition to the increased functionality for the 58 AF-1 digital and 48 AF-1 digital flash devices, a further software update has been made available for all Metz system flash devices equipped with a USB interface. With the help of an update, they are now compatible with the Canon EOS 600 D.

Service and tradition – Made in Germany

Metz has been consistently engineering and manufacturing flash devices at its location in Germany for almost 60 years. The Metz range of flash devices extends from the high-performance mecablitz 58 AF-2 digital system flash to professional handheld flash guns and slave flash devices such as the mecablitz 15 MS-1 digital. The company, with its long-standing tradition, provides high quality products, Made in Germany, and is the only full range supplier of flash devices worldwide.

PDF Download

Wireless flash function via software update

Metz Flashes are available at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Metz News
Post Date: 6/10/2011 10:51:57 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

B&H has just announced a new 30-day return policy.

"At B&H, our goal is to ensure your complete satisfaction with your purchase. If, for whatever reason, you are dissatisfied with your purchase, you can return it to B&H within 30 days of purchase date."

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: B&H News
Post Date: 6/10/2011 10:02:06 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Nikon has a new round of DSLR plus lens instant rebates in place. B&H has a Nikon rebates page that concisely shows the rebate-available combinations. Rebates are available from now until June 25th.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Camera and Lens Rebates
Post Date: 6/10/2011 9:58:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, June 9, 2011

Adobe has posted a page outlining Adobe Photoshop Lightroom performance optimization.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 6/9/2011 4:23:01 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Need to completely remove Nikon software from a Windows-based computer? Use Nikon Regsweeper.

"After uninstalling a Nikon software application from Microsoft Windows some associated files remain on the operating system. Running Regsweeper will completely uninstall all files installed by the Nikon software including the registry keys."

"Why use Regsweeper? In some rare cases when trying to re-install Nikon software some problems may occur. Running Regsweeper to ensure the system is completely clean of all previously installed files for that application will ensure there are no issues. User deletion of the registry files is not recommended as it may cause further problems, Regsweeper automatically removes these files cleanly."

Learn more.

Posted to: Nikon News   
Post Date: 6/9/2011 1:13:55 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

To celebrate Father's Day, Tamron has announced a $50 rebate (PDF rebate form) on the 18-270mm Di II VC PZD 15X Zoom Lens. The rebate is valid for purchase of model "B008" from an authorized Tamron USA dealer between 6/9/11 - 6/20/11.

Get your 18-270 PZD from: B&H (re-opens Friday), Adorama or

Post Date: 6/9/2011 11:55:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan


“Project Imagin8ion” is the First Hollywood Film in History Based on Eight Independently Contributed Photographs, Produced by Freestyle in Collaboration with Canon U.S.A.

NEW YORK, N.Y., June 9, 2011 – Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging, announced today that Bryce Dallas Howard, one of Hollywood’s most versatile and dynamic young talents both on screen and behind the camera, has been invited by Canon and her father Ron Howard to direct his latest film endeavor, “Project Imagin8ion.” The initiative is the first user-generated photo contest to serve as the foundation for a Hollywood short film, which now boasts the A-list team of Bryce Dallas Howard directing and Ron Howard executive producing, in partnership with Francesca Silvestri and Kevin Chinoy of Freestyle, a full-service development and production company.

Launched on May 22nd, “Project Imagin8ion” encourages photographers of all levels to submit photos based on a series of movie themes: Setting, Time, Character, Mood, Relationship, Goal, Obstacle and the Unknown. The contest pulled in over 8,500 photo submissions on the first day alone and aims to foster dialogue between Canon and a community of photography enthusiasts, inspiring everyone to achieve new levels of creativity. Consumers can visit to submit photos through June 14th and to vote on the semi-finalists through June 23rd. Throughout the promotion, Ron Howard, Bryce Dallas Howard and Freestyle, with the help of Canon experts and the Project Imagin8ion community, will narrow down the submissions and ultimately select eight winning photos – one from each movie theme category – to become the basis and inspiration for a short film shot with Canon EOS DSLR cameras and lenses.

“It is an honor for me to take part in Canon’s ‘Project Imagin8ion,’ partnering with a brand that is empowering young filmmakers and is at the forefront of technology,” said Bryce Dallas Howard. “It’s an absolutely inspired concept and I’m over the moon to not only direct this film but to work with my father, a true mentor and my personal hero. My hope is that this film will honor the creativity, passion, and artistic integrity that so many people have put into their photographs.”

“I think Bryce is a great choice to helm this film,” said Ron Howard. “She is artistic, compassionate, curious, and loves to think outside the box. There is nothing formulaic about her approach to filmmaking and I believe that she is the perfect director for Canon's creative experiment, given how original it is and how she is part of this digital generation. Bryce has the experience and wherewithal to create a memorable film.”

Script development will not begin until all eight photos are chosen, fostering a new approach to storytelling and filmmaking for the team. Production will take place during the summer and fall, a busy time for the actress/producer who will star on screen this August as “Hilly” in Tate Taylor’s film adaptation of Kathryn Stockett’s “The Help” and as “Rachael” opposite Seth Rogen and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in the September release of “50/50.” Also in September of this year, Howard’s producerial debut “Restless,” a film directed by Gus Van Sant will be released. The “Project Imagin8tion” short film will premiere later this year in New York City, with the contest winners in town for a red carpet event where they will have the opportunity to meet the famous father-daughter pair. “Project Imagin8ion” will mark the second time Bryce Dallas Howard has worked with Freestyle, the first being the Reel Moments short film program with Glamour magazine.

Grey New York and Alliance, the entertainment and lifestyle marketing division of Grey, are responsible for the campaign and talent negotiations.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 6/9/2011 11:43:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, June 3, 2011

I'm traveling right now - and my email backlog is growing rapidly. If your email is sitting in my inbox, please be patient - I'll reply as soon as I'm able to. Thanks!

Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 6/3/2011 11:02:02 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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