Canon, Nikon, and Sony News for Oct 2012 (Page 2)

 Friday, October 19, 2012
From Nikon:
Winning photos from one of the world's most prestigious international photo contests, Nikon Photo Contest International 2010–2011, to be exhibited in Brazil and India
October 17, 2012
TOKYO - Nikon Corporation will be exhibiting winning photos from one of the world's most prestigious international photo contests, Nikon Photo Contest International 2010–2011, in Brazil and India.
The winners, which were exhibited in Tokyo, Osaka, and London last year, will be exhibited this year in São Paulo, Brazil, and Mumbai, India, at the photography event, International Photographic Passport, supported by the global creative event, Tokyo Graphic Passport. In addition to exhibition of the 53 photos selected as winners in Nikon Photo Contest International 2010–2011 by an elite panel of judges, Tokyo Graphic Passport's full support has enabled a number of special events, including workshops, to be hosted by those working on the front lines of Japan's creative industries.
Overview of the exhibition of winning photos from Nikon Photo Contest International 2010–2011
-São Paulo, Brazil

  • Thursday, October 25, 2012 through Wednesday, November 14, 2012 at SENAC Santo Amaro
  • Thursday, November 22 2012 through Friday, November 30 2012 at SENAC Santo Amaro
    *Closed Period: from November 15 , 2012 through November 21, 2012


  1. Opening ceremony
  2. Exhibition of winning photos from Nikon Photo Contest International 2010–2011
  3. Portfolio viewing
    Students and those new to creative fields will present their portfolios (photos and other works).
  4. Presentation by Japanese guest speaker
  5. Workshop by Japanese guest

-Mumbai, India
Dates: Friday, December 14, 2012 through Sunday, December 23, 2012
Venue: The National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA)

  1. Opening ceremony
  2. Opening conference
  3. Opening reception
  4. Exhibition of winning photos from Nikon Photo Contest International 2010–2011
  5. Workshop

Posted to: Nikon News   
Post Date: 10/19/2012 9:48:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 18, 2012
Canon UK has the EOS M Camera manual available for download. Click the "Manuals" radio button for the download links to appear.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Owners Manuals
Post Date: 10/18/2012 5:24:26 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 17, 2012
The new Canon 1D X firmware special page includes the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens (they actually say "f/4.5-5.6L") and Canon EF 1.4x III Extender combination under the "Current Canon EF Lens/Extender Combinations That Support Cross-Type Autofocus with Firmware Update Ver. 1.1.1 for EOS-1D X". (thanks John)
The problem is that Canon 70-300 L is not compatible with the 1.4x in the first place. The Canon USA website indicates that the 1.4x "... is only compatible with fixed focal length L-series lenses 135mm and over, as well as the EF 70-200/2.8L, EF 70-200/2.8L IS, EF 70-200/4L, and EF 100-400/4.5-5.6L." Granted, the compatible 70-200 f/4L IS is missing, but the 70-300 L is not listed.
I've tried mounting the 1.4x to the 70-300 L before - and it does not fit. The rear lens element physically hits the front element of the extender.
What I just discovered, however, is that the 70-300 L's rear element retracts into the lens far enough that, at about 250mm, there is enough clearance for the 1.4x to mount.
The available focal length range is about 350-420mm. There is a physical bump at the lower end of that range with (guessing) the rubber around the edge of the extender element contacting the rear 70-300 L lens element or its edge ring. This combination indeed autofocuses on the 1D X with the new firmware.
I'll put this combination on the ISO 12233 chart testing list to see what the image quality looks like, but ... I'm not sure that I recommend mounting this combination due to potential damage the to lens. I'll try to find out what Canon says about this.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 10/17/2012 9:06:30 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The new Canon EOS-1D X firmware update version 1.1.1 (leaked earlier today), is now available for download.
Firmware Version 1.1.1 incorporates the following improvements and fixes.

  1. Enables the center AF point to autofocus when the camera is used with lens/extender combinations whose combined maximum aperture is f/8 (f/5.6 without the firmware update).
    * Please see the "Lenses and Usable AF points" section of the revised instruction manual for more details on the lens & camera combinations.
  2. Displays the viewfinder information (such as the AF frames, grid, etc.) in red during autofocusing in AI Servo AF.
    * When shooting in dark environments during AI Servo AF, the AF points can be easily confirmed.
    * During AI Servo AF, the viewfinder will be lit intermittently, not continuously.
  3. Corrects a phenomenon in which the metering value of the AE sensor becomes incorrect and the captured images become pitch-black depending on the timing of lens attachment and/or detachment.
  4. Fixes a phenomenon in which Err 70 may occur during AEB shooting.
  5. Corrects errors in the Arabic menu.
  6. Fixes a phenomenon in which the firmware of the lenses cannot be updated normally.

Wisely being asked over on the Facebook page is: Will the Canon EOS 5D Mark III, with essentially the same AF system, also get these features in a firmware update?
Again, B&H, Adorama and Amazon have the EOS 1D X in stock.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 10/17/2012 7:18:35 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon Europe has published a compatibility chart for its Nikon battery packs.
Posted to: Nikon News   
Post Date: 10/17/2012 4:23:39 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 17, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a new firmware update in response to user requests which further enhances the capabilities of Canon's flagship EOS-1D X Digital SLR camera. The EOS-1D X will now be capable of AF point illumination during AI Servo AF and cross-type AF for maximum apertures as small as f/8. The new firmware update is available now at no charge from the Canon U.S.A. website and can be downloaded by end users or through Canon Factory Service Centers.
AF Point Illumination During AI Servo AF
To support the needs of wedding, portrait, sports, wildlife, and theatrical performance photographers working in low light, the new firmware allows AF points in the EOS-1D X's viewfinder to be illuminated in red when the shutter button is pressed halfway during AI Servo AF, for easy viewing of the selected point. This valuable feature will enhance the photographers' ability to aim the camera accurately in low-light conditions, and when photographing dark subjects. To preserve exposure-metering accuracy, illumination is intermittent, not continuous. Three choices will be selectable from the menu system - Non-illuminated, Illuminated (Normal) and Illuminated (Brighter).
Cross-Type AF Support at f/8
The EOS-1D X is equipped with an innovative 61-point High Density Reticular AF System featuring up to 41 cross-type AF points, depending on the lens in use. The cross-type AF points recognize a wide variety of subject matter, making them highly desirable for maximum autofocus performance. Until now, cross-type AF on the EOS-1D X has been limited to EF lenses and lens/extender combinations with a maximum aperture of f/5.6 or larger. The new firmware allows cross-type autofocusing with the center AF point even when the maximum aperture of a Canon EF lens/extender combination becomes as small as f/8. Ideal for wildlife photographers and others who often use EF super-telephoto lenses with extenders, this new feature greatly expands the range of EF lens/extender combinations that support autofocus when used with the EOS-1D X.
If AF point expansion is selected with an f/8 maximum aperture lens/extender combination, the four AF points surrounding the center point will act as AF Assist points. This option effectively expands the size of the AF detection area to enhance autofocus performance with subjects that are small in the frame and difficult to track, such as small animals and birds in flight. AF points above and below the center will be sensitive to vertical contrast, while points to the left and right will be sensitive to horizontal contrast.
Canon 1D X Autofocus Group
Please visit the following website for complete information on the firmware update:
The Canon 1D X is in stock at B&H, Adorama and Amazon.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Firmware Updates
Post Date: 10/17/2012 8:32:24 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 16, 2012
I'm tackling a huge backlog of sample pictures this week. To get things started, sample pictures have been added to these reviews:
Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Review
Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens Review
Canon PowerShot G1 X Digital Camera Review
Post Date: 10/16/2012 2:57:08 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The new Canon EOS M mirrorless cameras expected to hit shelves October 15 have been delayed. B&H has updated the Canon EOS M's expected availability to October 31.
Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 10/16/2012 11:46:48 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Epson:
Epson’s Two New Perfection Photo Scanners Deliver Exceptional Scan Quality and Easy Scan-to-Cloud Functionality
October 16, 2012
Epson Perfection V37 and V370 Photo Scanners Allow Photo Enthusiasts, Families and Creative Hobbyists to Access, Share and Organize Scanned Documents Anywhere and Anytime
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Oct. 16, 2012 - Epson America, Inc. today introduced two new additions to its award-winning line of Epson® Perfection® scanners – the Epson Perfection V37 and Epson Perfection V370 Photo scanners. The new products give photo enthusiasts, families and creative hobbyists an affordable scanning solution with 4800 x 9600 dpi optical resolution for incredible detail and clarity. In addition to offering leading scan quality, the new models also provide easy scan-to-cloud capabilities to scan, access, organize and share documents directly through cloud services like Google Docs, MS SharePoint®, Evernote®, and other leading providers.1
“Epson’s latest Perfection scanners are built to perform, delivering versatile, high-quality solutions whether scanning to create eye-catching scrapbook pages or to simply digitize and store your most important photos and documents,” said Stacey Tieu, product manager, Photo Scanners, Epson America, Inc. “Furthermore, Epson’s latest scanners cater to today’s increasingly mobile lifestyles, giving consumers an even more value-packed solution with scan-to-cloud capabilities to access documents on their mobile device, anytime and from anywhere.”
The Epson Perfection V37 and V370 Photo scanners both offer exceptional scan quality, along with a high-rise 180-degree lid for scanning oversized artwork, 3D objects, photo albums and documents. For added performance and flexibility, the Epson Perfection V370 Photo includes a built-in 35mm Transparency Unit for scanning mounted slides, negatives and film strips.
Additional features and benefits featured on the new Perfection models include:

  • ArcSoft® Scan-n-Stitch Deluxe Software – allows users to easily scan legal, A3 and other large-size pages, section by section, then automatically stitches all portions together.
  • Epson’s Easy Photo Fix® Technology – allows users to restore color from old/faded prints, remove dust from scanned film or slides, and reduce graininess.
  • Scan-to-cloud with Document Capture Software – easily scan documents directly to a range of cloud services including Google Docs, MS SharePoint, Evernote and more to access documents from multiple mobile devices or share with others.
  • ReadyScan® LED Technology – enables fast scan speeds, eliminates warm-up time and decreases power consumption; ReadyScan LED technology is also mercury-free.
  • One-Touch Performance – four customizable buttons allow for convenient one-touch scanning, copying, scan-to-email and creating PDFs.
  • Compatibility – with all leading operating systems including the newest versions of Microsoft® Windows® and Mac® OS X.

For videos demonstrating the various scanning features with the Epson Perfection scanners, visit Epson’s YouTube Channel and more information is available online at
Pricing and Availability
The Epson Perfection V37 (MSRP $89.99) and Epson Perfection V370 Photo (MSRP $119.99) are now available exclusively from, and will be available at Staples in mid-November. Both models include Epson’s one-year limited warranty.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Epson News
Post Date: 10/16/2012 7:47:00 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
Thank you for using Canon products.
The exterior rubber part on some Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7A units may change color (turn white) after a short period of time. Canon USA will replace those rubber parts at no charge to the customer.
Canon takes pride in the quality and performance of its products, and we offer our most sincere apologies to customers using this product who have been inconvenienced by this issue. We hope our efforts will earn your understanding.
Affected Product
The rubber on the top surface of some WFT-E7A units produced in certain lots from April 9 through July 13 may turn white after a short period of time. We have determined after inquiry with the rubber manufacturer and analysis, that the white substance is zinc bis (N,N’-dimethyldithiocarbamate).
Zinc bis is not used in the production of this product. However, the quantity of rubber accelerator used in the affected production lots was slightly higher than usual. As a result the rubber surface may turn white due to a chemical reaction with the rubber accelerator and other substances. High temperature and high humidity may contribute to this condition. Zinc bis (N,N’-dimethyldithiocarbamate), which becomes deposited on the rubber surface, is created as a result of this chemical reaction.
Canon WFT-E7A Top View
Only certain WFT-E7A wireless file transmitter units produced between April 9 and July 13, 2012 are affected.
If the first two digits of the serial number are “03” through “06” and the fifth digit is “1”, the unit is affected.
03xx1xxxxx, 04xx1xxxxx, 05xx1xxxxx, 06xx1xxxxx ([x] represents any optional number. )
Canon WFT-E7A Serial Number
Free Repair
Canon USA will replace the rubber part of the affected wireless file transmitters free of charge at our service centers.
We anticipate that our free repair service will start in late October or early November.
Caution on Use
The amount of zinc bis detected during our testing was minimal. Although Canon has not received any reports of injury or allergic reactions regarding this product, it is possible for zinc bis, in the small amount found in the rubber surface of affected units, to cause allergic reactions, such as a rash, when it comes in contact with skin of sensitive persons. In addition, if eyes are rubbed after contact with the substance, symptoms such as red eyes may develop.
As a precautionary measure, thoroughly wash your hands with water if they have come in contact with the rubber surface that has turned white. If any medical symptoms develop, please consult your physician immediately.
Contact Information For Inquiries
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc
Contact Information for Inquiries
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-855-214-3277 or 1-800-652-2666
TDD: 1-866-251-3752
For additional support options:
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 10/16/2012 6:59:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 15, 2012
We now have a properly tuned Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens sample available in the ISO 12233 charts (sample 1).
Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 10/15/2012 3:54:44 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon Europe:
S800c App for wireless connection to Android Smart Devices
An Android App is available for the COOLPIX S800c from the Google Play Store. This app enables wireless connection between the camera and an Android Smart Device. Once connection is established between the COOLPIX S800c and the Android Smart Device a wide range of options are available for sharing and transfering images on social network sites, emails, etc.
For full details of functions and compatibility, please see the 'Description' section in the Google Play Store, please click here.
B&H carries the Nikon COOLPIX S800c Digital Camera.
Posted to: Nikon News   
Post Date: 10/15/2012 12:43:59 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
Ron Howard Chooses One Winning Photograph, “Unparalled” by Jennifer Harris from New Orleans, LA for the “Discovery” Theme to be Represented in All Celebrity Director Films
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 15, 2012 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, Ron Howard and the public, have selected 91 winning photographs from the “Project Imaginat10n,” contest where five innovative celebrities – Eva Longoria (film and TV actress), Jamie Foxx (Academy Award® winner), Biz Stone (co-founder of Twitter), Georgina Chapman (designer and co-founder of Marchesa) and James Murphy (founder of LCD Soundsystem) – will direct short films based on ten of the photos.
A consumer vote helped narrow down the photographs, where one of the selected winners’ photos was chosen by Ron Howard in the “Discovery” category to be a thematic tie across the celebrities’ films. The directors will now each select one additional photograph from the other nine storytelling categories that personally inspire them, ultimately utilizing ten photos to represent their creativity and imagination. In addition to “Discovery,” the themes include Character, Mood, Goal, Backstory, Setting, Obstacle, Relationship, The Unknown and Time. The winning photographs determined by Ron Howard and the consumer vote can be seen at
Ron Howard said, “In choosing ‘Unparalled’ for the Discovery category, it was important that I picked an image that was tremendously imaginative, visually fantastic and thematically pliable so that it could give the filmmakers a lot of possibilities to inspire an element of mystery and suspense. Moments of discovery are often what you remember most in a film.”
In 2011, Ron Howard and Canon U.S.A. partnered for a similar creative endeavor, “Project Imagin8ion.” Eight photos were selected and influenced an award-winning short film, “when you find me,” directed by Bryce Dallas Howard. For year two of Canon’s “Long Live Imagination” campaign and the next endeavor, “Project Imaginat10n,” Ron Howard will once again mentor the celebrity directors as they begin the filmmaking process to prove that “we’re all creative.”
“I am so passionate about the integrity and user-generated process of ‘Project Imaginat10n’ where our celebrity directors can be directly inspired by photographers from all across the country,” said Ron Howard. “As we selected the photographs, I was blown away by the beauty, perspective and intrigue that they conveyed, and was thrilled that so many people wanted to once again take part in this exciting artistic experiment.”
The celebrity directors are currently reviewing the winning photos to make their selections, craft their stories, develop their scripts and prepare to produce their own short films with Canon’s Cinema EOS System and DSLR cameras. The films will be produced by Freestyle Picture Company, which also produced “when you find me” in 2011. All five films go into production between Fall 2012 and Spring 2013 and will premiere at a special “Project Imaginat10n” Film Festival. The “10” in “Imaginat10n,” represents ten films that will ultimately be produced – five additional directors will be announced at a later date.
The 91 winners of the photo contest span in age from 16 to 67 years-old and are from across the country.
You can see the gallery of winners at
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 10/15/2012 8:29:46 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, October 14, 2012
The Canon Store has the Refurbished Canon Powershot S95 Camera for $178.49 (discounted price shown in cart) with free shipping. Compare at $379.00 new.
Posted to: Canon News   Categories: Photograpy Deals, Canon Deals
Post Date: 10/14/2012 9:20:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, October 13, 2012
Felix, a polar bear at the Nuremberg Zoo, recently got his paws on a Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM lens. Apparently, the solid build quality made the lens a great chew toy.
Photography equipment insurance, anyone? (thanks Brett)
Read the full article with pics...
Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 10/13/2012 8:34:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 12, 2012
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 10/12/2012 10:21:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From RØde Microphones:
Step Inside the New RØDE Soundbooth for Broadcast Microphones
RØDE Microphones has announced the release of a new edition of their ground-breaking Soundbooth online application, extending the functionality so that users can hear and compare the complete range of RØDE broadcast and videomicrophones.
Released almost a year ago, the original Soundbooth was the very first online application that allowed users to listen to and compare actual real-world microphones, as they would perform in everyday use.
Featuring tracks recorded by renowned producer and engineer John Merchant and focusing on the recording of vocals and musical instruments in a studio environment, the application has been used over one hundred thousand times and has played more than half a million tracks.
This new edition of Soundbooth offers twenty three different RØDE microphones, including the NTG8, NTG3, NTG2, NTG1, VideoMic, Stereo VideoMic, VideoMic Pro, Stereo VideoMic Pro, NT4, NT5,Broadcaster, Procaster, Podcaster, Lavalier, PinMic, HS1, K2, NT1-A, M1 and M3.
Additionally the application includes three forthcoming microphones for broadcast and field recording that RØDE will announce during the remainder of 2012, and make available for use in the RØDE Soundbooth.
The application is split into five different scenarios or applications that broadcast sound engineers would typically encounter, namely indoor and outdoor dialogue, voice over, acoustic music performance and also live reinforced music.
Each audio scenario offers a wide range of microphones that users can switch between in real-time, to hear exactly how each one differs acoustically.
“We are incredibly proud of the Soundbooth platform and to extend its application to our broadcast and video range is something we are very excited about.” commented Damien Wilson, RØDE’s Global Sales & Marketing Director.
“Here at RØDE we are constantly working on ways to educate our customers on the best mic for their application and with this new broadcast version of Soundbooth that just got a whole lot easier”.
A native iPad version of Soundbooth broadcast is currently in development and slated for release in late 2012.
Visit now to use RØDE Soundbooth for either broadcast or music.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Rode News
Post Date: 10/12/2012 7:39:37 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, October 11, 2012
Photoshelter is offering a free Growing Your Event Photography Business guide via email.
Post Date: 10/11/2012 2:14:58 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
To celebrate its development of NAND flash technology 25 years ago, Toshiba created a humorous video demonstrating the evolution of photography since its introduction of flash memory.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Toshiba News
Post Date: 10/11/2012 12:54:38 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
Digital Photo Professional 3.12.40 and EOS Utility 2.12.0 Updater are now available for download.
Changes for Digital Photo Professional 3.12.40 Updater for Windows:

  • Supports images taken with EOS M, PowerShot G15, PowerShot S110, PowerShot SX50 HS.
  • Supports new lens (EF40mm F2.8 STM, EF-M18-55mm F3.5-5.6 IS STM, EF-M22mm F2 STM).

Changes for EOS Utility 2.12.0 Updater for Windows:

  • Supports EOS M.

Post Date: 10/11/2012 9:14:14 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From EOS Magazine:
Whilst much of the buzz at Photokina is always around camera launches, Canon had something different to announce this year. Project 1709 is the working title for a new image management platform from Canon. Currently in beta phase, Canon is inviting photographers to register their interest for Project 1709 prior to the full launch in 2013.
The platform is a cloud-based service which promises to bring together and organise all of your images, regardless of their source (social networks, computers, elsewhere in the cloud). You will be able to tag and filter your images, using meaningful personal tags, EXIF data, geotagging, dates and device information. If the same image is stored in several different locations, advanced image matching technology will identify these duplicate images. It promises to be an intelligent and sophisticated image management and sharing service for the digital age.
You can register your interest at:
Note: It does not look like you can register yet if you live in the United States.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon UK News
Post Date: 10/11/2012 8:49:56 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Lytro Cameras
From Lytro:
We’re celebrating the launch of three big changes for the Lytro camera: new manual controls, new colors and new accessories.
Manual ControlsCreative Tools for Lytro Photographers
With new, easy-to-use, and readily accessible manual controls, Lytro camera owners have more creative capabilities with light field photography. “Manual controls give Lytro photographers the opportunity to take control of the exposure in a scene,” said Eric Cheng, Lytro’s director of photography. “We introduced these features as a result of feedback from our most creative camera owners, who are capturing things like subjects in motion or experimenting with artistic styles like light painting. With manual controls, they now have more flexibility as they push the boundaries of the light field.” Check out these examples for inspiration.
The new controls are:

  • Shutter Speed- By manually controlling the shutter speed, Lytro photographers can keep the shutter open longer to capture living pictures in dark conditions. The maximum shutter speed is 8 seconds and the minimum is 1/250 second.
  • ISO Sensitivity – Controlling ISO gives Lytro photographers more ways to take creative living pictures in a variety of lighting conditions, from low-light concerts and restaurants to brightly lit soccer fields and amusement parks. The ISO range is 80 (min) to 3200 (max).
  • Neutral Density (ND) Filter – When in full manual mode, Lytro photographers can turn on the ND Filter to adjust the amount of light captured in extremely bright settings.
  • Auto Exposure (AE) Lock – Lytro photographers can lock the auto exposure while changing the composition of a picture in a scene.

These controls are included in all new camera purchases starting today. For existing Lytro camera owners, the free camera update begins rolling out today. To check for the update, just plug your Lytro camera into your computer.
New Colors and AccessoriesMore Choices to Customize Your Camera
In addition to introducing new creative tools, we’re also offering two new colors (U.S. only), Seaglass and Moxie Pink (available only through Target), and two new accessories, a Camera Case and Camera Sleeve (available at select retailers).
Amazon carries Lytro products.

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Post Date: 10/11/2012 7:08:01 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Canon 5D Mark II with Leica Mount
Photo by Robert Benson
San Diego-based photographer Robert Benson had a peculiar problem--he owned a very expensive Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/1 lens without a camera to put it on. His solution involved modifying his own Canon 5D Mark II to accept Leica mount lenses. He is now selling his services for the 5D Mark II conversion. The procedure is not for the faint of heart and will most certainly void your warranty.
See his blog post for more details and sample images.
Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 10/10/2012 5:23:16 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From DxO:
400 new DxO Optics Modules available
October 10, 2012 - DxO Labs announces the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v7.5.5 for Mac and Windows, its image processing software of reference for all serious photographers. This update means that DxO Optics Pro 7 now provides supports for the Canon EOS-1D X and the Nikon D600 (Elite edition only), as well as for the Panasonic Lumix DMC-G5 and DMC-LX7.
DxO Optics Pro v7.5.5 also benefits from the continuous development of DxO Optics Modules. Nearly 400 camera/lens combinations have been added to the library, thereby providing support for additional Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, and Zeiss lenses for Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, and Sony cameras.
Developed in the laboratory and following a scientific calibration process for all combinations of cameras and lenses, DxO Optics Modules contain tens of thousands of data points about the intrinsic limitations of each piece of equipment. This unique database means that DxO Optics Pro automatically corrects all lens optical defects - distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness - with an incomparable level of quality. Watch the video.
This update is free of charge for all owners of DxO Optics Pro 7, as well as for photographers who purchased a license for DxO Optics Pro 6 after September 1, 2011.
B&H carries DxO products.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: DxO News
Post Date: 10/10/2012 9:14:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Custom SLR M-Plate Mini
From Custom SLR:
Custom SLR Launches M-Plate Mini Universal Quick-Release Tripod Plate
Crowd-funded Custom SLR announces M-Plate Mini, a versatile quick-release tripod plate for Arca-Swiss and ManfrottoTM RC2-style heads with additional ports for attaching a variety of accessories
SAN JOSE, CA, October 9, 2012Custom SLR, a design company creating performance products that improve the shooting experience for photographers, today announced the upcoming availability of the M-Plate Mini, a universal quick-release tripod plate offering compatibility with most Arca-Swiss and ManfrottoTM RC2-style tripod and head systems. The versatile, durable plate includes ¼”- 20 attachment sockets ensuring photographers can still connect an assortment of attachable accessories even if the plate is occupying their camera’s tripod mount.
Sharing similar tripod functionality with the popular M-Plate Pro system, which also enables the attachment of a hand strap and sling strap like the company’s C-Loop and Glide Strap, Custom SLR recognized the value the universal mini release plate could provide to photographers seeking an upgrade to the standard quick-release connectors on the market. Durable and sturdy, yet lightweight, the M-Plate Mini provides a stable and a secure connection between camera and tripod head, making for smooth and easy transition to Arca-Swiss and ManfrottoTM RC2-style heads.
Designed and developed in the USA from aerospace-grade aluminum, the M-Plate Mini comes in a black anodized finish for a sleek profile when attached to the camera’s tripod socket. The M-Plate Mini can serve as a cost-effective alternative to the mono-tasking tripod plates on the market, and its modular design will allow it to function along with planned Custom SLR attachments currently in development such as video rigs and flash brackets.
“Our philosophy with design is to keep our products modular and to give photographers options that truly improve their shooting experience,” said Ivan Wong, Chief Operations Officer, Custom SLR. “Like the M-Plate Pro, the M-Plate Mini expands on this goal, serving as the backbone to a new line of photo and video attachments that we will introduce to the market in the coming months.”
The M-Plate Mini carries an MSRP of $49.95 and is targeted for a November release when the product will be available through many authorized dealers worldwide.
B&H carries Custom SLR products.
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Post Date: 10/10/2012 7:34:52 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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