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 Wednesday, October 24, 2012
Nikon 1 V2
 
From Nikon USA:
 
Striking the Balance of Portability, Performance and Shooting Preference, the New Nikon 1 V2 Provides Users with New Ways to be Creative and Expressive
 
Nikon Continues to Enhance the Powerful Nikon 1 System with the Addition of Photographer-Friendly Features, Connectivity and Accessories
 
MELVILLE, N.Y. – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the new 14.2-megapixel Nikon 1 V2, the latest addition to the revolutionary Nikon 1 Advanced Camera with Interchangeable Lens System. Designed for the creative consumer who seeks stunning images and HD video, the V2 incorporates a myriad of new features aimed at improving the shooting experience, including a new ergonomic grip for familiar handling, a built-in flash and the addition of a Command Mode Dial to provide easy access to features and controls. Nikon also introduced the new SB-N7, an optional compact speedlight that offers versatile lighting possibilities for Nikon 1 V1 and Nikon 1 V2 shooters.
 
The new Nikon 1 V2 is designed to be compact and delivers astoundingly rapid Autofocus (AF) and shooting response, incredible image quality, sharp Full HD video and advanced yet easy-to-use shooting options. The V2 offers a new 14.2-megapixel CX-format super high-speed CMOS sensor that has been engineered to allow for amazing image quality that exhibits eye-catching colors, rich hues and striking detail. The upgraded sensor combined with the blazing fast Advance Hybrid AF system allows users to shoot up to 15 frames-per-second (fps) while maintaining full AF tracking that allows the capturing of fast moving subjects. Other new and noteworthy features include versatile and fun shooting modes such as Best Moment Capture Mode and the new Live Image Control that lets a user preview their creative vision, pre-capture.
 
“The recent additions to the Nikon 1 System, including the new V2, demonstrate Nikon’s dedication to delivering a camera system that meets the needs of creative and expressive consumers looking for an easy-to-use camera that is portable enough to take on any life adventure,” said Bo Kajiwara, Vice President of Marketing, Planning and Customer Experience. “With a grip and control layout that is familiar to photographers, the V2’s incredible speed, versatility, ease of use and portability can be used in various situations to shoot amazing images and sharp HD video.”
 
Enhanced Design Lets Creative Freedom Flow
 
The new V2 sports an enhanced design that includes a comfortable traditional grip as well as a textured camera body and thoughtfully placed mode dials. With easy access to the new top-placed Command Dial, V2 shooters will be able to make camera adjustments quickly and easily, even when framing photos in the camera’s 1.4-million-dot electronic viewfinder. The camera also includes a new Direct Setting Control that enables quick access to settings in manual exposure modes (P,S,A,M), so that settings can be changed without taking an eye off the electronic viewfinder or the high-resolution 921,000-dot 3.0-in LCD display. To get creative in challenging light, a built-in pop-up flash supplies extra lighting when capturing images in low-light situations or to provide a fill flash to eliminate shadows. The camera also features a Nikon 1 i-TTL hot shoe port, affording the use of optional lighting and camera accessories with the Nikon 1 V2.
 
Though compact and portable, the new Nikon 1 V2 boasts incredible performance and features that will be easily embraced by all levels of photographers. In addition to the 14.2-megapixel CX-format CMOS sensor, the camera also includes the new EXPEED 3A image processing engine, both specifically designed to produce still images and HD video with stunning clarity and color. Additionally, the new EXPEED 3A has improved image-signal processing capability as well as high-speed readout.
 
A wide ISO range (160-6400) allows the V2 to perform brilliantly in tough lighting conditions, while the highly responsive Advanced Hybrid Autofocus (AF) system provides users with superfast shooting speeds, allowing them to capture fast action with crisp focus, whether at a football game or dance recital. The Nikon 1 V2’s 73 point AF array ensures accuracy and super precise focus, even on moving subjects. The camera also provides high-speed continuous shooting with continuous Auto focusing letting users capture approximately 15 fps up to 45 frames. High-speed continuous shooting at approximately 60 fps for up to 40 frames is also possible.
 
Get Creative with Advanced Features
 
The new Nikon 1 V2 offers various shooting modes and controls that will help photographers flex their creative muscle while providing new ways to be expressive in still images and HD videos. With the new top-placed Mode Dial, V2 users will be able to access the camera’s Auto Mode as well as full manual controls on the fly. The camera is also equipped with an Enhanced Motion Snapshot Mode, which users can utilize to capture fleeting moments with a short, slow-motion movie sequence in addition to a single defining still image. A Motion Snapshot can be saved as a four second MOV file and JPEG image file separately or it can also be saved as a 10 second movie file without a separate JPEG image file, making it easy to share with others. Furthermore, Motion Snapshots can be combined into a continuous slideshow seamlessly within the camera.
 
The Nikon 1 V2 also includes Best Moment Capture Mode, an advanced creative mode that allows individuals to use Slow View to slow down a moment they are capturing, in real time. By simply pressing the shutter button halfway down when focused, users can capture live action (approx. 1.33 seconds), while the view of the subject is displayed at five times slower than normal speed (approx. 6.66 sec). The action is replayed repeatedly as long as the shutter-release button is half-pressed. Fast action sports and events are transformed to slow motion right on the LCD screen, letting the user capture once-in-a-lifetime moments with confidence.
 
Additionally, original Nikon 1 features like Smart Photo Selector are still available on this new camera, and are accessible through the Best Moment Capture Mode. When using Smart Photo Selector, V2 users can capture up to 20 shots with a single press of the shutter button, and the camera will then automatically select the five best images to keep based on factors such as exposure, focus and facial recognition. The Nikon 1 V2 also includes an Advance Movie Mode that allows for the simultaneous shooting of 1080p Full HD video and high-resolution stills of the same subject or scene. Slow motion movies at both 400 fps and 1200 fps can also be captured, plus full manual exposure controls are accessible while in Advance Movie Mode.
 
Image effects and image-creation functions such as in-camera HDR and the innovative Live Image Control allow users even more ways to customize their photos. Live Image Control gives users the ability to see end-result images before capture by incorporating effects of various camera settings on a scene. With Live Image Control, real time adjustments to motion control, brightness control, Active D-Lighting and background focus are seen on the LCD screen or the electronic viewfinder prior to capture to help ensure the user’s creative vision is fulfilled.
 
Expanding the Reach of the Nikon 1 V2: Accessories for the Nikon 1 System
 
The V2 is compatible with the optional WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter1. When connected to the WU-1b, the camera can shoot high quality images and movies and transfer them to smart devices, making it easy to stay connected and share content wirelessly to social networks. Users of the free Wireless Mobile Adapter Utility application for Android™2 platform smart devices as well as iPhone® and iPad®3 mobile digital devices will also have the ability to remotely control the camera from a smartphone or tablet.
 
Like the other Nikon 1 system cameras, V2 shooters will have access to a growing lineup of incredible 1 NIKKOR lenses, Nikon 1 accessories, as well as F-Mount NIKKOR lenses when connected to the FT-1 Mount Adapter. These lenses and accessories will allow individuals to build a system that truly complements their creative lifestyle.
 
Alongside the Nikon 1 V2, the new optional SB-N7 speedlight will inspire shooters to take their creative vision to new heights with an extremely versatile yet compact and lightweight flash unit. When connected to the Nikon 1 accessory port of the V2, the SB-N7 will provide opportunities to explore lighting options including i-TTL support. Additionally, the flash head tilts up to 120 degrees for situations that call for bouncing the flash output. The new speedlight is easy-to-use and travel friendly, and also uses common AAA batteries. The speedlight provides a guide number of 18 meters/59 feet (at ISO 100), as well as a supplied external wide flash adapter for wider shooting coverage.
 
Price and Availability
 
The Nikon 1 V2 camera with the 10-30mm lens will be available in late November 2012 for the suggested retail price (SRP) of $899.95*. The SB-N7 speedlight will be available in January 2013 and will have a suggested retail price (SRP) of $159.95*. For more information on the V2 and SB-N7 or other Nikon 1 series products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.
 
The Nikon 1 V2 Mirrorless Camera is available for pre-order at B&H, Adorama and Amazon UK.
Posted to: Nikon News
Category: Announcements
Post Date: 10/24/2012 12:05:12 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Canon USA:
 
Company to Exhibit the Latest EOS Digital SLR and PowerShot Cameras,imagePROGRAF Large-Format Printers, and PIXMA PRO-Series Printers at Canon Booth 119
 
NEW YORK, October 24, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, will showcase a range of digital cameras and printers at PhotoPlus Expo 2012 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, October 25-27, 2012 (Booth 119). In addition, the Canon Digital Learning Center website will host free streaming video of stage presentations by Canon's Explorers of Light.
 
Attendees will have the opportunity to "touch and try" Canon's latest imaging products including:

  • PowerShot digital cameras - the G15, S110, and SX50 HS - providing advanced features, greater focusing speed and multiple-shot speed in sophisticated, compact camera bodies
  • EOS 6D Digital SLR camera, a versatile, mid-range full-frame camera with the durability and performance professionals require and the creative imaging options serious photographers crave
  • EOS 6D Digital SLR camera, a versatile, mid-range full-frame camera with the durability and performance professionals require and the creative imaging options serious photographers crave
  • Three new imagePROGRAF large-format printers - the iPF8400, iPF6450 and iPF6400- delivering superb color quality and consistency as well as excellent output speeds for photographers, artisans, proofers and print for pay operations
  • Two new PIXMA PRO-series 13-inch inkjet printers, the PIXMA PRO-10 and PIXMA PRO-100 producing excellent black-and-white and color prints to help, professional studio and aspiring photographers, as well as those educators training the next generation of photographers, ensure what was captured through the lens is reproduced exactly as it was envisioned on paper.

"Canon's theme for this year's PhotoPlus Expo exhibition is 'What It Takes To Image', which speaks to the wide breadth of products and solutions we offer professional imaging markets. As a uniquely positioned company providing complete imaging solutions from input to output, PhotoPlus Expo sets the stage for us to show attendees the full scope of the creative solutions we offer," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
 
The booth includes a hands-on shooting set where visitors can try Canon's latest DSLR cameras and Cinema EOS equipment. The REALiS Theatre located in the booth will be continually showing dynamic footage captured on various Canon devices throughout the show. In addition, the Company is continuing its PhotoPlus Expo speaker series with live presentations and photoshoots happening throughout the tradeshow on the Canon Live Learning stage. Canon's Speedlite Studio sessions will also take place demonstrating lighting and portraiture techniques for attendees.
 
Canon 2012 PhotoPlus Expo Stage Schedule

 

Thursday, October 25th

Friday, October 26th

Saturday, October 27th

10:00 AM

Clay Blackmore
Live Shoot!

Greg Heisler
Live Shoot!

Hanson Fong
Live Shoot!

10:45 AM

Denis Reggie
Wedding Realism
Lecture Presentation

Sam Abell
The Life of a Photograph
Lecture Presentation

Vincent Laforet
The Revolution Continues
Video Lecture Presentation

11:30 AM

Tyler Stableford
Cinema in the Extreme
Video Lecture Presentation

Lauren Greenfield
The Documentary Hybrid
Video Lecture Presentation

Parish Kohanim
The Beauty of Imaging
Lecture Presentation

12:15 AM

Michele Celentano
Live Shoot!

Clay Blackmore
Live Shoot!

Felix Alcala
The HD Cinema
Video Lecture Presentation

1:00 PM

Stephen Johnson
Portraying an Exquisite Earth
Lecture Presentation

Peter Read Miller
Illustrating Sports!
Lecture Presentation

Ken Sklute
Live Shoot!

1:45 PM

Vincent Laforet
The Revolution Continues
Video Lecture Presentation

Vincent Laforet
The Revolution Continues
Video Lecture Presentation

Eddie Tapp
Cooking Raw Files to Perfection
Lecture Presentation

2:30 PM

Jack Reznicki
Live Shoot!

Hanson Fong
Live Shoot!

Alex Buono
Live from NY, it's Alex Buono!
Video Lecture Presentation

3:15 PM

Jennifer Wu
Nature's Elusive Beauty
Lecture Presentation

George Lepp
Extreme Nature Techniques
Lecture Presentation

Douglas Kirkland
Live Shoot!

4:00 PM

Bruce Dorn
Cinema Style Video Capture
Video Lecture Presentation

Alex Buono
Live from NY, it's Alex Buono!
Video Lecture Presentation

 


 
CPS Lounge
Canon will host its CPS Lounge during PhotoPlus Expo 2012 at the Jacob Javits Center, October 24th-27th in rooms 2D02/03 and 2D04/05. The CPS Lounge will be open to the public on October 24th at 10am, the day before PhotoPlus Expo opens.

  • Free On-Site Clean & Check for Gold and Platinum Members: up to two Canon professional DSLR or lens models. All equipment must be dropped off before 5 p.m. on October 26, 2012.
  • On-Site Registration: New or upgrading Gold or Platinum members will receive an additional free Clean & Check coupon during PhotoPlus Expo. A registration kiosk will be available in the CPS Lounge.
  • Free Professional Canon Print: Gold and Platinum members are encouraged to bring one of their own high-resolution images to receive one sample print from the latest PIXMA Pro or imagePROGRAF printers. (during show hours only)

CPS Lounge Hours during PhotoPlus Expo 2012:
10/24 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (Pre-show hours available)
10/25 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10/26 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
10/27 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (equipment pick-up only)

Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 10/24/2012 8:55:38 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From DxO:
 
DxO Optics Pro 8 introduces DxO Smart Lighting allowing greater photo details and more vivid colors
 
Comprehensive image content analysis coupled with camera calibrationpushes image quality even further
 
Software will be available on October 29, 2012 at a 33% discount through November 15th

 
October 24, 2012 - DxO Labs announces the October 29th availability of DxO Optics Pro 8, a major new release of its image quality processing software of reference for all demanding photographers. Available for both Mac and Windows, DxO Optics Pro 8 provides the best tool for automatically adjusting contrast and light, the most advanced optical corrections, and even finer and more precise color management. Its enhanced performance and improved interface deliver a better user experience.
 
DxO Optics Pro is based on a unique approach consisting of extensive camera and lens calibrations in DxO Labs' laboratories. The software integrates several powerful tools delivering automatic RAW and JPEG image processing for both amateur photographers and experts: optical and geometrical corrections, exposure and contrast, noise reduction, and color and detail preservation.
 
DxO Optics Pro's many presets allow photographers to process images according to their own taste, getting in just a few cliks the best out of their photos, whatever the shooting conditions.
 
DxO Smart Lighting: Mastering the light with one slider
 
New DxO Smart Lighting brightens up photos by optimizing contrast and lighting quickly and efficiently. This exclusive DxO Labs technology intelligently adapts to image content and allows users to easily adjust image contrast using a single slider. DxO Smart Lighting automatically recovers details both in highlights and shadows under even the most extreme shooting conditions.
 
For more advanced users, DxO Optics Pro 8 offers a new Selective tone tool that allows them to apply precise corrections separately to highlights, midtones, and dark zones.
 
Brilliant and fully textured colors
 
The Protection of saturated colors tool can restore a significant number of details and rich textures hidden in areas of vivid or saturated color that can appear flatly uniform to the eye.
 
DxO Optics Pro 8 automatically applies the color rendering settings chosen by the photographer while precisely taking into account the current image content. Textures in vivid colors reappear, revealing all the details in the image.
 
Exceptional optical corrections: Even more supported lenses
 
Flaws in photos are specific to the combination of lens and camera used. DxO Labs has measured nearly 10,000 combinations to provide the specific corrections required for each camera.
 
Developed in DxO Labs' laboratory using an exclusive calibration process, DxO Optics Modules contain tens of thousands of data about the inner characteristics and flaws of each camera and lens. This unique and world exclusive database allows DxO Optics Pro to automatically correct all optical flaws with an unrivaled level of quality, for both RAW and JPEG images, including distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, and lens softness.
 
DxO Optics Pro 8 further improves the correction of chromatic aberrations for RAW-format images by combining DxO Optics Module data with image content analysis.
 
The Lens softness tool, also based on DxO Optics Modules, automatically boosts lens resolution by homogenizing sharpness across the field. Optimized in DxO Optics Pro 8, the tool gives photographers extremely sharp images from the center of the image right out to the edges, even when the settings are pushed to high levels.
 
The opening of a new laboratory in Seattle has reinforced DxO Labs' measurement and calibration capacity. Now with six laboratories located in both Europe and the United States, DxO Labs has set a goal of providing 20,000 available DxO Optics Modules by the end of 2013.
 
A smoother user experience: Regrouping features and Retina screen optimization
 
DxO Labs has extensively revised the DxO Optics Pro 8 interface for more user comfort. The most commonly used functions have been regrouped to offer photographers easier visibility and handling.
 
A specific workspace brings together the most important and common operations such as white balance, color and contrast adjustment, and exposure compensation. Similarly, many advanced tools have been more logically reorganized in different palettes.
 
DxO Optics Pro 8's Mac interface has been entirely redesigned to take advantage of all the visual quality offered by Retina screens. Photographers can now enjoy unprecedented displayed details in their images!
 
Faster and truer viewing: A more efficient display and workflow
 
Beyond the improvements in terms of image quality and interface, DxO Optics Pro 8 has increased display speed.
 
Thumbnails now display in real time the current state of the photo, thanks to live preview. The user can now instantly figure out if a photo is the original one or the working version.
 
To improve workflow further, now every photo once opened in DxO Optics Pro instantaneously loads, even after closing and reopening the application - a real time-saver.
 
New tools: Print module and new Output settings options
 
DxO Optics Pro 8 now includes a new integrated print module allowing photographers to directly print RAW or JPEG images on the fly as they preview them. Different print modes and layout options are available, from contact sheet to full page printing.
 
As a part of the new Output settings options, users can now also adjust the destination and size and choose among several resampling solutions.
 
Availability and special introductory offer
 
The Standard and Elite editions of DxO Optics Pro 8 for Mac and Windows will be available on October 29, 2012, in the DxO Labs online store (shop.dxo.com), and at photo resellers during November, at a special introductory discount valid until November 15, 2012:
 
USD:

  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Standard Edition: $ 99 instead of $ 169
  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition: $ 199 instead of $ 299

EUR:

  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Standard Edition: 99 € instead of 149 €
  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition: 199 € instead of 299 €
    (Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

BGP:

  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Standard Edition: £ 89 instead of £ 135
  • DxO Optics Pro 8 Elite Edition: £ 179 instead of £ 269
    (Suggested retail prices, including VAT)

Photographers who have purchased a DxO Optics Pro 7 license on or after September 1, 2012 are eligible for a free upgrade to version 8. Other users can take advantage of a special discount on all upgrades from now until November 15, 2012, directly from their customer account.
 
A complete, fully-functional trial version of DxO Optics Pro 8, good for one month, will be available on October 29, 2012 on the DxO Labs website (http://www.dxo.com/intl/photo/free_trial_version).
 
B&H carries DxO Products.

Category: DxO News
Post Date: 10/24/2012 8:44:15 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Epson:
 
Epson Expression Photo XP-850 Small-in-One Delivers Superior Photo Quality in a Compact, Sleek Design
 
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Oct. 24, 2012 - Epson America, Inc., a leading provider of superior performing printing solutions, today announced the Epson Expression Photo XP-850 Small-in-One printer, delivering premium performance within a space-saving design. Ideal for photo enthusiasts and families, the Expression XP-850 prints brilliant photos with Claria Photo HD six-color inks for smooth gradations and true-to-life skin tones. Plus, it includes robust wireless features for easy mobile printing from an iPad, iPhone, tablet, or smartphone.
 
“The Epson Expression Photo XP-850 delivers crisp detail and professional quality photos so you can conveniently print from home and have rich, colorful photos, flyers or other projects available to share immediately with family and friends,” said Stacey Tieu, product manager, consumer ink jets, Epson America, Inc. “The Expression XP-850 is also equipped with innovative print technology for frame-worthy prints every time. In addition to its photo strength, it also functions as a versatile everyday printer for household family use.”
 
The Expression XP-850 prints at remarkably fast speeds, delivering 4" x 6" photos in as fast as 10 seconds. With a dedicated photo tray, direct CD/DVD printing, and a rear paper feed for card stock, envelopes and more, the Expression XP-850 can easily take on any creative project. It also offers several productivity features, such as automatic two-sided printing, copying and scanning, an intuitive 3.5” LCD with intuitive gesture navigation, and a 30-page Automatic Document Feeder with color fax. The auto-extend output paper tray allows you to print with assurance that your projects and papers will be organized and not all over the floor, especially when printing remotely.
 
The Expression XP-850 includes convenient Ethernet networking and built-in Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n for multiple users to share one printer or print from any room. It also offers a variety of wireless functionality, including Wi-Fi Direct for printing from a mobile device without a network. In addition, the Expression XP-850 is equipped with Epson Connect, a suite of mobile printing solutions that make it easier for users to print documents, emails, photos, and web pages from iPads, iPhones, tablets, and smartphones from anywhere in the world.
 
Additional Expression Photo XP-850 Small-in-One Features and Benefits:

  • Epson Connect – print and scan from anywhere with Epson Email Print, Epson iPrint mobile app, and Epson Remote Print
  • PC-free photo printing with memory card slots
  • Auto Photo Correction and red-eye removal, with or without a computer
  • High-quality scanning up to 4800 dpi
  • Smudge, scratch and water resistant photos to share photos immediately after printing
  • Individual ink cartridges to replace only the color needed
  • Standard and high-capacity (XL) black and color ink cartridges accommodate various printing needs
  • Eco-friendly features, including ENERGY STAR qualified, RoHS compliant and designed to be recycled

Pricing and Availability
The Epson Expression Photo XP-850 ($299.99*) will be available in November via commercial channels at launch. For more information, visit http://www.epson.com.
 
B&H carries Epson Products.

Category: Epson News
Post Date: 10/24/2012 7:44:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From JOBY:
 
Revolutionize Your Smartphone Photography and Videography with JOBY GripTight Smartphone Stands
 
JOBY Unveils 3 iPhone® & Android™ Stands for Smartphone Users Craving Creative Possibilities
 
SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., October 24, 2012 – JOBY JOBY is excited to announce the launch of the GripTight™ collection of Android and iPhone stands, versatile and universal solutions for smartphone users who take photos, capture video and view media everywhere they go. Known for its award-winning flexible GorillaPod™ camera tripods, JOBY expands creative possibilities with this new collection of stable, compact, lightweight and ultra-portable products that fit the best-selling smartphones (including iPhone® 5, Samsung Galaxy S® III and Nokia Lumia 920) – with or without protective cases.
 
The GripTight products let you create your own portable photography and video studio by helping you improve photo clarity, shoot from unique perspectives, capture shake-free video, and enhance your photo and video apps. Comfortably watch and enjoy video, browse websites, or Skype and video conference anywhere and everywhere. All thanks to the stable, hands-free positioning of these innovative designs.
 
"Because smartphones are now the cameras that are always on hand, consumers are using these devices more frequently to shoot photos and video," said Laura Kawakami, JOBY brand and product marketing director. "Our versatile GripTight collection empowers iPhone® as well as Android™ and Windows® smartphone users to 'get a grip' on creativity and discover even more ways to use their smartphone cameras."
 
The rock-solid GripTight Micro Stand is the only pocket-sized smartphone stand in the market. Designed with a steel inner frame and zinc alloy legs, the Micro Stand is sleek and durable enough to stash in a pocket or on a key chain for on-the-go convenience. Grippy, rubber feet allow users to stabilize their smartphones on uneven surfaces, and the mini-ballhead tilts 36 degrees in any direction for precise control of photo and video composition. The Micro Stand is ideal for smartphone photographers who want to be in their photo with friends or who love to watch YouTube™ videos in a café. It's portable, convenient and easy to set up.
 
The GripTight GorillaPod Stand is an incredibly adaptable and all-terrain solution. Designed with flexible, wrappable joints and grippy, rubber feet, this solution allows users to secure their smartphones to all kinds of objects and stabilize them on all types of surfaces for the optimal perspective as they shoot photos, capture video and enjoy media. Ideal for city and wilderness adventures, the GripTight GorillaPod Stand is the perfect companion on an urban trek while photographing meals for a foodie blog, or on your next camping trip for setting up in-tent movie nights.
 
The innovative GripTight Mount is compatible with GorillaPod™ camera tripods and standard tripods via a universal, stainless-steel ¼-20" thread. The Mount makes it easy to stabilize and position your smartphone to do everything from composing a challenging shot to capturing a time-lapse photo series or capturing a full-length video.
 
Stable and hands-free. Compact and lightweight. Designed for limitless possibilities and almost any smartphone, the GripTight collection from JOBY allows smartphone users to expand their creativity and improve their mobile photography and videography with three versatile, portable products that make perfect gifts for the holidays.
 
The GripTight Mount is available for $19.95 (US MSRP). The GripTight Micro Stand and GripTight GorillaPod Stand are available for $29.95 each (US MSRP). All products may be purchased at popular big-box retailers, consumer electronics, mobile and online stores, and at joby.com.
 
B&H carries JOBY products.
Category: Joby News
Post Date: 10/24/2012 7:29:41 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, October 23, 2012
NEW FIRMWARE UPDATE FOR CANON EOS 5D MARK III DIGITAL SLR CAMERA PROVIDES UNCOMPRESSED HDMI OUTPUT SUPPORT AND IMPROVED AF PERFORMANCE
 
From Canon:
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 23, 2012 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced a new firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR camera that significantly improves the camera’s performance and usability. In response to requests from professionals working in the fields of cinema and television production, the firmware update enables the use of uncompressed HDMI Output support, making possible more efficient video editing and monitoring procedures. Additionally, the upgrade supports the advanced needs of photographers through improved AF performance when capturing still images.
 
Uncompressed HDMI Output Support
When shooting video, HDMI Output makes possible the recording of high-definition uncompressed video data (YCbCr 4:2:2, 8 bit) from the EOS 5D Mark III to an external recorder via the camera’s HDMI terminal. This, in turn, facilitates the editing of video data with minimal image degradation for greater on-site workflow efficiency during motion picture and video productions. Additionally, video being captured can be displayed on an external monitor, enabling real-time, on-site monitoring of high-definition video during shooting.
 
Improved AF Functionality
Even when the EOS 5D Mark III is equipped with an extender and lens making possible a maximum aperture of f/8, the firmware update supports AF employing the camera’s central cross-type points (currently compatible with maximum apertures up to f/5.6). Accordingly, the update will allow users to take advantage of AF when shooting distant subjects, benefitting sports and nature photographers, particularly when using telephoto lenses.
 
The new firmware update will be available, at no charge, in April 2013 from the Canon U.S.A. website and can be downloaded by end users or through Canon Factory Service Centers.
 
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III is available at Amazon, B&H and Adorama.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 10/23/2012 8:10:32 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Nikon Europe has posted an informative article explaining their remote shutter release products.
 
They also published a similar article on their TTL remote or multi-flash sync cords.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 10/23/2012 12:37:14 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, October 22, 2012
From Canon USA:
 
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Honors Canon’s Work on Improvements to Large Format CMOS Imagers for Use in High Definition Broadcast Video Cameras
 
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 22, 2012 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, announced today that Canon Inc. will be recognized at the 64th Annual Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards for “Improvements to Large Format CMOS Imagers for Use in High Definition Broadcast Video Cameras.” Presented by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (NATAS), the Technology & Engineering Emmy® Awards honor development and innovation in broadcast technology and recognize companies, organizations and individuals for breakthroughs in technology that have a significant effect on television engineering.
 
Canon debuted its award-winning large format CMOS image sensor in its acclaimed EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera in November of 2011 at a global launch event held at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. By exploring alternatives to the established Bayer color filter array algorithms, Canon was able to achieve an overall image quality capture through its CMOS sensor that has helped bring digital cinema closer to the superb aesthetics associated with 35 mm motion picture film.
 
“We are honored to receive this recognition from NATAS for our work on large format sensors,” said Masaya Maeda, managing director and chief executive, Image Communication Products Operations, Canon Inc. “We see this award as a testament to the warm acceptance that the film and television production community has extended to us as we’ve partnered with them over the last year to help tell their stories. It also serves as further incentive for our continued commitment to the entertainment industry.”
 
In November 2011, Canon announced its full-fledged entry into the theatrical motion picture, television programming and television commercial production industries with the launch of the Cinema EOS System. Over the past 10 months, the Company has introduced a total of three high-definition, high-performance Cinema EOS digital cinema cameras—the EOS C300 Digital Cinema Camera, the EOS C500 4K Digital Cinema Camera and the compact, lightweight EOS C100 Digital Video Camera—all built around Canon’s innovative Super 35-mm CMOS image sensor technology specifically developed for Cinema EOS motion image capture. Separately, the EOS-1D C 4K DSLR Cinema Camera, equipped with an 18.3-megapixel full frame (36 mm x 24 mm) CMOS image sensor, also joined the Cinema EOS product family in April of this year. For professional photographers, and independent and student filmmakers, Canon has also introduced the EOS 5D Mark III digital SLR camera, building on the strong success of the EOS 5D Mark II in film and television production.
 
The Technology & Engineering Emmy® Award will be presented on January 10, 2013, during the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 10/22/2012 8:34:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Saturday, October 20, 2012
The Canon Digital Learning Center has published an article on the just-released Canon EOS-1D X firmware version 1.1.1.
 
As I expected would be Canon's position on the question, the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens is officially not compatible with the Canon EF 1.4x III Extender.
 
As discussed here, the 70-300 L was initially included in the 1D X's f/8 AF-capable lens and extender combination list on the new Canon 1D X special firmware page. This lens is no longer included on that page - and is not included on the CDLC firmware in-depth page's compatibility list.
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Post Date: 10/20/2012 7:14:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, October 19, 2012
Sample pictures have been added to these reviews:
 
Canon EF 500mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens Review
Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens Review
Canon EOS-1D X Review (with some overlapping samples)
 
These are awesome lenses. I expect to post many more sample pictures from these lenses in the future - especially/hopefully after a White-Tailed Deer photo trip I have scheduled in Shenandoah National Park in the near future.
 
The 1D X is also awesome. I'm deep into my fall sports photography season and can easily say that I've never had a camera and lens combination perform as well as the 1D X and the "IS II" supertelephoto lenses. These combinations rock.
 
Note that I continue to include photography tips in most of the sample picture comments.
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Post Date: 10/19/2012 7:33:15 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From X-Rrite:
 
Online educational tutorials provide photographers with basic information, insights, and tips to achieve color control, consistency and creativity in their digital imaging workflow
 
North White Plains, NY – October 18, 2012 - X-Rite Photo Marketing announces its schedule of November 2012 Webinars that have been developed to address specific color management topics and are designed to appeal to both professional and serious amateur photographers.
 
Three free Webinars this month are sure to help photographers and videographers gain new confidence and to learn quick, easy and powerful ways to enhance their color workflow. Webinar attendees will also have the opportunity to ask questions to the live trainers.
 
“This month’s webinars provide color management tips not only for photographers but videographers as well,” said Mark Rezzonico, vice president, X-Rite Photo Marketing. “From learning about professional color management applications for video as well as still photography to creating images with amazing colors or gorgeous landscapes, one of X-Rite’s November webinars is sure to provide the expert advice and education that photographers need.”
 
Click here to see the November webinars schedule.
Category: X Rite News
Post Date: 10/19/2012 2:33:04 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
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
 
Date/Venue:

  • 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

Program

  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)
 
Program

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

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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.
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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.
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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.

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Post Date: 10/17/2012 7:18:35 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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