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

 Thursday, March 22, 2012
The new Apple iPad 3rd Generation, with a greatly enhanced display, is now available on eBay. Otherwise, the "New iPad" remains unavailable online.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Apple News
Post Date: 3/22/2012 12:18:37 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon ImageBrowser EX 1.0.1 is now available for download.
I introduced Canon's new ImageBrowser EX software back on Mar 11, but the download function was not working. The new software is now able to be downloaded.
CameraWindow DC 8.8 and ZoomBrowser EX 6.9.0 Updater are also available for both Mac and Windows users. Mac users will also find PhotoStitch 3.2.6 Updater available.
Post Date: 3/22/2012 11:20:04 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adobe Photoshop CS6 Beta is now available for download.
From Adobe:
First Major Release since April 2010 Packed with New Features and Huge Performance Enhancements
SAN JOSE, Calif. — March 22, 2012 — Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® CS6 beta, a preview of what’s to come in the next release of the industry standard in digital imaging, is available as a free download from Adobe Labs. Customers can download the beta, try out the experience and provide feedback to the product team. Packed with groundbreaking new innovations,featuresand incredible performance enhancements, Photoshop CS6 beta is available for the Mac OS and Microsoft® Windows® platforms. The final release is expected in the first half of 2012.
“Photoshop CS6 will be a milestone release that pushes the boundaries of imaging innovation with incredible speed and performance,” said Winston Hendrickson, vice president products, Creative Media Solutions, Adobe. “We couldn’t wait to share this beta of Photoshop CS6 with our customers and are looking forward to hearing from them and seeing the ways they are incorporating the beta into their daily creative workflows.”
New Features in Photoshop CS6 Beta
Photoshop CS6 beta demonstrates Adobe’s focus on huge performance enhancements, imaging magic and creativity tools that offer customers a new experience in digital imaging. Key features include new additions to the Content-Aware tools: Content-Aware Patch allows greater control by letting users select and duplicate an area of an image to fill in or “patch” another, and Content-Aware Move lets users select and magically move an object to a new place in the image.
In addition, the Photoshop CS6 beta offers all the features of Adobe Photoshop CS6 and Adobe Photoshop CS6 Extended, such as new 3D editing features and quantitative imaging analysis capabilities. These features will be included in the shipping version of Photoshop CS6 Extended when it becomes available.
Pricing and Availability
The Photoshop CS6 beta is available immediately as a free download in English and Japanese. At installation, users will be required to provide an Adobe ID to complete a one-time login and online product activation. For information on how to install Photoshop CS6 beta, visit Customers can submit feedback via the Photoshop CS6 beta forum. Users can also connect with the Photoshop team via the community-powered site; on Facebook; YouTube; blog; or via Twitter.
More information and resources are available on Adobe's site.
B&H carries Adobe products.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 3/22/2012 8:44:48 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 21, 2012
The US Army has issued a warning about the hazards of posting geotagged images online.
While the warning is primarily targeted at military personnel and their families and friends, the lesson is good for all of us to understand.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 3/21/2012 8:09:57 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
I just received notice from Adorama that they are shipping Canon EOS 5D Mark III preorders today!
I suspect that many calendars will be cleared this weekend.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Preorders
Post Date: 3/21/2012 4:29:17 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The following review-placeholder pages are now loaded with product images, preorder opportunities and links to other information:
Canon EOS 5D Mark III Review
Canon Speedlite 600EX-RT Flash Review
Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT Review
Canon BG-E11 Battery Grip Review
Note that the Canon Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT is only $319.00 at B&H but is priced at $470.00 at It is unusual for two major retailers to be asking such disparate prices for a new Canon item, so I suspect an price mistake.
In the USA, has started charging credit cards for 5D III preorders. (thanks Laszlo)
Check out the CPN site for WFT-E7 Wireless File Transmitter information.
Also check out the CPN site for GP-E2 GPS information.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 3/21/2012 1:08:54 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon Digital Photo Pro v3.11.10, supporting the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III is not yet available on Canon's site, but the instruction manual is now available for download.
Key new features in DPP v3.11.10, aside from 5D III support, HDR (High Dynamic Range), are DLO (Digital Lens Optimizer), Composite Images images and the Map Utility.
Post Date: 3/21/2012 12:24:57 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H has the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE/ZF.2 Lens available for preorder.
Adorama is also accepting preorders.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Zeiss Preorders
Post Date: 3/21/2012 9:32:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 20, 2012
I have posted some used gear for sale - including a Canon EOS-1Ds Mark III, Speedlites, Lowepro backpacks, Gitzo ...
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Used Camera Gear
Post Date: 3/20/2012 4:46:38 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
Canon Marks The 26th Consecutive Year Placing In The Top Five Among U.S. Patent Holders
Canon Achieved A New Record in 2011 with 2,813 Patents, Ranking Third Overall
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., March 20, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced its parent company, Canon Inc., was granted 2,813 new U.S. patents during the 2011 calendar year, surpassing the company record of 2,543 new patents in 2010. Based on weekly patent counts issued by the United States Patent and Trademark Office for 2011, Canon Inc. placed third overall marking a new milestone in the company's history as one of the top five patent holders worldwide for more than a quarter of a century.
"Maintaining a solid dedication to research and development enables us to maximize efficiency, increase precision and ensure a diversified lineup of future products that will continue to solidify our brand," said Seymour Liebman, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel, Canon U.S.A. "2011 was a year we overcame numerous challenges; yet our commitment to research and development enabled us to set new records."
Patents granted in 2011 continue to drive innovation for Canon Inc. well into the future. To date, Canon Inc. has created core product technologies in fields such as image capture, electrophotography, inkjet printing, lithography, and display as well as common platform technologies including digital processing, production engineering, quality management and environmental technologies.
In addition to strengthening and expanding existing businesses, Canon Inc. is committed to the future with a focus on promoting research and development in areas such as medical imaging, intelligent manufacturing and mixed reality. Achieving new advancements throughout a variety of technologies helps to produce a wide range of synergies between products, delivering new value and solutions to customers.
Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 3/20/2012 4:43:32 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
eBay has the refurbished "Motorola XOOM Tablet 3G 32GB Black WiFi Verizon LTE Rdy Honeycomb Android 10.1" featured as a Daily Deal for only $289.99 shipped. "4G LTE upgradeable" - Be sure to read the listing.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Motorola Deals
Post Date: 3/20/2012 1:35:26 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Corel:
New CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 Powers Total Creativity and Design
Latest Release Features Advanced OpenType Support, Custom Built Color Harmonies, New Page Layout Capabilities, Native 64-bit and Enhanced Multi-Core Support
Ottawa, ON - March 20, 2012
Corel Corel today announced the launch of CorelDRAW® Graphics Suite X6, the newest version of its flagship graphics suite. Featuring a completely revamped typography engine, inspiring new color styles and harmonies, and powerful shaping tools, the new suite offers graphics professionals its most creative and powerful tools to date. With a focus on opening up new creative possibilities for the design community, this major upgrade delivers improved workflow and performance making it even easier for both aspiring and experienced designers to connect with assets, work with leading edge tools and technology, and output their design projects with confidence.
"Our CorelDRAW community consistently inspires us with their creativity and versatility. Our members play a central role in helping us determine the essential features and enhancements that will help to accelerate the design process while enabling them to showcase their true design style, ," said John Falsetto, Senior Product Manager for CorelDRAW. "We want to provide our users with all of the tools and options they need to be as creative and productive as possible so that they can share their vision and inspire others through their work."
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 Delivers Power and Versatility; Expands Creative Capabilities
The following new features, along with numerous time-saving enhancements, are designed to address the needs of CorelDRAW users in a wide variety of industries including sign making, graphic design, fashion/apparel design, wide format printing, marketing, print production, screen printing, awards and engraving, vehicle wrap design, and other businesses of all sizes.
New Feature Highlights

  • Advanced OpenType® Support: Create beautiful text with advanced OpenType® typography features, such as contextual and stylistic alternates, ligatures, ornaments, swash variants, and more.
  • New Custom-built Color Harmonies: Modify colors collectively in a harmony and analyze colors and hues to deliver complementary color schemes.
  • New Native 64-bit and Enhanced Multi-Core Support: Quickly process files and images up to 50% faster than before.
  • New Creative Vector Shaping tools: Creatively add effects using four new vector shaping tools - Smear, Twirl, Attract and Repel.
  • New Styles Engine and Docker: Format with speed and simplify the creation, application, and management of styles for consistent formatting across multiple objects.
  • New Website Creator™ X6: Build and manage websites with ease using the Site Wizard, templates, drag-and-drop functionality and seamless integration with XHTML, CSS, JavaScript, and XML.
  • New Smart Carver™: Remove unwanted areas from an image while simultaneously maintaining the photo's aspect ratio.
  • Improved Page Layout Capabilities: Create design layouts with ease using new and improved Master Layer functionality, Alignment Guides, Interactive frames and much more.
  • Redesigned Object Properties Docker: Save time, fine-tune designs and get access to the object settings in one centralized location.

"People are looking for software that produces professional results without the complexity. This is especially important for those who rely on graphic software for their business," said Kathleen Maher, Senior Analyst at Jon Peddie Research. "This is what CorelDRAW Graphics Suite was designed to do, and we see that legacy continuing strong in the new version. Corel has balanced new features that keep the software competitive for experienced designers, but new users can still get up and working quickly."
Added Maher: "The latest version of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite keeps pace with today's hardware with support for 64-bit memory and multi-core processing. Corel has added significant new features into every module making it a very well-rounded suite of products. Most intriguing, we like the way CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 offers features that straddle traditional boundaries between illustration, design, drafting, and imaging. We are finding more and more people are doing more in their every day jobs and products like CorelDRAW Graphics Suite let them work with one package they can easily learn and grow with."
What's Included in CorelDRAW Graphics X6
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 includes CorelDRAW® X6, an intuitive vector-illustration and page-layout application; Corel® PHOTO-PAINT™X6, a professional image-editing application; Corel® PowerTRACE™ X6, a utility to quickly and accurately convert bitmaps into editable vector graphics; Corel® CONNECT™ X6, a full-screen browser to search the suite's digital content on a computer, local network, or disc and stock imagery from iStockPhoto® and Fotolia; Corel CAPTURE™ X6, a one-click screen capture utility; and new to the suite is Corel® Website Creator™ X6 for designing and building websites.
Users also receive 10,000 high-quality clipart and images; 1,000 new professional high-resolution digital photos; 1,000 OpenType fonts, including premium fonts, such as Helvetica®; 2,000 vehicle templates; 350 professionally designed templates; and 800 frames and patterns. Corel will continue to enhance the CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 experience by making more content and functionality available throughout the lifecycle for X6 users.
For a full list of everything included in CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 and to download a free 30-day fully-functional trial version, please visit
Availability and Pricing
CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 is now available in English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, Brazilian-Portuguese and Dutch and can be downloaded from Corel's website at In North America, the full version of CorelDRAW Graphics Suite X6 is $499 (US and CDN) and the upgrade is available for $199 (US and CDN). Commercial and education volume licenses are also available.
B&H carries Corel products.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Corel News
Post Date: 3/20/2012 1:23:25 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
Canon Hollywood Professional Technology And Support Center Now Fully Operational
First Canon Facility in the U.S.A. with the Capability to Service All Canon Lens Types Supporting Canon's Cinema, Television and Professional Photography Customers
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y./HOLLYWOOD, Calif., March 20, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced that the Canon Hollywood Professional Technology and Support Center is fully operational, offering comprehensive product repair and support services for Canon's professional products. This is the first Canon facility in the United States with the precision equipment, staff and expertise to repair all Canon professional lens types, including the Company's award-winning EF series photography lenses, brand new EF Cinema lenses, and broadcast and studio lenses. Full repair services for Canon's extensive lineup of cameras, including the new Cinema EOS C300 camera, XF/XA Series high definition camcorders, and professional-grade EOS Digital SLR cameras are also available at the facility.
"This is an amazing time for Canon, as just a few weeks ago we started shipping the new Cinema EOS C300 cameras and EF Cinema lenses. As we enter these new and exciting markets, we are proud to offer Canon's convenient, timely and high quality service and support to professionals working in and around Hollywood," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
The Hollywood Professional Technology and Support Center brings Canon's award-winning service and support to Hollywood, serving the growing number of professional cinema, broadcast and television production customers. The facility, located on the historic Sunset Gower Studios lot at 6060 Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, provides a local site to foster support, research, service and training for Hollywood's entertainment industry. In addition to product service, the facility acts as a base for Canon's regional operations and provides training and support to industry partners, including dealers and rental houses. The new facility and highly trained Canon staff also offer hands-on Canon Live Learning seminars to current and potential clients on the latest Canon professional products. To learn more about these comprehensive educational offerings, please visit:
On-site repair operations include two state-of-the-art camera body and lens adjustment rooms, Canon's most advanced adjustment and calibration equipment, local spare parts inventory, and an experienced repair staff that will return Canon's professional products to their original factory condition and operation.
An advance reservation is required for all service and support requests handled by the Hollywood facility. Customers requesting support should call 1 (855) CINE EOS to schedule an appointment. Additionally, as an added benefit for Canon Professional Services (CPS) Platinum and Gold level members, a reservation for support can be made via the CPS hotline 24 hours a day at 1 (888) CPS-4540.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Cinema EOS
Post Date: 3/20/2012 9:24:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From WD:
WD® Ships First 2 TB Portable Hard Drive With Next-Gen My Passport®
World's Top-Selling External Storage Solution Gets Capacity Boost, Premium New Design, Improved Signature Features of Security and Automatic Backup
IRVINE, Calif., March 20, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Western Digital® (NYSE: WDC) today announced the next generation of its top-selling My Passport® line of portable hard drives, offering consumers a fresh new enclosure design and the first-ever 2 TB capacity in a portable drive. Now available in five popular colors: white, black, silver, blue, and red, with a range of capacities beginning from 500 GB, the new sleeker My Passport portable drives offer digital consumers an appealing array of storage options that reflect their personal style. Additionally, the new My Passport drives offer WD SmartWare™ automatic backup software and WD Security™ for password protection and hardware encryption.
With the addition of premium finishes, specially-engineered to make the outer shell more resistant to scratches and fingerprints, the new My Passport external drives feature ultra-fast USB 3.0 connectivity; USB 2.0 compatibility; continuous, automatic backup software; and password protection with hardware encryption. The included software offers the flexibility to customize the drive to a user's storage preferences: installing all features, just the components needed, or using the drive without the software. The new 2 TB model offers massive capacity in an amazing pocket-sized enclosure, affording plenty of secure storage for all of one's photos, video, music and other important files.
Given the small form factor and easy portability of My Passport drives, the built-in security features of password protection and hardware encryption help protect files from unauthorized use, making the drives safe data repositories for data while offering peace of mind to busy consumers on the go.
"More than money, jewelry and other valuables, the item most missed if ever lost or stolen is one's computer – and everything on it – so our goal in launching the next-generation of the popular My Passport drives is to encourage more consumers to protect their data before something happens," said Jim Welsh, executive vice president and general manager of WD's branded products and consumer electronics groups. "The new My Passport makes backing up and preserving one's digital life easier, reliable and more secure than ever – it's the perfect blend of monstrous capacity, reliability and user-friendly technology in a sleek form factor, now in five colors."
Pricing and Availability
My Passport drives come with a 2-year limited warranty and are available online at the WD store at and at select retailers and distributors. MSRP is $129.99 USD for 500 GB, $149.99 USD for 750 GB, $179.99 USD for 1 TB, $199.99 for 1.5 TB and $249.99 USD for the new 2 TB edition. Additional information on the My Passport family of hard drives can be found at
Post Date: 3/20/2012 8:36:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 19, 2012
In a post today, Nikon Japan has revealed that the initial inventory is not expected to satisfy initial demand for the D800 DSLR.
Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Announcements
Post Date: 3/19/2012 2:52:22 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Firmware update v0554 for Mac has been released for the Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader.
The new firmware adds support for UDMA 7. Again, this is the card reader I use.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Lexar News
Post Date: 3/19/2012 10:27:19 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, March 17, 2012
J&R just started accepting Canon EOS-1D X preorders.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Preorders
Post Date: 3/17/2012 7:08:56 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, March 16, 2012
If you purchased Adobe Lightroom 3 recently (many of you took advantage of the great Lightroom 3 deals), you may qualify for a free upgrade to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4.
I went in circles with Adobe customer support a few times to find out what the cutoff date was - and Feb 5th, 2012 was the answer. I'm not 100% confident in this date, but it is likely correct.
To get your free upgrade, follow the steps outlined on Adobe's Upgrade policy after product announcement page.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 3/16/2012 8:30:28 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Nikon D800 / D800E owner's manual is now available for download.
Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Owners Manuals
Post Date: 3/16/2012 7:03:41 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Tokina has announced that the Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX II Lens release has been slightly delayed.
The Nikon digital (APS-C) mount version will be released April 6, 2012 and the Canon digital (APS-C) mount version will be released in late July 2012 .
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 3/16/2012 3:20:43 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan just started accepting Canon EOS-1D X preorders!
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Preorders
Post Date: 3/16/2012 1:59:55 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Nikon D4 Owner's Manual is now available for download.
Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Owners Manuals
Post Date: 3/16/2012 12:35:57 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama is accepting Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens (Canon mount) and Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZF.2 Lens (Nikon mount) preorders.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Zeiss Preorders
Post Date: 3/16/2012 8:22:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Zeiss has shared a video of the new Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE/ZF.2 Lens:
Post Date: 3/16/2012 8:12:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE/ZF.2 Lens has been announced.
Zeiss has provided me a production lens for evaluation. Standardized test results along with charts and many product images are available on the Zeiss 15mm f/2.8 Distagon T* ZE Lens Review placeholder page.
Post Date: 3/16/2012 8:00:44 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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