Canon and Sony News for Sep 2012 (Page 2)

 Tuesday, September 18, 2012

From Sandisk:

Sandisk Announces Development of CFast Memory Cards For Next-Generation Professional Photo and Video Applications

  • New specification delivers up to four times faster performance than current CompactFlash® memory cards used in today's professional-grade cameras
  • Ideal for next-generation cameras offering high resolutions and featuring advanced professional video recording applications
  • Currently sampling CFast2.0 memory cards to camera manufacturers as they design and optimize their next-generation host devices for CFast2.0

PHOTOKINA, Cologne, Germany, September 18, 2012 - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), a global leader in flash memory storage solutions, today announced that it is developing flash memory cards based on the new CFast2.0 specification introduced today by the CompactFlash Association (CFA). The new specification enables next-generation photo and video applications by delivering up to four times faster performance than the CompactFlash memory cards currently used in DSLR cameras and other imaging devices.

"CFast2.0 memory cards will help drive the future of professional photography and video-recording applications," said Shuki Nir, senior vice president and general manager, Retail, SanDisk. "With the CFast2.0 specification's unparalleled performance, flash memory can now enter new markets such as high-definition TV and even cinema production."

Ideal for Next-Generation Professional Video Applications
Professional video applications are growing more powerful than ever before, with 2K video enjoying widespread use and full-frame 4K video already gaining adoption in high-end production environments. These next-generation video applications can produce videos with incredibly high resolutions and large file sizes. The CFast2.0 specification supports advanced video applications through higher interface bandwidth and much higher levels of Video Performance Guarantee to meet the requirements of 2K/4K digital intermediate compressed production environments.

"Professional photographers, videographers and cinematographers demand increasingly powerful cameras that help them unleash their creativity," said Masaya Maeda, managing director and chief executive, image communication products operations, Canon. "With extremely fast performance, CFast2.0 memory cards will enable us to develop next-generation cameras with more powerful features than are currently supported by CompactFlash cards."Ideal for Next-Generation Photography Applications
Digital cameras are expected to become more powerful, with the ability to capture images at greater than 40MP resolution. These next-generation cameras will produce photos of unprecedented quality, and the large file sizes can quickly overwhelm a CompactFlash memory card's data-transfer rates and halt shooting.

The CFast2.0 specification features theoretical performance of up to 600MB/sec, four times faster than the highest-performance CompactFlash memory cards. The new specification delivers the fast speed needed to capture a series of high-resolution photos and transfer them quickly to a computer, particularly important to professional photographers whose workflows demand the utmost efficiency.

"PhaseOne believes in open standards where many players have access to the technologies required to create a healthy ecosystem and drive the future of imaging," said Henrik Håkonsson, chief executive officer, PhaseOne, a leading medium format camera manufacturer. "We intend to integrate CFast2.0 memory cards into our new cameras because they offer significantly higher recording performance and faster offload speeds than other memory card formats."

Sampling Now
SanDisk is currently sampling CFast2.0 memory cards to camera manufacturers as they design and optimize their next-generation host devices for the new specification.

B&H carries SanDisk products.

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Post Date: 9/18/2012 10:37:44 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

Posted on the Nik Software website:

We are pleased to announce that Google has acquired Nik Software. For nearly 17 years, we’ve been guided by our motto, “photography first”, as we worked to build world class digital image editing tools. We’ve always aspired to share our passion for photography with everyone, and with Google’s support we hope to be able to help many millions more people create awesome pictures.

We’re incredibly grateful for all of your support and hope you’ll join us on the next phase of our journey as part of Google.

All our best!

The Nik Software Team

B&H carries the full line of Nik Software.

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Post Date: 9/18/2012 10:27:00 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

X-Rite Announces ColorMunki Smile, a New Entry-Level Color Calibration Solution

ColorMunki Smile provides amazingly simple monitor calibration

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., (September 18, 2012) – X-Rite, Incorporated, the world leader in color management, measurement and communication technologies, announces today a new addition to the ColorMunki family of color calibration solutions – the ColorMunki Smile. Ideal for photo hobbyists, design enthusiasts, gamers and any other users looking for the easiest way to color correct their computer monitors, ColorMunki Smile offers a simple and affordable option for beginner color perfectionists.

ColorMunki Smile includes a color measurement device and very simple software. Thanks to a wizard-based user interface that uses graphics and video animation, users just need to follow the on-screen instructions that walk them through the quick and easy calibration process. Best of all, users don’t need to know anything about color science to get good quality results with the ColorMunki Smile.

“ColorMunki Smile features advanced color measurement technologies that X-Rite is known for while providing beginner color enthusiasts with an easy-to-use solution for calibrating monitors,” said Thomas Kunz, X-Rite’s Market Manager, Imaging. “With the introduction of ColorMunki Smile, users can now be sure that their monitors always accurately display the true colors of their photographs, videos, games and web browsing experiences.”

Using the same color profile technology as X-Rite’s professional-level color calibration products, ColorMunki Smile provides color accuracy on commonly used LED and LCD displays.

Users can also calibrate multiple monitors to accurately show colors. ColorMunki Smile software automatically detects when multiple monitors are connected to a single Mac or PC computer and allows users to color correct each one.

ColorMunki Smile extends the X-Rite portfolio of Display products by now offering an entry level display product. Also available for more advanced users is the ColorMunki Display and for professional users – the i1Display Pro.

Availability
ColorMunki Smile is available now from X-Rite (North America) and Pantone online stores and also from the company’s worldwide network of resellers for an MSRP of $99. ColorMunki Smile includes a colorimeter with counterweight, ColorMunki Smile software for calibrating monitors, and Quick Start Guide.

For more information on this solution, please visit www.xrite.com, www.xritephoto.com or www.pantone.com, or contact your local X-Rite press representative.

B&H carries X-Rite ColorMunki products

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Post Date: 9/18/2012 10:18:18 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

From Datacolor:

Datacolor Launches SpyderCAPTURE PRO™- The Complete Color Input and Autofocus Suite

Ultimate Product Bundle for Imaging Professionals Includes Essential Color Management Tools for Digital Workflow Process

Lawrenceville, NJ – September 18, 2012 –– Datacolor® (www.datacolor.com), a global leader in color management solutions, today announced the availability of SpyderCAPTURE PRO, a bundled product package featuring essential tools for photographers to manage color throughout the digital workflow process. The kit, which allows photographers to reliably assess and adjust images from capture to post-production, enabling true-to-life reproduction of images, includes four popular Datacolor Spyder products: Spyder4ELITE™, SpyderCHECKR™, SpyderCUBE™ and SpyderLENSCAL™.

With SpyderCAPTURE PRO, photographers, designers and imaging professionals can calibrate autofocus in cameras and lenses with the SpyderLENSCAL, control contrast and white point balance with SpyderCUBE, control color balance with SpyderCHECKR, and calibrate displays, such as a computer monitor or laptop, iPads, iPhones, televisions (optional upgrade) and projectors, with Spyder4ELITE. Offering greater control over color management, the tools included in the bundle offer precision performance and are easy to use both in studio and on location.

“The Datacolor Spyder line of products offers professionals the tools they need to ensure color and razor sharp autofocus accuracy throughout every step of the imaging workflow,” said Dave Faulkner, product manager for Datacolor. “SpyderCAPTURE PRO puts a collection of our leading color calibration solutions together in one convenient, cost-savings package that eliminates the guesswork in selecting which gear is necessary to help capture great images.”

SpyderCAPTURE PRO comes in a rugged aluminum case for convenient protection and storage that allows for easy transportability. The package comes complete with a one-year warranty and free online support from Datacolor. SpyderCAPTURE PRO retails for $399 and is available now. For more information on SpyderCAPTURE PRO, please visit www.datacolor.com/spydercapturepro or email spyder@datacolor.com.

About DatacolorDatacolor is a global leader in color management solutions and color communication technology. The world's leading brands, manufacturers, creative professionals and consumers have been choosing Datacolor's innovative technology and solutions to consistently achieve the right color for over 40 years.

A Swiss held company, Datacolor's global presence encompasses a sales, service and support network serving customers in more than 65 countries throughout Europe, the Americas and Asia, along with 13 worldwide operation and production facilities. Industries served include apparel and textile, paint and coatings, automotive, plastics, photography, home theatre and others. For more information about Datacolor and its products or services, visit www.datacolor.com.

B&H carries Datacolor products.

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Post Date: 9/18/2012 10:08:27 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

From Lowepro:

Passport Sling II - (Petaluma, CA – September 18, 2012)

Lowepro, a product design company that builds protective gear for photography, video and portable electronic devices, unveils its next generation of a versatile favorite among enthusiast photographers: Passport Sling II. Inspired by the original Passport Sling for DSLR cameras, this new design incorporates a removable and customizable camera box that adjusts to fit a CSC or DSLR kit, plus personal gear.

"We're excited to offer this customer favorite in an updated design that allows photographers to fit their DSLR or CSC camera set-up," said Tim Grimmer, Lowepro director of product management. "We built a flexible, padded camera box that makes it easy to change up your kit depending on your shooting plans."

This discreet sling design has a unique, organic profile that belies the fact that it fits and protects camera gear. Its removable camera box quickly transforms the Passport Sling II into a full travel or day bag. Both camera box and sling may be folded flat for packing into a larger bag.

An expandable front panel unzips to reveal 30% more storage space for personal items—ideal for a day of sightseeing and souvenir shopping or a trip to the farmers market.

Comfortable, convenient and thoughtful features make the Passport Sling II a perfect everyday and travel choice. The adjustable shoulder strap with cam lock buckle includes a detachable pad for extra, day-long comfort; remove the pad for a more streamlined look. Multiple storage pockets on the exterior and interior provide ample space for a water bottle, smartphone, wallet, keys, light jacket, and other personal items. A bright, contrasting lining makes it easy to locate gear.

The Passport Sling II fits two types of camera configurations within the customizable camera box. The removable divider and flaps are built to make quick and secure size adjustments. The larger configuration fits a DSLR with attached zoom lens, plus one extra lens or a flash. The smaller configuratioon fits a CSC with attached zoom lens, plus two extra lenses or a flash and one extra lens. This new sling is available in Black/Red or Mica/Green.

Event Messenger series - (Petaluma, CA – September 18, 2012)

Lowepro, a product design company that invents protective gear for photography equipment and portable electronics, adds a classic black option to its popular Event Messenger series. The three models are built to fit, protect and carry an interchangeable lens camera (ILC) kit, plus a laptop or tablet in the larger two sizes.

"We've received positive feedback from customers and favorable reviews from photo publications, blogs and forums when we launched the Event Messenger series in March of this year," said Tim Grimmer, Lowepro director of product management. "Photographers and reviewers appreciate its discreet profile, flexible organization and easy access—and many asked for us to make it in classic black; so we have."

The Event Messenger's Grab-and-Go design with a wide-access main compartment makes it ideal for getting to gear when shooting a news story, wedding or impromptu event. A Dual-Mode Flap allows a photographer to quickly switch from maximum security mode to quiet working mode.

Additional features include: padded laptop/tablet compartment (in the 250 and 150, respectively); comfortable, adjustable shoulder strap with non-slip patch; stretch side pockets; plus a grab handle for an extra carrying option.

The series is available in Black (with red accents) and Mica in three sizes. The 250 model fits up to a Pro DSLR without grip, extra lenses, accessories and up to a 13" laptop. The 150 fits a DSLR, extra lenses, accessories and a tablet. The 100 fits a compact DSLR or CSC, extra lenses and accessories.

Rover Pro AW series - (Petaluma, CA – September 17, 2012 )

Lowepro, a product design company that builds protective gear for photography, video and portable electronic devices, unveils its new Rover Pro AW series. These two lightweight, technical backpacks are built for active outdoor professional and enthusiasts photographers who need a comfortable and supportive way to hike with heavy loads of equipment over long and varied terrain.

"We're extremely excited to offer outdoor photographers the first real, overnight backpack that's built to protect their camera equipment, provide space for basic camping gear, and deliver the kind of versatility, support and comfort they require when shooting in the backcountry," said Tim Grimmer, Lowepro director of product management.

The Rover Pro AW features a trampoline-style suspension system with breathable mesh to provide an optimal load transfer and superior ventilation when trekking with a lot of gear. Adjustable shoulder straps allow a custom fit that accommodates 16 to 19 inch (40 to 48 centimeter) torso lengths as measured from the C4 vertebrae to the top of the iliac crest.

The toploading design offers two-way access to camera and other gear—from the top or the front-hatch opening. Modular camera cases (1 camera case and 1 lens case in 45L model; 1 camera case in 35L model) are placed under the front hatch. Fully padded and adjustable, they may be removed to convert the bags to fully functional backpacks that provide 45 or 35 liters of volume.

The Rover Pro AW comes with a hydration-ready side pocket to accommodate a 2 liter reservoir (not included) and keep liquid within easy reach. The opposite side of the pack includes a unique tripod attachment system with tarp-like flaps and compression straps to secure gear.

Lowepro's weather-protective cover gets a design update to accommodate wilderness shooters. The removable cover serves as a moisture barrier with reflector functionality for enhanced visibility and safety.

Additional outdoor-friendly details include: ice axe/trekking pole attachment points; attached top lid with zippered storage pocket; stretchy front stash pocket; sleeping pad/small tent straps at bottom of pack; adjustable waistbelt with built-in zippered pockets; compression straps to stabilize gear within pack and streamline the overall profile; plus, a dedicated laptop compartment in 45L model.

The Rover Pro 45L AW fits up to a Pro DSLR with grip, with attached 24-70mm zoom lens; 3-4 extra lenses or flashes; a tripod or monopod; 2 liter hydration reservoir (not included); up to a 15" laptop; sleeping pad, small tent, ice axe/trekking poles and other personal gear.

The Rover Pro 35L AW fits up to a Pro DSLR with attached 24-70mm zoom lens; 1 extra lens or flash; tripod or monopol; 2 liter hydration reservoir (not included); sleeping pad, small tent, ice axe/trekking poles and other personal gear.

The Rover Pro AW series is available Galaxy Blue/Light Grey.

B&H carries Lowepro Products.

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Post Date: 9/18/2012 8:53:58 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

From Joby:

Revolutionary Camera Strap Line Delivers Comfort & Performance for Photographers

JOBY Brings Breakthrough Design Expertise with a New Ultra-Comfortable Camera Strap Line

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif., September 18, 2012 – JOBY is excited to announce the launch of its innovative line of comfortable, high-performance camera straps: the JOBY UltraFit Sling Strap™ and JOBY 3-Way Camera Strap™. Known for its family of best-selling, flexible GorillaPod™ tripods, JOBY extends its technical design expertise to reinvent and refresh this essential camera accessory for shooters on-the-go. The camera straps are designed to accommodate both CSC (compact system camera) and DSLR cameras and are available in a quick-draw, cross-body design for men and women, in addition to a versatile 3-way wearing option.

“We opened up the possibilities for photographers to take their cameras anywhere and position on any surface with our breakthrough tripods,” said Michael Jue, director of product development. “Now we’re thrilled to offer a line of camera straps that combines the latest technology with premium materials to provide incredible comfort and quick camera access so photographers can shoot more efficiently on-the-go. Through rigorous testing with pro photographers, we’ve designed straps that make the camera feel lighter and conveniently accessible for hours, whether you’re shooting a breathtaking landscape on a hike or capturing a moment in a crowded tourist destination.”

The JOBY team conducted extensive user studies with more than 500 photography professionals and enthusiasts and pinpointed how camera straps should fit and move on the body. This exhaustive research resulted in the patent-pending UltraFit Sling Strap™, with separate versions designed specifically for men and women. It is built with JOBY’s exclusive UltraFit Layered-Pad Technology™ for lightweight support without the bulk of thick padding. An ergonomically placed pivot ring and pressure-relieving foam pad allow the strap to conform to the shoulder and torso of the body and evenly distribute the weight of the camera for long-wearing comfort.

In both the men’s and women’s sling straps, the innovative SpeedCinch™ system secures both camera and strap close to the body to free up the photographer’s hands and keep the camera secure when shooting in busy or crowded environments. When going for the next shot, the system automatically extends the strap length so the photographer can bring the camera to eye level in one fluid and fast motion. In both versions, premium materials such as stainless steel and glass-filled nylon plastic provide superior durability and a secure connection to a camera via a ¼-20" threaded accessory mount.

JOBY designed the patent-pending 3-Way Camera Strap™ to offer photographers a versatile and portable solution with three wearing modes: wrist, neck and shoulder. A convenient alternative to wrapping a neck/shoulder strap around the wrist, this compact strap allows shooters to minimize muscle fatigue with multiple ways to support the weight of the camera. The 3-Way Camera Strap™ allows quick access to impromptu shots in wrist mode or a hands-free option to change lenses in neck/shoulder mode. The breakthrough design uses retractable Dyneema® cord (providing up to 90 pounds or 40.8 kilograms of tensile strength) to adjust the strap length and secure the camera in place.

The new UltraFit Sling Strap™ is available in both male and female options for $49.99 (US MSRP). The new 3-Way Camera Strap™ is available for $39.99 (US MSRP). The JOBY camera strap line may be purchased at popular photo specialty, consumer electronics and online stores and at joby.com.

Revolutionary design. Ultra-comfortable fit. Superior performance. The new UltraFit Sling Strap™ and 3-Way Camera Strap™ designs from JOBY create a new standard in camera straps and give photographers the freedom to shoot on-the-go with incredible comfort, fluidity and speed.

B&H carrries Joby products.

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Post Date: 9/18/2012 8:00:57 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

The inexpensive Lensbaby Spark (press release) has just made its debut.

B&H has the Lensbaby Spark in stock.

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Post Date: 9/18/2012 7:17:17 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From Gura Gear:

Introducing the solution for keeping your cables, chargers, batteries and ‘everything else’ organized.

OGDEN, UT (September, 2012) – Gura Gear, an innovator in carrying solutions for passionate visual thinkers and travelers, introduces a range of solutions for organizing the chaos that follows any digital imaging user. Et Cetera cases and pouches are finely made bags in a range of sizes from 0.5L to 3L for cables, adapters, power blocks, chargers, batteries, pocket wizards, flash units, and the rest of the “extra stuff” that needs a place to call home.

The Et Cetera range features top-quality YKK zippers, Velocity Nylon exteriors, luxurious linings, and PVC-free TPU micro mesh windows for viewing contents. The Et Cetera cases all feature interior elastic battery keepers and a convenient external slot for business cards and ID tags. In practice, the Et Cetera bags allow for easy sorting and organization of kits for GPS units, adapters, or charging sets so photographers can simply grab and go, rather than sorting through a nest of cables and electronic components. Et Cetera is available in three pouch sizes from 0.5L to 1.0L and three case sizes from 1L to 3L.

The Tembo range of memory card wallets take a fresh look at a classic design correcting some key annoyances with wallet-style memory card holders by eliminating noisy Velcro and opening like a book; no more unrolling. Available in three versions holding various combinations of compact flash (CF) and smart disc (SD) memory cards.

All Et Cetera and Tembo products are finely crafted of the highest quality materials to exacting specifications.

Et Cetera is Latin for ‘other things; odds and ends’. Tembo is Swahili (East Africa) for ‘elephant’.

Adorama carries Gura Gear products.

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Post Date: 9/18/2012 6:52:09 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

From Gura Gear:

Introducing the camera bag with an innovative patent pending multi-access system designed for traveling visual artists.

OGDEN, UT (September, 2012) – Designed by Gura Gear, the company that developed the revolutionary Kiboko photo bags, the Bataflae represents the next evolution of creative design and refinement for photographers and videographers featuring a patent pending butterfly multi-access system and stowaway harness. Bataflae is aimed at traveling photographers needing to navigate through the world’s airports with carry-on compatibility and a lightweight durable design.

Bataflae’s unique patent pending butterfly multi-access system features a smarter way of carrying and accessing camera gear. The unique configuration maximizes the interior space making it possible to work out of the bag with multiple bodies attached to lenses in the field. Available in 32L and 26L variants, the Bataflae swallows professional size DSLRs, medium format systems, and long lenses. The butterfly flaps provide access to just the gear needed, useful in tight environments like tour vehicles and stadiums, or in rough conditions where exposing the entire kit is less desirable. There are times, however,when opening the bag completely is helpful, like loading and unloading or in studio environments. With the quick pinch of a buckle, the butterfly flaps release to a full traditional opening.

Available in black, grey, and tan, the Bataflae is PVC-free, features durable materials, flawless craftsmanship and the world’s best zippers, YKK RC Fuse with a weather resistant coating that repels dust and water while remaining flexible and easy to operate.

Additional innovative features of the Bataflae include a M.O.L.L.E. compatible side attachment system that allows for unique multi-point tripod/monopod configurations as well as the attachment of other accessories with the innovative quick-hookside straps. Each bag comes with a removable seam-sealed adjustable rain cover/ground cloth, fully riveted handles, and color-coded zipper pulls that can easily be operated with gloved hands. Two full-length external accessory compartments on the front allow for the storage of travel documents, light jacket and snacks, while the multiple internal mesh pockets and a fully adjustable divider system help keep gear organized.

Bataflae is Bislama (Vanuatu) for ‘butterfly’.

Adorama carries Gura Gear products.

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Post Date: 9/18/2012 6:51:23 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 17, 2012

Smaller and lighter than a Canon EOS 7D and autofocusing down to -3 EV is the just-announced Canon EOS 6D (press release).

Visit the Canon EOS 6D Review page for comparison images, charts, links to the Canon USA and UK press releases and more.

Canon EOS Remote is an app that EOS 6D owners will definitely want.

Canon (Japan) has posted image and video samples from the Canon EOS 6D.

Pre-order opportunities:

B&H - Body Only | Body & Lens Kit
Adorama - Body Only | Body & Lens Kit
Amazon - Body Only | Body & Lens Kit

International pre-order opportunities:

Amazon Japan - Body Only | Body & Lens Kit

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Post Date: 9/17/2012 3:09:44 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Just announced are the Canon PowerShot G15, PowerShot S110 and PowerShot SX50 HS Digital Cameras (press release).

Eye catching in this announcement is the AF speed improvement over the prior models:

Canon PowerShot High Speed AF

Read the full press release for the details. The new Canon PowerShot Spec Comparison Chart is also worth-reading.

Pre-order opportunities:

Amazon - PowerShot G15 | PowerShot S110 | PowerShot SX50 HS

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Post Date: 9/17/2012 3:09:19 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Just announced: Canon PIXMA PRO-10 and PRO-100 Printers (their prices differ by nearly as much as their model numbers).

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Announcements
Post Date: 9/17/2012 3:08:44 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Canon has today introduced five imagePROGRAF Large-Format Printers (press release).

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Post Date: 9/17/2012 3:08:01 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

New Sigma Contemporary, Art, & Sports Lenses

COLOGNE, Germany, Sept. 17, 2012 – Sigma Corporation of America (www.sigmaphoto.com), a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider for some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today announced the family-owned and operated company’s Sigma Global Vision from an invite-only event at photokina 2012 in Cologne, Germany.

This announcement explains the restructuring of the Sigma lens lineup into three new categories, the launch of a new lens in each of those categories, the development of a new quality control inspection and measurement system for the lenses, and the design of new software and a USB docking station that will enable photographers to update and adjust their lenses to suit their personal preferences.

“We’re moving in a new direction that simplifies the lens selection process for photographers and helps them realize the full potential of the DSLR system,” said CEO Kazuto Yamaki. “In addition to making it easier for photographers to find the right lens, we’re empowering them with more control over their equipment, while furthering our commitment to them by establishing a higher expectation for the quality of the lenses we produce.”

New lens categories and new lenses

Starting immediately, all newly produced interchangeable lenses from Sigma will be designed for and organized into one of three product categories: Contemporary, Art and Sports. Each line has a clearly defined concept to guide shooters in the selection of the right lens for their photographic interests.

  • Contemporary – These lenses incorporate the very latest technology and keep size and weight to a minimum, without compromising their advanced optical performance or utility. High-performance, versatile, compact and superbly portable, these lenses will be largely comprised of standard zooms, telephoto zooms and high-magnification zooms for an array of photography, including landscape and travel photography, and casual portraiture.
  • Art – These lenses are developed with an emphasis on artistic touch and are designed to meet the expectations of users who value a creative, dramatic outcome. Along with landscapes, portraits, still-life, close-up and casual snaps, these lenses are perfect for the kind of photography that unleashes the inner artist. Ideal for studio photography, they offer just as much of an expressive scope when capturing architecture, starry skies, underwater shots and many other scenes. This category will be comprised of many focal lengths and designs, such as large-aperture prime lenses, wide-angle lenses, ultra wide-angle lenses, and macro and fisheye lenses.
  • Sports - With their high-level optical performance and expressive power, these lenses can capture fast-moving subjects, even at distance. This line also offers a variety of functions to aid the photographer in challenging conditions and scenarios. Besides sports photography, the lenses are also ideal for nature shots featuring birds, wild animals and other creatures, and for the capture of aircraft, trains, race cars and more. The Sports line is also unique in that users can adjust the lenses’ focus speeds and the focus limiters via a button on the lens. The Sports category will be comprised of telephoto lenses, telephoto zoom lenses, super telephoto lenses, super telephoto zoom lenses, and more.

The creation of these new categories comes with the introduction of three new lenses:

  • 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM – This new Contemporary lens is designed for cameras with an APS-c sensor and covers a range equivalent to 25.5 to 105mm on a 35mm camera. An upgrade to its predecessor, which was released in December 2009, this general purpose lens offers a new design and a more compact build.
  • 35mm F1.4 DG HSM – This Art lens provides photographers with a state-of-the-art alternative to the more conventional 50mm. This lens’ axial chromatic aberration is minimized, which renders a cool and smooth out-of-focus image. At low apertures, it can perform like a wide-angle lens; when opened up to F1.4, it will provide background bokeh and make the subject pop like a mid-range telephoto lens.
  • 120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM – With redesigned mechanics and performance, this Sports lens is an update from its predecessor released in February 2011. This high-performance lens eases difficult shooting conditions by offering a maximum focal length of 300mm and a wide-open aperture of F2.8. This lens, like the other Sports category lenses to come, is dust and moisture resistant, and allows users to adjust the focus speed and the focus limiter via a button on the lens.

New user-control tools and software, and new quality control measures

The new Sigma Optimization Pro software and USB Dock are designed exclusively for the new lenses within the new product lines. They will enable Sigma users to connect their lenses to their computers to update lens firmware and fine-tune focus parameters via easy-to-use, on-screen controls.

All of these new lenses will also be subject to Sigma’s new, proprietary modulation transfer function (MTF) measuring system called “A1.” Named in honor of the company’s sole production base, the Aizu factory in Aizu, Japan, the A1 system will allow inspectors to verify previously undetectable high-frequency details in each lens before it is shipped.

“We used to measure lens performance with a MTF measuring system using conventional sensors, but this new A1 system uses our own 46-megapixel Foveon direct imaging sensors,” said Yamaki. “We view this new method of performance evaluation as being incredibly important, not only because we owe it to our customers, but because we owe it to ourselves. We’ve spent more than 50 years perfecting our design and manufacturing processes, and now we deliver a complete package by closing the loop on that commitment to quality by adopting a more stringent verification process.”

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Post Date: 9/17/2012 4:33:24 PM ET   Posted By: Sean

Canon Australia has just released a video called Deep Green filmed using the new Canon EOS 6D. Watch the entire video for a behind-the-scenes making of the film.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Photography Education Videos
Post Date: 9/17/2012 2:00:36 PM ET   Posted By: Sean

Lexar has announed the industry's first 256GB SDXC UHS-I memory card.

New High-Capacity 400x SDXC UHS-I Card Offers Impressive Performance and Extended Capture of High-Resolution Images and 1080p Full-HD and 3D Video

Key Features:

  • Industry-first 256GB SDXC UHS-I memory card provides world’s largest capacity for capturing, storing, and transferring high-quality images, as well as extended lengths of 1080p HD and 3D video content
  • UHS-I technology enables high performance with 400x (60MB per second) minimum guaranteed sustained read transfer speed
  • Leverages SD 3.0 specification to address the workflow needs of professional photographers and videographers

B&H carries Lexar Memory Cards.

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Post Date: 9/17/2012 10:21:02 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

DxO ViewPoint, the new software solution for Mac and Windows entirely dedicated to correcting distorted elements on the edges of photos and to fixing keystoning, has been announced.

DxO ViewPoint will be available in photo specialty stores by the end of September.

B&H carries DXO products.

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Post Date: 9/17/2012 9:24:45 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, September 16, 2012

ISO 12233 chart results are now available on the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Review page.

Results from two copies of this lens are presented. Lens sample 1 is very impressively sharp/contrasty wide open from the center into the full frame corners save 70mm where it becomes that at f/4. Lens sample 2 is slightly softer in the corners than sample 1, but it is sharper in the center at 70mm f/2.8.

Note that results for the older 28-70 L will also be available soon.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 9/16/2012 6:52:22 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Many product images including the standard images (useful for comparison) have been added to the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Review page. Some direct comparisons are available on that page - including a comparison between the 28-70 L and the 24-70 L version 1.

Standard product images were also added to the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM Lens Review page.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 9/16/2012 5:03:58 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478DR and L-478D

From the Sekonic Blog:

Sekonic Announces LITEMASTER PRO L-478DR and L-478D. These meters are the world’s first and only dedicated color touchscreen light meters.

Ideal for all types of storytellers, the L-478 series offers light measurement and control for photographers and filmmakers alike, plus additional wireless flash triggering and power control in the L-478DR model.

Whether it’s filmmaking or photography, great storytellers use light as a main character and as a method to define the mood, focus and setting. Having a tool that allows you total control over dynamic range and multiple light sources make you confident about the craft while focusing on the art.

Just a few of the groundbreaking features of this new series include:

  • The world’s first touchscreen photo light meter
  • The world’s first touchscreen cine light meter
  • Wireless triggering (L-478DR only)Dynamic range calibration
  • Wireless flash power control (L-478DR only)
  • Enhanced HD cine and cine features

Visit the PRO L-478DR and L-478D minisite and see the future is just a finger touch away.

B&H carries the new Sekonic light meters.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Sekonic News
Post Date: 9/16/2012 10:26:33 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 14, 2012

From Samyang:

The Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS UMC CS is an ultra wide-angle prime lens designed for use with cameras that have APS-C / DX sensors. Its extremely short focal length and rectilinear imaging system ensure a wide angle of view, amounting to 110 degrees (~107 degree for Canon version). As a result the lens is a comprehensive tool for architecture and landscape photography. The Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS UMC CS gives an equivalent focal length of 15mm (or 16mm in the case of Canon EOS) in 35mm terms.

All details concerning the optical construction and available mounts will be published at a later date. The lens will be available at the end of 2012.

B&H carries Samyang lenses.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Samyang News
Post Date: 9/14/2012 11:45:20 AM ET   Posted By: Sean

For Photokina 2012, Arca-Swiss announces redesigned Z1g+ and Z2+ ballheads:

Arca-Swiss Z1g+ & Z2+

Monoball Z1g+

With the Monoball Zg1+ ARCA SWISS has improved the well known ballhead Z1g in all its aspects. The new head incorporates an additional panning top above the ball and its weight is reduced significantly. The Monoball Zg1+ guarantees a smooth, even movement and an accurate positioning of the camera. The MRGC (Motion Related Gravitiy Control), a variable and bi-directional drag is independently operative on both axis: with a horizontal movement the resulting friction remains constant, whereas with vertical movements the friction increases progressively. In all directions the movements are stabilized.

Monoball Z2+

Improved as well, the bigger ballhead Monoball Z2+ is now equipped with a second panning top and additionally, its weight has been reduced considerably. The Z2+ combines the advantages of a ballhead with the features of a multiaxial tripod head. The secret hides in a newly designed ball unit which allows an individual and independent control of the x- and the y-axis, with gravity compensation and separate locks. The upper lever locks the smaller ball in the x-axis ( at 80°; 40°; -40°), whereas the lower lever is locking the bigger ball in the y-axis (at 140°; 90°; -50°).The Monoball Z2+ sports two panning mechanisms, one at the base of the head, the other, a proper panning top for panoramic photography, is located above the ball allowing perfect and leveled panorama stichings. Innovative and ready for all circumstances the ARCA SWISS monoball Z2+ is a clever synthesis of the advantageous ease of a ballhead and the exacting features of a three-way head.

B&H carries Arca-Swiss ballheads.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Arca Swiss News
Post Date: 9/14/2012 9:10:36 AM ET   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 13, 2012

You might want to be careful while filming video when seagulls are near...

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Humor
Post Date: 9/13/2012 3:38:32 PM ET   Posted By: Sean

B&H has added the newly developed Brenthaven BX2 line of photography cases to their inventory. The BX2 line is Brenthaven's first foray into the camera market, but the products look promising.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Brenthaven News
Post Date: 9/13/2012 2:41:20 PM ET   Posted By: Sean

Many people were unhappy that the Canon EOS-1D X could not auotofocus at maximum apertures of f/8 like previous 1-series bodies. We received a few reports that the Canon EOS-1D X can autofocus at f/8 using the Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter (Aurthur Morris posted on the subject recently) and we decided to run a few small tests to confirm.

We tested a "blue dot" (current) version of the 1.4x Kenko Extender with the Canon EF 400mm f/5.6L USM Lens using center focus and various camera bodies focused on static subjects. Here are our subjective results:

Autofocus Performance

  • Canon EOS-1D X: AF worked and was fast with almost no hunting. However, metering was consistently off by +1 stop.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark III: AF worked and was fast with almost no hunting. Metering worked as expected.
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II: AF worked and was reasonably fast with a little hunting. Metering worked as expected.
  • Canon EOS 7D: AF worked, but the camera had a hard time locking focus. Metering worked as expected.
  • Canon EOS Rebel T4i / 650D: AF worked with a little hunting. Metering worked as expected.

Please note that we did not test with moving subjects and did not test image quality; results may vary depending on your situation. Other third-party extenders may work similarly.

Update: The EOS 1D X was originally tested with version 1.0.2 firmware. I updated the firmware version 1.0.6 and retested. Performance remains as reported above. Also interesting is that all 1D X focus points remain active (though periphery AF point use results in more hunting).

Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 9/13/2012 1:01:49 PM ET   Posted By: Sean
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