Canon and Sony News for Jul 2011 (Page 3)

 Thursday, July 7, 2011

Press release:

Phase One Releases Media Pro 1.0.1

COPENHAGEN, July 7, 2011 — Phase One today released Media Pro 1.0.1, a service release, and the first update since Media Pro was introduced less than two months ago.

Media Pro is a professional photo manager for finding, organizing, and sharing images and videos wherever those files are stored. Media Pro supports photo and video files from more than 100 different cameras and is built to manage large photo libraries.

This service release includes several fixes and improvements, such as the following:

Fixed stability issues including crash when working with large JPEGs in Slideshow and on the Light Table;

Fixed Renderings bugs, including no full resolution TIFFs on Mac and missing PDF thumbnails on Windows XP;

Fixed a issue where a catalog upgraded from Expression Media 2 could not be saved;

Fixed a bug causing XMP sidecars not to be moved with the media files to which they belong;

Fixed importer issues e.g. crash on Mac when XMP sidecars were present and problem when importing JPEGs on Window XP 32 bits;

Fixed a bug on Windows where sorting would not work;

Fixed readability issues caused by new UI color scheme;

Fixed a bug preventing XML data files to be created on Windows;

Fixed some EIP color management/rendering issues on Mac;

License issue on Windows appearing when Internet connection was lost.

Availability and Pricing

Media Pro 1.0.1 is free to existing Phase One Media Pro customers. For more information including product features, upgrade options and tutorials, please see:

Downlooad Media Pro

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Phase One News
Post Date: 7/7/2011 12:23:08 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 6, 2011
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 7/6/2011 5:09:11 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

DxO Labs has added 30 new lens / camera combinations to the DxO Optics Modules library, providing supports for Canon, Nikkor, Sigma, Pentax, and Tamron lenses, for numerous Canon, Nikon, and Pentax cameras.

Visit this page to see the new combinations.

DxO Optics Pro is available at B&H.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: DxO News
Post Date: 7/6/2011 8:35:01 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Tenba has today announced the expansion of two collections:

Tenba Expands Discovery Collection With Laptop and Tablet Backpacks

After the launch of Discovery, Tenba's lightest weight collection of professional-level bags, we received many requests for daypacks with laptop storage. So we are happy to announce the immediate availability of two new Daypacks in the Discovery Collection.

Tenba Expands Vector Collection With Sling Bag and Photo/Laptop Daypack

Tenba has expanded the unique Vector collection of consumer/prosumer bags with a Sling Bag and Photo/Laptop Daypack. The Sling Bag combines the speed of a shoulder bag with the comfort and support of a backpack, plus fits 1-2 DSLRs with 3-4 lenses and accessories.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tenba News
Post Date: 7/5/2011 8:44:26 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

According to a Reuters article:

"Canon (7751.T), the world's largest maker of digital cameras, is exploring the possibility of launching a mirrorless model, featuring many of the capabilities of an upmarket single-lens reflex camera in a more compact body, a senior company executive said."


"Masaya Maeda, head of Canon's camera division, also said the company had restored camera production to pre-quake levels at the end of June, after supply chain woes hampered output after the March 11 disaster, and it now plans to hike production capacity in Taiwan."

Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 7/5/2011 10:09:09 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 4, 2011

Tokina, sans press release (that I have found), has introduced the Tokina 17-35mm f/4 AT-X Pro FX Lens.

Tokina 17-35mm f/4 AT-X Pro FX Lens features include One-touch Focus Clutch, Silent Drive-Module AND rubber sealing mount.

AT-X 17-35 F4 PRO FX specs
Focal length: 17-35mm
Filter Size: 82mm
Brightness: F4
Number of aperture blades: Nine
Format: 24 × 36mm (full-size digital only)
Minimum aperture: F22
Greatest dimension: 89.0mm
Lens Construction: Each group 13 12
Full Length: Approximately 94.5mm
Coating: Multilayer coating
Weight: Approximately 600g
Angle of view: 103.96 °-64.74 °
Accessories: Only hood
Minimum focusing distance: 0.28m
The maximum macro magnification: 1:4.82
Compatible Mount:
Nikon (full-size solid-state imaging device): 4961607634318
Canon (full-size solid-state imaging device): 4961607634325

The new Tokina 17-35 Will be released in late July 2011 for Canon mount and September 2011 for Nikon mount.

Find more information and sample images here.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 7/4/2011 12:40:49 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

Bloomberg is reporting that Canon will invest 10 billion yen to build a new interchangeable lens camera factory in Taiwan.

"Canon, the world’s biggest camera maker, will spend about 10 billion yen ($124 million) on the expansion, Takafumi Hongo, a company spokesman, said in a telephone interview. Canon forecasts sales of about 7 million single-lens reflex cameras this year, compared with sales of 5.9 million last year, he said."

(thanks Trent)

Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 7/4/2011 12:06:40 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan

From Nikon USA:

To users of the Image Authentication Software

Thank you for choosing Nikon for your photography needs.

We have confirmed that reports of a vulnerability with the Image Authentication Software that results in false image authentication have been posted on third-party websites.

These websites state that image files can be modified so that the Image Authentication Software falsely authenticates even images that have been enhanced or altered as unchanged from the original image captured.

The information posted on these websites is based on independent analysis of Nikon products by a third party.

If you have additional questions about this Service Advisory, please contact Nikon Customer Relations at 1-800-Nikon US (1-800-645-6687), 8am to 2am (Eastern), 7-days-a-week.

Inquire directly here.

We hope that you will continue to choose Nikon for your photography needs.

Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Announcements
Post Date: 7/4/2011 11:48:22 AM ET   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, July 1, 2011

Not Canon or Nikon-related, but still interesting industry news is that Hoya is selling Pentax Imaging Systems to Ricoh. I understand that this move was not unexpected. Here is the press release:


HOYA Corporation (“HOYA”) and Ricoh Company, Ltd. (“Ricoh”) hereby announce that pursuant to decisions by the President and CEO of HOYA and Representative Director of Ricoh, respectively, HOYA and Ricoh have executed an agreement as of today to transfer HOYA’s PENTAX Imaging Systems Business (the business of developing, manufacturing and selling optical instruments such as digital cameras and replacement lenses, digital camera accessories, security camera-related products, and binoculars) (the “PENTAX Imaging Systems Business”) to Ricoh. HOYA will effectuate this transfer by incorporating a new corporation (“NewCo”), cause NewCo to succeed the PENTAX Imaging Systems Business by way of a corporate split (kyushu bunkatsu) (the “Corporate Split”), and transfer all shares of NewCo to Ricoh (such split and transfer shall be referred to as the “Split/Transfer”) as of October 1, 2011 (Estimated).

Prior to the Split/Transfer, HOYA intends to transfer its interests in PENTAX VN CO., Ltd., an overseas subsidiary of HOYA in relation to the PENTAX Imaging Systems Business, to NewCo.

Please note, that since the Corporate Split is a simplified corporate split (kan-i kyushu bunkatsu), disclosure items/content have been partially abbreviated.

Further, HOYA will continue to develop its businesses assigned from PENTAX Corporation which was merged (kyushu gappei) into HOYA on March 31, 2008 other than the PENTAX Imaging Systems Business, such as its businesses regarding digital camera modules, DVD pickup lenses, endoscopes, artificial bones, and voice synthesis.

HOYA merged (kyushu gappei) with PENTAX Corporation on March 31, 2008, and has developed the PENTAX Imaging Systems Business assigned from PENTAX Corporation until now. As part of selecting and focusing its management resources, HOYA has decided to cause NewCo to succeed the PENTAX Imaging Systems Business via the Corporate Split, transfer the business and shares, etc. of HOYA’s Imaging Systems business subsidiary to NewCo via a business transfer and share/interests transfer, and thereafter, transfer all shares of NewCo to Ricoh.

Ricoh’s core business is office solutions focusing on MFPs, Ricoh has also introduced many cameras to the market since its inception in 1936. Ricoh was one of the first manufacturers to launch digital cameras in 1995 and Ricoh’s current high-end compact digital cameras are well regarded in the industry.

Now Ricoh aims to establish a consumer business. As a first step to achieve this goal, Ricoh strengthens its camera businesses. Ricoh takes it as an indispensable initiative to obtain the small and lightweight interchangeable lens camera technology, lens technology and sales channels held by the Pentax Imaging Systems Division to pave the way for further advancement and innovations in the digital camera market.

Through this acquisition, Ricoh plans to 1) enhance its digital camera businesses (especially the interchangeable lens camera market which is expected to grow), 2) create value-added businesses for taken photographs (creation and development of value-added services that encourage seeing, storing and refinishing photographs and utilize photographs as communication tools), and 3) expand to other fields (study of entry into the image archiving business using medium-format digital cameras and enhancement of security-related products)


July 1, 2011

Dear Valued PENTAX Customers and Partners,

We would like to hereby inform you that we, HOYA Corporation, have made an agreement regarding the business transfer of our PENTAX Imaging System Business to RICOH Corporation today, July 1, 2011.

The effective date of the business transfer is set for October 1, 2011. The business areas to be transferred as PENTAX Imaging System Business are digital cameras, interchangeable lenses, digital camera accessories, binoculars and security-related products, including R&D, design, manufacturing and sales for those product categories.

PENTAX Imaging system business will be succeeded by a newly established company scheduled on October 1, 2011, and then RICOH Corporation will acquire 100% of its stock right after the establishment.

No operational changes of PENTAX Imaging System Business are anticipated for the time being by making this agreement. All employees will be transferred to the new company accordingly. Also, all current products will continue to be sold with the PENTAX brand name under current operations.

PENTAX, under the guidance of RICOH, will continue with our best effort to grow and evolve our business and partnerships and deliver quality products and services designed for a high level of customer satisfaction.

Again, we appreciate your continued support of PENTAX.

Thank you very much.

Best regards,

Toshiaki Iue,


PENTAX Imaging Systems Division

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 7/1/2011 3:00:08 PM ET   Posted By: Bryan
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