Metro Camera Strap
Metro is BlackRapid’s strap designed for lightweight camera gear. Without sacrificing any of BlackRapid’s famous Grab, Glide and Click, the Metro has a more compact shoulder pad for easier packing and convenient storage. BlackRapid’s “Built for Speed” functionality, like the FastenR and ConnectR hardware system, are identical to BlackRapid’s other R-Straps.
Metro is the compact version of the R-Strap, recommended for photographers who use the Micro 4/3 cameras, mirrorless systems, more serious compact cameras and various interchangeable lens systems. Additionally, because the shoulder pad is slim and compact, Metro folds up small to occupy very little storage space in a shoot bag or carry-on luggage.
The strap is supplied with a FastenR and ConnectR.
Wrist Strap combines BlackRapid’s patented ConnectR hook with a comfortable and secure wrist strap. Wrist Strap is designed as an add-on for BlackRapid’s R-Strap systems; it hooks naturally to any camera with an existing BlackRapid FastenR (sold separately).
The strong wrist strap is smooth for comfort, and has an integrated corrosion-resistant anodized ConnectR hook. The carabineer style hook has a twist lock on the gate, for added security.
Lightroom 4.3 RC:
Lightroom 4.3 is now available as a Release Candidate on Adobe Labs. The ‘release candidate’ label indicates that this update is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of our customers. The final release of Lightroom 4.3 may have additional corrections or camera support.
Bugs Corrected in the Lightroom 4.3 Release Candidate
The following bugs that were part the Lightroom 4 releases have been corrected. The team appreciates the very detailed feedback the community has provided on Lightroom 4 and we’re excited to correct a number of issues experienced by our customers. These issues have been FIXED:
Please provide feedback on your experience with the Lightroom 4.3 Release Candidate in our Feedback Portal.
New Camera Support in Lightroom 4.3 Release Candidates
* denotes Full Support. Preliminary support was available in Lightroom 4.2
Photoshop Camera Raw 7.3 RC:
Welcome to the Adobe® Photoshop® Camera Raw 7.3 plug-in release candidate on Adobe Labs. A "release candidate" label indicates that this update is well tested but would benefit from additional community testing before it is distributed automatically to all of our customers. The Camera Raw 7.3 update includes support for many new cameras and lens profiles. A release candidate build of DNG Converter 7.3 is also provided.
The Camera Raw plug-in provides easy access within Adobe Photoshop CS6 to the raw image formats produced by many leading professional and midrange digital cameras. For more information on the Camera Raw plug-in please visit the Camera Raw pages on Adobe.com.
The Camera Raw team would like the community to help verify the quality of the plug-in through normal usage as this will ensure that the plug-in is tested on a diversity of hardware and software configurations not available internally at Adobe. If you do experience an issue with this release candidate please report it within the Camera Raw discussion forum.
New Camera Support
The following new cameras are now supported:
New Lens Profile Support
The following issues have been fixed in Camera Raw 7.3 release candidate:
RØDE Microphones is proud to announce a new addition to its line of broadcast and AV products, the Reporter.
Designed for handheld interview and presentation applications, the Reporter features an omnidirectional dynamic capsule that is designed to allow the user freedom of use, without the technique related issues typical of directional end-address microphones.
Additionally its frequency response has been specially tailored for voice reproduction, to maximise intelligibility and deliver crisp, clear results in almost any condition.
The microphone features a durable die-cast aluminium alloy body coated in a discrete matte black anti-glare finish. An innovative multi-layer mesh basket protects the microphone from environmental noise without the need for a bulky and distracting foam wind shield. It is supplied with a removable microphone ‘flag’ that can accommodate high-visibility branding.
The Reporter is covered by RØDE’s industry-leading support guarantee, with a twelve month warranty ‘out of the box’ that is easily increased to ten years free of charge, following online registration of the microphone at rodemic.com.
For more information on the RØDE Reporter, visit the Reporter product page.
Have you ever wanted to see what the inside of a Nikon D600 DSLR camera looked like? The team over at ifixit.com has posted a teardown of the D600 with comments regarding the camera's components and repairability.
Delkin Introduces Lightest, Least Expensive Carbon Fiber Monopod and Tripod
Poway, CA. November 5, 2012 – Delkin Devices is proud to announce the newest additions to their extensive Fat Gecko product line, the Fat Gecko Monopod and Tripod. Both made of carbon fiber material, the Fat Gecko Monopod & Tripod are the lightest, most durable, and inexpensive Carbon Fiber products currently on the market. All components of the Fat Gecko Tripod and Monopod, including the carbon fiber and steel parts, are made in America.
The Fat Gecko Monopod is made of 8 layers of carbon fiber using a Z-weave pattern. It is highly durable and sturdy, making it able to hold up to 30lbs without bending. In addition, its folded height of 16 inches and weight of only ¾ lb. makes the monopod easy and convenient to carry around. The monopod can reach a height of 57 inches when assembled. Carbon Fiber will also neither corrode nor rust, and is not affected by heat, cold or sun. Its unique 5-section design also allows the monopod to set up and break down in a matter of seconds. Simply unstrap the monopod and it will practically assemble itself. For extra stability, a metal spike, with removable rubber stopper, is built into the bottom of the leg for use on either rocky or uneven ground. The Fat Gecko Monopod and Tripod both come with a standard ¼”-20 locking ball head, which is compatible with all DSLR, Video and Action cameras. The head is removable, meaning that any brand of head on the market can be mounted on a 3/8” post.
The Fat Gecko Tripod is made of 7 layers of carbon fiber, using the same Z-weave pattern, and can hold up to 30 lbs. It can also fold down to 22 inches, reach up to 67 inches when the middle column is fully extended, and weighs in at only 1 lb. Like the monopod, the tripod’s unique 3-section design allows it to set up and break down in a matter of seconds.
The Fat Gecko Monopod and Tripod are available now at Delkin.com, B&H, Adorama and many other quality camera stores worldwide. Retail price for the Fat Gecko Tripod is $119.99, while the Fat Gecko Monopod is priced at $69.99. Retail prices may vary. Delkin’s Fat Gecko product line, distinguished for its versatile photography mounting equipment, includes over a dozen other products that guarantee “Impossible Shots, Made Possible.”
DxO Optics Pro 8.0.1 now supports the Nikon1 J2 and the Sony NEX-5R. More than 200 new camera-lens combinations have been added since the last version.
More information can be found here.
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., November 7, 2012 – In the wake of the devastating effects from Hurricane Sandy, Canon U.S.A. Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today made a donation of $100,000 to AmeriCares to be used toward the relief efforts.
"On behalf of all employees at Canon U.S.A., we extend our heartfelt thoughts and prayers to those affected by Hurricane Sandy," said Joe Adachi, president and CEO, Canon U.S.A.
AmeriCares is a nonprofit disaster relief and humanitarian aid organization which provides immediate response to emergency medical needs - and supports long-term humanitarian assistance programs - for all people around the world, irrespective of race, creed or political persuasion.
We want to make sure you're aware of an important change to Adobe's upgrade policy that may affect you.
Beginning January 1, 2013, only Creative Suite customers with licenses for CS5 or CS5.5 versions will qualify for upgrade pricing to CS6.
Due to this change, we will only continue offering CS3 and CS4 customers like you special upgrade pricing through December 31, 2012.*
* Owners of CS3 and CS4 individual products and suite editions will be eligible to receive upgrade pricing to CS6 until December 31, 2012. After that date, only customers on CS5 or CS5.5 will qualify for upgrade pricing to CS6.
You can purchase upgrades at the Adobe Store.
TAMRON PROVIDES FREE SOFTWARE WITH RAW IMAGE DEVELOPMENT PROCESSING FOR TAMRON’S SP LENSES
"SILKYPIX Developer Studio 4.0 for Tamron" produced by Ichikawa Soft Laboratory
November 6, 2012, Saitama, Japan - Tamron Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of optical equipment, will start providing software free of charge for Tamron’s SP series lenses that have been on the market since 2012. The software is based on the RAW image development processing software “SILKYPIX Developer Studio 4.0,” produced by Ichikawa Soft Laboratory.
Features of SILKYPIX Developer Studio 4.0 for Tamron
The SILKYPIX Developer Studio 4.0 software can develop high-quality images from RAW data, incorporating taste adjustments such as white balance, color, sharpness and tone curve recorded by digital cameras.
The SILKYPIX Developer Studio 4.0 for Tamron provides a range of functions, in addition to the basic adjustment capabilities, such as correcting aberrations (chromatic aberrations of magnification, distortion, peripheral light fall-off), based on the optical data. Used in tandem with Tamron’s SP series lenses - renowned for their high-depiction capability - this advanced technology efficiently produces images that meet photographers’ most exacting demands.
Compatible with the SP70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A009) and the SP90mm F/2.8 Di Macro1:1 VC USD (Model F004), which is scheduled to be on the market on November 30. Lens data for the SP series to be marketed in the future will be released eventually. The product is also compatible with the SP24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007), which was released in April this year. SP lenses marketed before March 2012 are not compatible with this software.
Languages - Available in 10 languages
SILKYPIX Developer Studio 4.0 for Tamron can operate in the following languages: Japanese, English, German, French, Italian, Spanish, Russian, Chinese (traditional Chinese/simplified Chinese) and Korean.
Windows 8/7/Vista/XP, Mac OS X 10.5-10.8 /PowerPC not supported.
Please note: For inquiries concerning SILKYPIX software, contact Ichikawa Soft Laboratory at http://www.silkypix.com Upgrades in SILKYPIX for new cameras will be carried out according to Ichikawa Soft Laboratory’s schedule.
Canon has just announced the Canon EF 24-70mm f/4L IS USM Lens and EF 35mm f/2 IS USM Lens (Canon USA press release).
I have prepared previews of these new lenses on the review placeholder pages - including comparison charts:
I've been complaining about Canon's antiquated side-pinch-only lens cap design for years. Finally, Canon has listened and announced new side-and-center-pinch caps. Hopefully they will sell these in bulk packs.
From Canon UK:
New lens caps – designed for greater ease and convenience
Canon's 'Mark II' centre-pinch lens caps. From left to right: 82mm, 77mm, 72mm, 67mm, and 58mm.
Both new lenses also come with newly-designed Mark II lens caps, which incorporate a hook mechanism in the centre of the cover, as opposed to the sides. Simply pinching the hook allows users to quickly remove and replace caps mid-shoot, especially when using lens hoods. The re-designed lens caps will start to be rolled out across Canon’s entire EF lens range from the beginning of January 2013, and will also be available to buy separately.
A Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of approximately 24.1-million pixels, extremely precise 39-point AF system, and a 2,016-pixel RGB sensor for superior basic performance
A full-scale entry-level model that enables flexible expression with a side-hinged vari-angle LCD monitor
TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the Nikon D5200. This camera is equipped with a new Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of 24.1-million pixels and an image-processing engine equivalent to EXPEED 3 built into the D4 flagship camera. It offers the superior basic performance needed for full-scale photography in a compact and lightweight body.
The D5200 offers the same side-hinged vari-angle monitor as the D5100 that enables flexible shooting from any angle, high or low, making even self portraits possible. It is an entry-level model that meets photo enthusiasts’ demands for full-scale photography capabilities with its new Nikon DX-format CMOS sensor with an effective pixel count of approximately 24-million pixels as well as an image-processing engine equivalent to EXPEED 3 built into high-end Nikon D4, D800, D800E, and D600 digital SLR cameras for superior resolution, and image quality with very little noise at high sensitivities.
The standard range of sensitivities covers a broad range of ISO 100 to ISO 6400, with support for additional expansion to equivalents up to ISO 25600 (Hi 2). It also offers the most focus points available in its class–39–for fast and reliable focus acquisition and tracking. The Scene Recognition System, made possible with the same 2,016-pixel RGB sensor found in high-end Nikon cameras, more accurately analyzes scene brightness and color information, which is then reflected in autofocus, automatic-exposure, i-TTL balanced fill-flash, and auto white-balance control.
The D-Movie function supports recording of full-HD 1920 x 1080 60i/50i movies for sharp HD movies exhibiting excellent detail. The D5200 is also equipped with Special Effects mode that enables the application and adjustment of special effects with shooting. Combining a variety of effects with a vari-angle LCD monitor that enables shooting from a wide range of angles significantly broadens imaging expression possibilities with both still image and movie recording.
What’s more, the D5200 is compatible with the Wireless Mobile Adapter WU-1a and the new Wireless Remote Controller WR-R10/WR-T10 (both available separately) for collaboration with smart devices and more possibilities for remote control over the camera, making the D5200 more convenient than its predecessor. When the WU-1a is connected to the camera, images can be transferred to a smart device, such as a smart phone or tablet*, and the smart device can also be used to control camera shooting remotely. In addition, the new WR-R10 (transceiver) and WR-T10 (transmitter) enable remote control over the camera from greater distances and broader angles than are possible with infrared remote controls for simple and convenient remote control even through obstacles. The WR-T10 can be used to control the camera to which the WR-R10 is connected. However, it can also control multiple cameras to which WR-R10s have been connected, enabling smooth remote control over a number of cameras.
D5200 Primary Features
Additional D5200 Features and Functions
I picked up a Samyang 24mm f/1.4 US UMC Lens during the Beach Camera sale recently. With this lens in hand, ISO 12233 chart, flare, distortion and vignetting test results along with lens specifications are now available on the Samyang 24mm f/1.4 US UMC Lens Review page.
There is also a smaller Basic Instruction Manual available (8.42 MB).
Part II of the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens Review is now online.
I'm very pleased with the AF performance and image quality this lens is delivering. I've used it a lot since part I of this review - especially for fall landscape photography. The results are superb.
I'll add some sample pictures soon.
Modifications in this release:
ViewNX 2.6.0 is available for download.
Due to the impact of Hurricane Sandy, the Canon USA repair facility in Jamesburg, New Jersey is currently without power and is closed.
If you recently sent a product to the Jamesburg facility and wish to check on the repair status, please enter your Canon Repair Number and ZIP Code into the designated fields at the following Canon USA web site address: http://www.usa.canon.com/cusa/consumer?pageKeyCode=checkRepairStatus
Recovery operations are underway and we have been informed by the local utility servicing the Jamesburg facility that power should be restored by November 7. However, due to storm-related delays, normal operations and repair turnaround are not expected to resume until November 16. Until that time, please direct any new repair requests to one of the Canon Repair Facilities below:
1. Newport News, Virginia
Canon Factory Service Center
12022 Canon Blvd.
Newport News, VA 23606
(Mail-In Service Only)
2. Irvine, California
Canon Factory Service Center
15955 Alton Parkway
Irvine, CA 92618
(Mail-In and Walk-In Service)
When sending in your equipment for repair please ensure the box is marked as CPS Pro Rush Repair to expedite the request.
Assistance is also available to CPS members 24x7 via the CPS Member Hot Line at 1-877-CPS-8122 (1-877-277-8122).
We apologize for the inconvenience and appreciate your patience as we work to return to normal operations in New Jersey as soon as possible.
Canon Professional Services (CPS)
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Contact Information for Inquiries
CPS Toll free; 1-877-CPS-8122
24 hours 7 days/per week
Equipment loan requests
Power Up for FREE at Adorama!
Adorama is happy to announce that we have reopened and want to do whatever we can to help ease your recovery. Many New Yorkers are blacked out, so today and tomorrow on 18th between 5th & 6th, we have set up high-powered charging stations for FREE usage. We invite you to come down with your phones and electronics and charge all your devices at our stations for FREE. This is a free public service for all of New York. Adorama – the official retailer of the NY Giants – is located on 18th Street between 5th & 6th Avenue. We wish you and your loved ones a very safe recovery after the storm.
Also, if you need any charges or cables equipment shipped, see all our accessories HERE. We will do our very best to get it shipped out the same day.
The Adorama Team
From Canon UK:
When you purchase the EOS 60D or EOS 7D you are eligible to receive 50% off selected Canon accessories*
Whether you’re a wildlife photographer patiently waiting for that perfect shot or a sports photographer who relies heavily on speed and power, these accessories will give you the extra support you need to get the best out of your style of photography.
Canon EOS 60D/60Da or Canon EOS 7D
Nikon has posted their Financial Results for Q2 of the Year ending March 2013 [November 1, 2012].
Financial Results (PDF:339KB)
Financial and Business Data (PDF:88KB)
Presentation Material (PDF:631KB)
1. Financial Results for the First Half of the Year Ending March 31, 2013 (PDF:359KB)
2. Estimation for the Year Ending March 31, 2013 (PDF:364KB)
3. Reference Data (PDF:184KB)