Canon, Nikon, and Sony News for Mar 2012 (Page 3)

 Thursday, March 15, 2012
The Canon EOS 5D Mark III Owner's Manual is now available for download. (thanks Sean & Neuro)
 
Preorder your 5D III at B&H, Adorama or Amazon.com.
Post Date: 3/15/2012 1:05:54 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Datacolor:
 
Join us for an Introduction to Spyder4 Webinar!
 
Join us for an introduction to the new Spyder4 family of monitor calibrators. Topics covered will include new hardware and software features, expanded functionality, and increased accuracy and precision. We'll discuss new ways to use the Spyder4, including facilitating screen to print match, and using it to calibrate iPads and iPhones with the new SpyderGallery app.
 
Wednesday, March 21th from 3 pm - 4 pm EDT
 
Join us as Datacolor Color Management Experts, David Tobie and David Saffir explain the ins and outs of the NEW Spyder4 technology and software and how it can help you get the most out of your images. No matter how you view them, from monitor, to print, to iPhone getting color managed images is easier than you think with Spyder4.
 
Title: Spyder4: Introduction to New Features and How to Use Them
Date: Wednesday, March 21, 2012
Time: 3:00 PM - 4:00 PM EDT
 
Space is limited.
Reserve your Webinar seat now!
 
Get your Spyder4 at B&H.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Datacolor News
Post Date: 3/15/2012 11:38:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Update: The new Canon ImageBrowser EX software and other updaters are no longer listed on Canon's site. I'll watch for their return.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon ImageBrowser EX
Post Date: 3/15/2012 11:28:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H is now accepting orders for the excellent new Kirk MPA-2 Monopod Head.
 
Product images are available on Kirk's site.
Post Date: 3/15/2012 11:21:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Apple Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 3.10 is now available.
 
This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:
 
Canon PowerShot G1 X
Nikon D4
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GX1
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ35
Panasonic LUMIX DMC-FZ38
Samsung NX200
Sony Alpha NEX-7
Sony NEX-VG20
 
For more information on supported RAW formats, see http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4757.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Apple News
Post Date: 3/15/2012 8:57:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 14, 2012
At 3:17 into Canon, Inc.'s Mario Nette video, the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens is credited for some of the scenes.
 
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens
 
While the thought of a Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L IS II USM Lens is very fun, it is surely just a typo. We have not even seen a version I Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L IS USM Lens yet. (thanks Fredrik)
Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 3/14/2012 6:30:43 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Standardized test results have been added to the Nikon 85mm f/1.8G AF-S Lens Review placeholder page.
Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 3/14/2012 6:21:44 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
On their blog, Carl Zeiss has posted a teaser about their soon-to-be-announced (and available in May) super-wide angle SLR lens.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 3/14/2012 3:12:38 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Here is another Canon EOS 5D Mark III sample video - this one is from Canon, Inc.: Mario Nette.
Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 3/14/2012 2:59:54 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon Europe:
 
Canon has announced that Canon Log look up tables (LUTs) for its EOS C300 and EOS C300 PL Digital Cinema Cameras are now available for download to allow for converting Canon Log Gamma footage.
 
The EOS C300 (EF lens mount) and EOS C300 PL (PL lens mount) cameras are part of Canon’s Cinema EOS System and amongst their specifications they offer Canon Log Gamma, which enables neutral image quality with subdued contrast and sharpness for a wider dynamic range (up to 800% or 12 stops of latitude). This allows for more image information to be retained for colour correction and visual effects, hence greater freedom in post-production and colour grading.
 
The EOS C300 and EOS C300 PL Canon Log LUTs are available in three different versions: one for converting from Canon Log Gamma to Video gamma, one for converting from Canon Log Gamma to Cineon gamma, and one for converting from Canon Log Gamma to Rec.709 gamma.
 
To download the Canon EOS C300 Log LUTs just click here and for the EOS C300 PL Log LUTs just click here and select the 'Software (drivers and applications)' option from the menu.
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Cinema EOS
Post Date: 3/14/2012 2:42:28 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Updated: B&H has posted a nice page for selecting the latest Nikon D3100 & D5100 DSLR and Nikon 1 rebate offers including the combo options.
Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Camera and Lens Rebates
Post Date: 3/14/2012 2:16:40 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Adorama is also now accepting Canon EOS-1D X preorders.
 
Initial supplies of the EOS 1D X are expected to be limited. Shipments are expected to begin around the end of April (2012).
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Preorders
Post Date: 3/14/2012 1:42:52 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Finally! B&H is accepting Canon EOS-1D X preorders! (thanks Kaz)
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Preorders
Post Date: 3/14/2012 1:32:28 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Apple Aperture 3.2.3 can now be downloaded.
 
What's New in Aperture 3.2.3

  • Photos can now be deleted from Photo Stream
  • Addresses minor issues related to performance and stability

Included in Aperture 3.2

  • Addresses compatibility with iCloud and iOS 5
  • Resolves an issue that could cause the "Loading" indicator to reappear in the Viewer when cropping a photo
  • Aperture now automatically relaunches into Full Screen mode if the application was in Full Screen mode when last quit
  • Pinch-to-zoom gesture now automatically activates Zoom mode in the Viewer
  • Left and right swipe gestures can now be used to navigate between photos in the Viewer
  • Microsoft Outlook can now be chosen in Preferences as the application used by Aperture for emailing photos
  • Fixes a problem that could cause Aperture, running on OS X Lion, to quit unexpectedly when using brushes to apply adjustments
  • Loupe now correctly displays magnification levels between 50-100%
  • Fixes an issue that could cause Aperture, running on OS X Lion, to display the incorrect color profile on externally edited images
  • Import window now includes an option to delete photos from iPhone and iPad after they have been imported into Aperture
  • The Lift & Stamp tool now displays the correct cursor icons when being used in Split View and Viewer only modes

The update is recommended for all users of Aperture 3.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Apple News
Post Date: 3/14/2012 8:54:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Toshiba:
 
Toshiba to Launch the World-Fastest Class SDHC Memory Cards
 
Starting new brand of SDXC and SDHC memory cards compliant with UHS-I
 
14 Mar, 2012
 
TOKYO—Toshiba Corporation (TOKYO: 6502) today announced that it will launch a new line of high performance SDXC and SDHC memory cards under a new brand name, EXCERIA™[1], that will bring to market SD memory cards offering the highest performance levels available.
 
EXCERIA, a combination of "excellent" and "experience" offers cards compliant with the SD Memory Card Standard Ver.3.0 UHS-I[2], and includes versions offering the world-fastest class[3] data transfer speed[4]. The new products will be launched from April in Japan, with distinctive labeling.
 
The SD memory card has emerged as the data storage card of choice in all kinds of personal digital equipment. As the performance of digital equipment has advanced, SD memory cards offering faster data transfer speeds are necessary to support such functions as recording HD movies, continuous image shooting with digital camera and short transfer times when copying data to other devices.
 
Toshiba's EXCERIA SDXC and SDHC memory cards will offer fast data read and write speeds and full compliance with the SD Memory Card Standard Ver.3.0 UHS-I. The minimum recording speed is compliant with UHS speed class 1[5] and SD speed class 10[6]. Products will be launched in three series, EXCERIA Type 1, Type 2 and Type HD, each offering three versions with different capacities.
 
The Type 1 series products integrate new controllers that realize the world-fastest class of data transfers, with a maximum read speed of 95MB per sec and a write speed of 90MB per sec. Type 2 series products offer a maximum read speed of 95MB per sec and a write speed of 60MB per sec, while Type HD products have a maximum read speed of 90 MB per sec and a write speed of 30 MB per sec.
 
Toshiba, a world leader in the NAND flash memory business, will continue to meet market demands by enhancing its line-up of high performance SD memory cards.
 
Get more product information at Toshiba's website.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Toshiba News
Post Date: 3/14/2012 8:48:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Reuters is reporting that:
 
"Canon Inc aims to cut at least 400 billion yen ($4.84 billion) in costs over four years to soften the likely impact of a strong yen and an economic slowdown in Europe, the Nikkei reported.
 
Canon estimates that the yen's firmness will depress its operating profit by a little more than 100 billion yen from a year earlier, the business daily said.
 
The company plans to use industrial robots to achieve these goals. In addition to increasing the use of industrial robots in toner production, Canon will consider introducing them in the production of interchangeable lenses for single-lens-reflex cameras, the daily reported.
 
In fiscal 2015, Canon hopes to lift its sales to 5 trillion yen or higher, up 41 percent from the year-ended December 2011, Nikkei said.
 
($1 = 82.6700 Japanese yen)"
Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 3/13/2012 4:37:35 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Very refreshing news in light of Canon's recent DSLR and lens introductions:
 
A reliable source tells me that the new Canon EOS 5D Mark III DSLR (both bodies and kits) are in the Canon warehouse waiting to be shipped to retailers perhaps on Friday (3/16). Also, it sounds like the day-1 volume is going to be strong.
Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 3/13/2012 12:08:03 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
LensRentals.com is now accepting Canon EOS 5D Mark III rental reservations. Roger expects April 22nd to be the availability date and that meshes with the date I am hearing from others. Hit the Canon EOS 5D Mark III review placeholder page for preorder opportunities.
 
The Canon PowerShot G1 X is now available for rent. Though it will never replace my DSLRs, I'm really liking this camera.
Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 3/13/2012 11:03:54 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Firmware update v0554 for Windows has been released for the Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader.
 
The new firmware adds support for UDMA 7. This is a great card reader - it is the one I use.
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Lexar News
Post Date: 3/13/2012 10:33:55 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Corel:
 
Corel Breaks New Ground in Video Editing with Corel® VideoStudio® Pro X5
 
HTML5 Capabilities, Screen Capture, Advanced Performance & Effects Make X5 the Most Comprehensive Version Yet
 
Ottawa, ON - March 7, 2012
 
Today Corel announced the release of Corel® VideoStudio® Pro X5, the most comprehensive version of the company’s award-winning video editing software. VideoStudio Pro X5 breaks new ground with the introduction of screen recording and HTML5 authoring capabilities, multi-core acceleration, and advanced video compositing while still maintaining the key elements that users have come to know and love. With outstanding speed, a robust collection of creative tools, and its user-friendly approach, Corel VideoStudio Pro X5 continues to break down the barriers to video editing, opening the door to truly inspired and diverse productions.
 
“Consumers have come to appreciate VideoStudio Pro for its uncomplicated approach to movie making, speed and impressive creative effects,” said Jan Piros, Senior Product Manager, Digital Media at Corel. “With VideoStudio Pro X5, we’ve furthered our commitment to overall performance and innovation by offering powerful new features and category-crossing tools like screen recording and HTML5. From YouTubers and home video editors, to small business owners and educators, VideoStudio Pro X5 enables a wide range of possibilities in video.”
 
VideoStudio Pro X5 is the first video editor to support HTML5, the innovative web technology that’s revolutionizing online video distribution and consumption. Users can generate hyperlinked on-screen cue and chapter points, graphics and titles, perfect for anyone looking to create a complete interactive on-line video experience.
 
“HTML5 offers a lot of possibilities for consumers who aspire to see their videos integrated onto web sites. Since HTML5 video can be played natively within any browser, it offers a much more robust, flexible solution for developers who have been constrained by funneling content through plug-ins,” said Rob Enderle, President and Principal Analyst of the Enderle Group. “VideoStudio Pro X5 is a pioneer in its category because it marks the first time we’re seeing HTML5 video creation placed in the hands of consumers. This vastly broadens the number of people capable of generating low cost interactive HTML5 multimedia content. This in turn should increase dramatically the rich user generated content integrated into cutting edge web sites.”
 
Corel VideoStudio Pro X5 Offers New Tools for More Dynamic and Interactive Video

  • New! HTML5 authoring: Users can now easily create HTML5 videos, complete with hyperlinked on-screen cue and chapter points. As VideoStudio Pro X5 outputs HTML5 videos in both WebM and MPEG-4 (H.264), videos can be displayed in any compatible browser. In addition, users can open and edit their HTML5 videos in other HTML5 authoring applications.
  • New! Screen recording: With the new screen recording tools, users can create polished screencasts complete with animations, effects, music, titles and voice-overs. Produce professional training DVDs or export them directly to YouTube™, Facebook®, Flickr®, or formats including MPEG-2, MPEG-4 (H.264) and WebM.
  • New! Multimedia tracks: VideoStudio Pro X5 supports up to 21 video or graphic tracks, two title or subtitle tracks, and four audio tracks.
  • New! Advanced multi-core acceleration: VideoStudio Pro X5 employs multi-threading to fully harness the processing power of today’s multi-core PCs. By assigning different software procedures to different cores, X5 generates speed gains that are significantly more pronounced than simply enabling the additional memory addressing capabilities of 64-bit systems.
  • New! Import multi-layer graphics: Users can now add multi-layered Corel® PaintShop™ Pro graphics to their movies by simply dragging a graphic to the Timeline. VideoStudio Pro X5 automatically adds each layer of the graphic as a separate track in the timeline allowing users to apply effects and filters to individual layers to create unique animation effects.
  • New! Canon DSLR support for Stop Motion: VideoStudio Pro X5 provides new support for Canon DSLR cameras for creating stop-motion animations. Users can connect their DSLR to their PC or laptop with a USB cable.
  • New! 3D video import: VideoStudio Pro X5 now supports 3D webcam capture; enabling users to easily import and edit 3D video formats, such as Multiview Video Coding (MVC) and Multiple Picture Object (MPO).
  • New! Template organization: VideoStudio Pro X5 lets users make movies quickly from templates. The Library now includes an Instant Project tab, which makes templates easier than ever to browse, preview, and select.
  • New & Enhanced! Corel® Guide: This web-connected in-product resource delivers 24-7 access to online training videos, templates, help, product updates, additional paid content, training videos and much more.

Corel® VideoStudio® Pro X5 Ultimate
 
Also today, Corel announced the release of VideoStudio Pro X5 Ultimate. For editors looking to take their productions to the next level, this premium version offers a range of high-end plug-ins from proDAD, Boris and NewBlue®, providing users with over $500 in additional value. Thanks to these additions users can add broadcast-quality effects, 2D and 3D titling, apply animated pen effects, and fix even the shakiest video with image correction and video stabilization. VideoStudio Pro X5 Ultimate gives users even more ways to create content-rich and professional looking movies.
 
Availability and Pricing
 
Corel VideoStudio Pro X5 is available immediately as an electronic download (ESD) from www.corel.com in English, Japanese, German, French, Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Russian, Brazilian Portuguese, Simplified Chinese and Traditional Chinese. Box versions will be available from Corel's global resellers after March 21, 2012. North American suggested retail pricing (SRP) is $79.99 (US and CDN). Users of VideoStudio Pro X3 or higher are eligible for upgrade pricing of $59.99. Commercial and education volume licenses are also available.
 
VideoStudio Pro X5 Ultimate is also available at www.corel.com and at resellers including Best Buy for SRP $99.99 or $79.99 (US and CDN) for an upgrade. Resellers may sell for less.
 
To download a free fully-functional trial version or for more information about Corel VideoStudio Pro X5, please visit www.corel.com/videostudio.
 
B&H carries Corel products.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Corel News
Post Date: 3/13/2012 10:07:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon has sent an invitation to an event to be held during the NAB (National Association of Broadcasters) Show in Las Vegas. Will the promised new Canon Cinema EOS camera be announced?
 
Canon Event Invitation - 2012/04/15
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Cinema EOS
Post Date: 3/13/2012 9:54:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon France has released a Canon EOS 5D Mark III demo video entitled "Eye of the Mind":
 
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 3/13/2012 9:06:56 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, March 12, 2012
Lightroom Journal has posted a list of Lightroom 4 Hot Issues.
 
B&H has Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 4 in stock ($149.00 shipped) and is taking preorders for the upgrade version (only $79.00 shipped).
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 3/12/2012 9:23:35 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon Professional Network has posted a new Canon EOS-1D X article: Frits van Eldik on shooting an F1 weekend with the EOS-1D X (thanks Scott).
Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 3/12/2012 12:42:48 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Sunday, March 11, 2012
From Reddit's gynoceros:
 
"FYI- if you attempt to fly with a Giottos Rocket Blower (you know, rubber bulb you squeeze to force air down a nozzle to blow dust off your sensor- no metal, no moving parts), TSA may confiscate it because it "looks like a bomb", no questions asked."
 
Gynoceros' Giottos Rocket Air Blower was confiscated by Newark's TSA. I'm feeling safer already.
 
The good news is that I made it through Orlando, FL and Washington/Dulles TSA with my blower, so this may be a regional issue. (thanks Chris)
Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 3/11/2012 9:05:45 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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