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 Wednesday, July 11, 2012
Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader (UDMA7) firmware upgrade V1.0.0 for Mac OS X is now available for download.
This firmware update "Fixes compatibility issues between the Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot reader and the newest MacBooks."
This is the reader I use - it is a good choice.
Category: Lexar News
Post Date: 7/11/2012 10:40:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Lexar:
Lexar Announces Support for XQD Memory Card Specification
Lexar XQD Memory Cards to be Compatible with Nikon D4 and Future XQD-based Camera Models
Fremont, CA, 11 July, 2012 – Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced its support of the XQD™ memory card specification for compatibility with Nikon D4 and future XQD-based camera models. Expected to be available in the third quarter of 2012, Lexar XQD memory cards will offer high-speed performance in a range of capacities to effectively capture and store high-quality images, 1080p full high-definition (HD) video, and 3D video content.
“By collaborating with Lexar, we’re reinforcing the fact that the XQD specification represents one of the futures of high-performance memory cards,” said Nobuaki Sasagaki, General Manager of marketing department, Imaging Company, Nikon Corporation. “Our cooperation efforts demonstrate the vision shared by Nikon and Lexar to continue advancing the photography and imaging market with innovative technology and extremely high performance.”
“We are committed to offering innovative and industry-leading photography solutions, which is why we’re working with Nikon to offer and co-market XQD memory cards. We view the XQD standard as one of the most logical ways to increase interface speed beyond that of existing CompactFlash technology with the capability of offering performance up to 5Gb per second, in time,” said Wes Brewer, vice president of products and technology, Lexar. “This collaboration provides assured compatibility with Lexar XQD memory cards and Nikon D4 and makes this technology available to the entire photo industry.”
XQD memory cards are based on the PCI Express® specification, which offers 2.5Gb per second performance today with plans for 5Gb per second performance in the future.
Category: Lexar News
Post Date: 7/11/2012 10:33:58 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 10, 2012
From Manfrotto:
Manfrotto announces the 290 Carbon Fibre Series
Manfrotto have just announced the launch of 290 Carbon - a new family of carbon fibre camera supports designed to accompany passionate new photographers as they progress and improve their skills.
At that level, no longer a beginner, but not (yet) earning a living from photography, it has always been difficult to find accessories and equipment that offer the right balance of performance, practicality and versatility: cheap "first tripods" are too flimsy and can't be upgraded, but professional tripods have too many features, too many options and are too much of an investment. The 290 Carbon range steps right in to fill the gap in the middle and support the aspiring photographer along the path from hobby to passion... or from obsession to profession.
Journeys to far-flung locations and spectacular holidays are often the triggers to taking photography more seriously, but it's notoriously difficult to find a tripod that's compact and light enough to travel, but stable enough to really help when you get to your destination.
Step into your passion for photography!

  • Transportable, without any sacrifice in camera stability
  • Durable and built for heavy-duty use, without any reduction in strength or performance over time
  • Optimizable to help get great results across all photographic styles

B&H carries Manfrotto.
Category: Manfrotto News
Post Date: 7/10/2012 1:36:40 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/10/2012 9:08:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Listen to this MP3 (but not at work - and turn up the volume before doing so).
That is the Canon EOS-1D X capturing 54 buffer-filling RAW frames at 12 fps with additional frames captured as the Lexar Professional 1000x 32GB UDMA-7 CompactFlash Card clears the buffer (replay the sound track if the beginning appears to stutter).
I'd make this my new ringtone if I didn't think the sound was too unresting for such.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/10/2012 8:48:05 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Canon presents "How a Digital Camera is Made":

via PP
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/10/2012 8:47:33 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, July 9, 2012
Check out the just-posted Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens Review.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/9/2012 10:46:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From the CEA:
2013 International CES Registration Opens Today
Free Registration through August 31
Arlington, Va., July 9, 2012 – The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® today opens registration for the 2013 International CES®, the world’s largest consumer technology tradeshow, scheduled January 8-11, 2013, in Las Vegas, Nev.
Registration for the 2013 International CES is free to consumer technology professionals through August 31. A registration fee of $100 will start on September 1, and the fee will increase to $200 on January 2. Attendees and media can register today at
The International CES has room blocks at discounted rates, available for a limited time, at partner hotels throughout Las Vegas. It is important to make hotel reservations early to get the best rates.
The International CES attracts 150,000 of the top executives, retail buyers, content providers, entertainment executives, venture capitalists, engineers, government officials and media from 150 countries.
“Excitement and buzz is already starting to build for the 2013 International CES, which will be the most important global technology event of the year,” said Karen Chupka, senior vice president, events and conferences, CEA. “With new innovations in cloud computing, software and apps, digital health, lifestyle technologies and automotive technologies, the 2013 International CES is sure to feature the standout products and trends of 2013 across all major product categories.”
Press registration is always free. For media services, registration and credential criteria information, please visit Additional information on the 2013 International CES can be found at, including hotel and airline information to assist attendees in making their CES travel plans.
Post Date: 7/9/2012 11:04:32 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon EOS-1D X Wired LAN Instruction Manual is now available for download.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/9/2012 8:54:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, July 5, 2012
Another Canon EOS Rebel T4i Product Advisory from Canon USA:
Thank you for using Canon products.
The front rubber grips of some units of the Canon EOS REBEL T4i Digital SLR camera (EOS 650D/EOS Kiss X6i overseas models) may change color (turn white) after a short period of time. Customer support for this phenomenon is described below.
Canon continuously strives to provide our customers with high quality, reliable products that can be used with confidence. We offer our sincerest apologies to any customers who may be inconvenienced.
The front rubber grips of some EOS REBEL T4i units produced in certain lots during the sixteen-day period between May 31st through June 15th, 2012 may turn white after a short period of time. We have determined after inquiry with the rubber manufacturer and analysis, that the substance zinc bis (N,N’-dimethyldithiocarbamate) is what causes the rubber surface to turn white.
Zinc bis is not used in the production of this product. However, the quantity of rubber accelerator used in the affected production lots was slightly higher than usual. As a result the rubber grips may turn white due to a chemical reaction with the rubber accelerator and other substances. High temperature and high humidity may contribute to this condition. Zinc bis (N,N’-dimethyldithiocarbamate), which becomes deposited on the rubber surface, is created as a result of this chemical reaction.
Canon EOS Rebel T4i Grip
Affected Product
Some EOS Rebel T4i digital SLR cameras produced from May 31 through June 15 may be affected.
You can use the serial number to check whether your camera is affected by this phenomenon. If the sixth digit of the serial number is "1" please follow the procedure below. If the sixth digit of the serial number is "2" or higher, your camera is not affected.
1) Click on the link below to enter your serial number.
Canon EOS Rebel T4i Serial Number
2) Enter the 12-digit serial number (reference the image below) from your camera then click the Submit button
3) One of the following messages will appear.
· "Your camera is NOT affected" ? No further action is required
· "Your camera is affected" ? Please see the Support section below
Click here to enter your serial number (hint: read this instruction before opening that page)
Caution on Use
The amount of zinc bis (N,N'-dimethyldithiocarbamate) detected during our testing was minimal. While Canon has not received any reports of injury or allergic reactions, depending on one’s health and physical condition, in rare cases when this substance comes into contact with skin, allergic skin reactions* may develop. In addition, if eyes are rubbed after contact with the substance, symptoms, such as red eyes, may develop.
As a precautionary measure, thoroughly wash your hands with water if they have come in contact with the rubber grips that have turned white. (If any medical symptoms develop, please consult your physician immediately.)
*Please note that the occurrence of allergic skin reactions depend on the target substance, length of contact with the target substance, one’s health and physical conditions, and sensitivity of one’s skin structure, and not everyone will be affected by allergic symptoms.
Preparations are underway to provide free repair service for affected cameras by replacement of the rubber grips. Once this repair service is available (ETA of mid July 2012), we will post an update on our web site and also notify registered users via email. Please register your EOS Rebel T4i, so that we can inform you via email when the free repair service will commence.
This information is for residents of the United States and Puerto Rico only. If you do not reside in the USA or Puerto Rico, please contact the Canon Customer Support Center in your region.
Thank you,
Customer Support Operations
Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Contact Information for Inquiries:
Canon Customer Support Center
Phone: 1-855-902-3277 TTD: 1-866-251-3752
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/5/2012 9:42:10 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Reuters has posted an interesting short article titled Robo-cams go for Olympic gold on their blog. Included are pictures of some very cool gear and equally cool techniques.
via RG
Post Date: 7/5/2012 11:41:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Canon USA:
Updated Availability for the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens
We would like to inform you of an update to the expected availability of the EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens. The lens is expected to be available in mid-September 2012.
We apologize for any inconvenience this delay may cause.
From Canon UK:
Updated sales start date for EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens
London, UK, 5 July 2012 – Canon would like to advise of an updated sales start date for the previously announced EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens. Due to a further delay to the start of mass production, the EF 24-70mm F2.8L II USM lens will now be available from September 2012.
Canon would like to apologise for this delay and any inconvenience caused to customers.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/5/2012 8:32:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, July 4, 2012
B&H has the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens and Canon EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM Lens in stock.
B&H has also started shipping the Canon EOS-1D X.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/4/2012 12:46:08 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon D4 Firmware Version A:1.02 / B:1.02 is now available foor download: USA | Europe
Modifications enabled with this upgrade of firmware, release date July 4, 2012:

  • An issue that caused the camera to freeze when attempting to format a memory card (setup menu>Format memory card) while the camera was connected to a network in HTTP server mode has been resolved.
  • Format memory card can now be added to My Menu.
  • Gamut for Adobe RGB images displayed in the camera's monitor has been changed. This enables more vivid display of images.
  • The stability of network connections when the FTP upload option is selected has been increased.
  • When recording movies using a lens with an aperture ring in [P] or [S] exposure mode, and Aperture ring selected for Custom Setting f10: Customize command dials>Aperture setting, the minimum aperture was applied. This issue has been resolved.
  • When a still image captured during movie recording with 1920 ×1080; 30 fps; crop, 1920 × 1080; 25 fps; crop, or 1920 × 1080; 24 fps; crop selected for Movie settings>Frame size/frame rate and Live frame grab selected for Custom Setting g4: Assign shutter button was displayed in Capture NX 2 or ViewNX 2, the position of the focus point displayed differed from actual recording position. This issue has been resolved.

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 7/4/2012 9:16:16 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, July 3, 2012
Finally: Adorama shipped my Canon EOS-1D X today. Woo hoo!
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 7/3/2012 10:18:36 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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