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 Thursday, February 14, 2013
From Canon:
Canon Reaches a New Record With More Than 3,000 Patents Issued
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 14, 2013 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, has announced that for the 27th consecutive year its parent company, Canon Inc., has ranked among the top five United States patent holders. Topping the 2011 figure of 2,813 patents, Canon reached a new high for 2012, obtaining 3,174 patents. In addition, Canon Inc. ranked first among Japanese companies and third overall in the United States for patents granted according to the latest ranking of preliminary patent results issued by IFI CLAIMS Patent Services.
Maintaining a dedication to research and development has enabled Canon to remain a leader in patents held, year after year. These patents have allowed the Company to expand into new product categories while continually improving on core technologies.
"The patents registered today will help lead to the innovations of tomorrow," said Seymour Liebman, executive vice president, chief administrative officer and general counsel, Canon U.S.A. "Making research and development a top priority has enabled us to continually provide customers around the globe with advanced products spanning various technology segments."
Canon puts great emphasis on providing advanced technology that is ever-changing. Through close cooperation between Canon's technology and intellectual property divisions, the Company aims to improve its technological capabilities while further enhancing its intellectual property rights.
For more information on Canon and its products, please visit:
Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 2/14/2013 8:54:11 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 13, 2013
From DXO:
The Elite edition of DxO Optics Pro 8 to support three Leica cameras with telemetric viewfinders: the M-E, the M9, and the M9-P. Three other cameras complete the list of equipment supported by both the Standard and Elite editions of this new version: the Nikon D5200, the Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ200, and the Canon PowerShot SX50 HS.
With already more than 10,000 lens/camera combinations in its library today, DxO Optics Pro v8.1.3 now adds 261 new combinations supporting additional Canon, Leica, Panasonic, Sigma, Sony, Tamron, Tokina, and Zeiss lenses for numerous Canon, Leica, Nikon, Panasonic, and Sony cameras.
More information can be found here.
B&H carries DxO Optics Pro.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 2/13/2013 1:37:22 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Nikon:
P.T. Nikon Indonesia Established to Enhance Sales and Service in Indonesia
Nikon Corporation (Makoto Kimura, President) is pleased to announce the establishment of P.T. Nikon Indonesia in Jakarta. This new sales and service subsidiary will be launched to fortify sales of imaging products, beginning with digital cameras, and to enhance after-sales service in Indonesia. Operations commenced on February 1, 2013.
Indonesia has shown tremendous economic growth in recent years, and the growth of the digital camera business is expected to continue in this region. Until now, Nikon Hong Kong Ltd., Nikon's marketing base in Hong Kong, has handled sales and service operations for Indonesia. However, with expectations for further market expansion, Nikon has established this new sales subsidiary in order to expand operations in the Indonesian market.
Our primary goals in establishing this local sales and service subsidiary are to strengthen and to improve customer service with a system integrating all aspects of our business in Indonesia, from marketing to sales, customer support, and after-sales service. In addition, we believe that strategic marketing and effective advertising will lead to increased sales and greater permeation of the Nikon brand, further increasing Nikon's presence in this market.
Company Overview

NameP.T. Nikon Indonesia
Address35th Floor, Wisma 46 - Kota BNI, Jl. Jend. Sudirman Kav. 1, Jakarta, 10220
Capital24-billion Indonesia rupiah (IDR; approximately ¥200 million)
Representative DirectorToshio Asazaki, Managing Director
No. of employeesApproximately 20 at start of operations
Primary activitiesImport, sales and after-sales service of imaging products in Indonesia
Start of operations1-Feb-13
Annual salesPredicted to be approximately ¥2 billion in fiscal year 2013

Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/13/2013 6:47:58 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, February 12, 2013
Jessops' website indicates that it will be relaunching sometime in the near future. The website, which had been down ever since Jessops went into administration earlier this year, now displays a note saying, "The new Jessops website will be launching soon!!"
Jessops' Print division is already up and running.
Post Date: 2/12/2013 7:22:39 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, February 11, 2013
The Landingfield: Dedicated to Astrophotography has published a very detailed and interesting post on using a microscope at various magnifications to examine different parts of the CMOS sensor taken from a Nikon D2H digital camera.
From The Landingfield:

"Macro-photography are done at 1x ~ 2x magnification. Microscope on the other hand could easily deliver a 40x magnification without eyepiece. In this post, we are peeping into the basic element that captures the image in digital photograph – a pixel on CMOS sensor. I had obtained a Nikon JFET LBCAST sensor from a broken D2H imaging board. LBCAST is still based on CMOS fabrication technology and it’s an Active Pixel Sensor.
Photographing an opaque sample compared to biological slice is extremely difficult, since ordinary trans-illumination will not work. An epi-illumination, de facto illuminating through the objective, should be used instead. Basically a half mirror is in place of the optical path to direct light towards the objective, then back in to the eyepiece and camera. Epi-fluorescence will use a dichroic mirror and a pair of filters."

Read the orginal fully illustrated post here.

Post Date: 2/11/2013 9:52:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Apple:
About Digital Camera RAW Compatibility Update 4.04:
This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto '11:

  • Leica D-Lux 6
  • Leica V-Lux 4
  • Leica X2
  • Nikon D5200
  • Pentax K-5 II
  • Pentax K-5 IIs
  • Pentax K-30
  • Pentax Q
  • Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1

Download the Digital Camera RAW Update 4.04 here.

Post Date: 2/11/2013 6:59:08 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Sunday, February 10, 2013

This is's Weekend Recap for the week ending February 9th, 2013
In the news...
Sigma started this week with a brand new, redesigned website. The site now features an all-new product finder, redesigned photo galleries, a comparison tool, and an expanded Sigma lounge.
On Monday, Sports Illustrated published a Gigapan image captured during the first quarter of Super Bowl 47. The overall Gigapan image is made up of 220 individual images and is roughly 3,800 megapixels in total size.
On Wednesday, we reported that Canon confirmed a firmware fix is in the works for the 1D X and 5D Mark III DSLR cameras. The firmware fix will address slow autofocus performance when using the AF assist beam feature of a shoe-mounted Canon Speedlight.
In reviews…
On Thursday, Bryan published a set of standard-thickness, 82mm circular polarizer test results to the site’s vignetting comparison tool. Using the comparison tool, visitors can now see the how much “mechanical vignetting” to expect when using a circular polarizer with lenses such as the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens.
On Friday, lens distortion and vignetting test results were added for the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM lens, while vignetting test results were added for three other Sigma lenses.
And, for our deal of the week…
Also on Friday, we published a deal from where you could get a Canon 40mm f/2.8 STM lens for $144.00 with free shipping – that’s a $55.00 savings off the normal retail price.
This has been the’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!
Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 2/10/2013 10:45:05 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, February 8, 2013
Lens distortion test results have been added to the Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens page.
Lens vignetting test results have been added to the following review pages:
Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens
Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM Lens
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Lens
Sigma 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro Lens
Post Date: 2/8/2013 10:22:03 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Sports Illustrated:
Sports Illustrated photographer David Bergman and Josh Lehrer created [a] Gigapan during the Baltimore Ravens 34-31 victory over the San Francisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII at the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans on Feb. 3, 2013. The image is made up of 220 individual photos (20 across by 11 down) taken over a 38-minute span in the first quarter. The final high-resolution image is 101,800 x 37,419 pixels, or 3,809 megapixels.
Check out the huge Super Bowl XLVII Gigapan here.
B&H carries Gigapan products.
Post Date: 2/8/2013 10:22:54 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, February 7, 2013
With a standard thickness B+W 82mm Circular Polarizer filter recently added to our lab inventory, we now have 82mm Circular Polarizer filter vignetting results included in the following reviews:
Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM Lens (compare)
Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM Lens (compare)
Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Lens (compare)
Tokina 17-35mm f/4 AT-X Pro FX Lens (compare)
Coming soon: Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM Lens
Because of the thickness of standard circular polarizer filters, mechanical vignetting is sometimes an issue when they are used on wide angle lenses. These tests allow comparison between the bare lens and the with-CP filter results (typically the last option in the focal length drop-down box).
In the above examples, the two Canon lenses show some additional vignetting when used with the standard thickness CP filters. While a slim circular polarizer filter is a great option, I much-prefer B+W's flagship B+W's XS-Pro Circular Polarizer Filters (B&H) (Adorama). These top-of-the-line filters are slim, but include front threads that will hold a standard lens cap in place.
Post Date: 2/7/2013 9:49:43 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Nikon has posted their Financial Results for Q3 for the year ending March 2013 [February 6, 2013].
Financial Results (PDF:320KB)
Financial and Business Data (PDF:84KB)
Presentation Material (PDF:628KB)
1. Financial Results for the Third Quarter of the Year Ending March 31, 2013 (PDF:321KB)
2. Estimation for the Year Ending March 31, 2013 (PDF:364KB)
3. Reference Data (PDF:239KB)
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 2/7/2013 10:34:13 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
eBay (via GetItDigital) has the Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 IS USM Lens available for $372.50 with free shipping. Compare at $499.00.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 2/7/2013 7:47:53 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Wednesday, February 6, 2013
From Sigma:
Welcome to the redesigned website of Sigma Corporation of America. Over the past several month, our team has been hard at work to redesign, refresh, upgrade, and refine the overall look, feel, and user experience on our website.
Take a look around and you’ll see our focus is on ease of navigation, with a very image-forward design. Photography is our business–our only business, and that focus shows in our redesign philosophy.
We’re especially excited about the redesigned Product Finder, which now includes the full Sigma line including cameras, strobes, and accessories, in addition to lenses. This has always been one of the most popular features on our website, and we hope you appreciate the upgrades.
We focused on creating a more visually appealing website, and there are more than 2,000 photos currently on the site–and each one was captured with Sigma products.
We’ve added several new photo galleries to the website to inspire and educate. And all the shots–from the product images, to our Fan Photo of the Week and X3 Gallery, it is all shot with Sigma. And of course, we’d also love to showcase your amazing photos in our Photoshare and Fan Photo of the Week galleries!
And be sure to check out “Video Tips from a Pro” with Sigma Pro Lindsay Adler, our new series of informative videos by this inspirational member of the Sigma team. Her expert advice should help many photographers make smart purchase decisions.
We are very excited about the look and feel of our new website, and we’d love to hear your feedback!
B&H carries Sigma lenses.
Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 2/6/2013 12:50:46 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
A thread on Canon's forums regarding Canon EOS 5D Mark III and 1D X DSLR cameras being slow to acquire focus when using a Speedlite's AF Assist Beam prompted this response from a moderator (Stephen):

"Canon has confirmed that, depending upon the shooting conditions, it may take slightly longer for the EOS 5D Mark III and EOS-1D X digital SLR cameras to acquire focus when using the Speedlite's AF Assist Beam, compared with that of the EOS 5D Mark II and EOS-1D Mark IV digital SLR cameras using the Speedlite's AF Assist Beam. We are developing a firmware update to enhance the focusing feature for the EOS 5D Mark III and the EOS-1D X. The schedule for release of this firmware update will be announced shortly."

Stay tuned for more info...

Posted to: Canon News
Category: Canon USA News
Post Date: 2/6/2013 11:18:55 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From DxO:
98 new lens / camera combinations have been added to the DxO Optics Modules library, providing supports for Canon, Panasonic, Sigma and Sony lenses, for Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Sony cameras.
To see supported and planned combinations, click on the link bellow then select the second tab.
Supported or planned combinations
B&H carries DxO Optics Pro software.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 2/6/2013 8:43:10 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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