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 Wednesday, September 11, 2013
From Epson:
 
LONG BEACH, Calif. – Sept. 10, 2013 – Epson America, Inc. today launched the feature-rich Epson Expression Premium XP-810 and XP-610 Small-in-One printers designed for today’s busy families and photo enthusiasts. Packing ultra -powerful performance into an ultra-slim design, the Expression Premium series leverages Epson's MicroPiezo printing technology and Claria Premium inks to produce consumer-rated unbeatable quality prints at home or on-the-go with Epson Connect for easy printing from a tablet, smartphone or computer from literally anywhere in the world.
 
The Expression XP-810 and XP-610 are designed as complete wireless solutions, featuring built-in Wi-Fi CERTIFIED n and Wi-Fi Direct for network-free printing. Both models are always ready to print, offering built-in memory card slots for PC-free printing, automatic two-sided printing to save paper, easy-to-use creative tools such as a dedicated photo tray and direct CD/DVD printing, as well as built-in auto photo correction tools.
 
“Expression Premium Small-in-Ones are designed to provide busy households and photo enthusiasts with a powerful creativity tool, packing a robust feature set and unbeatable photo quality into an ultra slim design,” said Joe Keller, product manager, Consumer Ink Jets, Epson America, Inc. “With comprehensive wireless capabilities and Epson Connect mobile printing solutions, it’s now easier than ever for consumers to print from the home or anywhere in the world.”
 
The flagship Expression XP-810 adds a 30-page Auto Document Feeder for automatic two-sided copying, scanning and faxing, a 3.5-inch touchscreen with gesture navigation for easy setup and operation, specialty paper support through its rear paper feed, and an auto-extend paper output tray. Plus, time-saving, bonus templates are also available for printing lined school paper, graph paper, calendar pages, and custom note paper with personal photos – all without a computer.
 
Additional Expression Premium Small-in-One Features:

  • Epson Connect – easily print and scan from anywhere with Epson Email Print, Epson iPrint mobile app, and Epson Remote Print
  • Print speeds of 14 ISO ppm for black and 11 ISO ppm for color and 13 ppm black and 10 ISO ppm color for the XP-810 and XP-610 respectively
  • Print borderless 4” x 6” photos – in as fast as 12 seconds (XP-810)
  • High-quality scanning up to 2400 dpi (XP-610) and 400 dpi (XP-810)
  • PC-free photo printing with card slots and built-in photo correction that automatically corrects digital images, including advanced face detection and color correction
  • Eco-friendly features, including ENERGY STAR qualified, support of recycled paper, RoHS compliant and designed to be recycled
  • Built in Ethernet networking (XP-810)
  • Individual ink cartridges to replace only the color needed; standard and high-capacity (XL) black and color ink cartridges accommodate various printing needs

Pricing and Availability
 
The Epson Expression Premium XP-610 ($149.99 MSRP) and Epson Expression XP-810 ($229.99 MSRP) will be available in mid-September through major retailer stores nationwide.
 
Amazon has the Expression Premium XP-610 & XP-910 printers available for preorder.

Category: Epson News
Post Date: 9/11/2013 8:14:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Tuesday, September 10, 2013
I recently received the following email from CPS regarding upcoming program changes. If you're currently a CPS member, you might want to check out the changes scheduled for the near future.
 
From Canon Professional Services (USA branch):
 
Thank you for your continued Canon Professional Services membership, Canon loyalty and for trusting Canon products for use in your business.
 
The staff of CPS strives to provide imaging professionals like you with comprehensive service and support benefits. And we are always looking for opportunities to make the CPS program even better. After careful study and consideration, and with your valuable feedback, we are planning to roll out a number of enhancements and updates to the CPS program. The purpose of this email is to give you a summary of these enhancements and updates, which we anticipate will be effective for all members in two phases: the 4th quarter of 2013 and early 2014 with the introduction of a new CPS Cinema level. Details will be available on the CPS website as these enhancements and updates become available.
 
The program updates and enhancements are as follows:
 
We are renaming the Clean & Check process to Canon Maintenance Service (CMS) and eliminating the paper voucher. The number of items that may be sent in for CMS is being increased for eligible CPS members. Platinum members will be able to send 10 eligible items, and Gold members will be able to send 5 eligible items, during each membership year. The number of items sent in for CMS will be tracked by Canon internally.
 
Based on your feedback, we are shortening the period for each evaluation loan from two weeks to one week. This will also have the effect of increasing the total amount of equipment available for evaluation loans to eligible members.
 
In an effort to concentrate our efforts on our core professional members, we will no longer include the EOS 60D camera, and future successor model cameras, as qualifying equipment for any level. However, owners of such equipment will still be eligible to receive repair benefits covered by the program.
 
In early 2014, the Cinema EOS C100 camera and all Cinema Prime Lenses will be added as qualifying equipment to the CPS Gold and Platinum membership levels. And we are planning to launch a new CPS Cinema level tailored to owners of other Cinema EOS cameras and lenses.
 
In an effort to balance program benefits, we are adjusting the repair discounts from their current levels. Therefore, repair discounts are being changed to 30% for Platinum level members and 20% for Gold level members. Also, there will be a cap on the number of annual repairs to which the discount can be applied, Gold level members can receive the repair discount on a maximum of 10 eligible items and Platinum level members can receive the repair discount on a maximum of 15 eligible items.
 
The annual fee for Platinum membership will be reduced from $500 to $300. The annual fee for the Gold membership level will remain at $100, and the Silver membership level will remain free to qualified professionals.
 
For organizations with large amounts of eligible Canon equipment and/or large photography staff, we are launching Enterprise CPS, which is designed to suit the needs of medium to large size organizations like newspapers, photo studios, rental houses, etc. In addition to some of the traditional CPS benefits, Enterprise CPS clients can receive benefits like on-site equipment maintenance, higher repair caps and streamlined billing. The details of this new program will be provided at a later date.
 
We have also increased our support of the professional imaging market in less direct, but significant, ways. For example, you may have noticed that, during 2013, CPS increased the number of major sporting events, training workshops, and trade shows where on-site support is provided to eligible CPS members. These events are an important way for us to support and communicate with our members.
 
We recently opened two new service facilities, one in Hollywood, CA and another in Ridgefield Park, NJ just outside of New York City. These two new facilities are available to CPS Gold and Platinum level members (as well as our broadcast/cinema professionals). An advance reservation is required for all service and support requests handled by the Hollywood and Ridgefield Park facilities. CPS Gold and Platinum members requesting support should call the CPS hotline at 1 (888) CPS-4540 to make a reservation. And we are currently planning to open a third service facility that will support the Chicago market later this year. All with the goal of bringing Canon's award-winning repair and maintenance services closer to our CPS members.
 
Although the CPS program is changing in some significant ways, some aspects of CPS member support are not going to change: our unwavering commitment to speed and quality, as well as acting on your repair and maintenance requests with repair turnaround times of two business days for Platinum members and three business days for Gold members, as more fully described in the program terms and conditions. Temporary loaners while products are in for repair will continue to be available per the terms and conditions of the various membership levels. And dedicated, priority support will still be available for CPS members via phone or email, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

CPS Program Benefits

These enhancements will be rolled out via e-mail communications to our members, detailing the specific changes by membership level, effective date and describing new programs like Enterprise CPS and CPS Cinema. Ensuring your smooth transition to these new benefits is very important, so we want to hear from you if you have any questions.
 
We are honored to have the opportunity to help you achieve success in your imaging pursuits and to support your passion for image-making. Thank you again for trusting Canon with supporting your business.

Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/10/2013 2:24:36 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
The full review of the Canon EOS 70D, what is now arguably Canon's best all-purpose APS-C format camera choice, is now live on the site.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 9/10/2013 8:39:50 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From JP Distribution:
 
We are pleased to announce that all BlackRapid Straps and SnapR Cases* distributed by JP Distribution will now carry a 5 Year Warranty. This is an exclusive upgrade authorised by BlackRapid for UK and Ireland customers only and only when purchased from an Authorised UK Reseller (Only stock distributed via JP Distribution will carry this warranty).
 
This warranty will be back dated to 1st January 2013 so all of this year’s BlackRapid customers will be covered.
 
Note: This warranty covers any BlackRapid products that develop an issue due to manufactures fault or malfunction but does not cover accidental damage, wear and tear or misuse. If action is required the customer should simply return the BlackRapid product to JP Distribution with proof of purchase and a description of the fault encountered.
 
Amazon.co.uk is an authorized retailer of BlackRapid products.
Category: BlackRapid News
Post Date: 9/10/2013 7:24:27 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
From JOBY:
 
Introducing the JOBY UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate™ that will Fit any Tripod and JOBY DSLR Wrist Strap that Automatically Cinches to Protect Your Camera
 
SAN FRANCISCO, September 10, 2013 – JOBY introduces two new versatile and adaptable camera straps to its line of functional, ergonomic and stylish products. JOBY’s UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate allows photographers to seamlessly transition from comfortable, handheld shooting to capturing composed shots on a tripod. The DSLR Wrist Strap from JOBY protects DSLRs or mirrorless/CSCs (compact system cameras) from accidental drops with an innovative cinching design.
 
"As we always aim to achieve with all JOBY products, our new UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate and DSLR Wrist Strap enable professional and enthusiast photographers to utilize their gear in an even greater way," said Michael Jue, director of product design and management. "The products’ ergonomic designs provide lightweight comfort without compromising camera security," he added.
 
Introducing the JOBY UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate
 
The UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate is a useful combination of a streamlined hand strap and universal quick-release plate. Photographers can keep the hand strap attached to their camera while mounting it to a tripod or even using another camera strap. The hand strap is compatible with standard and pro DSLRs with or without a battery grip.
 
A comfortable hand strap that offers ultimate ease for shooting in hand, the UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate is also ideal for shooting with a tripod. The UltraPlate features a universal tripod quick-release plate with built-in Arca-Swiss compatibility. Unlike most baseplates on the market, the UltraPlate has two additional 1/4"-20 screw mounts.
 
Photographers can attach all types of accessories to the UltraPlate without removing the hand strap (unlike other camera straps). Types of accessories that may be added while the hand strap remains attached include JOBY’s Ultra Fit Sling Strap or other camera straps, flash brackets, and other tripod quick-release plates found on all leading tripod brands. This innovative baseplate design makes the JOBY UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate compatible with all camera tripods and camera straps.
 
The hand strap features JOBY’s UltraFit Layered-Pad Technology™, which provides lightweight support without the bulk. The thin strap pad conforms to the shape of one’s hand and will not interfere with use of the camera’s controls. The UltraPlate’s practical design also provides easy access to a camera’s battery door for changes on the fly.
 
The UltraFit Hand Strap with UltraPlate from JOBY is an ideal accessory for today’s photographers who like to quickly alternate between shooting modes without hassle.
 
Introducing the JOBY DSLR Wrist Strap
 
The DSLR Wrist Strap is a simple cinching wrist strap designed for DSLRs or mirrorless/CSCs. Lightweight and comfortable – weighing less than a half ounce – it is JOBY’s minimalist solution to keeping your camera safe and secure. Featuring a strongly braided cord with a smooth, soft-to-touch finish, the strap is designed to automatically tighten around the wrist if the camera is dropped. The DSLR Wrist Strap was designed for users who do not want a camera strap that gets in their way but crave the security a camera strap provides.
 
A minimal wrist strap solution with a fail-safe hold, the DSLR Wrist Strap connects to a DSLR or mirrorless/CSC via universal shoulder lug attachment. The DSLR Wrist Strap comes in one adjustable size to fit most wrists and in two colors: charcoal and neon green.
 
Adorama carries the Joby UltraFit Hand Strap and other JOBY products.
Category: JOBY News
Post Date: 9/10/2013 6:48:42 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Monday, September 9, 2013
From LensRentals:
 
We are happy to announce the opening of our satellite location in the Nashville area. Our Nashville office will serve as a pick-up center beginning on September 12th. There is no charge to pick-up from the Nashville location. Initially, all Nashville orders will be available the next day, although we hope to soon offer same-day pickup for our most popular items.
 
Lensrentals Nashville
214 Ward Circle, Suite #900
Brentwood, TN 37027
 
LensRentals Nashville FAQs
 
How do I put in an order for Nashville pick-up?
It’s simple. Just select “Pick-up at Lensrentals’ Office” when selecting a shipping address during checkout. Then, select Nashville as the pick-up location you’d like to use. If an item in your cart will not be available on the selected pick-up date in Nashville, you will not be able to select a Nashville pick-up.
 
Is there any cost to pick-up in Nashville?
Absolutely not. There is no shipping or pick-up fee when you pick up in our Nashville location. When you arrive, we’ll have your order waiting on you and be able to answer any questions you may have.
 
Why can’t orders be picked up the same day?
Lensrentals stocks thousands of unique items. Unfortunately, we just can’t keep that many items on hand in a satellite location that is only catering to local customers. As soon as we get a feel for which items are the most popular in Nashville, we will begin stocking some items, available the same day, in our Nashville location. We will update everyone once that begins.
 
What if I need to pick-up my order early in the morning or drop-off outside of your normal hours?
We can’t guarantee your order will be ready for pick-up before 11:00 AM, without advanced notice. If you reserve your order at least 2 days in advance and let us know you need to pick it up early, we’ll have it ready for you as soon as we open. Likewise, if you need to drop-off your order earlier or later than our operating hours, just let us know. We will work with you to make sure your order goes as smoothly as possible.
 
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Post Date: 9/9/2013 4:12:29 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Think Tank Photo:
 
9/9/2013 - It is because Apple devices do things humans cannot that fans of Apple laptops are emotionally and physically connected to their laptops, as though their laptops are their “second brains.” Ourselves die-hard fans of Apple devices, we just released the ultra thin My 2nd Brain bag collection. The four bags were created with pockets specifically sized for Apple computers and accessories and all the tools needed to support a digital lifestyle. And inside each bag is silkscreened a question for our modern lives: “where would I be without you?”
 
Each case is built for a specific Mac or iPad computer with pouches and pockets matched to that product’s accessories. The accessory compartments include clear zippered pockets and mesh pouches sized for Apple chargers, cables, adapters and so much more. Even iPhone mobile digital devices or sunglasses have special plush pockets placed for easy access.
 
Each My 2nd Brain bag is built with high quality fabrics and metal hardware that complements the aluminum unibody finish of Apple computers. The front pocket unzips to expose a padded plush pouch sized for an iPad or iPad Mini mobile digital device, as well as an organizer for pens and small accessories. At the top of the bag is a plush pocket for an iPhone mobile digital device that includes a pouch for earbuds or a Bluetooth headset.
 
The main zippered storage area is lined on one side with several mesh pouches sized for Apple chargers and accessories. The other side of this storage area is lined with clear zippered pockets to safely hold Apple adapters and smaller items. The rear padded pocket is fitted to hold an iPad mobile digital device or 11”, 13” or 15” Mac laptop. On the rear of the bag is an easy access pouch for documents. Even the removable padded shoulder strap provides storage with a buckle and strap to secure full-size headphones. All of this storage capacity is held in a bag that measures just 1.9” to 2.6” thick, depending on the Apple product for which it was designed.
 
PRODUCT DETAILS

  • My 2nd Brain Tablet: fits iPad and iPhone mobile digital devices with their accessories: power adapter, USB connection cable, camera connection kit, earbuds, stylus, monitor adapters, USB drives, SD/CF cards, pens, business cards, and other personal items.
  • My 2nd Brain 11: fits 11” MacBook Air laptop plus iPad Mini and iPhone mobile digital devices with their accessories: power adapter, super drive, portable hard drives, Ethernet adapter, USB hub, USB connection cable, earbuds, monitor adapters, USB drives, SD/CF cards, pens, business cards, and other personal items.
  • My 2nd Brain 13: fits 13” MacBook Pro (or 13” MacBook Air) laptop plus iPad (Mini or original) and iPhone mobile digital devices with accessories: power adapter, portable hard drives, USB hub, USB connection cable, earbuds, monitor adapters, Ethernet cable, USB drives, SD/CF cards, pens, business cards, and other personal items.
  • My 2nd Brain 15: fits 15” MacBook Pro laptop plus iPad (Mini or original) and iPhone mobile digital devices with accessories: power adapter, portable hard drives, USB hub, USB connection cable, earbuds, monitor adapters, Ethernet cable, USB drives, SD/CF cards, pens, business cards, and other personal items

SERIES FEATURES

  • Available in Black, Harbor Blue, and Mist Green.
  • Easily accessible iPhone mobile digital device pocket with plush lining and earbud pouch.
  • Front pocket with plush pouch for iPad or iPad Mini™ mobile digital device (product specific).
  • Organizer for pens, business cards, keys or other personal items.
  • Padded protection for your most valuable electronics.
  • Large rear pocket for documents or papers.
  • Removable shoulder strap with adjustable, non-slip pad.
  • Grab handle on top for quick pick-up.
  • Poly Ballistic fabric ensures durability while silver-toned liner provides a technical appearance.
  • Think Tank Photo’s “No Rhetoric” warranty.

Note: Use the links from this site to get a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more at Think Tank Photo!

From Think Tank Photo:
 
9/9/2013 - Now you can keep the bottom of your bags from becoming a tangled mess of cables and accessories with our new PowerHouse clear cases. These practical cases keep chargers organized with divided space for the power adapter and the power cable inside clear zippered pockets. The back of the case features zippered organizer pockets to hold small adapters and cables.
 
The PowerHouse organizer case comes in three sizes, each matched to an iPad or MacBook computer’s power adapter and cable.

  • PowerHouse Tablet: Fits an iPad or iPad Mini mobile digital device’s power adapter and USB charger cable plus a stylus, camera connection kit, pens, small cables, USB drives, and other small accessories.
  • PowerHouse Air: Fits an 11” or 13” MacBook Air laptop’s power adapter and AC cable plus pens, small cables, USB drives, and other small accessories.
  • PowerHouse Pro: Fits a 13” or 15” MacBook Pro laptop’s power adapter and AC cable plus pens, small cables, USB drives, and other small accessories.

MATERIALS

  • The all-fabric exterior is treated with a durable water resistant coating; the fabric underside is coated with polyurethane for superior water resistance.
  • YKK zippers
  • 210D silver-toned nylon, clear phthalate-free PVC (meets REACH standard) window, 150D hexa mesh, nylon binding, 3-ply bonded nylon thread.

SPECIFICATIONS
 
PowerHouse Tablet

  • External Dimensions: 6.1” W x 3.3” H x 1.6” D (15.5 x 8.5 x 4 cm)
  • Weight (with all accessories): 0.2 lbs (0.1 kg)

PowerHouse Air

  • External Dimensions: 7.5” W x 3.9” H x 1.8” D (19 x 10 x 4.5 cm)
  • Weight (with all accessories): 0.2 lbs (0.1 kg)

PowerHouse Pro

  • External Dimensions: 7.9” W x 5.1” H x 2” D (20 x 13 x 5 cm)
  • Weight (with all accessories): 0.2 lbs (0.1 kg)

Note: Use the links from this site to get a free gift with your purchase of $50.00 or more at Think Tank Photo!

Post Date: 9/9/2013 3:24:43 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Photoshelter:
 
Staying Safe Abroad: Lessons From Ami Vitale & Elizabeth Dalziel
 
Whether you’re shooting in an unfamiliar location or conflict area, photographers traveling abroad need to smart, vigilant, and prepared for dangerous situations. Many photographers might not receive formal training before going abroad, so it’s more important than ever to do your own research and determine what you need to stay safe. And after visiting more than 100 countries between them, photojournalists Ami Vitale and Elizabeth Dalziel have learned some vital lessons on how to protect themselves in a number of different precarious situations.
 
In this live webinar on Tuesday, September 10th at 4pm ET, Ami and Elizabeth will draw on their many years of experience to share their recommendations for those who find themselves working in difficult environments. They’ll discuss:

  • The importance of finding a trustworthy guide
  • The actual cost of staying safe and buying protection
  • The value of networking with other photographers
  • Lessons learned from personal experience in mobs, unstable areas, and war zones

Join us on Tuesday, September 10th at 4pm ET for this very special webinar with Ami Vitale and Elizabeth Dalziel!
 
Register Now

Post Date: 9/9/2013 2:17:42 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From September 16-21 (9:00am - 4:00pm Pacific Time), creativeLIVE is hosting free live workshops to celebrate Photo Week. The week will include workshops by over 50 well-known commercial, outdoor, and wedding photographers.
 
For more information or to sign up, check out creativeLive's Photo Week page.
Post Date: 9/9/2013 9:06:33 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
Please excuse my delay in posting the Weekend Recap this week!

"This is The-Digital-Picture.com's Weekend Recap for the week ending Sept. 7th, 2013
 
In the news...
 
In a time when lens prices seem to go up, up and away, it’s very nice to see some prices drop. On Tuesday, we reported on five lenses that have dropped significantly in price – the Canon EF 24mm f/2.8 IS, the 28mm f/2.8 IS, the 35mm f/2 IS, and two popular EF-S lenses, the 17-55mm f/2.8 IS and ultra wide angle 10-22mm USM lens. We don’t know if these price drops will be permanent, so take advantage of the reduced prices while you can.
 
This week, both Canon and Zeiss announced new cinema lenses. On Wednesday, Canon announced the CN-E35mm T1.5 L F lens. The 35mm lens is Canon’s sixth prime lens in its cinema series, and should hit the shelves in December for a little north of $5,000.00. On Thursday, Zeiss announced its own cinema lens, the CZ.2 15-30mm T2.9. This cinema zoom is scheduled to be available in April 2014 for a price “under” €20,000.
 
Also on Thursday, Nikon announced two new COOLPIX cameras – the P7800 and S02 – as well as the LD-1000 LED movie light. For more information on these new products, check out Thursday’s news post.
 
And for probably the biggest news of the week (for most of our audience, at least), Adobe announced a Photoshop Photography Program for Creative Cloud. The new program offers Photoshop CC and Adobe Lightroom 5 for an affordable $9.99 per month, but there’s a catch. In order to qualify for the program, you must already own Adobe Photoshop CS3 or later. We’re quite saddened by that stipulation as it will preclude many anxious customers from taking advantage of this seemingly fair offer. The Photoshop Photography Membership Program will start September 17th.
 
In site news and reviews...
 
On Wednesday, Bryan published the ISO noise comparisons for the Canon EOS 70D. Judging by the results, it looks like Canon was able to increase resolution – from 18 to 20 megapixels – without increasing ISO noise. It looks like Canon did a good job designing their Dual-Pixel sensors.
 
And, for our deal of the week…
 
On Thursday, we posted an eBay deal from RytherCamera where you could get a Canon EF 24-105mm f/4L IS USM lens for $650.00 with free shipping. Unfortunately, the price rose to $679.99 shortly after posting. However, that’s still a very good deal compared to the normal, retail price of $1,149.00.
 
This has been the The-Digital-Picture.com’s Weekend Recap. Thanks for listening, and as always, happy shooting!"

Category: Weekend Recap
Post Date: 9/9/2013 8:55:25 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Friday, September 6, 2013
From Zeiss:
 
New ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic and ZEISS Cine Zoom lens to be unveiled at IBC show in Amsterdam
 
OBERKOCHEN/Germany, 06.09.2013. – The wide-angle lens Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9 is the newest member of the ZEISS zoom family. From September 13-17, ZEISS will show a mock-up of this lens for the first time at its booth F58 in hall 11 during the IBC in Amsterdam, Europe’s most important trade fair for film, television and radio production and delivery. ZEISS and its partner ARRI will also present the world debut of the ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic MA 100/T1.9. This will expand the number of focal lengths for the ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic lenses available on the market to four.
 
“With the Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9 we are closing a gap in the wide-angle range in our family of cine zooms,” says Michael Schiehlen, Director of Sales of ZEISS Camera Lenses. “This offers sophisticated clients the greatest possible flexibility so that there are no limits to their creativity — even in cramped shooting situations.” The new zoom complements the existing Compact Zoom CZ.2 70-200/T2.9 and CZ.2 28-80/T2.9 lenses with a wide-angle zoom in the focal-length range of 15-30 mm.
 
The new cine zoom lens has all the features of the ZEISS Compact Zoom family. This includes a compact, lightweight design (2.5 kg/5.7 lbs on a length of 252 mm/9.92”), the interchangeable mount system (PL, EF, F, MFT and E mount) and full-frame coverage (36x24 mm), which creates a sweet-spot effect when used on Super-35 camera sensors. Additional features are the color matching and an ergonomic surface for handheld operation as well as for use with a follow-focus system. In addition, the lenses correspond to 4K production standards (4096 x 2160). The Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses offer better protection against typical environmental influences on the set such as splashing water and dust.
 
“Thanks to its many characteristics, the Compact Zoom CZ.2 lenses are also suitable for professional big-screen productions together with the ARRI/ZEISS Master Prime and ARRI/ZEISS Ultra Prime lenses, and therefore build an ideal set of cine zooms for the rental market,” adds Schiehlen.
 
Sales of the Compact Zoom CZ.2 15-30/T2.9 are expected to begin at the NAB in April 2014. It is not yet possible to place orders. The recommended price will be under €20,000 (excluding VAT).
 
“What makes the Master Anamorphic family which we have developed with ARRI so special is that it renders particularly distortion-free widescreens for big-screen productions,” says Anna Rausch, product manager from ZEISS Camera Lenses about the world premiere. “Our anamorphic lenses are the first on the market in which the cylindrical lens elements are positioned at strategically important points in the lens. These lens elements are responsible for creating an anamorphic widescreen.” The ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic MA 100/T1.9 is the fourth member of the family of lenses, which will eventually consist of seven focal lengths. Already available are the MA 35/T1.9, MA 50/T1.9 and MA 75/T1.9. Through their combination of compact design and a high speed of T1.9, the lenses can be used quickly and easily on many different types of sets. ZEISS and ARRI first launched the Master Anamorphic family of lenses in 2012 for ARRI movie cameras. They were developed and assembled by ZEISS. Marketing is done exclusively by ARRI.
 
In addition to these premieres, ZEISS will also present its entire comprehensive portfolio of lenses for big-screen productions and HD video during the IBC: from the ARRI/ZEISS Master Anamorphic, ARRI/ZEISS Master Prime and ARRI/ZEISS Ultra Prime; to the ZEISS Compact Prime CP.2 and ZEISS Compact Zoom CZ.2; and finally the ZEISS SLR lenses. Visitors to ZEISS’s booth can try out the lenses on the latest cameras, and ZEISS experts will be available to answer questions.
 
Adorama carries Zeiss lenses.
Category: Zeiss News
Post Date: 9/6/2013 7:10:19 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
 Thursday, September 5, 2013
From Lexar:
 
Berlin, Germany, September 5, 2013 - Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the 64GB Lexar® High-Performance microSDXC™ UHS-I card with read transfer speeds up to 600x (90MB per second).* Designed to enhance the mobile video capabilities of smartphones, tablets, and sports camcorders, the Class 10 microSDXC UHS-I card allows users to capture, store, play back, and transfer up to eight hours of 1080p full-HD video and thousands of photos and songs.**
 
“Over the past decade, mobile technologies including smartphones, tablets, and action video cameras have become an integral part of everyday life – and new capabilities are continually being added to enhance these technologies. Mobile devices offer convenience for business and personal needs, as well as the ability to capture those special, every day moments,” said Adam Kaufman, product marketing manager, Lexar. “The Lexar High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I card provides users with a premium mobile solution that allows them to spend less time offloading their increasingly large files and more time capturing those important moments while they’re on the go.”
 
The Lexar High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I card comes with a USB 3.0 reader to enable high-speed file transfer rates from card to a computer. Lexar memory card designs undergo extensive testing in the Lexar Quality Labs to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability with more than 1,100 digital devices. The 64GB High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I card comes with a limited lifetime warranty. The reader is also backwards compatible with USB 2.0 ports and comes with a one-year limited warranty.
 
Available for purchase from Lexar.com and leading e-tail outlets worldwide, the 64GB Lexar High-Performance microSDXC UHS-I card will be available with an MSRP of $99.99.
 
Adorama carries Lexar products.
Category: Lexar News
Post Date: 9/5/2013 2:06:41 PM CT   Posted By: Sean
From Lexar:
 
Berlin, Germany, September 5, 2013 - Lexar, a leading global brand of flash memory products, today announced the Lexar® Professional Workflow Reader Solution, the only solution that transfers video and images from up to four memory cards at once using just one USB port. The solution includes a four-bay reader hub compatible with popular card formats, such as XQD™, UDMA 7 CompactFlash® (CF), Secure Digital Extended Capacity™ (SDXC) Ultra High Speed-I (UHS-I), and Secure Digital High Capacity™ (SDHC) UHS-I.
 
The Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution allows users to mix and match readers in the hub. The readers are sold separately so users can configure the hub into an ideal solution that meets their individual workflow needs:

  • Lexar Professional Workflow HR1 (Four-Bay USB 3.0 Reader Hub)
  • Lexar Professional Workflow SR1 (SDHC UHS-I and SDXC UHS-I USB 3.0 Reader)
  • Lexar Professional Workflow CFR1 (UDMA 7 CompactFlash USB 3.0 Reader)
  • Lexar Professional Workflow XR1 (XQD USB 3.0 Reader)

“The new Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution is a game changer, and will surpass many expectations as to what a card reader can add to a photographer’s workflow process," said Lexar Elite Photographer Scott Kelby, the leading voice in photo editing and processing. "In today's digital imaging industry, speed is the major factor that impacts all photographers and videographers. This product has been cleverly designed with a wonderful fit and finish, and once again demonstrates how Lexar is listening to its customers and delivering the kind of innovative products photographers need to stay on top in this highly competitive business."
 
The Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution transfers RAW images, high-res photos, and HD, 3D, and 4K video files at USB 3.0 speeds when using a USB 3.0 port. The modular design of the Professional Workflow Reader Solution makes it adaptable to changing technologies for future use, including new and emerging memory card formats.
 
“Photographers and videographers constantly struggle with improving and adjusting the efficiency of their personal workflows, and the growing number of memory card formats make this even more challenging,” said Adam Kaufman, product marketing manager, Lexar. “We designed the Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution to allow users to build a completely unique system that suits their needs so they can get to editing and shooting sooner. Whether photographers or videographers are shooting on four cards of the same format, or four different types of cards, the Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution lets them offload work faster, greatly reducing the time spent moving content from a card to a computer.”
 
The Lexar Professional Workflow Reader Solution comes with a two-year limited warranty, is compatible with both PC and Mac systems, and is available for purchase from Lexar.com and leading retail and e-tail outlets worldwide. The Four-Bay USB 3.0 Reader Hub has an MSRP of $79.99 and the readers have MSRPs of $29.99 (CFR1 and SR1) and $44.99 (XR1).
 
Adorama carries Lexar products.

From Western Digital:
 
Exclusive WD SmartWare Pro Data Protection with Local and Cloud Storage Backup via Dropbox Provides 'Ultimate Mobile Storage Solution'
 
IRVINE, Calif. – Sept. 5, 2013 – WD®, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company, today announced the availability of its My Passport Slim line of portable hard drives, the first thin drives to offer up to 2 TB capacity, a metal enclosure, and 256-bit hardware-based encryption. The included WD SmartWare Pro data protection software allows users to back up their data to their My Passport Slim and keep an extra copy in their Dropbox account for peace-of-mind. The software also lets users back up their Dropbox1 account to the My Passport Slim. These features make the My Passport Slim an ideal choice for protecting, storing, and enjoying digital content on the go.
 
Available in 1 TB and 2 TB capacities, the My Passport Slim measures a scant 4.33 x 3.14 x 0.48-inches*, giving mobile consumers an easy and convenient way to transport their favorite music, movies, photos and documents.
 
The My Passport Slim also incorporates super-fast USB 3.0 connectivity for quick transfer speeds of high resolution digital files.
 
“WD's My Passport Slim drives are setting a new industry standard for portability, capacity, and file protection,” explained Scott Steffens, general manager of WD's consumer storage solutions group. “Its beautiful metal exterior, combined with up to 2 TB of storage, hardware encryption, and WD SmartWare Pro backup protection make it the only storage device today's mobile consumers will ever need to bring with them.”
 
Pricing and Availability
My Passport Slim portable hard drives are protected by a 3-year limited warranty and will be available from the WD store at wdstore.com as well as select retailers and distributors. My Passport Slim 1 TB has a Manufacturer’s Suggested Retail Price (MSRP) of $99.99 USD, and the My Passport Slim 2 TB2 is $149.99.
 
*Measurement for 1TB. 2TB measures 4.33 x 3.14 x 0.7-inches
 
Adorama carries Western Digital portable hard drives.
 
T-D-P.com Note: Hard drive failure isn't just a possibility – given enough time, it's inevitable. Be sure to keep backups of everything that's important you. We use several Western Digital My Passport drives for backup purposes. The drives are small, convenient and quite reliable.
Post Date: 9/5/2013 7:27:28 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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