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 Thursday, March 31, 2011
Update on Epson's Response to Tohoku Area Earthquake
– TOKYO, Japan, March 31, 2011 –
Epson today issued an update on the situation surrounding its employees and businesses in the aftermath of the earthquake that struck the Tohoku area of Japan on March 11. A Disaster Headquarters led by President Minoru Usui has confirmed the following:
1. Epson employees
The company confirmed that although no casualties had been reported among Epson staff as of release time, it was still unable to make contact with one employee. Epson is continuing to make every effort to confirm the employee's safety.
2. Major Epson facilities affected
Epson has a network of more than 40 manufacturing sites located all around the world. Of these, the four plants listed below were affected by the earthquake with all other sites remaining fully operational. Recovery work is underway at the affected plants with the exception of the Epson Toyocom Corporation Fukushima Plant, which is within the 20-km compulsory evacuation zone around the Tokyo Electric Power Company's Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power station.
(1) Epson Atmix Corporation
(Hachinohe, Aomori Prefecture: manufacture of powdered metals, components manufactured with metal injection molding, and artificial quartz)
Epson plans to resume production of components manufactured with metal injection molding and artificial quartz from the start of April. Production facilities and equipment for powdered metals was affected by water in the tsunami, and we plan to resume production at the end of April.
(2) Akita Epson Corporation
(Yuzawa, Akita Prefecture: manufacture of printer components, crystal devices, and ultra-precision components)
We resumed production of all product lines on March 22. We will continue production while constantly assessing the power and fuel supply situation.
(3) Seiko Epson Corporation Sakata Plant and Tohoku Epson Corporation
(Sakata, Yamagata Prefecture: manufacture of inkjet printer components and semiconductors)
We resumed production of inkjet printer components and partial production of semiconductors on March 28. We will continue production while constantly assessing the power and materials procurement situation.
(4) Epson Toyocom Corporation Fukushima Plant
(Minami-Soma, Fukushima Prefecture: manufacture of crystal devices)
This plant has been closed indefinitely.
3. Impact on other businesses
Production may be affected by issues relating to procuring certain components. Epson is now looking to minimize the impact by procuring alternative components and making technical adjustments.
4. Impact on business results
Epson is presently assessing the impact of damage caused by the earthquake and the subsequent effect on the full-year consolidated financial results (year ending March 31, 2011). The company will issue a timely disclosure release as and when it becomes necessary.
Category: Epson News
Post Date: 3/31/2011 8:40:07 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
3rd Notice on the impact by the Major Earthquake in Northeastern Japan
March 31, 2011
The Nikon Group would express our deepest condolences to the victims of the earthquake and extend our profound sympathy and heartfelt concern to those individuals and families suffering from the disaster.
The following is an update regarding Nikon Corporation and its group manufacturing facilities.
  1. Safety of the employees
    As have previously informed, to our deepest regret, death of one employee of Sendai Nikon Corporation has been confirmed and safety of three employees is not yet confirmed in the area of Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture.
  2. Reopen of operation at the manufacturing facilities and outlook on the future production
    One of our own plants and seven of our manufacturing subsidiaries are located in the disastrous region of Miyagi Prefecture, Tochigi Prefecture and Ibaraki Prefecture *. All of these facilities have resumed their operation now with reopen by yesterday, March 30 of Sendai Nikon Corporation and Miyagi Nikon Precision Co., Ltd.
    It has been becoming clearer that we will be able to secure parts/components including their replacements through our investigation of the current conditions and possible measures to secure the procurement in our collaboration with our business partners. However, we have a concern that the situation may continue where our production cannot fully satisfy our customers’ requirement due to inability of full swing production worsened by the planned blackouts of electricity. While we will do our utmost effort to overcome such expected difficulties, we will be most grateful if our customers could understand such circumstances.
  3. Forecast of effect by the damage to our business performances
    We are continuing our endeavor to evaluate how the immediate damage by the disaster and planned blackouts of electricity will result in our group companies and business performances. We will announce our findings immediately when it is judged that there will be important change in our forecast.
* Locations of each plant and manufacturing subsidiaries
• Mito Plant, Nikon Corporation : Mito, Ibaraki Pref.
• Sendai Nikon Corporation : Natori, Miyagi Pref.
• Miyagi Nikon Precision Co., Ltd. : Zao-machi, Katta-gun, Miyagi Pref.
• Zao factory, Nikon-Trimble Co., Ltd. : Zao-machi, Katta-gun, Miyagi Pref.
• Tochigi Nikon Corporation : Otawara, Tochigi Pref.
• Tochigi Nikon Precision Co., Ltd. : Otawara, Tochigi Pref.
• Kurobane Nikon Co., Ltd. : Otawara, Tochigi Pref.
• Nasu Nikon Co., Ltd. : Nasukarasuyama, Tochigi Pref.
Nikon-Trimble Co., Ltd. is an equity-method company.
Nasu Nikon Co., Ltd. is a subsidiary of Nikon-Essilor Co., Ltd. which is an equity-method company.
Posted to: Nikon News
Post Date: 3/31/2011 8:25:18 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 30, 2011
Tenba Launches New Skooba Harmony Women's Bag Collection
Tenba launches the latest new bags from Skooba. Skooba Design has added a collection of products designed exclusively for woman to its award-winning line of laptop bags and tech/travel accessories. The bags in the new "Harmony" collection blend the look, fashion and quality of a high-end tote or handbag with the capacity and protection of a laptop bag.
Tenba Launches New, Ultra Lightweight Discovery Collection
Discovery is the lightest weight collection of professional-level bags that Tenba has ever created, and is built to our legendary "Crafted Without Compromise" standard. Discovery bags are the perfect carrying solution for photographers who want to walk, bike, hike or climb with their gear - activities which truly require the lightest bags availble.


Get more information about these collections in the Tenba press release. Product images are available here.
Category: Tenba News
Post Date: 3/30/2011 3:47:51 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
46 new lens / camera combinations have been added to the DxO Optics Modules library, providing supports for Canon, Nikkor, Sigma, Tamron, Tokina, Zeiss, and Sony lenses, for numerous Canon, Nikon, Fuji, and Sony cameras.
Supported or planned combinations (click on second tab)
DxO Optics Pro is available at B&H.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 3/30/2011 11:55:14 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Recently introduced were the Westcott Spiderlite TD6 and the Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella.
I have a Westcott Spiderlite TD5 (B&H) and like it a lot. The umbrella looks awesome.
B&H carries the Westcott Spiderlite TD6 and the Westcott 7' Parabolic Umbrella.
Category: Westcott News
Post Date: 3/30/2011 11:30:09 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 29, 2011
Canon U.S.A. has posted Canon EOS 60D Firmware 1.0.9.
Firmware Version 1.0.9 incorporates the following fixes and changes.
1. Changes the name of the feature called "Art Filters" to "Creative Filters" (which is used in markets other than Japan) in the Japanese version to make the terms consistent. (This change only applies to the Japanese version and does not apply to other language versions.)
2. Fixes a phenomenon where the camera may operate abnormally when it is set to Quick Mode AF during Live View shooting immediately after capturing an image with the C.Fn II-1 Long exposure noise reduction setting set to [2: On] and a shutter speed setting of 5 seconds or more.
3. Fixes a phenomenon where the camera may operate abnormally when after Live View shooting, the remote switch on the EOS Utility screen is pressed to immediately start movie-shooting. This phenomenon only occurs when the camera is connected to a compatible personal computer and the Remote Live View function of EOS Utility software is being used.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/29/2011 2:02:08 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
The Canon EOS Rebel T3i / 600D Digital SLR Camera Review has been posted to the site.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/29/2011 8:19:13 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
From Bibble Labs:
Adding Support for Canon's sRAW and mRAW formats, two additional Sony cameras, and Nikon's D1x
Austin, Tx, March 29th, 2011: Bibble 5.2.2 is new available for download now, and provides broader RAW file support, improved stability, and resolves minor issues found in previous releases of Bibble 5. Bibble 5.2.2 add support for Canon's sRAW and mRAW formats, Nikon's D1x, and Sony's a290 and a390 cameras. This update is free for all current Bibble 5 customers.
Bibble 5.2.2 also improves interaction with plugins that change the size of your photo, like zFrame and zShadow, and seen in the screenshot below. These plugins allow you to add creative frames and drop shadows to your images - directly within Bibble 5. Output images will look exactly like the preview in Bibble, ready to publish and share. You can create Presets with your favorite zFrame and zShadow settings to quickly add your finishing touch to every image in Bibble.
Bibble 5.2.2 is our third free update so far in 2011, and shows our continued commitment to constantly improving Bibble 5, adding not only newer cameras like we did in 5.2.1, but also older, popular cameras, creating one workflow tool for all your digital photography needs.
Availability, Upgrades, and Pricing
Bibble 5.2.2 Pro and Bibble 5.2.2 Lite are available immediately for Windows, Mac, and Linux computers for $199.95 and $99.95, respectively, from Bibble Labs customers who purchased Bibble 4 since September, 2006 are eligible for a free upgrade to Bibble 5. Bibble 5.2 is a free upgrade for all current Bibble 5 customers.
Post Date: 3/29/2011 11:39:59 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, March 24, 2011
Canon Japan has posted a notice indicating that the release of three of the new lenses you and I are anxiously awaiting has been postponed.
Here is the Google translation:
Apology for postponing EOS series lenses for sale
East of the great earthquake recently, everyone was affected, to those families and I would like to sincerely sympathy.
Well, EF is also damage plants ranging Utsunomiya our production base of the lens. Therefore, to guide and Orimashita released in March 2011 "EOS series lenses," For, I guide it to postpone the release date now as follows. We are currently promoting recovery measures in manufacturing facilities. For a concrete release date, as it becomes clear again I guide.
Release date Summary of Changes
Product NameExpected Release Date (before)Be released (after)
EF300mm F2.8L IS II USMMarch 2011Undecided
EF400mm F2.8L IS II USMMarch 2011Undecided
Fish EF8-15mm F4L USMMarch 2011Undecided

Customers will have a great inconvenience, it will continue to make every effort for the sale, thank you so continue to support the continued patronage.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/24/2011 9:16:31 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
B&H is now selling Canon Lens Mugs and bracelets! (thanks Jeff)
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/24/2011 6:23:48 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., March 24, 2011 - We continue to monitor and analyze the recovery and rebuilding efforts in the areas impacted by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. We are carefully assessing the situation, and its impact on production and operations.
The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CPB) has announced that it is carefully monitoring and assessing the potential for radiological contamination. It is using several types of radiation detection equipment in air and sea ports, mail facilities, and elsewhere to scan cargo. CPB notes that it uses radiation equipment and operational protocols to resolve any safety risks. More information is available at
We will post updates regarding safety, recovery and rebuilding efforts, as necessary.
We thank everyone for their continued concern and support.
- Canon U.S.A. Press Release
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/24/2011 4:54:52 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
Want to make your images huge? Project them with one of the five new portable LCD projectors Canon has announced.
Posted to: Canon News
Post Date: 3/24/2011 10:00:02 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
ExpoImaging has introduced the Rogue Grid (press release) - a 3-in-1 stacking honeycomb flash grid.
ExpoImaging's Rogue products are available at B&H - the Rogue Grid is available for preorder.
Post Date: 3/24/2011 9:36:46 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, March 23, 2011
March 23, 2011 - DxO Labs is pleased to announce the immediate availability of DxO Optics Pro v6.5.6 for Mac and Windows that adds RAW support for Canon 600D/Rebel T3i, Canon 1100D/Rebel T3, and Olympus Pen E-PL1 in both its Standard and Elite editions.
Further, 50 new DxO Optics Modules are now available to DxO Optics Pro users, covering numerous Canon, Nikon and Fuji cameras.
To see supported and planned combinations, click on the link below then select the second tab.
All customers who purchased DxO Optics Pro since June 1st, 2009 are entitled to a free upgrade to version 6.5.6.
Supported or planned combinations
DxO Optics Pro is available at B&H.
Category: DxO News
Post Date: 3/23/2011 12:28:45 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, March 22, 2011
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