Canon and Sony News for Jan 2012

 Tuesday, January 31, 2012
Posted to: Nikon News   Category: Nikon Announcements
Post Date: 1/31/2012 11:10:15 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Apple has released Final Cut Pro X Version 10.0.3.

"Version 10.0.3 introduces Multicam Editing, Broadcast Monitoring, and more new features that extend the power and flexibility of Final Cut Pro X."

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Apple News
Post Date: 1/31/2012 11:03:21 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

I have added a baker's dozen Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon T* ZE Lens sample pictures to the site.

Post Date: 1/31/2012 9:53:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Kenko has announced that their new Kenko 400mm f/8 Mirror Lens will be released on February 03, 2012.

Kenko 400mm f/8 Mirror Lens

This is a compact, lightweight (12 oz, 340g), full frame, manual focus, telephoto lens with a fixed f/8 aperture (no aperture blades).

And according to Google Translate, "Boasts a unique Ringuboke." "Ringuboke", that's fun to say. Does this refer to the donut hole bokeh mirror lenses are known for? (confirmed correct)

The mirror is coated with silver deposition. "... We achieved a good balance between size-conscious design and performance."


Focal length: 400mm
Brightness: F8 (fixed)
Lens Construction: Six Group 2
Angle of view: 6 ° 8 '
Length: 82mm
Width: 74mm
Weight: 340g
Filter Size: 67mm
Minimum focusing distance: 1.15m
Maximum magnification: 1:2.5
Focus Mode: Transfer to the front lens manual focus mode
Aperture blades: Without
Hood: KF-M400HOOD-BK
Mount: Using T-mount (factory fitted)
Compatible Mount: Nikon F, Canon EF, alpha Sony, Pentax K
Suggested retail price: Open

B&H carries Kenko products.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Kenko News
Post Date: 1/31/2012 9:31:24 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 30, 2012

Canon has released 2011 financial results. The presentation material PDF provides a graphical summary.

For digging deep, the Financial Results for FY 2011 PDF is provided.

Notice Concerning Change of Representative Directors
Notice Regarding Partial Amendment to Articles of Incorporation

From Reuters:

Canon earnings outlook falters, president steps down
TOKYO - Canon Inc's 76-year-old chairman and CEO will take on the additional role of president after the $60 billion Japanese camera and printer maker forecast weak earnings growth and said its current president was stepping down.

Canon forecasts dull 2012 earnings growth
* Full-year profit 378.1 bln yen, vs 387.5 bln yen prior yr

Canon posts 14 pct rise in quarterly profit
TOKYO, Jan 30 - Canon Inc posted a 14 percent rise in quarterly operating profit on Monday, as it battled the impact of a strong yen and floods in Thailand with cost cuts and increased automation.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Canon Financial Results
Post Date: 1/30/2012 9:32:53 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Saturday, January 28, 2012

Check out the Why Wedding Photographers’ Prices are “Wack” article posted at PetaPixel (thanks Sean).

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 1/28/2012 12:38:18 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, January 27, 2012

From Sigma Corporation of America:

Sigma Corporation of America announces the passing of Michihiro Yamaki

Imaging manufacturer’s pioneering CEO, founder led company for more than 50 years

RONKONKOMA, NY, Jan. 27, 2012 – With great sadness, Sigma Corporation of America today announced the passing of Sigma Corporation’s founder and CEO Michihiro Yamaki. He died of liver cancer in Tokyo, Japan, on Jan. 18 at the age of 78.

“We are deeply saddened by this loss,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “Mr. Yamaki was an industry visionary, and his leadership and enthusiasm has been the driving force behind our company’s innovation for more than 50 years. We’re sending our deepest condolences to the Yamaki family, and our entire Sigma family around the world, during this very difficult time.”

Yamaki founded Sigma Corporation on Sept. 9, 1961 with the development of the first-ever rear attached lens converter. At that time, most photo enthusiasts believed that a lens converter could only be attached to the front of a camera lens and the 27-year-old optical engineer turned conventional optical theory on its head. Sigma Corporation celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2011 with Yamaki still at the company’s helm.

Throughout his years in the photo industry, Yamaki has been focused on producing high-quality, high-performance photographic technology at moderate prices. His goal for the company has always been to make outstanding image quality accessible to all photographers. To this end, he grew the family-owned organization into a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of lenses, cameras and flashes. The company is now known as the largest, independent SLR lens manufacturer in the world, producing more than 50 current lenses that are compatible with most manufacturers, including Sigma, Canon, Sony, Nikon, Olympus, Pentax and Sony.

In 2008, under Yamaki’s direction, Sigma Corporation purchased Foveon, a California-based company that’s renowned for developing the X3 image sensor technology. This patented, three-layer image sensor captures all primary RGB colors at each pixel location arranged in three layers to deliver outstanding, high-resolution, high-definition images with impressive three-dimensional detail and rich gradation. Last year, the company announced the arrival of its SD1, a groundbreaking, 46-megapixel direct image sensor camera, offering more megapixels than any other DSLR currently on the market. Sigma Corporation continued its theme of addressing gaps in the industry and the needs of photographers by kicking off 2012 with the launch of its new, Digital Neo (DN) line of lenses for Micro Four Thirds and E-mount camera systems.

In addition to his inventions and photographic foresight, Yamaki made many other contributions to the industry in his 78 years of life. He served organizations such as: the Japan Photographic Enterprises Association, Japan Machinery Design Center, Japan Optomechatronics Association, Photographic Society of Japan, and Japan Camera Industry Institute. He has also been honored with the “Person of the Year” award from The Photoimaging Manufacturers & Distributors Association (PMDA), the “Hall of Fame” award from the International Photographic Council (IPC), and the Golden Photokina Pin for his longtime contribution to the imaging industry.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 1/27/2012 1:07:07 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Canon Camera Museum has posted a technical report feturing the Canon EOS-1D X.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Camera Gear Review News
Post Date: 1/27/2012 10:29:47 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Sigma Corporation has announced that its founder and CEO, Michihiro Yamaki, age 78, has passed away:

Announcement of the death of Michihiro Yamaki, CEO

We regret to announce that the founder and CEO of Sigma Corporation, Michihiro Yamaki passed away at 1:53am on January 18th, 2012.

We would like to sincerely express our deep gratitude for your generous support for him till this day.

Posted to: Canon News   Category: Sigma News
Post Date: 1/27/2012 9:52:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 26, 2012

Adobe Senior Product Manager, Bryan O'Neil Hughes, provides ... "an early look at some of the things the Photoshop team is working on for Camera Raw."

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Adobe News
Post Date: 1/26/2012 9:52:04 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From National Geographic:

Earth Explorer Collection Adds 6 New Styles and Redesigns 5 Best Sellers!

With a touch of finesse and fashionable details we are offering 5 redesigned best sellers from the original collection and 6 new exciting styles. The key to this redesign can be found in the details. Small touches emphasize the National Geographic brand with functional improvements added to original line favorites. The overall style, a classic cotton camera bag that can also be used for everyday use, remains with all models. Later in 2012, we will see the refresh of this line complete with new versions of most of the original Earth Explorer models available.

Learn more and see the new National Geographic Earth Explorer Collection bags here.

B&H carries the National Geographic Earth Explorer Collection.

Post Date: 1/26/2012 12:04:53 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

I am frequently asked for an Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book recommendation. If you are looking for such a book, check out Scott Kelby's The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers.

Update: has the The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Book for Digital Photographers on sale for $19.99 plus shipping. Unfortunately, shipping makes the final price higher than Amazon's price. The Kelby Training advantage is the inclusion of "The Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 Killer Presets CD with Matt Kloskowski ($39.99 value) absolutely FREE!" (thanks Edwardson)

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Post Date: 1/26/2012 11:43:31 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Wednesday, January 25, 2012

From Kenko Tokina, translated by Google:

Successor of the Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX, Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX II announced

Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 AT-X Pro DX II Lens

Popular super wide zoom lens, Tokina AT-Tokina AT X 116 PRO DX-successor model appeared X 116 PRO DX II. Keep the optical system of the AT-X 116 PRO DX, a new coating applied. Smoother gradations in the shadows.

Placed in the front group P-molded glass aspherical lens that together with the group after the aspherical lens placed in MO, and distortion, aberration correction, ideally each.

In addition, SD very close to fluorite (ultra low dispersion) glass uses two. Elimination of chromatic aberration.

Not only for Canon digital with a motor inside the lens for Nikon. AT-X 16-28 F2.8 PRO FX , 17-35 F4 AT-X PRO FX Tokina SD and GMR sensors mounted on its own-M (Silent Drive-Module), quiet and highly accurate combination of has realized the AF.

Lens construction: 13 elements in 11 groups each (Retail Price: ¥ 90,000 (tax not included with hood)

Nikon digital (APS-C): Will be released in late March 2012.
Canon digital (APS-C): Will be released in late July 2012.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Tokina News
Post Date: 1/25/2012 10:10:36 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Dennis Manarchy's 35-foot long camera is being used to capture his "Vanishing Cultures" project:

Learn more about Dennis' attention-grabbing camera here. (thanks David)

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 1/25/2012 10:58:08 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

Have you noticed the lack of hard drive deals throughout the Christmas shopping season and beyond? And any "deals" were priced well above prices we were seeing many months before.

The reason? Manufacturing disruption caused by the flooding in Thailand has seriously affected hard drive supplies. A new Computer World article provides more information on the impact.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   
Post Date: 1/25/2012 10:12:25 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan is highlighting the eye-opening results of a copyright lawsuit.

"Photographers who compose a picture in a similar way to an existing image risk copyright infringement, lawyers have warned following the first court ruling of its kind."

Read the entire article here.

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Post Date: 1/25/2012 9:55:36 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

From DxO:

DxO Optics Pro v7.2 supports 4 new cameras and allows importing of version 6 database.

New version features greater stability.

Both the Standard and Elite editions of version 7.2 support four additional cameras: the Canon Powershot S100, and the Panasonic GF3, Panasonic G1, Panasonic G2.

The production rate of DxO Optics Modules is accelerating, thanks to the recent optimization of its calibration processes. This means that DxO Labs is now able to provide support for new cameras more quickly, all while consolidating its modules library by adding camera models already on the market - notably compact hybrids. Since January 1st, more than 250 camera/lens combinations have been added.

This new version includes a tool that allows users to import all their projects and image processing information from DxO Optics Pro 6, and to integrate them into DxO Optics Pro 7 by merging both databases.

This DxO Optics Pro update also includes greater general stability as well as giving users the ability to crop photos in a more intuitive way.


DxO Optics Pro 7 for Windows and Mac is available in the DxO Labs online boutique and at photo resellers at a special discount price good through January 31, 2012.

B&H carries DxO Optics Pro.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: DxO News
Post Date: 1/25/2012 9:42:26 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Post Date: 1/24/2012 3:44:43 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Monday, January 23, 2012

Stephen Oachs of posted some photos of the new Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM Ext 1.4x Lens being used in Kenya.

Mounted to the 200-400 was an unrecognized Canon DSLR. The Canon EF 600mm f/4.0 L IS II USM Lens was reportedly being used by the same individual.

Check out Stephen's story and pictures.

Posted to: Canon News   
Post Date: 1/23/2012 2:39:57 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Friday, January 20, 2012

On Jan 9, 2012, the SD Association announced the addition of wireless to the SD card standards. To say that this announcement has not been well-received by SD Association member Eye-Fi is a strong understatement.

Eye-Fi CEO Yuval Koren has posted a statement on the Eye-Fi blog.

Post Date: 1/20/2012 12:40:39 PM CT   Posted By: Bryan

I have added comparisons to the following review pages:

Canon EF 70-200mm f/4.0 L IS USM Lens Review - Added a focal length comparison

Tamron SP AF 180mm f/3.5 Di LD IF Macro Lens Review - Added a 180mm aperture comparison

Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS Lens Review - Added a 17mm aperture comparison

Post Date: 1/20/2012 9:05:28 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

A handful of sample pictures have been added to the Sigma 17-70mm f/2.8-4 DC Macro OS Lens Review.

Post Date: 1/20/2012 9:03:34 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
 Thursday, January 19, 2012

I added some sample pictures to the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC Lens Review.

Sorry for the lack of wider angle shots. When selecting down the pictures to include with this review, I apparently was not liking the wider angle compositions I was making while working with this lens. Most of the shots I had to work with were in the over-200mm range. Hopefully you will at least enjoy those.

Post Date: 1/19/2012 10:45:22 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

B&H has announced the finalists for the "Unboxing Video Contest"

Vote for your favorite - the winner gets a Canon EOS 5D Mark II DSLR Camera.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Contests
Post Date: 1/19/2012 10:12:49 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan

It is a sad day. From Kodak:

ROCHESTER, N.Y.–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Eastman Kodak Company (“Kodak” or the “Company”) announced today that it and its U.S. subsidiaries filed voluntary petitions for chapter 11 business reorganization in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of New York.

The business reorganization is intended to bolster liquidity in the U.S. and abroad, monetize non-strategic intellectual property, fairly resolve legacy liabilities, and enable the Company to focus on its most valuable business lines. The Company has made pioneering investments in digital and materials deposition technologies in recent years, generating approximately 75% of its revenue from digital businesses in 2011.

Kodak has obtained a fully-committed, $950 million debtor-in-possession credit facility with an 18-month maturity from Citigroup to enhance liquidity and working capital. The credit facility is subject to Court approval and other conditions precedent. The Company believes that it has sufficient liquidity to operate its business during chapter 11, and to continue the flow of goods and services to its customers in the ordinary course.

Kodak expects to pay employee wages and benefits and continue customer programs. Subsidiaries outside of the U.S. are not subject to proceedings and will honor all obligations to suppliers, whenever incurred. Kodak and its U.S. subsidiaries will honor all post-petition obligations to suppliers in the ordinary course.

“Kodak is taking a significant step toward enabling our enterprise to complete its transformation,” said Antonio M. Perez, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “At the same time as we have created our digital business, we have also already effectively exited certain traditional operations, closing 13 manufacturing plants and 130 processing labs, and reducing our workforce by 47,000 since 2003. Now we must complete the transformation by further addressing our cost structure and effectively monetizing non-core IP assets. We look forward to working with our stakeholders to emerge a lean, world-class, digital imaging and materials science company.”

“After considering the advantages of chapter 11 at this time, the Board of Directors and the entire senior management team unanimously believe that this is a necessary step and the right thing to do for the future of Kodak,” Mr. Perez continued. “Our goal is to maximize value for stakeholders, including our employees, retirees, creditors, and pension trustees. We are also committed to working with our valued customers.

“Chapter 11 gives us the best opportunities to maximize the value in two critical parts of our technology portfolio: our digital capture patents, which are essential for a wide range of mobile and other consumer electronic devices that capture digital images and have generated over $3 billion of licensing revenues since 2003; and our breakthrough printing and deposition technologies, which give Kodak a competitive advantage in our growing digital businesses.”

Mr. Perez concluded, “The Board of Directors, the senior management team and I would like to underscore our appreciation for the hard work and loyalty of our employees. Kodak exemplifies a culture of collaboration and innovation. Our employees embody that culture and are essential to our future success.”

Kodak has taken this step after preliminary discussions with key constituencies and intends to work toward a consensual reorganization in the best interests of its stakeholders. Kodak expects to complete its U.S.-based restructuring during 2013.

The Company and its Board of Directors are being advised by Lazard, FTI Consulting Inc. and Sullivan & Cromwell LLP. In addition, Dominic DiNapoli, Vice Chairman of FTI Consulting, will serve as Chief Restructuring Officer to support the management team as to restructuring matters during the chapter 11 case.

More information about Kodak’s Chapter 11 filing is available on the Internet at Information for suppliers and vendors is available at (800) 544-7009 or (585) 724-6100.

Kodak will be filing monthly operating reports with the Bankruptcy Court and also plans to post these monthly operating reports on the Investor Relations section of The Company will continue to file quarterly and annual reports with the Securities and Exchange Commission, which will also be available in the Investor Relations section of

More information is available from Kodak here.

Posted to: Canon News, Nikon News, Sony News   Category: Kodak News
Post Date: 1/19/2012 9:17:35 AM CT   Posted By: Bryan
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