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Wednesday, September 30, 2009

More on Canon no-show at PMA

In an interview with PDN, they further elaborate on why they are not attending PMA in 2010,
"One of the things that's changed is the convergence of technologies. You can go back and see that PMA once was just a photo show and CES was just a consumer electronics show. Today all of those technologies have become much more blended," he noted. "And at CES we see a much broader mix of retailers who can support all of those technologies. Plus, CES has a much larger attendance."
For the full article at PDN Click HERE

Fuji in 3D!


FUJIFILM BRINGS FINEPIX REAL 3D SYSTEM TO U.S. MARKET

New Camera Represents Breakthrough Technology for Stereoscopic Photography; Declared 3D Vision-Ready by NVIDIA

VALHALLA, N.Y., September 30, 2009 – FUJIFILM U.S.A., Inc. announced that the much-anticipated FinePix REAL 3D system will become available in the U.S. today. Introduced globally by FUJIFILM Corporation this summer, the FinePix REAL 3D system is the world’s first three dimensional (3D) digital imaging system that captures realistic 3D still photographs and movies1; providing 3D images that users can enjoy without special 3D glasses.

“The FinePix REAL 3D system is unlike any other digital imaging product on the market today, and the first real, complete solution for 3D digital photography, putting Fujifilm at the forefront of imaging technology,” said Go Miyazaki, division president, Electronic Imaging Division, Fujifilm U.S.A., Inc. “With the FinePix REAL 3D system, Fujifilm is offering users a totally new experience in both still pictures and movies to capture precious moments just as their eyes see them.”



Also today, Jen-Hsun Huang, president and chief executive officer for NVIDIA® Corporation, declared the FinePix REAL 3D camera “NVIDIA 3D Vision™-Ready” during the company’s GPU Technology Conference in San Jose, California. NVIDIA 3D Vision is a combination of high-tech wireless glasses and advanced software that allows users to view 3D pictures and movies in full HD on a PC, as well as automatically transforms hundreds of PC games into full stereoscopic 3D.

Phil Eisler, general manager of 3D Vision at NVIDIA said, “3D is transforming the entertainment and consumer electronics industries. Until now, consumers had no practical way to create and enjoy their own 3D content. The combination of Fujifilm’s amazing new point-and-shoot camera and NVIDIA’s 3D Vision system will ignite a whole new world of creative self expression.”

“Our joint effort with NVIDIA is a great example of how Fujifilm is already working together with other companies to expand solutions for 3D imaging,” added Miyazaki.

The FinePix REAL 3D system consists of the 3D digital camera, FinePix REAL 3D W1, a 3D digital viewer, FinePix REAL 3D V1, and 3D prints.

FinePix REAL 3D W1 Digital Camera
Featuring the newly developed “FinePix REAL 3D Lens System,” the W1 has dual Fujinon lenses that layer together two images. An aluminum die-cast frame protects the 3X optical zoom lenses from vibration and impact for ultimate accuracy. The “RP (Real Photo) Processor 3D” synchronizes data passed to it by the two lenses and two CCD sensors, to determine shooting conditions such as focus, brightness and tonality to instantaneously blend this information into a single symmetrical image for both still photos and movies. The 3D/2D LCD monitor features Fujifilm’s own LCD panel, exclusively made for the display of the 3D/2D images on digital cameras, allowing users to see beautiful, natural 3D images with the naked eye. As the camera performs a series of image processing steps automatically, anyone can take 3D photos and movies by just pointing the camera and pressing the shutter button.

Using an “Advanced 3D Mode,” the FinePix W1 digital camera also allows the user to adjust the settings to suit the scene being photographed. When using the “Individual Shutter 3D Shooting Mode,” the camera shifts to take the second shot after taking the first shot, and saves a single 3D image in the camera manually. This allows the user to edit the 3D images, which is particularly useful for landscape photography, or macro shots, where the 3D effect can be too strong. “Interval 3D Shooting” mode allows further flexibility, making it possible to take two shots from different viewpoints continuously while the photographer is moving, for example by train, airplane, or car…etc., to achieve 3D images of long-distance views.

The FinePix W1 also shoots conventional two-dimensional images. The "Advanced 2D Mode" lets users take two different shots simultaneously by pressing the shutter once. With "Tele/Wide Simultaneous Shooting," it’s possible to take a close-up photo of the subject and, at the same time, a photo with a wider span - just by changing the settings of the two lenses. With "2-Color Simultaneous Shooting" mode, users can take photos of the same scene with different color tonalities, like "Standard" or "Fujichrome," just by changing the processing signals on the two sensors.

FinePix Real 3D V1 Digital Viewer
The "FinePix REAL 3D V1," a digital 3D viewer, features Fujifilm's newly developed 3D/2D display 8.0-inch LCD panel. This allows users to enjoy and playback 3D images without the need for special 3D glasses. With various playback functions, users can enjoy 3D and 2D slideshows, as well as a Micro Thumbnail View, and an easy-to-use "Image Search" feature. With the included adjustable stand, users can change the angle for better 3D viewing, and enjoy easy use with the intuitive remote control included. The viewer can read and display image data stored on memory cards, and it can also receive image data via high-speed infra-red communication. The viewer can also directly connect to a personal computer via USB, and transfer stored images to the viewer for display.

FinePix Prints from SeeHere.com
Fujifilm has integrated high precision prints with lenticular sheets, resulting in the ability to produce high resolution 3D images. The process involves the 3D image data being integrated using highly advanced technology, and projected through a lenticular sheet lens to produce an image with binocular disparity. This then creates a very special 3D print with incredible detail.

Prints will only be available through SeeHere.com, Fujifilm’s photo printing, gifting and sharing web site.

A History of 3D Photography
3D photography has a history of more than 100 years, and stereoscopy even longer. In 1838, a 3D viewer (called a stereoscope) proved that properly drawn left and right eye views of an object would look 3D when viewed in the 3D viewer. Shortly after the birth of photography, the same principles and viewer were used for making and viewing 3D photographs. In 1947, the Stereo Realist camera introduced 35mm color 3D photography to the amateur photo market, and by 1955, over 40 models of 3D cameras were available. However, special 3D slide mounting, and the necessity of a 3D viewer, or a special 3D projector requiring a silver screen and 3D glasses, never caught on to a mass market. By 1960, 3D photography was relegated to a relatively small, but dedicated, group of enthusiasts who have continued to develop homemade 3D twin-camera rigs, including twin digital 3D cameras. Now in 2009, Fujifilm takes 3D photography to a new level with the introduction of the FinePix REAL 3D W1 digital camera, and its companion, the FinePix REAL 3D V1 viewer. The dream of point-and-shoot 3D photography, and instant 3D playback, is realized.2

“I think that it was bold and innovative of Fujifilm to produce a digital 3D camera, and for a first effort, they have done an incredible job. I never would have expected Auto Parallax along with the focusing, and a camera display that actually shows the 3D image without any viewing aids,” says 3D enthusiast David Starkman, contributing editor, Stereo World Magazine and co-founder, Reel 3-D Enterprises, Inc. “Best of all, it's the first 3D camera I've ever had that really does fit in a shirt or jacket pocket. It gives the 3D photographer almost the same convenience that 2D photographers now have with their compact digital cameras.”

Availability
Effective today, September 30, 2009, the FinePix REAL 3D W1 Digital Camera and REAL 3D V1 Digital Viewer are available through www.ShopFujifilm.com. The camera is also available through the Gear Store on www.NVIDIA.com/Shop. The camera retails for $599.95, and the viewer sells for $499.95. Prints will also be available, starting mid-October, through SeeHere.com, Fujifilm’s photo printing, gifting and sharing web site, for $6.99. Delivery on prints will take approximately 15 business days. For more information, please go to: www.ShopFujifilm.com, www.NVIDIA.com/get3d and www.SeeHere.com.

*1 As of June 2009, Fujifilm research.
*2 Source: David Starkman, contributing editor, Stereo World Magazine; Past President, Stereo Club of Southern California (www.la3dclub.com); co-founder, Reel 3-D Enterprises, Inc.

FOR FINEPIX REAL 3D W1 DIGITAL CAMERA SPECS, PLEASE GO TO:
http://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/3d/camera/finepix_real3dw1/
specifications/index.html

FOR FINEPIX REAL 3D V1 VIEWER SPECS, PLEASE GO TO:
http://www.fujifilmusa.com/products/3d/viewer/finepix_real3dv1/
specifications/index.html

About FUJIFILM
FUJIFILM U.S.A. Inc. is a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation, Tokyo, Japan, providing digital and analog photographic Imaging Systems to consumers, professionals and businesses. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmusa.com, or go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm U.S.A. via RSS, subscribe free at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Corporation brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, photofinishing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 15 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2008, employs more than 70,000 people worldwide and in the year ended March 31, 2009, had global revenues of $24 billion. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

Strobist Old School

I was over on David Hobby's (Strobist) Site today checking out whats new (I go there about 1/week or 2) to find out something cool, learn new stuff and oogle over great photos and flash gear. I came across this great article with videos that he dug up from the old Dean Collins series on how-to-photography. (For those new to the photo world Dean Collins was the go-to guy throughout the 80's and 90's for photo technique, his books and videos were to many like gold. I even learned from some while getting my degree in the sport) This was pre-digital, and heck this bit even used an 8x10 view camera!
So enough from me, go over and Check It Out!


PDN PhotoPlus Expo Early Bird Special Ends in One Week!

PDN PhotoPlus International Conference + Expo
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center
New York City - October 22-24, 2009


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Register Before Next Thursday to Receive Early Bird Savings!
Prices go up after October 8th, so make sure you register now for any of the 100+ seminars before they sell out and the price increases in one week. This year's conference is filled with expert panels, special events and keynotes packed into three days with 60 new sessions.

Time is Also Running Out to Save $20 on Your Gold Expo Pass!
The price of the Gold Expo Pass increases after October 8th so purchase yours now to save $20. Experience the show as a VIP and beat the crowds with your Gold Expo Pass. This exclusive 3-day offers you convenience, efficiency and a better way to enjoy the show giving you more one-on-one time with exhibitors.

Free Admission Offer Ends Soon!
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Register now to save with our special early bird prices. Gain inspiration and knowledge from some of the greatest photographers and imaging experts in the world. Whether you're a seasoned professional or an advanced amateur, this is THE event you must attend to strengthen your competitive advantage!


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4x5 users Rejoice; Fuji saves the Instant-film Market

"Yesterday morning, Fujifilm announced the availability of another instant film solution not previously available in the United States – Fujifilm FP-100B 4x5 black and white instant film.
Used by many professional and commercial large format photographers, the availability of this particular instant film type provides a practical proofing and testing solution to check light, depth and overall composition when shooting. Fujifilm FP-100B 4x5 instant film is available now and can be purchased wherever Fujifilm professional films are sold.

Last week, Fujifilm announced the availability of another instant film solution, the Instax Mini 7S Instant Camera and Instax Mini Instant Color Film. The company’s ongoing commitment to the culture of photography is a global, corporate commitment that is a key part of how Fujifilm contributes to the quality of life for people worldwide." -Fuji PR

Note: As a 4x5 shooter myself I often used polaroids to check for thoes crucial situations, and sometimes for fun, but with the "demise" of polaroid, what was all of us 4x5 instant-film users to do? I am SO happy that Fuji has filled the gap with this new product and can't wait to try it!


FUJIFILM BRINGS FP-100B 4X5 BLACK AND WHITE INSTANT FILM TO US MARKET

Large Format Photography Solution Ideal for Exposure and Composition Tests

Valhalla, NY, September 29, 2009 – FUJIIFLM U.S.A., Inc today announced the availability of Fujifilm FP-100B 4x5 black and white peel-apart sheet film to the US market. Used by many professional and commercial large format photographers, the availability of FP-100B 4x5 instant film provides a practical proofing and testing solution to check light, depth and overall composition when shooting.

“Fujifilm recognizes that there is a need for black and white instant 4x5 film in niche markets such as large format imaging,” said Kayce Baker, director of marketing, Pro Markets, Imaging Division, FUJIFILM U.S.A, Inc. “As long as there is a need in the U.S. marketplace for instant film, Fujifilm hopes to supply it.”

Fujifilm FP-100B 4x5 instant film is a positive, “peel-apart” panchromatic material designed for camera back-incorporated photographic equipment and cameras that accept instant film packs. Because of its sharp and precise image quality, the film is ideal for professional and commercial applications of all kinds, particularly those that require highly magnified images.

FP-100B 4x5 instant film includes features such as:
• Develops instantly in 30 seconds.
• Rich gradation, fine grain, and exceptional resolution.
• Performs well in various lighting conditions.
• Produces glossy finished photos with an image area of 3.5” x 4.5”.
• Available in 10 sheets per pack, MSRP $42.40.
• Requires use of the Fujifilm 4x5 Pack Holder – PA-45.

Since first introducing peel-apart type instant films to the United States in 2003, Fujifilm has expanded their line-up of instant film products. Most recently, Fujifilm has brought two instant camera systems to the US market from Asia: a consumer model, the Instax Mini 7S camera and Instax Mini instant film which was announced last week, and the professional grade Instax 200 camera and Instax Wide Format instant film announced last fall. The company’s ongoing commitment to the culture of photography is a global, corporate commitment that is a key part of how Fujifilm contributes to the quality of life for people worldwide.

Fujifilm FP-100B 4x5 instant film is available now and can be purchased wherever Fujifilm professional films are sold. For more information, go to www.fujifilmusa.com.

About FUJIFILM
FUJIFILM U.S.A. Inc. is a marketing subsidiary of FUJIFILM Corporation providing digital and analog photographic imaging systems and services and Motion Picture Film products and services to consumers, professionals and businesses. For more information please visit www.fujifilmusa.com, or go to www.twitter.com/fujifilmus to follow Fujifilm on Twitter. To receive news and information direct from Fujifilm U.S.A. via RSS, subscribe free at www.fujifilmusa.com/rss.

FUJIFILM Corporation brings continuous innovation and leading-edge products to a broad spectrum of industries, including electronic imaging, photofinishing equipment, medical systems, life sciences, graphic arts, flat panel display materials, and office products, based on a vast portfolio of digital, optical, fine chemical and thin film coating technologies. The company was among the top 15 companies around the world granted U.S. patents in 2008, employs more than 70,000 people worldwide and in the year ended March 31, 2009, had global revenues of $24 billion. Fujifilm is committed to environmental stewardship and good corporate citizenship. For more information, please visit www.fujifilmholdings.com.

Canon no show at PMA 2010


Big news coming out today from dpreview.com that Canon will not be at PMA this upcoming year. Canon has traditional been one of the largest, if not the largest booth at the show for the past 5 years that I have been attending and reporting.
They will be opting instead to show ONLY at CES (Consumer Electronics Show) in January. In a statement by the company "...the decision has been made by Canon USA to only participate in 2010 trade shows and events that have the broadest reach..."
This in itself is probably the largest blow to PMA and the photo specific industry that has come about in the past 10 years. For years speculation of "how long" PMA will survive has been the undertone of the press room at the event ever since companies started showing and announcing at CES.
P3N&R will hopefully be attending CES this upcoming year as a partnership with Maryland Investor Mag. has formed to cover the high-end electronics, and now apparently will be our only chance to talk to Canon about products until PhotoPlus next year.
(Link to my PMA 09 LIVE coverage HERE)

LaCie Teams up with Cabasse to Bring Hi-Fi Sound Quality

Usable with your Mac®, PC or iPod®/Mp3 player.

* Hi-fi quality sound engineered
by Cabasse

* Easily connect to a Mac, PC,
or MP3 device

* USB bus powered

* Built-in cables for easier connectivity

* Plug & play, driver-free setup for
Mac and PC

Product Page


Today LaCie announced high-end speakers, modeled after Cabasse's renowned loudspeaker technology – the LaCie Sound2 Speakers, design by Neil Poulton. LaCie has partnered with famous acoustic engineering company Cabasse to bring high-quality sound to any computer system or A/V device.

NOTE: Ok so this isn't total photo related, but who among us all haven't wanted some good sound out of their MP3 player on an assignment, or to replay that video with that you just shot on your new crossover DSLR? Now, see why I am posting this... I really like the design of these, now hopefully I will get a chance to here them soon.


Coupled with Cabasse's loudspeaker driver support, the LaCie Sound2 Speakers provide premium sound quality to computers. Additionally, users can use the line-in connection to experience the same high-quality sound from audio/video devices like iPods and portable multimedia players.

"At LaCie, we like to optimize how our customers interact with their media. It is very exciting to partner with a company like Cabasse, which has a sixty-year reputation for hi-fi sound systems, to offer a high quality listening experience to our customers," said Alexis Kobassian, Product Manager. "The LaCie Sound2 Speakers exemplifies the very roots of sound development from design aesthetics to customized acoustic engineering, providing our customers with the best quality and price."

Setup for the LaCie Sound2 Speakers is easy; users simply plug into a PC or Mac USB connection or line-in port on a peripheral device, and they are ready to go – with no driver installation necessary. Also, for added functionality, the LaCie Sound2 Speakers come with a built-in USB cable and volume control.

The LaCie Sound2 Speakers can provide 30W total peak power output and an expansive frequency response of 80Hz - 20kHz. An external power supply is included to reach the optimal amplification and unique sound experience.

Availability
The LaCie Sound2 Speakers will be available through the LaCie Online Store, LaCie Reseller+, LaCie Corner, and LaCie Storage Partner, starting at the suggested retail price of $99.99 (excluding VAT).
For more information, visit www.lacie.com.

About Cabasse
Founded by Georges Cabasse in 1950, the company has been a pioneer in the search for true musical reproduction. In all likelihood, the quest really began in 1740 when the first signed Cabasse violin was made. Five generations of musical instrument craftsmen followed, pursuing the tradition and supplying Europe with violins, violas and cellos, most of which are still being played in orchestras today.
Cabasse's continuing obsession is to faithfully and perfectly reproduce music and soundtracks, without any alteration, coloration or distortion in the sound. This boundless passion has led the company to relentlessly innovate, design, and engineer better and better loudspeakers, so that all ears can enjoy the essence and thrill of sonic purity.

About Neil Poulton
Neil Poulton was born in Thurso, Scotland. A graduate in Industrial Design from Edinburgh University and Milan's Domus Academy, Poulton first came into public view in 1989 as the creator of "the ageing pens," pens made from a "living," wearing plastic that changes color and form with use. Today, Neil Poulton designs and develops best-selling, award-winning products for a variety of international clients including LaCie & Artemide. Since 1991, Poulton has lived and worked in Paris, France. www.neilpoulton.com.

About LaCie
Located in the USA, Canada, Japan, Australia, Europe, Singapore, and Hong Kong, LaCie is a leading provider of integrated storage solutions including external and online storage, color monitors, and accessories that help professionals and everyday users manage their digital lives. LaCie has differentiated its products through original designs and leading-edge technology. Established in France in 1989, LaCie is listed on Euronext under FR0000054314 (LAC).
For more information on LaCie, visit www.lacie.com.

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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

Samsung AMOLED 12M Camera Phone with 3x Optical Zoom

Following the launch of Pixon12, Samsung to launch world’s first 12-megapixel camera phone with a 3X optical zoom in the Korean market

Seoul, Korea, September 29, 2009 – Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd., a leading mobile phone provider, today announced the launch of the ‘Samsung AMOLED 12M’ (Model Name: SCH-W880), the world’s first 12-megapixel camera phone with a 3-times optical zoom lens. The phone will be available in the Korean market from early October.

Following the launch in June of the Pixon 12, the first 12-megapixel camera phone to launch globally, Samsung has again applied its advanced imaging technology to achieve another landmark in the development of advanced camera phones.

The Samsung AMOLED 12M combines the latest camera technology with the world’s most advanced WVGA (800 x 480) AMOLED full touch screen, providing an exceptional picture-taking experience.



The AMOLED 12M’s 3x optical zoom, featured for the first time on a 12-megapixel camera phone, allows users to bring in the action from far away, producing close-up shots without distortion. The device also features a 2x digital zoom, giving users the full capabilities of a 6x zoom.

The AMOLED 12M comes packed with a host of functions enabling consumers to easily capture, browse and share their images on the move, fully utilizing the brilliant 3.3-inch AMOLED screen.

With the look and feel of a premium digital compact camera and a dedicated camera power key, users can snap high-definition photos quickly and naturally. The Samsung AMOLED 12M’s rapid image saving allows users to move to the next shot within just 2 seconds, while the phone also provides high-quality video recording (1280 x 720) at 30 frames per second.

The Samsung AMOLED 12M introduces powerful and innovative camera functions. Its Touch Auto-Focus (AF) feature permits users to select a focus point with the touch of a finger, after which the lens will automatically track the object, keeping it in focus even as it moves across the screen. The Smart Auto feature lets users capture perfectly balanced images as the camera automatically changes its shooting mode based on the object, background, and lighting. Other features include a Xenon flash, shake reduction, face recognition, and 4GB of built-in memory.

“Samsung has led the camera phone market by introducing many landmark models – the first 5-megapixel camera phone (SCH-V7800, June 2005), the first 7-megapixel device with an optical zoom (SCH-V770, July 2005), the first 10-megapixel model (SCH-B600, October 2006) and, most recently, the first 12-megapixel camera phone for the global market (Samsung Pixon12, June 2009),” said JK Shin, Executive Vice President and Head of the Mobile Communication Division, Samsung Electronics. “The Samsung AMOLED 12M is another landmark and proof of our continuing commitment to providing the most advanced technology to enrich users’ mobile experience.”



Product Fact Sheet

Network: WCDMA (2100 MHz)GSM(900), DCS(1800 ), PCS(1900) Roaming

Display: 3.3” WVGA AMOLED

Camera: 12MP with 3X Optical Zoom + 2X Digital Zoom Xenon + Power Led Flash

Touch AF Tracking, Smart Auto, Beauty Shot, Macro Shot,

Video / Audio: Video: HD Level (1280 x 720) 30fps

MPEG4, H.263, H.264, DivX, XviD

Audio: MP3, AAC, AAC+, AAC+e, WMA

Value Added Features: Terrestrial DMB (Mobile TV)

Connectivity: Bluetooth® 2.0, USB 2.0 HS (micro USB)

Memory: Internal memory: 4GB

External memory: Micro SD (up to 32GB)

Battery: 1,100 mAh

Size: 115.8 x 56.9 x 16.3 mm




About Samsung Electronics

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. is a global leader in semiconductor, telecommunication, digital media and digital convergence technologies with 2008 consolidated sales of US$96 billion. Employing approximately 164,600 people in 179 offices across 61 countries, the company consists of two business units: Digital Media & Communications and Device Solutions. Recognized as one of the fastest growing global brands, Samsung Electronics is a leading producer of digital TVs, memory chips, mobile phones and TFT-LCDs. For more information, please visit www.samsung.com.



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Intro to ACDsee Pro 3




Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows: The Missing Manual--New from O'Reilly


Your Go-to Guide for the Newest Version of Photoshop Elements

Sebastopol, CA—Photoshop Elements 8 gives you most of what Photoshop offers, but at a price that won't break the bank. It's perfect for scrapbookers, photographers, and budding graphic artists alike, and this newest version is more powerful and easier to use than previous versions. But figuring out how and when to use the program's tools is still tricky.

NOTE: O'Reilly has done it again it seams. With personal experience with their books I must say they make some of the most comprehensive and useful manuals/books for programs and techniques. Though I have not read this one yet I am sure it up to the companies top-notch standards.



But with Photoshop Elements 8 For Windows: The Missing Manual (O'Reilly Media, $44.99 USD) by your side, you'll learn not only what each tool does, but also when it makes the most sense to use it and why. You get easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions for everything from importing photos to organizing, editing, sharing, and storing your images. And if a feature isn't all that it's cracked up to be, we'll tell you.

Bestselling author Barbara Brundage says, "The earliest versions of Elements had something of a learning curve. It was a super program, but not one where you could expect to get perfect results right off the bat. In each new version, Adobe has added lots of push-button-easy ways to correct and improve your photos. Elements 8 brings you some really high-tech editing tools, new ways to arrange your workspace, and new ways to share your photos online more easily than ever."

How do you use the Photomerge Exposure? How do Quick Fix previews work? With a gentle introduction to get you started quickly, and advanced tips to help you produce really creative work, this Missing Manual provides the answers you need.

With the updated edition of this bestselling book, you will:

* Get crystal-clear and jargon-free explanations of every feature
* Learn to import, organize, back up, and fix photos quickly and easily
* Repair and restore old and damaged photos, and retouch any image
* Jazz up your pictures with dozens of filters, frames, and special effects
* Remove unwanted objects from images with the new Recompose tool
* Learn advanced techniques like working with layers and applying blend modes
* Download practice images and try new tricks right away

For a review copy or more information please email peyton@oreilly.com Please include your delivery address and contact information.

book coverIf You Have a Mac

This book covers Elements 8 for Windows. Adobe is releasing Elements 8 for Mac a few weeks after the Windows version, and there's a separate version of this book, Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac: The Missing Manual, which you should get if you're using the Mac version. Let me know if you would like to review this book as well.

Barbara Brundage is the author of Photoshop Elements 7: The Missing Manual, an Adobe Community Expert, and a member of Adobe's prerelease groups for Elements 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8. She's been teaching people how to use Photoshop Elements since it came out in 2001. Barbara first started using Elements to create graphics for use in her day job as a harpist, music publisher, and arranger. Along the way, she joined the large group finding a renewed interest in photography thanks to digital cameras. If she can learn to use Elements, you can too!

Additional Resources:
For more information about the book, including table of contents, index, author bios, and cover graphic, see: http://www.oreilly.com/catalog/9780596803476

Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows: The Missing Manual
Photoshop Elements 8 for Windows: The Missing Manual
Barbara Brundage
ISBN: 9780596803476, 639 pages,
Book Price: $44.99 USD, £32.99 GBP
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ACDSee Pro 3


ACDSee Pro 3 Offers Photographers Triple Threat of Speed, Flexibility and Value
New version of ACDSee Pro photo management software known for viewing, browsing and organizing digital images introduces new image processing and publishing capabilities

VICTORIA, British Columbia – Sept. 29, 2009 – ACD Systems International Inc. today unveiled ACDSee™ Pro 3, a new version of its leading digital image management software that retains the same fast and flexible features photographers rely upon and incorporates an enhanced user experience that delivers professional level workflow tools at a tremendous value.

ACDSee Pro 3 builds on its reputation as a leading viewer, browser and organizer with new advanced speed capabilities in the editing and online stages. For example, the program's unique process mode integrates two highly prized features – nondestructive image editing and precise pixel-level editing – into one seamless application.


NOTE: P3 has been an official Beta Tester of ACDsee 3 and can highly reccomend it so far. Currently we are reviewing the full version and will have a write up soon. ACDsee has always been one of my (Brendan) favorite programs to use for quick editing, sorting, tagging and browsing. With the current installment I have found myself relying on it even more than I used to with its powerful tools and ease/speed of use.


"ACDSee Pro 3 is geared around saving time and offers photographers the ability to customize their own workflow and speed up the process of preparing and sharing their photos," said Cam Carmichael, product manager for ACD Systems, who noted that more than 10,000 professional photographers worldwide participated in the beta test program. "The Pro 3 structure makes it easy for users to achieve their desired results quickly and efficiently."

Introduced in early 2006, ACDSee Pro has historically been designed around mode-based operations, so this new, updated version will be familiar to current ACDSee Pro users. The software emphasizes four areas of activity – manage, view, process and online – that optimizes each step in the photography workflow in one application.

"I'm on assignment overseas often and the last thing I want to worry about is my workflow," said Peter Pereira, a photojournalist and 4SEE Photo Agency photographer. "I've been a longtime ACDSee Pro user and the latest version is top-notch image software. I've tried them all and this is my favorite."

Manage: Digital asset management
ACDSee Pro 3 provides photographers with the capability to manage digital assets to their own specifications using both folders and metadata. The manage mode speeds the process of browsing, cataloging, retrieving, and presenting collections with flexible time-saving tools. New additions to the robust sharing capabilities allow users to distribute their creative work effortlessly through SMTP-enabled e-mail applications such as Gmail™ and Yahoo!® Mail Plus, and publish images to their Web sites via a new FTP uploader.

As in previous versions of ACDSee Pro, ACDSee Pro 3 supports the management of more than 100 file types and will be regularly updated to support the latest RAW formats as new camera models are released

View: Unparalleled image viewing
In view mode, images can be seen in full size at unparalleled speeds. Photographers can quickly scan through selected images with click advance or auto advance features, or flip between images using the new filmstrip window and remain oriented within a large group of files.

Process: Dynamic imaging processing
ACDSee Pro 3's new process mode integrates nondestructive image editing and precise pixel-level editing into one seamless application. Users can take advantage of the new mode to dynamically adjust images of any format, from RAW files to TIFFs and JPEGs, and easily complete both global nondestructive adjustments and pixel-level editing on any image in one intuitive workflow. Unlike other programs that make users wait while changes apply, ACDSee Pro 3 allows users to see the outcome of their adjustments in real time.

Online: Photo sharing with free storage
Photographers can easily store and share images online without leaving the application in ACDSee Pro 3's new online mode, which connects users to a free 2 GB account on the ACDSee Online Web site. The online mode is a convenient way to create, store, share and manage albums and access images when away from the desktop computer. ACDSee Pro 3 image folders can quickly and easily be dragged and dropped directly on the secure, password-protected online storage space. The ACDSee Online site, which is powered by Amazon Web Services™, the same secure infrastructure that backs Amazon.com and its affiliated sites, offers a hierarchical folder tree structure so images can be easily organized.

Availability
ACDSee Pro 3 is available for a free 30-day trial and for purchase at $169.99 (USD) by visiting www.acdsee.com. Registered owners of ACDSee Pro, Pro 2 and Pro 2.5 are eligible to upgrade for less than $90.00 (USD).

About ACD Systems
Headquartered in British Columbia since 1993, ACD Systems International Inc. is one of the world's leading developers and marketers of digital imaging software, including the renowned ACDSee image management tool and Canvas, an advanced technical illustration and graphics program. ACD Systems has millions of consumer and business users and more than 33,000 corporate customers, including many Fortune 500 companies. For further details, please visit www.acdsee.com.

ACD and ACDSee are trademarks of ACD Systems International Inc. and may be registered in Canada, the United States, the European Union, Japan or certain other jurisdictions. Canvas is a trademark of ACD Systems of America, Inc. and may be registered in certain jurisdictions. Trademarks of ACD Systems of America, Inc. are used under license by ACD Systems International Inc. or its subsidiaries.

All other marks, products and company names are the property of their respective owners.

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Google Picasa 3.5 features

Picasa 3.5 now has name tags, based on the same technology that powers name tags on Picasa Web Albums. With name tags, you can organize your photos based on what matters most: the people in them. In this new version, you can also more easily geotag photos using Google Maps, plus import photos from your camera and upload them to Picasa Web Albums in one step. Get started by downloading Picasa 3.5 for PC or Mac at picasa.google.com



People

People albums Add name tags - Picasa 3.5 scans all the photos in your collection, identifies the ones with faces, and groups photos with similar faces together. It's easy to add name tags to dozens of photos at once by clicking "Add a name" below a photo and typing the person's name. Once you've tagged some pictures, you can make a face collage with one click, easily find all your pictures with the same two people in them, or upload your name tags to Picasa Web Albums. Learn more.

Other Improvements

Maps geotag Geotag your photos with Google Maps - Quickly add geotags using new integrated Google Maps by clicking the Places button in Picasa 3.5, and dragging your photos to the location where you took them. Of course you can stil use Google Earth to tag or view photos if you prefer. Learn more.
Import, upload, share Import, upload, and share, all at once - We've improved the import process so that you can star your favorites, upload to Picasa Web Albums and share with Google contact groups at the same time. Learn more.
sync Tags -- Better bulk tagging, quick tags & tag counts - We've also improved the tagging experience. Just click the new Tags button on the right side of the Photo tray to add Quick tags , see tag counts for groups of images, and manage tags more easily. Learn more.


*all info from google


Canon 7d Samples


The Canon 7d was announced on Sept 1st with much fan-fare from Canon users who were waiting for something better than the 50D, and cheeper than a 1 or 5-series camera. This was the first real contender to the D200/300 level that Canon has come up with and it is great. (Though the previous 50d and older class was in the same catigory normally, they still used a smaller sensor (1.6x vs a 1.5x crop factor) and were always IMHO a step behind)

Some very nice video samples HERE

Nice Stills and write up here

BUY NOW: Canon EOS 7D (Body Only)


Full Press release on the 7d after the jump

CANON U.S.A. REDEFINES MID-RANGE DSLR CATEGORY WITH THE NEW EOS 7D DIGITAL SLR CAMERA
The EOS 7D Features Fast Eight fps Continuous Shooting, Class-Leading 18-Megapixel Resolution and Full HD Video Recording with Variable Frame Rates and Manual Exposure Control

Lake Success, N.Y., September 1, 2009 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today introduced a revolutionary camera that redefines the highly competitive mid-range DSLR product category: the Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR camera. Professional photographers and advanced amateurs have been demanding higher performance and more diverse functions in their cameras, and Canon has answered – with the new EOS 7D. Far more than a slight improvement from a previous model, the EOS 7D DSLR is a brand new product that stands on its own with new features never before seen in any Canon camera. Whether it's shooting at eight frames per second (fps), focusing with the new Zone AF mode or recording 24p Full HD video, the EOS 7D DSLR camera satisfies the most rigorous professional requirements with durability, flexibility, high-resolution images and customizable controls. With its unprecedented out-of-the-box performance and high-end feature set, the EOS 7D is poised as the ultimate step-up camera for serious photographers or a second camera for professionals in the field.

The EOS 7D boasts significant EOS advancements including a completely new 19-point Autofocus system, a new Canon iFCL Metering System (Intelligent Focus, Color, Luminance) and a new Intelligent Viewfinder. An 18-megapixel Canon CMOS sensor and Dual DIGIC 4 Imaging Processors fuel the EOS 7D's 14-bit A/D data conversion and its ability to freeze fast motion in high-resolution with eight fps continuous shooting up to 126 Large JPEGS using a UDMA CF card, positioning this camera for the studio as well as the sideline. The EOS 7D captures beautiful low-light images with or without a flash, at occasions such as a dance recital or wedding reception, thanks to a wide range of ISO speed settings from 100-6400 (expandable to 12,800). In addition to its new still capture capabilities, the EOS 7D features Full HD video capture at 1920 x 1080 resolution with selectable frame rates of 24p, 25p or 30p. Native 24p recording helps videographers achieve a more cinema-style look for their footage without the need for post-processing.

"The EOS 7D represents a completely new chapter in digital photography and Canon product development. This camera stands alone as the most functional and innovative DSLR Canon has released to-date, bringing together all of the best professional features offered, along with numerous user requests at a price-point everyone can appreciate," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, senior vice president and general manager, Consumer Imaging Group, Canon U.S.A.

The Evolution of Vision, the EOS 7D's New Autofocus System
The Canon EOS 7D boasts the most advanced AF system ever seen in an EOS SLR. The completely re-designed system includes a new multi-axis cross-type 19-point AF grid, where the focusing points are evenly spread out across the image plane and clearly displayed through Canon's new Intelligent Viewfinder. All 19 points are f/5.6-sensitive for both horizontal and vertical cross-type focusing, while the center AF point adds high-precision diagonal cross-type sensitivity for f/2.8 and larger aperture lenses. The Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR camera is the first EOS SLR to feature 19 cross-type focusing points that remain fully functional with maximum apertures as small as f/5.6, which brings the performance of the AF system to unprecedented levels for assignments as varied as fast-moving sports action or low-light wedding ceremonies.

The Canon EOS 7D's AF system allows numerous AF area selection modes never seen before in an EOS SLR camera. New modes include:

# Spot AF mode reduces the size of a single AF point to focus on small subjects like an animal in a cage.
# AF Point Expansion mode uses a cluster of AF points adjacent to the selected AF point to automatically assist focusing on moving subjects, such as an athlete on the run.
# Zone AF divides the 19 AF points into five selectable focusing zones and makes it easier to achieve focus with subjects that are difficult to track with Single Point AF or AF point expansion, such as birds in flight.

Additional AF improvements include a revised Automatic AF point selection sequence that allows a user to pick any one of the 19 AF points as a starting point for tracking moving subjects in AI Servo mode. (Previous EOS models required the subject to first be acquired by the center focusing point.) If the subject moves away, the camera will continue to track the movement with the remaining points and display the active focusing point in the viewfinder. Also, a time-saving feature is AF Point Switching, which allows photographers to select and register one AF point for horizontal compositions and a second AF point for vertical shooting, ideal for studio and portrait photographers.

To complement the new AF system, the exposure metering system for the EOS 7D has been completely re-designed to take color information into account, another first for an EOS system. Canon's iFCL metering includes a 63-zone dual-layer metering sensor that reads both illumination and color for consistent results in all lighting conditions, keeping exposure levels stable from shot to shot, even as the light source changes.

Canon's new Intelligent Viewfinder uses a liquid crystal overlay to provide clear and precise displays of focusing points and zones, on-demand grid lines and a spot metering circle. The LCD overlay can also be illuminated in extreme low-light situations or turned off completely. The EOS 7D camera's viewfinder includes a large all-glass pentaprism with an antireflective coating to maximize clarity and provide a brighter display. The EOS 7D's Intelligent Viewfinder features 1.0x magnification with 100 percent coverage for accurate composition and checking of detail.

EOS HD Movie: Empowering the World of Videography
Canon has blazed new trails in HD video capture with the 5D Mark II. Now, the EOS 7D takes DSLR video to new heights with Full HD capture featuring fully manual exposure control, and selectable cinematic frame rates for both NTSC (National Television System Committee) and PAL (Phase Altering Line) standards. Compatible with more than 60 Canon EF and EF-S lenses, the EOS 7D lets videographers take full advantage of the camera's large CMOS sensor to achieve the dramatic frame composition they desire. At the heart of the EOS 7D are two key proprietary Canon technologies, Dual DIGIC 4 Imaging Processors and a large APS-C-sized CMOS sensor, helping to render stunning color reproduction, amazing depth of field and fine detail, even in low-light conditions. The Canon EOS 7D allows for three video recording modes – Full HD and HD in a 16:9 aspect ratio and Standard Definition (SD) in a 4:3 aspect ratio, all at selectable frame rates. The EOS 7D Digital SLR camera will record Full HD at 1920 x 1080 pixels in selectable frame rates of 24p (23.976), 25p, or 30p (29.97); 720p HD recording at 50p or 60p (59.94) and SD video at frame rates of 50p or 60p (59.94). The EOS 7D features a new dedicated button to initiate live view for both video and still shooting. Once engaged, the same dedicated button will start and stop video recording. Like the EOS 5D Mark II, the Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR camera provides users with the capability to use an external stereo microphone for professional audio effects or a built-in monaural microphone for convenience.

The Features You Asked For
A helpful new tool for architectural and landscape photography where angles and perspective are critical is Canon's new built-in Dual Axis Electronic Level, featuring an artificial horizon over the image on the rear LCD screen in Live View or in the viewfinder using illuminated AF points for easy leveling while shooting. The dual axis electronic level shows both horizontal roll and vertical pitch, making it easy to identify when the camera is in a fixed level shooting position and ready to take the shot.

The EOS 7D's pop-up flash features a built-in Integrated Speedlite Transmitter for control of multiple off-camera EOS Speedlites without the need for an external transmitter. This built-in wireless option is a compact and economical solution for studio and wedding photography with multiple flash set-ups.

A new Intelligent Macro Tracking function helps reduce blur during macro shooting by recognizing when a macro lens is attached and automatically adjusting the AI Servo sampling frequency. This AI Servo adjustment accounts for camera movement forward and back, a typical occurrence when moving in close for a macro shot as photographers rock back and forth, or a flower blows in the wind.

Once in your hands, you can immediately feel the ergonomic improvements of the Canon EOS 7D camera, starting with a new super-fluid body design with continuous curves outlining the top of the camera and a revised grip that fits better in a user's hand. The camera has a new Quick Control Button, which opens an easy-to-navigate menu on the camera's LCD screen. From this menu, users can adjust all camera settings including AF modes as well as set custom button functions, an insightful new feature that can easily customize each button's function to the photographer's preference. Another new feature is the RAW/JPEG toggle button providing quick dual-format shooting, allowing photographers to quickly add large JPEG or RAW file formats to their already selected shooting mode at the touch of a button.

The Canon EOS 7D camera also features a new large, clear 3.0-inch solid structure Clear View II LCD screen with 920,000 dot/VGA resolution for enhanced clarity and color when viewing images. The camera's nine internal seals enhance weather resistance, and its 150,000-cycle shutter durability positions the EOS 7D as a "workhorse" for professionals in any photography discipline.

New Wireless Connectivity
Canon is announcing the availability of the new WFT-E5A wireless file transmitter (WFT) exclusively for the EOS 7D Digital SLR camera. The WFT-E5A wireless transmitter offers professional photographers a wide range of digital connectivity options including IEEE802.11a/b/g and Ethernet, ideal for commercial and studio work. The WFT-E5A wireless file transmitter opens the door to new possibilities in remote and Geotagged shooting applications. Photographers can fire up to 10 cameras simultaneously from across the room or across the country while maintaining control over camera settings and remote live view on a laptop or smart phone.i The WFT-E5A wireless transmitter can also transfer and display images on DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) compatible televisions and photo frames. Geotagging is now possible via Bluetooth, using compatible GPS devices to append coordinate data to the images.

Pricing and Availability
The Canon EOS 7D Digital SLR camera is scheduled to be delivered to U.S. dealers at the end of September, and will be sold in a body-only configuration at an estimated retail price of $1,699.00ii. It will also be offered in a kit version with Canon's EF 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM zoom lens at an estimated retail price of $1,899.00iii. The Canon WFT-E5A wireless file transmitter is scheduled to be available in early November and sell at an estimated retail price of $699.99iv.

Canon Digital Learning Center
Online visitors and Web surfers are encouraged to browse the Canon Digital Learning Center and take advantage of the various educational resources that Canon has to offer for novices and advanced photographers alike. The Canon Digital Learning Center provides a schedule for a wide variety of Live Learning classes across the country with renowned photographers as well as online resources and tips. The site also features online tutorials for beginners and professionals to learn their way around a digital SLR camera and inkjet printer and unlock the full creative control of digital photography. To learn more about each program and register, please visit: www.usa.canon.com/canonlivelearning

About Canon U.S.A., Inc.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. is a leading provider of consumer, business-to-business, and industrial digital imaging solutions. Its parent company, Canon Inc. (NYSE:CAJ), a top patent holder of technology, ranked third overall in the U.S. in 2008†, with global revenues of US $45 billion, is listed as number four in the computer industry on Fortune Magazine's World's Most Admired Companies 2009 list, and is on the 2008 BusinessWeek list of "Top 100 Brands." At Canon, we care because caring is essential to living together in harmony. Founded upon a corporate philosophy of Kyosei – "all people, regardless of race, religion or culture, harmoniously living and working together into the future" – Canon U.S.A. supports a number of social, youth, educational and other programs, including environmental and recycling initiatives. Additional information about these programs can be found at www.usa.canon.com/kyosei. To keep apprised of the latest news from Canon U.S.A., sign up for the Company's RSS news feed by visiting www.usa.canon.com/rss.

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Special Pentax K-x website





BUY NOW: Pentax K-x w/ 18-55mm Lens (Red)

BUY NOW: Pentax K-x w/ 18-55mm Lens (White)

More Pentax K-x Samples


Some really great samples of low-light work with the K-x here
(untranslated here)

This guy is really on the ball, here are even more from his blog



BUY NOW: Pentax K-x w/ 18-55mm Lens (Red)

BUY NOW: Pentax K-x w/ 18-55mm Lens (White)



Review - Hands on Lowepro Midtown


By Mel Beus
The Lowepro Midtown, a recent addition to the Lowepro bag line-up, is a stylish messenger-style shoulder bag that comes in black with royal blue stitching detail for an added flair. The top zips in place around the opening, with a flap that extends over the front pocket and attaches to the bag via magnetic fasteners hidden in the construction. On the front of the bag is an open-top pocket that extends the width of the bag, constructed with a gusset for expansion. There are also two mesh, elastic-topped water bottle-type pockets, one on each end. The interior of the bag is dividable with two dividers that are included.



This is a camera bag that doesn't scream "Look at me I'm a camera bag!" For all intents and purposes it looks like your basic classy messenger bag, which is perfect for when you want to either play it low-key with your gear or need to dress it up a little more than usual. The shoulder strap has a locking flip buckle type of mechanism for easy adjustment even while wearing, and the movable pad on the strap is generous and cushy. The bag is comfortable to carry and easy to access while on the move. There is an additional handle attached to the back-side top for the quick grab-and-go, NOT the center of the lid for those accidental bag spillage incidents that we have all experienced. Okay, that I have experienced. The grabby magnetic closure is genius as it nearly closes itself when it's flipped over (again for those of us who are victims of the inadvertent bag-spillage).

So it looks like I may have found the mid-sized bag of my dreams. Well, close. The bag retails for a reasonable $49.95 which is good. However, as frugal as I am I would almost prefer to pay a little more and have a bag of more rugged construction and includes Lowepro's usual tuck-into-a-hiding-place waterproof cover. Additionally, I wish the shoulder strap was attached down the full length of the ends, rather than the just couple of inches that it is. If the top zipper is not zipped up at least along the sides, it pulls on the bag's sides in a manner that appears to place an undesirable strain on the construction. And the bag seems too narrow to easily fit a large dslr with grip. A smaller one (the Pentax K-7 with grip was used for testing), is a fairly tight fit. However, there shouldn't be any problems with most DSLRs without a grip attached.

The front accessory pocket has limited usage. While it is gusseted for expansion to hold a number of accessories, if the pocket bulges out too far the magnetic fasteners in the flap cannot reach their counterparts in the body of the bag. It's great for filters and such, but not for anything bulkier than that, and not for memory card or other smallish, easily lost items as there no organizers in the pocket. The last item on my wish list for this bag is the walls of this bag could stand to be stiffer. If the bag is fully loaded and is lifted by the top handle, the sides are not sufficiently strong to keep the bag from bowing and still possibly spilling.

Overall I do really like this bag. It has a nice size and shape and sports a very classy appearance. While using it during a day's shooting I found it easy to access and comfortable to carry for a few hours. I'm not sure how it will hold up to heavy usage by someone who is hard on bags and tends to fill them to the brim with heavy old manual lenses but time will tell. But in spite of the seeming shortcomings, this bag gets a recommendation based on appearance, simplicity, and ease of use.

By Mel Beus for P3N&R

Monday, September 28, 2009

PHASE ONE 645DF Medium Format CAMERA

Announcing the PHASE ONE 645DF Medium Format CAMERA
The Perfect Body for your Perfect Back
COPENHAGEN, September 28, 2009 – Phase One, the world’s leader
in open-platform medium format camera systems and solutions, today
announced the Phase One 645DF camera. Engineered in partnership
with Mamiya Digital Imaging for superior quality image capture and
ease of handling, it sets a new standard for high flash sync speeds –
up to 1/1600 of a second.



Also today, Phase One announced the availability of three new high
performance leaf shutter lenses, 55mm, 80mm and 110mm, all f/2.8
and all designed with the Phase One 645DF camera in mind. The
lenses are a result of close collaboration with Mamiya Digital Imaging
and Schneider Kreuznach (see today’s related announcement).
“Our patent-pending flash sync breakthrough eases working with wide
open apertures and fill-in flash on location,” said Jan H. Christiansen,
Phase One marketing director. “We already offer the most flexible
exposure times ranging from 1/4000 of a second to one full hour.
Setting new performance standards is all about expanding creative
options for photographers.”

The 645DF camera is the only 645 medium format camera which
supports both focal plane and leaf shutters, expanding photographers’
innovative possibilities by leveraging the two shutter technologies
seamlessly for world class photography, whether this involves ultrafast
flash sync speeds or extremely flexible exposure times.
The new camera introduces many performance improvements over its
predecessor. Capture responsiveness and autofocus speed is highly
improved giving photographers up to 5 times faster performance in a
typical fashion set up.
The 645DF also offers a breakthrough workflow improvement --
custom-shooting modes. For the first time in a medium-format
camera, photographers can “dial up” a pre-defined mode, where the
camera is instantly set up for a given shooting scenario, e.g. product,
portrait or landscape photography.
Other workflow enhancements include new tactile buttons, a fully
sealed eye-cup eliminating ambient light, improved viewfinder masks,
and customizable audio feedback e.g. on focus lock. Several custom
functions have been enhanced, without compromising simple
navigation.
Freedom to choose the best back for you
Phase One builds flexible, open photographic systems to support a
professional’s style, needs and working preference. The Phase One
645DF camera supports the world’s finest digital backs, ensuring
freedom of choice and investment protection for years to come. It is
compatible with digital backs designed for the Phase One / Mamiya
AFD mount, including backs from Phase One, Leaf, Mamiya and others.
Pricing and Availability
The Phase One 645DF camera body starts at $5990/€4290 and is
expected to ship Q4, 2009. The new leaf shutter lenses start at
$2490/€1790 and are expected to start shipping Q4, 2009. All
equipment can be ordered now from Phase One and Leaf dealers (for
the dealer near you, please see: http://www.phaseone.com/partners
and http://www.leaf-photography.com/dealers.asp).
About Phase One
Phase One is the world’s leader in open-platform based medium format
camera systems and solutions. Phase One medium format cameras,
digital backs and lenses are designed to deliver superior quality image
capture and investment value. Phase One’s Capture One software
helps streamline capture and post-production processes for both
medium format and DSLR cameras. Phase One products are known for
their quality, flexibility and speed enabling pro photographers shooting
in a wide range of formats to achieve their creative visions without
compromise.
Phase One is an employee-owned company based in Copenhagen with
offices in New York, London, Tokyo, Cologne and Shanghai.
For more information about the products, visit the Phase One web site
on www.phaseone.com.
Phase One is a registered trademark of Phase One A/S. All other
brand or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of
their respective holders.
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Schneider Kreuznach, Phase One, Mamiya Digital Imaging Cooperate to Drive Innovations in Medium Format Digital Lenses

Expanding Range of Lens Options for Pro Photographers
BAD KREUZNACH, Germany, COPENHAGEN and TOKYO, Sept. 28,
2009 — Schneider Kreuznach, Phase One A/S and Mamiya Digital
Imaging, Ltd. today announced that they are collaborating on design,
development, manufacturing, and delivery of superior quality,
precision digital lenses for the medium format camera systems used
by the world’s most discriminating professional photographers.
“Our vision of offering photographers freedom to choose from what is
best in photographic equipment is at the heart of our cooperation with
Schneider Kreuznach,” said Henrik Håkonsson, President and CEO of
Phase One. “We are committed to sharing expertise in digital imaging
technology with the world’s most respected companies to push the
limits of excellence for photographers.”

“We are pleased to contribute our optical expertise within a very
creative group,” said Dr. Josef Staub, Managing Director of Schneider
Kreuznach. “As we pioneer advancements in optical lens design, the
photographic market can look forward to new, extraordinary lenses.”
“Successful teamwork has already resulted in the world’s most open
medium format camera platform,” said Toshio Midorikawa, President of
Mamiya Digital Imaging. “Now we take another step, as we share our
manufacturing expertise with Schneider Kreuznach’s optical design
talents to benefit the world’s photographers.”
The first results of this collaboration are the 55mm, 80mm and 110mm
leaf shutter lenses designed for the Phase One 645DF and Mamiya
645DF cameras. The lenses can be ordered now and will start shipping
Q4, 2009.
About Mamiya Digital Imaging
Mamiya Digital Imaging is the digital successor to the reputable
Mamiya brand, an innovative company fresh with enthusiasm and
dedicated to continuing a legacy of excellence. Mamiya has
consistently been a fore-runner in medium format camera design, and
Mamiya lenses, manufactured following a tradition of precision and
quality, are celebrated world-wide. For the Professional Photographer,
it is the ultimate brand in photographic equipment.
Mamiya Digital Imaging is headquartered in Tokyo with two factories in
Japan, and has distributors in more than 100 countries.
For more information about products, visit the Mamiya homepage on
www.mamiya.co.jp
About Phase One
Phase One is the world’s leader in open-platform based medium format
camera systems and solutions. Phase One medium format cameras,
digital backs and lenses are designed to deliver superior quality image
capture and investment value. Phase One Capture One software helps
streamline capture and post-production processes for both medium
format and DSLR cameras. Phase One products are known for their
quality, flexibility and speed enabling pro photographers shooting in a
wide range of formats to achieve their creative visions without
compromise.
Phase One is an employee-owned company based in Copenhagen with
offices in New York, London, Tokyo, Cologne and Shanghai.
For more information about the products, visit the Phase One Web site
on www.phaseone.com.
About the Schneider Group
The Schneider Group specializes in developing and producing highperformance
photographic lenses, cinema projection lenses, as well as industrial
optics and
precision mechanics. The group comprises Jos. Schneider Optische
Werke,
founded in Bad Kreuznach in 1913, and its subsidiaries Pentacon
(Dresden),
B+W Filterfabrik (ISCO) (Göttingen ), Schneider-Optics (New York, Los
Angeles),
Schneider Bando (Seoul), Schneider Asia Pacific (Hong Kong) and
Schneider
Optical Technologies (Shenzhen). The company’s main brand is
“Schneider-
Kreuznach”. It has around 640 employees worldwide, with 335 based
in its
German headquarters. For years now the group has been a world
market leader in the area of high-performance lenses.
Phase One is a registered trademarks of Phase One A/S. Mamiya is a
registered trademark of Mamiya Digital Imaging Co., Ltd. Schneider-
Kreuznach is a registered trademark of Jos. Schneider Optische Werke
GmbH.
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Carl Zeiss presents the Distagon T* 2,8/21 with EF Bayonet



Perfect lighting for dramatic perspectives:
Carl Zeiss presents the
Distagon T* 2,8/21 with EF Bayonet

Thornwood, NY – Dusk is falling in Manhattan, and a swarm of commuters on their way home are hurriedly crossing the street toward Grand Central Station. Behind them, the skyscrapers reflect the golden light of the setting sun. To capture this unique atmosphere, photographers need a fast wide-angle lens. Carl Zeiss is proud to present the Distagon T* 2,8/21 ZE, an ultra-wide-angle lens with EF bayonet designed specifically for such tricky shooting moments. Designed to fit all analog and digital EOS camera models, it is ideal for architectural, landscape and a wide ariety of other applications. It is also ideally suited for shooting HD video due to its wide focus rotation, superb image quality and minimal breathing characteristics. Following the recent release of the Distagon T* 3,5/18 ZE, the new Distagon T* 2,8/21 ZE is now the second Carl Zeiss wide-angle lens with EF bayonet on the market and the fourth lens in the ZE product range.


Photographers taking wide-angle shots often encounter image errors at the transition between bright and dark light as a result of lenses breaking the various wavelengths differently. The Distagon T* 2,8/21 ZE’s ability to flawlessly correct color errors prevents color fringing and unwanted lack of focus that can result from chromatic berrations. Thanks to these capabilities, the Distagon T* 2,8/21 ZE is ideal for contrast-rich scenes and intense lighting angles. The lens’s floating elements design also guarantees high imaging performance, from close-ups to infinity. Thanks to the Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflex coating and meticulously-crafted lenses, the Distagon T* 2,8/21 ZE is not affected by reflections or stray light. Capturing scenes with tough
lighting conditions, such as the summer dusk in downtown Manhattan, works every time even with wide aperture settings. The Distagon T* 2,8/21 ZE will be available in the Autumn of 2009 for a suggested retail price of $1,540.

For more information, visit www.zeiss.com/photo.
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Technical specifications:
Focal length:
21 mm
Aperture range:
f/2.8 - f/22
Number of elements/groups:
16/13
Focusing range:
0.22 m – infinity
Angular field* (diag./horiz./vert.):
90/81/59 °
Coverage at close range:
19 x 12.4 cm (close-up)
Image ratio at close range:
1:5 (close-up)
Filter thread:
M 82 x 0.75
Mounts:
ZF (F bayonet)
ZK (K bayonet)
ZE (EF bayonet)
Accessories:
Lens hood included
* in 35 mm format
Product Photos
To download product photos of the Distagon T* 2.8/21 ZE, please visit our on-line image
database: http://zeiss.smartimagine.com/pindownload/login.do?pin=QALG3
Additional images taken with the Distagon T* 2.8/21 ZE are located at:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/silver2silicon/sets/72157622342804647/

Web: www.zeiss.com/photo
About Carl Zeiss AG
Carl Zeiss AG is a leading group of companies operating worldwide in the optical and opto-electronic
industry. The five independently operating business groups are active in the future-oriented
markets of Medical and Research Solutions, Industrial Solutions and Lifestyle Products. Founded
in 1846 in Jena, the company is headquartered in Oberkochen, Germany. The company has been a
technological pioneer in optical innovation for more than 160 years.
Carl Zeiss develops and distributes products and services under the ZEISS brand name for biomedical
research and medical technology, as well as for the semiconductor, automotive and mechanical
engineering industries. Planetariums, binoculars, and camera and cine lenses are valued by millions of
users around the world. The eyeglass business is now bundled in Carl Zeiss Vision International GmbH,
the number two eyeglass provider in the world.
Carl Zeiss AG is fully owned by the Carl Zeiss Stiftung (Carl Zeiss Foundation). During fiscal year
2007/08 (ended Sept. 30), the company generated revenues of EUR 2,731 million. Carl Zeiss has
around 13,000 employees in more than 30 countries, including more than 8,000 in Germany.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Photo Tip Of the Day: Depth Of Field Calculator (DOF)

So you have a nice new lens and it doesn't have those cool-old Depth Of Field (DOF) markings on it. What do you do. You want to hyper-focus that new baby so you can beat your AF speed at sports, or get max DOF in that studio-still-life your shooting, or even more complicated that historic building your only going to be in once over seas.
Well you can play around with focus or...
Be a math wiz and impress the friends Details HERE

Or say you have Internet access on your laptop, or a cool iPhone etc. You can go the easy way HERE. I have used dofmaster.com site many times, and even had their app on my old Palm Pilot. Its a blast to use and helpful when I work with remoting cameras and hyper-focusing them.


Now I currently use the "ExpoAperture2 Depth-of-Field Guide" its nice compact and can be carried everywhere. True they arn't free, but they are very useful and for >$40 they aren't too costly.
Lens Image by davealta from PentaxForums



Thursday, September 24, 2009

Review - Hands On with the Lowepro Toploader Pro 75 AW

By Mel Beus
A good half, well okay maybe not half, but a fair portion of the fun of camera gear is the bags to carry it all in. I'll admit I have something of a thing for camera bags. It's important to have the right bag for the right situation so one can never have too many of them. Right? Or maybe this is the girl in me coming out, but with camera bags instead of purses and shoes. I do love camera bags.

I recently acquired (thanks to the contribution of Lowepro to the 2nd Annual East Coast Pentas Forms Gathering, organized by P3's own Brendan Cavenaugh), the Lowepro Toploader Pro 75 AW. Defining rugged and durable, this bag is a veritable tank. It is designed to hold a large DSLR with grip and attached 70-200/2.8 lens. Which it does handily. It falls into the category of exactly the right size for the intented purpose and not a bit larger. Add to this the comfortable close-to-the-body carry and the easy access opening, it has became my go-to bag when I go out with minimum gear.



The features of this bag are plentiful and high quality. The zippers of the main compartment are looped for quick and easy grasping. The strap buckles pivot so you never fall victim to the buckled-the-wrong-way situation. There are three additional external pockets for storing memory and accessories. The shoulder strap is wide, with a thick, sliding, no-slip pad. There is an additional waist/hip belt to stabilize the load, and a strap to attach an extra lens case. Best of all, the walls of the bag are stiff and strong, providing plenty of protection to the camera and lens, and not prone to losing integrity with heavy use. All of this, and the bag is fairly lightweight as well.

As I enjoy shooting in adverse weather, I'm a huge fan of Lowepro's built-in water/weather-proof covers. The cover for this bag is nice as it allows access to the interior of the bag without having to remove the cover itself. However, as far as covers go, it's a somewhat complicated one. Once you figure it out it's not bad but it's best to figure it out BEFORE the need arises or you might find yourself standing in the rain having a fight with your bag. It is not entirely obvious at first glance how the thing to goes on.


My main complaint about this bag is that while it will stand on it's own when closed, barely, when the lid is open, it causes over-balancing and tipping. This however, is a small inconvenience to pay for a strong durable bag that appears able to last years. For a shooter looking for this type of bag for this type of purpose, I can give the Lowepro Toploader Pro 75 AW a hearty recommendation.


Images and more from/at www.Lowepro.com.

Copyright By Melanie (Mel) Beus for P3 N&R

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

HP Redefines the Premium Notebook PC with ENVY

HP today redefines the premium notebook PC experience with the introduction of the HP ENVY sub-brand, which offers customers precision-crafted, high-performance models featuring HP Metal Etching and concierge service and support.

The new HP ENVY 13 boasts the brightest display in its class, and the HP ENVY 15 is the company’s fastest consumer notebook PC ever.

“HP ENVY includes the latest in materials and technology inside and out and pushes the technological and performance boundaries of what can be done in sleek, powerful and lightweight notebook PCs,” said Ted Clark, senior vice president and general manager, Notebook Global Business Unit, Personal Systems Group, HP. “Discerning consumers will get a premium experience and performance.”

With HP ENVY, the focus is on designing an entire premium experience to satisfy the most demanding customers – from the products to the packaging to the service and support.

Note: We think they are aiming at the Apple market with style and specs. If the operating system is up to the task this could really give Apple a run for the $$

Breakthrough HP Metal Etching on the lid and palmrest of the ENVY 15, and on the palmrest of the ENVY 13, subtly signals luxury. The combination of materials provides exceptional mobility and a compelling metal look and feel, while using energy-responsible manufacturing methods.

The HP ENVY line – building upon the Voodoo ENVY legacy – includes leading-edge components optimized to yield power and performance. To offer consumers the best audio experience available on a notebook PC, HP partnered with Beats™ by Dr. Dre™ to develop a unique, high-performance audio software solution. Available exclusively on the HP Envy, Beats Audio offers users playing music or audio through headphones or external speakers the optimal sound experience – the way the artist intended it.

The lightweight heavyweight: ENVY 13

The ENVY 13 balances style and substance. Carefully crafted details inside and out will satisfy the cravings of demanding mobile customers.

The HP Radiance display is twice as bright as other notebook displays in its class – 410 nit (a measurement of display brightness) – and provides an exceptional movie and photo experience, even in high ambient light conditions. With 82 percent color gamut (versus standard 45-60 percent), photos appear richer with amazing color depth. Additionally, with fast 8-millisecond response time, customers can view movies with TV-like performance.

The ENVY 13’s strong performance is delivered in a small frame – less than an inch thin and weighing 3.74 pounds.(1) The exterior’s aluminum and magnesium construction provides durability in a sleek design. An etched-metal palmrest further sets the PC apart from others, and a VGA webcam(3) optimized for low light also is included.

HP placed the same focus on design into its optional Slim Fit Extended-Life Notebook Battery. Taking the form of a “slice,” it preserves the sleek look of the ENVY 13 while giving users up to 18 hours of battery life with the extended-life battery.(2) The standard battery is user-replaceable.

ATI Switchable Graphics technology dynamically switches between ATI Mobility Radeon™ HD 4330 discrete graphics and the Intel® integrated graphics processor for either high-powered graphics processing or low power consumption for long battery life without booting the notebook. The Intel Core™ 2 Duo processor provides the power of dual processor cores while delivering extended battery life when the notebook is unplugged.

Designed with the most demanding mobile user in mind, the ENVY 13 notebook’s premium AC adapter is small and light. It draws minimal power, has built-in surge protection and includes a rubberized strap that keeps the cables organized and the adapter from slipping off a slick surface. An optional HP USB Ethernet Adapter also is available.

The performance powerhouse: ENVY 15

This lean, mean, dream machine is HP’s fastest consumer notebook. The full metal case features a sleek, subtly crafted, laser-etched metal design on the lid that is repeated on the palmrest. The magnesium alloy casing provides lightweight durability in a 1-inch thin, 5.18-pound package.(1)

Customers have maximum speed and mobility with the future Intel Core i7 processor(4) and up to 16 gigabytes (GB) of DDR3 1,066-MHz system memory in four SODIMM memory slots. Versatile storage options include the ability to add two solid-state drives in a RAID-0 configuration to improve the overall speed of the ENVY 15 while providing excellent disk performance. Creative users will appreciate the ENVY 15 notebook’s performance and full versions of Corel® Paint Shop Pro® Photo X2 and Corel VideoStudio® Pro X2 for creating photo and video content.

Power users and gamers can take advantage of premium graphics performance via ATI Mobility Radeon HD 4830 graphics with 1 GB of dedicated video memory for visually intense applications, DirectX® 10.1 games and high-definition video playback.

A choice of two 15.6-inch HP Brightview high-resolution LED backlit displays, including the Full High Definition LED HP Ultra BrightView Widescreen Display with up to 300-nits brightness, provides a superb display experience for a notebook in this class. A Nightvision VGA webcam that is optimized for low-light or zero-light conditions is standard on the HP ENVY 15, incorporating an infrared LED that assists the webcam(3) by providing the necessary illumination in dark environments.

The ENVY 15 has an optional Slim Fit Extended-Life Notebook Battery, giving users up to seven hours of battery life.(2)

Designing the ENVY experience

The HP ENVY line includes a 360-degree approach to product design – from the products to the packaging:

* Building upon HP’s success with instant-on technology, HP QuickWeb allows customers to access key applications without booting the PC. In less than 30 seconds, users can access the Internet, music, videos and photos, and email.(3)
* HP Clickpad integrates the buttons into the touchpad and allows for fluid movements, while also allowing users to disable the clickpad if desired.
* The keyboard’s direct-action keys (versus typical function keys) allow users to quickly access often-used commands such as print and volume adjustment.
* Minimal desktop clutter and trial software adds to notebooks’ simplicity.
* An optional external optical drive complements the ENVY design and gives users the flexibility to carry the extra weight only when necessary. Two USB ports also transform the drive into a dock for additional capability.
* The ENVY 13 and 15 are presented in streamlined paper carton boxes using minimal ink. Included in the packaging is a simplified setup poster and documentation contained within an SD card.

Concierge service and support

The ENVY experience extends to premium service and support via the award-winning HP Total Care program. This includes expert agents dedicated to addressing ENVY customers’ questions via phone, online chat and email as well as next-day shipping for hardware customer service.

Pricing and availability

The HP ENVY 13 and ENVY 15 are expected to be available in the United States on Oct. 18 with a starting price of $1,699 and $1,799, respectively.(5) Register for availability notification at www.hpdirect.com/go/newfromhp.

Additional information about HP ENVY will be available at www.hp.com/go/ENVY.

About HP

HP, the world’s largest technology company, simplifies the technology experience for consumers and businesses with a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com/.

(1) Weight will vary by configuration.

(2) Battery life will vary depending on the product’s model, configuration, loaded applications, features and power management settings. The maximum capacity of the battery will decrease with time and usage.

(3) Internet is required and sold separately.

(4) Dual/Quad/Triple Core is designed to improve performance of certain software products. Not all customers or software applications will necessarily benefit from use of this technology. 64-bit computing on Intel architecture requires a computer system with a processor, chipset, BIOS, operating system, device drivers and applications enabled for Intel 64 architecture. Processors will not operate (including 32-bit operation) without an Intel 64 architecture-enabled BIOS. Performance will vary depending on hardware and software configurations. See www.intel.com/info/em64t for more information.

(5) Estimated U.S. street prices. Actual prices may vary.

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