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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Nikon provides additional aid to the victims of earthquake in the Major Earthquake in Northeastern Japan


March 25, 2011 Nikon Corporation (President: Makoto Kimura, Tokyo) has decided to donate 1,000 units of its compact digital camera and SD memory card to extend support to the affected area of the Major Earthquake in Northeastern Japan on March 11. We already have executed support of 100 million yen donation as per our announcement of March 14. To extend further support, the imaging equipment will be offered to record the disastrous situations and help restoration from the disaster. The donees will be the public organizations such as the municipal offices in the area, and we are already in talk with the municipal offices such as Natori City, Miyagi prefecture. Nikon Vision Co., Ltd. (President: Masaaki Okajima, Tokyo), subsidiary of Nikon Corporation, will also donate 200 units of its binoculars to support various restoring activities in the damaged area. The donees will also be the public organizations. The Nikon Group would express our profound sympathy and heartfelt concern to those individuals and families suffering from the disaster and sincerely hope for safety and swift recovery of the people and areas.

Canon U.S.A. Update on Import of Products from Japan


The following is the latest statement from Canon regarding their status on imports from Japan post-disaster:


LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., March 24, 2011 - We continue to monitor and analyze the recovery and rebuilding efforts in the areas impacted by the earthquake and tsunami in Japan. We are carefully assessing the situation, and its impact on production and operations. The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) has announced that it is carefully monitoring and assessing the potential for radiological contamination. It is using several types of radiation detection equipment in air and sea ports, mail facilities, and elsewhere to scan cargo. CBP notes that it uses radiation equipment and operational protocols to resolve any safety risks. More information is available at http://www.usa.gov/Japan2011.shtml. We will post updates regarding safety, recovery and rebuilding efforts, as necessary. We thank everyone for their continued concern and support.

New BlackRapid Photo Contest

Editors Note: this may not be the best titled contest, but possible the funniest ever but with $1000 prize and rapidstraps its worth a look

"GET YOUR STRAP ON" Photo Contest

Enter your best photos of your R-Strap for a chance to win $1,000!  That’s right, we’re holding a contest for the best lifestyle image of our R-Straps in action.
Here’s what we’re looking for in the image entries:
>>Any of our BlackRapid R-Straps on a person (preferably a photographer, like yourself maybe)
>>That person using the R-Strap (product) in action (real life scenarios/ outrageous/ exciting/ crazy/ totally a plus!!)
Submit your shots HERE.  Contest ends at midnight on April 17th.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

THOMAS PR TECHIE FATHER’S DAY GIFT IDEAS 2011

Need some ideas of what to get the dad in your life on the big day in his honor? Here are a few ideas to consider.

March 24, 2011, Melville, NY -- Thomas Public Relations www.thomaspr.com announced today Father’s Day techie gift ideas from Vogel’s, Soundmatters, iBike, iGrill, ArtRage, Sensosolutions, OWC, Kidz Gear, NewerTech, and The Great Kat for Father’s Day TV shows, magazine/newspaper articles, internet news, blogs and radio shows.

FOR DADS THAT LOVE NEW IPADS – RingO Elegant Universal Mounting System for Car/Home/Office


The Vogel's RingO Universal iPad Mounting System keeps your iPad 2, iPad, Galaxy Tab and other tablets safe by securely mounting it everywhere you go: at home, work and in the car. It lets you use your iPad to the fullest to watch movies in the car; as a home media control system; to listen to music or display a modern themed alarm clock; view holiday photos on your coffee table; watch the news or view recipes in the kitchen; and show office presentations on the wall or desk at work. RingO is the one system that does it all in a sleek European designed package.


Pricing: 69.99 - $119.99
Website: www.ipadonthewall.com/usa
Release: http://www.thomas-pr.com/vogels/vogelsringorelease.html




FOR ARTISTIC TECH DADS: ArtRage for iPad - Art Software on the Go


ArtRage for iPad lets you become a digital artist with your iPad. Ambient Design’s ArtRage lets you actually paint on the iPad or Mac/Windows desktop computer canvas with oil painting effects that smear and blend and watercolor strokes that merge to create soft, wet gradations.

Pricing: $6.99 for iPad or $40/ $80 for ArtRage 3 Studio/ArtRage 3 Studio Pro for Mac/Windows
Website: www.artrage.com
Youtube: http://www.youtube.com/user/ArtRagetv?feature=mhum#p/a/u/0/lLitikCoea4
http://www.youtube.com/user/ArtRagetv?feature=mhum#p/a/u/1/RJEnUmWAVUQ

 
 More after the Jump...

Monday, March 28, 2011

Hands-On with the Sigma 50-500 F4.5-6.3 APO DG OS

Article and images by P3's Melanie Beus 
The lens used for this review was with a Pentax mount, and used on a Pentax K-7 camera. Although it will, by necessesity, be somewhat skewed toward the peculiarities of the Pentax DSLR system, many portions of this review will be applicable across all camera systems.

The latest version of Sigma's super zoom, the 50-500mm, AKA "Bigma", come equipped with their proprietary HSM (hyper-sonic motor) focusing system. This is but one of the changes from the previous iteration.


"Let's not kid ourselves. This lens is a beast. And it's made even more beastly when zooming out to 500mm. It is fairly unreasonable to expect to be able to produce perfect images with this lens in the first few snaps of the shutter."


Sunday, March 27, 2011

Pentax 645D 25mm F4 Lens Release Date

Interchangeable lenses for medium format digital SLR cameras "smc PENTAX-D FA645 25mmF4AL [IF] SDM AW"
Notice of Determination Date

HOYA PENTAX smc PENTAX-D FA645 25mmF4AL[IF] SDM AW」 HOYA CORPORATION PENTAX Imaging Systems Division, interchangeable lenses for digital SLR cameras medium format "smc PENTAX-D FA645 25mmF4AL [IF] SDM AW" Release date (when published, available soon in the guide), April I have decided to announce two days.
 

Recorded Product Name
smc PENTAX-D FA645 25mmF4AL[IF] SDM AW smc PENTAX-D FA645 25mmF4AL [IF] SDM AW Product Page
 
Release Date:
April 2, 2011
 

Kelby Media Group and Michael Freeman join the Manfrotto School of Xcellence in its online photographic educational programme



Manfrotto School of Xcellence has teamed up with Kelby Media Group and Michael Freeman to publish scheduled editorial and videos from March until December 2011.

Kelby Media Group will provide to the School with a monthly video tutorial about different topics aimed at mainly at beginners who share their pictures online. The aim is to teach with a creative approach the basics of photography. In fact, the tutorials will consists in easy tips and tricks explained in a situational contexts.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Kingston Digital Extends the Speedy Class 10 microSDHC Family




New Capacities Added for Memory-Hungry Devices
Upcoming Mobility Kits Provide Adapter, Reader for microSDHC Card Versatility

International CTIA Wireless® 2011 and Fountain Valley, CA -- March 22, 2011 -- Kingston Digital, Inc., the Flash memory affiliate of Kingston Technology Company, Inc., the independent world leader in memory products, today announced it is shipping a 4GB and 8GB Class 10 microSDHC card, joining the previously released 16GB Class 10 card. Kingston® will add a 32GB capacity to the family in Q2. The Class 10 cards have a fast minimum data transfer rate of 10MB/s.


Friday, March 25, 2011

Tablet Review Roundup iPad2 vs Xoom

Ok, so you want to slim down your bag and dumping 3-8lbs from a laptop is about the only thing your willing to part with (Hint you don't always need that 600 F4 either) So your looking into those new snazzy tablet things that Apple and Motorola have (sorry these are the 2 current leaders, others are running older tech and you just shouldn't bother if you want to do anything other than web surfing)
So here's a roundup of a few reviews from around the net on the popular 2

iPad 2
Review at Dpreview  (Best photographer-centric review to date)
Review at PCMag


Motorola Xoom
Review at PCMag
Review at Engadget

If you must know about other tablets and how they just dont stack up to these 2, here you go

CALL FOR CONTRIBUTION - WINNERS ANNOUNCED!




Manfrotto School of Xcellence is proud to officially communicate that after the Call for Contribution, 10 photographers have been chosen for the value and significance of the their proposals.

The winners’ names are:

Thursday, March 24, 2011

4Media iPad Max Platinum Compatible with iPad2



4Media iPad Max Platinum is the ultimate tool when it comes to your iPad. Whether you have the iPad or iPad 2 you will be able to backup, transfer, rip, convert and manage your music, movies, photos, eBooks and ringtones all through an easy-to-use interface.

iPad Max Platinum can backup iPad content to iTunes, as well as convert and rip CDs and DVDs to iPad. Convert multiple audio and video files to iPad supported formats and create ringtones. You can even connect multiple devices simultaneously to quickly and easily transfer files between iPad/iPod/iPhone.

New Drobo Business Line of Storage Solutions

New Drobo Business Line Delivers 'Big Storage in a Small Box' - Unprecedented Combination of Technical Sophistication, Ease of Use and Affordability for Small and Medium Businesses

  - Drobo, makers of the award-winning data storage products for businesses and professionals, today introduced a new line of sophisticated yet easy-to-use and affordable storage solutions for small and medium businesses (SMBs). Designed specifically for customers who need critical business storage capacity without the complexity and price of legacy storage solutions, the new Drobo business systems are optimal as primary and secondary storage for Microsoft Exchange®, Sharepoint®, and similar business applications, as well as departmental file-sharing or offsite backup, and server virtualization deployments including those using VMware solutions.
"VMware recognizes the importance of affordable storage alternatives for firms implementing virtualization as they continue on the path toward IT as a service," explained Parag Patel, vice president, global strategic alliances, VMware. "Like larger organizations, SMBs are looking for ways to improve productivity and lower IT costs. Drobo streamlines VMware-virtualized storage for SMBs by delivering storage that is simple, scalable and automated - all with an affordable price tag."

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Canon U.S.A. Announces Five New Portable LCD Projectors


LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., March 23, 2011 – Presentation professionals encompass a broad range of occupations, but common to all is a need for affordable, high-performance portable projectors offering such essential user benefits as high brightness, long lamp and filter life, and the convenience of auto set-up functions. Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, responds to this need with five new affordable multimedia LCD projectors. These new products include the LV-8225, Canon's latest WXGA-resolution widescreen 16:10 LCD model. Together with the new LV-7490, LV-7390, LV-7295 and LV-7290, all are targeted at value-conscious users, including educators, traveling salespeople and small-business entrepreneurs.
"Important to the presentation market are innovative features providing real end-user benefits in addition to competitive pricing," commented Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technology and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "For educators and economy-minded users, the introduction of these new portable multimedia LCD projectors offers greater value than ever before with no compromise in picture quality."

Rescue Fund Donation to Those Suffered From Tohoku/Off-Pacific Coast


(Tamron Press Release - March 17, 2011) We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences and prayers to those who suffered from loss of life and casualties among families and relatives by the Tohoku/Off-Pacific Coast Earthquake Disaster, and wish restoration and retrieval of a daily life at an earliest.

To express our support and sympathies to the people in the devastated area and to contribute to restoration of their living, Tamron has decided, along with our group companies, to donate a rescue fund through Japan Red Cross in the amount of 10 million yen, and through the local government of Aomori Prefecture in the amount of 5 million yen from the three plants in the area respectively. In addition, a chest box has been installed by our employees to collect token monies for those who suffered and suffering.

Casio Provides Additional Support for Pacific Coast of Tohoku Earthquake


TOKYO, March 18, 2011 - Casio Computer Co., Ltd., again expresses its sincere condolences to the people of the Tohoku area of Japan in the wake of the major earthquake which struck last week.
In addition to the 10,000,000 yen previously announced, Casio has decided that it will donate additional funds to an aggregate total of 50,000,000 yen for relief efforts. It is the company’s hope that these rescue and relief activity funds will help those affected by the earthquake and contribute to the rapid reconstruction of devastated areas. The company will also donate a considerable number of Casio clocks for use in temporary shelters and other facilities while consulting with local task forces.
Donation amounts: 50,000,000 yen, contributions through a matching gifts program, and Casio clocksDonation recipients: Japan Platform, a specified nonprofit organization, the Japanese Red Cross Society, etc.
Everyone at Casio sincerely hopes for the rapid recovery of those areas struck by the earthquake.

Hoya: Japan Disaster Update

Support to Areas affected by the Tohoku Kanto Earthquakes 

We would like to express deepest sympathy to all the people affected by the Earthquake and tsunami that struck the northern region of Japan on March 11. We would like to express deepest sympathy to all the people affected by the Earthquake and tsunami that struck the northern region of Japan on March 11.

Hoya Corporation today announced that it will donate 100 million Japanese yen to assist relief and recovery efforts in communities affected by the disaster. Hoya Corporation today announced that it will donate 100 million Japanese yen to assist relief and recovery efforts in communities affected by the disaster.

In addition, Hoya is prepared to donate medical equipment such as a rigid video laryngoscope for intubation for use in disaster recovery efforts according to the areas' needs. In addition, Hoya is prepared to donate medical equipment such as a rigid video laryngoscope for intubation for use in disaster recovery efforts according to the areas' needs.

We are wishing for a restoration of the affected area as early as possible. We are wishing for a restoration of the affected area as early as possible.

Announcement on Impacts of   the Tohoku Kanto Earthquakes the Tohoku Kanto Earthquakes

A strong earthquake hit the northern part of Japan on Friday, March 11, 2011. The management of HOYA CORPORATION ("the Company"; Headquarters: Tokyo) expresses its heartfelt sympathy for our fellow citizens who have suffered from the Tohoku Kanto Earthquakes.
The Company announces the impacts of the earthquake on the HOYA Group's operations which are known as of today as follows. The Company announces the impacts of the earthquake on the HOYA Group's operations which are known as of today as follows.

Pentax Changes Release Date of the Optio S1


Below is the Google Translate translation of the press release appearing on the Japanese edition of the Pentax website announcing the change in release date for the Optio S1. This change is due the multiple disasters that have affected Japan. The original Japanese language release can be found here:
http://www.pentax.jp/japan/news/announce/20110323.html

Compact] [PENTAX Optio S1
Notice of Date Change
This time, HOYA Corporation PENTAX Imaging Systems Division, compact new products "PENTAX Optio S1" is now pleased to announce that we'll change the release date of April 1.
Customers and other reservations have already gotten to everyone who has multiplied officials inconvenience you, thank you look forward for your understanding. The release date will be changed as well as related accessories Orimashita No obligatio scheduled for release at the same time.
Recorded

PENTAX Optio S1 brand name on April 1, 2011 after the release date change (originally scheduled for March 26, 2011) earthquake caused by the reason for the change this time because of imports of goods and the delivery delay

Contact us about this, thank you to the following
[Contact Us] Pentax Customer Service Center TEL. 0570-001313

Please note: The information listed here is information on the release date. As I can see, they may have information changes without prior notice Please note.

Adobe Reports Record Revenue in Q1 Fiscal 2011

SAN JOSE, Calif. — March 22, 2011 Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today reported financial results for its first quarter ended March 4, 2011.
In the first quarter of fiscal 2011, Adobe achieved record revenue of $1.028 billion, compared to $858.7 million reported for the first quarter of fiscal 2010 and $1.008 billion reported in the fourth quarter of fiscal 2010.  This represents 20 percent year-over-year revenue growth.  Adobe’s first quarter revenue target range was $1 billion to $1.05 billion.
“Our record results in Q1 represent our sixth consecutive quarter of sequential revenue growth,” said Shantanu Narayen, president and CEO of Adobe.  “Adobe’s vision for transforming how the world is creating, measuring and delivering digital experiences is resonating with our customers, and our solutions are enabling us to target large addressable markets that are fueling our growth.”

Nikon: Information on the effects of earthquake northeastern Pacific Ocean (Part 2)


March 22, 2011

(Translated from Japanese by Google Translate) We are out of serious damage by the earthquake off the northeastern Pacific Ocean this time, and sincerely pray for the souls tell us that if those who passed away, everyone in the family and the affected people, our sincere Shiagemasu visit.

The Group has, immediately after the earthquake, the emergency task force launched by the President and General Manager, confirm the safety of employees, damage survey of production facilities, has promoted the restoration activities for the early resumption of production today below the current situation and future prospects will be announced.

Recorded

1. Confirm the safety of employees
Unfortunately, Natori, Miyagi Prefecture in the area, "Sendai Nikon" In addition to one death was confirmed employees, we have three unidentified employee safety.

2. Outlook Damage to production facilities
We are in the affected areas, Miyagi, Tochigi, Ibaraki Prefecture, a manufacturing company Works 7 (※), which always Orimashita to stop all operations, first, "Tochigi" on June 18 (Fri) We started the operation.。 Hard-hit, "Sendai Nikon" and "Nikon Miyagi" With regard to the end of the month, and each of 23 manufacturing companies Manufacturing leave tomorrow (Wednesday) is now expected to resume.

However, the impact of the situation and ensure procurement of parts scheduled power outage, will not achieve full capacity, enough to supply the needs of our customers products are also expected Enu situation. 。 As we ride out this idea with the utmost There are, thank you Customers are urged to look forward to your situation .

In addition, recovery support and business customers were affected in each business and Precision Instruments, support and much more for repairs to the affected people in the video business customers, we will doing everything.

3.Business Performance
The shedding of this disaster and, with regard to impact on the Group and business performance, diligently, and strive to understand, if it is determined that significant changes are expected to announce as soon as possible.

Manufacturing and production company location
•Plant Mito Nikon Corporation (Mito, Ibaraki)
• Sendai Nikon Corporation (Natori City, Miyagi Prefecture)
• Miyagi Nikon Corporation (town Zaou Katsuta-gun, Miyagi Prefecture)
• Nikon-Trimble Co., Zaou Works (Katsuta-gun, Miyagi Prefecture Zaou Town)
• Tochigi Nikon Corporation (Otawara, Tochigi Prefecture)
• Totigi Nikon Corporation (Otawara, Tochigi Prefecture)
• Kurobane Nikon Corporation (Otawara, Tochigi Prefecture)
•) Nasu Nikon Co., Ltd. (Osan Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture)
Nikon-Trimble Co., Ltd. ※ The equity method.
Nasu Nikon Co., Ltd. ※ The company is a subsidiary of Essilor, Nikon Corporation under the equity method.
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Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Epson Japan Updates after Disaster

Links to updates on various services and programs from Epson Jp 
On northeastern Pacific Ocean Earthquake Response ■
 March 11, 2011 (Friday) and the earthquake occurred in the northeastern Pacific Ocean, March 14 (Monday) is scheduled for implementation as follows: With regard to rolling blackouts due to the impact later.
We apologize for any inconvenience to customers, so thank you for your note.
Shimashite service available after confirming the details, thank you that you will use.









"Strobist" News: Rogue Grid from ExpoImaging

INTRODUCING THE ROGUE GRID: A 3-IN-1 STACKING HONEYCOMB FLASH GRID THAT PROVIDES 16˚, 25˚ and 45˚ SPOT LIGHTING CONTROL IN A COMPACT DESIGN

The Rogue Grid from ExpoImaging provides three honeycomb grid angles in a compact circular design weighing less than 4 ounces and measuring just 3.6” x 1.2”

Watsonville, Calif. — March 21, 2011 — ExpoImaging, Inc., which markets, designs, manufactures and distributes innovative camera accessories to the photographic market, today announced availability of the Rogue Grid, the newest addition to its Rogue FlashBender product line.

The patent pending Rogue Grid is uniquely designed to produce three different honeycomb grid angles. A 25˚ grid and a 45˚ grid align and stack to create a 16˚ grid, producing three distinct levels of spot lighting control in a compact and lightweight package. 

The durable Rogue Grid securely attaches to almost all standard shoe mount flashes using the included adjustable tension strap.  Weighing just 3.5 ounces, the versatile Rogue Grid comes with a small nylon pouch that stows easily in a photographer’s camera bag.

The grid’s innovative modular design allows for easy changing of grid angles or the addition of lighting gels. The Rogue Grid is designed to work with the popular Rogue FlashBender reflectors as it fits securely into the end of snooted reflectors.

Monday, March 21, 2011

Canon U.S.A Expands Into The Production Photographic Printing Market With The Introduction Of DreamLabo 5000

New High-Speed Inkjet Printer Offers a Combination of High Photo Quality, High Text Quality and High Productivity

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 21, 2011 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced the Company's inaugural entry into the production photo printing market with the launch of the DreamLabo 5000 production inkjet printer.i This new printer debuts at AIIM On Demand Exposition and Conference on March 22 – 24, at the Canon U.S.A., booth (#1901). The DreamLabo 5000 delivers a new level of performance for Canon products that combines exceptional photo and text quality together with high productivity. This technology offers the retail photo printing and the high-end print-on-demand (POD) markets a new alternative to traditional silver halide processing technology.
Canon's FINE (Full-photolithography Inkjet Nozzle Engineering) print-head technology makes it possible to simultaneously achieve both high image quality and high productivity. The system achieves color representation rivaling that of conventional silver halide processing, delivering high-speed printing of high-quality photos and detailed text to support a variety of value-added output, from premium photo albums, photo calendars, photo collages and other merchandise to high-quality POD (Print on Demand) offerings.
"Utilizing our company's 70-year heritage in the photo industry with expertise in inkjet technology, DreamLabo 5000 is a natural progression of our business, delivering exceptional levels of image quality and productivity necessary for the photo and production print industries to flourish," said Junichi Yoshitake, senior vice president, Imaging Systems Group, Canon U.S.A. "We are excited about the debut of Canon's DreamLabo 5000 and the expansion of our business into this rapidly growing printing market."
The Canon DreamLabo 5000 features a newly developed high-density FINE print head enabling the printing of output up to 12 inches wide. The new FINE print head additionally delivers high-speed One-Pass Printing, requiring only a single pass of the printing paper while the print-head remains in a fixed position. When used in combination with the time-saving automatic double-sided printing function, a standard feature included in the printer, the DreamLabo 5000 is capable of printing the contents of a 20-page A4-size (8.27" x 11.69") Photo Album in just 72 seconds.ii The system also realizes high productivity by enabling paper and ink tank replacement during printing, supporting the extended, uninterrupted operation times required for production printers.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

3D printing from Sculpteo

From 3D Printer  Sculpteo...
Did you ever wonder how they go about making you 3 inches tall? Check out this video from Sculpteo.com on how a mini me is made. 



Saturday, March 19, 2011

Wuala Online Storage Releases Fully-Encrypted iPhone App


Wuala, the secure online storage, announced today the launch of its Wuala iPhone and iPod touch application, which allows users to access their personal files on-the-go and share them with friends and colleagues. Aimed at users who demand secure mobile applications, the Wuala iPhone app encrypts and decrypts files directly on the phone. Unlike other online storage services, Wuala uses client-side encryption. This means Wuala cannot access user files because the password never leaves the device – ensuring user data is always secure.

Wuala for iPhone offers the ability to browse and view files directly. Files can be opened with selected applications, making it easy to flip through a presentation or listen to music while on the move. Selected files can also be saved for offline access.

Lexar Media Now Shipping the Industry’s First 128GB Professional SDXC Memory Card

128GB and 64GB SDXC Cards Enable Capture of High-Resolution Images and HD Video on Compatible Devices
Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, today announced it is now shipping the Lexar® Professional Secure Digital Extended Capacity (SDXC) 133x memory card in capacities of 128GB, an industry first, and 64GB. The Lexar Professional SDXC cards are available in B&H Photo and Video, and Adorama Camera stores across the U.S, as well as on www.lexar.com.
 These large capacities make Lexar Professional 133x SDXC cards an excellent choice for shooting continuous, rapid-fire images and extended lengths of 1080p high-definition (HD) video on a single, high-performance solution. Also, the Professional SDXC cards offer a Class 10 speed rating with a minimum guaranteed speed of 133x, or 20MB per second, and accelerate professional workflow by quickly transferring high-resolution images and HD video from the memory card to the computer when paired with an SDXC-enabled card reader, such as the Lexar Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB Reader.
 “We saw a demand for a professional card that would allow photographers to not only capture more high-resolution images and HD video, but to also take advantage of the full capabilities of their high-performance digital SLRs and camcorders,” said Pachi Chen-Wong, senior product marketing manager, Lexar Media. “With the new Lexar Professional SDXC cards, we developed a product that will enhance the professional photography workflow. With capacities of 64GB and 128GB, photographers can capture, store and transfer more images and HD video in one place than ever before.”

Friday, March 18, 2011

Jody Martin Joins Jill-e™ Designs as Senior Vice President / Sales


Brings Extensive Knowledge of / Experience in Fashion Consumer Markets


ORLANDO – Jill-e Designs, creator of sturdy, stylish camera and carry bags for today’s technology-rich, on-the-go lifestyle, has hired Jody Martin as the company’s new Senior Vice President / Sales, it was announced today.  Martin most recently was employed by Tumi Inc. – the global fashion bag and accessories company.

Martin, whose responsibilities for Jill-e Designs’ worldwide sales operations began last week, brings extensive experience in fashion consumer markets to her new company.  Over the last 15 years, she has overseen the sales and promotion of such high-profile products as Tumi bags, Godiva chocolates and Levi Strauss clothing for major accounts that have included Bloomingdale’s, Lord & Taylor, Macy’s, JC Penney, Nordstrom’s and Saks 5th Avenue.

“Jody is a real find, with precisely the knowledge and experience we’re looking for – and we’re delighted to have her join our growing team,” said Gail Backal, President of Jill-e Designs.  “We’re confident she’ll have an immediate impact regarding our plans to grow into the broader fashion consumer segment, and I’m looking forward to working with Jody on opportunities with the top names on the national and global retail scene.”

Pentax 645D Lens Line-Up

Photo from: http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp
From The Pentax K5 Silver edition to 645D news and even a Pentax GPS unit http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/20110209_425947.html has some nice hands-on coverage of the news from the CP+ Show
English Translation HERE

High End Cuisine and High End Hasselblad Cameras Unite for a Scandinavian Victory

16/03/2011 Hasselblad photographer Jeff Nalin captures official portraits of the three Scandinavian winners of the world-renowned Bocuse d’Or culinary „Olympics“ in Lyon, France.
Passion and creativity - two staples for gastronomy and photography - were in abundance at the 2011 Bocuse d'Or in Lyon, France this past January. Founded more than 20 years ago as an international stepping stone for talented young chefs, the Bocuse d'Or is named after its creator, renowned French chef and pioneer of modern French cuisine, Paul Bocuse.

For the first time, Hasselblad participated in this prestigious event with an on-site studio where chefs de cuisine photographer Jeff Nalin used a Hasselblad H4D-40 camera to capture official portraits of the three winners. Uwe Moebus, Managing Director, Hasselblad France and Hasselblad Germany remarked that "Hasselblad is proud to be an official supplier of the Bocuse d'Or 2011. We enjoyed working with our Lyon area partner Carré Couleur and Jeff Nalin, one of the most respected photographers of the high end culinary scene. We are honored that Nalin, who has made portraits of the most famous chefs de cuisine for his book, 'Scenes deux Chefs', uses a Hasselblad camera to capture his exceptional images." The cooperation between Bocuse d'Or, Hasselblad and Nalin will continue in the future, as the photographer will capture portraits at national and continental events.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Olympus-Japan Donates Money and Endoscopes for relief effort

Image For Illustration purpose only

Our support for the northeastern Pacific Ocean earthquake

  People affected by the Earthquake off the coast of northeastern Pacific Ocean, We sincere sympathy.
  Olympus Group, for people who are affected by regional earthquake, has decided to donate relief money.
  In addition to the above, check on local conditions and will continue to donate our products to help implement disaster recovery and non-destructive inspection equipment for industrial endoscopes.
  We wish to restore the affected area as soon as possible.

  Contents of support

  : Donations:   1 billion
  : Rescue Equipment:   And non-destructive testing equipment for industrial endoscope

OWC ENTREPRENEURIAL BUSINESS STORY:

How Larry O’Connor, CEO of Other World Computing (OWC), Built his Business at Age 14 from Family Garage to Today’s $70 Million Company

In 1988, 14-year-old Larry O’Connor started his company, Other World Computing, Inc. (OWC), from the garage of his family’s home, with the simple goal of providing affordable memory upgrades to everyone.   Today, 23 years after those humble beginnings, OWC www.macsales.com is now a world-renowned $70 Million+ zero-emissions LEED recognized “Green” company, offering an extensive line of high-quality value-priced memory, SSDs, hard drives, storage, and accessories for Mac, Windows, and iOS devices.

Ethics -  Intelligence - Passion 

OWC’s CEO, Larry O’Connor now spends each day inspiring his 100-employee team with his vision of ethics, excellence, attention to detail, and passion for delivering award-winning service and support to each and every customer.  

Pentax-Japan Disaster Update

Dear Business Partners Customers:

News from our northeastern Pacific Ocean due to earthquake

 

 The earthquake affected people in northeastern Pacific Ocean this time, to everyone who would like their family relationships heartfelt sympathy.
 Pentax Service Center, Service Center, Tokyo, Pentax Shinjuku (Closed March 15), Pentakkusufamiri in Pentakkusuonrainshoppu, and will reopen today. However, due to rolling blackouts, telephone, FAX, Internet Ni Shimashite inquiry, it may take some time to answer your connections and the respect you for your your understanding, thank you.
 Also, regarding the delivery of security-related repair and related products and digital cameras for the time being, the road might be delayed by circumstances such as distribution of the railway. 
Apologize and say, humbly thank you for your understanding.

Translated Via Google, Original HERE 

More from Pentax Medical Div after the Jump...

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Olympus products associated with the northeastern Pacific Ocean earthquake (medical, industrial products) inquiries, workmanship, etc.

Translated using Google, Original HERE

  Than patronage, patronize you for Olympus products, Thank you.
  Our products and services for business impact caused by the earthquake off the northeastern Pacific Ocean this time, the guide below.
  1. For customer service call center to
    northeastern Pacific Ocean affected by the earthquake this time, making it difficult to lead a call our Customer Support Center listed below.
      I am sorry to have troubled you Okakeitashimashi customers in a hurry, contact us so thank you to our nearest branch office.

    ・ (0120) 41-7149 Endoscopy Olympus - Customer Support Center: (0120) 41-7149
    ・(0120) 58-0414 Olympus microscope - Customer Support Center: (0120) 58-0414

    The planned outage (blackout rotation) due to some time zone may also put a call our offices 
  2.   Delivery delay for the repair and shipping
    take delivery of your repair we have entrusted with us, it is assumed that the time for my appointment time due to the earthquake.

    contact us for endoscopic repair service
  3. Techno microscopes for classroom labs involved in the cancellation of upcoming events: Department of polarized light microscopy is to be held on March 15 will be discontinued.
  4. Orinpasutekunorabo (Showroom microscope)
    Orinpasutekunorabo on sales (showroom microscope) will be closed for the time being.
      For resume, we will guide you at this page again.
  I am sorry for your inconvenience to Makoto 掛Keshi you, thank you look forward for your understanding.

PENTAX INTRODUCES SECOND GENERATION INFINITELY CUSTOMIZABLE OPTIO RS1500


Newest PENTAX Easier Than Ever to Personalize

Golden, CO. (March 16, 2011)…PENTAX Imaging Company announced the infinitely customizable Optio RS1500 digital compact camera. The new PENTAX Optio RS1500 is easy to use and easy to dress to match the personality and style of its owner. This cosmetically customizable digital camera features a new removable PENTAX-original faceplate system featuring a no-hassle screwless faceplate design and interchangable lens ring snap (choice of orange or black included) to hold custom skins of any personal choice or design. Now, users may change the camera’s appearance in three easy steps without the need for additional tools.
The design possibilities for the Optio RS1500 are infinite. Owners may skin this newest Optio to match an event, a sports team, a milestone, a corporate identity, a season, and so much more.

There are a couple of ways to personalize the PENTAX Optio RS1500:

1) Immediately dress the camera in a choice of 10 skins with contemporary designs that ship with the product simply by adding a skin, replacing the faceplate panel, and snapping on the lens ring.

2) Visit the PENTAX SKINS Gallery at rs.pentaximaging.com or download the PENTAX PERSONAL SKIN DESIGNER Adobe Air-based software from www.pentaximaging.com . Use the digital designer to import a photo or digital image and save a skin as a PDF for printing on a color printer.



Specs and more after the jump...

2011 VAIL FILM FESTIVAL ANNOUNCES FILM PROGRAM & TRIBUTE AWARD RECIPIENTS



Line-Up Includes 67 Films From Around the World

Vail, CO., March 16, 2011 – The 2011 Vail Film Festival presented by Cadillac, today announced the complete line-up of films selected to be screened at this year’s festival, taking place March 31st – April 3rd, 2011 at America’s top-rated ski resort in Vail, Colorado. This year’s festival will showcase 67 films from around the world, including 11 feature films and 56 documentaries, shorts, adventure, student, and animated films, at the beautiful new Sebastian hotel in Vail Village, and Cinebistro in the Solaris complex.  The 2011 Festival will donate 5% of the overall ticket sales to the American Red Cross for earthquake and tsunami recovery efforts in Japan, and an additional 5% to Angelight Films, a 501(c) (3) non-profit production company that gives chronically ill children the opportunity to express themselves in their own short film.

The Vail Film Festival is pleased to announce that Kate Bosworth, star of Blue Crush, Bryan Singer’s Superman Returns and Kevin Spacey’s Beyond the Sea will be in attendance to receive the Excellence in Acting Award, and Emmy Award winning actor/filmmaker Michael Imperioli will be in attendance to receive this year’s Renegade Award for Risk Taking in Film, an honor bestowed to Zach Braff, Jeremy Davies, and filmmaker Kevin Smith in recent years.

The 2011 Festival will officially open on Thursday evening, March 31st at the Vail Mountain School with a screening of Falling Overnight. Also on Thursday, the Festival is proud to screen the Colorado Premiere of Super, starring Rainn Wilson, Kevin Bacon, Liv Tyler, and Ellen Page.  In this action packed comedy, a wife (Liv Tyler) leaves her husband (Rainn Wilson) for a drug dealer (Kevin Bacon).  When her husband decides he will win her back as Crimson Bolt, a costumed vigilante armed with a monkey wrench, his actions bring him an admirer: an overeager comic store clerk (Ellen Page) who wants to be his sidekick.

Think Tank Photo Release Five Small Photography Pouches and Holders




Think Tank Photo just released solutions for carrying those smaller items that tend to rattle around and get lost in photographers’ bags and pockets.  These include the Credential Holder, the AA Battery Holder, the Passport Holder, and the Large and Small Travel Pouches. 
·         Credential Holder
·         AA Battery Holder
·         Passport Holder
·         Travel Pouch-Large
·         Travel Pouch-Small

 Details after the jump...

Canon-Japan offers official statment on Delays of Goods

Sorry for the delay and delivering goods and services

I would like to visit your heart to everyone from the massive earthquake that devastated East Niokimashite this time.
Roads, railways and other affected by the overall, immediate, delay in delivering goods to customers, our situation has occurred and can not provide the service.
Apologize and say, be able to support all possible as soon as possible, so we will do our best, thank you for your understanding please look forward to.
I pray for safety of customers and reconstruction.

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Nikon-Japan Earthquake update

Difficult situation and a phone connection delivery delay caused by the earthquake repair of northeastern Pacific Ocean
 
 

 I received your loyal patronage is Nikon, Thank you.
  Servicing operations have always been affected by the earthquake off northeastern Pacific Ocean this time, take back your repair has been hit by delays in delivery of the finished product, it may miss the promised date.
The situation is very difficult connection to public telephone services and Nikonkasutamasapotosenta.
 Thank you for your cooperation as you calling from a later time.
 If the contact numbers available in Navi Dial (03) 6702-0577 For, our reception I will stop now.
 Please note that your customers will humbly apologize for the inconvenience great.

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Olympus-Japan Delays "I Want A PEN" Campaign/contest in wake of Diaster

Translated via Google translator, Original HERE

 I want a PEN [Campaign] and I want a PEN 2 

[Tafugettokyanpen! To postpone the announcement of winners]

  Olympus Imaging Corporation
  Olympus (shares) is due March 18, 2011 earthquake off the northeastern Pacific Ocean (Friday) plans to Orimashita [campaign] and I want a PEN 2 [Tafugettokyanpen] Announced today decided to postpone for the time being with the announcement of the winner.
With regard to the dates of Winners, on our website and we finalized Tsuittaakaunto ( @ Olympuspenstyle ), ( @ Mjutoughfield ) will guide.
People have been affected by the earthquake off the coast of northeastern Pacific Ocean this time, I would like sympathy and respectfully, I will sincerely pray for the reconstruction of the affected areas as soon as possible.

Olympus UK/Europe releases update Business operations after Japan Disaster

From Olympus UK: 
Olympus Business Update on the Situation after Earthquake No 1 (as of 15th March 2010)
15.03.2011
Since the terrible events that took place in Japan last Friday, Olympus Europe and its employees have been constantly thinking of our Japanese colleagues, their relatives, and all of the Japanese people. All our hopes and wishes are with them during these terrible times.

We are fortunate to be able to report that no Olympus employee has been injured during the Earthquake, the Tsunami, or any other event so far. However some people are still searching for their relatives.

We have received many inquiries about what consequences these events will have on our business in Europe. Obviously, at this point in time, no-one can give a complete picture. This is why we have decided to publish frequent updates on this information, until the situation in Japan becomes stabile once again. Please return to this web page frequently, for any news we are able to share.


More after the Jump

Nikon Podcast 39: Nikon at WPPI 2011

Host Scott Sheppard speaks with photographer Marcus Bell and Nikon’s Mike Corrado

Nikon Podcast 39: Nikon at WPPI 2011

Join host Scott Sheppard at the annual Wedding and Portrait Photographers International show in Las Vegas, NV. Guests include photographer Marcus Bell and Nikon’s Mike Corrado discussing the benefits of Nikon Professional Services (NPS).
Listen and subscribe to this podcast in iTunes by clicking here.

For all other RSS readers, click here.

Olympus-Japan Earthquake Update

March 16, 2011
Support to Areas Affected by Tohoku - Pacific Ocean Earthquake


We wish to offer our sincere sympathy to those affected by the earthquake centered off the Sanriku Coast in the Tohoku region.

In addition to a monetary donation to assist victims of the earthquake, the Olympus Group will also donate equipment for use in disaster recovery efforts.

We pray that the recovery process in the disaster area will proceed as swiftly as possible.
Support Measures
Monetary donation : ¥100 million
Rescue equipment : Industrial videoscopes and non-destructive testing equipment (planned)

CASIO ROLLS OUT TICKET SWEEPSTAKES FOR TRYX OUT: NYC 2011

Five Winners Will Receive an All Expense Paid Trip for Two to Attend Casio’s Star-Studded Launch Party

DOVER, NJ
― Casio America, Inc. today announced that consumers throughout the U.S. will now have a chance to attend the exclusive TRYX OUT: NYC 2011 launch party at the Best Buy Theater in New York City. By simply registering for a free account with Casio’s new Imaging Square network service, consumers will automatically be entered in a sweepstakes to win one of five, all expense paid trips for themselves and a guest to TRYX OUT: NYC 2011, or one of 12 TRYX cameras. To register and for the complete list of rules and regulations, please, visit the Casio Facebook page at http://on.fb.me/ekFEQD.
The official launch party for Casio’s much anticipated and groundbreaking TRYX digital camera, TRYX OUT: NYC 2011 takes place April 7th and will feature the Grammy award-winning Roots with a special guest performance by Nicki Minaj, one of hip-hop’s hottest female artists. Attendees will be able to experience these riveting performances and be one of the first in the country to get a firsthand look at the Casio TRYX before it hits store shelves. 

“This is a once in a lifetime opportunity for hip-hop fans,” said Toshi Iguchi, Senior General Manager, Digital Imaging Division, Casio America Inc. “Now, no matter where they may be, fans will have a chance to join Nicki Minaj and The Roots in the heart of New York City as they help Casio celebrate the launch of the TRYX with one of their electrifying performances at the Best Buy Theater.”
Imaging Square
A recent initiative that encourages consumers to enhance their creativity, Imaging Square is an easy-to-use and free online service that will transform prized photos into compelling pieces of art. An entirely new form of photographic expression; Imaging Square is fully compatible with images taken from any brand of camera or device. Users simply upload their image and then take advantage of the editing options available through Imaging Square to transform that image into their own work of art.  Users’ Digital Photo Art can be saved on the Web site, shared with others or even sent as a greeting card.
TRYX is a registered trademark of CASIO COMPUTER CO., LTD. Any other company or product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holders.
About Nicki Minaj
Nicki Minaj is a Grammy nominated, platinum selling Cash Money recording artist. “Pink Friday” became the 1st female rap album to stay in top 10 for 14 consecutive weeks. Nicki also became the 1st female rapper to top the Billboard charts in over 8 years with her hit single "Your Love". She also became the first female rapper to have 7 songs simultaneously on Billboard's HOT 100 chart in 2010.  Rolling Stone dubbed her “The New Queen of Hip Hop.”

About The Roots
With the premiere of "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon" on March 2, 2009, The Roots joined host Jimmy Fallon as one of the coolest house bands in late night television history. The Roots are the influential and critically acclaimed Philadelphia-based band -- described by Rolling Stone as "one of the greatest live acts in the world" and by the Boston Globe as the "greatest hip-hop band in the land". The band has paved the way for live instrumental rap and has won numerous awards for its jazz-influenced, eclectic approach to hip-hop, including two Grammy's and a 2007 NAACP Image Award.  For additional information, visit http://www.theroots.com.
About Casio America, Inc.
Casio America, Inc., Dover, N.J., is the U.S. subsidiary of Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of consumer electronics and business equipment solutions, established in 1957. Casio America, Inc. markets calculators, keyboards, digital cameras, mobile presentation devices, disc title and label printers, watches, cash registers and other consumer electronic products. Casio has strived to realize its corporate creed of “creativity and contribution” through the introduction of innovative and imaginative products. For more information, visit http://di.casio.com/ or http://pressroom.di.casio.com/.

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Olympus statment on Japan Disaster

After talking with reps from Olympus USA we have recieved the following comment on their status after the disaster in Japan:

With respect to the earthquake and resulting tsunami in Japan that occurred last week, we are able to report that our colleagues are safe and have reported only minor structural damage in some Olympus facilities located outside of Tokyo. We do not expect that manufacturing of Olympus consumer products will be impacted. 

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Casio-Japan Earthquake Report


Regarding the Impact of the Pacific Coast of Tohoku Earthquake on the Casio Group’s Operations.
TOKYO, March 14, 2011 — Casio Computer Co., Ltd. would like to provide brief details on the impact of the Pacific Coast of Tohoku Earthquake on the Casio Group’s operations.
.1. Status Regarding Injury and Damage

• Personal injury

Thankfully, there were no major injuries among the Group’s personnel working throughout the Tohoku region. The company continues to take all necessary steps to confirm the safety of its employees and their families.

• Property damage

(1) Manufacturing activities
The Group is currently working to ascertain the current condition of its facilities while confirming safety as well as the status of materials and infrastructure in efforts to recommence operations. Placing the utmost emphasis on safety, we plan to recommence operations as and when inspections and confirmation have been completed.


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