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Thursday, June 30, 2011

Hasselblad set for growth under new European owners

Hasselblad, the premium medium format camera manufacturer, is planning a rapid expansion of cutting edge capture products and is set to target new imaging markets following the company’s acquisition by Ventizz Capital Fund IV, LP, a private equity investor exclusively advised by Swiss- and Germany based Ventizz Capital Partners AG.

Ventizz, which specializes in funding growth in companies across various high-tech industry sectors including communications technology and renewable energy, says it plans 'no major structural or key management changes' at Hasselblad.

New Olympus® Micro Four Thirds® Lenses and Accessories

High-Speed, Silent and Beautifully Designed, Two New Lenses Complement Latest Generation of PEN Cameras; New Flash and Grip Expand Creative Horizons
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., June 30, 2011 – Two powerful, fast new prime lenses and two new accessories maximize the performance of the Olympus PEN® E-P3, E-PL3 and E-PM1 compact system cameras, also announced today, to help photographers capture their unique visions of the world. The M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0 lens (24mm equivalent) and M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f1.8 lens (90mm equivalent) are Movie & Still Compatible (MSC) and feature high-speed, near-silent autofocus during still shooting and high-definition (HD) video capture. Joining them is the sleek, versatile FL-300R Compact Flash and the MCG-2 interchangeable Camera Grip available exclusively for the PEN E-P3.
The powerfully simple and growing Olympus PEN MICRO Four Thirds family now features eight fully-compatible MICRO Four Thirds lenses. The legendary Olympus Zuiko® Digital Four Thirds range of 27 high-quality lenses, OM-series and other manufacturers’ lenses can be attached to Olympus PEN cameras with optional adapters.
New High-Speed and Near-Silent MICRO Four Thirds Lenses
  • M. Zuiko Digital ED 12mm f2.0 lens: This high-speed, single-focal-length, wide-angle lens is ideal for shooting high-quality, dramatic landscapes and street scenes in low-light conditions. It has a beautiful full-metal body and a snap ring that enables photographers to pan focus with a distance indicator.
  • M. Zuiko Digital ED 45mm f1.8 lens: This single-focal-length portrait lens has a beautiful shallow depth of field which allows for background blurring effects that are not possible with the 14-42mm kit zoom lens. The MSC mechanism is great for tracking a moving child or pet, and provides a quick and silent focus mechanism for movies and still photography. 

Canon U.S.A. Announces Fan-Focused Events For Copa America Argentina 2011

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., June 29, 2011 – As an official sponsor of Copa America Argentina 2011, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today announced the Company's fan-focused sponsorship activities highlighting the dynamic image capture technology of Canon products and the diverse Copa America audience. Canon's sponsorship activities will provide commemorative tournament giveaway items, fan-face painting, viewing parties in Colombia and Peru, the official tournament "Best Photo" contest and more.
"With the start of Copa America 2011 Argentina only days away, Canon is pleased to announce a series of fan-friendly events that we hope will enhance appreciation for this incredible sporting event," said Taro Maruyama, president, Canon Latin America. "Followed by millions of fans throughout Latin America and the rest of the world, Copa America represents an excellent opportunity for Canon to strengthen our brand and foster growth throughout the region's consumer and business markets. We hope that everyone enjoys the tournament."
Beginning with the start of tournament play on July 1, Canon will launch a series of activities in Argentina to enrich the Copa America 2011 experience including:
  • The Canon Tent at La Plata Stadium at which the first 20,000 visitors on July 1will receive a commemorative tournament scarf, pen or seat cushion. On July 3 (La Plata Stadium) and July 24 (River Plate Stadium), the Canon Tent will feature complimentary face painting allowing fans to demonstrate support for their favorite team and receive a free photo celebrating the occasion.
  • Canon's display at the Copa America Argentina 2011 Fan Fest tent located at Av 9 de Julio in the Buenos Aires city center, offering face painting, product displays and exciting giveaways for visitors throughout the tournament.

Olympus® Launches the PEN® E-P3: Are You PEN Ready?

Compact, All-Metal, Premium, Classic-Style Camera Delivers Incredible Power, Amazing Image Quality with Record-Breaking Autofocus and Touch Display
CENTER VALLEY, Pa., June 30, 2011 – Today Olympus announces a new flagship PEN camera designed for the hobbyist or advanced photographer who desires superior image quality, FAST (Frequency Acceleration Sensor Technology) Autofocus Tracking System and total creative control in a body portable enough to travel the world: the PEN E-P3.
The powerful Olympus PEN® E-P3 is the ultimate PEN camera for visual expression, delivering professional image quality, the World’s Fastest AF** speed, a huge selection of built-in creative features and an easy-to-use interface, all elegantly packaged in a classic, all-metal body with full-advanced controls. Two new M. Zuiko prime lenses also join the family of six MICRO Four Thirds® lenses, to expand the broad options offered to imaging enthusiasts.
Look what you can do with the new Olympus PEN E-P3. It blends high-quality still images expected of a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera with high-definition (HD) video, AC3 Dolby Digital audio (comparable to studio recordings) and In-Camera Creativity in an ultra-portable body. The PEN E-P3 has it all. 

Outstanding New Features:

  • 12.3 MP Live MOS Sensor – Utilizing new Fine Detail Processing Technology for greater detail in the photograph, the sensor is optimized to maximize the performance of all M. Zuiko digital lenses in all shooting conditions;

  • TruePic VI Image Processor – This new image engine, designed specifically for the Olympus PEN, features Real Color Technology for improved color reproduction and faster speeds;

  • FAST AF – To meet the demand for focusing speed, Olympus has introduced the new FAST AF Tracking System. The FAST AF Tracking System features 35 focus points as well as new Tracking AF to ensure fast & accurate focus each and every time;

  • Low Light Performance – AF Illuminator / Built In Flash / ISO to 12,800;

  • Fast Shutter Response – Never miss a shot again with fast shutter response time of less than 60 milliseconds;

  • Full HD Movie – Shoot up to 29 minutes of full 1080i HD video in either AVCHD or AVI formats; and

  • 3-inch 614,000 pixel OLED Touch screen – Bright high-resolution screen features a newly-designed touch interface that provides an innovative touch display solution.

  • “With a classic, compact, all-metal body reminiscent of the Olympus PEN E-P1, the PEN E-P3 offers an unprecedented level of portability to help you capture great images and videos on the go,” said Katie Roseman, senior product manager, Olympus Imaging America Inc. “This camera has the creative flexibility to give you a true professional experience.” 

    Not One, Not Two, But Three New Olympus PEN Cameras Bring Your Creative Vision to Life

    Compact Portable Bodies Deliver Incredible Image Quality, Speed and In-Camera Creativity
    CENTER VALLEY, Pa., June 30, 2011 – Today Olympus launches three new PEN compact system cameras designed to help inspiration-seekers capture their unique visions and share their stories in brilliant still images and high-definition (HD) video. The Olympus PEN family combines the portability of a point-and-shoot with features found on bulkier cameras or camcorders to deliver amazing image quality and lightning fast speed. With a new 12.3-megapixel Live MOS Image Sensor, TruePic™ VI Image Processor, high ISO of 12,800, a reengineered autofocus system, full 1080i HD video with Dolby Digital sound recording, newly designed user interfaces and a variety of Art Filters and built-in creative features, these powerfully simple cameras offer advanced capabilities without the complexity of a digital single lens reflex (DSLR) camera.
    In addition to these great shared capabilities, each new model offers unique features:
    • PEN E-P3: Also announced today, the flagship Olympus PEN with a classic, all-metal design and the world’s fastest autofocus**. A body portable enough to travel the world without sacrificing DSLR image quality and control that experienced photographers expect. It features a bright, 614,000 pixel, high-resolution, OLED touchscreen to easily navigate and control the camera at the touch of a finger. 
    • PEN E-PL3: This powerful camera is perfect for photographers who want their memories to reflect incredible, professional image quality. Easy-to-use creative technologies are packed in its versatile body – the size of a small, portable point-and-shoot camera, but with the versatility of interchangeable lenses. A clever, tilting three-inch LCD empowers photographers to go head-and-shoulders above the crowd to capture graduations, easily stoop to eye-level as babies take their first steps or even lower to the ground to get an adorable shot of the family pet. 
    • PEN E-PM1: The smallest and lightest Olympus PEN is available in six stylish colors (purple, pink, brown, white, silver and black) and features a new and simplified user interface as well as a streamlined button structure for superior ease of use. Its small size and portability make it the ideal camera to document life’s fun and spontaneous moments. 

    Duggal to Offer Kodak Pro Media

    Duggal Visual Solutions to Offer New KODAK PROFESSIONAL ENDURA EP Media and KODAK PROFESSIONAL UV-Curable Display Film-Plus as Part of its Media Portfolio

    New York, NY, June 27, 2011 – Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE:EK) today announced that Duggal Visual Solutions, Inc., renowned supplier of printing, computer imaging, wide format graphics and display services, will offer its KODAK PROFESSIONAL ENDURA EP Media to print photobooks and KODAK PROFESSIONAL UV-Curable Display Film-Plus for wide-format display products. Duggal cited that Kodak’s professional papers matched its clients’ quality conscious printing needs as the primary reason for selecting these papers.  Duggal showcased sample products made with Kodak media at its recent celebration of servicing the industry for more than 45 years.

    Saturday, June 25, 2011

    Delkin's SensorScope System Boasts Upgrades and a Newly Issued Patent

    What's on Your Sensor and How is it Affecting Your Images?  


     Poway, CA. June 24th, 2011- Today Delkin announced new upgrades as well as a cleared patent (#7,805,070 B2) on their award winning SensorScope® DSLR Sensor Inspection Device and Cleaning System. The inspection tool, which has sold over 50,000 units since September of 2006, utilizes enhanced magnification and LED illumination to present a quick and clear view of a DLSR image sensor before every shoot.    


    "Particles of dust, lint and debris on a sensor show up as dark specs and lines in image and video capture," explains Marketing Manager, Anna Lopez. "These imperfections can be minor to extreme and can cost a photographer hours in post-production editing to remove.  In the past a photographer would shoot a blue sky or white wall at F22, transfer the image to a computer and magnify it to find the areas of the sensor that needed to be cleaned; this process would be completed several times until a clean sensor was produced. The SensorScope enables quick and easy inspection with universal compatibility across DSLR brands and models, giving the photographer the ability to inspect and clean quickly and away from the studio."     


    Delkin's already comprehensive DSLR image cleaning system also received upgrades this month, with two new components added to the arsenal of cleaning tools that are designed to tackle various types of sensor debris.  A recent partnership with respected manufacturer LensPen® resulted in a custom designed polishing and edging tool inspired by DSLR camera technicians. The SensorPen™ by LensPen® features a non-carbon triangular tip for cleaning the edges of the sensor and polishing the sensor surface, as well as a slide out soft DSLR body brush that safely removes dust and debris from the camera body.  

    Thursday, June 23, 2011

    Pentax Adds Four New Lenses to Q System

    Zoom, Fish-Eye, Toy Telephoto Among Selection

    GOLDEN, CO. (June 23, 2011)…In addition to the standard lens announced today, PENTAX Imaging Company has announced four accessory Q-mount lenses designed for exclusive use with the PENTAX Q – the world’s smallest, lightest interchangeable lens system camera (ILC).* Each new lens is highly compact and lightweight with an optimized image circle to match the size of the Q’s CMOS image sensor. This new Q-mount lens series offers PENTAX Q users a comprehensive lens selection.
    * The world’s smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens system camera, as of June 15, 2011 (based on PENTAX research).

    PENTAX 02 Standard Zoom
    With a focal length equivalent to a 27.5-83.0mm zoom lens in the 35mm format, this standard zoom lens is ideal for wide angle to medium telephoto range. With four extra-low-dispersion and low-refractive aspherical optical elements, the lens offers exceptional image rendition while effectively reducing chromatic aberration to a minimum over the entire zoom range. The Standard Zoom features a minimum focusing distance of 11.8 inches (30 centimeters) at all focal lengths for close-up photography. Featuring a high-grade finish, this lens incorporates the special optical glass elements and PENTAX exclusive lens coating technology for beautifully defined, high quality images that are sharp and high contrast even to the edges. The AF motor installed in the lens assures smooth, quiet focusing operation. The lens shutter mechanism allows the PENTAX Q’s built-in auto flash to be synchronized to the camera’s top shutter speed of 1/2000 second (or 1/250 second when using an accessory flash unit). This lens is also equipped with a built-in ND (neutral density) filter for open aperture shooting at bright locations or when using slower shutter speeds. The lens price $299.95 USD.

    Three additional lenses also are announced. Each offers outstanding value at an affordable price so users may produce a variety of distinctive, dramatic images. Each features manual focus operation, fixed aperture and lightweight lens mount minus a lens shutter unit to reduce size and weight.

    Pentax Unveils the Pentax Q

    The World’s Smallest, Lightest Interchangeable Lens Camera

    GOLDEN, CO. (June 23, 2011)…PENTAX Imaging Company has announced the PENTAX Q – the world’s smallest and lightest interchangeable lens camera (ILC).* The Q offers the versatility and precision of an advanced DSLR in a body that is significantly smaller than every other digital ILC body available on the market today.
    * The world’s smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens system camera, as of June 15, 2011 (based on PENTAX research).
    The camera’s tiny size, lightweight design, and superior image quality are made possible by an innovative PENTAX-developed imaging system. With a high-resolution 12.4 megapixel, 1/2.3 inch CMOS image sensor, the Q carves out an entirely new camera category that extends beyond traditional digital compact, APS-C or 4/3 digital cameras. The backlit sensor is a highly efficient light-gathering instrument that produces very little noise at high sensitivity levels particularly in low light settings. Further, the new Q lens mount is a perfect match with the new sensor and every interchangeable Q lens is designed for more advanced image quality than may be found on traditional compact digital cameras. This innovative PENTAX design is the foundation of the Q’s position as the world’s smallest, lightest ILC system with superior image quality.

    Wednesday, June 22, 2011

    Farewell from Digital experience

    Shows over folks, indepth reports coming soon

    Live: the Supremes!

    @ Digital Experience

    Seen at digital Experience LIVE: Looxcie

    Looxcie  a wearable video cam that create instant 30 second clips and will allow you to upload directly to youe social media sites.  Available in 5- and 10-hour storage

    Live: ZBoost mobile cell booster

    Improve signal quality in your car. With the z-force. Great for the on the go photojournalits in need to transmit from anywhere

    Live: D-Link

    New set of routers and wi-fi boosters to boost connectivity. In the home

    Live: P3's Brendan w/ the President of Pentax

    Trying to get the inside scoop

    Live: Polaroid gl10 printer

    Uses zink paper and prints via usb and bluetooth

    Live: NIK Snapseed iPad app

    $4.99 in app store packed full with cool NIK Filters like you have for your home computer

    Live: LG Thrill 4G 3D camera phone

    Awsome 3d screen (eyeglass free) and really cool built in 3D camera (from at&t currently)

    Live: Pentax O-GPS1

    Compatible with K5 and Kr

    Live from NYC for Digital Experience

    Hanging out before hand...

    Sigma announces new "Our Pros, Your Photos" program

    Sigma is now hosting a program called "Our Pros, Your Photos" to continue their 50th anniversary celebration. We think your readers would really enjoy hearing about this new opportunity to further their photography skills.
    Through July 5th, photographers can send in their portfolios for a chance to have a one-on-one telephone critique session with a Sigma Pro, which will be recorded and made into a video showcasing the photographer's work and the discussion with the Sigma Pro.

    Live Coverage: Digital Experence June 2011

    P3 will be bringing live coverage via droids from Digital Experience this evening starting at 6pm Exciting hands on with many of the latest products from your favorite Camera manufactures and computer-related gadgets.

    Tuesday, June 21, 2011


     Designed particularly for professional photographers, new ultra-discreet version of the Leica M9 added to Leica rangefinder portfolio
    Solms, Germany (June 21, 2011) - Leica Camera AG is proud to present a new version of the world’s smallest, full-frame digital system camera: the Leica M9-P.  This new model will sit alongside the Leica M9 in the company’s rangefinder portfolio. Providing an alternative, even more discreet and resilient design that further reinforces the classic nature of the M9, the M9-P specifically meets the needs of professional photographers.  The new model is now available in a classic silver chrome or subtle black paint finish.
    Featuring the compact size, full-frame, 18 megapixel 24 x 36mm sensor (35mm format), sophisticated image processing and robust construction of the highly successful Leica M9, the M9-P also incorporates features designed for professional users or photographers who prefer a pure, even more unobtrusive styling.
    The Leica M9-P includes a scratch-resistant, sapphire crystal covering on the LCD screen. Produced using special diamond cutting tools, this screen is fashioned from one of the world’s hardest and most resilient materials. Extremely resistant to wear and almost unbreakable, the sapphire glass LCD cover offers many years of reliable use. Additionally, the anti-reflective coating on both sides of the cover improves the review of images on the display after capture, particularly in unfavorable lighting conditions.

    Tuesday, June 14, 2011


    The LUMIX GF3 Body Weighs Just 7.83oz and Produces High-Quality Photos, Full-HD Video Recording Capabilities and Smart Touch-Screen Controls
    SECAUCUS, NJ (June 13, 2011) – Panasonic today announces its latest compact system camera (CSC), the mirror-free Panasonic LUMIX DMC-GF3 is the company’s smallest and lightest digital interchangeable lens camera with a built-in flash*1, with its body size comparable to that of a smartphone and weighing just 7.83oz (body only), less than a standard 8oz cup of coffee. The Panasonic’s LUMIX GF3 realizes all the features desired from a traditional DSLR interchangeable lens camera, only it accomplishes them in an ultra-compact body that is lightweight and simple to master.
    This remarkable reduction in size and weight is thanks to advancements in new mirror-free camera technology, and large DSLR format sensors that are more compatible with a new class of compact Micro Four Thirds (MFT) System lenses. This new class of Compact System Cameras offers a weight and compactness not seen in traditional DSLRs, yielding greater portability and creative control. The DMC-GF3’s image quality comes from a large DSLR-sized 12.1-megapixel sensor and newly advanced image processing technologies.

    The LUMIX GF3 digital camera is based on the Micro Four Thirds standard of lenses, which includes Panasonic’s 3D lens, thus the LUMIX GF3 not only provides outstanding still photos, full-High Definition 1080/60i video, but is also capable of shooting 3D still photos.

    Thursday, June 9, 2011

    Dads & Grads Gift Guide from PCMag

    With graduation season upon us and Father's Day just around the corner (Reminder: it's June 19th.), chances are there's a dad or a grad in your life that deserves some appreciation - specifically of the gift-wrapped kind. So, what kind of tech should you get? PCMag rounded up some of their best picks. These gadgets will definitely put a smile on someone's face.

    Great suggestions are offered for a variety of needs and wants, whether it is high-tech barbeque stuff, tech gifts for your high school or college grad, or bargain tech gifts, there is a suggestion that will fit.

    For the full list of cool stuff put together by the people at PCMag follow the link:

    Wednesday, June 8, 2011

    PDN Photo Contest

    One Grand Prize and will receive:
    A Sony A850 DSLR ($1999.99 value) + SAL-2875 Lens ($699.99 value)
    A $500 B&H Gift Card
    A Milk Studios Prize Package worth $5,000. The package includes: one rental of Milk's formula studio, an equipment and lighting rental and one day of Milk Digital Capture Services
    A PDN HDSLR Video Workshop Class at the New York City session; October 29-30* during PDN's Photoplus International Conference + Expo, October 27-29, in New York City
    * or a workshop session of their choice

    Six first place winners will receive
    A Sony NEX 3 camera
    A $100 B&H Gift Card

    All Winners will receive:
    A PDN Photoserve portfolio ($860 value)
    A page in the October 2011 issue of PDN, which has a distribution of over 25,000 including over 5,000 influential art buyers, photo editors and art directors
    Exposure in The Look contest online gallery hosted by Clickbooq and a Clickbooq annual plan ($588 value)
    Still Life/Accessories
    Personal Work/Fine Art
    Runway/Street Scene
    Debut [Student/Emerging]

    Enter the Contest

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