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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Workshop Opertunity: "Mastering DSLR Exposure and Camera Settings"

"Mastering DSLR Exposure and Camera Settings", a new class by Leo Heppner, Professional Photographer and Instructor, will be held on Sunday, March 11th, from 1-4PM at La Cucina Italian Resaurant, 103 North Washington St, Havre de Grace, MD 20178. We will meet at the restaurant's private Banquet Room in the back.
This useful class will start with a 1 hour classroom instruction, then we''ll go to the Lockhouse area in Havre de Grace for a 2 hour "hands-on" outdoor shooting session. Topics to be covered: How to achieve proper exposure for difficult lighting situations such as high contrast scenes, backlighting, frontlighting, and more. Plus, understanding how to use a hand-held meter. In addition, we'll learn about DSLR camera settings such as ISO, White Balance, and Exposure Compensation.


Leica Camera selected as one of 19 winners in the eighth annual competition recognizing standout hotels, museums, retail spaces, travel products and more

Allendale, NJ (February 29, 2012) – Leica Camera, Inc., the legendary German camera manufacturer, has been bestowed a Travel + Leisure Design Award for the Leica D-Lux 5 Titanium Set, a special edition in the highly successful D-Lux line. Honored in the category of “Best Camera,” the D-Lux 5 Titanium Set has been selected as one of 19 winners in the eighth annual competition and joins an elite group of standout new products, buildings and destinations that embody the many ways in which thoughtful design enhances and defines the travel experience. The winners of the Travel + Leisure Design Awards are featured in the magazine’s March issue, now on newsstands, and can be viewed online at

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Tamron myphotoexhibits app now available for ipad on the app store

Dynamic 3D virtual exhibit space offers photo enthusiasts an innovative way to showcase photos and exhibits can be easily viewed and shared with the iPhone and iPad apps 

February 28, 2012, Commack, NY - Tamron USA, Inc., has announced the launch of MyPhotoExhibits (MPE) app for iPad to enhance the convenience and user-friendliness of the MyPhotoExhibits site. MPE is an innovative way for photographers looking to showcase their favorite images in a unique, free online venue. Unlike traditional static online galleries, Tamron's SoHo-like MPE interface, available at, allows users to create customizable 3D exhibits with a vibrant interactive experience.

iPhone and iPad Apps for On-The-Go Viewing and Sharing
The convenient iPhone and iPad apps, found at, offers easy access to MPE wherever users may be. Through their iPhone and iPad, users can browse through all available MPE exhibits; view their own 3D exhibits; check out exhibits of other photographers that they may "follow"; and share their exhibits by sending out an e-mail or Facebook invite to friends.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Video overview of new PocketWizard Plus III and more indepth reviews

From WPPI Unique photo has this nice quick video of the new Plus III

Also you can check out hands on reviewes from the likes of Strobist Masters:
David Hobby
Joe McNally
Plus III Mini site

One more video on the Plus III:

Getting to Know the PocketWizard Plus® III with Mark Wallace from PocketWizard on Vimeo.

New PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver

Easy-to-use, feature-packed radio trigger is ideal for any serious photographer

– LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in reliable wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces the new PocketWizard Plus III – a feature-packed, easy-to-use solution for remote flash and camera triggering.  This new simple but powerful radio provides professional and serious amateur photographers with the most reliable triggering system which they will never outgrow and never want to be without. 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Booq Python Collection Provides the Digital Age Photographer with the Ideal Camera Bag for Every Situation

4 new camera bags protect and organize while providing unmatched accessibility, giving photographers all the tools they need for that perfect shot
Sierra Madre, California – (February 23, 2012) – Booq, a leading brand of premium laptop bags, backpacks and iPad carrying cases designed for creative pros, unveils the new versatile Python camera bag collection. The needs of photographers and ambitious photo enthusiasts have evolved. With iPads, ultra-compact laptops and cameras of various form factors being integral parts of a photographer’s life, the Python collection accommodates this gear through refreshingly innovative design solutions and functional protective elements, all in strikingly elegant designs. Each of the four new camera bags caters to unique user requirements and all are available at and retailers throughout the country.
The booq approach to product design is to provide the best solution around clearly defined user requirements. While every Python camera bag is made to house any size DSLR with both attached and additional lens(es), plus a wide array of accessories, each bag has a unique carrying style and each interior is customizable in its own way. Rather than the flimsy padding commonplace in mass-market bags, the Python collection utilizes sturdy, densely padded interior dividers to organize a variety of gear. Booq’s durable water-repellent ballistic nylon holds its form with or without a full load, while the collection’s gray exterior and plush red interior makes it easy to locate all your black camera gear, allowing you to swap out lenses or grab an accessory quickly and easily. 


“Moments of the Human Condition” provides rare glimpse into history’s iconic images

Allendale, NJ (February 23, 2012) – Leica Camera, Inc. announces a new Leica Lecture Series titled “Moments of the Human Condition” featuring internationally acclaimed Photojournalist Peter Turnley. Offering a unique look into the life and work of one of the world’s preeminent photojournalists, this Leica Lecture Series is free to the public and includes stops in Austin, TX on April 18, 2012, Washington, D.C. in May 2012 and New York, NY in October 2012. Throughout the past three decades, Turnley has viewed history’s most critical events, much through the lens of a Leica: from the fall of the Berlin Wall and the 1989 revolutions in Eastern Europe to the devastation at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001 and most recently, the turning point in the Egyptian Revolution. These lectures allow participants to not only view these iconic photographs but also hear the stories behind the images that have shaped our views of world history. 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Samsung Introduces Stylish Branded Memory Cards

Complete Line of SD and MicroSD Cards Available up to Class 10, 32 GB Models  

RIDGEFIELD PARK, N.J., February 17, 2012 – Samsung Electronics America, Inc., a market leader and award-winning innovator in consumer electronics, announced today that it is now shipping a new line of advanced SD and microSD cards that are ideal for digital imaging and mobile devices. The seven new models of SD and microSD cards are now available as part of either the High Speed Series or the Plus Extreme Speed Series, both of which deliver up to 24MB/sec read speeds on cards with a capacity of 4GB or higher.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Updates for Olympus Viewer application and ZUIKO 70-300mm lens

Today Olympus announces a software update for the Olympus Viewer application along with a firmware update for the ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 70-300mm F4.0-5.6 lens.

The software update for the Olympus Viewer application offers the following for Windows and Mac users:

- Support for the movie format (mov) from the recent Olympus camera introductions
- Ability to upload images to Facebook and Flickr
- Added function to limit uploads to only those files marked for upload in the camera
- Added "Insert Text" function to "Image Edit" window

Below is a link to the update:

Nikon Flash Overheat Test SB-910 vs older SB-900 Speedlights

Nikon SB-910 vs. Nikon SB-900 Speedlight Overheat Test from

And one more by capacity4action on youtube:


How an Image is Captured Inside a Camera

A very interesting look by Lexar on how that image you take go's from real-life to your LCD screen (than buried away forever never to be seen again on your HDD) 

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Lensbaby® Introduces the Edge 80 Optic

Edge 80 gives photographers extraordinary creative control over depth of field

  Portland, OR – February, 14, 2012 – Lensbaby, announces today the availability of its 80mm Edge 80 Optic, the newest addition to its Optic Swap System. This new optic is compatible with the Lensbaby Composer Pro, Composer, Muse, Scout and Control Freak, and will transform any of these bending lens bodies into a tilt lens that delivers a selective slice of sharp focus through an image. Like the Lensbaby Sweet 35 Optic, the Edge 80 features Lensbaby’s internal 12-blade adjustable aperture.

“The Edge 80 Optic allows photographers to create images with quality that is on-par with some of the best lenses I’ve ever used. Like a great lens mounted on a view camera bellows, you can make spectacular ‘straight’ photos with the Edge 80 pointed straight ahead and then, when you want a different look altogether, fluidly tilt the lens to create a razor sharp slice of selective focus through your image,” said Craig Strong, Lensbaby President and Co-Founder. For more information, visit the Edge 80 hub.

Friday, February 10, 2012

Sigma announces next-gen compacts to be named in honor of Foveon innovator

Sigma Corporation announces next-generation compact cameras named in honor of Foveon innovator
DP1 Merrill and DP2 Merrill now incorporate 46-megapixel, full-color image sensor
Sigma Corporation of America (, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider for some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, today announced the new Merrill series of digital cameras with the introduction of the DP1 Merrill and DP2 Merrill. The Merrill series is named in honor of Richard “Dick” Merrill, the co-creator of the Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor technology that powers Sigma’s unique lineup of cameras.
These upgraded, high resolution, fixed lens compact digital cameras now incorporate the same APS-C sized 46-megapixel X3 image sensor found in the company’s flagship SD1 SLR, now also known as the Sigma SD1 Merrill. This name change not only pays homage to Merrill, but it also reflects new production efficiencies that will result in a substantial reduction in the camera’s market price starting next month.

Olympus Presents Overviews and Demos of New OM-D

Olympus builds on the excitement surrounding the new Olympus OM-D (OM Digital) E-M5 Micro Four Thirds camera with the launch of several new videos now available on its YouTube channel:

There are detailed product overviews, in-depth demonstrations as well as the official OM-D E-M5 launch video.

Official OM-D Launch video:

Playlist of more in-depth videos:

New Pentax 645D Lens Roadmap

For those shooting, or interested in the Pentax medium format 645D, a new lens roadmap has been spotted. The current lens line-up and projected upcoming releases are seen. According to the roadmap it looks like one new launch in 2012, with three more on the way in 2013 or later.

ASMPDC Presents: An Evening with Phase One

Wednesday, February 15, 2012: 6:30pm-9pm
Washington, DC

In the constantly evolving world of photo technology, ASMP, Phase One, and Digital Transitions are working hard to keep you up-to-date on the latest software imaging tools. Join us on Wednesday, February 15th at CDIA-BU in Georgetown for an exciting evening of eye-opening tech talk as Phase One presents "The Ultimate RAW Workflow" featuring Capture One Pro 6 and Media Pro. Capture One Pro 6 is a professional RAW converter and image editing tool. Media Pro is a full-featured professional photo manager that makes it easy to manage photo and video assets. These two tools work together seamlessly to create a smooth and fast workflow.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Sigma USA new name and lower pricing for SD1

Sigma Corporation of America announces new name, pricing for flagship SD1 camera
DSLR takes Foveon technology creator’s name, undergoes manufacturing improvements to reduce price
Ronkonkoma, NY, Feb. 8, 2012 – In a personal letter to the company’s loyal customers, Sigma Corporation CEO Kazuto Yamaki today announced that, starting next month, Sigma’s 46-megapixel SD1 DSLR will be renamed the SD1 Merrill in honor Richard “Dick” Merrill, the late co-creator of the Foveon X3 Direct Image Sensor technology. The otherwise unchanged DSLR will also be sold at a lower price that reflects new efficiencies in the camera’s production. 
The SD1 Merrill will be sold for approximately $3,300 MSRP in the United States.
Today Yamaki wrote:

Closer encounters with new SONY 500mm Lens

Rugged, pro-focused SAL500F40G lens from Sony for A-mount SLT and DSLR cameras
  • Longest-ever focal length G Lens from Sony
  • Bright F4.0 aperture for superior light gathering
  • Nano AR Coating on optical surfaces for flawless still images and HD video
  • Compatible with SteadyShot INSIDE featured in all α cameras
  • New SSM drive circuit for quick, accurate autofocus
  • Rugged dust- and moisture-resistant design: ideal partner for SLT-A77
  • Enhanced handling and operability

Serious photographers can pull distant subjects closer with a powerful new 500mm (equivalent to 750mm with APS-C camera) super-telephoto lens from Sony.
The SAL500F40G is ideal for sports, wildlife and demanding imaging applications that require extreme magnification with uncompromised optical performance.
The SAL500F40G is the longest fixed focal length G Lens from Sony to date. Whether you’re shooting detail-packed stills or Full HD video, you’ll enjoy frame-filling close-ups with flawless resolution. With a bright F4.0 maximum aperture, its excellent light gathering power allows the use of faster shutter speeds to broaden shooting opportunities.

Ricoh Pentax Camera Re-Organization

Re-organization of Imaging Systems Business including Digital Camera Business
 Ricoh Company, Ltd. (President and CEO: Shiro Kondo, hereinafter Ricoh) announces an organizational change to its imaging system business including security system business and consumer digital camera business.
Since October 1, 2011 when PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY (President:Zenji Miura, hereinafter PRI) was established, Ricoh managed its global imaging system business under two brands, RICOH and PENTAX. Specifically RICOH brand digital cameras were designed, developed and sold by Personal Multimedia Product Company (hereinafter PMMC), an internal organization of Ricoh, while PENTAX brand digital cameras were designed, developed and sold by PRI.

Kodak Focuses Consumer Business On More Profitable Growth Opportunities

Plans to phase out dedicated capture devices business  

ROCHESTER, N.Y., February 09 -- Eastman Kodak Company (the “Company”) (OTB: EKDKQ.PK) announced today that, as a result of its ongoing strategic review process and commitment to drive sustainable profitability through its most valuable business lines, it plans to phase out its dedicated capture devices business – comprising digital cameras, pocket video cameras and digital picture frames – in the first half of 2012. Kodak will instead expand its current brand licensing program, and seek licensees in these categories. Following this decision, Kodak’s Consumer Business will include online and retail-based photo printing, as well as desktop inkjet printing.

Kodak has contacted its retail partners, and is working closely with them to ensure an orderly transition. Kodak will continue to honor all related product warranties, and provide technical support and service for its cameras, pocket video cameras and digital picture frames.

“For some time, Kodak’s strategy has been to improve margins in the capture device business by narrowing our participation in terms of product portfolio, geographies and retail outlets. Today’s announcement is the logical extension of that process, given our analysis of the industry trends,” said Pradeep Jotwani, President, Consumer Businesses, and Kodak Chief Marketing Officer.

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Now on - TetherPro Cables

Tether Tools' new TetherPro Cables are the first-ever high-visibility line of tethering cables. They are bright orange so that everyone on set can see the connection and avoid tripping over the cable. Besides preventing equipment damage and personal injury, the cables are also super easy to find when they're stuffed in a bag or drawer with other gear - just a small (but effective!) component designed to save you time on the job.
TetherPro USB A Male to Mini-B

The new TetherPro line of cables currently includes two options:

Swann Intros HD PenCam™ & PenCam™ 4GB Mini Video Camera & Recorder

Miniature video camera and DVR concealed in a real working pens that shoots HD color videos & high resolution JPEG images

Santa Fe Springs, Calif. - (February 8, 2012) – Today, Swann proudly introduces its latest video surveillance gadget – HD PenCam and PenCam 4GB. Both devices conceal a miniature video camera and DVR inside a real working pen, while HD PenCam is capable of capturing high definition AVI videos (1280 x 720) and high resolution JPEG images and PenCam 4GB captures both high resolution videos and images, but features the largest internal memory of any PenCam to date. With the new HDPenCam and PenCam 4GB, Swann allows anyone to make their own hidden videos that are easy to share on Facebook™, Youtube™ and more.

16 megapixels, 21x optical ultra-zoom and HD movie with AA batteries - OLYMPUS SP-620UZ

Olympus Imaging Corporation is pleased to announce the OLYMPUS SP-620UZ featuring 21x ultra-zoom lens that runs on AA batteries. It is scheduled to go on sale in Japan February 17th.

Main Features

  • .21x ultra-zoom from 25mm*1 wide-angle through to 525mm*1, and DUAL IS*2 to reduce hand shake and subject blur
  • .HD movie*3 (MPEG-4 AVC/H.264) and Multi-motion Movie IS features image stabilization to correct large amounts and slow blur 
  • AA batteries 
The SP-620UZ is a digital camera equipped with a high-magnification zoom lens that covers a remarkably wide shooting range with focal lengths ranging from 25mm wide-angle to 525mm telephoto.
Thanks to its advanced optical expertise, Olympus has been able to incorporate in a compact, palm-size camera the same high-powered super-telephoto capability that normally makes SLR cameras so bulky and heavy. Because it is so small, this camera is an ideal travelling companion, offering the power of a full-size camera and lenses without increasing the amount of luggage. The SP-620UZ is an easy-to-use "all-in-one" camera that makes it possible anyone to enjoy the pleasure of advanced photography.

5x optical wide-zoom and HD movie with fantastic flash - OLYMPUS VG-170

Plenty of compact cameras promise to make your world brighter, but only the Olympus VG-170 has the best-in-class flash to back up that claim. The flash on the new VG Series flagship is nearly twice as powerful as on a regular compact camera, which means it can light up faces and objects up to fully 15 metres away. In Long Flash Mode, it'll even automatically adjust ISO sensitivity to make sure your camera is set up just right for low light. It's this sort of practical, user-friendly feature that makes the VG Series a pleasure to use on a day-to-day basis, no matter how little you know about cameras. Compact, convenient and fantastic value for money, the top-of-the-range VG-170 is the perfect choice for anyone who just wants to point and shoot - and let their camera do the rest. With 14 Megapixels, a 5x wide optical zoom, big 3" LCD and a host of automatic features and effects, you can be sure you'll get a quality photo or movie every time.  

Matchless flash The flash is the most commonly used function on compact cameras*, so it's surprising how little attention it gets. A great flash can make a huge difference to the quality of your photos - in low light, it's often the difference between getting the shot you want and getting no shot at all. The flash on the new Olympus VG-170 is massive, especially for an inexpensive camera. It's roughly four times more powerful than its nearest rival, which means it has twice the range (the VG-170's guide number is 8.7 compared to 4 to 5.6 for regular digital compacts). The VG-170 can light up people or buildings fully 15 metres away on the wide-angle setting. What's more, in Long Flash Mode, the camera automatically trades off Megapixels against ISO sensitivity to give you the perfect light setting. At five Megapixels instead of the usual 14, you can still blow up your photo to A4 size without losing that trademark Olympus picture quality.  

Effortless imaging The VG-170 comes with a 5x wide optical zoom lens (26mm-130mm**) that gives you the flexibility you need in a variety of everyday situations. Whether you're zooming in for a close-up or taking a wider, more expansive scene, you can frame your shot quickly and easily on the big 3" LCD. If you have wobbly hands, Digital Image Stabilisation steadies the camera while a host of automatic aids like i-Auto, Face Detection and AF Tracking make sure you have the ideal settings for the conditions. You don't have to do a thing. Your photos come out bright and sharp and your movies are recorded in High Definition, which makes for great viewing on a big HD TV. You can even display 3D photos on regular TVs, computers or digital photo frames - simply by turning on the new Red & Cyan 3D feature before you take the picture. If you want to get creative on-camera, there's a choice of nine Magic Filter effects that work at the touch of a button. And if you like sharing your images online with family and friends, that's just as easy as everything else on the VG-170. Thanks to wireless Eye-Fi card compatibility, it's also cable-free.  

Outstanding features:  
Image Quality:
  • 5x wide optical zoom lens (26-130mm**) for effortless close-ups and wide-angle shots 
  • 720p HD Movie with sound for capturing movies in excellent quality
  • 14 Megapixels for high-quality full-size movies, stills and prints 
  • Digital Image Stabilisation for reducing blur 

  • Eye-Fi Card compatibility for automatic wireless uploading of images to a website or PC 
  • 3" colour LCD (460,800 dots) for easily framing, reviewing and sharing shots
  • Face Detection and Shadow Adjustment Technology for capturing people's faces just as you want them
  • Intelligent Auto Mode (i-Auto) and AF Tracking for easy setting and focussing
  • Beauty Mode for hiding unwanted blemishes 
  • Scene Mode for automatic settings that suit specific conditions (e.g., Landscape, Night)  

Creativity & Flexibility:
  • Magic Filters for adding creative effects to HD movies and/or stills: Punk, Pop Art, Pin Hole, Drawing, Fish Eye, Soft Focus, Sparkle (photos only), Watercolour, Reflection
  • 3D photo shooting mode (Red & Cyan) for striking stills you can share on 2D devices  

Other key features:
  • Super-slim body for an attractive, highly portable design
  • [ib] software for browsing, organising and viewing images by person, place, location or event. I
  • SO 80 to 1600, with automatic adjustment in Long Flash Mode 
  • SDHC and SDXC memory card compatible 
  • Built-in smart flash
  • In-camera help guide 
  • USB battery charging
* In Europe and the United States, according to Olympus research.
** 35mm camera equivalent.
 *** SD is a trademark of SD Card Association. UHS Speed Class is not supported.

Perfect for travel and sports.24x optical ultra-zoom that fits in your pocket - The OLYMPUS SZ-14

Olympus Imaging Corporation is pleased to announce the OLYMPUS SZ-14, a compact digital camera that is perfect for travel and sports events. It features 24x ultra-zoom lens, DUAL IS*1, and HD movies*2. It is scheduled to go on sale in Japan February.  

Main Features
1.14-Megapixel CCD*3, 24x optical zoom lens, DUAL IS to reduce picture blur, and Multi-motion function for stabilizing the image during movie shooting while walking
2.Magic Filters*4 can be recorded in HD movie (MPEG-4 AVC / H.264)
3.3-inch, 460K dots High-resolution LCD monitor to enjoy viewing photos you just took

The OLYMPUS SZ Series is a digital camera that is perfect for travel and sports events. Thanks to its advanced optical expertise, Olympus has been able to incorporate in a compact, palm-size camera the same high-powered super-telephoto capability that normally makes SLR cameras so bulky and heavy. Because it is so small, this camera is an ideal travelling companion, offering the power of a full-size camera and lenses without increasing the amount of luggage. The SZ Series is an easy-to-use "all-in-one" camera that makes it possible anyone to enjoy the pleasure of advanced photography.

The active gear of the toughest models now features "iHS technology" OLYMPUS Tough TG-820 OLYMPUS Tough TG-620

Olympus Imaging Corporation is pleased to announce the OLYMPUS Tough TG-820 and TG-620 compact digital camera that incorporates waterproof, shockproof, freezeproof. It is scheduled to go on sale in Japan March (TG-820) and February (TG-620), 2012.
"OLYMPUS Tough TG-820"

"OLYMPUS Tough TG-620"

Main Features 1.Toughest performance such as waterproof*1, shockproof*2, and freezeproof*3 2."iHS" technology, 12-megapixel*4 backlit CMOS sensor and the powerful image processor of OLYMPUS PEN 3.Magic Filters*5 and Beauty mode*6/Beauty make

New interchangeable lenses for Micro Four Thirds system M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm F1.8, M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm F2.8 Macro under development

Olympus Imaging Corporation is developing two new interchangeable lens units for Micro Four Thirds system cameras. These lenses will be launched by the end of the year 2012.

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 75mm F1.8 lens has a very bright, large F1.8 aperture in a beautiful full-metal design. This lens is great for portrait photography.

The M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 60mm F2.8 Macro lens has excellent close-up shooting capability, in a dust-/ splash-proof body. This lens is ideal for nature photography. The design mock-up of these lenses will be exhibited at CP+ in Yokohama, Japan, February 9-12, 2012.  

OLYMPUS OM-D - A New Generation System Camera

Opens the way for a new style of interchangeable-lens digital camera with high-performance electronic viewfinder
Olympus Imaging Corporation is pleased to announce the introduction of the OLYMPUS OM-D, a new generation system camera compliant with the Micro Four Thirds System standard, scheduled for release in late March 2012.  

Main Features

  • Compact, lightweight body in the tradition of the famous OM Series: Made of magnesium alloy and enhanced with the same dust-/splash-proof capability already proven with the E-5 camera 
  • 16.05-megapixel new Live MOS Sensor and TruePic VI image processing engine for high image quality and high sensitivity
  • Electronic viewfinder with high image quality and high functionality that enables real-time checking of various shooting conditions
  • World's first*1 5-axis image stabilization to compensate for camera shake of any kind during both still photo and movie shooting 
  • World's fastest*2 FAST AF autofocusing system plus 3D tracking for improved moving object tracking performance 
 *1 As of February 8, 2012. Among interchangeable lens cameras. Except the electric image stabilization system

*2 As of February 8, 2012. Among interchangeable lens digital cameras on the market. The time from the moment the OLYMPUS OM-D combined with the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 12-50mm f3.5-6.3 EZ that is set to a focal length of 35mm (70mm: 35mm camera equivalent) and focused at the infinite position starts autofocusing on a subject at a distance of 1 meter until it focuses on it and starts exposure. According to Olympus's in-house test conditions.  

New Lenses from Pentax at CP+ 2012 with lens images

PENTAX to Exhibit 7 Reference Products at CP+ 2012 Camera and Imaging Show

PENTAX RICOH IMAGING COMPANY, LTD. is pleased to announce the exhibition of seven reference products — interchangeable lenses and camera accessories currently under development — at CP+ 2012, one of the largest and most comprehensive camera and imaging shows in Asia. This annual event will be held from February 9th to 12th at the PACIFIC YOKOHAMA convention center in Japan.
Reference Products

1 Interchangeable lens for medium-format digital SLR camera

 Model name (tentative): smc PENTAX-D FA645 90mm F2.8

  • Unifocal medium-telephoto lens for use with the PENTAX 645D
  • Focal length ideal for portraiture and high-quality image reproduction with beautiful bokeh (out-of-focus) effect
  • Market launch scheduled for 2012


2 Interchangeable lenses for K mount digital cameras

Model name (tentative): smc PENTAX-DA 560mm F5.6

  • Unifocal super-telephoto lens for use with K mount interchangeable-lens digital cameras
  • Sharp, well-defined images — particularly with distant subjects — thanks to the adoption of optics used in astronomical telescopes
  • Market launch scheduled for 2012 


Model name (tentative): smc PENTAX-DA 50mm F1.8

  • Unifocal standard lens for use with K mount interchangeable-lens digital cameras
  • Maximum aperture of F1.8 for high-quality images with a superb rendition of depth and natural bokeh (out-of-focus) effect
  • Market launch scheduled for 2012



Tuesday, February 7, 2012

New Canon EOS 5D Mark X to Come Feb 28th?.

Image and additional info from
Rumors a-buzz with the Canon response to the D800, a new 5D, with a tentative name of 5D Mark X following in its bigger brothers footsteps for naming, it is said to have a price point of $2700 and be on the shelves in April.
Specs are a little faint right now but from potential images of a unit being tested on a safari in Africa show a redesigned grip and some new button layouts. MP to be higher for sure, but how high is the question. More advanced video functions also to be expected as the series has become known more for its video function than excellent still image quality.
Image and additional info from
RUMORED specs:
  • DIGIC 5 processor
  • at least 22 mp
  • up to 6.9 FPS
  • 61pt AF

The New Pentax "Adventure Proof" Optio WG-2

With the Pentax Optio Water-proof line scoring constant high marks and possible seconded by he Olympus Tough in some specs, they have a history of producing one heck of a nice compact life-proof camera that you don't have to worry if its wet, hot, cold or dusty, it just works and produces nice images. We here at P3 have tested the Optio Wp-WG line throughout the years and constantly love them. Here is hoping this continues the tradition of greatness...

From Pentax:

The toughest PENTAX outdoor camera yet, the new WG-2 is more resilient, more advanced and ready for any adventure. It's now waterproof to 40 feet, shockproof from 5 feet and cold-proof to 14°. Take your adventures to new heights - and new lows - with the PENTAX WG-2.

  • Higher resolution with a 16MP backlit CMOS sensor
  • Brighter with 6 LED macro lights
  • Wider 3" LCD screen
  • Full HD (H.264) and high-speed camera mode
  • Rugged ergonomic body
  • GPS model with more location and logging capabilities
Full specs and Release after the jump...

Nikon D800 produces stunning video, Samples HERE

With great broadcast quality video output, a mic and headphone jack on camera for quick integrated audio and the power of famous Nikkor lenses the D800 shows its might against the likes of the Canon 5D Mark II in the cross over camera-video market. Combine this with the HDMI out for remote monitoring HD content this will set the new bar for the market for sure.

Check out this video shot all with the new D800

Joy Ride by Sandro:

Joy Ride from Sandro on Vimeo.

Behind the Scenes look at the making of Joy Ride with the Nikon D800:

Joy Ride - Behind the Scenes from Sandro on Vimeo.

CRU-DataPort Introduces UltraDock™ v5 with USB 3.0 Connectivity VANCOUVER, WA – February 7, 2012 –Accessing data from bare hard drives is now

CRU-DataPort/WiebeTech announce the launch of their UltraDock v5 hardware device that will provide access to data on bare 2.5” and 3.5” SATA and 3.5” IDE hard drives via five host interface connections (USB 3.0/2.0, eSATA, FireWire 800/400 host interfaces). The product is ideal for photographers because they may use the device to quickly access archived drives. 

 Faster, smarter and more affordable with UltraDock v5 from CRU-DataPort. UltraDock v5 is an aluminum constructed hardware device that allows access to data on bare 2.5” and 3.5” SATA and 3.5” IDE hard drives via five host interface connections including USB 3.0. UltraDock v5 has a user friendly menu, LCD screen and access to S.M.A.R.T drive data, which makes it the most versatile drive dock from CRU-DataPort.
5 Host Interfaces
SATA and IDE drive ports
UltraDock v5       

Canon Updates PowerShot Elph Series

New PowerShot Lineup Enables Photographers To Stay Connected While Capturing Legendary Canon Image Quality

Highlighted Features include Wi-Fi, Powerful Optical Zoom and Ruggedness

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 7, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced the addition of four PowerShot digital cameras: the ELPH 530 HS, ELPH 320 HS, SX260 HS, and D20. Photographers no longer have to sacrifice image quality for the ability to instantly share images and videos with the use of the PowerShot ELPH 530 HS and ELPH 320 HS Wi-Fi enabled cameras. The PowerShot SX260 HS camera puts Canon's amazing optical reach into a pocket sized camera, with a 20x optical zoom (25mm to 500mm) letting you pull subjects in close. Designed for the adventurous photographer looking to take spectacular photos, the rugged PowerShot D20 camera is ideally suited for the backpacker, snowboarder or tropical-traveler.
"Canon wants to help people capture the best images possible with the ability to quickly and easily share them with the world. With new PowerShot features such as Wi-Fi connectivity, people can quickly upload and share images on social networks," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "Whether it's a powerful zoom, Wi-Fi or waterproof features, our new PowerShot lineup empowers people to be creative with their photography. There are good enough images and there are great images, we always aim to help people capture the best images."

Canon's Re-Designed PowerShot A-series

Capture Life's Unexpected Moments In Superb Image Quality With Canon U.S.A.'s New, Easy To Use And Re-Designed PowerShot A-series Cameras

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 7, 2011 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced six PowerShot A-series digital cameras with improved operability that produce outstanding images and feature a high-quality, stylish re-design in a variety of fashionable colors. Canon's PowerShot A-series models have been instrumental for entry-level users in learning the joys of photography and these new models continue this tradition with features such as 16-megapixel sensor, 720p HD video capture and a 28mm wide-angle lens to capture images of large groups at a family function or of a child on the playground.

More D800 and D899E specs, highlights and photos

Highlights of the Nikon D800 and Nikon D800E:
·         36.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS Sensor
·         91,000 pixel 3D Matrix Metering system with Advanced Scene Recognition System
·         1080p HD video with manual control
·         Headphone jack, and uncompressed HDMI out
·         Enhanced 51 pt AF system
·         4 fps full resolution, 6 fps DX-mode with MBD-12 battery pack
·         ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 50 (Lo-1)-25,600 (Hi-2)
·         Magnesium alloy for maximum durability
·         Dual card slots / CF and SD
·         Nikon D800 will be available in late March for $2999.95, and the Nikon D800E will be available in mid-April for $3299.95

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Launch 3D Demo

Full Specs after jump...

New Canon 27-70mm F2.8 L II USM, 24mm and 28mm F2.8 IS USM

Canon U.S.A. Continues The Tradition Of Incredible Optical Quality With The Introduction Of Three New Lenses

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., February 7, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, today announced two new versions of its coveted Wide Angle Lenses and a new version of its popular 24-70mm Standard Zoom Lens for professionals and photo enthusiasts. The new EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM, EF 24mm f/2.8 IS USM and EF 28mm f/2.8 IS USM lenses use a rear focusing system, high-speed CPU, and a powerful ring-type Ultra Sonic Motor (USM) with optimized AF algorithms for faster auto focusing and sharp images. With large apertures these new lenses deliver beautiful, soft backgrounds for superior image quality.

"Our heritage is our optics with over 70 years of expertise, we look to continually further our promise to our users and deliver the ultimate image quality," said Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies & Communications Group, Canon U.S.A. "These new lenses are powerful tools for photographic and video enthusiasts to pair with Canon cameras to help enable and enhance their creative vision."

Nikon d800 samples and video

D800 Samples HERE
D800e samples HERE
Nikon d800 mini site
Preview at DPReview

New Nikon D800 with 36mp!

Expectations Surpassed: The 36.3-Megapixel Nikon D800 Is The Multimedia HD-SLR That Shatters Conventional Resolution Barriers For Maximum Fidelity

The New Nikon D800 Offers Unrivaled Resolution and Features Designed for a Variety of Demanding Professional Photographic and Multimedia Disciplines, Videographers and Filmmakers

MELVILLE, N.Y. (Feb 6, 2012) – Today, imaging leader Nikon Inc. announced the highly anticipated D800 HD-SLR, engineered to provide extreme resolution, astounding image quality and valuable video features optimized for professional still and multimedia photographers and videographers. A camera with an unmatched balance of accuracy, functionality and image quality, the Nikon D800 realizes innovations such as a high resolution 36.3-megapixel FX-format CMOS sensor, a 91,000-pixel RGB Matrix Metering System, Advanced Scene Recognition System and many other intuitive features designed to create the preeminent device for the most demanding photo and video applications.

Whether shooting high fashion, weddings or multimedia content, Nikon’s highest resolution sensor to date, a groundbreaking new 36.3-megapixel (7360 x 4912 resolution) FX-format CMOS sensor, affords flexibility and astonishing image quality to satisfy a myriad of client requests. The Nikon D800 incorporates the latest 91,000-pixel 3D Color Matrix Metering III and the Advanced Scene Recognition System, coupled with an improved 51-point AF system for images with amazing sharpness, color and clarity. With its compact, lightweight D-SLR form factor and extensive video feature set, the D800 allows photographers to transition to multimedia to create an immersive story. Professional videographers will appreciate practical features that go beyond NIKKOR lens compatibility and Full HD 1080p video, such as full manual control, uncompressed HDMI output, and incredible low-light video capability. With this innovative combination of features, the D800 celebrates resourcefulness and a dedication to the flawless execution of an epic creative vision. All of this is driven by Nikon’s latest EXPEED 3™ image processing engine, providing the necessary processing power to fuel amazing images with faithful color, a wide dynamic range and extreme resolution.

Monday, February 6, 2012

NEW Tamron 24-70mm F2.8 with VC and USD


New Super Performance full-frame zoom lens features class-leading resolution and Tamron's proprietary VC (Vibration Compensation)

February 6, 2012, Saitama, Japan Tamron Co., Ltd. (President & CEO: Morio Ono / Headquarters: Saitama City), a leading manufacturer of optical equipment, announced the development of the SP 24-70mm F/2.8 Di VC USD (Model A007), the world's first1 full-size high-speed standard zoom lens equipped with VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive)[2], with resolution at the top of its class. The lens will be developed for Canon, Nikon and Sony mounts. A release date has not been announced.
Product Features

1. World's first full-size, high-speed standard zoom with built-in VC (Vibration Compensation)[3]. Even when shooting in low-light conditions with a slow shutter speed to render sharpness, Tamron's acclaimed VC allows for stable handheld camera work, to more fully enjoy the benefits of this high-speed zoom lens.
2. Uses specialized high-grade glass in the three LD elements, three Glass Molded Aspherical Lenses, one Hybrid Aspherical Lens and two XR (Extra Refractive Index) glasses, delivering top-of-the-class quality images suited to this high-grade lens. Using a rounded diaphragm[4], the lens achieves gorgeous blur effects.
3. Features USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) to power a speedy AF drive together with a continuous manual mechanism.
4. This high-speed standard zoom lens has a wide-end focal length of 24mm that expands the photographic area.
5. The lens adopts the new technology including the latest optical design, VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization and USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive), all in a lighter and more compact package.
6. Moisture-resistant construction helps prevent water from penetrating the lens.

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Nikon D4 Hands-On Sneak Peek

With all the news from Pentax I had to find something else for all you non pentax users, well here you go, Nikon D4 Hands-On Sneak Peek from TheCameraStoreTV


Video on new Pentax K-01

Video Interview with Pentax's K-01 designer Marc Newson

And a quick Hands on Video 

Official release date and Price for Fuji X-Pro1

FUJIFILM Announces pricing for REVOLUTIONARY

Valhalla, N.Y., February 2, 2012 – Following the introduction of its newest and most advanced addition to its X-Series line-up during the 2012 International CES in Las Vegas last month – the revolutionary FUJIFILM X-Pro1 interchangeable lens digital camera system – FUJIFILM North America Corporation today confirmed its pricing.

The FUJIFILM X-Pro1 has a brand new, custom developed 16MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensorTM that incorporates a newly developed filter array and Fujifilm’s proprietary EXR Processor technology that delivers extraordinary image resolution, clarity and beauty that will rival currently available mid and high-end DSLR models. The FUJIFILM X-Pro1 also features a New 2nd Generation Hybrid Multi Viewfinder and three prime interchangeable FUJINON lenses.

Pricing for the FUJIFILM X-Pro1 interchangeable lens digital camera system is as follows:

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