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Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Think Tank Photo to Release Airport 4-Sight Four-Wheel Rolling Camera Bag

Santa Rosa, Calif. – Think Tank Photo announces that in May it will release its first four- wheeled rolling camera bag, the Airport 4-Sight™. The Airport 4-Sight meets international airline carry-on standards. The roller’s weight has been reduced dramatically through innovative design and by a strict focus on the features that photographers find most beneficial.

With professional photography gear not getting any lighter, Think Tank set out to design a more ergonomic roller to reduce fatigue and strain on traveling photographers. Walking a four-wheeler alongside one’s self is easier than pulling it behind or carrying it over a shoulder. Putting the bags weight on four-wheels eliminates arm strain and makes rolling effortless.

Tiffen Software News

Tiffen Proudly Introduces Digital Film Tools
Tiffen, the leader in still and moving image filter and effects software, is proud to introduce Digital Film Tools software. 
Using their understanding of photography, film and video editing, and in particular visual effects, Digital Film Tools software titles are useful as well as easy to use for still and moving image editing. Designed to stand up to the rigors of production, Digital Film Tools is the culmination of many years of experience. With over 13 different plug-ins for still and moving images, we're sure you'll find tools that make it even easier to share your creative vision.
Digital Film Tools software work with a number of different host software including:
  • Apple® Final Cut® Pro X
  • Apple® Final Cut® Pro 6/7
  • Avid Systems®
  • Adobe® Creative Suite® 4, 5 & 6 including:
    • Adobe Premiere®, Adobe Lightroom®, Adobe After Effects® & Adobe Photoshop®

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Hasselblad USA and Bron Imaging Group announce agreement to merge U.S. operations

4/04/2012 Combined company will be known as Hasselblad Bron Inc.

Hasselblad USA Inc. (, the U.S. distributor of Hasselblad professional camera systems and Bron Imaging Group Inc.(, distributor of professional photographic equipment, today announced an agreement through which the two companies will merge their operations in the U.S., effective immediately, creating a combined company known as Hasselblad Bron Inc..

The combined company will leverage the strengths of two of the professional photo industry's leading distributors, and allow the sales, marketing and customer support divisions to provide higher levels of service. The transaction will combine Hasselblad USA and Bron Imaging's distribution channels and sales forces. Additionally, customer support, repair operations, marketing and administration will be combined into a single operation. The partnership is an expansion of an existing two-year marketing relationship between the companies, through which the companies worked closely together to develop their brands in the professional photography market.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Think Tank Photo to Release the Retrospective 7 The Perfect Photography Shooter’s Bag holds an iPad or MacBook Air

Santa Rosa, Calif. – Think Tank Photo announces that in May it will release its new Retrospective® 7 shoulder camera bag in three color options.  Designed for standard DSLR systems, its classic design along with modern improvements create the perfect shooter’s bag.  This lightweight shoulder bag comes in fabrics that offer a sense of “retro” style that appeals to many. A rear pocket has been designed to hold an iPad or an 11” MacBook Air. 


Today, Nikon announced the new 24.2-megapixel Nikon D3200 HD-SLR for photo enthusiasts ready to step up to a D-SLR. Easy to use and easy to share, the Nikon D3200 includes Nikon’s acclaimed Guide Mode and adds wireless connectivity to mobile devices with the optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter.

Please find a few highlights on the Nikon D3200 below. Also included are links to the full press releases and high resolution images 

Highlights of the Nikon D3200:
·         24.2-megapixel DX-format CMOS sensor
·         Full HD (1080p) video recording with fulltime AF, manual exposure control and stereo sound via a microphone input jack
·         Optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter lets users remotely control the Nikon D3200 and transfer photos for sharing from Android platform smartphones and tablets
·         Intuitive Guide Mode to walk users through key camera functions and settings
·         4 fps high-speed continuous shooting at full resolution
·         Standard ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to ISO 12,800
·         EXPEED 3 Image Processing and an 11-point AF system that works with Nikon’s Scene Recognition System
·         The Nikon D3200 outfit with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens will be available in late April for $699.95 SRP
·         The optional WU-1a Wireless Mobile Adapter will be available in late May for $59.95 SRP

Nikon D3200 Image Gallery –
Nikon D3200 Product Page –

More after the jump...


Nikon added to its popular lineup of FX-format f/1.8 prime lenses with the announcement of the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G lens to offer stunning sharpness and wide-angle versatility for both photos and HD videos.

Please find a few highlights on the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G lens below. 

Highlights of the AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G:
·         Fast f/1.8 prime lens designed for shooting stills or recording HD video in low-light situations
·         Engineered for Nikon FX-format D-SLRs (42mm focal length equivalent when mounted on DX-format D-SLRs)
·         The AF-S NIKKOR 28mm f/1.8G lens will be available in late May for $699.95 SRP

  Lens Image Gallery –

Tamron 18-200mm Di IIi VC for sony e-mount mirrorless cameras wins TIPA AWARDS 2012

Tamron 18-200mm Di IIi VC All-in-one zoom lens for sony e-mount mirrorless camera series wins TIPA AWARDS 2012 "BEST CSC[1] ENTRY LEVEL LENS"

April 18, 2012, Commack, NY -Tamron Co. Ltd. (President and CEO: Morio Ono / Headquarters: Saitama) a leading manufacturer of optical equipment, announced that the 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC (Model B011) all-in-one zoom lens for the E-mount of Sony mirrorless interchangeable-lens camera series has been awarded the TIPA AWARD / BEST CSC ENTRY LEVEL LENS Award.
The lens was acclaimed by the chief editors and technical editors of camera and imaging magazines who comprise TIPA as a compact, light, and easy to use high-power zoom lens.
This year marks the second consecutive year that a Tamron lens has been awarded by TIPA, following the SP 70-300mm Di VC USD (Model A005) last year.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Capture One Training Featuring Mamiya Leaf

Mamiya Leaf Training & Open House Thursday, April 19th: 9:30am-5pm, New York City

Mamiya Leaf and Digital Transitions are excited to announce our upcoming Mamiya Leaf Open House & Service Check. Bring your current and old Leaf digital backs for a free service check, receive Capture One Training tailored to Mamiya Leaf digital back users, and see the latest technology from Mamiya Leaf and Profoto. Interested in upgrading to Mamiya Leaf? Stop by anytime for hands-on demos.

All about F-Stops , how to set them and what do they do

Found this great video explaining f-stops and what they do...

 and another one here:

Friday, April 6, 2012


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

April 5, 2012, Commack, NY Tamron USA, Inc. announced 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, will be available starting April 26, 2012 in Canon mount with Nikon mount following. Delivery of the Sony mount version has not been released.
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, April 5, 2012


LUMIX GF5 features a newly developed 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor and incorporates a variety of shooting options to enhance photography experience

Panasonic today announced a new digital interchangeable lens system camera, the LUMIX DMC-GF5, which joins Panasonic’s award-winning LUMIX G Series of digital cameras, which are acclaimed for their high image quality with small and compact body and lenses.  The LUMIX GF5 features a newly developed 12.1-megapixel Live MOS sensor and redesigned Venus Engine, helping to ensure true-to-life images through exceptional resolution, image rendering and color reproduction.  Even in low-light situations and at a maximum 12800 high ISO sensitivity, the LUMIX GF5 produces stunning photos and videos.  The noise reduction system includes a combination 3DNR (3D Noise Reduction) and MNR (Multi-process Noise Reduction) allowing for both bright areas and dark areas to be faithfully reproduced with minimal noise in high sensitivity image recording. 

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

No Compromise Photography Workshops - PODAS

Take your passion for photography to a whole new level with a PODAS workshop. PODAS workshops are the most unique photography workshops being offered today. We offer an all- inclusive, worry-free opportunity to photograph some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world with some of the most recognized and distinguished photographic instructors . Learn more »

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Sigma Corporation of America’s 50-150mm F2.8 APO EX DC OS HSM now available

Newly designed telephoto zoom lens with Sigma’s own Optical Stabilizer system at street price of $1099

 Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, is pleased to announce that its newly upgraded 50-150mm F2.8 APO EX DC OS HSM telephoto lens is now available for the street price of $1,099.

The 50-150mm F2.8 APO EX DC OS HSM telephoto lens is the successor to the 50-150mm F2.8 APO EX DC II HSM. The updated lens now features Sigma’s own proprietary Optical Stabilizer (OS) technology, which offers the use of shutter speeds approximately four stops slower than would otherwise be possible. The lens design utilizes an inner-focusing and inner-zooming system that provides convenient handling and this, along with the OS feature, makes it favorable for high-performance, handheld, close-up photography. Additionally, the Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensures quiet and high-speed auto focusing, while allowing full-time manual focus capability.

Monday, April 2, 2012

Lensbaby Announces Availability of Composer® Pro for Mirrorless Cameras

Now the Composer Pro delivers ultra-smooth creative control for photographers with Micro 4/3rds, Sony α NEX and Samsung NX cameras too
Portland, OR – April 2, 2012 - Lensbaby announces its popular SLR creative effects camera lens, the Composer Pro, is now also available for Micro 4/3rds cameras (including Panasonic Lumix™ G Micro System and Olympus PEN®), Sony® α NEX, and Samsung NX cameras. The Composer Pro for mirrorless cameras is compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap® System and ships with the Double Glass Optic installed.
The Composer Pro, launched in March 2011, refined and enhanced the popular and award winning Lensbaby Composer® by upgrading the swivel ball and focus mechanism to provide professional performance.  The Composer Pro’s metal swivel ball design and refined focus mechanism deliver ultra-smooth focus and tilt control.  The updated focus mechanism features a fluid and accurate dampened focus ring comparable to the focus mechanisms of the highest quality professional manual focus lenses.  This smooth, fluid operation makes the Composer Pro the perfect choice for discerning professional photographers and videographers who want to create ground-breaking creative imagery – and now they can do so with their mirrorless cameras as well. 

Vision Research Introduces the Versatile Phantom Miro M320S Compact Digital High-Speed Camera

New Phantom Miro M320S Designed for a Variety of Applications
From Scientific Research to Creative Media 

Vision Research, the leading manufacturer of digital high-speed imaging systems, presents the Phantom® Miro® M320S digital high-speed camera, which takes portable high-speed imaging to the next level by combining the lightweight, rugged design of Vision Research’s latest Miro family with advanced features not found on any other camera in its class.

“Our new M320S follows Vision Research’s Miro M-Series tradition in versatility by adapting to many imaging applications,” comments Rick Robinson, Division VP Marketing, Vision Research. “With precise control over resolution, frame rate, exposure time, and trigger point, this camera is an ideal tool for everyone from scientists and engineers to professionals in TV production and new media applications. The advanced features and small, lightweight form factor make the Miro M320S the most accessible and adaptable Phantom high-speed digital camera available today.”

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