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Friday, March 2, 2012


LONDON, UK (March 2, 2012) – Canon today extends its range of acclaimed accessories, unveiling a number of new models designed to offer enhanced flexibility and new creative control to its professional and mid-range EOS Digital SLRs.

Sitting at the top of Canon's range, the Speedlite 600EX-RT is Canon's first flash unit to feature inbuilt wireless radio connectivity and replaces the advanced Speedlite 580EX II. Partnering with the new Speedlite Transmitter ST-E3-RT , this new model offers enhanced opportunities for photographers wishing to explore creative lighting techniques. In addition, Canon is also launching the BG-E11 battery grip, Wireless File Transmitter WFT-E7 and GPS Receiver GP-E2, which complement the newly-announced EOS 5D Mark III – offering increased versatility across a range of shooting situations – from studio portraits to field-based shoots – with a compact lightweight and affordable configuration.

Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC PZD 15x All-in-one zoom lens receives hot one award From Professional Photographer magazine

Annual competition judged by 22 independent professional photographers  

March 1, 2012, Commack, NY -Tamron USA, Inc. announced that it has won Professional Photographer magazine's Hot One Award for its 18-270mm Di II VC PZD (Model B008), the world's smallest and lightest 15x zoom lens, for the Telephoto Zoom Lens category.

The Tamron all-in-one 15X zoom lens produces high-quality images and is remarkably compact and lightweight even while incorporating Tamron's new Piezo Drive (PZD) autofocus drive system and a Vibration Compensation (VC) image stabilization mechanism that is even more compact than that used in the previous model B003.

 About The Hot One Awards "As one of the photo industry's biggest and most respected equipment competitions, the Hot One Awards represents the best new gear as chosen by a panel of independent professional photographers. This year's winners are a collection of innovative new products from a group of companies performing at the top of their game," said Jeff Kent, Hot One Editor, Professional Photographer magazine.

Canon U.S.A. Celebrates 25th Anniversary Of EOS System

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., March 2, 2012 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the launch of the Canon EOS camera system. This award-winning system, which has helped photographers worldwide capture memorable images, first debuted in March of 1987 with the introduction of the EOS 650 SLR camera and three interchangeable EF lenses.
Standing for "Electro Optical System," the EOS series first saw light in 1987 as the world's first fully electronic mount system, representing a new generation of AF SLR cameras. During the film-camera era, EOS SLR cameras garnered high acclaim from a wide range of users for innovative technologies and designs focused on Canon's key concepts of image quality and ease-of-use. During this period, Canon launched the top-of-the-line professional-model EOS-1 camera in 1989 and expanded its user base with the introduction of the compact, lightweight EOS Rebel in 1993.

Hasselblad Cameras Ship with Adobe Photoshop Lightroom

Hasselblad and Adobe announce an agreement to make medium format photography easier and more accessible to the world’s photographers. 
Hasselblad today announced an agreement with Adobe Systems Incorporated that, beginning on the 12th March 2012, all newly purchased medium format Hasselblad H4D cameras will include a fully functional copy of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® software at no extra charge. Under this agreement, Hasselblad is creating new opportunities for all lovers of medium format photography as well as for aspirational 35mm professionals, advanced amateurs and enthusiasts to perfect, search, process and organize their images in a single solution regardless of their experience or skill level.

Chris Russell-Fish, Hasselblad Global Sales and Marketing Director said: "Integrating the Adobe platform with Hasselblad is a ground-breaking step. Changing platforms is always a challenge for time-starved photographers and digital operators but now all users can have the excellence of a Hasselblad image file married to the functionality and ease of use of Adobe Lightroom."

Hasselblad customers who buy new medium format H4D cameras will receive Lightroom software with their new camera equipment at no additional cost.

Photo Basics by Westcott PocketBox featuring Erin Manning

Take incredible pictures with the first complete educational system for flash

 Westcott is excited to introduce the PocketBox, the first-ever compact flash system combined with education. The PocketBox includes: three size modifiers, a compact carry case and educational DVD.

The Round PocketBox is 8.5” wide, perfect for providing those round catch lights in the eyes. The Square PocketBox is 6” x 7” making it that perfect box for fill light while still maintaining that compact diffusion. The Rectangular PocketBox is 8” x 12”, the largest of the three which is ideal for portrait and couples.

The PocketBox modifiers are built with top-notch components featuring an ultra-reflective silver interior maximizing light output as well as a removable inner diffusion panel. The worry-free elastic strap and soft grip panels help safely secure the PocketBox to the flash. The durable black backing prevents light spill and the heavy-duty, flexible wire framework will allow your PocketBox to withstand much abuse.

Canon 5DMK3 previews lineup with Video overview

OK, everyone has something to say... We think its a nice camera from the specs side, but will it hold up to the mark2's high quality standard for video, and will it keep its ability to make beautiful stills? Better yet how will it stack up against the Nikon D800? who knows but here are a few hands on previews I found for you

Video from Cnet:

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Official: Canon 5D mark III Announced, Full Specs, Photos and more

Canon U.S.A. Announces the Highly Anticipated EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera

Featuring Improved Image Quality, a 61-Point High Density Reticular AF, Six fps High-Speed Continuous Shooting and Enhanced HD Video Recording Features

LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., March 2, 2012 – On the 25th anniversary of its world-renowned EOS System, Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging solutions, is proud to announce its latest model, the new EOS 5D Mark III Digital SLR Camera. Positioned between the extremely popular EOS 5D Mark II and Canon's top-of-the-line professional EOS-1D X model, the EOS 5D Mark III delivers superb image quality, thanks to a new 22.3-megapixel full-frame Canon CMOS sensor, a high-performance DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor, a 61-point High Density Reticular Autofocus (AF) System and six frames-per-second (fps) continuous shooting speed. Building upon the trailblazing success of the EOS 5D Mark II, the EOS 5D Mark III also incorporates enhanced video features for professionals in the fields of cinematography, television production and documentary filmmaking, including better noise reduction, longer recording times and a built-in headphone jack for audio monitoring. The EOS 5D Mark III is Canon's answer to hundreds of thousands of advanced amateurs and emerging professionals looking for a compact, high-quality camera system to help them achieve their artistic vision, whether it be through still or video imagery. The EOS 5D Mark III introduction coincides with Canon's 25th anniversary celebration of the EOS camera system. Canon's award-winning EOS system first debuted in March of 1987 with the introduction of the EOS 650 SLR camera and three EF lenses.
"We are extremely excited to announce the highly anticipated follow-up to our EOS 5D Mark II, a camera which has been called a 'game-changer' in most professional photography and videography circles. The EOS 5D Mark III will carry on that tradition, delivering better and more advanced features, helping our customers achieve excellent image quality for stills and video," stated Yuichi Ishizuka, executive vice president and general manager, Imaging Technologies and Communications Group, Canon U.S.A.
The EOS 5D Mark III inherits many features from Canon's recently announced flagship DSLR, the EOS-1D X, including a DIGIC 5+ Imaging Processor and a high-performance 61-point High Density Reticular AF array with up to 41 cross-type points and five dual cross-type points available, depending on the lens in use. The enhanced processing power enables fast continuous shooting of up to six fps, exceeding the speed of the EOS 5D Mark II model by more than 50 percent, and with improved weather resistance the EOS 5D Mark III is a serious option for sports and wildlife photographers.

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