Phase One has launched a new web site dedicated to the user experience of its customers and new visitors. The site’s greatly improved usability offers easier access to information and tools to help professionals and other discerning photographers achieve the highest image quality results.
Photogenic Professional Lighting has extended its popular rebates until May 15, 2012 on their popular models and kits from the Solair™, PowerLight®, and StudioMax® III series. With the rebates, consumers can save up to $250 on lighting and accessories.
Satechi has announced the availability of the new Camera Holder and Mount for DSLR, point-and-shoot, pocket camcorders and video cameras. The user-friendly and compact Camera Mount and Holder is the ideal solution for on-the-go photography. The Satechi Camera Holder and Mount caters to the mobile photography trend and allows users to easily record, share and capture personal everyday moments.
A wider palette of creative options is now accessible to more shooters with the Alpha-57 camera, the newest addition to Sony’s popular line of A-mount cameras employing Translucent Mirror Technology.
A successor to Sony’s Alpha-55 camera, the Alpha-57 can shoot still images at up to 12 frames per second, capture full HD video at 60p, 60i or 24p frame rates and has a variety of creative modes including Auto Portrait Framing, a world’s first technology.
Simply Color Lab, Inc. is adding to its color lab division with Simply MetalTM Prints and Standouts. The company, which provides print services including canvas, paper prints and press-printed products to professional photographers, guarantees the new lines of Fine Art Prints are produced with the same top-of-line quality that Simply Color Lab’s clients have come to expect.
It was 25 years ago that LumiQuest came on the scene with its original product—the LumiQuest Pocket Bouncer. And it still remains one of the most popular LumiQuest products in the world. LumiQuest was co-founded in 1987 by Quest Couch and Heidi Kenny as a result of their Audio Visual Production company, which required Quest to be on-location shooting for clients. “This type of photography was fast-paced and required being prepared for a variety of different lighting situations,” Quest explains. “At the time, I often carried several Vivitar 283s and their metal bracket with a bounce card, which was bulky and cumbersome to pack”.
The new super wide angle Distagon T* f/2.8 15mm lens for Canon and Nikon mounts is neither lightweight nor inexpensive (1.6 lb for Nikon, 1.8 lb for Canon mount, $2950) but what you get from this manual focus lens is exceptional image quality and facility that is perhaps unmatched by any other lens in its focal length class. With a 95mm filter thread and integral and fully compatible lens shade, the lens offers an extraordinary 110-degree angle of view that is pleasure to work with on a wide variety of subjects. The fast f/2.8 aperture is matched on the narrow end by a minimum aperture of f/22, which at 15mm means there’s potential for extraordinary depth of field effects using the 10-inch closest focusing range. While decidedly not a portrait lens, the 15mm is ideal for landscape, street photography and creative advertising work, as well as architectural and urban photography, as I discovered in mybrief time working with it.
Three new Lightroom 4 Preset Packs are now available from the onOne Marketplace. These preset packs have been developed with the new Lightroom 4, released earlier this week, to take advantage of its new and improved Develop Module tools and to help photographers work more quickly and easily while expanding their creative options.
Nicole Young Film Presets for Lightroom 4– Developed by Nicole Young, lifestyle and food photographer, this pack of presets takes images back in time. Hints of film grain with touches of contrast and cross processing add a beautiful retro feel to portraits, landscapes, or any image.
collagesDesigner 2.0 is the newest free Album and Book design software available for Collages.net customers. This brand new program enables you to quickly create professionally designed and highly personalized albums and books. Choose your product, a folder of images, and then click Autoflow to watch your images be carefully inserted into a clean, professional design! Review the design, export a proof, share with your customers, and place your order! It is that simple.
Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) announced the availability of Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 4 software for Mac OS and Windows. Lightroom is the essential digital photography workflow solution helping amateur and professional photographers quickly import, manage, enhance and showcase their images. First released as a public beta in January 2012, the final version of Lightroom 4 is now available for US$149 for the full version and US$79 for the upgrade, providing an incredible value for photographers. Lightroom 4 introduces refined technology for superior shadow and highlight processing, ability to create photo books, additional local adjustment controls, and enhanced video support.
On the 25th anniversary of its world-renowned EOS System, Canon U.S.A., Inc.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.
The 2012 Phase One Digital Artist Series (PODAS) international photography workshops are now open for enrollment. Each of the ten all-inclusive photo excursions is limited to less than 25 participants. All feature a hands-on learning environment amidst breathtaking surroundings, and for the first time, French and German speaking workshops have been arranged.
Unique to PODAS, each participant will be loaned a 60-megapixel IQ160 camera system for the workshop duration. The system comprises a Phase One 645DF camera body and IQ160 back. A full set of Phase One lenses will also be available. Participants will receive a copy of Capture One Pro software, as well as several final 30x40 prints of their work and a camera bag. Ambitious shooting excursions will be complemented by seminars on topics ranging from visualization to composition, capture, workflow and presentation.
Nikon Instruments Inc. has announced that April 30th is the deadline for
photomicrographers, scientists, artists, and the public to submit
images for the 38th annual Nikon Small World competition, as well as
the 2nd annual Nikon Small World in Motion contest.
The oldest and most respected competition of its kind, Nikon Small
World celebrates the world's best photomicrographers, who successfully
find the intersection of art and science under the microscope by using
a variety of sophisticated microscopy techniques.
MAC Group announced a $25 mail-in rebate for U.S. customers that purchase a new PocketWizard MiniTT1 and/or FlexTT5 radio for use with Canon or Nikon DSLR camera systems from April 1, 2012 to May 31, 2012. Via mail-in rebate, purchasers will receive $25 for each unit purchased from an Authorized PocketWizard Dealer in the U.S.
Delkin Devices announces their newest CompactFlash memory card, boasting enhanced performance features that cater to high definition video and RAW DSLR files produced in today's high-end cameras. The "Made in the U.S.A." 700X rated cards are unique in their impressive speed ratings, as well as their domestic origin. This card is engineered and built in Delkin's Poway, CA based facility with carefully controlled components and design. These qualities guarantee seamless compatibility with today's leading edge imaging equipment and ensure consistently superior performance.