The Dinkum Systems COMPACT lens shade ($34.95) is said to be the first shade of its kind for cameras with hot-shoe mounts. Boasting a professional-style aluminum shade and a sturdy flexible arm, the COMPACT lens shade is fast becoming an essential part of a photographer’s kit. Professional shooters love this accessory just as much as the serious amateur. DP Jim Surette replaced the bulky matte box in his pack with a super-light COMPACT lens shade on a recent shoot in the Himalayas, dealing with lens flare quickly and easily in a challenging environment.
Nikon Inc. has introduced both the COOLPIX AW110. Waterproof, shockproof and freeze proof, the AW110 is built to handle the elements, whether hiking up a mountain, hitting the slopes or riding the surf. Nikon’s newest tough camera also offers built-in Wi-Fi connectivity for sharing, Full HD 1080p video capabilities and a slew of advanced features that adventurers covet, including GPS and underwater shooting modes.
The new and updated Sigma lenses include the 30mm F1.4 DC HSM, which will be available in Sigma, Canon and Nikon mounts, and the 30mm F2.8 DN, 19mm F2.8 DN and 60mm F2.8 DN lenses, which are available for both Micro Four Thirds and Sony E-Mount camera systems. Pricing and availability on all of these lenses has yet to be announced.
Epson today announced a continuation of its “Finish Strong” advertising campaign, developed by M&C Saatchi Los Angeles, with a new photography contest. Photographers are invited to submit an idea for Epson’s next Finish Strong ad. The winner will receive either an opportunity to attend an actual photo shoot with world-renowned photographer Joe McNally or a $5,000 cash prize.
Sigma Corporation has announced the new SIGMA DP3 Merrill, featuring a 50mm F2.8 lens. The SIGMA DP3 Merrill is the next generation of high image quality compact digital cameras. Equipped with the Foveon X3 image sensor, the DP3 Merrill ensures outstanding resolution and natural rendering with rich gradation as well as a three-dimensional feel.
Olympus has the M.ZUIKO ED 75-300mm f4.8-6.7 II lens (35mm equivalent 150-600mm). Olympus has redesigned the lens to match the distinctive OM-D E-M5 and PEN Micro Four Thirds series cameras and added a new advanced ZERO (Zuiko Extra-low Reflection Optical) coating to keep scratches off, and eliminate ghosting and lens flare even in bright lights.
The Noyes Museum of Art of Stockton College presents an Artist Talk: South Jersey Wetlands – Painting with Pixels by David Woeller on Thursday, February 21 at 6:30 pm. Woeller is a talented nature photographer and president of the Stay Focused Photo Club of the Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. He will present a slideshow of his stunning photographs of the wetlands and coastal areas of New Jersey, describing his thought process for capturing each image. There will be a discussion of digital capture and processing and the freedom of expression that they have given photographers in the digital world. Images will include both traditional presentations and digital manipulations with an explanation of the processing techniques used and the reasoning for those choices. Questions and discussion are encouraged during the presentation.
LLC announces the release of its latest version of their
FireFlyR Digital Sensor Cleaner (FireFlyR). The new FireFly features a
timed "on-off" switch and a more convenient battery compartment. This
portable equipment is so easy to use that photographers will be able operate
the device for cleaning their equipment with one hand.
The FireFly's Air Ionization technology eliminates the static charges that
cause dust particles to cling to the camera's sensor. The time and money
saved on not having to re-touch photos or needing to send the camera out for
a professional cleaning may pay for the FireFly after its first use.
The FireFly eliminates both positive and negative charges on the internal components of the camera. The FireFly includes a replaceable 20-micronin-line filter to ensure the ionized air stream is free of particulate or other contaminants.
Sony is expanding its popular E-mount camera system with the addition of two new lenses compatible with all alpha E-Mount cameras and semi-professional camcorders.
When mounted on any Sony α E-Mount camera, the sharp new SEL20F28 ”pancake” lens creates an exceptionally versatile, portable package ideal for a broad range of everyday shooting opportunities ranging from interiors to landscapes, street photography, casual snapshots and more.
Nikon Inc. has introduced the AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR super-telephoto lens. Specifically engineered for sports, wildlife and photojournalists, the 800mm f/5.6 offers the longest focal length of any NIKKOR autofocus (AF) lens, affording photographers the opportunity to get closer to their subject with extreme telephoto capability.
Argraph Corporation is introducing two new pro-level photo/video monopods.
The Sirui P-324X and P-424X Photo/Video Monopods have three sturdy fold-down support feet that provide the stability of a tripod with the convenience of a monopod! The rugged feet can be stepped on, to prevent the monopod from moving, allowing you to creatively pan the monopod 360° and tilt up to 15° in any direction. This is possible thanks to the extremely smooth and adjustable ball head base located on the bottom of the monopod leg.
When not needed, the support feet fold flush and lock in place against the monopod leg, allowing it to be used as a conventional monopod. The large, slip-free rubber foot lets you work on any surface.
Transcend Information, Inc. announced the launch of its SD/microSD memory card copy protection solutions. Partially-protected and partially-free areas, read-only CD emulation, customized device security, excellent compatibility and high capacity are some of the features that make Transcend’s Copy Protection SD/microSD cards ideal for use in OEM applications and distributing multimedia files.
The new Sirui G-10X and G-20X ball heads keep all of the outstanding benefits of the current models (separate locking knobs for panning and main locking, secondary safety lock on the quick release platform, special anodized abrasion resistant surface, etc.), plus incorporate valuable new features.