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.
Smith-Victor, a leading manufacturer of photographic lighting equipment and accessories, is celebrating National Photography Month the entire month of May on the company’s Facebook and Twitter social media pages. The company is featuring a tip-a-day on its social media pages and is holding a Facebook contest for the chance to win Smith-Victor kits and lights.
Facebook users have the chance to win a Smith-Victor 2,000 Watt Pro SoftBox Light Kit or Smith-Victor FLO-220 220W Dimmable Fluorescent 4-Lamp Bank with Barndoors by posting their best original image and description of the lighting used to the Smith-Victor Facebook page. Entries should include details such as where lights were place, if the photo was shot with ambient light, and how the light wasdiffused. Each participant can enter up to three images. Entries will be judged by photographers and lighting professionals and the best two images with descriptions win the prizes.
Backdrop Outlet will be hosting a photography event on the weekend of June 8th thru June 10th. This event will be hosted at the Backdrop Outlet warehouse in Oceanside, Ca.
Attendees can look forward to exceedingly low prices on all merchandise in the warehouse. There will be deals specifically on products, such as, muslins starting at $19, closeout props $5, Candy Sticks $10, and all lighting equipment for 75% off! There will be door prizes, free giveaways, refreshments, free parking, raffle drawing, bruised & discounted items along with many other great specials!
With the new Strap-Surfer, the German company Sun-Sniper GmbH introduces the next revolution in savvy camera carrying and presents the most clever connection between a regular shoulder bag and a camera since the invention of the tripod adapter. With only a few simple steps, the Strap-Surfer is firmly attached to the shoulder bag and secured. The camera can then be carried right on the bag – the photographer no longer has to decide whether to take the bag or the camera strap and does not have to wear a strap over each shoulder.
SeaLife has created the twin-flash DC1400 Pro X2 for underwater photographers. With a pair of extremely powerful strobe lights on each side, the DC1400 Pro X2 package combines brilliant illumination with a feature-packed, easy-to-use 14-megapixel underwater camera that will bring out the professional underwater photographer in you on any dive.
Canon U.S.A., Inc. announced that the PIXMA MG8220 and MG6220 Wireless1 Photo All-In-One (AIO) inkjet photo printers now support Google Cloud Print 2 allowing users to print from Gmail and Google Docs on a mobile device and from the Google Chrome browser for Mac, Windows, Linux, and Chrome devices. With Google Cloud Print, you can print from wherever you are, from applications you use every day. You can even share your home and work printers with anyone you choose. The PIXMA MX892 Wireless Office AIO inkjet printer is also scheduled to provide the same support in May.
Custom SLR has announced the immediate availability of the M-Plate universal camera tripod plate. The M-Plate offers built-in Manfrotto RC2 and Arca-Swiss connections as well as attachment points for accessories. Produced with appreciation from the support of more than 400 Kickstarter backers and designed by a team of seasoned photographers, the M-Plate enables quick release from any tripod head and can attach multiple camera accessories onto a single plate.
Pentax Ricoh Imaging Americas Corporation announced the introduction of its new DA645 25mm f/4 lens, designed and optimized for exclusive use with its popular 645D medium format digital SLR camera. By combining its ultra-wide perspective with exclusive Pentax Super Multi-Coating (smc), Aspherical Elements (AL), Supersonic Direct-drive Motor (SDM), and all-weather (AW) construction, Pentax has created a lens that will render super-sharp images with performance levels photographers have come to expect from original Pentax lenses.
When mounted on the Pentax 645D medium-format digital SLR camera body, the DA645 25mm f/4 AL [IF] SDM AW lens provides a focal length of approximately 19.5mm in the 35mm format, the widest perspective available with the 645D. Photographers now have greater creative flexibility when shooing landscapes or when photographing in confined areas with minimal room to move.
Lensbaby announced the release of two new additions to its accessory product line, the Lensbaby Lens Cloth and the Lensbaby Lenspen Pro. The new products join existing accessories including the Lensbaby System Bag, Creative Aperture Kit 2, Macro Converters and others.
FogKlear from LensPen gives your lenses strong anti-fog protection in a natural fiber cloth. Each FogKlear cloth offers more than 200 anti-fog applications. And FogKlear does all the work itself – no liquids, sprays or tissues.
Western Digital (NYSE: WDC) today announced the next generation of its top-selling My Passport line of portable hard drives, offering consumers a fresh new enclosure design and the first-ever 2 TB capacity in a portable drive. Now available in five popular colors: white, black, silver, blue, and red, with a range of capacities beginning from 500 GB, the new sleeker My Passport portable drives offer digital consumers an appealing array of storage options that reflect their personal style. Additionally, the new My Passport drives offer WD SmartWare™ automatic backup software and WD Security™ for password protection and hardware encryption.
MultiStitch (Patent Pending) is a professional photographic accessory that is intuitive and simple to use, works with Digital Backs and DSLRs, and is now available. MultiStitch lets photographers use their 4x5 cameras to shoot 2-over-2 image patterns for digital stitching, allowing true Large-Format digital capture. To learn more, visit www.multistitch.com.
The Tamarkin & Bertoldi Spring auction of rare cameras, lenses, and accessories will be held on Sunday, April 29, 2012 in Woodbridge, Connecticut. This auction will be especially attractive to Leica collectors because the auction includes a wonderful collection including a black Leica MP, a chrome Leica MP, and two Leica 250Reporter cameras.
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.