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Staff Posted: Oct 10, 2008 0 comments

Olympus has announced that it is developing a new interchangeable-lens digital SLR (single lens reflex) within the Olympus E-System lineup. This new Four Thirds-compliant camera reinforces the company’s commitment to the standard.

Positioned as a mid-level model, this new digital SLR camera is intended for anyone who wants to express their creativity through photography, whether they are just starting out or are a professional with years of experience behind them. Introduction of the new camera is expected in the first quarter of 2009.

At the last Photokina (September 2006), Olympus declared that the second chapter in the story of the Olympus E-System would begin in 2007. One of the highlights of this chapter was the incorporation of “Full-Time Live View” function as a standard function for the first time in the industry, adding to the excitement already generated by other distinctive features of the E-System such as the “100 percent Digital-Dedicated Design” and “Dust Reduction System.” Currently, the E-System lineup includes popular models such as the E-420 and E-520, as well as the flagship E-3. All of these cameras provide digital SLR users with the high-quality images, superior reliability and exceptional portability they need.

The prototype model displayed at Photokina is being developed as an advanced amateur model that will be positioned between the E-520 and E-3. In terms of quality and performance, however, there is nothing mid-level about this model. It will inherit all the outstanding features of the E-3 such as the high-speed autofocus system using an 11-point full twin-cross sensor and the built-in image stabilization mechanism with a correction effect of up to 5 EV steps1. Other highlights will include a new and updated feature to replace the current splash and dustproof function of the E-3.


With the introduction of this new camera, Olympus will expand its line of Four Thirds System-compliant digital SLR cameras, providing a wider range of choices to a wider range of users from serious amateurs to professionals.

www.olympus.com

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Staff Posted: Aug 21, 2009 0 comments

Blurb, the creative publishing and marketing platform that enables anyone to design, publish, share and sell bookstore-quality books, announced the release of Blurb BookSmart 2.0, and introduced its new 12x12 Large Square book offering, available immediately. The 12x12 Large Square book is available in Hardcover and Hardcover ImageWrap, and can be ordered with Premium Paper. BookSmart 2.0 is available for download now at www.blurb.com.

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Staff Posted: Oct 29, 2008 0 comments

Olympus Imaging Corporation, Panasonic Corporation, and Sigma Corporation have joined forces to launch an online firmware update service that will enable users to easily update the firmware in interchangeable DSLR lenses compliant with the Four Thirds System Standard, even when the camera and lens are not made by the same manufacturer. Scheduled to start on October 15, 2008, this new joint service is the first of its kind in the industry.

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Staff Posted: Mar 06, 2009 0 comments

Canon U.S.A., Inc. has introduced two new Tilt-Shift lenses, the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II and the TS-E 17mm f/4L. These two new L series lenses expand the company’s extensive lens line-up of TS-E lenses giving photographers creative control over perspective and depth of field in their images. Both the TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II and the TS-E 17mm f/4L are specialty lenses ideal for landscape and architectural photography and are compatible with all Canon EOS system single lens reflex cameras. The TS-E 24mm f/3.5L II, a replacement for Canon’s TS-E 24mm f/3.5L introduced in 1991, has significantly improved operability with low distortion when photographing buildings, consistent image quality throughout the image and reduced chromatic aberration when shooting at ultra-wide angles. The TS-E 17mm f/4L is the world’s shortest focal length Tilt-Shift lens with full-frame 35mm coverage.

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Staff Posted: Sep 18, 2009 0 comments

Tenba has launched their first major enthusiast/prosumer collection called Mixx. This new collection comprises a broad range of bags—from small pouches and top load bags for point and shoot cameras and single SLR setups, to shoulder bags and a daypack to fit larger camera systems. Mixx is both colorfully styled and incredibly lightweight, and all bags maintain Tenba’s dedication to professional quality construction, materials and hardware.

Each Mixx product is lighter weight at its size and capacity than any similar product Tenba has ever offered. This was a major goal from the beginning of the collection design. The materials and hardware used in each bag meet the “no compromise” level that has continued to be Tenba’s signature, including YKK zippers and Duraflex clips. Top Loads, Shoulder Bags and the Daypack all include Tenba’s exclusive WeatherWrap, the fastest deploying all-weather cover around.

The Mixx collection includes three pouch sizes, the largest of which was designed to be a perfect fit for the Canon G9 and G10. For an SLR with a single lens there are two sizes of Top Load bags that can be use with the supplied shoulder strap or attached to a belt. Small and large sized Shoulder Bags fit cameras with extra lenses, flash and accessories, And finally, the Daypack is a comfortable and supportive way to carry both a camera system and the other items you might need during a full day of shooting, like food, an umbrella and a jacket.

Mixx products range in (manufacturer’s suggested) retail price from $11.95 to $74.95. For more information, visit Tenba.com

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Staff Posted: Jul 28, 2008 0 comments

Nik Software Inc. has announced the immediate availability of its free update
for current owners of their award-winning Color Efex Pro 3.0 photographic filters.
Color Efex Pro 3.1 now supports Aperture 2.1, Apple's groundbreaking photo
editing and management software, Capture NX 2, the latest version of Nikon Corporation's
award-winning photo editing software, and the Smart Filters feature of Adobe
Photoshop CS3. Color Efex Pro 3.1 features Nik Software's patented U Point®
technology and offers a comprehensive, powerful, and easy to use set of software
filters for photo enthusiasts and professional photographers.

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Staff Posted: Dec 05, 2008 0 comments

The Calumet Imagemaker DVD Series adds two powerful titles to its collection of instructional and educational videos, The Power of Light: Studio & Location Lighting with Tony Corbell, and Black & White Film Photography: Fred Picker’s Classic Trilogy.

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Staff Posted: Apr 20, 2009 0 comments

Panasonic has introduced the DMC-GH1, the newest member of the company’s LUMIX G Micro System. Compatible with the Micro Four Thirds System standard, the new LUMIX GH1 features advanced video photography functions, such as the ability to record High Definition (HD) AVCHD 1080p/24p video.  In addition, the new LUMIX GH1 comes with a newly developed long-zoom interchangeable lens – the LUMIX G VARIO HD 14-140mm/F4.0-5.8 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S.  This lens was specifically designed to support HD movie recording and features a silent motor and continuous auto focusing (AF) capability; two features which distinguish the LUMIX GH1 from DSLRs that offer HD video recording capabilities.

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Staff Posted: Sep 08, 2009 0 comments

Aimed at experienced shooters looking for value and sophisticated SLR performance, Sony has introduced the full-frame α (alpha) DSLR-A850 camera and a new 28-75mm F2.8 lens.  The α850 model shares the same 24.6 megapixel sensor and most features of the flagship α900 camera, introduced last year, but will be available for just under $2000 (body only).

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Staff Posted: Jan 12, 2009 0 comments

Alas Media is pleased to announce a new DVD that guides digital photographers on the use of light to improve the quality of their photographs. Using both available light and flash, photographers learn while looking over the shoulder of professional photographer and writer, Ibarionex Perello, who has over 15 years in the photographic industry including work with Nikon Inc. and Better Photo and whose articles have appeared in Shutterbug magazine. 

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