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Staff Posted: Aug 05, 2008 0 comments

Phase One A/S announced the P 65+ digital back and the P 65+ camera system
based on Sensor+ CCD technology co-developed with DALSA Semiconductor. This
patent-pending, Sensor+ technology represents a significant advancement in image
capture. The chip platform offers the most demanding photographers upgradeable
CCD functions, ensuring a longer lifespan for their digital back investments.

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Staff Posted: Apr 06, 2009 0 comments

Lensbaby announces a new 0.42x Super Wide Lens for use with their new line of selective focus lenses – The  Composer, The Muse, The Control Freak and their companion Lensbaby Optic Swap System consisting of Double Glass, Single Glass, Plastic, and Pinhole/Zone plate interchangeable optics.

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Staff Posted: Dec 19, 2008 0 comments

Adorama is pleased to announce recently added workshops to their lineup, all designed to give photographers at all levels, insights from some of the world's most prominent photographers and photo educators.

Monica Cipnic, Adorama's program director, has added new and exciting seminars by leaders in the field, including ones on the newest models from Nikon (D90 and D700) and Canon (EOS 5D Mark II).  Both seminars charge a $25 fee but each registered participant will receive a $25 coupon good for 30 days on any purchase in the retail store or at www.adorama.com.  Among others that are sure to attract interest include classes in the latest technology including Adobe Photoshop and mastering the world of digital SLR.

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Staff Posted: Oct 12, 2009 0 comments

Nikon announced the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR II and the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II, two telephoto zoom lenses further refined to provide photographers with exceptional optics for outstanding image clarity and sharpness, both featuring Vibration Reduction (VR II) image stabilization. The 18-200mm, Nikon’s best-selling premium high-ratio zoom ever, offers enthusiasts excellent versatility. The 70-200mm f/2.8, now benefiting from Nikon's exclusive Nano Crystal Coat, retains its status as a preeminent choice for discerning professionals in a multitude of shooting disciplines.  

Both of these lenses use Nikon’s VR II image stabilization technology, which is engineered specifically for, and optimized to, function most effectively for each lens design to substantially reduce camera shake-related image blur.  VR II allows photographers to shoot handheld at as many as four shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, better assuring dramatically sharper images—even in challenging lighting conditions. Two VR modes are available: “Normal” mode, ideal for everyday use and panning a subject; and “Active” mode, for use in instances where more constant vibration (i.e. camera shake) is present, such as when shooting from a moving vehicle. 

The “go-to” lens of demanding professionals and serious enthusiasts, the 70-200mm f/2.8 is one of the most useful and sought after high-performance lenses for sports, wildlife, portrait, travel and news photographers. Nikon has further refined the lens, with an enhanced optical formula featuring seven extra low dispersion (ED) glass elements. These elements provide the ultimate in rendering characteristics to capture vibrant, high resolution images with optimal contrast. Image quality is further enhanced by Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coat, which reduces instances of lens flare and ghosting, elevating optical performance, even in tricky conditions such as those found in professional sports settings and stage events.

Designed to deliver the pinnacle of image quality in a wide variety of conditions, the new 70-200mm VR II lens also includes a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for fast, quiet autofocusing. The SWM takes full advantage of 3D tracking autofocus (AF) systems, such as those found on the FX-format D3X, D3 and D700 D-SLR cameras. Three focus modes are available - M, A/M and M/A - for automatically focusing, manually focusing or fine tuning AF performance to best suit the photographers’ needs. Nine rounded diaphragm blades contribute to a more attractive bokeh, allowing photographers create soft and more naturally separated backgrounds that better highlight the subject.

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm, the next generation of Nikon’s all-time best-selling premium high-ratio zoom, combines an 11X zoom range with VR II to provide DX-format enthusiasts with an extremely versatile zoom range in a compact form-factor. Nikon enhanced construction to include a zoom lock switch, to allow photographers to secure the lens barrel at its minimum length, eliminating the natural gravitational effect that can draw the barrel downward during transport. The inclusion of Nikon’s exclusive Super Integrated Coating (SIC) reduces instances of ghosting or flaring. Whether shooting artistic landscapes or vacation snapshots, this lens provides fast and quiet AF operation with the help of Nikon’s SWM technology.

Designed to be a one-lens solution and weighing in at a scant 19.9 ounces and measuring only 3.8 inches in length, this lens provides an extraordinary (35mm equivalent) picture angle of 27-300mm when mounted on any Nikon DX-format camera such as the new D300s or D3000 D-SLR cameras. Additionally, the optical formula contains two ED glass elements and three aspherical lenses to minimize chromatic aberration and distortion. The resulting images exhibit extreme sharpness, extraordinarily vibrant color and crisp contrast.

Price and Availability
The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR II lens is scheduled to be available at Nikon authorized dealers beginning September 2009 at an estimated selling price of $849.95. The AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens is scheduled to be available at Nikon authorized dealers beginning November 2009 at an estimated selling price of $2399.95.  For more information, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

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Staff Posted: Aug 26, 2008 0 comments

The new EOS 50D Digital SLR Camera features 15.1 megapixel resolution and Canon's
new DIGIC 4 image processor. The Canon EOS 50D Digital SLR camera includes an
expanded ISO range, improved noise reduction, and in-camera photo editing features.
Canon has loaded the EOS 50D camera with a number of enhancements and some trickle-down
technology from Canon's professional Digital SLR cameras, as well as a new Creative
Auto Mode (CA) that gives users more creative flexibility to make image setting
adjustments conveniently without the need to be a photo expert.

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Staff Posted: Oct 26, 2009 0 comments

Tamron USA, Inc. has announced the release of the SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR Di II VC LD Aspherical [IF] (Model B005), a high speed f/2.8 wide-to-moderate-telephoto zoom lens designed exclusively for Nikon-mount digital SLR cameras with smaller sensors and now featuring Tamron’s proprietary tri-axial Vibration Compensation (VC) mechanism that minimizes the effects of handheld camera shake. Tamron plans to introduce the lens in a Canon mount version shortly after the new Nikon mount version with built-in motor hits the market.

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Staff Posted: Sep 22, 2008 0 comments

Panasonic has announced the world's first Micro Four Thirds system camera,
the LUMIX DMC-G1, the world's smallest and lightest digital interchangeable
lens camera, weighing in at approximately 385 grams (0.85 lbs). Based on the
new Micro Four Thirds System standard, the LUMIX G1 eliminates the internal
mirror structure that defines digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras, thus
reducing the size and weight by nearly half. With the mirror-less system, the
G1's flange back, which is the distance between the mount and the image
sensor, has been reduced from 40 mm -- as specified in the Four Thirds
System -- to approximately 20 mm.

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Staff Posted: Jun 08, 2009 0 comments

Interfit is pleased to announce the arrival of a new brand, STROBIES, for use with many of the leading manufacturers hotshoe flashguns.

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Staff Posted: Nov 04, 2009 0 comments

Nik Software announced Viveza 2, an upgraded plug-in for selective color and light control. Available in December, Viveza 2 now offers users robust global adjustments and precise selective controls that utilize Nik Software’s award-winning U Point technology. Viveza 2 eliminates the need to create complicated selections or layer masks and provides a powerful solution for users looking to save time and effort when editing images.   

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Staff Posted: Oct 15, 2008 0 comments

Lexar Media announced that it has enhanced the performance of its Professional
line of CompactFlash (CF) memory cards to 233x, a significant speed advancement
over the line's previous speed-rating of 133x. The Lexar Professional 233x
CF memory cards are now UDMA (Ultra Direct Memory Access) enabled and capable
of minimum-sustained read and write speeds of 35MB per second -- a considerable
improvement over the previous read and write speeds of 20MB per second. These
exceptionally fast cards are available in three popular capacities, including
2GB, 4GB, and 8GB, and deliver professional-level performance for a wider range
of digital SLR users, including professionals and photo enthusiasts seeking high-capacity
and high-speed performance. Lexar Professional 233x CF cards also greatly improve
digital imaging workflow and convenience by reducing the time needed to transfer
images from the card to the host computer. The new cards are also complemented
by the line of Lexar Professional UDMA-compatible high-speed card readers. For
more information about Lexar Professional 233x CF cards, please visit www.lexar.com.
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