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Staff Posted: Sep 21, 2009 0 comments

Pentax Imaging Company redefines the entry-level digital SLR category with the introduction of the K-x digital SLR.  This latest Pentax camera offers high-end features including Live View and HD video.  The K-x will be available in a choice of white or black, as well as special, limited edition red and navy. 

Priced at $599.95 USD (for body with DA L 18-55mm lens), the extremely compact and lightweight Pentax K-x features a one-handed shooting design and simple, easy-to-use operation, the K-x is perfect for users stepping up from a point and shoot digital camera to their first digital SLR.

The Pentax K-x offers photographic performance that challenges higher class DSLR models and offers several features that set this camera apart in the entry-level category:

  • High resolution 12.4 megapixel CMOS image sensor features sensor-shift Shake Reduction for stabilized image and video capture up to 4 stops max.
  • Large 2.7 inch LCD features Live View with contrast, phase difference, and Face Detection autofocus (up to 16 faces).
  • Widescreen HD video capture in full 720p resolution (1280x720) at 24 FPS cinematic frame rate, using any Pentax 35mm lens.
  • Creative processing and filter modes produce high quality finished images, while offering the ability to explore artistic freedom through unique special effects.
  • True High Dynamic Range (HDR) image capture blends 3 bracketed images into a single picture with outstanding shadow, highlight, and midrange detail.
  • Fast 4.7 FPS capture speed and 1/6000 second maximum shutter speeds are possible with the Pentax PRIME II image processing engine.
  • Powerful automatic modes, including Pentax Auto Picture and scene modes, ensure the perfect shot in any situation, while helping new photographers learn DSLR photography.
  • Responsive 11 point wide angle SAFOX VIII autofocus system focuses quickly and accurately, and can easily track moving subjects.
  • Captures up to 1900 shots with universally available, easy-to-find AA lithium batteries (also compatible with AA NiMH rechargeable and alkaline batteries).

Along with the K-x, Pentax announced the smc Pentax DA L 55-300mm F4-5.8 ED super-telephoto zoom lens.  This lens will be exclusive to a K-x Twin Lens Kit package consisting of a K-x body, this new lens and the smc Pentax DA L 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 lens.  The lightweight design of this
zoom lens offers the exceptional optical performance found in all Pentax lenses for super-telephoto photography with the K-x and other Pentax digital SLR camera bodies.

The Pentax  K-x (in black and white) will ship in October 2009 in three configurations: options: 

  • K-x single lens kit with body and an smc Pentax DA L 18-55mm lens for USD $649.95.
  • K-x twin lens kit for $749.95 including a K-x body, the smc Pentax DA L 18-55mm lens and the smc Pentax DA L 50-200mm zoom lens.
  • K-x twin lens kit for $849.95 including a K-x body, the smc Pentax DA L 18-55mm lens and the smc Pentax DA L 55-300mm zoom lens.

www.Pentax.com

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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: Sep 14, 2009 0 comments

SanDisk Corporation has introduced the fastest 32-gigabyte (GB) SDHC card on the market. The 32GB SanDisk Extreme SDHC card at up to 30 megabytes per second (MB/s) read and write speeds combines industry-leading performance with massive storage capacity, helping digital photography enthusiasts utilize the advanced features of today’s DSLR cameras.

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Staff Posted: Sep 11, 2009 0 comments

CALIFORNIA SUNBOUNCE has introduced a revolutionary pop-up reflector with tension like a drum skin. Two built-in handles, German elastic hem and an oval frame made of German spring steel create the “PERMA-TENSE” effect which keeps the reflective screen under permanent tension.

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Staff Posted: Sep 09, 2009 0 comments

Bogen Imaging announces a free webinar titled “Capturing the Brilliance of Fall: Roundtable with Adam Barker.”  Part of the company’s Bogen Café series of free instructional webinars, the seminar will be held from 2:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. EDT, on Friday, September 18th.

Professional photographer and special guest, Adam Barker (www.adambarkerphotography.com) and David Fisher, Bogen Imaging’s webinar host, will discuss how to take amazing photos of the beautiful fall foliage.

Topics for Discussion Include:
* Engaging the viewer through composition
* Properly exposing your digital image
* How to employ useful filters in landscape photography
* Lens selection for different photographic opportunities

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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: Sep 07, 2009 0 comments

ARCA-SWISS has developed two new view cameras, the M-Line two Single Lens Reflex (SLR) and the M-Line two Medium Format (MF). These are all-round cameras that allow you to work from 35 mm to 4x5” film format or use with digital backs. ARCA-SWISS has a vast selection of accessories that can transform the M-Line Two into a 6x9 medium format or even a 4x5” camera.

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Staff Posted: Sep 04, 2009 0 comments

WD introduced its newly redesigned My Book World Edition II dual-drive network storage system in capacities of up to 4 TB. With the double protection of two Mirrored (RAID 1) drives and continuous backup software, the My Book World Edition II network storage system provides an extra-safe place for users to back up and store the data and digital media from all the computers on their network in one central location. Available now at select retailers and the WD online store, the new dual-drive systems join the recently introduced My Book World Edition and are compatible with PC and Mac computers.

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Staff Posted: Sep 02, 2009 0 comments

The Photographic Historical Society, founded in 1966, is the oldest such group in the world. It will sponsor PhotoHistory XIV in Rochester, NY on Oct. 16-18, 2009. The symposium speakers hail from Canada, England, Belgium and the US. The keynote speaker is Steven Sasson, the co-inventor of the digital camera (in 1973); he will display the original prototype. Other topics include photo postcards (1905-1935), high-speed motion picture cameras (a demonstration), images of Daguerre, early advertising photography, early Nikon cameras, Kodak string-set cameras, Folmer &
Schwing's cameras, the Woodburytype, J. Horace McFarland and the Autochrome 35 mm film (the most popular film format), history of the bicycle through the lens of the camera, Chinese photography 1842-1870, and daguerreotypes in Philadelphia 1839-1860.

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Staff Posted: Sep 01, 2009 0 comments

A couple of years ago, I took my mother on a trip to Tokyo, Japan. I planned this trip as a way to give my family an opportunity to get out of their day-to-day routines and travel across the world to gain a new perspective on things. Our trip was full of fun and exciting excursions, and a few meaningful experiences. One of these experiences took place at the Kotokuin Temple in Kamakura, Japan.

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