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Illumination!
Using light tools to create a mini studio
Illumination!Controlling light. That's what elevates a photograph above the crowd. Check out this video that shows the wealth of light modifiers and tools made by Chimera for ideas that will take your photographs to the next level.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rimeTFaWX6s

Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC PZD Lens
High-power zoom weighs just 15.9 ounces
Tamron 18-270mm Di II VC PZD LensDecember 9, 2010, 2:00am EST, Commack, NY –Tamron Co., Ltd., a leading manufacturer of optical equipment, announced the release of yet another groundbreaking lens: the world’s most compact, lightweight lens with a 15x zoom ratio1, featuring a 62mm filter diameter, VC (Vibration Compensation) image stabilization and Tamron’s first standing wave ultrasonic motor system for SLR lenses, PZD (Piezo Drive) 2. The 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD (Model B008) DSLR ultra-high-power zoom lens for Canon and Nikon mounts will be released December 20, 2010, with the development of a Sony compatible mount at a later date. This is the second lens released to commemorate Tamron Co., Ltd.'s 60th anniversary. The SP AF70-300mm Di VC USD best-in-class telephoto zoom was released this summer.

Adobe Releases New Updates
For Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3
Adobe Releases New UpdatesAdobe today announced the Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3 updates are available for immediate download on Adobe.com. Originally posted as release candidates on Adobe Labs, the final updates bring raw file support to 15 new popular camera models including Nikon D7000 and Canon Powershot S95, as well as lens profiles for over 60 new Nikon, Canon, Pentax and Sigma lenses. Available on Adobe Labs, the Lens Profile Downloader 1.0 - a free companion application to Lightroom 3, Photoshop CS5 and Camera Raw 6 - allows customers to search, download, rate and comment on over 300 lens correction profiles provided by the community. Photographers can create custom profiles for their own lenses and share them with the user community.

Canon Offers Locking Mode Dial
Modification is for the EOS 5D Mark II and EOS 7D
Canon Offers Locking Mode DialEffective December 6, 2010, Canon will start to provide as a chargeable service, a locking mode dial modification for the “EOS 5D MarkII” and “EOS 7D” digital single-lens reflex cameras.

Sigma Scholarship Contest
Now accepting applications
Sigma Scholarship ContestRonkonkoma, NY, Nov. 30, 2010 – Sigma Corporation of America is currently accepting photo and application submissions for its second annual Scholarship Contest. The contest, which will award $6,000 in cash and photography gear, is open to all high school seniors who plan to pursue a photo-related career.

Sony Issues Firmware Update
For NEX-VG10
Sony Issues Firmware Update Sony has just issued a firmware update for the Sony NEX-VG10E camcorder that enables autofocus with Alpha-mount SLR lenses equipped with SSM or SAM motors. Covering 14 lens models, AF compatibility also requires a separate update for the LA-EA1 Mount Adapter.
 
The firmware is available now for free download from Sony's website. (www.sony.com/support)

PhotoKit SHARPENER 2.0
From PixelGenius
PhotoKit SHARPENER 2.0November 16th, 2010, Pixel Genius, LLC. announces PhotoKit SHARPENER™ 2.0, a new update slated to ship by the end of the 4th quarter, 2010. PhotoKit SHARPENER 2.0 is an Adobe Photoshop Automate Plug-in designed to bring optimum image sharpening to both scanned and digital captures. With a retail price of $99.95, PhotoKit SHARPENER 2.0 offers a simple but effective digital image sharpening workflow for Photoshop CS3, CS4 and CS5 for both Mac and Windows (both 32-bit and 64-bit in CS5 for Mac and 32-bit and 64-bit in Windows CS4 and CS5). PhotoKit SHARPENER 2.0 supports 8 and 16 bit RGB and Greyscale images.

Nik Software Now 64-bit Compatible
For improved workflow efficiency
Nik Software Now 64-bit CompatibleSan Diego, CA - November 15, 2010 - Nik Software (www.niksoftware.com) announces today 64-bit compatibility across the entire Nik Software product line, providing photographers with the highest level of workflow efficiency. Registered customers may download free updates for Dfine® 2.0, Viveza® 2, Color Efex Pro(TM) 3.0, Silver Efex Pro(TM), and Sharpener Pro(TM) 3.0, at www.niksoftware.com/downloads.

Panasonic DMC-GF2
The compact camera is easy to use
Panasonic DMC-GF2Panasonic is pleased to announce the new interchangeable lens system camera DMC-GF2 from LUMIX G Micro System based on the Micro Four Thirds standard. With a dramatic downsizing from the predecessor, the DMC-GF2 features an outstanding compactness and ease of operation while pursuing high image quality.

Adobe Posts New Updates
For Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3
Adobe Posts New UpdatesAdobe today announced that the Lightroom 3.3 and Camera Raw 6.3 Release Candidates along with a new Adobe Lens Profile Downloader are available for immediate download on Adobe Labs. The Release Candidates bring raw file support to new popular camera models including Nikon D7000 and Canon Powershot S95, as well as lens profiles for 21 new Nikon lenses and four new Canon lenses. The Lens Profile Downloader 1.0 - a free companion application to Lightroom 3, Photoshop CS5 and Camera Raw 6 - allows customers to search, download, rate and comment on over 300 lens correction profiles provided by the community. Photographers can create custom profiles for their own lenses and share them with the user community by downloading the Lens Profile Creator also available on Adobe Labs.

onOne Software Lightroom Presets
New volume is free
onOne Software Lightroom PresetsPortland, OR– October 19, 2010 – onOne Software, Inc., a leading developer of innovative timesaving solutions for professional and advanced amateur photographers, today announced Perfect Presets for Photoshop Lightroom.  Designed to help photographers work more quickly and easily while expanding their creative options, Perfect Presets for Lightroom 3.0 now offers a third volume of effects created by Mike Wong for a total of 192 presets.

Sigma 85mm
Available now
Sigma 85mmRonkonkoma, NY, Oct. 14, 2010 – Sigma Corporation of America (www.sigmaphoto.com), a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, is pleased to announce that the company’s 85mm F1.4 EX DG HSM lens is now available for purchase in the United States for the MSRP of $1,400 and the estimated street price of $899.

Digibag DSLR Camera Bag
From Petrol Bags
Digibag DSLR Camera BagPetrol Bags™, a Vitec Group Brand, introduces the new Digibag DSLR Camera Bag. This semi-hard cushioned carrier is uniquely designed to safeguard a video-enabled DSLR camera and important accessories while on the go and keep them well organized on location. Petrol Digibag combines a smart, streamlined design in black 900D and ballistic nylon fabrics with features designed to offer the ultimate in convenience and equipment protection.

Making Sharp Images
The Missing Manual for Your Camera
Making Sharp ImagesCountless photographers are frustrated when too many shots don’t turn out, their expensive cameras don’t seem to deliver what they promised, and they don’t understand why. Making Sharp Images tackles that frustration head-on by showing how to make a critically sharp image “in-camera” that fully exploits the sensor’s resolution.  Covering technical, "how to" and creative aspects of sharpness and blur, the Guide is both accessible to beginners and technical enough for experts. It's available by subscription at http://makingsharpimages.com, priced at $44.95 for one year.

Tamron 60-Day Lens Give Away
Prizes include new SP 70-300mm Di VC USD zoom
Tamron 60-Day Lens Give AwayTo celebrate the company's 60 years of optical innovation and excellence, Tamron USA has announced an unprecedented promotional program designed to reward the legions of photo enthusiasts and loyal Tamron fans residing in the USA who have helped to make Tamron a world leader in precision optics for digital imaging. For the next 60 days—from September 1st to October 30th 2010—anyone (must be a resident of the USA to qualify) that’s signed up to receive Tamron news by e-mail will automatically be entered to win one of the 60 sensational new 60th Anniversary Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD zoom lenses or 4 other exciting prizes that will be given away each day. No purchase is necessary, and it only takes a few minutes to sign up at www.tamron-usa.com today!

Sigma SD1 DSLR
Features 46-megapixel, 24x16mm APS-C sensor
Sigma SD1 DSLRRonkonkoma, NY, Sept. 21, 2010 – Sigma Corporation of America (www.sigmaphoto.com), a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras  and flashes, today announced the new Sigma SD1 Digital SLR Camera, Sigma’s flagship digital SLR model, along with two upgraded lenses and two new electronic flashes, at Photokina 2010 in Cologne, Germany.

Datacolor SpyderCheckr
Consistent color control for RAW workflow
Datacolor SpyderCheckrLawrenceville, NJ and Photokina (Hall 4.1, Booth E010/F019) – September 21, 2010 – Datacolor® (www.datacolor.com), a global leader in color management solutions, today introduced SpyderCheckr, a new color reference tool that allows photographers to obtain consistent, accurate color within a standard RAW processing workflow, perform precision in-camera white balance, create custom camera calibration and record known color references. SpyderCheckr features 48 scientifically engineered color patches in a wide range of spectrally neutral colors and user-friendly profiling software that enables photographers to achieve consistent, predictable color control from capture to edit.

Panasonic Interchangeable 3D Lens
For LUMIX G Series
Panasonic Interchangeable 3D Lens SECAUCUS, NJ (September 21, 2010) – Panasonic today announced three new interchangeable lenses for its LUMIX G Series of cameras, including the world’s first1 interchangeable 3D lens, the H-FT012. The lenses, all based on the Micro Four Thirds System standard, are compact while featuring high optical performance and are compatible with Panasonic’s LUMIX DSLMicro cameras, such as the newly-announced LUMIX DMC-GH2.

Adobe Photoshop Elements 9
Release also includes Premiere Elements 9
Adobe Photoshop Elements 9SAN JOSE, Calif., - Sept. 21, 2010 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe Photoshop Elements 9 & Adobe Premiere Elements 9 for Windows and Mac, the newest release of the No. 1 selling consumer photo- and video-editing software.* Available as standalone products or as a single retail package, the Photoshop Elements 9 and Adobe Premiere Elements 9 bundle offers the most complete photo and video editing solution delivering two powerful yet easy-to-use products at a very compelling price point. This release also brings Premiere Elements to the Mac platform for the first time.

Nikon D7000
Features include a new 16.2-megapixel CMOS sensor
Nikon D7000MELVILLE, N.Y. (September 15, 2010) – Nikon Inc. today introduced the new D7000 digital SLR camera designed to fulfill the needs of passionate photographers who demand exceptional performance, reliability, and unprecedented levels of control and versatility in a compact form factor. Engineered as an ideal balance of durability and functionality, the D7000 D-SLR features a multitude of new enhancements and updated Nikon technologies, which results in stunning photos and amazing full HD (High Definition) movies.



 
 

 
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