Digital Camera News & Previews
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Nikon Refines DX and FX Lens Favorites
70-200mm f/2.8 and 18-200mm DXMELVILLE, N.Y. (July 30, 2009) Nikon today 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.
Features include easy-to-use Interface, new Guide ModeMELVILLE, N.Y. (JULY 30, 2009) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the D3000 digital SLR camera, offering first-time D-SLR users and budding photographers an affordable option to experience the extraordinary picture quality of a Nikon D-SLR. The 10.2-megapixel D3000 has features that make it easier than ever to take great pictures, including the new Guide Mode, which lends a helping hand to new D-SLR users by suggesting, and in many instances making, appropriate camera settings for particular shooting situations, and an extensive Retouch Menu, which enables consumers to edit photos, even when away from their computer. The D3000, which offers an 11-point autofocus system, also leverages proven Nikon D-SLR technologies including exclusive EXPEED™ image processing, and an Active D-Lighting system, enabling entry-level D-SLR shooters to take stunning pictures even when conditions are challenging.
onOne Software Releases Plug-in Suite 4.5.1
Free update is available for immediate download
A free update for Plug-in Suite 4 owners is now available for immediate download. The Plug-in Suite 4.5.1 release provides several updates to correct known issues, including:
ChasingPicturePerfection.com Online Photo Course
Assignments help snapshooters practice techniquesNorthport, NY, July 14, 2009: ChasingPicturePerfection.com, a photo tips blog for beginner and novice snapshooters looking to improve their photography skills, announced an online photo course designed to give snapshooters an opportunity to practice photo techniques and tips. The first assignment asks photographers to shoot a photo that demonstrates creative shallow depth of field and is due July 24, 2009.
Tiffen COOL fx for iPhone
Available for special priceHauppauge, NY – July 8, 2009 -- The Tiffen Company, award winning manufacturer of Tiffen optical filters and other photographic accessories, announced its top rated COOL fx image enhancement application for iPhone® users is now available from the Apple® iTunes App Store at a special promotional sale price of $0.99, a savings of $2.00.
Datacolor Offers Summer Rebate
Spyder3 Elite, Spyder3 Pro and SpyderCubeLAWRENCEVILLE, NJ—July 6, 2009 -- Datacolor, a global leader in digital color management technology, has announced it is offering a special summer rebate on its popular Spyder3 Elite™ and Spyder3 Pro™ monitor color calibration systems as well as its award-winning SpyderCube color management and white balance tool. The new rebate, which takes effect immediately, will run through August 31 and offers savings of up to $30 on the purchase of Datacolor’s Spyder calibration products.
Bogen Imaging Hosts Free Webinar
Focus is on adventure sports photographyRamsey, N.J. (July 2, 2009)—Bogen Imaging, a leading distributor of top quality photographic support products and accessories in North America, announces a free webinar titled “Adventure Sports Photography: Round Table with Adventure Photographer Michael Clark.” 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, July 17th.
Adobe Updates Photoshop Lightroom
Also Camera Raw and DNGAdobe today released the final Photoshop Lightroom 2.4 and Camera Raw 5.4 updates, available for immediate download at www.adobe.com/downloads/updates. Both updates bring additional raw file support to 31 camera and camera back models including the Canon EOS 500D, Nikon D5000 and 18 Hasselblad models. A full list of the newly supported camera and camera back models is below.
Sigma Unveils New Lens for Pentax and Sony
Features optical stabilizationRONKONKOMA, NY--(Marketwire - June 18, 2009) - Sigma Corporation (www.sigmaphoto.com), a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider for some of the world's most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, has announced the availability of its 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM lens for Pentax and Sony mounts.
Nik Software Updates Complete Collection
Adds Adobe Photoshop Lightroom supportSan Diego, CA (June 17, 2009) — Nik Software today announced that its popular Complete Collection, which bundles all of the company’s award-winning digital imaging software tools at an affordable price, has been updated to include Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2 support. The “Complete Collection Ultimate Edition” also includes installers for Adobe Photoshop and Apple Aperture. Current registered owners of the Photoshop versions of Nik Software products can download and install the Lightroom compatible versions free of charge at www.niksoftware.com/lightroom.
ExpoImaging Supports Expansion of Honl Photo Speed System
New filters and carrying bag added to the lineupWATSONVILLE, CA—June 15, 2009—ExpoImaging Inc. (www.ExpoImaging.net), developer and distributor of innovative camera accessories including the Honl Photo Speed System, Ray Flash Ring Light Adapter, ExpoDisc Digital White Balance Filter and ExpoAperture2 Depth-of-Field Guide, today announced its support of the expansion of the Honl Photo Speed System line of professional products. The expanded line, which includes new color correction filters, color effects filters, and a Honl Photo products carrying bag, provides photographers with enhanced options for creating studio-quality lighting effects in the field, while upholding the Honl Photo quality, portability and ease-of-use that photographers have come to expect.
New DxO Optics Pro 5.3.4 adds support for 7 new cameras
Includes Nikon D5000 and Canon 500DParis, France – June 10, 2009 – DxO Labs is pleased to announce the release of its new DxO Optics Pro version 5.3.4, which supports the two latest models from Canon and Nikon — the EOS 500D (Digital Rebel T1i or Kiss Digital X3) and the D5000, respectively. These two new cameras have generated a lot of attention among photo enthusiasts.
Lensbaby Announces Muse PL Mount Lens
New Selective Focus Lens for Movie and Video CamerasLos Angeles, CA Cine Gear Expo Booth #T7 – Lensbaby announces today the new PL mount version of its selective focus (SLR) lens, the Muse. The new Muse PL features the Lensbaby Optic Swap System™ and is specially designed for use with PL mount motion image capture cameras. The new Muse PL will compliment Lensbaby’s existing motion picture camera lens, Lensbaby 3GPL, which will remain in Lensbaby’s product line.
Aperture 2 Extends RAW Image Compatibility
Update also includes iPhoto ’08 and ’09Aperture 2 supports the RAW formats from more than 100 digital cameras and camera backs. (Note that models marked with an asterisk require Aperture 2 with Mac OS X v10.4.11 Tiger or Mac OS X v10.5.2 Leopard or later.) Aperture 2 also lets you work with most DNG files.Shoot JPEG? Using Aperture, you can import JPEG images from virtually all digital cameras. An overview of all supported RAW formats is available at: http://www.apple.com/aperture/specs/raw.html.
Canon EOS 5D Mark II Firmware Update
Allows manual exposure while filming videoThe hotly anticipated firmware update for the EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR Camera is now available.
onOne Software Announces New iPhone Application
Enables photographers to remotely control Canon DSLRsPortland, OR – June 1, 2009 – onOne Software, Inc., a leading developer of time-saving software solutions for professional and advanced amateur photographers, today announced a new application to remotely control Canon EOS DSLR cameras using an iPhone or iPod Touch. The new DSLR Camera Remote for iPhone application allows photographers using a supported Canon EOS DSLR that is connected to a WiFi enabled computer to remotely control the settings of the camera, fire the shutter, review images, and even get a live viewfinder preview. This gives photographers a new level of freedom when shooting camera angles where it is difficult to see through the viewfinder, self-portraits, or events where multiple cameras are set up and the photographer just can’t be behind them all.
X-Rite Offers $50 Rebate on ColorMunki Photo
From June 1 to Sept. 30Elmsford, NY – June 1, 2009 – X-Rite Photo, distributed by MAC Group, is pleased to announce a $50 mail-in rebate for ColorMunki Photo, the innovative new way to bring your photos from from screen to print with color perfection.
Panasonic Releases New Firmware for LUMIX DMC-LX3
Improves performance including auto white balanceA new firmware has been released for Panasonic's premium manual compact digital camera, the LUMIX DMC-LX3. Firmware Version 1.3 improves performance including auto white balance. The firmware also rectifies several minor issues to enhance operation. Panasonic invites all users of DMC-LX3 to apply the updated firmware. The new firmware is available worldwide at this link: http://panasonic.jp/support/global/cs/dsc/.
Adobe Introduces Photoshop Marketplace
Community-driven site offers plug-ins, workshops and eventsAdobe is introducing Photoshop Marketplace to its customers, connecting them directly to the Photoshop community and helping extend the value of their Adobe software purchase. Photoshop Marketplace is a centralized hub on Adobe.com where visitors can find the most up-to-date listing of Photoshop resources including products, tools, services, communities and events.
liveBooks webinar with Art Wolfe
Free, online seminars help photo pros grow their businessesSan Francisco, Calif. – May 27, 2009 – liveBooks, Inc., (www.livebooks.com) the leading provider of customized portfolio websites and marketing software for professional photographers, has announced a free, three-part webinar series about composition with world renowned nature photographer Art Wolfe.