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Lensbaby Announces Two New Optics
New additions
Lensbaby Announces Two New OpticsNew York, NY, (October 22, 2009) PhotoPlus Expo Booth #1218 – Lensbaby announces today the addition of the new Fisheye Optic and Soft Focus Optic to the Lensbaby Optic Swap System. Each new optic is available for use with the Lensbaby Composer and Muse. In addition, the Soft Focus Optic is compatible with the Lensbaby Control Freak.

Canon EOS-1D Mark IV
Features include a redesigned 45-Point autofocus system
Canon EOS-1D Mark IV LAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., October 20, 2009 – Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, is proud to introduce the next evolution in the EOS 1D series of cameras: the Canon EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR camera. The EOS-1D Mark IV is a high-speed multimedia performance monster with a 16-megapixel Canon CMOS sensor, Dual DIGIC 4 Imaging Processors, and 14-bit A/D data conversion, all at 10 frames-per-second (fps), with the widest ISO range Canon has produced to date. This new camera also features 1080p Full High-Definition video capture at selectable frame rates packaged in Canon's most rugged and durable professional camera body.

Tamron Offers Rebates For Holidays
Purchasers can save $25
Tamron Offers Rebates For HolidaysOctober 15, 2009, Commack, NY—Tamron USA, Inc announced today a special mail-in rebate offer of $25 on its two newest lenses: SP AF17-50mm F/2.8 XR VC Di II LD Aspherical IF (model B005) and SP AF60mm F/2.0 Di II LD IF 1:1 Macro (model G005). The two new lenses are designed for APS-C size DSLRs and are available in Canon, Nikon and Sony (model G005 only) mounts. The rebate is valid on purchases of these lenses made by US residents at an authorized Tamron USA retailer from 10/15/09 through 12/31/09.

Nikon D3S
New full-frame DSLR features expanded ISO range
Nikon D3SMELVILLE, N.Y. (Oct. 14, 2009) – Today, Nikon Inc. announced the FX-format D3S D-SLR, providing professional photographers with a powerful tool that redefines the boundaries of digital SLR versatility, while maintaining the strength of superior image quality and high speed performance inherited from the groundbreaking D3. The D3S enables not only new opportunities in low-light photography, but also provides photographers with added shutter speed and aperture freedom with a base ISO sensitivity range from ISO 200 to a remarkable 12,800. Additionally, expanded ISO equivalent settings up to a staggering 102,400 are available, enabling photographers to create images previously thought impossible.

Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm
Designed for capturing extreme close-ups
Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mmMELVILLE, N.Y. (Oct. 14, 2009) – Nikon Inc., today introduced the new medium telephoto AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR lens designed specifically for extreme close-up photography, yet perfectly suited for portrait, nature, and general imaging as well. Focusing as close as 0.9 ft., this new 85mm Micro lens allows photographers to capture breathtaking close-up images with life-size reproduction ratios up to 1:1, helping to ensure that even the subtlest of subject detail is reproduced faithfully. The new 85mm Micro NIKKOR lens, in conjunction with Nikon DX-format digital SLR cameras, renders a picture angle equivalent of approximately 127.5mm (in the 35mm or FX-format), providing a natural perspective along with a desirable and practical lens-to-subject working distance.

Epson Expands Compact Photo Printer Line
Introducing PicturMate Charm
Epson Expands Compact Photo Printer LineLONG BEACH, Calif., Oct. 13, 2009 – The ultimate companion in photo printing has arrived with the release of the affordable, portable Epson PictureMate Charm. Offering the same impressive features and results as previous models in the renowned PictureMate line, including superior photo quality, economical print costs, long-lasting prints, and powerful image enhancement tools, PictureMate Charm is the ideal solution for printing and sharing cherished memories at home or on the go.

Sigma DP1s
Enhancements to user interface similar to DP2
Sigma DP1sEarlier today, Sigma Corporation announced the newest addition to the DP family, the Sigma DP1s. The Sigma DP1s is an improved version of the Sigma DP1, and both cameras contain a the same processor, 14-megapixel FOVEON X3 direct image sensor and lens with a focal length of 16.6mm F4 (35mm equivalent focal length is 28mm).

Pentax Offers $100 Rebate
For K-7 DSLR Body and Lens Kits
Pentax Offers $100 Rebate GOLDEN, CO (October 2, 2009)…PENTAX Imaging Company has announced a $100 INSTANT REBATE PROGRAM effective until October 31, 2009 on the K-7 body and three lens kit configurations. The award winning, weather and dust resistant PENTAX K-7 features 14.6 megapixels, a PRIME II engine processor, HD Video, Live View and Shake Reduction that works with every PENTAX lens ever produced. Consumers who purchase these products during this time period will benefit from instant savings on regular MAP/estimated retail pricing.

Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/21
An ultra-wide-angle lens with EF bayonet
Zeiss Distagon T* 2,8/21 Thornwood, NY – Dusk is falling in Manhattan, and a swarm of commuters on their way home are hurriedly crossing the street toward Grand Central Station. Behind them, the skyscrapers reflect the golden light of the setting sun. To capture this unique atmosphere, photographers need a fast wide-angle lens.

Wacom Adds Multi-Touch To Bamboo
Combines Multi-Touch and pen input
Wacom Adds Multi-Touch To BambooVancouver, WA – Sept. 24, 2009 – Wacom® today announced an exciting new computer input solution with the introduction of Multi-Touch in its new family of Bamboo tablets. Bamboo tablets are USB peripherals that deliver natural and intuitive input to desktop or laptop computer users. With the ultimate goal of creating harmony between humans and technology, Wacom combines Multi-Touch (finger-based input) with pen input to deliver an entirely new standard in human-computer interaction. “Multi-Touch provides a very natural and intuitive way for users to navigate and interact with applications,” said Dennis Hoff, senior consumer product manager for Wacom. “By combining Multi-Touch with our renowned pen technology, Bamboo provides users with a new computer input approach that is not only extremely flexible, but friendly, fresh and fun.”

Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements 8
Available as standalones or bundle
Adobe Photoshop and Premiere Elements 8 SAN JOSE, Calif. - Sept. 23, 2009 - Adobe Systems Incorporated (Nasdaq:ADBE) today announced Adobe® Photoshop® Elements 8 & Adobe Premiere® Elements 8 for Windows®, the highly anticipated new versions of the No. 1 selling consumer photo- and video-editing software*. Available as standalone products or as a single retail package, the bundle offers the most complete photo and video solution by seamlessly integrating two powerful, yet easy-to-use, products. With this landmark release, Adobe equips users with a completely enhanced Organizer, which serves as a feature-rich media hub for both photos and videos. From the Organizer, consumers can launch directly into Photoshop Elements 8 to create extraordinary photos or Premiere Elements 8 to effortlessly make incredible movies with new, automated features.

Pentax Announces K-x
Features Include HD Video and Live View
Pentax Announces K-x GOLDEN, CO (September 16, 2009)… 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. And, since there’s no rule that SLR cameras must come in black only, the K-x will be available in a choice of white or black, as well as special, limited edition red and navy. Priced at $649.95 USD (for body with DA L 18-55mm lens), the extremely compact and lightweight PENTAX K-x forges ahead on the trail initiated by the popular PENTAX K2000. With 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.

Olympus Firmware Update
Enhances E-P1's functionality
Olympus Firmware Update Today Olympus is pleased to announce firmware updates for the Olympus E-P1 and the M.ZUIKO DIGITAL ED 14-42mm F3.5-5.6 and M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm F2.8 lenses to improve focusing performance.

SanDisk Boosts Read/Write Speeds
Extreme Pro memory cards
SanDisk Boosts Read/Write SpeedsMilpitas, Calif., Sept. 14, 2009 – SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK), the global leader in flash memory cards, today introduced a new line of SanDisk Extreme® Pro™ CompactFlash® memory cards (http://tinyurl.com/mdjlmm), setting a new standard for fast, reliable, high-capacity memory cards designed for professional photographers. SanDisk Extreme Pro CompactFlash cards feature a new SanDisk® Power Core Controller™, an advanced memory controller that enables lightning-fast read and write speeds of up to 90MB/s1, doubling the performance from previous SanDisk high-end camera memory cards. The cards are shipping worldwide now with storage capacities ranging from 16 gigabytes (GB)2 to 64GB.

New Zeiss Lens For Canon
Distagon T* 3,5/18
New Zeiss Lens For CanonThornwood, NY– Whether shooting the elegant lines of the Eiffel Tower or the vast expanses of the Grand Canyon, both situations require a lens field wide enough to reveal the unique and full dimensions of each image. With the new Distagon T* 3,5/18 from Carl Zeiss, EOS camera users now have an ultra-wide-angle lens at their disposal while benefiting from all the other optical qualities that ZEISS lenses are well-known for. The lens’s extremely wide 99°-angle view is suitable especially for full-frame sensor cameras, delivering an array of new creative possibilities. From landscape and architecture photography to advertising images, cameras equipped with the new Carl Zeiss wide-angle lens meticulously capture once-only moments and spectacular perspectives.

Leica Camera AG Showcases New Cameras
Next generation inlcudes M9 and X1
Leica Camera AG Showcases New CamerasNEW YORK (September 9, 2009) – Leica Camera AG, manufacturer of the finest hand-crafted photographic equipment and sports optics, hosted a press conference today to announce the unveiling of two new photographic products and to introduce another to the market. Leica’s Chief Executive Officer Rudi Spiller, along with Director of Product Management Stefan Daniel, unveiled the LEICA M9, LEICA X1 and the previously announced LEICA S2, each heralded as the next evolution in Leica’s legendary history.

Tamron Launches Fast SP AF17-50mm f/2.8 lens
Features Vibration Compensation for Nikon DX-format DSLRS
Tamron Launches Fast SP AF17-50mm f/2.8 lensSeptember 1, 2009, Commack, NY— Tamron USA, Inc. 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.

Panasonic Micro Four Thirds Lenses
Designed for LUMIX G Series cameras
Panasonic Micro Four Thirds LensesSecaucus, NJ (September 2, 2009) – Today, Panasonic introduced two new Micro Four Thirds digital interchangeable lenses – the LUMIX G 20mm/F1.7 ASPH, a compact and lightweight “pancake” lens with outstanding brightness, and the world’s first Leica Micro Four Thirds lens, the LEICA DG MACRO-ELMARIT 45mm/F2.8 ASPH/MEGA O.I.S. which features exceptional image quality in a compact size. Both lenses are compatible with Panasonic’s LUMIX G Series Micro Four Thirds standard digital cameras, which include the award-winning LUMIX DMC-G1 and LUMIX DMC-GH1 models; and the LUMIX DMC-GF1, also introduced today.

Panasonic LUMIX GF1
Compact camera packs in powerful DSLR and HD video capabilities
Panasonic LUMIX GF1Secaucus, NJ (September 2, 2009) – Today, Panasonic announced the new LUMIX DMC-GF1, the latest addition to the award-winning LUMIX G Series, which debuts as the world’s smallest and lightest system digital camera with a built-in flash*. The LUMIX DMC-GF1 distinguishes itself from previous models with its elegant, compact design reminiscent of classic film cameras, yet builds on Panasonic’s success with the revolutionary LUMIX G Series of digital interchangeable lens system cameras based on the Micro Four Thirds system standard. With its compact size, user-friendly design and ability to record High Definition (HD) video and take professional-quality photos, the LUMIX GF1 continues to redefine digital photography standards.

Canon EOS 7D
Top features include 8 fps continuous shooting and Full HD video
Canon EOS 7D In August, Canon unveiled their fall line of new products with New York and Los Angeles press events. Several new announcements were made, but notably absent any new DSLR products. Since then, rumor blogs and websites had been overflowing with predictions of a 7D and today those predictions came true.

It seems as though Canon wanted to separate their DSLR announcements from the rest of the compact cameras, printers and video cameras. In addition to the EOS 7D DSLR, today Canon announced three new lenses, the EF 100mm f/2.8L Macro IS USM, EF-S 15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM, and EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS, and a wireless file transmitter, the WFT-E5A.

After a long year of dismal economic news and relatively few noteworthy developments in camera and lens technology for photo enthusiasts, the fall and winter are heating up in a big way. We expect more announcements in the coming weeks and an exciting Holiday buying season.


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