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New Nikon 50mm f/1.4 Lens
Ultra-fast Prime For the FX-formatMELVILLE, N.Y. (Sept. 22, 2008) - Nikon Inc. celebrates 75 years of defining optical excellence with the release of the newly engineered AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.4 prime lens that is considered by many photographers to be an essential tool with a focal length that closely replicates the visual perspective of the human eye when used with an FX-format D-SLR. Nikon's optical expertise and modern technological advances, such as the Silent Wave Motor, help to deliver outstanding operation that is critical for Nikon FX and DX-format photographers who demand the pinnacle of photographic performance.
Two New Mamiya Lenses
Mamiya 45mm and 80mm For Film and Digital BacksCologne, Germany - September 17, 2008 - Mamiya announced the introduction of the Mamiya Sekor 45mm f2.8 D -- the latest lens in the growing series of Mamiya Digital lenses. This wide-angle lens utilizes low-dispersion glass to correct chromatic aberration, producing high resolution and a large image circle coverage for film and digital backs. The use of floating lens elements ensures edge-to-edge sharpness at all focusing distances.
JOBO AG Launches photoGPS at Photokina 2008
A Lightweight and Easy-to-Use GPS GeotaggerGummersbach, Germany, September 17, 2008 -- Photokina Hall 5.1, Stand A010 / A018 - JOBO AG announces today the availability of the new JOBO photoGPS - a small and lightweight Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver that fits directly on any digital camera's hot shoe, just as if it were a regular flash unit, without the need for extra cables. Through an innovative new capture and process technology, this affordable new device allows automatic geo-tagging by capturing raw GPS data and time which enables new and more efficient ways to organize, search, visualize, and share photo collections.
Mamiya ZDb Digital Back Debuts at Photokina 2008
New 22-megapixel CCD Back for Medium Format CamerasCologne, Germany - September 19, 2008 - Mamiya Digital Imaging has announced the next model of their digital back - called the Mamiya ZDb 22 megapixel Digital Back - will be shown at Photokina 2008. To further refine the successful Mamiya ZD Digital Back system, the R&D team at Mamiya has developed the new ZDb Digital Back with several useful enhancements.
Canon Introduces Four New PowerShots
High-end Point-and-Shoots With Advanced ControlLAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., September 17, 2008 - Canon U.S.A., a leader in digital imaging, today announced the newest addition to its top-of-the line PowerShot G-series digital cameras. The PowerShot G10 digital camera offers serious amateur shooters and professional photographers several essential ingredients for a flagship model, including Canon's new DIGIC 4 image processor, 28mm Optical Image Stabilized lens and RAW mode. This trilogy of style, performance and image quality is an ideal professional complement for anyone seeking the photo quality of a DSLR, combined with the convenient size of a point-and-shoot.
New Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Full-Frame D-SLR with 21.1 MP and HD Video CaptureLAKE SUCCESS, N.Y., September 17, 2008 - Canon U.S.A., Inc., a leader in digital imaging, today introduced the EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera, the long-awaited successor to Canon's highly popular EOS 5D, introduced in 2005. Building upon the qualities that made the EOS 5D camera so successful, Canon has coupled the creative power of a full-frame CMOS sensor in a relatively compact and affordable camera body, together with groundbreaking HD video capture that opens the door to a much wider range of imaging possibilities for photographers. Along with the ability to capture full HD video clips at 1920 x 1080 resolution, Canon's EOS 5D Mark II Digital SLR camera features a 21.1-megapixel full frame 24 x 36mm CMOS sensor, DIGIC 4 imaging processor and significantly lower noise, with an expanded sensitivity range from ISO 50 to ISO 25,600.
New Lexar CompactFlash and SDHC Cards
Two Fast Cards with 16 GB of SpaceFremont, CA, September 16, 2008 -- Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, announced today that the company has further increased the capacity of its widely popular Platinum II flash memory card line by introducing a Platinum II 60x 16GB Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) card and Platinum II 80x 16GB CompactFlash® (CF) card. The new, high-capacity cards give value-conscious video and photo enthusiasts the ability to shoot longer and faster, while taking advantage of new higher-resolution and high-definition digital camcorders, digital SLRs and point-and-shoot cameras. When used with many of today's popular flash-based digital camcorders, the Platinum II 16GB memory cards allow up to six hours of 1080 high-definition video recording. The Platinum II SDHC memory card is speed-rated at 60x, capable of a minimum sustained write speed of 9MB per second, while the Platinum II CF memory card is speed-rated at 80x, which represents a minimum sustained write speed of 12MB per second. The high-speed cards provide faster transfers of high-resolution video and photos, as well as large audio and digital multimedia files.
Introducing the New Casio EXILIM EX-FH20
A High-speed Camera that Shoots 1,000 fpsDOVER, NJ, SEPTEMBER 16, 2008 - Casio America, Inc., in conjunction with its parent company, Casio Computer Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan, today announced the release of its newest EXILIM® digital camera, the HIGH SPEED EXILIM EX-FH20. This remarkable new camera is capable of ultra high-speed burst shooting at 40 fps and can record high speed movies at up to 1,000 fps.
New Western Digital Portable Drive
WD My Passport Puts Half of a Terabyte In your HandsLAKE FOREST, Calif. - Sep. 15, 2008 - Catering to consumers on-the-go with the world's most popular portable storage offerings, WD® (NYSE: WDC) today introduced its new 500 GB capacity My Passportâ¢ Portable USB Drives which are designed to make it easy to store a half a terabyte of music, videos or photos and carry them in the palm of your hand. Available now at WD's online store (www.shopwd.com), the new 500 GB capacity is offered on the My Passport Eliteâ¢ and My Passport Essentialâ¢ portable drive models.
Zeiss Releases Two EF Mount Lenses
Two Fast Lenses for Canon EOS CamerasThornwood, NY, September 2008: Carl Zeiss is expanding its successful line of SLR lenses with the introduction of the Zeiss ZE Lenses with EF bayonet for all analog and digital EOS camera models.
The First Micro Four Thirds Lenses
Two New Lenses for Panasonic G1SECAUCUS, NJ (September 12, 2008) - Panasonic today announced the world's first interchangeable lenses designed for the new Micro Four Thirds System. The LUMIX G VARIO 14-45mm/F3.5-5.6 ASPH./MEGA O.I.S will be the standard kit lens with the LUMIX DMC-G1, the world's first Micro Four Thirds System digital camera, which also debuted today. In addition, the LUMIX G VARIO 45-200mm/F4.0-5.6/MEGA O.I.S. telephoto lens, also designed for the Micro Four Thirds format, offers an enhanced zoom range for use with the DMC-G1 and other cameras based on the new standard.
Panasonic Releases World's First Micro Four Thirds Camera
Smallest and Lightest Digital Interchangeable Lens Camera AvailableSecaucus, NJ (September 12, 2008) - Panasonic today 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.
New 32 GB CompactFlash from SanDisk
Pro Card With Doubled Capacity and Faster WritingMILPITAS, Calif. September 11, 2008 - Who says big cards can't be fast? SanDisk Corporation today announced the 32-gigabyte (GB)1 SanDisk Extreme® III CompactFlash® (CF) card, the latest addition to its award-winning SanDisk Extreme III line. Combining world-class storage capacity with fast data transfer rates, SanDisk's new memory card is designed to meet the demands of professional digital videographers and photographers. For many cards, an increase in storage capacity often comes at a cost to speed, but the 32GB SanDisk Extreme III CF card at 30 megabytes per second (MB/s) offers customers the best of both worlds.
New Lexar Professional UDMA 300x 16GB CompactFlash Card
Cards with Increased Speed, Capacity and Professional-Level PerformanceFremont, CA, September 9, 2008 -- Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, today announced the Lexar Professional UDMA 300x 16GB CompactFlash® (CF) card, a new memory card that provides an ideal combination of increased capacity, professional-level performance and reliability. Designed for professional photographers and photo enthusiasts, this lightning-fast card is UDMA-enabled (Ultra Direct Memory Access), resulting in exceedingly fast performance. Speed-rated at 300x, which represents a minimum sustained write speed of 45MB per second, the new Lexar Professional UDMA 300x 16GB CF card dramatically reduces post-production time thanks to an improved card-to-computer transfer rate when working in conjunction with a UDMA-enabled device. In addition, the very high capacity of the card allows photographers to store more images and shoot for longer periods without interruption.
Sony Unveils First Full-Frame D-SLR
The New Flagship Full-Frame Alpha DSLR-A900 With 24.6 MP ResolutionSAN DIEGO, Sept. 9, 2008 - Sony is introducing its full-frame α (alpha) DSLR-A900 camera, aimed at serious photo enthusiasts looking for traditional SLR performance with the added benefits of digital photography.
NEC Display Introduces 22-Inch Widescreen LCD
Feature-Rich Monitor That Delivers Exceptional QualityCHICAGO - September 3, 2008 - NEC Display Solutions of America, a leading stand-alone provider of commercial and residential LCD and plasma displays and projectors, announced today the launch of its new 22-inch MultiSync EA221WM widescreen LCD monitor. This is the second MultiSync EA Series product to be introduced following the launch of the 26-inch EA261WM in June.
JOBO Introduces New Portable Photo Viewer
Easy-to-use JOBO X7 Features 7-inch display and 1GB of Internal MemoryGummersbach, Germany (September 3, 2008) - JOBO AG announces a unique and very portable new addition to the growing JOBO family of digital picture frames. Featuring a 7-inch viewing screen and 1GB of internal memory capable of storing up to 10,000 images, the new wallet-like JOBO X7 Portable Photo Viewer is the perfect accessory for photographers on the go or anyone who wishes to take their favorite pictures along with them to share with family and friends.
Tamron Announces New 10-24mm Lens
A High-Performance, Compact Ultra Wide-Angle ZoomSeptember 1, 2008, Commack, NY- Tamron Co., Ltd (Mr. Morio Ono, President) announced the SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II LD Aspherical (IF) featuring an unprecedented 2.4X zoom ratio in its class of ultra wide-angle zoom lenses. The innovative, high-performance ultra wide-angle zoom lens (model B001) is designed exclusively for Canon and Nikon digital SLRs with APS-C sized image sensors. Pentax and Sony mount models will be announced at a later date.
Epson Releases EX100 Portable Projector
A New Lightweight and Powerful ProjectorLONG BEACH, Calif. - Aug. 26, 2008 - Epson, the number-one selling projector brand worldwide, today announced the Epson EX100 projector, a 3.5 pound ultra-portable multimedia projector that offers 2,700 lumens of white and color light output, XGA resolution for razor-sharp image quality and detail, and Epson's latest 3-Chip 3LCD technology. Designed for business and mobile professionals who require a high-quality, feature-rich and lightweight projector that can be easily taken from location to location, the Epson EX100 is priced at $999 (estimated street price) and is available at OfficeMax and other leading retail locations.
New SanDisk SD Cards Built For Speed
SanDisk Extreme III 30MB/s Edition SDHC Line Delivers Peak PerformanceTOKYO, JAPAN, August 27, 2008 - SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today set a new speed record of 30 megabytes per second1 for SDâ¢ flash memory cards with the introduction of the SanDisk Extreme® III 30MB/s Edition line of SDHCâ¢ Cards. The new cards, expected to be available worldwide in September in 4-gigabyte (GB)2, 8GB and 16GB capacities, are designed to deliver peak performance when used with the new digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera, Nikon D90.