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It seems that Canon will have another “major announcement” at the 2012 NAB show

Canon NAB teaser: “The story continues”

It seems that Canon will have another “major announcement” at the 2012 NAB show on April 15th, 2012 in Las Vegas. My bet goes for a smaller and cheaper EOS C300 cinema camera.

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February 20, 2012 at 10:01PM


PocketWizard Plus III announced

PocketWizard announced the previously leaked Plus III transceiver. For more info check this dedicated site and the latest Joe McNally’s post. The price is 39.00 and is currently available for pre-order at B&H.

Press release:

LPA Design Announces New PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver
Easy-to-use, feature-packed radio trigger is ideal for any serious photographer

So. Burlington, VT – February 20, 2012 – LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in reliable wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces the new PocketWizard Plus III – a feature-packed, easy-to-use solution for remote flash and camera triggering. This new simple but powerful radio provides professional and serious amateur photographers with the most reliable triggering system which they will never outgrow and never want to be without.

“Our goals in designing the new Plus III were simple: It needed to do more, cost less and offer the same reliability and simplicity as the legendary Plus II. We believe the Plus III achieves all of this and more in its sleek new design,” said Dave Schmidt, LPA Designs VP of Marketing. “Photographers need tools that will help them create images they couldn’t before and with less hassle and lower cost. The Plus III is exactly that tool.”

The new Plus III Transceiver features 32 channels and Selective Quad-Zone Triggering that enables photographers to remotely trigger flash and/or cameras in groups or individually all wirelessly from hundreds of feet away. Performance enhancing features include Long Range Mode and Repeater Mode to help photographers tackle the most challenging shooting environments and open the door for never-attempted image ideas. All features, channels and zones can be easily set using the soft-touch keypad and are clearly displayed on the backlit LCD display. *

The versatile new PocketWizard Plus III is compatible with all other PocketWizard radios and virtually every popular flash and professional digital SLR camera system. It also communicates with all PocketWizard-enabled photo gear including select Profoto, Dynalite, Norman and Photogenic flash systems and Sekonic light meters.

The new Plus III will be demonstrated at the PocketWizard WPPI 2012 Booth #621 in Las Vegas, NV, February 20-23, 2012 as well as in the JP Distribution booth at Focus on Imaging Show in Birmingham, UK, March 4-7, 2012.
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February 17, 2012 at 02:41AM


Thieves Steal Over 50,000 in Camera Gear from Nikon in Van Heist

A security van transporting roughly £100,000 (~56,000) in Nikon camera gear was targeted by robbers this past Saturday after the Dublin NPS Roadshow. The thieves made off with the entire truckload of equipment, including demo versions of the Nikon D4 and Nikon D800 — cameras that aren’t available yet to the general public. You can find an list of what was stolen (and their individual serial numbers) here. Camera gear thieves have been pretty active so far in 2012 — just last month someone made off with a pre-production Sigma 180mm f/2.8 lens at CES 2012 in Las Vegas.

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January 19, 2012 at 02:43AM


Tested at CES: Timbuk2 Camera Backpack Camera Bag

I trusted my shoulders to Timbuk2′s new camera day pack for the marathon that is the Consumer Electronics Show

Last week, we were on the floor at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas trying to hunt down the coolest new camera-related gadgets to feature here on the site. It was my sixth time at the show and I’ve learned that choosing the wrong bag can be both frustrating and physically painful. But, I gave Timbuk2′s new Sleuth camera bag a chance to carry my gear and I came away impressed and, thankfully, able to stand up straight.

What is it?

Timbuk2 hasn’t been a name in the camera bag game for long, but their arsenal of photo-related products is growing steadily. They use the same rugged ballistic nylon found in their messenger bags in their camera line. The Sleuth is a two-pocket system, with the bottom section designed to hold camera stuff and the more-open top compartment designed for personal items. There’s also a slot for a laptop which will comfortably accomodate up to a 17-inch laptop. With a lot of new bags catering to the MacBook Air and tablet user, it was nice to find a new bag that had no trouble accepting my 15-inch MacBook Pro.

Pockets

The press material says that the camera compartment is big enough to hold a DSLR with two lenses, as well as a flash and accessories. I found that to be true, although it can be a tight squeeze. Here’s what I was carrying, which pretty much maxed out the compartment: 1 Canon 7D with a 24-105 F/4L IS (attached), 1 50mm F/1.8 II, 1 Canon 580 EX Flash and a Leica D-Lux 3 camera I was also reviewing. The Velcro dividers are customizable, but the pocket itself isn’t that deep (because of the low-profile of the bag) so it took a bit of configuring before I got everything where I wanted it. Once I had it figured out, though, everything stayed nice and secure. But, if you’re using a large pro body or a battery grip, you can expect to fit even less gear.

The top pocket looks small when you open it, but I was able to fit full magazines and my notebook in no problem, which surprised me. The zippered pocket inside the flap was great for batteries and memory cards, and there was even a slot for business cards.

There are two pockets on the outside, both of which are big enough to hold battery chargers, but they’d do better with flatter objects if you can manage. I filled mine with Clif bars, a CES staple.

Access

Many sling bags like this give you the option of side entry into the camera pocket, but there’s only one way into the Sleuth, so you’ll have to take it all the way off if you want to get at the camera compartment. You can leave it on one arm and sling it around, but then you’re supporting an open bag, which can get kind of awkward. So, if you’re the type that likes to leave the camera in the bag until it’s time to shoot, this may not be your first choice. But, in a situation where the camera is almost always out (like CES) it didn’t prove an inconvenience.

The top pocket is extremely straight forward and the laptop sleeve is recessed a bit, so even if you leave it open by accident, you probably still won’t see it go sliding out .

Protection

I used the Sleuth as my sole carry-on, trusting my laptop and my camera gear to it and everything came out just fine. The laptop slot is lined with Tricot and padding, so even though the sleeve is a rather tight fit, everything remains well protected.

The bottom section of the bag doesn’t have quite as much padding as others in its class, so I wouldn’t want to drop it, but it’s not so little that I ever felt the need to worry about the gear I was putting in it. The dividers in the camera pocket are fairly standard for any serious camera bag.

If you’re going to to be in wet environments or overly humid climates, you might want to opt for something with a little more weatherproofing or at least an included rain cover, which the Sleuth lacks. The nylong shell does a pretty good job of resisting moisture, but it’s ultimately only average when it comes to keeping things dry.

Fit

One of the things I liked very much about the Sleuth was the way it fit. The straps are wide, but not so much so that they fall off your shoulders. Same goes for padding, which was very effective, but didn’t make the straps balloon up and restrict your ability to put it on and take it off in a hurry. They also never seemed to get twisted, which is wonderful because that drives me insane. You can connect the straps across your chest using a clip, which is also a plus because it adds support and keeps the whole pack more securely in place.

The back panel has vents created by the same low-profile padding found in the straps. I didn’t really notice the back padding much, but it must have been working because I saw a lot of very sweaty backs over the course of the show and yet my shirts remained pretty dry.

Even when full, the whole bag still has a very streamlined profile, which allowed me to wear it high on my back where it was most comfortable. It also cuts down on added bulk, which I appreciated on the crowded show floor and in packed elevators.

I’m torn about whether or not it would benefit from a waist strap. While I think it would’ve improved an already great-fitting bag, it also would’ve taken away from the simplicity of the whole package, which is a big selling point.

Construction

While a week or so isn’t really enough to full test the endurance of a camera bag, I can say that I’d expect the Sleuth to stand up to just about any situation. CES is a long, hard process and it survived no problem. The zippers were strong and the nylon material resisted scuffs common from being thrown on the floor.

Look

This is another high point for the Sleuth. Just by looking at it, you might not even be able to tell that it’s a camera bag, which is a big plus if you’re not into advertising the fact that you’re carrying a lot of expensive gear. The low-profile pack doesn’t give you that Ghost Busters look and the understated black-and-grey colorway goes with just about anything. iIt also comes in Algae green, which takes a bit more bravery to pull off, but that’s part of Timbuk2′s image. It would be cool if you could take advantage of some of their custom fabric options, but I’m betting that will happen if the camera bag series gets popular enough.

Conclusion

Bags like this one are becoming more common, but with many of them meant to handle an iPad or a tiny MacBook Air, it’s nice to see one that can accommodate a full-sized laptop. While I wouldn’t have minded a little more room for gear, the Sleuth has plenty of space for a day pack. Plus, it’s very tough, extremely comfortable, and it’s one of the best-looking camera bags I have seen in a while. I’d have no problem recommending it as a short-list option for anyone in the market for anyone looking for a great camera bag that doesn’t, well, look like a camera bag.

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January 17, 2012 at 10:18AM


Detailed Fuji X-Pro 1 camera hands-on report

I had a chance to get some more “hands-on” time with the Fuji X-Pro 1 camera at CES.

If you are a Fuji X100 user (like me), the first thing you will notice once you pick up the X-Pro 1 is the bigger LCD screen (3.0-inch RGBW LCD monitor, approx. 1,230,000 dots).

When I tried the autofocus of the X-Pro 1 the first day, I was not convinced that it’s faster than then the X100. I went back to the Fuji booth the next day and did some side-by-side comparison with the X100 that was on display right next to the X-Pro 1. I am now convinced that the AF in the X-Pro 1 is faster, I was even able to focus in some tricky lighting conditions:

Fuji did not make any improvements to the manual focus in the X-Pro 1 – there is still not focus confirmation or “focus peaking” (like in the Sony NEX or Ricoh GXR systems), which could be problematic if you are planning on using the camera with Leica M-mount lenses.

The body of the X-Pro 1 is slightly bigger than the X100, the new X lenses are significantly bigger:

Fuji X100 vs. X-Pro 1 size comparison

The Auto ISO selection is now added to the ISO menu. This is very useful when the ISO selection is assigned to the Fn button (the X100 did not include the Auto ISO option).

The X-Pro 1 has a new Q menu that allows quick access to the main camera settings – this worked pretty good, going trough the X100 menu to change a selection is painful:

The new Q Menu on the Fuji X-Pro 1

The Q menu can be activated from the new Q button located under the AE-L and AF-L switch:

The new Q button

The Fuji X-Pro 1 also features a new shutter dial lock button that was not present on the X100:

The X-Pro 1 shutter dial now has a lock button (located at the center))

Fuji X100 shutter dial

The menu dial selector of the X-Pro 1 has a much better ergonomics than the X100:

Here is the complete description of all X-Pro 1 buttons from Fujifilm:

Compared to the X100, Fujifilm also changed the menu navigation – the different functions are now grouped by multiple tabs for faster access:

Fuji X-Pro 1 menu

Fuji X100 menu

Fuji did not make any changes to the video capabilities of the X-Pro 1, they remain unchanged from the X100 – you still get continuous AF during recording, without manual override (you can still change the aperture during video recording).

Fujifilm definitely took notes on the feedback from X100 users and addressed all issues in the X-Pro 1, except the video mode and manual focus – those are really my only two complaints for the X-Pro 1 so far (based on what I’ve seen at CES).

As I already mentioned, Fuji did confirm the upcoming Leica M-mount adapter.

There are a lot of online speculations regarding the price of the X-Pro 1. Fujifilm’s rep at CES confirmed that the MSRP will be very close (if not identical) to the leaked prices on Amazon few days before the announcement:

Fujifilm X-Pro 1 body only: 699.95

Fujifilm Lens X-Pro1 35mm f/1.4 lens: 99.95

Fujifilm Lens X-Pro1 18mm f/2.0 lens: 99.95

Fujifilm Lens X-Pro1 60mm f/2.4 Macro lens: 99.95

European prices will probably be slightly higher.

In the US, the camera will start shipping at the end of February, 2012.

The lens roadmap for the upcoming X lenses looks like this:

2012:

Fuji 14mm f/2.8

Fuji 18-72mm f/4.0 with image stabilization

2013:

Fuji 28mm f/2.8 pancake lens

Fuji 23mm f/2.0

Fuji 72-200mm f/4.0 with image stabilization

Fuji 12-24mm f/4.0 with image stabilization

The Fuji X10 and X100 product lines will continue to exists in the future independent of the new X-Pro 1.

Here is a nice video overview of the X-Pro 1:

More Fuji X-Pro 1 related links:

Some more “unofficial” X-Pro 1 samples

Kodak alleges patent infringement against Fujifilm

Unsurprisingly, the Fujifilm X-Pro 1 camera won four awards at CES 2012:

CNET “Best of CES 2012″ Best Camera; Popular Science “CES 2012 Product of the Future”; Popular Mechanics “CES 2012 Editor’s Choice Award”; Tom’s Guide “Best of CES 2012″

Valhalla, N.Y., January 16, 2012 – Fujifilm North America Corporation Electronic Imaging Division today announced that the new, revolutionary FUJIFILM X-Pro1 Digital Camera has won four awards during the 2012 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week:

CNET “Best of CES 2012” – Best Camera
CNET recognized the FUJIFILM X-Pro1 digital camera as Best Camera saying, “The camera incorporates several innovations, including a promising new sensor and lovely hybrid viewfinder, all in a sleek, retro design.”
The “Best of CES” Awards, which are produced and judged by CNET, recognize the hottest products at the 2012 CES, including a Best of Show and People’s Voice award selected by the CNET online audience. The awards recognize the most innovative products that set the standard for all other products in the industry.

Popular Science “CES 2012 Product of the Future”
Popular Science magazine cited the FUJIFILM X–Pro1 digital camera saying, “Now, the X-Pro1 brings the same sleek look and innovative hybrid digital/optical viewfinder [as the FUJIFILM X-100 digital camera] to an interchangeable lens system, which currently includes three fast primes, or non-zoom lenses.”

Popular Mechanics “CES 2012 Editor’s Choice Award”
Popular Mechanics magazine chose the FUJIFILM X-Pro1calling it, “A stunner, a gorgeous slab of aluminum, synthetic leather, and precision-milled nobs and dials that manages to be featherlight, thanks to it magnesium build.”

Tom’s Guide “Best of CES 2012”
Tom’s Guide also cited the FUJIFILM X-Pro1 saying, “Each year, there are a special few products at CES that really wow us. Among them is the Fujifilm X-Pro1, Fujifilm’s new interchangeable lens camera.”

“We are honored to receive these awards in recognition of the advanced technical innovation in our FUJIFILM X-Pro1 digital camera,” said Go Miyazaki, division president, Imaging & Electronic Imaging Division, Fujifilm North America Corporation. “Professionals and consumers have enthusiastically recognized the FUJIFILM X100 and the FUJIFILM X10 as the new “must have” cameras. Now the X-Pro1 marks Fujifilm’s re-entry into the interchangeable lens system camera category, with award winning design and technology that lives up to our legacy of supporting the culture of photography.”

With unique technology designed to deliver unsurpassed image quality, the FUJIFILM X-Pro1 has three compact, bright, prime FUJINON lenses, a newly developed 16MP APS-C X-Trans CMOS sensorTM, incorporating a uniquely designed filter array to optimize image color and quality, and Fujifilm’s proprietary EXR Processor technology. The FUJIFILM X-Pro1 is a worthy rival to the competitive cameras in the market.

To further expand its presence in the premium camera market, Fujifilm continues to focus on every detail, taking the X-Pro1 to the next level by featuring a new 2nd Generation Hybrid Multi
Viewfinder. The FUJIFILM X-Pro1 digital camera not only promises to deliver unsurpassed image quality and superb design, it also gives photographers a camera that looks and feels as good as the images it delivers.

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January 11, 2012 at 03:16PM


Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN and 19mm f/2.8 EX DN lenses for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras announced at CES

In addition to the APO Macro 180mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM lens for DSLR cameras, for CES Sigma also announced the previously rumored 30mm f/2.8 EX DN and the 19mm f/2.8 EX DN lenses for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras:

Sigma Corporation of America announces prime lenses for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras at CES 2012

New lenses and product line designed for Micro Four Thirds, E-mount systems

LAS VEGAS, NV, Jan. 9, 2012 – Sigma Corporation of America today announced the launch of its new line of Micro Four Thirds system and E-mount lenses for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras from the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2012 in Las Vegas, NV.

The leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes,hasmade its entrée into the mirrorless interchangeable lens category with the introduction of its Digital Neo (DN) line, which will first include the 30mm F2.8 EX DN and the 19mm F2.8 EX DN lenses in Micro Four Thirds mounts for Olympus and Panasonic, and E-mount for Sony NEX-series cameras. Pricing and availability are pending.

“The launch of our DN series with two fast prime lenses demonstrates our commitment to being a leader in innovation and quality, and providing photographers with excellent choices for lenses in this exciting new camera category,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “Sigma lenses empower photographers to be more creative with their photography, and we’re absolutely thrilled to be embarking on this new journey with products for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras for Micro Four Thirds and NEX mount systems.”

The Sigma DN line of high-performance lenses is designed exclusively for mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. This lens design and technology ensures high optical performance and compact, lightweight construction. The DN lenses’ superior telecentric optical design also assures sharp- and high-resolution image quality across the entire image plane.

The 30mm F2.8 EX DN and the 19mm F2.8 EX DN lenses are both equipped with Sigma’s Super Multi-Layer Coating to reduce flare and ghosting, while providing sharp and high-contrast images, even at the maximum aperture. The lenses also benefit from a newly developed linear autofocus (AF) motor, which moves the lens unit directly without the need for gears or the drive of other mechanical parts. This system ensures accurate and quiet autofocusing, making both the 30mm F2.8 EX DN and the 19mm F2.8 EX DN suitable for video recording as well as still photos.

The Sigma 30mm F2.8 EX DN has the equivalent angle of view of a 60mm lens (35mm equivalent focal length) on the Micro Four Thirds system and 45mm (35mm equivalent focal length) on the E-mount system. It has a minimum focusing distance of 11.8 inches and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:8.1. The 30mm F2.8 EX DN has two glass mold aspherical lenses, including a double-sided aspherical lens, to provide excellent correction for all types of aberration, as well as an inner focusing system that corrects the fluctuation of aberration to maintain image quality regardless of the focal distance. It also features a rounded, seven-blade diaphragm to deliver a smooth rendering of the out-of-focus areas of the image.

The Sigma 19mm F2.8 EX DN is a wide angle lens with the equivalent angle of view of a 38mm (35mm equivalent focal length) on the Micro Four Thirds system and 28.5mm (35mm equivalent focal length) on the E-mount system. It has a minimum focusing distance of 7.9 inches and a maximum magnification ratio of 1:7.4. Three glass mold aspherical lenses provide excellent correction for distortion, color aberration and field curvature, and an inner focusing system corrects the fluctuation of aberration to maintain image quality regardless of the focal length. The 19mm F2.8 EX DN lens features a rounded, seven-blade diaphragm, which ensures smooth rendering of the out-of-focus areas of the image.

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