Showing posts from May, 2010

Pretec outs world's fastest and largest CF card

Pretec, one of the most innovative CF card makers in the world, has today announced the world's highest capacity CF card, at 128GB. It's rated at 567x (up to 85 MB/s), however the company has also released details of a super-high speed card, rated at 667x (up to 100 MB/s) but with a lower maximum capacity of 64GB. Production will start in June this year and both cards will have a suggested retail of $699.
Rival pro-spec CF cards, such as that from both SanDisk and Lexar Media are currently rated at 600x (90MB/s) and are similarly available up to 64GB in capacity (32GB for Lexar Pro cards).
For more information please read the press release below.

Taipei, Taiwan, May 28th 2010

Pretec, creator of the highest capacity CompactFlash card in the world since 1998 and the fastest CF card in the world , continues today its record breaking history in the field of speed and capacity by unveiling the even higher capacity and speed CF128GB card at Computex Taipei 2010 (TWTC Nangang Exhibitio…

Pretec release world's fastest CF and SD card readers

Taipei, Taiwan, May 28th 2010

Pretec, the leader of the highest capacity CompactFlash card (128GB), fastest CompactFlash card(667X), and first SDXC card in the world, releases today a CF card reader and one SD/SDXC card reader based on ExpressCard interface, to be the fastest CF card reader in the world and fastest SD/SDXC card reader in the world. Such high performance card readers will also be shown at Pretec booth at Computex Taipei 2010 (TWTC Nangang Exhibition Hall, Lower Exhibition Hall booth J317a).

With interface speed of 2.5Gb/s and actual transfer speed up to 100MB/s working with Pretec 567X series and 667X series CF cards or other high-speed UDMA card, Pretec ExpressCard CompactFlash Reader is the world’s fastest CompactFlash card reader. The ultra high performance allows professional SLR camera users to cut down the time on file transfer and improve workflow drastically.
With interface speed of 2.5Gb/s and actual transfer speed up to 63MB/s working with Pretec 32GB/64GB SDXC…

Leica Akademie photography workshops announced

The Leica Store in Mayfair, London has announced a series of new photography workshops to be held on the premises. Guest speakers will be providing insights on a range of specialist photography topics, and training on the camera maker's M rangefinders and new digital compact cameras, including the X1 and recently announced V-Lux 20 is also being offered. For more details, please read the press release below.

Press release

Leica announces new photography workshops at London training facility, Leica Akademie

26 May 2010: Leica Akademie, the company’s London training facility, has announced a new programme of photography workshops for existing and prospective customers.

Based at 34 Bruton Place, London W1, the Leica Akademie hosts owner courses and introductory workshops, and will now be offering an extended series of workshops with experienced Leica photographers.

The Leica Akademie currently offers complimentary sessions for its range of cameras, as part of its premium service in the U…

Phase One Offers free download of Expression Media to existing C1 license holders

Phase One, developers of Capture One, the high-quality Raw workflow utility are offering existing users the opportunity to download a free copy of the recently acquired Expression Media asset management utility, (see yesterday's news story here).

Fore more details, including the option to download the utility, see here.

Phase One buys Expression Media from Microsoft

Phase One A/S the medium format back maker and developer of the high quality Capture One raw software utility has unexpectedly acquired the Expression Media (PC, Mac) application from Microsoft Corp. Expression Media was formerly known and widely respected by imaging pros as iView Media Pro. Microsoft Corp added iView to its portfolio a number of years ago.
Read the full press release:

Phase One, a Digital Photography Leader, Acquires Microsoft’s Expression Media Product
Agreement focuses on strong customer support throughout transition.

REDMOND, Wash., and COPENHAGEN, Denmark — May 25, 2010 — Microsoft Corp. and Phase One A/S, a leader in digital photography, are announcing that Phase One acquired the Microsoft Expression Media product. This agreement is built on an existing strategic alliance between the companies forged in 2007 to improve digital imaging solutions for professional and enthusiast photographers.
Expression Media is a leading digital asset management application used to ca…

Lexar shipping 16GB and 32GB Pro 133x speed SDHC

Lexar Media has announced their pro-spec (133x) SDHC cards are now available* in both 16GB and 32GB capacities.

*Amazon UK are only showing the LEXAR 16 GB 133x Professional SDHC Media Card at the time of posting.

Press release:

Lexar Media Now Shipping 16GB and 32GB Professional 133x Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Memory Cards

Increased Capacity Enables Capture of High-Quality Images and Video with SDHC-Compatible Digital SLR Cameras

May 25, 2010 – Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, today announced that it is shipping Lexar® Professional 133x Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) memory cards in 16GB and 32GB capacities to retail outlets. For additional information about the 16GB and 32GB Lexar Professional 133x SDHC cards, visit

The Lexar Professional SDHC memory cards offer the maximum Class 10 speed rating, providing a blazing-fast minimum sustained write speed capability of 133x (20MB per second), while the higher capacities o…

Canon announce EOS 5D MkII firmware upgrade

Canon has today announced a firmware upgrade (v2.07) for the popular full-frame Canon Digital SLR Camera EOS 5D Mark II. The firmware is said to fix irregular aperture control in manual and aperture-priority exposure modes when shooting movies, address intermittent difference in exposure level between the viewfinder and LCD panel, and fix an occasional issue with powering down the wireless file transmitters (WFT-E4 and WFT-E4II).

The firmware update can be found here.

Domke add grey Limited range

Domke has announced a Limited range of bags in a rather fetching grey canvas and black trim. Just three models of the popular bags* have been selected for the new colour; the original F-2 (above), mid-size F-10 and super-compact F-3x. Prices start at £109.99, but there's no word as yet on availability.
Press release:


Domke the bag of choice for demanding press men and discerning enthusiasts the world over, has produced a limited production run in grey fabric with a coordinated black trim, of the three bags that built the company's legendary reputation.
The three bags to get the grey makeover are the F-10 Medium Shoulder Bag, F-3X Super Compact and the famous F-2 Original - the first bag in the Domke line some 30 years ago!

Grey is currently additional to the other fabric colours in the range and the models will continue to be available in sand, black, olive, brown, navy and wax finish Ruggedwear.
In all other respects the grey b…

Nikon add Lens Postioning Map

Nikon has added an intriguing Lens Postioning Map, allowing users to plan their range, add new lenses and compare coverage against the optics they have already. I'm not sure how helpful it is, but as a marketing tool it works quite well to promote their range even if it masks some of the shortcomings with their older lenses. Still, to their credit, Nikon are working they way through them, one by one.

Perhaps of more help to people is the Lenses Simulator, you can use it to see just what coverage your prospective purchase will give you.

Leica unwrap new 35mm f/1.4 Summilux

Leica has announced the long-rumoured update to the 35mm f/1.4 Summilux, optimised for the digital Leica M9. The lens has been re-computed and adds a close-range correction, or 'floating', rear design for improved imaging at closer distances. According to the press release, the new lens will be available towards the end of June (2010), an will carry a ticket of £3,375 including VAT.

More information can be found here.

Lo-Fi Friday

Olympus E-PL1, processed in Aperture 3.
Olympus E-PL1, Diorama Art Filter (no additional processing).

NEX Please

Sony NEX-5 with 16mm f/2.8 (24mm - equiv).

Sony announced the rumoured NEX-5 and NEX-3 this week, but I for one can't help but feel that, like many of Sony's cameras*, they miss the mark somehow. Perhaps not by much, but enough for them to be bypassed by those who have taken to the Olympus Pens and Panasonic GF1.

Sony NEX-3 with 18-55mm(28-90mm) f/3.5-5.6
Both NEX models are 'mirrorless' and feature a 14.2-megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R, APS-C size CMOS sensor, which Sony somewhat confusingly dub 'APS-HD' format. The NEX-5 boasts a metal shell while the more affordable NEX-3 model uses a plastic outer.
Although few have picked up on it, Sony's NEX cameras have been launched with a 16mm f/2.8 (24mm equivalent), see above. That's a smart move. It's not enough mind, but it's smart. Let's hope there's more to come. Olympus, Panasonic, Samsung and Ricoh (with their GXR) each have one prime, but we would like more choice please.

Sony NEX-5 w…

Canon UK announces student discount on EOS 7D and 5D Mk II

New Canon Cashback:

Canon announces a new student cashback on the award winning EOS 7D and EOS 5D Mark II

Purchase the EOS 7D before 31st August 2010 and claim £75 / €85 cashback
Purchase the EOS 5D Mk II before 31st August 2010 and claim £150 / €180 cashback

This cashback is available on the EOS 7D and EOS 5D Mark II when purchased by photographic students, lecturers or technicians from a retailer within the EOS Professional Network.

All participants must be either a student studying a recognised university photographic course, have been accepted onto a recognised university photographic course or be a lecturer/technician working on a recognised university photographic course in the UK or Republic of Ireland.
For further details on where to buy & full terms and conditions please visit or
For further details about the EOS Professional Network, and how to locate your nearest Centre or Stockist pl…

Arca-Swiss to add adjustable L-bracket

Arca-Swiss, the high-end camera maker and manufacturer of ball heads, is to release an adjustable L-bracket fitting a range of cameras. Currently, makers produce L-brackets for specific camera models, making it an expensive proposition for photographers wishing to frequently swap between cameras.

The price is expected to be in the region of €190 / £160 / $240, with tax.