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Nikon rolls out 33rd NPCI

Nikon has announced their prestigious NPCI (Nikon Photo Contest - International) for 2010-2011, with the Grand Prize including a D3s, AF-S 24mm f/1.4G and 24-70mm f/2.8G for the overall winner. For more information including submission details and online entry, please see here.

Olympus announces cash-back on E-PL1

Olympus UK has announced a £75 cashback offer on the purchase on either a E-PL1 body or kit from authorized stockists. The offer will run in the UK and Ireland and is valid on purchases made up to 31st August 2010. More details on the offer and how to claim are available at www.olympus.co.uk/promotion

Kata rolls out the Beetle

Stills and video camera bag specialist, Kata, has wheeled out the new Beetle backpack, which they claim conforms to most airlines carry-on restrictions. The Pro Light Beetle-282 is capable of carrying a 17-inch laptop, a couple of camera bodies and a lens up to 300mm. For a shade under £270 inc VAT, the pack is also compatible with the Kata Insertrolley option, making it a breeze when navigating the busy check-in. For more information, please see the press release below. Press release:Carry On Convenience for both DSLR and HVD with the new Kata Beetle!29 June 2010
Kata has done it again with another brand new feature-packed backpack – the Pro Light Beetle-282 – yet another super-light and protective camera bag from the Kata stable, which offers unrivaled protection for your camera gear.Perfect for travel, this new backpack manufactured in the latest lightweight ripstop fabric, is suitable carry on for most airlines* and can hold an impressive array of kit. The Beetle 282 can house up …

Leica Tweet for Charity

Fundraising on Twitter for Leica enthusiasts’ charity initiative29 June 2010Starting on 30 June 2010, Leica Camera AG will donate € 0.50 (0.50 Euros) to the UK-based Association for International Cancer Research (AICR) for every new follower of Leica’s Twitter account http://www.twitter.com/leica_camera (@leica_camera). Leica will donate an additional € 1,000 to the AICR upon reaching 10,000 followers by 9 July 2010.The charity project for the benefit of international cancer research is part of an initiative that was launched by Leica enthusiast photographers who met on the independent International Leica User Forum (http://www.l-camera-forum/leica-forum/).At the cornerstone of the project is the Leica User Forum Charity Book 2010, which is available through online publishing company, Blurb: http://www.tinyurl.com/LUFBOOK2010. The book is 172 pages long and includes a broad variety of images taken by 101 Leica Forum members. A significant donation from the participating photographers…

DxO Labs add lens testing to DxOMark

Earlier in the week DxO Labs, the software company behind DxO Optics Pro Raw workflow utility and latterly the DxOMark database of camera sensor performance measurements, has added lens testing to assess image-quality of specific lens-camera combinations. The listings aren't at this time exhaustive, being mainly Nikon and Canon models to start, but that will surely change over time. DxOMark 2010 introduces comprehensive lens measurements and score system to assess optics and cameras image qualityDxOMark’s unique RAW-based measurements now available for each specific lens-camera combination
June 22, 2010 – DxO Labs today unveiled DxOMark 2010, the new version of its successful dxomark.com website, adding objective RAW-based lens performance measurements to its existing database of camera sensor measurements. DxOMark 2010 also proposes fifteen different DxOMark Scores to assess the various aspects of image quality and to help rank and compare lenses and cameras.Freely accessible, DxOM…

OWC announce conversion kit for second drive in Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro computers

US-based retailer Other World Computing (OWC) has announced a $79.99 conversion bracket kit to replace the internal optical drive of Apple MacBook and MacBook Pro laptops. The bracket, aimed at pro-shooters and retouchers, accommodates a second hard drive or Solid State Drive (SSD) for up to 640GB additional capacity, or RAID array.For more information, please read the press release below: Press release:June 24, 2010, Woodstock, IL -- Other World Computing (OWC®) http://www.macsales.com, a leading zero emissions Mac® and PC technology company, today announced the OWC Data Doubler™, an optical bay mounting solution for MacBook or MacBook Pro notebook computers that enables users to add a second hard drive or SSD for up to an additional 640GB of internal drive capacity, internal RAID, or other user customized internal data storage configurations.The $79.99 MSRP OWC Data Doubler comes complete with all required hardware, a detailed step-by-step Mac notebook model specific installation gui…

Lexar unveils new 24-in-1 USB card reader

Lexar Media has announced a new 24-in-1 USB multi-card reader. With a RRP of £29.99, the reader is compatible with multiple SD, CF, mobile, Memory Stick and xD card form factors. In the following video clip, Lexar’s director of marketing Jeff Cable demonstrates how to use the Lexar Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB Reader with the new Apple iPad and 600x speed CF cards. Press releaseLexar Media Introduces Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB Reader For Easy and Reliable File Transfer

All-in-One Solution Enables Concurrent Downloads and Card-to-Card Transfer of Multimedia Files

Multi-Card 24-in-1 USB Reader Key Messages:
Allows for quick and easy download of photo, video, music, and other files
Includes five slots and supports 24 memory card formats
Enables concurrent downloads to a host computer and card-to-card file transfer
Pop-up design protects card slots when not in use

Fremont, CA, June 24, 2010 – Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, today introduced the Lexar® Multi-Card…

Transcend outs class 10 64GB SDXC card

Transcend, makers of memory cards and storage devices, have unwrapped their new class 10 64GB SDXC cards capable, it's claimed, of transfer rates up to 25MB/s. There is no word on price or availability at this time. Transcend Unveils 64GB Class 10 SDXC CardJune 22, 2010Transcend Information, Inc. (Transcend), a worldwide leader in memory and storage products, today announced the company's first 64GB Class 10 SDXC memory cards. Featuring an unprecedented amount of storage capacity and ultra fast transfer rates up to 25 MB/s, Transcend's new Ultimate SDXC cards are perfect for consumers in need of extended HD video recording time and improved camera performance for high-resolution digital photography.SDXC (Secure Digital eXtended Capacity) is the next-generation standard for SD cards established by the Secure Digital Association (SDA). With supported capacities ranging from 32GB up to 2TB, SDXC offers vastly greater storage potential compared to the SDHC standard, which only …

Nikon sponsors The Open Championship

Nikon continues its association with the The Open Championship, the camera company announced today. Nikon first sponsored the event 17 years ago in 1993. NIKON SPONSORS THE 150TH OPEN CHAMPIONSHIP

Nikon today announces its continued sponsorship of The Open Championship, the world’s oldest golf tournament, which is celebrating its 150th year. Nikon will be sponsoring The Championship, which is taking place between 15-18 July, at St Andrews, Scotland, for the 17th consecutive year, and has lined up some exciting activities and promotions to reflect this special anniversary for the tournament.

Nikon will be hosting an experiential area at St Andrews where members of the public will be able to view their golf swing as they hit balls into a net, using the COOLPIX P100, Nikon’s high performance COOLPIX camera that features full HD Movie Mode. Visitors will then have the chance to spend time with a professional golfer, who will analyse their swing, help to iron out any flaws and make improvemen…

BlackRapid RS-5 camera strap review

By Kevin Carter I was sent the BlackRapid RS-5 camera sling for review, and my first thoughts on opening the package were how is this going to work? - it's an unusual design for a camera strap, to say the least. Fo the uninitiated, the camera is held, not by the usual two eyelets on the body, but by the tripod socket underneath. Now I wasn't immediately thinking of the benefits to this, indeed I was a little taken aback to be honest. There's no doubt it feels strange to secure the camera by just one point, instead of two, but the RS-5 sling has a fastener and D-ring made from solid steel and a high-quality rubber compression washer (pictured above) - assuring a rock-sold attachment point to your camera. While the D-ring allows you to apply a precise amount of torque and the compression of the rubber holds the fastener without fear of it coming undone, the camera hangs up-side down. That's the concerning point. But as I mentioned earlier there are several important bene…

Nikon equipment ordered for Space mission

It's no secret Nikon equipment has been the choice of NASA and the Russian contingent of the International Space Station for decades (starting with specially modified Nikon F bodies and lenses), but the company has for the first time officially released details of a recent order. Above, specially modified Nikon F3 with MD-4 motor-drive and 55mm f/2 UV Nikkor for the early 80's Shuttle missions. The 55mm f/2 UV Nikkor was never made commercially available.
UPDATE: The camera above used to be referred to as the 'small camera' by NASA technicians and crew, the 'large camera' was essentially the same configuration only differing by the addition of the MF-4 250-exposure back (in place of the standard back). Press release:
THE LATEST NIKON EQUIPMENT TO BE USED IN THE RUSSIAN SEGMENT OF THE INTERNATIONAL SPACE STATION

New orders received for Nikon D3S and D3X digital-SLR cameras as well as NIKKOR interchangeable lenses

Nikon Corporation (Michio Kariya, President) is pleas…

Noton announces Chasing the Light Roadshow in Edinburgh

David Noton, one of the UK's leading landscape photographers has announced a new venue for his popular Chasing the Light roadshow. Tickets are on sale now and the event will be held on 28th September at the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh. For more details including how to secure your tickets, please see the press release below. 17 June 2010TEAM NOTON IS CHASING THE LIGHT AGAIN – THIS TIME IN EDINBURGHTeam Noton is on the road again, having announced a brand new Edinburgh venue for the highly acclaimed ‘Chasing the Light’ Road Show.Hosted in association with Lowepro & Giotto’s, tickets are now on sale for the show, which will be hitting the stage on 28th September at the Royal College of Physicians in Edinburgh.The first events which took place in Bristol were a sell-out. David said: ‘Our aim was to put on a travel and photography show which would take guests on an inspirational ‘round the world’ trip. Feedback from the events has been phenomenal, and as promised, we…

Lexar debuts Quality Labs

Lexar has released an interesting behind-the-scenes look at how they test their memory cards. Press release:While many photographers and consumer electronics customers pay close attention to the prices, speeds and capacities of their memory cards and USB flash drives, they don’t know just how durable these devices are in real-world use. Lexar developed a video offering a look into the Lexar Quality Labs, facilities with more than 800 digital cameras and memory card devices, to ensure performance, quality, compatibility, and reliability.

Bibble Labs announce Bibble Pro 5.1 and 5.1 Lite versions

Bibble labs has announced the long-awaited update to the popular independent raw workflow utility, Bibble Pro. Originally promised earlier in the year version 5.1 now includes the automatic optimization option, Perfectly Clear and Heal and Clone tools, from version 4.0 as well a support for 10 new Raw formats. The company has also announced the Lite version (5.1). Bibble 5.1 Pro and Bibble 5.1 Lite are available immediately for Windows, Mac, and Linux computers for $199.95 and $99.95, respectively. Press release:Bibble 5.1 Pro & Lite Now Available Adding Heal & Clone tools, Perfectly Clear® One-Touch Image Optimization from Athentech, and much more.Bibble Labs is proud to announce the availability of version 5.1 of Bibble Pro, and to introduce Bibble 5.1 Lite. This release includes Healing & Cloning, Perfectly Clear® one-touch image optimization, web gallery output, support for 10 additional RAW camera formats (including Panasonic G2 and G10, Sony a450, NEX-3 and NEX-5 and O…

Sigma announce service advisory for tele-zooms

Sigma UK has issued a service advisory concerning a potential autofocus defect in three tele-zoom models:APO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM: Serial Numbers between 10633051 and 10972000
APO 120-400mm F4.5-5.6 DG OS HSM: Serial Numbers between 10574001 and 10972000
APO 150-500mm F5-6.3 DG OS HSM: Serial Numbers between 10674301 and 10972000If you own one of the lenses, Sigma has a special helpline 01707 376 795 where you can arrange collection for inspection and possible modification. The service is free of charge. For more information please see the press release below. According to a spokesperson for the company, only "a few lenses are affected within the range of serial numbers", and if there doesn't appear to be an issue "there's no need to take further action". Press release:Auto focusing issue affects limited number of Sigma telezoom lensesAfter thorough investigation, we have ascertained that some APO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM, APO 120-400m…

Canon and Nikon pro lenses get Don Zeck treatment

Any pro photographer knows the OEM hoods for Nikon and Canon telephoto lenses are tricky to use at the best of times, and while they're well made and offer excellent protection for the front element and hood, they aren't really all that useful when you're on the move. Made from engineering plastic and featuring a 'O'-ring seals, the Don Zeck lens cap is meant as a replacement for the original spec and is available for a number of Canon and Nikon telephotos. The price is $54.95 each, regardless of size, and shipping is free for US customers, or just $12.50 for international orders. Press release:Canon® and Nikon® Lenses Get a New Level of Protection for the Front Optics with The Don Zeck Lens CapDon Zeck Lens Cap welcomes their newest dealer: Photo Craft located in Burke VA. Check out their websitewww.ephotocraft.com or call them at 703-250-5555. Portland, OR (PRWEB) June 15, 2010 -- Photographers cover your glass with a lens cap that has raised the bar for function, …

Hasselblad take steps to reassure UK market

Hasselblad has taken the unusual step to reassure UK photographers and retailers after issuing a recent press release (see below) that appears to imply the newly appointed Global Marketing Director, Chris Russell-Fish, will have less presence in his UK role as MD. The company has issued the following statement assuring its customers that's not the case.


Dear Photographer,

You may in the past week have seen details of the following press release in the photographic news. Whilst this is a very positive move for the global Hasselblad brand, it could possibly be interpreted as a negative with regards to Hasselblad UK.

However, please be assured that this is not the case. Chris Russell-Fish will still have a very active involvement at Hasselblad UK in his existing role as Managing Director, and will continue to role out exciting initiatives such as the H4D Studiodays and the new Hasselblad Studio, etc.

It will therefore be business as usual at Hasselblad UK, with Chris looking to increase…

Apple announces redesigned Mac mini

Apple has today announced the updated Mac Mini with a new form factor, more powerful NVIDIA GeForce 320M graphics and memory up to 8GB. Prices start at $699 / £649 for the base model and $999 / £929 for the Server version. Press release:Apple Unveils All New Mac mini Apple Unveils All New Mac miniCUPERTINO, California—June 15, 2010—Apple today unveiled a completely redesigned Mac mini, featuring up to twice the graphics performance, a new HDMI port, and a new SD card slot, all in an amazingly compact aluminium enclosure. Mac mini is the world’s most energy efficient desktop and starting at $699 / £649 inc VAT, is the most affordable way to enjoy Mac OS X, iLife or Mac OS X Snow Leopard Server.“The sleek, aluminium Mac mini packs great features, versatility and value into an elegant, amazingly compact design,” said Philip Schiller, Apple's senior vice president of Worldwide Product Marketing. "With twice the graphics performance, HDMI support and industry-leading energy efficien…

Sigma confirms price and availability of SD15 DSLR

Sigma has announced the new 14-megapixel SD15 will be avialble art the begining of July and will retail for £899.99. Sigma has also taken the opportunity to announce the new 17-50mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM zoom is available now in Canon mount, with Sigma, Nikon, Sony and Pentax to follow. The suggested retail price is £649.99
Press release:Sigma SD15 Digital SLR camera with “TRUE II” image processing engine
Sigma Imaging (UK) Ltd is pleased to announce that the suggested retail price of the new SD15 digital SLR is £899.99. This camera is the latest model in Sigma’s SD series and will be available at the beginning of July.Powered by the 14 megapixel Foveon X3 direct image sensor it can capture all primary RGB colours at each and every pixel location arranged in three layers. The new SD15 incorporates the “TRUE II” image processing engine which processes the large amount of data from the 14 megapixel direct image sensor. It also provides high resolution power and reproduces high definition ima…

Seagate releases FreeAgent GoFlex drives

Seagate has released an updated range of the popular FreeAgent external hard-drives, offering interchangeable connection adaptors for USB 2 USB 3.0, eSATA and FW800. Seagate are also including an NTFS driver for Mac OS Xallowing storage and access of files from both Windows and Mac computers. Capacities range from 320GB to 2TB in a range of form factors, and will be available later in the month. Prices are yet to be announced. Press release:SEAGATE ANNOUNCES AVAILABILITY OF FreeAgent GoFlex EXTERNAL HARD DRIVES IN THE UK
New era of external storage; a flexible hard drive solution with multiple interface and content sharing options LONDON, United Kingdom — 10 June 2010Seagate (NASDAQ: STX), the worldwide leader in hard drives and storage solutions, today announced that the next evolution of the company’s award-winning FreeAgent® external hard drives—its new GoFlex™ storage solutions – will go on sale in the UK from the end of June. Initially the FreeAgent GoFlex will be available from…

Honl Photo rolls out the Roll-Up

Flaghead Photographic, the UK distributor for Honl Photo, has annouunced the Filter Roll-Up - a handy wrap for the maker's range of gels for portable flashguns (strobes). The RRP is £15.99, and it's available now. Press release:HONL PHOTO introduce the Filter Roll-UP!Flaghead Photographic, the exclusive UK & Ireland distributor of HONL PHOTO products have launched the Honl Photo Filter Roll-Up.


Honl Photo Filter Roll-UP
A very quick and convenient way to carry up to 30 Honl Photo Filters. The filters are well protected in transport and can be identified and accessed very quickly when needed.
Size: 5” x 20” open, 5” X 2” rolled up
Weight: 3 ounces
Materials: ballistic nylon with nylon ripstopHP-ROLLUP Filter Photo Filter Roll-Up £15.99 (inc VAT).Fore more information, please visit Flaghead Photographic here.

Kodak announces ESP 7250

Kodak has today announced the latest all-in-one printer to their rapidly expanding range of affordable inkjets - the ESP 7250. As well as the expected scan and print options, the new ESP7250 adds WiFi connectivity for printing directly from smartphones - the iPhone - in particular, as well as a built-in duplexer (for printing on both sides).
Press release:Kodak’s New All-In-One Inkjet Printer Provides the Connectivity and Value To Print and Share Your Mobile Life For Less
Easy Wi-Fi Set Up and the Latest Wi-Fi Technology Enables Direct Printing from Smartphones1


London, UK, June 10th, 2010 — Eastman Kodak Company (NYSE: EK) invites consumers to unlock the photos and documents stored in their Smartphones1 with its new KODAK ESP 7250 All-in-One (AiO) Printer. Featuring easy-to-use wireless capabilities, an intuitive control panel and the lowest total ink replacement cost in the industry2, the new KODAK ESP 7250 helps you share and print your mobile life for less, saving consumers up to £75 a…