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As We Predicted, Olympus Launch New Special All-Black E-P2 + Kit

We didn't think that secret would keep, well here you have it, Olympus have officially announced the new all-black E-P2 micro four thirds camera today, along with 40-150mm and 75-300mm lenses. The new E-P2 EVF Edition kit comes with a 17mm 1:2.8 pancake lens (also in black), and the VF-2 electronic viewfinder, in black too. Also included is a new lens cap with "F" logo, which you can see in the photo above. Available in the shops from October, for 1,079 Euros, with US pricing not yet listed for this version. The E-P2 Special Black EVF Edition contents include:E-P2 camera in black
M.ZUIKO DIGITAL 17mm 1:2.8 Pancake lens exclusively in black
VF-2 electronic viewfinder in black
Historic lens cap with F logoOtherwise, the E-P2 Special Black Flash Edition comes with the above pancake lens and lens cap, swapping the viewfinder for the FL-14 external flash—hence the "flash edition" name. Supposedly this version will retail for $1,000 / 1,049 Euros come October. E-P2…

Canon Announce Largest Ever CMOS Sensor

We're sure you've read the announcement from Canon's team last week announcing a massive 120 megapixel sensor, well this week the technicians at team Canon have announced the biggest ever CMOS sensor, measuring 202x205 mm - that's round 8 inches square; making this sensor roughly around 40 times larger than the sensor currently found in the 5D Mark II. The New CMOS sensor - that's the one on the left Canon says it'll be good for filming stars and nocturnal animals, we couldn't agree more.Here's the full press release, if you want to have a read...Canon Inc. announced today that it has successfully developed the world’s largest*1 CMOS image sensor, with a chip size measuring 202 x 205 mm. Because its expanded size enables greater light-gathering capability, the sensor is capable of capturing images in one one-hundredth the amount of light required by a professional-model digital SLR camera.At 202 x 205 mm, the newly developed CMOS sensor is among the large…

New Voigtländer 25mm f/0.95 for MicroFourThirds Confirmed

Voitgländer has announced the production of new lenses for the MicroFourThirds system. The first lens to be unveiled is the new Nokton 25mm (50mm equivalent) f/0.95 lens. That's a stop faster than f/1.2 and 1 1/3 stop faster than f/1.4. This particular lens has been designed for MFT cameras, such as the Lumix GF-1 and Pen E-P2 (the latter is particularly useful with the built-in IS system) and as a result you don’t need to use any adapter. There is no auto-focus of course, this is a manual focus lens. The price is expected to be in the region of $1000 with availability by October/November. Comparable lenses include old C-mount lenses like the Schneider 25mm f/0.95 and also two more including 25mm f/0.95 lenses from Navitar and Angenieux. They are not designed for MFT so you will need an MFT adapter.

UK readers can buy directly from the UK distributor, Robert White, here. The price is £695 plus VAT at the time of posting. US and readers those from Canada can buy from Adorama here. S…

New Olympus E-P2 And E-5 DSLR Rumored

No secret is safe anymore including the latest cameras coming from Olympus, that's if 42rumors.com are to be believed and it certainly looks pretty believable. The new E-P2 kit + 2 new MicroFourThirds lenses will be announced tomorrow August 31 1) The new E-P2 kit with black 17mm lens and black external flash. There will be also two new MFT lenses:2) The new M.Zuiko ED 75-300mm f/4.8-6.7 (equivalent of 150-600mm in 35mm)
It is the world smallest 600mm zoom lens. It weights 430 grams and has a diameter of 7cm and 11.6cm length.
It allows nearly silent HD movie recording.
The new lenses are made with ED (extra-low dispersion)
It will be available in December 2010 for $899.993) The new M.Zuiko ED 40-150mm f/4.0-5.6 equivalent of 80-300mm in 35mm)
It weights 190 grams.
It will be available in November 2010 for $299.99 The E-5 will be announced on September 14! It has 12 Megapixel, two more than the “older” E-3. It has the new TruePic 5 engine for better detail, 720p hd video at 30p, 11…

Canon announces EOS MOVIE plug-in update for Final Cut Pro

EOS MOVIE plug-in update for Final Cut ProUnited Kingdom, Republic of Ireland 26th August 2010 – Canon today announces a new plug-in further enhancing quicker and easier editing of EOS MOVIE footage in Apple’s software suite, Final Cut Pro. The update will be available to download for free from mid-September. EOS Movie Plug-in-E1 for Final Cut Pro version 1.1 will add to the recently released Plug-in-E1 by providing support for the Canon EOS 60D, the latest addition to the EOS range. The plug-in will allow users to view metadata and EXIF data for movie files. It will also provide support for multi-core processing, allowing even faster conversations with the latest generation of Macs. The original plug-in was designed to convert EOS MOVIE footage from Canon’s EOS 5D Mark II, EOS 7D and EOS-1D Mark IV Digital SLR cameras to Apple’s high-quality ProRes 422 codec at approximately twice the speed of Apple’s standard conversion. Users will still have the benefits of being able to add timeco…

Canon unwrap new EF 1.4x III and EF 2x III teleconverters

Canon has unwrapped replacements for their existing 1.4x and 2x Extenders (teleconverters), boasting an easier to use lens release mechanism, improved optical train, and fluorine coatings to reduce marking and improve AF performance. Both units will be available in December with a price of £549.99 / 659.99 Euros inc Tax. Extend the reach of your telephoto lens with Canon’s Extender EF 1.4x III and Extender EF 2x IIIUnited Kingdom, Republic of Ireland 26th August 2010 – Canon today unveils two lens extenders designed for its L-series range of new super-telephoto lenses. Designed for photojournalists, nature and sports photographers who need to get close to distant and challenging subjects, the Extender EF 1.4x III and Extender EF 2x III increase the focal length of a lens by a factor of 1.4x and 2x respectively while still delivering superb image quality. To ensure the best possible image quality in all shooting conditions, they also combine enhanced environmental protection, redesigne…

Canon to show new 500mm and 600mm lenses at Photokina

Canon are set to reveal updates to their 500mm and 600mm f/4 super-telephoto lenses next month at the Photokina trade show in Cologne. No word has been communicated on a release date or price, but it's expected the duo will be on sale in early 2011.Press release Canon announces development of advanced super-telephoto professional lensesUnited Kingdom, Republic of Ireland; 26 August 2010 – Canon today announces the development of two new super-telephoto lenses for its leading range of EOS Digital SLR cameras – the EF 500mm F/4L IS II USM and the EF 600mm F/4L IS II USM. The new lenses will be displayed for the first time in Europe during Photokina 2010 in Cologne, Germany. Developed as part of Canon’s acclaimed L-series of professional lenses, the new lenses will achieve new and advanced levels of image quality. Each will include the highest quality components, featuring high specification Image Stabilizer technology alongside the use of optical materials such as Fluorite, to corr…

Canon updates 300mm f/2.8L and 400mm f/2.8L super telephotos

Canon has updated two of their super-telephotos with new barrel designs, with some components made from titanium no less, and improved optical, AF and IS systems. The 400mm f/2.8, once the real heavyweight compared with Nikon's rival offering, is now the lightest available (the current model weighs 5.37 kg (11.8lb), the Nikkor 4.62Kg (10.18lb) and the new Canon 3.85Kg (8.5lb)). Both the new Canon lenses will be available during December priced at £7500 and a staggering £11,499 inc. Tax, respectively.Press release: EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM Outstanding design, exceptional performance – Canon sets new standards with the EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM and EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USMUnited Kingdom, Republic of Ireland; August 2010 – Canon today enhances its premium L-series with the launch of the new EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM and EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM – two high quality super-telephoto lenses designed to meet the demands of professional photographers. Offering opt…

Canon announces world's first EF 8-15mm f/4L USM fisheye zoom

Canon today has addressed the rumors circulating of an ultra-wide zoom from them to rival the Nikkor 14-24mm. It's not that exactly, but it's equally as impressive, offering both circular and full frame images. The EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM is available from January 2011 priced £1499.99 / 1789.99 Euros inc Tax. See everything through different eyes – Canon launches the EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM zoom lensUnited Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 26 August 2010 – Canon today unveils the world’s first fisheye zoom lens offering both circular and full frame images, thanks to an extreme wide-angle focal range of 8-15mm. Replacing the EF 15mm f/2.8 fisheye, the new EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM is the latest addition to Canon’s L-series range of professional lenses, providing outstanding image quality, constant aperture throughout the zoom range and a robust design for reliable shooting in challenging weather conditions. When paired with Canon’s full-frame DSLR bodies, such as the EOS 5D …

Canon launches EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

Canon has announced a new, "affordable" L-series EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM (note the zoom ring to the front of the barrel, instead of being behind the focus ring as the pro lenses are arranged). It will be available from October priced £1599.99 / 1909.99 Euros inc Tax. Lightweight, compact and versatile - Canon unveils the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USMUnited Kingdom, Republic of Ireland; 26th August 2010 – Canon today announces the latest addition to its renowned L-series of professional lenses, the EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM, designed to answer growing demand for a high performance zoom lens which offers outstanding mobility and versatility. The EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM offers a 4.3x telephoto zoom range of 70-300mm, with a variable aperture of f/4-5.6. The compact (143mm) design also features the build quality that photographers have come to expect from Canon’s acclaimed L-series lenses. With its impressive focal range and travel-friendly size, the EF 70-300mm f/4-5…

Canon rolls out 18-megapixel EOS 60D

Previously leaked on several sites around the internet, Canon has today officially announced the 18-megapixel APS-C format EOS 60D. Body only price is £1100 / 1300 Euros inc Tax, and it will be available from October.Press release: Control, power, creativity – Canon empowers photographers to take the next step with the new EOS 60D

United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland; 26th August 2010 - Canon today announces the latest addition to its world-famous EOS series of Digital SLR (DSLR) cameras – thenew EOS 60D. Replacing the EOS 50D, the EOS 60D is designed for photographers who want to take their skills to the next level, offering high performance, a series of creative features, a Vari-angle LCD screen and enhanced ergonomics – empowering photography enthusiasts to capture outstanding stills and Full High Definition (HD) video for unique, creative results. High speed, high resolution
With an 18 Megapixel APS-C sensor, the EOS 60D offers high levels of detail and a magnification of 1.6x the f…

Carl Zeiss to announce new lenses at Photokina

Press releaseOBERKOCHEN/Germany, 24.08.2010.
This year’s visitors to the Carl Zeiss booth at photokina will be able to touch, test and even walk through high-quality lenses. The optical experts want to make an encounter with the world of Carl Zeiss something to remember. “We will present new lenses and, for the first time, accessories at photokina. You'll have to be a bit more patient to find out exactly what we have in store," announces Martin Klottig, Marketing Manager of the Camera Lens Division at Carl Zeiss AG. Twice as large as its predecessor in 2008, the "application island" at the booth in Hall 2.1 will allow visitors to test the entire line of Carl Zeiss lenses. Using a number of real subjects, photographers and anyone else interested will have the opportunity to try our various focal lengths and settings. In addition to the entirely new ZEISS lenses, guests will also be able to use Sony lenses featuring Carl Zeiss technology and the coveted Compact Prime …

Sony announce first DSLRs with EVFs

Sony has announced the first DSLRs to feature electronic viewfinders (EVF) and a so-called 'translucent' mirror. The mirror is likely to be a semi-silvered type, but it's sure to be extremely vulnerable to damage (while cleaning, for instance). Time will tell, but if you've ever seen a cracked pellicle mirror it's a truly sobering experience. All the same, now that Sony has combined the pellicle with the EVF this could be the beginning of the end of the optical viewfinder in DSLRs. The Alpha 55 is the one to go for between the two, and if Sony update the Carl Zeiss DT16-80 f/3.5-4.5 (shown on the Alpha 33) with a SSM internal AF motor, I will have to fight hard to resist. Times are a changin'.

Sony rolls out four new DSLRs

With the introduction of four new models today (see separate post for the SLT A33 and SLT A55), Sony's year-old A550 and A500 models have been replaced by the A580 and A560 (see below for the press release). Press ReleaseLondon, 24TH August 2010Sony introduces high performance DSLR cameras with Full HD video Fully-featured α580 with newly developed 16.2M Exmor APS HD CMOS censor, up to 7fps shooting, and Auto HDR•    DSLR-A580 (16.2 megapixels) and DSLR-A560 (14.2 megapixels)
•    Fast, responsive shooting up to 7fps
•    New 15-point phase-detection autofocus system for rapid, accurate AF tracking
•    Full HD Movie shooting
•    Advanced imaging functions including 3D Sweep Panorama, Auto HDR and Multi Frame Noise ReductionAppealing to photographers ready to explore sophisticated new creative possibilities, the DSLR-A580 and DSLR-A560 from Sony offer unparalleled levels of imaging refinement.At the heart of both cameras is a new-generation Exmor™ APS HD CMOS Sensor processor. Togethe…

PictoColor rolls out iCorrect Portrait 2.0

PictoColor Releases Windows Version of iCorrect Portrait 2.0 Color Correction Plug-in for Photoshop CS5 Including Full 64-Bit CompatibilityNew plug-in featuring award-winning skin tone color correction now includes PictoColor’s noise reduction and sharpening technology for optimum image quality Burnsville, MN (PRWEB) August 20, 2010
PictoColor Software, a leading developer of innovative, timesaving solutions for professional and advanced amateur photographers, has released iCorrect Portrait 2.0 Plug-in for Adobe Photoshop CS5. The newest version of the highly acclaimed point-and-click color correction software now offers full compatibility with the Adobe Photoshop CS5 in both 32 and 64-bit Windows environments. iCorrect Portrait 2.0 seamlessly integrates noise removal and sharpening technology with PictoColor’s Skin Tone Technology for optimum color workflow. Applying noise removal, color correction, and sharpening in the proper order is critical to achieving optimum image quality. iCor…

No APS-C format sensor for Canon G12?

Is this the new Canon G12? Well, Photo Rumors believes so. And, if true there's no APS-C size sensor for the G12, which we all kind of thought (or hoped, perhaps) may happen. Seems like if Canon are going to enter the market with a so-called mirrorless camera, it's still a way off.

Ricoh out CX4

Ricoh has announced the 10-megapixel CX4, with back-illuminated CMOS sensor and 10.7x optical zoom. There's no word on price, as yet. Press release:August 19, 2010—TOKYO, Japan—Ricoh Co., Ltd. (helmed by president and CEO Shiro Kondo) today announced the release of the new CX4 compact digital camera. This new design offers high-power (10.7×), wide-angle 28–300 mm optical zoom and improved image-sensor-shift image stabilization in a workmanlike yet stylish package.

The new CX4’s evolved image-sensor-shift image stabilization reduces blur on average by the equivalent of about 3.7 EV—3.7 shutter-speed stops—for improved performance under dim indoor lighting and at high zoom ratios.

The camera also offers a new “subject-tracking AF” autofocus system that automatically tracks your subject, ensuring that photographs are in focus and correctly exposed whenever you choose to release the shutter. You’ll find this feature indispensable for moving subjects and close-ups.

In addition, Ricoh ha…

Nikon unveils new D3100 entry-level DSLR

Replacing the D3000, the new D3100 boasts the same 14.2-megapixel CMOS sensor seen in recent rival offerings from Sony (Nikon's sensor supplier). Supplied with 18-55mm VR starter lens the D3100 will be available from the end of September at a retail price of $700 / £579 / 687 Euros. Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 19 August 2010 – Nikon introduces the D3100, the most easy-to-use D-SLR, with full High Definition (HD) video, to date. Jordi Brinkman, Product Manager for Nikon Europe, says: “The D3100 is the successor to Europe’s best selling D-SLR , the D3000, offering 14.2 megapixels, full HD movie, Live View with new AF modes and improved ergonomics. It also has the popular Guide Mode as seen on the D3000, which now shows you sample images of what you can achieve with certain settings, for example if you change the shutter speed or aperture. This is the ideal camera for families who want to capture all the important moments in perfect quality, without worrying about settings.”

Pure and s…

Nikon unwraps AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR

Nikon has announced an updated version of the FX format 24-120mm boasting a new optical and exterior design along with a fixed f/4 aperture. It's the equivalent of a 36-180mm on a DX format body, and will be on sale from 22nd September at a retail price of $1299 / £1049 / 1243 Euros. Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 19 August 2010 – Nikon Europe is pleased to announce the release of the AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR, a brand new 5x zoom lens for FX format D-SLR photographers. The 24-120mm focal length continues to be a unique proposition in the NIKKOR lens range and the new version features a fixed f/4 aperture throughout the zoom range. It incorporates Nano Crystal coat and Nikon’s second generation VRII system.
Zurab Kiknadze, Product Manager Lenses, Accessories & Software, Nikon Europe says: “The AF-S NIKKOR 24-120mm f/4G ED VR lens offers excellent value and performance in a compact package for adventurous photographers everywhere. It is the second f/4 aperture VR zoom lens in…