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B&H special on out-going pro-level 30-inch NEC MultiSync 3090W-BK-SV display

We reported recently that the outstanding NEC MultiSync 3090W-BK-SV 30-inch reference monitor has been superseded by this. The new model is outstanding too (we've had one in for a few weeks now for review), however B&H Photo have reduced the price on the out-going model, see here. If the UK price of the new model is anything to go by (£2,900 plus VAT or $4,780), the newly discounted 3090W-BK-SV model is a real steal.

Adobe updates Lightroom to 3.4.1

Adobe has updated Lightroom to 3.4.1 (as well as ACR to 6.4.1 of course) and introduced support (again) to the Fuji X100, v3.4 already supported the Fuji X100's .RAF files. Follow the link to download 3.4.1 for Mac here or for Windows here.

Nikon files patent infringement lawsuit against Sigma

Nikon has announced that it has filed a patent infringement suit against Sigma over the use of its VR (Vibration Reduction)) technology in SLR lenses. Sigma has offered lenses with their OS (Optical Stabilisation) feature for a while but has recently introduced three new lenses, including the 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM, that offers the use of shutter speeds approximately 4 stops slower. While this spec matches the capabilities of the newer VR II technology, so does that of rival Canon's recent lens upgrades featuring IS II. Nikon Corporation filed a patent infringement lawsuit in Japan


Nikon Corporation (KIMURA Makoto, President, Tokyo, hereafter referred to as "Nikon") filed a patent infringement suit against Sigma Corporation (hereafter referred to as "Sigma") to Tokyo District Court on May 25, 2011. Nikon's lawsuit seeks an injunction against Sigma's manufacture and sale of infringing interchangeable lenses with vibration reduction for single lens re…

Canon telephoto delays updated

Canon has issued an update to the announcement of the delays to the range of super-telephoto lenses expected in time for the Olympics in 2012. Both the new EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM (pictured above) and the EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM lenses are expected in August, with the unique 8-15mm f/4L fisheye zoom following in July. The 500mm and 600mm f/4 lenses are still intended to be on sale during 2011, but no date has been given, nor is there any word on the highly anticipated EF 200-400mm f/4 IS USM Extender. Update to sales start for EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM, EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM lensesUnited Kingdom, Republic of Ireland, 25th May 2011 – Following the announcement of delays to the sales start to the following lenses :- EF 300mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 400mm f/2.8L IS II USM, EF 8-15mm f/4L Fisheye USM, EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM and EF 600mm f/4L IS II USM, Canon can now provide an update on the planned start…

Sigma make SD1 official with availability in June

Press release:SD1 Digital SLR Camera
The quality of a medium format, the convenience of an SLRSigma Imaging (UK) Ltd is pleased to announce that the suggested retail price of the new SD1 flagship digital SLR is £6,199.99 including VAT (£5,166.66 excluding VAT). This new camera, offering unrivaled image quality amongst digital SLRs, will be available in the UK in June.The SIGMA SD1 is Sigma’s flagship digital SLR model, adopting a lightweight yet solid magnesium alloy for its body and O-ring sealing connections to make Sigma’s splash proof design throughout for use in harsh conditions.The SIGMA SD1 incorporates a 23.5×15.7mm APS-C X3 direct image sensor and dual “TRUE (Three-layer Responsive Ultimate Engine) II” image processing engines. The combination of the 46 megapixel (4,800×3,200×3 layers) sensor and dual TRUE II processing engines ensure the high resolution images are processed quickly with high definition and a smooth and subtle graduation of colour.

SD1 Special site: www.SIGMA-…

Sony announces fastest-ever Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™HX

Breaking the speed limit: Sony introduces fastest-ever Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™HX

Class-leading card offers up to 50 MB/sec speeds for high-speed burst shooting and Full HD video


    •    Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ HX with up to 50MB/sec transfer rates
·         New HX Engine technology for fast, reliable data transfers
·         Faster than UHS-I SD cards used with devices by Sony
·         Available in 8/16/32GB capacities
·         Ideal for high-speed burst shooting with DSLR, Full HD movies and 3D imaging
·         High reliability with 10 year warranty
·         Includes free File Rescue and x-Pict Story™ software
    •    Same price as previous Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ HX models

Photographers can now fully apply the high-speed, high-resolution shooting potential of the latest digital cameras and camcorders from Sony.

The range-topping Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ HX now boasts super fast data transfer speeds of up to 50MB/sec1.

1.6x faster than previous Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ HX cards – and av…

Lexar announce new USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Card Reader

New Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader Dramatically Accelerates Digital Workflow

Reader Leverages the Latest USB Technology to Provide Blazing-Fast Card-to-Computer Transfer Speeds When Shooting is Complete

Key Messages:
    •    Delivers blazing-fast file transfer speeds from card to computer, with a USB interface speed of 500MB per second*
    •    Supports CF UDMA, SDXC™** and SD UHS-I memory cards, and is backwards compatible with standard CF, SD, and SDHC memory cards
    •    Dual-slot design enables concurrent and card-to-card file transfers, while pop-up mechanism protects slots from dust and debris when not in use

Fremont, CA, May 19, 2011 – Lexar Media, a leading global provider of memory products for digital media, today announced the new Lexar® Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader, a high-performance card reader that enables professional and advanced amateur photographers and videographers to maximize their workflow with blazing-fast transfer speeds. The reader levera…

Bowens announce £75 trade-in deal on Gemini 500C

How to grab a £75 Bowens trade-in deal in a flashBowens has announced an exclusive ‘trade-in and trade-up’ deal for photographers who buy a new Gemini 500C monolight before the end of June.
Customers will be entitled to a special £75 discount on the new monolight when they trade in an ‘any brand’ flash head at a participating Bowens Hallmark dealer.Robert Palos, spokesman for CT Distribution (The Bowens distribution company for the UK) explained: “This is a very attractive offer for photographers who may be ready to invest in latest Bowens flash head technology. With this deal they can take any head to any Bowens Hallmark dealer included in this promotion and claim their £75 reduction on the new equipment – even if their old flash head isn’t in working order.”He added: “If potential buyers need more information they can call us on 0870 458 5258.”The easy to use Gemini Classic 500C easily integrates with either the Bowens Pulsar or PocketWizard® radio trigger systems. It also features…

Joe Buissink - wedding photography and the psychology of the job

US celebrity wedding photographer Joe Buissink shares some secrets of his success courtesy of an interview sponsored by Lexar Media. Based in Beverly Hills, Buissink talks of the 'psychology' he uses to stand out from the crowd offering a unique view over his rivals. Buissink's website can be viewed here. For more information on Lexar Media, makers of memory cards and card readers, please their site here.

Think Tank Photo set to update Speed Convertible series

Pro camera bag maker Think Tank Photo has announced today that they will update the popular Speed Demon, Speed Freak and Speed Racer belt bags as shoulder bags - they'll feature a 'disappearing' belt design to switch seamlessly between the two. Interested parties can leave their details here in anticipation of the release next month. Press release: Think Tank Photo to Release Redesigned Bags in New Speed Convertible SeriesSanta Rosa, Calif. – In June, Think Tank Photo will release its redesigned Speed Demon™ V2.0, Speed Freak V2.0™, and Speed Racer™ V2.0 as shoulder bags in its new Speed Convertible Series. Each Speed Convertible bag features a “disappearing” belt that tucks away into the sides of the bag, significantly reducing bulkiness. Within seconds, the shoulder bags seamlessly convert into belt packs once the integrated belts are deployed.Features include a flip-top lid that folds away from the body for rapid and convenient access to gear. A fully padded shoulde…

Calumet announce Sunbounce Photo and Lighting Workshop with portrait photographer Greg Gorman

The Sunbounce Kid comes to townWorld-acclaimed celebrity portrait photographer Greg Gorman is set to hold an exclusive workshop in London on June 13, as part of a European tour.Gorman, whose philosophy is that ‘life itself is art’, is linking with Calumet to host the seminar at Holborn Studios, Eagle Wharf Road London N1 – and places will be limited to just twenty five.Gorman has photographed dozens of stars and luminaries over the years, including Al Pacino, Michael Jackson and Sophia Loren – and American filmmaker and actor John Waters famously said that Greg Gorman was the only photographer he would ever let photograph his corpse.The Sunbounce Photo and Lighting Workshop will focus on an overview of Gorman’s career; reviews of delegates’ work plus a unique tutorial showing how the portrait master sees and assesses a person’s face.

He will also reveal lighting secrets and host a lengthy afternoon shooting session and Q&A period. Cost £250 incl VAT. For more details visit here. G…

Google restores Blogger

As you can probably tell, service has finally been restored.

Panasonic announces Lumix G3

Announced to the UK photography press on Tuesday at an event in London, Panasonic has officially released details of the new 16-megapixel Lumix G3, the first of the mass-market mFT models to breach the 12-megapixel resolution limit. Expect to see an Olympus high-end model to follow in the not so distant future.Press release: The Panasonic LUMIX DMC- G3: Creativity without limitsSmaller, lighter and with outstanding image quality, the LUMIX G3 is designed to go anywhere you doPanasonic has today launched the LUMIX G3, the world's smallest and lightest interchangeable lens system camera with a built-in Electronic View Finder (As of date of release, 12 May 2011). With an exceptional range of features and stunning image quality packed into a beautifully lightweight aluminium design, the LUMIX G3 turns everyday moments into works of art. The LUMIX G3 lets you capture great photos from the very first shot. A new 16.0-megapixel sensor and light-speed autofocus gives you the exceptional im…

New Photo Editing Software - FX Photo Studio For Mac Coming Soon

FX Photo Studio for Mac is a new venture for developers MacPhun. Predominately iOS app developers with a whole host of photography apps to their name, including their app version of the above, FX Photo Studio, which is currently ranked at number 31 in the US Apple App Store.Due to the success of this app MacPhun decided to venture into the highly competive world of Photography software for the Mac and will be releasing FX Photo Studio for Mac this later on this week. The developers explain that:'FX Photo Studio for Mac will bring a whole new photo processing and image editing experience to the Mac'. Keep checking back for our review of this app, coming soon.In the meantime if you would like to try FX Photo Studio for your iPhone, you can download it for $1.99 here.

Phase One announces Media Pro management utility

Phase One, the back maker and publisher of the outstanding Capture One raw workflow solution has announced Media Pro, a new digital asset management (DAM) utility based on iView Media Pro (this was became Microsoft Expression Media, before Phase One acquired it outright last year). As well as seamless integration with Capture One (C1), Media Pro uses that utilities RAW image rendering engine so that users can rapidly evaluate raw files as they would individually with C1. Adjustments made in Capture One are updated in Media Pro and the two utilities now provide metadata exchange including imaging description (rendering), and convey ownership and licensing information. This increased compatibility and support between these two distinct applications provides a much needed improvement in workflow for professional users.Press release: Phase One Media Pro is Released - the Photo Management App for Serious Photographers Copenhagen, May 10, 2011 -- Phase One, the world’s leading pro photogra…

NPG call for entries in Taylor Wessing Photographic Portait Prize 2011

The National Portrait Gallery, located in the heart London, has announced it is calling for entries in the influential Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize 2011. The competition is open to all photographers aged 18 and over and the First Prize winner will receive not only £12,000 but also widespread recognition. The resulting exhibition of work will run at the National Portrait Gallery, London, from 10 November 2011 until 12 February 2012. One of the exhibiting photographers will also be selected to shoot a feature story for ELLE magazine, at standard commissioning rates and expenses. Please see below for more details, including the entry submission criteria.UPDATE 16 May 2011, the entry fee for the competition is £23 ($37) per photograph. All entry forms must be received in advance, either online or by post, by 7 July 2011Press release:
10 May 2011

CALL FOR ENTRIES - TAYLOR WESSING PHOTOGRAPHIC PORTRAIT PRIZE 2011

The National Portrait Gallery is delighted to announce the Call fo…

Adobe Nav for Photoshop - New iPad App

With Adobe Nav—a Photoshop Touch app for Adobe Photoshop CS5 software (version 12.0.4 or later required)—you can now use your iPad to activate Photoshop tools and browse and select open Photoshop documents. As long as you have a network connection between your iPad and computer, you can customize the Photoshop CS5 toolbar on your iPad to easily access the tools you use most. Browse, reorder, view, and zoom in on up to 200 open Photoshop documents on your iPad. Tap a document on your iPad to immediately make it active in Photoshop CS5. And use your iPad to easily share and review files you are working on in Photoshop CS5 while you are away from your desk or computer. •Use your fingertips to select Photoshop CS5 tools from your iPad screen.
•Customize the way the Photoshop CS5 toolbar appears on your iPad screen to make your most-used tools easily accessible. You can save one Adobe Nav toolbar configuration with up to 16 tools.
•Browse, reorder, view, and zoom in on up to 200 open Phot…

Adobe Color Lava for Photoshop - New iPad App

With Adobe Color Lava —a Photoshop Touch app for Adobe Photoshop CS5 software (version 12.0.4 or later required)— you can now use your iPad and your fingertips to mix colors and create custom swatches and five-swatch color themes. Immediately access those color creations within Photoshop CS5—all you need is a network connection between your iPad and your computer. Or use Adobe Color Lava on the go whenever inspiration strikes, and then save your colors on your iPad to bring into Photoshop CS5 when you're connected. You can also email your Adobe Color Lava creations to yourself and others. •Dab, smudge, and swirl your way to creating unique individual color swatches and five-swatch color themes.
•Interact with Photoshop CS5 in real time. Simply tap a swatch on your iPad to make it the foreground color in your Photoshop CS5 Color panel—or create a color theme and see your colors instantly in the Color panel.
•Make fine adjustments to your color creations using Hue/Saturation sliders…

Adobe Eazel for Photoshop - New iPad App

With Adobe Eazel —a Photoshop Touch app for Adobe Photoshop CS5 software (version 12.0.4 or later required)— you can now use your iPad and your fingertips to create beautiful paintings. Get amazing color blends thanks to a painting technology that offers a new kind of interaction between “wet” and “dry” paint. Enjoy a unique user interface that lets you paint across the entire expanse of your iPad screen and easily access the tools you want.As long as you have a network connection between your iPad and computer, you can send your Adobe Eazel artwork directly to Photoshop CS5 from anywhere you are. Then you can enhance a higher-resolution version of your artwork using industry-leading image-editing tools. Or do all your painting in Adobe Eazel. You can always share your work via email or save it to the built-in Photos app on your iPad. •Paint beautiful works of art using just your fingertips.
•Mix “wet” and “dry” paint to create rich, realistic color blends. Breakthrough technology all…

Sigma announce details of Northern Japan relief effort

Sigma has announced they've received more than £4 Million in relief funds for the Japanese Red Cross Society.Press release: North East Japan Disaster Relief On the 11th March, the North East of Japan was struck by a massive earthquake and tsunami. Sigma’s state of the art factory is located in the Fukushima prefecture but was fortunate to escape with limited damage and disruption. Unfortunately some of Sigma’s sub-contractors and suppliers situated on the coastal plain were not so lucky.The devastation and suffering in the North East of Japan is on a scale seldom seen before. In response to this humanitarian disaster, the Sigma Corporation, together with its worldwide network or distributers and business partners, has raised just over £4,000,000 towards the "North East Japan Disaster Relief" organisedby the Japanese Red Cross Society.We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our friends and customers for their support, understanding and generosity at this time.O…

Drobo announce 'What Would You do with 100 Drobos?' competition

Drobo, makers of data storage products for photographers, has announced a new competition, ‘What Would You do with 100 Drobos?’ Drobo are giving away 100 Drobos over May and June to entrants with the most original or appealing ideas. Please see below for more details and submission requirements.Press release: Announcing the ‘What Would You do with 100 Drobos?’ ContestSearching for the Most Creative Answer to this Question; One Lucky Individual or Organization will Receive 100 Drobos to Execute on the Winning Idea SANTA CLARA, Calif. –May 4, 2011 – Drobo, makers of the award-winning data storage products for businesses and professionals, today announced the “What would you do with 100 Drobos?” contest. Convince the Drobo community that your cause is worthy by creating an essay, video, collage, or other creative presentation of your idea, post it publicly (YouTube, Facebook, blog, etc.) and submit the idea URL with your contact information online at http://www.drobo.com/100drobos. What: …

Apple outs iMac with Thunderbolt I/O, new processors, graphics cards

One of the shortcomings of the current iMac is the bottleneck of data caused by the FW800 port, if it had eSATA then great but the update announced today circumvents that with Thunderbolt. While the new processors and whopping 2GB vRAM are to be welcomed the clever Thunderbolt I/O masquerading as a mini Display-port is reason enough to make the upgrade. Apple has even gone one better than the MacBook Pro and provided two Thunderbolt ports, so you can add your external storage (you can daisy-chain up to 6 devices) and keep your second 27-inch monitor. Press release: Apple Announces New iMac With Next Generation Quad-Core Processors, Graphics & Thunderbolt I/O Technology CUPERTINO, California—May 3, 2011—Apple today updated its signature all-in-one iMac with next generation quad-core processors, powerful new graphics, groundbreaking high-speed Thunderbolt I/O technology and a new FaceTime HD camera. Starting at £999.00 inc VAT, the new iMac is up to 70 percent faster and new graphics…

Epson reveals 13-inch Stylus Photo R2000

Epson has announced today the new 13-inch Epson Stylus Photo R2000. Equipped with the dye-base Epson UltraChrome Hi Gloss 2 inks and Epson's latest MicroPiezo AMC print head, the Epson R2000 is said to deliver 'vibrant, glossy prints on a range of paper types'. Image quality is further enhanced by AccuPhoto HG screening technology it's claimed that maintains high image quality even when printing in high speed modes.

The R2000 also features larger ink cartridges, flexible media handling and connectivity with Ethernet, Wireless-N and USB 2.0 support. It will be available in May 2011 through authorized resellers for $499.99 (MSRP). There's no word as yet of the R2000 being available in Europe.Press release: May 02, 2011
Epson Stylus Photo R2000 Gives Advanced Amateur Photographers, Hobbyists and Creative Professionals a New Level of Productivity and Creative Control

LONG BEACH, Calif. – May 2, 2011 – Epson America today introduced the latest 13-inch printer to join its…